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President Iohannis: all participants embrace referendum idea after first day of consultations

Friday, April 12, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday at the end of the first day of consultations with parliamentary parties that all those who participated in the talks embraced the idea of holding a referendum."I received this afternoon delegations from the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Save Romania Union (USR), People's Movement Party (PMP), the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and a delegation of minority MPs. We evidently talked about the situation in ...

The CCR postponed the decision regarding the conflict between the Parliament and the Supreme Court

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has postponed again a ruling on the Parliament-Supreme Court conflict regarding the judge panels specialised on corruption, following an appeal filed by PSD MP Florin Iordache. The Court has delayed the decision for April 19. The postponement comes after the constitutional judges had just delayed a decision in this case Wednesday. The CCR had ...

În Dubrovnik, PM Dancila meets Croatian counterpart, discusses organisation of joint government meeting

Friday, April 12, 2019


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting in Dubrovnik on Thursday with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrei Plenkovic, on the occasion of the Summit on cooperation with China and 16 Eastern and Central European States - 16 + 1, the two high officials discussing the importance of economic cooperation, as well as the organisation of a joint government meeting.They also had an exchange of views on the current status of bilateral cooperation, reads a ...

PM Dancila and Slovenian PM Sarec discuss bilateral relation and cooperation at European level

Friday, April 12, 2019

Strengthening the bilateral relation and cooperation at European level represented one of the main topics of discussion which took place on Thursday in Dubrovnik between Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Slovenian counterpart Marjan Sarec, on the sidelines of attending the cooperation Summit between Central and Eastern Europe states and China within the 16+1 platform. According to a Government release sent to AGERPRES, the Romanian dignitary highlighted ...

Commissioner Thyssen: We propose to increase by 17pct funding allocated to Romania through European Social Fund Plus

Friday, April 12, 2019

European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen proposed on Thursday that Romania's funding through the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) be increased by 17pct.We propose to increase the funding allocated to Romania through the ESF+ by 17pct. We propose that one quarter of this budget, meaning 25pct, be invested for the social inclusion at the Member States' level, and 10pct be invested to combat unemployment among ...

Deveselu Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system undergoing update

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Aegis Ashore anti-missile system commissioned at the 99 Deveselu Military Base Romania will undergo a previously planned update process in accordance with the decisions adopted at NATO level and under a bilateral agreement between Romania and the United States of America."Works to be carried out on the Aegis Ashore parts located at Deveselu are part of a planned update of the Aegis systems in the USA. The process will in no way introduce offensive elements to ...

Senate Speaker Tariceanu, dissatisfied with Washington's Romanian ambassador

Friday, April 12, 2019

 President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu mentioned on Thursday that Romania's Embassy in Washington and the US diplomatic representation in Bucharest weren't involved in the organisation of his recent visit to the US, arguing that the Romania-US relationship should be a "direct" one and not "mediated" by Ambassador George Maior. "It's good that this relationship be a direct one and not mediated through an ambassador representing there I don't know ...

Ambassador Saranga: Israel, interested in exporting agriculture high tech to Romania

Friday, April 12, 2019

Israel's ambassador David Saranga said on Thursday during a visit to the Agraria Trade Fair at Jucu, Cluj County, that Israeli officials have a great interest in finding ways to co-operate with Romania in the field of agriculture."The reason I am here today is to see how we can work together in this area. The fact that we have here eight Israeli agricultural companies that have come today shows that we have a great interest in finding out how to export agriculture ...

OTP Asset Management analysis: GDP growth may slow down to up to 3.5%

Friday, April 12, 2019


OTP Asset Management Romania has released the market analysis “Spring-Summer Trends 2019”, the third volume presenting the retrospect of the evolution of financial markets during 2018 and the company’s expectations for the next period. The analysis highlighted that last year ranged from synchronized growth to unbalanced growth and that a large scale economic downturn is expected, but no recession yet. “GDP growth may ...

FIC: business environment in Romania has worsened

Friday, April 12, 2019


The most recent results of the Foreign Investors Council’s (FIC) Business Sentiment Index raise some important worries and leave open a big question mark which can be answered with the next survey in the second half of 2019. For several years now, with each edition of the sentiment survey FIC noted an important dichotomy: companies were expecting strong growth but were increasingly concerned about the predictability of regulatory, legislative and fiscal environment. ...

