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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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American embassy worried about timing of government ordinance on local elected officials

28 august 2014

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The embassy of the United States in Bucharest voiced ‘concern’ on the timing of the draft government emergency ordinance allowing local elected official to opt for a different party within ten days. ‘We have heard arguments for and against the proposed emergency ordinance related to local officials. We are concerned with its timing. We have [...]

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President Basescu: Government Order on mayors’ political migration profoundly electoral

28 august 2014

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President Traian Basescu says that Government Order No. 45 on elections is unconstitutional, while another order ‘on mayors’ transfers’ has ‘a profound electoral nature’; he called the government to refrain from issuing it. ‘The Government Emergency Order No. 45 of June 26 is the one modifying both the Central Electoral Bureau and the representation in [...]

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Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline inaugurated with Romanian, Moldovan Prime Minister and EU Energy Commissioner attending

28 august 2014

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Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, his Moldovan counterpart Iurie Leanca and European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger this Wednesday lit in the town of Zagarancea – Ungheni rayon, the inaugural torch on the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline, with the two states’ official delegations and locals attending the ceremony. “Exactly one year ago I was here with [...]

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Ponta: Romania has clear, firm position alongside EU, US of support for Ukraine

23 august 2014

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Romania has a clear and very firm position, alongside the European Union and the United States of America of support for Ukraine, as the situation of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict is building up instead of settling, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said during a visit to this eastern Romanian Danube River port city on Friday. Ponta said [...]

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Boxing: Bute makes comeback to ring on Dec. 6, in Montreal supergala

23 august 2014

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Romanian super middleweight world boxing champion Lucian Bute will make a comeback to the ring on December 6, almost one year since the defeat by points suffered before Canadian Jean Pascal, as he has announced he will take part in a supergala in Montreal. “It’s official — next match on December 6… details soon … [...]

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PSD congress validating Ponta’s candidacy for President due on Sept 12, official launch on Sept 20

23 august 2014

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Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader, Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced on Friday that the Social Democrats will most likely hold a congress on September 12 to validate his presidential candidacy; the launch ceremony will be held on September 20. “We shall most likely hold the congress that will validate the election results in all county [...]

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Over 18 million citizens can vote in presidential election

23 august 2014

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The Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) has announced on Friday that in the first round of the presidential elections (November 2) 18,336,254 citizens have the right to vote; in the second round (November 16) the number is 18,334,071. According to a press release of the AEP, 530,446 Romanian citizens residing abroad can vote on November 2, [...]

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Iohannis’ message for August 23: King Mihai is truly a hero

23 august 2014

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In a message for the 70th anniversary of the August 23, 1944 historic event, national leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Klaus Iohannis says King Mihai is truly a hero. Iohannis and PNL are extending in the message ‘the most distinguished homages and wonderful thoughts to His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania.’ ‘It [...]

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PM Ponta: Biggest problem is we have approved projects, but fail to spend money

23 august 2014

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta, during a visit to this eastern Romanian Danube River port city on Friday urged the local mayors to legally and quickly spend the funds they have available. ‘The biggest problem is that while we have already approved projects, we fail to spend the money. Tenders are being called, they are being [...]

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Tennis: Simona Halep runs for WTA Player of the Month

Romanian female tennis player Simona Halep, next Monday to become the worlds’ No.2, runs for the title of the WTA Player of the Month and also for that of the WTA Rising Star Of The Month. Competing for the WTA Player of the Month in July are Romania’s Halep (22 of age), American Serena Williams, [...]

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President Basescu: Between Ponta and Iohannis, I would vote Iohannis for president

President Traian Basescu qualified Prime Minister Victor Ponta as ‘a weaker politician than I was’; speaking at B1 TV on Tuesday, he mentioned that the difference was obvious when they signed the cohabitation pact. ‘I had my back against the wall after the elections, with a 70 percent majority that could have chosen not to [...]

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President Basescu to reject PM’s nominations for culture and budget ministers

President Traian Basescu warned that he will reject on Wednesday Prime Minister’s Victor Ponta nominees for the ministers of culture – Rozalia Biro of the Hungarian Democrat Union of Romania, and budget – Claudiu Manda of the Social Democratic Party. Speaking on Tuesday at the B1 TV station, the president said his rejection could be [...]

