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by Euro Reporter
2011-09-08 07:18:17
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Romania denies hosting secret CIA prisons

Romania insisted Wednesday there was no evidence it had hosted secret CIA prisons as part of the United States' war on terror after September 11, 2001. The country "has no information whatsoever showing that there existed secret CIA detention centres on its territory." Two investigations also failed to find any evidence that the CIA used Romanian airports for "rendition," the process in which detainees in American custody are transported for questioning to other countries where prohibitions on torture are not as strict and American laws don't apply.

The Romanian denial comes in response to a plea from the human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe that countries that have hosted secret CIA prisons come clean. Thomas Hammarberg said Romania, Poland and Lithuania were among at least seven countries that hosted "black sites" for "enhanced interrogation" during the "war on terror."

"Darkness still enshrouds those who authorized and ran the black sites on European territories," he said. "The full truth must now be established and guarantees given that such forms of cooperation will never be repeated." CIA officials have acknowledged the rendition program but have refused to discuss details and denied violating any laws. Efforts to challenge the agency and get details about it in U.S. courts have been turned aside. Hammarberg said the CIA held "high-value detainees," including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in Poland between 2002 and 2003.


Romanian lady tights manufacturer Adesgo starts chain of stores

Romanian socks and tights manufacturer Adesgo, which has been active since 1926, has invested EUR 25,000 to open a second store Adesgo by Diamond in the capital city. The company also plans to open new stores in other big cities in Romania, namely Constanta, Iasi, Brasov, Timisoara and Craiova, according to the commercial director Shlomo Binder. Adesgo, one of the largest Romanian brands, already had a store within its factory on Serban Voda Boulevard in Bucharest. The newly-opened store is the first high street one and is located on Nicolae Balcescu boulevard, downtown the capital city.

In the first half of 2011, Adesgo reported sales of over EUR 6.5 million (RON 24 million), and for the second half the company expects a growth in sales due to the new store opening and to new products.

The ladies socks manufacturer covers 20 percent of the local tights market, while about 80 percent of its production is exported, distributed under private labelling contracts to Tesco in UK, Hema in Netherlands, Falke in Germany and Dunnez in France. Adesgo is controlled by Argaman Industries, an Israeli company which took it over in 2002.


Romania to pass renewable law by year end

The Romanian parliament may approve a law on renewable energy by the end of this year which will give incentives for investors, said Zoltan Nagy-Bege, the head of the country’s energy regulator. The government will amend the law, cleared by the European Commission, by the end of September and then seek approval from parliament, Nagy-Bege said today at an energy conference in the southern Romanian city of Constanta.

Romania plans to generate 24 percent of its energy from renewable sources and 42.62 percent of its gross domestic electricity consumption from renewable by 2020. The European Union has a target to get 20 percent of energy from renewable within the same timeframe.

The law change may mean consumer electricity prices increase by 10 percent next year to pay for renewable sources such as the building of wind farms, Nagy-Bege told reporters in Constanta, according to news service Mediafax.

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