President Iohannis has been awarded the ‘Hermann Ehlers’ 2016 prize, praises relevant bodies for anti-corruption fight

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President Klaus Iohannis was awarded the ‘Hermann Ehlers’ 2016 prize in Kiel, Germany on Wednesday for the role played in the fight against corruption, saying it is an honour both to him and to those who have contributed to Romania’s path’s strengthening towards democracy and rule of law.

He recalled that at the beginning of his tenure as head of state he had announced he wished that the corruption phenomenon won’t be any more an issue of the public agenda, Agerpres informs.

“As a president, I have strongly assumed to strengthen the rule of law and the consolidation of the democratic gears, so that Romania becomes a state where its citizens feel safe in front of abuses, where the European, international partners see a predictable, trustworthy counterpart. (…) I believe that the president should be not only the warrantor, but also the first to promote the rule of law. I’m happy to find, at almost two years from that moment, that significant progress has been made. The bodies with relevant attributions are fighting a decisive, consistent battle against corruption, which is the free competition’s main enemy, generating the true professionals’ demobilization, hampering the foreign investments, the civic development, initiative and innovation,” Iohannis said.

The head of state stressed that Romanians want a ‘cleaner, with more integrity” politics, which is proven by the highly public support to the effort of the bodies involved.”

President Klaus Iohannis was awarded the ‘Hermann Ehlers’ Prize for 2016 on behalf of the homonymous German foundation, in Kiel, Germany, at the seat of the Schleswig-Holstein’s Parliament.

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