Monday, April 10th

Romanian Senate speaker on a visit to Brussels

Romanian Senate Speaker Călin Popescu Tăriceanu is in Brussels where he is expected to meet European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday. Mr. Tăriceanu will also meet EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova. The talks will focus on issues concerning EU’s future, the Brexit and the progress made by Romania’s justice in order to comply with the demands of the EU’s Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). A report in January highlighted a number of deficiencies Bucharest had still yet to address but praised its decade-long effort in nurturing “growing irreversibility” of reforms. In february, an estimated half a million Romanians expressed their protest against the government, with many calling on it to quit even after it scrapped a corruption legislation that sparked weeks of public outrage. The object of public anger was an emergency decree passed during the night that critics at home and abroad feared marked an alarming retreat in the battle against corruption, long the scourge of the EU’s second-poorest country.

Princess Margareta of Romania and Prince Radu in Switzerland

Princess Margareta of Romania and Her husband Prince Radu are in Switzerland where former Romanian King Michael I, 95, is recovering from a surgery he underwent last year. The couple is expected to celebrate the Christian Orthodox Easter along with the King at His residence near Versoix. In 2016, the Romanian Royal Family announced that the former king had leukimia and would withdraw from public life and hand over his responsibilities to Margareta, his oldest daughter.

Unemployment rate peaks in Romania’s Vâlcea county

Unemployment in the southern Romanian county of Vâlcea peaks despite its hundreds of jobs steadily remaining unoccupied, Radio Romania reported on Monday. A job market opened in the county’s capital Râmnicu Vâlcea on Friday revealed that most of around 950 job vaccancies available remained unoccupied as people proved unskilled or rather preferring cash social assistance and stay home. Unemployment rate in Vâlcea county hit 4.84 percent in February with 8,010 unemployed. In 2012, Romania upgraded its legal framework so that the professional education system adopted some of the main features of the dual education system currently in place in other EU countries. Romanian companies had been warning for a few years that it has been getting very hard for them to find skilled workers on the local market.

Radio Romania’s Gaudeamus Caravan ends in Cluj

The Gaudeamus Caravan, a five-day event organised by Radio Romania in the Romanian Transylvanian town of Cluj-Napoca, closed with an award ceremony on Sunday (April 9). The 18th edition of the Gaudeamus Book Fair hosted 90 events and 70 exhibitions with aorund 24,000 visitors.
„Politically Incorrect. Scenarios of a Potential Romania” by Vasile Sebastian Dâncu, former deputy PM in the Cabinet of former PM Dacian Cioloş, was declared the fair’s best-selling book. In a top of Romania’s publishing houses, the third place went to Nemira, the second, to Rao while Humanitas Publishing House came first.

Alexandru Danga – RADOR