October 3, 2019 UPDATE

october 3, 2019 update A roundup of domestic and international news

MOTION - A motion of no-confidence initiated by the opposition against the Social Democrat minority government was read in Parliament on Thursday. Titled "To rebuild Romania, the Dancila government must be urgently dismissed!", the motion will be debated and put to a vote next Thursday, October 10. The government is described as one of missed chances, because, although the country's economy is going through a favorable period, with significant growth rates, no major infrastructure project was started, the motion reads. Trust in the Romanian economy is diminishing, mainly because the legislation governing the economic sector changes almost every week, the document also says. The leader of the Social Democratic Party and Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila says the opposition does not have the necessary number of votes to bring down the government. The motion was signed by 237 MPs from across the political spectrum. 233 votes are needed for the government to fall. We recall that at the end of August, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats walked out of the governing coalition with the Social Democratic Party.



Media2020 - The audience of public broadcasters needs independent, unbiased and trustworthy news created by professionals, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Secretary General Dr. Javad Mottaghi said on Thursday in Bucharest on the sidelines of the 5th edition of the Media2020 Conference organized by Radio Romania. This year's theme is "Crossing Borders in the Digital World". The event brought together 40 representatives of some of the most important media outlets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Debates focused, among other things, on the future of public radio in the digital era, ways to protect copyright, how to combat fake news and the promotion of cultural diversity through the use of new digital technologies. Radio Romania and BBC Radio signed a bilateral agreement to develop a creative cooperation partnership. Radio Romania has signed similar agreements with Radio France and RAI as part of its strategy of collaboration with the most prestigious media institutions in Europe.



EIB - The European Investment Bank will triple its support for Romanian enterprises, from 500 million to 1.38 billion euros, EIB vice-president Andrew McDowell said Thursday in Bucharest, where he attended the signing of new contracts modifying existing agreements with Romanian financial intermediaries aimed at increasing the amount of financing. According to the EIB official, the initiative for SMEs combines structural funds with other EU and EIB resources in order to provide loans to 5,000 Romanian SMEs in favorable terms, thus contributing to creating new jobs in the private sector.  This has worked well in the last year, which is why we are increasing the amount of funds to almost double the amount previously allocated, Andrew McDowell went on to say. Attending the event, Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici said over 2,000 Romanian SMEs have benefitted from this initiative, and 500 million euros have already been allocated.



NAVY - Romanian border police officers, the crew of a surveillance coast guard ship, on Thursday returned home after a three-month mission in the Aegean Sea under the aegis of FRONTEX. As part of the Poseidon 2019 mission, the Romanian officers carried out over 930 hours of patrolling on the EU's external maritime borders, saving 484 people. The two crews, operating on a rotation basis onboard the Romanian Border Police officers, carried out patrol, surveillance, search and rescue operations in the Aegean Sea, alongside other EU member states. 



MOLDOVA - The EU will withhold its financial support for the Republic of Moldova unless this country continues its reforms and fulfills its commitments, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini said in Chisinau on Thursday. The EU official stated her visit marks a strong signal of support for Moldova and its line of reforms. Federica Mogherini held talks with Prime Minister Maia Sandu regarding the reform of the judiciary and ensuring the independence of state institutions. This is the first visit paid by Federica Mogherini to Chisinau in the last five years.



BREXIT - EU leaders have reacted with caution to the UK's new Brexit proposals. The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said the proposed deal contains both positive advances and problematic aspects. The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said a lot of work still needs to be done to reach a deal on the backstop mechanism proposed by the European Union to avoid a hard border with Ireland. On Wednesday, the British government made public its proposals on the Irish border, but the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said they are not enough to maintain an open border.



EUROPALIA - The EUROPALIA International Arts Festival has got under way in Brussels, with Romania as the guest of honour this year. The official opening was held on Tuesday, and it was attended, among others, by King Philippe of Belgium, Queen Mathilde and Romania's President Klaus Iohannis. They visited the exhibition devoted to the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi entitled Brancusi. Transcendence of Form and hosted by the Bozar center and organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute. This is the most important exhibition devoted to the Romanian artist in recent decades and the highlight of the festival. Over the next four months, Europalia events will be held in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and Great Britain, featuring some 250 different visual arts, music, theatre, cinema, literature and performing arts projects.

(Translated by V. Palcu)



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