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Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

Eastern European sex workers stranded in Germany as coronavirus shuts brothels

Thousands of foreign prostitutes working in Germany have been made homeless after brothels closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and borders snapped shut, making it difficult for them to return home.
Coronavirus 02-04-2020

‘No gloves, no masks’: Romania medical workers fear for lives in virus fight

"We don't have gloves, masks, anything," says one of the medical team at southeastern Romania's Râmnicu Sărat hospital, one of those designated to treat COVID-19 patients.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Austria imports workers from Bulgaria, Romania to plug gaps in COVID-19 care

Chartered flights brought more than 200 health workers to Austria on Monday (30 March) to ensure that care was not disrupted by COVID-19 travel restrictions, a regional official said.

Eastern Europeans want more EU funds for military mobility

The EU should provide more funds to enable faster movement of military forces across Europe, defence ministers from four eastern European member states said on Tuesday (10 March), two weeks before the bloc starts a new round of divisive talks over the next seven-year budget.

Romania must not squander EU Green Deal opportunity

Positioning the country against the EU Green Deal, Romanian politicians appear to be on the wrong side of history and disconnected from the economic reality of energy markets, writes Suzana Carp.
Economy & Jobs 25-02-2020

Romania is slow at integrating people with disabilities

Romania's adult centres offering deplorable reception conditions for people with disabilities, and the country's school system struggling to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities, are a source of concern. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

Basescu: European Green Deal risks pushing ‘two or three countries’ towards EU exit

The European Green Deal “will definitely create tensions” inside the EU, and risks pushing “two or three countries” to leave the Union altogether, warns former Romanian President Traian Basescu, saying the real priority in Romania is to build new infrastructure like motorways and exploit natural gas resources from the Black Sea.
Elections 06-02-2020

Romanian lawmakers topple centrist cabinet, weeks of political jostling ahead

Romanian lawmakers toppled the three-month-old centrist minority government of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Wednesday (5 February), raising the prospect of an early parliamentary election which Orban's party says it is confident of winning.
Politics 09-01-2020

Ombudsman slams EU Council for tolerating presidencies’ private sponsorship

With Coca Cola and BMW sponsoring Romania and Finland during their respective EU Council presidencies last year, it would appear that member states have no qualms with private sector funding. But the European Ombudsman finds that this tarnishes the EU's reputation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Croatia highlights its Schengen and Eurozone ambitions

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković made it clear that Croatia, the latest EU newcomer, wants to join as soon as possible the Union’s inner circles – the borderless Schengen space and the Eurozone.
Elections 25-11-2019

Pro-European Iohannis re-elected as Romanian president

Incumbent Klaus Iohannis won re-election as Romanian president on Sunday (24 November), confirming the pro-European trajectory of the eastern EU member state.
05-11-2019

Human trafficking in Romania: an integrated approach needed in the era of open borders

Trafficking of human beings is by definition a transnational crime and can only be tackled through more integrated and supranational structuresр write Elena Petrescu and Yannis Karamitsios.
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 30-10-2019

Romania relies on fifth time lucky with Commissioner pick

Bucharest’s fourth attempt to name a European Commissioner has  failed, after President-elect Ursula von der Leyen decided that Romania’s interim government did not have the right to nominate someone.
Freedom of thought 29-10-2019

Media-shy Czech mogul buys TV empire spanning five EU countries

The PPF investment group owned by Petr Kellner, who keeps a low profile despite being the Czech Republic's wealthiest man, said Monday (28 October) it had sealed a deal for the CME media group running 30 TV stations in five Central European states.
Elections 16-10-2019

Romania’s President appoints Ludovic Orban as PM-designate

Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday (15 October) he had appointed opposition Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban as prime minister-designate to form a transitional government until a parliamentary election next year.
Europe's East 07-10-2019

EU divisions over Russia mount as France, Germany seek peace in Ukraine

French and German attempts to end the conflict in east Ukraine risk increasing tensions that were already rising in the European Union over how to handle Russia and which could complicate peace efforts.
Elections 02-10-2019

Romania’s government hurries to place a Commissioner before no-confidence vote

Romania's centrist opposition is seeking to topple the government in a parliamentary no-confidence vote next week, one year ahead of a general election, the National Liberal Party (PNL) said on Tuesday (1 October).
Future EU 02-10-2019

Wojciechowski’s poor performance adds to von der Leyen’s woes

If Polish Commission-nominee Janus Wojciechowski ultimately gets rejected by the European Parliament after his hearing on Tuesday (1 October), it will not be for political reasons, but simply because his performance was so disappointing.

Corruption in Romania: a European affair

The situation in Romania is partly hopeful: numerous civic movements have emerged in the country and an outstanding anti-corruption movement is growing in the society, especially among the young generations, write Elena Denisa Petrescu and Yannis Karamitsios.

Parliament wins its battle: Kövesi to become first EU Public Prosecutor

Negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states agreed on Tuesday (24 September) to appoint Laura Codruţa Kövesi, the MEPs’ preferred candidate, as the first head of the newly-created EU Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).
Elections 21-09-2019

Romanian ex-president Basescu ‘worked with communist secret police’

Former Romanian president Traian Băsescu was found Friday (20 September) by a court in Bucharest to have collaborated with the feared communist-era Securitate secret police.

Eastern Europe diversity should be considered in EU-wide cancer plan

Having a pan-European cancer control plan is crucial, but some flexibility should be granted to member states in choosing which aspect to prioritise within the framework, said Linda Gibbs from Pfizer Oncology in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

France and Germany have high femicide rates compared to rest of EU

While the French government is launching a series of talks surrounding the issue of domestic violence within the country, the issue of femicide continues to affect the entire EU. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

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