Tuesday, March 28 2023

Joint Cabinet talks between Romania and Poland

Poland’s Prime Minister Tadeusz Morawiecki and Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă hold a joint cabinet meeting on Tuesday in a bid to step up bilateral co-operation, Radio Romania reported. The meeting was scheduled at the Romanian Government headquarters at Victoria Plaza in the capital Bucharest. The two prime ministers were expected to sign two agreements on sports and civil defence after attending a Romania – Poland Economic Forum scheduled earlier in the day. Participants in the forum will also include representatives of Polish IT, agriculture, energy and transport companies. Romania and Poland are in talks with the European Commission over export tracing mechanisms for Ukrainian grains to ensure local farmers are not hurt by cheap imports, the Polish and Romanian prime ministers said on Tuesday as quoted by press sources. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1919. In recent years, Romanian and Polish officials exchanged high-level visits – a  reflection of mutual interest in bilateral co-operation between the two countries.

Talks between Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and SRI officials

The headquarters of Romania’s Intelligence Service (SRI) hosted talks between the country’s President Klaus Iohannis and SRI officials on Tuesday. The talks focused on an assessment of SRI measures adopted in the context of security challenges as a result of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Romania expressed its unwavering support for Kyiv, including harsh criticism of Kremlin’s actions while also sending fuel, vests, helmets  and ammunition. However, Romania has focused its activity on humanitarian aid. According to the country’s Interior Ministry, from the beginning of the conflict until August 2022, its institutions spent around 60 million euros on services targeted at refugees.

New leader expected of Romania’s Standing Electoral Authority

Romanian MPs at a joint parliament session on Tuesday are expected to elect the new head of the country’s Standing Electoral Authority (AEP). Candidates include Toni Greblă – a representative of the ruling left-wing Social Democrat Party (PSD), Cristian Preda of the right-wing opposition Save Romania Union (USR), and Andreea Băbeanu – a candidate supported by the far-right opposition AUR party (Alliance for the Union of Romanians). The move comes after Constantin Mitulețu-Buică had to quit  the job after being accused of hiring his sister-in-law as adviser to his deputy.

Alexandru Danga, RADOR