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Rachel Weisz- back to Romanian studios


Oscar winner Rachel Weisz on Monday started shootings for her latest film at MediaPro studios in Buftea. The Canadian- German film named The Whistleblower also features two other iconic actresses, Monica Bellucci and Vanessa Redgrave, US actor David Straitharn and a cast of Romanian actors such as Vlad Ivanov and Florin Busuioc.


Larysa Kondracki is directing the project, which is based on the true story of Un Peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkovac, who was in Bosnia in 1999. The story is about a policewoman (Weisz) who risks it all to uncover a corruption scandal between American contractors and the Un in a chaotic post-war Bosnia. Shootings are scheduled to finish in December and are set for Buftea studios as well as other various locations in Bucharest. Rachel Weisz is an Academy Award recipient in 2006 for her supporting role in The Constant Gardener. In December she can be seen by the public in one of this year’s strong Oscar contenders, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.


Facebook page for Dan Brown’s Romanian fans


“Dan Brown – Romania” is the group created on Facebook by a Romanian publishing company for the most famous author of the moment. It contains everything Dan Brown- from links to the newest interviews with the writer, photographs, the cover of the Romanian edition, up to data regarding the fulminating issues and unprecedented sales or less known information about the master of “The Lost Symbol.” The Romanian edition from RAO Publishing House is the initiator of “Dan Brown Phenomenon” in Romania and published the complete series of the author’s novels: The DaVinci Code, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons. “The Lost Symbol” will be available in bookshops as of January 18, 2010. A special issue available exclusively subject to pre-order voucher is prepared for all the Dan Brown fans on December 10.

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Doina Melinte – PhD
in physical education
and sports



The state secretary from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Doina Melinte, defended on Monday, at the National Academy of Physical Education and Sports, the thesis of doctor in physical education and sports, the former champion obtaining the title of doctor with the rating “very well.” Melinte, aged 53, defended the thesis with the title “Modeling the training of the world elite of women athletes in the middle-distance race events. Case study -Doina Melinte.” At the end, when the members of the evaluation commission rated her “very well,” the Olympic champion from Los Angeles burst into tears. Before defending her thesis, the former secretary general of the Romanian Athletics Federation, Nicolae Marasescu, told Doina Melinte: “Actually you have taken your doctor’s degree on the stadium, now you have come only to be handed over your diploma.” Doina Melinte declared that she was very excited and that is why she cried.


Sorana Carstea
dropped on place 43
in WTA standings



The tennis player Sorana Carstea descended four position ranking now 43, with 1,417 points, in WTA standings released on Monday, wtatour.com site informs. In the Top 100 WTA there also another four women athletes from Romania, Alexandra Dulgheru, place 52 (1,248 points, the same position as last week), Raluca-Ioana Olaru, place 71 (910 points, the same position), Monica Niculescu, place 84 (756 points, the same position), and Edina Gallovits, place 87 (744 points, climbed two positions).


Romanian qualified for youth Olympic Games


Romanian table tennis player Bernadette Szocs is the first player already qualified for the youth Olympic Games expected next year to start in Singapore. Bernadette Szocs, 13 years old, defeated European champion Petrissa Solja (Germany) to qualify in the quarter-finals of ITTF competition. Szocs is the only Romanian representative in the cadet ITTF competition. She won a silver medal for Europe’s team and two times bronze medals for individual and double (alongside Yana Noskova) competitions.


Florin Marin, Mihai Ionescu and deputy coaches resigned from Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt


General Manager Florin Marin, chief coach Mihai Ionescu and deputy coaches Radu Lefter and Costel Ilie resigned on Sunday from the technical management of the team Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt. “It is not a matter of cowardice; it is a normal gesture in the present case. We shall see who will come for the technical management of Ceahlaul. We shall analyze, but we’ll have to move very fast. There are several technicians on our list, we are probing, we negotiate with each one, but we must decide at the soonest,” declared Viorel Mastacaneanu, president of the Board of Piatra Neamt club.

