The Superior Council of Magistracy, the High Court of Cassation and Justice and the Judicial Inspection Corps have signed protocols with the Romanian Intelligence Service/ The simple motion against the Culture Minister has been rejected
PROTOCOLS – The Superior Council of Magistracy, the High Court of Cassation and Justice and the Judicial Inspection Corps have signed protocols with the Romanian intelligence structures- Bucharest sources say. Representatives of the Superior Council of Magistracy signed a protocol with the Romanian Intelligence Service, SRI, in 2012, but it was terminated in 2017. In its turn, the Judicial Inspection Corps signed a similar protocol in 2016, just like the High Court of Cassation. These clarifications are made public in the wake of a scandal which broke out last week, following the publication of a protocol signed in 2009 by the Romanian Intelligence Service and the Office of the Prosecutor General, based on which SRI had provided assistance to prosecutors for seven years.
MOTION - The simple motion initiated by the National Liberal Party, in opposition, against the Culture Minister, George Ivaşcu, has been rejected today in a plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies with the Romanian Parliament, just a day after the document was debated in a plenary session of Parliament. The Liberals deplore what they call negligence in preparing the events devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Great Union and voice concern about the Government’s inability to properly organise the December 1 celebrations. They also say a public debate meant to find solutions and reconsider a national plan devoted to the Great Union Centennial is needed. In response, the Culture Minister, George Ivaşcu, gave assurances that he is constantly concerned about how to efficiently organise the celebrations devoted to all Romanians.
CENTRAL BANK – The National Bank of Romania has today decided to maintain the monetary policy interest rate at 2.25%, against the expectations of most analysts, who anticipated an increase in figures. The central bank has also decided to maintain the earned deposit interest rate at 1.25% per year and the credit interest rate at 3.25% per year. The Board of Directors of the National Bank of Romania has also decided to maintain the current level of the mandatory minimum reserves for liabilities in the national currency, the leu, as well as in hard currency for crediting institutions.
UNEMPLOYMENT - The unemployment rate in Romania in February stood at 4.6%, the same level as in the previous month, a communiqué issued by the National Institute of Statistics shows. The number of the unemployed stood at 419,000 people in February, lower than in the previous month. In terms of gender, the unemployment rate among men exceeded by 0.8% the rate among women, standing at 4.9% in the case of men, and at 4.1% of women, respectively.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA – A digital encyclopaedia devoted to outstanding personalities and historical moments which paved the way for the Great Union of December 1918 has been launched in Bucharest. It contains rare photographs, video clips and 3D images featuring significant historical moments. The “Romania 1918” app can be used free of charge and can be downloaded from the web. The encyclopaedia is available in Romanian and English, with a French version being under construction.
FRENCH RAILWAY NETWORK DISRUPTION – France’s rail traffic has been severely disrupted today, as a wave of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms gets under way. The unions say some of the plans to overhaul the French state railway, SNCF, would allegedly lead to redundancies and limit the current rights of the railway staff. If no solution is found to the issue, the strike might continue until the end of June, with traffic being severely disrupted for more than 30 days. Only one in seven high-speed trains, TGVs, and one in five regional trains will be running today, on an average.