July 9, 2019

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GRECO Romania has made little progress to put in place measures to prevent corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors and to address the concerns raised by its controversial judicial reform says the Council of Europe's anti-corruption institution GRECO in two reports that it has published today. GRECO is deeply concerned by the fact that the authorities have disregarded the recommendation to abandon the setting-up of the section for the investigation of the offences in the judiciary. On the other hand GRECO hails the announcement made by Prime Minister Dancila regarding the intention to give up the controversial justice reforms. GRECO decides to continue to evaluate Romania's complying with the recommendations included in the two reports and has called on the authorities to report back on the progress achieved by June 30th 2020.


PSD Leaders of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the main component of the ruling coalition in Bucharest have today begun talks about government reshuffle. These talks might take several weeks, during which the activity of ministries is to be assessed - the party's new leader, Viorica Dancila, has announced. After the assessment, the Social Democrats will decide which ministers should be replaced. According to the Prime Minister, the PSD candidate to the presidential election this autumn will be established based on a poll in the first half of August. We recall that Prime Minister Dancila went to the helm of the party after the coalition's strongman Liviu Dragnea had been arrested on corruption charges. We recall that the PSD also lost the European Parliament election to the opposition National Liberal Party while its partner ALDE failed to clear the 5% threshold.  


TENNIS Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, currently ranking 7th in the world standings, will be up against Chinese Zhang Shuai in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon tournament, the third Grand Slam competition of the year. On Monday, Halep outperformed the tournamnet's revelation, 15-year-old US challenger Cori Gauff. Halep's best Wimbeldon performance was in 2014, when she made it to the semifinals. Also today, Romanians Irina Begu and Monica Niculescu are playing against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic. In the men's double, Horia Tecau of Romania and his Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer will be taking on Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Columbia in the quarter finals. We recall that Tecau and Rojer won the tournament in 2015.


FOOTBALL Romania's football champions, CFR Cluj will today be playing FC Astana of Kazakhstan in an away game counting towards the first preliminary round of the Champions League. On Thursday in the first preliminary round of the Europa League, FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, will be up against Milsami Orhei of the neighboring Republic of Moldova in a home match, while CSU Craiova will be playing in an away fixture FK Sabail of Azerbaijan. The return games are due next week. Romanian Cup holder, Viitorul Constanta, will be playing directly in the Europa League's second preliminary round against Belgian side FC Anvers, coached by former Romanian international Ladislau Boloni.


PROSECUTOR The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, an ex-soviet, Romanian-speaking country might today launch procedures to revoke its chief prosecutor Eduard Harujen, accused of having carried out the political orders of the former government. Appointed in 2006, the former chief prosecutor prosecuted political files upon requests coming from the country's former ruling Democratic Party headed by the controversial tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc. The country's new Prime Minister Maia Sandu has announced she would like a European Prosecutor to take over Harujen's job adding that she has conveyed an invitation in this respect to the former head of Romania's Anti-corruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi. However, the country's pro-Russia president Socialist Igor Dodon is not comfortable with the idea of having a European prosecutor in Chisinau. We recall that Kovesi is presently running against French Jean-Francoise Bohnert for the position of chief of the future European Prosecutor's Office, which might become operational next year.


PROPOSAL Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has proposed the former MEP Social-Democrat Ioan Mircea Pascu for the position of interim commissioner for regional policies to replace Corina Cretu, who was elected MEP on May 26th. The move comes after the EU Council has rejected a proposal by the head of the EU Executive Jean Claude Juncker that other commissioners should take over positions left vacant after the elections for the next four months that remained from the mandate of the present commissioners. The main argument invoked by the European Commission was that referring to budget expenses. 'We regret the Council's decision not to accept the proposal, but the responsibility on this is now entirely with the Council', a spokesperson for the Executive told our correspondent in Brussels. A veteran leftist politician who got involved in the country's political life shortly after the anti-communist revolution of 1989, Pascu, 70, was Defence Minister in 2004 the year of Romania's entry into NATO and an MEP when the country joined the European Union in 2007.

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