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AHK Romania president Anastasiu: Pandemic hit half of business milieu, the hardest is yet to come

Friday, October 23, 2020

Half of Romania's business community is affected by the coronavirus pandemic and hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, but the hardest is yet to come, because the deadlines for certain taxes and bank installments are closing in, says Dragos Anastasiu, president of the Romanian - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania) and member of the Coalition for Romania's Development, in an interview for Agerpres.Anastasiu points out that ...

Iohannis: no official talks currently of lockdown in Romania

Thursday, October 22, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace that for the time being there is no discussion at the level of the national leadership about locking Romania down."For the time being, we are not talking at the national leadership level about a so-called lockdown, that is closing down all activities, but we are looking for solutions that will stop the spread of the virus and at the same time continue essential activities. ...

HealthMin Tataru: There is no need of lockdown right now; each county committee adjusts its measures

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Health Minister Nelu Tataru stated in Cluj on Wednesday that no additional measures are required for the time being regarding the incidence of COVID-19 and that each county committee for emergency situations will take the necessary measures depending on the incidence of infections on local level."This is not necessary [the total lockdown - editor's note]. As you probably know, we adjust the restrictions and measures on local level. Each county emergency ...

SARS-CoV-2 case count rises by 4,848 to 191,102, while death toll reaches 6,065

Thursday, October 22, 2020

As many as 4,848 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Romania were recorded from the previous reporting following 37,025 tests nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the novel coronavirus communication task force reported on Wednesday.These are cases of patients that had not previously tested positive.A further 69 people infected with the novel coronavirus died, with the total number of deaths in Romania caused by ...

PM Orban: I took decision to change Bucharest Prefect

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced that Bucharest's Prefect, Gheorghe Cojanu, will be removed from his position on Thursday, mentioning that Traian Berbeceanu (former police commissioner) is one of the options considered for this quality."I took decision to change Bucharest's Prefect. Thursday we will operate in Government this change," said Orban, at the headquarters of the Municipal Electoral Bureau, where the lists for the parliamentary elections of ...

PNL's Roman: We'll challenge with CCR Iordache's appointment as Legislative Council chairman

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Liberals will challenge at Romania's Constitutional Court (CCR) the appointment of Social Democratic Party (PSD) deputy Florin Iordache at the helm of the Legislative Council, the leader of National Liberal Party (PNL) deputies, Florin Roman announced on Wednesday in a message on Facebook.The plenary sitting of Parliament decided, on Tuesday, the appointment of Florin Iordache to the position of Legislative Council's chairman. Iordache was appointed with ...

MApN: Minister Ciuca attends conference on Romanian-US Strategic Partnership in cybersecurity

Thursday, October 22, 2020


The Minister of National Defence, Nicolae Ciuca, on Wednesday, participated in the International Conference "The Romanian-American US Strategic Partnership in Cybersecurity," organized in videoconference format by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), through the National Centre Cyberint.He participated as a guest in the "RO-US Strategic Cooperation Values" panel, together with the US Ambassador to Romania, Adrian Zuckerman, the Secretary of State for ...

Romanian-British naval drills at Black Sea

Thursday, October 22, 2020

More than 400 Romanian and British seamen on board ships and aircraft participate in an exercise organized by the Romanian Navy in the territorial and international waters of the Black Sea, informs a press release sent on Wednesday by the General Staff of the Naval Forces.According to the quoted source, the Romanian-British naval exercises, planned for Friday, October 23, will be carried out by the frigate Marasesti, which continues the 100-year tradition of ...

FinMin Citu: Romania's public debt growth at 7 pct this year, as to 20 percentage points for EU overall

Thursday, October 22, 2020


The EU's public debt will grow on average by 20 percentage points in 2020, whereas Romania's government debt will increase by only 7 percentage points, Minister of Public Finance Florin Citu wrote on Facebook.The FinMin reiterates that he took over "a destroyed economy", with overdue bills amounting to approximately 30 billion lei and with due debts of approximately 50 billion lei."However, Romania is different. Romania set off with a major ...

