March 17, 2021

Meeting at Presidential Palace of Cotroceni

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is expected to host a meeting at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in the capital Bucharest on Wednesday. The meeting iwill focus on issues concerning the National Plan of Recovery and Resilience (PNRR). Participants in the meeting will include Lower House Speaker Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister Florin Cîțu, Deputy Prime Ministers Dan Barna and Kelemen Hunor along with Cristian Ghinea, the Romanian Minister for European Investments and Projects. The country’s € 30.3 billion budget as part of the EU’s so-called Recovery and Resilience  Facility (known as The Facility) includes €13.7 billion as grants and €16.6 billion as loans. The EU’s facility will make €672.5 billion in loans and grants available to support reforms and investments undertaken in EU Member States.

EC may lift its CVM monitorig of Romania, EC vice-president says

„Romania may conclude the monitoring of its justice system under the EC’s Co-operation and Verificaion Mechanism (CVM) this year if the EC recommendations are observed”, European Commision Vice-President Věra Jourová told Radio Romania in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. Ms Jourová had a series of online consultations with Romanian officials, lawyers, MPs, and representatives of the civil society while further talks were expected on Thursday with Prime Minister Florin Cîțu. The meetings come at a time when the European Commission prepares its report on Romania as part of the CVM. When they joined the EU on 1 January 2007, Romania and Bulgaria still had progress to make in the fields of judicial reform, corruption and (for Bulgaria) organised crime. The Commission set up the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) as a transitional measure to assist the two countries to remedy these shortcomings. In its latest report on the issue, the Commission expressed its regrets that Romania did not engage with the EC’s previous additional recommendations.

Romania coronavirus updates

Romania reported 6,186 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with 89 deaths (45 men, 44 women) and 1,266 people under intensive care. In the capital Bucharest, the number of new cases hit 1,245, according to data issued by the country’s Strategic Communication Group (GCS). With its 433 cases reported, the southern county of Ilfov is the leader among other counties across the country. Ilfov is followed by the counties of Tmiș (south-western Romania) with 376, Cluj (north-western Romania) with 296 cases, and Constaantza (south-eastern Romania) with 274 cases.

Alexandru Danga