What the newspapers say: January 356, 3009

de Radu Rizea     HotNews.ro
Vineri, 23 ianuarie 2009, 8:56 English | Press Review

The prosecutors "refresh" two files against former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, the torment with the Bechtel highway sees little chance of ever ending, Romanians fear their monthly bills more than anything and the foreign banks ask for European support.

Anti-Graft (DNA) prosecutors asked the Parliament to vote in favor of the debut of a criminal investigation in two files regarding former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, one referring to a suspect inheritance (the "Aunt Tamara" file) and one about the way the building and upgrading of one of his properties took place (the "Zambaccian 2" file). It is the fourth time prosecutors demand a positive notice from the Parliament, but the politicians rejected the demand or simply returned the files to the prosecutors, invoking procedure errors, Evenimentul Zilei reads.

Also in Evenimentul Zilei, Transport Minister Radu Berceanu asks Bechtel to either continue building half of the Transylvania highway using its own money, or giving up the contract, in favor of another company. This year, Bechtel will not receive payments in advance, instead it will receive smaller, but monthly amounts, up to 432 million Euros.

The Government decided to lay off 20% of all its employees, while the Prime Minister decided to lay off 40% of his office staff, Gandul reads. Cotidianul explains the move: the two Governing parties failed to agree on the teachers' wages and pensions growth this year.

The usual air of incertitude still dominates over the populace: 77% of Romanians believe that the real estate prices will drop, 71% fear price growth for utilities, while other major reasons for concern are the RON devaluation (69%) and the food price growth (64%), Gandul reads, quoting a Civitas Global Ketchum study.

The largest banks operating in the Central and Eastern Europe zone asked the European Commission and the European Central Bank to include this area in their anti-crisis plan. The banks, including Raiffeisen Bank, Erste, Societe Generale, EFG Eurobank, Intesa Sanpaulo and Bayern Landesbank demand mainly cash infusions for the revival of credits, Cotidianul informs.




















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