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Seven counties, Bucharest, in red zone of infection

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

 Seven counties and Bucharest are in the red zone, recording an incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections of more than 3 cases per thousand inhabitants, according to data transmitted on Monday by the Strategic Communication Group (GCS).Ilfov County remains with the highest incidence rate - 5.30, down from 5.66 the previous day, as did Bucharest, which decreases from 5.19 to 5.01 cases per thousand inhabitants.In the red zone there are also the ...

At FAC meeting, ForMin Aurescu underscores need for strategic vision on Eastern Partnership

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Monday attended a videoconference of the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), underscoring the need for a strategic vision on the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and an ambitious post-2020 agenda.According to a press statement released by Romania's Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), the meeting focused on the situation in Georgia, Belarus, the Navalny case, EU-India relations, the situation in Myanmar, the ...

Accenture Study: COVID-19 has Sparked a New Wave of Innovation Across Consumer Industries

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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 * Successful consumer-facing companies are repurposing physical locations, exploring new business models, and rapidly adopting advanced analytics and other disruptive technologies to find new sources of growth  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people live, work and socialize, accelerating demand for innovation, as retailers, consumer goods, and travel companies shift from ...

Eurostat: Romania is among the EU countries with increases in construction works in February

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Construction works in Romania registered an increase of 2.3%, in February 2021 compared to January 2021, among the EU member states higher increases were registered only in Sweden (9.2%) and Austria (8.8%). %), shows the data published on Monday by Eurostat.   In February 2021 compared with January 2021, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 2.1% in the euro area and by ...

87 Romanian films in the race for the 2021 Gopo Awards nominations

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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 No less than 87 Romanian films released in cinema theaters, national and international festivals or on on-demand video platforms in 2020 are in the race for the nominations for the 15th Gopo Awards Gala, the organizers of the event announced.On the list for Best Film nominations are 16 feature films, with Tipografic Majuscul/Uppercase Print (directed by Radu Jude), 5 Minute/5 Minutes Too Late (directed by Dan Chisu), Love 2. America (directed by Florin ...

Tickets, subscriptions to 2021 George Enescu Music Contest virtual concerts available

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Tickets and subscriptions to the virtual concerts of the 2021 George Enescu International Music Festival and Competition became available at 15:00hrs Monday; early this May a decision is expected on whether public access to the Bucharest Athenaeum, the venue of the festival, will be permitted and how, depending on the COVID-19 epidemiological developments in the city, organisers announced in a press statement on Monday.What can be purchased: full ...

PM Citu: Festivals, concerts possible only with a successful COVID vaccination program

Monday, April 19, 2021

Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Friday that discussing the organization of festivals and concerts this year and a return to normal life are possible only with a successful COVID vaccination drive, and pointed out that he and Cluj-Napoca mayor Emil Boc approached this subject with the big event organizers."Together with Mr. Mayor Boc I met with big event organizers. It was a very good meeting in many ways, an informal discussion, and we have their support ...

Eleven counties in COVID-19 red zone, with over 3 cases per 1,000 population; Bucharest at 5.47

Monday, April 19, 2021

As many as 11 counties in Romania are in the COVID-19 red zone, as their 14-day COVID-19 cumulative rates exceed 3 cases per 1,000 population, with Ilfov County yet again reporting the highest rate, at 6.33 according to data released on Friday by the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force.In Bucharest, the rate fell to 5.47 cases per 1,000 population from a previous 5.75.Also in the red zone ...

Gov't to turn AstraZeneca vaccination centres into Pfizer centres, increase immunisation capabilities

Monday, April 19, 2021

Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Friday in Cluj-Napoca that Romania's COVID-19 vaccination capabilities will soon increase as some AstraZeneca vaccination centres will turn into Pfizer vaccination centres and more vaccination sites will open with companies."I would like to let you know that we are starting to have precisely the doses we kept touting, the number of doses, now people must come up to sign up for vaccinations. There are some changes that ...

PNL’s Orban: Ex-Minister Voiculescu's statements, yet another proof PM was right to sack him

Monday, April 19, 2021

Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL – at rule) Ludovic Orban said in Bistrita that the allegations made by former Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu, that the reported COVID death count was kept lower than in reality, show that Prime Minister Florin Citu's decision to dismiss him was the right thing to do."Today's statements by the former minister show me, once more, that the Prime Minister made the right decision when he proposed [Voiculescu's] ...

