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Montenegrin warship docks in Constanta harbour


Montenegro’s ‘Jadran’ training warship is conducting a port call in the Constanta military harbour from July 2 to July 5. According to Agerpres, the ship is currently engaged in a regional training cruise through the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea, a cruise that started on June 20 and is set to end on July 16. Apart from the 60 members of the crew, 23 cadets, officers and foremen from Albania, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro are also on board. They will be joined for two weeks by a student from the ‘Mircea cel Batran’ Naval Academy and one from the ‘Admiral Ion Murgescu’ School for Military Foremen. At the same time, the schedule of the port call includes a visit to the ‘Mircea cel Batran’ Naval Academy, to the ‘Admiral Ion Murgescu’ School for Military Foremen and to the tourism sites in Constanta.


Star of Constanta Dolphinarium dies


Mark the dolphin, the star of the Constanta Dolphinarium, has died early Thursday. The dolphin was aged 31 and spent 23 years in captivity, being the institution’s sole dolphin, Agerpres informs. Adrian Manastireanu, the director of the Constanta Natural Science Museum, has stated that Mark started to bleed through the nasal orifice and died after approximately ten minutes, ‘with old age probably taking its toll.’ The cause of death will be established after the autopsy. Mark was the longest living dolphin of the Dolphinarium, considering that the average lifespan of his specie (Tusipos Truncatus Sponticus) ranges from 25 to 30 years.


Derailment in Bihor County train station


A freight train loaded with fuel has derailed yesterday at noon in the Velenta train station, Bihor County. According to initial information there are no victims and there is no danger of explosion. ‘A train carriage derailed. The causes will be identified by the investigation commission set up as per the regulations in force. The carriage’s contents did not spill out; there is no danger of an explosion. The carriage is only a few centimeters off the railway line. It’s like a fender-bender,’ Grigore Hurdubaie, the head of the Velenta train station, stated for Mediafax.


He added that there were no casualties. According to the representatives of the Bihor Office for Emergency Situations, the carriage was part of a freight train transporting fuel.

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Roman-Catholic Archbishopric requests the intervention of President Basescu


The Roman-Catholic archbishop Ioan Robu requested yesterday President Traian Basescu and the competent authorities to take “all the possible legal measures” for the disappearance of the 19-floor building erected close to “Saint Joseph” Cathedral. “We request the President of Romania, the other dignitaries to pay the due importance to this vehement protest against what has been and is tolerated for almost ten years. We request the state authorities to take all the possible legal measures in order that this hideous tower adjoining Saint Joseph Cathedral would disappear, to comply with the resolutions of Senate, the written declaration of the European Parliament and the requests of the 2000 Catholic believers, and return to normality,” Ioan Robu stated, according to Agerpres. The appeal addressed by the high hierarch to the authorities comes after Ploiesti Court of Appeal decided on June 25 that the authorization of the 19-floor building is legal, the decision being final, and, subject to it, the works which have been stopped for some time may be resumed.


Predoiu: The most important objective is the adoption of the last two codes


Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu mentioned yesterday, at the opening of the proceedings of the Lawyers’ Congress, which takes place for two days at Mamaia, that the most important project further maintained is the adoption of the other two codes, of civil and criminal procedure. “Insofar as our agenda is concerned, the most important objective that we further maintain is the adoption of the other two codes, of civil and criminal procedure, that would round off the project started very many years ago, continued, I would say, with much missionary-like spirit by all the justice ministers, and completed in a more than laudable way, in my opinion, by the two special commissions of the Parliament of Romania,” Minister of Justice said, quoted by Agerpres.


According to the dignitary, the impact studies will be extended to all the four codes, criminal, civil, criminal procedure and civil procedure.


Catalin Predoiu also said that he expects the projects of the civil and criminal procedure codes to be submitted in the coming period to criticism and debated, “which is absolutely normal in an open society.”

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Gov’t discussed norms to Law regarding nationalized houses


The draft resolution for the completion of the norms for unitary enforcement of the Law regarding the nationalized houses was discussed on Wednesday by the Government, in first reading, and will be analyzed by all the ministries involved, also from the point of view of the financial impact, Premier Boc stated. Asked by the media for which reason the adoption of this normative act needs such a long period, the Head of Government pointed out that the draft resolution is an “extremely complex” act, also of financial nature, Mediafax informs.


National Voluntary Stem Cell Donors’ Register has been set up


The Government adopted on Wednesday a decision setting up the National Voluntary Stem Cell Donors’ Register. ‘It was a soul promise made by this Government to set up the register which will not only save human lives but will also match patients with compatible donors from Romania and from other countries, for the treatment of illnesses such as leukemia,’ PM Emil Boc said, according to Mediafax.


