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Arrears of general consolidated budget down 29.18pct in end-2019

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The arrears of the general consolidated budget decreased by 29.18 per cent last year, from 192.62 million lei in December 2018 to 136.41 million lei in December 2019, according to data released by the Ministry of Public Finance (MFP).Arrears over 90 days decreased by 38.6 per cent, from 73.1 million lei in December 2018, down to 44.9 million lei in December 2019. Also, arrears over 120 days decreased from 76.2 million lei in December 2018 to 41.5 million lei in ...

EBRD may offer financing solutions for Comarnic-Brasov highway

Thursday, February 6, 2020


EBRD could offer financing solutions for big infrastructure projects, such as Comarnic-Brasov highway, the modernization of North Station  or M6 underground section, according to a press release of the Transport Ministry issued on Tuesday. A work meeting was held with EBRD representatives on Tuesday, upon the invitation of minister Lucian Bode. “EBRD solutions are some of the best and closest to government demands for ...

Gov't approves 1.2 bln lei worth of state aid for Oltenia Energy Complex

Thursday, February 6, 2020


The government approved on Tuesday the Emergency Ordinance under which the Oltenia Energy Complex receives 1.2 billion lei in state aid for the purchase of the greenhouse gas emission certificates assigned to 2019, the Ministry of Energy said in a release on Wednesday.On December 30, 2019 the government approved a memorandum setting out the plan of measures for the purchase of greenhouse gas emission certificates, titled "Authorizing the Ministry of Public Finance ...

INS: Retail turnover up by more than 7.2 per cent in 2019

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Compared to the previous month, in December 2019 the retail turnover volume (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles) increased both as gross series by 5.8% and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality by 0.8%. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the retail turnover volume (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles) increased ...

Eurostat: Romania, EU leader in the growth of retail trade, in December 2019

Thursday, February 6, 2020

In December 2019 compared with November 2019, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 1.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.3% in the EU27, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In November 2019, the retail trade volume increased by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU27. In December 2019 compared with December 2018, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.3% in ...

Censure motion debate and vote set for Wednesday

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Parliament will debate and vote on Wednesday, starting at noon, the censure motion tabled after the government assumed responsibility for the bill providing for two-round mayoral elections, the joint Standing Bureaus have decided today.The censure motion titled "Orban Government/PNL - putting Romanian democracy into private hands" and signed by 208 MPs of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) was presented on Monday ...

Analysis: Tensions and strategies before no confidence motion

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

On paper, the social democrats have the votes for the adoption of the no confidence motion and the attempt to block local elections in two rounds. Practically, things can change anytime. From the political point of view, the scenario of adopting the motion goes hand in hand with early elections. Once the government is removed, the path for initiating early elections opens. The adoption of the no confidence motion is a huge stake for PSD because it would cancel the ...

OUG regarding organisation of early parliamentary elections was adopted

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


The Government adopted the Emergency Ordinance (OUG) regarding the organisation of early parliamentary elections, a normative act which stipulates, among others, three days of voting in the Diaspora and the possibility to vote at any polling station."The emergency ordinance for the organisation of early parliamentary elections was adopted in today's [Tuesday] Government meeting. We are talking about extending the provisions which have been beneficial and proven to ...

Draft dismantling controversial judiciary body concluded

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Draft lectislation aimed at dismantling a special body in charge with investigating magistrates was concluded and published on the website of Romania's Justice Ministry on Tuesday. The bill was criticised by experts shortly after its publication, as they warn it provides a "super-immunity" to magistrates. The piece of legislation provides the ground for the dismantling of a special section charged with investigating cases in which magistrates are ...

Retirement wave in magistracy: CSM approves the release of duty for 12 prosecutors

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The prosecutor section of the Higher Magistracy Council (CSM) approved the release of duty of 12 prosecutors on Tuesday. Some of them are prosecutors from DNA, DIICOT or the General Prosecution. On Thursday, the CSM judge section has will have on the agenda the retirement requests of the 19 judges, including Cristina Tarcea, the former head of the High Court of Justice and the heads of Timisoara Court of Appeal: president Erica Nistor and ...

