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Romania celebrates EU Presidency

16 April 2019

The Embassy of Romania in South Africa in celebration of Romania’s Presidency to the Council of the European Union hosted a concert by the talented Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu at Unisa

Romanian Ambassador Marius Boranescu (pictured left) highlighted Romania's priorities as President. Romania, who became a member country of the EU on 1 January 2007, holds the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2019.

The priorities of the Romanian Presidency are driven by this motto: cohesion, a common European value, understood as unity, equal treatment and convergence.

The presidency programme focuses on four main priorities: Europe of convergence, a safer Europe, Europe as a strong global actor and Europe of common values.

The presidency will also host a Summit in Sibiu on Europe Day, which will steer the debate on the future of Europe. It is the first time that Romania holds the Council rotating presidency.


Daniel Ciobanu was given a glowing introduction by Dr Karendra Devroop, Director of Music at Unisa. Amongst the many international competitions won by Ciobanu, he was also the winner of the 13th Unisa International Piano Competition in 2016.

Ciobanu started paying the piano at the age of 9 in Piatra Neamt, Romania. He performed all around the world, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, and Dr Devroop said that where one performs is a clear indication of one's brilliance.

Daniel Ciobanu is the Artistic Director of the “Neamt Music Festival“ in Romania, a brand new festival ignited by his desire to install a strong international platform for young artists every year for a week of musical extravaganza in the Carpathian Mountains.  

At the concert he wowed the audience playing Scarlatti, Beethoven, Contantinescu and Prokofiev.




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