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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-01-18

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

18 January, 2000

CONTENTS

  • [01] Ion Ratiu Died
  • [02] Meeting of the Leading, Coordination and Control Bureau of PNTCD
  • [03] Statements Made During a Press Conference in Roman
  • [04] The Government Will Finalize the Draft Budget for This Year by the End of the Month
  • [05] Opinions Expressed by the Experts of "Price Waterhouse Cooper"
  • [06] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu Met the Canadian Minister of Public Works and Governmental Services
  • [07] Opinions Expressed by the Spokesman of the European Commission President
  • [08] Negotiations Between Government and Trade Union Representatives
  • [09] Main Objectives of the National Agency for Children Protection
  • [10] Possible Enquiry on the Effects of Vergil Hancu's Allegations

  • [01] Ion Ratiu Died

    Ion Ratiu, PNTCD representative in the Chamber of Deputies, died in London from oesophagus cancer, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. Born in Turda in 1917, he studied law and economic sciences at the universities of Cluj, Munchen and Cambridge. Ion Ratiu, known as diplomat, journalist and president of the Cultural Association of Romanians in Great Britain, returned to Romania immediately after December 1989 and acted on the political arena. As member of Parliament, he was vice-chairman of the Chamber of Deputies and head of the Romanian Parliamentary delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly. Ion Ratiu's son, Nicolae said his father's body would be sent to Romania and burried in Turda. RADOR

    [02] Meeting of the Leading, Coordination and Control Bureau of PNTCD

    The Leading, Coordination and Control Bureau (BCCC) of the National Peasants Christian-Democratic Party met on Monday afternoon and decided to hold elections for all BCCC members during the meeting of the Standing Delegation, summoned for the end of this month. At the end of the meeting, the party leader Ion Diaconescu said the new Bureau would have mandate until the Congress, to be summoned at the end of the year, after the general elections.

    During the same meeting, the Bureau members also decided the agenda of the Standing Delegation, namely the passing of the new party rules, the political strategy in view of the local and general elections and the elections for BCCC.

    Virgil Petrescu, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, said BCCC decided to exclude Marin Lutu from the party, in case he did not resign this week. RADOR

    [03] Statements Made During a Press Conference in Roman

    The PD leader Petre Roman said there were in Moldavia some areas characterized by unacceptable economic and social gaps, reprezenting breaches in the national cohesion. PD vice-president Traian Basescu said the program RICOP regarding the creation of small and medium-sized enterprises was implemented in the county of Neamt, its result being a significant number of jobs, on condition the local businessmen put forward feasible projects, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. RADOR

    [04] The Government Will Finalize the Draft Budget for This Year by the End of the Month

    The Cabinet would finalize the draft budget for this year by the end of the month, the Governmental counsellor for image said, adding the budget would be a rational one, and not based upon promisses with no backing in the economic realities. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the measures taken against the arbitrary granting of facilities - which bring about corruption and instability of investments - would contribute to the creation of a correct tax system, equally applied to all economic actors, and leaving no place for interpretations. RADOR

    [05] Opinions Expressed by the Experts of "Price Waterhouse Cooper"

    The experts of the world leader in financial audit "Price Waterhouse Cooper" said during a conference in Bucharest clear methodological methods for the operational application of the new tax measures should be urgently drawn up. The implementation of the global tax and the changes in the level of the added value tax would influence the purchasing ability of the population, while the changes in the laws regarding taxes on profit would have a major impact both on the already existing companies and on the potential investors - the head of the company's Tax Expertise Department said, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. RADOR

    [06] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu Met the Canadian Minister of Public Works and Governmental Services

    Romania is interested to continue developing the economic cooperation with Canada - said prime minister Mugur Isarescu during his meeting with Alfonso Galiano, Canadian minister of public works and governmental services. In this context, he reminded the memorandum signed on Monday regarding the bilateral cooperation in house and public utilities building. A press release quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI mentions the National Housing Agency benefits from assistance from the Canadian Housing Corporation. Mr. Galiano also underlined the importance of the bilateral cooperation and extended the Canadian prime minister's best regards and encouragements to his Romanian counterpart. RADOR

    [07] Opinions Expressed by the Spokesman of the European Commission President

    The visit recently payed to Bucharest and Sofia by the European Commission president Romano Prodi was meant to be a signal of the EU and EC appreciation for the efforts made by Romania and Bulgaria to join the European Union - said Ricardo Levi, spokesman of the European Commission president. He added, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the European Union was encouraged by the wide support from the governments, political parties and civil society in both Romania and Bulgaria. As for the visa issue, Levi said the final decision would be taken by all members of the Union, that is by the Council of Europe. Ricardo Levi also said Romania and Bulgaria should reassure the European public opinion their citizens no longer needed visas because all problems had been solved, and because such a decision would be to the interest of European security. RADOR

    [08] Negotiations Between Government and Trade Union Representatives

    The leaders of the "Solidarity" convention of trade unions in railroads said, at th end of the talks with the Government representatives, an unprecedented total strike might be called should the Cabinet not solve their requests. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports the main requests are an urgent conclusion of a new collective labour contract and an increse in salaries by 50% starting with January 1 this year. During another meeting between representatives of trade unions in education and state minister Mircea Ciumara, the parts decided to resume the talks the next day and next week as well. One of the trade union leaders, Razvan Bobulescu, expressed his disappointment with the result of the meeting, and said trade unions in education were solidary and decided to continue their protests. RADOR

    [09] Main Objectives of the National Agency for Children Protection

    Vlad Mihai Romano, president of the National Agency for Children Protection, said his main objectives would be descentralization and the development of a protection system for all children alike. Romano also said, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, he would first try to find a suitable shelter for homeless children. RADOR

    [10] Possible Enquiry on the Effects of Vergil Hancu's Allegations

    The Commission for Abuses of the Chamber of Deputies might start an enquiry on the effects of Vergil Hancu'a allegations concerning the imminence of a devastating earthquake in Romania, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. According to a communique released by the Commission chairman, the decision to start an enquiry is justified by the fact that Vergil Hancu made use of functions and titles which are nor recognized by the authorities and specialists in the field, and by the fact that his so-called previsions induced fear and even panic in the population. The communique also says all citizens who suffered physically, morally or materially as a result of Hancu's irresponsible allegations could revert to the Commission. On the other hand, in a communique released by the Seismic Laboratory at Vrancioaia, the specialists call the public's attention on the need to properly judge the information and rumours regarding earthquakes. RADOR


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