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Moldovan official says Basescu to attend SEECP summit in Chisinau

Romanian president Traian Basescu has confirmed participation in the Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Chisinau on June 4 and 5, according to an official in the Republic of Moldova’s Foreign Ministry quoted by Info-Prim Neo online, according to Mediafax. The head of the ministry’s regional cooperation department, Dumitru Tara, said the summit might discuss the recent tense relationships between Romania and R. of Moldova. He also did not rule out the possibility of high-level bilateral meetings between summits participants. President Basescu’s office did not yet confirm the head of state’s participation in the SEECP summit.

Tarsyuk: ‘Romania has attempted to politicise bilateral issues’

President Basescu’s visit to Ukraine has been postponed because an attempt was made at politicising bilateral issues to serve the local political agenda, something the Ukrainian found unacceptable – claims former Ukrainian Foreign Minister and head of the Ukrainian parliamentary group in charge with relations with Romania Borys Tarasyuk. In an interview for HotNews.ro, Tarasyuk disagreed with the statement by the Ukrainian Defence Minister that Romania was a threat to Ukraine’s borders. Nonetheless, even if he does not agree with the Ukrainian Defence Minister’s statement suggesting that Romania was a threat to Ukraine because its politicians were questioning the current borders, Tarasyuk says there are enough reasons of suspicion in Ukraine. ‘The minister probably voiced such suspicions, especially after the Romanian president’s statement on the mistake of signing the border treaty with Ukraine. A thing like that does not lead to confidence. And he is not just any politician. I can remember even more difficult times, when, in 1991, the Romanian Parliament made two decisions easily interpretable as territorial claims on Northern Bukovina and South Besserabia. These are therefore not unreasonable suspicions’ said the former foreign minister of Ukraine. As a EU member state, it is inconsistent with European standards, values and approaches to question the borders with your neighbours – says Tarasyuk.

Mediaeval keep discovered in Timisoara

The archaeologists from the History Museum in Banat have discovered a mediaeval keep (the main and the most fortified tower of a castle – editor’s note) dating back to the 14th – 15th Century, the time of Carol Robert d’Anjou, Agerpres informs. Professor Dan Leopold Ciobotariu, the director of the History Museum in Timisoara, has stated yesterday that the discovery was made by chance and came as the unintended result of archaeological digs that sought to find a mediaeval fountain. ‘The keep was discovered in the backyard of the old mediaeval castle that was built by Carol Robert and that later became the residence of Iancu de Hunedoara. Accor­ding to the initial estimates the keep dates back to the period in which the mediaeval castle was built. The keep has an inner room with a width of over 10 meters, like all keeps of this type had. The keep was subsequently buried in the mediaeval castle that grew around it’ the museum director explained. Several pottery shards, old objects and coins were found along with the keep. Currently the masonry elements discovered are being dated.

Geoana denies coalition talks about special pensions

Social-Democrat Party leader and Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana said yesterday that the ruling coalition is not conducting any organized talks about special pensions and that the prime minister’s adviser, Mihai Seitan, voiced his personal opinion on the topic. Seitan said on Tuesday that special pensions might be recalculated and lowered, based on the new pension law. Geoana said that this topic must be discussed by the government first of all and more specifically, by the Labour Ministry.

Romanian immigrant, deadly stabbed at Naples

A Roma ethnicity Romanian was deadly stabbed and a 14-year-old Italian child was shot during two incidents that occurred in the South of the Italian city Naples, on Tuesday evening, the website of the ANSA Agency announces, as quoted by Mediafax. The two incidents occurred simultaneously, at a distance of a couple dozens of metres, in the Pignasecca neighbourhood of Naples (the Campania region, in South). Persons yet unidentified, riding a motorcycle, fired several gunshots causing a shoulder injury to a fourteen-year-old, seemingly Italian child. According to investigators, the bullets might have accidentally hit the minor. After no more than a few minutes, a 25-year-old Romanian was stabbed in the heart at the Cumana subway station located a few dozens of metres to the scene of the first incident. The emergency medical crew who arrived to the scene could only certify the Romanian’s death. The investigators were yet unable to establish a connection between the two incidents, because the operating manner seems different.

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Two men escape from Maramures Police arrest

Maramures officers continued yesterday to look for two persons who escaped on Tuesday night from the arrest of the Police, in a central area of the city of Baia Mare, while the management of the Police ordered an internal investigation. Voichita Zehan, spokeswoman of Maramures County Police, declared yesterday morning that the activities for the apprehension of the two persons are in progress. She also pointed out that roadblocks have been set up on all the exit roads of the city, checking all the road and rail transport vehicles which leave the city. Concurrently, Maramures County Police leadership initiated an internal inquiry to establish the circumstances in which the escape took place. The two men escaped through the window of the bathroom. According to official information, the two escapees are Danut Ioan Bolos, aged 21, and Iosif Florian Nicoriciu, aged 34. The first was in custody for a theft perpetrated last April in France, and the second for qualified burglary.

Magnitude 4 earthquake in Vrancea

An earthquake measuring magnitude 4 on the Richter scale took place yesterday morning at 6.13 AM in Vrancea region, the National Geo­physics Institute informed. The earthquake was felt in Bucharest.

The earthquake had a depth of 130 kilometers and measured magnitude 3 on the Mercalli scale at its epicenter. Another earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale took place in the Vrancea region on May 12, but it was not felt in Bucharest. An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale took place on April 25 and it was felt in Bucharest as an earthquake measuring magnitude 3-4 on the Mercalli scale.

