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Negative natural increase rate of Romania's population, in November 2021

Monday, January 17, 2022

 The natural increase rate for November 2021 remains negative (-23,834 persons), just like in the month of November 2020 (-22,308 persons), according to the data published on Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).According to the official statistics, the number of newborns registered in November 2021 was higher by 2,175 when comparing with the same month of 2020, and the number of deaths in November 2021 was 3,701 higher than November ...

A criminal case has been opened after members of AUR entered Timi?oara City Hall

Monday, January 17, 2022

The police officers notified themselves ex officio and opened a criminal case, on Friday, after members of AUR (Alliance for the Union of Romanians – opposition) entered the ...

ForMin Aurescu: Possibility of new sanctions being adopted - EU's contribution to deterring future aggressions from Russia

Friday, January 14, 2022

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  The possibility of adopting new sanctions represents the EU's contribution to deterring future aggressive actions from Russia, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Thursday before the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers (Gymnich), which takes place on Thursday and Friday in Brest."Today we will also discuss the role of the EU in this situation and what the EU can do to help de-escalate things. The EU can be united, and this is the most important issue ...

In Brest, DefMin Dincu reiterates concerns over strengthening Russian military presence in Eastern Neighbourhood

Friday, January 14, 2022

Defence Minister Vasile Dincu participated in an informal meeting of the European Union defence ministers on Wednesday and Thursday, in Brest, France.The event began with a working dinner attended by representatives of NATO, the UN and the European Parliament to discuss challenges posed by the interference of state and non-state actors in EU military areas, according to a statement released by the Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN).The attending ministers ...

Justice minister talks with British ambassador about judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Minister of Justice, Catalin Predoiu, met on Thursday with Andrew Noble, the ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania, with whom he discussed judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters.According to a release from the Ministry of Justice, the two officials stressed the need to continue joint actions to combat human trafficking, as well as to intensify the exchange of experience and cooperation with British ...

Analysis: Importance of PNL-PMP-ALDE merger: over 3,000 locally elected and 73,000 euros monthly from the state

Friday, January 14, 2022

The National Liberal Party (PNL) is intensely negotiating a merger with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and the People's Movement Party (PMP), in order to build a right wing pole for the 2024 parliamentary elections, which should ensure a score of at least 20% to the party. Liberals are in a hurry, determined by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Marcel Ciolacu who tries to attract ALDE and PMP on his side, political sources told ...

Transport minister talked with US charge d'affaires about 5G network safety and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan

Friday, January 14, 2022

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Sorin Grindeanu, the minister of transport and infrastructure, met David Muniz, the charge d'affaires of the US Embassy to Bucharest on Thursday, with whom he talked about the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the safety of 5G networks and restructuring Tarom company.   “I had an excellent exchange of points of view today with the representative of one of Romania's most important strategic ...

Gheorghita: Term for administering the booster dose, reduced to four months, from January 17

Friday, January 14, 2022

The chairman of the National Committee for the Coordination of Activities on COVID Vaccination (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghita, announced on Thursday, reducing the administration term of the booster dose from six months to four months for all types of vaccines currently in Romania."Anyone who has at least four months from the first complete vaccination scheme can go for the booster dose, just to make it possible to complete the vaccination scheme at the moment, because ...

Gov't passes decision establishing COVID diagnostic, treatment centres

Friday, January 14, 2022

A government decision approving over 230 centres for diagnosis and treatment of COVID was approved at a government meeting on Thursday, according to Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca."It is time to move on from analysis and planning to concrete action. Today, at the government meeting, we approved a government decision establishing the diagnostic and treatment centres at the hospital level throughout the country. We also have some figures: the health minister has estimated them ...

Tripartite Council discusses rising energy prices, wages, COVID-19 protective measures

Friday, January 14, 2022

Rising energy and natural gas prices, pubic wages and managing measures to protect the public and the economy against the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were the main subjects of a meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue on Thursday at the Government House.According to a government press statement, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca unveiled a raft of new measures under consideration to assist both the public and the business community affected by ...

