2012 in Romania

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Events from the year 2012 in Romania.




Protesters in University Square, Bucharest, January 15, 2012


  • February 6: Prime Minister Emil Boc resigned from office amid ongoing anti-austerity protests.[2] Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu was given a mandate by President Traian Băsescu to form a new government. He will have to pass his formed cabinet through the vote of the Parliament or else he must return the mandate to the President. Ungureanu vowed to continue reforms and promote Romania's economic and politic stability amid current continuing crisis.
  • February 13: Nanosatellite Goliath was successfully launched into space. This is the first satellite of Romania.
  • February 19: A series of explosions take place in a club in Sighetu Marmaţiei (Maramureş County). Following the deflagration, a citizen was killed and other 20 people were injured.[3]


  • March 5: A MAI employer shot eight people in a hair salon, Bucharest. Following the massacre, two people died and six others were seriously injured. The attacker was arrested for murder. He received the mandate for 24 hours. In 2005, the attacker has been charged with violence, but was acquitted.[4]
  • March 19: A series of devastating wildfires burst out in several counties. At least a man died after falling in fire started by him.[5]


  • April 6: Six people, including three Austrians, were injured in an explosion at the Petrobrazi Refinery (Ploiești, Prahova County).[6]
  • April 14: A devastating fire broke out at a commercial complex in Iași. During the intervention, two firefighters suffered burns and were intoxicated by smoke. The building collapsed to 10 hours after the outbreak of fire.[7]
  • April 15: County road 205D collapsed on a stretch of about 50 m due to landslides caused by heavy rains in recent days. At least 4,000 people in the communes of Nereju and Spulber (Vrancea County) are isolated. Affected villages remained without electricity, gas and drinking water.[8]
  • April 26
    • A helicopter crashed near the village of Ostrov (Tulcea County), due to a failure on board. All five passengers died carbonized.[9]
    • An overloaded passenger bus has overturned from a gangway near the town of Mioveni (Argeș County). 30 of 38 passengers on board were hospitalized.[10]
  • April 27: The government has been unseated in a no-confidence vote, just two months after taking office. The opposition seized on public anger over austerity measures to oust prime minister Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu. President Traian Băsescu designated left-wing opposition leader Victor Ponta as new prime minister.[11][12][13]





  • August 10: Eight people were killed and seven others were injured, following an accident, in which were involved four vehicles. One of them caught fire.[23]
  • August 12: 1,000 tourists feared to be infected with HIV after having sex with a prostitute in Constanța County.[24]
  • August 21: The Constitutional Court of Romania decided to invalidate the results of the referendum for the impeachment of President Traian Băsescu.[25]
  • August 27: One man died and another 18 were injured, after a passenger bus was hit by an oil car in Suceava County.[26] Traffic in the area was blocked for three hours.


  • September 19: Two people were killed and four others were gravely wounded by a rabid bear in Southern Carpathians.[27] The local authorities decreed state of alert in the area until its shooting or, eventually, until bears vaccination against rabies.



Date Time Epicenter Magnitude Depth
January 19 18:05 7 km N Gura Teghii 4.0 ML 117 km
April 26 14:32 11 km NW Lopătari 4.0 ML 126 km
May 5 17:07 15 km W Nereju 4.0 ML 119 km
July 6 22:48 6 km SW Nereju 4.5 Mb 113 km
July 12 02:20 13 km W Nereju 4.3 Mb 114 km
August 31 20:22 7 km NW Gura Teghii 4.1 ML 127 km
September 9 19:53 18 km NW Valea Râmnicului 4.0 ML 148 km
October 1 17:26 4 km NW Nereju 4.2 ML 82 km

Arts and entertainment[edit]


Deaths in 2012[edit]


  • January 2: Ioan Drăgan, 46, footballer (FC Brașov), colorectal cancer. (born 1965)
  • January 14: Mircea Ciumara, 68, politician and former cabinet minister, cancer. (born 1943)
  • January 22: Tudor Mărăscu, 71, theater and film director. (born 1940)
  • January 25: Emil Hossu, 70, actor, myocardial infarction. (born 1941)


