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Mutu signs new contract with Becali Agency


Adrian Mutu, the leader of the national football team, has signed a new contract with the Becali Agency that had previously represented him. Mutu had given up his collaboration with the Becali brothers shortly after the row with Chelsea. Mutu’s new sports agents haven’t promised that they will get rid of the EUR 17 M fine that he has to pay but state that they will try to do so. ‘The overtures came from both sides. I thought about calling him and he thought about calling me. The talks lasted for five minutes. The nice things we’ve had together outweighed the bad ones, we’ve also had accomplishments so why not give it another go. If he would have stayed with us he wouldn’t have ended up with that fine,’ Victor Becali stated.


Steaua to play in empty stadium against Pandurii and Gloria Bistrita


The Professional Football League’s Disciplinary Commission has sanctioned FC Steaua on Wednesday with RON 40,000 and two games to be played without fans. Steaua was sanctioned for the torches and smoke bombs that its fans threw on the playing field during the game against Dinamo, Ion Neagu, the president of the Commission, stated. Thus, Steaua will play its games against Pandurii Targu Jiu (leg 7) and Gloria Bistrita (leg 9) with no fans in the stands. Likewise, Astra was sanctioned with RON 40,000 and one game to be played without fans for the incidents that Rapid’s fans caused during the Astra Ploiesti vs. Rapid game.


Victor Hanescu main favourite in BCR Open Romania


Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu was designated the main favorite of the BCR Open Romania international tennis tournament scheduled from September 19 to September 27 within Bucharest’s BNR Arenas. Bogdan Enoiu, general director of McCann-Erickson Romania, stated that the tournament has a budget of EUR 900,000. He expressed his hope that Victor Hanescu, who currently ranks 29th in the ATP standings, will win this tournament in order to be among the top 20 players in the ATP. In 2009 the BCR Open Romania tournament will offer prizes worth EUR 450,000, i.e. EUR 80,000 more than in 2008. BCR Open Romania 2009 will be Andrei Pavel’s good-bye tournament, with Pavel set to retire at the end of this year.


Oltchim takes part in Ljubljana tournament


Women’s handball club Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea will take part this Friday and Saturday in an international tournament in Ljubljana, alongside RK Krim Mercator (the organizing club), Austria’s Hypo Niederoesterreich and Montenegro’s ZRK Buducnost Podgorica. On Day 1 Oltchim will play against Hypo (6 PM), while Krim will play against Buducnost (8 PM). On Day 2 of the ‘Vinka Kandijo Memorial,’ the teams defeated on Day 1 will play against each other at 4.30 PM, with the final of the competition scheduled at 7 PM.

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Romania climbs one place in FIFA table


The Romanian national football team has climbed one place to rank 26th in FIFA’s table. Brazil tops that table, followed by Spain and the Netherlands. France, Romania’s opponent in the World Cup 2010 preliminaries, is 10th. Romania has 827 points. Compared to February this year, Lucescu’s team has dropped 9 places, FIFA’s website informs. Here are the standings of Romania’s opponents in the World Cup preliminaries: France – 10th, Serbia – 13th, Lithuania – 62nd, Austria – 70th, Faeroe Islands – 163rd.


Steaua – best ranking Romanian club in IFFHS table, Dinamo climbs 50 places


Steaua Bucharest is the best ranking Romanian club in the August table publicized by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Steaua has climbed 15 places compared to the previous month’s table. Dinamo Bucharest has registered the most significant climb in the table – 50 places. Steaua climbs 15 places to rank 63rd with 139 points. CFR Cluj climbs 34 places to rank 66th with 137 points. FC Timisoara climbs 21 places to rank 112th with 112.5 points. Dinamo ranks 174th with 92.5 points. Title holders Unirea Urziceni has dropped 39 places to rank 224th with 83 points.

