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Football: Mutu might play in Asia


Victor Becali, agent of striker Adrian Mutu, told Corriere Fiorentino that the Fiorentina player might join a team in the US or Asia, Realitatea.net cited violanews.com as reporting. “We are in touch with US and Asian teams. While it is true that such move would result in Mutu losing touch with the national team, he and coach Razvan Lucescu haven’t kept in touch with each other anyway. More news is likely next week,” Becali said. Corriere Fiorentino wrote that several clubs – Al Ahly of the United Arab Emirates, and US teams Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls – and first league Japanese teams too are interested in the player, who is still under contract with Fiorentina until 2012. The Anti-doping Tribunal attached to the Italian Olympic Committee suspended Mutu for nine months after the player tested positive for sibutramine. His suspension is due to expire in October.


Dinamo, Maccabi Haifa tie 1-1 in friendly


Dinamo Bucharest ended in a draw their match against Israel’s Maccabi Haifa in a friendly game in Zell am see Monday evening, part of the training the Bucharest team is undergoing in Austria, Mediafax reports. Scarlatache scored for Dinamo on 70 minutes, and Gadir equalised for the Israeli team. Dinamo is scheduled to play three more fixtures in Austria, opposite FK Austria Vienna, FC Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Red Bull Salzburg.


Silviu Lung trains his son


Universitatea Craiova goalkeeper trainer Silviu Lung said yesterday, before his departure for the Austria tournament, it is a privilege to train his son, Lilviu Lung Jr., yet he would not give him preferential treatment, according to Mediafax. “It is only up to him if he is picked for the national team. Working hard is the only way for him to earn his place in the team, and he has grown from being a mere promise into a certainty. I only train him, the decision is up to the head coach. When he was little, I was rather tough with him and he reproached me that. Now, I will be unbiased, and just do my job,” Silviu Lung said, adding he couldn’t turn down the offer to work for Universitatea Craiova. “Before taking the job, I had a deal with somebody and I couldn’t say yes until I also had the nod from that person. Universitatea is something you can’t say no to. I wish the team’s play will gradually become better, good results to come and climb in the standings,” Lungu stated.


Tennis: Tecau/Lindstedt pair goes into Wimbledon quarter-finals


Sixteen-seeded duo Horia Tecau (Romania) and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden outplayed the 4th-seeded Belarus/India pair of Max Mirnii and Mahesh Bhupathi to qualify into the quarter finals of the Wimbledon tournament.


Cirstea, Cuneo favourite


Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea was chosen top seed at the USD 100,000 tournament in Cueno, Italy. In the first round, she will face a player coming into the event from qualifiers. Simona Halep, also a Romanian, will meet Laura Thorpe. Cirstea also makes a doubles pair with Slovenian Andreja Klepac.

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Football: Steaua’s first win with Piturca as coach


Steaua Bucharest won 2-0 against Cyprus’s Apoel Nicosia in a match during the Romanian team’s training stage in Austria, the first fixture with Victor Piturca at the helm. It appeared he managed to do the unimaginable, namely to make the club’s owner, Gigi Becali, no longer criticise players, a clause stipulated in the contract of the new coach. “That Gigi Becali decided to no longer criticise to the team is a very good thing. His being silent helps. I hope this would stick. If peace reigns at the team, then, winning the championship is a sure thing,” said Romeo Surdu, one of he match’s scorers, quoted by sport.ro.


Football: Materazzi, coach at FC Brasov


Italian coach Giuseppe Materazzi Sunday signed a one-season contract with an extension clause of one year with FC Brasov. Among the teams coached by the 64-year-old Italian, Lazio Roma and Sporting Lisbon. Greece’s Olympiakos Volos (2009) was the last team the Italian, father of Marco Materazzi, a world football champion in 2006, trained before he became FC Brasov’s coach. “The team qualifying into Europa League is the objective this season. It won’t be easy, yet I put a great deal of trust in Materazzi, given his mentality is different. My view is he is better that Andrea Mandorlini of CFR Cluj, given his 20 year-plus experience in Serie A,” the club’s owner, Ioan Neculaie, said.


Marisca won Cluj Rally


The crew made up of Bogdan Marisca and Sebastian Itu (Subaru Impreza STI N14) won the Cluj Rally, stage 4 in the National Rally Championship. Marisca stands tops in the pilot standings, on 77 points, followed by Szabo, 58, Girtofan, 53, Spitzmuller, 43, Valentin Porcineanu, 34, Manuel Mihalache, 32 etc. The Cluj rally was the penultimate asphalt round in the National Championship. The Sibiu Rally July 16-18 will be run on macadam.


Tennis: USD 50,000 challenger tournament in Arad


The matches have begun on the courts of the USD 50,000 ‘Arad Challenger’, the first men’s tennis tournament in Arad. The top seeds are French David Guez, 137th in the TP standings, Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 140th, Guillaume Rufin, also of France, 173th. The draw decided for 4-th seeded Victor Crivoi to take on 6th-seeded Croat Antonio Veic, and Marius Copil, seed 24th, to meet Spain’s 15th-seeded Inigo Cervantes-Huegun.


Water Polo: Romania win Russia tournament


Romania’s national water polo team won the Major Cup in Moscow, after three matches played against Russia, Greece and The Netherlands respectively, of which they only lost to Russia, 6-10. The Romanians were victorious against The Netherlands, 15-9, and Greece, 11-10. Although both Romania and Greece were even on points, 4, it was Romania to be declared the cup’s winner on goal difference. Team Romania coached by Kovacs Istvan and Balanov Ladislau will carry on training in Bucharest and at Izvorani, and maybe in Oradea too. The training programme includes tournaments in Spain, August 13-15, where Romania will take on Montenegro and Hungary, and in Slovakia, the Danube Cup, August 20-22, where they will play opposite the host team, Greece and the UK.

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Omar Hayssam, final
sentence in a new case



The High Court (ICCJ) yesterday sentenced Syrian businessman Omar Hayssam to three years in prison, to be served, in the Foresta Nehoiu case. High Court magistrates allowed the appeal made by prosecutors and repealed the ruling of the Bucharest Court of Appeal, which had acquitted the Syrian businessman. Magistrates of the Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled, in July 2008, in favour of acquitting Omar and the other defendants in the Foresta Nehoiu case. These were charged by organised crime and terrorism prosecutors with fraudulent bankruptcy in the privatisation of the company in question. Alongside Omar, his brother, Omar Mohamad, and three other persons were deferred to justice. They were charged with having set down in the bookkeeping logs of Foresta Nehoiu & Co, between June and July 2004, fictitious debts to Best Wood Nehoiu Ltd. Moreover, according to the prosecutors, they had taken possession of the recently privatised company’s assets by a network of firms, which eventually led to the bankrupting of Foresta Nehoiu & Co. Omar Hayssam has also been sentenced on charges of terrorism in the case of the three Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq in 2005.


Adrian Sarbu exits Pro TV


Pro TV station founder Adrian Sarbu has sold his remaining five per cent in the company. Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has bought Adrian Sarbu’s five per cent of Pro TV, paginidemedia.ro notes, quoting from a document submitted to CNA and scheduled to be addressed on Tuesday. Pro TV is now fully owned by CME whose chairman is still Adrian Sarbu. CME also owns TV stations in seven countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Although he is no longer a shareholder in the Romanian company, Sarbu is still a shareholder of the CME parent-company that bought Media Pro Entertainment in 2009.


Former OTV reporter called to testify
in Diaconescu case



The former OTV reporter Mihaela Moise stated, on leaving the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) headquarters, where she was called as witness in the Dan Diaconescu case, that she had shot several materials in Zarand, following notifications received at the TV station, without being pressured into it by the OTV owner. The former reporter at the television channel owned by Dan Diaconescu denied ever speaking to the mayor of the village or going into the village to collect evidence against him. On the other hand, Dan Diaconescu’s lawyers, present in the hearing, told journalists that Moise “remembered some things in her Tuesday statement which put Dan Diaconescu at a disadvantage”. Anti-corruption prosecutors are to hear, on Wednesday, other witnesses in the case of the blackmail charges brought against Diaconescu.


Romanians under
investigation in EUR 10 M Italy fraud



The Ancona (Italy) Financial Squad agents have dismembered a criminal group comprising both Italians and Romanians who, by pledging fake collaterals, had raised a loan of EUR 10 M in San Marino, according to ASCA news agency website, who also notes that a total of 16 suspects are under investigation in the affair. Italian authorities have co-operated with counterparts in San Marino in the course of the investigation and managed to identify 16 individuals who, via Italian and Romanian companies specializing in vehicle, garments and footwear trading, had managed to obtain total loans of over EUR 10 M from a San Marino bank, after pledging fake guarantees. The money raised in San Marino was wired to Italian bank accounts.

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General consulates in Cahul and Balti likely to open on July 9


The general consulates in Cahul and Balti will open officially on July 9, as preparations for the opening are to be completed by June 30, diplomatic sources stated, on Monday, for Mediafax. In the beginning, the Cahul consulate will have 12 civil servants, and the one in Cahul – 9. The general consuls of Romania in Cahul and Balti will be Gentiana Serbu and Nicanor Teodorescu.


Robert Badinter: European Prosecutor’s Office needed


The French Senator Robert Badinter stated, on Tuesday, in a meeting with representatives of the press at the residence of the French Ambassador in Bucharest, that a European Prosecutor’s Office is needed, to meet the people’s expectations in the fight against organized crime. In his opinion, the European public ministry will wage a more effective battle against organized crime, and, at present, in Europe, the great crime networks are international and trans-border. Moving on to another topic, the French senator said he had visited a detention centre in Bucharest where juvenile criminals are interned before trial, and that conditions there were dire and needed to be changed. Robert Badinter thinks that the minister of Justice, Catalin Predoiu, is sincerely committed to improving the justice system in Romania. Last, but not least, he argues that the death penalty in Europe is outdated. Former minister of Justice, former member in the Constitutional Council, Badinter attended, on Monday, a debate on the effectiveness of the justice system.

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Australian girl raped
in Maramures



A 15-year old Australian girl who was spending a few days in Maramures with her parents was raped on a field Friday night, Antena 3 reports. The Police already have a suspect and are now checking the victim’s recount of the facts. The young woman and a friend had been at the local bar in the village of Breb. The girls claim three men pursued them after they had left the place. The Australian minor however filed a complaint against one of the three whom she accuses of rape. The Police will continue their investigation according to the medics’ feed-back they are currently awaiting.


Attempted armed
robbery at Bucharest petrol station



Two attempted to rob a filling station in Ion Mihalache Boulevard in Bucharest Sunday night, but the cashier bit one of the assailants by the finger. Another employee chased them down the street but, in Dornei Street, one of the robbers stopped, took out a gun he was carrying at his back and pointed it at him, so the pursuit had to stop. The incident was reported to the 112 emergency numbers at about 19:30 Sunday evening, according to Bucharest Police Monday press report.


A patrol car from Police Station no. 5 was sent immediately to the scene. Authorities have opened an investigation and are now trying to establish the identities of the suspects.

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EC confident about government’s new measures


The European Commission takes note of the Romanian Constitutional Court’s ruling of on the unconstitutionality of some of the austerity measures announced by the Romanian authorities in May and is confident that the government will adopt the necessary compensatory measures without delay. The European Commission is confident that a rapid adoption of compensatory measures will allow to proceed to the disbursement of the next instalment without delay’, an EC release quoted by Mediafax states. In the same release, the EU Executive notes it is in close contact with the government, the IMF and the World Bank regarding compensatory measures to reach the agreed 2010 government deficit target. ‘Up until now the Romanian government has shown a strong commitment to implement measures necessary to reach the programme targets and to put Romanian public finances back on a sustainable path. (…) Discussions with the authorities are progressing well, and the Commission is confident that compensatory measures will be adopted in the coming days’, the Commission further states. If such measures are adopted rapidly, there does not need to be a delay in the disbursement of the third instalment of EUR 1.15 bln of the EU loan to Romania. The Commission will evaluate implementation of the fiscal consolidation measures during the programme review mission scheduled end-July and make a decision on the disbursement at that point, the EC further notes in its release.


Brussels probes state guarantee to Oltchim


The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing the state guarantee given to chemical maker Oltchim having made its decision to probe the state aid on November 19, 2009, an EC analysis of member states’ measures against economic and financial crisis shows, according to Agerpres. The case of Oltchim is the only one in the EC analysis included in the category of ‘Cases currently in official investigation procedure – cases covered by the Temporary Framework (in-depth investigation under EC Treaty state aid rules)’.


Air passenger, cargo traffic rise in May – IATA


Demand for air travel and air freight rose strongly in May and now exceeds levels seen before the global economic downturn, the airlines body IATA said on Tuesday. Passenger demand rose 11.7 percent from a year earlier, while cargo demand was up 34.3 percent, the International Air Transport Association said. IATA’s 230 members include British Airways, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.


“Demand rebounded strongly in May following the impact of the European volcanic ash fiasco in April. Passenger traffic is now 1 percent above pre-recession levels, while the freight market is 6 percent bigger,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General.

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CCIR: Boosting budget revenue by raising VAT is an illusion


Following notifications made by County Chambers of Commerce and Industry, on the modification of the tax legislation, the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR) argues that the modification of the Tax Code should observe the legal term of six months until its enforcement, to allow companies to adapt to the new regulations, by: the assessment of the impact of raising taxes on the companies’ income-and-expense budget; the adjustment of logistics (inventory, invoicing and accounting software, the resetting of cash desks etc.) “We consider that the raising of VAT is a deeply detrimental measure both to the business environment and to the Romanian budget. Boosting budget revenue by this measure is an illusion, given that the ensuing drop in consumption would result in cascading effects,” is stated in a press release by the National Chamber of Commerce. In this respect, CCIR comes up with a number of proposals, such as: maintaining taxes, particularly social security contributions by the staff, as low as possible; the 16 per cent flat tax on all economic activities, including small-sized enterprises; the involvement of Eximbank in granting credits with preferential interests for the co-financing of European funded-projects etc.


Transelectrica invests EUR 28 M to revamp power station


Transelectrica, Siemens and Energomontaj have completed the modernisation of a power station based in Gura Ialomitei, Ialomita County, worth a total of EUR 28.6 M, Mediafax informs. The works began in 2007 and were funded from Transelectrica’s own sources, the state-owned electricity company states in a release. The general contactor of the works was a consortium made up of Siemens Austria and Energomontaj.


Transelectrica’s 2010 budget includes a total investment allocation of RON 485 M (EUR 114.3 M), RON 101 M of which will be raised as grid connection fees from companies.


The founding of Electra and Hidroenergetica – delayed


Electra and Hidroenergetica, the national companies which will coordinate the main electricity-generating and coal assets in Romania, will not be set up at term set, July 1st, because of contestations filed by trade unions, according to an official in the Ministry of Economy. “The two companies will be founded after July 1st, after the court rules on the contestations,” Calin Vilt, advisor in the Ministry of Economy, stated, yesterday, in a press conference, quoted by Mediafax. The Hidrosind trade union federation filed, at the beginning of June, a contestation on the setting up of the two energy companies, which is to be weighed by the court. Electra will have, under its command, the Turceni and Rovinari energy complexes, Nucearelectrica, the Oltenia National Lignite Company, the Hidroelectrica subsidiaries in Ramnicu Valcea, Sibiu, Targu Jiu and Hidroserv Ramnicu Valcea. Hidroenergetica will comprise Electrocentrale Deva, Electrocentrale Bucharest, the subsidiaries Termoelectrica Paroseni and Termoserv Paroseni, and the Hidroelectrica subsidiaries in Bistrita, Buzau, Cluj, Curtea de Arges, Hateg, Portile de Fier, Oradea, Sebes and Slatina.


