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What the newspapers say: October 2, 2009

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Vineri, 2 octombrie 2009, 7:07 English | Press Review

All newspapers on Friday comment yesterday's political events, when the Social Democrats decided to leave the governing coalition after President Basescu signed the lay off decree of Social Democrat Interior Minister Dan Nica. Now, PM Boc needs to secure majority in the Parliament. Elsewhere in the news, the economic crisis sent home some 15,000 people each month. The political crisis of the week will be followed, next week, by a social one: some 750,000 people are expected to organize the biggest general strike in Romania.

Cotidianul reads about the challenges of the Boc government, now that the Social Democrats left the governing coalition. Nine ministerial positions and 26 state secretaries need to be filled immediately. Because the Constitution does not permit anything else, the new positions will be occupied, by interims by those ministers in the Government.

Sources in the government declared for the paper that Dacian Ciolos, former Liberal minister and the favorite candidate as EU Agriculture Commissioner, will be named as state secretary in the Agriculture Ministry.

Therefore, PM Boc will takeover the attributions at the Education ministry, Videanu, Economy minister will interim the Health ministry, Blaga was named as Interior minister, Tourism minister Udrea will temporary takeover Environment ministry, Transports minister Berceanu will takeover Agriculture.

Communications minister Gabriel Sandul to takeover the Small and Medium Enterprises ministry, Youth minister Placinta will cover the relations with the Parliament, Finance minister Pogea will takeover Labour, Justice minister Predoiu will takeover Foreign Affairs.

Evenimentul Zilei focuses on another problem of the government, of finding state secretaries with enough experience to manage the ministries, since the new interim ones have no experience in the other ministries.

Local organizations across the country were summoned to propose possible candidates to occupy the vacant positions. The interim formula does not exclude the option of a Democrat Liberal government, if Hungarian Democrats will agree to support them.

Nonetheless, nothing will change until after the Presidential elections as Hungarian Democrats declared that they will not accept any deal until November 22nd. Until then, on November 14 PM Boc plans to risk and present a Democrat Liberal government to the Parliament.


Gandul reads about next week's social crisis, to top the political events of this week: some 750,000 people are expected to enter in general strike as a sign of dissatisfaction with the government's policies.

Union leaders threaten that if the government will not be open to negotiate and ready to give way to their demands, they will enter a general strike until Presidential elections. All big unions will join forces on Monday: medical personnel, professors, public servants or police officers: they will enter a Japanese strike and will only cover emergencies at work, nothing more.

To add to the social crisis, Cotidianul reads that the economic crisis sent home about 15,000 Romanians each month: collective lay offs were made mainly in the confections industry, in constructions and services.

Company owners say that the government did not take any policy to help protect jobs. Official statistics for the first nine months of the year reveal that some 26,787 people were laid off, which means, on average, some 3000 per month.

At a national level, companies announced their decision to lay off 136,008 people until October, which leads to a national average of 15,112 lay offs per month.


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