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Romania expects Schengen Membership by the End of the Year

Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said he expects Romania - after more than a decade of waiting - to enter the EU's Schengen area before the end of the year. This will eliminate the long wait at Romania's borders with other EU countries and increase its attractiveness for foreign investors.

Romania Ex-President Faces Fresh Trial for 1989 Revolution Crimes

The former president of Romania, Ion Iliescu, faces trial once again in the case of the 1989 Romanian Revolution, which overthrew the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu after military prosecutors re-sent the case file to the court.

EC Rule of Law Report Flags up Several Balkan States

Romania's press is in the highest risk category regarding freedom of expression, according to the newest report on the Rule of Law in the EU released on Wednesday by the European Commission.

The Media Pluralism Monitor ranks EU member states into five risk levels: Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania and Slovenia are considered highest-risk countries.

Sofia: 77% Increase in Tourists for the first half of 2022

"Sofia recorded a 77% increase in tourists for the first half of 2022 compared to the same period of 2021," announced the deputy mayor of the "European policies, international activity and tourism" department Irina Savina.

Bulgaria: Imports are Growing more than Exports

In the period January - May, the export of goods from Bulgaria to third countries increased by 29.5% compared to the same period of 2021 and was worth BGN 11.698 billion. Bulgaria's main trading partners are Turkey, Serbia, the USA, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom, China and Gibraltar, which form 51.1% of exports to third countries.

Croatia might enter Schengen before Bulgaria and Romania

"We are convinced that Croatia meets all the conditions to enter Schengen and we will do everything possible during our presidency ... to help it join from next year," Fiala told reporters after a meeting with his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic in Prague.

European Parliament Approves EU Law Labelling Nuclear, Gas as Green

Activists of KoalaKollektiv during a protest against the greenwashing of nuclear energy and natural gas by the taxonomy of the EU, in front of the Euro sign in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 11 January 2022. EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

At least 3,000 Dead Dolphins in the Black Sea – Military Sonars Blind them

At least 3,000 dolphins have fallen victim to Russia's military operations against Ukraine in the northern part of the Black Sea. Prof. Ivan Rusev, head of the "Research" department at the National Natural Park "Tuzlovsky limani" in Ukraine, claims this in his post on Facebook.

The US will Send more Forces to Europe and will Move the HQ of the Fifth Army to Poland

The United States is increasing its military presence in Europe and moving to Poland the headquarters of an army corps, key to US military cooperation with the continent.

This was announced by US President Joe Biden in a statement together with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the beginning of the alliance's summit in Madrid.

Eurostat: 1 in 2 Greek companies uses social media

More than half (56%) the companies in Greece used social media in 2021 to promote their business activities, which is an increase of 19 percentage points from 2015 (37%), according to Eurostat data, which were published on the occasion of World Social Media Day on June 30. However, Greece remains well below the European average.