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Supreme Defence Council: Black Sea security climate has continued to deteriorate because of Ukraine war

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The security climate in the wider Black Sea region has continued to deteriorate due to the Russian Federation's military aggression against Ukraine, which has fundamentally altered the nature and stakes of the struggle to sustain democracy at the global level, President Iohannis said in a letter to Parliament in which he sent the activity report of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) for 2023.The joint standing bureaus of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies ...

Romania expresses solidarity with Israel, ForMin Odobescu tells Israeli counterpart Katz

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

  Romania expresses its solidarity with Israel and condemns Iran's attacks on the country, Foreign Affairs minister Luminita Odobescu said during a discussion with her Israeli counterpart, Israel Katz."I had a timely discussion with Israel Katz. We reiterated Romania's solidarity with Israel and our strong condemnation of Iran's attack. We also reiterated our commitment to Israel's security and the importance of avoiding regional escalation of the conflict," ...

President informs Parliament on Army participation in EUNAVFOR ASPIDES, asks approval for participation in PROSPERITY GUARDIAN

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The joint standing bureaus of the Chamber and Senate took note on Tuesday of President Klaus Iohannis' letter informing Parliament that he approved the participation of Romania's Army in EU's maritime security operation EUNAVFOR ASPIDES and asking approval for the participation of Romania's Army in PROSPERITY GUARDIAN (OPG) coalition-type maritime operation.In the document, Iohannis brings to mind that amid the conflict in the Gaza Strip and the intensification of the ...

Three Royal Dutch Air Force F-16 fighters to be delivered to Borcea Air Base

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

 Yet another three F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Royal Dutch Air Force will be delivered to the European F-16 Training Center located inside the 86th Romanian Airbase Lt. Aviator Gheorghe Mociornita in Borcea - Calarasi County, as part of the programs dedicated to pilots who operate this type of combat aircraft, the National Defence Ministry informed on Tuesday.National Defence Minister Angel Tilvar is set to meet on Wednesday with his Dutch counterpart Kajsa Ollongren ...

DefMin Tilvar had a meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, James O'Brie

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Romania's Defence Minister Angel Tilvar on Tuesday had a meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O'Brien, highlighting the need to strengthen NATO's presence on the entire eastern flank, calling that an imperative aspect for the security and stability of the extended Black Sea region, according to the Defence Ministry (MApN).Discussed during the meeting at the MApN headquarters, also attended by Kathleen Kavalec, the US ...

Vladimir Lipaev appointed as Russian ambassador to Bucharest

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a new ambassador to Bucharest on Tuesday,  namely Vladimir Lipaev, the former ambassador of Russia in Tallinn. He was expelled by the Estonian authorities in 2023, amid the diplomatic conflict with Moscow.   Russian President Vladimir Putin officially released Valeri Kuzmin from the post of Russian ambassador to Romania on Tuesday.   In another decision, ...

Romania wants to attract investments of 15 billion euros from Qatar, PM Ciolacu says

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Prime minister Marcel Ciolacu starts a two-day working visit to Qatar on Tuesday, and the development of investment projects worth 15 billion euros in Romania is on the agenda.The prime minister is also scheduled to meet with representatives of the Romanian communities in Qatar, the Government informed, in a statement sent on Tuesday."The State of Qatar is an important commercial partner of Romania in the Gulf region, and attracting investments worth 15 billion ...

DPA: German minister praises Romania's efforts on EU asylum cooperation

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has praised Romania's efforts toward European solidarity on asylum issues as part of its bid to fully join the Schengen zone, DPA reports.   "I would like to express my gratitude for the good cooperation in this area," the minister said after talks with her Romanian counterpart, Interior Minister Catalin Predoiu, in Bucharest on Tuesday.   Germany is supporting Romania and ...

President Iohannis approves law by which Ministry of Finance represents Romania in all international arbitration disputes

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday promulgated the law approving Emergency Ordinance 6/2024, according to which the Ministry of Finance is granted the right to represent Romania or public institutions in all international arbitration disputes, including arbitration requests which have as their object clauses that refer to the mutual protection of investments from the international treaties to which Romania is a party.In justified cases, the Government will be able to ...

Daniela Anda Grigore Gitman is the new Romania's ambassador to the Portuguese Republic

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday signed the decree on the accreditation of Daniela Anda Grigore Gitman as Romania's ambassador to the Portuguese Republic.On 29 February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the president of Romania approved the appointment of Daniela Grigore Gitman as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Portuguese Republic. She has been secretary of state for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, she ...

