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Moldova FM: We want to move as quickly as possible on EU accession

Friday, July 19, 2019

There is a high consensus in Moldova that we want good relations with Brussels and Moscow, but we have no alternative to strong pro-European integration, Moldova’s new foreign minister, Nicu Popescu, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview. Nicu Popescu has been Moldova’s foreign minister since June 2019. Previously, he was the director of the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He spoke to ...

CSM validates Corina Corbu as head of the Supreme Court

Friday, July 19, 2019

 The Section for Judges of the Supreme Council of Magistracy (CSM) on Thursday validated Corina Corbu as head of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ). The CSM spokesperson confirmed that the Section for Judges accepted the candidacy of Corina Corbu as President of the Supreme Court. Judge Corina Corbu, the only magistrate to run for president of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), said on Thursday at the interview held at the ...

CCR decided that it's up to the legislator to establish who gets amnesty

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) decided that it's up to the legislator to establish who gets amnesty, officials of the institution said on Thursday. They brought to mind the President's right to grant an individual pardon, which is granted for humanitarian reasons first of all, and added that it is wrong to forbid the President to pardon a convicted person for reasons related to life and health.The Constitutional Court discussed on ...

DefMin Les points to army staff shortage, as some units only 31-35pct covered

Friday, July 19, 2019

Defence Minister Gabriel Les said on Thursday at a press conference in Cluj that one of the problems faced by Romania's military units is staff shortage, as staff coverage at some military units is only 31-35 percent."A problem faced by all military units is, unfortunately (...) staff shortage. (...) The average staff coverage is somewhere around 70 plus percent, but unfortunately discrepancies are quite large. There are military units where the staff coverage is ...

Romanian diploma Cornel Feruta might become the new chief of IAEA

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Romanian diplomat Cornel Feruta might become the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General, according to diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters, who reported that the incumbent chief, Japanese Yukiya Amano intends to resign next year. Amano’s health has visibly declined since the IAEA announced last September that he had undergone an unspecified medical procedure outside Austria, where his agency is based. He has, however, remained ...

Eurostat: Income inequality in Romania, lower than in Spain

Friday, July 19, 2019

Romania is among the European Union countries with the highest income inequality, surpassed only by Bulgaria, Lithuania and Spain, according to the data published by Eurostat on Thursday, based on data collected in 2017.Inequality was calculated as a ratio between the incomes of the richest top 20pct citizens of a country and the incomes of the poorest 20pct of the citizens, based on the equivalent available income.In 2017, this ratio in the European ...

Patriarch Daniel awards Patriarchal Cross to Simona Halep, calls her symbol of hope

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church (BOR) on Thursday presented fresh Wimbledon tennis champion Simona Halep with a Patriarchal Cross, the highest decoration of the Romanian Patriarchate, at a ceremony hosted by the Patriarch's residence."To many of today's young people, Simona is a symbol of diligence, perseverance and hope. We are happy to emphasise that all of her achievements are the expression of her native talent cultivated through ...

Asian Food Fest, Friday through Sunday at Titan Park in Bucharest

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Thai, Indian, Lebanese and Syrian meals along with a mix of live music, DJs, dance performances, Asian workshops and cooking demonstrations will be on display at the first edition of the Asian Food Fest, which will take place Friday through Sunday in the Titan Park in Bucharest.According to organisers, the first day of the event provides an opportunity to meet the Arabesque ballet ensemble performing traditional Korean dances ...

NATO Secretary General appoints Mircea Geoana as next Deputy Secretary General

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to appoint Mircea Geoana from Romania as the next Deputy Secretary General. He will replace Rose Gottemoeller from the United States, who took up her position in October 2016, a NATO statement informs. ”I am happy to announce the appointment of Mircea Geoana as the next Deputy Secretary General. He is a staunch advocate of the transatlantic bond and will bring long experience as a statesman and ...

French Embassy presents Romania's defence chief Ciuca with decoration

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Romania's Chief of Defence Staff Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca has been awarded France's National Order of Merit in the rank of Commander by the French ambassador to Romania, Michele Ramis, the embassy reported in a press statement on Wednesday.The award ceremony took place at the French Embassy on Tuesday."While European defence has been witnessing new directions of development over the past two years, you have also been an important player in the commitment of ...

