Oxford, 15th of October 2017: Ion Țiriac, Romanian billionaire , Former Grand Slam Tennis Winner Talk+Q&A

22449841_1484894728230737_1681897078193270237_nThe Oxford Guild is delighted to welcome a very special, high profile and unique guest as its first speaker of the term, Ion Țiriac, billionaire founder of a sprawling business empire that has made him Romania’s richest person and the wealthiest professional tennis player ever, former Grand Slam Tennis champion and Top 10 ranked player, architect of Boris Becker’s rise to fame, coach for Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic and Guilermo Vilas and part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will be speaking in a specially organised event this Sunday 15th October from 12pm. The talk and Q&A session plus reception will take place in the Danson Room of Trinity College and will be in collaboration with the Oxford University Romanian Society.

This is a truly unique and unprecedented opportunity to hear from and ask questions of such a high profile and prestigious speaker with such a fascinating story from the tennis court to the boardroom who is specially visiting Oxford this Sunday to speak to you. DO NOT MISS OUT ON WHAT PROMISES TO BE A HIGHLY INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL AND EXCITING TALK AND OCCASION where you can hear from and ask questions of the man the Washington Post called ‘Tennis’ Mystery Man’ who made unparalleled successful transition from professional sports to high-stakes business!

Ion Țiriac started out his career as an Olympic Level ice hockey player for then Communist Romania, before making the switch to professional tennis. He became a Top 10 ranked player and won the French Open doubles tournament in 1970 with former world no.1 Ilie Nastase, before becoming a coach for stars like Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic, Marat Safin, Dinara Safina and Guilermo Vilas; as an agent, he orchestrated Boris Becker’s rise to fame in the 1980s, joining the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. After ending his career as a professional tennis player, Mr. Țiriac continued his activity within the sports environment as a coach, promoter, manager, consultant and organiser of tennis tournaments. He is currently the owner of several major tennis tournaments, including the Madrid Mutua Open, one of the biggest sporting events every year. His outspoken opposition to equal women’s pay in tennis has created significant controversy in the past year. After 1989, upon retiring from sport, he build a sprawling business empire in post-communist Romania, including the country’s first private bank and its biggest insurance firm. Building on his sporting experience and contacts, he managed to become the richest Romanian in the world, with an estimated fortune of $1.5 billion that puts him in the global Forbes Top 1000 and he is the first Romanian to appear there. His business empire, Tiriac Holdings, is active in a huge range of areas from finance to real estate and car dealership.

According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, “by definition, the word “character” can describe a person’s peculiarities and eccentricities, which in many aspects aptly summarizes Ion Ţiriac. The man known as ‘Count Dracula’ or the ‘Brasov Bulldozer’, played the part to perfection. From his bushy Fu Manchu mustache to a piercing stare, Ţiriac was an intriguing and unique “character” in tennis, melding a substantial career as a player, coach, and businessman. In early December 2014, Romania-Insider.com reported that Ţiriac had amassed a personal fortune of $2 billion, making him the richest former sportsman in the world, according to Celebrity NetWorth. Not bad for a doubles specialist who made a few million dollars on tour during the 1960s and 1970s, but whose style on and off the court led to celebrity appeal.”

The will be an opportunity for questions and if you would like to ballot for the chance to meet Mr Ţiriac and speak to him directly over drinks and take photos in a private reception please email: president@theoxfordguild.com ASAP.

Come on Sunday to learn about Ion Tiriac’s fascinating life journey, and hear his invaluable insights into sports and exciting and unique stories during the course of his career that meant he came to be the richest man tennis has ever spawned! THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

WHEN: 12pm, Sunday 15th October 2017
WHERE: Danson Room, Trinity College, Oxford
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE: https://tinyurl.com/TiriacOxfordTalk


BNR: Brain Regain – 2017 Programul de selectare a specialiștilor români din străinatate

Untitled2Banca Națională a României pune la dispoziția specialiștilor români care lucrează în străinătate cinci posturi de înaltă competență, în cadrul programului Brain Regain – 2017, potrivit unui anunț al bancii centrale.

