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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-11

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

September 11, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] Decisions at Romania's Cabinet Weekly Meeting;
  • [03] Proposal Concerning the Setting Up of a Danubian University;
  • [04] The Hungarian Language Teaching State University Issue as Seen by Gyorgy Tokay;
  • [05] Hearing of SRI dDrector Costin Georgesu by the MP Commission Monitoring the SRI;
  • [06] New CDR Protocol;
  • [07] Bucharest City Hall Early Election Date Still Unknown;
  • [08] Restructuring of the Black Sea Border Units.

  • [01] Senate proceedings

    At its session on Thursday, the Romanian Senate has adopted the law on the foreigners' status in Romania - a document including regulations concerning the arrival, stay and departure of foreigners visiting the country. All senators have supported the project during debates, and the document passed with a majority of votes. The speakers said the law was completing the existing laws designed to prevent illegal immigration and its consequences. With 110 votes for and 4 votes against, the senators have adopted the law. RADOR

    [02] Decisions at Romania's Cabinet weekly meeting

    Romania's Government spokesman Rasvan Popescu told a press conference at Victoria Palace on Thursday that the Cabinet has adopted the emergency ordinance adjusting the 1998 Budget. The ministers have operated some changes into the text. Such changes include the 50% financial support of travel tickets raising at nearly 1,000 billion lei. The VAT excepted textbooks and other scientific books and magazines are to be nominated in a separate ordinance. The prime minister was expected to meet representatives of Romania's publishing system next Wednesday at 11 AM. The Cabinet has also adopted the ordinance amending the Government Ruling #239/1997 establishing the domestic energy supply prices - a document coming into force in September this year. The draft law setting up and organising the National Council of Elderly People (CNPV) was also adopted. According to the RRA, the CNPV is an autonomous body of public interest defending the elderly people's rights and liberties. RADOR

    [03] Proposal concerning the setting up of a Danubian university

    Romania's National Education Minister Andrei Marga insists that the idea of setting up a Danubian university is not entirely new in the context of the European system. "The solution is preserving the multicultural profile while promoting a European principle", minister Andrei Marga said in an interview. The minister said the project was still to be discussed as the president of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD), Ion Diaconescu, already indicated that the solution was "unproductive". Referring to recent claims by the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) indicating that the education minister was only "trying to delay" any solution to answer Romania's Hungarian minority demands, minister Marga has denied the accusation.. "Our proposal is supporting the multicultural project as all political forces in the governing coalition actually agree with it", Andrei Marga concluded. "The solution is meeting the European experience in the field. I would like to mention that a similar project was achieved between Germany and Poland. It is a solution answering the current European strategy, and we believe the project seems reasonable to all sides involved anyway. The solution involves the setting up of a so-called Danubian University - a name we may change if needed although that is not quite the question - a university agreed by both Romania and Hungary", minister Andrei Marga said in another interview."The Babes-Bolyai University is a multicultural institution, it belongs to the Romanian State and it is recognised by all Romanian institutions in full resposibility. The Danubian University may have a multicultural profile. The Babes-Bolyai University promotes the Romanian, Hungarian and German teaching while the Danubian University would also include other languages of international interest. Anyway, the university we propose should be approved by parliaments in both Romania and Hungary. It would be a symbolic gesture", Mr Marga said. RADOR

    [04] The Hungarian language teaching state university issue as seen by Gyorgy Tokay

    Gyorgy Tokay, the prime minister's minister-delegate for diversity affairs, told journalists that "minister Marga's proposal sounds very interesting but it brings no solution to our troubles right now". He expressed some restraint as he believed the education minister seemed "absolutely inconsistent". "On one hand, he was against a Hungarian language teaching university while on the other hand, it might take years to achieve the project he was now putting forward, no matter how possible it might be. I believe his solution is unproductive and it actually delays the major decision we expect. I believe it is an attempt to elude the governing programme", Mr Tokay said. PNTCD deputy Virgil Popescu, also commissioner for education affairs in the House of Deputies, said in an interview that minister Andrei Marga's proposal of a Danubian University was "very interesting" but it was "obvious that the Hungarian authorities in field should examine the project as well". "As far as the Hungarian language is concerned, we are absolutely against any restrictions. On the other hand, we denounce as well the ethnic assimilation. We utterly support the integration of all Romanians, irrespective of the minority they belong, and the integration cannot be achieved by totally separating the higher educational institutions", the former education minister concluded. RADOR

    [05] Hearing of SRI director Costin Georgesu by the MP commission monitoring the SRI

    After the hearing by the MP commission monitoring the activity of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), SRI director Costin Georgescu has actually stopped short of providing any details to the press. The report of the SRI activity in 1997 was submitted to parliament nearly two years ago, and Mr Georgescu's silence was rather surprising as he was asked to provide further information mainly on the underground economy. When asked about the information in the additional report he was now expected to present, Mr Georgescu replied sharply: "It is all about general matters". Referring to the underground economy, the SRI director replied: "It is neither higher nor lower. It's doing well, I may say". He insists however that the report complies with the international standards in the field. RADOR

    [06] New CDR protocol

    At its meeting on Thursday, the National Council of the Democratic Convention in Romania (CDR) has completed 15 articles in the new protocol of the alliance. Other two articles are to be examined at a meeting next Thursday. According to the statement made by CDR President Ion Diaconescu, the articles include the way the alliance is expected to run in the local elections and the CDR member parties obligation to present their own candidates for seats in parliament and government. As far as the local elections are concerned, the right of a party to run on separate lists for local counsellors is still under debate. Referring to the list of candidates, the CDR leader said the new protocol was expected to reiterate the rules already accepted during the election campaign in 1996. The civic bodies will have the right to express their vote on strategy and programme, but they are not allowed to propose members in parties outside the CDR as candidates for public positions. The new protocol is also answering some of the demands the civic bodies made on the CDR. Under the new protcol, only the leaders of political parties may run for the CDR presidency following the vote of two thirds of the members in the CDR Council as link between parties and civic bodies. RADOR

    [07] Bucharest City Hall early election date still unknown

    The date of the early elections for the City Hall in Bucharest is still unknown. The Cabinet has again delayed a decision on the issue, and there was little chance for early elections this year. Consequently, the early elections for the Bucharest City Hall may wait a little longer. The Government claims? The lack of funds. The voting may cost some 15 billions lei while the Capital's Prefecture says it has only 5. No one can say how much longer the elections may be delayed, and recent reports sound rather confusing. The election date may be known only after the adoption of the 1998 Budget. The goverment's position is however ambigous. While at Victoria Palace on Thursday, Prime Minister Radu Vasile said the 15 billion lei effort was not a reason to delay the elections. "We are questioning if the elections are really necessary, according to law, of course", the prime minister said. The Opposition seems most dissatisfied with the delay as it believes the early elections may be a test before the next general elections. On the other hand, it seems the governing coalition does not think too much about it anymore. "There is little time left until the year 2000 when the general elections are expected to take place", said Valeriu Stoica, the vicepresident of the ruling National Liberal Party (PNL). And the ruling Democratic Party (PD) seems to share his position. RADOR

    [08] Restructuring of the Black Sea border units

    Since Wednesday, the border units around the Black Sea and the Danube Delta operate under a new structure aimed at increasing their efficiency in fighting international crime in border areas. The new measures recently approved by Romania's Interior Ministry are not however supposed to solve the problems the water borders are facing as the lack of competitive ships allows the foreign fishing boats to repeatedly violate the Romanian law. RADOR
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