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League I, leg 12


Here is the table of the leg 12 games scheduled on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


Saturday, October 31: FC Astra vs. FC Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt; Unirea Urziceni vs. Universitatea Craiova;


Sunday, November 1: FC Unirea Alba Iulia vs. CFR Cluj; FC Vaslui vs. International Curtea de Arges; Rapid Bucharest vs. Otelul Galati; Poli Iasi vs. Dinamo Bucharest; FC Timisoara vs. Steaua Bucharest;


Monday, November 2: Gloria Bistrita vs. Gaz Metan Medias; FC Brasov vs. Pandurii Targu Jiu;


U Craiova to play in Drobeta Turnu Severin


The members of the Local Council of Drobeta Turnu Severin have ruled to allow Universitatea Craiova to use the city’s stadium for its League I games. The agreement will be in force until the end of the 2011-2012 season, with the first official game that Universitatea Craiova could play in Drobeta Turnu Severin being the leg 14 game against Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt. The team coached by Eugen Neagoe will inaugurate the Drobeta Turnu Severin stadium on November 15 at 1 PM in a friendly game against Dinamo Bucharest. The decision to switch the games from Craiova to Drobeta was taken by club owner Adrian Mititelu, the latter being displeased with the attitude displayed by the team’s fans in Craiova.

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Tennis: Monica Niculescu qualifies for round 2
in Poitiers tournament



Romanian tennis player Monica Niculescu defeated France’s Estelle Guisard on Tuesday, score 7-6 (2), 6-1. The game counted for round 1 of the Poitiers tournament, a tournament with total prizes of USD 100,000, the ITF’s official website informs. The Romanian player will next play against the winner of the game that pits Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova against France’s Pauline Separmentier. Alexandra Dulgheru, another Romanian player present on the main table, abandoned her game against Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) at the score of 1-6, 1-4.


Spain defeats Romania
in friendly, 6-2



Romania’s futsal team lost its friendly game against Spain, the European and World runner-up, on Tuesday in Brasov, score 2-6. Romania’s goals were scored by Razvan Radu and Cosmin Gherman.


Oltchim Rm. Valcea defeats Dunarea, 42-27


Oltchim Rm. Valcea defeated Dunarea Braila on Tuesday, score 42-27 (21-16 at half time). The game counted for leg 6 of the Women’s National Handball League. Title holder Dunarea Braila’s best goal-scorers were Maier, Vaschiuk and Stanca (6 goals each). Oltchim’s goals were scored by Gatzel, Lecusanu, Ardean-Elisei (4 goals each), Shymkute, Neagu (3 goals each), Puscasu, Luca and Manea (2 goals each). In another game counting for leg 6, HC Zalau defeated League runner-up Rulmentul Brasov, score 31-26 (14-11).


Men’s Handball: Romania to play 3 friendlies
in Panonia Cup



From October 29 to October 31 the Romanian handball team will take part in Hungary’s Panonia Cup training tournament dedicated to the memory of Marian Cozma. The host nation’s team, Serbia and Tunisia will also take part in the tournament. Romania will play against Serbia on October 29 (9 PM in Papa), against Tunisia on October 30 (5 PM in Balaton) and against Hungary on October 31 (1 PM in Veszprem). Coaches Petre Ghervan and Sorin Toacsen will have at their disposal the following line-up: Ionut Rudi Stanescu, Mihai Popescu – goalkeepers; Alexandru Sabou, Alexandru Cserpreghi, Daniel Muresan, Laurentiu Toma, Marius Sadoveac (HCM Constanta’s players), Adrian Petrea (Pick Szeged’s player), Cristian Fenici, Mihai Rohozneanu, Florin Ciubotariu, Gheorghe Irimescu (UCM Resita’s players), Marius Novanc, Ionut Georgescu, Iulian Stamate (Steaua’s players), Alexandru Stamate (HCM Baia Mare), Levente Szabo (HC Odorhei), Rares Jurca (Goppingen), Valentin Ghionea (Pick Szeged).


Romania finishes 5th in World Carp Classic 2009


The Romanian team finished 5th in the World Carp Classic 2009 championship that took place on France’s L’Uby Lake. Romania nevertheless won the trophy for the competition’s largest catch. South Africa won the world title for the second consecutive year. Serbia and France completed the podium. Romania’s team caught 11 carps for a total weight of 71.700 kilograms.

