UK official: We’ll open the labour market

  • The British Minister for Europe David Lidington calms concerns on Romanians’ immigration scare. “I want to be clear. UK will open its labor market for Romanians and Bulgarians in 2014. It is our obligation according to the Treaty and we have no intention of doing otherwise”, the UK official said, according to romania-insider.ro.
  • A Romanian abbatoir is investigated by the Romania’s veterinary watchdog agency, after turkey meat treated with antibiotics was found in Germany. According to Digi 24 TV, the meat was exported by local abbatoir based in Codlea, Romania, to its German partner, Global Meat Gmbh. Officials mentioned meat was also directed to Austria and UK. Abbatoir officials denied they use antibiotics. Final results of the test will be known in 4-7 days.
  • Italian company De Longhi takes over Nokia facility and some former workers of the mobile phones manufacturer in Jucu, Cluj county. According to actmedia.eu, De Longhi manufactures of coffee appliances for household use. Nokia closed the factory in 2011, only several years after they moved production from Germany (Bochum) to Romania.
  • The natural environment in Romania is under great pressure, said Magor Csibi, the Programme Manager of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Romania, according to romania-insider.eu. One of Romania’s main environmental problems  is possible “full disclosure for legal wood cutting” through the new Forest Code currently in Parliament, given that Romania’s forest area is 9 percent below the European average.
  • Romania’s arthouse films have won respect worldwide, but their lack of popularity among domestic audiences spells danger. According to guardian.co.uk, the films directed by Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu or Radu Muntean had very small audiences. Compared to other east European audiences, Romanians were definitely not interested in getting high on their own supply: domestic films had a paltry 2.5% share of the market in 2010.
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