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Actor Jean Constantin released from hospital


Actor Jean Constantin, aged 80 was released from hospital and is in a very good condition, Professor Serban Bubenek, director of “C.C. Iliescu” Institute of Cardiology, declared on Sunday for Agerpres. The actor who appears to have had a heart infarction, will return to control for evaluation. Jean Constantin had been admitted to hospital on June 5 in the Department of Cardiology of Constanta County Hospital, after he complained of respiratory problems. Apart from the information that he suffers from several chronic diseases, the actor refused to publicize other details regarding his health. Subsequently, on June 11, Jean Constantin was transferred to Bucharest at the Institute of Cardiology from Fundeni, and was admitted in the intensive care department for investigations. Medical sources pointed to the fact that Jean Constantly allegedly had a heart infarction.


‘The Mute Wedding’ and ‘Golden Age Memories’ at Munich Film Festival


The long films “Angling” by Adrian Sitaru, the “Mute Wedding” by Horatiu Malaele and “Golden Age Memories” were selected for the Munich Film Festival, in the International section, the website of the event announces. Beside these films, the section will include the long films “Mar Nero,” directed by Federico Bondi, starring Vlad Ivanov, Dorotheea Petre and Maia Morgenstern, and “Pa-ra-da,” directed by Marco Pontecorvo, an Italian-French-Romanian co-production. The German-French-Romanian co-production “Code inconnu: Recit incomplet de divers voyages,” directed by Michael Haneke, will be presented in the Michael Haneke CineMerit Award section. At this year’s edition of the Festival, director Michael Haneke, whose long film “Das Weisse Band” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, will be also offered the CineMerit Award.


The 27th edition of the Munich Film Festival is scheduled during June 26-July 4 and will include over 200 films.


B’ESTFEST doubles three-day passes


After the initial number of 5,000 three-day passes for July 2, 3 and 4 at the B’ESTFEST were sold-out, as well as the additional number of 1,000 issued afterwards, organizer Emag!c Entertainment announced the decision to double the number of passes due to numerous requests. The newly issued passes are already available in the Diverta network stores as well as on the site www.myticket.ro, at the same price of RON 270. Moreover, passes may also be purchased at the entrance to the location of the festival, at the price of RON 300. Buyers are also offered the opportunity to purchase tickets for Day Zero or one-day tickets (priced at RON 130 until June 30, RON 150 throughout the festival and at the entrance), as well as tickets for AFTERSHOCK (RON 100 and RON 150, depending on the distance to the stage) are also available on www.myticket.ro and in Diverta stores. The B’ESTFEST Festival will take place during July 1 – 5, at the Romexpo Exhibition Centre. It will be attended, among others, by The Killers, Moby, Santana, Motorhead, Orbital, Franz Ferdinand and Manowar.

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SPORTS

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Besiktas makes offer for Mutu


The Turkish champion Besiktas Istanbul made an offer for the Romanian attacker of the team Fiorentina, Adrian Mutu, according to the Turkish daily paper Fanatik.


“Besiktas got in touch with the gifted Romanian footballer Adrian Mutu, counting on the advantage of the fact that they will be included directly in Champions League. They have excellent relations with Fiorentina ever since they wanted to transfer Per Kroldrup, and this time they made an offer for Mutu. Fiorentina’s sports manager declared that Mutu might be transferred, and that the Romanian footballer might be interested in joining the Istanbul team and in the perspective of attending the Champions League. The negotiations continue,” the paper Fanatik mentioned.


Borcea: Sabau told us he won’t come to Dinamo


Cristi Borcea, the executive president of FC Dinamo, has stated that head coach Ioan Ovidiu Sabau told the club’s officials that he does not want to become the team’s coach, www.prosport.ro informs. ‘Sabau told us he will no longer come to Dinamo. If Mircea Rednic does not agree to stay, I will retire from the world of football for good! I was indebted to Sabau since 2006. Now I am indebted to Rednic. We have to take revenge for the season that has recently ended!’ Borcea stated for ProSport. Cristian Borcea has stated on FC Dinamo’s official website that he will step down from his office and from the club’s shareholding if head coach Mircea Rednic will not continue at the helm of the team during the next season. ‘Both of us are real Dinamo fans. People dedicated 100 per cent to the club, to the Dinamo fans. Together we have to exact revenge!


Athletics: Romania ranks 8th at the end of EC team competition Day 1


Romania ranks 8th out of 12 countries that took part in the first day of competition within the European Championship for teams, a competition taking place in Bergen, Norway. After 21 of the 40 trials Romania ranks 8th with 137.5 points. Belarus tops the standings with 173 points, followed by Finland with 152 points, Belgium with 152 points, Norway with 148 points, Hungary with 147 points, Netherlands with 146 points and Slovenia with 140.5 points. Romania outranks Turkey with 124.5 points, Switzerland with 107 points, Estonia with 101.5 points and Serbia with 101 points.

