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Laura Codruta Kovesi
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Key rival of Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi for top EU prosecutor job, France's Bohnert, favored for national position

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 5 Iul 2019 English | Regional Europe
Jean-Francois Bohnert, ​​one of the key contenders for the seat of top EU prosecutor, rivaling Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi, is favored to take over as head of the French national financial prosecutor's office if he fails in his attempt to get the European job, according to TV5. This comes as, according to Romanian MEP Sigfried Muresan, Kovesi's chances to take the leadership of the European prodecutor's offie are rising as the priority of France in EU negotiations was to head the European Central Bank, which it obtained.
Traian Basescu
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Romanian ex-President, now MEP Basescu: Macron and Merkel "managed to remove the East of the European Union out of the European Union"

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 5 Iul 2019 English | Regional Europe
​"Macron and Merkel, using Donald Tusk as a shield, have managed to remove the East of the European Union out of the European Union", says former Romanian President Traian Basescu, elected a member of the EP in the recent European elections, in a Facebook post on Friday.
Drona Reaper
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US Air Force relocates MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft from Poland to Romania

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 4 Iul 2019 English | Top News
The US Air Force has relocated MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft from the Polish airbase at Miroslawiec to Campia Turzii in Romania, it has been announced.
Teodor Melescanu
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Romania's Foreign minister dodges responsibility on key European-level cases

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Romanian Foreign minister Teodor Melescanu on Thursday dodged responsibility for positions of the country's representatives in two European files - one related to a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case affecting a top local politician, and one related to Romania's candidate for the job of European chief prosecutor.
GDPR
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First GDPR-related fine in Romania applied to bank over payers' personal data / Bank says problems solved

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 4 Iul 2019 English | Top News
A bank was the first recipient of a fine in Romania for irregularities in applying the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The data protection authority in the country applied Unicredit Bank a fine amounting to EUR130,000 following an investigation that showed the bank revealed personal data of payers in transaction documents which were made available online to payment beneficiaries.
  • UPDATE Contacted by HotNews.ro, the bank said it was informed about the data protection authority decision and that the respective issues have been solved.
Numarul pensionarilor activi creste
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Romanian MPs aim to force working adults support their elderly parents through new bill

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 4 Iul 2019 English | Top News
Romanian working adults would be forced by law to support their elderly parents in case of financial difficulties, according to a new bill submitted by a group of several dozen MPs, mostly belonging to the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD). The bill, which introduces even a prison sentence for certain circumstances, claims "moral norms are no longer enough" to tackle the issue.
Darius Valcov
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KEY STORIES TODAY Move to legalise cannabis in severe medical cases / Court blow to major corruption cases / Government moves to solve 5G issue

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 4 Iul 2019 English | Top News
Prominent politicians facing corruption charges prepare for their cases to restart from scratch in wake of a Constitutional Court decision. Also today - key governmental and Social Democratic Party leadership decisions. And a move to legalise cannabis for severe medical cases.
CCR
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SNIPPETS Key Constitutional Court ruling announced / MPs vote on national bank, audiovisual council bosses

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 3 Iul 2019 English | Top News
Romania's High Court has issued a long expected ruling that might have saved ex-strongman Dragnea, had it come earlier. Also on Wednesday, MPs voted on the national bank governor and audiovisual council boss.
Timbru Enel
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Enel may sell part of assets in Romania, but said to plan keeping majority stakes - sources

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 3 Iul 2019 English | Business
Italian company Enel is said to consider the selling of assets it holds in Romania, amounting to Eur1 billion, for which three investment funds are interested, according to Money.it website quoted by Romanian media. Market sources have told HotNews.ro that the talk is not about selling majority stakes, but possibly of minority ones, along those held in Enel companies by the Proprietatea Fund.
Viorica Dancila, in Parlament
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KEY STORIES TODAY Govt coalition MPs submit bill preventing people sentenced for corruption, other crimes from taking office / A first reaction to EU agreement / Focus on Moldova

