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INSCOP survey : PSD and PNL are almost equal in voting intentions for the European Parliament elections

Friday, March 22, 2019

PSD ( social-democratic party , at rule) and PNL ( liberal party – opposition) are almost at the same level in terms of voting intentions for the elections for European Parliament this spring, a national INSCOP Research survey reads. The survey was conducted during March 5-13, 2019 upon the request of Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a release quoted by ziare.com informs. The share of those saying will go to the ballot has ...

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, at the opening of the Startup Europe Summit 2019, Cluj-Napoca

Friday, March 22, 2019


Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said on Thursday in Cluj-Napoca that the first European digital programme, 'Digital Europe', has an allocation of 9 billion euro.At the opening of the Startup Europe Summit 2019, taking place on 21-22 March in Cluj-Napoca in the context of the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Commissioner encouraged the representatives of the startup attending the event that came from 35 countries to ...

Romanian company and Italian firearm producer Beretta to produce two new types of rifles

Friday, March 22, 2019

Romania will associate with the Italian firearms producer Beretta in view of manufacturing, at the Mechanic Plant in Plopeni of Prahova County, two types of weapons, Economy Minister Nicolae Badalau announced on Thursday.According to him, the Romanian state and the Italian company will establish a new company, in which the Romanian side will own 80 percent of the shares."We have to switch from 7.62 with the Romanian Army (...) to NATO caliber and these ...

Romania cereal exports to EU countries in 2018 exceed EUR 1 bln

Friday, March 22, 2019


Romania exported last year cereals worth EUR 1.018 billion to the EU countries, according to data released Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).More than half of these exports (EUR 577.9 million) went Spain, Italy and Germany, as follows: Spain imported cereals from Romania worth EUR 255.3 million, Italy - EUR 202.2 million and Germany - EUR 120.4 million.Moreover, in 2018 Romania exported to the community countries products of the ...

MEP Laurentiu Rebega, prosecuted by DNA for incitement to defraud with European funds and money laundering

Friday, March 22, 2019

MEP Laurentiu Rebega, at the time of the deeds Vice-President of the Prahova County Council, was prosecuted by the anti-corruption prosecutors in a case in which he is accused, among other things, of incitement to defraud with European funds and money laundering, the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) informs on Thursday.According to a DNA press release, the prosecutors within the National Anti-corruption Directorate - the Anti-Corruption Department ...

President Iohannis participates in Brussels in European Council meeting and EPP Summit

Thursday, March 21, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis is attending, Thursday through Friday, the European Council meeting in Brussels.According to the agenda, the president will also attend the Transatlantic Annual Conference organized by the American Chamber of Commerce of the European Union (AmCham EU), due to take place in Brussels on Thursday. On this occasion, he will emphasize, according to a press release of the Presidential Administration, the special importance of transatlantic ...

Timmermans and Dancila confirm work on implementation of CVM recommendations has intensified

Thursday, March 21, 2019


First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila confirmed at the "brief" meeting they had in Brussels on Wednesday that the "work" on the "implementation" of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) recommendations and of "the additional issues identified has intensified with the prospect of delivering concrete results soon," a spokesperson for the European Commission said."First Vice-President ...

MEP asks Romanian officials to present actions regarding the file on triggering article 7 against Hungary

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The MEP who initiated the procedures to trigger article 7 against Hungary, Judith Sargentini, has asked Romanian ministers in Brussels to provide the measures taken to advance the sensitive file against Hungary, considering Romania has been at the helm of the EU Council for three months, Digi 24 reported, quoting index.hu, romaniajournal.ro ...

Venice Commission will issue opinion on Ordinance 7 on June 19

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Venice Commission has announced that it will issue an opinion on the provisions of Emergency Ordinance 7/2019, amending the Laws of Justice, which triggered dozens of protests in the magistracy, on June 19, informs the website of the institution. The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has requested the Venice Commission for this law at the request of the Romanian Judges Forum (FJR) and the National Liberal ...

Candidacy for European Prosecutor: New discussions next week

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The first round of negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on the appointment of the first EU chief prosecutor, a competition in which former DNA chief Laura Codruta Kovesi is running, has ended on Wednesday without results. Sources from European Parliament have told hotnews.ro that new talks are scheduled next week. Negotiations have just begun, the next talks will be on March 27, the quoted sources ...

