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During an event hosted last week by Grand Hotel Sofianu in Ramnicu Valcea, ASTRA Insurances company officially announced its partnership with CS Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea women’s handball club, several times winner of the European title. ASTRA Insurances will offer a life insurance policy to the club’s players and managers. The event was attended by the leadership of the Oltchim company, that of the club, and by the team’s technical leadership. ‘We are a successful company and we have only powerful partners to match us,’ Radu Mustatea, president of ASTRA Insurances’ directorate, stated during the even. Mustatea received from the club’s leadership the number 10 jersey and a plaque as a sign of gratitude for his involvement in women’s handball and his support for high performance.

Lucian Bute,
donation for Haiti

A pair of boxing gloves used by Romanian boxer Lucian Bute during training was sold for USD 3,000 during a charity event that sought to raise funds for reconstructing a hospital in Haiti, a country devastated by an earthquake, the Canadian press informs, being quoted by Agerpres. The charity event was organized in Montreal by Henby Whyne, president of a Canadian sports photography agency. The boxing gloves belonging to Lucian Bute, world IBF super-middleweight champion, and Jean Pascal, world WBC light heavyweight champion, were among the objects included in the auction. Lucian Bute’s boxing gloves were bought for USD 3,000, while Pascal’s boxing gloves were bought for USD 2,000.

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Romanian to be charged with murder committed in Dublin

A Romanian citizen will be charged with murdering, last Thursday, a Romanian woman in Dublin. According to the Irish Examiner newspaper, the main suspect in the case is the vice-president of the PDL Hunedoara County Organization, Marian Mihalache. Loredana Pricajar, aged 34, was brutally stabbed 20 times with a knife, with wounds on the body, neck and head, then her attacker allegedly tried to commit suicide.The murder was the consequence of a dispute in the couple, as Pricajar broke away with the man, who could be the author of the assault, Irish Police sources announced. The suspect, aged about 40, was taken to the St. Vincent Hospital and he might appear Tuesday in the Dublin District Court. The woman was living in Ireland for several years, where she worked as a nurse in a foster home. Her former partner allegedly was a lawyer. The Romanian woman was found mortally stabbed, last Thursday, in an apartment of the Irish Management Institute of Dublin, together with a man who survived and was put in hospital. Mediafax quotes judiciary sources as saying that the vice-president of the PDL Hunedoara organization, Marian Mihalache – who is also the managing director of APIA Hunedoara – is the main suspect in the murder of a Romanian woman in the Irish capital. “The deputy manager of APIA Hunedoara is in the custody of Irish Police, as he is the main suspect in the case of the murder occurred in the campus of Dublin. In Ireland, such deeds are punished by life term,” said the sources. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Mediafax that “the suspect in this case is of Romanian nationality” and the Romanian embassy in Dublin provides him with consular assistance, within the limit of its competencies.

PDL launches ‘First Home’ in Haiti

After the state has made the tiny donation of EUR 50,000 for Haiti, PDL has announced its intention of developing a ‘residential’ district, a school and a church on the outskirts of the Port-au-Prince capital, ‘Gandul’ daily reports. The Capital City of Haiti affected by a devastating earthquake last month will have a new residential district named Romania that will become home to a few thousands homeless survivors. ‘One gets such an amazing feeling of content when they help other human beings even if they are thousands of kilometres away,’ PDL Deputy Catalin Buhaianu said after a party meeting where the ‘assistance for Haiti’ had been decided. Concretely, the PDL Haiti relief project authored by Deputy Dan Liga includes 250 homes at EUR 5,000 a unit, a church – EUR 12,500, a school at EUR 20,000 and a clinic. Dan Liga explained that, although it had initiated the fundraiser together with a few NGOs, PDL was not going to arrogate the entire merit for it. ‘The placard will have the following inscription:

‘We will organize a TV donation with the public television. Anyone can make donations or send extra-toll short messages. On the other hand, I have suggested my colleagues on the PDL parliamentary group to make private donations. We will raise money for one, two, three houses, we will see,’ Deputy Liga explained.

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Romania to send more troops in the Balkans
and Afghanistan in 2010

President Traian Basescu’s letter on the participation of Romanian troops in the theatres of operations in Afghanistan was presented in the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies by its Speaker Roberta Anastase on Tuesday.

