May 15, 2019

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GROWTH In the first quarter of 2019 Hungary, Romania and Poland saw the most significant economic growth in the European Union as compared to the similar period last year, the European Office for Statistics has announced. According to the same sources, Hungary reported the most significant growth, 5.2%, followed by Romania with 5.1 and Poland, 4.6. In the first quarter of 2019 Romania's economy saw a 5% growth against the same period last year, says the country's Statistics Institute in its report published on Wednesday. The country's GDP rose by 1.3% in the first quarter of the year and the government counts on an economic growth of 5.5% this year. Last week, the European Commission revised Romania's economic growth this year down to 3.3% from a previous 3.8%. The IMF forecast also went down to 3.1% from an earlier 3.4.


GRATITUDE 30 years on from the anti-communist revolution in Romania, the country's president, Klaus Iohannis, has announced that 2019 will be declared 'The Year of Gratitude'. A ceremony to honor the victims of the communist dictatorship is due to be held on May 20th, which was the date when thirty years ago the post-communist country saw its first free elections.


PROTESTS Trade unionists from Romania's penitentiary system have today continued the series of protests they kicked off on Monday, when protest actions were held at the penitentiaries of Rahova close to Bucharest and Aiud in central Romania. Protesters are calling for the endorsement of the penitentiary policeman status and the pay of the extra hours worked. Trade unionists have announced they are going to stage more protests every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until their requirements are met. The country's interim justice minister Ana Birchall on Monday and Tuesday held talks with the protesters in a bid to find a solution to their problems.


MEETING On Tuesday and Wednesday Bucharest is seeing the seventh meeting of education ministers from Asia and Europe (ASEM), an event part of the series of meetings and conferences staged during Romania's holding the EU rotating presidency. The meeting this year is focusing on the type of education that connects: inclusion, mobility and excellence in support of sustainable development objectives'. A major issue on the talks agenda is the manner in which the ASEM Educational Process is contributing to sustainable development. ASEM is a cooperation platform between Europe and Asia launched in 1996 with a view to consolidating dialogue between the two regions. ASEM currently has 53 partners: 51 countries (28 EU members plus Switzerland and Norway, 21 Asian countries as well as two international organizations, the EU and the ASEAN secretariat, which brings together nations from South-East Asia.


TENNIS The world's number two tennis player Simona Halep of Romania will today be playing Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the WTA tournament in Rome. Also today, in the same round of the competition, another Romanian, Mihaela Buzarnescu, will be up against Jelena Goerges of Germany. Yesterday in the competition's first round Buzarnescu played Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia who withdrew from the match when the score was 6-2, 5-4 to Buzarnescu. The Romanian-Dutch pair made up of Horia Tecau and Jean Julien Rojer was outperformed by all-American pair Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-4, 7-6 in the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome. We recall the Dutch-Romanian pair on Sunday won the finals of the tournament in Madrid.

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