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Bomb threat at Timisoara airport

The activity of the Timisoara airport was interrupted yesterday for about one hour, after the officials were announced that a bomb was on board an aircraft due to land. According to Realitatea TV, several aircrafts that should have landed at Timisoara were deviated to Arad Airport. According to the information received by the officials of the airport from Timisoara, the bomb was on board of a Carpat Air aircraft coming from Turin. Until the situation from the airport from Timisoara was cleared up, three Carpat Air aircrafts had already landed at Arad.

Romanian-born German threatened to kill self in ECHR HQ

A Romanian-born German man on Wednesday entered the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) headquarters in Strasbourg and threatened to set himself on fire, Mediafax reported. A spokesperson for the ECHR, Roderick Lidell said the man had filed a complaint against the German state, which was rejected in 2005 and then filed a second one, for reasons that are not very clear. The man poured gasoline on his clothes and threatened he would set himself on fire, before being stopped by security forces.

Romanians arrested in Italy for prostitution

Four persons born in Romania were arrested yesterday by the Milan Police Department for sexual harassment, abduction and prostitution, yesterday’s edition of the daily paper “l’Adige.it” reported, as quoted by the daily paper Evenimentul Zilei. The police officers were announced about the existence of this group by another person arrested for sexual assault that revealed the investigators that there was a group specialized in recruiting young girls from Romania then forcing them to work as prostitutes in Italy. At the beginning of this week, six other Romanians were arrested in the Peninsula for using fake credit cards. The card reproducing equipment was found at ATMs in the cities Pescara (in Eastern Italy), Bassano del Grappa (in the North) and Rapallo (in the West of the Peninsula.) In all of these cases, the Italian police officers collaborated with their Romanian counterparts in order to catch the offenders.

Fourteen-year-old teenager and her child disappeared

A young woman left the Mother & Baby Care Centre of Targu-Jiu to visit her family, never to return. According to the yesterday edition of the daily paper “Adevarul,” Maria H., aged fourteen, had a two-month-old baby boy, and shortly after giving birth to the child, she was hospitalized to the Mother & Baby Care Centre of Targu Jiu. The teenager was granted permission to visit her home and her mother, where she safely arrived, yet disappeared together with her child after a while. The teenager’s mother and the management of the institution filed a complaint to the Police Department, claiming that the young woman disappeared from her home on March 27 and never returned. According to the management of the Mother & Baby Care Centre, the young mother had had an affair with a 28-year-old man living in Petrosani, who had fathered her child. The teenager is a member of a poor family and her father was convicted to prison for attempted murder.

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Basescu’s family accused of real estate scam

The Basescu family is applying in Constanta the same real estate ‘recipe’ used by businessman Gabriel ‘Puiu’ Popoviciu in Baneasa, according to the Group for Political Investigations (GIP), in a press release yesterday. GIP charged that the company Global Business & Investments, in which the main shareholder is Dragos Basescu, President’s nephew, signed an association contract with the state-run Pomiculture Research and Development Institute. Under the contract, the institute granted a 30 hectare plot of land and the company run by Basescu’s family promised to finance the association’s activity. The contract provides that the plot of land will be used for farming, but the main line of work of Global Business & Investments is real estate development, GIP claims. The document also provides that the institute will receive 30 per cent of the profit resulted from the land’s use and the company will receive 70 per cent. GIP asked state authorities to investigate the transfer of the plot of land, charging that an inquiry might prevent the completion of this real estate scam, under which Global Business & Investment would manage to change the destination of the land and build an expensive real estate project on it.

Comanescu appointed Ambassador to Germany

President Traian Basescu has signed yesterday Lazar Comanescu’s letters of accreditation as Romania’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Presidency informs.

Lazar Comanescu, former Minister of Foreign Affairs within the Tariceanu Government, had received in early March the green light from the Senate’s and the Lower Chamber’s Foreign Policy Commissions. During the hearings, Comanescu stated that Romania can cooperate with Germany in view of the European Union’s relations with Russia but also with the Republic of Moldova. Lazar Comanescu was also Romania’s Ambassador to the EU.

Residential buildings heat insulation programme adopted by Senate

Yesterday, the Senate adopted the Government-initiated residential building heat insulation programme with 73 votes in favour, five against and two abstentions.

According to Agerpres, PSD Senator Alexandru Mazare asked that the draft should be returned to the specialised committee for an additional report, claiming that a delay of the vote by maximum two weeks would not be ‘the end of the world’. His proposal was denied by majority. Mediafax says 50 per cent of the cost of the programme will be met by the state budget. According to the Government emergency Ordinance 18/2009, mainly apartment buildings designed between 1950 and 1990 will be thermally insulated for energy saving purposes. The target is an annual specific energy consumption of less than 100 kWh/sq m.

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Marius Catalin Marinescu – new president of Regulatory Authority in Communications

President Traian Basescu signed yesterday the appointment of Marius Catalin Marinescu in the office of President of the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications, with a term of office of six years, Mediafax informs. Catalin Marinescu (PDL), former president of the General Inspectorate for Communications and IT (IGCTI), was proposed at the head of the newly established National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications, decision made in a governmental meeting from March. The Government decided through emergency ordinance to dismantle the National Authority for Communications and to set up a new institution, the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications (ANARC), which will operate under parliamentary control, with a management appointed by the Head of State at the proposal of Government.

Liliana Minca appointed president of Export Control Agency

The former general director of the Romanian Lottery, Liliana Minca was appointed at the head of the National Agency for the Control of Exports, replacing Cristian Munteanu, released from office.

Liliana Minca had already headed the National Agency for the Control of Exports since 2005 until March 2006, when she was appointed chief of the Romanian lottery. She was removed from the office of president of the Board of Administration and general director of the Lottery on February 16, 2009, the management of the company being assumed by Gheorghe Benea, at the proposal of PDL.

Real-Hypermarket to open new store in Constanta

The Real-Hypermarket retail company will open the second store of its network in Constanta and the 21st of its network in Romania, following a EUR 21.5 M investment, Mediafax informs. ‘By opening the new store Real’s total investment in Constanta has reached the sum of approximately EUR 35 M, with over 650 jobs being created in the two hypermarkets,’ a company communiqué reads. The retail company has opened 6 hypermarkets in 2008 and plans to open four more commercial units this year.

Retail companies estimate 17 pc sales drop in 2009

The retail companies active in Romania estimate a sales drop of approximately 17 per cent this year, a situation that will make them focus on limiting their losses, Simona Dinca, general director of UTI Retail Solutions, stated yesterday during an economic seminar, Mediafax informs. According to her, the most important players on the retail market have registered sales drops of up to 7 per cent during the first two months of this year compared to the same period in 2007. ‘A strong downwards trend in the sales of white goods is perceivable. After a year 2008 in which the generally upward trend of retail sales had continued, the first months of 2009 point to a deterioration in the indicators of the main traders’ she pointed out.

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