Thursday, March 26, 2009

Romanians halt elevators to save money in crisis

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Two government offices in Romania have come up with a novel way to cut expenses during the economic downturn: Turn off the elevator for most of the day.

Cristian Roman, the government representative in the northern county of Botosani, has decreed that elevators at the prefect's and county council offices will only be working between 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Roman says the measure will cut the electric bill. Some 200 people work in the five-story building.

Romania has been hard hit by the worldwide financial crisis. The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that Romania would receive a euro20 billion ($27.2 billion) loan from the IMF, the European Union and other financial institutions to boost government finances.

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