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Romanian Expert Anda Malescu Among Top E2 Visa Lawyers in the US

Romanian immigration expert Anda Malescu, founder of Malescu Law, has been named one of the top E2 visa lawyers in the United States, highlighting her expertise and dedication to immigration law. This recognition underscores her firm’s high quality of service, which specializes in guiding clients through the complexities of the E2 visa process.

The E2 visa allows investors from treaty countries to enter and work in the United States based on their investment in a U.S. business. Malescu’s extensive experience handling such cases has made her a standout in the legal community.

In response to these rewards, Malescu expressed her gratitude.

I am deeply honored to be recognized among the top E2 visa lawyers in the country. This recognition is a testament to my team’s hard work and dedication at Malescu Law. We are committed to helping our clients navigate the complexities of immigration law and achieve their American dreams.

Romanian-born American Lawyer Anda Malescu on being ranked among Top 10 Best Immigration Lawyers in the US

Malescu Law offers various services, including family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and naturalization. The firm is known for its personalized approach, ensuring that each client receives tailored legal support.

For more information, visit Visa Franchise’s ranking.

About Malescu Law

Founded by Anda Malescu, Malescu Law is a Miami-based firm specializing in immigration law. The firm is dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to clients worldwide, helping them achieve their goals and secure their future in the United States.

Romanian Agency Develops Innovative Tool to Measure Impact of AI on Organic Traffic

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed how businesses operate, especially regarding online visibility and traffic. A Romanian digital marketing agency, TUYA Digital, specializing in Generative Engine Optimization – GEO, has recently made a significant breakthrough by creating a sophisticated tool designed to measure how much organic traffic has dropped following the integration of AI into various online platforms and search engines.

The Challenge of Measuring AI’s Impact

The advent of AI has brought numerous advantages, from enhanced user experiences to improved data analysis capabilities. However, it has also posed challenges for businesses relying on organic search traffic. With AI-driven algorithms prioritizing paid advertisements, personalized search results, and voice searches, how users find information online has drastically changed. Traditional metrics often fail to capture these changes’ nuanced impact on organic traffic.

The Forma: A Game-Changer in Traffic Analysis

TUYA’s latest innovation, „The Seven Steps Formula,” addresses this gap. The Formulator is an advanced analytical tool that leverages machine learning and big data to provide an in-depth analysis of organic traffic trends. By comparing pre- and post-AI integration data, the tool clearly shows how much organic traffic has been affected.

DETAILED CTR IMPACT OF GENERATIVE RESULTS ON ORGANIC TRAFFIC

Here are the calculated impacts for positions 1-10 using the revised formula, which incorporates additional factors such as query type, SERP features, and device type:

PositionCurrent CTR (%)New CTR (%)Percentage Decrease (%)
128.525.5410.40
215.013.519.96
311.09.959.53
48.07.279.10
56.05.488.66
65.04.598.23
74.03.697.80
83.02.787.36
92.52.336.93
102.52.346.50
Source: TUYA Digital – Percentage decrease in organic traffic after AI-generated results introduction

There is more to be understood, even by Google itself, in terms of algorithm, industries targeted, and keywords triggering this AI Overviews feature. Still, one thing is clear: like Bing introduced Copilot in its classic search, Google introduced Gemini, its Generative Engine, and called this feature AI Overviews.

GEO – Generative Engine Optimization might become the next SEO or, as some experts call it, an additional feature the SEO agencies should include in their services. Either way, the era of generative engines has just begun, and you are either prepared for it or disappear from the market.

Romanian Citizens Travel to Türkiye Visa-free

Romanian citizens can travel to Türkiye only with their ID card after June 1. The announcement comes after Turkish President Recep Erdogan signed a presidential decree on the occasion of the official visit of PM Marcel Ciolacu. No visa or passport are required.

“Romanian citizens holding a national identity card are granted visa exemption for their tourist trips and transit to Turkey with a maximum stay of 90 days in any 180 days, according to article 18 of Law no. 6458 regarding foreigners. and international protection” is mentioned in the presidential decree.

