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President Iohannis expected to nominate new Romania prime minister on Tuesday

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​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is expected to announce on Tuesday the person he sees best to take over as prime minister following the fall of the Viorica Dancila Government. Favorite for the seat is Ludovic Orban, the leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL). The announcement is expected to be made after a new round of talks between the president and the leaders of parliamentary parties.
Laura Codruta Kovesi
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​EU Council confirms Laura Codruta Kovesi as chief European prosecutor

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The Council of the European Union has confirmed Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi as chief European prosecutor. The naming is yet to be confirmed officially by the European Parliament.
Klaus Iohannis și Ludovic Orban
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President Iohannis, Liberals push for creation of new executive after fall of Dancila Govt

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​Romania's president Klaus Iohannis was pushing for the quick creation of a new government after the dismissal of the Social Democratic government of Viorica Dancila last week, with a new round of talks on Monday. Both he and the National Liberal Party (PNL), which has been the biggest opposition party, said they favored a PNL-based government, with PNL leader Ludovic Orban as prime minister.
Tariceanu, Dancila si Dragnea
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The Social Democratic Government is due to leave. What is its legacy?

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Vineri, 11 Oct 2019 English | Top News
As Romania Social Democratic government of Viorica Dancila leaves following a censure motion, what does it leave behind in the economy and society? While pensions and salaries saw a significant increase, other sectors are facing disaster. Here is where the key problems are.
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Romanian opposition Liberals eye government as SocDems face internal struggle in wake of censure motion

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Romanian parties were trying to settle their political lines on Friday, a day after a censure motion led to the dismissal of the Social Democratic (PSD) government of Viorica Dancila. President Iohannis consulted most parties today and announced the apparent scenario, moving on, was a Liberal-focused government.
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Romania's nation brand drops in value but scores better in Brand Finance ranking

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The value of Romania's country brand has dropped in the Brand Finance ranking of nation brands this year, but the country scored better, advancing its rating, it was announced on Friday.
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​What to expect as Romania President Iohannis consults with parties as Dancila government leaves office

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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday starts consultations for the formation of a new government after the Social Democratic (PSD) executive of Viorica Dancila fell in a censure motion on Thursday. Dancila herself said shw would not attend consultations, while other parties have different plans.
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Euractiv.com source: Liberals to push for MEP Siegfried Muresan for European Commissioner job

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Romania's Liberals (PNL), who have led the procedures to remove the Social Democratic government from office with the censure motion voted on Thursday, would push for MEP Siefried Muresan for a job as European Commissioner, Euractiv.com reports, quoting a high-ranking source from the European People's Party.
Viorica Dancila la motiune
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BREAKING Romania's Social Democratic Government dismissed in censure motion

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The Romanian Parliament passed a censure motion against the Social Democratic (PSD) government led by Viorica Dancila on Thursday. The motion passed with 238 votes in favor, several more than the minumum of 233 needed, meaning the government is dismissed.
  • UPDATE 1 The leader of the main opposition party, the Liberals (PNL), Ludovic Orban said just after the vote that "the nightmare Romania has been living for three years is over". Asked if he would be available to take over as prime minister, Orban said that "should we be called to govern, the proposal would be the president of the PNL, which is me, Ludovic Orban".
  • UPDATE 2 Viorica Dancila said shortly after the vote that she was leaving with all duties fulfilled and that the motion could pass because of the "betrayal" of some of her PSD colleagues. She said she would still run in the presidential elections next month.
  • UPDATE 3 Romanian President Iohannis welcomed the vote in a statement on Thursday afternoon. This process is called the PSD becoming history". He said he would start consultations with political parties tomorrow, with the goal of an efficient government until the next general elections. He said he considered early elections the best solution
  • UPDATE 4 THe leader of the opposition USR party, Dan Barna, said his group opts for early elections and this is what they would call for in consultations with the head of state.
Viorica Dăncila, în Parlament
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UPDATE Romania Social Democratic govt faces censure motion, close vote expected

