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Oltchim gets Group B, HCM Constanta goes straight to the Champions League


Romania’s women’s handball champion Oltchim Rm. Valcea was placed in Group B for the drawing of the Champions League, on June 24, while men’s handball champion HCM Constanta, which qualified directly in the League, is in Group D. Oltchim is in the company of Podravka Koprivnika, Krim Ljubljana and Larvik HK, while Group A includes Viborg HK, Gyori AUDI ETO KC and HC Dinamo Volgograd.


Vice-champion Rulmentul Urban Brasov will participate in the preliminary Tour II-nd, as head of series, together with Aalborg DH, Budapest Bank FTC and Zvezda Zvenigorod. To reach the groups of the League, Rulmentul must win the October 2-4 mini-tour. The drawing for the preliminary stage is scheduled for Thursday, June 18. In the men’s League, HCM Constanta is in Group D together with ZMC Amicitia Zurich, Bosna Sunce Osiguranje and Alingsas HK (Sweden). The men’s handball Champions League will have four groups of six teams.


Bucharest City Challenge 2009 cancelled


The Bucharest City Challenge auto racing contest is not taking place this year according to an organiser’s posting to the FIA GT World Championship website, cited by Agerpres. The part of the competition that should have been held in Bucharest has been moved to Budapest. The organiser of the event – Bucharest Ring S.R.L. – informs that the fifth phase of the contest will take place on the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest on August 29/30. The change will be ratified by the FIA World Council on June 22. An agreement was signed between Bucharest Ring S.R.L. and the Municipality of Bucharest in 2006, giving it the right to organise the Bucharest City Challenge event until 2015. In a press release signed by Manager Hartmut Beyer, the company explains that, despite the existing agreement, the Municipality has refused to approve the organization of the 2009 edition of the contest.


Bucharest City Challenge has been held in two consecutive years – 2007 and 2008 – on a circuit organised around the Palace of the Parliament.


Rugby – Romania defeated by France A in IRB Nations Cup


Romania’s rugby national team has been defeated by France A, score 20-16, on Tuesday in the second round of the IRB Nations Cup, a competition taking place in Bucharest’s Arch of Triumph stadium. 25 minutes into the game France had already taken a comfortable lead, score17-0. The half-time score was 17-3 after Dumitrascu’s successful penalty kick. In the second half Romania scored a try and had another successful penalty kick, so that one hour into the game France held a one-point lead (17-16). In the end Romania lost by 4 points. Scotland A and France A top the standings in a tie with 9 points, followed by Italy A and Romania in a tie with 5 points. Uruguay ranks 5th with 1 point and Russia is last with 0 points.


On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, Romania will play against Italy A in a game that will decide who will finish 3rd, while France A and Scotland A will play against each other. Russia vs. Uruguay is also scheduled on Sunday.

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Former general Chitac gets temporary release from prison


Former general Mihai Chitac yesterday was granted a one-month release from prison, to undergo a heart surgery. Chitac will leave the penitentiary on June 21 and will go to Floreasca hospital on June 22, for the operation. Mihai Chitac’s lawyer Alice Draghici explained the court that her client only wants to do the surgery and subsequent recovery, which would allow him to return and do the rest of his term. In his turn, the prosecutor asked the court to reject the demand, but – as he was aware of the medical emergency – he instead proposed the court to put Chitac in the Floreasca hospital under guard. At the end of December 2008, Mihai Chitac was granted a three-month release, also on medical reasons. In October 2008, the Supreme Court sentenced Victor Athanasie Stanculescu and Mihai Chitac at 15 years in prison each, for aggravated homicide, in the file of the 1989 Revolution. Stanculescu left the Jilava Penitentiary Hospital on May 12, after the Bucharest Territorial Military Tribunal granted him a one-year release to solve his health problems. Military prosecutors challenged the decision and the appeal will be judged on July 29.


