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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-02

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

July 2, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] According to President Constantinescu, His Advisers at Cotroceni Palace Had No Relation with Former Securitate Services;
  • [02] Judicial Commission in the Senate Adopted Draft Law on Romania's Regional Development;
  • [03] Romanian Deputies Failed to Amend Penal Code;
  • [04] Senatorial Defence Commission Dissatisfied with Nini Sapunaru's Hearing;
  • [05] Debates in Parliament over Amendments to Education Law;
  • [06] ApR Press Conference;
  • [07] PUNR Press Conference;
  • [08] Niculae Cerveni Denounces Bucharest Court of Appeal's Ruling;
  • [09] Further Floods in Transylvania;
  • [10] Romanian-Georgian High Level Meeting;
  • [11] Italian Foreign Minister on a Visit to Romania;
  • [12] Romanian Participation in NATO's "Cooperative Dragon '98" Military Training Excercise;
  • [13] EUO Defence Commissioners on a Visit to Romania.

  • [01] According to President Constantinescu, his advisers at Cotroceni Palace had no relation with former Securitate services

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu told journalists accompanying the Romanian officials on their visit to Transcaucasia that all his advisers at Cotroceni Palace had no relation with the former Securitate or any other institution of the sort in the country. The president pointed out that he already requested such information at the time when Virgil Magureanu acted as chief of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and Ioan Talpes as chief of Romania's Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE). RADOR

    [02] Judicial Commission in the Senate adopted draft law on Romania's regional development

    The Judicial Commission in the Romanian Senate has adopted on Wednesday the draft law on Romania's regional development. The law refers to preparing the institutional framework answering the EU integration criteria and the access to EU's structural funds, coordinating the activity and policies of government departments at regional level in order to stimulate initiatives and capitalise local and regional resources and, last but not least, to Jstimulating cooperation between Romanian regions and regions abroad, cross- border cooperation as well as regional participation in European structures and organisations promoting the regions' economic and institutional development. RADOR

    [03] Romanian deputies failed to amend Penal Code

    At its meeting on Wednesday, the House of Deputies has failed to adopt the draft law amending the Penal Code in order to decriminalise gay sex and offence to authority. Romanian Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica, the driving force behind the changes, has accused 30 deputies representing the majority in Parliament of neglecting to attend the voting. He has also denounced the negative stand of the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) and its leader Adrian Nastase recalling that it was Mr Nastase who undertook to amend the Penal Code in the first place, at the time when he was Romania's foreign minister. Minister Stoica warned about emerging consequences following the vote in the House of Deputies: "Serious consequences are expected to follow as they involve the international commitments Romania has assumed. On one hand, Romania undertook to observe the freedom of speech and the freedom of privacy. On the other hand, we expect negative international reactions, and I speak mainly about the Council of Europe". RADOR

    [04] Senatorial Defence Commission dissatisfied with Nini Sapunaru's hearing

    Commissioners for defence affairs in the Romanian Senate have expressed their dissatisfaction with the hearing of Customs Director General Nini Sapunaru. Chief commissioner Nicolae Alexandru said he felt like Mr Sapunaru came just for a chat. Deputy commissioner Radu Timofte and other senators have left the room even before the hearing ended claiming that the customs director was not prepared for the hearing and accusing him of repeatedly providing confusing evidence. A new hearing of Mr Sapunaru is planned for next week. RADOR

    [05] Debates in Parliament over amendments to Education Law

    There have been further debates on Wednesday over the ordinance amending and completing the Education Law. The remaining seven articles under debate refer to minority language teaching education and religious education. The Commission for education affairs in the House of Deputies has decided that all Romanian citizens, irrespective of their nationality, should learn and study the Romanian language. All official documents nominated in the education minister's ruling should be edited in Romanian while other documents could be edited in any foreign teaching language. RADOR

    [06] ApR press conference

    The leader of the Alliance for Romania party (ApR), Teodor Melescanu, told a press conference on Wenesday that recent remarks by Prime Minister Radu Vasile claiming that Romania had no chance to join NATO were a recognition of the country's domestic failure. The ApR leader believes Romania is even farther on its way to NATO than it was at the NATO summit in Madrid last year. ApR First Vicepresident Mircea Cosea said the next talks with the IMF officials should take place at highest level, directly between Prime Minister Radu Vasile and the IMF president. Mr Cosea has warned that no agreement with the IMF could be reached unless only technical negotiations would become a priority. RADOR

    [07] PUNR press conference

    The leader of Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR), Valeriu Tabara, told a press conference on Wednesday that his party received information concerning efforts abroad supporting the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching state university in Cluj. PUNR shares the position of Education Minister Andrei Marga who spoke about the setting up of a multicultural university. On the other hand, Valeriu Tabara said he was statisfied with the Tuesday's vote in the House of Deputies against amendments to Penal Code, and more, the PUNR believed that death penalty should be reintroduced to punish robbery and murder. RADOR

