Romanian Students Call Off Protests, Eager To Sign Partnership With Education Minister
The National Union of Students in Romania (UNSR) said it will suspend protest actions planned this week and will sign a partnership with Education Minister Daniel Funeriu meant to solve their demands.
UNSR head Ionut Poenaru said Tuesday, at the end of talks with
Funeriu, that he informed the minister of students' demands, adding
the minister will look into their claims and a protocol will be
signed between the two parties.
UNSR said it called for an overdue 15% increase in scholarships,
but the minister said there are no funds now to support the
increase, stressing he "will seek ways to solve the issue in the
Poenaru added he also called for a plan of activities meant to
refurbish student hostels and laboratories.
Funeriu also met Tuesday with the representatives of the
National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania (ANOSR) and
the alliance head Cezar Haj said Funeriu agreed to sign a
partnership meant to solve their claims.
ANOSR demanded that students' statute be included in the new
education law, student hostels become non-profit units,
universities be depoliticized, volunteer work be acknowledged and
scholarships be paid during coursework for PhD degrees.
Funeriu assured students there is money for scholarships, while
funds for student camps were kept at last year's level.
Haj stressed that students will set off protests if their
demands are not included in the new education law.
Funeriu said Monday that students' protest actions planned for
this week and the upcoming period are not grounded and stressed
that the scholarship fund was not at all reduced, but kept at last