• #GreaterUnionCentennial – Ivascu: Centennial must be moment of national awakening and rebirth

    The anniversary of the Centennial must be a moment of “national awakening and rebirth,” of changing attitudes and mentality in addressing the fundamental problems of the nation, for the benefit of the present, but especially of the future, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu said on Thursday evening at the “Romania at the Centennial” debate, organized by the Presidential Administration.

    Ivascu also said that “we will celebrate some golden data this year. In the sound of the celebrations, the most significant sound signal we can give is a minute of silence, not just to recall the total sacrifice of the Romanians from a hundred years ago, but also a moment of silence in which everyone can ask themselves how they can contribute, not with big words, but with modest deeds, every day, so that my Romania can become our Romania,” he said.

    “This year, unique for Romania, we commemorate those who, a hundred years ago, succeeded in realizing a seemingly impossible dream: the unification of all Romanians. (…) The miracle of union was not done under easy conditions. They succeeded because they acted together. Honouring forerunners is beautiful, but not enough, because the inheritance they left us is not just a gift but also a duty. To pay homage to the forerunners means, first of all, to celebrate their spirit. They shared one thing: they all wanted a united and democratic Romania,” he said. More…

  • #RomaniaPremianta First visually-impaired judoka in Romania international medallist, stand-out student at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj

    The first visually-impaired judoka in Romania, Alexandru Bologa, who won the bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games in the autumn of 2016, and last year’s gold medal at the European Championships for visually-impaired, is at the same time a student at Special Psychopedagogy at the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj.

    Alexandru is a member of the University CSM Cluj-Napoca Club and is in a moment of full sporting ascension, aiming at the gold medal in the next year’s world championships but, at the same time, he wants to use his tatami experience to promote sport among people with disabilities because he thinks he can understand them better than other people.

    He chose to study psychology precisely because of the emotions he had before the competitions, and the years spent in the faculty gave him new ideas.

    “When I got to the stage of graduation and I had to choose what to do next after the Baccalaureate, I thought …. because during my matches I was very nervous and I often did not manage to master my emotions … I thought about how to turn them into constructive emotions. I chose to study at the psychology faculty specializing in special psychopedagogy, because I thought that after I finish I will understand more,” says the young judoka.

    Maybe because of the success he has had, but also of the luck to have met coaches who had the patience to support him in his sporting life, Alex is fighting not only in competitions but also in society to make people understand that sport and disabilities are not always incompatible.

    His coach, Tamas Gergely, thinks he has discovered the secret of his young judoka, which may be due to his special condition.

    “I’m fascinated by the idea of working with him, I do it out of pleasure, and I have no other benefit than feeling very, very good. He learns very quickly. If we learn a new technique, he has the ability to learn it so well, he makes his movements mentally in such a way that in the next training session you say that he has known that technique for two or three years,” says the coach. More…

  • Republican John Boehner: Romania has exemplary conduct as NATO member and US ally

    Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, has hailed on Wednesday the exemplary conduct of Romania as a NATO member, US ally and partner during a meeting with Romania’s Ambassador to Washington, George Cristian Maior, a press release remitted to AGERPRES shows.

    Boehner made a visit to the headquarters of the Romanian Embassy in the US together with former Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, and former Republican congressman Jack Kingston, presently a member of the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump.

    According to the release, the delegation discussed the cooperation priorities of the Romanian-American relationship in the context of the nearing inauguration of the future Republican administration.

    The Romanian Ambassador emphasized the most important aspects that define the content of the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States, insisting on the fact that the element of trust is primordial in evaluating the perspectives for development of cooperation between the two countries.

    Furthermore, Ambassador Maior has pleaded for the strengthening of the North Atlantic Alliance through the contribution assumed by each of the member-states, showing that American support and commitment remain fundamental for the security, stability and prosperity of Europe and the Euro-Atlantic community.

    Furthermore, the American poltiicians showed that the strength of the Romanian-American relation is measured through joint cooperation projects, such as the management of the missile defence system, the efforts to fight terrorism, the maintaining of a high level of expertise in realms such as energy security and cybernetic security. More…

  • Ten-month arrivals in tourist accommodation establishments up by almost 11 pct YoY

    January – October 2016 arrivals in Romania’s tourist accommodation establishment were almost 11 pct higher YoY, topping 9.43 million, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) announced in a release.

