BBC World Questions comes to Bucharest to debate 30 years after the 1989 revolt

Fotografii din decembrie 1989 realizate de Radu Sigheti: /

The BBC World Service’s World Questions comes to Bucharest in December to host an event where the public can question politicians, and opinion formers about corruption, poverty and the migration of millions of Romanians in recent years.

World Questions is an audience-led debate where people can have their points heard by the BBC’s global radio audience of some 67 million.

The Dec. 10 debate at the University of Economic Studies (ASE) will focus on Romania’s bloody uprising against former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena who were ousted and executed by firing squad on Christmas Day.  

The debate is open to anyone who wants to register.

A BBC press release says: “Three decades on… Romania has prospered in many ways. Incomes have risen and new technology and auto-making sectors fuel one of the EU’s fastest-growing economies. However, development continues to be hampered by corruption and unstable governments. “

Members of the audience are likely to raise issues such as how to end corruption and rural poverty, how to improve education levels, and how to stem the flow of millions of Romanians who have moved abroad in search of better-paying jobs.

 The debate will start at 19.00 in Bucharest and be chaired by the BBC’s Anita Anand.

Catalin Predoiu, the justice minister of the Liberal Party, Carmen Avram, a European lawmaker for the Social Democratic Party are the two politicians on the panel.

They will be joined by Madalina Mocan, a civil society researcher and activist and journalist Dan Turturica.  

Stephen Titherington, the senior commissioning editor of the BBC World Service English said: “This is a time of change in Europe, and in the world, and Romania is a country that knows about change _ its opportunities and its challenges.

“There is much the world will want to hear from this debate.”

Nigel Bellingham, director in Romania for the British Council, said: “World Questions comes to Bucharest at an important moment for the people of Romania – for their history, for their country’s future, for their relationship with Europe and with the UK.”

BBC World Questions in Bucharest is created in partnership with the British Council and will be recorded for radio broadcast worldwide.


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