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Gov't: gross minimum wage rise as of Jan. 1, 2019, wage and pension growth as outlined

Monday, December 10, 2018

The government is set to adopt at today's sitting the decision on the rise, beginning January 1, 2019, of the gross minimum wage to 2,080 lei and 2,350 lei, respectively, for higher education employees; Premier Viorica Dancila assured that wages and pensions will continue to grow as outlined by the law."We are discussing at the sitting today the Government Resolution under which the gross minimum wage will rise to 2,080 lei, and 2,350 lei respectively, for ...


Monday, December 10, 2018


As against the same quarter of 2017, the Gross Domestic Product recorded an increase by 4.3% for unadjusted series and by 4.1% for seasonally adjusted series; In the period 1.I-30.IX 2018, Gross Domestic Product increased by 4.2% as against the same period of the previous year, for both unadjusted series and for seasonally adjusted series; The seasonally adjusted ...

EC announced the list of localities in Romania which will have free of charge internet in public spaces

Monday, December 10, 2018


The European Commission announced on Friday the list of localities which won the first appeal of projects in the programme WiFi4EU among which 224 localities in Romania will receive vouchers  worth 15,000 euro each for the installation of access public hotspots for wireless internet. Among the municipalities which will have free internet in public spaces is Bucuresti, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Hunedoara, Piatra-Neamt, Pascani. Other ...

Gov't approved second edition of Start-Up Nation programme

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Government on Friday adopted the second edition of the Start-Up Nation programme, with the online platform for registration with the programme to be opened in the second half of December, according to the Government spokesman, Nelu Barbu."In today's Government meeting there was adopted the second edition of the Start-Up Nation programme. The main modifications already brought to the second edition, in comparison with the first, refers to the simplification of ...

Council of Europe: Romania to get Washington guarantees that CIA prisons' detainee won't be sentenced to death

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers has held its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) from 4 to 6 December, the latter's decision in the file regarding Romania's involvement in the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)'s secret detention centers program, namely the Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri case, having also been discussed, a release by the Council of Europe reads.The ECHR ...

Side-event organized by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations on strengthening preparedness against natural disasters

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations organized on 7 December 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York a side-event on strengthening preparedness against natural disasters. The main speaker was the Secretary of State within the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dr. Raed Arafat. Interventions have been also held by the Ambassadors of Palau and Armenia to the UN, as well as representatives of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red ...

European Commission sends Romania to the EU Court of Justice to recover illegal state aid from Micula brothers

Monday, December 10, 2018


The European Commission has decided on Friday to refer Romania to the European Court of Justice for failing to fully recover illegal State aid worth up to EUR 92 million from Viorel and Ioan Micula and their group of companies, as required by a Commission decision of 2015. An arbitral award of December 2013 (Micula v Romania) found that by revoking an investment incentive scheme in 2005, four years prior to its scheduled expiry in 2009, Romania had ...

Gov't to notify CCR: President said he won't make any decision regarding the Cabinet reshuffles before next week

Friday, December 7, 2018

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that the Government will notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR), after President Klaus Iohannis conveyed on Thursday, over a phone conversation, that, before next week, he won't make any decision regarding the proposals of the new ministers for the Transport and Development Ministries."We will notify the CCR, I talked with President Iohannis today, I called Mr President, I wanted to see what happened, if he will ...

PM Dancila, on amnesty and pardon: I don't have this on my table, I haven't discuss this with anyone

Friday, December 7, 2018

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Thursday stated that she had no such normative act on amnesty and pardon on her table and she haven't discuss about this topic with anyone."I haven't discuss this with anyone. I saw the opinions of my colleagues in the PSD [the Social Democratic Party], everyone has their own opinion about this (...) I don't have this normative act on my table, I haven't discuss with nobody about amnesty and pardon," stated Dancila at the ...

Ruling Party To Hold National Council, Executive Committee Meetings On December 16

Friday, December 7, 2018

Romania’s ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) will a host a meeting of its National Council and Executive Committee on December 16, party sources said. Among other subject, the meeting might see discussions regarding a rumored decree on amnesty and pardoning supported by high-ranked party officials. PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea said on Wednesday that the party would host a National Council meeting in December, but did not ...

