RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-RODeclarații de presă susținute de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Alina Petrescu, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 22.06.2017 15:15:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 21.06.2017 Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to start by thanking those who have been by my side, these days, and by the side of my collaborators. There are very many Romanians who have voiced their support, and their energy has given me the strength to weather these complicated days to Romania. I am telling Romanians that I shall do my duty, until the country gets a functional Cabinet. I am waiting until Parliament passes a new Cabinet, observing all Constitutional and legal procedures in our country. As I have said so far, I hope that today's vote in Parliament will not be a big mistake, and that PSD nominates the future Prime Minister. It is important for us to overcome this blockage, and to convey investors and Chancellaries around the world the fact that Romania remains a stable and predictable environment. What matters is for Romanians to feel as little as possible the effects of this political crisis. PSD does not mean Liviu Dragnea, PSD does not mean Sorin Grindeanu either. This party must remain united. I will remain in PSD, which should not have been subjected to such a trial, to dismiss its own Cabinet because a person wants so. I heartedly hope that in six months, we do not reach a similar situation: Romania would deserve better than this . I thank all Ministers and tell them, as I have told them so far, that they should come to office and do their duty. Until a new Cabinet is appointed, we must do our job. Likewise, I thank Victor Ponta, I very much appreciate he has been by my side in these days. I have done what I thought and what I still think is the best to do. I have chosen the hardest path: refusing to accept offices, compromises, and also to strike more or less occult deals, not begging of anyone, not haggling with anyone, but opting instead to be fair and transparent and do my duty, which is what I will still be doing in an honest way. I had and I have this duty towards our country. Thank you. Reporter: PSD and ALDE got votes for the motion to pass(...). Minus those votes of minorities, we realize that PSD and ALDE have unstable majority or below what they would need this moment. Do you believe there will be problems at the appointment of a new Prime Minister from PSD and ALDE? Sorin Grindeanu: It is what I repeat, I repeated today too, I told my colleagues in the past days too, the fact that all this - political madness if I can say so, might lead to losing governance by PSD and the coalition. Those who did these things, took this risk and will have to answer for it if such a future scenario unfolds. Reporter: Politically, what will you do from now on? Sorin Grindeanu: I said it in the past days too, I said it today, from the Parliament's rostrum, I tell you too: I have been for 21 years in PSD and surely, with ups and downs, with everything, good, bad, disappointments, joys, I do not change overnight. I do not change my party as some did. I think this is the duty of each of us, first of all towards us and afterwards towards others. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you had a discussion today, before the vote on motion, with PSD President. Can you tell us what were you asked or what did you discuss before the motion? Sorin Grindeanu: We kept our views, surely, I was expected to give in, I told him that I would not do this but in the conditions I had made public. Otherwise, I told you that all the things done over these days have been done in a transparent manner, without offering anything, without doing favors, making deals, etc. Reporter: Some days ago, you stated that this scandal started out of the wish of a man to accumulate all power and Mr. Victor Ponta said that your only flaw in the party's eyes is that you are not Liviu Dragnea. I would like you to characterize or how do you think the profile of the future Prime Minister would look like, as current speculation imply a much more obedient person to the head of the party is being sought? Sorin Grindeanu: I would not go into speculation. The speech delivered by PSD president Liviu Dragnea in Parliament today reinforced my opinion, the fact that he said having won the elections, that he did various things, he should reach... he could reach or should have reached, which is right, it was not possible, can be a speculation, we will see. Reporter: Did you discuss with President Iohannis after the motion of censure? Sorin Grindeanu: Yes. Reporter: ...and can you tell us... Sorin Grindeanu: No. Reporter: ok. With respect to Victor Ponta, do you keep him in office until the end of his interim tenure, or will he withdraw on this occasion? Sorin Grindeanu: He will stay until his tenure finishes ,when Parliament passes the new Cabinet. This, if that number of days is kept , not to bring him in a state of incompatibility. Please. Reporter: If you allow me, one more question. I understand that in weekend, there will be CEx of PSD (National Executive Council of PSD). If you expect those who voted in support of your Cabinet to be excluded from the party, and if you see the formation of a group of independents from ex-PSD members, following this vote? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to speculate. It is very good to organize this CEx this weekend, fast. Maybe so, many of them, in fact, I said this in the hall too, many of those who were promised certain positions of ministers, prime ministers, there were at least five potential prime ministers in Parliament today and about 50 ministers, will see the truth on this occasion, if the decision is transparent, which I would be very glad to be, so that they cast open ballot, not just for the prime minister, but for absolutely all nominations of ministers, and for the final composition of the whole Cabinet. I would marvel! (...) 2017-06-21 17:00:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 18.06.2017 Spokesperson Alina Petrescu: Good afternoon, welcome. Prime Minister of Romania Sorin Grindeanu is going to make a brief press statement. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. The National Programme for Local Development(PNDL), second phase, is one of my objectives as Prime Minister, and one of our main objectives. Over the recent months, I have had many meetings with mayors of communes, towns, municipalities, with presidents of county councils, to listen to them and to find together solutions for the PNDL 2 to be a success and to generate development in Romania. Unfortunately, Minister Sevil Shhaideh, in charge of coordinating this extremely important project, had five months ahead to do something and did nothing. One and a half months ago, I warned her that there were delays and mayors started losing patience. She did not listen to me! Two days ago, I warned her publicly in this very room, that there were unacceptable delays. Next day after my public warning, she suddenly remembered PNDL and issued the press release stating that she would start it. We are living a time in which I do not want a programme of such importance to be used for political purposes. To remove any shadow of doubt, I decided the following: before this, I want to tell you that I do not accept this programme be used for political purposes, and I am not going to tolerate this. And exactly to remove any doubt, as aforementioned, I signed today the order to sack all secretaries of state in the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, the secretary general and the deputy general secretaries. As of today, Mrs. Sevil Shaiddeh cannot sign personally, or through intermediaries, any document that has any connection with PNDL. I took this step to block the eventual abuses and not to block the programme which must continue, and I assure you that this shall happen as soon as possible, but only obeying law. I invite madam Shaiddeh for a discussion on Monday, to communicate me the state of all programmes which are ongoing at present. I know that she is a person who shall finally obey law! Thank you! 2017-06-18 16:00:00ţii de presă susţinute de Victor Ponta, secretarul general al