Romanian Foreign Minister Ramona Manescu attended opening of IAEA General Conference in Vienna
IAEA The Romanian Foreign Minister, Ramona Mănescu, took part on Monday in Vienna in the opening of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. On the sidelines of the meeting, the Romanian official had talks with her new Swedish counterpart, Ann Linde. The discussion focused on ways to strengthen bilateral ties and the cooperation at EU level, considering that the 2 countries have similar concerns regarding the eastern neighbourhood. Both parties emphasised the willingness to use their shared views on a number of topics in order to strengthen bilateral political dialogue. Ramona Mănescu also lobbied for the Romanian candidate for director general of the IAEA, ambassador Cornel Feruţă, the interim director of the Agency. The General Conference is the highest decision making body of the International Atomic Energy Agency and has convened every year, since 1957, to analyse and approve the budget and programme of the institution. Decisions are also made with respect to issues of interest to the member states and the international community.
VESSEL The Romanian training ship "Mircea" is conducting a training programme on the Danube until September 23, to conclude the series of events devoted to the celebration of 80 years since the vessel became part of the Romanian Navy. Marines are inviting the public in 3 Danube ports on board the ship that has sailed more than 300,000 miles, that is 14 times the length of the Equator. On Sunday, the "Mircea" was in Tulcea, on Tuesday it will reach Galaţi, and on Thursday it is scheduled to arrive in Brăila.
INCOMES Romania sees the widest gaps in the EU between the smallest and highest incomes of its citizens, with the incomes of the 10% richest Romanians being almost 6 times higher than those of the poorest 10%, reads a recent survey. For the EU as a whole, the ratio is 3.76. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the ratio is 2.83%, in Slovenia – 2.96%, in Finland - 3%, in Bulgaria – 5.22%, in Latvia – 5.29% and in Lithuania – 5.5%. According to the document, the 10% of the Romanians with the highest incomes make over 6,928 euro per year, whereas the 10% with the smallest incomes earn maximum 1,189 euro per year, i.e. 3.25 euro per day.
(translated by: Ana-Maria Popescu)