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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-01-15

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From: RADOR Press Agency <>

January 15, 1999


  • [01] Law Promulgated;
  • [02] Cabinet Meeting;
  • [03] PDSR Protests;
  • [04] Reactions to PDSR Accusations Against Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu;
  • [05] PUNR Believes the Government Should Meet the Miners;
  • [06] Complaints Calling for the Lifting of Senator CV Tudor's Parliamentary Immunity;
  • [07] Further Strike Actions in Jiu Valley;
  • [08] Negotiations at the Industry and Trade Ministry;
  • [09] Romanian Joint Chief of Staff Decorated by the Spanish Ambassador.

  • [01] Law promulgated

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu promulgated the Law approving the Emergency Ordinance on disfavoured areas regime. The disfavoured areas include the mining regions of 25% unemployed resulted from collective dismissals, the monoindustrial areas concentrating 50% of their working force, the areas where collective dismissals affected more than 25% of their working force, the areas where the unemployment rate is 30% higher than the national average rate or the remote areas of poor infrastracture and communication links. The disfavoured areas are stipulated in a government order. The businessmen investing in such areas are exempt from customs duties and VAT for the equipments and facilities they provide. They are also exempt from tax on the profit as long as the area is declared as disfavoured. And more, the investors will benefit from priority loans, guarantees and state financing programmes. RADOR

    [02] Cabinet meeting

    At a meeting on Thursday, the Romanian Government has approved the draft law on national territory planning and the communities network, a draft order on implementation standards of the Law on meal tickets and a draft order on indexation level of the annual tax on state-owened land leasing on non-cultivation purposes. The head of the Local Public Administration Department, Vlad Rosca has presented a government order granting 15 billion lei to the public administrations in the Jiu Valley in an attempt to solve the problems of water and energy supplies. Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu has presented the Cabinet with a memorandum setting up a fund to restore the mining areas. RADOR

    [03] PDSR protests

    At the end of its two-day visit to the county of Caras-Severin, the leader of the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR), Ion Iliescu, said the incidents in the Jiu Valley were due to the government's inability to find the best solutions and prevent the hardships the miners were facing. In a communique on Thursday, the PDSR calls on President Emil Constantinescu and Prime Minister Radu Vasile to remove Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu from his job. The party expresses its protest against "the totalitarian police regime" and calls on all political and civil forces to unite and democratically stop the fall of Romania under dictature. The PDSR leaders has urged President Constantinescu, the Cabinet and the leadership of the Christian Democratic National Peasant Party (PNTCD) to publicly express their position on the recent decisions of Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu. RADOR

    [04] Reactions to PDSR accusations against Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu

    As guest to the new programme of the Romanian Television (TVR) on Thursday, Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu has rejected the PDSR accusations that he ordered the armed forces in the Jiu Valley to open fire against the miners. The minister said that, according to a law issued in 1994, it was the local authorities at the request of the police, and not the interior minister who was to decide the intervention of the police against the people threatening the public order. He recalled that the policeman was entitled to use white or fire arms when absolutely needed and according to law. Minister Dejeu has admitted that the government ordered the local authorities to stop the miners leave for Bucharest, but he pointed out that the weapons could not be used against people claiming their rights. Referring to the PDSR accusations and the alleged order of minister Dejeu, PNTCD spokesman Remus Opris said "there was no such order because nobody did such a thing". He said the PDSR communique was politically irresponsible. In his opinion, the PDSR and the Greater Romania Party (PRM) are trying to benefit from the miners' protests against the government. RADOR

    [05] PUNR believes the government should meet the miners

    In a message on Thursday, the leader of the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), Valeriu Tabara, calls on Prime Minister Radu Vasile to consider the Mining Trade Unions Confederation (CSMR) request and meet the CSMR reprresentatives as soon as possible as the crisis in the Jiu Valley could still be solved while there was a growing social unrest in the region. The PUNR leader warns that the unjustified delay in the social dialogue may cause a general chaos. Force cannot replace in any way the natural dialogue between social partners as force should not be used, the PUNR leader concludes. RADOR

    [06] Complaints calling for the lifting of senator CV Tudor's parliamentary immunity

    After the PUNR publicly declared it was no more going to tolerate the lies, public insults and insolent remarks of PRM leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor, the Romanian Social Democrat Party (PSDR) also expressed its support of the lifting of the PRM leader's parliamentary immunity. At a press conference on Thursday, PSDR leader Sergiu Cunescu said "the PRM senator's outragous attack against the Presidency was an attempt to deteriorate the institutional order and his move was similar to the fascist actions of miners' leader Miron Cozma who was trying to deteriorate the social order". The PSDR leaderhas warned about the possible connections between such actions as he believed they were very dangerous. He called on all political parties to express their position and fight against extremism. RADOR

    [07] Further strike actions in Jiu Valley

    On Thursday at 10 AM, the miners in the Jiu Valley have resumed their protests in front of the National Mineral Coal Company (CNH) headquarters in Petrosani. After reporting of the obstacles and barricades they should face in case they would try to leave for Bucharest, miners' leader Miron Cozma called on its colleagues to renounce all sorts of violence as "some people were trying to instigate and persuade them to take actions that could turn into a massacre". In his flamboyant speech, Miron Cozma has asked his colleagues to allow one and a half hour break in order to centralise all the signatures and wait for the trade union leaders in Oltenia mining region. Miron Cozma told the miners that, in case the trip to Bucharest would be decided, then at least 10,000 miners should leave for the capital. He insisted the action was legal as they were leaving for Bucharest in order to attend, along with the government, the funrals of the mining industry and, in this case, there were no special provisions in the law. RADOR

    [08] Negotiations at the Industry and Trade Ministry

    Another two rounds of negotiations have been taking place between miners' representatives and ministry officials at the Industry and Trade Ministry headquarters on Thursday. Participants in the meetings included Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu, State Secretary Nicolae Staiculescu, trade union leaders in the mining industry and representatives of the CNH Administration Council. The trade unionists have asked for some 649 billion lei subventions, but the ministry, following an agreement with the Finance Ministry, has offered only 350 billion lei. The miners have also asked for a 35% raise in the average salary paid by the CNH, but the ministry officials said the demand was unrealistic. Minister Berceanu has assured the trade union leaders that the money for the 2.6 tonnes of coal to the CONEL would be paid on time. After consultations with the Coordination Council of trade unionists in the Jiu Valley, the miners' delegates have notified the ministry about the demands in their programme. RADOR

    [09] Romanian joint chief of staff decorated by the Spanish ambassador

    The Spanish ambassador to Bucharest, Antonio Belver, has decorated on Thursday Gen. Constantin Degeratu, the Joint Chief of Staff of the Romanian Army. General Degeratu was awarded the Great Cross of the Military Order following a decree signed by HM Juan Carlos, the King of Spain, as a praise of his efforts to improve the military relations between the two countries. Quoted by the RRA, ambassador Belver said Spain was supporting Romania/s efforts to join NATO and the Spanish officials were working along with their allies to prepare the package of measures designed to achieve the NATO expansion, The documents are expected to be put forward at the NATO summit in Washington this year. The ambassadors of Turkey, Italy, Britain, Norway and Belgium have been also attending the ceremony. RADOR
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