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What the newspapers say: October 12, 2007

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Vineri, 12 octombrie 2007, 0:00


All headlines refer on Friday to the inevitable resignation of Agriculture Minister Decebal Traian Remes, caught on tape while accepting an alleged 15,000 euros bribe. The topic was also thoroughly discussed by all TV stations all day Thursday, the accent moving from whether the resignation was necessary or not to "how ethical" was for the public television to broadcast the images.

"Remes fell for 6 million euros" is the headline in Cotidianul, which says almost everything about the was business gets done in Romania.
The businessman paying the bribe, Gheorghe Ciorba, was trying to win two bids worth a total of 20 million RON deal (some 6 million euros). After the first bid took place without any complications, some contestants made it almost impossible for Ciorba to win the second one.

The ethics of the national public television (TVR) also came into discussion on Thursday. "The head of TVR, installed by Social Democrats and Liberals" forbid the station to broadcast the second episode of the "Bribe for Remes" series, considering that the broadcast of the first minutes was "illegal and inopportune".

Alexandru Sassu, TVR general manager and chairman of the board, will discuss the issue with the TVR ethics Commission. The news manager, Rodica Culcer, says that it's the first time in her life when she is prevented from publishing some material because a chief forbid it.

"The public interest demands that I broadcast it", says Culcer, according to Evenimentul Zilei.

"Fiscal terrorism, blocked by Senate", is another important issue on Friday, according to Evenimentul Zilei. After increasing up to ten times some fines and penalties, without preventing the populace, a Fiscal law draft was blocked by the Senate and may not come in force before January 1, 2008.

Romania will lose two seats in the European Parliament (EP). EP approved a report on Thursday, thus diminishing the number of seats from 785 to 750. Countries with a larger population will be represented by a maximum of 96 parliamentarians, instead of 99, while smaller countries will have 6 instead of 5 representatives, Gandul reads.
























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