Recognizing the Energy Dimension of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States
Last week marked another milestone in celebrating the strong and vibrant US – Romanian relationship with the participation in Washington of the Minister of Energy, Mr. Virgil Popescu at a series of high-level meetings in Washington, DC. Details »
Romania Honored by the 117th US Congress and Senate on Capitol Hill last Tuesday
On July 12, in a remarkable show of support and solidarity, The United States 117th Congress summited Resolution H. RES. 1222 dedicated to Romania, which officially marked the Twenty-Fifth anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States. In attendance were the two co-chairs of the Friendship Group with Romania in the United States Congress, members of the House of Representatives, Mike Turner and Debbie Dingell, who represent the Republican and Democratic parties. » More
The XXI Edition of the Romania Day Festival took place on Sunday, June 12
The forecast put a damper and a real challenging gloom over the entire event initially, but winds and rain came to an end as the sun came out strong by Noontime. Many decided to stay home initially, but several thousand tourists and Diaspora members turned out and stayed well beyond the 5:00 p.m. closure time of the event. This year, the Romania Day Festival turn out to be another success, with a remarkable turnout on the half on the second half of the day. The celebrated Canyon of Heroes on Lower Broadway in Manhattan (between Liberty St. and Bowling Green Plaza) – became a dedicated Romanian mini-island filled with music, dans, recitals, costumes, an honor guard military show, and traditional foods enjoyed by an audience from over 100 countries. This is the very same Broadway stretch that honored global celebrities - from presidents like Dawit Eisenhauer, Charles de Gaulle, a dozen Prime Ministers, Pope John Paul II, Charles Lindberg, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Queen Maria of Romania, Queen Elisabeth of England, general McArthur, general Ben-Gurion and may, many other world-famous people. » More
RABC to Promote US Business and Trade with Japan.
Will Help with Japan Parade Day on New York City on May 14th.
Last week, the RABC visited the Consulate General of Japan in New York at the invitation of its top diplomat - Mr. Futoshi Matsumoto, Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Consul General of Japan. Mr. Matsumoto was flanked by Mr. Naohito Sato - Consul, Economic Division and Mr. Maki Mizusawa, Consul – Public Relations Affairs.
The parties discussed increased US investment in Japan, relocation of US companies from China to Japan and RABC support for the upcoming Japan Day Parade on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Saturday, May 14. During the same week, the Japanese delegation returned the visit and spent two hours at the RABC offices in Downton Manhattan.
Meeting in Washington DC with US Legislators
A delegation led by Romanian ambassador to Washington DC Andrei Muraru and Stefan Minovici met last week with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.
The agenda of the two-day marathon discussions gravitated around the current crisis in Ukraine, the strategic partnership between the two partner countries, Romania and the United States, the Visa Waiver Program and increase US investment in Romania.
Romania remains a premier opportunity and platform for welcoming US companies and manufacturing facilities to relocate production and manpower from Asia to Europe. Romania could also expand production of defense and construction equipment reinvigorating much needed industries in the country.
The tour on Capitol Hill included Representatives Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Tracey Mann (R-KS), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Bill Hagerty (R- TN) and Joe Wilson (R-SC).
The Romanian American Business Council extend an invitation to the US legislator to visit Romanian in October of 2022 for a fact-finding mission.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee Meeting
The National Republican Senatorial Committee – NRSC - “STATE OF THE NATION” meeting took place last night at the Harvard Club in New York City. The panelists - NRSC Chairman, Senator Rich Scott (FL) , Senator Bill Hagerty (TN) and Senator Ben Sasse (NE) – as well via Zoom with Mitch McConnel (KY) - Senate Minority Leader, Senator Susan Collins (ME) and Senator John Kennedy (LA). The conference was moderated by Eric Levine, partner at Eisman, Lehraupt & Kakoyanns – a good family friend.
The topics were Russia and the imminent threat of invading Ukraine, the danger posed by Vladimir Putin in East Central Europe, the state of the US Economy - with the highest inflation and crime rate in decades under Joe Biden presidency, a rising malignant China poised on becoming the most dominant power in the world and illegal immigration. Conclusion - there is hope ahead if the Republicans retake the House and the Senate.
RABC joins Three Seas Initiative in a Consultancy Capacity
The Three Seas Project is an initiative that brings together twelve EU Member States triangularly connected from the Baltic, Black and the Adriatic seas. The impressive players are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Like never before, they want to move the action and progress to a higher and unparalleled level. More »
A Special Celebration of the National Day of Romania in Arlington, Virginia
The Romanian Embassy in Washington DC celebrated the National Day of Romania at the Army Navy Club in Arlington, Virginia. The December 1st Gala was a first for our diplomatic outpost the United States. Many diplomats and dignitaries, including several State Department officials, business leaders and academic crowded the spectacular settings at this historical site, together with a wonderful group of Romanian Americans. Special thanks and congratulations go to H.E. Ambassador Andrei Muraru and to the gracious and generous event sponsor - TRANSGAZ, let by a good friend and RABC senior member, Ion Sterian!
