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'Romanian Rhapsody' - an extraordinary SoNoRo concert, at Europalia Festival opening gala

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


The 27th edition of the Europalia International Festival, where Romania is an honorary guest country, will open on October 1 in Brussels with "Romanian Rhapsody" - an extraordinary SoNoRo concert, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) announced on Tuesday in a release."The musical program of the 'Romanian Rhapsody' project was chosen based on several considerations: to be representative for Romania, both musically and spiritually, and no other composition could ...

Caracal case: Bone fragments and ash in bag, suspect Dinca says they belong to Luiza

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The investigators found burnt bone fragments and ash in a bag, that Gheorghe Dinca, the main suspect in the Caracal murder case, claims belong to the girl who disappeared in April, Luiza Melencu, the spokesperson of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), Mihaela Porime, announced on Monday.The bag was found in a forest near Caracal, Gheorghe Dinca being the one who indicated to the investigators its location."This is ...

President Iohannis signs decree appointing incumbent Minister of Culture Daniel Breaz interim Education Minister

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday signed a decree appointing incumbent Minister of Culture Daniel Breaz interim Education Minister.According to a press statement released by the Presidential Administration, Iohannis also signed a decree dismissing Ecaterina Andronescu as Education Minister.Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Friday announced having dismissed Ecaterina Andronescu from the position of Education Minister for the latter's "profoundly wrong" ...

Culture minister on Romani Holocaust: "Delicate moments, not to call them unpreasant"

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

"More delicate moments, not to call them difficult or unpleasant" have happened where "certain minorities suffered" - this is how Romanian Culture minister Daniel Breaz has described the Romani Holocaust at a ceremony last weekend to commemorate the genocide of the Romani people during WWII, hotnews.ro reads. The statements were blasted by activists and observers. In an interview ...

Minister Fifor dismissed the chief of the Gendarmerie, Ionut Sindile

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The interim minister of domestic affairs MIhai Fifor announced on Monday that he required the cessation of the power of appointment of the general inspector of the Gendarmerie, Ionut Sindile, the institution to be led by the head inspector of the Gendarmerie Dolj, Constantin Florea. ‘We have ceased today the power of appointment of the head of Romanian Gendarmerie, colonel Ionut Sindile and empowered  the Brigadier General Constantin Florea. ...

Eurobarometer: 60pct of Romanians have positive image of EU compared to 44pct European average

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Romania ranks second, on a par with Portugal, in terms of the positive image of the European Union, according to a new Eurobarometer survey released on Monday.Romania ranks second, on a par with Portugal, in terms of the positive image of the EU. According to a new Eurobarometer survey published today, 5 August, the number of Romanians who have a positive image of the EU is growing and above the European average. (60pct, compared to an EU average of 44pct). The ...

Isarescu: Lending in lei, slowing down, macro-prudential measures taken in 2018, main deterrent

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The lending growth pace is slowing down, and the macro-prudential measures taken in 2018 by the National Bank of Romania (BNR), with effect since 2019, represent the main deterrent, Governor of the Central Bank Mugur Iasarescu told on Monday a press conference."Lending is growing in nominal terms below GDP growth. In other words, we can hardly add it to the aggregate demand supplement that pushes upwards the adjusted CORE2 inflation, so the one we can control. It ...

Central bank maintains key interest at 2.50pct per year

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The National Bank of Romania (BNR) Board of Directors on Monday decided to maintain the monetary policy rate at 2.50 percent per year and maintain the current levels of the minimum reserve requirement ratios on both leu- and foreign currency-denominated liabilities of credit institutions.According to a press release of the Central Bank, the Board of Directors also decided to maintain the deposit facility rate at 1.50 percent per year and the lending facility rate ...

FinMin Teodorovici: We plan to approve budget revision this week, most likely positive

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Authorities have planned to approve the budget revision this week, Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici stated on Monday in an interview for Radio Romania Actualitati.In this context, the minister specified that things have been clarified and only small details remain to be ironed out, showing at the same time that he is convinced that there will be a positive revision."Yes, it is important to say that compared to what was released in the public space ...

The minister of finances has borrowed 600 million lei from the banks

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


The minister of finances reopened on Monday an issue of bonds with maturity in June 2024 and borrowed 600 million lei from the banks, with annual interest of 3.89%. The bid was attended by seven primary dealers. The total volume of the demand was 2.53 billion lei, out of which competitive offers were 2.3 billion lei. The rate of the coupon was 4.50% and the yield up to maturity corresponding to the ...

