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Green Hours International Jazz Fest – 2nd edition


Green Hours 22 jazz-café organizes the second edition of Green Hours International Jazz Fest, an independent cultural event initiated in May 2008, the first international festival organized by a club in Romania. GHIJFest – 2nd edition/ 2010, to take place between May 20 and 23 in Bucharest, in the Green Hours Garden in 120 Calea Victoriei, modernized especially for this event. The public will have the chance to watch four groups of exceptional European musicians, as well as four of the most valuable ensembles of Romanian jazz musicians. Artist-charge tickets may be purchased from the Green club. Admission to the concert is made every night starting 18:00.


Programme:


Thursday, May 20


19:00 – Kusak/ Pop Urban Unit


20:30 – NIK BÄRTSCH’S RONIN: Holon


Friday, May 21


19:00 – Vlaicu Golcea & Midi OVERDOSE


20:30 – KLAUS GESING/ JARROD CAGWIN: Loopspool


Saturday, May 22


19:00 – Sorin Romanescu Project NEXT


20:30 – PAWEL KACZMARCZYK Audiofeeling band: Complexity and Simplicity


Sunday, May 23


19:00 – Iordache


20:30 – OMAR KLEIN TRIO: Introducing Omer Klein


Celtic Rock with Blackbeers


The Blackbeers band will climb the stage again to offer a Celtic rock concert at the Actors’ Café in the Tineretului Park, on May 22, at 21:00, a release from the Romanian-Irish Cultural Association informs. After an over two years’ absence, the Celtic rock band Blackbeers attended with cheers this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, on March 17. Blackbeers is a band which stands out in the Romanian show-biz, a band who dares to be different. The five musicians obstinately pursue their passion for Irish rhythms. They play Celtic rock in Romania, even if this disqualifies them for the race of big selling bands. The band was founded in 1999 and began by playing traditional Irish music. From 2005, Blackbeers adopted Celtic rock, but in 2008 they took a temporary break from the musical life. This spring the band came back with a new make-up: Peter Moynahan – voice, guitar; Stike Molnar – flute, voice; Sebastian Nazarevscky – guitar; Doina Stan – violin; Alina Talos – voice; Adi Comorasu – bass and Razvan Staicut – drums.


The Wailers, to perform at the Palace Hall


The famous band The Wailers will bring back to life the legend of reggae music, Bob Marley, in an extraordinary concert, to take place on September 10, at the Palace Hall. The Bucharest show is part of the 40th Anniversary Tour, marking 40 years since the founding of the band. The concert will be opened by El Negro. Bob Marley sang for 12 years with The Wailers, and, 29 years after his death, the pioneers of reggae continue to delight millions of fan worldwide. The famous songs which made Bob Marley the unquestionable leader of reggae will be played for the first time live in Bucharest: “I Shot the Sheriff”, “No Woman No Cry”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Stir It Up”, “Redemption Song” or “One Love”. The Wailers was founded in 1969 by Bob Marley himself.

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Chopin recital at Romanian Radio Hall


A recital given by the pianist Dana Borsan, with an exclusive Chopin program, is on offer today, starting 19:00, at the Romanian Radio Hall. The recital is one of the manifestations dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the famous Polish composer’s birth. According to a release from the Radio Orchestras and Choirs, quoted by HotNews, the programme will include: Nocturne in c minor, op.48 no.1, Impromptu no.2 in F sharp major op.36, Ballad no. 2 in F major, op.38, Scherzo no.3 in c sharp minor, op.39, Impromptu no.1 in A sharp major, op.29, Ballad no.3 in A sharp major, op.47, Polonaise in A sharp major, op.53, Sonata in b sharp minor, op.35. Borsan is a professor at the National Music University of Bucharest and concerto soloist of the Radio Orchestras and Choirs. She was bestowed numerous awards in national and international competitions, and the prize obtained in the “Robert Schumann” contest in Zwickau, at 19, pushed her onto the international concert scene. Up to now, Borsan gave over 850 concerts and recitals, offering each and every time varied and delightful programmes.


