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COOPERATION France and the Netherlands "are eagerly waiting for Romania's Schengen accession as soon as possible." This is one of the main elements in a joint statement on security cooperation signed in Bucharest on Friday by the foreign ministers of the 3 countries. The message was also highlighted by the Dutch diplomacy chief, Wopke Hoekstra, in the bilateral talks with his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu. The 2 officials, together with the French foreign minister, Catherine Colonna,Friday visited the "Getica" National Joint Training Centre in Cincu, where French and Dutch troops are deployed as part of the NATO Battle Group created in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In fact, after the trilateral talks concerning Moscow's armed aggression, Catherine Colonna said Ukraine must be helped to defend itself, to regain its independence and sovereignty. In Bucharest, the foreign officials were also received by president Klaus Iohannis and PM Nicolae Ciucă.
CINEMA Two Romanian films, 'Metronome' by Alexandru Belc and 'M.R.I.' by Cristian Mungiu, are in the competition of the Gothenburg International Film Festival in Sweden, which started on Friday. According to the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, the event brings together around 400 works from around the world every year, with 160,000 viewers attending. 'Metronome', the debut feature of the director Alexandru Belc, is a love story in 1972 communist Romania, and critics describe it as a social and historical analysis of a generation forced to live in a society marred by suspicion and distrust. Cristian Mungiu's 'M.R.I.' is set in a Transylvanian village, where a small factory hires new workers, troubling the apparent peace of the locals. The over 40-year old film festival in Gothenburg is the most important such event in the region.
SURVEY As many as 80% of Romanian consumers allow the use of their personal data for advertising purposes, according to a survey conducted on the European Data Protection Day. The latest data in the Survey on the usage of IT&C in households and by individuals indicate that 1 of 2 Europeans aged between 16 and 74 do not allow the use of their personal data for advertising purposes when using the internet. As many as 46% reported having allowed only restricted access to their location or having denied access to their data altogether. The countries where the use of personal data for advertising is mostly denied by users include the Netherlands (73%), Finland (70%), Denmark and Germany (63% each), Spain (62%). At the opposite pole, the lowest rates were reported in Bulgaria (10%), Romania (20%), Greece (29%), Slovakia (30%) and Latvia (32%).
ELECTION The president of Romania Klaus Iohannis Saturday congratulated the president elect of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, and pleaded for strengthening the relations between the 2 countries. Petr Pavel, a former chairman of the NATO Military Committee and supporter of military support for Ukraine, Saturday won the runoff of the presidential elections in the Czech Republic, with 57.4% of the votes, according to international news agencies, after over 90% of the ballots were counted. His opponent, ex-PM Andrej Babis, got around 42% of the votes. The turnout was 70%. Petr Pavel, a retired general aged 61, ran as an independent candidate with the support of the right-of-centre government. He will replace the controversial Milos Zeman, who had had close ties with Moscow before changing course during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Petr Pavel vowed to be an independent president, without political bias, and to continue to support war-torn Ukraine and Kyiv's bid for EU membership.
SPORTS The Romanian athlete Laura Ilie won the bronze in the 10m air rifle women event of the ISSF World Championship on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia. The gold went to Eszter Meszaros (Hungary), who defeated Poland's Aneta Stankiewicz in the final. Another Romanian, Roxana Sidi, came out 28th in the qualifiers. (AMP)
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