COMMISSIONER The European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete is today paying a formal visit to Bucharest where he is expected to have talks with the Romanian Energy Minister Toma Petcu. The European official will also participate in a conference on Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity. The meeting will focus on the situation of gas network connectivity and expanding regional cooperation beyond this field. Also attending the event, Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission vice-president has told the participants that efficiency is the best measure in fighting energy shortage, which will also result in lower bills as well as environment protection.
PROTEST The Romanian National Union Federation ‘Ambulance’ has today staged a meeting in an attempt to protest the low monthly incomes in this sector, which are to be trimmed even more starting January 1st 2018. The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the public ambulance services, involves the participation of the employees but without affecting the intervention capabilities in emergency situations. Trade unionists are also warning against the shortage of personnel in the public ambulance services also calling for the creation of fresh jobs and allotment of the necessary budget.
EXPULSION 37 foreign citizens with ages between 19 and 60 years have been expelled from the Romanian territory in September, the General Inspectorate for Migration has today announced. Escorts were needed in the case of 27 of these migrants who came from countries like Pakistan, Bulgaria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Bangladesh and Ukraine. 9 have been escorted to their native countries, 15 to the border points whereas 3 others to the responsible countries for having their international protection applications reviewed. 31 of these persons have been banned from traveling to Romania for periods between 3 months and 5 years.
VISIT Currently on a visit to the neighboring Romania, Adrian Candu, the Parliament speaker of the Republic of Moldova, an ex-soviet Romanian-speaking country is having talks with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis. On Wednesday the Moldovan official met the presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in Bucharest, Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Liviu Dragnea, respectively, who voiced hope that the authorities in Chisinau would adopt the necessary measures to step up reforms in major fields of activity. Candu has underlined the fact that Romania is what he calls Chisinau’s ‘number one partner and friend’ and has apologized for the anti-Romanian statements of the country’s pro-Russia socialist president Igor Dodon. He has said that Dodon compensates his lack of competence through sharp anti-Romanian statements. Sworn in early this year, Dodon has stood for canceling the free trade and association agreements the Republic of Moldova and the European Union concluded in 2014 aimed at redirecting the country towards the Eurasian Union dominated by Russia.
FOOTBALL Romania’s only representative in European football competitions, vice champion team FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, today take on Swiss opponents Lugano, away from home, in a fixture counting towards Europa League. In the first Group G leg, two weeks ago, FCSB secured a 3-nil home win over Czech opponents Viktoria Plzen, while in the other game Israeli team Hapoel Beer Sheva grabbed a 2- nil win over Lugano. In the as-it-stands Group G table, FCSB are at the top, with three points, the same as Hapoel, but with a better goal average.
TECHNICAL REVISION We remind our listeners that the RRI transmitter in Galbeni, Bacau County, will be under technical review on Thursday, September 28th, between 09:00 and 17:00 Romanian time, which is 06.00-14.00 GMT.
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