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Otelul Galati: Petre Grigoras announced resignation


The coach of Otelul Galati, Petre Grigoras announced on Saturday that he intended to leave the team he had trained for three years and a half and mentioned he was disappointed that the General Manager of the club, Marius Stan, was unwilling to answer his phone calls, so that Grigoras could hand him the paper.


“Marius Stan has not answered my phone calls and I cannot stand here anymore. I will quit, and I am sorry I have nobody to submit my resignation to.


I regret that I have to go, but I cannot accept a target that was imposed to me,” Petre Grigoras declared. Grigoras hinted at the possibility of second thoughts under certain circumstances. “You may count on my absence at the following two or three training sessions. During these days, maybe the management of the club will reconsider its decision regarding the target, and I might reconsider my position as well.” The coach also added that he had said goodbye to his players after the morning training sessions and he was already packing his bags.


Ronaldo completes record transfer to Real Madrid


MADRID – Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo completed his 80 million pound ($130 million) world record transfer to Real Madrid on Friday, signing a six-year deal with the Primera Liga club. “Real Madrid and Manchester United have signed the final agreement for the transfer of the rights of the player Cristiano Ronaldo effective July 1,” Real said on their website (www.realmadrid.com). “The player will remain at Real Madrid for the next six seasons and will be presented on July 6 at the Bernabeu stadium,” the statement said.(Reuters)


Romanian athletes get on podium in Sofia


Levente Bartha won the javelin event of the International Athletics Meeting Pavel Pavlov in Sofia, with a throw of 75.00 meters. In the men’s 3,000 meters contest, Ionut Enache ranked second (8’11”53/100m), after Moroccan Youssef Al Kalai (8’07”75/100). In the long jump contest, Adrian Vasile ranked third (7.78m), with Bulgarian Atanas Rusenov as winner (7.98m). The triple jump contest saw Alin Anghel rank third (16.65m), the winner being Bulgarian Momchil Karailev (Bulgaria) – 17.41m. Laurentiu Popa came fourth at discus throw (18.64m), an event won by Andrei Siniakov (19.73m) from Belarus. In the high jump contest, Mihai Donisan came 8th, with 2.10 m, and the first place went to Belarus Stijn Stroobant, with 2.26 m.


In the women’s contest, Mihaela Neacsu ranked second (2’04”25/100), followed by Iuliana Popescu (2’06”16/100), while the victor was Russian athlete Anna Lutchikina – 2’03”69/100. Anamaria Ionita came third in the 200 m contest (24”39/100) and fifth in the 400 m contest (54”03/100). At 3,000 m, Cristina Vasiloiu came second (9’44”25/100), after Ethiopian Maryenn Hana Dingo (9’02”54/100). In the high jump event, Esthera Petre ranked second (1.88m), after Bulgarian Venelina Venea (1.91m), while Cristina Bujin was second in the triple jump women’s event (14.14m) and Carmen Toma was fourth, with 14.12 m, as the first place went to Russian Nadezhda Alehina (14.31m).

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Victor Alistar to open lawsuit against ANI


Victor Alistar, the chairman of Transparency International Romania, informed that he would take the National Agency for Integrity (ANI) to court on grounds on how this one had conducted the investigation addressing him. Alistar rejects the charges pressed against him by ANI in relation to his wealth statement and he says that this institution has become a pressure body, which no longer follows the rules of law. “The attacks lately against Transparency International (TI) Romania are evidence to the fact that it does its job”, Alistar said, cited by Mediafax, indicating the National Agency for Integrity, about which he said that “it has deviated from the standards of the rules of law”. Victor Alistar said that the critical manner at which the organization Transparency International Romania had acted in drawing the necessary alert as to errors in public interest management has triggered “a genuine campaign against this organization and its representatives, which is never seen before, and cannot be compared to a previous one, against an organization”. Victor Alistar is investigated for instigation to intellectual forgery. ANI notified Prosecutor’s Office, after having found out that there were discrepancies in the wealth statements of the chairman of Transparency International Romania and his wife.


Elena Udrea wants a cruising line between Constanta and the Greek islands


Tourism Minister, Elena Udrea, invited, for a two- day visit on the Romanian seaside, the chairman of Greece Tourism Organization (OTG), Ioannis Kofinis. At the end of the working meeting, on Saturday, the two officials outlined the joint vision to collaborate in the development of a joint tourism market in the Black Sea region, but also for consulting activities, with the aim of improving the legislative framework and the regulations in the Romanian legislation.


According to Minister Elena Udrea, cited by Agerpres, during the talks held, an aspect of great interest having real prospects emerged, which is the countries cooperation partnership in relation to the Black Sea, in joint promotion programs, but also for the establishment of joint tourist programmes, an option being the starting of a cruising line between Constanta Port and the Greek islands.


Tourism Minister also specified, during the talks with Ioannis Kofinis, that she asked for support in adapting the Romanian legislative regulations addressing tourism.

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Gigi Becali may leave the country


The judges of Bucharest Tribunal (TB) ruled that MEP Gigi Becali may leave the country, Antena 3 reports. Becali may thus leave for Brussels and exert his right to attend the proceedings of the European Parliament. The court thus okayed the appeal filed by the businessman against a previous decision by Sector 1 Tribunal, forbidding him to leave the country. However, the court maintained in effect Gigi Becali’s other interdictions and obligations. He will have to periodically come to the Ilfov Police Inspectorate and is prohibited to come in contact with the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against him. TB’s decision is definitive and irrevocable.


