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Steaua-Rapid tickets, between RON 10 and 100

Steaua Club posted on its web site prices between RON 10 and 100 for the tickets to the home match with Rapid, due for Friday, at 9:00 PM, counting for the 31st leg of the first football League. A ground level ticket at Steaua-Rapid will cost RON 10, one at the second tribune – RON 20, first tribune – RON 30 and the ‘Zero’ (special) tribune – RON 50, while a place in an armchair will cost fans the sum of RON 100. Ticket booths will e open from Tuesday to Friday, between 12:00 and 6:00 PM During April 15-17 and on April 21, Steaua fans were able to buy a pack of tickets for the red-blue team’s matches with CFR Cluj, Otelul Galati, Dinamo and Rapid. Steaua will meet Rapid Bucharest on Friday, starting with 9:00 PM, in a match counting for the 31st leg of the First League.

Dinamo Kiev gets 13th title of champion

Dinamo Kiev is now certain to become the football champion of Ukraine for the 13th time in the club’s history, after a 3-2 win over Tavria Simferopol. Dinamo Kiev, which has in its team the Romanians Tiberiu Ghioane and Florin Cernat, can no longer be matched, in the three legs to remain of this season, by challenger Shakhtar Donetsk (which won 3-0 against FC Kharkov), as the difference between the two contestants stands now at 12 points. Shakhtar, the team coached by Mircea Lucescu, took its revenge in the UEFA Cup, where it succeeded to eliminate Dinamo Kiev in the semifinals and will play the Istanbul final on May 20 against the Germans of Werder Bremen.

Pancu scores twice for Terek Grozny

Romanian footballer Daniel Pancu scored twice for his team Terek Grozny, in a home match that ended in a draw (2-2) with Amkar Perm, counting for the 8th leg of the Russian championship. Pancu opened in the second minute, with a goal from penalty, and evened the odds in minute 84, after the guest team had scored twice through the Bulgarian player Martin Kusev (27, 45). After this achievement, Pamcu ranks third in the goal getters classification, with three goals, after Argentinean Alejandro Rodriguez (Rubin), 5 goals, and Pavel Pogrebniak (Zenit), 4 goals, thus being part of a selective group that also comprises Russians Alan Dzagoev (TSKA Moscow), Andrei Kerjakov (Dinamo Moscow), Turkish player Fatih Tekke (Zenit), Czech Jan Koller (Krilia Sovetov Saara), Serbian Milos Krasic (TSKA Moscow), Ukrainian Sergey Kornilenko (Tomsk) and Brazilian Welliton (Spartak Moscow).

Adrian Mutu ready to return on the grass

The Romanian footballer Adrian Mutu, who is in rehabilitation after his knee surgery, awaits the green light to return on the grass from professor Mariani, who will consult him again on Tuesday in Rome, the Italian media announced, quoted by Agerpres. Mutu, who has stopped playing for Fiorentina on March 22, has intensified lately his exercises in order to check the behaviour of his knee under pressure, and also to restore his muscle tonus, the answer being positive, “Corriere dello Sport” reports.

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Referees Corpodean and Savaniu were released by IPJ

Referees Sorin Corpodean and Marcel Savaniu, who had been detained in a corruption case targeting football referees, were set free under judiciary control, following a decision made on Friday evening by the Pitesti Court of Appeal, and left the cells of IJP Arges.Savaniu refrained from making press statements, while Sorin Corpodean only told journalists: “Best wishes and everything you wish in life,” then they both got in their cars and left. The magistrates of the Pitesti Court of Appeal okayed on Friday afternoon the appeals made by the two suspects’ lawyers and repealed the rulings by which the Arges County Tribunal had previously rejected the referees’ requests to be set free under judiciary control. Referees Marcel Savaniu and Sorin Corpodean, and the self-suspended vice-president of the Central Commission of Referees (CCA), Marcel Lica, were arrested on April 23, for 29 days, by the Arges Tribunal, under the accusation of bribe taking.

Romania – U-21 European rugby champion

The Romanian rugby team Under 21 became European champion on Saturday in Madrid, in a final with Georgia it won 27-20, after being led by 0-17 at the end of the first half.