European Commission wires 1.94 billion euro into Finance Ministry account

Friday, January 14, 2022

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The European Commission has wired 1.942 billion euro to the account of the Finance Ministry (FM) open at the National Bank of Romania (BNR), the sum representing pre-financing worth 13 percent of the loan of approximately 14.94 billion euro contracted by Romania as part of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the Finance Ministry announced on Thursday."On January 13, 2022, with the entry into force of the Loan Agreement [the Recovery and Resilience Facility] between the ...

The current account deficit by 57 pct wider as of end-November 2021

Friday, January 14, 2022

 The current account of Romania's balance of payments was running a deficit of 15.313 billion euros as of end-November 2021, up 57 percent YoY, the National Bank of Romania (BNR) said in a statement on Thursday."Over January - November 2021, the balance of payments current account posted a deficit of 15.313 billion euros, as to 9.753 billion euros in the year-ago period. The breakdown shows that the deficits on trade in goods and on primary income have widened by 3.895 ...

Finance minister: We ended the year with deficit lower than estimated

Friday, January 14, 2022

Adrian Caciu, the public finance minister, announced on Thursday, at Talk News show on Profit TV, that 2021 was concluded with a deficit lower than estimated and budget collections grew, December incomes being between 5 and 7 billion lei higher than the previous average.   Caciu also showed that the conclusion of the fiscal year will take place on January 15 and December incomes were higher than the ...

Foreign direct investments up by over 186 pct in first 11 months of 2021

Friday, January 14, 2022

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 The direct investments of non-residents (FDI) in Romania increased by 186.44 pct in the first 11 months of 2021, to 6.866 billion euros, compared to 2.397 billion euros between January and November 2020, according to data from the National Bank of Romania (BNR), submitted on Thursday ."The direct investments of non-residents in Romania amounted to 6.866 billion euros (compared to 2.397 billion euros in the period January - November 2020), of which the equity ...

Minister Tanczos: We launch car scrappage program in February, with a budget of over 1.2 billion lei

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Rabla Clasic and Rabla Plus car scrappage programs will be launched in early February and will have a budget of 1.2 billion lei in 2022, and the implementation of the two programs is planned, for the first time, for three years, the Minister of Environment, Tanczos Barna, announced on Thursday in a press conference.These programs aim to get at least 250,000 cars older than 15 years out of service by 2026. We will ensure in 2022 the largest budget that Rabla Clasic and ...

November's net average wage 2.8 pct higher month over month

Friday, January 14, 2022

- In November 2021, the average gross nominal earnings were 5944 lei, with 171 lei (+3.0%) higher than the one registered in October 2021. - The average net nominal earnings were 3645 lei, increasing as against the previous month, with 101 lei (+2.8%). - The highest values of the average net nominal earnings were recorded in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (including information service activities) ...

Iohannis: Increasing US military presence in Romania remains important objective

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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Romania is concerned about the security situation in its neighbourhood, generated by the "massive" deployment of Russian troops in the vicinity of Ukraine and its implications for Euro-Atlantic stability, president Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday, at the annual meeting with the staff of the diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest, stressing the need for concrete de-escalation on the ground."Romania is actively involved in the strategic stakes processes ...

NATO’s Geoana: Deveselu anti-missile shield - purely defensive, not to be part of agreement with Russia on arms control

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The forms of missile defence on the territory of Romania and Poland are purely defensive and cannot operate as offensive weapons against the Russian Federation, so they could not be part of a possible agreement with Moscow on arms control, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said in Brussels on Wednesday.On Wednesday, after the NATO-Russia Council, the senior NATO official organized an online briefing for Romanian journalists, on which occasion he ...

MAE: Viorel Mosanu - appointed Special Representative for the South Caucasus of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Viorel Mosanu as Special Representative for the South Caucasus of the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).The OSCE Chairmanship of the OSCE is being held by Poland from January to December 2022, according to an MAE release.The appointment of Ambassador Viorel Mosanu in this important position "took place following the ...

Germany buys 5 Million doses of Pfizer vaccine from Romania to speed up booster immunisation

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Germany has purchased 5 million doses of Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 from Romania to speed up the booster dose campaign, the German Ministry of Health has announced.   Romania had received these doses through the European Union’s joint procurement scheme for vaccines, but they were to remain unused. They will be available in Germany as of January ...

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