‘Acvila’ task force ordinance back to specialised committee


The plenum of the Senate returned yesterday to the specialised committee the draft law on the adoption of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 20 of 2009, subordinating the ‘Acvila’ task force to the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie and the National Anti-Drug Agency, the National Agency against Trafficking in Human Beings and the Centre for International Police Co-operation to the Police General Inspectorate, Agerpres informs. The proposal to send the text back to the committees came from UDMR Senator Gyorgy Frunda and received 51 votes in favour and one against. In the plenary debates, the UDMR senator stressed the inopportunity of the new subordination of the two agencies and of the special task force. ‘In order for us not to have to reject the ordinance, I suggest we send the draft back to the specialised committee where well-intended specialists will decide what’s best. Personally and on behalf of UDMR, I am against this ordinance’, Frunda said.


CAB suspends Bradisteanu-ANI trial and sends it to CCR


The Bucharest Court of Appeals (CAB) has decided to suspend the trial between Serban Bradisteanu and the National Integrity Agency (ANI) and to send it to the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR), Agerpres informs. The CAB magistrates have admitted a part of the exceptions raised by Bradisteanu’s defenders and have decided to notify the CCR only about Article 44 of Law 144/2007 on the organization and functioning of ANI. The decision is not final and can be attacked through an appeal.


Two Romanians save two Italian children from drowning


While on vacation in Italy, two Romanians helped out two Italian children that were about to drown, ‘Adevarul’ daily informs. The beach’s lifeguard asked everyone out of the sea just before leaving. Nevertheless, two children who were on the beach with their mother went into the sea. The Romanians saw how the children were caught by a wave and jumped to their rescue. The mother of the children was very surprised to see that the rescuers were Romanians, initially having taken them for Germans.


Stanisoara wants bonuses for all soldiers


After Traian Basescu asked that the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan be paid the bonuses that had been canceled, Defense Minister Mihai Stanisoara stated for ‘Ziua’ daily that the bonuses should be offered to all soldiers, not just to the ones serving in the theaters of operations. Mihai Stanisoara explained that ‘my desire is to give the canceled bonuses to all the employees that deserve to receive them,’ pointing out that the bonuses should be received by the soldiers serving in the country too. The Minister did not point out the source of the funds needed to pay these bonuses. Nevertheless, on Monday he stated that the confidentiality and radiation bonuses will be paid starting in July.

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European Council delegation rounded up its visit yesterday


The officials that were part of the European Council delegation have talked with the representatives of the Romanian authorities that hold prerogatives in executing the ECHR decisions regarding Romania about aspects that have to do with the execution of the general measures that stem from the decisions issued by the Court in Strasbourg. Corinne Amat, the head of the European Council delegation, has saluted the excellent collaboration with the Romanian authorities, opining that direct dialogue with them, through the Governmental Agent, is able to lead to an even better implementation of the Court’s jurisprudence, a MAE press release reads.


Nastase case discussed in the Coalition, Parliament debates resume next Wednesday


The Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies yesterday decided debates in the Zambaccian I case against Adrian Nastase would be resumed the following week. The PSD and UDMR representatives boycotted the meeting of the Chamber leaders by refusing to attend, protesting ageist the way in which Chamber Speaker Roberta Anastase had chaired the plenary sitting on Tuesday. Parliament sources have told Hotnews.ro that the Nastase case would be discussed by the PSD-PDL Coalition seeking a consensus.


German and Canadian ambassadors on farewell visit to Cotroceni


Tuesday, President Traian Basescu received the farewell visit of the Ambassadors of Canada, Marta Moszczenska, and of the Federal Republic of Germany, Roland Lohkamp, who are both at the end of their diplomatic mission to Romania, Agerpres informs. The head of state congratulated the ambassador of Canada and thanked her for her contribution to the development of Romanian-Canadian relations. Traian Basescu noted the high level of the economic bilateral co-operation, primarily in the energy sector. Topics related to the general situation in the region and to the Romanian-Canadian co-operation in the theatre of operations in Afghanistan. The president also congratulated the German ambassador on his successful mandate in Romania and thanked him for hic contribution to strengthening bilateral economic relations.

