Thursday, October 12th

Romania’s president and PM expected to attend the launch of Ford’s new EcoSport version

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis and the country’s PM Mihai Tudose are expected to attend the launch of a new Ford EcoSport version in the southern town of Craiova on Thursday. President Iohannis’ presence at the event is meant to express his strong support for the country’s automotive industry currently becoming more competitive on international markets. By its focus on this market, the Romanian automotive industry is in the comfortable position of having the right product to aim at two growing target segments: the unsaturated emerging markets and the growing West European client group with a preference for affordable cars. Renault’s Dacia Logan together with its derivate the Sandero hatchback, produced by Renault in Piteşti, are the cheapest cars in Europe.

Piranha V armoured vehicules expected in Romania by the end of next year

Production of the first Piranha V armoured vehicules may start most likely by the end of next year, Romanian Defence Minister Mihai Fifor said on Thursday. The minister mentioned a Memorandum and a Co-operation Agreement signed between Romania’s Economy Ministry, Romarm – the country’s National Company for Military Technique and the US General Dynamics. Piranha V is a family of wheeled armoured vehicles developed by Mowag Motorwagenfabriken of Switzerland. In a first step, delegates of Romanian military personnel are expected in Switzerland for training. The Piranha V Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) is one version of the fifth generation of the Mowag Piranha family of vehicles. It was designed by General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag GmbH. Romania has ordered additional Piranha III wheeled armoured vehicles from General Dynamics European Land Systems in January. The order was the fifth by Romania and it is part of the Romanian army’s vehicle modernisation program.

Romania’s government: Who is supposed to quit?

Leaders of Romania’s governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) are expected to decide the Cabinet ministers supposed to quit the government in the next few days. At least three ministers are expected to be removed according to a list put forward by PM Mihai Tudose. Mr.Tudose would like to remove ministers who have credibility problems in Brussels, according to the statement he made on Wednesday. While on Monday, he said that corruption allegations surrounding three ministers had created problems for the country and his Social Democrat government. Anti-corruption prosecutors said in September they were investigating Deputy Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh for suspected abuse of office in a land transfer case (known as ‘Belina file’), and have asked parliament to approve an investigation into European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb linked to the same case. Mr. Tudose also said that his relationship with PSD leader Liviu Dragnea was not in a “happy moment”.
Alexandru Danga