Weekly Policy and Political Report, January 25-29, 2016
Political debates on the electoral law continue to divide the local political scene. While the National Liberals demanded Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș to issue an emergency ordinance reinstating the two-round vote on local elections, the Social Democrats strongly oppose the proposition, rendering it unconstitutional. PSD’s Liviu Dragnea went as far as warning that his party would boycott the election if the Government forces the change to a two-round system for local elections. 


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Weekly Policy and Political Report, January 18-22
Debates over the modification of the electoral legislation continued over the past week, with the two main politic parties taking opposite sides in the debate over the two-round local elections to be held on June 5. PNL demanded PM Dacian Cioloș to pass an emergency ordinance modifying the electoral law for the locals to a two-round system, while PSD strongly opposed this request, arguing that it is unconstitutional to amend the electoral law during the election year. On the other hand, Constitutional Court Judge Augustin Zegrean informed that as long as the elections are organized in a democratic manner, the number of rounds or the modification of the law are political matters that do not interfere with the provisions of the Constitution.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report, January 11-15, 2016
Last week confirmed the positive economic outlooks for Romania in 2016, with an anticipated growth of 3.9% this year, the highest growth rate in Europe. Also, World Bank and IMF announced the continuation of their cooperation with Romania, and in the case of IMF, a new representative in the person of Reza Baqir. World Bank and the Government have signed a Memorandum that will enable the international financial institution to continue providing technical assistance services to Romanian public institutions until 2023. This agreement comes in the context in which PM Dacian Cioloș announced a reorganization of the public authorities along EU standards. The agreement also comes in line with the main aims of the technocratic Cabinet, namely modernization of the state apparatus and reshaping the relation between citizens and public authorities, and the absorption of EU funds, since the assistance services will be financed via the European Structural and Investment Funds, within the 2014-2020 period.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report, January 4-8, 2016
The beginning of the year officially marked the entrance into an electoral year that has to offer a series of novelties when it comes to both electoral legislation, and political forces taking part in the elections. Also confirmed by PM Dacian Cioloș, one of the technocratic Government’s top priorities is to ensure fair and orderly elections, a challenging task given the changes brought to the electoral process. PM Cioloș also announced that he would not run in the elections, and insisted that the upcoming elections must be an example of good organization, considering that Romanians can vote for the first time via postal voting.


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