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Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Council issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council in Washington, D.C. 11th July 2024

Friday, July 12, 2024

1. We, the Heads of State and Government of the NATO-Ukraine Council, met today during this historic NATO Summit. For more than two years of Russia’s brutal full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and ten years since Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and initial military intervention in the Donbas, the people of Ukraine have been heroically defending their nation, their land, and our shared values. We solemnly pay tribute to the lives lost, and ...

Romania's President Iohannis signs security cooperation agreement with Ukraine

Friday, July 12, 2024

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, signed on Thursday, in Washington DC, a bilateral security cooperation agreement between the two countries.Accompanying Iohannis to the signing ceremony were Romania's Foreign Minister Luminita Odobescu, Romania's Defence Minister Angel Tilvar, and Chairman of the Romanian Senate Nicolae Ciuca. Part of the Ukrainian retinue were Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro ...

Zelenskyy, after signing security agreement with Romania: "I am grateful for every expression of solidarity"

Friday, July 12, 2024

  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted on Thursday on a social network, after signing the bilateral security agreement with Romania, that he is ''grateful for every expression of solidarity'' with his country and people.''Together with Romanian President KlausIohannis, in Washington, we signed a security agreement between our two countries. We have set out specific points of cooperation to strengthen security in the Black Sea region. ...

NATO75Bilateral security agreement signed by Romania and #Ukraine provides for consultation mechanism in emergency situations

Friday, July 12, 2024

The bilateral security agreement signed by Romania and Ukraine on Thursday on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington provides, among other things, for emergency consultations within 24 hours "in the event of new aggression by Russia against Ukraine or in the event of a significant escalation", according to the text of the agreement made public by presidency.ro.These consultations can take place at the request of either side, "bilaterally or through ...

Tilvar: There is currently no time horizon to compensate Romania for donating Patriot system to Ukraine

Friday, July 12, 2024

The Romanian Minister of Defense, Angel Tilvar, participated in the first discussions regarding compensating Romania for the Patriot system donated to Ukraine and declared on Thursday, in Washington, that there is currently no horizon of time for our country to receive a similar or an alternative system."There were discussions the day before yesterday [Tuesday] and yesterday [Wednesday] morning. The day before yesterday I also participated and led the first ...

Romania, Bulgaria agree on establishing regional command for NATO Black Sea special forces

Friday, July 12, 2024

In Washington DC on Wednesday, Romania's Defence Minister Angel Tilvar and his Bulgarin counterpart signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a Headquarters Regional Special Operations Command Component (HQR-SOCC) for NATO Special Operations Forces in the Black Sea region, the Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN) reports.The two defence ministries decided, in accordance with the requirements, to set up a C2 SOF structure, which would reflect ...

Military mobility corridor between Romania, Bulgaria and Greece - optimization of transport corridors, supply routes

Friday, July 12, 2024

  The Minister of National Defence, Angel Tilvar, signed on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the Washington Summit, the Letter of Intent for the creation of a military mobility corridor between Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, the Defence Ministry (MapN) informs.According to the same source, "this initiative marks significant progress in strengthening NATO's defence and deterrence capabilities in the region."The project aims to optimize ...

Foreign Affairs Ministry's budget, supplemented with 37.2 million RON for paying Romania's UN membership fee

Friday, July 12, 2024

The Government supplemented in its Thursday's meeting the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with 37.2 million RON to pay Romania's membership fee to the United Nations.According to a press release sent by the Government, in Thursday's meeting a decision was approved by which the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was supplemented with 37.2 million RON, commitment and budgetary credits, from the Reserve Fund available to the ...

Gov't approves draft increasing Romania's participation quota to IMF

Friday, July 12, 2024

The Government approved on Thursday a draft law to increase Romania's participation quota to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).According to a Government press release, the draft law provides for an increase in Romania's IMF quota from 1,811.4 million SDR (Special Drawing Rights), as it is at present, to 2,717.1 million SDR. The difference of 905.7 million SDR will be paid by the National Bank of Romania."The increase in Romania's quota ...

Gov't approves humanitarian aid for civil population in Gaza Strip

Friday, July 12, 2024

The Government approved on Thursday the granting of emergency humanitarian aid worth about Ron 8.5 million for the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, Executive Spokesman Mihai Constantin informs."Romania is still part of the international community providing humanitarian aid to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip. Food products and shelter items, worth around 8.5 million lei, will be sent to the Gaza Strip as soon as possible, with the logistical ...

