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1.Romanian President: There is no income in Romania that should not be taxed "There is no income in Romania that should not be taxed. I hope that the Government will not come with a new VAT increase, but with the decision to tax all salaries, including pensions, like any civilised country", Romanian President Traian Basescu declared for the national radio station. The chief of state warned that if 20-25% of the white-collar workers were not to be sacked, the rest of the salaries in the public sector are going to stay reduced after January 1, 2011. ​
2.Air crash in Tuzla: Ceremonies in memory of victims in all military units. The survivors are improving Military and religious ceremonies in the memory of the 12 victims of the air crash were organised in Tuzla on Wednesday morning in all military units in the country and the operation theatres. The two survivors are doing well, according to the Romanian Defence Ministry, news agency Mediafax informs.
3.Opposition senators' notice on 25% cut in public sector salaries, rejected by Romanian Constitutional Court The Romanian Constitutional Court rejected today a new notice put together by 40 opposition senators against an article featured by the new Law addressing the achieve of balance in the state budget, which entails a 25% cut in salaries in the public sector
4.Republic of Moldova: 1,500 evacuees, after river Prut flooded Over 1,500 residents of Cotul Morii village from the Hancesti rayon of the Republic of Moldova are being evacuated today, after the Prut River came out of its bed and flooded several households at the edge of the village, Jurnal.md announced.
5.One Romanian on the Interpol's list of the 26 most wanted criminals Romanian citizen Ioan Clamparu (41) is listed with Interpol's most wanted 26 criminals in the world, Daily Mail reads. Clamparu, which is thought to be hiding in Great Britain, is wanted by the Romanian Police for alleged accusations of forcing more than 100 women into prostitution in Spain. Plus, believe he's got contacts in night clubs and clubs in great Britain and Ireland
6.UPDATE: It's official: Romanian Constitutional Court ruled law articles addressing special pensions are unconstitutional. Pensions cannot be reduced by 15% UPDATE Judges from the Romanian Constitutional Court ruled out that several articles from the two austerity laws for which the Government took responsibility in the Parliament are unconstitutional. In what concerns the law addressing certain measures necessary to restore the budget balance, CCR declared the article cutting 15% off pensions to be unconstitutional. Plus, articled featured by the law addressing certain measures in the pensions' system, namely the magistrates' pensions, have been declared unconstitutional. The two are to be resent to the Parliament, in order to be but in line according to the CCR's decisions.​
7.UPDATE: It's official: Romanian Constitutional Court ruled law articles addressing special pensions are unconstitutional. Pensions cannot be reduced by 15% UPDATE Judges from the Romanian Constitutional Court ruled out that several articles from the two austerity laws for which the Government took responsibility in the Parliament are unconstitutional. In what concerns the law addressing certain measures necessary to restore the budget balance, CCR declared the article cutting 15% off pensions to be unconstitutional. Plus, articled featured by the law addressing certain measures in the pensions' system, namely the magistrates' pensions, have been declared unconstitutional. The two are to be resent to the Parliament, in order to be but in line according to the CCR's decisions.​
8.Sources: Romanian Constitutional Court ruled law articles addressing special pensions are unconstitutional Judges from the Romanian Constitutional Court (CCR) ruled out this morning (June 25) that several articles addressing austerity laws are unconstitutional. According to judicial sources quoted by Romanian news agency Agerpres, CCR ruled out that certain articled entailed in the Law addressing austerity measures for pensions were declared unconstitutional. The Government has taken responsibility for these laws in the Parliament.
9.Protest in front of Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest Members of unions Cartel Alfa and National Union Block protest in Bucharest this morning, between 9 and 11am, in front of Cotroceni Palace. They ask the president to not adopt the law that entails a cut in salaries and pensions, should it be declared constitutional by the Romanian Constitutional Court. The rally will stop the traffic in the area.​
10.Liberal Party submits motion against Transport minister, entitled "The anti-Transports and pro-theft minister" The Romanian Liberal Party (PNL, in opposition) submitted on June 23 a simple motion, asking for Transport minister Radu Berceanu's resignation. The document bears the name "The anti-transports and pro-theft minister". The text reads that "due to the erroneous transport system and infrastructure management in Romania", minister Radu Berceanu forces the undersigned to take action against "the lack of performance and constant mistakes", according to Romanian news agency Mediafax.
