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PSD threatens Govt. with no-confidence motion

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Opposition leader, Marcel Ciolacu, reiterated his party's intention to file a no-confidence motion against the Liberal Government of prime minister Ludovic Orban. Ciolacu, who is the president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), confirmed in a recent TV statement that "several parliamentary parties" support this ...

President Iohannis fined RON 5,000 for statements regarding passage of Szeklerland autonomy bill

Thursday, May 21, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis was ordered a RON 5,000 fine by the Board of Directors of the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) for the offense of discrimination and ethnicity/nationality-based violation of the right to dignity.The sanction comes for the President's statements in the context of the tacit adoption, on April 23, by the Chamber of Deputies of the bill on the Szeklerland autonomy.On April 29, in remarks at the Cotroceni Palace, ...

Romania to benefit from European funds worth 3-5 billion euros, through SURE programme

Thursday, May 21, 2020


Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Wednesday stated that Romania will benefit in the next interval of an amount between 3 and 5 billion euros from the EU, as a result of the approval by the Council of the EU of regulation on the implementation of the SURE programme. "The Council of the European Union has approved a regulation on the implementation of the so-called SURE programme. This is a programme by which the European Union helps the member states, the active ...

COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION on the 2020 National Reform Programme of Romania and delivering a Council opinion on the 2020 Convergence Programme of Romania

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Commission has proposed Wednesday country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth. The recommendations are structured around two objectives: in the short-term, mitigating the coronavirus pandemic's severe negative socio-economic consequences; and in ...

FinMin: Any increase in guarantee ceiling for IMM Invest must be approved by European Commission

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Any increase in the guarantee ceiling for the IMM Invest programme (meant for SMEs) must be approved by the European Commission because this program is a state aid scheme, according to the Minister of Finance, Florin Citu.Citu's reaction was triggered by the adoption on Wednesday by the plenum of the Chamber of Deputies of the Emergency Ordinance on IMM Invest, modifying the normative act so that, for 2020, the total ceiling of guarantees that can be granted under the ...

Eurostat: Inflation in Romania three times as high as EU average

Thursday, May 21, 2020


The annual rate of inflation in Romania dropped in April to 2.3 pct, being three times larger than the EU average, which was 0.7 pct, according to data published on Wednesday by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat).The National Institute for Statistics (INS) informed that the annual rate of inflation dropped to 2.7 pct in April of this year, from 3 pct in March, while food items increased in price by 5.72 pct, services by 3.06 pct, and non-food items by 0.53 ...

EBRD and partners launch SME equity research programme

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is launching a dedicated research programme in support of the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in selected countries where the Bank invests. Funded by the TaiwanBusiness-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund, the programme will provide research coverage for a set of SMEs listed on the stock exchanges ...

PM Orban: Depending on epidemic evolution, terraces may reopen, outdoor shows could be resumed as of June 1

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Wednesday evening on the private television broadcaster Realitatea Plus that terraces could be reopened and outdoor shows could be resumed as of June 1."Activities where there is a limited risk of the virus spreading could be resumed. I give you two examples. The terraces. They are outdoors, but with some very thought-out safeguards. Outdoor shows could be resumed. And with a limited number of spectators," Orban ...

Minister Virgil Popescu: Romania did not oppose the signing of a touristic protocol with Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Romania did not oppose the signing of a protocol with Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia regarding the resumption of tourism between the four countries, said on Wednesday Virgil Popesc, the minister o Economy, energy and environment. 'There were discussions, and we said that we will immediately resume them as soon as the parliament approves the alert state. Our Bulgarian, Greek and Serbian colleagues perfectly understood why Romania at present has an alert state which should be ...

Joint statement signed by Labour ministers of Romania, Germany regarding intensification of cooperation in labour market

Thursday, May 21, 2020


  The minister of Labour and Social Protection, Violeta Alexandru, and her German counterpart, Hubertus Heil, have signed a joint statement of intention regarding the intensification of cooperation in the domain of the labour market and social policies, announced, on Wednesday, the Labour and Social Protection Ministry."The first thing that I discussed with the minister refers to the way in which the seasonal activity ...