Possible Gov’t reshuffling before elections for European Parliament

Thursday, March 21, 2019


The Social-Democratic Party (PSD – at rule)) aims Government reshuffling before the elections for European Parliament, with target on the ministers running on May 26 such as Rovana Plumb and Natalia Intotero. According to hotnews.ro, the real target is Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who has stirred discontent in the party for not issuing the emergency ordinances on criminal codes, the judges’ panels and the protocols. The sources say the ...

President Iohannis notifies Constitutional Court on amendments to Local Public Administration Law

Thursday, March 21, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday sent to the Constitutional Court (CCR) a notification of unconstitutionality on the normative act amending and supplementing the Local Public Administration Law 215/2001.According to the Presidential Administration, in his notification to the CCR, President Iohannis states that "in the manner in which it was adopted, as well as by the normative content, the criticized law contravenes constitutional norms and ...

Simple motion on justice – rejected by the Deputies' Chamber

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The simple motion on Justice got rejected on Wednesday by the Deputies' Chamber plenum. There were 126 votes in favour, 148 against and two abstentions recorded.The simple motion against the Minister of Justice, entitled "Tudorel Toader and PSD-ALDE (Social Democratic Party - Alliance of Liberals and Democrats), take your hands off justice," initiated by 91 Deputies of PNL (National Liberal Party) and USR (Save Romania Union), was debated by the Deputies' Chamber ...

INSCOP poll: Romanians are pessimistic; they believe Romania is heading in the wrong direction

Thursday, March 21, 2019


Romanians are pessimistic when it comes to their own country's future direction and more optimistic when it comes to the direction in which Europe is heading in, showed an INSCOP Research poll, which was conducted between March 5 and 13, commissioned by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.According to the poll, whose main theme was the population's opinion on the direction Romania and Europe are heading towards, 72.8 per cent of the Romanians believe that the direction ...

FinMin Teodorovici: Romania may legalise cannabis for medical use

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Romania could legalise medical cannabis use, according to Finance minister Eugen Teodorovici, who said that a commission of the Health Ministry is currently analyzing the issue. “I’ve talked to minister Sorina Pintea and found out that this commission is meeting at the Health Ministry to analyse and debate the issue of legalising cannabis for medical use, for those diagnosed with certain medical conditions, especially terminal cancer. There ...

BNR: Laws appear without analysis of legitimacy, hence laws that breach laws

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Laws appear without an analysis of legitimacy and we wind up with laws that breach laws, and the Constitutional Court declares them unconstitutional, National Bank of Romania (BNR) strategy consultant Adrian Vasilescu said on Wednesday in reference to the laws on credit agreements, leasing operations and financial relations in the banking area."We have a recent example with three laws that reached the Constitutional Court and the Constitutional Court said they are ...

Romania’s direct investment abroad declines and remains the lowest in Europe

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Romanian investors made total direct investment of EUR 622.5 million in other countries until the end of last year, down 1.5 percent compared to December 2017 and the lowest level since September 2015, National Bank of Romania (BNR) data show. Romania remains the smaller international investor in Europe. In December 2017, foreign direct investments (FDI) abroad of Romanian residents amounted EUR 631.9 million. Data do not include investment of central ...

Eurostat: Romania, more attractive to foreigners from Europe

Thursday, March 21, 2019


Romania seems more attractive to foreigners from Europe as the number of people with the citizenship of another EU state residing in Romania has grown by almost 3 times during the last 4 years. According to fresh Eurostat data, the number of people residing in Romania with citizenship of another EU country on January 1, 2018, was 56,750, up from 20,618 in 2014 or 53,543 in 2017. During the same time, the number of people ...

UN’s 2019 World Happiness Report: Romania is 48th out in 156 countries

Thursday, March 21, 2019


Finland continues to be the country with the happiest people in the world. On the International Happiness Day, the UN’s seventh annual World Happiness Report ranking the countries of the world on “how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be”, has given the highest credit to Finland once again. The Nordic nation received the accolade for the second year in a row in the annual survey of global happiness from the United Nations ...

President Iohannis: I am almost decided to convene referendum on 26 May

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday that he is "almost decided" to convene a national referendum on May 26 at the same time with the elections to the European Parliament."We are already working hard on this, we are analyzing the data, the alternatives, the legal part. I am almost determined to convene a referendum on May 26, when we have elections to the European Parliament. Allow me some leeway, due to the need for a thorough analysis, to a thorough discussion, ...

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