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What the newspapers say: June 9, 2009

de C.B.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 9 iunie 2009, 2:49 English | Press Review

The Civic Force Party requests an annulment for the European Parliament elections in Romania, invoking massive frauds. Elsewhere in the news, the European Union supports Romanian authorities’ decision to award state guarantees to the companies planning to get a loan for investments. Romanian National Integrity Council will ask the Senate to dismiss the head of the National Integrity Agency. Last but not least, Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi is featured in top 16 of the 20th century visual artists’ Saatchi hierarchy.

The Civic Force Party request the elections’ annulment, Gandul says, quoting Romanian press agency Mediafax. A complaint addressing the Romanian Central Electoral Office (BEC) shows the party contests the results of June 7 elections and requests a new round of elections on June 21.

The party accuses "massive frauds", mainly through electoral tourism. BEC spokesperson said the request and all other complaints will be discussed on Tuesday’s session, starting 1 PM (the local time). The Civic Force party met 0.4% votes. BEC rejected the party’s list initially, but the Civic Force managed to obtain the right to run for the European Parliament elections after appealing to court.

Evenimentul Zilei reads the European Union gave green light to Romanian authorities to award state guarantees to the companies planning to get a loan for investments. The European commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes declared in a European Commission report that the initiative proposed by the Romanian state gives the companies more access to credits, helping the economy to recover without discouraging competition.

The state will guarantee the credits for investment and work capital, signed by December 31, 2010. The scheme is not applicable, though, for companies who were already in trouble by July 1, 2008. Mediafax quoted Government sources in April saying the state will guarantee a total of 1.5 billion euros. Most packages are expected to go towards the car industry, energy department, agriculture, constructions and the petrochemical sector.
 
Romanian National Integrity Council (CNI) will ask the Senate on Wednesday to dismiss the head of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) Alexandru Macovei and to take him to court on the grounds of a false assets statement, Cotidianul informs.

Macovei forgot to mention he was managing two companies. CNI reps consider that Macovei has broken the law. Macovei did not want to comment on the situation, adding he did not see any report.

Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi is featured in top 16 of the 20th century visual artists’ hierarchy, according to Adevarul, quoting The Times. Prestigious Saatchi gallery ran an online survey for 16 weeks on its website, attracting 1.4 million votes. Constantin Brancusi raised 14,224 votes, topping Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Auguste Renoir. The first position went to Pablo Picasso, with 21,587 votes, followed by French painter Paul Cezanne, with 21,098 votes. The Austrian avant-garde artist Gustav Klimt came third.
























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