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Commission approves compensation to energy-intensive companies in #Romania for indirect emission costs

Commission approves compensation to energy-intensive companies in #Romania for indirect emission costs

| May 12, 2020

The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, Romanian plans to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices resulting from indirect emission costs under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The scheme will cover the period 2019-2020, with a provisional budget of approximately €291 million (RON 1397m). The measure will benefit companies […]

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Jail deaths bring renewed attention to #Romania prison conditions

Jail deaths bring renewed attention to #Romania prison conditions

| April 20, 2020

A violent prison riot in Romanian in which three inmates died has again put the spotlight on the country’s prison conditions which have been the subject of a Council of Europe report. Two men were also seriously injured after a fire at the Satu Mare prison in north-western Romania. The fire at Satu Mare prison […]

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#Europol – 68 arrested for €10 million ‘fast and furious’-style heists on moving lorries

#Europol – 68 arrested for €10 million ‘fast and furious’-style heists on moving lorries

| March 10, 2020

An unprecedented law enforcement operation involving five countries has resulted in the takedown of one of the most active networks of cargo thieves operating across Europe. Composed of over 100 members, this organized crime group is believed to have committed over 150 acts of cargo theft for a total estimated damage worth in excess of […]

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Four more member states join initiative to explore #QuantumCommunication for Europe

Four more member states join initiative to explore #QuantumCommunication for Europe

| March 2, 2020

On 27 February in Brussels, four EU member states, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark and Romania, signed the quantum communication infrastructure (QCI) declaration of cooperation, which was originally launched at the Digital Assembly in June 2019. This development, along with Czechia’s signature last month, brings the number of countries that have already joined the initiative up to 24. Supported […]

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#StateAid – #Romania needs to recover around €13 million of incompatible rescue aid from Romanian #CNU – cannot implement incompatible restructuring aid

#StateAid – #Romania needs to recover around €13 million of incompatible rescue aid from Romanian #CNU – cannot implement incompatible restructuring aid

| February 25, 2020

The European Commission has found that various Romanian public support measures in favour of the Compania Națională a Uraniului SA (‘CNU’, the National Uranium Company) are not in line with EU rules on State aid to companies in difficulty. On 12 June 2017, Romania notified to the Commission a plan for the restructuring of CNU, […]

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#StateAid – #Romania needs to recover €570 million of incompatible aid from rail freight operator #CFRMarfa

#StateAid – #Romania needs to recover €570 million of incompatible aid from rail freight operator #CFRMarfa

| February 25, 2020

The European Commission has found that rail freight operator CFR Marfa received at least €570 million incompatible state aid from Romania through a debt write-off and failure to collect debts from the company. CFR Marfa is the incumbent rail freight transport services provider in Romania. The company, which is fully state-owned, has been in economic […]

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#Romanian court documents written by a former judge residing as a patient in a psychiatric unit

#Romanian court documents written by a former judge residing as a patient in a psychiatric unit

| February 25, 2020

Concerns about the Romanian justice system deepened this month, as it emerged that the “motivation” for a judgment at the Bucharest Court of Appeal regarding the high profile Baneasa Project, was written by former judge Corneliu-Bogdan Ion-Tudoran from a psychiatric unit after he was no longer a serving judge. A side-by-side comparison of the papers show […]

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