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Dinamo and Hercules Alicante reach
agreement for Pulhac



Dinamo head coach Ioan Andone stated for Sport.ro that Dinamo and Hercules Alicante have reached an agreement on Cristian Pulhac’s transfer. “There is only one offer for Pulhac; Hercules was the only team that wanted him. From what I know from Badea, the clubs have reached an agreement. It remains for him to reach an agreement with Hercules,” Andone said. Hercules Alicante head coach Esteban Vigo stated for ‘ProSport’ daily that Pulhac will join the team after the return leg game that FC Dinamo will play against Hajduk Split on Thursday in Europa League’s third preliminary round. Vigo pointed out that this is a one-year agreement with the option to extend it for another three seasons.


Brazil’s Bonfim signs
for Steaua



Fullback Eder Bonfim (29) signed a three-year contract for Steaua Bucharest on Monday, Gsp.ro informs. The Brazilian player was bought from FC Timisoara for EUR 400,000. “I signed for Steaua this morning (Monday morning – editor’s note). I am very happy; I can hardly wait to be coached by Mr. Victor Piturca. I will give my best. I will join the team’s training camp this evening (Monday evening – editor’s note),” Eder Bonfim stated according to the aforementioned source.


Universitatea Craiova
to return to Ion Oblemenco stadium



Universitatea Craiova will return to Craiova’s ‘Ion Oblemenco’ stadium starting on leg 4 of League I, Professional Football League President Dumitru Dragomir stated for Mediafax. The team played in Turnu Severin in the second half of last season. “The senses have finally returned to Craiova’s municipal administration and the latter reached an agreement with Universitatea’s officials,” Dragomir stated. The team will thus return to Craiova after playing its League I games in Turnu Severin in the second half of last season and in this season’s first leg.

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Study: Romania needs effective immigration management


Romania is a transit country, hosting a low number of foreigners who are offered some form of protection, but, once it joins the Schengen Area, the number of immigrants will naturally rise, and immigration management will have to become more effective, according to a study conducted by Soros Foundation. Specialists report that, in 2008, the number of requests for political asylum rose by 64 per cent compared to 2007, while falling by 29 per cent in 2009, compared to 2008.


Priest beaten by his wife


A priest was hospitalized with multiple lesions after he was reportedly hit by his wife. It seems the woman’s anger was sparked by the fact the man was laid off. Nicolae Ciobanu (43), a priest in Tismana, Gorj County, was hospitalized late Monday night with head trauma, multiple injuries and a superficial stab wound. The priest stated that he was attacked by his wife because he lost his job and was no longer able to support his family. It seems this was not the first time the man was hit by his wife. The priest’s wife is investigated for violent behavior but the investigation could be stopped if the man refuses to press charges.


Shimon Naor- delivered to Bucharest


Herscovici Simen, known as Shimon Naor, wanted following the illegal delivery of products used for making weapon into countries subject to a weapon embargo, was brought into the country, on Monday night, on a flight from Paris, and was taken into custody by the Romanian authorities. Naor came accompanied by the representatives of the Interpol in Paris and was taken over by a Romanian Police escort to be led into the Bucharest Police prison. On his arrival to the airport, he refused to make any statements.

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ECHR convictions cost Romania EUR 3 M


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that, according to data it holds Romania must pay damages worth EUR 3,191, 519 for all the penalties declared in the European Court of Human Rights between January and July 15 this year.


According to data from the ministry, until mid-July the ECHR has passed 113 rulings against the Romanian state. Also infringing on property law supposes paying large sums of money as the material damages are actually including the value of property object to trial, ministry informs. MEDIAFAX news agency on Sunday has presented an official document showing the government has paid in the first semester of 2010 big damages to ECHR appellants worth over RON 43.39 M ( in euros, over 10 M), a sum which is larger than the entire sum paid in 2009 and even larger than the total sum paid between 1998- 2007.


MAE operates 440
job cuts



The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has operated a number of 440 job cuts, of which 69 at its central office, and 371 at representations abroad, a move called for by ongoing government austerity measures. The changes also stipulate a reduction to three in the number of state secretary positions. Along with the governmental Agent for the European Court of Human Rights and the general commissioner for world exhibitions, the three state secretaries assist the foreign minister in his work. Foreign Minister Baconschi told a press conference July 9th that the state secretaries will be in charge of European affairs, international organizations and relations with Parliament respectively.


Holocaust Museum asks BNR to scrap ‘racist’ coin


A leading Holocaust group has demanded that Romania’s central bank (BNR) withdraw from circulation a commemorative coin of a former church leader who held anti-Semitic views and called for Jews to leave Romania. Radu Ioanid, a director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said he was “shocked” by the bank’s decision to mint the coin depicting late Patriarch Miron Cristea, who led the Romanian Orthodox Church from 1925 to 1939. Ioanid said the patriarch, who was prime minister from 1938-1939, was responsible for revising the citizenship law, stripping about 225,000 Jews – or 37 percent of the Jewish population- of their Romanian citizenship. Ioanid demanded the bank withdraw the coin in a private letter sent to the National Bank Governor Mugur Isarescu on July 29 and later sent to the Associated Press. The National Bank of Romania spokesman Mugur Stet said Monday the coin was part of a collectors’ series of five coins, minted in silver, with the country’s five patriarchs who have headed the Romanian Orthodox Church since 1925, and not a special coin dedicated just to Cristea.

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Analysts: BNR will
maintain monetary
policy rate



According to opinions voiced in an internal poll by members of the Romanian Finance-Banking Analysts’ Association (AAFBR), the National Bank of Romania (BNR)’s Board of Administration may decide, in today’s meeting, to maintain the monetary policy rate at 6.25 per cent. In his turn, Ionut Dumitru, chief economist of Raiffeisen Bank, explained, for HotNews.ro, that the Government’s recent decision to raise the VAT at 24 per cent would create inflationary pressure.


