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George Enescu violin handed
as contest prize



One of Romanian music genius’ violins, a Paul Kaul piece will be returning to music soon, Laura Manolache, manager of George Enescu National Museum informs. “The piece and four other similar instruments in the museum were submitted to careful expertise. Now we are going to tag it as national heritage and ensure it, from here it will be entrusted to a musician, chosen by means of a contest. “


According to Manolache, a contest will be held as soon as possible, if possible before September 2011, when a new George Enescu Festival will kick off. The violin was made by famous French clay- artist Paul Kaul, especially for the Romanian musician in 1931 and it is larger than a normal violin, to fit the size of Enescu’s right hand. At the time it cost 2,000 francs, and its present day value is hard to estimate, given its memorial value. The George Enescu National Museum currently owns three other pieces donated by Maria Cantacuzino, Enescu’s wife: a second Paul Kaul, a Freres Silvestres piece and a Gaspar da Salo. This is not the first violin entrusted to a Romanian musician. Famous violinist Gabriel Croitoru was attributed another Enescu piece, a Guarnieri, dating as far as 1731.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
premieres at the Opera



The Ballet and Opera experimental workshop has staged for the National Opera a new take on Shakespeare’s well-known fairy-comedy in Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s music version. The performance will be held in the Opera’s yellow foyer on Sunday. Besides main cast featuring Cristina Osiceanu, Mugur Valsami, Madalina Stoica, Bogdan Plopeanu, a ballet group from Floria Capsali Art College will provide backing ensemble. The iconic character Puck will be played by an actor, young Iulian Glita. The show is mainly addressed to a younger, school children audience.


Romanian films shown in Stockholm


Swedish film distributor Novermberfilm together with Stockholm’s Romanian Cultural Institute organizes as of today a three day event dedicated to Romanian cinema. The event is already put together a fourth time and has lined up big names of modern cinema, such as Corneliu Porumboiu, Razvan Radulescu and Hanno Hoefer. Movie selection was made by critic Adina Bradeanu and will also include several films selected for national distribution in Sweden, “Police, Adjective” “Memories of the Golden Age”, “Katalin Varga or “Francesca.” The programme is complete with two classical cinema works, “Re-enactment” and “The Stone Wedding” as well as shorts made by aspiring Romanian directors Paul Negoescu or Vlad Trandafir.


Stere Gulea’s latest movie, screened in Budapest


“Weekend with my mother”, Romanian director Stere Gulea’s latest feature film will be shown today in Budapests’ Romanian Cultural Institute, in a Film Klub project series. This is a stylish, contemporary story about family, immigration and addiction, with all the ingredients of well-made drama. Yet it has the signature of recent Romanian filmmaking at its heart, meaning the plot is made of substantial, current material and the light at the end of the tunnel might be a train. Luiza (Medeea Marinescu) moved to Spain many years ago, leaving her young daughter Cristina in the care of her sister’s family. She only returns about a decade later, when her sister has a stroke. Cristina has grown up to be an angry young girl and has run away with her heroin-dealing boyfriend – she has no interest in her mother’s visit. Luiza has to blackmail her daughter in order to spend time with her, and just as the two find some long-lost connection, things unravel and Cristina’s drug riddled past catches up with her. The film marks Stere Gulea’s return to film directing, since he made State of Things in 1996. In the meantime he was busy with various projects, not the least managing Romanian state television from 1996 to 1998.


Palace Hall to host movie screenings


Capital’s foremost concert hall, where many big names of world music have performed to the delight of thousands of fans, the Palace Hall might be fitted as of this autumn for movie screenings. “I intend to make this work,” Lucian Iliescu, who has recently been appointed head of the Palace Hall’s performing art section. “There used to be such events held here and it would be a normal development to have it here as well.” The hall will also this year host a unique event, a two-day display of Football World Cup, on April 7 and 8 on the building’s first floor, accompanied by football documentary screenings. As for rehabilitation and sound system improvements, they will start in two years with the general aim of turning Palace Hall into a “true cultural mall.”

