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Judo: Romanian victory in European Cup at Celje


Romanian judoka Marian Halas was victorious in the 81-kilo event at the European Senior Cup, Celjen, Slovenia, scoring an ippon against Briton Adam Bick. Up to the final, Halas defeated Stefan Kuciara of Austria, Germany’s Niklas Ebert, and Britons Craig Stewart and Tom Davi. Violeta Dumitru, 48-kilo event, came 5th, and Fabian Munteanu, 9th, in the 90-kilo event respectively. A number of 399 judokas participated in the contest, 271 males and 128 females, from Europe and Australia.


Mutu ruling final


The verdict passed by the Swiss Federal Tribunal in the Mutu case, under which the Romanian footballer shall pay damages equal to £ 17 M to football club Chelsea over his breach of the contract with the London-based club, is unchallengeable on appeal, the Tribunal announced. Spanish lawyer Josep Vandellos, specializing in sports law, a collaborator with Bucharest-based law firm “Chiuariu and Associates”, told Mediafax Tuesday that a writ execution has already been issued regarding Adrian Mutu, with all his assets likely to be restrained in order that Chelsea recovers the amount paid for the Romanian player, who only played Chelsea for one and a half years. In the summer of 2003, the Romanian player, with Italian side Parma at the time, was transferred to Chelsea for EUR 22.5 M (£ 15.8 M)


Ticleanu,
the new U.Craiova coach



Aurel Ticleanu, a former player of ‘Craiova Maxima’, will be the new head coach of Universitatea Craiova. The team’s technical staff for the next season will be made up of Aurel Ticleanu – head coach; Sandu tabarca – technical director; Silviu Lung – coach in charge of goalkeepers; George Bita – assistant coach; Gabriel Martinez Poch – physical trainer. As a footballer, the 47-year-old Ticleanu played 337 matches in the Romanian first league, earned 44 caps in the national team, for which he scored twice. He had coached, among others, Universitatea Craiova, in two matches in 1994, UTA Arad, Otelul Galati, the national team of Bangladesh, Moroccan team Maghreb Fes, Dinamo Tirana and Al-Sahel, Kuwait.


Chess: Magnus Carlsen, leading position in Kings Tournament


Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, the world’s number-one chess player, stands tops in the Kings Tournament being held in the Romanian town of Medias. After seven rounds, Carlsen ranks first, on 5.5 points, followed by Boris Ghelfand of Israel, 4.5 points, and Azerbaijan’s Teimur Radjabov, 3.5 points. In the bottom three positions, Ukrainian Rusman Ponomariov, Romanian Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and China’s Wang Yue, on 2.5 points each.

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Romania – highest mortality rate
in traffic accidents in the EU



Romania and Malta are the only countries in the EU in which the number of the dead in traffic accidents is higher in 2009, compared to 2001, according to a report of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). Romania has the highest traffic accident-related mortality rate, in relation to the population, and Romanian roads are eight times more dangerous than those in Sweden, according to an indicator based on the relation between the number of kilometres covered and the number of victims in traffic accidents.


Adrian Paunescu wrote his will


The former Social Democratic Party (PSD) senator Adrian Paunescu published, yesterday, in one of the central dailies, an editorial-testament in which he announces he is battling a serious disease. In “Letter to my posterity”, the poet says he summoned the courage to undergo medical tests and that the conclusions are not “particularly cheering”. “Out of a conviction that, not long after I’m gone, people will fully understand who I was, I warn you that, from now on, anything may happen to me… At any rate, the treatment which I myself felt I had to undergo and which, after these tests, the doctors confirm, forces me to withdrawal, discretion, resignation,” Adrian Paunescu writes.