Gov't adopts measures to support car production

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Government has adopted a series of support measures for car production and is in a permanent dialogue with the relevant producers regarding any other measures to support these vital sectors of the Romanian economy, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Wednesday."We have adopted a series of measures that have come in support of the production of cars, vehicles, from measures such as technical unemployment assets, and now the flexible work schedule, to ...

Study: Employees' in pharma and IT earnings over general market average

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The employees in the pharma and IT sectors have, still, earnings over the general market average in Romania, shows the data of the fifth edition of the study "Total Remuneration Survey", done by Mercer Marsh Benefits.In that context, Cluj-Napoca is for the second consecutive year the city in Romania in which employees are best paid, with an addition of 10 pct over the average of the national market. The next place is occupied by Bucharest, where employees ...

EurActiv: Romania’s forests – source of biodiversity, resource for ‘wood mafia’

Thursday, October 22, 2020


* This article is part of our special report Preserving biodiversity in Europe: Is sustainability the ...

Bucharest, the second at European level for social costs generated by pollution

Thursday, October 22, 2020


Air pollution costs 166 billion euro per year in Europe, according to a report published on Wednesday which examined the costs of premature death, care and loss of working days in 432 European Cities, informs AFP.This report, made by the research and consultancy firm CE Delft with  headquarters in Brussels for the European Alliance for Public Health (EPHA) analysed the situation of 432 cities in the 27 countries in the EU as well as in the UK, Norway ...

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, Foreign Minister Aurescu discuss defense, energy, 5G cooperation

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu met on Monday in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, with the top foreign affairs officials tackling, among others, Romania's commitment to continue strategic investments in Defense, and energy and economic cooperation between the two states, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release.The sides deepened the discussions regarding the assessment of the stage and the prioritization of the ...

Minister Oros: Romania does not agree with establishing new compulsory percentage for echo scheme in new CAP

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Romania does not agree to establishing new compulsory percentage for echo scheme in the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), especially for member states whose direct payments are under 90% of the average European payment, said Adrian Oros, the minister of agriculture and rural development, at AgriFish Council.   “Concerning green architecture, of echo schemes, Romania reiterates that member states ...

SARS-CoV-2 case count rises by 3,400 to 186,254; death toll reaches 5,996

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

As many as 3,400 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Romania were recorded from the previous reporting following 29,400 tests nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the novel coronavirus communication task force reported on Tuesday. These are cases of patients that had not previously tested positive.As of Monday, 186,254 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Romania. A number of 134,395 people ...

Parliament elects Florin Iordache Legislative Council chairman

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

At a joint plenary sitting on Monday, Parliament elected the social-democrat (PSD- opposition) Florin Iordache chairman of the Legislative Council, by a vote of 185 to 43. Augustin Zegrean lost 41 to 187, and so did Ionut Duli Mazalu, 2 to 226.Save Romania Union (USR) Senator George Edward Dirca was voted chairman of the Official Legislation Records and Library Section of the Legislative Council, 174 votes to 17. The other candidates, Rodica Penescu and ...

DNA asks approval to initiate criminal proceedings against the MP Nicolae Banicioiu

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has asked the General Prosecutor to notify the Chamber of Deputies about a request for approval to carry out a criminal investigation against a Deputy, who was also a Minister back at the time, for committing crimes of influence peddling and taking bribery, repeatedly. The MP in question is Deputy Nicolae Banicioiu."According to the legal and constitutional provisions, the Chief ...

Defence Minister Ciuca meets French ambassador in Romania

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Minister of National Defence Nicolae Ciuca on Tuesday received the presentation visit of the new French Ambassador to Romania, Laurence Auer, at the Ministry's headquarters, informs a press release of the MApN sent on Tuesday.According to this source, the two officials highlighted the importance of the strategic bilateral dialogue in security and defence matters.The Romanian official hailed the planned resumption, under ...

Loans worth a combined 14 bln lei granted so far under IMM Invest program

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A number of 20,000 loans worth a combined 14 billion lei have been granted so far through the IMM Invest Program for small and medium-sized businesses, the general director of the National Credit Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (FNGCIMM) Dumitru Nancu told a video conference organized by the Bursa Group on Tuesday."The National Guarantee Fund has four schemes in the Economic Recovery and Investment Plan and we'll be present with another ...

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