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SNIPPETS Communications ordinance sought to prevent budget deficit / Govt coalition seeks presidential candidate / Threats with protests in Health sector The Communications Ministry in Bucharest argues that an ordinance aimed at allowing a 5G frequencies tender to take place is needed to prevent a budget deficit. Meanwhile, the governing coalition and a third party are discussing a possible common candidate for Presidency. And trade union members in the Health sector threaten protests.
​Top Ford official in Romania hits at infrastructure flops affecting company Ian Pearson, the manager of Ford Romania, has checked on works at an expressway connecting Southern Romania cities of Craiova and Pitesti, which is of major interest for the Craiova-based Ford subsidiary. He found that no progress has been made at the construction works site, which came to spotlight with an electoral stunt of the governing Social Democrats during the European elections campaign in May.
KEY STORIES TODAY Leadership set for governing Social Democrats in Romania, still sought for EU bodies Romania's leading Social Democrats have a new leadership. The country has ended its presidency of the EU Council. President Iohannis made himself heard in EU affairs as Europeans struggle to establish new leadership of EU bodies. In Bucharest, artists stage protests. The key stories of the weekend.
Romanian PM Dancila becomes her Social Democratic Party's president officially Romania's prime minister Viorica Dancila was officially voted president of her Social Democratic Party (PSD) in an extraordinary congress on Saturday. Finance minister Eugen Teodorovici was named executive president and MP Mihai Fifor was chosen secretary general.
Klaus Iohannis: I am president of Romania, I want to stay President of Romania, not of the European Council Romania's President Klaus Iohannis gave a clear signal on Saturday that he would run for a new term in office, rejecting speculation that he might be seeking the position of European Council president. He stated so in a speech held at a ceremony in which he received a medal from the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania.
SNIPPETS Romania's record for abortions in hospitals accounted in new report. Also today - SocDems propose new interim European Commissioner, prepare for party congress A new report shows the record of Romanian hospitals when it comes to abortions by request. Also in the news on Friday, Romania's governing Social Democrats propose new interim European Commissioner and prepare for a leadership vote this weekend.
​KEY STORIES TODAY Romania Under 21 match against Germany claims all interest Romania's Under 21 national team was defeated by Germany 4-2 in the semifinals of the Euro 2019, but this by itself was a result Romanian football fans were yearning for a quater of a century.
OPINION ​​Romania Under 21 ends Euro 2019 run in semifinals with 4-2 loss against Germany: tears that may precede smiles Romania Under 21 concluded its splendid run at Euro 2019 in the semifinals match against Germany - in itself an Utopian dream just weeks before. Germany proved stronger eventually, defeating Romania 4-2, and its now up to all those involved with the football phenomenon to integrate the young boys so that the Romania's national to be a real deal.
SNIPPETS Steps taken in wake of May 26 EP elections, referendum vote. Also - Romanians and their struggles sewage connectivity, Yango in Romania and new 5G moves Moves were made by the President, the Constitutional Court and the Parliament on Thursday to fix things in the wake of troubled EP elections and voting in a referendum on Romanian Justice on May 26. Also today, news of low connectivity to sewage systems in many parts of Romania accompany news of new 5G and ridesharing initiatives.
KEY STORIES TODAY: Moves to solve cemetery dispute / Politicians named in key positions / Events in Republic of Moldova Attempts to solve issues related to a disputed heroes cemetery move on. Politicians have been named in key positions within the state. News from the Republic of Moldova in the aftermath of political crisis.
MP's elect new People's Advocate, or Romanian Ombudsman - Renate Weber The Parliament on Wednesday voted to name former MEP Renate Weber as Romanian Ombudsman - or People's Advocate as it its called locally. Weber, who has been nominated by Liberal Democrats (ALDE, a junior member of the governing coalition) replaces Victor Ciorbea, who has gained a reputation for his support to decisions of the current governing alliance, but who's term has come to an end.
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.

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