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Doina Melinte, named president of ANST


Former athlete Doina Melinte was appointed president of the National Agency for Sports and Youth (ANST), with the rank of secretary of state, under a decision made by Prime Minister Emil Boc and published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday, Agerpres reports. The ANST was created in January through a government decision and will be part of the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports. Born in Bacau on December 27, 1956, Melinte won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 800-metre race and the Silver Medal in the 1,500-metre race at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, 1984.


Bronze at the European Junior Biathlon Championship


Romania’s mixed relay team (2×6 km + 2×7.5 km) made up of Reka Ferenzc, Diana Mihalache, Roland Gerbacea and Stefan Gavrila, won the Bronze Medal at the European Biathlon Championship for juniors in Otepaa (Estonia). On Wednesday, Ronald Gerbacea finished the 15-kilometre race on the fifth place, the Romanian Ski and Biathlon Federation said.

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Dissident Ursu’s
murderer relapses, kills flight attendants



The Romanian who murdered dissident Gheorghe Ursu in prison has killed a flight attendant. Marian Clita turned himself in and acknowledged that he murdered the flight attendant in a hotel room in Copenhagen. Clita is known in Romania for brutally murdering dissident Ursu while in jail. Former prosecutor Dan Voinea investigated Clita’s crime, showing that such a violent crime is not unusual from Clita. According to Antena 3, Clita is to be extradited from Sweden to Denmark in order to be investigated.


Teacher fired after
hitting student



An Arad teacher who was reported to the police for assaulting a student in early February was fired at the end of an inquiry conducted by the County School Inspectorate and by the school’s disciplinary board. The head of the Arad County School Inspectorate, Mirela Aldescu, told Mediafax yesterday that teacher Nutica Craciun from School no. 2 in Arad “had not changed her conduct at school at all, continuing to be verbally aggressive towards her students, parents and the rest of the teachers.” Arad police say the injuries sustained by the physically assaulted student required 30 days of hospital care.

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Serban Mihailescu
at DNA to be shown
criminal probe files



Independent Senator Serban Mihailescu went to the National Anticorruption Division yesterday to see criminal pursuit documents in the case in which he is investigated for failure to observe arms and ammunition regime, legal sources report. According to the procedure, after the presentation of the criminal pursuit document, the file will be finalized, and a decision will be made on whether to indict the suspect or not. On June 2009, the Senate accepted a request from the General Prosecutor’s Office to allow a criminal probe against Mihailescu.


He is charged by DNA prosecutors with receiving undue benefits and violating arms and ammunitions regime. Prosecutors say that when he worked as head of the government’s General Secretariat, Mihailescu received from his personal adviser, Fanel Pavalache, several hunting guns, although he didn’t have a gun license.


Over 50 Romanians arrested in Spain
for stealing copper



Spanish police took into custody 58 people, most of them with Romanian citizenship, charged with stealing hundreds of tonnes of copper cable worth over EUR 1.5 M, daily “Las Provincias” reported in its online edition, quoted by Mediafax. The gang is believed to have committed over 50 thefts. Thieves collected a total of over 350 tonnes of copper from cable or other sources, whose value exceeds EUR 1.5 M. In the last two months, the leader of the gang cashed over EUR 80,000. The Spanish police operation, called “Dacia,” started several months ago, when a group of Romanians suspected of stealing copper came under the attention of the Spanish Civil Guard.

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Four energy projects involving Romania, selected for EC financing


The European Commission has decided to finance 43 major energy projects, including four projects in which Romania is involved: the Nabucco pipeline, the linkup with the natural gas grids in Hungary and Bulgaria and a project meant to enhance the security of natural gas supply by reversing the flow, HotNews reports. EC will earmark EUR 200 M for Nabucco, EUR 16.6 M for the linkup with the Hungarian natural gas grid and EUR 8.9 M for the linkup with the Bulgarian natural gas grid. Likewise, Transgaz will receive EUR 1.5 M for the project on reversing the flow of natural gas in case of a brief interruption in supply. Overall, the Commission earmarked EUR 2.3 bln for 31 European natural gas projects and 13 European electric energy projects. This is the second financial decision included in the economic recovery package worth approximately EUR 4 bln. This is also the largest sum ever invested by the EU in energy infrastructure. “As part of the EU’s recovery plan we are financing ‘smart’ investments – we offer short-term stimulus for attaining long-term goals,” European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said.


