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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-02-13

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

February 13, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Romanian Parliament: New Laws Passed
  • [02] Senators Accuse Government
  • [03] New Transport Minister Starts His Job
  • [04] BCCC Warnings for Senator George Pruteanu and Deputy Paul Alecu
  • [05] PD Vicepresident Traian Basescu About Early Elections
  • [06] On Liberal Unification
  • [07] "Morality and Ruling in Times of Transition"
  • [08] Sanitas Federation Strike
  • [09] Visit of the Chief of the Romanian Foreign Minister to Bonn
  • [10] Second Round of Talks for Concluding the Basic Political Treaty between Romania and the Republic of Moldova
  • [11] Premier Victor Ciorbea Met Mrs. Monika Wulf Mathies

  • [01] Romanian Parliament: New Laws Passed

    During its session on Thursday, the Senate has passed the draft law on the protection of invention patents and the draft law aimed at approving the Emergency Ordinance #81/1997 on regulations concerning the pay of annual bonuses, the 13-th salary and other payments out of salary fund. Senators also debated legal proposals on organising craftsmanshSp associations. The House of Deputies has passed the Emergency Ordinance #1/1998 to amend art. 9 of the land fund law. Under the new amendment, applications for additional land can be now submitted by April 3. The deputies have also passed the first three articles of the ordinance concerning the 1998 certificate system for farmers. Due to a proposal made by expert commissioners in the House of Deputies, the budget for such certificates raised from 2,800 to 3,200 billion lei. RADOR, February 13

    [02] Senators Accuse Government

    Opening the Thursday session in the Romanian Senate, the president of the Economic Commission Viorel Catarama has presented a declaration signed by all members in the commission. Viorel Catarama has announced that his commission will not submit any report on draft laws in the field to the Permanent Bureau of the Senate. If the current situation cannot be solved, then the Economic Commission will ask the Senate to open an inquiery aimed at establishing why the cooSeration between the Senate and the Government is getting on so badly. The Speaker of the Senate Petre Roman warned that the opinions in the declaration should be seen as belonging to the Senate. RADOR, February 13

    [03] New Transport Minister Starts His Job

    Thursday morning, Mr Anton Ionescu started his work as the new transport minister. Firstly, he had one hour of talks with the outgoing minister Traian Basescu. Traian Basescu said he will support the ministry if its activity will fit his own views. Otherwise, he will denounce it. In his turn, the new transport minister has praised the activity of the National Routes Administration and he promised to continue all the good things his predecessor has started. This is why he will not cancel the famous Basescu tax, on the contrary, he will adjust it according to the inflation rate of the day. At the same time, he stressed he will accelerate the Romanian Railways (SNCFR) restructuring programme as SNCFR is to be divided into three departments: passenger transport, goods transport and infrastructure. RADOR, February 13

    [04] BCCC Warnings for Senator George Pruteanu and Deputy Paul Alecu

    Referring to relations between his party and former governing Democratic Party (PD), Ion Diaconescu, the President of the governing Christian- Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD) said "their relationship is rather stable". After the meeting of PNTCD Bureau of Coordination and Control (BCCC), Mr Diaconescu informed that some warnings were delivered to sanction those PNTCD members whose attitude did not fit the party discipline. In this respect, he named Senator George Pruteanu and Deputy Paul Alecu. In an interview with "Ziua" newspaper on Tuesday, Mr Alecu said that keeping Victor Ciorbea as prime minister was "a suicidal act" for the coalition while Senator Pruteanu has shared the opposition PDSR party opinion demanding that the new ministers should be voted one by one, and not as a group. RADOR, February 13

    [05] PD Vicepresident Traian Basescu About Early Elections

    PD Vicepresident Traian Basescu says there is a monarchist wing within the PNTCD party and this wing is expecting to win the virtual early elections and then name the king as head of state. At a PD press conference, Mr Basescu said that when President Constantinescu has asked politicians to give up the idea of early elections it was this monarchist wing whom he wanted to warn. The PD vicepresident stressed that the early elections could be welcomed by the Civic Alliance (AC), a group which seems to have little power in decision-making though it included representatives in all governing structures as well as lots of advisers. "The supporters of early elections are blocking the reform, and the AC is one of those involved", Traian Basescu said. RADOR, February 13

