3 November 2018

3 november 2018 A roundup of the main stories in Romania today.

Reception. Romania's president Klaus Iohannis will be meeting the British prime minister Theresa May on the 14th of November in London, news agencies cite official sources as saying. On that same day, Iohannis will attend Prince Charles' 70th birthday party at the Buckingham Palace, following an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II.

Visit. The Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila today begins a visit to Oman to attend the opening of the Romanian embassy and the honorary consulate in the sultanate. She will travel next to Qatar. The talks with high-ranking officials from the region aim to consolidate bilateral relations, both diplomatic and economic, Dancila said. During her previous tour of the Middle East last month, she travelled to Turkey, the Arab Emirates and Kuwait. On Friday, she met her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of a regional meeting in neighbouring Bulgaria.

Sibiu. The Romanian health minister Sorina Pintea says the city of Sibiu, in the centre, is not ready in terms of hospital standards to host the European summit scheduled for next year. She promised that, apart from the funds already allocated, the city's emergency hospital will benefit from additional financial support. 400 officials and more than 1,000 journalists are expected to attend an EU summit in Sibiu on the 9th of May next year, during Romania's 6-month presidency of the EU Council and the first after the official date for Brexit.

Journalists. Romania's president Klaus Iohannis said in a Twitter post that freedom of expression and information are basic values of democracy. "Today we honour the journalists who risk their lives in the service of truth. Freedom of expression and information are fundamental values of democracy and we must protect them. We have a responsibility to hold to account those who commit crimes against the media", said the president. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2nd November the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The date was chosen in commemoration of two French journalists who were assassinated in Mali in 2013.

Earthquake. Bucharest's mayor Gabriela Firea has asked the government and parliament to urgently amend the legislation on buildings at high risk in case of an earthquake so that they could be consolidated without the signatures of the tenants who are opposed to evacuation. She says there are almost 350 buildings at high risk in Bucharest, where 9,000 people live, and that the City Hall has begun to consolidate 96, which involved the temporary evacuation of 1,000 people. If one owner refuses to give approval in writing, the building cannot be consolidated, the mayor also says. A week ago, Romania was shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.8 degrees on the Richter scale, which caused no victims or damages. On 4th March 1977, an earthquake of 7 degrees on the Richter scale caused the death of 1,570 people, mostly in Bucharest, and caused material damages estimated at the time at more than 2 billion dollars. 230,000 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged. The earthquake triggered an economic and social crisis which, according to historians, the communist regime was unable to overcome until its collapse in 1989. 

Fair. The INDAGRA agricultural fair is under way in Bucharest. The biggest event of its kind in this country, is brings together hundreds of producers from 25 countries, including 380 from Romania. The exhibits include farming equipment and tools, traditional food products, organic products, seeds, trees, flowers, and food and wine tasting events. 15 years after the death of the local tractor production, the first such vehicle was presented at the fair. The tractor was entirely designed in Romania and 80% of its components were made here.

Tennis. The Romanian-Dutch pair Horia Tecau and Jean Julien Rojer are today playing the doubles semifinal at the ATP World Tour Masters in Paris against the all-American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock. In the quarterfinals on Friday, Rojer and Tecau defeated Raven Klaasen from South Africa and Michael Venus from New Zealand in straight sets. They thus qualified for the second time in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament this season, in which the Romanian player has been plagued by injury.

World Cup. Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia are considering a possible joint application to hold the World Cup in 2030, said the Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov after talks with his counterparts from Romania and Greece and the president of Serbia. The countries in this region never hosted a World Cup. Only the former Yugoslavia, which was dismantled in 1991, hosted the European championships in 1976. Romania will host four matches as part of the 2020 European Championships on its National Arena stadium in Bucharest. 

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