News review of the day – Wednesday, April 29th

Radio Romania at EBU New York Meeting 2015

Radio Romania is commissioning events in New York while confirming its leading role in international public media as a source and promoter of cultural events. A piano recital is expected to open a series of musical events intended to mark Radio Romania’s presence at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) New York Meeting 2015 between April 29 and May 3. Romanian-born pianist Matei Varga is the guest of a piano recital organised by Radio Romania in co-operation with the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in New York at the Concert Space in Manhattan. Pianist Matei Varga is established as one of the leading young artists of his native Romania. Mr. Varga is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, the Porto International Piano Competition and the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest. His recent CD released by Naxos in 2010, with piano music by George Enescu, was received enthusiastically by critics. Matei Varga has been also the guest of the Radio Romania Concert Hall in the capital where he was expected to return in the 2015 – 2016 season along with the National Radio Orchestra.
‘Opera on Radio” is a conference scheduled on May 1 and hosted by Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan in New York City since 2006.
Following an invitation by WFMT, a US public radio, the next stage of the Radio Romania delegation’s New York tour will include Carnegie Hall where Sir John Elliot Gardiner will conduct Monteverdi’s „Orfeo”. The tour will also include a visit to the Metropolitan Opera with the performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s „Un Ballo in Maschera” conducted by James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera. The performance will be available to Romanian listeners on Radio Romania Muzical and Radio Romania Cultural frequencies and on line at and

Surprise resignation of a Romanian MP

A deputy in Romanian Parliament’s lower house has submitted his resignation letter on Wednesday. A former member of the opposition Demoratic Liberal Party (PD-L) before becoming a member of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL), Mihai Stănișoară has been a deputy for the southern Romanian county of Mehedinţi (2000 – 2007) and served as Minister of National Defence (2008 – 2009) in the cabinet of Prime Minister Emil Boc. Mr. Stănişoară was currently a member of the newly created Reformist Liberal Party of former PM Călin Popescu Tăriceanu. The resignation letter was expected to be read during the ordinary session of the House of Deputies today. Mihai Stănişoară resigned for personal reasons as he was involved in personal projects, House secretary Marcel Ciolacu told reporters.

Former Romanian mayor in court

Romania’s High Court of Cassation and Justice is considering a request submitted by a former mayor of Sector 5 in the capital Bucharest on Wednesday. Marian Vanghelie was arrested on March 14 following a preventive arrest warrant issued on his name by the country’s anti-corruption watch dog, the DNA, for bribery and money laundring. Mr. Vanghelie allegedly helped a local businessman to win public contracts of RON 2 billion while receiving 20 percent as bribe, prosecutors say. The former mayor would like his preventive arrest being removed.

Romanian miners threaten protests

Romanian miners in the Jiu Valley threaten to launch protests as they expect the government to make a decision preventing the collapse of the Hunedoara Energy Complex in south-western Romania. Talks on Tuesday with the energy minister led to no results, trade unionists said. An emergency ordinance on the issue is under debate at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday when ministers are expected to approve a loan of almost RON 40 million which would also presume the end of the complex. Chief manager Alexandru Blaj has resigned just hours before talks were about to start.
Alexandru Danga