Thursday, December 20th

The Romanian government has survived a no confidence vote, as expected

The censorship motion called „Enough! The Government Dragnea-Dancila, a shame for Romania!” initiated by opposition parties USR, PNL and PMP has not met the necessary number of votes to pass. Lawmakers from the Deputies Chamber and the Senate have rejected the motion, which was voted by only 161 members of parliament out of the necessary threshold of 233. It was the second time that the opposition has tested the confidence that the government enjoys among the members of parliament. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has rejected the accusations of the signatories of the motion, who argue that all the commitments from the governing program have been postponed for after 2020.

The decree announced by the Romanian Finance Minister is to be adopted after a discussion with the Social and Economic Council

The Romanian government does not give up its planned decree announced by the Finance Minister, but it will be adopted after talks with the Economic and Social Council, Prime Minister Viorica Dancilă has said in Parliament on Thursday. The Prime Minister argued that all the provisions of the document are „for the citizens” and will bring „benefits”. Viorica Dancilă added that her left-wing government is interested in reducing the rates of Romanians who contracted loans. Stocks at Bucharest’s Stock Exchange have fallen again after a few hours of trading. The fall reached almost 2% and came after Wednesday’s collapse of the main index, by almost 12%, after the initial announcement of the planned fiscal decree, on Tuesday evening.

Timisoara marks 29 years since it was declared a city free of communism, in 1989

The Romanian city of Timisoara has marked on Thursday 29 years since December 20th 1989, when it declared itself the first city liberated from the communism. After a festive session, at the County’s Council, representatives of the revolutionaries associations have met in the Opera balcony, as the sirens rang, after 12PM, like it happened 29 years ago, when the largest factories went on strike and the workers came to the center of the city, where tens of thousands of Timisoara inhabitants had gathered. December 20th, 1989 was also the day when the Romanian Democratic Front was created, the first revolutionary committee.

Mădălina Brotăcel