“Fighting Global Corruption: Business Risk Management” Workshop

President Daraban, fellow speakers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for this opportunity and I’ll follow the President’s lead by also keeping my remarks brief. It is my pleasure to be here today and to welcome all of you to this special event, “Business Without Corruption: U.S. Anti-Corruption Best Practices Tailored to the Needs of the Romanian Business Environment”.

10th Anniversary Of American Corner Cluj-Napoca

Remarks By Deputy Chief Of Mission Dean Thompson At The 10th Anniversary Of American Corner Cluj-Napoca December 11, 2016 Bună ziua, Vă mulţumesc foarte mult pentru prezenţa dumneavoastră aici, la Biblioteca Judeţeană “Octavian Goga” Cluj, pentru a sărbători împreună 10 (zece) ani de la înfiinţarea American Corner Cluj-Napoca. We couldn’t have celebrated this important anniversary today without our friends and

Ambassador Hans Klemm at the University of Craiova

Ambassador Hans Klemm at the University of Craiova (Photo: Iulia Vasile / U.S. Embassy) Thank you very, very much for giving me this opportunity to spend some time with you this morning.  My name is Hans Klemm, I am the Ambassador of the United States of America to Romania.  This is my first opportunity to visit the University of Craiova. 

Ambassador Hans Klemm At The Dedication Of The Elie Wiesel Square

Mrs. Mayor General, Your Excellences, distinguished guests, We stand here today to honor the late Elie Wiesel.  A native son of Romania, he made sure the world never forgot the horrors of the Holocaust.  And, after a lifetime of commitment, he truly had become a “messenger to mankind.” When Wiesel was growing up in the northern village of Sighetu Marmatiei,

Ambassador Hans Klemm At The Aspen Institute

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful for this opportunity to introduce the topic this morning – the Western liberal order under siege.   This is an important question and a timely one and an appropriate question.  It is one that is of great concern to the United States, as reflected in a speech – coincidentally given by my boss,

Charge d’Affaires Dean Thompson at the Innoteque Conference

Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, Ambassador, speakers, distinguished guests, colleagues, It is really a great opportunity to be here today and I want to open by offering Ambassador Klemm’s regrets that he couldn’t be with you this morning to the opening due to some changes in his travel plans, but he will be back this afternoon and joining you for other

Charge d’Affaires Dean Thompson at the University Of Agricultural Studies and Veterinary Medicine

Honorable Rector Sorin Cimpeanu, Honorable Education Minister Dumitru, His Excellency Ambassador Saint-Paul, colleagues from the diplomatic corps, esteemed guests, teachers and students, It is my pleasure to be here today to congratulate the Faculty of Biotechnology on its 20th anniversary and to celebrate the progress and advances Romania has achieved in agriculture through biotechnology. Biotechnology plays a key-role in addressing

Ambassador Hans Klemm At The Varian Conference

Dr. Paun, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, Thank you for asking me to join you this afternoon for what will be I hope a meaningful, instructive and valuable several hours to learn about what we believe to be very important American technologies. The topic is of course radio-neurosurgery and it’s hosted by Varian, a proud American company from Palo Alto, California.

Civil Rights In America, And In Its Cinema: From Birth Of A Nation To Selma

Good Morning Everyone. Thank you Sorin for the lovely introduction and I would also like to thank the Rasnov team for inviting me here to speak today. Dignitaries, distinguished guests, students, ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to be at such a monumental festival to discuss civil rights in America as demonstrated through cinema. And now, please allow me to

Ambassador Hans Klemm at the Opening of Hepatitis C Conference

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Thank you for coming to the Embassy this morning to help jointly work on something very important, that is to improve health outcomes in Romania. What we intend to do today is to discuss how we can raise the public awareness of the dangers of hepatitis C and mark the international World Hepatitis Day. Together

Ambassador Hans Klemm at the 2016 Independence Day Reception

– As prepared for delivery – Mr. President, we have three celebrations tonight. The first is to commemorate the signing by American patriots on July 4, 1776, of the Declaration of Independence. In that document, our Founders asserted not only that all are created equal with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but that the British

Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson at the Diversity March

It’s been nearly two weeks since nearly 50 people were slaughtered in Orlando.  And that is nowhere near enough time for healing or for moving beyond the terrible realization of that day’s events.  The memories of those who were lost will, above all, live on in the minds and the hearts of their loved ones long after the killer’s name is

“NATO in the 21st Century”. Remarks by Ambassador Klemm at the University of Bucharest

Good afternoon everyone. Rector Dumitru, Mr. President Constantinescu, Minister Curaj, colleagues from the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, Thank you for giving me the opportunity this afternoon to speak about a very important topic, as was introduced by the rector: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the 21st Century. As you mentioned Mr. Rector, it is also a

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson at Innovation Labs Demo Day

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and distinguished guests.  I want to thank the Innovation Labs team for inviting me this evening.  It is my honor to be here tonight and it is my pleasure to offer some words of encouragement during this graduation ceremony.  I look forward to seeing some of the teams present their prototypes in the first pitching

Remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ad-Interim Dean Thompson, at Entrepreneurship Event

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and distinguished guests.  Minister of Education Adrian Curaj, Minister of Labor Dragos Pislaru, it is a pleasure to have you here.  Thank you for attending the U.S. Embassy and TechLounge’s 2016 Entrepreneurship Evening, a celebration of Romanian entrepreneurship and innovation. President Obama believes in the power of entrepreneurship, and we enthusiastically support his vision through

Ambassador Hans Klemm at the Awarding of Journalists for Tuberculosis Awareness-Raising Pieces

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s an honor for the United States Embassy to be hosting you to — as both Mr. and Mrs. Constantin said — to discuss and find a way forward on a very important medical topic, of concern to the world, to America, but especially to Romania. Tuberculosis remains a global challenge. Despite being preventable and

Ambassador Hans Klemm on the death of Sergeant First Class Iulian Dumitrescu and Sergeant Adrian Vizireanu and injuries to a Romanian soldier

I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Sergeant First Class Iulian Dumitrescu and Sergeant Adrian Vizireanu who were killed during an incident in Kandahar, Afghanistan and of injuries to a third Romanian soldier. I would like to extend my personal condolences and those of the United States to the family and friends of Sergeant First Class Dumitrescu and

Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Inauguration of the Federal Mogul Facility in Ploiesti

Thank you President Hendricks, Chairman Ninivaggi, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I will keep my remarks short. There are really only three points I would like to make. First, thank you for inviting me here today. It is a great pleasure and a distinct privilege both for personal, as well as for diplomatic reasons. First

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks on Romanian Woman of Courage Erika A. Garnier

Good evening, everyone.  I am delighted you could all join us tonight to help honor and celebrate six Romanian women who embody compassion, resilience, and, above all else, courage.  While these women come from diverse backgrounds and work in different sectors of society, they are united in their willingness to take on some of the toughest issues facing Romania.  We

Remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ad-Interim Dean Thompson, at the Women’s Health Conference

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the organizers of the third Women’s Health Conference in Romania, which brings together health care professionals, policy makers, civil society, and media. Coming together today to discuss women’s health issues is an important step towards addressing Romania’s health care challenges. Improving the public health system starts with the smart implementation of new policies and laws. The

Remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ad-Interim Dean Thompson, at the Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum

Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum Bucharest March 30, 2016 Ladies and Gentlemen, Often described as the backbone of a country’s economy and security, critical infrastructure represents a fundamental element in the public’s perception and confidence in the way a state functions. Leaders and decision makers from both the public and private sectors are called upon to respond to potential threats against

Remarks By U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ad-Interim Dean Thompson, At The Launch Of The Amcham Romania Competitiveness Report (March 29, 2016)

Daniela, thank you very much for those important remarks and congratulations as you wrap up your tenure as President of AmCham and as AmCham moves towards a new board in the coming days.  We have some very exciting times ahead of us and we appreciate all the support and effort that this current board has made under your leadership in

Remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ad-Interim Dean Thompson, at Parliamentary Debate on Cyber Security

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and distinguished guests. Chairperson Birchall, thank you for inviting me to participate in today’s debate and for organizing and hosting this event. The world has benefited tremendously from the use of information technology and the Internet’s rapid expansion. An engine of global economic growth, cyberspace has allowed us to create new and innovative methods of

Remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires A.I. Dean Thompson at the launch of the „MSD for Mothers” CSR Campaign

Vă mulţumesc foarte mult pentru invitaţia la lansarea proiectului “Mame pentru viaţă. Viaţă pentru mame” în România. MSD va lucra împreună cu World Vision la un model care să previnã decesele materne evitabile şi să sprijine accesul mamelor la servicii de sănătate de calitate în unele dintre cele mai sãrace comunităţi rurale din România în judeţele Dolj, Vaslui şi Vâlcea.

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm, at the 3M Customer Innovation Center Opening

Catalin, Bernard, Mr. Counselor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much for inviting me to be present here this morning to open the 3M Innovation Center in Bucharest, Romania. One of my responsibilities as the United States Ambassador to Romania is to promote the interest of U.S. business in Romania, both in terms of broadly supporting U.S. companies

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm, Celebrating Women in Law Enforcement

Police Academy Bucharest Deputy Rector Busuioc, Deputy Inspector General Petre, Distinguished guests from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Friends and partners at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Police Academy, Colleagues, Distinguished women of the police, ministry and Gendarmerie, I am honored to be here with you today to celebrate the exceptional achievements of our female colleagues working across the spectrum of

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks “Present Security Challenges in the Euro-Atlantic Space” Citadel Discussion Group in Cluj-Napoca

Ambassador Aurescu, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me here today to talk about Present Day Security Challenges in the Euro-Atlantic Sphere. We are living in uncertain and dangerous times; the dangers we face today are more complex than they have been at any other recent point in history. In today’s world we face threats from 360 degrees. We

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm Reflections on Presidents’ Day University of Babes-Bolyai

– As prepared for delivery – Bună ziua tuturor. Domnule rector Pop, domnule profesor, stimaţi profesori şi studenţi ai Universităţii Babes-Bolyai, vă mulţumesc pentru disponibilitatea de a mă primi. Sunt foarte bucuros să mă aflu aici pentru a discuta despre viaţa a doi preşedinţi americani. And now, if you do not mind I will continue in English. Last Monday, February

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm on the 160th Commemoration of the Emancipation of Roma Slaves

Tismana Monastery, Gorj County The Roma who reached Wallachia and Moldavia in the second half of the 14th Century were met with a cruel reception.  For the next 500 years, they were enslaved.  They were bought, sold, and traded, their families torn apart, their very lives always at the mercy of their owners.  Among these masters was the Romanian Orthodox

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Statement

With regard to the proposed legislation entitled “Proiectul de Lege privind promovarea demnitatii umane si tolerantei fata de diferentele de grup,” United States Government policy is clear. The protection of free speech, even if offensive, is a foundational aspect of a healthy democratic society. While we condemn discrimination and hate, we also oppose laws that prohibit offensive speech at the

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador at Fondul Proprietatea’s Fifth Anniversary of Listing at the Bucharest Stock Exchange

Minister Grigorescu, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to be with you today as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the listing of Fondul Proprietatea on the Bucharest Stock Exchange. Greg, members of Fondul’s board, thank you for inviting me to mark this occasion with you. Fondul’s listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and secondary listing

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at Fulbright Commission Award Ceremony

Mr. President, Minister Comănescu, Minister Curaj: It is an honor for me to be here this evening and to represent the Embassy of the United States of America in Romania on the occasion of the conferral of the Order of Cultural Merit to the Fulbright Commission. Educational and cultural exchanges are powerful diplomatic tools and among them, the Fulbright Scholarship

