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First half-year trade businesses up 6.8 pct

Monday, August 5, 2019


Compared to the previous month, in June 2019 the retail turnover volume (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles) increased both as gross series by 0.1% and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality by 1.3%. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the retail turnover volume (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles) increased both ...

Eurostat: Croatia, Lithuania and Romania, leaders in the EU in the growth of retail trade, in June

Monday, August 5, 2019


In June 2019 compared with May 2019, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 1.1% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2019, the retail trade volume decreased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU28. In June 2019 compared with June 2018, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.6% in the euro area and by ...

National Association of Soft Drinks reacts on the envisaged sugary drink tax

Monday, August 5, 2019

The National Association of Soft Drinks (ANBR) has reacted on the announced sugary drink tax that the Romanian Government is planning to enforce. The association considers the tax is discriminating and disproportionate, arguing its only goal is to increase tax revenues from the state budget. Soft drinks producers also warned the surcharge will be directly felt in the Romanians’ pockets. The Government in Bucharest will discuss tis Monday a draft ...

The festival of Thai fruit, in September

Monday, August 5, 2019


H.E. Sarayoot Kalayanamit, the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Romania, had a meeting with Sorin Dimitriu, the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bucharest (CCIB) had a meeting which aimed at identifying some concrete ways for the development of economic and commercial bilateral relations. In this context, Sorin Dimitriu informed the guests with regard to the organization by the Bucharest ...

Caracal case: Investigation to be carried out by DIICOT prosecutors in top jobs

Friday, August 2, 2019

Three prosecutors from DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism) will be in charge of the investigation in the Caracal case, under the direct coordination of chief prosecutor Felix Banila."The prosecutors in management positions at DIICOT - the Central Structure - the Section for Combating Organised Crime will carry out the investigation under the direct coordination of the chief-prosecutor, after DIICOT took over the file no. ...

Caracal case: Prosecutor Cristian Popescu - suspended from office

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Section for prosecutors in disciplinary matters of the Supreme Council of Magistracy (CSM) on Thursday decided to suspend prosecutor Cristian Ovidiu Popescu from the Prosecutor's Office attached to the Caracal Court. Judicial inspectors have ordered a disciplinary investigation of prosecutor Cristian Ovidiu Popescu of the Prosecutor's Office with the Caracal Courthouse over negligence in carrying out his duties, the Judicial Inspectorate ...

Caracal case: Human trafficking case suspected

Friday, August 2, 2019

More voices in the public space, experts, journalists and politicians are endorsing the possibility that we are dealing with a human trafficking case in the Caracal story rather than with a murder. Former director of ...

Deputy PM Fifor met US Ambassador Klemm

Friday, August 2, 2019

Deputy Prime Minister Mihai Fifor announced on Thursday that he had a meeting with US Ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm, during which they tackled topical issues on the bilateral agenda, with an emphasis on concrete development opportunities of the profile of the Strategic Partnership with the US."Today, I had a meeting with Ambassador Hans Klemm, at Romania's Government headquarters. It was an excellent opportunity to tackle topical issues included on the ...

ForMin Manescu, Japanese ambassador discuss Romania-Japan economic co-operation

Friday, August 2, 2019


Foreign Minister Ramona Manescu on Thursday welcomed Japanese ambassador in Bucharest Hitoshi Noda to discuss economic co-operation between Romania and Japan, including a project for Bucharest M6 subway mainline.According to a press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), the two officials pointed out that an important component in the development of bilateral relations is that of the economic dimension, where important steps have been taken, ...

Romania asks France for support to join Schengen Area

Friday, August 2, 2019


Romania has sent to France and French investors a request for support for its accession to the visa-free Schengen area, which would lead to a substantial reduction in the costs on companies and citizens, Romanian Minister for Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship Stefan-Radu Oprea said Thursday.He met on Wednesday Michele Ramis, the French ambassador to Romania, and a group of French investors.According to a press statement released by the Ministry for ...

Austerity: Government wants to reduce by half number of secretaries of state and eliminates additional pay for hard conditions

Friday, August 2, 2019


The government prepares to reduce the number of positions in the state apparatus by reducing by 50% the number of secretaries of state and offices of secretaries of state who remain in the system, official sources declared. The reduction by 50% will not affect institutions with a single secretary of state, while state institutions with many positions of secretaries of state will lose more than half of the number of state ...

