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Despite record support for the EU, Europe’s voters fear collapse of political framework and war between member states, according to major new poll

Friday, May 17, 2019


ECFR Survey* 16th May 2019 Seven days out from election day – and despite record support for the EU – Europe’s voters are fearful for the future of the European ...

Frans Timmermans: I am trying to convince the Romanian institutions not to adopt the criminal legislation

Friday, May 17, 2019


First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans stated on Wednesday, before the debate of the candidates of ...

Romanian PM says Article 7 ‘nuclear option’ is dangerous

Friday, May 17, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Wednesday, while in Ploiesti, that she is disappointed by Timmermans’ gesture to send the letter to the Executive, adding that the threat to trigger Article 7 “is a dangerous ...

Chairman of Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zvizdic welcomed at Victoria Palace

Friday, May 17, 2019


European integration and NATO membership are very important to the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina; they are two main foreign policy goals and an important pillar for stability in the Balkans for the economic development of the region, the Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said in Bucharest on Thursday."From the very beginning, I want to thank Mrs Prime Minister (...) for support. Support for integration with the European Union is very important to Bosnia and ...

PM Dancila: Government reshuffle must take place

Friday, May 17, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila declared on Thursday in Targu Mures that the government reshuffle must take place and that decisions in this regard will be taken in a meeting of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Executive Committee."We will have a meeting of the Executive Committee and we will decide on reshuffle. It has to take place, as we have three interim ministers," Dancila said when asked about when the government reshuffle would take place, given that PSD ...

INSCOP survey: 74.4% Romanians believe the country is heading in a wrong direction

Friday, May 17, 2019


Most Romanians believe the country is heading in a wrong direction (74.4%) and half say Europe is heading in a good direction (54.7%), an INSCOP research national survey reveals on Thursday. 18.5% say the ...

Switzerland decided to grant free movement to Romanian nationals as of June 1

Friday, May 17, 2019


Romania's Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba has welcomed a decision by the Swiss Federal Council to grant free movement to Romanian nationals as of June 1."I welcome the decision by the Swiss Federal Council to grant free movement to Romanian nationals as of June 1, 2019. The safeguard clause limiting this right for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals is thus ending. The decision is a natural one, ensuring equal rights for EU citizens," Ciamba said ...

Former SRI deputy director about Kovesi: Never learned about any potentially criminal activity

Friday, May 17, 2019

Former first deputy director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Florian Coldea said on Thursday in connection with the case of former anti-corruption head Laura Codruta Kovesi that he had never learned about any activity that could have been a crime."In brief, just one observation with regard to Mrs. Laura Codruta Kovesi. Personally, under no circumstance have I learned about any activity that could have been a crime, nor have I obtained at the level of ...

Romania hosts Informal Environment Council  at Parliament Palace over May 20-21

Friday, May 17, 2019

Romania will host, over May 20-21, at Parliament Palace, the informal meeting of environment ministers from EU member states, in the context of holding the EU Council Presidency, the Environment Ministry informed on Thursday. The event will be co-chaired by deputy prime minister and environment minister Gratiela Gavrilescu, together with Ioan Denes, the minister of waters and forests. According to the source, the Bucharest ...

Dutch ambassador in Romania : We have more to do until green cities become profitable

Friday, May 17, 2019


Eight Dutch companies launched on Thursday, the Dutch-Romanian partnership “Urban Landscapes Romania: Dutch-Romanian Partnership for Greener Cities”, in order to increase number of green areas in Romanian cities. The eight Dutch companies laid the basis of a consortium which, based on public-private partnerships, will involve Romanian companies and institutions in campaigns of organizing and expanding green areas in Romanian cities, with ...

Romania has started technical negotiations with the European Commission regarding the future priorities for investments with European money 

Friday, May 17, 2019

A mixed team of the ministry of European Funds and the ministry of regional development and public administration led by the state secretary in the MFE Mihaela Toader had on Wednesday in Brussels a reunion with the representatives DG Region and DG Employment in  the European Commission for negotiations at technical level regarding investments included through the Cohesion Policy in the future period of the programme (2021-2027) informs a press release of ...

ECB: Introduction of special taxes on banks must be preceded by impact assessment studies

Friday, May 17, 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) points out that the introduction of special taxes on banks or financial institutions must be preceded by a comprehensive impact assessment studies to ensure that the benefits of the tax measure outweigh the costs."Romania needs to systematically and effectively resort to assessing the regulatory impact and to consulting and involving the stakeholders in the development and implementation of reforms. A comprehensive assessment study ...

Heavy rain expected in 12 counties, raising weather instability for rest, until Sunday

Friday, May 17, 2019

The National Weather Administration on Thursday issued a new code yellow warning for t-storms in seven counties and the mountain area in five other counties, valid from Thursday, 12:00hrs until Friday, 06:00hrs, extending raising weather instability for the rest of the country until Sunday at 10:00hrs.Under code yellow of heavy showers will be the counties of Gorj, Valcea, Arges, Dambovita, Olt, Teleorman and Giurgiu, as well as the mountain areas of the counties ...

Guy Verhofstadt: 'There is no east-west divide in Europe'

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sanctions should be imposed on EU countries that don’t observe democracy and the rule of law, Guy Verhofstadt said on Monday, but he insisted there was no east-west divide within the bloc, ...

PM Dancila, disappointed by the Timmermans's letter sent to Romania

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Wednesday that it is inappropriate for the first Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans to send a new letter to Romania two weeks before the elections to the European Parliament."I have not yet answered Mr Frans Timmermans, but to me there is disappointment. It is for the first time - and in nine years that I was a MEP in Brussels I saw many European commissions - but I find it politicking, and, given that we are two ...

Iohannis gave Prime Minister Dancila the reasons why he rejected the three ministers' proposals

Thursday, May 16, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday sent Prime Minister Viorica Dancila the letters on PM's picks for justice minister, minister for Romanians abroad and minister of European funds - Eugen Nicolicea, Liviu-Tit Brailoiu and Oana Florea, respectively - indicating that the three do not have the expertise required to manage these areas."As regards the submitted documentation, considering the fulfillment of the legal conditions as well as the criteria for the suitability of the ...

DefMin Les met AMRO head Stewart

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The excellent relations between Romania and the US in the security and defence area, as well as the development of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries were at the core of the talks between National Defence Minister Gabriel Les and American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO) head Eric Stewart.Minister Les stated that the development of the Strategic Partnership with the US is still an important objective of Romania's Government, "proving to be essential in order to ...


Thursday, May 16, 2019


As against the same quarter of 2018, the Gross Domestic Product recorded an increase by 5.0% for the unadjusted series and by 5.1% for the seasonally adjusted series; The seasonally adjusted series of quarterly Gross Domestic Product was readjusted as a result of the introduction of the estimates for Q1 2019, differences being recorded as compared to the version published in the Press release no. 83 of April 8, ...

Eurostat: Romania recorded in the first quarter the second strong economic growth in the EU, of 5.1% in annual terms

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.5% in the EU28during the first quarter of 2019, compared with the previous quarter, according to a flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European ...

BNR's board decided to keep monetary policy rate at 2.50pct p.a.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


At a meeting on Wednesday, May 15, the Board of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) decided to keep the bank's monetary policy rate at 2.50 percent per annum, according to a BNR press statement.It also decided to leave unchanged the deposit facility rate at 1.50 percent per annum and the lending facility rate at 3.50 percent per annum, and to maintain the existing levels of minimum reserve requirement ratios on both leu- and foreign currency-denominated liabilities of credit ...

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