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Infrastructure projects in south and west of country, analysed by Transport minister and Ford Romania president

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Infrastructure projects in the south and west of the country, such as the expressway Craiova - Pitesti, the status of the railway line connecting Craiova to Vama Nadlac and the Craiova - Calafat railway were analysed on Wednesday by Minister of Transport Lucian Bode and Ford Romania President Ian Pearson.According to a press release from the relevant ministry, the discussions between the two officials focused on three major levels, for each project, namely the ...

Alina Bica's appeal was rejected this Wednesday

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Police issued an all-points bulletin for former head of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Alina Bica, listing her as "absconder from the enforcement of a prison sentence", after she was definitively sentenced on Wednesday by the High Court of Cassation and Justice to 4 years in prison in a case where she was charged with aiding and abetting businessman Ovidiu Tender.Alina Bica, who fled to Costa Rica, appears on the website ...

Vasilescu (BNR): The most expensive credit in the European Union can be found in Romania

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The most expensive credit in the European Union can be found in Romania because we have a low degree of intermediation, and the profit is made from the margins, stated, on Wednesday, Adrian Vasilescu, strategy consultant at the National Bank of Romania (BNR)."Even if the interest rates are low, Romanian banks have more money than there is demand. The offer is higher than the demand. And still the interest is high. For what reason? The ARB director has a chart that ...

Daniel Daianu: if we proposed a deficit of 3.5% in 2020 it would be a performance

Thursday, November 28, 2019


A budgetary deficit of 3.5 – 3.6% for next year would be a performance, but to get to 3% is impossible, stated on Wednesday the chairman of the Fiscal Council, Daniel Daianu, at the conference ‘Budget and fiscality 2020: from the official policy to the business environment’ . ‘The budget of 2020 places the seed for the budget of 2021 as the increase of 1 September 2020 triples in 2021. Good people, there is no game here! The ...

National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis revises downwards to 4pct estimates on 2019 economic growth

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis (CNSP) has revised downwards the estimates for the 2019 economic growth, closer to the lower level of 4.0 pct, as compared to 5.5 pct as estimated in the spring forecast, taking into account the sectoral statistical data of the national accounts available for the first semester of the current year.CNSP also lowered the forecast for 2020, to 4.1 pct, compared to 5.7pct, as recorded in the spring ...

Project allowing Romanian forest rangers to carry guns adopted by the Chamber of Deputies

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Chamber of Deputies adopted on Wednesday, November 27, a project allowing forest rangers to carry lethal or non-lethal service guns. The project amends a draft law on changing the status of forestry personnel initiated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), ...

Bucharest, among the cheapest cities in Europe for international schools

Thursday, November 28, 2019


Bucharest is cheaper than the average city in Europe for international schools, according to a research conducted by the International Schools Database, which reveals the cost of international education around the world in 2019, as well as by region. In Europe, Switzerland is the most expensive country for international schooling. Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne take the top three spots in the International Schools Database’s ranking, with ...

Marcel Ciolacu - interim Chairman of PSD; Dancila resigned, PSD leadership dissolved

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


After a tense Executive Committee that last more than six hours, Viorica Dancila, chairwomen of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and former prime-minister, has resigned from office. In her place, Marcel Ciolacu,the current speaker of the House of Deputies, has been appointed as interim Chairman, leader of the PSD District 1 Dan Tudorache announced at the end of the National Executive Committee (CExN) meeting.According to him, the Stranding Bureau of the party was ...

European Council President-elect Charles Michel at Cotroceni Palace on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


President Klaus Iohannis will welcome at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Wednesday European Council President-elect Charles Michel, the Presidential Administration informed. According to the quoted source, Charles Michel's visit to Bucharest is part of a tour preparing his takeover of the helm of the European Council on 1 December 2019. Thus, through the meetings with leaders of the European Union, the future President of the European Council intends to ...

The US State Department congratulates Romania on the presidential elections

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

 U.S. Department of State The United States congratulates the Government of Romania and its citizens on a successful presidential election.  We look forward to working with President Iohannis to strengthen our strategic partnership further. As the 30th anniversary of Romania’s revolution and return to the West approaches, the United States welcomes further opportunities to improve our security, energy, and ...