Peasant artefacts fair
at MTR



Over 400 collectors from all over the country will be present, between May 21 and 23, at the Romanian Peasant’s Museum, with all sorts of old artefacts, which are a must-have in peasant households: icons painted on wood and glass, pottery, rugs, folk costume items and many others, Mediafax informs. The fair is open from Friday to Sunday, 10 to 18. The ticket price: RON 4 or 2 (for pupils, students and pensioners)


Italian Film Festival
at Eforie Cinema



Film-goers in Bucharest will have a chance to enjoy Italian films during the Italian Film Festival, to take place May 24 to 27, at Eforie Cinema, Hot News announces..


The event is part of the 2009-2010 event series and is organized by the National Film Archive and Eforie Cinema in collaboration with Levante International Film Festival. The Italian Film Festival has as its distinguished guest the Italian director Domenico (Mimmo) Mongelli, director of the Levante International Film Festival. The event gala will take place on May 24, 18:30, in the presence of the special guest.


Ion Caramitru to run for a new term as the director of the National Theatre


The director of the “I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre, Ion Caramitru, announced on Monday he intends to run for a new term at the helm of the institution, Agerpres informs. “On May 30 the term I’ve obtained following an examination in 2005 ends, and on May 21 the final evaluation of our five-year activity will be conducted at the ministry,” Caramitru announced in a press conference. He added one of the reasons for which he wished to continue in office is the fact he has put in a lot of work in the rehabilitation of the building since becoming the director of the National Theatre. Caramitru was appointed director of TNB at the end of May 2005. He is, also, chairman of the Romanian Theatrical Union and was the minister of Culture between 1996 and 2000.

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Tennis: Alexandra Dulgheru in Warsaw quarterfinals


Romanian tennis player Alexandra Dulgheru qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament in Warsaw after defeating Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky, score 6-2, 6-4. The game had nine break points. The Romanian could next play against Russia’s Elena Dementieva after eliminating her in the second round of the Madrid tournament just one week ago. Dulgheru won the Warsaw tournament last year.


Liviu Facaleata remains under arrest


The Arges Court rejected on Wednesday PIC market chain manager Liviu Facaleata’s request to be released on bail. Facaleata was placed under preventive arrest for being an accessory to bribery as part of a new refereeing corruption dossier, Agerpres informs. FC Arges financier Cornel Penescu, who was placed under preventive arrested as part of the same dossier, also filed a request to be released on bail. The Arges Court will rule on that request on May 20. Penescu and his right-hand man Facaleata were placed under 29-day preventive arrest on May 11, the former being charged with bribery and the latter with being an accessory to bribery. On May 14 the Pitesti Court of Appeal rejected their appeal against the preventive arrest measure. Penescu and Facaleata are investigated as part of a dossier that saw referees Marius Martis and Ionica Serea arrested too.


Dinamo to have new executive president


At the end of another modest showing in League I, being one step away from failing to qualify for the Europa League, Dinamo Bucharest FC will have a new executive president starting next week. The announcement was made by Dinamo leader Cristian Borcea after he announced his resignation on his Facebook page, Agerpres informs. According to press information, Gino Iorgulescu, former leader of FC National, is the main favourite for taking over Borcea’s office. Other rumoured candidates are Marcel Popescu, former CS Dinamo president, and Dinu Gheorghe, the current leader of FC Brasov.


Fisichella comes
to Bucharest



Italian Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella will drive a Ferrari 458 in a spectacular show in Bucharest this Saturday, a release to Agerpres shows. Fisichella (37), who is Ferrari’s reserve driver, will be present on Saturday within Baneasa Shopping City at 2.30 PM. The event is part of a weekend dedicated to motor race fans. Fisichella had 229 starts for Minardi, Jordan, Benetton, Sauber, Renault, Force India and Ferrari, winning three races.


Women’s basketball: Municipal Targoviste wins title


Municipal MCM Targoviste has won on Tuesday its second consecutive national title after winning its away game against ICIM UV Arad, score 65-57 (16-14, 10-8, 18-13, 21-22), in game 4 of the Division A final. Municipal won the first two games of the final and secured its ninth national title with an overall score of 3-0.

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Ion Voinescu, honorary member of AISS


Ion Voinescu, Romania’s former international goalkeeper and Steaua’s goalkeeper for 13th consecutive seasons from 1951 to 1953, became the honorary member of the Independent Association of Steaua Supporters (AISS) on Monday, an AISS communiqué informs. “The former great goalkeeper impressed generations of football fans – irrespective of the clubs they backed – with his numerous athletic and human qualities. The Independent Association of Steaua Supporters thanks you for defending the club’s values for so long: sportsmanship, honesty, honour, rectitude, dignity, professionalism, competitiveness, will for performance,” AISS argued in its decision.


