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The signing of the Free Trade Agreement and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement could be signed by the end of June

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


The preparations for the signing of the Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement between the EU and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam were the main topics discussed on Monday at the bilateral meeting between Minister of Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship Stefan- Radu Oprea, and Minister of Industry and Trade of Vietnam Tran Tuan Anh, reads a press release issued of Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship (MMACA) sent on ...

2019 Innovation Scoreboards: The innovation performance of the EU and its regions is increasing

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Brussels, 17 June 2019 Europe needs to deepen its innovation capability to compete on global markets and maintain and improve the European way of life, as called for by the European Council as recently as June 2018 and March 2019. That is why the Juncker Commission has ...

Eurostat: Romania, leader in EU in labour costs advance in first quarter of 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


The total labor cost in Romania recorded the largest increase among EU member states in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the similar period in 2018, according to data released on Monday by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat).Hourly labor cost increased in the first three months of this year by 2.6 percent in the European Union and by 2.4 percent in the euro area compared to the same period in 2018. In the fourth quarter of 2018, there was a 2. 8 percent ...

First quarter of 2019 : Euro area job vacancy rate at 2.3%; EU28 rate at 2.4%

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 2.3% in the first quarter of 2019, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 2.1% in the first quarter of 2018, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the EU28, the job vacancy rate was 2.4% in the first quarter of 2019, up from 2.3% in the previous quarter and from 2.2% in the first quarter of 2018. In the euro ...

Crude steel production up 5.3 percent in 2018

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Romania's crude steel production stood at 3.62 million tons in 2018, up 5.3 percent from the year before, according to the data centralized by the National Institute for Statistics (INS).In 2018, compared to 2017, most raw material inputs have risen. The consumption of pellets for furnace production increased by 11.2 percent. There have been increases in the consumption of iron ores and concentrates (+ 8.7 percent) and the consumption of ferrous conglomerate (+ ...

The Competitiveness Council, reaction to the COTAR statements: we do not agree that already existing companies to block the entry of other players on the market

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The chairman of the Competitiveness Council Bogdan Chiritoiu stated on Monday for News.ro as a reaction to the Confederation of Licensed Romanian Operators and Hauliers (COTAR) statements that the objective of the institution is the concern for the consumers and their protection,especially following the increase of competition on certain markets. On Friday, COTAR drew the attention on the active involvement of the Competititeness Council in the ...

Masterpieces of Louvre, Versailles, Orsay displayed in the first digital museum in Romania

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


More than 500 masterpieces of the most famous museums in France, such as the Louvre Museum, the Pompidou Center, the Versailles Castle, the Orsay Museum are displayed virtually in Sibiu, within the Micro-Folie project, the first digital museum in Romania, put together at the House of Arts, within the Sibiu International Theater Festival (FITS), according to a press release sent on Monday."It is the first digital museum in Romania to give access to 500 art works of ...

Presidency: Latest developments in Moldova, contributing to settling crisis

Monday, June 17, 2019

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis welcomes the latest political developments on Friday in Moldova that are likely to contribute to settling the crisis and to a peaceful transition of power.According to the Presidential Administration, these developments took place amidst a visit to Chisinau, Moldova, on Friday by presidential advisor on foreign policy Bogdan Aurescu.The schedule included a coordinating meeting with the US Ambassador in Chisinau Dereck ...

Maia Sandu thanks Klaus Iohannis for his involvement in the solution to the crisis in the Republic of Moldova

Monday, June 17, 2019


Maia Sandu, the prime-minister of the Republic of Moldova thanked president Klaus Iohannis for the support offered and for his involvement in the solution to the political crisis in the Republic of Moldova. Maia Sandu welcomed the appeal made by Iohannis to the leaders of the European Union to find an urgent solution to the political crisis in the Republic of Moldova. ‘The pro-European government elected in Kishinev by a ...

Melescanu, Klimkin met in Odessa to discuss situation in Rep of Moldova

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu on Friday had a meeting in Odessa with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, the recent evolutions in the Republic of Moldova, "with a stress on ensuring a peaceful, inclusive transition to overcome the crisis" being the main topic addressed, says the Romanian MAE in a release.In context, the Romanian chief diplomat recalled "Romania's position according to which the will of the citizens, expressed by vote and ...

