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Davis Cup – Romania to play vs. winner of Ukraine-Latvia match


Romania is to play in the second round of Davis Cup, in May 2010, against the winner between Ukraine and Latvia. If it wins, Romania is to play another match for qualifying to the world group; if it loses it will play for remaining in group I of the Euro-African group. Romania relegated from the world group, being defeated 3-2 last week by Sweden.


BCR Open Romania – Andrei Pavel, Victor Hanescu – eliminated


Andrei Pavel was eliminated on Wednesday by Uruguayan Pablo Cuelvas, score 6-3, 7-6, in the first round of BCR Open Romania. This was the last official tennis match for Pavel, as he announced he retires after this tournament. Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac watched the match from the arena. In the second round Cuevas is to play against Australian Peter Luczak. Tennis player Victor Hanescu, no. 1 head of series of BCR Open Romania tournament, with prizes worth EUR 450,000, was eliminated on Tuesday in round 1 of the competition from Bucharest by the Spaniard Oscar Hernandez. The Spaniard, who is 76 in ATP standings, defeated Hanescu, 28 in ATP, in two sets, score 7-6 (5), 6-4, in a match which lasted for one hour and 53 minutes. In round 2, Oscar Hernandez will play against the Argentinean Maximo Gonzales, who defeated the Belgian Olivier Rochus, score 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.


Head of Arges Financial Squad, arrested, received RON 43,000 from Penescu


Aurel Stoian, director of Arges Financial Squad, taken in custody on Tuesday, received from FC Arges financier, Cornel Penescu, during January 2007-December 2008 the amount of RON 43,000 in order to protect the interests of Pic company, which has allegedly created a prejudice of one million Euro to the state budget. According to a press release issued on Tuesday evening by the Anticorruption National Division (DNA), Aurel Stoian, coordinating director of Arges Financial Squad, is investigated in this file for taking bribe in continued form, alongside Gheorghita Pieca, administrator of the firms Pic S.A. Pitesti, SC Muntenia Aliment SRL Pitesti and SC Pic Distrib SRL, all of them controlled by Cornel Penescu. Gheorghita Pieca, also taken in custody, on Tuesday evening, by the magistrates of Arges Tribunal, is investigated for complicity to bribe giving in continued form.


Results in the Cup of Romania


Gaz Metan Medias – CSM Ramnicu Valcea 6-5 (after the penalty shootout); Poli Iasi – Pandurii Targu Jiu 3-1; Universitatea Craiova – Gloria II Bistrita 4–0; Gloria Bistrita – Dunarea Giurgiu 3–0

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MAE finances border management training programme


The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) will fund with EUR 250,000 a train the trainer international co-operation programme in the area of border management divided into two training modules and addressed to trainees from Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, R. of Moldova and AEM countries. Mediafax reports that the budget of the project is EUR 250,000 provided by MAE from its official development assistance budget
for 2009.


The project is a Romanian initiative announced on the occasion of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Beijing in October 2008, being the first project Romania manages in the area of border management and security with such a broad scope of addressability. Eighteen states from Asia and Europe are invited to participate.


The programme is for the training of 50 middle staff working for agencies that are relevant for border management and security who will then act as trainers in their own countries. The participants come from some of the Asian countries that are members of ASEM, from Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq and R. of Moldova, with the last four being priority countries and also in the focus of attention for Romania’s policy in the area of international co-operation for development.


Lawyer beaten by Rroma downtown Timisoara


Carmen Obarsanu, the lawyer beaten in downtown Timisoara Monday evening by members of the Rroma clan of Carpaci, holds she was threatened with death a year ago. ‘Adevarul’ daily newspaper reports she was threatened with death by gypsies right in the presence of police officers.


A fellow layer of Obarsanu was beaten in the hallway of the Timis Tribunal exactly a year earlier, on September 22, 2008. She refused to file a criminal complaint against her aggressors, as she wanted to spare her cancer-suffering husband the trouble of more bad news.


‘When the lawyer was beaten they also threatened me. They told me they would ‘take care’ me too, only they would cut my throat,’ lawyer Carmen Obarsanu said.


After Monday’s beating, Carmen Obarsanu got a forensic certificate from the Timisoara Institute of Forensic Medicine.

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Ten state companies to be monitored in compliance to Gov’t-IMF agreement


The financial evolution of ten state companies will be monitored on a priority basis, in order to reduce the volume of subsidies, stipulates an additional letter of intent to the stand-by agreement concluded by the Government with IMF, HotNews announced. The list includes among others the National Railway Company, the National Transport Company CFR Calatori, the National Pitcoal Company, Termoelectrica, the National Expressway Company, or Metrorex. The list is completed by CFR Marfa, Electrocentrale Bucuresti, Societatea Comerciala Electrificare CFR and Administratia Nationala a Imbunatatirilor Funciare.


43 Romanian firms in top biggest companies in Southeast Europe


Petrom is on the first position in a top biggest 100 non-banking companies from Southeast Europe, while Romania appears with 43 firms subject to their revenues in 2008, Mediafax informs. The top was made by SEE News portal and Roland Berger consultancy firm. The classification targets ten states in Southeast Europe, namely Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania. Petrom is followed by the oil and gas company INA – Industrija Nafte from Croatia, and the refining company LukOil Neftochim from Bulgaria.


Malev launch fifth destination in Romania


Romania is one of the most important markets for the Hungarian flag carrier, and this is proven by the launch this year of a new service to Iasi, the airline’s fifth destination in Romania. “Malév is one of the few airlines in Europe that has been able to increase its passenger numbers in the last few months. In August alone, 12 per cent more customers traveled with us across our entire network than in the previous year. Once again growth trends are evident on the Romanian market, too: we registered an increase in passengers of 4.3 per cent on our Bucharest service last month and initial results for September as well as bookings for October give great cause for optimism,” said yesterday Malév Chief Commercial Officer Karim Makhlouf at a press briefing held in Bucharest.


Public sector employees given the choice of debit cards or cash


Public sector workers will have the choice of receiving salaries into a debit card account or cash, under a draft law approved by the Government yesterday and tabled in Parliament where it will be discussed in emergency procedure. According to Mediafax, the draft law was approved by the Government after the Constitutional Court had decided, in June, that it was against the Constitution to force anyone to receive their wage into a debit card account. Many may choose to be paid cash, as sometimes ATM withdrawal fees may be as high as 0.3 per cent of the amount, varying with the policy adopted by each bank and with what the heads of public institutions were able to negotiate with the bank.

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Procedure Codes’ deadline – pushed back to November 30


The Parliament ruled yesterday to push back on November 30 the deadline for submitting the reports on the draft civil and criminal procedure codes. Only one MP voted against the draft act, while all the others voted in favor. “There is a proposition made by the special commissions, which must submit their reports on the draft laws on the Civil Procedure Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, a request to extend the activity of these commissions until November 30, 2009. We accepted to bring this matter on the day’s agenda,” Senate vice-president Alexandru Peres announced, quoted by Agerpres.


The Senate passed the two procedure codes – Civil and Criminal –by tacit approval on September 2nd, when the term provided for debates ended. The procedure codes are now under debate by special commission, that were due to submit their reports by September 15, but their mandate was pushed back until the end of the last session.


Preparations for the campaign: Lazaroiu to liaise between Cotroceni and PDL team


Although Traian Basescu has not made official his candidacy for Cotroceni yet, ever more information comes to accredit the idea that the ground is being prepared. Thus, PDL sources, quoted by Mediafax, pointed out yesterday that the presidential counselor Sebastian Lazaroiu will assure in the electoral campaign the connection with the PDL team headed by Vasile Blaga for the coordination of Traian Basescu’s campaign strategy. Sebastian Lazaroiu was co-opted in the team of presidential counselors in 2007, before this position at Cotroceni being general director of the Urban and Regional Sociology Center – CURS.


Tourism minister says she won’t quit, slams MPs’ probe


Tourism Minister Elena Udrea said she was not planning to resign after a parliamentary investigation commission called for a criminal probe against her. The minister told a press conference on Wednesday evening that the commission’s report contained only “fabricated accusations” and that the panel had only one purpose – that of discrediting a Democrat Liberal minister ahead of the presidential elections.


The commission recommended a criminal probe of the minister and called for her resignation, saying that Udrea was guilty of abuse of position, negligence in office and conflict of interests and that the ministry, under he leadership, signed several illegal advertising contacts. The body also asked the Chamber of Deputies to notify the Central Bank in relation to a loan contracted by Udrea from BRD. The loan was signed in 2007 and BRD recently agreed to postpone Udrea’s reimbursement until next year. In a press conference, the minister insisted that the commission deliberately ruled against her, in spite of evidence showing she did nothing wrong. “The accusations made in the report show ill-faith, not knowing the law, abusive and illegal behaviour that the commission members had during the entire period when this panel was active,” Udrea said.

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