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by Euro Reporter
2008-12-23 10:15:53
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Forming expert group on economic crisis

Romania's new Premier-designate Emil Boc said he will set up an expert group to handle the current economic crisis. The consulting group will include experts on economy and social issues, Boc said after accepting his nomination as prime minister. He said he will ask the central bank to help the governing coalition of the Democrat Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party will find the best solutions to the ongoing crisis.

Theodor Stolojan, the previous designated prime minister, "will remain in our team if he wishes," Boc said.  Romanian President Traian Basescu on Monday named Boc, president of the Democrat Liberal Party, as prime minister. Basescu made the new nomination soon after Stolojan dropped his bid for the post earlier in the day. Stolojan, 65, served as Romania's prime minister from October 1991 to November 1992 and finance minister from May 1990 to April 1991.

Now I feel better, Obama and Boc are going to sort out the economic crisis!!!


Romanian drivers rally against tripled car imports tax

Drivers protested in several Romanian cities on Saturday (December 13th) against a government decision to triple the tax on imports of second-hand cars. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Oradea in the country's northwest and headed to the Bors border checkpoint, threatening to block it. The protesters urged the government to abolish the tax and called ministers "thieves". Rallies were also held in Bistrita and in front of the government building in Bucharest.

Romania announced the tax increase earlier this month as part of efforts to support the local car industry. Purchasers of imported used cars now have to pay thousands of Euros in registration fees, often exceeding the actual price of the vehicle. Romania had been seeing a boom in imports of used cars, hurting the sales of local car manufacturer Dacia.


Top Romanian anti-communist dissident dies

Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, once jailed as a Romanian communist-era 'enemy of the state,' died Friday after years of fighting to reveal details of the country's troubled past, the prime minister said. He was 80. Dumitrescu died at home two weeks after he was released from hospital where he was being treated for liver disease, national news agency Agerpres reported.

After communism ended in 1989 with the overthrow and execution of Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Dumitrescu was elected to Parliament where he fought as a senator for the exclusion of former communists from public life. He helped draft laws that led to the publication of the millions of files of the feared Securitate secret police files.

Is the fanaticism going to die with him?

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