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What the newspapers say: November 7, 2008

de Radu Rizea
Vineri, 7 noiembrie 2008, 8:31 English | Press Review

The railroad workers postponed the strike and a full tank of gas costs some 25% less than it did five months ago. And this is not the only good news: Romanian medical doctors who fled the country in search of a better life can now return home, where private clinics are willing to offer huge salaries.

The railroad workers will postpone their strike two weeks, as a result of the negotiations with Transport Minister Ludovic Orban. In case the minister will respect at least two points out of the four discussed with the union workers, the may will be cancelled, the union leaders said, according to Evenimentul Zilei.

The bad news of the day is that the Bechtel highway - the famous project that led to the construction of 5 kilometers of highway in 4 years, for over 250 million Euros - suddenly shortened 31 kilometers. In fact, Bechtel prepared 31 kilometers of road for the last step, pouring the asphalt, but the entire segment is compromised by landslides and cracks. Transport Minister Ludovic Orban says that the company will have to pay some 100 million Euros, since the expertise indicates that the problems are exclusively the company's fault, Gandul reads.

In Europe, the fear of recession determined the central European Bank to lower the key interest rate from 3.75 to 3.25% and the monetary relaxation is expected to continue in the near future. The inflation rate also decreased to 3.25%, after peaking this summer at some 4%, Cotidianul informs.

Still, if one thing is more expensive than it should be, bothering the entire populace, that would be the price for the natural gas. Romania Libera calculated that a full tank of gas, which was a bit over 200 Romanian Lei in July, now costs 165 Lei. The same price decrease should have been noted in natural gas, but it didn't. In fact, a price decrease in natural gas can not be expected before the next summer, officials say, according to the newspaper.

On the other hand, the national oil operator, Petrom, recorded a profit of 630 million Euros during the first three quarters of the year, more than the owners’ (OMV group) general profit rate, Cotidianul reads.

The good news of the day is that private clinics in Romania may offer wages up to 10,000 Euros per month for doctors who give up their practice abroad and return home. The huge salaries are a result of the personnel crisis caused by the massive migration of medical doctors towards Western Countries.

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