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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-12-10

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

December 10, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Hearings before Commissions in Parliament;
  • [02] PUNR Conditions;
  • [03] PRM Central Commission Meeting;
  • [04] A Delegation Representing the Magistrates Association in Romania on a Visit to the Palace of Cotroceni;
  • [05] President Constantinescu Has Been Invited to Timisoara;
  • [06] Government-Trade Unions Negotiations;
  • [07] UNICEF Report on Children Around the World;
  • [08] Retired People's Protests;
  • [09] Romania Between Brussels and Washington;
  • [10] Diplomatic Agenda;
  • [11] Romanian Defence Minister on a Visit to Ukraine;
  • [12] Romanian-Spanish Contacts on Defence Policies;
  • [13] Statement by Peter Kopecky, the Slovak Ambassador to Romania.

  • [01] Hearings before commissions in parliament

    The commission for economic affairs in the House of Deputies gave a hearing on Wednesday to Tourism Minister Sorin Frunzaverde in connection with discrepancies in the Ordinance 32 on privatising tourist commercial companies, and Ordinance 88 on privatising commercial companies as stipulated in the Law 44/1998. The Tourism Ministry is preparing a strategy designed to ensure the privatisation of tourist commercial companies. RADOR

    The hearing of three future Romanian ambassadors have been taking place on Wednesday before the foreign affairs commission in parliament. The three diplomats include Alexandru Cornea appointed as ambassador to Yugoslavia, George Ceamba, the new Romanian ambassador to Turkey, and Pavel Platona, the new ambassador to Armenia. The hearing of Petru Constantin, appointed as Romania's ambassador to Tunisia, is expected shortly. Another hearing has been taking place before the commission for defence affairs; division gen. Florentin Popa, secretary general with the Industry and Trade Ministry and former state secretary with Romania's National Defence Ministry (MApN) was asked to provide details about the army's strategic weapon deliveries to Iraq. RADOR

    [02] PUNR conditions

    The Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR) is expected to resume its protests unless the Majority in parliament will consider the Opposition's proposals. PUNR deputy Ioan Gavra has made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday. He said his party's leadership was praising the existing dialogue betrween the Majority and the Opposition, but it expressed the regret that it was not the House of Deputies' speaker who called for dialogue. Referring to the moratorium the prime minister was proposing, Mr Gavra said the PUNR was waiting for the legal priorities, but it did not expect any achievement in the next six months. On the other hand, the PUNR calls on the government to admit the failure of its governing programme and present the parliament with the 1999 Budget to be approved by December 20 at the latest. RADOR

    [03] PRM Central Commission meeting

    In a communique issued to the media, the Press Office of the Greater Romania Party (PRM) says the party's Central Commission met early in December to establish the requirements the PRM cadidates should meet to run for the next elections: the age, the IQ, the activity and experience within the party. The commission has also examined the morals and the candidates' personal abilities to address largest audiences. All these principles are to be approved by the PRM's Co-ordination Committee and by the party's president. RADOR

    [04] A delegation representing the Magistrates Association in Romania on a visit to the Palace of Cotroceni

    At the Cotroceni Palace on Wednesday, Romania's President Emil Constantinescu met delegates of the Magistrates Association in Romania. The president of the association, Mrs Maria Coca Cozma, said the president was to be provided with direct and accurate information about the activity in the field as he should become acquainted with the problems the magistrates were facing. The delegates stopped however short of making any comment about the meeting. RADOR

    [05] President Constantinescu has been invited to Timisoara

    The Mayor of Timisoara, Gheorghe Ciuhandru, said he contacted the Cotroceni staff to plan the visit of President Emil Constantinescu to Timisoara on December 16-22. Gheorghe Ciuhandru said the president should visit Timisoara because, "two years ago, he promised to unveil the truth about the Revolution in December 1989". In his statement on Tuesday, the mayor said that December 17 was the most coveninent day for a presidential visit. RADOR

    [06] Government-trade unions negotiations

    The prime minister has called on the main trade union confederations to give up strike actions and protests in the next six months when the government was expected to carry out its anti-crisis programme. The trade union leaders have agreed in principle, though they questioned the government's courage to really take tough reform measures. Starting on Tuesday with the leaders of the Alfa Cartel, Meridian and CNSRL Fratia (ed.n. "The Brotherhood"), the talks at the Victoria Palace have continued on Wednesday when participants included leaders of the National Trade Union Block (BNS) and CSLR. A government spokesman said Prime Minister Radu Vasile was ready to discuss the moratorium with the Opposition as well, the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) included. RADOR

