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Statistics: Romania’s workforce shortage eases to 4-year low on record hiring of foreign workers

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Romania’s workforce shortage reaches this year a 4-year low level as the number of foreign workers hits an all-time high, official data suggest. In the second quarter of 2019, Romania’s job vacancy rate declined by 0.14 percentage point year-on-year, to 1.11 percent, the lowest level since Q2 2015, but some sectors are much more affected than others, National Institute of Statistics (INS) data show. Compared with the ...

Criminal prosecution starts of psychiatric patient who kills four in drip stand attack

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Prosecutors have started the criminal prosecution for aggravated murder of the aggressor at the Sapoca Psychiatric Hospital, spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office with the Buzau Tribunal Catalin Radu said Sunday."In this case the criminal prosecution for aggravated murder has started. After interviewing [the aggressor] as a suspect, the Prosecutor's Office will ask the court to take the measure of involuntary admission to determine if he was of sound mind when ...

Health Minister: Eighty percent of healthcare managers, unsatisfactory; changes in performance criteria to be fast-tracked

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Health Minister Sorina Pintea reiterated on Monday that 80 percent of the managers in the Romanian healthcare system have no place there, adding that implementing changes in performance indicators for managers will be sped up."I have said that there is a staff shortage, I gave you some examples yesterday: in 2016 there were 165,000 employees in the public healthcare system, today there are 185,000 in the public system. So, the shortage has narrowed but the way of ...

Officials denies public reports on radioactive cloud over Romania

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

There are no data to confirm or indicate the existence of radiological risk factors for the population in Romania or for the environment that will require response measures, the General Emergency Inspectorate (IGSU), the National Board on Nuclear Activity Oversight (CNCAN) and the National Environmental Protection Agency (ANPM) said Sunday in a joint press statement.The statement comes after public reports on the possible presence of a radioactive cloud over ...

George Enescu International Festival 2019 highlights

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Now on its 24th edition, the George Enescu International Festival will take place between 31 August and 22 September. Bucharest’s concert halls will play host to over 2,500 of the most talented musicians from around the world, coming from 50 countries to give 84 concerts and recitals. “The world is harmony” is the tagline of this year’s event. BR tuned in to find out more. On August 31, the George ...

PM Viorica Dancila, welcomed în Iasi by booing, anti-Gov’t banners

Monday, August 19, 2019

PM Viorica Dancila was in Iasi last Friday, where she was welcomed by booing and protesters chanting anti-government slogans: “Is all that PSD knows, to keep us in poverty“, “Thieves“, “Criminals”. At the same time, a man shouted “Illiterate“, and “Go to jail, all of you“. Iasi mayor, Mihia Chirica, ousted from PSD, has recently posted on Facebook a message addressed to PM Dancila in ...

Deputies' spending at almost 92 ml lei in first six months of the year

Monday, August 19, 2019

The deputies' spending in the first six months of the year amounts to 91,849,485 lei, shows data released on the website of the Chamber of Deputies.The month-by-month breakdown is as follows: January - 14,294,989 lei; February - 14,362,077 lei; March - 16,018,184 lei; April - 15,870,539 lei; May - 15,586,634 lei; June - 15,716,962 lei.The figures represent the lawmakers' earnings, daily allowance for traveling to the Palace of Parliament Palace and to ...

Romania favorably answers EC call, offers to take in migrants from Malta

Monday, August 19, 2019


Following the latest developments regarding Mediterranean migrants, Romania has favorably answered a call by the European Commission, which coordinates efforts to identify solutions for saving migrant lives, offering to take in 10 migrants from Malta, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed in a Friday statement."Together with several other member states, the Romanian authorities have decided to favorably answer a call regarding the possibility of taking in a ...

Adrian Zuckerman’s appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Romania, delayed by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Monday, August 19, 2019

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has delayed to approve Adrian Zuckerman‘s appointment as U.S. ambassador to Romania, amid accusations of sexual harassment, according to the ...

Customs will get under Minister of Public Finance authority

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Executive chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici on Friday said in northwestern Satu Mare that the Customs will no longer be under the authority of the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF) but a separate structure under the authority of the Minister of Public Finance."A separate, totally independent structure, under the authority of the Finance Minister, therefore subordinated to nobody. What ...

