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Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, elected Chair of the Commission on Population and Development

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On Friday, 7 April, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Ambassador Ion Jinga was elected as Chair of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development. The elections took place at the closure of the 50th session of the Commission, New York, 3-7 April.

In his intervention, Ambassador Ion Jinga stressed that over the last 50 years of continuous work, the Commission on Population and Development carried on the implementation of bolded and vast policies and programs focused on people, women and men, girls and boys, and particularly on the most marginalized and vulnerable categories of individuals.

He underlined the forward looking character of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and commended the activity of the Commission on Population and Development to support the advancement of the ICPD agenda across many of its most vital areas – in poverty reduction, girls’ education, maternal and child mortality, access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, protection of reproductive rights, and many other areas of the Programme of Action.

The Romanian Permanent Representative highlighted the top priority of the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in conjunction with the ICPD Programme of Action for the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, in order to promote, respect and fulfil gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, human rights, to promote equal opportunities for all, to combat all forms of discrimination, to foster social integration for marginalized groups on an equal basis with others and to enforce legislation, policies and action based on human rights for all in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure that we are leaving no one behind.

He praised the activity of the United Nations Fund on Population (UNFPA) in the world and stressed the importance of paying attention to the areas of shortfall in the implementation of the Programme of Action, the necessity to increase of resources at all levels, particularly in the education and health sectors, to provide inclusive and equitable and quality education at all levels, so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities. He addressed the problem of women being the great victims of poverty, of conflict, of violations of human rights in different parts of the world, and emphasized the importance to give priority to the protection of women in these circumstances and to the empowerment of women.

Referring to the special theme of the next year session “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”, he recalled the importance of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, adopted on 21 October 2016, in Quito, that aims to make cities better planned and managed in order to promote a sustainable urbanization, as cities and towns, which will constitute up to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050, will be the engine for sustainable growth in the future. Those urbanized cities are the right of everyone, women, children, youth, elder, migrants.

The Commission on Population and Development is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. The Bureau members of the Commission are elected for a 1 year cycle.

Romania has the second consecutive mandate as a member of the Commission on Population and Development for 2018-2021.

 

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MEP Vasile Blaga welcomes the European Commission’s plan for post-pandemic economic recovery: Romania on the 6th place in Union in budget size

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MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) welcomes the European Commission’s 750 billion euro plan for post-pandemic economic recovery: “The level of sums allocated to Romania for economic recovery shows that our place in the EU has strengthened. We are on the 6th place in the union in the size of the recovery budget after the COVID-19 crisis ”.

According to the MEP, this amount of 740 billion euros is “welcome for the recovery of the economies affected by the pandemic crisis.”

“The allocation of 750 billion EUR  is a good signal that proves that European solidarity is not just a word in the wind that feeds the chorus of Eurosceptics. We also welcome the allocation to Romania of over 30 billion euros for economic recovery, an amount that puts us in sixth place in the top of budgets allocated post-pandemic “, he added.

Vasile Blaga emphasizes that out of the total of 750 billion EUR, 33 billion euros are allocated to Romania, approximately 19 billion EUR represent non-reimbursable grants: “In the next stage it is extremely important to develop the programs that make this budget an engine of the relaunch of the Romanian economy. There are major problems in the sectors that were automatically closed during the emergency and alert period – here we must work with priority “, the MEP noted.

For Romania to have a balanced reconstruction of the economy, Vasile Blaga claims that “the money must be spent in full.”

“Romania has the chance to restart large sectors – such as infrastructure – which may themselves be the spearheads to pull the economy in the coming years,” he said.

