On Sunday, May 1st, the Twelfth edition of the Romania Day Festival took place on Broadway, in lower Manhattan, amidst sunny skies and a large participation of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. The sunny weather brought also thousands of Romanian-Americans to this unique event that became a traditional annual celebration of Romanian identity, values, culture and achievements. Beginning in the Spring of 2000, the event has attracted a vast number of participants and last year the organizer’s lobbying efforts were rewarded with a proclamation of recognition by then Governor David A. Paterson. Mr. Paterson has proclaimed the month of May, the Romanian Heritage Month in the State of New York and May 1st the National Day of Romania. It was for the first time in history of the State when such honors were bestowed upon the Romanian-American community in New York. The program included a live concert of Romanian artists and performers including Romeo and Julieta Saleno, “Banatul” group, Any Stanciu, Lia Lungu, Mihai Donca, Natalia Sandu or Toni Cortez. The event was honored by the presence of H.E. Laszlo Borbely, Romania Minister of Environment and Forestry, H.E. Simona Miculescu, Romania Ambassador to the UN, representatives Mircea Toader and Mircea Liubanovici, deputies, the Honorable Marian Parjol, General Consul of Romania in New York, Terry Jackson, Director of International Affairs Division City of New York, and a group of Romanian and American businessmen. Among the sponsors that made this event possible were: MIC & Associates, “Fratii Minovici” Cultural Foundation, The Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, Romanian Satellite Network and the Romania National Tourist Office.
Stefan Minovici (CEO MIC & Associates INC.) and Samuel W. Bodman (US Secretary of Energy)
On Wednesday September 13, MIC & Associates President Stefan Minovici met with US Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman, in Washington DC during the farewell reception of Romanian ambassador Sorin Ducaru. Mr. Minovici and secretary Bodman discussed issues related to current oil prices and the outlook for US dependence on foreign oil.
[photo: Stefan Minovici (CEO MIC & Associates INC.) and Samuel W. Bodman (US Secretary of Energy)]