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Hearings of Orban Government II members start today in Parliament

Monday, February 17, 2020

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the ministers picked to be part of the Orban Government II will be heard by the specialist committees of Parliament.According to the schedule approved by the standing bureaus in a joint seating, the picks to be heard on Monday are Monday Florin Citu for finance minister; Costel Alexe for minister of the environment; Nicolae Ciuca for defence minister, and Marcel Vela for interior minister.Following on Tuesday will be ...

The emergency ordinance regarding the parliamentary early elections was published on the Official Gazette

Monday, February 17, 2020

The emergency ornance regarding the parliamentary early elections adopted by the Orban government in the last meeting before desmission, was published on Friday in the Official Gazette. The interim chairman of PSD Marcel Ciolacu says that the party will inform the Ombasman after ‘ PNL legiferated electoral tourism’ by the publishing of the ‘ unlawful’ ordnance. ‘ The legiferation of electoral tourism by PNL must be stopped at the Constitutional ...

PM Orban, Georgian counterpart had talks on the Black Sea-Caspian transport route

Monday, February 17, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting with his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Gakharia, on Friday, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, in which context the Romanian official thanked his counterpart for the active involvement of his country in the Black Sea-Caspian transport route.According to a press release of the Government, the discussions focused on the current state and prospects of bilateral relations, with an emphasis on developing ...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:Washington to finance energy projects to reduce central and eastern Europe's dependence on Russian gas

Monday, February 17, 2020


Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu attended on Saturday, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, the round table on the Three Seas Initiative, on which occasion he welcomed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement on the allocation by the United States of one billion US dollars for investments in energy projects under the Three Seas Initiative, informs a press release of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE). „As a ...

DefMin Ciuca met Ukrainian counterpart Zahorodnyuk in Munich

Monday, February 17, 2020

Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca had a bilateral meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Zahorodnyuk, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday, to underscore the significant progress recorded in the Romanian-Ukrainian defence co-operation, as well as favorable prospects for its further development, with an emphasis on increasing interoperability by joint participation in different multinational military exercises.According to a statement ...

Ambassador Ion Jinga's statement in the Security Council Open Debate on “Transitional Justice: a building block towards sustaining peace”

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion I. Jinga, delivered a statement on 13 February 2020 during the first Security Council Open Debate on the topic of “Transitional Justice: a building block towards sustaining peace” In his intervention, the Romanian diplomat emphasized that transitional justice is comprised of the efforts to reach peaceful and legitimate governance in the aftermath of repressive ...

EC: Romania doesn't comply with deficit criterion and launch of excessive deficit procedure is warranted

Monday, February 17, 2020


The fiscal budgetary strategy for 2020-2022, adopted by the Government on 10 December 2019 and sent to Parliament, stipulates a deficit target of 3.8 percent of the GDP in 2019, a figure which, according to the European Commission, provides prima facie evidence of the existence of an excessive deficit in Romania, according to a report adopted by the European Commission on Friday.The report mentions that Romania doesn't comply with the deficit criterion as set by ...

FinMin Citu: PSD gov'ts ignored deficit warnings from European Commission

Monday, February 17, 2020

The warnings regarding the structural deficit and the government deficit coming from the European Commission (EC) for three years were ignored by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) governments, acting Finance Minister Florin Citu told a news conference on Friday after the publication of an EC report showing that the opening of an excessive deficit procedure against Romania is warranted."The report tells me that the three-year warnings of the European Commission ...

Moody’s considers that early elections have a positive effect on the country rating for Romania, Citu said

Monday, February 17, 2020


The rating agency Moody’s says that early elections have a positive effect on the country rating for Romania, says the minister of public finances Florin Citu, on his Facebook page.‘Early elections, positive effect for the country rating. From the very first moment we have communicated transparently and permanently with the investors, rating agencies, our institutional partners.Everything we have announced is credible. We don’t use lies. Our plan ...

Statistics: Romanian economy slows down to 4.1 percent in 2019

Monday, February 17, 2020

Gross domestic product in Q4 2019 was, in real terms, by 1.5%1 higher, as compared to Q3 2019; As against the same quarter of 2018, the Gross Domestic Product recorded an increase by 4.3% for unadjusted series and by 4.2% for seasonally adjusted series; The seasonally adjusted series of quarterly Gross Domestic Product were readjusted as a result of the introduction of ...

