10 Years of Eastern Partnership; The Romanian Agriculture Minister Chaired the Special Meeting of the Council of the European Union; Economic Data on Romania; Former Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare to Be Extradited by Madagascar; 5G Network in Romania
of Eastern Partnership
cooperation framework signed by the EU and six ex-Soviet republics,
called the Eastern Partnership, now celebrates a decade of existence.
This week, the partnership proved successful, with its policies
managing to move forward reforms in partner countries, bringing
untold advantages to their citizens, as announced in Brussels. This
partnership allowed association and visa liberalization agreements
with three of these states, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, and
Georgia. EU foreign ministers held discussions to begin the dialog
for such treaties to be signed with Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.
For Romania, which borders Ukraine and Moldova, countries with
sizable ethnic Romanian populations, the Eastern Partnership was a
priority right from the start, but especially now, that the country
holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union, as
recalled by President Klaus Iohannis and Foreign Minister Melescanu.
They attended the event in Brussels, reaffirming Romania's continued
support for this partnership. Security, stability, and prosperity,
democracy and the rule of law in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus
are priorities for the community of states, which is why the EU
reiterated that it is determined to maintain close cooperation,
differentiated and mutually advantageous with all six partners.
Romanian Agriculture Minister Chaired the Special Meeting of the
Council of the European Union
common agricultural policy, the most integrated European policy, has
to be a common policy not only at a declarative level, but at a
concrete level of application in all the member states of the EU,
said in Brussels the Romanian Agriculture Minister, Petre Daea, the
chair of the meeting of the Council of the European Union focused on
agriculture and fishing. The main topic of discussion was the new
performance model within the Common Agricultural Policy. As part of
the council, information sessions were held by the Commission, with
exchanges of views on a long term strategic vision for a climate
neutral economy, with a focus on agriculture. Also, discussions were
held around the declaration on a smart and sustainable digital future
in European agriculture and rural areas.
Data on Romania
Romanian economy this year grew in the first quarter by 5% as
compared with the same period last year, according to estimates
issued Thursday by the National Statistics Institute (NSI). The
growth as against the last quarter of last year was 1.3%. Eurostat
confirms the figures. That institution rates the growth of the
Romanian economy from January to March 2019 at 5.1%. One week ago,
the European Commission reviewed its estimates for growth this year
for Romania down to 3.3%, considering that in January the executive
thought the GDP would grow by 3.8%. Also, in early April, the IMF
adjusted its expectation for growth in 2019 from 3.4% to 3.1%.
National Bank of Romania governor Mugur Isarescu announced that in
March and April inflation went up over expectations, continuing to be
above 3.5%. He explained that some of the factors that keep this
figure up were high prices for fruits, vegetables, fuel, and tobacco,
but also by wage increases and the taxes levied on telecom companies
through the controversial GO 114.
Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare to Be Extradited by Madagascar
Justice Minister Ana Birchall announced this week that the
authorities in Madagascar have issued an extradition order for Radu
Mazare, former mayor of the city of Constanta, the largest city on
the Black Sea shore of Romania. A week ago he was detained in
Madagascar after the Romanian authorities issued a warrant for his
arrest through the Interpol. The former mayor has several convictions
in Romanian courts. In February, an international warrant was issued
after he received a conviction to serve 9 years in prison in a
corruption case. He fled to Madagascar in December 2017, claiming
political pressure in his many prosecutions, and he demanded asylum.
According to the authorities, he will be returned to his country
early next week.
Network in Romania
is one of the first countries in the world to launch 5G. A Romanian
telecom operator announced it will soon activate the first towers for
this type of communication. The technology will become available with
the introduction of 5G capable smart phones on the market. The
telecom operator announced the expansion of the network to other
major cities soon.