In a vibrating atmosphere which reunited the elite of the Romanian culture, four Centennial awards were given, the first of them to a remarkable European intellectual, Mr. Thierry de Montbrial, a French economist and philosopher, a honorary member of the Romanian Academy since 1999, and the founder and director of the French Institute of International Relations.
The ceremony was opened by Mr. Ioan Cristescu, the General Manager of the National Museum of Romanian Literature, who sent a message of welcome to the guests.
Then, Mr. Mircea Martin, the chairman of the jury, congratulated the institution that organized the event and introduced the three personalities who received Premiul Centenar (Centennial Award) besides Mr. Thierry de Montbrial, namely the academicians Ioan-Aurel Pop, the President of the Romanian Academy, Eugen Simion, the President of the Philology and Literature Department of the Romanian Academy, and Razvan Theodorescu, Vice-president of the Romanian Academy.
The academician Ioan-Aurel Pop, the President of the Romanian Academy, was awarded the second Centennial award, thanked the jury and appreciated the personality of Mr. Montbrial, while wishing to all those present there “to let themselves touched by the literature angel wing”.
The academician Eugen Simion presented a bilingual Romanian-French laudation to Mr. Thierry de Montbrial by highlighting the strong connections with the Romanian academic environment besides his impressive biography, and eulogized the latter’s vocation of refined moralist and religious spirit.
In his eulogistic speech, academician Eugen Simion referred to the strong friendship between the Romanian elite and Mr. Thierry de Montbrial, while the latter said that “he wouldn’t be what he is without his Romanian friends” who, at their turn, “wouldn’t have been the same without him.”
As a sign of appreciation for his entire career of a European first class intellectual, Romfilatelia dedicated to Mr. Thierry de Montbrial a postal stationery, offered in an elegant presentation by Mrs. Cristina Popescu, the General Manager, who greeted all the stamp friends present there.
In her speech, the General Manager of Romfilatelia reminded us of Mr. Thierry de Montbrial’s passion for traveling while “by this postal issue his image is going to travel through Romania and the whole world since the stamp is a symbol of national identity and reunites friends.”
On this occasion, General Manager of Romfilatelia was given the Diploma of excellence for the promotion of national culture.
The last two centennial Awards were given to academicians Eugen Simion and Razvan Theodorescu, who congratulated the City Hall of the Municipality of Bucharest and the National Museum of Romanian Literature a for having organized such a high class event.
Traditional awards were also given.
In his moving speech, Mr. Thierry de Montbrial mentioned that he is touched by Romanians’ friendship while specifying the names of personalities such as Eugen Ionesco and Emil Cioran, who wrote literary works in French.
Friends of the great European intellectual, such as Mr. Emil Constantinescu, the President of Romania in the period 1996-2000, Mr. Petre Roman, former prime minister, Mrs. Tomnita Michaela Florescu, Vice-mayor of the Municipality of Bucharest, Monsegnor Ioan Robu, Romano-Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest, professor Silviu Angelescu, professor Mircia Dumitrescu, corresponding member of the Romanian Academy, Dr. Mireille-Carmen Radoi, General Manager of Carol I University Central Library, professor Mircea Martin, Mr. Lucian Chisu, former director of the National Museum of Romanian Literature, Mrs. Gabriela Dumitrescu, Head of Manuscript and Rare Books Department within the Romanian Academy Library, writer Nicolae Breban, Mrs. Angela Martin, Mr. Mihai Ispirescu and other guests were also present there besides the management of the Romanian Academy.
At the end of speeches, Mr. Montbrial’s friends were invited to sign the philatelic panel that was dedicated to him as a sign of appreciation for the outstanding intellectual.
The event ended with a concert performed by Mircea Tiberian and Nadia Trohin & friends.