1. Ambassador Jaap Werner and Mrs Soraya Werner welcomed guests to the diplomatic residence of the Netherlands to celebrate Queen’s day, with a strong presence from the diplomatic corps, new Government ministries and civil society.
2. Does this nation believe in Public-Private Partnerships? Why are municipal projects so slow to develop? Why do City Halls always choose the cheapest option? All these questions were under discussion at the The Diplomat’s annual symposium on financing infrastructure, where mayors, ministry officials, constructors, lawyers and representatives of international financial institutions gathered in debate at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. More details Features Section.
3. It was hard hats and hammers at the ready for wartime leader King Mihai and his daughter Princess Margareta as they raised up the roof and banged in the nails to help build the first Habitat for Humanity neighbourhood in Romania in Beius, Bihor county. The royal family supported the new homes for the disenfranchised and received traditional bread, salt and flowers from new residents, who dressed up in folk costumes for their visiting monarch.
4. Local bankers and capital market gurus met last month at the Athenee Palace Hilton to celebrate the birth of Romania’s Central Depository. A special delicacy in the night’s menu was a special concert by jazz pianist Johnny Raducanu.
5. Showcasing popular classical music, the spring edition of the Proms of Delight concert took place in the Romanian Athenaeum on 9 April. The Bucharest Symphonic Pops Orchestra joined opera stars Felicia Filip and Vlad Mirita to brighten up the evening with a beautiful selection of classic and new song.
6. With a record number of Romanians choosing Greece not only as a tourist destination, but also as a site for their second home, Greek-based Aegean Airline has launched its two new weekly summer flights to Thessaloniki from Bucharest.