I, for my part, want to thank President Erdogan for the special gesture he made towards the Romanian citizens. Through today’s decision, Romanians who want to travel to Türkiye can do so only with the Romanian-issued ID card, no longer needing a passport. We know very well that many Romanians prefer Turkey as a tourist destination and I think this will help a lot.

Romania’s Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu

According to last year’s statistics, around 1 million Romanian nationals travel to Türkiye yearly for leisure, business or medical purposes.

Romanians Set World Record for Most Giant Star Wars Diorama from Lego Pieces

The members of RoLUG (LEGO® User Group from Romania), with support from LEGO Romania, built the most giant diorama of LEGO® pieces in the world. The record was recognized by Guinness World Records™ at East European Comic Con, 2024 edition.

The diorama, composed of over one million LEGO pieces, pays homage to the Star Wars™ universe and integrates key scenes from the Star Wars Rebels animated series and elements and characters from the original trilogy. Its total area of 45,746 square meters, covered exclusively in LEGO® pieces without any other supporting structure, led to the project being approved by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™.

The model recreates all the landforms on the planet Lothal in the Star Wars™ universe, with battleships and over 1,500 minifigures placed in dynamic scenes.

A team of 26 RoLUG members built the world-record diorama over three years. The last square meter was completed with the contribution of fans attending East European Comic Con, who each added a piece.

At The LEGO Group, we believe in creativity as a way to discover, cultivate and express passions. I am glad we share the same vision with our partners at RoLUG, with whom we have demonstrated what passion and creativity can do when brought together. The world record we enjoy today is an essential moment in the Romanian market and the most substantial encouragement to continue to be active close to communities and their passions.

Valery Kasimov, Country Manager Romania & Bulgaria LEGO Group.

Creative Lead: Bence Czilli
Project Coordinator: Botond Czilli
RLUG Ambassador: Mirona Constantin

Team members: Adrian Jiman, Alex Tass, Alexandru Ilea, Armin Naghi, Catalin Bordea, Catalin Corpade, Cristian Frunza, Dragos Ivan, Edina Dorotea Babtan, Eduard Stanescu, Eric Jiman, Erik Davidsson, Horatiu Coifan, Marius Bugeac, Mihai Dreve, Nicolae Sohaci, Rares Teodorof, Sorin Ilie, Sorin Olaru, Stefan Bugeac, Tamas Lapsanszki, Tiberiu Popescu, Negreanu, Vlad Carbuneanu

How To Invest in Romania with Nicholas Hammond from Hammond Partnership

Direct foreign investment in Romania has decreased recently, as noticed by the National Institute of Statistics. The top foreign investors in Romania have become Romanian immigrants who send money to their relatives in the country.

In this context, one of the most experienced foreign lawyers specializing in investing in Romania, Mr. Nicholas Hammond, shared his thoughts on best practices to approach and mistakes to avoid when investing in Romania as a foreigner. His firm, Hammond Partnership, was the first foreign law company to open an office in Bucharest, and this was quite an adventure, as he remembers.

As a Romanian law firm with a wide range of clients from major industry leaders to small startups, we see our role as Romanian lawyers in Bucharest as to guide, lead, and sometimes contradict our clients and point out potential issues to be resolved.  As a solicitor fresh out of London, I came to Romania to open a Romanian law firm, and it was a new experience.  Opening the first foreign law office in Romana after 1989 was an adventure. To still be here some 30 years later is a success for my firm, and I am proud of it. There have been some missteps on the way, but as we emphasize to all our Romanian and international clients, Romania is still a wonderful place to do business.    

Nicholas Hammond, Senior Partner at Hammond Partnership

According to Nicholas Hammons, it is essential to understand the local laws and society and how Romanian business works before going into business. Romanian company law differs from company law in England and the United States. The ways of doing business are vastly different.

The legal liability of Romanian company directors (administrators) differs from that of an English company director. The responsibilities of a director are different, as are their powers. The structure and authority in business are different, as is the thinking behind the law. It would be best if you had a clear explanation of the liabilities of an administrator before taking on this responsibility. This is not to advise you not to become a director of a Romanian company but to emphasize that you need to understand what it entails. A Romanian company’s taxation rules appear straightforward, but again, take advice. 