In minute 34 of the first half, Georgian player Sahvla Mamukashvili was shown the yellow card, leaving Romania’s adversary with one player less for 10 minutes. The match was led by referee Salem Attalah.
Romania U-21 thus keeps the position of European champion, defending the title it won last year. In this year’s edition of the Championship, the Romanian team won the matches with Sweden, Portugal and Georgia.

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Becali wants to sell everything

Gigi Becali sells everything less Steaua. Layoffs, reduction of expenditures, and saving money in abeyance of the business opportunities – these are the solutions used by some of the richest Romanians in time of crisis. Others think to sell almost all they have in Romania, such as Gigi Becali, the reasons being rather emotional, not the financial turbulences, Gandul wrote on Monday. “What business? I am not interested any longer in business, I do not want to make business in this country, I want to sell all I have.

I do not want to work any longer in order to assure the salaries of the prosecutors and police officers after what they have done to me, from those tens of millions that I pay for taxes,” declared for Gandul Gigi Becali, who ranked last year on the first place in Capital Top 300 richest Romanians, with a wealth of EUR 2.5 bln.

Prince Duda says will rich 20 pc of voting intentions

The real figure which shows the voting intentions for the candidacy of Prince Radu Duda at the presidential elections from November 2009 is 10 per cent, and was presented on April 22 by the opinion poll performed by CCSB, the prince writes on his blog, Hotnews reports. Moreover, Radu Duda assures his supporters that these 10 per cent will become 20 per cent in the next three-four months.

“Some figures have recently appeared in the media which mislead in connection with the voting intentions of the Romanians at the presidential elections. I noted the worry of the people who back me enthusiastically for November 2009. But, I noted with regret that some of the important political analysts allow to be influenced by a manipulation carried out rather subtly and with certain results,” Radu Duda said.

Lawsuit of former ministers Seres and Nagy deferred until June 29

The lawsuit in which the former ministers of economy and communications, Codrut Seres and, respectively, Zsolt Nagy, are charged, alongside another four persons, in the file of the strategic privatizations, was postponed yesterday because of the fact that some of the defendants did not have lawyers. According to Mediafax, the debates will be resumed on June 29.

Zsolt Nagy, who was present at the deadline of yesterday, declared that hopefully the judges will render justice in this case. Codrut Seres, former minister of economy and trade, Zsolt Nagy, former minister of communications and IT, set up, according to DIICOT, during May 30, 2005 and November 21, 2006 an organized offending group with transnational character, with the purpose to perform some serious offences in order to obtain directly or indirectly a financial benefit or another material benefit.

Lawyer Paula Iacob possible Securitate collaborator

Lawyer Paula Iacob with the Bucharest Barr Association, a former defence lawyer for the Ceausescus, collaborated with the former political police during the communist regime, according to the National College for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS), which last week decided to send a relevant notification to the Bucharest Tribunal, Mediafax reports.‘The college decided that Mrs. Paula Iacob, who was verified in the context of her running for Parliament in autumn of last year, collaborated with Securitate. According to law, CNSAS will notify the court about the finding, so that the note is confirmed,’ CNSAS sources told Mediafax, adding that the College took the decision at its session on Thursday, May 7.

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Swiss Minister of Justice in Romania

The Swiss Minister of Justice, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, arrives on Tuesday to Romania to discuss with the relevant authorities bilateral matters connected especially with the free circulation, tsr.ch reports, quoted by Mediafax. The minister had a meeting on Friday in Bern with her Russian counterpart, Alexa­nder Konovaler, when she signed an agreement of cooperation between the Departments of Justice and Police from both states. The document is valid until 2010 included and supposes the organization of meetings between the Russian and Swiss experts, and the exchange of information over the civil and criminal law. Russia and Swi­tzerland will also cooperate over the elaboration of law projects.

Romania’s Honorary Consulate opens in Ancona, Italy

A Honorary Consulate of Romania opened on Saturday in the Italian town of Ancona (Center-East), in presence of Romanian Ambassador to Italy, Razvan Rusu, the web site anconainforma.it, announces, quoted by Mediafax.

Romanian Ambassador to Italy, Razvan Rusu also evoked the opening of a polling station in an Ancona high-school, where Romanian immigrants will be able to vote early in the early June’s elections for the European Parliament. According to the Romanian diplomat, some 15,000 Romanians are registered in the Marche region of Italy, 5,000 of them living in the Ancona province.

The Romanians from this part of Italy are working mainly in constructions, commerce and the health sector.

