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Andreea Ograzeanu and Mirela Lavric reap the gold at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Serbia


Runner Andreea Ograzeanu on Saturday won the gold in the 200 meters sprint event of the European Athletics Junior Championships of Novi Sad, Serbia. Andreea Ograzeanu finished first, with a time of23.70 seconds, while the silver went to Alena Tamkova, Russia (23.72) and the bronze to Anna Kielbasinska, Poland (23.75).


Ograzeanu brought the fourth medal of the Romanian team, which now won three gold medals and a bronze medal, thus ascending on the second place in the countries classification, after Russia (4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals). Also on Saturday, Mirela Lavric won the gold in the 800 meters event. Mirela Lavric finished first, with 2:04.12, followed by Corinna Harrer, from Germany (2:04.51) and Yekaterina Zavyalova, from Russia (2:04.59).


Polo: Romania lost against US


Romania’s national polo team lost the United States of America, at 5-7 (2-1, 0-2, 2-2, 1-2), in the last match of the D Series of the World Championship in Rome. In the playoffs for the quarterfinal, the Romanians will meet Australia.


Europa League – Steaua will play in 3rd qualifying round against Motherwell


In the 3rd preliminary round of Europa League, football team Steaua Bucharest will meet the Scots from Motherwell, who won a stunning 8-1 against the Albanians of Flamurtari Vlora, last Thursday, in a home return match counting for the second qualifying round. Steaua will play the first match in Bucharest, on July 30, and the return match is scheduled for August 6, in Scotland. Steaua qualified after it defeated Ujpest 2-0 in Bucharest and 2-1 in Budapest. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) fined Steaua club with EUR 50,000 for the incidents that happened during the Bucharest match with Hungarian team Ujpest Budapest, in the second knockout qualifying round of the Europa League.

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MAE appoints new consul in Chisinau


Radu Bajenaru is Romania’s new consul to Chisinau. He succeeds Ion Nuica, who resigned following a sex scandal. ‘Radu Bajenaru has been appointed head of Romania’s consular section in Chisinau and he already took over the post,’ the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE), Mediafax reported the MAE spokesperson as saying.


Radu Bajenaru, a law graduate, is a diplomat with 30-year experience in the consular field. Bajenaru was on mission to Sydney, Belgrade and Istanbul, and held the position of director at the National Visa Centre, Mediafax also reports.


UDMR could back Basescu in second round


Marko Bela, the leader of UDMR, stated that the Hungarians could vote for the Head of State this autumn but that nothing is set in stone, Agerpres informs.


UDMR President Marko Bela stated in a press conference in Targu.-Mures that he does not exclude the possibility that the party will back Traian Basescu in the second round of the Presidential elections. ‘At this moment yes, we might back Traian Basescu (in the second round – editor’s note) but we have taken no decision. It is natural not to promise your backing in July if the elections are scheduled in November and you have your own candidate,’ Marko Bela stated.


At the same time, Kelemen Hunor, the Executive President of UDMR and a Presidential candidate, stated on Friday that the Romanian Constitution has to be modified, opining that the Romanian state is a multiethnic one and the Hungarians disagree with the ‘national state’ term, Mediafax informs.


Magistrates from Supreme Court won the trial with Ministry of Finances


Magistrates from Supreme Court won the trial with Ministry of Finances following the decision passed on Friday by Bucharest Appeal Court (CAB), Agerpres informs.


Thus, Ministry of Finances and Court of Audits have to pay the judges from High Court of Justice and Cassation (ICCJ) salaries amounting to RON 1.5 M (over EUR 350,000).


These bonuses are paid within the context of the Constitutional Court deciding on July 3 that the sentence according to which magistrates from ICCJ obliged Justice Minister, Catalin Predoiu, to pay them the 50 per cent bonus is not constitutional, Evenimentul Zilei informs.


In practical terms, as of July 3, magistrates would not have had, any more, the right to pass sentences in such files until a new decision from the Constitutional Court related to legislation addressing such bonuses.

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Blue Air to increase the number of flights between Naples and Catania


The air carrier Blue Air shall increase the number of flights, over August 1 – October 24, operated from Bucharest to Naples and Catania, following that the low cost operator My Air abandoned these flights, as a consequence of the license being suspended by the Italian Authority of the Civil Aviation, according to Mediafax. The price of a ticket will be EUR 59 and it does not include the EUR 7 fare for the luggage, as Blue Air informed on Friday. The new flights provide flight options for the passengers of the low cost air company My Air, whose license was suspended by the Italian Authority of Civil Aviation following irregularities.


In September, Wizz Air to launch Bucharest – Naples flights


The air carrier Wizz Air will operate, as of September 23, a flight from Bucharest to Naples, two times per week, as the low cost operator informed on Friday, cited by Mediafax. The ticket starts from RON 70, according to Wizz Air press release. The company also informed that two new flights shall be operated, in September and in October, from Bucharest to Catania, and to Bologna / Forli, respectively, following the change in the competition context. Therefore, the number of flights that the air carrier operates between Romania and Italy advanced to 13. According to Wizz Air, the new flights provide flight options for the passengers of the low cost air carrier Myair.


Romania received the first installment from the EC loan


On Friday, Romania received the first installment, amounting to EUR 1.5 bln., from the loan contracted with the European Commission (EC), according to Gheorghe Gherghina, State Secretary in Ministry of Finances, Mediafax informs. He indicated that the installment should have been provided next week, but “it appears that procedures were speeded up”. The Romanian authorities concluded an agreement for an external financing program backed by funds from International Monetary Fund, European Commission, World Bank, European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The funding package received by Romania from the five international institutions is EUR 19.95 bln. worth, out of which EUR 13 bln. from IMF and EUR 5 bln. from the EC.

