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What the newspapers say: August 12, 2008

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 12 august 2008, 8:43 English | Press Review

All newspapers on Tuesday spotlight the anti-graft chief prosecutor Daniel Morar who seems is on the verge of being replaced, despite contrary recommendations from European officials. Elsewhere in the news, retired Italians spend their holidays in Romania to feel richer.

Evenimentul Zilei reads about the replacement of the anti-graft chief prosecutor Daniel Morar. Justice minister Catalin Predoiu proposed a current Justice ministry counselor to take over Morar's place at the Anti-Graft Department.

Predoiu's announcement highlighted the current inconsistencies within the anti-graft department and afterwards he pointed out that Morar will be replaced as chief prosecutor. Hoever, Predoiu declared that Morar will be deputy chief prosecutor or he could leave for Brussels as Romania's representative for justice issues.

At his turn, Daniel Morar declared that he will not accept either of the functions proposed and that Predoiu did not talk to him personally. Currently, Morar will lead the institution for another 3 months when he will be replaced if the Superior Council of Magistracy and the Romanian President Traian Basescu will approve the new candidate.

Nonetheless, the European Union has sustained Daniel Morar and the measures he undertook to fight corruption. Brussels officials sent a clear message to their Romanian counterparts: that Daniel Morar's re-confirmation as chief prosecutor will be a clear sign of Romania's commitment in its fight against corruption.

Gandul underlines the importance of the Romanian President who has the power to reject the nomination, in which case the Justice minister needs to come up with a new proposal. However, the main problem, the newspaper reads, is that the law does not rule how many times can the President make use of this procedure.

Moreover, it seems that Democrat Liberals sustain Daniel Morar while Liberals and Social Democrats explicitly requested his replacement. Thus, sources quoted by the newspaper read that the President could post pone the nomination sine die and maintain Daniel Morar as interim.

On a lighter tone, Gandul reads, quoting an Italian daily newspaper, that thousands of retired Italians prefer the Romanian seaside because they feel richer in Romania. It seems that Italian tourism agencies specialized in setting up Romanian all inclusive pack offers.

Most favored destination in Romania is Constanta, that is very romantically described by Italian tourism agencies in order to attract customers. However, the main attraction is actually the low cost offers which can hardly be found in Italy. Thus, retired Italians do not care about Romania's history or sites but rather care to enjoy a cheap holiday in a rich style.
























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