    [06] On Liberal Unification

    The president of the Liberal Party (PL) Nicolae Cerveni said the Liberal unification could not be achieved too soon. For some reasons, the Liberals are not prepared Sor it, and the legal procedures take too much time and could block the process. In his turn, PL leader Dinu Patriciu said a Liberal federation could be the first step to the final unification. At the same time, he presented a five point economic programme which is actually similar to the one presented by PNL Vicepresident Viorel Catarama some days ago. RADOR, February 13

    [07] "Morality and Ruling in Times of Transition"

    Under the auspices of the National Council for fight against corruption and organised crime, the Legal Commission for discipline and imunities and the Republican International Institute, a seminar on "Morality and Ruling in Times of Transition" has opened at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest. Participants included Romanian President Emil Constantinescu who said that "Romania is seen today as a country where the state corruption does not exist" and added that those who did not share this opinion should explain their reasons. Opening the seminar, Romanian Interior MinisSer Gavril Dejeu and Brad Minnick, programme director for Romania of the Republican International Institute, explained the task of the meeting: analyse of the specific way the corruption operates in a period of transition and the negative effects of the phenomenon, the official attitude towards corruption, etc. US ambassador to Bucharest James Rosapepe said he strongly supports the Romanian Government and stressed that a moral Government can attract more foreign investments. RADOR, February 13

    [08] Sanitas Federation Strike

    The Sanitas Federation of health trade unions started a general strike yesterday at 10 AM. Participants include some 150 000 health workers throughout the country and, as trade union leader Marius Petcu said, the call on strike proved to be efficient. According to the same source, Mr Petcu informed that the strike will go on until the Government will give up its current position. During a press conference organised at Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romanian Health Sinister Ioan Bruckner admitted that the situation of medical services was very serious and salaries were very law. He asked the Government to draw up a document establishing a 50% raise in the salaries of health workers though the trade unionists claim the salaries should be 100% higher in some health departments. RADOR, February 13

    [09] Visit of the Chief of the Romanian Foreign Minister to Bonn

    The visit of the Romanian Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu is the first step of the "Germany Year" in the Romanian diplomacy's agenda. Right after his arrival to Bonn Mr. Andrei Plesu had a meeting with Professor Karl Heinz Honhurst, the President of the foreign policy commission of the Bundestag. Mr. Honhurst called for new ways of parliamentary co-operation and for creating a Romanian-German group for supporting Romania in its Euro- Atlantic integration process. Mr. Pleu has also met the state parliamentary Secretary in the Federal Minister of Economy Heinrich Kolb. Mr. Kolb said about the GerSan-Romanian problems which have not yet been solved: "From the German perspective we said that privatization was too slow and the investment law now in preparation did not comply with the German investors' expectations. We agree to to give you assistance in finalizing this investment law. I must also tell you that we had many achievements in other fields." RADOR, February 13

    [10] Second Round of Talks for Concluding the Basic Political Treaty between Romania and the Republic of Moldova

    A second round of talks between experts from Romania and the Republic of Moldova began on Thursday in Kishinew over the basic political treaty between the two countries. They are due to start drawing up the text of the treaty. The draft treaty is to be discussed during the next meeting between representatives of the two foreign ministers. The first round of talks was held in Bucharest, on December and then they reviewed the way to approach this matter. RADOR, February 13

    [11] Premier Victor Ciorbea Met MrsS Monika Wulf Mathies

    The Romanian Prime Minister met Mrs. Monika Wulf Mathies at the Victoria Palace on Thursday. Mrs. Wulf Mathies is member of the European Commission and she came to Romania for discussing with Romanian authorities over the regional development policy within the actual strategy of pre-accession to the EU. Mrs. Wulf Mathies stressed that this strategy was aimed at helping Romania to override difficulties of the moment and to comply with European standards. Prime-Minister Victor Ciorbea presented the main issues of the reform programme and the draft laws for supporting the local administrations. RADOR, February 13


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