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What the newspapers say: August 24, 2009

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 24 august 2009, 8:56 English | Press Review

Ignoring the crisis, Interior minister bought tens of thousands of bottles of whisky, cognac, wine and bere, in the first few months after the 2009 budget was approved. Some money were saved though, as authorities revealed thousands of pensioners who faked a disease to get discharged on medical grounds, one newspaper reads on Monday. Elsewhere in the news, former Romanian athlete ended up working in a construction site in Germany, to gain a living. Last but not least, the British daily Sunday Times reads how small gypsy kids from Romania eat up millions of euro from the Brits.

Romania's Interior ministry spent 140,000 euro on tens of thousands of bottles of whisky, gin, cognac, wine and bear, just a few months after the institution's 2009 budget was approved, Romania libera reads. Acquisition contracts are earned, each year by the same company and most of them are offered with direct negotiation, on grounds of extreme emergency.

This follows another acquisition in July when the ministry bought wine bottles worth 21,000 euro and bear worth 11,200 euro. In the last weeks, the ministry announced that they have no money to pay the rents of the employees.

Elsewhere in the news, authorities revealed thousands of pensioners who bribed doctors and nurses to be able to retire on medical grounds, Cotidianul reads. In Romania, one of five pensions are on medical grounds.

Since the investigation revealed so many bribe cases, anti graft prosecutors might take up the case. Since 2006, when the investigation started, of the 3,000 files cancelled, 1,400 people were left without a pension and were obliged to give the money they received back. Of those who contested the decision, 600 received their pension back, proving the authenticity of the papers.

Gandul reads the story of Romania's national athlete champion at 100 and 200 meters who was compelled to flee to Germany and work in construction sites for a living. Florin Suciu ended up working on a construction site nearby Frankfurt, after two years ago he ran one on one with record man Asafa Powell.

Suciu declared for the newspaper that, as a sportsman in Romania he gained about 200 euro/months while in Germany, he earns about 1,500 euro/months.

Gandul reads that the social and fiscal system of Great Britain was cheated by one billion euro, of which millions of euro end up towards organized crime. Suspects in the frauds: Romanian gypsies in Tandarei, a town with 15,000 inhabitants, of which 2,000 or more are gypsy.

The British daily the Sunday Times writes that the city bloomed with villas and BMWs with British licenses. British authorities suspect that most villas in Tandarei, evaluated at about 23 million euro were built with money coming deceiving the British social system.

Foreigners use small gypsy kids to claim social benefits from the state: a family received 27,000 euro just by falsifying a date on a document.




















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