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PM Ciolacu denies any intention to overtax Pillar II mandatory pension scheme

Thursday, November 30, 2023

 Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu declared on Wednesday that the government has no intention to overtax the Pillar II mandatory privately-managed pension scheme and accused the opposition Save Romania Union (USR - opposition) of circulating fake news.Also, the head of the government urged the USR representatives to answer for the billion of euros spent for the purchase of vaccines and "for the other hundreds of millions of euros stolen" during the ...

USR: We propose value of parliamentarians' special pensions be 25% of minimum pension 

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Save Romania Union (USR - opposition) deputy Cristian Seidler proposed on Wednesday that the value of special pensions of parliamentarians should be 25% of the minimum pension."Because, unfortunately, the Constitutional Court says that we must keep paying the special pensions of the parliamentarians, which are on average 5,500 RON, remaining loyal to the idea of cutting the special pensions, USR proposes that if it is absolutely mandatory from the ...

Number of foreign workers to be able to work in Romania will reach 140,000 next year 

Thursday, November 30, 2023


The number of foreign workers who will be able to come to work in Romania in 2024 will reach 140,000, 40% more than the threshold allowed for the current year, according to an analysis published on Wednesday by an online recruitment platform .According to eJobs, most of the employers are from the retail, HoReCa, services, construction, transport/logistics or tourism sectors, as well as "entry level" positions, which require a maximum of two years of ...

Free visits to Peles and Pelisor castles on 1 December

Thursday, November 30, 2023


Peles and Pelisor Castles can be visited free of charge on the occasion of the day of 1st December, a press release says posted on Monday on the Facebook page of the museum.‘Culture opens its gates for every Romanian! Exhibitions, shows, concerts and many other surprises. All cultural institutions belonging to the Ministry of Culture will be open on 1st December and access is free of charge for all visitors’ the quoted source ...

Military parade on National Day in Bucharest

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The National Defense Ministry organizes on Friday, on Romania's National Day, severeal events in Bucharest and Alba Iulia, among which the military parade in the Arch of Triumph Square.   “On the National Day of Romania, the Defense Ministry organizes in Bucharest, on Friday, December 1, a military and religious ceremony of wrath laying at the Grave of the Unknown Solider in Carol I Park, for the ...

President Iohannis participates in the 28th Conference of States Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


President Klaus Iohannis is set to participate, December 2-4, in the 28th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, informs the Presidential Administration in a press release on Tuesday.President Klaus Iohannis will deliver the national declaration on Saturday morning and will highlight the fact that climate change is intensifying,with disastrous ...

Romania’s Schengen accession will not be voted on at JHA’s December meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Romania’s Schengen accession will not be subject to a vote during the Justice and Home Affairs Council’s (JHA) meeting on 5 December, according to political sources cited by News.ro, Euractiv.com informs.   During the upcoming JHA Council next week, the discussion on Romania and Bulgaria’s Schengen accession is expected without a formal vote, given ongoing negotiations for a new ...

DefMin Tilvar discusses security situation in Black Sea region with British counterpart Shapps

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Minister of National Defence Angel Tilvar met on Monday with his British counterpart Grant Shapps, to whom he conveyed his "concerns" regarding the security situation in the Black Sea region on NATO's Eastern flank.According to a press release issued by the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) on Tuesday, this situation is generated by a dangerous escalation following Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative.However, Minister Tilvar ...

DefMin Tilvar urges British companies to participate in procurement of equipment for Romania's armed forces

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

National Defence Minister Angel Tilvar urged British companies to participate in the procurement of equipment for Romania's armed forces, during a meeting with UK Minister of State for Defence Procurement James Cartlidge.According to a press release the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) sent on Tuesday, the discussion with James Cartlidge took place on the sidelines of Minister Tilvar's visit to the UK from Monday to Wednesday. The meeting was attended by ...

Parliament adopts decision establishing Regional Special Operations Component Command

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

 Parliament, in a joint session on Tuesday, adopted, at the request of President Klaus Iohannis, the decision to establish the Regional Special Operations Component Command (HQR-SOCC) on the territory of Romania, in the Garrison of Targu Mures, as a non-permanent structure, on the principle of lead nation, with rotational command.There were 239 votes "in favour," three "against" and 38 abstentions."The organisation and functioning of the ...

