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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-11-18

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November 18, 1998


  • [01] Fight Against Corruption under Debate in Romanian Senate;
  • [02] Deputies Ended Debates about Articles in Ordinance Amending Education Law;
  • [03] Nominations for the BNR Administration Council;
  • [04] The Proclamation of PNL's Identity Should Not Bother Anybody, Valeriu Stoica Says;
  • [05] PDSR's Fierce Criticism Against Romania's Governing Coalition;
  • [06] Protest Rally of Trade Unionists in Timisoara;
  • [07] Romania and Slovenia Share the Same Task: NATO Membership;
  • [08] Romanian Foreign Minister's Latin American Tour;
  • [09] Romanian Defence Minister to Attend the Meeting of the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association;
  • [10] French Navy Chief of Staff on a Visit to Constantza;
  • [11] Polish Ambassador to Romania on a Visit to Baia Mare;
  • [12] Byelorussian Delegation on a Visit to Constantza.

  • [01] Fight against corruption under debate in Romanian Senate

    At the meeting on Tuesday, the Romanian Senate has continued the debates about the draft law on preventing and punishing corruption cases. The document is designed to prevent, fight and punish any corruption case irrespective of their nature or gravity. The draft law is approximating similar international regulations aimed at fighting corruption, organised crime, moneylaundring and drug traffiking as well as preventing and fighting any sort of criminality. RADOR

    [02] Deputies ended debates about articles in Ordinance amending Education Law

    At their meeting on Tuesday, the Romanian deputies have ended debates about articles in the Ordinance amending and completing the Education Law. The version of the special commission in the House of Deputies and the version of the special commission in the Senate concerning the minority language teaching university were both rejected and, consequently, the ordinance makes no reference to the matter. The mediation commission appointed to solve differences between the Lower and the Upper House in parliament over the matter is expected to seek new solutions to the problem. The deputies representing the Opposition left the room in protest against the agreement the governing coalition reached on the ordinance at a meeting on Monday. RADOR

    [03] Nominations for the BNR Administration Council

    The governing coalition officials have ended on Tuesday the debates about nominations for the Administration Council of Romania's National Bank (BNR). The president of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD), Ion Diaconescu, said after the meeting that the nominations included financial experts and his party had no special proposal to make. The nominations submitted to the House of Deputies for approval include Mugur Isarescu as BNR governor, Ioan Ghizari as first deputy governor, Cristian Popa and Gheorghe Manolescu as deputy governors and Constantin Ionete, Silviu Cerna, Ernest Nagy, Nicolae Dardan and Nicusor Nuiu as counsillors. The nominations for the censors commission include Paul Bran as chief commissioner and Gheorghe Hancu, Vasile Gheorghe, Adrian Buscan and Teodor Giurgiu as commissioners. RADOR

    [04] The proclamation of PNL's identity should not bother anybody, Valeriu Stoica says

    The first vicepresident of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Valeriu Stoica, was surprised by the reaction of the PNTCD to recent declarations made by the PNL National Council. Valeriu Stoica claims that the meeting of the PNL leadership reaffirmed the party's identity on Romania's political stage. He believes the move complies with the protocol of the Democratic Convention in Romania (CDR) stipulating that each member party may preserve its own doctrine. Mr Stoica said "the proclamation of the PNL's identity should not bother anybody as we did not bother when the PNTCD did the same thing". RADOR

    [05] PDSR's fierce criticism against Romania's governing coalition

    The leadership of the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) believes that the priorities of the governing coalition did not include any of Romania's priorities - development, welfare, jobs, social justice, education, health and defence - in the last two years since the ruling coalition came to power. PDSR leader Ion Iliescu told a press conference on Tuesday that the speeches about the reform actually hid the "restitutio in integrum" principles and the underground fight to gain control over the trasfer of state property to the private sector. On November 18, the PDSR is to submit a new motion against the offence the government gave to the country's Constitution and legislation. Referring to negotiations over the new BNR managing board, Mr Iliescu said that, according to law, the BNR was under parliamentary control and the bank's leadership should include all political trends. He said the coalition was seeking to conquer every state institution and gain control over the privatisation process. RADOR

