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June 26, 2022


‘Penescu lot’ released

Cornel Penescu, Gheorghe Constantin and Liviu Facaleata were released from custody for their judgment, with the mentioned that they may not leave the country, the National Division Anti-corruption announced, quoted by the TV channel Antena 3. The three were involved in the scandal “Bribe in football” which began in April 2009. At that time, more exactly on April 16, Cornel Penescu (financier of FC Arges team) was taken in custody for bribe giving, influence peddling and setting up organized offending group. In custody together with Penescu were also taken Gheorghe Constantin (former chief of the Central Referee Commission) and Liviu Facaleata, former general manager of PIC company. According to DNA, during 2006-2009 the defendants Cornel Penescu Gheorghe Cornel, Facaleata Liviu Ilie, Minca Cristian, Pieca Gheorghita and Gheorghe Constantin initiated an organized an offending group with the purpose to obtain financial or material benefits.

Sapunaru returns to Rapid

The footballer Cristian Sapunaru returns in League 1. Suspended temporarily from FC Porto because of his behaviour, Sapunaru will be lent to his former team, FC Rapid, to play in the next six months. Sapunaru was sold by Rapid to FC Porto in the summer 2008. “We managed to take Sapunaru until summer,” the owner of Rapid Club, George Copos, confirmed for TVR. Cristian Sapunaru is temporarily suspended by the Portuguese League after the row in which he was involved at the end of the derby with Benfica, from December. According to the media from Portugal, there is video footage which proves the aggressive behaviour of the Romanian against an order keeping officer. Sapunaru may be suspended for three years.

Obreja retired from the office of FRB president

Rudel Obreja gave up on Friday the position of president of the Romanian Boxing Federation (FRB), after he was suspended by the Discipline Commission of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) over a period of 11 years. “The Federal Bureau of the Romanian Boxing Federation approved the solution of FRB president, Rudel Obreja, to delegate all the competences connected with amateur boxing in Romania, the representation at international level included, with all the authorities that have attributions and competences in this sector, to Mr. vice president of FRB, Vasile Catea,” reads a press release of the national authority.

Hockey referee murdered by puck in Sweden

An extremely infrequent accident took place this weekend in Sweden, when a referee aged 62 was murdered by an ice hockey puck during a junior match played at Sollefteaa, in North Sweden, 500 km away from Stockholm. “The puck hit him between the neck and the skull base, exactly where the cap finishes,” declared Bjorn Rohman, police officer in the province of Vrosternormands, quoted by Agerpres. In spite of the attempts to reanimate him, the referee, carried with an ambulance, died at his arrival at the hospital, the Police stresses in a press release. According to the declaration of the general secretary of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, Jurgen Lindgren, quoted by TT agency, it is for the first time that such an accident occurs in Sweden.

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Preda Buzescu’s
successor wins 63,000 hectares of forest in court

A successor of boyar Preda Buzescu, who lived in the XVI-th Century and was a general in the army of Prince Mihai Viteazu, asked the Buzau County Prefecture to retrocede the former Buzau Woods, which spread upon 62,500 hectares, and won the case at the Patarlagele Tribunal, which issued a court order to this respect. Buzau Prefect Paul Beganu however said he will challenge the sentence in court, as it refers to almost the whole northern part of the county – a forested mountain area. In his turn, Teodor Nastase, the successor of boyar Preda Buzescu, said he was restored the property right by a court, in the spirit and letter of the acting laws on forestry, and if he does not receive the forest he is entitled to, he will take his case to European courts.

22 new cases
of AH1N1 infection

Twenty-two new cases of AH1N1 were reported over the weekend, bringing the total number of infection cases in Romania to 6,953, the Health Ministry said yesterday, quoted by Mediafax.

From these, 119 cases resulted in the death of the patients, the ministry said. The last death caused by the swine flu virus was reported on Friday, in a person who was suffering from several other chronic ailments. In the last 24 hours, two fresh cases of AH1N1 were reported, in Mures and Suceava counties. Thirteen new cases were registered on Saturday, most of which in Constanta, while on Friday, there were seven new cases, the ministry said.

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Two US Mormon
missionaries found dead in Bucharest

Two missionaries serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Romania Bucharest Mission, passed away in their apartment Friday night from apparent accidental natural gas asphyxiation according to authorities. They were identified as McKay Choy Burrows, 20, of Highland, Utah, and Jace Edwards Davis, 20, of Logandale, Nevada. A Church spokesman said their families have been notified by the Church leaders. Romania is home to more than 2,000 LDS members with six branches in Bucharest and more than a dozen more in outlying cities and towns.

NGOs kick off project
to help protect
historical buildings

About 50 volunteers and members of the Pro-Do-Mo and Save Bucharest associations yesterday attended the first photo session part of the project ‘An inventory of protected construction areas in Bucharest.’

The project is aimed at making a full inventory of the roughly 20,000 buildings in the city’s historic downtown area, located in 98 historic zones, in order to facilitate easy access to information by NGOs and individuals interested in preserving the heritage fund. The information gathered – photographs and inventory records – will be available on the websites of the associations. The project’s proponents seek to provide a complete picture of historic Bucharest in 2010 and popularize the aesthetic value of the capital city in general and not just the historic monuments.

