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President Iohannis: Romania needs a stable government, upright Prime Minister
Romania's President Klaus Iohannis has sent a letter to leaders of parties and groups represented in Parliament, inviting them to consultations on Monday, June 26, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, in order to designate a candidate for the prime minister office. more »
Censure motion to be debated and voted next Wednesday
The debates and the vote on the no confidence motion will take place next Wednesday, 21 June, starting with 11:00 am, the Chamber of Deputies informs in a press release. On Sunday, 18 June, the text of the censure motion called "Romania cannot be seized. We defend democracy and Romanians' vote" was read in front of the joint chambers of the Parliament. The document was initiated and signed by 223 PSD (Social Democratic Party, major at rule) and ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, minor at rule) deputies and senators, a release by the Chamber of Deputies informs.  more »
June 07, 2017 12:17
Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu stated that the Executive doesn't intend to abandon the idea of enforcing household taxation, but he mentioned that the timing and manner in which the system will be enforced will be decided on following an analysis that is underway at the Finance Ministry.  "It's an analysis that the finance minister and others have to put forth. It won't be abandoned in any case. Following this analysis, we will chose very well the moment, to know the pluses, the minuses, what we have to do from the moment in which we are to implement this system," Grindeanu stated after attending a working meeting with the finance minister and the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) leadership....more »
May 15, 2017 17:16
The Cyberint National Centre, operating under the authority of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), has successfully deflected a cyberattack attempt against a governmental institution of Romania. SRI says in a press statement that it conducted its action based on a notification from Romania's Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE). According to SRI, the attempt most likely originated with an entity associated with the APT28 / Fancy Bear cybercrime ring....more »
May 09, 2017 15:57
President Klaus Iohannis declared that the first negotiation topic with the UK, in the Brexit context, is that regarding citizens and their rights, adding that he would get strongly involved in this process to make sure that the rights of Romanians living in the UK are respected.  He underscored that the discussions on this topic will be carried out by the EU27 in one single, unitary voice, in a team format....more »
March 30, 2017 14:14
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader declared that starting off procedures to dismiss from office the attorney general and the chief prosecutor with the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) is currently inopportune. "Given the context, and after considering all constitutionality, legality and opportunity factors I have mentioned, (...) I believe that this is not an opportune time to start off the institutional mechanisms to dismiss from office the attorney general and the DNA chief prosecutor," Toader told a news conference quoted by Agerpress.  ...more »
March 28, 2017 15:44
Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi stated on Monday, after the meeting with Justice Minister Tudorel Toader that she wasn't requested to resign and she is not intending to resign.  "I wasn't requested to resign, I don't intend to resign, I don't have any reason to resign, the DNA did its job. It was a discussion about which I don't want to share many details, you will find out after this stage is completed," Laura Codruta Kovesi stated upon exiting the Justice Ministry....more »
March 24, 2017 10:12
Brigadier General Razvan Ionescu is the new first deputy to head of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Eduard Hellvig. According to SRI, Ionescu will take over beginning 24 March. SRI specifies that Razvan Ionescu is 45 and has a more than two-decade long experience in the SRI's operative work. The new first deputy of SRI is a graduate of the Physics Faculty of the University of Bucharest. ...more »
March 14, 2017 11:21
Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader said that terminating the protocols of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) with the prosecution authorities is not enough, but that they should also be declassified in order to shed light on the prosecutors' collaboration with intelligence services.  "As a principle, intelligence services are structures of the rule of law state. Their powers complement other state competencies. I mean we cannot deny the public utility of these services, but we cannot allow them to interfere with the judicial activities of criminal prosecution or the trial, either....more »
March 09, 2017 14:56
President Klaus Iohannis asserts that the political Declaration adopted on Wednesday by the Parliament is a disturbing signal regarding the the outlook the Legislative has got upon the way it relates to the state's authorities and bodies, as well as to the civil society.  "The political declaration adopted today by the Parliament of Romania - whose detailed analysis from the judicial point of view questions the rigor of the concepts and arguments -, although it claims the role of the Parliament in the institutional architecture of the Romanian state, in fact it is a worrisome signal on the outlook the Parliament has upon the way it relates to the other authorities and institutions of the state, as well as to the civil society," says the president, according to a release by the Presidential Administration....more »
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