Former sports
commentator Nicolae Soare to be buried
on Wednesday



Nicolae Soare, former Radio Romania News sports commentator, died at the age of 79 and will be buried on Wednesday in Bistrita. Head of the Sports Department, Nicolae Soare was considered the “father” of many renowned commentators of the “Football by the minute” show, one of the public radio’s most-listened shows. Simultaneously with his activity as sport journalist Soare also produced the “Evening hours” show.


Inter Milan wants
to start negotiations with Rafael Benitez



Internazionale Milan’s leadership wants to start negotiations with Spanish head coach Rafael Benitez in order to replace Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho, the ‘Daily Mirror’ wrote on Tuesday. According to the aforementioned daily, the Italian title holder’s officials have accepted the fact that Jose Mourinho will leave San Siro to coach Real Madrid after the Champions League final this Saturday.


Hagi: I have offers
from Turkey



Gheorghe Hagi, former head coach of Bursaspor and Galatasaray, stated on Monday for Turkey’s Radyospor radio station that he has offers from Turkey and is ready to scrutinize them, ajansspor.com informs. “I have offers from Turkey and I am ready to analyze them. Irrespective of the terms I always want to return to Turkey. Apart from Galatasaray my analysis will include other great Turkish clubs too. I have to analyze the situation with professionalism,” Hagi said.


Markus Babbel, Maximilian Nicu’s new head coach at Hertha Berlin


Former German international Markus Babbel was appointed on Monday head coach of Hertha Berlin, a team that was demoted to Germany’s second league and for which Romania’s Maximilian Nicu plays. According to the club’s official website, the 37-year-old head coach that was sacked by VfB Stuttgart in December 2009 has signed a one-season contract. Babbel’s contract will be extended for a year if Hertha Berlin returns to Bundesliga.


Thierry Henry signed for New York Red Bulls, paper says


France’s Thierry Henry has signed a deal to play for the New York Red Bulls of the MLS, according to media reports. Henry, whose season with Barcelona finished Sunday, will play for the French team at the World Cup in South Africa next month before joining the Red Bulls, The Boston Globe and SI.com have reported. Henry, 32, still has a year left on his contract with Barcelona. He holds the mark for most French national team goals with 51.

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Robert Turcescu, TVR interim director?


Journalist Robert Turcescu might become the caretaker director of the Romanian Television Broadcasting Corporation (SRTV), succeeding current general director Alexandru Sassu until a new board of administrators is named, Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) Vice-president Raluca Turcan said. ‘The decision has been reached for an interim director to be named at TVR. Today , a relevant discussion took place, with Mr. Turcescu being the person proposed for the job,’ Raluca Turcan, president of the Chamber of Deputies Culture Commission and proponent of a draft amendment to the TVR and SRR law. Mediafax quoted Turcan as saying Parliament will set a mandate for a definite period of time for the interim director of TVR, until a new Board of Administrators will have been appointed. Contacted by Mediafax, journalist Robert Turcescu said ‘there is no such thing as an official statement as of yet.’ ‘Talks on this issue are likely to be held in the upcoming days,’ he said, adding: ‘I confirm I am inclined to take such proposal seriously.’


Russian base on the Danube


Vladimir Socor states in a Jamestown Foundation analysis that a Russian base could be established on the Danube in Ismail, ‘Romania Libera’ daily writes. The American expert states that all of the former naval bases and military installation evoked as possible candidates for reactivation – Feodosia, Kerch, Donuzlav, Ochakov, Mykolayiv, Odessa and Ismail – are disused and dilapidated and the famous Balaklava submarine base featuring underground installations dug in rock has been transformed into a navy museum.


Last week ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’ published an article in which Vladimir Komoedov, former Admiral of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, stated that these former Soviet military bases could be reactivated. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych dismissed the information but according to Socor “any decision to reactive one or more of these bases would be purely political” and would include joint Russian-Ukrainian elements.


The regular appearance of Russian naval units at Odessa or Izmail or their basing there would encourage local pro-Russian forces to become more aggressive in an area where the borders of Romania, Moldova and Ukraine intersect.