World Bank: Romania’s tax system increases poverty, especially for rural households and families with children

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Romania’s tax system increases poverty especially for rural households and for families with children, as direct cash transfers to poor households are not large enough to compensate them for the burden of indirect taxes, according to a recent World Bank study. The results of the study, called “The Distributional Impact of Taxes and Social Spending in Romania”, suggest that the combined effect of taxes and social spending in Romania ...

Bulgaria sets up additional control measures at border with Romania in areas hit by ASF

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Romanian Border Police have been notified by their Bulgarian counterparts regarding the introduction of measures to contain the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the areas bordering on Romania, including banning the importation of raw pork and processed pork products, the Coast Guard reported on Monday.According to the source, the Bulgarian border authorities informed the Romanian Border Police, through the Joint Contact Center Giurgiu-Ruse, that ...

Ten migrants from Algeria, Palestine caught trying to cross border in Hungary across the field

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ten migrants from Algeria, Palestine caught by the border authorities in Arad when trying to illegally cross the border to Hungary, by foot, across the field in the Turnu Border Checkpoint (PTF).The group was discovered on Sunday evening, when the border authorities received information about strangers being in the area, informed a release of the Arad Border Police on Monday."Ten persons were discovered when attempting to cross the border, by foot, ...

MAE, on Twitter: Romania - together with its US and NATO allies on INF treaty

Monday, August 5, 2019


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) stated, on Saturday, on its official Twitter page, that it "stands together with its US and NATO allies on INF Treaty" after the treaty ended. Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Russia today remains in violation of the INF Treaty, despite years of U.S. and Allied engagement, including a final opportunity over six ...

Caracal case: Lab tests show genetic profile of a single person - Alexandra Macesanu

Monday, August 5, 2019

The lab tests conducted so far in the Caracal case showed the genetic profile of a single person - Alexandra Mihaela Macesanu, the result being based on the scientific comparison of the genetic profile of the sample taken from the defendant's house with the genetic profile of the girls' parents, the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism informed on Saturday."DIICOT continues the activities started yesterday with the search of the defendant's ...

USR-PLUS Alliance asks European Commission to kick off urgent audit of Emergency phone system 112

Monday, August 5, 2019


The Members of the European Parliament with the USR-PLUS (Save Romania Union - Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity) Alliance ask the European Commission to kick off an urgent audit of the Emergency phone number 112 that would clarify the efficiency of locating the callers in danger."Nicolae Stefanuta, Vlad Botos, Ramona Strugariu and Cristian Ghinea believe that after the Caracal tragedy, an assessment of the entire system that is supporting the Emergency ...

PM Dancila fires EduMin Andronescu, recommends interim replacement

Monday, August 5, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Friday announced having dismissed Ecaterina Andronescu from the position of Education Minister for the latter's "profoundly wrong" statements made recently on a television show."I have decided to fire Mrs Ecaterina Andronescu from her position of Education Minister today for the profoundly wrong statements made recently on a television program. Hers are statements that show a lack of understanding, in particular of the Caracal ...

The ministry of justice: between 2017 and 2019, almost 20,000 detainees benefitted from the compensatory appeal

Monday, August 5, 2019

Almost 20,000 detainees were released between 2017 – 2019 on the basis of the compensatory appeal, according to data sent by ANP to the ministry of justice. Out of them, 191 were convicted for trafficking with minors, 566 for rape and 73 were convicted for first-degree murder.  ‘Between 19.10.2017 – 21.06.2019  from the units under the jurisdiction of the National Administration of the Penitentiaries were released, by use of ...

The Romanian Police: between 2016 – 2018 there were registered 6,200 cases of rape and over 10,000 of robbery

Monday, August 5, 2019

  Between 2016 – 2018 there were registered 6,230 cases of rape and 10,744 of robbery, according to the IGPR data sent by the former minister of domestic affairs Carmen Dan, in March in a response to the USR deputy ( the Union Save Romania – opposition) Ionut Mosteanu. The statistics show for 2017 there were registered by IGPR 2,062 cases of rape and 3648 cases of robbery. By comparison to the previous ...

June 2019 industrial producer prices 3.3 pct higher YoY

Monday, August 5, 2019

Industrial producer prices for both the domestic and foreign market were 0.8 pct down this June from the previous month, but had a YoY advance of 3.3 pct, shows data released on Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).By large industrial categories, the energy sector registered the steepest price increase compared to June 2018 (4.67 pct), but saw a 3.06 pct decrease in prices from May 2019. In the FMCG industry, producer prices were ...

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