Nicholas Hammond also approached one sensitive topic: why Romanian lawyers are not so successful in certain situations when foreign investors need advice on opening a business in the country.

There are many Romanian lawyers who, unfortunately, do not understand the thinking of a foreign investor and, therefore, misadvise them. Too often, assumptions are made regarding their client. It is natural for investors to assume that if someone speaks English, the Romanian lawyer or the Romanian law firm delivers advice in the same manner and with the same understanding as they would receive in England. Just like any other relationship, the relationship between a lawyer and his client is based on trust and clear communication. Still, often, there is a vast difference between what is said and what is understood. Words used by a natural English speaker often do not mean the same for a Romanian speaker. Context can produce disastrous miscommunication. For example, “I want“ in Romanian is a translation of “I would like.” This can have an entirely different impact in English and on a native English speaker.

Nicholas Hammond on why is better to choose an adequate law firm when investing in Romania

He advises that when you come to Romania to invest, write as many questions on paper as you can, ask your Romanian lawyer the questions, and seek to understand the answers. The price for fully answering their questions could save you higher fees. Do not choose your lawyer on price but on an evaluation of the advice that they give now and can give in the future. 

Romanian Company PRIME Batteries Completes 5th Largest Energy Storage Capacity in EU

The largest electrical energy storage capacity in batteries in Romania and the 5th in the EU, part of the first hybrid photovoltaic-wind-battery project, installed within an operational wind farm of 50 MW, has just been inaugurated with the significant contribution of PRIME Batteries.

The storage unit has an installed power of 24 MWh – (6MWx4h), is built by Monsson through a unique, patent-pending project, and uses batteries produced by Prime Batteries, Valahia News reports.

The transition to renewable energy must be achieved sustainably. Intermittentness was a problem that needed to be addressed and resolved, as far as possible, at the source generating it. Here, Prime Batteries has assumed the role of solution provider since 2016. We are identified as a battery manufacturer in the market, but our main business is the supply of lithium-ion battery storage solutions. We found a synergy with Monsson because their experience in the renewable energy industry led to projects like the one in Mireasa Park.

Vicentiu Ciobanu, PRIME’s CEO

This first stage is only one of the three stages that will constitute 216 MWh, and storage capacity will be put into operation this year in the same place. The concept is modular and suitable for high-capacity storage solutions, and it uses the latest monitoring and safety technologies for this type of product. The Monsson team created the monitoring and control software usable for storage systems and energy trading. The Monsson solution uses domestic batteries produced by the Romanian company Prime Batteries Technology. The storage unit will be charged with energy produced by the existing 50 MW Wind Farm in operation, with photovoltaic energy produced by the 35 MW Galbiori 2 Photovoltaic Park under construction which will be connected to the grid in 2024, as well as from the national grid, when there is no wind or sun. The control of the hybrid project is fully automatic, remotely, without local operational staff and will work in an integrated system through the proprietary software developed by Monsson.

The investment is made from its sources and was initiated to reduce the volatility of renewable energy production from its portfolio and as an aid to balancing SEN. Thus, the storage unit will ultimately help increase the penetration of renewable energies in Romania and reduce energy costs for end consumers by testing battery functionality to demonstrate the immediate benefits of storage facilities attached to renewable energy production sources. We want to promote such solutions both in Romania and everywhere in Europe,

Sebastian Enache, a member of the Monsson board.

In a landmark move that underscores Romania’s commitment to renewable energy and technological innovation, the inauguration of the largest electrical energy storage capacity in batteries marks a significant milestone. The project, a collaborative endeavour between PRIME Batteries and Monsson, showcases the formidable synergy between experienced renewable energy players and heralds a new era of energy storage solutions in Romania. With an installed capacity of 24 MWh, this initiative is pivotal in addressing the intermittency challenges inherent in renewable energy sources, thereby enhancing the reliability and sustainability of green energy across the nation.

