President calls for Defence Council meet today

President Traian Basescu decided, yesterday, to summon the Country’s Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) to a meeting today, official sources within the presidential administration told Antena 3. The reasons for this meeting are as yet unknown.

Romanian, appointed UN special rapporteur

UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has appointed Romanian candidate Calin Georgescu as Special Rapporteur for Adverse Effects of Moving Toxic Waste on Enjoyment of Human Rights. According to a Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) release, it is the first theme mandate obtained by Romania ever since the UN Human Rights Council was set up in 2006. The term has a duration of three years, and may be extended. During the current panel discussion, the Council appointed eight Special Rapporteurs selected out of a total of 290 candidates representing all geographical groups, MAE explains. Romania has so far held two country monitoring mandates for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Belarus.

Inmate escapes Timisoara Prison

A prisoner of the Timisoara Penitentiary escaped on Monday while working alongside other inmates on a worksite in the locality of Giarmata near the city. Timisoara Prison head Georgica Alexeev reports: ‘The man has escaped and is currently being looked for by our gendarmes. The Police, too, will conduct their own investigation’. The source says the prisoner was a rape convict serving ten years and looking at a possible hearing before the Parole Board next year. The man has so far served five years of his sentence and has posed no special problems to the prison staff.

Holograf to perform in Shanghai

Band Holograf will give, today and tomorrow, two concerts on the stage of the Romanian Pavilion at Expo Shanghai, for the benefit of Romanians living in the Chinese metropolis, as well as of the staff of the Moldova pavilion. The cultural programme on offer during Romania’s participation in the 2010 World Expo entered a new stage. Thus, between June 16 and July 31, performers on the Romanian Pavilion stage will include the “Calusarii Slatinei” folkloric ensemble, the “Imporioso” quartet, the “Composito” quintet and the “Zece Prajini” band.

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Dinamo to meet the winner between Lancaran and O. Balti in Europa League round 2 pre qualifier

In a round 2 Europa League pre-qualifier, Dinamo Bucharest will play against the winner of the home and way round 1 pre-qualifier game between Khazar Lankaran of Azerbaijan and Moldova’s Olimpia Balti, according to yesterday’s draw at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Mediafax reports. Dinamo will play the first leg away, July 15, and the second, in Bucharest, July 22nd.

Cornel Dinu checks
into hospital

The delegate manager of Dinamo football club, Cornel Dinu has checked into the Interior Ministry’s hospital two days ago, daily ‘Romania libera’ reports. The official of the Bucharest-based club underwent some medical tests that revealed a serious disorder in his organism, so he was rushed to the hospital. Doctors will keep Dinu in hospital for at least one week and will give him perfusions and vitamins on a daily basis. Additionally, “Mister” – as Dinu is known – needs much rest. According to Dr. Constantin Chira, who treats Dinu, his patient’s health problems also relate to his problems at the club.

Romania tops gymnastics world championships medal table

Romania has topped the medal standings at the aerobic gymnastics world championships in Rodez, France, Mediafax reports. In the senior category, Romanian gymnasts got two gold medals, team and group, two silvers, men’s individuals, and one bronze medal, mixed pairs. Romania ranked first in the nation medal standings, ahead of France, China, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

Gymnastics: Koczi wins in vault and floor, in Portugal World Cup

Romanian gymnast Flavius Koczi won the vault and floor events, and came second in pummel horse at the World Cup in Portugal’s Sao Joao da Madeira. Koczi won the floor event on 15,400 points, ahead of Brazil’s Diego Hypolito, 15,325, and Mexican Santiago Lopez, 14,625 points. In pommel horse, Koczi ranked second, on 14,825 points, behind China’s Guo Weiyang, 15, 200 points, yet, ahead of Spaniard Rafael Martinez, 14,700 points. Ioan Cristian Bataga finished eighth, on 12,750 points. World Cup will resume this coming autumn, with the stages in Ghent, Belgium, September 11-12, Kiev, September 18-19, and Ostrava, September 22.

