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Cozma case
suspects freed

Five people suspected of hooliganism in connection with the murder of Romania’s former international handball player Marian Cozma have been freed, Marianna Franko, Veszprem Police spokeswoman said, quoted by Mediafax. According to intel previously offered by the police, of the total 27 suspects 15 were arrested, one of them was apprehended at home. Marian Cozma was stabbed and killed on February 8, 2009, in Veszprem’s Patriota restaurant.

Two Romanians
at World Figure Skating Championships

Romania will be represented at the World Figure Skating Championships in Turin by Zoltan Kelemen (men’s events) and Sabina Pacquier (women’s events). The competition will take place on March 23-27, with the short program scheduled on March 24 (men) and March 26 (women). This will be Zoltan Kelemen’s fourth World Championship; last year he ranked 32nd – the best result in his career. On the other hand, this will be Sabina Pacquier’s debut at this level.

Athletics: 3 Bronze Medals at European Cup Winter Throwing

Apart from the Bronze Medal won by discus thrower Nicoleta Grasu on Day 1 of the European Cup Winter Throwing in Arles (France) with a 59.92-meter throw, the Romanians have won another 2 Bronze Medals. Thus, Anca Heltne won the Bronze Medal in the weight throw event with a 19.11-meter throw, being outclassed by Belarus’s Nadezda Ostapciuc (20.16 meters) and Natalia Mihnevici (19.55 meters). Sergiu Ursu won the Bronze Medal in the men’s discus throw event with a 61.19-meter throw. The Gold Medal was won by Germany’s Markus Munch (65.37 meters) and the Silver by Spain’s Mario Pestano (63.78 meters).

Victor Hanescu, 42nd
in ATP standings

Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu has climbed one place to rank 42nd with 920 points, according the standings issued on Monday by atpworldtour.com. Victor Crivoi has dropped three places to rank 118th with 454 points, and Adrian Ungur has dropped two places to rank 170th with 281 points. Switzerland’s Roger Federer tops the ATP standings with 11,035 points, followed by Serbia’s Novak Djokovici (8,220 points), Great Britain’s Andy Murray (6,835 points) and Spain’s Rafael Nadal (6,800 points).

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Becali, again under ANI investigation

The National Integrity Agency (ANI) has opened a new case to check MEP Gigi Becali’s wealth source, this time trying to clarify the money he lent to people in control of the Leoser greenhouses company. A few days ago, ‘Ziua Veche’ discovered an inconsistency between Becali’s disclosure of interests and his various public statements regarding Leoser. Inquired by a reporter working for the online publication, Becali insulted her, his gesture being denounced by organisations defending the freedom of speech. On March 18, Gigi Becali was interviewed by the Supreme Court prosecutors in a case of untrue financial disclosure initiated by the National Integrity Agency.

Laszlo Borbely: ‘There could have been civil war in Targu-Mures!’

20 years after the March 1990 ethnic conflict, the environment minister’s foundation recently screened a documentary seeking to explain what had actually happened at Targu-Mures. In an interview to ‘Adevarul’ daily, Laszlo Borbely claims ‘we were all the victims of professional diversionists’. ‘At least after 20 years should we find the courage to say it – and it has nothing to do with inter-ethnic relations – that, sensing the danger posed by former jobs and positions in PCR and in the organizations of the Communist state, a group of professionals orchestrated the conflict in the most professional manner’, Borbely stated. ‘This is not about Hungarians or Romanians. This is about a professional scenario like the one of the miners’ riots. If we blame it on the Hungarians or Romanians, we won’t be able to make any progress. This is also the message of the film, but there is a statute of limitations on all those facts. Let’s say we were all victims of a professional diversion that could have led to civil war, to a semi-military dictatorship in the region, and to many years of isolation for Romania’, he added according to the quoted source.

Son of underworld figure questioned
by Craiova police

Cosmin Parvu, the son of a well-known underworld boss, late Mihai Parvu, also known as Caiac, was caught driving Saturday evening, although he had his driver licence suspended. Craiova police officers also found in his possession an envelope containing a white powder believed to be cocaine. Cosmin Parvu, 22, had his driving licence suspended in June last year for having allegedly obtained it illegally in Pitesti, This is not the first time Cosmin Parvu, also known as Coco, has got in trouble with the law. In October 2008, he and two friends were involved in a knife fight at a Craiova gas station. In August 2008, his father was shot dead in the head and chest during a poker game brawl.

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AutoItalia hopes to sell 60 Infiniti cars in 2010

AutoItalia hopes to sell a total of 60 Infiniti vehicles this year compared to 22 last year after the opening of the brand’s first showroom yesterday. The showroom, standing on 585 sq m in the Piata Presei Libere area, required EUR 600,000 investments, Mediafax reports. “The Infiniti showroom was scheduled to be opened last year, but, because of various miscorrelations, the opening had to be postponed until spring. All these factors have had a negative influence on the brand sales figures on the local market. In this context, a well-organised sales activity gives us reasons to stake on raising deliveries to a total of 60 units,” Infinity brand General Manager Mircea Eremia said. The brand importer sold ten Infiniti units in the first two months. Infiniti Romania seeks 10 per cent premium vehicle market share in Romania.

Natural person
bankruptcy law tacitly passed by Senate

A draft law on bankruptcy of natural persons has been tacitly approved by the Senate after receiving a report on the project from the legal committee and is now waiting to be sent to the Chamber of Deputies to be analysed, HotNews.ro reports. Law sponsor Senator Iulian Urban says the law would help borrowers who, because of layoffs or pay cuts, become unable to re-pay their bank loans, by placing them under court protection. Urban says under the planned law, banks won’t be able to proceed to executions against property and liabilities may be re-scheduled.

Rasvan Nicolescu,
EACER Vice-President

OMV Petrom (SNP) manager Rasvan Nicolescu yesterday was elected Vice-President of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (EACER), agency sources told Mediafax. “An ex economy minister of Poland, Piotr Wozniak, was elected President and Nicolescu was elected Vice-President,” said the sources. The term of both the president and vice-president of EACER lasts two years with the option of a single renewal, and began on March 22. EACER was set up through the internal electricity and natural gas market package published by the European Commission in September 2007 and adopted by the European Parliament and by the EU Council mid 2009, designed to operate as an independent body of co-operation among national energy regulators.

Iberdrola Energie Romania licensed to supply electricity

The National Regulatory Authority in the Sector of Energy (ANRE) has awarded Iberdrola Energie Romania – local subsidiary of Spanish energy company Iberdrola –licence as an electricity supplier valid for two years, the institution informs. The licence entered into force on January 28 and allows the company to export electricity, to sell it to eligible consumers and to other licence holders and to trade energy on the markets provided by the market operator OPCOM. Iberdrola opened an office in Bucharest in 2009 and has announced the development of wind generation projects in the amount of 1,600 MW in the country.

E.ON opens modern bill payment channels

In 2007, the E.ON Group started a programme for diversification of gas and electricity bill payment channels in Romania. By the end of 2009, approximately 60 per cent of E.ON’s customers were paying their bills using alternative methods, without using traditional pay desks, according to a release. Natural gas and electricity bills can be paid by modern banking payment tools made available by E.ON’s partners: bank card payment (ATM and POS), direct debit, internet banking, money transfer, as well as other bank-specific payment machines. E.ON Gaz Romania supplies natural gas to customers in 20 counties in the northern part of the country, Transylvania, Moldavia and Banat.

Carpatcement to get EUR 1.5 M from EU for Bicaz plant

German group HeidelbergCement subsidiary Carpatcement Holding will receive a RON 6.3 M (EUR 1.5 M) grant from the European Regional development Fund via the Sector Operational Programme ‘Increasing Economic Competitiveness.’ The money will be used as part of a total investment of RON 16.5 M (EUR 3.9 M) to increase delivery capacity of the Bicaz plant, a press release reads. The project, launched on March 11, is implemented at the Tasca plant in Neamt County until May 11, 2011. HeidelbergCement owns three cement plants in Romania – at Fieni, Bicaz and Deva – in which it has invested EUR 120 M in order to double production capacities to 4.5 M tonnes in the last two years.

Japan donates medical and
agricultural equipment
to Alba County

Almost EUR 140,000 will be donated through a non-repayable assistance program offered by the Japanese government, a press release reads. The signing ceremony of the grant contract for the Japanese donation of medical equipment to the Alba Emergency County Hospital and agricultural equipment to the Alba County Cattle Breeders’ Association will take place tomorrow. Based on grant contracts, Alba County Emergency Hospital will receive EUR 69,918 to acquire surgical equipment for the Neurosurgery Section of the hospital and Alba County Cattle Breeders’ will receive EUR 69,401 to acquire agricultural equipment. The grant contracts will be signed by Japanese Ambassador Natsuo Amemiya and Alba Iulia Mayor Mircea Hava.

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Over 70 pc wine untaxed on Romanian market

More than 70 per cent of yearly wine production in Romania – 4 M hectolitres – is untaxed and is shared between homemade wine for private consumption and the black market, Ovidiu Gheorghe, General Manager of the National Vine and Wine Employers’ Association of Romania (PNVV), told a press conference yesterday, according to Mediafax. “Annual wine production in Romania is 5.5 M hectolitres of which 1.5 M hectolitres are on the taxed market. The rest is homemade wine for private consumption and the black market,” Gheorghe said. He added that the state loses about EUR 100 M because of the wine black market every year.

BCR not to pay dividends on 2009 profit

Romania’s biggest bank in terms of assets, BCR, will not be paying dividends this year, for the first time since privatisation, and most of last year’s profit will be injected into the registered share capital, a notice from Shareholders’ General Assembly reads, according to Mediafax. BCR could augment its registered share capital by RON 237.74 from RON 792.47 M to RON 1.03 bln by including some of the bank’s net profit of 2009.

Finance Ministry sells T-bills worth
RON 900 M

The Public Finance Ministry (MFP) yesterday sold treasury bills maturing in a year, worth almost RON 900 M – a level similar to the planned value – at an average yield of 6.43 pc a year, which is new minimum for the last three years. A lower yield than on March 15 was accepted by MFP in a bid held on February 12, 2007 when the Treasury accepted an annual average yield of 6.05 pc. The maximum yield to be paid by MFP for the bills sold on Monday is 6.5 pc.

Foreign investors announce EUR 623 M in January capital increase

Foreign companies announced their Romanian subsidiaries posted January capital increases equal to EUR 623 M, up 245 from the year-earlier figure, yet 30 per cent down the December 2009 level, according to data supplied by the National Trade Register Office (ONRC). Capital hikes in December last year came to EUR 890 M, from EUR 502 m in January of 2009. With EUR 57.4 M, logistics area developer Prologis Joita Romania was the biggest capital subscriber last January. Dinu Patriciu-owned Adevarul Holding, a group for which Swiss-registered controlling stockholder reported a capital increase of EUR 5.17 M. Next stands leasing company Fortis Lease Romania, with EUR 22.5 M, and Expo Market Doraly, EUR 19 M. The top five largest capital subscribers also includes Lear Corporation Romania Arges, for which its Netherlands-registered owner made public a capital rise of EUR 18.2 M. The overall capital subscriptions by the 454 startups only totaled 1.8 M euros.

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Another lawmaker quits PSD
to join PDL

Social Democrat Deputy of Prahova Mihai Apostolache yesterday announced that he resigned from his party to join the ruling Democrat Liberals. Apostolache made the announcement at a press conference together with Chamber of Deputies Speaker and PDL Prahova leader Roberta Anastase. He explained that, by joining PDL, he would be able to implement the projects on his agenda for his constituency Teleajen’s development. At the same time, Apostolache said the current PSD leadership was unable to reform the party, as Victor Ponta was driving “a vehicle without actually holding the steering wheel.” He said he had never made a secret of his support for Mircea Geoana’s candidacy for PSD president and that, “unlike other people,” he did not change his mind when seeing that Geoana lost. Apostolache is the second Prahova MP to join PDL in the recent months. A few months back, Liberal Deputy Cristian Burlacu elected in the single member constituency of Prahova Valley also moved to PDL. Mihai Apostolache was a member of PSD Prahova for 13 years and is the son of former PSD Senator Victor Apostolache.

FM Baconschi might run
for Parliament

Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi may stand in the partial parliamentary election for the Chamber of Deputies in Constituency number 19 in Sector 4, Bucharest, supported by the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL), sources told Mediafax yesterday. A final decision on PDL’s candidate will be made by party leaders and will be validated at a future meeting of the National Standing Bureau, the sources said. Baconschi has pursued a diplomatic career and now serves as foreign minister in the Emil Boc Cabinet. Another possible candidate is Education Minister Daniel Funeriu. However, Funeriu’s chances of being nominated as a candidate are quite small in the context of recent widespread protests in education sector. The joint candidate of the PSD+PC Alliance in the partial election in Constituency 19 on April 25 will be Liliana Minca. PNL won’t nominate a candidate, returning the courtesy of PSD+PC who refrained from naming a candidate in another partial election on January 17, when the winner was PNL candidate Radu Stroe. The deadline for submitting candidacies is April 5.

Constitution Revision Commission
gets postponed

The joint Permanent Bureaus of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies postponed yesterday the decision to set up the Constitution Revision Commission, parliamentary sources announced. According to the sources, the leaders of parliamentary groups will meet on Tuesday afternoon to negotiate the Commission`s membership.

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