RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROReuniunea Comisiei Naţionale de fundamentare a Planului naţional de adoptare a monedei euroȘtiri din 23.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-23 20:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-23-08-45-48big_02_resize.jpgSalariul minim, diferențiat în funcție de studii și vechimeȘtiri din 23.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-23 19:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-23-07-30-16big_01_resize.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Statul KuweitȘtiri din 20.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-the-state-of-kuwaitPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today, October 21, 2018, with the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, in Kuwait City. The talks focused on aspects pertaining to strengthening and deepening the bilateral cooperation at economic and sectorial level as well as to aspects related to security developments at regional and international levels. On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers appreciated the positive trend in the Romania-Kuwait relations and discussed future projects designed to strengthen the bilateral political and diplomatic dialogue. They analyzed the possibilities to expand cooperation in various fields of mutual interest, according to priority niches identified within governmental dialogue and at the level of the two states's business sectors. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the Government of Romania's commitment to strengthening relations with the overall Arab world, objective highlighted in the Programme for Government 2017 -2020 which provides boosting diplomatic efforts in this respect. Prime Minister highlighted the fact that the State of Kuwait is an important partner of our country in the Gulf region, especially in the context of Romania's holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting January 1, 2019. The two officials also referred to the good bilateral cooperation within international bodies as well as to the possibility of supporting projects of interest for both states within these organizations. They also analyzed ways of developing the Romanian-Kuwaiti bilateral economic and trade relations, by boosting the private sector, in particular by actively encouraging Kuwaiti businessmen to invest in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila conveyed the Romanian side's availability in developing a number of concrete projects in areas such as: agriculture, transport, investment, industry, critical infrastructure, energy, healthcare. On the occasion of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to Kuwait, two cooperation agreements were signed: the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait and the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of tourism between the Romanian Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Information - the tourism Sector of the State of Kuwait. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Marzouq Al Ghanim Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Marzouq Al Ghanim. During the discussions, the status of the bilateral relations was reviewed and the progress in the process of their consolidation was appreciated. Particular emphasis was placed on parliamentary cooperation. In this context, both officials outlined the interest in boosting the dialogue between the two legislative forums, in the context of the parliamentary diplomacy's contribution to the consolidation of bilateral cooperation. From this perspective, the parties agreed to intensify, in a pragmatic manner, parliamentary cooperation in order to identify the best instruments and formulas for rendering this modern bilateral format more dynamic. The two officials also exchanged views on regional and international developments, and the ways to strengthen the Romanian-Kuwaiti cooperation at the multilateral level were also analyzed. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim On her visit to the State of Kuwait, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the Chairman of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim. On this occasion, the senior Romanian official voiced appreciation for the high level of the bilateral and sectoral cooperation between the two countries as well as the convergence of the two countries interests in economic and commercial level. In this context, the Head of the Executive underlined the interest of the Romanian side in deepening the economic cooperation, likely to contribute to a substantial increase of economic exchanges, direct investments by both parties, as well as to the development of the relations between the two countries sectoral contacts, for the benefit of both countries. Prime Minister presented the main investment opportunities in Romania, focusing on the critical infrastructure, transport, energy, IT, research and development, financial-banking and health sectors, considering that the State of Kuwait is one of Romanias major trading partners in the Gulf region. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has appreciated that Romanias relations with the State of Kuwait have a tremendous potential for developing new converging projects, including on third markets, especially in the Arab world, in areas such as: road infrastructure, oil and gas, hydrotechnics, telecommunications and high-voltage lines. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with His Highness, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al - Ahmad Al - Jaber Al- Sabah Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, currently on a visit to Kuwait, had a meeting on Sunday with the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, Minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Stefan-Radu Oprea, and the Minister of Health, Sorina Pintea. Along with the Amir of the State of Kuwait, attending the meeting were the Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Topics of interest on the bilateral agenda were tackled during the meeting. They appreciated the positive trend recorded lately in the Romanian-Kuwait relations, fostered by both states openness and political will to strengthen the bilateral dialogue on all levels of interest. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila highlighted the fact that 2018 marks an important symbolic moment this year, the completion of 55 years of bilateral diplomatic relations, and emphasized the importance of further intensifying the political dialogue and strengthening the bilateral cooperation in the political-diplomatic, economic and sectoral fields. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the Government of Romania's commitment to strengthening relations with the State of Kuwait, an important partner of our country in the Gulf region, both as Romanias foreign policy objective and in the context of its holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. The high dignitaries agreed to organize in 2019 the first session of the Joint Romanian-Kuwaiti Cooperation Committee, coordinated by the Foreign Ministers. At the same time, the Kuwaiti side voiced their interest in collaborating with the Ana Aslan Institute, the Romanian Center of Excellence in Gerontology and Geriatrics. The talks between Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also occasioned an exchange of views on topics of interest on the international and regional agenda, focusing on recent developments in the Middle East. In this context, Prime Minister Dancila outlined that Romania would continue to attach special importance to the Southern Neighborhood of the European Union, while at the same time promoting the political settlement of the Middle East and North Africa disputes. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited the Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait In the context of the official visit to Kuwait, on October 19 -21, 2018, the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited the Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center, one of the largest cultural complexes in the world, which hosts 22 galleries with over 1,100 exhibits. The museum district consists of six main buildings: Space Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Arabic Islamic Science Museum,Fine Arts Centre,Theatre. During the visit, the Romanian Prime Minister underlined the need to promote history, culture and science, voicing in this respect appreciation for the Kuwaiti efforts to boost the cultural and scientific activities for a consistent and efficient development of society. The Head of the Romanian Executive greeted the way in which the Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre through its activity, presents the Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arabic culture, as well as the cultural richness and diversity of the State of Kuwait, Gulf region and Arab world. Romania's delegation present in Kuwait City visited the Science Centre in Kuwait, a renowned educational complex for the promotion of science and technology and raising awareness of the importance of the environment, especially amid young generation. The centre is hosted by a vast architectural space reflecting the Islamic art and culture. In the dialogue with the Kuwaiti interlocutors, the Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the special efforts of the local authorities to open the educational space beyond the established educational institutions and to stimulate curiosity and scientific interest among pupils, students and the general public. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă recalled the possibility of developing bilateral relations in the field of research and innovation, mentioning in particular the internationally acknowledged expertise of Romanian specialists in fields such as: engineering, communications and information technology. Prime Minister also visited the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City, the largest Kuwait worship site. In the talks with Kuwaiti officials, the Romanian Prime Minister praised the Kuwait City authorities's openness to religious minorities as well as the efforts made to integrate them. At the same time, she outlined that, along time, the entire Muslim community in Romania has lived in peace alongside the majority of Christians and other minorities. 2018-10-20 13:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-20-01-57-21big_07_resize.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Emiratele Arabe UniteȘtiri din 18.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-united-arab-emirates1539789656 Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with members of the leadership of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with members of the leadership of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Discussions focused on developments in the field of economic and sectorial bilateral economic cooperation, in the context of the first session of the Joint Cooperation Committee between the Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates held on April 16-17, 2018. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the importance she attaches to bilateral cooperation development, taking into account that UAE is a particularly important commercial partner of Romania in the Gulf area. The Head of the Executive also underlined the need for continuing demarches with a view to identifying new development opportunities of the economic and sectorial relations in areas of shared interest. A particular emphasis was put on the special potential of attracting new Emirati investment in Romania, considering the geo-strategic position of our country, and the fact that Romanian economy currently records a solid growth at EU level. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the Government's support for strengthening the relations between the two states' business sector, specifying that Romania is interested in an active presence of foreign businesspeople, including Emirati ones, in our country. In this respect, an attractive legislative framework was adopted, while consultancy is concomitantly offered to foreign companies interested in Romanian market. Talks between the two parties also occasioned an exchange of opinions on topics of interest of the international and regional agenda, with emphasis on recent developments in the Gulf area. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State for Economic and Commercial Affairs Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today a meeting with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State for Economic and Commercial Affairs, and Director-General and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC Group). Discussions aimed at identifying the most appropriate ways of strengthening the bilateral cooperation relationship, with emphasis on the economic and investment sector. Both Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and UAE Minister of State Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber voiced appreciation for the positive development over the last years, in the relations between the two states, which resulted in boosting the Romanian - Emirati contacts. Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the importance that the Bucharest authorities attach to the development of cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, underlining that UAE represent a particularly important commercial partner of Romania in the Gulf area. In this context, the Head of the Executive mentioned our country's attractive business environment, which was upgraded through legislative amendments, as those which were made to the public - private partnership law. The senior Romanian official conveyed the Romanian side's willingness to intensify the presence of Emirati companies in productive sectors in our country and encouraged the UAE businesspeople to invest in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Director General of the UAE General Womens Union Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi During the visit paid to the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director General of the UAE General Womens Union, state organization which was established in 1975, under the chairmanship of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak. During the talks, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila hailed the activity performed by the General Womens Union to improve the status of women nationwide, and in various regional and international organizations, as well as the family support and child protection policies. Moreover, she presented the actions undertaken by Government, within the Romania of Equal opportunities Programme, to increase women's role and contribution to economic and social life, as well as the measures adopted at the level of the Social Democratic Party to introduce the equal opportunities principle in its management structures. The Head of the Executive presented Romania's priorities of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan — Emirs Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had yesterday a meeting with Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan — Emirs Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea, and Health Minister Sorina Pintea. The prospects of the Romanian - Emirati bilateral relations were reviewed during the meeting, on which occasion, the objectives of the common agenda both at political - diplomatic level and in termd of economic and sectorial cooperation were analyzed. During the dialogue, the two officials commended the positive dynamics of the Romanian - Emirati contracts, boosting trade exchanges and investment represents a priority in Romania - UAE relationship. The Romanian Prime Minister recalled the visit of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Bucharest, on September 17, 2018. In this respect, Prime Minister Dancila pointed out the particularly important role of a sustained dialogue to foster cooperation between the two states' business sectors. The Head of Romanian Executive underlined Romania's interest in attracting Emirati investment in areas of interest, such as: energy, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, healthcare, education. Also, Prime Minister mentioned the Government's demarches regarding the legislative amendments in the field of public - private partnership, designed to stimulate private investments and to develop major projects of national importance. The meeting occasioned at the same time an exchange of opinions on regional and international topics of shared interest. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated Romania's support for identifying a political solution to the Middle East and Africa disputes, including in the context of Romanias takeover of the presidency of the Council of the EU for six months, starting January 1, 2019. *** A strategic economic partnership established between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates During the working visit the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila paid to UAE, the two sides, Romanian and Emirati have agreed on the establishment of a stronger and more active framework for governmental co-operation and coordination and therefore, they agreed on promoting the bilateral relations to strategic economic partnership. In this respect, on October 17, 2018, the Romanian and Emirati Heads of Government adopted a - Joint Statement on Establishing a Strategic Economic Partnership between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates. The document underlines the important regional role of the United Arab Emirates, next to Romanias membership of the European Union, which offers important opportunities for co-operation through the development of joint initiatives for both countries. It also mentions the objectives of bilateral cooperation in priority sectors to Romania, namely: trade, investment, industry, agriculture, banking, energy, transport and transport infrastructure, IT and blockchain technology, as well as education, culture, research innovation, tourism, youth and sports. The statement also highlights the important role of the Romanian and Emirati communities in the UAE and Romania respectively, in the economic, social and cultural development of the two countries. The document emphasizes the need to adopt an action plan in the near future establishing the concrete steps the two Governments will undertake to implement the strategic economic partnership. Boosting the economic and trade dimensions of the bilateral relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries is an important specific objective of the Romanian Government, included in its 2017-2020 programme. In this context, relations with the United Arab Emirates represent a priority, both from the point of view of human relations and in terms of economic and commercial potential. Romania enjoys a long tradition of cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, a country that is Romanias main trading partner in the Gulf area. There is a real potential for co-operation between the two countries in various niche areas such as: information technology and communications, renewable energy, environmental protection and conservation, real estate and tourism. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates On October 17, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă paid a working visit to the United Arab Emirates, on which occasion, she met Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates, wife of the founder of the UAE. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was accompanied by Health Minister Mrs. Sorina Pintea and Advisors of the Prime Minister's Advisory Unit. On this occasion, the state of the Romanian - Emirati bilateral relationship was discussed, the Romanian Prime Minister reconfirming the Government's commitment to strengthening our country's relations with the Arab world, objective set out in the Programme for government 2017 -2020. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced her appreciation for the hospitality and support granted by Emirati authorities to Romanian citizens who chose to work or settle down in UAE, reminding that they make an important contribution to the development of the United Arab Emirates, as well as to strengthening the friendship relations between the two states. In this context, she expressed her firm belief that the Emirati authorities will continue to grant support to the Romanian community. During the meeting, the Romanian official also voiced appreciation for the activity of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak in the fields of education and women's rights, stating that Romania attaches a great importance to the observance of the universal human rights, as well as to the preservation of their universal, impartial, non-selective and indivisible character. The meeting occasioned at the same time an exchange of opinions on elements pertaining to security developments at regional and international levels, with emphasis on the EU- Gulf Cooperation Council relations, the disagreements existing between the Gulf States and Yemen. In this respect, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă conveyed that Romania encourages and supports all forms of political dialogue as main instrument for managing the Arab world's problems and for identifying the best solutions to remove tension between the states in the region. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned that our country will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, and will continue to attach a special importance to the Southern Neighborhood of the European Union. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's visit to Wahat Al Karama and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi In the context of the working visit paid to the United Arab Emirates, on October 16 -19, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă laid a wreath at the Wahat Al Karama Memorial, war memorial to honor UAE's soldiers and other Emiratis who sacrificed their lives for the service of the nation. The Romanian Prime Minister also visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, the biggest worship site in the UAE, that can shelter more than 41,000 believers. On this occasion, in the dialogue with the Emirati interlocutors, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned the ethnic and religious diversity in the United Arab Emirates and appreciated the efforts carried out by the UAE authorities to integrate the religious minorities of this country. In the context of a discussion about the exhibit regarding the 99 names of Allah, written calligraphically in kufic by the known Emirati calligrapher Emirati Mohammad Mandi Al Tamimi, the Romanian Prime Minister stated that in Romania, predominantly in the Dobrogea area, yet not only there, the religious communities have been living in peace and understanding for hundreds of years. As regards the Muslim community in Romania, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă specified that in Romania, the Muslim community dates back to the 13th century and has always benefited from religious freedom, being fully dedicated to living peacefully together with the Christian majority and the other religious minorities in Romania, based on joint understanding and mutual respect. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation On the working visit to the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. The Romanian Prime Minister highlighted that there is a great growth potential of bilateral trade exchanges and the fact that Romania gives priority to long term economic cooperation with the United Arab Emirates within some projects of interest, such as: industrial and civil engineering, technological transfer, agriculture and food security, use of nuclear energy and green non-conventional energy, defence and IT. The Head of the Romanian Executive stated at the same time that Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. The Romanian side will sustain an ambitious economic policy agenda, which will have as priorities, speeding up demarches with a view to concluding free trade agreements with important regions like the Gulf area. Both Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem expressed their willigness to strengthen relations between business sectors of the two states, emphasis being put on sectorial cooperation in fields such as: energy, agriculture, investment, critical infrastructure security, tourim and emergencies. In this respect, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă underlined that an array of legislative initiatives were adopted internally, such as: the new law of public - private partnership designed to foster the development of large - scale strategic projects, in the near future. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem also discussed about establishing a comprehensive economic partnership between the Romanian Government and the UAE Government, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, cooperation between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council and about the situation in the Gulf area. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum During the working visit to UAE, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Romanian Government delegation attending the talks included the Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea. Minister of Interior H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for International Co-operation, Managing Director for the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Committee Reem Al Hashemi and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dubai Ports World Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem were presented at the meeting. During the meeting, the state of bilateral relations was assessed as well as the progress in strengthening the economic and sectorial cooperation between Romania and the United Arab Emirates, following the first session of the Joint Cooperation Committee between the Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates held in Bucharest, on April 16-17, 2018. Emphasis was placed on the joint interest in developing the overall bilateral relationship, through identifying new business opportunities and joint cooperation projects. The Head of the Romanian Executive stated that the United Arab Emirates holds an important absorption potential of certain Romanian products and can become important suppliers of investments in areas of interest for the Romanian economy. The Romanian official also mentioned Romania's main investment advantages and encouraged the UAE companies to participate in auctions organized by Romanian authorities for projects financed through ongoing operational programmes, and also to participate in investment projects carried out in public - private partnership. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced her satisfaction for the positive development in the Romania - UAE relations. In this context, Prime Minister expressed her firm belief that the two states will sign in the near future the Joint Declaration on establishing a comprehensive economic partnership between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, which will contribute to ensuring a harmonious development, on pragmatic bases, of the Romania - UAE relations. Talks also occasioned an exchange of opinions on topics of interest of the international and regional agenda, with emphasis on recent developments in the Middle East. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă underscored that Romania as a state that will take over the presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019, will continue to attach special importance to the Southern Neighborhood of the European Union, while at the same time promoting the political settlement of the Middle East and North Africa disputes. The Head of the Romanian Executive reiterated Romanias support for the reconciliation of the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a very important organization for the regional security architecture. 2018-10-18 13:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-10-17_at_13.19.42.jpegVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la AnkaraȘtiri din 15.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-ankaraPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioğlu On the official visit paid today to Ankara, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioğlu. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed the dynamic economic cooperation between Romania and Turkey, which is the priority axis of the Strategic Partnership. The Head of the Executive remarked the bilateral exchanges data, which place Turkey as the main trade partner of Romania outside the EU, the 5th partner at global level, and the 3rd investor in terms of the number of companies operating in Romania. Bilateral exchanges have known an upward trend in the past years, with their annual level exceeding the 5-billion-euro threshold at the end of 2017, with the prospect of even exceeding this threshold, based on the indicators for 2018. Moreover, at the same meeting, the possibilities of capitalizing on the bilateral exchanges potential, in fields of common interest were also analyzed. The two parties also hailed the dynamic of the sectoral dialogue, which takes place at different levels, between the representatives of the business sector in Romania and Turkey. The organisation, by the end of 2018, of the 27th meeting of the joint inter-governmental committee for economic cooperation and of the Businessmen Forum will give a new dynamics to the economic relations. It was also underlined the positive experience of cooperation between Romania and Turkey, in implementing common projects at the Black Sea, under the joint operational programme Black Sea Basin. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the incumbent Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Levent Gok On the occasion of the official visit to Ankara, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Levent Gok. The Romanian Prime Minister also voiced appreciation for the excellent cooperation existing at parliamentary level, both at bilateral level and under the trilateral strategic dialogue with Poland, and she emphasized the importance of the constant and consistent dialogue at this level on strategic issues. The development of cooperation on topics of common interest on the bilateral agenda was analyzed as well as the prospects for strengthening the Strategic Partnership, with an emphasis on the economic relations and cooperation in the security field, which are the main pillars of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Turkey. The two interlocutors analyzed the recent developments of the security challenges in the Black Sea region and the common actions taken to ensure security and stability in the area, as well as the prospects for future action. Prime Minister of Romania voiced appreciation for Turkey's contribution in managing the migration issue, in line with EU - Turkey Agreement, and reiterated Romania constant support for Turkeys European track. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan [Check against delivery] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: Distinguished Prime Minister, Ministers, representatives of the media, I wholeheartedly welcome you! I am very pleased to host Prime Minister of Romania, Mrs. Viorica Dancila, Prime Minister of a friend and ally country Romania. This year, 2018, Turkey and Romania are celebrating 140 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. Starting 2011, our relations are at the level of strategic partnership. The friendship between our countries is the result of cultural exchanges and relations between our nations. I had the opportunity of a very fruitful discussion with the distinguished Prime Minister, Mrs. Dancila about economy, security, combating terrorism and not only. We have started with a bilateral meeting where we discussed our next steps to further develop our cooperation in the immediate future. The most important aspect of our close relations with Romania is cooperation in the field of security. We want the cooperation we had until today with the Romanian authorities against terrorist organisations carrying out activities against our country, to continue. We shall never forget the support granted to us by Romania during the attempt of coup detat of July 15 and we will maintain a close connection with all the Romanian authorities, to support each other and to take all the necessary steps against the persons and institutions in Romania having connections with the FETO organisation. The economic and commercial relations obviously represent the most important level of our relations. In 2017, we had a trade figure of approximately 6 billion US dollars and we want very much to increase this figure even more this year. Our target is to reach 10 billion US dollars in trade exchanges. Of course that, due to the steps that we are taking in common, we can reach this target. The commercial figures in the first eight months of 2018 increased by 23 per cent, compared with the same interval last year, which is why we will continue to work very hard to reach the 10 billion US dollars target. Together with the other third countries involved, we have investments in Romania worth 7 billion US dollars, which were made by Turkish companies. In Romania, there are more than 15,000 Turkish companies that carry out activities in a wide range of domains, from the banking sector to mass media, from constructions to the production of various products. Of course that we will continue to support in the future too the investors who are making investments in Romania and the other way around. At the same time, we invite our Romanian friends to come and make investments in Turkey. At the same time, due to the alliance we have with Romania within NATO, we are grateful for the support that Romania granted to us. On the occasion of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union that Romania will hold in the near future, this will also be an opportunity for us. Dear Madam Prime Minister, I am very happy to see that before taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, you preferred to visit our country and I am very pleased with this fact. Either at the bilateral meeting, or at the talks between the two delegations, we managed to closely discuss all subjects which are of interest for both parties. I can say that more than 15,000 of our citizens and more than 70,000 citizens from the community created by our relatives are living in peace and welfare in Romania, for which we are grateful. We wish from the bottom of our heart that Romania will become a good example for other countries too. And I want to underline on this occasion that the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre in Romania and the Dimitrie Cantemir Romanian Cultural Centre in Istanbul are both helping with developing even more our cultural relations. At the same time, the TIKA Agency, which carries out its activity in Bucharest together with the Romanian authorities, carries out activities in the education, culture, healthcare and sports fields, where it signs very important projects. God willing, in the near future, we hope to continue even more to develop our relations over the next period. Distinguished Prime Minister, thank you for this visit. I am sure that our relations will continue to develop even more in the future. Thank you once again. I give the floor to Madam Prime Minister. Thank you! Viorica Dancila: Thank you, dear Prime Minister Erdoğan for the warm welcome I was given in Ankara. It is a pleasure to be in Turkey to mark the anniversary of our long lasting friendship between our countries. This year marks 140 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Turkey and 80 years since upgrading the relations at the embassy level. The year 2018 is, at the same time, an important year for Romania, in which we celebrate the Greater Union Centennial and I would like to thank the Turkish side, because this important event for Romanians was symbolically marked on Turkish soil by planting 100 olive trees in the Turkey-Romania Peace and Friendship Park, near Izmir. Our dialogue today was fruitful. We reviewed the coordinates of the strategic partnership between our countries, which dates back from 2011. The cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Turkey is at a very high level, being characterised by trust, mutual support and being based on common values and interests. There is a permanent dialogue between the Romanian and Turkish authorities, both in a bilateral format and in regional framework, but also on the multilateral dimension. We cooperate on security and defence areas, as well as at the level of business environment, the academia, university and cultural level. We also reviewed the level of commercial exchanges between our countries, which has known an upward trend. In 2017, the value of Turkish-Romanian commercial exchanges stood at 5.1 billion euro and a significant increase compared to the same period of last year was recorded in the first two months of this year. There is still a huge potential that must be capitalized on. The cooperation between Romania and Turkey as NATO member states, takes place at very good parameters. Our countries share security preoccupations and interests and actively cooperate at bilateral and allied level with a view to promoting the shared objectives and identifying the appropriate responses to the current challenges. Our dialogue is honest and open, which fosters a better mutual understanding and identification of the common points. We are committed to further deepening the dialogue and cooperation in this area. I have conveyed to President Erdogan that Romania will continue to support the European track of the Republic of Turkey. We commend Turkeys undeniable contribution to the European security and I take this opportunity to convey words of appreciation for Turkeys efforts in managing migration, by hosting a large number of refugees on its territory. Romania and Turkey proved their capacity to successfully carry out common projects within the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme. We want for this cooperation to further expand, to the benefit of our citizens. I have conveyed to Mr. President our wish to take advantage of all the opportunities existing at the Black Sea regional level, in order to ensure economic growth, stability and security in this region. I am glad to notice that the strategic partnership between our countries is solid, has a great development potential further on, especially as both sides have the willigness to consolidate it. The signing on this visit of cooperation document is a clear proof in this respect. I would like to thank once again President Erdogan for his welcome today and for our discussions. 2018-10-15 17:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-10-15_at_20.02.46.jpegParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Comitetul Naţional pentru Situaţii Speciale de Urgenţă, întrunit astăzi, la Ciolpani, în cadrul simulării naționale „Seism 2018”Știri din 13.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-13 15:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_5415.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea programelor guvernamentale „Investește în tine” și ”Sprijin pentru industria cinematografică”Știri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participated-in-the-launch-of-the-governmental-programmes-quot-invest-in-yourself-and-quot-support-for-the-cinema-industryThe governmental programmes: : - Invest in yourself and - Support for the cinema industry reached the implementation stage Victoria Palace hosted today the launch ceremony of the governmental programmes: - Invest in yourself and - Support for the cinema industry, event attended by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. On this occasion, guarantee and payment documents for unfolding the programme: - Invest in yourself were signed and the session of applications for obtaining the funding for cinema productions was opened. - Implementing these programmes will have both economic and social benefits: creation of better paid jobs and attraction of investment projects with big added value stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, underlining the potential of these two governmental programmes to strengthen Romania as an attractive destination for the business environment. The launch of the programme - Invest in yourself and the signing of the documents necessary for its unfolding represent a perspective open to young people and active persons to ensure funding to improve their professional training or for access to different healthcare services and sports activities. Starting October 15, all interested will be able to take loans with interest covered by the state budget, and for the loans contracted, the study years will represent the grace period for this type of financing. Starting October 15, young people aged between 16 and 26 may contract to this end loans up to 40,000 lei, and people aged between 26 and 55 can take loans up to 35,000 lei. If the one who applies for a loan is an employee, he can benefit from an extra 20,000 lei. Through the second governmental programme that reaches today the implementation stage, Support for the cinema industry, film producers can apply for state-guaranteed funding for Romanian and foreign films produced in Romania. Applications can be submitted as of October 12. With an earmarked budget of 50 million euros per year, this governmental programme, thought after a model that proved successful for the American film industry, is announced to be Europes most attractive state aid scheme for cinema. By encouraging the private initiative in the field of cinema and film production made in Romania, the programme will also contribute to the promotion of our country as a tourist destination and the promotion of Romanian values, history and traditions internationally, including in the context of the Centennial Year. As of tomorrow, film makers may apply for state-guaranteed funding for Romanian and foreign productions made in our country. The projects will be selected by a commission of Romanian and foreign professionals comprising: Dan Piţa, director and screenwriter, Adrian Titieni, actor, PhD professor, honorary president of UNATC, Kevin Dillon, actor, Sterian Alexandru, doctor of cinematography, and Stan McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Cinema productions to be selected in the programme will receive state aid worth between EUR 100,000 and EUR 10 million, money from which it will be possible to cover up to 45% of the eligible costs for the production of films made in Romania and that promote our country, respectively up to 35% of the total eligible costs for the development of film projects and film production in Romania. The two government programmes are implemented and monitored by the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis. 2018-10-11 19:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_5043.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu ambasadorul Sultanatului Oman în România, domnul Ahmed bin Salim bin Mohamed BaomarȘtiri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomes-the-ambassador-of-the-sultanate-of-oman-to-romania-mr-ahmed-bin-salim-bin-mohamed-baomarPrime Minister Viorica Dancilă welcomed today, October 11, 2018, the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Romania, H.E. Mr. Ahmed bin Salim bin Mohamed Baomar, on a presentation visit. The Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the high level of the bilateral political relations and underlined the both sides' political willigness to boost economic, sectoral and investment cooperation. The two officials referred to the usefulness of creating new cooperation platforms at governmental level and of the two business communities conducive to the development of joint cooperation projects in various areas of interest, with emphasis on agriculture and energy. At the close of the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Romania also had an exchange of views on regional affairs of common interest. 2018-10-11 18:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-11-06-49-46big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Adunării Parlamentare a Republicii Coreea, domnul Moon Hee-sangȘtiri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-the-speaker-of-the-general-assembly-of-the-republic-of-korea-mr-moon-hee-sangToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the Speaker of the General Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Moon Hee-sang. The talks took place in a cordial atmosphere, touched upon a large array of topics on the agenda of bilateral relations. Prime Minister hailed the visit of the senior Korean official, which confirms the positive dynamics of the bilateral political dialogue, both at governmental and parliamentary level. The Head of the Executive highlighted the special attention that the Romanian Government attaches to the implementation of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea, concluded in the year 2008, in all the priority fields, with emphasis on the promotion of economic cooperation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also voiced interest in the materialization of investment projects of South Korean companies in Romania. In this context, she showed that, on the one hand, the high growth pace of the Romanian economy, the attractiveness of the investment environment and, on the other hand, the expanding economy of the Republic of Korea, as well as the favourable framework offered by the Free Trade Agreement between the UE and the Republic of Korea creates opportunities for an enhanced cooperation at commercial and investment level. The Head of the Executive also highlighted the good cooperation existing between the two states in the multilateral forums, voicing appreciation for the support that the Republic of Korea grants to the Romanian candidacy for OECD membership. Moreover, in the context of the future presidency of the Council of the EU to be held by Romania next year, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed Romanias commitment to strengthening cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Korea. The Speaker of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Republic of Korea is currently paying a visit to Romania over October 10-13, at the invitation of the Romanian Senate President, in the context of the 10th anniversary since the conclusion of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea. Romania was the first country in the EU that established relations at this level with the Republic of Korea on September 8, 2008. The Republic of Korea was the first state in Asia with which our country established partnership relations and remains, until today, the only strategic partner of Romania in Asia. 2018-10-11 18:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4815.jpgPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă: Suntem angajați să asigurăm o Președinție eficientă și pragmatică a Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-are-committed-to-ensuring-an-efficient-and-pragmatic-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionPrime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Victoria Palace, the Secretary - General of the European Commission Martin Selmayr and Clara Martinez Alberola, Head of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. The senior European officials are in Bucharest, on a visit which is traditionally paid to the Member State that is preparing to take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The visit is part of the Romanian Government's dense calendar of dialogue with its European partners, Member States or European institutions, in the second semester of this year. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reviewed the advanced state of the internal preparedness process of the future Presidency of the Council of the European Union which Romania will exercise in the first six months of next year, and voiced appreciation for the support granted by the European Commission. On this occasion, the Head of the Executive reaffirmed Romania's commitment to ensure an efficient and pragmatic Presidency of the Council of the European Union, capable of responding to the challenges the Union is facing in this period. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reminded the objective undertaken by Romania, to put the European citizen at the forefront of its activity, during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, in a coherent effort to meet, through the results we will obtain, the expectations of over 500 million EU inhabitants. Prime Minister also underlined the need of maintaining the unity of member states, idea which can also be found in the motto of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU: Cohesion, a common European value. During the talks, the particular context in which Romania will exercise its mandate, was evoked, the dynamic of which will be marked by the debate on the future of Europe, the organization of elections for the European Parliament in May 2019, Great Britain's exit from the European Union, and the negotiations on the new multiannual financial framework. During the meeting, the Secretary - General of the European Commission Martin Selmayr and Clara Martinez Alberola, Head of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker voiced appreciation for the preparations made at Government level to takeover and exercise the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister's meeting with the senior European officials was followed by a meeting of the Cabinet members, on the preparation of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to which the European officials were invited to participate. During this meeting and throughout the talks which followed as part of the series of separate meetings of the European Commission's representatives with some of the Romanian Cabinet members, the main European dossiers were addressed, which will be found on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 2018-10-11 17:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4669.jpgGuvernul României omagiază memoria victimelor HolocaustuluiȘtiri din 09.