Wednesday, November 20th

The Gaudeamus Book Fair is opening today at Bucharest’s Romexpo Complex

The Gaudeamus Book Fair organized by Radio Romania opens today at Romexpo, in the Romanian capital. Almost 900 events and over 250 exhibitors will present their offers in various fields, during the five days of the fair, which is at its 26th edition. This year, the event offers a larger area for the exhibitors’ stands. This means that the space that Gaudeamus is filling this year in Romexpo is 8,300 square meters, compared to around 6,000 in previous years. „It is the only fair organized from outside the publishers. We are giving equal opportunities to all publishers, from the largest and well known, to the new ones that emerge. We are – let us not say the moderators – but we are trying to be the administrators of a fair game in presenting and distributing books in this area”, Georgica Severin, President and General Director of Radio Romania, has said. This year, the Gaudeamus Fair is dedicated to the 30 years anniversary of the December 1989 Revolution, and Mircea Dinescu and Ion Caramitru have accepted to be honorary co-presidents.

The Romanian Foreign Minister has met the US Secretary of State Pompeo

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu today met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on the sidelines of NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. The two reviewed the agenda of the NATO ministerial meeting and highlighted the importance to advance the adaptation of the Alliance, in the security environment in the Euro-Atlantic area. According to a statement from the Romanian diplomacy, Minister Bogdan Aurescu welcomed the support of the United States to strengthen the NATO defense and deterrence posture on the Eastern flank and argued the need to increase the US military presence in Romania. In his turn, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised the role of the Romanian people in removing the communist regime from power 30 years ago and in restoring democracy – a statement from the US State Department said.

Recommendation by the European Commission to Romania

The European Commission has recommended to Romania to make an annual structural adjustment of 1% of the Gross Domestic Product in 2020 to ensure that the nominal growth rate of net primary public spending does not exceed 4.4% next year. Also, it says that the country should to use any exceptional gains to reduce the deficit and to ensure a sustainable improvement of the public structural balance by means of the budgetary consolidation measures, to favor growth. In addition, Romania is advised to submit a report to the Council by April 15, 2020 on the measures taken.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR