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Oltchim, top seed
in Champions League



Winner of the Romanian women’s handball championship, Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea took part on Tuesday, for the first time as a top seed team, in the draws for the first stage of the most important inter-club competition in Europe. Oltchim will play in Group C against Larvik HK (Norway’s title holder), Toulon HB (France’s title holder) and the team that will top the second group of the second round of qualifiers: Zvezda (Russia), Elda (Spain) or AC Omni Patras (Greece).


Volleyball: Romania in Europa League semifinals


Romanian men’s national volleyball team will play against Portugal in the semifinals of the Europa League’s Final Four Tournament. The team, coached by Stelian Moculescu, has qualified for the first time for the Final Four Tournament taking place in Guadalajara (Spain). In the semifinals Romania will play against Portugal while host-country Spain will play against Turkey. Both games will take place on Friday within the Aguas Vivas centre in Guadalajara. Romania will play at 6 PM, the second semifinal being scheduled at 9 PM. The winners will meet in the final on Saturday at 9 PM. The game counting for the third place will take place on the same day at 6 PM.

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Four children die after
hiding in flour box



Four children in a Suceava village choked to death on Monday evening after being blocked in a flour chest, their bodies being discovered by the mother when she was back from the local shop, Mediafax reports. The Police are investigating death circumstances. The family in Gemenea is made up of five children between three and ten years of age, the mother and the severely speech and hearing-impaired 74-year-old father. The room with the flour chest did not appear to have been ransacked,’ Suceava Police say. The head of the Suceava Child Protection Directorate, Florin Tarnauceanu, has stated the institution had sent a team over to the village of Gemenea on Tuesday to conduct a social inquiry.


Two youth found dead
on Rome outskirts



Two Romanians aged 20 to 25 were found dead on the outskirts of the Italian capital city. Carabinieri were quoted by daily ‘La Repubblica’ as saying that the two might have overdosed, yet police don’t rule out murder either, according to realitatea.net. According to the paper, their dead bodies were found near a petrol station, in an area frequented by drug addicts. The forensics found no obvious signs of violence, but a few bruises and scratches on their legs.


Romania, third highest obesity rate in Europe


The obesity epidemic that nutrition specialists around the world had warned about several years ago has reached Romania too, ‘Romania Libera’ daily writes. The most recent survey places us third in Europe with 50 per cent of the population being overweight and 25 per cent obese. With over four million adults obese and 50 per cent of the population overweight – according to the statistics compiled by the ‘C.I. Parhon’ Endocrinology Institute – Romania has climbed to third place in Europe (after Greece and Serbia). In 2003 Romania was 23rd in Europe in what concerns the percentage of overweight and obese persons.

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BUSINESS

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Automobile Dacia production hits 300,000 Sandero cars


Automobile Dacia has produced the car number 300,000 of best-selling model Sandero unveiled back in 2008, mostly demanded on West European markets, Mediafax reports. The car with the number 300,000 is a 1.6 L and 90 HP gris platine Stepway and will be delivered to a customer in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sandero was launched at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and is the best-selling model of the Dacia brand, especially on Western-European markets. In the first six months this year, Dacia sold a total of 95,756 Sandero vehicles, 10,000 units more than in H1 of 2009.


Renewable energy share
in Romanian consumption – sixth highest in the EU



Romania is sixth among EU member states in what concerns renewable energy’s share in total gross consumption in 2008, Eurostat informs. Romania also reported the third highest growth of that share in 2006-2008. Renewable energy covered 20.4 per cent of national consumption in Romania in 2008, twice higher than the 10.3 per cent share it reported at European level. In 2006 renewable energy covered 17.5 per cent of Romanian consumption, in contrast to the 8.8 per cent it reported at European level. The EU strategy on renewable energy provisions a share of 24 per cent of internal consumption for Romania by 2020. That target would contribute to the EU attaining the 20 per cent target it set for itself by 2020.


Gazprom, RWE in talks over South Stream


Russia’s Gazprom has discussed its South Stream pipeline project with German utility RWE, as Russia is stepping up efforts to undermine the rival Nabucco project. RWE is one of the key participants of the EU-backed Nabucco, which is meant to help Europe cut reliance on Russian gas. Sources at both Gazprom and RWE said South Stream, a pipeline that would deliver over a tenth of Europe’s gas needs under the Black Sea to southern Europe, had been discussed by the two companies. “It was just a preliminary discussion, nothing concrete. They are interested in entering the project,” a Gazprom source said. An RWE source said the project had been discussed but declined further comment. RWE refused to comment on the matter, saying it remained committed to Nabucco as “the best project for RWE at the moment”. German paper Handelsblatt reported, citing several unidentified people familiar with the talks, that Gazprom had approached RWE in order to win the company as a partner to the South Stream project. RWE was still considering the offer, the paper said. Russia has repeatedly attacked Nabucco – which wants to deliver gas from Azerbaijan, central Asia and Iraq to southern Europe – as a politically-motivated and not economically viable project saying it lacked firm gas contracts.


Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii assists Petrom
with Petrofac agreement



Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii law firm has assisted Romania’s biggest oil and gas company OMV Group / Petrom with the conclusion of an agreement with British company Petrofac, world leader in the industry of oil services, a press release informs. The two companies’ partnership will span over 15 years and seeks to increase production from nine oilfields Petrom holds in the Ticleni area in south-western Romania. During the agreement, all production operations and associated services, including the workforce involved in such activities, will be transferred to Petrofac, and OMV Petrom will retain the supervision of operations and pay for the amount of oil crude extracted. Under the terms and conditions of the agreement, Petrom will continue to be the holder of concessions and Petrofac will provide the know-how, technology, as well as financial and HR resources in view of augmenting crude production from the nine oilfields by a minimum of 50 per cent over the next five years.

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POLITICS

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Baconschi to
EU ambassadors: Bucharest focuses
on EU 2020 Strategy



Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi on Monday met with the ambassadors of the EU member states to Bucharest, a good opportunity for him to express his appreciation for their countries’ solidarity with Romania in the context of the recent floods hitting the country. The meeting was organized by the Belgian Embassy in Romania in the context of the Belgian EU presidency in H2 of 2010. The Romanian Foreign Ministry reiterated Romania’s support for the fulfilment of the Belgian presidency’s objectives and also congratulated the former Spanish EU Council presidency on its achievements, a MAE release notes.


As for the topics of interest on the Belgian presidency’s priority list, Minister Baconschi stressed out the special attention Romania would continue to give to economic recovery and implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy.


‘The EU 2020 Strategy needs to become a framework for the consolidation of the single market by breaking all barriers, especially those related to infrastructure and free movement of labour. These remain priorities to Romania. We also endorse the preservation of the cohesion policy and of the common agricultural policy in the implementation of the EU 2020 Strategy objectives’, Minister Baconschi said.

Romanian envoy
to Chile, involved
in car crash



Romanian Ambassador to Chile Valentin Florea has been involved in a traffic accident, Chilean daily ‘La Nacion’ reported in its online issue on Monday, noting the diplomat was not hurt but that another driver, aged 28, was in serious condition.


Florea was driving an embassy car when the ‘incident’ happened, on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said, adding that an inquiry is under way and the results will be published as soon as they arrive from Chile. Asked by Mediafax, the ministry confirmed the Romanian diplomat’s involvement in a traffic ‘incident’ in Chile. The ministry said the ambassador was driving a vehicle registered to the Romanian diplomatic mission at the time of the accident.

Switzerland to sign
billateral agreement
on cyber crime



Swiss Ambassador to Bucharest Livio Hurzeler on Tuesday said that, on August 26, Switzerland and Romania would sign a EUR 130 M agreement of co-operation in a number of fields that may also cover the fight against cyber crime, which would span five years. “The Swiss Embassy in Romania and the Swiss Government are interested and willing to cooperate with the Romanian authorities in strengthening security conditions in this country,” Hurzeler said during the conference ‘Models and approaches to combating cyber crime and in digital investigations’ held at the National Institute of Magistracy. The diplomat added the fight against computer crime is difficult to address, because current technologies provide extremely effective and sophisticated tools to gain access to delicate information in all fields – economic, finance, technical and even security.

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