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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-28

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September 28, 1998


  • [01] "Caspian Energy to Europe" Conference in Bucharest;
  • [02] Prime Minister Radu Vasile on His Alleged Cabinet Reshuffle;
  • [03] PUNR President at a Religious Service Dedicated to Romanian Martyrs Killed by Horthy Troops;
  • [04] PAR Leader on a Visit to Miercurea Ciuc;
  • [05] Brancovan Establishment Resanctified in Istanbul;
  • [06] Seventh Annual Conference of German Language Teacher Association in Romania.

  • [01] "Caspian Energy to Europe" conference in Bucharest

    The Conference on "Caspian Energy to Europe" has opened at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest on Sunday. The conference is hosted by the "Romania at Crossroads" Forum following an initiative of Romania's Presidency. In his opening speech, President Emil Constantinescu has insisted on the importance of the projects to be discussed during the two-day debate as such projects followed the Asia-Europe energy route where Romania was trying to play a major role. The restoration of the "Silk Route", with Romania part of it, is an attempt to cross other strategic routes linking the Pacific and the Atlantic, the president said. RADOR

    The Romanian project of a so-called South-East-European oil pipe crossing Romania's territory adds to another two versions: the Ukrainian proposal on one hand and the Greek and Bulgarian proposal on the other, or, in his opening speech, President Constantinescu said the Romanian offer was completing and not competing with the two projects. Analysts say Romania is quite late in raising the interest of the oil companies involved in the so- called "contract of the century". An expert in Russian affairs said that "it was not in Bucharest where big decisions were supposed to be made. Big decisions are made in Washington and in other big capitals of the world, and it is there where Romania should be more active on oil markets. Unfortnately, we hosted forums, we made beautiful speeches while the big oil companies expressed rather little interest in them, and the big companies are really playing a major role in the decision-making". RADOR

    Prime ministers, ambassadors and senior representatives of major oil companies in the world are expected to decide in three days the transport routes for the Caspian oil. The authorities in Bucharest hope Romania will be very convincing in presenting its offer. President Constantinescu explained that Romania had a tradition of 100 years in oil drilling, processing and ditributing, the country was an element of stability in Central and Eastern Europe and the crossing point of any Caspian oil transport route. "When we made the task the centre of our foreign policy strategy along with the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration, we were also thinking abot the new Europe, the new Europe we all expect", the president said. RADOR

    [02] Prime Minister Radu Vasile on his alleged Cabinet reshuffle

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile said the law on government restructuring could lead to his alleged Cabinet reshuffle. In a statement on Saturday, he indicated that the law was allowing the prime minister establish his own Cabinet structure. He however added that the final decision belonged to political leaders who were supposed to find the concrete formulas designed to operate the changes in government structures. According to Mr Vasile, there are no elements to confirm recent press reports of a list of ministers about to lose their jobs in the very nexy future. Even if newly appointed, any government could operate such changes, the prime minister concluded. RADOR

    [03] PUNR president at a religious service dedicated to Romanian martyrs killed by Horthy troops

    The leader of the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), Valeriu Tabara, has attended on Sunday a religious service at the Memorial dedicated to the Romanian martyrs killed by Horthy troops in September 1944 in the Transylvanian city of Turda, Cluj County. A PUNR communique says Mr Tabara was accompanied by a PUNR MP Delegation along with representatives of PUNR branches in Transylvania. RADOR

    [04] PAR leader on a visit to Miercurea Ciuc

    While on a visit to Miercurea Ciuc on Sunday, the president of Romania's Alternative Party (PAR), Varujan Vosganian, told a press conference that leading politicians should repeatedly visit the Transylvanian counties of Covasna, Harghita and Mures to help the "Romanians living there get rid of their feeling of isolation". He believes the economic development in the area is the only way to calm down the hard-line speeches of both Romanians and Hungarians. Meeting the Bishop of Covasna and Harghita Ioan Salajan, the PAR leader promised to clarify the situation in the counties' museums as well as financial aid for the church in the next year. "The Romanians are displeased with the fact that the museums in Harghita and Covasna are neglecting them by making only unsignificant and accidental references to their history", Mr Vosganian said. RADOR

    [05] Brancovan establishment resanctified in Istanbul

    While visiting the Turkish city of Istanbul on Sunday, a Romanian Christian Orthodox Church delegation led by Patriarch Teoctist has attended a religious service resanctifying the Christian Orthodox Church dedicated to Saint Paraskevi. Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinopoles has been also attending the ceremony. The church in Istanbul was founded by Romanian ruler and martyr Constantin Brancoveanu. RADOR

    [06] Seventh annual Conference of German Language Teacher Association in Romania

    Under the auspices of the Hans Seidel Organisation and the Commission for education affairs in the National Minority Council, the seventh annual Conference of German Language Teacher Association in Romania has ended in the Black Sea resort of Mangalia on Sunday. Participants included more than 100 filologists, government experts and German language writers in or outside Romania. Romania's Education Minister Andrei Marga, State Secretary Klaus Fabrizius of the Department for minority protection, Austrian Ambassador to Romania Karl Wetter von der Lilly and Wolfgang Benzing, Deputy Director of the Goethe Institut in Bucharest, have been also attending the meeting. RADOR
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