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IMAS survey : PSD and PNL almost neck and neck

Friday, February 1, 2019

An IMAS survey conducted upon Europa FM broadcasting station request and released on Thursday reveals the political preferences in January. If general elections take place next Sunday, PSD ( Social Democratic Party – at rule) would get 17.4%, PNL ( Liberal Party - opposition) – 15.2%, ALDE ( Alliance of Liberals and Democrats – minor at rule)– 9.2%, USR (Save Romania Union - ...

Bucharest deputy mayor Aurelian Badulescu : he lied the prosecutors regarding the Diaspora rally

Friday, February 1, 2019

Bucharest deputy mayor Aurelian Badulescu (PSD – ruling party) has made inflammatory statements on Wednesday night, saying he lied when he had been heard at the Prosecutor’s Office in the case of the Diaspora rally violence on August 10. His statements came soon after the Social Democrat Party (PSD) has withdrawn its political endorsement for the deputy mayor. On Thursday, Badulescu announced he had been summoned to the Prosecutor’s ...

Government promises to increase public investment by 36 pct this year to EUR 10 bln

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Romanian government promises to increase public investment by 36 percent this year compared with 2018 up to around EUR 10 billion after year of declining spending on infrastructure and other key-areas like health and education. The budget project increases the public investment spending by 36 percent in 2019 compared with 2018, up to RON 46.8 billion (around EUR 10 billion). This public investment represents 4.57 percent of ...

Coalition for Romania’s Development sends new letter to PM, slams “damaging consequences” of GEO 114

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Coalition for Romania’s Development (CDR), representative for the business environment, has sent a new letter to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, warning that the emergency ordinance no 114/2018 is to negatively impact the business environment and the economy in Romania, romaniajournal.ro informs. CDR says that in their view it is important that all potential consequences of these measures „impulsively adopted” should be brought to ...

EY Barometer: Fiscal, legislative uncertainties affected investment plans of 57 pct of businesses

Friday, February 1, 2019


Last year's fiscal and legislative uncertainties have affected investment plans for 57 percent of Romania-based companies and 47 percent of the respondents said they are not confident or very unconfident in the evolution of the Romanian economy in the next 12 months, Livia Bereanu, coordinator of the EY confidence barometer, said on Thursday.According to the survey, the percentage of optimistic respondents is significantly down from the previous edition (18 pct in ...

Three hypermarkets, four suppliers fined EUR 18.8 ml-plus for price fixing

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Competition Council slapped fines worth a total 87.713 million lei (about 18.8 million euro) on seven companies in the Romanian food market (retailers Auchan, Cora and Carrefour and 4 suppliers) for price fixing, the competition watchdog announced in release on Thursday."The penalties were handed down following an investigation into price-fixing in the period 2010 - 2016 conducted on retailers Auchan, Cora and Carrefour and their suppliers. Sanctions were ...

December 2018 unemployment rate dips to 3.8 pct

Friday, February 1, 2019

Unemployment rate in December 2018 decreased with 0.1 percentage points as compared to the previous month (3.9%). Men’s unemployment rate was higher than that of women with 1.3 percentages points  Romania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in December 2018, down 0.1 pct from the previous month, shows data released on Thursday by the National ...

Eurostat: Can you afford to heat your home?

Friday, February 1, 2019

In 2017, 8 % of the European Union (EU) population said in an EU-wide survey that they could not afford to heat their home sufficiently. This share peaked in 2012 (11 %), and has fallen continuously in subsequent years. The situation in the EU Member States varies. The largest share of people who said that they could not afford to keep their home adequately warm was recorded in Bulgaria (37 %), followed by Lithuania (29 %), Greece (26 %), Cyprus ...

Disparities in minimum wages across the EU

Friday, February 1, 2019


As of 1 January 2019, 22 out of the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) have national minimum wages: only Denmark, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Finland and Sweden do not have any. The 22 EU Member States that have national minimum wages can be divided into three main groups based on the level in euro. Monthly minimum wages generally below €600 in east and above €1 400 in northwest of the ...

Survey: Two out of three Romanians are willing to have a sabbatical year to travel

Friday, February 1, 2019

Increasingly stressed, the Romanians are looking for escape into whatever seems out of routine. They are more open to adventure, but at the same time they are also attracted to spiritual life. At least that’s what a survey reads, analyzing the new trends in people’s thinking and behavior. Two out of three Romanians are willing to have a sabbatical year to travel, and one in two is interested in high-risk activities, digi24.ro ...