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Iliescu launched new book


The honourary president of the Social-Democrat Party, Ion Iliescu, launched on Thursday, at Oltenita, under the aegis of Editura Tehnica, the volume “Romania and the world at the confluence of the 20th and 21st centuries,” Agerpres informs. The book, prefaced by academician Mircea Malita, contains texts presented by the former Head of State in the last five years, at meetings and scientific debates in Romania and abroad, and presentations of various books, all of them connected with the scientific and political debates from our days over the changes which occurred in the world at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, such as the consequences of the collapse of the socialist system in Europe or globalization.


Bucharest-Verona air flight delayed by mist


A Blue Air aircraft, which was flying on Bucharest-Verona route, landed yesterday at Arad, where a stopover was scheduled, with a delay of around two hours, because of the unfavourable weather. Dan Balacel, director of Arad Airport, declared that the aircraft had to leave Bucharest at 7.45, and land at Arad at 8.45. “The aircraft could not land at Arad because of the mist, the visibility being below 200 m. For a safe landing the visibility needs to be 600 m,” declared Balacel. The aircraft which left Bucharest was carrying 60 passengers, while another 40 persons boarded on Arad Airport. Among those who got out of the plane at Arad were the mayor of the city, Gheorghe Falca, and the PDL deputy Iustin Cionca.


Three Romanians arrested in Northern Italy
for murdering pensioner



Three Romanian citizens were arrested near Milan after the murder of a pensioner a month ago, the online page of AGI agency informs, quoted by Mediafax. Two of the Romanians, aged 20 and 21, were remanded by the Carabinieri at Pioltello, a locality in the province of Milan, under the charges of qualified murder. A Romanian woman aged 46 was arrested in the same case for complicity. Immediately after the crime, the three Romanians ran away for short time to Romania. Back to Italy they were localized and taken in custody. The mobile phone of the victim was found in the possession of the Romanian woman.

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Austria backs Romania’s accession to Schengen Area


Austria backs Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area, it has offered and it offers all of its support in what concerns its IT implementation, Maria Theresia Fekter, the Austrian Federal Minister of Internal Affairs, stated on Thursday in a joint press conference with Vasile Blaga, Romania’s interim Minister of Administration and Internal Affairs. The conference was organized on the occasion of the Salzburg Forum that is taking place in Bucharest these days. Although it underlined that Austria backs the countries that want to accede to the Schengen Area, Fekter also criticized the manner in which the Schengen SIS II IT system works, with the system ‘showing some shortcomings’ in Fekter’s opinion.


In his turn, Vasile Blaga, the interim Minister of Administration and Internal Affairs, added that Romania still has a lot to do before acceding to the Schengen Area. Blaga gave March 2011 as the deadline for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area. ‘For Romania this is a strategic goal and that is why I am gladdened by the support that Austria continues to offer to us considering that we enjoyed its support as early as four years ago when we were welcomed within this forum,’ Blaga stated.

CSM reinstates
prosecutors revoked over Gorbunov case



The prosecutor Department of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) resolved Thursday to reinstate to their leadership positions the prosecutors revoked in connection with the Gorbunov case. CSM therefore implements the verdict passed by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), according to which the three prosecutors revoked following the scandal surrounding the interruption of Gorbunov’s sentence shall be reinstated in the leadership positions held prior to their dismissal. Although the members of the prosecutor Department with CSM debated that the time interval of their leadership tenure has come to an end, the Council however concluded that their term has not expired actually since it supposes the effective exercise of leadership and not the mere expiration of the timeframe as such. Sergey Gorbunov, the main suspect in an armed robbery at a Brasov exchange office January 29 that left two people dead, was released on medical grounds for three months from the Craiova Penitentiary in May 2008, never to return to continue serving his sentence, which in turn led to a nationwide APB being issued in his name. Gorbunov was apprehended by police officers in a Brasov shopping center January 31 and put back in prison.

Tiriac Jr. irrevocably acquitted in “Cocaine for VIPs” case


The Supreme Court acquitted Ion Alexandru Tiriac in “Cocaine for VIPs” case, after it rejected irrevocably, as ungrounded, the recourse of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bucharest Court of Appeal against a similar decision of an appeal court. The Supreme Court finalized on October 14 the debates in this case. The lawyer of Alexandru Tiriac told the judges that the lawsuit had lingered too much and the appeal court had at its disposal all the pertinent proofs of evidence necessary for the decision of acquittal in the case of his client. Ion Alexandru Tiriac pleaded innocent in front of the judges and requested to be acquitted.

