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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-11-05

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

November 5, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Laws Promulgated;
  • [02] Meeting of Parliamentary Permanent Bureaux;
  • [03] Complaint against House of Deputies' Education Commission Report;
  • [04] Draft Laws on Romanian Police;
  • [05] ApR Believes PD Is Playing a Double-Crossing Game;
  • [06] Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a Visit to France;
  • [07] Romania and the New European Court for Human Rights;
  • [08] Prince Charles on a Visit to Romania;
  • [09] A Romanian Military Delegation Is Back from London;
  • [10] MAE Appeal to Iraq;
  • [11] PRM Delegation on a Visit to China.
  • [12] Textbook for Journalists.

  • [01] Laws promulgated

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu promulgated the Law approving the Ordinance 19/1997 on transports. The law establishes the general rules for route, railway, water and air transports as parts of a national system, and the coordination, control, inspection and monitoring resposabilities the authorities should assume in activities concerning the transport and its means. The Romanian Presidency has anNounced that the president has also promulgated the Law allowing graduates of private colleges, training schools and universities to take their graduating exams at similar state institutions. The Law ratifying the Memorandum on financing the 1997 EU- Phare operational programme has been also promulgated. RADOR

    [02] Meeting of parliamentary permanent bureaux

    The permanent breaux in the two chambres in Romanian parliament have decided that the new structure of the Administration Council of Romania's National Bank (BNR) should be discussed at a joint meeting next week. The meeting next week is also expected to appoint the new BNR governor whose nomination should pass in parliament. The current mandate of the BNR Administration Council ends on December 1 and the new nominations are subject to political negotiations between parties in parliament. RADOR

    [03] Complaint against House of Deputies' Education Commission report

    At a meeting on Wednesday morning, the speaker of Romania's HouNe of Deputies, Ion Diaconescu, had talks with representatives of the governing coalition in the Education Commission. Participants have decided to write a letter of complaint about the commissioners' report and request its return to the commission for additional amendments. On Thursday, the complaint will be part of the debates on the draft law amending and completing the Education Law. According to the same source, the leadership of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) told a press conference on Wednesday that the party would request the return of the report before the debates on Education Law would start. The head of the UDMR parliamentary group in the House of Deputies, Varga Attila, said the report included a number of mistakes and illegitimate articles. UDMR leader Marko Bela recalled that the coalition leaders agreed to send the report back to the commission. RADOR

    [04] Draft laws on Romanian Police

    At a meeting on Wednesday, Interior Minister GavriN Dejeu has presented the Commission for defence affairs in the House of Deputies with a draft law concerning the Statute of the police officer and two projects amending the Law on organising the Romanian Police. Deputy chief commissioner Mikhail Nica said a project was designed to approxximate the law to stipulations in the Statute while the other project referred to the emerging EU-type police force. The commissioners have agreed to examine firstly the draft law on the police officer Statute as the police is going soon to be demilitarised and turn into a civilian force. RADOR

    [05] ApR believes PD is playing a double-crossing game

    The leaders of the Alliance for Romania Party (ApR) believe the Democratic Party (PD) should clarify its position on the political stage to become a real partner for other social-democrat parties. ApR believes the PS is actually playing a double-crossing game trying to "escape" any resposibility as member in the governing coalition. The ApR believes thaN a second withdrawal of the PD from the coalition would be no more credible. After the fall of the Ciorbea cabinet, the Democrats had the chance to negotiate the governing programme and assumed major resposibilities in the country's economy. The ApR leaders believe the PD should decide if the current coalition were the reform's only chance or, on the contrary, it were the main obstacle in achieving economic reforms. RADOR

    [06] Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a visit to France

    The last day of Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile's visit to France included a meeting with French employers such as the Movement of French Enterprises (the new name of France's Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and many other French businessmen. Along with ministers Radu Berceanu and Sorin Pantis, the Romanian prime minister presented a most open image of Romania's economy. He mentioned the persistence of the so-called tax- evading "grey sector" as one of the country's major difficulties. The prime ministeN said the next stage in the Romanian economy would include the restructuring of the state monopolies as maintaining a regular energy price was the key to economic recovery. Radu Vasile said the governing coalition was operational and assured that Romania was politically stable. RADOR

    [07] Romania and the new European Court for Human Rights

    Representing Romania at a meeting in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu has welcomed the opening of the new European Court for Human Rights. Mr Plesu said the institution could assure a better human rights protection on the continent. He reiterated the Romanian Government's commitment to observe all the promises it made to the Council of Europe, and mentioned the new measures designed to continue the restructuring of the judiciary and improved legislation on child protection and return of confiscated property. Mr Plesu said the government would express no reserve when the was to sign and ratify the Convention on corruption. ThN meeting marked the end of the Greek presidency of the Council of Europe's Ministerial Committee taken over by Hungarian Foreign Minister Martony Janos. RADOR

    [08] Prince Charles on a visit to Romania

    Although the Prince of Wales' South-East-European tour has no political implications as no member of the British Royal Family can get involved in the country's political life, the British media say that, following the recommendations made by the Foreign Office, the Price of Wales will express his support of Romania's difficult reforms at high social costs. He is also expected to encourage Romania's commitments to the West in its attempt to join NATO and the EU. Prince Charles will like to know what were the results of the British support of the reforms which Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia were supposed to achieve. Highly interested in urbanisation and architecture, the heir to the British Throne will seek ways to preserve and restore the Saxon historical heritage in theNRomanian city of Sibiu. In 1989, Prince Charles took stand against Ceausescu's plans to destroy the Romanian villages. According to "The Times" newspaper, Prince Charles and representatives of the World Bank and Romania's Culture Ministry will seek ways to protect and preserve the Romanian medieval heritage. RADOR

    [09] A Romanian military delegation is back from London

    The Romanian military delegatio led by Defence Minister Victor Babiuc has ended its official visit to London. Minister Babiuc said that, while holding talks with his British counterpart George Robertson and addressing the Royal Institute United Service, he presented Romania's internal arguments in support of the NATO expansion. Mr Babiuc said Romania was still preparing to join the Alliance as the "open door" principle should be followed by further steps. RADOR

    [10] MAE appeal to Iraq

    Referring to Iraq's decision to ban any contact with the UN inspectors monitoring Iraqi nuclear facilities, the Romanian ForeiNn Ministry (MAE) recommends the authorities in Baghdad to be reasonable and prove wise in order to prevent any undesirable consequences for the Iraqi people. A MAE spkesman said Romania believed that complying with the UN Security Council resolutions was the only way to get the UN embargo on Iraq lifted. RADOR

    [11] PRM delegation on a visit to China

    While in China for an official visit, the Greater Romania Party (PRM) delegation led by senator Corneliu Vadim Tudor met Qian Qichen, a member in the Political Bureau of China's Communist Party and former Chinese foreign minister. The talks focused on ways of developing Romanian-Chinese multilateral relations. The PRM delegation met also Chen Cheqian, the deputy speaker of the Chinese parliament (the National Assembly of People's Representatives). The PRM leader has offered his last edition of poems as a present. RADOR

    [12] Textbook for journalists

    A textbook on "Introduction to the Science of Journalism and Communication" by PNofessor Michael Kunczik and Mrs Astrid Zipfel was launched at the Press Centre of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation (SRR) on Wednesday. The book was written, translated and published through the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Its Romanian version was alewady issued by Cluj University Press. The textbook is designed to help journalists in former communist countries and it was already translated into Bulgarian, Macedonian and Albanian while its Serbian and Croat versions are almost completed. The book is actually dealing with the current research activity and theories with reference to particular cases. RADOR
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