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PM Ponta: VAT cut for bread successful, to be maintained

Prime Minister Victor Ponta asserted that the VAT cut (from 24 percent to 9 percent) for bread was a successful initiative, and it would be continued. ‘The step of cutting the VAT for bread was successful and we will definitely continue it! An important assurance for everyone — we have adopted the VAT reduction for [...]

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PNL sues Gov’t over emergency ordinance amending law on presidential elections

National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday that the Liberals sued the Government for approving the emergency ordinance no. 45/2014 and called for its repeal, arguing that the ordinance illegally changes the legislation regarding the presidential elections in Romania, giving Prime Minister Victor Ponta several advantages in the elections. “We sued the [...]

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PSD’s National Council unanimously accepts Victor Ponta’s presidential bid

The National Council of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Tuesday unanimously accepted Victor Ponta’s bid for Romania’s President. The acceptance of the bid was announced by PSD Executive Chairman Liviu Dragnea after putting up for a vote a resolution on Ponta’s run for president of Romania. ‘The PSD enlarged National Council is taking notice [...]

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Ponta: Traian Basescu’s end coming in 100 days

Chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Prime Minister Victor Ponta, said on Tuesday at the party’s National Council meeting in Craiova that on December 22 this year the Romanians will regain their freedom, stressing that Traian Basescu’s end will come in 100 days. “Traian Basescu still has one hundred and some days, and [...]

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Victor Ponta: I am convinced that in November we will win presidential elections

Social Democrat Party (PSD) chairman, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, has stated, on Tuesday, at the PSD National Council in Craiova, that PSD will win the presidential elections in November 2014. “I have already launched my candidacy in Novaci, in Bengesti (e.n. — flood-affected areas), together with people who truly represent Romania, together with brave people, [...]

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PSD’s Rovana Plumb: We want a country that is strong in Europe and the world

Chair of the Women’s Organisation of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule, Rovana Plumb told a convention of the PSD National Council in Craiova on Tuesday that her party wants a strong country in Europe that is respected. She said PSD’s objective is a strong country that knows how to respect its citizens. [...]

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Code Orange alert of rains in place for six counties, Code Yellow for nine

The National Weather Forecaster on Monday extended a Code Orange alert of rains for six counties in southern and southwestern Romania – Gorj, Mehedinti, Dolj, Valcea, Olt and Arges. According to the National Meteorology Administration, there will be heavy rains in the above-mentioned counties starting Monday afternoon till the early hours of Monday night; there [...]

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Romanian team devises dental implant with unique natural-like mobility

Two researchers from Cluj Napoca have been working together for several years on the design of a dental implant that copies the mobility of a natural tooth. Stomatologist Manea Avram and Professor Dumitru Pop from the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering of the Cluj Napoca Technical University have managed, through cooperation that transgresses the boundaries [...]

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Balkan Athletics Championships: Romanians reap 9 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals on first day of competition

On Saturday, on the first day of the Balkan Athletics Competition, now at its 73rd edition, held in Pitesti, Romanian sports people won a commendable bunch of 17 medals, of which nine of gold. The winners of the top honors are as follows: Bianca Razor — 400m race; Nicoleta Anghelescu — javelin throw; Andreea Ograzeanu [...]

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Romania’s Muslims prepare to celebrate end of Ramadan

Ambassador of Turkey to Romania Omur Solendil and Turkey’s Consul-general Ali Bozçaliskan will attend on Sunday evening the Ramazan Bayrami religious service at the Abdul Medgid Mosque in the eastern city of Medgidia, celebrated by Dr. Mufti Muurat Yusuf, the head of the Muslim Cult in Romania. The event marks the end of the grand [...]

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President Basescu: Incumbent commissioner Ciolos welcome in the new European Commission

Romania’s candidate for a European commissioner position, incumbent Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos is welcome in the next European Commission, President Traian Basescu declared after the summit of the heads of state and government of the 28 EU states in Brussels on Wednesday night. ‘The Romanian candidate is accepted, at least in this stage. The [...]

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President Basescu: EU should take more resolute action on Ukraine

President Traian Basescu on Wednesday night called for more resolute action of the European Union as regards Ukraine, this being his point of view expressed at the European Council meeting in Brussels. “My point of view was that if the European Union does take more resolute action to impose sanctions, and immediately move to the [...]

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Ponta: I am calling on privately owned companies in Romania to enter partnerships with the education system

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday called on privately owned companies in Romania to enter partnerships with the Romanian educational system, underscoring that Romania’s vocational training has been restarted by modifying the relevant legislation. The Government House hosted the signing of a cooperation protocol and a partnership agreement between Automobile Dacia SA, the Mioveni Mayoralty [...]

