Romanians need tangible and immediate progress to improve their living standards and wellbeing, president Klaus Iohannis said, and urged the authorities to use all the instruments they have available to this goal. At a reception given on National Day, he also emphasised that Romania is a pillar of security in a geopolitical area marked by uncertainty, and a stable country that has made significant progress in recent years. Let us prove that December 1 is truly the day of our unity, the PM Nicolae Ciucă said in a message on National Day. „Today, just like at the end of the First World War, the main topics on the national agenda are security, stability and the modernisation of Romania. Unlike in 1918, today we have European funds for reforms and development and the protection provided by NATO, the most powerful military alliance in history,” the PM posted on Facebook on Thursday. „On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Romania as you celebrate Great Union Day, and I wish them a very happy national day,” the US secretary of state Antony Blinken also said in a message on this occasion. The US official emphasised that 2022 is a „special year”, as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between the U.S. and Romania. The Ukrainian foreign ministry also sent a message congratulating the Romanian people and calling for unity for peace and solidarity in Europe.