Guvernului, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 17.06.2017 00:00:00ţii de presă susţinute de Victor Ponta, secretarul general al Guvernului, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 16.06.2017 Petrescu: Good evening and welcome! First of all, I would like to announce you some important decisions taken today by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. On the one hand, the decision to dismiss Mr. Mihai Busuioc from the position of Government Secretary - General and appoint Mr. Victor Ponta in this position. The decisions were countersigned for five days, I underline it - by Secretary of State Alexandru Mihai Ghigiu following the repeated and unmotivated refusal of Mr. Mihai Busuioc and Mrs. Andreea Lambru to countersign the decisions of Romanian Prime Minister. Today, the proposals to vacate the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds have been sent to the Presidential Administration, along with the nominations for ad interim appointment of Mr. Augustin Jianu as Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, and of Mr. Sorin Grindeanu as Minister of Internal Affairs, and according to the Presidential Administration's decisions, Mr. Mihai Grindeanu will delegate perhaps his powers to a Secretary of State in the Interior Ministry. Other four decisions signed today by Mr. Prime Minister: decision to sack Secretary of State Adrian Mladinoiu and decision to sack Secretary of State Tudor Vesa, both from the Secretariat - General of the Government(SGG), decision to dismiss Adrian Marius Dobre from the position of Secretary of State in the Labor Ministry, and decision to dismiss Adrian Ionut Gadea from the position of Secretary of State in the Ministry of Regional Development. I am now giving the floor to the Secretary- General of the Government, Mr. Victor Ponta. Victor Ponta: Thank you. Good evening! I did not expect and neither did you, and to be frank, I did not want to see each each other so soon, in this place but life puts us in unexpected situations - and now, we are in an unexpected situation and in an abnormal one. I want to announce you that Prime Minister Grindeanu proposed me yesterday to join his team in this altogether abnormal period for the functioning of a Government, the Romanian Government or any other Government, in a civilized country. I said: - yes immediately, although I was not in the country yesterday, I said I would come to his help, because I think that Sorin Grindeanu deserves support for the right things he wants to do. You can easily fancy that the office of Secretary- General was not exactly in my career plan or on the wish list of public offices, but I do not think it is not the case here for vanities. I think we should ensure the functioning of government for the good of all citizens. Government has never belonged and will never belong to a party(...) but it is the Government of Romania. It cannot be closed in such a manner, as a supermarket, during a political crisis, it is well known, it should work even in abnormal situations. And Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will do this, and I will support him in this capacity which for sure, I will occupy temporarily. To be very clear: the person who proposed me this post, counted very much. I have known Mr. Grindeanu for many years, he is an honest man, as all from Banat are, a serious man. He was requested to accept the office as Prime Minister. He did not request it, in December, and even if the start was very hard, and with many problems - it was normal to be so, over the last days, I have seen a strong, determined Prime Minister, self - confident, with a vision of the future, of Romania's future, and frankly, of PSD future, if PSD wants to have a future anymore. This is why I am willing to help him with all the experience, knowledge I accumulated in previous positions. I have been many times here, holding various positions, and I can do this, accepting Prime Minister's proposal and his request for support, with all political risks and responsibilities I am trying to assume. I want our future steps in the next days to be very clear. First of all, it is about a limited period of time, but we do not know how limited it is, to keep the government activity going, which was hit by a wrong political decision taken by Mr. Dragnea, our colleague. And although I realize the current position is not easy, I have a very good knowledge of the central government to be able to back the Prime Minister in fulfilling his tasks in the period ahead. Obviously, the next period depends on political developments. If the censure motion lodged by the very PSD against the PSD Cabinet will not gather the required number of votes, then, you imagine it is already about a long term activity, in which Prime Minister will try to have a functional Cabinet and majority, and I would like to remind you that Mr. Tariceanu had a minority government during 2007 -2008, but that Government worked. If the censure motion - that I am sure that very many PSD lawmakers will not vote as it is against PSD Cabinet, if motion passes, nevertheless, then, until a new Prime Minister voted by Parliament is appointed, Mr. Grindeanu should ensure the functioning of the Government. I want to remind you that there were ad-interim periods in this country, of up to three months, and you cannot close the Government at Mr. Dragnea's wish. There are governmental measures which cannot wait, in this period, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Ministers should come to office, as it is about public interest and they still hold the office, they should take care. I refer first to the fact that until July 1, accreditation is needed on management agencies, and intermediate bodies for European funds, that the semester must be closed, this with respect to budgetary situation - collection, spending and the rectification to be prepared, that there are international meetings. Romania, as you know, I congratulated Prime Minister Grindeanu for this initiative - filed an official request to host in Bucharest - the European Medicine Agency. I can give you the example of very many things which cannot wait for the resolution of the political crisis and which will further be dealt with by Prime Minister Grindeanu with my support and the support of Ministers. I am absolutely convinced that at least Prime Minister Grindeanu has desire for dialogue, even now, at the eleventh hour, for the Government to return to a normal functioning, have a normal majority, I refer certainly to PSD - ALDE, and for him to exercise in the best way possible the office he held- not on his request, but on the request of those who consider him now very bad, all at once. I want to tell once again that I accepted the office and I consider myself honored to work with Mr. Grindeanu as he also worked with me, as long as we work for public welfare. I am much content with the fact that I am working with him, as over the past three days, he passed a test which I have not seen so far, although I am in politics for enough time, it is almost a mafia test, namely: personal threats, so-called disclosures, or bribery attempts with highest-paying offices where frankly, Mr. Grindeanu had no reason to go, because he does not have the required training. The fact that he passed this test is for me as a Romanian citizen the decisive reason why I accepted this position, and I want you to be convinced that as of this evening- as my colleague has already presented - we have started working and the light will not turn off at the Romanian Government. If you have questions that you want me to answer, I will answer them as soon as possible, and afterwards, I return with the Prime Minister to take the required measures.(...) 2017-06-16 22:32:00 ale premierului Sorin GrindeanuȘtiri din 16.06.