Astfel, BNR a scos la concurs două posturi de economist principal la Direcția modelară și prognoze macroeconomice — Serviciul modele de prognoză macroeconomică, un post de economist principal la Direcția stabilitate financiară — Serviciul politici macroprudențiale, un post de economist principal la Direcția stabilitate financiară — Serviciul monitorizare riscuri sistemice și un post de expert principal la Direcția rezoluție bancară.
Termenul limită pentru depunerea aplicațiilor este 20 octombrie 2017.
Pentru toate posturile scoase la concurs se cere, printre altele, cunoașterea limbii engleze, deținerea cetățeniei române și, la momentul depunerii aplicației, a unui loc de muncă în străinătate.
BNR precizează că niciun aplicant nu poate opta în același timp pentru două sau mai multe posturi vacante.
Conditiile le gasiti aici: http://bnr.ro/Brain-Regain—2017-16332.aspx

The Brexit Alternatives and their Implications

downloadHosted by the European Institute and the Institute of Public Affairs

As the UK and the EU look ahead to their long-term relationship post-Brexit, what might the UK learn from the experiences of other European states that are outside the EU but have endeavoured to maintain close economic ties to it? What does life outside the EU offer? Is there a trade-off between market access and sovereignty? What are the implications for domestic politics and economics? This expert panel will probe beyond the rhetoric to outline the key issues.

This lecture is part of the LSE Programme on Brexit.

Joachim Blatter is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lucerne.

Erik O Eriksen is the Director of ARENA and Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo.

Sieglinde Gstöhl is Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, College of Europe (Belgium).

Kevin Featherstone is Head of the European Institute, LSE.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

The Institute of Public Affairs (@LSEPubAffairs) is one of the world’s leading centres of public policy. We aim to debate and address some of the major issues of our time, whether international or national, through our established teaching programmes, our research and our highly innovative public-engagement initiatives.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEBrexit

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at events@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6043.

Source: LSE

London: The 3rd edition of the Elite Business Club takes place on October 21st

22489718_1504770572923432_7698400362522445817_nElite Business Women continues Elite Business Networking & Entrepreneurship Sessions with the 3rd edition of the Elite Business Club event, to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, between 10:00 and 14:00, in London, UK. The Waterside Imperial Wharf.

Founded by Bianca Tudor, ELITE Business Women is the first Romanian women entrepreneurship organization to create more than just a business community, a space that facilitates the sharing of business experience and growth by creating a network focused on performance and profitability.

Thus, the monthly business events, ELITE BUSINESS Club, come as a natural complement to the activities initiated by Elite, helping to initiate and increase connections within the community, and to increase the knowledge and abilities of the limbs and all those who participate.

During the event you will be able to:

  • Meet potential customers and business partners
  • Identify best practices in your industry and adjacent industries
  • Learn from the experience of others
  • Learn about opportunities and trends that are not published anywhere
  • Widen your horizon and open new doors to opportunities

ELITE Business Club is an event organized for:

  • entrepreneurs
  • Managers and representatives of small and medium enterprises
  • freelancers
  • authors and speakers

ELITE encourages diversity and promotes successful business models. Thus, ELITE BUSINESS Club invites both ladies and gentlemen!

In October in London, we will have with us:

ÖZLEM-IMIL-10171172_10152385069117754_1411712552_n-300x300Özlem Imil is a qualified High Performance & Leadership Coach, a DISC accredited professional, a personal development trainer and an NLP practitioner. She is passionate about helping people fulfill their potential, expand their leadership capacity and create a life they love. Described by her clients as ‘very easy to connect’, ‘inspirational’, ‘warm and intuitive’, ‘kind yet challenging’ Özlem builds strong rapport with them and is dedicated to bringing results to everyone she coaches and trains.

Lena-Kay-300x300Lena Kay – Transformation Consultant, International speaker and Trainer

Lena works with individuals, entrepreneurs and groups to maximize their potential and take their results to the next level turning their targets, goals and visions into a reality.


daniel-farmache-foto-300x300Daniel Farmache: works for Citigroup in London, managing mergers & acquisitions and capital market transactions for companies in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He began his career in corporate banking in Romania, also at Citigroup. In 2016-2017, he was part of the Ciolos government, as the cabinet director of the Minister of Labor and councilor in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, on the economic portfolio.

