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July 6, 2011

Over half of Romanian terminal grade students fail baccalaureate exam

Over half of Romanian terminal grade students fail baccalaureate exam

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Only 44.47 percent of Romanian high school students passed last week’s 2011 baccalaureate exam, according to the results published by Romanian education authorities on Sunday. The baccalaureate exam in Romania is the secondary school educational qualification test, and passing it attests that a student has graduated high school and may be admitted to a university. This is dramatically different from 69.3 percent last year and 81.4 percent in 2009.

Cquote1.svg The moment of truth has come. Success rates topping 80 percent were not possible. We were simply deluding ourselves. Cquote2.svg

—Liliana Romanciuc, school inspector

Sunday’s passing figures are a record low since the exam was introduced in Romania and comes after new anti-fraud measures cut back on student cheating. These included installing cameras in examination centres and forbidding students from paying teachers to obtain higher scores. For this exam, 665 high school students were caught cheating, double the number from last year, and at one high school it was found that the exam answers were given to 111 pupils prior to the exam.

Caras Severin County reported the lowest rate with 24.82 percent graduation, and Suceava reported the highest with 65.03 percent, down from 87.39 percent in 2010. In Bucharest the rate was 42.03 percent, the lowest since the 1989 revolution.

The release of the results started a national debate on the possible causes of the drastic drop in scores, from the failure of parental participation, poor teacher pay and pay cuts, to student disinterest and lack of motivation. Critics say the educational system depends on rote learning and students are not taught to think independently. Students say the school curriculum is boring and out-of-date.

At a press conference on Monday, Education minister Daniel Funeriu said, “These results are a mirror of our society. Romania is now at a crossroads…The nation should choose to encourage people who like to work rather than those who prefer cheating”.

Cristian Alexandrescu, chief education inspector for Bucharest, argued that the exam was not taken seriously by students and the results prove that a student cannot obtain a diploma without effort.

“The moment of truth has come,” Liliana Romanciuc, a school inspector in north-eastern Romania, told Mediafax. “Success rates topping 80 percent were not possible. We were simply deluding ourselves.”


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July 8, 2008

Romanian ForMin brakes the ice between Bucharest and Chisinau

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lazar Comanescu and his counterpart Andrei Stratan on press conference

Lazar Comanescu and his counterpart Andrei Stratan on press conference

Lazar Comanescu, the Romanian Foreign Affairs minister came to visit on Monday his Moldovan counterpart Andrei Stratan. [1]

A series of meetings held by minister Comanescu with top Republic of Moldova officials were aimed at marking a period of ice-breaking in the bilateral relations, but all press statements were veiled in caution and only showed readiness to “fortify political, economic and social relations” between the two countries. Out of the meeting with Andrei Stratan, Lazar Comanescu held talks as well with Moldovan PM Zinaida Grechany and President Vladimir Voronin.

‘Romania is the only EU neighbour of the Republic of Moldova and I repeat, we have all the determination to strongly back the Republic of Moldova’s process of approaching EU with faster steps,’ said the Romanian official.

As the media did not have access to official meetings, statements made by Comanescu and Stratan fail to provide a clear view whether progress was reported in bilateral relations, but showed caution and suggested that some issues such as the bilateral and the border treaties are still taboo subjects.

The Moldovan Foreign minister said the agenda of talks spanned a large number of bilateral issues, but did not point any of them. He assured that talks and the dialogue for “solving existing problems” continues.

Meanwhile, Moldovan officials suggested they were ready to re-start talks on the establishing of new Romanian consulates in the Republic of Moldova. Foreign minister Stratan said there was a possibility that talks on opening consulates in Balti and Cahul be re-opened as such talks are not influenced by third factors.

Authorities in Bucharest have been insisting on the opening of two new consulates as the consular sections in Chisinau were unable to deal with the large number of applications from Moldovan citizens.

Lazar Comanescu’s visit in Chisinau is the first high level visit of a Romanian official in the Republic of Moldova after PM Calin Popescu-Tariceanu‘s visit in July 2007, on the background of divergences and tensed statements between Chisinau and Bucharest in 2007 and early this year.


