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What the newspapers say: August 24, 2009

de C.B.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 24 august 2009, 8:30 English | Press Review

Liberal-democrat senator accuses the law proposed by Romanian Education minister for discriminating against the students attending private schools. Elsewhere in the news, the plastic and aluminium containers (PET) represent over 30% of Romanian waste and its collection and recycling is a problem for the country. Last but not least, PNL leader declared that Romania’s incumbent President should ask the PM to sack Tourism minister Elena Udrea, who is refusing to obey the law.

Liberal-democrat senator Orest Onofrei accuses that the law proposed by the Romanian Education social-democrat minister Ecaterina Andronescu discriminates the students from private schools, Romania Libera informs, quoting the Romanian press agency NewsIn. He indicates that these are prevented to benefit from programmes such as "Bread and milk", the 200 euros social benefit for buying a computer or the national scheme "Money for high schools".

The lib-dem senator says Andronescu created a "diversion by using Spiru Haret University, trying to discredit all Romanian private education institutions". Onofrei claims that she is "married" with the union leaders, "who only want to preserve their privileges, not to assume their duties". 

Onofrei proposed that the financing of the educational system be based on the students' rights, because otherwise, the state education will block the competition. According to him, many top private academic institutions were crossed out from the list of Andronescu's law project. Onofrei attacked the Education minister, claiming she cannot stand the private academic system.   

The plastic and aluminium containers (PET) represent over 30% of Romanian waste and its collection and recycling is a problem for the country, Adevarul reads. Romanian Environment minister Nicolae Nemirschi was shocked several months ago to discover huge amounts of pets on a river's valley and promised a system to solve the problem. So far, no good, as the "buy back" system, where a 0.25 euros tax is paid back for each non-ecological container, is successfully applied in Germany, but not viable for Romania. According to the scheme, buyers receive the tax back on returning the recipient.

The "buy back" system motivated the Germans to recycle bags of plastic and aluminium waste. But the Romanian Environment minister says there are no funds for a scheme like that. Environment representative said PET collection was also facing local collection problems. Eco-Rom is a company meant for PET collection. Its leader, Mugur Radulescu, says the "buy back" system could interfere with the companies that handle selective collection.

The leadership of the Deputies' Chamber Industries and Services Commission agrees and says the "buy back" scheme was initially proposed in Romania as a desperate solution to solve the piles of waste around rivers, valleys and lakes. Authorities say it is difficult to have recycling bins near each block of flats due to little space.

Liberal leader Crin Antonescu declared on Sunday that Romania’s incumbent President Traian Basescu should take a firm decision against liberal-democratic Tourism minister Elena Udrea, who is refusing to respect the law, according to Gandul, quoting Romanian press agency Mediafax. He pointed out that Elena Udrea was obstructing the parliamentary Udrea Commission, which is investigating the minister's use of her ministry’s funds. 

Antonescu said the President should have asked the PM to simply sack her. Crin Antonescu also claimed that another measure should have been the sacking of the Deputies' Chamber speaker, Roberta Anastase, for trying to block a parliamentary investigation of the forum that she herself represents.























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