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EximBank cancels or reduces commissions for products in its portfolio by up to 50 pc

EximBank has cut commissions for all its financing, guaranteeing and insurance products in its current portfolio by up to 50 per cent, and has cancelled some of the commissions applicable to specific categories of products mainly addressed to exporters, Mediafax informs. Among the products for which some of the commissions have been abrogated there are the loans for export production, for Romanian capital investments abroad, the export guarantee for complex projects and export credit guarantees, reads a bank’s press release of the bank. EximBank has territorial units in Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov, Constanta, Cluj, Craiova, Timisoara, Buzau, Oradea, Deva and Alba Iulia.

Wizz Air hopes to fly almost 690,000 passengers to and from Romania in H1

The largest low-cost low-fare carrier in the Centre and East of Europe transported over half a million passengers on its routes to and from Romania in the first five months of the year, the company informs by press release. The figure stands for a 96 per cent rise compared to the same period the previous year. The company also estimates to fly 690,000 passengers to and from Romania in H1. ‘(…) The latest results are a clear illustration of the local evolution of the company and of the fact that we will reach our objective which is to fly a total of 1.7 M passengers in 2009,’ said Natasa Kazmer, Wizz Air Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director.

Biogenis to complete stem cell storing and processing centre

Biogenis will complete a stem cell storing and processing centre with a maximum capacity of up to 100,000 units and an estimated investment of about EUR 500,000 in Bucharest this year, Mediafax informs. Company CEO Marius Vicea Calomfirescu said his company had not established if it was going to be a greebfield, turn-key or brownfield project. Blood samples acquired by the company in Romania are currently stored at the Memorial Children’s’ Hospital in Warsaw, Poland. The new centre could meet blood storing demand coming from customers in Ukraine, R. of Moldova, Serbia, Bulgaria or Slovenia, under commercial cooperation agreements.

Unirea Medical Center invested EUR 3 M in two clinics

Unirea Medical Center opened, in a partnership with the firm Avamedica, a diagnosis and treatment center at Constanta and inaugurated a clinic at Ploiesti, Mediafax informs. The two projects needed a total investment of around EUR 3 M. The clinic offers, besides the basic medical specialties, surgery services and labour medicine consultations.

Panasonic Romania counts on business up 19 pc in 2009

The objective of Panasonic Romania, representation of the Japanese maker of electronic and IT equipment on the local market, for the current financial year, which closes on March 31, 2010, is a growth of the affairs of 19 per cent, to RON 198 M, after a fall of 15 per cent in the previous interval. “(…) In Q1, the big electrical household appliances and the electronic consumer goods showed marked falls vs. the same period of the past year, losing 35.9 per cent and, respectively, 34.4 per cent. The sales also registered major falls in the photo sector, 41.5 per cent, and in that of office equipment, 44.9 per cent, the general manager of the company, Catalin Savulescu, declared yesterday for Mediafax. In the fiscal year 2008, Panasonic Romania had a turnover of RON 166 M, i.e. 15 per cent less than in the previous year. Recently, Panasonic has announced that it would extend the range of electrical appliances sold in Europe, and launched on Tuesday, in Romania, the first range of washing machines and refrigerators.

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Omniasig tops the general insurances market

Omniasig reached the top position in the chart of companies on the general insurances market, surpassing Allianz Tiriac after the bonuses subscribed in Q1, as the subsidiary Vienna Insurance Group reported an income of RON 331.6 million, compared to RON 323.5 reported by Allianz Tiriac, according to Mediafax. Nonetheless, considering total figures, Allianz Tiriac remains the top insurance company of the market, with an income of RON 351.3 million, which includes earnings from life insurances that totalized RON 27.8 million in Q1. Compared to the January–March 2008 period Allianz Tiriac subscriptions decreased by 4.5 pc in the first three months of the year. The subscriptions of Omniasig, targeted exclusively on general insurances, also decreased by 0.13 pc, compared to Q1 of 2008.

CEC Bank financed projects for accessing European funds worth about RON 600 M

By March 15, 2009 CEC Bank has financed almost 2,100 projects for accessing European money, worth a total RON 583.1 M, which provided for accessing grants worth RON 556.1 M, the bank’s vice-president Mirela Iovu told a conference yesterday, Agerpres reports. According to the bank official, CEC Bank supported 166 projects for European funds, worth RON 160.8 M (grants worth RON 97.3 M). A number of 165 of these projects fall within the National Plan for Rural Development (PNDR) and one project is for the Regional Operational Program (POR). Of the nearly 2,100 projects financed by CEC Bank, 1,074 refer to bridge-crediting for subsidies per hectare for 2009, worth RON 152.5 M (grants worth RON 217.8 M), followed by bridge-crediting for subsidies per hectare for 2008 – with 600 projects – worth RON 95.5 M (grants worth RON 136.4 M).

Protests in Brasov and Mehedinti against layoffs

150 employees of the commercial company Constructii Aeronautice from IAR Ghimbav platform picketed yesterday the offices of Prefecture, discontent that they have not received their salaries since March, and protested against the layoffs due in the coming months, according to Agerpres. In Mehedinti, the unionists from the chemical platform of the heavy water plant Romag-Prog took to streets. They picketed for two hours Mehedinti Prefecture because of the procrastinated allocation of funds by the Ministry of Economy.

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