Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Românca Society
Art Group

Saturday, 21st October 2006, 3 pm-7 pm
Members and supporters of Romanca Society are warmly invited to attend our second annual
Romanca BBQ
1 Marshall House, 2 Dorncliffe Road, SW6 5 LF, London

Bus 14, 414 (Munster Road) 220, 430, 74 (Fulham Road)
Underground Putney Bridge

In Programme:
Poetry: Robert Copot & Guests
Classical Music Concert:
Tudor Andrei violin
Carolyn Johnson- Wu piano
Special Performance Lili Davies piano and voice
Raffle, Face painting & activities for children
Delicious Romanian food & drinks

Tickets: £10

RSVP before 20 October: tudor_vs@yahoo.com T: 07887 800660
Tudor Andrei

Monday, October 16, 2006

Free movement of Romanian workers in the UK after 1 January 2007

Dear Prime Minister,

Free movement of Romanian workers in the UK after 1 January 2007

The Romanian community in the UK welcomes the consistent support that you and your Government have granted to Romania’s preparations for accession to the EU. We urge you to continue to follow your policies and beliefs and take the decision to open UK’s labour market to Romanian citizens once Romania becomes full member of the EU in January 2007.

We are writing to you on behalf of thousands of taxpayers of Romanian origin, who have contributed to the astounding economic success that Britain has experienced under your leadership. Moreover, the members of our community have always taken an active role in the development of the British-Romanian economic, political and social links and they will continue to consolidate these links in the future.
We are deeply concerned about the denigrating campaign of the past weeks in the British media that does significant harm to the true image of Romania. The numbers of Romanians who intend to come to work in the UK after 1 January 2007 have been highly exaggerated. After all, Romania has a booming economy and is already experiencing a shortage of labour. These trends, coupled with the economic incentives that will be created by EU entry and structural funds, are conducive to job creation and higher salaries. Consequently, the incentives for Romanians to work abroad will be significantly diminished.

We believe that our arguments in favour of opening up the British labour market to Romanians deserve consideration. Firstly, we believe that allowing free movement of Romanian workers into the UK will contribute to economic growth in both countries. Secondly, this decision will prevent and drastically reduce incentives for illegal labour and exploitation. And last but not least, it will further enrich the relationship between Romania and Great Britain as NATO allies and EU partners.

It is a fact that the growing British economy needs an inflow of labour to cover a variety of sectors in the labour market. Studies have already proven the positive effect of the influx of workers from A8 countries to the British economy. The same studies have downplayed the alleged negative effects of Romanian immigrants on the British social welfare system. According to the British law, workers coming from the A2 countries would not be entitled to social benefits after 1 January 2007. Moreover, the typical Romanian immigrant is mainly young and single, therefore, it is unlikely that he/she would overburden the UK education and health system - as it has been alleged.

As you recently stated in the opening of the TUC conference the immigrants from the A8 countries ‘have helped and not been burden’. We strongly believe that this will remain true if Romanians gain access to the UK labour market after they join the EU.
In the light of these arguments, we urge you once more to grant Romanians free access to the British labour market beginning with 1 January 2007 and thus, give us the chance to contribute to the cultural richness and diversity of Great Britain, whom we respect and take as an example.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Ionela Flood
Romanca Society

Mrs. Anne-Marie Visoianu
Romanian Christian Orthodox Parish ‘St. Makarios the Great’

Mr. Victor Craciun
Liga Culturala pentru Unitatea Romanilor de Pretutindeni

Mrs. Simona Tatulescu-Cighir
Mr. Corneliu Tatulescu-Cighir
London Resources Ltd(Romanian Community Business Growth Link)

Mr. Adrian Cherciu
Romani Online Ltd - www.Romani-Online.co.uk

Mr. Razvan Novacovschi
Oxford Romanian Cultural Society

Dr. Tudor Toma
Societatea medicala Romana din UK

Mrs. Anne Marie Martin
Bel Management Ltd.

Mrs. Cristina Irimie,
Mr. Inno Brezeanu,
Romani in UK – “ Roman in UK “ publication, www.romani.co.uk

Mrs Sorana Parvulescu
Romanian LSE SU Society

Mr. Daniel Furculesteanu
Romani in UK
Olympia Handball Club
The Romanian Students' Society - University of Westminster

Mrs. Anda Anastasescu

Mr. Serban Cantacuzino
Pro Patrimonio



Romanca Society launched the project “Romanca @ Home”, an annual initiative to promote cultural exchanges between Romania and the UK, with a view to support young talented artists from both sides.

Initiated by Romanca Society in its statement dated June 2006, this year's event has been delivered by two sector partners working in collaboration: Romanca Society and The Association of Young Orthodox “St Antim Ivireanul” Rm Valcea, founded by “Episcopia Ramnicului”. The event was sponsored by London Visa Services Ltd and benefited from the support of Valcea County Council.

This year's event, “The Young Performers Salon” took place at the Art Museum in Rm Valcea and featured the renowned London based pianist Carolyn Johnson- Wu. Mrs. Johnson-Wu, who is a chamber musician and a teacher in London, holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance and is an award winning musician recognised for the warmth and sincerity in her playing. The Romanian award winning violinist Tudor Andrei, currently a student at the Royal Music Academy in London also joined the event, with outstanding interpretation. In addition, young performers from Rm Valcea “School of Music”, trained with dedication by the local based professors Olteteanu, made talented contributions to this event. These were David Ionut Caliu (violin), Trestian Dumitrescu (violin), Catalin Nicolae- Draghici (piano), Marina Pangulescu (violin) and Ana- Maria Vaduva (piano).

Speaking at the launch of the event, His Grace Gherasim, Bishop of Valcea said:

“Tonight's artistic contributions were breathtaking and I very much hope that our young artists will grow to become international artists”.

Touching on the political aspects of the imminent EU enlargement to include Romania as a Member State as from 1 January 2007, His Grace said: “I wish that the Romanian people who survived for 2000 years united under the same traditions, will manage to keep its identity in an enlarged Europe where no Constitutional provisions for religion are made. If we lose our traditions we will dissolve in Europe like a piece of salt dissolves in water.”

We wish to give special thanks to Deacon Mihai Pretorian of Bishop's Church in Rm Valcea and the local benefactor Mr Gheorghe Diaconu without whose professional input this event could not have taken place. We also thank to all members of the public who supported and took part in the event.

In the long term, the Cultural Exchange Programme “Romanca at Home” will focus in the following key areas:

  • Ensuring a more diverse range of cultural exchanges between Romania – UK by promoting Romania, with its cultural, historic and religious heritage. Cultural tourism will create bridges for young talented Romanian artists to visit the UK and perform here.

  • Providing development opportunities for Romanian charity leaders at different stages of their careers

  • Securing a long term legacy for cultural leadership by forming delivery partnerships across the charities and business sectors to share ideas and resources and create new opportunities for collaboration.

For press enquiries contact:

Ionela Flood, Chair of Romanca Society on: +44 7816275240

Alina Dinu, Director of Programme on +44 7710 349781

The programme and its strategic delivery stages will be published on Romanca's blog: