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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-01-21

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

21 January, 2000

CONTENTS

  • [01] Government Meeting
  • [02] Statements Made by the PD Leader Petre Roman Following His Meeting With Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu
  • [03] Statements Made by ApR Leader Teodor Melescanu Following His Meeting With Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu
  • [04] Changes Are Needed in the Interior Ministry
  • [05] PSDR Wants to Revive the Civil Society
  • [06] Statements Made by Giovanni Ravasio
  • [07] Negotiations with the IMF
  • [08] Bodo Hombach Invites Romania and Bulgaria to Resume Talks on Economic Issues
  • [09] Prognosis of the European Commission Regarding Candidate Countries
  • [10] Reactions in Chishinau Following Romania's Decision to Continue Supplying Electricity to the Republic of Moldova
  • [11] Experts from PETROM in Chishinau
  • [12] The Government Decided to Increase Pensions

  • [01] Government Meeting

    Prime minister Mugur Isarescu informed the Cabinet ministers on the country's development strategy and the structure of the working groups. The ministres suggested some other specialists should also be included in these groups, and stressed the need for the development strategy to be in agreement with the provisions of the state budget and with the negotiations with the international financial institutions.

    The Government ratified the 44.5 million dollars loan agreement concluded with BIRD in view of financing the mine closure and to reduce the social impact of these closures. The Cabinet also ratified the 63 million euro contract signed with BIRD in view of financing the modernization of transports in Bucharest. An urgent ordinance was also adopted to amend the Government Ordinance 39/1999 regarding the restructuring of BANCOREX and the merger of this bank with BCR. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the Government decided to appoint Marcel Virgil Turcas as prefect of the county of Salaj. RADOR

    [02] Statements Made by the PD Leader Petre Roman Following His Meeting With Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu

    Petre Roman said, following his talks with prime minister Mugur Isarescu, that in his party's opinion the mid-term economic development strategy should be based upon the realities in Romania, and upon the objectives to be reached. The team in charge with drawing up this strategy will be co- ordinated by the Romanian Academy, and it should include specialists from all fields of activity. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reports that Roman also said the Democratic Party wanted the local elections to be held until the end of May, so that all local structures should be functional by the beginning of the campaign for the general elections. The PD leader added all stages of the governing program should be completed by the general elections. RADOR

    [03] Statements Made by ApR Leader Teodor Melescanu Following His Meeting With Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu

    Prime minister Mugur Isarescu met on Thursday evening the ApR leaders. According to the party leader Teodor Melescanu, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the Alliance for Romania raised three sets of problems. The first dealt with the negative effects of the tax reform, ApR pleading for a reduction of the added value tax for essential food products under 11%. The second topic regarded the economic development strategy. The ApR leaders stressed the need to word its final version by mid-February, so that some social categories might forward suggestions and amendments. The last issue tackled was that of local and general elections. Teodor Melescanu reiterated his party position, that the local elections should be held in May or June at the latest, and the general elections in October or November. RADOR

    [04] Changes Are Needed in the Interior Ministry

    Descentralization and a delegation of competences are needed in order to increase the efficiency of the Interior Ministry, Constantin Dudu Ionescu said, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI. The interior minister also said that general Nicolae Berechet, chief Police inspector, would present next week a restructuring project, according to which only 1.000 of the 7.000 policemen would do office work. RADOR

    [05] PSDR Wants to Revive the Civil Society

    The Social-Democratic Party will forward to the Parliament several draft laws in view of reviving the civil society, PSDR president Alexandru Athanasiu said during a press conference on Thursday. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, these draft laws regard the election by uninominal vote of local counsellors, and the creation of Trade Chambers in all counties. Asked about the situation of micro-credits, Athanasiu said there was no conflict between labour and social protection minister Smaranda Dobrescu and the deputy minister Simona Marinescu, but a conflict between the latter and the laws. The PSDR leader added the public money had been transferred to Salto Bank without the signature of the chief accountant, and the Audit Court was expected to solve the case. RADOR

    [06] Statements Made by Giovanni Ravasio

    Giovanni Ravasio, director general in the Economic and Financial Directorate of the European Commission, said he was visiting Romania in order to discuss with the authorities the mid-term economic strategy, as key element in the process of joining the European Union. The EU wants the successful implementation of this strategy to bring about economic growth and the improvement of the living standards of the Romanian people. Giovanni Ravasio highly appreciated the prime minister's decision to speed up the drawing uop of the country's development strategy, and expressed his confidence the mentioned strategy would be unanimously supported by the political parties and social partners in Romania. RADOR

    [07] Negotiations with the IMF

    The Government spokesman, Ionut Popescu, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, said the Romanian negotiators discussing with the IMF representatives considered a letter of intention might be signed next week. The negotiations might be also concluded next week, and the loan agreement extended, followed by the release of the second package. The economic parameters discussed with the IMF team were a budget deficit of 3%, an inflation rate of 25-30% and an economic growth of 1.3%.

    [08] Bodo Hombach Invites Romania and Bulgaria to Resume Talks on Economic Issues

    Bodo Hombach, coordinator of the Stability Pact for South-East Europe, invited the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria to resume in Brussels the talks on economic issues, especially regarding the second bridge over the Danube, RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI informs. RADOR

    [09] Prognosis of the European Commission Regarding Candidate Countries

    The European Commission issued on Thursday a prognosis regarding the candidate countries. The experts of the Commission consider Romania is still subject to a severe recession, but estimate that, if the reform is speeded up and strict macro-economic policies are implemented, the country will record in 2001 a healthy and durable economic growth. The same document, quoted by RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, considers Romania's economic situation is still quite fragile. RADOR

    [10] Reactions in Chishinau Following Romania's Decision to Continue Supplying Electricity to the Republic of Moldova

    The authorities in Chishinau welcomed with gratitude Romania's decision to continue supplying electricity to the Republic of Moldova, told RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI Romanian ambassador in Moldavia, Victor Barsan. The diplomat said the Moldovan Government has the political will to hand over to Romania more than 50% of the shares of TIREX-Petrol to cover part of the 24 million dollars debt for electricity. Barsan added that, considering the future European integration of the two countries, Moldova should cover the remaining debts to Romania by handing over shares in other profitable companies. RADOR

    [11] Experts from PETROM in Chishinau

    Experts from PETROM went to Chishinau to study the procedure of handing over shares in TIREX-Petrol in exchange for the electricity supplied by the Romanian company CONEL. According to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, the experts will also discuss with economy and reform minister Eugen Slopac, with representatives of the Privatization Department, and with the managers of TIREX-Petrol. RADOR

    [12] The Government Decided to Increase Pensions

    The Government decided to increase by 1.7% several categories of pensions, starting with January 1, 2000. RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI mentions that the categories of pensions to be increased are those for farmers, for military, for war widows and invalids. RADOR


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