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Possible dates for early elections: 14, 21, 28 June, Ludovic Orban said

Monday, February 10, 2020


Prime Minister-designate Ludovic Orban declared, on Sunday evening, that this year's local elections will take place on 14 or 21 June."The mandates of the local and county councils expire four years after the oath is taken, which means the second part of June. As such, most likely, the local elections will take place either on 14 or June 21, at the latest on June 21," Orban told private broadcaster B1 TV.Referring to the early parliamentary elections, ...

PSD considers boycotting appointment of new Govt

Monday, February 10, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis can’t call early elections without going through all the steps required by Romania’s Constitution, said the head of the Social Democratic Party (PSD- opposition), Marcel Ciolacu, after Iohannis designated dismissed prime minister Ludovic Orban to form a ...

Ciolos: If we don’t get in the early elections, USR-Plus is ready to assume governing together with PNL

Monday, February 10, 2020

Chairman Plus the MEP Dacian Ciolos thinks that the purpose of PSD is to cling to power at any price and to protect the interests of the local barons. He also stated that if there are no early elections, then the alliance USR-Plus is ready to assume governing together with PNL until parliamentary elections. ‘The main message is the alliance USR-Plus supports the measures to organize early elections but if from any reasons, we do not get to ...

USR and PLUS announce that they go for merger

Monday, February 10, 2020

The alliance USR-Plus says that the two bodies go towards merger, during the day of Saturday as the main necessary steps have been decided, says Mediafax. The preparation of the process and the merging conditions will be approved in the congresses reunited of the two parties. ‘USR and PLUS go towards merging, USR and PLUS have decided, today, the steps towards merger. The Political committee of USR and the National council of PLUS have mandated ...

US Ambassador Zuckerman: Romania needs visionary leaders, such as President Iohannis and Acting PM Orban

Monday, February 10, 2020


US Ambassador in Bucharest Adrian Zuckerman said on Friday at the Ford plant in southern Craiova that Romania has made important steps and has the potential to become a regional leader, but to harness that potential, it still needs work and visionary leaders, such as President Iohannis and Acting Prime Minister Orban. U.S. Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman’s Remarks at the Ford Plant in Craiova February 7, ...

Gov't sent to CES for opinion all draft emergency ordinances, to be published in Official Gazette

Monday, February 10, 2020

Prime Minister Designate Ludovic Orban said that the emergency ordinances adopted by the Government on Tuesday, one day before being dismissed by censure motion, will be published in the Official Gazette, stating that all the draft emergency ordinances have been sent for opinion to the Economic and Social Council of Romania (CES)."We sent to the Economic and Social Council for opinion all the draft emergency ordinances. Some of the draft emergency ordinances that ...

Iohannis: I am determined to negotiate really hard to get more money for Romania

Monday, February 10, 2020


President Klaus Iohannis on Friday stated he is determined to negotiate "really hard" to get more money for Romania from the cohesion and agricultural funds, from the multiannual budget of the European Union."The idea is to identify a common ground in these discussions on the multiannual budget. I come with the ideas I thought about in Bucharest. We planned very well how to fight for the budget we want, starting from the premise that, regardless of the ...

BNR decides to keep the monetary policy rate at 2.50 percent per annum

Monday, February 10, 2020

In a press statement released on Friday, BNR says the board also decided to keep the monetary policy rate at 2.50 percent per annum. At a meeting of February 7, 2020, the Administration Board of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) decided to cut the minimum reserve requirement ratio on foreign currency-denominated liabilities of credit institutions to 6 percent from 8 percent starting with the 24 February - 23 March 2020 maintenance period and to ...

Isarescu on leu's appreciation: Important seller sold more and exchange rate goes up

Monday, February 10, 2020

The national currency appreciated in recent days because an important seller sold more foreign currency and this led to the strengthening of the leu, explained on Friday the Governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), Mugur Isarescu, in a press conference, when asked about the evolution of the leu - euro exchange rate in recent days."I think, first of all, one must understand that the foreign exchange market has many determinants and the fact that we are ...

International borrowing, proof of responsibility, deficits are worrisome, Isarescy says

Monday, February 10, 2020


International borrowing is proof of responsibility, but the country's deficits are worrisome, the governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), Mugur Isarescu told a press conference, when asked about the latest loans contracted by the Ministry of Public Finance."Worrisome, an element of concern or as you might want to call it, not of panic, however, are the country's deficits. We are concerned about the size of the deficits. When you have a budget deficit, the ...

