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November 10 - election day for Romania's president

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The government adopted in Tuesday's meeting a decision that establishes November 10 the date of the presidential election, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced."We will establish, by Government Decision, November 10, 2019 the election day for Romania's president, according to the responsibilities of the Government regarding the organization under the best possible conditions of the electoral ballot and ensuring the citizens' right to vote. Subsequently we will ...

Council of Europe : GRECO regrets lack of progress in Romania on measures to combat corruption

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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 Romania has made very little progress to put in place measures to prevent corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors and to address the concerns raised by its controversial judicial reform, says the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body ...

JusMin Birchall on GRECO reports:Each institution must conduct its own analysis, take adequate action

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Minister of Justice Ana Birchall on Tuesday stated, while referring to the recommendations of the GRECO reports in Romania, that "one needs to observe the rules when joining a club." "You know that when, as a general rule, you are in a club, to say so, you need to observe the rules. But for the recommendations in the GRECO report allow me to give you my opinion after they are published", she said. According to her, each institution ...

Cristina Tarcea, after release of GRECO reports:Will we witness resignations or decent withdrawals from public space?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Top court President Cristina Tarcea stated on Tuesday, after the publication of the two GRECO reports, that the people who do not respect or cannot understand the European values do not get to pretend to be reformers and "should at least keep silent." Cristina Tarcea also says that the two GRECO reports published on Tuesday express the same concerns and worries regarding the laws of Justice that were also reflected in the notifications that the High Court of ...

Tariceanu on GRECO report recommendations: Require analysis by Justice Ministry, Supreme Council of Magistrates

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE – minor at rule) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu considers that both the Ministry of Justice and the Superior Council of Magistrates should proceed to an analysis of the recommendations made in the GRECO report, for an "appropriate response" to be prepared."I was reading a few days ago that France too is subject to a GRECO report. I was recently in France and I didn't notice any public debate, the subject is ...

Names of former PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea and of ex-premier Sorin Grindeanu are mentioned in an investigation in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

According to AP, a federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to drum up business deals with foreign leaders, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press (AP) and people familiar with the matter. „A wide-ranging subpoena the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn recently sent to ...

ForMin Melescanu sends Hungarian counterpart ''appeal to moderation'' in public statements of Budapest officials

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu conveyed on Tuesday to his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, "an appeal to moderation and restraint" in the public statements of the officials in Budapest, showing that lately these "have artificially inflamed the Romanian-Hungarian dialogue."According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), the two officials met on the sidelines of the informal meeting of OSCE countries' foreign ...

In Sarajevo, senior official Grigore reiterates Romania's support for EU Southeast enlargement

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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In Sarajevo on Monday, State Secretary for Inter-Institutional Relations with Romania's Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) Maria Magdalena Grigore reiterated Romania's firm support for the continuation of the EU enlargement process toward the Southeast European region, which was a priority file on the agenda of the former Romanian presidency of the EU Council.According to MAE, Grigore attended a foreign ministers' meeting of the South East European Co-operation ...

PM Dancila slams infrastructure authority's management for unjustifiably blocking certain projects

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The management of the National Road Infrastructure Administration Corporation (CNAIR) has unjustifiably blocked the development of certain projects, said Premier Viorica Dancila, as she reiterated her decision to have CNAIR head Narcis Neaga removed from office."It is very important that the economic growth is supported by the implementation of investment projects which are so necessary for the development of the economy. I received a detailed review of the stage ...

PwC survey: 7 bln euro worth of loss to Romanian economy due to shortage of skilled personnel

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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The losses for the Romanian economy caused by the lack of skilled personnel amount to an estimated 7.1 billion euro, shows a survey released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on Tuesday, which found that more than half of the Romanian entrepreneurs (52 pct) complain that the lack of skilled personnel is causing them financial losses.Most entrepreneurs are faced with a lack of candidates especially when they seek to recruit technicians, administrative staff or sales ...

