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ForMin Aurescu, Croatian counterpart discuss topical issues on the European agenda

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, had a bilateral meeting on Wednesday with his Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlic Radman, on the sidelines of the meeting of the NATO ministers of foreign affairs.Minister Aurescu hailed the very good coordination under the Trio Presidencies of the Council of EU Romania-Finland-Croatia, underscoring "the importance of maintaining a unitary vision at EU level, in the context of the future Croatian presidency of the ...

ForMin Aurescu underscores importance of strengthening cooperation between Romania and Poland in security

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, had a meeting on Wednesday with his Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz, on the sidelines of the meeting in Brussels of the foreign affairs ministers from the NATO member states, on which occasion he highlighted the importance of further strengthening cooperation between Romania and Poland in the security area, under the B9 format and Romania-Poland-Turkey trilateral format, under the Three Seas Initiative.The two ...

Diplomatic incident in Constanta: US diplomat forced off stage by Turkish consul in Romanian city of Constanta

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The US Deputy Chief of Mission in Bucharest, Abigail Rupp was invited off the stage by the Turkish consul in Constanta when the American official got ready to take the floor about religious freedom. “It’s regrettable”, retorted the US Embassy to Romania. The diplomatic incident took place in Constanta within the symposium “The Week of the Prophet Muhammed’s Birth”, an even ...

Dan Barna remains USR chairman following online vote

Thursday, November 21, 2019

About 75% of the USR (Union Save Romania) members have voted for Dan Barna to remain the party chairman following an internal vote after his legitimacy to remain at the helm of the party had been challenged by several members. Out of those 17,000 USR members, around 9,600 voted, so the turnout stood at 51.5%. The voting lasted 5 days. Several USR leaders asked chairman Dan Barna ...

REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL: Recommendations for Romania regarding budgetary plans for 2020

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Introduction Romania has been under significant deviation procedures since spring 2017. Both in June 2017 and June 2018 the Council found, in accordance with Article 121(4) of the Treaty, that there had been a significant observed deviation from the medium-term budgetary objective and from the adjustment path towards it in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The Council issued ...

President Iohannis resubmits in Parliament the draft law by which the BNR is obliged to bring to the country the gold reserve

Thursday, November 21, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis has sent back in Parliament the law on gold repatriation initiated by the former social-democdat (PSD) Liviu Dragnea and by the PSD senator Serban Nicolae. The law says that Romania’s gold reserve deposited abroad should be stored in the country. In June this year, the law was ...

ANCOM delays 5G auction until 2020

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Originally planned for December 2019, an auction is being held in in Romania in the first half of 2020 that is intended to support the development of 5G services. The delay of this auction may cause a relatively slow uptake of 5G services in the short-term, says GlobalData. Tomasz Kulinski, Technology Analyst at GlobalData, commented: “In Romania, the first 5G services were commercially launched based on existing frequency resources ...

Eurostat: Romania, last in the EU in terms of temporary employment contracts

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Over the last 17 years, temporary employment in the EU has fluctuated between 12.6% of total employees in the first quarter of 2003 to 13.6% in the second quarter of 2019, with a peak in the fourth quarter of 2006 (14.7%). 26 million employees aged 15 to 64 had a temporary employment contract in the EU in Q2 2019, representing 13.6% of total employees. Temporary employment was more common among female (14.2%) than male employees ...

President Klaus Iohannis had an electoral meeting and debate with journalists and representatives of the civil society

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


President Klaus Iohannis underscored on Tuesday, in the beginning of his meeting and debate with journalists and representatives of the civil society, hosted by the Auditorium of the Central University Library, that there were no such arranged topics prepared for the event. Nine journalists, analysts and politologists are addressing the head of state questions. Presidential and state advisors, PNL Chairman and PM Ludovic Orban, Deputy PM Raluca Turcan, ...

Presidential candidate Viorica Dancila invited mass-media to an "open dialogue"

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Social Democratic Party (PSD) candidate to presidency Viorica Dancila has invited mass-media representatives to an "open dialogue" on Tuesday. Access was free to all mass-media representatives designated by the institutions they represent. She has stated that President Klaus Iohannis fears "authentic dialogue," as he could not explain the five years while he has been Romania's President, mentioning that she will present a report on her activity as ...

