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Drunken policeman runs over pedestrian


Driving while intoxicated, with a breath alcohol content of 1.12 mg, hit and killed a pedestrian at Mamaia. On Wednesday night, policeman Norel Nicolae Munteanu aged 40 was driving his vehicle down road 86 from Navodari to Constanta where he was supposed to start his shift. Before entering the Mamaia resort, he ran over 51-year-old Marian Postolache who was walking by the side of the road. The victim died instantly. The policeman was breathalysed and tested positive, with 1.12 mg of alcohol in the air exhaled. Munteanu was taken into custody for an initial period of 24 hours, being investigated by prosecutors on a charge of manslaughter.


Romania confirms 18th flu case


The Health Ministry yesterday announced yet another case of AH1N1 influenza, a 19-year-old woman who arrived in Romania from the US on June 14. She presented herself to the ‘Matei Bals’ Institute of Infectious Diseases with complaints specific of swine flu. The ‘Cantacuzino’ Institute confirmed the virus Wednesday evening. The patient was admitted to the ‘Matei Bals’ Institute and is reported in good condition. This is the 18th case of AH1N1 influenza reported in Romania.


Tarom jet makes emergency landing


A Tarom plane flying between Bucharest and Tenerife made an emergency landing in Madrid because of some technical problems, Realitatea TV reported. One of the passengers was quoted by the station as saying that one of the plane’s windows cracked during flight and the pilots’ cabin depressurized, prompting the commander of the plane to decide to make an emergency landing. The plane was carrying over 200 passengers. The plane was scheduled to land in Tenerife at 4:16 p.m.

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Shachar Shaine, the new FIC president


The Foreign Investors Council (FIC) elected its new Board of Directors consisting of 15 persons. According to a press release, the newly elected Executive team which will serve for a one year term consists of: President: Shachar Shaine (President, United Romanian Breweries –Tuborg Romania), Vice President: Mariana Gheorghe (CEO, Petrom), Vice President: Gilbert Wood (CEO, Hall Dickler), Treasurer: Serban Toader (Senior Partner, KPMG). The primary objective of FIC is to foster dialogue between policy makers and investors to improve Romania’s business environment and to mitigate the impact of the current international financial situation.


Fin Min Pogea: GDP could fall by 6.5 pc


GDP could fall 6.5 per cent at the end of 2009, if it does not register growths in the next quarters, the public finance minister, Gheorghe Pogea, declared on a TV channel, Agerpres informs. “We made various scenarios starting from the idea that if, for instance, the results of the first quarter would be projected over the whole period, we would not have a growth in the next quarters, the growth would be zero. Then we would arrive at a 6.5 per cent fall. The decrease of the economy may have not stopped,” Gheorghe Pogea declared. The finance minister also stressed that the budgetary deficit will grow “at least to the same extent as the non-achievement of the revenues.”


Eureko – Bancpost merger


Eureko assumed the assets and the participations of the private pension fund Bancpost, Besim Jawad, general manager Eureko, announced on Thursday, according to Agerpres. Further to the integration process, approved by the Commission which monitors the private pension system (CSSPP), Eureko has a number of 325,543 participants, ranking fifth in the top private funds administrators, while the total value of the assets reached RON 77.756 M.


Rompetrol rating falls


The financial rating agency Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered on Wednesday the long term rating of the oil company Rompetrol Group N.V. to “B” from “B plus,” and simultaneously it decided to monitor this rating, with negative implications, a press release of the rating agency informs, according to Agerpres. The demotion of Rompetrol’s rating comes one day after Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services decided the monitoring, with negative implications, of the rating granted to the state oil company from Kazakhstan, KazMunaiGas and its subsidiaries.


JVC: Growth of the affairs in Romania and Bulgaria


The objective of the Japanese maker of electronic equipment JVC for the present financial year, that will close on March 31, 2010, is a turnover of EUR 9-9.5 M on the markets from Romania and Bulgaria, and a profit rate of 1 per cent, on the background of the increase of the number of partners, according to Mediafax. “This year we shall increase the number of partners and we shall extend the range of products from Romania, tapping more aggressively the market of the TV sets with liquid crystal screen (LCDTV), where we have now an insignificant presence. In 2008, JVC Romania affairs, where those from Bulgaria are also included, amounted to EUR 8.5 M.


2,000 E.ON employees might be laid off


Roughly 100 trade unionists picketed yesterday E.ON Gaz’s Targu Mures office, unhappy at a decision by the company’s Board of Administration over collective layoffs, and say about 2,000 of the overall 5,600 employees could lose their jobs. About 100 E.ON Gaz employees gathered for the protest, along with gas sector unions affiliated with the CNSLR-Fratia confederation, in support of E.ON employees’ opposition to job cuts.


Rigips Romania becomes Saint-Gobain Construction Products Romania


Starting this June, the company Rigips Romania changed its name into Sanint-Gobain Construction Products Romania, according to a press release. The modification is an important step on the path to Rigips Romania’s integration with Saint-Gobain group. The brand and the visual identity, like all the other defining elements of the legal person remain unchanged.

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Cristian Preda resigns as presidential adviser


Cristian Preda, winner of a mandate of MEP on PDL list, announced on his personal blog on Wednesday that he resigned from the office of presidential adviser, stressing that after his departure from Cotroceni he will not criticize “post factum” the activity of the person with whom he worked. Preda had been adviser on education problems. “Today (Wednesday – editor’s note) I leave Cotroceni Palace, after two years and three months in which I was presidential adviser. I was by the side of Traian Basescu on his impeachment from April 2007, at the first European poll and at the referendum over the uninominal vote in two rounds, the same as at the local and legislative elections from 2008,” Preda wrote. He mentioned that “President Traian Basescu supported him in the project of a European career, and therefore he enrolled with PDL and ran at the elections on June 7.”


“Like in the case of President Constantinescu, I shall not criticize post factum the activity of the person with whom I worked. I don’t deem it OK to teach lessons after you leave,” he said. He mentioned that his greatest satisfaction in the office of presidential adviser was the conclusion of the National Pact for Education. In the end, Preda wished success to his colleagues from Cotroceni and to President Basescu, mentioning that “the next months will be very difficult.”


Preda was on the fourth place on PDL list at the EP elections, after Theodor Stolojan, Monica Macovei and Traian Ungureanu.


Miron Cozma wants to run for president


Former Jiu Valley miners’ leader Miron Cozma has decided he wants to run for president after registering his Labour Party in court towards the middle of next month, according to Antena 3 TV that quotes Inpolitics.ro.


‘Have you ever asked yourselves who the 75 per cent Romanians who do not vote are waiting for? I am going to tell you: Miron Cozma as president!’ Cozma said. He claims he would stand for election even if the courts do not restore his full civil rights, ‘only to show the whole world the injustice in this country.’


‘If I am elected as president, I will uproot the corruption that has taken possession of this entire country and I will start from the top, with all the former presidents. The first three people to be arrested are Iliescu, Basescu and Constantinescu, because they are all murderers who, among other things, are also guilty of genocide,’ Miron Cozma stated.


As far as his election campaign goes, Cozma promises a special component for the Romanian prison population, inspired by his time served behind bars, ‘because this country does not respect their rights, with an obsolete prison system. As one who knows what he is talking about, I believe Romanian prisons are but an academy of crime where inmates become brilliantly qualified as thieves and offenders.’


Cozma has served a number of years for his role in the miners’ riots in the 1990s.

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