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Verdict postponed in Romanian businessman-politician Dan Voiculescu's political police case The Romanian High Court of Justice postponed until March 10 on Thursday a verdict for the case in which influential businessman-politician Dan Voiculescu challenged a previous court decision that he collaborated with the Ceausescu-era political police, the Securitate, news agency Agerpres reports.
Confidential report says General Secretariat of the Government must be restructured The General Secretariat of the Romanian Government (SGG) must be restructured as it has too many functions and a more consolidated structure should be considered, shows a confidential report of the World Bank, obtained by HotNews.ro. According to the document, the number of agencies which report directly to the prime minister or the SGG is too high and should be cut.
Parties supporting Romania governing coalition have signed collaboration protocol The political groups supporting the governing coalition signed on Wednesday a protocol of partnership between the Democratic Liberals (PDL), Hungarian Democrats (UDMR), the National Union for the Progress of Romania and the group of national minorities other than Hungarians.
Liberal leader: President's suspension is a realistic objective National Liberal Party (PNL, opposition) president Crin Antonescu said on Monday that the replacement of President Traian Basescu and of the Government was not "unrealistic" and that it is the target of the Social Liberal Union - the alliance of PNL with fellow opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD).
Governing coalition protocol may be signed on Wednesday The protocol of the governing coalition of Democratic Liberals (PDL) and Hungarian Democrats (UDMR) will most probably signed at the Parliament Palace at noon on Wednesday, PM Emil Boc said on Monday.
Comedian turned businessman elected head of Romania's Green Party Romania's Green Party has announced that Mugur Mihaescu, a well known member of comedy group Vacanta Mare who has turned to business over the past several years, has been elected executive president of the political group. The Greens announced the launch of a Manifesto called "Enough! It can be different!". The actor is expected to hold a press conference this week to provide details about the Green manifesto.
UDMR Senator says party should leave government and sign protocol with opposition Social Liberal Union Romanian Hungarian Democratic (UDMR) Senator Gyorgy Frunda said in an online talk with HotNews.ro readers on Monday that he considered himself as a representative of the opposition within UDMR, a political group which elected a new leader in a congress this weekend. UDMR's newly elected president Kelemen Hunor wants his party to remain a part of the coalition government led by Democratic Liberals (PDL). But Gyorgy Frunda said he would rather have UDMR withdraw from the coalition and sign a protocol with the opposition USL - the union of Social Democrats (PSD) and National Liberals (PNL).
Democratic Liberal deputy resigns from party Democratic Liberal (PDL) MP Clement Negrut announced in a press conference on Friday that he resigned from the party two weeks after he announced his resignation from political positions he held in the Alba county, Romanian news agency Agerpres reports.
Who are the candidates for party leadership at Hungarian Democratic congress The Hungarian Democrats (UDMR), a political group which is part of the governing coalition, elects its new leadership this weekend after 18 years in which UDMR president Marko Bela stood at the helm of the group. Three candidates are trying to take his place, with Kelemen Hunor, Marko Bela's protege, a favorite to take over.
Social Democratic leader: Opposition parties to submit censure motion should government assume responsibility over Labor Code Romania's Social Democratic Party (PSD, opposition leader) Victor Ponta said on Tuesday that his party and fellow National Liberals (PNL) would submit a censure motion, should the Government assume responsibility in Parliament over a changed Labor Code, news agency Mediafax reports.
Romania PM Boc: Collective working contracts to be approved by special law Collective working contracts will be approved by a special law, Romanian PM Emil Boc has announced. He made the announcement as he holds consultations with parliamentary groups from the governing coalition on Tuesday on the content of the future Labor code and the possibility to adopt the bill by assumption of responsibility before the Parliament.
Romania President Basescu: Failure in advancing high level corruption files would certainly lead to negative report this summer Romania President Traian Basescu said on Monday that a failure in advancing high level corruption files would lead to a negative European report on Romania. He said in a press statement linked to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism that he would not have his words taken for meddling with justice affairs but that he had the duty to overview the good functioning of state institutions.
Sources: Romania President visited Central Bank on Monday in attempt to have governor Isarescu accept PM position Romanian President Traian Basescu visited the National Central Bank (BNR) headquarters on Monday afternoon in an attempt to convince BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu accept the seat of prime minister, according to sources close to the Presidency. They said the president arrived at the BNR HQ at about 4 p.m.. "It's not the first time the President tries to convince Isarescu, the question is - will he succeed?", sources said. On the other hand, BNR sources told HotNews.ro the talks between Basescu and Isarescu focused on late payments in the economy and that no political issue was discussed.
Romanian President Basescu says governing party has credibility issues speaks on border points corruption Romanian President Traian Basescu said in an interview published by Romania libera newspaper on Monday that the governing Democratic Liberal Party that he is linked to should exclude controversial members who are subject of corruption charges. In the same interview he spoke about the recent inquiries on corruption at Romania's border points.
PSD – PNL alliance will be decided on February 5th Social Democrats and Liberals will vote in the first half of February whether there will be an alliance between the two parties, leaders Crin Antonescu and Victor Ponta announced in a common press conference. Antonescu said that representation on electoral lists will be fifty - fifty.
Liberals and Conservatives to sign the protocol for the Center Right Alliance  National Liberal Party President Crin Antonescu and Conservative Party leader Daniel Constantin will sign, on Monday the protocol for the creation of the Center Right Alliance and all odds are that the alliance will be registered in court as well in the same day.
Marko Bela endorses Kelemen Hunor as head of the Hungarian Democratic Party Incumbent Hungarian Democratic Party President, Marko Bela declared on Friday that he endorses the candidacy of Kelemen Hunor for President of the party at the party’s congress in February but said that there are also other people who can occupy this position.
Party leader calls for long term alliance with fellow opposition groups Dan Voiculescu, leader of the small but influential Conservative Party (PC), said in an interview for Romanian news agency Agerpres on Tuesday that he wanted a "three-way political alliance of Social Democrats [PSD], National Liberals [PNL] and PC, a long term, 5-10 year alliance to cover several electoral cycles".
UPDATE Education Law constitutional, court decides. President Basescu signs the bill Romania's Constitutional Court decided on Tuesday that a recently adopted Education Law was constitutional, thus rejecting claims against its constitutionality submitted by Senate speaker Mircea Geoana and opposition MPs, news agency Agerpres reports.UPDATE President Traian Basescu signed the Education Law on Tuesday and is expected to hold a press statement later today.
UDMR leader Marko Bela will not run for another mandate 
Hungarian Democratic Party leader Marko Bela announced on Saturday that he will not run for another mandate as head of the party, underlying that his gesture does not mean he will withdraw from politics. 

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