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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-01-20

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

20 January, 2000

CONTENTS

  • [01] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu Met Representatives of PNTCD
  • [02] Legislative Initiative Put Forward by PNL
  • [03] Festivity Marking Ten Years since PNL Re-entered the Political Arena
  • [04] Symposium on UDMR's Role in Romania's Political Life
  • [05] PNL Is in Favour of Holding the Local Elections as Scheduled
  • [06] Ion Iliescu Is Decided to Run Again for Romania's Presidency
  • [07] Extraordinary Press Conference Called by Foreign Affairs Minister Petre Roman
  • [08] Official Talks Between the Romanian and Ukrainian Defense Ministers
  • [09] Romanian-Greek Talks
  • [10] Tourism Still Benefits of Tax Facilities
  • [11] Statements Made by Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes
  • [12] President Emil Constantinescu Is Concerned With the Social Problems in Valea Jiului

  • [01] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu Met Representatives of PNTCD

    Prime minister Mugur Isarescu decided to meet representatives of the governing and oposition political parties to discuss the mid-term development strategy, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. On Wednesday Isarescu met a delegation of the National Peasants Christian-Democratic Party headed by the party president, Ion Diaconescu. The issues tackled regarded the privatization of the former state-owned farms and other problems related to agriculture, and the speeding up of the privatization and restructuring processes. The prime minister asked the PNTCD representatives to politically support a radical process of public administration simplification and reduction of bureaucracy. The PNTCD leader assured the prime minister his party would support all measures conferring the Government the credibility needed for the negotiations in view of joining the European Union. RADOR

    [02] Legislative Initiative Put Forward by PNL

    The National Liberal Party forwarded the Chamber of Deputies a legislative initiative regarding the amendment of article 41 in the Constitution, to that it guarantees private property. The present wording of the article provides the protection of this kind of property. The legislative initiative is supported by 690,000 citizens from Bucharest and 22 counties, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI mentions. RADOR

    [03] Festivity Marking Ten Years since PNL Re-entered the Political Arena

    The Parliament Palace hosted a festivity marking ten years since the National Liberal Party re-entered the Romanian political arena. In his speech, Romanian president Emil Constantinescu, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, said PNL was one of the landmarks of the Romanian political life, enabling the democratic edification of the country, and highly apprciated the fact that, after coming to power, the party succeeded in reuniting all liberal parties and factions. RADOR

    [04] Symposium on UDMR's Role in Romania's Political Life

    On Wednesday morning, the Democratic Union of Magyars in Romania organized a symposium on its rol in Romania's political life, to mark ten years since the Union's creation, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports. UDMR president Marko Bela said the Union's place and role should be analysed, as they were contested both from inside and outside the Union. In Marko Bela's opinion, during its ten years of existance, UDMR proved to be an important actor on the Romanian political arena, and a factor of political stability. President Emil Constantinescu, also present for a short while at the symposium, said any objective observer of Romanian political life had to admit UDMR had helped in the last ten years the edification of a democratic system in Romania, and of stability at home and in the region. RADOR

    [05] PNL Is in Favour of Holding the Local Elections as Scheduled

    The National Liberal Party is in favour of holding the local elections as scheduled, said the party's first vice-president, Valeriu Stoica, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. In his opinion, any postponing would make the local elections coincide with the general elections, which would confuse the citizens. The liberals reaffirmed their support for Emil Constantinescu's candidacy for Romania's Presidency, and were decided to run in the general elections as part of the Democratic Convention. RADOR

    [06] Ion Iliescu Is Decided to Run Again for Romania's Presidency

    PDSR president Ion Iliescu considers the Constitutional Court has no grounds to prevent him from running for a new mandate as Romania's president. Iliescu said were he to give up the election race, this would be a personal decision, adding he had no special reasons to take such a decision. The PDSR leader said, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI: "I should be the first one to take such a step, if I a felt it was to the party's advantage or if I knew we had a better or at least as good an alternative". RADOR

