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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-06-30

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

June 30, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [03] Deputies' Request to SRI;
  • [04] Legal Proposal on Reorganising a Hungarian Language Teaching State University in Cluj Napoca;
  • [05] CSAT Requests Information Concerning Its Members' Alleged Relationship with Former Securitate;
  • [06] Government Expected to Issue Emergency Ordinance for Solving Economic Problems;
  • [07] PNTCD Press Conference;
  • [08] Romanian Army Restructuring;
  • [09] President Constantinescu on a Visit to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia;
  • [10] Georgian President Believes Romanian President's Visit Is Very Important;
  • [11] Regional Conference on Fighting Illegal Drug Traffiking and Consuming;
  • [12] Open Doors Day in "Floare de Colt" Military Training Exercise.

  • [01] Senate proceedins

    At its session on Monday, the Romanian Senate has adopted the draft law on cooperation between Romanian authorities and the International Court for war crimes and human rights abuses in former Yugoslavia since 1391. According to the same source, the Senate has also adopte the draft law ratifying the memorandum and the cooperation agreement signed between Romania and Holland in the Hague, on March 5, 1998. In his opening speach on Monday, the Spealer of the Romanian Senate, Petre Roman, has announced that the Senate's extraordinary session would open on July 6. The session is expected to close by July 9. Debates will focus on draft laws concerning regional cooperation, public property rights and their legal framework, and local public finances. The draft law on setting up the National Electricity Company following RENEL's restructuring will be also subject to denates during the Senate's extraordinary session. According to the same source, some draft laws under debate are to be adopted at a joint session of the two Chambres in the Romanian Parliament. RADOR

    [02] House of Deputies proceedings

    The Romanian deputies have answered on Monday the Romanian president's request to allow the particip3tion of Romanian military subunits in joint training exercise with similar units abroad. The Romanian troops are expected to participate in several training exercises this year as part of NATO's Partnership for Peace programme as well as separate exercises along with their counterparts in Hungary, Italy, France and Egypt. The deputies have ended debates over articles in the Penal Code and the Code of Penal Procedures and participated in the secret voting concerning the appointment of a new member in the National Audio-Videobroadcasting Council. Following a first round of voting, none of the seven candidates got the majority of the votes requested. A second round of voting is to be organised in the very next future. RADOR

    [03] Deputies' request to SRI

    Following a proposal by Sorin Lepsa, a deputy representing the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD), the Romanian deputies have decided on Monday to ask the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) to draw up a report c3ncerning their alleged membership or cooperation with the former Securitate services. The report should be completed within two weeks. With a majority of votes, the deputies have adopted Mr Lepsa's proposal requesting the SRI to unvail their Securitate files in order to see if former Securitate informers or agents were now members in the Chamber. Miron Mitrea, a deputy representing the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) has accused PNTCD deputy Vasile Lupu, the Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, of being a Securitate informer. In his turn, Deputy Vasile Lupu has denied the accusation. RADOR

    [04] Legal proposal on reorganising a Hungarian language teaching state university in Cluj Napoca

    Varga Attila, the leader of the MP group representing the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), has subitted to the House of Deputies' Permanent Bureau a legal project on reorganising a Hungarian language teaching state university in the Trasylvanian town of Clu3 Napoca. "Reorganising a Hungarian university in Cluj is an essential element for preserving and developing the Hungarian language, culture and national identity of people belonging to the Hungarian minority in Romania", Mr Varga's project says. According to the project, the National Education Ministry (MEN) is to provide the financial and material basis for the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching state university starting with the 1999-2000 school year. RADOR

    [05] CSAT requests information concerning its members' alleged relationship with former Securitate

    At the end of its extraordinary session on Monday, the Supreme Council for the Country's Defence (CSAT) says its members welcome the Senate's decision to adopt the draft law stipulating the complete disclosure of the former Securitate as political police and express the hope that the House of Deputies will adopt the document as soon as possible. The Council has examined the recent progress in reforming defence and natio3al security institutions according to conditions imposed by Romania's strategy for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The communique says that, in the attempt to increase the confidence of the the people in the defence and national security institutions, the Council has asked the MApN, Interior Ministry (MI), SRI and SIE (ed.n. Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service) to provide all information they had concerning the CSAT councilors. The councilors include the Romanian president, the prime minister, the ministers of state, the national defence minister, the foreign minister, the interior minister, the industry and trade minister, the state secretary joint chief of Staff, the SRI and SIE directors, the presidential counsellor for defence and national security affairs. The move is aimed at ensuring that the Romanian high-ranking officials had no relation with the former Securitate services and did not act as Securitate agents, undercover agents, informers etc. In case such a3legations are proved, the official involved is to renounce all his public positions. CSAT believes that Romania's process of moral purification should be achieved in full respect of the truth, the communique concludes. RADOR

    [06] Government expected to issue emergency ordinance for solving economic problems

