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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-12-09

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

December 9, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Solemn session celebrating Romania's Constitution Day;
  • [02] Senate Proceedings;
  • [03] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [04] Laws Promulgated;
  • [05] Prime Minister's Consultations with Trade Union Leaders;
  • [06] PDSR Is Preparing a Censure Motion;
  • [07] Statement by PDSR Vicepresident Doru Ioan Taracila;
  • [08] PUNR's Conditioned Return to Parliament;
  • [09] The Prime Minister Met Representatives of Christian Cultural Bodies;
  • [10] New Hearings in the Cigarette 2 Case;
  • [11] Metarom Trade Union Federation Warning Strike;
  • [12] UDMR Extraordinary Press Conference;
  • [13] Romanian Foreign Minister's Statement after Meeting the North-Atlantic Council;
  • [14] Romanian Government's Position on European Commission Report.

  • [01] Solemn session celebrating Romania's Constitution Day

    On the occasion of Romania's Constitution Day, the Constitutional Court organised a solemn session at the Parliament Palace on Tuesday. participants included Romanian President Emil Constantinescu, Prime Minister Radu Vasile, House of Deputies Speaker Ion Dicaonescu, the Patriarch of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church Teoctist, political leaders and senior officials. In his speech, President Constantinescu expressed his deep concern about recent tendencies questioning the state institutions's authority and predicting the collapse of the Romanian state for failing to ensure its independence and integrity. The president warned that nobody was allowed to question Romania's integrity and independence during his mandate. He strongly criticised the political forces trying to promote extremist ideas and persuading the people to abandon the democratic principles and return to dictature. Other speeches were made by the speaker of the House of Deputies, the two former presidents and the current president of the Constitutional Court. RADOR

    [02] Senate proceedings

    At its session on Tuesday, the Romanian Senate has adopted the draft law approving Emergency Ordinance 24/1998 on the regime of disfavoured areas and the draft law approving the Emergency Ordinance 22/1998 imposing temporary additional customs duties on consumer goods imports. According to law, an additional tax of 6 per cent is to be imposed temporarily and undiscriminatory on all consumer goods imports irrespective of the country they come from. The natural gas, oil, energy and medicine imports as well as the imports mentioned in the Ordinance 14/1995 are excepted. RADOR

    [03] House of Deputies proceedings

    The deputies have adopted on Tuesday articles in the draft law amending and completing the Civil Code. According to law, the court should consider as priorities all the trials involving material compensations, the trials involving housing rights and any trial involving large amounts of money (over 500 million lei). A new article in the law stipulates that the judicial executors should act efficiently at the creditor's request and force the debtors to answer the claimant's demand. The deputies have also adopted the draft law amending and completing the Law on child allowance. RADOR

    [04] Laws promulgated

    A communique issued by the Romanian Presidency says that President Emil Constantinescu has signed on Tuesday the Decree promulgating the the Law to approve the Government Emergency Odinance 16/1998 amending and completing the Law 31/1998 on commercial companies. President Constantinescu has also signed the Decree promulgating the Law establishing the day of December 16 as the Day of National Solidarity against Dictature. RADOR

    [05] Prime minister's consultations with trade union leaders

    Prime Minister Radu Vasile has started on Tuesday a series of consultations with representatives of the trade union confederations. The talks concentrate on the economic measures the government is expected to take in the very next future. Government spokesman Rasvan Popescu said the talks with the Alfa Cartel delegates focused on the "horizontal" effects in case some enterprises would close down. Alfa Cartel leader Bogdan Hossu said the measures should restore the economy, but a change in the energy and gas tariffs should be operated to approximate the current prices to the prices on the international market. Referring to petrol prices, Mr Hossu said the government promised to avoid a raise. As far as the six-month moratorium was concerned, the Alfa Cartel leader said his trade union was expected to make a decision in a few days. The leader of the Mining Trade Unions Confederation, Marin Condescu, said he accepted the moratorium, but he believed the government "should really achieve the reform". The president of the Metarom Federation, Aurel Radi, has announced that new consultations were expected at Victoria Palace on December 17 to establish the strategy the Industry Ministry was to promote in restructuring the metal industry. RADOR

    [06] PDSR is preparing a censure motion

    By the end of the year, the Opposition is to draw up a censure motion against the government for the difficult situation the Romanians are now facing. The leader of the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR), Ion Iliescu, told a press conference on Tuesday that, in case the Radu Vasile Cabinet was to pledge before parliament the anti-crisis measures, then the motion should be seen as an answer to the government's initiative. The PDSR is now drawing up a censure motion which, if supported, is to be submitted to parliament by the end of the year, irrespective of the Radu Vasile Cabinet's pledge. RADOR

    [07] Statement by PDSR vicepresident Doru Ioan Taracila

    In a political statement in the opening of the Senate session on Tuesday, PDSR vicepresident Doru Ioan Taracila has announced that his party is returning to parliament. At the same time, the PDSR representatives will attend the negotiations between the three parliamentary working groups agreed on Monday. Mr Taracila said the parliamentary protest was only suspended and now the party was waiting for concrete solutions to its proposals, and not jusn an answer for the answer's sake. The PDSR senator said his party was praising the efforts made by the Senate speaker in the attempt to end the parliamentary crisis. RADOR

