Monday, October 14th


Election agenda

*Romania’s right-wing National Liberal Party (PNL) is expected to start its campaign for presidential elections near the fountain at the University Plaza in the capital Bucharest on Monday. Campaign under the slogan ‘For a Normal Romania!’ will open at 5 PM.

*Dan Barna, leader of the USR-PLUS Alliance, is expected to open his campaign in the eastern counties of Buzău and Galaţi. In case he will be a winner, Mr. Barna promised to be an ‘active, present, and involved’ president as quoted by Radio Romania.

*Mircea Diaconu, an actor and former MEP, is the candidate of ‘A Man’ Electoral Alliance. „For a long time I feel we are slowly falling down into a national depression. Almost all of us. It is a fall in energy, a fall in enthusiasm. As if there is anything we like, anything that works. We should stop. We have the resources, we have the potential. Well, we miss the boost”, Mr. Diaconu said while in the Romanian central town of Sibiu.

*Romania’s current President Klaus Iohannis is running for a new mandate. „You will lead a transition government”, he told his PNL fellows while in the western city of Timişoara. „It is now clear, I already said that after the first round of talks last week. Don’t you ever believe that former governing Social Democrats will easily give up power. They already start their PSD-style lies. I tell you in all responsibility that there will be no cuts in wages and pensions”, Mr. Iohannis promised as quoted by Radio Romania.

*”I want an enforced Romania where law and order are fully respected”, PSD leader Viorica Dăncilă told supporters while în Bucharest on Sundat. „A head of state must work for the people, Romania must be ruled for people, together and close to the people, not once in five years, but every day as it is the duty of a president to work for the country”, Ms. Dăncilă told supporters as quoted by Radio Romania.

*”There are four fields where a president must concentrate his efforts”, Kelemen Hunor, leader of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), told supporters while in the Transylvanian town of Sfântu Gheorghe. The president should lead peoples’ efforts in such fields as big infrastructure, education, healthcare and foreign relations”, Mr. Kelemen said, according to Radio Romania.

*Theodore Paleologu, a candidate of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) was in Italy for talks with delegates of tje Romanian diaspora in the country. He told the audience he wanted Romanians gain the repect they deserved while living in other countries.

New Cabinet meeting ordered by Romania”s outgoing PM

Romania’s outgoing Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has called for new Cabinet meeting on Monday, the second after her team lost a confidence vote in parliament last week. Agenda of the meeting is expected to include debates concerning latest financial pot for local councils (including investments, debt pay etc.), according to a statement issued by government spokesman Nelu Barbu. The Cabinet is also expected to discuss a report concerning latest developments at Romania’s National Health Insurance House (CNAS). Romania’s outgoing Cabinet is no longer allowed to issue government rulings and decrees.

INS figures concerning Romania”s industrial production

In August 2019, industrial production decreased by 12.8% as gross series compared to the previous month and was up 0.1% as series adjusted by number of working days and seasonality, according to figures published by Romania’s Nationa Institute of Statistics (INS) on Monday. Compared to the same month of the previous year, industrial production fell by 7.0% as gross series and dropped 6.7% as series adjusted by number of working days and seasonality. In first eight months of 2019, industrial production decreased by 1.6% as gross series compared to the similar period previous year.

Alexandru Danga