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EU backs Romania with 86.6 mln euro to improve access to drinking water

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The European Commission said on Wednesday it is providing a total of 86.6 million euro ($102.5 million) to help Romania improve access to drinking water, seenews.com reads. The project, which is financed from the Cohesion Fund, includes the renovation and expansion of the waste water treatment system and the potable water distribution system in 23 communes in Alba county, central Romania, the Commission said in a press ...

Chinese-Czech consortium makes offer for Romanian Pro TV’s parent group

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Chinese group CEFC and Czech group Penta Investments have submitted a common takeover offer for Central European Media Enterprises (CME), which also owns PRO TV, the biggest media company in Romania, romania-insider.com reads. The offer amounts to some USD 2 billion although the exact price hasn’t been disclosed yet, according to sources familiar with the negotiations ...

Princess Margareta thanked Romanians for the "unprecedented attachment" they showed to King Mihai

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Custodian of the Romanian Crown, Princess Margareta, thanked Romanians for the "unprecedented attachment" they showed to King Mihai and promised that the latter's principles and emotions shall continue to guide the Royal Family of Romania."I wish to thank everybody for their nice words, for their affection and thoughts full of compassion that they showed at the death of my father. King Mihai was a wonderful father, a model of morality and a pillar of our ...

EC concerned about the legislative process in Romania

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


The legislative process in Romania and the possible amendments to the laws of justice and to the Criminal Codes have left no one unconcerned, balkaneu.com reads. On Monday, December 18, the ...

Senate voted amendment of ANI Law lifting certain interdictions for parliamentarians

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Senate's plenary sitting, the decision-making Chamber in this particular case, adopted Monday with 77 votes "in favour" and 39 "against" the legislative proposal for the amendment of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) Law, lifting certain interdictions for parliamentarians.One paragraph rephrased states that "the interdictions enforced on people who had the position of senator and/or deputy in any of the mandates of 2007 through 2013, on the basis of par 25, ...

Senate adopted modification on the Statute of judges and prosecutors.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Senate adopted in Tuesday's plenary sitting, as decision-making chamber, the legislative proposal for the modification and supplementing of Law 303/2004 on the Statute of judges and prosecutors.There were 80 votes in favour.The Senators adopted a few amendments proposed by Serban Nicolae in the plenary sitting, by rephrasing some rejected on Monday by the special parliamentary committee on justice laws.The National Liberal Party (PNL) ...

General Prosecutor Lazar: Revolution file could be seriously impacted by modifications to Criminal Codes

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar on Tuesday stated that the Revolution file could be impacted by the proposed modifications to the Criminal Codes, while specifying that in question are important documentary recordings from 27 years ago."It could be seriously impacted. Obviously, we have such recordings that show who pulled the trigger, who did what and we also have documentary recordings from 27 years ago, which are very important when it comes to see what people ...

CSM: JusMin Toader's statements on 'Belina' case affect independence of justice

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The plenary sitting of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) gave clearance on Tuesday to Prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi's request, regarding the statements made by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader about the "Belina" case and established that his statements have affected the independence of the judicial system, sources of the CSM told Agerpres. The quoted sources revealed that the decision was ...

JusMin Toader on EU Directive regarding the benefit of the doubt: There is a risk of infringement

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader on Tuesday explained that, in case that the European Directive on the benefit of the doubt isn't transposed into the Romanian legislation, there is the risk of infringement, considering that the deadline is April 2018, and he also added that the Government might also issue an Emergency Ordinance for this."Directives must be transposed correctly and in due time. However, unfortunately, this process fails. Unless we do this in due ...

Not only free corrupts, but also free murderers through criminal codes' amendments, CSM's Ban says

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The amendments that could be brought to the criminal codes will actually "paralyze" the criminal prosecution, on Tuesday said the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM)'s Vice President, prosecutor Cristian Ban, adding that not only the "corrupts" will walk free, but also the murderers, the rapists and the paedophiles."Talks were held on the Justice Laws, and yet I would trigger an alarm signal regarding the amendment draft of the two codes - the Criminal Code and ...

