Monday, February 3rd

The no-confidence motion against the government of Ludovic Orban has been presented in Parliament

The no-confidence motion against the Orban government has been read on Tuesday in the Parliament plenum. The signatories – 208 legislators from PSD and UDMR – have asked for the government to resign, accusing it of abuse of power and breach of democracy. They say that the government has ignored some Constitutional Court decisions and reccomendations from the Venice Commission, by its decision to assume responsibility for the amendment of the electoral law. The Social Democratic Interim President, Marcel Ciolacu, has said that PSD has the number of votes required to pass the motion and, in case it succeeds, the Social Democrats will appoint a Prime Minister from outside the political party.

Four Romanian citizens have been evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic

Four Romanian citizens have been taken out of the area dubbed the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in China, with support from the Swiss Diplomatic Mission in Beijing. A statement from the Romanian Foreign Ministry says that one of them is currently in Germany, and the other three are in France, after they entered the repatriation procedure as part of the European Union civil protection mechanism. All four Romanians have been quarantined for 14 days. The ministry has also said that contact is maintained with Romanian students in China, in order to give them consular assistence, if necessary, in the context of the coronavirus epidemic in this country.

Five Syrian citizens have been caught by border police in Giurgiu while trying to illegally enter Romania

Five Syrian citizens, aged between 21 and 29, were detected by border guards in Giurgiu as they tried to enter Romania, while hidden in a freight train loaded with auto parts. They said they were helped to get on the train by a Turkish citizen, to whom they paid two thousand euros each and that they were planning to reach Germany. According to the Romanian-Bulgarian protocol, the men were taken over by the Bulgarian Border Police to continue the investigations and apply the necessary legal measures.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR