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Dan Petrescu wins again in Russia


Kuban Krasnodar, the Russian second-tier team coached by Romania’s Dan Petrescu, defeated Himki in a leg 24 game, score 1-0. Davidov’s 29th minute goal brought Kuban its 7th consecutive win. Romanian striker Gigel Bucur played until the 90th minute when he was replaced by Nikezic. Kuban tops the standings with 52 points, followed by Nizhny Novgorod (44 pts), Volga Nizhny Novgorod (42 pts), Kamaz Naberezhnye Chelny (41 pts), Ural Ekaterinburg (40 pts) and FC Krasnodar (39 pts).


Daniel Niculae scores first goal for AS Monaco


Former Rapid striker Daniel Niculae has scored its first goal for AS Monaco in its leg 3 game against RC Lens. Niculae opened the score in the 19th minute. Aubameyang put Monaco two goals ahead in the 69th minute. Adriano (71st minute) and Roudet (83rd minute) punished Monaco’s weak defence and deprived the team of its first victory this season. “It is frustrating, especially since we had a 2-0 lead in an away game. I am very happy I scored but I would have been even happier had my goal been the winning one,” Daniel Niculae stated after the game.


Water polo: Romania second place in Danube Cup


Romania’s national water polo team finished the Danube Cup international tournament on second place. Greece won the competition hosted by Slovakia’s Kosice. Romania defeated UK in the last game, score 11-3, after previously losing to Greece (10-11) and defeating Slovakia (12-6). In another game, Greece defeated Slovakia, score 16-3. Greece topped the final standings with 6 points, followed by Romania with 4 pts, UK with 2 pts and Slovakia with 0 pts. The tournament was the last verification ahead of the European Championship in Croatia (August 29 – September 11). Romania will play in Group A, alongside Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

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Politicians, artists and journalists set up Press Defence Group


A number of politicians, artists and journalists have set up the Initiative Group for the Defence of the Press having as a mission to advocate the defence of journalists’ rights, Realitatea TV informs. It all started from the inclusion of mass-media in the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) national security strategy, something the Group founders find to be an attack on the rights and freedoms of media practitioners. The Group will militate for the removal of the chapter from the CSAT strategy. Among the founding members there are Carmen Moldovan (member of the opposition Social Democrat Party), Lavinia Sandru, Florin Chilian, Sorin Rosca Stanescu, Corina Dragotescu, Victor Ciutacu and Valentin Nicolau. The initiative group also has a website: libertateapresei.ro. The CSAT strategy, at its chapter dealing with vulnerable spots, mentions ordered press campaigns conducted with the purpose of denigrating state institution and the pressure put by media trusts on political decision-makers.


Editorialist Gheorghe Cercelescu dies at 73


Journalist Gheorghe Cercelescu, an editorialist for daily ‘Gandul’ died on Monday, according to Mediafax. He was 73. Cercelescu had a rich editorial activity, starting his press career in 1962, as a commentator on world economic policies for daily ‘Scanteia,’ a position he retained until 1989. Later on, he was publicist and commentator for ‘Adevarul,’ until 2005, when he moved to ‘Gandul.’

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Galati local police protest against layoffs


Nearly 100 Galati Local Police workers started a spontaneous protest action on Monday morning, picketing the head offices of the organization and protesting against the fact that almost 400 of the existing 700 staff will be loosing their jobs, Mediafax reports. The local policemen in Galati fear that, according to the new HR structure of their institution announcing job cuts, they will become jobless, said Cartel Alfa Galati union leader Romica Garneata. A total of 420 local policemen out of the existing 720 are supposed to be let go according to the new organizational chart of the institution.


The protesters demand the resignation of the head of the institution, claiming a number of irregularities. They blame Police Director Cristian Gasca of not complying with layoff criteria and of forcing all employees to sit an examination if they wish to keep their jobs. The policemen say they are not willing to do it, calking it an abuse by their boss whom they want out.

Skydiver dies at Clinceni airdrome


A skydiver died on Sunday night at Bucharest’s Elias Hospital after crashing at the Clinceni airdrome, Simion Petrus, spokesperson of Ilfov County’s Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU), stated for Mediafax. ISU Ilfov had dispatched a Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD) helicopter on Sunday evening around 8 PM. The skydiver was in a coma and had multiple lesions. The man had crashed while sky diving. After he was given emergency aid on the scene the man was medevaced to Bucharest, being hospitalized in a coma within the Elias Hospital where he died later that night.

Hateg mayor’s daughter, police agent probed for drug-peddling


The daughter of Hateg mayor and a local police worker from Petrosani are under investigation following a raid conducted by the Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigation department (DIICOT) in several counties Sunday night. The authorities are looking for a drug peddling network also including veterinarians. Tens of suspects are under investigation in the case, Realitatea TV informs.


The Mayor of Hateg, Nicolae Timis, says he is the target of political attacks. ‘My daughter is not a drug user. They barged in with a lot a noise at 6am and found nothing. My daughter is a student in Bucharest. Some time ago she had a boyfriend who was using drugs at that time. My daughter is now at home. She was not taken into custody as they suggested’, Nicolae Timis said. He added that the law-enforcers’ action was meant to bully him.

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MFP sells RON 865.7 M worth of securities at 7 pc yield


The Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) yesterday sold RON 865.7 M worth of six-year maturity treasury bills with an average yield of 7 per cent per year, taking the total value of securities sold in August to RON 3.01 bn, below the scheduled RON 4.6 bn, Mediafax notes. The total value of loans in August is more than two times higher than the amount raised in July – RON 1.28 bn. MFP was hoping to raise RON 800 M at Monday’s auction.


Romania recovers from VAT shock


The index of economic prospects in Romania calculated by ZEW and Erste Bank recorded the highest growth in Central and Eastern Europe, after the steepest fall in July, the month when the Value Added Tax (VAT) rose from 19 to 24 per cent, daily ‘Romania libera’ writes. Financial experts answered all sort of questions over how they see the current economic situation, mid-term prospects and other major economic and financial aspects over the next six months. The economic prospects index of Romania, as seen by financial experts, is therefore up 32.4 points, to 26.1 points, reflecting respondent optimism being a great deal higher than before. The current economic assessment is rather negative nonetheless, despite August seeing a significant improvement. The index concerned rose 18.2 points, yet remained quite downbeat, at 53.2 points. Experts also improved their estimates regarding the Bucharest Stock Exchange, with the indicator reflecting expectations surrounding the trend of BET indexes going up highest in the region, by 36 points.


BCR and TransFonD launch electronic invoicing service


Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR) and TransFonD have launched an electronic invoicing service covering invoice issuing and archiving, as well as their complete remittance in an electronic environment, by that replacing the paper-based process in Romania for the first time, Mediafax notes. The ‘e-Factur@’ invoicing service is offered as a single, secured application both invoice issuers and recipients can connect to. “At an operation level, the service assures improvement of cash flow monitoring, acceleration, smoothening and control. Our intention is to develop the option of invoicing via the BCR internet banking service,” Valentin Florin Galatanu, Executive Director of the BCR Banking Transactions Directorate, said. The ‘e-Facur@’ electronic invoicing application can process 50 to 500,000 invoices every day, with unlimited scaling.


Bechtel “success”: 12 km in three months


America’s Bechtel will complete another 12 kilometres on the Transylvania Highway (A3) in the next three months, ‘Jurnalul National’ daily informs. “The completion of this section will eliminate heavy traffic between the two cities and will shorten driving time from today’s 45 minutes to 10 minutes,” Premier Emil Boc stated while present on the A3 work site. Thus, six years after the start of construction works, only 55 kilometres have been built out of the 415 kilometres that A3 will have. In the absence of budget funds needed for continuing construction works on A3, the authorities want to resort to public-private partnership. Transport Minister Radu Berceanu explained that the possibility of working on the 161-kilometre Targu Mures – Brasov section “through a kind of public-private partnership” is currently analysed because construction works will make extremely slow headway and the costs will increase exponentially if the state budget funds option continues to be pursued.


