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President-elect Iohannis: There’s need for Constitution revision

22 noiembrie 2014

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Romanian President-elect Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that, in his opinion, a Constitution revision is necessary and he promised to be a president who will follow “the letter and the spirit” of the fundamental law. “A revision of the Constitution is certainly necessary, for various reasons I do not want to list now, but certain [...]

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Basescu: Whoever believes Romania’s transformation is a five-year process is wrong

22 noiembrie 2014

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Outgoing President Traian Basescu said Friday that whoever believes Romania’s transformation is a five-year process is wrong. ‘Whoever believes Romania’s transformation is a five-year process is wrong. In the Romanian society, in the Romanian politics there are still enough resources to take steps back. It is the fundamental mission of the President to use all [...]

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Military helicopter crashes in central Romania; eight dead, two wounded

22 noiembrie 2014

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A helicopter has crashed on Friday near the town of Medias (north of Sibiu County, central Romania), sources in the county police say. Vice Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, also minister of interior and responsible for national security is heading a military prosecutors and police criminalists taskforce to the site where a military helicopter has crashed [...]

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Kovesi: There are over 4,800 cases open; we have large cases, targeting important people

20 noiembrie 2014

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Head prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, stated that there are over 4,800 cases open with the DNA, among them large, complex, cases, that target people with important positions. The DNA head mentioned that they will continue the rhythm of the inquiries developed by anti-corruption prosecutors and admitted that there are [...]

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Prosecutor General announces investigations into organization of presidential elections abroad

20 noiembrie 2014

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Prosecutor General of Romania, Tiberiu Nitu announced on Thursday that inquiries have been launched into the organization of the presidential elections abroad, stating this was the result of numerous notifications. He explained at the headquarters of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), that a criminal investigation was initiated into the criminal offense of preventing citizens [...]

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Romania must become energy producer in Black Sea region

20 noiembrie 2014

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Romania has extraordinary local energy resources and that is why it is very important that it should no longer remain merely a transit country in the Black Sea region, but it should also become an energy producer, the Energy Department director general Elena Popescu told an international specialised conference on Thursday. ‘Romania has very privileged [...]

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Melescanu: I tender resignation as foreign minister today

18 noiembrie 2014

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Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu announced he would tender resignation at the Government’s meeting on Tuesday. ‘Not all the Romanian citizens living abroad were able to exercise their voting right (in Sunday’s presidential run-off — editor’s note) and this thing must be taken responsibility for. Since we live in a country where nobody is too [...]

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Iohannis: Through you, Romania has built up strength to get well

17 noiembrie 2014

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Liberal head Klaus Iohannis dedicated his win in Sunday’s presidential elections to the Romanians and stressed Romania ‘has built up strength to get well’. ‘This victory is not mine, it is yours, the Romanians! Together we have showed during the last months that impossible does not exist, that anything can be achieved through belief and [...]

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Election Bureau: 378,811 Romanians from abroad voted in presidential runoff

17 noiembrie 2014

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As many as 378,811 Romanian voters have cast their ballots on Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections, according to the figures received by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) from the 294 polling stations set up abroad by 8 a.m. on Monday. According to BEC, the highest voter turnout was recorded in Italy [...]

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Candidate Ponta acknowledges Iohannis’s victory

17 noiembrie 2014

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Incumbent Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the presidential candidate of the Social Democrat Party – National Union for Romania’s Progress – Conservative Party acknowledged the victory of Klaus Iohannis of the Christian Liberal Alliance in the presidential runoff election on Sunday. He thanked Romanians for voting and said the people was always right. ‘I want to [...]

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Ponta: I will not resign Prime Minister position

17 noiembrie 2014

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The presidential candidate of the Social Democrat Party – National Union for Romania’s Progress – Conservative Party (PSD-UNPR-PC), Victor Ponta, has stated Sudnay evening that the parallel count of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) shows that the Liberal Klaus Iohannis has won the elections and has added that he will not resign the position of [...]

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Fondul Proprietatea fund sells 23.6 pct of Conpet for nearly 100 M lei

14 noiembrie 2014

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Fondul Proprietatea (FP) fund sold 23.6 percent of oil product transport company Conpet based in Ploiesti on the Bucharest Stock Exchange via a private placement, with the transaction standing at more than 99.79 million lei. (1 euro=4.4 lei) “Following the completion of the private placement procedure on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) of the ordinary [...]

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Agriculture to have much better GDP contribution in 2014 – minister

14 noiembrie 2014

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Agriculture will have a much better contribution to the Gross Domestic Product and to the economic growth of Romania, since the farm production this year will be higher than in 2013 and in the third quarter there is a record in terms of the trade in agri-foodstuffs, told Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Daniel [...]

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No teacher to return 150 euros subvention

14 noiembrie 2014

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The Ministry of European Funds (MFE) dismissed media allegations about teachers having to return a 150 euros subvention. In a release  on Thursday, the ministry explicitly stated that ‘teachers will not return a single penny of the 150 euros subvention’ received in a project within the Sectoral Operational Programme for Human Resources Development (SOPHRD); the [...]

