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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, Foreign Minister Aurescu discuss defense, energy, 5G cooperation

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu met on Monday in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, with the top foreign affairs officials tackling, among others, Romania's commitment to continue strategic investments in Defense, and energy and economic cooperation between the two states, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release.The sides deepened the discussions regarding the assessment of the stage and the prioritization of the ...

Minister Oros: Romania does not agree with establishing new compulsory percentage for echo scheme in new CAP

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Romania does not agree to establishing new compulsory percentage for echo scheme in the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), especially for member states whose direct payments are under 90% of the average European payment, said Adrian Oros, the minister of agriculture and rural development, at AgriFish Council.   “Concerning green architecture, of echo schemes, Romania reiterates that member states ...

SARS-CoV-2 case count rises by 3,400 to 186,254; death toll reaches 5,996

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

As many as 3,400 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Romania were recorded from the previous reporting following 29,400 tests nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the novel coronavirus communication task force reported on Tuesday. These are cases of patients that had not previously tested positive.As of Monday, 186,254 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Romania. A number of 134,395 people ...

Parliament elects Florin Iordache Legislative Council chairman

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

At a joint plenary sitting on Monday, Parliament elected the social-democrat (PSD- opposition) Florin Iordache chairman of the Legislative Council, by a vote of 185 to 43. Augustin Zegrean lost 41 to 187, and so did Ionut Duli Mazalu, 2 to 226.Save Romania Union (USR) Senator George Edward Dirca was voted chairman of the Official Legislation Records and Library Section of the Legislative Council, 174 votes to 17. The other candidates, Rodica Penescu and ...

DNA asks approval to initiate criminal proceedings against the MP Nicolae Banicioiu

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has asked the General Prosecutor to notify the Chamber of Deputies about a request for approval to carry out a criminal investigation against a Deputy, who was also a Minister back at the time, for committing crimes of influence peddling and taking bribery, repeatedly. The MP in question is Deputy Nicolae Banicioiu."According to the legal and constitutional provisions, the Chief ...

Defence Minister Ciuca meets French ambassador in Romania

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Minister of National Defence Nicolae Ciuca on Tuesday received the presentation visit of the new French Ambassador to Romania, Laurence Auer, at the Ministry's headquarters, informs a press release of the MApN sent on Tuesday.According to this source, the two officials highlighted the importance of the strategic bilateral dialogue in security and defence matters.The Romanian official hailed the planned resumption, under ...

Loans worth a combined 14 bln lei granted so far under IMM Invest program

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A number of 20,000 loans worth a combined 14 billion lei have been granted so far through the IMM Invest Program for small and medium-sized businesses, the general director of the National Credit Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (FNGCIMM) Dumitru Nancu told a video conference organized by the Bursa Group on Tuesday."The National Guarantee Fund has four schemes in the Economic Recovery and Investment Plan and we'll be present with another ...

Three-month interbank offered rate rises to 2.15 pct per year

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Romania's three-month interbank offered rate ROBOR, which is used for pricing floating rate consumer loans in RON, has gone up on Tuesday from 2.15 pct per year, from 2.10 pct per year, the value on Monday, according to information published by the National Bank of Romania (BNR).At the start of 2019, the three-month ROBOR was 2.99 pct per year, and at the start of this year it stood at 3.19 pct. On October 19 last year it stood at 3.28 pct.The ...

Chiritoiu: Non-resident companies in Romania will be fined depending on turnover at global level

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Non-resident companies in Romania will be fined depending on the turnover at a global level, once the Competition Law is amended, said Bogdan Chiritoiu, the head of the Competition Council.The Government approved last week Emergency Ordinance 170/2020 regarding the amendment of the Competition Law, which provides, among other things: "Contraventions under this definition will be punished with a fine that cannot exceed 10 pct of the total global turnover ...

Survey: Romanians most convinced EU citizens that community funds must observe rule of law

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Less than 82% of Romanians agree to the conditioning by EU of allocation of community funds to apply principles of the rule of law by national  governments, a proportion which ranks Romania 4th in EU from this point of view, according to a new survey ordered by the European Parliament whose results were published on Tuesday.   According to the survey made at the beginning of October 2020, aboutn 8n ...