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President Basescu: Law on incompatibility of elected local officials might affect Schengen accession

The changes to the law on community public utilities allowing mayors and county council chairpersons to be members of boards of these entities might impede Romania’s accession into the Schengen Area, President Traian Basescu asserted upon returning the law to the Parliament. ‘This seriously harms the goal I announced, that is at least beginning the [...]

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Petrom strikes oil under shallow Black Sea waters

OMV Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in South-Eastern Europe announces the success of an exploration well drilled in the Black Sea’s shallow waters, where tests point to a 1,500-2,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE)/day production potential, according to a company release remitted on Wednesday. The exploration well Marina 1 was drilled 60 km [...]

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MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu elected S&D coordinator for security and defence

Social Democrat MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu (of the Social Democratic Party, PSD) was elected on Tuesday in Strasbourg the coordinator of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) for the EP Committee on Security and Defence, according to a press release sent on Wednesday. In this capacity, the Romanian MEP will get involved in [...]

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Ponta: I do not want UDMR to pull out of Gov’t; I discussed with Kelemen, Corlatean

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday said that he does not want the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), minor at rule, to pull out of the Government, and that he talked with UDMR national leader Kelemen Hunor and Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean to find a solution. ‘I had an excellent relation with UDMR, I [...]

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Ponta: I shall announce name of the premier I back after presidential elections’ first round

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday evening told B1 TV private television broadcaster that he would announce the name of the Premier he would back as candidate to president, after the first round of the presidential elections. ‘I shall announce this [the Premier's name] — I have talked with my colleagues and I have a [...]

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Simona Halep: I’m one hundred percent made in Romania

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep said on Monday at Victoria Palace that as a tennis player, she is one hundred percent made in Romania and she wants to remain in the country. “I’m one hundred percent made in Romania as an athlete and I’m glad about it. I will never leave Romania and I’ll give [...]

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EduMin: 59.25 percent passing rate in Baccalaureate exams before appeals

59.25 percent of high-school graduates have passed the Baccalaureate exams in the June-July session, according to data centralized by the Ministry of National Education (MEN) before grade appeals were filed, remitted to the public on Monday. According to the ministry, the result is four percent higher than that of the same period of last year [...]

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Former Cluj mayor sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison

Former Mayor of Cluj-Napoca municipality (center-western Romania), Sorin Apostu was irrevocably sentenced on Monday by the High Court of Cassation and Justice to four years and six months imprisonment for bribe taking, money laundering, forgery in deeds by private signature. Sorin Apostu was initially sentenced in July 2013 to three years and six months in [...]

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Greenpeace activists from 7 countries stage protest at site of Chevron exploratory shale gas well in Pungesti

A group of Greenpeace activists from seven countries on Monday staged a protest in Pungesti, at the site of the exploratory shale gas well owned by U.S. company Chevron, pressing for a ban on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas extraction, reads a release of the environmental organization sent on Monday. The 25 Greenpeace activists from [...]

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President Basescu: If my brother did something illegal, he will answer in court

President Traian Basescu on Thursday gave assurances that he will not intervene with any state institution to protect his brother, Mircea Basescu, saying that if his brother did something illegal he will have to answer in court. ‘He is major and responsible for what he does. If he did something illegal, he will have to [...]

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Minister Teodorovici: Romania should use EEA, Norway Grants as soon as possible

Romania should use the EEA (European Economic Area) grants and Norway grants as soon as possible for the funds to quickly be accessed by the population and the other categories to which they are allotted, Minister for European Funds Eugen Teodorovici said on Wednesday, according to a release. Eugen Teodorovici on Wednesday attended the third [...]

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Ponta: Basescu should tender resignation following row involving his brother

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Thursday that the President of Romania Traian Basescu should resign from the position following a row involving his brother Mircea Basescu. ‘For the idea of justice, for the credibility of the justice system before the Romanians, for having confidence that nobody is above the law enforcement, this (the resignation [...]

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PM Ponta: We have necessary gas reserves in short term

Prime Minister Victor Ponta has announced that on Monday he had a discussion with Energy Minister Razvan Nicolescu, the conclusion being that, in the short term, Romania has the necessary gas reserves to keep “any problems” at bay. “We have the obligation to govern and you see that the situation in the region is deteriorating, [...]

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