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Romania, included on yellow list by Hungarian authorities; COVID testing at border mandatory

Thursday, July 16, 2020


Romania has been included on the yellow list by the Hungarian authorities, according to the information made public by these authorities, which means that the Romanian citizens who travel to Hungary must have their tests for coronavirus done at the border crossing point, if they want to enter the neighbouring country, informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).Besides Romania, the yellow list also includes Bulgaria, Portugal, Sweden, UK, Norway, the Russian ...

‘August 10’ file partially closed: prosecutors say there is no evidence of coup d’etat attempt

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) announced on Wednesday that it has ordered the closing of the case of the August 10, 2018 protest, both of the investigation of the Gendarmerie heads, and the one regarding a coup attempt.Following this decision, charges were dropped against: Colonel Gheorghe Sebastian Cucos - former first deputy inspector of the Romanian Gendarmerie, Major Laurentiu Cazan - former general director of the ...

Court green lights doubling child allowances

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) ruled on Wednesday that the law repealing Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 2/2020, which postponed until August 1 doubling child allowances, is constitutional.It is a law that cleared Parliament to repeal OUG 2/2020 adopted at the beginning of the year by the government, a piece of legislation that postpones from February 1 to August 1 the entry into force of a doubling of child allowances.According to a CCR press ...

Romania borrows 3.3 billion US dollars in foreign capital markets

Thursday, July 16, 2020


Romania has recently borrowed 3.3 billion US dollars from foreign capital markets, after two years of absence on this market, the amount representing the largest volume attracted in dollars, according to a statement of the Ministry of Public Finance, seny on Wednesday.The funds related to this transaction were cashed on Tuesday, July 14."The Eurobond issue launched on July 7, 2020 by the Ministry of Public Finance enjoyed a special interest from ...

Hairstyling, beautifying services mark 331.6 pct increase in May

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Hairstyling and other beautifying activities noted an increase of 331.6 pct increase in May 2020, compared to April, being the biggest increase in the category of services rendered to the population, according to data of the National Institute for Statistics (INS).The hotels and restaurants activities have increased in May over the previous month by 39.8 pct, the activities of tourist agencies and tour operators also grew by 29 pct, as well as the dry cleaning of ...

Volume of construction works drops by 2.2 pct in May

Thursday, July 16, 2020

In May 2020, the volume of construction works increased, as gross series, by 7.9% compared to the previous month and was down 2.2% as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the volume of construction works rose both as gross series and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, by 11.7% ...

The lockdown period forced Romanian employees to reduce spending, save more money

Thursday, July 16, 2020


The health crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic has determined Romanian employees to save more money and cut back on spending, according to a survey conducted by the recruitment platform BestJobs. Two out of three respondents want to continue saving more and spending less after the pandemic ends. Most respondents (60%) also said that they plan to continue paying more attention to their health and spending more time in nature, with their loved ...

EUROPAfest 2020, on Facebook and YouTube

Thursday, July 16, 2020


The EUROPAfest 2020 international festival will take place from July 16 to July 25, all events will be broadcast, from 20:00 hrs, via live streaming on Facebook and YouTube, according to a press release from to the organizers sent on Wednesday.All events will be broadcast live on the stage of the Auditorium of the Royal Palace."We have waited until the last minute to make the big announcement, but the situation caused by COVID-19 in Romania does not ...

Gov't set to approve law on extension of state of alert on Wednesday (sources)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The government is set to meet on Wednesday for an extraordinary meeting to decide on the prolongation of the state of alert by 30 days, sources from the government said.The current state of alert as decided by the government expires on July 17.The National Committee for Emergency Situations will also hold a meeting before the government's. Health Minister Nelu Tataru said on Tuesday that the state of alert should be extended and he ...

Coronavirus: 1 in 10 cases - registered with medical personnel, 78.4 pct of all deaths - in people over 60

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

During the week of 6 July - 12 July, 44 pct of all cases of diseases with the novel coronavirus were recorded in Bucharest, Arges, Brasov, Dambovita and Prahova, informs Tuesday the National Institute of Public Health (INSP).According to the weekly surveillance report based on data reported by 12 July, 53 pct of all deaths were recorded in Prahova, Arges, Bucharest, Brasov and Galati.In the counties of Arges and Brasov there is a cumulative incidence ...

President Iohannis: PSD delaying quarantine law, calls for conclusion to talks

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has been delaying the quarantine and isolation law and called on lawmakers to finalise talks on this piece of legislation."I am shocked by the way PSD has reacted and is reacting in Parliament now when a very important law is under discussion, the law regulating the isolation of sick people and the quarantine of people. (...) PSD is delaying this discussion," Iohannis told a news ...

Greek authorities to welcome only tourists who tested negative for COVID-19

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Greek authorities on Tuesday night, at midnight, implemented a measure that says only tourists who tested negative for COVID-19 will be allowed into the country, shows a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent on Tuesday.The press release completes thus the already existing information regarding the conditions that the tourists who want to enter the Greek Republic through the Kulata - Promachonas border crossing point need to comply with. ...

Direct flights to and from Austria, suspended on Thursday

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

 Austria is banning  regulate direct flights from Romania as of Thursday, July 16, following an order by thy Austrian minister of Health, who updated the list of countries considered with “SARS-CoV-2 risk”. "In completing the information already provided related to the Romanian citizens' travelling to and from the Republic of Austria, the MAE specifies that, according to the information communicated by the Austrian authorities, starting with July 16, ...

Extraordinary session of Chamber of Deputies, extended by another two weeks until 31 July

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Chamber of Deputies is convened in a new extraordinary session, from 16 to 31 July, in the extension of the current extraordinary session, the Standing Bureau of the lower house decided Tuesday. According to the schedule, deputies will work from Thursday to next week in the select committees, and plenary sittings will be staged on 27 and 28 July. The current extraordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies ends on Wednesday.On 29 June, the Standing Bureau of ...

Simple motion against Minister of Development, adopted by Chamber of Deputies

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Chamber of Deputies adopted, in its extraordinary session, the simple motion against the Minister of Development, Ion Stefan, with 168 votes in favor, 81 against and 50 abstentions, while 5 deputies did not vote.The simple motion entitled "You can tell the National Liberal Party (PNL) government by the beam!" was debated in plenary sitting last week.In the text of the simple motion submitted by the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Minister Stefan is ...

The Chamber of Deputies adopted the citizens' initiative "No criminals in public office"

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


The Romanian Chamber of Deputies adopted on Tuesday, July 14, the Fara penali in functii publice citizens’ initiative to change the Constitution and ban convicted people from holding public office. There were 295 votes “in favor” and one ...

High Court maintains decision to withdraw Victor Ponta's PhD title

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


The High Court of Cassation and Justice maintains the decision to withdraw the PhD title in Victor Ponta's case and the court decision is final. The minister of education, Monica Anisie, announced she would put in application the magistrates' decision and said the sentence was “a clear message for those who tried to copy.” In 2017, Bucharest Court of Appeal pronounced the sentence to withdraw the PhD title but Victor Ponta contested the ...

Predoiu asks Ciolacu to turn European into laws directives about making European Prosecution operational

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Catalin Predoiu, the minister of justice, sent a letter to Marcel Ciolacu, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, by which he asked the Parliament to turn into domestic laws European directives and regulations with relevance from the perspective of making the European Prosecution (EPPO) operational. According to a press release of the Ministry of Justice, Directives 2014/42/EU, 2016/343/EU and 2017/137/EU, which make the object of an action against ...

President Iohannis: Romania is strongly committed to deepening Partnership with France

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


President Klaus Iohannis reiterated on Tuesday Romania's strong commitment to deepening the Partnership with France."Built on a shared history, cultural affinities and a deep attachment to the French language, Romanian-French relations have experienced a special development in recent years. They are stimulated by the Strategic Partnership between our countries. Together with President Emmanuel Macron we have strengthened this Partnership by signing the Political ...

FinMin Citu: Estimate on evolution of the economy, at minus 1.9 pct this year

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The official estimate regarding the evolution of the economy in 2020 stands at minus 1.9% until the data of the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis appear, said on Tuesday, the Minister of Finance, Florin Citu, mentioning that so far the negative scenarios, such as an economic decline of 8%, have been eliminated."Nobody is thinking of 8% anymore, after we had economic growth of 2.7% in the first quarter. It is impossible to reach -8%. The European ...

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