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Romania's Social Democratic (PSD) government of PM Viorica Dancila faces the Parliament on Thursday in a censure motion vote that may see it leave power. While the opposition, which tabled the motion, has been saying it has the necessary votes to let Dancila go, the PSD has a different view.
  • UPDATE MPs have started the debate on the censure motion, with a vote expected at noon. The leader of the opposition Liberals said there were "100% chances for the motion to pass"
  • UPDATE 2 Speaking before the Parliament, PM Viorica Dancila accused the opposition of "carrying fight launched by the most irresponsible president Romania ever had" and of becoming "a gathering of interests and opportunism".
  • UPDATE 3 Voting has ended. With PSD abstaining, some 244-245 votes were cast, more than the necessary number for the motion to pass. But it was not clear early if all were in favor of the motion
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​Romanian candidate to EC job Dan Nica faces European resistance

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Miercuri, 9 Oct 2019 English | Regional Europe
A series of reports in Romanian media point to a rejection by the president-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, of Romanian candidate for a seat in the Commission, Dan Nica. As the government in Bucharest, who supported Nica, prepares to face a censure motion on Thursday, one Romanian MEP said late on Tuesday that any final talk on the issue would take place after the censure motion.
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Romania's OMV Petrom reports new gas discovery in Oltenia, South Romania

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Miercuri, 9 Oct 2019 English | Business
Energy company OMV Petrom has reported the discovery of a new hydrocarbon deposit in Gorj county in the Southern Romanian region of Oltenia. The resources are located in the proximity of the producting field at Totea.
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Former Romanian President Basescu chimes in on Giuliani-Biden-Romania issue

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Marți, 8 Oct 2019 English | Top News
Former Romanian President Traian Basescu has said that he did not know of any business of former US Vice President Joe Biden's family in Romania, despite that he was well informed when he used to serve as head of state. Basescu also said he did not see any inconvenience about Biden's son allegedly offering couinsel to businessman Puiu Popoviciu, who was sentenced for corruption in 2017.
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Ford starts production of Puma SUV in Craiova, South Romania

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Marți, 8 Oct 2019 English | Business
Ford Puma, the new city SUV from Ford, has entered series production in Craiova, South Romania. It is the first time that the factory there produces two models simultaneously under Ford ownership, 0-100.ro reports.
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Political pressure spirals as Romania govt braces for censure motion

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Marți, 8 Oct 2019 English | Politics
As Romania's Social Democratic Government gets ready to face a censure motion on Thursday, political pressure has been rising with prime minister's attempts to lure back defectors and opposition clashing over governing prospects.
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​CHRONOLOGY How links between Giuliani and Hunter Biden with Romanian businessman sentenced for corruption evolved under media scrutiny

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Marți, 8 Oct 2019 English | Top News
​When Donald Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani promised new revelations on Biden-related deals in Romania last weekend, the media was lured to a piece by New York Times several months ago, which spoke of links between Joe Biden's son Hunter with Romanian businessman Puiu Popoviciu, who has been sentenced to corruption. Giuliani himself established a link to Popoviciu a year ago.
  • Here is a chronology of events in the Giuliani-Biden-Popoviciu issue
Klaus Iohannis
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Clash between Romanian PM, President over ministers goes despite troubles

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Vineri, 4 Oct 2019 English | Politics
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila sent a new set of proposals to President Klaus Iohannis to fill in the empty seats in her government, as the disputes over her Social Democratic government are escalating. But the head of state answered by claiming that she was pushing him to breach the Constitution and again sent her to get approval in Parliament.
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Lack of Education minister causes unprecedented situation as postponed exam affects thousands of future resident doctors

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Vineri, 4 Oct 2019 English | Top News
An exam due in November, by which thousands of graduates were due to become resident doctors, has to be postponed, as Romania's Health minister Sorina Pintea announced on Friday. The situation comes as the Government does not currently have an Education minister to allow for the organisation of the exam.
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Some 7,000 violent criminals reportedly on Romanian streets as 21k inmates were freed through compensatory appeal - politician says

