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1.Interim head Jurma takes over at helm of Romania's anti-graft body, top prosecutor promises continuation of fight against corruption Romania's prosecutor general Augustin Lazar said on Thursday that the fight against corruption in the country would continue in a strong manner as an interim head took over at the helm at the main body involved in fighting graft, the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA). New DNA head Anca Jurma took over following the departure of Laura Codruta Kovesi, who was dismissed by the president as a result of political struggles earlier this week. Kovesi would not leave far, however, as she was poised to take another DNA-related job.
2.Romania President Iohannis says Romania had "good results" at NATO summit, President Trump "called things by their name" Romania reported results in three major objectives it had at the NATO summit this week, President Iohannis said as the Brussels summit ended on Thursday: a command center, upgrading a multinational brigade and a whole session on Black Sea issues. Iohannis also said President Trump did not initiate a conflict but "called things by their name" at the summit.
3.Top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi's dismissal sparks harsh reactions in Romania / Interim head appointed at National Anti-corruption Department Romanian President Klaus Iohannis' decision on Monday to comply with a Constitutional Court decision and dismiss top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi sparked a wave of criticism as moves were made to replace Kovesi. One of her aides was appointed interim head of the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) as the Justice minister announced the launch of official procedures to name a new head prosecutor at the Department and Kovesi herself spoke of political interference and urged Romanians to trust the fight against corruption can continue.
4.Under pressure, Romanian President Iohannis dismisses top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi ​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Monday signed a decree to dimiss top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi from office, a presidency spokesperson has announced. Iohannis thus complied with a Constitutional Court decision which forced him to dismiss Kovesi, who has been leading the National Anti-Corruption Office, at the height of a fierce political struggle of the governing coalition against anti-graft prosecutors.
5.Romania Parliament manages to pass changes to Criminal Code, giving massive blow to fight against corruption. President, opposition blast "damaging" vote of "a dictatorship of majority" Romania's governing coalition managed to push through a last parliamentary vote on Wednesday a series of massive changes to the Criminal Code, which critics call a heavy blow to the fight against corruption. The parliamentary majority had only a narrow margin of 2 votes to pass the changes. House speaker Liviu Dragnea, leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD) and, as a politician recently sentenced  for abuse in office, a key beneficiary of the legislative changes, made the rare move to take a seat and cast a vote in order to secure the passage of the law.
6.​Romanian politicians, people react to prison sentence applied to political leader Dragnea. PM Dancila attacks judges, defends boss A court decision on Thursday to sentence the leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea to 3 years and a half under abuse in office charges has sparked a wave of reactions. While Dragnea himself, who is expected to appeal, remained silent, the head of his government defended him publicly and attacked judges who chose the sentence. In the streets of Bucharest, people protested again, while the opposition called for Dragnea's resignation as House speaker. Upheaval is expected within the PSD as well.
7.Romania governing party leader Dragnea receives prison sentence in corruption case / Verdict not final ​Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania's Social Democrats (PSD) and speaker of the House of Deputies, received a 3 years, 6 months sentence in a case involving fictitious employment of people at an institution in the county of Teleorman, where he used to run the regional authority. The verdict is not final as it can be appealed.updating
8.​Thousands of Romanians renew protests against governing party over fight against corruption / German journalist apparently retained by gendarmes Some 4,000 people attended a new protest against the Romanian governing coalition's moves to change the legislation in order to weaken the fight against corruption, with thousands others joining similar protests across the country. The protest in Bucharest took place amid rising tensions between participants and gendarmes, with one German journalist apparently retained in a well coordinated raid by law enforcers. Demonstrations flared at the end of a politically heated day, with Opposition submitting a censure motion against the government, protests within the Parliament and journalists roughed up by governing party politicians.
9.Tensions rise as Romania's government coalition deals legal blow to fight against corruption The governing coalition in Romania used its majority in the Parliament this week to push through a series of changes to the Criminal Procedure Code, which are seen as a major blow to the fight against corruption. On Tuesday, President Iohannis accused the governing Social Democrats (PSD) of voting laws for the benefit of their own leader, while the opposition have accused the coalition of turning Romania into a "criminals' paradise". All these, while a major representative of the US Government was visiting Romania and showed support for the fight against corruption.
10.Russia Ambassador to Romania pickpocketed in Sibiu - news report Russia's Ambassador to Bucharest, Valery Kuzmin, was left without a wallet while in a central square of the Central Romania city of Sibiu, according to news agency. It reports that the ambassador, who was left without money and his diplomatic card, submitted a complaint with the police.
11.​Throngs brought to Bucharest for governing coalition protests against "parallel state", seen as show of force for strongman Liviu Dragnea against anti-graft prosecutors Hundreds of thousands of people, many brought by buses from across the country, attended a massive protest organised by the Romanian governing coalition - which controls the government, the parliament and most public institutions - against what it calls a "parallel state" and "abuse of power". The coalition, led by Social Democratic (PSD) strongman Liviu Dragnea, used the event to attack the authority of President Iohannis and the prosecutors of the anti-graft body DNA, headed by Laura Codruta Kovesi, whom they accuse of "hurting democracy".
12.Romania Constitutional Court president speaks on recent visit to Russia The President of the Romanian Constitutional Court, Valer Dorneanu, has for the first time spoken about a recent visit he paid to Russia despite Foreign Ministry recommendation not to do so.
13.Telekom Mobile receives RON 1.1 million fine Romania's telecom supervising authority ANCOM has fined operator Telekom Mobile Ron 1.1 million over an incident in March this year, when its network was affected for more than the allowed 35 minutes of unavailability, according to
14.GDPR: Law on authority to supervise processing of personal data adopted The Romanian Senate has adopted changes to the law on the functioning of the national authority for the supervision of personal data processing, ANSPDCP. The body will increase its control personnel, which would be able to fine or ban, in certain cases, the processing of personal data.