At the same time, Vasile Blaga hopes that the plan proposed by the European Commission will be accepted, even if there are different opinions among the 27 states of the Union regarding this ambitious economic recovery plan: “I bet, however, on a unanimous political agreement, which follows to be initialed at the next European summit, which will most likely t

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Green Village Resort, the Danube Delta impressive location, opened for tourists under maximum safety measures

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Green Village Resort opened its gates on May 15th, in maximum safety for its guests, according to an official announcement on the resort’s Facebook page.
The Danube Delta, which most of it lies within Romania, is one of the continent’s most valuable habitats for wetland wildlife and biodiversity. It is a unique ecosystem in Europe and consists of a labyrinthine network of river channels, shallow bays and hundreds of lakes.
Green Village is a stranded location, divided into 3 accommodation areas, located at a great distance from each other, and the access to the rooms is made from outside, without having to go through common halls. Thus, social distancing is ensured by the hotel’s pavilion-type concept and the surface of over 30.000 m² .
Hygiene procedures are strict and strictly observed, both for guests and hotel staff. Dispensers with disinfectant solutions have been installed at all public entrances, and the cleaning of public spaces and their contact surfaces (handles, support bars, etc.) will be performed with a much higher frequency, using professional disinfectants.
As for the Express Check-In procedure, it has been modified so that the interaction with staff or other guests on the spot is reduced as much as possible.
Also, transport by boat will be carried out in accordance with the rules in force, and the serving of meals and drinks will be carried out according to the provisions of the authorities, in the room, on the terraces of the houses, or on the balconies of the rooms.
Last but not least, Green Village Resort assures future guests that the service staff is and will continue to be thoroughly trained in cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Green Village is naturally isolated with access to immense beaches stretched for kilometres, canals where tourists can make a different trip every day, they can fish, walk in nature, watch birds, without meeting any crowds. 

„Even in a normal period, tourists felt safe and enjoyed a quiet vacation. Romania is a growing destination for foreign tourists. Although slower than we want, Romania attracts foreigners, who come here with moderate expectations, but return home beyond enchanted by the landscapes, people, and security that our country offers”, said Dragoș Anastasiu, owner of Green Village Resort.

Last year, more than 40% of our tourists were foreigners. They enjoyed mostly excursions on the canals, fishing, birdwatching, going to the beach and short trips to nearby cities such as Sulina and Tulcea.

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Romania Remains Attractive As Software Outsourcing Destination in COVID-19 times

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Romania is 1ST IN EUROPE and 6TH IN THE WORLD, in terms of number of certified IT specialists. With an estimated 150,000 in 2020, Romania is moving up the diversity spectrum in terms of outsourcing capabilities. The local talent pool has been a main decision factor for evolving from a cost driven approach to a value driven one, Romanian specialists proving to be very resourceful in operating many complex project assignments.

Romania doesn’t offer lowest prices in the outsourcing business, but it is highly competitive when you take into account the level of technical proficiency and soft skills in the country, “superior to what is typically found in other outsourcing locations,” according to IDC.

Romania also benefits from two political factors—its membership in the European Union, and strong institutional support from the government. This includes several tax incentives and breaks, alongside wages that remain highly competitive within the EU (the average minimum wage is the second lowest in the political union). More importantly, membership in the EU comes with more than just financial and security advantages, one example is access to the Horizon 2020 program for Research and Innovation.

As a member state, Romania’s regulations and compliance laws must fall in line with the broader union, meaning that companies have significantly less startup barriers when setting up BPO or ITO offices. Apart from easier setup, this gives companies a much safer framework and infrastructure for financial transactions, as well as access to many of the same financial services and banks available across the West.

We asked one of the local companies what are their thoughts on the Romanian IT sector future and how is the COVID-19 disrupting their business model:

“This highly competitive industry sometimes forces us to ignore the long-term strategy and focus on the quick opportunities. The biggest risk is that we won’t see a lot of Romanian products competitive at global scale any time soon, but definitely in almost every successful project launched today around the World there is at least one Romanian engineer in the team. We give a lot of attention to our Research and Innovation department and we try to keep the right balance between outsourcing and internal products development (chasing our dreams). Regarding the COVID-19 disrupting our business, we just practiced what we preach, we used our entire digital offering on ourselves and we were able to completely switch into remote work during lunch break” says Anamaria POPA, General Manager of Soft Galaxy.

It is not enough for the professionals out there (in institutes, universities, private companies, innovators and entrepreneurs) to press ahead with their work, they need to stand together and promote the Romanian excellence in research and education.

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