Monday, October 18, 2021


Romanian Prime Minister-Designate submitted to the Parliament the governance program and the list of his cabinet

The Romanian prime minister-designate Dacian Cioloş submitted to the Parliament the governance program and the composition of the new cabinet on Monday, after they were validated last night by the leadership of the Save Romania Union (USR). The USR has chosen the option of a one-color minority government, after negotiations with former governing partners to rebuild the right-wing coalition failed. PNL and UDMR stated that they do not want to resume the collaboration with USR, because – the two parties explain – the former governing partner voted a motion against the Executive of which he was part. The president of PNL, Florin Cîţu, says that the prime minister-designate must assume the responsibility of forming a majority with the two parties with which he dismissed the Government, respectively PSD and AUR. In order to be installed in office, the Cioloş Government needs 234 votes in the Parliament, where it has only 80 seats.

Study: Economic crisis, pandemic, corruption and incompetence of the political class – the biggest threats to Romania

The biggest threats to Romania are the economic crisis, the pandemic, corruption and incompetence of the political class, according to the results of the latest national security barometer. The study was conducted by the Institute of Political Science and International Relations of the Romanian Academy, in cooperation with the US State Department. The research also shows that Romanians would not necessarily be against vaccination, but rather hesitate to do so. According to the barometer, which will be presented to the public on Monday, the pandemic has accentuated the gap between institutions that usually enjoy great trust from Romanians, such as the army and the church. The study was conducted between October 1-10, on a sample of 1002 people, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

Romanian border police dismantled a criminal network specialized in migrant trafficking

Border guards from Timiș County, in western Romania, dismantled on Monday a criminal network specialized in migrant trafficking. The network consisted of Iraqi citizens and aimed at recruiting, guiding, housing and transporting people from the Middle East and Asia to Western European states. According to a communiqué of the Timișoara Border Police, the law enforcement officers have started investigations in this case since September. The members of the network were well organized and had precisely defined responsibilities in criminal activity. After taking over the groups of migrants, the members of the network moved them in shelter in various locations in the city of Timișoara, after which the migrants were boarded in cars to cross the border illegally. The investigations showed that the migrants paid between 1,000 and 2,000 euros./mbaciu

Magda Baciu