 Iohannis files requests for criminal prosecution of former state senior officials Petre Roman, Gelu Voican Voiculescu

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

President Klaus Iohannis has submitted to Justice Minister Alina Gorghiu requests for criminal prosecution of former Prime Minister Petre Roman and former Deputy Prime Minister Gelu Voican Voiculescu."The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, has submitted to the Minister of Justice, Alina-Stefania Gorghiu, requests for criminal prosecution in relation to the facts that are the subject of criminal file 47/P/2014 of the Prosecutor's Office with the Supreme Court of Justice - ...

IMF revised downwards its Romania 2024 growth estimates

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised downwards its estimates for the growth of the Romanian economy in 2024, from 3.8% estimated in October to 2.8%, according to the latest "World Economic Outlook" report, published on Tuesday by the international financial institution.According to new IMF forecasts, after growing by 2.1% in 2023, the economy will grow by 2.8% in 2024 and accelerate to 3.6% in 2025. In October, the IMF estimated a 3.8% advance of ...

BNR: The annual inflation rate will continue to decrease at a slower rate compared to 2023

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

  In March, Romania had an inflation calculated according to the European methodology, based on the harmonized index of consumer prices, of 6.7% – the highest in the EU, much higher than that of Croatia (second place, with 4.9% inflation) , according to the Minutes of the monetary policy meeting of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) Board on 4 April 2024.   During the meeting, the Board discussed and adopted the monetary policy ...

Agent Green and BMF ask IKEA to control its forestry operations in Romania

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The representatives of the environmental organizations Agent Green and Bruno Manser Fonds (BMF) request IKEA and the Ingka Group to control their forestry operations in Romania, to rigorously verify logging companies and not to source wood from national parks or primary forests and secular.At the same time, the representatives of the two NGOs request IKEA and the Ingka Group to increase the areas of strict and partial protection, to apply selective logging in their own ...

Survey:41 pct of employees are dissatisfied and very dissatisfied with their current job 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Nearly 41% of employees are dissatisfied and very dissatisfied with their current job, the salary, the relationship with the manager and the lack of professional recognition being the main reasons for frustration, according to the latest survey conducted by eJobs.ro and Up Romania.Thus, according to the cited source, 34% of employees express dissatisfaction with their current job, while 7% say they are very dissatisfied. Conversely, 54% of respondents say they are ...

Cigarette smuggling in Romania went up to 9.8% in March

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

In March 2024, the cigarette black market went up to 9.8% of total consumption, compared to 7.7% in January, according to a study made by Novel research company, released on Tuesday.   “In March smuggling recorded the highest increase in the south-western area, by 6.7% to 11.9%. In the western area it sent up by 5.8% to 14.1%. In March, the north west continues to be the most affected by the black market, (21.3%, on the rise by 2.1% against ...

MAE sets up crisis cell on the situation in the Middle East

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A crisis cell was established at the level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) for the situation in the Middle East, according to Digi24 sources. The crisis cell formed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) was convened on Saturday, after the attacks on ...

Minister Tilvar had a meeting with US ambassador Kathleen Kavalec

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The deployment of US troops in Romania is proof of US solidarity and commitment towards the Black Sea region, said on Monday Romania's Defence Minister Angel Tilvar at a meeting with US ambassador Kathleen Kavalec.According to the Defence Ministry (MApN), the meeting of the two officials offered an opportunity to address important defence subjects, including the current security situation in the Black Sea and Middle East regions, the modernisation plans for ...

Authorities and organisations in Romania and Ukraine working to ensure equal rights for national minorities

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Romanian and Ukrainian authorities and organisations are working together to ensure equal rights for national minorities in the two countries, prime minister Marcel Ciolacu said at the end of his meeting with the president of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Paul Grod, at the Victoria Palace of Government on Monday."The Romanian minority in Ukraine and the Ukrainian minority in Romania are genuine bridges for closer cooperation between our peoples. We, ...

Senate passes bill regulating legal expenses in cases of fugitives returned to Romania

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

At a plenary sitting on Monday, the Senate passed a bill tabled by the government regulating legal expenses in the case of fugitives evading criminal prosecution or trial, as well as recovering the expenses incurred by returning them to Romania."When computing the expenses incurred by the Romanian government, if the requested person - an extradited person or extraditable person, as the case may be - has evaded criminal prosecution or trial, the enforcing ...

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