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“Women”, by Barbara Hangan, featured
in Rome exhibit



The painting series “Women/Le Done”, from artist Barbara Hangan will be on display at the Romanian Academy in Rome between March 4 and 18. The event was put together as homage to women and to their illustration in art. Young Barbara Hangan is currently one of the most appreciated Romanian contemporary artists. He series with women includes three portraits inspired by Rita Levi-Montalcini, a Nobel prize for medicine recipient, who this year will turn 101. “I have always liked strong women,” the artist explains. “Mrs. Montalcini has one of the most beautiful and expressive faces I have ever seen. I fell in love with the force, distinction and her serene elegance,” she says. To introduce “Le Done” to the Italian public, Dario Evola, teacher at Rome’s Accademia di Belle will introduce Laura Hangan’s work.


Peter Jacobi meets with the public on Friday


Romanian- born artist Peter Jacobi will be present on Friday at the UNAgaleria where he will display a slideshow of his latest work and also will meet with the public. Ruxandra Demetrescu, Bucharest Art School’s rector will introduce the artist’s work. Covering 45 years of artistic work, the slideshow will present countless illustrations of both figurative art and marble bas-reliefs the artist made while working in Romania. Also on display will be textile work Jacobi did in collaboration with his wife, artist Ritzi Jacobi as well as photographic work. Born in Ploiesti in 1953, Peter Jacobi graduated from Bucharest’s Art School and .in 1971 left to Germany to teach at the Applied Art School in Pforzheim. His work is featured in several important collections. He is the recipient of Sao Paulo’s Biennale award in 1973, of Lewis- Tiffany’s Foundation award in New York, 1974. In 2002 he was featured in a retrospective at MNAR.


Unique fashion exhibit
at Cotroceni



Women are the main character in Cerchez Hall’s exhibit as of next Monday, a release from the presidential administration office reads. The exhibit titled “Fashion Journal… women since 1900” is a unique display of art and fashion design. Put together with support from several museums throughout the country, the event focuses on women’s design evolution since the break of 20th century. The central element will be 120 drawings with fashion design works from famous belle- époque designers and also sketches from 1900’s Vienna fashion magazines. Also, well-known designer Liza Panait will bring to the exhibit three pieces of her own recreating designs from that vintage time. Copies of several fashion works will also be on display, a highlight being Elena Cuza’s dress, designed by Carol Popp of Szatmary, reconstructed after an 1863 lithograph, a jewel of the Art Nouveau style.

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Marian Cozma film shown in the European Parliament


The ‘Sziven szurt orszag’ (‘Country stabbed in the heart’) documentary that depicts the assassination of Romanian handball player Marian Cozma, who was killed last year in a Veszprem club has been shown on Tuesday at the Brussels headquarters of the European Parliament, Agerpres informs. Attending the event were Schmitt Pal, Vice President of the European Parliament and President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Petre Cozma, Marian’s father, MEPs Laszlo Tokes, Sogor Csaba and Elena Basescu, together with film director Csillag Mano and film producer Kalomista Gabor. The 85-minute documentary includes statements of Veszprem local authorities and of Marian Cozma’s teammates and friends, as well as a part of the events reenactment on February 8, 2009.


Romania climbs two places in FIFA standings


Romania’s national football team has climbed in FIFA’s February standings for the first time in recent months. Despite the fact it did not play a single official game during this period, Romania has climbed two places. The team is now 36th with 774 points. Here are the top 10 teams: 1. Spain – 1,642 pts; 2. Brazil – 1,594 pts; 3. Netherlands – 1,324 pts; 4. Italy – 1,226 pts; 5. Germany – 1,208 pts; 6. Portugal – 1,201 pts; 7. France – 1,171 pts; 8. England – 1,109 pts; 9. Argentina – 1,087 pts; 10. Greece – 1,074 pts. On Wednesday evening, after the closing of this edition, Romania played a friendly game against Israel.


Diego Ciz signs for Rapid Bucharest


Uruguayan fullback Diego Ciz (28) has signed a contract with Rapid Bucharest. The information was confirmed by Nicolae Manea, the head coach of Rapid Bucharest, after the training session that took place within the Pro Rapid sports base. Diego Ciz comes to Giulesti as a player free of contract, having previously played for FC Rocha (Uruguay) and Olimpia Asuncion (Paraguay).


Wesley Lopes returns
to FC Vaslui



Brazilian Wesley Lopes has returned on Tuesday to FC Vaslui after the club’s leadership had fined and relegated him to the secondary team for refusing to play in the League I game against Gaz Metan Medias. ‘Starting today (March 2) the Brazilian will return under head coach Marius Lacatus control, having the chance to play in the primary team’s official games,’ a club communiqué reads.


