Weekly Policy and Political Report March 26 – April 2, 2018
March 27, 2018, the Parliament marked the centennial of the 1918 unification of Romania with Bessarabia by joint a Romanian-Moldovan parliamentary meeting. During Tuesday's solemn sitting, and in the presence of Moldovan Parliament President Adrian Candu the Romanian Parliament adopted a Declaration by which it acknowledges Moldovan citizens unionist intensions as "fully legitimate." The Declaration also highlighted Romania's preparedness to assist the Republic of Moldova along this path. The Declaration was read by Chamber of Deputies Speaker Liviu Dragnea (PSD) and comes in the context in which both Romania and the Republic of Moldova prepare for parliamentary elections (R. Moldova - November 2018) and Romania (EP elections, May 2019).    Also this week, on March 26, the Senate (first notified legislative body) rejected President Klaus Iohannis reexamination request for the Draft Bill amending the Referendum Law. The bill reads that referenda are held in the last Sunday of the first 30 days since the legislative proposal approving a referendum is adopted by the Parliament. The Chamber of Deputies is the decision-making legislative body, and it is expected that it too rejects Iohannis' reexamination request. Once the Law passes, the proposed referendum against same-sex marriages must organized within the given deadline. Deputy PM Paul Stănescu announced that this referendum takes place in May. Also this week, USR MP Oana Bîzgan initiated a draft bill that proposes the legalization of civil partnerships.


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Fiscal Policies Review, March 26-April 2, 2018
On March 29, the executive adopted a GEO which enforced some of the amendments the Senate adopted to GEO 79/2017 (social contributions transfer). Article 1 provides a turnover threshold of EUR 1 million under which companies can opt for either for tax on profit or on turnover. The Draft GEO also changes the income tax percentages that can be distributed to NGOs (up to 3.5%), excises on fuels and harmonized excises. The GEO (25/2018) was published in the Official Gazette on March 30.             On Wednesday, March 28, after talks with Commissioner Bienkowska apart from announcing that GEO 25/2018 was going to be adopted on Thursday, March 29, Teodorovici highlighted that the MFP analyzes the two Fiscal Codes "article by article" and discusses them with interested parties. By the end of June 2018, MFP is going to put up for debate the final version of the two Fiscal Codes.               On March 27, ANAF published a draft order on approving the design, provisions and other aspects of the Single Tax Statement (D212). The order was published in the Official Gazette on March 29. On the same day, FinMin State Secretary Tiberiu Mavrodin announced that experts within the Ministry are working on a single statment for legal persons, part of a series of actions aimed at relaxing fiscal procedures.  


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, March 21 -28, 2018
March 27, 2018, the Parliament marked the centennial of the 1918 unification of Romania with Bessarabia by joint a Romanian-Moldovan parliamentary meeting. During Tuesday's solemn sitting, and in the presence of Moldovan Parliament President Adrian Candu the Romanian Parliament adopted a Declaration by which it acknowledges Moldovan citizens unionist intensions as "fully legitimate." The Declaration also highlighted Romania's preparedness to assist the Republic of Moldova along this path. The Declaration was read by Chamber of Deputies Speaker Liviu Dragnea (PSD) and comes in the context in which both Romania and the Republic of Moldova prepare for parliamentary elections (R. Moldova - November 2018) and Romania (EP elections, May 2019).


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Fiscal Policies Review, March 19-26, 2018
According to press agency Mediafax, on March 22, FinMin Teodorovici stated that a new Emergency Ordinance amending the Fiscal Code would be put up for debate this week. MFP plans to pass through an EO the amendments the Senate brought to GEO 79 (social contributions transfer). Since the Parliament did not adopt GEO 79, the only way to amend the EO is by another EO. The most important change is the EUR 1 million cap below which companies can opt for a tax on their profits or their turnover. During the Government Sitting of March 21, the Executive adopted a draft emergency ordinance on establishing the National Committee in charge of the National Plan for the adoption of Euro single currency. According to the press release issued by the Government, the Committee has until November 15 to present a calendar for the transition to Euro. The National Committee will be managed by the Prime Minister and the President of the Romanian Academy (co-presidents) and BNR’s governor and a PM appointed deputy prime-minister as vice-presidents.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report March 19 - 26, 2018
President Klaus Ioahnnis attended the European Council on March 23; at the end of the reunion Iohannis highlighted that outcome of Brexit negotiations looks favorable to Romania. According to Iohannis, negotiations on citizens’ rights and on the financial agreement are “100% satisfactory”. Apart from talks on Brexit, Iohannis also addressed domestic issues, including PM Viorica Dăncilă’s letter to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker in which she inquired about EC’s intervention into the Romanian legal system. Iohannis labeled it as a “legitimate concern” and confirmed that he had talks with Jean-Claude Juncker on this matter recommending him to explain the situation. “I personally believe that there was no interference, but I do not want answer for the EC”, said Iohannis.


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