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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-05-27

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

May 27, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] 1998 Draft Budget Passed by Parliament;
  • [02] Meeting of Governing Coalition Leaders;
  • [03] PD Believes Minister Berceanu's Decision Was Absolutely Legal;
  • [04] Remus Opris Criticises Industry and Trade Minister's Decision;
  • [05] UM 0215 - Still Operational;
  • [06] Sorin Oprescu - Single Candidate of Opposition Parties in Elections for Bucharest City Hall;
  • [07] Romanian President's Visit to Canada;
  • [08] Prime Minister Radu Vasile Has Ended His Visit to Turkey;
  • [09] MAE Congratulates Winners of Hungarian Elections;
  • [10] Confused Statements of FIDESZ Leader Viktor Orban;
  • [11] PUNR Is Concerned About Statements of FIDESZ Leaders;
  • [12] AUR Communique;
  • [13] Romanian to Host Headquarters of International Peace-Keeping Force in South-East Europe.

  • [01] 1998 draft Budget passed by Parliament

    The Romanian senators and deputies have passed the 1998 draft Budget. The Budget was passed with 231 for, 129 against and 3 abstentions. The Opposition has voted against the Budget after renewed criticism about the project. RADOR

    [02] Meeting of governing coalition leaders

    The leaders of the parties in the governing coalition met for the fist time on Tuesday since the Vasile Cabinet was sworn-in, the RRA reported. The talks focused on recent moves by Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu who dismissed the former managers of RENEL, ROMGAZ and SNP (ed.n. Romanian national suppliers of energy, gas and oil) without consulting Prime Minister Radu Vasile. According to the statement made by the leader of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD), Ion Diaconescu, the coalition leaders have decided to continue debates over the issue after Mr Berceanu's return to the country when discussions should take into account both the competence of the nominees and the agreements between governing parties. In his turn, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), Petre Roman, said the talks were productive as all the leaders admitted that the reform this year could not be successful unless the autonomous companies were part of the restructuring process. Prime Minister Vasile said that "there was no question of a political crisis or something of the sort". RADOR

    [03] PD believes minister Berceanu's decision was absolutely legal

    PD leader Petre Roman said the decision of Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu to designate new administration councils for the main autonomous companies was perfectly legal. Politically, the decision answers the objectives the coalition is willing to reach as the main priority is the reform, and the restructuring of RENEL, ROMGAZ and SNP was an important stage in the process. Mr Roman added the decision was based on competence only and none of the nominees were PD members. RADOR

    [04] Remus Opris criticises industry and trade minister's decision

    Referring to the decision of Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu to replace the administration councils of RENEL, ROMGAZ and SNP, PNTCD Vicepresident Remus Opris has explained on Tuesday that the incompetence of PNTCD managers was out of question. He said he did not hear anything of a supposed report of activity that could justify their dismissal. "If the PD believes Mr Berceanu's decision was fair, that means the PD is trying to gain electoral capital by further harassing its coalition partners", Mr Opris. RADOR

    [05] UM 0215 - still operational

    In a statement on Tuesday, Romanian Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu said he did not order the break up of UM 0215 because he was still expecting the report by the special commission on the matter. "The distribution of UM 0215 officers could not be a decision of my own", he added. At the same time, he informed that the commission led by General Zaharia was expected to present a report on the situation, and the UM 0215 officers could act as firemen, borderguards, etc. According to ROMPRES news agency, Mr Dejeu said that 22% of the UM 0215 were officers of the former Securitate (ed.n. Romanian Intelligence during the Ceausescu regime),

    [06] Sorin Oprescu - single candidate of opposition parties in elections for Bucharest City Hall

    Eight parliament and non-parliament opposition parties in the Partnership for Bucharest have designated on Tuesday medical doctor Sorin Oprescu, the director of the City Hospital in Bucharest, as their single candidate for the Bucharest City Hall. Sorin Oprescu, also Vicepresident of the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR), has gained the support of PDSR, the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), Labour Socialist Party (PSM), Socialist Party (PS), Romanian National Party (PNR), Car Drivers Party (PA), Retired People's Party (PP) and the Social Protection Party (PPS). PDSR leader Ion Iliescu said it was a political decision aimed at uniting all opposition forces in their attempt to prevent any further consequences following the CDR (Democratic Convention in Romania) - USD (Social Democrat Union) - UDMR (Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania) regime. RADOR

