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BSDA 2018. Alain Guillou, Executive Vice President for International Development of Naval Group: Romania and France have long standing relationship and Naval Group would be very proud to write a new page of this special cooperation



Romania and France have long standing relationship and Naval Group would be very proud to write a new page of this special cooperation, Alain Guillou, Executive Vice President for International development of Naval Group, said at the 7th Edition of Black Sea Defense & Aerospace (BSDA) 2018 taking place in Bucharest. 

„Today is an anniversary: exactly 50 years ago, General de Gaulle came over to visit Romania and to deliver a notable speech highlighting 3 main key ideas: Sovereignty, cooperation, safety. It can perfectly apply to the naval field. It’s an honor for me to welcome you all at BSDA together with Vice Admiral Armament Hubert L’Ebraly from the French Ministry of Defence – strongly supportive of our project – and Radu Rusen, CEO of Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC)”, Guillou stated. 

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„The Romanian Navy is poised to play a major role for NATO naval cooperation in the Black Sea”

Guillou reminded Romanian and French Navies have a very long tradition of cooperation. „At its creation in 1860, the Romanian navy was French-trained in Brest Naval Training Centre. This means we have the same naval roots. Romania plays an active role in NATO by participating in numerous operations and missions, especially in the naval field. Last week the Romanian Navy led an exercise «Sea Shield 2018» involving a very important amount of warships. This means that the Romanian Navy is poised to play a major role for NATO naval cooperation in the Black Sea. This is why the Romanian Navy needs combat proven ships that demonstrate a real operational superiority at sea, serving its strategic ambitions in the Black Sea”, he explained. 

Naval Group, a heritage of almost 400 years: „Our ships are designed and built to grant a real military superiority to the Navies”

„Naval Group belongs to the very scarce companies in the world that can boast 400 years of naval experience. „We have always remained at the forefront of naval techniques and technologies. Our very close partnership with the French Navy allows us to better understand the future operational issues and to provide appropriate answers – both in terms of military efficiency and operational sustainability. We are fully entrusted with the maintenance of the French fleet and we are committed to ensure full availability, anytime, anywhere. Our ships are designed and built to grant a real military superiority to the Navies. Our Fremm frigates are among the most powerful in the world, the Belh@rra frigates are the first digital ones. And, of course, our Gowind corvettes are stemming from the same bloodline and inherit from the same operational efficiency and combat readiness. This is the reason why the Gowind corvettes have been chosen by several countries.” 

„We are not just selling ships: we are building wide projects granting a naval sovereignty”

„We have developed close industrial cooperations with Navies all around the world. We have driven and we are currently driving a lot of transfer of technology programs.

We are not just selling ships: we are building wide projects granting a naval sovereignty, including the transfer of technical skills and know-how, the set up of an industrial and technological base that supports in the long term a leading naval activity.

We rely on partners in the country and we widely involve local industrial companies in our own activity. They become part of our global supply chain for the procurement of equipment, blocks, sub systems or even whole ships. In the same way, we ensure the training of the crews so that they can operate their ships at best”, Guillou added.

What has Naval Group to offer to the Romanian Navy and industry ?

Naval Group „offers an extended project encompassing the delivery of 4 ships and the development of a wide industrial partnership, SNC being the pillar of our local involvement. We do offer an amazing warship. Gowind® corvettes are the latest generation corvettes, sea-proven and highly militarized, equipped with NATO interoperable combat systems, ready to face the new defense and security challenges”.

The platform combines outstanding military performances (like stealth) with comprehensive set of systems for anti-surface warfare (ASW), anti-submarine warfare (AsuW) and anti-air warfare (AAW) capabilities. The NATO interoperable SETIS combat system provides the Navy with the best management and decision-making aids to ensure supremacy over any kind of threats. It is fully combat-proven on FREMM frigates.

This is why we strongly believe that our solution is the best one to fulfill the Romanian Navy strategic and operational requirements.