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Half a million EUR
confiscated at Henri Coanda Airport



Over USD 590,000 and EUR 121,000 undeclared cash was found on a lady with double Romanian-Turkish citizenship and seized by the National Customs Authority workers at the Henri Coanda Airport in Bucharest on Wednesday. The National Customs Authority explains in a press release that Marinela M. proceeded through immigration without declaring that she had over EUR 10,000 in her possession under the new EU regulations. The money found was going to be illegally taken out of the country, according to the source. The passenger was fined and the undeclared cash found on her was confiscated.


Four children injured
in minibus accident



A school minibus with 14 children onboard was involved in a traffic accident in Galati County on Wednesday. Four of the children who suffered minor injuries were driven by the SMURD paramedics to hospital. Galati Traffic Police Spokesman Viorel Cojocaru reports that the Ford Transit minibus driver transporting 14 school children between two localities did not give way when driving onto a county road and was hit by a Dacia Logan passenger vehicle. Four girls in the minibus were inflicted minor lesions and were taken to hospital. ‘The patients are in good condition. Although they did not sustain severe injuries, they were driven to hospital,’ SMURD Galati co-ordinating physician Dr. Angel Trifan stated.

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Sheep subsidy to be paid by Gov’t
by end of February 2010



According to a Government decision adopted on Wednesday, the subsidy for sheep and goats (RON 44/head) will be paid in installments. According to Mediafax, the first installment of RON 15/head will be paid starting on November 2, with the remaining difference set to be paid by the end of February 2010. The RON 200/head subsidy for bovines will also be paid starting with November 2 after being approved by the Government last week. The total maximum subsidy for bovines stands at RON 571/head within the limit of RON 771 M. Because they did not receive their subsidies the farmers protested in front of the Ministry of Finances, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Presidential Palace. President Traian Basescu tried to calm the farmers protesting in front of the Presidential Palace by offering them a series of promises consisting of the payment of a new subsidy installment in December, without revealing the sum. ‘I expressed my openness to talk with the Government, with the Finance Ministry, with CEC, with the National Fund for Guaranteeing Rural Crediting, in order to find a solution so that something could be added this December to the subsidy offered from the state budget,’ Basescu stated, being quoted by Realitatea.net. The protesters told the President that funds are unavailable only when it comes to agriculture, otherwise being available for highways or mayoralties.


CEC – a bank for farmers?


The variant of CEC privatisation must be excluded and, with support from Government, “let’s capitalize it sufficiently in order to become a bank addressed to farmers,” declared Traian Basescu on the national TV channel, adding that there is a mistake to not have a bank addressed to farmers in a country with a strongly agricultural character. “We made the big mistake to leave the country without any bank focused on the funding of agriculture, in a country with a strongly agricultural character,” the Head of State said. “The current crisis teaches us a very important thing: The complete deregulation of the banking systems conducted to the collapse of a global economy. Romania must learn from the lesson of the global financial crisis which is generated by bankers. This crisis was created by a vital private sector. And it is called the global financial and banking sector,” Basescu said.The President of Romania declared that when it started to fall, the whole financial and banking sector “turned towards governments.” “In the conditions in which the state pays for the greed of the bankers, for the corruption of the bankers – I ask the bankers to excuse me – you can’t turn your back again to it,” continued the Head of State, explaining that, at the level of the European leaders, the point is to minimize the banking system at state level. “Therefore, at the level of the European leaders, the problem of the regulations – nobody says strict ones, but minimal – of the national banking system becomes a problem that will occur,” President concluded.

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The mortgage loans marked the sixth month of growth


The mortgage loans increase in September by 1.17 per cent compared to the previous month, on the background of the rather shy influence of the First House programme, and the analysts recognize that compared to the past years, the rate of growth has slowed down, accordind to Business Standard. The evolution of the mortgage loan from September was sustained by the foreign currency component. The loans for dwellings in foreign currencies advanced 1.31 per cent compared to August, up to RON 20.9 bln, while the mortgage loans in RON dropped 0.46 per cent, to RON 1.7 bln. The total balance of the mortgage loans rose 19 per cent in the last year and reached RON 22.7 bln at the end of September. “The mortgage growths in the past years were unsustainable. The rate of growth of this type of loan has slowed down now, because of the lack of solvent demands and because the banks are afraid to grant new credits on the background of the increase of the bad loans,” declared for Business Standard Adriana Marin, director analysis department, Unicredit CAIB Securities Romania. CEC Bank president, Radu Ghetea, says that the First House programme was beneficial for the mortgage credits in the present conditions of crisis. According to BNR data, in August the provisions set up by the local banks rose 6.5 per cent against the previous month, to RON 12.85 bln.


