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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-24

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

July 24, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Weekly Cabinet Meeting;
  • [02] PNTCD Summer School in Campulung;
  • [03] Government Troubles Are Caused by PNTCD Tensions, PD Leader Petre Roman Believes;
  • [04] PD Press Conference;
  • [05] PNL Programme of Economic Measures;
  • [06] PDSR Criticism on the Setting Up of a Hungarian Language Teaching University;
  • [07] Balvanyos Summer University in Tusnad;
  • [08] Gheorghe Funar and His Supporters Will Join the PRM;
  • [09] PDAR and PNR Waiting for Court Ruling.

  • [01] Weekly Cabinet meeting

    The Romanian Cabinet had its weekly meeting on Thursday. In his opening speech, Prime Minister Radu Vasile has warned that recent difficulties were due to the activity in the Privatisation and Finance Ministries. He said that the provisions in the Budget Law concerning the privatisation- resulting revenues might not be answered. The prime minister pointed out that, according to international business sources, the Romanian privatisation process is unpredictable, and the State Ownership Fund (FPS) is to blame for it because, in his opinion, the institution is overcrowded (more than 1,600 workers), highly bureaucratic and clumsy, with many departments running similar activities. Referring to the Finance Minsitry, Mr Radu Vasile has warned about the delays in collecting the taxes and duties, and said there were growing complaints about its persisting bureaucracy. The Cabinet has adopted several documents such as the strategy of privatising the Romanian Bank for Development (BRD) and the Bancpost, the draft law amending and completing the Law 61/1993 on child allowances, the draft law amending and completing the Housing Law 114/1996, the draft law removing prison terms by convicting the offenders to work for the community, the draft order on public supply services, the draft order on reducing the lead in the petrol, etc. The Cabinet has also approved the setting up of an interministerial committee for national minorities. RADOR

    [02] PNTCD Summer School in Campulung

    "The Role of the Youth in the Democratic Restructuring Process" was the subject of a conference hosted by the PNTCD Summer School in Campulung Muscel. The vicepresident of the ruling Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD), Ulm Spineanu, and PNTCD deputy Alexandru Badea met the PNTCD students on Thursday. Mr Spineanu has announced that he was to submit to the prime minister a new structure scheme focusing mainly on the economic ministries. He was also expected to present the prime minister with two draft laws designed to reduce the financial blockage and reorganise investment companies. According to Ulm Spineanu, only a tough government could make the economic growth possible because now Romania was facing a growing institutional disorder. In his opinion, the FPS and the Finance Ministry were the Gordian knot of the economy. Referring to the privatisation process, the PNTCD leader said that the privatisation of big companies had no chance if compared with the autonomous utilities, much more attractive to foreign investors. RADOR

    [03] Government troubles are caused by PNTCD tensions, PD leader Petre Roman believes

    The leader of the ruling Democratic party (PD), Petre Roman, said the problems the government was facing were caused by recent tensions within the PNTCD and by the fact that the main party in the governing coalition did not support either the government or the prime minister. Mr Roman's position is actually shared by most PD leaders. Referring to the issue, PD vicepresident Cristian Dumitrescu told a press conference on Thursday that "this was the PNTCD's main trouble: most of its leaders are going ahead with the government trying to do something for the country while others have a different opinion on Romania's stability". PNTCD vicepresident Vasile Lupu has failed to hide the irritating surprise about the new PD attack. "Mr Petre Roman, the leader of our ally, the PD, is actually interfering in our party's affairs. As far as the reform is concerned, I do not believe there were differences between the PNTCD lJadership and the party's MPs. Therefore, Mr Roman would better clarify its position on the land retrocession and on other laws of ministerial responsibility and on other things of major importance. Mr Roman's concerns about the PNTCD and its stability seem rather hypocritcal to me". RADOR

    [04] PD press conference

    At a press conference on Thursday, PD vicepresident Cristian Dumitrescu has stopped short of expressing his party's position on the Bell Helicopter contract. Mr Dumitrescu said: "As soon as the draft law will be submitted to parliament, our party's position will take into account, in any case, its principles and since we are speaking about principles, I can tell you one thing right now: in case our national interest has nothing to suffer and some sectors will prove they are recovering, then our party will support the project". The PD leader mentioned that Romania's lower rating was due to its political instability and the PNTCD tensions and blamed former Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea for creating them. RADOR

    [05] PNL programme of economic measures

    Senator Viorel Catarama and his supporters have blamed the leadership of the National Liberal Party (PNL) for lacking of a genuine Liberal economic programme and even promoting a Social-Democrat economic policy. PNL vicepresident Valeriu Stoica has announced on Thursday that his party was preparing such a programme. "Our experience in the government has proved that Liberal measures were needed more than ever", Mr Stoica said. "We would like to draw up an economic programme able to point out the genuine Liberal ideas in the governing programme. Liberal measures are now the only solutions to solve the problems in Romanian economy", the PNL leader concluded. RADOR

    [06] PDSR criticism on the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university

    Romania's main opposition party, the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) led by Ion Iliescu, has issued a communique expressing its protests against recent statements made at the Summer University in Tusnad concerning the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university. PDSR believes that the interference of the Government in Budapest over the issue is unbearable. The communique comes after Hungarian state secretary Palinkas Jozsef said that the setting up of a Hungarian language teaching university in Cluj was part of both Romanian and Hungarian national strategy, but it was the Hungarians who should decide the details over the issue. According to Ion Iliescu's party, the national strategy of a state cannot include elements in the national strategy of another state. Mr Palinkas remarks did not include any reference to the Babes-Bolyai University. He only spoke about the necessity of an autonomous Hungarian state university as part of the national strategy in both countries. Mr Palinkas said that it was the Romanian Government whi should make the decision, but the Hungarian minority in Romania should decide the next steps to achieve the goal. RADOR

    [07] Balvanyos Summer University in Tusnad

    The Balvanyos Summer University in Tusnad seem more likely a closed training circle for the leaders of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and their guests from Hungary. The Thursday's proceedings focused mainly on isses concerning the privatisation and the refor,. Participants included Hungarian deputy Varga Mihaly, the vicepresident of Hungary's FIDESZ ruling party, Heinrich Otto, vicepresident of the Office for National and Ethnic Minorities in Hungary, UDMR deputies Akos Virtalan and Jeno Matis as well as Pete Istvan, secretary of state with the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture. Romanian Reform Minister was also expected to attend the meeting. The leader of the Liberal Party (PL), Horia Rusu, has attended the meeting on Thursday as he is seen as a close friend and a pilar of the Balvanyos Summer University. He said the educational reform was among the first to be achieved. He believes that the National Education Ministry (MEN) should be dismissed and the training and education should develop according to realities in each Romanian province, with different programmes from region to region. The PNL leader said Romania's Government should include only seven ministries: the Foreign Ministry, the Defence Ministry, the Education Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Budget-Finance Ministry, the Health Ministry and the Public Heritage Ministry. As far as the privatisation was concerned, Mr Rusu said Romania should follow the example of the Czech Republic and not the Hungarian one. RADOR

    [08] Gheorghe Funar and his supporters will join the PRM

    The Appeal Court in Bucharest has rejected the Bucharest City Court (TMB) registration of the Alliance for Romanians' Unity party led by Gheorghe Funar. Under the final and irrevocable ruling, the court has accepted the appeal of the Romanians' National Unity Party (PUNR) denouncing the name of the party and the list of the signatures submitted to the court. Senator CostiJa Ciurtin said the ruling proved that the court was under the political control of the Democratic Convention in Romania (CDR) and the PUNR. The Appeal Court ruling comes after an appeal by Gheorghe Funar against a similar decision issued by the TMB. Mr Funar said that an extraordinary meeting would be called on Sunday to announce his party's dissolution. After the meeting, Gheorghe Funar and his supporters will join the Greater Romania Party (PRM), the same source says. RADOR

    [09] PDAR and PNR waiting for court ruling

    The leaders of Romania's Agrarian Democratic Party (PDAR) and the New Romania Party (PNR) have received on Thursday the Bucharest Appeal Court ruling concerning their right to run their activity under the name of Romanian National Party (PNR). The Appeal Court has decided the annulment of the Bucharest City Court (TMB) ruling and sent it back to the TMB for a new trial. According to the RRA, the two parties believe that only the time will prove if the ruling was fairJor just ordered by obscure political interests. RADOR
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