Pope Benedict might visit Romania


Pope Benedict XVI is ready to visit Romania, honouring an invitation by President Traian Basescu, yet this could only become a distinct possibility after His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR), visits Italy and the Vatican and extends an invitation to the Holly Pontiff, Romania’s ambassador to the Holly See, Marius Gabriel Lazurca, said in an interview to Agerpres. ‘It is difficult to say now when this would happen; what is sure is we can count on the benevolence of the Holly Pontiff, his earnest desire for this visit to take place; therefore, we can count on everybody’s wish for all the right conditions to be met for this event to happen. I therefore trust for things to evolve positively within a reasonable timeframe,’ Ambassador Lazurca outlined. Asked when His Beatitude Daniel will visit Italy and the Vatican, Ambassador Lazurca did not provide a date, yet suggested this is likely to happen in the foreseeable future.

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Dacia intends to present its SUV in September


Dacia wants to present its SUV model within Frankfurt automotive showroom, scheduled for September, and it could also launch an MPV (family vehicle) or a larger Sedan, preserving the low cost policy, according to the representatives of the company within Renault group, Mediafax informs. The chairman of Automobile Dacia administration board, Jacques Chauvet, said, for the French daily newspaper La Tribune that “there is potential for a mono – volume of for a larger sedan”. The option to launch MPV by Dacia was announced last year. “We are interested in developing cars which can sell in several states, because we need volumes. Since the Logan platform is a flexible one, we can think of a MPV, of a larger Sedan, than Logan, and also of a crossover”, as Patrick le Quement, Renault Industrial Design Manager, said in May 2008. Once with re-launching Sandero and Logan models, the costs could be reduced by “several hundred EUR” per vehicle, Dacia CEO added. In the first five months of the year, Dacia sales advanced by 15 per cent compared to the similar time period of the previous year, to 119,000 units, and if one adds the vehicles that sold, under Renault brand, in countries such as Russia, Brasilia or Iran, there are 200,000 cars. Last year, Dacia sold 500,000 vehicles, under its own brand or under Renault brand, as against 367,000 in 2007.


The loans for “Prima Casa” (First House), granted after July 15


Ministry of Public Finances (MFP) informed that the offers of 20 banks which intended to participate with lending products within the program “Prima Casa” (First House) observe the required cost criteria, but the final list shall be revealed only after Finances and National Fund for Loan Guarantees would analyse the other eligibility criteria as well. The authorities and the representatives of banks say that the disbursement of loans through the program Prima Casa may start in the second half of next month. “Considering that the banks came with offers worth EUR 1.5 bln., as against EUR 1 bln., as the program Prima Casa provides for, I believe it could be possible for this program to be resumed next year, even at a higher level compared to 2009”, according to those declared on Friday, exclusively for Agerpres, by Constantin Nita, Minister for SMEs, Commerce and Business Environment.

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BNR: The balance of liabilities due by households and companies advanced in May by 10.4 pc


The liabilities due by households and businesses for loans amount to RON 5.56 bln., advancing by 10.4 per cent as against April and by 3.4 times more than compared to the same month of 2008, the share of total lending increasing to 2.78 per cent, according to the data recently published by National Bank of Romania, Mediafax informs. The share of the outstanding loans within total lending was 2.5 per cent in April and it was 0.95 per cent in May 2008, according to BNR. RON lending amounted to more than RON 82 bln. in May. Thus, the share of outstanding liabilities in case of RON loans advanced from 1.51 per cent in May 2008 to 3.47 per cent in April and to 3.85 per cent in May. Regarding lending in foreign currencies, the outstanding liabilities amounted, in May, to RON 2.4 bln., by 5.35 times over the balance at the end of the same month of last year and by 10.71 per cent more than in April. The lending in foreign currency was RON 118 bln. worth at the end of May. Out of the lending in foreign currency, nearly 51 per cent were contracted by households and 47 per cent by companies. In case of RON loans, businesses account for 49.27 per cent of total lending and households account for 48.8 per cent. Both in case of RON and foreign currency lending, there is a category “others” which took nearly 1.9 per cent of the loans.


IMF delegation in Bucharest


A delegation from Washington of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived yesterday in Bucharest in order to have meetings with officials from Ministry of public Finances, Agerpres informs. As IMF office in Bucharest specified, the talks shall focus on Romania’s tax policy.


A delegation of IMF is scheduled for the second part of July, which shall address aspects related to tax administration. During August, a mission to assess the economic performances registered by the Romanian authorities shall arrive in Bucharest, on the basis of the performance criteria set in the standby agreement with IMF, signed in early May, providing for EUR 12.95 bln., part of the support package for Romania, which is EUR 20 bln. worth.


Tonny Lybek, head of IMF Office for Romania and Bulgaria, has recently made a statement, saying that the decrease of GDP in real terms, in Romania, over the first quarter of 2009 (-6.2 per cent), was tougher than anticipated by IMF in March. Yet, several countries experienced such a reduction of GDP in the first quarter and it is not unusual that during a serious recession, GDP decrease is initially more significant and then it becomes moderate, according to Lybek.

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