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The first total organ donor of 2009, the victim of an accident in Austria

The first total organ donor of 2009 was a 42-year-old woman who suffered a traffic accident in Austria that led to brain death and was sent to a clinic in Oradea. The President of the National Transplant Agency, doctor Victor Zota, had declared on Monday to Mediafax that, after the accident, the woman was carried to an Austrian clinic where doctors tried to perform surgery in order to rescue her. “The doctors established that she had no chance to survive and sent her to Romania” dr. Victor Zota declared. The heart will be transplanted to a patient of the Targu Mures Hospital, the liver will be sent to the Fundeni centre in Bucharest and the two kidneys will be transplanted at the Hospital of Cluj.

Criminal proceedings opened against Adevarul Holding

The Romanian Police General Inspectorate (IGPR) has ordered the opening of criminal proceedings against Adevarul Holding, owned by businessman Dinu Patriciu, following a claim lodged by the ‘Ideea Europeana’ Cultural Foundation over a breach of copyrights regarding the book ‘Journal’ by Lev Tolstoy , according to a release remitted to Mediafax. The document says the object of the dossier opened by IGPR is the ‘abusive reproducing, editing and distribution by SC Adevarul Holding of the Tolstoy ‘Journal’ translated by Janina Ianosi and published in 2005 by the Ideea Europeana Publishing House, under the title ‘Memoirs’, translated by Ghenadi Strungar. Razvan Corneteanu, the general director of Adevarul Holding, told that ‘as long as it was about a penal complaint, it was normal to happen as it did.’

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IPP: Government – the least transparent institution

The Government is the institution the least transparent with respect to how it communicates, consider 25 pc of those who answered a survey at country level, commissioned by the Institute for Public Policies (IPP). According to the survey, 42 pc of Romanians think authorities provide insufficient information about their activity, when they do it. The survey, quoted by Mediafax, found out that 39 pc of Romanians heard about the law on the free access to public interest information, but less than 1 in 5 ever used the legal provisions to request information from state authorities. The same source found 68 pc of Romanians believe the right to be informed is very important. More than half the respondents (52 pc) answered they are interested by the activity of local authorities in their locality, followed at some distance by info on the Presidency, which sparks interest among 12 pc of Romanians, and by the local council (11 pc).

Radu Mazare – the best mayor of the country

A survey conducted by the Iasi-based research and strategic communication firm Inpublic finds Constanta mayor Radu Mazare first in a top of those who “did something” for the city they are managing. According to the survey, quoted by the ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ newspaper, the Liberal-Democrat mayor of Craiova, Antonie Solomon is perceived by 87.5 pc of the city inhabitants as very active, the same as Social-Democrat Radu Mazare, who has gathered the appreciation of 86 pc of Constanta citizens. However Mazare leads the top, because 40.8 pc of inhabitants said they are “very satisfied” with his activity, while Solomon received the highest appreciation mark only from 37.8 pc of Craiova population. Next come Gheorghe Ciuhandu, the mayor of Timisoara, with 72.4 pc, Sorin Apostu – Emil Boc’s successor at the helm of Cluj Napoca, with 61.7 pc, and the general mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, with 56.9 pc.

Parties outdo one another in electoral gifts before elections

In order to prevent absenteeism at ballot boxes in the June 7 vote for the European Parliament, certain political parties are trying to sensitise voters to go to the polls by offering them various gifts. A few days ago, Piatra Neamt Mayor Gheorghe Stefan promised free gondola rides on Cozla hill June 7 through 11 to the Romanians going to vote in the European legislative election this coming Sunday. Voters will also have access free of charge to the local swimming pool. Also in Neamt, a television station will hold a draw with prizes consisting of 100 LCD TVs and five trips to Brussels. The winners will be selected from among voters in the June 7 election. The Roman mayor, Laurentiu Leoreanu, promised free trips to the Putna monastery in exchange for recipients going to vote in Sunday’s election. Bistrita Social-Democrats distributed Sunday red buckets bearing the PSD + PC emblem to residents of county villages, a method they used in previous election campaign too.

