Government – The PM Viorica Dancila on Friday forwarded new proposals for interim ministers to President Klaus Iohannis to fill the vacant ministerial posts. She made 7 proposals among which those for the interior, education and justice ministries. We recall that the head of state is obliged through a decision of the Constitutional Court to appoint interim ministers after the withdrawal of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats from the governing coalition. After having received the proposals, president Iohannis said in a communiqué that the Constitution does not allow him to appoint a second, successive interim minister to the education ministry after Daniel Breaz, the new proposal for the post, already held the position for 45 days.
Brexit – As many as 200 thousand Romanians who are living and working in the UK have applied for the new residence permit in the UK, the British ambassador to Bucharest Andrew Noble told Radio Romania. The British official explained that in case of a no-deal Brexit the Romanian citizens, who go to GB as tourists but decide to stay there, have to apply for a residence permit valid for 3 years. He also gave assurances that the situation of the Romanians in Great Britain would not be affected. The British ambassador went on to say that, after Brexit, the UK would like an even-closer-than-before relation with Romania and would boost involvement in humanitarian projects and cooperation projects in such fields as domestic affairs and the fight against organized crime.
Măgurele Laser – In Măgurele, near Bucharest, a contract was signed on Friday for the construction of the Variable Energy Gamma System. The system completes the one already installed, which, in March, reached a power of 10 Petawatts (PW) on each side. The new system will be finished most probably in 2023, said the project general manager, academician Nicolae Zamfir. This equipment, alongside the high power laser system, allows the ELI NP Extreme Light Infrastructure-Nuclear Physics Center in Măgurele to become the most advanced scientific research center in the world. (update by L. Simion)