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Up to 24 salaries as layoff compensations at CFR Marfa


CFR Marfa trade unions yesterday decided they would not accept the reduced working hours or any extra layoffs apart from those already agreed on with the management, except if the workers are paid from 12 to 24 compensating salaries according to their length of employment. After meeting with union leaders from the entire country, Miscare –Comercial Federation President Gheorghe Popa told Mediafax that the railway workers would not accept either the cutting of working hours or any additional layoffs apart from cases where the employees meet retirement conditions. ‘I have been mandated by our trade union leaders from the country to urge the management of CFR Marfa to comply with our agreement as well as with the collective bargaining agreement for 2009 and 2010 which stipulates that expenses are to be slashed by 25 per cent’, Popa said.


The labour union leader stated the CFR Marfa workers had the smallest salaries of all other railway employees and that, if they were cut even further, as the Management suggests, a person would be making less than RON 600, which was unacceptable. Popa added he would ask the management to take all the necessary steps and towards the Government for measures to balance the situation of CFR Marfa. The railway workers also met with the CFR Marfa management yesterday, to find ways to cope with the smaller wage fund – layoffs or shorter working hours – to prevent late payment of salaries from happening again, the company having announced a 44 per cent cut.


WB might okay first Romanian loan instalment in July


The World Bank Directors’ Council meeting July 16 might green light the first, EUR 300 M, instalment of the loan to Romania, with the money likely to enter state treasury in September, according to the Finance Ministry, Mediafax reports. The second instalment in the development policy loan is scheduled for approval in late 2009, and the third, in the first half of 2010. In a separate development, Romania and the European Commission (EC) will sign by Monday a memorandum of understanding on a EUR 5 bln financial aid, Mediafax reported the Finance Ministry as saying. The first instalment of the EUR 1.5 bln EC loan will enter Romania in early July, with yet another billion euros to be available by year’s end.


Romgaz receives right to explore in the Black Sea


The Romgaz Natural Gas National Company has signed with the National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM) the permit to conduct prospects on the continental shelf of the Black Sea – Muridava Est, Adjud, Ramnicu Sarat and Mizil, according to a communiqué issued by the Ministry of Economy, Agerpres informs. At the same time, Romgaz also signed the exploration-development and exploitation oil agreement for perimeter E VII-8 East Pannonian Depression. The agreement was signed after Romgaz won the tender organized by ANRM, according to the company representatives. Thus, Romgaz has the possibility of discovering new oil deposits in the Black Sea.

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Udrea: Romanian-Russian tourism relationsto experience notable growth


A joint declaration reiterating the principles of the 1993 Romanian-Russian agreement in the field of tourism has been signed by Romanian Tourism Minister Elena Udrea and by Russian counterpart minister Vitali Mutko in Moscow, Agerpres reports. ‘The Romanian-Russian relations in the field of tourism will soon experience a notable growth’ Elena Udrea stated after her meeting with the Russian Minister for Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy, Vitali Mutko. The officials agreed on the need for the joint commission of co-operation in the field of tourism to start working again, having met only once ten years ago. A second meeting of the commission should take place in Bucharest this year.


Fast ‘First Home’ implementation solutions from Impact


Impact developer & Contractor has launched two new housing solutions addressed to customers eligible for the ‘First Home’ programme, Agerpres informs. The two new solutions come with additional benefits such as the option to move into the new home within 48 hours and pay for it within nine months, the reservation of the property for longer than the standard period and qualified assistance in obtaining a bank loan faster. ‘The First Home 90’ (including the reservation of the property for a maximum period of 90 days) gives the security of choice and zero repayment risk. The customer can reserve the home he/she likes for a period of up to 90 days (the double of the standard reservation time), when the ‘First Home’ loan application phases can be covered. ‘First Home 48’ (in 48 hours) gives the beneficiary who does not have the money instantly the possibility of moving immediately into the chosen property (within 48 hours) only paying a bond and a small monthly sum.

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