Romanian anti-graft prosecutors investigate Romanian football boss Anti-graft prosecutors started investigating Romanian football boss Dumitru Dragomir for bribery and forgery in a file regarding a land transaction, Romanian news agency NewsIn informs. The prosecutors are also said to be investigating former football boss of FC National, Gino Iorgulescu.
1990 miners crusade leader Miron Cozma set free after ten years The man who led Romanian miners in a violent march to Bucharest in 1990 and then again throughout the nineties, Miron Cozma was set free after ten years of imprisonment. Cozma said that he was convicted because he was the one to lead what is commonly known as the miners crusades and had the courage to confront corrupt politicians.
EURO 2008/ Romania in impossible spin with Italy, France and Holland Romania national football team has ended up in a deadly group – the toughest in this year’s Euro 2008. Romanian players will face Italy (world champion), France (vice-world champion) and Holland. However, Holland does not seem to pose much trouble as the team already defeated it in the preliminaries.Read the scheduled matches for Romania and groups.
President Basescu on November 25 referendum: A major failure In an interview offered to and BBC, Romania president Traian Basescu assumes the low turnout at the referendum on November 25, but mentions that the Democrat Party (his main supporter) has also a share of the blame, due to its total lack of involvement in the electoral campaign. Starting in a calm voice, the president turns to a nervous speech when it comes to the Foreign Minister, Adrian Cioroianu or the Social-Democrat (PSD) opposition leader, Mircea Geoana. The Foreign Minister, Basescu says, "has a huge education deficit", as for Geoana - "I will never name him prime-minister as long as I am president". One of the most surprising statements comes when he talks about the referendum on the uninominal vote, Basescu declaring that a possibility exists for the Democrat Party to support the PSD uninominal vote project, submitted in 2005 in the Parliament. 
Romania Government: Laszlo Kovacs was ante-sentencing on the car tax reimbursement  The Romanian Government reached an official point of view regarding the reimbursement of the car tax, invoked by the European Tax Commissioner Laszlo Kovacs, claiming that such a measure can not be anticipated for the moment. The statement was made on Friday by the Governmental spokesperson, Camelia Spataru, one day after the car tax, considered as discriminatory by the European Commission, reached its second infringement stage, being one step away from the European Court of Justice. 
Romania warns Europe on 112 shutdown The European Commission opened on Wednesday the infringement procedure against Romania, arguing that the 112 emergency system is unable to trace the call when a mobile phone is used to announce an emergency. Romania has two months after the opening of the infringement procedures to offer officials in Brussels a satisfactory answer, or will face trial in the European Court of Justice. Meanwhile, the Special Telecomm Service (STS), operating the emergency line, claims it is out of funds to support the service and the Telecomm Regulation Authority waits for a law for 112. 
Anti-Corruption Prosecutors investigate frauds in chief-prosecutor offices exams Several judges are currently prosecuted, being accused of frauds in organizing the exams for high-ranking positions in Prosecution Offices around the country, the National Anti-Corruption Prosecution Office (DNA) announced on Thursday. The contest to gain a chief-prosecutor seat as organized in September, the results being expected to become public in December. 
Criminal law modifications may block 250,000 files Over 250,000 criminal investigations and files introduced in courts may be blocked by the Criminal Procedure Code modifications, Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi announced on Thursday. Criminal pursuit files will be annulled and criminals will see themselves abetted. During the past three months, 36 files were returned to prosecutors. "We see a dissolution of the state authority", was the verdict spoken by Kovesi, who sent no less than 7 letters to the two chambers of the Parliament, the Juridical Commissions of the Parliament and the Superior Magistrature Council, protesting against the changes brought to the Criminal Law and the Criminal Procedure Code.
EC Tax Commissioner: Car tax money must be refunded The Romanian Government must give back the money it received for taxing the first registration of vehicles, European Tax Commissioner Laszlo Kovacs declared on Thursday, in an interview for RFI. Kovacs mentioned that he discussed the tax, considered by the European Union as discriminatory, with Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
The Italy of Romanians French daily Le Monde wonders about the future effects of the Italian expelling decree - which allows authorities to expel EU citizens who committed crimes on Italian soil - but also about the wave of xenophobic acts targeted at Romanians. The first to be affected are the commercial exchanges, Rome being the main foreign partner of Bucharest. Then the large Italian businesses in Romania begin to fear retaliation from the people know until recently as friends. 
