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 Romania's governing coalition puts controversial changes to Justice laws on fast forward. How and when Parliament may pass them

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Romania's governing coalition led by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) is hurrying up with its plans to change key laws for the functioning of the justice system, despite outcry from the civil society, associations of magistrates and international organisations, who see the move as an attempt to subdue the judiciary politically. The bills may pass a special commission in the Parliament this week and be voted by the joint chambers of the Parliament within ten days, political sources have told HotNews.ro.

European Commission report on Romanian justice: EU monitoring to continue in 2018, proposed changes to national law would harm independence of judiciary / Romanian officials react

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 15 Nov 2017 English | Top News
The European Commission published on Wednesday its latest report on the situation of the Romanian justice system, the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report. It announced the EU monitoring of Romanian justice would continue in 2018, despite current government's hopes that it would end early next year. And it slams a series of recent proposals to change laws in a manner that would affect the independence of justice. The Romanian government received the report on the positive note, while most other top officials underlined its criticism of government attempts to undermine progress in the reform of the judiciary.
Bratislav Zivkovic
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Details of the espionage attempt defeated by the Romanian intel: How Serbian who fought for pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine tried to find out secrets about Romania's military bases and radar from the Black Sea

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 15 Nov 2017 English | Top News
Sarbian Bratislav Zivkovic, leader of the paramilitary group of the Cetnic, who fought in the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo and also along the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, tried several times in 2017 to find information and secrets about the military bases and the critical infrastructure of Romania in the Dobrogea area. The Serbian was monitored by the SRI and was declared undesirable by court. Zivkovici left Romania on Monday, shortly after filming documents he thought were secret, but actually were placed by the SRI.

​European Commission: Romania has accepted the corrections demanded to the EU projects involved in Tel Drum case

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 15 Nov 2017 English | Top News
The European Commission has asked the Romanian authorities to apply financial corrections for the European funds which are being investigated by the European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF in the case of Tel Drum, and Romania has accepted these corrections, a spokesman for the EU executive has told HotNews.ro.
Dragnea la Congresul TSD
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​It's official: Leader of Romanian governing party Liviu Dragnea placed under criminal inquiry by the National Anti Corruption Division for creation of organized crime group and abuse of office

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 13 Nov 2017 English | Top News
Romania's National Anti Corruption Division (DNA) reported on Monday the launch of a criminal inquiry against Liviu Dragnea, speaker of the House of Deputies and leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), as well as a group of top managers of Tel Drum company, under suspicion of establishment of an organized crime group and abuse of service in connection with the rehabilitation of county roads with EU funds.
Cristian Pantazi
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​​OPINION Romanian Government takes great political risks by causing tax chaos and attacking foreign investors

de Cristian Pantazi, adapt. Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 9 Nov 2017 English | Top News
Romanian PM Mihai Tudose launched attacks on multinational companies during a government session on Wednesday, when his team adopted a highly disputed ordinance that turns the tax rules in Romania upside down. His Communist-style quarrel with major companies, reminiscent of Chavez, is totally hypocritical. The same Tudose had no issue in keeping royalties for multinationals in the energy sector and he had also accepted multinationals' requests this summer to drop plans to introduce a split VAT and taxes on turnover. In fact, his attacks on Wednesday means a recognition of defeat against party leader Liviu Dragnea and an attempt to mask it by outbidding chaotic changes to the Fiscal Code.
Asa se vede coloana uriasa de manifestanti de la Intercontinental
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​Tens of thousands protest in Bucharest, other Romanian cities against government plans to subdue Justice

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Duminică, 5 Nov 2017 English | Top News
Some 20,000 people protested in Bucharest and many thousands more in major cities across Romania on Sunday evening against governing coalition plans to change the laws regulating the judiciary, changes seen as an attempt to politically subdue the Justice system.

Official documents: Romania's governing PSD party pays lobby firm USD100,000 to set meetings between PSD leader and top US officials

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 3 Nov 2017 English | Top News
A Romanian politician who has received a sentence for election fraud is attempting to set up meetings with US Vice President Mike Pence and House speaker Paul Ryan, according to official Department of Justice documents quoted by legistorm.com, a website monitorin Congress and lobby activities. The report recalls that the leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, who is also speaker of the House of Deputies, has received a sentence for attempting to fraud a referendum to dismiss the President of Romania. On Friday morning, Liviu Dragnea dismissed info of any contract between the PSD and any lobby company of the kind mentioned in the report.
Klaus Iohannis
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​Romanian President Iohannis warns government on "zany" fiscal changes, promises use of all available tools to preserve independence of Justice

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 2 Nov 2017 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis criticized the Social Democratic (PSD) government harshly on Thursday about a series of fiscal changes that he called "zany" and chaotic. He also promised to use all tools at his disposal to preserve the independence of justice.

Moldovan President Dodon invites Romanian counterpart Iohannis to visit Moldova, talks about "asperities and difficulties" between the two states

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 30 Oct 2017 English | Top News
Igor Dodon, the pro-Russian President of the Republic of Moldova, sent to President Klaus Iohannis, through the Romanian ambassador to Chisinau, an official invitation to visit Moldova, according to a Facebook post. "I have the certainty that only through repeated talks the asperities and difficulties that may arise in the relations between states or between institutions can be overcome," Dodon wrote.