Insurance companies want to have access to driver traffic record


Fed up with paying compensations for car damages as a result of accidents, the heads of insurance companies are set to create a data base including all drivers in the country. If until now annual comprehensive car insurance (CASCO) cost you an average of EUR 650, and despite having had an accident, another insurer you opted to buy insurance from would not increase your premium, as they did not have access to your traffic record, now, things are going to change.


According to Antena 3 news channel, the new insurer will have access to this data base and will charge you for any incident involving compensation. Even penalty points could be a reason for having the comprehensive insurance for your car upped. If you know you are in the habit of crossing the continuous line marking that separates traffic flowing in opposite directions, or not giving the right of way, then, your insurance premium could go up even more. ‘The number of kilometres covered should also be taken into account, since, there are Romanians who travel 3,000 kilometres a year by car, and Romanians who travel 60, 000,’ Gheorghe Grad, an insurance broker, said.


Insurance companies may sanction you for causing your car to collide with another vehicle, yet, they will disregard tickets for parking violations. Although the document is still in draft amendment stage in this country, it has been enforced for years in such countries as Germany and Austria.

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Ex finance minister wins legal action against ANI


Former Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea won his lawsuit against the National Integrity Agency (ANI), securing an Alba Iulia Court of Appeals cancellation of the agency’s decision that he was incompatible with his government seat, ‘Romania libera’ online reported. The court’s decision can be appealed within 15 days. Earlier this year, ANI ruled that Pogea was incompatible with the finance minister position between December 22, 2008 and February 26, 2009 because he was also manager of a company.


Vantu sends money
to fugitive Nicolae Popa, media



In November 2009, only a few days before he was arrested in Jakarta, the businessman wired the ‘mastermind’ behind the FNI investing scheme a total of EUR 44,500, according to ‘Adevarul’. Using a Moldovan link, Sorin Ovidiu Vantu would transfer money from an account opened with a bank in Nicosia into the account of some Indonesian company; from were it would be collected by Nicolae Popa. ‘Adevarul’ daily reports Sorin Ovidiu Vantu (54) in October 2009 ordered someone who trusted – a certain Octavian Turcan from R. Moldova – to wire money to Nicolae Popa (45), former manager currently evading the service of a 15-year prison sentence in the FNI case, in Indonesia. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, ‘instructed by Sorin Ovidiu Vantu, Turcan Octavian sent sums by bank transfer from an account with a bank in Nicosia (Cyprus) into the account of a trading company registered in Indonesia.’ According to the investigators, the recipient of the money was Vantu’s friend Nicolae Popa.


‘Hot’ areas for Bucharest thieves


Thieves ‘operating’ in Bucharest and in other major cities in Romania seem to have found the safest way to live through the crisis without going to prison” they dismember vehicles, ‘Evenimentul zilei’ daily writes in its online issue. Perpetrators operating in the capital and in some other big cities have found the safest way to survive the economic crisis without being locked up: dismembering Romanians’ cars. Police statistics for the first four months of the year indicate a 2.2 per cent rise in the theft of vehicle wing mirrors, windshield wipers, headlights, wheels and aerials as compared to the similar period last year. Bucharest is by far number one in this department, with 156 per cent increase of relevant crime. ‘They are specializing in car parts that bring rapid profits. In fact, people selling such components at the specialized markets represent a minority, as most such thefts are on order. In addition, the risk of going to prison for something like that is minor.


Senior tourists robbed in Paris, bus stolen in Brussels


A group of elderly tourists visiting Europe under the co-ordination of the Vrancea Red Cross representation found out that their bus had been stolen from the car park of the hotel where they were staying. The day before, three members of the group had been assaulted and robbed in Paris. The two incidents were reported to the police and to the Romanian Embassies in the two countries by Red Cross Vrancea Director Rodica Davidean, who was accompanying the group, Mediafax informs. “Three elderly people were assaulted and robbed by French citizens Monday morning. Their IDs and money were stolen and one of the victims had to be taken to hospital after sustaining a grievous injury to the head. The Romanian Consulate has flown the victim back to the country. There was no police in the area where the incident happened. The group was big, made up of elderly men and women. The robbers simply swooped down on them, knocked them down and grabbed their handbags either from their hands or from around their necks,” Davidean said.

