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VIDEO. Romania’s Simona Halep gets Covid vaccine

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Simona Halep has become one of the first active tennis players to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The 29-year-old received her first dose on Wednesday at the Cantacuzino Institute in Bucharest. Romania's vaccine czar said he hoped that her getting a jab would encourage other Romanians to follow her example. She spoke...

Photo of massive protest in Romania posted on Facebook is four years old and ‘unrelated to Covid-19 restrictions’ despite claims

A photo of a mass protest in the Romanian capital that claims to be a demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions is four years old. Facebook and Reuters called out the image as mislabeled. It was unclear who the source was, but it appears aimed to undermine confidence in the government and...

Romania’s Day of Love: Dragobete marks the beginning of Spring and the ‘betrothal of birds’

Romanians celebrate Dragobete, a magical and mysterious day dedicated to love and romance which heralds the start of Spring. It symbolizes youth, pure love, hope and a new cycle of life and is less commercial than Valentine's Day, on February 14. It’s also known as “The Head of Spring" ...

Romanian president signs law abolishing special pensions for former lawmakers

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday signed into a law a bill abolishing special pensions for former lawmakers. A week ago, in a rare show of cross-party unity, lawmakers voted to scrap the pensions with immediate effect, in what legislators said was an act of social  responsibility. The bill which was submitted...

Romanian fugitive ex-food safety chief sentenced to prison for bribery arrested in Italy

The fugitive ex-food safety chief who was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison for multiple counts of bribery has been arrested in Italy, authorities said. Marian Zlotea, who was also European Parliament lawmaker from 2007 to 2009, was handed the sentence in January but fled Romania ahead of the verdict and claimed he was seeking political asylum abroad,...

Romania ‘one of the highest Covid vaccination rates in the European Union,’ vaccine czar says

Romania has the third highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in the European Union, and is sixth highest in the word, the vaccine rollout coordinator said Tuesday. Valeriu Gheorghita, known to the Romanian public for addressing the public wearing his military uniform and a mask, said Romania had vaccinated 7.26 people per 100 people on...

Black Sea Oil & Gas to begin Romania Black Sea offshore gas drilling this year, company says

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Romania-based Black Sea Oil & Gas will begin extracting natural gas from its 600 million-dollar offshore project in November, although progress depends on the scrapping of a disputed tax, the company's top executive said Tuesday, according to news reports. BSOG, which us controlled by private equity firm Carlyle Group LP, has continued its project...

European Commission gives Romania 254 million euros to repair Bucharest’s ageing heating system

Romania will receive 254 million euros to upgrade the capital’s antiquated heating system_ the largest in the EU_ after the European Commission approved plans submitted by the government. The aid, funded under EU State rules from structural funds, “will help Romania achieve its energy-efficiency targets and will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas...

High number of teenage moms, 4,300 teenage abortions in single year alarms Romanian health officials

More than 16,000 children were norm to teenage mothers in 2019, almost tenth of all births that year, a health official said. Romanian girls aged between 15 to 19 also had almost 4,300 abortions that year, the last available statistics. Figures for 2020 have not yet been published. “We have a...

Canadian company wins contract to support refurbishment of Romanian nuclear plant

A Canadian energy company has won a contract worth more than 3 million euros to maintain and protect water systems at one of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant’s reactors while it is undergoing refurbishment. The company, Laurentis Energy Partners, an energy solutions provider, announced last week it had won the 3.156 million euro contract...

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