Senate: Investigation panel on E.On Gaz, GDF Suez and Apa Nova


The Senate leadership yesterday decided to set up an investigation commission to look into the performance of contractual obligations towards beneficiaries by public utility providers having taken over previously state-owned companies in Romania – E.On Gaz Romania, Apa Nova, and GDF Suez Energy Romania, Mediafax informs. The initiative to set up the commission came from 46 ruling Democrat Liberal party senators and from the mixed independent group in the Senate.


According to the proposal made to the chamber’s Bureau, the investigation procedure will also look at the mentioned providers’ investment plans for modernisation and development in view of achieving better quality of service.


Siemens to deliver first wind turbines to Romania


Siemens will deliver, by the end of 2011, the company’s first wind turbines to Romania, the manager of the Energy products, solutions and services department in Siemens Romania, Petru Ruset, told a press conference. “The first contracts for such projects are already running. The first Siemens turbines have been set in Norway for a year now,” Ruset stated. On the other hand, Siemens will transfer the raising of VAT, from 19 to 24 per cent, to the final clients, as any other company which pays this tax, Ruset added.

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Romtelecom slashes broadband rates


Romtelecom yesterday cut tariffs for all broadband home users nationwide by 17 to 29 per cent compared to previous promotional rates, while also simplifying its Internet access offer, the company informs by press release. Romtelecom has merged and simplified its portfolio of broadband Internet access for all home users – both new and existing ones. The Clicknet Surf subscription providing up to 2 Mbps download speed will now cost EUR 2.9 net of VAT a month, Clicknet Play will now have a unique monthly tariff of EUR 4.4 net of VAT providing up to 50 Mbps download speed and Clicknet Power will now be available for the unique monthly price of EUR 5.9 net of VAT, with speeds of up to 100 Mbps, according to available technical resources. The new tariff cuts were possible after Romtelecom’s decision to meet the cost that sometimes occur in connection with the supply of the service in particular areas and offer its customers the possibility of paying the smallest possible tariffs. Users of both internet and voice services from Romtelecom benefit from 35 per cent list price discount for five different types of landline voice subscription.


Romania ranks last but one
in EU 2009 ranking of food
and non-alcoholic drink prices



Romania ranks last but one in the European Union’s 2009 ranking of food and non-alcoholic drinks prices, prices which are 34 per cent below the EU average, according to a Eurostat study. Last year’s bread and grain prices are 39 per cent below the EU average, a level which places Romania on the last but two position, before Bulgaria (48 per cent below the EU average) and Poland (42 per cent below the EU average). Denmark ranks first (46 per cent above the EU average). In terms of meat prices, Romania ranks last but one, at 42 per cent below the community’s average price, after Bulgaria. On the other hand, last year’s prices on milk, cheese and eggs are closer to the EU average (only 7 per cent below). Moreover, Romania ranks last but one in terms of tobacco prices, 53 per cent below the European average, only surpassing Bulgaria (54 per cent below average). Finally, Romania reported, in 2009, the lowest prices on alcoholic drinks, 30 per cent below the EU average.

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BCR cuts interest for secured loans in EUR


Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR) is cutting interest rates for secured loans in euro by 0.75 to 1.25 percentage points and is also launching a new loan with fixed interest rate during the first five years and with a floating interest rate for the remaining duration of the agreement, Mediafax informs. Property financing loans will now have an interest rate made up of the six-month EURIBOR plus a bank margin of 5.25 points for existing customers and of 5.75 points for new customers. Property secured personal loans now have an interest rate made up of the six-month EURIBOR plus a margin of 5.75 points for existing customers and of 6.25 points for new customers. ‘BCR’s strategy is to increase the volume of secured loans granted and keep retail and corporate lending market leadership. BCR has already taken over leadership in the ‘First Home’ government programme where, in keeping with the same strategy, it has cut interest rate margin for existing BCR customers by up to 3.75 percentage points at the beginning of June’, a bank release states.


