South Romania is paralyzed by heavy snow and many national and local roads are closed, most newspapers read on Tuesday. In this vein, Transports minister Berceanu declares that all public money were spent on clearing roads in the winter and there will be no money left for road repairing in the summer. Elsewhere in the news, Romania's Defense ministry plans to declassify secret documents regarding the 1989 Revolution, after 20 years. Last but not least, one newspaper reveals that the government lied to impose a higher retirement age.
Most newspapers on Tuesday read about the snow which paralyzed South Romania, lead to national and county roads to be closed, over 65 trains canceled and hundreds of people isolated in their cars or their homes in remote village.
Cotidianul reads that 17 national roads are closed together with A1 and A2 highways. Authorities, on the other hand declare that they are doing everything they can to ease the population's distress.
Transports minister Berceanu declared that weather conditions this winter compelled authorities to exceed the budget allocations by four times already - and winter is here to stay, apparently, Gandul reads.
Over 2,800 special cars are on national roads to clear the snow and ease traffic. The authority in charge with road maintenance has about 110 million euro for 2010 of which almost 60 million euro are debts for last year's works. So, the money that will be left after this winter will have to last for the national road maintenance of over 16,000 km and the two highways, of 260 km.
Authorities declared that most probably, they will not have the money to start the maintenance campaign in the spring.
Cotidianul reads that Romania's Defense ministry will declassify secret documents on the 1989 Revolution, after 20 years. On January 15, the ministry declassified 1989 documents which contained 2.684 files referring to the Revolution which were sent to the Military Courts. Moreover, the ministry is currently taking all measures necessary to declassify secret state information.
However, the a governmental decision is needed to approve the ministry's intentions.
Evenimentul Zilei reads that the Executive claimed that the EU imposed a higher retirement age in the pensions law but the newspaper reveals that this was a lie because EU directives do not impose any obligation whatsoever in this sense.
Romania's Legislative Council, part of the Parliament approved an citizen's initiative which contradicts the new pensions unique scheme law and proposes as retirement age 60 for women and 65 for men until 2050.
Labour ministry representatives insisted that EU directives impose equal retirement ages for both men and women. According to the observations made by the Legislative Council on the EU directives, the decision to set a retirement age remains at the national level. Thus, the Council concluded that the decision was based on economic grounds only.
The promoter of this initiative, Lia Ardelean, former Parliamentarian declared that the Council concludes that there is no obligation from the EU. She added that more developed states like Austria and Spain took measures to support the population and prevent an increase in retirement age.