Ambassador Ion Jinga had a statement in the Security Council open debate on the role of reconciliation in maintaining international peace and security

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion I. Jinga, delivered a statement on 19 November 2019 in the Security Council open debate on the role of reconciliation in maintaining international peace and security.  The Romanian diplomat stated that while reconciliation processes are highly context-sensitive, with no prescriptive solution that can guarantee their success, there are some recommendations that can be ...

Economy minister meets defense unions. Problems: lack of contracts and investments and labor force crisis

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Virgil Popescu, the minister of economy, energy and business environment met unions from defense industry on Tuesday to discuss about elaborating future strategies. They spoke about problems faced by most companies in the defense industry: lack of contracts and investments, labor force crisis because of low salaries. The dialogue took place when premier Orban, economy minister Virgil Popescu and defense minister Nicolae Ciuca met to consolidate ...

EY Romania: Business environment wants abrogation of GO 114 and Split VAT

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


 The business environment asks the new government to abrogate GO 114/2018 and Split VAT measure which had negative impact on Romanian companies, said Alex Milcev, partner at the consulting company EY Romania, at a meeting with the press. “We are looking forward that the first period of accommodation of the new government were over, so we could speak concretely about measures the business environment considers opportune. I would speak about ...

PM Orban: Minimum wage per economy might increase 7.2%

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The minimum wage per economy might increase 7.2%, said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Tuesday, in a post on the Government's Facebook page.He specifies that, this week, the proposals for the formula for calculating the minimum wage will be finalized."This week, we will finalize the proposals for the minimum wage calculation formula. If we establish that the calculation formula for the minimum wage will be determined by the inflation rate, the consumer ...

PM Orban: Economic growth not to exceed 4 pct by much

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

This year's economic growth will not exceed 4 percent by much, said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Monday, drawing attention to the fact that this way the 5.5 percent increase anticipated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) government is ruled out."To no avail has been the forecast of the European Commission and other institutions that there will be an economic growth of 4.1-4.2 percent, they went for an economic growth of 5.5 percent. We will see how much the ...

Official statistics: 55,000 job vacancies in Q3, of which almost one quarter in the manufacturing industry

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Job vacancies in Q3 2019 stood at 55,000, in line with the figure registered in the previous quarter, with the manufacturing industry accounting for almost a quarter of the total (specifically 13,600), according to data released on Tuesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).The public sector accounted for over 26 percent of the total number of job vacancies, as follows: 6,500 in health and social assistance, 6,100 in public administration and 2,000 in ...

Eurostat: Romania registers highest increase in construction works in EU this September

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

 Construction works in Romania registered an increase of 28.9 percent in September 2019, compared to September 2018, this being the largest advance among EU Member States, show data released on Tuesday by Eurostat.Comparatively, in the European Union the construction works registered an increase of 0.7 percent, while in the euro area they decreased by 0.3 percent. Among the EU member states, the construction works registered the highest increases in Romania ...

Report: Romania first in EU by child & teen mortality rate in 2017

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


According to a report by Save the Children Romania and the Ombudsman, Romania's child and teen mortality rate places it at the top of the EU ranking."Romania's mortality rate in 2017 was 61.69 per 100,000 children and adolescents, while the EU average was 31.60," shows the Report on the observance of the right of the child in Romania (2019), which was released on Tuesday.According to the Save the Children Organization, there were 1,214 deaths of ...

Ombudsperson to conduct investigation into Timisoara case

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ombudsperson Renate Weber has announced on Tuesday that the institution she is heading will conduct an investigation into the case of Timisoara, where three persons died and several were hospitalised, following the deratization procedures in a block of flats.Timis Police opened an in rem criminal case for manslaughter in the case of the deratization of a block of flats in Timisoara, following which two children and a woman died and other 28 persons are ...

Romania, the only country in the EU where over a quarter of the population has a toilet outside the house

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


More than one in four people in Romania reported that their household did not have an indoor flushing toilet (27.7%). This was by far the highest share amongst the EU Member States, reads the latest Eurostat report released on Tuesday on the occasion of World Toilet Day. However, the percentage is on decline as against 2017, when it was reported to 29.7%, but ten times higher than the EU average rate of 2.1% registered within European Union last ...

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