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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-23

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

July 23, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] PNTCD Summer School in Campulung Muscel;
  • [02] PNL Central Permanent Bureau Meeting;
  • [03] An Appeal by Transport Minister Traian Basescu;
  • [04] Warning Strike at SC Energia in Constantza;
  • [05] Financial Aid for Families Affected by Floods;
  • [06] President Emil Constantinescu Is Back from the US;
  • [07] Romania Is Ready to Participate in the FYROM Peace-Keeping Force;
  • [08] Preparations Before the Meeting of the Romanian-Moldovan Interministerial Committee;
  • [09] Bruckenthal Museum To Get Back Its Stolen Paintings;
  • [10] Tusnad's Summer University 9-th Edition.

  • [01] PNTCD Summer School in Campulung Muscel

    A dialogue has been taking place on Wednesday between academic Constantin Balaceanu-Stolnici, PNTCD senator Matei Boila and student members of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD). While attending the seminars hosted by the PNTCD Summer School in Campulung Muscel, the two guests have recalled the basic principles of the Christian Democracy: Jqual rights for all, human solidarity, property and family rights. Explaining the solidarity principle, Mr Balaceanu-Stolnici said he believed that a Christian principle should be also applied to the foreign policy. He warned that, unfortunately, the Romanians proved they were not tolerant. We should promote understanding, human solidarity and eliminate religious conflicts, Mr Balaceanu-Stolnici added. In his opinion, justice should be based on Christian values as well, because the Christian morals were based on two main elements: the legal system of punishment and the punishent according to law. In this respect, senator Matei Boila said both the morals and manners were not included in a party's political programme, but God could judge the way each man obeyed them. RADOR

    [02] PNL Central Permanent Bureau meeting

    A meeting of the National Liberal Party's Central Permanent Bureau has been taking place on Wednesday at the PNL headquarters in Bucharest. The PNL Bureau does not suppJrt any initiative designed to raise taxes, the tax on real estate included. PNL first vicepresident Valeriu Stoica, also Romania's justice minister, said after the meeting that, according to the PNL leadership, any kind of fiscal hardship this year was unjustified. On the other hand, the PNL will ask the Finance Ministry to examine the discriminating way the SMEs fiscal policy was applied as compared with the big loss-making state-owned economic agents. Referring to the alleged dismissal of Finance Minister Daniel Daianu, the PNL leader said his party was not supposed to discuss simple statements. As far as the Bell Helicopter affair was concerned, Mr Valeriu Stoica announced that the issue would be subject to debates during the next session of the Permanent Bureau, only after the Finance and the National Defence Ministries (MApN) would provide every information available. RADOR

    [03] An appeal by Transport Minister Traian Basescu

    Romanian Transport Minister Traian Basescu has askJd the SNCFR railway workers to renounce any illegal strike actions making their company's situation even more difficult. He announced that the Romanian Railways' (SNCFR) financial situation did not allow any additional raise in the wages as only 80% of the company's spendings were covered this year. The SNCFR trade unions have announced a warning strike on July 23 followed by a general strike on July 27 to support their demands. RADOR

    [04] Warning strike at SC Energia in Constantza

    A two-hour warning strike was organised by the "Solidaritatea" independent trade union at SC Energia in Constantza on Wednesday morning. Tensions have emerged on May 20, when director general Gheorghe Balos has failed to negociate a labour contract favouring the trade unionists. The opening of the labour conflict was announced at the Labour and Social Protection Directorate of the county of Constantza. RADOR

    [05] Financial aid for families affected by floods

    Following an initiative by the RRA, the "Jogether for Good and for Worse" humanitarian operation was organised to help the people affected by recent floods. Delegates representing the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation (SRR) have gone to the Transylvanian city of Sighisoara on Wednesday. They offered 40 million lei to each of the three families who lost their homes following the land slides this month. On Tuesday, another financial aid was provided to seven families in Tarnaveni as their homes were partially destroyed. RADOR

    [06] President Emil Constantinescu is back from the US

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has arrived in Bucharest on Wednesday afternoon at the end of his official visit to the US. In a statement at the Otopeni International Airport, the president said the results of the visit were to be seen in the months and the years to come. According to the president, the visit covered all the demands and the big challenges the Romanian society was expected to meet on the verge of the third millenium. "EssJntial topics concerning the development of the infrastructure, the HT and IT and a competitive agriculture were subject to debates during the visit", the president said. "A security system, a regional, European and Euro-Atlantic security architecture were established to ensure the peace and the guarantee allowing the Romanians to build the society of tomorrow through their own efforts. Now, we can say that the US have a clear image of Romania, of what we are and of what we can achieve", the president concluded. RADOR

    [07] Romania is ready to participate in the FYROM peace-keeping force

    According to the statement made on Wednesday by National Defence Minister Victor Babiuc, Romania has submitted to the UN Security Council its offer of a 300 troop participation in the FYROM peace-keeping force and was now waiting for an invitation. Mr Babiuc said that, if necessary, the president was persuaded to ask the Parliament to approve the Romanian participation in the FYROM mission. The minJster said he was also preparing a government order to provide the estimated 60 billion lei for the Romanian unit participation in the UN mission. RADOR

    [08] Preparations before the meeting of the Romanian-Moldovan interministerial committee

    While in the Moldovan capital of Kishinev on Wednesday, MAE State Secretary Mihai Razvan Ungureanu met Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Ion Sturza, also Moldova's minister of economy and reform and president of the Moldovan interministerial committee for Romanian affairs. The talks focused on concrete projects of economic cooperation between the two countries and preparations for the next meeting of the Romanian-Moldovan interministerial committee planned in October this year. In another development, the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) diplomat met Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicolae Tabacaru. The talks focused on specific issues concerning the political cooperation between the two ministries as both sides expressed the hope that the existing excJllent relations might play a major role in promoting closer relations between the two countries. RADOR

    [09] Bruckenthal Museum to get back its stolen paintings

    Four paintings stolen from the Bruckenthal Museum 30 years ago are expected to return to their legitimate owner on Wednesday when Romania's president Emil Constantinescu will come back from his US official tour. A communique issued by the Romanian Ministry of Culture says the director of the Bruckenthal Museum in Sibiu is expected to receive the four paintings which are to be exhibited for two weeks in Romania's National Museum of Art in Bucharest and then return to the Bruckenthal Museum in Sibiu. RADOR

    [10] Tusnad's Summer University 9-th edition

    "Multicultural and National Particularities in Education. The Future of Bolyai University" was the subject of the debates on Wednesday at the 9-th edition of the Summer University organised in the resort of Tusnad. The guests included Koto Jozsef, state secretary with Romania'J National Education Ministry (MEN) is Hungarian counterpart Palinkas Jozsef. Speaking "on the behalf of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Mr Koto said that the Hungarian minority in Romania did not exgerate when its claimed to preserve its national identity by drawing up an autonomous educational system. "When 10% of its population are represented by minorities, a country cannot promote the idea of a single culture and a single nation", he said. The Hungarian state secretary expressed his support for a "vertical" Hungarian language teaching educational system - from kidergarten to university. "The Bolyai University in Cluj is both Romania's and Hungary's problem, but the details of the project should be drawn up by representatives of the Hungarian minority in Romania. The Hungarian Government will make every effort in supporting the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university in Romania", Mr Palinkas concluded. Romanian National Education MiniJter Andrei Marga did not attend the meeting nor did he appointed a minister to represent him at the Summer University in Tusnad. Despite being a MEN state secretary, Mr Koto has addressed the audience as a UDMR representative. RADOR
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