Register here: http://elitewomen.org/elite-business-club/?lang=en

România concurează cu alte 18 state pentru a găzdui Agenția Europeană pentru Medicamente. Cum evaluează Comisia Europeană candidatura României

EU_FlagComisia Europeană a publicat evaluarea celor 27 de oferte primite de statele membre referitoare la găzduirea Autorității Bancare Europene (ABE) și a Agenției Europene pentru Medicamente (EMA), care sunt situate în prezent în Regatul Unit.

Comisia, sub responsabilitatea secretarului său general, a evaluat toate ofertele în mod obiectiv, pe baza criteriilor stabilite de președintele Jean-Claude Juncker și de președintele Donald Tusk și aprobate de șefii de stat sau de guvern din UE 27 la reuniunea Consiliului European care a avut loc la 22 iunie 2017„Evaluarea se bazează în întregime pe informaţiile transmise de statele membre”, a afirmat executivul comunitar într-o declaraţie publicată pe site-ul său. „Agenţiile au fost, de asemenea, consultate în acest proces.”

Puncte slabe și puncte tari în oferta României de relocare a EMA

În ceea ce priveşte oferta României, Comisia a declarat că indică disponibilitatea zborurilor directe între Aeroportul internaţional Bucureşti şi 23 de capitale UE, cu legături aeriene având durate cuprinse între trei şi patru ore, o frecvenţă între două şi 14 curse aeriene pe zi şi transport public cu o durată mai mică de 16 minute de la aeroport la sediul propus, fără a fi furnizate informaţii despre frecvenţa acestor legături de transport public.

În privinţa “disponibilităţii spaţiului adecvat” pentru sediul Agenţiei Europene a Medicamentului, “în ofertă este indicat Complexul Globalworth Campus (27.431 m²), care, conform prezentării, va putea îndeplini condiţiile AEM privind organizarea reuniunilor, serviciile de primire (suprafaţa nu este menţionată), capacităţile de arhivare, standardele tehnice, de siguranţă şi de tehnologie informaţională (IT) (fără a conţine detalii despre spaţiile de birouri, săli de şedinţe şi de conferinţă); complexul va fi disponibil pentru ocupare în mod etapizat, înainte de septembrie 2018”, constată Comisia Europeană.

La nivelul “existenţei unor instituţii de învăţământ adecvate pentru copiii angajaţilor Agenţiei Europene a Medicamentului”, “oferta indică existenţa unor grădiniţe în Bucureşti cu predare în română, engleză, germană, finlandeză şi în alte limbi, fără a oferi detalii despre capacităţile cursurilor în limbile europene şi date despre locurile disponibile. De asemenea, oferta indică disponibilitatea şcolilor primare şi secundare cu predare în engleză, germană, franceză, spaniolă, greacă, bulgară şi ungară, fără a fi oferite detalii despre capacităţile cursurilor în aceste limbi europene. Oferta conţine asigurări că toate necesităţile copiilor angajaţilor AEM în aceste şcoli vor putea fi îndeplinite. De asemenea, oferta indică existenţa cursurilor de învăţământ superior disponibile în limbi europene, în principal în engleză, franceză şi germană. Oferta nu conţine informaţii specifice privind disponibilitatea locurilor pentru copiii angajaţilor AEM”, subliniază CE.

În funcţie de criteriul “răspândirii geografice” a instituţiilor UE pe întregul continent, Comisia Europeană notează că “România nu găzduieşte nicio agenţie” comunitară.

“Oferta conţine date despre accesul la servicii sociale şi medicale pentru copiii şi soţiile/soţii angajaţilor/angajatelor AEM, în peste 50 de spitale publice din Bucureşti, precum şi într-o varietate largă de clinici şi spitale private, inclusiv în cele în care se vorbeşte limba engleză. Oferta conţine informaţii generale despre oportunităţile de lucru în România, în diverse domenii şi în companii multinaţionale. (…) Oferta indică intenţia Guvernului României de a oferi avantaje suplimentare, fără a fi furnizate date specifice”, observă Comisia Europeană.

