7th International Conference on
Deregulated Electricity Market Issues
in South-Eastern Europe


20 - 21 September 2012, Bucharest, Romania

Useful information

Before arriving in Bucharest you may need to know about ....

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Weather

Bucharest has a four-season climate. In the spring, the weather can quickly alternate between rain and sunshine. June, July and August are the hottest months. As the leaves begin to change color, you can still enjoy warm and sunny days while taking a stroll in the city's many parks or down Calea Victoriei. Winters can be quite cold with moderate snowfall.
September 2011 has been well above average in Bucharest with an average temperature of 28C. Three days with 34C have been recorded. But, 20-21 September might be just perfect to attend the conference.

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Electricity

Supply voltage is 230 Volts, 50Hz. Two-pin European-style plugs are standard. In hotelsí rooms you can find sockets with or without protective contact for 230 V, 50 Hz and currents up to 10 A or 16 A.

plug
Type C plug (Europlug) The plug is non-earthed and has two round 4 mm (0.16 in) pins, which usually converge slightly towards their free ends. It can be inserted into any socket that accepts 4 mm round contacts spaced 19 mm (0.75 in) apart.
Schuko
The type F plug, commonly called a "Schuko plug", has two earthing clips on the sides of the plug instead of a female earth contact. The Schuko connection system is symmetrical and unpolarised by design, allowing live and neutral to be reversed. The socket also accepts type E plugs and Europlugs. It supplies up to 16 A.

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Time

Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 between the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

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Money

The Leu (RON) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 bani. All Romanian bank notes use polymer (not paper). Money may be exchanged at banks, international airports, hotels or authorized exchange offices called 'casa de schimb' or 'birou de schimb valutar'. ATMs are available at large banks, airports and shopping centers. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. It is recommended to travel with some Euros in cash in case of difficulty using credit cards or travelers checks. US Dollars are also accepted fairly wide.

ATM machines and banks are also available at the conference venue, at the Rectorat Building, for money exchange from EUR/USD to RON and viceversa.

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Currency Exchange Rates

The exchange rate for Romanian currency can be found on the National Bank of Romania website. To exchange money, the best way is to look for a bank.

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Language

Romanian is the official language, but English and French can be used in Bucharest and other tourist areas.

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Passport/Visa

All passports/ID cards must be valid for the period of the intended stay. Visitors must hold all documents required for further travel. Visa requirements are posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affaires website.

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Health

Medical facilities in Bucharest are good. There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK and most EU countries, whose citizens are entitled to free or low-cost emergency medical treatment on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), but health insurance is strongly advised. In case of emergency call 112 (emeregency phone number) or 962 (for the emergency hospital).

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Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory in Romania. However, good hotel, restaurant and taxi services may be rewarded by 5 to 10% of the bill.

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Safety

Bucharest is safe and hospitable. Violent crime against visitors is almost non-existent. As in any large city visitors are advised to take usual safety precautions. Do not draw unnecessary attention to your person, money or jewelry and be aware of pickpockets and scam artists. Never accept taxi/ car rides, tours or guide services from strangers, no matter how presentable or fluent in English, who approach you on the street. Valuables, including passports, should not be left in hotel rooms.
If you are accommodated in a hotel which is not in the area of our indicated hotels, please get well informed regarding the ways to arrive to the conference location or to the airport.