PSD and PDL will have
three representatives
in public television board



The leaders of the parliamentary groups set the number of seats which they are entitled to in the Boards of Administration of the public radio and television, so that the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) and the Social Democratic Party (PSD) claim three seats each in the TVR board. The leader of the PDL deputies, Mircea Toader, explained that, therefore, in the TVR Board of Administration, PDL and PSD will nominate three candidates, the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) – one, and the minorities are entitled to one. For the Public Radio Board of Administration, PSD will nominate candidates for three seats, PDL and PNL for two seats, and UDMR and the other minorities, one candidate each, Mircea Toader added. The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberta Anastase, announced yesterday, before the assembly, that on Wednesday, at 9:00, a meeting of the joint Standing Bureaus will be called to discuss the new make-up of the administration boards of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Society (SRR) and the Romanian Television Society (SRTv).


PSD encourages citizens to sue
government



Opposition Social Democrat Party (PSD) ruled that each of its county branches will invite people to sign lists of citizens who want to challenge in court the government’s decisions to cut their salaries or pensions, and will provide legal assistance to those wishing to do this. PSD vice-president Ioan Chelaru explained yesterday, in a press conference, that the National Political Bureau ruled that the Justice departments operating within each county branch will help people file these lawsuits, for free. “The lists of signatures actually are requests by those who wish to resort to the help of PSD in suing the Romanian state over cutting their salaries or pensions. We thought about a model of such a lawsuit,” Chelaru added.

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President Traian Basescu might pay a visit to Brazil next year


Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi yesterday said he hopes President Traian Basescu will pay a visit to Brazil next year, while his Brazilian counterpart Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim added that his country will be very pleased to receive the head of the Romanian state. During the meeting, the two Foreign ministers said Romania and Brazil have three instruments by which they can develop their bilateral relations on a long term. “First, there are political contacts at the highest level and, with this regard, we hope that a visit of the president of Romania, Mr. Traian Basescu, to Brazil can take place next year, the same as we are waiting for the president of Brazil to come to Romania. Second, we should use a business forum to develop a direct communication channel between the business communities of the two countries, and third, we should continue and increase the cultural, scientific and technological exchanges between our countries,” Baconschi said. “We will be very pleased to receive the president of Romania to Brazil. We also consider as necessary the contacts between the business communities of the two countries, we must boost the cultural, scientific and technological cooperation,” said the Brazilian minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim. According to the minister, there are economic sectors where the benefits of economic cooperation are obvious, such as energy – with emphasis on oil extraction and processing – and green energy, but also bioenergy.


Ponta confers with Greek PM
in New York



While he was in New York for the Council of the Socialist International, the president of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Victor Ponta had bilateral talks with Greek PM Georgios Papandreou over economic and social problems faced by Romania and Greece. “Apart from the rich tradition of friendship that unites us, Romania and Greece unfortunately also share the suffering caused by the economic crisis and its painful effects. It was an open dialogue about the realities of the two countries, the needed budget reforms and the measures aimed at economic recovery, while permanently seeking ways to spare people as much as possible from the cost of a recession they are not responsible for,” Ponta wrote in a press release. Ponta also met Segolene Royal, the French Socialist candidate in the last presidential elections, Edi Rama, mayor of Tirana and leader of the Albanese Socialists, Igor Korman, representative of the Democratic Party of Moldova, and Colette Avital, representing the Israeli Labour Party.


Nastase: “Quality Trophy” trial will go on for another ten years


The president of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) National Council, Adrian Nastase, who turned 60 yesterday, appeared at the “Quality Trophy” competition trial forecasting that the trial would go on another ten years, given that 1,000 witnesses are proposed to testify in the case. Nastase reminded the press that, in 2006, on Traian Basescu’s birthday, the head prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, Daniel Morar, decided to take action in “Quality Trophy” case of his own accord. When asked what presents he had received on his birthday, Nastase replied he got mainly “books and wines”, adding that “there’s still time to party.” Nastase was deferred to justice in this case in January 2009, charged with influence-peddling or using his position as party president to the purpose of securing financial gain, goods or other benefits, for him or for others.