„We do offer an outstanding partnership with an outstanding partner”

„We have sealed an exclusive partnership with the Romanian SNC Constanta shipyard which boasts a longstanding shipbuilding expertise, relying on unique industrial facilities. SNC will get the full capacity to build and to maintain the corvettes in their shipyard, with our support based on our large experience in transfer of technology all over the world”, the official said.

The Romanian Navy and Industry will gain from this project a real autonomy and sovereignty in naval field, Guillou argued, adding that they „are fully confident in SNC capability to develop, with our support, its naval activities and to create high value jobs in Romania.”

Romania and France have long standing relationship and Naval Group would be very proud to write a new page of this special cooperationWe strongly believe that this project will offer a real opportunity to enhance your power at sea and to develop your naval industry. Let’s dream that our industrial cooperation with SNC could extend far beyond this Gowind project to follow the way paved by Renault & DACIA toward an outstanding and worldwide success.” Guillou concluded.




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Vasile Blaga, MEP: I am convinced that the firm measures adopted by the EP against Covid-19 will not stop here. The EPP Group is already working on a strategy for the rapid recovery of the post-crisis economy



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Vasile Blaga, MEP (PNL, PPE) told that the EPP group in the European Parliament is already working on a “very clear strategy” for managing the current crisis generated by the new coronavirus, but also for the rapid recovery of the post-crisis European economy,

The unanimous vote of the European Parliament last week on proposals from the European Commission for the management of the European health crisis shows that the hesitant response at the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic was an accident, explains MEP Vasile Blaga, adding that “the answer came to correct the rather timid initial reaction of the European executive in the beginning of this challenging crisis for Europe and all the other states around the world ”.

The 37 billion euros  (part of the Corona Initiative) allocated to the Member States through the vote in the European Parliament will be directed towards health systems, local communities, small and medium-sized enterprises and economy sectors seriously affected by this crisis.

“The European Union means, first and foremost, solidarity – for better and for worse, and those who support the opposite are either not aware of what is being done at EU level, or have an interest in destabilising the Union,” says Blaga.

The vote in the European Parliament was also aimed at reallocating 800 million euros from the Cohesion Fund in 2020 to cover emergencies in the medical systems of the EU member state

“I am convinced that the measures will not stop here. The EPP group is already working on a very clear strategy for managing the current crisis, but also for the rapid recovery of the economy once the public health crisis is over. There are countless proposals and projects in progress that will help us all overcome this unprecedented crisis in recent history,” adds Vasile Blaga.

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Diana Zaim, photojournalist of CaleaEuropeană.ro, won the #EYE2020 Public Prize Photo Contest



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Diana Zaim, the photojournalist of CaleaEuropeană.ro, is the winner of the Public Prize in the photo competition European Youth Event 2020, the largest event for young people in Europe, organized by the European Parliament.

Diana Zaim’s picture, with the theme “The future is now for the young generation”,  has a greater number of views (over 120,000), as well as appreciations (over 4,000).

For Diana “The future is now for the YOUNG GENERATION because we represent a point of reference in the future of our Union. We want to grow up and live through European values, that unite us and never gonna divide us again”. .

The picture was taken during the manifesto “Everyone for Europe”, an event organized on May 19, 2019 in Bucharest, which aimed to motivate the citizens to go to vote in the European elections on May 26.