    [07] UNICEF report on children around the world

    In its annual report, the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) says that hundreds of millions of children are unable to live a decent life because of poor educational facilities. The UNICEF says an educational revolution should start to allow a growing number of people the access to information and scientific research based on high technology. This large scale intervention would need 7 billion dollars, less than the US spendings on cosmetics. A press conference, organised by the UNICEF delegate to Romania at the Scientists' House in Bucharest, is expected to tackle the same topic. RADOR

    [08] Retired people's protests

    The National Federation of the Retired People and the "Unirea" Confederation have been picketing on Wednesday the building of the Health Ministry in protest against the way the ministry was tackling the problems of the elderly people. The retired people request a 75 per cent compensation for medicines and ask the ministry to give up the initial prices. RADOR

    [09] Romania between Brussels and Washington

    While back from Brussels on Wednesday, Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu said the ministerial meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council was "Romania's last chance to reiterate its NATO accession arguments before the Washington summit". Mr Plesu pointed out that Romania expected the Washington summit to accelerate the programme already established at the summit in Madrid. "All the indications are that the Washington summit will consider the NATO expansion as one of the main issues under debate", Mr Plesu added. He said that, despite rumours among NATO allies insisting that no nomination would be made concerning the next round of NATO's expansion, discussions were still going on, and a final decision was expected in January. RADOR

    [10] Diplomatic agenda

    Carmen Podgoreanu, the spokeswoman with Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE), has announced the agenda of the Romanian diplomats in the next few days: MAE Director General Cristian Diaconescu is to attend a new round of Romanian-Bulgarian talks in Sofia on Thursday and Friday aimed at establishing the sea borders between the two countries. MAE State Secretary Elena Zamfirescu is to lead the Romanian delegation attending the fourth conference on peace-keeping in Bosnia and Herzegovina due in Madrid on December 15-16. Mrs Podgoreanu said "Romania's participaqtion in the conference was the natural consequence of its persisting efforts to ensure stability and good neighbourhood in the region". RADOR

    [11] Romanian defence minister on a visit to Ukraine

    While on official visit to Kiev on Wednesday, Romanian Defence Minister Victor Babiuc met Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchima. Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksander Kuzmuk has also attended the meeting. Oleksander Martinenko, the press officer of the Ukrainian Presidency, said minister Babiuc's visit was aimed at establishing the bilateral co-operation programme which was expected to include the set up of joint subunits, batallions possibly. As Romania and Ukraine were both affected by recent floods in the Carpathian region, such a batallion will participate in operations designed to eliminate the damage. Ukrainian minister Kuzmuk said another batallion would participate in peace-keeping operations. The meeting between the two ministers also focused on recent developments in the Black Sea area and the nestrian conflict. RADOR

    [12] Romanian-Spanish contacts on defence policies

    On December 9-12, the head of the Defence Policy Department with Romania's National Defence Ministry (MApN), State Secretary Constantin Dudu Ionescu, is due in Spain following an invitation by admiral Francisco Torrente Sanchez, Director General for defence policies with the Spanish Defence Ministry. The Romanian-Spanish joint commission is expected to meet and finalise the annual plan of military co-operation for the next year. RADOR

    [13] Statement by Peter Kopecky, the Slovak ambassador to Romania

    The Slovak ambassador to Romania, Peter Kopecky, has attended a press conference in the Auditorium Hall of Romania's National Museum of Art on Wednesday. Referring to the Romanian-Slovak relations, Mr Kopecky said they were good by tradition and provided a good start for further development. The two countries share similar foreign policy interests and they are supporting each other in such international bodies as the UN, CEFTA and the Central European Initiative. The Romanian foreign minister and the prime minister are expected to visit Slovakia early next year while President Emil Constantinescu is due in Bratislava shortly. The Slovak ambassador has provided details about the governing programme of the new government who came to power in September 1998 as well as details concerning the social and political situation in the country and excerpts from the Declaration of the Slovak Republic's National Council on the country's EU integration strategy. RADOR
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