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RADOR: News from Romania, 99-05-18

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

May 18, 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Plenum of the two Chambers of the Romanian Parliament
  • [02] President of PNTCD about Cabinet issues, the Presidency and UDMR
  • [03] Presentation of the text of censorship motion of PDSR against the draft law for speeding up reform
  • [04] Prime Minister Radu Vasile congratulates Marko Bela for reelection to the office of President of the Union of Democratic Magyars of Romania.
  • [05] UDMR at home and abroad according to statement made by Marko Bela
  • [06] PUNR -ROMANIANS NATIONAL UNION PARTY- rejects statements of extremist leadership of UDMR
  • [07] PNTCD wants to declare pope John Paul 2-nd as the world personality of the century
  • [08] UFD -Union of Right Wing Forces- press conference
  • [09] Communique of PDSR
  • [10] Cabinet -Trade Unions dialogue continues this week
  • [11] Spontaneous strike at Barza-Brad
  • [12] Romanian-Venezuelan talks here in Bucharest
  • [13] Ion Iliescu is visiting Japan
  • [14] International conference of newly set up or restaured democracies
  • [15] Scientific French-Canadian-Romanian workshop
  • [16] Decisions regarding SIDEX Galati are postponed
  • [17] ING BARING'S about poor economic performance
  • [18] Privatization prospects of ARO four wheel drive producing plant

  • [01] Plenum of the two Chambers of the Romanian Parliament

    In its plenum of 17 May the Chamber of Deputies adopted two draft laws for amending Government ordinances no.50 of 1997 and 65 of 1994 both of them referring to the accounting and chartered accountants activity.The Plenum of the Senate witnessed political statements according to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR

    [02] President of PNTCD about Cabinet issues, the Presidency and UDMR

    The President of PNTCD - Christian Democratic National Peasants Party - Ion Diaconescu said that the present Cabinet in its first year of activity succeeded to maintain balance within the Coalition and in its relations with the Parliament of the country. During yesterday's press conference Mr. Diaconescu said " the analysis of a year of activity of the Government is made taking into account the tough present realities " adding that the Vasile Cabinet was faced, on the one hand , by the demands of the Trade Unions and on the other, by the conditions imposed by the international financial organizations, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. Referring to the statements reading that the President of Romania would be involved in solving diverging stands between PNL and PNTCD Mr. Diaconescu said that information is not officially confirmed and that according to the Constitution of the country the President of Romania does not have any party policy. The spokesman of the Party, Dr. Opris said that one regrets UDMR Congress heard " strident voices" claiming autonomy of the Magyars of Romania and necessity of altering Article One of the Constitution. "What is commendable is that these declarations defying common sense and truth are not found in the platform-programme of UDMR" underlined spokesman Remus Opris. In his opinion Magyar minority is well defined in the context of the other minorities in this country and enjoys all rights deserved. PNTCD considers that reelection of Marko Bela as President of UDMR is a guarantee of the fact that the Union will continue to be a correct partner of the present Coalition. RADOR

    [03] Presentation of the text of censorship motion of PDSR against the draft law for speeding up reform

    In a joint session of the two Chambers of Parliament on 17 May the motion of censorship was presented against the draft law for speeding up reform. The motion is initiated by PDSR with the support of PRM and PUNR , Greater Romania and National Unity of Romanians parties.According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the motion of censorship reads that the Government resorts to this action of assuming responsibility before Parliament in order to hinder opposition voice their stand regarding measures of speeding up economic reform in the sense of correcting, improving , supporting or rejecting these measures. It is also considered that the Cabinet keep as secret the contents of the agreements with the IMF and some conditions included in the agreement with the World Bank which it already accepted although familiar with negative impact of the afore mentioned on the people of this coutry.According to Constitution the motion of censorship will be debatged in a joint session of the two chambers Thursday 20 May, starting 09.00. If the motion of censorship is passed the Cabinet is dismissed and if it does not pass the Law of speeding up economic reforms is passed. RADOR

    [04] Prime Minister Radu Vasile congratulates Marko Bela for reelection to the office of President of the Union of Democratic Magyars of Romania.

    Prime Minister Radu Vasile sent a message of congratulations to Marko Bela on his reelection to the office of President of UDMR, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports adding that the Prime Minister appreciates the role and work of UDMR in the Cabinet wishing President Marko Bela much success in his activity for Romania's democratization. RADOR

    [05] UDMR at home and abroad according to statement made by Marko Bela

    UDMR supports NATO military action in Yugoslavia as it believes that ethnical cleansing should not be accepted said President Marko Bela to RADIO KOSSUTH BUDAPEST adding: " Romania has been and continues to be at crossroads. We have not overcome economic and social crisis to say nothing that general elections take place next year. On the other hand this region too must see some changes after the tragedy of Kosovo. The attitude of the international community with regard to treatment and settlement of ethnical issues should be changed. The policy of UDMR can be characterized by continuity as our basic interests, values and principles have not changed. UDMR is united and we will take action in the future as well for the bettering of the situation of Magyars in Romania by political means which does not mean that if the situation here changes we should not take action in other ways as well.It is possible that in the next period of time UDMR have more initiatives in the international arena. RADOR

    [06] PUNR - ROMANIANS NATIONAL UNION PARTY - rejects statements of extremist leadership of UDMR

