News review of the day – December 8

British Prime Minister David Cameron expected in Bucharest tomorrow

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected in Bucharest tomorrow for an official visit, according to political sources quoted by Radio Romania. Talks have been scheduled with Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş and President Klaus Iohannis. The visit is preceding the European Council in Brussels next week, Radio Romania reports.

PM Dacian Cioloş to represent Romania at European Council’s winter reunion

Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş will represent Romania at the European Council reunion in Brussels next week. Joint committees for European Affairs of the two Parliament chambers have validated his mandate this afternoon following President Iohannis’ decision to delegate him to represent the country on his behalf. The PM will present, among other subjects, Romania’s position regarding immigration issues and the fight against terrorism. He is also going to support prolongation of EU sanctions against Russia, Radio Romania reports.

US Ambassador Hans Klemm met with Romanian MPs in the Foreign Policy Committee

US Ambassador Hans Klemm had a meeting today with Romanian MPs in the Foreign Policy Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, on his request. The Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States was the main subject of the reunion. The US official also mentioned before the reunion he was going to present a series of goals the United States have:

Ambassador Hans Klemm: I want us to explain the priorities the United States of America have in Romania. Amid these insecure times, the strong partnership between our two countries represents the basis for stability that brings security, democracy and prosperity for our people.

In his turn, the President of the Foreign Policy Committee, MP László Borbély, has pleaded for the need of common action against terrorism.

László Borbély: In these difficult times, after the talks we have seen in Paris regarding climate change and terrorist attacks, it is very important that we remain solidary in what core values of democracy are concerned, to fight together against these terrorist attacks.

17-year old taken into custody over suspicions of Jihadi propaganda

A 17-year old teenager from the city of Craiova was taken into custody this morning by prosecutors with the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) over suspicions of Jihadi propaganda. The Romanian high schooler is accused of having posted online messages supporting the Islamic State organization. The teenager converted to Islam two years ago and intended to study at Medina University in Saudi Arabia. The DIICOT prosecutors have been assisted in their investigations by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). This is the first Romanian citizen to be taken into custody for this sort of actions. So far, nine foreign citizens have been expelled from the country for activities related to terrorist ideologies and organizations. At the same time, 240 foreigners from the Middle East have been refused entrance on the Romanian territory, according to SRI, which pointed out they represented a threat by having a certain profile linked to radical terrorist backgrounds, connections, activities and propaganda, Radio Romania reports.

Romania marks 24 years since the adoption of the new Constitution

President Klaus Iohannis has addressed a message on October 8th – Romania’s Constitution Day – encouraging those institutions that keep watch on the abidance by the Fundamental Law to rise to the challenge of their role for democracy. 24 years ago, on October 8th 1991, Romania’s new Constitution was being adopted by referendum with a large majority, marking the resolve of the Romanian state and people to build a democratic governance.
„The Constitution certifies Romania’s European and Transatlantic kinship. We thus have the unfailing guarantee of normal development for our society alongside a group of states with consolidated democracies against any form of totalitarianism, intolerance, discrimination and populism”, the President added in his message – Radio Romania reported.

Average wage levels – 10% higher in October against last year

Data issued today by Romania’s National Institute of Statistics (INS) reveal that average wage level in October has registered a 10% rise against the same month last year. Given the negative annual inflation rate, the real increase of the net salary in October was of nearly 12%. According to the INS, the level of the medium net salary was of 1.900 Ron. The highest medium net salaries were registered in the IT sector  – nearly 4.500 Ron whilst the lowest were those of employees in the hospitality sector – approximately 1.100 Ron.

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