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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.