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Date was set for Romania government to assume responsibility for austerity measures: June 7 Romania's prime minister Emil Boc will face Parliament on Monday, June 7 to announce his government assumes responsibility for a set o austerity measures aimed at helping overcome the economic crisis, including pension cuts and cuts in the salaries of state employees. Amendments to two bills including the government measures may be submitted until Friday. The announcement was made by Senate speaker Mircea Geoana on Wednesday.
Governing Democratic Liberals facing uphill struggle in fight for seats in Romania's Constitutional Court The governing Democratic Liberals (PDL) face major troubles in their efforts to have their candidates take over seats in the Constitutional Court, a body that has a major role to say  in the economic and political reforms in Romania and which sparked many controversies recently in key fronts in the fight against corruption.
Market referee proposes confidentiality clause for public acquisition contracts The Romanian National Authority for the Regulation and Monitor of Public Acquisitions (ANRMAP) purposes the introduction of confidentiality clauses in standard contracts and attribution documents in the public acquisition domain for transport, environment and energy, open to public debate
Romanian President asked the Parliament to adopt Penal and Civil Codes Romanian President Traian Basescu asked in a letter the speakers of the two Chambers of the Parliament to adopt the Penal Code and the Civil Code.
Hillary Clinton: We decided to work on lifting the visas for Romanians, but Congress demands need be obeyed "As EU and NATO member, we believe that the Romanian citizens deserve to travel freely to the US, without visas", press statement posted by Romanian Foreign Affairs minister Teodor Baconschi on the State Department's website after meeting his US homologue Hillary Clinton read. In her turn, the American state secretary said the Washington administration is willing to work with the administration in Bucharest so that the Romanian citizens would follow the rules to obtain the visas, but in lines with the standards imposed by the Congress and stipulated by the US legislation.
Simple motion against Romania Finance minister fails in House of Deputies Romania's House of Deputies rejected on Tuesday a simple motion against Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu of the Democratic Liberal (PDL) government, which was signed by 51 Liberal MPs. The motion was rejected 143 votes against 130 with 6 abstentions.
Austerity measures package for which Romanian govt assumes responsibility lands in Parliament on Monday A set of bills setting ground for a series of austerity measures for which the Government will assume responsibility would land in Parliament on Monday. The two bills focus on the adoption of necessary measures to reestablish budgetary balance and of measures in the pensions as agreed by the government with the IMF to cut budget deficit.
Environment minister: The waste collection and recycling system in Romania works just like in a third world country The local authorities are "the weak link" in the waste management in Romania, Romanian Environment minister Laszlo Borbely declared in an interview for HotNews.ro. According to him, there are big cities "where nothing is done". The Environment Ministry is preparing a normative act project for the local leaders, whereby performance criteria are going to be introduced. Local authorities will be compelled that from the total quantity of garbage collected in the county, only a maximum of 85% can be subject to complete destruction, while at least 15% of the collected garbage must be recycled. 
Economy minister: State to sell at stock exchange part of Petrom shares to participate in OMV enlargement capital The Romanian state will take to the stock exchange part of the shares owned in Petrom in order to participate at the capital enlargement desired by OMV and to bring funds to budget, Economy minister Adriean Videanu announced on Thursday, May 27, quoted by Romanian news agency Agerpres. 
Communication minister:14,000 acquisition procedures were cancelled in the national electronic system. People in ministries have started to fear DNA Out of 20.000 public acquisition procedures launched in the national electronic system within six months, 14,000 have been cancelled after various contestations have been submitted, Romanian Communication minister Gabriel Sandu declared on Thursday. According to him, ministerial staff started to be afraid to sign contracts, so that the press would not report negatively on it and avoid landing a file with the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA).
President to discuss again with parliamentary groups on austerity measures Romanian President Traian Basescu has called a meeting for tomorrow, May 25, with representatives of the parliamentary groups supporting the current government, to discuss the set of austerity measures proposed by the Executive, Agerpres informs.
Sed Lex: Administration general strike could be postponed from May 31 to the day of voting the motion or taking responsibility The General strike from the Romanian public administration system could be moved from May 31st to the day the government will go to the Parliament with the austerity measures plan for which it intends to take responsibility; or for the day the opposition's censorship measure will be debated, union alliance Sed Lex president Vasile Marica announced on Monday, May 24, quoted by Mediafax. 
Education Ministry invited union members to discuss about May 31st strike Romanian minister of Education Daniel Funeriu declared that he invites over all Education unions leaders to discuss on the May 31 strike starting today. A baccalaureate mock test was also scheduled for May 31st. Last week, Funeriu declared that the Ministry has prepared a set of measures to avoid the blockage of the academic year, but he hoped he did not have o use them, as he counted on the teachers' good will, which would chose to support the students, Radio Romania Actualitati broadcasts. 
EC: Public authorities should respect a period of maximum 30 days for SME payments The European Commission responded to the observations formulated by the European Economic and Social Council Committee (CESE) regarding the new version of the Order tackling delayed payments which is going to be voted in the beginning of July. "The commissions share the Committee's point of view that short and compulsory payment deadlines to be applied to al public authorities on all levels. Additionally, taking into consideration the current climate, where the SMEs face serious problems with cash flow and restricted access to credits, public authorities should respect a maximum period of 30 days for payments towards SMEs", A communiqué sent by the Commission to the European Economic and Social Committee at the end of last week and cited by the National Council for SME from Romania. 
Romanian LibDem MEP: For two weeks the Government is not taking any anti-crisis measures Romanian Liberal-Democratic MEP Cristian Preda asked the Boc Cabinet to consult the opposition regarding anti-crisis measures. He told RFI reporters that for two weeks now, the Romanian "Government is not doing anything" in terms of anti-crisis measures. Preda said that so far, The Government and PDL's communication was "silence", while other cases, the communication managed to rob the anti-crisis measures of credibility. 
BNR chief-economist: Public sector employees should have one week unpaid holiday per month Romanian Central Bank (BNR) chief-economist Valentin Lazea says he does not agree to cut salaries by 25%. He proposes that public sector staff is given one week unpaid holiday every month, Romanian news agency Mediafax informs. 
BNR governor: We had 800,000 state employees in 1990 and the State worked. Now we've got 1.4 mln and we ask where the problem is "It has always been said: we've got money for pensions, but there weren't. BNR [Romania's central Bank] has permanently warned that all increases in salaries have been above productivity and that, sooner or later, it will be time for collection", BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu said during a niche seminar. Regarding salaries in the public sector, BNR's message is clear: "In 1990, the State worked with less than a million state employees. They were around 800,000, including those in the Central Committee. 20 years after, we've got 1.4 millions and we ask ourselves where the problem is.
Hungarian party leader: UDMR is not backing the cut in small pensions Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) President Marko Bela declared on Tuesday that his party dies not agree for the 15% cut in pensions to be applied to small pensions as well. 
Finance minister: Reducing salary fund by 25% would not bring the saving we need. It is necessary to cut individual state-supported incomes by 25%
Romanian Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu declared that reducing the salary fund would not bring the saving that Romania needs at the moment. Therefore it is necessary to cut individual state-supported salary by 25% each, he argued for TV channel Antena 3.
What do PSD, PDL and PNL say about the European Commission intention to supervise member states' budgets? Giving up sovereignty or a necessary step? The European Commission intends to propose in Brussels the surveillance of national budgets and rules for budget spending. How do Romanian politicians comment the measures that entail giving up sovereignty? HotNews.ro carried out a brief survey with Romanian MPs and MEPs. Opinions are split even within the same party: some consider that such a measure will not be adopted soon raise the issue of sovereignty. Others believe this is a necessary measure.

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