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has decided to dismiss Mr. Mihai Busuioc from the position of Secretary -General of Government and appoint Mr. Victor Ponta in this office. The decisions have been published in the Official Gazette, after being countersigned by the Secretary of State Alexandru Mihai Ghigiu, following the repeated and unmotivated refusal of Mr. Mihai Busuioc and Mrs. Andreea Lambru to sign the decisions of the Prime Minister of Romania. Also, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has sent to the Presidential Administration the proposals to vacate the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds. The nominations for ad interim appointment of Mr. Augustin Jianu as Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, and of Mr. Sorin Grindeanu as Minister of Internal Affairs have also been sent. 2017-06-16 20:43:00 Sorin Grindeanu l-a primit, la Palatul Victoria, pe omologul său luxemburghez, Xavier BettelȘtiri din 16.06.2017 release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel discussed developing and diversifying bilateral economic cooperation Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel. They discussed about Romania-Luxembourg cooperation, developing economic relation according to its potential, identifying new opportunities and diversifying cooperation in areas such as: IT, communications, tourism and the banking sector. In this context, the Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned the fact that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg ranks ninth amid foreign investors in Romania, with investments of nearly EUR 1.6 billion in the last year, and underlined the importance of Luxembourg economic mission in Romania led by the Hereditary Grand Duke, scheduled for 2018. - We want to give more substance to our economic relations, based on the potential of the two economies, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel conveyed in his turn, the interest of Luxembourg's investors in Romania, emphasing at the same time the importance of Romania's image as a stable country. The two Prime Ministers discussed also about topical files of European interest such as: Brexit, EU future or the digital single market, the opinions expressed in this respect being similar or convergent. - We back the strengthening of European project, advancement of integration, despite the multiple challenges we are facing. We also underlined the importance of maintaining the functionality of the Schengen area, and we reiterated Romania's objective to join the Schengen area, pointing out the fact that Romania ensures the de facto security of an important part of EU external border stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, these topics being approached also from the perspective of Romania's first mandate at the EU Council Presidency, in the first semester of 2019. Other topic approached during the meeting was the opportunity that Timisoara's holding the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021 represents for Romania, taking into account including the successful experience from 2007 of the partnership between Sibiu and the capital city of Luxembourg. 2017-06-16 13:41:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 15.06.2017 20:00:00 Sorin Grindeanu: „Germania este principalul partener comercial al României”; Wolfgang Büchele: ”Stabilitatea este cheia dezvoltării afacerilor”Știri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a delegation of German businesspeople headed by Wolfgang Buchele, Chairman of the Board, German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. Germany continues to be Romania's main trade partner, with an amount of trade exchanges exceeding EUR 26 billion in 2016, and an important portfolio of companies with German capital investing in our country - 26, 100 companies, and a volume of investments of nearly EUR 5 billion - underlined the Head of the Executive. Romania is an attractive business environment for investors, through tax incentives it grants and through public policies to support the entrepreneurs. There are also special investment opportunities in areas such as: transports, infrastructure, agriculture, regional development, environment and research, underlined Prime Minister Grindeanu. Prime Minister reminded that in the first quarter of this year, Romania had a 5.7 percent economic growth compared to the same period last year, which is the highest in the EU. Mr. Wolfgang Buchele underlined the interest in the continuation of this success story between Romania and Germany, showing that the German businesspeople are interested in investing or extending their businesses in our country. Stability is the key to business development, pointed out Wolfgang Buchele, adding that well-qualified labor force and adjusting the educational curriculum to the market's needs are essential too. The representatives of the German businesspeople mentioned at the same time the importance of legislation predictibility and simplification of bureaucratic procedures. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the delegation of German businesspeople appreciated the bilateral relations between the two states, especially the economic ones and also the development opportunities. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace were also: State Advisor Dan Neculaescu and Germany's Ambassador to Bucharest, Cord Meier - Klodt. 2017-06-15 14:13:00Întrevedere_cu_președintele_comitetului_economiei_germane_wolfgang_büchele03.jpgColaborarea bilaterală în domeniul apărării și în cadrul NATO, pe agenda întrevederii premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ministrul britanic al Apărării, Michael FallonȘtiri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu received today, at Victoria Palace, the British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon who is paying a visit to Romania. Also attending the meeting were: National Defence Minister Gabriel Les and Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania, Paul Brummell. The two delegations discussed about developing cooperation in the defence area, both at bilateral level and within NATO and about developing the European security and defence policy, especially in the context of the latest terrorist threats of the sort of those that affected Great Britain too. - We want to develop our cooperation and we will continue to promote the relationship with NATO as vehicle for strengthening the continent's security stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. The Head of the Executive also reminded the fact that Romania allocated 2 percent of GDP for defence and intends to maintain the same level of funding in this field. In his turn, British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon expressed Great Britain's interest in cooperation with the EU states in the field of security and defence, even after Brexit. The British official also appreciated the Romanian military's contribution within NATO missions. 2017-06-15 14:02:00Întâlnire_cu_ministrul_britanic_al_apărării,_michael_fallon03.jpgPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a discutat despre dezvoltarea relațiilor economice cu o delegație condusă de prim-ministrul Landului Saxonia, Stanislaw TillichȘtiri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich who is paying a visit to Romania, accompanied by an economic delegation interested in establishing relations with economic partners in Romania. The Head of the Romanian Executive outlined on this occasion, Romania's good economic position at present, achieving a 5. 7 percent economic growth in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, the highest growth in the EU. - We want to maintain this pace and to maintain Romania stable and in the right direction stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. In his opinion, this requires that Romania fully speed up the absorption of European funds and investments over the next period. As regards EU funds absorption, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu mentioned that all required documentation to accredit the Management Authorities was sent for auditing, Romania thus managing in just few months, to recover the delays from the last two years. In his turn, Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich underlined the delegation investors' interest in finding business partners in Romania. In addition to large companies, renowned ones, carrying out their activity in Saxony, a small and medium sized industry developed independently too, one willing to compete with these companies including on the Romanian market. - We want to invest where the labor force is available and there are opportunities for economic development stated Stanislaw Tillich, underlining that Romania has a well-trained human resource. Our conclusion is that Romania has real chances to materialize these projects and this requires stability. We will back you in this respect, was the message of Saxony's delegation. On the other hand, the Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich added that Romania was extremely important as regards the joint future of the EU member states, being very appreciated by Germany including at high level when it is about supporting the European project. As regards relationship with Germany, which is a strategic one, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outlined that dialogue with German states is particularly important for Romania that wants to further develop it. The Head of the Executive referred to the Romanian - German collaboration in the field of education, and to the tradition of the good relations with the Saxon community, but also to the community of Saxony-based Romanians who integrated well and made an important contribution to overall German economy and the economy of Saxony. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu also reminded that Romania would be honorary guest of the Leipzig Book Fair in 2018. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace were also: State Advisor Dan Neculaescu and Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, Cord Meier - Klodt. 2017-06-15 12:17:00Întrevedere_cu_prim-ministrul_landului_saxonia,_stanislaw_tillich02.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 14.06.2017[Check against delivery] Allow me to tell you few things. First of all, I want to thank all Romanians for support. Frankly, I am impressed by all the messages I have received over the last days. First of all, I thank the PSD mayors and members who telephoned me and sent me messages and I equally thank those Romanians who are not involved at all in politics but who sent me those messages on facebook. You should know that they meant a lot for me and this is why I start this press conference by thanking you all. I want to add something at the beginning, namely the fact that I have been member of this party for 21 years and my colleagues who know me very well from Timis, know that many times, I told them the following thing: PSD is not somebody's PCF, PSD is not the PCF of either Sorin Grindeanu, Liviu Dragnea, Nicolae Badalau, Stanescu or others. The strength of this party consists - the December 11 election is testament to this - in the hundreds of thousands members who worked and and led us to victory in elections. That was the strength , as I said, of this party in all these years, and I want to thank them first of all for all their support along years for the party whose members they are. I want to clarify certain things about the CEx(National Executive Committee of PSD), because I have seen some overtones that werent quite like that and I think it is good to tell them appropriately, frankly, transparently, without any kind of interpretation. First of all, I want to convey to many of the CEx colleagues that I am sorry that they went through this unpleasant experience, an experience which is not the first. If we look back in time, there have been experiences of this type, at least in the last year, an year and a half, in the party. I am aware of all things, and of everything that happened even before the CEx, and this is why I am keen on apologizing for the fact that owing to this situation too, they got to live such an experience. I heard earlier Mr. Liviu Dragnea stating that he wasnt sure that this CEx would end with the withdrawal of the political support and the attempt to dismiss me. I dont want to tell you that things werent like that, but I tell you how they are now. Namely: why all this time — and I will not name names — including several instances tonight, was I offered the chair of several public institutions so I will resign or be a part of the future govt, as minister or deputy prime-minister, etc? Moreover, I heard Mr Chairman Liviu Dragnea saying that he wouldnt have wanted for me to leave, but, at the same time, he tried, as I was saying, to persuade me to accept other offices. This is to clarify this situation, which I think needs to be clarified. Further on: I will not resign! And I am telling you why! I have the obligation to act responsibly towards Romania and towards the party I am part of. You should know this Government is Romanias Government, it is not the CExs Goverment and I believe we should all feel responsible for this and I feel responsible. I will resign and I repeat what I said in the CEx: when President Iohannis, after consultations with the parties, will nominate a Prime Minister for the PSD. I believe that it is normal towards those hundreds of thousand of people, towards the score that PSD got in the elections, for this to happen and I do not want, as much as possible, other scenarios to enter the discussion, it is exactly for this that I am doing this. My resignation, I repeat, is the moment when President Klaus Iohannis after consultations with parliamentary parties, will say: - Yes, I appoint Prime Minister Mr. X or Y from PSD. I announced this in CEx and I reaffirm it today before you, in front of all Romanian citizens. I also understood that I am considered guilty that we do not have various things enunciated for one hour and something by Mr. Darius Valcov on the Executive committee meeting. I want to further clarify the fact that I am not clinging to this office and I do not want my action to be seen as clinging to this office. No. I said I would resign in those conditions. I said it in the National Executive Committee of PSD too. I hope this crisis ends as soon as possible. Returning to the famous measures: I saw that about 390 to 400 measures had to be done in the first semester of 2017. I would ask you to have a look, I understood that I was considered guilty for not carrying out measures from the government programme with 2018 as deadline. I would kindly ask you to take a look at these things, to study them. I quote a measure, which as Mr. Valcov's analysis puts it: has not been achieved in these six - month term of office: development of economic relations with the Russian Federation. I know that we are still a EU member state and we must observe the EU sanctions. Maybe Mr. Valcov and the rest know something else. And this is why I must leave, perhaps. Although the economy is running very well - it is not me to say this but European bodies - and some Ministers worked, large share of them, after all these things in CEx, I proposed to Mr. Liviu Dragnea to assume together this supposed failure: namely, to resign both. I did not see that happening or perhaps, I missed it in the later statements. One month ago, on May 19, President Dragnea said: I am pleased with all Ministries, both as citizen, chairperson of the Chamber of Deputies and as president of party. I repeat, one month ago, on May 19, What changed in the meantime, what happened, I did not manage to find out in the CEx meeting either. You should know that I did not want us at all to reach this very difficult moment for PSD and for Romania. Before this meeting, I tried to understand why this fury to change its own Government, after only six months in office, a Government that has achieved performance and has delivered results. I wanted to find out why for more than one month. Mr. Liviu Dragnea and others you have watched on TV speaking about reshuffle, analyses, resignations, etc. It has been very difficult for me and it is still very difficult to understand where from these things are. Why do you have to put pressure on your own Ministers, whom you nominate? I have not found any answer, but one, perhaps, namely the desire of one man to have all the power. I do not see another answer. The only. Allow me and I think it is normal to do so, to tell some of the achievements that this Government has managed to have in five months and something. Romania has been crossing an extremely good economic period and we have the big opportunity that year 2018, the year of the centenary and yera 2019, when our country holds the EU Council Presidency, to find us very stable economically and for us to successfully meet our objectives. Let us see where we start from in these five months and a half: the highest economic growth in the