In 2021 Estonia and Romania celebrate the centenary of diplomatic relations.
On 26 February 1921, a hundred years ago, Romania recognized the Republic of Estonia de jure. This laid the basis for formal diplomatic relations. On 20 August 1991, Estonia restored its independence based on the legal continuity of the Estonian Republic, which Romania recognized quickly in 5 days (on 26 August, 1991). The 13th of September marks the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.
The opening of the exhibition on Monday, 13 September, was attended by the General-Director of the National History Museum of Romania, Mr. Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu Ph.D., the Ambassador of Estonia to Romania, H. E. Ms. Ingrid Kressel, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania Ms. Iulia-Raluca Matei and members of the diplomatic corps and other Romanian officials.
The exhibition will be accessible to the public from the 15 September onwards.
The exhibition is meant to showcase a positive continuity of diplomatic relations, putting 100 years on 21 roll-ups. It aims to demonstrate our common history, usually affected by the same events, in largely the same way, since a hundred years ago, and can be divided into two periods: pre-war and post-1989, starting with the 1989 Baltic Chain.
A number of roll-ups are dedicated to the last 30 years, including friendly visits between dignitaries of the two states, the latest visit of President Klaus Iohannis to Estonia this June. Other events include the opening of the newly re-established embassies and some cultural exchanges between the two countries.
We hope the exhibition will prompt further interest between the two nations. A similar one will was opened in the Museum of the University of Tartu by the Romanian Ambassador to Estonia, H. E. Mr. Călin Stoica. During the openings, on 13 September, it was possible to view it from Estonia and vice versa, through a video link.