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Friday, January 31, 2020

In December 2019, 3182 construction permits were released for residential buildings, a 7.0% decrease compared to November 2019 and a 16.4% rise compared to December 2018. In the year 2019, 42541 construction permits were released for residential buildings, 0.4% less than the previous year. The number of residential building permits issued in 2019 amounted to 42,541, down ...

Over half of Romanians trust what scientists say about environment

Friday, January 31, 2020


Over half of Romanians trust what scientists say about the environment, while over 40% consider that protecting the environment should be a priority even if it slows down economic growth, according to an opinion poll made by SAP. World Economic Forum, one of the most powerful non governmental organizations in the world, used SAP technologies and Qualtrics to identify people's opinions at global level about social topics such as environment protection ...

PSD to table censure motion Thursday morning

Thursday, January 30, 2020

A motion of censure against the Orban Government will be tabled on Thursday morning, said Wednesday Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, acting national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD- opposition)."Tomorrow morning we will table a motion of censure against the Orban Government," Ciolacu said at Parliament House on Wednesday. In his opinion, "the opposition rejoices every time the power gives it the right to file more motions." "And we ...

Venice Commission officially notified by PSD about law on modification of electoral law in Romania

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Venice Commission has been officially notified by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, about the modification of the electoral law in Romania, informs the Social Democratic Party (PSD).The decision was made by 26 votes "in favour" and only 3 "against," according to the same source. "Europe is concerned about the modifications of the electoral law in Romania the Orban Government has just assumed responsibility for today. The Venice ...

AEP's head met Russian Ambassador to Bucharest to discuss "collaboration" in developing electoral processes

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The head of Romania's Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) has met Russian Ambassador to Bucharest to discuss "collaboration" in developing electoral processes and best practice exchanges, the two parties announced. The AEP head is the last major official still in office in Romania from among those named during the regime of Liviu Dragnea, the former strongman of the Social Democrats (PSD).AEP head Constantin-Florin Mituletu-Buica met Russian Ambassador to ...

ICCJ notifies CCR with respect to law on elimination of special pensions of magistrates

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on Wednesday decided to notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) about the law on the elimination of the special pensions of magistrates, adopted by the Deputies' Chamber.According to a press release of the Supreme Court, the decision was made by the Joint Sections in front of 103 judges, in compliance with the legal requirements regarding the quorum. The constitutionality challenge regards ...

President Iohannis to discuss elimination of magistrates' special pensions with CSM leadership on Thursday

Thursday, January 30, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday, at 11.00 am, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, will have a meeting with the President of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), Nicoleta Margareta Tint, and with the Vice President of the CSM, Tatiana Toader, informs the Presidential Administration announced on Wedneday. The meeting was called by the CSM leadership.On Wednesday, the Superior Council of Magistracy announced that the CSM leadership will have a meeting ...

Croatia's EU chairmanship, a historic moment for the country

Thursday, January 30, 2020


In the first six months of 2020 Croatia will be "at the helm of the joint project of further building a strong Europe in the world full of challenges." A growing and developing Europe, a Europe that connects economically, energy-wise and infrastructure-wise, a Europe that protects and is influential on the global scene, are the four pivotal areas of our presidency, the Croatian Ambassador in Bucharest Marija Kapitanovic said at the event that marked ...

Two IMF missions in Romania assess tax collection and Fiscal Code

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Two teams of experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are visiting Romania to assess the tax collection procedures and evaluate the Fiscal Code, finance minister Florin Citu announced in a press conference on January 28, ...

ING : Govt. to keep deficit at 3.9% of GDP in 2020 with lower pension hike

Thursday, January 30, 2020

ING Bank estimates that Romania’s public deficit will reach 3.9% of GDP this year, slightly above the official target yet well below the 4.6%-4.8% estimate of the Fiscal Council that assumes full enforcement of the 40% pension hike in September. ING Bank, however, expects the Government to enforce only partial increase in pensions, in order to avoid a downgrade of the sovereign rating into the junk area, ...


