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Meeting with Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), member of the United States  Congressional District 7 of Tennessee  7, Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee

On Tuesday, April 25, RABC President Stefan Minovici met Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), member of the United States  Congressional District 7 of Tennessee  7, Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

The event took place at the residence of philanthropist and businesswoman Georgette Mosbacher in Manhattan. Mrs. Blackburn is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and also a supporter of his agenda on tax cuts, immigration, healthcare  and above all  the country's economic growth.

Some of the topics discussed during the meeting were the importance of Romania in its relationship with the United States, the geopolitical environment of the Black Sea region, and the major contribution that Romanian IT companies have on American companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others.

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Meeting with Hon. Daniel Lipinski, US Representative (D-Ill) the Co-Chair of the Romanian Caucus in the United States Congress

Today, April 12,  members of the RABC Board and Action Committee met with Hon. Daniel Lipinski,  US Representative (D-Ill) the Co-Chair of the Romanian Caucus in the United States Congress. The working luncheon greatly benefited from the presence  of  H.E. Ion Jinga, Romanian ambassador to the United Nations and the Hon. Ioana Costache, Consul General of Romania to New York. Congressman Lipinski was accompanied by his chief of Staff, Mr. Eric Lausten.  

The topics of the two-hour long discussions included the US – Romanian  relationship, the current geopolitical situation in the Black Sea region, defense and homeland security and the relationship with Russia,  the support of the US Congress in relation to the business environment in Romania, visa-waver program, the  immigration from Romania and more.

The RABC leadership emphasized the strong commitment to promote more investment and trade between the two countries and its role in advocating for similar critical  important causes. The RABC team included Valentin Pipa, Mike Chiriac, Cosmin Panait, Liviu Goldberger, Andre Cappon, Cristina Minovici  Florentina Nica, Cristian Iancu and Stefan Minovici. 

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RABC leadership meets with Congressman Mike Turner, the Co-Chair of the Romanian Caucus (R-OH) and the Romanian Minister of Labor, Mrs. Olguta Vasilescu (PSD)
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On Tuesday, March 13, members of the RABC Board met with Hon. Mike Turner, US Representative (R-OH) and H.E. Olguta Vasilescu, the Romanian Minister of Labor. At the working luncheon were also present H.E. Ion Jinga, Romanian ambassador to the United Nations and Mrs. Jinga and the Hon. Ioana Costache, Consul General of Romania to New York. 

The topics of the two-hour long discussions included the outcome of the Presidential elections in the United States culminating with Republican win, the governmental election in Romania and the strengthening of the bilateral relations between the United States and Romania. Minister Vasilescu and Congressman Turner have common interest and experiences, since both served as mayors in Columbus Ohio and respectively in Craiova, Olt. 

The RABC leadership emphasized the strong commitment to promote investment and trade between the two countries and its role in advocating such important causes. The RABC team included Valentin Pipa, Cosmin Panait, Florentina Nica and Stefan Minovici. 
 

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An Homage to Ronald Reagan – the Crusher of Communism

RABC President visits the Leadership of Prahova County and the City of Ploiesti

On Thursday, March 2, at the invitation of Historical and Cultural Society Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazul), the President of the American-Romanian Business Council, Stefan Minovici, participated in a series of activities related to Romanian-American cooperation in the economic and cultural sectors in the Prahova County. 

The visit began at the bust of Ronald Reagan, erected in 2015 in the courtyard of the City Hall Civil Marriage Division in Ploiesti. The statue was commissioned at the initiative of the Cultural-Historical Society, Mr. Mircea Cosma and that of Stefan Minovici. The vice president of the Prahova County Council, Ludmila Sfirloaga, together with the Director of the Chancellery of the Prefect, Sebastian Cursaru, accompanied the delegation during the ceremony, where Stefan Minovici lay a bouquet of tulips at the monument. 

The visit continued at the office of the President of Prahova County Council, Mr. Bogdan Toader. Also attending were Senator Stefan Radu Oprea and Representative Ion Razvan Ursu. During the meeting, multiple issues related to the significance of the US firms present in the Industrial Park Ploiesti were discussed, especially the continuous growth of the economic bilateral relations between Romania and the United States. New locations for business development were proposed to be created within the Ploiesti Industrial Park South, namely Mizil, Ciorani and Lady Pond. It was agreed that a protocol should be signed on strategic, medium and long-term collaboration between the Prahova County Council and the Romanian American Business Council in order to consolidate and expand future relationships. Mr. Minovici was offered the "Romania 100" booklet and a collection of books about the history of the war for Romania, including the volumes "Intregitorii" (“The Unifiers”) to be submitted to the Romanian Library in New York.

 
 
 
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Meeting with Federal Magistrate Robert M. Levy


On February 2nd, Judge Robert Levy and Stefan Minovici met in Brooklyn, New York during a visit to his chambers and a subsequent luncheon. Judge Levy has visited Romania on several occasions, first as a photographer and tourist in the early seventies, later of as a finding mission judge, focusing on Human Rights abuses.  The two talked about the rule of law in Romania, the recent governmental crisis in Bucharest the US Election and the future of the bilateral Romanian-American relations.

Robert M. Levy is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  At the time of his appointment in 1995, he was General Counsel to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Judge Levy is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University Law School. He served briefly as a staff attorney with the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society before joining the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he was, inter alia, Director of the Mental Health Law Project and Senior Staff Attorney.  After his judicial appointment, Judge Levy was appointed to oversee the Eastern District's Alternative Dispute Resolution programs.

Judge Levy is an adjunct professor of law at Columbia, New York University and Brooklyn Law Schools. 

In 1998, as an advisor for the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative of the American Bar Association, he helped provide training to judges and law clerks in the Republic of Georgia. Judge Levy is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and of the Committee on Second Circuit Courts and the Committee on Public Service of the Federal Bar Council and serves on the advisory council of the Doctors of the World's Project of De-institutionalization for Kosovar Children with Special Needs.

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RABC Annual Christmas Gala

The RABC Christmas Gala was attend by Adam Howard, the Chief of Staff of Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH),  Azaleea Carlea, Communications Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Federal Magistrate Robert Levy from Brooklyn Federal Court, His Excellency Ion Jinga, Romanian Ambassador to the United Nations and by Hon. Ioana Gabriela Costache, the Consul General of Romania in New York.

The event enjoyed the participation of over 200 people in attendance throughout the evening, among them the leadership of the Romanian Cultural Institute – lead by Mr. Mircea Suciu, Dr. Szabi Dorotovith, Director of International Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital International, Yves Duroseau, M.D. Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital – Northwell Health, and Andrea Dowd, Vice President of Business Development at Lenox Hill Hospital.

The main feature of the Gala focused on bestowing the Best Supporter of Romania in the US Congress award to Congressman Mike Turner and best performing RABC Member Corporation for 2016 to Christian Tour S.A. The entire event was covered by the Romanian National Television – TVR.

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Beretta Launches “The 490 Serpentina”, Its Latest Shotgun

On Thursday, December 1st Pietro Beretta, the owner of The Beretta Co. (est. 1526) launched the “490 Serpentina.” The occasion coincided with The Romania National Day and was attended by key RABC board members including Valentin Pipa, Mike Chiriac, Mihaela Vladutiu and Cristina Minovici.

His excellency Ion Jinga, the Romanian ambassador the UN was invited to attend as well. The exhibition was also honored by the presence of Donald Trump Jr., the son of President-Elect, Donald J. Trump.

The event took place at the Beretta Gallery on Madison Ave. in NYC and was attended by well over 100 VIP guests.

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