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RFE/RL NEWSLINE  20 January 2000

MORE COUNTRIES JOIN PROTEST AGAINST NEW CZECH BORDER
REGULATIONS. Lithuania and Bulgaria on 19 January protested
against the new Czech border regulations, which went into
effect on 1 January, CTK reported, citing Czech television.
Russia had one day earlier filed a diplomatic protest against
the regulations, and demanded that their implementation be
delayed until March so that travelers be given time to
comply. Under the new regulations, foreigners entering the
Czech Republic must fill out a border card, produce two
photos and proof that they have valid health insurance.
Excepted are nationals of the so-called "no-risk" countries
of the EU, U.S., Canada, Croatia, Hungary, Israel, Japan,
Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Enforcement of the new regulations has resulted in chaos at
Czech border crossings. MS

HUNGARIAN OPPOSITION PARTY LAUNCHES ANTI-CONSCRIPTION DRIVE.
The Free Democratic Party will launch on 25 January a
campaign to collect signatures in public places and on the
Internet to require a debate in the parliament on the
abolition of compulsory military service. The National
Electoral Committee on 19 January verified the validity of
the signatures in support of the campaign submitted by the
party, Hungarian media report. In order to force a debate,
50,000 signatures are necessary. Istvan Simicsko, deputy
chairman of the parliament's Defense Committee and a member
of the ruling Federation of Young Democrats-Hungarian Civic
Party, said it was impossible to eliminate conscription "on
short- or medium-term" and that his party aims at the
"gradual transformation of the army into a professional one."
MS

HUNGARY WELCOMES ROMANIAN LAND RESTITUTION LAW. The Foreign
Ministry on 19 January said it welcomes the recently-passed
Romanian land restitution law and views it as being favorable
for ethnic Hungarians in that country. The ministry
emphasized that under the law, members of the Hungarian
minority can claim restitution and in addition, the law
provides for restitution of land to educational,
ecclesiastical and other associations, including those of
minorities. Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabor Horvath said
this will "help ethnic Hungarians to preserve their identity
and pursue happiness in their motherland." MS

UKRAINIAN DEFENSE MINISTER IN ROMANIA. General Oleksander
Kuzmuk and his Romanian counterpart Victor Babiuc on 19
January agreed to finalize three bilateral accords by the end
of the year, envisaging measures to increase mutual
confidence, collaboration in procurement of materiel and
logistics, and the protection of secret information, Mediafax
reported. Babiuc said Ukraine is "more advanced than Romania"
in its preparations for setting up a battalion with Hungary
and Slovakia for intervention in case of natural disasters
and that Romania will try to "recuperate its lag behind" to
ensure the battalion is set up by the end of the year. MS

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RFE/RL NEWSLINE  21 January 2000

SLOVAK FORESTS IN GOOD SHAPE, ESTONIAN FORESTS NOT.
Slovakia's forests are in better shape than the forests of
any other Central and Eastern European country, according to
a 20 January report issued by the World Wildlife Fund. The
European Forests Scorecard 2000, which assessed environmental
standards in forests across Europe, gave Slovakia 57 points
out of a possible 100 points. Slovakia, along with Sweden and
Austria, received the third highest score in Europe. The top
two countries were Switzerland (62) and Finland (61). Estonia
was the worst postcommunist country on the list (38), with
only Denmark registering a lower score (36). Other Central
and East European countries on the list were Poland (53),
Hungary (52), Lithuania (51), Romania (48), and Latvia (40).
MH

ECONOMY MINISTER PREPARES 'NEW DEAL' FOR HUNGARY. Recently
appointed Hungarian Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy on 20
January said the country needs a "New Deal" program to
bolster its economy. Matolcsy said that the government has
empowered him to work out a new economic policy in
partnership with the business sector, international and
Hungarian financial groups, and town councils. The package of
programs will be ready by the end of February, and will
include projects to build more highways and housing. MSZ

HUNGARIAN ENVOY FEARS PACE OF EU TALKS. Endre Juhasz,
Hungary's chief negotiator at in the EU accession talks, on
20 January said he is concerned that the pace of negotiations
with the six "fast-track" countries will slow down after six
new countries begin similar talks next month, Hungarian and
international media report. "The fact that 12 countries will
be negotiating could overload the agendas of EU meetings, and
the process of reaching common positions could be longer,"
Juhasz said. MSZ

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