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International Theatre Festival Kicks off in Romania

Over 600,000 visitors are expected to take part at the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, FITS, one of the most important performing arts festival in Europe.

Some 350 events are scheduled to take place in Sibiu between June 6 and 15, gathering participants from 70 countries.

PM Ponta: Romania-EC Partnership Agreement to be improved before signing

The last draft of Romania's Partnership Agreement with the European Commission is much better than the original one; the Romanian Government will take into account EC's observations and will improve the document to be signed, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Thursday evening.

Serbia elected to chair Danube Commission

BELGRADE - Serbia will chair the Danube Commission for the next three years, Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Thursday.

This is yet another confirmation of Serbia's changed international position and its reputation in the international community, the release states.

PSD's Dragnea: Ponta, a 'highly credible' and 'strong' presidential candidate

Executive chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea considers that party leader Victor Ponta makes a "highly credible" and "strong" candidate for President of Romania.

Dragnea said on Thursday in Botosani (northeastern Romania) that PSD won't come up with a surprise candidate in the presidential elections due this autumn.

Bulgaria to Be Visited by 3 US Senators This Week

Democrat Senator Chris Murphy and Republican Senators John McCain and Ron Johnson have included Bulgaria in their Eastern European trip later this week.

They will also make a short stop in Romania and will attend the Wroclaw Global Forum in Poland, as the Bristol Press reports.

AGERPRES has a press correspondent in Rome

AGERPRES National News Agency has a correspondent in Rome, Italy starting from this week, based on a recent partnership agreement with the Emigrantul (The Emigrant) publication.

Armed forces of Balkan states continue to cooperate closely

SARAJEVO - The armed forces of the Balkan states will continue to cooperate closely within the B-9 forum with a view to strengthening regional security, but also assisting each other in the crisis situations caused by natural disasters, their chiefs of the general staff concluded in a meeting in Sarajevo.

Romania, Bulgaria Not Ready to Adopt Euro

A European Commission report on euro-area convergence released on Wednesday says that of eight EU member states, only Lithuania meets all the criteria for joining the euro.

Romania and Bulgaria are among the countries that are not ready yet to switch to the single currency, according to the report.

Greece seek to chart new territory past group stage

By Karolos Grohmann

A second consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals represents a huge success for a Greece side who have set their sights on going one step further than they did in South Africa and advancing past the group stage.

Pentagon Chief Chuck Hagel pays visit to Romania

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will pay a visit to Romania on Thursday at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart Mircea Dusa, on which occasion the American official will also meet with Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

PM Victor Ponta inaugurates works on CAMPUS Research Centre of Polytechnic University of Bucharest

Prime Minister Victor Ponta, National Education Minister Remus Pricopie, Minister Delegate Mihnea Costoiu and Minister for European Funds Eugen Teodorovici participated late on Wednesday in the opening of the construction works on the Advanced Research for Materials, Products and Innovative Processes Institute - CAMPUS UPB, located on the premises of the Polytechnic University of