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Tony extends contract with CFR

The right full-back of CFR Cluj, Portuguese Tony Da Silva announced in a release posted on the team’s official web site that he extended his agreement with the Cluj-based team until the end of the 2012-2013 championship.

Tony is playing for CFR since January 2007, when he was transferred from the Portuguese team Estrela Amadora.

Balint: There was no fixing of the match with Dinamo, that’s all the team could do

Coach Gabi Balint strongly ruled out on Monday all allegations about the match lost by FC Timi­soara against Dinamo (1-3), in the 31st leg of the first League, being fixed. “I want to hear no more stupid things about match-fixing, because such rumors are doing no good to the team. There was nothing arranged in the match with Dinamo, that was all we could do and nothing more. Stop being suspicious!” Balint made clear.

Victor Piturca, possible coach for Lokomotiv Moscow

Lokomotiv Moscow officials want to take the former coach of the Romanian national team, Victor Piturca, and are willing to pay him a wage of EUR 1.5 M, tuttomercatoweb.com reports. Piturca should replace Lokomotiv’s current coach Vladimir Maminov, who had poor result so far. If he joins the Russian club, Piturca will also coach the Romanian player Razvan Cocis.

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Stanisoara: Multirole program, a priority

The Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) priority is to initiate the Multirole program. MoD is waiting for CSAT to make a rapid decision, Minister Mihai Stanisoara announced yesterday, quoted by Realitatea TV. Stanisoara and other high-ranking MoD officials yesterday had hearings in front of the Parliament’s Defence Commissions over how will be enforced the negative budget rectification worth RON 700 M. According to the minister, the Multirole program will be financed via multi-annual extra-budget crediting. The minister added that part of the Army’s equipping programs – other than the six for strategic endowment – will be renegotiated so that to postpone payment and delivery terms.

Cornel Penescu stays in jail

The owner of FC Arges football club, Cornel Penescu stays in jail after the Pitesti Court of Appeal admitted on Tuesday the appeal filed by prosecutors to last Friday’s ruling by the Arges Tribunal to set him free on parole. The Court also ordered Penescu to pay RON 100 as judiciary expenses. The court’s decision is final. Ion Neagu, one of Penescu’s lawyers, told the court on Tuesday that his client must be set free because the Pic company he owns risks going insolvent and bankrupt, thus endangering the jobs of some 4,000 employees.

EU medal for the Romanian gendarmes from Kosovo

The Romanian gendarmes from Kosovo were assigned the medal “In the service of P.E.S.A.” (the European Policy of Security and Defence) on Monday, in a ceremony held at the base from Peja/Pec. According to the Public Commu­nication Service of the Romanian Gendarmerie, the ceremony was attended by the deputy chief of EULEX Police, General Lambert Lucas, the chief of the Special Police Department, Alfred Aarts, the diplomatic representative of Romania in Kosovo, Danut Maftei, and other Romanian and international representatives of the EULEX and KFOR structures.

King Mihai to receive Doctor Honoris Causa title from Timisoara University

King Mihai will receive on Thursday the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the West University from Timisoara, and will be declared on the same day honorary citizen of the city. According to a press release issued on Tuesday by the Royal House, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University from Timisoara will be granted to King Mihai upon the anniversary of 65 years since the establishment of the educational institution through royal decree. On the same day, King Mihai will be declared honorary citizen of the city of Timisoara, the quoted source mentions. The event will take place in the Council Hall of the City Hall. Then, King Mihai will attend a gala show at the National Opera from Timisoara.

Internationally wanted Romanian surrendered to German authorities

A Bacau man who had been internationally wanted for German bank armed robbery has been apprehended in the UK based on leads provided by the Romanian Police and surrendered to the German authorities. The Romanian Police Information and Public Relations Centre reports the 39 year old suspect has been arrested in the United King­dom based on Romanian Police intelligence, under a European arrest warrant for armed robbery at a bank in Kaiserslautern (Germany). The man is known to be a dangerous person who has changed identity a number of times.

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EC experts evaluate again MAI corruption crackdown measures

The Ministry of Administration and Interior yesterday announced that European Commission experts began the May 18-22 second evaluation mission part of the cooperation and verification mechanism, Mediafax reports. European experts assess how the anti-corruption measures are carried out in vulnerable sectors and public administration, with emphasis on the institutions involved in implementing the national Strategy for 2008-2010.

MAI will present experts, via the Anti-corruption General Department (DGA) and the Central Unit for Public Administration Reform, the implementing stage of measures in the national Strategy on preventing and combating corruption, with emphasis on activities of whih the institution was in charge. MAI has prepared a report on the DGA activity for August 2008 – April 2009, which contains DGA case updating data, information on operative capacities, MAI preventive measures etc.

The expert team will be in Bucharest again, in early June, for a third mission to evaluate the progress made over the four conditionalities established by MCV, with talks going to be held with all the institutions with duties related to the said conditionalities.

PD-L to hold first congress of diaspora branches

Democrat-Liberal Deputy William Branza told a press conference yesterday that Democrat-Liberals will be holding the first congress of the party’s branches in diaspora at Oropesa del Mar, in the Spanish province of Castellon, May 23 and 24. PD-L President Emil Boc is expected to attend the event. Branza said a similar invitation was also made to President Traian Basescu. ‘I would be honoured if he came,’ he added. The congress will make an analysis on the number party members from among the diaspora and the problems encountered by those organizations. The deputy announced that there are over 3,500 Democrat-Liberal members in the Romanian diaspora. ‘Our goal, in the diaspora, is to obtain a voting score of more than 60 per cent in the European parliamentary elections,’ Branza said.

