Tuesday, November 7th

Romania is extremely important for deterrence and defense in the Eastern flank of NATO

Romania is an extremely important actor for the deterrence and defense posture to the entire Eastern flank of the North-Atlantic Alliance, taking into account its proximity to Ukraine, the United States Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, has said. The comments came before Wednesday’s summit in Brussels of defense ministers from NATO member states. In answering a question by Radio Romania, the American Ambassador has said that improving the mobility of the Alliances troops in Europe is on the agenda of tomorrow summit and on NATO’s agenda in general and that this means improvements in infrastructure, but also a simplification of bureaucracy on European internal borders. Mrs. Hutchinson also said that her words refer to all means of transport, not only roads, but also rail and air transport. The American Ambassador added that optimizing troops’ mobility was a part of NATO’s overall strategy and Romania had a very important role in that.

EBRD and the European Union have launched a program to support Romanian companies

The European investment advisory platform, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Union have on Tuesday launched a program aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises (SME) in Romania in order to acquire the expertise needed for a sustainable growth. According to a statement from the European Commission Representation in Bucharest, more than 100 SMEs in Romania will benefit for three years from this program, which offers specialization in a range of areas, such as strategy, export advancement, financial management, energy efficiency and marketing. Companies with less than 50 million euro turnover, less than 250 employees and local capital are eligible for this program. It will also unfold in Bulgaria and Greece.

Thousands of employees at Dacia Company in Mioveni, Romania, are protesting against government’s proposed fiscal measures

Thousands of trade union members from Dacia Company have gathered on Tuesday in the central square of the Romanian town of Mioveni, in order to protest against the government’s plans to transfer social contributions from the employers to the employees. More than 10.000 people were expected to take part in the protest. The Romanian Prime Minister, Mihai Tudose, has announced on Tuesday that the Fiscal Code is to be amended by emergency ordinance, in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The national Unions Block has condemned the Government’s plans and said that nationwide protests would continue until November 15th.

Mădălina Brotăcel – Agenţia RADOR