Hanescu ranks 38th
in ATP standings, Ungur, 146th

Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu was down one slot from last week in the ATP standings, to 38th, on 1,070 points. Adrian Ungur climbed six positions, to 146th, 344 points, and Victor Crivoi jumped five slots, to 168th, on 274 points, according to Horia Tecau is the best placed Romanian in the doubles event, 32nd, on 1,944 points. The top three ATP singles players are, Rafael Nadal of Spain, who tops the chart on 8,745 points, Swiss Roger Federer, 8,525, Novak Djokovici of Serbia, 6,545, UK’s Andy Murray, 5,155, and Nikolai Davidenko of Russia, 4,785 points.

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BNR sterilises RON 500 M from inter-banking market

The National Bank of Romania (BNR) organised, yesterday, a depo bid in which it sterilised RON 500 M from the inter-banking market, for a week, at a 6.25 per cent interest, equal to the monetary policy interest rate, Mediafax informs. The operation was attended by 15 banks, and the deposits drawn by the central bank mature on June 28. The interests announced on Monday by merchant banks for the amounts deposited for one day dropped at 1.93-2.43 per cent compared to Friday yields, which varied between 2.14 and 2.64 per cent. The continuing downward trend is influenced by the excess of liquidity, given that banks secured their compulsory minimal reserves required by BNR. The term for constituting compulsory minimal reserves closes on Wednesday, June 23. Following the operation conducted by the central bank, interests on one day deposits are slightly on the rise, around 4 per cent.

Finance Ministry sold one year certificates
at RON 330.83 M

The Ministry of Public Finances (MFP) sold, on Monday, treasury certificates with the maturity term of one year at RON 330.08 M, considerably below the estimated value, of RON 1.2 bln, at an average yield of 6.85 per cent a year, after having rejected all bids made by banks at the latest transaction for such bonds, according to Mediafax. The highest yield accepted by MFP was of 6.98 per cent a year, and the total amount of demand for bonds from merchant banks was of RON 1.555 bln. The latest bid for one-year-certificates occurred on June 7, when the ministry rejected all offers made by merchant banks, after having taken a similar decision in the preceding operation, considering that the yield requested by credit institutions was too high. The Monday bid was the last operation scheduled by MFP for this month. The total amount that the Ministry of Finance borrowed since the beginning of the year by selling state bonds is of RON 20.766 bln.

South-Koreans interested to invest
EUR 1.37 bln in waste
collection/processing centres

Several South-Korean companies will hold talks with the Romanian authorities today, seeking investment contracts involving waste collection and processing centres worth 2,000 bln yeans (EUR 1.37 bln), according to South-Korean TV channel Arirang, Mediafax informs. The government in South Korea has invited representatives of the Environment Ministries over for direct negotiations with several South-Korean operators in the sector of energy and adjacent industries, pursuing construction contracts, according to the Arirang website. Representatives of approximately 38 Korean companies will attend the talks discussing 26 future waste collection and processing centres Romania intends to develop, the construction of which being set to start next year, the Korean TV channel says.

Hoyo starts tractor production at Brasov

Chinese company Hoyo has started its tractor production at the plant in Rasnov, with the first series of vehicles to be finalised in mid-July when the assembling unit of the plant should also be complete, company CEO Denisa Vasilescu told Mediafax. Tractor production at Rasnov has been postponed a number of times, since December 2009, because of construction delays concerning the assembling unit. Company representatives said the plant at Rasnov that opened in September 2009 would produce over 20,000 tractors every year. Hoyo Agricultural Machinery Equipment will produce eight different types of tractors ranging from 25HP to 120HP and prices from EUR 6,500.

Quehenberger enters Romania
by Logwin Road+Rail acquisition

Austrian transport and logistics company Quehenberger has taken over operations of Logwin Road+Rail in a transaction including the acquisition of operations based in Austria and the East of Europe, Mediafax informs. The company announces no major structural changes, but signals the commencement of a process of integration. “A number of working processes and software tools will be improved in order to achieve uniformity at our group’s level. We belong to an international company and we need to think globally,” Quehenberger Logistic Romania General Manager Octavian Rosu said. In Romania, the Austrian company operates three logistic centres in Bucharest, Timisoara, Arad and Pitesti.

