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Two League I club
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On Wednesday, Universitatea Craiova financier Adrian Mititelu and FC Timisoara financier Marian Iancu received a six-month suspension and RON 150,000 fines for making offensive statements about the President and leadership of the Romanian Football Federation, Agerpres informs. The decision was taken by the Disciplinary Commission of the Professional Football League (LPF). Players Gabi Muresan (CFR Cluj), Cristian Todea (Gaz Metan) and Stefan Barboianu (Universitatea Craiova) were suspended for one leg.


Sorana Cirstea reaches second round
at Indian Wells



Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea has qualified for the second round of the WTA Indian Wells tournament (California), a tournament with total prizes of USD 4.5 M, after defeating Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, score 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4. This is Cirstea’s first win after five consecutive losses. Her previous win dates back to the first round of the Australian Open. After securing a check for USD 11,500 and 50 WTA points, Cirstea will next play against China’s Zheng Jie (top seed 18).

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Romanian charged
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in prison in Tenerife



Prosecutors in Tenerife are asking for 18 year imprisonment for a Romanian who is accused of raping a Belgian woman, Realitatea TV reports. The prosecution says the Romanian invited the victim, who was his neighbour, into his home because the woman had lost her keys. After offering her a drink, he reportedly hit her in the face and raped her. The incident occurred in February last year. The Romanian denied the accusations, saying that the woman agreed to have sexual intercourse with him.


Craiova mayor Solomon files new jail release request


Democrat Liberal Antonie Solomon, who was suspended from his duties as mayor of Craiova after his detention on corruption charges, yesterday asked Arges judges to free him from jail pending inquiries.


His defence asked that the mayor be released, but kept under surveillance. The court is set to give a ruling today. Solomon was placed on remand for 29 days, as he is accused of various acts of corruption, including taking bribes from a businessman in order to speed up authorization procedures for the construction of a new hypermarket in Craiova. The mayor denies all the charges.


Ex airport border police chief probed for taking bribe


The former chief of Baneasa Airport’s Border Police Station, Catalin Lucian Guiu, and three other border police agents are probed for taking bribes. The three will be investigated out of custody, as the Bucharest Court of Appeals decided yesterday not to have them detained. Prosecutors appealed the ruling, Mediafax informs. Guiu, who is currently a commissioner with the Romanian Immigration Office, is accused of having demanded money from several Turkish citizens in order to allow them to enter the country. More specifically, Guiu and his accomplices planted a bullet in one of the Turks’ luggage and then threatened to detain the foreigners, prosecutors say. The border police agents demanded up to USD 700 from the Turks in order to ‘forget the whole story’ and let them inside Romania.


Justice minister calls for improved detention conditions


Detention conditions in Romanian prisons have to be improved, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said yesterday, during a National Penitentiary Administration (ANP) session detailing the institution’s 2009 activity report.


In the context, Predoiu voiced concern over a growing number of European Court for Human Rights rulings against Romania as regards detention conditions and asked prison directors to find immediate solutions, in spite of budget restrictions. “We must be aware that we have an operation budget, not one for development. Even under these circumstances, I am confident you will find the necessary means to improve detention conditions. I call on your inventiveness,” Predoiu told ANP representatives. The minister also said penitentiary system’s biggest problems at the moment are criminality in jails and archives of the former, communist-era penitentiary intelligence service, SIPA. Saying that these problems are “matters left behind, swept under rug,” Predoiu underlined that the penitentiary system must have zero tolerance of any law violation attempts.

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Roads Company awards RON 74 M contract to Hungarian-Romanian consortium


The National Motorways and Roads Company (CNADNR) has selected a Hungarian-Romanian consortium to engineer and build a segment of 2.32 km of the eastern side of the Cluj-Napoca orbital for RON 73.7 M, VAT not included, Mediafax informs. The winner was the consortium of Nemzetkozi Vegyepszer Zartkoruen Mukodo Reszvenytarsasag of Budapest and Cluj-based DIFERIT SRL. The consortium will do embankments, road systems, support walls, side walls, signalling and markings from km no. 4+575 and 6+900. The contract will be performed up until June 30 and will be funded from the state budget. The awarding criterion was the smallest price. The eastern part of the Cluj-Napoca ring road – Valcele to Apahida – measuring 23.5 km, will have two bridges, four viaducts and two road junctions.


UNTRR asks for judges familiar with
transportation sector



The National Union of Road Carriers of Romania (UNTRR) has asked Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu to organize the specialization of judges in the field of road transport in order to reduce the duration of such proceedings, Mediafax informs. UNTRR says many EU member states have judges that are especially trained in road transport law. The union explains the need by the fact that, at every trial, judges need to study the specific legal framework which leads to excessive duration of proceedings. The association says road transport is a sector that is regulated both at a national and at an EU level and that there are complex normative acts dealing with each and every aspect of the activity.


