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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-11-13

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

November 13, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] New Motion Against Romanian Presidency and Radu Vasile Cabinet;
  • [02] Valeriu Stoica's Reply to the Motion;
  • [03] House of Deputies: Simple Motion Rejected;
  • [04] Cabinet Meeting;
  • [05] PNL Believes the Government Restructuring Is a Major Step Towards the Next Year's Budget;
  • [06] PD Attacks Against Left-Wing Opposition;
  • [07] PSDR and ApR May Better Merge Than Ally;
  • [08] ApR Did Not Attend the Left-Wing Meeting;
  • [09] PAR Authored the Economic Doctrine of the Romanian Right;
  • [10] Romania's Former Securitate Involved in Terrorist Attacks Carried Out by Carlos the Jackal;
  • [11] Drivers' Strike Suspended;
  • [12] Further Strike Actions by Students;
  • [13] MAE Delegation on a Visit to the US State Department;
  • [14] MAE State Secretary Elena Zamfirescu at the OSCE Meeting;
  • [15] Vatican's New Ambassador to Bucharest;

  • [01] New motion against Romanian Presidency and Radu Vasile Cabinet

    The independent senators along with senators in the parliamentary groups of the opposition PartN of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR), the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR) and the Greater Romania Party (PRM) have submitted a motion on Thursday warning that the Romanian Presidency was breaking the principle of separated state powers. The document is warning about the irregularities and abuses by high-ranking officials, and President Emil Constantinescu in the first place. The motion recalls the statements and actions carried out by the president in his attempt to take over the other responsabilities the rule of law involved as such actions, the opposition senators believed, would inevitably lead to dictature. The senators also criticise the Presidecy's interference into parliamentary affairs as presidential adviser Zoe Petre did when she mentioned the Opposition request of a commission to open an inquiry into the Cigarette II affair and asked the coalition parties to stop such stupid initiatives. The Romanian Government is also mentioned and blamed for its attempts to taNe over parliamentary resposibilities by issuing ordinances. The opposition senators recall that the former Ciorbea Cabinet issued 163 ordinances compared to Radu Vasile's who issued 161 similar documents. The text of the motion will be subject to debates on Wednesday, November 18. RADOR

    [02] Valeriu Stoica's reply to the motion

    At a press conference organised by the National Liberal Party (PNL) on Thursday, Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica replied to the motion carried out by the Opposition. He said "the motion referred to nothing; it actually has no object". "It is true that the Romanian president, and me too, for once, have expressed fierce criticism against the state of the judiciary", Mr Stoica admitted, "but I would like to separte the notion of political interference from the alleged political pressure on the judiciary. Making political pressure on the judiciary means to ask judges to break the law and answer political interests, and I would like to know just one phrase by Nme or the president asking the judges to break the law. If you or the PDSR believe that asking the judges to comply with the law means making political pressure, then allow me to tell you that I am not afraid. I am very sorry that the matter, who actually menas the reform of the judiciary, is becoming subject to political disputes", the justice minister concluded. RADOR

    [03] House of Deputies: simple motion rejected

    With 155 votes for and 91 against, the House of Deputies has rejected on Thursday the simple motion on the retired people. Signed by 102 MPs including independent, opposition and national minority deputies, the motion calls for the readjustment of the pensions according to prices between October 1991 and November 1998, the suspension of the recent government order raising energy and gas prices and the promotion of a government order to ensure fair prices for basic goods and services. The authors of the motion have asked the Chambre to pass the motion and claimed thaN the Radu Vasile Cabinet did not take any measure to offer the retired people a better life. Labour Minister Alexandru Athanasiu and representatives of the governing coalition said the motion had no object as the government already adopted an order readjusting the pensions. RADOR

    [04] Cabinet meeting

    At its meeting on Thursday, the Romanian Cabinet has adopted an emergency ordinance amending the Law on housing #14/1996. the amendment stipulates simplified legal procedures allowing owner associations to get legal status. The Cabinet has also adopted an order on the setting up of the National Training Centre for local public administration and similar territorial centre. Another government order refers to radio subscriptions who, starting with November 1, are established at 8,500 lei for each family. The government has also approved the setting up of the South-East Oltenia development region including the counties of Dolj, Gorj, Mehedinti, Olt and Valcea. RADOR

    [05] PNL believes Nhe government restructuring is a major step towards the next year's Budget

    PNL believes the government restructuring is a major step towards the 1999 Budget. PNL first vicepresident Valeriu Stoica told the party's press conference on Thursday that the finance minister needed the politicla decision to complete the draft Budget and send it to the government in two weeks. In his turn, PNL leader Mircea Ionescu Quintus has announced that PNL's Central Permanent Bureau now included three leading members of the Liberal Party (PL): two PL vicepresidents - Dinu Patriciu and Horia Rusu, and a member in the PL Permanent Bureau - Dinu Zamfirescu. RADOR

    [06] PD attacks against left-wing Opposition

    The ruling Democratic Party (PD) has expressed fierceful criticism against the left-wing Opposition. PD deputy George Stancov said the 11 parties meeting at the PDSR headquarters on Wenesday were plotting an "anti- Romanian fake". He said "the fear of losing their power over Romania" made the forNes of the Left come out and proclaim themselves as "political friends in a political coalition including former enemies". Mr Stancov says the Romanian Left is a "relic of the past". He says the PD does not rule out a "unification of real social-democrat parties, and the PD is still waiting for it". The PD deputy told a press conference on Thursday that the PD believed someone was interested in blocking the law on former Securitate files, but the law however should be adopted. RADOR

