Monday, March 26th

Romania will expel one Russian diplomat, in response to Moscow’s involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, in England

The president of the European Council Donald Tusk has announced on Monday that 14 European Union members will expel Russian diplomats, in a coordinated response of the member states to a nerve agent attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, an incident that London blames on Moscow. Donald Tusk said that further sanctions against Russia are not ruled out. Romania decided to expel one Russian diplomat Estonia, Latvia and Finland decided likewise. Poland, Germany and France will each expel four Russian diplomats, while the Czech Republic expels three, and Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands, two diplomats each. Countries outside the European Union have also announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats, Canada will expel 13 diplomats and Canada – four.

Romania intends to access 3.2 billion euros from the European Union this year, for agriculture, but the heavy procedures are discouraging the potential recipients, the Agriculture Minister, Petre Daea, has said in a conference on Monday. The minister has added that the authorities in Bucharest are discussing with their European counterparts in order to simplify procedures. At the end of last year, Mr. Daea said that European funds for agriculture entering Romania were worth more than 3.3 billion euros.

The direct rail line between Bucharest North railway station and Otopeni Airport will not be ready until the summer of 2020

The rail line that was due to make a direct connection between Bucharest North railway station and the Otopeni Airport could not be finalized until the summer of 2020, in time for the four matches from the European Football Championship, that the Romanian capital is supposed to host, the General Director of CFR Infrastructure Ion Gavrila has announced on Monday. There is virtually no time to build the 2-kilometer rail section that is missing between the Odai flag station and the airport terminal, because the bidding for the project took place with a major delay. Therefore, the transport of tens of thousands of supporters expected to land at Otopeni Airport is to be ensured by buses, minibuses and in combination with Blue Arrow trains between Otopeni and Bucharest North railway station.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR