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Major Ford Expansion in Romania 

During the Fall of 2017, Ford Motor Romania will add 1,000 workers in the Craiova plant to expand  production of the new Ford EcoSport SUV.  This will increase the current workforce by almost 30 per cent.  Article
April 7, 2017

Vacaresti Nature Park Visited by HRH Prince Charles

During his second official visit to Romania, HRH Prince Charles visited the Vacaresti Nature Park in Bucharest. The Park is an 'affinity project' partner of Alianta.  Article
March 30, 2017

American Romanian Business Council "Roadmap"

"Rule of law, transparency, efficiency is a roadmap that I presented the two Governments (Romanian and U.S.). Rule of law, transparency, efficiency is an issue that I presented the two Governments," Eric Stewart, President of the Council, is quoted as saying. The Council made five recommendation in a presentation to Prime Minister Grindeanu.  Site
March 29, 2017

NATO  Maneuvers Involving 30,000 Troops In July

Ambassador Hans Klemm announced that "Romania will host a large-scale military exercise in July, which will bring together some 30,000 troops from NATO member states" according to press reports.   Site
March 22, 2017

European Conference at Harvard University (2017)

ALIANTA Bd Mmbr Dan Dimancescu was invited to discuss Russian influence on East Europe on a panel chaired by ex-Amb Nicholas Burns (Kennedy School of Government Faculty). The event was sponsored by the Fletcher School and four academic departments at Harvard.   Site
March 4, 2017

Human Rights (and Corruption) Report in Romania

The United States Department of State released its 2016 report on Human Rights Practices (and corruption in Section 4) in Romania. "As of October 31, courts had issued 264 final convictions to 676 defendants in cases investigated by the DNA, compared with 239 final convictions against 785 defendants in the same period of 2015. Among the defendants convicted were one minister and one deputy minister, five members of parliament, 12 judges, four prosecutors, 10 mayors, six generals and one commander from the Ministry of National Defense, and 44 police officers."  Report
March 2017

Over 150 U.S. Companies to Visit Romania in October

Called Trade Winds, "This is one of the biggest events of this kind Romania has seen in recent years and it is expected to strengthen the economic component of the strategic partnership between Romania and the U.S., according to the Romanian Embassy in the U.S."   Article
March 2017

Romanian Against Corruption

Op-Ed in the New York Times. Article
February 10, 2017

Silicon Valley Company GoPro Open Software Operation

Software engineering operations will be launched in Bucharest by the San Mateo, California, company GoPro. Article

Massive Demonstrations in Bucharest & Nationwide

Hundreds of thousands demonstrating for five days in Bucharest and major cities nationwide caused the Prime Minister to abolish Emergency Ordinance #13 that allowed corruption immunity to politicians.
February 5, 2017

New Romanian Government Cabinet

The make-up of the new government cabinet was announced with members assuming duties the first week of January. Details
January 5, 2017

PRESSONE: First English-Language Magazine Launched

The PressOne news site announced the publication of the first issue of its quarterly print magazine. Details
December, 2016

Amb Mark and Libby Gitenstein Attend Romanian Film Festival in Seattle, WA

The well attended third annual festival featured several current directors and their films.
November 18-20, 2016

Joint Statement on the Implementation of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century

"The relationship has never been stronger," U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm. Romania and the United States of America first signed the Joint Declaration in 2011. Official statement
September 27, 2016

Romanian Ambassador George Maior Interview

Wide-ranging interview in Read
September, 2016

U.S.-Romanian Trade and Security

Following the 'coup' events in Turkey, the U.S. is said to be moving its Romania and US to develop a joint cooperation and strong partnership in trade and security. US Ambassador and AmCham elaborate. Article
August 21, 2016

Nuclear Weapons Transferred from Turkey to Romania

Following the 'coup' events in Turkey, the U.S. is said to be moving its nuclear weapons stock to Romania. Article
August 18, 2016

Romanian/Americans in the Headlines

Márta Károlyi team coordinator 2016 US Women’s Olympic Team gold medalists; and Dr. Razvan Geica Deputy Coach first place 2016 US team in International Math Olympiads (Hong Kong). Photos
July/August 2016

U.S. National Park Service

The coordinator of business partnerships visits Vacaresti and Piatra Craiului and shares his experiences. His visit celebrated the 100th anniversary of the US National Park system.
July 2016

IBM To Set-Up Cognitive Technologies Research Center

The project will be called European and National Romanian Innovation Cognitive Hub (ENRICH). IBM becomes the first company to develop cognitive computing technologies in Romania. Article
July 8, 2016

United States Sends Battalion to Romania.

Up to 1,000 troops with armored vehicles and tanks to be stationed in rotation at Mihail Kogalniceanu. Article
July 8, 2016

Romania and NATO

Discussion at CEPA in Washington, DC, between Bogdan Aurescu and Mr. Janusz Bugajski, CEPA Senior Fellow. More
June 30, 2016

BREXIT: "We have a plan"

Two young indiviuals from Cluj created a clever website with a post-Brexit suggestion that British citizens come settle in Romania. Site
June 2016

Deputy Prime Minister Meets US Undersecretary of Agriculture

Discussions focused on increasing US investments in Romania. Special emphasis was put on the agricultural and food sectors. Article
June 17, 2016

Prime Minister Ciolos Visit to the the United States

The Prime Minister was interviewed by the Washington Post on a wide cross-section of subjects. "The relationship [with the U.S.] is at the highest level in history.," he asserted. Article
May 26, 2016

Amb. Mark Gitenstein Comments on Prime Minister Ciolos' Visit

The Prime Minister's visit included U.S. government officials including Vice President Biden in Washington, D.C., and meetings with senior executives of Ford Motor Co. in Detroit and round-table discussions with other corporations. HotNews
May 26, 2016

Robert Kaplan - Presentation in Bucharest

He stated that "the greatest threat to Romania does not constitute a strong Russia, but a weak one," adding that this would mean "aggression and chaos." In his opinion, "the Russian threat is not tanks and combat aircraft, but subversion". More
May 23, 2016

Ms. Pasca-Palmer, Minister of Environment Signs Climate Change Treaty

In New York on April 22, 171 nations signed the Climate Change Treaty. Romania was represented by Ms. Pasca-Palmer who had in prior responsibilities represented the EU in the Paris treaty negotiations. Secretary of State John Kerry signed for the United States. Article

April 22, 2016

GOOGLE Starts Digital Training Program for Entrepreneurs

A free on-line course with 23 topics is offered to entrepreneurs interested in creating a digital presence. Article
April, 2016

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm Visit to Detroit

Invited and hosted by ALIANTA Advisory Board Member Dr. Iuliana Niculescu, Amb. Hans Klemm met with Romanian American business and community leaders in Detroit, Michigan. The Ambassador answered numerous questions related to the possibility of business investment, medical exchanges, support for the Romanian Musical Festival in Michigan. Also he offered the support of the US Embassy in Bucharest to those who want to pursue Romanian American collaboration projects.
March, 2016

Romanian Ambassador Maior Q&A (Washington, DC)

Comments on the Romanian/American relationship including references to Robert Kaplan's book In Europe's Shadow. Article


Meeting with Amb. Hans Klemm (Washington, DC)

Members of the ALIANTA Board and Avisory Board met with Amb. Klemm to exchange ideas on how to support RO-US initiatives of the US Embassy in Romania.
Mar. 10, 2016

Military Presence from U.S. to be Increased

An estimated 1,000 new troops will be deployed in Romania.
Feb. 22, 2016

President Obama 'Early-Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers' Includes Romanian-born scientist

Gradinaru Viviana is 35 years old, is a professor of biology and leads a research team from Caltech in California who created 'see-through organs' in a mouse.
Feb. 19, 2016

CEPA Report: Russia can use the idea of "Greater Romania" and the Szekler separatist movements in Transylvania Article
Feb. 10, 2016
European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer Declares Support of Long-term Investment Article
Feb. 10, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Visit Romania

The Romanian Foreign Minister confirmed the acceptance to visit Romanian in 2016.
Dec. 3, 2015

Parliament Approves New Goverment of Dacian Ciolos

By a vote of 389 to 115, the new government ministers were approved by the Parliamanent. New York Times Article
Nov. 17, 2015

Aferim! to be Screened in U.S.

The award winning film will be sceened in starting January 22nd in several U.S. cities.
Nov. 13, 2015

New Prime Minister Picked: Dacian Cioclos

"Romania's president nominated an expert on agriculture to replace Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who was ousted last week after major demonstrations by protesters angered by graft and lethargy in the government."
New York Times Article
Nov. 11, 2015

Outrage Spreads in Romania / New York Times Article
Nov. 7, 2015

President Iohannis meets with civic society representatives Article
Nov. 6, 2015

Oracle CEO, Safra Catz, Goes to Bucharest

"The Oracle CEO arrived in Bucharest to be with bereaved families of three employees who died and seven who were injured in the Club Colectiv tragedy," said Sorin Mindrutescu, country manager of the company. Article
Nov. 4, 2015

Ambassador Klemm and his Wife Pay Respects at the Site of Oct 30th Nighclub Fire

"The Embassy of the United States has learned with deep sorrow about the terrible tragedy last night from a club in the center of Bucharest. Welcome sincere condolences to the families, friends and acquaintances of those who lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are moving also the numerous injuries which hopefully will recover as quickly."
Oct. 31, 2015

Dr. Adrian Bejan, Alianta Awardee 2015, to Publish New Book; "The Physics of Life" / Details

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA/Washington, DC) Documents Illegal Logging in Romania by Austrian Schweighofer Co.

"The report documents how Schweighofer processes large amounts of illegally harvested timber from Romanian forests into semi-finished wood products and biomass, selling the products throughout the European Union.Schweighofer is one of the largest timber companies in Europe and unfortunately a major driver of illegal logging in Romania," said Alexander von Bismarck, Executive Director of EIA." Article
Oct 22, 2015

Radu Georgescu, Alianta Awardee 2015, Launches New U.S. Company

The start-up launched a Romania-created and produced smart watch under the brand name "Vector Watch."
Oct 21, 2015

Romania's ex-President Ion Iliescu "is facing prosecution on charges of crimes against humanity for the violent suppression of a protest months after the fall of the Communist regime." BBC News
Read original June 14, 1990 NYT report of the miners violent actions / Oct 21, 2015

Ambassador Hans Klemm AmCham Speech

"Romania must break the cycle of political influence on economic decisions, U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm told the conference “The Case for Investing in Romania” organized on Tuesday by the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania." Article
Oct 13, 2015

Microsoft to Expand Operations in Romania

Already counting a workforce of 700 in Romania, the company announced plans to expand its staffing by several hundred. More
Oct 12, 2015

President Klaus Johannis Issues Invitation to President Obama to Visit Romania and Meets Vice-President Joe Biden

Subsequent to United Nations meetings including official receptions hosted by President Barack Obama in New York, President Johannis met with Vice President at the White House in Washington, D.C. More
Sept 28, 2015

Ambassador Hans Klemm

Hans Klemm was sworn-in by Secretary of State John Kerry as the next U.S. Ambassador to Romania. More
Sept 16, 2015

Professor Steve Jarding, Harvard University (Kennedy School)

CAESAR Foundation offers an executive education program with Professor Jarding: "Today's World and the Need for Authentic Leadership: How to Make a Difference." More
Fall 2015

Ex-Ambassador James Rosapepe

The Romanian American Society of Washington State hosted Mr. Rosapepe in a visit on Microsoft’s Redmond Campus. At the meeting were representatives of the Microsoft Romanians Diversity Group. Article
Aug 3, 2015