The honorary consulate opened on Saturday is located in the Camerata Palace of Ancona.

Former Deputy Dan Mihalache resigns from PSD

The former Deputy Dan Mihalache resigned from PSD on Friday, as announced on his blog, mentioning that his projects “aren’t any longer compatible” with the quality of member of the Social Democrat Party “I decided today (Friday – editor’s note) to give up the quality of chief of the Department of Synthesis and Public Communication of the Social Democrat Party.

I also decided to renounce the quality of member of the National Council and of member of PSD Maramures organization, Viseu de Sus branch,” Mihalache states. He stressed that in the last eight years he has worked for this party as adviser, political analyst, deputy, and MEP.

“I want this separation to be discreet, not an Italian style divorce, as our politicians have accustomed us, especially that there are many people in PSD that I hold in high esteem and about whose friendship I care,” Mihalache concludes. Dan Mihalache was PSD Deputy in 2004-2008 term. Between 1991 and 1993 he worked for “Azi” daily. He was also adviser of the former premier Adrian Nastase between 2001 and 2004.

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Neamt gendarme kills himself

A 34-year-old gendarme from the commune of Gheraiesti, Neamt County, took his life in the ammunition room of the Roman Gendarmerie Department Saturday afternoon, firing the weapon assigned to him into his chest.

Prior to going on patrol at the ammunition room, the gendarme NCO called his wife, with who he had quarrelled lately, on the phone. According to sources with the Roman Gendarmerie Department, the gendarme took his ‘Carpati’ pistol out of its holder and fired it into the left side of his chest. Upon hearing the noise, his fellow gendarmes went to the scene only to find the man lying dead in a blood poodle. Nearly four years ago, a gendarme died after shooting himself in the head in the lavatory of the Roman Court of Hall.

Young couple dead

Last week, police found dead a young couple from a village in Constanta County. According to the spokesperson with the County Police Inspectorate, ‘the woman showed signs of strangling and was found in a bed in a room. The man was found hung in the next room.’

The couple left a farewell note in which they asked for forgiveness for their gesture and spoke of debts they could not pay. They also said they left their seven-year-old daughter in the care of their grandparents. Neighbours confirmed they had loans to repay but also owed debts in excess of EUR 10,000 to loan sharks. The man, Valentin Gavrila, a construction worker, had difficulties finding work lately, while his partner, Mariana, had been unemployed for a long time.

Bucharest’ Piata Sudului to be demolished

The big marketplace and booths of Piata Sudului in Bucharest will be demolished, to be replaced by a modern hall with all utilities, which will be built with money from the District 4 Market Administration, the District 4 Authorities announced on Saturday. According to a press release, the decision “is in line with many complaints made by the population.”

“Together with the insalubrious and ugly marketplace, we will also demolish the 600 market booths, unfit for a civilized trade,” the press release reads.

The district authorities pledged that, within 10 days from the moment when the land is brought to its initial state and the cleaning is completed, they will start the construction of a modern market hall, which will have “all the utilities necessary for trade at European standards.”

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Romanians and Bulgarians optimistic about the state pension

The Romanians and the Bulgarians are the most optimistic Europeans about the future of the state pension, according to the data of the latest barometer published for April 2009 by the European Commission. According to the opinion poll, 48 per cent of the Romanians and 45 per cent of the Bulgarians are sure and very sure that in the coming decades the state will manage to pay the pensions and take care of the pensioners in general.

In exchange 40 per cent of the Romanians and 38 per cent of the Bulgarians disagree with this declaration. At EU level (average of the 27 states), 58 per cent of the citizens do not believe in the capacity of the states to pay the pensions in the future, while only 34 per cent are optimistic and consider that the state will “take care” of them when they are pensioned off. At the opposite pole from Romania and Bulgaria are Portugal (81 per cent pessimism), Germany (72 per cent pessimism, 24 per cent optimism), and Austria (68 per cent pessimism and 30 per cent optimism).

Burj Al Arab, at another scale, also at Mamaia

A new luxury real estate project, worth EUR 550,000, will be built at Mamaia, on the side of Siutghiol lake, Agerpres informs. Black Pearl is a building that will cover 442 sq m (of a total of 1,600 sq m) and will be similar, to a smaller scale, to the famous Burj Al Arab from Dubai. The project, which is taken over by an investment fund from Asia, will have 17 luxury apartments, located on eight floors, facing the sea, and also Siutghiol lake. The investment rises to around RON 35 bln.