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Romanian flag on Chisinau hospital burnt down


A Romanian flag hoisted on the façade of the Municipal Clinical Hospital no. 4 in Chisinau was set on fire Monday night. The video was posted to the Internet yesterday morning, Realitatea TV reports. Although the hospital says it was a Moldovan flag, the recorded video clearly shows a Romanian flag which is different to the Moldovan one by the fact that it has no coat of arms on it. A song criticising Romania plays in the background of the film. The people who set the flag on fire cannot be distinguished, because the incident was filmed from a distance. The Police say they are collecting evidence and having already identified a few suspects.


Woman stabbed in Unirea shop from Bucharest


A woman was stabbed by her former boyfriend while she was in an electrical appliances shop from Unirea Commercial Center, and was carried to hospital, the spokesman of Bucharest police, Christian Ciocan, declared yesterday. According to the same, a team of Section 10 Police went to the site. The aggressor, who is believed to be the former boyfriend of the victim, has not yet been apprehended by officers. The woman was carried by an ambulance to Bucharest Emergency University Hospital (SUUB), declared SMURD Bucharest coordinator, Bogdan Oprita.


CNS prints administrative maps of Szeklers’ Land


The leadership of the Szekler National Council (CNS) has printed 1,500 administrative maps of the Szeklers’ Land. CNS Vice-President Ferencz Csaba stated during a press conference in Sfantu Gheorghe that the map of the Szeklers’ Land represents a presentation of their regional identity and grievances, while at the same time showing the CNS’s programs concerning Romania’s administrative reform. The CNS Vice-President added that the maps cost RON 5, with the money raised by selling them set to be used in carrying on the struggle for autonomy.

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New US Ambassador welcomed at Cotroceni


President Traian Basescu welcomed on Wednesday, at the Cotroceni Palace, Mark Henry Gitenstein, the new Ambassador of the United States to Bucharest, when the latter presented his credentials, the Presidential Administration announced.


The Head of the State congratulated Gitenstein for being appointed US Ambassador in Romania; welcomed him and wished him good luck in the activity he would start in our country. “Recent projects, developed as part of the strategic Romanian – American partnership, were mentioned, the ones in the field of international security, as well as the ones in the field of bilateral economical cooperation or energetic security file. Discussions also referred to recent evolutions of regional issues and the perspectives of collaboration between the two states,” a press release issued by the Presidential Administration points out. Gitenstein was also received last week by Foreign Affairs Minister Cristian Diaconescu.


On June 11, Gitenstein was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of Ambassador in Romania. On July 7, he was interviewed by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Senate. On July 11, he was confirmed by the US Senate, and on August 3 he took the oath in Washington, in the presence of US Vice-President Joseph Biden.


Fourth Schengen evaluation mission in Romania


The fourth Schengen evaluation mission in the field of maritime borders in Romania started yesterday and will end on September 7, the Ministry of Home Affairs informs by a press release.


The review team is made up of 10 experts from the Schengen member states and a representative of the Secretariat General of the Council of the EU and will evaluate the Ministry of Home Affairs (the Border Police and the Romanian Immigration Office), the National Customs Authority and the Ministry of Transport. After their visit, the experts will prepare a report containing conclusions and recommendations, to be subsequently (in November, most likely) approved by the Schengen Evaluation Working Group in Brussels. The previous three review missions took place in March, April and June, looking at police co-operation, personal data protection and visas.


Ex-Minister of Justice Macovei accused of corruption


In a message to the European Parliament, a Polish citizen maintains that MEP Monica Macovei has fostered acts of corruption and abused the funds of a number of non-profit organizations for her private commercial operations in SE Europe, Antena 3 reports.


The sender of the e-mail message, Stanislav Pigon, mainly refers to the periods when Macovei worked for the British Embassy in Skopje and of the recent European parliamentary election. The Pole says he and Macovei worked in Macedonia at the same time and that it was a naïve thing for him to hold the EPP MEP in such a high regard. Macovei rejects all allegations in a press release, arguing that all her action was perfectly lawful. Pigon, however, still expects European institutions to probe Macovei’s situation.

