April 29 marks the National Veterans’ Day, Romanian agriculture minister to attend meeting in Sofia
Veterans Day – April 29 marks the National Veterans’ Day, which has been celebrated in Romania since 2008 following a government decision. The day marks the recognition of the merits of those who defended the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and interests of Romania. The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis took the opportunity to thank the Romanian war veterans for what they did to serve their country. In the message conveyed on the Veterans’ Day President Iohannis highlighted the sacrifice of the Romanian Army to help the future generations. He also added that Romanians had the responsibility to act with all their skill, energy and force to defend Romania’s national interests. In turn, PM Viorica Dancila said that the Veterans’ Day was an opportunity for Romanians to show gratitude for the heroes who fought for the Romanian people, for their courage and sacrifice in the service of Romania.
Amman – The Romanian defense minister Mihai Fifor on Saturday and Sunday participated in the Aqaba Process meeting in Jordan. The Aqaba Process is a platform for strategic dialogue launched in 2015, which is meant to coordinate the actions of the international community against terrorism and extremism. According to a Defense Ministry communiqué, the agenda of talks included an assessment of the security situation in Southeast Asia. The participants also exchanged opinions on streamlining the analysis process of the current challenges posed by violent extremism, cyber attacks and funding terrorist actions as well as the concrete ways of cooperation for fighting terrorism. On Sunday minister Fifor was received by King Abdullah II of Jordan. The two officials reiterated their countries’ mutual interest in developing cooperation in the defense field, including in the military education sector, the joint training of military and the defense industry.
Agriculture – The Romanian agriculture minister, Petre Daea, will participate, on April 30, in Sofia, in a meeting of his counterparts from the EU alongside European Commissioners. The meeting focuses on the issue of double standards for the quality of food products. In May, the European Commission will start a campaign meant to identify the use of double standards for the quality of foodstuffs. The tests will include the content of a common basket of products that are sold in most member states and will also consist of chemical and sensory tests. At least 16 EU states will take part in the testing. Following comparative analyses conducted last year, 9 out 29 food products were identified in Romania, such as dairy products, meat, fish and chocolate, with lower quality standards as compared to similar products from the other EU countries.
May 1 holiday – More than 50 thousand Romanians chose to spend the May 1 mini-holiday on the Black Sea Coast. In the resorts of Vama Veche, Constanta, Mamaia and Navodari the beaches were prepared to offer proper conditions for relaxation and sunbathing and most hotels are fully booked. To ensure the tourists’ safety the Interior Ministry has mobilized as many as 700 policemen and gendarmes. Another 10 thousand Romanians chose to spend the mini-holiday in the Danube Delta while others went to the mountain resorts on the Prahova Valley. The Romanian Railway Authority has increased the number of train carriages for the most sought-after destinations. (news translated and updated by Lacramioara Simion)