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Masters of Jazz and Jessy Nixon in Bucharest, in October


The second edition of the Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival will be held during October 23 – 25, 2009. Other events organized as part of the Masters of Jazz will be scheduled throughout November, as well. Internationally acknowledged artists have already confirmed their presence, such as Richard Bona, Eliane Elias, Lenny White,Stanley Clarke, Mike Stern Band and Branford Marsalis Quartet. Another artist to perform on October 10 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest is Jessy Dixon, one of the legendary names of gospel, during the last five decades. The big band will be joined by American pianist Elsa Harris, and Paula Seling will be the special guest of the show. The tickets are available on www.myticket.ro, www.ticketpoint.ro, as well as in the Diverta bookshops, at the Muzica Store or at the Palace Hall.


Classical and vintage motorcycles at MNIR


An exhibition of classical and vintage motorcycles will be opened today at the National History Museum of Romania (MNIR). The exhibition will feature two-wheeled vehicles that circulated on the streets of Romania until the 80s, including the first models of motorcycle series, for civilians and for the army, from the prewar,


Visitors are granted the opportunity to admire famous brands, some of them produced in or outside the former Socialist countries. The exhibition will be opened until September 30, 2009.

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Tariceanu to run the campaign for the presidential elections


PNL advisory political group, which includes the former political leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu, will lead the campaign for the presidential elections, Mediafax informs.


The head of PNL campaign for these presidential elections, Romeo Stavarache, said this Tuesday that the Liberals decided within the Standing Bureau that the aim of the party would be going into the second tour and winning the presidential elections, and their target for the second tour is to reach 25 per cent in the elections.


He said that in order to reach these targets, PNL board has approved the campaign team for this autumn, which includes Daniel Chitoiu, Varujan Vosganian, Dan Motreanu, Florin Alexe, Marian Petrache, Relu Fenechiu, and a political advisory group, which will make the most important decisions this autumn.


General Prosecutor notified in relation to the privatization of Sidex Galati plant


Galati Deputy Mihai Boldea (PDL) informed on Tuesday in a press release that he has asked Romania’s General Prosecutor to start an investigation for checking the manner used to privatize Sidex Galati metallurgical plant.


According to him, cited by Mediafax, he is also supported by unions, most of the unions from this platform affiliated to FSS Metarom stating their support for this action.


The Deputy also indicates that a serious investigation is required to evaluate the plant, a task book has to be drafted and then contract clauses to be further on negotiated, including the price, which were all detrimental for the Romanian State, the damage being estimated at USD 1.4 bln., according to Boldea.


The “Sterling” contract checked by the prosecutors


The prosecutors from the High Court of Cassation and Justice check the legality of the contract providing for the exploitation and division of production on perimeters XIII Pelican and XV Midia, concluded between National Agency for Mineral Resources, as lesser, and Sterling Resources Ltd., as lessee. The investigations are based on a report issued by Prime Minister Control Body, according to the yesterday issued of Gardianul newspaper.


Based on the cited source, the prosecution office of the Supreme Court confirmed the start of controls in the file that the Government has lodged complaint against.


Government completed investigation in Sterling file and it decided, on July 27, to notify the Prosecution Office in relation to the report, which indicates that the agreement with the Canadian company has been extended in order to avoid auctions and the report points former heads of ANRM as to be held liable, along with the former head of General Government Secretariat and a former State Secretary in Finances.

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Romania – first within the EU in terms of construction activity


Romania ranks the first within the European Union (EU) according to the advance in constructions in June, by 9.3 per cent, compared to May, within the EU, the indicator dropped by 3.3 per cent, based on Eurostat, Mediafax informs. From among the 11 Member States reporting to Eurostat on monthly basis, apart from Romania, only Bulgaria (1.5 per cent), Poland (1.2 per cent) and Czech Republic (1 per cent) registered advances in construction activities in June, compared to May, the remaining EU members experiencing decreases. Romania ranks the 5th within the EU in terms of production drop in constructions in June, compared to the same time period of the previous year, with a decline by 6.2 per cent, less significant than the average of the EU, which was 14.1 per cent.


Romania ranks ninth in Europe and Eurasia in terms of gas reserves


The proved reserves of natural gas of Romania were rising, at the end of 2008, at 630 bln cu m, representing 0.3 per cent of the world reserves, according to the data centralized by British Petroleum (BP), Agerpres informs. By the end of 1998, the proved reserves of natural gas were estimated at 360 bln cu m. Thus, Romania ranks ninth in Europe and Eurasia, the first places being occupied by Russia with 43.30 trillion cu m, Norway – 2.91 trillion cu m, and Kazakhstan – 1.82 trillion cu m.


CE: Illegal state support for Automobile Craiova


The European Commission (EC) issued yesterday the report on competition policies on 2008. The report mentioned Romania at only one chapter, that presented the recovery of EUR 27 million granted as a state support for the privatisation of Automobile Craiova, considered as an illegality at Brussels, Realitatea.Net reported. This support should have been offered to Ford, yet the American company returned the sum, to avoid being fined by the EU. The Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, said that “2008 was an unusual and difficult year, as Europe had to face unprecedented economical issues.”

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