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  • “Romanian ForMin reaffirms Romania’s support for Moldova’s EU accession”. Moldova In The World, July 8, 2008
  • “Lazar Comanescu: Romania will further support Moldova in its getting closer to EU”. Info-Prim Neo, July 8, 2008
  • A.c. “Moldavian press considers Romanian Foreign Affairs minister’s visit an ice-breaker”. HotNews.ro, July 8, 2008
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Romanian ForMin breaks the ice between Bucharest and Chisinau

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lazar Comanescu and his counterpart Andrei Stratan on press conference

Lazar Comanescu and his counterpart Andrei Stratan on press conference

Lazar Comanescu, the Romanian Foreign Affairs minister came to visit on Monday his Moldovan counterpart Andrei Stratan.

A series of meetings held by minister Comanescu with top Republic of Moldova officials were aimed at marking a period of ice-breaking in the bilateral relations, but all press statements were veiled in caution and only showed readiness to “fortify political, economic and social relations” between the two countries. Out of the meeting with Andrei Stratan, Lazar Comanescu held talks as well with Moldovan PM Zinaida Grechany and President Vladimir Voronin.

‘Romania is the only EU neighbour of the Republic of Moldova and I repeat, we have all the determination to strongly back the Republic of Moldova’s process of approaching EU with faster steps,’ said the Romanian official.

As the media did not have access to official meetings, statements made by Comanescu and Stratan fail to provide a clear view whether progress was reported in bilateral relations, but showed caution and suggested that some issues such as the bilateral and the border treaties are still taboo subjects.

The Moldovan Foreign minister said the agenda of talks spanned a large number of bilateral issues, but did not point any of them. He assured that talks and the dialogue for “solving existing problems” continues.

Meanwhile, Moldovan officials suggested they were ready to re-start talks on the establishing of new Romanian consulates in the Republic of Moldova. Foreign minister Stratan said there was a possibility that talks on opening consulates in Balti and Cahul be re-opened as such talks are not influenced by third factors.

Authorities in Bucharest have been insisting on the opening of two new consulates as the consular sections in Chisinau were unable to deal with the large number of applications from Moldovan citizens.

Lazar Comanescu’s visit in Chisinau is the first high level visit of a Romanian official in the Republic of Moldova after PM Calin Popescu-Tariceanu‘s visit in July 2007, on the background of divergences and tensed statements between Chisinau and Bucharest in 2007 and early this year.


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  • “Romanian ForMin reaffirms Romania’s support for Moldova’s EU accession”. Moldova In The World, July 8, 2008
  • “Lazar Comanescu: Romania will further support Moldova in its getting closer to EU”. Info-Prim Neo, July 8, 2008
  • A.c. “Moldavian press considers Romanian Foreign Affairs minister’s visit an ice-breaker”. HotNews.ro, July 8, 2008
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Romanian foreign minister breaks the ice between Bucharest and Chisinau

Romanian foreign minister breaks the ice between Bucharest and Chisinau

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Lazar Comanescu, the Romanian Foreign Affairs minister visited his Moldovan counterpart Andrei Stratan on Monday.

A series of meetings held by Comanescu with top Republic of Moldova officials was aimed at marking a period of ice-breaking in the bilateral relations, but all press statements were veiled in caution and only showed readiness to “fortify political, economic and social relations” between the two countries. Out of the meeting with Andrei Stratan, Lazar Comanescu also held talks with Moldovan Prime Minister Zinaida Grechany and President Vladimir Voronin.

“Romania is the only EU neighbour of the Republic of Moldova and I repeat, we have all the determination to strongly back the Republic of Moldova’s process of approaching EU with faster steps,” said the Romanian official.

As the media did not have access to official meetings, statements made by Comanescu and Stratan fail to provide a clear view of the progress in bilateral relations. Some considered the lack of access a sign that some issues such as border treaties are still taboo subjects.

The Moldovan Foreign minister said the agenda of talks spanned a large number of bilateral issues, but did not specify any in particular. He assured that talks for “solving existing problems” continue.

