Press review (Sept 11)

Romania's national dailies of Thursday give wide coverage to the wish of Romanian President Traian Basescu for Daniel Morar to be kept in office as head of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA); Government approves rising the minimum industrial wage to RON 540; the successful completion of the Geneva nuclear experiment and the contribution of the Romanian specialists to the experiment.
Romania libera notes that President Traian Basescu is still supporting Daniel Morar as chief anti-corruption prosecutor and warns that he may refer the matter to the Constitutional Court if the law is pushed to have the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) appoint the chief prosecutors.
Ziarul financiar remarks that Basescu voices disappointment with the agreement between the opposition Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) and Greater Romania Party (PRM) and requests that the status quo at the DNA be preserved.The papers quotes Basescu as having said on Tuesday evening in a televised statement that keeping Morar in office is in the national interest of Romania, because the DNA won high credibility marks from the European Commission in a report on judiciary reform in Romania.
Business Standard reports that the Government on Wednesday approved a rise in the minimum industrial wage from RON 500 (139 euros) to RON 540 (150 euros) as from October 1, as agreed upon with trade unions and employers' associations in July. The minimum industrial wage should further increase to RON 600 (166 euros) as from January 1, 2009.
Ziarul financiar wonders who will be Romania's next minister of economy and finance, saying the answer will be provided by the architecture that the three major political parties, without which there is no imaginable government after the November 30 general election, is building up for the next Cabinet.
The paper remarks that two of the three majors – the opposition Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) and Social Democratic Party (PSD) – are contemplating splitting the mammoth Ministry of Economy and Finance – which eats up some 20% of the entire administrative capacity of the Government – in 2 entities, an economic ministry and a finance ministry.
PD-L, currently first in the polls, intends to preserve the offices of state ministers, currently in existence but vacant. The paper concludes that the Ministry of Economy and Finance will be split in two distinct ministries, a finance ministry and a ministry of economy and energy.
The CERN nuclear experiment of Wednesday grabs front-page headlines in the Romanian dailies: 'They toast champagne on Apocalypse Day' (Cotidianul); 'The latest end of the world: as it came, so it went,' (Evenimentul zilei); 'The experiment of the century falls short of the Apocalypse' (Romania libera).
Ziua quotes sources with the project as saying Romania's contribution to this endeavour was 2 million euros. There are some 100 Romanian scientists involved in the carrying out of the experiment, some of whom contributed to the construction of devices able to separate two different energies with high precision. Of the four the Large Hadron Collider (LCH) experiments, the Romanian scientists are taking part in the ATLAS, ALICE and LHCb ones.
The paper remarks that Romanian physicists have joined the protesters against the attempts by some politicians to stymie the project, arguing that the dissenting politicians have come up with groundless and unserious arguments and were ridiculous to point to social issues allegedly triggered by the European project. Some scientists argued that the investments in this nuclear project were new because any serious scientific research conducted today requires money and hope in a successful outcome, and that nobody can have absolute certitudes from the beginning.
Adevarul notes that the strengthening of the local currency, the leu (RON), has dragged down inflation. Consumer prices went slightly down in August 2008, 0.089 percent from the month before, which only happened before in August 2006.
The average exchange rate in August was RON 3.52 to the euro, down from RON 3.57 in July, which reflected in declining service prices, such as mobile communications prices, and air transport fees. Also becoming less expansive were seasonal products, including canned and fresh fruits.The first deflation in Romania after 1989 occurred in August 2006, when prices went down 0.07 percent on a monthly basis. Compared with August 2007, inflation was still 8.02 percent.
Business standard notes that the IT, finance, sales and marketing departments of the multinationals operating in Romania are paying the highest wages in the country. The average pay for an IT employee is some 1,300 euros gross, for financial staff 1,200 euros and for the sales and marketing staff 1,150 euros.

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