Friday, January 12th

The Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kövesi, and her deputy Marius Iacob, subjects to disciplinary investigations

DNA Chief Laura Codruta Kövesi and her deputy, Marius Iacob, will be disciplined by the Prosecutors Office of the Superior Council of Magistracy. The action takes place after the Judicial Inspection initiated a disciplinary action targeting the two. Chief Prosecutor Codruţa Kövesi is alleged to have interfered with the honor and professionalism of fellow prosecutors, against whom she would have occasionally used a superior and aggressive tone, violating the minimum standards of ethics and deontology imposed on a magistrate. As for the deputy chief prosecutor of the DNA, Marius Iacob, the Judicial Inspectorate found that he had carried out criminal prosecution actions and was obviously in the situation of incompatibility.

President of Romania sent a message on the 450th anniversary of the recognition of religious freedom in Transylvania

President Klaus Iohannis sent a message on Friday on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the recognition of religious freedom in Transylvania through the Edict of Turda in January 1568. The head of state underlined the importance of the anniversary in the context of freedom and religious tolerance being fundamental pillars of humanity but also of our society, which were obtained, developed and defended with sacrifice. The President of Romania also stated that the future of the nation presupposes cordial acceptance of diversity and is based on the values of European humanism.

Japan’s Prime Minister on official visit to Romania next week

The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, will welcome next week the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, on his official visit to Bucharest. It is the first visit to Romania of a Japanese prime minister and it is taking place in the context of the fifth anniversary of the 2013 Renewed Partnership between Romania and Japan, a press release from the Presidential Administration says. At the Cotroceni Palace there will be talks in restricted format and in the plenary delegations, press releases and an official dinner that President Klaus Iohannis will offer in honor of the Japanese guest. The agenda also includes topics such as Japan’s cooperation with the European Union, including the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement, regional developments, with emphasis on the North Korean case, and the Romanian-Japanese cooperation on a multilateral basis.

Romania signed a contract to purchase 227 armored carriers from an American company

Romania signed on Friday a contract to purchase 227 armored carriers from a US company worth 895 million euros. The contract stipulates that almost 200 of them will be assembled in Romania at the Bucharest Mechanical Plant. Attending the event, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said that, through this contract, Romania is taking a step towards the production of high-level weaponry. “Romania will again become a leading military equipment manufacturer. I think it is a good start for the Romanian defense industry. I thank those in the defense industry who were patient and did not destroy that factory, but preserved it instead, so as we may be proud today of being able to contribute our share at such collaboration standards”, said Mihai Tudose. The Piranha Armoured vehicles are intended for the transport of infantry, being absolutely necessary for the accomplishment of the specific tasks by the Romanian Land Forces

Magda Baciu, RADOR