Monday, September 12th

The French President, Francois Hollande, visits Romania

The President of France is starting a two-day state visit to Romania. Francois Hollande is due to be welcomed, on Tuesday, by the Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, with whom he will discuss subjects on the bilateral agenda and also the European agenda, after the United Kingdom’d decision to leave the European Union. The, the two leaders will visit the Research Center al Magurele and will sign a series of agreements in the area of education and research. Mr. Iohannis and his French counterpart will take part in the Romanian-French Business Forum, as France is the fourth commercial partner for Romania and the fourth major investor in this country. The common goal of Mr. Hollande’s visit is the need to enforce the strategic partnership between Romania and France, according to the President’s spokeswoman, Madalina Dobrovolschi.
Madalina Dobrovolschi: The two presidents will discuss about what is happening, at the moment, about the reshaping of the European project, the vision for a reconstruction of this European project, what happens after the Brexit moment and it is also important that Romania and France can have a substantial common contribution to the discussions that will take place at the Bratislava summit, on September 16th.

Romania confirms 18 new cases of West Nile infection

18 new cases of infection with the West Nile virus have been confirmed in Romania, between the 1st and the 9th of September, and in total, 58 people have been diagnosed with the disease since May 2016, according to the National Center for Surveillance and Control of Transmissible Diseases at the National Public Institute. According to Radio Romania’s editor Adriana Turea, five people who contracted the virus have died: two in the county of Ialomita, one in Iasi, one in Mures and one in Bucharest. Doctors are recommending that people should wear long sleeves clothes and use substances that would prevent mosquitoes from entering their homes.

Two Romanian citizens accused of trafficking migrants

Police is investigating two Romanian citizens, suspected of migrant trafficking, after they tried to illegally insert in the country eight people, from Bulgaria, through the Border Crossing Point of Giurgiu, at the weekend. Six Iraqis and two Syrians, men, women and children, were hidden in a specially designed space, under a platform of transport for cars. They were found after a detailed verification conducted by the border police in Giurgiu, as the officers noticed that several pieces of cardboard and a carpet had fallen from under the platform, after the vehicle crossed two speed limiters, a statement by the Border Police says. Some of the migrants had asylum seeker documents released by the Bulgarian authorities. They were handed over to the authorities in Bulgaria, according to a protocol in place between Romania and its neighbor.

On the anniversary of 9/11, Romania expresses solidarity with all those affected

The Romanian foreign minister, Lazar Comanescu, has sent a message to his American counterpart, the US secretary of state John Kerry, on the commemoration of 15 years since the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. The Romanian diplomat has expressed solidarity with the families of those killed and with all those affected by that tragic event. On Sunday, the United States have marked 15 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks with special ceremonies in New York, Pennsylvania and Pentagon. President Barack Obama and the secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, were present at the Pentagon ceremony.

Mădălina Brotăcel – Agenţia de presă RADOR