Romania in International Mass Media – Thursday, September 12, 2013

Global Post

Floods kill eight in Romania, hundreds evacuated

Flash floods in eastern Romania have killed eight people, including a child, authorities said Thursday, updating an earlier toll of four dead. Rescuers saved 330 people from flooded areas overnight and another 45 who were threatened by rising waters, the interior ministry said in a statement.

 

The Guardian

Seasonal migrant workers scheme closes to help British into work

Experts warn closure of agricultural scheme, which brought 21,250 Romanians and Bulgarians to Britain every year, will lead to sharp rise in fruit and vegetable prices. A seasonal horticultural scheme, under which short-term migrants fromRomania and Bulgaria picked a third of the British fruit and vegetable crop, is to be closed, Home Office ministers have announced. The decision has been made despite a warning from the home secretary’s own migration experts that a failure to extend the scheme will lead to a sharp rise in fruit and vegetable prices and job losses in Tory heartland seats. The immigration minister, Mark Harper, told MPs on Thursday that the seasonal agricultural workers scheme, under which 21,250 Romanians and Bulgarians have come to Britain every year for a maximum of six months, will close in December. The scheme has provided a third of Britain’s seasonal agricultural workforce.

 

Focus News Agency

Around 1/3 of seasonal farm workers in UK are from Bulgaria, Romania: UK govt

British Minister of State for Immigration Mark Harper said that the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) allowed fruit and vegetable growers to employ migrant workers from Bulgaria and Romania as seasonal workers for up to six months at a time, as seen in a statement of the minister published on the official website of government.  It will close, as planned, at the end of 2013. The government does not intend to open any new SAWS for workers from outside the EEA as our view is that, at a time of unemployment in the UK and the European Union there should be sufficient workers from within those labour markets to meet the needs of the horticultural industry. The Agricultural Technologies Strategy will support innovation by agricultural businesses, which will also help to offset future impacts. Currently, there is an annual quota of 21,250 SAWS participants. From 1 January 2014, when the transitional labour market controls on Bulgarian and Romanian (EU2) nationals are lifted, growers will have unrestricted access to EU2 workers. Since the controls on the EU8 (the member states that acceded to the European Union in 2004) workers were lifted, those workers have continued to form the core of the seasonal agricultural workforce. At present, UK growers recruit about one third of their seasonal workers from the EU2, and about one half from the EU8. Seasonal agricultural work can pay good wages and the sector should be able to attract and retain UK and EEA workers.

 

The Telegraph

Food prices could go up due to lack of seasonal fruit and veg pickers

Under the Seasonal Workers Agricultural Scheme of SAWS more than 20,0000 short-term migrants from Romania and Bulgaria would come to pick around a third of Britain’s horticulture crop every year.
However, from December this year, as the UK allows Romanians and Bulgarians to do other work, it is expected most will go to the cities for higher paid less back-breaking work. Farmers and Tory MPs had repeatedly asked the Government to allow in migrants from non-EU countries, like the Ukraine or Russia, to be allowed in for seasonal work to replace the shortfall. But Mark Harper, the Immigration Minister, said that British workers could take up the slack.

 

Standart News

EC Vice President warns that Bulgarian Roma are also EU citizens with right of free movement

The Roma from Bulgaria and Romania are EU citizens and as such have the right to free movement within the EU, European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding told DeutscheWelle. In the words of Reding, prior to the painful but necessary process of the European Commission forcing member states to develop national strategies, there was no coordination of efforts for the integration of the Roma. Although she admitted that there remains much unfinished business on the topic, according to Reading this pressure has worked, as today we are seeing an improved cooperation between Member States in their efforts to integrate the Roma. Reding’s harsh comment in protection of the free movement of the Roma followed after the recent statement of Germany’s Federal Interior Minister Hans – Peter Friedrich who warned that anyone coming to Germany merely to take advantage of the welfare system of the country will be expelled and denied re-entry.

The Globe and Mail

Gabriel threatens Romania with billion-dollar lawsuit
Canada’s Gabriel Resources Ltd. is issuing a stern ultimatum to the Romanian government: Approve the Rosia Montana gold mine or face a lawsuit for billions of dollars.
The strategy marks a stunning reversal for the Toronto Stock Exchange-listed company, which until recently had expected the government would approve a draft law that would allow the $1-billion (U.S.) mining development in Romania’s Transylvania to go ahead.

Associated Press 

Fate of Romania’s stray dogs in balance after fatal mauling of child
They roam the streets of Bucharest, sad-eyed, scraggly mongrels that shelter in demolition sites, rifle through garbage – and increasingly attack humans. The capital’s massive stray dog population, a legacy of communism and its aftermath, can have lethal consequences: In recent years, a Bucharest woman was killed by a pack of strays, and a Japanese tourist died after a stray severed an artery in his leg. Now, after a 4-year-old boy was fatally mauled last week, the city wants to take action. The controversial plan that has divided Bucharest? To capture and kill Bucharest’s tens of thousands of strays, blamed for dozens of attacks every day that need medical treatment. Animal lovers and dog-wary citizens are at such loggerheads that the city has called a referendum next month on whether to go forward.

NRCU – Ukrainian Radio
Ukraine to pump reverse gas via Slovakia, Romania
Ukraine is in talks with its European partners to open up new routes of reverse gas supplies – via Slovakia and Romania. This was disclosed by Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytsky at a government meeting. According to him, the opening of new routes will ensure the independence of Ukraine on gas supplies from Russia. “With the entire industry, our diversifying possibilities will allow from September 1 this year to provide around 30 percent for alternative supplies, and 70 percent – from Russia. With the opening in the future of one of the routes… the Slovak or Romanian route will allow us to reach more than 50 percent of the supply that will meet European standards,” the minister noted.

 

MediaPostNews

ZenithOptimedia Takes Control Of Romania, Expands Global Net

On the heels of its deal to form the world’s biggest ad agency company by merging with Omnicom, Publicis this morning announced an acquisition to expand one of its flagship media services agency networks, ZenithOptimedia Group. Publicis said it has taken “majority control” of Zenith Romania, a Bucharest-based shop that previously operated as an affiliate of the global media network. Terms were not disclosed, but Publicis said Zenith Romania was launched in 2000 and currently has an organization of 50 people providing a full range of media services, including digital, to a roster of both international and local brands such as Carrefour, Reckitt Benckiser, L’Oréal, Nestlé, ING Group and Mercedes-Benz.

 

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