PROGRAMME Romania has kicked off
a social programme called 'Seaside for Everyone', which allows tourists to find
accommodation in hotels on the Romanian Black Sea coast for prices starting
from 7 Euros per night. Representatives of the employers associations in the
field say that prices are almost 70% lower than in the summer holiday season.
Over 4 thousand accommodation facilities have been made available for tourists
who can also pay with holiday vouchers. The most sought-after Black Sea resorts
are Mamaia, Eforie Nord, Neptun and Saturn. The 'Seaside for Everyone'
programme is presently at its 40th edition and is the only social
programme in Romania entirely supported by the business environment.
UKRAINE Parliament in Ukraine
on Sunday extended the martial law and general mobilization for 90 days, until
August 23rd after the country's president Volodymyr Zelensky had
earlier signed a decree in this respect.Zelensky also called on the Ministers of Defence from 40 countries due to
convene in a virtual conference on Monday to approve the delivery of Multiple
Launch Rocket Systems to the Ukrainian army. According to the European site
Politico, the United States, which has this kind of weapon, is reluctant to
offer it to Ukraine as it would enable the latter to hit targets deep into the
Russian territory as the missiles fitting these systems have a range of up to
500 kilometers. Zelensky request comes against a stepped up Russian onslaught
in eastern Ukraine, the invaders' main target after the defeat suffered around Kyiv.
The Russian troops are pressing the Ukrainian forces mainly in Lugansk, which
together with Donetsk are forming the so-called Donbas. Clashes in Donbas have
intensified once Russia managed to take over Mariupol after a violent siege of
nearly three months during which the city was almost entirely destroyed.
According to Reuters, Russia is using aviation, artillery, tanks and rockets
along the entire eastern front. In the meantime, Polish president Andrzej Duda spoke before the Ukrainian Parliament on Sunday becoming the first foreign
president talking to the Ukrainian legislature since the beginning of the war
Russia started in Ukraine on February 24th. The Polish official said
that only Ukraine had the right to decide its future and that he would campaign
for its EU membership.
DAVOS After a two
year recess caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the world's political and economic
elite again convenes in Davos, a forum expected to be dominated by the war in
Ukraine, AFP reports. Organisers of the renowned World Economic Forum late last
year announced that a meeting in person would be held in the mountain resort of
Davos over May 22 and 26, after several online editions caused by the pandemic.
A wide range of topics are high on the agenda, from climate changes to energy
prices and fears about a potential global food crisis, gender equality,
football and the metaverse. However, the world economic forum in Davos has
become famous for the talks held outside of its official programme. Among the
most famous events it saw along the years was the first ministerial meetings
between the South and North Korea in 1989 or the talks on Apartheid between the
president of South Africa, Frederik De Klerk and the then dissident Nelson Mandela.
This year's edition of the Davos forum is expected to bring together roughly
25 hundred participants, including numerous company directors and over 50 heads
of state and government.
MEDAL Romanian Catalin Chirila on
Sunday became silver medalist in the one thousand meter finals of the men's
canoe single event of the 2022 ICF Kayak-Canoe Sprint in Racice, the Czech
Republic. The gold medal went to the Czech Martin Fuksa, multiple world
champion and vice champion, while Hungarian Balasz Adolf came third. On
Saturday Chirila, who came eleventh in the one thousand meter race in Tokyo
Olympics, stepped onto the third step of the podium in the competition's 500
meter race. Chirila, who together with his compatriot Victor Mihalachi, had
come fifth in the one thousand meter race in Tokyo, announced after the Olympic
Games that he would focus on individual races.