Marko Bela endorses Kelemen Hunor as head of the Hungarian Democratic Party Incumbent Hungarian Democratic Party President, Marko Bela declared on Friday that he endorses the candidacy of Kelemen Hunor for President of the party at the party’s congress in February but said that there are also other people who can occupy this position.
Party leader calls for long term alliance with fellow opposition groups Dan Voiculescu, leader of the small but influential Conservative Party (PC), said in an interview for Romanian news agency Agerpres on Tuesday that he wanted a "three-way political alliance of Social Democrats [PSD], National Liberals [PNL] and PC, a long term, 5-10 year alliance to cover several electoral cycles".
UPDATE Education Law constitutional, court decides. President Basescu signs the bill Romania's Constitutional Court decided on Tuesday that a recently adopted Education Law was constitutional, thus rejecting claims against its constitutionality submitted by Senate speaker Mircea Geoana and opposition MPs, news agency Agerpres reports.UPDATE President Traian Basescu signed the Education Law on Tuesday and is expected to hold a press statement later today.
UDMR leader Marko Bela will not run for another mandate 
Hungarian Democratic Party leader Marko Bela announced on Saturday that he will not run for another mandate as head of the party, underlying that his gesture does not mean he will withdraw from politics. 
Romanian party accuses MEP of collaboration with Ceausescu-era secret police, calls for his resignation The Conservative Party (PC) calls for Romanian MEP Laszlo Tokes to resign, for his exclusion from the Hungarian Democratic movement (UDMR), as a leader of the PC showed documents on Thursday showing that Ladislau Tokes collaborated with the Securitate - the Ceausescu-era dreaded political police. PC vice-president Bogdan Diaconu, quoted by news agency Agerpres, claimed Ladislau Tokes was the name Laszlo Tokes was known with the Securitate structures. For his part, Tokes provided an answer about the claims to HotNews.ro, saying PC proves to be "in a crisis of ideas".
President Basescu to address the Parliament on internal affairs 
President Traian Basescu requested to address the Parliament on internal affairs, parliamentary sources declared. The chief of state sent an official address to the Speakers of the two Chambers and the Presidency confirmed it for HotNews.ro. 
Radu Berceanu loses again in the Senate / Cristian Radulescu the new leader of PDL Senators 
Democrat Liberal Senators designated a new group leader to replace Traian Igas, named Interior Minister. Therefore, Senator Cristian Radulescu was voted, in the detriment of PDL informal leader Radu Berceanu. This is the second battle lost by Berceanu who, lost not only the Transports ministry but also the function of deputy President of the Senate. Sources within the party declared for HotNews.ro that Radulescu is a close friend with Vasile Blaga, former Interior minister. 
New ministers sworn in on Friday following Romania government reshuffling ​All six new ministers selected in government reshuffling talks on Thursday were sworn in at noon on Friday: Ion Ariton (Economy minister), Gheorghe Ialomitianu (Finance minister), Ioan Botis (Labor minister), Anca Boagiu (Transport minister), Valeriu Tabara (Agriculture minister) and Valerian Vreme (Communications ministers). The ceremony took place at the presidential palace, where President Traian Basescu urged them to prove the capacity to explain Romanians another year of austerity lays ahead.
Sources: Democratic Liberal MPs voted for the government reshuffling with Emil Boc as Prime Minister  A group of MPs from the governing Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) were planning on Thursday to call for the resignation of prime minister Emil Boc during a party leadership meeting during the afternoon, political sources told HotNews.ro. They said that the push was led by minister Elena Udrea and their stand was decided following PM Boc's decision to reshuffle top PDL leaders now serving as ministers, such as Sebastian Vladescu (Finance minister) and Mihail Dumitru (Agriculture minister). That is seen as a soft reshuffling of the government, while many call for a strong reshuffle which should include top PDL ministers including Adriean Videanu, Radu Berceanu and Gabriel Sandu. Later in the afteroon, Boc is said to have give in to pressure by accepting to replace ministers Videanu, Berceanu and Sandu, thus saving his position as prime minister.UPDATE 20:23 Those who asked for PM Boc's resignation: Elena Udrea, Raluca Turcan, Sever Voinescu, William Branza, Sulfina Barbu and Roberta Anastase. Raluca Turcan admitted that she requested the resignation of the Boc government. UPDATE 20:35 The College voted for the government re-shuffle with Emil Boc as Prime Minister: 40 votes for re-shuffling, 9 against and 10 abstains.
