Ion Jinga

Stranger in New York

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have landed to New York City on August 4th at 12.55, coming from London and bringing in my suitcase many dear memories from the seven and a half years spent as Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom.

Thoughts Before Leaving Britain

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

In 1993, when I first came to Britain to study International Relations at the University of Leeds, I did not dream that one day I will be back as Ambassador of my country to the Court of St James's...

In Celebration of Freedom and Justice

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Sealing the Magna Carta was a major event in the journey of democracy. Justice and freedom are at the foundation of our society and it is our duty to act in their defense when the legal international order is challenged. By doing so, we pay tribute to all those who have developed the rule of law to protect us against injustice and abuse of power.

Romanians Are Coming... At the London Book Fair

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Ion Jinga

Romania has been a constant presence at the London Book Fair since 2007 and I pay my tribute of admiration to so many writers, publishers, translators and literary promoters who, along these eight years, have showcased the excellence of Romanian literature and established lasting relations between Romania and the UK.

The Freedom of Speech

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I am a great supporter of this fundamental principle of democracy and I expect it is exercised in good faith and without deliberately distorting the obvious truth. An article published on 8 March by the Daily Mail, with the title "Romanian fury over Channel 4 documentary as their MPs ask: What if we made a programme saying all Brits were alcoholics and paedophiles?" doesn't make me question the principle, but the author's good faith and respect for the truth.

History and Present: 135 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Romania and the UK

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Romania and the UK sit at opposite ends of the continent but our perspectives are startlingly similar. We share a common vision of a more open Europe fit to compete in the global world of the future, and we work together to achieve security and countering terrorism. There is much we can do together to make our vision of Europe a reality and I believe this is the legacy of 135 years of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Celebrating 800 Years of Democracy: Magna Carta Libertatum

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Above all, we must make it clear that Justice and Rule of Law are non-negotiable ingredients of our way of living. This is the legacy left by the Magna Carta Libertatum.

December as a Special Time for Romanians

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

For Romanians, December has a special significance. It is a time of triumph because on 1st December 1918 the modern Romanian State - at that time the Kingdom of Romania - has reached its natural borders, fulfilling the multi-secular dream of bringing together all historical provinces inhabited by Romanians...

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Memories from Communism

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Before the WW2, Romania was a regional power, its national currency was one of the strongest in Europe and the Romanian elites were educated in Paris, Berlin and London. Without the 42 years of Communism, Romania would probably be today at the same level of development as France, Germany or the UK.

A Slice of History: Romanian Army's Day

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

70 years ago, on 25 October 1944, the Romanian Army liberated the town of Carei in North-West of the country. It was the complete liberation of North-West Transylvania from foreign ruling and administration, following the outrageous Vienna Diktat in 1940 arbitrated by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

Commemorating the Great War: A Glimpse on the East Front

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Initially neutral, in the spring of 1916 Romania was insistently requested by France and Great Britain to enter the war in order to relieve the huge German pressure on the West front. Queen Maria of Romania, who was British by birth and a grand daughter of Queen Victoria, strongly advocated entering the war on the Entente side.

Freedoms and Freemen

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

The four freedoms of the European Union found inspiration in the British history of freedoms. In a way, it is an extension of the old Freedom of the City of London to the scale of a continent. This is one of the reasons Romanians have a great respect for the UK. They deserve to be treated with the same respect.

About Neighbours

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

In the last 17 months a blaming culture and racist attitude has damaged the lives and reputation of thousands of Romanians in the UK. The British public was continuously served with scaremongering about Romanians who, in their vast majority, are hard working people, honest, committed, pay taxes and contribute to the growth of this country.

Time Now to Stop the Scaremongering Against Romanians?

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Alarmist "experts" predicted that 385,000 people will migrate from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK over the next five years. Migration Watch advanced 50,000 persons a year. Ukip spoke about 29million people, the entire population of the two countries combined, to flood the British shores. The official figures released today by ONS prove I was right.

An Open Door to Hate

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

There is no country without crime, but statistically the crime rate in Romania is one of the lowest across the whole of Europe. According to the Metropolitan Police cooperation with Romania is one of the most efficient they have in Europe... The Ukip nationwide poster campaign claiming that "the UK opened doors to unlimited numbers of people from Romania and Bulgaria" and "an open-door to crime" is, in fact, an open-door to hate. I hope reason will prevail.

A Few Glimpses of History

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have always been fascinated by history because I believe that if we know the past then we better understand the present, prevent painful history to be repeated and eventually anticipate the future. For a diplomat, understanding and respecting the history and culture of the host country is a prerequisite for any correct professional judgement.

Bringing Our Elites Back Home: Mentorship Programmes for Romanian Students in the UK

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

There are more than 6,000 Romanian students in British universities and as Ambassador I have regular contacts with them. In six years I have visited almost 40 British universities (some of the best in the world) where young Romanians are enrolled. I try to understand their dreams for the future and their expectations in relation with Romania...

The Case of Romanians' 'Benefit Tourism' Is a Myth

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

The reality is that in the case of Romanians 'benefit tourism' is a myth because from 5.7million working age benefit claimants in the UK last year, only 1,740 were Romanians, which represents 0.03% of the total claimants, or 1.45% of the Romanian community in Britain. To compare, the percentage of working age benefit claimants for the whole UK population is 9.5%.

'Tabloid Media And Xenophobic Politicians'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK

Britain's ambassador to Romania has added his voice to those playing down the number of migrants taking advantage of relaxed visa rules. On January...

24 January 2014: 155 Years Since the Creation of the Modern Romanian State - Remembering Lord Palmerston

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Every year on 24 January Romanians celebrate one of the most important - and probably most affectionate - moments in the history of their country, the Union of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldova.

'Waiting for Godot': Or, for Romanians to Come to the UK

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

It seems that a new version of Waiting for Godot is being reinvented by part of the British media and by some politicians who are desperately waiting for the arrival of millions of Romanians after 1 January 2014... All evidence suggests that Britain is not a preferred destination for Romanian migration.

Ned Simons

Romanian Ambassador Attacks 'Alarmist' Immigration Campaign | Ned Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Romanian ambassador to the UK has attacked the "alarmist" British media for predicting his fellow citizens would flood across the border on Januar...

'You Guys Are Making A Profit Out Of Immigration'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK

As tensions heighten over the possible "influx" of Bulgarian and Romanians from next month, Bulgaria's president criticised the fear tactics being use...

How Many Romanians Will Come Next Year to the UK?

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

So, how many Romanians will come to Britain in 2014? Most probably, they will be fewer than in the previous years... . Romania's economy records the highest growth rate in Europe and the unemployment is low, so more and more Romanians are coming back home.

Romanians in the UK and the Manipulation of Statistics

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

As the moment of lifting restrictions on the labour market approaches, it seems that, for a part of the British media, Romanians are the perfect scapegoat to be held responsible for almost everything that goes wrong in the UK. A recent article published by Daily Mail claiming that "Romanians arrested at seven times rate of Britons" is just another unfortunate example.