    “Of the total number of the arrivals in hospitality facilities over Jan. 1 — Oct. 31, 2016, Romanian tourists accounted for 77.1 pct, while foreign tourists accounted for the rest of 22.9 pct; both figures are close to those registered in the similar period of the year before. Most foreign visitors came from European countries (74.8 pct of the total) and of these, 85.7 pct were from EU countries,” INS said.

    Overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities totaled over 22.197 million, up by 8.5 pct from Jan. 1 — Oct. 31, 2015. Romanian tourists accounted for 81 pct of the total number of overnight stays at tourist accommodation facilities, while the foreign tourists’ overnight stays were 19 pct of the total. Visitors from Europe accounted for the highest share of foreign tourists’ overnight stays in accommodation facilities (73.1 pct of the total foreign tourists) and of these, visitors from EU countries represented 83.8 percent. The average stay between January 1 — October 31, 2016 was 2.5 days for Romanian tourists and 2.0 days for foreign tourists,” INS informs.

    The net occupancy rate of accommodation places in the said period was 31.8 percent overall, by 2.2 percent higher than in the similar period of the year before. The net occupancy rate was 40.1 percent for hotels, 26.1 percent for ships, 25 percent for tourist villas and 23.9 percent for bungalows.

    Of the total number of foreign tourists who checked in with Romanian tourist accommodation establishments, 249,800 came from Germany; 217,400 from Israel; 198,700 from Italy; 125,200 from Hungary; and 126,300 from France.

    There were 8.795 ml incoming foreign visitors registered at border checkpoints between Jan. 1 — Oct. 31, 2016, up 10.2 percent compared to the similar period of the year before.

    Most foreign visitors came from European countries (92.9 pct), with the EU accounting for 54.1 percent of the total arrivals to Romania. The EU countries providing most visitors were Hungary (28.6 percent), Bulgaria (27 percent), Germany (8.7 percent), Italy (7.5 percent), Poland (5.6 percent) and France (3.7 percent).

    Departures of Romanian visitors abroad in the first ten months of this year stood at over 13.833 million, up 24.5 percent YoY, with 69.3 percent thereof using road transport for the trip. More…

  • Bulgaria-Romania Gas Interconnector Opened

    Rousse, on the Danube, November 11 (BTA) – Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria’s and Romania’s energy ministers Temenouzhka Petkova and Victor Grigorescu, respectively, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev and a representative of the European Commission opened the Bulgaria-Romania gas interconnector on Friday.

    Borissov thanked all who have contributed to the construction of this complicated interconnector. Minister Petkova described the opening day as a landmark day for the Bulgarian energy sector, because this is Bulgaria’s first gas interconnector with a neighbouring country, adding that this country is headed in the right direction. More…gasinterconnector

  • ForMin Comanescu: It’s time for a consistent revival of Romanain-Tunisian relations

    Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu on Thursday said that it it time for a “consistent revival” of the Romanian-Tunisian relations and that Tunisia deserves the entire appreciation for the “efforts made on the path of building a democratic society.”

    “We both completely agreed that it is time for a consistent revival of the relations between our countries, relations which are otherwise excellent. Especially because we have a very good cooperation framework, we agreed to work on giving more substance to this cooperation. There are many interest areas with special cooperation potential,” Comanescu told a joint press conference with his Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui.

    According to the Romanian diplomacy head, it was agreed that there is a special cooperation potential in the economy area, but also in respect to the experience exchange in building democratic societies.

    “I voiced the Romanian side’s availability to share its experience in terms of democratic institutions’ consolidation, justice reform. (…) Tunisia, through the efforts made on the path of building a democratic society, deserves the entire appreciation. At present, when we look at the transformations taking place in the EU vicinity, I believe the transformations taking place in Tunisia deserve all the appreciation,” Comanescu also said.

    On the other hand, the Romanian diplomat maintained that the efforts Tunisia is making in respect to border security, in the context of the migration crisis, are appreciated in the EU.

    In turn, Khemaies Jhinaoui showed that his country is interested in collaborating with Romania in all areas, from education to experience exchanges and business. He pointed out that Romania has experience in very many areas, and Tunisia needs this experience. More…

  • PM Ciolos participates in “Great War Figures” exhibition opening at Victoria Palace

    Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday participated in the opening of the “Great War Figures” artifact and photo exhibition, organised in the Hall of Mirrors at the Victoria Governmental Palace.

