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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-14

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

September 14, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Szeckler Forum for UDMR's Renewal;
  • [02] PRM Protests Against Szeckler Forum's Resolutions;
  • [03] New Judges with Romania's Supreme Court of Justice;
  • [04] CEFTA Meeting;
  • [05] "Our Romanian Language" Festival;
  • [06] Congress of the Mining Trade Unions Confederation in Romania;
  • [07] Meeting of European Universities Association;
  • [08] Romanian Fireman's Day.

  • [01] Szeckler Forum for UDMR's Renewal

    Called by the Honorary President of the Democratic Union of Ethic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Laszlo Tokes, in the Cernat city of Romania's Covasna county, the Seckler Forum for UDMR's Renewal has asked the Romanian Parliament to amend the existing legislation and approximate it to international law on local autonomy and selfruling. Bishop Laszlo Tokes said in an interview that the forum was aimed at restructuring the UDMR following accusations of failing to answer the Hungarian community's interests and breaking its initial programme. The UDMR honorary president pointSd out that the meeting in Cernat, althogh unofficial, took place however inside and not outside the UDMR. He accused the UDMR of neglecting the party's autonomy programme while becoming a ruling party. Mr Tokes however denied that the forum was aimed at underminig the UDMR leadership's authiruty. RADOR

    [02] PRM protests against Szeckler Forum's resolutions

    In a press communique, the Greater Romania Party (PRM) has strongly condemned the resolutions of the Szeckler Forum in Cernat under the presidency of bishop Laszlo Tokes. PRM believes that the "happening in Cernatul de Jos is a serious and dangerous escalation of the Hungarian irredentism since August 1940 up until now, and a genuine declaration of war to the Romanian national united state". The PRM is demanding the immediate outlaw of the UDMR, and the emergency expulsion of bishop Tokes. The PRM believes that the counties of Harghita and Covasna should be militarised as the Hungarian minority already started the ethnic cleansSng of Romanians since December 1989. The PRM calls for a government of national unity and blames Romania's President Emil Constantinescu for his position towards the UDMR. RADOR

    [03] New judges with Romania's Supreme Court of Justice

    A press communique issued by the Romanian Presidency says that President Emil Constantinescu has appointed Buta Madalina Cristina, Ciubotaru Mihai, Ezer Emilia, Lungeanu Viorica, Lungu Fulga, Lutac Georgeta, Mihai Nicolae, Popa Eugenia, Rotar Gheorghe and Toaca Dorica as judges with Romania's Supreme Court of Justice. The appointment was made following a proposal by the Supreme Council of Romania's Judiciary. RADOR

    [04] CEFTA meeting

    While coming back from Prague where he attended the meeting of the CEFTA prime ministers, Romania's Prime Minister Radu Vasile said the CEFTA has decided the setting up a subcommittee for agricultural affairs to examine the policies and the subsidy procedures in each CEFTA member country. According to the prime minSster, the decision was made after participants examined the recent developments in the trade with agricultural products between the CEFTA countries. He declared the debates also focused on ways of extending the cooperation concerning the circulation of capital - a very difficult issue, he believed, as each country was connected to capitals abroad. Mr Radu Vasile said he disagreed with his Cezch counterpart's proposal of a particular institution for the Visegrad countries. While attending a radio programme on Saturday, Prime Minister Radu Vasile has concluded that the mutual support between the CEFTA countries was the only solution to a fair European integration process. Agriculture Minister Dinu Gavrilescu said recently that a "protectionist wind blowed among the CEFTA member countries". The deputy commissioner for industries and services in Romania's House of Deputies, Barbu Pitigoi, also an MP representing the ruling Christian Democrat national Peasant Party (PNTCD), explained thS allegation: "There are countries of different industrial development among the CEFTA members; their policies of financing the economic departments is also different from state to state. Such differences have forced some of the member countries to impose customs duties in their attempt to prevent an unbearable situation for the producers". RADOR

    [05] "Our Romanian Language" Festival

    The Youth Palace in the Ukrainian town of Chernautz has hosted the "Our Romanian Language" Festival - a traditional event for the Romanian minority in Ukraine's Northern Bucovina. As the RRA reports, the festival was organised by the Mihai Eminescu Society and large numbers of participants and guests came from Romania to attend the event. The deputy representing the Romanian minority in the Supreme Rada in Kiev, Ion Popescu, has announced that 4,000 out of the expected 60,000 signatures were to be submitted to the Ukrainian Parliament in support of the mother tongue teaching protection which was subSect to restrictions according to article 7 in the draft Education Law. RADOR

    [06] Congress of the Mining Trade Unions Confederation in Romania

    Delegates to the Congress of the Mining Trade Unions Confederation in Romania opening on Saturday in Bucharest have examined during debates on Sunday the opportunity of a general strike in all mining areas. As the press was denied access to debates, one should recall however that trade union leader Miron Cozma has announced recently that a general strike was expected for Monday unless the miners were to get their unpaid salaries. The congress is also expected to examine the trade union's recent activity and operate changes into the statute. The new president of the confederation was to be elected on Sunday. RADOR

    [07] Meeting of European Universities Association

    While back in Romania from Berlin where he attended the 11-th General Assembly of the European Universities Association (EUA), Romanian Education Minister Andrei Marga said the Seeting focused on the "European University and Its Public Role". According to the minister, participants have discussed the resposibilities of the European University in economy, administration and politics. RADOR

    [08] Romanian Fireman's Day

    Celebrations on the occasion of the Fireman's Day and the 150 anniversary of the Dealul Spirii battle have been taking place in Bucharest. A religious service and a wreath-laying ceremony was organised Sunday morning at the Firemen's Memorial on the behalf of the Romania's Presidency, Bucharest City Hall, Interior Ministry, Defence Ministry and other bodies and institutions. RADOR
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