11.Rains causes heavy traffic in Bucharest  The road traffic is heavy on several important thoroughfares in Bucharest where adds up to the high number of cars to cause more problems, the Bucharest Road Police Brigade announces, according to Mediafax. Heavy traffic is experienced on Heroes’ Boulevard, Razoare Street, Carol I Boulevard, Union Piata – Victory Piata, Splaiul Independentei towards Union Piata, Bucur Obor - Stefan cel Mare Road - Calea Dorobantilor, South Piata and Iuliu Maniu Boulevard.
12.Opposition leader on National Defence Strategy: Press is, alongside opposition and unions, enemy of the power Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Victor Ponta commented on Wednesday, June 23, on the conclusions of the recent Romanian National Defence Strategy: "Just in case there was still someone left who thought it wasn't true, here's the confirmation. One of the enemies of this power, alongside opposition and unions, is the press, which fails to understand how it should praise the power".
13.12 counties affected by floods. PM calls meeting with prefects Romanian PM Emil Boc called a meeting with county prefects at the Victoria Palace on Wednesday, June 23, Romanian news agency Agerpres informs, quoting The Government's Press Office. The video-conference follows the recent floods, which have affected at least 12 counties.​
14.Nadlac customs staff to ask money from AC/.DC sacked The 10 employees from the Roads and Bridges Regional Authority Timisoara, who were doing their shift at Nadlac customs on the day of the "incident" with the AC/DC technical staff, were sacked Transports minister Radu Berceanu announced on Thursday in a press conference in Timisoara (West), Romanian news agency Mediafax informs. AC/DC team that transported the band's equipment submitted a complaint, according to which the Nadlac Customs staff asked 50 euros for each of the 28-29 cars making up the convoy. AC/DC performed in Bucharest on May 16.​
15.Ministers must reorganise back yard, including cutting 25% of the staff All ministers in the Romanian Boc Cabinet needs to present a scheme to reorganise the institutions they head. Their measures, which they have to present in one week, must include the cut in number of state secretaries and agencies and to cut 25% of the number of employees in each ministry.
16.EP President: Romania and Greece face similar situations. Their economies need medicine which tastes bad "I was for a day in Greece last week and the situation there is similar. We need to heal the economy and for this we need to take medicine which taste bad, but are necessary", European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said during his official visit to Bucharest, Romanian news agency Agerpres informs.
17.EC: Cooperation and Verification Mechanism for Romanian and Bulgarian Justice to be maintained "for as long as necessary" The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism for Justice and internal affairs will be maintained in Romania and Bulgaria "for as long as necessary", general manager of the European Commission for Justice, Freedom and Security department Jonathan Faull said yesterday, June 8.
18.Government took responsibility for austerity measures. PM: We are going through the most serious economic crisis in the last 60 years The Romanian Government took responsibility on Monday for the two law drafts already announced, which focus on the cut in public spending (including salaries and pensions) and which aims to eliminate special pensions and privileges in the public pensions' system. Immediately after the PM finished his speech, opposition party PSD submitted a censorship motion to the Parliament against the Boc Cabinet. 
19.EP President Jerzy Buzek to visit Romania on June 9 European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek will come to an official visit to Romania on Wednesday, June 9, an EP communiqué informs. His visit's programme includes meetings with President Traian Basescu, PM Emil Boc, Deputies' Chamber Speaker Roberta Anastase, Senate's Speaker Mircea Geoana and Foreign Affairs Teodor Baconschi.
20.Hungarian ruling party vice-president: Hungary stands little chances to avoid Geek fate Hungary's economy is in a far worse state than believed and the country stands little chances to avoid the fate Greek had, ruling Hungarian party Fidesz vice-president Lajos Kósa believes, according to Portfolio daily. 
