18 October 2018

18 october 2018 A roundup of the main stories in Romania today.

EU summit. The EU Council meeting continues in Brussels, with the EU heads of state and government today discussing migration, security and the future of the eurozone. Last night, Brexit negotiations ended with no result. According to Radio Romania's correspondent, the EU leaders are focusing on combating human trafficking, the European Commission's proposals on the return of migrants, the cooperation with the countries of origin and transit and the consolidation of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. As far as internal security is concerned, talks focus on legal cooperation and combating terrorism, border security and the fight against cyber attacks. Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, who is attending the summit, is expected to highlight in his address the fact that the prevention and combating of radicalisation and terrorism must remain a priority for member states. The EU Council summit will be followed by the Euro summit in expanded format. On that occasion, president Iohannis will say that Romania supports the objective of consolidating the economic and monetary union, closely following the impact of all initiatives targeting this area, given Bucharest's goal of joining the eurozone as soon as possible.


Visit. The Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila today continues her visit to the United Arab Emirates. On Wednesday, the heads of government in Bucharest and Abu Dhabi adopted a joint declaration on the establishment of a strategic economic partnership between the governments of Romania and the United Arab Emirates. The document underlines the important regional role played by the latter and Romania's membership of the EU, which provides significant opportunities of bilateral cooperation in priority sectors for Bucharest, such as trade, investments, industry, agriculture, the financial and banking sector, energy, transport and infrastructure, the IT sector, education, culture, research and innovation and tourism. The declaration also highlights the important role of the Romanian and Emirati communities in the respective countries in the economic, social and cultural development of the two states. Also on Wednesday, the Romanian prime minister visited the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, after on Tuesday she travelled to Dubai for talks with the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whom she presented with the most recent investment opportunities in Romania. Viorica Dancila will next travel to Kuwait, the last leg of a tour that also took her to Turkey. She said the purpose of these official visits is to promote economic relations. 


EU funds. Romania has managed to recover 220 million euros accounting for around a quarter of the European funds allocated under the Regional Operational Programme, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu told Radio Romania. Thus, some of the 800 million euros available under this programme and which Romania was no longer able to spend by the end of the year due to a lack of applications, have been redirected to the development of small and medium sized enterprises and to purchasing medical equipment and ambulances for all counties in Romania. The European official also said the programme was modified at the request of the Romanian government.


Erdogan visit. Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is paying a two-day visit to the Republic of Moldova, where he was welcomed with military honours by his counterpart Igor Dodon. During their talks, the two presidents spoke about the importance of the Strategic Partnership declaration signed by Chisinau, which in the opinion of the Turkish president, will change the relationship between the two states. News agencies write that none of the two officials mentioned the recent scandal about the expulsion of seven Turkish citizens working for the Orizont schools in the Republic of Moldova. Erdogan did mention the alleged coup in Turkey from two years ago, saying it was led by a terrorist organisation that also had members in the Republic of Moldova. He also said that two Turkish state banks would open branches in Moldova. The Turkish president also met prime minister Pavel Filip. Bilateral agreements in various fields, including military, were also signed.


Tennis. Romanian and world no. one in women's tennis Simona Halep has withdrawn from the WTA Finals held in Singapore between the 21st and the 28th of October and which brings together the world's best eight players in 2018. Halep was recently diagnosed with a herniated disk injury which also forced her to forfeit the Moscow tournament and withdraw in the first round in Beijing. Halep, who won the French Open this year, ends the year in the top position regardless of the result in Singapore. Playing in the WTA Finals are Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Angelique Kerber of Germany, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Sloane Stephens of the United States and Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands.


Youth Olympics. Romania's delegation to the Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires finished the Games on the 27th position in the team ranking, with a total of 8 medals, including 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze. The Romanian Olympic team was made up of 34 athletes, who competed in 14 disciplines. 4,000 young athletes aged between 15 and 18, from around the world, competed in this third edition of the Summer Youth Olympics hosted by Argentina. 



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