    [06] Protest rally of trade unionists in Timisoara

    Thousands of trade unionists in Timisoara and the county of Timis have gathered in the town on the Bega Channel on Tuesday in protest against the deteriorating standards of working and living and against the way the reform was achieved. In their speeches before protesters, the trade union representatives said the Romanian economy faced unbearable difficulties and asked the government to resign. Participants shouted slogans against the government and the presidency. After the meeting, the protesters marched to the Prefecture Building where they submitted to the administration officials the protest declaration they adopted. The participants in the rally in Timisoara included trade union delegations representing the counties of Timis, Arad, Caras-Severin and Hunedoara as well as trade union leaders representing the Cartel Alfa, CNSRL Fratia and BNS trade union confederations. RADOR

    [07] Romania and Slovenia share the same task: NATO membership

    While in Ljubljana on Tuesday, Slovenian President Milan Kuchan said his country and Romania had both the same wish: to join NATO. The statement was made on the occasion of the official visit the Romanian President Emil Constantinescu was paying to Slovenia. On the other hand, the Slovenian president that the NATO Applicant States should be considered separately. Expressing his support of an intensive co-operation between NATO candidates, Mr Kuchan said each applicant should be evaluated according to its performances. The talks in Ljubljana between President Kuchan and President Constantinescu focused on their countries' candidacies for NATO and the EU. Romania and Slovenia were not invited to join NATO on the occasion of the NATO summit in Madrid where Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary were invited to join the Alliance. Talks over NATO's further expansion are expected to resume on the occasion of its 50-th anniversary when another summit is planned in Washington next year. RADOR

    [08] Romanian foreign minister's Latin American tour

    The official talks between Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu and officials in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo on November 16 and 17 focused on ways to extend the political and economic relations between Romania and Uruguay. The Romanian minister met the president of Uruguay. The Uruguayan president was pleased to accept an invitation by Romanian President Emil Constantinescu to visit Romania. An agreement of Antarctic co-operation was signed and the two sides have decided that the next meeting of the Romanian-Uruguayan joint commission should prepare the priorities in developing the economic co-operation between the two countries. Andrei Plesu and the Romanian delegation have arrived in Buenos Aires on Tuesday for an official visit to Argentina, the second stop in the Romanian foreign minister's Latin American tour. RADOR

    [09] Romanian defence minister to attend the meeting of the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association

    Romanian National Defence Minister Victor Babiuc is attending the 44-th meeting of the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association taking place in Portugal between November 18 and 21. At the conference on "NATO: New Borders of Security", minister Babiuc is going to make a speech on "The European Defence Industry's Co-operation with NATO Applicant States". The Romanian minister is also expected to meet his Portuguese counterpart Jose Veiga Simao. RADOR

    [10] French Navy Chief of Staff on a visit to Constantza

    The Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Jean-Charles Lefevre, has arrived in the Romanian port of Constantza on Tuesday. The French official met the deputy prefect Mircea Iustinian and Dan Gabriel Iordache, vicepresident of the Constantza County Council. RADOR

    [11] Polish ambassador to Romania on a visit to Baia Mare

    While in the northern city of Baia Mare on Tuesday, the Polish ambassador to Romania, Bogumil Luft, met bishop Ioan Sisestean, the head of the Greek Catholic Church in Maramures. The Polish diplomat has been visiting the village of Rozavlea on Monday as Poland granted a 20,000 USD aid to rebuild a school destroyed by recent floods in the region. RADOR

    [12] Byelorussian delegation on a visit to Constantza

    A Byelorussian delegation led by Anatoly Gutevich, the ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to Romania, visited the Prefecture Building in the Romanian port of Constantza on Tuesday. The Byeloraussian delagation also includes Aleksander Maslovets, the embassy's economic and trade attache. The delegation is expected to visit the port of Constantza, the Agigea Free Area and some commercial companies in the county. RADOR
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