June 19, 2020 UPDATE

june 19, 2020 update A roundup of domestic and international news

EUROPEAN COUNCIL - Romanian president Klaus Iohannis on Friday attended the European Council meeting, held in videoconference format. The main points on the agenda were the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework and the economic recovery plan. The President said, after the meeting, that European leaders have agreed to continue talks on the two topics, although additional points in the two packages have to be discussed and settled. Romania was earmarked €44 billion in the current financial framework. We're trying to get a considerably higher amount over the next financial framework, and we are equally fighting to obtain more favorable conditions for their implementation, the President went on to say.  The money is expected to go to economic development, healthcare, road and rail infrastructure, water and sewage, education and sustainable energy. President Iohannis said the next European Council meeting is scheduled for mid-July. According to France Press, EU leaders have called on the EU27 to swiftly reach an agreement on the post-COVID economic recovery plan, with the aim of pulling the European continent out of a historic recession. A bailout plan worth €750 billion is on the table, and could represent a major step for Europe, as for the first time the sum will be borrowed on the financial markets.

ONLINE FORM - Air passengers entering the country via Henri Coanda airport must file an online form stating their epidemiological status. Available as of Friday, the form is aimed at reducing waiting times and boosting the flow of arrivals, with the overall purpose of preventing the SARS CoV2 virus from spreading. The form can be accessed on bucharestairports.ro.

PENSIONS - The High Court of Cassation and Justice in Bucharest and the Ombudsman have referred a law on the progressive taxation up to 85% of all special pensions in Romania, endorsed by Parliament, to the Constitutional Court. The Court has criticized several aspects, such as the fact that its rulings in this matter have been repeatedly ignored, the Supreme Council of Magistrates has not been consulted and several principles haven't been observed, such as the proper and equitable taxation and the independence of judges. There are multiple reasons of unconstitutionality, the Ombudsman has also pointed out, adding that, under the law, the beneficiaries of these special pensions are being discriminated against. We recall that on May 6 Romania's Constitutional Court turned down a law on cancelling special pensions upon two notifications by the High Court and the Ombudsman.  

NATO - The Multinational Division South-East Command will contribute to the deterring and defence capabilities of NATO's eastern flank, Romania's Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca has said. His statement came after Parliament in Bucharest on Thursday endorsed the setting up of this command in Sibiu, central Romania. According to Ciuca, Romania's initiative has been appreciated by NATO partners and accepted by the allies thus highlighting the strategic importance of the Black Sea for the security of the Euro-Atlantic area and the need for increasing allied military presence in the region. The new military body will have the statute of international military command subordinated to an allied command outside the national structure of command and control.

SANCTIONS - EU leaders have agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia by another six months, reason being Russia's unresolved conflict in Eastern Ukraine and its refusal to implement the Minsk peace agreements, European Council President Charles Michel has said. Introduced back in July, 2014, the sanctions target the finance, energy and defense sectors in Russia, preventing certain Russian banks and businesses from accessing EU markets, as well as restricting certain European imports. The sanctions also restrict Russia's access to certain sensitive technologies and services that can be used to explore and produce oil. Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said Romania does not consider Russia to be an "enemy state", but condemns the country's previous aggressive behavior. It's not just Romania's viewpoint, but a common analysis inside NATO and the EU. The allies are viewing Russia's actions in the Black Sea region as generating risks", Minister Aurescu explained. The Romanian official took part in an online debate organized by the American Center for European Political Analysis, where he discussed the possibility of introducing the Russian Federation into the country's new National Defense Strategy.

(translated by D. Bilt & V. Palcu)

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