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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-04-23

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

April 23, 1999

RADOR NEWS AGENCY OF THE ROMANIAN RADIO BROADCASTING CORPORATION Political life Romania's Parliament passed the request of NATO to use our country's air space without any restriction The two Chambers of the Parliament of this country have passed, 225 votes for, 21 against and 99 abstentions the draft of NATO's request of unlimited use of Romania's air space for the duration of air strikes against Yugoslavia. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the document passed also asks the Government of this country to further efforts with a view to ensure guarantees for the security and territorial integrity of the Romanian state erga omnes, fulfillment of necessary pledges for unlimited access of NATO airships to use air space of Romania as well as assistance for solving negative effects in the aftermath of the crisis in the region. The document mentioned also specifies that the Parliament of Romania reaffirms our wish to join NATO and to reach a peaceful solution of the conflict as well as a firm option of Romania's participation in the efforts of the international community in this sense, the source mentions. RADOR

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  • [01] Cabinet meeting On Thursday the Cabinet debated the draft law on the amendment and completion of the legislative framework regarding speeding up reform, a draft to be finalized in the future cabinet meeting. Spokesperson Adriana Saftoiu said that on the basis of this document the Cabinet will pledge responsibility before plenum of Parliament next month.Also on Thursday the Cabinet passed the memorandum concluded following negociations on the demands of the four main trade unions discussed with Prime Minister Radu Vasile. Mr. Ludovic Orban was appointed secretary of state and head of the Department of Public Information following a decision of the Prime Minister.Also yesterday the Cabinet passed a draft law for the amendment and completion of Law l99\l998 refering to the right of graduates of private colleges and pre-university units to take their final exams in units of state education. Also passed were two decisions concerning VAT exemption for a list of raw materials and facilities to mining units in meeting their budget obligations. Still another decision sanctions the setting up of the interministry anti- drug committee which is a consulting body of the cabinet, transmits RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR
  • [02] Talks between representatives of Parliament and of AOAR [Association of Businessmen of Romania] Thursday talks concluded between the representatives of Romania's Parliament and of Asociatia Oamenilor de Afaceri din Romania - Association of Businessmen of Romania- with the sides convening to take action for promulgating the Law of ministerial responsibility in 3o days at the most and the mediation between the two Chambers, the passing of the Law of civil servant by 3o June at the latest, amendment to Law 3l regarding the clarification of the statute of members of the AGA - General Assembly of Share holders- as well as of the Administration Councils and managers of state owned companies by the end of the present parliamentary session, the passing of the bill on labour courts and severe punishment of illegal work by 3o June at the latest as well as the consensus of systematic economic strategy, reads a communique of the AOAR taken over by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI.
  • [03] Press Conference of PNL - National Liberal Party - The leadership of PNL is of the opinion that the main role in the action that resulted in the signing of the letter of intention with IMF representatives is finance minister Decebal Traian Remes as he accepted lack of popularity for both himself and his party in order to focus on the premises of signing the accord with the IMF.By the signing of the letter of intention, said the President of the National Liberal Party, Mircea Ionescu- Quintus at a press conference that unfolded yesterday, the risk was cut down of the massive devaluation of the national currency while Romania's access to international money markets was ensured. Also at the press conference on Thursday, the President of the PNL said that the Prime Minister appointed, at the reccomandation of the National Liberal Party, Mr. Ludovic Orban as minister secretary of state at the Department of Public information of the Government of Romania. Minister of Justice Valeriu Stoica who is first vice president of the PNL said the trade unions' request for his dismissal is surely a joke. He added that it is not the trade unions that decide on the dismissal of a cabinet member. At the same time the speaker mentioned that he made all efforts in the Parliament of the country for the rapid passing of the law of ministerial responsibility and he stressed the fact that trade unions amendments will be promoted by emergency ordinances of the cabinet after the law is promulgated by the President of Romania, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. RADOR <HR SIZE=4> Social life
  • [04] Main trade union federations postponed the general strike by a month The four main trade union federations decided to postpone general strike by a month: initially the strike was to start on 26 April and it was adjourned to 24 May if the demands of the trade unions are not met by the Cabinet until then. The memorandum signed by the Prime ministers and the leaders of the four main trade unions on Wednesday was passed by yesterday's cabinet meeting. Thus the trade union leaders - according to what they told reporters of RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI- give some more time to the Government to put into effect the solutions jointly agreed. As the radio source already mentioned transmits, at the end of the joint trade unions' council meeting, a new demand was worded, namely that minister of justice Valeriu Stoica be dismissed.
  • [05] March and rally of research-design trade union members RADIO ROMKANIA ACTUALITATI informs listeners that research-design trade union members organized a march and a rally in Bucharest on Thursday to protest poor situation of research in our country. They demand more money to scientific research from the state budget and amendment to the Law of research aas well as exemption of taxes for the imports to this sector of activity. <HR SIZE=4> International relations
