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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-05-07

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

May 7, 1999

POLITICS Debates of the draft Law regarding the stimulation of small and medium sized companies During yesterday's session the Senate continued debates on the draft Law regarding the stimulation of small and medium sized companies, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. The articles passed simplify administrative work connected to incepting these companies and regulate both access to public services and assets of state owned or privately owned companies as well as access to assets, materials and services. According to one of the articles passed the small and medium sized companies will be able to purchase assets of state owned companies paying 20 per cent in advance and the rest in instalments for a period of three to five years. The provisions of this Law benefit small and medium sized companies whose yearly business does no exceed eight million Euro. RADOR

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  • [01] Debating the draft Law on the structure and work of the Government and ministries On Thursday the Chamber of Deputies continued debating the draft Law on the structure and work of the Government and of the ministries. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports that cabinet members are appointed by the President of Romania at the suggestion of the PM, having prior Parliament approval, despite the opposition of the PDSR-Party of Social Democracy of Romania- whose representatives in the Chamber, Acsinte Gaspar and Dan Martian, said the text would not be constitutional.The Plenum also decided that the Government should pass decisions and ordinances by consensus in the presence of majority of its members and if consensus is not reached the final decision should rest with the Prime Minister. RADOR
  • [02] Cabinet meeting The Government of Romania passed a draft Law on Thursday regarding speeding up of economic reform. The draft is aimed at amending and completing normative acts with follow ups for the process of economic reform and of privatization,in this order;Emergency Ordinance of the Government no.88/1997 regarding privatization of commercial companies, Government Ordinance regarding leasing and leasing companies under no.51/1997,Law no.64/1995 on judicial reorganization and bankrupcy,Law no.94/1992 on the structure and activity of the Accounts Court as well as the legal framework of real estate businesses gurantees. Also on Thursday the Cabinet passed the Decision reading that oil embargo is set up against Yugoslavia, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs its listeners. No oil under any form goes to Yugoslavia from Romania with the exception of transports for diplomatic missions of our country in Yugoslavia, those for the International Peace Keeping Force and humanitarian transports. Ministry of Finance, the Home Ministry, Transports Ministry and Ministry of Commerce as well as the National Defense Ministry will work out measures of implementing the decree of the Cabinet having a one week deadline for start of turning into deed Cabinet decision. Person or persons that do not abide by the Law will be punushed accordingly reads the communique received from the Government of Romania.Also on Thursday the Cabinet passed a decision regarding the structure and work of the Agency for capitalizing Bank Assets while an emergency ordinance was passed to regulate salary ceilings of Agency employees. RADOR
  • [03] PSDR National Council discusses merging with ApR At a press conference that was organized yesterday leadership of PSDR- Social Democratic Party of Romania- voiced dissapointment at the unjustified delay of debates of draft Law initiated by Senator Ticu Dumitrescu on access to files of former Securitate. On the other hand, first vicepresident of PSDR Emil Putin said that Saturday the National Council of PSDR discusses merging with Apr-Alliance for Romania- and new conditions for doing it all the more so as local organizations make preassure to speed up the merge.The PSDR leader mentioned by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI said his Party will leave ruling coalition only after the two parties merge although he is of the opinion that PSDR would much better leave ruling coalition now as it has not found its due position in the present formula. RADOR
  • [04] Statements of Elod Kincses, candidate to UDMR Presidency Mr. Elod Kincses who is Mr. Marko Bela's counter-candidate to the position of UDMR-Union of Democratic Magyars of Romania- President released a new political concept according to which UDMR must use all resources and opportunities offered by the legal framework and the Constitution of Romania to achieve the aspirations of the Magyar community of this country. In the view of the Magyar radical leader mentioned by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI a first step to be made would be use of Magyar language in public administration with a view to reach autonomy. RADOR SOCIAL LIFE
  • [05] Romanian PM and leaders of the four main Trade Union Federations reach understanding Prime Minister Radu Vasile on Thursday unblocked negociations with the main Trade Union federations whose leaders hope that the Government will observe deadline jointly established says RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI.According to Government source mentioned by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the Prime Minister found solutions to discontent of the Trade Unions by amending the Law of labour Conflicts by emergency ordinance. State Counsellor Peiu also told our reporter that in as far as the statute of civil servants is concerned the Prime Minister will determinedly ask the Permanent Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies to bring back this draft law in the Plenum for debates and if this is not possible then the Government analyses how they can enact emrgency ordinance linked to the Law on the Statute of civil servants. With regard to the new tariffs of electric power Mr. Peiu said the Prime Minister and the four Trade Union leaders agreed that the Government should release a normative act referring to this aspect. RADOR
  • [06] Titan Gardens go Chinese General Council of the Municipality of Bucharest passed in its Thursday session its accord of association with Chinese INS International Trading Group to rebuild Titan Gardens: the accord covers a 49 year span of time RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. The Company will invest fifty million USD in the first six years while new building work will not go beyond of 10 per cent surface of the former IOR Gardens. City councillors say this will be the largest Chinese gardens outside China with pagodas,life size replicas of monuments, tea-houses, restaurants, health club, landscapes and the like. RADOR
  • [07] Protest march and rally of miners at Poiana Rusca Several hundreds miners of Poiana Rusca of the mines of Teliuc and Ghelari organized a march and rally protesting closing down of primary flow at the steel and iron combinat works of Hunedoara that also used iron ore from the two above mentioned mines.Protesters asked local officials to amend ordinances leading to dismissal of miners and for increased salaries. RADOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
