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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-04-28

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

April 28, 1999

Political events Senate debates on the draft law regarding public local administration In its 27 April session of the Senate debates continued on the draft law regarding the organization of public local administration and local autonomy. Chapter 3 was passed and debates started on the fourth Chapter, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. RADOR

CONTENTS

  • [01] Senators postpone debates on annuling immunity of Corneliu Vadim Tudor Yesterday senators postponed, at the request of the Minister of Justice, debates on annuling immunity of Senator Corneliu Vadim Tudor. Debates on the request will take place on ll May reports RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI which adds that the Senator mentioned is charged with slander,assault and abuse in another seven penal briefs. RADOR
  • [02] Chamber of Deputies debates in the Committee for Public Administration The Committee for Public Administration of the Chamber of Deputies started debates on Tuesday on the emergency ordinance of the Government regarding protection of tenants and ceiling of dwelling rents. The present debates, said Ion Carstoiu, President of the Committee, aim at expand provisions of the first variant to tenants of privately owned dwelling houses and harmonize rent value with present levels transmits RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR
  • [03] Head of General Chiefs of Staff of the Romanian Army stands for increase of defense budget Head of General Chiefs of Staff of the Romanian army, General Constantin Degeratu, said he would meet the Finance Minister today for talks aimed at increasing defense budget in the conditions of the crisis in Yugoslavia. The General added that operational measures triggered by crisis in that country call for 75 to 8o million USD more in the next six months while a crisis or war situation could raise defense budget by one thousand billion lei although this money will not be necessarily spent, says RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR
  • [04] Ruling Parties leaders will decide whether they assume governing responsibility before Parliament The President of PNTCD - Christian Democratic National Peasants Party - Mr. Ion Diaconescu has had talks with Prime Minister Radu Vasile after which he told media a new meeting of the coalition members will unfold for a decision to be made on governing responsibility before Parliament for the Bill regarding rapid privatization, RADIO ROMANIA INFORMS. RADOR
  • [05] PNTCD - Christian Democratic National Peasants Party - leadership analyses a new draft protocol of the CDR, Romanian Democratic Convention. Leadership of PNTCD met to analyse the new draft protocol of the Romanian Democratic Convention as form of association among political parties and civil structures. PNTCD is of the opinion that the future lists for local and parliamentary elections in this country should include personalities of public life promoted by the civil structures of the Romanian Democratic Coalition, CDR. PNTCD Spokesman Remus Opris said his party was against the PNL - National Liberal Party - intention to have its own lists at the future local elections saying that if they wish to do so at the local elections the Liberals should have their own lists at the general elections as well. PNTCD, added Spokesman Remus Opris, considers it is right and proper to have both leadership and coordination of the CDR as a result of its political importance and activity within the coalition, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. RADOR
  • [06] Romania has no reason to be happy after the NATO Washington Summit said PDSR, Party for Social Democracy of Romania Leadership of PDSR - Party for Social Democracy of Romania - said Romania has no reason of satisfaction after the recently concluded NATO Washington Summit said at a press conference yesterday vice president of the PDSR Mrs. Hildegard Puwak adding that our country obtained in Washington even less than it had obtained in Madrid as we are now having the responsibilities of a NATO member country in exchange of vague promises. On the other hand the leaders of PDSR are happy with the stands of France and Germany especially after the propossal of Chancellor Schroder to start plan of economic support of Eastern European countries. In connexion with the negociations of Bucharest authorities with representatives of the World Bank Mrs. Puwak said PDSR will ask for Parliamentary debates on the content of the accords concluded by Romania with the IMF and the World Bank, says RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR
  • [07] <P> Appeal of PS - Socialist Party - to the Romanian authorities The Socialist Party asked Romanian authorities to make necessary diplomatic steps with NATO and the US for reparations in the wake of the war in Yugoslavia, for real economic support and for a guarantee of Romania's sovereignty and territorial integrity. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, PS is of the opinion that the ruling parties present results obtained by Romania in Washington as a political and diplomatic victory for electoral reasons alone. RADOR
  • [08] Meeting of mayors of Caras-Severin county A meeting of mayors of county Caras Severin took place yesterday at Resita on the theme "The Administration of the Reform, a Reform of the Administration " with the initiator of the project which is the Pro Democratia Association Club Resita. According to Radio Resita the project which is financed by the Foundation for an open society aims at speeding up alteration of mentality of civil servants before the civil society and a better perception of laws in this field of activity. RADOR Social life
