News review of the day – Wednesday, November 4rd, 2015

Message of sympathy from Pope Francis

Pope Francis expresses „deep sorrow for the tragic incident that took place in a club in Bucharest and in which many young people lost their lives”. In a telegram sent to President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, by Vatican the Holy Father assured „victims’ loved ones, government authorities and the whole nation of his spiritual closeness”. (RADIO ROMANIA reports)

Central and East European countries high-level meeting in Bucharest

Romania and Poland, the countries with the strongest armies in the eastern flank of NATO and with common strategic interests, are the co-organizers of Central and East European countries summit which will take place today at Cotroceni Palace. The event, chaired by the presidents of the two countries Klaus Iohhanis and Andrzej Duda, seeks to adopt a joint declaration on the need for an appropriate presence of NATO in the region. Yesterday, at the end of the talks with his Polish counterpart, President Klaus Iohhanis appreciated that after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation, the Black Sea could turn into a dangerous area unless NATO will not pay more attention. „We believe”, said Klaus Iohhanis, „that the eastern flank is perhaps more important today than ever and we want to stress these things. We do not want NATO to move its attention out of the eastern flank, which is an area that concerns NATO and not only the countries which are in NATO’s eastern flank. (RADIO ROMANIA reports)

Condolences sent by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Tracking the implementation of anti-corruption strategy is needed in Romania, without which the fight against this scourge is not very efficient – said yesterday the American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Luis Arrega. The American official also sent condolences to the victims of the fire at the club „Collective” and drew attention to the serious effects of corruption. „Corruption blocks the growth, undermines the rule of law, undermines the confidence that citizens should have in public institutions and facilitates the emergence of crime. One is to have a solid institution to fight corruption, but another important element is to track the results of the anticorruption strategy and then to make changes where necessary”, said Luis Arrega. (RADIO ROMANIA reports)