On the occasion of your 20th anniversary, it is my great pleasure to convey the warmest wishes of success to all AmCham Romania members. AmCham’s operation in Romania during the previous 20 years has provided value to the strengthening of the US - Romania Strategic Partnership, of which the economic and commercial cooperation is a pillar, as reflected in the Joint Declaration of September 2011. We look forward to a consolidated role for the business community. A facilitated contact between Romanian and American business people is a key objective, as it would help increase the volume of investments and bilateral trade exchanges. At EU level, Romania is a staunch supporter of the advancement of the Transatlantic economic relation and supports steps forward taken in the perspective of launching negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The EU - US economic relationship will benefit from a high-standard Trade and Investment Partnership that would advance liberalization and address regulatory and other non-tariff barriers, at the same time creating the opportunity to contribute to the strengthening of the multilateral trading system. I take the opportunity of this anniversary to express my genuine belief in a continuously fruitful cooperation with AmCham. Happy 20th anniversary!