This inaugural phase, the first of three aiming to achieve a total storage capacity of 216 MWh, represents a forward-thinking approach to energy management and a strategic investment in the future of renewable energy in Romania and potentially across Europe. The project’s innovative use of lithium-ion battery storage solutions and cutting-edge monitoring and safety technologies sets a new standard in the industry. It demonstrates a significant leap toward reducing renewable energy production volatility and increasing energy accessibility and affordability for end consumers.

As PRIME Batteries and Monsson expand their footprint in the renewable energy sector, their efforts could increase renewable energy penetration in Romania as a model for Europe and beyond.

Romanian SEO Agency TUYA Digital – 1st in Europe to Offer GEO – Generative Engine Optimization

TUYA Digital, a frontrunner in European SEO & Digital Marketing, has become the EU’s first Generative Engine Optimization (GEO) agency in a groundbreaking move. It marks the start of a new era in which SEO agencies that have focused so far on optimizing your business’s presence in search engines change their approach and add GEO to their services.

This disruptive approach signifies a seismic shift within the SEO landscape, strategically optimizing content for the imminent future of search – AI-powered search engines.

Adam C, TUYA Digital

“As mentioned in our previous communication on our social media channels and website, SEO is no longer enough. GEO has to be considered if you need to rank in 2024 and prepare your business for the Generative Engines. AI is here; we have to adapt to this reality, and if you are the owner of a business that needs online optimization, you have to dive deep into GEO – Generative Engine Optimization. This will ensure clients and your survival in the years to come”.

Adam C., digital strategist @TUYA Digital – SEO & GEO

Demystifying GEO: A Paradigm Shift

For years, SEO has revolved around propelling websites to the top of search engine results pages (SERPs) for targeted keywords. GEO appeared relatively recently and builds upon this foundation, acknowledging the dominance of AI-driven search engines like Bard by Google and Bing’s ChatGPT. These intelligent engines transcend keyword matching, which has reigned until now, and they are meticulously analyzing information from diverse sources to deliver comprehensive answers to user queries.

GEO: REDEFINING THE SEO LANDSCAPE

While the importance of traditional SEO tactics remains undeniable, GEO adopts a future-oriented perspective. GEO – Generative Engine Optimization empowers websites to achieve superior visibility within the rapidly evolving search ecosystem by meticulously optimizing content for understandability, credibility, and the capacity to address intricate user queries.

SEO VS. GEO: A HEAD-TO-HEAD COMPARISON

FeatureSEOGEO
Target AudienceSearch EnginesAI-Driven Search Engines
Optimization FocusKeywordsContent comprehensiveness, authority, & nuance
Ranking MetricClick-through rate, bounce rate, dwell timeImpression metrics & relevance to the user query
GEO vs SEO comparison

TUYA DIGITAL: SPEARHEADING THE GEO REVOLUTION IN EUROPE AND BEYOND

“At TUYA Digital, we’ve always prided ourselves on being at the forefront of innovation,” says Adam C., Digital Strategist at TUYA Digital. “By embracing GEO, we equip our clients to flourish in the impending era of AI-powered search. This represents a monumental leap forward for the European SEO, and we’re honoured to be the pioneers leading this charge.”

TUYA Digital’s proficiency in SEO and GEO positions them as an invaluable asset for businesses seeking to navigate the uncharted territory of the future search landscape.

With their pioneering approach, TUYA Digital is poised to propel clients towards enduring online success in the following years.

Romanian Law Firm Wins Rosia Montana Gold Corporation Case in Washington

Romania won the case against Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, in which Gabriel Resources LTD (GBU.TO) demanded approximately USD 6.7 billion in compensation, according to the decision of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Center for the Settlement of Disputes Related to Investments, Lobby Romania reports.

Gabriel Resources invested EUR 900 million and demanded compensation of EUR 6.7 billion because the project failed. The international arbitration action was initiated in 2015 against Romania by two foreign investors, Gabriel Resources Ltd. and Gabriel Resources (Jersey). It was based on the Agreements regarding the promotion and mutual guarantee of investments concluded by Romania with the Government of Canada (ratified by Law no. 356/2009) and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (ratified by Law no. 109/1995).

