Wednesday, November 6th

First meeting of Romania”s new Cabinet

Romania’s newly establiFshed center-right government of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban starts its first Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Among other issues, the meeting’s agenda includes an emergency ordinance on reducing the number of ministries from 26 to 16 and a grant of compensatory payments claimed by miners in Paroşeni and Uricani, western Romania. The number of government ministers should be cut in order to reduce costs and make parliament more independent, analysts claim. „I believe this PNL-led government is giving Romania a new start and brings hope to all his citizens”, EPP President Joseph Daul said in a statement while pointing out that the new Prime Minister would now face “the difficult task of correcting the damage inflicted on the country by the Socialist government”.

Japanese-style strike at Hidroserv Mehedinţi

In Romania, 200 employees at Hidroserv Mehedinţi went on a Japanese-style strike for one week. Workers are protesting against poor working conditions and wages while claiming they were still waiting for unpaid wages of some RON 22 million. Strike actions involve Hidroserv workers at plants in the southern Romanian counties of Mehedinţi and Gorj. Local trade union leaders told Radio Romania they expected workers at other Hidroserv subsidiaries to join the strike. Hidroserv is facing a restructuring process, acording to a statement isuued by Transylvania Insolvency House in October. Hidroserv recovery is important for the National Energy System (SEN) as any failures may lead to huge losses with an impact on Romania’s energy sector.

Romania celebrates WRTD

Romania celebrates the World Responsible Tourism Day on Wednesday. WRTD is now the largest day of responsible tourism action in the world. This day focusing on responsible tourism efforts in the travel industry takes place in November during the World Travel Market London, one of the biggest travel and tourism exhibitions in the world. Responsible travel and tourism is about making better places for people to live in and visit. One of the founding principles of the responsible tourism was to help create a new sector of the travel and tourism industry and to firmly root it in ethical values.

Alexandru Danga