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Commission lauds Bulgaria, castigates Romania on judicial reform

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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The European Commission published on Tuesday (13 November) reports on Bulgaria and Romania under the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), commending Bulgaria for progress made and lambasting Romania for backtracking. Both countries, however, were warned to uphold media freedom, euractiv.com reads. CVM was set up as a condition of the countries’ EU accession almost eleven years ago, on 1 January ...

Romania: MEPs are deeply concerned about judicial independence and rule of law

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Capacity to fight corruption at risk after revamp of judicial and criminal laws, EP says în a press release Need to reinforce parliamentary control over the intelligence services MEPs condemn the violent and disproportionate police response to public protests The EP is “deeply concerned” about the ...

European Commission's progress report on Romania under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The European Commission adopted today its latest report on developments in Romania to meet its commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). Today's report takes stock of the situation since November 2017. It notes that while Romania has taken some steps to implement the final 12 recommendations issued by the Commission in January 2017, in order to fulfil the CVM ...

Reactions to The Resolution on the rule of law in Romania, passed by the European Parliament

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

În Strasbourg: The Resolution on the rule of law in Romania, passed on Tuesday by the European Parliament "is good for the Romanian people" because it defends the "honest people" against the politicians who "wish to weaken justice" and "halt the corruption combating", the liberal MEP Siegfried Muresan (EPP) told the plenary sitting of the EP within the votes' explanation procedure.Euro-deputy Monica Macovei ...

EPP's parliamentary group: Looking for clear actions of Romanian gov't to fight corruption

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The European People's Party (EPP) group of the European Parliament demands clear actions from the Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSD, major at rule, ed. n.) to combat corruption and show political will for the proper functioning of the rule of law, following the adoption on Tuesday by the European Parliament of a non-legislative resolution regarding the rule of law in Romania."In the context of Romania's taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the ...

President Iohannis: Romania went back 11 years ago, where it was before joining the EU

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Romania went back 11 years ago, where it was before joining the EU, and the Dragnea-Dancila Government wiped away all the effort it made towards membership, said President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday."Both the European Parliament Resolution and the CVM Report mention the same things - Romanians, most Romanians, I and many others, want to be Europeans, build a solid, transparent democracy for the Romanians. Unfortunately, this democracy crash, Dragnea - Dancila ...

Head of EC office in Romania: CVM report worse than previous one

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Angela Cristea declared on Tuesday, that the CVM report is a drawback compared to the previous one, especially about ensuring the independence of justice. “What do we see in this report? It is a drawback compared to the previous report especially about ensuring the independence of justice. At the same time, we remain deeply engaged in the project of closing down this Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, if possible during the mandate of this ...

Klaus Iohannis: No criminal case against me, never committed any illegal or criminal act

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday there is no criminal case against him, as they have all been closed, emphasizing that he has never committed any illegal or criminal act."I never had a criminal case against me, they have all been closed and this means I have a clear record. I saw that diligent Dragnea with his suitcases - between me and you, he isn't even original - collects stories you and others have written during the five election campaigns I have been ...

George Ciamba appointed as Minister-delegate for European Affairs

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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President Klaus Iohannis signed on Tuesday the decree appointing George Ciamba as Minister-delegate for European Affairs, informs a press release issued by the Presidential Administration.George Ciamba is a career diplomat and has been working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) of Romania since December 1990, according to the MAE website.Since November 2012 he has been Secretary of State for European Affairs. Previously, George Ciamba was ...

Romania chaired the Peacebuilding Commission Annual Session

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Permanent Representative of Romania, Ambassador Ion Jinga chaired, on 12 November 2018, the Commission’s Annual Session on “Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel Region”. Considering the importance of the Sahel region to peace and security on the African continent, in 2017, the Security Council requested the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) to support the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) in ...

BNR: inflation of 3.1pct in Q3 2020

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The National Bank of Romania (BNR) forecasts an inflation rate of 2.9pct in December 2019 and 3.1pct at the end of the projection horizon, namely Q3 2020, show the minutes of the monetary policy meeting of the BNR Board, posted on the website of the institution. Thus, in the discussions on future developments, the Board members pointed out the prospect of a broad decrease in the annual CPI inflation rate during Q4, to 3.5pct in December 2018 - reconfirmed by ...

Current account deficit widens by 38.5pct nine months into 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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 Romania's balance-of-payments current account recorded a deficit of 6.619 billion euro in the first nine months of 2018, by 38.5pct higher than in the similar period of 2017, shows a release of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) issued on Tuesday.Between January and September 2017, the current account deficit amounted to 4.779 billion euro. According to the BNR, the balance of goods in structure recorded a deficit by 1.492 billion euro ...

BNR: FDI, down 5.74pct in first nine months of 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Foreign direct investment (FDI) dropped 5.74 percent in the first nine months of this year compared to the similar period of 2017, to 3.517 billion euro, according to data released by the National Bank of Romania (BNR) on Tuesday."The direct investment of non-residents in Romania totaled 3.517 billion euro (as compared to 3.731 billion euro between January and September 2017), of which equity capital (including the estimated reinvested earnings) amounted to 3.152 ...

Gault&Millau to launch guide covering Romanian wines

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gault&Millau, the international restaurant guide with a local edition, will launch a guide dedicated to Romanian wines, romania-insider.com reports. The wines’ guide will be launched on November 27, at an event where the Gault&Millau Romania rankings and awards for 2019 will also be announced. The first edition of the wines’ guide covers 152 Romanian wines from 63 local wineries. A first ...

The turnover of the trade with motor vehicles and of the market services provided to the population in September 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Compared to the previous month, in September 2018 the turnover volume of the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles increased both as gross series by 0.6% and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality by 2.0%. The turnover volume of the market services provided to the population, compared to the previous month, decreased as gross series by 7.6% and remained unchanged as adjusted series according to the number of working ...

Eurostat: Romania, Greece record the lowest drop in number of people at risk of poverty due to social transfers

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Romania and Greece recorded the lowest drop in the number of people at risk of poverty due to social transfers (such as unemployment benefits paid by the state or housing aid), 17 and 16 per cent respectively, according to data released on Tuesday by the European Statistical office (Eurostat).The extent to which social transfers reduce the number of people at risk of poverty varies across EU Member States. In 2017 there were two Member States where the number of ...

EP resolution: Deep concern over the redrafted judicial and criminal legislation, violent police intervention during Diaspora rally condemned

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

MEPs will set out their views on the latest judicial reforms in Romania and their impact on the separation of powers, in a resolution to be put to the vote on Tuesday, November 13. The resolution is recording the European Parliament’s concern over the criminal and legal legislation in Romania that could undermine the independence of the judiciary system and anti-corruption fight. The non-legislative resolution will ...

Upcoming CVM report, tough on Romania’s justice law changes

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report, which the European Commission will release tomorrow, November 13, is expected to call on Romania to stop the implementation of the new justice laws and criminal code ...

President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Luca Jahier starts a visit to Bucharest

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

President Klaus Iohannis and President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Luca Jahier met on Monday at Cotroceni Presidential Palace and discussed about Romania's Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019 but also topics related to the future of the European Union, the multiannual budget of the post-2020 Union as well as social and cultural aspects. On this occasion, President Iohannis underscored that throughout its ...

Iohannis: Romania Is Not Ready For EU Council Presidency

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis criticized the country’s government on Monday, stating that it is not ready to take over the EU Council presidency in less than two months, following the resignation of European Affairs Minister Victor Negrescu. The Romanian head of state urged Prime Minister Viorica Dancila yet again to step down and stated that “things have gone crazy” in the last couple of weeks, referring to political incertitude ...

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