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President Iohannis to meet European Council President Michel in Brussels to discuss EU budget

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis will meet President of the European Council Charles Michel in Brussels on Friday. According to the Presidential Administration, the agenda of this meeting covers negotiations over the budget of the European Union for 2021-2027.The meeting is part of a series of meetings that Michel has with the leaders of the European Union member states to prepare an extraordinary European summit on February 20 for negotiations over the future ...

Censure motion read in Parliament plenary sitting

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The censure motion titled "Orban Government / PNL - putting Romanian democracy into private hands", signed by 208 MPs, was read on Monday in the plenary sitting of the Parliament by Social Democrat deputy Daniel Suciu.The Standing Bureaus of the two Parliament Houses are to meet on Tuesday starting at noon to set the timetable for the debate and vote on the censure motion initiated by the Social Democrats.Parliament's Rules of Procedure require the ...

PNL's aim is to avoid censure motion's passage

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

National Liberal Party (PNL) President, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, said on Monday that liberal MPs will vote against the censure motion, a move about which he said it does not have enough votes to be passed."The PNL's Political Bureau has established the party's position on the censure motion initiated by the PSD [Social Democratic Party]. The fundamental objective of the PNL regarding local elections is to put into practice the will of the overwhelming ...

Teodor Melescanu resigns as Senate's head

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Senate's President Teodor Melescanu resigned on Monday. "I have decided to withdraw from office, although the decision of the CCR [Constitutional Court] has not been published," Melescanu told the Senate. The resignation comes after, on January 22, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the election of Teodor Melescanu as head of the Senate is ...

IMAS Poll: PNL climbs to 47.4%

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Liberals continue their ascent in the polls. According to the latest IMAS poll commissioned by Europa FM and conducted during 13-31 January, 47.4% would vote for the National Liberal Party (PNL) if there were elections next Sunday. The increase is by 2.5% as against the poll in December. Social Democrats come second, but way behind, with 20.6%, yet two per cent up than in December 2019. UDMR is on decline to 4.7%, down by 0.3%, ...

ForMin Aurescu about 11 years after successful Black Sea delimitation

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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Romania has proven that it has the maturity and expertise required in international maritime delimitation law, which it is still open to share with other states, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on the 11th anniversary of successful completion of the Black Sea delimitation before the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ).In a press statement released on Monday, Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) emphasised that the ICJ decision of February 3, 2009 ...

JusMin proposes interim Prosecutor General Licu for PG's first-deputy office

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Justice Ministry (MJ) has announced on Monday the results of the selection for the appointment proposals in several leadership positions at the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) and the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu proposed interim Prosecutor General Bogdan Licu for the first-deputy office of the Prosecutor's General of the ...

Health Minister to meet French counterpart in Paris to sign cooperation memorandum in several domains

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Minister of Health, Victor Costache, will be in Paris, February 4-6, where he will meet the Minister of Solidarity and Health of the Government of the French Republic, Agnes Buzyn, the two to discuss the memorandum of understanding that will be concluded between the two ministries, which provides for the establishment of partnerships, exchanges of experience and good practices in domains of medical aid such as burns, transplant, pediatric cardiac surgery, drug ...

Former Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea, convicted to 3 years in prison for influence peddling

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea was convicted on Monday by the Bucharest Tribunal to three years imprisonment for the crime of influence peddling, in a case in which he stood accused by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) of intervening to appoint the daughter of a local social-democrat councilor in Buzau to an important public position.The court also disposed the maintaining of the preventive measures until the sum of 62,143 RON ...

The minister of justice about the closing down of the Special section: it is a matter of days until we lodge the draft  under debate

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The draft of the ministry of justice regarding the closing down of the controversial Section for the investigation of magistrates is about to be finalized and it is a matter of days until it will be placed under public scrutiny, according to the minister Catalin Predoiu. The minister of justice stated on Monday, when asked about this draft, that there are ‘some nuances to discuss’ and it would be better to discuss with the leaderships ...

PM Orban on Ditrau anti-foreigner sentiment flare-up case: Seeking observance of law, fundamental rights and freedoms

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, said on Monday that the authorities have taken efficient action in the Ditrau (Harghita County) case and that compliance with the law and the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens are being pursued in this situation."Action has been taken, of course, not accompanied by blathering political statements, as others have done. As far as we are concerned, we have acted efficiently and ...