Private investors decide state’s participation in nuclear units 3, 4


The Romanian state’s participation in the development of units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power station, currently at 51 per cent, depends on the interest of the other six investors, Economy Minister Adriean Videanu said, quoted by ‘Adevarul’ daily. This week, the Government could pass a normative act to diminish the state’s participation, but without giving a minimal threshold. However, the state will not totally exit the project.


Verbund to begin Tulcea wind farm construction in June 2011


Verbund, a company where the Austrian state holds 51 per cent of the stock, estimates the company will begin building its first Romanian wind farm at Casimcea, Tulcea County, in June of next year. The wind farm is slated to start operating in January 2012, Mediafax reports. The farm, with an installed capacity of 200 MW, will generate an annual electricity output of 608 GWh. The project will be funded from Verbund’s own funds and other sources drawn. In its turn, Eviva Nalbant, a subsidiary of Portuguese group Martifer, began the construction of a wind farm at Babadag, Tulcea County, to be operational in April of 2011, according to company data. “The partial inauguration is likely at the end of the year,” the company announced. The farm, whose construction was originally set for June, began being erected in April. The company will install at Babadag a number of 20 wind turbines with a total installed power of 42 MW. Eviva Nalbant has already signed the grid plug-in contract with Enel Dobrogea.

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Interior Minister Blaga on official Poland visit


Minister of Administration and Interior Vasile Blaga started a two-day official visit to Poland yesterday, at the invitation of his Polish counterpart Jerzy Miller. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Administration and Interior, the two dignitaries will address topics related to the removal of EU internal border controls, integrated management of internal borders, as well as raising and spending EU money on border endowment. The talks of the two ministers take place in the context of a good police co-operation which is in place between Romania and Poland and of the permanent support given by Polish authorities to the steps Romania is taking in preparation for its joining the Schengen Area both in the area of the Schengen Information System and in the framework of theoretical and practical training for border staff, the source notes.


The official delegation led by Minister Blaga includes the Head of the Schengen Department, Police chief-quaestor Marian Tutilescu, the inspector general of the Romanian Border Police and principal Police quaestor Ioan Buda.

Basescu on vacation till Friday


President Traian Basescu is “on a short resting period” as of yesterday until Friday, the presidential administration announced in a press release quoted by Mediafax news agency. Throughout the entire period, the president will do all his constitutional and legal duties relevant to his position, the release said, without offering any other details.

MEP Tokes wants Cluj to be like Brussels


Cluj-Napoca should acquire a special status, based on Brussel’s model of operation. The proposal has been recently launched by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Laszlo Tokes, in the context of local debates on the expansion of the Cluj metropolitan area the reformed pastor reckons would become “an urn in which the Hungarian community will be incinerated,” according to ‘Romania libera’ daily. In brief, what Tokes wants is for Cluj-Napoca to be transformed in keeping with a multicultural model. There are three linguistic communities that are officially recognised in Brussels: the French-speaking Walloons, the Dutch-speaking Flemings and the Germans. In Tokes’ opinion, Cluj, too, ought to be capitalising on the linguistic heritage of Romanians, Hungarians and Germans. The only problem is that to many Hungarian and Romanian officials, the idea sounds like “a utopia.” Babes-Bolyai University Professor Ovidiu Pecican believes the Brussels model is not feasible in Cluj. “I would propose a much closer model – Sibiu, so I would have a Hungarian lead Cluj.” Tokes’ suggestion has not been received with any exceptional enthusiasm by the Hungarian community of Cluj either. Historian Leonard Horvath says “it would be impossible to implement such model, because Belgium is a monarchy and Romania is a republic. Moreover, Belgium is a federation, whereas our Constitution stipulates that Romania is a unitary national state.”

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