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League 1, 11th leg results


Played on Friday: Otelul Galati – Poli Iasi 4-0; Gaz Metan Medias – FC Brasov 1-1


Played on Saturday: Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – Unirea Alba Iulia 1-1; Universitatea Craiova – FC Vaslui 1-2; Pandurii Târgu Jiu – Unirea Urziceni 0-0


Played on Sunday, after the closing of our edition: International Curtea de Arges – Astra Ploiesti; Dinamo – Gloria Bistrita; Steaua – Rapid; CFR Cluj – FC Timisoara


Three losses and one draw for Romanian teams in Europa League


Dinamo Bucharest lost on Thursday its away game against Galatasaray Istanbul, score 1-4 (0-2). The game counted for round three of Group F games. Steaua Bucharest lost its home-side game against Turkey’s Fenerbahce Istanbul, score 0-1 (0-0) and continues to register no victory after three rounds of Group H games. CFR Cluj registered its second consecutive defeat in Group K after it lost its away game against Czech Republic’s Sparta Prague, score 0-2 (0-2). The game counted for round three of group games. FC Timisoara finished its home-side game against Anderlecht Brussels with a goalless draw, score 0-0.


Cornel Dinu, FC Dinamo’s technical director


FC Dinamo’s administrative board decided on Saturday to appoint Cornel Dinu as the team’s technical director. Dinu proposed Cornel Talnar as head coach, the club’s official website announced. Dinu’s exclusive responsibilities are the following: achieving the team’s goals; appointing the technical leadership; appointing the medical leadership; transferring players for the first team and for Dinamo II.


Oltchim – victorious debut in EHF CL Group C


Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea, the Romanian title holding club in women’s handball, defeated Spain’s SD Itxako on Saturday, score 27-24 (15-12). The game counted for the first round of EHF Champions League Group C games. The Romanian club’s goals were scored by Maier (7 goals), Neagu (4 goals), Lecusanu (3), Elisei-Ardean (3), Manea (3), Stanca (2), Shymkute (2), Luca (2) and Puscasu (1). Pinedo (5) and Aguilar (4) stood out among the Spanish club’s goal scorers.

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Egyptian trains collide, at least 18 dead


Two Egyptian passenger trains collided on Saturday south of Cairo, killing at least 18 people and leaving passengers trapped in wreckage, security sources said. A first class train, filled with passengers, rammed into a mostly empty stationary train on the same track, the sources said. At least two carriages were destroyed. “Rescue teams have extracted 15 dead and 24 wounded in a collision of two trains,” state news agency MENA reported. “The dead and wounded have been taken to hospitals.” Security sources said they believed the death toll could rise as rescue and recovery operations continued.


U.N. experts in Iran to inspect new nuclear site


U.N. inspectors have arrived in Iran to examine a nuclear site that has heightened Western fears of a covert programme to develop atomic bombs, an accusation the Islamic Republic rejects. “They arrived late last night for routine inspections,” Ali Shirzadian, a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, told Reuters on Sunday. He gave no further details. The U.N. experts were due to inspect Iran’s second enrichment plant, under construction 160 km (100 miles) south of Tehran. Iran hid the site for three years until last month, fanning Western suspicions.


NATO agrees need
to boost effort
to Afghan transition



NATO ministers agreed on Friday on the need to boost training of Afghan forces to allow them eventually to take over from international troops and to insist on higher standards from the next Afghan government. NATO defense ministers backed the idea of a broader counter-insurgency strategy expounded by top U.S. and alliance commander General Stanley McChrystal, but side-stepped the issue of whether there should be a big increase in foreign troop numbers pending a decision by U.S. President Barack Obama.


Israeli police, Arabs clash near Jerusalem mosque


Israeli police stormed Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound yesterday, hurling stun grenades at Palestinians who had thrown rocks at them in another eruption of violence at the holy city’s most sensitive site. A medic for the Palestinian Red Crescent said six Palestinians were injured. Police reported that three of its officers were hurt. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday he was pressing ahead with January elections but held out hope that reconciliation with his Hamas rivals could still be achieved.


Obama asked Spain to deliver message to Cuba


U.S. President Barack Obama asked Spain to send Cuba a message about reform when he met Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero earlier this month, the newspaper El Pais reported yesterday. Six days after their meeting on October 13 at the White House, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos visited the Caribbean island and met President Raul Castro. “Have (Moratinos) tell the Cuban authorities we understand that change can’t happen overnight, but down the road, when we look back at this time, it should be clear that now is when those changes began,” Obama told Zapatero.

