Press review (May 26)
Basescu announces he will make the best decision with respect to his running for a fresh president’s term, the newspapers write. The Democrat Liberal parliamentarians called President Traian Basescu to a meeting to ask him whether he will seek a fresh term, but they only got advice on the law-making programme instead, the Jurnalul National says.
The Romanian leader insisted that his possible candidacy will be announced ‘at the right time’ and that he will make ‘the best decision’; he stressed he prefers to focus on combating the crisis effects, for now, the Gandul reports.
After an increasing number of Democrat Liberal leaders last week tried to twist Basescu’s hand and they announced he would run for a new term, Monday’s meeting was meant to make the president announce his plans to seek a fresh presidential term under the PD-L banner, the Gardianul writes.
The ruling coalition has some ‘small problems’, the Bucharest-based dailies write. The protracted talks on the appointment of the heads of the decentralised institutions keep on pestering the leaders of ruling coalition of Democrat Liberals (PD-L) and Social Democrats (PSD); this is the reason why they will hold several meetings this week, in an effort to find a solution to the problems across the country, the Ziua reports.
The Jurnalul National reports that the ruling coalition leaders will meet today in order to settle their disagreements over the appointment of the heads of the decentralised institutions.
The Government has laid the groundwork for the restructuring of the energy sector, Tuesday’s print media reports.
‘The energy producers are grouped into two companies’, headlines the Evenimentul zilei. The electricity producers will be grouped into two big companies to each include a mining company, namely Oltenia-based Lignite National Company and Petrosani-based Coal National Company.
The Ziua quotes vice-Premier Dan Nica as saying the ruling coalition leaders at their meeting on Monday decided that the energy strategy be put forward to debates, so as to make a final decision in June.
The Romanians no longer rush into borrowing, the Romania libera says in an article headlined ‘More expensive lending hits the banks and deepens the downturn’.
The Romanian Railways (CFR) massively shed jobs, the national papers report, adding that about 3,700 railway system staff could be laid off in the coming period, according to an announcement made by Transport Minister Radu Berceanu after a meeting with the trade unions. T
Higher education is getting more and more expensive, the Adevarul notes in an item called ‘The college education fees are going up’. It argues that the public higher education ‘is becoming luxury’.
The World Bank senses a serious crisis in Romania, the Bucharest-based dailies report. World Bank president Robert Zoellick has included Romania among the states currently ‘in a delicate situation’.