European Union, 5.7 percent, Romanians' purchasing power grew by 15.4 compared to last year, similar period, the smallest inflation in the EU, 0.4, more than 110, 000 new jobs created in this period, we are the country with almost the smallest unemployment percent in the EU: 5.3, among the smallest. Direct investments in Romania have amounted to EUR 1.3 billion, a record level of exports of 11.5 percent in the first quarter, the highest after 2012. I would like to tell you a new piece of information, over the latest hours, the representative of the European Commission's Mission on EU funds, on the new exercise, stated that everything is all right to a great extent, but we need stability for the measures' approval. We were asked who was to sign the documents next week. As regards foreign relations, if you looked there, you could see a problem. I and my Governemnt colleagues tried over this period to build, to strengthen the relations of our country. I would mention as you know, the visits to Israel, Austria and recently to Croatia, and especially last week's visit to France, where I agreed together with my counterpart, Prime Minister Philippe to work together at the important European files, advancing at the same time Romania's strategic and economic interests. We are also in an extremely good position to become OECD members. It is a target we want to attain this autumn. Over this period, I heard on sources about an evaluation of the Government, of Ministers, of myself as Prime Minister. I attended throughout this period all kind of meetings, with the party president and party colleagues, and I can tell you the following: I, as Prime Minister of Romania, I have seen this evaluation for the first time, this evening. To me, this is not a fair method and modality. I think that this evaluation - I told this my colleagues too - should be done, first of all, through dialogue with me, as Prime Minister, and secondly, with each Minister for it to be as real as possible. Great majority of Ministers did not attend meetings of this kind and alike, for them, it was a first time, they saw for the first time like me this evaluation conducted by Darius Valcov who as far as I know, is not a PSD member any longer. I expected, I did believe in what was announced, namely that famous commission within the party in charge of analyzing the activity of Government, Ministers, etc. I have not found out to date, and I do not know anybody else apart from Darius Valcov to be part of that commission. Nobody knows who is part of it. I along my party colleagues were entitled to know who is part of it. This is why I believe that what has happened today, through this evaluation, was a justification for telling me: - You must leave, you must resign. I have a table with the measures of the government programme and I will also request you to consult the archive and see that in March or April, at other National Executive Committee of PSD, held in Sinaia, an evaluation was conducted after the first quarter. In the first quarter, the Government had to implement 43 measures, and 54 in the second quarter. Of all these together, at this moment, 54 were fulfilled 100 percent, 34 are in progress and those unfulfilled, are 9 not hundreds. Nine! Among the adopted measures, I would enumerate the following: increase by 20 percent of the minimum wage for those in the public sector, increase by 15 percent of wages in education and healthcare, two key - areas for the Government I am leading, increase to 1450 lei of the income of assistants for persons with disabilities, and takingover these payments in full by state budget, the prevention law, covering 75 percent of the expenses with accomodation and rent for those who get hired at more than 50 km from domicile, and of course, increase in the minimum wage per economy to 1,450 lei. Returning to that thick presentation of Mr. Darius Valcov, I state that I could rarely see something alike and I will give you the following examples. Among non-achievements, he included the two measures that the PSD president himself Liviu Dragnea publicly stated he would give up: zero VAT on housing - is point 38 - and point 39, zero VAT on advertising. I really did not answer and I do not know what to say. As regards taxation - budget, 18 of the 40 unfulfilled measures have deadline in 2018, 4 in the quarters 2 and 3, and 5 have no deadline, are to be fulfilled during the tenure. But they were all considered as non-achievements of Grindeanu and Viorel Stefan. In connection with education: both I and the Minister are reproached that we did not develop programs for the development and training of all children from birth to majority. On foreign policy, what I have mentioned earlier; non-achievement: development of economic relations with the Russian Federation is deemed as non-achievement. The PSD Government did not develop and recognize these relations in these six months. I assume it. At chapter 18, point 4, promotion of the enlargement process and supporting in this respect the Western Balkan countries is also a non-achievement. And, this despite the fact that a few days ago, I returned from Croatia, where I talked about how we can promote the Balkan countries, given that Romania will take over the EU presidency. As conclusion, to better understand the role of this evaluation conducted by Mr. Valcov, some figures needed to be achieved, some things so that to give a reason to show that this Government did not do its duty and must leave the office. Frankly, it is a pity for the members of the party I am a member of and it is a pity for Romanians. I think we deserve more, more respect. I also believe that today, PNL, USR, President Klaus Iohannis are very envious on the service that PSD did to them, namely through the manner in which PSD or CEx - I apologize I do not want for PSD with its hundreds of thousands members to be confused with the CEx, therefore, CEx made a present to PNL and USR and to President Klaus Iohannis through the manner in which they presented this evaluation report, and an opposition to Government was invented inside the PSD. I want to further tell you two - three things: I will remain in PSD, I have been a member of this party for 21 years and I repeat what I have said at the beginning: PSD and the strength of this party is not given by CEx and the 60 people that I respect. Do not believe I do not do this. The strength of this party is given by the hundreds of thousands members. I had a strong belief when joining PSD in 1996, and I still hold this belief. I conclude by telling you that it was outlined - in order not to be misunderstood - that I will remain Prime Minister until President Klaus Iohannis will nominate other candidate from the party who won the elections, and that is PSD! I do not want us to risk, even if it seems so at present, this moment opens all options. I want the party I am a member of to remain in office and this is why I have said what I have said earlier! Thank you. Questions. (...) 2017-06-14 23:00:00ászló Borbély: Strategia de Dezvoltare Durabilă trebuie actualizată și corelată cu ”Agenda 2030 a Organizației Națiunilor Unite”Știri din 14.06.2017 11:46:00 Legea internshipului în online și offline. Vă așteptăm la prima dezbatere publică, pe 17 iunie, la ONGFest Știri din 13.06.2017 first public debate on the Internship Draft Law, drawn up by SGG, the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at ONGFest. The civil society representatives and all those interested in contributing to the completion of this law are expected on June17, between 1.00 pm and 2 pm, in Herăstrău Park, Charles de Gaulle entrance. ( The debate will be attended in addition to representatives of public institutions, by civil society partners who were part of the working groups designed to identify the regulatory need (Students Union of Romania, the Romanian Youth Forum and the VOLUM Federation). Discussions will focus on integrating people into the labor market by creating internship opportunities, on internship contract and allowance, Employment Allowance Fund for employers who convert internship contracts into work contracts and on other topics related to organizing and conducting internships in Romania. Also, in the online environment, the initiators are awaiting proposals, suggestions and opinions on this draft law, at the email address: within 10 calendar days from the date of its publication on the site (June 9 - 18, 2017). The Draft Internship Law has entered into the public consultation process, in accordance with the procedures provided by Law no. 52/2003 on decisional transparency in public administration. The draft internship law can be found here: The Romanian Government is holding a debate as much applied as possible with public and private institutions, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, for the regulation of internship programs and the relationship between interns and the host organization. We look forward to seeing you there! 