DRILL Over 1300 soldiers from Romania, Canada, Germany and the Republic of Moldova, an ex-soviet Romanian-speaking state, took part in a large-scale drill in the shooting range of Cincu, in central Romania. The Romanian Army participated with 13 military airplanes, including the newly bought F-16 fighters, and 200 military vehicles. This has been the fourth exercise of its kind hosted at Cincu this year.
CAR CRASH Three people died and nearly 60 others were wounded on Saturday in a multiple-vehicle collision due to the heavy fog on the Sun Highway linking Bucharest to the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. About 30 vehicles, including two minibuses, have been involved in the crash, forcing the authorities to intervene and close one lane of the highway.
SUMMIT Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos is in Riga, Latvia, this weekend where he is attending the fifth summit bringing together heads of government from Central and Eastern Europe as well as China in the 16+1 format, a government communiqué has announced. The Prime Minister’s participation in the present China-CEE Summit is an occasion to reaffirm Romania’s determination to assume an increasing role in this cooperation format, the communiqué says. On the sidelines of the China-CEE summit, the Romanian official will be having a series of bilateral contacts with his counterparts attending the event in Riga.
PIPELINE As of 2020, the Republic of Moldova (an ex-soviet Romanian-speaking state) might receive 2.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas, which is almost double its need, after the completion of the Iasi – Ungheni - Chisinau pipeline, that connect the former soviet Republic with Romania. This was the conclusion of the intergovernmental committee of economic cooperation between this ex-soviet country and Romania held in Chisinau on Friday. The parties have agreed on the strategic domains Romania is ready to get involved in order to streamline and develop the electric power infrastructure in the neighboring country. The Romanian Minister of the Economy, Costin Borc, has called on business people in Bucharest to get involved in the Republic of Moldova’s privatization processes.
HANDBALL Romania’s champions and holder of the Champions League trophy in women’s handball CSM Bucharest lost to Hungarian side Gyor ETO 33-25 on Friday night in Budapest. This has been the Romanians’ third defeat in a row in the Champions League preliminaries, where they rank third in the group, with only two points, after Gyor and Rostov. Danish side Midtjylland is at the bottom of the group’s table. The first three sides in the group are qualified for the main board. In another development, Romania’s national handball side is taking on Poland in the second group of the preliminaries for the European Championship in 2018. They won their first game against Belarus 26-23. Serbia is also part of this group. The Romanians are being trained by Xavier Pascual, the one who is also coaching the famous side FC Barcelona.