Law – The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday promulgated the law on doubling child allowances provided by the state. The amount of a child allowance is almost 63 Euros and 125 Euros for children with disabilities. The Romanian Chamber of Deputies adopted on December 18 the respective bill. The PM Ludovic Orban announced on January 10 that the government would postpone the coming into force of the law on doubling child allowances until it found the necessary financial resources. He pointed out that most probably the money will be allocated on the occasion of July’s budget adjustment.
Parliament – The Romanian Parliament is determined to contribute, according to its constitutional prerogatives, to creating an adequate environment for business and investments, by increasing the predictability and transparency of fiscal legislation and by ensuring a stable and transparent legislative framework, that should benefit the national economy and the investors. The statement was made by the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu who met in Bucharest with the US ambassador to Romania Adrian Zuckerman. The latter has said the US is and will be Romania’s best friend in the region and will provide the necessary support for deepening the strategic partnership both at military level and at the level of economy and the rule of law, shows a communiqué of the Chamber of Deputies.
Inflation – The annual inflation rate in Romania rose to 4% in December 2019 from 3.8% in November 2019, in the context in which the price of food and non-food products as well as of services increased, show the data published today by the National Institute of Statistics. The national bank of Romania has estimated downward to 3.8% from 4.2% the inflation rate for the year 2019 and estimates for the end of 2020 an inflation rate of 3.1%.
Strasbourg – The EP is debating today in Strasbourg a resolution on the way in which the governments of the UK and the EU will manage citizens’ rights after Brexit. The resolution, which is to be voted in the plenum on Wednesday, approaches a wide range of issues which both the European citizens residing in Great Britain and the British citizens residing in the EU might face after Brexit. Also, the resolution draws attention to the fact that the Brexit deal includes fair and balanced provisions meant to protect the citizens’ rights during and after the transition period. In the same session the MEPs will debate alongside the EC the funding of the European Green Deal and the transition to climate neutrality. The plenum of the EP is today expecting the EC’s proposals regarding the principles and mechanism for a fair transition. On Wednesday the MEPs will vote a resolution, which will express the EP’s point of view.
Tennis – The Romanian Simona Halep, world’s no.4 tennis player, on Tuesday defeated 6-4, 7-5 the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (52 WTA) and qualified to the quarter finals of the Adelaide tournament in Australia. The tournament has prizes up for grabs worth 848 thousand dollars. In the quarter finals, the Romanian will play against Arina Sabalenka of Belarus and the American Bernarda Pera. This was Halep’s first singles match in 2020. In Adelaide she also played in the doubles alongside Romanian Raluca Olaru but the two lost to the pair Demi Schuurs (the Netherlands) / Kveta Peschke (the Czech Republic). (translation by L. Simion)