A Candid Exchange in Bucharest with Nicoleta Pauliuc, the Chairwoman of the Defense and National Security of Romania
On November 10, 2021 the leadership of the Romanian American Business Council met with Senator Nicoleta Pauliuc, Chairwoman of Defense and National Security of Romania, at the Senate building in Bucharest. Senator Pauliuc is a rising star in Romanian politics and recently became a strong candidate for the cabinet position of Defense Minister. During the hour-long discussion, the two covered the current status of military acquisitions, the offset program requirement on the bilateral relationships with Raytheon, a defense giant whom the RABC leadership has work with for many years. They also discussed what is to come for the future of the defense industry in Romania. Mr. Minovici has proceeded to invite Senator Pauliuc to join him in meeting relevant politicians in Washington D.C. as well as New York early next year.
Powerful Sen. Tom Cotton (R - AK) meets RABC at Harvard Club
to discuss China, Russia, Romania and Joe Biden’s America
Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. Tom’s committees include the Judiciary, where he serves as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he attends as the Ranking Member of the Air Land Power Subcommittee.
Tom is part of a true century-old cowboy family who grew up on his cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Tom left the law because of the September 11th attacks. Tom served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Tom served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. More»
Visa Waiver Program and a Fact Finding Mission for Romania
on the 2022 agenda for RABC
On Tuesday, September 22nd, Stefan Minovici met with Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) in New York City to discuss bilateral United States-Romanian relations. The two were joined by Congressman Swalwell’s Chief of Staff, Yardena Wolf as well as RABC Project Management intern William Rose.
The meeting was highly successful and discussed a wide range of topics. The Congressman and Minovici reviewed the nature of special relationship between the United States and Romania due to Romania’s strategic location along the Black Sea coast and proximity to Russia. Along with this, the two discussed the importance of lobbying for investment into Romanian infrastructure such as schools and hospitals to accompany security investments.
Part of the discussion was the relocation of U.S. companies from East Asia to Romania, a solution being pushed by the RABC’s “Make it in Romania” campaign, of which Congressman Swalwell expressed his support. Congressman Swalwell also expressed his wish that Romania be included in the Visa Waiver Program and stated that he would be a champion for the cause in Congress.
Mr. Swalwell agreed to go on a Spring 2022 factfinding mission to Romania and stated that he would encourage his colleagues to join him from the House Intelligence and Homeland Security committees.
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Meeting with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
Stefan Minovici met with Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday, September 9th in New York during a fundraising event hosted by Eiseman, Levine, Lehrhaupt & Kakoyiannis, P.C and the RABC to discuss bilateral United States-Romanian relations and issues facing the two nations such as national security, trade, healthcare, and investments. Mister Rubio has been a Florida Senator for more than a decade and has served on the Foreign Affairs Committee since 2011. The Senator has visited Romania three times, last trip being conducted in 2017. There he was awarded with the Order of the Star of Romania for his support of the country. Senator Rubio also expressed his support for RABC’s “Make it in Romania” initiative, which aims to facilitate more US investment and the relocation of American companies from East Asia to Romania. Senator Rubio stated that Romania is “an ideal place for offshore and manufacturing opportunities.” The two agreed on a congressional and senatorial visit before the end of this year to Romania as well as an investment promotion and fact-finding mission.
RABC leadership welcomes the new Ambassador of Romania to Washington D.C.
On Wednesday, August 11, Stefan Minovici was received in his office by H.E. Andrei Muraru, the new Romanian Ambassador to Washington D.C. Mr. Muraru represents a new breed and generation of diplomats - young, charismatic, eager to work hard and openminded. He was appointed by President Klaus Iohannis on July 7, 2021.
The hour-long discussion was focused on US-Romania bilateral relations, the Visa Waiver Program, a paramount priority for RABC, the strategic partnership between the two countries, healthcare, congressional relations, increase in investments and trade, a new lobbying platform for Romania on Capitol Hill , as well as generating a higher, more prominent profile for Romania in the United States.
Born in 1982, Ambassador Muraru holds a PhD in History (University Alexandru Ioan Cuza – 2011) as well and a BA (2005) and MA (2007) from the same academic institution. He had previously worked at the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) – a governmental agency coordinated by the Romanian Prime Minister. Between 2006 and 2009, he acted as counselor at the Prime Minister Chancellery and was also the personal adviser to the General Director of the National Archives of Romania. He was also a member of the Administrative Board of the Romanian Television (2014). Between July and December 2014, he was a senior adviser to the President of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Klaus Iohannis.
Ambassador Muraru has accepted an invitation from RABC to attend a luncheon scheduled to take place in late September in New York. Together with Ambassador Ion Jinga, Mr. Muraru will accompany President Iohannis at the opening of the 2021 UN General Assembly next month.