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Petrom, Dacia and BCR rank first in corporation responsibility


Dacia ranks two in Romania and 23rd in Central and Eastern Europe in the B&P Braun & Partners consultancy company top chart of responsible corporations, according to a press release remitted to ‘Nine O’Clock.’ Petrom ranks first (69 per cent), and the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), third, on 44 per cent. The assessment took into account the turnover on the Romanian market, as well as that in such countries as Austria, Hungary and Poland. The methodology of the ‘CSR 24/7 followed seven areas: transparency, corporatist governance, relationship with co-interested parties, environmental responsibility, economic responsibility, relationship with civil society and human resources policy. The survey was based on public information on official company websites. According to the consultancy company, Dacia has had the most robust evolution, from 21 per cent in 2009, to 50 per cent in 2010.


Car sales up 6.6 pc in April


Car sales went up 6.6 pc in April against the previous month, to 11,672 units, but overall 36 pc less cars (31,939) have been delivered during January-April 2010, according to data released by APIA, Mediafax reports. A total 10,376 automobiles were sold in April, up 4.6 pc from March, taking the four-month total to 28,302, which is 36.5 pc less than a year ago. The number of Romanian-made vehicles dropped by 10 pc in April, to 30,213, but 40 pc more units were manufactured during the first four months, i.e. 116,167 vehicles. Car exports lost 11 pc in April, down to 25,851 units, but rose by 43.5 pc during January-April, to 103,525 vehicles. Imports too went up 10.4 pc, to 7,442, while dwindling by 40 pc in the first four months of the year, to 21,573 units.

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FinMin hopes no second crisis wave hits


Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu says if the global economic crisis hits developed economies again, Romania will be put in a disastrous situation. Provided no ‘surprises’ occur the world economy, the Government will not implement an additional economic Economic recovery plan involving tax hikes. Vladescu also says ‘finance ministers met to discuss an EUR 60 bln rescue package but the package was put up to EUR 750 bln in the course of a single day. This is a time when no projections can be made in the global economy.’ ‘It would be unrealistic of me to say we will come out of crisis in a matter of months,’ the minister said, as signals on international markets are worrying. ‘What would a crisis like the one in Greece mean if it was to hit Italy, one of Romania’s biggest trade partners?’ Vladescu asked rhetorically.Upon signing the cooperation agreement in the area of public finance, Vladescu told Moldovan counterpart Veaceslav Negruta that the two ministries had many technical matters to address, beginning with tax evasion, Mediafax reports.


Finance Ministry lends up to RON 1.5 bln to municipalities


The Finance Ministry this year will lend to municipalities up to RON 1.5 bln, privatisation funds, to help them pay up debts to services and work suppliers falling due on December 31, 2009, with suppliers being obliged to use the money exclusively to pay their own debts to the state, Mediafax reports. Included in a draft emergency ordinance prepared by the Ministry of Administration and Interior, the proposal has come to life as a result of the large outstanding debt municipalities have towards suppliers and of their own debt towards the state budget, social security budget and special funds’ budgets, and also with consideration to the provision in the stand-by agreement with the International Monetary Fund on the resolution of outstanding debts. The credit awarded by the ministry to municipalities comes with an interest rate of 6.25 per cent, maximum five-year maturity and a year’s grace period.


Romania ranked 7th biggest spam spreading source


Romania in Q1 was ranked seventh biggest spam spreading countries on a share of 4 per cent of the total, Russian security solution developer Kaspersky shows in a report cited by Mediafax. The three most important span sources in the world are the US (16 per cent), India (7 per cent) and Russia (6 per cent). Kaspersky also identifies a major trend of spammer migration from China-based domains with the .cn extension to Russian-registered ones with the .ru extension following the introduction of severe internet domain registration rules in China.

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Romtelecom launches Dolce Interactiv in 4 main packages


Following partial launch of Dolce Interactiv in December 2009, since approximately 10,000 customers have opted for the service, Romtelecom is now releasing its full commercial offer consisting of four different packages: iNational, iVariat, iStar and iMaxim, a press release states. Romtelecom offers the iNational package free of charge to all customers who use the provider’s landline telephony and Clicknet services in areas where Dolce Interactiv is available. Subscribers to the iNational package including a total of 24 channels get promotional free access to two of the available HD channels. Romtelecom Dolce Interactiv subscription fees range from EUR 9 to EUR 13.9. The Dolce Interactiv service is currently available in ten cities (Bucharest, Iasi, Constanta, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Ploiesti, Braila, Bacau, Sibiu and Piatra-Neamt), to customers who qualify in terms of technical requirements.


