Nr. 3355 de miercuri, 22 iunie 2005
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New and true Europeans
The fiasco of the European Union's summit in Brussels has brought into sharp relief differences in attitudes between most new member countries from East Central Europe and the "old" members. Perhaps surprisingly for many, such differences were not played out according to the expected script, in which the new members would be ruthlessly pragmatic, ans demanding as much EU money as they could get, while most Western countries would in the end tone...
LATEST – In Brief
ZIUA interviews President of Serbia Boris Tadic
-- "When Kosovo is in question, Bucharest's attitude is highly important"
President of Serbia Boris Tadic is to pay official visit to Romania tomorrow. This has been announced early this week during informal meeting with the press by Presidential Councilor and Spokeswoman of Romanian Presidency Adriana Saftoiu. The official welcome ceremony is to take place at Cotroceni Palace. It is to be followed by a private meeting of Romanian...
Basescu: "The Justice system is in a dreadful state"
Romanian President Traian Basescu warned the government last week, asking them to keep promises made during the election campaign. In an interview to Adevarul Romanian daily, Traian Basescu said he would take distance from the Cabinet led by Calin Popescu Tariceanu unless they would do their duty. On the other hand, the Romanian President expressed fear that Romania's accession due in January 1st 2007 would be jeopardized unless the reform...
Romania isn't ready for accession
European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes states yesterday that Bulgaria made important progress in the field and was ready to join the European Union, whereas Romania had still got a long way to go, says Mediafax. The EU Commissioner said: "Bulgaria made tremendous progress in 2004, especially in terms with state help funds. If we are to reach decision today, it might be a positive one." He stated it in briefing with the committee on economic and...
Germany thinks Romania and Bulgaria stand little chance
Romania and Bulgaria stand smaller chance to join the European Union in 2007, opined Klaus Hansch, German MEP from the Social-Democrat Party and former president of the European Parliament. The German official stated this in an interview published on Tuesday's Tagesspiegel daily, says Rompres. The German politician expected the safeguard clause to be activated and postpone the EU accession of Romania and Bulgaria for a year. Klaus Hansch...
LATEST – In Brief
Incompetent prosecutors deal with Tanacu case
On Monday prosecutors presented the dreadful murder from "The Holy Trinity" Monastery in Vaslui. But the murderer and his allies haven't been retained yet. Prosecutor Ovidiu Berinde in charge of inquiry has stated in all serenity that the case has not been categorized as murder, but as depriving a person of freedom, which ended with "the victim's decease". Episcopy informs by communique that "the priest lacked necessary preparation,...
Basescu's opinion: PD reaches the center again
Yesterday in his interview to RFI (Radio France Internationale) Romanian President Traian Basescu opined that PD (the Democrat Party) was far from joining Christian democracy. Basescu explained: "If I may express an opinion, it is not by business to interfere in parties' lives, but I would say PD is far from joining Christian democracy. PD is leaving the center-left for the center. And considering what I have just told you, the very electoral...
ECONOMICS – In Brief
Foolish 22% VAT
Starting with January 1st, 2006 authorities might set 2-3% raise of the VAT (the value added tax), because one of the greatest difficulties of Romanian economy is the excessive growth of consume. This is what Finance minister Ionut Popescu stated yesterday in an interview to BBC. Popescu mentioned that decision on the standard VAT rate, 19% at present, was to be soon reached. The Finance minister explained: "When we talk about current account deficit, of inflation...
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