Thursday, December 8 2022

Romania celebrates its Constitution Day

“Romania’s fundamental law passed its test of maturity and efficiency ensuring the country’s democratic regime in three decades”, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă said in a message on the occasion on Thursday, 31 years after its approval through national referendum.  “The law ensures the constitutional democracy in Romania as guarantee of a democratic regime in the last three decades”, Prime Minister Ciucă pointed out. The current Constitution of Romania is the seventh such permanent document in the country’s modern history. It is also the key-document establishing the structure of its government along with rights and duties of citizens. Adopted  on November 21, 1991, the document was approved on December 8, the same year.

A former Bucharest mayor still in jail

Cristian Popescu Piedone, a former Bucharest mayor and other defendants involved in the Colectiv club case remain in jail after a High Court rejected requests aimed at suspending a former court verdict. Judges accepted in principle cassation of appeals made by five defendants. A future trial date was established on February 22, 2023. A final verdict of a Bucharest appeal court was issued on May 12, 2022. It has been seven years since a fire tore through a Bucharest nightclub on October 30, 2015, killing 64 people, injuring 200 and provoking anger on a scale not seen since hundreds were killed in the 1989 revolution.

Romania’s budget approved

Romania’s 2023 budget was approved at a government meeting on Thursday with the country’s Development, Defence, and Family Ministries expected to receive more funds while other cuts are expected for Energy and Justice Ministries, among others. The plan expects a growth of 2.8 percent next year while investments in 2023 would hit some RON 122 billion. The cabinet meeting on Thursday was also expected to approve tax measures previously announced. Romania’s economy recovered at 5.9 percent in 2021, and performed better than expected in the first half of 2022, growing at 5.8 percent, despite a pickup of inflation and increased uncertainty due to the war in Ukraine. Fiscal deficit could edge close to 7 percent in 2022 as fiscal pressures persist.

Alexandru Danga