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Copos has driving license suspended


The boss of the football club FC Rapid Bucharest, Gheorghe Copos remained on Saturday at noon without the driving license for 90 days, after he was recorded by the radar driving his private car on the Sun Expressway at a speed of 200 km per hour. According to the chief commissioner Grigore George, chief of Expressway Police, after he was recorded by the radar driving with 200 km per hour, the businessman was stopped by a team of the Road Police at km 144, and was drafted contravention minutes, being fined RON 540, and having his driving license withheld. Last year, the biggest speed registered by the radar on the Sun Expressway was 256 km per hour, while this year it was 220-230 km per hour.


Earthquake of 3.9 degrees on Richter scale in Giurgiu County


An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 degrees on Richter scale occurred on Saturday evening, at 17.10 h., in Giurgiu County, at the depth of 15 km, the National Institute for Earth Physics informed. According to the quoted source, the surface quake took place three km away from Ghimpati, Giurgiu County, and about 25 km away from the city of Giurgiu. The quake, which had the magnitude of 3.9 degrees on Richter scale, was very feeble, being felt neither in Bucharest nor in Giurgiu County. According to specialists, in order to be dangerous, a surface earthquake must have at least 5-6 degrees on Richter scale, while a depth one, such as the quakes from Vrancea County, must have at least 7 degrees.

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BUSINESS

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BNR estimates peak of bad performing loans shall be reached during autumn


Officials of the National Bank estimate that the peak of bad performing loans shall be reached during September–October, within the segment of non guaranteed small value loans, which account for 70 per cent of the liabilities, Agepres informs. “From our viewpoint, issues are posed by small loans, which, in the past, were granted on the basis of the ID card only. Although in share terms, they only account for 22 per cent of the total lending, the value of the outstanding liabilities, for these loans, account for 70 per cent of the total,” according to the director of BNR Surveillance Directorate, Nicolae Cinteza, for a TV channel. An important delay in payment is also registered in case of high value loans granted to households, the share of the liabilities to loans over RON 200,000 doubling in the next 12 months. The fewest issues were registered in case of guaranteed loans, “mainly the real estate ones, which account for 21 per cent of the non governmental lending,” Cinteza said. A sensitive issue, found out following the checks conducted by BNR, was the absence of re-assessment of guarantees.


EUR 310 M investments in Ploiesti Industrial Park


The Chairman of the Romanian Agency for Foreign Investments Darius Mesca said this Friday at Ploiesti that investments over EUR 310 M were made in Ploiesti Industrial Park since its establishment, Agerpres informs.


The manager of the industrial park, Andrei Tudor, specified that 43 business and more than 7,700 employees are active in Ploiesti Industrial Park. Starting last year, the park extended with the acquisition of a new land in Urlati, Mizil and Ciorani. In Urlati, on the surface owned by Ploiesti Industrial Park, investments in infrastructure exceeding EUR 1.6 M were made, an important investor being already active here – Procter & Gamble – which will create, until the end of this year, 350 jobs.


Toyota Romania launched Urban Cruiser SUV and mini IQ


Toyota Romania, the importer of the Japanese brand in the domestic market, has recently launched, at World Trade Center, two new models of the range, SUV Toyota Urban Cruiser, at prices ranging from EUR 15,700 to EUR 18,500 (VAT included) and Toyota iQ, the smallest compact vehicle in the portfolio of the Japanese company, at a price starting from EUR 13,000 and it goes up to EUR 15,900 (VAT included), Agerpres informs. The new Toyota Urban Cruiser is equipped with the start – stop system and it sells with two types of engines – 1.3 l petrol 101 CP and 1.4 l diesel 90 CP, with manual six geared transmission. The SUV is equipped with integral front transmission, it has 3.93 m in length, 1.72 m in width and 1.52 m in height. The second model launched, Toyota iQ is, in terms of dimensions, behind Aygo, the new model having a length of 2.98 m, a height of 1.50 m, and it can transport three adults and one child. For comparison, the iQ model is shorter that Aygo by 40 cm. It runs on petrol, two engines, and one engine for diesel: 1 l, 3 cylinders 68 CP and 1.3 l, 4 cylinders 98 CP, 1.4 l and 90 CP respectively.


A bankrupt bank in Republic of Moldova


The commercial bank Investprivatbank from Republic of Moldova was declared this Friday bankrupt because it is unable to meet its liability deadlines towards clients and it unable to pay the receivables, Agerpres informs. National Bank of Moldova (BNM) withdrew this Friday the license in case of Investprivatbank and it appointed a liquidator for it. BNM decision was triggered by fact that, within the bank monitoring on the basis of financial reports, violations of the prudential norms have been identified, which has resulted in a complex control being conducted over March – May 2009, as BNM vice governor, Ema Tabarta, informed in a press conference. She specified that the bank has reached payment incapacity because of the “improper management”.

