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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-07-28

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

July 28, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Speaker Petre Roman on a Visit to Hunedoara County;
  • [02] Radu Berceanu Criticises Finance Ministry's Working Style;
  • [03] Report on Government's Legal Performances;
  • [04] Underground Strikers' Demands;
  • [05] Earthquake;
  • [06] Romanian Defence Minister on a Visit to FYROM;
  • [07] Recent Reports of SFOR 98 Batallion Activity;
  • [08] Irish Military Delegation on a Visit to Romania.

  • [01] Senate speaker Petre Roman on a visit to Hunedoara county

    While visiting the county of Hunedoara on Monday, the speaker of the Romanian Senate, Mr Petre Roman, had talks with businessmen, politicians and representatives of commercial companies and autonomous utilities in the region. The talks focused on the restructuring of RENEL, ROMGAZ and SNCFR (ed.n. Romania's national energy and gas suppliers and Romanian Railways) and ways of breaking down their monopoly. While on a visit to the SC Siderurgica SA Hunedoara, Mr Roman has admitted that there was no concrete restructuring programme of the industry but, on the other hand, he said there was no need to declare the whole county as special area. Such special areas should be created only in the mining regions needing special programmes of labour force reconversion and social assistance, Mr Roman said. RADOR

    [02] Radu Berceanu criticises Finance Ministry's working style

    While in Targu Jiu on Monday, Romanian Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu met representatives of the local administration and trade union leaders of the Ramnicu Valcea Autonomous Utility of Salt, Oltenia National Company of Brown Coal, Rovinari coal mining area as well as managers of RENEL, PETROM and other commercial companies in the county of Gorj. Mr Berceanu has criticised the Finance Ministry's working style because, as he put it, the ministry reacted to things as it was a "mere assistant" without proving any efficiency in seeking ways to avoid financial blockage. RADOR

    [03] Report on government's legal performances

    The Romanian Minister for the Government's Relations with Parliament, Alexandru Sassu has presented journalists with a report of the Government's legal performances. He said that Prime Minister Radu Vasile kept the promise he made on the occasion of his inauguration and this was why he signed only four government ordinances. Mr Sassu has warned about the delays in the parliamentary proceedings that prevented the adoption of important laws such as the law on the legal framework of public property, on concessions, privatisation and local public finances. He complained about the long way a law should follow before being subject of parliamentary debates; he said that the MPs did not take into account the importance of the law as they were interested only in their working hours. Mr Sassu said that sessions of special commissions should be called permanently, along with the plenum. RADOR

    [04] Underground strikers' demands

    No incidents have occured during the Monday's two-hour (4-6 PM) strike initiated by the Underground Free Trade Unions. The Bucharest Underground trade unionists' demands refer to issues concerning their working contract. The negotiations are blocked because the new working contract does not take into account the professional deseases and disputes over the issue are still unsolved. After his meeting with government officials, trade union leader Ioan Radoi has expressed scepticism and discontent as there was little chance of an answer to trade unionists' demands. He was mainly upset because the prime minister failed to attend the meeting with the leaders of the National Trade Union Block (BNS). "No concrete solution was found during discussions. A programme is to be decided next Wednesday (in two days time actually) while the National College of Transporters is expected to meet next Tuesday (in a week and a day) and make a decision concerning our next moves", Mr Radoi announced. He said the METROREX strike did not cause any damage because 30 trains were already prepared to ensure the underground traffic anyway. According to Mr Radoi, the METROREX was badly administrated, foreign credits were not used and merely a half of the 400 billion lei subvention went to the Bucharest Underground. A solution to end recent underground and railway workers' protests may be found next week. RADOR

    [05] Earthquake

    An earthquake of 4.5 degrees on Richter scale (4 degrees on Mercali scale) was reported on Monday (6.02 PM) in the Vrancea area. According to sources belonging to the National Institute for Research-Development of Earth Physics, the earthquake was felt in some Bucharest areas. RADOR

    [06] Romanian defence minister on a visit to FYROM

    The Romanian National Defence Minister, Victor Babiuc, is on a visit to FYROM following an invitation by his Macedonian counterpart Lazar Kitanovski. The two ministers have signed a cooperation agreement between the two countries. Minister Kitanovski said that, for the time being, the UNPREDEP should include only the four countries already taking part in the mission. The UNPREDEP countries include the US, Norway, Finland and Sweden. In a letter to the UN Security Council, Romania offered to participate in the mission and send a 300-troop unit to FYROM, but no answer was reported yet. RADOR

    [07] Recent reports of SFOR 98 Batallion activity

    According to a communique issued by Romania's National Defence Ministry (MApN) on Monday, the Romanian troops in the 96 Batallion of the SFOR peace- keeping mission took part in major operations aimed at ensuring the free movement of SFOR troops and reconstruction efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Such operations included the building of a sewrage system for SFOR helicopter landing platforms around barracks in Ilica Sarajevo, improvements of the route around Zepce and dismantling operations of metal military bridges in Hadic and Zepce. A civilian-military cooperation project is to be achieved near the village of Tresneva Glava where the access route to the small mountain mainly Muslim village should be improved. RADOR

    [08] Irish military delegation on a visit to Romania

    As the RRA reports, an Irish military delegation led by gen. lt. GJ McMahon, the Irish Republic Army's Chief of Staff, is on a visit to Romania following an invitation by his Romanian counterpart Constantin Degeratu. The talks are expected to focus on current military relations between the two countries and new ways of developing their military cooperation. Mr Degeratu and his Irish counterpart have examined new methods for growing efficiency of peace-keeping missions. RADOR
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