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European Commission notes independence of Romania judiciary questioned, judicial institutions under pressure The situation of the Romanian justice system is the subject of a large part of an European Commission analysis as part of its specific country recommendations for 2018. It points to recent legislative evolutions, how the independence of justice and the anti-corruption legislative framework have been affected, to corruption within the state-funded sector at all levels and to suspicions of fraud in public tenders, which affect building of highways and hospitals in Romania.
Nine dead in Hungary crash involving Romania-registered vehicle At least nine people died in a crash near Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday, as the Romania-registered small bus they were travelling with collided with a truck, according to the Romanian Foreign Minisry.
Romania, facing serious lack of highways, plans to include political leader Dragnea's marginal county on future highway route Romania's government is expecting that three highway projects would be finished through public-private partnerships within five years, deputy PM Viorel Stefan said on Tuesday. One of the planned highways crosses the county of Teleorman, known to be the stronghold of governing party leader Liviu Dragnea - a county which is off all major transportation routes in a country which faces a lack of highways in key regions.
Romania Senate speaker Tariceanu acquitted in false testimony case Romania's High Court of Justice acquitted Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Tuesday in a case where he was charged with false testimony, news agency Mediafax reported. The decision is not final.
Romania President Iohannis scolds government again, asks if it has money for pensions, salaries until end of year Romania President Klaus Iohannis criticised the government's troubled economic policies again on Tuesday, urging it to state clearly if it has any more money to cover salaries and pensions until the end of the year. His statement comes as the government has become mired again in a scandal over suspected plans to suspend contributions to a private pensions fund.
Governing party leader Dragnea, targeted by criminal complaint, blames President of "seating at table with head of state" which Romania doesn't recognize The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on Friday launched a fierce attack against an opposition leader and the President after the former submitted a criminal complaint against him. Dragnea blamed the complaint on decisions he claims were made by the Presidency and he pointed out that President Iohannis "sat at the same table with a state which Romania doesn't recognize - Kosovo".
Superior Council of Magistrates says Justice minister statement may affect independence of prosecutors Romania's Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) says that statements made by Justice minister Tudorel Toader, who spoke of unfair repercussions in cases where preventive arrests were made, may affect the independence of prosecutors when it comes to the adoption of procedural solutions.
Air quality: Romania referred to the EU Court of Justice The European Commission on Thursday referred Romania and five other EU countries to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failings when it comes to air polution.
Romania opposition leader submits criminal complaint against prime minister Dancila, governing party leader Dragnea for high treason The leader of Romania's main opposition group, Ludovic Orban of the National Liberal Party (PNL), has submitted a criminal complaint at the Prosecutor General's office against prime minister Viorica Dancila and Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD). He accuses them of high treason, disclosure of state secrets and usurpation of functions, the office has told HotNews.ro.
Romania governing party drops plans for "big demonstration" in support of traditional family Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) for now are dropping plans for a "big demonstration" in support of the traditional family, an event which sparked massive controversy as it was due to fuel a referendum on constitutional changes. The party argued it could not organise it given that President Iohannis refused to approve a law on referendums and challenged the bill to the Constitutional Court.
PSD leader Liviu Dragnea claims president Iohannis incites violence, warns opposition about "scenarios" to submit criminal complains against PM Dancila The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea used a harsher than ever tone against the president and the opposition on Sunday evening. He accused President Klaus Iohannis of fueling a "sense of uncertainty" among the population, according to statements made in an interview with Romania TV news channel, as quoted by Agerpres news agency. He said such actions by the President "may amount to an attack to national security".
Media threat: Romania governing party leader calls for investigation of journalist after publication of info on embassy to Israel The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, has called for prosecutors to intervene against a journalist in the case of a secret memorandum on moving Romania's Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Dragnea, who serves as speaker of the House, claimed in a TV show on Sunday night that journalist Dan Tapalaga, from the G4Media.ro website where the information about the memorandum was first published, should be investigated.
​Thousands of demonstrators, President Iohannis protest Romania government coalition A new wave of protests against the policies of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) -led governing coalition took place across Romania on Saturday, as President Klaus Iohannis himself spoke against government decisions that risk "taking us out of Europe". The events intensified political tensions which reached new heights these days with a Foreign ministry decision to block a EU-wide foreign policy statement.
Romania PM Viorica Dancila announces Pope Francisc visit to Romania next year Romanian PM Viorica Dancila was received by Pope Francisc in Vatican on Friday. The Romanian officials delivered an invitation for him to visit the country. In an interview for news channel Antena 3, she later said that the Pope confirmed he would come to Romania early next year.
New anti-government protests announced in Bucharest, other Romanian cities on Saturday A series of protests against current government policies have been announced for Saturday evening in Bucharest and 14 other cities in Romania and abroad. The demonstrations challenge attempts to change the leadership of the main anti-graft prosecutor office, the DNA, but also against moves of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) to support changes to the Constitution to limit the rights of minority groups.
VIDEO REPORT NATO defence of the Black Sea area. Images from the biggest military exercise of the Alliance in Romania Black Sea was the most animate point on the map of NATO operations during the past seven days. 21 military ships, a submarine and 10 airships joined the Sea Shield 18 exercise - the biggest NATO military maneuvers in its SE flank this year. The excercise was attended by over 2,300 troops from several NATO countries and was organised by Romanian Naval Forces, aiming at combat scenarios against asymmetrical, air, submarine and naval threats.
Romanian public television claims voting issues after losing Eurovision finals qualification A day after Romania lost qualification in the finals of the Eurovision music contest, the Romanian public television TVR issued a press release accusing issues with the voting systems in countries with large Romanian communities.
VIDEO Massive EU flag put on display in Bucharest on Europe Day: ""We don't want to be led by thieves, we want strong democracy and state of law!" A EU flag measuring more than 10 meters was put on display before the Office of the European Commission to Buchares in the afternoon on Wednesday, the Europe Day. The event was aimed at showing the "support of Romanians for European values, independent justice and democratic values".
Romanian President Iohannis fined for discrimination when speaking of "penal" people attacking anti-graft prosecutors Romania's National Council against Discrimination (CNCD) has decided to fine President Klaus Iohannis with RON 2,000, charging him with discrimination when he used the word "penal" in a public speech. The President called the fine a political decision which would be challenged in court.
Romanian President on Europe Day: Lately we keep hearing voices blaming Europe and Brussels for almost everything / It's the easiest discourse Romanian President Klaus Iohannis used an event to mark Europe Day on Wednesday to criticise "voices" in Bucharest who "are very easily blaming Europe and Brussels for almost everything". He said this was the easiest discourse for those who are disturbed by European standards of authentic democracy.

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