Alpha Bank launches deposit account paying interest in advance


Alpha Bank Romania has released a special type of deposit account allowing retail customers to cash the interest – up to 8 per cent for RON, up to 3.75 per cent for EUR and maximum 3.25 per cent for USD – in advance, according to a press release. ‘Customers will be able to spend or invest the money from interest preventing its being affected by inflation or other possible changes on the market’, the Alpha Bank release reads. The deposit account may be opened for periods of three, six, nine or 12 months, the minimum initial amount being RON 500, EUR 250 or USD 250. The bank charges no fee or commission for the ‘Alpha Avans’ opening, managing and closing, as well as for withdrawing funds on the maturity date and in the following there working days. Customers opening the ‘Alpha Avans’ deposit account also get the AlphaCard Visa Electron card attached to the current account, free of charge.


Intesa Sanpaolo Bank increases share capital by RON 125 M


Intesa Sanpaolo Bank has interested its registered share capital by RON 125 M (EUR 30 M) to RON 376.11 M by exclusive cash injection by the Italian group Intesa Sanpaolo, a press release informs. Following the operation, the bank’s share capital has grown by approximately 50 per cent, from RON 251.11 M, the move being designed to sustain the consolidation of the bank’s position and operations on the local market. Following the increase, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA holds 99.5 per cent of the total number of shares and Simest SpA 90.5 per cent. Compared to the end of 2009, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank’s assets in Q1 were up 6.5 per cent to RON 3.353 bln. In Romania, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank holds a network of over 90 territorial units and addresses to both natural persons and companies, SMEs included.

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PNL’s motion against Berceanu fell through
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The simple motion brought by the Liberals against the minister of Transports, Radu Berceanu, was rejected, on Monday evening, in the Chamber of Deputies’ assembly, collecting only 112 votes “in favour”, 142 votes “against” and eight blank votes. According to the electronic vote posted on the Chamber’s website, supporters of the motion included Social Democratic Party (PSD) and National Liberal Party (PNL) MPs, two independents, as well as the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) MPs Vasile Gherasim and Vasile Oajdea. The motion was opposed by PDL deputies, most of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and minorities’ deputies and the independents. The Liberals were asking for the resignation of the minister of Transports, Radu Berceanu, in the motion titled “The anti-transports and pro-theft minister” presented, on Wednesday, in the Chamber.


Videanu accuse
Antena3 and Realitatea TV of ‘harassment’



Economy Minister Adriean Videanu has brought to the attention of the National Broadcasting Council (CNA) the fact that he and his family are being ‘subjected to unprecedented media harassment in a systematic and concerted manner’ by Antena3 and Realitatea TV channels. In a notification made to CNA last week, Videanu maintains that during the ‘Sinteza zilei’ and ‘Ora de foc’ programmes aired by Antena3 TV and Realitatea TV, respectively, on June 16, ‘unverified information’ about him was given despite his sending a detailed position paper to both channels on June 17. “I was presented as the manager and owner of the Equity Invest company, although, in reality I am just a minority shareholder there. I note that the complete and actual information regarding the presented situation is public and available to anyone who may be interested on the website of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. The reports were presented as sensational disclosures which suggest dodgy manoeuvring based on information leaked by the state economic system,” Videanu states in his petition to CNA. The minister of economy adds in his petition: “The exaggerated coverage, at a difficult time for Romanian society, of above the average, yet legitimately and morally acquired, personal achievements in a market economy pursues the aim of inducing a negative image as far as I am concerned to the collective opinion.” On Tuesday, CNA fined Realitatea TV with RON 5,000 for its ‘Ora de foc’ programme and decided to give Antena3 TV a public reprimand for ‘Sinteza zilei’ for failure to comply with the principles of impartiality and balance reporting on Videanu.


Senators to publish
statements of wealth
on personal websites



The Senate’s Standing Bureau decided, on Tuesday, that senators who wish to make their statements of wealth public can do so, on their own websites, rather than on the Senate’s Internet page. The Quaestor of the Senate Ioan Chelaru (the Social Democratic Party) stated that there had been requests for the publication of statements of wealth and interests on the Senate’s website from Liberal senators, those representing the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and six independent senators. The Chamber of Deputies approved, last week, as the first called Chamber, the National Integrity Agency (ANI) law, a document sent back into Parliament by the head of state after the Legislative had modified the law, following a Constitutional Court ruling.

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