Progress Report on Fiscal Policies October 9 - 16, 2017
On October 10, FinMin Ionuț Mișa was invited in the Chamber of Deputies for debates over Split VAT. The hearing was postponed for October 23. The same day, Senate's Plenum decided to send the draft bill for the approval of Government Emergency Ordinance on Split VAT back to the reporting committee.    On Monday October 9, PM Tudose stated for Realitatea TV that "Split VAT only applies to state-run companies, insolvent or bankrupted companies”. A couple of days later, on October 13, Mihai Tudose added that the Split VAT ordinance would be modified by the Senate's Committee for Budget.  Further on, on October 16, 2017, PM Tudose announced that new measures for collecting the split VAT will soon be presented.  


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Weekly Policy and Political Report October 9-16, 2017
The Presidential Administration announced on Monday, October 16 that President Klaus Iohannis received Sevil Shhaideh, Rovana Plumb and Răzvan Cuc’s resignations, as well as PSD’s proposal for their replacement: Paul Stănescu for the Ministry for Regional Development, Marius Nica, Ministry for European Funds and Felix Stroe, Ministry of Transports. Neither PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea (President of the Chamber of Deputies), nor Senate Speaker Călin Popescu Tăriceanu (ALDE) attend the Cotroceni Palace hosted ceremonies. Started as a dispute between PM Tudose and Liviu Dragnea over sacking ministers under investigations, the political crisis took over the ruling party which went through extensive negotiations before accepting the outcome demanded by PM Tudose. Further on, President Klaus Iohannis’ statements on the political crisis, followed by Liviu Dragnea’s conclusion that the President is accountable for the entire crisis, brought the relation between Social Democrats and President Iohannis to a new low.


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, October 4 - 11, 2017
After a weekend during which the ruling coalition went from denying speculations over existing tensions between PM Mihai Tudose and PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea to publicly acknowledging the conflict between the head of the Government and the leader of the Social Democratic Party, the two agreed to take the issue before the National Executive Committee (CExN). PSD's CExN convenes on Thursday to decide over the Government reshuffle proposed by PM Tudose. Minister Sevil Shhaideh did not attend this week's Government Sitting, and after she was officially placed under investigation by DNA over her involvement in Belina case, she delegated her ministerial authority on Wednesday afternoon. 


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Progress Report on Fiscal Policies October 3 - 9, 2017
On October 3, the Chamber of Deputies announced that Minister of Finances Ionuț Mișa is invited to attend the "Government Hour" in Parliament. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 and it will address the Split VAT measure. Split VAT alongside the transfer of social contribution were also one of the main points on the agenda of the meeting between PM Mihai Tudose and the Coalition for the Development of Romania (October 6).  


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Weekly Policy and Political Report October 3 – 9, 2017
The Romanian Parliament hosted NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 63rd Annual Session from Friday 6 to Monday 9 October 2017. On October 9, Presidents of the two Parliament Chambers Călin Popescu Tăriceanu and Liviu Dragnea met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. During the meeting, they reaffirmed Romania’s commitment to NATO’s agenda. President Klaus Iohannis, Paolo Alli, the NATO PA President, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also spoke during the closing session of the four-day Parliamentary Assembly. Klaus Iohannis called for a strengthened alliance, highlighting that “Romania will continue to be a responsible ally and a trustworthy dialogue partner, as it has proven so far.” Similar phrasing with regards to Romania’s “responsibility and trustworthiness” was also used by PM Mihai Tudose at the meeting with the US Congress delegation. 


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