Teodorovici announces that the Romanians abroad will be able to send money home without any commission

Monday, August 19, 2019


The minister of public finances Eugen Teodorovici announced on Friday at a meeting with the Romanians who work abroad that CEC is working on a product  to be launched in September through which money could be sent home without any commission.  ‘The Romanians send money home, which is good. They pay commission for this thing. CEC and we the state as we are the owners of this bank will open some branches in the countries where there are ...

Scope Ratings says recent budget revision could prompt reassessment of Romania's sovereign credit rating

Monday, August 19, 2019

 The Romanian government has adopted a first revision of the 2019 budget in response to the increase of the budget deficit and effective measures are needed, considering the pro-cyclical fiscal policies and the upward trajectory of Romania's public debt, German agency Scope Ratings notes in a report this week.The agency remarks that Romania's budget deficit has continued to widen to an annualised 5.5 percent of GDP during the first quarter of 2019, by far the ...

Holzindustrie Schweighofer says civic activist Hans Hedrich must pay court costs

Monday, August 19, 2019

The representatives of the Holzindustrie Schweighofer company, the owner of several timber plants in Romania, asserted that the civic activist Hans Hedrich, one of the heads of the Neuer Weg association, must comply with the tribunal decisions and pay the court costs owed after losing the lawsuit against the Austrain-based company.Moreover, the said company's officials added they are opened to dialogue and transparency with the civil society, which is why they ...

Iohannis: To deter hostile acts in Black Sea region, we further need coordinated approach

Friday, August 16, 2019


In order to deter the hostile acts in the Black Sea region, it is further needed "an all-inclusive, all level coherent and coordinated approach, politically included", that should cover apart from the military field, the "economic, of transport, energy, environmental aspects and most importantly the society's resilience", on Thursday said president Klaus Iohannis in southeastern Constanta, on the Romanian Navy Day."The Black Sea and its entire region have a ...

Militaries from US, Ukraine and Italy participate in Marine Day celebration

Friday, August 16, 2019


Naval units, aircraft and military detachments from the USA, Ukraine and Italy participated in ceremonies organized on Thursday in Constanta on the occasion of the celebration of the Romanian Marine Day, SMFN informed. According to the source, the tradition of participation of foreign partners in the celebration of military and civilian marines is also continued this year.  “Spectators will be able to admire a ...

PM Dancila: I will submit to the president my proposal for a deputy prime minister on economic issues, on Monday

Friday, August 16, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Wednesday that she would submit to President Klaus Iohannis her pick for the position of deputy prime minister in charge with economic issues."I have to appoint - because we already have an acting minister at the Interior Ministry - a deputy prime minister on economic issues. Tomorrow [Thursday] the interim deputy prime minister [on economic issues - no] ends his tenure. I will submit to the president my proposal on Monday. ...

Eurostat: Romania had the second largest economic growth in the European Union in the second quarter

Friday, August 16, 2019

GDP growth in the euro area and EU28 Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.2% in both the euro area (EA19) and in the EU28 during the second quarter of 2019, compared with the previous quarter, according to a flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2019, GDP had grown by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28. Compared with the same ...

Fondul Proprietatea: Global profit higher by 113 pct in H1 2019 vs H1 2018

Friday, August 16, 2019

Fondul Proprietatea saw a global profit worth 1.68 billion lei (rd 355 million euro) in the first half of 2019, up by 113 per cent versus the profit registered in the similar period of 2018, which parked at 789.8 million lei, according to the unaudited IFRS financial results released on Wednesday by the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB).The profit before tax (PBT) was 1.69 billion lei. The operational activity net incomes were worth 1.73 billion lei ...

Transport Ministry wants to invest over 120 million lei in modernizing and extending operation capacity in Medgidia port

Friday, August 16, 2019


The Transport Ministry elaborated a draft decision approving technical-economic indicators of investment  objective “Modernization and extension of operation capacity in Medgidia port”a project of 102.31 million lei. The Feasibility study for the investment objective was approved by the Interministerial Approval Council for Public Works of National Interest in July 2019. “The investment objective was ...

The second largest shareholder of Purcari  Wineries wine producers explores strategic options for share sales

Friday, August 16, 2019


Purcari Wine wine producer announced that the second largest shareholder, Lorimer Ventures Ltd, with 22.69% of social capital is exploring strategic options about share sales,”but no decision was made in that respect. Lorimer decided to employ Wood&Company Financial Services as financial councilor. Purcari Wineries has a capital of 466 million lei. In the first quarter they reported a net profit of 8.66 million lei and ...

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