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Romania: Court Finds Immunity Law Unconstitutional

(Jan. 23, 2014) On January 15, 2014, the Constitutional Court of Romania issued a ruling finding unconstitutional draft legislation that would grant public officials immunity from prosecution. The amendments to the Criminal Law, adopted by the Romanian legislature on December 9, 2013, would have made it harder to prosecute elected officials, provided legislators and government […]

Romania: Government Approves New Taxation Measures

(Dec. 18, 2013) Romania’s Ministry of Finance has published on its website an Emergency Ordinance on amending the Tax Code and on other tax-related measures. The government approved the ordinance on November 14, 2013; it is scheduled to enter into force on January 1, 2014. (Oana Popa, Romania: Tax Code Amendments Approved – Direct Taxes, […]

Romania: Constitutional Court Holds Election Law Unconstitutional

(Feb. 1, 2012) Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. (Maureen Cosgrove, Romania Constitutional Court Rejects Controversial Election Law, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Jan. 26, 2012); Comunicat de Presa [Press Release], The Constitutional […]

Romania: Accession to Kyoto Customs Convention

(Mar. 4, 2011) The Mission of the Republic of Romania to the European Union deposited Romania's instrument of accession to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (the revised Kyoto Convention) on February 22, 2011. It will enter into force in Romania on May 22. “With Romania's accession,” World Customs Organization […]

Romania: Tax Ordinance Adopted

(June 25, 2010) On June 23, 2010, Romania published an Emergency Ordinance designed to combat tax evasion and improve the collection of taxes (Ordinance No. 54, Official Gazette No. 421). Its provisions come into force at various times between the date of publication and August 2010. In the final, published form the Ordinance does not […]

Romania: Bill on Public-Private Partnerships Passed

(May 12, 2010) The Romanian Senate adopted a bill on public-private partnerships on May 5, 2010. The legislation, passed by a unanimous vote, seeks to streamline procedures by “regulating the design, financing, construction, operation, rehabilitation, development and transfer of any asset brought into being under a public-private partnership,” according to one of the bill's sponsors. […]

Bulgaria; European Union; Romania: Reports on Legal System Progress

(Mar. 31, 2010) The European Commission (the executive body of the European Union) released on March 23, 2010, the sixth set of progress reports for Bulgaria and Romania on their entry into the EU, conducted under the Control and Verification Mechanism (CVM). The CVM was established as a means of verifying the two countries' progress […]

Romania; Ukraine; United Nations: Decision on Black Sea Boundaries

(Feb. 12, 2009) The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nation's highest court, issued a unanimous ruling on February 3, 2009, marking the sea border between Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea. Public hearings in the case had been held in September 2008. (Case Concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. […]

Romania: Abortion Permitted in Rape Case

(July 2, 2008) It was recently reported that Romania is making an exception to its laws to permit an eleven-year-old girl to have an abortion. The girl became pregnant after being raped by her uncle. Romanian law permits abortions only up until the 14th week of a pregnancy. The exception was approved by a government […]

Romania: Law on NATO Human Intelligence Center

(July 2, 2008) On June 25, 2008, Romania's two parliamentary chambers approved a draft law establishing a NATO intelligence center. The bill, which was passed unanimously, paves the way for a center for human intelligence, which is the gathering of information through personal contacts. The move was encouraged by the President of Romania, Traian Basescu; […]