Carrefour Romania opens 3rd supermarket in Bucharest today

The Carrefour group is opening its third supermarket in Bucharest today – Carrefour Market Razoare, situated in Soseaua Panduri, in a neighbourhood of approximately 2,500 households and 7,500 inhabitants, the retail announces by press release. The store stands on 704 sq m, has 58 employees and will sell a rough total of 6,900 items 1,500 of which being Carrefour private label. Carrefour currently operates 22 hypermarkets and 26 supermarkets in Romania. The retailer’s sales in Romania in Q1 grew by YoY rate of 7.3 per cent to EUR 269 M from EUR 250 M, sustained by the expansion of retail area and exchange rate. Carrefour’s sales in Romania have grown by 3.6 per cent when the exchange rate remained constant.

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President again calls
on MPs to step up
adoption of
procedure codes, ANI law

President Traian Basescu sent another letter to the board of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, in which he reiterates his initial request for the urgent adoption of the civil and criminal procedure codes, as well as resuming talks on the new National Integrity Agency (ANI) law, which the head of state sent back to Parliament, with a view to its modification. In the letter, Basescu invokes the need to fulfil commitments in the judiciary sector which our country made before the EU, and calls for their implementation before the next country report of the European Commission. It is the third time that the head of state resorts to this means of action to draw Parliament’s attention to the need to expedite the adoption of the procedure codes. The president also called, in another letter, on Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana, for the adoption of the education law by the Senate in the current parliamentary season, which ends on June 30.

Former PM,
summoned to court on his 60th birthday

Former PM Adrian Nastase has been subpoenaed to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) in the ‘Quality Trophy’ case, right on the day he turns 60. In May, judges with the court, adjourned to June 22 the trial of a case wherein the former prime minister was indicted, along with Irina Jianu and four other persons, for corruption. Nastase regards the case as one of President Traian Basescu’s ‘dirty deeds’, who, ‘by means of his henchmen in DNA, has managed to put together a dossier with 970 witnesses,’ with the trial going to be quite lengthy. On January 20, 2009, the National Anti-corruption Directorate indicted former premier Nastase for having used in 2004 the ‘influence or authority of the position of president of a certain party’ for holding the symposium ‘Quality Trophy in construction’, with the purpose of collecting certain amounts of money for the presidential election campaign he was to engage in.

Nastase and Anastase trade retorts once again

Lower Chamber speaker Roberta Anastase suspended the session of the House of the Parliament on Monday afternoon, to prevent the passing of a draft law proposed by Social-Democrat Adrian Nastase, providing that, in the Chamber speaker’s absence, plenum sessions will be chaired by vice-presidents, in alphabetic order, and by the PDL representative, on rotation basis. The ensuing violent verbal fight between the two legislators was used as justification to suspend the session – a decision challenged by both PSD and PNL. The meeting of the Chamber’s Permanent Bureau could not be rescheduled, because Anastase and the PDL members of the Permanent Bureau did not come to the meeting, thus enraging the opposition.

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Tourist bus capsizes in Arad, seven injured

A bus with 39 passengers on board overturned Monday morning on DN 7 in Arad County, having been hit by a vehicle driven by a police officer under the influence of alcohol. According to traffic police, the driver of an Opel car came onto the national road from a secondary road, hitting the bus. The bus driver abruptly turned the steering wheel, which resulted in the bus overturning into a road-side ditch. “Four persons with light injuries have been taken to hospital for medical care, and three more passengers received care at the scene. The Opel driver is a police officer who took a breathalyzer test at the site of the accident. It showed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.59 mg/litre,’ Emil Motiu with the Arad Traffic Police said. The bus was carrying tourists from Spain and France and was heading to Bistrita. Amonge passengers there were seven children.

11-year-old girl gives birth
to baby boy, authorities start investigation

Sibiu authorities have initiated an investigation, on Monday, after a 11-year-old girl gave birth to a baby boy, weighing over 3 kilos, at the Maternity Ward of the Medias City Hospital. “The patient delivered, in normal conditions, of natural birth, a baby boy weighing 3.3 kilos, who is perfectly healthy, as is the mother,” the head of the hospital’s gynaecology department, Jean Mircea Truta, stated. In this case, the doctors notified the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection (DGASPC), as well as the Police, who started an investigation to uncover what led to this situation. The underage girl stated, both before doctors and police officers, that she didn’t know who the father was. The mayor of Tarnava, Sibiu County, where the underage girl lives, with an aunt, stated that her parents are out of the country, but that, in practical terms, the girl, of Roma ethnicity, is married according to the laws of her culture.

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