The state institutions should make the Romanians worldwide regain confidence in their country, says President Iohannis/ The provisions of the EU Directive on the presumption of innocence should be transposed into the national law to avoid sanctions
ROMANIANS WORLDWIDE – The large Romanian Diaspora contributes to the promotion of our identity, each Romanian national being the message bearer of our culture and customs, says Romania’s President, Klaus Iohannis, in a message conveyed on the Day of the Romanians Worldwide, which is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of May, as of 2015. “The state institutions should make the Romanians worldwide regain confidence in their country. This way, the Romanians can return home and use their skills, renewed mentality and the experience accumulated abroad to the benefit of community, and thus contribute to developing a stronger Romania”, the president also says in his message. President Iohannis on Wednesday received a group of Romanians who hold public positions in their countries of residence, to underline how important it is to get them involved in the communities in which they live and to take a first step forward towards creating informal networks of professionals to promote the exchange of experience and good practices. To celebrate the Day of the Romanians Worldwide, musician Mircea Florian will give an electronic and folk-rock music concert in downtown Bucharest. The event is part of a festival devoted to the culture of the Romanians worldwide, which also includes an exhibition of Romanian painters living in the country and outside its borders.
JUSTICE – To avoid sanctions, the provisions of the EU Directive on the presumption of innocence should be transposed into the national law until the European Commission notifies the European Court of Justice, the relevant minister, Tudorel Toader said on Sunday. The European Commission has launched the infringement procedure against Romania for failing to transpose the provisions of this Directive into its Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes, respectively. Infringement is a standard procedure used by the European Commission against the EU member states which do not announce in due time the transposition of the measures included in the EU Directive, AGERPRES news agency on Friday quoted an EC spokesperson as saying. According to the spokesperson, the procedure envisages 10 EU member states, and the transposition of the provisions of the respective Directive into the national law does not run counter to the legitimate objective of fighting corruption.
ROMANIAN- GEORGIAN RELATIONS- Romania will further be a trustworthy partner of Georgia’s and will support that country’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, the visiting deputy prime minister Ana Birchall said on Saturday on a visit to Georgia, where she attended the ceremonies occasioned by that country’s independence and statehood centennial. “In 2018 Romania and Georgia celebrate their national centennials, a good opportunity for them to deepen their special relations. Now, it’s time we developed, to a larger extent, our political dialogue with strategic valences, economic cooperation, which has a significantly high potential, and increased contacts between our societies and citizens”, the deputy prime minister Ana Birchall said in Tbilisi, according to a communiqué made public by the Government on Sunday. The Georgian side has thanked Romania for its firm and constant support for Georgia, in its effort to fulfil its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations and underlined the determination of the Tbilisi authorities to go ahead with the reform process.
FOOTBALL – Bucharest will host, later today, Romania’s Football Cup final, played by CS Universitatea Craiova (in the south), and ranking third in League One, and FC Hermannstadt (Sibiu, in the centre). It is for the first time that the Sibiu-based team manages to reach the final stage of the competition. We recall that the winner of the Romanian football championship this year is CFR Cluj (in the north-west), which will play in the Champions’ League, and ranking second in the classification is FCSB (former Steaua Bucharest). FCSB and CSU Craiova have qualified for the Europa League, alongside the winner of Romania’s Football Cup.
TENNIS – Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru(no.160 WTA) is today meeting American Christina McHale ( no. 85), on the first day of the French Open, the second grand slam tournament of the year. Five other Romanian women tennis players will be taking part in the Roland Garros. No.1 WTA and first seeded Simona Halep will face American Alison Riske (no. 105 WTA). Halep has so far played two Roland Garros finals, but she lost both, one of them last year. Mihaela Buzărnescu (no. 32 WTA) will meet in the first round American Vania King. Irina Begu (no. 41 WTA) will face Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (no. 78), Sorana Cîrstea (no. 45 WTA) will meet Australian Daria Gavrilova (no.24), and Ana Bogdan (no.65) will be playing against the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (no.90). In the men’s competition, Romanian Marius Copil (no. 95 ATP) will face Italian Marco Cecchinato (no.72) in the inaugural round.
WEATHER – It is fine and warm in most regions of the country, with overcast skies in the west, south west, centre and the mountains. Rain-showers, thunderstorms and gusty wind are reported in places. The high of the day stands at 29 degrees Celsius. The noon reading in Bucharest was 23 degrees.