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Business Diplomacy 2018, the conference addressing the new challenges of the business environment and ways to make leaders more competitive by borrowing diplomacy techniques



Business Diplomacy 2018 – as part of the Diplomacy360 Program, is an outstanding international event at its third edition, where 200 diplomats, business people, decision-makers in Romanian and international companies and other international relations experts from Romania and abroad announced their participation.

The conference is taking place today, November 15th, in Bucharest at Ramada Parc Hotel, from 9.45.

The 20 speakers of the Conference will discuss about the ways in which the leaders interested to become more competitive in their activity, can utilize methods and techniques from diplomacy, in order to anticipate threats and exploit new opportunities arising from geopolitical changes, to avoid conflicts and make strategic alliances to protect their interests, solve problems and develop international organizations and businesses.

Dan Cărbunaru, CEO of Calea Europeană will address Media & Journalism Diplomacy in the panel dedicated to the different sides of diplomacy.

At the International Business Diplomacy Conference 2018, the participants can see the world beyond appearances, through the eyes of diplomats that are specially educated to solve critical situations and develop relationships in a global environment characterised by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, as this is the new normality. Business paradigms are changing rapidly, being sensitively influenced by geo-political, technological and economic factors that are not related to the national context only. These changes can generate both threats and opportunities for companies.


9:00 – 9:45 Registration, Welcome Coffee & Networking

9:45  Welcome Speech: Diplomacy360 – Valentin PREDA/ CEO @ Romanian Business Exchange

10:00 The official opening: H.E. Mr. Teodor MELESCANU – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Surviving & Generating New Business in the 21st Century – Shaun RIORDAN / British Career Diplomat, Director of the Chair in Diplomacy and Cyberspace and the European Institute of International Studies

Diplomacy and Business: the Supreme Synergy – Her Royal Highness Princess Lia of Romania

Global Government Affairs in a time of change – Lena Bäcker (Sweden) Founder and President at Good Government Affairs, Honorary Board Member at the International Diplomat Business Club UK and UAE

Norway’s Blue Path to a Green Future – H.E. Ms. Lise Nicoline KLEVEN GREVSTAD – Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania

Dominic BRUYNSEELS – Executive President of FIRST BANK Romania

11:40 – 11:55 Coffee Break & Networking

The Old-School Diplomacy in the New World: H.E. Mr. Stefan GLAVAN – Romanian Career Ambassador

Protecting the Company’s confidential information: Ionut RITES / Chief of Classified Information Office – Chamber of Deputies

How to be the Diplomat of your Business: Colin Lovering – Chairman of the board of Directors British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC), Senior Vice-president of Avison Young

Sport Diplomacy – Mihai COVALIU / President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee

13:00-13:45 Lunch Break & Networking

Cultural Diplomacy: dr. h.c. Ioan HOLENDER

Corporate Diplomacy: How the diplomatic competences can help the business people to open new international markets and build strategic business alliances – Stefan POPESCU / Corporate Affairs @ ENGIE Romania, former State Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Public Diplomacy – Dorel CAPRAR / President of the Committee for Defence, Public Order and National Security – Chamber of Deputies

Diplomatic Etiquette – H.E. Mr. Gheorghe Dinica, former Chief of the Romanian State Protocol

Crisis negotiations – Liviu DANILA , General bg.(r.), Expert TAIEX of COM UE

15:15-15:30 Coffee Break & Networking

The role of the Romanian Diplomacy in achieving the Great Union: H.E. Mr. Cristian DIACONESCU, former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Media & Journalism Diplomacy: Dan Carbunaru / Director @ EU Affairs Journalist

Cyber Diplomacy: Tal PAVEL, CEO&Founder MiddleEasterNet – The Cyber Empowerment Center – Israel

Cultural Diplomacy: Hélène ROOS – Director, French Institute in Romania

Climate Diplomacy: General (r) Emil STRAINU

City Diplomacy & Digital Diplomacy: Shaun RIORDAN

16:45 Diplomacy360 Conference Conclusions & 2019 Plan Presentation;



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INCSMPS organises the ”GLOBE Competence Framework -New Skills for Green Jobs” European Conference (LIVE, September 26th, 10:00)



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The National Scientific Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection (INCSMPS) is organising the European Conference ”GLOBE Competence Framework – New Skills for Green Jobs. Game Based Training To Develop Transversal Green Skills in Apprenticeship Programmes”.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 26th, at the Marshal Garden Hotel in Bucharest, and will be live streamed on CaleaEuropeană.ro and on Calea Europeană’s Facebook Page, starting at 10:00.




”GLOBE Competence Framework – New Skills for Green Jobs. Game Based Training To Develop Transversal Green Skills in Apprenticeship Programmes” is financed through an Erasmus + project.

The objectives of GLOBE project are: answer to shortage of skills and competences in green economy; contributing to update the national competence and skills framework, including new competences for green economy and up-dating traditional professional profiles ac-cording to the new requirements; improve the training delivery mechanism, through the development and use of innovative learning and training resources (game based learning); dealing with the dual challenge of green economy, making economic growth compatible with climate stabilisation and sustainable environment footprint through the development of green skills and competences in apprentice; contributing to develop the social dimension of green economy, promoting training and adapting labour.

