​Protests organised by a major trade union started downtown Bucharest at noon on Tuesday, with some 10,000 people expected to join. Members of the National Trade Union Block (BNS) will march from the Government HQ to several ministries across central Bucharest, promoting a series of claims aiming at clearer measures to relaunch the economy.

BNS leader Dumitru Costin said demonstrators call for measures in the infrastructure, energy, agriculture sectors as well as for a higher minimum salary to be applied urgently. The goal in this regard is a minimum salary of at least 750 RON, he said.

He also said BNS would not give in to changes to the trade union law, the labor conflict law or the collective work contracts law unless discussed jointly by the government, trade and employers' unions.

Traffic was restricted in downtown Bucharest starting this morning, between the Arcul de Triumf Square, Kiseleff Road, Victoriei Road, and George Enescu Square.