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the University of Suceava: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bună ziua tuturor. Rector Valentin Popa, Profesor Luminiţa Turcu, stimaţi profesori şi studenţi ai Universităţii Ştefan cel Mare din Suceava, vă mulţumesc pentru disponibilitatea de a mă primi. Sunt foarte mulţumit să mă aflu aici pentru a discuta despre viaţa şi activitatea lui Martin Luther King Jr. şi despre impactul său asupra Statelor Unite şi a lumii în general. And

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Ceremony Marking the Technical Capacilities of the Aegis Ashore Site at Deveselu

Good morning! Let me begin by thanking Foreign Minister Comanescu for graciously hosting us today to mark this important occasion, as well as Minister Motoc, and his predecessors, for being such gracious hosts for our installation at Deveselu! I’d also like to thank Vice Admiral James Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency; Vice Admiral James Foggo, 6th Fleet Commander

The Legacy of President Kennedy: A Thousand Days

By Ambassador Hans Klemm University of Bucharest Vice-Rector, Professor Iucu, Vice-Dean Dr. Deteșeanu, Professor Roske, distinguished faculty and students of the University of Bucharest, thank you for allowing me to visit with you today to discuss the legacy of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. With your patience, I would like to review briefly President Kennedy’s life, consider his legacy, and speculate

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the International Anti-Corruption Day Event at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies

Rector Doctor Pricopie, Your Excellency, colleagues, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am very honored to be present here at the school in order to participate in a commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day. Your words were both very strong and inspiring Rector Doctor Pricopie, words that I’m fully in agreement with. The United States Embassy and my predecessors as Ambassadors

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Honoring of the November “Entrepreneur of the Month”

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests. Thank you for joining us here today, as Soribel mentioned, to honor this month’s winner of the U.S. Embassy’s Entrepreneur of the Month award for November 2015. As I hope you know, every month, for the past year, the Embassy has been trying to highlight individuals or companies in Romania which best embody

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Commissioning of Transgaz’s Şinca Compressor Station

Minister Gerea, Mr. Nicolicea, Ambassador Constantinescu, Mr. Văduva, Mr. Sterian, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak at this important event this evening. Bună ziua, vă mulțumesc pentru această invitație, și vă felicit pentru modernizarea stației de compresoare de la Șinca. Today’s launch demonstrates very clearly that Romania is taking the necessary steps

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson at Elie Wiesel Institute 10th Anniversary

Bună dimineaţa Daţi-mi voie să le mulţumesc foarte mult lui Alexandru Florian şi Institutului „Elie Wiesel” pentru că mi-au oferit ocazia de a vă vorbi astăzi. I would also like to say hello to my friend, Radu Ioanid, who is joining us from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. And I want to say a big hello and acknowledge

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony at Deveselu School and Kindergarten

Bună dimineaţa domnule Aliman, domnilor şi doamnelor, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much for your exceptionally warm welcome to me and my wife, Mari, this morning in Deveselu. I would first like to take a moment to thank both the school administrators and the local government officials who have come together and were instrumental in allowing us

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Statement

These past days have been both dynamic and very moving. We again offer condolences on the tragic loss of life on October 30 and in the days since. We applaud the non-violent exercise of freedom of speech and assembly, and encourage all Romanians to stay engaged in the civic process. The United States of America and Romania are allies who

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson at Amcham’s CSR Guide Launch

Good morning. It’s a great pleasure to be here today. It’s a really fanstastic opportunity for the Embassy to be represented. I want to congratulate AmCham, Anca, Catalin, Andra and the whole committee for the great work that has gone into this report and to the previous report. This is the third step if you will in a process that

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Honoring of the October “Entrepreneur of the Month”

– As prepared for delivery – Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, [and distinguished guests]. Thank you for joining us here today as we honor the U.S. Embassy’s Entrepreneur of the Month for October 2015. In January 2015, the U.S. Embassy launched the Entrepreneur of the Month program. Each month, the Embassy highlights individuals and companies in Romania which best embody