    “Through this exhibition and through the events, through the commemoration we are carrying out this week, in Targu Jiu on Friday, we give the signal and we actually start the events which are part of the Centennial. As you know, we have created within the Government, with the Chancellery, a department run by a secretary of state in charge with organising these events. The idea of commemorating this Centennial is, on the one hand, to commemorate the memory of those who went to the Great War and those who made the Great Union possible, the known heroes, but mostly the anonymous heroes, due to whose sacrifice we could create and build the Great Romania,” the Prime Minister said in the beginning of the Government meeting.

    He mentioned that several historic events will be celebrated all through the end of 2019. “Beyond this, I believe it is important to use these events also to project ourselves into the future and see how we build modern Romania on history,” the PM pointed out.

    Ciolos asked the ministers to present the national projects devoted to the Centennial in the coming weeks, before November-end.

    The exhibition, which will be hosted in the Hall of Mirrors at Victoria Palace until 7 November, is organised by the Government’s Centennial Department. More…

  • Sibiu, Oradea, among top 10 best value European destinations for 2017

    Two cities in Romania, namely Sibiu and Oradea, are for the first time among the top ten best value European destinations worth visiting in 2017, according to the Best Value Index ranking, sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday.

    Sibiu which was ranked 6th in the last year’s ranking this year takes the 10th place with an index of 96.88 percent, and with an average price for accommodation of 220 lei per night for a double room. Oradea, which is on 7th spot is the surprise of the ranking made by the trivago.ro website. With an index of 97.07 percent Oradea is the first time in this ranking, the average price for accommodation being 193 lei per night.

    For the second time in the past three years the first place is taken by Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina which recorded an index of 97.58 percent. At a small difference, having an index of 97.53 stands Novi Sad in Serbia ranked 2nd. Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria which recorded the same index is ranked 3rd. The average prices for an accommodation night in these cities varies between 193 lei — the first ranked, and 184 lei — the 2nd and 3rd ranked cities.

    Suzdal (Russia), Levov (Ukraine), Eger (Hungary) are the following cities in the ranking.

    Brasov is ranked on 15th spot with 96.39 percent, before Trapani in Italy, Goreme in Turkey and Kazan in Russia. More…

  • MAE’s Daniela Gitman underscores Romania’s role in identifying solutions to manage migration

    Secretary of State for Global Affairs with the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) Daniela Gitman participated in the meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) member states, on which occasion she underscored Romania’s role in identifying some sustainable solutions aimed at efficiently managing the migration phenomenon, MAE informs.

    According to a release sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday, on the first day of the works, the Romanian dignitary had an intervention, part of the plenary session devoted to the consolidation of the inter-regional dialogue and the development of the bilateral relations, in which she approached the international migration topic. In context, Gitman highlighted Romania’s role in identifying some sustainable solutions, aimed at efficiently managing this phenomenon, both from the perspective of its humanitarian dimension and the aspects regarding border security.

    “The Secretary of State highlighted the importance of a responsible and long-term commitment from all the players with the capacity to act. At the same time, she presented the demarches Romania has made within the European Union, as well as on a bilateral level, maintaining the need for a comprehensive dialogue with the Latin American and Caribbean states based on the agreed principles, taking into account the need for a coordinated response of the international community,” MAE points out.

    Subsequently, Daniela Gitman participated in the round table on the topic “Women, peace and security,” organised on the sidelines of the meeting, on which occasion she referred to the highly important contributions women can bring to the peace process.

    At the same time, Gitman’s schedule includes a series of bilateral meetings with partners in the region, the MAE release also reads.

    Secretary of State for Global Affairs Daniela Gitman is heading Romania’s delegation to the meeting of foreign ministers of European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) member states, taking place 24-26 October in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. More…

  • ForMin: Romania, ready to assume responsibility of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council

    Romania is ready to assume the responsibility of a future mandate of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu said in a message sent on the occasion of the United Nations Day.

    “With the experience of four mandates in the UN Security Council, Romania is prepared to assume the responsibility of a future mandate of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and, from this perspective, join the collective effort of promoting the UN agenda,” the minister’s message reads.

    Comanescu also maintains that the current international context needs more than ever cooperation and collective solutions, and the UN continues to be the most relevant forum on the multilateral stage.

    “The UN has continuously diversified, in the 71 years since its establishment, the range of activities, constantly pleading for keeping peace and international security, development and human rights. Romania stays attached to the UN Charter values and principles and firmly determined to continue and diversify its contribution to the international stability and security, both on a regional and on a global level,” Comanescu points out, according to a release sent to AGERPRES.

    24 October is the date when the UN members celebrate the United Nations Day, thus marking the coming into force in 1945 of the Charter grounding the organisation’s establishment and functioning. More…

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