Table tennis:
Romania 3 – Italy 0



The Romanian women’s table tennis team defeated Italy on Tuesday, score 3-0. The game counted for the Group A of the First Division of European Nations League. Romania has thus moved on top of the group with 5 points, followed by Italy with 5 points, Croatia with 3 points and Hungary with 2 points. Croatia and Hungary both have an extra game to play. The Romanian men’s table tennis team won its away-game against Denmark on Tuesday evening, score 3-1. The game counted for the third round of Group B games, First Division of the European Nations League.

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Boloni risks jail time for anti-doping procedure violation


Head coach Ladislau Boloni risks going to jail for violating anti-doping procedure after he prevented a representative of the anti-doping commission from testing several Standard Liege players, the rtlinfo.be website informs. The Flemish anti-doping agency has filed a complaint after Boloni shoved and threatened a representative of the Flemish Community’s department of Culture, Youth, Sport and Media at the end of the game Standard Liege lost to La Gantoise (1-2) on November 21, 2009. ‘Carcela, Felipe and Cyriac were about to undergo doping tests. However, when Geert Bocque entered the locker-room, as he was entitled to do, an angry Boloni pushed him out,’ the aforementioned source writes. ‘Violently gesturing and screaming he told me I have to leave the locker-room. He grabbed my arm and shoved me towards the door, telling me: If you don’t get out I’ll hit you,’ Bocque stated for ‘La Derniere-Heure’ daily. Although doping tests did take place shortly after, the Flemish Community decided to file a complaint within the Belgium Union and the Prosecutor’s Office in Brussels. According to a Flemish decree, Boloni risks 6 months to 5 years in jail and a fine ranging from EUR 200 to EUR 2,000.


Cocis to play for FC Timisoara


Razvan Cocis is now FC Timisoara’s player after signing a contract that will expire this summer, Mediafax reports. The former international player reached an agreement with the club on Monday evening, signing as a player free of contract. “Two Romanian clubs and a foreign club were also interested in Cocis but we obtained his signature,” Daniel Stanciu, FC Timisoara’s sports manager, told a local TV station. Aged 26, Cocis was free of contract after his agreement with Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow expired in December last year. A month ago the player was close to signing for England’s Portsmouth but the Premiere League transfer fell apart because he did not fully recover from an injury he suffered at his right hand.


Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel
sidelined after Unirea Urziceni game



Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will miss much of the remainder of the season because of a broken metatarsal. The 25-year-old Slovakia international will not need surgery but is likely to be unavailable to manager Rafael Benitez until the end of April, BBC reports. He was forced off during his team’s 4-1 aggregate win over Unirea Urziceni in their Europa League tie on Thursday. Manager Rafael Benitez said after the match: “It was a good result but then we had the bad news about Martin.” Skrtel was injured in a second-half clash with Antonio Semedo as the Reds won 3-1 in Romania to reach the last 16 with a 4-1 aggregate score. He has been a mainstay of Liverpool’s central defence this season, featuring 29 times and scoring one goal, in the 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City in November.

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Fiscal-budgetary accountability
bill goes through Senate



Senators yesterday passed a draft law and amendments on fiscal-budgetary accountability. The bill sets caps on budget rectifications during a given year, fiscal rules on overall spending, expenditures related to personnel and budget deficits, Mediafax reports. The bill, which deals with regulating multi-annual budget drafting procedures, provides the setting up of a fiscal council as an independent authority made up of five members aimed at providing an independent and expert analysis of macroeconomic and budgetary forecasts. Acting on a proposal from the budget committee, senators scrapped from the bill all provisions referring to the Fiscal Council’s ability to request relevant information, documents or data, even if classified, to fulfil its duties, yet the Council will comply with current legal provisions as regards treatment of classified information. Another Senate-passed amendment establishes that Fiscal Council members can only be re-elected once.


Romania – third-biggest retail decline EU-wide


Romania posted the third-sharpest fall in retail trade of all EU member states, 6.4 times deeper than the European 1.6 per cent average and ten times lower than the 1.3 per cent eurozone contraction, according to data provided by the EC’s statistics office, Eurostat. Romania’s January retail level dropped 10.3 per cent last year, Latvia and Lithuania being the only EU countries that scored worse in this department. The retail sector shrank in 13 member states and increased only in four. Sweden, Malta and Austria reported the strongest relevant annual growth.


