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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 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.
​Romania's nominee for European Commission Rovana Plumb invited to exceptional hearings over wealth statement in EP 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.
Final agreement between European Parliament, Council for Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi to become EU chief prosecutor ​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.
New phase in procedure of naming top EU prosecutor 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.
Finnish EU Council Presidency plans to "test" support for Romanian Kovesi as top EU prosecutor 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.
Romania lags behind as Hungary moves on with new tender for border railroad electrification Hungary has launched a tender for the electrification and rehabilitation of 55 km of the railway linking the Western Romanian city of Oradea to Budapest, as Rail Journal reports. The move comes as the country has been pushing for upgrading its railway network considrabily, while Romania is still talking about moving things in this regard.
PM Dancila's withdraws Romanian politician's candidacy for interim European commissioner Romania's PM Viorica Dancila has decided to withdraw the candidacy of Ioan Mircea Pascu for the seat of interim European Commissioner left vacant by Corina Cretu, for the period of 6 weeks in the term of the current Commission, official sources told HotNews.ro. Ioan Mircea Pascu later stated in a Facebook post that he took note of the decision and was complying with it.
​EC President-elect von der Leyen announces commissioners' portfolios. Romanian nominee Plumb for Transports may face European Parliament opposition The President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Tuesday announced the distribution of Commission portfolios. Romanian nominee Rovana Plumb is set for the Transport portfolio, but she faces opposition for the job.
Who is Romania's future EU commissioner and how she got over attempted indictment EC President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has announced the full list of her future Commission team and Romania's Rovana Plumb, who's name has been circulated a lot for the past weeks, appears among them. But who is Rovana Plumb and what's that story of her dodging criminal inquiry with help from Romanian MPs?
Romania's energy regulator sends letter to EC to warn about significant chance of Russia cutting gas deliveries to Ukraine The risk of Russia cutting gas transit through Ukraine is mentioned by Romania's energy market regulator ANRE in a document for the second time. This time, it's a letter it sent to the EU last week. According to the document, which was seen by HotNews.ro, ANRE mentions speculation about gas prices in the context of a significant probability of interruption in natural gas deliveries through Ukraine.
US Ambassador to EU says Romanian minister invited to work on "advisory roadmap" to strengthen Romanian rule of law / What he said on Huawei, Russian gas The US Attorney General has invited Romanian justice minister Ana Birchall to work together on an "advisory road map as to what the US believes are appropriate provisions and measures to take in legislation and in executive orders to ensure a strong and consistent rule of law" in the East European country. The statement was made by Godron Sondland, the US Ambassador to the EU, who just visited Romania just after meeting with newly chosen EU leaders and hailed a "reset" in US-EU relations.
President Iohannis to PM Boris Johnson: top priority about Brexit is protecting rights of Romanian citizens in Britain ​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis told British PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday that Romania's major priority when it comes to Brexit was protecting the rights of Romanian citizens in Britain.
Half of Romanians abroad want back home - less than two years ago Some 47% of Romanians living abroad want to return to their country of origin, according to a study on Romanian diaspora ordered by RePatriot project and delivered by Open-I Research. The number is lower than that reported two years ago.
​Brexit: What Romania's Ambassador to UK recommends after British Government said it planned to end EU free moment in case of no-deal leave The UK Government has announced plans to end the application of EU rules on free movement immediately in case of a no-deal Brexit on October 31. Romania's Ambassador to London told HotNews.ro on Monday evening that this did not mean Romanian citizens working there - more than 400,000 - would be prevented from entering Britain.
EP President Sassoli says Romanian teenager's murder horrifies whole Europe Hearing the voice of Alexandra Macesanu calling for help in vain horrifies not only Romania, but the whole of Europe, David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. He referred to the murder case of teenager Alexandra in the Southern Romanian town of Caracal two weeks ago, a case which shocked Romania as authorities failed to save the girl despite her calls for help.
Key rival of Romanian Laura Codruta Kovesi for top EU prosecutor job, France's Bohnert, favored for national position 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.
Romanian ex-President, now MEP Basescu: Macron and Merkel "managed to remove the East of the European Union out of the European Union" ​"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.
Romania's Foreign minister dodges responsibility on key European-level cases 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.
Ukraine officials on Transdniester: It's a risk. Nobody knows Putin's plans. He may use troops to attack Ukraine 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.
​Romanian presidency of the EU Council concludes: what have Romanians gotten out of it? 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?

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