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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-10

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

July 10, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [03] Minister for Relations with Parliament Dissatisfied with Extraordinary Session's Results;
  • [04] A Report of Interior Ministry's Activity;
  • [05] PNL Press Conference;
  • [06] Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a Visit to Italy;
  • [07] Bucharest: International Seminar on Balkan Security;
  • [08] MP Lobby for Romanian-US Strategic Partnership;
  • [09] Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu Met US General Wesley Clark;
  • [10] German Delegation on a Visit to Timisoara;
  • [11] German Embassy Counsellor on a Visit to the SRR;
  • [12] Romania Signed the Convention on Artists' and Performers' Protection.

  • [01] Senate proceedings

    The Senate's four-day extraordinary session has allowed the adoption of several laws of major importance such as the law on regional development, the law providing funds for farming works between 1998-2000, amendments to Law 70 on local elections and to Law 54/1993 on organising military courts and military attorney's offices. At a joint session on Wednesday, the Romanian Television's Administration Council was sworn in. According to senator Cristian Dumitrescu, vicepresident of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), the session's main failure was the delay in adopting the law on public property rights and their legal framework. Mr Dumitrescu has accused the Senate's Judicial Commission of lacking the political will to draw up the report of an essential law for the restructuring of autonomous utilities. Chief commissioner Rasvan Dobrescu replied that the law was too important for only one-hour debate. Following a second round of voting on Thursday, Kozsokar Gabor, a senator representing the ruling Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), was appointed as judge in the Constitutional Court for a nine-year mandate. RADOR

    [02] House of Deputies proceedings

    The deputies have adopted the draft law allowing an extraordinary session of school-leaving exams. The new session will allow school-leavers in the 12-th and the 13-th form to pass their exams in August 18-25. The deputies have also adopted on Thursday two draft laws on economic cooperation agreements with Japan: the first document refers to ways of modernising the Romanian port of Constantza while the second is aimed at restoring Romania's national routes. The draft law amending and completing the law on organising the Supreme Court of Justice. The speaker of the House of Deputies, Ion Diaconescu, has announced that the next session of the Chambre would open on September 2 unless everything was alright by then. RADOR

    [03] Minister for relations with parliament dissatisfied with extraordinary session's results

    At a PD press conference on Thursday, the Romanian Minister for Relations with Parliament, Alexandru Sassu, said one could not say that recent results of the extraordinary session in parliament were positive. Mr Sassu said he was dessatisfied with the number of laws adopted and warned that economic restructuring would be delayed. He accused the MPs of failing to pass many essential laws the government thought as priorities such as the law on public property rights and their legal framework, the law on local public financing and the law on concessions. The PD leader has denied speculations about an alleged alliance between his party and the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR). He said that political stability was his party's top priority. RADOR

    [04] A report of Interior Ministry's activity

    Romania's Interior Ministry (MI) hosted a press conference on Thursday. MI State Secretary division general Teodor Zaharia has presented the journalists with a report of the ministry's activity in the first six months of the year. He announced that an Institute for Studies and Prevention of Crime was created as part of the Inspectorate General of Police. New police stations opened in Ploiesti, Pitesti and Brasov and another one was to open in Constantza shortly. Another success was the setting up of the Police Inspectorate in the county of Ilfov. Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu has announced a 10% cut in the personnel of departments resulted from UM 0215 closedown. Answering concerns of growing criminality in the country, the minister assured that the situation was under control. RADOR

    [05] PNL press conference

    The leader of the National Liberal Party, Mircea Ionescu Quintus, believes that the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) did not break the law when it answered the Romanian President's request to investigate and clear all the members in his Defence Supreme Council (CSAT) of any accusation concerning their alleged links with the former communist secret police, the Securitate. At the PNL press conference on Thursday, Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica and PNL deputy Vasile Mandroviceanu, commissioner for the SRI monitoring, have shared Mr Quintus' opinion. Referring to the PNL Permanent Central Bureau's recent decision to sanction the party's vicepresident Viorel Catarama by limiting his attributions, Mr Quintus pointed out that the Bureau was entitled to make such a decision and more, Mr Catarama was banned to speak in the name of the party. According to Mr Quitus, the party leadership believes that Mr Catarama's accusations are unjustified. RADOR

