The Romania libera carries an extensive interview given by Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu in an article entitled "The West wants to know where the Emil Boc Government goes to".
"There are sellers, but an increasing number of them are pressed by lending and the buyers are no longer willing to give the same money as before. The prices will plunge by some 30 to 60%", the daily quotes an official of real estate consultancy DTZ Echinox as saying.
Romania has thus become the 7th-biggest cement maker in the European Union, the daily quotes officials of the Employers' Association in the Cement Industry (CIROM) as saying.
"A record number of German tourists", headlines the Financiarul; it quotes Tourism Minister Elena Udrea as saying that "more than 525,000 German tourists visited Romania last year, marking a 10 year record." Nevertheless, she added, Romania lost to neighbouring Bulgaria in terms of the visitors it attracted to its Black Sea coast, because of "the too high prices and a lack of investment on a local level".
The privatisation of Avioane Craiova SA, the only Romanian defence aircraft maker, will continue by means of the State Assets Realization Authority (AVAS), the Financiarul announces.
On the adequacy of financial support to Romania from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Romania libera writes that the European Union seems reluctant to assist Romania financially without the IMF involvement, since the Europeans work together with the IMF in such cases and rely on its programmes meant to stabilise the economy.
Unblocking lending, re-settlement of prices at real levels and the adoption by the authorities of measures meant to improve infrastructure and macroeconomic indicators might revive the real estate market, the Financiarul writes.
The sales of French retailer Carrefour in the Romanian market advanced 37% last year up to 1.19 billion euros, posting the fastest increase recorded by the French group, the Adevarul reports by citing company figures.
Monday's print media reports that financing aimed at the small and medium-sized enterprises will be managed by a new governmental agency, which will thus increase the number of agencies, public companies and other companies responsible to the Government or ministries, the Ziarul financiar announces, adding that their number stands at 244.