November 3, 2022

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EARTHQUAKE A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit Romania on Thursday morning in the Buzău area in the south-east of the country. The earthquake was felt in several cities, including the capital Bucharest, but no emergency calls were received and no damages or victims were reported. This was the strongest earthquake in the last 2 and a half years. A 5.2 quake occurred on January 31, 2020 in Vrancea, Romania's main seismic area. A bigger, 5.8 magnitude tremor was also reported in October 2018, in Buzău County.

MILITARY The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, is on an official visit to Romania today, the Romanian Defence Ministry announced. Lecornuwill have meetings with the Romanian Defence Minister, Angel Tîlvăr, with President Klaus Iohannis and PM Nicolae Ciucă. The French delegation's agenda also includes a visit to the 'Getica' Joint National Training Centre in Cincu, central Romania, and a wreath-laying ceremony at the French Heroes Monument in Bucharest. France has been leading the NATO battle group in Romania set up in May. The battle groups created in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary are part of the borader set of measures taken by NATO to bolster its medium and long-term deterrence and defence posture, following the war initiated by the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

VISIT The president of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis postponed his official visit to Romania scheduled for Thursday, for unforeseen and unavoidable reasons, the Swiss Embassy in Bucharest announced. President Cassis and president Klaus Iohannis will try to find an alternative date for the meetings scheduled as part of the visit. According to the Swiss Embassy, the two parties will sign in the near future the Romanian-Swiss framework agreement concerning the implementation of a second financial instalment aimed at reducing economic and social disparities within the EU. Under the agreement, Switzerland will provide 221.5 million Swiss francs for projects to be implemented in Romania until 2029.

PENSIONS Government spokesman Dan Cărbunaru announced that a task force has been set up within the Labour Ministry in Bucharest, to analyse the issue of the so-called "special pensions", which are not based on contributions during employment. The beneficiaries of such pensions include magistrates, among other categories, and scores of them applied for retirement after the World Bank requested the Romanian authorities to reform the system. This was also a requirement in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, agreed on by Romania with the European Commission. 

AUTOMOTIVE The number of new automobiles registered in Romania in the first 10 months of the year went up over 8% compared to the corresponding period of last year, to nearly 106,000 units. Car registration numbers also increased by 10% this October compared to October 2021. Most of the new automobiles registered during this period, i.e. 31,000, were local brand Dacia. As for second hand car registrations in the first 10 months of the year, the number dropped 20% compared to 2021, to 270,000.

HANDBALL Romania's women's handball team drew against Germany, 29-29, last night in Tatabanya (Hungary), in the last test match ahead of the European Championships. In the first test match, Romania lost to Hungary, 28-33.  The European Championships (EHF EURO 2022) will take place between November 4th and 20th, in Slovenia, North Macedonia and Montenegro. Romania plays in Group C, together with France, the Netherlands and North Macedonia, and its first game is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, against the Netherlands. Romania has taken part in all the European Championships editions except for 2006, and its best performance was a bronze medal in 2010. In the last edition, held in 2020, Romania came out 12th. (AMP)
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