    [07] Extraordinary Press Conference Called by Foreign Affairs Minister Petre Roman

    On Wednesday, foreign affairs minister Petre Roman held an extraordinary press conference, two days before the first ministerial meeting of the OSCE troika this year. Romania is responsible with preparing the OSCE Economic Forum to take plac in 2001, when the country would take over the Organization's presidency. Petre Roman said the issues to be tackled during the meeting in Viena would be the situation in Chechnya, Georgia, Nagornyi Kharabakh, Kosovo and Montenegro. The head of the Romanian diplomacy reaffirmed his country's strong support for a political solution of the situation in Chechnya, for a compromise between the parties there and for consensus on this issue within the OSCE. Roman added, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, Romania was asked, as member of the OSCE troika, to assume the responsabilty of the dialogue with the Mediterranean cooperation partners. RADOR

    [08] Official Talks Between the Romanian and Ukrainian Defense Ministers

    Romanian defense minister Victor Babiuc and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksandr Kuzmuk discussed in Bucharest about a possible cooperation between the defense industries in the two countries, especially for the production of crafts and armoured vehicles, about an exchange of experience concerning the restructuring of the two armies and the equipping of troops, especially the peacekeeping troops, and about an exchange of officers and professors for military academies. The two defense ministers also approached the issue of creating a joint engineers unit, made out of Romanian, Ukrainian, Hungarian and Slovac military, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. RADOR

    [09] Romanian-Greek Talks

    Greek deputy defense minister Dimitrios Apostolakis discussed in Bucharest with Ioan Mircea Plangu, deputy minister for defense policy. The two officials talked about the cooperation programs regarding both the defense industry and the army as a whole. Ioan Mircea Plangu thanked Greece for its support for Romania's Euro-Atlantic integration, especially concerning interoperability. Apostolakis and Plangu also approached regional issues, such as the European Initiative for Security and Defense, the Stability Pact for the Balkans, the situation in Kosovo and in Serbia. The Romanian position official considered security in the Balkans could only be reached if Serbia was also part of it, and that Romania and Greece should cooperate in order to establish peace in the region and avoid the spreading of conflicts. Dimitrios Apostolakis said joint commissions of experts had been set up in view of fostering the bilateral cooperation and of training the military. He also said his country was interested in buying Romanian helicopters and fighter planes IAR 99 Hawk. As for the situation in the Balkans, the Greek official said, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, that the issue of Kosovo should be solved by all possible political means, and that Greek prime minister Costas Simitis suggested the stability in former Yugoslavia and in the region should be achieved step by step. RADOR

    [10] Tourism Still Benefits of Tax Facilities

    The president of the National Tourism Administration, Sorin Frunzaverde, said during a press conference on Wednesday tourism still benefited of tax facilities, despite some negative comments in the press. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI mentions that, according to the provisions of the new tax regulations, almost 65% of the companies in tourism are exempted from the added value tax, and the persons or family associations that went on business in rural tourism by the end of 1999 are exempted from taxes on profit. RADOR

    [11] Statements Made by Finance Minister Decebal Traian Remes

    Finance minister Decebal Traian Remes said on Wednesday, at the end of his meeting with the members of the Senate's Economic Commission, that the second package from the IMF loan agreement would be released in about three weeks. He also said, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the draft budget for this year would be finalized in a few days, and forwarded to the Parliament. RADOR

    [12] President Emil Constantinescu Is Concerned With the Social Problems in Valea Jiului

    Romanian president Emil Constantinescu is concerned with the social problems of the unemployed miners in Valea Jiului. The president's spokesman told RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI the president's counsellor for social affairs went at the end of last week in Valea Jiului and learnt a great number of miners would soon be left with no revenue. The Romanian head of state asked the prime minister to analyse the situation of those people and to adopt a special program meant to rehabilitate the mining areas. RADOR


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