The decision was initially announced on Friday evening by Prime Minister Ciolacu, after weeks in which signals were sent from the Government that Romania could lose the trial and be forced to pay huge penalties.

Romania was represented in this process by the Romanian law firm Leaua Damcali Deaconu Paunescu – LDDP and the Swiss firm LALIVE SA.

Leaua Damcali Deaconu lawyers

According to the document through which the decision was communicated, the decision was taken by the majority, and it also establishes a series of damages compensations that the Gabriel Resources company will have to pay to Romania, sums of money related to court costs. It is about EUR 1.1 million, RON 30.3 million and USD 0.928 million.

Simona Halep Allowed to Play in WTA after Court Reduces Suspension

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued the operative part of its decision in the appeal arbitration procedures CAS 2023/A/10025 Simona Halep v. International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) and CAS 2023/A/10227 International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) v. Simona Halep.

Simona Halep’s suspension was reduced from four years to nine months, starting from October 7, 2022, which means Simona can get back to playing tennis again.

The appeal procedures before the CAS concerned two separate charges

1. a charge which arose from a prohibited substance (Roxadustat) being detected in a urine sample collected from Simona Halep on 29 August 2022 during the US Open; and

2. a charge that Ms Halep’s Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), particularly a blood sample given by Ms. Halep on 22 September 2022, established the use of a prohibited substance and/or method.

In its decision dated 22 September 2023, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Independent Tribunal found Ms Halep guilty of both Anti-doping Rule Violations (ADRV) and imposed four years of ineligibility on her.

In the appeal filed by Simona Halep at the CAS against the first instance decision, Ms. Halep requested that the sanction be reduced and be no longer than the period of the provisional suspension already served. In its separate appeal, the ITIA requested that the CAS sanction Ms Halep’s ADRVs together as one single violation based on the violation that carried the most severe sanction and the imposition of a period of ineligibility of four to six years.

The CAS appeal arbitration proceedings involved intensive pre-hearing processes and a three-day hearing on 7-9 February 2024 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The CAS Panel heard from many lay and expert witnesses, most of whom were present in person at the hearing.

The CAS Panel has unanimously determined that the four-year period of ineligibility imposed by the ITF Independent Tribunal is to be reduced to a period of ineligibility of nine (9) months starting on 7 October 2022, which period expired on 6 July 2023.

As that period expired before the appeal procedures were even lodged with the CAS, the CAS Panel has determined it appropriate to issue the operative part of the Arbitral Award as soon as practicable, together with a comprehensive media release.

The CAS Panel has also ordered the disqualification of all competitive results achieved by Ms. Halep from 29 August 2022 (the date of her positive sample) to 7 October 2022, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, ranking points and prize money. Therefore, the appeal filed by the ITIA is dismissed, and the appeal filed by Simona Halep is partially upheld (her request to backdate the start of the suspension on 29 August 2022 is dismissed).

E-Cigarettes Forbidden from Being Sold to Underaged in Romania

The Romanian Parliament has recently approved a measure prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, applicable both in physical stores and online. This legislation encompasses electronic devices designed for tobacco heating and disposable or refillable/rechargeable vaping products.

Violations of this law could result in penalties for retailers up to RON 100,000 (approximately EUR 20,000). Moreover, operators and owners of vending machines and proprietors of the premises hosting these machines face potential fines for non-compliance.

The law explicitly forbids the vending machine distribution of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, e-cigarette refill bottles, and tobacco heating devices. It also outlaws selling these items to anyone under 18 years old, as detailed in the legislative text passed by the deputies.

In addition to these measures, the legislation also targets the sale of energy drinks to minors and imposes new regulations on courier services. These stipulations require packages containing tobacco or nicotine products to display a warning label indicating the contents and the necessity of age verification upon delivery.

The legislation further mandates that smoking, including conventional and electronic cigarettes, be banned within educational institutions. Schools must implement specific policies to enforce this rule, with the Ministry of Education playing a pivotal role in defining penalties for violations.

This comprehensive law has been forwarded to President Klaus Iohannis for official promulgation.