Petrom: EUR 90 M investment
in gas processing unit



Petrom (SNP) has finalized the construction of a natural gas processing unit within the Midia oil terminal located in the vicinity of Constanta, the oil company announced yesterday. The investment stood at RON 90 M and was made alongside Germany’s Linde Group, a group active in the industrial gases and engineering sector. As a consequence, the natural gas processing capacity will grow from 1.5 million cubic meters of natural gas per day to 3.8 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. Petrom and Linde signed the contract for this investment in October 2006. Likewise, the unit will be able to handle Petrom’s entire offshore natural gas production. In other developments, Germany’s Linde Group estimates that it will register a turnover of EUR 10-20 M in Romania this year, down from the EUR 50 M average it registered in each of the last two years. The drop is caused by delays in or postponement of projects.


AFI Palace Cotroceni Mega Fun opened doors


AFI Palace Cotroceni Mega Fun, the biggest mall in Romania, developed by AFI Europe through an investment of EUR 300 M, was opened for the public. Located on a total built surface of 215,000 sq m, the whole surface of the mall AFI Palace Cotroceni offers 250 shops, 2,500 parking lots, a Real hypermarket opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 20 cinema halls, the first IMAX in Romania (3D), a carting track, two casinos, a skating rink. AFI Palace Cotroceni benefits from brands among which New Yorker, Waikiki, X-Side, INDITEX, the biggest clothing retailer in Europe (with all its brands: Zara, Zara Home, Zara Man, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Pull&Bear), and also brands like C&A, Mango, Marks & Spencer. AFI Palace Cotroceni will create over 5,000 permanent new jobs on the labour market from Romania, most of them being furnished by retailers, while the administration of the mall – maintenance, security, cleaning – will furnish over 500 jobs.


IMPACT D&C: 60 pc of the visitors of real estate fairs do not own a dwelling


Impact Developer & Contractor SA, a company present for 18 years in the Romanian market, recently announced in a press release that it reached the objectives set for the real estate events it participated in, but it is cautious about attending future events. According to surveys made by the company at each edition of the 8 fairs it attended in 2009, an approximate 60 pc of visitors do not own a dwelling and 27 pc said they only want to prospect the market, without a clear intent to buy a dwelling in the near future. On the other hand, between 72 and 90 pc of subjects want a new home one year from now, or later. The survey ordered by Impact D&C SA also reveals the fact that the public of fairs is mostly composed of women (52.2 pc at tIMOn in October, 53.4 pc at tIMOn in September, 57.5 pc at TNI in September etc.) and that the fairs with more expensive offers have a younger public (between 53 and 55 pc of subjects are single and have no child). Furthermore, over 70 pc of those who bought a dwelling in Greenfield – the residential complex developed by Impact in District 1 of Bucharest – during real estate fairs, have a master’s diploma.

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New Tarom flights
to Budapest and Bari



Tarom introduced flights from Bucharest to Budapest from October 25, with a frequency of four weekly flights, and will initiate also flights to Bari, on December 11, with a frequency of three flights per week, Mediafax informs. The company will become on November 2 the only operator of direct flights on the route Bucharest-Sofia. The frequency of the flights will be two flights a day, from Monday through Friday. Tarom operates flights to 45 destinations from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and has over 300 takeoffs per week. The company carried in the first seven months 862,900 passengers, 13.1 per cent less than in the same period of the previous year, according to the data of the Association of the European Air Companies.


HelloRomania.eu proposes 500 Romanian hotels


Tourists from the whole world can make reservations online for rooms in over 500 hotels from Romania through www.HelloRomania.eu., the first specialized Romanian portal, Agerpres informs. “We need two more years to have a national coverage for all the localities from Romania. We started in July 2009 with an allotted budget of EUR 500,000. Presently, we have requests from another 100 hoteliers to be entered on the site, but we must check information before including an accommodation unit on our portal. It is a laborious stage, especially that some of the administrators of the accommodation units are reluctant to pay 12 per cent of the value of each reservation made on site. They prefer to have an unoccupied room than give these 12 per cent for its occupation. We hope to convince at the soonest. Especially that in the next period we want to enlarge the list with hotels from the neighbouring countries with high tourist potential, such as Greece, Turkey, Italy,” declared Laurentiu Neblea, PR manager HelloRomania.eu.


