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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-01-03

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

3 January, 2000

CONTENTS

  • [01] Romanian President's Message for the New Year
  • [02] President Emil Constantinescu Is Paying a Five Days Visit to Israel
  • [03] Romania in the OSCE Troika
  • [04] Tax Reform Program Adopted by the Government

  • [01] Romanian President's Message for the New Year

    In his New Year message, president Emil Constantinescu expressed his conviction his country and the entire world would enter a period of quick and positive changes, after a very tormented decade and century. Shortly reviewing the difficulties Romania had to overcome in 1999, Constantinescu also appreciated the achievements in the legislative and economic field, and especially those in foreign policy. "We, Romanians, had to face all along this millennary a history determined mostly by the need to resist to the great empires neighbouring us. We were always against our own will outside the important alliances or part of alliances that did not match our interests", he said, adding that the negotiations with the European Union and the Partnership with NATO mean Romania was becoming part of a union of sovereign and prosperous states. In his opinion, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, Romanians should no longer fear they might lose their independence, their sovereignty, their national unity, their faith, and their cultural identity. RADOR

    [02] President Emil Constantinescu Is Paying a Five Days Visit to Israel

    Romanian president Emil Constantinescu starts on Monday a five days visit to Israel, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. In the interval January 3-5, during the official part of the visit, president Constantinescu will meet his Israeli counterpart, prime minister Ehud Barak, members of the Israeli Cabinet and representatives of the main political parties, both governing and in oposition members in the Knesseth, representatives of the Romanian born Israelis and businessmen. Constantinescu will also visit the University in Jerusalem and the Memorial "Yad Vashem", dedicated to the marthyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. In Jerusalem the Romanian head of state will meet Patriarch Diodoros I, who will confer him the Great Order of the Knights of the Holly Tomb, while in Bethlehem he will meet the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The unofficial part of the visit will be an ecumenical one, during which president Constantinescu will attend in Bethlehem the religious celebrations marking 2000 since Jesus Christ's birth. RADOR

    [03] Romania in the OSCE Troika

    Starting with January 1, Romania became part of the OSCE troika, as future president of the Organization in 2001. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs the other two members of the troika are Norway, the Organization president in 1999, and Austria, OSCE president this year. RADOR

    [04] Tax Reform Program Adopted by the Government

    The tax reform program adopted by the Romanian Government is meant to stop the deterioration of public finance and to offer a solid basis to the budget, prime minister Mugur Isarescu said, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. The Government decided to reduce the taxes on profit from 38% to 25% and the added value tax from 22% to 19%. Starting with February 1 a new, simpler accise duty system will be implemented. RADOR


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