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EP Legal Affairs Committee definitively rejected Rovana Plumb's candidacy as European Commissioner for Transport

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament rejected on Monday Rovana Plumb's candidacy as European Commissioner for Transport, sources in Brussels said.There were 13 votes against Rovana Plumb's candidacy, whereas only seven in favour.Moreover, the Legal Affairs Committee also rejected the candidacy of Laszla Tracsanyi for the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement portfolio. There were 12 votes against and nine in ...

President Iohannis invites PM Dancila to talks to designate Romania's European Commissioner

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis has sent a letter to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila inviting her to talks on Wednesday on Romania's nomination for the position of European Commissioner."Pursuant to the provisions of Articles 80 and 86 of the Constitution, I am inviting you for talks on Wednesday, October 2, at 12:00hrs, at the Cotroceni Palace. The talks regard the nomination of a candidate for European Commissioner. This is an urgent matter and of special importance to ...

PM Dancila: I will make new proposal for European Commissioner

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Chairperson of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Monday evening that she will make a new proposal for European Commissioner, but said that Rovana Plumb "is not in any conflict of interest"."We will make a new proposal of European Commissioner, and regarding the invitation to consultations addressed by the president, I answer to him that I will come immediately, the same 'immediately' with which he has decided to appoint the ...

USR-PLUS Alliance requests Iohannis call parties with EP mandates to consultations regarding new commissioner nomination

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The alliance of Save Romania Union - Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR - PLUS) requests President Iohannis urgently summon to consultations the parties with mandates in the European legislative body to propose a new commissioner, after the rejection of the candidacy of Rovana Plumb."The USR-PLUS delegation to the European Parliament said from the beginning that Rovana Plumb is not qualified to occupy the position of European Commissioner and that it will ...

President Iohannis demands resignation of DIICOT Chief Prosecutor Felix Banila

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

President Klaus Iohannis demanded on Monday night the resignation of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Chief Prosecutor Felix Banila.In a press statement held at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, the head of state reproached the DIICOT chief prosecutor with the way the investigation was dealt with in the Caracal case, adding that the involvement of DIICOT should have brought more professionalism and credibility. However, ...

IMAS survey: Iohannis is the first in the voting intentions for the presidential elections,  followed by Mircea Diaconu

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


President Klaus Iohannis is the first in the voting intentions for the presidential elections, being followed by Mircea Diaconu, while for the parliamentary elections, PNL is the first, followed by PSD which surpasses USR, according to a survey made by IMAS at the command of Europa FM. The survey shows that Klaus Io% Iohannis is the favourite, with a little over 45 percentage points and the following at a great  distance behind is Mircea Diaconu ...

Corruption in Romania: a European affair

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The situation in Romania is partly hopeful: numerous civic movements have emerged in the country and an outstanding anti-corruption movement is growing in the society, especially among the young generations, write Elena Denisa Petrescu and Yannis Karamitsios for euractiv.com. Elena Denisa Petrescu is the delegations coordinator of IAPSS (International Association of Political Science Students), Bucharest; Yannis Karamitsios is a co-founder of ...

BNR: Net foreign direct investment flow - 5.26 billion euro in 2018

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


The net foreign direct investment flow in 2018 recorded the value of 5.266 billion euro, of which 5.546 billion euro were participations to own capital, the National Bank of Romania (BNR) informs in a release sent on Monday .BNR mentions that the level results from the adding up of contributions to the capital of FDI companies, totaling 2.973 billion euro, and the reinvested profits of FDI companies, totaling 2.573 billion euro.The net credit from ...

Agriculture, IT - main segments that can attract new technologies to Romania

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

 Agriculture and IT are the main segments that can attract new technologies to Romania, Adrian Negrescu, general manager of Frames consulting company, said on Monday. "The survey we have done found that there is a great emphasis on agriculture. Romania has, from this point of view, a greater potential compared to other countries in the region because it has the land that allows it to operate and to implement this technology very quickly. So, agriculture ...

Romania occupies the fourth place in the EU as regards the dimension of the hidden economy

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


The main reason the informal economy exists is the non-payment of taxes, stated Ionut Dumitru, the head economist of Raiffeisen Bank and former chairman of the Fiscal Council, according to Business Magazin.  ‘There si another factor connected to the non-conformity with regulations, the authorizations and so on. You have  a business in the formal economy but you don’t’ get authorization, to pay certain taxes. The main reason ...

