News archive of March 2020
Interior Minister Marcel Vela announced on Monday evening the issuance of Military Ordinance No. 6, which provides the quarantine of the Municipality of Suceava and an adjoining area, made up of eight communes, as well as the establishment of a protection area on some administrative-territorial units of Suceava County.
Interior Ministry (MAI) Secretary of State Bogdan Despescu on Monday evening announced the adoption of Military Ordinance No. 5, which provides extending the suspension of airline flights to and from Spain and Italy. "The measure of suspending the flights operated by airlines to Spain and from Spain to Romania for a period of 14 days, starting 31 march 2020, 18,00hrs, is extended.
Air companies will not lose their airport slots this summer, according to a decision by the European Parliament in what is the first European measure to support carriers. Airlines have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, as most have seen their flight numbers cut considerably, if not canceled altogether.
The coronavirus pandemic has dealt another blow to the Greek economy as Viohalco subsidiary Sidenor announced on Monday the suspension of all operations at its steelmaking units in Greece from this Thursday until May 3, a move attributed to the sudden slump in demand for construction materials and the shelving of major state projects.
Veteran leftist and World War II resistance fighter Manolis Glezos died Monday at the age of 97. He died of heart failure at a central Athens hospital after being admitted on March 18. Respected across the Greek political spectrum, he was most famous for climbing the walls of the Acropolis in 1941 to take down the Nazi flag. He was sentenced to death in absentia.
The flexibility that the credit sector has secured from the European Central Bank and the reserved optimism that the restriction measures in Greece are bearing fruit, amid more handout pledges by the government, saw the local stock market head higher on Monday in a relatively calm environment for global securities.