As students return for a new academic year, newspapers on Monday debate a draft law that may well bite into their existing rights.
The papers also focus on the ceremony that saw the new Romanian Patriarch take office and on his vision for the future of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
On the earthly side, a Romanian Association in Rome, Italy will protest against Rome mayor's declarations depicting Romanians as villains.
About eight thousand students return in the vibrant Romanian capital and other big cities across Romania for the opening of a new academic year on Monday. Evenimentul Zilei reads about a Parliamentary draft law regulating student’s status.
The newspaper warns that the proposed draft infringes the students' rights to subsidies and scholarships.
Students threaten to boycott the new draft if it fails to clearly mention the student’s right for scholarships and a place in the student halls.
All newspapers today read about the installation ceremony of the new Romanian Patriarch, Daniel - the new leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Romania Libera reads about the new Patriarch’s envisioned future of the Church, as Daniel outlined three distinct lines: he argued for continuity, unity within the Church and for an increased role of the Church in society.
Cotidianul adds that Daniel plans to expand at a national level the religious television and newspaper network that he set up as archbishop of Moldova.
Gandul reads about the presence of politicians at the ceremony. Naturally, the paper argues, no one missed the opportunity. Romanian President, Traian Basescu honored the Patriarch with the highest Romanian honor.
Romania Libera quotes experts saying that the gesture symbolizes the state’s humble submission to the Church.
Elsewhere in the newspapers, Rome’s mayor Walter Veltroni recently declared that 75.5% of villains arrested in Rome are Romanians, Evenimentul Zilei reads.
Plus, he intensified his political declarations against the Romanian community in Rome, threatening to address the issue to European officials if Romanian authorities cannot resolve the migrants problem.
Veltroni has even visited Romania, June this year to talk about the immigrant’s problem with the Romanian authorities. At the time, the concern was centered upon the gypsies in Rome.
Veltroni asked for Romanian authorities support in setting up a homeless shelter for the gypsies found on Rome’s streets.
The reaction of the Romanian community in Italy was clear: the Romanian Party organization is planning a protest on Wednesday against the Mayor’s declarations.
Party spokesperson, Miruna Cajvaneanu argues that Romanians working legally in Italy feel discriminated against.