Highway – An important meeting for the future highway linking Sibiu (centre) to Pitesti (south) is scheduled for Monday at the Transport Ministry in Bucharest. The meeting is meant to provide clarifications in relation to a request by the EC regarding the impact of this major infrastructure project on the environment. Granting European non-reimbursable funds for this project depended on these very clarifications. The meeting announced by the line minister Lucian Bode is going to be attended by representatives of the transport, European funds and environment ministries, and of the agencies for protected areas and environment protection. European experts will also participate in the meeting to provide consultancy for preparing infrastructure projects. Of the 5 segments of the highway, a contract for design and construction has been signed for only one segment and works are to star in spring. Two segments are still in the assessment stage, while for the other two segments, actually the most difficult ones given their location in a mountainous area, a tender will be held. The total value of the project stands at 1.3 billion Euros of which 85% is to be disbursed by the EC.
Gendarmes – 14 Romanian gendarmes, who participated in the NATO mission of training the Afghan public order and security forces for almost 6 months, retuned home on Sunday. In Afghanistan the Romanian gendarmes carried out tens of missions of training and protection, for which they received the non-Article 5 NATO Medal, shows the Facebook page of the Romanian Gendarmerie. 12 contingents of the Romanian Gendarmerie have so far been deployed as part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. At present, the Gendarmerie is participating in 9 international missions under the aegis of the EU, the UN and the OSCE.
Epee – The Romanian fencer Ana Maria Popescu, 35, won the silver medal in the women’s epee event at the 2020 Fencing World Cup in Havana, Cuba, after she was defeated in the final by the Polish Aleksandra Zamachowska. An Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 in the team event, Ana Maria Popescu defeated in the eighth finals the Ukrainian Olena Aleksandra Zamachowska, in the quarter finals she won against the Chinese Sun Yiwen and in the semifinals she defeated the French Marie-Florence Candassamy. Another Romanian fencer Amalia Tătăran was defeated in the quarter finals by Zamachowska after she had defeated the Italian Giulia Rizzi in the eighth finals. (update by L. Simion)