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What the newspapers say: October 20, 2010 

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 20 octombrie 2010, 10:04 English | Press Review

The government plans to negotiate with the IMF a decrease of social contributions paid by employees and the possibility to decrease the flat tax from 16% to 12%. In the justice system, the schedule imposed by the Superior Council of Magistracy exaggerates the time spam of the justice act. Another newspaper, quoting a French source, reveals that France uses a software to create a database for the Rroma where the main criteria is ethnic belonging not citizenship, which breaches both French and EU legislation. 

The government plans to convince the IMF that a decrease in social contributions and a smaller flat tax is a good measure and does not affect the budget, Gandul reads on Wednesday. 

The government also plans to cut social aid for mothers and to tax pensions which will lead to their decrease. However, the IMF is not optimistic about these proposals, mainly because the government did not estimate the impact of these proposals on the budget and did not propose measures to compensate the state's revenues after the fiscal decrease. 

A decrease in social contributions would cut 2.2 billion euro in the state's budget, according to PDL estimates, which is about 1.8% of GDP. Sources claim that the government will attempt to convince the IMF to agree on a higher deficit target.
A source of revenue that will cover a part of the 2.2 billion euro gap might be the taxation of pensions, even those below 1000 lei. Another source of money would be to decrease social aid for mothers. 

Romania's representative to the IMF Mihai Tanasescu declared that talks on the pensions will not lead to a decision because in his opinion Romania does not need more taxes. 

In the justice system, Evenimentul Zilei reads that the new schedule imposed by the Superior Council of Magistracy to magistrates blocks justice acts and delays them excessively. All this, despite the fact that the EU supervision and cooperation mechanism conditions the justice act to take reasonable terms. 

The decision of the Council caused, for some trials, a delay of 14 months which determined the Justice ministry to cease the program which introduced an optimal work volume for magistrates. 

The Council blames the Justice ministry for the lack of material and logistic resources at the disposal of the magistrates and the lack of measures to see that the justice system works properly. 

Until new reforms are put forward in the system, the council's schedules were ceased.

Romania libera, quoting the online publication Rue89, reveals that the French gendarmerie used an IT program where Rroma people are introduced on their ethnic origin which takes precedence over citizenship, a method that breaches not only EU legislation but the French one also. 

Even though the chiefs of gendarmerie claim that the databases never existed, Rue89 reads that it has evidence that the program was used in the early 90s until at least 2000. Moreover, the publication quotes gendarmerie members who declare that the Rroma were introduced, on paper on a database as early as the 80s and that the program was installed in the 90s. 
Witnesses claim that Rroma were introduced in the database even if they were just controlled. The publication reads that the chiefs instructed people how to use the software without registering the databases in the institution's computers.























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