May 9, 2022 UPDATE

may 9, 2022 update A roundup of domestic and international news

EUROPE DAY - Military ceremonies, laying of flowers, exhibitions and film screenings were held around the country on Monday to mark Romania's National Independence Day, the Victory of the United Nations Coalition in WWII and Europe Day, all three of which are celebrated every year on May 9. The European Commission representation in Romania launched a communication campaign entitled "Faces of European Solidarity" and consisting in an exhibition of photographs documenting Romanians' solidarity with the people who fled Ukraine following the Russian invasion and the care and warmth with which they were received by the Romanians near the border areas, at refugee centers and in their homes. Europe must become stronger, more vocal, more capable and better prepared, said Romania's president Klaus Iohannis in a Europe Day statement.



VICTORY DAY - Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday said his army is fighting in Ukraine to defend the fatherland against an unacceptable threat posed by the neighboring country supported by the West. Putin told the crowds attending the military parade in Moscow that he ordered the special operation in Ukraine because the Ukrainian authorities were preparing an attack against pro-Russian separatists in the east, because they wanted to develop nuclear weapons and bring NATO to Russia's doorstep. No foreign leader attended the festivities in Moscow, which marked the victory of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany in WWII. In Kyiv, president Volodymyr Zelensky said that "evil has returned to Europe, in a different form, under different slogans, but for the same purpose", comparing the Russian invasion to the 1941 Nazi invasion.



REFUGEES - The way in which Romania received refugees from Ukraine is a strong argument proving our country is already acting as a member of Schengen, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Monday in the opening of the debate "15 years since Romania's EU accession - Romania's contribution to the EU and its role in consolidating the Union". Minister Aurescu said citizens' involvement in helping the refugees is a "clear expression of Romanians' genuine European spirit". Since the start of the conflict, Romania has provided direct support to over 927 thousand Ukrainian refugees, of whom over 89,000 chose to stay in Romania. On Monday, the Border Police announced that nearly 7,700 Ukrainian citizens entered the country in the last 24 hours, down by 15% compared to the previous day.



PRESIDENCY - On Europe Day, president Klaus Iohannis selected two projects which will take place this year under the high patronage of the Romanian Presidency, designed to strengthen the unity of history, language, culture and European aspirations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova -a the Bookfest International Fair and the Meeting of Romanian Theatres. In 2022, Bookfest will take place over August 31 - September 4, and is meant to promote reading and Romanian literature in the Republic of Moldova. In turn, the Meeting of Romanian Theatres will take place over September 15-25. The two events are also held under the high patronage of the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu.



DNA - The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) announced 39 final sentences were passed in March against 86 defendants in corruption cases, including giving and taking bribe, peddling in influence and fraud involving European funds. Sentences vary between 7 years and 8 months in prison and fines amounting to the equivalent in lei of 3,000 Euro.



WTA - Poland's Iga Swiatek comfortably leads the WTA ranking published on Monday, followed by Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic and Spain's Paula Badosa. Former world no. 1 Simona Halep remains the highest-ranked Romanian tennis player, at no. 20. Romania has five other players in the top 100: Sorana Cîrstea, at no. 26, Gabriela Ruse at no. 57, Irina Begu at no. 63, Jaqueline Cristian at no. 70 and Ana Bogdan at no. 95. In the women's doubles ranking, Monica Niculescu is the highest-ranked Romanian, at no. 42, as Raluca Olaru drops six places to no. 49. Irina Begu is at no. 47, Irina Bara at no. 62 and Gabriela Ruse at no. 93. (CM & VP)



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