November 30 (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.
- Romania's largest bank BCR, owned by Austria's Erste Bank, will pay 242.8 million lei for a three-year bond issue that has matured. The bonds carry an annual coupon of 7.25% and are listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, the bank said.
- Romania's flag air carrier Tarom will launch flights from the capital Bucharest to the Serbian capital Belgrade on December 7, Tarom's marketing director Gabriela Bodea said.
- Romania's Health Ministry confirmed 3,112 infections with the A(H1N1) virus by Sunday with 138 new cases registered in the last 24 hours. Romania has reported three swine flu-related deaths so far.
- Four Romanian companies have entered the 2009 Deloitte Technology FAST 500 EMEA top, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based on percentage revenue growth over the past five years, the agency said. The four companies are TeamNet International, Arobs Transilvania Software, Lasting Software and The Red Point.
- The most feasible solution for the South Stream gas pipeline project is building the pipe through Romania, the country's Economy Minister Adriean Videanu said. South Stream is designed to boost Russian gas supplies to western markets while bypassing Ukraine. It will run under the Black Sea from Russia to the Balkans, where it will split into northern and southern routes.
- Romania's oil and gas group Petrom, owned by Austria's OMV, plans to invest more than 1.0 billion euro next year, similar to the value planned for 2009, as more than half of investments in 2010 will be channelled into exploration and production, said OMV's CEO Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer.
- Sales of mobile phones are seen falling by around 16% this year to 3.6 million due to economic crisis, market sources said.
(1 euro=4.2746 Romanian lei)