Metro Cash & Carry Romania plans on developing own brands


Metro Cash & Carry Romania is developing a strategy connected with issuing its own brands, exclusively dedicated to professional clients. The selling price will be 10-20 per cent smaller compared to other acknowledged brands, a company press release informs. “Through this strategy, Metro Cash & Carry is consolidating its relation with suppliers and local partners, with a view to identifying the best solutions for flexible development of a partnership for our professional client’s benefit,” says Anca Vizireanu, manager Food Product Purchase, Metro Cash & Carry Romania. The new approach to own brands is an important pillar of the company’s global strategy, whose objective is an ever stronger orientation towards the client.


OTP Bank Romania profit, five times higher in 2009


OTP Bank Romania’ profit after tax increased over four times and a half last year, from 241 M Hungarian forints (EUR 900,000) in 2008 to 1.1 bln forints (EUR 4.1 M), supported by a 20 per cent growth of revenues, according to data provided by Hungarian group OTP. The bank thus closed the second year in a row on profit. OTP Bank Romania’s revenues rose from 16.8 bln forints (EUR 62.6 M) in 2008 to 20.2 bln forints (EUR 75 M) last year, a press release from the group reads. In the period under review, OTP Bank Romania allotted loan risk provisions worth 5.3 bln forints (around 19.8 M Euro), up 76 per cent from 2008. The value of retail loans granted by the bank last year amounted to 200.7 bln forints (EUR 749 M) last year, which represents a 3 per cent decline from 2008 figures. OTP Bank Romania assets totaled 365.7 bln forints (EUR 1.36 bln) in 2009, at almost the same level as the previous year.

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Cigarette smuggling could deprive the budget of EUR 1 bln


Cigarette smuggling in Romania has increased to 36 pc of the market in the first two months of this year, from 22 pc in Q4 2009, according to a survey by Novel Research, and it could deprive the budget of more than EUR 1 bln during the whole year, Mediafax reports.


The three biggest producers in the market, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Philip Morris (PM) Romania and British American Tobacco (BAT) reported declines in their sale figures for January and February. In 2008, BAT controlled 38.5 pc of the market, followed by PM with 21.8 pc and JTI with 20.2 pc, while smuggled cigarettes stood at 17.6 pc. In the first two months of 2010, BAT fell to a market share of 32.5 pc, JTI to 15.8 pc and PM to 14.5 pc, while contraband took the lead, with 36.2 pc.


The three big cigarette manufacturers blame their decline and advance of smuggled tobacco on the 50 pc price hike of cigarettes in Romania, induced by the increase of excise duties. Adrian Popa, Corporate Affairs Manager with British American Tobacco, estimates the losses of the state budget caused by contraband will exceed EUR 1 bln this year.


Cigarette producers expect smugglers to tighten their grip on the local market, up to a share of 50 pc by the end of the year. Based on their estimations, some 37.5 bln cigarettes will be sold in Romania this year, and the contribution of producers to the state budget will exceed EUR 2 bln.


Anina mine blast: EUR 530,000 paid
in damages



A Caras-Severin City Court panel ruled that EUR 530,000 will be paid as compensation for relatives of the miners killed in an Anina Mine blast in on January 14, 2006 and for the two miners that survived, daily ‘Jurnalul National’ reports. Court spokesperson Rustin Ciasc said the Caras-Severin panel on February 25 partially admitted compensations demanded by the two miners that survived the blast and by the wives and children of the four miners killed.


The victims had asked for EUR 6 M in damages and received a total of EUR 530,000. The wives received EUR 100,000 each, two children received EUR 50,000 each and each surviving miner received EUR 15,000. The six plaintiffs were exempted from paying a judicial tax that would have amounted to 8 per cent of those sums. The ruling is not final, being open to appeal with the Timisoara Court of Appeals and the High Court. The damages will be paid by the Ministry of Economy, the Miniera Banat Anina company and the Labour Ministry.


