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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-19

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

May 19, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [02] Cotroceni Stadium in Bucharest under Senate Debates;
  • [03] An Initiative in Parliament;
  • [04] Justice Minister on Property Rights;
  • [05] A Statement by PNTCD Leader Ion Diaconescu;
  • [06] A Meeting in London;
  • [07] Albanian Foreign Minister on a Visit to Bucharest;
  • [08] Meeting at Cotroceni Palace;
  • [09] Romanian Joint Chief of Staff on a Visit to Greece;
  • [10] Inspector General of French Armies on a Visit to Bucharest;
  • [11] Former Hing Kong Governor on a Visit to Bucharest.

  • [01] House of Deputies proceedings

    The Romanian Government has submitted the project on amending and completing the Penal Code to the Permanent Bureau of the House of Deputies on Monday. Some stipulations in the article 200 on homosexual relations are to be abrogated. Homosexual abuses against children uner 14 and people unable to defend themselves remain however under penalty. The article on offence against the authority is subject to further debates as some of its stipulations are also to be abrogated. The insult is to be punished only by fine while the calumny is to be punished by 2-month jail or fine. RADOR

    [02] Cotroceni Stadium in Bucharest under Senate debates

    The Romanian Senate has resumed its debates yesterday. The agenda included emergency debates around the draft law on financing restoration work at the Cotroceni Stadium on the occasion of the European Youth Football Cup Finals taking place in Bucharest between May 23-31. RADOR

    [03] An initiative in Parliament

    The Romanian Minister for Relations with Parliament Alexandru Sassu has sent a letter to the Permanent Bureaux in Parliament in support of an extended daily programme for the MPs and measures aimed at ensuring the necessary quorum when the Budget was to come under debate. Mr Sassu has expressed the hope that the Budget law would be completed this week. RADOR

    [04] Justice minister on property rights

    Romanian Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica said that recent intervention of the police to get a family out of an apartment in Primaverii Boulevard was absolutely legal, and the statement made by the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) was only a proof pf the party's refusal to accept the property rights according to the rule of law. The minister said the police operation should not be seen as an evacuation but as house exchange. "According to law, the court rulig should be observed even if helped by police forces. If PDSR accepts the rule of law principles, then it should admit that it should not interfere with justice affairs. As a ruling party, PDSR did actually interfere with justice affairs. It makes now similar attempts while in Opposition", the minister added. RADOR

    [05] A statement by PNTCD leader Ion Diaconescu

    At a press conference on Monday, the President of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD) Ion Diaconescu said that the government could use the 1998 Budget starting from June 1. He mentioned the the parties in the governing coalition would vote for the Budget though further debates were expected this week around the issue. Mr Diaconescu has announced that coalition parties have agreed with a decision-making forum made up by leaders of coalition parties. The new body is expected to meet every Monday after the joint meeting of the Permanent Bureaux and the discuss all the draft laws on the agenda. RADOR

    [06] A meeting in London

    The MP commissioners for European integration affairs in Central and East- European countries met their EU colleagues in London on Monday. The topics of the talks included the economic monetary union, transparency in fighting organised crime and drug traffiking, the EU enlargement. Mrs Mariana Stoica, the Chief Commissioner for European integration affairs in Romanian Parliament, has mentioned some of the objectives the Romanian delegation was expected to follow: "We hope to get a fair appreciation of our efforts - and I mean Romania and Bulgaria as well - in securing the control of our borders. We wish to express our full commitment to show flexibility in our cooperation with parliaments in the EU Member States in order to be excluded, along with Bulgaria, from the 'black list' of the countries whose citizens are subject to such a strict visa regime". As the RRA recalls, at their meeting in Calarasi on May 8, the European integration commissioners in the two countries have decided to join their efforts in London and plead for the free movement of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens in the EU space. RADOR

    [07] Albanian foreign minister on a visit to Bucharest

    Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu met his Albanian counterpart Paskal Milo on Monday. Their talks focused on bilateral relations issues and recent developments in the Kosovo crisis. Mr Milo said that, according to his government, the best solution to the crisis would be a Republic of Kosovo within the Yugoslav Federation. He pointed out that the Kosovo crisis was not an issue of Albanian concern only, but also a regional and even international problem, and the overall duty was to get it solved. The Romanian minister has welcomed the recent talks between Milosevic and Rugova. The two ministers agreed that Romanian experts could go to Albania and help it set up its democratic institutions. RADOR

    [08] Meeting at Cotroceni Palace

    While on a two-day visit to Bucharest, Albanian Foreign Minister Paskal Milo has met Romanian President Emil Constantinescu at the Cotroceni Palace on Monday. The Albanian official has expressed his gratitute for the humanitarian aid Romania has provided as well as for the Romanian military participation in "Operation Alba". He said his country was willing to build its democratic institution with Romanian support and improve bilateral relations. RADOR

    [09] Romanian Joint Chief of Staff on a visit to Greece

    Romanian Joint Chief of Staff, Division General Constantin Degeratu is on a visit to Greece following an invitation by his Greek counterpart, Air Force General Athanasios Tsoganis. Their talks are expected to include issues of both bilateral and Partnership for Peace cooperation. The two officials will consider their work together in order to ensure a growing stability and security in the Balkan Peninsula and Europe. RADOR

    [10] Inspector general of French Armies on a visit to Bucharest

    The Inspector General of the French Armies, Air Force General Michel Courtais is on a visit to Romania. He is expected to leave Romania on May 29 after several meetings with Romanian officials in the Ministry of National Defence (MApN). His agenda includes visits to air bases and the "Henri Coanda" Aviation and Air Defence Academy. The talks will focus on issues concerning Romanian and French air force cooperation, the current stage of the reform, technical and flight training of the military, the RRA reports. RADOR

    [11] Former Hong Kong governor on a visit to Bucharest

    The former British Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, is on a visit to Bucharest where he is expected to attend the presidential conference on "Political and Economic Freedom" in the Aula Magna Hall of the University of Bucharest on Tuesday at 11 AM. Romanian President Emil Constantinescu is also expected to attend the event. A British Council communiques says that it is the third conference of the kind. Lord Slin O'Hadley presided at the first conference taking place in Bucharest in 1995 while Romanian Professor Andrei Plesu presided over the second conference taking place at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London last year. RADOR
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