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Fees for gambling raised, remain below the level initially proposed


Government shall raise most of the fees charged for gambling, the levels being much lower compared to the first option suggested, and they will increase the minimal value of the equity capital required for granting the organization license for gambling, based on an emergency ordinance draft. Thus, in case of gambling characteristic for casinos, the fee charged for the organization license could be doubled to RON 400,000, a level yet lower by RON 100,000 than the one proposed in the initial proposal. At casinos, the annual fee for each table in Bucharest, could advance from RON 200,000 to RON 250,000, a level set in the legislation in force, and for each table in other localities, this will advance from RON 100,000 to RON 120,000. For each type of slot machine gambling, an annual fee of RON 8,000 shall be paid, higher compared to the initial version, but also compared to the level foreseen by law so far. In the initial draft, the fee would advance from RON 3,500 to RON 4,800. The fee corresponding to the organization license for slot machines gambling shall be reduced from RON 50,000 to RON 25,000. Regarding lotto bets, the exploitation fee shall be raised to RON 800,000, a level also foreseen in the initial form of the draft, from a current level of RON 500,000. The fee charged for the organization of lotto bets was maintained at RON 500,000. The organizers shall also be asked to set a guarantee fund to cover the non payment risk of liabilities due to the general consolidated budget. The organization license for gambling remains valid for 5 years since the provision date, whereas the exploitation authorization has to be renewed annually. The authorities estimate that additional revenues would result, amounting to RON 101.2 M in 2009, RON 202.4 M in 2010, RON 222.6 M in 2011, RON 244.9 M in 2012 and RON 269.4 M in 2013. Currently, the state receives nearly RON 120 M, annually, from the collection of the license fees.


49 non fiscal taxes and duties – eliminated by the Executive


Government eliminated 49 non fiscal taxes and duties in fields such as health, energy, environment, agriculture, and it merged other 140, out of a total 491 existent taxes and duties, Agerpres informs. Based on a situation of reduced, eliminated or merged taxes and duties, published by Ministry of Public Finances, the officials eliminated fees due for the authorization and approval of operations addressing weapons and ammunition regime, between RON 50 and 100, approval fees and fire safety authorizations, up to RON 120. Other taxes eliminated were those charged for identity cards, passports and data from the National Register of Persons, which were ranging from RON 1 to 4, as well as authorization fees in the field of inspection for constructions, up to RON 150.


Thus, taxes and fees for authorization and re-authorization were reduced also in health, from EUR 30 to EUR 400. The fees charged for issuance of certifications for electric energy measurement operators, ranging from RON 1,000 to RON 2,500, were eliminated.


The fee for the analysis of the documentation and modification of authorizations and licenses of RON 1,600 was also eliminated. The fee for mandatory courses for maritime and port maritime navigating staff was eliminated. Government also eliminated the fees for the approval of own energy efficiency programs drafted by consumers, ranging from RON 1,600 to RON 3,000, as well as the fees for the authorization of the reproduction, animal selection, seed material collection, artificial animal breeding, ranging from RON 120 to 250 per objective, were removed.

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POLITICS

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Gov’t to assume responsibility today in Parliament


The Government will hold a meeting today starting at 1 PM in order to approve the final form of the Criminal and Civil Codes and to decide which of the filed amendments will be included in the codes. The meeting will come before the Government will assume the responsibility in Parliament, an event scheduled to occur today starting at 4 PM. Several MPs, including Victor Ponta (PSD), Eugen Nicolicea (PSD) and Sever Voinescu (PD-L) had filed amendments to the draft codes, 9 of which on the Criminal Code and 14 on the Civil Code. In what concerns the trial that the ‘Stop the Codes’ Coalition has filed against the Government because of the Government’s measures on the codes, the trial is scheduled next Monday, on June 29, when the Bucharest Court of Appeal will decide whether to suspend the procedure on adopting the codes and whether the Gov’t’s decision to send the 4 laws to Parliament is subjected or not to judicial control.


TI complains to Barrot about ANI abuse against Alistar


The organization Transparency International (TI) conveyed, last Friday, an open letter to the vice president of the European Commission, Jacques Barrot, where they describe the attacks started by the National Agency for Integrity (ANI) against Victor Alistar, TI executive director, Mediafax reads. The letter was conveyed following that ANI had notified the Prosecutor’s Office by District 1 Court, for them to start investigations in relation to the infringement of instigation to intellectual forgery by Victor Alistar, and to the commitment of the infringement of intellectual forgery by his wife. The organization requests the EC vice president to join TI action to resist before these efforts to undermine the integrity of a member of the civil society who fought for integrity and against corruption. TI also claims that the charges pressed against Alistar are part of a defamation campaign and they represent abuse of power.


UDMR will have its own candidate in Presidential elections


The Consultative Council of UDMR’s territorial organizations has decided on Saturday that the party will have its own candidate in the Presidential elections, with the nomination set to occur this week, party leader Marko Bela announced. Marko Bela stated that UDMR will choose from a list the name of the future candidate, with the candidate set to be a politician. According to Marko, the Consultative Council has also analyzed the profile of the future candidate. ‘We have also talked about the portrait of the future candidate. We need a politician, not an outsider, not an independent, not an intellectual. A politician able to pass on UDMR’s political message,’ the party president stated. Sources from within UDMR have stated for Mediafax that apart from Marko Bela, Borbely Laszlo, Gyorgy Frunda and Kelmen Hunor the list also contains Nagy Zsolt and Cseke Attila.

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