News review of the day – Tuesday, July 7th

Moldova’s president honoured in Suceava

The President of the Republic of Moldova Nicolae Timofti is given the Doctor Honoris Causa title at the Stephen the Great University in the Romanian northern town of Suceava on Tuesday. President Timofti will receive the title for his efforts in promoting Moldova’s European integration, strengthning bilateral relations between Moldova and Romania as well as for moves aimed at encouraging education and promotion of young generations. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is expected to attend the ceremony. An official meeting of the two leaders will be followed by a joint press briefing.

Romania’s net average wage according to INS

Romania’s monthly net average wage hit RON 1,800 in May, according to figures released by the country’s National Institute of Statisctics (INS) on Tuesday. The wage is 7 percent higher than similar figures released in May last year. The rise comes after the country’s minimum wage also increased to 217.50 euros in June. The highest wages were reported in the oil and gas industry where workers could get a pay up to RON 6,500 while lowest wages were reported for hotel and restaurant staff.

New corruption-related file against Romanian lawmaker

Prosecutors with Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) in Ploieşti, a town some 60 km. north from the capital Bucharest, opened a new file against a lawmaker for his alleged involvement in a corruption-related case, judicial sources said on Tuesday. Deputy Sebastian Ghiţă is suspected of offering a residential home to Iulian Bădescu, a former Ploieşti mayor, in exchange of public money for contracts. Mr. Bădescu was brought for questioning to the DNA headquarters in Ploieşti. The former mayor was previously arrested for his involvement in another corruption case in March when he was accused of bribery and abuse of office. The country’s High Court of Cassation and Justice upheld the deputy mandate of Mr. Ghiţă last Friday following a complaint against prosecutors. The ruling was final.

„Moromeţii” comeback

The Romanian Cultural Institute is expected to host the release of „Moromeţii” („The Family of Moromete”), the 1987 film directed by Stere Gulea. The event on Tuesday is marking the 60th aniversary of the famous novel of Marin Preda, a Romanian novelist who turned „Moromeţii” into one of the most acclaimed masterpieces in Romanian literature. Participants in the event include Eugen Simion and Nicolae Breban, members of the Romanian Academy, along with hugely acclaimed actors such as Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Victor Rebengiuc and Mitică Popescu.

Alexandru Danga