March 24, 2022

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LAW The Chamber of Deputies in Bucharest has endorsed a draft law on completing the construction works on several hydropower plants in Romania, projects scrapped a couple of years ago on environmental issues. According to the initiators of the project, the ruling Social Democrats, the measure would be a step forward in achieving Romania's energy independence at the same time making the most of the significant investment already made in the projects. The opposition USR argues that some of Romania's protected areas will be destroyed for insignificant gain.


NATO Romanian president Klaus Iohannis and the country's Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca are presently attending a special meeting, which has brought together in Brussels heads of state and government from NATO countries. According to the presidential administration, the meeting has been summoned against the background of Russia's military aggression in Ukraine and the growing risks and threats against the regional security, European and Euro-Atlantic. Iohannis said before the meeting on Thursday quote, 'we already have very good news as NATO has greenlighted the battle group that is to be deployed to Romania'. The Romanian president insisted that additional measures are needed to consolidate NATO's permanent presence in the region. President Iohannis will present the concerns related to the ex-soviet Romanian-speaking Republic of Moldova, and also brief the allies on the logistic centre in Suceava, north-eastern Romania. The ongoing NATO summit, which has been the second this year, is also being attended by the US president Joe Biden. 


UKRAINE Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenski has urged millions around the world to take to the streets today, a month after the onset of the Russian invasion when many Ukrainian cities are still under attacks from Russian troops. Ukraine's chief of staff has announced that fighting continues around the besieged city of Izyum while most of Ukriane's military units in the eastern region of Donetsk are under attack. Operations continue in the north of the country where the Russian artillery is shelling the cities of Kalynivka, Horynka and Romanovka as well as the north-western suburbs of Kyiv.


EU Romanian president Klaus Iohannis is today and tomorrow attending the European Council proceedings in Brussels. White House leader Joe Biden has also been invited to the meeting as a confirmation of the tight Transatlantic coordination against the security background created by the Russian aggression in Ukraine. High on the agenda are the latest security developments in Ukraine with emphasis on the EU political, financial, material and humanitarian assistance to this country. Participants will also tackle ways of providing assistance to the Ukrainian refugees, as well as the Strategic Compass, an instrument aimed at providing a roadmap in terms of security and defence at the EU level. The EU council proceedings are also to focus on the situation of the energy prices and how to provide assistance to the most vulnerable categories and the business environment.


COVID-19 On Thursday Romania reported over four thousand Covid infections in the past 24 hours and 37 related fatalities. 428 patients are being treated in ICUs, the lowest number in the past three months. We recall that no anti-Covid restriction has been applied in the past two weeks in Romania, although the country's Health Minister Alexandru Rafila still recommends the observance of individual protection measures, particularly the face covering in indoor and crowded spaces. Rafila has also recalled the existence of vaccination centers in medical centres across the country.

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