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League 1, 6th leg – Poli defeats Universitatea


Poli Iasi defeated Universitatea Craiova on Monday evening in the last game of the 6th leg. League I standings: 1. FC Brasov – 14 points; 2. Unirea Urziceni – 13 points; 3. Pandurii Targu Jiu – 12 points; 4. Dinamo Bucharest – 10 points; 5. Steaua Bucharest – 10 points.


FC Seville – Unirea Urziceni in Champions League, today


Unirea Urziceni left on Tuesday morning for Spain where it is scheduled to play against FC Seville in a Champions League game counting for the first round of Group G. Razvan Lucescu, the head coach of the national football team, joined the club’s delegation. Lucescu arrived at the airport just 25 minutes before takeoff. Apart from Lucescu, Unirea’s delegation also includes Vasile Siman, the owner of Sportul Studentesc, and Gino Iorgulescu, the former president of FC National. Head coach Dan Petrescu held a press conference in Seville yesterday at 8 PM. FC Seville vs. Unirea Urziceni is scheduled on Wednesday at 9.45 PM.


Malaysian money brings Lotus back to F1


Lotus, one of the most successful and glorious names from Formula One’s past, will return next year with a Malaysian-owned team replacing BMW-Sauber as the 13th entry on the starting grid. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Tuesday that, after due diligence and an intensive selection process, it had chosen Lotus. The new outfit will be called Lotus F1 Team and is a partnership between the Malaysian government and a consortium of Malaysian entrepreneurs.


Romanian men’s table tennis team qualifies for EC semifinals


The Romanian men’s table tennis team has qualified on Monday evening for the semifinals of the European Championship in Stuttgart after defeating Croatia, score 3-2, the competition’s official website informs. Romania’s points were scored by Andrei Filimon who defeated Zoran Primoraci, score 3-2, by Adrian Crisan who defeated Zoran Primoraci, score 3-0, and by Andrei Filimon who defeated Andrej Gacina in the decisive game, score 3-2.


Becali brothers file Mutu’s appeal


Romanian international player Adrian Mutu has filed on Monday within the Swiss Federal Tribunal, with the help of Victor and Ioan Becali, his appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision that forces him to pay EUR 17 M in damages to Chelsea FC, ‘La Repubblica’ daily informs. Tuesday was the final day on which the appeal could have been filed. The daily points out that the Becali brothers are trying to schedule a meeting with Russian businessman Roman Abramovici, the owner of Chelsea London FC.

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Bucharest’s Unirii Boulevard to be irrigated


The District 3 Mayoralty is working on installing irrigation systems along the Unirii Boulevard. According to chief-architect Stefan Dumitrascu, the works also seek to restore the boulevard’s green area so that the boulevard lives up to urban standards, Agerpres informs. According to the chief-architect of the District 3 Mayoralty, the District’s central area has been included in a major program that seeks to reinvigorate the public spaces, with the green areas set to be completely changed. ‘We will try to mix what is needed by city standards with green areas. The green areas have to be redesigned. We have to have paving blocks and grass alike. In a civilized city one should not walk on ground or asphalt, the sidewalks have to offer pleasure and comfort,’ the chief-architect of District 3 added.


Animal lovers protest in front of Parliament


Dozens of animal lovers from several animal protection associations have protested yesterday in front of Parliament in favour of a draft law that would force the local authorities to sterilize all stray dogs. The protesters gathered at 9 AM in the Izvor Park, in front of the Parliament building, being authorized to protest until 1 PM. The representatives of several animal protection associations from Ploiesti, Pitesti, Baia Mare and Targu Jiu, but also the members of the ‘Michael Jackson’ fan club who wanted to state that the artist loved animals, attended the protest organized by the Bucharest-based ‘Doggie, doggie’ Association. The participants wore plasticized images of dogs and cats over their t-shirts and displayed messages condemning violence against animals. Two dogs were also among the protesters.

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Lidia Barbulescu, designated president of the High Court of Appeals and Justice


Lidia Barbulescu was designated yesterday to occupy the office of president of the High Court of Appeals and Justice (ICCJ), in the place of Nicolae Popa. According to Agerpres, the decision was made by the section for judges of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM). Nicolae Popa was relieved from the offices of judge and president of the High Court of Appeals and Justice, as a result of his pensioning. Lidia Barbulescu has been so far vice president of ICCJ. Previously she had been CSM president.


PSD postpones party congress once again


The PSD leadership has decided yesterday to postpone once again the party Congress meant to officially announce the Presidential candidature of party president Mircea Geoana. October 2 is the new date set for this event, although September 27 had been set initially, Agerpres informs.


According to Social-Democrat sources the reasons for this postponement are procedural in nature. Viorel Hrebenciuc, the coordinator of Geoana’s campaign, has invoked the lack of time needed for organizing and holding the county conferences at party branch level, conferences that are established by statute and that have to precede the congress meeting. Another much more important reason is represented by PD-L’s postponement of announcing its own Presidential candidate. Traian Basescu, the President in office, is postponing the announcement of his candidature in order to be the last person that officially enters the Presidential race, a scenario that is unwanted by the PSD’s planners out of PR considerations.


AMR: Magistrates to decide over the protest by week end


Judge Mona Pivniceru, president of the Magistrates Association from Romania, said that she does not have any news about the protests of the magistrates, and their general meetings will decide at the end of the week. Asked if she has any message to convey to the magistrates further to the discussions on Monday, in the videoconference, Mona Pivniceru said that she does not have any news for them. Moreover, Pivniceru declared, according to Mediafax, that she is working on a document she will submit to the parliamentary commissions, in order to discuss the situation from Justice.


