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President Iohannis had a meeting with US VP Pence on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference

Monday, February 18, 2019

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President Klaus Iohannis met on Saturday, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, with US Vice President Mike Pence. The Romanian President reiterated on the occasion Romania's consistent commitment to strengthening the Strategic Partnership with the US and the transatlantic relationship.According to the Presidential Administration, the two top officials evoked the excellent stage of the Romania-US Strategic Partnership and possibilities to deepen it, ...

Manfred Weber met Iohannis: a very good discussion, the EU to take over the leadership at global level

Monday, February 18, 2019

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The leader of the PPE group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber announced that he had a very good discussion about the presidency of the EU Council with the head of state Klaus Iohannis in Munich saying that  the EU must take over the leadership at global level: we have a unique chance to talk on one voice’ . In its turn, the Presidential Administration said that, during the meeting between Klaus Iohannis and Manfred Weber who is also ...

President Iohannis calls for unitary approach to NATO's eastern flank at Munich Security Conference

Monday, February 18, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis said on Saturday that the situation in the Black Sea region is complicated, emphasizing in this context that NATO's eastern flank should be treated in a serious and unitary manner.Dear friends, dear allies, let's take care of the eastern flank! This does not mean neglecting the southern flank or other regions where NATO must be present, but the eastern flank is a special situation and I think that if we want to do something in the right ...

Candidacies for European Parliament must be submitted by March 28

Monday, February 18, 2019

Government spokesman Nelu Barbu on Friday stated that candidacies for the May 26 elections for the European Parliament must be submitted by March 28. "The Government adopted the general framework with respect to the May 26 elections to the European Parliament. It also approved the calendar for the selection of the Romanian members of the European Parliament, establishing March 28, 2019, as the deadline for the submission and registration of the candidacies, ...

Laura Codruta Kovesi, former chief corruption prosecutor :"I have never committed criminal offences”

Monday, February 18, 2019

Former head of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi said Friday that she filed two appeals with the Attorney General's Office for the recusal of prosecutor Adina Florea and of the head of the Magistrates' Investigation Section."I was informed about the charges against me and that I was a suspect. I filed two requests for the recusal of the case prosecutor and of the chief prosecutor of the section. After informing me, the chief ...

Kovesi case: German MP Gunther Krichbaum urges EC Vice-president Timmermans to activate Article 7 for Romania

Monday, February 18, 2019

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Gunther Krichbaum, chairman of the European Affairs Committee with the German Bundestag, has sent a letter to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Thursday, in which he criticized the Romanian Government for investigating former DNA chief prosecutor Laurea Codruta Kovesi by the special magistrates’ section, ziare.com informs quoted by romaniajournal.ro. Krichbaum asks Timmermans to start the procedure he has already begun for ...

Judicial sources : Carmen Iohannis, heard at Prosecutor General's Office

Monday, February 18, 2019

Carmen Iohannis, the wife of President Klaus Iohannis, was heard at the Prosecutor General's Office in the file opened following a denouncement related to the sums of money earned on renting a building, according to judicial sources.The Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) officials did not want to reveal the day she reported at the Prosecutor's Office, but according to sources, Carmen Iohannis's hearing was held last ...

Parliament clears 2019 state budget bill

Monday, February 18, 2019

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Romania's Parliament on Friday finally voted the long overdue budget law for 2019, with the Government claiming it was a realistic one despite a long period of massive efforts to come up with some form of financial planning, with 275 votes for, 122 against and 2 abstentions. Among the main amendments to the state budget during the Parliamentary debates are the increase of allowances for children, cuts of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and ...

Economic analysts view GDP growth below 3% in 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

The first forecast regarding the GDP growth, released by Banca Transilvania (BT) considers a 2.8% increase in 2019, a report issued on Thursday reads. In turn, Erste Group Research (EGR) expects an economic growth of almost 3%, down from 3.4% in the previous forecast, ziare.com informs. In 2018 the economic growth was of 4.1%, well below the Government estimates. The analyses take into account several ...

The National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis published the Plan for the adoption of the euro

Monday, February 18, 2019

The National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis (CNSP) published on Friday ‘ the National Plan for the adoption of the euro. Until the adoption of the euro Romania must achieve 5 strategic objectives, through which the correction of macro-economic imbalances and the reduction of the gap of real convergence. The main strategic objectives which must be achieved until the moment of the adoption of the euro by Romania and meet the measures ...

