Wednesday, September 26th

Expected speech of Romania’s president at UNGA

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will adress the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. President Iohannis is expected to mention his country’s views concerning peace, equity and security of the UN Member States. Mr. Iohannis is also expected to mention Romania’s commitment and responsabilities as a state who is soon to hold the rotating presidency of the European Council. The president will also put forward issues concerning Romania’s candidacy for a non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council between 2020 – 2021. He will point out as well the decisive role of the UNSC in tackling major problems affecting peace, security, and climate. President Klaus Iohannis is also expected to meet UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Wednesday before attending a reception in honour of the delegations attending the UNGA session this year.

Romanian MPs to vote a simple motion against the country’s agriculture minister

Romanian deputies are expected to vote a simple motion put forward by the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) on Wednesday. The document refers to Romania’s Agriculture Miniser Petre Daea who is accused of failing to manage the crisis in south-eastern Romania raised by an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). Liberals call for the resignation of Mr. Daea while claiming that he failed to take the necessary measures, and his lack of action led to a major crisis. However, Minister Daea said his ministry had been carrying out preventative culling in areas surrounding affected farms. There are concerns that water from rivers contaminated with pig or wild boar carcasses has
contributed to some of the ASF outbreaks. This method of transmission has never been proven before but it is currently being investigated by local veterinary authorities. ASF was first detected in the European Union in 2014 in Lithuania. Currently, there are eight affected EU Member States including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

Events at Romania’s TES in Bucharest

The Jewish State Theatre in Bucharest (TES) is hosting the premiere of „Theatre in Flames”, a play by Romanian-born Jewish playwriter Iacob Sternberg. The lecture-performace on Wednesday, September 27, includes leading TES actors such as Mihai Ciucă, Roxana Guttman, Dorina Păunescu, Nicolae Călugărița, Geni Brenda Vexler and Katia Pascariu. Iacob Sternberg, also known as Yankev Shternberg. Born in 1890, in Lipcani, Bessarabia, Sternberg died in Moscow, in 1973. He was an Yiddish theater director, teacher, playwright, avant-garde poet and short-story writer, best known for his theater work in Romania between the two world wars.
TES is also hosting an Yidish Puppet Theatre Festival in Bucharest between October 7-14 aimed at celebrating TES’ 70th anniversary and 142 years since the first Romanian Jewish Theatre was established in the Romanian north-eastern town of Iassy by Jewish writer Avram Goldfaden. Participants in the festival include puppeteers from the US, Israel, France, Republic of Moldova, Austria, and Poland.
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