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Romania lost World Bank loans worth USD 200 M


Romania lost loans from the World Bank (WB) amounting to USD 200 M, since 2004, which were designated to upgrading the road sector, according to Cotidianul newspaper. In November 2006, Romania took from World Bank – International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB – IBRD) a loan of USD 180 M. this loan represented the financial component of the support project for transports and it would have been rounded with other USD 45 M, as co-financing of the project, from the national budget. According to the project fiche on the web site of the international institution, 50 per cent of the amount would have been used for “supporting CNADNR in the development of the regular maintenance and current repairs program on national roads”. The remaining balance would have been spent on similar works, but performed on the railway sector inter-operable with the EU one. Starting from the current market prices, nearly USD 500,000 were assigned for repairing one km of national road, resulting into 500 km of national roads to be repaired. The program is still ongoing, until end of the year, but the corresponding loan granted by IBRD expired at the end of last year. Out of the total USD 180 M, Transport Ministry has only spent USD 27 M, accounting for 15 per cent of the total. This in spite of the fact that in general the loans provided by WB – IBRD bear low interests of 3 up to 3.5 per cent.


Mittal to meet Basescu


Billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, the owner of the international steel producer ArcelorMittal, is expected in Romania in August or in September in order to have talks with president Traian Basescu, on the future of the metallurgical plant based in Galati, according to union leaders, Ziua informs. The world steel market is experiencing a dramatic time period, induced by a drop in the world demand, caused by the economic and financial crisis. In addition, Sidex Galati plant, owned by ArcelorMittal, has its own difficulties: the coke – chemical unit, along with the transfer of some activities from Constanta to the Bulgarian port Burgas. FSS Metarom leader, Mircea Scantei, said that after the meeting between Mittal and Traian Basescu, the plant ArcelorMittal would present Ministry of Economy a multi-annual operation program for Galati based plant.


Citi: The reliable implementation of IMF program shall be helpful for Romania


The reliable implementation of the economic program agreed with IMF should improve Romania’s situation for it to be able to join ERM II mechanism in 2012, within the context of the agreement conclusion having improved the short and medium term prospect, according to Citi analysts, Mediafax informs. “In spite of the significant risks posed by implementation, we believe that the financing program contracted by Romania from IMF, EU and from other international financial institutions shall probably reduce the burden of adjustment in Romania and shall improve the medium term prospect”, according to a Citi report, which provides a comparative analysis between the developments in Romania and in Bulgaria. “Although Romania and Bulgaria had high external deficits when they entered the crisis, there are strong grounds to believe that the nature and pace of adjustment of these gaps shall be different”, Citi report outlines.


CFR SA plans to give spaces on lease


CFR SA plans to give spaces in 12 railway stations on lease, among which Bucuresti Nord, at minimal starting prices ranging from RON 0.8 to RON 500 per square meter, without VAT, on monthly bases, the company informed last Friday, Mediafax says. CFR SA shall organize today a call for offers for renting surfaces over one to three years time period. The most expensive rent, RON 500 per square meter on monthly bases, shall be for Bucuresti Nord. The space has a surface of seven square meters and it is allotted for an outdoor billboard.

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Oprescu pressured to enter Presidential race


Significant pressure is brought to bear on Sorin Oprescu in order for him to enter the Presidential race, sources from within the General Mayor’s entourage claim, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ wrote on Saturday. The same sources pointed out that Ion Iliescu and Adrian Nastase are among the ones that are trying to convince him to enter the race. The two approached Oprescu several times, claiming that he is the only one that has the chance to defeat Traian Basescu. Their indirect goal is to sabotage Mircea Geoana’s candidature despite them publicly stating that they back the PSD President. Ion Iliescu is known as one of Sorin Oprescu’s backers, being among the ones that openly backed him in the race for the Bucharest City Hall, doing so against the PSD mainstream. Adrian Nastase started to support Oprescu only after he was defeated by Geoana in the competition for the party’s nomination for the Presidential elections. In recent days the rumors concerning the imminent candidature of the General Mayor have been fueled by blogs and by political entourages. Political consultant Dan Andronic, one of Adrian Nastase’s advisors, is one of the ones that fueled that idea.


Nevertheless, on Friday the Bucharest Mayor once again ruled out an intention to run for office. ‘I don’t intend to announce my candidature for the November elections. I have promised something to the citizens of this city and I have to respect my promises’ Sorin Oprescu stated at the end of his visit in Tineretului Park. At the same time, on Saturday Oprescu minded his City Hall agenda and strolled through Bucharest, visiting the Unirii Passage, the Universitate Passage, Vatra Noua and the first-aid tents in order to see precisely what the on-the-field problems are. He found a ‘treatment’ for every problem and promised that all the underground passages will be renovated by the end of September.


Emil Boc: Ministers wages to be cut by 20 pc


The Premier announced that, starting on August , the wages of the Ministers will be reduced by 20 per cent. According to the Premier, this measure, voluntarily accepted by the Cabinet, is necessary in order to reduce budgetary expenses. Also, the staff of each official will be reduced by 20 per cent and the number of governmental agencies will be reduced by half. Regarding the reduction in the number of agencies, the Premier also mentioned that there are “extremely inflated” structures, that must be dissolved.

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