News of the day – February 24th

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on a visit to Kishinev

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis is starting a two-day visit to Kishinev, capital of the neighbouring Republic of Moldova, on Tuesday. His agenda includes meetings with Moldovan officials and representatives of civil society. President Iohannis is expected to hold talks with his Moldovan counterpart Nicolae Timofti, Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici, the Parliament’s speaker and leaders of politcal parties in the country’s parliament. Mr. Iohannis is also expected to address students at the Kishinev University. His visit was initially scheduled last month but it was postponed as Moldova failed in its attempt to form a government.

Romanian newly appointed intelligence chief before parliament committees

The newly appointed head of Romania’s Intelligence Service (SI) is expected to appear before special committees in parliament for hearings on Tuesday. Romanian President Klaus Iohhanis appointed MEP Eduard Hellvig for the job as parliament chambers were expected on Wednesday to establish a date for their joint meeting allowing the vote. The leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), Prime Minister Victor Ponta, said PSD MPs would support Mr. Hellvig’s appointment as SRI chief. A similar announcement was made by other parties including Mr. Hellvig’s National Liberal Party (PNL), and the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR), Conservative Party  and  the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR).

New DNA questions for a former Romanian minister

A former Romanian tourism minister is expected to appear again before prosecutors with Romania’s anti-corruption watchdog, the DNA, on Tuesday. The country’s National Anti-corruption Directorate called on parliament to allow the renewed arrest of Elena Udrea for her alleged involvement in the so-called Bute Gala file in which she was accused of illegally financing a boxing gala. Lawmakers have voted to allow the arrest of Ms. Udrea with 170 votes against 118. The 41-year-old Elena Udrea has been under preventive detention since February 10 when she was accused of involvement in the so-called Microsoft file.

Alexandru Danga