Tuesday, April 26

Romania hosts an international conference on food and energy security across the Black Sea region

An international conference on food and energy security across the Black Sea region opens in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Tuesday. Participants include EU Commisioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete, Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş and the country’s National Bank Governor Mugur Isărescu. A first session of the conference is expected to consider facts blamed for generating food insecurity around the Black Sea region. The second session includes plans aimed at ensuring energy security and long term development for energy networks in Central and Eastern Europe. Participants also include officials of international bodies and private sector representatives.

Emergency ordinance on interceptions rejected

An emergency ordinance on interceptions was rejected by the legal committee and the committee on constitutional issues in the Romanian Senate on Tuesday. A joint report on the matter will be subject to debates in the Senate, Romanian Parliament’s upper house. The draft was rejected with 10 abstentions against only 4 votes of approval without a previous debate. The paper refers to the interception, conversation recordings and communications made by phone or by any means of electronic communication.

Travel guide for Easter holidays in May

Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) is expected to issue a travel guide for Romanians wishing to celebrate Christian Orthodox Easter days in Romanian resors or abroad. The guide also includes information about prices and regulations in Greece and Bulgaria along with travel advisories for towns, villages and resorts across Romania. Easter Day (Paștele) is a public holiday across Romania and celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death, as told in the Christian Bible. Romania’s Easter holiday follows the Orthodox Easter date, which is often different from the Easter date determined by other Christian churches. MAE’s travel guide will be available on MAE website, www.mae.ro

Craiova, Europe’s theatre capital

Romania’ southern town of Craiova hosts the 10th edition of its Shakespeare International Festival coinciding with the comemoration of the 400th anniversary ofWilliam Shakespeare’s death. The motto of this year edition is a reference to Ben Jonson’s famous line, as well as to Stanley Wells’ well-known title – “Shakespeare For All Time”. This year festival brought to Craiova 46 events dedicated to Shakespeare’s world with companies and personalities from Great Britain, Japan, Israel, South Africa, India, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Romania as guests. Craiova’s Marin Sorescu National Theatre hosts the Europe Theatre Prize ceremony on Tuesday. The Europe Theatre Prize is an award of the European Commission for a personality or theatrical institution with oustanding achievements in the field. Established in 1987, the prize went for te first time to Ariane Mnouchkine for her work with the Théâtre du Soleil. She received 60,000 Euro and a sculpture of Pietro Consagra. Recipients have also included choreographer Pina Bausch and stage director Patrice Chéreau. The 2016 edition of the prize will go to Mats Ek, a Swedish dancer, ballet director and choreographer hugely acclaimed around the world for his choreographic theater works such as „Don Giovanni” (1999) and „Andromaque” (2001) at Sweden’s Royal Dramatic Theatre. A special prize will go to Silviu Purcărete, a Romanian stage director known for his brilliant „Faust”,  a wild adaptation of Goethe’s epic theatre poem.

Alexandru Danga