NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Romania’s €29.2 billion recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Romania’s recovery and resilience plan, an important step towards the EU disbursing €14.2 billion in grants and €14.9 billion in loans to Romania under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Telekom Romania by Orange, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Telekom Romania Communications (“TKR”) by Orange SA (“Orange”). The approval is conditional on the divestiture of TKR’s 30% minority shareholding in Telekom Romania Mobile Communications (“TRMC”), which is a direct […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Romania submits official recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today received an official recovery and resilience plan from Romania. This plan sets out the reforms and public investment projects that Romania plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is the key instrument […]

State aid: Commission approves €254 million Romanian aid to support rehabilitation of district heating system in Bucharest

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State Aid rules, Romanian plans to support the upgrade of the district heating system of the municipality of Bucharest. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €254 million aid measure, funded thanks to […]

Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to refer Romania to the Court of Justice, with a request for financial sanctions, following the lack of notification of transposition measures of the Trade Mark Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). Romania is the only Member State which has not yet […]

State aid: Commission approves €53 million public support scheme for charging stations for low emission vehicles in Romania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Romanian plans to support the creation of a network of recharging stations for electric vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure will contribute to reducing CO2 and other pollutant emissions without unduly distorting competition […]

Quality of air in Bucharest-Romania: is it fog or is it smog?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Bălan, member of FASMR, 3rd year medical student at Carol Davila University of Mecicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Embracing the diversity in a multicultural city of Romania

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Iuliu Gabriel Cocuz and Ms. Dalia Lavinia Dreptate, two medicine students from the University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology of Tîrgu Mures. They both  are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

Romania: MEPs are deeply concerned about judicial independence and rule of law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EP is “deeply concerned” about the reform of the Romanian judicial and criminal laws, which risks undermining separation of powers and the fight against corruption. In a resolution wrapping up the plenary debate held on 3 October with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, the […]

MEPs demand Bulgaria’s and Romania’s swift accession to Schengen area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU ministers should admit Bulgaria and Romania to the border check-free Schengen area as soon as possible, the Civil Liberties Committee urges. MEPs reiterated on Monday their call on EU Ministers to take a swift and affirmative decision on the accession of Bulgaria and […]

Draghi repels Trump’s threats, rejects Schauble’s dictums

Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank, is under mounting pressures both at home and abroad. From the other side of the Atlantic US President Donald Trump is overtly targeting a much cheaper dollar compared to euro, while at his inaugural speech he clearly praised trade protectionism by saying, “Protection will lead to […]

Migration has set EU’s political clock ticking; the stagnating economy cannot help it and Turkey doesn’t cooperate

The more action clauses a document of a Western Balkans-EU agreement contains, meant to “improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the migration route”, the less cooperation there will be. That was the case last Sunday 25 October when 11 leaders of Balkan and EU countries met in Brussels. They knew very […]

Why impoverishment and social exclusion grow in the EU; the affluent north also suffers

The European Union which mobilizes its warships to keep the flows of poor and destitute refugees and immigrants out of its supposedly prosperous interior, at the same is impotent to offer to its own citizens not a prosperous life but not even a secure economic and social environment. According to Eurostat, the EU’s statistical service, […]

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, who gets it and who pays the bill?

The Budgets Committee of the European Parliament (EP) announced yesterday that they approved financial aid to the Netherlands, Greece, Romania and Spain, whose workers were laid off as redundant due to globalisation or the financial crisis. It seems that the applications of the authorities of each country to the EU were fruitful, however it remains […]

What changes in the EU as from today

As from today, first working day of the New Year 2014 in the European Union, the Latvians start using the euro in their daily transactions, the Romanians and the Bulgarians can reside and work in every other EU member state without a special permit and the Greeks assume the Presidency of the EU, representing all […]

Inflation not a problem for Europe

The downward trend of Eurozone inflation was confirmed yesterday by Eurostat, the statistical service of the European Union. According to this source “Euro area annual inflation was 2.2% in December 2012, the same as in November. A year earlier the rate was 2.7%. The EU27 annual inflation was 2.3% in December 2012, down from 2.4% […]