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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-02-15

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

February 15, 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Budget Debates in Romanian Parliament;
  • [02] The Finance Minister Is Not Allowed to Collect the Debts, PNL Vicepresident Says;
  • [03] Miercurea-Niraj: the Third Hungarian Minority Forum;
  • [04] Greece Is Supporting Romania's Efforts to Join NATO and the EU;
  • [05] No Self-Ruling for the Hungarian Romanians in the Next Four Years;
  • [06] The Romanian-Chinese Bilateral Relations as Seen by the Chinese Ambassador to Romania;
  • [07] Welcoming the future visit of the pope to Romania...

  • [01] Budget debates in Romanian Parliament

    Debates on the 1999 draft Budget have continued on Sunday in the Romanian Senate and House of Deputies. The MPs have adopted the chapters in the additional document #3 on industry, agriculture and transports. The MPs representing the governing coalition have rejected all the amendments the Opposition proposed while adopting the government versions. As the coalition MPs persistently rejected the Opposition's 200 amendments, the leader of the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), Valeriu Tabara, told the press his party was expected to leave the room when the MPs would vote the Budget in full. The main opposition party, the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) has previously announced a similar move. The debates are expected to resume on Monday at 9 AM when, according to the Seante's speaker, Mr Petre Roman, the 1999 Budget and the state insurance budget are supposed to pass. RADOR

    [02] The finance minister is not allowed to collect the debts, PNL vicepresident says

    While attending the launching festivity of the book on "The Romanian Capitalism" in Sibiu on Sunday, the vicepresident of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Horia Rusu, said Romanian Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes was not allowed to collect the debts. In suppport of his statement, the PNL leader has mentioned the fraud at the metal processing plant in Galati where certain groups launched a campaign against the finance minister in order to defend their interests. Mr Rusu said that "next week, the parliament is expected to discuss the PNL proposal of a 16% cut in the tax on profit and the annulment of all fiscal facilities granted to certain interest groups in the last nine years. The PNL leader said that the "liberalism is against any kind of facilities as liberalism means equal chances for all". RADOR

    [03] Miercurea-Niraj: the third Hungarian minority forum

    Following an initiative by bishop Laszlo Tokes, the honorary president of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), the third Forum of the Romanian Hungarians has been taking place in Miercurea-Niraj, Mures County, on Saturday. UDMR deputy Laszlo Borbely, also a state secretary, told the press he did not attend the meeting in Miercurea Niraj. RADOR

    [04] Greece is supporting Romania's efforts to join NATO and the EU

    At the end of the meeting between the Greek and Romanian foreign ministers, the Greek ambassador to Romania, His Excellency Stelios Malikurtis, said in an interview that his country was supporting Romania's efforts to join NATO and the EU because, as he put it, "it was Greece's strategic interest to see Romania join the Euro-Atlantic structures". Referring to Romania's efforts to join the EU, Mr Malikurtis said the country should make further steps to restore its economy ands achieve the restructuring as the tasks were crucial for Romania's rating and international evaluation. RADOR

    [05] No self-ruling for the Hungarian Romanians in the next four years

    Participants in the meeting aimed at setting up the self-ruling of all ethnic Romanians in Hungary have failed to reach the quorum requested and, consequently, the move could not be legalised. Unlike the ethnic Romanians living in Budapest who actually are non-Romanians, the ethnic Romanians in eastern Hungary have attended the meeting in Budapest. According to Mrs Maria Beren, the president of the Cultural Association of the Romanians Living in Budapest, the genuine Romanians would like to set up their own union free of any foreign interference. The head of the Hungarian Government's Department for Minority Affairs, Toso Doncev, has promised that, irrespective of what the results of the meeting could be, he was soon expected to announce the Hungarian Government's position on the Hungarian Romanian community matter. RADOR

    [06] The Romanian-Chinese bilateral relations as seen by the Chinese ambassador to Romania

    In an interview with the Romanian media, the Chinese ambassador to Romania, Mr Liu Guchang said his country's relations with Romania were among the best relations China ever had with other countries. He said that, last year, the relations of friendship and co-operation between the two countries entered a new era. Mr Liu has praised the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation (SRR) for "its contribution to promoting, enforcing and developing the relations between the two nations". According to Mr Liu, the SRR was further developing the exchange and contacts with China's both National and International Radios. RADOR

    [07] Welcoming the future visit of the pope to Romania...

    PUNR

    The PUNR welcomes the historic agreement reached by the Christian Orthodox Church and the Vatican concerning the visit to Romania by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. According to the PUNR, it is the first time when the relations between the two Churches are getting close, and the move may lead to the reconciliation between the Christian Orthodox and the Greek Catholic believers. A communique signed by PUNR leader Valeriu Tabara says that the party reiterates the national political support of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church and its priests, but the party is also supporting the freedom of conscience and the rights that any other religion should have. RADOR

    Civic Alliance

    In full hope and gratitude, the Civic Alliance in Romania (AC) welcomes Patriarch Teoctist's decision to invite His Holiness Pope John Paul II to come and visit Romania. "Seen as a crucial moment after a millenium a disputes, the visit of the pope to a mainly Christian Orthodox country may be a spiritual bridge between the two sister Churches. The AC communique says that the visit may be an opportunity to achieve the meeting between the West and the East on a crossroad land dominated by christianity and European civilisation. RADOR


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