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What the newspapers say: March 15, 2010

de A.C.
Luni, 15 martie 2010, 8:08 English | Press Review

President Basescu starts negotiations with all political parties to fundamentally change the laws governing the state, one newspaper reads on Monday. Another revolutionary idea is put forward by Dinu Patriciu, the Romanian businessman, in business: his plan is to set up a vast network of kiosks across the city adapted for car platforms. Elsewhere in the news, Hungarian became the official language in Harghita, Covasna and Mures which raised the dissatisfaction of Romanian nationalists. Also related to the social sphere, Unions threaten to block the activity of the budgetary system.

Romania libera reminds its readers that today the President and representatives of all political parties start negotiations which might fundamentally change the rules governing this state. Consultations mark the beginning of a series of negotiations that would lead to a change in rules.

Among the most important: to clarify the relation between the Presidency and the Parliament, to consolidate the Parliament's legislative role which was threatened by the government so far, a unicameral Parliament or not, the change of institutions like the Constitutional Court and the Superior Council of Magistracy, decentralization.

The modification of the Constitution will lead to a change in the electoral law. It remains to be seen if the President and the parties will manage to avoid their short term electoral gains. According to the constitution, the President or the Parliament can initiate a discussion to change it. The referendum on November 22, in which the majority of Romanians opted for a unicameral Parliament has a huge political value which pressures politicians to fast forward the constitutional reform.

In business, Evenimentul Zilei reveals businessman Patriciu's secret plan: to set up a kiosk network across the city, adapted for a car platform.The project might start by the end of spring. The main objectives are to set up a network of shops, at 300 meters one of each other in Bucharest and then in the main cities in Romania.

The mobile shops will sell anything and at lower prices because of their lack of rents and transports: shops are mobile, they fill up on the go and have their own space. With this, Patriciu will be able to create its down distribution network for his newspaper, Adevarul.

Elsewhere in the news, Hungarian became the official language in the Hungarian speaking regions Harghita, Covasna and Mures, Evenimentul Zilei reads. The decision should be applied through decisions of local councils.

There are 1,434,377 Hungarians living in Romania according to the 2002 census which make up 6.6% of the population. In the Hungarian speaking region, Hungarian might become the official language.

The decisions were not so well received by nationalists.

Eveniment Zilei
reads that even though they are convinced that they will not manage to pull on the streets so many people, unions threaten to block the activity of the budgetary system. Even though PM Boc asked for 1 week in an attempt to find a solution, professors and students do not give up their street protests which will debut today in Bucharest.

The unions are mainly dissatisfied by the way the unique salary scheme law is applied - which lead to a decrease in the salaries of too several state employees. Moreover, they also protest against the new pensions law.

Unions know that they will not be able to pull on the streets millions of people, like in Greece, but still, they are determined to block activities in several sectors, from public administration to schools, public transportation or health.

Professors announced that they will contest to the Constitutional Court the government's ordinance that ruled to postpone the salary rights they rightfully owned. 

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