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Book of condolence at Iraqi Embassy


The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Bucharest opened a book of condolences Tuesday and Wednesday for the hundreds of victims of the August 19 terrorist attacks on the Foreign and Finance Ministries in Baghdad. According to an Embassy press release, numerous Romanian officials and friends have signed the book, including Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu, Middle East and Africa Director Mihai Dobre and MAE Protocol Director Dorian Prisacaru. Many ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions and international organisations represented in Bucharest have also signed the condolence book. The attacks on the Foreign Ministry building in Baghdad killed 100 and injured more than 500 people, making August 19 the bloodiest day for the Iraqi capital after the withdrawal of the US troops.


Sterling contract probed by Court of Audit


Court of Audit will analyze the “possible rebounds” of Sterling agreement over the patrimony, the resources and the expenditures of the National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANMR), during a control scheduled to take place in the fourth quarter of this year. The information was furnished to the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies through a letter addressed by the president of the Court of Audit, Nicolae Vacaroiu. The control is also based on the report drafted by the Commission on industries regarding the oil agreement of Sterling company, the letter reads. Nicolae Vacaroiu also confirms to the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies that the institution headed by him has started a control at the Ministry of Youth.


Newborn alive three weeks after being declared dead


A family from Bihor County was shocked to find out that their daughter, who was born three weeks ago and declared dead two days after her birth, is alive. Irina Marhas (30) and Rezi Sandor (38), went to the maternity in order to see the baby that they thought they had lost, Hotnews informs. ‘On August 13 I gave birth to a 450-gram girl. The doctors told me not to get my hopes too high because she might not survive. Three days later I was notified that the girl died, with the maternity set to handle the formalities,’ the girl’s mother stated. On Tuesday the parents had a big shock: they were notified that the girl is alive. ‘I felt my knees turning to jelly. We could have been there for her these two weeks,’ Irina stated. The two immediately rushed to the maternity where they were able to see their daughter; however they were given no explanation for the incident.

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Vodafone Romania launches HSPA+ network


Thursday, Vodafone Romania launched its HSPA+ telecom network tripling download speed from 7.2 Mbps to 21.6 Mbps and upload speed from 1.45 Mbps to 5.7 Mbps in Bucharest, the mobile telephony operator informs. The HSPA+ network currently covers the most important business centres, residential areas and many outdoor spots in Bucharest, and will be expanded to other major cities in the country by the end of September, when the service is set to become commercially available to all Vodafone Romania customers. ‘It is a new phase of the Vodafone Romania mobile broadband strategy (…) The better network performance will bring benefits to our broadband customers as well. We are doubling network speeds for all mobile data packages from 1 Mbps to 1.8 Mbps and 3.6 Mbps at no extra cost,’ Vodafone Romania CEO Liliana Solomon told a press conference.


Solomon further said that the price of an HSPA+ modem from the Chinese Huawei manufacturer would be EUR 19 with a two-year contract. Solomon informed that mobile internet access sales had continued to grow this year, but more slowly than in 2008 when they had peaked.


Heineken Romania business up 12 pc


The brewer Heineken Romania had in the first six months a gross turnover of RON 509 M, i.e. RON 436 M net, up 12 per cent over the results obtained in the first half of the past year, Mediafax informs. However, the volume of the sales dropped. “The investments in our focus brands, the consolidation of Bere Mures, and our strategy to concentrate on the basic assets of the company contributed to obtaining a growth of 12 per cent of the turnover. Moreover, in the first six months of the year we have improved our ability to generate cash,” declared in a press release the general manager of Heineken Romania, Jan Derck van Karnebeek. According to the estimates of Heineken Romania, part of the Dutch group with the same name, in the first six months of this year the beer market decreased by 11 per cent in volume. According to AC Nielsen survey over H1 of the year, quoted by Heineken, in the first half of the year the super premium segment registered a market share of 9.5 per cent, the premium segment 12.2 per cent, the mainstream segment 36.5 per cent, the economic segment 39 per cent, and the segment of the alcohol free beer 2.8 per cent.