FT: Klaus Iohannis, candidate for the position of president of the European Council

Monday, June 17, 2019

According to the Financial Times, Friday's edition, Klaus Iohannis is one of the politicians who could become president of the European Council. " ‘The race for the positions: the European Council -the president of the European Council presides the summits of the European Union and negotiates agreements. Usually, this position is offered to a politician familiarized with  the meetings of the EC; among the possible competitors are liberals ...

The US general prosecutor William Barr comes to Bucharest

Monday, June 17, 2019


The general prosecutor of the US William Barr comes on Tuesday in Bucharest to have a meeting with Vera Jourova, the European Commissionaire for Justice who on 19 June will take part in the ministerial reunion US-EU on Justice and Domestic affairs according to the calendar of the EU commissionaires. According to the quoted source, William Barr is going to have on Tuesday 18 June a meeting with Vera Jourova. The second day the ...

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, to pay an official visit to Romania this week

Monday, June 17, 2019


The President of Romania Klaus Iohannis will welcome next Wednesday at the Cotroceni presidential Palace the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who will pay an official visit to Romania, the Presidential Administration informs Friday.The Egyptian president will pay this visit at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart.On the occasion of the officials talks, the two presidents will assess the palpable possibilities to boost ...

Ciolos wants to be the first Romanian MEP to chair a political group in the EP

Monday, June 17, 2019

PLUS leader Dacian Ciolo? intends to run for the top position of the Renew Europe, a new group in the European Parliament that includes ALDE, Emmanuel Macron’s “En Marche” movement and USR-PLUS Alliance, and the third most important group in the European legislative. Ciolos will race Swedish Fredrick Ferdeley and Dutch Sophie in ‘t Veld, after French Nathalie Loiseau (ex-ALDE) has dropped her candidature.“Wise ...

DefMin Les: Black Sea security entails serious concerns, Russia - biggest concern

Monday, June 17, 2019


The security in the Black Sea region entails serious concerns, Russia being the biggest concern, Defense Minister Gabriel Les on Friday told the international conference Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum, which is taking place in the seaside resort of Mamaia."The Black Sea is fundamental to Russia's national security, it provides control over the Caucasus, the Republic of Moldova and half of Ukraine, and provides a platform for projecting forces and influence ...

Les: We must start Navy endowment programs, technical equipment extremely obsolete

Monday, June 17, 2019

Minister of National Defense Gabriel Les told the international 'Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum' taking place in the seaside resort of Mamaia that the Romanian Navy endowment programs must get started, as the current technical equipment of this military branch is "extremely obsolete.""What we must understand, though, is that we must start the much needed Navy endowment programs; regrettably, their technical equipment is extremely obsolete, and it is very ...

Isabel Grilo (EC): Romania risks deviating from the budgetary deficit rate of 3 per cent

Monday, June 17, 2019


European Commission representative Isabel Grilo warned Romania, that, due to the amendments operated on the Budget law, the wages evolution is much too higher compared to the country’s productivity. Isabel Grilo argued that Romania risks deviating from the budgetary ...

Construction works increased 17.8 pct in first four months

Monday, June 17, 2019

Compared to the previous month, in April 2019, the volume of construction works increased, as gross series, by 9.0% and rose, as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, by 6.2%. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the volume of construction works rose both as gross series and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, by ...

Start of Sibiu International Theater Festival: 3,300 artists from 73 countries

Monday, June 17, 2019


The Sibiu International Theater Festival (FITS), Romania's top performing arts event featuring for ten days shows by 3,300 artists from 73 countries at various venues in the city, started this Friday."We'll have 3,300 artists from 73 countries performing in 75 venues with a capacity of about 70,000 viewers a day. These figures place the festival on world spot No. 1, as a one of a kind event, and I say this because we should mention that the Edinburgh event in ...

National Political Agreement on consolidating Romania's European course, signed at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace

Friday, June 14, 2019


President Klaus Iohannis and the chairmen of the opposition's National Liberal Party (PNL) - Ludovic Orban, Save Romania Union (USR) - Dan Barna, PRO Romania - Victor Ponta and the People's Movement Party (PMP) - Eugen Tomac signed on Thursday the National Political Agreement on consolidating Romania's European course, at a ceremony organized at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban, the first to sign the agreement, said that PNL advocates ...

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