Press review (Sept 2)

Romania's national dailies of Tuesday give main coverage to the motions of censure prepared political parties against the incumbent government; first-half 2008 economic growth; labour shortage, traffic and housing in Bucharest City.
Romania libera remarks that there is currently a haemorrhage of motions of censure, reporting that several such motions of an electoral flavour are in the making now. The opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) is quoted as saying it intends to table two simple motions and two more motions of censure, as a bonus, depending on circumstances. The opposition Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) is said to be considering no less than five motions of censure against the incumbent Government's heat subsidies, education policy, infrastructure policy, healthcare policy and the absorption of European funds. There should be one each of the motions tabled with both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, the paper says.
Evenimentul zilei writes about what it headlines 'Romania's new cloths,' saying the Romanian Government is fooling Romanians into believing it has managed to obtain the highest economic growth of the country after the one recorded under the communist regime of late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. The Government, it says, has announced the best economic growth figures in Romania's history after the December 1989 Revolution that toppled Ceausescu's regime: economic growth of 8.8 percent in the first half of the year and a record Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The data releases on Monday by the National Statistics Institute (INS), the paper says, seem to drape Romania in new clothes, highly comfortable at that. And yet, given a record inflation of 9.04 percent and unsustainable pension and wage rises, the economic boom should slow down considerably, the paper quotes head of the Group of Applied Economics Liviu Voinea as arguing. It also quotes business analyst Ilie Serbanescu as pitying the next Romanian Government, which will find the state vaults empty.
Adevarul wonders if the economic growth is not just a summer shower. It quotes analysts as arguing Romania's economic growth in the first half of the year is unsustainable because it is supported by volatile sectors, such as agriculture and construction. The paper quotes an economist as arguing so big an economic growth is distorting Romania's image, because it is hard to believe Romania could escape what is happening around it.

Romania libera notes that Romania is ranked the last in Europe in terms of human resources, saying Romania is now facing one of the most serious labour shortages in Europe. It explains that the main reason for this is small investment in human resources, citing the conclusions of a recent survey conducted by Manpower staff recruiting and training agency. The paper also quotes a human resources analyst as saying the labour shortage is no longer the sole issue of human resources departments; manpower analysts say the labour deficit has reached 500,000, and despite this, the drain on unskilled workers and fresh university graduates continues.
Romania libera remarks that the Danube Delta will undergo a greening up, informing that the Romanian Environment Minister Attila Korodi told journalists in the Danube Delta city of Tulcea the Government has found a solution to resume investment in the greening up of the dammed areas in the Danube Delta.
Adevarul remarks that dreadful traffic will resume in Bucharest City, informing that Bucharest City General Mayor Sorin Oprescu has no strategy to increase traffic fluency. Just days before the beginning of the academic year, more than 100 streets in Bucharest are under repairing and the Police are expecting tens of bottlenecks in rush hours.
Business Standard remarks that housing units in Bucharest City are now ten times more expensive than they were in the 1990s and offer less than 50 percent the housing comfort found elsewhere in the European Union. It reports that the price for a two-room flat in a semi-central area of the city has increased ten times since 1990 and the comfort offered by such a flat has not improved, or it has deteriorated. High-rises of six to eight storeys are 47 years old, on the average, compared with 30 years elsewhere in the European Union.
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