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New procedure for organizing itinerant consulates

Friday, April 2, 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has launched in public consultation, on Thursday, the first form of the Plan regarding the organisation of 63 itinerant consulates in 2021, according to a new procedure approved by Minister Bogdan Aurescu."This action comes to support the Romanian citizens from abroad, as a response to the general or punctual alerts from them and in meeting the needs of the communities of having predictable access to consulate services, ...

FinMin supports partnership with World Bank for financing investment projects in education and health

Friday, April 2, 2021

 The Minister of Public Finance, Alexandru Nazare, supports the partnership with the World Bank for financing investment projects in education and health and considers that the institution is an important partner for Romania, according to a press release by the ministry."The World Bank is an important partner for Romania, from both the perspective of the financed projects within sectorial reforms, as well as from the advantage offered by the expertise ...

BNR:  March forex reserves, up by 1.6 pct, to 35.709 billion euros

Friday, April 2, 2021

At the end of March 2021, the forex reserves of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) stood at 35.709 billion euros, up 1.62% from 35.139 billion euros on February 28, 2021, the central bank announced on Thursday.Inflows recorded in March amounted to 2.019 billion euros, representing changes in the minimum foreign exchange reserve requirements of the credit institutions, inflows into the accounts of the Ministry of Public Finance, and into the European ...

Cristian Popa: BNR did not exaggerate with interest rate drops

Friday, April 2, 2021

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The National Bank of Romania did not exaggerate with reducing interest rates, it was gradual and there was dosage, said Cristian Popa, a member in the BNR Administration Board.   “A certain balance was ensured with the decisions made, but it is not easy to obtain or maintain. If we had exaggerated it could have been seen in the first stage and in a few months, half a year, it could have been seen in ...

Nazare: We are in good direction but should remain cautious and watch expenses and budget execution

Friday, April 2, 2021

Romania has chances to recover GDP losses, it is in a good direction but authorities should remain cautious and watch for expenses and budget execution, said finance minister Alexandru Nazare on Thursday.   “There are chances. There are also reports, including World Bank report, which confirms premises on which we built the budget – 4.3% increase. These reports, including Eurostat which ...

Unemployment in Romania reaches 3.35pct at end-February 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021

Romania's national unemployment rate was 3.35% at the end of February, up 0.01 percentage points on a monthly basis, according to a press statement released by the National Employment Agency (ANOFM) on Wednesday.The rate was 0.42 percentage points higher y-o-y.The total number of the unemployed at the end of February 2021 was 293,461, 1,245 more than at the end of the previous month.Out of the total registered unemployed, 99,547 were ...

Eurostat: Bulgaria and Romania, the lowest hourly labor costs in the EU

Friday, April 2, 2021

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In 2020, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €28.5 in the EU and ...

Statistics:  54.3% of passengers registered in 2020 in local public transport traveled by bus and minibus

Friday, April 2, 2021

Last year, the number of passengers registered in local public transport exceeded 1.428 billion, 54.3% of them traveling by bus and minibus, according to data centralized by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).Some 90.331 million passengers were registered in metro transport, compared to 179.17 million in 2019, while 145.54 million passengers (153.056 million in 2019) used trolleybuses.There were 416.854 million passengers on trams ...

PM Citu: The right to protest belongs to all Romanian citizens, yet law needs to be observed by all

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Prime Minister Florin Citu declared on Wednesday that the right to protest belongs to all Romanian citizens, but highlighted that the law needs to be respected."I am a liberal and the right to protest, to have a different opinion than mine is a right which belongs to all Romanian citizens. There is but one thing I ask from the Romanian citizens: Let us all respect the law. We can protest, we can have opinions against me, against what I do, but let us respect ...

Romania has exceeded the threshold of 2 million vaccinated people

Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Three months after the start of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 Romania has exceeded today the threshold of 2 million vaccinated people. Over 1 million Romanians have been vaccinated so far with both doses, and overall 3 million doses have been administered so far.   Since December 27 till Wednesday, March 31, 3,050,742 doses of anti-Covid vaccine have been administered in Romania. 1,050,694 ...

