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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-02-04

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From: RADOR Press Agency <http://indis.ici.ro/romania/news/rador.html>

February 4, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Meeting of the Control, Co-ordination and Management Executive of the Christian Democratic National Peasant Party (CDNPP)
  • [02] Democratic Party's Summit
  • [03] Talks for Finalizing the Document Stating the Functioning of the Main Coalition
  • [04] Letter Addressed to President Emil Constantinescu by Russian Prime- Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin
  • [05] In Washington the Presidential Counsellor Zoe Petre Has Attended a Conference Concerning Euro-Atlantic Security
  • [06] Lukoil Buys 51% SOF Stock in PETROTEL
  • [07] Russian Companies Are Interested in the Romanian Oil Industry
  • [08] Impact on Romania of the Agreement for Worldwide Liberalization of Telecommunications

  • [01] Meeting of the Control, Co-ordination and Management Executive of the Christian Democratic National Peasant Party (CDNPP)

    The CCME of the CDNPP met on Tuesday evening at the Parliament Palace . Press was not accepted.As soon as the meeting ended, president Ion Diaconescu made the following statement: "WF began to discuss a project for a document stating the functioning of main coalition according to those principles which were already agreed on January 29th and reiterated on February 2nd when we met DP representatives. Talks referring to this are to be continued. Our delegates had made the project. Speaking about DP ministers'resignation and their free offices we are waiting now NLP's answer. We have also analysed the stage of the next rules and the necessary measures for their promotion as soon as it is possible, such as: public clerk's regulation, ministerial responsability law, initiative referring to the modification of regulation concerning the Chamber of Deputies and a law referring to forests regime. Finally it was analysed the situation of those regions where regional cenferences did not take place yet as well as the necessary measures for that". On his turn Prime-Minister Victor Ciorbea answered to the journalists. Referring to the document stating the functioning of maiF coalition he affirmed that it would be signed on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday. Speaking about DP'position towards this document Victor Ciorbea told them he is sure the Democratic Party will sign it because they have already accepted its principles. Victor Ciorbea also said RDC (Romanian Democratic Convention) is to have a meeting on Wednesday for some discussions concerning the proposals of the parties belonging to the Convention. RADOR, February 4

    [02] Democratic Party's Summit

    On Tuesday evening DP's leadership met at the residence of the party on Aleea Modrogan. There were present more than 20 leaders of the party among which: president Petre Roman, deputy chairmen Traian Basescu, Radu Berceanu, Cristian Dumitrescu, Adrian Severin, Alexandru Sassu, Bogdan Niculescu- Duvaz and some other members of parliament. At the end of the meeting politicians refused to make any statement. They only said they would continue their negotiations connected with the document which is to be signF They said this meeting would take place on Wednesday evening but did not say where would they meet. RADOR, February 4

    [03] Talks for Finalizing the Document Stating the Functioning of the Main Coalition

    The CDNPP's, DP's and HDUR's representatives have taken part in finalizing off the document stating the functioning of the main coalition. During Tuesday night they were very optimistic towards the signing of the document, which is to take place on Wednesday. After almost 5 hours of talks Bogdan Niculescu-Duvaz a DP member said they have already adopted a solution but he was not authorized to declare more, because the leaders did not meet yet. The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (HDUR) sent a delegate to negotiations: Mr.Gyorgy Tokai. According to his opinion the agreement is quiet possible and it will be done very soon. On his turn Mirel Taiuc the representative of the Christian Democratic National Peasant Party (CDNPP) declared the solution had been found so that on WednesdayFit would be voted by the leaders of the parties. The National Liberal Party (NLP)'s delegation left the building without speaking with the journalists. RADOR, February 4

    [04] Letter Addressed to President Emil Constantinescu by Russian Prime- Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin

    Press office of Romania's Presidency says the head of state Emil Constantinescu has received a letter from the President of Russian Federation Government Viktor Chernomyrdin. This calls up with pleasure their meeting in Vilnius and considers it a new impulse for developing Romanian-Russian relations. He also stresses Romania's part in strengthening the stability, the good neighbourhood as well as an European and regional plan of co-operation. Victor Chernomyrdin does not forget to speak about the economic potential of our country. He also writes: "Although Russia and Romania had temporary troubles connected with the special period of building up the market economy relations we consider our countries have a lot of Fossibilities of enlarging and going deeply into a co-operation in all domains". Referring to this matter it was pointed out the greater interest of Russian companies towards the co-operation in the following fields: fuel's production, mechanical engineering, agriculture and others. Viktor Chernomyrdin says the economic relations between the two countries must be also developed within the framework of common participation for fulfilment lots of projects drawn up and worked out in South-East Europe and the Black Sea zone. At the end of the letter addressed to president Emil Constantinescu, Viktor Chernomyrdin considers a meeting between both heads of government for analysing the economic co- operation would be very important and useful. The Prime-Minister Victor Ciorbea is invited by his Russian counterpart to pay a work visit to Russia during this year spring. RADOR, February 4