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Trade between Romania and Italy surpasses EUR 11 bln

Trade between Romania and Italy has reached a value of EUR 11.56 bln in 2008, according to a communiqué issued by the Italian Foreign Trade Institute, Agerpres informs. Romania’s exports to Italy totaled EUR 5.18 bln, while its imports from Italy totaled EUR 6.38 bln.

The two countries’ trade on the foodstuffs sector stood at EUR 456.2 M in 2008, representing approximately 4 per cent of the total trade between them. Romania has imported from Italy agricultural products and foodstuffs worth EUR 270.9 M, with Italy being Romania’s 4th largest source of agricultural imports, being surpassed only by Hungary, Germany and The Netherlands.

The Italian Foreign Trade Institute continues its ‘Italian Festival’ in Romania with a week dedicated to culinary art.

Dubbed ‘Eating in Italian restaurants,’ the event is scheduled from May 29 to June 4. 21 Italian restaurants from Bucharest will take part in the festival. The restaurants will prepare a special menu and will signal their participation by posting stickers with the festival’s logo.

Distrigaz Sud becomes GDF SUEZ Energy Romania

Natural gas provider Distrigaz Sud, controlled by GDF SUEZ, will be rebranded into GDF SUEZ Energy Romania, the French utility group announced yesterday, quoted by Mediafax. GDF SUEZ operates on the local power market through the natural gas and service provider GDF SUEZ Energy Romania, the natural gas provider Distrigaz Sud Retele and the gas storage operators Amgaz and Depomures. The group reported an 11.7 pc sales increase for Q1 this year, up to EUR 25.56 bln, and a pretax profit increase by 14.7 pc, to EUR 5.3 bln.

Vodafone Romania to launch Mobile Insurance

Vodafone Romania launched yesterday the Vodafone Mobile Insurance offering the customers of services based on subscription, of the Vodafone Avantaj offer and of the Vodafone Home offer the opportunity to insure their mobile telephone or data modem in the case of theft or accidental deterioration, by paying a monthly tax of EUR 1.99, a press release sent to our paper announces. The insurance provides all Vodafone Romania customers, regardless of whether they are living in Romania or abroad, replacement of the phone or of the USB modem and the reimbursement of the sum for any unauthorized phone calls, depending on the selected level.

There are two available levels of insurance, Standard, which costs EUR 1.99 per month and Premium, with a monthly tax of EUR 2.99. The monthly tax will be included in the Vodafone bill.

Orange launches the content transfer service for mobile phones

Orange launches the first service of the Orange Care portfolio: the content transfer, including telephone numbers, messages, photographs, music and other multimedia data, from one mobile phone to another or to an USB-connectible memory stick, a press release sent to our paper announces.

The content transfer service is available to all mobile telephony users in Romania.

The content transfer from the memory of one mobile phone to the memory of another is priced at EUR 5 (VAT included) while the content transfer on a memory stick costs EUR 3 (VAT included). The service is compatible with any phone brand available in the Orange portfolio, and the content transfer operation is performed fast at all Orange stores. The service will be initially available in 50 Orange stores all over the country: afterwards, it will be expanded to all the stores.

Financial Control Guard to attract over RON 4 M

The Financial Control Guard attracted additional sums to the state budget, totalizing over RON 4 million, after several controls performed during May 18 – 24, 2009, according to a press release issued by the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF), Agerpres reported.

The controls aimed to check the financial and tax discipline, trade laws, as well as the accuracy and legality of commercial operations. From the total sums attracted to the state budget, over RON 2 million were cashed. Moreover, goods worth RON 70,533 were seized. The Financial Control Guard held over 3,656 operative and unexpected controls that led to the issuing of over 3,309 control files. Of all the control files issued, 63 were sent to legal institutions, for prejudice totalizing RON 19.84 million.

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