PM Citu, dissatisfied bill on foreign investments in state-owned companies is blocked in Chamber of Deputies

Prime Minister Florin Citu today voiced his dissatisfaction that a bill repealing a regulatory act that prohibits foreign investments in state-owned companies is blocked in the Chamber of Deputies. "I am not very happy that this law did not clear the Romanian Parliament. In fact, I am very upset that it did not pass.

PSD's Ciolacu: One third of Romania's private sector employees, paid with minimum wage

One third of employees from the private sector of Romania benefit from minimum wage, declared, on Wednesday evening, for the private broadcaster Romania TV, the chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu. He manifested his concern that 1,700,000 Romanians are currently paid the minimum wage, and when they will retire they will have small pensions.

PM Citu: There is no internal election campaign inside PNL

Prime Minister Florin Citu denies the existence of an election campaign inside the National Liberal Party (PNL) for the chairman of the party office, pointing out on Friday, at the end of a visit to the drive-through vaccination centre in a mall in Suceava, that there is no competition between himself and the current Liberal chairman, Ludovic Orban. "There is no internal election campaign.

PSD's Ciolacu estimates a slash of 25% of public worker's salaries

The chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, estimates that the income of public workers will be slashed by 25% and that a decision in this sense could be taken during a government sitting, scheduled for Wednesday. "Ms. Turcan (Minister of Labor, Raluca Turcan) made these slashes in 2010 as well, when she was a PDL (Liberal Democratic Party, ed. n.) member.

Premier Ludovic Orban: Economy is on the rebound

Prime minister Ludovic Orban said on Friday in southern Craiova that Romania's economy "is on the rebound", showing that data published by the National Statistics Institute (INS), according to which the economy registered a decline of 12.3 pct in the second quarter of this year compared to the first quarter, are better than the pessimistic forecasts made by economists.

PM Orban says pensions to rise by whopping 14 pct Gov't pledges to finance

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced Friday that the government will adopt a decision to increase pensions by 14 percent, adding that rising retirement benefits was a "difficult decision", but that the Executive commits to this measure and provides guarantees that the amounts will be effectively paid. "The health crisis has caused an economic crisis.

PM Orban: Decision to reopen air transport should be made at European level

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Monday evening that the reopening of air traffic is not a decision to be adopted by the Romanian authorities, but it will be made at European level. He argues that, currently, there is a debate at the European Union level on this topic, and Romania participates in the discussions.

IntMin Vela says a state of alert might follow next

Interior Minister Marcel Vela admitted on Wednesday that the state of emergency could be replaced after 15 May with a state of alert at national level. He told a broadcast on Realitatea Plus private television station that the purpose of this demarche is to protect public health. "Yes, a state of alert might follow next.