  • [09] Protest of Trade Unions of the Pitesti Nuclear Research Institute The Trade Unions of the Pitesti Nuclear Research Institute have announced that the employees working in security shifts at the reactor of the Institute and a number of researchers have not left the building since 21 April as they are deeply dissatisfied by lack of prospects regarding financing of their branch of activity which is added to the fact that they did not receive full salaries since last December. Trade Union members announced that if their demands are not met by today they will cease activity which will eventually lead to the conservation of the reactor at a very high cost for Romanian nuclear power. RADOR
  • [10] Trade Union leaders working for "Rulmentul" Alexandria started hunger strike RADIO CRAIOVA says 21 leaders of independent trade unions started hunger strike at the "Rulmentul " Alexandria plant protesting employers' violation of the collective labour contract. RADOR
  • [11] Romanians get work permits in Hungary RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI announces that starting the month of May Romanians get work permits for Hungary as an agreement was signed in Bucharest in this sense yesterday. The agreement opens up prospects for probationers and eases access of workers to legal framework solving as wel as protection protection of labour and family. RADOR
  • [12] Flood damage in county Mures continues being assessed Damage in the wake of the recent floods in county Mures has not yet been assessed said officials of that county.Work is still going on after which prefect Dorin Florea will appoint a commission to process data gathered in. After this data will be made public and requests will be made for compensation from the government. This action could take a month. The only organisastion that helped victims of floods until now is the Red Cross of Romania that gave people of two villages food worth ten million lei said RADIO TIRGU MURES. RADOR International relations
  • [13] British Prime Minister visits Romania on 4 May Mr. Tony Blair will be in Romania on 4 May said spokesperson of the Romanian government Mrs. Adriana Saftoiu. She is quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI saying that the British Prime Minister will be received by the President of Romania and he will have talks with the Romanian Prime Minister. RADOR
  • [14] The Parliamentary delegation of the Republic of Moldova was received by the President of Romania. The President of Romania, Mr. Emil Constantinescu received a Parliamentary delegation of the Republic of Moldova led by President of Parliament Mr. Dumitru Diacov. Spokesman of the Presidency, Mr. Rasvan Popescu told media that in the opinion of the President of Romania the two Parliaments must ensure common legislation which is identical to the European one. Stress was laid on the economic issues of the two countries the sides saying that we are on the right track as Bucharest reached an understanding with the World Bank and with the IMF so that access to international markets is now ensured. The President of Moldova Parliament Mr. Diacov told media that bilateral treaty has very good chances to be concluded very soon. He added that main issues discussed during his Romanian visit were development of bilateral ties in the economic and political fields, the social situation in the Republic of Moldova and the issues of Transnistrja. RADOR
  • [15] Foreign minister Plesu attended the debates of the EU-Romania Association Council Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu attended the debates of the European Union - Romania Association Council.According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI tackled was the strategy of Romania's pre-association, the way the accord of association of our country to the European Union is applied as well as bilateral ties. According to the communique which was released after yesterday's session Romania is now meeting demands of association while the Commission and the European Union appreciate the role of stability in the region played by our country as well as the fact that we are helping Kosovo refugees RADOR
  • [16] Romanian - Croatian talks Deputy foreign ministers of Romania and Croatia had talks in Bucharesst on bilateral relations and the situation in the area.The Croatian guest underlined the fact that the sides discussed the way the two countries could overcome together the crisis in the Federative Republic of Yugoslavia. Romanian foreign affairs secretary of state Mr. Ungureanu told media that our country could receive up to 5oo refugees, informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR
  • [17] Press Conference at the Cotroceni Palace on economic aspects of the recent US trip of President Emil Constantinescu A press conference was organized at the Cotroceni Palace devoted to economic aspects of the recent visit to Washington of the President of Romania. Spokesman Popescu and economic counsellor Doltu answered media questions which according to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI mainly dealt with the idea promoted by the President linked to rebuilding South Eastern Europe involving all countries in the area. The President of Romania spoke at length during talks both in Washington and New York of the advantages offered by Romania's participation in a large reconstruction process. The World Bank has a project involving a small group of countries among which Romania is a possible. These initiatives are meant to balance economic and social interests for a longer period of time. RADOR
  • [18] Conference in Washington devoted to the situation in the Balkans The Balkans region is again analyzed in Washington D.C. at the conference "South Eastern Europe and NATO. Security measures for the XXI-st Century." Representing Romania at the debates of the conference are defense minister Victor Babiuc and foreign ministry secretary of state Elena Zamfirescu. Among the themes on the agenda there is NATO enlargement, the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean dialogue within the Alliance as well as administration of crises. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI during the debates the opinion was voiced according to which a plan of an economic nature for the Balkans is a speedy must as it is also the main political instrument for maintaining regional balance. RADOR Media news
