News review of the day – December 24th

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis’ Christmas message to Romanians at home and abroad

Romania’s newly elected President Klaus Iohannis addressed the Romanians at home and abroad a Christmas message on Wednesday. The president’s thoughts went out to all those children whose parents were away, to parents who were missing their childres as well as every Romanian family in the country and abroad. „Christmas is a festival when families and children get together. In Romania, however, most children are separated from their parents who were forced to leave the country and work abroad”, President Klaus Iohannis said.

ISU Dobrogea chief removed

The head of the Emergency Inspectorate in the Romanian south-eastern region of Dobrogea (ISU) was removed from duty following the crash of a helicopter in the Siutghiol Lake last week. Four people (a doctor, a nurse and two pilots) died when a helicopter belonging to SMURD emergency services crashed in the lake near the Romanian Black Sea port of Constantza. The new ISU head is Colonel Gheorghe Constantin who was appointed for a temporary six month mandate. The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea on Wednesday. The prefect of Constantza county Radu Volcinschi was also dismissed a few days ago following the incident.

Romania’s Cyberlaw contested by opposition PNL MPs

A law on Romania’s cyber security was contested by 69 MPs of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) before the country’s Constitutional Court. The law recently adopted in the country’s upper house is violating the basic rights of the citizens, PNL vicepresident Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday. Critics claim the law allows authorities’ access to personal data by request without a court-issued mandate. However, the Defence Committee in the Senate said the law did not refer to ordinary people, and it should be adopted in an effort to contain the threat of growing cyber attacks expected to become even more sophisticated.

Romanian writer expected to enter the Guinness World Record Book

A writer in the Romanian Transylvanian town of Cluj-Napoca may enter the Guinness Book for his success of turning the Bible into a poem. The achievement of Ioan Ciurca is the result of 14 years of work as he tried to turn the Holy Book of the Christianity into poetry. The „new” Bible currently includes 21 volumes and it is thought to be the first time in the world when readers could enjoy its rhyme version./adanga

Alexandru Danga