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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-01-24

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

24 January, 2000

CONTENTS

  • [01] Last Homage to Ion Ratiu
  • [02] Questions PUNR Will Rise to Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu
  • [03] The PNR Leader Is in Favour of a Government of National Unity
  • [04] Statements Made by Mugur Isarescu at the Summit in Bulgaria
  • [05] Hungarian Prime Minister Will Pay an Official Visit to Romania
  • [06] Consequences for Romania of the embargo against Yugoslavia
  • [07] The Government Will Consider the Republic of Moldova's Debts to Romania
  • [08] The Businessmen Intend to Go on Tax Strike
  • [09] Unexpected Holidays
  • [10] Heavy Snows All Over the Country
  • [11] The Negotiations Between the Managers and Trade Unions in the Railroad Company Failed

  • [01] Last Homage to Ion Ratiu

    Ion Ratiu was burried on Sunday in the cemetery in Turda. Inhabitants of the town and of the nearby villages, politicians and local authorities rendered him a last homage. Previously, in the church built by the Ratiu family, a group of priests headed by the Catholic bishop of Cluj celebrated the burrial service. Nicolae Ratiu, Ion Ratiu's son and PNTCD president Ion Diaconescu evoked the personality of the dead politician. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the ceremony was also attended by FPS president Radu Sarbu, presidential counsellor Dorin Marian, Oliviu Gherman, ex- chairman of the Senate, and the ANCD president Victor Ciorbea. RADOR

    [02] Questions PUNR Will Rise to Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu

    Prime minister Mugur Isarescu will continue his meetings with leaders of the Parliamentary parties to discuss the mid-term development strategy, key element of the negotiations in view of joining the European Union. PUNR leader Valeriu Tabara told RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI he would insist on another system of tax reform, on an increase in pensions and on a change in the privatization system, including the dissolving of the State Property Fund. He also said his party pleaded for further talks with the European Union in view of abolishing the compulsory visas for Romanian citizens, and of modernizing some sectors in the national economy able to create new jobs and to reduce thus the emigration phenomenon. RADOR

    [03] The PNR Leader Is in Favour of a Government of National Unity

    Virgil Magureanu, leader of the National Romanian Party, pleaded on Sunday for a government of national unity, considering Romania was passing a difficult period, and the economic recovery should be the result of national concerted efforts. In his opinion, no party isolated from the other political forces in the country could determine major changes in the economic and social life. Virgil Magureanu, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, also criticised the governments that succeded in power in the last ten years for not having a clear development strategy. RADOR

    [04] Statements Made by Mugur Isarescu at the Summit in Bulgaria

    The prime ministers of the countries neighbouring Yugoslavia, who met on Saturday in Bulgaria, discussed mainly the issues of security and stability in South-Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the conflict in Kosovo, and the implementation of the Stability Pact in the Balkans. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports that Romanian prime minister Mugur Isarescu called for the creation and implementation of major projects financially assisted by the European Union, meant to help the development of the region and to compensate the losses following the sanctions imposed to Yugoslavia. Isarescu stressed that a quick financial aid was essential for the stability of the region, considering the social problems that might appear as result of poverty. RADOR

    [05] Hungarian Prime Minister Will Pay an Official Visit to Romania

    The Romanian and Hungarian prime ministers will meet as scheduled at the end of March or at the beginning of April, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban announced after meeting his Romanian counterpart Mugur Isarescu. The two discussed during the summit of the prime ministers of the countries neighbouring Yugoslavia, held at Hissaria, in Bulgaria, RADIO BUDAPEST informs. RADOR

    [06] Consequences for Romania of the embargo against Yugoslavia

    The countries neighbouring Yugoslavia, whose prime ministers met at Hissaria, consider the embargo against this country is ineffective, as it has no effects on the Milosevic regime. Romanian prime minister Mugur Isarescu explained in detail to Javier Solana, representing the European Union at the meeting, the difficulties Romanian economy faced because of the embargo. He pointed out that the costs deriving from maintining the sanctions were extremely high for Romania, that has an important fleet operating on the Danube. Mugur Isarescu also stressed that, considering Romania was passing a difficult period following a delayed transition with very few positive economic effects, the restrictive measures associated with the embargo affected not only transports, but also the commercial exchanges. The Romanian prime minister considered that under the circumstances, the financial compensations promissed by the Western countries were absolutely necessary. According to the TV station ANTENA 1, Javier Solana recorded the Romanian position, but made no concrete promisses. The EU representative expressed his confidence the new Government in Bucharest, headed by a reputed specialist, would be able to determine the necessary economic recovery, and to assure the conditions required by Romania's rapid joining the European structures. RADOR

    [07] The Government Will Consider the Republic of Moldova's Debts to Romania

    The Government is to analyse on Monday the Republic of Moldova's debts to Romania. As the TV station PRIMA reports, the Government has not yet taken a decision regarding the 25 million dollars the Republic of Moldova has to pay to CONEL. This company notified MOLDTRANSELECTRO the electricity supplies might be stopped in case the terms of the contract are not observed. RADOR

    [08] The Businessmen Intend to Go on Tax Strike

    The businessmen owning small and medium-sized enterprises intend to go on tax strike, to protest against the tax reform initiated by the Government, PRIMA TV informs. They say the facilities provided for in Law 133 have been suspended by the measures adopted. At present, half of the state budget is fed by the taxes payed by these businessmen. Should they go on tax strike, the budget for this year would suffer. The owners of small and medium-sized enterprises require tax exemption for re-invested profit, the allocation of 3% of the gross national product for these enterprises, a clear strategy for such enterprises, and representation through a counsellor of the prime minister. RADOR

    [09] Unexpected Holidays

    The TV station ANTENA 1 informs that school teachers go on strike on Monday morning, for a whole week. If their demands are not satisfied, they will resume their protest on February 7. The National Education Ministry was surprised by this decision and asked the teachers to give up the strike. RADOR

    [10] Heavy Snows All Over the Country

    The local authorities make all efforts to clean the roads and to repair the electricity and telephone lines, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. The head of the Local Public Administration Department, Vlad Rosca said all prefects were informed about the evolution of the weather, mainly that heavy snows are expected in the South and East, starting with Sunday night. RADOR

    [11] The Negotiations Between the Managers and Trade Unions in the Railroad Company Failed

    The negotiations between the managers and the representatives of the trade unions in the Railroad Company failed. After several hours of talks, transport minister Traian Basescu said the suggestions forwarded by the managers were rejected by the trade unions. He added, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the strike scheduled for January 26 would not solve the trade unions demands, and would only affect those travelling by train. The trade unions are decided to go on strike on Tuesday morning, despite the fact that negotiations are continuing. RADOR


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