Ambassador Stella Ronner-Grubacic : Dutch investors are interested in new business opportunities on the Romanian market

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose talked on Tuesday, at the Victoria Governmental Palace, with Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Stella Ronner-Grubacic about the prospects of developing the bilateral economic collaboration, a release of the Government reveals.According to the quoted source, the Executive head underscored that Romania registers the highest economic growth of the European Union, which opens new opportunities of investments for the upcoming ...

Commissioner Cretu: Over 60pct of Romania's public investments achieved through EU funds

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


More than 60pct of the public investments in Romania are achieved through European funds, on Monday said the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu at the "Structural Funds Gala" event."It is our duty to fight for this cohesion policy which from where I stand, is the most visible in the peoples' daily life. If you ask me to talk about the until now results, of course a lot of negative things surface but I believe that several achievements are ...

Euro trades at 4.6210 lei on Tuesday

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

  The exchange rate of the national leu currency resulting from the quotations announced on Tuesday by the banks authorised to operate on the currency market is as follows:CURRENCY SYMBOL RON1 Euro EUR 4.62101 US dollar USD 3.91301 Swiss franc CHF 3.97151 British pound GBP 5.2321100 Japanese yen JPY 3.4743 1 Moldovan leu MDL 0.22881 Russian rouble RUB 0.06681 new Turkish lira TRY 1.01761 Chinese ...

Standard Eurobarometer 88 Autumn 2017: Europeans’ perception of the economy is becoming more positive

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


This report presents the first results of the Standard Eurobarometer survey of autumn 2017 (EB88), which was carried out between 5 and 19 November 2017 in 34 countries or territories1 : the 28 European Union (EU) Member States, five candidate countries (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania) and the Turkish Cypriot Community in the part of the country that is not controlled by the government of the Republic of ...

PM Tudose meets BSH Home Appliance Group reps to discuss company's investment in Romania

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Prime Minister Mihai Tudose welcomed on Tuesday at the Victoria Governmental Palace representatives of BSH Home Appliance Group German company in the area of home appliance production, reads a Government release.According to the release, the discussions aimed at the investment projects in Romania of the company belonging to the Bosch German group, with the prospect of local development both in the economy and in the education area, by building plants in Simeria, ...

Oltchim creditors approve the acquisition of assets by Chimcomplex for EUR 127 million

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The General Meeting of Oltchim SA creditors has approved the sale of assets (Packages 1-5 and partially 7) according to the contract concluded between Oltchim SA – as seller, Chimcomplex SA Borze?ti – as buyer and Romanian Commercial Services SA – as the Guarantor, including the transaction price (without affecting the possibility of additions and technical adjustments to the Transfer Protocol drafts and to the contracts included in the appendices, in view ...

Prosecutors to endorse forms of protests announced by the magistrates

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


The General Assembly of Prosecutors within the Prosecutor's Office attached to the Bucharest Court has unanimously decided to endorse forms of protests announced by the magistrates."On 18.12.2017 on the occasion of the general assembly of the prosecutors with the Prosecutor's Office attached to the Bucharest Court the prosecutors discussed their stand with respect to the proposed modifications to the justice laws, right now facing parliamentary procedures. After ...

Controversial amendments on ANI law passed by the Senate’s legal committee

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The legal committee of the Senate has adopted a favorable opinion with amendments to the National Integrity Agency law, meaning that interdictions applied to the MPs found in conflict of interest of ANI during 2007-2013 will stop by right. The favorable opinion has passed by five votes to two, romaniajournal.ro informs. The draft bill has been initiated by PSD deputy Florin Iordache. The Chamber of Deputies had passed the ...

New bill amending anti-corruption law submitted by PSD

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

15 Social-Democrat MPs have tabled a draft law that is amending an anti-corruption law, in the way that the corruption crimes through which undue benefits for the others are obtained will be decriminalized. The PSD lawmakers argue that incriminating such deeds “has nothing to do with the reality”. The bill to amend the law 78/2000 on preventing and sanctioning corruption deeds has been submitted to the Senate and is ...

Romania faces threats to justice independence - Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Romania still faces threats to justice independence and widespread bribery, a report issued by German foundation for liberal politics Friedrich Naumann Foundation shows quoted by seenews.com. "Romania's judiciary has become more independent since the country became a full member of the EU in 2007, especially after 2013. But, in spite of the sophisticated election procedures meant to prevent direct political influence on courts, the latter is indirectly ...

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