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No contracts with the firms sanctioned by CNVM


The companies with activities regulated by the National Securities Commission (CNVM), such as issuers, brokers and investments managers, will not be allowed to conclude any longer contracts for services specific for the capital market with the companies or persons forbidden to provide such activities or whose authorization to provide them were suspended. The decision was taken yesterday by CNVM and became applicable the same day. “The two parties may conclude any other service contract, less for the capital market,” declared for Mediafax Gabriel Paul Miclaus, vice president CNVM.


French expertise in terms of community funds for Romanian civil servants


The structural and cohesion funds (EUR 28 bln in the budget in the period 2007-2013) are a crucial stake for Romania, consider the representatives of the Foreign Affairs Department (DAE), which, in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Bucharest, through Ecole Nationale d’Administration, are the organizers of the seminar over the management of these community resources and the complementariness represented by the public funds. According to Agerpres, the current economic crisis context enhances the need for a good absorption of the funds, which can represent every year up to 3.8 per cent of GDP. According to organisers, this seminar intends to present the French expertise in terms of coordination of the programmes dealing with the planning and growth of the competitiveness of the territories, the conclusion of contracts between state and region, and the optimum use of the structural funds.

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Prohibitions maintained for Becali


The criminal section of the High Court of Appeals and Justice (ICCJ) decided to maintain the prohibitions set by Bucharest Tribunal for Gigi Becali. Thus, Becali is not obliged any longer to go to Police whenever he is called, but is obliged to go to Court when he is asked. The prohibitions set for the MEP by Bucharest Tribunal, referring to getting in contact with persons targeted in the investigation or to wearing weapons, remain valid. The decision of the criminal section can be attacked with recourse with the nine-judge panel. A week ago, Becali’s lawyer had requested the court to cancel all the prohibitions set by Bucharest Tribunal upon his release, the defender telling the judges that the MEP had already been sent to court and thus he cannot influence the investigation which has closed. Gigi Becali was sent to court on October 16, alongside a police officer and five of his bodyguards, all of them involved in the sequestration of three men for the theft of a car, the lawsuit having to start on November 17, at the High Court of Appeals and Justice.


Graffiti to be banned in Bucharest


The Bucharest City Hall plans to ban graffiti. According to a project posted on the City Hall’s website in order for it to be publicly debated, the graffiti paintings and writing that can be currently seen on buildings in Bucharest can no longer be done in the absence of a decision that has to include the building owner’s agreement, ‘irrespective of the form of ownership.’ The exception will be the areas that will be specially built for this purpose in parks and public gardens. The ones violating this interdiction could be fined according to the provisions of Law 61/1991 on the sanctioning of behavior that violates social norms and public order. In their list of arguments the authors of the proposal state that ‘graffiti has become a phenomenon in Bucharest,’ is done without the consent of the buildings’ owners and thus constitutes vandalism. ‘Historical buildings, fences, passageways, subways stations, phone booths are affected,’ thus generating ‘discomfort for the population,’ the project’s initiators claim.

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Scandal around DGIPI continues


The Interior Ministry Intelligence Unit (DGIPI) is the bone of contention also in the electoral campaign. After PDL accused PSD of using information from the institution for electoral purposes, the dismissed minister of interior says now that the respective documents do not have any relevance for the elections, being relevant in exchange for the national interest. The Social-Democrats, through the leader Viorel Hrebenciuc, reject all the accusations of the Democrat-Liberals. The exchange of retorts took place in a talk-show on Antena 3. One week after he declared that during 2008-2009 several data from the archives of the intelligence service of the Ministry of Interior had been copied, the discharged minister of interior says that he cannot blame PSD for this. On another hand, Vasile Blaga says that the documents which were copied are relevant for the national interest, not for the electoral campaign.

MAI and INS budget supplemented in view of referendum


The budget of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MAI) has been supplemented by the Government with RON 2.4 M taken from the Budget Reserve Fund and the one of the National Statistics Institute (INS) with RON 3.6 M, in view of the unicameral parliament referendum. The extra funds allocated to MAI will meet any additional cost with the organisation of the referendum, including technical support, the operation of the video recording equipment and of the computers at the special polling stations, under a Government decision. The INS budget has been supplemented in order to increase the processing capacity of the stations organised in connection with the electoral bureaus

Romania opens
representation Office in Ramallah



The Romanian Representation Office in Ramallah was opened in the presence of Foreign Ministry Secretary of State Doru Costea on Monday. The opening ceremony was followed by a session of political and diplomatic consultations between the Romanian and Palestinian Foreign Ministries. ‘The opening of the Representation Office is part of Romania’s strategy of developing relations with Middle East countries. The new diplomatic mission will also give quality assistance to the Romanian nationals in the Palestinian Territories’, MAE informs in a press release.

