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Football: 2010 – 2011 edition of U-19 EC, organized in Romania

The final tour of the 2010 – 2011 edition of the Under-19 European Football Championship will take place in Romania, according to the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee, reunited in Bucharest on Tuesday, the Romanian Football Federation announced. The dates and locations of the matches will be established afterwards, and our team will be qualified directly for this final stage.

Mutu, forced to postpone his return on the field

The Romanian footballer Adrian Mutu, attacker of the Italian team Fiorentina, was forced to postpone his return to the field due to his improper recovery after the left knee surgery he underwent a month ago, the Italian press announced.

According to the ANSA Agency, quoted by Agerpres, Mutu still complains of persistent pain in the left knee, a fact confirmed by professor Pierpaolo Mariani from the Villa Stuart clinic in Rome, who examined the “Brilliant” on Tuesday. The Romanian player will attend new tests in two weeks; yet, he seems unable to play this season for Fiorentina, the team competing for qualification for the next edition of the Champions’ League. The complication that appeared at Mutu’s knee also makes him unavailable for the away game of the national Romanian team vs. Lithuania’s representative, on June 6, during the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.

Season finished for Mugurel Buga

Mugurel Buga, attacker of the team FC Brasov, suffered a muscular fracture and will miss the final part of this competition season of League I. “Buga has a muscular fracture at the right adductor muscle and requires a pause of approximately 30 days. Bogdan Stelea has a muscular lesion at the right foot and will be forced to rest for approximately two weeks,” the doctor of FC Brasov, Gheorghe Popa declared for the official website of the team, as quoted by Agerpres.

“I am extremely sorry. I had a great deal of bad luck with these injuries. I really wished to be there and to fight for my team at the end of this championship. I keep my fingers crossed for them and I wish them with all my heart that they would win in Cluj-Napoca. We have a great team, and it deserves to qualify for the UEFA Cup,” Mugurel Buga declared.

Cosmin Moti must submit driving license to the police

Dinamo football player Cosmin Moti must submit his driving license to the police as he is on the list of the 297 persons whose driving licenses were suspended as they were obtained fraudulently. On May 17, the first Court meeting was scheduled for the cancellation of the player’s driving license.

Marcel Proca, Prefect of Arges County, had declared on Wednesday to the Mediafax correspondent that, after he will submit his driving license, the footballer will receive a paper confirming submission, and afterwards, he will be denied the right to drive on public roads.

The Prefect confirmed that the first Court meeting for the cancellation of Cosmin Moti’s driving license will take place on May 17 at the Court of Pitesti.

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Socialist MEP voices doubt over EU fund cuts for Romania

The suspension of the funds for Romania by the European Parliament is the most aberrant problem raised these days, Rob van der Water, political adviser within the Socialist Group from the European Parliament said on Thursday in Bucharest, Agerpres informs. “This is the most aberrant problem raised these days. Obviously, two years after the status of member was obtained you cannot change everything. I am sure that certain mistakes were made, because Romania is not perfect. But even if we discover mistakes, we can only say that we must help you to solve them. I know that one of the main points on PSD campaign agenda refers to the improvement of the absorption of the European funds in order to make things work well. It is an obligation for the Romanian politicians, even if some of them don’t understand this, but it is also our duty to take care of this. Because we haven’t fought so much to have Romania in EU, in order to say now, within a short lapse of time, that there shouldn’t be equal partners in the Union,” added Rob van der Water, present at a press conference organized by “Ovidiu Sincai” Institute. In his opinion, the suspension of the funds for Romania is an “erroneous, ignorant” point of view, which does not take into account a long term vision over EU.

Rob van der Water came to Romania to support PSD in the European elections campaign for the EP elections. He participated, together with Adrian Severin and Ioan Mircea Pascu, to several campaign actions.

Senate Speaker praises Romanian-Polish cooperation

“The bilateral cooperation is essential for countries with such a big weight in EU, like Romania and Poland,” the Speaker of Senate, Mircea Geoana said yesterday, during the visit of the Marshall of the Seim of the Republic of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, to the Parliament of Romania.

The main theme of the discussions referred to the deepening of the bilateral relations between the two countries, with the purpose to go beyond the multilateral framework offered by the European Union. Geoana and Komorowski agreed that until now, the bilateral collaboration between Romania and Poland was limited to “discussions and proposals.” “Beyond the multilateral framework of the EU, the bilateral cooperation is essential between countries with such a big weight in EU and in the region, and also with common interests connected with the EU agricultural policy, energy and its security, the enlargement of the Union and the common security policy of the European structure,” the Speaker of Senate said.

The Polish official also had meetings on Wednesday with President Traian Basescu and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberta Anastase.

