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What the newspapers say: July 20, 2010 

de A.C     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 20 iulie 2010, 9:47 English | Press Review

Elena Udrea, Tourism and Regional Development minister is closer to the Bucharest city hall, as she was named interim President of the Bucharest Democrat Liberal branch. Elsewhere in the news, Bucharest's district 2 hosts two of the most dangerous neighbourhoods, Pantelimon and Colentina. Last but not least, Romania's tourism ignores the wine treasures in the country. 

Gandul reads on Monday about the recent position Tourism and Regional Development minister Elena Udrea gained, as interim President of the Democrat Liberal branch in Bucharest. The newspaper reads that even though Udrea was not present as she was not in the country, she was nominated by PM Boc himself. 

For all members of the party, her nomination was a sign that the informal leaders of the party were defeated by Udrea, whom the former are trying to stop her from getting this position. At the official level, politicians minimized the subject. 

This position is a struggle between two Democrat Liberal camps. In June, President Basescu accused Vasile Blaga and Adriean Videanu of attempting to control the organization. The acceptance of Elena Udrea is actually a sign that the two informal leaders of the party are willing to take orders from Basescu. 

Elsewhere in the news, Bucharest's district 2 hosts two of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Bucharest: Pantelimon and Colentina: those who live there witness terrifying fights but solutions are still absent. 

Colentina hosts the huge Chinese complex Europa, a mini-city which seems to have its own rules and authorities do not seem to take any action to improve anything. 

In the same time, in Pantelimon, in the morning, there are areas which are full of used drug syringes. The newspaper tells the story of a young man who drugged for five years and even though he claims he quit, friends do not believe him. He confessed that even though he did not live in that neighbourhood, he used to come there because nobody cared what they were doing. 

Evenimentul Zilei reads that Romania's tourism ignores the wine treasures of the country and tells the story of the Murfatlar winery. The winery also has a rustic restaurant with traditional local specialties to go with the wine. 

Usually, tourists come in organized groups and ask for a certain menu before arriving. There are few individual visits, Dan Domnaru, tourist guide and PR coordinator at the Murfatlar winery. A taste of wine costs five euro/ 50 ml and it includes details about the wineries, wine, the way one has to taste a wine, what we look for when tasting: aspect, color, smell and taste. 

Per year, there are about 10,000 tourists of which 50% are foreigners. Some foreign tourists come in Romania for a tour through tourism agencies and pass by the winery. Plus, there are passengers who come through cruise boats who stop for a day in Constanta. 

Most are French, English, Australian and Amernicans. Romanians come to the winery for company events because of the remote location. At a certain point there was a campaign to promote Romania as the country of wines but it was not finished and its results were not satisfying. 


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