DefMin Ciuca, Turkish ambassador Aramaz discuss importance of security co-operation

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Romania's Defence Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca on Tuesday welcomed Turkey's ambassador in Bucharest Fusun Aramaz to highlight the importance of security co-operation between the two countries, according to a press statement released by the Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN).At the meeting, which took place at the MApN headquarters, the two officials discussed developments in defence co-operation between Romania and Turkey, both in a regional context and within the ...

New ambassadors of Croatia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Jordan

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis has received on Tuesday, at Cotroceni Palace, Marija Kapitanovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Violeta Motulaite, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania, Nurbah Rustemov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Sufyan Qudah, Ambassador of Jordan, announced the Presidential Administration."Romanian President wished the ambassadors welcome to post and success, assuring them of full support of the Romanian authorities in ...

Russia's ambassador in Bucharest, summoned to Foreign Ministry for

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Russian Ambassador in Bucharest, Valery Kuzmin, was summoned on Tuesday to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in connection with a recent posting on the Facebook page of the diplomatic mission, which the Romanian side describes as "unacceptable".According to the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian diplomat spoke to a director general of the ministry."Given the recent posts of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest on social media, ...

Romania to dispatch 50-strong rescue team to Albania in aftermath of 6.4-magnitude quake

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Romania will dispatch a 50-strong search and rescue help to Albania to help the country in the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, head of the Emergency Department Raed Arafat said Tuesday."After the earthquake, we were informed by the European Civil Protection that the mechanism was activated, including by the Albanian Embassy. With the approval of Minister Vela, our team is already in preparation. We spoke to the Defence Ministry, who will help us with ...

Gov't's Danca: Net minimum wage for 2020 increases by 83 RON

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The minimum wage nationally for the year 2020 will increase in gross terms by 150 RON, and in net terms by 83 RON, stated the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Ionel Danca.(1 euro=4.7765 RON)"The result of the analysis conducted at the level of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister (...) revealed a basis for a mechanism to increase the minimum gross wage in agreement with the commitment made by the Government (...) namely an increase of the ...

Finance Ministry: Estimated deficit accounting for 4.3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The revenues of the general consolidated budget decrease, on the balance, by almost 18.36 billion lei, as a result of the second budget revision for 2019, with the expenditures dropping by about 2.09 billion lei, with the estimated deficit accounting for 4.3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).According to the draft Ordinance regarding the budget revision on 2019, published on Tuesday by the Public Finance Ministry (MFP), the decrease of revenues is ...

Study: at European level, one out of three children live in unhealthy buildings

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


At European level, one out of three children live in unhealthy buildings, which exposes them to high risk of facing health issues as well as asthma, stated in a press release Mihai Moia, the executive manager of the Association for the Promotion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings (ROENEF), quoting the data of a study made in the domain – Healthy Homes Barometer 2019. ‘Ensuring a domestic good climate in schools is essential to protect the ...

Romania advanced three positions in a ranking of prosperity over the last years: the country is 45 out of 149

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Romania has registered in the last years an advance of three positions in the Prosperity Indicator and is situated at present 45 out of 149 countries, according to a press release of Erste group. ‘ Erste Group and the Legaturm Institute published the third edition of the annual report regarding the prosperity which includes 149 states. The prosperity recorded a slight growth in Romania over the last years, being recorded an advance of three ...

More sheep saved from capsized ship in Romanian port

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

By the evening of Monday, November 25, 17 more sheep were rescued from a cargo ship that capsized on the Romanian coast of the Back Sea this past Sunday, the Dobrogea Emergency Situations Inspectorate said. This brings the number of rescued sheep to 49.  The rescue operation had to be halted on Monday evening because of the strong winds. The rescuers restarted their work on Tuesday, November 26. A Palau-flagged cargo ship carrying 14,600 ...

Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru nominated for 2020 Grammy Awards

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru is among the nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards, in the classical music category. The album that includes works by Wynton Marsalis – the concerto in D major for violin and orchestra and the Fiddle Suite - received two nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards, in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition ...

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