April 18, 2016 10:20
Romanian labor ministry, Claudia-Ana Costea, resigned on April 14, 2016, after a scandal concerning the project the law regarding the salaries of the employees in the public sector. On April 18, 2016, Dragos Nicolae Pislaru was appointed as the new Ministry of Labor in the Ciolos Government. Pislaru was previously counsellor of the Prime Minister. He is an economist, graduate from of the Economic Studies in Bucharest where he was also a lecturer, and of the School of Economics and Political Science in London. He was an associate researcher at Romanian Center for economic Policies, and executive director within the Group of Applied Economy. Finalizing a unitary salary law was one of the objectives assumed by the Ministry of Labor at the beginning of the mandate. The finalizing term was supposed to be October 2016. After being subject to several changes of deadlines, and at least ten different forms where the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Sector, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Ministry of Justice, and syndicates have participated, the final draft of the law, that was supposed to be implemented in 4 years, kept the principle that no salary needs to drop, and the report between the minimum and the maximum wages have to be 1/15. ...more »
April 14, 2016 11:44
The final form of the giving in payment law that will extinguish obligations from mortgage loans regarding immovable properties was voted by 207 deputies. If President Klaus Iohannis would promulgate it, it will come to force in 15 days from that moment. The first attempt of issuing this law (25 November, Chamber of Deputies) was stopped by President Klaus Iohannis, who sent it back to the Parliament for reexamination, on the 18th of December, explaining how “The law is welcomed, but the form adopted by the Parliament, instead of helping the ones with mortgage loans, risks to create new difficulties, even to the point when it is impossible to apply it. Unclear terminology, mismatch with current regulations, and creating inequity situations among the beneficiaries of the law, are just a few of the problems of the regulatory document. Thus, today I resent the law to the Parliament, for reexamining. It is the Legislator’s attribution to define more rigorously the terms they use, so that confusions and haziness are avoided.”...more »
March 15, 2016 16:46
Technical surveillance warrants ordered in criminal proceedings were adopted on March 11, 2016 through a government ordinance in a special sitting. With the use of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) infrastructure, the prosecutors and criminal investigation bodies will be the only competent for enforcing the wiretapping warrants during criminal investigations, with direct use of technical systems and appropriate procedures. The Criminal Procedure Code, the Judicial Organization Law, the Statutes of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and the SRI Statutes were all ammended in order to make room for new regulations.  ...more »
March 05, 2016 08:04
European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova said in a press conference at the European Commission office in Bucharest that the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism will be kept in 2016, as the recently released report includes both progress registered by Romania and things that still need to be worked on. Jourova declared that Romania and Romanians have made great efforts to combat corruption and defend the independence of justice. ...more »
March 05, 2016 07:47
A memorandum, called "Increasing transparency and standardizing the posting of information of public interest" was initiated by the Ministry for Public Consultations and Civic Dialogue and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, stating that Central and local governmental authorities are asked to post online budget implementation, vacancies and centralized procurement data. "The Ministry for Public Consultations and Civic Dialogue is achieving today, three months after the inauguration of the incumbent government and the establishment from scratch of the ministry, one of the major objectives pledged under the Sectorial Measure Plan," says Minister for Public Consultations and Civic Dialogue Violeta Alexandru. ...more »
February 04, 2016 16:14
Tiberiu Nitu, Romania’s General Prosecutor, gives up his mandate in wake of accusations regarding the abusive use of official convoys, after his name appears in the Oprea file. Nitu justifies his resignation as a gesture of “responsibility and honor”, given that his name is “artificially associated with a situation that could have consequences towards the image of the institution” that he represents.  However, he stated that he did not ask for, nor did he benefit from the advantages of official convoys, in the spirit they are enacted, but he was given a device for protection and escort. One day after the public resignation, President Klaus Iohannis signs the decree for his relieve....more »
January 21, 2016 15:01
Romania is committed to it's role in the partnership with NATO and the EU as fundamental pillars of it's foreign policy said President Klauss Iohannis in a meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Romania. He also mentioned that "today, the future of the Schengen area is questionable. Romania is already acting as a state for the Schengen area and takes an active role in the construction of the European policy to protect and strengthen the Union's borders. Beyond the present circumstances, Romania maintains its goal of joining this space."...more »
January 14, 2016 11:59
The World Bank signed a memorandum of understanding with the Romanian Government for technical assistance to public institutions in order to support the structural reforms and the modernization of the public administration. The head of Wor...more »
January 13, 2016 14:14
In 2016 Romanians will be called for two sets of elections, locals which are set for early June, and Parliamentary elections to be organized at the end of November or early December. There are some important changes regarding the election process that were adopted by the Parliament in 2015, namely the law of political parties, the financing of political parties, the law of local elections, parliamentary elections law and postal voting law which allows Romanians from abroad to vote electronically. The postal voting adopted in parliament, will apply to parliamentary elections, being the first time that this vote is implemented for the Romanians in the diaspora. For local elections, the most important novelty is that the law provides for a single round election of mayors and presidents and vice presidents of local and county councils. Another amendment of the law is that EU citizens can be elected mayors....more »
December 18, 2015 14:17
In the context of the Strategic Partnership within NATO, the United States and Romania announced that major military components of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) in Romania, a key element in Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), are completed and have been handed over to the operational commander for future integration into the NATO Ballistic Missile Defense architecture....more »
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