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-romanian-government-pays-tribute-to-the-memory-of-the-holocaust-victimsAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the events dedicated to the National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust Viorica Dancila: Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests, We are commemorating today one of the tragic moments in our country's history. October 9 marks starting 2004, the National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust in Romania. On this occasion, I want to pay homage to the memory of the Holocaust victims, this tragic episode is part of the Romanian collective memory that we are all dutybound to remember. It is a sad day in which we recall the image of the families and generations who perished, the destinies that were destroyed, the entire missing communities. At the same time, we remember the importance and symbolism of those who were righteous among the nations, and who, in the darkest moments of history, forgot about themselves, in order to lend a helping hand to their neighbor, friend, colleague, and the man beside them. Over seven decades since this tragic moment of our mutual history, there are few survivors among us who can bear witness to the past. Unfortunately, at the beginning of this year, one of the voices of memory passed away: writer Aharon Appelfeld, a Bukovina and Transnistria Holocaust survivor. The testimonies of the Holocaust survivors have an extremely important role in the fight against intolerance, discrimination and exclusion of any kind. The legacy left to us by the Holocaust survivors needs to be passed on to each generation. It is our duty to never forget what happened. My participation, alongside distinguished guests, in a solemn event like the one today, confirms the dimension of the moral obligation which lies with all of us to make all efforts in order to counter any sort of anti-Semitic, xenophobic manifestation and to prevent such tragedies from ever taking place. The significant efforts that Romania has made lately in assuming the past, condemning the Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism have resulted in an approach at the forefront of social and political life, in the spirit of respect for historical truth. In recent years, Romania has taken a number of important steps to support the Holocaust study so that younger generations discover the truth about this dramatic page of history. I would like to emphasize that the Romanian legislation has very clear provisions, condemning the denial of the Holocaust and incitement to anti-Semitism. In June 2018, the Romanian Parliament passed a special law on combating anti-Semitism. Thus, anti-Semitism was defined in terms used by the International Holocaust Memory Alliance. The adoption of this law is Romanias commitment to the fight against antisemitism and any manifestations of racism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and intolerance. In the same line, the Romanian Government supports the strengthening of the efforts to include in curricula the issues related to the genocide of the Roma during the Second World War and to ensure decent social conditions to the last Roma survivors of deportations in Transnistria. I would also like to recall the full involvement of the Romanian Government in the project of a Holocaust museum in Bucharest. As Prime Minister of Romania, I will continue to support any activity or initiative designed to promote coexistence in a climate of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as Romanias participation as a democratic state in the joint action of combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Moreover, during this period of intense consultation to establish the programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we are preoccupied that when we are talking about Europe of shared values, these fundamental rights and freedoms, as well as combating discrimination, are among the objectives of our mandate. Thank you! *** A commemorative event, paying homage to the memory of the Holocaust victims in Romania and worldwide was organized on Tuesday in Krakow, Poland, by the RomanianGovernment , through State Advisor Dana Varga and the Civic Union of Young Roma from Romania. On the occasion of the national commemorative day of October 9, the Government expresses its solidarity with the victims of the tragic events during World War II in the concentration camps. The event in Poland aims to bring to the attention of society the consequences of the genocide committed by the Nazi regime, including on Roma citizens, and was organized with the participation of forty students belonging to this ethnic group, as well as sociologists, historians, university professors and Roma representatives from state institutions. The events commemorating the Holocaust victims remind us of the suffering endured by our fellow beings, mostly Jews, but also Roma and other minorities, the devastating consequences of racial hatred and the danger of extremist ideologies. It is our moral duty to make sure that such atrocities shall never occur again, to understand that the rights, the fundamental freedoms of the citizens and the respect for the fellow people are the basis of the evolution of a democratic society, emphasized State Advisor Dana Varga. 2018-10-09 13:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_3652.jpgDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Bucharest Forum 2018, organizat de Fundația Aspen RomâniaȘtiri din 09.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-bucharest-forum-2018-organized-by-aspen-institute-romaniaViorica Dăncilă: Thank you for the invitation to this prestigious event, already known in the international forums. We are currently in an international and European context marked by accelerated transformations. We are a state that attained its national objectives, of returning to Europe, to whose tradition we also belong. We are an ally of which strategic security and safety are guaranteed within NATO. We must nevertheless focus on our external objectives for the next historical stage. I will try to refer to some future elements which we could see established around the idea of enhanced cohesion: first of all, an enhanced cohesion nationwide, regarding the general interest and the functioning of state institutions, in terms of prosperity and access to opportunities for every citizen and in the interest of a balanced economic development among regions and a more diversified one at national level. I am also considering social cohesion in the European sense. Naturally, beyond these, we should be preoccupied over the next period, with European convergence. We are in full debate on the future of the EU project. In particular, we are a Member State that will takeover soon a mandate of unprecedented importance and responsibility as President of the Council of the European Union. Romania can fulfill an European role, in accordance with its real share and potential in the Union. It is about the participation in an advanced European process based on the fundamental idea of European cohesion and unity. Romania is a pro-European state and society. The EU future is a topic of national interest for us, and this is why we are fully committed, with all energy, to it. Romania's takeover of the presidency of the Council of the EU is favorably part of a maturity period of our European dimension. We will invest our experience in consistent priorities, for the citizen's benefit, as primary beneficiary of the European project. There was adopted a first version of the topics of interest of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, which was developed based on a process of institutional consultation and with social actors. These are correlated with the legislative agenda of the Council of the European Union. The four pillars of action aim at ensuring a sustainable and fair growth for all Member States through increased convergence, cohesion, innovation, digitization and connectivity. Maintaining a secure Europe, strengthening the EUs global role and promoting common values. Reharding the reflection process on the future of the European Union, the main event of our agenda will be the Summit in Sibiu. The upcoming spring will be dynamic amid future European elections and Brexit. We must have the capacity to observe our commitments. Romania will focus on developments that foster the further motivation of the Western Balkan States to engage irreversibly on the path of European integration. Particular attention will be extended to the Eastern neighborhood, especially in the context of the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Eastern Partnership. For us, equally important is the consecration of the Black Sea region on the European Unions agenda, but also of the Danube Strategy. Emphasis will be put on concrete projects and initiatives to bring added value, clear to communities and citizens in these areas. Not only will Romania have an increased responsibility in the first semester of 2019. In the context of complex global developments, the European Union itself has an increased international responsibility. We want through the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to contribute to assuming it as a priority. I am convinced that the key of our future further remains in unity and cohesion. Moreover, the motto of the Romanian Presidency is Cohesion, a shared European value. Thank you very much, and good luck to this forum! 2018-10-09 12:47:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_3283.jpgPrimirea domnului Dominique de Villepin, prim-ministru al Republicii Franceze în perioada 2005-2007, de către prim-ministrul României, doamna Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 08.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-at-victoria-palace-the-former-french-prime-minister-dominique-de-villepinToday, October 8, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed at Victoria Palace the former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who is currently carrying out activities in international consultancy. Dominique de Villepin is attending the seventh edition of the Bucharest Forum, organized by the Aspen Romania Institute from 8 to 10 October 2018. During the talks, topical issues were addressed such as: organizing Romania-France Season, bilateral project of major importance for both countries, comprising actions in both the cultural and economic field.The Romanian-French economic and commercial ties were also on the talks agenda. Topics of interest on the European agenda and in particular the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union were also discussed. 2018-10-08 12:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_2738.jpgAna Birchall: Republica Moldova poate conta pe sprijinul României pentru integrarea europeană și euro-atlanticăȘtiri din 08.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/ana-birchall-the-republic-of-moldova-can-count-on-romania-s-support-for-the-european-and-the-euro-atlantic-integrationVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall had Monday, in Bucharest, a meeting with the Vice Prime Minister for Reintegration of the Republic of Moldova Cristina Lesnic. In this context, the Romanian official reiterated Romania's firm commitment to the advancement of the European journey of the Republic of Moldova, in line with the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the Republic of Moldova for the European integration of the Republic of Moldova. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall outlined the importance of continuing the democratic and profound economic reform process and mobilising the efforts in the direction of implementing the provisions of Moldova - European Union Association Agreement. - Romania proved consistency in its commitment to supporting the European integration of the Republic of Moldova. I voice my hope that the ideal of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Moldova will be achieved as soon as possible, as an extra proof of the irreversibility of the path towards a consolidated democracy and Republic of Moldova's membership of the great European family, stated Ana Birchall. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall voiced interest for implementing the ongoing bilateral cooperation projects regarding the relation with the Republic of Moldova, with a view to generating direct benefits for improving the Moldovan citizens lives. Furthermore, the two dignitaries exchanged views on the developments related to the conflict settlement process in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall highlighted Romanias support for the comprehensive, peaceful and sustainable settlement of the conflict in the Transnistrian region, with the observance of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, within its internationally recognized borders. 2018-10-08 12:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_2905.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Festivalul Internațional al Viei și Vinului ”Bachus”Știri din 06.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-06 15:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-06-04-01-17big_1.jpegParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la votul pentru referendumȘtiri din 06.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-casts-her-ballot-in-the-referendumStatements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila following her vote in the referendum Viorica Dancila: Consulting citizens is the essence of democracy. It is the civic duty of each of us to express our opinion in relation to important topics for society. The family topic is an important one for us all. I have voted for the values in which I believe. Thank you. Reporter: Why did you come to vote so early? Viorica Dancila: I have come early because I am leaving for Focsani. It is an event there and I want to attend it. Yes, I talked to Mr. President Liviu Dragnea and he will also come to vote, perhaps, a bit later. Reporter: Do you have (...)? Viorica Dancila: I think it is our civic duty to express our point of view. This consultation is as aforementioned, the expression of democracy, and I think that each of us is dutybound to express ourselves one way or other. Thank you very much. Reporter: What has changed from 2015 onwards, as in 2015, you did agree with the Panzeri Report.... Viorica Dancila: Thank you. Reporter: ...for the legalization of marriages? Viorica Dancila: Thank you. 2018-10-06 11:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-10-06_at_09.41.02.jpegPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Vreau să ne asigurăm că până la sfârșitul anului vor fi terminate lucrările de refacere a obiectivelor de apărare împotriva inundațiilorȘtiri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-05 15:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1538738993original_02_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, la Bacău: Monitorizăm cu atenție execuția lucrărilor de refacere a obiectivelor afectate de inundațiiȘtiri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-are-carefully-monitoring-the-execution-of-the-restoration-works-to-flood-hit-landmarksPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has inspected the stage of the works to the investment landmarkRegularization of Slănic riverbed - in the area of ​​Targu Ocna and Slănic Moldova localities, Bacau county. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Waters and Forests, Ioan Deneş, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Transport Minister Lucian Şova, and the Deputy Director General of the Romanian Waters Dorel Dume, presented on the ground the state of execution, the technical characteristics, the purpose and other details related to this objective. We carefully monitor the execution phase for restoring the landmarks destroyed or hit by floods during the summer. The Government has earmarked the necessary funds for their urgent restoration, so that peoples lives and assets and the social landmarks in the area no longer be endangered by floods during the rainy season of the year, stated the Head of the Executive. The investment is worth 3.9 million lei, it was approved by the Government, with urgent funding, by Government Decision 582/2018. The deadline for works completion is December 2018. The main credit release authority is the Ministry of Waters and Forests, and the contracting authority is the Romanian Water Administration through the Siret Water Basin Administration. Through this investment, the Slănic River bed will be arranged on a length of 1,135 linear meters (supporting wall, support beam, bottom sills). The investment is necessary because of the abundant rainfall in June-July 2018 in Bacău County, as well as because of the abundant leakage on the slopes, there have been increases in flows, which have involved large amounts of alluvial material, blocking the course of the Slănic River . Thus, the transport of alluvial material led to the destruction of the defense work on the Slănic Moldova - Targu Ocna sector, namely the destruction of the walls of the reinforced brick pear, the support beam and the bottom sills. This investment is needed because in the event of a new heavy rainfall, the work can be affected on a larger area compared to the current situation, involving substantially higher restoration costs and major collateral effects. The investment landmark Regularization of Slănic river bed - in the area of ​​Targu Ocna and Slănic Moldova localities, Bacau county, is opportune because the damage caused by the Slănic river, in the case of deterioration of bank defenses, can seriously affect the major access road to the tourist resort Slănic Moldova, the households in the adjacent area to the river banks, as well as the local and national tourist landmarks developed in the area. 2018-10-05 11:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-05-11-54-00big_06_resize.jpgPRECIZARE DE PRESĂ Știri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/point-of-information1538756503Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan firmly refutes the accusations that one of his cabinet employees would have been subject of a probe of the investigative bodies on grounds of having received undue benefits. None of my collaborators has received undue benefits or has been involved in any proceedings of the investigative bodies Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan emphasized. 2018-10-05 10:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-05-11-01-37big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Mondiale a ProfesoruluiȘtiri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-05 09:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-05-09-08-54big_sigla_guvern.pngIntervenția premierului Viorica Dăncilă în plenul Parlamentului EuropeanȘtiri din 03.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-intervention-in-the-plenary-of-the-european-parliamentDear members of the European Parliament, On behalf of Romania, I thank you for the invitation. I start by clarifying that I didn't come to account anyone. I came here because I appreciate and respect you and I demand the same valuing and respect for the Romanian people I represent. I start with an essential question: Who do we want to build a viable justice system in Romania for? For MCV? For the institutions? For magistrates? For politicians? Obviously NOT! We need to have a fair justice for the citizens! They are the first to benefit of the measures in the European Parliament or in the national parliaments! Citizens must be the start to any discussion! Justice must be a guarantee that laws and citizenship rights are respected, and whoever breaks them will be sanctioned! It is legitimate to ask ourselves: in what way did MCV defend Romanian citizens for the serious violation of their rights? MCV reports have been a lot about institutions, magistrate appointments, anti-corruption struggle. It is very good! But I have not seen anything about human rights violations, classified protocols between intelligence services and justice institutions. Based on these protocols, millions of Romanians were under the surveillance of intelligence services in the name of the anti-corruption fight. There are court rulings showing how evidence has been falsified, how the transcripts of interceptions have been modified to create guilt, or how witnesses have been blackmailed to file a lying testimony. Nothing about these things in the MCV reports. This means that this mechanism missed its initial purpose. And I officially demand to be told who wrote the MCV reports, who provided the data and, unintentionally or in bad faith, omitted, these inconceivable realities in the European Union! If we are honest, these serious abuses must be the base to our discussion because they take place in the European Union. The Venice Commission said that - in the Soviet system, the prosecutors office was a powerful means of controlling the judiciary. Over the last 4 years, over 3,000 magistrates have been investigated by NAD. In fact, half of the magistrates in Romania have had files for years, through which they have probably been influenced to provide solutions established outside the courtroom. Im not just saying this myself, it's what the magistrates' associations in Romania say with great concern too. Through these counterfeit cases, the office of judge of the Constitutional Court, a vice-president of the Superior Council of Magistracy, four judges of the High Court, several judges of higher courts, a general prosecutor, a chief of the higher prosecutors office were canceled. Finally, they were all acquitted or the files were sorted out. But they were all removed! The new laws of justice give judges independence. No political decision-maker intervenes in appointing and revoking judges. Independence is total, but not limited. And you make sure we have good faith and we will take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission. There is still a good part of this meeting. Today we all informed you officially about the abuses in Romania. From now on, we can't ignore these things anymore. There will be no talk of justice in Romania without talking about these abuses unless there is a political game with no connection to justice. Ask yourselves why were these things hidden from you! Why didn't they tell you anything if everything was legitimate and legal? Ask yourselves these questions before picking up the stone against Romania. About the 10th of August rally I will only say a few words. I see the Romanian Gendarmerie being accused of having intervened in an unauthorized rally against violent demonstrators who have tried to occupy the Government building. I did not see the same position towards the last week's event in Brussels or other rallies in France, Spain, Germany, Britain, when the law enforcement agencies intervened with exactly the same means and the same procedures as those used in Romania. I can't accept in any way that the Romanian Gendarmerie is accused of actions and procedures practiced all over Europe! Finally, I ask you the following: Do not forbid Romania what is allowed in other states of the Union and do not allow to happen in Romania unacceptable things in other member states! We want to be your partner, but to be equal partners. No one will ever be able to turn Romania out of its European path. Thank you! 2018-10-03 11:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_09_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Parlamentului European, Antonio TajaniȘtiri din 03.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-parliament-antonio-tajani1538569125Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani in Strasbourg. The talks focused on aspects pertaining to the preparation and exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019. Prime Minister reaffirmed her commitment and that of the Romanian Government for ensuring a good preparation of the Romanian Presidency as well as for consolidating the European project. Prime Minister also highlighted the fact that the European Parliament is an essential partner for Romania, in the preparedness of its tenure, and plays an important role in deepening the European construction and in bringing the citizens closer to the Union's institutions. At the same time, the two officials had a constructive discussion about the justice reforms achieved in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed that the amendments to the justice laws pursue the alignment to European legislation and were made in full transparency and dialogue with European partners, including the Venice Commission. In this context, the Prime Minister reconfirmed her openness for continuing the dialogue with this institution. Moreover, the Head of the Executive also brought up the topic of the secret protocols concluded between the intelligence services and various judicial institutions of Romania, pointing out that, for Romanian Government, the observance of the citizens rights is a constant preoccupation. 2018-10-03 09:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_9f121b95-311b-42af-91a7-ebd967e7e2dd.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu prim-vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Frans TimmermansȘtiri din 02.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-first-vice-president-of-the-european-commission-frans-timmermans1538553165Press release On the occasion of the visit to Strasbourg, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. Also attending the meeting were Ministers Rovana Plumb and Tudorel Toader, as well as MEP Dan Nica. During the discussions held in a constructive atmosphere, topics of the European agenda as well as those that are currently debated in the European Parliament were addressed. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romanias intention to act in order to promote the European interest and to ensure a successful tenure that highlights the importance of unity and the avoidance of divisions at European level. Prime Minister voiced a wish for the European Parliaments tomorrows debate to be both reasoning-based and constructive. The Romanian official reiterated support for the legislative priorities that the European Commission recently presented. Prime Minister welcomed the dialogue with the European Commission and emphasised the need for close coordination between Romania and the European Commission during Romanias presidency of the Council of the European Union to the interest of all, for strengthening the European project. During the meeting , aspects regarding the amendments to the justice laws in Romania, the secret protocols between the intelligence services and the various judicial bodies in Romania were also approached. As regards the developments in the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism, aspects related to the assessments included in the reports were discussed, with the Prime Minister highlighting that they do not fully reflect the reality on the ground. Prime Minister reiterated openness to continuing the consultations with the Venice Commission. 2018-10-02 21:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-02-09-29-36big_01_resize.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a negociatorului-șef al Uniunii Europene privind Brexit, Michel BarnierȘtiri din 02.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-today-a-meeting-with-the-eu-s-chief-brexit-negotiator-michel-barnierThe dialogue between the two oficials has focused on the state of negotiations between the European Union and UK, and has highlighted the very good level of cooperation between the Romanian authorities and the taskforce led by Michel Barnier, especially in view of Romania's takeover of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has given assurances regarding Romanias support to the Chief Negotiator for the fulfillment of his mandate . She has reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the unity of the 27 Member States around the fundamental principles governing the negotiation process and the guidelines adopted by the European Council. The Romanian senior official has emphasized that Romania treats the Brexit dossier with particular attention in view of the significant Romanian community in the UK. She has indicated that Romania has started its preparations internally since the start of the negotiation process, in March 2017, an inter-ministerial mechanism on the Brexit issue has been set up in this respect. Prime Minister has shown that Romania is ready to manage any possible scenario of the negotiations. The Head of the Executive has also expressed her appreciation for the progress made so far in the negotiations, especially as regards the chapter on citizens' rights. The Romanian senior official has underlined the need to guarantee these rights, showing that Romania will continue to carefully follow the way in which the provisions of the Agreement are implemented so that all Romanian citizens residing in the UK can continue to live, work and study in the same conditions as before. With respect to future relations between the European Union and the UK, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has reiterated the importance of maintaining a close relationship between the two sides, indicating that any agreement should be based on a balance between rights and obligations and should observe the EU's decision-making autonomy. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has stated that the subject of mobility represents a priority for the Romanian side and that the principles of reciprocity and non-discrimination must be fundamental pillars of the post-Brexit relationship with the UK. 2018-10-02 10:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-02-10-09-29big_1.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la CraiovaȘtiri din 01.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-craiovaAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the opening of the academic year, at the Faculty of Medicine, within the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova Viorica Dancila: Dear professors, ladies and gentlemen, dear students, I decided to be today alongside the students and professors of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy from Craiova, to convey a clear message of endorsement for the Romanian medical school, and appreciation for the work and commitment of doctors. The Romanian medical school is an elite one, and this faculty is one of the most appreciated institutions of this kind in Romania. This year, you celebrate your 20th anniversary and I wish you: Happy anniversary! It is the merit of the generations of students and professors who were here and who honored this institution through their work. It was a natural choice for me to be among you, those who come with the desire to do good to people, both through the knowledge that you will accumulate and the moral values ​​that you will share. You will work in a field of vital importance, essential for the country and for each of us. And the profession you have chosen is noble, as you have the mission to protect the life and health of people. Honorary audience, Our development as society should be thought around two pillars: healthcare and education. As Prime Minister, I approached healthcare and education as government priorities, both through the funds earmarked to the two fields, and through the promoted projects and policies.The medical field is facing problems accumulated for many years, either related to the hospitals infrastructure, insufficient funds, human resources or mentalities. This is why the current coalition and the Cabinet I am leading, are investing in healthcare. We appreciate the skill and dedication of doctors and their work should be fairly rewarded. As Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu mentioned, as of March 1, the incomes of doctors and nurses, EMTs, and drivers of ambulances grew consistently, with between 70 and 170 percent, compared to last year. On the unitary pay law, these categories benefit from wages at the level of 2022, and these categories of personnel in the medical system will benefit from gradual increases until 2022. Enforcing this measure means an important financial effort but which the Government deemed necessary for the professional motivation of doctors and to keep elites in the country. Other measure I have taken recently, on last week Cabinet meeting, was to increase the schooling figure for residency from 4,000 as it was in the previous academic year to 5,415 for the 2018 -2019 university year. We want to facilitate the access of young doctors on the labor market and to improve the access of patients to medical services, especially in the social areas and in the economic unprivileged areas. As I said, the doctor provides to the community but also the community has the responsibility to provide adequate conditions to safeguard lives. We have an important beginning. We are talking about the construction of new hospitals, upgrading hospital infrastructure, starting from the real needs of the population. We undertook through the programme for government, the construction of eight regional hospitals - Craiova, Timisoara, Targu - Mures, Constanta, Braila - Galati, Brasov, Cluj and Iasi. The projects of the regional hospitals in Craiova, Cluj and Iasi, are in an advanced preparation stage. I can give you assurances that Craiova Regional Hospital will have 800 beds and a modern concept which will provide patients a better mobility from a medical specialization to other, according to needs. I would like to thank local authorities in Dolj and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea for involvement and the fact that today, we have a project which will be surely achieved. Dear students, You are living one of the most beautiful and intense life periods when you establish your professional path and you accomplish your personality. You are tomorrow's professionals, those who will take care of the future generations' health, and who will preserve the values and identity of this people. We all know that switching to the responsibility of mature life is not easy. Probably some of you are already experiencing difficulties taking from the time you should give to study, but the more you will be determined to follow the path you have chosen, the greater your satisfaction. Your success is the success of the whole society. Romania needs you, needs to keep its healthcare professionals home. I am convinced that you have the strength and perseverance to build the careers you want and that you will acquire the skills to do the best. Much success in the new academic year! 2018-10-01 12:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big__axm7302-01.jpegMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale a Persoanelor VârstniceȘtiri din 01.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-01 08:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-01-08-59-55big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a cerut ministrului Eugen Teodorovici mecanisme corective pentru asigurarea unui tratament echitabil al contribuabililorȘtiri din 29.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-requested-minister-eugen-teodorovici-corrective-mechanisms-to-ensure-a-fair-treatment-of-taxpayers Prime Minister Viorica Dancila requested Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici the drawing up of a draft law to adjust some legal provisions in relation to the current situation and to introduce corrective measures to ensure a fair treatment of taxpayers, conducive to the increase in the attractiveness of the business environment in Romania. The main provisions of the draft law that will be brought to public debate by the Public Finance Ministry are: Until the end of the year, the administrative-territorial units can apply for loans, up to 450,000 thousand lei, to finance the supply of thermal energy in the cold season. The administrative-territorial units may contract the loans only with the approval of the Local Loan Authorization Committee(CAIL), and only if at the time of submitting the documentation they do not present arrears to the previously contracted loans from the privatization proceeds. The documents for the loan contract will be submitted by November 29, 2018 to the regional directorates general of public finances / county authorities of public finances. ➢ Applying a unitary tax treatment for amounts accounted for in accordance with accounting regulations that comply with International Financial Reporting Standards as the basis for accounting, except for amounts arising from the inflation rate update. Inclusion of taxpayers who earn income on the basis of annual income or annual net earnings in the category of those who benefit from rebate at the payment of income tax and social contributions. Extending the application of the 5% reduced VAT rate to: - hotel accommodation, including camping; - restaurant and catering services, excluding alcoholic beverages other than beer; - use of sports facilities; - access to amusement parks and recreational parks. It sets March 15, 2019 as payment deadline for income tax, social security contribution and social health insurance contribution, for the tax differences and / or remaining contributions to be settled by annual tax decisions for 2014-2017. For the anticipated payment of the amounts established by the annual tax decisions, which aim at completing the annual tax on the incomes achieved by the individuals in 2017 and completing the social insurance contribution due by the individuals, for the period 2016-2017, a rebate is granted of 10% of these amounts if paid in full until December 15, 2018 including. It also sets June 30, 2019 as a payment deadline for the social health insurance contribution established by annual tax decisions for the completion of the social health insurance contribution due by individuals for the period 2014-2017. For the anticipated payment of the amounts established by tax decision for the completion of the social health insurance contribution due by individuals for the period 2014-2017, a 10% rebate of these amounts is granted if they are paid in full until March 31, 2019 including. Some provisions are introduced whereby the Ministry of Public Finance, as a state aid provider, at the issuance of legal commitments, can use the available budget credits for the entire validity period of the state aid schemes and not only for the period covered by the annual budget laws , respectively, the current year and three years later. Annually, by August 15, administrative / territorial units / subdivisions have to notify the Local Loan Authorization Authority within MFP(Public Finance Ministry) regarding the amounts authorized for the current year, the authorized amounts to be drawn by the end of the year, the amounts authorized as withdrawals for the current year that are being made available and reprogramming the draws for the coming years. In the event of non-compliance with this obligation, Local Loan Authorization Committee(CAIL)cancels the authorized amounts as withdrawals for the current year and not withdrawn until August 31. In 2018, the aforementioned deadlines are October 15 and 31, 2018. 2018-09-29 18:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-29-06-42-14big_stema.pngVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la BruxellesȘtiri din 25.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-brusselsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Guy Verhofstadt, the Chairman of the ALDE Group (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) in the European Parliament The schedule of the visit to Brussels of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila included a meeting with Mr. Guy Verhofstadt, the Chairman of the ALDE Group (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) in the European Parliament. Attending the talks were also the Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb and the MEPs Norica Nicolai and Dan Nica. During the talks, there were tackled the same topics that had been discussed with the leaders of the main groups in the European Parliament: Romanias political situation and the European agenda. As regards Romanias internal situation, the message sent was in line with the statements made during the previous meetings. Prime Minister reiterated the Governments commitment to observing European values and democratic principles. At the same time, she highlighted that the reforms introduced by the Romanian Government are exclusively in the interest of the citizens and were implemented in compliance with the current regulations and following an ample inter-institutional consultation, and with the European partners too. The talks ended with a presentation of the state of preparedness for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated in the meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament In continuation of the meetings held in Brussels with the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila participated today in the meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The Head of the Executive presented the Government's position regarding the political situation in Romania, showing that the main objective of the visit to Brussels is to discuss, understand and cooperate with European partners. Further on, the Prime Minister presented the measures adopted by Government to promote economic and social reforms. Viorica Dancila underlined that all these measures are especially aimed at the economic re-launch of Romania, achieving social justice, defence of the citizens rights and freedoms, and balance of powers in the state. At the same time, Prime Minister underlined the importance of the pro-European position of Romania and reaffirmed the Government's commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Treaties of the European Union, such as: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Regarding the reforms in the field of justice, Prime Minister pointed out that they aimed at a better calibration of the Romanian judicial system to the European practices and the recommendations of the Venice Commission. In addition, she highlighted that the procedure for reviewing the legislation on the organization of judiciary in Romania was transparent and subject to examination by the Constitutional Court, pointing out that the official evaluation of the Venice Commission is expected at this time. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă called for unity and solidarity between the EU Member States in the context of the debate on the future of Europe, the central theme of the Summit that Romania will host in Sibiu in 2019. If we start breaking Europe between left and right, we will immediately reach the differences between the North and the South, member states of the Eurozone or not, member states of the Schengen area or not, said the Head of the Executive. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also presented aspects pertaining to the August 10 protest demonstrations, adding that these are object to pending investigation. In this context, she mentioned that all persons are equal before the law. Prime Minister's remarks were followed by a session of debates. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Co-Chairs of the European Parliaments Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) Franziska Maria Keller and Philippe Lamberts Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with the Co-Chairs of the European Parliaments Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) Franziska Maria Keller and Philippe Lamberts. The talks were also attended by the European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb. The talks focused on the two coordinates already highlighted during the meetings yesterday with the political group leaders in the European Parliament, namely Romanias internal situation and the European agenda. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila briefly presented the political situation of Romania, in view of the debate which will be held in the European Parliament in early October. Prime Minister also presented the reform programme initiated by Romanian Government, showing that this is the result of an extensive process of transparent consultation and interinstitutional cooperation, at an internal level, as well as of a collaboration with the European partners. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed her entire availability for continuing the open dialogue with the European institutions. The discussions continued with a presentation of the state of preparations in view of Romania taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in January 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the European Peoples Party Group Manfred Weber Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the leader of the European Peoples Party Group, Manfred Weber. Attending the meeting were also the European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb and Romanian MEP Dan Nica. During the talks, the topical dossiers on the European agenda were approached, in view of taking over by Romania of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting next year. Prime Minister presented the state of the preparations carried out by the Bucharest authorities, giving assurances on the close cooperation with the European Parliament with a view to finalizing the legislative dossiers and ensuring a successful mandate. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has had an open exchange of opinions with her interlocutor regarding the situation in Romania, in the perspective of the debate due in the European Parliament in early October, emphasizing the availability of the Romanian Government and her own for an open dialogue with the representatives of the European institutions on all topics of interest. Prime Minister stated on this occasion the dedication of the Romanian Government to the democratic values and principles. At the same time, Prime Minister stated that the answer to the challenges the European project is currently facing can be found by showing solidarity among the Member States and not by creating new cleavages inside the Union. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Udo Bullmann Today, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Udo Bullmann.The meeting is part of the series of meetings that the Head of the Romanian Executive has these days in Brussels with leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament. The talks held in a cordial ambiance, reached a wide range of topics on Romanias domestic agenda, as well as on the European agenda. Thus, topics of interest were addressed in view of the debate regarding Romania, which will take place in the European Parliament, in early October. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the real situation of Romania, reconfirming the Governments commitment to European principles and values. Prime Minister also presented the reforms initiated by Romanian Government in priority areas for our country, showing that these were the results of a transparent interinstitutional cooperation and the European partners had also been consulted in drawing them up. With respect to the European agenda, the talks focused on the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed Romanias interest in ensuring a mandate that contributes to the cohesion of the European project, and to bringing the Union closer to the citizens. Attending the meeting, alongside Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was also MEP Dan Nica. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă is paying a working visit to Brussels on September 25-26, 2018, during which she will have a series of meetings with representatives of the political groups in the European Parliament, such as: the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, The Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) and The European Peoples Party group (EPP Group). During the talks that the Prime Minister will have in Brussels, the priority aspects of the European agenda will be discussed in view of Romania's Presidency of the Council of the EU and reaffirmation of Romania's willingness to contribute actively to the process of reflection on the future of Europe. 2018-09-25 12:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-25-06-56-56big_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu vicepreședintele Republicii India, Venkaiah Naidu, urmată de semnarea Memorandumului de Înțelegere între Guvernul României și Guvernul Republicii India de cooperare în domeniul turismuluiȘtiri din 19.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-meeting-with-the-vice-president-of-india-venkaiah-naidu-followed-by-the-signing-of-the-memorandum-of-understanding-between-the-government-of-romania-and-the-government-of-the-republic-of-india-on-cooperation-in-the-field-of-tourismPress statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu [Check against delivery] Nelu Barbu: Good afternoon! The Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of Romania and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of India, on cooperation in the field of tourism, is being signed in the presence of the Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă, and Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu. For Romania, signs Mr. Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister of Tourism, and for the Republic of India, signs H.E. Mr. Thanglura Darlong, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Romania. Viorica Dăncilă: Mr. Vice President, I am particularly honored by your presence today at Victoria Palace. The visit to Romania reflects the importance the Republic of India attaches to developing political and economic relations with Romania, a fact which was confirmed by the parliamentary, governmental and business component of the official delegation. The year 2018 has a special significance to the bilateral relation. 70 years ago, Romania was one of the first states that established diplomatic relations with your country. We are also celebrating 5 years since establishing the extended partnership between Romania and the Republic of India. Our countries relations have a solid foundation, on which we can develop our mutually agreed priorities within this partnership. During todays talks, I have reiterated the Romanian Governments firm interest in consolidating Romanian-Indian bilateral relations in all fields of shared interest. In this respect, I have discussed about the more efficient use of our current dialogue mechanisms and about the opportunity of identifying new ones. I would like to underline with satisfaction that there are numerous cooperation sectors between Romania and India with a real development potential, such as: energy, including renewable energy, transport, agriculture, the food industry, health, IT and C, but also the promising prospects in other areas such as: digitalization, smart cities, cyber security. I have discussed with Mr. Vice President about the specific ways of boosting the Romanian-Indian commercial exchanges, so that their level reaches the two economies real potential. Furthermore, I have expressed interest in attracting more Indian investments in Romania, including through public-private partnerships. I consider important the organisation of the Romania-India Economic Forum on the sidelines of the visit. We have agreed on extending priority attention to the development of collaboration in culture, education and tourism, fields that have established our countries friendship. In this respect, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of Romania and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of India that was signed today at Victoria Palace, will represent a first step in boosting tourism and people - to- people contacts in general. Moreover, I have conveyed to Mr. Vice President the support that Romania will continue to grant to the consolidation of the relations between the European Union and the Republic of India, this topic being addressed during our talks from the perspective of Romanias taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Thank you once again, Mr. Vice President for the consistent dialogue we have had, for the cooperation prospects that have been shaped as well as for the warm atmosphere of our talks! Venkaiah Naidu: Prime Minister of Romania, Your Excellency Viorica Dancila, Members of the Indian and Romanian delegations, Dear brothers and sisters from the media, I am glad to visit this beautiful country. I have just told the honourable Prime Minister that it is not only beautiful but also dutiful. If beauty and duty are combined, you can make it a mighty. My visit comes at a very opportune time, coinciding with the completion of 70-year journey of our diplomatic relations. It does also with the celebration of the centenary of Romania. Our friends from the media, I must be frank: we had a very, very purposeful meeting, meaningful, constructive discussion with the Prime Minister, with the President, with the President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, all these discussions were also very, very purposeful, useful and constructive. I am particularly impressed with the cordial, frank discussions we had with the Prime Minister. Today, it was the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two countries, with the scope of increasing tourism between our two countries. In my talks with the Prime Minister, we focused on strengthening our trade and investment relations governing sectors: ICT, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, infrastructure, logistics, agri-food, tourism and culture. Our economies are complementary, both countries, our cooperation can lead to faster growth of our economies further. We intend to deepen and diversify economic and technological cooperation between our countries. Indian - Romanian annual bilateral trade has risen to 810 million dollars in 2017-2018, and 40 percent increase over the last year. This is a very positive sign pending our bilateral economic relations, there is still further scope, and we both have agreed to really tap the further potential. Acknowledging and admiring the strong acceptance of ayurveda, an Indian traditional system of medicine among Romanians, the Government of India had decided to open an ayush information cell in Romania to disseminate more information about ayurveda, and create ayurveda practice, conduct workshops with experts to offer ayurveda treatment, preventive, curative, palleative. Later in the day today, we are going to open the information cell in Romania. We also welcome the entering into force of the amendment to the air service agreement between both countries signed in 1993. Easier facilitation of visas promotes people to people contact and business and our Governments should work towards facilitating easy mobility of citizens on both sides. I am glad and in fact very happy that just now the Prime Minister informed us that Romania has decided to open a consulate in Chennai, the deep south of India. Terrorism is one of the foremost threats to international peace and security, and a scourge that needs to be removed. We resolved to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Prime Minister told us that terrorism has no bounderies, it should be eliminated and we will be working together. It is a global challenges, and it requests a global response. I will also meet with the business representatives of the two countries at the business event today. I hope that we will resolve in collaboration today ...fair trade basket and deepen the economic links between our two countries. I am also happy to note the enthousiasm of both sides because Indian traders have just come and they will be meeting their counterparts in the evening. I extend warm greetings for the progress and prosperity to the people of Romania. India looks forward to cooperation with Romania, to further strengthen the traditional bonds of friendship with Romania and its people. During my discussion, I have just told that we must have strategy of cooperation between both countries. They are willing for the same. Her Excellency has invited the Prime Minister of India to visit Romania probably in the first weeks of January 2019. We are thankful for the same. I shall convey your Excellency's invitation to the Indian Prime Minister to visit Romania. I am also sure that we shall also be happy to welcome you in our country. We are happy that Romania is taking over the presidency of the EU. We hope that during its forthcoming presidency, Romania will take lead for negotiations to restart, under... of India-EU free trade agreement with balanced outcome. Once again, my best wishes to the people of Romania, my thanks to the Government, and particularly to the Prime Minister, the first woman Prime Minister of Romania.Thank you. 2018-09-19 20:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_08_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: ”Pentru dezvoltarea cooperării în cadrul Parteneriatului Strategic România – SUA este nevoie de cât mai multe investiții”Știri din 19.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-as-many-investments-as-possible-are-needed-for-the-cooperation-development-within-the-romania-united-states-strategic-partnershipPrime Minister Viorica Dancila and several members of the Cabinet discussed today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of the Romanian-American Business Council (AMRO) led by Executive President Eric Stewart about the opportunities to develop investment in Romania, as strengthening leverage of the cooperation between Romania and the United States in all the domains within the Strategic Partnership. Romania is a firm and responsible ally of the United States, and for cooperation development within the Strategic Partnership, as many investments as possible are needed, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated. The Head of the Executive underlined the Government's openness for dialogue, with a view to identifying the proper solutions for eliminating bureaucratic and legislative barriers in order that Romania offers an as friendly as possible framework for the business sector. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the investment boosting measures already adopted by the Government among which the amendment of the public procurement Law, the state aid scheme for investments with a major economic impact, as well as the 21 projects to be achieved in private-public partnership. The representatives of the US companies present at the meeting thanked the Government for its openness and showed interest in extending investments to Romanias defence industry, the medical, IT, energy and infrastructure areas. The AMRO Executive President Eric Stewart gave assurances that the representatives of the US investors will further support Romania's OECD membership. The Head of the Executive thanked for support and underlined that cutting through the red tape, increase in transparency and legislative predictibility are part of the Government's constant preoccupations, as partner of the business environment. Another important aspect of today's discussions at Victoria Palace was the development of cooperation in the defence industry. The National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor mentioned Romanias privileged relation with the United States and the share held by defence in the cooperation within the Strategic Partnership. As regards the interest showed by the US investors in the defence industry in Romania, the Governments interest in boosting investments was underlined. We wish the largest possible share of the 2 percent of the GDP allocated to defence be found in the national defence industry, by drawing offset contracts - technological transfer and industrial cooperation, stated Minister Mihai Fifor. Romania's delegation present at the meeting at the Victoria Palace included also the Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of Economy Danut Andrusca, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea. 2018-09-19 15:55:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-19-04-11-21big_02_resize.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a Președintelui Camerei Deputaților a Parlamentului R. Cehe, Radek VondráčekȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-speaker-of-the-chamber-of-deputies-of-the-parliament-of-the-czech-republic-radek-vondracekPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament Radek Vondraček, at Victoria Palace, on the sidelines of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The dialogue with the Czech official outlined the very good bilateral cooperation, based on the traditional relations between the two states and the close objectives within EU and NATO. The senior Romanian official pointed out the importance of boosting political dialogue and strengthening bilateral cooperation both in the economic field and regarding strategic affairs and regional cooperation, approach shared by the Czech dignitary. The upward trend in economic relations was noted, with focus on increasing trade and bilateral investment, as well as the positive trend in the two states' economies. In the context of the anniversary, in 2018, of Romanias Greater Union Centennial and the 100th anniversary since the Czechoslovak state declared its independence, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring, the Romanian senior official emphasized the historical and cultural references affinities underpinning the Romanian-Czech relations. On this occasion, the Czech official reiterated the invitation addressed by Prime Minister Andrej Babis to the Romanian Prime Minister, to participate on 27 October, in Prague, in the ceremonies dedicated to the major events in the countrys history. Referring to the European agenda, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that, throughout Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU during the first semester of 2019, Romanias objective will be to underline the importance of unity, solidarity and to increase the convergence level within the EU, with a view to overcoming current and future challenges. 2018-09-18 17:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-18-05-55-35big_02_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu premierul Republicii Polone, Mateusz MorawieckiȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-prime-minister-of-the-polish-republic-mateusz-morawieckiPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today in Bucharest a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Polish Republic Mateusz Morawiecki, on the sidelines of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. During the meeting, the very good stage of the bilateral strategic relation was outlined, the two Prime Ministers especially acknowledged the significance of the first inter-governmental consultations in the history of the Romanian-Polish relations that took place on May 25, in Warsaw, this year. Furthermore, the importance of annually holding meetings in this comprehensive format in boosting political, economic and social contacts was underlined. The mutual interest for further developing relations between the two countries on all sectoral pillars was reiterated, the very good cooperation between Romania and Poland at a regional level being especially hailed, through the organisation in Bucharest of the current edition of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. Another topic on the agenda of the meeting was the cooperation between the two countries at European level. The Romanian-Polish interest for consolidating European unity thus ensued, as a common goal in the debate on the future of Europe, but also the desire to collaborate throughout Romanias Presidency of the Council of the European Union, mainly in key files such as the Multiannual Financial Framework and Brexit. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced her appreciation for the consolidated cooperation between the two states in the fields of security and defence. 2018-09-18 16:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-18-04-47-50big_02_resize.jpgPRECIZAREȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-18 14:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-18-03-03-42big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Comisiei Europene, domnul Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-has-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-commission-mr-jean-claude-junckerToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has had a meeting with the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean - Claude Juncker, who is on a visit to Romania to attend the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The two officials have had a cordial discussion, the central topic of which was the preparation of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Head of the Executive has reaffirmed her commitment to ensuring a successful mandate, oriented towards bringing the Union closer to its citizens, and ensuring unity and cohesion among the Member States. 2018-09-18 13:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-09-18_at_13.22.54.jpegPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României Viorica Dăncilă a ministrului afacerilor externe al Republicii Letonia, Edgars RinkēvičsȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-republic-of-latvia-edgars-rink-vicsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia who paid a visit to Romania to attend the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The Head of the Romanian Executive hailed the very good bilateral relationship between the two countries and took stock of this year's high - level contacts. The two officials also discussed about preparing the takeover of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019, they discussed about Brexit, as well as about regional cooperation. During the talks with the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Prime Minister put forward a series of concrete proposals for deepening economic cooperation which despite its constant positive development, did not reach its optimal potential. In this respect, Prime Minister Dancila proposed, among others, the increase in the two economies'connectivity, including on the basis of infrastructure and transport links development. Prime Minister of Romania and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia took stock of other sectoral cooperation opportunities, mentioning areas such as: defence, information technologies, energy, agriculture, research and innovation and they put forward the initiative of establishing contacts for exchanges of good practices on topics of interest for our country, among which: switchover to euro, EU funds absorption, or OECD membership, in which the Republic of Latvia's experience can be useful. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs reiterated Latvia's support for Romania's OECD membership, noting Romania's regional role and underlining the importance of a high level of connectivity and a boost in the trade between the two states. 2018-09-18 11:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_2_resize.jpgPRECIZAREȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/point-of-information1537259362Following some public information pertaining to Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's alleged late arrival at the meeting with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the Press Office of the Romanian Government makes the following clarification: The European Commission delegation in Romania informed the Protocol Directorate of the Romanian Government that the aircraft carrying the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker to Romania, lands at Baneasa Airport at 6.30 pm, information confirmed by the official documents received from Brussels. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă left Victoria Palace to Baneasa Airport at 5.30 pm. At 5.40 pm, the director of Băneasa Airport informed the Government Protocol Directorate that the President of the European Commission could land earlier than the originally announced time. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă entered Baneasa Airport at 6 pm. However, the delegation of the President of the European Commission was taken over by the SPP(Protection and Guard Service) at the ladder of plane and was taken to the hotel where it was to be accommodated. 2018-09-17 19:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-07-33-19big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea șeicului Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, conducătorul regiunii Al Dhafrah, de către prim-ministrul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-sheikh-hamdan-bin-zayed-al-nahyan-ruler-s-representative-of-the-al-dhafra-region-in-the-united-arab-emiratesToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Rulers representative in Al Dhafra Region in the United Arab Emirates. Talks focused on the stage of the bilateral relations and the development prospects for economic cooperation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced Romanias special interest in promoting cooperation with the Arab states, an objective emphasized in the Programme for government. In context, she expressed appreciation for last years boost in the political-diplomatic dialogue which has yielded positive results both in the economic area as well as from the perspective of the sectoral cooperation. Special attention was also extended to the analysis of the stage of the collaboration initiatives launched on the occasion of the first session of the Joint Cooperation Committee between Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, an event held in Bucharest, on April 16-17, 2018. The two interlocutors outlined the usefulness of this platform of cooperation for bilateral coordination at the level of the Government and business sector, for the benefit of both states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romanian Government's willigness to further consolidate the bilateral relations with the Government in Abu Dhabi, both regarding the traditional cooperation segments (economy, trade, investments, energy, industry, transport and agriculture), and the development of the joint, large-scale projects, with partners from the United Arab Emirates. 2018-09-17 16:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-04-24-14big_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu doamna Shen Yueyue, vicepreședinte al Adunării Naționale Populare a Republicii Populare Chineze și Președintele Federației Femeilor din Întreaga ChinăȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-mrs-shen-yueyue-vice-chairperson-of-the-national-people-s-congress-standing-committee-and-vice-chairperson-of-the-all-china-women-s-federationPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Mrs. Shen Yueyue, Vice-Chairperson of the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee and President of the All -China Womens Federation. Mrs. Shen is paying a working visit to Romania, an opportunity to strengthen the bilateral agenda, and to make exchanges of experience at governmental and parliamentary level, as proof of the mutual desire of Romania and Peoples Republic of China to maintain a dynamic relationship. The Romanian Prime Minister affirmed our countrys desire to intensify economic and trade relations with the aim of balancing trade by increasing Romanian exports to China. The Head of the Executive expressed Romanias interest in attracting investments from China and presented the legislative amendments in the field of public-private partnership, aimed at creating a more attractive investment environment. At the same time, Prime Minister outlined the interest to develop the Romanian-Chinese cooperation in the field of energy and transport infrastructure. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced support for the development of inter-human relations within the bilateral framework, as well as continued substantive involvement in the China-Central and Eastern European countries cooperation format. During the talks, the opportunities for promoting gender equality, a social aspect of special relevance for Romania and for the Peoples Republic of China were addressed - and which represents at the same time a defining theme of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. The Romanian Prime Minister recalled Romanias support for the implementation of a platform for cooperation and fostering women's entrepreneurship, that would bring together experts and relevant institutions from all the states of the China-CEEC cooperation format. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also highlighted the efforts made by Romania to support scientific, cultural, tourist contacts and the business relations between the two states, including through provision of facilities for travel visa issuance. The Chinese official emphasized the importance attached by the authorities of the Peoples Republic of China to the traditional friendship relations with Romania and expressed appreciation for the support shown by the Romanian Government for the realization of large-scale projects for the benefit of both countries and peoples. 2018-09-17 12:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-12-44-18big_02_resize.jpgCooperarea viitoare cu BERD în dezvoltarea și modernizarea spitalelor din România și proiecte de infrastructură, pe agenda întrevederii premierului Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele BERD, Suma ChakrabartiȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-17 12:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-05-24-49big_01_resize.jpgProgramul Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României, ediția a VI-a, a ajuns la finalȘtiri din 14.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-14 15:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_1037.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu comisarul european pentru Agricultură şi Dezvoltare Rurală, Phil HoganȘtiri din 13.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-agriculture-and-rural-development-phil-hoganJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan Viorica Dăncilă: Good morning! It was my pleasure and honor to welcome the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan today, at Victoria Palace. Previously, I worked together with Mr. Commissioner at the European Parliament, and we had multiple constructive discussions when I was Vice - Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, in the European Parliament. I am certain that now, when I hold the position of Prime Minister, we will continue to have the same open dialogue on topics like the Romanian agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy. First of all, I presented Mr. Commissioner a series of actions taken at government level with a view to developing a competitive agriculture. I outlined that this is the first time that farm subsidies have been duly allocated. We talked about the program for the rehabilitation of the main irrigation infrastructure According to the programme for government, we planned to have 2 million hectares of irrigated farmland in two years. I also presented the measures to develop the national anti-hail system. I presented to Mr. Commissioner the situation created by the explosive development of African swine fever, which has economic and financial, but also social effects. In this context, I requested Mr. Commissioner to make sure that the European Commission offers full technical and financial support to reduce the devastating impact the African swine fever has had on Romanian agriculture. European assistance is very important for Romania, given the high share of agriculture in the Romanian economy. It is enough to mention that statistical data shows that agriculture has made a substantial contribution to Romanias economic growth. Secondly, we also discussed Romanias major objectives for its Presidency of the Council of the European Union and reaffirmed the importance our country attaches to the cohesion of the European project. In this respect, the common agricultural policy along the cohesion policy plays an important role in generating economic growth and economic and social convergence. In this context, I reiterated Romanias position on the main topics covered by the Common Agricultural Policy. We are in favor of continuing the convergence of direct payments, which will help reduce differences between the direct subsidies in Eastern member states and Western European countries. At the same time, we consider that a more recent eligible surface from 2018, not 2016 should be used in calculating the subsidy. We support maintaining an adequate level of the Common Agricultural Policy budget, reducing it risks deepening the development gaps among the regions, as well as among member states. We want an increase in the funds earmarked for rural development. We consider that the 16 percent cut and the intention to increase the national co-financing rate will seriously affect the development of mountain areas, disadvantaged areas, ecological agriculture, climate and environmental measures, investment in innovation and knowledge development. Romania opposes the plans for the compulsory capping of agricultural subsidies. Such a measure would seriously impact large, competitive farms, but medium-sized ones too, without really contributing to the restructuring of uncompetitive farms. Our proposal is to leave it to member states to decide on the capping or the redistributive payments, with a 25-30 percent increase for large farms. We further back the continuation of the application of payment schemes for young farmers and small farms with coupled support, as well as a simplified policy designed to cut through the red-tape. I am positive that together, we will succeed in continuing at national level the good cooperation we had at European level, and I am confident that Mr. Commissioner will have an objective approach regarding Romania. Phil Hogan: Thank you very much Prime Minister Dancila. I am very happy to be able to accept your invitation to visit Romania. I am spending 2 days here. I will visit many areas, meeting all of your stakeholders and preparing for the presidency by Romania on the 1st of January 2019. Romania is a very strong European country and I remember well participation together in the European Parliament when you were a member, especially as Vice-President of the Committee of Agriculture. So, we had a very good exchange on a number of very important issues of political interest for the people of Romania on the meeting this morning. I want to thank you Prime Minister for your strong support for the common agricultural policy, in particular for a well-funded policy. You and your government have been very strong supporters of the European traditional policies of agriculture and cohesion. This support is appreciated and we count on your support in the coming months when we will have intensive discussions about the budget for 2020 - 2027. We are noting as well that the present policy you have on rural development is very successful. You have one of the highest absorption level of funding in any rural development program in the EU, at 40 percent. Of course, we are in the European Union now, in a much more budgetary difficult situation because of the decision of the UK to leave the EU. This means that the 12 billion euros less is available from the UK to the European Union budget and therefore, there is always a temptation on behalf of some member states to target the larger funds of agriculture and cohesion for reduction. But notwithstanding the pressures on the budget, we have succeeded in the proposal in actually maintaining reasonably well a strong financial support for our traditional policies for Romania. We have through our external convergence improvements, an increase of direct payments, in pillar one for Romania. You are quite right pointing out that there are some reductions in rural development which of course can be negotiated in the coming months with the other Prime Ministers. But of course, you have also got an 8 percent increase in the funding for cohesion, in the initial proposal. And I say Commissioner Cretu has done a good job for Romania, in this respect. Turning to the topical issue of African swine fever, we have both expressed our concerns about the development with respect to this disease. The fact that 800 cases have been detected in the last few months, is a clear indication that the controls that are in place in Romania, are working, to detect this disease but we have discussed in more detail about what we have to do together in veterinary services, in surveillance, in the necessary human resources, and financial support in order to contain this disease and hopefully eradicate it over time. And it is not easy to do so quickly in Romania because 75 percent of all EU pig farmers in backyards are located in Romania. So, we have agreed that we will intensify our efforts in relation to controlling the disease, improving detection even more and surveillance and looking at our instruments to help our farmers to comply with these biosecurity measures and to see what financial support we can mobilize further. The Government has notified the European Commission recently and it intends to seek support for all farmers to deal with these biosecurity measures that are necessary to be implemented to eliminate the disease and when we receive more details in the coming days, we will be able to evaluate this application by Romania and hopefully, be in the position to help. We have already allocated about 2 million euros for the help with the vet services, now we are looking at the rural development program to see how we can help our farmers. We have the benefit of the Head of rural development in Romania Mihail Dumitru who will assist the Government in relation to how we can assist our farmers. In relation to other financial measures, we do note the concerns of the Prime Minister in relation to the common agriculture policy proposals on capping and helping through redistribution payments our small and medium sized farms and we will look forward to discussing any ideas that any Member State has, including Romania, of course, to know how we can help in particular to focus our support as much as possible on our SMEs farmers, in order to keep them on business. We have so more information later on, and financial instruments, a new package of support through loans, with the help of the European Investment Bank, and the European funds generally and later on with the Ministry of Agriculture, we will give you more details later on this. Finally, we discussed the legislation that is going through the Parliament and the Council at the moment in relation to banning unfair trade practices, and helping the position of the farmers in the food chain. The Prime Minister is very anxious that this will be enacted as soon as possible because of the situation that brought many unfair practices, and the negative impact it has on agri-business, and on our consumers, and farmers in general, in Romania. So, we have to bring more fairness into the food chain, and particularly in so far how it can help our farmers to be able to eliminate many of the unfair trade practices that are happening at the moment in the food chain, and in the market. So, in conclusion, I welcome the commitment of the Romanian Prime Minister and Romanian Presidency to work closely with us, in relation to many files, early 2019 is part of the presidency, including CAP on farms, the budget post -2020, and including many of the issues that we have discussed early today that will help to overcome some of the difficult situations in the African swine fever in Romania. 2018-09-13 10:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-13-11-06-07big_03_resize.jpgViorica Dăncilă: Dezvoltarea, aprofundarea și extinderea Parteneriatului Strategic cu SUA reprezintă un obiectiv prioritar al RomânieiȘtiri din 13.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-developing-deepening-and-expanding-the-strategic-partnership-with-the-united-states-represents-a-priority-objective-for-romaniaIn the context of marking 7 years since the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century Between the United States of America and Romania, which took place in Washington DC., on September 13, 2011, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed the excellent level of relations between the two countries The Strategic Partnership with the USA represents a guarantee for Romanias security and a determining factor in the economic and social progress. It represents the main pillar of Romanias foreign and security policy, as well as a fundamental element in shaping the strategic profile of our country. At the same time, the strategic cooperation between Romania and the United States brings an essential contribution to the consolidation of our countrys role as a security and stability provider, at a regional and global level. Government of Romania is highly committed to developing and deepening all dimensions of this partnership, especially in the fields of defence, security, trade and investments, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. - Today, at an anniversary moment, I express my full trust in the further development and thorough deepening of the privileged friendship and collaboration relation that exists between Romania and the United States of America, as well as the special relationship between Romanian and American citizens, based on common values and shared democratic principles, both at the bilateral level and within the North-Atlantic Alliance, further states the message of the Romanian Prime Minister. Additional Information: The Strategic Partnership between Romania and the USA was launched in 1997, on the occasion of the visit the then President of The United States Bill Clinton paid to Bucharest. The Joint Declaration of September 13, 2011 represents the bilateral political document that currently defines the strategic partnership relationship between Romania and the United States. In the context of the adoption of the Joint Statement of 2011, a Task Force was decided to be set up for the implementation of the principles agreed within this document. The most recent meeting at political level of the Romania - USA Strategic Dialogue was hosted by the Romanian Government in Bucharest (June 19, 2018) and it was co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister for the implementation of Romania's Strategic Partnerships Ana Birchall and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. A joint declaration was adopted on this occasion. 2018-09-13 10:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-13-10-11-54big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prim-ministrul Regatului Țărilor de Jos, Mark RutteȘtiri din 12.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-her-dutch-counterpart-mark-rutteJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte Viorica Dăncilă: I am very glad for the presence in Bucharest of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. It is the first visit of a Dutch Prime Minister to Romania in the last 15 years, and today's dialogue aims at expanding bilateral relations in such domains such as: investments, research and development or defence cooperation. The Netherlands is among the first foreign investors in Romania and the presence of the Dutch companies in our country is on the rise. I have discussed ways of strengthening this cooperation and boosting trade, agreeing to organize a Business Forum. I have presented the Dutch Prime Minister the new investment framework in Romania, the adoption of the public procurement law and the public private partnership law. We talked about new domains of bilateral sectoral cooperation, such as research and innovation, agriculture, defence and security. At the same time, cooperation in the naval industry is a reference point for our bilateral cooperation. We discussed of course about the European agenda, in the context of Romania having reached the homestretch for the taking over and exercising of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of the next year. On this day, when the President of the European Commission delivered his speech on the state of the Union, it is very appropriate to talk about Europes future. The speech of the President of the European Commission puts emphasis on the concrete EU outcomes for citizens, but also on our next steps, including in the perspective of the Sibiu Summit, in order to respond to current challenges. The proposals presented today are designed to strengthen, complete and adjust some domains in which progress has been achieved, such as: the Security Union, the policy on asylum and migration. We support the priority objectives of the Commission, for the next period, designed to consolidate the European Union. Given that Romanias Presidency is the one to conclude the 2014-2019 Strategic Agenda, we deem necessary all member states support of the consolidated European design. Romania will get involved on this path in the future as well, having constantly shown a pro-European stance. Netherlands, founding member of the European Union, held 12 times the presidency of the Council of the European Union, its expertise is welcome. One of the files that we have talked about refers to negotiations on the European Unions future budget, for 2021-2027. In this context, I have underlined the importance of defining a balanced budget, that would uphold the Unions objectives and provide adequate financing to domains that lead to growth and convergence, by answering at the same time the new challenges the European Union is facing. Moreover, I have reiterated Romanias interest in actively supporting the advance of the European dossiers aiming at the EUs internal security, Taking into account the fact that Romania is meeting the technical criteria on accession to the Schengen Area, a fact confirmed by the European Commission, I addressed the Dutch Prime Minister the request to back Romania in meeting this objective. I strongly believe Romania deserves to be in the Schengen Area and the issue of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism must not be related to the Schengen criteria. In conclusion, in the discussion with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, I have underlined the considerable potential for further development of a dynamic bilateral relationship in the interest of our citizens. I do not want to talk about internal political disputes, I consider these can exist in all EU Member States. To me, it is important that you trust the capacity of the Bucharest Executive to correctly fulfill its mandate, that we have the best possible bilateral relations at European level. I thank Prime Minister for the constructive talks and the openness shown and I am looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in the future too. Mark Rutte: First, I would like to thank my colleague, Prime Minister Dăncilă. We do not agree on everything like Schengen, that is true, but we do agree on a lot of issues. First of all, the European Union, we both believe that the European Union is a project, based on a strong market and strong values, and by the fact that we are working together also providing collective security to all its citizens. And during the Romanian Presidency, the discussions will focus on Brexit, on migration, and I believe the Romanian Presidency will be remembered for many reasons, but particularly for the fact that we will discuss the next five years, so, Romania will put its stamp, its mark on the agenda of Europe, for the five years after the European elections. I have every confidence in the Romanian Presidency and Netherlands will work constructively with Romania wherever we can be of help. We also discussed the excellent bilateral economic ties. Of course, I am a bit jealous of the growth figures in Romania, that are more at the Chinese level than at the European Union level. But at the same time, the trade between Romania and Netherlands grew not by 7 percent, which is Romanian growth figures, they grew almost by 15 percent, reaching more than 5 billion euros. We did agree and I look forward to that, that Romania and Netherlands will organize a joint business forum in the spring of 2019. The bilateral ties are not only focused on economic relations, but also on defence cooperation. For example, we work together within NATO on many issues, and I am very pleased with Romania's support for the Netherland's initiative to improve military mobility in Europe. So, strong bilateral ties, strong cooperation within the EU, and excellent cooperation within NATO. I look forward to the future together! 2018-09-12 21:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-12-09-39-53big_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul Afacerilor Externe și Cooperării Internaționale al Regatului Maroc, Nasser BouritaȘtiri din 12.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-and-international-cooperation-of-the-kingdom-of-morocco-nasser-bouritaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, Nasser Bourita, who is paying a visit to Romania. During the talks, the good relations between Romania and the Kingdom of Morocco were outlined, at both the bilateral level and the level of international organizations. From the perspective of the positive dynamics recorded in the bilateral economic relations lately, both sides put emphasis on using their yet untapped potential designed to stimulate trade exchanges. In this respect, they discussed about holding the 11th meeting of the Romanian-Moroccan Joint Economic and Technical Co-operation Commission. The two dignitaries voiced their interest in continuing the traditional cooperation in the field of agriculture and also in developing cooperation in fields that can create added value, such as: renewable energies and digitalization. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister voiced her belief that bilateral relations could be better enhanced through high - level contacts, doubled by periodical consultations at the level of experts. On this occasion, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed the Kingdom of Morocco's support for Romanias candidacy for a non-permanent seat on UN Security Council, for the 2020- 2021 term. At the same time, he extended the invitation to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila to make a visit to the Kingdom of Morocco. 2018-09-12 14:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_01_1_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu miniștrii afacerilor externe din Republica Polonă, Jacek Czaputowicz, Republica Turcia, Mevlüt Çavușoğlu și România, Teodor MeleșcanuȘtiri din 11.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-today-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-polish-republic-jacek-czaputowicz-and-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-turkish-republic-mevlut-cavusogluPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Polish Republic Jacek Czaputowicz and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic Mevlut Cavuşoğlu, on the occasion of the two Ministers participation in the trilateral consultations Romania- Poland- Turkey, to be held on the same day in Bucharest. The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu will also participate in the talks. Talks focused on the three states' contribution to ensuring the regional and Euro-Atlantic security, with focus on NATO priorities in the current international context. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă mentioned the activities carried out at the level of Government and relevant Ministries, to ensure Romanias substantial and permanent participation to carrying out the Alliance's objectives and missions. Given the diversity of the new risks and challenges to security, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the firm commitment of Romanian authorities to fulfilling the obligations undertaken with respect to strengthening the NATO deterrence and defence capacity, support for the assistance programmes for partner states and participation in the international efforts to combat terrorism. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister referred to the importance of stability and security in Western Balkans and the Black Sea area. The Romanian Prime Minister also underlined the importance of the NATO members' solidarity and unity as well as their shared responsibility in ensuring the necessary resources for the Alliance to continue to efficiently respond to current security threats and challenges. Prime Minister mentioned the significant efforts and the substantial progress achieved by Romania in the increase of the defence budget and the armed forces modernization, as well as in the consolidation of national resilience, in line with the Allies commitments in 2014. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced Romania's willingness to continue the close cooperation with Poland and Turkey, with a view to promoting the common security objectives at regional and allied level. 2018-09-11 16:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_006_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu omologul său slovac, Peter PellegriniȘtiri din 11.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-her-slovak-counterpart-peter-pellegriniJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and her Slovak counterpart Peter Pellegrini [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: I want to thank Mr. Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for having accepted the invitation to visit Romania and for our substantive consultations. During the meeting, I voiced my firm belief that the very good level of intergovernmental relations carried out under the auspices of some landmark historic moments, will be further maintained. I refer to the centennial anniversary celebration in the two countries, 25 years since the diplomatic relations between Romania and Slovakia were resumed, as well as marking 50 years since the Prague Spring. I discussed with the Slovak Prime Minister about strengthening the bilateral cooperation and relations, including at sectoral level. We extended special attention to the dialogue on strategic issues, namely the defence areas, with focus on the missions in which both Romanian and Slovak military participate, but also on the energy area. I examined relevant initiatives on energy security, interconnectivity of transport networks and transit corridors, reiterating Romania's support for the BRUA project, and also for other formats of regional cooperation which might bring added value in terms of the security of the supply. Within the dialogue, I appreciated the evolution of economic relations and I emphasized the importance of strengthening bilateral trade and boosting the investment process between our countries. I also mentioned the activity of the 628 Slovak companies in Romania. Work, social and internal affairs also represent domains of interest in our bilateral cooperation. The relevant Ministries signed today a protocol of bilateral cooperation in the field of labor inspection, the beneficiaries of which will be Romanian workers in Slovakia. I want to highlight our special cooperation in the field of internal affairs. It is notable, for example, the exchange of operative information and cooperation in combating international drug trafficking. Bilateral cooperation in education and in the field of culture has also been a subject addressed with my Slovak counterpart. I would mention that 28 Romanian universities have agreements with 21 Slovak universities, whereby they develop university research and curriculum programmes, Slovak and Romanian language departments existing in both Capitals. Today, we are extending this cooperation by signing the programme of bilateral cooperation in the field of education at Ministerial level. The deepening of the dialogue and cooperation regarding the Romanian community in Slovakia and the Slovak minority in Romania was also discussed during the meeting. Their presence represents important bridges in developing the relations between our nations. I also commended the way the local and central authorities in Slovakia respect and honor the memory of the Romanian military who sacrificed their lives fighting for the liberation of the Slovak territory during the Second World War. As regards the European agenda, I extended special attention to the topics that are priorities in the programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. I have especially highlighted that the cohesion policy has both a symbolic value for the advance of the Union and a concrete one, a definite generator of added value, towards ensuring convergence and reducing development gaps. Both Slovakia and Romania, as beneficiaries of this policy, are clear proof of the importance of this policy at European level. In this context, I emphasized that during its mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Romania will give primary attention to the advance of the negotiations on the future multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. As regards the EUs internal security, I underlined that the safety consolidation objective will represent one of the pillars on which Romanias priorities will be defined during its mandate at the Council of the EU. We intend to give special attention to the efforts made to ensure a consolidated framework of the EUs internal security, to the benefit of the European citizens and to support the restoration of the Schengen spaces functionality. This will be one more opportunity for us to demonstrate Romania's added value in attaining the security objectives. I have expressed the willingness to closely cooperate with the Slovak side throughout the exercising of the Presidency-in-Office of the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.], especially from the perspective of Romanias holding the Presidency of the EU Council, in the first semester of 2019. Thank you once again, Mr. Prime Minister for your presence in Bucharest and the substantive dialogue we had on this occasion. Peter Pellegrini: Distinguished Prime Minister, Ministers, I particularly appreciate this opportunity to visit Romania, as this visit confirms again our standard and beyond standard bilateral relations. We have a common history and I especially appreciate the fact that Romania was the first country that recognized Slovakia as a state in 1992. I also appreciate Romanias position in the past. The Romanian army fought in the Second World War in Slovakia and liberated nearly a third of our countrys territory. Furthermore, our nation, Slovakia appreciate Romanias position of not intervening in our countrys invasion of 1968. I very much thank you for this too. Romania represents an especially important commercial partner for Slovakia, ranking 11th in terms of our exports and I am also content with the fact that our economic cooperation knows an ascendant trend. Bilateral trade between Romania and Slovakia reached EUR 2.7 billion last year. We very much want that this positive trend keeps its course. Madam Prime Minister has mentioned all the objectives that we had on today's agenda. Slovakia appreciates Romania's activity in taking over the presidency of the European Union, and it offers its services in helping Romania, considering that it already held the presidency of the European Union. We wish to do this also from the position of the V4 format chair, in Visegrad, because I consider that this collaboration between the two presidencies, of the European Union and of the V4 format will contribute to our societies prosperity and democracy. It will also make a contribution to advancing relations in Eastern Balkans and their integration in the EU structures. We have also discussed about migration and here, I would mention that an enlargement of Schengen is necessary for a better protection of the European Union. It is very important that the frontiers of the Schengen Area advance toward the south, and Slovakias opinion is that should someone meet the Schengen conditions and prove they are technically ready, they should be included in the Schengen Area. It is unacceptable to condition the acceptance or refusal of entry in Schengen on political matters, because this is not beneficial for the European policy. I assured madam Prime Minister that Slovakia backs Romanias integration in the Schengen area. I am very glad that our countries have common points concerning the energy policy, and we support the East Stream and BRUA projects and we refuse to accept the North Stream 2 project. In 2019, Slovakia will hold the presidency of the OECD and it takes into account Romanias efforts of becoming a member of this club. I want to confirm that Slovakia will support Romania's membership of this club. We wish great success to Romanian presidency! We are certain that Romania will be successful in this role, even if Romanias position is to be a very difficult one, because it will have to deal with Brexit and the parliamentary elections. I am positive that these challenges that will emerge along the way will be well-managed. In conclusion, madam Prime Minister, I would like to thank you for the care you show to Slovak minority. The Slovaks are doing well in Romania and have a good life here. On the other hand, I would like to mention that Slovakia is also making every effort to ensure good conditions to Romanians who have come to our country. Prime Minister, I wish you a lot of energy, great success, I wish all the best to Romania and the Romanian nation! And Im glad for a future mutual collaboration. 2018-09-11 13:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-11-02-20-12big_04_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Suntem solidari cu poporul american la comemorarea victimelor tragediei din 11 septembrie 2001Știri din 11.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-stand-in-solidarity-with-the-american-people-at-the-commemoration-of-the-victims-of-the-september-11-tragedy17 years ago, a tragedy affected to a large extent the life of the entire planet. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 had a deep impact, not just on the American people, but on people all over the world. In these moments of pain and grief, on behalf of the Romanian Government, we stand in solidarity with the American people at the commemoration of the victims of this terrible tragedy. We remain resolute in our commitment to fight against the common terrorist threat and loyal to our strong cooperation, designed to promote stability and security in various parts of the world. 2018-09-11 10:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-11-10-11-03big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea, de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a prim-ministrului Regatului Țărilor de Jos, Mark RutteȘtiri din 11.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-meet-with-the-dutch-prime-minister-mark-rutteOn September 12, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will have a meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte who is paying a working visit to Bucharest. The visit takes place in the context of the approaching Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of next year, and it is the first visit Prime Minister Rutte is paying to Romania. The Romanian - Dutch bilateral relationship is based on economic, political and social mutual interests and on both states' membership of EU and NATO. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is the largest investor in Romania and the emerging Romanian community in this country makes active and significant contributions to the Dutch economy and society. In this context, talks will explore the possibilities of deepening bilateral relationship and ways in which the two EU Member States can work together to promote the objectives of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 2018-09-11 09:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-11-09-08-33big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României cu ministrul afacerilor externe din Republica Polonă, Jacek Czaputowicz, și ministrul afacerilor externe din Republica Turcia, Mevlüt ÇavușoğluȘtiri din 10.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-polish-republic-jacek-czaputowicz-and-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-turkish-republic-mevlut-cavusogluOn September 11, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will have a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Polish Republic Jacek Czaputowicz, and of the Turkish Republic, respectively, Mevlut Cavuşoğlu ,on the occasion of the two Ministers participation in the trilateral consultations Romania, Poland, Turkey, to be held on the same day in Bucharest. The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu will also participate in the talks. The meeting at the Victoria Palace will occasion an useful exchange of opinions on a series of priority issues, especially in the security field, as well as an occasion to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation with a view to promoting the common security objectives at regional and allied level. 2018-09-10 17:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-10-05-17-05big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea, de către premierul Viorica Dăncilă, a prim-ministrului Republicii Slovace, Peter PellegriniȘtiri din 10.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomes-the-prime-minister-of-the-slovak-republic-peter-pellegriniOn September 11, 2018, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini will pay an official visit to Romania, at the invitation of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The visit is part of a sustained series of high-level bilateral contacts carried out over the past years and mainly aims at strengthening and diversifying cooperation as partners states in the EU and allies within NATO on the main topics of shared interest of the bilateral, regional and European agenda. 2018-09-10 17:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-10-05-15-32big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu şeful Departamentului Federal pentru Afaceri Externe al Confederației Elvețiene, Ignazio CassisȘtiri din 10.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-head-of-the-federal-department-of-foreign-affairs-ignazio-cassisPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă welcomed today the Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, on a visit to Romania. During the talks, the good relations between Romania and the Swiss Confederation, both at bilateral level and at the level of international organisations were highlighted. The dynamic bilateral economic relations and their yet untapped potential able to boost Swiss investment in Romania as well as the bilateral trade were mentioned. At the same time, the Head of Bucharest Executive and the Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis discussed the European Unions relationship with Switzerland from the perspective of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. Discussions also highlighted common positions on a number of current dossiers, such as cooperation within international organisations. The senior Romanian official also mentioned the good cooperation between the two countries under the Romanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme aimed at reducing economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union. Under this programme, Romania benefited from funding in amount of 181 million Swiss francs for projects in areas such as: security, stability and support for reforms (border security, local and regional management capacity, modernisation of the judiciary, etc.) the environment and infrastructure, the promotion of the private sector, including export, SME funding, social development and human resources. 2018-09-10 16:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_img_9868.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia începerii noului an şcolarȘtiri din 10.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-10 08:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-10-08-57-37big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Anului Nou Evreiesc 5779Știri din 09.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-09 18:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-09-06-33-53big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita de lucru a prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în judeţul ArgeşȘtiri din 07.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-arges-countyAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Topoloveni Plum Jam factory Viorica Dăncilă: Thank you for the invitation! I am glad to be here today, alongside you in the Centennial Year, to celebrate together a Romanian traditional product, a product that you, Madam Director, made known both at European level and beyond, with a protected denomination of origin, known very well. I could say that it is one of the product that honors Romania and makes people talk of Romania. I want to congratulate you for your work, as I know that the results are obtained following sustained efforts. I know how many obstacles you faced, maybe not all, but you managed to overcome every obstacle and to reach this result. I consider it is very important, your example should be followed by others too in Romania, because, in fact, this is diversity in the great European unity. Once again, congratulations, I wish you all to enjoy this special event, this product which managed to gather so many persons around it. Thank you and congratulations! Statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Topoloveni Plum Jam Factory Viorica Dancila: First of all, following the example of what has happened with the Topoloveni jam, and I refer to European recognition, to the protected denomination of origin, to the fact that very large efforts have been made, because it is not easy to attain this result, the product is even now promoted, when I was member of the European Parliament, if I asked my colleagues from other countries, they all knew about Topoloveni plum jam. Therefore, this effort bore results, and this example should be followed by other manufacturers in Romania as well, if we want to make known as many Romanian products as possible, because this is after all, diversity. The Romanian products, traditions, customs represent diversity in the great European unity. Reporter: If we can get back a little to the political issues. I would like to ask you what is the relationship with President Klaus Iohannis, because I have seen a series of unexpected attacks? I do not know what exactly was discussed in CSAT meeting if you can tell us. How do you see the continuation of the institutional relationship? Viorica Dăncilă: As I said, I am the advocate of consensus and I would like a very good interinstitutional relationship to exist between Presidency -Government - Parliament. We are swiftly approaching the takeover and the exercise of the presidency of the Council of the EU and this requires consensus and collaboration. From now on, I will try to inform the President about the status of preparedness and all requirements he will address to the Government with respect to presidency and other aspects linked to Romania. I will show full openness. I would not say that it is a war between President and Government. We had to adopt the budget revision, it was a matter of course, because people could not wait for time to pass anymore. And we know very well that we have a number of priorities and all this also involves a doubling of the financial projection. Reporter: When is it to be published in the Official Gazette? Viorica Dăncilă: Immediately after the Cabinet meeting, the budget revision was sent to the Legislative Council. I want to specify that we are considering 200 pages that must be read, checked, we have figures, and every figure needs to be checked very well. It came back from the Legislative Council yesterday, around 12:30, it was sent to the Ministry of Public Finance, a new verification followed and it was put in accord with the Legislative Council requirements. I think that it is currently being published in the Official Gazette. As of this morning, the revision was sent to the Official Gazette for publication. Reporter: You have discussed lately with Mr. Juncker - Mr. Dragnea said you would call him up, to see which are the signals, if there are negative signals from Brussels regarding what is happening home and regarding the protests. Viorica Dancila: I have not talked with Mr. Juncker yet. As you know, I paid a visit to Spain, where I met my counterpart, and I also met with the King of Spain. I returned last evening, I came here, but I will discuss with President Juncker, not seeking to excuse anyone(...)but requesting that we should let the outcomes of the investigation tip us into one direction or the other. Reporter: You will be called to the European Parliament. Will you go? Was this discussed too? Viorica Dăncilă: I am fully open to appearing in the European Parliament and before the Parliament of Romania, wherever I am called, but once again, I think it is not good either on the part of the Government or of the political leaders to express personal opinions, we should let the outcomes of the investigation be the ones to determine the truth. Reporter: Reshuffle is about to be done. There are very many voices in the party saying they would like a Cabinet reshuffle. I understand that in two weeks it would be a National Executive Committee, will you propose such a measure? Mr. Dragnea said the decision is up to you. Viorica Dancila: I cannot tell, to talk right now about this. I will decide on a reshuffle following the evaluations I will make. I have already started the evaluation of each Ministry, in connection to the programme for government. Very many things have been done, many things in addition to the programme for government. But, as I said ever since I took office, to me, it is important that each point in the programme for government be met by each Ministry, by the overall government, because each has a roadmap that it should take into account. Reporter: The statements that Mrs. Firea made yesterday surprised you with respect to the transport minister, that he did nothing for the Bucharest beltway? Viorica Dăncilă: I worked very well with Mrs. Firea, I showed full openness. The requests she had and she discussed with me, I tried to solve as many of them as possible. And I will have the same approach from now on. If problems arise, I will discuss with the Mayor of Bucharest, and I will see how I can bring my support to the projects of the Capital. Of course, those that are legal, those to which I can, as Government, to bring solutions to the problems raised by the mayor of Bucharest. Reporter Do you think there is room for Mrs. Firea and Mr. Dragnea in the same party at this time? How do you see the situation? Viorica Dăncilă: I will not make public statements on party issues. For 23 years since I was in the party, I thought things should be said inside the party and not discussed outside the party. That is why I will express my point of view in the Executive Committee. I think this is also not good for the Social Democratic Party and I think that if we really want to have a result to take into account each one's opinion, these should be discussed inside the party. Thank you! *** Reporter: Who did you nominate for interim at the Ministry of Research and Innovation? Viorica Dăncilă: I have already nominated Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan for interim. I sent a written request to Cotroceni. Reporter: Why interim? Viorica Dăncilă: Because we have to have a nomination within the Coalition, it has to be voted and we could not leave the Ministry without leadership. 2018-09-07 15:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-07-03-43-33big_02_resize.jpgPrimirea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă de către Majestatea Sa Felipe al VI-lea, Regele SpanieiȘtiri din 06.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-has-been-received-by-his-majesty-king-felipe-vi-of-spainOn a working visit to the Kingdom of Spain, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has been received by His Majesty King Felipe VI. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and King Felipe VI have mentioned the privileged relationship between the two countries geographically positioned at the confines of the European continent. They have also highlighted the excellent level of relations between Romania and Spain at a political and sectoral level, mainly at the economic and human level, in the context of the good integration into the Spanish society of the over one million Romanians living and working in Spain. Prime Minister of Romania has also mentioned that Spain is a true European model in terms of citizen integration, both at governmental level and society level. Aspects related to our country's preparations and priorities for this mandate have been discussed from the perspective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019. In this context, the Head of the Executive has outlined the opportunity to deepen cooperation between Romania and Spain on the main topics of the European agenda, to generate, through joint efforts, positive results for the European Union, for the member states and for their citizens. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has highlighted that Romanias major objective for the future of Europe is the unity and cohesion of the European project, as our country wants a Europe built on fundamental principles and values, generating prosperity, security and stability. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain have also discussed topics of interest of the international political agenda. 2018-09-06 19:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img-20180907-wa0000.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele guvernului Regatului Spaniei, Pedro SánchezȘtiri din 06.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-government-of-spain-pedro-sanchezDuring the working visit to the Kingdom of Spain, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had talks today with the President of the Government of Spain Pedro Sanchez. The two Prime Ministers hailed the two states excellent economic cooperation, which is on an upward trend both in terms of economic exchanges, which stand at around 4 billion euros, and of the amount of Spanish investments in Romania. The evolution of bilateral trade confirms a growing economic relationship. The Romanian Prime Minister also underlined that Romania has a stable and attractive economic environment, expressing appreciation for the Spanish companies investments in Romania, especially in the field of renewable energies, constructions and real estate. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also encouraged the participation of Spanish companies in the tenders organized by the Romanian authorities for projects funded under the ongoing operational programs, as well as the participation in public-private partnership investment projects or in the program for the privatization of Romanian state-owned companies. The talks confirmed the interest of both states in further developing a privileged relationship between the two countries. In this respect, the two officials agreed to continue efforts towards the organization of the first joint government meeting, including by identifying new opportunities for sectoral cooperation. During the meeting, the parties also agreed on boosting cooperation at the level of central authorities as well as at the level of local administration, through twinning agreements and direct contacts, in order that the Romanian authorities should benefit from the solid Spanish expertise in modernizing the public administration. Two Memorandums of Understanding were signed in this context, which allow drawing up joint projects in fields such as: defence and modernization of public administration: A Memorandum of Understanding between Romania and Spains Defence Ministries on defence cooperation; A Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institute of Administration of Romania(INA) and the Spanish National Institute of Public Administration (INAP); Prospects for expanding cooperation on road and rail infrastructure were also discussed, while considering ongoing projects with Spanish partners and the relevant expertise of the Spanish side. The sides agreed on the setting up of a technical working group liaising the responsible authorities which would facilitate the access to Spains expertise in this respect. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked for the constructive attitude of the Spanish authorities and society towards the Romanian community in Spain, the second largest Romanian community abroad. The Romanian Prime Minister also tackled the issue of granting dual citizenship to the Romanians who reside in the Kingdom of Spain, as well as aspects related to the expanded recognition of the status of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The two dignitaries evoked the historical, cultural and linguistic ties between the two countries and emphasized the firm pro-European commitment of Romanian and Spanish citizens. The interest of both sides was also emphasized in maintaining a permanent bilateral dialogue, in the light of Romanias taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. The Romanian official also showed that a good coordination of preparations for the May 2019 Sibiu Summit should provide the opportunity to assess the proposals, ideas and expectations of the EU member states and citizens regarding the future of the Union, including in the perspective of the next European electoral exercise. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed interest in Spains proven experience in the absorption of European funds for modernizing infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and overall society. Appreciation was also voiced for cooperation in the field of internal affairs. The Head of the Bucharest Executive reiterated that joining the Schengen Area continues to be a major political priority for Romania, and thanked for Spains constant support in this dossier. In this context, the issue of common challenges was also approached from the perspective of the two countries position in the EUs eastern and southern neighborhood respectively, and of the convergent interests for a democratic, safe, prosperous and predictable neighborhood. The Romanian Prime Minister also shared Spains concerns about the recent developments in illegal migration. During talks, the two officials also referred to the current good cooperation in the multilateral collaboration formats. At the close of the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă extended an invitation to the President of the Government of Spain Pedro Sanchez to pay a visit to Romania. 2018-09-06 16:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-09-06_at_16.16.47.jpegConsiliul Interministerial pentru Pregătirea și Exercitarea Președinției României la Consiliul Uniunii Europene a aprobat Calendarul actualizat al reuniunilor organizate în România în cele șase luni de mandatȘtiri din 04.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-interministerial-council-for-the-preparation-and-exercise-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-eu-approved-the-updated-schedule-of-the-meetings-to-be-held-in-romania-during-the-six-month-mandateThe Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU had a new working meeting today at the Victoria Palace, chaired by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The updated schedule of meetings to be held in Romania during the six-month mandate to the Presidency of the EU Council, which includes 239 events in Bucharest and across the country, covering all counties, was approved on this occasion. Thus, Romania enters the final stage of the organisational part of the process for the preparation of the mandate. It is a very important step. We all want a successful Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which we have to prepare very well, so that, from the moment of taking it over, things go very well, just as intended, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The progress achieved over the past months, both in terms of approaching the European topics, as well as at the organisational level for the preparation of this important moment for our country were presented on today's working meeting at the Victoria Palace. Equally, it was highlighted the fact that, currently, our country already has the status of future presidency in relation to the interlocutors from Brussels and, also, the status of shadow presidency in relation to the Austrian partners, which involves additional obligations and responsibilities for Romania, both at political and technical level. Exercising these duties represent the proof of Romanias commitment in terms of ensuring the continuity of the European agenda, by timely preparation of the transition of the negotiations towards the team of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The talks focused on the substance of the dossiers that Romania will manage during its mandate, but they also tackled other topics of interest, such as the Tourism Ministrys Tourist Promotion Plan for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Stage briefings were carried out, including with respect to aspects of public communication, needed for a common understanding and a concerted action of all ministries, both in the internal dialogue and coordination, and in the dialogue with the European partners. *** Additional information The Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU is the working format made up of representatives of the Romanian Government, Parliament and the Presidential Administration, being established with the purpose of ensuring the technical and political coordination for the moment when our country holds the Presidency of the EU Council. Romania will exercise for six months, as of January 1, 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the EU - one of the seven EU institutions. The rotating Presidency chairs in Brussels meetings of the Council of the European Union (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council), the COREPER meetings (meetings of the permanent representatives of the member countries in Brussels) and the meetings of some 200 working groups. The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will take place in a complex European and international context and its mandate will take into account the wide-ranging processes that will shape the European Union, such as the reflection on the future of the European Union, the Brexit process, the transition to a new legislative cycle following the European elections and, implicitly, the end of the mandate of the European Commission and the European Parliament, namely negotiations on EU strategic reference documents such as the new post-2019 Strategic Framework for Action and the future Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). 2018-09-04 19:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_9352.jpgDeclarațiile ministrului Finanțelor Publice, Eugen Teodorovici, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 04.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/statements-by-minister-of-public-finance-eugen-teodorovici-at-victoria-palace[Check against delivery] Eugen Teodorovici: Good afternoon. I will make some brief statements regarding the Romanian Government's attempt to approve a budget revision which is extremely necessary and useful for the proper functioning of the economy. I will give you some examples. The public opinion already knows them, but I will point out some elements which very clear show that any delay in the budget revision may generate negative effects on the economy. First of all, on the salary side. The month of September, in the event of the delay in the budget revision, will basically remain uncovered for a series of public entities. Moreover, the 10 percent deadlock that the Budget Law and the beginning of this year have forseen for various structures, if such a deadlock is maintained, the central and local investment may suffer, in the sense that delays can occur, and of course, with penalties or even deadlock in public projects unfolding. We have a great deal of local investment underway and which can encounter difficulties as a result of such a delay. We have investment projects involving county and municipal roads, streets and water supply, sewage, schools and other such projects needed by local communities. Also, on the unpleasant effect of the swine fever. Here, important amounts are provided in the draft budget revision to ensure the payment of compensations for slaughtered animals, in order that every person who has suffered a loss, receives nevertheless compensation. In addition, the purchase of disinfectants, mobile incinerators, the transportation of slaughtered animals and other such activities require immediate action and, as I said, with an effect on the budget too in order to adjust things as it is normal. Also, as far as agriculture is concerned, delays may occur in providing the funding of the autumn agricultural campaign and the investment in livestock farming, the poultry sector, and not only. Also, in the health sector, the fact that the budget revision is delayed, may produce additional effects, in fact, unpleasant effects and may even jeopardize the access to treatment of patients suffering from serious illnesses, the provision of blood supplies already insufficient and necessary in the healthcare units to carry out blood transfusions, as well as the referral to treatment abroad of patients for whom treatment cannot be provided in Romania. These were just a few of the negative effects. However, I would also like to tell you a few things about what happened today at the CSAT meeting. Namely: firstly, the Government has the obligation to ask and not to wait an opinion of the CSAT. That is what the law stipulates very clearly. Also, we could all see, we in the CSAT meeting and afterwards in the presidents conference - that the CSAT meeting was suspended. No legal provision stipulates that. Basically, suspension has no legal ground! Also, as regards what was discussed in CSAT on the budget of each CSAT member structure, the opinion of those present at the meeting, differs completely from the conclusion that the President has publicly expressed. To be very persuasive and very clear in front of the public opinion, I think it is obligatory and of common sense to ask for the declassification of the minutes of the CSAT meeting to see very clearly the point of view of each CSAT member structure. I think it is a normal thing and a gesture of transparency towards the Romanian citizens. Thank you very much. 2018-09-04 16:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_9247.jpgS-a dat startul întâlnirilor cu membrii Cabinetului de miniștri, în contextul pregătirilor pentru preluarea Președinției Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 03.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-meetings-with-the-cabinet-members-started-in-the-context-of-preparations-for-taking-over-the-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-euPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with Minister of the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan-Radu Oprea on September 3, 2018, the first of a series of meetings with members of the Cabinet, in the context of speeding up the preparation process for Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Attending the meeting was Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, who coordinates the preparation process for taking over the mandate our country will exercise for the first time, in the first semester of 2019. The preparation for and the exercise of the presidency of the Council of the European Union is a priority of the Romanian Government. In this well-coordinated collective effort, involving all central public administration institutions, we will have the opportunity to demonstrate for the first time since EU accession, how we translate into reality the pro-European political vision of our country and how we will mobilise the public administration in Romania to promote the European interest. That is why I started today a series of meetings with the members of the Cabinet I am leading, in order to agree on all the specific details of each portfolio, so that on January 1, 2019, we will be ready to take over, without interruptions, the responsibilities incumbent on us, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The guidelines for the Ministry of the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship were agreed during the meeting, in order to successfully exercise the prerogatives associated with this demarche. The finalisation of as many legislative files of European interest as possible, currently at various stages of negotiation, as well as the organisation of six events in Romania during the term of office, are among the priorities of the Ministry. Additional information Romania will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union between 1 January and 30 June 2019. This mandate is ensured by rotation between the Member States of the European Union every six months. During the exercise of the Presidency, Romania will represent the Council of the European Union in dialogue with the other European institutions, in particular the European Commission and the European Parliament, also working in close coordination with the President of the European Council in the decision-making process. The rotating Presidency ensures the day-to-day management of the European agenda and the presidency of the Councils sectoral formations at all levels (ministerial, ambassadorial and technical), with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council. The presidency should act as an impartial mediator, focusing mainly on the presentation of compromise proposals, conducive to the adoption of common positions of the Member States. 2018-09-03 19:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-03-07-31-16big_sigla_guvern.pngPorți Deschise la Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, cu sprijinul Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 03.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-03 13:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-03-01-53-33big_02_resize.jpgComunicat de presă Știri din 31.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-release1535988638The Government of Romania has taken and will continue to take all necessary institutional and financial measures to effectively control and combat the spread of African swine fever and calls on the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, to cease politically exploiting this situation with important economic and social consequences. The Executive reminds the President of Romania that the way the money from the Budget Reserve Fund at the Government's disposal is being allocated, is clarified both through specific legislation and also following the Constitutional Court's decision no. 558 of May 24, 2012. The Government also considers President Iohannis' accusations as groundless, all the more as he delayed inadmissibly long convening the CSAT (Supreme Council of National Defence) for the approval of the budget revision, although he knew that this draft revision also provides funds necessary for the actions to control and fight against the spread of African swine fever. The Government deems regrettable the fact that the President of Romania is trying through political approach to artificially worsen the situation caused by the African swine fever. Control measures Starting 2015, Romania has implemented a Program for the surveillance , prevention and control of African swine fever, initially in eight counties at risk, afterwards they extended it to the entire territory of Romania. This program is co-financed and approved by decision of the European Commission. On July 31, 2017, the first ASF (African swine fever) outbreak in domestic pigs was confirmed in a non-professional holding. The National Committee for Special Emergency Situations (CNSSU) was convened on August 1, 2017, June 22, 2018 (Decision no. 1/2018), July 6, 2018 (Decision no.2/2018), August 1, 2018 (Decision no. 3/2018) and August 28, 2018. At the same time, as of July 10, 2018, the preventive slaughter of pigs in the localities at high risk of disease spread was initiated as an exceptional measure applicable in case of suspicion / confirmation of the disease. The territorial area is established by order of the prefect, as the leader of the Local Decision Unit within the Local Center for the Fight against the Disease. Legislative framework - Executive Decision 484/2018 on amending the Executive Decision 1214/2009. Compensation measures The Government decided to grant incentives to hunters or managers of Hunting Funds to reduce wild boar density and improve passive surveillance. Amounts are awarded according to the European Commissions Annual Grant Decisions. Legislative framework - Executive Decision 485/2018 on amending Government Decision 830/2016: 225 lei / animal for wild boars found dead 65 lei / set of organs from male wild boars hunted in the area defined as high risk area. 400lei / set of organs from female wild boar hunted in the area defined as high risk area. The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority(ANSVSA) requested the budget supplementation at the expected budget revision with the amount of 212,272 million lei. Therefore, the Government provided in the draft budget revision the necessary additional amounts, but due to the delay in obtaining the CSATs opinion, the first budget revision in 2018 could not be adopted on time. Under these circumstances, in order to provide the funds immediately necessary for the payment of compensations, ANSVSA requested the Ministry of Public Finance to supplement the budget by redistributing commitment appropriations and budget appropriations from other credit release authorities in the amount of 40 million lei, funds that will be allocated as soon as possible. At the same time, as of June 10, 2018, the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority started the procedures for drawing up and submitting to the European Commission the application for the approval of the grant and the payment request in accordance with the provisions of the EC Decision 2015 / 144. Until August 10, 2018, ANSVSA communicated to the specialized Services of the European Commission, the estimated costs of compensations for livestock and products as well as the operational costs (slaughter, transport, carcass destruction, disinfection of units, destruction of feed, etc.). All this information will be updated and communicated to the Commission every two months. Based on the information provided by ANSVSA, in approximately two months after the estimated costs are received, the European Commission will adopt a financing decision that will define the conditions for implementation: the eligible costs and their amount, as well as the possibility of granting advance payments. The funding decision will then be adopted through a GRANT decision. Periodical reports on virus evolution Pig breeders, operators in the industry, hunters and fishermen associations, hunting funds managers and institutions with responsibilities in the prevention and control of African swine fever have been constantly informed and warned on the risks and impact of this virus. As a result of the evolution of African swine fever in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova and the proximity of the outbreaks to the border with Romania, by the end of 2015 and early 2016 respectively, ANSVSA has sent 67 notes so far across the country, and organized, throughout the country ,530 information and training sessions with commercial and non-commercial swine breeders, free practice veterinarians, managers of hunting funds, hunting associations and forestry directorates. These information and training sessions have been attended by companies and associations representatives, generally, by veterinarians, to whom the risks associated with the African swine fever spread, the measures to be obeyed and implemented for controlling and combating the virus have been presented. Farms and pig breeders, meat industry operators, hunting associations, free practice vets also had the necessary information and instructions to combat African swine fever on time, in order that the decisions they made on slaughtering measures, prevention and control of the spread of the virus were knowingly taken. Moreover, on August 9, 2018, ANSVSA posted on the site the evidence of the participation of the representatives of the companies in these training sessions, by publishing the minutes of all the meetings held by ANSVSA in each county, fact confirmed by the signatures of the legal representatives of the companies who attended the training sessions. These documents unambiguously demonstrate that the state authorities have timely, fairly and undiscriminately informed all operators in the industry about the risks of African swine fever and the measures to control and combat the spread of the virus. The minutes concluded in each county, within the information reports provided by ANSVSA, containing the signatures of all the participants, can be consulted on the ANSVSA website. Constitutional Court's decision no. 558 of May 24, 2012 Both the specific legislation and the decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania 558 of May 24, 2012 unequivocally provides for the way the amounts of the Budget Reserve Fund, at the Government's disposal, are allocated. According to the Decision, the Court notes that any urgent situations arising during the budget exercise can be resolved, in particular, by the Government granting additional amounts from the Reserve Fund at its disposal (as it was done in the case of the Government Decision no. 255/2012), but the allocation and spending of these amounts must be done only if there is an objective and real justification underlying them. In essence, the Reserve Fund at the Government's disposal must be a real reserve, used only in difficult times, only as a last resort and only when all the other funding modalities of an objective / action have been exhausted. The urgency feature shall accompany the allocation of these amounts from the time of ascertaining the need of making certain expenditure during the budget exercise up to the moment of making the payments for which they were requested. Budget allocations from the Budget Reserve Fund at the Government's disposal Through the state budget Law for 2018, no. 2/2018, the amount of 315.7 million lei was allocated to the Budget Reserve Fund at the Government's disposal - FRB (314.7 million lei), and for the Intervention Fund at the Government's disposal (1 million lei). The reserve fund was supplemented throughout the year with the amount of 402. 7 million lei according to the article 54 of the Public Finance Law no. 500/2002, with further amendments. In 2018, the Intervention Fund at the Government's disposal was supplemented with the amount of 514.5 million lei, from the Budget Reserve Fund at the Government's disposal, whereby the following amounts were allocated to local and central authorities to reduce the impact of natural disasters: 57,777 million lei through Executive Decision 177/2018 for administrative - territorial units hit by natural disasters in the counties: Arges, Buzau, Constanta, Dambovita, Harghita, Olt, Prahova, Valcea, Vrancea, to reduce the impact of natural disasters(ex: stabilization of land sliding and rehabilitation of communal roads, consolidation of county roads, rehabilitation of streets, decolmation of rivers and streams, reconstruction of bridges); 9,849 million lei through Government Decision no.336 / 2018 for administrative-territorial units hit by natural disasters in the counties: Argeş, Bistrita-Nasaud, Botosani, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Gorj, Olt, Teleorman counties, for rehabilitation works of local infrastructure affected by natural disasters (ex: communal roads, county roads, streets, bridges); 108,677 million lei through Government Decision no.514 / 2018 for administrative-territorial units hit by natural disasters in the counties: Alba, Bacau, Bistrita-Nasaud, Botosani, Buzau, Caras-Severin, Cluj, Covasna, Dambovita, Galati, Hunedoara, Iasi, Maramures, Mehedinti, Mures, Neamt, Prahova, Sibiu, Suceava, Teleorman, Vaslui, Valcea, Vrancea, for rehabilitation works of local infrastructure affected by natural disasters during March - July 2018 : communal roads, county roads, streets, bridges); 212,155 million lei through the Government Decision no.563 / 2018 for territorial-administrative units hit by the natural disasters in the counties: Alba, Arad, Argeş, Bacău, Bistriţa-Năsăud, Botoşani, Braşov, Buzău, Caraş- Severin, Cluj, Covasna, Damboviţa, Galati, Gorj, Harghita, Hunedoara, Iasi, Maramures, Mehedinti, Mures, Neamt, Prahova, Sibiu, Suceava, Teleorman, Vaslui, Valcea, Vrancea, to carry out repair works of local infrastructure hit by natural disasters during March - May 2018 (ex: communal roads, county roads, streets, bridges, water supply network). 