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CONCLUSIONS The EU Council on Monday adopted a series of conclusions concerning the EU's commitment towards regional cooperation in the Black Sea area during the proceedings of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg where Romania was represented by its Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu. The Council has reiterated its long-term commitment to promoting prosperity, stability and resilience in the Black Sea area. The Council has underlined the increasingly strategic importance of the Black Sea region for the EU calling for the union's firmer involvement in regional cooperation having as foundation the Black Sea Synergy. At the same time the Council remains concerned about the security challenges in the Black Sea. In this context, it reiterates that international law observance, including the principles of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, the UN Convention on the law of the sea, including the freedom of navigation as well as observance of the EU's political decisions and its non-recognition policy for Crimea are instrumental in the EU's approach to regional cooperation in the Black Sea.


MOTION MPs in Bucharest on Tuesday are expected to debate upon and vote a censure motion the opposition tabled against the PSD-ALDE coalition government. According to the document, Romania urgently needs a government with a pro-European vision focused on the country's development priorities like education, health, public investment and attracting European funds. The signatories of the motion - the National Liberal Party, the Save Romania Union, the People's Movement Party and the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania, say the executive led by the Social-Democratic Prime Minister Viorica Dancila must be sacked for the way in which they staged the European Parliament election abroad and for repeatedly trying to issue emergency ordinances in the justice field. The ordinance needs 233 votes to pass and the initiators also needs the support of ProRomania Party led by the country's former Social Democratic Prime Minister Victor Ponta, from the national minorities as well as votes from the ruling coalition. The incumbent Prime Minister, who is also the interim president of the Social Democrats, has called on the latter to attend the debates to ensure the quorum but to abstain from voting.


MAYOR Romanian-born musician Octavian Ursu has become the Christian-Democratic mayor of the German city of Gorlitz after defeating in the second round of the local election Sebastian Wippel a former policeman, representative of the Alternative for Germany. The Romanian mustered 55% of the votes in the second round of the election. Ursu, 51, graduated from the Music Conservatory in Bucharest and left for Germany where he got hired at the Gorlitz philharmonics as a soloist. In 2009, he enlisted with Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and in 2010 he took over the municipal constituency in Gorlitz. In 2014 he got elected in the legislature of the Federal State of Saxony. The Romanian got support from celebrities from Germany and abroad who signed a petition urging the citizens to vote against 'hatred and hostility, isolation and discord. Famous movies like 'Inglorious Basterds' and 'Monuments Men' have been shot in Gorlitz.


CARS Over two thirds of the cars registered in Romania in the first five months of the year are second-hand purchases. According to the National Directorate for Licenses and Registration out of the 240 thousand vehicles registered in Romania since January until the end of May, only 60 thousand are new vehicles. Nevertheless, the number of new vehicles registered in this period is 20% higher than the similar period of 2018. The so-called Rabla programme has significantly contributed to this increase as under this programme 30 thousand people have so far benefitted from bonuses to scrap their old vehicles. The Romanians' mostly preferred brands are the local Dacia, followed by Volkswagen, Skoda, Renault and Ford. At the end of last year Romania had over 8 million vehicles registered, 7% higher than in 2017.

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