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Languages & Culture 06-01-2021

In Romania, Bulgaria, thousands defy Covid, crowding for Epiphany

Thousands of Romanian Orthodox Christians crowded into the harbour of the Black Sea port of Constanta on Wednesday (6 January), breaking social distancing rules to celebrate an Epiphany service. Similar gatherings took place in Burgas, Varna or Sofia, in Bulgaria.
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 PM claims election win but one exit poll differs

Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban claimed victory in the national election on Sunday (6 December) seen as pivotal for the country's future in the European mainstream, although one exit poll showed his ruling Liberals (PNL) losing by a narrow margin.
Elections 06-12-2020

Fiscal reform, corruption in focus in Romania parliamentary election

Romanians head to the polls on Sunday (6 December) in a national ballot key to restoring the country's reputation among investors, with the incumbent, reform-oriented centrists of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban holding a narrow lead over opposition Social Democrats.
Ludovic Orban is Prime Minister of Romania
Economy & Jobs 01-12-2020

The EU budget: A question of European solidarity

Europe stands at a crossroads in the fight against COVID-19. As on many occasions in the past, the leaders of the EU must choose a direction of travel. Will we move together to confront the virus while upholding the basic ideals which hold us together? Or will we choose to retreat, to retrench, into national siloes? Ludovic Orban explains what is at stake.

Inconclusive video summit hashes over EU budget hurdle, vaccines

EU leaders said Thursday (19 November) they would intensify efforts to convince the Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary to drop their veto of the EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, which has plunged the bloc into a new crisis.
Europe's East 16-11-2020

Pro-EU challenger Maia Sandu wins Moldova presidency

Pro-European challenger Maia Sandu has won the second round of Moldova's presidential election and is well ahead of the pro-Russian incumbent with almost all ballots counted, according to the central election commission.

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.
Energy 29-09-2020

The changing fortunes of Romania’s ‘wind power academy’

A professional reconversion scheme for coal workers that was once billed as Romania’s most ambitious green jobs programme to date has fallen into disarray one year after its launch following the recent change of government.
Elections 28-09-2020

Romania’s Social Democrats lose ground in municipal vote

Romania's ruling centrist Liberals emerged as the leading party in a municipal ballot on Sunday (27 September), including in the capital, exit polls showed, bolstering their chances of forming the next government after a 6 December parliamentary election.
Digital 10-09-2020

Sofia conference highlights internet’s role in fighting depopulation

A good internet connection is more important than motorways and can make depopulated places in Europe more attractive to young people, said participants at a webinar organised by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Elections 04-09-2020

Romania to hold elections on 6 December, says PM

Romania is to hold parliamentary elections on 6 December, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced Thursday (3 September), with the vote set to determine whether the country turns the page on recent political instability.
Non-discrimination 26-06-2020

MEP Romeo Franz names ‘racist’ colleagues

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria, German MEP Romeo Franz discusses the problems of Europe’s largest minority – the Roma, and names some colleagues he considers “racist”.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Protecting the seasonal workers in Europe

If we have fresh strawberries on our table these days, if we can enjoy delicious asparagus from our fields, it is thanks to the people who work outside. Quite often, they are seasonal workers, and we have to protect them, write Dan Nica and Jens Geier.
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2020

Germany relaxes restrictions on seasonal workers

The German government on Wednesday (11 June) eased entry restrictions for seasonal farm workers that were first introduced to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Biomass 03-06-2020

Illegal logging in Romania overwhelms authorities

Thousands of hectares have once again been cleared in one of Europe's last large primeval forests in Romania in recent months. The country's authorities are overwhelmed. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Politics 01-06-2020

Romania’s Orban breaches own coronavirus rules, pays fine

Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban paid a 3,000 lei fine (€617) on Saturday (30 May) for breaking his own coronavirus restrictions by not wearing a face mask and smoking indoors, state news agency Agerpres said.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

Central Europe and Baltic states GDP will fall by 4.3% in 2020, ERBD report says

The economies of Central Europe and the Baltic states are seen contracting by 4.3% on average in 2020, according to a report by the European Bank for Reconstructing and Development (ERBD) published on Wednesday (13 May). The report also showed that EU members in south-eastern Europe are expected to face a 4.8% GDP decline in 2020.

France kicks out Bulgarian seasonal workers despite Commission ‘guidelines’

Two groups of seasonal workers arriving in France by plane from Bulgaria have been sent back home by the French airport authorities, despite the European Commission's calls to ensure the freedom of movement of such “critical” personnel.
Politics 08-05-2020

Chief European Prosecutor: We’re ready to start at full speed, safeguard our independence

For the newly established European Public Prosecutor's Office to be a real game-changer, it must have sufficient financial resources and enough full-time European delegated prosecutors to conduct independent investigations in the member states, chief prosecutor Laura Codruța Kövesi said in her first exclusive interview in the new position.
Agrifood 17-04-2020

Britain turns to Eastern Europe, and charter flights, to save its crops

To save fields of asparagus and strawberries threatened with rotting, Britain is mobilising a workforce of students, the unemployed -- and workers from Europe.

Activists concerned over increase in waste smuggling in Romania

Peacocks may not be the first thing visitors expect to see at a cement plant. But a factory in the Romanian town of Fieni has built a spacious aviary for the birds in a bid to convince the public of its environmental credentials.
Agrifood 08-04-2020

Spain wants jobless, immigrants to cover farm shortfall

Spain moved on Tuesday (7 April) to tackle a shortfall of farm workers due to the coronavirus crisis by authorising the temporary hiring of tens of thousands of immigrants or jobless people.
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.
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