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Economy minister on pay cuts: We should all show solidarity "We should all show solidarity", the Romanian Economy minister Adriean Videanu declared, referring to the possible cut in salaries in the state sector and state companies. He said the Finance Ministry should find a solution in this sense. "From the point of view of IMF negotiations, this issue [cutting the salaries' fund by 25%] addresses strictly those in the public sector. But I think we should all show solidarity and make an effort in this sense. But probably the Finance Ministry will find a solution on this perspective", Videanu said. 
UPDATE Marmosim, the company where the economy minister owns majority of shares, gives up applying for European funds UPDATE Marmosim, the companies that processes marble, with the largest share package owned by Romanian Economy minister Adriean Videanu, gives up applying for European funds, Videanu announces. The decision was taken after critics in the press. Videanu said to wanted to avoid any critique. "Think about the objectivity, in quotation marks, on this issue", the minister added.
PNL leader announces his party will not take part in the meeting with the President National Liberal party (PNL) President Crin Antonescu announced on Tuesday that the liberals will not take part in the meeting with President Traian Basescu, Government representatives, parties, unions and patronages reps in the Parliament. "From now on, we will not take part in any discussions with Traian Basescu and Emil Boc [PM]", he said.
President Traian Basescu and PM Boc to meet with Parliamentarian groups President Traian Basescu and PM Emil Boc will meet on Monday at 1PM with all Parliamentarian groups, including the independents, Romanian news agency Agerpres informs. The main issue on the agenda is the country's economic situation.
Romanian Government stresses the deficit will stay below 7% Romania is going to keep the budget deficit below 7%, Government's spokeswoman Ioana Muntean declared on Friday, May 7. According to her, Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu and PM Emil Boc "are currently working together to finalise the intention letter for the stand-by agreement with the International Monetary Fund", based on the measures announced by President Basescu.
Executive sets up groups for car tax and development The Romanian Government listened to PM Emil Boc's request and set up a inter-ministerial working group to analyse the car pollution tax, according to the Government's spokeswoman Ioana Muntean. There was another inter-ministerial group formed to develop the electrical car in Romania. Part of the second group are Economy Ministry reps, and specialists Transport, Finance and Environment ministries and from the National Authority for Scientific Research. 
President Traian Basescu holds consultations with parliamentary parties on draft ANI law Romanian President Traian Basescu started consultations with representatives of parliamentary parties on Monday afternoon on the situation of the National Integrity Agency - ANI, a key anti-corruption body the existence of which came under threat when the Constitutional Court stripped it of some of its most relevant powers. The talks come shortly after the Government approved in a special session a draft law for the continuation of ANI activities.
President Basescu calls for talks with political parties over National Integrity Agency Romanian President Traian Basescu invited parliamentary parties for talks at the Presidency HQ on Monday over the situation caused by a Constitutional Court decision stripping key powers from the National Integrity Agency (ANI) - the main body keeping the wealth of public officials under supervision.
Democratic-liberal star candidate Teo Trandafir winner in elections for Parliament seat in Bucharest on Sunday Democratic Liberal (PDL) candidate Teo Trandafir, well known to Romanians for her TV shows over the past decade, won the poll for a seat in the Romanian Parliament on Sunday, defeating rival candidate Liliana Minca of Social Democrats-Conservatives (PSD-PC) with 53.59% of the votes to 46.41%. Minca acknowledged Trandafir's victory in the Sunday elections - only 14.65% of the voters in the constituency showed up to vote.
Three of nine Constitutional Court judges made different opinion in National Integrity Agency case Three of the nine judges of Romania's Constitutional Court which decided April 14 that several key articles of the law on the functionality of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) - the main body checking the wealth of public officials - were unconstitutional voted against the decision.
Draft changes to Romania Constitution include articles regulating NATO and EU accession - an aim accomplished back in 2004 and 2007 respectively Draft changes to the Constitution, which were presented by Romania's PM Emil Boc on Wednesday, include small changes to two articles which would have normally be removed from the fundamental law: one on how the Parliament approves Romania's EU accession and another related to the NATO accession. Romania has been a member of the EU since 2007 and joined NATO in 2004, so articles 148 and 149 of the Constition should have simply be removed, according to constitutional experts.
Romanian President demands Government to pay debts to private companies Talks between Romanian President Traian Basescu and members of the Government on Tuesday focused on urgent "reform measures", according to a Presidency announcement. The issues discussed included cutting public spending and the process of decentralisation. A press release of the Presidency shows that the head of state underlined the need that state debt to private companies be paid.
Romanian PM accuses opposition Liberal party of using money from bank privatisation in electoral campaign Romanian prime minister Emil Boc claimed in a speech in the Romanian Senate on Tuesday that the opposition National Liberal Party - PNL "ate up" money from the privatisation of the Romanian Commercial Bank - BCR in its own electoral campaign, Romanian news agency Mediafax reports.
Romanian president Basescu says integrity body was almost dismantled in a move against Romania's interest The National Agency of Integrity (ANI) - a body supervising the wealth statements of public officials - was almost dismantled by a decision of the Constitutional Court which pleased some but was against the interest of Romania, President Traian Basescu said on Tuesday.
Social Democratic Party President Victor Ponta discussed online with HotNews.ro readers What is the Social Democratic strategy in opposition and how does the arrest of ex- PSD member, Senator Voicu affects the image of the party? What is Ponta's take on the fact that more and more people are leaving the party? PSD President Victor Ponta discussed online with HotNews.ro readers.
PM: I asked governing partners to de-politicize the public TV and radio  Romanian Liberal-Democrat party (PDL) president, PM Emil Boc, declared on Friday that he had discussed with coalition partners to modify the current law, so that the political umbrella is removed from the public radio station and TV channel, Romanian news agency Mediafax informs.
AP: Basescu came with a special dinner present for Obama — more troops for Afghanistan "One of the leaders hosted by Obama came with a special dinner present" at the dinner in Prague, the Czech Republic — "more troops for Afghanistan", Associated Press comments. 
US Ambassador to Romania: We strongly advice rejected applicants to not ask for a new entry visa The USA Embassy in Bucharest recommends Romanians who have failed to get an entry visa to not try for a second time, unless their situation has recorded considerable and positive changes. The statement was made by the American ambassador Mark Gitenstein, when launching an information campaign on obtaining the temporary US visa. 
MPs rejected Romanian public TV channel 2008 activity report. Dismissed manager accuses PM of political pressures Romania's Parliament rejected the Public Television (TVR) 2008 activity report on Tuesday, March 30, with 195 votes in favour of rejecting he report, 78 against and 3 abstentions. The Administration Council (CA) led by president - general manager Alexandru Sassu, is dismissed by law.
IMF Chief: Romania's got a tough fiscal situation, but things are brighter on monetary policy side Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF chief, said Romania's got a difficult financial situation, but things looked brighter in the monetary policy side, Romanian news agency Mediafax informs.

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