The Ministry of Environment announced yesterday that the volcanic ash cloud is above the West and North-West of Romania and will advance gradually eastward, remaining above most of the country, until today at 3:00, without producing any pollution though. The head of the Civil Aviation Department within the Ministry of Transport, Catalin Radu, also gave assurances that Romania’s air space would remain open, as the volcanic ash cloud changed direction during the night and is leaving Europe behind, without affecting the South of the country. “We were expecting the cloud to reach Southern Romania, however, its evolution during the night changed its course and there is no longer any call for closing air space,” Radu said, quoted by Mediafax. He added that, at the moment, the air spaces of Spain, Portugal, Austria and the Czech Republic are closed. On Sunday evening, though, Italy and Germany had opened their air space.