Head of Romania’s Orthodox Church at 70
Daniel. head Romania’s Orthodox Church, turns 70 on Thursday. Born on July 22, 1951, he is the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church since 2007 following elections. He was officially enthroned on September 30, 2007, receiving the title of Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan Muntenia and Dobrogea, Locum Tenens of Caesarea, Cappadocia, Patriarch of Romania. Previously known as Daniel Ciobotea, Daniel was born in Dobrești, a village in Romania’s western county of Timiș. Celebrations are expected to take place at the Metropolitan Palace in the capital Bucharest.
Romanian photographer, winner of European Citizen’s Prize 2021
David Botond, a Romanian photographer from the Transylvanian town of Odorheiu Secuiesc, received the European Citizen Prize 2021 for his Geofolk project bringing together the largest photo collections in the world of folk costumes in recent years. Awarded every year by the European Parliament, the prize goes to people who encourage mutual understanding and closer integration between people in the UE, cross-border co-operation that builds a stronger European spirit along with EU values and fundamental rights.
Serious health crisis in Bucharest’s Sector 1
The Local Committe for Emergency Situations in the capital Bucharest’s Sector 1 called on the city’s Prefecture to declare a 30 day-state of alert in the area due to recent crisis caused by tones of waste on the sector’s streets. Sector 1 mayor, French-born Clotilde Armand, refused to pay debts to sanitation provider Romprest. Ms. Armand is a woman claiming to change local politics in the Romanian capital after winning as leader of the richest Bucharest sector. The rubbish has not been picked up for more than a month because of the conflict between Sector 1 Town Hall and Romprest. The plumbing company complained about unpaid bills worth RON 100 million, and the mayor’s office, headed by Clotilde Armand, replied the bills were illegal.