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Tickets for AC/DC and Eric Clapton,
up for sale



Tickets for the concerts that will be given by AC/DC and Eric Clapton, two of the most awaited concerts of 2010, have been put up for sale on Wednesday at 9 AM within the Eventim.ro network. The two concerts are Marcel Avram and D&D East Entertainment productions and the tickets will be distributed exclusively through Eventim.ro. The AC/DC concert will take place on May 16, 2010 in Constitutiei Square. The tickets cost RON 127.2 (with that price set to climb to RON 148.4 after the first 20,000 tickets are sold), RON 265 within the Golden Circle and RON 477 within the VIP section. The number of tickets within the Golden Circle and VIP sections is limited. Eric Clapton will give a concert along with Steve Winwood on June 11, 2010 within the ‘Iolanda Balas’ Stadium. The ticket prices for that concert vary: RON 136.8, RON 179.2, RON 423, and RON 636 within the VIP section.


Film Director Elisabeta Bostan gets ‘Aristizza Romanescu’ Award


Like at each year’s end, the Romanian Academy announced awards in all sections. This winter, it gave awards for the year 2007, which is a normal interval that facilitates a complete review of the follow-up of works and activities chosen in view of the prestigious awards. Several prizes were given in the section ‘Arts, architecture and audiovisual.’ In this category, film Director Elisabeta Bostan received the ‘Aristizza Romanescu’ award. Elisabeta Bostan was born on March 1, 1931. In 1954, she graduated the directing courses of IATC “I.L. Caragiale” of Bucharest. She dedicated her career to teaching and prepared many exceptional names of Romanian cinema. Since 1995, she is the Dean of the Film Faculty. She initiated the well-known festival ‘CineMAiubit,’ dedicated to student movies, which reached its 13th edition, hosted these very days by the Studio cinema hall of Bucharest. She is famous in Romania and abroad as one of the biggest authors of children’s movies – a genre that she brilliantly embraced.

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Paul Constantinescu centennial at ONB


The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) brings homage to late composer Paul Constantinescu on his 100 birthday anniversary by presenting some of his works this evening. Part one of the performance will consists of selections from his symphonic, vocal and choral compositions, under the baton of conductor Cornel Trailescu, followed by ‘4 madrigals on lyrics by Mihai Eminescu’ sung by soloists Dorina Chesei, Sidonia Nica, Lucian Corchis and Ion Dimieru, accompanied on the piano by Luminita Berariu. Part one will close with the ONB choir prepared by choir maestro Stelian Olariu performing ‘It’s You we praise’ from the ‘Psalm Liturgy’ and excerpts from the ‘Birth of the Lord’ Christmas Byzantine Oratorio. Doru Feraro will be the soloist. Part one of the concert is directed by Cristina Cotescu, and Viorica Petrovici is the scenographer. Part two will consist of the opera ‘A Tempestuous Night’, directed by Catalina Buzoianu. Scenography belongs to Viorica Petrovici. The cast consists of ONB soloists Paul Basacopol (Dumitrache), Stefan Schuller (Ipingescu), Mihai Lazar (Chiriac), Adriana Alexandru (Spiridon), Crina Zancu (Veta), Cristina Eremia (Zita), Valentin Racoveanu (Rica, along with ballerina Veronica Martinoiu (the Swan). The ONB orchestra will be conducted by maestro Cornel Trailescu.


Dan Iordachescu anniversary performance


The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) will celebrate Friday evening the 60th anniversary of the debut of great opera baritone Dan Iordachescu with an anniversary performance where all the artist’s fans are welcomed. Univ. Prof. Dr. Grigore Constantinescu and Univ. Prof. Dr. Valeriu Rapeanu will speak about the artist’s personality and his prodigious career on many opera stages worldwide. Excerpts can also be watched from televised shows and concerts whose protagonist was maestro Dan Iordachescu. Born into a family of pedagogues, baritone Dan Iordachescu graduated from the Bucharest Music Conservatory in 1956. He completed his musical studies at Mozarteum in Salzburg, in Paris and Rome.