State companies might grant
performance bonuses



General managers of companies controlled by the Ministry of the Economy – most of them operating in the energy sector – might receive bonuses, as of July 1, if they exceed performance criteria agreed with the IMF, Economy Minister Adriean Videanu recently told a press conference, quoted by daily ‘Adevarul’. The possibility of providing extra incomes based on efficiency criteria was agreed with International Monetary Fund experts, said Videanu, who added that encouraging performance in these companies contributes to the general growth of Romanian economy. Until the government passes the draft law submitted by the Ministry of the Economy, national companies’ managers will receive monthly salaries equivalent to those of state secretaries, the same as last year, i.e. RON 6,600. “We will rectify the budgets this summer, based on what the government decides,” the minister explained. According to Videanu, rewarding the management is the philosophy used by all private companies seeking performance.


RON 1.25 M legal service contract for Cernavoda-Medgidia motorway project


The National Motorways and Roads Company (CNADNR) has selected the Bostina si Asociatii law firm to undertake expropriations along the way of the future Cernavoda-Medgidia motorway segment, contract value being RON 1.25 M plus VAT, Mediafax informs. Expropriations are needed along 19-km distance from km no. 151+500m to km no. 170+750 m. The contract is state-funded and is for the expropriation of 760 properties during a six-month period. According to specific project needs, the construction of the motorway may require an additional 100 expropriations, CNADNR explains in a statement.


The contract awarding criterion was the smallest asking price. The cost of the Cernavoda-Medgidia sector will cost EUR 224 M and will be developed by French company Colas by 2011.

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Eximbank: Loans for SMEs up 20 pc
in 2009



Eximbank granted small and medium sized enterprises (SME) last year funds of over RON 273 M, both on its own behalf and on behalf of the state. The value is almost 20 per cent bigger than the one reported in 2008, the bank said yesterday in a press release. SMEs have a weight of over 60 per cent in the total of loans granted last year and almost 70 per cent of them were intended for investments.


Special emphasis was laid on supportive instruments for exporters, and the total volume of guarantee commitments therefore increased more than four times last year compared to 2008. (…) Eximbank last year reported an asset profitability indicator of 4.3 per cent, against an average of 0.24 per cent in the banking sector,” Eximbank manager Ionut Costea said in the press release. As for interest rates, the average interest rate for RON credits from the bank’s portfolio in 2009 dropped from 14.71 per cent in January to 11.6 per cent at the end of the year, in the conditions in which the average interest rate for loans in the balance in the entire banking system last year was 16.6 per cent for non-financial companies.


Euro hits 9 1/2-mth low vs dollar on Greek debt woes


The euro dropped to a 9 1/2-month low against the dollar on Tuesday as fresh unrest over anticipated Greek austerity measures heaped further selling pressure on the single European currency. Greece’s biggest public sector union called on Tuesday for a 24-hour strike on Mar. 16 to protest against expected plans by Athens to cut its ballooning debts. Taxi drivers marched on Tuesday in protest at a tax clampdown. Worries over Greece’s ability to finance its debts have been weighing for weeks on the euro, which has fallen more than 10 percent from its November highs. The euro fell as low as USD 1.3435 according to Reuters data, its weakest since mid-May 2009, before pulling back to USD 1.3549 by 1209 GMT. Technical analysts said the next support level to be tested the euro was USD 1.3405, the 61.8 per cent retracement of the rally from the 2008 low of USD 1.2328 to the 2009 high at USD 1.5144.

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Most office space to be delivered
by Turks this year



Almost 85,000 sq m of the approximately 200,000 sq m of office space waiting to be completed this year belong to a Turkish company, daily ‘Adevarul’ reports. Although the Austrians are the biggest office space owners in Romania, they are not among developers that delivered the largest number of buildings in 2009 and are not going to be this year either. The 2010 champion in the field will be Anchor, after completing the Anchor Plaza Metropol offering a total of 36,000 lettable area and Anchor Plaza Downtown with 47,000 lettable sq m. Ranking of foreign investors in Romania in terms of the size of developed office space area is changing again. Last year, three Greek companies delivered nearly 30 per cent of total new office space, quite similar to the share held by local investors, a Colliers International (property consultancy) study shows. An additional 40 per cent of such areas were completed by British, Austrian, Czech, American or Polish companies. “From a financial point of view, most of the money invested last year came from Poland, France, Great Britain, Austria and Greece-based investors, to be joined by Israeli and Turkish undertakings in the future,” Bogdan Sergentu, Head of Valuations and Consulting DTZ, said.


