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December 1, 2020
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3 million students… and President Iohannis returned from their holiday

In the weekend, President Klaus Iohannis returned from his holiday and announced his first decisions for the year. The Head of the State sent back to the Parliament the law banning medication ads on radio and television and signed several decrees. Among them, the one appointing Luca Niculescu as Ambassador in France and the one promulgating the law that established illegal deforestation as a threat to national security, a press release issued by the Presidential Administration announces. The Head of the State has been in a three-week vacation in Florida, and his absence from the country in the first week of this year and from the meeting of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), where the new management of the institution was elected, was a subject of endless public criticism.


Law establishing illegal deforestation as a threat to national security, promulgated

President Klaus Iohannis promulgated on Saturday the law initiated by 50 MPs of the National Liberal Party (PNL) stipulating that illegal deforestation on surfaces over one hectare are considered among vulnerabilities concerning national security.

According to the project, illegal deforestation on surfaces over one hectare, the cut without legal approval in the consistence of forests by more than 50 per cent to the stipulations of the forestry regulations, the exploitation without a forestry plan will be considered vulnerabilities concerning national security.

The draft law was tacitly adopted by the Chamber of Deputy as the limit deadline for debate, September 29, has passed and afterwards, in December, it was favourably voted for by the Senate, the decision taking forum.


President Iohannis signs decree on Luca Niculescu’s accreditation as Ambassador to France

President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree on the accreditation of journalist Luca Niculescu as Romania’s Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of France, informs a release of the Presidential Administration .

Luca Niculescu was born in 1971. He holds a degree in Journalism and earned a master’s in European Journalism from the University Center for Journalism in Strasbourg. Niculescu has been working with Radio France Internationale since 1992 and as of 2000 he held the position of editor-in-chief with Radio France Internationale Romania.

His career includes stints as correspondent for France Info, France Inter, France Culture, TV 5 and “Liberation”. He moderates a TV show of private broadcaster Digi 24 and has previously produced shows for the Money Channel and the National Broadcasting Corporation TVR.


Head of State asks Parliament to revise Bill banning radio and TV medication and pharmacy advertising

President Klaus Iohannis asks Parliament to revise the Bill amending both Art. 17 of Law No. 148/2000 on advertising, and Audiovisual Law No. 504/2002, aimed at banning radio and TV advertisement for medicines and pharmacies, informs a release of the Presidential Administration.

In the revision request referred to the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker, the head of the state argues that the promotion via mass-media ads of medicines must be subjected to restrictions that should however stay proportional to constitutional rights; the respective restrictions are set forth both in Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use, and in Law No. 95/2006 on healthcare reform, which transposed the respective directive into national law.

President Iohannis underscores that the European jurisprudence unequivocally established the exhaustive character of the regulations contained in the respective directive, concerning the advertising of medicines, and that therefore member states may not adopt stricter rules or regulations with different content in this area.

In the transposition of the Directive, the Romanian lawmaker took over the solution of the European lawmaker, completely banning advertising for prescription medication or for medicines that contain stupefacients or psychotropic substances defined as such under international conventions, regardless the means of the advertising. Therefore, apart from this legislative solution, the Romanian lawmaker cannot come up with another legislative solution apart from this, as any other option is outside the framework set by Directive 2001/83/EC, which is why we deem the law needs to be reconsidered, argues the head of the state.


Students enjoy one additional week of winter holiday; due to finish the school year a week later this summer

Students start school after an additional week of holidays. It is no reason for joy, whatsoever, because the school year will end one week later. Over
3,000,000 students of pre-University education return to their classrooms on Monday, January 11. They will study one month, then on February 6, they will start another break as the inter-semester holiday begins, a fact students are overjoyed about. In 2016, the school year will end on June 24, which is one week later than usual.

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