Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Romania’s presidential elections will be held on September 15, the coalition government has decided

The first round of the presidential elections in Romania will take place on September 15, and the second round, if necessary, on September 29. The decision was made on Tuesday by the governing coalition. Initially, the governing coalition wanted to organize the European Parliament elections over two days for Romanians outside the country, but yesterday it gave up this option, because it would have violated the constitutional right of Romanians inside the country, who would have voted for a single day. Also, according to political sources, the coalition decided to extend the opening hours of polling stations until 10:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 p.m., as it was until now, and in some cases it can be extended until midnight, but no more, because it is about the merging of some elections. The European Parliament elections will be held on the same day as the local elections, on June 9.

Two Romanian citizens died in the fire that broke out last week in the Spanish city of Valencia

Two Romanian citizens died in the fire that broke out last week in the Spanish city of Valencia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest announced last night. The two people had initially been reported missing. The families of the two victims have been notified by the Spanish authorities. According to procedures, representatives of the Romanian Consulate in Castellon de la Plana are in contact with the Spanish authorities and with the Romanian citizens affected by the fire who have requested consular assistance. The fire broke out on February 22 in a residential building in Valencia. The fire killed 17 people, including the two Romanian citizens. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its condolences to the families of the victims. The Ministry has also offered assistance to the Romanian citizens affected by the fire.

The contract for the feasibility study necessary for the modernization of Transfagarasan road has been signed

The Romanian Road Company has signed the contract for the feasibility study necessary for the modernization of Transfagarasan, the second highest road in the country, after Transalpina. The designer has one year to present the technical proposals that will allow the most beautiful road in the country to remain open as many months as possible. Concrete protection covers are among the necessary investments. The feasibility study will be conducted by a consortium of Romanian and foreign companies. The study will assess the current state of the road and identify the necessary improvements. The study will also consider the environmental impact of the project. The project is expected to cost around 100 million euros. The construction works are expected to start in 2025 and be completed in 2027. The modernization of Transfăgărășan is a long-awaited project. The road is currently in poor condition and is often closed due to landslides and snow. The modernization project will improve the safety of the road and make it accessible for more months of the year.

Mădălina Brotăcel/mbrotacel