November 16 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in the online versions of Romanian media over the weekend and on Monday morning. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
- The gross premium income of the Romanian unit of Dutch-based insurance group Eureko fell by 8.6% on the year to 32.9 million lei in the first nine months of 2009, the company announced.
- Romania needs between 2.2 billion and 2.5 billion euro to finance its budget gap by the end of the year, Romania's representative to the IMF Mihai Tanasescu said.
- Exports of Romanian car maker Dacia, owned by France's Renault, will reach 260,000 vehicles this year, with 74% of them shipped to western Europe, Dacia's director general Francois Fourmont said. He added that the company's output is expected to grow by 22% to 300,000 cars this year.
- Romanian Senate Chairman Mircea Geoana, who will run for president in the November 22 elections, on Saturday proposed to Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat that Romania and the neighbouring country establish a system of joint government meetings. Geoana told Filat that Romania's foreign policy priority is to support Moldova's accession to the European Union.
- Romania's Health Ministry confirmed 1,335 infections with the AH1/N1 virus by midday on Sunday with 82 of them registered in the last 24 hours.
- Romania and Moldova signed on Friday a small-scale border traffic agreement , the agency said. The agreement stipulates visa-free access to Romania for Moldovan citizens living not farther than 50 kilometers from the Moldovan-Romanian border.
- German plasterboard manufacturer Knauf has frozen a 70 million euro investment in a new factory in northwestern Romania due to the financial crisis, a coordinator at the investment division of Knauf Gips Romania, Alexandru Barladeanu, said.
- Furniture sales in Romania could fall by 20% to 880 milion euro this year due to reduced consumption resulting from the financial crisis, the association of Romanian furniture producers estimates.
(1 euro= 4.2975 Romanian lei)