As for INCSMPS, since it was established, in 1990, the institute has performed scientific research activities in the field of labour market and social protection, thus supporting Romania’s efforts to create and develop a sustainable economy, based on modern, European principles. The scientific research in the institute is related to the labour market and social policy, for the creation of measurement instruments, indices and criteria.

INCSMPS has as main object of activity the research and development in the field of social and humanist sciences, carry out surveys and research with theoretical-applicative character in fields of national interest regarding the human resources management, social development and social protection in Romania.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Ramona Mănescu: The Strategic Partnership with the US is the central focus of the Romanian diplomacy, while the accession to Schengen remains a priority



Foreign Affairs Minister Ramona Mănescu said on Thursday that Romania’s accession to Schengen remains a priority of the Romanian diplomacy.

“Evoking the period when I was MEP, I can certainly tell you that (…) all the time both [the European] Parliament and the Commission said Romania was prepared to join Schengen, from a technical and logistical point of view. (…) Practically, we function de facto as a Schengen member state, but de jure we are not regarded as such. Romania doesn’t ask anything but the observance of the Treaty, we are members with full rights, we met our commitments and we seriously continue to meet them, no one can challenge Romania’s contribution to the security space, because we are not talking only about the eastern flank of NATO, we are also talking about EU’s eastern flank,” Ramona Mănescu told Antena 3 private television broadcaster on Thursday, quoted by Agerpres.

She maintained that the Romanian citizens “have all the right to get this well-deserved position of Schengen member state.”

“This is not something we must beg for, or be made a favour. It is provided in the Treaty and it must be observed. (…) I assure you we keep this on the agenda as priority topic, and all bilateral and extended discussions will include the Schengen accession component, we won’t stop from telling our colleagues in the EU that the Romanian citizens have the same rights,” Mănescu underscored, mentioning that, at present, in the Council half of the states support Romania’s accession to the free movement area, and the others oppose.

The Foreign Minister also pointed out that the Strategic Partnership with the US must remain the central focus of the Romanian diplomacy.

She also showed that Romania has the same position towards Russia as NATO and the EU.

“Romania’s position towards Russia starts in the first place from the vicinity we are in, but it is also part of the EU’s position regarding Russia, as we are part of the EU, we must get in line with EU’s stand. I am referring to sanctions, to certain limitations that we have in the dialogue and cooperation with Russia and I am particularly referring to the firm position we have as EU member, which we have always had, of observing the international legislative framework. We don’t ask too much from Russia as an actor on the geopolitical stage if we ask them to respect the international legislative framework. (…) It is the principle which we start from and which we cannot fail to keep not even for Russia, which is here, close to us. We have no reason to make an exception, because nothing is negotiable in this story,” Ramona Mănescu said.

According to the Minister, the relation with Russia represents “a key point in the stability in the area, in securing NATO’s eastern flank, in the manner in which we can further manage the discussions in the Black Sea. “The threats and gestures which Russia has repeatedly done in the Black Sea space, from a military stand, have been sanctioned all the time. (…) Both NATO and the EU have the same discourse. Romania cannot have a different discourse, because it is both part of the EU and NATO, and we are at the Black Sea,” she added.

Mănescu also said that she expected “the energy diplomacy to have its word,” in regards to the resources in the Black Sea.

“Our desire is for a partner such as Exxon to stay here and continue to work together as much and as well as possible. This entails our making some steps in an expected direction. I believe things will settle in the end, enter the right track and I even want to clarify this position shortly and the US partners must be convinced that we’ll be keeping the same line. (…) Mrs PM wants this as well,” Mănescu said.

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Romania has a new Foreign Affairs Minister. Ramona Mănescu took the oath of office



Ramona Mănescu, Nicolae Moga and Mihai Fifor took the oath of office on Wednesday in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis for the Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministries office, Deputy Prime Minister for implementing Romania’s strategic partnerships office respectively.

The head of state wished success to the new three members of the Dancila Cabinet.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, ministers, Deputy Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber Florin Iordache, Government Secretary General Toni Grebla and presidential advisors.

President Klaus Iohannis signed on Wednesday the decrees appointing Nicolae Moga as Interior Minister and Ramona Mănescu as Foreign Affairs Minister, according to a Presidential Administration release.

Through another decree, Mihai Fifor was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for implementing Romania’s strategic partnerships.

Furthermore, Iohannis took note of Carmen Dan’s resignation from the Interior Ministry and signed the decree dismissing Teodor Meleșcanu from the Foreign Affairs Minister office.

Ramona Mănescu is a Romanian politician and lawyer. She was a Member of the European Parliament serving 2007 to 2013 and 2014 to 2019 from the National Liberal Party (till July 2017), active within the European People’s Party group in the European Parliament.

As part of this group she is a member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, vice-chair in the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries and a substitute member in the Committee on transport and tourism and in Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.

Between 2007 and 2014 she was part of the ALDE group in the European Parliament, where she also held the position of Vice-President (11 November 2012 – June 2014) of the ALDE Party (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party). As a member of this group she is a coordinator in the Regional Development Committee and a member in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

At the European Parliamentary elections from June 2014, Mănescu renewed her mandate within European Parliament, where she became a member of the European People’s Party group in the Parliament European.

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