Bank Leumi Romania: Almost RON 4 bln profit registered in Q1

Bank Leumi Romania registered at the end of Q1 a profit of RON 3.96 bln, up around 67 per cent over the same period of the past year, when the bank reported a profit of RON 2.37 bln, Agerpres informs. It is a normal evolution after the bank reported at the end of 2008 a net gain of RON 7.47 M, reads a press release of the banking institution. In Q1 of this year, the total assets of Bank Leumi Romania reached RON 1.349 bln, against RON 1.108 bln on March 31, 2008. The volume of the granted credits increased to RON 974 M, against RON 711 M at the end of Q1 2008. In the above mentioned period, the bank launched a range of savings products in very advantageous conditions, intended for the retail clients. It also organized in the main cities of the country a range of events to popularize the benefits which make interesting the loans from EBRD sources.

Unita Turism to sell lands in Cluj

The owner of Unita Turism hotel chain, Josef Goschy, stopped the investments because he is not willing to borrow money from banks at the requested interest rate. According to Mediafax, he wants to obtain the amounts required for modernization from the sale of over 100,000 sq m of land in Cluj and of several hotels. The businessman put up last year for sale the hotels Onix and Safir from Cap Aurora, on which he wants to obtain EUR 6 M, while several months ago he decided to renounce the hotels Central from Suceava and Transilvania from Targu Mures, each at the price of EUR 4 M. With 26 hotels which total 3,500 rooms and 7,000 places in restaurants, Unita Turism is the biggest hotel chain in Romania.

Fiat workers in brief strike

Trade Union workers at Fiat SpA’s Termini Imerese plant in Sicily went on a brief strike on Monday to pressure the car maker to disclose its plans for them in the event of a merger with Opel of General Motors Corp.”We went on a strike for an hour and a half,” a union representative told Reuters.The plant, which makes the Ypsilon city car under Fiat’s Lancia brand, has long been seen as risking closure because of its high operating costs.A presentation slide in Fiat’s proposal to merge with Opel said Termini Imerese would be given “another production mission” within the group after the merger but did not elaborate. In addition to cars, Fiat makes car parts, engines, trucks and tractors. Italy’s government has joined the country’s unions in their call for a meeting with Fiat executives to learn more about its plans for the five plants it runs in the country. A date has yet to be fixed.

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ArcelorMittal Galati employees to be, as of today, temporarily jobless

All the 11,700 employees of ArcelorMittal shall be, as of today, by rotation, temporarily jobless, and during this time period, lasting until end of July, the employees shall receive 85 per cent of the salary, according to the plant manager, Augustine Kochuparampil. The program includes the managing board, as well, and it will be developed over three months, a time period during which each employee shall be temporarily jobless, by rotation, for ten days, each, as Kocuparampil said yesterday for Mediafax. The measure could be interrupted only provided that market recovers, which is unlikely over the next time period. Regarding the measures to be adopted should the situation for the company does not improve after the completion of the temporary unemployment period, the administration says that a decision in this respect has not yet been made.

Romanian taxpayers may submit 2008 income statements online

Romanian taxpayers may submit online income statements for 2008 as of May 8, on the website of the National Fiscal Administration Agency (ANAF), www.anaf.ro after they get a qualified digital certificate issued by certification providers. “To submit income statements online, individual taxpayers must own a qualified digital certificate issued by certification providers, which are accredited under Law no. 455/2001 regarding electronic signature, and must register as users of the Online income statement submission service on the website, by submitting the confirmation document of the digital certificate,” the agency said in a statement Friday. Taxpayers may also submit income statements via certified mail or in person at the office of the fiscal agency department they are registered with. Income statements for 2008 must be submitted until May 15.

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Metrorex, project worth RON 70 M for upgrading the escalators

On Monday, Metrorex starts a project, worth RON 70 M, addressing upgrading escalators in underground stations until mid 2011. “This upgrading program addresses the replacement of 79 escalators out of the total number of 100 in use. Until end of 2009, the first 35 escalators shall be replaced, and then, gradually, the project will complete until mid 2011,” according to a press release issued by Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, major shareholder of Metrorex, sent to mass media. The first stations included in the project are Piata Romana, Aviatorilor, Mihai Bravu and Nicolae Grigorescu.