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Vineri, 4 Oct 2019 English | Top News
Some 7,000 murderers, rapists, burglars are reportedly at large on Romanian streets as some 21,049 inmates have been freed through compensatory appeal introduced by Social Democratic (PSD) government, claims an opposition politician quoting official data.
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VIDEO INTERVIEW British Ambassador to Romania Andrew Noble sees nothing good in no-deal Brexit, says Romanians are important part of his country

Vineri, 4 Oct 2019 English | Regional Europe
British Ambassador to Bucharest Andrew Noble said in an interview with HotNews.ro on Thursday that he'd not see anything good in a no-deal Brexit, but assured that even if his country leaves the EU without a deal, authorities there have mechanisms to preserve the status of Romanian citizens in the UK.
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How Romanian MEPs regard new proposal that EU funds be linked to rule of law compliance in European countries

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Joi, 3 Oct 2019 English | Top News
The Belgian candidate for the seat of European Justice Commissioner would like to apply as early as next year a mechanism to monitor the rule of law in all European countries and use the system to restrict or suspend granting of EU funds in places which don't comply with the rules. The issue, debated in the EP on Wednesday, echoed among Romanian MEPs: while EPP and Renew Europe members support the proposal, Romanian Socialists (or Social Democrats as they are called domestically) are opposing it.
Viorica Dancila, in Parlament
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Motion censure against Dancila Government read in Romanian Parliament, vote expected next week

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Joi, 3 Oct 2019 English | Politics
A censure motion tabled by the opposition Liberals against the Social Democratic (PSD) government of Viorica Dancila was read in the Parliament on Thursday morning, with a vote due next Thursday. The reading took place a day after the opposition manage to outmaneuver the PSD in scheduling of the procedures, a move seen as proof that the government has lost support in Parliament.
Gabriela Ciot
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Accusations of plagiarism target Romania's second option for European Commissioner seat

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Joi, 3 Oct 2019 English | Top News
Melania-Gabriela Ciot, Romania's second option for a seat in the future European Commission, plagiarised most of a scientific article published in 2012, according to a journalist who has gained fame for revealing high level plagiarism cases. Reporter Emilia Sercan writes for website PressOne.ro that Ciot is the second signatory of the article, after Vasila Puscas, Romania's former chief negotiator with the EU.
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Head of Romanian organised crime prosecutor's office Felix Banila resigns

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Miercuri, 2 Oct 2019 English | Top News
The head of Romania's organised crime prosecutor's office DIICOT announced his resignation on Wednesday, three days after the President urged him to leave. Felix Banila resigned despite initial signs he would not comply with the request. He says he did his duty and job with all good faith and professionalism, but opted to resign because it was "absolutely necessary" for his colleagues to work without pressure.
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​Head of Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce Dragos Anastasiu expects annulment of flat tax, major public sector layoffs

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Miercuri, 2 Oct 2019 English | Top News
A government with a technocratic prime minister would come to power in Romania in 2020, would lay off some 400,000 empoyees in the public sector and would have to drop the flat tax in favor of progressive taxation. Such are the expectations of the head of the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce, Dragos Anastasiu, as he told them in a "private person" capacity to German business people in Romania, according to news agency Agerpres.
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Romanian opposition Liberals submit censure motion against Government, vote date to be established

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Politics
The opposition Liberals (PNL) submitted their censure motion against the Social Democratic (PSD) government led by Viorica Dancila on late on Tuesday. The motion is supported by all opposition parties and was signed by 237 MPs - several more than the necessary number of votes for the motion to pass. But a vote date is yet to be established, with the opposition claiming the PSD was making things hard.
Dan Nica
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Who is Dan Nica, picked as Romania's new nominee for European Commission

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Top News
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila's new pick as a candidate for the European Commission, to replace Rovana Plumb after her rejection in the EP, is also a controversial political character. Dan Nica, a former minister of Communication, has been accused of abuse in office, but got away without prosecution. He was also involved in other scandals and falsely stated in the European Parliament that 98% of people indicted for corruption charges in Romania have been acquitted.
Dan Nica
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UPDATE Romanian PM Dancila picks MEP Dan Nica for European Commissioner job / ForMin official Gabriela Ciot - second option

