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another injured
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Two men who were in an elevator shaft at the Electroaparataj Group in Bucharest were hit by the elevator’s booth, a release from the Capital Police reads. One of the two young men, aged 20 and 25 respectively died, while the other was severely injured, says chief inspector Christian Ciocan. According to Labour Inspection Chief Stefan Mares, the accident does not qualify as a labour incident, the two men who were on the industrial platform were not employees of the group. Police says the two victims were part of a five- six suspect group.


Vaccination against HPV gets green light from Ministry


Health Ministry’s state secretary Cristian Anton announced the beginning of the vaccination campaign against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), after initial screenings showing a worrying incidence in the female population. As far as the number of deaths from HPV, Romania is on the first place in the European Union, with an incidence 0f 27.6 pc, which is over 6 per cent bigger than in other countries. State Secretary Cristian Anton said every year in Romania are diagnosed over 3,400 women with the treatment costing the state approximately EUR 70 M. Inoculation is not compulsory but medics highly recommend it, as statistics show teenager girls’ inoculation and periodical Papanicolau screening tests can prevent up to 24 per cent of the cases. The vaccination campaign will start on November 23, in a first stage will be inoculated young girls in the 6th and 7th grade, the revaccination is to be done between January and May 2010. Statistics show some 100, 000 girls will be vaccinated.

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CCR postpones Geoana complaint until November 18


The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) deferred yesterday for one week the discussion of the constitutional conflict between Parliament and the Head of State, further to the notices of the Social-Democrat leader Mircea Geoana regarding the decrees through which interim chiefs were appointed at the ministries headed by PSD. Thus, the discussions will be resumed at CCR on November 18.


Geoana’s notices were submitted in the second half of October, one of them referring to the replacement of Dan Nica by Vasile Blaga at the Ministry of Interior, and another notice referring to the other interim ministers appointed for the governmental portfolios which remained vacant further to PSD’s withdrawal from governance (Education, SMEs, Labour, Environment, Agriculture, Health, Foreign Affairs and Ministry for liaison with Parliament). In the notices, the PSD leader invokes an article from Constitution, according to which the President may remove and appoint a minister only subject to approval by Parliament, if the structure or political membership of the Government is modified.

UDMR leader
Marko Bela meets EU ambassadors



UDMR leader Marko Bela has met with the ambassadors of a number of EU member states in Bucharest, alongside UDMR Executive President Laszlo Borbely, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, according to a press release the party issued on Tuesday. ‘The topics addressed during our meeting were in relation with the current political situation. The UDMR president did a briefing on political developments in the past few weeks, showing that the nomination of Klaus Johannis had been well received by the local and international public,’ reads the communiqué. In the context, Marko said the head of state misread the Constitution and that the president in Romania had a major role in identifying a parliamentary majority, but may not act against the will of a transparently configured majority. According to the UDMR press release, the attending diplomats inquired about the various constitutional aspects of the referendum, as well as UDMR’s opinion in the matter. They also wanted to know about the possible government formulas after the presidential election.

Deputies do not work next week


Deputies will not work next week, receiving neither session allowance nor per diem, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberta Anastase, announced yesterday, saying that in this way is enforced the obligation for the state employees to take unpaid holiday. “Next week we begin to take the days off, and the Chamber of Deputies doesn’t work,” Anastase said. She stressed that only the Permanent Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies will hold its meetings. Anastase made these specifications after the Permanent Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies could not hold its meeting on Wednesday because of the lack of quorum. Next week is the last week of electoral campaign for the presidential elections.

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