He pointed out that the register would also help making important savings, as such surgeries performed abroad generally cost more than EUR 150,000 compared to just EUR 40,000–50,000 in Romania.


Foreign Minister appoints overseas Roma issues counsellor


Foreign Affairs Minister Cristian Diaconescu appointed Gelu Dragulin as his counsellor on matters related to Romanian Roma living abroad. Dragulin (46) is expert on public policies with over 18 years experience in the field, Agerpres informs. Gelu Dragulin is also working with UNESCO and CARITAS in the area of public policies on immigration and is Secretary General of the Romanian-Spanish Chamber of Commerce.


‘As FM Cristian Diaconescu’s counsellor, my intention is to contribute my experience in various European countries to the development of a strategy helping depict a favourable reality of the Roma based in other countries. By that, I would like to change the image of the Roma and how some of them are looked at by other European citizens across the Romanian borders,’ said Gelu Dragulin.

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USD 58.8 bln World Bank allocation to combat crisis


The World Bank informs it has allocated a record USD 58.8 bln in the fiscal year that had just finished trying to assists countries in withstanding the pressure of economic crisis, Antena3.ro reports. The commitment in the 2009 fiscal year ending on June 30 came with a 54 per cent increase compared to the previous year, setting an absolute World Bank record, according to the announcement of the financial institution.


‘The demand for World Bank aid has experienced a steep rise this year and we expect the trend to continue into 2010 because the pace of recovery is far from being a certainty,’ World Bank President Robert Zoellick was stating. ‘Millions are still in distress and we must continue helping states meet their priority expenditures, including on infrastructures, HR or social safety nets, otherwise the progress that has been obtained with difficulty will be jeopardised,’ he said.


BNR: EC to enhance macro-prudential supervision


Romania cannot lag behind other countries regarding the enforcement of European macro-prudential supervision regulations, Cristian Bichi, Co-ordinator at the Crisis Management Division of the Central Bank of Romania (BNR) stated on Thursday, according to Agerpres. Bichi says the crisis situation has generated a series of negative reports on Romania which, in some cases, were exaggerated. ‘With a new EU directive, the Brussels officials wish to create a new European architecture for institutional supervision,’ Cristian Bichi stated. According to him, that particular kind of supervision has existed at a national level and that ‘BNR has operated pro-actively without doing so just because it was fashionable.’


The new EU-proposed supervision architecture includes the setting up of two distinct entities – the European Systemic Risk Council and the European Financial Supervision Council, where the former will be dealing with the monitoring of complex institutions, closely related to the European Central Bank.


Oil falls below $68


LONDON – Swelling gasoline stocks and a much bigger than expected rise in U.S. unemployment drove oil markets down more than a dollar on Thursday to below $68 a barrel.In the latest signal the economy of the world’s biggest energy consumer was still weak, data on Thursday showed U.S. employers had cut 467,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate had risen to 9.5 percent.U.S. crude fell $1.65 to $67.66 a barrel by 8:38 a.m. EDT. The contract settled 58 cents lower at $69.31 on Wednesday. London Brent crude dropped by $1.46 to $67.33.”There’s a sense we’re breaking to the down-side because of weak economic data … unemployment, house prices, lower stock markets,” said Christopher Bellew of Bache Commodities.


South Stream: Turkey prepared to take Russia’s offer


Turkey ‘is prepared to take Russia’s offers’ in the energy domain, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s Foreign Affairs Minister, stated on Thursday after Moscow proposed Ankara on Wednesday to take part in the South Stream natural gas pipeline project, Agerpres informs.


‘We believe that Russia can offer Turkey highly advantageous conditions in the energy domain,’ Serghei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, stated.


Russia proposed Turkey to cooperate in the South Stream project that competes against the Nabucco project. The latter entails the construction of a 3,300-kilometer pipeline that would supply natural gas from Central Asia to the European Union while transiting Turkey and South-East Europe. The project seeks to reduce energy dependence on Russia.


CEZ to build wind farm in Romania


CEZ, the Czech Republic’s utilities company, has announced yesterday that it has contracted a credit of EUR 262.35 M for a period of 15 years in order to finance the construction of a wind farm in Romania, Agerpres informs. According to the agreement signed by the Czech group with Bayerische Landesbank, BNP Paribas, Czech CSOB and KBC Deutschland, the credit will be used to finance the export contracts signed with German technology suppliers.


The agreement is insured by the Hermes agency, a German export-insurance agency. CEZ Group seeks to build a wind farm with a capacity of 347.5 MW in Dobrogea (south-east Romania). The value of the project stands at approximately EUR 1.1 bln and is projected to be completed at the end of 2010. CEZ is the Czech Republic’s most profitable company. In recent years CEZ has bought assets in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and other Balkan states. In Romania CEZ distributes and supplies electricity to 1.4 million clients.

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