Die Fledermaus
on New Year’s Eve
at the Opera House



The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) continues its tradition of presenting a special evening on New Year’s Eve, with the traditional operetta ‘Die Fledermaus’ by Johann Strauss, based on a Covent Garden production and stage direction, under the baton of conductor Vlad Conta, the institution informs. Tenor Alfredo Pascu, as Eisenstein, will be the special guest of the evening. Along Mr. Pascu, there will perform ONG artists Crina Zancu, who makes her opera debut in the role of Rosalinda, Paul Basacopol (Franck), Mihaela Ispan (Orlofsky – debut), Vlad Mirita (Alfred), Ionut Pascu (Falke), Vasile Chisiu (Blind – debut), Mihaela Stanciu (Adela), Cristina Eremia (Ida) and ballet soloists Monica Petrica, Bianca Stoicheciu and Bogdan Canila. They will be accompanied by the orchestra and choir prepared by maestro Stelian Olariu and the ONB ballet ensemble. The performance will start at 6:00 pm. The viewers who will choose to attend the New Year’s Party organized by ONB can also witness the firecracker show and other surprises all through the night.

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National soccer team down in FIFA ranking


The National football team of Romania closes the year on the lowest place ever occupied in the standings of the International Football Federation (FIFA), 36, with 745 points, Agerpres reports. In the December standing, Romania ranks 36, four places lower than in November, after it ranked 21 in January. The best place occupied this year was 17 in February. The first 11 places in the standings are the same as in the past months, with Spain on the first place, followed by Brazil and The Netherlands.


Bulgarian referee
suspended by UEFA



The European Football Union suspended one of the top referees from Bulgaria, Anton Ghenov, aged 43, suspected of having contributed to having rigged an international match, in order to help the persons participating in the bet, Associated Press informs, quoted by Agerpres. UEFA stressed, after questioning the referee, that it would not delegate any longer Ghenov at the games from the continental competitions, the Champions League or Europa League, during the investigation. Anton Ghenov refereed the friendly match between the representative teams of Macedonia and Canada (3-0), played on November 14 at Strumica, when he awarded four penalties, two for each team. Canada coach, Stephen Hart, acknowledged after the game that all the four penalties were granted too easily.


UEFA validates
Ukraine file



After two and a half years of doubts and interrogations, the European Football Union took the risk to entirely validate the Ukrainian file, confirming the four cities from that country which will host football matches during Euro-2012 (including the final due at Kiev), competition that will be organized together with Poland, Agerpres informs. Thus, Donetsk, Harkov, Lvov and Kiev will join the four Polish cities accepted in May by UEFA Executive Committee (Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan and Gdansk). Apart from the final from Kiev and the opening match from Warsaw, from June 9, 2012, the continental authority has not yet set a precise agenda of the tournament, everything depending, as Michel Platini said, on “the works carried out on airports.”


Renault continue
in Formula One



Renault Formula One team president Bernard Rey has announced the constructor will remain in Formula One next season after they agreed a deal secure the team’s future, CNN informs. Rey confirmed they had decided to maintain a strategic commitment to the sport with the help of Genii Capital, a Luxemburg based firm specialized in new technologies, brand management and motorsport. In a statement on team’s Web site Rey said: “I am delighted to welcome Genii Capital as our new strategic partner as I am sure that their enthusiasm and business expertise will create a new dynamic for the team, the staff, and our partners. Altogether, we look forward to competing again at the highest level in Formula One. Today’s announcement also confirms Renault’s commitment and trust in the sport’s governing bodies to improve the green credentials of Formula One.”

