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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-09-05
From: RADOR Press Agency <http://indis.ici.ro/romania/news/rador.html>
September 5, 2000
 POLITICS, ECONOMIC and SOCIAL NEWS
 Opening of the Parliamentary sessionThe Romanian Senate resumed debates with the Chairman of the Senate Mircea Ionescu Quintus saying in his opening speech that priority should be given to the bill for the privatization of former state owned agricultural farms and to the bill on nationalized dwellings and urging his fellow Senators to work so that people of this country remember the present Parliament as made up of men and women who did their duty for the country.
 The first conference of PNL Bratianu - National Liberal Party BratianuDecebal Traian Remes is the President of the new party made up by former members of PNL dissatisfied with the policy of alliances of first vice- president of PNL Valeriu Stoica. President of the National Council of PNL Bratianu is Dan Amedeo Lazarescu. The leaders of this party said that they got all assurances from leaders of CDR 2000 that they would have their candidates on the lists of the alliance for the parliamentary elections later this year. Both Mr. Remes and Mr. Lazarescu said they would organize the party by mid October.
 Adrian Severin has become a member of PDSR - Social Democracy Party of RomaniaFirst vice-president of PDSR Adrian Severin said on Monday that the Executive Central Bureau of the Party approved the request of Adrian Severin to become a member of PDSR.
During a phone talk with one of the reporters of RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI Mr. Severin said that he met with the leaders of PDSR as he wished to contribute to the building of a social democratic center in this country.
 The IMF mission to Romania is favorable to giving our country a new instalment of the stand-by loanNegociations between the Romanian authorities and the delegation of the IMF to Bucharest are now focused on inflation and an analysis by the IMF delegation of the economy of our country. Finance Minister Remes and the other officials of the Romanian delegation that now have talks with the IMF officials are optimistic as to the next instalment which is part of the IMF loan. The issue now is the demand of the IMF that in the future, budget should be within the limits convened upon together with the IMF. Salaries of the companies which are subsidized by the state, pensions and allowances for children given by the state plus the forthcoming budget alteration are in the focus of attention. Mention is made of the fact that 2000 is an electoral year and this brings about supplimentary pressure on the budget. On the other hand Romania has indeed registered some economic success in the first place due to the fact that in the first six months of this year the Gross National Product reg! istered increases after three years of insuccesses while exports have increased by almost 30 per cent. These issues will be discussed by the IMF Board at the beginning of October and if they decide to give the green light to the next instalment of the loan, 110 million USD reach Romania by 10 October approximately.
 Romanian foreign minister Petre Roman has left for BrusselsMr. Roman left for Brussels. He will have talks with the European commissioner for issues of expansion of the European Union, Gunther Verheugen and with Mr. Javier Solana. On this occasion the Romanian foreign minister said he would make a balansheet of the Romanian efforts for joining the European Union with stress on the practical solutions by which Romania can get non refundable loans ISPA and SAPARD.
 Romanian Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica is on an official visit to TurkeyRomanian Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica who is now in Turkey signed in Ankara the protocol of cooperation between the Romanian Ministry of Justice and the Turkish Ministry of Justice. Yesterday morning the Romanian guest had talks with his Turkish opposite number Sigmet Samiturk. The document signed, specifies RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI, includes provisions referring to the mutual exchange of experience and information in the domain. After the talks with his host alongside whom actually he signed the procol of cooperation, the Romanian guest met in the afternoon with the President of the Supreme Court of Justice.
 Minister of Justice Valeriu Stoica answered the call of RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI and talked to one of our reporters about a number of aspects approached during his talks in Turkey.Mr. Stoica, Romanian Minister of Justice.
I have noted with much joy that the solutions which we worked out and then included in the draft bill for the speeding up of the reform of the Justice codes are very similar to those in Turkey. As important for us is that the legislative projects and drafts be studied by experts of the two ministries. Secondly, we identified several areas of practical cooperation, namely the exchange of experience among lawyers and attorneys of Romania and Turkey. What I know now is that it seems Turkey has the same problems we have in as far as the situation of penitentiaries is concerned, we both seem to experience the same difficulties in answering the issue of quality which is enforced by the Council of Europe as both Romania and Turkey are members of the Council of Europe. Penitentiaries seems to be too crowded in both countries. I have suggested to my Turkish opposite number that we further have meetings at level of experts in this domain so that any common problems that we have should be solved as soon as possible. We also have in view the system of the Public Ministries, the system of Prosecutors' Offices. We should cooperate more closely in this domain as there are Romanian citizens who are taken into custody in Turkey and Turkish citizens that are taken into custody in Romania. We have to find the best solutions for their transfer, when and if this is the case. In as far as the meeting with the President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Turkey is concerned I came to the conclusion that Turkey witnesses a very important reform of the judicial system. There is a project for the creation of the Courts of Appeal. This is a way to strengthen the judicial system and at the same time answer the demands of the European Convention of Human rights, in legal matters in the first place. All in all there is in our two countries the concern to give magistrates a very powerful status so that both lawyers and attorneys and the Ministry of Justice, on the other hand, should play an ever more important role.
 CALENDARPresident Emil Constantinescu together with Mrs. Nadia Constantinescu leave Bucharest today to attend the SUMMIT of the MILLENNIUM of the UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY which takes place in New York on the 6, 7 and 8 September.
Official visit to Romania of the Italian defense minister, Sergio Mattarella.
Press conference of PDSR at noon at the seat of the Party.
Meeting of CDR 2000 with the civil groups and associations.
These days in Romania the National Military Museum and the Embassy of Sweden are bringing back to memory the march of king of Sweden Charles XII and his army that almost 300 years ago crossed Romania, Hungary, Austria and Germany on their way back home.
Press Conference announcing the opening of the exhibition ISRAEL IN ROMANIA 2000 at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador to Romania.
Conference - reception speech - of professor Klaus Heitman of the Heidelberg University of Germany, honorary member of the Academy of Romania on the theme ROMANIA SEEN BY A GERMAN ROMANIST at the Academy of Romania.