Central European Morning Report: "Political and Commemorative Events in Romania and Greece"

Central European Morning Report: "Political and Commemorative Events in Romania and Greece"


USR Parliamentarians Protest Draft Ordinance Turning Romanian Universities into Real Estate Developers: Parliamentarians from the Save Romania Union (USR) along with supporters of the party staged a protest on Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Education headquarters in Romania. Their demonstration aimed to denounce provisions within a draft ordinance proposed by the Ministry of Education, which they argue would transform universities in Romania into real estate developers.

USR representatives labeled the draft ordinance as "unacceptable," emphasizing that greater attention should be directed towards enhancing academic performance within educational institutions rather than venturing into real estate endeavors. Senator Ștefan Pălărie, among those leading the protest, condemned the provision in the draft, stating it would empower university leaders to make decisions regarding public properties, including non-repayable funds and European money, to an unprecedented extent.

Senator Pălărie criticized the Ministry of Education, particularly Minister Ligia Deca, accusing her of crafting laws tailored to benefit real estate developers rather than addressing pressing issues within the education sector. USR Senator Silvia Dinică echoed these sentiments, highlighting the government's lack of focus on student welfare and educational progress. She pointed out delays in implementing crucial laws and initiatives aimed at improving education, such as including computer science in STEM subjects and enhancing opportunities for students with disabilities.

The protest underscores growing concerns among USR members and supporters regarding the direction of educational policies in Romania, emphasizing the need for greater accountability and prioritization of academic excellence over real estate interests.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis Visits Kalavryta to Commemorate Holocaust Memorial: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis embarked on a significant visit to Kalavryta on Tuesday, where he paid homage to the victims of the Holocaust at the Kalavryta Holocaust Memorial Museum. The solemn occasion saw Mitsotakis laying wreaths and participating in ceremonies to honor those who perished during one of the darkest chapters in history.

Following his visit to the memorial museum, Mitsotakis engaged with local officials at Kalavryta Town Hall, discussing matters pertinent to the region. The prime minister then convened with citizens in the central square of Kalavryta, where he interacted with locals and listened to their concerns and aspirations.

In a poignant gesture, Mitsotakis ascended to the Sacrifice Place of Kalavryta, located on the hill of Kapi, to pay respects to the memory of the victims and reflect on the enduring legacy of the tragedy. Later in the day, he visited the facilities of the Kalavryta Cooperative, underscoring the importance of community engagement and collaboration in fostering economic development and prosperity.

The prime minister's visit to Kalavryta symbolizes Greece's commitment to commemorating the Holocaust and honoring the resilience of those affected by it. Mitsotakis's presence serves as a reminder of the importance of remembrance and collective efforts to ensure that such atrocities are never forgotten.


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