MINELRES: Romania: Bulletin DIVERS on Ethnic Minorities - 47(175)/2005

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Divers Bulletin no. 47 (175) / December 12, 2005
News

PARTIES OF THE RULING ALLIANCE SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES 

ETHNIC HUNGARIAN TEACHERS WITH UBB ASK THE SETTING UP OF THREE HUNGARIAN 
FACULTIES IN THE UNIVERSITY

ETHNIC ROMA JOBLESS IN MEHEDINTI ARE BEING HELPED

PROJECT TO CONNECT TO THE DRINKING WATER SYSTEM FOR THE ETHNIC ROMA IN 
SIGHISOARA

CNCD AWARDS THE DIVERSITY IN SPORTS 


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News

PARTIES OF THE RULING ALLIANCE SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES 

BUCHAREST – The law draft on the statute of the national minorities will not be 
passed by the Chamber of Deputies until the spring of 2006. The Standing Bureau 
of the Chamber agreed on Monday, December 5, with the request of the Juridical 
Commission, to extend the deadline on submitting the report on the law draft 
regarding the statute of the national minorities by December 22. This supposes 
the debates resuming as of next year.
The same day, the leaders of the Ruling Alliance decided that the liberals and 
the democrats should establish a joint commission expressing the amendments of 
the Alliance to the statute of the minorities based on the recommendations of 
the Venice Commission.
The democrat deputy Cristian Radulescu said, subsequent to the session of the 
leadership of the Ruling Alliance, the leaders of the parties with the majority 
concluded a protocol to support this law draft and to introduce the 
recommendations in Venice in the text of the law draft.
Hence, the opposition within the Ruling Alliance to the law draft is 
increasing. PD president, Emil Boc, thinks that Romania should not become an 
experiment for inexistent rights and to adopt a law on the statute of the 
national minorities offering "supra-standards in the field". Boc stated on 
Tuesday, December 6, during a press conference at Cluj, the way this law draft 
is passed will be highlighted in Europe.
"Other countries are monitoring this law as regards its implications on the own 
national minorities. Therefore, Romania should comply with the international 
standards and should not be an experiment for inexistent rights. I do not 
believe we need supra-standards in the field of minorities’ rights", Boc added. 
On his turn, UDMR leader Marko Bela said that PD’s different stand on this 
issue "risks mixing up the agreement of the leaders with the Ruling 
Alliance". "If some of the leaders of the Ruling Alliance do not agree with 
supporting some projects undertaken through the governing program, they are 
free to leave the Ruling Alliance", Marko said.
"We expect PD’s opinion and reasons as well as the democrats’ opinion on UDMR 
amendments made based on the recommendations of the Venice Commission", Marko 
Bela stressed out. He confessed the reason he got upset with his colleagues 
with the Alliance is connected to the fact that "in a normal political life, a 
promise is a promise".
"We have an agreement with the presidents of the parties within the Ruling 
Alliance to support the Statute of the minorities in the Government draft and I 
am not aware of something having changed since then. I believe the 
representatives of the Ruling Alliance must be strong enough to prevent the 
eventual tensed situation triggered by this law draft", Marko Bela added. 
Author: DIVERS


ETHNIC HUNGARIAN TEACHERS WITH UBB ASK THE SETTING UP OF THREE HUNGARIAN 
FACULTIES IN THE UNIVERSITY

CLUJ-NAPOCA – Almost 150 teachers with the ethnic Hungarian department within 
Babes-Bolyai University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca asked its management to establish, 
as of academic year 2006-2007, the faculties of Botanical Sciences, Humanist 
Sciences and Social Sciences, taught in Hungarian language. The academic lector 
Kovacs Lehel, member of the Bolyai Group of Initiative, announced on Tuesday, 
December 5, during a press conference, the faculties should have 15 departments.
He said that to start with, the teachers who are currently a part of the 
department teaching in Hungarian language would be included, with no contest, 
in the structure of the three faculties. The three newly-established faculties 
would sign a strategic partnership protocol with the faculties teaching in 
Romanian language in which it is regulated the way to ensure the human 
resources for the joint organization of programmes of doctorate and the 
research centers. According to Lehel Kovacs, UBB Senate must answer the request 
on the faculties’ establishment by end-January next year. Within UBB, the 
Hungarian department includes 220 teachers, 179 of whom were questioned on the 
establishment of the three faculties. 
Author: DIVERS


ETHNIC ROMA JOBLESS IN MEHEDINTI ARE BEING HELPED

DROBETA-TURNU SEVERIN – Labor Force Recruitment County Agency (AJOFM) Mehedinti 
in southern Romania started on December 2, a program on monitoring the jobless 
ethnic Roma. In the ten communities of this ethnics in Mehedinti county, which 
is unofficially gathering 16 thousands persons, AJOFM officials will evaluate 
their social status and will get them involved in training classes on the 
trades requested by the economic operators in the rural areas. "According to 
the accounts submitted by the city halls within the living area of the ethnic 
Roma, about 35% are looking for a job. Some of the mayors asked for subsidies 
to establish almost 180 jobs, but these efforts are not enough to solve the 
problem in the labor market in Mehedinti", according to AJOFM Mehedinti 
director, Gheorghe Clement. AJOFM Mehedinti has been traced 100 vacant jobs and 
decided to qualify and re-qualify the non-compensated jobless persons in 12 
short-term classes. 
Author: DIVERS


PROJECT TO CONNECT TO THE DRINKING WATER SYSTEM FOR THE ETHNIC ROMA IN 
SIGHISOARA

SIGHISOARA – The ethnic Roma in Sighisoara, Mures county (central Romania), 
will receive on Holidays, from the city hall, aids consisting in clothes, food 
and gifts for children.
About 630 ethnic Roma families are living in Sighisoara, throughout eight 
collectivities in the municipal. They have a low living standard, most of the 
ethnic Roma persons having no job, no identity card, are living in concubinage 
and are frequently abandoning their children.
The city hall initiated various projects as well as the construction of social 
houses, fields assignment for the construction of houses and it is currently 
under development a project to connect one of the streets to the drinking water 
and the sewerage system. 
Author: DIVERS


CNCD AWARDS THE DIVERSITY IN SPORTS 

BUCHAREST – On Thursday, December 8, the National Council to Fight 
Discrimination launched the first round table within PHARE Project “Toughening 
the institutional capacity in the field of non-discrimination”, developed in 
partnership with Ministry of Justice in Holland. On this occasion, CNCD awarded 
the players of the football team Dinamo Bucharest the Prize “Promotion of 
diversity in sports”. They painted their faces in black, after one of their 
colleagues, African football player, was shouted racist slogans against. 
Author: DIVERS


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