The European Commission forbids Romania and Lithuania to grant emergency authorizations for pesticides which affect the bees

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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The European Commission decided on Monday to forbid Romania and Lithuania to grant emergency authorizations for pesticides which contain three types of neonicotinoids ( imidacloprid, clotianidine and tiametroxame) which could affect the bees. The decision was taken in the context where on 18th January the ministry of agriculture authorized temporarily, for emergency situations, the use of these pesticides for the treatment of the corn and beetroot seeds. But their use affects ...

BNR's forex reserves, up to 35.505bn lei at end-January

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

 Currency reserves at the National Bank of Romania (BNR) increased by 7.8pct, to 35.505 billion euro, on January 31, 2020, from 32.926 million euro on December 31, 2019, according to a release from the central bank sent on Monday. In January, there were inflows of 4.586 billion euro and outflows of 2.007 billion euro, and the gold reserve level remained at 103.6 tonnes. Its value stood at 4.773 billion euro in the context of international prices' ...

Industry and consumer confidence lag behind overall optimist expectations

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The positive evolution of the confidence levels of the managers in the sectors of trade, construction and services in Romania creates the grounds for investments in these sectors in 2020, said the chief economist of Banca Transilvania commenting on the European Commission's monthly survey on confidence in the econom, romania-insider.com reads. The same survey revealed that consumer confidence has decreased, as well as the managers’ ...

Snowfalls are coming

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Although there is an unusually warm weather in Bucharest today, with maximum temperatures climbing up to 16C, Romanian weathermen warn that bad weather is coming. The National Meteorology Administration has issued a Code Yellow alert for strong wind and falls valid in 27 counties: Alba, Arge?, Arad, Bac?u, Bihor, Bistri?a-N?s?ud, Bra?ov, Buz?u, Cluj, Cara?-Severin, Covasna, Dâmbovi?a, Gorj, Hunedoara, Harghita, Mehedin?i, Maramure?, Mure?, Neam?, ...

PM Ludovic Orban: We are involved in post-Brexit negotiations

Monday, February 3, 2020

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Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Friday stated that the fundamental objective of Romania is to defend the rights of the Romanian citizens who leave in the UK and underscored the involvement in the post-Brexit negotiations regarding the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union."This is a decision that was made after a referendum. We are sorry that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. On the other hand, our fundamental objective is ...

ForMin Aurescu on Brexit: No cause for concern, nothing changes regarding rights of Romanian citizens

Monday, February 3, 2020

Romanians in the United Kingdom don't need to have any concerns regarding Brexit, because their rights don't change, said on Friday, for private broadcaster Digi24, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu."The current legal regime is the one that will be applied from tomorrow as well, until at least December 31, 2020. The Romanians who wish to settle in the United Kingdom must make the necessary demarches until the end of ...

Ambassador Mihalache: I assure all fellow citizens their rights in UK remain unchanged, at least in transition period

Monday, February 3, 2020

Romanian Ambassador in London Dan Mihalache assures the Romanian citizens living in the UK that their rights will remain unchanged, at least in the transitional year following the official exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.The diplomat states, in an interview with AGERPRES, that over 430,000 Romanians who wish to live in the UK have registered online for the special status required, 30pct of them applying for the resident status.The ...

PM Orban participated în the summit of the Friends of Cohesion Group, Portugal

Monday, February 3, 2020

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In a speech to a session in Beja, Portugal, of the Friends of Cohesion Group, Romania's Prime Minister Ludovic Orban reiterated Romania's support for reaching a political agreement on the future European budget as soon as possible, which will allow the next programmes and projects conducted on European funding to be started in time.The summit was hosted by Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa on Saturday. It was attended by heads of state or government and ...

Parliament to meets in ordinary session Monday

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Chamber of Deputies and the Senate begin on Monday the first ordinary parliamentary session of the year.In the first meeting of each chamber, the new composition of the standing bureaus is chosen, that is the deputy chairs, secretaries and treasurers. The election of the members to the standing bureau follows the proposal of the parliamentary groups, according to their weight, political configuration and the negotiation of the floor leaders.The ...

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