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EUR 19 M projects for Romania and Bulgaria


The joint selection committee of Romania-Bulgaria Cross-border Cooperation Programme approved on Tuesday 25 projects with a budget of almost EUR 19 M, whose beneficiaries are public authorities and NGOs. “Further to the evaluation of the 28 projects submitted until January 31 and of the 11 projects submitted until March 31, the evaluation working group proposed the joint selection committee to approved 25 of them for funding,” the Development Ministry, manager of the progranmme, announced on Wednesday in a press release. Of the selected projects, 13 have a Romanian coordinator, and 12 a Bulgarian coordinator. The programme benefits from a budget of EUR 262 M, during 2007-2013.


ARAI requests to defer energy
certification of dwellings



The Romanian Association of Real Estate Agencies (ARAI) considers that the law which renders compulsory the existence of the energy certificate at the end of the real estate transactions will be difficult to enforce as of January 1, 2010. Thus, the real estate agents request to defer the implementation of the law for the second half of the next year, Mediafax informs. The representatives of the real estate agencies consider that before the enforcement of the law it is necessary to work out and authorize efficient and quick computerized certification methodologies, to increase the number of energy auditors, and to build a data base with the standardized technical indexes necessary for the certification, for the residential dwellings located in the blocks of flats built during 1960-1990, which have an important weight in the dwelling stock from Romania. In this context, the transactions with the old dwellings will be chiefly affected, the new dwellings built in the past few years having such energy certificates.


Transporters sue CNADNR


The Federation of Romanian Transport Operators (FORT) will sue the Company for Highways and National Roads (CNADNR), asking for financial damages in the name of all of the member transport companies affected by the decision to stop traffic on several national and European road sections in Romania, Augustin Hagiu, president of FORT, stated for Agerpres. The transporters’ representative points out that on the basis of this Government Ordinance the road’s administrator has to inform the users about existing traffic restrictions and should intervene as fast as possible in order to ensure that traffic takes place safely on public roads. However, as can be noticed, the CNADNR website lacks any relevant information in that sense.

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Romania – second annual inflation rate in EU


Romania had at the end of November the second annual inflation rate in EU, exceeding over four times the average of 1 percent of the Community block. In the euro zone, the indicator was 0.5 percent, according to the data presented by Eurostat. The EU member states with the biggest annual inflations in November are Hungary (5.2 percent), Romania (4.6 percent) and Poland (3.8 percent). Only five countries registered a fall of the consumer prices, namely Ireland (-2.8 percent), Estonia (-2.1 percent), Latvia (-1.4 percent), Portugal (-0.8 percent) and Malta (0.1 percent). Compared to the annual inflation from the end of October, the indicator fell in only one member state, remained at the same level in three, and rose in the other 23 countries. The trend of price evolution is positive both in EU and in the Euro zone. The annual inflation at the end of October was 0.5 percent in EU, respectively -0.1 percent in the euro zone. In the euro zone, it is the first annual growth registered since April, after five consecutive months in which the consumer prices in the 16 states which use the Euro currency were in negative territory.


ANAT: Price reduction
in tourism



The National Association of Tourism Agencies (ANAT) will try to convince the Romanian hotel operators to lower their tariffs next year, Alin Burcea, the Association’s First Vice-President, stated yesterday during a press conference. ‘We are trying to convince the hotel operators to keep the prices at their 2009 levels at most or to lower them. Considering the sale developments in 2009 we have to restructure the tariffs a bit next year,’ Burcea said.


Eurocopter Romania delivers 50th
helicopter in the Puma
and Super Puma range



This month, Eurocopter Romania – a subsidiary of Eurocopter Group – completed the 50th delivery of an aircraft ranging in the Puma and Super Puma family, whose overhaul and maintenance works were conducted in the Brasov-based factory, the company writes in a press release. The current industrial capacity of Eurocopter Romania allows simultaneous repairs to 8 Puma and Super Puma middle helicopters a year. In addition, on the local market, Eurocopter Romania continues to develop its support activities for EC135 and Dauphin helicopters – used by Romanian authorities – along with the trade, repairs and maintenance activities of the aircraft belonging to the new generation of helicopters destined to civil clients from Romania and neighboring countries. To support its growth in 2009, Eurocopter Romania increased its staff from 97 to 112. As a consequence, to answer future needs, the company might significantly boost its production capacity if negotiations with IAR Brasov reach a conclusion before the end of the year.


