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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-17

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From: RADOR Press Agency <>

September 17, 1998


  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [03] PDSR Position on Amendments to Education Law;
  • [04] PUNR in Support of Decision Made by House of Deputies' Education Commission;
  • [05] Prime Minister Radu Vasile Met a Delegation of Romanian Journalists, Publishers and Writers;
  • [06] Possible Consequences of the Moody's Rating to Romania;
  • [07] NAVROM Estate under Sequestration;
  • [08] A Programme Aimed at Modernising Routes in Moldavia Was Launched in Iassy.

  • [01] Senate proceedings

    At its meeting on Wednesday, the legal commission in the Romanian Senate has examined the opportunity of a new draft law on fighting corruption. Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica has attended the meeting. The project is an attempt to present a new concept extending the corruption charges from the public to the private sector, minister Stoica said at the end of the meeting. He has criticised the Magistrates' Supreme Council for failing to take its obligations seriously. RADOR

    While attending a meeting of the human rights commission in the Senate, Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica said that Romanian judges were doing only what they wanted to do, in defiance of any good sense. It is inconceivable that a man who steals a hen may be sentenced to prison while people stealing millions are free in defiance of the public opinion, Mr Stoica said. RADOR

    [02] House of Deputies proceedings

    At their joint session on Wednesday, the legal commission and the commission for defence, public order and national security affairs in the House of Deputies have discussed the senator Ticu Dumitrescu's legal initiative allowing access to former Securitate files. While attending the meeting, senator Dumitrescu said he had evidence confirming that the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), Romania's Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) and the Military Intelligence Directorate were not the only ones to preserve the former Securitate archives. Such archives may be found as well in other special units. He said he had some documents concerning the state of the archives, accurtae figures concerning the informers and the political parties they belong. Participants in the meeting also included representatives of the Group for Social Dialogue (GDS), Pro-Democratia Association and the Human Rights Institute. RADOR

    [03] PDSR position on amendments to Education Law

    At a press conference on Wednesday, the MP group representing the opposition Party Of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) concentrated, among other things, on the Ordinance 36 amending the Education Law. The Deputy Speaker of the House of Deputies, Mr Adrian Nastase, has condemned Speaker Ion Diaconescu's interfering in the debates of a commission. Mr Nastase said the attempt to impose a procedure other than the rules already established was inconceicable, undemocratic and unconstitutional. He rejected the text of the project as drawn up by the governing coalition because, as he put it, the project opened the way to an educational segregation on ethnic criteria. On the other hand, the PDSR MP group believes that the text of the law already proposed and passed by the commission was not denying access to mother tongue teaching higher education for Romania's national minorities. RADOR

    [04] PUNR in support of decision made by House of Deputies' education commission

    The Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR) regrets that the governing coalition concentrates on the UDMR request of a Hungarian language teaching university while neglecting the serious problems the Romanian society was facing. PUNR president Valeriu Tabara told a press conference on Wednesday that it was only the Romanian Parliament, and not the party leaders in the governing coalition, who had the consitutional right to make a decision over the issue. The PUNR leader said his party would never accept autonomous structures on ethnic criteria in Romania's higher education system nor it would accept its self-ruling by any national minority. Mr Tabara said that multicultural technical, artistic and medical studies were out of question as Romanian was the official language of the Romanian state. RADOR

    [05] Prime Minister Radu Vasile met a delegation of Romanian journalists, publishers and writers

    While at Victoria Palace on Wenesday, Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile hold talks with journalists, publishers and writers over recent developments in Romania's culture and publishing of books and newspapaers. The RRA says the delegation has presented the prime minister with an eight- point list pointed out that the future of the newspapers, magazines and books - the future of Romania's culture actually - might depend on a comprehensive or partial answer to their demands. Referring to the 11% cut in the VAT for book and newspaper publishing as stipulated in the adjusted Budget, the two sides agreed that, as far as the newspapers were concerned, the figure may remain unchanged. The VAT on book publishing was however suspended. The decision will come into force by October 1. RADOR

    [06] Possible consequences of the Moody's rating to Romania

    The international rating agency, Moody's has raised Romania's risk rating by 2 points. An economic analyst says it is not too ofen when a rating agency decides to introduce such raise at once. He admitted however that the Asian financial crisis might have led to such a decision. "As far as Romania is concerned, its grwing risk rating may lead to higher interests for foreign loans, the virtual investors may show more restraint and the Stock Exchange may suffer following the foreign capital withdrawal", the analyst predicted. He pointed out that Romania was expected to pay back larger parts of its foregn debt in the next year and some 4 billion dollars were necessary to keep it up. "For the time being, there is no sign that the IMF is too much confident in the Romanian Government's economic policy and negotiations over a new agreement did not even start", the expert concluded. RADOR

    [07] NAVROM estate under sequestration

    Following a recent court ruling, BANCOREX has put the NAVROM estate (ships, buildings etc.) under sequestration. The company owes more than 200 million dollars to the bank. Under the circomstances, no ship can be sold to cover parts of the debt, and more, some 30 NAVROM ships are seised for other debts the company accumulated in the past. RADOR

    [08] A programme aimed at modernising routes in Moldavia was lanched in Iassy

    While attending the opening session of the 10-th Congress on national routes and bridges in the Moldavian city of Iassy on Wednesday, Romanian Transport Minister Traian Basescu has launched a programme designed to modernise the routes in Moldavia, the so-called "Moldavia Programme" expectted to end in the year 2001. The programme will be achieved with the financial support of the World Bank, the European Community through its EU- Phare programme and the European Investment bank SEIB) The estimated 400 million dollar programme will include mainly the modernisation of some 450 km of routes starting from Urziceni-Ramnicu Sarat-Focsani-Bacau-Roman and connecting the route of Roman-Targu Frumos-Iassy to the customs checkpoint of Saculeni. The transport minister said the "Moldavia Programme" actually started a month and half ago on the route linking Urziceni and Buzau. He added that the programme was a priority for both his ministry and Romania's Cabinet. RADOR
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