Campaign for presidential election continues in Romania, Car market in Romania grows by almost 10%
Election campaign - The campaign for the 2nd round of the presidential election due on November 24 continues in Romania. Left in the presidential race after the first round of voting are Romania’s incumbent president Klaus Iohannis, who is supported by the National Liberal Party, and the former Social Democratic PM Viorica Dancila. According to data provided by the Central Electoral Bureau that were validated on Friday by the Constitutional Court, in the first round of voting, when 14 candidates faced off, Klaus Iohannis obtained 37.82% of the votes and Viorica Dancila 22.26%. For the 2nd round of the presidential election, the Romanian citizens living abroad will also have 3 days to cast their ballots, starting on Friday at 12 a.m. local hour until 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The voting program may be extended until midnight.
Car market - The car market in Romania has grown by almost 10% in the first 10 months of the year. Romanians have bought more than 167,400 new vehicles of which 114 thousand cars, show latest data provided by the Association of Car Producers and Importers. Legal entities have mainly purchased cars in the first 10 months of this year, accounting for 56% of the total car purchases, but the number of cars bought by individuals has also grown by almost a quarter. 70% of the cars registered in the first 10 months of 2019 run on petrol, by 10% more than last year. In the first 10 months of the year Romanians have bought almost 5,300 ecological cars (electric and hybrid) as compared to 3,500 cars in 2018.
Tourism fair – Romania’s largest tourism fair comes to an end in Bucharest on Sunday. 230 travel agencies from 16 countries have attended the fair. The event gathers travel agencies, tour-operators as well as travel associations and county councils representing certain tourist areas. Visitors can choose holidays for the winter of 2019 as well as for the summer of 2020. Travel agencies provide discounts of up to 45% for travel packages, trips paid by holiday vouchers or paid by credit card in installments. The visitors of the fair could choose packages for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays in Romania and abroad, summer packages on the Romanian or Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, in the Danube Delta, in spa resorts and other traditional tourist areas of Romania. Those with bigger budgets allotted for their holidays could choose a trip to Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, and Lapland in Finland, the land associated with Father Christmas.
Handball – Two Romanian women’s handball teams CS Gloria Bistrita-Nasaud (northern Romania) and CSM Corona Brasov (central Romania) are meeting today in the second leg of the EHF Cup 3rd round. In the first match CSM Corona Brasov won 27-25 and is close to qualification to the competition’s groups. Also today Măgura Cisnădie will play, on home ground, against the Spanish team Rocasa Gran Canaria in the 2nd leg of the EHF Cup 3rd round. On Saturday, Romania’s women’s handball champions SCM Ramnicu Valcea qualified to the main groups of the Champions League after Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro) defeated SG BBM Bietigheim of Germany 34-28. SCM Ramnicu Valcea was defeated on home turf on Saturday by the French team Brest Bretagne Handball 26-23 in their last match in group C. In the final rankings, Brest Bretagne Handball is on 1st position with 12 points, followed by Buducnost with 8 points, SCM Ramnicu Vlacea with 2 points and Bietigheim also with 2 points. The first 3 teams in the group have qualified to the main groups with points they accumulated in the direct matches. (translation by L. Simion)