Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Joint Session of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies ahead of Romania’s National Day
The Senate and the Chamber of Deputies have held joint session on Wednesday, dedicated to Romania’s National Day, December 1. The representatives of the parliamentary groups and the newly appointed president of the Deputies’ Chamber Marcel Ciolacu, took the floor. President Klaus Iohannis was absent from the solemn sitting, although, according to a memorandum signed by Parliament’s leadership, he was invited.  Due to objective reasons, the current interim prime minister was elected president of the Senate Florin Citu, could not participate either.
The National Liberal Senator Alina Gorghiu called for unity and questioned the way in which the elected officials and political actors delivered on the promises made and on the expectations of the people. She stressed the need for real solidarity between state institutions and Romanians. In his turn, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, leader of PSD, said that the example of the forerunners who set aside the misunderstandings to achieve the Union must be headed today, and that the most appropriate tribute for December 1 should be to let aside the pride and political interests. USR deputy Beniamin Teodosiu drew attention to the fact that this celebration finds Romania more divided than ever. Representative of the AUR Party Daniel Rusu also called for unity, and UDMR MP Szabó Ödön said that the principles of the Alba Iulia Declaration on ensuring the ethnic identity of national minorities must be respected.
All ministers appointed in the cabinet of Nicolae Ciuca have received the green light from the parliamentary commissions 
All the ministers proposed in the Ciucă Cabinet have received today the favorable opinion of the specialized parliamentary commissions. The vote for the investiture of the future executive will take place tomorrow, in a common session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The government of the new coalition between PSD, PN and, UDMR has two ministries more than the current executive, and seven of the current ministers would keep their positions in the new Cabinet.
The Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu met his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau
The Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau have met in Bucharest on Tuesday. The focus of their discussion was mainly on regional security issues related to the eastern neighborhood and the Black Sea region, including Ukraine borders. The two officials agreed to coordinate on issues of strategic interest, and Bogdan Aurescu assured his counterpart of Buchares’s full support. The head of the Romanian diplomacy stated that the developments at Poland’s border with Belarus, with a the wave of migrants instrumentalized by the Minsk authorities, are being followed with great attention and concern.
Bogdan Aurescu: These countries face a form of hybrid threat, unacceptable and unprecedented, from the Lukashenko regime – the instrumentalization of migrants which is creating a multidimensional security crisis at the external border of the European Union and NATO by means of this new form of hybrid attack which also causes a humanitarian crisis. The situation was discussed by the European Union and NATO.  Polish Foreign Minister has said that NATO and European Union partners need to be briefed on this migrant crisis fueled by the Minsk regime, a hybrid war that poses a serious threat to the cohesion and unity of the Alliance and the Union.
Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR