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Romanian opposition decides to launch procedure to suspend President Traian Basescu Romania's opposition Social-Liberal Union, formed of Social Democrats (PSD) and Liberals (PNL), decided on Monday to launch a procedure to suspend President Traian Basescu. While leaders of the USL Union said they hoped to have the support of the Romanian people, PM Emil Boc had described a possible such move as demagogic and irresponsible. USL leaders said the official suspension request would be finished most probably within a week.
Romanian opposition leader Victor Ponta speaks kindly of anti-graft prosecutors The leader of Romania's main opposition party, the Social Democrats (PSD), spoke kindly of the country's National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) in an interview with HotNews.ro. PSD leader Victor Ponta, who's party had repeatedly claimed the DNA has been acting politically at the current president Traian Basescu's order, changed the tone in the interview. He praised the DNA for starting to move against the top ranks of the "institutionalized corruption system" in the country.
Social Democratic leader Victor Ponta says he would not object to any court sentence against top party figure Adrian Nastase The leader of Romania's main opposition party, the Social Democrats (PSD), said in an interview with HotNews.ro on Thursday that the PSD would accept any court sentence regarding former PM Adrian Nastase, who's the subject of several court cases which the PSD has so far described as politically motivated. PSD leader Victor Ponta's statement comes as Adrian Nastase broke Ponta's lines in a major internal struggle of the party.
Romania's main opposition party calls for Senate speaker Mircea Geoana to drop job, announce withdrawal of political support ​The leadership of the Romanian Senate was undecided on Monday afternoon as the main opposition party, the Social Democrats (PSD) called on Senate speaker Mircea Geoana to withdraw from the second top job in the Romanian state. The PSD group in the Romanian Parliament later announced it withdrew its political support for Geoana and that it proposed Titus Corlatean, PSD vicepresident and head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, to take over the seat of Senate Speaker.
Romanian deputy calls for parliamentary inquiry as Romania has been lacking an ambassador to China for nine months A Romanian opposition deputy said he would demand a parliamentary inquiry at the Foreign Ministry to see why Romania has been lacking an ambassador to China - a world economic power which Romania is courting - for nine months, news agency Mediafax reports.
President Basescu's Democratic Liberals hold national convention to elect new leadership. Basescu's speech: Romania to have higher than expected economic growth Romania's governing Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), the political group behind President Traian Basescu is to elect its new leadership in a national convention on Saturday and Sunday. Incumbent party president, PM Emil Boc, is facing Vasile Blaga and Theodor Paleologu in party presidency elections. The convention was opened with a speech held by Traian Basescu, built on several key messages showing that the party should keep its line if hoping to do well in next local and general elections.
State Secretary Nicolae Ivaschescu will ensure the interim of the Labour Ministry after Ioan Botis’s resignation State Secretary Nicolae Ivaschescu will ensure the interim of the Labour ministry until a new minister will be named, PM Boc announced on Wednesday after Ioan Botis announced his resignation following a scandal involving himself and his wife in an association that received 500,000 million euro EU funds from an institution under the subordination of the ministry.
Vasile Blaga submits candidacy for PDL President: my objective is to maintain PDL in the government after 2012. This is the only way Romanians can have the guarantee of better living standards  Vasile Blaga is the second Democrat Liberal after PM Emil Boc who submitted on Monday his candidacy for Democratic Liberal President. He said his objective is to have the party in the government after 2012 to continue reforms started. It is the only way Romanians can have the guarantee of better living conditions, he said.
Emil Boc submitted his candidacy for PDL President: my objectives – to win local and Parliamentary elections in 2012 / I believe in a Romania that would reach the EU living standard  PM Emil Boc submitted his candidacy for a new mandate as head of the Democratic Liberal Party. His main counter candidate is Vasile Blaga and Teodor Paleologu. PM Emil Boc made his announcement on the steps of the party HQ where “I announced all my victories”.
Opposition official claims Romanian President Basescu was a communist-era political police informer Radu Mazare, influential leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD, opposition) branch in Constanta county, claimed on Thursday that President Traian Basescu was an informer of the Ceausescu-era political police, the Securitate, Romanian news agency Mediafax reports. Mazare statement comes as the Supreme Court rejected an appeal of Dan Voiculescu, leader of the Conservative Party (PC, allied with PSD), against a previous verdict that Voiculescu collaborated with the Securitate.
Social Democratic leader says Romanian opposition would support incumbent Sorin Oprescu for Bucharest Mayor The Romanian opposition Social Liberal Union (USL), comprised of Social Democrats and Liberals, would support independent candidate Sorin Oprescu - the current Bucharest Mayor - should he prove to be the solution for an opposition victory in Bucharest local elections, Social Democratic leader Victor Ponta said in an interview with news agency Agerpres on Wednesday. For his part, Oprescu said he was honored by the USL support but that he remained an independent.
Government assumed responsibility over new Labor Code The Emil Boc Government assumed responsibility for a series of changes to the Labor Code before the Romanian Parliament on Tuesday, with the prime minister arguing the new legislation was aimed at making Romania attractive to investors and allow employers to provide jobs more easily. "It's a code for a competitive Romania" he said. Opposition parties were due to submit a censure motion today in order to discuss it in mid-March.UPDATE The opposition submitted the censure motion against the Boc Government. The motion will be debated March 16.
Romania government assumes responsibility before Parliament over new Labor Code. Opposition submits censure motion The Romanian Government was due to assume responsibility before Parliament over a series of changes to the Labor Code during a joint session of the two houses on Tuesday. The opposition has announced that once the government assumes responsibility it will submit a censure motion against it.
Romanian President Basescu: Finance Ministry to push for idea of uniting Financial Guard, Customs within fiscal authority ANAF Tax evasion has become a vulnerability of the national security as over 30% of the resources bound for the state are subject of tax evasion or suspicions of tax evasion, Romanian President Traian Basescu said at an event on Monday. And he said the Finance Ministry will soon start work on the idea of uniting the Financial Guard and the Customs Office within fiscal authority ANAF.
Verdict postponed in Romanian businessman-politician Dan Voiculescu's political police case The Romanian High Court of Justice postponed until March 10 on Thursday a verdict for the case in which influential businessman-politician Dan Voiculescu challenged a previous court decision that he collaborated with the Ceausescu-era political police, the Securitate, news agency Agerpres reports.
Confidential report says General Secretariat of the Government must be restructured The General Secretariat of the Romanian Government (SGG) must be restructured as it has too many functions and a more consolidated structure should be considered, shows a confidential report of the World Bank, obtained by HotNews.ro. According to the document, the number of agencies which report directly to the prime minister or the SGG is too high and should be cut.
Parties supporting Romania governing coalition have signed collaboration protocol The political groups supporting the governing coalition signed on Wednesday a protocol of partnership between the Democratic Liberals (PDL), Hungarian Democrats (UDMR), the National Union for the Progress of Romania and the group of national minorities other than Hungarians.
Liberal leader: President's suspension is a realistic objective National Liberal Party (PNL, opposition) president Crin Antonescu said on Monday that the replacement of President Traian Basescu and of the Government was not "unrealistic" and that it is the target of the Social Liberal Union - the alliance of PNL with fellow opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD).
Governing coalition protocol may be signed on Wednesday The protocol of the governing coalition of Democratic Liberals (PDL) and Hungarian Democrats (UDMR) will most probably signed at the Parliament Palace at noon on Wednesday, PM Emil Boc said on Monday.
Comedian turned businessman elected head of Romania's Green Party Romania's Green Party has announced that Mugur Mihaescu, a well known member of comedy group Vacanta Mare who has turned to business over the past several years, has been elected executive president of the political group. The Greens announced the launch of a Manifesto called "Enough! It can be different!". The actor is expected to hold a press conference this week to provide details about the Green manifesto.

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