July 12, 2019 UPDATE

july 12, 2019 update A roundup of domestic and international news

ROMANIA - FRANCE RELATIONS - Romania is a key partner of France in the region, French Ambassador to Bucharest Michele Ramis said on Friday at the reception celebrating the National Day of France. Michele Ramis congratulated Romanian authorities for their successful presidency of the Council of the EU. The French official recalled that in 2019 bilateral relations were marked by the Romania - France culture season, which comes to an end on Sunday. The series of events were a success, especially with the young generations, with over 800 events held in 160 cities across France and Romania, Ambassador Ramis went on to say. Michele Ramis also referred to the over 2,300 French businesses operating in Romania, which make up for some 120,000 jobs. The National Day of France was also celebrated in Iasi, Brasov, Cluj and Timisoara.

PRESIDENCY - The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest on Friday hosted a gala concert, marking the end of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the main results of Romania's term in office. Romania fought for a Europe for all, one that promotes unity in diversity and where hatred and discrimination have no place, Prime Minister Dancila said. Romania's record at the helm of the Council of the EU includes the completion of 90 legislative files and the adoption of 84 conclusions of the Council, on topics of common interest. Some 2,500 events and meetings have been organized, of which 300 in Romania. The Romanian official pointed out the Romanian presidency achieved its set goals and was appreciated by all European partners. 

EU - Former Social-Democrat MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu, proposed by the Government for the position of interim Commissioner for Regional Policy, was designated a member of the Commission, although he will not be holding any portfolio. The same will go for Estonia's candidate, Kadri Simson. The decision was taken by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, considering the short duration of the two candidates' term in office. On October 31, the new European Commission is expected to take office. Under the regulation, Juncker interviewed the two candidates on Thursday and assessed their skills. Ioan Mircea Pascu and Kadri Simson will also appear on Wednesday before the European Parliament committee chairmen, while Parliament will vote on their appointment on Thursday in Strasbourg. Aged 70, Ioan Mircea Pascu is due to take over the regional policy portfolio from Corina Cretu, who has won an MEP seat in the new Parliament on behalf of the Pro Romania Party. Ioan Mircea Pascu has been an MEP since 2007, the year of Romania's EU accession. 

ENVIRONMENT - Losing biodiversity is one of the global issues facing all societies today, said the Romanian Minister of the Environment, the Deputy Prime Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu, at the first informal meeting of environment ministers organized under the Finish Presidency of the Council of the EU. Gratiela Gavrilescu has recalled that during the Romanian Presidency, which ended on June 30th this year, biodiversity was a priority, and efforts were made to push forward negotiations on the LIFE Programme post 2020, as well as to find common points in the preparation for the post - 2020 Global Framework. The EU's long-term strategy with regard to climate change was a major objective for Bucharest, the Romanian minister has stated, adding that the EU must keep acting, both internally and externally, and support actions in the field by means of a large number of cooperation instruments, including financial.

GOLDEN STAG - 12 artists from ten countries will compete for the Grand Trophy of the Golden Stag Music Festival in Brasov, central Romania, which starts on August 22nd. The finalists are Tamara of Georgia, Ralfs Eilands of Latvia, Veronica Liberati of Italy, Florin Raduta of Romania, Anna Odobescu of the Republic of Moldova, Alfie Arcuri of Australia, Renate of Romania, Cynthia Verazie of Cyprus, Eliza G of Italy, Syuzanna Melqonyan of Armenia, Monika Marija of Lithuania and Sara de Blue of Austria. Carrying on a 50 year long tradition, besides their own pieces, the competitors will also perform a song in Romanian. The first edition of the festival was held in 1968. In time, it became the largest international music festival organized in Romania and has enjoyed performances by famous artists such as Diana Ross, Amalia Rodrigues, Julio Iglesias, Dalida, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Juliette Greco, Vaya con Dios, Coolio, Christina Aguilera, Cliff Richard, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Martin, Kelly Family, Patricia Kaas, Gilbert Becaud, Josephine Baker, Toto Cutugno, Enrico Macias, Boy George, James Brown, Ray Charles, UB 40, Scorpions or Pink.

TENNIS - Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, no.7 in the WTA rankings, and the American Serena Williams, no. 10 WTA, on Saturday are playing the final of the Wimbledon tournament, the third Grand Slam of the year. On Thursday, in the semifinals, Halep defeated the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (8WTA) 6-1, 6-3, and Williams beat the Czech Barbora Strycova (54 WTA), 6-1, 6-2. This is the first time that Halep has qualified to the Wimbledon final, and the fifth grand slam final on her record sheet. She is the second Romanian to play the Wimbledon final, after Ilie Nastase, in the men's singles, who lost the finals back in 1972 and 1976.

(Translated by M. Ignatescu & V. Palcu)

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