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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-05-10

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

May 10, 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] Senate Proceedings;
  • [02] House of Deputies Proceedings;
  • [03] Permanent Bureaux in Parliament Are Favouring the Independent Deputy Adrian Severin's Candidacy as President of the OSCE Parliamenttary Assembly;
  • [04] May 9 - Romania's Independence Day, Victory Day and Europe Day;
  • [05] Dismissal at MAE;
  • [06] Communique of the National Commission for Statistics;
  • [07] Romanian - Macedonian Diplomatic Contacts;
  • [08] Seminar on Defence Issues;
  • [09] "Co-operative Nugget 2000" Military Training Exercise.

  • [01] Senate proceedings

    With a majority of votes, the Senate adopted yesterday the draft law on fighting the illegal drug traffiking and consumption. The document includes regulations designed to prevent drug production and illegal traffiking along with a series of articles concerning the penalties for criminals, testimonies and other procedures to prevent such crimes. The draft law also includes measures aimed at preventing the drug abuse. The senators expressed the hope that the EU would welcome the new law as a positive step for Romania's attempt to fight this sort of crime. RADOR

    [02] House of Deputies proceedings

    At their session on Tuesday, the deputies adopted the draft law on the status of military priests. According to the draft law, the military priests are similar to senior officers though unarmed and not being involved in any armed conflict. The military priests should comply with the orders of their commanders and obey military training regulations. According to the document, the religious assistance obey ordinary church rules in compliance with the freedom of belief of the military. Any attempt of proselytism is prohibited. RADOR

    [03] Permanent Bureaux in Parliament are favouring independent deputy Adrian Severin's candidacy as president of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

    The Permanent Bureaux of the two Chambres in Parliament unanimously decided on Tuesday to support the candidacy of Adrian Severin, an independent deputy, as president of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The Christian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD) gave up one of its seats in the OSCE Romanian delegation to allow Adrian Severin stand for the job. PNTCD's Cornel Sturza Popovici became one the delegation's substitutes. The decision of the Permanent Bureaux is to be approved at the joint plenum of the two Chambers today. Today's joint session was also expected to focus on debates about the regulations of the National Council designated to examine the archives of the former Securitate. RADOR

    [04] May 9 - Romania's Independence Day, Victory Day and Europe Day

    A wreath-laying ceremony was organised at the Unknown Soldier's Memorial in King Charles Park on Tuesday on the occasion of the three events Romania is celebrating on May 9. Participants included Romanian President Emil Constantinescu, Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu, MPs, representatives of state institutions, ambassadors. War veterans, representatives of revolutionary associations and leading members of political parties also attended the ceremony. President Constantinescu made a statement to the press on the occasion. Presidential counsellors, state secretaries and counsellors were expected to attend other wreath-laying ceremonies in a number of cemeteries in Bucharest and across the country on the behalf of the Romanian Presidency. RADOR

    [05] Dismissal at MAE

    Romanian Foreign Minister Petre Roman ordered the dismissal of the head of the MAE Consulary Department who was to be immediately replaced by Alexandru Mugurel Euje, Romania's consul general to Milan. A MAE communique says that, on January 12, 2000, the Romanian foreign minister asked for a review of all diplomatic passports, but the Consulary Department submitted an inaccurate report on the matter. And more, the names of Adrian and Valentina Costea, owners of diplomatic passports since 1996 who were now under investigation, were not mentioned in the report. Minister Petre Roman asked Petre Catrinciuc, the head of the Consulary Department, for clarification, and find out he was absent without leave. The foreign minister ordered the immediate annulment of the passports, and asked the new head of the department for further action to solve the problem. RADOR

    [06] Communique of the National Commission for Statistics

    In April, the inflation rate raised to 4.8%, 3% higher than the inflation in March. The inflation rate in the first four months of the year raised to 13.7% given the higher tariffs for services and goods. According to a National Commission for Statistics's communique, the tariffs for services raised by 8.9% last month while the prices of goods raised by 5.3%. Food prices raised by 2.3 while the prices for phone, radio and TV subscription and water supplies raised by 20%. The tariffs for energy, heating and gas supplies went up by 19% following the VAT duties while fuel prices raised by 5%. RADOR

    [07] Romanian - Macedonian diplomatic contacts

    A round of talks started in Bucharest yesterday morning between Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, State Secretary with Romania's Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) and his Macedonian counterpart Tikhomir Ilievski. The two officials concentrated on issues concerning the agenda of the talks the Macedonian Prime Minister Liubko Gheorghievski was expected to have in Bucharest with his Romanian counterpart Mugur Isarescu. They also discussed the recent developments in the Kosovo province. The Macedonian state secretary said the Kosovo crisis was a priority for the foreign policies of both countries as they were trying to support the international community in its attempt to solve it, and provide the conditions aimed at getting the situation back to normal and prevent further tensions in the region. Tikhomir Ilievski added that both countries expressed their support for the Stability Pact in South-East Europe. The Macedonian official expressed the hope that FYROM and Romania would improve their political and economic co-operation as their two prime ministers were going to agree in the very next future. Ilievski indicated that the presidents of the two countries were also expected to meet. RADOR

    [08] Seminar on defence issues

    An international seminar on "Defence Management in South-East Europe" opened at the National Military Circus in Bucharest on Tuesday, organised by Denmark's Defence Ministry in co-operation with the Romanian National Defence Ministry (MApN). Participants include delegates from NATO Member and Partner States in south-eastern Europe. The Romanian State Secretary for defence policies, Ion Mircea Plangu, said the meeting would help the countries in the region and improve defence structures. In his turn, Anders Trolborg, Danish State Permanent Secretary with Denmark's Defence Ministry, pointed out that the seminar would help Romania in the restructuring process of its armed forces. RADOR

    [09] "Co-operative Nugget 2000" military training exercise

    The "Co-operative Nugget 2000" military training exercise is taking place in the US and Romania between May 1-13, organised by NATO's Atlantic Command. The computerised exercise includes two centres of command in two phases for three departments: NATO command, brigade command and infantry units as answering cells. The training is expected to improve the interoperational skills of the forces involved and help the officers to comply with the Staff procedures as part of a script for peacekeeping operations. RADOR


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