SAR sues institutions


The Romanian Academic Society (SAR) sued the Constanta City Hall, the State Assets Recovery Authority, the National Agency for Mineral Resources, Metrorex, Eximbank and the Bucharest Sector 1 mayor’s office for refusing to make public contracts worth hundreds of millions of euros, HotNews reports. SAR decided to sue the institutions after a survey of 281 public institutions and of 29 large acquisition contracts. The SAR survey shows legislation holes in public acquisitions and how public authorities go by the law to grant preferential contracts, funded with tax payers’ money. SAR asked information about all the 29 acquisition contracts but in many cases, their access to the information was entirely denied by institutions. Thus, the society filed charges against six institutions for lack of transparency.

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Soldier killed
in training accident



A soldier died and another was injured while taking part in an alpine training exercise within a military base in Buzau, the MoD informed in a communiqué remitted to Agerpres. According to the aforementioned source, warrant officer Catalin Stanciu Scarlat, military instructor within Military Base 01951 Buzau, fell from on high after saving his pupil during a special training session within the base’s training range. Warrant officer Catalin Stanciu Scarlat was part of an elite unit of the ground forces and was training special operations soldiers. From July 2008 to January 2009 he was deployed in Afghanistan.


UN: Romania, transit point for West-bound Afghan heroin


Romania is one of the main points of heroin trafficked from Afghanistan to the West, according to a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes. Like their counterparts in Bulgaria and Greece, Romanian authorities only seize 2 per cent of the nearly 100 tons of heroin that reaches Europe on a yearly basis.


The 85 tons of Afghan heroine get to Iran and Turkey, and from there, to Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, or Albania, Serbia and Macedonia. The heroine passing through the first group of countries ends up in Germany and The Netherlands. Official statistics say there are roughly 25,000 heroine users in Romania, who consume yearly more than 700 kilograms of the drug.

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Future nuclear plant: Greenpeace wins lawsuit against authorities


Greenpeace Romania won the lawsuit filed against the Ministry of Economy (MEc) in connection with the announcement of the locations of the future nuclear plants from Romania. The institution is forced to disclose the requested information, a Greenpeace press release shows. Subject to the free access to public information, Greenpeace asked the Ministry of Economy in March 2009 to release the list of the one hundred locations which were evaluated for the construction of new nuclear stations in Romania.


Romania risks EC
infringement procedure on communication



The European Commission (EC) threatens to start the second stage of the infringement procedure against Romania, if the Emergency Government Ordinance (OUG) 22/2009 on the operation of the National Administrative and Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANCOM) does not pass in the Senate too. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCSI), Minister Gabriel Sandu yesterday sent Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana a second letter, in which he demands that “the necessary measures are taken so that the text of the law on approving OUG 22/2009 is urgently passed.


Only 37 pc new homes delivered in Bucharest
in 2009



A recent Regatta study shows that, out of the 168 developments started in Bucharest 2006-2008, a total of 8,861 units were set to be delivered in 2009, according to a press release. About 3,319 representing only 37 per cent of them had been delivered by the end of the first six months 2009. From 2006 to 2009, 202 projects of nearly 121,936 dwellings had been announced IN Bucharest, but only 10,633 have been delivered. At this point, the estimated total of new homes on the market in Bucharest is between 4,500 and 5,000, representing almost 50 per cent of the new homes delivered so far.


Radisson SAS hotel from Bucharest becomes Radisson Blu


The hotel Radisson SAS from Bucharest, controlled by the firm Bucuresti Turism, has changed its name into Radisson Blu, the new name being part of a global strategy of the franchising group Rezidor, according to a press release. At the beginning of the year, the group Rezidor had announced that the hotels from Europe, the Middle East and Africa would change their name into Radisson Blu, as a result of the sale of the company by the hotelier group SAS (the former owner of Rezidor).


BRD supports launch
of first Romanian Moon shuttle



BRD – Groupe Societe Generale and the Romanian Cosmonautics and Aeronautics Association (ARCA) have signed a three-year partnership for the support of the implementation of innovative technologies and promotion of ARCA projects in astronautic research, the bank informs by press release. Within its partnership, BRD will sponsor ARCA with EUR 300,000 for the implementation of the launch of the first Romanian space shuttle that can land on the Moon and send images back to Earth.

