Israel wants to help Romania become a country able to offer its citizens all the services they need by getting involved in projects on water, electricity, gas or sewerage and by offering expertise, Israeli Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Waters Silvan Shalom told AGERPRES on Tuesday.
In the light of recent events in Ukraine, energy security is one of the most crucial issues in Europe. Unlocking hydrocarbon resources in the Black Sea could be the next step towards boosting domestic energy supplies. Gheorghe Dutu, the president of the National Agency for Mineral Resources of Romania (NAMR) says in his welcome letter to the attendees of the Second Black Sea Offshore Conference “Romania attaches great importance to reducing dependence on hydrocarbon imports and unlocking its own offshore reserves.” Recent seismic research and exploration operations in Romanian and Bulgarian Black Sea waters are also highly promising while Turkey and Georgia are looking for partners to explore their part of the Black Sea. The Second Black Sea Offshore conference will take place on 15-16 October 2014 in Constanta, the hub of offshore activities in the region and will cover offshore activities across the entire Black Sea region including Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia and Russia. (via (P) The Black Sea Offshore Conference to be held in Romania next month | Romania-Insider.com)
Bulgaria and Romania will begin a joint air policing exercise this month to practice measures against potential threat to strategic facilities from hijacked or suspicious aircraft. The main objective of the exercise codenamed Blue Bridge 2014 “is to achieve improved coordination and interoperability between Bulgarian and Romanian Air Forces in conducting cross-border operations on air traffic control and guarding of airspace,” the Defence Ministry in Sofia said in a statement. Bulgaria and Romania, which share a common border along the Danube, have one nuclear power plant each located close to the river. The drill will involve a MiG-29 fighter jet and a C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft from Bulgarian Air Force. Romania will participate with a MiG-21 Lancer fighter and a C-27J Spartan. The exercise, to be conducted in two phases, in September and October, also aims to contribute to increasing the theoretical, tactical and flight preparedness of air force staff and their readiness to participate in joint operations, the statement said. The new military drill comes in the wake of US-Bulgarian two-week training exercise codenamed Thracian Eagle 2014 conducted in Bulgaria and focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability. (via Bulgaria, Romania to Hold Joint Air Policing Exercise - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency)
he management of Romanian state airline Tarom and employee unions within the company will meet today, together with Transport Minister Ioan Rus, to discuss putting an end to the spontaneous strike at Tarom. The strike started two days ago, on Sunday and delayed 12 flights, while canceling two others. On Monday, September 15, seven more flights were canceled. The strike was started by Tarom pilots and copilots, and affected mainly internal routes, as well as a flight to Budapest. However, an employee unionist said the flights were canceled as some pilots were unable to work, due to health issues. A full work conflict however could be in the making, as trade unionists say the collective labor contract will be registered without having been signed and approved by the Tarom pilots. (via Romanian employee unions, Tarom airline management due for talks to stop strike | Romania-Insider.com)
Department for Small and Medium Business and Tourism by the National Tourism invites you to join those who have discovered the beauty of our country and who want others to discover it by participating in the “Story of Romania” contest. The contest is to present a film realized by you in wich you surprised the places and people, experiences and impressions that yo Competition entries can be made in the period 20 August 2014 to 17 September 2014. (via Details for Contest “Story of Romania”)
Romania’s energy minister said on Tuesday Russia was playing games with gas supplies to cause concerns in EU states, after analysts warned that Moscow could use the flows to retaliate against sanctions imposed over its role in Ukraine. Razvan Nicolescu said Russia’s state-owned Gazprom had warned of an imminent 10 percent cut in gas to the country on Monday, only to say supplies would keep to their normal levels until at least Thursday a day later. (via Russia playing games with gas supplies to spread concern: Romania | Reuters)
"I expect such situations to happen again. It is a game attempting to cause concern in some EU states. It has happened in Poland, Slovakia, Austria," Nicolescu told an energy seminar.