Romania's forex reserves advance to 35.473 bln euro this July

Friday, August 2, 2019

The forex reserves of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) stood at 35.473 billion euro as of July 31, up from 32.569 billion euro at the end of June 2019, the central bank announced in a release on Thursday. Inflows recorded in July amounted to 3.633 billion euro representing changes in the foreign exchange reserve requirements of the credit institutions, inflows into the Ministry of Public Finance's accounts (including the amount raised through a EUR 2 bn ...

Bulgaria and Romania have the highest percentage of adolescent mothers in the EU

Friday, August 2, 2019


In the European Union (EU) in 2017, the majority of first births (92%) were to women aged between 20 and 39 years old. A further 4% of first births were to women aged below 20, while another 4% were to women aged 40 or over, Eurostat data show. The highest shares of births of first children to young mothers aged below 20 were recorded in Bulgaria (12.5% of total births of first children in 2017) and Romania (12.1%). They were followed by Hungary (8.5%) ...

Number of users affected by financial malware grew by 7% in semester 1, reaching 430,000

Friday, August 2, 2019


430,000 users had to cope with malware programs created to steal money and crypto coins from them in semester 1, 2019, 7% more than in the same period of 2018. Over a third of those affected (30.9%) were companies, double the number of the first half of 2018 (15.3%). According to Kaspersky researchers,financial malware, usually identified as bank trojan viruses, are meant to steal money and information, and offer attackers access to techniques of users ...

"Oedipe Redux" - Enescu's opera re-envisioned in jazz key at Europalia Arts Festival

Friday, August 2, 2019


The "Oedipe Redux" project, a contemporary "re-envision" in a jazz key of Enescu's masterpiece, created by Romanian artist Lucian Ban and US violinist Mat Maneri, will be performed at the Europalia International Arts Festival, in a tour including five opera concerts in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, between 19-29 November 2019.According to a release of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) sent on Thursday, under various titles, the "Oedipe Redux" project will ...

DIICOT on Caracal Case: So far we don't have clear evidence that the girls are dead

Thursday, August 1, 2019

DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism) chief-prosecutor Felix Banila on Wednesday stated that, until investigators have clear evidence that the two missing girls from the Olt County are dead, the authorities cannot neglect the possibility that they could be still alive."Until we have some clear evidence that one or both the two victims are really dead, all we can say is that we have just some reasonable clues, as we call them, ...

Disciplinary investigation of prosecutor Cristian Ovidiu Popescu starts over negligence in Caracal case

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Judicial inspectors have ordered a disciplinary investigation of prosecutor Cristian Ovidiu Popescu of the Prosecutor's Office with the Caracal Courthouse over negligence in carrying out his duties, the Judicial Inspectorate reports."In motivating the start of the disciplinary investigation, it has been noted that the case prosecutor, notified of the offense of false imprisonment of a minor and being, as such, under an obligation to take all measures for the ...

MAE:Secretary of State Dan Neculaescu on Tuesday met with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Thomas DiNanno

Thursday, August 1, 2019


Secretary of State Dan Neculaescu on Tuesday met with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defence Policy, Emerging Threats and Outreach, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Thomas DiNanno, informs a release by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent on Tuesday evening."Talks focused on the most efficient ways Romania and the USA cooperate at bilateral and NATO levels in order to respond to the security developments in the immediate ...

Resolute Castle 19 multinational exercise ends at Cincu

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Resolute Castle 19 multinational exercise ended on Wednesday, at the Cincu military base, in Brasov County, with a ceremony at the headquarters of the Getica National Joint Training Centre.Taking part in the Resolute Castle 19 training exercises, which began at the end of April, were military engineers from the Romanian Army, the South Carolina National Guard, the US, and the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Dutch Army.For the fifth year in a row, the ...

The government has adopted the fiscal amnesty

Thursday, August 1, 2019


The Government is set to adopt a series of fiscal facilities on Wednesday to encourage contributors to pay their budgetary obligations, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.The measures are meant for individuals, private and state-owned companies, non-governmental organisations, public institutions and administrative-territorial units, the PM said in the beginning of the Government meeting."We are considering the ...

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