It's all about the money on the Thursday edition of most newspapers. With nothing much happening in politics, budgets and expenses return to the front pages. From shopping frenzy ministries to billions of euros lost because the Roma minority won't spend it or new IKEA records, money is everywhere in today's news.
Of course, in such circumstances, corruption must also be one of the issues on Thursday.
According to a new Transparency International (TI) report, Romania is still one of the most corrupt countries, although it made a serious advance (0.6 points), compared to last year's results. The advance comes mostly from Romania's accession to the EU without any safeguarding clauses being activated.
A TI Romania board member declared for Gandul that further improvement in Romania's position would be to have its corruption cases closed with a final conviction.
Speaking of money and (perhaps) corruption: Labor Minister Paul Pacuraru is eyed by the media, being accused of "making calls" in order to grow his son's business. And, as a coincidence, since Pacuraru won the last elections, the business grew over 100%, from 2.1 million euros to 4.95 millions, Cotidianul reads.
Meanwhile, Liberal prime minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu accuses his own cabinet of over-spending. "You should know that some ministries, instead of calculating from one year to the next how their budgets may grow, come out with figures that cross any limit of the common sense", Gandul quotes.
But it's not all that bad, some might say. A successful business seems to be Dacia, the car producer owned by Renault, whose Logan model reached 500,000 units on Wednesday. Over 100,000 units were sold in Russia and other 50,000 in France, Evenimentul Zilei informs.
Also in good deals: IKEA sold 40 million euros worth of its products in only six months after opening. The company prepares to open other 6 stores during the following 6 years, a company official said, as quoted by Cotidianul.
Still, there's even more to spent, but there's no one to spend the money, Gandul warns. Europe spent 2 euros per year for every Roma minority representative, during the past 16 years.
But there are several billions to spend and there is no viable institution to spend it, an official report unveiled on Wednesday.