Water scandal in Bucharest: Health minister says chlorine concentration level in water is within admitted levels

Friday, February 1, 2019


Health Minister, Sorina Pintea, says that following the water analysis in sectors 4,5 and 6 it was proved the chlorine concentration level in water was within admitted levels, but people should be prudent when they use it. DSP representatives say the situation is a first. “DSP presented the analysis bulletin today. They took samples in sectors 4,5 and 6 and chlorine level in water is within admitted levels. Until the completion ...

Polish official: Poland exported 2,700 kg of suspicious beef meat to EU and Romania

Friday, February 1, 2019


Poland exported to other EU member states 2,700 kg of  beef meat supposed to come from sick animals, Pawel Niemczuk, the director of the Polish Veterinary Health Agency announced on Thursday. His statements followed a journalist investigation that showed that sick animals were sacrificed in slaughter houses in Poland and the meat was used for human consumption, Reuters informed. Suspicious beef meat was exported to Romania, ...

Informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs ministers (Gymnich), in Bucharest

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Foreign Affairs ministers of the European Union member states meet in Bucharest on Thursday and Friday at an informal meeting (Gymnich), in the context of Romania's presidency of the Council of the European Union.The meeting is hosted by Foreign Affairs minister Teodor Melescanu and will be chaired by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission.The agenda of the ...

EU High Representative Morgherini, în Bucharest: EU-NATO partnership is essential

Thursday, January 31, 2019


The partnership between the European Union and NATO is essential, being strengthened over the past years and the consolidation of European defence and, at the same time, the EU-NATO cooperation represent a reason of pride, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini stated on Wednesday evening, shortly after arriving in Bucharest in order to attend the informal meetings of the defence and foreign affairs ministers of the member states, ...

In Romania, Secretary General praises deepening NATO-EU cooperation

Thursday, January 31, 2019


The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Bucharest on Wednesday 30 and Thursday, 31 January 2019, a press release reads. Mr. Stoltenberg will attend a working dinner at the European Union Defence Ministers meeting hosted by the Romanian Presidency of the European Union Council. He will also meet with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy & Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. ...

PM Dancila to pay working visit to Brussels Feb. 6 – 7

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has announced on Wednesday that on February 6 and 7 she will be paying a working visit to Brussels, where she will participate in a conference on the fight against anti-Semitism and she will present, in the plenary session of the European Committee of Regions, the priorities of Romania's Presidency at the Council of the European Union."In the period February 6 - 7, I shall be in Brussels on a working visit, where I will participate ...

ForMin Melescanu, Indian ambassador Darlong about strengthening Enhanced Partnership between states

Thursday, January 31, 2019

 Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu had a meeting with Ambassador of the Republic of India in Bucharest, Mr. Thanglura Darlong on Tuesday, on which occasion the former reiterated the interest of both countries in strengthening the Enhanced Partnership between Romania and India, informs MAE in a press release.According to the cited source, Minister Melescanu reviewed the stage of the bilateral relations, highlighting the upward trend of the ...

CCR rules law that declassification of CSAT decision regarding protocols with SRI is unconstitutional

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Constitutional Court (CCR) has admitted on Wednesday the referrals filed by President Klaus Iohannis, PNL-USR and the Supreme Court regarding the unconstitutionality of several issues provided by the law on declassification of documents, i.e. declassification of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) decision on which the protocols with the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) were based, romaniajournal.ro informs. Following this CCR decision, the draft ...

International Association of Prosecutors calls on PM Dancila to put an end to the revocation procedure of PG Augustin Lazar

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) expresses concern, in a letter addressed to Premier Viorica Dancila, in regard to the revocation procedure of Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar , saying he is appreciated by prosecutors worldwide. The Association requests that the revocation procedure is stopped and criticizes the amendments to the laws of justice. The letter is addressed in the context in which President Klaus Iohannis has announced ...

Mayors of municipalities – two-hour talks with PM Dancila on budget issues, no answer to their demands yet

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The mayors of municipalities have had talks with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, Wednesday afternoon at Victoria Palace. According to reports, no the mayors have received no answer to their request regarding the budgetary allocations. “We have discussed and it was agreed that they would analyse the issues today and give us an answer. We hope not to lose money. We are the most underfinanced European capital ...

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