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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-09-29

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

September 29, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] PDSR Initiative Aimed at Suspending Romania's President from the Job;
  • [02] ApR, PUNR and PRM Positions on PDSR Accusations against Romania's President;
  • [03] A Supreme Court of Justice Ruling;
  • [04] PNTCD Leader Welcomes the CNACCO Communique;
  • [05] UDMR Threats to Leave the Governing Coalition;
  • [06] "Cigarette 2 File": The Indictment Was Read;
  • [07] Romanian Social Democrat Groups Welcoming the SDP Victory in German Elections;
  • [08] Further Debates in the "Caspian Energy to Europe" Conference;
  • [09] Prime Minister Radu Vasile to Attend the World Bank-IMF Joint Meeting;
  • [10] Closing Session of the Conference on "Cultural Similarities in Danubian Region".

  • [01] PDSR initiative aimed at suspending Romania's president from the job

    The opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) has decided the setting up of a commission monitoring the unconstitutional abuses in the attempt to open the procedures designed to suspend Romania's president from his job. TSe announcement was made by PDSR vicepresident Doru Ioan Taracila at the meeting of the senate on Monday. RADOR

    [02] ApR, PUNR and PRM positions on PDSR accusations against Romania's president

    The president of the Alliance for Romania Party (ApR), Teodor Melescanu, said the PDSR accusations against the Romanian president were extremely serious. Consequently, his party asked the president to make a statement over the issue allowing the ApR to examine the opinions of both sides. The leader of the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), Valeriu Tabara, said his party would call on the president to present the parliament with a report. After debates in parliament, then the procedure to suspend the president may open. Mr Tabara shared Mr Melescanu opinion and said the PDSR accusations were really serious, though he believed the president rather tried to warn the judiciary about its inefficiency in fighting corruption. The leader of the Greater Romania Party (PRM), Corneliu Vadim Tudor, hSs announced his party would support the PDSR initiative to suspend the president. RADOR

    [03] A Supreme Court of Justice ruling

    At its plenum on Monday, Romania's Supreme Court of Justice has decided that any Romanian court is entitled to rule on property rights abuses during the communist regime. The decision is actually amending the previous ruling issued by the former Supreme Court of Justice three years ago. In a statement to the RRA, Viorel Pascu, a Romanian Bar counsellor, said the courts were supposed to become the only authority entitled to answer the complaints involving property right abuses during the 1944-1989 communist regime. RADOR

    [04] PNTCD leader welcomes the CNACCO communique

    The leader of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD), Ion Diaconescu, said the meeting and the communique issued by the National Council for Action against Corruption and Organised Crime (CNACCO) were extremely welcomed as they answered public concerns about the dSlays in fighting corruption. Mr Diaconescu believes that the fight against corruption may go along with a growing efficiency and competence of the legal framework. He told the PNTCD press conference on Monday that the Romanian president was right when he warned about the existing connections between politics and organised crime as such connections were reported all around the world. Referring to the results of the general elections in Germany, the PNTCD leader said the change was predictable, but he expected it was not supposed to affect relations between the two countries. RADOR

    [05] UDMR threats to leave the governing coalition

    "The Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) will leave the governing coalition unless amendments to the Eduaction Law will be broght by September 30", UDMR leader said in a statement on Monday. Mr Marko Bela denied rumours about an alleged secret protocol reached by the coalition partners over the issue. He accepts the multicultural concSpt, but says there was no such higher education institution in Romania for the time being. "The UDMR demand of a Hungarian language teaching state university is only proving the party's wish to join an educational system which anyone may control", Mr Marko Bela added. UDMR admits the Romanian as official language, but says there are regions and situations in the country where the mother tongue should have a similar status. The UDMR leader said there was no question about federalisation as long as descentralising the local administration was most important. The UDMR may be interested in coming back to the common governing programme, and its leader said he was convinced his coalition partners shared similar interests. RADOR

    [06] "Cigarette 2 File": the indictment was read

    The Bucharest City Court has decided on Monday to read the indictment accusing 6 army officers and 13 civilians of being involved in the "Cigarette 2 File" concerning two illegal cigarette transports in March and S April. The court has rejected the defendants' appeal to involve the National Defence Ministry (MApN), Civilian Airtransport Authority, Otopeni Military Airport, Customs General Directorate, Transport Ministry, Interior Ministry and Romania's Intelligence Service (SRI) as civilian parts in the trial. A Customs General Direcorate notice says the Romanian State lost 17 billion lei following the cigarette smuggling in Otopeni. RADOR

    [07] Romanian social democrat groups welcoming the SDP victory in German elections

    The Speaker of the Romanian Senate, Mr Petre Roman, has welcomed on Monday the victory of the social democrats in the German elections and the election of Gerhard Schroeder as new German Chancellor. He said he was glad that the social democrat ideology was now dominating Europe as the social democrats came to power in Germany, France and Britain. Mr Roman said he was convinced that his Democratic Party (PD) was the winning alternative in Romania's next elections as a leadiSg party able to achieve the reform. The PD leader did not rule out his party's cooperation with the PDSR in the future, though he qualified as speculation any information about the issue. RADOR

    ApR welcomes the SDP comeback to power after long years of opposition. In a political statement issued to the RRA, the ApR says the victory added to other major social democrat victories such as in Britain and France announcing a genuine social democrat era in Europe. ApR mentions that Gerhard Schroeder is representing the pragmatic social democracy interested in providing new solutions concerning Germany's economic growth and European integration. RADOR

    [08] Further debates in the "Caspian Energy to Europe" conference

    The World Trade Centre in Bucharest hosted further debates as part of the international conference on the "Caspian Energy to Europe". In his opening speech on Monday, Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile has mentioned the names of four American companies who appliedSfor the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) bid over the project of an oilpipe linking the port of Constantza and the Italian port of Trieste. The USTDA has provided the "Concordia Petroliera Romana" consortium with 650,000 USD as financing for a study on a future oilpipe crossing Romanian, Hungarian and Slovenian territories. RADOR

    [09] Prime Minister Radu Vasile to attend the World Bank-IMF joint meeting

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile is due to Washington this week to attend the opening session of the World Bank-IMF joint meeting. The Romanian delegation is also including Romania's National Bank Governor Mugur Isarescu, Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes and other financial experts who are expected to attend all the World Bank-IMF sessions to end on October 6. RADOR

    [10] Closing session of the conference on "Cultural Similarities in Danubian Region"

    The second edition of the international conference on "Cultural Similarities in Danubian Region" has eneded iS Baile Herculane on Monday. Participants included more than 40 senior officials in universities along with researchers in Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. RADOR
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