Tuesday, March 6th

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has emphasized the importance of French investments in Romania

The Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has told the French Ambassador Michelle Ramis that French investments in Romania are welcome and the government is opened to develop cooperation with France in all sectors. Ms. Dancila has met Ms. Ramis at Victoria Palace to talk about France’s participation in Romania’s Centenary celebrations to mark 100 years since the Great Union, according to a government statement. Regarding the cooperation at European level and Romania’s upcoming EU Presidency in the first semester of 2019, the Prime Minister has reaffirmed her country’s intention to get involved in debates on the future of Europe, brought forward by the French President Emmanuel Macron and has underlined the importance of Romania’s accession to the Schengen area, as soon as possible.

The President of Romania’s National Liberal Party Ludovic Orban has been acquitted in a corruption-related case

The High Court of Cassation and Justice has definitively acquitted Ludovic Orban, President of the National Liberal Party, in a case of influence peddling in order to gain undue benefits. Judges have rejected an appeal by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and upheld the initial ruling established in January by other High Court magistrates. Prosecutors argued that Mr. Orban was in touch with Tiberiu Urdăreanu, a businessman who claimed that the PNL leader requested money in his attempt to become the next mayor of the capital Bucharest. Investigators have requested a one year jail term for Mr. Orban and a ban from public office.

Romania’ Senate has approved a plan to amend and complement the law to prevent and combat terrorism

The Romanian Senate has approved a proposal to amend and add up to the law aimed at preventing and combating terrorism, a plan assumed by legislators who are or used to be members of the SRI Committee. The law upgrades the concept of terrorism and complements the provisions in this area. The text also stipulates that, in case of imminent or unfolding terrorist act in Romania, the Supreme Council of Defense (CSAT) should be able to call a decision of terrorist crisis situation. The document also specifically incriminates the involvement in a group with the goal of committing terrorist acts and the preparation, travel or financing for terrorist purposes. The Deputies Chamber has the final say on this matter.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR