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What the newspapers say: April 26, 2010

de V.O.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 26 aprilie 2010, 9:53 English | Press Review

The victory of a TV star in elections for a seat of deputy in Bucharest on Sunday is covered by some newspapers on Monday. One paper quotes a government official claiming that 100 Romanian hospitals would fail to pass septic tests. The difficulties met by foreign investors in Romania and the coming of a new foreign bank are also noted in the papers today.

Teo Trandafir, a TV star that many say has been waning, has won elections for a seat in Romania's Parliament on Sunday. Trandafir, running for the governing Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), defeated Liliana Minca, running for Social Democrats/Conservatives (PSD-PC) in a poll in Bucharest District 4. Adevarul notes that Minca lost 46%-54% despite the poll took place in a district run by a very popular PSD-PC mayor and showed herself as Mayor Pierdone's candidate in the electoral campaign.

According tot he paper, Minca accused "dirty campaigning", an accusation that Teo did not make despite her staff raising accusations of alleged fraud throughout the campaign.

The poll is also reported on in Gandul newspaper, which quotes victor Teo Trandafir as saying that "citizens who came out and voted demonstrated we needed a different sort of politics" and promising that she would be "an atypical politician". And she is quoted as promising to work together with District 4 Mayor Cristian Popescu "Piedone".

Also in Gandul on Monday, a governmental official is quoted as claiming that 100 Romanian hospitals would fail to pass septic tests, should such tests be organized extensively. The paper quotes Vasile Astarastoae, head of the Doctors College in Romania, who says only 15-20 of the total number of 450 Romanian hospitals would receive accreditation if the process of accreditation is done according to EU norms. He says Romanian hospitals would have to invests huge amounts of money in order to pass the "European test", but they don't have it. The same paper quotes Molnar Geza of the Romanian Society of Epidemiology who says up to 100 hospitals would manage to pass septic tests if legal norms are considered.

Meanwhile, Evenimentul Zilei reads that still more small and medium entrepreneurs coming from Western markets to Romania have to deal with bureaucracy, corruption and lacking infrastructure, which prompts them to move their businesses in other countries. The paper brings up the example of Swiss farmers willing to migrate to Romania where huge surfaces of land are available for acquisition, but are met with the need to give bribes, which they're not willing to do.

The paper comes up with three cases - the one of a Swiss farmer, that of an Austrian firm and one of a German company, who have invested in Romania but are no longer feeling comfortable doing business here.

Meanwhile, Romania libera reads that FHB Mortgage Bank, the most important bank in Hungary dealing with the financing mortgages, may start activity in Romania this year and that it has notified the National Bank of Romania about its plans to enter the market as fast as possible. The paper quotes FHB representatives saying that as a mortgage bank it would build its services and products portfolio on mortgages and connected products.


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