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World Anti-Crisis Conference will take place in Astana on 22-24 May 2013

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Under the auspices of the UN, the World Anti-crisis Conference (WAC) will take place in Astana on 23-24 May 2013. The idea of ​​the World Anti-Crisis conference was introduced by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and was supported by members of the “Dialogue of leaders” at the Vth  Astana Economic Forum. Political leaders, ministers of finance and economy, heads of central banks of the UN member countries, as well as business representatives and heads of international and financial organizations will discuss possible ways out of the global economic crisis and work on a draft of the UN World Anti-Crisis plan.

WAC events, 23rd May 2013

Panel session 1A DECADE OF REGULATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE EUROZONE: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSION

Questions for discussion: Should countries of Europe pursue the policy of austerity? What is the right balance between fiscal consolidation and growth? What are the political consequences? How faster economic growth may be achieved? Before the crisis of the Eurozone, besides single currency and fiscal constraints, institutional architecture of the European Monetary Union was minimalist: the management of economic and financial policy was firmly based on national competence. At the moment, the question is how to strengthen the architecture of the European Monetary Union? How can the transition to an effective and sustainable monetary union be achieved?

Panel session 2ASSESSMENT OF MONETARY POLICY AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY

Questions for discussion: What is the effectiveness and possible risks of ‘non-standard’ monetary policy measures? Is the world in a state of severe “currency wars”? Is currency depreciation a current trend? Is there a reconfiguration of the role of monetary policy in the Western world? How significant is the concept of independence of Central Banks today? What will be the best exit from unconventional monetary measures for the US, UK and Japan? How will the rest of the world cope with external effects? How should central banks of developing countries respond to the developed countries’ strategy? Does the current drop in gold price impact upon the aggregate balance of the central banks of developed countries?

Panel session 3 GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS IN TRANSITION: CHANGES OF THE FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE

Questions for discussion: How will the global economic and financial landscape develop? Is there a trend of increasing disintermediation and an important role of capital markets in the global financial system? Will the global financial system ultimately become more important in the global economy? How to counter the risks of fragmentation and secondary re-nationalization of financial systems? There is a growth in emerging markets and the growing importance of capital markets with the development of local bond markets in local currency and the deepening of the financial sector. Will this trend continue?

WAC events, 24th May 2013

Round table 1– NEW WORLD FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE

Problems caused by the crisis raised questions about the traditional foundations of global economic governance. How could the global economic governance be strengthened in the future?

Round table 2G20: ADAPTING TO NEW REALITIES OF THE WORLD ECONOMY (outreach event of the Russian Presidency of G20).

Under the presidency of Russia in the G20, a critical challenge is what the G20 could offer to help the global economic recovery. In this context, how could the G20 find solutions to change traditional views on investment flows and their impact on the growth of various economic centers of the world?

Round table 3 – RECOVERY OF GROWTH IN A MORE FRAGMENTED WORLD ECONOMY.

The crisis caused the process of the ‘great balance change in the global economy’.  Is there progress in the balance change of the key world economies: China, the U.S. and the Eurozone? Is this a cyclical or a structural process? Is the world economy deviating? What will be the end of this process?

Round table 4: ADOPTING RESOLUTIONS OF THE WORLD ANTI-CRISIS CONFERENCE

WAC speakers and participants: Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan; Vuk Jeremic, President of the UN General Assembly; Wu Hongbo, Deputy Secretary General of the UN and the Head of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); political leaders (presidents, prime ministers), business representatives, heads of international organizations (World Bank, IMF).

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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

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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

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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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Romania: President Klaus Iohannis appoints former MEP Ramona Mănescu as the new Foreign Affairs Minister

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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.

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

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

The swearing-in ceremony takes place on Wednesday at 11:00hrs, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace. 

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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