Bucharest’s top visitor attraction is closed to visitors

Another fantastic decision by somebody, somewhere. While carrying out research for the next issue of Bucharest In Your Pocket (yes: we still do things the old fashioned way and actually check the information we publish) we stumbled across the news that Bucharest’s top tourist attraction, Casa Poporului (or Palatul Parlamentului, to use its actual name),… Continue reading Bucharest’s top visitor attraction is closed to visitors

More on the Constitutional Court & The Wicked Witch of Voluntari

Romanian MP Tudor Ciuhodaru (PSD) yesterday submitted a draft law to parliament which would see public demonstrations that ‘challenged the constitutional order or prevented the powers of state from carrying out their duties’ made criminal offences, punishable by sentences of between six months and three years. Backed – we would assume – by the government… Continue reading More on the Constitutional Court & The Wicked Witch of Voluntari

Another win for Bucharest

Bucharest was named as Europe’s most congested city (fifth worldwide) by GPS software developer TomTom in its annual traffic index. Strangely, the city’s mayor Gabriela Firea has not yet commented on Bucharest taking such a prestigious title, despite congestion growing by a whopping seven per cent – overtaking both Moscow and Beijing – so far… Continue reading Another win for Bucharest

Bucharest’s budget

Leaving aside the fact that Bucharest still does not have a budget for 2017 (the mayor, Gabriela Firea, clearly has other priorities), this website has put together a number of graphics showing how the city spent its money last year (using data now freely available from Budget Transparency, a legacy of the Dacian Ciolos government’s… Continue reading Bucharest’s budget

The State of Play (& Why Romania’s Protests Go On)

The now infamous Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 13 – which as you may remember decriminalised acts of corruption up to a value of 200,000 lei (around €43,000) and which was issued late at night by the Romanian government on January 31st – was ostensibly annulled by OUG 14, issued on February 5th. The annulment came in… Continue reading The State of Play (& Why Romania’s Protests Go On)