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Over 200 Kg of cocaine found in Arad

Over 200 kilograms of cocaine have been found by the Romanian authorities in a container shipped from Peru. A judicial source says the container had reached the Port of Constanta a few days before. From Constanta, the drugs were taken to Arad, to be further shipped to Hungary. A number of Hungarian and Romanian citizens have been arrested by the prosecutors of the Directorate Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).

Police change uniforms

The new local police uniforms were presented at the Ministry of Administration and Interior yesterday. Minister Dan Nica said the local and national police forces would wear different uniforms and symbols in order to make a clear distinction between the various structures of the police forces. The minister added that the new uniforms would help identify police staff more easily, irrespective of the structure they are with, and that the citizens would know whom they are speaking with. For the police and border police students there are not too many differences between the old and the new uniforms. The only difference is with the arm badge. In fact, the badge is the only different thing on the new uniforms of the National Police, Border Police, central Apparatus, Passports, Immigration Office or Identity Papers.

Two Romanian pupils at ISEF 2009

Two youth represent Romania at ISEF, the world’s greatest pre-university scientific competition, in Reno, USA, May 11-15. Their project, ‘Open Hexapod’, is, according to Hotnews, a six-legged robot with a mobile arm equipped with a video camera, coordinated by an Intel Atom-powered notebook. The robot is equipped with sensors, can walk or spin around according to what the programmer wants from it. The project of Romanian pupils is for didactic purposes and wants to be a new starting point in the programming strategy of robots. The initiative by Dan Andrei Ruse and Cosmin Gorovan is coordinated by Ali Yuksel, an IT teacher at the International IT Secondary School in Bucharest, who will accompany the two pupils to Reno. The Intel Interna­tional Science and Engineering Fair 2009 joins over 1,500 pupils from 56 countries competing with projects in 17 categories. Romania competes in the Computer Science category. The Romanian pupils may win a prize of USD 50,000.

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Radiation and confidentiality bonuses to military stopped

The radiation and confidentiality bonuses will no longer be paid to the military, starting this month, this being a temporary measure grounded in the budget rectification, the spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence (MoD), Costi Spanu, said yesterday. The Government Emergency ordinance no. 34 of 2009 on budget rectification for year 2009 an regulatory fiscal and financial measures amended the MoD budget, which was cut down by RON 696.424 M in the spending department.

SMURD Bucharest – over 36,000 interventions

The Bucharest Mobile Emergency, Resuscitation and Extrication Service (SMURD) has intervened, since its establishment in 2008, in 36,265 emergencies, giving assistance to a number of over 20,000 persons. According to the spokes­man of Bucharest ISU, Catalin Eftene, most interventions were made in cases of medical emergencies, road accidents or other incidents, such as fires.

Three-digit vehicle registration numbers in Bucharest

The Driving Licenses and Vehicle registration Directorate announced on Tuesday that three-digit registration numbers will be soon given to cars in Bucharest because the available two-digit numbers have been almost come to an end. Quaestor Marian Tuchilescu says there are more than 1,250,000 vehicles registered in Bucharest and that only 155,000 possible combinations are still available for the current two-digit registration plates.

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Emil Boc to attend celebrations in Arad

The city of Arad will celebrate, on Saturday and Sunday, 90 years of Romanian administration in the homonymous county, with PM Emil Boc due to attend the events, together with other members of the Cabinet. According to sources with the Arad Prefecture, the two-day celebrations will feature cultural events, military parades and folkloric shows.

The Law on budget rectification is constitutional, CCR rules

The Constitutional Court (CCR) on Wednesday ruled with a majority of votes that the Law that enforces OUG 34 on the budget rectification for 2009 is constitutional. The Constitutional Court solved Wednesday, in the control prior to the Law promulgation, the appeal of unconstitutionality regarding the Law for approving the Government Emergency Ordinance 34/2009 on the budget rectification for 2009 and on regulating financial-fiscal measures. The appeal was made by 63 deputies and 28 senators, under article 146 letter a) of the Constitution, the CCR rules in a press release.

The vice-president of the PNL parliamentary group, Eugen Nicolaescu, announced on April 30 that the Liberals challenged at the Constitutional Court the Law for approving OUG 34 on the budget rectification. According to Nicolaescu, PNL’s main reproach is that it modifies the taxation system by introducing new taxes via Emergency Ordinance. In addition, PNL Deputy Ciprian Dobre mentioned that one of the reasons for unconstitutionality is that the government modified the Fiscal Code via Emergency Ordinance.
The Senators and Deputies passed on April 28, in a joint session of the two chambers, the Emergency Ordinance 34/2009 on the budget rectification for 2009.