21.Turkish-Greek war for Balkan banks: Greece determined to keep all branches Greek banks owning branches in Bulgaria and Romania are determined to keep all of them, despite the aspirations of some Turkish banks, Ziraat included, to buy out subsidiaries in the two countries, in an attempt to take advantage of the economic situation in Greece, Novinite.com reads, quoting Greek publication Proto Thema. 
22.Marker Global, London think-tank expects a cabinet reshuffle after adopting the anti-crisis measures. Higher taxes expected in September There will be a cabinet reshuffle after Emil Boc, the current Romanian PM, will take responsibility for the anti-crisis measures negotiated with the IMF and "President Traian Basescu will continue to be the chief communicator and broker of the anti-crisis programme", a Marker Global study claims. Marker Global is a London-based think-thank, specialised in emerging countries risk analysis. According to the authors, the main economic risk is the government's incapacity to enforce the IMF measures, despite the lack of alternatives.
23.Transport employees in Bucharest go on strike on June 1 Metrorex and RATB - public transport companies in Bucharest - employees will go on strike out of solidarity with the public sector employees on June 1. Ion Radoi, president of the National Transport Convention from Romania declared that the tube and RATB will only function after 4pm on the day of June 1. As for RATB, union leaders explained that it was decided that only the staff working for the union representing electrical transportation go on strike (trams and trolley buses). The buses could be available, but a final decision has not been met yet. UPDATE  RATB unions announced that the public transportation they make available will be used up to 85%. Only a small number of the employees working for the electrical public transport will be on strike.
24.President to discuss again with parliamentary groups on austerity measures Romanian President Traian Basescu has called a meeting for tomorrow, May 25, with representatives of the parliamentary groups supporting the current government, to discuss the set of austerity measures proposed by the Executive, Agerpres informs.
25.Sed Lex: Administration general strike could be postponed from May 31 to the day of voting the motion or taking responsibility The General strike from the Romanian public administration system could be moved from May 31st to the day the government will go to the Parliament with the austerity measures plan for which it intends to take responsibility; or for the day the opposition's censorship measure will be debated, union alliance Sed Lex president Vasile Marica announced on Monday, May 24, quoted by Mediafax. 
26.Unions: General strike at Metrorex if salaries drop by 25% Staff working for Metrorex, the tube authority, threatens to call a general strike if the salaries are reduced by 25% starting June 1, like the Government announced. The announcement was made by the Tube Free Unions Assembly president Ion Radoi, quoted by Agerpress. 
27.Brigitte Bardot defends Romania's stray dogs "Romania will not be able to evolve if it continues to take cruel decisions against sensitive creatures, as defined by the European law, and which are, in fact, under its protection" French actress Brigitte Bardot, ex-60’s sex symbol, commented on Bucharest authorities' intention to change the law, so that euthanasia could be used for stray dogs, Agerpres informs. 
28.Finance minister: Reducing salary fund by 25% would not bring the saving we need. It is necessary to cut individual state-supported incomes by 25%
Romanian Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu declared that reducing the salary fund would not bring the saving that Romania needs at the moment. Therefore it is necessary to cut individual state-supported salary by 25% each, he argued for TV channel Antena 3.
29.PNL proposes to cut public spending for acquisitions and feasibly studies instead of reducing salaries and pensions PNL has firmly asserted to be against the "Basescu-Boc plan" addressing the cut of salaries and pensions and proposes other measures to keep the IMF agreement going and reduce maintain the deficit: to cut spending "in the areas where there's a waste". According to liberal leader Crin Antonescu, PNL is in favour of cutting 50% of the public spending for acquisitions, feasibility studies, travel, fuel and telecoms. 
30.Plane crashes in Afghanistan with 43 people on board A Pamir Airways commercial aircraft, carrying 43 people on board (38 passengers and five crew members) has crashed today, May 17, in a mountainous region in North Afghanistan, AFP informs. The plane was flying from Northern Province Kunduz on route to Kabul, when it crashed in the Hundu Kush mountains region. The cause of the accident is not known so far. Several rescue teams were sent to the area to search for survivors. 

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