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What the newspapers say: May 11, 2006

Joi, 11 mai 2006, 0:00

The front pages of the Wednesday dailies write about the report published by NYTimes on the severe conditions of the handicapped children institutionalized in Romanian orphanages.

The newspapers show concern for government Tariceanu’s faith and the PM’s relations with president Basescu, who will receive a lot of visits in his Vienna hospital room, but will he want to see Tariceanu as well? Another success of the Romanian justice system takes the first page of the press today.

The DNA prosecutors managed to bring to court the first Romanian senator Serban Mihailescu, aka Miki "Spaga" (Bribe).

Evenimentul Zilei reveals Theodor Stolojan’s secret army that will help him take over the leadership of the Liberal Party (PNL) after the European Commission’s report due on May 16, or in June, after the reunion of the European Council.

Despite unfavourable statistics within the party that show only 6 local Liberal branches on Stolo’s side, the former PNL leader counts on other local branches that have showed dissatisfaction with Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s party management, and appearantly on some 20 Liberal MPs.

The Government Tariceanu‘s faith depends on the EC’s report, says Cotidianul. A negative report will, of course, mark the end of Tariceanu era, whereas a favourable one can keep him in the PM’s chair. To secure his governance, the PM booked the day after the release of the EC report to hold a speech in front of the Parliament about Romania’s integration.

The Liberals will also take advantage of the 500 days of governance that will be festively celebrated to promote the Government’s results. However, a motion is being prepared by the opposition with the governing alliance Democratic fellows.

President Traian Basescu runs the country from his Vienna hospital room after the hernia surgery undergone two days ago, says
Evenimentul Zilei . He has turned his room into a presidential office, fully equipped with communication technology that helps him keep in touch with his Cabinet and the reality in the country.

The health condition did not prevent president Basescu to take part to protocol activities, hence he met with the Austrian president Heinz Fischer who visited him in the hospital.

Cotidianul elaborates on the visits the Romanian president will receive. The Democrat Party leader Emil Bog and his party fellow, the Interior minister Vasile Blaga will pay him a visit today or tomorrow. The president’s mother and daughter are also expected to take the trip to Vienna.

The Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schussel might also pass by, but will Romanian Prime minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu make time from his charity event in Vienna to go and see president Basescu?

Very much in the press spotlight today is the American report published on Wednesday in NYTimes which claimed that institutionalized children were still the victims of abuse in orphanages across Romania.

Adevarul slashed on the Romanian authorities that have hidden this reality, after European reports appreciated Romania’s efforts to improve the leaving conditions for the institutionalized children.

Currently, the Romanian orphanages host around 29,000 children and only 6% were given to maternal assistants. Therefore, the daily fears the American report might reveal the true reality of these unlucky children.

The report comes as an American reaction to the child adoption legislation of Romania, which has limited the adoption only to close relatives, says Gandul. The American authorities made pressures for this law to be amended and allow other persons adopt children. Romanian children were among the favourites for U.S parents wanna-be.

During the last five years, these adoption were no longer possible and since then pressure on Romanian and European authorities increased.
The Romanian authorities deny the information presented in the American NGO’s reports is still valid.

Another success of the Romanian justice system takes the first page of the media. Romania Libera writes about a judicial inquiry against Social Democratic senator Serban Mihailescu launched on Wednesday by anti-graft proseutors. This is the first case of a senator being charged with bribery and illegal guns possession. He will be judged by the Romania’s High Court of Justice.

Cotidianul further explains that Mihaileascu, also known as Mikki "Spaga" (Bribe) is the first among the five most corrupted Romanians, "sharks", eyed by the EU. The anti-corruption department (DNA) managed to charge two PMs so far, two PSD deputies.

New breakthrough has been made by taking to court the PSD senator, former head of the Government Secretariat Mihailescu.

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