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Over 270 companies present their offers at Romexpo, in 32nd edition of Romanian Tourism Fair

13 noiembrie 2014

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Over 270 companies of 14 countries will present their offers in the 32nd edition of the Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR), carried out at Romexpo exhibition centre, in the period November 13 – 16. Either having in mind already known destinations such as Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece or areas of Romania, such as Predeal, Maramures and Transylvania, [...]

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Kovesi requests former Minister Cristian David be stripped of immunity to face criminal investigation

11 noiembrie 2014

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Chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi has submitted to the attorney general a request for a criminal investigation of former Interior Minister Cristian David in relation to bribe taking and money laundering. The request should be forwarded to President Traian Basescu. ‘Chief Prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura [...]

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Coach Iordanescu: I took over the national soccer team in a delicate moment

11 noiembrie 2014

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Anghel Iordanescu begins his new term as coach of Romania’s national soccer team on Friday, on the game with Northern Ireland in the preliminaries of the 2016 European Championship. He sees this match as ‘the most important this year’ for the tricolours, who stand a chance to become leaders of their qualification group if they [...]

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PM Ponta: 2015, 2016 budgets aim at keeping 16 pct flat tax

4 noiembrie 2014

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta says the 2015-2016 state budget aims at keeping the 16 percent flat tax and cutting the special constructions tax on energy infrastructure from 1.5 percent to 1 percent. ‘I can say already that the budget has been drafted on the visit of the European Commission and FMI representatives late in November; [...]

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Election Bureau: 161,054 Romanians from abroad voted in Sunday’s presidential polls

3 noiembrie 2014

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As many as 161,054 Romanian voters turned out to the presidential ballot on Sunday, according to the figures received by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) from 294 polling stations set up abroad by 8 a.m. on Monday. The highest turnout was recorded in Italy (35,508 persons), then Spain (33,053), the Republic of Moldova (21,980) and [...]

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BEC – partial results: Ponta 40.01 pct, Iohannis 30.54 pct

3 noiembrie 2014

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Incumbent Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party – National Union for Romania’s Progress – Conservative Party alliance got 40.01 percent of the votes in the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday, while Christian Liberal Alliance’s candidate Klaus Iohannis got 30.54 percent, according to partial data released by the [...]

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Romania jumps to FIFA No. 21

24 octombrie 2014

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Romania’s national football team is No. 21 in FIFA rankings made public on Thursday; Romania have 876 points and have jumped five positions from Sept. Romania have not had such good rankings for more than five years, when the national team were No. 20 in the world rankings, in Feb. 2009. The Tricolour team’s jump [...]

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Ponta: By 2019, we should have enough gas for Romania and the Republic of Moldova

24 octombrie 2014

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Medias on Thursday, after having paid a visit to Transgaz and Romgaz, said that if the gas exploitation began in the Black Sea, by 2019, there should be enough gas for Romania and the Republic of Moldova. ‘Normally, if all the existing prospects referring to the gas in the Black [...]

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Each EU state should decide what suits it regarding shale gas, US official Bryan says

24 octombrie 2014

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Senior representative at the U.S. Mission at the European Union Elena Bryan said in Ploiesti (60 km north of Bucharest) on Thursday that each EU member should make a decision that should be best suited locally as regards the shale gas exploitation. Bryan explained that in the United States each state took its own decision [...]

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Tennis: Simona Halep qualifies for semifinals of the WTA Finals Tournament in Singapore

24 octombrie 2014

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Romanian tennis player Simona Halep on Thursday qualified for the semifinals of the WTA Finals taking place in Singapore, after Serena Williams lost her first game in the match against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, in the red Group of the competition. After winning her two first matches in Singapore, against Eugenie Bouchard (6-2, 6-3) and Serena [...]

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Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, to receive title of Doctor Honoris Causa of University of Bucharest

24 octombrie 2014

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The University of Bucharest will confer, on Saturday, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, during a ceremony that will take place in the Constantin Stoicescu hall of the Palace of the Law School. According to the Laudatio, Patriarch Theophilos had an important contribution to reforming the [...]

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Minister Teodorovici: Romania to close the current financial exercise with 80 pct EU funds absorption rate

23 octombrie 2014

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Minister of European Funds, Eugen Teodorovici, on Wednesday announced in Bucharest that Romania will absorb at least 80 per cent of the total funds earmarked by the EU for the period 2007-2013 by the end of next year. ‘With our invoices submitted to the European Commission totaling approximately 3.5 billion euros this year we will [...]

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Ibrahima Keita (Guinea): Romania was my destiny

23 octombrie 2014

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It was my destiny to come to Romania – says Ibrahima Keita, born in Guinea, who came to our country on a scholarship and remained here, fascinated with the beauty of the places. For 30 years, he worked as museographer at the Art Museum of Tulcea Municipality, having devoted most of his life to culture. [...]