PepsiAmericas’ acquisition
by PepsiCo optimises costs



The acquisition of own product bottling company PepsiAmericas and Pepsi Bottling by US group PepsiCo is going to bring Romanian operations a range of advantages through integration and cost optimisation, according to a Star Food and PepsiCo Europe joint press release.


“In Romania, after the merger, Star Foods EM and PepsiAmericas, through PepsiCo, are becoming a prominent player on the local market with a total of 2,088 employees, four plants and a portfolio of eight different brands: Lay’s, Krax, Star Snacks, Star Naturals, Pepsi, Prigat, Roua Muntilor and Lipton Ice Tea. By merger and synergy, we will also benefit on local level from a whole range of notable advantages coming from faster and more cost-effective integrated operations, cost optimisations and a much stronger position, while also capitalising on the group experience,” the release reads. After integrating operations, the company expects to grow its Romanian business. PepsiCo International yesterday completed the USD 7.8 bln acquisition of the two main own product bottling companies Pepsi Americas and Pepsi Bottling.


Cluj to sell Jucu factory land to Nokia


Cluj County Council (CJ) is negotiating with Nokia representatives the sale of Tetarom 3 Industrial Park land from Jucu, ranging on 90 ha. This represents the ground area where the company’s factory is located and transactions will be finalized this year, Mediafax informs. Cluj County Council head, Alin Tise, yesterday said in a press conference that the land will be evaluated after negotiations. “We are in negotiations with Nokia, due to finalize in sale of the Jucu area where the factory is. They want to buy, we want to sell and I believe the results will be OK. We hope to sell the land until the year end. There will be professional evaluation made in order to establish the selling price” Tise said. According to him, the land will be sold to Nokia at market price, the resulted amount being reinvested in the development of the county’s industrial parks.


Lufthansa 2009 results beat estimates,
no dividend due to net loss



Lufthansa posted a 2009 operating profit that was better than expected after the German flagship carrier started slashing costs to become more lean and compete with low-cost carriers and Asian rivals. Airlines are reeling from the aviation industry’s worst year ever, in which demand dropped faster than capacity could be cut, and Lufthansa has been fighting the downturn by cutting the number of flights it runs and trying to reduce its costs. Its operating profit dropped to 130 million euros (USD 175.8 million) in 2009 from 1.3 billion euros a year earlier — beating the 31 million euro Thomson Reuters estimate. Lufthansa said as it unexpectedly published key earnings figures on Tuesday.

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Basescu promises Sunday School
to Romanians
in Kazakhstan



President Traian Basescu yesterday met representatives of the Romanian community in Kazakhstan and promised them that Bucharest authorities would send a native teacher for a Sunday school in Karaganda. “I would like to thank you for preserving elements of Romanian language and culture here, so far away from your mother country. I would like to tell you that we shall do much more in the coming period for the community of Romanians in Kazakhstan. We are ready to send teachers specialized in Romanian language to set up a Sunday school for children, under the Romanian embassy” Basescu said after meeting in Karaganda with a group of 13 Romanian community representatives.

Gov’t prepares
special session to mark Schengen area accession



Premier Emil Boc yesterday announced his intention to hold a government session at a border checkpoint on March 27, 2011, when Romania will join the Schengen Area, therefore meeting its border security demands. “Let’s hold a government session March 27, 2011 at a Schengen border checkpoint, to mark Romania’s unquestionable Schengen Area accession,” Boc told Interior Minister Vasile Blaga in yesterday’s government session. The discussion was held as the executive passed a bill of law on setting up, organizing and operating a National Signaling Computerized Information System to help the country join the Schengen Information System.

PM wants simplified paperwork for
border traffic
with Moldova



Prime Minister Emil Boc has on Wednesday asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) to simplify paperwork the citizens of the Republic of Moldova are required to fill in before entering Romania against the backdrop of a recent agreement signed by Bucharest and Chisinau on easing local border traffic. ‘Thus, Moldovan citizens will be able to declare they have fulfilled all legal conditions in order to benefit from this agreement,’ Ioana Muntean, a Government’s spokesperson, said. The conditions to be met in order to obtain local border traffic permit, namely the obligation to present invitations and other relevant documents from Romania, have sparked discontent among Moldovan natives and authorities in Chisinau, Moldovan media informs.

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