The Courts of Appeal from the country have announced the calling of the general meetings in extraordinary sessions on Friday, at 13.00 h., the point on the agenda being “to establish the stand over the concrete settlement of the demands of the judicial power through the content of the Law regarding the unitary salary of the staff paid from public funds, as it will be adopted through the procedure of assuming the Government’s responsibility, subject to art 114 from the Constitution of Romania.”

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Romania, second highest growth rate of labour cost in EU, in Q2


Romania had in Q2 the second highest growth rate of labour cost in EU, after Bulgaria, four times bigger than the average of the Community block, according to Eurostat data, Mediafax reports. The total nominal hourly cost of labour rose in Romania, in the second quarter, by 11.7 per cent vs. the same period of the past year, compared to 15.5 per cent in Bulgaria, while the average of the 27 member states was 3.7 per cent, and that of the Euro zone was 4 per cent, reads a press release submitted on Tuesday by Eurostat.


National Post under CC investigation


The Competition Council (CC) has started a new investigation into a possible breach of national and EU competition regulations by the Romanian Post National Company (CNPR) by its policy of discounted tariffs for standard postal services according to a press release of the national competition authority. At the same time, the ongoing investigation started in 2006 against the same company has been expanded because of suspicions regarding possible adverse affects upon the intra-community trade and against the interest of the European Union of ensuring a functioning common market. ‘The national size of the market on which CNPR’s conduct manifests itself and the size of the market that suffers the effects of the conduct give an indication of the non-compliance with the EU relevant legislation, namely with article 82 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community.


Nearly 400 energy union members picket ME offices


Nearly 400 trade union members from the energy sector picketed the buildings of the Ministry of the Economy (ME) and of ANR, Electrica, Enel and EON yesterday, protesting against the ME’s intention to include Nuclearelectrica, Hidroelectrica and Electrica in the two national energy companies, Mediafax informs. The President of the Univers Federation, Adolf Muresan, stated that, if their demands were not granted, the labour union members would consider larger scale protests. Tuesday picketing action is supposed to open a series of industrial protests announced in the September 15-17 period. Energy unions also want Hidroelectrica SA not to be divided and not to outsource its maintenance services.


Romania – one of the European leaders in terms of commercial centers area


In the first six months, 3.1 million sq m of spaces were opened in Europe in 120 new commercial centers, meaning 18 per cent less than in the same period of 2008, the global real estate consultant, Cushman & Wakefield, informs. Seven commercial centers were finalized in Romania, while another three were expanded, totaling over 2 million sq m, which means 94 sq m per 1,000 inhabitants. According to a report of the company, the biggest volume of spaces opened in new commercial centers was registered in Russia, where around 580,000 sq m, of which about 45 per cent in Moscow, were added in the first six months of 2009. In Western Europe, Italy registered the highest values of new spaces, having 18 new centers which add over 370,000 sq m on the market. Bulgaria experienced the biggest percentage growth of commercial centers – 33 per cent.

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PDL Teleorman proposes to break up ruling alliance with PSD


Teleorman County Permanent Bureau forwarded to PDL leadership the proposal to break up the ruling alliance with PSD prior to the presidential elections, and accuses PSD of “double game,” according to PDL Teleorman president, Deputy Adrian Florescu. “We proposed the national organization to give up this governance partnership with PSD and we hope that the National Permanent Bureau will consider this proposal. Why would we stay until after the elections, since PSD and Mircea Geoana make anyway a double game: the stances of the PSD ministers expressed in the Cabinet are one thing, and their stands from the party or Parliament are different, because they vote together with PNL or UDMR, but not with us,” Adrian Florescu said, quoted by Realitatea TV.


As for the protocol at county level, Florescu says that it does not even exist. According to PDL Teleorman leader, in spite of the fact that both organizations have publicly stated that they have laid the foundations for a local partnership, actually they did not sign any document that would stipulate this, and the whole relation between the two organizations was limited to a few understandings between the leaders of the two branches.


According to the president of PDL Teleorman, even the joint commissions consisting of five members of each branch have not been set up, as stipulated by the protocol of collaboration, and no form of collaboration was established between the two branches from Teleorman County.


PDL Iasi leader accuses a PNL-PSD agreement at county level


The leader of PDL Iasi, Dan Carlan yesterday said that the local agreement between PNL and PSD at local level is obvious, after the representatives of the two parties voted together for electing a new vice-president in the Iasi County Council, while the Liberals deny the existence of such a “deal.”


“There is an obvious PNL-PSD agreement at the level of Iasi County and I believe this arithmetic cannot have a double measure. This was evident yesterday in the Local Council, when the two parties voted shoulder to shoulder to impose the Local County vice-presidents. It is clear that such a political agreement does exist. The same thing will probably happen in the Local Council too, on the same PSD-PNL political connection,” PDL Iasi leader Dan Carlan said, quoted by Mediafax. According to the same source, at the end of this week PDL Iasi will decide if it keeps Democrat-Liberal deputy-mayor Gabriel Grigore in place.


Answering the accusation, the leader of PNL Iasi, Relu Fenechiu said the Liberals have no arrangement with the Social-Democrats in Iasi and that Gheorghe Nichita and PSD must assume full responsibility at municipality level.

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