Romanian-Hungarian Memorandum of Understanding for building new railway link between Timisoara and Szeged

Friday, July 12, 2024

The Government approved, in its Thursday's meeting, a memorandum that prepares the design and construction of the new railway link between Timisoara and Szeged, a joint project between Romania and Hungary.According to a press release sent by the Government, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Romanian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade aims to promote the restoration of a railway link ...

Declaration of reciprocity for taxable persons from UK to benefit from VAT refund

Friday, July 12, 2024

  The Government approved on Thursday a memorandum on drafting the text of the reciprocity declaration based on which taxable persons from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) will benefit from the reimbursement of the VAT they paid in Romania, according to the provisions of the 13th Directive.According to a press release from the Government, through this memorandum, the Government adopts a declaration of reciprocity, ...

Annual inflation rate, down to 4.94 pct in June

Friday, July 12, 2024

The annual inflation rate dropped, in June 2024, to 4.94%, from 5.12% in May, in the conditions in which food products rose in price by 1.10%, non-food products by 6.28% , and services by 8.81%, according to the data published on Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS)."The consumer price index in June 2024 compared to May 2024 was 100.24%. The inflation rate since the beginning of the year (June 2024 compared to December 2023) was 2.6%. The ...

Price hikes in postal services, medicine and detergents recorded in June 2024

Friday, July 12, 2024

Postal services, medicine and detergents are among the highest price increases recorded in June 2024, compared to the same month of the previous year, according to data published on Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).Thus, the price of postal services rose last month by 26.56%, compared to June 2023, that of medicines by 23.96%, and that of detergents by 21.96%.As for food products, they became more expensive, on average, by ...

Public administration sector's financial assets up 4.2 pct in Q1 2024

Friday, July 12, 2024

   The public administration sector's financial assets increased 4.2 percentage points in Q1 2024 to 26.8 percent of GDP, shows data released by the National Bank of Romania (BNR).According to the cited source, this upward evolution was mainly the effect of the significant increase by 1.8 percentage points in equity participations and shares/investment fund units, to 10.2 percent of GDP.Cash and deposits of public ...

Chairman of the Fiscal Council Daianu: Romania is not overtaxed

Friday, July 12, 2024

  Romania is not overtaxed, but it indeed is collecting very little, Chairman of the Fiscal Council Daniel Daianu told a debate on Thursday on a paper dealing with financial stability and macroprudential policy.According to him, however, there are very large imbalances, with some sectors being much more taxed than others, including categories of taxpayers."Our vulnerability is known, it is also mentioned by the National Bank, it is ...

Senior emergency management officials convene to tackle heatwave

Friday, July 12, 2024

Senior emergency management official with the Ministry of Interior Raed Arafat, head of the Emergency Management Department (DSU), on Thursday urged the relevant bodies to carefully monitor the use of open fire amidst an ongoing scorching heatwave."Regarding the risk of forest fires and the risk of vegetation fires - monitor the use of open fire: no open fire in areas with forests, no open fire in areas with vegetation and monitor that intensely. Get the ...

Code Red for heatwave in most regions, at end of week, temperatures rise to 41 degrees Celsius

Friday, July 12, 2024

  More than three-quarters of the country's counties will be under Code Red for heatwave and especially accentuated thermal discomfort this weekend, when temperatures will rise to 41 degrees Celsius, according to warnings issued by the National Meteorological Administration (ANM).The Code Red is valid for the days of July 13 and 14 and concerns areas of Crisana, Banat, Oltenia, Muntenia and Moldova and Bucharest.In these regions, the ...

Joint Statement on Strengthening Ukraine’s Air Defenses

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Joint Statement on Strengthening Ukraine’s Air Defenses by U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy   We are committed to providing Ukraine with ...

NATO75/Iohannis: Our desire is to receive another Patriot system in exchange for one donated to Ukraine

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Our desire is to receive another Patriot system in exchange for the one donated to Ukraine, but I think we will also get systems that will be delivered faster as compensation, the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, said on Wednesday, in Washington, while participating in the NATO anniversary summit from July 9-11."We support Ukraine, we support the Republic of Moldova, we donate Patriot - because we can and because we think it is right. ...

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