Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Romania marks 20 years since its accession to NATO

On the 2nd of April, 2004, Romania’s flag was raised for the first time at NATO’s headquarters in Brussells, marking the country’s official accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The alliance that will soon mark 75 years of existence was created in order to counter the Soviet threat, and nowadays it became even more relevant in the context of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. 20 years after its accession, Romania is a military base for the alliance, with the anti-missile shield at Deveselu, the Kogalniceanu airport and training centers in Transylvania. After the war in Ukraine started, the country has gained strategic recognition in the geopolitical game, showing that the Black Sea area should not be forgotten by the world powers, as Bucharest has consistently warned, along with allies such as Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic states.

Romania and Bulgaria have welcomed the first flight Bucharest – Sofia and return after the two countries’ accession to Schengen

The Romanian Ambassador in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Ambassador in Romania have welcomed on Monday the first flight Bucharest – Sofia and return after the two counties entered the Schengen area. The Bulgarian official has spoken of a long awaited moment, because the two countries have strived without rest for 12 years against an injustice and they succedeed because they were united. Asked about when the land accession to Schengen will happen, the Romanian Ambassador Brandusa Predescu has said that authorities are working restlessly to finalize this process. As of March 31st, Romania and Bulgaria have become members of the Schengen area with air and maritime borders.

A Saharan dust cloud continues to cover Romania’s sky

A Saharan dust cloud continues to cover Romania’s territory, amid an orange code for wind, in place until Tuesday evening at 6 pm. Dust deposits could be noticed in Vest, North and Central Romania, where rains are forecast. The National Meteorology Administration has announced that since the end of March the predominant south-western circulation of the air has allowed a mass of air loaded with Saharian dust particles to enter Romania.

Mădălina Brotăcel