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Romania's COVID-19 death toll rises by 8 to 1,296

Another eight people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in Romania, bringing the total death tool to 1,296, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, reported on Wednesday evening. These are four women and four men aged 42 to 92.

PM Orban in phone conversation with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Emirate

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Wednesday had a phone conversation with the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, upon His Royal Highness' initiative, in which context they agreed to continue joint efforts to strengthen and further extend bilateral economic cooperation.

Romania Bows to Church, Scraps Mandatory Sex Education

Romania's parliament on Wednesday scrapped mandatory "sexual education" in the country's schools, bowing to pressure from the powerful Romanian Orthodox Church, which called it an attack on childhood innocence.

European Commission: Bulgaria Has No Legal Criteria for the Minimum Wages

Bulgaria is one of the three EU countries that have not yet established by law criteria for updating minimum wages. The other two are Romania and Estonia.

This is clear from the circulated document of the European Commission, which announces the beginning of the second stage of the consultation with European trade unions and employers' organizations.

USR's Barna proposes consultations among parliamentary parties to establish election date

USR (Save Romania Union) leader Dan Barna on Wednesday said that setting a date for the local elections should be a "technical" decision and proposed "urgent" consultations between parliamentary parties on the issue, in the context in which, according to some sources, the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) ruled as unconstitutional the normative acts regarding the extension of the local elec

President Iohannis says Romania is preparing to draw substantial European funds

President Klaus Iohannis has stated at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Wednesday that Romania is preparing to draw "substantial European funds," referring to a proposal of the European Commission. He said that the proposal is that the Multiannual Funds be discussed "together" with the funds devoted to economic recovery.

Balkans, Central Europe Failing to Prevent MPs’ Corruption – GRECO

Serbia, Turkey and Slovakia did not fully implement any GRECO recommendations on preventing corruption among parliamentarians in 2019, the latest annual report of the Council of Europe's Strasbourg-based Group of States Against Corruption, published on Wednesday said.

Ukraine's Baby Crisis

Ukraine's human rights ombudswoman has appealed to authorities to find a solution for scores of infants born to surrogate mothers for foreign parents who are stranded because the country's borders are closed under coronavirus restrictions.

ForMin Aurescu and Israeli counterpart discuss joint meeting of the two gov'ts

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu on Tuesday had a phone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Gabriel Ashkenazi, with whom he discussed the Peace Process in the Middle East and also about the organisation next year of a joint meeting of the two governments.

Romania's COVID-19 death toll rises by 9 to 1,288

Nine more people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in Romania, bringing the total death toll to 1,288, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Tuesday. These are six men and three women aged between 54 and 91. AGERPRES (RO - author: Roberto Stan, editor: Catalin Alexandru; EN - author: Rodica State, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

Health Ministry says SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence study to be carried out June-September

The seroprevalence study for the SARS-CoV-2 infection, coordinated by the National Public Health Institute (INSP) will be carried out between June and September, according to an order of the Health Minister. "We are seeking to determine the degree of SARS-CoV-2 spreading among Romania's population, in order to properly substantiate the future protection measures of the population's health.