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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-03

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July 3, 1998


  • [01] Debates Between Education Commissioners in the House of Deputies;
  • [02] Romanian Cabinet Meeting;
  • [03] Proposal of Setting Up a Romanian General Consulate in Chicago;
  • [04] Persisting Confusion Around the Issue of Nationalised Homes;
  • [05] PD Pleads for Emergency Adoption of Ticu Dumitrescu Law;
  • [06] PNL Pleads for Amendments to Constitution;
  • [07] The Senate's Judiciary Commission for Discipline and Immunities Summoned PRM Leader;
  • [08] Former Romanian Sovereign on a Visit to Romania;
  • [09] The Leader of Radiocommunication Trade Union Federation on Hunger Strike;
  • [10] Aid for Flood Victims;
  • [11] Romanian President on a Visit to Countries in Transcaucasia;
  • [12] Danish Foreign Minister on a Visit to Romania;
  • [13] NATO's PFP Military Training Exercise in Slovakia;
  • [14] World Bank Involvement in Restoring and Preserving Romania's Cultural Heritage.

  • [01] Debates between education commissioners in the House of Deputies

    The Commission for education affairs in the Romanian House Jf Deputies has continued its debates on Thursday over the ordinance amending and completing the Education Law. In the first half of its session, the commission decided that Romania's history and geography in primary schools could be learned using mother tongue primers similar to their Romanian version under condition that Romanian names should be written in Romanian. In high schools and colleges, the two subjects should be taught and learned in Romanian. The commission has also decided that, if requested, mother tongue teaching might be used in special professional training and colleges, but special terminology should be Romanian. The commissioners have continued their debates over the article related to educational restructuring, faculties and mother tongue teaching institutions included. A decision over the issue may be made in the commission's next session. RADOR

    [02] Romanian Cabinet meeting

    A Cabinet meeting has been taking place at Victoria Palace on Thursday. Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu has presented the Cabinet with a report of emerging tensions in mining companies following unpaid salaries. The Cabinet has decided to provide both salary and investment funds for the sector. A Government spokesman has announced that the Cabinet also approved the restructuring of RENEL (ed.n. Romania's national energy supplier) after a plan rather similar to the existing draft law. Decisions concerning the setting up of the Romanian National Mail Company, the National Radiocommunication Company and the National Agency for Agricultural Advertising and Consulting have been also approved. Following a government decision, ROMTEHNICA is allowed to reach a 1.5 billion dollar loan by issuing Finance Ministry-guaranteed bonds for purchasing 96 American Bell helicopters. The spokesman said the ministers of industry and transport expressed their opposition to the project while the finance minister abstained. Referring to Prime Minister Radu Vasile's request that all ministJrs should submit affidavis concerning their alleged activity as former Securitate agents, the spokesman said first results might be announced in one or two days. RADOR

    [03] Proposal of setting up a Romanian General Consulate in Chicago

    Following a memorandum on Thursday, the Romanian Government has approved the setting up of a Romanian General Consulate in Chicago aimed at providing further support for the Romanian-American economic, trade and technical-scientific cooperation. According to a communique issued by the Romanian Government, more than 150,000 Romanians are supposed to live in the Chicago-Detroit area of the US. RADOR

    [04] Persisting confusion around the issue of nationalised homes

    Romanian Housing and Habitat Minister Nicolae Noica said he was unable to present the Thursday's Cabinet meeting with a report concerning the situation of nationalised homes since he was still seeking all information available. He explained that the ICRALs, the former state administration of hoJsing, did not provide clear reports or it failed to submit such reports to the City Hall and the Housing Administration Directorate. According to Mr Noica, the existing partial reports lead to the conclusion that "there is not a so-called problem of rentpayers or a struggle between rentpayers and owners". RADOR

    [05] PD pleads for emergency adoption of Ticu Dumitrescu Law

    The vicepresident of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), Cristian Dumitrescu, says that the so-called "file-race disturbs good functioning of major state institutions". He told a PD press conference on Thursday that the decision- making bodies should mainly decide on two sorts of crime: abuse of power against private persons and abuse of power against public interests. Mr Dumitrescu said his party would like the House of Deputies to pass the Ticu Dumitrescu Law as soon as possible. He believes that the adoption of the law may find the legal framework to solve the problem of the former Securitate files. The PD leader exJressed the hope that the Senate could adopt laws of major importance during its extraodinary session. Such laws may include the law on regional development, the law on Romania's public and private heritage or laws on amending regulations concerning the activity in the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and Military Attorney's Offices under CSJ control. RADOR

    [06] PNL pleads for amendments to Consitution

    The first vicepresident of the ruling National Liberal Party (PNL), Valeriu Stoica, has announced on Thursday that, at his party's National Council meeting on Saturday, PNL was expected to propose some amendments to the Constitution. Mr Stoica said PNL believed that the attributions of the two Chambres in Parliament should be strictly defined. The PNL leader has also reiterated that procedures of lifting MPs' immunity should be reviewed on two issues mainly: activities under immunity should be restricted and the number of votes needed to lift somone's immunity should drop from two thirds to a half of each Chamber's MPs. RADOR

    [07] The Senate's Judiciary Commission for discipline and immunities summoned PRM leader

    Following a complaint by Romania's justice minister, Senator Corneliu Vadim Tudor, the leader of the far-right Greater Romania Party (PRM), was to appear before the Senate's Judiciary Commission for discipline and immunities on Thursday. The PRM senator has however failed to appear before the senatorial body. In a letter to chief commissioner Rasvan Dobrescu, Mr Vadim Tudor said his absence was motivated by the Economic Forum of European Regions now taking place in Bucharest as he was invited to attend the opening session of the Forum's fifth edition. According to the same source, in his letter on July 1, the senator however expressed his goodwill, and promised to answer the commission's request. Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica told journalists he had no information about Mr Vadim's letter and stopped short of making any further remarks over the issue. ThJ commission's hearings also included the candidates to act as judges with the Constitutional Court following proposals by the Senate. RADOR

    [08] Former Romanian sovereign on a visit to Romania

    While on a private visit to the country, Romania's former sovereign, King Michael I, has left Craiova on Thursday for the Danube city of Calafat where the first gunshots in 1877 anounced Romania's independence and self- determination to the world. The King was also expected to visit several towns in southern Dolj county while in the evening, the King and his wife, Queen Ana of Bourbon Parma, were expected to attend a concert performed by Oltenia Philarmonic Orchestra. RADOR

    [09] The leader of Radiocommunication Trade Union Federation on hunger strike

    The leader of the Radiocommunication Trade Union Federation, Nicolae Smeliakov, has announced he started a hunger strike. He said the decision was motivated by the government's failure (at its meeting on Thursday) to find a solution and pay the RomJnian Television and Radio's broadcast debt to the Radiocommunication Autonomous Company. According to the communique, the strike will continue until Mr Smeliakov's next meeting with the prime minister, when he expects that solutions may be found to solve the situation which already led to the closedown of the Bod station, the biggest broadcasting station in Romania. RADOR

    [10] Aid for flood victims

    The Japanese Government has granted a 90,000 dollar aid of equipments and medicine to help the people in the Romanian areas affected by recent floods. A first transport of tents, electric generators, water filters and cable is expected at the Otopeni International Airport on Friday while a transport of medical equipments and medicines to answer the needs of 10,000 people for three months is expected next week.

    China has granted a 50,000 dollar humanitarian aid to Romania's Red Cross for the victims in the areas affected by floods. Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rong has sent a letter Jo his Romanian counterpart Radu Vasile expressing his and the Chinese people's solidarity and compassion for those who suffered following recent natural disasters in Transylvania and northern Moldavia. The RRA recalls that large areas in China's southern Guangdong province were also affected by floods this summer. RADOR

    [11] Romanian president on a visit to countries in Transcaucasia

    The talks on Thursday between Romanian President Emil Constantinescu and his Georgian counterpart Eduard Shevarnadze focused mainly on the Caucasian oil transport route linking Baku, Supsa and the Romanian port of Constantza. President Shevarnadze said after the talks that the two countries shared similar opinions on all the issues concerning their bilateral relations. In his turn, the Romanian president pointed out that a legal framework should be created for highest level coordination of all common initiatives. In this respect, the Romanian and Georgian officials are to appoint official delegates to answer this sort of issues. Mr Constantinescu has announced that a ferry line was expected to open on July 17 between the Georgian port of Poti and the Romanian port of Constantza. The transport will be free of any charges for six months. President Constantinescu and the Romanian delegation have arrived in the Georgian port of Poti on Thursday, and visited the oil terminal and other facilities. The Georgian ports of Poti and Batumi may play a major role in case the future Caspian oil pipe would open according to Bucharest and Tbilisi plans. RADOR

    [12] Danish foreign minister on a visit to Romania

    Danish Foreign Minister Niles Helveg Petersen is on a short visit to Romania following an invitation by his Romanian counterpart Andrei Plesu. He was coming from Sofia, where he said Bulgaria had growing chances to start EU accession negotiations in the year 2001. Irrespective of his talks with Mr Plesu, the Danish minister's agenda also includes meetings with Prime Minister Radu Vasile and the speakers of the two Chambres in Romanian Parliament. At the end of his talks with Foreign Minister Plesu, Mr Petersen said Denmark believed that the EU enlargement was the only major means to secure a long term stability and security in Europe. Denmark was firmly pleading for the admission of all the EU candidates and for a growing financial aid to help them in their preaccession process. As far as the NATO expansion was concerned, the minister said that the Washington summit next year might not deal with the further enlargement of the Alliance, but Romania should not temper its commitment to the process. The two foreign ministers have also discussed issues concerning Romania's OSCE future presidency in the year 2001 when the Caspian region might become a priority in energy and diplomatic policies. RADOR

    [13] NATO's PFP training exercise in Slovakia

    Between July 3-11, Romania is participating in the multinational "Cooperative Change '98" military training exercise as part of NATO's Partnership for Peace (PFP) programme. The exercise around the Slovak airbase of Silak includes several air operations coordinated by the Allied Forces' Command in Central Europe. The Romanian team includes Army Staff officers on MIG-21 LANCER and AN-26 planes. RADOR

    [14] World Bank involvement in restoring and preserving Romania's cultural heritage

    A World Bank delegation led by Francois Ettori, the World Bank's representative for Romania, has started a visit to the county of Sibiu on Thursday. The delegates are examining projects designed to restore and preserve the cultural heritage in traditional areas where Transylvanian Saxons used to live. The World Bank delegation is accompanied by representatives of Romania's Culture Ministry and the US "World Monuments Fund" foundation. RADOR
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