March 15th

The Romanian foreign ministry has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in New Zealand

The Romanian Foreign Minister, Teodor Melescanu, has said that his ministry is strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. 49 people have been killed in the attacks. It is not clear yet if one or many people were involved in the attacks, but police have arrested four persons – three men and a woman – and one of the suspects has been charged with murder. A video appeared online that was attributed to the attacker, and shows him entering the building and firing indiscriminately. He also published an 87 pages anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant manifesto online, where he justifies his act.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is on an official visit to Prague

The Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is on an official visit to Prague, at the invitation of her Czech counterpart Andrej Babis. She is due to met with Mr. Babis later, as well as with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Radek Vondráček, and the Senate Speaker Jaroslav Kuber. Talks will focus on boosting the political interaction and enhancing economic relations between the two countries, as well as intensifying the dynamics of the Romanian-Czech sectorial projects. Subjects on the agenda also include ways to approach the main negotiating issues at European Union level and the Czech Republic support for Romania’s key goals, during its presidency of the European Union Council.

The European Summit of Regions and Cities is unfolding in Bucharest

The European Regional Policy Commissioner, Corina Cretu, has called for the involvement of local and regional authorities in decision-making at European Union level, saying that the cohesion policy also aims at bringing Europe closer to the citizens. In a speech at the European Summit of Regions and Cities, which is held in Bucharest, Corina Cretu has also underlined that some gaps appear to exist between those who govern and those governed, in a time of rising populism in Europe. Ms. Cretu pointed out that the European Union was not about Brussels, but about its regions and citizens. At the end of May 2018, the European Commission has suggested a moderate reduction in funding for the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy – by around 5% for each of them – in order to reflect the new reality of a Union with 27 member states.

Mădălina Brotăcel – Rador