57,159 million lei, through the Government Decision no.516 / 2018, supplementing the budget of the Ministry of Waters and Forests for the urgent implementation of the works needed to reduce the impact of the natural disasters of June 2018. 58,966 million lei, through the Government Decision no.582 / 2018, supplementing the budget of the Ministry of Waters and Forests to reduce the impact of the natural disasters caused by the floods during June - July 2018, on the water courses in the counties of Alba, Arges, Bacău, Braşov, Caraş- Severin, Covasna, Gorj, Harghita, Ialomita, Maramures, Neamt, Suceava, Valcea, 10 million lei through the Government Decision no.342 / 2018, supplementing the budget of the Ministry of Health - to remove the effects of the fire of April 11, 2018, at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Prof. Dr. George I.M. Georgescu Iasi. 2018-08-31 19:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-31-07-33-49big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la inaugurarea Stației pentru tratarea apei potabile Palas, obiectiv reabilitat și modernizat cu finanțare europeană, în cadrul Programul Operațional Infrastructură Mare 2014 -2020Știri din 31.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-opening-of-palas-drinking-water-treatment-plant-which-was-rehabilitated-and-modernized-with-european-financing-under-the-large-infrastructure-operational-program-2014-2020Address by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at Constanta, on the occasion of her participation in the opening of Palas drinking water treatment plant, rehabilitated and modernized with European financing, under the Large Infrastructure Operational Program 2014 -2020 Viorica Dăncilă: Good afternoon! I am glad to be alongside you today, on the occasion of two important moments for improving public services for citizens: I refer to Palas drinking water treatment plant , inaugurated today following rehabilitation and upgrading works. The second important event is linked to the signing of the financing contract for the regional development project of water and waste water infrastructure, project signed today by Minister Rovana Plumb and as the previous speakers told, several citizens will benefit of it. I am glad that the local authorities, RAJA society understood the importance of investment, the importance of the absorption of European funds. As you know, the Romanian Government intends to increase the absorption level of European funds and to have as many investment as possible in Romania. Therefore, if by the end of the year, the absorption level of European funds, through the effort of local public authorities, in June 2018, we had a 19 percent absorption level of European funds, and we want that by the end of this year, the absorption of European funds reaches 25 percent compared to 20 percent - the EU average. The Government wants to foster the EU funds absorption - even on the recent Cabinet meeting, we adopted a normative act that allows the local public authoriities to take loans from the Treasury, in the limit of 800 million lei. The money can be used for pre-financing, co-financing of projects from non-reimbursable external funds, but also for noneligible expenses in terms of local infrastructure and I refer to water, sewerage system, roads or schools. I would like to congratulate RAJA S.A Constanţa once again. I would like to congratulate the local authorities for these investments and I am sure that other important investments will follow for Constanţa municipality and Constanţa county. Thank you! Statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at Constanta [Check against delivery] Reporter: Are you going to propose something like this at this meeting? Viorica Dăncilă: We will not talk about government reshuffle in this Executive Committee. As you know, I said each minister will be evaluated, according to the programme for government. We have not done this yet, so we cannot talk about a government reshuffle. Reporter: Are you content with all ministers? Viorica Dăncilă: I can say this following the evaluation, compared to the accomplished tasks, to the degree of fulfillment of the objectives included in the programme for government. Until I see the roadmap of each Minister, if it has been fulfilled, I cannot make certain clarifications. Reporter: Certain PSD leaders say that some Ministers should be changed and demand this faster, given that we take over the presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1. Viorica Dancila: It is true that to us, the presidency of the Council of the EU is very important, I would say that it is a test that we give after Romanias accession to the EU. In this respect, because you brought it into discussion, I want to assure you that we are on schedule with preparations, we have the dossiers prepared for each Minister and as regards the takeover of the presidency, the Romanian Government makes all efforts for this presidency to be a successful one. Reporter: If there are changes to your Cabinet team, will it not be difficult for the new Ministers to get ready in order that they will be prepared for taking over the presidency on January 1? Viorica Dăncilă: Even if there are going to be changes to the Cabinet team, I told you, we have not discussed about it yet, we will make sure everyone is ready, acquaint themselves with the Austrian presidency, as you know, we assure the shadow presidency, as well as with our objectives under the presidency. Reporter: Did you understand when the Gendarmeries intervention order was issued on August 10? Viorica Dăncilă: I would not talk about this. Mrs. Carmen Dan gave explanations and presented a report in this respect. I have said many times that I do not want to accuse or absolve someone of any fault, but for me it is important that when accusations are being made, they are based on concrete evidence. Reporter: The Prefect of the Capital says that Interior Minister Carmen Dan lied. Viorica Dăncilă: These will be discussed in the Government. I have not had yet a discussion with the prefect or with the Interior Minister. Reporter: When do you finalize the Ministers' activity evaluation? Can you tell us if it takes a month, two or three, until ... Reporter: You said that these evaluations are periodically made. Viorica Dăncilă: A total evaluation will ensue. I cannot give you a ... Reporter: And inside of PSD? Viorica Dăncilă: Of course this assessment will be made within the coalition. We are a political government and it is normal to make this assessment within the coalition and to discuss with the co-chairs of the coalition. Reporter: When exactly? Viorica Dăncilă: I think starting this month we can begin this evaluation. But I think that more important than the evaluation is that all the measures we have taken are good ones, that we observe the programme for government and I think that this is noticed, despite some maliciousness in the public space, by the international organizations too. Reporter: Will you also visit the localities affected by swine fever? Viorica Dăncilă: It is not important for me to visit. If necessary, I will go. For me, it is important that we take all measures to help those areas, to observe what was established by Government, and at the same time, to me, it is important to have the budget revision in order to award compensations to people. As you brought this into discussion, I would very much want that this year, when we celebrate the Centennial Anniversary, people's grievances are not being taken advantage of, and turned into matters of political dispute. I think it is very important to take the required measures. Reporter: Have they be taken? Viorica Dăncilă: Yes, they have been taken, and I think all steps were explained in the press conference held by the Agriculture Minister with the Chairperson of ANSVSA and Mr. Raed Arafat. Take a look at the other countries as well! Unfortunately, it is a virus that does not have an antidote and we cannot say that we eradicate it everywhere as of tomorrow, but we can say that we will take all the necessary measures to give an answer. Reporter: Carpets for disinfection were laid. Cars passed over the carpets on which a solution was thrown. Is this how disinfection is done by ANSVSA? Is that how Mr. Geronimo Brănescu, Chairman of ANSVSA, thought it? Viorica Dăncilă: You refer to a person. I want to refer to the overall measures which have been taken and I think Mr. Brănescu gave all the necessary explanations in his press conference. Reporter: Former Prime Minister Victor Ponta said at a press conference in Constanta that he knew that the swine fever would break out, or that Romania was warned that there was a risk of it affecting Romania. Is this true? Viorica Dăncilă: I cannot say whether or not it is true. There can be a lot of speculation and I was just saying that pointing and turning this topic into a political subject is inopportune. Reporter: The European Commission stated in early 2017 that the necessary measures to prevent this crisis were not taken. Viorica Dăncilă: We had visiting experts from the European Commission and soon the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development will come to Romania. Thank you. 2018-08-31 13:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-08-31_at_13.28.45.jpegPregătiri pentru conferința ministerială regională pe teme de energie nucleară de la București, din luna octombrie: Întrevedere a viceprim-ministrului Viorel Ștefan cu directorul general al Agenției pentru Energie Nucleară, William MagwoodȘtiri din 29.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/preparations-for-the-regional-ministerial-conference-on-nuclear-energy-to-be-held-in-bucharest-in-october-vice-prime-minister-viorel-stefan-s-meeting-with-the-director-general-of-the-oecd-nuclear-energy-agency-nea-william-magwoodVice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan had a meeting today with William Magwood, Director -General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The NEA Director - General visits Romania as part of the preparations for the Regional Ministerial Conference on Energy, Nuclear Technology and Radioactive Waste Management to be hosted in Bucharest by the Romanian Government in co-operation with the Nuclear Energy Agency, on October 25-26. Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan reiterated the Romanian Governments support for the Regional Ministerial Conference, stating it was a welcome initiative in the context of Romanias accession to the NEA, as well as an important step in Romanias efforts to achieve the strategic objective of joining the OECD. In his turn, the Director -General of the NEA William Magwood underlined the importance of Romanias presence as a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency, mentioning that he wanted a concrete plan to be achieved for regional cooperation in the field of energy policy. During the meeting, Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan emphasized that the role of nuclear energy is an obvious one in the energy system, being essential in the long run in attaining the objectives of reducing carbon emissions in line with European energy strategy and policies. Romanias NEA membership confirms that our country meets international standards in developing, coordinating and implementing energy sector development policies, all these aspects being a priority for Romania. Additional information Romania joined the Nuclear Energy Agency(NEA) on 8 June 2017 by letter exchange, and the completion of the internal accession process was completed in October 2017. The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), an intergovernmental agency which is under the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, facilitates co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology and infrastructure in nuclear safety issues and in related fields: technology, science, environment and law. 2018-08-29 17:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_6616.jpgCeremonia de semnare a contractului de finanțare pentru proiectul ”Modernizarea infrastructurii hardware și software a Sistemului Național Unic pentru Apeluri de Urgență”Știri din 28.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-08-28 13:55:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-28-02-42-03big_06_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu reprezentanții Corpului diplomatic, în contextul Reuniunii Anuale a Diplomației RomâneȘtiri din 27.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-representatives-of-the-diplomatic-corps-in-the-context-of-the-annual-meeting-of-romanian-diplomacyAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the meeting with the representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, in the context of the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy [Check against delivery] Ladies and gentlemen, Ambassadors of Romania, distinguished representatives of the Romanian Diplomatic Corps, honorable audience, Welcome to Victoria Palace and thank you for the effort you have made to meet us today and to outline together our goals, both at present and especially as a response to future challenges. I am glad to meet you on the occasion of this special edition of the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomacy which takes place under the auspices of the celebration of the Great Union Centennial, as well as in the period preceding the takeover for the first time of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Romania, in January 2019. On my today's address, I will present a part of the Executive's priorities, outlining first of all, the role of the economic component of your important mission. I am sure that doubling the diplomatic missions' demarche at political level with a solid component of economic diplomacy is the key to attaining our objectives. Also, in the second part of my presentation, I will address certain aspects related to the exercise by Romania of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of next year, which is considered as one of our main challenges for the forthcoming period. Dear guests, I would like to do a brief stocktaking of the main projects and objectives of the programme for government 2018 -2020 which we managed to attain. We continued the implementation of the social measures mainly aimed at the increase of salaries, especially in the education and healthcare fields, support for re-employment and employment of people without a job, and increase of pensions. We have also continued the measures aimed at the process of cutting through the red tape, as well as at the simplification measures, including in the dialogue with the European institutions. We laid special focus on strategic investment, attracting foreign investment and implementing the measures we agreed on, with a view to intensifying the absorption of European funds. As you know, one of the factors that burdened the process of attracting significant investments lately was the very dense legislation that has unacceptedly long delayed the major investment projects. We have tried to meet the interests of economic sector and foreign investors by creating a predictable investment environment. We first acted on the causes and we amended the public procurement law and the law on public-private partnership. Also, a centralized procurement unit was set up within the Ministry of Public Finance, and a centralized procurement unit operates currently within the National Strategy and Prognosis Commission which will implement and closely monitor public-private partnership projects. It is important to remember that Romanias diplomatic efforts have made a significant contribution to a comparative analysis that allowed the identification of an optimal formula of the two legislative projects. Thus, we made the best use of the good practices existing at European level. This cooperation continues - and I would like to mention just one example: following the dialogue with the Irish Prime Minister in Bucharest, I agreed to create a group of experts in the field of public-private partnership projects management, the activity of which I hope will bring benefits. We alreday approved major projects of strategic investment, a series of which are in the field of transport infrastructure. I mention here the highway Ploiesti-Comarnic-Braşov, Craiova-Calafat-Drobeta Turnu Severin-Lugoj highway, Targu Neamţ-Iaşi-Ungheni highway and the construction of Bucharest South Airport. On last weeks Cabinet meeting, we also approved other strategic investment objectives which are to be prepared and awarded in a public-private partnership by the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis, including the following: Bucharest-Craiova- Timisoara and Cluj high - speed railway, from here, there are connections with Sofia, Belgrade and Budapest respectively. Such a regional interconnectivity project is also part of your mandate, requiring regional negotiations or in wider formats such as 16 + 1, and in particular enhanced cooperation with the European institutions and with investors in the countries where you currently are. Another project of strategic investment is the extension of the metro network by the construction of the M7 metro line, a project that will increase ​​the metropolitan area of ​​Bucharest; expansion of the port of Constanta by building additional operation terminals, creating the premises for the operation of high capacity vessels and increasing the maritime transport capacity for passengers and freight, implicitly for the increase of the volume of trade; the hydro-technical complex Turnu-Magurele-Nicopole on the Danube, having as main purpose the hydrotechnical arrangement of the river downstream of Iron Gates I and II; the multifunctional clinic Doctor Calistrat Grozovici, which will be built within the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Professor Doctor Matei Bals, the construction of two buildings with a surface area of ​​about 51,000 square meters on several levels; construction of the regional hospital Targu Mureş with a capacity of approximately 800-1,000 beds will provide medical assistance for complex medical cases that cannot be solved at the level of the counties or municipalities. Residential dwellings for doctors and ancillary staff will be built near the hospital as well as accommodation facilities for relatives and patient attendants. Thus, the health sector is a priority sector for the current government which approved other projects as well to be unfolded in public - private partnership. The most important is the - Carol Davila Medical Complex which will include the Republican Hospital too and which will become the most important medical center in South - Eastern Europe. Other public - private partnership pertains to the creation and operation of a national bank of blood, human plasma and stem cells. I want to mention that these projects will have their substantiation studies completed by the end of this year. There have been concrete talks in the bilateral dialogue with the European partners, about attracting investors, and it falls to you, alongside the experts of the Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other governmental experts, to continue these negotiations. Talking about strategic investment which were completed in the first semester of 2018, we have on the one hand, the purchase of the natural gas operator from the Republic of Moldova, Vestmoldtransgaz. I want to mention that it is the first time when Romania has an offensive approach to energy, and when it starts creating the conditions to become a genuine regional center in the natural gas supply. The procedures allowing us to start effectively the construction of gas pipeline BRUA 1 were completed. We already received 180 million euros from the European Union and we can effectively start this project which will total investments of 530 million euros. We propose the same in the field of electrical power. 192 kilometers of power lines were completed in this semester, which allows the interconnection with the neighboring states, I refer here to Hungary and Serbia. This is one of the important topics of the quadrilateral dialogue format which brings together Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. Two aircraft were also purchased for Tarom and we signed the procurement contract for five other aircraft. Also in the first semester, negotiations will be completed, whereby the state becomes again a major shareholder at Mangalia Shipyard. Thus, I think we are in a good format and it is high time to discuss the increasing efforts of the diplomatic missions to promote the Romanian economy abroad. The results of government actions appeared. Thus, the revenues to the state budget were, in the first six months of the year, by 12% higher than last year. Foreign direct investment grew, amounting to 2.21 billion euros between January - June 2018. We have sectors with great potential in external interaction, such as: information technology or the automotive industry. If we look at the plans of major investors from U.S., the European Union, China, Japan, to expand their businesses in Romania, we can conclude that there is a confidence in the evolution of the Romanian economy. All these positive developments do not mean, however, that we can be fully satisfied and that we are not aware of the internal and external economic challenges and risks. Examples in this sense are the alarm signals given by the business sector, and confirmed by market regarding a certain labor shortage in several branches of the economy. Romanian diplomatic missions abroad play the role of messengers of Romanias economic offerings, facilitators of contracts with the business sector in their countries of residence. You are the ones who identify and help to capitalize on opportunities for collaboration at institutional and corporate level. It is important that the - doors to Romanias embassies be always open to Romanian entrepreneurs interested in foreign markets. In addition to the constant availability to the business environment's requests, I expect that you extend a special attention to cooperation with the other public institutions, in your activity. In this respect, I would like to try together to intensify communication of diplomatic missions and the members of the Government on sectoral projects, through capitalization in a coordinated and effective way on those sectors in which new contracts and agreements can be signed. I am urging you, as heads of diplomatic missions, to use to the fullest extent the expertise of the diplomats you coordinate, including those sent on an external mission by the Ministries with economic vocation, commercial advisers, labour and social affairs attaches, domestic affairs attaches, military attaches, tourism attaches, and, in the future, agricultural attaches or those dealing with the diaspora. In addition to prioritising efforts to promote economic diplomacy and attract foreign investment, we must not neglect the fact that we are evolving in an extremely competitive international context, so for a cutting-edge economy it is absolutely necessary to enter new markets, and your role in identifying new business opportunities can prove to be extremely valuable. We need the diplomatic demarche to be upgraded, we need a higher speed of reaction to current challenges and opportunities, in line with EU principles. Once with the development of technologies and new ways of communication, we can promote a new way of approaching economic diplomacy. The main advantage of EU membership is that the economic and diplomatic interests of EU members are based on collaboration and not on confrontation. Ever since the beginning, EU was conceived as an economic community that represents the economic interests of the member states. This is why one of the EU's primary functions was the promotion of economic diplomacy. On the other hand, the diplomatic missions are tasked with developing the commercial diplomacy seen as a totality of steps designed to support the activity of companies home and the financial sector in order to attain economic success and meet the country's general development objectives. An important aspect of the work of these diplomats is the supply of information regarding investment and export opportunities, but also concrete support for the development of the businesses of the Romanian citizens. I can assure you, Messrs ambassadors, that we are closely following the work of the diplomatic missions. In March, I requested the Minister of Foreign Affairs for an analysis and evaluation of the activity of the Romanian ambassadors abroad, of the heads of missions and of the consuls general. I have also requested the Minister for business, trade and entrepreneurship to do the same in relation to the activity of the foreign trade attaches. I very much appreciate the ambassadors and consuls general who are constantly involved in activities of economic diplomacy. Such heads of missions are praised and represent a model worth replicating. I am aware of your work and projects and initiatives that hurtle against obstacles, but I believe that it is your mission, not an easy one, to persevere and use the new channels and instruments that the incumbent government makes available to you. Dear members of the diplomatic corps, I would like you to include in the reports that you are sending constantly several analyses on the economic developments in the states in which you were accredited and concrete proposals of bilateral sectoral cooperation. With respect to the preparation of the future foreign policy actions, I kindly request your further involvement. In this respect, it is very important that your steps outline with priority and as clear as possible, the important projects aimed at the bilateral relationship, reflecting their current status and providing arguments for their promotion. Your actions should mainly refer to feasible projects, including the package of good practices and models to follow and should focus on possibilities to attract investment in Romania, investment funds, regional development, increase of jobs, technological transfer and other objectives. At the same time, it is of interest the information about those sectors in which the country of your accreditation, excels, and which might represent a source of expertise for Romania. Therefore, seizing the opportunity this meeting represents, I want to invite you to explore the various ways whereby Romania can be better anchored in the world economic system, making the best of your experience in the field of diplomacy and foreign policy. Ambassadors, heads of mission, consul general, honorary audience, in terms of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU, I know that you have in-depth discussions with line ministries and members of the preparation teams. Exercising the Presidency is an opportunity to develop our role and credibility as a Member State. I would like to express my commitment and the Government's commitment to ensuring that the exercise of the Council Presidency will be one that Romania will gain from, in its relationship with the European institutions, with the EU Member States and its external partners. We will have the opportunity to demonstrate for the first time since joining the European Union how we translate into reality the pro-European political vision of our country and how we will put the Romanian public administrations capacity to work to promote the European interest. In the run-up to the takeover of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we are expecting an intense program of visits that we will receive in Bucharest or which we will make to Brussels and other European capitals. We will discuss with European institutions, with Member States, with representatives of non-EU countries, who will come to Romania at high level, about European topics of particular interest to them. The period during which Romania will exercise the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be one of a special complexity and one of great importance for the European project's prospects, given the current challenges and dossiers that will be on the European agenda at that time. I am referring here to the discussions on the future of the EU, the completion of the UK withdrawal process, the negotiations on the future multiannual financial framework, the development of the EU social dimension or discussions on strengthening the EUs internal and external security. The work programme of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council will focus on four main chapters of action: ensuring a sustainable and fair development for all Member States through enhanced convergence, cohesion, innovation, digitization and connectivity; maintaining a secure EU; strengthening the EUs global role; promotion of Europes set of values, with emphasis on economic, social and territorial cohesion, as a basis for the development of the European project. In preparing and exercising the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, we expect our ambassadors to be involved in the responsibilities Romania holds at the European level. Over the next period, the embassies will have to play a more active role, and in the context of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council, this role will have to be capitalized and used as an important vehicle to boost our bilateral relations, including through enhanced promotion of the investment opportunities in our country. This task, which you have had, of course, hitherto, and on which I insist to remain a priority, will get new signification if we can fully exploit the opportunities offered by the exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. I want you to communicate the preparation efforts we have made to date, to present the priorities and, later, the results of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Therefore, please pay more attention to the dialogue with the authorities of your state of residence, on the European dossiers and topics that the Romanian Presidency will manage at the EU Council. I started by outlining the major role of the economic diplomacy from the perspective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Romania will seek to ensure a sustainable development, through an increased level of convergence and cohesion as well as to strengthen EU's global role. It is also essential for Romania that the overall decisions concerning the future of the economic and monetary union be formulated in a format accepted by all Member States. EU has to develop a strategy to include the Member States' economic and political objectives. A first step would be to draw up some free trade and investment agreements followed by unilateral economic and commercial measures. The next step aims at increasing the EUs impact on international development programmes. Romania will concomitantly promote a multilateral trade system, open transparent and based on rules under the aegis of the World Trade Organization, taking into account the profile of the national economy, increasingly oriented towards exports. In conclusion, I assure you of my support and commitment regarding the external role of a Prime Minister, but I reaffirm the high expectations I will continue to have in terms of the Romanian diplomacy's contribution to economic development, to promoting the interests of Romania and Romanian citizens. Distinguished members of the Diplomatic corps, I wish you success in your activity and I am looking forward to cooperating together in projects of major importance for Romania, under the aegis of the spirit of unity and consensus of the Great Union Centennial. Thank you. 2018-08-27 18:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-27-06-11-50big_02_resize.jpgBlocarea adoptării primei rectificări bugetare afectează negativ economia și drepturi fundamentale ale românilorȘtiri din 24.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/blocking-the-adoption-of-the-first-budget-revision-negatively-affects-the-economy-and-the-romanians-fundamental-rightsThe Romanian Government fully understands its responsibilities to ensure a good governance and will take all necessary measures for the full and timely payment of pensions, allowances, child benefit, state sector salaries, to ensure the medical services, and the citizens' safety, the proper functioning of state institutions, despite the attempts of President Klaus Iohannis to block the adoption of the first budget revision of this year. The Presidents refusal to urgently convene the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) to approve the draft budget revision can jeopardize not only the incomes of the most vulnerable categories, namely pensioners, mothers and children, but also the access of the patients to medical services. Additional funds for pensions and other social rights Taking into account the amendment of the Pension Law, recently passed by Parliament and promulgated by President Klaus Iohhanis, as well as the increasing number of beneficiaries of child benefit, child- raising allowances and re-entry incentives for back-to-work moms, an addition to the amounts initially allocated to the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice is necessary. More specifically, an additional amount of 1.3 billion lei is needed for the payment of pensions, according to the new legal provisions, and an increase in the budget by 450 million lei is necessary for the payment of other rights due to children and their parents. Larger resources for healthcare In the health sector, the failure to allocate additional resources on time, jeopardizes the access to treatment of patients suffering from serious illnesses, the provision of blood supplies, at present -insufficient ,for blood transfusions in health care facilities, as well as referral to treatment abroad for patients for whom treatment cannot be provided in Romania. In the draft budget revision, an additional amount of 65 million lei was earmarked for the treatment of HIV / AIDS patients, 38 million lei for the purchase of reagents, blood collection bags, sanitary materials and food vouchers, 5 million lei for the National Programme of prevention, surveillance and control of tuberculosis and 10 million lei to save the lives of patients who cannot be treated in Romania. Also, failure to adopt in time the budget revision, implies risks in terms of full and timely payment of salary rights of staff in the medical system, although there are budgetary resources available to provide them. The delay in approving the revision also puts at risk the provision of free and compensated medicines and treatments for the following months for chronic patients with serious illnesses: oncological diseases, diabetes, people in need of dialysis and those suffering from rare diseases. Citizen safety Citizens' safety and protection need means of intervention, trained and motivated staff and adequate resources. By the budget revision, the Government provided extra money for endowing MAI(Internal Affairs Ministry) structures with intervention means for the maintenance of helicopters that provide air support, especially in SMURDs rescue missions, equipment and fuel. The budget revision also includes the amounts needed to supplement MAI staff by including both young graduates from their own educational establishments and from external sources, the payment of overtime worked outside the normal working hours for staff with special status operating in the public safety and order sector, in observance of the state border regime of Romania, in emergency situations, etc. The additional amounts were earmarked through budget revision considering that the legal basis for their payment was adopted by Parliament on April 1, 2018. Control and fight against African swine fever Controlling and fighting the African swine fever on Romanian soil have prompted urgent and firm intervention measures that require additional funds for the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority. The draft budget revision provides resources for the payment of compensation for slaughtered animals, purchase of disinfectants, mobile incinerators, transport of slaughtered animals etc. The delay in adopting the budget revision affects the proper unfolding of the program designed to control and fight the African swine fever. Support for agriculture The financial impact of the delay of the budget revision is estimated at EUR 1.75 billion - 0.8% of GDP and is generated by the delay in ensuring the funding of the agricultural autumn campaign and investment in livestock farming for the poultry sector, the swine breeding sector respectively. Under these conditions, the production costs could increase by 10% precisely during the land preparation period, and the timely payment of the diesel subsidy - 100 million lei is jeopardised. At the same time, direct payments through the EAGF programme will be compromised because the financing of this sector by 14.65 million lei is postponed. At ANIF, the lack of funds for repairs to 38 irrigation facilities will have an estimated economic impact of 1 billion euros under the prolonged drought. European non-reimbursable funds European non-reimbursable funds are an extremely important resource for Romanias development, which is why the Government has made strong efforts to contract as many projects funded by European money as possible. By delaying the budget revision, it is delayed the conclusion of financing contracts under the Human Capital Operational Program, amounting to approximately EUR 1,120 million, of which the EU's contribution is EUR 952 million. These projects are found in vital areas for Romanians: Health - nearly 400 million euros; Education - nearly 320 million euros; Labor market - nearly 100 million euros; Child protection - nearly 300 million euros. Investments in local infrastructure The National Local Development Program funds local investment objectives with impact on peoples everyday life: investments in construction projects of county, countryside roads, streets, water - sewerage system, schools, works to be achieved mainly in the summer. The amount defrayed by the local administration reached 500 million lei and it is necessary to supplement the funds for this program. The failure to timely approve the state budget revision will lead to delaying the financing of these investments and the failure to timely pay the works carried out, these being estimated at 300 million lei. Also, the territorial-administrative units have made numerous requests to supplement the balancing amounts allocated from the state budget to ensure the operation costs, and the county councils are encountering difficulties in financing the child protection system and the social assistance centers for people with disabilities. Investments in transport infrastructure The attempt to block the adoption of the budget revision also affects key transport projects such as maintenance and repair works on national road lines and highways, capital repair works for railway. At the same time, it causes delays in defraying travel incentives for public passenger transport operators with impact on the activity of carriers providing services to students, pupils, retired, war veterans and 1989 Revolution participants. Arrears, insolvency, etc. may occur, which can entail pending legal action, leading inevitably to the increase of the amounts due from the state budget. Backing the business environment Delay of the budget revision put at risk the programs aimed at supporting Romanian entrepreneurs. The draft revision provides additionally 14 million lei for Romanian companies' participation in 18 fairs and exhibitions abroad, under the national flag. Over 150 participating companies, potential exporters, are affected. Also, the program to support the internationalization of Romanian economic operators cannot be launched in August 2018, as it was initially planned. The program consists of subsidizing the participation of Romanian companies in international fairs and exhibitions under their own brand. The initial budget of the program is 10 million euros. Another effect is the delay in launching the Start-Up Nation 2018 program in the absence of an approved budget. Furthermore, some of the main credit release authorities, including the Romanian Cultural Institute, the State Secretariat for the Recognition of Merits of Fighters against the Communist Regime Established in Romania during the 1945 - 1989 period , they do not have the full payment of wages ensured for September, given that through the budget revision, a proposal was made so that personnel costs were to be supplemented. As a result of the President's decision not to convene the CSAT meeting, there is a risk that employees of these public institutions to not benefit on time from the payment of social contributions. Once again, the Romanian Government publicly requests President Klaus Iohannis, to attach due importance to the draft budget revision for 2018 so as not to bring serious damage to the guarantee of Romanians rights to healthcare, pension, public safety and the proper functioning of state institutions. 2018-08-24 15:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-24-03-57-31big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, întrevedere cu reprezentații Asociației Investitorilor din România (AIR) în Republica MoldovaȘtiri din 22.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-a-meeting-with-the-representatives-of-the-romanian-investors-association-air-in-the-republic-of-moldovaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met today, August 22, with the representatives of the Romanian Investors Association (AIR) in the Republic of Moldova. On this occasion, the senior Romanian official reiterated the special importance that Romania attaches to the Strategic Partnership with the Republic of Moldova. The Head of the Executive emphasized the importance of intensifying consultations and bilateral cooperation on all topics of common interest, such as: enhanced investment, the irreversible connection of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union, to Romania implicitly, in terms of energy, infrastructure, institutions and values as well. During the meeting, the activity priorities of the Romanian Investors Association (AIR) in the Republic of Moldova were presented as well as the mutual interest in strengthening efforts aimed at improving the Republic of Moldova's investment environment through mutual assistance. We specify that early this year, on the occasion of her visit to Chisinau, the Head of the Executive also attended the inauguration of AIR in the Republic of Moldova. 2018-08-22 16:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-22-04-31-30big_03_resize.jpgGuvernul României a solicitat convocarea CSATȘtiri din 22.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/government-requested-that-csat-be-convenedYesterday evening, the Government sent the President of Romania the request to urgently convene the meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) aimed at assessing and approving the proposals to rectify the budgets of the institutions with national security responsibilities, included in the first draft amendment of the state budget in 2018. The Executive made this demarche on the basis of Art. 6 (paragraph 2) of Law no. 415/2002 on the organization and functioning of the Supreme Council for National Defence. The request to urgently convene the CSAT takes into account the necessity of adopting the first budget amendment this year with a view to ensuring the necessary resources for the payment of the compulsory expenditure of the general consolidated budget, namely salary rights, social protection expenditure, local budgets balancing, expenditure for the payment of Romanias contribution to the European Union, as well as financing the activities related to the fight against African swine fever. 2018-08-22 09:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-22-09-05-22big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă transmite întreaga compasiune familiilor celor care și-au pierdut viața în tragedia de lângă GenovaȘtiri din 15.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-offered-her-deepest-sympathy-to-the-families-of-those-who-lost-their-lives-in-the-genoa-tragedyPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received with profound grief the tragic news of the loss of human lives, with Romanian citizens among casualties, as well as the injury of several people, following the collapse of Morandi bridge, near Genoa. I offer my deepest sympathy to the families who lost someone dear in yesterday's accident in Italy, Romanians or citizens of other nationality. My thoughts are going out to all those who lost their lives in such a brutal way, as well as to all those who are suffering because of injuries, or because of the loss of someone dear. Sincere condolences to the victims families. I wish those injured good health and quick recovery, as well as the strength to overcome this trauma , conveyed Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. Yesterday, the Romanian Executive sent a letter of condolence to the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Giuseppe Conte, expressing the Romanian Government and people' solidarity with the Italian Government and the people sorely tried by this tragedy. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă is permanently in contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to grant all the necessary support to the families of Romanians who lost their lives in this terrible accident. It is a tragic situation and we are duty-bound to help our compatriots. We will resort to all the legal levers and we will do everything humanly possible for the families of the Romanians who lost their lives, to receive the support they need, stated Prime Minister Dăncilă . 2018-08-15 19:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-15-07-40-28big_stema.pngMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Marinei RomâneȘtiri din 15.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-from-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-the-romanian-navy-dayAugust 15 has strong significations for Romanians: on this day, we celebrate both the Assumption and the Romanian Navy Day. My thoughts today are with the military and civilian marines, with all those who devoted themselves to the navy-related fields. Under the national flag, they bring day after day new meanings and deeper connotations to the notions of devotion, courage and professionalism. Through their participation in the multinational exercises alongside our partners from the North-Atlantic Alliance and their active contribution to the implementation of the collective security measures of the Alliance, the marines from the Romanian Naval Forces honor Romania. I wish a Happy Navy Day! to all military and civilian marines! Be that the Holy Virgin Mary, the protector of the Romanian marines, protects and guides you on your way home, to your families and the dear ones! 2018-08-15 08:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-15-08-58-55big_stema.pngPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a delegației Congresului SUA condusă de Devin Nunes, președintele Comitetului Permanent pentru Informații din Camera Reprezentanților a SUAȘtiri din 14.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-a-delegation-of-the-us-congress-headed-by-devin-nunes-chairman-of-the-united-states-house-permanent-select-committee-on-intelligencePrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă welcomed a delegation of the US Congress headed by Devin Nunes, Chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On this occasion, the senior Romanian official hailed the constant support that the US Congress grants to the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States of America. At the same time, Prime Minister reiterated the special importance Romania attaches to the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America. The Head of the Executive also underlined the interest of Romania in intensifying bilateral consultations and cooperation on all issues of common interest, discussing with the American interlocutors the future bilateral political agenda. In addition to the importance of strengthening the political dialogue, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the need for the economic dimension of the Strategic Partnership to be developed, considering Romanias high potential and its interest in an increased presence of US investors. In this context, Prime Minister also voiced appreciation for the dynamics of the cooperation relations in the energy sector and the growing involvement of US companies in the field of exploration of hydrocarbon resources, especially in the Black Sea. The Head of the Romanian Executive also reviewed the latest regional security developments, highlighting the strategic importance of the Black Sea region to Euro-Atlantic security as a whole, and underscoring the need for a strong transatlantic link. Prime Minister also emphasized the importance of the decisions taken at the July 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels to the security and stability of NATOs eastern flank. The Head of the Executive also mentioned Romanias consistent contributions to Euro-Atlantic security, highlighting the positive results in meeting the defence spending commitments. At the same time, Prime Minister added that Romania will continue to act as a responsible ally, actively contributing to the promotion of security in the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond. The enlargement of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was also on the talks agenda, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voicing hope that the US authorities will be in favour of the OECD enlargement and will support Romanias membership bid. 2018-08-14 15:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_6596.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a solicitat, în regim de urgență, un raport complet referitor la provocarea violențelorȘtiri din 11.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-requests-a-complete-urgent-report-on-the-provocation-of-violent-actions-in-bucharestPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă firmly condemns the violent actions that took place in Bucharest on Friday evening, which were carried out by organized groups that hijacked a citizens' manifestation. The reports of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) show that the violent actions were gradually carried out by groups of well-organized people who attacked the law enforcement forces, institutions and destroyed public goods, with intent to trigger a conflict between nonviolent protesters and the law enforcement forces, by making state's authority become vulnerable. The Government currently expects the competent institutions to carry out all the necessary investigations so that the culprits of violent actions are held accountable. This morning, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila asked the Romanian Intelligence Service for a complete urgent report on the individuals who prepared and provoked the violent actions, as well on the way in which the institutions of the Romanian state with duties in supplying with data and information on the intentions of hijacking the public protest actions, acted. Unfortunately, street violence is accompanied by a series of statements by political leaders trying to exploit to their own advantage the dramatic effects of these events by launching accusations against the law enforcement forces and state institutions and inciting the population against them. We call for more responsibility in public statements and the abandonment of the use of regrettable events for electoral purposes. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila respects the right of citizens to demonstrate and express their opinions in public, and believes that this right should in no way be confiscated by politicians or groups that have interests to destabilize order in society. 2018-08-11 13:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-11-01-25-49big_sigla_guvern.pngComitetul interministerial dedicat pregătirii Centenarului și declarații de presă susținute de ministrul Culturii și Identității Naționale, George Ivașcu, privind bilanțul la șase luni de la preluarea mandatuluiȘtiri din 03.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-inter-ministerial-committee-for-the-preparation-of-the-centenary-and-press-statements-by-the-minister-of-culture-and-national-identity-george-iva-cu-on-the-six-month-stocktaking-report-since-taking-office2018-08-03 14:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-03-02-57-18big_04_resize.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de premierul Viorica Dăncilă, referitoare la prima rectificare bugetară a anului 2018Știri din 02.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-statements-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-the-first-budget-revision-of-2018Viorica Dăncilă: Good evening! I will present the first budget revision of 2018. The most important information on this subject is that we have a positive revision, which indicates a good evolution of the economy. Following the first seven months, the estimate of revenues to the general consolidated budget for this year rose by nearly 6 billion lei compared to initial forecasting. If we draw a comparison with past year, we notice that at the first budget revision of this year, we have a much more larger amount, five times more than in 2017. As regards the evolution of the gross domestic product, as compared to initial estimate, after the first seven months this year, the specialists appreciate that GDP will rise this year up to 945 billion lei, by 37 billion more that we estimated at the outset. As regards the budget deficit, we maintain the 2.97 percent target of GDP, therefore, below 3 percent threshold undertaken to EU. I know that similar to last year, several doubts were expressed publicly over the Government's capacity to maintain this target. This is why I mentioned that seven months after, the deficit stands at 1.3 percent of GDP, which offers us enough space for observing the initially assumed target. Before presenting you the way the budget surplus has been allocated, I would like to present you the principles we took into account when making this revision. First of all, to dispel all rumors artificially fuelled regarding money for pensions and wages, I want to tell you that following revision, the amounts necessary to pay the pensions and wages are fully ensured by the end of the year. I therefore request the pensioners to take into account the official data presented by Government and the competent institutions and I assure them that the pensions we have just increased, have full coverage in the budget. Other principle was to ensure all the amounts necessary for investment projects we committed to carry through this year. Also, we provided the budget and commitment appropriations necessary to back the business environment, especially through aid schemes and state guarantees. There were also cuts in the budgets of some institutions, we have reduced however only where there is a low use of the money allocated. If they were unable to spend the money at their disposal, we considered it better to take this surplus and allocate it as a priority to healthcare, education and investment. With respect to the pension budget, this was supplemented by more than 850 million lei. We took into account the latest legislative amendments adopted in Parliament with respect to recalculation of pensions for those who worked in hazardous conditions, so that there is equality between the pensioners of these occupational categories, irrespective of the period when they retired. The healthcare, priority field in our vision of government benefitted of a large supplement of 891 million lei, the largest part of this sum being allocated for the purchase of medical equipment. From this surplus, we will purchase 300 incubators for maternities, 300 hearing aids for newborn babies, and other equipment for mothers and children. We also allocated the necessary amounts to carry out the project unfolded in cooperation with the World Bank to purchase equipment for the emergency units, magnetic resonance imaging devices and CT scanners, as well as screening equipment for early detection of cancer. We also allocated additional amounts for public health programs and for projects with non-reimbursable external funding. As regards the education, the second priority area of ​​the programme for government, we allocated an additional amount of 178 million lei. This money will be used to pay scholarships, to pupils and students and also for investment in educational units. Also for universities, money was allocated for the construction of a university aula and a conference hall at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, the completion of the C Building at Valahia University in Targoviste, as well as the completion of the central office of the University of Pitesti. In the field of agriculture, where we included the National Sanitary Veterinary Authority too, we allocated an additional amount of 185 million lei. I emphasize, however, that we provided in the budget an amount of over 110 million lei to combat and eradicate the African swine fever. This money will also be used to compensate farmers. We also provided the amounts necessary for diesel fuel payments for agricultural works. We will also start investing in 37 pumping stations needed to expand irrigated farmland. A large amount has been allocated to local authorities. Here we have an additional 1.1 billion lei to maintain the local communities revenues at least at the level of 2017, and to provide the necessary money for the program food for pupils. To this adds another amount of 300 million lei for investments through the National Programme for Local Development, I refer to PNDL 1 and PNDL 2, money that will be allocated to local communities through the Ministry of Development, especially to extend the water and sewerage networks and to rehabilitate county and countryside roads. It is for the first time in the last four years that the Transport sector will receive extra money at budget revision. The additional amounts are intended to back investment projects in the transport infrastructure, but also for the purchase of a flight simulator for the Aviation School. The amounts necessary for completion of the upgrade of DN 18, Baia Mare - Sighetu Marmatiei - Iacobeni road section, are provided in the budget. We will also allocate the amounts needed for the completion of Agigea-Constanta Bridge, construction of the bridge over the Vedea River, starting complex works on the Ramnicul Valcea - Valcele railway, work lagging behind for more than 15 years. Also in the field of investments, we budgeted 21 million lei to prepare 21 investment projects through public - private partnership in transport infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture and tourism. We allocated an extra amount of 366 million lei for the Internal Affairs Ministry, to purchase equipment and means of intervention and terrestrial mobility for Gendarmerie and Police, and also to ensure salaries for nearly 8,000 positions for police agents and non- commissioned officers. We have important extra funds for the - Rabla(Car scrappage) program, on granting other 30,000 vouchers for car purchase, thus, we will reach 50,000 vouchers allocated this year for - Rabla program double than in 2017. At the same time, we start a program for the upgrade of household appliances to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient appliances. We have secured the financial resources for all state aid schemes adopted by the Government for the population and the business environment. An additional amount of 250 million lei was allocated here to support the state aid scheme for investments higher than EUR 3 million for the Invest in yourself program, on granting interest-free loans to Romanians, and for the return of the excise duty on diesel to carriers. We will also provide at this revision commitment appropriations of 1.8 billion lei for the following programs: the Start-Up Nation program, the second session benefiting young entrepreneurs and which provides a financing of 200, 000 lei for each business project; the programme backing the film industry, which will start on September 1 this year, and which implies covering up to 45% of the costs of films produced in Romania. The - Growth programme, investing in children, investing in the future, whereby we grant an aid of 50 percent of the value of the project for the construction in private regime of 2,000 maternities and kindergartens, including Olympic kindergartens. The 'Growth programme - we invest in the housing service, whereby we will grant a 50 percent aid from the value of the project for companies to build housing for their own employees. The - Growth programme, 5 star residences whereby we will grant the same 50 percent aid from the value of the project for building luxury residences for elderly people. - The growth programme - junior savings account, grants a yearly aid of 600 lei. The investment programme in areas with high unemployment whereby we will support business development in counties with low employment rate. Grants of more than 50 percent of the investment value will be awarded to entrepreneurs who create well-paid jobs. Through this budget revision, we allocated to ANAF an extra sum of 278 million lei to upgrade the IT system, purchase equipment for customs personnel and upgrade customs offices at EU border, respectively on the border with the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Serbia. As I said at the outset, there were Ministries or institutions where we operated budget cuts. I outline that such cuts were made where we noticed a low degree of spending the amounts that the respective Ministries or institutions had at their disposal. The list that we will present you includes only the main credit release authorities with negative rectification higher than ten million lei. Thank you. 2018-08-02 19:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-02-08-06-47big_fullsizerender.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Comunitatea românească din Marea Britanie reprezintă o punte de legătură între țările noastreȘtiri din 02.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-the-romanian-community-in-the-united-kingdom-represents-a-bridge-between-our-countriesToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting at Victoria Palace with the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during which they discussed about the development of the Strategic Partnership, the consolidation of the bilateral relations, and the observance of the rights of the Romanian nationals in the U.K. in the context of Brexit. Prime Minister highlighted that cooperation in the field of security and defence as well as the economic relations represent the pillars of the Strategic Partnership and the financial, education, development - competitiveness, trade and investment sectors are important components of the solidly developed Partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom. Romania is interested in strengthening the Strategic Partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, for it to be best tailored to current challenges, in the spirit of the real development potential and common expectations. Bilateral trade reached the highest level in the history of our relations, amounting to EUR four billion. It is nevertheless important to identify new ways of cooperation in the field of investment and trade, taking into account the fact that Romania offers an attractive business environment, stated the Head of the Executive. The UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson appreciated the level of bilateral relations, as well as the important role that Romania has in the North Atlantic Alliance. Bilateral cooperation has become increasingly valuable and the development opportunities must be further capitalized, especially in the defence and security, economic, research and science areas. In this context, the two officials discussed about concluding a new Cooperation Agreement in the field of defence between Romania and United Kingdom, adapted to current context. They also agreed on establishing bilateral meetings of relevant Ministers, with a view to making the best use of the cooperation potential between the two countries. Observance of the right of the Romanians who are studying and working in the United Kingdom, in the context of Brexit, was also discussed by the two officials. For the Romanian Government, protecting the rights and interests of the Romanian nationals in UK is an issue of great interest. We have developed governmental programs to persuade an increasing number of Romanians abroad to return home. But, many of them are well - integrated and have made an important contribution to the societies of the states in which they are living. The Romanian community represents a bridge between our countries. We are honored by the decision of the British authorities to award a distinction to our compatriot Florin Morariu for his acts of bravery in the context of the London 2017 terror attack, emphasized Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The British Secretary of Defence voiced his opinion that Romanians are well - integrated in the British society, stating that they are motivated and well-educated. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace was also the Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor. 2018-08-02 18:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-02-06-42-26big_004_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei Imnului Național al RomânieiȘtiri din 29.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-from-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-romania-s-national-anthem-dayWe mark today Romania's National Anthem Day, a celebration with a special significance in the Centennial Year of the Greater Union. Deșteaptă-te, romane! (Awaken Ye, Romanian!) instilled courage in Romanians in many moments of the modern history. It mobilized those who gathered in Alba-Iulia, on December 1, 1918, its beats expressing back then the joy of the Romanians' accomplished will for unity. At present, Deșteaptă-te, romane! is our national anthem, and we are moved every time we hear it crowning our compatriots' achievements. We pay homage to this symbol of our nation! Happy National Anthem Day, Romanians! Happy Birthday, Romania! Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister of Romania 2018-07-29 13:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-29-01-12-19big_stema.pngVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în Republica MacedoniaȘtiri din 27.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-her-macedonian-counterpart-zoran-zaevPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev On an official visit to the Republic of Macedonia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. During the meeting which took place shortly after the meeting held on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit in Sofia, on July 4, 2018, the two high officials continued the talks on topics of common interest, such as: the stage of bilateral cooperation, European and Euro- Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia as well as the recent regional developments. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed the Romanian Government's firm political support for the European and Euro- Atlantic path of the Republic of Macedonia and the availability to provide technical assistance for EU and NATO accession processes. In this context, the senior Romanian official passed congratulations for the Republic of Macedonia having recently received confirmation from Brussels regarding the opening of the EU accession negotiations, as well as for having received the invitation to join NATO. Also, the Head of the Executive congratulated her Macedonian counterpart and the team of Ministers for the major efforts made lately, in the context in which the EU and NATO accession is a major objective undertaken by the current Skopje Government. Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the satisfaction for the positive content of the EU Council Conclusions of June 2018, which open the way to the start of the EU accession negotiations, respectively setting a roadmap to allow, based on fulfilling the conditionalities, the adoption of a decision to launch them on June 2019 and holding until the end of 2019, the first accession conference. The high Romanian official mentioned that the two opportunities had been opened especially due to the Republic of Macedonia's courageous and historical decision to sign an agreement on its constitutional name, with Greece, and she voiced confidence in the maturity of the Macedonian public opinion whose support is necessary for the Prespa historical agreement to produce long - term beneficial effects. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and encouraged the high Macedonian official to continue the reform efforts to achieve the necessary progress before the end of Romania's mandate in June 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the will to open together new prospects for cooperation at bilateral level through political dialogue, work-level meetings, and intensification of sectorial cooperation. The high Romanian official emphasized the new opportunities offered by Romania to the Macedonian minority by instituting the Day of Macedonian Language, on December 8, and called for similar attention from Skopje for the Aromanian minority in Macedonia. The two Prime Ministers approached the need for developing the current significant potential of the bilateral economic cooperation, among the initiatives discussed being the organization of a bilateral economic Forum in the future, as well as the initiation of an analysis on the opportunity of direct flights Bucharest-Skopje. Also, the two Prime Ministers agreed on a series of measures for the swift completion of the package of bilateral agreements in progress in Bucharest and Skopje. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was welcomed by the Vice-President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Goran Misovski Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, currently on an official visit in Skopje, had a meeting with the Vice President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Goran Misovski. On this occasion, the two dignitaries held talks about strengthening parliamentary cooperation and the importance of parliamentary diplomacy, in both boosting bilateral relations, as well as the integration processes in the EU and NATO. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced congratulations for the progress achieved by the Republic of Macedonia in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes, and referred to the latter having recently received the invitation to join NATO and the recent conclusions of the Council of the European Union on the enlargement process. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of next year, will attach to the EU enlargement process, and she recommended support, at a parliamentary level, with a view to adopting and implementing reforms, in order to be able to use the opportunity offered through the latest conclusions of the Council of the EU, namely to fulfill the conditionalities necessary to start the EU accession negotiations in 2019. The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the importance of continuing the dialogue between all the political forces at parliamentary level, as regards both the reform process and the implementation of the Historic Agreement with Greece. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov During her official visit to Skopje, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov. The two dignitaries discussed about the current level of bilateral relations and they agreed to continue the steps towards strengthening bilateral dialogue, including on the topic of economic cooperation where there is a great potential. During her meeting with the President Gjorge Ivanov, the Romanian Prime Minister congratulated the Republic of Macedonia for its progress in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes, Macedonia's major cross-party foreign policy objectives. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also underlined the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and mentioned the need for all political forces to undertake a constructive role in adopting and implementing reforms in order to be able to use the opportunity offered through the latest conclusions of the Council of the EU, namely to fulfill the conditionalities necessary to start the EU accession negotiations in 2019. Furthermore, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reminded Romania's availability to provide assistance in the EU negotiation process and NATO accession process, taking into account Romania's relevant experience in these demarches. 2018-07-27 14:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-27-03-01-18big_10.jpegVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în MuntenegruȘtiri din 26.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-montenegro1532620014Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the Montenegrin Parliament Ivan Brajović On an official visit to Montenegro, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had on Thursday a meeting with the President of the Montenegrin Parliament Ivan Brajović. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister reinforced the messages sent to her Montenegrin counterpart, on July 25, 2018. The Head of the Romanian Executive reiterated Romanias support for the consolidation of the European path of Montenegro by advancing the pro-European reforms, and underlined the importance of the Montenegrin legislature in the accession process, especially under the aspect of securing an effective legislative process. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also emphasised the need for active participation of all political forces and relevant Montenegrin civilian actors in the creation through dialogue of the widest possible political base to back the achievement of Montenegros legitimate EU accession objective. The Romanian dignitary assured of an open and constructive attitude on the part of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU in support of the EU accession of Montenegro. The full availability of the Romanian Parliament for this process was also conveyed on this occasion. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila congratulated the President of the Montenegrin Parliament on the success achieved by Montenegro with NATO membership, an effort firmly backed by the Montenegrin Parliament as well. The Romanian Prime Minister emphasized that Montenegro has an ally and a real friend in Romania and hailed Montenegro's contribution to NATOs missions and activities. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also addressed with the President of the Parliament a number of issues on the bilateral agenda: boosting high-level political dialogue, including within the Parliamentary Friendship Group and the relevant bodies of the two Parliaments; streamlining sectoral co-operation by identifying new opportunities of mutual interest and setting up economic cooperation platforms; strengthening cooperation between institutions of the two countries; providing expertise in European affairs, and collaboration within regional formats. As regards the regional issues, both parties highlighted the contribution of the parliamentary dimension to preparing the Western Balkan countries included in the EU enlargement process, in order to meet the necessary criteria for accession on the basis of their own merits. At the close of the meeting, Prime Minister Dancila extended an invitation to the President of the Montenegrin Parliament to pay a visit to Romania. 2018-07-26 12:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-26-12-49-12big_6.jpegVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în MuntenegruȘtiri din 25.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-montenegroPrime Minister Viorica Dancila is welcomed by the Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović On an official visit to Montenegro, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was welcomed today, July 25, 2018, by the Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović. The meeting occasioned the reconfirmation of the special level of bilateral relations and allowed discussing and deepening the aspects of common interest of the bilateral, European and international agenda. The Romanian Prime Minister passed congratulations for the remarkable progress achieved by Montenegro on its European and Euro-atlantic path, especially through meeting the NATO accession objective, project that Romania firmly endorsed throughout this period. The Head of the Executive highlighted that, to Romania, NATO membership opened the way to a consistent process of reform, offering guarantees of stability and security which later proved extremely beneficial, including for the success for the EU accession negotiations. Both officials underlined the special significance, including at regional level, of Montenegro's NATO membership, both under aspects of the NATO democratic values and stability and from the perspective of strengthening regional resilience in a period of uncertainties and hardships. During the discussion with President Milo Đukanović, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed her conviction that Montenegro will continue in the following five years to get closer to its key objective: EU accession. Moreover, she voiced appreciation for the substantial progress achieved by Montenegro on its European path and expressed her confidence that during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Montenegro will achieve decisive steps in its relationship with the EU. In his turn, President Milo Đukanović presented the negotiation stage of his countrys accession to the EU, expressing hope that by the end of Romanias rotating presidency at the helm of the EU Council, significant progress will be made in the negotiation chapters opened at present. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila added that the Western Balkans are a priority of Romanias Presidency of the EU Council, specifying that the Romanian side will continue to actively back the European roadmap of Montenegro, through transfer of expertise and other adequate mechanisms. The Romanian dignitary referred to the continous importance attached to the enlargement policy based on its own merits and maintaining the respect for European value by candidate states and reconfirmed the continuation of our country's approach regarding the enlargement policy. Both officials agreed to boost sectorial cooperation in energy, with emphasis on interconnectivity, as well as in tourism, education, culture. In order to increase the number of tourists between the two countries, the need to set up a direct flight between Romania and Montenegro was outlined. President Milo Đukanović also mentioned the good cooperation in healthcare , stating that at present, a number of Montenegrin patients are treated in Romanian hospitals. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister thanked the Podgorita authorities, President Đukanović in particular, for the support granted to Romanian authorities in the 2013 coach crash. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Marković On an official visit to Montenegro, the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister since Montenegro declared its independence on June 3, 2006, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Marković. The agenda of talks reconfirmed the level of excellence developed in bilateral relations and allowed the approach, in a constructive and pragmatic dialogue, of the topics of cooperation of the bilateral agenda, collaboration within NATO, and the latest developments in Montenegro's European track as well as in the region. The two dignitaries voiced their interest in deepening relations in all fields of shared interest, with emphasis on economic cooperation, in boosting trade and deepening sectorial cooperation in the field of energy, focusing on interconnectivity, as well as on environment, tourism, internal affairs. In this respect, they agreed on boosting the Ministerial dialogue, a meeting between the Ministers of Energy being proposed in this respect. Furthermore, the officials expressed the intention to activate bilateral contacts at the working level and to prepare direct contact platforms between the two countries' business communities, a joint economic forum being decided in this respect. Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting first semester next year, will attach to the continuation of the EU's enlargement policy and reconfirmed the firm support for Montenegro's EU accession, as soon as possible, on the basis of its own merits and the fulfillment of the accession criteria. At the same time, Prime Minister Dancila reaffirmed our country's full availability to offer relevant expertise and technical assistance in this process, thus continuing the exchange of experience that has been successfully carried out so far, through mechanisms and instruments of bilateral cooperation in the fields of interest for the Montenegrin side within the accession negotiations. In this respect, they agreed on initiating direct cooperation between the Ministers of European Affairs of the two countries. The Romanian dignitary conveyed the special appreciation for the clear strategic option of Montenegro and noted that one year since NATO accession, the opened consistent reform process, will also be a benefit to the success of the EU accession negotiations. The Romanian side stated that Montenegro's NATO accession represents a contribution to the Western Balkans' stability and to elimination of the security threats in this area. Both states remain faithful to the North Atlantic Treaty and fully uphold the allied values, principles and objectives recently reconfirmed by the Alliance Final Declaration adopted in Brussels on July 12, 2018. At the same time, the Romanian side voiced its firm belief that the enhanced participation of the state of Montenegro in the relevant regional cooperation initiatives, such as the projects developed under the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, is a natural continuation of the consolidation of the European path of the whole region. At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă extended to her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Marković the invitation to pay an official visit to Romania. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Marković Dusko Marković: /.../ I want to mention the visit of yet another high official from a NATO member state. We have a very good collaboration with our partners, and this is very important in order to discuss current topics. As we know, there is a multitude of important topics, both in defence, and in other areas, and Montenegru and Romania share the same values in many areas of interest. Therefore, our collaboration is very good, our relations developed through NATO accession - also, and to us, Romania is an example of country that successfully built its profile within the Alliance, and which actively contributes to achieving its priorities. Montenegro proved to be, throughout this year, a trustworthy ally, and our aim is to continue in this respect, from a strategic point of view, both in the region and in a broader franwework, anywhere where the transatlantic values are promoted and defended. We particularly appreciate Prime Minister Dancila's visit in the preamble of taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU next year, in the first trimester of next year. At the same time, we wish success to Romania during its presidency, and we thank it for the fact that Montenegro, but also Western Balkans are on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency, which is proven also by the fact that the Romanian Prime Minister is visiting Montenegro that is at the forefront of the negotiation process with the European Union. I informed the Prime Minister in detail about our priorities and expectations in the negotiation process with the European Union, and we discussed about the current political and security issues, both in the region and in Europe. Of course, we discussed about the multiple collaboration potential too, as we agreed that the collaboration relations must be developed and economic cooperation must be intensified. Once again, I wish a warm welcome to Madam Prime Minister and we are glad about this collaboration over the next period, not only during Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, but also in the perspective of bilateral relations development. Finally, I want to thank the Romanian Prime Minister for inviting me to pay a visit to Romania early next year, during which we will discuss about Montenegro's accession path to the European Union. Viorica Dancila: Thank you! I am glad that this is the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister to Montenegro. I want to congratulate the Montenegrin people for their national day, celebrated few days ago. I had a constructive discussion with Mr. Prime Minister both regarding the development of bilateral relations, and the European path of your country. I decided together with the Montenegrin Prime Minister, to consolidate the bilateral relations, to have a better sectoral cooperation and we held talks pertaining to various sectors of activity. We discused about cooperation in the energy, education and culture, tourism areas, we decided to boost trade, and we also discussed about intensifying cooperation in the investment area. We decided together to hold an economic forum as a first step towards intensifying cooperation between the two countries. With respect to the European agenda, I want to congratulate Prime Minister, to congratulate Montenegro for the progress achieved to date, and I want to assure you that my presence here, few months before taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, shows our firm commitment to backing Montenegro on its European path. I assured the Prime Minister that we want to support Montengro in the negotiation chapters, to provide technical support in this respect and at the same time, to have a very good cooperation, in order to know exactly the progress achieved by Montenegro, so that we can take it further within the European institutions. I am sure that Montenegro will take important steps. You already have a precedent for which I would like to congratulate you, namely that since June 5, 2017, Montenegro is a NATO member state. Last but not least, I would like to thank the Montenegrin authorities for their support for Romania following the tragic accident that Romanian citizens had in your country. Thank you once again, Prime Minister, for our constructive discussions. I look forward to your visit to Bucharest and I wish you greater success in the economic development of your country, and also in the steps you are taking on the European path! 2018-07-25 14:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-25_at_17.53.43_(1).jpegConsolidarea cooperării economice și aprofundarea relaţiilor bilaterale, printre temele abordate de viceprim-ministrul Ana Birchall în cadrul întrevederilor din marja summit-ului Alianței PacificuluiȘtiri din 25.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/strengthening-economic-cooperation-and-deepening-bilateral-relations-were-among-the-topics-addressed-by-vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-in-her-meetings-on-the-sidelines-of-the-pacific-alliance-summitOn July 23-24, 2018, Vice Prime Minister for Strategic Partnership Implementation Ana Birchall participated in the 13th Pacific Alliance Summit, a political, economic and trade integration initiative with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. On the sidelines of the summit, the Romanian Vice Prime Minister had a series of bilateral meetings with the Heads of the Latin American delegations and with representatives of the countries invited to attend the summit, reasserting Romanias firm will to develop and deepen the political and diplomatic dialogue as well as trade, and continued the steps to promote Romanias bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The meeting with the Head of Mexican diplomacy Luis Videgaray Caso, occasioned the welcoming of the positive trend of the bilateral relationship between Romania and Mexico and emphasised the need to identify new opportunities for cooperation in areas of common interest, including during Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Likewise, the need for much closer cooperation between Romania and the Pacific Alliance countries was reiterated. The meeting of the Romanian dignitary with Argentinas Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Raimondi allowed for the reaffirmation of Romanias interest in strengthening the bilateral relations, both politically and economically and at sectoral level, considering the potential for cooperation between the two countries. The Romanian Vice Prime Minister thanked the Argentinean official for supporting Romanias bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, and the two officials reaffirmed their commitment to joint actions designed to support each others bid for OECD membership, a major objective for both states. 2018-07-25 12:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_secretarul_pentru_relații_externe_al_statelor_unite_mexicane,_domnul_luis_videgaray_caso.jpegVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Muntenegru și Republica MacedoniaȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-montenegro-and-the-republic-of-macedoniaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila starts a Western Balkans tour on July 25-27, 2018, that includes official visits to Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia. The political dialogue with the two states' officials will focus on reconfirming close bilateral relations grounded in supporting EU membership and ensuring regional stability and security. Given the special attention attached by Romania to its relations with the Balkan states, the ways to continue the development of good bilateral relations with these two countries will be explored, with emphasis on strengthening economic cooperation. A major objective will be the European agenda of the two countries, taking into account the importance Romania will attach to the Western Balkans region during its presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. Regional security will also be analyzed, in a partnership logic, taking into account the recent invitation extended to the Republic of Macedonia to join NATO, as well as Montenegro's recent NATO membership. In Podgorica, on the first official visit of a Romanian Prime Minister to Montenegro, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will have meetings with her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Markovic, with the President of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic and the Chairman of the Macedonian Parliament Ivan Brajovic. The latest developments in the bilateral relationship, in Montenegro's EU accession negotiations, the possibilities for Romania's support, as well as cooperation within NATO will be analysed on this occasion. The visit to Skopje will also be the first by a Romanian Prime Minister to the Republic of Macedonia since the declaration of the country's independence in 1991. The Head of the Romanian Executive will hold a series of high-level meetings with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, with the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, and Chairman of the Macedonian Parliament Talat Xhaferi. During the talks, the prospects for developing the bilateral relationship will be examined and the latest developments in the European and Euro-Atlantic path of the Republic of Macedonia will be analysed. 2018-07-24 19:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-24-07-06-15big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu omologul său din Republica Irlanda, Leo VaradkarȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-meets-irish-counterpart-leo-varadkarJoint press conference of Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar Viorica Dancila: It is the first time in 15 years that an Irish Prime Minister is visiting Romania and this is furthermore important as we are in a special period of time: celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Romania and preparation for taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019, and also ample discussions on the EUs future. I had constructive talks with Mr. Prime Minister, regarding both the bilateral agenda and topics of interest on the European agenda. I saluted the fact that last year, the commercial exchanges between Romania and Ireland reached a historic peak, being above EUR 500 million. We are glad that 892 Irish companies have been operating in Romania and wish to extend the economic and commercial cooperation. At the same time, we wish that Irish investors come to Romania, we encourage the Romanian investors to go invest in Ireland and in this respect, I talked with Mr. Prime Minister about amending the public procurement law and the law of public-private partnership, as well. We know about the Irish experience and expertise in the public - private partnership, and we would like to have an exchange of good practices, this is why we have decided to set up a working group. Meanwhile, we want to thank the Prime Minister for the appreciation enjoyed by the Romanian communities in Ireland. Ireland is among the EU Member States in which the Romanian children are also taught Romanian language, culture and civilization in public schools. We discussed about the potential of the two countries regarding cooperation and we decided that we should strengthen sectorial cooperation. As aforementioned, we also addressed topics of the European agenda. We talked about the multiannual financial framework and decided that there should be a balance between the new policies - and I am talking about defence, research, migration, Erasmus+, border protection - and the traditional policies regarding the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). We know how important the agricultural sector is to both Romania and Ireland, which is why we decided to advocate the common topics within the common agricultural policy that the two countries are benefiting from, such as the youth, encouraging the youth to choose the agriculture, or the protection against disasters. We also discussed about the Cohesion Policy and I invited Mr. Prime Minister to attend the conference to be held in Bucharest, on October 30, 2018. We also talked about Brexit, about the future of the European Union and obviously about the presence at the summit due next year, in Sibiu, on May 9. I would like to thank once again Mr. Prime Minister for his constructive approach and I hope his visit to Romania will give the start to a more fruitful and closer cooperation between Romania and Ireland, both at bilateral and European levels. Leo Varadkar: Thank you very much and good afternoon. I just want to say how delighted I am to meet with Prime Minister Dancila in Bucharest today. I really want to thank the Prime Minister for such a warm welcome and I was surprised to hear that it is 15 years since an Irish Prime Minister has been here in Bucharest, so, I think it is high time that we upgraded our relations. I have been here before, as a student but it is my first time here as a Prime Minister, and because of the Romanian Presidency next year, almost all our Cabinet Ministers will visit Romania in 2019 so, I think it is a really good chance to upgrade our relations. I was delighted to learn that the Prime Minister as a member of the European Parliament spent two weeks in Ireland, on a visit, and I invited her to come back sometime, if she can fit in with her busy schedule. We have discussed the fact that relations between Romania and Ireland have been developing very strongly over recent years, and we have a very large Romanian community now, in Ireland, maybe 70,000 people making up about1. 5 percent of our population. And it is a community that is very valued, very welcomed, very well integrated. They have been excellent ambassadors for Romania in Ireland, and made a really good contribution to our economy and to our society and as the Prime Minister said, the Romanian language is a language that you can learn in Irish schools. We discussed business and trade links and trade between our two countries has doubled in the past ten years, and six of our ten largest companies are active here, and I look forward to meeting some of them later this afternoon. We had a good conversation about Romania's plan for your first EU presidency, and I think the theme of the presidency: cohesion, a common European value, is one that we can identify with and one that we can support. It is going to be an extremely busy presidency, because Brexit will happen in March next year, the European elections in May, we also try to negotiate a new MFF, a new European budget, and we also have a meeting in May, in Sibiu, to discuss the future of Europe, and the future integration, so it is already an extremely busy agenda for the next period. On Brexit, I particularly thank the Prime Minister for her interest in the unique concerns that Ireland has, particularly in relation to northern Ireland and Romania's ongoing support for making sure there is no return to hard border between northern Ireland and Ireland. On the budget, we talked about the need for the European budget to reflect new challenges, such as: boosting economic development and jobs, managing migration and external security, and also tackling climate change which I understand it is causing floods in Romania while it causes drought in Ireland. We very much agreed that we need to reform and continue to fund very well successful policies like the Common Agricultural Policy which is important to both our farmers and rural areas, and cohesion in particular. I also sought the Prime Minister's advice and guidance on the situation in Moldova, and also in Western Balkans and Ukraine, and certainly Romania is a country I will listen to when I am being asked to make decisions and form opinions on what is happening in this part of Europe. And finally we agreed that we would establish a working group so that we can cooperate and share experiences on the operations of public - private partnerships, particularly when it comes to infrastructure and transport infrastructure of which we have a lot of experience in Ireland. Thank you again, Prime Minister for a very valuable visit. 2018-07-24 17:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-24-05-55-18big_02_resize.jpgMesaj transmis de premierul Viorica Dăncilă omologului grec Alexis TsiprasȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-24 14:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-24-02-55-56big_sigla_guvern.pngVicepremierul Ana Birchall: Guvernul României susține cooperarea pe termen lung sub egida Alianței PacificuluiȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-government-backs-long-term-cooperation-under-the-pacific-alliance-s-aegisVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall participated on July 23-24,2018 in the meeting of the Pacific Alliance Council of Ministers with Observer States, on the sidelines of the 13th Summit of the Pacific Alliance. During her speech at the work session moderated by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the four member states of the Pacific Alliance, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall highlighted the Romanian Governments political will for a long term cooperation under the Pacific Alliance's aegis, founded on shared fundamental values, very good bilateral relations with all four states and on common interests and converging views concerning the future architecture of the global economy, based on multilateralism, transparency, predictability and responsibility. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall conveyed the Dancila Cabinet's firm support for Romanias candidacy for a UN Security Council non-permanent mandate. Our candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council can highlight Romanias experience and expertise, which can certainly be useful in resolving the problems and global challenges that we are facing today. We will continue to act in the same open, independent and honest way and to promote initiatives based on consensus, partnerships and inclusion. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall also presented the proposal advanced by Constanta Port with respect to starting contacts and exploratory discussions with representatives of the four states in the field, in order to accomplish a joint project, primarily aimed at increasing and multiplying trade opportunities and mutually beneficial businesses, emphasising the ports geostrategic position as a regional hub. Outlining the double identity of the Constanta Port, as a maritime and fluvial port, the Vice Prime Minister expressed Romanias availability to invite representatives of the Pacific Alliance to the 8th edition of the Annual Forum of EU Strategy for the Danube Region (SUERD), to be held in Bucharest, on June 27-28, 2019, during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and also of SUERD. On the sidelines of the meeting, the Romanian Vice Prime Minister had a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of the delegations of Peru, Colombia, Singapore, Panama and Uruguay, on which occasion she reiterated Romanias firm will to develop and deepen the diplomatic-political dialogue and commercial changes and she continued the demarches for promoting our countrys candidacy for a UN Security Council non-permanent seat. Additional information The Pacific Alliance (AP) is an economic and commercial integration mechanism, founded by Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, on April 28, 2011, but formalized on June 6, 2012, through the signing, at the Paranal Astronomical Observatory in Chile, of the articles of association and the organizations status. 2018-07-24 13:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_photo_1.jpegPrezentarea, de către premierul Viorica Dăncilă, a bilanțului guvernării la șase luni de mandatȘtiri din 23.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-presented-the-government-s-six-month-stocktaking-reportViorica Dancila: Good afternoon! Before starting to present the Government's six - month stocktaking report, I would like to state that because of reasons of time, I will refer only to the most relevant measures of the programme for government, that we achieved in this first semester of 2018. I will start with the main macro-economic indicators that defined the government in this first semester of 2018. Total budget revenues: first semester of 2017 - 117.2 bn lei; first semester of 2018 - 132 bn lei. A 12 percent increase is noticeable in state budget revenues as of mid-2018 compared to the same period of 2017. Thus, almost 15 billion lei more entered state coffers in the first semester of the current year compared to the year before.Monthly, this represents an increase by 2.5 bn lei or 530 million euros. This surplus was spent to support growth in the populations incomes and higher public investment. As regards the income structure, I have decided to present you in the same chart the amounts from the income tax, compared to those from social contributions. Here can be better seen the effects of the fiscal reform. On the one hand, the income tax revenues have dropped from 14.8 billion lei in the first semester of 2017 to 11.7 billion lei in the first semester of 2018. This is due to the tax cut from 16 pct to 10 pct. Therefore, they dropped by 3.1 billion lei. On the other hand, the transfer of the contributions from employer to the employee has brought an extra 12.6 billion lei into the state coffers, from 34.2 billion lei in the first semester of 2017 to 46.8 billion lei in the first semester of 2018. Therefore, there is a surplus of 36.8 percent compared to previous year. If we cumulate plus of 12.6 billion from social contributions with the minus of 3.1 from the income tax, we notice that we have a anet benefit to the budget, of 9.5 billion lei, without affecting the employees or the employers. Cutting the deficit at the pension budget. The first semester of 2017 - 6.3 billion lei, first semester of 2018 -3.2 billion lei. Therefore, 3.1 billion lei remained available in the state budget. As regards the amounts received by Romania from the EU, we added for comparison the first semester of 2016 too, in order to address accusations that we do not attract enough European funds. Let us take a look at figures: first semester of 2016 - 0.68 billion lei, first semester of 2017 - 5.6 billion lei, first semester of 2018 - 6. 8 billion lei. It is an increase by 19. 7 percent compared to last year, but a 10- fold difference compared to the first trimester of 2016. Differences can be equally well visible if we compare the absorption percentages with the mention that they are just mid-year figures for 2018. December 2016, 7 percent - the absorption rate of EU funds, Romania was trailing behind in the EU. We managed to unlock the EU programmes and to partially recover the gap. Whereas in December 2017 the absorption rate for EU funds was 16 pct, in June 2018 it was 19 pct, as to an EU average of 20 pct. We aim at attaining 25 percent level by the end of this year. Public investment is a chapter targeted by criticism. If we look at the chart, in the first half of 2017, the public investments were 6 billion lei. In the first semester of 2018, public investments amounted to 9.1 billion lei. This chart shows how ungrounded these criticisms were. Public investment rose by more than half the amount last year. Foreign direct investment. Foreign direct investment shows us that, fortunately, investors were not impressed by the fake and alarmist news released by government critics. We have added here also 2016, because I would like to remind you past allegations that investors would quit if we raise the minimum wage, as stipulated in the government program. But let us look at the figures: semester I 2016 - 1.33 billion; first semester of 2017 - 1.93 billion euros; the first semester of 2018 - 2.21 billion euros. Look that the investors did not leave, but quite the contrary, they came and confidently invested in Romania. Unemployment. If you remember, our target is to curb unemployment to 3% by 2020. If we look at charts, in December 2016, unemployment was 4.8%, in December 2017, unemployment was 4.02%, and in June 2018, unemployment was 3.48% below the 3.5% threshold. I assure you that we will continue on this path and we will direct social aid so that we stimulate those who want to work and not those who want to stay home. The social measures that took place during these six months. One of the most important social measures was the increase of the pension point on July 1, 2018, from 1,000 lei to 1,100 lei, thus by 10%, as stipulated in the government programme. Next year, the pension point will rise by 15 percent, and it will stand at 1,265 lei. Alike, we kept our promise to increase the guaranteed minimum pension, in line with the programme for government, from 520 lei to 640 lei, hence, a 23 percent increase. The guaranteed minimum pension rose by 60 percent since we took office, from 400 lei to 640 lei. Here are two of the measures we spoke about earlier, regarding fostering employment. On the one hand, we grant a monthly subsidy of 2.250 lei to employer for each unemployed hired, at least for one year. On the other hand, we grant an employment premium in amount of 1,000 lei to unemployed who gets hired and is working for three months at least. A particularly important measure for retirees is increasing the income ceiling for those who can benefit from compensated medicines by 90 percent. In the context of increased pensions, as of July 1st this year, some of the pensioners exceeded by little the former threshold of 900 lei and were in the position of giving more money on medicines than they received following their pension increment. Thus, we raised the ceiling from 900 to 990 lei, therefore by 10 percent. Let us not forget that upon taking over, this ceiling was only 700 lei. I presented the increase in the allowance for persons with disabilities as expressed in euro, for us to have a real picture not influenced by inflation. If we look at the chart, we see that in December 2016, the allowance for persons with disabilities amounted to 52 euros, in December 2017, it was 73 euros, and in July 2018 - 108 euros. As it could be easily noticed, we have an increase by 110 percent compared to the first semester 2016 and an increase by 48 percent compared to December 2017. Cutting through the red tape is an extremely important issue for millions of Romanians. For self - employed persons, we have two extremely important measures which exempt them from dozens of hours spent to pay the taxes. First of all, we reduced from seven fiscal statements to one statement, and also, the due dates from five to one: March 15 next year. As of 2019, all payments will be made online. In the field of healthcare, certainly the most important measure has been the steady increase in the salaries of doctors. I presented in this chart the lowest salary of a resident physician, first year, and the highest salary in the system, of the emergency care unit doctor, grade 5. You could notice that increases are much higher than 100pct. This Government is certainly the only one that has achieved such high rises of the income of those who ensure our health and save our life. If we add the other bonuses and pay for on-call duty, we can say that Romanian doctors' incomes start to be comparable to those in the EU. Thus, the exodus of the young doctors has been largely stopped and we have more and more signals regarding the return to the country of those who left. We also considered the endowment of hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment. Having well-trained doctors is in vain if they do not have modern equipment to establish a correct diagnosis or to do medical interventions. Practically, in the first semester of 2018, we purchased 16 CT scanners, 24 magnetic resonance imaging units, 8 cervical cancer screening units, 21 medical imaging storage systems and 51 pieces of intensive care equipment. As aforementioned, they are purchased and are to be installed. As to the field of education, I presented the level of the increase of the lowest salary a member of the teaching staff receives, the teacher working in the pre-university field, and the level of the increase of the salary of a university professor with 25 years length of service. In the first case, we see an increase of 23 percent, and a 25 percent in the second case. These increments are added to the successive pay rises that took place last year after the current coalition came to power. In fact, in a year and a half, the teachers' net incomes rose by about 40pct. As far as education infrastructure is concerned, I have presented the objectives completed in the first semester of 2018: 145 modernized education units and 45 daycares and kindergartens built from ground up. Many others, in different construction phases will be finished this year. Agriculture. If you remember, in the years before the current coalition PSD (The Social Democratic Party) - ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) came to power, in Romania, it was habitual to see protests of farmers, revolted by the delay of subsidy granting in agriculture. This stopped after PSD came to power. One of the major promises of the campaign was that we will subsidy subsidies on time, so that the Romanian farmers can enjoy equal opportunities with the European ones. We kept this promise: in the first semester of 2018, the subsidies paid to Romanian farmers amounted to 1.7 billion euro, of which the subsidies paid in advance for the fall of 2018 amounted to 1 billion euros. Rebuilding the irrigation system is one of the most important projects in agriculture. We promised, during the campaign, that we will reach an irrigated area of 2 million hectares until 2020. Now, after an year and a half, we have reached 1.2 million hectares, and in this semester, we approved yet another 47 investment objectives. We have 25,300 irrigation contracts concluded and I remind you that this Cabinet assured free water up to the pomping station. 231 pumping stations for irrigations have also become operational, and 470 for combating irrigations. Wool collection programme. I remind you that before the current PSD-ALDE coalition came to government, approximately 70 percent of the wool produced in Romania was burned, because there were no exploitation and collection centers. This semester, there are 32,328 sheep herders that are enlisted in this programme, which grants 1 leu for each kilogram of collected wool. Thus, as many as 8,865 tons of wool were collected, of which 3,444 tons were exported. In the pig farming sector, this Government has conducted the first concrete rescue action of two purebred species of pigs, which are highly appreciated by consumers, namely Bazna and Mangalita. It is first an issue of national pride, but, in addition to this, we offer a concrete support to pig breeders, in order for them to be competitive on the market. For each piglet delivered, a subsidy of 250 lei is granted. The anti-hail programme. We currently have over 60 launch points for anti-hail missiles, of which 26 were made in the first semester of 2018. In total, presently, there are over 870,000 of protected acres against hail. Until March 2019, another 63 launch points will be finished. The - Tomatoes from Romanian farms programme is already a known success. I remind you of the 2016 situation which determined us to introduce this programme. We then had roughly 50,000 tons of imported tomatoes, while we exported only 3,000 tons. Today, after implementing this programme, we have managed to produce in Romania 65,544 tons and we will reach 90,000 by the end of the year, nearly double the amount of imports. Local development. Here we have just presented a part of the effectively completed objectives in the first semester of 2018. These projects have a great importance for local communities, especially in the rural environment. 939 kilometers of county and communal roads, 608 kilometers of water and sewerage pipelines, 243 dwellings were completed. In the same field of investments completed at local level in this semester, we find the multimodal terminal Straulesti and the Caracal detour road, and the Focsani public swimming pool. In this stocktaking report, I started a distinct chapter for the measures the Government took in order to stimulate the national economy. Such an important measure is reducing the excises to gasoline by 10 percent for carriers which represents an important support for trade, and also for the transport of raw materials needed for production. Other measure is the programme - Invest in yourself, which offers support especially to young people having as essential condition that the beneficiary be included in a study programme or professional formation one. From the beneficiary perspective, interest is zero, as it is entirely supported by the state. Furthermore, accessing loans will be easy as the state will guarantee 80 percent of their value. Thus, whereby this programme, a loan worth 40,000 lei is granted to the young people aged 16 -26 years and a loan of 35,000 lei to those aged 26 - 55 years. Of course, conditions are the same: enrolment in a study or professional formation programme. The loan amount will be supplemented by 20,000 lei for the young people who find a job. This loan can be used for the payment of studies, books, participation in cultural, scientific events, payment of medicines and medical or stomatological treatments, sports equipment, partial payment of a dwelling, all these for the person who accessed the loan and also for their family. The Start-up nation programme is an incentive for the development of new businesses, and also an alternative for young people to stay in Romania to develop their own business. Only in this semester, there were 5,834 beneficiaries who collected nonrefundable funds either directly from regional agencies, or under the form of banking loans that will be reimbursed by the Government. Beyond the economic benefits, I would like to underline the positive social impact: these companies bring a plus of nearly 21,000 new jobs in the economy. A programme little mentioned is the state aid that is granted for films produced in Romania. There were ample discussions with Hollywood film houses that expressed interest in this programme, and that they want to come in Romania to produce here the films. The Government will bear 35 percent from the production and cast expenses for the production achieved in Romania, plus 10 percent if the film promotes Romania. As terms, the total aid can amount to 10 million euros for a movie, at least 20 percent of the production to be made in Romania but also the mention that the film was produced with the support of the Romanian Government. It is a very efficient way of promoting Romania and also an important support for the revival of the Romanian film industry. Other measure to stimulate the economy is the state aid granted to investment larger than 3 million euros. The companies benefit of state aid varying between 25 -50 percent of the investment value, according to the county in which the investment is made. We are therefore trying to reduce the economic gaps and to direct the investors to the areas in which there is more labor force available. An important chapter is that of strategic investment. As you know, the main reason why significant investments have not been made over the last decades was not the lack of money, but especially the very intricate legislation, with cumbersome procedures, that delayed way too much the major investmet projects. We first acted on the causes, and amended the Public Procurement Law and the Public-Private Partnership Law, a centralized procurement unit was set up within the Ministry of Public Finance, and a centralized procurement unit operates now within the National Strategy and Prognosis Commission, which will implement and closely monitor public-private partnerships. Last but not least, the regime of precious metals has been regulated, which can relaunch the activity in this field, with important benefits for the Romanian state. 13 major investment projects have already been approved, of which four are in the transport infrastructure. The first, and perhaps, the most important of them is Ploiesti - Comarnic - Brasov Motorway the substantiation study of which has already entered in first reading, even in the last Cabinet meeting. It is very likely that we hold the award auction until September. The other two motorways, namely Craiova - Calaft - Drobeta - Turnu Severin - Lugoj Motorway and the Targu Neamt - Iasi - Ungheni Motorway will have their substantiation studies completed by the end of this year, when the competitive selection for the builder designation starts. As regards Bucharest South Airport construction, the deadline for the completion of the substantiation study is the end of the first semester of 2019. In the healthcare field, we have five projects approved as regards the public - private partnership. The first - operation of services in public - private partnership in the healthcare field, part of a package comprising CFR hospitals. The novelty is that this regime, of public - private partnership, can be entrusted now to private companies for public services operation too, such is the case of CFR hospitals network administration. This does not exclude building new hospitals too through public - private partnership and we considered in this respect building two regional hospitals: Timisoara Regional Hospital and Braila - Galati Regional Hospital. The most important project is Carol Davila Medical Complex which will also include the Republican Hospital and which will become the most important medical center in the South - Eastern Europe. Other project in public - private partnership is the construction and operation of a blood, human plasma and stem cells national bank. I want to mention that all five projects will have the substantiation studies completed by the end of this year. Also in public-private partnership, we will arrange for navigation, about 100 km on the rivers Argeş and Damboviţa. Most of it is on the Argeş River, where we have 75 km and where the works completion stage is 75%. Also in the same regime of the public-private partnership, 140 km of the 190 km of the Siret-Bărăgan Canal will be built with the purpose of providing irrigation in this region. The difference of up to 190 km and 50 km respectively will be completed by ANIF by the end of 2020. We also plan to build an electric vehicle plant, but also to develop a ski resort in the Fagaras Massif. Both, as aforementioned, will be achieved in a public-private partnership. Speaking about strategic investments completed in the first semester of 2018, we have on the one hand, the acquisition of the Moldovan natural gas operator, Vestmoldtransgaz. I want to mention that this is the first time Romania has an offensive approach in the energy field and when it starts to create the conditions for becoming a real regional hub in the supply of natural gas. The procedures have been completed in this field too, allowing us to actually start the construction of BRUA 1 pipeline; we have already received 180 million euros from EU and we can actually start this project, which will mean total investment of 530 million euros. We have the same targets in the field of electrical power. In this semester, 192 km of electricity lines have been completed, allowing us to interconnect with the neighboring countries - I refer here to Hungary and Serbia. We also purchased 2 aircraft for Tarom and we signed the purchase contract for another 5 aircraft. Also in the first quarter, we completed the negotiations whereby the state becomes again a major shareholder at Mangalia Shipyard and I want to announce that today, we have completed the transaction. This was, in brief, the Government's six - month stocktaking report. So, Romanian citizens can now make a comparison between what we did and what we are doing and what the other political parties that were in power, did. Surely, there are still many things to be done, and we will do them, as we pledged in the electoral campaign, despite the obstacles that emerge on a daily basis, exactly to prevent us from carrying through what the programme for government provides for. This was a presentation focusing on economic and social achievements and on investments. Over the next period, Ministers will present at length what they have achieved in the fields they coordinate. Thank you. 2018-07-23 15:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-23-03-51-19big_05_resize.jpgGuvernul României: Invitație pentru producătorii de film de a realiza co-producții prin schema de ajutor de stat pentru industria cinematograficăȘtiri din 21.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romanian-government-invitation-for-filmmakers-to-achieve-co-productions-through-the-state-aid-scheme-for-the-film-industryVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall attended on July 19-21, the Ischia Global Fillm and Music Fest, one of the most important festivals in Europe, which brings together leading names in the international film industry - producers, directors, scriptwriters, actors and cinema specialists. The Romanian officials participation aimed at promoting the package of facilities designed to support the co-productions in the Romanian film industry. During the - Focus on Romania session of debates, the Romanian Vice Prime Minister highlighted the commitment of the Cabinet Dăncilă to support the realization of co-productions: The Romanian Government is determined to endorse the film industry and the latest decisions demonstrate our determination in this respect and make our country one of the main destinations for the realization of international co-productions, thus highlighting both the talent and the expertise of the workers in this field as well as the beauty of the Romanian lands. I presented to the filmmakers and representatives of major film studios the state aid scheme adopted by Cabinet Dăncilă, whereby we aim at stimulating the production of films by encouraging the private initiative in the field of creation, financing, production and distribution of Romanian films or films made with Romanian participation. We extended to all producers the invitation to come and make use of the opportunities offered by Romania in this area, an invitation they received with openness. The Romanian official stated that, through the state aid scheme for the film industry, Romania becomes one of the most attractive destinations in Europe for film co-production. The state aid scheme adopted by the Romanian Government is one of the most competitive in Europe. The aid scheme includes non-reimbursable financial allocations in the amount of 35 percent of all eligible expenditures, which can increase up to 45% on condition of promoting a geographical area, a city or Romania within the same cinema production, stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. Also, the Romanian official had a series of meetings with well-known names of the film industry, filmmakers and representatives of the major international production studios, whom she invited to come to Romania to invest and capitalize on the opportunities that the local cinema industry offers. Background information The state aid scheme has a multiannual character and runs until December 31, 2020, covering a maximum of 45% of the eligible costs for film production carried out on Romanian soil. The state aid is paid during 2018-2020. The maximum annual budget of the scheme is 233 million lei, the equivalent of about 50 million euros. The total maximum budget is 698 million lei, the equivalent of about 150 million euro. The state aid granted consists of: non-reimbursable financial allocations in the amount of 35 percent of the total eligible expenditure for the purchase, rental, manufacture of goods and / or services occasioned by the development of film projects; non-reimbursable financial allocations in the amount of 10% over the basic allocation, provided that a geographical area, a city or Romania is promoted within the same film production. 2018-07-21 16:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-21_at_16.14.02.jpegÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul afacerilor externe din Austria, Karin KneisslȘtiri din 18.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-austrian-foreign-minister-karin-kneisslPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today at the Victoria Palace the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who is paying a visit to Romania. During the talks, the good level of relations between Romania and the Republic of Austria both at bilateral and EU level was highlighted. There were mentioned the solid bilateral economic relations, but also the untapped potential that is likely to stimulate the growth of economic exchanges and investments. Furthermore, the Head of the Romanian Executive and Austria's Foreign Affairs Minister talked about the new legislative framework regarding the public-private partnership and the public procurements, with an emphasis on a possible Romanian-Austrian cooperation in the medical area. Prime Minister Dancila also mentioned the very good cooperation between the two states in the vocational education area - dual education, adding that this is instrumental in the necessary adaptation to the requirements of the labour market. In this context, Prime Minister offered information about the National Authority for the Initial Professional Training in Dual System of Romania, a newly established institution in order to respond to the requests related to qualified labour force. The meeting also occasioned the reconfirmation of the common will for cooperation in the European Affairs area, with a view to ensuring an efficient transition from the Austrian Presidency to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The talks also highlighted shared expectations and stands on a series of topical dossiers such as EU enlargement or the European energy security. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also reiterated the importance of observing by all member states the non-discriminatory access to social security in correlation with the fundamental freedom of movement of European citizens within the community space. 2018-07-18 16:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1531921175original_img_4546.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Klaus Werner IohannisȘtiri din 18.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-president-klaus-werner-iohannisToday, July 18, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with President Klaus Werner Iohannis. Aspects related to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU were addressed during this meeting, as regards both the state of preparedness of dossiers and topics of interest, and also the technical, infrastructure and programme related aspects. They took stock of the priorities included in the work programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and discussed about the calendar of actions that the Government is considering to hold in the first half of next year. In this context, it was highlighted Romanias objective to contribute in a constructive manner to defining and promoting the common European interest, to ensuring unity and cohesion among the Member States, as well as to bringing the citizens closer to EU. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented at the same time the main objectives that Romania will assume as future holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU in relation to a number of major European dossiers, and she reaffirmed the Governments commitment to contribute actively during Romanias mandate, to identifying a consensus, making important decisions on the topics and dossiers on the agenda, as well as the need to ensure an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the European Union and the Member States have to cope with. 2018-07-18 12:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-18-12-09-22big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a participat la deschiderea Programului Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României, ediția 2018Știri din 16.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-opening-of-the-government-internship-programme-the-2018-editionViorica Dăncilă: Dear interns, welcome to Victoria Palace! Welcome in the public administration. I am glad to be here today alongside so many valuable and well-trained young people. I say this because I know that you are here today following a rigorous selection and a tight competition, 200 seats and 3,000 candidates who have applied online. I am very glad about your presence here and I would like to assure you that the Romanian Government is backing this programme and it supports all of you, as proven by the fact that we have doubled the number of seats from 100 in 2017 to 200 this year. I am glad that, in the Centennial Year, we managed through this programme to bring together young people, students or graduates, from 45 universities from Romania and abroad, that we managed to bring home students from the UK, France, Italy and China. I want you to make the best use of this openness and see inside how things work, how documents, laws are drawn up, what their circuit is. In conclusion, I wish you success, to have pleasant and relevant internship experiences, helpful in your future career. Thank you! 2018-07-16 15:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_c4525dbb-cbf6-429d-a9f7-3e81a50a8bbd.jpegViceprim-ministrul Ana Birchall, mesaj din partea Guvernului la finalul Olimpiadei Internaționale de Matematică: Felicitări tuturor premianților și cinste tuturor participanților!Știri din 13.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-13 15:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-13-03-17-14big_sigla_guvern.pngViceprim-ministrul Ana Birchall l-a primit în vizită de rămas-bun pe Paul Brummel, ambasadorul Marii Britanii la BucureștiȘtiri din 12.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-received-the-british-ambassador-in-romania-paul-brummel-on-a-farewell-visitVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall welcomed on Thursday, July 12, the British ambassador to Romania Paul Brummel on a farewell visit, in the context of the end of his term in Romania. I want to thank Mr. Ambassador Paul Brummel for the excellent relationship he has developed and promoted between Romania and the United Kingdom during his term in office, as well as for a successful institutional collaboration, as he has been a genuine friend of Romania. The relationship between Romania and the UK was, is and will be a special relationship. The UK will remain one of Romanias most important partners and strategic allies, even in the post-Brexit context, stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. Ana Birchall outlined that:Paul Brummel will remain a friend of Romania even after his term of office in our country comes to an end. The Romanian Vice Prime Minister thanked the British diplomat for his sustained efforts to deepen the Romania- UK relationship, assuring him at the same time of her full gratitude for the promotion of Romania. The Vice Prime Minister outlined that Romania wants the UK to stay as close to the European Union as possible and to continue to play a leading role in Europes security, defence and economy. In his turn, the British diplomat thanked the Romanian Vice Prime Minister for the excellent institutional and personal collaboration, emphasizing the special relationship between Romania and Great Britain. 2018-07-12 12:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_uk_ambassador_(1).jpegPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, în vizită de lucru la BruxellesȘtiri din 10.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-is-paying-a-working-visit-to-brusselsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, on the occasion of the Romanian official's working visit to Brussels. The meeting was also attended by First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. In view of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the Romanian authorities commitment to ensure a successful mandate. The Head of the Executive highlighted Romanias objective to contribute, in a constructive manner, to defining and promoting the European common interest, ensuring unity and cohesion among the member states as well as the citizens' drawing closer to EU again. Moreover, Prime Minister expressed the Romanian Government's wish to continue the close and efficient cooperation with the European Commission in order to facilitate the decision-making process at European level, in the perspective of Romania's exercising the incumbent responsibilities of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The two officials agreed on the need of ensuring a general consensus for endorsing the objectives that Romania had envisaged prior and during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the involvement of all institutional, social and political actors being necessary in this respect. During the talks, the Romanian official also presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU as regards the main dossiers on the European agenda, as well as the reflection process on the EU future, talks on the future Multi-Annual Financial Framework and negotiations regarding Brexit. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed Romania's full availability for channeling the efforts of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU towards ensuring a substantial progress in the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027, a dossier of major importance for the Union. Prime Minister has at the same time emphasized the importance of the EC maintaining an approach regarding some proposals on the future Financial Framework which guarantees that the cohesion and common agriculture policies remain the main investment policies of the Union, voicing in the context the expectation that their important role be adequately reflected at the level of the related allocations. Prime Minister presented the latest developments in terms of reform and judicial system amendments, and showed that the completion of the CVM (the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism) remains an important objective on the governmental agenda. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu on July 10, in the context of her visit to Brussels. The meeting occasioned the continuation of dialogue with the European Commission on developments aimed at the implementation of the cohesion policy in Romania, aspects related to defining the cohesion policy post -2020 and the preparations to take over the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU being approached at the same time. On this occasion, the Romanian official reiterated the Romanian Government's thanks to Commissioner Cretu for the constant support granted by the European Commission to Romanian authorities on aspects aimed at a better management of European funds, outlining the important role of a good relation between Government and Brussels in this field. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reassured the European Commission of the Romanian Govermment's firm commitment towards increasing the level of attracting the European funds allocated during the financial exercise 2014 -2020. Prime Minister Dancila showed that the Romanian Government will maintain in 2018 too the accelerated pace of projects appraisal and contracting so that we can attain the proposed absorption target of 100 percent by the end of the programming period. It is important to ensure an accelerated implementation of the projects for the volume of payments to increase in 2018 and 2019. Thus, the Romanian Government's efforts focus on speeding up the implementation of projects already admitted for financing and on supporting the beneficiaries throughout the duration of the investment projects. Prime Minister Dancila underlined the fact that Romanian authorities focus all their efforts on accelerating the implementation of projects already approved for financing during the year 2018, primarily by supporting the beneficiaries throughout the running of the investments, but also by opening all available financing lines. Prime Minister also indicated that the target set for 2018 is to reach an absorption rate of about 25 percent, including pre-financing. At the same time, Prime Minister added that in addition to maximizing the absorption rate, Romanian authorities are also making efforts to ensure quality projects that would qualify for European funding. The talks between the two senior officials also addressed the post-2020 cohesion policy negotiations, including from the perspective of the Romania's mandate to the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that Romania would appreciate greater flexibility for Member States in allocating the budget to the objectives defined by the new regulatory framework so as to reduce the gaps in infrastructure development in key areas: telecommunications, transport, environment, energy, healthcare and education. The meeting also focused on how the EU member states and Romania will define and transpose after 2020 thematic priorities such as: innovation, digitisation, transport, social affairs and infrastructure. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that Romania is proposing a constructive approach that will lead to a compromise that will reflect both the needs to meet the new challenges and the needs for achieving real convergence at the level of the European Union, by providing adequate funding for cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. The Head of the Executive and the European Commissioner also discussed the latest developments in projects such as the M6 subway line and three regional hospitals. In the context, they agreed on the submission of additional projects in the field of transport and road infrastructure. Cross-border policy, migration, cooperation with the Republic of Moldova, regional co-operation in the quadrilateral format and the Danube Strategy were other topics addressed during the meeting. The European Commissioner welcomed the legislative changes in the area of public procurement that set a deadline for the resolution of litigations. Prime Minister also stated that cohesion would be another priority of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila invited Commissioner Cretu to attend an international conference on the future of the cohesion policy to be held in Bucharest at the end of October. As regards the floods, Corina Cretu gave assurances that experts from the European Commission will be sent to Romania to contribute to the assessment of the situation caused by the late heavy rainfall. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger, in the context of her working visit to Brussels. Attending the talks was also the Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed her appreciation for the good cooperation with the European Commission and the trust that this will continue in the same constructive spirit, especially in the context of the preparations and exercise by Romania of the presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester next year. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila mentioned the opportunity that the presidency of the Council of the EU represents for Romania, to prove its deep attachment to the European construction and to promote the European interest. The Romanian Prime Minister presented at the same time the main objectives that Romania will undertake during its mandate as President of the Council of the EU, in relation to a series of major European dossiers, the exchange of opinions mainly aiming at negotiations regarding the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027, the priority dossier being in the potfolio of European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed Romania's interest and commitment to actively contribute during its presidency of the Council of the EU, to identifying a consensus, in making important decisions regarding the future multiannual budget of the Union, that would allow an efficient and timely implementation of the investment projects at the EU level. Moreover, Prime Minister emphasized the importance of agreeing on some balanced solutions on the future Financial Framework, to reflect both the need to continue the process of economic and social convergence across the entire Union and the need to provide an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the Union and the Member States need to cope with. The Head of the Bucharest Executive outlined the fact that Romania can contribute to facilitating a political agreement to be reached on the post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework by holding in Bucharest in late October an international conference on the future of the cohesion policy. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also pointed to the main elements of interest for Romania in relation with the upcoming post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, emphasizing the importance of maintaining substantial allocations for the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, promoting solutions to contribute to the simplification and increased flexibility of the implementation process, at the level of the Member States and beneficiaries, European programmes and financial instruments. In this context, Prime Minister reiterated Romania's support for the allocations necessary to sustain the new priorities of the Union. Creation of an European framework to ensure the premises for the promotion of employment facilities and geographical and occupational mobility, as well as adaptation to the industrial transformations and the evolution of the production systems was other topic addressed during the meeting with Gunther Oettinger. Prime Minister of Romania and the European Commissioner agreed on initiating in Bucharest, during September - November 2018, a dialogue of experts in the budget and human resources areas. The European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger thanked the Romanian Prime Minister for the timely initiation of the dialogue with the representatives of the European Commission, emphasizing that this demarche shows the Romanian Government's interest in having a successful mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The European Commissioner has accepted the invitation of the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to Romania as soon as possible. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting in Brussels with the diplomats of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today, July 10, 2018, with the diplomats of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, during her working visit to Brussels. Attending the meeting was also the Minister of European funds Rovana Plumb. The Head of the Executive addressed the Romanian diplomats on the essential mission they will have when our country takes over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019. We are prepared to undertake the important role we will have next year in exercising the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. You know the dossiers best and I trust that, together, we will manage to carry through this national project, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. On the occasion of the visit to the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, Prime Minister Dancila inaugurated the exhibition Romanian Nuances of painter Emil Ciocoiu and sculptor Vladimir Kazan, in the context of the celebration of the Centennial Aniversary in the European Capital. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan, in the context of the working visit that the Romanian official is paying to Brussels during 9-10 July. Minister of European funds Rovana Plumb attended this meeting too. During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the European Commissioner Phil Hogan tackled priority aspects of the European agenda, with focus on the ongoing demarches at the EU level, on the common agricultural policy. There were also tackled aspects on the state of preparedness for the exercise by Romania, starting January 1, 2019, of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed that one of Romania's major objectives, as President of the Council of the EU, will be that of securing that the EU policies are constantly linked to the principle of cohesion, as EU common value. From this perspective, Romania will make efforts to advance the negotiation process, and to adopt in a timely manner, in line with the support of the other member states of the Union, the proposals regarding the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that the common agricultural policy demonstrated its value added, representing a genuine catalyst for economic and social development of European rural areas, for the active and accelerated maintainance of the process of cohesion among regions and for the provision of safe food, of high quality and at affordable prices for European citizens. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister outlined the need to adequately reflect the major role of this policy at the level of allocations for the Common Agricultural Policy in the future European budget. Prime Minister of Romania also mentioned that the Government supports the maintenance of the CAP budget at a level comparable to the current one, mentioning at the same time that Romania appreciates the Commissions good intentions to simplify and increase subsidiarity in the implementation of the future Common Agricultural Policy, as well as the proposal to further reduce the gap between farmer direct payments in different member states. The Head of the Executive further stated that Romania does not agree with capping, which will seriously affect the most competitive farms in our country. The two officials also discussed the Commissions proposals on supporting small farms and young farmers in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also underlined the importance of ensuring a simplified architecture of the future policy in the post-2020 time frame, allowing for an increased level of transparency, accessibility and efficiency in relation to direct beneficiaries of this policy. Prime Minister appreciated the role that the European Commission will have in the European decision-making process regarding the proposals in the field of agriculture and expressed Romania's interest and openness to continue the cooperation with the Commission in order to identify together with the Member States and the European Parliament the best solutions for European agriculture, for European farmers and, in essence, for European citizens as the main beneficiaries of EU policies. The Head of the Executive also brought out into discussion the current problems Romania is facing, namely the African swine fever and the floods affecting several counties. With respect to African swine fever, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development mentioned that this started in Poland and that he considers ways to provide assistance to our country. Regarding floods, the Romanian Prime Minister and Commissioner Phil Hogan agreed that, next week, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, will discuss the aid that the European Commission can provide to our country. The effects of climate change on the overall agricultural sector will be analyzed, and, alongside the floods, the drought that affects other member states will be considered as well. The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development accepted the invitation extended by the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to Romania as soon as possible. *** On July 9-10, 2018, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila will pay a working visit to Brussels, on which occasion she will have a meeting with the President of the European Commision Jean - Claude Juncker. Prime Minister will hold talks with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, and with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger. The visit to Brussels is aimed at intensifying the Romanian Government's dialogue with the European institutions, in the perspective of our country taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019. The senior Romanian official will reiterate the Romanian authorities' firm commitment to ensure a successful mandate, will highlight Romania's objective to contribute in a constructive manner to defining and promoting the European common interest, to ensuring unity and cohesion among Member States and to the European citizens drawing closer to the EU. Priority aspects on the European agenda, with focus on the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy will also be tackled. 2018-07-10 00:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-10-08-19-43big_02_resize.jpgGuvernul României le urează succes elevilor participanți la Olimpiada Internațională de MatematicăȘtiri din 08.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-08 13:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-08-01-33-38big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la Summit-ul formatului de cooperare R.P. Chineză-Europa Centrală și de EstȘtiri din 07.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participates-in-the-summit-of-the-china-central-and-eastern-european-countries-cooperation-format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China Li Keqiang, on the sidelines of the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China Li Keqiang, on the sidelines of the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1) held in Sofia. The two officials welcomed the positive evolution of relations between the two countries, highlighting the great capital of trust and traditional friendship between the Romanian and Chinese peoples. Appreciation was voiced for the special relevance of the favorable bilateral dynamics in the context of the approaching anniversary, in 2019, of 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations and of 15 years since the launch of the Declaration of the Ample Friendship and Cooperation Partnership between Romania and the Peoples Republic of China. The two officials expressed their determination to maintain political dialogue at a high level and intensify it as an essential vehicle for stimulating overall cooperation and for capitalizing on the major potential of the Romanian-Chinese relationship. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the importance the Bucharest Government attaches to the development of pragmatic cooperation with China, with focus on strengthening bilateral economic relations in investment and trade. Prime Minister expressed Romanias interest in evening out the trade balance through higher dynamics of Romanian exports. Prime Minister also pointed to Romanias high potential to export agri-food products to China, advocating strengthening the relevant bilateral legal framework. The Romanian senior official also stated that Chinese investments in Romania are still below their true potential and expressed hope that the bilateral dialogue will materialize in a more active presence of the Chinese investors in Romania. The opportunities offered by a series of investment projects in key sectors for Romania, such as energy and transport infrastructure have been assessed, with the Romanian side expressing openness towards the involvement of Chinese companies in carrying out projects in various stages of progress. In this context, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the signing, on the sidelines of the summit, of the Memorandum of Understanding on Transport and Infrastructure Cooperation between the Romanian Ministry of Transport and Chinas National Development and Reform Commission. At the same time, interest was expressed for the completion as soon as possible of negotiations for the construction of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant Reactors 3 and 4 and of a new energy group at the Rovinari thermal power station, as well as the construction of the Tarnita-Lapustesti pumped storage power station. The sides noted the opportuneness of intensifying cooperation in the financial - banking sector as a measure to back the successful consolidation of the bilateral economic relationship, as well as the usefulness of resuming direct flights between Romania and China as a means of facilitating inter-human exchanges through tourism, exchanges of scientists and business travel. The Romanian Prime Minister reiterated Romanias desire to participate in projects requiring 16 + 1 cooperation. At the same time, the Head of the Executive affirmed the interest in participating in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, including from the angle of capitalizing on Romanias geographical position, which can become a relevant component of energy, transport, commercial and inter-human connections between Europe and Asia. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila toured the Huawei company stand within the Business Forum held on the sidelines of the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1) in Sofia In the context of her participation in the 16+1 Summit in Sofia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila toured - following the bilateral meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang - the Huawei company stand within the Business Forum held on the sidelines of the Summit. The Huawei representatives presented the latest technologies and solutions of the telecommunication area promoted by the company, which is one of the most relevant international companies in this area. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, on the sidelines of the Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, in Sofia, in the context of their participation in the seventh Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1). During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers tackled topics of common interest, such as the stage of bilateral cooperation, the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as recent developments at regional level. The Head of the Executive reconfirmed the Romanian Governments firm political support for the European and Euro-Atlantic path of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as the willingness to provide technical assistance for Macedonias EU and NATO accession. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU (in the first semester of 2019) will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and the development of political relations with the Western Balkan states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila offered congratulations on the recent conclusion of the bilateral agreement with Greece on Macedonias constitutional name and stated that this historic step will open up new opportunities for the Republic of Macedonia. Prime Minister also appreciated the dynamism wherewith the Macedonian Government headed by Prime Minister Zaev resumed the pro-European reform process and expressed her firm belief that the concrete results will soon appear. Prime Minister cited as an example the recent decision of the European Council that Romania endorsed too, and which is a further encouragement for the continuation of the reforms. At the same time, the two Prime Ministers agreed to continue efforts to increase the frequency of high-level and working-level political dialogue between Romania and the Republic of Macedonia. It was also underlined the both sides' openness towards deepening sectoral cooperation and strengthening the bilateral economic relationship, which should capitalize on the current significant potential. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic, on the sidelines of their participation in the China - Central and Eastern European countries Summit In the context of the participation in the seventh Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1) held in Sofia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic. The dialogue reaffirmed the interest of both governments in deepening bilateral relations in the coming period and in promoting cooperation in areas of common interest. During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers reviewed the stage of bilateral cooperation and discussed possibilities to streamline it at political, economic and cultural levels. In this context, they extended particular attention to strengthening economic cooperation, where there is a considerable potential that must be fully capitalized. They also referred to extending sectorial cooperation, fostering dialogue between business sectors and proposed the organization of an economic forum. The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic invited the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to his country. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated our country's firm support for the advancement of Bosnia and Herzegovina along the path towards EU accession and also Romanias commitment to providing technical assistance in the accession preparation process. The Romanian side reaffirmed its support for the European objective of Bosnia and Herzegovina, also in the context of Romanias holding of the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. Prime Minister encouraged the further implementation of the Reform Agenda, given the desideratum of Sarajevo authorities to acquire the status of candidate for EU membership. The Romanian Prime Minister also expressed the Governments openness to continuing to share the optimum ways of backing Bosnia and Herzegovina to intensify cooperation with NATO, given the importance of security and stability in the entire region. Romanian Prime Minister met with her Latvian counterpart on the sidelines of the China - CEE countries Summit On July 7, 2018, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with her Latvian counterpart Māris Kučinskis on the sidelines of the China - CEE countries Summit held in Sofia. The Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the very good relations between Romania and the Republic of Latvia and reconfirmed our country's openness towards maintaining a constant dialogue both from bilateral perspective and under the aspect of a better coordination on areas of common interest of European and security agendas. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reminded the consistent exchange of views she had with the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs during the latter's visit to Bucharest, on July 5, 2018. Prime Minister of Romania emphasized the importance of giving a new impetus to Romanian - Latvian economic cooperation, in order to better capitalize on the current potential. The Romanian Prime Minister presented to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis the opportunities offered by Romania to foreign investors, referring to the new legislative framework in the field. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced interest for deepening sectorial cooperation in areas such as: agriculture and cutting - edge tehnologies, and voiced appreciation for the excellent cooperation in the defence area. The Romanian side stated that holding for the first time the Presidency of the EU Council is both a challenge and an opportunity for our country and added that the Romanian Government attaches maximum importance to preparing this European exercise. The Romanian side further underlined that exercising this mandate in the first semester of 2019 provides the opportunity to intensify bilateral dialogue on topics of common interest and deepening coordination in the field of European Affairs between Romania and the Republic of Latvia. The Latvian Prime Minister accepted the invitation to pay official visit to Romania this year, showing that he intends to come with an important delegation of businesspeople, to attend a bilateral economic forum. Remarks by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the plenary session of the Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated today in Sofia in the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1). Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, addressing the plenary session of the Heads of Government, expressed Romanias firm support for the pragmatic development of the 16 + 1 cooperation and its commitment to further promoting and giving new impetus to the objectives agreed upon within this framework, which will contribute to the economic development and increased prosperity of the participating countries. The senior Romanian official conveyed to the counterparts from the participating states Romanias interest in carrying out regional transport infrastructure projects, as well as in developing initiatives in the field of energy, communications, or aimed at facilitating inter-human contacts, also to boost dialogue on education policies in this format. Prime Minister conveyed to her counterparts that Romania is ready to take on an important role in China - Central and Eastern Europe cooperation, having joined the Center for Dialogue and Cooperation on Energy, already established in Romania two years ago Moreover, the Head of the Romanian Executive also expressed Romanias interest in hosting the 16 + 1 Dialogue on cooperation in the field of education, following the May 2019 ASEM Education Ministers Meeting that will take place under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Given the importance attached by Romania to China - Central and Eastern Europe cooperation, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the importance of actions that promote connectivity between European and Asian partners. In this context, Prime Minister outlined the significant role the Danube and the Black Sea could play in boosting mobility and competitiveness, two objectives circumscribed to cooperation in the 16 + 1 format. The Romanian dignitary advocated the identification of concrete ways to achieve and back complementarity between 16 + 1 cooperation on the one hand, and the political and economic mechanisms of the EU - China relationship and the EU infrastructure and investment programs on the other hand. According to the Romanian Prime Minister, this line of action has the potential to confirm and reinforce the contribution of the 16 + 1 format to strengthening ties between Europe and China, an objective which enjoys Romanias full support. Memorandum of cooperation in the field of transport and infrastructure between the Ministry of Transport of Romania and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China A Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Transport and Infrastructure was signed today between the Romanian Ministry of Transport and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit taking place in Sofia. The signatories of the document were Romanian Transport Minister Lucian Sova and the Chairman of the Chinese Commission He Lifeng. The memorandum reflects the firm common interest of the parties to deepen and diversify bilateral cooperation in two sectors that are key to economic development, such as transport and infrastructure. The document will strengthen the framework and the premises for Chinas involvement in the materialization of some Romanian projects in these two areas whose development is a priority for the Romanian side, The memorandum is in line with the Romanian Governments steps aimed at strengthening pragmatic cooperation with China, which is a distinctive objective of the foreign policy component of the 2018 - 2020 Government Programme. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with her Albanian counterpart Edi Rama On the occasion of the 16+1 Summit held in Sofia, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting today with the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the Romanian Government's firm political and technical support for Albania's accession to the European Union and passed on congratulations to Albania for the European Council's confirmation of opening accession negotiations with Albania during the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, based on the reforms and progress achieved so far and which will continue over the next period too. In this context, the Albanian side thanked Romania for the support our country extended to Albania in important moments in its history, support also materialized with respect to Albania's European track. Talks revealed the common will to develop the current good relations, focusing on strengthening sectorial cooperation through cooperation in relevant fields for the EU-Albania dialogue, and for economic cooperation consolidation. It was agreed to undertake common action during this year, at the level of governmental mechanisms tasked with economic, scientific and technical cooperation, but also at the level of the two countries' business communities. The Albanian Prime Minister shared the Romanian side's view regarding the need to develop the multi-sectoral bilateral cooperation and gave assurances that he will make every effort for a concrete development regarding cooperation in the fields of mutual interest, focusing on the economic area. Both sides remarked on the good political dialogue and reviewed the future development prospects of the cooperation between the two states, focusing on the fields in which Albania should achieve concrete progress on its European path. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced confidence that over the next period, concrete progress will be achieved in the important files on the bilateral agenda. 2018-07-07 21:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-13_at_09.15.51.jpegPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a viceprim-ministrului și ministrului afacerilor externe al Republicii Socialiste Vietnam, Pham Binh MinȘtiri din 06.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-06 16:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-06-04-28-47big_7.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Comitetul interministerial dedicat pregătirii CentenaruluiȘtiri din 06.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-06 16:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-06-04-23-46big_8.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a ministrului afacerilor externe al Republicii Letonia, Edgars RinkēvičsȘtiri din 05.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-republic-of-latvia-edgars-rink-vicsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs who is paying a visit to Romania. The visit of the Latvian official takes place in the year when both states are celebrating the Centenary and is part of the dynamics of a high - level constant dialogue between the two countries. During the talks, it was outlined the very good level of the relations between Romania and the Republic of Latvia both at bilateral level and the EU and NATO level. Both sides agreed on the need to boost trade and investment. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila talked about Romanias investment opportunities, as well as about the new legislative framework favorable for foreign companies. The Head of the Romanian Executive hailed the good level of cooperation in the defence area and made a review of an array of areas in which the sectorial cooperation presents opportunities, among which: agriculture, energy, research and innovation. The Romanian side stated that joining the OECD is an important objective of the Romanian Government and expressed appreciation for the support granted by Latvia in this step. A particular importance was attached to the topical issues of the European agenda. Talks highlighted expectations and common positions on a series of topical dossiers, such as the EU future multiannual budget, BREXIT, EU enlargement, Eastern Partnership, cyber security, strategic communication etc. In the context, the Romanian side presented the state of preparedness of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, focusing on the priorities that our country will have during this European mandate. 2018-07-05 19:53:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-05-07-57-32big_02_resize.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea cvadrilaterală la nivel înalt România - Bulgaria - Grecia – Serbia, de la SalonicȘtiri din 04.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-will-attend-the-high-level-quadrilateral-meeting-of-romania-bulgaria-serbia-and-greece-to-be-held-in-thessalonikiOn July 4, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended, at the invitation of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a new high-level quadrilateral meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece, alongside Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov and the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. The summit contributed to strengthening the high - level dialogue in this format and to identifying ways of cooperation in the region. The Romanian Prime Minister highlighted that given Romanias preparations to take over the Presidency of the EU Council for the first time, in the first semester of 2019, advancing the interconnection projects with the South - Eastern European states, achieving progress in ensuring the energy security of the region, intensifying regional cooperation as well as continuing enlargement with the Western Balkan states, represent priority objectives for Romania. As regards interconnectivity, emphasis was placed on infrastructure projects in the field of transports, and also on energy interconnections. Regarding the regional transport infrastructure projects, Romania proposed the setting up of a working group in the field of transport which will identify and establish priority projects to be promoted by parties in quadrilateral, trilateral and bilateral formats and the financing sources respectively. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă expressed her firm belief that the joint projects will stimulate trade, links between companies and tourism. The Romanian Prime Minister conveyed our country's special interest in advancing energy interconnections with Serbia, and in facilitating the Romanian gas and electricity exports and mentioned the importance of boosting efforts to consolidate energy security at regional and European level, especially by diversifying supply sources and accelerating interconnections. Regarding the European Strategy for the Danube Region whose presidency will be taken over by Romania from Bulgaria in October 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that Romania aims at promoting its value added in order to ensure economic development, social cohesion and to reduce territorial development gaps at EU level. As regards the EU enlargement with Western Balkan states, Prime Minister specified that Romania, as part of the trio of presidencies made up of Bulgaria, Austria and our country, wants to continue the close cooperation with the states in this region. Prime Minister reiterated on this occasion, Romania's constant and solid support for Serbia's negotiation process for EU accession. The senior Romanian official underlined at the same time that the Romanian Government aims at building a better integrated region, to include the Balkan states as a premise for a sustainable growth in the region. During the Thessaloniki Summit, Prime Minister of Romania upheld the need of action for regional stabilization designed to counter the factors that facilitate the phenomena of radicalization and violent extremism, with the involvement civil society and local and central authorities. She also brought up the issue of border security, highlighting in this context, the importance of regional and bilateral cooperation to prevent and combat illegal migration and organized crime. Regarding migration, the senior officials gathered in Thessaloniki outlined that this topic remains a priority on the EU agenda, as demonstrated by the discussions at the most recent European Council meeting (June 28-29, 2018). Officials outlined that further efforts are required to identify the best ways of action to ensure a comprehensive, effective approach to migration. The Romanian Prime Minister stated that Romania counts on the continued commitment of the states in the region, including Serbia, in managing the challenges triggered by the phenomenon of migration and in avoiding the promotion of measures that will turn into a pull factor for the region, for the benefit of all, Member States and Partner States. As regards the revision of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă appreciated the efforts made by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council to reach a compromise on the Dublin proposal, as well as the developments in terms of the other CEAS instruments. We also mention that the Thessaloniki summit was attended by Romanian, Bulgarian and Serbian government officials in the field of transport who also had a meeting in quadrilateral format with a view to identifying concrete cooperation possibilities in this field. * Previous meetings of senior officials of the four states took place in Varna, on the sidelines of the joint meeting of the Government of Romania and the Government of Bulgaria (October 3, 2017), in Belgrade (December 8-9, 2017), and in Bucharest (April 24, 2018). * Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attends today the high-level quadrilateral meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece, to be held in Thessaloniki. Talks in Thessaloniki will focus on topics of interest discussed at the similar meeting hosted by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in Bucharest, on April 24, 2018. Talks aimed at cooperation in key areas such as: transports, energy, telecommunications, internal affairs, the Danube Strategy. The meeting occasioned at the same time an assessment of the current status Serbia's European track, and the European perspective of the entire region as well as of the ways to boost these processes. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksander Vučić, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila, and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boiko Borisov - Check against delivery - Alexis Tsipras: Allow me to tell you once again: welcome to Thessaloniki. We met with the Serbian President and the Bulgarian Prime Minister for the first time, two years ago, in Thessaloniki. I also wish a warm welcome to the Prime Minister of Romania, Mrs. Viorica Dancila. We started these quadrilateral meetings Romania - Bulgaria - Serbia - Greece one year ago. In the last year, almost nobody thought that so many things would change in our region, in this Balkan area, and that this initiative that we took two years ago, would extend - as I said, the Romanian Prime Minister started to attend it too, and most importantly is that this meeting has an institutionalized character. There are more and more dynamics, there is a common collaboration concept in the Balkan area, and it is very important to show which are the projects that we want to implement in our Balkan area, for our economic collaboration. I want to remind you here how we stood in the previous years. In 2014, the Ministerial meeting which was scheduled, did not have the possibility, the dynamics to implement the Thessaloniki agenda as President Juncker stated that there was no possibility for EU to enlarge. And then, Chancellor Angela Merkel had an initiative, known as Berlin Initiative, to maintain this connection as viable, this Western Balkans' connection with EU, but excluded certain countries in the Balkan area, in this dialogue. I remind you that later, in 2015 -2016, we went through a crisis of refugees, but also the impact the economic crisis had in our country, in the Hellenic Republic, and, as you know, 2017 was a very difficult year, because of the political crisis from Albania, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. We see that all these problems have been nevertheless overcome, very easily, without too many impediments, and we could say that we came to the point of making a 180 degrees return, and thus creating a positive dynamics in this initiative. This year, we signed a very important collaboration agreement with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, there was the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU, a very well established mandate, with an extraordinary success, and as we know, we want to say that it was a Balkan presidency, and we want to thank and congratulate Boiko Borisov for this presidency, for the meetings we had in Sofia, for our meetings pertaining to Western Balkans, which outlined even more our initiative. I would like to outline that one year ago, we did not even think that certain things could have been implemented, could have been resolved. All these obstacles have been overcome, and all these impediments - removed, giving thus a new perspective to our Balkan area and showing what the EU integration perspective of Serbia and Montenegro is. This initiative will be implemented in 2025, and we have recently taken decision - as of 2019 and beyond, there will start talks for the EU accession of Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia- we signed an agreement for the name of this country concerning which, we have come to a common denominator. In the year that passed since we took this joint Initiative for the Balkan area, we tried to complete a cycle of progress and opened a new cycle of progress for the years to come. Within this framework, we have had the opportunity today to look at the current developments, the prospects for future development regarding the international legal framework. We must lay the foundations for collaboration and the construction of common collaboration for the future that will be viable in the coming years as well. For us, all the Balkan countries, not only Romania, Bulgaria and us, the Hellenic Republic - with Serbia and Bulgaria, we meet quite often - we will continue to try to back Serbia's integration into the European family. I assured them of our support in the EU and our support for the integration of Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen area. Next meeting will take place in late September; as Boiko Borisov told us, he will be our host in Bulgaria. The 16 +1 summit will take place over the next days, in Bulgaria. We discussed about my presence at this summit, and of course, we discussed about the presidency of the Council of the EU which will be taken over by Austria and further on, by Romania. We discussed about the very sensitive points related to migration, the refugees' issue. In parallel, there was a meeting of the Ministers of Infrastructure Works from industry and energy. We discussed very many projects of strategic importance which we want to implement in our countries, we referred to road transport, rail transport, the link between Alexandroupolis, Kavala, Burgas, Giurgiu, Ruse, about the Thessaloniki-Skopje-Belgrade railway link, a whole range of energy projects and other very important infrastructure works. The obligation we have to link ports in the northern Aegean Sea to the Black Sea ports. And then, our ministers have prepared a very bold plan, a plan that we could say that will materialize in a transport ring, of goods distribution in the Balkan area, a ring that will link the four countries by road , rail, inland waterways and maritime transport, which will provide a new geopolitical role in our area - this link, especially the connection of our ports without the need to cross through the Dardanelles Straits. We also talked about a future framework, a joint venture we could say, a company for managing these new rail and road networks and showing how important the Balkan geopolitical area is, because, as you know, here there is a crossroads between north and south, between east and west. I would like once again to thank the Serbian President, the Bulgarian Prime Minister and the Romanian Prime Minister, hopefully, we have a new dynamics in the future, in our meetings, a common vision, confidence in this vision and in our power, we should have the courage to take bold steps, even if, many times, we may sometimes take these steps against the trend, we could say. We need to lay the foundations of a very important collaboration for the European area of the Balkans, which will be a democratic area, which will not see anymore the previous year's conflicts, which will not be haunted anymore by the previous years' natioanlism and which will be oriented towards development, to the benefit of all. I want to thank again our guests here, in Thessaloniki, the Serbian President, the two Prime Ministers, and to give the floor further on to the Serbian President, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić. Aleksandar Vučić: Distinguished Alexis, distinguished Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania, Madam Dancila, Mr. Borisov, ladies and gentlemen, dear journalists, I will try to be brief and state that to us, to Serbia, a meeting of such level is very important. I am satisfied with the outcome of this meeting. I thank Alexis for having hosted us, and for the presence of Mrs. Viorica Dancila and Mr. Boiko Borisov. It is very important we are here, Serbia has the support of these friends, these three friend countries. For Serbia, it is equally important that we work together within several projects. We discussed about transports, rail transports, gas pipelines, multimodal transports, more in detail and more responsible than on other occasions. Both the Greek and the Bulgarian side proposed the common revenues to be used in joint transport projects, which will be beneficial for all countries, so that, together, there is the best administration and an improvement in transports and trade between our countries. There will always be a link with Romania: this link with Romania was often mentioned, we should link Romania to all the transport ways with other countries in the Balkans, via maritime way too. There are projects connecting Belgrade, Skopje, Thessaloniki, some highways are being completed, the same in Bulgaria, the highway to the border with Bulgaria is in the final phase, to the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. All these highways have not been built for decades and are now nearing completion, and we expect this connection between our countries to be more useful, more eloquent. Supporting these projects is very important and I want to say that I understand Alexis very well, but he too should understand me that we have not solved the big problem: Belgrades links with Pristina. It is something that I discussed with friends, I thank them for it, they are always ready to listen, to hear Serbia's positions. I have never meddled with sovereign issues of countries and this is why I do not want to meddle in the name of the neighboring country, of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Dear Alexis Tsipras, undoubtedly, anyone who sees that in Serbia, parties that had divergent views, reached an agreement, this is a very good news for all countries in the region, and I want this collaboration to continue, considering both parties' interests. It is equally important to maintain ourselves so, we want to be united to resolve the problems of the Balkan area, and I agree with Alexis Tsipras that all these which were concealed and put aside, in the future, if we do not resolve them, we will encounter problems. Boiko Borisov attended all talks and he expected the UN General Assembly to take place in Sofia, as everything happens in Sofia. Hopefully, the next meetings will take place in Sofia, and our next meeting will be held in Varna and I will host in Belgrade, the December meeting during which hopefully, we will make important decisions regarding the way transport in the region will be organized. All these issues will be beneficial for our nations, they will bring us closer to each other - Greeks, Romanians, Serbians, Bulgarians, etc. Thank you once again for hospitality, and I apologize if my speech took too long. Viorica Dancila: It is a great pleasure for me to take part in the fourth meeting in this format, which has proven its usefulness in promoting our objectives in the region. Our shared stake is today to offer substance to this format. Today, the meeting of the Transport Ministers took place so that we can identify common projects in this area. We hope that in the next period such meetings between the relevant Ministers will take place in order to have as many joint projects as possible both at regional level but also at European level. I want to thank Alexis for the excellent organization and hospitality, and I want to congratulate him for the latest projects, both regional projects and economic projects. I want to assure the Greek Prime Minister that Greece is a key country for Romania in the region, and we want to intensify dialogue and cooperation at bilateral, regional and European level. At the same time, I would like to congratulate the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov for the mandate at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and to appreciate that the Western Balkans have occupied a central place. As you know on January 1, 2019, Romania will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and I want to assure you that the Western Balkans will be an important topic during our mandate. I discussed with President Vucic about European integration and I assured him that we all want that Serbia becomes a full EU member state. I want to assure President Vucic of Romania's firm commitment to politically and technically supporting Serbia's European integration. Our discussions have had common ground both on the European agenda and in areas of interest in the region as I mentioned, pertaining to transport, energy and the Danube Strategy. I believe that the discussions in this format are about the reality existing in the region and I think they can bring added value. I want to thank once again the Greek Prime Minister, the Bulgarian Prime Minister and the Serbian Prime Minister for the discussions full of substance we have had in this format. Thank you. Alexis Tsipras: Thank you, Viorica. Boiko, I am sure that if the idea expressed by Alexander would have ocured earlier to you, i.e., to think about holding the UN General Assembly in Sofia, I am sure you would have managed to do it. Boiko Borisov: First of all, I would like to thank Thessaloniki along with my colleagues, as 15 years ago, here, in Thessaloniki, it was given the start in backing Bulgaria and Romania for EU accession, and it is good to remember and mention the good things. I am particularly glad - and I do not say it only because journalists are here, and they recognized too there is a Balkan cooperation at the bilateral meetings too. Perhaps many do not understand, things are enough complicated many times and every Balkan country proudly managed, with all the powers and the arguments it may bring, to come before the 28 EU Member States, both in Sofia and in other countries as well, to be proud of what it achieved in the previous semester, during the presidency at the EU Council. Following our talks, I understood that everybody was satisfied, Bosnia - Herzegovina too, therefore countries in the Western Balkans and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of Bulgaria's results and activity, during the semester when it held the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Therefore, all countries have a great importance both for Bulgaria and for the other Balkan states, for Romania, Greece, etc. In addition to the fact that we meet and convey various political messages, an important issue that our countries can do, alongside Romania and Greece, is to insist for Serbia to join the European family, but there should be criteria that we all should implement, to be able to ensure several revenues, to help our nations. There is no road between Serbia and Bulgaria, therefore, we must build one, we must connect these countries so that to facilitate transportation. I will not comment more. What has not been achieved over the last decades, it should be done now by us, to the benefit of our countries. Today, due to these works, we manage to pay, to entirely reimburse the money, in a shorter time that was initially stipulated, from 26 to 14 years; over the next time interval, we need to upgrade their systems, develop them at digital level, high IT level. All these should be processed, there should be a common and processed data basis so that road taxes are paid according to the size of containers crossing each territory, therefore, it must be a connection between the Aegian Sea and the Black Sea ports, Varna, Burgas, Constanta. Our Ministers should present us very soon very concrete things, so that they should be put in practice for us not to be late. We are talking with Romania about a new bridge across Danube, beyond the existing ones, to facilitate bulk cargo. The Vidin bridge should be much bigger than designed, so that trucks could handle this high volume of commodities. I have said that we will cooperate with the European Commissioner for Regional Development, with Mrs. Corina Cretu, who will support us to access European funds. We want to involve the EU too not to give the impression that only us, the four, are those who initiated and implemented all these projects, we want the EU assistance too. We want to compete, in the positive way, with all the other developed countries in Europe and of course, then, everybody will be glad that they achieved things to their benefit. Therefore, there should be competition, connection of gas pipelines, so that natural gas reaches countries that currently have no access to them. I think that soon, we will be prepared to tell more about these interconnections of gas pipelines, both with Greece, and with the other countries. All these projects should be further resolved and we should reach a common denominator, a joint agreement together with Serbia. More and more projects should be implemented, as we are neighbors and as the Greek Prime Minister and the Serbian President said it, we haven't had yet the friendly behavior we should have, we should support the Serbians, our friends from Serbia, in the conflict existing between Serbia and Kosovo, it is a very important topic, we must all be together and alongside them, to show the trajectory, the EU accession pathway, to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and to Albania. As you know, it is very important as you could see, Sofia and Skopje have come to an understanding, we could say, a velvet one. At the same time, in the end, Athens and Skopje also came to an understanding, our Prime Ministers met and discussed, and we must have a very good agenda in the future too, at the meeting in Varna, at the meeting in Belgrade; every time, some decisions have been taken and we need to see what support we will get from the European Commission because, as you know, these large infrastructure works, these large natural gas or oil pipelines need the EUs financial support. Lets hope that the Romanian presidency of the EU Council will be a successful one too. Alexis Tsipras: Boyko, thank you and thanks to all my colleagues who were here in Thessaloniki. It is a symbolic city for us, all the Balkan countries, because Thessaloniki, as you know, is one of the most important cities in the Balkan region. We will meet again in late September in Varna, where I hope we will take a very important new step in our cross- border inter-Balkan collaboration. Thank you very much for being with us today in Thessaloniki. 2018-07-04 13:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-04_at_19.41.32.jpegMăsuri pentru limitarea și eradicarea pestei porcine africaneȘtiri din 03.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/measures-to-limit-and-eradicate-the-african-swine-feverPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă coordinated today the meeting of the Command for reducing the effects of African swine fever on Romanian soil. ANSVSA representatives briefed on the situation of areas affected by the African swine fever and on the measures taken to limit, combat and eradicate the disease at Tulcea County level, where the alert status was established. To limit the spread of the disease, six check points were established at the exit from Tulcea county and two check points on affected farms, which verify compliance with quarantine measures and movement restrictions. The specialized staff, in charge of the on-site evaluation of the situation was also supplemented. ANSVSA collaborates with the Ministry of the Environment to control the spread of the virus among wild boars from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve by identifying and neutralizing sick animals. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă requested the involved institutions - ANSVSA, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, MAI, MApN - to cooperate as closely as to date, to implement the necessary measures. The Head of the Executive also requested the amendment of the legislation so that compensation is granted to those who voluntarily notify and hand over to the authorities the sick animals in the area where the alert status has been established. It is very important to take the necessary measures in due time to prevent the spread of the African swine fever virus and to eradicate the disease, stated the Head of the Executive. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment Gratiela Gavrilescu, Minister of Agriculture Petre Daea, Secretary of State in MAI(Ministry of Internal Affairs) Raed Arafat, Secretary of State in the Defence Ministry Mircea Dusa and the Vice - President of ANSVSA Laszlo Nagy Csutak attended the Command for reducing the effects of African swine fever. We remind that the African swine fever does not affect people, and there is not the slightest risk of infection for the population, but this virus has a social impact from the economic point of view. 2018-07-03 14:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-03-02-54-11big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Vom lua măsuri de intervenție imediate pentru a-i ajuta pe oamenii afectați de inundațiiȘtiri din 03.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-will-take-immediate-action-to-help-the-flood-affected-peoplePrime Minister Viorica Dancila and several Cabinet members decided today, within an operative meeting convened at the Government, the measures necessary to assist the people and the flood - hit communities. Some of the rapid intervention measures are to be adopted on the first meeting of the Executive. Rapid intervention measures are considered, on two levels: 1.To assist people and the flood-hit localities: Providing the bare necessities - water, food, mobile homes to accommodate people whose homes have been destroyed or severely hit by floods; Providing construction materials for the reconstruction of houses destroyed by natural disasters, Earmarking financial aid for flood -affected families, based on social investigations Clearing flood - hit roads and access roads, and re-establishing access links for isolated communities Counseling the population to raise awareness over the health risks they are exposed to, and providing the necessary vaccines where needed (for hepatitis A and tetanus), Providing additional forces and means for intervention to remove water and mud from the flood -hit houses, yards and localities, Providing the necessary feed for the domestic animals belonging to the affected families. 2. The authorities will also intervene to prevent and mitigate the effects of any floods that may occur in the coming period, given the short and medium term weather forecasts. In this respect, the authorities are prepared to intervene to help with defence banks, spillways and dam heightening. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also requested the Minister of Youth and Sports to find solutions for the organisation of free camps for children from families whose homes were severely hit by natural disasters. Another set of measures envisaged is to rehabilitate damaged and flooded transport and environmental infrastructure, including flood protection levees. The Government will conduct a comprehensive analysis to access the European Union Solidarity Fund. - Yesterday I visited the flood-hit areas. We talked to people who need our quick support. Many lost in a few hours what they had gathered in a lifetime. We are dutybound to assist them with everything they need to overcome these difficult moments stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. 2018-07-03 14:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-03-02-39-53big_sigla_guvern.png