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ArcelorMittal Hunedoara to invest EUR 43 M in rolling mill

ArcellorMittal will invest EUR 43 M in the plant from Hunedoara for the construction of a rolling mill, the project being part of an investment programme established for the period 2004-2011, which stipulates a total amount of EUR 69 M, the company announced. “(…) The purpose of the investment programme is to assure the raw materials required for our units which manufacture pipes in Romania, and also to increase the competitiveness of our products at international level,” declared Andre Bock, vice president of the group and Chief Technical Officer ArcelorMittal Long Carbon Europe, in a press release. The press release shows that another important component of the investment programme refers to the production of semi-finished goods, ArcelorMittal officials expecting the invested money to conduct to the growth of liquid steel production to a total of 700,000 tons per year, at the level of the company.

IMF approves USD 574 M loan
for R. of Moldova

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved three-year arrangements for the Republic of Moldova under the Extended Credit Facility and the Extended Fund Facility, a press release informs. With each facility providing an equal amount, the combined financial assistance will be equivalent to SDR 369.6 million (about USD 574.4 million) to support the country’s economic program aimed at restoring fiscal and external sustainability, preserving financial stability, reducing poverty, and raising growth. The approval makes an amount equivalent to SDR 60 M (about USD 93.2 M) immediately available, with the remainder available in installments subject to semiannual reviews.

Advertising contracts banned for ministries in next six months

PM Emil Boc forbid the ministries to conclude publicity contracts in the next six months, invoking the limited budgetary resources, except for the project which cannot be run in the absence of a minimum promotion campaign, ministerial sources declared for Mediafax agency. The request was made in the meeting of Friday of the Government.

Electronic ro-vignette to be introduced in August

The electronic system of issuing and controlling the ro-vignette will be operational starting on August 1, the current variant of distribution of the ro-vignette remaining valid until the end of this year, PM Emil Boc announced on Friday, after the approval of the ordinance in the Government meeting. According to Transport Minister Radu Berceanu, the new system will not increase the amount of the ro-vignette, but it will assure a faster method of control of the payment of this tax. He stressed that the ro-vignettes already acquired for 2010 can be further used, until the period of validity expires. On another line, the transport minister also announced that, subject to a governmental ordinance which modifies the regime of roads, the special authorizations for commodity transports will be eliminated and the penalties for the operators who fail to observe the maximum weight limits which are admitted will become harsher.

HR CLUB awarded the CEO
of the year

HR CLUB Excellence Awards Gala awarded the general managers, the best human resources projects, and the best performing line managers of the year, according to a press release remitted to the editorial office. Calin Dragan – CEO Coca Cola HBC Romania (category – Management Change), Cornelia Coman – CEO ING Asigurari de Viata (category – Human Resources Manager, Strategic Business Partner), Shachar Shaine – CEO Tuborg Romania (category – Investment in People), and Wargha Enayati (special prize – Entrepreneurship) received the distinction of General Manager of the Year 2009, at the second edition of HR CLUB Excellence Award Gala.

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Start of parliamentary session today

The two Chambers of Parliament, Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, resume work today, in the first ordinary session of this year. The Fiscal Responsibility Law and the reform of the pension system, the revision of Constitution and of the Electoral Law, and also the Lustration Law are the legislative priorities of the political formations in Senate.

Deputies resume the ordinary activity after they were called by mid-January in extraordinary session, alongside Senators, for the passing of the state budget and of the social insurance budget. Moreover, the Chamber of Deputies adopted in an extraordinary meeting the normative act through which the Government is empowered to issue ordinances over the period of the parliamentary recess, and also the agreement regarding the small traffic at the border with the Republic of Moldova.

The parliamentary groups from the Chamber of Deputies begin the present session with a series of legislative objectives which lay emphasis on the pensions’ law and the local public administration.

New consul of Romania at Shanghai

Diplomat Florin-Marius Tacu was appointed general consul of Romania at Shanghai, as Ioana Muntean, spokeswoman of the Government, announced on Friday. Florin-Marius Tacu is a graduate of law and diplomacy, and comes from the Foreign Affairs Ministry where he held since February 2008 the office of general inspector in the General Inspection of Foreign Affairs. Tacu was born in 1976 at Vaslui, is married and has one child.

Gov’t sets up Citizenship Authority

The emergency ordinance through which the National Citizenship Authority is set up and through which the procedures for the granting of the Romanian citizenship will be run, was assented by ministers in the Friday session of the Government. The Executive shows in a press release that the setting up of the new structure, which is coordinated by the Ministry of Justice, will assure the settlement of the request to be granted or re-obtain the Romanian citizenship within maximum five months.

President Traian Basescu announced on Wednesday, at Chisinau, that the Romanian Government will issue an emergency ordinance through which a special agency will be created for the granting of the Romanian citizenship. He also said that the offices of the agency will be in Bucharest, but it will have also five territorial units, in Iasi, Galati, Suceava, Cluj and Timisoara. President Basescu made this announcement in the context in which he was speaking about the problems connected with the delayed granting of the Romanian citizenship to Moldovans.

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