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Two soldiers wounded in Afghanistan


The two Romanian soldiers that were wounded early Saturday morning in Afghanistan have been taken to the Ramstein Regional Medical Center in Germany, the MoD informed on Monday pointing out that the two are in a ‘stable’ condition. ‘Constantin Buturuga and Florin Drehluta were taken to the Regional Medical Center in Ramstein, Germany, in order to undergo further medical tests and treatments,’ a MoD communiqué informs. The two soldiers were within a forward operating base 60 kilometers north-east of Qalat, Afghanistan, when they were attacked by insurgents wielding RPGs and portable infantry weapons. The soldiers, who are part of the 280th Maneuver Battalion, were wounded in the legs.


Ten countries including Romania participate in military exercises in Croatia


Nearly 1,500 military from ten European countries including Romania are participating in maritime and land exercises under US leadership in Croatia, from September 10 until September 27, official sources quoted by AFP reported on Monday. ‘The main objective of the exercises is the promotion of co-operation among the armed forces of the participating countries in the international fight against terrorism’, the Croatian Defence Ministry states in a press release. The exercises will be conducted on the Croatian Adriatic Sea Coast and in the regions of Zadar and Slunj.

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First Romanian Ford to be produced at Craiova plant today


Ford Romania is launching today at Craiovathe first vehicles produced by Ford in Romania, the commercial vehicle Ford Transit Connect. To the ceremony there are invited President Traian Basescu, Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana and other Romanian officials. The opening ceremony will also be attended by Ford Europe president John Fleming and representatives of Ford management in the US. In the autumn of 2007, Ford took over the plant in Craiova from bankrupt Korean carmaker Daewoo, under an agreement signed at the Frankfurt Auto Show. General Motors Corporation and JSC Russian Machines had also put in a bid for the plant. Ford paid EUR 57 M for the state-owned stock and committed EUR 675 investment in upgrading the plant. Upon signing the agreement, Ford representatives said that roughly 90 per cent of Ford’s production in Craiova would be exported to European markets. According to the Americans’ plans, by 2011, the plant will have a production capacity of 300,000 units per year or 821 units per day. The American company also says it will increase workforce to 9,000. The US car manufacturer in fact returned to Romania after over 70 years of absence, having opened a sales company in 1931 and a plant in 1935, in Bucharest, which was taken over by the Romanian Army in 1944. Craiova local authorities foresee annual revenue of EUR 1.7 M in local council taxes thanks to the American investment. The Ford production is also expected to generate further investment in the horizontal industries.


CEZ buys turbines for Dobrogea wind farm from GE Energy


On Friday, CEZ and GE Energy concluded an agreement for the procurement of 101 wind turbines to be mounted at Cogealac, Constanta County, within the second phase of the alternative energy generation project implemented by the Czech utilities group in Dobrogea, according to a press release. The agreement also includes the installation, reception and putting into service of the turbines, as well as maintenance services. The company has not disclosed the value of the agreement. The four interested competitors were General Electric, Vestas, Norbex and Siemens. The 101 wind turbines will have an installed output of 252.5 MW.


Franklin Templeton selected to manage the Fund


Proprietatea Fund (FP) shareholders yesterday selected Franklin Templeton’s bid and approved the Fund management agreement, according to sources among shareholders quoted by Mediafax. A private shareholder said the Ministry of Public Finance had objected to some of the terms and conditions of the agreement regarding legal wording rather than figures, conditions that will be re-discussed. The same source said Franklin Templeton had announced that the FP would be publicly listed with to the bourse the following year.


MFP rejects again the offers for one-year treasury certificates


Romania’s Public Finance Ministry (MFP) rejected again the offers for the emission of treasury certificates maturing in a year, considering the yield unacceptable, according to data of the central lender. The value of the emission should have been of 1.1 billion lei. Banks’ offers amounted to 1.64 billion lei. At the similar bid on August 24, MFP rejected all the offers for treasury certificates maturing in a year, considering the yield demanded by banks unacceptable.

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PSD blames Basescu for Szekler’s autonomy


The Social-Democrats stated on Monday that Traian Basescu is guilty for the Hungarian minority’s increasingly frequent actions through which it asks for the autonomy of the Szeklers’ Land, arguing that Basescu encouraged the creation of the Szekler National Council. ‘During the Permanent Bureau meeting on Monday we talked about the statements made by the Szekler National Council. There is talk of separatism, of borders. These things are not only null and void, not only anti-Constitutional, but they’re also starting to border on a state of illegality and the state’s institutions should react,’ Bogdan Niculescu Duvaz, the PSD spokesperson, stated. ‘Unfortunately this whole initiative was significantly stimulated by the current President when setting up the Szekler National Council, a Council that now seeks an anthem, its own identification signs, a flag etc. Back then Traian Basescu saw it as an element that would help topple UDMR,’ Duvaz stated.


Severin against Ciolos’ candidacy


PSD European MP Adrian Severin disagrees with Mircea Geoana’s supporting Dacian Ciolos for the post of European Commissioner. Severin, who hoped he would be proposed himself by PSD for such a position, criticized Geoana’s attitude and launched a violent attack against Ciolos, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ wrote in its yesterday issue. “I do not know who Ciolos is. If I saw him in this room, I wouldn’t recognize him. And if I did not hear about him, just figure how well-known he is in Brussels,” Severin said about the politician with whom Romania wants to win the Agriculture portfolio of the EC. Severin made no secret how disappointed he is of Mircea Geoana. While attending the summer school of the Social-Democrat youth (TSD) last Saturday, he was vocal against his party chief, whom he gave a lesson of European patriotism. Indirectly, he accused the PSD leader of failure to observe a directive issued by the European Socialist Party, who had decided to support only Socialists for positions of European commissioners. He contradicted Geoana over the fact that a technician is more suitable than a politician to be European commissioner. “There, (at the European Commission) I don’t go to be a technocrat and to say how deep the seed must be sown, I go there to be a politician. Hence the political candidate is infinitely more preferable to the technician,” Severin concluded.


Tariceanu’s regrets


Former Premier Calin Popescu-Tariceanu wished he could run for this autumn’s Presidential elections because he claims to have the advantage to be deeply familiar with Traian Basescu. In a show aired by Realitatea TV, Tariceanu revealed the situation that would have suited him best after leaving the position of Premier. “I would not have hesitated to run for the Presidential Elections. Now, things are changed. Of course, I think I would have had the advantage of knowing Traian Basescu very well. Although nobody could pretend to know Basescu well enough,” the former Premier declared in a nostalgic voice.

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