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Gov't approves two-round mayoral elections and will assume responsibility for draft in Parliament

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Government approved the draft on the election of mayors in two rounds, will assume responsibility for this legislative initiative, and will send Parliament a letter on this matter on Monday, Prime Minister's Chancellery head Ionel Danca announced. "We made a promise, we are keeping our word, the Liberal Government adopted in the Government meeting today the draft law for the two-round mayoral elections. This draft law's adoption will be through ...

PSD's Senator Corlatean: PACE's Monitoring Committee initiates investigation against Romania for changing election law

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Monitoring Committee of the Member States of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, upon The Social Democratic Party's (PSD) request, approved the activation of the procedure to investigate the observation of the democratic norms by Romania, referring to the Orban Government's decision to assume responsibility for the modification of the law on the local elections four months before the vote, Social Democrat (PSD) Senator Titus Corlatean announced on ...

ALDE: Election of mayors in two rounds is used by Gov't to force early polls

Friday, January 17, 2020

The ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) supports the election of mayors in two rounds, but draws attention to the fact that, by assuming responsibility for the law on the election of mayors in two rounds, the Government wants, in fact, to sacrifice it to "force early polls.""ALDE supported and supports the election of mayors in two rounds! But the Government's decision to assume responsibility for the modification of the election law regarding the local ...

PSD to  submitt censure motion

Friday, January 17, 2020


Interim PSD (Social Democratic Party - opposition) leader Marcel Ciolacu on Thursday stated in Slatina that the PSD will file a censure motion together with the UDMR (Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania), after the government announced it would take responsibility for the election of mayors in two rounds."We will submit a motion of censure together with our partners, the UDMR group, and I am certain the censure motion will pass. (...) No, we will not have early ...

Annual meeting at the Cotroceni Palace with the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest

Friday, January 17, 2020


The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, held a speech on Thursday, 16 January 2020, at the Cotroceni Palace, on the occasion of the annual meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest. The text of the speech, as translated, can be read below: Thank you very much, Mr. Dean of the Diplomatic Corps for your kind words! Mr. Minister of Foreign ...

Chamber Speaker Ciolacu met Belgia's ambassador to discuss diversification of Belgian investments in Romania

Friday, January 17, 2020

The diversification of Belgian investments in Romania in the field of agriculture, the agri-food industry, renewable energy and telecommunications was among the topics discussed by the Chamber of Deputies' Speaker, Marcel Ciolacu, at Thursday's meeting he had with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Bucharest, Philippe Benoit."Today [Thursday] I had a meeting with HE Mr. Philippe Benoit, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Bucharest, on which ...

Chisinau professor appointed to senior position at Department for Relations with Moldova

Friday, January 17, 2020

Ana Gutu has been appointed state secretary with the Department for Relations with the Republic of Moldova under a decision of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. Gutu is a university professor in Chisinau and held a set in Moldova's Parliament. The decision was published on Thursday in the Official Journal.At the same time, Razvan-Codrut Pop was appointed as state adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Raluca ...

Romania opens honorary consulate in Florence

Friday, January 17, 2020

Romania has opened an honorary consulate in Florence, Italy, for the approximately 85,000 citizens of Romanian origin living in the region, of whom over 20,000 live in the city. The new honorary consul is Paolo Fagiolini, known for his involvement in the field of healthcare and biotechnologies, according to a press statement released by the Romanian Embassy in Italy on Thursday."Honorary consulates are an integral part of international affairs and aim to develop ...

Gov't approves aid for TAROM worth 195 million lei

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Government approved a memorandum to grant an aid "to rescue" TAROM worth 195 million lei, with the money to be borrowed from the Treasury, the head of the Prime Minister's Chancellery, Ionel Danca, announced on Thursday."Another normative act adopted by the Government today was a memorandum that provides a financial aid to TAROM worth 195 million lei, with the money to be borrowed from the Treasury. Without this money, TAROM might find it impossible to ...

Gov't proposes prorogation of coming into force of law on doubling children allowances until August 1

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Government introduced on the Thursday's meeting agenda an emergency ordinance draft proroguing until August 1 the deadline for the coming into force of the law on doubling the children allowances.Labour Minister Violeta Alexandru proposed in the Orban Cabinet meeting the introduction on the additional agenda of this emergency ordinance ...