In his letter, the president shows that, further to its various international commitments, in 2010 Romania will continue to participate with troops in overseas missions, on the theatres of operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan, in NATO, UN and EU-led actions.

‘Taking part in these missions to our country is a good opportunity of showing its solidarity with its allies and of continuing the policy of establishment as a reliable member of the international community. The staff participating in overseas missions will have the technical equipment and armament necessary for carrying out their missions, specific for each particular theatre of operations’ reads the president’s letter. The president notes that the funding of all such missions will be taken from the 2010 MoD’s budget and from the Government Contingency Fund.

According to an appendix to the letter, a total of 203 soldiers will participate in collective defence missions, 2,064 in peace-supporting missions and 75 in individual observation and monitoring missions. A total of 236 Romanian military will participate in peace-keeping missions in the Balkans, 1,798 in Afghanistan and 20 in Iraq. The annex also mentions that, apart from the military in the various theatres of operations, forces that are still in the country but who are deployable by order count 1,411, 811 of whom under NATO command, 171 under EU command, 189 under UN leadership and 240 making up the strategic reserve. At its first meeting of 2010, the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) complemented the Romanian contingents in Afghanistan by 600 soldiers, with the maximum allowed total being 1,798. In 2010, the Romanian armed forces will be able to participate in overseas operations with a contingent of 3,753 servicemen, 2,342 of whom will be deployed troops and 1,411 troops deployable by order.

Radauti-Lipcani Bridge to open in 10 days

Moldovan PM Vlad Filat on Monday talked with Traian Basescu about the agreements’ implementation following Romanian President’s visit to Chisinau, reads a press release by the Moldovan Government. According to the release, the officials addressed the matter of the Radauti – Lipcani Bridge that will be operational ten days from now. Negotiations are also due to start in Bucharest in two weeks, on the funding by Romania of the R. Moldova infrastructure projects. EUR 100 M will be allocated for that purpose in yearly installments of EUR 25 M in the next four years. Vlad Filat and Traian Basescu also discussed the need for the two countries to inter-connect their respective gas networks and electricity grids and pleaded for the continuation of the process of consolidating bilateral relations. The Moldovan PM also talked to his Romanian counterpart Emil Boc about the progress made in the agreements’ implementation, also reviewing the actions to be taken in the near future.

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RBS Romania lowered interest rates, cancelled early repayment commission

Starting on January 25, 2010, RBS Romania has operated modifications to the new offer of crediting products with mortgage guarantees, a press release informs. These are applicable to the clients who opt for the conclusion of a life insurance mediated by the bank. For the credits in Euro, the one year interest rate dropped 2.5 pc points, from 9 per cent to 6.5 per cent, and one percentage point for those in RON, from 14.5 per cent to 13.5 per cent. For this type of credits, the bank has eliminated the commission for payment in advance.

Any new client can reimburse in advance, from the first year, the amount obtained initially, without paying any commission. RBS Romania has operated changes also for the personal needs credits with mortgage. The annual interest rate declined from 9.5 per cent to 8 per cent in the case of the loans in Euro, and from 15 per cent to 14 per cent in the case of those in RON. The interest rates are valid for the new loans taken up starting on January 25, 2010.

OTP Bank Romania has increased its share capital

Romanian Court of Registration registered the capital increase – in the amount of RON 30 million – of the Romanian subsidiary of OTP Bank on 21st January 2010, a press release informs. Accordingly, the statutory capital of OTP Bank Romania S.A. has been increased from RON 432,909,120 to RON 462,909,120.

“The capital increase is a proof of the trust the shareholders have in the stability of the company”, declared Laszlo Diosi, CEO, OTP Bank Romania. OTP Bank Nyrt., as main shareholder of OTP Bank Romania, holds 1,928,784 nominative shares and participation to the capital of RON 426,908,160, representing 99.99% of the total share capital, while Merkantil Bank Zrt., with 4 nominative shares and participation to the capital of RON 960, holds 0.00020738% of the total share capital. OTP Bank Romania is a subsidiary of OTP Bank, the largest independent banking group in Central and Eastern Europe. OTP Bank provides universal financial services in Hungary, Romania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Serbia. OTP Group serves its almost 12 million customers in 9 countries, through more than 1,500 territorial branches, its ATMs network and via electronic channels.

