As of today until May 1st, candidacies for the local election on June 5th in Romania can be contested. The time until which political parties, election alliances, citizens’ organisations belonging to various national minorities and independents can submit their candidacies ended on Tuesday. The election campaign begins on May 6th and is due to end on June 4th. This is the third time since the fall of the communist regime when a technocratic government has organized elections, after those staged by Theodor Stolojan in 1991 – 1992 and Mugur Isarescu in 1999-2000.
Freedom House Romania has launched a report on recovering prejudices and seizing misappropriated goods in legal cases. This NGOs says that only a third of the prejudices is covered by insurances and the report it has issued quotes a provisional evaluation of the National Fiscal Administration Agency (ANAF) according to which all the 20 thousand enforceable titles registered in Romania are accounting for more than 1.5 billion euros. According to the report, in November last year, a special department was set up inside the ANAF to enforce legal decisions and forced execution in various court cases.
Chinese capital Beijing is today seeing the second edition of a conference entitled Media 2020 staged jointly by Radio Romania and the Chinese National Radio station. The conference represents a unique debate platform for the 300 representatives of major audio-visual companies from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, America and Australia attending. High on the agenda are talks on implementing the UHDTV systems and the way in which the new technologies can help radio stations that cannot rely on images, to improve the transmissions of events around the world. The way in which the digitalization of radio stations, journalism and social networking is seen in Asia and Europe, or the promotion of culture via festivals also represent issues of topical interest for the participants in the Media 2020 conference. The conference will end with a recital entitled ‘Enescu’s Violin’ given by violinist Gabriel Croitoru accompanied by pianist Horia Mihail, at the Concert Hall of the Chinese public radio.
Salah Abdelslam, a suspect in the Paris attacks who also had connection with the Brussels attackers has been handed over to the French authorities by Belgian prosecutors. According to them, Abdeslam was caught last month and extradited on the basis of a European arrest warrant issued by France. He is the only survivor of the commandos that killed 130 people in Paris in November last year. 32 other people died in the attacks carried out in Brussels in March. Both attacks have been claimed by the Islamic State.