Receivables financing loan from EximBank


EximBank has prepared an exporter package offering loans to finance receivables against invoices or term payment instruments in connection with exports made, the bank informs by release. ‘With this package, we can partly or totally finance credit export invoices (export factoring), while also offering the financing option of buying credit notes (promissory notes, bills of exchange) exporters have from foreign buyers (discounting and forfeiting)’, EximBank President Ionut Costea said.


Loans are granted on a short term (discounting, forfeiting, factoring) or on a medium-term (discounting). Compared with the previous year, the total volume of export supported by EximBank products and services in 2009 was up by 130 per cent.


Airline group blasts European handling
of volcanic ash



European aviation authorities urgently need to revise their airspace rules to minimise disruption from ash emitted by an Icelandic volcano, the airline industry body IATA said on Tuesday. The International Air Transport Association said the current system was leading to the unnecessary closure of airspace, with a further 1,000 flights cancelled on Monday. “This problem is not going away any time soon. The current European-wide system to decide on airspace closures is not working,” said IATA Director-General Giovanni Bisignani. “Safety is always our number one priority. But we must make decisions based on facts, not on uncorroborated theoretical models,” he said in a statement. Bisignani welcomed France’s success in keeping airspace open safely by using aviation expertise to interpret data on the movement of the ash cloud, and Britain’s decision to set tolerance levels more precisely. More than 200,000 flights had operated in European airspace identified as having the potential presence of ash but not one had reported the significant presence of ash, as verified by engine inspections after the flight, it said. It has estimated that a six-day shutdown of European airspace in April cost carriers USD 1.7 bln in lost revenues.

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PSD file simple motion on agriculture in lower Chamber


Deputy chairman of the Agriculture committee in the Chamber of Deputies, Victor Surdu (Social Democrat Party-PSD), announced, yesterday, in the assembly, that PSD and Conservative Party (PC) deputies are tabling a simple motion titled “The Boc Government’s 2010 national program for agriculture and development. The bankruptcy of Romanian farmers”. Surdu underlined that the Social-Democrats had also collected, according to regulations, the number of signatures needed to present a simple motion, Mediafax informs. In her turn, the Speaker of the Chamber, Roberta Anastase, said the motion fulfilled the terms of procedure was set to come in for debate in yesterday’s Permanent Bureau session, scheduled for 19:00. According to Chamber of Deputies’ regulations, a simple motion can be initiated by a minimum of 50 deputies.

Nastase: Basescu
hasn’t met any important world leader since re-election



Social- Democrat Adrian Nastase, president of the party’s national council wrote yesterday on his blog that since his re-election, President Basescu has had no official bilateral contacts with any important head of state or government from Western Europe, the US, China or Russia. “I recommend a simple exercise. Visit the Presidency’s official webpage and look for news concerning official visits. And have a look at the President’s agenda following his re-election almost half a year ago. You will have the huge surprise of noticing the lack of any official bilateral contacts with any important leader from either Western Europe, US, China or Russia. Nobody from those areas has visited Romania in months,” Nastase wrote on his blog. Nastase points out that apart from the President of the Republic of Moldova no one else paid visits to the Presidential Palace.

Cristian Preda
criticizes the
government, PDL



Well-known for repeatedly criticizing his own party, the Democratic-Liberal Party (PDL) MEP Cristian Preda took to task, once more, the current government, on RFI, blaming it for its failure to act in the present critical situation and because it procrastinates reaching a decision. “When faced with a crisis, you have to act promptly, you cannot procrastinate, you cannot let the days go by without doing anything, indefinitely (…) Sadly, for two weeks now, the Government has done nothing,” the Democrat-Liberal MEP said. He also urged the Cabinet to initiate consultations with the opposition on the anti-crisis measures. “We find ourselves in a situation in which you need to engage in dialogue with the opposition, rather than in teenage confrontations along the lines of ‘it’s your fault, it’s his fault’ and so on,” Preda said.


The MEP also denounced PDL’s collaboration in the Parliament with Gabriel Oprea’s independent group. This time, Preda commented, on his blog: “PDL thinks it will consolidate the Government’s backing by sealing a protocol with a party of deserters. The mixture of anarchy, duplicity and incoherence is nauseating”.

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