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Tennis: Simona Halep defeats Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2 in Singapore WTA Finals

23 octombrie 2014

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Romanian tennis player Simona Halep secured a sensational victory against world’s No. 1 female tennis player, American Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2, in her second match at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Wednesday. Halep, #4 in the world, scored the biggest win of her career in only 65 minutes, after losing the three matches previously [...]

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PM Ponta: Financial markets trust Romania more than we do

23 octombrie 2014

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Private financial markets trust Romania more than we do, Prime Minister Victor Ponta declared on Wednesday at the government offices of Victoria Palace; he was referring to the country’s bonds issue at an interest rate below 3 percent, the press office of the Executive informed in a release . ‘It’s a favourable international context for [...]

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Over 90 US paratroopers in joint Romania – US drill at Campia Turzii Airbase

22 octombrie 2014

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Over 90 paratroopers of the 173rd US Airborne Infantry Brigade began on Tuesday morning joint Romania – US drills as part of an airborne operation carried out at the Campia Turzii Airbase, the US Embassy in Romania informs in a release. According to the cited source, the American paratroopers started the rapid response drill just [...]

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Most powerful laser in Europe, inaugurated in Magurele

22 octombrie 2014

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The most powerful laser in Europe and the second worldwide, of one petawatt, was inaugurated at the National Institute for Laser, Plasma & Radiation Physics (INFLPR) of Magurele (south-east of Bucharest) on Tuesday. ‘Today, we have the special satisfaction to assist to the completion and putting into operation of a high-level worldwide research infrastructure: the [...]

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Schedule of events in Bucharest and Sinaia to celebrate King Mihai’s 93rd birth anniversary

21 octombrie 2014

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The Royal House of Romania on Tuesday released a schedule of events to be held in Bucharest and Sinaia, October 23-30, to celebrate King Mihai I’s 93rd birth anniversary. The series of events starts on Thursday, October 23, with a decoration ceremony, followed by a reception at Peles Palace in Sinaia. In the evening, heiress [...]

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FinMin Petrescu: We aim to achieve 5-6 percent annual economic growth in medium term

21 octombrie 2014

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Romania can achieve an annual economic growth of 5-6 percent in the medium term, necessary to reach the development level of the West-European countries, provided it continues to take action to maintain the fiscal discipline, Minister of Public Finance Ioana Petrescu said on Tuesday at the EU-South East Europe Summit organized by The Economist. Ioana [...]

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PM Ponta: Romania will be energy independent, provide Moldova within five years

21 octombrie 2014

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta estimated that Romania would become energy independent within five years, and would be even capable of supplying energy to the Republic of Moldova. Speaking about shale gas on Monday, Ponta said the environmentalists’ protests against the use of this resource were one of the toughest moments of his term in office. [...]

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Papandreou: Romania is a success story, an example for Balkan countries

21 octombrie 2014

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President of the Socialist International and former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou said on Monday that Romania is an example of success in the Balkans and in the EU, adding that the Government in Bucharest can be an inspiration for other countries in the region. Despite the challenges facing Europe and the Balkans, there [...]

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Enrico Letta: Romania will have “to play a crucial role in Europe” after the election

21 octombrie 2014

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Romania will have ‘to play a crucial role in Europe,’ in the context of new opportunities arising, but also in the context of the geopolitical changes in the region of late, the former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Monday at the EU-Southeast Europe Summit. He said that Europe is at a crossroads right now [...]

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Law transferring Constanta Port shares to Local Council free of charge runs counter constitution

17 octombrie 2014

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The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) ruled on Thursday that the instructions of the Law on the free-of-charge transfer of more than 1.3 million share package held by the state in the National Company of the Administration of Maritime Ports S.A. Constanta accounting for 20 percent of the share capital to the Local Council of [...]

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Romania’s Andreea Chitu, Corina Caprioriu win gold at Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent

17 octombrie 2014

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Romanian judokas Andreea Chitu (world No. 3) and Corina Caprioriu (world No. 12) won the gold medal, each in her category, at the Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Romanian judoka Andreea Chitu won the gold medal of the 52 kilograms category by defeating Mongolian Tsolmon Adiyasmbuu (world No. 13). Romanian Corina Caprioriu won the [...]

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Basescu says never asked for any undercover officer list; Melescanu “lying”

16 octombrie 2014

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President Traian Basescu said on Wednesday he has never asked for a list of the undercover officers and insisted former Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) chief Teodor Melescanu is lying in this respect. ‘I have never asked for any list. The document shows Mr Melescanu has misinformed and has continued placing himself in the area of [...]

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ForMin: Romania’s joining OECD is major foreign policy objective

16 octombrie 2014

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Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, at a meeting with visiting Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), William Danvers on Wednesday voiced Romania’s interest in joining the organisation, as he said this is a major objective of the Romanian foreign policy, the foreign affairs ministry said in a release. Corlatean highlighted [...]

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