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UniCredit Tiriac Bank and METRO Cash & Carry Romania, first co-branded credit card for corporate clients


METRO cash & Carry Romania and UniCredit Tiriac Bank have launched the first co-branded credit card for legal persons – clients of METRO and UniCredit on the local market. ‘The METRO-UniCredit Tiriac Bank co-branded credit card is an instrument designed to assist our SME clients during such a difficult economic period, representing the first product of its kind destined for companies on the Romanian market,’ Zoltan Major, head of Retail at UniCredit Tiriac Bank, states in a press release. ‘The programme has been piloted in Iasi and Craiova but, in the next period, companies in the entire country will enjoy both the financial advantages offered by the bank and METRO’s special offers, all in one product,’ he further said. ‘Our clients’ number one challenge is the cash flow, so the new product we are launching wants to give them concrete support both via the credit line and through the programme promotional offers,’ Claude Sarrailh, Customer Management Director with METRO Cash & Carry Romania, said. The maximum credit level is the equivalent in RON of EUR 35,000, but no more than 30 per cent of the company’s mean monthly turnover calculated based on the most recent balance sheet covering a full financial year.


OMV, Western Union team up to provide money transfer services through gas stations


Austrian oil and gas group OMV and Western Union of US have entered into a partnership for the implementation of money transfer services to filling stations in a number of countries including Romania, a press release informs. “Local and international Western Union money transfer services will become available at over 1,800 OMV filling stations in Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. The service will be implemented in the next year and a half and represents a major leap forward in OMV and Western Union’s respective directions of strategic development,” reads a press release signed by both companies. To Western Union it is the first trans-regional partnership with a chain of petrol stations. “The introduction of the Western Union money transfer service completes our strategy to offer customers a diversified range of services,” OMV Vice-President Gerhard Roiss states in a release.

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Private hydropower plant will be built in the Apuseni


The first private, small-capacity hydropower plant in Romania, worth EUR 18 M, will be built in Bistra Township, in the Apuseni Mountains, Realitatea.net informs. A company in Pestisu Mic, Hunedoara County, obtained all necessary licenses and is to start working on the project at the beginning of July. The hydropower plant, with an inbuilt-capacity of 7.3 MW, will be built on Valea Mare, one of the most important tributaries of the Aries. Two dams will be set up, at different heights, one at 675 metres, the other, at 858 metres. “This investment project will bring funds to the local budget and will create jobs. There are approximately 850 unemployed people in Bistra. The township and the neighbouring areas will have running, drinkable water only once the plant starts working,” Traian Gligor, the mayor, stated.


Statkraft relocates EUR 1.3 bln worth of projects, adverse conditions in Romania


Statkraft has relocated EUR 1.3 bln worth of projects to countries such as Albania and Turkey. Half of that could have been easily allocated to the Romanian market, but Romania seems to have been avoided because of its ‘unfriendly’ business environment, Norwegian energy producer says, Mediafax reports. ‘All projects in Romania have been put on hold because we have been trying to invest in the last couple of years but we have not encountered a friendly environment. Investments worth EUR 700-800 M were ‘migrated’ to Albania and EUR 500 M to Turkey. At least half of that would have been invested din Romania,’ Daniel Pintilie, Statkraft senior business developer for Romania and SE Europe, said yesterday. Statkraft entered the Romanian energy market in 2007, by opening an office in Bucharest and is currently engaged in electricity trading activities. Statkraft officials in 2008 were saying they were looking for opportunities to invest in large hydro-power stations and gas-fired thermal power stations in SE Europe, including Romania.


Nabucco appoints Grayling as
international communicator



Grayling, global consultant on PR, public affairs, investor relations and event organizer, has been appointed by Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH as its provider of public relations and public affairs services in Europe, a release informs. The account was awarded to Grayling in a pitch consisting of three different stages and will cover work to be done in London, Brussels and Nabucco’s transit countries (Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey) and Azerbaijan. Nabucco is the main European gas pipeline of the southern corridor. The pipeline will be 3,300 km long and will connect the world’s gas richest regions – the Caspian Sea region, the Middle East and Egypt – to the European and Turkish dispatch market. It will significantly contribute to enhancing security of gas supply top Turkey, Central, South-Eastern and Western Europe. The pipe will start in Turkey, cross through Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary and will reach its final point – the Baumgarten terminal in Vienna, Austria. The construction is due to begin in 2011 and the project is set to be put into service in 2014.

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