Thursday, January 30, 2020


Relative stability of activity in manufacturing, retail trade and services Relative stability in the number of employees in manufacturing and services Moderate price growth in manufacturing, construction and services Manufacturing According to the business tendency survey of ...

The rate of unemployment for December slightly dropped at 2.97%

Thursday, January 30, 2020


The rate of unemployment recorded at national level, at the end of December 2019, slightly dropped by 0.01 percentage points reported at that recorded in the previous month, and with 0.34 percentage points lower than that of December 2018, informs on Wednesday the Na?ional Agency for the Recruitment (ANOFM). The total number of unemployed recorded at the end of December of 257,865 dropped by 1,523 people against the number at the end of the previous ...

Eurostat: Almost 30% of Romanian students, graduated in business, administration and law

Thursday, January 30, 2020

In 2017, 27.7% of the university graduates in Romania studied business, administration and law, according to Eurostat ...

The Trade Union National Conferation Meridian does not agree with Rosia Montana being included in UNESCO

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Getting Rosia Montana included in UNESCO does not mean it will be saved, but the largest resource of gold and silver in Europe will be blocked, resource which should be used for the benefit of the Romanian citizens, states the Trade Union National Conferation Meridian. The Confederation draws the attention of premier Ludovic Orban, the members of the government and the public authorities with responsibilities in the area of national security that the ...

Deputies passed bill repealing special state pensions

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

On Tuesday, the Chamber of Deputies passed a bill repealing special state pensions, 247 to nil and 21 abstentions.The bill provides for the repeal of special state pensions, with the exception of the pensions for the military and police.The MPs rejected amendments tabled in the Committee on Labor, at the proposal of Social Democratic Party (PSD) lawmaker Adrian Solomon, those meant to repeal public annuities for artists and athletes.Other ...

Gov't approved, with amendaments, the law on election of mayors in two rounds

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Government approved the final version, with amendments, of the draft law on the election of mayors in two rounds for which it plans to assume responsibility in Parliament on Wednesday, announced the head of Prime Minister's Chancellery, Ionel Danca."The main amendments brought to the draft and adopted by the Government are related to the period of time during which non-resident voting is allowed, which was established at 60 days, the amendment belonging to the ...

Deputies' Chamber Speaker Ciolacu: I think we will be able to file the censure motion on Thursday

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Speaker of the Deputies Chamber Marcel Ciolacu, interim leader of the PSD (Social Democratic Party), on Tuesday stated it's possible the Social Democrats submit the motion of censure on Thursday, after the Government assumes responsibility for the draft law on the election of mayors in two rounds."If it's tomorrow [the Government assuming responsibility on Wednesday - editor's note], I guess we will be able to submit the motion of censure on Thursday, because we ...

ForMin Aurescu, US Ambassador discuss common priorities on bilaeral agenda in 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Tuesday welcomed US Ambassador in Bucharest Adrian Zuckerman, to concretely discuss the working plan on the common priorities of the Romanian-US bilateral agenda in 2020, including political dialogue, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs.According to MAE, the two officials reviewed the stage of the preparations for the 2020 session of the Romania-US Strategic Dialogue, which is scheduled to take place in ...

The Minister of Defense has set in Portugal the stages of the acquisition of the following five F-16 aircraft

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Minister of National Defense Nicolae Ciuca was in Portugal for a two-day official visit at the invitation of his counterpart, Joao Gomes Cravinho, to set the main steps for the strengthening of the Romanian Air Force F-16 multirole aircraft fleet by the purchase of the next five fighter jets, the Defence Ministry said in a release.In addition to the 12 aircraft already purchased, the Air Force will buy from Portugal four more F-16 Fighting Falcons this year and a ...

PM Orban: We want to register Rosia Montana with UNESCO

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Tuesday stated that the National Liberal Party (PNL) Government wants to register the Rosia Montana site as a World Heritage site on the UNESCO World Heritage List, with Minister of Culture Bogdan Gheorghiu to hold consultations on this topic with the representatives of the Romanian state in the litigation at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)."PNL has been a supporter of this idea of the ...

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