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LabMin Alexandru: Romania has efficiently managed processing of requests for furlough and payments

Friday, May 29, 2020

Romania has efficiently managed the processing of requests for furlough and payments, compared to other European Union member states, said on Thursday, the Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Violeta Alexandru."In essence, by comparison with other EU member states in connection with which I have familiarized myself, in the context of wider consultations I have had recently with my counterparts, with the Ministers of Labor, I find that Romania has effectively ...

FITS - the largest online festival to be organised this year in Central and Eastern Europe, in Sibiu

Friday, May 29, 2020

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The International Theatre Festival in Sibiu (FITS) is the first large festival in Central and Eastern Europe to be organised online for ten days, over June 12-21, with 138 events representing 30 countries from five continents on the website of the festival - www.sibfest.ro, and on the Facebook and YouTube pages, the president of the festival, Constantin Chiriac, informed on Thursday."Online, we can have some of the greatest theatre directors of the world, who will ...

CSAT adopted the draft of the National Defense Strategy for the years 2020-2024

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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The draft of the National Defense Strategy for the years 2020-2024 is based on the "concept of a normal Romania", of a country that, "through strong democratic institutions, protects and defends all its citizens", said President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday at the end of the meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT).In a press statement held at the Cotroceni presidential Palace, he specified that the main item on the agenda of the CSAT meeting was ...

PM Orban phone conversation with Chancellor Merkel

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, with the discussions aimed, among others, at the situation of Romanian seasonal workers in Germany.According to a release of the Executive, the two heads of Government evoked, on this occasion, the special relations, of a strategic nature, between Romania and Germany, and agreed to continue the joint efforts for their additional strengthening, mainly on the ...

Four more persons die to COVID-19 taking death toll to 1,223

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Four more persons have passed away due to the novel coronavirus, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 1,223, the Strategic Communication Group informs on Wednesday. The latest victims are three women and one man, aged between 57 and 90 years, from the counties of Suceava and Teleorman, three of whom with a medical history. A number of 165 new cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been recorded in Romania since the last information that ...

OncoGen Institut gets involved in developing a nasal vaccine for COVID-19

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Timisoara-based OncoGen, the Romanian institute working on a vaccine against COVID-19, announced on Tuesday, May 26, a partnership with the state-owned Cantacuzino Institute in Bucharest to continue developing the vaccine. The two institutes have won a RON 3.5 million (EUR 720,000) grant from the Ministry of Education and Research to continue their work. OncoGen announced this on its Facebook page. OncoGen also said that the ...

Lower House adopted motion against Education Minister Monica Anisie

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Chamber of Deputies adopted on Wednesday the simple motion against Education Minister Monica Anisie by a vote of 172 to 90 and 47 abstentions.The motion titled "Step by step we have reached an educational collapse - PNL has created UnEducated Romania" signed by 93 Pro Romania and Social Democrat deputies was debated in the Chamber's Monday's sitting.Pro Romania and the Social Democratic Party (PSD) request Minister Anisie's resignation over "the ...

Gov't set to finalise state of emergency report by end-week

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Wednesday asked the ministers to submit "as soon as possible" the reports on the fields under their coordination related to the measures adopted during the state of emergency, so that a final document on the way the government acted may be finalised by the weekend and then submitted to Parliament."I am urging all ministers to submit the reports requested by Vice Prime Minister Turcan. So, we need to prepare the report to Parliament ...

The Parliament rejected by vote the six draft laws for justice initiated by PSD

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The leader of liberal deputies -PNL , Florin Roman, announced on Wednesday that the Parliament rejected the six draft laws for justice initiated by social-democrats - PSD saying that they were extremely damaging, being signed by Eugen Nicolicea and Serban Nicolae who offered more rights to the criminals and were taken from the possibilities of the prosecutors and judges.He said that these draft laws exempted from criminal offence the MPs who committed crime in office or ...

EU post-COVID recovery plan: Romania to receive 19.626 bln euros in grants

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Romania is among the states that will benefit the most from allocations under the new 750 bln euro recovery plan unveiled on Wednesday by the European Commission, shows a document consulted by DPA.According to this document, Romania has 19.626 billion euros worth of grants allocated under this new instrument, an amount considerably higher than grant allocations to developed states such as Denmark - 2.15 billion euros, Belgium - 5.48 billion euros, the Netherlands ...

