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 PNL, USR and PLUS endorse joint candidates in the local elections for the Bucharest district's mayoralties

Monday, August 3, 2020


The National Liberal Party (PNL) continues its collaboration with the People's Movement Party (PMP), Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, the PNL national leader, said on Sunday, adding that he is confident that the Liberal partners in the local elections - the Save Romania Union (USR) and the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) - "will understand that for common success we have only one political opponent left, which is the Social Democratic Party (PSD).""My only ...

IMAS Poll: PNL has over 33%, increasing compared to the previous month, and PSD exceeds 23%

Monday, August 3, 2020

According to an IMAS poll commissioned by Europa FM, PNL and PSD, have registered a slight increase in the options of the voters. For the first time, the opinion poll includes the USR-PLUS ...

Romania to hold contest to select its Court of Justice of the European Union judge

Monday, August 3, 2020

 The Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) announced on Friday the start of a contest for the selection of Romania's candidate for the office of judge with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). CSM said that on October 6, 2021, that the terms of office of fourteen judges and six advocates-general with the CJEU expire, including the term of the Romanian judge.Consequently, the EU member states are invited to submit their proposals for the vacancies ...

Romania to join Saber Junction 20 exercise

Monday, August 3, 2020

A detachment of 140 soldiers of the 2nd Calugareni Infantry Battalion of the 1st Argedava Mechanised Brigade and 21 pieces of combat hardware will participate, August 2- 27, in the "Saber Junction 20" (SJ20) multinational exercise that takes place at the Hohenfels training area in Germany.According to the Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN), the exercise, in which a total of 4,500 soldiers from nine countries - Albania, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, ...

GCS: 1,075 new cases of COVID-19 take total number to 53,186

Monday, August 3, 2020

 1,075 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have been recorded, compared to the last reporting, following national tests, taking the total number to 53,186, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) informs on Sunday. These are cases that have not previously had a positive test, the GCS states.So, until Sunday, 53,186 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Romania. The GCS shows that 27,592 patients were declared ...

Belgium includes Romania on COVID-19 red list

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Belgian authorities have introduced regions of Romania to the Red zone, so people coming from these areas must enter into self-isolation and take a PCR test for the detection of the novel coronavirus, carried out by the authorities in this country, informs a release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).According to the new measures, the MAE shows, as of 1 August, the Belgian authorities have included in the red area the following regions of Romania: Centre ...

Romanians no longer allowed tourist entry to Denmark starting August

Monday, August 3, 2020

Starting August 1, Romanian citizens can enter Denmark without presenting a Covid-19 test only for well-established reasons, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) announced. The entry of Romanians for tourist purposes is no longer ...

Slovenia: Persons coming from Romania will have to self-isolate

Monday, August 3, 2020

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that the Slovenian authorities have announced on Friday new measures regarding the conditions for entering or transiting the territory of this country, and people coming from Romania to stay will have to self-isolate, while those who just want to transit through Slovenia and have no clear symptoms of infection will be allowed to pass.According to a MAE release sent on Friday, the new conditions apply to citizens ...

Italy: Measure saying people coming from Romania must self-isolate extended by 10 days

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the Italian authorities have extended by ten days the measures saying people coming from Romania must self-isolate, which measure was supposed to expire on July 31.According to a press release sent by the MAE on Friday and according to the official information from the Italian authorities, the persons coming to the Italian Romanian who were in Romania in the past 14 days or transited Romania need to self-isolate while ...

European Commission opened 38 infringement cases against Romania in 2019

Monday, August 3, 2020

The European Commission opened 38 infringement cases against Romania in 2019, according to the 2019 annual report monitoring the implementation of European Union law published on Friday by the European Commission.Areas affected by infringement involving non-compliance with EU law include financial stability, financial services and the Capital Markets Union (3); justice and consumers (3); migration and home affairs (3); energy (3); mobility and transport (4); ...

Significant changes in public procurement - Creating procedures for the urgent resolution of public procurement disputes in Romania

Monday, August 3, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public authorities have been under pressure to rapidly change the way they work to keep their staff and citizens safe and at the same time provide extraordinary levels of support to their communities during the crisis. For procurement staff, this has included purchasing additional goods and services such as sanitizing products, IT and food, as well as continuing to purchase the regular goods, services and works required to keep their cities ...

