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Romania Ignoring Scale of Pollution to Avoid Sanctions, Activist Claims

A leading environmental activist in Romania, Octavian Berceanu, told BIRN on Friday that Romanian authorities do not want to collect accurate data on the amount of air pollution in the country because sanctions would be triggered. 

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Pope Francis leads a Holy Mass at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, on December 3, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Katia Christodoulou.

Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim from the bus accident near the village of Bosnek in Bulgaria at Skopje's International airport on December 3, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Georgi Licovski.

Romanian Ex-President Faces Probe Over 1990s Violence Against Protesters

Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice ruled on Thursday in favour of reopening the criminal investigation into former president Ion Iliescu over the so-called "Mineriada" events of June 13-15, 1990.

Iliescu summoned miners from the biggest mining basins in Romania, in Valea Jiului, to Bucharest to "restore order" against pro-Western parties who were demanding new elections.

Gazprom Increases Gas Supplies to Bulgaria by Nearly 44%

Gazprom increased its gas exports to Bulgaria by 43.8%.

The company's deliveries to foreign countries have increased to 171.5 billion cubic meters, which is 6.6% (10.6 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period in 2020.

Medical Chamber calls for improving doctors’ status

Ljubljana – The Medical Chamber has called for efforts to improve the status of doctors, as it warned that their current pay, not comparable to Western European countries in terms of workload, is resulting in brain drain. Young doctors are less and less likely to take up certain medical specialties due to difficult working conditions, it said.

Rare wild bees find has English country estate buzzing

Hanging halfway up an ancient oak tree, peering into a small, dark hole in its enormous trunk abuzz with bees, Filipe Salbany can barely contain himself.

"Amazing - the queen's laying!" the 55-year-old shouts down, as he dangles around 15 meters (just under 50 feet) above the grounds of Blenheim Estate, secured by ropes and a harness.

Parliament Backs New Government for Romania

Romania's parliament swore in a government led by new Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca on Thursday, with 318 votes out of 466.

The new majority comprises the National Liberal Party, PNL, the Social Democratic Party, PSD, and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, UDMR.

Week in Review: Games, Deals and Turbulence Ahead

Gas Games

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic (left) during meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, June 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK /KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Romania President Nominates Ciuca to Form New Govt

President Klaus Iohannis nominated the former defence minister and reserve general Nicolae Ciuca as Romania's next Prime Minister of Romania on Monday after talks with most parties in parliament.