Pharmaceutical distributors and retailers to offer Covid rapid antigen testing in pharmacies

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Association of Romania's Pharmaceutical Distributors and Retailers (ADRFR) said on Wednesday that it is prepared to offer Covid rapid antigen testing in pharmacies, with qualified staff, noting that an "important" step is thus taken towards mass testing."We are ready to be part of the program for the population's testing for SARS-CoV-2 with rapid antigen tests administered by trained staff, an activity that is already successful in many European ...

Chamber of Deputies: Simple motion initiated by PSD against agriculture minister - rejected

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The plenum of the Chamber of Deputies rejected, on Wednesday, the simple motion initiated by Social Democratic Party (PSD) against the Minister of Agriculture, Adrian Oros. There were 115 votes "for" and 166 votes "against" the motion.The motion, entitled "Romania's agriculture is being attacked by the most dangerous pest - Minister Adrian Nechita Oros", was debated on Monday in the Chamber of Deputies.In favor of adopting the simple motion, the ...

Statement: Deputies' Chamber firmly condemns virulent anti-Semitic attack against Jewish Theatre

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Deputies at the plenary sitting on Wednesday adopted, with a majority of votes, the Statement regarding some anti-Semitic acts and attempts to rehabilitate war criminals that have been seen in Romania lately.The document has been read at the plenary sitting by the President of the Deputies Chamber, Ludovic Orban, and underscored that the Deputies in the Romanian Parliament are carefully watching the increase in the number of such anti-Semitic acts in ...

US Department of State: 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Romania

Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Romania is a constitutional republic with a democratic, multiparty parliamentary system. The bicameral parliament consists of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, both elected by popular vote. Observers considered local elections held on September 27 and parliamentary elections held on December 6 to have been generally free and fair and without significant irregularities.   The Ministry of Internal ...

INSCOP survey: 55% of Romanians believe they have been exposed to fake news in recent months

Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Most Romanians believe that they have been exposed to fake news and misinformation in the recent months, according to an INSCOP survey sent on Wednesday.The research reveals that 55% of those surveyed believe that in recent months they have been exposed to fake news and misinformation to a large and very large extent, 42.5% answered that this was the case to a small, very small extent and not at all, and 2.5% do not know or they did not ...

Minister Ciuca - Portuguese counterpart Cravinho video-conference on F-16 aircraft acquisition contract

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Minister of National Defence, Nicolae Ciuca, had on Wednesday a video-conference with Portuguese counterpart Joao Titterington Gomes Cravinho, the unfolding of the acquisition contract of F-16 aircraft being among the topics."The topics on the agenda were about the stage of the bilateral cooperation in the field of Defence, with emphasis on aspects referring to the unfolding of the acquisition contract of F-16 aircraft, the cooperation in NATO and EU ...

Spanish Air Force has completed mission of Strengthened Air Police in Romania

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Spanish Air Force Department, deployed in Romania since the beginning of February, at Base 57 Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Force, has completed its mission as strengthened Air Police, the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) shows.MApN recalls that the Spanish detachment, consisting of 130 troops (pilots and technical personnel) with two Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, has carried out Enhanced Air Policing missions under NATO command for two months, along with ...

Government approved OUG on elaboration of National Recovery and Resilience Plan

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Government approved, on Wednesday, by emergency ordinance, the amendment and completion of OUG no. 155/2020 regarding some measures for the elaboration of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) necessary for Romania to access reimbursable and non-reimbursable external funds within the Recovery and Resilience Facility.The substantiation note of the normative act states that "the term 'relaunch' needs to be replaced with 'recovery' in the title ...

World Bank improves forecast on Romanian economy's evolution in 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

 The Romanian economy would see an advance of 4.3pct this year, after a contraction estimated at 3.9pct in 2020, with an increase of 4.1pct to follow in 2021, according to the most recent report regarding the global economic prospects, published by the World Bank on Wednesday.By comparison, in January, the World Bank forecast that Romania's GDP will contract by 5pct in 2020, with an increase of 3.5pct to be registered in 2021, and of 4.1pct in ...

Bloomberg: Economist Turned Premier Vows to Safeguard Romania's Credit Rating

Thursday, April 1, 2021

- Citu says ratings firms should ‘appreciate’ government’s plans   - ‘We’ll see if they improve the outlook this year,’ Citu says The head of Romania’s three-month-old government says he can not only stabilize the country’s stretched finances but also stop its wobbling credit rating from falling into ...

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