On Thursday, November 19th, 2015, in the Carol I Hall of the Central University Library in Bucharest, took place the XVII edition of the APLER Galas – The Literary Publications and Romanian Publishing Houses Association.
Romfilatelia, the issuing authority of the Romanian postage stamp, has become throughout time a reliable partner for the campaigns and projects promoting the national identity, conducting projects with great impact both locally and internationally.
The postage stamp presents a miniature vision of the cultural, artistic and historic heritage of a country, represents an efficient instrument of promotion, and the philatelic products are a concrete method of advertising, an open window towards the entire world.
For the chosen field of activity and the constant actions of supporting Romanias image and national values, Mrs. Cristina Popescu, Romfilatelias CEO, received with joy and pride the Special award for promoting national identity.
Mr. Ioan Cristescu, the president of APLER, offered a short description of Romfilatelia as he awarded the prize: I was disturbed by the fact that, in this country, the reliable institutions, which promote culture, are being struck from all sides. Romfilatelia is, since 2004, the only private institution with no loans, debts and this status is due to stamp sale. It did not receive awards nationally, it received outside its borders, at important fairs and international contests. I believe it highly deserves an award, as an acknowledgement of their work, for promoting national identity.
The words and appreciations directed towards Romfilatelia, with the occasion of the APLER Gala, honour us and give us faith that the role and importance of the stamp in the Romanian society are officially recognized, and the fact that the postage stamp is accepted as an ambassador in promoting national identity, with all the implications of this concept, can only bring us joy and inspire us in the future so that this miniature art object to continue bringing credit to our country and the Romanian people.