Latest News from Romania

Romania Reports Decline in Human Trafficking

Some 876 cases of human trafficking were officially reported in Romania last year, which was down on the figure for 2012 but showed that the problem persists, officials say.

Labor Minister: Share of Working Poor in Bulgaria at 7-8%

Bulgarian Labor Minister Hasan Ademov has said that the relative share of the working poor in Bulgaria has amounted to 7-8% over the past few years, following EU statistics.

Ademov participated Friday in an international conference on the working poor held under the aegis of the European Works Council.

Pentagon Sends More Marine Units to Romania

The US Pentagon is sending additional 175 marines to Romania in an effort to strengthen its force of more than 300 marines already deployed in the country.

Romania to Boost Defense Spending

Romania's government plans to increase its defense budget over possible tensions on its eastern borders with Ukraine.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced plans for defense expenditures, which currently amount to 1.36% of GDP to reach 2% by 2017.

Russia 'Wants Answers' over NATO Border Plans

Russia has sent a list of questions to NATO's headquarters regarding the alliance's actions in Eastern Europe.

The country's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists that Moscow would expect "answers based on rules upon which we have agreed", as he was quoted by German weekly Der Spiegel.

Jittery Romania to Boost Defence Spending

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday that the country needed to spend more on the armed forces.

Frustrated Gold Mine Company Axes Romanians

Gabriel Resources is to axe 373 jobs, around 80 per cent of its workforce in Romania, citing “unjustifiably long delays” in the approval of the gold mining project at Rosia Montana, in central Transylvania.

Romania Introduces Excise on Fuel, Gas, Cigarettes

Romania's excise on fuel, gas and tobacco has come into force, in compliance with an agreement that Bucharest struck with the IMF.

From Monday, fuel prices in Romania will increase with EUR 0.07 per liter, a pack of cigarettes will go up by EUR 0.6 to EUR per liter, and gas will be 2% more expensive for consumers has reported.

Ekkehard Neureither: Bulgarians are Becoming More Green Oriented

Ekkehard Neureither is the Country Manager of the automation and power technologies giant ABB for Bulgaria.

He is also the Local Division Manager for Low Voltage Products in Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova.

NATO Mulls Stepping Up Security at Borders with Russia

NATO's Foreign Ministers are to meet on Monday and discuss measures that could be taken at borders between Russia and member states.

It will be the first such gathering since Crimea's incorporation into Russia in mid-March, which followed a referendum that approved secession from Ukraine.

Serbia's trade grows over first two months of 2014

BELGRADE – Serbia’s total foreign trade in January and February of 2014 amounted to USD 5.2 billion, an increase of 9.2 percent compared to the same period last year, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (RZS) said in a release Monday.

Suicide Attack Kills Romanian Soldier in Afghanistan

The Romanian defence ministry said in a statement on Monday that a vehicle carrying explosives crashed head-on into the military vehicle in which Claudiu Constantin Vulpoiu and his five fellow servicemen were travelling.

The Romanian troops were on patrol in Zabul province, on the Kabul-Kandahar highway. Vulpoiu, 41, had served in six missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Romania Marks Ten Years Since Joining NATO

Ten years after joining North Alliance Treaty Organisation, Romanian officials say the country has benefited from  membership overall, although they concede that the cost has been high in terms of the number of casualties during NATO missions and the money spent on military operations.