    The Romanian Government is forced to issue emergency ordinances in its attempt to solbe economic problems of major importance. The Romanian prime minister believes that such "problems" include the restructuring of RENEL and ROMGAZ (ed.n. Romanian national gas and energy suppliers). Prime Minister Rqadu Vasile has announced that important laws were to be adopted through emergency ordinances because differences between coalition parties were extended to the MPs, and the legal projects the government promoted were blocked in parliament. RADOR

    [07] PNTCD press conference

    PNTCD leader Ion Diaconescu told a press conference on Monday that the party praised the political declaration m3de by the leadership of the UDMR. He said that only the cooperation between parties in the governing coalition could answer the UDMR claims. "I am sure that, through dialogue, we can find the solutions to meet both the justified claims issued by the UDMR and the unity of the Romanian state. There are 1,000 years of relations between Romanians and Hungarians that cannot be left behind. The change in mentality requests time", the PNTCD leader added. Mr Diaconescu said he shared the government's decision to issue ordinances for emergency situations requesting laws of major importance. In case such ordinances do not respond to opinions expressed by the majority in parliament, then they should be amended or rejected, Mr Diaconescu pointed out. RADOR

    [08] Romanian army restructuring

    Romanian National Defence Minister Victor Babiuc said that, starting from June 15, 150 structures belonging to the Romanian Army were to be closed down, transformed or restructured. He mentioned that the Roma3ian Government's restructuring programme included mainly the loss-making departments. Some 2000 army workers are to be included in the restructuring programme (780 officers under contract and 1,156 civilians). 98 billion lei are to be provided for the social protection of the future unemployed. 62 billion lei are to be provided for the second stage of restructuring in the next six months. Mr Babiuc said that 6,000 military have expressed their wish to become reservists according to stipulations in Ordinance 7/1998. The move is expected to request 202 billion lei while the military budget provisions for this year allowed only 160 billion lei for such projects. The reduction in army personnel is also part of the conditions Romania has to meet for its future NATO integration. In case Romania will not become a NATO member in the very next future, the army personnel should however include only 150,000 people. The Romanian minister added that the quick reaction and peace-keeping forces 3ere not included in the restructuring programme. RADOR

    [09] President Constantinescu on a visit to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia

    Romanian President Emil Constatinescu has left Bucharest on Monday for a visiting tour including Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. As the RRA reports, the Romanian delegation includes representatives of Romania's Chamber for Commerce. Presidential adviser Dan Capatana, also coordinator of the "Romania at Crossroad" Forum, said that, in the year 2000, oil production around the Caspian Sea might become of major importance, but decisions concerning its transport routes could be made by the end of the year. He pointed out that Romania had some proposals to make in this respect. While leaving for the Azeri capital of Baku, the Romanian president said his tour showed that the "regional cooperation in the extremely important area linking the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea was becoming one of Romania's top priorities". He mentioned that the Romanian delegation 3lso included officials representing the Administration of the Romanian port of Constantza. RADOR

    [10] Georgian president believes Romanian president's visit is very important

    In a statement made in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Monday, President Eduard Shevarnadze said the three-day visit to Georgia (July 1-3) by Romanian President Emil Constantinescu was expected to decisively stimulate and extend the cooperation between the two countries. He mentioned that the talks would focus on Romania and Georgia's participation in retsoring the so-called "silk route" and the major opportunities the two countries had in developing infrastructure projects for an Euro-Asian transport corridor. The Romanian president is also expected to visit the Georgian ports of Poti and Batoumi which played an important role in the oil transport around the Caspian Sea. RADOR

    [11] Regional conference on fighting illegal drug traffiking and consuming

    A regional conference on fighting illegal drug traffiking an3 consuming opened at Snagov Palace on Monday. The conference is hosted by the Interior Ministry and the Directorate General of Customs following a Romanian Presidency's initiative. The two-day conference is expected to include talks between representatives of Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova as well as officials representing the International Organisation of Criminal Police and the US Justice Department's Agency for fight against illegal drug traffiking and consuming. In his message to participants, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu said, among other things, that Romania was opened to any sort of cooperation aimed at reducing drug addiction around the world and fighting crossborder criminality. According to the same source, Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu said that growing drug smuggling and consumption in recent years might become a threat for the South-East-European countries' integration into the international security structures. RADOR

    [12] Open Doors Day in "Floare de Colt" military training exercise

    The "Floare de Colt" military training exercise is under way in the Transylvanian city of Miercurea Ciuc. The event is organised by the National Defence Ministry's (MApN) Psychological Action Department. The Staff of the operations settled down in Pasul Vlahita on Monday, near the two Gloria broadcasting radio stations. On the occasion of the Open Doors Day, journalists representing the local and central media, the Hungarian DUNA TV correspondent included, had the opportunity to get further details about the event, in full transparency. The second 4,000 issues of "Sentinels and Peaks" newspaper has also appeared on Monday. Its distribution was free. RADOR
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