Catalina Matei

Parliament suspends plenary sitting, to resume budget talks on Tuesday

Parliament suspended its joint plenary sitting debating the draft 2021 national budget at 02:00hrs this morning, planning to resume talks today at 10:00hrs. Also considered today will be a bill on the state social security budget, with a final vote on the two bills scheduled for today as well.

Social Democrat leader Ciolacu: This budget is a disgrace to Romania, PSD won't vote for it

The budget presented by Prime Minister Florin Citu is a disgrace to Romania, is in breach of the law, and the Social Democrat MPs will not vote for it, Chairman of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu said today in the Parliament plenary.

Elements of first HIMARS long-range rocket launcher arrive in Romania

The main elements of the first long-range High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - HIMARS which will be part of the Romanian Army's arsenal arrived on Saturday in Constanta Port, the Ministry of National Defense announced. The equipment and related materials will be taken to the headquarters of the "Maj.

Coronavirus latest: Romania's COVID-19 case count rises by 2,419, death toll at 19,847

A number of 2,419 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been registered in the last 24 hours following 16,651 tests performed nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reports on Sunday. These are all cases that have not previously tested positive, the GCS states. As many as 779,695 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus had been confirmed in Romania as of Sunday.

Romania readies Covid medical assistance mission to Republic of Slovakia

A team of 5 doctors and 9 nurses accompanied by two representatives of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) will travel to Bratislava for a 21-day mission to help the Slovakian medical authorities fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the government said in a release on Sunday. "Romania responds to the request for international assistance from the Slovakian authorities.

Barna: Elimination of lawmakers' special pensions on agenda of Joint Standing Bureaus on Tuesday

The abolition of the lawmakers' special pensions will be on the agenda of the Joint Standing Bureaus of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, most likely to enter the plenary session on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna announced.

Deputy PM Kelemen Hunor: UDMR is for elimination of all special pensions

The Deputy Prime Minister, Kelemen Hunor, specified on Wednesday that the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) wishes the elimination of all special pensions, not just for a certain employee category. "There is no and . We either eliminate all pensions, because we are all equal, or we don't eliminate anything.

Deputy PM Kelemen Hunor: We are for all special pensions' annulment, with no distinction

The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) supports the annulment of all special pensions, Deputy Prime minister Kelemen Hunor, the head of this political formation, said on Monday. "We will support the cancellation of all special pensions, without any distinction. We will not support another variant," Kelemen Hunor said in Parliament.

Deputy PM Barna: We intend to have budget in Parliament in first part of February

This year's budget could be debated in Parliament in the first part of February, the big challenge being the allocation of money for investments, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna, co-chair of the Save Romania Union - Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS) said on Tuesday. "It is, indeed, these weeks' priority.