Alcatel-Lucent transfers employees to partner firms


Alcatel-Lucent will transfer some of the employees from Romania to firms established in partnership with other companies, instead of laying them off, Mediafax informs. Last week, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it would renounce 564 employees from Romania in a programme which targets the elimination or externalization of over 4,500 jobs from Europe, this year and in 2010, out of the total of 26,000. Alcatel-Lucent has launched several restructuring programmes starting in 2006, the year when the French group Alcatel merged with the American group Lucent Technologies. The last series of layoffs, from December 2008, affected 1,000 jobs.


GarantiBank offers special conditions for car credits


GarantiBank offers special conditions for the car credits taken up until December 31, 2009: the option to choose between the fixed or variable interest rate, reduction of the interest rates, and the 60 per cent decrease of the granting commission, according to a press release. For a car loan with fixed interest rate, since the moment of granting until the end of 2010, the interest rate is 1.5 per cent lower than the interest rate in effect at the moment when the loan was taken, while starting in 2011 the standard variable interest rate will be applied. If the option is made for a credit with variable interest rate, the latter will be reduced by 1 per cent from the standard level, over the whole duration of the credit. Regardless of the type of interest rate which was chosen, the granting commission is 50 per cent lower.


Real,- Cotroceni Park, an EUR 23.4 M investment, opens today


Real,- Hypermarket Romania opens today, the chain’s 22nd store, in AFI Palace Cotroceni, investment amounting EUR 23.4 million, a press release informs. The new store has a total surface of 13,380 square meters, out of which 7,500 square meters are sales area, and benefits from 2,500 parking places, which belong to the entire complex. The EUR 23.4 million investment in real,- Hypermarket Cotroceni means: first-class refrigerating equipment, latest generation scaling gear, modern ovens and grills, not less than 51 cash registers and a range that includes over 40,000 food and non-food products of which 90 per cent come from local producers and suppliers.

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Over 500 former MPs benefit from special pensions


The interim Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea sent on Wednesday to the Permanent Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies a statistics according to which 516 former MPs benefited in 2009 from a special pension, the average pension granted to them amounting to RON 3610 per month, according to PDL Deputy Dumitru Pardau. Pardau, secretary general of the Chamber of Deputies, explained yesterday after the meeting of the Permanent Bureau that Pogea had been requested, at PNL’s proposal, a statistics of the number of MPs who have benefited from special pensions in 2009. According to the document sent in September 2009, no less than 516 former MPs benefited from such special pensions, the average monthly pension being RON 3,610, while during the whole year 2009, the total sum granted for these pensions increased to RON 21,666,969.


RON 12,447,302 of the aforementioned amount was given from the public system and RON 9,219,667 from the state budget.

Leonard Orban calls on Parliament to deal with EU laws


Leonard Orban, the European Commissioner for Multilingualism, has called on Romania’s Parliament to get involved in the process of evaluating EU laws, pointing out that without this involvement Romania’s influence will not grow at European level. Leonard Orban stated during a debate organized at the headquarters of the European Commission’s office in Romania that from September 2006 the member states’ national Parliaments have sent over 550 proposals to the European Commission, thus contributing to improving the EU’s legislative activity. ‘Regretfully I have to tell you that the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament are not part of the category of those that took part in this dialogue until now. I launch a very clear message that without the Romanian Parliament’s involvement in the EU’s decision-making process it will be extremely difficult for Romania’s influence as a member state to grow at European level,’ the European Commissioner stated.

PSD Satu Mare
secretary convicted for corruption



PSD Satu Mare Secretary Vasile Fernea has been convicted and given a three-and-a-half year suspended jail term for corruption by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ). The same court waved PSD’s responsibility for the reimbursement of RON 13,000 and ordered the defendant to pay it to the person who had reported him to the authorities. In March 2007, the Corruption Prosecution Service referred Vasile Fernea to court in a case of corruption. Using his influence, Fernea had various Public Finance General Directorate and Financial Squad workers in Satu Mare help a businessman whose operations were being checked by the two institutions, and charged him ROL 130,000,000 and USD 1,000 for his services. According to the source, Fernea kept USD 1,000 for himself and deposited ROL 130,000,000 to the PSD Satu Mare cashier’s desk with instructions to be used for the party’s election campaign. From 1992 through 1997, Vasile Fernea was the head of the Satu Mare County Police. In 2000, he became Secretary General of the Satu Mare County Organisation of PSD.

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