The decision of the Transports ministry to impose mandatory winter tires starting November 1, 2011 will generate a super business for some. Elsewhere in the news, an investigation of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project reveals an international network through which Petrom Service money laundered millions of euro. Last but not least, Romanian MEP Cristian Preda talks about the modernization of Romania and the state of affairs in PDL, the governing party.
Gandul reads about the decision of the Transports ministry to impose mandatory winter tires for all cars on winter time. The decision will create a wealth for those selling tires and apparently, will cut costs of the ministry incurred during winter time to unclog roads.
Transports minister Anca Boagiu declared for Gandul that the idea occurred to her as she travelled to Prahova Valley and because it snowed a bit, car accidents happened because they were all equipped with summer tires.
In the time spam between the week when it announced the mandatory decision and last Thursday when it announced that it will be implemented starting November 2011, sales for tires increased by 20-25% and their prices went up.
Boagiu explained that this measure will cut costs of the ministry as normally the ministry pays about 1,050 to 1,500 lei / hour to unclog cars that block traffic. According to the newspaper, last year, losses amounted to about 470,000 euro.
If all 3.5 million cars in Romania would get new tires, that would mean a cash in of 1.4 billion euro.
Elsewhere in the news, a report of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project reveals an international network through which Petrom Service money laundered millions of euro, Romania libera reads.
In Romania, the main character is the offshore consultant Kiss Laszlo Gyorgy. He was arrested for money laundering of 8 million euro from the accounting of Petrom Service - the company that businessman and media mogul Sorin Ovidiu Vantu annexed to his companies.
The money were drained through an offshore circuit set up by Kiss and his partner - Ian Taylor from New Zealand. For an incognito reporter, Kiss sets up, starting from some basic business data, a financial offshore circuit for fiscal optimization.
Kiss was arrested by prosecutors, accused of money laundering 8 million euro from Petrom Service. He is accused in a penal file in which other six managers of Petrom Service SA are also indicted.
Prosecutors established that the money from Petrom Serice, dilapidated through managers counseled by Kiss Laszlo Gyorgy reached, finally, Ionut Adrian Eftimie - one of the sons of a trustworthy employee of media mogul Sorin Ovidiu Vantu.
Ion Eftimie, former administrator of Realitatea TV television is investigated for a 6.2 million lei fraud. In this context, investigators said they attempt to find out if Vantu is the final beneficiary of the 8 million euro.
Evenimentul Zilei reads in an interview with Romanian MEP Cristian Preda about the state of affairs in the ruling party, the Democrat Liberals and Romanian politics. For Preda, the party needs a project that would enable the party to open up to young people and have a project that will synchronize the party to Europe.
About the future PDL Congress, Preda said that the party has a good opportunity to mark its options and choose future leaders. Preda is against national moguls of the political arena who mingle bureaucracy and business to politics.
For Preda, the party needs to be honest with itself and with the voters and concentrate more on having an honest dialogue with its voters. About PM Boc, Preda said that he is a surprising politician who proved this in his political career.
In his view, what political parties in Romania need is to redefine parties and open up to new people.