President Klaus Iohannis has emphasized the need for continued support for Ukraine during the European Council meeting and Euro Summit in Brussels. He stressed that support for Ukraine should be maintained as long as necessary and called for a clear and united vision at the EU level on the situation in the Middle East. Furthermore, President Iohannis highlighted the importance of avoiding the escalation of conflict in the region.
In other news, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova is set to visit Romania on an official visit. During her visit, she will hold meetings with President Iohannis, Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, and various ministers. Discussions will revolve around topics such as rule of law and justice reforms, Romania’s goals in the digital decade, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan’s digital transformation projects, artificial intelligence, and the fight against disinformation.
Data presented by Finance Minister Marcel Bolos revealed that Romania currently collects over 2 billion RON in royalties. The majority of this amount, around 1.2 billion RON, comes from the exploitation of natural gas.
Romania’s population, as of July 1, 2023, stands at 21.873 million people. This reflects a slight decrease of 0.3% compared to the same period in 2022. The urban population totals 12.239 million people, representing a decrease of 0.8% compared to last year. On the other hand, the rural population has increased by 0.3% to reach 9.634 million people.
In sports news, Romanian swimmer David Popovici clinched the gold medal in the 200m freestyle event at the Marek Petrusewicz Memorial in Wroclaw, Poland. He completed the race in 1 minute, 44 seconds, and 8/100th of a second.
As winter approaches, power consumption peaks in Romania are expected to be around 9,000 MW, lower than in previous years. This forecast was shared by Virgiliu Ivan, the director of the National Power Grid Company Transelectrica, during a conference focused on the challenges of the upcoming winter season for the national energy system.
Ion Tiriac, a former tennis player, has raised concerns about the doping case involving Romanian tennis player Simona Halep. Tiriac stated that there seems to be something questionable about the investigation and trial of the case. Notwithstanding the controversy, he emphasized Halep’s achievements in the sport and her contribution to Romania.
A scientific conference and festival addressing the coexistence between humans and bears will be held in the resort town of Baile Tusnad in Romania’s Harghita County. The events are part of a project supported by the local Accent GeoEcological Organization, with the aim of fostering collaboration between people and bears for a shared future.
The 18th edition of the SoNoRo Festival will commence with a concert featuring the Janoska Ensemble at the Bragadiru Palace. The festival, running from October 27 to November 5 in Bucharest and November 6 to 12 in Cluj, will showcase the talents of the ensemble known for their mastery of improvisation.
The second edition of the Transylvanian Spirit palinka and fruit distillate contest, organized by the Covasna County Council and AGROSIC Intercommunity Development Association, will feature over 500 spirit samples across nine categories. The contest aims to highlight the diverse range of spirits produced in the region.
These are the main news stories from Romania on Friday, October 27th. Stay tuned for more updates.
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