"I think those who play such games are going to lose a lot in the medium and long term by … damage to their reputation."
Nicolescu said Gazprom had given no reason for the initial planned cut. The company was not available to comment but said it was satisfying the needs of its “European partners,” in a statement after its board meeting on Tuesday.
With winter approaching, Russia’s customers have been on particularly high alert for any sign Moscow could use its role as Europe’s biggest gas supplier to strike back at economic penalties imposed by the EU and Washington over Ukraine.
Romania has not given up the recovery of the Treasury in Moscow which is made of over 93 tons of gold, important documents and bonds, but, although they have made several attempts, Moscow has given only evasive answers, stated on Friday the coucellor of the BNR governor Adrian Vasilescu for Digi 24. (via act)
‘The Romanian-Russian commission functions (set up in 2003) even if they have not met for a long time and a councellor of the BNR governor Cristian Paunescu is part of this commission coordinated by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. There is nothing to discuss as there is a claim, certain and chargeable and this claim is not under discussion, especially as the National Bank has a file with original documents where it is stated clearly what was given, what was received. The French ambassador was guarantor and signed for the accuracy of the data submitted. This original file is considered so important because it is part of the country treasure. Romania, even before 1989 has raised this issue with Moscow, but there is no answer coming from there, or only evasive answers’ Vasilescu explained.
He said that the treasury contained , besides the BNR gold documents, whole archives, jewelry of the Royal family, the jewelry of boyar families. As for the chances that Romania recovers this treasury, the BNR official says that he hopes not to be forgotten. ‘ The National Bank wants this reality, a claim that Romania had to Russia at the level of 92 tons of gold from the National Bank to be kept alive in the conscience of the population of this country and in their emotional memory’ Adrian Vasilescu said.
As regards the possibility that our country appeals to an international court for the recovery of this claim, the official says that such an action should be done only if the success is sure. ‘Even if we have evidence, they say that in diplomacy there is often used one saying: ‘when a man asks for a lady’s hand in marriage, he does it only when he knows the answer is yes’. In diplomacy this idea is usually practised. If we don’t know for sure the answer is going to be yes, either of a tribunal or of an international body, it is not right to start and to come back defeated’ Adrian Vasilescu said.
During the First World War, Romania sent to Moscow the treasury of the country, to be safe and to be kept, containing over 93 tons of gold, important documents and bonds. Out of it, the country recovered only 33 kg of gold, among which the hen with golden chicks. The file is kept under key, in the safe of the National Bank of Romania.
Some 531,000 foreign tourists were accommodated in Romanian hotels and boarding houses, in the second quarter of 2014. They spent almost EUR 300 million, according to data from Romania’s statistics institute INS. About 58% of the foreign tourists traveled to Romania for business purposes. They spent about EUR 193 million, which is almost two thirds of the total expenditure made by non-resident tourists in the second quarter. Only 42% of the foreign tourists came to Romania for personal purposes, which include holidays, shopping, sports, cultural events, or just to visit friends. They spent about EUR 107 million. In the first half of the year, 840,000 foreign tourists were registered in Romanian hotels and boarding houses and their total expenditure was close to EUR 500 million. The INS has no comparable data for the same period of 2013, as it only started issuing reports on foreign tourists’ spending at the beginning of this year. (via ri)
Romania stands ready to deliver Serbia electric power and coal for the country’s power plants at the best possible price during the upcoming winter if needs arise, Serbian Minister of Energy and Mining Aleksandar Antic told Tanjug on Monday. (via InSerbia News)
Up to 25 Roma families were evacuated from buildings in the Romanian capital which were illegally taken into state propriety during the Communist rule and then returned to their owners following lengthy legal procedures. The Roma, of which some were legal tenants while the buildings were under state control, protested that they are not compensated for their loss, and that the temporary shelters they were offered involve women and children living separate from men. (via PHOTO: Romania Roma Eviction)