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November 20, 2019
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Andone: From Rapid to Dinamo


Head coach Ioan Andone will leave Rapid Bucharest, a team he coached in the second half of the League I season, and will take over Dinamo Bucharest, a team with which he won the title in the past both as a player and as head coach. “I’ve reached an agreement with Dinamo. I will wait for my contract with Rapid to expire on May 31 and I will then sign the contract with Dinamo.


Table tennis:
Romania 3 – Russia 0



The Romanian women’s table tennis team has qualified for the World Tennis Table Championships in Moscow after defeating Russia on Thursday, score 3-0, in the last game of Group D, Agerpres informs. Japan topped Group D with 10 points, followed by Taiwan with 9 points, Romania with 8 points, Belarus with 7 points, Russia with 6 points and Slovakia with 5 points. The top three teams have qualified for the final tournament. The Romanian men’s team finished last in Group B after losing to Sweden on Wednesday evening, score 2-3.


World Cup warm-up: Netherlands 2 – Mexico 1


The Netherlands warmed up for the upcoming World Cup finals in South Africa with a 2-1 defeat of Mexico in a friendly encounter at the Badenova-Stadion in Freiburg, Germany on Wednesday evening.


Other international friendly results on Wednesday: France 2 Costa Rica 1 and Estonia 0 Croatia 0.

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German tourist dies
in Dracula Castle hotel



A German tourist died, Wednesday evening, in the Castel Dracula (Dracula Castle) hotel in Pasul Tihuta. According to preliminary information, the man, aged 74, supposedly died from a heart attack. The man was taken ill the moment he climbed out of the tourist bus and was carried into a room of the hotel. He died around 20:00. According to a spokesperson for the County Police, Claudia Creta, quoted by Mediafax, the man was touring Transylvania, with a group of fellow-tourists.


Dane sentenced
for abusing 26 Romanian workers in France



A Danish entrepreneur, accused of illegally hiring and abusing 26 Romanian workers in France, on a construction site located in Virieu-le-Grand, was sentenced to a year in prison, Le Progres daily reported on Thursday. The Romanian masons worked and lived on a construction site in eastern France, in appalling conditions, and were paid much less than promised. Formally, they had been relocated to France by Geoconstruct company, controlled by Romanian businessman Gheorghe Croitoru, under a subcontractor agreement worth EUR 671,000 with French firm Triquet that runs the site in Virieu-le-Grand. However, according to the instruction judge, the real employer was Triquet, with Geoconstruct being only a ‘front company’ with the purpose of saving money from salaries and welfare benefits due to the Romanian workers. Croitoru received a suspended sentence of six months in jail, but Triquet manager Soren Thomsen must spend a year behind bars and pay a fine of EUR 14,000.


Romtelecom: Austerity measures will affect
consumption of telecom services



Austerity measures will affect the dynamics of the telecommunications industry, facing operators with dwindling numbers of clients, who will renounce these services or will reduce consumption, the strategy and development manager of Romtelecom, Ovidiu Ghiman, stated yesterday. “The recession has been affecting Romania for some time, but I fear the worst is yet to come. Some of telecom operators’ clients will reduce consumption or renounce this type of services. Therefore, the dynamics of the telecommunications market will suffer,” Ghiman said, quoted by Mediafax. Romtelecom is the biggest local player on the fixed telecommunications market, at almost three million lines. According to data from the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications (ASNCOM), the voice traffic initiated in mobile networks rose by 39 per cent on 2009, while fixed phone services dropped by 14.5 per cent.


Registering company vehicles slumped in Romania
by 70 per cent



Romania reported the sharpest decline in the registering of new company vehicles of the European Union, of 69.3 per cent, in the first four months, a time during which 1,986 units were registered, according to data supplied by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), quoted by Mediafax. In the interval in question, the average of cars registered in the EU rose by 1.2 pc, at 579,192 units. In the ranking of the weakest registering rates, Romania is followed by the Czech Republic, dropping by 61.8 per cent, respectively, 4,883 units registered in the first four months. At the other end of the spectrum, the highest rise of company vehicles registering was reported in France, where, in the first four months, 8.4 per cent more cars were registered.

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EC revises antitrust rules for car sales and repairs


The European Commission revised its antitrust rules for car sales and repairs, making it harder for automakers to dictate where cars are fixed and which spare parts are used. The latest revision to the so-called “block exemption” for automakers – a kind of antitrust roadmap for the industry – restricts exclusive agreements between automakers and authorized repair shops, Mediafax informs. The rules also make it easier for garages to use spare parts from independent manufacturers.” I strongly believe the new framework will bring tangible benefits for consumers by bringing down the cost of repairs and maintenance that represent an excessive share of the total cost of a car over its lifetime,” the commission’s top antitrust official, Joaquin Almunia, said in a statement. The commission estimates that repair bills account for 40% of the total cost of owning a car.


Euro, the lowest rate in the past three weeks


The national currency appreciated yesterday, on the rising tide of currencies in the region, so that the National Bank of Romania (BNR) reported a reference rate of RON 4.1532/ EUR, 1.92 ban below the Wednesday ratio, and the lowest rate in the past three weeks. A lower rate was reported by BNR on May 5, at RON 4.1492/ EUR, Mediafax informs. In Wednesday’s meeting, the central bank reported a reference rate of RON 4.1724/ EUR. The RON slightly appreciated in reference to the American dollar, as well, and the central bank reported a rate of RON 3.3840/ USD, 0.27 ban below the preceding rate, of RON 3.3867/ USD. According to dealers, the ascending trend of currencies in the region is due exclusively to rising figures on the European stock markets, and is not supported by economic data, so that the trend may very easily reverse.

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