Uniqa sells Astra stock to Nova Group


Austrian insurance group Uniqa is to sell its 27 per cent stock package in Astra Insurance Reinsurance Company to Nova Group, held by Romanian businessman Dan Adamescu. The ownership transfer, which needs the nod from Romanian authorities, will be made via the Bucharest Stock Exchange in the upcoming months, according to yesterday’s Uniqa press release. Nova Group holds 72.68 per cent of the Astra stock.


Year-on-year industrial producer prices up 6.2 pc


Overall industrial producer prices, domestic and foreign market, were up 0.4 per cent in June, against May, and up 6.2 per cent compared to June of last year, according to a release by the National institute of Statistics (INS). According yesterday’s data published by the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat, )Romania posted a 5.3 per cent rise in industrial producer prices compared to the year-earlier period, above the 3.5 per cent average of EU states. Compared to May, Romania recorded one of the slowest growths EU-wide.


Top billionaires among state’s debtors


oad builders, manufacturers of locomotive, freight wagons and passenger carriages, petrochemical and food industry companies are among the private companies that owe the largest sums to the state budget. ‘Gandul’ daily compiled the table of private companies that owe the largest sums to the state budget, on the basis of the data offered by the National Fiscal Administration Authority (ANAF). Tehnologica Radion, a construction company owned by ‘road builder’ Theodor Berna has total debts of RON 192.13 M (over EUR 45 M). Locomotive manufacturer Electroputere Craiova comes in second, followed by Invest Romit, a company that has an Italian majority shareholder, and Petrochemical Trading, the owner of Rafo Onesti. European Food, a company owned by businessmen Ioan and Viorel Micula is 5th.


Egeria-Wagram
consortium takes over Den Braven



Egeria-Wagram consortium took over Dutch foam-maker Den Braven and intends to invest, in the following months, in expanding Romanian production capacities Mediafax informs. The company argues that this will lead to the doubling of the local branch’s turnover in the next three years.

Oracle Romania signs for 14,000 sq m of office space


The local subsidiary of Oracle Corporation, one of the most important software providers worldwide and one of the biggest tenants present on the Romanian market, Oracle Romania, completed another important step in extending their operations in the country, according to a press release.


The Advisers/ Knight Frank was appointed by Oracle to exclusively represent them in this important assignment. The company representatives have signed a 5 year agreement for around 14,000 sq m office space in Oracle Tower and Nusco Tower. “Oracle was the first tenant of Oracle Tower and also the first company oriented towards Floreasca-Barbu Vacarescu, the most wanted business area of the moment. The second transaction made by them was represented by the leasing of 7,314 sq m in 169th A Calea Floreasca, where they are also the major tenant. Moreover, by expanding their activity in Nusco Tower, one of the most significant A class office building delivered this year, they empowered their position in the area” declared Horatiu Florescu, President & CEO of The Advisers.

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PDL summons Preda to account for criticism


The Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) summons MEP Cristian Preda to a talk with the party leaders, following his critical remarks on the latter. Deputy president Gheorghe Flutur explained that the former presidential advisor is not being called on to be “tried”, but merely given an opportunity to share his opinion on the present situation. “I assure you the party status will not be trespassed. We didn’t set a term, it will be a talk between Preda and other of our colleagues,” Flutur stated. He claimed that PDL remained an open party, which invites all members to a dialogue to come up with solutions, as they are going through a difficult time, but that all talks have to be conducted in an institutional context. According to Flutur, Preda and other colleagues were summoned by the party leaders for talks, to find out their position and their opinions. In his turn, the prime deputy president Adriean Videanu qualifies Cristian Preda’s statement as “a summer statement”, “just a metaphor”. Preda stated, on Monday, on RFI, that the prime-minister Emil Boc is working for the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and that he is arrogant. “The prime-minister wishes to takes us to the Moon on a bicycle, but we need to tell him it takes a different vehicle,” Preda said.

PNL softens
tone on PSD’s
no-confidence vote



Despite disagreements that the two parties’ presidents have in what concerns the strategy that should be applied after the no-confidence vote goes through, PNL Vice President and spokesperson Mihai Voicu announced yesterday that the Liberals will vote in favor of any censure motion filed by PSD and will do so in any circumstances. “We back any kind of censure motion that would lead to the toppling of the Boc Government. (…) We will not even waste too much time looking at its text, we will vote it because this is its constitutional finality,” Voicu stated for RFI. He hinted that in case the current government is toppled PNL and PSD will have to form the future government: “A no-confidence vote is approved by forming a new Parliamentary majority, a majority that should also remain stable after the no-confidence vote goes through. We are willing to take part in forming a government, we also are willing to back an independent government made up of technocrats, a government that would have a limited term in office, and a term that could possibly end with early elections.” Asked whether PNL would back a Social-Democrat minority government, Mihai Voicu answered: “We haven’t discussed this scenario; for the time being I refrain from giving an answer but anything is better than the Boc Government.”

Videanu sues Ponta


Economy Minister Adriean Videanu said yesterday, on daily ‘Gandul’ videochat, that he sued opposition Social Democrat leader Victor Ponta, because the latter called him a thief. “Yes, I reacted. I sued Victor Ponta over this (statement),” Videanu said. The minister added that he sees Ponta as a child who tries to act like a politician. “Yet, even an irresponsible child must answer in court,” Videanu said. The PSD leader recently said on Realitatea TV, about Videanu: “He is corrupt and a thief, and I don’t like you to compare me with a thief. Better with Ceausescu, please, or a criminal, than a thief.”

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