Romanian PM Boc met President Basescu to discuss government reshuffling. Basescu: Do whatever you want, I'm not getting involved any longer Romanian PM Emil Boc met President Traian basescu on Thursday morning to share with him a black list of ministers included in a government reshuffling plan. The list contained several ministers including Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu and Labor minister Mihai Seitan and Agriculture minister Mihail Dumitru. Instead, President Basescu called for a "serious reshuffling", sources close to the talks told HotNews.ro.
Ilie Sarbu is the new leader of the Social Democratic Party Senators: my winning of the position has nothing to do that Ponta is leader of the party 
​Ilie Sarbu was elected on Tuesday, leader of the Social Democratic Party group in the Senate, with 24 votes for and 14 against, Romanian news agency Mediafax informs. PSD Senator Ilie Sarbu declared, after he was elected that his win has nothing to do with the fact that he is related with Ponta.
The Liberal Party submits a simple motion against Labor minister Mihai Seitan following the humiliating situation of hundreds of thousands of people, compelled to pay contributions 
The Liberal party, PNL, will submit a simple motion against Labour minister Mihai Seitan, following the humiliating situation of hundreds of thousands of people compelled to pay contributions for copyright contracts, Liberal Party spokesperson Mihai Voicu declared on Friday. 
Sources: Difficult negotiations taking place between Romania's governing Democratic Liberals and opposition Liberals Representatives of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) have been negotiating since early August with second-tier leaders of the governing Democratic Liberals (PDL) a possible accession to government, sources close to the talks told HotNews.ro. A first term of the Liberals would be the exclusion of heavyweight PDL ministers such as Radu Berceanu, Adriean Videanu and Vasile Blaga from the government, according to the sources. For their part, the PDL negotiators demanded proof of loyalty from the Liberals. PNL senators voted on Tuesday a series key bills pushed by the parties supporting PDL leader Emil Boc's government.
National Agency for Integrity-ANI head says he expects ANI law be challenged at Constitutional Court Romanian Senate's passage on Tuesday of a new law regulating the functioning of the National Agency for Integrity (ANI) - a key body supervising the wealth of public officials in Romania - was "a victory of wit over passion", ANI president Catalin Macovei said on Wednesday. But he said he expected the law to be challenged at the Constitutional Court.
Former miners' leader says he collected almost half of signatures needed to launch Romanian Workers Party Miron Cozma, former trade union leaders of miners in Jiul Valley and best known for leading violent miners' "crusades" to Bucharest in the nineties, says he has already collected over 11,000 signatures of support for the establishment of a Romanian Workers Party, news agency Agerpres reports.
Romanian Senate approves National Integrity Agency bill A new law on the functioning of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) - a key body supervising the wealth of public officials - was approved by the Romanian Senate convened in extraordinary session on Tuesday. The document was adopted with 78 votes in favor, one abstention.
Romanian minister: Budget apparatus and public spending are an elephant crushing us for two years Romanian PM Emil Boc and Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu made a series of statements before the Senate on Tuesday explaining the austerity measures pushed by the government, including an emergency ordinance increasing VAT from 19% to 24%. Minister Vladescu compared the budget apparatus and public spending with an elephant "overfed" by previous governments and which "is crushing us for two years".
Sources: Tensions high within governing Democratic Liberal Party prior to reshuffling The leadership of Romania's governing Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) faces increasing tensions before September 1, the deadline set for a government reshuffling. A new scandal broke during a party leadership meeting on Monday night, where two top representatives got involved in a tense argument on the issue of state-owned shares in Petrom oil company. According to HotNews.ro sources, the subject of a government reshuffle was discussed quickly as PM Emil Boc promised a meeting on the issue with PDL MPs before September 1.
PM Boc: National Agency for Integrity law does not belong to a party, but to country Romanian PM Emil Boc defended the need for a new law on the functioning of the National Agency for Integrity (ANI) - a key body responsible with keeping in check the wealth of public officials - to be transparent. He said before the Senate on Tuesday that the ANI Law is a law for Romania and in favor of transparency when it comes to the wealth of officials, as it did not belong to a party or to the government, but to the country.
How the wealth of Senators from governing Democratic Liberal party rose during crisis Senators are returning from summer holiday on Tuesday to vote in an extraordinary session on the controversial law on the functioning of the National Agency for Integrity, so far a key body keeping in check the wealth of elected officials. The law would come into force soon, should it be approved by the Senate. To prove their transparency, a group of 36 Senators from the governing Democratic Liberal Party have posted their wealth statements publicly.


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