Unit 2 Cernavoda on hold for planned revision

National Company Nuclearelectrica put on hold, based on schedule, Unit 2 of Cernavoda reactor, on Friday, as of 20.00, based on a company press release, the disconnection from the National Energy System taking place on Saturday, at 00.00. During the planned stop, which lasts for 30 days, activities shall be performed, within the compulsory inspections program, the preventive and corrective program, which include checks on equipment and repairs in case of those where flaws had been identified during operation, the compulsory testing program during Planned Stop, based on CNCAN requirements, which can be operated only having the plant on hold.

Azomures turnover dropped by 36.1 pc in Q1

Chemical fertilizer producer Azomures (AZO) registered a decline by 36.1 per cent in the turnover, over Q 1, down to RON 161.81 M, from RON 253.27 M over January – March 2008, Mediafax informs. The net profit of the company decreased by more than 25 times, to RON 2 M. over the given time period, Azomures revenues dropped by 46.3 per cent, down to RON 168.79 M. For the whole 2009, Azomures estimates declining revenues by 37.8 per cent, from RON 1.35 bln to RON 839.5 M, and a net profit of RON 7.4 M, 6.8 times lower than the earning of RON 50.5 M last year.

First Ferrari Store to open this autumn

The first Ferrari Store in Romania opens this autumn, on Victoria Avenue in Bucharest, and it will be the second such store in Europe, from the size viewpoint, following the one in Milan. The investment in Ferrari Store on Victoria Avenue, which will have 500 square meters, is EUR 3 M worth and it belongs to company Forza Rossa, Ferrari partner in Romania, HotNews reports.

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PM asks for reports on European funded projects

PM Emil Boc asked, yesterday, the prefects to present, until May 20, a report on the stage in organizing public procurement for EU funded works, including contracts signed, worth over EUR 750 M, within the Regional Operational Program, providing for the development of the local infrastructure. Another report, regarding the stage of the works funded by ISPA and SAPARD funds, must be presented until May 27. Mr. Boc also asked the prefects to monitor who the heads of deregulated services fulfill their tasks and to urgently inform the Government on possible dis-functionalities, so that issues to be “adjusted” fast. Based on a governmental program, quoted by Mediafax, Romania may lose European pre-accession funds worth RON 41.9 M (more than EUR 10 M), granted through PHARE, ISPA and SAPARD programs, because of delays in public procurement, money shortage for project co-financing and poor quality of the works started.

Severin criticises Basescu again

Referring to the head of state’s statement that Romania can renounce the European Commission loan unless its terms suit us, Social-Democrat European lawmaker Adrian Severin yesterday said the president’s demagogic speech was of the ‘schizophrenic type.’

In the view of the member of the European Parliament on behalf of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the head of state should ‘encourage Government to take a firm stance in the European Council,’ Mediafax reports. Speaking on the Radio Romania Actualitati programme Wednesday, President Traian Basescu said that the EC tying its loan to Romania to the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification in Justice is out of question, adding that would this happen, Romania might give up on the EU loan. Severin also attacked Basescu , saying that Romania’s president and ‘the circle surrounding him’ would make Romania’s sanctioning by the European Union into a ‘hobbyhorse’ in the presidential race.

Liberals file two motions to the Senate

PNL Senator Puiu Hasotti on Friday told a press conference in Constanta that the Liberal group of the Senate will file this month two motions: one dedicated to Education and the other to Culture. “The Liberal group of the Senate will file two motions this month, of which one will target the Education, which is suffering from the catastrophic management of Ms. Minister Ecaterina Andronescu,” Hasotti declared. He added that the second motion will target the Culture, as the management enforced by Minister Toader Paleologu is “disastrous.” “In Romania, Culture is led by an intellectual, but one whose management is disastrous”, also said Hasotti.

Women from EPP come to Bucharest

The president of the Women Organisation of PDL, Sulfina Barbu, announced that the Congress of the women organizations from EPP will be organized in October in Bucha­rest, when the new leadership of this authority will be elected. Sulfina Barbu stressed that it is for the first time that this happens in a new state member of EU, the importance of this event being given also by the fact that a new leadership structure of the women from the European People’s Party will be elected.

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