Wednesday, March 24th

Romania wants an increase in NATO’s political and military role

The Romanian Foreign Minister, Bogdan Aurescu, has said that the country wants an increase in NATO’s political and military role. Mr. Aurescu took part in NATO’s chief diplomats in Brussels, saying that the main subject on the agenda is the alliance’s new strategy, and Romania supports the proposals on this matter brought forward by the Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Minister Aurescu also said that this process was an opportunity for the alliance to strengthen security in the Euro-Atlantic space, including the Eastern flank. The Secretary General has mentioned that member states have to answer several global challenges, including the destabilizing actions from Russia, terrorism, cyber attacks, nuclear proliferation and China’s ascension.

Romania confirms another 6,136 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours

Romanian authorities have reported another 6,136 COVID-19 cases, out of around 40,000 tests performed in the last 24 hours. Most new cases were in Bucharest – 1,092, followed by the counties of Cluj – 388 cases and Ilfov – 348 cases. The incidence rate for new cases in Ilfov has climbed to 7,86 and in Bucharest it reached 6,37 per one thousand inhabitants. There were also 137 deaths in the last 24 hours and 1,351 patients are currently receiving treatment against COVID-19 in Intensive Care Units.

President Klaus Iohannis will take part in the European Union summit in Brussels

The Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, will take part in the two-day summit of the European Council in Brussels, which will start by video-conference on Thursday. The Presidential Administration has said that the main topics on the agenda include the coordination at European Union level in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing the need to accelerate the purchase and delivery of vaccines, preparations for gradual lifting of restrictions and strengthening the EU’s global response to the pandemic. Other topics to be discussed include internal market issues and the consolidation of the digital sector. EU leaders will also change opinions on the situation in Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Turkey.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR