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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-05-15

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

May 15, 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] Meeting at the Presidential Palace of Cotroceni
  • [02] Statement of PNL First Vicepresident Valeriu Stoica on Laws Designed to Accelerate the Reform of the Romanian Justice System;
  • [03] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu on a Visit to Brussles;
  • [04] The Adrian Costea Affair;
  • [05] Predeal: International Seminar on Minority Protection;
  • [06] Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden;
  • [07] Earthquake in Vrancea.

  • [01] Meeting at the Presidential Palace of Cotroceni

    Romanian president Emil Constantinescu met the players of the Romanian national and European handball teams at the Cotroceni Palace on Sunday. The event, the first of the kind, is part of Romania's efforts to prepare for the fourth edition the Handball World Championship due in Bucharest and Ramnicu Valcea in December this year. On the occasion, the president of the European handball Federation, Stefan Holgvist, presented President Constantinescu with a copy of the Golden Plate, the trophy to be given to the winners of the championship. RADOR

    [02] Statement of PNL first vicepresident Valeriu Stoica on laws designed to accelerate the reform of the Romanian justice system

    The first vicepresident of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Valeriu Stoica announced that decisive talks are expecteed between the partners in the governing coalition, the Chsitian Democrat National Peasant Party (PNTCD) and the Democrat Party (PD) especially, concentrating on ways to promote the package of laws designed to accelerate the reform of the justice system. On Sunday, Justice Minister Valeriu Stoica attended the inauguration of the building to host the tribunal in Babadag, the district of Tulcea. RADOR

    [03] Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu on a visit to Brussels

    While on a visit to Brussels today, Romanian Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu is expected to meet EU and NATO officials. The talks are aimed at settling the date when the European Commission whould be presented with Romania's action plan to implement the country's medium term strategy in its attempt to join the EU. The final version of the document is still to be approved by the government at a meeting next week. Along with EU officials and representatives of donor countries, Prime Minister Isarescu is expected to discuss a series of measures aimed at answering the problems of Romania's institutionalised children. The prime minister's agenda also includes meetings with the Belgian counterpart and NATO Secretary General George Robertson. RADOR

    [04] The Adrian Costea Affair

    PD leader Petre Roman has admitted he heard about the affair around the "Everlasting and Fascinating Romania" album, and therefore he rejected the proposals of economic and political reforms in a letter he received from businessman Adrian Costea. Petre Roman indicated he had no contacts with Adrian Costea, and the PD was in no way involved in the affair. However, the Romanian and international press both believe that PD leader Petre Roman was the only one to benefit from the row around Adrian Costea. RADOR

    Despite the PDSR leaders' promise not to make any further comment about the so-called "French Connection" scandal, the party's vicepresident Adrian Nastase mentioned the matter at a press conference in Satu Mare. Nastase admitted he should have been more careful about it. He insisted he travelled to France to attend a meeting of the Council of Europe and then meet Adrian Costea who had a series of projects to discuss, and it was Costea paid for the trip. The French lawyers in Bucharest mentioned the names of Adrian Nastase and his wife on the list of the people they would like to meet for a hearing in connection with their accomodation at the Normandie Hotel in Deaville between December 4 - 6, 1998. The Groupe Saintonge Edition, identified as publisher of the "Everlasting and Fascinating Romania" album, paid 4,625 FFR for the accomodation of the Nastases in Deaville. RADOR

    [05] Predeal: international seminar on minority protection

    An international seminar on minority protection as a condition for European integration has ended on Sunday in the Romanian resort of Predeal with a documentary visit to the districts of Brasov and Sfantu Gheorghe where participants met representatives of the Romanian Hungarian and German minorities. The seminar was organised by the government's Department for minority affairs in co-operation with the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The seminar was aimed at identifying solutions to answer the minority problems both through government's efforts and European institution's assistance. Similar meetings are expected in Croatia and Slovenia in the near future. RADOR

    [06] Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden

    Denmark is the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest organised in Sweden yesterday. The Romanian pop group Taxi came 17-th out the 24 participant countries. The show was broadcast in 33 countries for an estimated audience of 700 million people in Europe, Australia and Japan. RADOR

    [07] Earthquake in Vrancea

    An earthquake of 3.9 on the Richter scale was reported saturday night at 2:36 AM in the county of Vrancea. According to a communique issued by the National Institute for Earth Phisics, the earthquake hit a magnitude of 3 degrees on Mercalli scale at 80 km. underground. No damages were reported. RADOR


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