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Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Bosniaks wearing face mask gather and pray to mark the Eid aL-Adha holiday in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on July 31, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/Fehim Demir.

Albanian Muslims have their morning prayers for the Eid Al-Adha holiday in Tirana, the capital of Albania, on July 31, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/Malton Dibra.

Banks grant loans of 4 billion lei under IMM Invest programme

As of June 15, banks had granted loans to the amount of 4 billion lei under the IMM Invest programme, and this week the one billion euro equivalent mark will be passed, Cristian Paun, chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Credit Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises SA - IFN (FNGCIMM SA - IFN), said on Wednesday.

Romania counts for 22,760 cases of SARS-CoV-2 and 1,451 deceased

A further 345 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been recorded in Romania since the last briefing, reaching a total of 22,760 illnesses, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) announced on Wednesday.

FinMin Citu: Real economy proves me right, the socialists' apocalyptic scenarios have been shattered

Public Finance Minister Florin Citu says that his objective is to minimize the negative impact of the global economic crisis on Romania's economy, and that the best measures to this effect have been taken so far, a fact confirmed by official data. "The real economy proves me right! We have taken the best measures for the economy and this is confirmed by official data.

INS cancels publication of Q1 data on tourist expenses of non-residents in Romania

The National Institute of Statistics (INS) announced on Wednesday that it is canceling the publication of the June 17, 2020 press release regarding the tourist expenses of non-residents in Romania related to the first quarter due to the data collection problems during the restrictive measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNAB marks air service resumption 110 years since Aurel Vlaicu's trailblazing flight

The Bucharest Airports National Corporation (CNAB) organizes on Wednesday the event "Everything will be fine!" to mark the resumption of flights after the coronavirus-induced halt of services that saw Romania's air traffic plunge by about 98 percent. "For the entire mankind, the first half of 2020 has posed the greatest health, economic and social challenge of the century.

Romania Arrests Iranian Ex-Judge Who Jailed Journalists

Fugitive former judge Gholamreza Mansouri has been arrested in Romania over corruption charges pressed by Tehran, which is seeking his extradition, media reported.

Press freedom activists are demanding meanwhile that Mansouri be tried in Bucharest for allegedly ordering the arrest and torture of at least 20 journalists.

SARS-CoV-2 case count rises by 250 to 22,415

A further 250 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been recorded in Romania since the last information, the total reaching 22,415, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) announced on Tuesday. Currently, 173 patients are admitted to intensive care.

Romanian Naval Forces release command of Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2

The Romanian Naval Forces have released, on Monday, command of the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG-2), informs, on Tuesday, a press release sent by the Naval Forces General Staff. According to the quoted source, the event took place, as a first, through videoconference, as a preventive measure in the international epidemiological context given by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Rafila: Way of reporting COVID-19 cases makes any data manipulation impossible

Doctor Alexandru Rafila, the chairman of the Romanian Microbiology Society and representative of Romania in the World Health Organization (WHO), stated, on Monday evening, referring to some recent political statements regarding the manipulation by the Government of the data referring to COVID-19 cases recorded in our country, that the way in which this data is collected make "any manipulation p

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