    [08] PUNR's conditioned return to parliament

    At the House of Deputies on Tuesday, Ioan Gavra, one of the leaders of the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), has announced his party's return to parliament. He said the negotiations between the Majority and the Opposition on Monday only succeeded in avoiding the critical point and pointed out the major importance of the three consulting groups mutually agreed by both the Majority and the Opposion. A PUNR communique however warns: "If the agreements already reached yesterday (ed.n. Monday) prove no result in 10 days, then the PUNR MP groups will withdraw again from both the Senate and the House of Deputies". RADOR

    [09] The prime minister met representatives of Christian cultural bodies

    At the Victoria Palace on Tuesday, Prime Minister Radu Vasile met delegates of the Andrei Saguna Christian Cultural League, the Astra Society and the Miron Cristea Christian Cultural Foundation. The delegates have presented the prime minister with a series of issues concerning the economic development in the counties of Harghita and Covasna as well as the difficulties in the regional transport and gas supply around Intorsura Buzaului and the town of Toplita. The prime minister has announced the the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday was expected to adopt a project to improve the gas supply in Intorsura Buzaului. A communique issued by the Government Press Office says the delegates have asked the prime minister to declare the town of Balan as disfavoured area. RADOR

    [10] New hearings in the Cigarette 2 case

    The hearings of the former director of the Presidential Guard and Protection Service (SPP), Nicu Anghel, and of Ge, Gheorghe Bucse, the Chief of Staff of the Romanian Air Forces, have been reported on Tuesday. They both have insisted that it was the press who provided them with information about the cigarette transport during the night of April 16-17. Nicu Anghel said that, right after the scandal emerged, he told presidential adviser Dorin Marian all he knew about it as reported by colonel Trutulescu. The former SPP chief said it was the commander Suciu who ordered Gheorghe Trutulescu at the Otopeni Airport on April 16-17. In his turn, gen. Gheorghe Bucse said he asked the commander Suciu to draw up a report, but Suciu reported that nothing happened on the airport during that night. According to gen. Bucse, commander Suciu said the plane was empty and he knew nothing about its landing. RADOR

    [11] Metarom Trade Union Federation warning strike

    A warning strikes were reported in all major metallurgic centres. The two- hour strike on Tuesday (at 10-12 AM) was carried out by the Metarom Trade Union Federation. The federation's vicepresident, Valentina Contescu, says the main demands include the adoption of a government order establishing a strategy in the industry's restructuring, emergency measures allowing the enterprises' survival until their recovery and the restauration of the former three-party commission for social dialogue. The vicepresident said a general strike was expected early next year, unless the government would consider the strikers' demands. Participants in the strike included workers in Campia Turzii, Sircotub Zalau and trge metallurgic plant in Resita. RADOR

    [12] UDMR extraordinary press conference

    The president of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Marko Bela, told an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday that the coalition parties and the government had different opinions on the health system. He said his party expressed its further support of the health minister, but it was expected to ask for a change of concept or another minister if the ministry did not review its aproach. Marko Bela has mentioned state secretary Alexandru Ciocalteu in this respect. He announced that consultations between coalition party leaders were expected within a few days to solve the existing differences. In his turn, Health Minister Hajdu Gabor said he would try to comply with the promise he made and achieve the reform of the health system. Referring to the list of the 350 compensated medicines, Mr Hajdu said that, according to the World Health Organisation regulations, the list seems fair and, for financial reasons, another list, even longer, was hardly possible. RADOR

    [13] Romanian foreign minister's statement after meeting the North-Atlantic Council

    After attending the meeting of the North-Atlantic Partnership Council in Brussels on Tuesday, Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu said the meeting was Romania's last chance to reiterate its commitment to join the North-Atlantic Alliance before the summit in Washington. The minister said Romania had to present the arguments and facts allowing the country to make such request. Mr Plesu said Romania expected the Washington summit in April to express a much stronger consensus incompliance with the paragraph 8 in the Madrid summit's final declaration as the [paragraph was mentioned as well in the communique issued at the end of the meeting on Tuesday morning. RADOR

    [14] Romanian Government's position on European Commission report

    The Romanian Government has publicly express its position on the European Commission report concerning the progress of Romania in preparing for the EU accession. The government believes the report provided a realistic image about the recent developments in the country. The Romanian Government is aware of the difficulties in implementing the economic and local administration reforms, the long-delayed progress and, consequently, the unsatisfactory results needing emergency and tough measures. In its efforst to achieve the economic restructuring, the privatisation and the local administration reform, the government will adopt a short term action programme by the end of December. In this respect, a series of measures were already taken, especially as far as the restructuring of the government, the State Ownership Fund (FPS) and the privatisation, reform and finance ministries were concerned. Other measures are related to the 1999 Budget, the closedown of loss-making enterprises by the end of the year and improved tax-collecting. RADOR
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