Romania's objective of joining Schengen Area - discussed by ForMin Aurescu, French Ambassador Ramis

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Romania's objective of joining the Schengen Area was one of the topics of the discussion held by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu and French Ambassador in Bucharest Michele Ramis, on Tuesday.The two officials reviewed the very good stage of the bilateral relationship of strategic partnership, revealed during the Romania - France Season, informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) in a release .The Romanian Foreign Affairs minister pointed ...

ForMin Aurescu, ambassador Meier-Klodt discuss German minority, bilateral relationship

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu and German ambassador to Romania Cord Meier-Klodt discussed on Tuesday the situation of the German minority in Romania and the developed and complex ties between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release.The Romanian chief diplomat highlighted the special significance Romania attaches to the relationship with Germany and the strategic character of the bilateral relationship. In this context, the ...

Ordinance on access of patients to medical services regardless of providers' ownership, adopted

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


The government on Tuesday passed an emergency ordinance regarding access of patients to medical services regardless of the providers' ownership, whether public or private, according to head of the Prime Minister's Chancellery Ionel Danca."Another much discussed piece of legislation lately in the public space and for which approval the government today decided to adopt an emergency ordinance is the one regarding access of patients to the providers of medical ...

OUG on ANAF restructuring stipulates 2,000 lay-offs, elimination of 35 managing positions

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The head of PM's chancellery, Ionel Danca, on Tuesday evening stated, after the Government's meeting, that they adopted a Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG) on the restructuring of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), which stipulates 2,000 lay-offs and the elimination of 35 managing positions."We also adopted an Emergency Ordinance on ANAF restructuring, under which we intend to reduce the staff of this ...

First Home programme continues this year too, with a 2-billion lei ceiling

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The head of Prime Minister's Chancellery, Ionel Danca, on Tuesday announced that a government emergency ordinance was adopted to continue the "First Home" programme, the amount of money allocated by the Government for this programme being similar to that allocated in the previous years, namely round two billion lei."The "First Home" programme, despite the many manipulations in the recent time, will continue, we have adopted an ordinance today in this respect, and ...

Draft: Companies not to be able to sale shares of oil agreement without Gov't's approval

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Economy, Energy and Business Environment Ministry initiated a draft emergency ordinance for the amendment of the Oil Law so that no transfer or sale of oil agreement shares be possible without the Government's approval. "The relevant authority can refuse, on grounds of national security, the concession and execution of oil exploitation operations, development and exploitation of an oil reserve by legal persons that are effectively controlled by EU third ...

Eurostat: Romania, the Netherlands highest increase of industrial producer prices in the EU, in December 2019

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Industrial producer prices in the European Union and the Euro area remained stable in December compared to the previous month, Romania and the Netherlands ranking first among the member states, the data published by Eurostat on Tuesday inform.In November, industrial producer prices increased by 0.2 percent in the European Union and by 0.1 percent in the Euro area.In December, the most significant monthly advance was recorded in Romania and the ...

INS: Industrial production prices up 3.9pct in December 2019

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

In December 2019, industrial production prices for the total (domestic market and non-domestic market) were up 0.3% from November 2019. Industrial production prices for the total (domestic market and non-domestic market) increased by 3.9% in December 2019 compared to December 2018. Industrial production prices (domestic and foreign market) increased 3.9 percent in December ...

BestJobs: Drivers, accountants and engineers looked for jobs in January

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Jobs most in demand in Romania, in January were those of driver, accountant and engineer, according to an analysis released by an online recruiting agency on Tuesday. According to data centralised by Best Jobs, the fields most in demand were: transport – 37,000 searches, financial accountant- 34,000 searches, engineering – 21,000 searches and sales – over 20,000 searches. At the same time, medical & pharmaceutical field recorded ...

Over 21,300 non-EU workers employed in 2019

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Over 21,300 non-EU citizens were working legally in Romania in the first nine months of last year, twice as many as in the same period in 2018, data from the General Inspectorate for Immigration (IGI), quoted ...

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