    [07] Romanian president's visit to Canada

    The Ottawan days of Romanian President Emil Constantinescu's official visit to Canada have ended on Tuesday when the president attended a lunch offered by Canadian Governor General Romeo Leblanc. The lunch was followed by the planting ceremony of a maple tree in the park at the governor's residence. Although the president is expected to have further meetings with Canadian Government officials and representatives of local authorities, one can conclude that the main political part of the presidential visit has actually eneded. The president will focus on economic matters in the following days when he is to meet Canadian businessmen and representatives of the Romanian community. In an exclusive interview to the RRA, Governor General Romeo Leblanc has reitertaed his country's support for Romania's NATO integration while President Constantinescu told the press his visit was only an avant-premiere of his visit to the US in July as the two events were landmarks of the 1998 diplomatic year. When asked about the recent statements of Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu, president Constantinescu siad he had phone calls with both the prime minister and the speakers of the two houses in parliament and the differences were expected to be solved. Tuesday evening, the president was to leave for Toronto, the next stage of his Canadian tour. RADOR

    [08] Prime Minister Radu Vasile has ended his visit to Turkey

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile has ended his visit to Istanbul where he attended the conference on "Back Sae and Caspian Sea Energy Future". He met yesterday Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoli Holpcenko and their talks focused on issues concerning the hydropower plant project on river Tisa, the opening of new checkpoints on Ukrainian-Romanian borders and the future meeting of the Ukrainian-Romanian joint commission. RADOR

    [09] MAE congratulates winners of Hungarian elections

    In a statement issued to the press on Tuesday, the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) offers congratulations to the winners of Hungarian general elections and says it is convinced that bilateral relations between Romania and Hungary will follow the same successful path, the RRA reports.(RADOR

    [10] Confused statements of FIDESZ leader Viktor Orban

    In an interview with Austrian "Der Standard" daily newspaper, the leader of the Union of Hungarian Youth (FIDESZ) said that some stipulations in agreements between Hungary and its neighbouring countries were inadequate as they did not take into account the main concerns of the Hungarian minorities. He added that Romania was drawing up a new law on Hungarian language-education, and said: "We should try to renew and improve the agreements". Commenting the MTI news, the RRA correspondent to Budapest said: "Much to our surprise, we have heard about the statement of Viktor Orban to "Der Standard". Here in Budapest, Mr Orban however told the Hungarian Television a quite different thing: he said there was no reason of concern about Hungary's relations with Romania and its other neighbouring countries. He said such fears were unjustified, and the added: "The Hungarian-Romanian relations go down in history and we should further improve them. We mustn't forget that Romania is now ruled by an anticommunist, democratic and civic government. There are many encouraging signs concerning the stability of relations between Romania and Hungary". This was the statement made by Viktor Orban and we recorded his voice. Therefore, we do not understand the meaning of Viktor Orban's statement to "Der Standard", unless we separate the matters concerning the national minorities in Romania from Romania's general matters, and suppose they are not under Romanian authority, which we do believe that it is not the case". RADOR

    [11] PUNR is concerned about statements of FIDESZ leaders

    The Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR) believes that the victory of Hungarian nationalist hardliners in recent general elections could lead to growing tensions between Hungary and its neighbouring countries in the very next future. A communique issued to the press and signed by PUNR leader Valeriu Tabara says that such unprecedented comments by FIDESZ leaders are a serious threat for peace and stability in the region. According to the communique, the FIDESZ leaders said that any decision made by the Government in Budapest should take into account the position of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and other parties representing the Hungarian minorities in the neighbouring countries. PUNR expresses its further support for friendly relations with Hungary based on the existing agreements, mutual respect and non-interfearence in domestic matters, the communique concludes. RADOR

    [12] Alliance for Romanians' Unity communique

    The Alliance for Romanians' Unity party (AUR) believes that Romanians and Romanian political parties should unite to defend the national unity and the integrity of the Romanian unified state, says an AUR communique signed by president Gheorghe Funar. The announcement was made because Mr Funar's party fears that growing tensions could emerge between Hungary and its neighbouring countries following the victory of right wing parties in recent Hungarian general elections. RADOR

    [13] Romania to host headquarters of international peace-keeping force in South-East Europe

    Romania offers to host the headquarters of the international peace-keeping force in South-East Europe. The peace-keeping force is to be set up following the decision made by eight Balkan countries attending a meeting in Tirana last Friday. RADOR
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