  • March 28: Ștefan Radof, 77, actor, screenwriter and author of several volumes of poetry, heart failure. (born 1934)
  • March 31: Ion Lucian, 87, actor and epigramist, bronchopneumonia and anemia. (born 1924)




See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Thousands protest against austerity in Romania". Reuters. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Antena3.ro - Emil Boc has resigned
  3. ^ Click.ro - Two explosions in Sighetu Marmaţiei
  4. ^ Libertatea.ro - Shooting in Bucharest: two deaths and six people injured, in Perla area!
  5. ^ Rtv.net - Devastating wildfires in several country areas
  6. ^ Reporterntv.ro - Petrobrazi Refinery explosion injured six people
  7. ^ Gândul.ro - Fire in Iași. A commercial complex collapsed, and two firefighters have suffered burns and were intoxicated.
  8. ^ Observator.a1.ro - Road collapsed in Vrancea County
  9. ^ Știrile PRO TV - Helicopter crashed near Tulcea
  10. ^ HotNews.ro - A minibus in which there were 38 people fell from a gangway, near Mioveni
  11. ^ The New York Times - Romania’s government collapses amid austerity backlash
  12. ^ BBC News - Romanian government falls in no-confidence vote
  13. ^ Realitatea.net - Romania's government has resigned
  14. ^ Evz.ro - Record auction in USA. Brâncuși Prometheus, sold with US$12.6 million
  15. ^ Realitatea.net - Bucharest: Tram accident with more than 92 injuries in Pasajul Lujerului Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Realitatea.net - Rains and storms made havoc in the country Archived 2012-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Ziare.com - 2012 local election: USL won the majority of votes
  18. ^ "Serious accident in Buzău: 4 deaths and a freight truck aflame", Ziare.com
  19. ^ "Adrian Năstase tried to commit suicide. Former prime minister was operated. Under psychiatric treatment and counseling, risk of heart attack", Mediafax.ro
  20. ^ "Romanian parliament votes to suspend President Băsescu", BBC News
  21. ^ M4.5 - Romania (EMSC)
  22. ^ "Accident involving two trams in Rahova neighbourhood. 18 people were injured", Mediafax.ro
  23. ^ "Serious accident in Tulcea: 7 killed and 8 wounded", România Liberă
  24. ^ "Shocking: 1,000 tourists could be infected with HIV after having sex with a prostitute on the beach", Antena3.ro
  25. ^ "CCR invalidated the results of the referendum for the impeachment of President Traian Băsescu", Antena3.ro
  26. ^ "Serious accident. One dead and 18 injured after the impact of a minibus and an oil car", Evz.ro
  27. ^ "Bears make a new victim. A new attack in Pietroșiţa, after the deadly one in this morning, in the commune of Moroieni", Gândul.info
  28. ^ "Victor Ponta, appointed PM. Traian Băsescu signed the decree", România TV
  29. ^ "Victor Ponta was officially appointed premier", Evz.ro
  30. ^ "Traian Băsescu officially appointed Victor Ponta prime minister", Gândul.info
  31. ^ "Maramureș: Five people missing in a disused mine shaft were found dead. The victims were found at a depth of 200 meters in the mine. The bodies were brought to the surface", Mediafax.ro
  32. ^ "X Factor Winner".
  33. ^ Media Forest - Romanian Radio Chart - week 53
  34. ^ "Romania will be participating at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest - Details regarding national selection is on the way". eurovisionary.com. January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  35. ^ "Can't wait for my first concert this year! See you in Belgrade this friday ..."I am the club rocker tour"". Inna. Twitter. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
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  37. ^ Mediafax.ro - Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Mandinga will represent Romania in Baku, in May
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  40. ^ "Tudor Turcu, designated by Romanians the winner of the second edition of X Factor", Jurnalul.ro