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Regional PMs hold trilateral meeting
RUSE -- Serbian PM Ivica Dačić met with his Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts and said that "mutual understanding is important for citizens of all three countries.
Serbia, he said, "expects continued support for the further the process of European integration from its two neighbors."
Joint naval exercises with Bulgarian, Romanian and US vessels are to take place in the Black Sea on March 11.
The naval forces of all three nations have stated no connection between the upcoming drill and the tensions on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is based, the Bulgarian National Radio has reported.
Romania has become Bulgaria's third largest trading partner after Germany and Italy, partly as a result of the New Europe Bridge, which opened last year, officials say.
Some 50 movies about human rights will feature in this year's One World Film Festival running from March 17 to 23 in Bucharest, Romania.
The theme for this year, "Kino Kombat", looks at what happended during the last 25 years in Eastern Europe.
The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia,Plamen Oresharski, Victor Ponta and Ivica Dacic will hold a trilateral meeting in Bulgaria's Danube city of Ruse on Friday.
A lunch has been scheduled after the meeting.
The New Europe Bridge, previously known as the Danube Bridge 2, has increased commodity turnover between Bulgaria and Romania.
Bilateral trade between the two countries now exceeds EUR 3B. Romanian export to Bulgaria grew by 9%, and Bulgarian export increased by 6%, Romanian Embassy counselor Victor Dediu revealed Thursday, Bulgarian Standard News reports.
Romania and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed on a USD 4 B loan to Bucharest.
The credit package deal was struck after President Traian Basescu gave his approval, as Bulgarian website Investor.bg reports.
Basescu has long resisted the agreement as it forces Romania to impose an excise tax for fuels at EUR 0.07 per liter.
Fears that President Traian Basescu might hold up the formation of Romania’s new government ended on Wednesday when the 17 members of the reconfigured cabinet finally took their oath in the Cotroceni palace.
CANCUN - Serbia's national water polo team will compete at the FINA Water Polo World Cup in Kazakhstan this summer in the Group A with Montenegro, the U.S. and South Africa, the draw in Cancun decided on Friday.
Group B comprises Croatia, Hungary, Australia and Kazakhstan.
FINA World Cup will be held in Almaty from August 19 to 24.
Athletes return from Olympics with sense of togetherness
Memories of friendship and solidarity were forged among athletes from the Balkans and Turkey during the 2014 Sochi Games.
The region's Olympians, like alpine skier Igor Laikert of BiH, returned home from Sochi this week with many memories. [AFP]