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League 1, 6th leg results of matches played on Sunday


Rapid – FC Vaslui 3-2; Gaz Metan – Steaua 2-4; FC Timisoara – Astra Ploiesti 0-0

The match Poli Iasi – Universitatea Craiova was played on Monday evening.


Simona Matei wins Ruse tournament


Romanian tennis player Simona Matei has won the futures tournament in Ruse (Bulgaria), a tournament with total prizes of USD 10,000, after defeating Bulgaria’s Martina Gledaceva in the final in two sets – 6-2, 6-3. In the semifinals Matei (top seed number 3) defeated Bulgaria’s Dia Evtimova (top seed number 1). In the doubles competition Romania’s Ioana Ivan and Simona Matei defeated top favourites Malou Ejdesgaard and Dia Evtimova (Denmark), score 6-1, 6-4. Cristina Madalina Stancu (Romania) and Karolina Jovanovic (Serbia) have won the doubles final in Sarajevo (a tournament with total prizes of USD 10,000).


Argentina invited to join Tri-Nations in 2012


Argentina have been invited to join the Tri-Nations from 2012 in an expanded southern hemisphere championship, governing body SANZAR said on Monday. The Pumas, who reached the semi-finals at the last World Cup in France two years ago, would join South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in an annual four-nations tournament. Argentina’s invitation is conditional upon the Pumas making their best players available and approval from broadcasters. Argentina Rugby (UAR) President Porfirio Carreras welcomed the news.

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Foreign minister attends GAERC


Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu is attending this Monday and Tuesday the meeting of the European Union’s General Affairs & External Relations Council (GAERC) in Brussels. The meeting began yesterday with the General Affairs session, which gave Sweden, as acting president of the EU, the occasion to present the draft agenda of this fall’s European Council. The participants are also due to debate the measures taken by the EU to avoid energy crises, while during Monday night’s working dinner the attending Foreign ministers were set to approach the situation in Iran. According to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the agenda of Tuesday’s session on Foreign Relations includes the post-electoral situation in Afghanistan and the strengthening of relations between the European Union and the countries of Southern Caucasus.


Setting up of Alliance for Fair Elections


Active Watch – Press Monitoring Agency (AMP), Cartel Alfa and Pro Democratia Association (ADP) announced on Monday the establishment of the Alliance for Fair Elections. The Alliance requests the responsible authorities to take quick measures for the development of the presidential elections in compliance with the legal standards, for the increase of the level of confidence of the citizens in the electoral process by assuring the necessary transparency, setting conditions for the involvement of the civil society in the organization and the monitoring of this electoral moment. The establishment of the Alliance was based on the results of the opinion poll “Perception of the electoral fraud at the end of July 2009,” according to which 63 per cent of the interviewed believe that the elections are defrauded in Romania.

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Better a beer than chearing…


President Traian Basescu told on Sunday, at the commemorative events from Tebea dedicated to Avram Iancu, to a participant who cheered him saying “Basescu, president” to stop shouting, and “better” go to a beer together. After he laid the wreath of flowers at the cemetery, at the tomb of Avram Iancu, Traian Basescu and his wife went to the cultural center from Tebea, where they changed their official gear for casual clothes. Then, President Traian Basescu and his wife Maria strolled through the crowd gathered on the plateau from Tebea, taking photos and changing opinions with the locals about Avram Iancu. One of the participants to the event was shouting “Basescu president,” and the Head of State asked him to stop, because the subject at Tebea is Avram Iancu. “Please stop shouting, let’s better go and have a beer,” Basescu told the man.


PNL charges PDL with blackmail


PNL vice president Relu Fenechiu said on Monday that he will file a criminal complaint against the Democrat-Liberal Dan Carlan, state secretary in the Environment Ministry, accusing him of having asked some Liberal mayors from Iasi county to support Traian Basescu, paying in exchange for some environment and infrastructure projects. Fenechiu stressed that he would file a criminal complaint this week. “We are watching a typical blackmail, actually conditioning the payment for some infrastructure and environment projects on signatures in favour of Traian Basescu. I understand that Mr. Basescu is desperate because of his situation, that he does not even know if he enters the second round, but what is happening now has never happened in the past few years,” Fenechiu said. He warned that using a public dignity office for political purpose is equivalent to a deed assimilated to the corruption deeds and is punished with prison for up to five years.


Sandru accuses Realitatea TV of censorship


Lavinia Sandru, the leader of National Initiative Party PIN), forwarded a complaint to CNA as a result of the “obvious censorship set by Realitatea TV management, since the return of project manager Sergiu Toader.” She said that she was invited several times to the TV channel, invitations which were subsequently cancelled, further to Toader’s decision. In a press release, Sandru says that she has forwarded a complaint to the National Council of the Audiovisual “based on the right to free expression guaranteed by the Constitution of Romania, and as a result of the obligation of this state institution to assure, on behalf of public interest, the respect of the pluralist expression of ideas and opinions.” An information circulated on Friday on the blogs regarding an internal document of Realitatea TV, through which Sergiu Toader prohibited the appearance on the screen of certain political men such as Gigi Becali, C.V. Tudor, Aurelian Pavelescu, Marius Marinescu and Lavinia Sandru. Likewise, on a white list of the persons who deserve being present on Realitatea TV stage there are, among others, Dan Puric, Mircea Diaconu, professors of politology and sociology, the film directors Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu, the academician Solomon Marcus and “young intellectuals.”

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Romania posts slowest fall of industrial production in the EU


In July 2009 compared with July 2008, Romania registered the slowest industrial production decline of all EU member states, Mediafax reports. Romanian industrial production decreased by 4.5 per cent in July compared with July 2008, and compared with the EU average of 14.7 per cent, according to data released by Eurostat yesterday. Industrial production dropped in all the EU member states this July compared to July 2008, except Ireland, who posted 7.1 per cent growth for this particular indicator. Eurostat calculated an average decrease of 14.7 per cent of industrial production in the EU and a contraction by 15.9 per cent in the Euro area. Production shrank in all industrial sectors in the EU in July 2009 compared with July 2008, with the steepest falls being reported for capital goods (down 21.9 per cent). Intermediate goods declined by 19.4 per cent and the durable consumer goods’ sector shrank by 18.7 per cent. Production of energy fell by 5.2 per cent, and production of non-durable consumer goods by 1 per cent in the EU.


Romania – ten positions up in economic freedom chart


Romania rose ten positions, to 73 out of 141 states, in a classification regarding economic freedom, according to the report Economic Freedom of the World 2009, drafted by the Canadian institute Fraser, Mediafax informs. The economic climate in Romania obtained 6.79 points out of a possible total of ten in the edition 2009 of the top, against 6.46 points in 2008. The survey analyzes the extent to which the regulations and the institutions of the states support the economic freedom, using 42 indicators, grouped in five general categories, respectively dimension of the state staff, legislative system and ownership rights, access to funds, freedom of international trade and regulation degree.


Romania ranked 123 in terms of dimension of state staff (with 4.9 points out of ten possible), position 67 in terms of legislative system and ownership rights (with 5.8 points), respectively 53 in terms of access to funds (with 8.9 points).

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