Government plans to raise to 30,000 the number of work permits for foreign workers in 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Romania’s government plans to increase quotas for non-EU foreign workers in 2019 by 50 percent up to 30,000 work permits, an all-time high number, as there is higher demand from local companies claiming they are affected by the workforce crisis, according to a project consulted by Business Review. “For the year 2019 a quota of 30,000 newly admitted workers on the Romanian labor market is established,” the ...

President Iohannis promulgates public pension law

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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President Klaus Iohannis on Monday signed a decree promulgating the Law on the Public Pension System adopted by the Chamber of Deputies on June 26, in a re-examined form adjusted for a ruling of the Constitutional Court (CCR).Former Labour Minister Olguta Vasilescu, the initiator of the bill, said that there were very few modifications to be made, because the law was not ruled unconstitutional in whole, but the court asked for clarification of three ...

LabMin Budai: pension budget to be on surplus by year's end

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Romania is not in an economic crisis, and by the end of the year the pension budget will show surplus, Labor Minister Marius Buda said on Monday."I refuse to answer this question when Eurostat says that we have a 5.1pct growth in Romania in the first quarter. I repeat for the second time, we are not in a crisis, and I am not the only one telling you this, but also Eurostat and the National Institute of Statistics. The money [for increasing pensions] will come from ...

Government proposed Ioan Mircea Pascu as an interim European commissioner

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila sent a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, stating that the Government is proposing Ioan Mircea Pascu as an interim European commissioner following the resignation of Corina Cretu, said governmental sources.According to quoted sources, the prime minister expects the answer this week. The sources said that no proposals were made by the Romanian side regarding the future European commissioners ...

What portfolios target Romania in the new EC

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The names rumoured in PSD for a EC Commissioner with full mandate are Rovana Plumb, Dan Nica and Mircea Geoana, although the latter, proposed for the Neighbourhood Policy would not have the necessary endorsement. However, Romania’s chances to get this portfolio of Neighbourhood Policy are minor, as the current debates within the EU do not favour a new member of the EU and a border state like Romania to obtain this ...

Premier Dancila asks revocation of CNAIR head Narcis Neaga

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila asked Transport Minister Razvan Cuc on Monday to revoke Narcis Neaga as interim director general of the National Company for Road Infrastructure Administration (CNAIR), informs a press release from the Government."Following the analysis that resulted in unjustified delays and poor management of the CNAIR management in the implementation of transport infrastructure projects, and given the Government's determination to no longer admit ...

The parliamentary commission for the investigation of electoral fraud calls the ministers of domestic affairs and foreign affairs for hearings

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The parliamentary commission for the investigation of possible irregularities and frauds mentioned in the public space on the occasion of the electoral process for the elections of 26 May approved the list of institutions which will be called  for hearings among which the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC), the ministry of domestic affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the Special Telecommunications Service ...

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IN Q1 2019 WAS BY 1.3% HIGHER, AS COMPARED TO Q4 2018

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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As against the same quarter of 2018, the Gross Domestic Product recorded an increase by 5.0% for both the unadjusted series and for the seasonally adjusted series; The seasonally adjusted series of quarterly Gross Domestic Product did not changed, the revision of the estimates for Q1 2019 as compared to the provisional estimates published by Press release no. 137 of June 6, 2019 being ...

MFP borrowed 998.9 million lei from banks

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) on Monday borrowed 998.9 million lei from banks, by a benchmark government bond issue with a residual maturity of 37 months, at an average yield of 3.85 percent per annum, according to data submitted by the National Bank of Romania (BNR). The Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) on Monday borrowed 998.9 million lei from banks, by a benchmark government bond issue with a residual maturity of 37 months, at an average ...

Statistics: Net average salary gain drops down to 3,101 lei in May

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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In May 2019, the average gross nominal earnings were 5078 lei, by 0.5% lower than the one registered in April 2019. The average net nominal earnings were 3101 lei, decreasing as against the previous month with 14 lei (-0.4%). The highest values of the average net nominal earnings were recorded in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (including ...

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