    [06] Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile on a visit to Italy

    While in Turin on Thursday, Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile has attended the seminar on "Italy: Romania's No. 1 Economic Partner. Business Opportunities in Romania". Addressing the audience, the prime minister said his government was trying hard to improve the legislation encouraging foreign investments though he admitted that existing bureaucracy and recent political developments badly affected the foreign investments. Mr Radu Vasile said the situation would have been changed if Romania had some more partners as Italy was. He expressed the regret that no Italian bank was operating in Romania, and mentioned that Italy topped third among Romania's foreign investors (6,000 Italian participating in 300 million dollar investments). The Romanian prime minister visited the FIAT car manufacturer in Turin where he put forward some cooperation projects. According to such projects, Romania may purchase or produce spare parts for HSTs or underground trains and purchase 200 ambulances. RADOR

    [07] Bucharest: international seminar on Balkan security

    An international seminar on "Balkan Insecurity Sources. Threats and Conflicts" opened in Bucharest on Thursday. Hosts include the Romanian National Defence Ministry's Institute for Political and Defence Studies and Military History, the US National Defence University's Institute for National Strategic Studies and NATO's Information and Press Office. Participants include experts and senior representatives of South-East European countries. The Bulgarian delegates have expressed the hope that their country was soon to become the centre of energy communications in the Balkans. A Bulgarian Foreign Ministry official said that his country's contribution to Balkan and European security might depend on the Caucasian oil transport through its territory. A delegate representing Bulgaria's Defence Ministry has expressed his support for a peace-keeping force around the Albanian and Yugoslav borders and an enforced UN peace-keeping mission in Macedonia or its replacement by NATO forces in order to prevent the escalation of the Kosovo conflict to neighboring regions. The Bulgarian delegation warned that new economic sanctions on Yugoslavia might threat the political stability of neighbouring countries and have serious consequences. RADOR

    [08] MP lobby for Romanian-US Strategic Partnership

    At its session on Thursday, the House of Deputies has announced the setting up of an MP group lobbying for the Romanian-US Strategic Partnership. The group includes 25 deputies led by Ion Ratiu, Adrian Nastase and Bogdan Niculescu-Duvaz as co-presidents. According to a communique issued by the House of Deputies' Press and Image Office, the US Congress has already decided to lobby the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US. RADOR

    [09] Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu met US general Wesley Clark

    Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu met US general Wesley Clark, chief commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, on a visit to Romania following an invitation by National Defence Minister Victor Babiuc. After their meeting on Thursday, the American official said he believed Romania had a leading role as source of stability in the region. Minister Plesu has presented Romania's new strategic policy concerning the country's integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures. He pointed out that Bucharest believed the process was crucial, but he however indicated that Romania should now exercise an active patience avoiding propaganda hard lines. RADOR

    [10] German delegation on a visit to Timisoara

    A German delegation led by Gerhard Seiler, the mayor of Karlsruhe, and Christian-Democrat deputy Gunther Russel is expected in Timisoara on Friday. The delegates will provide humanitarian aid for the Adam Muller Gutenbrunn House while on Saturday, they are expected to meet representatives of the City Hall and the Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture in Timisoara. RADOR

    [11] German embassy counsellor on a visit to the SRR

    While on a visit to the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation (SRR) on Thursday, Mr Walter von den Drisch, counsellor with the German Embassy in Bucharest, met editors in the German Department of Minorities, the head of the SRR Foreign Relations Directorate Dan Santa and RRA editor Doina Jalea. The guest declared after the meeting that there was a very good relationship between RADIO ROMANIA and DEUTSCHE WELLE and said he was amazed about how fast the Romanian press was developing since the fall of the communist regime. He said the SRR activity was an outstanding proof that the freedom of the press was now guaranteed in Romania. The German cousellor said the very intensive high level contacts between the two countries did nothing but expressed the growing interest of Germany in Romania. RADOR

    [12] Romania signed the Convention on artists and performers' protection

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has ratified the document confirming Romania as member in the International Convention protecting the rights of artists, performers, recording and radio producers, adopted in Rome on October 26, 1961. A Romanian Presidency communique says the new regulations are expected to come into force as soon as the document will be submitted to the UN Secretariate General. RADOR
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