News review of the day – May 6

PM Dacian Cioloş denounces Canada’s failure to comply with committment on tourist visa removal

Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş has warned today during Eurosfat 2016 – the largest European debate forum in Romania – that our country is going to make use of all available instruments after Canada failed to comply with its commitment on eliminating tourist visas for Romanians and Bulgarians. The PM added he discussed the matter with EC’s President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Commissioner for Trade so that the European executive body be very determined in its relations with the Canadian partners.

„We have this right as an EU member state, we are not asking for any favours” – PM Dacian Cioloş stated, quoted by Radio Romania.

Commissioner Corina Creţu: Romania’s healthcare system needs urgent European funding

Romania’s healthcare system remains one of its critical sectors that would urgently need European funds made available by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu stated today. The official has visited two hospitals in Bistriţa-Năsăud County, on which occasion she explained the ways European Commission intends to support Romania’s healthcare system.

Corina Creţu: The common plans agreed between the European Comission and Romania’s Government stipulate support for 280 healthcare programs in local communities, 35 emergency units in county hospitals and in 3 regional hospitals. The budgeted funds are not sufficient by themselves, we expect that national and local authorities create all necessary conditions for investment before starting all of these projects.

Ratification of Agreement on reimbursable financial assistance between Romania and the Republic of Moldova, signed into law by the President

President Klaus Iohannis has signed into law today the decree ratifying the Agreement on reimbursable financial assistance between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The agreement stipulating a 150-million-euro loan which is to finance Moldova’s budget deficit was concluded in Chisinau on October 7, 2015. The President asked the law to be reexamined in November 2015, motivating that political instability in Chisinau would not favour the approval of the document due to uncertainty of the reform process, Radio Romania reported.

Romania inaugurates new consular office in Ukraine

Romania is inaugurating today a new consular office in Ukraine, at Solotvino, near the common border. The ceremony will be attended by the two Foreign Ministers – Lazăr Comănescu and Pavlo Klimkin – who will visit the region together. The Ukrainian town of Solotvino is very close to Sighetu Marmaţiei, where there is also a border checkpoint.

Romania’s FM Lazăr Comănescu: The new consular office in Solotvino will facilitate the implementation of our local border-traffic agreement which came into force last year. A significant number of 9 million Ukrainian and Romanian citizens are potential beneficiaries of this agreement.

The two officials will also be signing an agreement regarding exemption from visa fees for long residence purposes. The Romanian FM annonced in an interview with RADIO ROMANIA this morning that a mixed Intergovernmental Committee for National Minorities will start operating in the near future.

National Radio Orchestra marks Royalty Day by special concert

The Radio Hall in Bucharest is hosting a special event tonight, starting 7 PM, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania, Princess Elena and Princess Maria as well as His Excellency Alexandr Philips Nixon, husband of Princess Elena. The National Radio Orchestra is performing a concert dedicated to May 10th, which is Royalty Day in Romania. A book launch is scheduled to take place in the lobby before the event, an anniversary volume called „The Royal Year”, marking 150 years since the foundation of the Royal House of Romania and the signing into law of the country’s first Constitution in 1866. Violinist Gabriel Croitoru is going to honor this day playing on George Enescu’s Stradivarius violin – RADIO ROMANIA reported.

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