Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, June 13 - 20, 2018
On June 20, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu stated that the report concerning the potential relocation of the Romanian Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is to be finalised in two weeks' time. This comes after the statement of President Klaus Iohannis a day earlier in which he reiterated that even though a report is being conducted on the matter, ultimately the decision does not rest with the Government. He also stressed that "such a decision would automatically invalidate any chance of Romania gaining a seat as a UN Security Council non-permanent member".


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Fiscal Policies Review June 11 - 18, 2018
Following mixed messages regarding the privately administered pensions, on June 13, President Klaus Iohannis argued that a pension system largely administered by the state in a country with a low birthrate in not sustainable. “Any attempt to continue the administration of pensions under the current circumstances is nothing but illusion and sacrifice of future pensioners’ wellbeing”, Iohannis highlighted.             On June 13, PM Viorica Dăncilă stated that the recent data published by the INS is proof that the measures taken by the Government, and the ones they will continue to take, brought more money into Romanians’ pockets. The Prime Minister added that the numbers prove that alarming messages from various critics have no fundament for their claims.             On June 15, PNL Senator Florin Cîțu argued on Facebook that there are certain contradictions between the data published by the Ministry of Finances and the data released by the European Commission regarding the 2017 structural deficit. According to Senator Cîțu, Romanian authorities claim that the deficit was kept within the established threshold, at 2.9%, while the EC puts it at 3.3%. Cîțu added that he will address an official inquiry to the Ministry of Finances to clear the issue.             Central Bank proposes capping the degree of indebtedness. FinMin opposes the measure and asks for impact study.


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, June 6 - 13, 2018
Between the 11th and 12th of June, a delegation of the Venice Commission came to Bucharest to discuss the draft bills amending the Justice Laws. The delegation met President Klaus Iohannis, the Minister of Justice, members of the CCR and DNA, as well as MPs from the Special Committee responsible for amending the Justice Laws. Both the President and the Parliamentary Assembly Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe requested the opinion of the Venice Commission with regards to the amendments.


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Fiscal Policies Review, June 4 - 11, 2018
On June 5, FinMin Teodorovici said that `the government sent letters to professional and business associations to get feedback on amendments to the Fiscal Code'. “At the end of the year we close this and starting 2019 nobody should touch these codes,” the FinMin added. Apart from the Fiscal Code amendments, Teodorovici added that legislation on tax evasion would also be updated this summer. Days later, on June 11, in Ploiești Teorodovici presented one of the first changes: third country nationals’ wages that work in Romania to start from the minimum wage; average wage no longer mandatory. Whereas on June 4 PM Dăncilă said that there is no plan on Pillar II, six days later, 0n Sunday evening, Minister of Labor Vasilescu announced that a final decision on Pillar II has been reached, namely, it will become optional. Minister Vasilescu added that a broad presentation on the advantages and disadvantages of the pillar will be presented to the public over the summer. The Chamber of Deputies (decision-making legislative body) adopted the Draft Bill on the Sovereign Fund on Wednesday, June 6 (174 yeas, 98 nays, 3 abst.) The endorsement report issued by the Committee for Economic Affairs added a series of amendments, including the increase of capital contributions in cash to RON 9 billion and added 10 new entries to the list of companies included in the Sovereign Fund.  PNL's Raluca Turcan announced that the NatLibs challenge the law at the Constitutional Court.  


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, May 30 - June 6, 2018
PSD’s Executive Council convened on Monday, June 4, and decided to hold a rally on Saturday (June 9) at 8 PM in Victory Square. Chamber of Deputies President and SocDem leader Liviu Dragnea stated that the underlying motif is to stand against rule of law abuses. The purpose of the rally was changed from an initial support rally for the Gov’t of Viorica Dăncilă and for the PM herself. With her name being dropped from the rally, PM Dăncilă lightheartedly announced that she will also attend the event.


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