    PUNR rejects the very grave statements directed against Romania and the Romanian people by representatives of the extremist leadership of UDMR at the recent Congress of the Union at Miercurea Ciuc, reads a communique signed by President Valeriu Tabara and quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. According to the PUNR communique these statements , quote" belong to the rethoric of a chauvinistic, ultranationalistic and extremist AntiRomanian organization". PUNR brands as condemnable the lack of reaction of representatives of PNTCD,PNL,PD and ApR who were present at the debates of the Congress. At the same time PUNR announces that it will make use of all legal means to reject the very serious accusations of extremist UDMR leaders and that it will bring to court UDMR for having offended Romanian people. RADOR

    [07] PNTCD wants to declare pope John Paul 2-nd as the world personality of the century

    RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI specifies that PNTCD Parliamentary Group will ask Parliament to pass a decision by which Pope John Paul 2-nd be declared the world personality of the century. The proposal belongs to PNTCD MP Ioan Vida Simiti.

    [08] UFD - Union of Right Wing Forces - press conference

    UFD will not participate in the voting process of the censorship motion of the opposition says Varujan Vosganian, president of UFD although he favours neither the law of speeding up economic reform nor the motion of the opposition. With regard to the Congress of UDMR Mr. Vosganian says that the final statements in which the terms" domestic selfdetermination " are excessively used do not hanour UDMR which has been part of the ruling team and has enjoyed due advantages following this participation and which now wants to alter the Constitution, informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR

    [09] Communique of PDSR

    According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, PDSR considers that the Cabinet and the present majority coalition have the moral obligation to make public all provisions of the agreements with the IMF and with the World Bank so that all follows ups on the economy of Romania could be assessed.According to press statements of PDSR vice president Adrian Nastase the provisions of the agreements with the IMF and with the World Bank have turned into a real calamity for Romania; in order to obtain results imposed by the IMF, the communique also specifies, the Cabinet governs by ordinances while legislative instability drives investors away and Romanian economy is fused to IMF financial support. RADOR

    [10] Cabinet -Trade Unions dialogue continues this week

    Negociations between the Cabinet and the Trade Unions are more intensive this week under the threat of a general strike notes RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. On Wednesday Trade Union leaders will meet leaders of political parties and of parliamentary groups supporting the Cabinet after having met with representatives of the government for negociations connected to applying revenue taxes, issues of education, health and research which are domains lacking proper financial means. Trade Unions stand for Cabinet support in Parliament for passing a number of laws among which that regarding statute of civil servant. It is the results of these meetings that guide attitude of Trade Unions with regard to unleashing general strike. RADOR

    [11] Spontaneous strike at Barza-Brad

    About 1900 employees of Barza-Brad mine ceased work spontaneously Monday morning and a number of them headed by Trade Union leaders went to the town of Deva, to the seat of the National Company for Copper, Iron and Gold protesting delays in salary payment which has already been done on a fragmentary basis. Following talks with Director General Iosif Campean, as RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports,salaries are being paid today so that the miners resumed work in the second shift. RADOR

    [12] Romanian-Venezuelan talks here in Bucharest

    Romanian secretary of state with the Foreign Ministry, Mrs. Elena Zamfirescu met with Venezuelan deputy foreign minister Juan Valero Briceno for talks on finding new ways of strengthening ties on a bilateral basis and in the international arena. Venezuela will soon send official invitations to the President of Romania and to the foreign minister of our country to tour that Latin American country, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. RADOR

    [13] Ion Iliescu is visiting Japan

    The President of PDSR Ion Iliescu is now touring Japan for lectures on the situation in Romania now after 10 years since the Revolution of December 1989. According to a communique received from PDSR -the Social Democracy Party of Romania- Ion Iliescu will visit SONY, banks, industrial and trading institutions. Mr. Iliescu will also grant interviews to Japanese radio and television stations, informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR

    [14] International conference of newly set up or restaured democracies

    Bucharest is hosting the working meeting of follow-up mchinery of the third international conference of newly set up or restaured democracies, informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. The U N Programme Bucharest resident took the floor and stressed the efficiency of government in the newly set up democracies which usually "suffer because of fragile social and economic sectors". RADOR

    [15] Scientific French-Canadian-Romanian workshop

    Bucharest is hosting for two days the second edition of the Romanian- French-Canadian workshop " Electrotechnical materials " organized by the Politechnic Institute of the city and the Electrotechnical Research Institute informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI with the participation of specialists of Romania, France,Canada and Italy. RADOR

    [16] Decisions regarding SIDEX Galati are postponed

    President of FPS - State Ownership Fund - Radu Sirbu said that international contest is to be organized for selecting future management of SIDEX Galati. Prime Minister Radu Vasile in his turn ssaid no decision in connexion with SIDEX is taken on Monday, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. RADOR

    [17] ING BARING'S about poor economic performance

    Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia are using the Kosovo conflict as excuse for their own poor economic performance, writes Philip Pole, ING BARING'S economist for developing markets in the Financial Times. As quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI Mr. Pole is of the opinion that economic prospects of these countries had already been unstable when the conflict in Yugoslavia broke out. The author adds that developing markets in Central Europe are influenced by western economies which are the main partners of the coutries mentioned in the first place. RADOR

    [18] Privatization prospects of ARO four wheel drive producing plant

    RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs that Peugeot will give its answer by the end of this month regarding privatization of ARO four wheel drive producing plant in the town of Campulung. RADOR
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