IMAS survey : PSD falls below 25% in electorate’s preferences

Friday, December 7, 2018


The chairman of Romanian opposition party Union save Romania (USR), Dan Barna, said on Thursday that a poll requested by his group has the country’s ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) down 20% compared its score in the 2016 elections, which he stated shows that it is not capable to govern. The poll in question, conducted by research company IMAS, states that PSD would only obtain 24.9% of votes in case an election would be held right now, ...

CSM: Statements about political influence over judges are extremely serious

Friday, December 7, 2018


The CSM judges section say that statements about political influences over judges from Bucharest Appeal Court and the High Court of Justice are “extremely serious”. They show their concern and condemn the public expression positioned “outside admissible limits”of the freedom of speech, as protected by article 10 of the European Convention for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. “This manner of ...

Romania-France Economic Forum, organised in Paris: In 2017, the volume of trade exchanges accounted for 8.23 billion euro

Friday, December 7, 2018


Romania and France have common interests in regulating international trade, in the context in which the car industry is exposed to commercial conflicts that have recently affected the steel and aluminum market, Minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship Stefan-Radu Oprea stated on Thursday, in Paris.The Romanian official participated on Thursday in the Romania-France Economic Forum, organised in Paris by the French Ministry of Economy and ...

Priorities of Romania's Presidency of EU Council, Internal Affairs component: Migration, border management, consolidating EU security

Friday, December 7, 2018

Continuing important ongoing files, such as migration, managing external borders and consolidating the internal security of the European Union, are amongst the priorities of the home affairs component of Romania's Presidency to the Council of the European Union, according to a press release sent by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) on Thursday.The Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting taking place in Brussels on Thursday, is the last one under the Austrian ...

HealthMin Pintea, Commissioner Andriukaitis discuss about Romania's priorities during Presidency of EU Council

Friday, December 7, 2018

Healthcare Minister Sorina Pintea had a meeting on Thursday in Brussels with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, during which the two officials talked about Romania's priorities in Healthcare when holding the Presidency of the EU Council and the stage of preparation for taking over the Presidency.According to a release of the Healthcare Ministry (MS), Minister Pintea said that there are 5 priority topics in the Healthcare area, ...

Turkish journalist opposes extradition, asks for political asylum in Romania

Friday, December 7, 2018


Turkish journalist Kamil Demirkaya, employed at Zaman Romania publication, who had been taken into custody by the Romanian authorities while facing extradition, has been heard at the Bucharest Court of Appeal on ...

Romania highlights at the United Nations the successes and challenges in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Ambassador Ion Jinga, delivered a statement on Tuesday, 4TH December, at the High-level meeting on the “Successes and challenges in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for middle-income countries”. He has underlined Romania’s firm commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, aiming at leaving no one behind. Presenting the importance given by ...

Gov't to issue all-time high 13,500 work permits for foreign workers in 2019

Friday, December 7, 2018


Romania’s government plans to increase quotas for non-EU foreign workers in 2019 up to 13,500 work permits, a all-time high number, on high demand from local companies claiming they are affected by workforce crisis, according to a project released by the Labour Ministry, consulted by Business Review. “We are proposing the establishment for the year 2019 of a quota of 13,500 newly admitted workers on the Romanian labor market,” the ...

Survey: Corruption, inflation, state of economy, main issues Romania is currently facing

Friday, December 7, 2018

Corruption, inflation, the state of the economy, the governing and the health care system are among the issues Romania is currently facing, reveals a survey carried out by SC CT&Research SRL at the order of the Black Sea University Foundation (FUMN), released on Wednesday.According to the research, corruption ranks first at the top of the problems with 50.1pct, seconded by inflation / day by day soar of the living cost with 43.0pct, the situation of the ...

GfK Study: Three-quarter household consumption spending 6.4 pct higher YoY

Friday, December 7, 2018

Romanian households' spending on consumer goods in the first three quarters of this year was 6.4 percent higher compared to the same period last year, with the price increase being the main factor to trigger this evolution, market research and analysis company GfK said in a release."According to Eurostat, food inflation increased 4 percent compared to the same period last year. Even in this context, purchase volumes increased by almost 2 percent, but the Romanians ...

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