    [08] Niculae Cerveni denounces Bucharest Court of Appeal's ruling

    The leader of the Liberal Party (PL), Nicolae Cerveni believes that last Friday's ruling by the Court of Appeal in Bucharest designating the Dinu Patriciu group as the party's decision-making body was actually ordered. Mr Cerveni told a press conference on Wednesday that the ruling was not final and he would appeal the decision in court. Mr Cerveni ruled out any chance of Liberal unification and said that recent incidents in his party confirmed such a supposition. RADOR

    [09] Further floods in Transylvania

    Following heavy rains these days, large areas around Barcau river were affected by floods on Wednesday. Several homes and more than 500 hectares of land and crops are under water in the villages of Suplacu de Barcau, Viisoara, Popesti and Boinanu Mare. The villages of Chiribis, Balc, Nusfalau as well as weather forecasting stations in Marca, Marghita and Salard are threaten by floods shortly. The railway traffic was suspended for three hours in the effort to get the water out of the Oradea railway station. Areas in the county of Hunedoara were also affected by floods on Wednesday, mainly around the communities of Martinesti and Jeledinti where more than 55 families had to leave their homes. RADOR

    [10] Romanian-Georgian high level meeting

    While in Georgia on Wednesday, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu told a press conference that good relations and full understanding between Romania and Georgia were due to the countries' common economic and political interests as well as their mutual support in the efforts to join the European and Euro-Atlantic structures. The statement was made at the end of the talks the Romanian president had with his Georgian counterpart Eduard Shevarnadze. The president pointed out that the talks focused mainly on ways to restore the so-called "Silk Road", and this was the reason why all the agreements between the two countries should be implemented. There is no more time left, and therefore, the officials Jn Bucharest and Tbilisi were expected to appoint a special delegate who was supposed to solve all emerging discontinuities in developing the projects. RADOR

    [11] Italian foreign minister on a visit to Romania

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile met Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini on Wednesday. After the talks, the prime minister pointed out the major role the cultural and historic conditions played in developing relations between the two countries while recalling that Italy supported Romania's efforts to join the Euro-Atlantic structures. The Italian minister praised the role the strategic partnership played in developing bilateral relations and mentioned that Italian businessmen were interested in getting involved in Romania's privatisation projects. Mr Vasile has thanked the Italian minister for his country's support of Romania's efforts to join the Euro-Atlantic structures and said that his Cabinet was carefully examining Romania's chances in this respect. The Romanian oJficial reiterated that Italy should get further involved in achieving projects of major interest such as the gas supplying pipe linking the Romanian port of Constantza and the Italian city of Triest, the development of Romanian motorways to Europe and the opening of big Italian banking branches in Romania. The talks concerning the strategic partnership between the two countries are expected to continue during the visit the Romanian prime minister is expected to pay to Italy shortly. RADOR

    Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini met his Romanian counterpart Andrei Plesu on Wednesday. Mr Dini told a joint press conference that his country would like Romania and Slovenia to join NATO as soon as possible. Referring to the conflict in Kosovo, the Italian minister said that countries in the region should continue their efforts and find a political solution to the crisis. If the idea of Kosovo's independence persisted, such a solution might result in an escalating armed conflict threJtening all countries in the region, Mr Dini has warned. RADOR

    Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini met the speakers of the two Chambres in Romanian Parliament on Wednesday. As the RRA reports, the talks focused mainly on issues concerning the Italian-Romanian strategic partnership. Mr Dini indicated that Romania should make further efforts to achieve economic reform in its attempt to join the Euro-Atlantic structures. RADOR

    [12] Romanian participation in NATO's "Cooperative Dragon '98" military training exercise

    The NATO-coordinated "Cooperative Dragon '98" military training exercise is taking place in Italy between June 21 - July 4. Operations are going on under NATO Land Troops Command in Southern Europe in cooperation with NATO's Air Force Command in Southern Europe. The announcement was made in a communique issued by the Press Office of the Romanian Ministry for National Defence (MApN). The operations are taking place around the Ugor Maria barracks in Solbate Olona, Jome 40 km. north-west from the Italian city of Milan. Participants include 300 troops in 14 countries (4 NATO member states - Canada, Greece, Italy and the US, and 10 NATO partner countries, Romania included). RADOR

    [13] EUO defence commissioners on a visit to Romania

    Defence commissioners of the EUO Assembly met their Romanian counterparts in the Commission for foreign affairs on Wednesday. Chief commissioner for foreign affairs in the Romanian Senate Gheorghe Prisacaru said the visit expressed both the EUO interest in developing relations with Romania and Romania's interest of getting further involved in EUO activity and military programmes. Romania is ready to participate in EUO coordinated operations such as the monitoring of the embargo on Yugoslavia. The EUO defence commissioners had further meetings with their Romanian counterparts in the Senate and the House of Deputies. The talks focused on recent developments in the Kosovo crisis and the 14-th Army in the Dnestrian region Jf the Republic of Moldova as a threat to European security. RADOR
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