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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-08

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September 8, 1998


  • [01] Government Ordinances Approved by Deputies;
  • [02] The Government's Legal Priorities;
  • [03] PNTCD Press Conference;
  • [04] In Support of Early Elections;
  • [05] Budget Cut Consequences for Romania's Health Ministry;
  • [06] SNCFR Trade Unions Against Freezing Wages and Indexations;
  • [07] The Romanian President Is Attending an International Conference to Restore the "Silk Route";
  • [08] Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on a Visit to Romania;
  • [09] Ministerial Meeting in Bulgaria;
  • [10] Deputy Ion Ratiu's Reaction to Odessa Authorities' Decision to Ban Romanian Language Studies.

  • [01] Government ordinances approved by deputies

    At their meeting on Monday, the Romanian deputies have approved the articles in the Ordinance 70/1997 on fiscal control and Ordinance 14 on managing the funds resulting from extra-budget revenues financed public institutions. According to Ordinance 14, such institutions should be allowed to promote wages similar to the pay-system in autonomous untilities and commercial companies. The same day, the deputies have also adopted the ordinance allowing the extra-budget resources in administrating the state reserves. RADOR

    [02] The Government's legal priorities

    Romania's Minister for Parliament Affairs Alexandru Sassu has presented the House of Deputies' Permanent Bureau with a new list of the Cabinet's legal priorities following the separate reports by Cabinet ministers in compliance with the governing programme. The new list includes the draft law amending and completing the Housing Law and the draft law stipulating that the debts to the Budget should be paid prior to any other obligation. RADOR

    [03] PNTCD press conference

    The Press Centre of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation (SRR) has hosted the press conference of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD) on Monday. In his opening speech, PNTCD leader Ion Diaconescu has warned about the existing instability background around the world and its consequences on Romania. The lack of confidence in Romanian investments and the doubts the foreign investors have expressed recently may be explained in this way, Mr Diaconescu believes. Referring to the meeting on Friday between Romania's President Emil Constantinescu and party leaders in the governing coalition, he said they have all agreed to support the Radu Vasile Cabinet and approve the adjustments to the Budget. The leader of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Marko Bela, was the only one who expressed doubts about the move as he was dissatisfied with the way the coalition kept its previous promises. The PNTCD believes that a multicultural university would completely answer the diversity's needs of a mother tongue education and prevent the danger of segregation, Mr Diaconescu pointed out. He expressed the hope that only negotiations between coalition parties could solve the problem and urged the UDMR to prove its wisdom as its presence in the government could be helpful to both Romania and Hungarian minority. RADOR

    [04] In support of early elections

    At a press conference in Drobeta-Turnu Severin on Monday, the vicepresident of the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania PDSR), Mr Adrian Nastase, said the early elections were now the only solution to Romania's crisis. There are cities where nearly a half of the population is unemployed while the reshuffle and restructuring were just words to fool the people, the PDSR leader said. Mr Nastase believes his party does not call for early elections in its own interest. In his opinion, the move may sweep away the existing tensions in the coutry and answer the people's expectations. RADOR

    [05] Budget cut consequences for Romania's Health Ministry

    Romanian Health Minister Hajdu Gabor said his ministry had to reduce the so- called personnel spendings following the recent adjustments to the Budget while many phisicians had to be pensioned off. The minister pointed out that only 8,000 new jobs were to be created. The measure comes at a moment when graduates of more than 16 medicine schools were expected to get a job this year. Consequently, many of them are forced to delay their plans until early next year. The minister sounded rather pesimistic though he stopped however short of anticipating how much the money for medicine was expected to decrease. He only stressed the reduction would be "serious and trouble- making" as fewer medicines were to be compensated. RADOR

    [06] SNCFR trade unions against freezing wages and indexations

    The Romanian Railway (SNCFR) trade unions insist that the protocol they signed recently with the transport minister (allowing a 26% wage increase starting from October 1) should be further observed despite Finance Minister Daniel Daianu's decision to freeze all wages and indexations by the end of the year, trade union leader Voicu Sala. He added that the SNCFR trade unions would eventually discuss the issue within the trade union confederation after October 1. "The Romanian Railway trade unions are not expected to agree with the finance minister's decision until that date", Mr Sala warned. RADOR

    [07] The Romanian president is attending an international conference to restore the "Silk Route"

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has arrived in the Azeri capital of Baku on Monday afternoon to attend an international conference on restoring the "Silk Route". On Monday evening, the Romanian president met his Moldovan counterpart Petru Luchinsky and Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchima. In a statement to RADIO UKRAINE, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Boris Tarasiuk said that Mr Constantinescu and Mr Kuchima have agreed to revigorate the activity of the Romanian-Ukrainian Intergovernment Commission for economic and trade affairs. They have also discussed economic issues of mutual interest and the consequences the Russian crisis might have on the countries' economy. The talks also focused on issues concerning the cross-border education cooperation and the situation of the minorities in both Ukraine and Romania. RADOR

    [08] Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on a visit to Romania

    Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has arrived in Bucharest on Monday evening for an official visit. He said his visit was aimed at exploring the opportunities to develop trade between the two countries as recent developments in both Romania and the Republic of Peru were expected to allow such moves. The president is accompanied by government officials and Peruvian businessmen. On Tuesday, he is expected to meet his Romanian counterpart Emil Constantinescu at the Cotroceni Palace. His agenda also includes meetings with the prime minister and Romanian businessmen. The two presidents are expected to attend a joint press conference. RADOR

    [09] Ministerial meeting in Bulgaria

    The interior ministers of Romania, Greece and Bulgaria are attending a meeting in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia starting from Monday. The three- day meeting (September 7-9) is expected to coordinante the three countries' efforts in their attempt to fight cross-border crime. They are to signe a protocol on fighting the drug and arms traffiking, moneylaundring and other illegal activities. The ministerial meeting is the second this year after the talks in the Greek city of Salonic last March. RADOR

    [10] Deputy Ion Ratiu's reaction to Odessa authorities' decision to ban Romanian language studies

    The Odessa authorities' decision to ban the Romanian teaching and learning in mainly Romanian villages on the Ukrainian territory is obviously breaking the convention already agreed as part of the political basic Treaty between Romania and Ukraine, PNTCD deputy Ion Ratiu said. The deputy, who is also vicepresident of the Foreign Affairs Commission in Romania's House of Deputies, fears that the next step may be the introduction of the Russian ABC and the teaching and learning in the so- called "Moldovan language". He insists that the authorities in Bucharest should strongly denounce the decision and request the international human rights organisations to start monitoring and find a solution to the problem. RADOR
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