  • [08] Programme of the visit paid by the Pontiff to Romania The visit of Pope John Paul 2-nd to Romania is the first visit of a Pontiff to a country having majority Orthodox population and it also is quite a momentous occasion for ending disputes between Roman-Catholic Church and Conclave of Orthodox Churches as Christian unity is being sought for the last one thousand years.The programme of the visit includes talks with the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, with the President of Romania and with Prime Minister Radu Vasile RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs.The Pontiff will pray while in Romania alongside RomanCatholic,GreekCatholic and Orthodox believers and men of the cloth. RADOR
  • [09] Statements of Romanian politicians In an interview given by the PM of Romania to Television and Radio channels among which the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Radu Vasile said the following:"The people should be proud that the Head of the Roman Catholic Church which is the great sister of the Romanian Orthodox Church makes this historic visit to Romania". The President of PNTCD-Christian Democratic National Peasants Party- Mr. Ion Diaconescu is of the opinion that the visit of the Pope to our country has major significance as it is a recognition of Romania having opened up to the Western zone of the continent.In a statement which he made at the Parliament Palace the PNTCD leader said the visit of the Pontiff to Romania is important under all its aspects, the political one in the first place, if one takes into consideration the position of the Catholic Church in the world. In his view good relations of Romania with the Holy See do not represent breaking off tradition or links with the Orthodox world. Now on a visit to county Arges, the President of the Democratic Party,PD, Mr. Petre Roman said the visit of the Pontiff to Romania is of an original ecumenical signicance and added the visit of the Pope to Romania will place this country on a positive and superior stand. PUNR - The National Union Party of Romanians - appreciates the visit of the Pope to our country and says this is a historic moment in relaunching ecumenical dialogue between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic churches reads a communique of the Party.PUNR considers that the two churches must work together in peace and harmony now as mankind prepares to celebrate two thousand years of Christianity,RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs, RADOR
  • [10] Romanian visit of the delegation of the Austrian National Council The President of Romania has received the delegation of the National Council of Austria led by its President Hans Fischer. On this occasion Mr. Emil Constantinescu conveyed an invitation to Austria to become member in a three party organization alongside Hungary and Romania with a view to build regional peace told RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI spokesman of the Presidency Mr. Rasvan Popescu who added that another project mentioned during the reception is the turning of the University of Cernauti into a multicultural university the President of Romania already having the support of the President of the Ukraine in this sense, Austria having to contribute money funds to the project. Spokesman Popescu said President Constantinescu also reaffirmed interest of our country in the fastest possible conclusion of the Kosovo conflict. RADOR
  • [11] Polish Defense Minister visits Bucharest RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI mentions that the Polish defense minister Mr. Janusz Oniskiewicz who is paying a visit to Romania said our country was a very important partner for both Poland and for NATO transmits RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. NATO circles appreciate determination and consistency of Romania with regard to Kosovo said the Polish official after talks with his Romanian counterpart,adding Romania's firm stand is not met with all partners.The two defense ministers have convened to urge experts of the two institutions to work out three bilateral military treaties in developing technology, training and drilling of troops, defense policies and military education. During talks with Romanian foreign minister Andrei Plesu the Polish defense minister said Romania was a very important partner of both Poland and the North Atlantic Alliance. Romania's foreign minister and Poland's defense minister made an analysis of the situation in the region and voiced their hope that a peaceful solution for solving the situation in Yugoslavia would be worked out. RADOR Exchange of Diplomatic Notes between the Romanian Mission to Brussels and NATO Headquarters The technical accord between NATO and Romania which was passed by the Supreme National Council for Defense of Romania was materialized by an exchange of diplomatic notes betweeen the Romanian mission to Brussels and NATO General Headquarters Wednesday evening said Presidential Defense Counsellor Dorin Marian mentioned by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. Dorin Marian made the statement yesterday during festivities occasioned by nine years since the cration of the SPP which is the Protection and Guarding Service in this country. Presented were some of the situations which were exercised for the visit of the Pope to Romania. RADOR ECONOMIC NEWS
  • [12] International Monetary Fund to analyse suppliment of the loan to Romania In June International Monetary Fund could discuss a suppliment to the loan given Romania. According to the new stand-by accord recently signed our country asked for a 475 million USD loan that should be augmented as a result of nefarious impact of Yugoslav conflict on the economy of Romania - the CNN reports. The IMF expects the Government of Romania to clarify stand on the issues of reform and taxes.CNN recalls the fact that the economy of Romania will witness a regress which is bigger than expected and adds that our country is one of the four Central European states that requested to be considered a front line country.Analysts are of the opinion that the European Union could give an increased financial support to the countries that have common borders with Yugoslavia adding that it is unlikely any of the four front line countries could meet demands of European Union for joining. /md/vl/
  • [13] Romania has enough wheat for bread making says the Minister of Food and Agriculture The Romanian minister of Food and Agriculture, Ioan Muresan said at a press conference that our country has enough wheat to meet domestic bread making needs a fact which in no case would justify the exagerated increase of the price of bread. Mr. Muresan is mentioned by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI with a statement according to which those that create an artificial wheat crisis are driven by political and economic interests. RADOR
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