Meanwhile, Moldovan officials suggested that they were ready to re-start talks on the establishment of new Romanian consulates in the Republic of Moldova. Foreign minister Stratan said that there was a possibility that talks on opening consulates in Balti and Cahul may be held again.

Authorities in Bucharest have been insisting on the opening of two new consulates as the consular sections in Chisinau were unable to deal with the large number of applications from Moldovan citizens.

Comanescu’s visit in Chisinau is the first high-level visit of a Romanian official in the Republic of Moldova after Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu’s visit in July 2007.



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May 31, 2006

Third GayFest begins in Bucharest

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Third GayFest begins in Bucharest

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Bucharest GayFest, organised annually by ACCEPT, is the largest LGBT festival in Romania

The third edition of Bucharest’s gay pride festival, GayFest, opened yesterday, May 30. The festival, which will last until June 4, consists of a series of LGBT cultural events, including film screenings, theatre and photographic exhibitions, as well as public debates about LGBT issues, and a gay pride parade on June 3, expected to attract hundreds of people. GayFest is organised by ACCEPT, Romania’s largest LGBT organisation, and supported by the Romanian Government and Ministry of Health, as well as various private organisations.

The main theme of the third GayFest is the legalisation of same-sex civil unions and marriages in Romania. Florin Buhuceanu, the executive manager of ACCEPT, said that, “The time has come for Romania to acknowledge the rights of all its citizens. Guaranteeing the equality of rights through the recognition of gay marriage… is just a step forward.” He added that, “The [GayFest] activities mark the most focused drive yet to change opinions on gay marriage in Romania.” Same-sex couples currently have no legal recognition in Romania. Legalisation of either civil unions or marriage between people of the same sex would be possible through an amendment of the Family Code, if approved by a majority in parliament.

On May 3, hundreds of LGBT people are expected to take part in the pride parade through the streets of Bucharest, a key part of the GayFest

Last year’s GayFest, which included the country’s first gay pride parade, attracted a significant amount of controversy from right-wing groups, as well as the Romanian Orthodox Church. It was initially not given authorisation from the Bucharest City Hall, which claimed that it could not guarantee its security. Approval was, however, later given due to pressure from the Romanian President, Traian Băsescu and the Justice Minister, Monica Macovei, both of whom support LGBT rights.

Unlike recent gay pride parades in Poland and Moscow, which ended in violence and were actively opposed by government officials, this year’s Bucharest GayFest parade was authorised by the City Hall without controversy, even though the Romanian Orthodox Church is once again expected to protest its organisation. In the past few years, Romania has significantly changed its gay rights record, introducing an anti-discrimination law in 2000 that includes sexual orientation, and repealing its last anti-gay law, Article 200 of the Penal Code, in 2001.

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May 23, 2005

Bill Clinton visits Romania to take part in branding conference

Bill Clinton visits Romania to take part in branding conference

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Former United States president Bill Clinton visited Bucharest on Saturday to attend the Beyond Borders conference, where he delivered a keynote presentation about the meaning of branding, or marketing, a country. The Beyond Borders conference was also attended by several high-profile Romanian personalities, including President Traian Băsescu, Prime Minister Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, opposition leader Mircea Geoană and former Prime Minister Petre Roman.

Clinton said that since his last visit to Romania in 1997, things have changed positively. The country had become a NATO member (an event which occurred in 2004), it is soon to join the European Union, and people are more optimistic, with higher hopes for the future.

Clinton praised Romania for its involvement in the relief effort for the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, stating that “This proves you [Romanians] are involved and you want to be more integrated into the international community.”

As to branding Romania, Clinton advised that Romanians should find a phrase or symbol that truly reflects the country and that its residents believe in. He said, “If 98 percent of Romanians will believe in that phrase, it is good, because they will be able to convince foreigners.”

Romanian President Traian Băsescu likes to see his country as “the new tiger of Europe”

The former U.S. president said that, before the conference, he had a talk to President Băsescu about marketing. Clinton said that Băsescu wants to launch Romania’s image as “the new tiger of Europe”, making an allusion to Romania’s solid economic growth and political progress in the past few years. Romania’s economy grew in 2004 by 8.3%, one of the highest growth rates in Europe.