Wireless telephones used illegally


Checks run in the north-east of the country by the National Authority for Administration and Regulation of Communications (ANCOM) have found that specific wireless landline phone terminals are being used illegally, seriously disturbing radio frequency communications. The sale and use of that particular phone model are banned in Romania because the device interferes with radio frequencies reserved for 3G mobile phone services in the EU, Mediafax reports. Such phones can only be used in countries such as the US, Canada and in Asia.


Rompetrol fuels, more expensive


Rompetrol announced a RON 0.06/litre price rise for gasoline and diesel traded in its own network. Thus, the price of Efix 95 will be RON 4.33/litre, and that of Alto 101 will be RON 4.94 per litre. The Efix Diesel will be traded for RON 4.13/litre, while the Diesel Alto 55 will cost RON 4.42/litre, Hotnews.ro reports. The latest price change in Rompetrol fuels happened on March 2, when gasoline price was also raised RON 0.06 per litre, while diesel price went RON 0.03 up per litre.


Dacia to launch two new Logan-based models, built in Morocco


Dacia will launch until the end of the next year two new models based on Logan platform, which will be built in Morocco, in order to complete its presence in all major market segments, French publication ‘La Tribune’ reports. “Another two cars must arrive. They will come from Tangiers (Morocco), where we are building a plant, and are based on the Logan platform,” the manager of Renault entry-level programme, Gerard Detourbet, said. The Logan built initially at the Pitesti plant was launched in 2004, and in the meantime, the range was completed by a break, a van, a pick-up, and a compact sedan, Sandero, ‘La Tribune’ adds.


Airbus parts plant at Ghimbav to generate EUR 700M turnover


The Airbus aircraft parts plant whose construction is scheduled to begin in the upcoming weeks at Ghimbav, a joint project with IAR Brasov, will achieve a turnover of EUR 700 M over the next ten years and create 700 jobs. IAR Brasov yesterday signed an agreement with Premium Aerotec, a division of European group EADS, for building the plant, according to a press release. The first stage, consisting of industrial halls and offices to stretch over a surface area of 10,000 sq m, is slated for completion in 2010, with the entire investment to be inaugurated in late 2011. Three hundred people will be hired in a first stage, and 200 more later on. All in all, roughly 700 jobs will be created, including factory partners and aviation industry suppliers. Construction of fuselage parts for 90 Airbus planes a year will begin in September. The Premium Aerotec direct investment will equal EUR 45 M. Company partners and suppliers will allocate a similar amount, bringing the entire investment to EUR 90 M.


Citroen launches new C3 generation in Romania


Citroen yesterday launched the new C3 generation in Romania, a model available in three equipment versions and seven motoring types, with 61 HP to 120 HP, HotNews reports. Prices start from EUR 10,890, VAT included, and go as high as EUR 17,000. A total of 249 Citroen C3 cars were registered last year in Romania. The new C3 is available with four types of engine on gas: 1.1 litre, 61 HP and 1.4 litre in the variants 75 HP, 95 HP and 120 HP, plus three diesel variants with 70 HP, 90 HP and 110 HP.


New Boeing 737-800 Next Generation for Blue Air


Blue Air has leased a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation for the next three years, and the craft went on its first flight this week. According to a press release sent to our newsroom, the new aircraft with a total number of 186 seats will increase Blue Air’s transport capacity 14 per cent. The new aircraft leasing will also generate 30 new jobs, in the technical, crew and operational departments.


Second Fokker 70 aircraft operational for Carpatair


The second Fokker 70 aircraft, out of the three recently contracted by Carpatair, became operational at the beginning of this week. The first aircraft was delivered in January, and the third will be delivered until the end of March, a press release reads. “The new aircraft will be used for both internal and foreign destinations, with operation from the Timisoara hub and from Otopeni or other points in the country,” said Paula Ardelean, vice president Marketing & Sales.

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Viorica Rosca replaces Andrei Gheorghe at Finance Ministry


Viorica Rosca is replacing Andrei Gheorghe as communication adviser to Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu, according to a press release. Rosca is a PR specialist and associate of Multimedia Political Communication where she cooperates with political consultant Dan Andronic. The finance minister’s new communication adviser has a Ph. D. in sociology of communication awarded in 2005 by the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work. At the end of last week, the ministry announced that it had stopped using Gheorghe’s services after less than two months of employment. The ministry offered no public explanation for the decision.


