About: Traian Basescu

Elections 21-09-2019

Romanian ex-president Basescu ‘worked with communist secret police’

Former Romanian president Traian Băsescu was found Friday (20 September) by a court in Bucharest to have collaborated with the feared communist-era Securitate secret police.
EU Elections 2019 05-12-2018

Romania in political mayhem three weeks before assuming EU presidency

In an almost surreal sequence of events, the Romanian government paid a visit to the European Commission on Wednesday (5 December) to discuss the country’s upcoming EU presidency, while the opposition in Bucharest mobilised to oust the ruling coalition.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.
Elections 22-12-2016

Romania readies itself for first female and first Muslim prime minister

Romania could appoint its first female and first Muslim prime minister after the Social Democratic Party (PSD) put its support behind Sevil Shhaideh, in a shock move following the Eastern European country's 11 December elections. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Elections 16-12-2016

Ex-Romanian president’s Moldovan citizenship withdrawn

Incoming Moldovan President Igor Dodon is reportedly planning to strip former Romanian President Traian Băsescu of his Moldovan citizenship. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Central Europe 04-10-2016

Socialist leader: Romanian president will disregard election result

Ahead of the parliamentary elections to be held on 11 December, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the Romanian socialist party, warned of an "undemocratic" move by centre-right President Iohannis, who according to Dragnea, voiced his intention of nominating Dacian Cioloş for another mandate as Prime Minister, regardless of the election results.
Elections 01-09-2016

Romania to hold parliamentary election on 11 December

Romania's government announced that the country will hold a parliamentary election on 11 December, and that it will make it easier for Romanians living abroad to vote.
Central Europe 13-07-2016

Romania’s judicial reforms: A case study for future member states

Nine years after joining the EU, Romania is continuing its fight against corruption, as well as tackling the challenge of recovering the proceeds of crime. Experts say that its judicial reform experience could serve as an example to future EU member states. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Enlargement 21-03-2016

Former Romanian president applies for Moldovan citizenship

Former President of Romania Traian Băsescu, and his wife Maria, have applied for citizenship of the Republic of Moldova, according to media reports in the former-Soviet state. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Elections 16-11-2015

Paris attacks hit sensitive nerve in Romania

The Paris attacks have hit a sensitive nerve in Romania, which is mourning the victims of a fire in a Bucharest nightclub that brought down the government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Elections 05-11-2015

Ex-Commissioner Dacian Ciolos to be Romania’s next PM

EXCLUSIVE/ Dacian Cioloș, the former Commissioner for Agriculture in the executive led by José Manuel Barroso, will be Romania's new premier, two credible sources told EURACTIV today (5 October).
Central Europe 27-07-2015

Rosia Montana, an omen for TTIP

Romanians decided two years ago not to host Europe's largest gold mine. Now the Canadian mining company behind the project is seeking massive compensation from Bucharest, in a case that foreshadows what TTIP could bring, writes Claudia Ciobanu.
Central Europe 15-05-2015

Romanian minister sentenced for 2012 attempt to impeach Basescu

Romania's regional development minister was convicted today (15 May) of masterminding a campaign to use bribes and forged ballot papers to swing an impeachment vote against the former president Traian B?sescu in 2012.
Klaus Iohannis
Elections 05-01-2015

New Romanian leader chooses Moldova for first foreign visit

The first official visit abroad of Romanian president Klaus Iohannis will take place in the Republic of Moldova on 22- 23 January, the Romanian media announced today (5 January). EURACTIV Romania reports.
Central Europe 27-11-2014

High profile Romanian arrest bodes well ahead of monitoring report

The high-profile arrest at the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism is expected to influence an upcoming monitoring report, which may open the doors to Romania’s Schengen accession. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Incoming Romanian president pushes crackdown on corruption

Romania's president-elect Klaus Iohannis urged parliament on Monday (17 November) to scrap a corruption amnesty bill, moving swiftly to make good on a campaign promise and allay EU fears over graft in the country.

Romania’s taxing problem will trouble incoming government

Every morning, hundreds of traders pour into a cheap wholesale market in a northern suburb of Bucharest. But if the tax inspector calls, the bustle stops, shutters are quickly pulled down and the place falls silent.
EU Elections 2014 01-09-2014

Romania makes second nomination for commissioner

Romanian President Traian B?sescu expressed outrage upon learning at the 30 August EU summit that Prime Minister Victor Ponta had made a second nomination for commissioner. It was previously announced that both the President and the Prime Minister back Dacian Ciolo?, the present EU Commissioner for Agriculture, for a second term, hopefully with the same portfolio.

Romanian opposition attacks ‘unconstitutional’ ordinance

Romania's government approved a temporary emergency ordinance yesterday (28 August) to let local administrations change political affiliations in a pre-election move it says will unblock policymaking, but which critics say threatens democracy.
Corina Cretu, photo website of Corina Cretu
EU Elections 2014 28-08-2014

Sources: Romania has other candidates if Ciolo? doesn’t get agriculture

The formation of the new European Commission confronts Romania with unprecedented challenges, as the country seeks to retain its agriculture portfolio for a second term. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Elections 18-08-2014

Ethnic German candidate brings suspense to Romania’s presidential race

According to latest opinion polls, Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German and candidate for President of the centre-right Romanian coalition PNL-PDL, is expected to face the leftist Prime Minister Victor Ponta at the second round of the presidential election to be held in November.
Elections 26-06-2014

Romanian parliament calls on President to step down

Romania's parliament yesterday (25 June) called on President Traian B?sescu to step down after his brother was arrested for accepting bribes from a mobster.

B?sescu urged to resign over alleged family bribe-taking

Romanian prosecutors said they detained President Traian B?sescu's brother yesterday (19 June) for allegedly taking a bribe to help keep an underworld boss out of jail, prompting the prime minister to call for the president's resignation.
EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Romanian President: Fair play usually prevails in the EU

Romanian President Traian B?sescu told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that, according to the EU rules of fair play, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, leading candidate of the EPP group, should be given the chance to obtain the support of the European Parliament to become Commission President.

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