Meeting with U.S. Ranking Senator Todd Young on U.S.- Romania
Relations Post Covid Era
Tuesday June 29, Stefan Minovici met with Senator Todd Young, a prominent Republican and Senior Senator from Indiana to discuss current U.S.- Romanian relations, U.S. bases, the Russian threat, the Chinese threat and the future of the Republican party after the Trump era.
Senator Todd Young currently serves on the U.S. Senate Committees on Finance; Foreign Relations; Commerce, Science & Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Previously, in the House, he served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Budget Committee, and most recently the House Ways and Means Committee.
During the meeting, the role of the key U.S. ally, Romania, was recognized and emphasized as the Senator expressed concern about Russian expansion and the bullying of its Eastern European neighbor. With esteemed interest, Senator Young has agreed to attend a RABC board meeting next month in New York.
The Romanian American Business Council was honored on Memorial Day with the Silver Award for Dedicated Service by the Wounded Worrier Project®️
The Romanian American Business Council was honored on Memorial Day with the Silver Award for Dedicated Service by the Wounded Worrier Project®️ on behalf of wounded, Ill and injured American warriors and their families. We are humbled and grateful by this recognition and wish our veterans and US active military personnel Godspeed and strength in this never-ending journey dedicated to the defense of our values - freedom, democracy, and the pursuit of happiness! God bless the United States of America!
RABC Leadership meets with His Eminency Ion Salajan,
Patriarch of Timisoara and Banat County
RABC Launches the First American-Romanian Telemedicine System in Europe
RABC launches The 'Make it in Romania' Initiative
About the Initiative
Make it in Romania wants to revitalize bilateral and economic relations with the United States, which will eventually reposition the investor hierarchy in Romania, where the United States will occupy, in the next 24 months, one of the first three places in the country. The 'Make it in Romania' program, under the auspices of the Romanian American Business Council, is meant to promote new investments in Romania from the United States, generating a rebirth of entrepreneurship in the country and, more importantly, to restore confidence in the economic, social and spiritual potential of the nation. Through this program, with the support of the United States, Romania will have to radically restore its agriculture, through large-scale technological developments, thus facilitating the repatriation of millions of Romanians who, today, engage in agricultural activities in Italy, Spain, Germany and other European countries. The quality of production and the harvest quantity can ensure salaries similar to those currently received by individuals within Western Europe, with the difference that they will work at home, close to their families, while supporting the local agriculture and, therefore, the national economy. The same can be said for workers, specialists, doctors and any other professionals who, today, forced by the circumstances, contribute to the strengthening of other, foreign economies, to the detriment of the economy of our own country.
"Make it in Romania" stands as a joint effort between two power nations such as United States and Romania, as a private interest development it also benefits of impressive political support from high members of the US Congress and Senate. Furthermore, a vast number of American led companies, already present through profitable production and strategic development are successfully operating their businesses within the Romanian territory, will further join our initiative.
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RABC Relaunches the American Hospital Project for Romania
The long-awaited project for the Minovici Medical Center in Romania is gaining momentum once more, under the auspices of the Romanian-American Business Council. Designed as a world-class American facility in Romania, this project is focusing on the outpatient care for chronic disease treatment as well as for preventing critical diseases in Romania.
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Visa Waiver Program
We have a great opportunity to include Romania in the Visa Waiver Program in next year's Congress. It's more important than ever to speak up in order to make sure your representatives know this is important to you. Fortunately, it's quite simple and should not take more than 10 minutes of your time. Let's act together and make this decades-old dream a reality!
The Romanian American Business Council (RABC) is a not-for profit, bi-partisan organization that represents a broad range of interests of the Romanian American community on both sides of the Atlantic. The RABC along with hundreds of Romanian organizations and millions of Romanian Americans and Romanians living here and abroad have high expectations that under the current leadership of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees Congress will move these commonsense VWP reforms forward in the 113th Congress. These reforms will ultimately allow Romania to join the 37 other countries already a part of the Visa Waiver program, and strengthen the longstanding bond of friendship between United States and Romania. As the United States' faithful and steadfast NATO ally, Romania desires to do more to contribute the success, safety, and development of the United States. We hope these committees will do everything in their power to ensure that Romania's addition to the VWP comes to fruition.
The citizens of a country granted a visa waiver by the United States are permitted a 90 day visit to the United States without applying for a visa at an American Consulate. This eliminates much of the bureaucratic red tape and long hours in line. It also saves money as an applicant has to pay a fee for each time it fills out a form for a visa. Furthermore, a visa waiver signals to those who wish to visit friends or relatives or look for business opportunities that they are the citizens of a nation that is trusted, respected and considered a true US ally. Read More »
RABC launches the ProRomania Program which is dedicated to noble causes such as Environmental Protection, Healthcare and Education. Crafted especially for the most critical national needs and priorities of the people of Romania, ProRomania is designed to work in tandem and collaboration with local NGOs as well as with the government in Bucharest and throughout the European Union.
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