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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-01-25

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

January 25, 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Union Day Celebrations;
  • [02] Interior Minister Waiting for Report;
  • [03] PD Complaints;
  • [04] PRM May Be Outlawed;
  • [05] Emerging Strike Actions;
  • [06] White House Communique.
  • [07] IMF Officials Postponed Their Arrival at Bucharest;
  • [08] Special Senatorial Commissions Request Additional Funds for Ministries;

  • [01] Union Day celebrations

    Union Day celebrations have been taking place in the Moldavian city of Iassy on Sunday. A military ceremony was reported around the Alexander Ioan Cuza Memorial in Union Plaza. Representatives of the Romanian Presidency and Government as well as local officials have attended a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a mass at the Three Hierarchs Church where Prince Cuza was buried.

    A religious service and a military ceremony were also reported in the Oltenian town of Craiova on Sunday. Local officials and Knights of the Michael the Brave Order have attended a wreath-laying ceremony. Around the Memorial of the Prince Alexander Ioan Cuza, the participants then danced the Romanian traditional folk dance called "hora".

    Romanian flags and three-coloured ribbons were reported on the streets of the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca on Sunday while the Prince Alexander Ioan Cuza's Memorial by sculptor Ilarion Voinea was unveiled in the Cluj downtown. Celebrations of the Union Day were also reported on Sunday evening when a show, a torch procession and fireworks entertained the people on the occasion. RADOR

    [02] Interior minister waiting for report

    Romania's new Interior Minister Constantin Dudu Ionescu is to be presented with a report on the police forces who failed to stop the miners' unrest last week. Minister Ionescu told the press that the report next Monday may lead to some changes in his ministry's structures and strategies. RADOR

    [03] PD complaints

    In a communique issued to the press on Sunday, the ruling Democratic Party (PD) has expressed its position on the recent crisis caused by the miners' protests in the Jiu Valley. The party says that, despite the social protection measures already in force, their implementation was neglected and many people believed the economic reform was not to go along with such measures. The PD believes the reform in such fields as transports or industries was not enforced by financial and social protection measures. RADOR

    [04] PRM may be outlawed

    While attending a press conference in Pitesti on Sunday, Romanian Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica said the Greater Romania Party (PRM) might be outlawed if there were enough evidence to prove the party's involvement in the miners unrest last week. He said the miners' protests were understandable, but their fight against the state insitutions was unreasonable. The minister believed that such actions could only be explained by the communique issued by the PRM during the miners' strike. RADOR

    [05] Emerging strike actions

    As the political crisis was peacefully solved last week, other Romanian trade unions are now considering strike actions. According to media reports, the CNSRL- Fratia (ed.n. The Brotherhood) trade union federation will try to persuade the government to adopt a new strategy designed to get the country out of the crisis. The National Trade Union Block (BNS) is also expected to join the strikes. RADOR

    [06] White House communique

    The White House in Washington welcomes the agreement reached by the Government in Bucharest and the miners in the Jiu Valley. The officials in Washington poit out that the economic reform should go on despite the sacrifices involved. "We support the democratically elected government in its efforts to restore the law and order. The White House welcomes the way President Emil Constantinescu and Prime Minister Radu Vasile were playing their role as the country's leaders as well as the joint statement made by all political parties in Romanian Parliament. The reform process involves sacrifice, but there is no other way to the country's integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures", White House spokesman John Lockhart said. RADOR

    [07] IMF officials postponed their arrival at Bucharest

    The IMF officials have postponed their arrival at Bucharest for early February. The date depends on how the talks in parliament on the 1999 draft Budget will go on. The IMF officials were expected next week adter their initial visit on January 10 was postponed at the Romanian authoriies' request. The IMF is supposed to grant a new loan to Romania in case the country's budget deficit will hit no more than 2 per cent of the GDP. The agreement with the IMF is expected to encourage the foreign investors and allow Romania to get new foreign loans. RADOR

    [08] Special senatorial commissions request additional funds for ministries

    Most of special commissions in the Senate request additional funds for the ministries. The budget-finance commission centralising proposals believe the ministries may get more money on two conditions: an increase in the privatisation-resulted funds and a growing budget deficit. The Defence Commission and the Economic Commission made the most substantial demands. The Defence Commission would like to get some 3,600 billion lei of additional funds. Minister Ioan Muresan has also called for a substantial increase in the agriculture budget. The budget deficit is established at 2% but some budget-finance commissioners insist that the IMF may be persuaded to accept a higher deficit. RADOR
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