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July infringements package: key decisions

Friday, July 26, 2019


In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. Fluorinated greenhouse gases: Commission urges ITALY and ROMANIA to ...

Kovesi's candidacy for head of EU Prosecution: Negotiations between European Parliament and EU Council

Friday, July 26, 2019


Negotiations between the European Parliament and EU Council about  the nomination of the chief European prosecutor, a position for which Laura Codruta Kovesi is running could begin after September 20, PNL European deputy Rares Bogdan  told Mediafax. Rares Bogdan, a member of LIBE explained that the Conference of Presidents validating the EP negotiation commission will be held on September 12, to be followed by the final vote cast in one of ...

Romania shortlists three to vie for European prosecutor

Friday, July 26, 2019

Daniel Horodniceanu, Catalin-Laurentiu Borcoman and Claudiu Dumitrescu are the three candidates shortlisted by the Romanian Ministry of Justice (MJ) for the office of European prosecutor.According to a MJ press statement, the final stage for the nomination of the three candidates for the office of European prosecutor ended on Tuesday after the interview with the last candidate that signed up for the competition."Following the interview, the panel ...

Reuters: U.N. nuclear watchdog appoints Romanian diplomat Feruta as interim chief

Friday, July 26, 2019


Romanian diplomat Cornel Feruta will head the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) until member states agree on a permanent successor to deceased Director General Yukiya Amano, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said on Thursday quoted by Reuters. The IAEA announced on Monday that Amano had died, leaving the agency with a leadership vacuum at a time of rising tensions between Iran and the West following Washington’s decision last ...

Budget revision underway, waiting for CSAT approval

Friday, July 26, 2019


The government is working on a budget revision and awaiting the approval of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT), Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Thursday. "We are working on a budget revision, [Finance] Minister Teodorovici will give all the details. We are already waiting for CSAT to approve the budget revision for the first time in CSAT, in order to have the CSAT opinion," Dancila said upon leaving the release of a White Paper on SMEs.Asked if ...

EconMin Badalau: We have the capacity to ensure modern weapons for the Romanian Army

Friday, July 26, 2019

 The Ministry of Economy has the capacity of endowing the Romanian Army with modern weaponry, so that the Romanian troops will be able to deal with the challenges they face in the theaters of operations, Minister of Economy Niculae Badalau said at the presentation of the relevant ministry's report."We have the capacity of endowing the Romanian Army with modern weaponry, so that the Romanian troops will be able to deal with the challenges they face on the ...

Economy Ministry intends to wipe  debts of 161.8 million lei in defense industry

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Economy Ministry wants to wipe out arears of companies in the national defense industry, which have recorded debts of 59.78 million lei and wants to convert fiscal obligations of companies in the defense industry functioning under Economy Ministry  authority with debts of 102.02 million lei into shares, according to two draft government orders published for debate on the institution website. Documents show that some economic operators register ...

Industry Barometer: In June, the increase in industrial output was almost zero

Friday, July 26, 2019


In June, the domestic industrial production has been at its lowest level in the past five months, getting closer to two points from zero growth, which has ...

DNA: Former PSD treasurer Draghici sent to court for embezzlement

Friday, July 26, 2019

The former treasurer of the Social Democrat Party, Mircea Draghici, has been sent to trial by the anti-corruption prosecutors in Thursday for two offenses of embezzlement and for using party state subsidies for other ...

DIICOT prosecutors conduct searches in Craiova to a group trafficking migrants in Mexico and the US 

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutors conducted on Thursday several searches within an investigation for destructuring a criminal group made up of Romanian and Mexican citizens, dealing with trafficking migrants in Mexico and the UN, as well as wire fraud with cloned card. According to some judicial sources, the group made up of Romanian and Mexican citizens, are operating ever since 2012 on the territory of ...


