October 19, 2018

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TOUR Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's Middle East tour continues with a visit to Kuwait. Earlier in the United Arab Emirates, the head of the Executive in Bucharest held talks with local officials and business people whom she encouraged to invest in Romania. Dancila and her counterpart Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have signed a joint statement in Abu Dhabi on setting up an economic strategic partnership. Trade, investment, agriculture, tourism, research and innovation are the priority domains the business environments of the two countries will cooperate on. Prime Minister Dancila has also met representatives of the Chambers of Trade and Industry from the United Arab Emirates as well as the Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs Ahmed Al Jaber. The Romanian official presented legislative facilities the authorities in Bucharest implemented in order to build an attractive business environment.

VISIT Romanian president Klaus Iohannis is today attending the 12th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) in Brussels. EU leaders are trying to strengthen their ties with Asian countries and Russia in order to support free trade and fight climate change as opposed to the isolationist policy of US president Donald Trump. The 28 heads of state and government from Europe are to be joined by more than 20 Asian leaders, including premiers from China, Japan and Russia. High on the meeting's agenda is connectivity at all levels: political, economic, cultural, digital, institutional and inter-human. The Asia-Europe meeting was set up in 1996 as a forum of dialogue and cooperation between the two continents. The summit is staged every other year, alternatively in Asia and Europe.

CESAER Leaders of Europe's top universities are today having talks in Bucharest on the future of science and technology in the presence of the European Commissioner for Regional Development Corina Cretu. The Polytechnics University in Bucharest is presently hosting the 31st edition of the CESAER General Assembly the most important association at European level representing universities specialized in science and technology. The event is being attended by representatives of 50 universities as well as by leading figures from the world of research and higher technical education. The CESAER General Assembly has been staged in Romania for the first time to celebrate 200 years since the foundation of the Polytechnics University in Bucharest.

HANDBALL Serbian Dragan Djukic has been appointed headcoach of the Romanian women's handball champions CSM Bucharest. Djukic 56, who is replacing Swedish Magnus Johansson, has also trained Pick Szeged of Hungary, Vardar Skopje of Macedonia, Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel as well as the national teams of Montenegro, Israel, Great Britain, Switzerland, Macedonia or Jordan. The Serbian technician has also coached Romanian side HC Odorhei. CSM's first game under his guidance will be against Norwegian side Vipers Kristiansand in the Champions League group D. The Romanians have so far clinched a home win against Hungarian squad Ferencvaros but lost their away game against German side Bietigheim.

COMMISSION The Venice Commission is today approving the final opinion on the amendments to the Justice Laws in Romania this year, tanking into account the emergency ordinance recently adopted by the government in Bucharest. The debates today are also being attended by the president of the special Parliament Committee for Justice Laws with the Romanian Parliament, Social-Democrat Florin Iordache. In a preliminary report this summer, the Venice Commission pointed out that the amendments to the three justice laws promoted by the PSD-ALDE government coalition would undermine the independence of the judges and prosecutors at the same time eroding the Romanians' trust in the country's legal system. The Commission has made a series of recommendations including one according to which the president and the Higher Council of Magistracy should keep their role in the appointment and sacking of higher prosecutors and delaying regulations concerning the retiring magistrates. Field Minister Tudorel Toader said the latest ordinance had been adjusted in keeping with the Venice Commission recommendations.

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