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Top News
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila has picked Dan Nica, a member of the European Parliament, as Romania's new nomination for a seat in the European Commission, following the rejection of the first candidate, Rovana Plumb, in the EP. She made the choice at a leadership meeting of the governing Social Democrats (PSD), despite her claiming initially that no decision in this regard would be taken at the meeting. Nica was picked by unanimous vote.
  • UPDATE PSD sources have said that PM Dancila called EC president elect von der Leyen to inform her about Dan Nica and that the top EU official reportedly demanded a backup option. PSD has picked such a backup in Gabriela Ciot, currently a secretary of state at the Foreign Ministry.
  • UPDATE 2 PM Dancila later confirmed that two nominees are to be tabled. In case Hungary opts for one candidate, Romania would also pick one - Dan Nica; in case Hungary presents two candidates, Romania would nominate both Nica and Gabriela Ciot, she said.
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Romania may become gas hub following deal between Transgaz and Austrian CEGH

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Business
Romanian gas transmission company Transgaz informed its shareholders and investors on Tuesday that it has signed a deal with Austrian Central European Gas Hub AG (CEGH) to cooperate for the establishment of a Romanian Gas Hub, a joint venture to operate the Romanian Virtual Trading Point.
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Romania President Iohannis calls for resignation of top organised crime prosecutor

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis called on Monday evening for the resignation of Felix Banila, the head of the organised crime prosecutor's office DIICOT. Iohannis pointed on how the inquiry has gone into a major murder scandal as the reason for his move.

Romanian PM Dancila, under pressure over European Commissioner scandal, pushes back

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Regional Europe
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila reacted harshly on Monday to pressure put on her government following the rejection of Romania's nomination for a seat in the European Commission. She said she would nominate somebody else instead of Rovana Plumb, but she challenged how Plumb's candidacy was rejected and blamed the situation on President Iohannis.
Violentele din Piata Constitutiei - in mijlocul unor institutii de forta ale statului roman
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Street violence hits Bucharest spot surrounded by institutions of state authority

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Bucharest
A man died and another was injured following a violent conflict between two rival gangs in the Constitution Square, a key spot in downtown Bucharest. Of extraordinary note is the location, as the area is surrounded by the headquarters of key institutions of state authority.
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​President Iohannis leads the pack, seconded by surprise candidate, in new opinion poll on presidential hopefuls

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Marți, 1 Oct 2019 English | Politics
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis holds a major lead over all other candidates in presidential elections due to take place in November, according to a new opinion poll. The study shows a surprise second candidate, far behind the incumbent.
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UPDATE Romanian nominee for European Commission rejected for good in EP committee / Plumb reacts by blaming opposition, calling committee decision "deeply unjust"

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Luni, 30 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The JURI Committee of the European Parliament rejected the nominations of Romania and Hungary for seats in the new European Commission for good on Monday. The Committee first suspended the process of their approval in an unprecedented move last week, when, in the case of Romanian nominee Rovana Plumb, it noted suspicious details in her wealth statement.
  • UPDATE Rovana Plumb's first reaction to the JURI Committee decision was to call it "deeply unjust", politically motivated and contrary to the procedure regulations of the EP. She also accused President Iohannis and leaders of the opposition of blocking her candidacy, along with the "aggressive negative lobby against Romania by the leader of the Renew Europe group in the EP, Dacian Ciolos".
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​Romania Energy Ministry risking destruction of major profit-making energy company through fusion with burdened colossus

Luni, 30 Sept 2019 English | Business
Romania's Energy Ministry is trying to save the Oltenia Energy Complex (CE Oltenia), a colossus facing major financial issues, by pushing for a merger: CE Oltenia to be absorbed by Hidroelectrica, a major energy company with considerable profit. That might mean that the whole Hidroelectrica profit be passed to cover due payments amounting to billions of RON in the name of CE Oltenia, a company which will close within years anyway.
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​Four Romanian entrepreneurs living in UK on their expectations about Brexit

Vineri, 27 Sept 2019 English | Business
As the date of October 31 when the United Kingdom is expected to leave the EU is getting nearer, startup news webiste StartupCafe.ro has spoken with four entrepreneurs of the 500,000 Romanians living in Britain about their Brexit-related feelings.
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How Social Democratic Party leader explains Romanian PM Dancila's failure to meet US Vice President Pence

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Vineri, 27 Sept 2019 English | Regional Europe
A top official of the governing Social Democrats has said that the visit paid by Romanian PM Viorica Dancila to the United States should not be taken lightly and that the delegation there fulfilled its mission. That is, despite missing the most important moment on the agenda - meeting US Vice President Mike Pence.
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Fate of Romanian nominee for European Commission Rovana Plumb, rejected by EP committee, to be decided on Monday / Committee invokes conflict of interests risks

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Vineri, 27 Sept 2019 English | Regional Europe
The unprecedented situation created by the decision of the JURI Committee in the European Parliament, which on Thursday opposed the Romanian and Hungarian candidates for European commissioner positions, may come to a conclusion early next week. On Monday, the European Parliament is expected to send its conclusion on Romanian nominee Rovana Plumb and the Hungarian one, Laszlo Trocsanyi, to the Eurpopean Commission. Consulted by HotNews.ro on Friday, the JURI Committee argument for its decision on Plumb showed that until a conflict of interest in her case is cleared there was significant doubt about her capacity to do the job of Transport Commissioner.
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Bucharest Stock Exchange promoted to Secondary Emerging status in "historic decision"

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Vineri, 27 Sept 2019 English | Business
FTSE Russel has promoted the Bucharest Stock Exchange from Frontier to Secondary Emerging Market, a move which was hailed by Romanian authorities and market representatives. "It's the news of the year", the president of the Romanian Investor Relations Association (ARIR) told HotNews.ro. "A historic decision", the Finance minister said for his part.​
Rovana Plumb
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Pressure mounts on Romanian PM Dancila following "major failure" in Europe, as EC nominee Rovana Plumb is rejected by EP committee

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Joi, 26 Sept 2019 English | Regional Europe
A decision by a key European Parliament committee to approve Romania's nomination for a seat of European Commissioner on Thursday prompted waves of political pressure on the government back in Bucharest. With prime minister Viorica Dancila on a trip to the United States, the opposition and the president pressed the head of government to urgently pick a replacement for rejected nominee Rovana Plumb.
Rovana Plumb
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​Romania's nominee for European Commission Rovana Plumb invited to exceptional hearings over wealth statement in EP

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Joi, 26 Sept 2019 English | Regional Europe
Romanian Social Democrat Rovana Plumb, who has been nominated by Romania for a position as European Commissioner, is invited to "exceptional" hearing in the judicial committee of the European Parliament on Thursday. She is due to clarify information in her wealth statement, where it reads that she has a RON 800,000 loan from a person - the same amount that she has lent her party.
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Plans for censure motion against SocDem government: Liberals say they have necessary votes

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Miercuri, 25 Sept 2019 English | Politics
The leader of Romania's opposition Liberals (PNL) has said that his party managed to collect more signatures in support of a censure motion against the Social Democratic (PSD) government of Viorica Dancila than than the necessary threshold needed for the motion to pass. Ludovic Orban said his party managed to gather 237 signatures for the motion and talks were ongoing with another 10 MPs.
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Wealth of controversial presidential candidate Cumpanasu raises eyebrows in Romania

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Miercuri, 25 Sept 2019 English | Politics
Romanian media reacted in furore on Wednesday to news of the wealth of a controversial candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. Alexandru Cumpanasu, the head of an NGO with strong links to state institutions and closely associated with the governing PSD, has accumulated quite a fortune.
CV Ion Sterian
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New case of suspicious resume data in case of a Romanian energy company's top manager

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Miercuri, 25 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The manager of major Romanian energy transport company Transgaz has claimed in the official resume published by the company that he holds a diploma for long term oil and gas engineering studies. But the university that manager Ion Sterian indicates in his CV says he attended courses there for a shorter period and he was the recipient of junior engineering diploma.
Laura Codruta Kovesi
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Final agreement between European Parliament, Council for Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi to become EU chief prosecutor

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Marți, 24 Sept 2019 English | Regional Europe
​A final deal between the European Parliament and the Council for Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi to take over as EU chief prosecutor has been announced. The LIBE Committee of the EP announced negotiators for the two bodies "just agreed" Tuesday that Kovesi will take over the new European job.
Klaus Iohannis/ Viorica Dancila
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Romanian PM Dancila, President Iohannis are both in US on Tuesday, but separately and with separate purposes

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Marți, 24 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila is continuing her week-long visit to the US on Tuesday with scheduled talks on Energy. President Iohannis is also travelling to the United States, but with a separate goal - attending the UN General Assembly.
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Dutch suspect of killing Romanian girl had at least 4 other trips to Romania, criminal activity might have occurred in several counties - prosecutor general

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Marți, 24 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The Dutch citizen suspect of having killed a 11 year old girl in a village in South Romania had been to Romania at least four other times, interim Prosecutor General Bogdan Licu said on Tuesday. He said it was suspected that the man's criminal activity might have taken place in several counties and investigators were trying to identify where he'd been or if he had accomplices.
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DT-OTE group reportedly agreed to sell Telekom Romania fixed-line operations to Orange / Government, intelligence services officials summoned to analyse situation

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Marți, 24 Sept 2019 English | Business
The Deutsche Telekom - OTE group has reportedly agreed to sale stake in Telekom Romania to Orange, but they still need green right from the Romanian state, which would have pre-emption rights, sources close to the talks have told HotNews.ro. Romanian Communications minister Alexandru Petrescu offered PM Viorica Dancila on July 22 to create and coordinate a inter-ministerial group uniting representatives of multiple ministries and intelligence service and a first session of the group was called for Wednesday, September 25.
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Girl's murder by Dutch suspect shakes Romania / Suspect reportedly killed himself

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Luni, 23 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The murder of an 11y old girl who was kidnapped in South Romania last week has shaken Romania for the past several days. The case drew special attention as the suspect murderer, a Dutch national, was able to leave the country over the weekend. On Monday, it was reported that the suspect killed himself.
Laura Codruta Kovesi
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New phase in procedure of naming top EU prosecutor

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Luni, 23 Sept 2019 English | Regional Europe
Teams of negotiators for the EU Council and the European Parliament are due to meet in Brussels on Tuesday evening to confirm a joint accord on naming Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi as top EU prosecutor, European sources have told HotNews.ro.
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Romanian PM Dancila starts visit to US before start of presidential campaign

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Luni, 23 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Prime minister Viorica Dancila starts her visit to the United States on Monday as she gets ready for the campaign for presidential elections back home. With a meeting with US Vice President Mke Pence as the highlight of the trip, it is her second visit across Atlantic, after a first one where she caused uproar with statements regarding Romania's Embassy to Israel.
Prezidentiale 2019 diaspora
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Romanian presidential elections: Who are the candidates running for the top job?

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Luni, 23 Sept 2019 English | Top News
​Romania's President, the prime minister and the leader of the second biggest opposition party will face each other in presidential elections, along with five other candidates. This weekend saw the conclusion for the period of registration of runners in the elections due to take place in November and the crowd is quite motley. Who are the presidential hopefuls?
Foraj Marea Neagra
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Romanian Government changes Offshore Law in favor of Black Sea investors

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Vineri, 20 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Romania's Energy Ministry has submitted a draft legislation for public debate to change the Offshore Law, a controversial law issued last year with provisions imposed by the former leaders of the governing Social Democrats (PSD). That law has been received badly by oil and gas investors and reports have circulated that ExxonMobil would plan to drop an oil license at the Black Sea because of that. The Government wants to change the regulation.
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Romanian Court finds former President, current MEP Traian Basescu a former Securitate collaborator

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Vineri, 20 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Former Romanian President Traian Basescu, who this year was elected a member of the European Parliament, has collaborated with the Ceusescu-era secret police, the Securitate, the Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled on Friday. He said he would challenge the ruling.
Laura Codruta Kovesi
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Romanian candidate Kovesi after COREPER vote to take over as chief EU prosecutor: A signal for Romanian magistrates in face of assault on Justice

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Vineri, 20 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Laura Codruta Kovesi, the Romanian prosecutor who on Thursday received the COREPER vote to take over as head of Europe's new public prosecutor's office, has spoken with HotNews.ro about the vote. She said it should be a "signal for all magistrates in Romania to believe that they, with their professionalism, can outdo the [political] assault on the judiciary".
Procurorul Bogdan Pirlog
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​Prosecutor who opened case of police violence against demonstrators speaks up: Romanian justice in state of "chaos before collapse"

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Vineri, 20 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The Romanian justice system is in a state of "chaos before collapse" and it hasn't seen such a poignant dissolution of state authority since the early nineties, shortly after the 1989 revolution, a prominent prosecutor involved in a key case of police violence has commented in an interview with HotNews.ro.
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UPDATE COREPER Council votes Romanian Kovesi for top EU prosecutor / Kovesi: It was a vote of recognition of Romanians' fight to defend rule of law

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Joi, 19 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Romanian candidate Laura Codruta Kovesi was voted for the positon of top EU prosecutor in the COREPER Council on Thursday. The Council convened to discuss support for Kovesi taking over the new European position, in a race where Kovesi faced two other candidates - a French and a German.
  • UPDATE 1 Romanian news channel Digi 24 reported on Thursday that the Romanian representative, Luminita Odobescu, appeared to have voted in favor of Kovesi against the will of PM Viorica Dancila, who had said Odobescu would vote against a term for Kovesi as top European prosecutor.
  • UPDATE 2 Kovesi's first reaction: She said that the vote was a recognition of the Romanian Justice system and of the Romanians' fight to defend the rule of law.
  • UPDATE 3 President Klaus Iohannis called the vote an important victory for Romania. For her part, PM Dancila, who opposed Kovesi, told Radio Free Europe that should accusations made against Kovesi back home be proven, Romania's image would suffer.
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Top executive of Romanian energy company Transelectrica dismissed over diploma forgery suspicions

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Joi, 19 Sept 2019 English | Business
The top executive of Romanian major energy company Transelectrica, which is consider a strategic company, was dismissed on Thursday morning over allegations that he forged his faculty diploma. The decision to remove executive Marius Danut Carasol from office was made by the Transelectrica supervisory board.
Laura Codruta Kovesi
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Two scenarios for talks over top European prosecutor as Romania govt promises vote against Romanian candidate Kovesi / Govt issues with Justice get muddy back home

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Joi, 19 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The COREPER Council convenes on Thursday to discuss the first top European prosecutor, a position for which Romanian candidate Laura Codruta Kovesi is running. Despite that Kovesi, who has served as head of Romania's anti-graft prosecutor's office DNA, is seen as top contender, the Romanian Government through the voice of PM Viorica Dancila announced on Wednesday that it would not support Kovesi and the Romanian representative to COREPER would vote against her. The Goverment itself is facing an increasingly complicated situation back home when it comes to its moves on Justice affairs.
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UPDATE Romanian Constitutional court splits justice in Government-President dispute over reshuffle

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Miercuri, 18 Sept 2019 English | Politics
Romania's Constitutional Court on Wednesday admitted a Government complaint about a constitutional conflict between it and President Klaus Iohannis over a government reshuffle request. It also ruled that the president should have accepted the change of a key minister, initially included in the reshuffle plan but openly supported by United States officials.
  • UPDATE President Iohannis reacted by saying that the Court decision did not change the political situation at all and that the Government was compelled to go before the Parliament to pass a vote of confidence. For her part, PM Dancila said that she would go before the Parliament with a new government proposal, expecting the president to pass the revocation of reshuffled ministers immediately.
Marius Danut Carasol
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UPDATE Head of Romanian energy major Transelectrica suspected of having falsified his diploma in engineering