Kazakhstan ranks 5th among EU states supplying goods to Romania

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Kazakhstan ranked 5th among the non-EU countries supplying goods to Romania in the past seven months, which is exclusively due to the large crude oil quantities Romania imports from this country, processing them in refineries with Kazakh shareholders, the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bucharest (CCIB), Costica Mustata, said in a press release sent on Monday ."The fact that, in the first seven months of this year, Kazakhstan maintained on ...

Survey: health services, air pollution and road infrastructure, the most important three urban issues

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Health services, air pollution and road infrastructure are the most important three urban issues, show a survey made by the ministry of public works, development and administration and World Bank, according to which in nine cities, the level of satisfaction surpasses 90% (Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Alba Iulia, Brasov, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Timisoara, Sighisoara, Slatina and Iasi).   ‘Health services, air ...

Non-food retail, on brink of collapse, announces possible protests

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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The situation of non-food retail stores continues to be extremely difficult, given that the support measures announced by the authorities have not appeared or exclude the activities of companies active in industry, announces the Retail Employers' Organization of Romania, RORETAIL, through a release sent on Tuesday.The representatives of the organization specify that the Government recently published Emergency Ordinance (GEO) 174/2020, which modifies GEO ...

President Iohannis: General election set according to law and will take place on December 6

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Monday that the general election would take place on the set date, namely December 6."The general election was set according to the law and will take place on December 6, and as far as the pandemic management is concerned, Parliament approved a special law, Law 55, which provides the complete catalogue of measures that can be taken, and the Government, alongside the local authorities, are ...

Iohannis: Romania's main goal is implementing interconnection strategic projects

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis participated on Monday in the Virtual Summit and the Web Forum of the Three Seas Initiative, organized in videoconference format."The Three Seas initiative will contribute in the post-pandemic period to the economic recovery, by developing connectivity among the states in our region. In fact, Romania's main objective is to implement strategic interconnection projects, an important step being the completion of the first phase of the ...

Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit: ForMin Aurescu highlights Romania's commitment objectives

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Monday participated in a virtual Smart Money ministerial panel of the Web Forum held on the sidelines of the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit (I3M) organised by Estonia to highlight Romania's constant commitment to the objectives of the initiative and the active role the country will continue to play in the future development of I3M.According to a press statement released by Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE), ...

DefMin Ciuca meets Polish ambassador; expresses willingness to collaborate on training, info exchange

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Minister of National Defence Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca met on Monday with the new Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Romania, Maciej Lang, at the Ministry of National Defence (MApN), and during the talks the Romanian official expressed the willingness to collaborate on the segment of "training, information exchange and technical discussions."According to a statement from the Ministry of National Defence, the two officials stressed the relevance of the ...

Parliament's committees for foreign affairs: green light to eight proposed ambassadors

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The joint committees for foreign affairs and the committees for the Romanian communities abroad of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies on Monday, following the respective hearings, issued their favourable opinions for the eight persons proposed to become ambassadors abroad.The proposed ambassadors are Simona-Mirela Miculescu, proposed as ambassador to Paris - UNESCO; Antoaneta-Maria Barta - who was proposed for the Czech Republic; Cristina Romila - ...

Two health experts during the COVID-19 pandemic join race for a seat in the Parliament on the list of PSD

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Two of the most visible and highly cited health specialists în Romania during the COVID-19 pandemic have decided to run for a seat in the Parliament, on the lists of the Social Democratic Party (PSD). They are Alexandru Rafila, the president of the Romanian Society of Microbiology and Romania’s representative at the World Health Organization, and doctor Adrian Streinu-Cercel, the manager of the Matei Bals Institute of Infectious Diseases in ...

SARS-CoV-2 case count rises by 2,466 to 182,854; death toll reaches 5,931

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

As many as 2,466 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Romania were recorded from the previous reporting following 8,040 tests nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the novel coronavirus communication task force reported on Monday. These are cases of patients that had not previously tested positive.As of Monday, 182,854 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Romania. A number of 132,082 people were ...

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