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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-25

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

September 25, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [03] Cabinet Meeting;
  • [04] Minister Remes Says He Should Submit His Minitry's Priorities to the PNL for Approval;
  • [05] CDR National Council Meeting;
  • [06] PDSR Concerns about Presidency and Government's 'Silent Policy' on Unconstitutional Actions;
  • [07] PD Against Diversity Language Teaching State University;
  • [08] PSDR Press Conference.
  • [09] Protest Rally Organised by Romania's Party of Retired People;
  • [10] Free Trade Unions in Romania's Forestry Threaten to Start Protests.

  • [01] Senate proceedings

    At its meeting on Thursday, the Romanian Senate has adopted the draft law on organising Romania's European Institute - an institution designed to draw up and implement the European integration policies and promote the European spirituality and values. The EU-Phare programme is to cover the financing in the first three years while the Romanian Government is to take it over gradually in the fourth year. The Senate has also adopted the draft law amending and completing the Law 61/1993 on child allowance. The project will allow the invalid children of I and II degree and other disabled children to get such allowances up to the age of 18. The youth over 18 may benefit from state allowances until they graduate an educational insitution according to law. Young people delaying their studies for health reasons are also included. RADOR

    [02] House of Deputies proceedings

    At their meeting on Thursday, the deputies have passed a series of draft laws such as the draft law amending the sanitary-veterinarian law establishing tariffs for services at the National Office for Land, Geodesy and Cartography, the draft law on fiscal registration for tax-payers, the draft law concerning taxes on customs services and the draft law concerning taxes on duty-free and diplomatic duty-free shop licence. RADOR <P>

    [03] Cabinet meeting

    At its meeting on Thursday, the Romanian Cabinet has adopted the draft law on organising the Government insitution and its ministries. The Cabinet intends to separate the administration departments from the political departments and ensure a flexible framework allowing a government structure according to the wish of any future prime minister. Cabinet members should be Romanian citizens living in Romania. They should have the right to elect and they are not supposed to have a criminal record or involved in other activities incompatible with their position in the Cabinet. The Government includes the prime minister, state ministers, ministers and minister delegates. The state ministers may also act as ministers. The prime minister is the head of the Government and its coordinator fulfilling his resposibilities according to law. The prime minister is representing the Government before domestic and international institutions. The Government is politically responsible for its activity before the Parliament. The Cabinet has also adopted the emergency ordinance stipulating temporary additional customs duties on imported goods. Romanian imports are subject to an additional 6% customs duty by the year 2000. The tax is to drop gradually according to the balance of spendings. The measure covers all imports, gas, oil electricity supply and medicines excepted. Other exceptions include duty-free goods and foreign credit-financed imports for public institutions. RADOR

    The Romanian Government has established the day of October 25 as the date of the early by-elections for the mayor general of Bucharest. It has also approved the type of vote bulletins, electoral lists and stamps to be used during the voting. According to local elections Law, the candidates are allowed three days to ask the public broadcasters for broadcasting time during their campaigning. Any requests after that deadline are not to be considered. The electoral programmes are allowed only after the candidates register at the Electoral Bureau in Bucharest. RADOR

    [04] Minister Remes says he should submit his minitry's priorities to the PNL for approval

    Romania's new Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes, has told a press conference on Thursday that his first obligation was to submit his minitry's priorities to the National Liberal Party (PNL) for approval and then make them public. RADOR

    [05] CDR National Council meeting

    At its meeting on Thursday, the National Council of the Democratic Convention in Romania (CDR) has discussed issues concerning preparations for the local elections campaign in Bucharest and the new CDR protocol. The Council has decided to sent to the Nobel Prize Commission a letter supporting the candidacy of King Michael I for the Nobel Peace Prize. The CDR leaders have failed however to make any decision concerning the coalition's new protocol. After the meeting, CDR leader Ion Diaconescu told the press that the Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD rejected any increase in energy prices for civilians while stressing that it was however the Finance Ministry who was supposed to make the final decision. Mr Diaconescu said the alleged dismissals of some PNTCD ministers had not been on the meeting's agenda. RADOR

    [06] PDSR concerns about Presidency and Government's 'silent policy' on unconstitutional actions

    The Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) has expressed its concern about the 'silent policy' that both President Emil Constantinescu and the Government were promoting in obvious cases of unconstitutional actions threatening Romania's territorial integrity and sovereignty. In a letter to Prime Minister Radu Vasile on September 24, PDSR vicepresident Ioan Mircea Pascu says it was not the Hungarian language teaching state university that was all about, but issues strictly related to the national and united character of the Romanian State. The letter is urging the prime minister to answer all concerns about the concessions to the demands of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and extremist groups in Hungary. RADOR

    [07] PD against diversity language teaching state university

    The Democratic Party is further against the setting up of diversity language teaching state universities in Romania. The announcement was made by the PD Minister for Parliament Affairs Alexandru Sassu at a press conference on Thursday. The PNTCD, PNL, PD and UDMR MP groups have submitted on Wednesday to the House of Deputies's Commission for education affairs a letter saying that the setting up of diversity language teaching state universities was possible only under a special law. Mr Sassu said the text was only mentioning a possibility, which did not mean the project was absolutely necessary. The proposal did not deal with the setting up of such institutions, but only admitted a particular right, minister Sassu added. RADOR

    [08] PSDR press conference

    At a press conference on Thursday, the president of the Romanian Social Democrat Party (PSDR), Sergiu Cunescu, has expressed the hope that the appointment of Decebal Traian Remes as Romania's new finance minister was a good decision. He wished the new minister to prove his efficiency and benefit from his advisers' substantial support. Referring to the alleged merger between his party and the Alliance for Romania Party (ApR), Mr Cunescu said the final decision was still to be made. RADOR

    [09] Protest rally organised by Romania's Party of Retired People

    Old people representing Romania's Party of Retired People have gathered in the Revolution Plaza in Bucharest on Thursday. According to party leader George Munteanu, their protests are due to poor living condisitions, the government's decision to raise taxes and duties, and growing inflation. Mr Munteanu said: "We understand the country is now facing growing difficulties, but our pensions are actually representing only 30% of a salary. If you add taxes and other duties, then the pension makes 20% of it while in the world, pensions raise up to 80% of a salary". RADOR

    [10] Free trade unions in Romania's forestry threaten to start protests

    The leader of the free trade union federation in Romania's forestry, Vasile Badica, has announced on Thursday his federation's open conflict with Romania's Presidency and Government. A protest rally in Bucharest on September 29 will be followed by daily marches and picketing actions around state institutions. Trade unionists' demands include concrete measures to help the industry recover, regulations banning the closing down of commercial companies in the field, dismissals stopped and guarantee of salaries according to their average in Romania's economy. RADOR
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