US Embassy to Bucharest insists on vital importance of Romania's key anti-corruption bodyThe US Embassy to Bucharest issued a statement on Friday related to a
major scandal engulfing Romanian politics, sparked by a prosecutor
general's decision to dismiss a key anti-graft prosecutor from office, a
move seen by many observers as a political interference with the
judiciary. The Embassy warns of the vital importance of the National
Anti-Corruption Department in efforts to ensure the independence of the
justice system and to fight corruption.
Dutch Ambassador to Bucharest says "we should all refrain from comments" in case of Romania justice scandalDutch Ambassador to Romania Matthijs van Bonzel made a statement on
Thursday related to a scandal now affecting the Romanian justice system.
Speaking of a decision by Romania's prosecutor general to dismiss a
prosecutor who led investigations into a high profile politician - a
move described by President Traian Basescu and others as an interference
with the justice system, Ambassador van Bonzel said "we should all
refrain from comments, a fortiori from interference in the policy of the
Influential Romanian businessman-politician Dan Voiculescu receives a first prison sentence in major corruption case. Appeal announcedThe founding leader of the Conservative Party, a small but influential
part of the governing coalition in Romania, received on Thursday a
5-year sentence in a major corruption case involving the privatisation
of an agricultural institute. Dan Voiculescu and several other people
received sentences of 5-6 years in the case, which can be appealed. The
sentence comes over 1,700 days since Dan Voiculescu - a veteran
politician, businessman connected to the former Communist trade
structures and secret police and with his family the owner of a major
media group - was officially indicted in the case.
Digging for gold in Rosia Montana, Romania: Announced "closure" of mining project corners government with continuing protests and threats of legal actionA Canadian company's plans to dig for gold in Rosia Montana, Romania,
which has sparked disputes for a decade and a half, threatens to come to
an abrupt end as a series of unprecedented protests have forced the
Bucharest government to step back and announce the "closure" of the
project. Still, the announced decision has yet to be made official by a
vote in Parliament, which may come in the upcoming days or weeks. The
protests, attended by many young people and in contrast with what
Romanians are used to in terms of anti-government demonstrations over
the past two decades, forced authorities to step back with their
approval of the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC) project on Monday.
The Victor Ponta-led executive is now caught between the promise to
drop support for gold mining in Rosia Montana, threats of legal action
by the company that runs the project and protests by mining supporters.
Romanian minister Relu Fenechiu receives 5 year sentence in corruption case. PM Ponta says he would take over ministerial job until new minister is namedRomania's Transport minister Relu Fenechiu, a member of the National Liberal Party, received a 5-year sentence in a corruption case on Friday. The sentence can be appealed. Fenechiu's brother, Lucian Fenechiu, also received a 5-year sentence in the same case. Relu Fenechiu has ben indicted under charges of 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 Fenechiu's companies.UPDATE PM Victor Ponta announced following the court verdict on Friday that minister Fenechiu informed him about his wish to withdraw as a member of the government. Ponta said he would take over as interim minister until a new one is named.
Romania's veterinary and food control authority in alert as horse meat labelled as beef was found at local vendorRomania's national veterinary and foot control authority ANSVSA
initiated a quick response alert on Wednesday after it found horse meat
labelled as beef at a company in Ilfov county near Bucharest, a press
release says. ANSVSA says the meat was aimed at local market
distribution and no connection could be made with the EU-level horse
meat situation. The head of ANSVSA also announced he informed the police
about what he called a form of intimidation, by which the horse meat
was linked to an abattoir owned by his father.
Romanian businessman, politician receives 3 year sentence with conditional suspension of executionRomanian businessman and politician Gigi Becali received on Monday a
3-year sentence with conditional suspension of execution in a case in
which he was charged with forcefully retaining several people involved
in a car theft. Becali, best known as the man who controls Bucharest
football club Steaua and as a former member of the European Parliament
turned member of the Romanian Parliament - is not in Romania for the
moment. He announced last weekend that he was in Dubai and would not
return before the court sentence.Shortly after the reading of the sentence, Becali told Romanian news TV channel RTV by phone that he was resigning from the National Liberal Party and that "I have nothing to do in that country [Romania] anymore".
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Top Romanian politician involved in corruption case Dan Voiculescu resigns from Senate againDan Voiculescu, the founding leader of Romania's Conservative Party, a small but highly influential party of the governing coalition, announced his resignation from the Senate on Monday. The announcement comes several days before a new term in a corruption case involving Dan Voiculescu was due at the High Court of Justice. His resignation means the case is returned from the High Court, which deals with cases involving dignitaries, to a lower court - the Bucharest Tribunal. It is the second time in less than a year when Voiculescu resigns as Senator and thus avoid High Court hearings.
Romanian Prime minister presents extensive team of new governmentRomania's designated prime minister Victor Ponta presented on Wednesday the structure and members of the future Government. It will include many more ministerial seats than before, many of which split from existing governing bodies. Ponta's team was announced after days of negotiations between the governing Social Liberal Union (USL), formed of Ponta's Social Democrats and the National Liberal Party, who won the December 9 parliamentary elections by a large majority.
Romania general elections results now official. PM Ponta says he hopes new government will be in place by ChristmasThe official results of the December 9 parliamentary elections in Romania were published in the Official Gazette on Friday. President Traian basescu said in Brussels today that he would call the Parliament immediately after the publication of results and that he would consider whether to do so on December 19. Meanwhile, PM Victor Ponta, whose governing alliance won a majority of votes in the elections, said in an interview he hoped the new government would be in place by Christmas.
US Ambassador Mark Gitenstein completes assignment in RomaniaUS Ambassador Mark H Gitenstein has completed his diplomatic assignment in Romania and has returned to the US, the Embassy announced in a press release on Friday. Deputy Chief of Mission Duane Butcher has become charge d'affaires ad interim as of December 14.
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