PSD leadership to meet next Tuesday to decide candidate for presidential elections

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) leadership next Tuesday will meet at the Parliament Palace to decide the candidate for the presidential elections, to be later validated by the August 3 Congress of the party, political sources said.The same sources mentioned on Tuesday that the Social Democrats will have a meeting of the Standing Bureau first, starting at 11 am, to be followed by a meeting of the National Executive Committee (CExN) at 12 pm.The PSD ...

Strengthening the rule of law through increased awareness, an annual monitoring cycle and more effective enforcement

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Building on the lessons learnt since 2014 and detailed consultations since April this year, the Commission has today decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Over the past five years, the European Commission has had to deal with a series of challenges to the rule of law in the European Union. The European project relies on constant respect of the rule of law. This is a ...

Daniel Daianu, elected President of the Fiscal Council

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Fiscal Council announced on Wednesday that Daniel Daianu, former non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), has been elected president and Bogdan-Octavian Cozmânca has been ...

Eurostat: June 2019 Annual inflation up to 1.3% in the euro area; the highest annual rates were recorded in Romania (3.9%)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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The euro area annual inflation rate was 1.3% in June 2019, up from 1.2% in May. A year earlier, the rate was 2.0%. European Union annual inflation was 1.6% in June 2019, stable compared to May. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1%. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The lowest annual rates were registered in Greece (0.2%), Cyprus (0.3%), Denmark and Croatia (both 0.5%). The highest annual rates were ...

Fitch Assigns TRANSGAZ First-Time 'BBB-' Rating; Outlook Stable

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Fitch Ratings-Milan/London-17 July 2019: Fitch Ratings has assigned SNTGN TRANSGAZ SA (Transgaz) a Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of 'BBB-' with a Stable Outlook, the agency informs.Transgaz's 'BBB-' IDR mainly reflects its solid business profile as a concessionaire and operator of the gas transmission network in Romania as well as the expectation of a progressive contraction of international gas transit business deriving from traditional routes. The rating ...

Turnover of market services rendered mainly to enterprises, up 14.8pct in first five months

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Compared to the previous month, in May 2019 the turnover of market services rendered mainly to enterprises, in nominal terms, increased as gross series by 2.8% and decreased as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality by 1.8%. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the turnover of market services rendered mainly to enterprises, in nominal terms, increased both as ...

Jan - May 2019 wholesale turnover up 8 pct YoY

Thursday, July 18, 2019

As against the previous month, in May 2019 the wholesale turnover (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles), in nominal terms, increased as gross series by 4.9% and decreased as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality by 0.7%. As against the corresponding month of the previous year, the wholesale turnover (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles), ...

Eurostat: May 2019 compared with April 2019 - Production in construction down by 0.3% in both euro area and EU28

Thursday, July 18, 2019

 In May 2019 compared with April 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.3% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2019, production in construction decreased by 1.7% in the euro area and by 1.3% in the EU28. In May 2019 compared with May 2018, production in construction increased by 2.0% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the ...

Study GfK: almost a quarter of the Romanians use a professional when they want to do up; 76% do it themselves

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Over three quarters of the Romanians (76%) who live in the city prefer to do up their houses themselves or together with another member of their family or friend and almost a quarter (24%) use a professional painter, especially women, show the results of a study GfK Romania about the purchasing behaviour on the market of emulsion paints. .According to the research published on Wednesday, 7 out of 10 Romanians buy paint from the big DIY stores while the ...

The businessman Spas Rusev, favourite to take over the Telekom mobile division

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The businessman Spas Rusev, a tycoon from the right – controversial person – who presented an offer, is the favourite for taking over the Telekom Romania mobile division said the sources. Rusev is considered a controversial person, being presented as ‘ a tycoon from the right’ and mastermind during the government of Simeon de Saxa-Coburg-Gotha being a person with connections with members of a crime groups of Bulgaria. He is the majority shareholder of ...

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