  • [19] Forum of the Radio and Television stations of ethnic minorities of Hungary Start in Budapest of the debates of the Forum of the radio and television stations of ethnic minorities of Hungary.Attending are also foreign guests from Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Romania. Our country is represented by Professor Tudor Catineanu, President of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation and Zorin Diaconescu, deputy-director of the Cluj Regional Radio Station. The first day of the meeting was devoted to the Day of Ethnic Minorities in the programmes of Magyar Radio.The three channels of the Hungarian radio namely KOSSUTH, BARTOK and PETOFI had special sections devoted to the event, informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR Economic news
  • [20] Romanian Government - World Bank Negociations The Head of the Control Department of the Government, secretary of state Ovidiu Grecea met with a delegation of the World Bank on Tuesday to discuss the forthcoming start of operations of the Agency for capitalization of bank assets. The representatives of the World Bank said the Agency should be a strcture made of professionals and added they would not favour Administration made up of representatives of the Romanian National Bank, of the Finance Ministry, of the State Ownership Fund or other institutions as they want the Agency free from any interference. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI secretary of state Grecea also said that by 6 May legislative support is finalized for the start of activity of the Agency for capitalization of bank assets. RADOR
  • [21] Romanian - German energy Forum Sinaia saw the opening of the debaates of the third Romanian - German energy forum under the patronage of the President of the Senate, Petre Roman. Debates were opened by the minister of industry and commerce, Radu Berceanu. Attending are managers of energy and banking areas as well as representatives of the trade unions alongside partners of Germany and Austria. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the president of the FPS which is the State Ownership Fund, Mr. Sirbu said that ROMAGAZ and CONEL are privatization resistent structures which if rapidly undergoing privatization could bring into Romannia five thousand million dollars that in turn results in easing pressure on the State budget added Radu Sirbu. Refering to the Law of privatization the speaker also said that the big corporations which will be the outcome of restructuring present big state companies will be privatized by the ministries under which they unfold their activity and will have foreign consultancy for the process. DEUTSCHE WELLE reports that Petre Roman spoke about the traditional Romanian-German economic cooperation and voiced his hope in the better development of the home energy sectors. The President of the Romanian Senate also underlined the necessity of the signing of the IMF letter of intention despite the fact that the healing of the economic and financial sectors of the country brings about great difficulties to the population of the same country, concluded Petre Roman at Sinaia. RADOR
  • [22] The stand of the PD - Democratic Party - leadeer Petre Roman regarding the signing of the IMF letter of intention Signing of the letter of intention with the IMF for the conclusion of a new accord for Romania and the timely pay back of foreign debt are steps necessary to the healing of the economic and financial sectors of activity in this country -said Petre Roman at Sinaia on the occasion of the Romanian - German Energy Forum although this brings about great difficulties to the population of our country. The PD leader also said that sound economic and financial conditions generate trust in Romania of foreign investors. Mr. Roman also stressed the traditional Romanian - German economic collaboration estimating that it could lead to a more efficient development of the Romanian energy sector, reports RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR
  • [23] CONEL priority - building of the domestic energy market As part of the same forum mentioned earlier the Romanian minister of industry and commerce, Radu Berceanu underlined the importance of the energy sector which, in his opinion can generate positive influence of the entire Romanian economy. It is in the same context that the deputy director general of CONEL Alexandru Binig said a priority of his company is the setting up this year of the domestic energy market which in its turn precedes start of activity of several distribution companies.To this aim the European Union using its PHARE programme allots 1.9 million Euro for consultancy project for reorganzing distribution sector prior to privatization process. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports that Mr. Binig estimated restructure and private capital take over in the energy sector to last about two years in Romania. RADOR
  • [24] Viorel Catarama intends to buy majority of shares of Tractorul Brasov state owned company The leader of Romanian National Party - PNR - Mr. Viorel Catarama said on Tuesday during a press conference he handed in to officials of Tractorul company his letter of intention reading he intends to buy majority stock of the factory. This action, Mr. Catarama added, is closely connected to the agriculture policy of the Romanian National Party and he is willing to assume all risks involved, reports RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR
  • [25] Treasury vouchers sold by 30 April ANTENA BUCURESTILOR local radio reports that 496 thousand million lei worth of treasury vouchers have been gathered in in four days. In the city of Bucharest alone sum total reaches more 65 thousand million. Coming next are counties Constanta, Cluj, Prahova, Suceava, Brasov, Neamt and Dolj. Last day for the present release that started yesterday is 30 April. RADOR
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