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Energy 12-05-2022

Romania to ease Black Sea gas extraction conditions

Romanian senators on Wednesday (11 May) passed a bill the government hopes will encourage gas extraction in the Black Sea as the European Union looks to reduce its dependency on Russian gas.
Cybersecurity 06-05-2022

Germany still not affected by Russia-linked cyberattacks

Germany has not been affected by cyberattacks that can be traced back to Russia, the government has confirmed, despite other EU countries experiencing a sharp increase. However, this may be due to how Germany defines such attacks. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 06-05-2022

Nearly 25 million tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine, says UN food agency

Nearly 25 million tonnes of grains are stuck in Ukraine and unable to leave the country due to infrastructure challenges and blocked Black Sea ports including Mariupol, a UN food agency official said on Friday (6 May).
Europe's East 29-04-2022

First Ukrainian corn cargo leaves Romanian Black Sea port

A cargo carrying over 71,000 tonnes of Ukrainian corn finished loading in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta on Thursday (28 April), the first since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, the manager of port operator Comvex said.
05-04-2022

Countries pledge €695 million to aid Moldova

Moldova has been pledged €695 million in financial aid, it was announced in Berlin on Tuesday (5 April). The country, the poorest in Europe, is facing economic collapse due to the ongoing war in Ukraine on its eastern border.
Europe's East 05-03-2022

Situation ‘getting worse’ in Romania: 50,000 refugees in two days

Emil Boc, the former prime minister of Romania, spoke with EURACTIV about the influx of Ukrainian refugees, the EU's dependence on Russian gas and the EU's unity on the sidelines of a summit of the regions and cities in Marseille.

Spanish Eurofighters on first alert flight in Bulgaria

Two of the Spanish Eurofighters, who arrived to beef up Bulgaria’s defense, took off for an alert flight on the day of the ceremony to mark their arrival, Bulgarian media reported.
Global Europe 16-02-2022

Lithuania proposes non-stop visits of EU leaders to Ukraine to discourage war

A ‘continued physical presence’ of European representatives on the ground in Ukraine over the coming days and weeks could prevent an escalation, according to a letter sent on Tuesday (15 February), seen by EURACTIV. “What matters the most right now...

NATO to discuss reinforcements in Southeastern Europe

As NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels this week amid US warnings of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, they are set to come up with a detailed plan for four new battle groups in southeastern Europe. The plan could...
Global Europe 03-02-2022

Biden orders 3,000 US troops to Romania, Poland and Germany amid Russia standoff

The United States will send nearly 3,000 extra troops to Poland and Romania to shield Eastern Europe from a potential spillover from the crisis over the massing of Russian troops near Ukraine, US officials said on Wednesday (2 February).
Health 14-01-2022

EU excess deaths in November hit highest in a year – Eurostat

Around 27% more people died in the European Union than usual during November, the biggest increase in a year as a fresh wave of COVID-19 swept the region, official data showed on Friday (14 January).
Economy & Jobs 11-01-2022

State of play in eurozone enlargement

The euro has existed for over 20 years, but many EU member states still have not joined the eurozone. While Bulgaria and Croatia could soon, other member states remain hesitant, mainly for economic and political reasons.
Global Europe 22-12-2021

Putin vows tough response over US buildup in Ukraine, Eastern Europe

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (21 December) that Russia had no room to retreat in a standoff with the United States over Ukraine and would be forced into a tough response unless the West dropped its “aggressive line”. Putin...
Energy 17-12-2021

Romania will start extracting gas from Black Sea in 2026, minister says

Romania could become almost energy independent when Romgaz and OMV Petrom extract the first barrels of natural gas from the Black Sea, according to energy minister Virgil Popescu.

US, EU Commission ‘concerned’ over suspension of Romanian judge

The US Embassy in Bucharest and the European Commission on Wednesday (15 December) expressed "concern" after Romanian judge Cristi Danileţ was expelled from the magistracy over TikTok posts.
Biomass 16-12-2021

Romania ‘won’t prohibit wood for household heating’, energy minister says

Bucharest dismissed as "fake news" reports about a planned ban on firewood for heating. Rather, the government seeks to better define the regime for using biomass as an energy source, energy minister Virgil Popescu told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 10-12-2021

Biden talks to central Europe leaders, pledges more ‘military capabilities’

US President Joe Biden promised central European NATO members "additional military capabilities" on Thursday (9 December) and pledged to involve them in decisions about the region, Lithuania's presidential advisor said.

Croatia can join border-free Schengen area, EU governments say

European Union governments agreed on Thursday (9 December) for Croatia to join the bloc's passport-free Schengen travel area after Zagreb convinced Brussels that it was able to effectively manage its section of the bloc's external borders.
Health 02-11-2021

Least Vaccinated EU states Bulgaria, Romania report record high COVID-19 deaths

Bulgaria, the EU member with the lowest percentage of people vaccinated against COVID-19 (25.3%), reported a record number of 310 deaths Tuesday (2 November), while Romania, the second least-vaccinated, also hit a record of 591.
Global Europe 27-10-2021

US considering adding Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria to visa waiver program

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the United States is considering adding four countries to its visa waiver program that allows citizens to come to America without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.

EU Commission urges probe after report on migrant pushbacks in Greece, Croatia

The European Union's executive called for an investigation into illegal migrant pushbacks after a report by German media outlets Der Spiegel and ARD documented what they said were Greek, Croatian and Romanian officials carrying out such operations.

Journalistic investigation exposes violent pushbacks at EU borders

Migrants are suffering sometimes-violent illegal pushbacks carried out by special police units at the EU's borders, especially Greece and Croatia, an investigation published Wednesday (6 October) by media including Germany's Der Spiegel found.
Elections 06-10-2021

Romania faces political crisis as MPs collapse government

The Romanian government of liberal Prime Minister Florin Cîțu was brought down by a no-confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday (5 October), threatening to plunge the country into fresh political instability.
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.