The construction sector slowed down in November 2019

Friday, January 17, 2020


Compared to the previous month, in November 2019, the volume of construction works increased, as gross series, by 4.3% and rose, as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, by 0.1%. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the volume of construction works rose both as gross series and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, ...

Bucharest, 15th on concentration of knowledge-intensive jobs

Friday, January 17, 2020

Bucharest is top 15 in terms of concentration of knowledge-intensive jobs out of Europe’s 278 regions, according to the 2020 edition of The Geography of Europe’s Brain Business Jobs: 2020 Index, which calls Bucharest a brain business hub. “There are 188 400 Brain Business Jobs in the Bucharest region, corresponding to 12.3 percent of the working age population. This is one of the highest shares amongst 278 regions in ...

eJobs analysis: Driver, accountant and economist, most jobs in demand in 2019

Friday, January 17, 2020


Most jobs in demand in 2019  were those of driver, accountant and economist, according to an analysis made by eJobs.ro. About 4 million searches were recorded for the job of driver in 2019, while accountants and economists gathered about 3 million searches. Fourth in the top is the position of engineer with over 1.2 million searches. Bogdan Badea, eJobs CEO pointed out that searches for part time ...

Institute for Diagnostic and Animal Health confirms H5N8 avian influenza virus in Maramures

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Institute for Diagnostic and Animal Health has confirmed the presence of the H5N8 avian influenza virus in the samples taken from the laying hens from the farm of the Karin SRL company based in Seini, Maramure County, according to a press release of the from the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA)."The the Local Center for Disease Control (CLCB) in Maramures County has been immediately activated and also the Central Operational Unit ...

President Iohanis: Gov't to shortly promote legislation for two-round mayoral elections

Thursday, January 16, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the government will promote, "in a very short time," legislation for two-round mayoral elections. "I can tell you that, in a very short time, the government will promote legislation for two-round mayoral elections," Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.However, he did not provide details on how the legislation will be promoted, adding that it will be up to the government to act. "The ...

President Iohannis: If we dismantle SIIJ, we need to do it through parliamentary procedure

Thursday, January 16, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis voiced hope on Wednesday that the Section for investigating crimes in Justice will be dismantled, while mentioning that this must be done through parliamentary procedure."The Special Section, if this decision remains, to dismantle it - and I hope that it does - we must do it through parliamentary procedure. This is crystal clear. The Emergency Ordinance was eliminated by the referendum that was very clearly voted by the Romanians, who said ...

Gov't to postpone entry into force of Law on child allowance until budget revision

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The government will postpone the term to apply the law that provides for the doubling of children's allowances, said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Wednesday upon leaving the event dedicated to the Day of Culture organized at the Romanian Athenaeum."I am sure you know very well that last week, after the analysis that we've made together with the President of Romania on this subject, we announced this, that the President will promulgate (the law) and that we, ...

Romania's Embassy in Baghdad to be relocated

Thursday, January 16, 2020

 Romania's Embassy in Baghdad is to be relocated, with a new ambassador to Iraq to be appointed, on Wednesday said Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu, at the Parliament venue, during the hearing in the joint sitting of the select Foreign Affairs and Defence committees alongside Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca on the Middle East situation."The Romanian Embassy in Baghdad is in full relocation process. We have in this year's budget the necessary money for a ...

DefMin Ciuca on Middle East situation: Right now we have no reason to panic in Romania

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Minister of National Defence Nicolae Ciuca said on Wednesday that measures had been taken to strengthen information exchanges and activities to monitor the situation in the Middle East, mentioning that there is a permanent communication with the Prime Minister and the president of the country."From the beginning we have been in contact with our troops from Iraq, we have two structures there: one participating in the NATO Training Mission in Iraq and the other one ...

ForMin Aurescu: Aegis Ashore system based in Deveselu is well integrated with NATO, functions perfectly

Thursday, January 16, 2020


The Middle East crisis has confirmed the Deveselu-based missile defence system is "well integrated with NATO and functions perfectly," Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu said on Wednesday.He participated in the joint meeting of the committees for foreign affairs and defence of the Senate, alongside Minister of Defence Nicolae Ciuca. The topic of the hearing in which the two ministers participated is the current developments in the Middle ...

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