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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-05-05

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

May 5, 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] Laws Promulgated by Romanian President Emil Constantinescu;
  • [02] Joint Investigation by French and Romanian Judiciary;
  • [03] IMF Memorandum and Intention Letter Approved;
  • [04] Auto Showroom in Ploiesti;
  • [05] Ford Motor Company Presented Its New Transit V 184 Van;
  • [06] General Strike at the Nuclear Plant in Cernavoda;
  • [07] Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen on a Visit to Romania;
  • [08] Romanian President Emil Constantinescu Met Kurt Hellstrom, President of the Swedish Ericsson Company;
  • [09] Romanian National Defence Minister Sorin Frunzaverde Met NATO Deputy Secretary General Edgar Buckley;
  • [10] Protests Raised by the Basic Political Trearty Between Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

  • [01] Laws promulgated by Romanian President Emil Constantinescu

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu promulgated the Budget Law and the law on the budget for state-financed social insurance. In a statement on Thursday, the president pointed out that the BudgeR was still an austerity one, though this time it was based on a virtual economic growth. President Constantinescu explained that he promulgated the laws as fast as he could given the fact that the country's financial support and the foreign financing depended on it. Refering to the unfair incomes the officials and managers got, the president admited the problem was real and, in this respect, he asked the prime minister to publicly announce the salaries of the officials and public workers. He said the situation should get back to normal as soon as possible. President Constantinescu has announced that, along with some of his closest high-ranking advisers, he decided to offer the additional raise in the salaries, recently approved by parliament without previous consultations with the Presidency, as Church-coordinated aid to help the poor. RADOR

    [02] Joint investigation by French and Romanian judiciary

    A meeting was planned on Thursday between representatives of the French and RomaRian judiciary at the Supreme Court of Justice's Attorney Office in Bucharest. A Romanian French businessman, Adrian Costea, has allegedly involved his company in moneylaundring between Romania and France to the benefit of Romanian politicians. According to the file opened last autumn, the money resulted from oil transactions. The investigators are supposed to assess whether the transactions were real or just a cover-up for an illegal transfer of Romanian public money (some 70 million dollars) to France. The French newspaper "Le Parisien" points out that, as presidential elections are due in Romania later this year, the authorities should exercise some restraint in order to ensure that none of the candidates would damage his position in the race.

    Presidential spokesman Rasvan Popescu pointed out that the facts in the announcement of the Attorney General's Office, who provided the French investigators with legal assistance, refered to events that happened before the elections Rn 1996. According to the communique issued by the Attorney's Office with the Supreme Court of Justice, the investigators question the legality of contracts between two French and Romanian companies to the benefit of Romania's Agriculture Ministry, more than 100 million dollars granted and paid by BANCOREX between February 1992 - January 1996. The French judiciary would like to examine a series of documents concerning the contracts, and hear some Romanian officials and businessmen such as Viorel Hrebenciuc, Mihai Ungheanu, Dan Nicolae Fruntelata, Liviu Razvan Temesan, sotii Cazacu, sotii Pascu, Adrian Nastase, Iosif Boda, Teodor Melescanu, Mircea Cosea, Ovidiu Grasu and Dumitru Iliescu.

    In a statement on Thursday, Adrian Nastase, first vicepresident of the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR), said he did not know any detail about the affair, and warned that the crisis could affect Romania's credibility abroad. Adrian Nastase pointed out that he did not met Rdrian Costea before 1998.