15.European Commission notes independence of Romania judiciary questioned, judicial institutions under pressure The situation of the Romanian justice system is the subject of a large part of an European Commission analysis as part of its specific country recommendations for 2018. It points to recent legislative evolutions, how the independence of justice and the anti-corruption legislative framework have been affected, to corruption within the state-funded sector at all levels and to suspicions of fraud in public tenders, which affect building of highways and hospitals in Romania.
16.Nine dead in Hungary crash involving Romania-registered vehicle At least nine people died in a crash near Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday, as the Romania-registered small bus they were travelling with collided with a truck, according to the Romanian Foreign Minisry.
17.Romania, facing serious lack of highways, plans to include political leader Dragnea's marginal county on future highway route Romania's government is expecting that three highway projects would be finished through public-private partnerships within five years, deputy PM Viorel Stefan said on Tuesday. One of the planned highways crosses the county of Teleorman, known to be the stronghold of governing party leader Liviu Dragnea - a county which is off all major transportation routes in a country which faces a lack of highways in key regions.
18.Romania Senate speaker Tariceanu acquitted in false testimony case Romania's High Court of Justice acquitted Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Tuesday in a case where he was charged with false testimony, news agency Mediafax reported. The decision is not final.
19.Romania President Iohannis scolds government again, asks if it has money for pensions, salaries until end of year Romania President Klaus Iohannis criticised the government's troubled economic policies again on Tuesday, urging it to state clearly if it has any more money to cover salaries and pensions until the end of the year. His statement comes as the government has become mired again in a scandal over suspected plans to suspend contributions to a private pensions fund.
20.Governing party leader Dragnea, targeted by criminal complaint, blames President of "seating at table with head of state" which Romania doesn't recognize The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on Friday launched a fierce attack against an opposition leader and the President after the former submitted a criminal complaint against him. Dragnea blamed the complaint on decisions he claims were made by the Presidency and he pointed out that President Iohannis "sat at the same table with a state which Romania doesn't recognize - Kosovo".
21.Superior Council of Magistrates says Justice minister statement may affect independence of prosecutors Romania's Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) says that statements made by Justice minister Tudorel Toader, who spoke of unfair repercussions in cases where preventive arrests were made, may affect the independence of prosecutors when it comes to the adoption of procedural solutions.
22.Air quality: Romania referred to the EU Court of Justice The European Commission on Thursday referred Romania and five other EU countries to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failings when it comes to air polution.
23.Romania opposition leader submits criminal complaint against prime minister Dancila, governing party leader Dragnea for high treason The leader of Romania's main opposition group, Ludovic Orban of the National Liberal Party (PNL), has submitted a criminal complaint at the Prosecutor General's office against prime minister Viorica Dancila and Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD). He accuses them of high treason, disclosure of state secrets and usurpation of functions, the office has told
24.Romania governing party drops plans for "big demonstration" in support of traditional family Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) for now are dropping plans for a "big demonstration" in support of the traditional family, an event which sparked massive controversy as it was due to fuel a referendum on constitutional changes. The party argued it could not organise it given that President Iohannis refused to approve a law on referendums and challenged the bill to the Constitutional Court.
25.PSD leader Liviu Dragnea claims president Iohannis incites violence, warns opposition about "scenarios" to submit criminal complains against PM Dancila The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea used a harsher than ever tone against the president and the opposition on Sunday evening. He accused President Klaus Iohannis of fueling a "sense of uncertainty" among the population, according to statements made in an interview with Romania TV news channel, as quoted by Agerpres news agency. He said such actions by the President "may amount to an attack to national security".
26.Media threat: Romania governing party leader calls for investigation of journalist after publication of info on embassy to Israel The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, has called for prosecutors to intervene against a journalist in the case of a secret memorandum on moving Romania's Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Dragnea, who serves as speaker of the House, claimed in a TV show on Sunday night that journalist Dan Tapalaga, from the website where the information about the memorandum was first published, should be investigated.
27.​Thousands of demonstrators, President Iohannis protest Romania government coalition A new wave of protests against the policies of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) -led governing coalition took place across Romania on Saturday, as President Klaus Iohannis himself spoke against government decisions that risk "taking us out of Europe". The events intensified political tensions which reached new heights these days with a Foreign ministry decision to block a EU-wide foreign policy statement.
28.Romania PM Viorica Dancila announces Pope Francisc visit to Romania next year Romanian PM Viorica Dancila was received by Pope Francisc in Vatican on Friday. The Romanian officials delivered an invitation for him to visit the country. In an interview for news channel Antena 3, she later said that the Pope confirmed he would come to Romania early next year.
29.New anti-government protests announced in Bucharest, other Romanian cities on Saturday A series of protests against current government policies have been announced for Saturday evening in Bucharest and 14 other cities in Romania and abroad. The demonstrations challenge attempts to change the leadership of the main anti-graft prosecutor office, the DNA, but also against moves of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) to support changes to the Constitution to limit the rights of minority groups.
30.VIDEO REPORT NATO defence of the Black Sea area. Images from the biggest military exercise of the Alliance in Romania Black Sea was the most animate point on the map of NATO operations during the past seven days. 21 military ships, a submarine and 10 airships joined the Sea Shield 18 exercise - the biggest NATO military maneuvers in its SE flank this year. The excercise was attended by over 2,300 troops from several NATO countries and was organised by Romanian Naval Forces, aiming at combat scenarios against asymmetrical, air, submarine and naval threats.

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