Government allocates 100 million euros for preparation of projects related to financial exercise 2021-2027

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Government approved, by emergency ordinance, the allocation of an amount of approximately 100 million euros, from the Technical Assistance Operational Program, for the preparation of projects for the next financial exercise 2021 - 2027, said the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Ionel Danca."In the field of European funds, in the previous Government meeting a memorandum was adopted for the establishment of a mechanism for preparing European ...

FinMin Citu: Four-month budget deficit widens to 2.48 pct of GDP

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Four months into 2020, the deficit of the general consolidated budget has widened to 2.48 percent of GDP to 26.82 billion lei, more than half of it due to the fiscal facilities granted to fight the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Finance Ministry informs."The increase in the budget deficit over the first four months of this year compared to the year-ago period is mainly attributable to the unfavorable trend of budget revenues in March and April, as a result ...

MFP: 3.3 billion euro loan attracted from foreign markets

Thursday, May 28, 2020

We have gone out on the international markets and the interest in Romania has been almost 14 billion euros, of which we have chosen to borrow 3.3 billion euros, the Public Finance Minister Florin Citu said after the government meeting on Wednesday.He specified that the loan offered the possibility of financing expenditure from the budget without any problems."Regarding the loan of 3.3 billion euros on the financial markets, I keep in mind that a few weeks ago the ...

Loans to non-government sector decrease 0.5pct in March 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

At end-April 2020, loans to non-government sector granted by credit institutions decreased 0.5 percent (or 0.8 percent in real terms) from March 2020 to RON 271,124.4 million, according to a press statement released on Wednesday by the National Bank of Romania (BNR).RON-denominated loans, representing 67.1 percent of loans to non-government sector, went down 0.6 percent (or 0.9 percent in real terms), whilst foreign currency-denominated loans, representing 32.9 ...

The government eliminates two barriers in the IMM Invest programme

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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The minister of finances Florin Citu announced on Wednesday during the government meeting that they eliminated two barriers in the IMM Invest programme, namely they gave up the requirement to have legal mortgage and eliminated the certificate COVID-19 through which the companies proved if they had been affected by pandemics or not.Practically, the companies which apply for loans guaranteed by the state through the programme IMM Invest will not lodge statements ...

Survey: 63 pct of Romanians over 18 say income similar to before state of emergency

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced alterations in the perception of Romanians on risks and in the consumption behaviour, even if 63 pct of those over 18 stated that their income is similar to that before the decreeing of the state of emergency and more than half say they have savings to manage, according to the most recent National Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies in Romania - Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (UNSAR-IRES) ...

Romania ranked 3rd in EU in terms of the share of utility workers

Thursday, May 28, 2020

In 2019, 4.6 million persons aged 15 years or older were employed in the utilities sector in the European Union (EU), representing 2.3% of all persons employed, with Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania recording the highest share of utility workers in the EU, at 4.8%, 3.8%,and 3.7%, respectively, according to data released on Wednesday by the Eurostat, EU's statistics office. Other member states with a high share of utilities workers are Greece (3.4%) and Poland ...

CSAT convenes Wednesday, in special video conference system

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A meeting of the Romania's Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) will take place on Wednesday, chaired by President Klaus Iohannis, in a special video conference system.According to the Presidential Administration, the CAST meeting agenda includes topics regarding the National Defence Strategy of the Country for 2020-2024 period; Romania's armed forces that can be available for participating in missions and operations outside the Romanian state's soil in ...

The visit to Bucharest of the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Szijjarto, in a tense moment of the Romanian-Hungarian relations

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, stated on Tuesday that he will have in the coming period discussions with his counterpart in Budapest on the topic of the economic development program for Transylvania, emphasizing that presently this program does not have the approval of the Romanian side and that it must respect the European and Romanian legislation, but also that it must not discriminate.The remarks were made during a joint press conference held ...

Senate adopted simple motion against IntMin Vela

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Senate plenary adopted on Tuesday by a vote of 65 to 25 and 5 abstentions the simple motion titled "Romanian democracy adrift. With broken mainsail, in the time of pandemic", filed by the Social Democrats against Interior Minister Marcel Vela. The vote was secret with balls. The signatories of the motion request the Minister of the Interior to step down because of the "long series of contradictory decisions" enacted through the recently issued military ordinances that ...

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