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 3 Iul 2019 English | Top News
Parliamentarians for the governing coalition in Bucharest have submitted a bill long requested by the opposition which attempts to prevent corrupt people from taking office, among other measures. Also today, a Romanian MEP delivered a first reaction to EU agreement on leadership of European bodies, invoking prosecutor Kovesi.
Armand Goșu
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Romania's way of managing relations with Moldova should lead to massive shake up of security and foreign policy system in Bucharest - expert Armand Gosu

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marți, 2 Iul 2019 English | Top News
Romania isolated itself from Western partners by supporting oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, who has controlled politics in the Republic of Moldova for years, says in an interview with debate and analysis platform Contributors.ro Armand Gosu, an expert on politics in Russia and former USSR republics. The way institutions in Bucharest managed relations with Chisinau during these years should lead to a massive shakeup in the security and foreign policy system in Romania, he says.
Stampila vot
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SNIPPETS Dates set for Romania's presidential elections / Insights on ad market

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marți, 2 Iul 2019 English | Top News
The dates have been set for the two rounds of presidential elections due to take place in Romania later this year. The central bank board has received preliminary approval by parliamentary commissions. And the head of a major media agency provides insights into Romania's ad market.
Exercitiu militar rusesc in Transnistria
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Ukraine officials on Transdniester: It's a risk. Nobody knows Putin's plans. He may use troops to attack Ukraine

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marți, 2 Iul 2019 English | Regional Europe
Russia would like to see a federalised Ukraine and this is why solving the situation in the breakaway region of Transdniester in the Republic of Moldova, by withdrawing Russian troups and keeping Moldova a unified country, is important for authorities in Kiev, Ukrainian officials have said during a meeting with Romanian journalists.
Iohannis si Maia Sandu
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Moldova PM Maia Sandu visits Romania. President Iohannis: Romania supports Moldova on European path / Sandu: We need Romania's support

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marți, 2 Iul 2019 English | Top News
​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Moldova prime minister Maia Sandu at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday morning, in her first official visit abroad since becoming head of the Government in Chisinau. Iohannis said on the occasion that he supported the European leaning of Moldova and a solution of the Transndiester conflict in compliance with the territorial integrity of Moldova. For her part, Maia Sandu said her country had a major need of Romania's support.
Urs
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VIDEO Shocking images with little girl feeding bear from hand on Transfagarasan

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marți, 2 Iul 2019 English | Top News
A little girl feeds a bear from her hand, while accompanied by a man who is probably her father, according to images filmed on Romania's famed mountain road Transfagarasan, which were posted on Facebook.
Ministerul Finantelor Publice
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​KEY STORIES TODAY Budget deficit increases / Key investigation on August 2018 violence passed around

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marți, 2 Iul 2019 English | Top News
The Finance ministry in Bucharest revealed a bigger deficit for first 5 months of the year than a year ago. A major investigation into violence during the August 10, 2018 anti-government protests has been passed from one investigative body to another. Changes are being done to how Romanians abroad are voting.
Tehnologia 5G
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SNIPPETS Communications ordinance sought to prevent budget deficit / Govt coalition seeks presidential candidate / Threats with protests in Health sector

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 1 Iul 2019 English | Top News
The Communications Ministry in Bucharest argues that an ordinance aimed at allowing a 5G frequencies tender to take place is needed to prevent a budget deficit. Meanwhile, the governing coalition and a third party are discussing a possible common candidate for Presidency. And trade union members in the Health sector threaten protests.
Drumul expres Craiova Pitesti
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​Top Ford official in Romania hits at infrastructure flops affecting company

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 1 Iul 2019 English | Top News
Ian Pearson, the manager of Ford Romania, has checked on works at an expressway connecting Southern Romania cities of Craiova and Pitesti, which is of major interest for the Craiova-based Ford subsidiary. He found that no progress has been made at the construction works site, which came to spotlight with an electoral stunt of the governing Social Democrats during the European elections campaign in May.
Klaus Iohannis la Bruxelles
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KEY STORIES TODAY Leadership set for governing Social Democrats in Romania, still sought for EU bodies

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 1 Iul 2019 English | Top News
Romania's leading Social Democrats have a new leadership. The country has ended its presidency of the EU Council. President Iohannis made himself heard in EU affairs as Europeans struggle to establish new leadership of EU bodies. In Bucharest, artists stage protests. The key stories of the weekend.
Congres PSD
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Romanian PM Dancila becomes her Social Democratic Party's president officially

