Members of the Romanian Education Commission in the House of Deputies reviewed and then rejected One Laptop Per Romanian Child recently. HotNews.ro reports that the rejection was officially due to financial constraints of the Children's Machine XO:
House Commission head Lia Olguta Vasilescu said they believed the 700 million euro needed for the procurement of the laptops was too much an amount and would weigh heavily on the Education Ministry budget. Vasilescu also said that "beside that the laptops are simple toys, they’re not even have an expiring date". "We, the Parliament, do not want to support this project because there’s no money" for it.Could it be that Romanian balked at the escalating "$100 laptop" price? Or might OLPC have lost out for a much simpler and very unofficial reason, embarrassment? Maybe the Romanian parliament had just as much trouble opening the OLPC XO as Better Days did:It took three geeky people over two minutes to open the clamshell OLPC computer body. Politicians? They're probably still trying to open it in Romania!