December 21, 2004 |
Traian Basescu took office as Romania's third president since the communist regime fell in 1989, and he pledged to clean up rampant corruption and carry out reforms that will ready the country for European Union membership. Basescu, the mayor of Bucharest, replaced Ion Iliescu, who led Romania for 11 years. Basescu defeated Prime Minister Adrian Nastase earlier this month in a closely contested election.
July 13, 1999 |
Landslides killed at least 15 people and injured several in western Romania, and flooding damaged hundreds of houses, local media reported. Authorities blamed the slides on a water release from an unfinished dam by workers who feared the buildup of rain would destroy the construction site. Over the weekend, flooding damaged thousands of houses in western and central Romania. Ten people died in weather-related incidents, including six who drowned and two killed by lightning.
September 27, 2006 |
Romania and Bulgaria gained support to join the European Union on Jan. 1. Formal approval is expected next month. The EU administrative body's backing was expected to be the last such move for some time, leaving Turkey, Croatia and other hopefuls on the sidelines. It urged the bloc to make aid to Bulgaria and Romania conditional on continued progress in cracking down on corruption and organized crime, improving justice and ensuring better food and aviation safety.
December 14, 2004 |
Bucharest Mayor Traian Basescu won an unexpected victory in Romania's presidential runoff election, ending a decade of rule by former communists. Basescu, a former ship captain, vowed to fight corruption, restore press freedoms and prepare Romania to join the European Union. He has also said he supports greater rights for gays. He defeated Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, who was supported by outgoing President Ion Iliescu. Final results showed Basescu won 51.
December 13, 1996 |
A reformist government forged from a political deal to overturn Romania's post-Communist legacy took office after parliament backed its pledges to speed up market-oriented change. "This is another kind of government, capable and willing to change Romania's fate," Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea said after taking the oath of office.
December 7, 2001 |
Pressured by countries such as the U.S., Spain and Israel, Romania allowed 49 orphaned children to be adopted by foreign families. The adoptions were granted despite a ban imposed in October at the request of the European Union. The EU, which Romania hopes to join by 2007, had criticized the country's treatment of orphans. At least 3,500 adoption cases were believed to be in the system when the ban was imposed. Demand for Romanian children led to the pressure to allow adoptions to resume.
October 13, 2005 |
The European Commission said it was banning the import of live birds and poultry from Romania after its experts confirmed a strain of avian influenza in samples from a Romanian duck and chicken. The Commission said its experts detected H5 virus strain in two Danube delta samples.
December 29, 2008 |
Iraq's Presidency Council ratified a parliamentary measure that clears the way for troops from Britain and a handful of other nations to stay in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires at year's end. Forces from Britain, Australia, El Salvador, Romania, Estonia and NATO had been awaiting a new arrangement to legalize their presence.
April 25, 2006 |
Thousands of Romanians fled their homes and thousands more faced the same fate when the swollen Danube breached waterlogged dikes and threatened to break through more defenses. Fed by rain and melting snow, waterways have swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this month, driving thousands from their homes.
April 22, 2006 |
Romania breached a major dike to divert floodwater threatening villages in the Danube delta, and Hungary evacuated thousands of people as swollen rivers continued to spread havoc across Eastern Europe. Almost 8,000 people have fled their homes in the Balkans. Farther north, authorities in Hungary evacuated 4,500 more from three towns near the confluence of the Tisza and Koros rivers.