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at Fondul Proprietatea’s Investor and Analyst Days

Dr. Mobius, Mr. Mihalache, Minister, Deputy Governor, Greg and my good friend, Ambassador Paul Brummel from the United Kingdom, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for this opportunity. Being new to Romania, I anticipate I will learn a great deal from you, the participants in this conference, as you know so much more about the investment climate in Romania

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (We Can) Breast and Cervical Cancer Advocacy, Education and Outrea

Distinguished guests, members of parliament, thank you for asking me to speak here today. The U.S. Embassy congratulates the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network, (WE CAN), on the organization of its Seventh Breast and Cervical Cancer Advocacy, Education and Outreach Summit.  I salute WE CAN for gathering a wide range of stakeholders, including survivors, advocates, medical professionals, policy makers, government

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the 10th Anniversary of F&R Worldwide in Romania

[In Romanian] Bunǎ seara şi bine aţi venit! [In Romanian] Mǎ bucur sǎ vǎ primesc în seara aceasta in casa mea pentru o ocazie specialǎ. Thank you for joining us to celebrateF&R Worldwide’s 10th year in the Romanian market. Congratulations to Ramona Ţepelea, F&R’s Managing Director, Martin Dreiseitel, the company’s CEO and President, and others from F&R who are with

Human Trafficking Affects Us All

Today human trafficking traps over 20 million people worldwide.  As modern-day slavery, it is a crime that happens almost everywhere and affects virtually everyone.  Yet many still think of human trafficking as an issue affecting only other people, in other countries.  The truth is it affects you; it affects us all.  Trafficking victims may have helped produce the newest smartphones

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Trafficking in Persons Forum

– As prepared for delivery – Good afternoon.  First, I would like to thank Ms. Șerbănuță [share-buh-NUTE-suh] for that warm introduction, and for showing me around this beautiful library.  I would also like to welcome [Panelists’ Names to Come], and thank them for taking the time out of their very busy schedules to be with us today at this very

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks at the Case for Investing in Romania Business Conference Sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce

Thank you, Daniela.  I am recently arrived in Romania so to have this opportunity to spend some time with you this morning is a great one and I’m thankful for your invitation for me to be here this morning. Members of the Board of The American Chamber of Commerce in Romania, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen thank you for asking

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson at the Seminar on Computer Crimes Against Children

Inspector General Tobă / Deputy Inspector General Spiridon, Colleagues from the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the Romanian National Police, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m honored to be with you this morning and welcome you to a specialized training program designed to improve investigative skills and raise awareness about the various cyber threats that impact the safety of

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm’s Remarks in Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

– As prepared for delivery – Good morning.  We are gathered here today to commemorate the Romanian victims of the Holocaust.  This colossal act of barbarity and murder was unprecedented in scale.  With certitude and determination, governments and people harnessed the terrible forces of hatred and intolerance into a destructive machine aimed at exterminating an entire people and culture.  Genocide

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm on Romanian soldiers injured in Afghanistan

I was saddened to hear about the Romanian soldiers who were injured in the attack involving an improvised explosive device during a mission in Afghanistan on Sunday. On behalf of the government of the United States, I want to express my sincere sympathy to the soldiers, their families, friends, and fellow soldiers and to wish them a speedy recovery. They

Remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Dean Thompson at the August Entrepreneur of the Month Event

– As prepared for delivery – Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and distinguished guests, thank you for joining us here today as we announce the U.S. Embassy’s Entrepreneur of the Month for August 2015. I would like to thank both Modpack System for opening their fine facilities, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prahova and its President Aurelian Gogulescu,

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Dean Thompson Remarks at the “Conference on the Strategic Partnership in Education and Economics”

Thank you very much for your kind welcome and this excellent opportunity to address key members of our government in both the executive and legislative branches. There will be many topics under discussion today, among which is the critical issue of how our countries can strengthen economic ties under the auspices of our bilateral strategic partnership. We all know that

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