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Timisoara-Iasi plane damaged

A plane flying between Timisoara and Iasi was forced to return to the Timisoara airport, 20 minutes after take-off, because of a technical problem, Realitatea TV reported. The damaged plane is a SAAB 2000 run by Carpat Air. A total of 50 passengers were on board of the airplane. All the passengers were immediately taken off the plane. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The passengers were told that the plane had an engine problem and they were boarded on another plane to continue their trip. By the time “Nine O’Clock” went to print, the company’s representatives had not yet made any official statement to explain what caused the problem. A technical team was trying to identify what triggered the incident.

PNL challenge ordinance naming Geoana CSAT vice president

The Liberal Party will file a complaint with the Constitutional Court in relation to a government ordinance under which the holder of the Senate Speaker position becomes vice president of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT), HotNews reported. Liberals say that this law damages one of the fundamental institutions of the state. The current Senate Speaker is Social Democrat leader Mircea Geoana. Liberals have previously said that the law was changed precisely in order to allow Geoana to become a member of the CSAT, after he gave up the PM post to Emil Boc.

On the ither hand, Liberal deputy George Scutaru, deputy chairman of the Commission for defence, public order and national security, said yesterday he would propose his fellow commission members to submit a simple motion on Defence, if the relevant minister, Mihai Stanisoara, wouldn’t come before Parliament to present the effects this budget rectification has on the field he is in charge of. Liberals have tendered two more simple motions in the Lower House this parliamentary session, on education and agriculture respectively, both rejected by the plenum. On Monday, the National Liberal Party (PNL) put forth a censure motion on budget rectification.

Fixed speed cameras suspended

The Police have withdrawn the permits for the operation of fixed speed cameras planted around the country under agreements between municipalities sand various private companies, Realitatea TV reports. The only preserved traffic control system is the one on DN 1 that is totally property of the Police.

On April 24, Romanian Police chief Petre Toba asked for the suspension of the fixed speed cameras installed by the local authorities. Sources say the reason is the absence of the legal framework allowing such systems to operate.

Another adviser to Oprescu, dissatisfied with the mayor

Following Victor Dumitriu, Cornel Comsa and Rose Olanescu, another of Bucharest General Mayor Sori Oprescu’s advisers, Adrian Thiess, said yesterday he was unhappy with how Oprescu is doing his job.
Thiess publicly asked the mayor to pass immediate measures so as to continue collaboration, Agerpres said. The adviser added that if these measures are not taken by the general mayor, he is seriously considering resignation. In turn, Oprescu replied Thiess by saying that allegation leveled against team mates “symbolize social impotence and mercantilism”. Oprescu also said he was “slightly surprised” with his adviser’s attitude but he added that is aware of the fact “some people gather a lot of frustration during their life”.

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Minister of tourism Elena Udrea participates, during May 5-8, in the international tourism fair “Arabian Travel Market” hosted by the International Exhibition Center from Dubai – the United Arab Emirates, an MT press release informs, according to Agerpres. During the visit, Elena Udrea will meet with HE Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, chief of the Authority for the Development of Trade and Tourism from the Emirate of Sharjah, with Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, president of the Chamber of Trade and Industry from Sharjah, with Hamad M. Baumin, general director of the Chamber of Trade and Industry from Sharjah, and with the chiefs of the Authorities for the Development of Tourism from the Emirate of Dubai and the Emirate Abu Dhabi.

Bucharest: Real Estate Fair opens its doors

The National Real Estate Fair (TNI) will take place at Parliament Palace, between May 7 – 10. The novelty compared to the past editions is the record presence of the developers. If previously many of the exhibitors were from the real estate agencies, now the developers prevail. This is a good thing, considering that the negotiations can be carried direction, without mediators. Compared to the past edition, there is a growth of 42 per cent of the real estate offers presented at TNI, concurrently with a fall of 18 per cent of the general prices. Another novelty is the presence at TNI of the companies which bring alternative construction technologies: wood, concrete in isolating forms, constructions on metal structure.

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Over 1,000 projects with European funds approved

The number of projects with European funds approved during December 22, 2008 – April 30, 2009 rises to almost 1,160 contracts, with a total value of RON 3.7 bln, while the payments to beneficiaries totaled around RON 352 M, according to the data presented yesterday at the Government, Mediafax reports. In the same period, 554 projects were contracted, totaling RON 3.5 bln. For a detailed analysis of the local development of the projects financed from European funds, Premier Emil Boc and vice premier Dan Nica called at the Government, on Sunday, a video conference with prefects, declared the spokeswoman of Government, Ioana Muntean, at the end of the meeting of the interministerial committee for the management of the European funds. The meeting of Tuesday was attended also by members of the delegation of experts of the European Commission, who came to Bucharest on a mission of evaluation within the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification, in view of preparing the report from July 2009.

Competition Council investigates auto spare parts market

The Competition Council is conducting an investigation the purpose of which is to acquire a better knowledge of the automotive spare parts market, analyse the way the mechanism of the sector operate and identify and correct possible malfunctions of a competitive nature, according to Antena 3 TV. As part of its investigation, the Competition Council may ask all the relevant operators (economic operators, manufacturers, importers, distributors, and trade associations, relevant public institutions) to produce data, documents or statements. Under the competition law, the ‘spare parts’ term means ‘goods that are meant to be mounted in or to a motor vehicle to replace parts of that motor vehicle, including goods such as lubricants that are required for using a motor vehicle, with the exception of petrol’.

Deputies give green light to Brasov-Ghimbav airport

The Chamber of Deputies on Monday passed the articles in the government emergency ordinance (OUG) on the transfer of a tract of land on with the Brasov-Ghimbav International Airport will be erected, after the normative act generated disputes among deputies and obstructed Chamber’s works, Mediafax reports. The ordinance envisaged the administrative transfer of a 200-hectare piece of land from the Brasov-based National Institute for Research and Development of Potatoes and Sugar Beet to the Brasov County Council towards construction of the Brasov-Ghimbav International Airport. All the parliamentary groups, including that of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), which opposed the move last week, now voted in favour of the ordinance, as they deem the building of an international airport in Brasov as an objective quite important for the local community.

Romanians prefer unemployment in Spain to jobs in Romania

Romanians will not return home because they live a better life with the unemployment aid received in Spain, this is the explanation given by the right wing Spanish daily El Mundo for the fact that the “return operation” prepared by the Romanian government will fail, taking into account the fact that the Spanish allowances are six times bigger than the minimum salary from Romania, Agerpres informs.The Spanish and the Romanian Governments saw that the Romanians steadily resist in Spain, the Spanish publication noted: there is neither crisis, nor unemployment or debts in Spain, or promising offers of jobs in Romania to convince them to return home. Minister Celestino Corbacho had to go to Bucharest to see why his plan for the return home of the Romanian unemployed from Spain will fail. His Romanian counterpart, Marian Sarbu, explained him: “You return if the circumstances for yourself and your family are better by comparison with those from the place that you quit.”

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