Thursday, May 21, 2020

In the first quarter 2020, the number of job vacancies was 41.8 thousand, decreasing by 5.3 thousand as against the previous quarter. The job vacancies rate1 was 0.84%, decreasing by 0.11 percentage points as against the previous quarter. By comparison with the same quarter 2019, the job vacancies rate decreased by 0.34 percentage points and the number of job vacancies ...

Parliament to convene Wednesday to consider state of alert

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Parliament will convene on Wednesday in a joint sitting to vote on a government's decision establishing the state of alert in Romania, according to a decision of a joint meeting of the standing bureaus of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. Parliament's plenary sitting is scheduled to start at 15:00hrs, EEST.The standing bureaus approved on Tuesday a letter from Prime Minister Ludovic Orban under which Parliament is informed about Government Decision No.394 / ...

Iohannis warns of more outbreaks if pandemic rules constantly violated

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that if the rules imposed to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic are "constantly" violated, there will be new outbreaks and a wave of getting sick, asking local authorities to play a "firmer" part in the communities they manage."The virus is still among us. The more we realise that it is everyone's responsibility to follow a few simple rules of prevention, the greater our chances of everyone controlling and ultimately ...

GCS: COVID-19 death toll rises by 11 to 1,141

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 death toll is reaching 1,141, the Strategic Communication group (GCS) informs on Tuesday. The north-eastern Suceava County and Bucharest further report Romania's first and second-highest numbers of coronavirus infection cases: 3,478 and 1,659, respectively, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) informs. Romania has a total of 17,191 people confirmed as infected with the novel coronavirus. As many as 155 new cases of people infected with ...

PSD tables simple motion against IntMin Vela up for vote on May 26

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Social Democratic Party (PSD) floor leader in the Senate Radu Preda told a plenary meeting on Tuesday that his party tabled a simple motion called "Romanian democracy adrift. With a broken sail in a pandemic" against Interior Minister, Marcel Vela using a pun on minister's family name that can also mean sail."In accordance with the provisions of the Regulations, I am hereby submitting the simple motion against Minister of Interior, Marcel Vela, called 'Romanian ...

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia convene in quadrilateral meeting to discuss travel relaxation

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


 Bulgaria’s PM, Boyko Borissov has announced that his country plans to lift the quarantine for tourists coming from Greece and Serbia as of June 1, while the Romanian Government has not taken any decision yet to open the borders for his citizens. The Bulgarian PM had a video conference with his Romanian, Greek and Serbian counterparts today. The four prime ministers will also have a meeting face to face on June ...

Survey: 75% of Europeans have travel plans in 2020; in Romania the share is 87%

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Three quarters of Europeans (75%) are planning to travel in 2020, mainly within their country, while six out of ten (60%) of them think their holiday budget will be the same as before the pandemic just a bit smaller, results of a survey made by LuggageHero and All4Travel. On the same topic answers in Romania exceed European average, the share of those who want to travel inside the country being 87%. According to the source, 75% of respondents declare ...

Five additional crossing points into Romania to open on Wednesday

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Interior Minister Marcel Vela said on Tuesday at Nadlac that after discussions in Budapest with his Hungarian counterpart from Hungary, five more crossing points into Romania were agreed to be opened."Starting tomorrow, after discussions, the Romanian and Hungarian Border Police will allow the transit of cars to take place through several more crossing points," Vela told journalists at the Nadlac I Border Crossing Point.He mentioned that the Cenad, ...

Restaurants in Romania will reopen on June 15

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Restaurants that serve their clients outdoors (terraces) will reopen in Romania on June 1, and indoor restaurants will resume operations on June 15. Dragos Petrescu, president of the Romanian restaurant association HORA and the owner of the City Grill restaurant chain, made the announcement after a meeting between prime minister Ludovic Orban and the HoReCa industry representatives on May ...

IRES Survey: The impact of COVID-19 on the life of Romanians

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


More than four out of ten Romanians (44%) are willing to vaccinate themselves against the coronavirus, once a homologated one would become available. In contrast, 33% would not get vaccinated, regardless of the circumstances, a survey by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES) revealed. The survey on The impact of COVID-19 on the life of Romanians was carried out among 1,027 respondents, older than 18, on May 13 and May ...

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