News review of the day – March 3rd

European Commission concerned about Romania’s slow pace in European-funds absorption projects

Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Creţu was in Bucharest today to express European Commission’s concern regarding Romania’s slow pace to start the project session counting for the 2014-2020 budget exercise. The European official has warned the authorities about the short-term risk of losing 3.4 billion euros unless immediate measures are taken. The Commissioner attended a conference assessing the impact of the 2007-2013 REGIO Programme where she talked about the need of strategic planning and better project management so that 2016 be not wasted in what European funds absorption is concerned, Radio Romania reported.

The European Commissioner has also launched a pilot project called „Less Developed Regions” which will be carried out for two years in northwestern and northeastern Romania for better use of European funding.

Central Military Hospital, ready to receive King Michael if such a request were made

King Michael of Romania announced yesterday he is stepping down from public duties after being diagnosed with two forms of cancer. He is currently undergoing a complex and demanding treatment. The news was received with concern by both President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş. In messages posted on social media, the head of the Romanian state says he wishes that the Royal Family remained the same beacon of hope and solidarity whilst the Prime Minister appreciates that His Majesty has bestowed love, hope and support onto His people for decades.
According to military sources quoted by Radio Romania, the Central Military Hospital in Bucharest is ready to admit King Michael if such a request were made to transfer His Majesty to Romania. Currently, the Central Military Hospital is the main medical institution authorized to receive high officials and King Michael falls under this category as former head of the Romanian state.

 President Klaus Iohannis praised the Romanian military at annual survey

During a speech at the annual survey of Romania’s Defense Ministry, President Klaus Iohannis considered that a consolidated NATO presence in Romania and purchase of military equipments are the most important targets for 2016. The head of state added that the human resource is most valuable for the Romanian Army and stressed out he wanted to attend the event out of respect for all those who serve under the Romanian flag.
Defense Minister Mihnea Motoc presented the 2015 survey and pointed out the main objectives for this year. Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş has also attended the event.

IMF delegation in Bucharest to assess economic evolutions

An IMF delegation led by the new mission chief for Romania, Pakistani Reza Baqir, is in Bucharest for the annual assessment of our country’s economy. According to a press release by the regional representative of the Fund, such consultations are compulsory for IMF member states and aim to formulate general guidlines regarding monetary and financial policies meant to ensure stability and positive economic evolutions. Currently, Romania does not have an ongoing agreement with the IMF, RRA reports.

First lot of 15 refugees arrived to Romania from Greece

A first lot of Syrian and Yemeni refugees arrived this morning to Romania from Greece. They are going to be accommodated at the Asylum Seekers Center in the city of Galati, according to sources from the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The 15 persons will undergo required asylum procedures and will receive medical, material and psychological assistance. This is the first refugee relocation operation in Romania in accordance with immigration quotas established by the European Union, Radio Romania reported.

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