Ford of Europe vice president McCall: Road & rail infrastructure improvement would benefit entire country

Monday, February 10, 2020


Andrew McCall, Ford of Europe vice president for government and community relations, said on Friday at the company's Craiova facility that the improvement of the local road and rail infrastructure would benefit not only the company, rendering procurement and motor vehicle delivery activities easier, but it would also contribute to the future development of the region and would benefit the whole country.Today's visit to Craiova [by PM Orban] has allowed us to ...

PM Orban: Partnership between producers and Gov't needed in order to start production of electric cars in Romania

Monday, February 10, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Friday at the Ford plant in southern Craiova that in order to create an incentive to start producing electric cars in Romania, there must be a very serious partnership between manufacturers and government authorities."We have discussed the new orientation in European politics, the Green Pact and the possible consequences. Clearly, to be able to create here an incentive to start the production of electric cars [ed.n.- in ...

Iveco Defence Vehicles to supply the Romanian Armed Forces with 942 trucks, first batch of a frame contract worth 2,900 vehicles

Monday, February 10, 2020


Iveco Defence Vehicles, a subsidiary of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI/MI: CNHI), announces that on December 30, 2019 a first order of a frame agreement including more than 2,900 high mobility trucks has been signed with the Romanian Ministry of National Defence. These first 942 vehicles will be delivered throughout four years, starting from 2020, ...

Official Paun: The exodus of the healthcare staff remains one of the main challenges

Monday, February 10, 2020

State counselor with the Presidential Administration Diana Paun on Friday stated that the "exodus" of the healthcare staff, especially of the young, remains one of the main challenges facing Romania, and that we need "strategic" planning in the workforce field to ensure an adequate number of professionals, with an "optimum" geographical distribution."The human resource is the essential component of any sanitary system, whose quality and availability depend on the ...

Ombudsperson:Two Sri Lankan citizens' presence exacerbated conflict between bakery management and former employees

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Ombudsperson (AP) took notice ex officio and conducted an inquiry in the case of the two bakers from Sri Lanka, legally employed in Ditrau, Harghita County, mentioning that the two Sri Lankan citizens' presence exacerbated the conflict between the bakery management and former employees.On 29 January, approximately 200 inhabitants of Ditrau commune gathered before the mayor's office building, unhappy that a local bread bakery hired two Sri Lankan workers. The ...

President Iohannis is today in Brussels to meet the President of the European Council; the talks concern the EU budget

Friday, February 7, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis will have a meeting in Brussels on Friday with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, talks on the negotiations on the budget of the European Union for the period 2021-2027. The meeting is part of the series of meetings that the President of the European Council has with the leaders of the Member States of the Union in order to prepare the extraordinary meeting of the European Council of 20 February on the ...

Klaus Iohannis once again designates Ludovic Orban for the office of Prime Minister

Friday, February 7, 2020


President Klaus Iohannis proposed once again the chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, for the office of Prime Minister."Going back to the electorate is the correct solution, it is the solution that satisfies the need for democracy in Romania. To put it simply, going back to the electorate means early elections. Early elections are my first option, I have presented to the parties this option. (...) It is natural and I can understand that ...

USR's Barna: We want early polls, we won't vote for Orban Government

Friday, February 7, 2020

USR (Save Romania Union) leader Dan Barna on Thursday evening stated his party's goal is to have early polls and that it won't vote for the investiture of a new Government led by Ludovic Orban.Barna said that there are "credible chances," of more than 50 per cent, for early polls to become reality, but also a "real" chance that they will not take place."Our goal is to have early polls, which is something we have been requesting for years, nothing has ...

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu met BSEC Secretary General Michael Christides

Friday, February 7, 2020

Outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu received on Thursday ambassador Michael Christides, Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), on a working visit to Bucharest occasioned by Romania's holding the BSEC Chairmanship in office in the first half of 2020.According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the talks focused on current BSEC developments, the progress made in meeting the organization's objectives, as ...

Health Minister Costache, British ambassador Noble discuss latest healthcare legislative changes

Friday, February 7, 2020


Health Minister Victor Costache and British ambassador in Bucharest Andrew Noble met on Thursday to discuss the latest legislative changes in healthcare, the development of primary medicine, as well as changes in the quarterly contribution for medicine suppliers, the Health Ministry said in a release. According to the cited source, the British ambassador expressed support for the reform of Romania's medical sector and for the efforts of the current team of ...

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