    [07] PSDR and ApR may better merge than ally

    The Romanian Social democrat Party (PSDR) believes that early elections are out of question. PSDR deputy Radu Gheciu, the party's secretary for political affairs, told a press conference on Thursday that early elections could stop the reform and other political and economic analysts shared the opinion. Referring to the alleged merger or alliance between his party and the Alliance for Romania Party (ApR), Mr Gheciu said it was better for the move to be delayeN than mismanaged. He indicated that a merger between the two parties was more probable than an alliance as both parties should hit the electoral threshold. RADOR

    [08] ApR did not attend the left-wing meeting

    A communique issued by the ApR says the ApR leaders did not answer the PDSR's initiative of a meeting on Wednesday of left-wing opposition parties in and outside the parliament. The ApR is not expected to join a coalition of parties similar to the coalition who ruled Romania till 1996. The ApR leadership would like the party to become a centre-left alternative to the policies of Romania's former government and the country's government today. RADOR

    [09] PAR authored the economic doctrine of the Romanian Right

    At an exttttraordinary press conference on Thursday, Romania's Alternative Party (PAR) has launched the economic doctrine of the Romanian Right. Explaining the nine principles in the programme, PAR senator Paul Ghitiu, also secretary general of the party, has insisted Nhat the private property should be guaranteed as such properties were the engine of economic development and increasing domestic capita. The senator has also mentioned the major role the fiscal and budget policies played.

    [10] Romania's former Securitate involved in terrorist attacks carried out by Carlos the Jackal

    General Vlad, former head of the State Security Department, general Plesita, former commander of Romania's Foreign Intelligence Centre, and Tudor Postelnicu, former interior minister, have confirmed the involvement of the former Securitate in the terrorist attacks carried out by Ramirez Sanchez alias Carlos the Jackal in the '80, the Romanian. Colonel Blaga, former USLA chief, has admitted that Ceausescu hired the famous terrorist to annihilate the so-called "traitor" such as general Ioan Pacepa and other undercover agents who refused to come back in Romania after Pacepa defected the country. The inquiry the Romanian prosecutirs have strated in 1990 reached no conNlusion. In 1997, the Attorney General's Office found evidence confirming that the Securitate provided Carlos with money in a secret account opened in a Romanian bank under the name of his wife, the German Magdalene Koppe, now living in Sudan.The evidence also included forge passports and driving licences issued by the Romanian authorities as well as lists including the weapons and explosives ordered by Carlos. RADOR

    [11] Drivers' strike suspended

    At the Victoria Palace on Thursday, trade union leaders representing Romanian drivers had talks with Prime Minister Radu Vasile, Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes and Transport Minister Traian Basescu. Following discussions, a protocol was signed on the strikers' demands to be solved. The document includes, among other things, protection measures for drivers facing technical unemployment during the winter and ways to certify the drivers' training and skills. The Interior Ministry will invistigate the existing cases of illegal workN The ministry and the trade unions are expected to seek solution to cut the quantum of the fines the drivers claimed as too high. Labour Ministry State Secretary Norica Nicolae has announced that, following talks on Thursday, the strike was suspended, and the trade unionists confirmed the report, but they said some of demandes were still unsolved and further talks were planned with Finance Ministry Labour Ministry and Transport Ministry officials. Protest marches were reported on Wednesday in Bucharest, Brasov, Constanta, Craiova, Ploiesti, Braila, Drobeta-Turnu Severin and medgidia. RADOR

    [12] Further strike actions by students

    Carrying out their fourth day of strike, the students in the city of Craiova (southern Romania) organised a protest march legally approved by the city's authorities. Further strike actions have been also reported in Iassy (north-eastern Romania) and Brasov (central Romania). The students at the Oil and Gas University in Ploiesti have announced further pNotests unless the university leadership would solve the demands depending on its abilities. The students in the Western University of Timisoara (south- western Romania) have gone on a general strike in support of their colleagues in other Romanian universities and colleagues at the Timisoara Polytechnic who were marching the streets since Wednesday. The students in the city of Resita (western Romania) have announced a warning strike on Thursday. RADOR

    [13] MAE delegation on a visit to the US State Department

    Consultations between a Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) delegation led by director general Mihnea Motoc and a US State Department official has been taking place in Washington early this week as part of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US. The talks concentrated on Romania's efforts to join NATO and the country's candidacy for the OSCE presidency in 2001, issues concerning regional cooperation and Romania's contribution to the OSCE monitoring mission in the Nugoslav province of Kosovo, and recent steps in Romania's European integration preparations. RADOR

    [14] MAE State Secretary Elena Zamfirescu at the OSCE meeting

    MAE State Secretary Elena Zamfirescu has attended a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday. The acting president of the OSCE, Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek has presented participants with a report on the OSCE activity. The meeting in Vienna was actually preparing the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council planned in Oslo on December 2-3. RADOR

    [15] Vatican's new ambassador to Bucharest

    Pope John Paul II has appointed the Swiss Claude Perisset as the Holy See's new ambassador to Romania. RADOR
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