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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-01

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

July 1, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [03] National Minority Council Meeting;
  • [04] Chief Commissioner for SIE Control Resigned;
  • [05] The Law on Raising Salaries for Health Workers Promulgated;
  • [06] Former Romanian Sovereign on a Visit to Craiova;
  • [07] Romanian President Emil Constantinescu on a Visit to Azerbaijan;
  • [08] Italian Foreign Minister on a Visit to Romania;
  • [09] Recent Remarks by Russian Ambassador to Bucharest;
  • [10] Press Conference Organised by the Romanian Delegation Attending the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly Summer Session;
  • [11] EUO Defence Commissioners on a Visit to Romania;
  • [12] Entry Visas for Romanians in the Czech Republic;
  • [13] TVR Administration Council Elected.

  • [01] Senate proceedings

    Debates over the draft law on salaries in the state-financed sector and bonuses for public managing positions have continued on Tuesday in the Romanian Senate. Mr Dan Mircea Popescu, a senator representing the opposition Party of Jocial Democracy in Romania (PDSR), has announced that his MP group would not vote the draft law, and warned that the law would only lead to chaos and confusion and might have unexpected social consequences. RADOR

    [02] House of Deputies proceedings

    The Permanent Bureau in the Romanian House of Deputies has decided that the director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) should present a report clarifying the status of Romanian MPs in connection with their alleged activity as former Securitate agents. The deputies have also adopted the Emergency Ordinance on Reform Council restructuring, the report of the mediation commission concerning the draft law allowing the Romanian Government to issue emergency ordinances, the draft law on public property rights and their legal framework, the report of the mediation commission concerning taxes on entertainment and amendments to the law on bonus rights for senators and deputies. The deputies have ended their debates over articles in the drJft law amending the Penal Code. Debates over the draft law on local public finance have started. RADOR

    [03] National Minority Council meeting

    The meeting of the National Minority Council took place at Victoria Palace on Tuesday. Its agenda included, among other things, a report concerning the promotion of the new framework-plan for education in high schools and a report concerning recent developments in the special programme supporting development in the county of Tulcea. RADOR

    [04] Chief commissioner for SIE control resigned

    Deputy Adrian Vilau, the chief commissioner for the control of Romania's Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), has resigned on Monday. In a letter to Petre Roman, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), Mr Vilau claims that recent efforts forcing him step down have no relation with the democracy and the moral reform. He says that his conscience is clean and accusations concerning his former Securitate activity do not make him feel guilty. RADOR

    [05] The law on raising salaries for helath workers promulgated

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has promulgated the law on raising salaries for health workers. According to the law, basic salaries for such workers raise retroactively by 25% (since February 1, 1998). Starting from July 1, another 10% raise is added. The basic salaries will start from 358, 000 lei according to position rating. Another 15% of the basic salaries is granted to MDs. RADOR

    [06] Former Romanian sovereign on a visit to Craiova

    Following an invitation by Corneliu Coposu Foundation, the former sovereign of Romania, King Michael I, and his wife, Queen Ana of Bourbon-Parma, have arrived in the city of Craiova on Tuesday. The three-day visit in town will include the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Art Museum, the Romanescu Park, the Prefecture and the City Hall, the Charles I College and other Craiovan sites of major interest. His Majesty is also expected to visit other towns and villages in the county of Dolj such as CalJfat and Bailesti. The king's agenda also includes a meeting with teachers and students at the University of Craiova and a concert performed by Oltenia Philarmonic Orchestra. RADOR

    [07] Romanian President Emil Constantinescu on a visit to Azerbaijan

    While in the Azeri capital of Baku on Tuesday, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has expressed his satisfaction with the talks he had with his Azeri counterpart Geidar Aliev. The talks focused mainly on economic issues such as the oil transport route to Western European countries and the so-called "Route of Silk" that the Azeri officials had recently mentioned. The president said that such cross-continental routes were some of Romania's major interests and the officials in Bucharest and Baku decided to coordinate their efforts in promoting the initiatives around the world. President Aliev admitted that the Baku-Constantza link was of major importance for Caspian Sea oil exports to Europe, and the Azeri officials were carefully examiniJg the project. The two countries have decided to open embassies in Bucharest and Baku for a better coverage on issues of mutual interest such as transports, industry and trade. Two agreements were signed between the two countries: a Romanian-Azeri cooperation agreement on joint international transport and another agreement signed between the Romanian and Azeri Chambers of Industry and Trade. RADOR