Nemeth Zsolt: Solyom’s visit rejection, hard to accept

The Chairman of Hungarian Parliament’s Commission for Foreign Relations, Nemeth Zsolt, declared Wednesday in Bucharest that the Romanian Authorities’ decision to turn down the visit paid by the Hungarian president in March was “an unfriendly move” that cannot be accepted, mentioning that he hopes this won’t repeat. “I would be pleased if such things won’t repeat. I remember it was an unfriendly gesture that cannot be accepted in the relations between two European countries. I hope it won’t repeat,” Nemeth Zsolt said after a meeting with representatives of the Foreign Policy Commissions of the Romanian Parliament. In his turn, the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies’ Foreign Policy Commission, Laszlo Borbely (UDMR) said he had an interpellation in Parliament over the interdiction raised for the Hungarian president to come to Romania in March and added that “he wasn’t satisfied” with the answer given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Laszlo Solyom eventually entered Romania with a four-car motorcade, through Bors checkpoint, Bihor County, and went to Harghita County without asking Romanian authorities for protection, to attend the events on occasion of the Day of the Hungarians from Everywhere.

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Vasile Puscas: I can imagine being European commissioner

The head of the Department for European Affairs (DAE), Minister Vasile Puscas, said in an interview for Agerpres on Tuesday that he could imagine himself being the European commissioner appointed by Romania, but the decision was not his. ‘I can imagine it, but other people are to decide,’ Puscas said. In his opinion, a European commissioner is a part of a country brand. ‘Not I necessarily, but surely any commissioner coming from Romania will set a certain agenda and will work to convince Romanian and other MEPs regarding the sector he manages. And, not least, although this is not openly admitted, a European commissioner is part of a country brand in the EU,’ said Puscas in his interview granted to Agerpres.

Miron Mitrea attacks Hrebenciuc & Vanghelie

PSD Senator Miron Mitrea attacks on his blog the group of interests around Viorel Hreben -ciuc and Marian Vanghe­lie, about whom he says that at least in the electoral campaign they should pretend that they care about the party. The Senator suggests that PSD is headed actually by Hrebenciuc who takes advantage of the fact that Mircea Geoana is weak in order to set up his personal avenges on people close to Mitrea. Discontent seems to be also Ion Iliescu, who has criticized the latest deed of the party, namely to announce Geoa­na’s candidacy for the presidential elections in the meeting of an enlarged National Council with 10,000 guests. The Council takes place today in Bucharest. “This is not a National Council. It is a people’s rally, a party rally. It is not possible to make a National Council meeting with 10,000 persons,” Ion Iliescu declared for EVZ.

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Dacia car registrations in Europe up 6 p.c. in January-April

Automobile Dacia company will work in two shifts every Saturday during May 23 – July 31, so that it can observe its car delivery schedule, the carmaker announced on Thursday. At the end of April, Dacia announced it would step up its production, starting June 15, from 1,200 to 1,340 units a day, due to a higher demand at export and in Romania. Starting mid-June, Dacia will also hire 500 people in order to sustain the higher manufacturing pace. The number of new Dacia cars being registered in the European Union (EU) and the EFTA states over the first four months of the year rose by 6 p.c., to 65,122 units, in a market that went through a 15.9 p.c. decline, according to information released Thursday by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). In April, Dacia outputted 23,654 cars, up 60.4 p.c., while total registrations declined 12.3 p.c., writes an ACEA press release. The total number of automobiles registered in the EU and EFTA stood at 4,694 million units during January-April, of which 1.251 million in April. The figures do not include sales from Malta and Cyprus. Registrations by Renault, the owner of Dacia, in Europe and the EFTA countries went down 19.7 p.c. over the first four months of the year, to 389,968 units, down from 485,656 cars at the beginning of last year. In April, registrations by the French group lost 14 p.c. to 110,148, down from128,058 units. The registration of new cars in Romania dropped 51.8 per cent in April vs. the same month of the past year, amounting to 11.052 units, compared to 22.943 units in April 2008, data published yesterday by the Association of the European Car Makers shows. In the first four months of this year, 40,141 new cars were registered on the Romanian market, down 58.6 percentages, compared with the same period of the past year.

Dusan Wilms, new General Manager of Metro Cash & Carry Romania, R. Moldova

Starting on June 1, Dusan Wilms will overtake the position of General Manager for Metro Cash & Carry Romania and Metro Cash & Carry Moldova, as successor to Francois Oliver, the company announced. Dusan Wilms is currently Expansion Manager and member of the Real – International Administration Board. Francois Oliver will overtake the responsibility of a special project targeted on Central and Eastern Europe, before assuming the responsibility of managing the Metro subsidiary of another country.

Wilms started his career at Metro Cash & Carry in January 1998 and was appointed General Manager of Metro Cash & Carry Romania in April 1999.