Over 13.5 million people connected to public water supply network in 2018

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The population connected to the public water supply system accounted for 69.4% of Romania’s resident population in 2018. 98.7% of the urban resident population and 35.3% of the country’s rural resident population were connected to the public water supply system. In 2018, the population connected to the public water supply network accounted to 13.51 million ...

Residential building permits, down 2.3pct in Romania, Jan.-Aug. 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In August 2019, 3766 construction permits were released for residential buildings, a 10.9% decrease compared to July 2019 and a 7.2% fall compared to August 2018. In the 1.I-31.VIII.2019 period, 28336 construction permits were released for residential buildings, 2.3% less than in the same period of the previous year. Residential building permits in Romania in the first ...

Statistics: Romania's exploited wood volume up 8.9pct in 2018

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In 2018, the economic operators certified for logging reported a volume of wood removed by 8.9% bigger than in 2017. Compared to 2017, an increase by 8.8% of removed round wood volume was recorded in 2018. The economic operators certified for logging reported a volume of wood removed by 8.9 percent higher in 2018, compared to 2017, when the removed round wood volume ...

Unemployment in Romania declined 0.1pct in August 2109

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Unemployment rate in August 2019 decreasead with 0.1 percentages points as compared to the previous month (3.9%). Men’s unemployment rate was higher than that of women with 1.1 percentages points. Unemployment in Romania declined 0.1pct in August 2109 on a monthly basis, down to 3.8pct, with over three quarters of the unemployed falling in the 25-74 year category, ...

The European Parliament's legal committee decides on the conflict of interests in the case of Rovana Plumb on Monday

Monday, September 30, 2019


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Saturday said Rovana Plumb, whom she proposed for the office of European Commissioner representing Romania, still has her unconditional support."Regardless of what has happened in the past few days - both the vote in the European Parliament and especially the reactions at home - I still continue to appreciated and trust Rovana Plumb. She still has my unconditional support," Dancila wrote on her Facebook page.The PM ...

PNL :The censure motion will be filed Tuesday; 8th or 9th October the present government could be dismissed

Monday, September 30, 2019

Liberal (PNL – opposition) deputy Ioan Cupsa stated on Friday that the censure motion initiated by PNL against the Dancila government will be lodged on Tuesday  1 October so that on 8th and 9th October the present government be dismissed.‘We have to  mention the fact that those who signed this censure motion – there are 237 MPs – made a written agreement, practically. An agreement which they assumed to the citizens of Romania, not ...

How Social Democratic Party leader explains Romanian PM Dancila's failure to meet US Vice President Pence

Monday, September 30, 2019

A top official of the governing Social Democrats has said that the visit paid by Romanian PM Viorica Dancila to the United States should not be taken lightly and that the delegation there fulfilled its mission. That is, despite missing the most important moment on the agenda - meeting US Vice President Mike Pence.According to hotnews.ro, Mihai Fifor, secretary general of the PSD, said that a postponement of the Dancila-Pence meeting was due to issues related to ...

Fourteen presidential bids officially final

Monday, September 30, 2019


  The Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) on Friday reported that 14 presidential bids and electoral logos submitted by political parties, electoral alliances, citizens' organisations belonging to national minorities and independent candidates are now final.According to BEC, the final candidates in the election for the president of Romania are: Viorel Catarama - the Liberal Right; Viorica Dancila - the Social Democratic Party; Theodor ...

Survey regarding the presidential elections 2019: Klaus Iohannis first, Viorica Dancila, second

Monday, September 30, 2019

A survey made by Socio-Data, between 16-20 September 2019, shows the preferences of the electorate with regards to the presidential elections. Thus, Klaus Iohannis is the first, with 40%,dropping from last week, second is Viorica Dancila – 19% and third Mircea Diaconu – 16%. When asked ‘ If next Sunday there were parliamentary elections and the following parties or alliances would run, what party would you vote for?’ the survey ...

Eight presidential candidates earn more than Romania’s president

Monday, September 30, 2019

Eight of Romanian president Klaus Iohannis’ challengers to the presidential seat made more money than the president himself in 2018, Romania-Insider.com has calculated based on the wealth statements submitted by the 14 presidential candidates to the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC). Businessman Viorel Catarama, who owns local furniture retailer Elvila, was the top earner of the group last year. He made RON 1.67 million (over EUR ...

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