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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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Romania – project leader in building instrument for detection of tiny airborne particles

16 octombrie 2014

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Romania is a leader in an ambitious project of building an instrument for the detection and monitoring of tiny airborne particles, called lidar, informs a release of the Romanian Space Agency sent  on Wednesday. The new lidar — the first of this type in Europe — has the role of contributing to the mission of [...]

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EcoMin Nita: Taxes could be reanalysed when Gov’t tax revenue collection is 37-38pct of the GDP

16 octombrie 2014

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Tax on special structures as well as other rates and taxes could be reanalysed when the Romanian Government’s tax revenue collection reaches between 37 -38 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up from a current 32-33 per cent, Economy Minister Constantin Nita told a taxation conference on Wednesday. ‘When the tax revenue collection [...]

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European Commission approves Romanian green certificate reduction for energy-intensive users

16 octombrie 2014

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The European Commission has found on Wednesday that the Romanian green certificate reduction scheme, reducing the contributions of certain energy-intensive users to the financing of renewable energy, is in line with EU state aid rules, the EU executive said in a press release. According to the Commission conclusions, the partial compensation for the cost of [...]

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Stories from the heart of an Italian

15 octombrie 2014

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Patrizio Trequattrini is an Italian man who does not speak Romanian very well but who can feel the hidden meanings of the Romanian soul like few others. He is irredeemably in love with Cluj and its people, whom he has nested in his heart, which is beating now to a great extent because of Cluj [...]

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Mergea and Draganja advance to men’s doubles quarterfinals of Vienna Open

15 octombrie 2014

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Romanian Florin Mergea and Croat Marin Draganja on Tuesday evening advanced to the quarterfinals of the 521,405-euro ATP Erste Bank Open 2014 tennis tournament in Vienna, after defeating Federico Delbonis (Argentine)/Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine), 4-6, 6-3, 10-8. Mergea and Draganja, seeded 3rd, have secured 4,680 euros and 45 ATP points, and in the quarterfinals they will [...]

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President Basescu: Neither Ponta, nor Iohannis have my support; both are liars and corrupt

14 octombrie 2014

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President Traian Basescu declared that he does not support Victor Ponta or Klaus Iohannis as presidential candidates, because they are both ‘liars and corrupt’; he mentioned his consistent support for Elena Udrea, the candidate of the People’s Movement Party (PMP). ‘I have seen over the past couple of months a furious campaign of the two [...]

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Ponta: National investment first recorded at Margineni

14 octombrie 2014

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta said at Margineni, the eastern Bacau county on Monday that the project on the public lighting by using sun energy to be implemented in the rural town is a first for Romania that ‘can stimulate the development of an area of using the non-conventionally made electric power, still not tackled in [...]

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Labor Minister Plumb announces 5 pct rise in pensions, 16 pct increase in disability benefits as of 2015

14 octombrie 2014

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Pensions will rise by 5 percent as of January 2015 and disability benefits will also grow by 16 percent, Labor Minister Rovana Plumb told a conference on private pensions this Monday. The pension growth will exceed the percentage increase set forth by the law, which corresponds to inflation pegging plus 50 percent of the real [...]

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Russian gas flow ticker: Supplies to Romania further 9.2 pct below normal

14 octombrie 2014

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Russian gas supplies to Romania this Monday were 9.2 percent below normal (and so where Sunday’s shipments) although initially Gazprom had announced a 10.6 percent cut for the day, representatives of the Energy Department told. On Friday, Russian gas supplies had been 13.6 percent down from normal, although Gazprom had announced it would tighten them [...]

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Romanian artistic gymnast Iordache wins floor silver medal at World Championships

13 octombrie 2014

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Romania’s female artistic gymnast Larisa Iordache on Sunday won the silver medal in the floor event of the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China, with 14,800 points, 6.3 difficulty score and an execution score of 8.5. This is her second medal at the 45th edition of the world championships, after the silver medal secured [...]

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A Japanese exchanges Tokyo civilization for Romania’s beauty

13 octombrie 2014

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Rural Romania after the 1989 revolution changed the life of a young Japanese photographer, who was so impressed by the beauty of the places and the kindness of the people that he decided to come back. Eventually, Tadao Shibata left behind the fixed, precise, well-organized, but frenzied life in Tokyo, and went for the beauty [...]

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Romania’s Prosecutor General: Lukoil’s withdrawal announcement puts pressure on prosecutors

10 octombrie 2014

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Romania’s Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu on Thursday said that the announcement of the Lukoil representatives on closing down the Petrotel Ploiesti refinery unless the lien on the company’s goods is lifted, was meant to put pressure on the prosecutors of the Prosecutor’s Office near the Court of Appeal of Ploiesti. ‘This statement is in my [...]

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Labour Minister Plumb: Implementing youth guarantee scheme top priority for EU governments

10 octombrie 2014

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Implementing the youth guarantee scheme is the top priority for all the governments of the European Union Countries, the Minister of Labour, Family Social Protection and Elderly Rovana Plumb said on Wednesday at the Romania TV station after a high-level conference on employment in Europe, held in Milan (Italy). ‘Both myself and the prime minister [...]

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President Basescu: Unless Lukoil resumes production, I ask government to be ready to take over refinery

10 octombrie 2014

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  President Traian Basescu said on Thursday that the Government must be prepared to take over the refinery in Ploiesti, unless Lukoil resumes production on Friday. “I am not discussing the ‘autochthonous’ approaches, only the threat, the pressure put by a leader of the Lukoil company against the prosecutors and the Government of Romania. I [...]

