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November 20, 2019
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NEWS IN BRIEF

Danciulescu returns
to Dinamo



Striker Ionel Danciulescu has decided to return to Dinamo Bucharest after leaving Spain’s Hercules Alicante, a team for which he played last season. Dinamo’s President Nicolae Badea has stated that his club has reached an agreement on Danciulescu’s transfer. “I’m glad I have returned home! 99 out of 100 people told me not to come back. I am ambitious, I like challenges and I am happy to play for Dinamo again. I really want us to attain our objectives,” Ion Danciulescu stated for www.fcdinamo.ro. “Dinamo badly wanted Danciulescu’s return. When I say Dinamo I don’t mean the coaches and the club leadership alone, I mean all of the fans. We all count on Danciulescu’s experience and value, on his loyalty towards the club,” Nicolae Badea said. “It’s a very important transfer for Dinamo. Danciulescu is a valuable player, a worthy example for his colleagues. I am convinced his experience will help us a lot in our new campaign,” head coach Ioan Andone stated in his turn.


League I: Away win
for FC Brasov



FC Brasov won its away game against FCM Targu Mures on Monday, score 1-0 (0-0 at half time). The game counted for leg one of League I Bergenbier. In the 68th minute Chipciu’s high ball found striker Valentin Badea who headed the ball in. In the last game of leg one, Gaz Metan Medias defeated newly-promoted Victoria Branesti, score 3-2 (2-1 at half time). Brazil’s Eric De Oliveira (21st minute – penalty kick; 75th minute) and Radu Zaharia (28th minute) scored Gaz Metan’s goals. Vasile Olaru (39th minute – penalty kick) and Bogdan Oprea (91st minute) scored Victoria’s goals in what was the team’s first League I game.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Madalina Manole’s parents give up legal action


Late singer Madalina Manole’s parents gave up the lawsuit they were planning to initiate for custody of their grandson and will instead try to find an amiable solution to the matter, sources close with the family told Mediafax yesterday. The decision was meant to honour the artist’s memory and was made for the good of the child, according to the same sources. The singer’s parents had hired a lawyer to obtain custody of their grandson and ownership of the Otopeni house where their daughter and their son-in-law were living. As for their son-in-law, daily ‘Puterea’ quoted legal sources as saying that he might end up facing a criminal probe since he knew he had in his house a vial of Furadan, the banned substance with which Manole killed herself. On the other hand, five TV channels were fined by National Audiovisual Council (CNA) yesterday for how they reported about the singer’s death. The biggest fine, RON 10,000, was given to Antena 1. According to CNA, the fines were necessary because the TV stations detailed suicidal techniques, violated the family’s right to privacy and failing to protect children image by making public pictures of Manole’s child.


Over 20 tourists stung
by poisonous fish
on the seaside



Over 20 tourists spending their holiday in the Black Sea Romanian resorts were stung in the last few days by a poisonous fish named ‘weever’ (Trachinus Draco). The victims were taken to hospital, with severe pain. People did not fear the apparently harmless sea creature, which can be easily mistaken for a frog-fish. “Under perfusions and hydrocortisone, the patients recovered well. The venom can do much damage, especially to people prone to allergies and to elderly people. When injected with such strong venom, people prone to allergies may suffer an anaphylactic shock and even die,” Dr. Mihaela Tuta, the medical manager of the Constanta Emergency Hospital said on Realitatea TV.

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BUSINESS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Elena Udrea: Europe gives us money to promote our country


The European Union supports the promotion of Romania’s tourism potential with over EUR 70 M until 2013, Minister of Regional Development and Tourism Elena Udrea stated Monday night, according to Agerpres. The creation and promotion of Romania’s tourist brand are actions financed from European funds, through the Regional Operational Programme. The new logo and slogan for the promotion of Romania as a travelling destination in the next years will be unveiled during the event. On the other hand, the Ministry of Regional development and Tourism (MDTR) and the Bucharest Public Transport Company (RATB) yesterday signed a protocol regarding visits to tourist sites around Bucharest, Mediafax informs. The belt road of Constanta will only be completed by the summer of 2011, but tourists can still go this year to the Southern seaside resorts without going through Constanta, as the Ministry of Development will complete a ring road in August, Elena Udrea stated in an interview granted to Radio Romania. On the topic of tax evasion in tourism, the minister stated it is a widespread phenomenon, amounting to 40 per cent.


CC clears New Kopel to take over part of IPSO Romania business


The Competition Council (CC) authorised the car leasing and rental company New Kopel Romania to take over Bucharest operations of IPSO Romania. The takeover will be conducted via New Kopel’s subsidiary Union Motors Car Sales, CC announced yesterday, quoted by Mediafax. “The purchased assets are those used by IPSO to conduct its car-related operations in Bucharest, i.e. mainly the trade of automobiles and light vehicles, the maintenance and repairs of road vehicles, and the trade of parts and accessories for road vehicles” Competition Council noted.

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POLITICS

NEWS IN BRIEF

EP signals Tokes
removal unlikely



No vice president of the European Parliament was ever dismissed or replaced before the end of their term, the European assembly’s press bureau said in a press release, asked by Mediafax to comment on a request to remove MEP Tokes Laszlo from his vice president post. The Conservative Party on Monday sent a letter to EP president Jerzy Buzek, asking him to remove Tokes from his position, following his repeated calls for Szeklers’ Land autonomy. The Social Democrats too said that when the EP re-convenes this autumn, they would ask for Tokes’s removal from all positions, because his position is an attack on Romania’s statehood and a threat to both the country and the entire Europe. PSD’s Cluj branch has also filed a criminal complaint against Tokes for instigating to ethnic conflicts and violating Romanian Constitution provisions.


Tokes said last week that if a micro-region such as Kosovo earned autonomy, the same would be possible for Szeklers’ Land and if it is needed, Szeklers will take to the street to achieve this target.


Romanian, French officials spar over Roma


French Secretary of State for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche on Monday during a meeting of EU foreign ministers called for a joint European action against offences committed by Roma citizens, including those of Romanian origin, ‘Le Monde’ reported, quoted by Mediafax. Lellouche said that there are 11 million Roma in Europe and nine of them have a EU passports, so the main responsibility goes to the countries where the Roma come from, ‘Le Monde’ said, adding that Romania is especially in the crosshairs in this regard. But Lellouche’s statements drew an immediate response from FM Teodor Baconschi. The minister said that while in Brussels on Monday, at the end of a meeting of EU foreign ministers, he explained to the French secretary that the nine million Roma he was referring to are European citizens whose freedom of movement cannot be restrained. Lellouche however didn’t seem too convinced and yesterday he criticised Romania, saying that “there is no (social) integration of Roma here,” according to France Info online, quoted by Mediafax. “Following EU enlargement to Eastern Europe, we discovered that in Europe, there are 11 million Roma, who live in an outrageous situation, there is no social integration of Roma in Romania. And Europe pays a lot of money for this,” he said. Lellouche added that Romania will not be able to join Schengen if it does not manage to solve this problem.


Robin Barnett: Red-tape still very high


As his term is drawing to an end, the United Kingdom ambassador to Bucharest, Robin Barnett, argues in an interview granted to Mediafax, that that the level of bureaucracy in Romania is still very high, and the latest European Commission report is a cause for concern, as it indicates Romania is not advancing at estimated pace. In the ambassador’s view, the EC report indicates that the Romania did not keep a steady pace in judiciary reform. He also qualifies the Constitutional Court ruling which declared certain aspects of the National Integrity Agency law unconstitutional and, subsequently, the Senate’s failure to respond to the action taken by the president Traian Basescu, the minister of Justice and the Chamber of Deputies as “disappointing”. Barnett argues that, in Romania, as anywhere else, corruption is a constant problem, but adds that the corruption phenomenon does not seem to be a decisive factor in an investor’s plans. At the end of his term, the ambassador concludes that traffic and driving in Romania leave a lot to be desired, and that Romanians are not punctual.

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