Agenția Europeană pentru Medicamente, una dintre cele mai mari și importante agenții europene, își are în acest moment sediul la Londra. Este un organism descentralizat al Uniunii Europene, care are ca principală responsabilitate protecția și promovarea sănătății publice, prin intermediul evaluării și supravegherii medicamentelor destinate uzului uman.

România va concura cu alte 18 state pentru a găzdui Agenția Europeană pentru Medicamente, în vreme ce 8 propuneri au fost trimise pentru Autoritatea Bancară Europeană. Hotărârea finală în privința relocării va fi luată în marja Consiliului Afaceri Generale din noiembrie 2017. Decizia va fi formulată în baza unor runde succesive de vot secret, fiecare stat membru având la dispoziție un număr egal de voturi. Statul membru care va fi selectat pentru găzduirea sediului Agenției Europene pentru Medicamente nu va mai putea candida pentru relocarea Autorității Bancare Europene.

România deține o expertiză consistentă în domeniul medical, aflându-se în partea superioară în ceea ce privește numărul de absolvenți de școală medicală, iar, începând din 2007, 14.000 de români specializați în medicină și farmacie lucrează în țările Uniunii Europene. De asemenea, în București își au sediul numeroase instituții de profil, inclusiv laboratoare și companii farmaceutice (Institutul Național de Cercetare Cantacuzino, Institutul Național de Gerontologie și Geriatrie Ana Aslan, Institutul Național Victor Babeș, Institutul Național de Diabet, Nutriție și Boli Metabolice Prof. Dr. N. Paulescu) care au ca obiectiv gestionarea efectelor majore în situații de criză care pot afecta sistemul național de sănătate.

Sursa: Calea Europeana

European Week of Regions and Cities: Brussels, 9-12 October

Between 9-12 October Brussels will host the 15th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities during which officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics, can exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development.

At the beginning of October, some 6 000 participants and 600 speakers from all over Europe and beyond gather together in Brussels for a programme of some 100 workshops, debates, exhibitions and networking events on regional and local development. The organisers adapt the programme every year to the specific context of the EU agenda. Participation is free of charge.
The programme is organised around a key slogan and a number of sub-themes. Moreover, workshops or debates can be divided into three categories: 1/ those organised by the regional partnerships (1/3 of all workshops); 2/ those organised by the European Commission, i.e. by different Directorates-General (1/3 again); and 3/those organised at the CoR (1/3). Participants and speakers have to circulate between 30 different venues in the EU quarter of Brussels, representations of Member States and regions and the premises of the European Commission and the CoR.


How did it start?

Back in 2003, the Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives, invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors simultaneously as part of a joint “Open Days” concept. Over the years, the initiative has developed into the “OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities”, a key annual event involving the European Commission and other stakeholders.
In 2016, the event has been renamed “European Week of Regions and Cities”, dropping the heading “OPEN DAYS”. This was to avoid confusion with the annual “Open Doors”/”Open Day” Brussels-based events yearly organised in May by all EU institutions around Schuman Day, as well as with similar events held by the Commission’s Representations in the Member States on the same occasion.


How does the European Week of Regions and Cities encourage local events across Europe?

In connection with the Brussels-based European Week of Regions and Cities, each regional partnership is invited to organise a local event under the ‘Europe in my region/city’ initiative. It should take the form of a citizens’ dialogue, take place between September and December 2017, and include a member of the European Committee of the Regions. The objective of these citizens’ dialogues is to listen and report back directly on the discussions taking place in cities and regions.
The citizens’ dialogues are an integral part of the CoR’s ‘Reflecting on Europe’ initiative, which will feed into an opinion on ‘Reflecting on Europe: the voice of regional authorities to rebuild trust in the European Union’ in spring 2018, thus enabling real input in the political process from regions and cities. The local events are aimed at a wide range of participants including the general public, policy makers, experts, local and regional authorities, and the press, to raise awareness of the impact of EU policies in regions and cities.