Transport minister targeted in a penal case about hiring at Tarom

Friday, April 12, 2019

Transport minister Razvan Cuc, who seems to be targeted in a penal file about hiring some people in key positions at Tarom air company, says the case was opened because he was “disturbing”people and that was the price  he had to pay because he did not agree with selling Tarom. “It means I started bothering many persons for doing my job, unblocking projects and laws. That is life! I will go on with projects for infrastructure and ...

Labour costs in the EU : Hourly labour costs ranged from €5.4 to €43.5 across the EU Member States in 2018

Friday, April 12, 2019


Lowest in Bulgaria and Romania, highest in Denmark, Luxembourg and Belgium In 2018, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €27.4 in the European Union (EU) and €30.6 in the euro area. However, the average masks significant gaps between EU Member States, with the lowest hourly labour costs recorded in Bulgaria ...

Eurostat: Foreign-controlled enterprises in EU - value added

Friday, April 12, 2019

In 2016, 1.2 % of enterprises in the European Union (EU) were foreign-controlled. They accounted for 15.3 % of EU employment and 25.0 % of the value added in the non-financial business economy. Between 2010 and 2016, the share of value added by foreign-controlled enterprises in the EU rose by 2.3 percentage points. Romania ranks 4th in the EU on the highest share of value added by foreign-controlled companies, according to 2016 statistics revealed by ...

EC report : Romania, the deadliest place to drive in Europe

Friday, April 12, 2019


A report conducted by the European Commission determined that Romania had the most dangerous roads out of 28 EU member countries last year. According to findings, our country had the highest number of road deaths per one million people, with a fatality rate of 96. Bulgaria and Latvia were the next most risky regions to drive in with 88 and 78 accidents per million people, respectively. Croatia (77), Poland (76) and Hungary (64) also came in with high ...

ANM: Rains will not stop till Monday

Friday, April 12, 2019

The National Meteorology Administration (ANM) has issued a special weather report for Bucharest, warning that there will be mild rains until Monday, but also storms. The rainfalls will be reported until Monday, April 15, 10 a.m. There will be mainly showers and lightning. The wind will blow moderately and maximum temperatures will range from 13C to 18C, while the lowest ones will range from 6C to ...

În Washington, Senate's Popescu-Tariceanu met US Vice President Mike Pike

Thursday, April 11, 2019

 The President of the Senate, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, on a visit to Washington, had a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, ex-officio President of the US Senate, and with the US Secretary of State, retired Lt. General Keith Kellogg, his national security advisor, a press release sent on Wednesday reads.According to the source, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu invited Mike Pence to visit Romania "to determine the strength of the transatlantic relationship as far ...

Commmissionaire Thyssen: low employment of women produces losses of 370 billion euro annually în EU

Thursday, April 11, 2019


The differences of employment on the work market for women produce at the level of the EU an economic loss estimated at 370 billion euro per year, representing 2.8% of the GDP of the EU, stated on Wednesday in Bucharest the European commissionaire for employment Marianne Thyssen.The European Official participated in Bucharest at the first day of the reunion of ministers of work in the EU states, an event organized in the context of the presidency of the EU Council ...

The fourth round of negotiations for appointing the European chief prosecutor – postponed

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The fourth round of negotiations on Wednesday, for the appointment of the European chief prosecutor, between the European Council and the European Parliament, has failed to reach a conclusion. No agreement has been reached and it will be on the agenda of the next European Parliament after the elections on May 23-26. A press officer for the European Parliament said on Wednesday that the European Parliament delegation has decided to give up a new round ...

PSD's Dragnea: For me, Toader isn't an important character, PSD senators to vote exactly how their conscience dictates

Thursday, April 11, 2019

 The Social Democrat senators will vote the the simple motion on justice "exactly how their conscience dictates," PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday."For me, Tudorel Toader is not an important character which to talk about every day. (...) it got postponed [the simple motion] because the majority of the PSD senators were gone or had businesses in the territory and, also, Mr Calin Popescu-Tariceanu is not in the country. Next week, there is ...

Bucharest Court of Appeal compels CSM to recognise Laura Codruta Kovesi's appropriate level of seniority

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Bucharest Court of Appeal compels the Prosecutor's Section with the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) to recognise former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) head's appropriate level of seniority with the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ).In November 2018, Kovesi requested CSM to recognize her level of seniority corresponding to PICCJ, but her request was rejected, and the former chief prosecutor of DNA ...

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