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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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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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