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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-02-18

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

February 18, 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cabinet session on Thursday
  • [02] The budget of education and the national budget will be approved on 21 February
  • [03] Analysis of the activity of the Justice Ministry
  • [04] Commission for the organization of local elections
  • [05] Emergency Ordinance adopted by the Cabinet of Romania
  • [06] European Commmissioner for Environment together with the Romanian and Hungarian environment Cabinet ministers visited the areas affected by pollution with cianide in Romania
  • [07] The ecology accident will not have any impact on the process of Romania's accession to the European Union
  • [08] Political message of Mrs. Wallstrom to Hungary and Romania
  • [09] Statement of the Romanian Foreign Minister
  • [10] AURUL Romanian - Australian Company contests results of the measurements
  • [11] European Parliament asks the AURUL Company to assume responsibility
  • [12] Incidents at the Romanian diplomatic missions of Romania in Hungary

  • [01] Cabinet session on Thursday

    The session of the Cabinet yesterday opened with a report on the participation of Romania in the intergovernment Conference in Brussels which marked the opening of accession negociations of Romania to the European Union. Foreign Minister Petre Roman told the Cabinet members that at the Conference in Brussels he voiced his confidence that Romania will fulfill all conditions of accession by 1 January 2007 while the officials of the European Union underlined the fact that Romania will receive multilateral support from the Union including managerial and financial assistance. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the Cabinet started discussing the PSAL agreement with the World Bank. Also approved was the plan of action regarding the improvement of the business environment. After approving money aid to families living in the Jiu Valley Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu said the real solution to the problems in the Valley of former coal mines of Romania is the creation of suitable job opportunities.

    [02] The budget of education and the national budget will be approved on 21 February

    The Cabinet decided that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection cooperate with a view to working out a normative act in order to alter, in the sense of dramatic increase, salaries of teachers and personnel working in the education sector. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI also mentioned that the two ministries have to find out ways and means to pay the 13-th salary still owed teachers. Eventually 4.2 - 4.3 per cent of the Domestic Industrial Product will be alloted to Education raising funds to close to 3 750 000 billion lei for this sector. RADOR

    [03] Analysis of the activity of the Justice Ministry

    In his opening speech the Minister of Justice of Romania Valeriu Stoica said that gradually all justice institutions of this country find balance and necessary strength to operate, mentions RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. Present at the balansheet session President Emil Constantinescu thanked the magistrates for their efforts in the process of reform of the Justice system of Romania and underlined its importance for accession to the European Union. RADOR

    [04] Commission for the organization of local elections

    By order of the minister of the public office Vlad Rosca Thursday witnessed the creation of the commission for the preparation and organization of local elections; the Commission will work at the Seat of the Cabinet, the Victoria Palace. The Commission has a membership of 15 and its coordinator is Government Expert Vasilica Petre, informs RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. The Commission will continue activity with a view to prepare Parliamentary and Presidential elections. RADOR

    [05] Emergency Ordinance adopted by the Cabinet of Romania

    The Cabinet adopted an emergency ordinance for the alteration and completion of another ordinance which refers to the restructure of BANCOREX by its merging with the Romanian Commercial Bank, RADIO ROMANIA ACUALITATI reports. RADOR

    [06] European Commmissioner for Environment together with the Romanian and Hungarian environment Cabinet ministers visited the areas affected by pollution with cianide in Romania

    Mrs. Margot Wallstrom inspected the dam of the AURUL S A Company of the town of Baia Mare which secures the small decantation lake of that productive unit; it was from there, that by overflowing, pollution of rivers Somes and Tisa followed, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. Together with the Romanian minister of the environment, Romica Tomescu, the European Commissioner listened to the explanations of the local specialists after which she met with inhabitants of village Bozanta which is in the neighbourhood of the lake. Mrs. Wallstrom also had talks with Mr. Phil Evers, the manager of the Romanian - Australian AURUL Company. The visiting commissioner added that the European Union does not have the role to pinpoint the guilty party of the ecology accident. Specialists of the European Union will visit the affected areas next week and will analyze the water, the causes of the death of fauna and flora and effects of the overflowed poisons on the fauna and flora of the rivers Somes, Tisa and Danube. Mrs. Wallstrom added that the European Union will be implied in the combatting of the pollution aftermath as a token of solidarity with the two affected countries. RADOR

    [07] The ecology accident will not have any impact on the process of Romania's accession to the European Union

    " The ecology accident at SC AURUL Baia Mare will not have any negative impact on the process of Romania's accession to the European Union " said Commissioner Wallstrom on the Baia Mare airport yesterday, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. RADOR

    [08] Political message of Mrs. Wallstrom to Hungary and Romania

    The visit of the European Union commissioner to Romania after the visit she paid to Hungary is aimed at transmitting a political message of solidarity to both Romania and Hungary and also at the analysis of the possibilities of assistance from the European Union. The Prime Minister of Hungary said his country would sue the Romanian and Australian owners of the gold mine at Baia Mare. RADOR

    [09] Statement of the Romanian Foreign Minister

    Romanian foreign minister Petre Roman said Romania did not contest responsibility for the cianide pollution accident but however there was a difference between guilt and responsibility. He added that its turning into a political problem would not benefit anybody. The statement of Foreign Minister Roman came after the news that the Hungarian foreign minister Viktor Orban told media Hungary would sue Romanian and Australian owners of the AURUL Company and also included the surprise voiced by the Romanian official that the trial would be started before the inquiry comes to an end and results are released. RADOR

    [10] AURUL Romanian - Australian Company contests results of the measurements

    Spokesman of the Australian owner of AURUL Baia Mare estimates that nothing said or proven so far indicates that cianides would have penetrated the rivers having the decantation lake of AURUL as source. He intimated that cianides could have just as well come from any factory along the river Tisa. Chris Cadringsen said the results so far are questionable and added that cianide dissolves in water instantly. RADOR

    [11] European Parliament asks the AURUL Company to assume responsibility

    By a motion passed on Thursday the European Parliament asks the owners of the AURUL Baia Mare company to assume full responsibility for the aftermath of the catastrophe on the rivers Somes, Tisa and Danube and pay for all dmage caused reports FRANCE PRESS taken over by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. There are strict rules that must be obeyed by one and all the European parliamentarians added. RADOR

    [12] Incidents at the Romanian diplomatic missions of Romania in Hungary

    Unknown person or persons broke the windows of the Romanian Embassy of Budapest by throwing fish jars into the Embassy, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. The Embassy is of the opinion that the incidents are related to the recent poisoning of the river Tisa and follows ananymous telephone calls and threats and finishes off with a flourish the throwing of dead fish at the walls of the Embassy in Budapest and the Consulate at Szeged. Romanian ambassador to Budapest Petru Cordos asked the Hungarian Foreign Minister as well as the Home Minister of that country to adopt necessary measures to ensure security of the personnel and unfolding of normal activity of both the Embassy and the Consulate. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry expresses regret at the incidents and damage caused bu person or persons unknown at the Romanian Embassy in Budapest condemning this kind of activities. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the communique of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry specifies all measures were adopted to ensure security of the diplomatic missions of Romania in Hungary. RADOR


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