Authorities blame mobile operators in 112 scandal The European Commission opened on Wednesday a new infringement procedure against Romania, following the problems in tracing the 112 emergency calls, the same problem that already brought Poland and Latvia in the European Court of Justice. Vivian Reding, EC commissioner for Telecomm, says that the measure proves the importance the Commission attaches to the unique emergency number. According to the EU legislation, the access to emergency numbers must be free and the telecomm operators must be able to trace the call in order to offer assistance to the caller in need. 
What the newspapers say: November 29, 2007 While the European Parliament elections are still echoing among parties, who try to figure what caused the low turnout, and the European Commission brings Romania one step closer to the European Court of Justice, newspapers on Thursday pay more attention to the situation of Romanians working abroad. This time, it is not about crimes or illegal work, but local heroes and how the people in search of a better life leave Romanian companies without employees. 
Bird flu confirmed in Romania The National Veterinarian Agency (ANSVSA) confirmed on Wednesday the presence of the bird flu virus in areas near the Murighiol village in the Danube Delta, after several birds were recently found dead. All the birds in the household where the virus was found were sacrificed (56 hens and 16 ducks)
Far-right leader Vadim Tudor quits resigning, attacks US ambassador The leader of the far right Great Romania Party (PRM), Corneliu Vadim Tudor, decided not to resign from the Parliament, as he announced after failing to reach the 5% threshold required to win a seat in the European Parliament. The senator motivated his decision by the numerous demands to remain in office received from persons in Romania and abroad, as he declares. Vadim also launched a virulent attack against the US ambassador in Bucharest, Nicholas Taubman, announcing he will demand his expelling from Romania because of some evidence on the involvement of the American official in forging the elections results. Tudor held a 45 minutes speech about Taubman, accusing him of intervention, corruption and terrorism. 
President Basescu for El Pais: Romanians illegally working in Spain may become a time bomb Romanians are not treated as European citizens, Romania president Traian Basescu declared in an interview for the Spanish daily El Pais, quoted by Realitatea TV. The head of state considers that restrictions imposed to Romanian workers on the Spanish market would encourage illegal work. Even more, Basescu warned that Romanians working on the black market risk to become a time bomb and expressed his hope that Spain will not see the kind of events that caused the recent tensions in Spain. 
Romania one step away from European Court trial The European Commission opened on Wednesday a new infringement procedure against Romania, given the problems found in tracing the calls towards the 112 universal emergency number, an EC press release informs. At the same time, the Commission opened the second stage of procedures against Romania for first registration tax imposed on vehicles, the next step being directly to bring the Romanian state in the European Court of Justice.The Commission decided on Wednesday to open a lawsuit against Poland and Latvia for the malfunctions in the 112 emergency call system.
Ordinance dismantling presidential commission declared unconstitutional The Constitutional Court decided unanimously on Tuesday that the provisions in a governmental ordinance that changed the law on ministerial responsibility and dismantled a presidential commission seen as key in top-level graft investigations were unconstitutional, a Court press release says.
Final results for first European elections in Romania The Central Electoral Office (BEC) announce don Tuesday the final results and data for the first European elections and a referendum on changes to the voting system that took place in Romania on Sunday. According to BEC, 26.49% of Romanian voters attended the referendum, 81.35% of which said they agreed with the changes proposed by President Basescu that a two-round uninominal voting system be introduced in Romania. Final results for the EP elections did not change the order set by exit polls on Sunday evening.
Ex-Foreign Minister proposed for Romanian Foreign Intelligence Romanian President Traian Basescu put forward the name of former Foreign minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu to lead the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) of the country. Last week several newspapers informed that the President planned to nominate Ungureanu for SIE. Sources argue that Ungureanu accepted the proposal on the grounds that Romania has no coherent foreign representation.
Romania: Political reactions to Sunday EP poll, referendum Political leaders in Romania and the European Parliament reacted promptly on Sunday evening to the exit-polls of the first EP elections that took place in Romania today and to the referendum organized simultaneously for the introduction of uninominal voting but which which failed due to low turnout.


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