Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission,  April 18 - 25, 2018
On April 20, the Government put up for public debate a Draft Bill approving the long-term "Strategy for Romania 2040”. The document provides for the establishment of a committee chaired by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, currently PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea, whose purpose is to elaborate upon the country’s socio-economic priorities and public policies of strategic importance. This steering committee for the "Romania 2040" Strategy is to begin working on June 1st, 2018, and is scheduled to reach its conclusions by June 2019.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report April 16 - 23, 2018
  On April 23, over 2000 trade unionists working in the public railroad transportation system (CFR Marfă) picketed the Ministry of Transportation, demanding higher wages and the adoption of provisions concerning the status of the industry personnel. Minister Lucian Șova met with the protesters to discuss their requests.  Protests in public hospitals have been taking place last week in certain parts of the country (e.g. Iași, Craiova, Oradea). Employees are discontent with the bonus cuts that have affected certain categories of medical personnel, namely nurses and orderlies. Some doctors still refuse to be on call to ensure emergency services. On the 26th of April, a protest is to be organized in Bucharest, expected to reach 10,000 people. Also, a general strike has been scheduled for the 11th of May. On Monday, April 23, hospital managers met with PM Viorica Dăncilă to discuss their concerns. This comes after Viorica Dăncilă’s request last week directed towards FinMin Eugen Teodorovici, Minister of Health Sorina Pintea and Minister of Labour Lia Olguța Vasilescu to identify the issues and come up with proper solutions.  


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Fiscal Policies Review April 16 - 23, 2018
On April 20, SGG put up for debate the Draft Bill approving the long-term National Strategy “Romania 2040”. The Draft Bill proposes the creation of a Committee tasked with drafting the Long Term National Strategy Romania 2040. The Committee is chaired by the President of the Chamber of Deputies and active in the interval June 1, 2018 - June 1, 2019. Macroeconomic data are provided by the recently reorganized Committee for Strategy and Prognosis.             The same day, SGG put up for debate a draft GEO on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The proposed Ordinance replaces “public-private partnership project” with “public-private partnership contract”. Changes aim to regulate the possibility of entering such a partnership, to clarify the concept of financial clearance, to restrict the partnership in certain circumstances, to establish a special fund related to the financing of such type of projects of strategic importance and to eliminate overlapping legislation concerning public procurement.             On April 18, the Senate adopted the draft bill on establishing the Sovereign Development and Investments Fund, reducing its portfolio from 89 companies to 23. Other changes brought by the Senate’s members fall in line with Eurostat requirements and GEO 109/2011 on Corporate Governance.


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, April 11 - 18, 2018
On April 18, a joint plenum of the Parliament voted upon the establishment of two new special committees related to national security and the development of the administrative code, respectively. Based on the model of the Special Committee for Justice (Chair Florin Iordache), the two new Committees are tasked with debating and voting reports on the Laws on national security, and on the Administrative Code. In a press statement from the Parliamentary Summit of Bucharest, President Iohannis put forward two antithetical scenarios concerning the committee on national security issues. On the one hand, PSD’s aim could be to take control of the political institutions and to impose certain legislative changes without proper consultation. On the other hand, the ruling coalition will collaborate with all relevant actors (The Presidency, the Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT), intelligence services etc.). He reinforced the hope for the latter situation to prevail, awaiting an official collaboration request after the committee is set up.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report April 10 - 16, 2018
On Monday April 16, President Klaus Iohannis announced that he rejected JustMin Tudorel Toader's request to remove DNA head prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi. The Presidency is going to release the official explanation. JustMin Tudorel Toader had an immediate reaction on Facebook, announcing that he is going to take the matter to the Constitutional Court. According to Toader, Iohannis' refusal is in violation of the Constitution. PSD's Executive Committee On April 16, PM Viorica Dăncilă was invited at PSD’s National Executive Committee to review the Gov’t activity after the first 100 days in office.  When asked about an alleged cabinet reshuffle, PSD President Liviu Dragnea denounced the rumors as unfounded. Apart from the minister's assessment, SocDem's agenda included the referendum against same-sex marriages. The Executive Council was also used as an opportunity for Liviu Dragnea to deny rumors about existing tensions with DefMin Viorel Fifor.


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