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Benetton looks for investors
for its expansion to Romania



The Italian clothing and accessories retailer Benetton is looking for investors in order to open shops in Romania, the group already receiving several offers, declared for Mediafax Alan Bichler, managing director ChemCo, company which operates the shops in Southeast Europe. “We are looking for partners interested in the opening of new shops for the whole range of products or only a part of it. We have already received several offers and proposals. (…) Benetton has been for 15 years on the Romanian market, both through shops and production, in several cities from the country. The production reached a very good level, and thus in the future we shall concentrate on opening new shops on the whole territory of the country,” Bichler stressed. The costs for the opening of a shop in Romania rise to EUR 350-400 per sq m, according to the company.


Blue Tower developer in Bucharest
is in insolvency



Copper Beech Capital has gone in insolvency after Bucharest Tribunal approved the request of the firm which develops the first real estate project in Romania of the British group Copper Beech. “It admits the request of the debtor Copper Beech Capital SRL. By virtue of art. 32 para. 1 of Law no. 85/2006 regarding the insolvency procedure, it opens the general procedure against the debtor. It enjoins all the banks with which the debtor has money available in the accounts to not use it without an order of the syndic judge or of the judicial administrator, the judicial administrator having the obligation to inform the banks,” reads a resolution of Bucharest Tribunal from October 12, Mediafax informs. According to the data of the Public Finance Ministry, Copper Beech Capital had in 2008 debts of RON 65 M.

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ING Asigurari Romania: Separation of banking from
insurance operations to have no impact on customers



The separation of banking activities from insurance ones will not affect the ING customers or members of the staff. The move will actually make the company’s insurance operations more solid, ING Life Insurance General Manager Cornelia Coman stated yesterday, according to Mediafax. ‘The separation of banking from insurance will have no negative impact upon the products and services we provide to our customers or upon our employees, the decision being designed to make the company’s insurance operations more solid, simpler and more transparent’, Coman said. The Dutch ING group on Monday informed that it will divide itself into banking and insurance operations, becoming a smaller bank, focused on European markets, in keeping with a restructuring programme agreed on with the European Commission. ING will repay early half – EUR 5 bn – of the aid it had got from the Dutch Government. The operation will be financed by increasing the amount of the authorised share capital by up to EUR 7.5 bn.


Groupama reduces capital to cover losses
from merger with Asiban



Groupama Asigurari (former BT Asigurari) shareholders decided at the end of August to reduce the share capital by RON 872.87 M, to RON 169.23 M, in order to cover the losses registered further to merger with Asiban, the insurer announced. Prior to the shareholders’ meeting, the share capital of Groupama Asigurari amounted to RON 1.042 bln, level registered further to the merger through absorption of BT Asigurari with Asiban in the first half of the year. The merger premium rose to RON 571.77 M and was calculated as difference between the net contribution of Asiban and the value of the shares issued by BT Asigurari. “The execution of the decision to reduce the proposed share capital will not have an impact on the activity, the net asset or the financial standing of the company, and will not entail a distribution of funds to shareholders,” reads Groupama Asigurari announcement published in Monitorul Oficial.

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Oil may hit
USD 100/barrel on weak dollar: Deutsche



Oil prices may surge to USD 100 a barrel sometime in the next two quarters as the U.S. dollar weakens against the euro, Deutsche Bank energy economist Adam Sieminski said on Friday. “We think the dollar could weaken further to USD 1.60 against the euro and it implies pushing oil prices to that threatening triple-digit level,” Sieminski told Reuters. A weaker dollar could mean “oil prices have even further to run,” but a rise to USD 100 a barrel may hurt an economic recovery, Deutsche Bank said in a research note. Oil prices rose to a one-year high of USD 82 earlier this week, after rallying 17 percent since October 10. That rise coincided with a rise in global stock indices and a weakened dollar, which plunged to a 14-month low above USD 1.50 per euro this week. Oil, priced in dollars, has been moving in an inverse price relation against the dollar. Global oil and product inventories remain well above average levels. “The ‘traditional fundamentals’ are improving, but only slowly,” he wrote. OPEC members could be put in a “difficult position” when they meet in December to consider whether to boost oil production and cool prices.


