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Romanian BESTFEST 2008 music festival announces its first guests The British brit-rock band Kaiser Chiefs and Roisin Murphy, former voice of Moloko, are among the first artists to announce their participation at B'ESTFEST 2008, Emag!c Entertainment organizers announce.
Prime Minister Tariceanu against closing both Bucharest airports Prime Minster Calin Popescu Tariceanu does not agree with the closing of both Bucharest airports during the NATO summit, given the fact that such a measure would cause losses to both freight and commercial transport, Government spokesperson Camelia Spataru informed, quoted by NewsIn. The prime minister demanded the Transport Minister to find alternate solutions, still able to ensure the security of foreign officials who will participate in the summit.
Survey: Bucharest District 3 mayor ranks first as popular choice for Bucharest Mayor Democrat Liberal (PD-L) Liviu Negoita, Bucharest District 3 mayor is the voters' top choice for the seat of Bucharest Mayor should local elections take place next Sunday, an Avangarde study shows. According to the results, if Negoita would run for Mayor, he would get 19,3% of the cast votes, closely followed by Social Democrat (PSD) Sorin Oprescu with 16,2% and local businessman Silviu Prigoana with 14%.
tIMOn real estate fair: a studio in an Egyptian luxury resort at 15,000 euro,  47,000 in Bucharest Over 35 real estate companies and banks will present some 60 residential projects registering 8420 apartments, 1240 villas, 360 holiday houses, 250 Bulgarian apartments and 150 in Egypt at the National Estate Fair (tIMOn) on February 20-24, event organizer Admedia Consulta officials announced on Monday.
Bucharest airports to stay closed for NATO Summit, most flights to be redirected to Constanta, Timisoara The Otopeni and Baneasa Airports serving Romanian capital Bucharest will be closed for civilian traffic on April 2-4 for the duration of the NATO Summit, a Transport Ministry official, Antonel Tanase, announced on Monday. he made the announcement following talks with managers of the two airports and flight operators. It is yet unclear what will happen with regular flights operated on the two airports.
Heavy snow makes traffic difficult in Bucharest and several counties The traffic is difficult in Bucharest and most of the country on Friday night, because of the heavy snow fall, all news TV stations say in one voice. In Bucharest, the traffic is unhappily blocked in the Northern Railroad (Gara de Nord) area, near the Iuliu Maniu boulevard, the Oltenitei and Giurgiului streets. On the DN1 national road, accidents already took place. In the country, the counties of Prahova, Alba, Neamt, Arad and Bihor are the most problematic.
Transport Minister: Feasibility study demanded for new Bucharest Airport Transport Minister Ludovic Orban declared on Friday that his ministry opened a feasibility study for the construction of a new airport in the Southern area of Bucharest. "The study will be ready at the middle of 2007, then a governmental decision will be released, establishing a budget for the opening of works in 2009", said Orban.
CSOP Survey: Bucharest Mayor Videanu would be re-elected in the first run-off According to a recent survey conducted by the CSOP institute, Bucharest Democrat Mayor Adriean Videanu would win another mandate with 54% of the votes, while his party colleague Liviu Negoita would win the Mayor chair with 46%. However, the survey was commanded for the use of the party and its results are not final. Despite this, the data launched a quarrel within the Democrat Liberal Party (PD-L), since neither Videanu or Negoita wish to run in these elections.
Central Bank Governor: Higher inflation rate is temporary The higher inflation rate recorded during the past six months is temporary, said Mugur Isarescu, governor of the Romanian Central Bank (BNR) in a press conference on Thursday. Still, he says, the lack of measures may lead to a spiral of this growth, which will lead to the loss of all things accomplished lately.
NATO summit in Bucharest triggers sales and attractive tourist offers The Government of Romania will approve on Wednesday a three day holiday for citizens working in public institutions in Bucharest but also for students and pupils during the NATO Summit on April 2-4, 2008. Summit organizers consider loosening up traffic in downtown Bucharest and setting up strict security measures. For this, they urged malls and tourist agencies to offer special deals for those days.
30,000 new parking lots in Bucharest The Bucharest City Hall plans to build 30,000 car parking places during the following five years, but most of the lots will be placed in the margins of Bucharest, said Gheorghe Udriste, head of the General Infrastructure and Public Services Department in the City Hall. One of the projects includes the building of an underground parking at the Universitate Plaza, in the very heart of Bucharest. 
Explosion at Lia Manoliu sports complex in Bucharest An explosion took place at the Lia Manoliu sports complex in Bucharest, early on Sunday , local television Realitatea TV informs. No victim was registered and authorities declared that the explosion was provoked by gas emissions.
Companies clearing snow in Bucharest save up their fuel Six companies in charge with clearing the snow in Bucharest were sanctioned with the minimum fine for not complying with the duties stipulated in the contracts. However, the fines seem cheaper to pay compared to the fuel needed to actually clear the snow in the capital of Romania.
Tom Jones, Sophie Ellis Bextor to star at New Years Eve celebrations in Bucharest On Monday, December 31 Bucharest celebrates the New Years Eve with fireworks, live concerts and foreign famous performers. Citizens wishing to celebrate on the streets of Bucharest can opt for several big concerts organized by local authorities - all managing to bring foreign performers.
Bucharest vice mayor: We shall grind teeth and we shall have a normal traffic Bucharest vice mayor Radu Murgeanu declared on Thursday that the City Hall will demand dedicated road lanes for the means of mass transportation and small vehicles - scooters, ATVs and motorcycles. "We shall have to grind teeth in order to have a normal traffic" said Murgeanu in an interview for Radio RFI, quoted by the Rador news agency.
Bucharest reaches for European aid to unlock hellish traffic European Commission have arrived in Bucharest to share their solutions to improve the hellish road traffic the Romanian capital. According to RFI, the solutions presented are already applied in other EU countries that faced the same problems after EU accession. Meanwhile, a Transportation Ministry report claims that the average number of cars in Bucharest fell in the last six years, which openly contradicts reality. 
Bucharest district 1 roads to turn one-way starting 2008 Local authorities will turn most roads in Bucharest District 1, the main gate to the north that also hosts a majority of embassies and business corps, into one-way roads starting 2008. The move is aimed at making the nightmarish traffic in the area more fluid, a town hall press release says.
Bucharest: new traffic restrictions Official warning: avoid the Bucur Obor area between December 7 and 10. According to a City Hall release, the tramway rails will close for repairing between December 7 and 10 in the Calea Mosilor - Colentina crossroad. In the area, the traffic will pass through only one lane in each direction. During the same period, the surface traffic will be completely closed in the same crossroad for lanes connecting Mihai Bravu and Stefan cel Mare. The decision came after the traffic turned into chaos during the past few days and 100 more traffic Police agents were called from other cities to assist, but with no result.
New traffic restrictions in Bucharest The central traffic lanes of the Kiseleff Boulevard in Bucharest will be closed Between the Press Plaza and the Triumph Arch on Thursday, between 6:00h and 13:00h, military units rehearsing for the December 1 parade. The traffic will be completely closed between the Triumph Arch and the Victory Plaza, on the Averescu blvd. and several neighboring streets.
Hooligans Derby: Football game stopped three times, torches slipped onto the stadium, conflicts with gendarmes The football game between two of the most important Bucharest teams, Steaua and Dinamo, became on Saturday night the stage of a violent confrontation between groups of hooligans from both galleries. During the first half of the game, Professional Football League officials seriously considered to evacuate the stadium, due to a thick curtain of smoke that covered the field. The smoke came from illegally slipped torches that Police forces seemed to be unaware of. 

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