Bucharest Court of Appeal rules USR-PLUS merger final

Monday, April 19, 2021

The merger between Save Romania Union (USR) and the Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (PLUS) was greenlighted on Friday by the Bucharest Court of Appeal, the USRPLUS alliance announced."This is the only reformist political project that has been built in recent years in Romania that we have put our shoulder to, despite those who have been hindering us at every step. It is a political project for the future that already has in its history four electoral ...

Bucharest Court of Appeal grants protester's request, orders reopening of August 10 rally case

Monday, April 19, 2021

  The Bucharest Court of Appeal ordered the reopening of the investigation against the former Gendarmerie heads in the August 10 rally case, after granting the complaint filed by a protester.Plaintiff Ioan Craciuneanu was tear-gassed and threatened by the gendarmes at the August 10, 2018 anti-government rally in Victoriei Square, and sustained leg injuries after a grenade exploded next to him.The Court of Appeal upheld Craciuneanu's ...

MEP Claudiu Manda, sent to court by DNA

Monday, April 19, 2021

Social Democrat (PSD – opposition) MEP Claudiu Manda, former chairman of PSD Dolj, and husband of Craiova mayor Olguta Vasilescu, has been prosecuted by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) for using his political influence upon the manager of the Dolj County Agency for Payments and Social Inspection, to wipe out the debts of certain people who had been illegally receiving social ...

Germany to support Romania's bid for OECD membership

Monday, April 19, 2021

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Germany's Finance Minister expressed his support for Romania being invited to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Romanian Finance Minister Alexadru Nazare wrote on Facebook on Friday."On Thursday evening I had my second discussion this year with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz about the implementation stage of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, as well as about the outlooks of the European economies this year, ...

S&P Global Ratings revises outlook on Romania to stable from negative, affirms ratings at BBB-/A-3

Monday, April 19, 2021

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 Standard & Poor's said that it has revised the outlook on Romania to stable from negative due to decreasing fiscal risks, while maintaining rating at BBB-/A-3.   The stable outlook indicates that the government's fiscal consolidation agenda is perceived as credible and that Romania's public and external finances is seen stabilizing over the next two years, S&P said in a press release on ...

Citu: Standard&Poor’s kept the country rating, but modified the perspective of the Romanian economy from negative to stable

Monday, April 19, 2021

Premier Florin Citu stated on Saturday that, in the context where the rating agency Standard&Poor’s kept the country rating, but modified the perspective of the Romanian economy from negative to stable, ‘ the heroes of the Romanian economy, during this difficult period’ are the private companies, the entrepreneurs.   He stated that the government managed to reduce the budgetary deficit  and have ...

PM Citu: Budget revenues, higher than estimated, we expect deficit below 7 percent

Monday, April 19, 2021

Prime Minister Florin Citu said that budget revenues are higher than estimated, which means that the government expects a budget deficit below 7 percent."We have some very good news at this time as regards the economy. (...) The good part is that the budget revenues are higher than estimated, which means that we expect, this year, a smaller budget deficit than the one we estimated at the beginning of the year, namely below 7 percent, it is my target now, a ...

The future of the Board of the European Centre for Competences in Cyber security reunited în Bucharest for the first time

Monday, April 19, 2021

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The European Commission organised on Friday an informal virtual reunion of the future Board of the European Centre of Competences in Cyber security, which will have its headquarters in Bucharest, gathering representatives of the member states, of the Commission and the Agency of the EU for Cyber Security, ENISA.   The board of the centre will be made up of the representatives of the member states ( 27 members) of the ...

Turnover from market services, up 0.4% in first two months

Monday, April 19, 2021

Turnover from market services provided mainly to enterprises increased in nominal terms in the first two months of the year compared to the same period of last year, both as gross series and as series adjusted to the number of working days and by seasonality by 0.4%, respectively by 0.1%, according to a National Institute of Statistics (INS) release sent on Friday.In February 2021, the turnover of market services provided mainly to enterprises in nominal ...

Volume of construction works decreased 0.6% in the first two months

Monday, April 19, 2021

- In February 2021, the volume of construction works increased, as gross series, by 30.4% compared to the previous month and was up 2.3% as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality. - Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the volume of construction works rose both as gross series and as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, by ...

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