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AutoItalia launched model Alfa Romeo MiTo

AutoItalia, the Romanian importer of the Italian brand Alfa Romeo, launched the model MiTo on Wednesday, available in two gasoline motor versions and in two Diesel versions. MiTo may be purchased on the Romanian market at prices ranging from EUR 13,990 and EUR 19,490, VAT included, Mediafax reports. The car may have one of the two equipment versions, Progression and Distinctive. The starting price regards the Progression version equipped with a gas motor of 1.4 litres and 78 HP. The other available gas motor has a capacity of 1.4 litres, yet it develops 155 HP. The basic Diesel motor has 1.3 litres and develops 90 HP, while the other Diesel motor has 1.6 litres and develops 120 HP. The sales target for this model on the Romanian market is of 50 units. The sales of Alfa Romeo decreased by 28.3 in Q1, reaching 38 units, compared to 53 in the similar period of the last year.

Last year, the sales of Alfa Romeo registered a decline of 35 per cent, totalizing 168 units, compared to 259 automobiles in 2007.

Emil Delibashev – British Airways trade manager for the Balkans area

The trade manager of British Airways for Romania, Bulgaria and R. of Moldova, Emil Delibashev was appointed trade manager for the Balkans area, extending his area of activity to Bulgaria, Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Albania, the aviation company announced yesterday, according to a press release. Emil Delibashev assumed the managerial responsibility for the new countries on May 1.

Delibashev has been working for 10 years for British Airways, starting from the position of travel coordinator and account manager in Bulgaria, until 2001 when he was appointed trade manager.
In 2007 he assumed the managing position also for Romania and since then he has contributed to the development of British Airways on these markets in a rather difficult commercial environment in the air flight industry.

AAA New Kopel expands its network in Iasi, Constanta, Bacau, Suceava

AAA New Kopel, the company which offers operational leasing and rent-a-car services, expands its network in another four cities from Romania – Iasi, Constanta, Bacau and Suceava, through a partnership concluded with Romil group, domestic authorized dealer Fiat Iveco, a press release of the company informs, according to Agerpres. The new franchise will allow AAA New Kopel to develop even more its presence on the second car market, outside Bucharest. “The new franchise AAA New Kopel will continue the three years collaboration with SIXT Rent a Car in the services provided on the second hand car market,” declared Mihai Pascal, general manager Romil Service.In February 2009, SIXT New Kopel and AAA AUTO Group merged on the second hand car market. The new company already trades second hand cars in Romania under the name of AAA New Kopel. According to the new contract, SIXT New Kopel holds the majority stake of 95 per cent, while AAA AUTO Group holds the balance of 5 per cent, with the option to increase the capital up to 49 per cent.

Sun Plaza commercial center to be inaugurated in October

Sun Plaza commercial center will be inaugurated in October, further to an investment of EUR 200 M, announced yesterday the Austrian investor Sparkassen Immobilien AG and the developer EMCT, registered in Romania. The project which is in the last stage of construction, will have a built surface of 210,000 sq m, which will include among others 80,000 sq m of commercial spaces and a Class A office building, with a rentable surface of 8,300 sq m, Mediafax informs. Sun Plaza will also assure 2,000 parking lots and will be connected with the underground station Piata Sudului through an underground passage.

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CEC Bank net profit – RON 20.3 M

The net profit of CEC Bank in the first four months dropped 2.3 times vs. the gain registered in the same period of 2008, to RON 20.3 M, in the context of the increase of the assets by 25.23 per cent this year, to RON 17.089 bln, Mediafax informs. “The net profit of RON 20.3 M is above the predictions made in the budget, reflecting chiefly the growth of the gross result from the current exploitation,” reads a press release of the bank. In the coming period, the bank will focus on reaching the strategic objectives of assuring the necessary resources and on continuing to grant credits at a sustained rate, especially to SMEs, agriculture, local public administrations, and the bankable projects which through their nature contribute to the economic development, the maintenance of jobs, reads the press release.

Dacia manufactured the Sandero car no. 100,000

Automobile Dacia issued yesterday the Dacia Sandero car no. 100,000, the car maker owned by the French group Renault announced. The vehicle, coloured red, is intended for the Romanian market, Mediafax informs. The production of the Sandero model, launched in June 2008, is 610 units per day. Presently, the car is traded in 38 countries. Subject to the markets on which it is sold, Dacia Sandero is available in several motoring variants, namely three on gasoline and two on diesel fuel. Last year, Automobile Dacia manufactured 242,415 vehicles, up 8.8 per cent over 2007. The models Logan MCV (break) and Logan Sedan represented 70 per cent of the total, being followed by Sandero, the newest car from the range of the maker.

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