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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-02

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

September 2, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] Agriculture Minister's Report Before the Senate;
  • [03] Romania's Hungarian Language Teaching University under Debate;
  • [04] Restructuring of MApN's Directorate for Military Protection and Security;
  • [05] Higher Wages for the Military;
  • [06] OSCE High Commissioner for Minorities on a Visit to Romania;
  • [07] IMF Chief Negociator for Romania on a Visit to Bucharest;
  • [08] Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a Visit to Lebanon;
  • [09] Closing Ceremony of "People and Religions" International Conference.

  • [01] Senate proceedings

    With 104 votes for and 4 abstentions, the Romanian Senate has adopted the draft law on concession regime. At the session on Tuesday, the senators have approved the article #2 establishing the goods, activities and public services subject to concession as previously stipulated in the additional report submitted by the Senate's both legal and privatisation commissions. According to the law, public transport, motorways, bridges and tunnels, mail services, energy, oil and gas suppliers may be subject to concession. The article #2 in the draft law also stipulates that goods, activities and public services of no legal regulation or competition cannot be subject to concession. The 49-year concession contract can be extended for no more than a half of the period of time initially agreed.

    With 103 votes for, 4 votes against and 13 abstentions, the Senate has also passed on Tuesday the draft law on public property rights and its legal framework. The main article in the draft law was about to block the debates but it was finally adopted after the MP group leaders reached a consensus over the matter. According to a last minute article in the law, in six months the government should present a draft law allowing the retrocession of properties confiscated between 1945 and 1989 and establishing compensations in case such properties could not go back to their legal owners. RADOR

    [02] Agriculture minister's report before the Senate

    The extraordinary session of the Senate has ended with a report by Romania's Agriculture Minister Dinu Gavrilescu. The minister has presented the senators with an updated report concerning his ministry's activity and its future plans. He coplained about the heavy rains and the drought that badly affected the crops this year. According to a first forecast, the damages may have eaten up the agriculture's entire budget. Mr Gavrilescu has pointed out however that the farmers were also to blame as they did not show to much interest in farming. This is why more than 280,000 hectars of land were actually wastes, the minister believes. Mr Gavrilescu has also prepared a draft order allowing the financial support of seed purchase and another one reconsidering the debts of loss-making economic agents in the next five years. RADOR

    [03] Romania's Hungarian language teaching university under debate

    Following the Romanian Government Order 267/July 17 1998, the commission to examine opportunities for the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university in Romania met on Tuesday. According to a communique issued by the Department for national minority protection, the commission has reviewed the main issues in the project concerning the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching state university. According to the communique, the commissioners have agreed that a final report over the matter was expected to establish the institutional framework of the project according to regulations generally accepted. RADOR

    [04] Restructuring of MApN's Directorate for military protection and security

    A communique issued by the Press Office of Romania's Ministry of National Defence (MApN) has announced that the Directorate for military protection and security was subject to restructuring. The restructuring project will be based on functional, professional and efficiency principles and it will be submitted to the Romania's Supreme Council for Defence (CSAT) for further debate. The department chief gen. Ion Dohotaru was dismissed following the "Cigarette 2" scandal unvailed in the Romanian press this spring. He was blamed for failing to prevent and examine such obvious violations of military regulations at the air base in Otopeni, the communique recalls. RADOR

    [05] Higher wages for the military

    The MApN Financial Directorate has announced that the reviewed budget was expected to ensure the necessary funds allowing higher wages and salaries for the military starting with October 1. A MApN Press Office communique says that the reviewed budget will also allow the pay of compensations for the dismissed personnel as stipulated in the Government Ordinance #7. RADOR

    [06] OSCE high commissioner for minorities on a visit to Romania

    While at the Parliament Palace on Tuesday, the speaker of Romania's House of Deputies, Ion Diaconescu, met Max van der Stoel, OSCE High Commissioner for national minorities. The commissioner said his visit was expected to provide more information about the progress Romania made in this respect. The OSCE High Commissioner Max van der Stoel met Romania's Education Minister Andrei Marga on Tuesday. In his statement, Mr Marga said that the meeting was aimed at providing more information about the recent measures the National Education Ministry (MEN) adopted to improve the education system. The commissioner wanted to get more information about recent developments in the educational process for young Rroma and about the debates over the Hungarian language teaching higher education system in Romania as well as the mutual recognition of graduating diplomas between Romania and Hungary. Other MEN initiatives also include the publishing of textbooks in cooperation with European institutions, Romanian textbooks translated into minority languages, textbooks written by intelectuals representing the national minorities and translations of foreign textbooks authorised by the MEN. The discussions have also focused on issues concerning the restructuring of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca as a multicultural university. RADOR

    [07] IMF chief negociator for Romania on a visit to Bucharest

    The IMF chief negociator for Romania, Poul Thomsen, has arrived in Bucharest on Tuesday. The unexpected visit is due to recent concerns with the deteriorating financial situation in Russia. Mr Thomsen's visit is not part of the usual IMF official missions to the country. He is expected to discuss with the Romanian officials the recent developments in the country's economy, the reviewing of the Budget and the way the Russian financial crisis may affect Romania's currency and financial markets. Mr Thomsen is expected to meet Prime Minister Radu Vasile, Finance Minister Daniel Daianu and Mugur Isarescu, the Governor of Romania's National Bank (BNR). The IMF official was expected to visit Romania later in September for a new round of negotiations as no loan agreement was now operating between the two sides. RADOR

    [08] Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a visit to Lebanon

    The last day of Rpmania's Prime Minister Radu Vasile to Lebanon included the reconstruction plants in the capital Beirut where he had talks with senior representatives of the leading building company in the country. The Lebanese would like growing exports of building materials from Romania while the Romanian side, who signed an emergency ordinance to help restore the old Bucharest centre last week, was interested in getting Lebanese assistance in the project, Romanian State Secretary Laszlo Borbely declared. At a meeting with Lebanese businessmen and industrialists, Romania's Privatisation Minister Sorin Dimitriu has presented the Lebanese investors with Romania's offer in the field such as telecommunications, tourism, agriculture and oil. Prime Minister Vasile said Lebanon should get involved in the Caspian oil transport routes linking Constantza and Trieste along with the other countries in the region. While at the Otopeni Airport on Tuesday, Prime Minister Radu Vasile said his two-day visit to Lebanon was mainly due to economic reasons and it actually launched the negotiations over a Romanian-Lebanese free trade agreement. Mr Vasile announced that the Oil National Company in Romania was soon to run two oil extracting plants in Kazakhstan. The prime minister recalled that Romania has made its appearence on the oil market for the first time since 1984. "As far as politics are concerned, I may say that the Lebanese prime minister has accepted an invitation to visit Romania maybe early next year", the prime minister said in a statement to the RRA. RADOR

    [09] Closing ceremony of "People and Religions" international conference

    The third and last session of the "People and Religions" international conference has ended in Bucharest on Tuesday. Processions and prayers were reported in Romania's capital while the reunion's closing ceremony has been organised in the Piata Universitatii (ed.n. University Plaza) at 6:00 PM the same day. In his closing speech, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu said that, in a regional context, the meeting proved that dialogue was the only efficient way to promote closer relations between nations around the world. The dialogue also proved that politics ansd religion could cooperate on the verge of the third millenium and serve the world's common interests, the president added. In his opinion, there is a need for an unconventional thinking, a need of insitutional and educational reform all over the world in order to get large religious communities closer and, as he put it, new legal instruments should be ratified to eliminate the existing economic gaps and promote technological progress. RADOR
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