DNA Prosecutor Adina Florea, proposed by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader for the head of Romania’s main anti-corruption agency (DNA), is to be heard by the Superior Council of Magistracy on September 27th. The opinion of this body is required but not binding. The proposal is also to be endorsed by president Klaus Iohannis. Adina Florea is prosecutor with the Court of Appeal in Constanta (south-eastern Romania). The position of DNA chief remained vacant after the sacking of Laura Codruta Kovesi.
VISIT Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez have signed in Madrid two bilateral agreements in the field of public administration and defence. The second accord sets the conditions under which fresh exchanges of experience as well as joint military drills are to be hosted in the future. The two ministers have hailed the excellent cooperation in the economic field, which knows an upward trend, both in term of exchanges, which are currently reaching 4 billion euros and the volume of the Spanish investment in Romania. Viorica Dancila and Pedro Sanchez have agreed to carry on the initiative of staging the first joint government session. Romania and Spain have been running a Strategic Partnership they signed five years ago. At the same time Spain is home to a large community of Romanians estimated at 870 thousand members at the beginning of 2018, the largest community of foreigners in Spain. The Romanian Prime Minister hasn’t met the representatives of the Romanian community in Spain as some of them took to the streets to protest the situation created at the Diaspora meeting in Bucharest on August 10th.
GDP GDP in the Euro Area and in the EU has increased in the second quarter of the year by 0.4% as compared to the first quarter with Malta reporting the highest growth of 1.9%. According to the Statistical Office of the European Union Eurostat, Romania and Estonia have each had a 1.4% growth. Provisional data released by the National Institute for Statistics has also confirmed that Romania’s GDP has increased in the second quarter of the year by 1.4% as compared to the first quarter. In the first half of 2018 the country’s GDP went up by 4.2% as against the same period last year. All the sectors of the economy have contributed to this increase, but mainly industry, trade and some of the services.
FOOTBALL Romania’s national football squad is today playing Montenegro in a home game of the newly-formed Nations League. Our footballers will be taking on Serbia on Monday, while in October they will by up against Lithuania. The best four sides of each tier will join a play-off session in a bid to qualify for Euro 2020 if they have failed to achieve qualification during the European Championship preliminaries.