Friday, July 26, 2019


The Embassy of the United States in Romania is pleased to announce that Ambassador Hans Klemm is donating USD 500,000 to the Mihai Eminescu Trust, under the auspices of a special U.S. Department of State program entitled the "Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation AFCP."   This is the largest AFCP grant in the world awarded by the State Department this year, Press Office of the U.S. Embassy-Bucharest informs. The grant is to support ...

Romfilatelia launches the postage stamps issue 'Simona Halep, the Romanian tennis ambassador

Friday, July 26, 2019


Romfilatelia launches on Friday the postage stamps issue 'Simona Halep, the Romanian tennis ambassador', made up of one perforated souvenir sheet and one imperforated souvenir sheet in order to honor the tennis player's series of performances and especially winning the Wimbledon title.According to a press release sent on Thursday, the stamp of the souvenir sheet illustrates the image of Simona Halep raising the Wimbledon 2019 trophy.The imperforated ...

New ForMin Manescu, IntMin Moga and Deputy PM Fifor take oath of office

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Ramona Manescu, Nicolae Moga and Mihai Fifor took the oath of office on Wednesday in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis for the Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministries office, Deputy Prime Minister for implementing Romania's strategic partnerships office respectively.The head of state wished success to the new three members of the Dancila Cabinet.The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, ministers, Deputy Speaker of ...

Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, ALDE's nomination as presidential candidate

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Executive Political Bureau of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE, junior ruling coalition partner) designated on Wednesday alliance Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu as the formation's candidate in the presidential election this autumn, political sources said.ALDE's National Standing Delegation is next to confirm by vote on the same day the proposal of the Executive Political ...

PSD falls to third place in the polls

Thursday, July 25, 2019

A poll disclosed during the Social Democratic Party’s Executive Committee meeting on July 23 shows the National Liberal Party (PNL -opposition) on the first place in the Romanian voters’ preferences (31% of the intended vote), followed by the coalition USR-PLUS with 28%, while PSD ( at rule) ranks only third, with 26 % of the intended ...

Official number of Romanians in the diaspora, 9,700,000 Romanians; Reported reasons: corruption, poverty and political class

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Minister for Romanians everywhere, Natalia Intotero, has announced on Wednesday that the latest official statistics revealed that about 9.7 million Romanians are living abroad, stressing that the main emigration reasons are related to corruption, the poor quality of the political class and poverty. Out of 9.7 million of Romanians abroad, around 5.6 million are in Diaspora, while the difference belongs to the historical communities of Romanians who had ...

The new president of the National Health Insurance House (CNAS) is Vasile Ciurchea, indicted for corruption

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Vasile Ciurchea, a former president of the National Health Insurance House (CNAS) in June 2014-March 2016 and February 2007-January 2009, is health minister Sorina Pintea's proposal to take over as CNAS head once ...

The minister of finances: the budgetary amendment will include measures for restructuring, at the level of state secretaries

Thursday, July 25, 2019

  The budgetary amendment will include a series of measures for the restructuring of the state apparatus, at the level of state secretaries and their cabinets, but the process of analysis of the civil servants will be delayed to August, announced on Tuesday the minister of finances Eugen Teodorovici.   For amendment the ...

Moody's says favourable medium-term growth prospects supporting Romania's credit profile

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Main credit challenges facing Romania include the expansionary fiscal policy stance and deteriorating current account balance, according to the findings of a Moody's Investors Service annual report, which predicts real GDP growth of 3.3pct in 2019 and 3.5pct in 2020 backed by resilient domestic demand.The credit profile of Romania (Baa3 stable) balances the country's favourable medium-term growth prospects against rising fiscal and external vulnerabilities, ...

ALDE ministers unwilling to vote for budget revision because of hard to understand priorities

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu warned that the formation's ministers might not vote for the budget revision, because of "certain priorities they do not understand" that are included in the draft, and pointed out that he expects the coalition to discuss specific investments considered as "strategic" by ALDE."[ALDE] spokesman Varujan Vosganian is one of those unhappy with the way relations are unfolding within the ...

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