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Romania ForMin hails 23rd anniversary of Republic of Moldova independence

The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry hails Wednesday's 23rd anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Moldova's independence and stresses Romania was the first state to have recognised the neighbouring country's independence in 1991, the ministry said in a release to AGERPRES.

PM Ponta in Chisinau: Support for culture on either side of Prut is crucial

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and the accompanying official delegation paying a visit to the neighbouring Republic of Moldova on the occasion of Moldova's Independence Day celebrated on Aug. 27 laid bunches of flowers at the monument of medieval ruler Stephen the Great and Holy in the Moldovan capital on Wednesday.

Romania-Moldova Gas Pipeline Opens

The new pipeline, which connects the town of Iasi, in eastern Romania, with Ungheni in Moldova, will help the former Soviet republic reduce its reliance on gas imports from Russia.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Moldavan Prime Minister, Iurie Leanca, will be present on Wednesday for the official inauguration of the 45-kilometre-long pipeline.


*Prime Minister Victor Ponta says a 2005 law on restitution of real estate properties confiscated by the communist regime was the worst harm ever done to Romania.

UDMR's Kelemen: Draft on autonomy is ready; we need new Constitution

Chairman of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor believes that Romania needs a new Constitution and stated that the Constitutional Court of Romania's (CCR) ruling regarding the Constitution revision project shows that "there is no use to just patch up the Constitution".

Judo WC 2014: Andreea Chitu, silver medal in 52 kg category

Romanian athlete Andreea Chitu on Tuesday became the world vice-champion in Judo in the 52 kg category by winning the silver medal in the World Judo Championships held in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where two years ago she won the European title in the same category.

Government postpones increase of natural gas price for households

The Romanian state reserves the right of postponing the implementation of the schedule for the liberalization of the natural gas price for households until a dispute with the European Commission is settled; therefore, this price will not increase on October 1 as previously scheduled, the Department of Energy informed in a release.

Oliver Ivanovic pleads not guilty

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Leader of the Citizen Initiative Freedom, Democracy, Justice (GI SDP) Oliver Ivanovic has pleaded not guilty before the court of first instance in Kosovska Mitrovica on all counts of the indictment for involvement in war crimes in 1999 and 2000.

"I am absolutely not guilty," he replied to judge Roxana Comsa.

Ivanović, other accused Serbs plead not guilty

Ivanović, other accused Serbs plead not guilty

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Oliver Ivanović has pleaded not guilty before the court of first instance in Kosovska Mitrovica on all counts of the indictment against him.

The Serb politician from northern Kosovo is accused of involvement in war crimes committed in 1999 and 2000.

Romania Seeks Bigger NATO Presence In East Europe

Romania's Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, on Monday said that one of his objectives at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales is to obtain a commitment for a “clear NATO military presence" in Romania and the region.

European Commission calls into question Oltchim privatization

The European Commission has asked Romania to provide details on the privatization of Oltchim chemicals factory, following suspicions of the state not behaving like a private investor, and taking over Petrom's Arpechim refinery might create advantages to this oil company, Competition Council chair Bogdan Chiritoiu told AGERPRES.

International Novi Sad Literature Festival opens

NOVI SAD - The 9th International Novi Sad Literature Festival was opened in the central city square in Novi Sad with a speech by President of Matica Srpska, professor and poet Dragan Stanic, on Tuesday evening.

Gov't order on local elected officials' political affiliation an attack on political system (Liberal Iohannis)

The National Liberal Party (PNL, in opposition) leader Klaus Iohannis told B1 TV news channel late on Monday that a planned Government order regarding the political affiliation of the local elected officials would be a big mistake and an attack on the Romanian political system and he underscored the opposition will use all levers to stop such a move.

PM Ponta: Only presidential candidate I am afraid of is myself

PM Victor Ponta says that he is not afraid of any presidential candidate but himself, meaning he might make big errors during the campaign.

'It's myself I must fear most, that is making really big mistakes,' he said on Monday night at ?Romania TV' station.