Press Review - November 29, 2018

11.29.2018 By Oana Gavrila

Environment Minister Announces New “Green House” Program

Environment minister Gratiela Gavrilescu said the ministry is considering a new energy efficiency program for homeowners seeking to install solar panels.

Homeowners could receive state financing of EUR4,500 to install solar panels to heat water and produce electricity.

The minister said the issue of surplus electricity has been solved and homeowners may sell the surplus to utility companies.


AEK Athens v Ajax: Greek Side Charged by UEFA for Crowd Disturbances

Greek side AEK Athens have been charged by UEFA after objects, including a petrol bomb, were thrown during their Champions League home defeat by Ajax.

They have also been charged over crowd disturbances after home fans reportedly threw flares into the stands housing Ajax fans, with pictures showing flames burning next to the away section.

Ajax have been charged with throwing objects and setting off fireworks.

The case will be dealt with by UEFA on Thursday, 13 December.

At the start of the second half, there was further crowd disturbance as several firecrackers were set off and players from both sides could be seen rubbing their eyes as smoke drifted across the Athens Olympic Stadium.

Images also showed police officers hitting Ajax fans, leaving some with blood pouring down their faces, while Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt ran over to the visiting fans to plead for calm.


Iohannis Supports UN Migration Pact As Several Countries Shun It

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis approved Wednesday, at the proposition of the government, a memorandum supporting the UN's Global Compact for Migration (CGM).

The pact promotes cooperation to deal with the world's growing migrant flows. It does not encourage migration and doesn't seek to create new rights.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was agreed at the United Nations in July following 18 months of negotiations and will be formally adopted at a conference in Marrakesh on December 10 and 11.

The United States quit negotiations early on, in December, and was followed by Hungary 7 months later.

Since then, Australia, Israel, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Bulgaria have either publicly disavowed the pact or notified the United Nations that they are withdrawing. Italy is the latest EU state to shun the UN migration pact.

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