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Anticorruption Directorate: PM Victor Ponta not a suspect in Microsoft case

3 octombrie 2014

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The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), answering a question  on Wednesday, stated that Prime Minister Victor Ponta is not a suspect or indicted in the Microsoft corruption case. ‘At present, the person mentioned in your request is not a suspect or indicted in the case you mentioned,’ DNA answered to the press agency’s question on Ponta’s [...]

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PM Ponta: Romania to call for visa lifting for Ukraine as soon as possible

3 octombrie 2014

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Thursday that Romania will call for visa lifting for the Ukrainian citizens “as soon as possible”. “Romania calls for lifting of visas for Ukraine as soon as possible, as it was achieved in the case of [Republic of] Moldova. … I believe that this decision should be taken at [...]

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Labour Minister: Over 287,000 Romanians contribute to value added of Germany’s economy

3 octombrie 2014

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There are 287,000 Romanian citizens who are living and working in Germany, thus contributing to the value added of Germany’s economy, and in this context, Romania and Germany will sign a memorandum of understanding on supporting the youth, the vulnerable groups and the elderly, Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly, Rovana Plumb [...]

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World Bank’s Capannelli: Romania should invest in education

3 octombrie 2014

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Romania should invest in education, because 15 to 20 percent of its people lacks elementary education, although excellence areas exist, World Bank Country Manager for Romania Elisabetta Capannelli said on Thursday at the Aspen Institute Romania conference ‘Unleashing the Potential of Eurasia. Strategic Choices on the New Silk Road’ in Bucharest. There are excellence areas [...]

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BEC to establish order of candidates on ballot on Tuesday; the 14 candidacies remain final

29 septembrie 2014

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The Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) on Tuesday will establish by draw the order of appearance of the candidates and the election signs on the ballot papers, according to a decision adopted on Sunday. Also on Sunday, BEC adopted the proceeding according to which the candidacies and election signs of the 14 politicians registered in the [...]

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Tennis: Simona Halep, winner in first round of Beijing tournament

29 septembrie 2014

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Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, ranked second worldwide, has surpassed Barbora Zahlarova-Strycova (the Czech Republic) in two sets, 6-1, 6-4, in the inaugural round of the 5,427,105-dollar WTA tournament in Beijing. The match lasted for one hour and 27 minutes. Simona Halep, who has celebrated her 23rd birthday on Saturday, had lost the only previous [...]

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Macovei proposes checking finance sources of Victor Ponta’s candidacy launch event on National Arena

29 septembrie 2014

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Monica Macovei, an independent candidate in the presidential elections, has commented on the launch events of her competitors, saying they were all “banal”, with the exception of the “pharaonic” launch event of Victor Ponta on the National Arena, a check of the financing sources of the event organized by the Social Democrat Party-Conservative Party-National Union [...]

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Minister of Finance: We are meeting investor needs; want to create fiscal framework for sustainable development

29 septembrie 2014

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Minister of Public Finances, Ioana-Maria Petrescu, has presented, in Houston, at the World Affairs Council conference, investment opportunities in Romania for foreign businessmen, showing that the priority of her mandate is creating an incentive fiscal framework, appropriate for developing businesses and raising the number of investors in Romania. “We are coming to meet the needs [...]

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Maramures: Melescanu states he entered presidential race due to moral and professional obligation

29 septembrie 2014

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Teodor Melescanu, an independent candidate to the Presidency of Romania, has stated, on Sunday, in Baia Mare, that he has taken this step due to a moral and professional obligation. “I am running for a very simple reason: through the nature of my activity, of my activity as a professor, but also my administrative activities [...]

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Li Keqiang on 65th China-Romania relations anniversary: Fresh starting point to deeper bilateral trust

2 septembrie 2014

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Prime Minister of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang said at the end of a meeting with visiting Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta with the two official delegations also attending that the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Romania represent ‘a fresh starting point’ to [...]

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Craiova first Romanian local administration to sign financing contract with Chinese company

2 septembrie 2014

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Craiova (southwestern Romania) is the first Romanian local administration that signed a financing contract with a Chinese company, Mayor Lia Olguta Vasilescu announced on Monday in Beijing, after she signed a memorandum for the building of several homes in the seat city of Dolj County. Romanian and Chinese PMs Victor Ponta and Li Keqiang (left [...]

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AgriMin Constantin: At end-October Romania will host China-Central and Eastern Europe Agriculture Forum

2 septembrie 2014

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Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin on Monday announced that at the end of October this year Bucharest will be hosting the China-Central and Eastern Europe Forum, as part of the world’s largest international agriculture fair, this being the first event of its kind ever organised outside the People’s Republic of China. On [...]

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Development Minister Dragnea: There is real cooperation potential between Romania and China in many fields

2 septembrie 2014

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At a meeting this Monday, in Beijing, with representatives of the main Chinese companies and banks doing business in Romania or wanting to do business in Romania, Romania’s Development Minister Liviu Dragnea said the time of prospecting for economic and commercial ties starts finalising with actual projects benefiting both countries. He added that there is [...]

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PM Ponta: Government to issue emergency ordinance on elected local officials

28 august 2014

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The government will issue an emergency ordinance on Thursday that allows elected local officials opting within 45 days for another party, without thus losing the places they won, Prime Minister Victor Ponta. ‘We also have today [on our agenda] the emergency ordinance on elected local official. I am assuming it — someone said I was [...]

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President Basescu urges Valcov to be minister of Romania budget, not electoral interests

28 august 2014

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President Traian Basescu told new Minister-delegate for Budget Darius Valcov on Thursday that he was taking up a difficult portfolio and urged him to be a minister of the Romanian budget, not electoral interests. “Carry out your activity by submitting to the law”, Basescu told Valcov, adding he can consult him any time he wishes. [...]

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