Meanwhile, Clinton said he thought a more appropriate phrase would be “find Europe’s future here”. He stated that, “Every Romanian I have met believed in freedom and believed in the future of his country, [a future] which is tied to the US and Europe.”

Clinton also said that, in order to give Romania a competitive advantage over other countries in the region, it should choose elements that are positive and different from its neighbouring countries. “You can simply say Romania is bigger. That gives more room for investment,” he said.

Aside from attending the Beyond Borders conference, Clinton launched the Romanian translation of his autobiography “My Life”, going to a major bookstore in Bucharest to sign 500 copies of the book. “My Life” sells in Romania for 75 new lei, or €21, with 5000 copies launched in bookstores around the country.

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May 18, 2005

Air France to launch new daily flight from Paris to Bucharest

Air France to launch new daily flight from Paris to Bucharest

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

From June 6, Air France will fly from Paris to Bucharest and back five times a day

Air France has announced that it plans to launch its fifth daily flight on the Paris-Bucharest route on June 6. Air France currently flies from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Bucharest (Henri Coandă) and back four times a day, under a codesharing agreement with TAROM, Romania’s largest airline.

The extra flight is to be operated with an Airbus 318 aircraft, which has a capacity of 94 passengers.

Air France will also adjust its Paris-Bucharest timetable so that possibilities for transfer at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport can be maximised. This would enable passengers flying from Bucharest to Paris to connect to destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Buenos Aires with very little waiting time.

The fifth daily flight is also to be run under a codesharing agreement with TAROM — the two carriers have decided to allow the transfer of tickets between them.

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VISA opens regional office in Bucharest

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VISA has opened a regional office in Bucharest, Romania to represent and co-ordinate the activities of the company in Romania and Bulgaria. The Bucharest bureau is the eighth office in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region, made up of 84 countries.

The use of VISA cards in Romania is currently growing at a fast rate. VISA has 21 member banks in Romania which have issued a total of 2.8 million cards.

The general director of VISA Southeastern Europe and North Africa, Tony Brogna, said that VISA cards embedded with chips would soon be launched on the Romanian market. This comes at a time when several Romanian banks have stated that they are planning to start issuing chip-embedded cards from June this year. Additionally, seven of the eight Central European and Baltic states which joined the European Union in 2004 already use VISA cards embedded with chips.

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May 6, 2005

Coffeeheaven to enter Romanian market

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Coffeeheaven to enter Romanian market

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Friday, May 6, 2005

Polish coffee house chain Coffeeheaven has stated that it will enter the Romanian market this year, with the first of its coffee houses set to open in Bucharest. Concerning the company’s structure in Romania, Coffeeheaven’s executive director, Richard Worthington, said, “We’ve decided to work with a local partner and we’ll establish a joint venture in Romania. The investments will be covered by both parts in equal shares. We don’t work in a franchise system.” Coffeeheaven also said that they would not open stores in shopping malls, but rather in the city centre or in main pedestrian streets.

Coffeeheaven, based in Warsaw, and opening its first store in 2000, is one of the largest coffee house chains in Central Europe and its surrounds. It currently has 28 outlets in Poland, 7 in Latvia (trading under the brand name Coffee Nation) and 3 in the Czech Republic.

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May 4, 2005

Refurbished cafeteria opens in Romanian parliament

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Refurbished cafeteria opens in Romanian parliament

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A new, refurbished cafeteria at the Romanian Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest has opened for the use of parliamentarians. The new cafeteria, which has mahogany furniture and leather draped armchairs, was officially opened yesterday, and is situated at the entrance to the Senate headquarters in the Palace of the Parliament.

Members of Parliament said they were not satisfied with the former cafeteria in the Palace, saying that it didn’t have proper tables and chairs to sit on. Many parliamentarians expressed their satisfaction at the opening of the refurbished dining venue, saying that they can now drink a cup of coffee “in a civilised manner” before sessions.

Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului in Romanian) is the largest building in Europe and the third largest building in the world, with an area of approximately 350,000 m². It contains both houses of the Romanian Parliament (the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate), as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC). It is also frequently used as a function centre.

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