Romania is for the first time amongst Knight News Challenge winners with a consortium of EurActiv.ro & RISE Project - OCCRPThe Romania-based project "Who are the gatekeepers of the Internet, cable and satellite infrastructures in Eastern Europe? Mapping and investigating media distribution providers" was among the nine projects selected for funding by the Knight News Challenge. The Knight Foundation organized on June 23 the MIT-Knight Civic Media conference "The Open Internet and Everything After", in order to present this year's granted projects of Knight News Challenge. 704 applications have been submitted, with nine projects selected for funding.
Romania President's brother placed in 30 day preventive arrest under traffic of influence chargesThe Bucharest Tribunal decided on Friday evening that Mircea Basescu,
Romania President Traian Basescu's brother, be placed in 30-day
preventive arrest under traffic of influence charges. He is accused of
receiving 250,000 euro from the son of anotorious underworld boss Sandu
Anghel, locally known under the nickname of Bercea Mondial, in order to
prevent a prison sentence for Bercea Mondial.
Romanian TV station broadcast video showing compromising images of President Traian Basescu's brother dealing with underworld boss' sonRomanian TV news channel Antena 3 gave a heavy blow to President Traian Basescu on Wednesday night as it presented a short film in which the President's brother, Mircea Basescu, appears to admit receiving money from a member of an convicted underworld boss's family in order to intervene at judiciary level for a milder sentence of the latter. On Thursday, Mircea Basescu claimed he has not ask for nor received any money in this case, while PM Victor Ponta, the president's archrival, called for the resignation of the president.UPDATE President Traian Basescu made a statement on Thursday that between the need to strengthen the Romanian judiciary and the natural reflex of defending his brother, he chooses strengthening the judiciary. UPDATE 2 Mircea Basescu said on Thursday that he was summoned at the National Anti-corruption Department as a suspect and that he, like his brother the president, regretted his "entourage".
Romania's governing Social Democratic Party clear winner in European electionsSocial Democrats (PSD), the governing party in Romania, and their smaller political allies emerged as the clear winner of the European elections on Sunday, according to multiple exit polls announced by TV news stations. PSD claimed 41 to 43% of the votes, according to exit polls, followed by National Liberals (PNL) with 13.3-15% and the Democratic Liberals (PDL) with 10-12%.
EU, NATO member Romania faces troubles in Eastern neighbors as corruption inquiries fuel the fire on domestic frontRomania struggles these days to figure out what is of utmost importance
to the nation: the troubles in neighboring Ukraine and in the Republic
of Moldova and its separatist, pro-Russia Transdniester region? Or the
corruption scandals currently affecting the governing party and, as a
reaction, attempts to redirect attention to PM Victor Ponta's archenemy,
President Traian Basescu? As domestic and international expectations of
NATO-, EU-member Romania intensify, Social Democrat Ponta becomes the
first head of a Romanian government who while in office is mentioned in a
corruption case - even though he is not personally part of the graft
EXCLUSIVE. IKEA deals in communist-era Romania were interfered with by
dictator Ceausescu's secret service Securitate - unclassified filesSwedish company IKEA used to run business with communist Romania in the
eighties, involving confidential overbilling operations which were
joined by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's secret service, the dreaded
Securitate, according to documents consulted by HotNews.ro. Files
available at the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives
show that at one point in the eighties the head of Romania's espionage,
General Aristotel Stamatoiu, ordered a transfer of money to an IKEA
account at East Germany's Bank of Foreign Commerce. The operation
codenamed Scandinavica was coordinated by a foreign Securitate officer
who now heads Bucharest football club Dinamo.
Romania Senate speaker Crin Antonescu resignsNational Liberal Party (PNL) leader Crin Antonescu announced his resignation as Senate speaker on Tuesday, at the peak of a political conflict with the Social Democrats (PSD), with whom the Liberals shared the government until last week. The announcement comes days after PNL announced it was withdrawing from the governing alliance with the PSD and the day when a new government - the third - led by Social Democratic leader Victor Ponta was expecting a vote of validation in Parliament.
Former Romanian minister Relu Fenechiu receives final 5 year sentence in corruption caseRomania's High Court maintained on Thursday a five year prison sentence
under corruption charges against former Transport minister Relu
Fenechiu, an influential Liberal politician. The High
Court maintained a previous 5-year sentence issued last year, but
which was challenged. Fenechiu was charged with abuse in office against
public interest and complicity to abuse in office, in a case dating in
the early 2000's and related to public procurements in the region of
Moldova, which benefited his companies.
Romanian Parliament sparks harsh international reactions with vote to provide immunity against corruption chargesRomanian MPs voted on Tuesday a series of changes to the Penal Code that
would boost their immunity in case of corruption charges. The vote,
which prompted media to call it "The Black Tuesday" of Romanian
democracy, sparked a series of harsh reactions from Western embassies
and international institutions on Wednesday. "This move by the
Parliament is a step away from transparency and rule-of-law and is a
discouraging sign for investors", said the US Embassy to Bucharest in
one of its harshest positions on Romanian events for years.
UPDATE Romanian deputies from Judicial Commission secretly vote amnesty law setting ground for amnesty to prison sentences of up to 6 years and full pardon for prison sentences of up to 7 years, Bill eventually withdrawnA draft legislation on amnesty proposed by two Romanian deputies received amendments in a secret session by members of the Judicial Commission of the House of Deputies on Monday night. While the Commission was discussing a bill on lobby activities, some of the Commission members met separately to amend the amnesty bill. According to HotNews.ro sources, the bill was changed as follows: amnesty for certain offenses sanctioned with prison sentences of up to 6 years and full pardon for prison sentences of up to seven years in certain cases. The change, supported by the Social Democrats according to sources, would benefit prominent politicians who have been accused or even sentenced for corruption crimes, including former PM Adrian Nastase.UPDATE The bill was eventually withdrawn from the Tuesday plenary session agenda following protests from all parliamentary parties excluding PSD and the Conservative Party.
Major investigation in 50 million euro tax evasion case involving Romanian senator, Finance Ministry employees and a prosecutorRomanian investigators launched over 160 searches at the headquarters
of various companies and at homes in Bucharest and the counties of
Prahova, Giurgiu, Arad, Calarasi and Ialomita on Monday. The
investigation eyes the activity of over 100 Romanian and foreign
companies suspect of dodging taxes worth about 50 million euro. Informed
sources told HotNews.ro the investigation eyes employees of the
National Tax Administration Agency and of the Public Finance Ministry as
well as a High Court prosecutor and a senator.
Sources: Romania PM Victor Ponta to leave for US on SundayRomania's prime minister Victor Ponta is due to leave for an official visit to the US on Sunday, but it all depends on how the government shutdown in the States comes to an end - if no solution is found by Friday, the visit might be postponed, diplomatic sources have told HotNews.ro. They said PM Ponta's agenda includes talks with Vice-President Joe Biden and another top official and a series of meetings with representatives of US companies. Meanwhile, Romanian minister-delegate for Energy Constantin Nita attends an energy and investments conference in Washington DC.
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