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Sâmbătă, 29 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania's prime minister Viorica Dancila was officially voted president of her Social Democratic Party (PSD) in an extraordinary congress on Saturday. Finance minister Eugen Teodorovici was named executive president and MP Mihai Fifor was chosen secretary general.
Viorica Dancila-CE
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​Romanian presidency of the EU Council concludes: what have Romanians gotten out of it?

de Claudiu Zamfir, adapt. C.I. HotNews.ro
Sâmbătă, 29 Iun 2019 English | Regional Europe
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila and her ministers, who have run the Council of the European Council, have boasted with the "successful presidency" Romania has held for the past six months. President Iohannis, who opposes Dancila, also claimed "success" for the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. But what did the average Romanian receive, did he taste this success?
Klaus Iohannis
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Klaus Iohannis: I am president of Romania, I want to stay President of Romania, not of the European Council

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Sâmbătă, 29 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania's President Klaus Iohannis gave a clear signal on Saturday that he would run for a new term in office, rejecting speculation that he might be seeking the position of European Council president. He stated so in a speech held at a ceremony in which he received a medal from the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania.
Spitalele unde nu se fac avorturi
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SNIPPETS Romania's record for abortions in hospitals accounted in new report. Also today - SocDems propose new interim European Commissioner, prepare for party congress

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 28 Iun 2019 English | Top News
A new report shows the record of Romanian hospitals when it comes to abortions by request. Also in the news on Friday, Romania's governing Social Democrats propose new interim European Commissioner and prepare for a leadership vote this weekend.
George Puscas contra Germaniei
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​KEY STORIES TODAY Romania Under 21 match against Germany claims all interest

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 28 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania's Under 21 national team was defeated by Germany 4-2 in the semifinals of the Euro 2019, but this by itself was a result Romanian football fans were yearning for a quater of a century.
Ionut Radu, cu ochii in lacrimi
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OPINION ​​Romania Under 21 ends Euro 2019 run in semifinals with 4-2 loss against Germany: tears that may precede smiles

de Adrian Ilincescu, adapt. C.I. HotNews.ro
Joi, 27 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania Under 21 concluded its splendid run at Euro 2019 in the semifinals match against Germany - in itself an Utopian dream just weeks before. Germany proved stronger eventually, defeating Romania 4-2, and its now up to all those involved with the football phenomenon to integrate the young boys so that the Romania's national to be a real deal.
Alegeri europarlamentare 2019 și referendum
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SNIPPETS Steps taken in wake of May 26 EP elections, referendum vote. Also - Romanians and their struggles sewage connectivity, Yango in Romania and new 5G moves

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 27 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Moves were made by the President, the Constitutional Court and the Parliament on Thursday to fix things in the wake of troubled EP elections and voting in a referendum on Romanian Justice on May 26. Also today, news of low connectivity to sewage systems in many parts of Romania accompany news of new 5G and ridesharing initiatives.
Dacian Ciolos si Dan Barna
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​Leaders of emerging political group urge Romanian ooposition to agree on responsible government starting 2020

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 27 Iun 2019 English | Politics
The leaders of a new political alliance which fared well in recent EP elections in Romania have issued an open letter urging opposition parties to join a deal "to prepare a responsible government in 2020". The call by Dacian Ciolos - who has just been chosen leader of the new Renew Europe group in the European Parliament - and Dan Barna comes as Romania prepares for a long run of elections.
Cimitirul de la Valea Uzului
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KEY STORIES TODAY: Moves to solve cemetery dispute / Politicians named in key positions / Events in Republic of Moldova

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 27 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Attempts to solve issues related to a disputed heroes cemetery move on. Politicians have been named in key positions within the state. News from the Republic of Moldova in the aftermath of political crisis.
Renate Weber
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MP's elect new People's Advocate, or Romanian Ombudsman - Renate Weber