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Miercuri, 18 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The chief executive of major Romanian energy company Transelectrica appears to have falsified his diploma in engineering which he listed in his resume, Transelectrica sources have told HotNews.ro. Previously, education news website Edupedu.ro has reported that the executive, Marius Danut Carasol, has falsified his resume data.
  • UPDATE Carasol is expected to be dismissed on Thursday. Transelectrica said in a press release it would act according to proof of studies that the manager was expected to submit on Wednesday.
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Former heads of Romanian police academy sent to court in investigation journalist's case

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Miercuri, 18 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Two former top managers of the Police Academy in Bucharest have been sent tro court for instigation to blackmail in a case related to an investigative journalist who has been targeted by threats after revealing massive PhD fraud at the institution.
Victor Zota
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One man has been controlling everything "transplant" in Romania for 10 years - report

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Miercuri, 18 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The coordination of transplant activities in Romania has not been done by the National Transplant Agency, "as legal provisions say", since 2009, but by a national coordinator, a Health Ministry report says, as HotNews.ro revealed. The report shows that a single man - Victor Zota - has coordinated transplant activities and had "exclusive" control over all information and activities on the route of organs from donors to receivers, the report shows.
Nutu Camataru (arhiva 2007)
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Bucharest underworld figure's home searched after escaped monkey case

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Miercuri, 18 Sept 2019 English | Bucharest
Bucharest police were searching the home of a well known underworld figure, Nutu Camataru, on Wednesday morning in the case of a monkey which escaped and roam freely on the streets of Bucharest capital last week. The searches led from the beginning to the discovery of two other monkeys and a camel.
Lia Savonea
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Romanian Justice minister questioned about "roadmap" for strenghening rule of law, worked on with US Attorney General

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Miercuri, 18 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Efforts by parts of the Romanian judiciary to push through controversial changes to the judicial status quo have led to renewed confrontations, which included disputes over recent statements of an American official regarding the rule of law in Romania.
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Finnish EU Council Presidency plans to "test" support for Romanian Kovesi as top EU prosecutor

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Marți, 17 Sept 2019 English | Regional Europe
The Finnish Presidency of the EU Council wants to test a posible support for Romanian candidate Laura Codruta Kovesi for the position as top EU prosecutor in the COREPER Council this Thursday, sources close to the EU Council told HotNews.ro on Tuesday.
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Romanian authorities alerted by major companies' plans to sell assets, planned regulation shows

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Marți, 17 Sept 2019 English | Business
All companies in the enegy sector may be forced to notify Romania's energy market regulator ANRE with a minimum 12 months in advance about any intention to change their judicial statute, a draft order of the ANRE which has been submitted for public consultation says. The bill comes at a delicate time for the local energy market.
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UiPath to host first global event for RPA community in Las Vegas

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Marți, 17 Sept 2019 English | Business
Daniel Dines, the Romanian who is CEO and founder of UiPath company, will talk on relations between man and robot at the first global event for experts and users of the Robotic Process Automation technology, due to take place in Las Vegas, a company press release says.
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Romania Govt plans Eur10 million national IT system for adoptions

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Luni, 16 Sept 2019 English | Top News
The Romanian Government wants to approve on Tuesday the spending of RON45.9 million (close to EUR10 million) for the creation of a national IT system for adoptions. The system is planned to be implemented with European non-reimbursable funds and budget funding within 3 years.
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Digi24 news channel: Sources say Romanian PM expected to meet US vice president Mike Pence later this month

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Luni, 16 Sept 2019 English | Top News
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila is expected to meet US Vice President Mike Pence during a trip to the US later this month, according to governmental sources quoted by Digi24.ro, the website associated with Digi24 news channel. It has previously reported that Dancila would attend a meeting with business people organised by the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce while in New York, where her visit would overlap with one paid by President Iohannis for the UN General Assembly.

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