Romania Monitor Articles
A serious dispute between the government and the president. The Social Democratic Party (PSD) accuses the head of state of blocking nominations to the posts of ministers of Transport and of Regional Development. According to politicians from the ruling party, this disables the further development of motorways.
On December 1, Romania held celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Union. The official slogan of the event was “sărbătorim împreună”, which means “we celebrate together”. At the end of the day, things did not really work out as planned. Government officials associated with the PSD-ALDE coalition participated in the celebrations held in Bucharest.
The Romanian government presented the newest version of the budget allowing for the changing economic conditions of the state. The incomes were estimated at 272 billion lei which with the three percent deficit amounts to about 300 billion lei (about USD 73 billion/EUR 64 billion) of expenses. This is 10.7 billion more than it was initially planned
The board of the Social Democratic Party decided on the personnel changes in the government. New leaders of eight ministries were introduced. But this is not the end of changes in the party which is co-governing Romania.
For years, Romania, similarly to neighbouring Bulgaria, has been unsuccessfully trying to join the Schengen Area. In an interview published in Adevărul, Romania’s daily newspaper, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani has declared that he is looking forward to finalising the matter. He has also announced that he is going to appeal to certain EU countries that block Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area.
Romania’s economic growth reached over 4% in the third quarter of 2018. In fact, Romania is one of the few European Union member states that can actually boast about such good economic results. However, Romania’s GDP is not the only thing that matters, because there are other highly alarming economic indicators that should also be taken into account.
The state-owned Romgaz company commissioned the feasibility study necessary to construct a new gas power station. It is expected to have a power of 500 MW and cost about 300 million euro.
On November 13, the EP adopted a resolution expressing its “deep concern” about Romania’s judicial reform. Once published, the EU official document caused great turmoil. The fieriest speech was delivered by former Justice Minister Florin whose statement was additionally reinforced by a double middle finger gesture,
There is a significant number of UK residents who are deeply worried about the spectre of Brexit. Meanwhile, the British Government is struggling to ensure that the potential exit from the European Union will not change the UK’s position in the international arena.
According to data recently published by Eurostat, Romania is one of the EU countries which receives the smallest number of immigrants. At the same time, Romanians are one of the most willing nations to emigrate in search of a job.
In the resolution approved on November 13, it was assessed that the reform of the judiciary and penal code could threaten the struggle with corruption. 473 MPs voted for, 151voted against and 40 abstained.
Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor said that Romania had already provided funds for the U.S. government for the purchase of three additional Patriot missile systems. This is a continuation of purchases from the previous year. In July 2017, the U.S. Department of State agreed to give Romania seven systems for 3.9 billion dollars.
A Polish-Romanian high-level meeting took place in Bucharest. Talks concerned the Polish solutions in the establishment of the Polish Development Fund (PFR). Romania wants to make use of the Polish experience in order to exploit the potential of the planned investments as best as they can.
In June 2017, the government of Sorin Grindeanu collapsed, and subsequently elected cabinet of Mihai Tudose collapsed in January 2018. Since then, the position of PM is occupied by Viorica Dăncilă. However, slogans concerning the most tragic fire in Romania are still present.