Romania's president Klaus Iohannis meets in Washington with the US president Donald Trump / Romanian PM Viorica Dancila talks in Brussels with the future EC President Ursula von der Leyen
WASHINGTON - Romania's president Klaus Iohannis is meeting today in Washington with his US counterpart Donald Trump. The agenda of talks is dominated by the strategic relation between Romania and the US, with focus on security, economy and energy, but other topics of common interest will also be approached. Klaus Iohannis has announced he intends to talk with his US counterpart about liberalizing the visa regime for Romanian citizens. Also, the two heads of state will discuss security energy, given that the US is worried about Europe's dependence on Russia in energy. The Romanian president has also voiced hope that the energy legislation in Romania, which is not to the liking of foreign investors, American included, is going to be changed, given that the Government seems willing to fix some of the issues triggered by Ordinance 114 and the Offshore Law, which, the president thinks, were not properly drawn up. Also, Iohannis will renew his invitation for Donald Trump to visit Romania. This is the Romanian president's second visit of his term to the White House, after the one paid in 2017.
BRUSSELS - The Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has today met in Brussels with the future president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The talks focused on the future post of European Commissioner that will be assigned to Romania, but the future priorities of the EC were also tackled. PM Dancila has insisted that Romania deserves a major portfolio, such as those of transport or the environment, stating that so far Bucharest has successfully managed two very important fields: agriculture and regional development. In a statement on Radio Romania, Viorica Dancila has said that the two officials did not discuss the person that is going to be the next European Commissioner from Romania.
MOLDOVA - The campaign for local elections in the Republic of Moldova has started today. The mayors of some 900 towns and villages are to be elected on October 20. The main stakes of these elections are the mayor's offices of the two largest cities in the country, Chisinau and Balti, which have been headed by interim mayors for almost two years now. Elections for mayor of Chisinau were held a year ago, and the winner was the leader of the DA platform Andrei Nastase, but the courts invalidated the ballot, which rendered the relation with the EU tense.
EUROSTAT - Romania is the most dangerous country in the EU for bikers and pedestrians, reads a report published today by the European Statistical Office. In 2017, 10 dead bikers per one million inhabitants were reported in Romania. At the opposite pole there stand Cyprus and Luxembourg, with no deaths. The EU average is 3.9 deaths per one million inhabitants. The situation is similar with regard to pedestrians, with 37 deaths per one million inhabitants. In this category, the best ranked is Denmark, with 3 deaths per one million people. In all, in 2017 in Romania there were 1951 deaths in road accidents, of which 812 among vehicle passengers, and the rest bikers and pedestrians.
FOOTBALL - Romania's football champion CFR Cluj is today playing against the Czech from Slavia Prague in the Champion League's play off. Irrespective of the final result after the two matches, the Romanian squad is sure to be present in the Europa League groups. So far, CFR Cluj has defeated Astana of Kazakhstan, Maccabi Tel-Aviv of Israel and Celtic of Scotland. The Czech champions have qualified straight to this stage. In the Europa League, Romania's vice-champion FCSB will play on Thursday, away from home, against the Portuguese Vitoria Guimaraes, thus forcing its entrance into the group stage. (translated by M. Ignatescu)