    [08] Italian foreign minister on a visit to Romania

    While in Bucharest on Tuesday, Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini said there were privileged relations between Romania and Italy and his country would further support Romania's efforts to join the EU. According to the RRA, Mr Dini said that, along with Romanian authorities, he would examine ways of developing economic and cultural relations between the two countries and ensure a political dialogue in future. On Wednesday, the Italian foreign minister was expected to meet his Romanian counterpart, the prime minister and the speakers ofJthe two Chambers in Romanian Parliament. RADOR

    [09] Recent remarks by Russian ambassador to Bucharest

    Russia reiterates its opposition to the NATO expansion as it reiterated even before and after the NATO summit in Madrid. The statement was made on Tuesday by Russian Ambassador to Bucharest Valery Keniakin who attended a public conference organised by the Manfred Woerner Association. He said Russia could not accept the crossing of a so-called "red line" as the line included all the former Soviet countries. Russia will radicaly review its relations with NATO in case such a situation will emerge, he added. The Russian ambassador said he would not want to overestimate the threat of an alleged Romania NATO membership to Russia. He informed that he participated in the drawing up of the Romanian-Russian bilateral agreement and therefore, he could not refer publicly to the remaining differences between the two countries as he did not discussed the issue with the Romanian partners. The amJassador pointed out that the basic political treaty between Romania and Russia did not depend on Romania's relations with NATO or the Republic of Moldova. RADOR

    [10] Press conference organised by the Romanian delegation attending the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly summer session

    At a press conference on Tuesday, organised by the Romanian MP delegation who attended the summer session of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, Mr Gyorgy Frunda, a senator representing the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), said his party would like the Hungarian language teaching state university in Romania to address all those wishing to learn in Hungarian, but practical training might be learned in both languages. Mr Frunda condemned press allegations concerning the remarks made recently in Strasbourg by Mr Jannson, the CE raporteur for Romania. The UDMR senator claimed that "there was a big difference between what Mr Jannson said while he was visiting RomaniJ and what he said while in Strasbourg". Therefore, he informed he sent all press reports to Mr Jannson and asked him to clearly express his position over the issue. RADOR

    [11] EUO defence commissioners on a visit to Romania

    The defence commissioners of the EUO Assembly are visiting Romania these days for talks with Mr Petre Roman, the speaker of the Romanian Senate, and the MP commissioners for defence and foreign affairs. Quoting a communique issued by the Senate Office for Press and Image, the RRA reports that the visit is expected to last three days (June 30 - July 2). Mr Roman already met the EUO Assembly President Luis Maria de Puig as the EUO official has been visting Romania in February this year. RADOR

    [12] Entry visas for Romanians in the Czech Republic

    The Czech Republic is to introduce entry visas for Romanians. The announcement was made by the interior minister of the Czech Republic in an interview with the "Lidove Noviny" daily in Prague. According to the newspaper, theJminister said that Czech authorities were "ready to introduce entry visas for Romanians, Russians, Albanians, Bulgarians and Turks in the very next future". In an interview with the same newspaper, the Czech Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "We should approximate our legislation to the EU conditions". He recalled the warning made recently by the Austrian interior minister who threatened that Austria could block Hungary and the Czech Republic's accession to the EU unless they introduced entry visas for Romanians. The Czech newspaper says that the number of illegal immigrants crossing the Czech territory to get into Austria raised up to 15,000 in the first three months of the year, 30% more than in a similar period last year. Most illegal immigrants come from the Balkan states and Asia. RADOR

    [13] TVR Administration Council elected

    The employees of Romanian Television (TVR) have elected their representatives in the Administration Council on Tuesday. TVR's legal situation was solvJd nine years after the revolution in December 1989. TVR workers were entitled to propose two full councillors and two deputy councillors in the Administration Council. There were 12 candidates on the list: six for the position of full councillor and another six to stand as their deputies. The councillors included philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu, trade union leaders Dumitru Iuga and Dona Tudor and TV producers George Borcescu, Cristian Topescu and Florin Craciunoiu. 11 positions in the Administration Council belong to political parties, minorities, the Romanian Government and Presidency. The proposals should be submitted to the Permanent Bureaux in the Romanian Parliament and then ratified in an extraordinary session. 61% of the TVR employees have attended the voting and philosofer Gabriel Liiceanu and trade union leader Dumitru Iuga were elected as full councillors while Constantin Sarbov and Mihaela Orzea as deputy councillors. RADOR
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