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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-11-04

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November 4, 1998


  • [01] Amendments to Education Law under Debate in the House of Deputies;
  • [02] Presidential Reply to Lawyers' Claims of Irregularities in Legal Procedures;
  • [03] PDSR Criticism of Finance Minister's Attempts to Impose Taxes on College Training;
  • [04] PNR in Search of Contacts with Other Parties;
  • [05] Adrian Severin under New Sanctions;
  • [06] Nicolae Stanca (PSDR) - the New Prefect of the County of Hunedoara;
  • [07] Miron Cozma - Still the Leader of the Miners in Jiu Valley;
  • [08] Unlimited General Strike by DURA SA in Timisoara;
  • [09] Talks between the Romanian Prime Minister and His French Counterpart;
  • [10] British Crown Prince Charles on a Visit to Romania;
  • [11] Italian House of Deputies Speaker on a Visit to Romania;
  • [12] PRM Delegation on a Visit to China;
  • [13] Seminar on International Co-operation to Fight Cultural Treasure Traffiking;

  • [01] Amendments to Education Law under debate in the House of Deputies

    At their meeting on November 3, the deputies have started debatNs on the Emergency Ordinance amending and completing the Education Law. The deputies representing the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) supported by deputies of the Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD) said the project should be sent back to the special commission. They insisted on a number of errors and claimed the project did not include all the bills they proposed. In reply, the Opposition representatives and the deputies representing the Democratic Party (PD) said the debates should start immediately as the bills could be discusssed at the plenum. RADOR

    [02] Presidential reply to lawyers' claims of irregularities in legal procedures

    In response to recent complaints by leading members of Lawyers Association at a press conference on November 2, a communique issued by the Press Office of the Romanian Presidency says "the president of Romania has never intervened in a case on trial. The National Council for Action against Corruption and OrganiseN Crime or the president have neither seen nor ever requested a file for examination". The communique says the president is to meet a delegation of the Lawyers Association to discuss ways aimed at improving the activity of the judiciary. RADOR

    [03] PDSR criticism of finance minister's attempts to impose taxes on college training

    The Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) believes that recent attempts by the finance minister to impose taxes on college training is a decisive step towards an elitist system. PDSR vicepresident Ioan Mircea Pascu told a press conference on Tuesday that the initiative of Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes would badly affect the training level of the Romanians. The PDSR leaders believe such taxes will eliminate the only opportunity allowing Romanians to get a better position in a world where high level training is a top priority. The party says the measure proves the coalition's inability to rule the country and, under the circumstances, the PowNr is trying to rely on poor trained people as they may be subject to an easier manipulation. RADOR

    [04] PNR in search of contacts with other parties

    The Executive Bureau of the Romanian National Party (PNR) would like to intesify its contacts with other political parties to put together a centre political pole. PNR first vicepresident Ioan Alecu said the virtual merger between its party and the Romanians' National Unity Party PUNR) should be achieved under the name of the PNR, a name which other parties were also expected to share. RADOR

    [05] Adrian Severin under new sanctions

    Adrian Severin is no more allowed to speak as representative of the PD parliamentary group in the House of Deputies. The PD is expected to ask as well for its replacement in the OSCE parliamentary commission, a psoition he got following the vote of both chmbres in Romanian Parliament. Explaining the decision, the leader of the PD parliamentary group in the lower House, Bogdan Niculescu-Duvaz, claimed thaN Mr Severin's persistent actions were damaging the party's credibility. And more, Mr Duvaz said the defeat of the PD candidate for the Bucharest City Hall was partly due to Adrian Severin's attacks against the party. The sanction against Mr Severin was decided in his absence at a meeting of PD deputies. Adrian Severin is not the only PD senior member displeased with the party's policy. Deputy Adrian Vilau, senator Octavian Stireanu and Radu F. Alexandru have also expressed their criticism against the PD leadership. RADOR

    [06] Nicolae Stanca (PSDR) - the new prefect of the county of Hunedoara

    The new prefect of the county of Hunedoara may be Nicolae Stanca, former director general of the Copper Autonomous Utility in Deva. Following government negotiations, no other ruling party has disputed the candidate representing the Romanian Social Democrat Party (PSDR). Nicolae Stanca replaces Pompiliu Budulan, who was removed by the Radu Vasile Cabinet at the request ofthe League of the MinNng Trade Unions in Jiu Valley. RADOR