Romania, European leader in freight train car manufacturing


Last year’s turnover posted by IRS, a freight train car manufacturer owned by businessman Cristian Burci, matched EUR 500 M, from a mere EUR 76 M two years ago. The freight train car production goes almost entirely to European countries. IRS makes about 3 per cent of such train cars manufactured worldwide and consists of the biggest constructors of rolling material, namely Astra Vagoane Arad, Meva Dr. Turnu Severin, Romvag Caracal and SMR Bals. In the last enterprise, Burci holds 16.5 per cent of the stock. The company remains an European leader in freight train car manufacturing and designs about 70 per cent of the freight train cars traveling on European railways


New Toyota Land Cruiser model – in Romania from EUR 47,200


The new Land Cruiser generation will be present on the domestic market in the last month of the year at a starting price of EUR 47,200 all taxes included, a press release informs. The Romanian clients can already order the new Land Cruiser, the first car being set to be delivered at the beginning of December. The car was substantially improved through the introduction of a Multi-terrain selection function, of a Multi-terrain monitor with four cameras, with the posting of the wheel brake angle. The new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available for the market from Romania with a turbodiesel of 3 liters and 127 kW/173 DIN hp. The CO2 emissions were reduced by 12 per cent (214 g/km, mixed), while the announced consumption is 8.11/100 km. The off-road potential of the new Land Cruiser was substantially improved through the introduction of a Multi-terrain Selection function, of a Multi-terrain monitor with four cameras, and the posting of the wheel brake angle.

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Second nuclear power plant to be built in Transylvania


Romania’s second nuclear power plant will be built close to the River Somes, Mediafax informs. Four locations are currently evaluated, Government sources stated on Thursday. The intention to build a second nuclear power plant was announced in 1983-1984 by the former communist regime. In 2007 former Premier Calin Popescu-Tariceanu announced that the project will be restarted and over 100 locations were taken into account last year, mainly in Transylvania (73 locations in the basins of Rivers Olt, Mures and Somes), Moldavia (18 locations in the River Bistrita basin) and Dobrogea (11 locations in the Danube River basin upstream from Cernavoda). Economy Minister Adriean Videanu stated back in May this year that the plant will be built in Transylvania. The only nuclear power plant in Romania, the one in Cernavoda, has tow reactors with a power of 700 MW each, covering approximately 18 per cent of the national consumption of electricity. Two similar reactors will be built by 2015-2016 and will cost an estimated EUR 4 bln.


CNADNR unaware of where the billions spent over past decade went


The National Motorway and Road Company of Romania (CNADNR) could have built 800 kilometers of motorways after 1999, given the money it received from the state and international financial institutions, Cotidianul daily newspaper reports. Between 1999 and 2008, the company got RON 14.17 bln, with the bulk of the amount, RON 2.6 bln, from the state budget and the European Union as ISPA and Phare funds. Other significant sums came from bank loans and the road tax charged until 2002 (the notorious special fund for public roads). It all adds up to nearly USD 5 bln, at an average exchange rate of 3 RON/USD. Dorina Tiron, CNADNR general director, disputes the calculus, saying that a portion of the money the company has received so far went into expropriations, moved utilities and consultancy. ‘It’s difficult for me to make an appraisal; I should see the figures first. What I can tell though is one kilometre of motorway built in a plain area costs at least EUR 4 M and can get up to EUR 7 M. Rehabilitating a kilometre of national road and widening it to 9 meters costs at least EUR 600,000,’ the CNADNR top executive said.


Online train tickets


Agerpres quoted the director of Romanian railway operator CFR as saying that as of late October, private individuals and companies can purchase train tickets online up to 48 hours before the travel takes place. The system will service upscale trains. In order to purchase their tickets online, travellers need to access the purchased tickets section on the CFR Passengers portal of the website the cfr.ro. In the first half of 2009, the flow of CFR travellers was 86.9 per cent of last year’s, down 13.1 per cent. Among the reasons for the fall, railway infrastructure rehabilitation works on the stretches Bucharest North – Constanta and Campina – Predeal, which led to delays and traffic difficulties. In order to bring passenger trains to European standards, CFR carried on the rolling material upgrading and procurement programs begun in previous years, with 26 new train cars being bought, 61 upgraded, and 12 diesel locomotives also being purchased.

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