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5th January 2017 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

2016 at the British Embassy Bucharest

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January is a time for looking both back and forward, rather like the Roman God Janus. Here’s a personal selection of a dozen of the highlights of a busy and productive 2016 at the British Embassy Bucharest. In January I was in London for the DIT Civil Nuclear Showcase, talking to UK companies in the […]

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6th December 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

UK – Romania ties: the story of Her Majesty’s great-great grandmother

The small town of Sangeorgiu de Padure, in Mures County in the heart of Transylvania, has a mostly ethnic Hungarian population and an unexpected connection to the British Royal Family. At the heart of the town is the two-storey white-walled Rhedey Castle, actually more palace than castle, which dates originally from the 17th century, though […]

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29th November 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Remembering Sybille

Ghidigeni is a village, easily overlooked, in southern Moldova, just off the main road between Tecuci and Barlad. Just next door to the town hall a locked metal gate stands in front of the Chrissoveloni Palace, built in the late 19th century in a French neoclassical style, but having endured a particularly tough history. I […]

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21st November 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Preserving the Historic Buildings of Romania

I was really pleased to host last week with the Romanian Ministry of Culture and the NGO Monumentum an event which highlighted two new initiatives to help in the raising awareness about, and preservation of, Romania’s cultural patrimony. The first was the “Ambulance for Monuments” project being piloted by Monumentum in Southern Transylvania; a means […]

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11th October 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

A Sleep Out for World Homeless Day

There seems to be a burgeoning range of international days throughout the year designated to raise awareness of all manner of causes and initiatives. Many of these are accompanied by suggested activities, often with a fundraising scope, linked to the theme of the day. I am by nature susceptible to the lure of these. In […]

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21st September 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Vacaresti: A Wetland in Central Bucharest

On Sunday morning I headed to a small supermarket of the La doi Pasi chain at the base of one of the towers of Asmita Gardens residential complex, close to the canalised Dambovita river in the southern part of the Romanian capital. I was there to meet Dan Barbulescu, Director of the Vacaresti Natural Park […]

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16th September 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

The International Day of Democracy celebrated in Romania

Following a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2007, the International Day of Democracy is commemorated on 15 September each year. The day provides an opportunity to think about democracy, what it offers, and the consequences for those people who do not live in democratic societies. The British government believes that democracy is the form […]

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28th June 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Connecting the Carpathians

I spent a day last week with a team from the UK-headquartered non-governmental organisation Fauna & Flora International and their Romanian partner Asociatia Zarand, in the Zarand region of south-western Transylvania. I was there to learn more about an EU-supported initiative, LIFE Connect Carpathians, focused on protecting the large carnivores which are such a remarkable […]

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21st June 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday and UK/Romania Relations in Bucharest

Actors on stage

The British Embassy in Bucharest hosted last week a reception for our partners and contacts across the worlds of government, business, diplomacy, culture, civil society, defence and law enforcement cooperation. The reception marked the official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, which falls on the 2nd Saturday in June. Her Majesty’s actual birthday is 21 April, […]

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7th June 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Barbara Knowles MBE

I attended a moving event on 31 May at the top of the hill in the eastern Carpathians named Pogany-Havas, the Pagan Snow Cap. Friends and villagers had walked up from the pass below to commemorate the life of British environmentalist Barbara Knowles, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Barbara was one of the […]

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