    [07] Miron Cozma - still the leader of the miners in Jiu Valley

    At an ordinary meeting on Monday, the Coordination Council of the Jiu Valley Mining Trade Unions League has decided that Miron Cozma may still act as its president. As most trade unionists would still like Miron Cozma as their leader, the alleged elections for a new one were ruled out. RADOR

    [08] Unlimited general strike by DURA SA in Timisoara

    After a warning strike on October 27, workers at the DURA SA commercial company in Timisoara have started an unlimited general strike on Monday. The workers' demands include the pay of August, September and October unpaid wages, facilities to honour the contracts with ROMTELECOM and the pay of the company's debts to the state. RADOR

    [09] Talks between the Romanian prime minister and his French counterpart

    While in Paris on November 3, Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile had talks with his French counterpart Lionel Jospin. The Romanian primN minister said after the meeting that the talks concentrated on issues concerning co- operation projects between Romania and France, Romania's position on the Kosovo crisis, recent developments in Russia and the introduction of the single European currnecy. Prime Minister Radu Vasile said the meeting was one of the most efficient he had in recent days and praised the French extremely favourable position on Romania's integration into European and Euro-Atlantinc structures. According to the same source, France's economic and political support of Romania is most obvious. RADOR

    [10] British Crown Prince Charles on a visit to Romania

    HM Prince Charles of Wales, the heir to the British Throne, has arrived in Romania on Tuesday for a three-day visit. Answering an invitation by Romanian President Emil Constantinescu, His Royal Highness will spend two days in Bucharest and another in Transylvania. Romania is the longest leg of a four Balkan country- tour in support of democratic reforms. Nrince Charles has arrived at the Otopeni Airport on bord of a private plane from Slovenia, the first stage of a tour including also Bulgaria and Macedonia. The heir to the Biritsh Crown was given a warm welcome by a Romanian delegation led by Culture Minister Ion Caramitru and then met President Emil Constantinescu at the Cotroceni Palace. His agenda include a series of events expressing His Royal Highness' well-known efforts to prevent environmental damages, preserve historical vestiges and support social security measures. The British ambassador to Bucharest said Prince Charles was most interested in Romania's cultural heritage he was trying to save since the 80s when he asked Ceausescu to stop the demolition of villages. The heir to the British Throne is the first high ranking official of Britain's Royal House who has ever visited Romania. RADOR

    [11] Italian House of Deputies speaker on a visit to Romania

    The speaker of the Romanian Senate, Petre Roman, met Luciano Violante,Nthe speaker of the House of Deputies in Italy. The talks on Tuesday focused mainly on issues concerning the future co-operation between parliaments in the two countries, actions to fight organised crime and ways to revigorate the economic links between Romania and Italy. The situation in the province of Kosovo and the countries' co-operation as UN members were also among the issues on the agenda of the talks. RADOR

    [12] PRM delegation on a visit to China

    A communique says a delegation of the Greater Romania Party (PRM) led by its leader, Corneliu Vadim Tudor, is on an official visit to China following an invitation by the Central Committee of China's Communist Party (CC CCP). The delegation also includes such PRM leading members as deputies Corneliu Ciontu, Anghel Stanciu, Mitzura Arghezi and Ilie Mercea. The Romanian delegates met Dai Bingguo, a CC CCP member and minister for international affairs, deputy ministers in the International Affairs Department and the Chinese LabouN and Social Protection Ministry as well as Mr Qian Qichem, the former foreign minister of China. The PRM delegation is expected to visit Iran in a few days. RADOR

    [13] Seminar on international co-operation to fight cultural treasure traffiking

    Representatives if the Greek Police along with delegates in other 14 EU and East-European states, Romania included, are attending a seminar in Athens to seek better ways to fight cultural treasure smuggling. The experts will seek concrete ways of co-operation and a common information system. Other issues include the use of Internet operators and problems due to legal restrictions. Financed by the EU, the seminar is expected to end on November 4. RADOR
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