What is the impact of the European Week of Regions and Cities?

Since its beginning, the impact of this event has been systematically evaluated. Participants have highlighted in particular the usefulness of information from the EU institutions and the networking with colleagues from other countries as being relevant to their professional management of EU funds. The importance of the event is also proven by its significant media impact. For years now, up to 300 print, radio, TV and online media journalists from all over Europe have come to Brussels to cover the event.
Source: Calea Europeana

20% Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority reports featured victims from Romania

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Press Release, 04 October 2017

‘Spot the signs’

  • Crimestoppers partners with the GLAA to tackle slavery in the UK
  • 20% GLAA reports featured victims from Romania

Independent charity Crimestoppers is today partnering with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to help the UK public ‘Spot The Signs’ of slavery in a bid to tackle this growing issue.

Modern Day Slavery takes a variety of forms, many of which operate openly in public places. Whilst anyone can become a victim of this crime, it predominantly affects vulnerable people and immigrant populations with 20% of victims originating from Romania according to a study by the GLAA looking at intelligence reports from 01 January 2014 to 01 July 2016.

Industries affected by this issue include agriculture, car washes, construction, maritime, nail bars, restaurants and takeaways.

There are many common signs of slavery that victims of abuse share and it is these that Crimestoppers and the GLAA have come together to promote in a bid to highlight this issue and encourage people to report suspicions.

Signs to spot include:

  • Show signs of injury, abuse and malnourishment
  • Look unkempt, often in the same clothing and have poor hygiene
  • Be under the control and influence of others
  • Live in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation
  • Have no access or control of their passport or identity documents
  • Appear scared, avoid eye contact, seem untrusting
  • Be collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
  • May have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing, and/or a lack of safety equipment
  • May be isolated from the local community and their family

Crimestoppers’ statistics alone show a 126% increase in information received on slavery in the past six months compared to the previous six month period. It is this general rise in slavery figures nationwide which reflects why the GLAA has recently been granted a broader remit and stronger powers to tackle labour exploitation across the economy, introducing the capacity to search and seize evidence and investigate modern slavery where it relates to labour abuse and other offences.

Emily Van der Lely, Crimestoppers Lead on Slavery, said: “It’s so awful to hear that slavery is even an issue in this day and age, but we want to reassure victims that it is an issue that is taken extremely seriously, and make it clear to perpetrators that they will be found and prosecuted.

“By launching this campaign, we will educate the public as to the signs to spot and let them know that they can take action on this horrendous crime, without compromising their anonymity. They will never have to give a statement to police, or go to court. No-one will ever know where the information came from.”

Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive of the GLAA, said: “The public need to understand and be aware that modern slavery is happening right now, in and around the communities they live.

“Exploiting someone for their labour, forcing them to work, using people as commodities – these practices are abhorrent and we need the public’s help to stamp it out. Crimestoppers’ support will be invaluable in giving people the confidence to report their concerns.”

The campaign will predominantly spread messages using social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter. Crimestoppers is also partnering with local councils and other organisations to encourage them to promote the campaign through their social media channels, but also to display posters and leaflets which can be downloaded from the Crimestoppers website at crimestoppers-uk.org/modernslavery.

Crimestoppers is the independent charity that provides the 0800 555 111 telephone number and online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. We take information in around 200 languages and guarantee that those who contact us will remain 100% anonymous, they will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.

Our extensive language translation service, whether it is our live telephone service or online information form translation, enables communities to contact us even when English is not their first language. The Crimestoppers’ website also has five foreign language microsites linked from its home page, including Romanian at crimestoppers-uk.org/ro/, with more extensive Crimestoppers information that explains our service, something that we are looking to expand further in the future.

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, safe in the knowledge that you will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.


  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
  • Around 11 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.6 million pieces of actionable information, resulting in over 134,000 arrests and charges. Over £132 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £325 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 3,800 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.
  • The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is the foremost investigative agency for labour exploitation in the UK. Its mission is to prevent, detect and investigate worker exploitation across the entire economy. Find out more at http://www.gla.gov.uk