Monday, October 13th

Petrotel-Lukoil Refinery  has resumed its work

The Petrotel- Lukoil Refinery in Ploiesti has resumed its full activity. The Lukoil Company has announced, in a press release, that the first finished products were obtained today and their selling has already started.

The Government will not change the mandatory private pensions system

Rovana Plumb, the Romanian Labor Minister, has given assurances that the Government will not change the mandatory private pensions system – the second pillar of pensions. The Minister has said, today, that the Cabinet will make an analysis of the current pension system in Romania, together with the World Bank. The authorities are aware of the long term sustainability issues of the state pension system, Minister Rovana Plumb has said and emphasized that the system should be reformed. She has reminded that the Government is working on the four pillar of pensions – the occupational ones.

Cleaning  the Danube Floodplain

Students from „Marin Preda” High School in Turnu Magurele will participate in the cleaning of the Danube floodplain, within the project entitled „Joint management of risk in the border area of the Danube”. The fight against environmental pollution in the river’s area is one of the main goals of this project, implemented by the National Environment Guard. Actions aimed at restoring the environment on the river banks will take place in other counties bordering the Danube, such as  Olt, Dolj, Giurgiu, and in Bulgaria – in Veliko Tarnovo and Ruse. The project is funded through the crossborder cooperation program Romania – Bulgaria, 2007 – 2013.

Astra Film Festival has chosen the winners

The documentary film „Maidan” by the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa won the Grand Prix of Astra Film Festival in  Sibiu, which revealed, on Saturday night, its  winners. The film is a chronicle of events during the civil uprising that took place in Kiev, last winter. The Award for the Best Romanian Documentary went to „Waiting for August” by Teodora Ana Mihai, a film that tells the story of seven children living in social housing alone in the city of Bacau, while their mother is away at work in Italy. The winner of the International Section is the documentary film „Lord of the Universe”, which makes a incursion into the world of the banking system in Germany. In the contest for Central and Eastern Europe, the best documentary was nominated the Russian film „Blood”, and the student section – the „Sunday Lunch”, a film made by a director from Hungary. EcoCinematogrAFF Award went to the documentary „Marmato”  that tells the story of the confrontation between residents of a village in Colombia and a Canadian corporation that wants to exploit the deposit of gold in the area.

Natalia Polikarpov