  • [06] Statements of President Emil Constantinescu before he left for the United States President Emil Constantinescu will uphold Romania's point of view regarding NATO's evolution in the Third Millenium at the session of the North Atlantic Partnership. The President of Romania will also present a programme of security and development for south eastern Europe, the BBC informs. Romania's point of view is that Yugoslavia's reconstruction after the war asks for massive investment coming from Western Europe and from the United States. "We will insist in saying that investments are necessary for Romania and that Romania has its own place in the reconstruction of Yugoslavia" - said President Emil Constantinescu before he left for Washington D.C. RADOR
  • [07] Meeting of the Parliamentary Mixed Romania- European Union Committee Members of the Romanian Parliamentary delegation, regardless of the political party which they represent have demonstrated at the Mixed Romania- European Union meeting that there is will of continuing reform in this country for us to be able to get even more closer to standards allowing us to join the European Union said PD- Democratic Party-member and MP Mariana Stoica, head of the Romanian delegation there.Mrs. Stoica told the envoy of RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI to Brussels that our country gets 5o million USD poorer each week because of the conflict in Yugoslavia. Romania was given as a good example in the analysis regarding observance of human rights for the way in which it solved issues of national minorities, said Mariana Stoica. RADOR
  • [08] Partial replacement of men belonging to battalion 96 Engineers Corps part of SFOR in Bosnia-Hertzegovina Measures were taken for the complete security of Romanian military during their trip to Bosnia-Hertzegovina to replace their comrades in Battalion 96 Engineers Corps and the platoon of Military Police reads a communique of the Defense Ministry quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. <HR SIZE=4> Media news
  • [09] Warning strike of the radio communication trade unions Thursday morning between lo.oo -lo.3o national radio programmes were not heard as the Trade Union Federation of the Radio Communication company went on a warning strike. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs its listeners that there is a contract concluded between the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation and the Radio Communication Company according to which the latter performs transmitting services to the former: following divergencies linked to money costs negociations are currently held by the two; however the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation has fulfilled all money obligations to the Radio Communication Company within the framework of budget allocation. It is in these conditions that the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation considers that the action of the trade unions of the radio communications company is groundless. The fact that national radio programmes were interrupted is affecting national security in the present political and military context in the Balkans and it also is an abuse and shows lack of respect of audience. The leader of the FRATIA trade union federation told us that as long as the cabinet does not issue an emergency ordinance to clarify payment ways and funds of money at the disposal of national radio and national television his colleagues working for the radio communication company feel they are not satisfied with present conditions and protest by interrupting radio and television programmes.
  • [10] Romanian political personalities voice their satisfaction at the signing of the letter of intention to the IMF. The recently concluded round of negociations with the IMF was the theme of a number of press conferences on 22 April, announces RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI.PD - Democratic Party - vice-president, Bogdan Niculescu Duvaz said he was happy the letter of intention to the IMF was signed on Tuesday."It is very important that the document has been signed. What we must do now is to keep up to the pledges included in the letter. I think it is a very strong signal for us to observe pledges assumed with a view to obtaining budget resources, more exactly using budgetary resources as they are stipulated in the budget" said vice president of the PD - Democratic Party - Bogdan Niculescu Duvaz. The leadership of PNL - National Liberal Party - is of the opinion that the main role in signing the letter of intention together with the IMF is played by Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes. First vice-president of the party, Mr. Valeriu Stoica said in this sense;"There has been quite a lot of pessimism in this period in Romania expressed by both politicians and media. We should not forget that specialists warned us in connexion with financial crisis both last year and at the beginning of this year,and we were indeed threatened by such a crisis rather seriously.Actually one of the reasons that led to the holding of the round table at Cotroceni was that possibility. Now while much talk went on about that threat of a financial crisis, we have had a finance minister that was not the most popular person for many Romanians but who kept on working and as a result of his activity we now have the premises for concluding an accord with the IMF". RADOR
  • [11] Unexpected success of the bonds issued by the Ministry of Finance The government of Romania was stimulated by the unexpected success of the one million lei bonds sold earlier this week and have decided to issue and sell more bonds of values ranging between five and twenty million lei, the BBC reports."In the first two days of the former action we have sold bonds worth 250 thousand million lei beyond any estimate. The motivation of our business was to give ordinary people a chance, people that have small savings at home and who might be tempted by substantial interest that reaches 2o per cent in only ninety days. We have had people that bought in the range of tens of millions, hundreds of millions and even thousands of millions", said Director in the Ministry of Finance, Aron Racea.
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