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SNIPPETS Key Moldova official to visit Romania. Communism museum approved Romania's Constitutional Court has made a decision in a key case, but postponed ruling in another. MPs voted on a Museum of communist horrors. And Moldova's PM Sandu is expected to visit Romania.
Little more than 40 km of new highway expected to be added for sure to Romania's poor infrastructure this year Romania, a country with a disastrous record when it comes to transport infrastructure, is expected to open 43 new kilometers of highway for certain this year. News of this comes despite Transport authorities early this year promised 180 kilometers, according to a HotNews.ro report on updated highway development plans.
KEY STORIES TODAY: A disputed Administrative code and many ordinances The decision of the Romanian government to push through a controversial bill on administration, which may change the balance of power between the government and the president, is the key result of a government session on Tuesday.
SUMMARY - Romania PM, minister announce moves to be taken / avoided moving forward Romania's PM Viorica Dancila and a minister of her Social Democratic Party (PSD)-led government announced a series of moves to be taken - or to be avoided, moving forward, from fiscal to administrative to judiciary acts.
​Court forces Romania Government to sell shares in oil company Petrom within an 8% limit to employees, at 2004 price Romania's Government is forced to apply a High Court decision according to which it has to sell shares in major oil company OMV Petrom, within a limit of 8% of its capital, to employees at the price recorded at the moment of the 2004 privatisation. The High Court decision was made on May 8, 2019, but has not been publicly communicated so far.
​Venice Commission recommends Romania govt to drastically reduce use of emergency ordinances, warns of moves in the Justice sector The Venice Commission urges the Romanian Government in a report obtained by HotNews.ro to drastically reduce the use of emergency ordinances in the Justice sector. It reaffirms its recommendation for Romania to seriously reconsider the need to create a special structure charged with investigating magistrates, which it says risks becoming an obstacle for the fight against corruption.
Roamania's governing parties, losers of recent EU elections, plan commission to investigate alleged fraud in poll they themselves organised The leadership boards of Romania's chambers of Parliament agreed on Monday to propose the establishment of a parliamentary commission to investigate alleged fraud during the May 26 elections for the European Parliament. The proposal was made by Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, leader of ALDE, a minority partner of the governing coalition. Both ALDE and the Social Democrats (PSD), the main governing party, were the clear losers of the European poll, which was organised by bodies like the Foreign Ministry, which are under their political control.
UPDATE Romania's long serving central bank governor Isarescu on his way to new term Romania's governing coalition supports Romania's National Bank (BNR) governor Mugur Isarescu for a new term, governing Social Democratic (PSD) sources have told HotNews.ro. Isarescu is the longest serving high profile official in the post-communist country and had hinted he might retire when his current term comes to an end this fall.UPDATE Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, leader of ALDE party, a minority partner in the governing coalition, said on Monday that following talks with PM Dancila support was agreed for Isarescu to get a new term
Romania's Social Democratic Government survives censure motion Romanian MPs voted on Tuesday against a censure motion submitted by the opposition against the Social Democratic (PSD)-led government of Viorica Dancila. The bill, aimed mainly at keeping the PSD executive in check, was predicted to fail well in advance.
​Top former member of Romanian govt Valcov placed under judicial control Romanian prosecutors have placed a top former aide of Romanian PM Viorica Dancila under judicial control for revealing secrets against the interest of national security. Darius Valcov, seen as the brains behind the government plans including a lot of controversial economic measures adopted by the Social Democratic (PSD) government, is targeted after he published on Facebook a secret protocol between the Prosecutor General's Office and the National Intelligence Service.
A first relevant Romanian position on Moldova crisis hints at support of Plahotniuc line - ForMin Melescanu agrees with election solution Early electionson September 6 would be the only solution for the crisis in the Republic of Moldova, Teodor Melescanu, Foreign minister in Romania's Social Democratic (PSD) -led government, said on Monday. It is the first clear position from a relevant Romanian official since the political crisis spiraled in Chisinau this weekend.
​​VIDEO How tensions between ethnic Romanian and Hungarian groups flared in heroes cemetery Groups of ethnic Romanians and Hungarians came short of direct confrontation at a disputed international cemetery on Thursday, where members of Romanian organisations clashed with gendarmes as Hungarians formed a human chain at the location. The events follow other tense moments in mid-May, during the campaign for EP elections.
Romania President urges parties to join political pact on justice, European path Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday made a first step in efforts to redraw political priorities in the wake of recent shake ups, by inviting parties to sign a national deal for the consolidation of Romania's European path, including moves to protect justice.
​Dragnea crony, economic "mastermind" Valcov resigns - sources Darius Valcov, the economic mastermind of the current Romanian governmment and seen as a key ally of former Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea, has resigned, according to sources. They said the resignation came after a meeting between Valcov and PM Dancila.
​Pope Francis - a revolutionary Pope visiting traditionally Orthodox Romania Pope Francis arrives in Romania on Friday - the second visit of a Pope to the majority Orthodox country after the one paid by John Paul II in 1999. His 3-day visit to a country where Catholics number single digit percentages comes after his visits to other SE European countries and is expected to focus on messages of integration within Europe and respect to Catholic martyrs of the Communist era.
​Power struggle intensifies in Romania after EP elections, fall of strongman Liviu Dragnea Mass struggles hit Romania's political scene on Wednesday as the governing coalition tries to keep its ground in the wake of massive losses in EP elections last weekend and the fall of its leader, former House speaker Liviu Dragnea, who was convicted under corruption charges on Monday. Pressure on the government following major organisation problems for voting in the Diaspora also increased substantially.
Pressure grows on Romania government as Social Democrats sort out losses in EP elections and in wake of leader Dragnea's detention The failures of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) in the recent European elections and the detention of their leader Liviu Dragnea for corruption on Monday has left the party in disarray. On Monday, as the opposition was threatening with a censure motion, PM Dancila and fellow party leadership members convened to sort out their troubles.
​​BREAKING UPDATE Romania strongman Liviu Dragnea receives 3 years and a half prison sentence in corruption case Romania's High Court indicted Romanian House of Deputies speaker Liviu Dragnea to 3 years and 6 months in prison in a corruption case on Monday. Dragnea, head of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has led the governing alliance with an iron fist for several years.UPDATE Liviu Dragnea showed up at the Rahova Penitentiary in Bucharest amid people's boos and filming journalists on Monday afternoon.
Outrage as throngs of Romanians in Diaspora were prevented to vote in EP elections Romanian opposition parties, the President and representatives of the civil society have been protesting to what they called an abuse against Romanian voters in the Diaspora, who could not vote in the EP elections and, in some cases, were forced away from polling stations as polls closed on Sunday evening.
European Elections: How Romania voted, as counting is about to end Over 50% of Romanians entitled to vote cast their ballots in the European elections on May 26. The opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) has come out as winner, with 27% of the votes, followed by the governing PSD with a little over 23%. Third came the USR-Plus Alliance, with 22.5% of the votes, with 98% votes in Romania and 80% of the of the votes in the Romanian Diaspora counted on Monday morning. ALDE, the minority member of the governing coalition, does not appear to come above the 5% threshold.

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