Ford Fiesta – Car of the Year 2010
in Romania



The new Ford Fiesta model has already obtained the title of Car of the Year 2010 in Romania, being followed by Opel Astra. Through the obtained award, Ford becomes the only brand rewarded with three awards “Car of the Year in Romania” from the members of the Association of the Motoring Media from Romania, Agerpres reports. Third ranked Volkswagen Polo (108 points). Immediately after them followed Renault Fluence and Chevy Cruze, Mazda3, Hyundai i20, Toyota Avensis, Kia Soul, and Peugeot 206 Plus. “Ford Fiesta convinced almost all the members of the jury that it deserves being Car of the Year 2010 in Romania. Ford Fiesta wasn’t placed almost by any member below the third place,” declared Dan Vardie, president of the organization committee and member of Car Of The Year jury. Ion Tiriac was also distinguished with an award for his personality which dominated the last two decades of the car market.

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Eurostat – significant growth of hourly labour cost
in our country



The hourly labour cost in the European Union rose 3.1 percent in Q2 2009, against the same period of the previous year. Bulgaria and Romania had the biggest growths of the hourly cost of labour among the 27 EU member states, according to the data presented on Tuesday by the European Office of Statistics (Eurostat), Agerpres informs. In Q3 2009, the hourly labour cost registered a growth of 9.6 per cent in Romania, while in Bulgaria a growth of 10.4 percent. In the case of Romania, the growth of 9.6 percent registered in Q3 2009 comes after a growth of 11.7 percent in Q2 this year and a growth of 18.1 percent in Q1. According to the data communicated by the National Institute of Statistics (INS), the hourly cost of labour adjusted according to the number of working days rose 8.01 per cent in Q3 2009, compared to the same period of 2008.


BNR – “The most trustful financial institution in Romania”


The National Bank of Romania (BNR) received on Monday the special award at Piata Financiara Award Gala for the status of the most trustful financial institution from Romania, Agerpres informs. Adrian Vasilescu, adviser to BNR governor, stressed that the National Bank succeeded to dismantle the rumours regarding the devaluation of the RON above RON 4.5, and the reserve has increased. BNR also took care of the liquidity from the market, in order that the Finance Ministry, which had to fill up a significant deficit, would not have problems, Vasilescu said.


Austria’s Volksbanken dismisses watchlist report


Volksbanken, Austria’s top cooperative bank, is at no risk of nationalisation and a media report it was on a regulator’s watchlist was inaccurate, a spokesman said. Austrian daily Die Presse, without citing sources, reported on Monday the country’s central bank and its financial market regulator had put Oesterreichische Volksbanken on a watchlist and asked it to find a new strategy. A spokesman for Volksbanken AG dismissed the report, saying he had never heard of such a watchlist. “We see no threat of a nationalisation,” he said, quoted by Reuters. “We also watch what is happening at Volksbank, but I can tell you that in Romania the bank has a solvency much above the average, of 16.5 per cent, and there are no problems. Volksbank has given some credits to a number of local communities, credits in connection with which it has some problems. I repeat, the problem is not with Romania. We are very quiet,” Nicolae Cinteza, director Bank Monitoring Division from BNR, declared for HotNews.ro.


Romanians make one payment in two months on card to traders


The Romanians make an average of one payment in two months on card to traders, the weight of the payments on card in the total transactions with these instruments increasing 2 percent in 2009, to 13 percent, the general manager of Visa Europe for Romania, Catalin Cretu, declared yesterday. According to Mediafax, Cretu stressed that a Romanian makes on the average 6.2 transactions with payment on card per year. He reiterated that the main problem for the card industry is not the economic crisis experienced by Romania, but the mentality of the Romanians who prefer cash. At the end of September, there were 2.2 million credit cards and 10.5-10.6 million debit cards.

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