Romania – fourth GDP annual decline
in EU



In Q4 last year, Romania registered the EU’s fourth annual GDP contraction – 6.9 per cent, compared to the Community’s average decrease of 2.3 per cent, according to Eurostat. EU GDP in the fourth quarter last year compared to Q4 2008 and lost 2.3 per cent, while European economy shrank by 4.2 per cent in the entire 2009. Fourth quarter GDP in the eurozone dropped by 2.1 per cent in annual terms and the economy fell 4.1 per cent.


Doosan IMGB invests EUR 2.5 M in energy efficiency


Romania’s largest forging and casting company, Doosan IMGB is set to invest EUR 2.5 M in energy efficiency. The company’s activities include liquid steel production, casting, forging, thermal treatment and machining processes, a press release reads. As part of one of the most energy-intensive industries, Doosan IMGB recognised and acted upon the opportunity to receive free of charge technical consultancy and subsidised financing using the EU/EBRD Energy Efficiency Finance Facility (EEFF). Doosan IMGB selected three compelling investment opportunities: replacement of the existing steam plant, which will lead to fuel and operation cost savings and better reliability, installation of an Energy Management System, which will monitor and optimise electricity and natural gas consumption, and rehabilitation of three furnaces, which will reduce electrical energy and natural gas consumption and will increase the number of metal parts to be thermally treated by furnaces.


Orange Romania releases new landline telephone service


Orange Romania has launched a landline telephone service for residential customers, with a subscription fee starting from EUR 3 plus VAT, according to a press release from the mobile phone operator. The Fix service for home users includes up to 240 minutes for calls to any national fixed network and 240 text messages in the Orange network. In October 2007, Orange Romania launched the first integrated service pack called Home&Office Pack providing fixed phone, internet and mobile telephone services to both companies and individual users. Orange Romania is the biggest mobile phone operator on the local market with a total of 10.995 M customers and revenue of EUR 1.055 bn in 2009. The Romanian operator is part of the France Telecom group.

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Constitutional Court to discuss civil
servants’ law
on March 18



The Constitutional Court (CC) will discuss on March 18 a complaint filed by several lawmakers who charge that the civil servants’ law is unconstitutional. The Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday passed the law with 172 votes in favour, no votes against and no abstentions, in the absence of opposition PSD and PNL lawmakers. The latter walked out of the meeting in a sign of protest against the fact that this draft was allegedly introduced on the agenda in violation of chamber regulations. Opposition MPs also said the report of the administration committee was drafted in similar conditions. PNL and PSD subsequently challenged the project with the Constitutional Court. The Lower Chamber is the decisional body in what concerns this law.

PDL lawmaker denounced for
false statements



The National Integrity Agency (ANI) has called on the High Court’s Prosecutor’s Office to investigate Democrat-Liberal MP Mircea Marin for making false statements after he provided erroneous data in what concerns the goods he owns. ANI said yesterday that the MP had been notified about investigations carried out in his case on November 2, 2009. More precisely, ANI has ascertained that the MP deliberately included in his statement of wealth a surface of arable land 500 metres larger than it really is. At the same time he also included a building and a 419.50-square meter plot of land leased for 49 years from the Pantelimon Mayoralty, Mediafax reports.

Ponta assures PES leaders that PSD
will be more credible, more consistent



The Social Democrat Party will take action with more “predictability, credibility and consistency,” a commitment made during discussions with Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, leader of the Party of the European Socialists (PES), PSD leader Victor Ponta said yesterday in Brussels, in a meeting with Romanian journalists accredited in Brussels. “We want PSD to further be the same loyal PES partner as it has been so far. I assured Mr. Rasmussen that in the next two and a half years, PSD’s road will be in the opposition and we shall not pursue false targets,” Ponta said, quoted by Agerpres.


PSD leader was invited by Rasmussen to attend a meeting of European Socialist leaders on March 25, which precedes the spring European Council (March 25-26). Ponta explained that through his visit to Brussels he wanted to get in contact with his party colleagues who are members of the European Parliament, right there where they work.

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