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, 24.04.2024, 20:18

VISIT On Wednesday and Thursday, the European Commissioner for international partnership, Jutta Urpilainen is paying a visit to Bucharest for talks over Romania’s participation in the investment strategy known as Global Gateway. Jutta Urpilainen will be meeting Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu and the two are expected to tackle the role Romania can play in deepening the EU international partnerships and the promotion of sustainable development at world level in the present difficult geopolitical context. The EU official will be meeting representatives of the private sector in order to learn the way in which Global Gateway can give an impetus to Romanian enterprises to invest in the developing markets.

 

TALKS Romania’s Defence Minister, Angel Tîlvăr on Wednesday held talks with the US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin III. The talks between the two officials mainly focused on the security situation generated by the war of aggression and the unconditional support to Ukraine. The importance of maintaining Trans-Atlantic unity in the present security complex was reiterated. The talks also offered the opportunity of debating elements of interest ahead of the meeting of the Contact group for Ukraine, due on Friday as well as the setting of joint objectives ahead of the Washington Summit this summer.

 

FAIR The largest book fair in Transylvania – Gaudeamus, organized by Radio Romania, kicked off in Cluj-Napoca, north-western Romania, on Wednesday. The event reached its 23rd edition. 16 pavilions host 60 stands of 85 publishing houses. The fair offers books, music and educational games. There are several thousand books in Romanian, in international languages and in the languages of the national minorities living in Romania. All in all, more than 40 launches and book presentations are scheduled, as well as meetings between writers and readers. The first launch is that of the volume “Naraton” by the late writer Cornel Udrea, one of the voices of the Cluj public radio, who passed away a few days ago.

 

FILMS Two Romanian films are in the official selection of the famous Cannes Film Festival in France: the feature film “Three kilometers to the end of the world”, the story of the complicated relationships between a teenager and his parents, directed by Emanuel Pârvu, and the documentary “Nasty”, about the life and career of the first world number one in men’s tennis, the Romanian Ilie Năstase, made by Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Pascariu and Tudor D. Popescu. “Nasty” will be presented in the Special Screenings section. The Cannes festival also invited in the competition an Iranian filmmaker who criticizes the fundamentalist regime in Tehran, Mohammad Rasoulof. A total of 22 films will compete in 2024 to win the Palme d’Or trophy. The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place between May 14-25.

 

SEOUL On the last day of the visit of Romania’s President, Klaus Iohannis, to South Korea, the official delegation visited, on Wednesday, the Doosan Enerbility complex in Busan, a world leader in energy production. On this occasion Klaus Iohannis said that Bucharest is very interested in working with international partners on the development and implementation of the small modular reactors technology in Romania. On Tuesday evening, the Romanian president participated in an exhibition of traditional Romanian art. During his visit to Seoul, Romania and South Korea decided to expand their bilateral cooperation, by signing a joint declaration on strengthening the bilateral strategic partnership and several cooperation agreements in the fields of defense, energy or emergency situations management.

 

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