    [05] In Washington the Presidential Counsellor Zoe Petre Has Attended a Conference Concerning Euro-Atlantic Security

    In Washington the presidential counsellor Zoe Petre has attended a conference concerning Euro-Atlantic security. Its main subject was NATO expansion to the East and Central Europe. In her exposing Zoe Petre has estimated the debate concerning the expansion of NATO is a part of the larger debate referring to the Euro-Atlantic future on a brink of a new century. According to her opinion most - but not all - of the developments of last years in Eastern or Central Europe are irreversible. Zoe Petre has reviewed the Romanian experience aiming at creating some regional co- operation systems able to diminish the tensions in the region. The speaker has referred to the experience of trilateral talks upon different problems which derived advantage from Romania's high reputation in East and Central Europe. The presidential counsellor has also said these security agreements are very important but in Bucharest they are not considered a substitute of Euro-Atlantic integration. Referring tF the new non-conventional dangers from zone the presidential counsellor Zoe Petre has said: "When we speak about security matters we can take into account the fact that war - from traditional point of view - tends to lose its weight in front of other dangers like terrorism, drugs traffic, washing of dirty money a.s.o. Romania must belong to a security system in such a vulnerable and frail zone" Mrs.Zoe Petre said. RADOR, February 4

    [06] Lukoil Buys 51% SOF Stock in PETROTEL

    On Tuesday morning the State Ownership Fund (SOF) has signed a deal laying down the selling of the the SOF's 51% stock in the PETROTEL oil refinery to the Russian company Lukoil. Signing the deal, the president of the SOF's board Sorin Dimitriu said that the deal was one of the most important deals and the second concluded by the SOF with an East European investor. The deal worths up to 300 million dollars, no special facilities were stated and the Russian partner has assumed all the debts of the refinery to the Ftate - the president of the SOF said. The President of the Russian company Vagit Alek Perov said that considering the value of the refinery they would be able to enter the southern and eastern European market and to export some 20 million tons in the Western market. By that the refinery would have also access to oil processing. Alek Perov said that the refinery has now some 2500 employees and that Lukoil has no dismissals in view. Starting on February the crude oil delivery will begin and the refinery will start working at its standard capacity. RADOR, February 4

    [07] Russian Companies Are Interested in the Romanian Oil Industry

    The Russian oil company Lukoil and the State Ownership Fund (SOF) have signed the contract by which Lukoil bought the main stock package in the Pitesti PETROTEL refinery. Shortly after this, 3000 employees fired last year would be re-employed. The Russian company also has some other investment plans in the romanian oil industry. They are trying to persuade oneFof the five biggest refineries in Romania - RAFO Onesti - to import some 150 thousand tons of crude oil per month. Lukoil is the main partner of a big chain of gas stations in Romania. The Russians seem to be interested in the Romanian market because refineries in Russian are working at full capacity - BBC comments. The SOF entered deals with Holster - another Russian company that has branches in some Western countries. Holster has won auction for the Vega refinery but signing the deal was delayed following an appeal from the Muntenia Financial Investment Trust. RADOR, February 4

    [08] Impact on Romania of the Agreement for Worldwide Liberalization of Telecommunications

    The Romanian Minister of Communications Sorin Pantis said that Romania was one of the first countries to ratify the agreement for worldwide liberalization of telecommunications. He has shown that: "We have completely liberalized telecommunication services except for the basic telephone services on which ROMTELECOM reFains monopoly until 2002, December 31. The rest of our services are liberalized on a competitive - and I think - modern market. Besides that, we are in the top of service liberalizing and that is why I remind you that we have given the opportunity to the providers of cable televisions to offer access to the INTERNET - this makes Romania the first European country and the fourth in the world to do that." The Minister of communications said that INTERNET data transmission has been completely liberalized and this was "a competitional market where some big companies are involved". Mr. Pantis added that "the competition we have to face assures we provide quality services." RADOR, February 4


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