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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.
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.
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