Romania marks two years since Bucharest club fire disaster

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 30 Oct 2017 English | Top News
Romania marks on Monday night two years since a fire disaster in Bucharest that killed dozens of people and sparked a wave of protests against corruption, toppled a government and led to massive press investigations into major political and administrative irregularities affecting the national health system.

Justice minister Tudorel Toader's bills to change laws of Justice take a large part from the prerogatives of the President of Romania

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 27 Oct 2017 English | Top News
The three projects to amend the laws of Justice submitted to Parliament by Minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday reduce significantly the prerogatives of the President of Romania. Thus, the bill to amend the Law 303/2004, as published on the Chamber of Deputies website, definitively removes the president from the nomination procedure for chief prosecutors (General Prosecutor's Office, National Anti-corruption Division , Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism). The same project forbids him to refuse more than one proposal for the Supreme Court.
Dan Tapalaga
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OPINION ​​Beware Justice minister Tudorel Toader's laws! How politicians subdue prosecutors and justice

Vineri, 27 Oct 2017 English | Top News
Romanian Justice minister Tudorel Toader has went to the special parliamentary commission for the laws of Justice, headed by Social Democratic MP Florin Iordache, with about the same draft laws that have massively dissatisfied magistrates, and their essence is to increase the role of the Minister of Justice in controlling the activity of magistrates on several levels, not just in the process of appointing chief prosecutors from which the head of state is removed. For example, one of the changes - the most dangerous and long term effects - reinforces the idea that the Public Ministry is part of the executive, and does not function as an independent institution.
Patriarhul Kirill
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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Bucharest visit on Thursday

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 26 Oct 2017 English | Top News
Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill of Moscow visits Bucharest on Thursday. He will spend several days to attend ceremonies organized by the Romanian Orthodox Church, including one marking ten years since Daniel was named Patriarch of Romania, according to News.ro news agency.
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​​VIDEO Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Bucharest: With a smartphone in hand, you are stronger than a super hero

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 26 Oct 2017 English | Top News
He who holds a smartphone in hand is stronger than any super hero from any comics as with just a tap on a button one can do amazing things, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in Bucharest on Wednesday. He dismissed fears of AI and said technology doesn't change the human brain, but the brains adapt to the environment their in - which now happens to be one of technology.
Editorialisti Sputnik
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​​ANALYSIS Who's bylining Russian propaganda in Romanian media

de Costin Ionescu HotNews.ro
Luni, 23 Oct 2017 English | Top News
The Russian propaganda in Romania has been carrying bylines for about an year. Until 2016, one could find the authors contributing to the distribution of Moscow's messages in local media by looking into several communities of online commentators, very few radio and TV channels and eventually, at the end of serious press investigations, behind anonymous conspiracy theory websites. These keep doing their thing, but they've been more recently joined by press people - especially since Russia's Romanian-language Sputnik outlet started to grow.
Cristian Pantazi
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Government party's game of electoral seduction ends as hard attack starts in parliament for Great Liberation

de Cristian Pantazi HotNews.ro
Vineri, 20 Oct 2017 English | Top News
The big economic lie of Romania's governing coalition is over. The main governing party, the Social Democrats (PSD) has dropped plans to increase pensions and salaries and switched to the invention of new taxes. PSD leader Liviu Dragnea no longer wants to buy the goodwill of the Romanians through populist measures, as he did at the beginning of the year, to anesthetize their critical sense of the destruction of Justice.  All that interests him now is his personal situation. Right now, as we speak, Dragnea and his men are attacking the Justice system in the Parliament - the only thing that interests him now. They have also set a public deadline: by the end of the year, the laws of justice must be massacred. This is Plan B.

Nobody should be above the law, US Embassy says following Romanian Parliament vote preventing corruption inquiry into prominent deputy

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 18 Oct 2017 English | Top News
Parliamentary immunity should not be used to defend someone from taking responsibility for his actions and nobody should be above the law, US Embassy to Bucharest says in an answer to news agency Agerpres, following a controversial vote in the Romanian Parliament on Tuesday.

Romanian Constitutional Court head criticized by Supreme Council of the Magistracy for statements related to court decisions

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 18 Oct 2017 English | Top News
The members of the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (CSM) on Tuesday criticized the statements made on a TV station by the President of the Constitutional Court (CCR) Valer Dorneanu, who talked about the decisions of the courts in which they would feel the political influence, CSM believing that this affects the independence of the judiciary, according to news.ro news agency.

Romanian deputies reject anti-graft body's request to pursue criminal inquiry against fellow MP in sensitive corruption case

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 17 Oct 2017 English | Top News
Members of Romania's House of Deputies rejected on Tuesday a request by the National Anticorruption Department to approve a criminal inquiry against former minister Rovana Plumb, a deputy for the governing Social Democrats (PSD), in a major corruption case. Defending herself in Parliament, Plumb suggested the case was part of a campaign to "demonize" the PSD, while a fellow PSD deputy, Judicial Commission head Eugen Nicolicea, put up a report claiming that the law was not broken in any way.

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