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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-01-27

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January 27, 1999


  • [01] President Constantinescu on Concessions Following Recent Miners' Unrest;
  • [02] Minister Traian Basescu on Government's Involvement in Miners' Unrest;
  • [03] Laws Promulgated;
  • [04] CSAT Meeting;
  • [05] Legal Action Against Miron Cozma;
  • [06] PRM Call for Justice Minister Dismissal;
  • [07] World Bank Loan to Romania;
  • [08] A Proposal to the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly;
  • [09] Madrigal in London.

  • [01] President Constantinescu on concessions following recent miners' unrest

    In an interview with the British media on Tuesday, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu said the recent incidents involving the miners in the Jiu Valley started as a social unrest but, in the end, it turned into a different matter: "It started as a social trade union conflict which turned into a political crisis when an extremist party promoting national- communist ideas was reported as being deeply involved in it". The president said that the state institutions' authority came under doubt, and the fact made him about to declare the state of emergency. He explained the decision as an attempt to prevent the escalation of the conflict. In his opinion, the state of emergency was expected to "ensure an immediate and convenient negotiation for the government in charge". The results of the negotiations in Cozia between the miners and the prime minister were not supposed to damage the reform process the government just started, the president added. When asked if the social costs were not expected to be higher than Romania could afford in its attempt to comply with the conditions the international financial organisations put forward, President Constantinescu replied: "It is not us who decide that cost. It is the IMF who makes that price and decide the conditions. I should point out that it was the former government who got the debt we now should pay off as it used most of the foreign loans for consumption. We should actually pay for the economic mistakes and the lack of reform the former government administrated". Referring to the violence last week, the Romanian president said that an inquiry was to establish the facts. RADOR

    [02] Minister Traian Basescu on government's involvement in miners' unrest

    The miners' unrest raised questions about the role played by two ministers representing the Democratic Party (PD): Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu and Transport Minister Traian Basescu. Minister Traian Basescu said in an interview his position was justified while Radu Berceanu's position "was really difficult as the government approved the programme he then tried to achieve". He denied rumours about minister Berceanu's alleged offer to resign. Referring to Prime Minister Radu Vasile's involvement in the conflict, the PD minister said: "Considering the Prime Ministrer Radu Vasile's position when the negotiations started, it is now crystal-clear that he found the right solution" and "he should not be condemned despite the concession he made when he renounced a major point in the mining system's restructuring programme as it was the country's stability who depended on him at the time". RADOR

    [03] Laws promulgated

    President Constantinescu promulgated on Tuesday the Law approving the Ordinance 50/1998 on granting a 200 lei/kg bonus to commercial milling and baking companies who purchase last year's crops for domestic use. Such commercial companies as Comcereal SA, Cerealcom SA, Romcereal and the National Agency for Farming Products as well as the private producers and farmers are both expected to benefit from the bonus. The Romanian president has also promulgated the Law approving the Emergency Ordinance 72/1997 on establishing the debts of the former Romanian Oil Company. Under the law, the state will take over no more than 4,500 billion lei of the company's public internal debts and its hard currency debts to the Bancorex SA along with its interests in the bank's account by June 30 1997. RADOR

    [04] CSAT meeting

    The meeting of the Supreme Council for the Country's Defence (CSAT) has been taking place at the Cotroceni Palace on Tuesday. In his opening speech, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has announced that the meeting was expected to examine the reports on the miners' unrest last week when the police and geandarmerie forces failed to take action and prevent the violence escalation. The counsellors were also expected to consider the damages to both private and public property and the consequences for the country's image around the world. The head of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) was expected to establish if the violence could be seen a threat to the national security. The president of the Constitutional Court, the justice minister and the attorney general were invited to establsih the framework allowing legal actions. A communique is expected shortly. RADOR

    [05] Legal action against Miron Cozma

    The prefect of Valcea County, Nicolae Curcareanu, has brought legal action against the miners' leader Miron Cozma for detaining, molesting and insulting him during the miners' unrest. In an interview with the press, Mr Curcareanu said his complaint also included some other people involved in the conflict last week. RADOR

    [06] PRM call for justice minister dismissal

    The Greater Romania Party (PRM) believes Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica should be removed. The party is accusing the minister of involving in judiciary matters. In a communique issued by its managing committee, the party says minister Stoica has repeatedly criticised the Appeal Court in Bucharest for its ruling in the trial against Miron Cozma. The party claims that, as long as the ruling is not final, the minister has criticised the court in his obvious attempt to influnce the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice. The PRM insists that Mr Stoica has badly damaged the image of the judiciary with serious consequences for the country's rule of law. RADOR

    [07] World Bank loan to Romania

    The World Bank delegate to Bucharest, Andrew Vorkink, told a press conference on Tuesday that the World Bank would grant a 300 million dollar loan to Romania for the reform of its banking system, step up privatisation and improved businesses. Mr Vorkink announced that negotiations would start and an agreement was expected this spring. He said that a second loan, even larger, could be agreed in case the government would keep its promises. RADOR

    [08] A proposal to the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly

    A senator representing the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Mr Gyorgy Frunda, has presented the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly with the proposal of a resolution on setting up an ad hoc commission to deal with the "national minorities rights" mainly concentrating on their "collective rights". Vicepresident of the judicial commission since Monday evening, Mr Frunda believes that the minority matters are facing serious problems such as the recent developments in the Balkans. He insists that the "national minority" definition should be clarified and an additional protocol should complete the European Convention on Human Rights. The ad hoc commission is expected to examine such matters and their alleged "connections". The project was signed by Walter Schwimmer, who runs for the Council of Europe's secretary general seat, and Gunnar Jansson, the head of the Council's Judicial Commission. RADOR

    [09] Madrigal in London

    The Romanian chamber choir, "Madrigal", along with other similar artists, has attended a mass commemorating the former president of the "Daily Mail" who died last year. Before the service at Westminster Abbey in London, the "Madrigal" performed a series of religious songs originating in the Christian Orthodox-Byzantine Church and the Holy Mount of Athos. During the service, the "Madrigal" performed Anton Pann's Romanian version of "Our Father the God". Another performance took place at the Romanian ambassador's residence in London. The concert on Monday evening included Byzantine hymns and Romanian traditionals. Participants included British politicians and artists, journalists and representatives of the British Romanian community. RADOR
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