MINELRES: Romania: Bulletin DIVERS on Ethnic Minorities - 19 (102)/2004

MINELRES moderator minelres@lists.microlink.lv
Tue Jun 1 14:36:43 2004


Original sender: Divers Bulletin <edivers_buletin-admin@mediafax.ro>



Divers Bulletin no. 19 (102) / May 31, 2004
News

SIE GRANTS ARCHIVES ACCESS TO HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

ROMANIAN, MOLDOVAN PRESIDENTS EXPRESS INTEREST IN DEVELOPING BILATERAL
RELATIONS

ROMA ASSOCIATION IN TRANSYLVANIA

UDMR ELECTION PROGRAM EDITED IN ROMANIAN LANGUAGE AS WELL

NEW PROJECT FOR SUPPORTING HUNGARIAN-LANGUAGE TEACHERS


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

News

SIE GRANTS ARCHIVES ACCESS TO HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

BUCHAREST – Head of Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE),
Gheorghe Fulga, last week paid a visit in Washington, at the invitation
of the Holocaust Memorial Museum, in order to sign an agreement on the
access of Museum experts to the documents of Service’s archives about
World War II. According to a press release, on the same occasion,
members of the Holocaust Memorial Museum were invited to share their
expertise with the Romanian International Commission for Holocaust
study, which is to draw up the final report consisting of the
conclusions of the research over the Holocaust issue in Romania during
1938-1944. Eventually, the final report would to become the official
point of view of the Romanian authorities on Holocaust, thus putting and
end to the controversies about Jew extermination policy in Romania
during World War II. 
Author: DIVERS
summary


ROMANIAN, MOLDOVAN PRESIDENTS EXPRESS INTEREST IN DEVELOPING BILATERAL
RELATIONS

MAMAIA - Meeting in Mamaia (eastern Romania), Romanian President Iliescu
and his Moldovan counterpart Vladimir Voronin decided on 27 May to take
steps to improve their currently tense bilateral relations, RFER/RL
reported. Romanian presidential spokeswoman Cretu said Iliescu told
Voronin he does not understand the current "anti-Romanian campaign" in
Moldova. Voronin replied that there is no such campaign, but that there
are certain "provocations," that should be ignored by authorities in the
two countries, adding that an active dialogue is necessary between those
authorities. However, he expressed concern over references Iliescu has
made in the past few years to "two Romanian states." Cretu said Iliescu
still holds that point of view, but that the two presidents decided to
reactivate a joint Romanian-Moldovan commission to analyze all
sensitive" issues.
Author: DIVERS
summary


ROMA ASSOCIATION IN TRANSYLVANIA

CLUJ-NAPOCA – Many Roma associations from Alba, Sibiu, Salaj, Arad,
Bihor, Timis, Maramures, Satu Mare, Mures, Bistrita-Nasaud and Cluj
(Transylvania region) decided on May 25, within a meeting hosted at
Student Culture House of Cluj-Napoca, to gather into organization called
Unity of Roma from Transylvania (URT), according to local press. On this
occasion, URT leaders announced that they decided to support the runners
of the ruling Social-Democracy Party PSD in the local elections for the
areas where Roma hold no own lists or runners.
Author: DIVERS
summary


UDMR ELECTION PROGRAM EDITED IN ROMANIAN LANGUAGE AS WELL

TIRGU MURES – For the first time since the establishment, the Democratic
Union of Hungarians from Romania (UDMR) edited its election program in
Romanian language as well, thus making the Non-Hungarian electors from
Transylvania know the desiderata hinted, in case the candidate of the
Union succeeds in getting in contact with the mayor of the town.
According to the statements of UDMR runner for Tirgu Mures Town Hall,
deputy Attila Kelemen, the session of the program’s drawing up was
attended by 350 persons of various activity sectors.
Author: DIVERS
summary


NEW PROJECT FOR SUPPORTING HUNGARIAN-LANGUAGE TEACHERS

CLUJ-NAPOCA - A Hungarian language NGO in Romania is aiming to increase
the possibilities for Hungarian speakers to study in their mother tongue
by building a block of flats for Hungarian language teachers in Cluj
(Kolozsvar), Eurolang reported.
The School Foundation is known for its programmes to promote Hungarian
mother education in Romania. These programmes include, for example,
funding parents who send their children to Hungarian-language schools.
In addition, a new programme to be launched in autumn will add to the
monthly wage of those university and college teachers who teach in
Hungarian, with 10,000 Hungarian Forints (HUF, around 40 Euros) each
month. Both initiatives are funded by Hungary.
The Apaczai Public Foundation for Education in Hungarian Abroad, an NGO
in Hungary, is financing the new flats while the School Foundation is
administrating the programme in Kolozsvar, a city with one of the
biggest ethnic Hungarian community in Romania and with the most
Hungarian-language educational institutions.
The broader goal of the School Foundation is to create the conditions
for education in Hungarian. Education in minority languages is allowed
on paper in Romania, but little is done by the state in order to promote
it. Many teachers do not start teaching in a school or university in
Hungarian, because nobody offers them the minimal living conditions for
beginning a career. As their wages are very low, around 200 Euros a
month, the housing project would be a real help for them.
The house in Solyom Street will have 21 flats, a library and a
conference hall. The tenants will only have to pay a symbolic rent. The
building work began on 14 May and it is expected to be completed by the
end of 2005.
It is hoped that the project will be one more practical reason for young
Hungarian-language high school and university teachers to choose to
teach in their mother tongue and so deter them from emigrating. The lack
of Hungarian-language teachers is one of the main reasons why education
in Hungarian is practically impossible.
Author: DIVERS
summary


DIVERS - News bulletin about ethnic minorities living in Romania is
edited every week by MEDIAFAX, with the financial support of
Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center. Partial or full reproduction of
the information contained in DIVERS is allowed only if the source is
mentioned. You can send messages and suggestions regarding the content
of DIVERS bulletin at MEDIAFAX, Str. Tudor Arghezi, Nr. 3B, Sector 2 -
Bucharest, tel: 021/ 305.31.91 or at the e-mail address:
divers@mediafax.ro 
Powered by: 1 X Tech