Tuesday, January 27, 2009

the state of the language in the Romanian state

There used to be a continual stream of smart people leaving Romania (I guess it still happens) and the side effects of it were hidden for a while (at least to me), but not anymore...

Having a bit of time on my hands (and annoyed by the Romanian banks) I decided to write to the Romanian National Bank (BNR, bank regulator), then to the Ombudsman's Office (ANPC) and ask for clarifications. The result was that they don't give a fuck (yeah, no -- or **, I really mean it) about the EU regulations and what the local banks are doing), plus their incompetence / language skills has hit the roofs / rocks already.

Quoting from BNR's answer (undersigned by 2 directors):
Conform regulilor Uniunii Europene, regulamentele emise de Parlamentul European şi de către Consiliu sunt acte normative de directă aplicare, nefiind permisă transpunerea acestora în legislaţia naţională.
It seems they had to consult some foreign language document before answering, but their translator left the building long time ago (maybe to EU?) so they had to go with one of the cleaners (did they stop her from sweeping the halls?!). What she did was to translate (what might have been originally): not required into not allowed (using the wrong mop/synapse)

Quoting from ANPC's answer (undersigned by 1 director):
Totodata, va comunicam faptul ca ANPC a initiat un proiect de Hotarare de Guvern prin care v-a fi desemnata Autoritatea responsabila cu supravegherea respectarii acestui regulament
Looks like the cleaner strikes back, this time while on the job at ANPC and forgets to spell check the (director's) answer properly.

And a piece of advice to the Romanian directors: when you reach this level of incompetence, just hire 2 secretaries. Obviously our "friends" above had only one (the entertainment one). Be smart, hire another one to do the real job while the first one keeps you busy. Don't be an a--!

PS. I do think that the communication between parties is private, so I won't publish their names (without consent)