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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-26

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May 26, 1998


  • [01] Romanian President Emil Constantinescu on a Visit to Canada;
  • [02] Prime Minister Radu Vasile Is Visiting Turkey;
  • [03] Romanian Government Will Not Change Its Policy on Minorities;
  • [04] UDMR Leader Beleives Election Results in Hungary Could Not Damage Romanian-Hungarian Relations;
  • [05] SRR and SRTV Law in Parliament Agains;
  • [06] 1997 Report of the Supreme Council for the Country's Defence;
  • [07] PNTCD Legal Initiative;
  • [08] PNTCD Against Individual Candidacies;
  • [09] Senator George Pruteanu To Be Replaced as Chief Commissioner for Education;
  • [10] New Member of Liberal Federation.

  • [01] Romanian President Emil Constantinescu on a visit to Canada

    President Emil Constantinescu has started his visit to Canada ahead of a delegation of Romanian high ranking officials. He is to attend an international conference in Montreal as its fourth edition this year is focused on European issues. It is the first official visit by a Romanian head of state since December 1989. The first day's agenda includes a series of meetings in Ottawa. President Constantinescu met yesterday Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien who was playing a key-role in Canadian policies as head of the Canadian Federal Government. Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu had talks with his Canadian counterpart Lloyd Axworthy.

    Mr Constantinescu and his delegation were given a welcome by Canadian Governor General Romeo Leblanc as representative of the British Crown. "On the verge of the 21-st century, I believe that the first official visit by a Romanian president democratically elected will be the landmark of our closer relations in future. All opportunities are being provided for both Romania and Canada in order to become privileged partners", Governor Leblanc said. In his turn, the Romanian president expressed his confidence in the longlasting bilateral relations: "Canada has repeatedly supported Romania's efforts and we all appreciated it. Romania should be part of the growing globalisation process in order to recover from its Cold War years". RADOR

    [02] Prime Minister Radu Vasile is visiting Turkey

    While in Istanbul on Monday, the Romania delegation led by Prime Minister Radu Vasile went on touring the city. Attending a lunch offered by his Turkish counterpart Mesut Yilmaz, Mr Vasile had talks focused on bilateral trade and cooperation opportunities in food industry, refinery and oil pipes building as issues of mutual interest. Mr Vasile said Romania believed Turkey was a traditional economic and trade partner and regional power as well. RADOR

    [03] Romanian Government will not change its policy on minorities

    Referring to the results of the general elections in Hungary, the leader of the ruling Christian democrat national Peasant Party (PNTCD) Ion Diaconescu, also speaker of the House of Deputies, said at a press conference on Monday that the policy of the Romanian Government and the governing coalition was not related to the political changes in Budapest. "We absolutely observe all international legislation on minorities as we actually have observed it in the past", Mr Diaconscu pointed out. RADOR

    [04] UDMR leader believes election results in Hungary could not damage Romanian- Hungarian relations

    Commenting the results of the general elections in Hungary, the leader of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) said: "The Hungarian voters have thought that an adjustment was needed, and they did it". Mr Marko Bela congratulated the Union of Democratic Youth (FIDESZ) for their victory pointing out the close relations between the two parties since 1990. "FIDESZ is informed about the situation of Hungarians in Romania and now, as a ruling party, it could benefit from it", Mr Marko said recalling that FIDESZ insisted its policy concerning the Hungarians abroad would be based on opinions of Hungarian minorities. The UDMR leader rejected the alleged deterioration of Hungarian-Romanian relations following the right wing victory in Hungarian general elections. "These fears are unjustified as right wing parties rule Romania as well. The Party of Hungarian Life and Justice is not expected to join the governing coalition as most of the parties in parliament have ruled out such a possibility. Therefore, there is no reason for Romanian-Hungarian relations to deteriorate", the UDMR leader pointed out. RADOR

    [05] SRR and SRTV law in parliament again

    The Senate has adopted the report of the mediation commission to solve differences over the draft law amending and completing the Law 41/1994 concerning the activity and structure of the Romanian Broadcasting Company (SRR) and Romanian Television Company (SRTV). According to the new law, the presidents of the boards will also cover the position of director general. The presidents and the members of the boards are to be accepted at a joint session of the Senate and the House of Deputies through majority voting. The draft law is to be directly promulgated as the sena2ors have approved all the amendments the commissiones proposed. RADOR

    [06] 1997 report of the Supreme Council for the Country's Defence

    The Supreme Council for the Country's Defence (CSAT) has submitted to the Permanent Bureau of the House of Deputies the report on its activity in 1997. The report says that CSAT's evaluation last September led to the conclusion that the reduction in spendings for defence institutions badly affected their activity. Last year, the council has drawn up the national security strategy still to be completed according to proposals made by national security institutions. CSAT informs Parliament about its emergency measures aimed at completing unreasonably delayed corruption inquiries. Consequently, over 2,000 billion lei were recovered from financial frauds, tax evasion, etc. RADOR

    [07] PNTCD legal initiative

    Four PNTCD deputies have submitted to the Permanent Bureau a legal initiative amending the law on SRI structures (ed.n. SRI - Romanian Intelligence Service). According to the deputies, commercial companies under SRI coordination should be banned from operating economic activities. They believe the measure could rule out any doubts about an alleged illegal activity. The four deputies propose the SRI to coordinate only health insitutions and cultural-sporting associations. RADOR

    [08] PNTCD against individual candidacies

    PNTCD leader Ion Diaconescu told a press conference on Monday that the closing down of the UM 0215 and the restructuring of the SPP (ed.n. Presidential Guard and Security Service) were welcomed for the country's future. According to the PNTCD leader, the decision made by the CSAT proved that the structures of the past would be gradually eliminated. PNTCD is supporting the idea of a 5% electoral threshold in the next elections but it believes that, at least for the time being, the individual candidacies could be a mistake as the Romanian political class was still not strong enough. Mr Diaconescu has welcomed the attempt of Romanian political forces to unite on ideological criteria, but, as he put it, the Romanian society today was still not prepared for the move. RADOR

    [09] Senator George Pruteanu to be replaced as chief commissioner for education

    PNTCD leader Ion Diaconescu said on Monday that Senator George Pruteanu was given notice of his exclusion from the party. Mr Diaconescu added that the senator has been also removed from his position of chief commissioner for education in the Romanian Senate. The party is to make a proposal on the matter. Senator Ulm Spineanu is expected to inform the Permanent Bureau of the Senate and request for another nomination as the PNTCD is entitled to head the education commission. RADOR

    [10] New member of Liberal Federation

    The Liberal Federation including the Liberal Party (PL), the Campeanu wing of the National Liberal Party (PNL-C) and the Liberal Christian Party has accepted a new member. The Liberal Monarchist Party (PLM) has announced its adherence to the federation. PNL-C spokesman Andrei Tanase told a press conference on Monday that the federation was also expected to include the Christian Democrat Union (UCD) in the very next future. He expressed the hope that the unification and restructuring of parties around a single doctrine and policy could clear up the Romanian political stage. RADOR
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