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What the newspapers say: August 21, 2007

Marţi, 21 august 2007, 0:00

Romanian newspapers on Tuesday discuss the risks of Romanians working abroad after a series of incidents in Italy, but also their success on their return home. One newspaper digs into an allegedly rigged tender involving a company close to President Traian Basescu, while another claims to have identified the "richest Romanian worldwide".

Also in the news today: diplomatic tensions between Romania and the Moldova Republic and a good performance for top Romanian companies.

Evenimentul Zilei reports that a letter threatening Roma people of Romanian origin living in Italy, which was issued by a previously unknown radical Italian group, has failed to impress both authorities in the country and the Romanian community living there.

The newspaper quotes the Romanian consul to Milan, Mugurel Tiberiu Dinu, according to whom the Italian police has not yet found any leads regarding the existence of the so-called Armed Group for Ethnic Cleansing - GAPE, to which the letter was attributed.

Meanwhile, Romania libera writes about the success of Romanians who have returned home after working abroad for the past several years. It takes the example of the city of Uricani, where people are returning home with their earnings from abroad to develop their own businesses, mainly in the field of tourism.

That comes as a blessing for the community as the former mining town has suffered greatly from layoffs over the past years.

Cotidianul is more interested in revealing that the Bucharest City Hall has cancelled a 15 million euro tender because, it claims, a company of a business group close to President Traian Basescu - former president of the Democratic Party to which Bucharest mayor Adriean Videanu belongs - fell on the second place among the highest bidders.

When the tender involving the construction of a bridge was re-launched, the terms of participation were so designed as to favor the Euroconstruct Trading '98 firm of the so-called "Golden Blitz" business group, the owner of which is close to President Basescu, the paper claims.

Also in Cotidianul, business of a different nature. The paper reports that the best ten companies in Romania have boosted their businesses by 2 billion euro in 2006 as compared to the previous year.

Petrom leads the pack with a business figure of 3.71 billion year last year, 20% more than in 2005, followed by Mittal Steel Galati with 1.72 billion euro.

Romania libera for its part is trying to identify the richest Romanian worldwide and quotes locals from the town of Slimnic near Sibiu, Central Romania who claim Hasso Plattner, founder of the S.A.P. company and 119th richest man worldwide, was born in their village.

According to the paper, Plattner has never revealed anything about his birth place of childhood.

Last but not least, Gandul writes about an escalating friction between the Romanian Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Ministry in the Republic of Moldova. The Romanian part dismissed on Monday the claims by authorities in Chisinau that they informed Romania about an alleged bribes-for-visas case at the Romanian Embassy to Moldova.

Moldovan officials have been claiming that they informed Romania about it in June.

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