November 18 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in the online versions of Romanian media on Wednesday morning. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
- Romania can secure financing for covering its budget deficit and foreign debt payments by selling state-owned companies on the bourse, the head of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, Stere Farmache, said.
- One-third of over 21,000 Romanian exporters halted operations in the first quarter this year, the secretary general of Romania's association of exporters and importers, Mihai Ionescu, siad.
- October sales of new motor vehicles in Romania halved to 12,000, including 10,400 passenger cars, market sources said.
- Workers of the Bucharest underground railway system continued their strike on Wednesday, seeking a 20% pay rise. The underground railway will remain closed until 1400 GMT.
- Two foreign banks have temporarily withdrawn a total of 2.0 billion euro from the Romanian market recently due to lack of instruments to invest in short-term foreign currency facilities, sources from the country's central bank said. The sources declined to name the banks.
- Romania will sell state-owned energy companies between 2010 and 2011, aiming to attract investment to the sector, the Horvath & Partners consultancy forecast.
- Romania's mineral resources agency plans to lease out 30 oil fields in the second half of 2010, following auctions scheduled for December 2009, the head of the agency, Alexandru Patruti, said.
- More than 172,000 Romanian companies fully or temporarily halted production in the first 10 months of the year, data from the National Trade Register Office showed.
- Romania has proven oil and natural gas deposits that can cover domestic consumption for about 15 years, while its coal reserves may meet domestic demand for 30 years, the head of Romania's mineral resources agency, Alexandru Patruti, said.
- Romanian state-owned hydropower generator and supplier Hidroelectrica will invest 560 million euro in new power plants in the 2009-2012 period, aiming to increase its annual power production by 1.0 terawatthours, the company's exploitation director, Dragos Zachia, said.
- Turkish food group Ulker sees its sales in Romania growing by nine or ten percent this year, as sales during Christmas and the New Year holidays could jump by up to 50%, Ulker Romania director general, Ender Bolat, said.
- Romania's Health Ministry confirmed 1,465 infections with the A(H1N1) virus by Tuesday with 68 of them registered in the last 24 hours.