Monday, November 13th 2017

Liviu Dragnea heard by DNA prosecutors, being summoned in a corruption case

Today, Liviu Dragnea, the president of The Lower House, has been heard by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, being summoned in a corruption case. Leaving the institution, he did not comment upon his role in the hearing. Businessman Marian Fişcuci was also present at the DNA headquarters. The two have been called by prosecutors in the case concerning Tel Drum, say judicial sources. Tens of people gathered outside the building to support the social-democrat leader.

Foreign minister, Teodor Meleşcanu, and Defense minister, Mihai Fifor, at Brussels

EU Foreign and Defense ministers will meet in Brussels today, to sign a document that aims to consolidate a more close cooperation on defense. It concerns the joint notification for launching the Permanent Structured Cooperation, that stipulates, among others, higher defense spending, building a joint military capacity and strengthening the defense industry. Romania will be represented at the reunion by Foreign minister, Teodor Meleşcanu, and the Defense minister, Mihai Fifor.

The Minister for Transport begins verifying all the departments of TAROM company

The Transport ministry starts verifying today all the departments of TAROM company. The measure has been ordered after the incident last week, in which a plane owned by the fleet of the air operator took off with a 12 hours delay, due to technical issues in the navigation system. Last year, TAROM has had losses of over two million lei that were caused by delays or canceled flights, said Dragos Titea, Secretary of State in the Transport Ministry.

PNL starts procedures for bringing the motion of no confidence after the government modifies the Tax Code

PNL starts procedures for bringing a motion of no confidence after Tudose government modified the Tax Code. The text would first be presented at a reunion of the party leaders that is to take place today. Also for today, the Liberals have planned to take to the Romanian Ombudsman an intimation to question the tax reform at The Constitutional Court. The new measures issued by the government and the Justice Laws’ draft amendments have sparked protests across the country and, last night, thousands of people have taken to the streets in some of the big cities. Timişoara, Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest have seen the biggest numbers of protesters. In spite of the demonstrations, the party leader, Liviu Dragnea, said that the amendments will stay in place and that the changes will bring money to the budget and the pension fund, that they wil simplify the procedures for firms and that the salaries will not decrease./aionita