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 26 Iun 2019 English | Top News
The Parliament on Wednesday voted to name former MEP Renate Weber as Romanian Ombudsman - or People's Advocate as it its called locally. Weber, who has been nominated by Liberal Democrats (ALDE, a junior member of the governing coalition) replaces Victor Ciorbea, who has gained a reputation for his support to decisions of the current governing alliance, but who's term has come to an end.
Viorica Dancila, lideri PSD
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Who's running for top job in Romania's governing Social Democratic Party - PSD

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 26 Iun 2019 English | Politics
The Social Democratic Party (PSD), the leading group of the governing coalition in Romania, are choosing their new leadership at a Congress this weekend. PM Viorica Dancila is aiming to stay head of the party, but faces five challengers.
Palatul Parlamentului
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SNIPPETS Key Moldova official to visit Romania. Communism museum approved

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 26 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania's Constitutional Court has made a decision in a key case, but postponed ruling in another. MPs voted on a Museum of communist horrors. And Moldova's PM Sandu is expected to visit Romania.
Camera Deputatilor
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Romanian majority MPs vote new pensions law despite criticism

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 26 Iun 2019 English | Politics
Romanian MPs on Wednesday voted a new pensions law which would increase pensions in a phased manner starting September this year and through 2020 to 2022. The bill was supported by the governing coalition, led by Social Democrats, despite opposition criticism that there was no money to support such pension rises and that it did not comply with Constitutional Court decisions.
A1 Lugoj - Deva, Lot 3 in zona Ohaba
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Little more than 40 km of new highway expected to be added for sure to Romania's poor infrastructure this year

Miercuri, 26 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania, a country with a disastrous record when it comes to transport infrastructure, is expected to open 43 new kilometers of highway for certain this year. News of this comes despite Transport authorities early this year promised 180 kilometers, according to a HotNews.ro report on updated highway development plans.
Apple Pay intra in Romania
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Apple Pay made available for clients in Romania

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 26 Iun 2019 English | Business
Apple Pay expands to 16 European countries including Romania. Card users here will be able to make online purchases with the new tool, which is available on iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac for clients of multiple banks and payment services in Romania.
Guvernul Dancila
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KEY STORIES TODAY: A disputed Administrative code and many ordinances

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 26 Iun 2019 English | Top News
The decision of the Romanian government to push through a controversial bill on administration, which may change the balance of power between the government and the president, is the key result of a government session on Tuesday.
Viorica Dăncila
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SUMMARY - Romania PM, minister announce moves to be taken / avoided moving forward

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marți, 25 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania's PM Viorica Dancila and a minister of her Social Democratic Party (PSD)-led government announced a series of moves to be taken - or to be avoided, moving forward, from fiscal to administrative to judiciary acts.
OMV Petrom
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​Court forces Romania Government to sell shares in oil company Petrom within an 8% limit to employees, at 2004 price

de Claudia Pirvoiu, adapt. C.I. HotNews.ro
Luni, 24 Iun 2019 English | Top News
Romania's Government is forced to apply a High Court decision according to which it has to sell shares in major oil company OMV Petrom, within a limit of 8% of its capital, to employees at the price recorded at the moment of the 2004 privatisation. The High Court decision was made on May 8, 2019, but has not been publicly communicated so far.
Comisia de la Venetia
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​Venice Commission recommends Romania govt to drastically reduce use of emergency ordinances, warns of moves in the Justice sector

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 24 Iun 2019 English | Top News
The Venice Commission urges the Romanian Government in a report obtained by HotNews.ro to drastically reduce the use of emergency ordinances in the Justice sector. It reaffirms its recommendation for Romania to seriously reconsider the need to create a special structure charged with investigating magistrates, which it says risks becoming an obstacle for the fight against corruption.
Aglomeratie la vot la Torino
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Roamania's governing parties, losers of recent EU elections, plan commission to investigate alleged fraud in poll they themselves organised

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 24 Iun 2019 English | Top News
The leadership boards of Romania's chambers of Parliament agreed on Monday to propose the establishment of a parliamentary commission to investigate alleged fraud during the May 26 elections for the European Parliament. The proposal was made by Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, leader of ALDE, a minority partner of the governing coalition. Both ALDE and the Social Democrats (PSD), the main governing party, were the clear losers of the European poll, which was organised by bodies like the Foreign Ministry, which are under their political control.

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