ECB holds rates at record low 1 pct, as expected


FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank kept its main refinancing rate unchanged at a record low of 1.0 percent on Thursday, as expected by economists. Markets are now turning their attention to President Jean-Claude Trichet’s news conference at 1230 GMT, when he will explain the decision and present the ECB’s updated staff projections for GDP and inflation. The ECB also kept its overnight deposit rate, which acts as a floor for money markets, at 0.25 percent and left its marginal lending rate at 1.75 percent. All 80 economists in a Reuters poll expected the ECB to leave rates on hold. The ECB has lowered its rates from 4.25 percent since October as the financial crisis wreaked havoc in the euro zone economy and inflation risks have subsided.

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Rompetrol cut fuel prices yesterday


Rompetrol, controlled by the state company from Kazakhstan, KazMunaiGaz, reduced yesterday the reference prices of gasoline by 4 bani/liter, while for diesel by 2 bani/liter, the company announced, Realitatea.net reports. Thus, one liter of EFIX 95 gasoline will cost RON 3.99, and of ALTO 101 RON 4.60. The EFIX diesel will cost RON 3.82/liter, and the diesel ALTO 55 will cost RON 4.11/liter. The prices of the fuels traded in Rompetrol Downstream stations can vary by +/-5 per cent vs. the reference prices.


Dacia produced yesterday car no. 1 million built on Logan platform


Dacia produced yesterday the car number 1 million built on Logan platform (X90), the anniversary model being a pearl grey Logan car, Preference equipment version, intended for the Romanian market and equipped with a gas engine of 1.6 liters, the constructor announced, Mediafax informs. “In the five years which passed since the manufacturing of the first Logan sedan car at Mioveni, the range of vehicles developed on X90 platform had a steady evolution, arriving now at five models available in 27 versions,” reads a Dacia press release.


Toyota Romania launched new hybrid model Prius


Toyota Romania, the local importer of the Toyota models, launched the new generation of the hybrid model Prius, available in three equipment versions, for prices ranging from EUR 25,300 to EUR 30,050, VAT included, Mediafax informs. The three equipment levels of the new Prius are Luna, Sol and Sol Plus. Toyota Prius has a gas engine of 1.8 liters, which develops 99 HP, and a maximum couple of 142 Newton-meters (Nm); near this propeller it has another one electrical which can generate 82 HP and a couple of 207 Nm.

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RON reaches lowest level in the last 6 weeks


The reference exchange rate has climbed yesterday to RON 4.2372/EUR, the highest level in the last 6 weeks, Realitatea.net informs. Thus, the RON depreciated against the regional currencies in the first part of the day, with the central bank posting a reference exchange rate of RON 4.2372/EUR, RON 0.01 higher than the rate posted on Tuesday, with this being the highest level in the last 6 weeks. On Tuesday the National Bank of Romania (BNR) posted a reference exchange rate of RON 4.2229/EUR, while the exchange rate posted on Wednesday was last surpassed on July 21, 2009 back when the central bank posted a reference exchange rate of RON 4.2378/EUR. Against the USD, the BNR’s reference exchange rate climbed yesterday by more than RON 0.03 (1.14 per cent) to RON 2.9807/USD. This is the highest level since August 19 back when the BNR had posted a reference exchange rate of RON 2.9951/USD.


Traffic on Cluj-Napoca Airport to be suspended in October


Flights on the International Airport from Cluj-Napoca will be suspended for four days, during October 3-7, because of the rehabilitation of the flight strip, Mediafax informs. Over 150 flights will be affected in this period. “The passengers are asked to contact the flight companies in order to get informed about the timetables at the departure/arrival airports in this period. The flight operators reserve the right to cancel or modify the flight timetable,” reads a press release of the airport. According to the manager of Cluj-Napoca international Airport, David Ciceo, some of the flights will be cancelled, while others will be redirected towards other airports from the neighbouring counties.