Gov't to adopt GEO regarding the one billion euro available for investments

Monday, August 3, 2020


The government is about to adopt a government emergency ordinance regarding the one billion euros made available as a result of the increase in the flexibility of the programmes funded with European money, meant to support the business environment, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban stated on Friday."We are to adopt a government emergency ordinance regarding the one billion euros that became available as a result of the increase in the flexibility of the programmes ...

Eurostat: GDP down by 12.1% in the euro area and by 11.9% in the EU

Monday, August 3, 2020


In the second quarter 2020, still marked by COVID-19 containment measures in most Member States, seasonally adjusted GDP decreased by 12.1% in the euro area and by 11.9% in the EU, compared with the previous quarter, according to a preliminary flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. These were by far the sharpest declines observed since time series started in 1995. In the first quarter of 2020, GDP had ...

Citu: Q2 will be the only one this year with economic contraction, the other quarters will have economic growth

Monday, August 3, 2020

The minister of finances Florin Citu stated on Friday night that he expected a contraction of the  economy in Q2 but he states that ‘ the estimates for Romania were much too pessimistic’ and  we will not have a technical recession. Florin Citu was asked on Friday night in a press conference about the data which show that the economy of the euro zone registered in Q2 the worst decline in its history and ...

Nouriel Roubini: one of the challenges of a country as Romania is that the  ‘brains’ have left

Monday, August 3, 2020


The economist Nouriel Roubine stated on Thursday night at the show Observator (Antena 1) that one of the challenges of a country such as Romania  is that ‘ the brains’ have left, his  recommendation being that the state invests more in human capital which is still in the country. From his point of view, Romania may have much more structural reforms, institutional ...

Gov't considering draft ordinance extending state aid to TAROM, Blue Air airlines

Monday, August 3, 2020

The government will be discussing today, in first reading, a draft emergency ordinance granting state aid to the airlines TAROM and Blue Air, to compensate for the losses sustained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Senior official with Transport Ministry Ionel Scriosteanu proposed at the beginning of the meeting a discussion of the draft piece of legislation."We are ready for a first reading of a draft emergency ordinance regarding the establishment ...

Non-stop flights between Romania and Austria resumed on Saturday

Monday, August 3, 2020

Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) on Friday reported that according to information provided by Austrian officials, non-stop flights between Romania and Austria are to be resumed on Saturday at midnight.According to a press statement released by MAE, the decision was made on the basis of a reassessment of previous measures to suspend air transport, including as a result of steps taken by the ministry via the Romanian Embassy in Vienna with the relevant Austrian ...

Number of construction permits for residential buildings has dropped by 12.1 pct in first six months

Monday, August 3, 2020

The number of building permits for residential buildings has dropped by 12.1 pct in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period of last year, according to a release of the National Statistics Institute (INS), sent on Friday.Thus, in the mentioned period, 17,878 construction permits were issued for residential buildings.Drops were recorded in the following development regions: Bucharest-Ilfov (-717 authorizations), Southeast (-567), ...

HealthMin Tataru: Two difficult weeks ahead, with progressive rise in Covid cases

Friday, July 31, 2020


Health Minister Nelu Tataru declared that two weeks of "progressive increase" in COVID-19 infection cases will follow, and that work is meanwhile underway to adapt the hospitals in the affected areas, but also in the neighboring counties to be able to treat the infected patients."Since July 3, with the law's coming into force, we have resumed this titanic effort of identifying, diagnosing, isolating, quarantining or putting people into home isolation. We are now ...

Iohannis accuses PSD of intentionally creating health crisis

Friday, July 31, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) had deliberately created a health crisis as they were dissatisfied with what he called the successes of the National Liberal Party (PNL) government."PSD, dissatisfied with the successes of the PNL Government, wanted to create a health crisis in order to get a reason to criticise the government. PSD doesn't care that thousands of Romanians have got sick, that hundreds of Romanians have ...

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