BCR lowered down to 2.5 pc interest rates for new credits in RON

The Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR) cut starting yesterday, by up to 2.5 percentage points, the interest rates for the new credits in RON granted to natural persons, according to Mediafax. Thus, the credits for personal needs Divers Extra BCR with fixed interest rate in RON begin at 9.9 per cent per year and go up to 11.75 per cent per year for the clients with a good history with BCR, subject to the deadline for which the credit is granted, a BCR press release shows. For the clients without any history with BCR the interest rates go to 13.25 per cent per year. According to the bank, the clients with history are the persons who have already had credits from BCR and had a good payment behaviour, the clients who cash their salaries in an account opened with BCR. Also starting on Monday, BCR modified the level of the fixed interest rates for the deposits on term in RON for natural persons, with short maturities of up to 6 months included (reduction between 0.1 per cent – 0.4 per cent per year).

2011 ECAL Congress to be held
in Bucharest

The Board of Management of the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) has reached a decision in Paris to organize its 26th Congress and Biennial Colloquium in Bucharest, September 2011, according to a press release to Nine O’Clock. The Ecological University of Bucharest, tendered its candidacy for hosting the event on Romania’s behalf and won against its Hungarian opponent, the University of Miskolc. Among the topics to be debated is impact on and protection of rural territory, instruments for improving the structures of agriculture, taxation and social security of agriculture. Romania is the first Central-East European country to host such event. The previous congress was held at the University of Cambridge.

Berceanu appoints CNI director
as CFR SA head

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Radu Berceanu assigned the general director of the National Investment Company (CNI), Emil Sabo, as head of Romania’s national rail operator CFR SA, Mediafax reported ministerial sources as saying. Interim director Viorel Scurtu returns to his former position as CFR SA deputy general director. Sabo, who has been CNI president, has a law degree from the Babes Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca.

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Basescu’s General engaged in political, media policing

A former leader of the Salaj County branch of the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL), Viorel Stanca, was handed out a final ruling by the High Court of Cassation and Justice stating he had collaborated with the Securitate secret police, which should make Traian Basescu strip Stanca of his military rank, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ reports.

Last week, the court ruled that Stanca, a former PDL Salaj official and acquaintance of President Basescu, used to be a Securitate officer, Under the new legislation regulating the activity of the National Council for Studying the Securitate Archives (CNSAS) the ‘political police’ paradigm is no longer in use, as the legal system only ascertains the ‘capacity of Securitate worker’.

Two years ago, President Traian Basescu elevated Viorel Stanca to the rank of reserve brigade General, acting on a proposal by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). Shortly afterwards, the President vowed that had Stanca been proven to have engaged in political policing, he would be demoted to the rank of soldier. ‘In due time, I will make him into a soldier, if ascertained he had engaged in political policing,’ Basescu said during a television interview at the time.

Court of Auditors has not finalised report required by Udrea commission

The Court of Auditors has informed the Chamber of Deputies that it had not completed the report required by the parliamentary commission investigating the activity of Minister Elena Udrea, Chamber Secretary Valeriu Zgonea (PSD) stated on Monday. He mentioned that the report might be ready by mid February.

After the Standing Bureau meeting, Zgonea said the members had been informed about the delay by Chamber Speaker Roberta Anastase. ‘The Court of Auditors has informed the Chamber of Deputies it had not finalized the report required by the Udrea investigation commission of the Parliament,’ Zgonea explained.

In the summer and autumn of 2009, Minister Elena Udrea was investigated by a parliamentary commission for the management by the Ministry of Tourism of a number of contracts for the organisation and promotion of public events. The commission chaired by Ludovic Orban (PNL) prepared a report in which it recommended the dismissal of Minister Udrea and her prosecution for offences such as abuse of office against public interests and neglect at work. The report was adopted by the Chamber of Deputies by plenary voting.

Daniela Popa resigned from Parliament

The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberta Anastase, announced on Monday, in the plenum, that Daniela Popa resigned, starting on February 1, from Parliament, the seat of Deputy in College 19 Bucharest, held by the PC leader, being declared vacant. Anastase stressed that Daniela Popa informed the plenum of the Chamber of Deputies that she was resigning from Parliament on February 1, as a result of the incompatibility between the office of Deputy with that of member of the Insurance Monitoring Commission. Daniela Popa was voted, in early January, by Parliament as member of the Insurance Monitoring Commission, with a term of office of five years.

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