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Romania to Repay EU for Misspent Agriculture Cash

Romania will have to return money to the European Commission for having breached community regulations on the use of European cash allotted under the Common Agricultural Policy, CAP.

A total of around 315 million euro is being reclaimed from 11 member states, while Romania will have to hand back 4.24 million euro, according to a report by the Commission.

Romania Detains Football Officials Suspected of Fraud

Romania prosecutors on Monday detained the former chairman of the Professional Football League, LPF, and other six others on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering in a case related to the sale of match rights to television stations.

Former chairman Dumitru Dragomir was taken into custody for 24 hours, with a proposal to extend the arrest over a month more.

Thousands of Romanians Protest Against Chevron Fracking Plans

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Romania in a protest against plans by US energy giant Chevron to drill for shale gas, Sunday.

"Hydraulic fractures never heal," the protesters claimed regarding the drilling method used to unlock shale gas, reported.

Roma Summit Gives Romanian Minister Rough Ride

Romania's Labour Minister, Rovana Plumb, encountered both jeers and cheers in Brussels last week when she told a Roma summit that the "integration of Roma people is a longstanding and steady commitment of Romanian government.

"We have achieved some results in combating poverty and offering jobs to people,” she maintained.

Papandreou speaks about Greece's 2010 loan request

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou revealed on Friday that he had asked Greece’s lenders to offer the country its first bailout package at a lower interest rate but his request was refused.

Bulgaria Among Positive Examples for Roma Inclusion – EC President

Bulgarian town of Kavarna is a positive example in the EU for Roma inclusion, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said, Friday.

The Black Sea town of Kavarna was named along with Berlin (Germany), Montreuil (France) and Craiova (Romania) at the European Roma Summit dedicated to the integration of the largest minority in the EU.

Balkans Rank Midway in Social Progress League

A new report rates Western Balkan countries midway in the world when it comes to quality of life and social progress.

The Social Progress Index 2014 Report rated a total of 132 countries using more than 50 indicators.

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.