Cluj Labour authorities start checks at Bechtel


The Cluj Labour Inspectorate (ITM) yesterday started an inspection at US company Bechtel, the contractor of the Transylvania Motorway, to check if recent layoffs complied with legal provisions in force, according to Mediafax. The inspection followed a letter sent by the ‘Transylvania’ Trade Union representing SC Bechtel International employees at the motorway worksite, asking ITM Cluj to have the decision to lay off over 1,900 workers quashed in court. The labour authority will also check to see if the employer has complied with legal requirements of informing and consulting the workers.


Chevrolet officially launches new Spark


Chevrolet has officially launched a new generation of its smallest model – Spark – in Romania and the new generation of Aveo – both saloon and hatchback . Also, the 7-seater MPV Orlando is expected next year, Chevrolet Romania Sales and Marketing Director Catalin Manta said, according to Hotnews. In 2012, Chevrolet intends to bring to Europe the US muscle-car Camaro equipped with a 420 HP engine, but it remains to be seen if the super-car will find clients in Romania. Chevrolet is actually bringing to Europe other models which may not reach Romania too soon. At the beginning of 2012, the muscle-car Camaro with a V8 420 HP engine will meet with the Old Continent, but it is still uncertain whether Romanians will be showing much interest in that particular type of vehicle.


Ford to build supermini B-Max model
at Craiova



Ford is going to produce in Romania the B-Max model, a supermini MPV the US group is planning to launch on the market, inside sources told Mediafax news agency. “The new model will look like something in between Fiesta and C-Max, but will be smaller than the latter. Production will most likely start this year,” the sources said. They also mentioned that, further to investments made so far, the American carmaker expects to become Romania’s second biggest brand as sales volume after Dacia. Ford Europe President Wolfgang Schneider said recently the group was planning to spend a EUR 400 M loan taken out with the European Investment Bank to develop commercial vehicle production and also a supermini model with an innovative and environmentally-friendly engine.

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Russia may invite India ONGC to energy
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Russia is considering inviting India’s state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp to develop oil and gas fields in Russia, the government said on Thursday, ahead of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to India. ONGC has already agreed to cooperate with oil-to-telecoms group Sistema, which controls assets in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, and may also gain access to lucrative oil and gas projects in Russia’s far north, the government said. Sistema, in turn, was looking to deepen investment in its Indian mobile unit, Sistema Shyam TeleServices, with more than $600 million, the government said in a statement. Russia aims to more than double trade with India to $20 billion by 2015. Putin is expected to preside over deals worth more than $10 billion, spanning defence, nuclear power and fertilisers, when he visits this week. The government said talks would take place with a view to ONGC’s participation in development of the Trebs and Titov oil and gas fields in northwest Russia and deposits on the Arctic peninsula of Yamal. Putin hosted the heads of foreign energy majors in Yamal in September, where he invited “stable and long-term” partners to help develop a region with enough gas in the ground to satisfy world demand for five years. The government also referred in the statement to a memorandum of understanding signed in December, during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Moscow, by ONGC and Sistema, controlled by billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov.


Patriciu: No relations with Filat


Businessman Dinu Patriciu yesterday said ex-Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin’s statements suggesting he had got back the money lent to Moldovan PM Vlad Filat in the election campaign were untrue, noting he had no commercial or financial relationship with Filat, Mediafax reports. When asked to comment on Voronin’s allegations suggesting he and Filat had met and he asked for his money back, Patriciu said those assertions were “in no way true.”Asked if Voronin was misleading the public, the businessman replied: “Yes, of course.” “It is stupid. I have not had any kind of commercial or financial relations with Mr. Filat, ever and of any kind. I’ve only met him once,” Patriciu said, noting he had not given any financial support to Filat in his election campaign. Voronin yesterday said Patriciu had asked Filat to return him the money he had lent to him for his election campaign, ProTV Chisinau reported.


IATA halves projected airline loss


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has halved projected 2010 airline loss to USD 2.8 bn, following better return of demand at the end of 2009-beginning of 2010, Mediafax informs. IATA has also cut its projected 2009 air operator loss from USD 11 bn to USD 9.4 bn, according to a release. The association increased prognosis on airline earnings this year with USD 44 bn to USD 522 bn. The improved 2010 forecast reflects the invigoration of economies in the Asia-Pacific and South America regions.In other developments, Astra Asigurari and Omniasig Vienna Insurance Group yesterday submitted tenders to insure state-owned airline TAROM’s fleet, insurance market sources say, according to Mediafax. The insurance policy will cover the period from May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011, and will include CASCO insurance services for civil aircraft and spare parts (including insurance for the reduction of the deductible CASCO franchise for airplanes and spare engines) and insurance of liability to passengers, luggage, cargo, mail and third-parties, according to the tendering procedure notice.

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