ELECTIONS Citizens of Latvia, Malta, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are
today voting in the European Parliament elections. Britain, the Netherlands and
Ireland have already cast their ballot in this election while in the other EU
countries, Romania included, people are going to vote on Sunday. 13 political
groups and 3 independent candidates are vying for a seat in the European
Parliament and Romania has been earmarked 33 seats in the European Legislature.
The 33rd mandate will come into effect only after Britain's
withdrawal from the block has produced judicial effects. 441 polling stations
have been set up for the Romanians abroad, most of them in Italy, Spain and the
neighboring Romanian-speaking Republic of Moldova. Romania is the only member
state, which is staging a referendum concurrently with these elections. The
referendum on legal issues has been summoned by the country's president Klaus
CONFERENCE Romania's Agriculture Minister Petrre Daea has today attended a
conference entitled 'Beekeeping in A European and Global Context', an event
held in Bucharest during Romania's holding the EU rotating presidency. The
event, staged on the occasion of the World Bee Day, is aimed at underlining the
importance of these insects for the entire ecosystem against the background of
the present climate change as well as their crucial role in raising crops production.
Daea said Romania comes second after Spain in terms of bee families and the
first in terms of honey production. Romania produces on an average 22 thousand
tons of honey annually ranking fourth in Europe in terms of honey output. Statistics
show though that Romanians are consuming 3-4 times less honey than in Germany,
the Netherlands and Belgium.
NAFSA 24 Romanian universities are presenting their educational offer
in Washington, over May 26th and 31st within the annual
NAFSA exhibition, the most prestigious international event of this kind,
Romania's National Council of Rectors has announced. The conference is expected
to bring together more than 10 thousand participants and 35 hundred
universities from 100 countries. According to a communiqué of the National Council
of Rectors, Romania offers a high-quality education environment as well as a
series of facilities in its campuses up to European standards at better prices
than in other European countries.
FOOTBALL Former champion sides, Astra Giurgiu and Viitorul Constanta are
today meeting in Ploiesti, southern Romania for the finals of Romania's football
cup. Another famous football side from Romania, CFR Cluj has for the fifth time
and the second in a row won Romania's football championship. They are followed
by FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest.
(translated by bill)