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The fact that Laura Codruța Kövesi, the former head of Romania’s anti-corruption agency (DNA) intends to run for the position of the Chief Prosecutor of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) has been the subject of debate for a few weeks now. As it turns out, Kövesi has recently received support from the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest parliamentary faction in the European Parliament.
This might be the result of the decision made by the Romanian Government that will affect several energy companies, including Nuclearelectrica, a state-owned nuclear power producer. As of now, such preliminary calculations are based on the comparison of results obtained in 2018 as well as the incorporation of new regulations.
Between 18 and 22 of January, 2019, Moldova noted a series of incidents in Bendery, a city controlled by Transnistria. It led to tightening safety control and the introduction of mobile check and duty points in the territory directly neighbouring Varnita, a village controlled by Chisinau. According to Moldova, these actions were not consulted with Chisinau within joint peacekeeping troops.
This regards the construction of infrastructure enabling the transport of raw material extracted in the Black Sea. It will be possible thanks to the BRUA gas pipeline which will connect the Romanian gas system with the external infrastructure.
Laura Codruța Kövesi is considered the favourite for the position of the Chief Prosecutor of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). The information has been confirmed by sources close to the European Commission, which is responsible for the verification of all candidates. According to the Romanian media, Ms Kövesi has not commented on the matter so far.
Maja Kocijanić, spokeswoman of the European External Action Service (EEAS), in her interview for Moldova.org, presented the statement of the EU on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova. The elections are scheduled for February 24, 2019, and the beginning of the electoral campaign starts on January 25. Moldovan elections will be closely monitored by the European Union.
It concerns, among others, deposits under the Black Sea. Representatives of ROMGAZ have already talked about this issue with representatives of Azeri SOCAR. The cooperation may include also other projects in Azerbaijan, including the area of the Caspian Sea.
One of the first decisions made by Romania after taking the half-year presidency over the European Union Council was the revision of the Gas Directive. Works on this directive may influence the Nord Stream 2 project aiming to connect Russia and Germany the construction of which Poland objects to.
At the beginning of January, soldiers of the 17th Greater Poland Mechanised Brigade arrived in Craiova to replace their colleagues who have stationed there for the last six months. Therefore, they started a new rotation within which NATO forces are stationing in Romania.
There are currently around 10,000 Romanians working as doctors and nurses in the UK health care sector. Although the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union in March 2019, the question of the legal status of Romanians working in the British Isles still remains unclear.
On December 24, 2018, President Igor Dodon met with the representatives of the Union of Officers of Moldova (Romanian: Uniunea ofițerilor din Moldova), of which he has been a member since 2015 with the rank of reserve major. The organisation brings together former military members whose mission is to promote the idea of patriotism among young people in the spirit of traditions of the Soviet Union and Moldova.
On January 1, 2019, Romania takes a half-year, rotating presidency over the Council of the European Union. Even though currently, this title has little political significance, it is prestigious. By taking over the presidency, Romania faces many problems, both international and internal.
On November 22, 2018, a contract was signed for the construction of a natural gas pipeline network connecting the north-eastern region of Romania with Ungheni, a Moldovan town located on the border with Romania. The plan assumes that in the future the gas pipeline network will be expanded to Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova.
The year 1989 is symbolic for many countries of the Central and Eastern Europe. The communist system was collapsing. What was surprising, this process was happening in a peaceful manner. Romania was an exception as there the change in power resulted from a bloody revolution. 29 years later, the guilty of the death of over a thousand people have not been judged yet.