    The leader of the Alliance for Romania party (ApR), Teodor Melescanu, Romania's foreign minister at the time, said he was never involved in the transactions, and he knew nothing about them. Mr Melescanu said that, in his opinion, his name on the list of witnesses seemed rather strange, but he intended to answer the hearing. RADOR

    [03] IMF Memorandum and intention letter approved

    At its meeting on Thursday evening, the Romanian Cabinet has approved the Memorandum and the intention letter to the IMF aimed at extending the existing stand-by agreement. The macroeconomic terms agreed with the IMF include a GDP growth of 1.3% in the year 2000, an inflation rate of 27% and a budget deficit representing 3.5% of the GDP. The government is expected to mentain its restrictive monetary and fiscal policies. Before leaving Romania, IMF chief negotiator Emanuel Zervoudakis pointed out that the documents should be approved by the IMF executives by the end of this mRnth if the Romanian government would accelerate some of the moves it delayed. RADOR

    [04] Auto showroom in Ploiesti

    The Book House in Ploiesti hosts the 11-th edition of the Auto 2000 International Fair. Participants in the opening ceremony included businessmen, local officials and MPs. The fair include 35 Romanian and foreign car and spare part manufacturers. RADOR

    [05] Ford Motor Company presented its new Transit V 184 van

    At a press conference taking place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bucharest on Thursday, Ford Motor Company, through its Romcar Srl representative, has presented the new Transit V 184 van. Romcar director Viorel Niculescu said the new car was part of Ford's plan to become the world leader in car manufacturing and services. The first 20 Transit V 184 vans will be delivered in May according to a five-year leasing contract. The Romcar director expressed the hope that the Romanian clients would welcome the new Ford model. RADOR

    [06] General strike at the nuclRar plant in Cernavoda

    The workers at the nuclear plant in Cernavoda have continued their general strike on Thursday. Trade union leader Ion Monceanu told the RRA that the plant executives called on trade unionists to suspend the strike until May 8 as Romanian Industry and Trade Minister Radu Berceanu might decide to close the plant down. The trade unionists rejected the proposal and expressed their commitment to further strike actions until their demands would be answered. In a statement on Thursday, minister Berceanu reiterated that that the pay claims the workers put forward were unjustified as their wages were already 4 times higher than the average on the economy. RADOR

    [07] Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen on a visit to Romania

    After meeting the Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen on Thursday, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu welcomed Finland's initiative concerning the civil management of virtual crises, a project including both EU and NATO member and applicRnt states. The Finnish prime minister pointed out the importance of the Romanian - Finnish treaty concerning the return of illegal immigrants, a document that, in his opinion, was expected to improve the visa regime and border security. At a meeting with his Romanian counterpart Mugur Isarescu, Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen reiterated his country's support for Romania's efforts to join the EU as well as the country's economic recovery. Before leaving Bucharest, the Finnish prime minister met Romanian Foreign Minister Petre Roman and attended a lunch offered by his Romanian counterpart. RADOR

    [08] Romanian President Emil Constantinescu met Kurt Hellstrom, president of the Swedish Ericsson Company

    Romanian President Emil Constantinescu met Kurt Hellstrom, the president of the Swedish Ericsson Company, who presented his plan of building a mobile phone manufacturing plant in the city of Timisoara, in co-operation with the Romanian Electec manufacturer. The Ericsson president expresseR his confidence in Romania's economic growth while pointing out the skills the young Romanian experts were proving. RADOR

    [09] Romanian Defence Minister Sorin Frunzaverde met NATO Deputy Secretary General Edgar Buckley

    While in Brussels on Thursday, Romanian Defence Minister Sorin Frunzaverde said NATO welcomed the recent military partnership between Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Ukraine. The statement was made after a meeting between the Romanian minister and NATO Deputy Secretary General Edgar Buckley. A Romanian National Defence Ministry communique says Sorin Frunzaverde and Edgar Buckley have agreed to accelerate the Romania - NATO consultations concerning the country's national programme for future NATO membership. RADOR

    [10] Protests raised by the basic political Treaty between Romania and the Republic of Moldova

    The ProBassarabia and Bucovine Cultural Association has condemned the recent ratification of the Treaty of favoured partnership and co-operation between RRmania and the Republic of Moldova. In a communique issued to the press, the association says that "the Romanians in Bassarabia, Bucovine and Hertza feel deeply hurt about the treaty as, after the similar treaty signed with the Ukraine, the Romanian diplomacy made nothing but restoring the terms in the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, and such move was unfair and unjustified". RADOR


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