Reopening of beaches a ‘test’ for tourism, says gov’t spokesman

The decision to allow organized beaches to reopen this weekend, when temperatures are forecast to soar, will be an "important test" which Greece "must pass successfully" in its efforts to restart tourism, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said in a briefing on Thursday.

Russia halts use of ventilators tied to deadly hospital fires

Russia's healthcare regulator on May 13 ordered a stop to the use of ventilators believed to have caused two fires at coronavirus hospitals that left six people dead.

The federal regulator Roszdravnadzor "has halted the use on Russian territory of... Aventa-M ventilators produced from April 1, 2020" by a Urals factory, part of the state conglomerate Rostec.

Greece submits proposals on lifting of EU travel bans

Greece is seeking measures from Brussels that will pave the way for safely reopening the European Union's internal borders next month in a bid to boost its flagging tourism sector, Politico has reported, citing a non-paper submitted by Athens to the European Commission head of Wednesday's meeting of the College of Commissioners.

Romania's primary energy resources down 2.4pct in Q1 of 2020

The primary primary energy resources in the the first quarter of 2020 dropped by 2.4 percent compared to the same period of 2019, whereas the final electricity consumption decreased by 2.2 percent by comparison, the data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) on Tuesday showed.

PM Orban: Decision to reopen air transport should be made at European level

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Monday evening that the reopening of air traffic is not a decision to be adopted by the Romanian authorities, but it will be made at European level. He argues that, currently, there is a debate at the European Union level on this topic, and Romania participates in the discussions.

Interview with Cvetan Kyulanov, Head of the Representation of the European Commission to Bulgaria

  The acting Head of the European Commission's Representation in Bulgaria on connecting with citizens, the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis and the consequences of Covid -19 for the European programmes and projects, Interview for, ASENIYA DIMITROVA: Mr Kyulanov, would you briefly outline the work of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria: what are i