Constanta to have biggest wind farm in Europe


The biggest wind farm in Europe will be built near Fantanele locality, Constanta County, the ‘Ziua’ daily writes, quoting ProTV. The wind farm in Fantanele will have an installed power capacity of 600 MW, comparable to that of a nuclear reactor. The Czech businessmen’s investment surpasses EUR 1 bln. Likewise, a group of German businessmen will invest EUR 60 M in building a wind farm near Orsova. Starting this December the wind farm in Orsova will have a total capacity of 50 MW. Romania has the highest wind power potential in South-East Europe. The south-eastern parts of Dobrogea rank second in Europe from that point of view.


Renault and Dacia – in high demand in Germany


The registrations in Germany of new vehicles under Renault and Dacia brands rose 55.1 per cent in August vs. the same month of 2008, to 18,399 units, Mediafax informs. The market share of Renault and Dacia was 6.7 per cent in August, steady against July, the French group ranking four, in a tie with BMW. Volkswagen, with a market share of 22.6 per cent, Opel with 7.8 per cent and Ford with 6.8 per cent registered the biggest sales from Germany in August. Germany is the biggest market for the sale of motor vehicles produced by Dacia, followed by France.


Voucher-based ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program


The Environment Ministry sets out to issue vouchers worth RON 3,800 each aimed at the repealing of cars more than ten years old, Mediafax reports. A ministerial release specifies that a buyer may use a maximum of three such vouchers. The ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program might be amended to the extent a new car may be purchased by means of vouchers with a face value equal to the repeal bonus. Companies will have specific terms for voucher issuing and use, as they cannot use the vouchers dispensed to private individuals.

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Prince Radu steps out of race for Presidency


Prince Radu announced on Wednesday, through a press release, that he withdraws from the race for Presidency, saying that the political left is “in the presidential pocket,” while the political right has chosen to ignore the project of the Royal House, and the future campaign will not be an electoral fight, it will be a fight between clans.


He stresses that the “politician president, whoever he is, will take action to the detriment of the institution of the Romanian State, for the benefit of his party and according to the criterion of the economic interests of group.”


“Most of the men of power from Romania approach the public institutions and the state as personal assets. The current president has started the privatization of the Romanian state. The future president will continue the privatisation,” the prince comments. “Five months have passed since I have decided to participate to the presidential elections. Now, I know that <> is possible, it has adepts. The 12 per cent of the Romanians who would like to vote for me are a source of priceless goodness. They have placed themselves around the idea of respect for the State and for professionalism in public life without being obliged by anybody,” reads the press release of Prince Radu.


Oprescu tells staff he’s running for president


Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu unofficially announced his intention to join the presidential electoral race on Tuesday, ‘Evenimentul zilei’ daily informs. The mayor called a meeting with the Municipality directors to tell them he would stand for election, the publication learnt from undisclosed sources participating in the meeting.


Oprescu also gave his subordinates instructions regarding the election campaign, asking them to avoid being associated with press scandals that could harm his campaign in the following months.


Oprescu did not specify the exact time when he expected to formally present his candidacy. The news has spread fast, with voices claiming that the official announcement could well have been yesterday. Oprescu’s adviser Nadina Nedelea denied that. She did not dispute his intention to run, but only the date of the formal announcement. ‘It is not true. He is not announcing his candidacy today (yesterday – our note),’ she said. Oprescu’s candidacy for president became part of the equation immediately after he had won the election for mayor. He has never categorically denied it, always seeming unsure only about when to do it. Although at the beginning he would avoid giving a clear answer, at the end of August Oprescu stated he was very seriously considering running for president as an independent candidate.

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