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What the newspapers say: December 15, 2009

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 15 decembrie 2009, 9:13 English | Press Review

Now that the Traian Basescu was validated as President after the Constitutional Court decided to recount all void votes, politicians struggle to find a compromise and form a government. Elsewhere in the news, one newspaper reads that the IMF and EC delegations in Romania was just a sign of benevolence since Romania does not have government yet. Also at the EU level, the two projects presented by Romania claiming financing in Transports were rejected.

Cotidianul reads that President Basescu was validated for a new mandate by the Constitutional Court.  The validation ceremony will take place on December 16, at 10 AM at the Constitutional Court.

Gandul on the other hand, focuses on how Basescu will manage to forge a minimal coalition in the Parliament to pass the new government needed. The paper reads that two Social Democratic deputies were seen leaving the headquarters of the Democrat Liberals, namely PSD deputies Tita and Turea.

Even if the Liberals announced that they are ready to negotiate with the Democrat Liberals, it seems that Basescu will manage without it. Unofficially, the majority is formed around the Democrat Liberals, with the support of the Hungarian Democrats, national minorities and of the independents.

The Democrat Liberals need 236 votes in the Parliament to validate their government and they managed to convince two Social Democratic Deputies to resign from the Social Democratic Party and endorse the new government.

Leaders of the minorities, Varujan Pambuccian declared that his group is ready to negotiate with the Democrat Liberals and that in his opinion, a Democrat Liberal government is going to form.

However, nothing is settled at the moment, and any betrayal from the Democrat Liberals will endanger the new government.

Elsewhere in the news, the IMF and the EC delegations came to Bucharest in a sign of benevolence as long as Romania does not have a government, Gandul reads. What's more, since this is the second visit of the foreign experts to end without any reasons, the impression that Romania leaves is that local authorities need to be pushed to help their own country.

The official scope of the visit, scheduled for December 14-16, is the 2010 budget, an essential condition for Romania to get the third installment. The only result of the last visit in November was to postpone the third installment which Romania should have received in December.

Interim Finance minister Gheorghe Pogea declared on Monday that chances are that the pending money will be sent in January, when IMF and EC experts will arrive in Romania for another working visit.

Cotidianul reads that Romania will not receive any funds from the EU on Transports since the only two projects submitted for financing were rejected by the Commission. The performance costs hundreds of millions of euro lost.

One of the projects consisted in modernizing two trains and the second in linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean one. However, it is not clear why the projects were rejected: is it either because the projects were bad written or because the Brussels considered them boring, the newspaper asks.

Romania's infrastructure needs a lot of improvement and it is undeniable that we need any possible financing to improve it, Vice President of the Transports and Tourism Committee in the European Parliament Adriana Ticau declared. 


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