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Ion Jinga, Romanian ambassador at UN, encourages women empowerment and gender equality

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ion jingaCelebrating 70 years since the founding of the UN, Mr. Ion Jinga, Romania’s ambassador to the UN speaks about the progresses that have been made regarding gender equality, but also about the challenges that women face and about the need of the measures for their continue empowerment, in an editorial signed for Huffington Post.

“2015 proves to be iconic, a year of celebration and of a new beginning. On 24th October, the United Nations Organization celebrates 70 years of its existence. As Ambassador of Romania to the UN, I am proud to say that my country is also celebrating 60 years since it has joined the Organization. At the 70th anniversary of the UN, Heads of State and Government made a political commitment that will guide our actions for the next 15 years on the three dimensions of the sustainable development – economic, social and environmental: Agenda 2030, which brings a new vision on ending poverty and “leaving no one behind”. In fact, Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development just cannot leave behind half of the world’s population. One of the 17 sustainable development goals – Goal no. 5 – is “Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls”, declared Mr. Ion Jinga.

Romanian Ambassador also added: “In 2015 we celebrate 20 years since the adoption of a landmark document for the empowerment and rights of women and girls from all over the world: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. On September 27th, in New York, China and UN Women co-hosted the high-level “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”, an event in conjunction with the UN Summit on the Agenda 2030 and as part of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration. On that occasion, over 70 world leaders made concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps by 2030. One of them is the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis.”

Regarding his presence at the International Women of the Mountains Conference, hosted by the Utah Valley University, Mr Jinga said: “I was honored to be one of the speakers, as Romania has been a longstanding supporter of the Mountain Partnership (one-third of its surface is covered by mountains) and the Romanian Government made successful efforts in order to empower women. Our most recent General Action Plan on Gender Equality (2014-2017) specifically encourages the balanced participation of women and men in decision-making, by promoting affirmative measures to increase the number of women in leadership.”

“In Romania, the first female officer in the armed forces was the second lieutenant Ecaterina Teodoroiu, who died heroically in the WW1, and in WW2 one of the first women-pilot in the world, Smaranda Braescu, fought as a reconnaissance pilot. Women in military uniform as a full-time profession began to appear in my country in 1973. We have now women with the rank of general and there is an increased number of military female staff participating in international missions. Romanian Female Engagement Teams were assigned to engage Afghan women and girls in the Zabul Province, in order to empower them into their own societies. The commander of the South Region within the UN Mission in Haiti is Romanian chief superintendent Raluca Domuța. She was awarded the International Female Police Peacekeeper for 2015. This is is an excellent example of the added value of gender component in the UN peacekeeping and special political missions.”, Mr Ion Jinga added for the same editorial.

To conclude, the permanent representant at the UN, Mr. Jinga, said: “Gender equality is a necessity of contemporary societies and the progress made on women’s rights, over the past two decades, is remarkable. Women now occupy leadership positions in education, sciences, and public life. They excel in many domains thanks to their skills and abilities. We cherish all their achievements which have tremendously transformed for the better the world we live in. But there is still work to do. In the 21st Century, no one should be excluded, regardless of the gender. Women empowerment is a new religion. It is not only the natural think to do, it is the smart thing to do.”

News edited by Violeta Dan, Intern at CaleaEuropeana.ro

Robert Lupițu este redactor-șef, specialist în relații internaționale, jurnalist în afaceri europene și doctorand în domeniul reasigurării strategice a NATO. Robert este laureat al concursului ”Reporter și Blogger European” la categoria Editorial și co-autor al volumelor ”România transatlantică” și ”100 de pași pentru o cetățenie europeană activă”. Face parte din Global Shapers Community, o inițiativă World Economic Forum, și este Young Strategic Leader în cadrul inițiativelor The Aspen Institute. Din 2019, Robert este membru al programului #TT27 Leadership Academy organizat de European Political Strategy Center, think tank-ul Comisiei Europene.

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MEP Vasile Blaga: Commission’s centralised approach on procuring COVID-19 vaccines shows us the advantage of Romania’s membership of the European Union

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Commission’s centralised approach on procuring COVID-19 vaccines shows us the advantage of Romania’s membership of the European Union, said MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) in a statement for CaleaEuropeană.ro.

He emphasized tha membership of the European Union ”helps us to return to a normal life as soon as possible, through vaccination, but also to overcome the COVID-19 crisis”.

”I cannot help noticing that regarding the COVID-19 crisis, European Union has address the needs of the Member States. I am talking about UE’s centralised approach on procuring COVID-19 vaccines, not only about EU’s budget and COVID-19 recovery package. European Commission approved a contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer, which provides for the purchase of 300 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States and, last week, Ursula von der Leyen announced that European Commission approved a sixth contract under the EU Vaccines Strategy, this time with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, which provides for the purchase of 160 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. It is a clear signal that the European Union is determined to firmly manage the COVID-19 pandemic, unitary and determined”, explained the MEP Vasile Blaga.