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#EYE2020: “The future is now for ________!” 📷 @dianazaaim has been shortlisted for the “public prize winner” award. During the contest, we will regram some of the best shots. Then we will award the public prize winner from the photos which receive the most likes ❤ on our pages before 02 March 2020, at noon CET! Thanks for participating in our contest and good luck! . For Diana “The future is now for the YOUNG GENERATION because we represent a point of reference in the future of our Union. We want to grow up and live through European values, that unite us and never gonna divide us again”. . Show us what matters to YOU and what Europe should tackle NOW. You could WIN a trip to the European Parliament to take part in the European Youth Event and influence Europe’s decision makers! . 🏆 We will award 4️ jury prize winners and 1️ public prize winner. All five winners will be invited to EYE2020 in Strasbourg! . 📸 Take part by using the hashtag #eye2020 on a photo about one of these topics “The future is now for 📚 Education 🌱 Environment 😷 Health 🚀 Innovation 🙋‍♂️ 🙋‍♀️ Participation ‍‍or 👩‍👨‍👩 Young People”. Or you can go out of the 📦 box by creating your own! . 📣 All you need to do is complete the following sentence in the caption or comments of your post: “The future is now for ________!” ⏩ We are looking forward to receiving your ideas! . 📌 RULES: ✔ Use the hashtag #EYE2020. ✔ Tag @europeanparliament & @ep_eye. ✔ Live in an EU country. ✔ Be at least 18 years old. ✔ Have full copyrights of the photo you shared. ✔ Post your photo(s) before 2 March at noon CET . ✔ Be ready to travel to Strasbourg on 29-30 May, 2020 . ✔ Your account needs to be public in order for your entry to be visible. . 🔍 The @europeanparliament and @ep_eye photo #contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, @instagram .

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Every two years, the European Youth Event (EYE) brings together at the European Parliament in Strasbourg thousands of young people from all over the European Union and beyond to shape and share their ideas on the future of Europe. It is a unique opportunity for 16 to 30 years olds to meet and inspire each other and exchange their views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers right in the heart of European democracy.

The fourth edition will take place at the European Parliament’s seat in Strasbourg on 29-30 May 2020.

The entire list of the winners:



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📷 Our #EYE2020 contest is over and it’s time to announce the winners and to congratulate all of you for the beautiful photos we have received! . Thanks for showing what matters to YOU and what Europe should tackle NOW! . 🏆 The public prize winner is: @dianazaaim 🔎 “The future is now for the young generation!” . And our four jury prize winners are: 🥇 @olv_r (@dreamingmoria) 🔎 “The future is now for humanity!” . 🥇 @martinellisphoto 🔎 “The future is now to prevent nuclear war!” . 🥇 @mqmaj 🔎 “The future is now for education!” . 🥇 @sophiasophiasophia3 🔎 “The future is now for opportunities!” . A special thanks to @rares_gheorghiu who was part of the jury for the contest!

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Following the event, the ideas, concerns, and hopes from young people are presented in a report distributed to all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Some participants will also be able to further develop the most impactful ideas and present these directly to the MEPs in the parliamentary committees during “Youth Hearings”.

The EYE strives to promote equality, inclusiveness and sustainability with a strong commitment to accessibility for everyone. Our aim is to accommodate the needs of all participants, including persons with disabilities, and to implement actions that make the event more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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EPP MEP Vasile Blaga about Green Deal: ”At the European Parliament level the ecological radicalism is quite strong”



The Green Deal is the main topic discussed in the EU, especially in the Member States where a transitional period is needed, in order to have a green economy.

MEP Vasile Blaga stated to that “Romania’s high-stake is that nuclear energy and gas to be accepted in the transition to a green economy”.

We all know that the Green Deal requires some changes. For example, the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, believes that nuclear energy will no longer be economically feasible. But this is not the case for all Member States.

Vasile Blaga mentioned that “for rational political groups, such as the PPE, gas and nuclear energy are mandatory in the energy mix of the future. We need to be realistic and we have to understand that the Member States will have to produce several times more energy than they do today to cover the future needs of the economy”.

According to the MEP, there must be a “rational” approach to implement the Green Deal

“A rational approach is mandatory, but at the European Parliament level the ecological radicalism is quite strong.”

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Guvernul României: Măsuri de prevenție coronavirus (COVID-19)

Măsuri de prevenție - COVID19

Măsuri de prevenție - COVID-19#Coronavirus #COVID19

Publicată de Guvernul României pe Miercuri, 11 martie 2020