MEP Ciolos sends open letter calling for creation of united right-wing

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Renew Europe MEP Dacian Ciolos sent an open letter on Tuesday to all those who share liberal values, "party leaders, politically engaged people or simple citizens concerned about the destiny of the country," in which he calls for the creation of a united right-wing alternative."We must call a spade a spade and not shy away from the truth, however painful it may be. If we do not build a serious political alternative, capable of functioning seriously ...

Romania has reservations about integration of Social Convergence Framework in European Semester process

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

 The European Semester continues to be an effective tool for coordinating and promoting effective employment, social protection and inclusion policies, but Romania has reservations regarding the integration of the Social Convergence Framework in the process of this system, the Labour and Social Solidarity minister Simona Bucura-Oprescu said at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO).In the view of the representative of ...

US Customs Service sends consultant to Constanta Port

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Romanian Customs Authority will benefit, in the Constanta Port, from the support of a representative of the United States Customs and Border Protection CBP) Service in the field of risk analysis and customs control, according to a press release sent on Tuesday.At the same time, a delegation of the Romanian Customs Authority will participate, in the United States of America, as part of the International Visitors Program (IVP), in CBP operations, in order ...

Improvement of infrastructure, reaction of emergency services along the Romanian-Serbian border discussed by authorities

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Minister of Development, Public Works and Administration, Adrian-Ioan Vestea, on Tuesday signed the financing agreement for the large infrastructure project aimed at the improvement of the infrastructure and the reaction capacity of the emergency units along the Romanian-Serbian border area, financed through the Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Romania-Serbia Programme 2021-2027.The project, worth a total of 9.5 million euros, is being implemented ...

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, received at the Victoria Palace

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu met on Tuesday at the Victoria Palace of Government with the European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira."Romania has a 90 percent absorption rate of European funds for the 2014-2020 financial year, ranking 4th in the EU," Ciolacu wrote on Facebook after the meeting.He added that this "historic first" was welcomed in Bucharest by European Commissioner Elisa Ferreira."The commissioner ...

MIPE: Romania has surplus balance of 60 billion euros of European funds since accession to date

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Romania is a net beneficiary of European funds, and has a surplus balance of 60 billion euros since accession and until now, Minister of Investment and European Projects Adrian Caciu told a specialist conference on Tuesday."Romania, from my point of view, but I believe that the Commission's as well, is a state that has strengthened its administrative capacity to absorb European funds, it is. at present, a net beneficiary of European funds. Since accession ...

Consolidated budget deficit rises to 3.97 pct of GDP after first 10 months

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The consolidated general budget deficit rose to 3.97% of GDP after the first 10 months of the current year, respectively to 62.81 billion RON, compared to a deficit of 47.12 billion RON (3.34% of GDP) related to the first 10 months of 2022, the Ministry of Finance announced on Tuesday.The execution of the general consolidated budget in the first nine months of 2023 ended with a deficit of 56.46 billion RON, respectively 3.55% of the ...

Non-performing loans ratio dips to 2.61 pct in Sept 2023

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

 At the end of September 2023, the ratio of non-performing loans to total loans was 2.61 percent, compared to 2.65 percent in June 2023 and 2.82 percent in September 2022, shows data centralized by the National Bank of Romania (BNR).In September 2023, there were 32 credit institutions in Romania, eight of which were branches of foreign banks. Their total assets amounted to RON 757.3 billion, by RON 78 billion higher compared to the same period last ...

Managers expect manufacturing, construction and retail prices to grow in the coming months

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

 Romanian managers expect the activity in the manufacturing industry, retail trade and services to stay relatively stable between November 2023 - January 2024, anticipating also an increase in manufacturing, construction and retail prices, shows data released on Tuesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).According to the November 2023 short-term business survey, managers in the manufacturing industry expect a relative stability of the ...

„Guru” Gregorian Bivolaru arrested in France

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

A group of 41 people, among whom the Romanian “guru”Gregorian Bivolaru, were arrested in France on Tuesday, supposed of having connections with an international group accused of numerous actions under the cover of yoga practice, according to AFP and franceinfo, quoting judicial sources. The information appeared first in the daily Liberation.   Gregorian Bivolaru, 71, is the founder of this ...

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