Meir sues Olteanu for calumny

The independent candidate to the presidential elections, Nati Meir, announced yesterday that he files a criminal complaint for calumny against the Liberal Bogdan Olteanu, and asks him damages of EUR 5 M. The latter replied that, according to the existing laws, insult and calumny are not offences. Meir states that Olteanu made insulting assertions regarding him on May 14, in a TV talk-show. In the complaint filed with the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court, Meir says that Olteanu referred to his candidacy at the presidential elections using words like “buffoon.” In retort, Olteanu declared that at this moment insult and calumny are not offences, according to the current provisions of the Criminal Code. “Before running for presidency, Mr. Meir should better learn the laws of the state,” Olteanu said.

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Over RON 12 M investments at Constanta Shipyard

The shareholders of Constanta Shipyard approved for 2009 a volume of investments of RON 12.6 M, Agerpres reports. Last year, Constanta Shipyard obtained a net profit of RON 2.136 M, for a turnover of RON 564.8 M. The revenues totaled RON 631.479 M, and the expenditures RON 629.343 M. Located in the Black Sea area, Constanta Shipyard is among the biggest shipyards which perform constructions and rehabilitation of ships in Europe. Accessible by sea through the Bosphorus Straits, on the interior waters through the Danube – Black Sea Canal, and by air using Mihail Kogalniceanu International Airport, Constanta Shipyard furnishes for the shipbuilders around the world an ideal place for the construction and rehabilitation of ships of up to 200,000 tdw.

Eurostat: Romania ranks 3 in EU in March in constructions

The volume of constructions dropped 1 per cent in the Euro area (EA16) and 2.1 per cent in the European Union (EU27) in March 2009 compared to the previous month, according to the data presented on Tuesday by the European Statistical Office (Eurostat), Agerpres informs. In March 2009, compared to the previous month, the volume of constructions increased in six member countries, fell in five member states, and remained stable in Slovakia. The most important growths were registered in Germany (7.6 per cent), Portugal (3.8 per cent) and Romania (1.7 per cent), while the most important fall was registered in Spain (minus 5.5 per cent), Sweden (minus 2.3 per cent) and Great Britain (minus 1.1 per cent). At a yearly rate, the construction works registered a fall of 10.5 per cent in the European Union and a decline of 8.7 per cent in the Euro area. In this case, the most important declines were registered in Spain (minus 20.3 per cent), Sweden (minus 17.7 per cent) and Great Britain (minus 15.2 per cent). Romania ranks nine, the construction works registering a fall of 2.8 per cent at an annual rate.

Romania, Wizz Air’s fastest growing market

Biggest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe Wizz Air yesterday celebrated five years since its first flight and a total number of 18 M passengers. According to a press release, the fastest growing market as far as the company is concerned is Romania. Three years after its first flight from Targu Mures, Wizz Air is low cost segment leader in Romania with a market share of 35 per cent in April 2009. All this time, Wizz Air have flown over 1.9 M passengers to and from Romania. The air carrier has so far opened 10 operating bases in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, with the 11th one waiting to be opened in Prague, in June.

Starting July 1, no customs operation without EORI number

As of July 1, 2009, no customs operations will be effected without an EORI number, Agerpres reports. EORI is a unique number in the European Community, which customs or other authorities of member states assign to economic operators or other persons interested, with a view towards its use from July 1 onward in all customs operations unfolded within the European Union. In Romania, the authority in charge of registering and assigning EORI numbers is the National Customs Authority.

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Pensions can be cashed also through accounts open with Raiffeisen Bank

Raiffeisen Bank signed an agreement with the National House of Pensions and Other Social Insurance Rights for the transfer of the pensions, according to a press release. The pensioners can open a current account with any Raiffeisen Bank unit, where they can cash the due amounts through a rapid system and in preferential conditions: 0 per cent commission upon the withdrawal of cash and 0 RON commission for the interrogation of the balance available in the network of ATMs of the bank. The current account allows the use of several debt cards and to pay directly the invoices from the account, make transactions, foreign exchanges, set up deposits, etc. The pensioners have access to the amounts from their current account in any Raiffeisen Bank unit or through the extended network of ATMs of the bank. There are over 550 Raiffeisen Bank units in the whole country, while at the end of 2008 there over 1,000 ATMs and around 8,000 EPOS.

Real Hypermarket wants to double number of private label goods in 2009

Real Hypermarket retailer yesterday officially launched the Real Quality private label on the Romanian market and announced its intention to double the number of private label goods to over 1,000 items and increase their share to eight per cent of the total sales from the current 3.4 per cent, by the end of the year. ‘In the coming period, we shall continue to expand our own label assortment to a total of 2,000 by the beginning of 2012. Our medium-term target is to sell up to 20 per cent private label goods’ said company CEO Tjeerd Jegen, at a press conference. According to Jegen, the majority of the average private label goods – about 150 items – are imported from Germany and only 60 per cent come from Romanian suppliers. The Real CEO said in Q1 retail experienced an organic sales growth by less than 10 per cent, but that growth accelerated in May, allowing for a two-digit sales growth figure for all stores. Since customers’ taste has diversified, real has put on the shelves two new own labels derived from Real Quality: Real Bio – goods of controlled biological origin – and Real Selection – premium goods. The success of retail private label goods is no longer a secret to anyone. Real is thus joining the Carrefour hypermarket chain which already has four private labels and Mega Image supermarket chain which proposes quality goods although its prices are not some of the lowest.

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