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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-07

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

July 7, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] According to President Constantinescu, There Is No Connection Between CSAT Members and Former Securitate Services
  • [02] Interior Ministry Appointments;
  • [03] Senate Proceedings;
  • [04] First Plenum in House of Deputies' Extraordinary Session;
  • [05] PNTCD Press Conference;
  • [06] Prime Minister Radu Vasile on Foreign and Economic Policy Issues;
  • [07] Privatisation Minister Surprised by PD Leader's Remarks;
  • [08] UDMR Call on a Meeting of Governing Coalition Leaders;
  • [09] PAR Is Asking UDMR to Clearly Define Its Position Concerning Orthodox Church Project in Harghita County;
  • [10] Flood Damages and Reconstruction Measures in Affected Areas;
  • [11] Waiting for Final Results of 1998 School-Leaving Exams;
  • [12] Talks Between Romanian and Portuguese Defence Ministers;
  • [13] Session of the EU for Radio and Television's General Assembly.

  • [01] According to President Constantinescu, there is no connection between CSAT members and former Securitate services

    At the end of the meeting of Romania's Defence Supreme Council (CSAT), Romanian President Emil Constantinescu said none of the CSAT members had connections with the former Securitate services (ed.n. Romania's former communist secret service). Following reports by Romania's intelligece services, the alleged relationship between CSAT members and former Securitate service was clarified. The president said such reports had politicaL, moral and legal motivation as CSAT's initiative was not meant to allow exceptions in implementing the law on the access to former Securitate files when adopted by the two Chambres in Parliament. According to the existing law, the institutions already preserving such documents are allowed to keep them until the new law will come into force. RADOR

    [02] Interior Ministry appointments

    At its meeting on Monday, the CSAT has approved the appointment of brigade general Virgil Ardeleanu as head of the Interior Ministry's Home Protection Directorate General and colonel Costin Darna as head of the Crime Investigation Directorate General with the same ministry. Colonel Radu Balici was appointed director general of Bucharest Police. In a press communique, the CSAT has also announced the closedown of Bucharest's UM 0125 as military unit of the Interior Ministry. The setting up of the Home Protection Directorate General and Crime Investigation Directorate General as IGP departments (ed.n. IGP - Inspectorate General of Police) was actually the final stage of a restructuring process aimed at approximating Romania's insitutions to similar structures in European democratic countries. RADOR

    [03] Senate proceedings

    At the their meeting on Monday, the senators have passed the draft laws on Romania's regional development and funds allowing the Ministry of Agriculture to provide financial support for farming between 1998 and 2000. A declaration signed by Ion Iliescu, the leader of the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR), says the governing coalition of the Democratic Convention in Romania (CDR), the Social Democrat Union (USD) and the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) along with the Romanian Presidency should explicitly assume their responsibility for Romania's deteriorating economy. The declaration calls on all political forces and civil communities to cooperate and start dialogue. RADOR

    [04] First plenum in House of Deputies' extraordinary session

    At the first plenum of their extaordinary session on Monday, the deputies have adopted the draft law on the setting up of the National Housing Aggency. The new institution is mainly aimed at attracting and administrating financial resources for building, sales, consolidation and extension works in housing industry. The deputies have also adopted on Monday the draft law on concession regime and the report of the mediation commission over the draft law supporting the Romanian communities overseas. RADOR

    [05] PNTCD press conference

    At a press conference on Mondat, the leader of the ruling Christian Democrat national Peasant Party (PNTCD), Ion Diaconescu has denied allegations about two poles of different interests around two leading members such as Radu Vasile and Victor Ciorbea. They were both invited to attend the press conference in an attempt to prove that the PNTCD was not about to break. "There is a single leadership allowing the PNTCD to adopt decisions that all party members should comply", Mr Diaconescu said. He has asked all his party leaders to specify when they were making personal statements or speak on the party's behalf. Former Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea, the vicepresident of the PNTCD, has expressed his support for the government and promised to fight for the party's unity based on genuine PNTCD principles. He said he would comply with the party's guidelines and denounce any demagogy concerning the country or the party. Prime Minister Radu Vasile said he was satisfied with such promises and confirmed Mr Diaconescu's previous statement by rejecting any allegation concerning the so-called two poles within the party while admitting however the existing differences between party members. RADOR

    [06] Prime Minister Radu Vasile on foreign and economic policy issues

    At a PNTCD press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Radu Vasile said there has been a positive reaction around the world concerning his recent remarks on Romania's lack of chances to join NATO in the next spring. He said there were two issues to point out: the reform should be made for the benefit of the country and not as a condition for Romania's accerssion to the Euro-Atlantic structures, and secondly, the main efforts by Romanian officials should be made at home. The non-NATO strategy may include Romania's participation in the Strategic Partnership or a regional partnership under condition that Romania's NATO integration remaind a priority. The Romanian Government believes that NATO should stay open, but there should not be a deadline for Romania's accession. The prime minister said the restructuring programme and economic reform continue as planned, one delay excepted: the law on mortgage loan. Referring to Romania's negotiations with the IMF, Mr Vasile said chief negotiator Poul Thomsen told him privately that the IMF position towards Romania was "relaxed" on condition that "there were still some things Romania had to achieve". RADOR

    [07] Privatisation minister surprised by PD leader's remarks

    At the PNTCD press conference on Monday, Privatisationb Minister Sorin Dimitriu said he was surprised by recent remarks made by the Democratic Party (PD) and PD leader Petre Roman. The PDs are dissatisfied with the process of reform in Romania. Mr Dimitriu said that 1997 and 1998 were "good years for the privatisation" and PD remarks might have been caused by the "lack of information in the field". The minister has announced that, as soon as he would return from his visit to the US, he would present the governing coalition with a report of the current stage in the process of privatisation. He warned that the privatisation and reform might be under threat unless the economic restructuring accelerated. RADOR

    [08] UDMR call on a meeting of governing coalition leaders

    While in Cluj on Monday, UDMR leader Marko Bela said the leaders of coalition parties should urgently meet to clarify recent differences following debates in the House of Deputies' education commission over the amendments to the Education Law. Mr Bela said the meeting was expected next Monday, though he admitted that he did not speak about it to any of the party leaders. RADOR

    [09] PAR is asking UDMR to clearly define its position concerning othodox church project in Harghita county

    The leader of Romania's Alternative Party (PAR), Varujan Vosganian, said the Local Council in the county of Harghita was actually offending the Romanian people when it rejected his party's project to build an Christian- Orthodox church in the town of Vlahita. The PAR leadership is asking UDMR to clearly define its position over the issue. RADOR

    [10] Flood damages and reconstruction measures in affected areas

    Prime Minister Radu Vasile met the prefects of all Romanian counties on Moday in oprder to discuss measures and funds aimed at preventing further flood damages and providing funds to help the recovery of affected areas. Government ministers and prime minister's advisers have also attended the meeting at Victoria Palace on Monday. The environment minister informed that flood damages raise to some 1,300 billion lei (50% - farming land, 20% - infrastructure and 10% water power plants and buildups. Investment funds were already provided for 27 counties. RADOR

    [11] Waiting for final results of 1998 school-leaving exams

    National Education Minister Andrei Marga has ordered an extraodinary session of exams for high-school leavers between August 18-25. Such school- leavers may include those who failed to pass the previous session as well as those who had to take a second examination in order to graduate the twelfth school year. Final results of school-leaving exams were not published as previously planned. The ministry expects many school-leavers to make an appeal against the results, though the education minister believes the session this year has unvailed the real tragedy of the Romanian education system. RADOR

    [12] Talks between Romanian and Portuguese defence ministers

    Following a first round of talks, the Romanian and Portuguese defence ministers have agreed to extend by one year their annual plan of bilateral cooperation. Victor Babiuc and Jose Veiga Simao said that a peaceful solution should be found to put an end to the crisis in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo. The Romanian minister said that such a solution should include the US presence in the area as the American contribution could be of great help in case the plan should be observed. Minister Simao pointed out that peace was the only long term solution to the conflict in Kosovo. While on a two- day visit to Romania, the Portuguese defence minister has reiterated his country's support for Romania's NATO integration. RADOR

    [13] Session of the EU for Radio and Television's General Assembly

    A Romanian delegation led by Romanian Broadcasting Corporation (SRR)'s president-director general Tudor Catineanu has attended the three-day 49-th session of the EU for Radio and Television's General Assembly meeting in the Slovenian resort of Protoroz. Participants included representatives of tens radio and television public services in Europe. The talks focused on issues concerning the editorial and managerial independence of radio and television public services, legal framework and broadcasters' current and future facilities. Ways of improving media democracy and cooperation were also subject to debates. Following a proposal by SRR president-director general Tudor Catineanu, Romania is to host the 1999 regional conference of South-East European radio and television public services - a proof that cooperation between broadcasters was one of Romania's major priorities. RADOR
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