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US funds study for small reactor deployment in Romania

The US government committed $14 million for an engineering and design study that would provide the basis for deploying small modular reactors (SMR) for a new nuclear plant in Romania.

EU Commission approves Romania’s green scheme

The Commission approved a €500 million scheme to support the growth of new forest areas, a part of Romania’s strategy to ensure the protection of forests and biodiversity. The scheme is part of Romania’s recovery and resilience plan, and it...

Romania’s gas imports, production down this year

Less natural gas was imported in the first four months of 2022 than in the same period of last year, and local production has also dropped. According to data from the national statistics institute INS, Romania’s gas production was close...

Romania receives first gas extracted from new Black Sea development

Romania received the first quantities of natural gas extracted from the Midia Gas Development (MGD), the first new offshore gas development in Romania in more than three decades. The project is developed by Black Sea Oil & Gas, a company...

Eyeing Bulgaria-Greece interconnector completion, Romania shops for Azerbaijani fossil fuels

Energy Minister Virgil Popescu is trying to persuade Azerbaijan to increase oil and gas deliveries to Romania in an attempt to diversify Romania’s energy resources as Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector needed for LNG supply nears completion. Romania is not as dependent...

Romania ready to give up Russian oil

Romania supports the European Commission’s decision to phase out oil and petroleum products imports from Russia, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu has said. Romania will not be caught by surprise by the elimination of Russian oil, which accounts for roughly 30%...
Cybersecurity 04-05-2022

Romania’s government cloud project overshadowed by controversy

The Romanian cloud project is the centrepiece of the government's digitalisation plan, set to attract €500 million from the EU and bring the country closer to Europe's e-governance targets. However, the proposal has so far mostly succeeded in stirring up controversy. 
Energy 03-05-2022

Romania calls for more investments in gas infrastructure

Romania has already identified alternative sources and routes for natural gas to reduce dependency on Russian imports, but it needs the region’s gas corridors to become operational, the energy minister said.
Agrifood 28-04-2022

Romania moves to fill agricultural hole left by Ukraine war

As one of the leading agricultural producers of the EU, Romania is mobilising to fill some of the gaps left by Russian and Ukrainian exporters. EURACTIV Romania explores how the war is re-shaping the country's agricultural priorities.
Agrifood 02-03-2022

Romania submits CAP strategic plan, only Belgium still missing

Two months after the deadline set by the European Commission, Romania submitted its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) national strategic plan, its agriculture ministry said on Tuesday (1 March). This brings the grand total of national submissions to 26, with only Belgium missing.
5G 29-09-2021

‘Ciugud to be true’: The story of Romania’s best digital village

While Romania struggled, even after it joined the EU, to find a formula to revive some of its villages facing poverty and depopulation, the commune of Ciugud has stood out by managing to combat rural decline in a smart way. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Agrifood 31-03-2021

Agri co-operatives ‘only way’ to help ailing small farms, says Romanian farm minister

Romanian farmers are naturally wary of cooperatives, which are often strongly associated with the country's communist past and command economy. But thanks to young farmers and EU funding, more and more farmers are choosing to join forces. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2021

Romania issues ‘memorandum’ blocking Chinese firms from public infrastructure projects

The Romanian government has adopted a "memorandum" last week that would block the awarding of public infrastructure contracts to companies coming from countries that do not have a bilateral trade agreement with the EU.
Cybersecurity 10-12-2020

Bucharest to host EU’s new cybersecurity centre

Bucharest was selected by EU governments on Wednesday (9 December) to host the EU's new cyber-centre, beating six other candidate cities. It will be the first EU agency based in Romania.
Elections 07-12-2020

Romanian prime minister resigns, but centre right likely to hold on to power

Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban resigned on Monday (7 December) after his centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL) came second to the Social Democrats (PSD) in Sunday's parliamentary elections. However, Orban, remains the leader of PNL and hopes to be involved in talks on forming a new government coalition.

Romania’s forests – source of biodiversity, resource for ‘wood mafia’

Romania has the largest area of ​​virgin forests in the whole of the EU. Home to a large number of animal and plant species, they are endangered by illegal logging, as seen in a recent documentary starring ultramarathon runner Andrei Roșu.
Agrifood 21-04-2020

Romania allows derogations in fossil fuel blending

The Romanian government adopted on 9 April an emergency ordinance that changes the regulations on fuel sales and allows the sale of gasoline and diesel without the mandatory quotas including biofuels, EURACTIV.ro reported.
Coronavirus 13-03-2020

Romanian prime minister ‘at risk’ of having caught COVID-19

The Romanian government has entered auto-isolation mode after a senator was confirmed positive with novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Coronavirus 12-03-2020

Romania suspends exports of medicines as coronavirus cases reach 47

The Romanian government has decided to suspend exports of medicines and other health products for the next six months as 18 new cases were reported on Thursday (13 March) bringing to 47 the total number of persons infected with the new coronavirus.
Politics 04-11-2019

Romanian parliament OKs new interim minority government

Romania's parliament approved on Monday (4 November) a new transitional government led by National Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban (EPP-affiliated), which will be in office until a parliamentary election next year.
Politics 27-05-2019

Romania’s controversial socialist leader Dragnea goes to jail

Romania's Supreme Court has decided to send Liviu Dragnea, the powerful president of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), to prison for three-and-a-half years over a corruption case involving fake jobs for party workers.
Politics 23-05-2019

#EU2019 – Romania: The referendum and the EU isolation threat

Romania is in a weird position as it’s holding the EU Council presidency and simultaneously feels the heat of the Article 7 nuclear option.
Agrifood 16-05-2019

Romania cuts VAT rate for ‘healthy and traditional food’

The Romanian government has decided to promote the consumption of healthy and traditional foodstuffs by cutting the VAT rate from 9% to 5%. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Politics 21-02-2019

Romania socialists to attend PES congress as pressure mounts over Kovesi case

Romanian Socialist PSD president Liviu Dragnea will attend the Congress of the European Socialist Party (PES) on 22 and 23 February in Madrid, sources said, although he previously said he could not “be in a picture” with someone who hates Romania.