The European Commission approved on November 25 a sixth contract under the EU Vaccines Strategy, this time with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, the Commission said in a statement.

The contract provides for the initial purchase of 80 million doses on behalf of all EU member states, plus an option to request up to a further 80 million doses, to be supplied once a vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against Covid-19.

The contract with Moderna will enlarge the already broad portfolio of vaccines to be produced in Europe, including the contracts signed with AstraZeneca, Sanofi-GSK, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, BioNTech-Pfizer and the contract approved with CureVac.

This diversified vaccines portfolio will ensure Europe is well prepared for vaccination, once the vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective.

Romania’s finance minister Florin Citu said on November 25 that the ministry has made a 12 million euro ($14.27 million) advance payment to the European Commission for COVID-19 vaccines.

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S&D Group and MEP Victor Negrescu host an international conference on the future EU budget and the European Recovery Plan (LIVE, 19th November, 11:00)

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The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament is organizing on Thursday, at the initiative of MEP Victor Negrescu (PSD, S&D), an international conference on the future European budget and on the economic recovery plan.

The conference, which will start at 11:00 (Bucharest time) and will be broadcast LIVE on CaleaEuropeană.ro, is an invitation to dialogue on how European funds should be used at European and national level.

At the conference organized with the support of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats on the future EU Budget and the European recovery plan, the European Commissioner for Budgets, Johannes Hahn, will address a video message. Also, among the participants will be Margarida Marques, MEP and rapporteur of the S&D Group for the future multi-annual budget, Dan Nica, leader of the Romanian Delegation to the S&D Group, Radu Magdin, study coordinator, Roxana Mînzatu, member of the Romanian Parliament, European funds expert and former Minister of European Funds, and Adrian Câciu, economic analyst.

In order to set out these objectives, the S&D MEP Victor Negrescu initiated a complete and complex study on the impact of the European relaunch plan on Romania and the identification of development objectives that the progressive group in the European Parliament will support at the level of the European institution.

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Dacian Cioloș, Renew Europe’s leader: Maia Sandu’s remarkable victory, clear proof that the Republic of Moldova’s future lies in Europe

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The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomes the preliminary results of the presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova and congratulates Maia Sandu for becoming the first woman elected to the highest-ranking position of the state, the third largest EP political group says in a press release.

Maia Sandu’s pro-European agenda and her determination to tackle corruption and unite the country are the key elements of her emphatic victory over the pro-Russia President Igor Dodon.

The President of Renew Europe Group, Dacian Cioloș (USR PLUS, Romania), said:

“Maia Sandu’s remarkable victory in the presidential elections is clear proof that the Republic of Moldova’s future lies in Europe. Through their vote, the citizens of Moldova endorsed the consolidation of democratic institutions and practices, the strengthening of the rule of law and the fight against corruption as national priorities for the years to come. It won’t be an easy path, but I am confident that with the full support of the European Union, including Renew Europe group, Moldova will get gradually closer to European values, develop its economy and ensure prosperity for its citizens.”

Renew Europe MEP, Dragoş Tudorache (USR PLUS, Romania), the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Moldova, added:

“Just as Maia Sandu’s victory is a landmark for the democratic evolution of the Republic of Moldova, her mission is equally historic, challenging, but also transformative for the whole society. If this transformation succeeds, if this mission is successful, Maia Sandu may be the one bringing the Republic of Moldova closer to the European Union than it has ever been.

The reform agenda, which Maia Sandu embraced decisively already as a Prime Minister, requires political will, expertise and financial support. We, the European partners of the Republic of Moldova, shall stand by Maia Sandu in the ambitious mandate entrusted by the Moldovan people, whether it is the fight against corruption, institutional reforms, the reconstruction of public administrations, or to increase the economic exchanges with the EU.”  

Renew Europe MEP Ramona Strugariu, (USR PLUS, Romania), Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, commented:

“Maia Sandu’s victory is in fact the victory of a courageous, visionary and European Republic of Moldova, determined to fight for the values in which it believes. I am convinced that the first woman President in the country’s history will be able to steer firmly the Republic of Moldova towards European integration. It will not be an easy path, but we will support the country every step of the way in order to bring it in the European Union.”

MEP Hilde Vautmans (Open Vld, Belgium), Renew Europe Group’s Coordinator in the Foreign Affairs Committee, concluded:

“I congratulate Maia Sandu for this well-deserved victory, which will strengthen ties between the EU and Moldova and it will increase Moldova’s role in the Eastern Partnership. We must keep fighting for what brings us together in the benefit of Moldovan citizens.”

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