The wholesale turnover up 9pct in 2018

Monday, February 18, 2019

- As against 2017, in 2018 the wholesale turnover (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles), in nominal terms, increased as gross series by 9.0%. As against the previous month, in December 2018 the wholesale turnover (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles), in nominal terms, decreased as gross series by 6.2% and increased as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to ...

The turnover of market services rendered mainly to enterprises  up 10.3 pct in 2018

Monday, February 18, 2019

Compared to 2017, in 2018 the turnover of market services rendered mainly to enterprises, in nominal terms, increased as gross series by 10.3%. Compared to the previous month, in December 2018 the turnover of market services rendered mainly to enterprises, in nominal terms, decreased both as gross series by 1.0% and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality by 2.3%. ...

CONSTRUCTION WORKS down 4.1pct IN THE YEAR 2018

Monday, February 18, 2019

In the year 2018, the volume of construction works decreased, as gross series, by 4.1% compared to the year 2017. Compared to the previous month, in December 2018, the volume of construction works increased, as gross series, by 15.5% and fell, as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, by 0.5%. Compared to the corresponding month of ...

Iohannis asks Section for investigating crimes in Justice to quickly clarify situation regarding Kovesi case

Friday, February 15, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis requests the Section for investigating crimes in Justice to quickly clarify the situation regarding the case opened on the name of former prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi."The first priority of all those having responsibilities in the Romanian state, regardless of the offices that they have, should be the protection and strengthening of the rule of law. I request the Section for ...

European Commission, reaction to Kovesi's investigation: The Commission is closely following the latest developments

Friday, February 15, 2019

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European Commission has reacted on Thursday on the scandal related to the investigation against former National Anti-corruption Directorate head, Laura Codruta Kovesi, saying that they are closely following the case. Meanwhile, the deputy chief of the Criminal Investigation Section, Adina Florea, said on Thursday that there are procedural measures of summoning and bringing the investigated person for hearings, if the former anti-corruption chief ...

Guy Verhofstadt - Kovesi is a valuable candidate for European Prosecution

Friday, February 15, 2019

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the ALDE group of the European Parliament, answered the USR letter backing Laura Codruta Kovesi for the position of European chief prosecutor, saying she was a valuable candidate, USR leader Dan Barna said on Thursday. These days we sent the leaders of the European parliamentary groups a letter of support for Mrs Kovesi? s candidacy. Today we received an answer from the president of ALDE group, who thanked us for Mrs ...

Ex-PM Ciolos: PSD, ALDE work hand in hand to destroy justice system and idea of justice

Friday, February 15, 2019

PLUS (Liberty, Unity, Solidarity Party) Chairman Dacian Ciolos claims PSD and ALDE are trying to discredit Laura Codruta Kovesi, which is only a part of a bigger plan to destroy the justice system and the idea of justice, for which outcome the parties in the governing coalition work hand in hand."For two years, PSD [the Social Democratic Party] and ALDE [the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats] have been working hand in hand with only one goal in mind: to destroy ...

Debate on budget: Senator Basescu, about intelligence services' budget cuts

Friday, February 15, 2019

The plenary sitting of the Parliament on Thursday adopted an amendment to cut intelligence services' budget.People's Movement Party (PMP) Senator Traian Basescu said on Thursday that diminishing, through the approved amendments, the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the Protection and Guard Service (SPP) budgets for 2019 will result in the state budget being redirected to Parliament by the President."My address is related to the accepted amendments for SRI ...

Debate on budget: Parliament votes for almost double child allowances – first victory against ruling coalition

Friday, February 15, 2019

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The Parliament has voted for the increase of the child allowances on Thursday night in a extremely heated plenary session. The amendment that doubled child allowances in Romania from RON 84 to RON 150 has been filed by Liberal deputy Robert Sighiartau and has passed by 123 votes to 119, which set the Social Democrat Party (PSD) and its chairman Liviu Dragnea on fire. Dragnea, who was chairing the session, asked for the vote to be resumed, on the ground ...

DefMin Les met his Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, at the NATO defence ministers meeting

Friday, February 15, 2019

Security in the Black Sea region has been the topic for discussion at the Thursday bilateral meeting of the Romanian Defence Minister, Gabriel Les, and his Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, which took place on the occasion of the NATO defence ministers meeting held on Wednesday and Thursday in Brussels, reads a release of the Ministry of National Defence (MApN)."The meeting was an occasion to discuss the level of bilateral cooperation, further development ...

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