Wednesday, February 21 2024

Meeting of Romania’s Supreme Council of Defence

A meeting of the Country’s Supreme Council of Defence is scheduled at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in the capital Bucharest on Wednesday. The top of the agenda includes recent developments on the front in Ukraine as Romania, a NATO member, is marking the eastern front of the Alliance. Other topics on the agenda include development plans, steps designed to ensure an increase in the military and further control of military staff. Training within Romanian army has recently returned on the agenda as the government is working on a draft law concerning the return of the voluntary military training. Military education and training is a process designed to establish and improve skills of the military personnel. The draft law also includes financial incentives while ruling out the return of the compulsory military service. Other topics on CSAT agenda include a report on its activity in 2023 along with a report of Romania’s Operational Council of Cyber Security.

Election plans to be unveiled on Wednesday

Talks are underway at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest on Wednesday between Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and leaders of the PSD – PNL governing coalition concerning the elections this year. A PSD politician, Mihai Tudose, told reporters that more than half of Romanians support a merge of elections, seen as a sign of stability and policy coherence. An announcement on the matter is expected on Wednesday evening, PNL first-vice president Rareș Bogdan told reporters

Romanian opposition condemns plans of governing parties aimed at merging EP and local elections

A Romanian opposition party criticised plans of the governing center-left Social Democrat Party (PSD) and center-right National Liberal Party (PNL) designed to merge the European Parliament and local elections while claiming the move was an attack on democracy. “In case the government’s plan is approved, the Opposition is ready to refer the matter to the country’s Constitutional Court”, Cătălin Drulă, the leader of the center-right Save Romania Union (USR), said on Wednesday. “What Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu (the PSD leader), and Nicolae Ciucă (leader of the PNL) want is the establishment of a single party in Romania because, in fact, the real merger we are talking about is between the PSD and the PNL, marking the birth of the PSD – PNL party. The United Alliance of the Right will oppose the move, and I officially announce that our alliance will have common candidates in all elections”, Mr Drulă said as quoted by Radio Romania.