Danube, the border between Romania and Bulgaria


One third of the EU population lives in cross-border areas, says European Commission. Here is a photo from the Danube, at the border between Romania (Giurgiu) and Bulgaria (Rousse).


Controversy without borders

Bulgarians living near the border with Romania rise against Romania shale gas “fracking” permit, according to Bulgarian newswebsite novinite.com. While Bulgarian Government has adopted a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the Romanian authorities have decided to allow US company Chevron to explore shale gas using the controversial technology in the Constanta region (Black Sea).

But the area is located very close to Bulgaria: the village of Vama Veche is right at the border between Romania and Bulgaria.

“Bulgarians, particularly those in Southern Dobrudza, have harbored fears that if the Romanian moratorium is lifted, the technology will for sure affect Bulgarian regions close to the Bulgarian-Romanian border and will destroy the soil, poison the waters, and depopulate the region.”, according to novinite.com.