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03-09-2021

EP liberals’ group backs party boss in far-right alliance scandal at home

Renew Europe has denied that its Romanian member, the party of the group’s parliamentary leader, has entered into a pact with far-right political forces in an effort to bring down the government in Bucharest. Romanian media reported on Thursday (2...
Global Europe 28-07-2021

Biden to tap ex-ambassador Gitenstein as EU envoy

President Joe Biden has nominated former US ambassador Mark Gitenstein to serve as ambassador to the European Union, the White House said on Tuesday (27 July).

Romania supports EU forest plan, says more talks needed over funding

Romania supports the European Commission's plan to protect forests and harness their ability to fight climate change, but more talks are needed to clarify goals and funding sources, Environment Minister Tánczos Barna said on Monday (19 July).
Energy 04-06-2021

Romania commits to phase out coal by 2032

Romania will exit coal by 2032 at the latest and pass a law by mid-2022 to address the closure of mines and adopt socio-economic measures to support coal communities and reskilling of worers, according to the country's official recovery plan.
Economy & Jobs 03-06-2021

State vs private: Europe’s mismatched transition out of coal

There is a growing disparity in the progress central and eastern Europe's regions have made to transition away from coal, often influenced by how willing the state is to rescue increasingly unviable companies. Some regions are beginning to close polluting mines while others plan to keep them open for decades.
Non-discrimination 02-06-2021

ECHR rules against Romania over LGBT complaint

Europe's top court on Tuesday (1 June) condemned Romania for having failed to either prevent or prosecute the disruption by far-right protesters of a film screening held by an LGBT group.
China 01-06-2021

Polish trial begins in Huawei-linked China espionage case

An espionage trial involving a former Polish secret services agent and an ex-employee of Huawei begins in a Warsaw court as some European states consider whether to exclude the Chinese group's equipment from their 5G telecom networks.
Non-discrimination 28-04-2021

Anti-LGBT discrimination ‘damages Eastern Europe’s economic growth’

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people costs Eastern European countries almost 2% a year in economic growth, a coalition of dozens of global companies promoting LGBT+ inclusion said on Tuesday (27 April).
Global Europe 26-04-2021

Romania to expel Russian diplomat in solidarity with Prague

Romania said Monday (26 April) it will expel a Russian diplomat, the latest European country to do so in solidarity with the Czech Republic, which is involved in a spat with Moscow.
Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
5G 16-04-2021

Romania approves bill to bar China, Huawei from 5G networks

Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
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.

Macron, Orban urge EU to ‘actively support’ nuclear power

A group of seven European leaders fronted by French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the European Commission to stop hindering nuclear power and consider ways of bringing atomic energy into the EU’s green finance rule book ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (25 March).

How carbon pricing is driving the renovation of Czech homes

Like other European countries, the Czech Republic’s buildings are in need of renovation. Unlike others, it partly funds renovation programmes with revenues generated from the emission trading scheme (ETS), an experiment that could be replicated across the EU.
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.

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 & Media 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.