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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-01-11

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

11 January, 2000

CONTENTS

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu promulgated the bill of restitution of tillable land and of forests.
  • [02] Premier Isarescu has met with Cabinet members to work out stragegy of negociations with the International Monetary Fund.
  • [03] PNTCD - Christian Democratic National Peasants Party - media meeting.
  • [04] Premier Isarescu has received a delegation of the Council of Administration of the Association of Romanian Businessmen.
  • [05] IMF negociators start talks with Romanian officials.
  • [06] Letter to Foreign Minister Petre Roman by British Secretary of the FCO Robin Cook.
  • [07] Vicepresident of the Chamber of Deputies, Adrian Nastase, participated in the meeting of Commission for legal matters and human rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
  • [08] Festive concert under the patronage of the Romanian Embassy of Brussels.

  • [01] President Emil Constantinescu promulgated the law of restitution of tillable land and forests.

    The President of Romania promulgated the bill of restitution of tillable land and of forests at the Cotroceni Palace as part of a festivity at which participating were the presidents of the two chambers of parliament, a number of Cabinet officials and a group of farmers representing the almost one million families that benefit of the newly signed bill. President Constantinescu said it was for the first time that he signed a bill as part of a public ceremony with the participation of officials representing the authority that has had an important role to play in its working out and has an important role in its implementation.

    The President added that 10 January 2000 is a historic day as it marked the reparation of one of the most serious injustices of the former communist regime. Emil Constantinescu recalled the hard and sinuous road of the bill that was initiated by a group of MPies belonging to the Romanian Democratic Convention in 1997 and he mentioned that besides hundreds of amendments to the bill there were also barriers of a political nature which hindered the voting and passing of the bill. The President specifically mentioned PDSR - Party of Social Democracy of Romania - specifying the ways and means by which that party tried to hinder the passage of the bill. President Constantinescu thanked the initiator of the bill senator Vasile Lupu, he also thanked the PNTCD and PNL parliamentary groups, all MPies belonging to the coalition and also the independents as well as those in the opposition that voted for the bill. The President also thanked the peasants that during the communist regime did not loose faith in winning back their right over the land. The President told the peasants and farmers that kept with patience the sacred documents attesting their deeds of owners of the land that they should not fear threats of politicians who dare tell the peasants that they would not get their land back ever. As long as he would be President of the country he would watch over the integral implementation of the bill. The Head of the Romanian State also said that local administration officials and prefects should be in the forefront of the action of the rapid and correct implementation of the bill, informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI.

    [02] Premier Isarescu met with members of his Cabinet to work out the strategy of negociations with the IMF delegation.

    The Prime Minister of Romania met with members of the Cabinet and established that as part of the negociations with the IMF delegation the Romanian side should stick to the levers already designed for the economic activity of the year 2000 in the government programme and namely: a deficit of 3 per cent of the GDP and inflation between 25 - 30 per cent. The same sources of RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI at the Victoria Palace added that the Prime Minister met with Finance Minister Remes, with minister of industry and trade Berceanu, with minister of transportation Basescu, minister of agriculture Muresan,minister of labor and social protection Smaranda Dobrescu, president of the State Ownership Fund, Radu Sarbu and vicegovernor of the National Bank of Romania, Mihai Bogza. <P>

    [03] Press conference of the Christian Democratic National Peasants Party - PNTCD.

    President of the Party Ion Diaconescu said at the press conference on Monday that any violation of the party discipline will be sanctioned according to rules and regulations. He added that until now the members of the group of Brasov have not suffered any penalty for their activity but that in future the statute of the party will be strictly observed. Answering the questions of the media regarding the fact that the group of Brasov might continue to meet together president Diaconescu said, according to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, that if the group continues activity all measures of the statute will be taken. Mr.Diaconescu also asked for any party member found guilty of infringing upon the laws of the country to be punished accordingly. During the same meeting with the media president Diaconescu said that the permanent delegation of the party should rally by the end of the month to decide on filling vacancies of the leadership structure while the entire leadership of PNTCD will be renewed by the congress of the party after general elections in Romania. During the same meeting with the press, spokesman Remus Opris said that it is not impossible for representatives in the leading body of the party to be replaced by the permanent delegation of PNTCD.

    [04] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu received a delegation of the Administration Council of Romanian businessmen

    The delegation handed a note to the Prime Minister containing a number of problems that need to be settled as fast of possible to normalize economic, financial environment and for the speeding up of the reform process. The Premier also received another material with various situations facing the Association members, reads a letter faxed to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI.

    [05] IMF negociators team starts talks with Romanian officials

    The budget for the year 2000 is in the focus of attention during the talks between the visiting IMF team and Romanian officials. Also under discussion are issues linked to salaries, privatization and restructuring of public companies in the first place. According to counsellor for communication Adrian Vasilescu the first meetings have taken place at the Ministry of Finance and the National Bank of Romania. Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu informed both the Executive Bureau and the Cabinet that the Romanian team is made up of top professionals and that the aim of our team is reestablishing credibility. Counsellor Vasilescu is quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI with the assumption that Romania has immense possibilities and also excessive spending. That is why the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Isarescu will cut off useless spending. The budget for 2000 will be a rational budget and not an austerity budget as it has used to be of late.

    [06] Letter sent to Foreign Minister Petre Roman by Robin Cook

    British Secretary of FCO Mr. Robin Cook sent a letter to Foreign Minister of Romania Petre Roman which estimates that the new foreign minister of this country was designated at a historic moment for Romania after the decision adopted in Helsinki to invite our country to start negociations of accession to the European Union. Mr. Cook writes in the letter that both he and Prime Minister Tony Blair have welcomed the decision of the Helsinki forum assuring the Bucharest authorities that the United Kingdom will support Romania where it is possible to do so. Estimating that bilateral relations are excellent the British Foreign Secretary voices his hope that these relations will be consolidated. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI mentions that the message also specifies that Romania will be visited by the British secretary for Europe keith Vaz and that Petre Roman was invited to visit London as foreign minister of Romania.

    [07] Vicepresident of the Romanian Parliament Chamber of Deputies Adrian Nastase attended the meeting of the Commission for legal matters and human rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    On Monday Adrian Nastase attended the already mentioned meeting which unfolded in Paris. Under debate were also the requests of joining the European Council of Armenia, Azerbadjan and Bosnia-Hertzegovina. According to a communique of the Chamber of Deputies and received by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI Mr. Nastase meets today Gil Robles, commissioner for human rights of the Council of Europe.

    [08] Festive concert under the patronage of the Romanian Embassy in Brussels

    A festive concert of CAMERATA LINKEBAEK orchestra of Brussels was organized by the Romanian Embassy to Belgium in cooperation with the Romanian - Belgian House of Culture conducted by the Romanian born musician Emil Baclea who turned 80 on Monday. Mr. Baclea founded the first music high school of Bucharest in 1949 and played the bassoon in the symphony orchestra of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation. The concert included compositions of George Enescu, Alfred Alessandrescu and Filip Lazar in an attempt to make the Belgian public appreciate Romanian music, said maestro Baclea to the correspondent of RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. Money obtained following the concert will be donated for the restauration of abbey Bistrita of county Neamt, Romania.


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