Eurostat: Romania, Lithuania and Hungary, the EU countries with the most significant economic advance in the fourth quarter of 2019

Monday, February 17, 2020

GDP growth in the euro area and EU27 Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.1% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU27 during the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with the previous quarter, according to a flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the third quarter of 2019, GDP had grown by 0.3% in both zones. Most EU countries reported quarterly GDP growth in ...

EIB: Romania will definitely benefit from the modernization fund

Monday, February 17, 2020

Andrew McDowell, the Vice President of the European Investment Bank, provided information about EIB’s activities in 2019, both in Romania and across the EU, during a joint press conference with the National Bank of Romania held Thursday at the NBR Headquarters. “I am happy to report a strong and positive relationship between the EIB and Romania, and we are looking to the future in terms of how the EIB can support the ambitions and ...

Volume of construction works, up almost 28 pct, in 2019

Monday, February 17, 2020

In 2019, the volume of construction works increased, as gross series, by 27.6% compared to 2018. Compared to the previous month, in December 2019, the volume of construction works increased, as gross series, by 13.3% and fell, as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, by 1.8%. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous ...

Eurostat: Cyprus and Romania, the largest number of marriages per thousand inhabitants in the EU

Monday, February 17, 2020

In 2018, the European Union (EU) countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Cyprus (7.8 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants), Romania (7.4), Lithuania (7.0) and Latvia (6.8). These were followed by Malta (5.8), Slovakia (5.7) and Denmark (5.6). In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were around 3 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants, which were reported in Luxembourg (3.1), Italy (3.2) and Portugal (3.4), followed by Spain, ...

Frames Analysis: Romanians get married later in life, divorce less than before

Monday, February 17, 2020


Romanians get married at older ages than 30 years ago and they divorce much less, a sign of the fundamental changes that the Romanian society went through after the 1989 Revolution, shows an analysis carried out by the consulting company Frames."In 2020, marriage has turned into an event that many young people try to postpone as much as possible. This does not mean that they ignore their feelings, but they express them less formally, without getting married so ...

Doctor Mircea Beuran, under house arrest for 30 days

Monday, February 17, 2020

Doctor Mircea Beuran has been detained for 24 hours by the anti-corruption prosecutors on Thursday night, for bribe taking. Beuran had been heard at the National Anti-corruption Directorate for eight hours before being apprehended. The Bucharest Tribunal decided today to place the doctor under house arrest for 30 days. The ruling can be though challenged by appeal. Mircea Beuran is accused of accepting and receiving bribe mounting to EUR 10,000 from a ...

PM-designate Orban participates in the 56th edition of Security Conference, Munich

Friday, February 14, 2020


Prime Minister-designate Ludovic Orban is participating, from Thursday to Sunday, in the Munich Security Conference, at its 56th edition this year.The event brings together important leaders and decision-makers in security and defence - heads of state and government, representatives of the leaders of international and regional organizations, including the European Union and NATO, informs the Government Press Office.In this context, Ludovic Orban has ...

ForMin Aurescu, at the meeting of the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies, organized in Bucharest

Friday, February 14, 2020

Romania is ready to offer its experience to both countries in transition to democracy and to those who want to strengthen their institutions, Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu said, on Thursday, at the meeting of the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies, organized in Bucharest."We are ready to work closely with all members of the Governing Council, the civil society and the general secretariat to ensure the success of our mandate. (...) Romania ...

Brussels: Minister Ciuca, US defense secretary talks on main cooperation topics with USA

Friday, February 14, 2020


Defense minister Nicolae Ionel Ciuca had a meeting with US defense secretary Mark T.Esper on Wednesday, on the occasion of defense ministers' meeting at Brussels NATO headquarters. The two officials discussed main cooperation topics with the US , both from bilateral and allied context, the Defense Ministry (MApN) informs. According to the MapN press release, talks pointed out the dynamic rhythm  of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the ...

Saudi Minister Adel al-Jubeir: Iranians must decide whether they want to be members of international community or marginalized

Friday, February 14, 2020


Iranians should decide whether they want to be members of the international community or be marginalized, said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state on Thursday. The minister participated in a press conference at the Central University Library in Bucharest and spoke about security challenges in the area. He said Iran is the greatest challenge. “Iran does not believe in borders or the sovereignty of nations, Iran ...

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