July 20, 2022

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WEATHER Romanian authorities have issued an amber heat alert valid today in 12 counties in the west of the country, and amber and orange alerts covering more than three-quarters of the country for the period July 22 - 24. As of Thursday, the extreme heat wave will cover most of the country, with the temperature-humidity index (THI) exceeding 80. Highs will generally range from 35 to 37 degrees Celsius, with temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius expected on Friday and Saturday in the west, north-west and south-west.

NATO The Senate, as the decision-making chamber in the Parliament of Romania, convenes today in a special meeting to ratify the NATO Accession Protocols of Finland and Sweden. Previously, the Chamber of Deputies had endorsed the bill ratifying the protocols. The documents were signed on July 5 in Brussels. Finland's and Sweden's decision to join the North-Atlantic Alliance comes amid security concerns related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

HOLIDAY Every year on July 20 Romania celebrates Aviation and Air Forces Day, which overlaps the religious holiday of St. Elijah, regarded as the patron saint of pilots. In Bucharest, a military ceremony is held today, which brings together over 20 military aircraft of the Romanian, British and Italian Air Forces, Interior Ministry and Intelligence Service helicopters, a Tarom plane and 4 planes from the Romanian Air Club. Military aircraft will be flying over other cities across the country. The Romanian military aviation was established in 1910, when Aurel Vlaicu designed the first military aircraft.

COVID In Romania, the National Public Health Institute announced that in the previous week 171 Omicron infections were confirmed in the country. All of these are SARS-CoV-2 variants that cause concern. According to the institution, by July 17, as many as 6,611 Omicron infections had been reported. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, and experts say the current wave is caused by an Omicron sub-variant of the coronavirus, which spreads a lot more quickly and is able to infiltrate the protection given by the current vaccines and previous infections.

GOVERNMENT The government of Romania is scheduled to pass a bill today concerning the procurement of some of the most advanced electric trains, powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Only 3 countries in the EU are currently using or testing such trains. The Transport Ministry plans to purchase a total of 12 hydrogen electric trains. Also in the transport sector, the government intends to start expropriation procedures in order to widen the Bucharest South ring road. The Cabinet will also discuss the 2022-2027 National Strategy on Research, Innovation and Smart Specialisation, which will create the framework for an efficient and effective spending of national funds. Two other documents are due to be reviewed today, a memorandum concerning talks with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on non-reimbursable EU funding, and another memorandum endorsing the 2022-2024 strategy for governmental debt management.

ANTI-SEMITISM The pandemic context, vaccination campaigns, public campaigns raising awareness on the rise in cases of anti-Semitism and the information on the history of the Holocaust are the main factors contributing to a strengthening of online and offline hate speech, reads the latest monitoring report issued by the 'Elie Wiesel' National Institute for Holocaust Research in Romania. According to the institution, vandalism cases, the praising of inter-war far-right figures and people convicted for war crimes or known for their extremist attitude, anti-Semitic messages in Parliament and minimising the memory of Holocaust victims remain common occurrences in Romania. Central authorities have reconfirmed their commitment to fight extremist actions by endorsing a National Strategy for preventing and fighting anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalisation and hate speech and by introducing Jewish and Holocaust history as a school subject, the report also says. However, the lack of awareness and responsibility among local authorities hinders the implementation of the principles upheld by the central authorities. (AMP)

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