2017-06-13 15:37:00 Sorin Grindeanu a discutat cu o delegație a Băncii Mondiale despre perspectivele parteneriatului cu RomâniaȘtiri din 13.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a World Bank delegation that consisted of Arup Banerji, the Regional Director for the EU countries, Tatiana Proskuryakova, the new Country Manager for Romania and Hungary, and Elisabetta Capannelli, the former Country Manager for Romania and Hungary, at the end of her mandate. Discussions aimed at the prospects of the partnership between Romania and the World Bank. - We desire the continuation and development of this very important partnership whereby the World Bank has given Romania added value, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. The World Bank representatives also expressed their willingness to continue the partnership with Romania and to provide it support for the development of new projects, wishing to know, for this purpose, the directions in which the Government deems the World Bank's assistance necessary. 2017-06-13 14:58:00Întrevedere_cu_reprezentanții_băncii_mondiale_arup_banerji01.jpgVizita oficială a premierului Sorin Grindeanu în CroațiaȘtiri din 09.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has discussed with Croatian officials about the prospects for boosting the economic and cooperation relations within the EU Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, on official visit to Zagreb today, had meetings with the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic. The discussions aimed at the current state of Romanian - Croatian relations and prospects in the context of the 25 anniversary of bilateral relations, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit being at the same time the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister in Croatia after ten years. - We highlighted the desire of both states to consolidate, intensify and deepen cooperation, both at bilateral level, and as partners within the European Union, and NATO allies, stated the Head of the Romanian Executive. In terms of economic relations, there is an important growth potential which should be fully capitalized, taking into account that the bilateral economic exchanges stood around EUR 270 million. During discussions, both parties expressed their willingness to identify new opportunities to render the economic relations more dynamic. A first step in this respect is the Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy, signed today in Zagreb, a Romanian - Croatian economic forum being due to be held this autumn, in Bucharest. Romania and Croatia intend to intensify cooperation in other areas as well, pertaining to projects of bilateral interest, and joint European policies - the cohesion policy, common agricultural policy with a view to harmonizing stands within the European Union. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu emphasized that Romania's foreign policy has two important components, namely strengthening the European project and the strategic partnership with the United States. - The European project is facing challenges that we need to address united, because we are stronger that way, and this can be done by strengthening the European project, security being part of it, stated the Romanian Head of Executive. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu reminded at the same time that it was for the first time when the Romanian Government allocated 2 percent of GDP for defence. During the Romanian Prime Minister's meetings in Zagreb, the senior Croatian officials appreciated Romania's economic progress, they congratulated our country on its 10th anniversary of EU accession, and thanked for the political and tehnical support that Romania granted to Croatia during its Euro-Atlantic integration. Other topics addressed in Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's discussions aimed at cooperation within Danube Startegy, both as regards navigation projects, and environmental protection, preparation for Schengen accession, stability in the region, as well as strengthening the European project with a view to improving the functioning of institutions and their getting closer to citizens. Both parties endorsed at the same time the promotion of all bridges between the two countries in the areas of culture, tourism and energy. The agreement regarding mutual protection of classified information was also signed in Zagreb today. The Romanian delegation also comprised Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, George Ciamba, Secretary of State - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mihai Daraban, President of Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković Andrej Plenković:I am glad that today, I have met with Prime Minister of Romania, the friend Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu who is visiting Croatia on the 25 th anniversary of collaboration. I am glad that we have discussed various topics. It is about our economic collboration, bilateral collaboration, I am glad to emphasize the fact that in 2016, Croatia was visited by approximately 100,000 Romanian tourists who visited both the seaside, as well as the rest of the country. Also, one of the topics addressed pertained to our minority. I am extremely glad to mention the fact that the Romanian Prime Minister was born in Caras-Severin, where there is a numerous community, the Croat minority in Romania, a minority that was visited by various Ministers, Secretaries of State along the year. I recall here the Secretary of State at the Office for Croats Abroad , Zvonko Milas, who visited the Croat minority. I hope that this minority further benefits of the Romanian Government' support with a view to preserving identity and why not, to acceding to higher education space, in universities and so forth. Thank you. We have also discussed about the Danube Strategy, the EU region. Therefore, this cooperation within EU is particularly important for both states, as there are riparian states of Danube. It is about relations, the Danube navigation strategy, economic trade along Danube, but at the same time, about environmental protection. I want to outline here the fact that Mr. Gordon Radman became President of this riparian committee, one of a very important significance. Therefore, the two regions Osijek - Baranja, (...) and the other county, together with Vukovar are very important in the context of Danube cooperation. I am glad that a collaboration contract was signed between Vukovar and Constanta. We have discussed about the economic component. We have also discussed a lot especially in connection with people interested in export and import, I am very glad of the fact that agreements were signed today between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. This is an activity prior to the economic forum to be held in autumn. We have discussed about European topics too, especially about two countries endorsing the cohesion policy. In this respect, I want to outline and to hail the fact that Madam Corina Cretu, European Commissioner, I understood that she visited Croatia or at least backed the project of building the Peljesac Bridge so that an amount of EUR 375 million from the Regional Policy Fund was granted to Croatia. We have discussed various topics, we will also address them during the luncheon. Certainly, we intend to advance the harmonization of issues related to Schengen area. Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you, Prime Minister. First of all, I want to emphasize my satisfaction of paying a visit to Croatia, and I am glad that I am the Romanian Prime Minister to visit your country after ten years. My presence in Zagreb has another important significance, as it takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and Croatia. I want to underline from the beginning the substantial and consistent dialogue that I had today with Prime Minister Plenkovic. We will meet again today. We have discussed the state and the prospects of the bilateral relations, and as Mr. Prime Minister said, we have both agreed that there is a very good cooperation relationship between Romania and Croatia. We have highlighted the desire of both states to consolidate, intensify and deepen cooperation, both at bilateral level, and as partners within the European Union and NATO allies. Today, as you know, two documents were signed — the Agreement regarding the reciprocal protection of classified information and the Memorandum of understanding regarding the collaboration between the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Economic Chamber of Croatia. The signing of both documents shows the intention of both states to intensify bilateral relations. We agreed that, from the perspective of economic relations, there is an important growth potential which should be fully capitalized. I have expressed the desire to have new opportunities identified in order to render economic relations between Romania and Croatia more dynamic. Last year, commercial exchanges between Romania and Croatia stood around EUR 270 million. The potential for growth is huge and we wish, regarding the economic component, to fully capitalize on this growth potential. I hope the Economic Forum in autumn organized on the occasion of the visit of the Croatian President to Romania to be the perfect occasion to further embolden these economic relations. At the same time, as Prime Minister Plenkovic mentioned, we discussed about the importance that the Romanian community in Croatia and the Croatian minority in Romania play in the bilateral relationship, representing genuine connection bridges between our countries. Surely that we will deepen in further discussions the issues that pertain, as Prime Minister Plenkovic mentioned, to European common projects, common policies that both Romania and Croatia support, namely cohesion policies, the European common agricultural policy. It is important that we will be able to harmonize through our positions the points of view within the European Union. Thank you! Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr. Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, taking into account the latest problems that the European Union is facing, and I may mention here the nationalist movements, also Brexit, and the somehow uncertain situation between Europe and the United States, which might be the medium and short term solutions to revitalize the European project and if you could exemplify some directions in this respect. Thank you. Andrej Plenković: Thank you very much. Indeed, you very well remarked on the populism existing within various EU member states, even at the latest elections for European Parliament. These expressions are often against the system, and they have very, very many negative connotations. This conclusion- we established together at the level of the European Council too. The best example is the negative referendum inside the Great Kingdom of Great Britain. Within these UK election, Nigel Farage, UKIP, in a peculiar electoral system, was designated as member, he made use of the policies and milieus of the institution in which he does not believe. Therefore, making use of a flagrant mistake, he managed to manipulate a consistent and considerable number of voters at the referendum and get the: - NO. The same UKIP at the election taking place not long time ago, took no seat. Of course, because of other electoral model and because of mistake, I outline it once again. Therefore, our colleagues' responsibility is to refresh the joint project powers in compliance with the Rome Agreement, and especially on the occasion of the 60th anniversary since its signing this year, which of course puts emphasis on the political element, the economic element, the sectoral element, therefore, on funds within these...Therefore, to refresh this global power, at global level, of the European Union and in this respect, we are very glad that France elected its leader as well as the members of its Parliament, therefore pro-European, so that both France and Germany will continue to be the leaders of this process of strengthening the EU project and we, as member states, we can contribute significantly to the creation of this European identity. Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr. Prime Minister Grindeanu, what is your opinion about the security situation in Europe, in the context of this anti-missile shield being stationed in Romania and if this anti-missile shield being stationed in Romania means in fact the militarization of Europe. Sorin Grindeanu: Romania's foreign policy has two important components: on the one hand, strengthening the European project, on the other hand, the Strategic Partnership with the United States. On the one hand, Europe, the European project, the European Union are facing challenges that we need to address united, because history shows us that we are stronger together than separated. This can be done by strengthening the European project, security being part of it. Romania is part of NATO, and it is for the first time since our NATO membership, when the Romanian Government allocates 2 percent for Defence. We are making all these investments in defence as part of NATO's endowment strategy. Therefore, security is extremely important for us- and not only for us. Thank you. *** Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay an official visit to Croatia, on Monday, June 12, in which he will have meetings with President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall will also be part of the Romanian delegation The items of bilateral and European interest on the meeting's agenda in Zagreb will be addressed including from the perspective of debates on the future of the European Union, with both Romania and Croatia, endorsing the need for cohesion and solidarity inside the EU.The topic is of interest for both countries, given that Romania has already started to prepare for its first tenure as president of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019, and Croatia will hold this presidency a year after Romania, in the first semester of 2020. The two countries also intend to cooperate for their accession to the Schengen Area, which was highlighted including in talks that Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had with Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Davor Ivo Stier, in March at Victoria Palace. During the visit that the Romanian delegation headed by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay to Croatia, the Agreement regarding mutual protection of classified information will be signed, as well as the Memorandum of understanding regarding cooperation between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. 2017-06-09 16:57:00 de stat Borbély László: ”O economie verde funcțională ar trebui să constituie o prioritate a omenirii”Știri din 08.06.2017 19:02:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la ParisȘtiri din 08.06.2017 release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu: Romania and France will work together to strengthen the European project Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today, in Paris, a bilateral meeting with his French counterpart Édouard Philippe. The Romanian Prime Minister congratulated the French Prime Minister on taking office and stated that President Emmanuel Macron's victory in the elections and the formation of the new Cabinet represent a chance to re-launch the European project. The two officials discussed about the excellent relations between the two countries, and also about the prospects to intensify cooperation, especially the economic one. In this respect, the two Prime Ministers agreed to set up some intergovernmental mechanisms to deepen cooperation in areas such as: energy, infrastructure, agriculture, or digital economy. - The Romanian Government thanks France for the constant support granted to our country in major projects. I would like to reaffirm Romania's commitment to strengthening the privileged relations between our countries, and I am sure that together we will work very efficiently to strengthen the European project, in accordance with our joint interests, stated the Romanian Prime Minister. - Romania is an important partner for France, in addition to our cultural and historic links, there are very many French investors on the Romanian market and I have noticed a growing interest on the part of other companies too, that want to invest here, highlighted the French Prime Minister. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe thanked and accepted Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's invitation to visit Romania. The two Prime Ministers also discussed about Romania's preparedness to take over the EU Council Presidency as well as about Romania - France Cultural Season 2018-2019. - An important project, Romania - France Cultural Season 2018-2019, is approaching, which will be a huge opportunity to speak about our joint cultural heritage, stated the French Prime Minister. Other discussion topic pertained to the security and defence within EU. - We are in favor of advancing a more consistent EU profile in terms of security and defence. This construction must be complementary to NATO, stated the Head of Romanian Executive. During discussions, the French Prime Minister showed that France supports Romania's efforts for the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification to be lifted, but also its accession to Schengen area. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit to France aims at contributing to the consolidation of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries and of the economic relations given that the trade exchanges are on an ascendant trend. In 2016, the bilateral trade amounted to nearly 8 billion, by 10 percent more than in 2015. End of visit statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, I would say a few things about what happened yesterday, an important step, namely: Romania's accession to the Nuclear Energy Agency. It is an important step to attain the objective of becoming OECD members. I had a discussion with the OECD Secretary General, Mr. Gurria. We are on the right path, we can attain this very important objective for our country. We gave this example last evening too, and I will make a comparison: if NATO accession brought us, to Romania, security, EU accession brought us prosperity and economic growth, OECD accession which represents a target we can attain, will bring us respectability. We are determined, it is one of our foreign policy's priorities. As regards the file and everything we have to do, we are very close to the finish line, which represents a victory and will represent a victory for our country. Extremely important. This was the role of my last evening's visit. Today, we had a meeting as you know, with the French Prime Minister. He is at the beginning of his term of office, our today's visit is the first visit of a counterpart here, during his tenure. The aim of this visit pertains to strengthening our strategic partnership with France. All items and all important dossiers from the point of view of both countries were discussed. I will mention some of them, namely how we can contribute together to strengthening the joint European project - and this is one of our targets - especially from the perspective of the fact that I asked and received assistance and we will receive assistance regarding the organization of Romania's future presidency of the 2019 European Council. There are things we want to discuss beforehand, in order to see the priorities on the European agenda in early 2019. I told you about this item, extremely important, consolidation of the European project. We also discussed about the bilateral relations between Romania and France and very many issues related to strengthening economic relations were addressed. As you know, trade exchanges between Romania and France amounted to nearly EUR 8 billion at present or at the level of 2016, by 10 percent more than in 2015. Therefore, the trend is ascendant. It is room for better, to improve and rise the level of these economic exchanges, and I mention some areas, such as: infrastructure, energy, agriculture, digital economy. There are things we discussed, and I thanked France for its support along history. They were with us all the time, when we became NATO members, and EU members, France supports Romania's accession to OECD. In connection with Schengen, CVM, European common defence policy, these are dossiers in work that you all know and we harmonized our points of view. I would conclude mentioning our excellent cultural exchanges and the Romanian - French season which appears to be the most important cultural event in the last ten years, from this perspective. I invited the French Prime Minister to come to Romania. We share political experiences, he too worked in the local administration. He is about to pay visit to Romania in the near future, exactlly to strengthen the Romanian - French relations. Reporter: Prime Minister, if you allow me! Sorin Grindeanu: Please! Reporter: Prime Minister is in France, President is in the United States at a time when the geopolitical alliances seem to be reset. Can Romania for instance link US and NATO global policy and the EU's global policy, which somehow seems to deteriorate? Sorin Grindeanu: There are two strategic directions for Romanias foreign policy: on the one hand, strengthening the European project, as Romania is a EU member, and on the other hand — strengthening the strategic partnership with the United States of America. These are the two foreign policy pillars our country needs to strengthen, and this is the right direction. All contacts, all visits are more than welcome exactly to consolidate these two extremely important directions that are complementary, they do not exclude each other. Reporter: If we return to the situation in Romania, we know that there is an ongoing evaluation of Ministers. Mr. Dragnea stated that although he did not want any Minister to leave the office, everything depends on the party's evaluation. Are there some first conclusions regarding this evaluation? Sorin Grindeanu: I kept on answering this question.These evaluations are a normal thing, some are to be conducted by the coalition leaders. It is a political government, one based on parliamentary majority, evaluations are to be conducted both at the level of Government and Prime Minister. Is it a perfect Cabinet? No, there is always room for better and for improving the activity. I want all these things to lead to an improvement of the Romanian Government's activity, so that from this perspective, things are as clear as possible, as told by me and by President Dragnea two days ago. Reporter: Nicolae Badalau is considered close to Liviu Dragnea. Do you think he spoke on his name or is it a shared opinion at the level of the party, at the level of leadership? Sorin Grindeanu: I will not answer anything else more than I said, I do not give replies, and I do not want to make speculations. Reporter: In case of mounting pressures, do you exclude a resignation? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to make speculations as I told you. I want the Government's activity to be upgraded. A lot of good things have been done, we should continue them, and this is my role, that of the team, and not only of those who back us in the coalition and in Parliament. I see things from this perspective. Reporter: Are you affected in any way that the ruling coalition does not fully support you like it did at the beginning? Sorin Grindeanu: No. How did you reach that conclusion? Reporter: Are you affected in a any way by this pressure, perhaps even in the relationship you have with your Cabinet colleagues? The Prime Minister's authority... Sorin Grindeanu: Prime Minister's authority isn't affected in any way. I see things as I told you earlier, and my role is to try, together with the team I am leading, and not just the governmental one, the extended team, to do what we pledged to people and this is our role. Replies or issues which are not related to my agenda and the agenda of the Cabinet I am leading, I did not give and I will not give. Reporter: Was the Cabinet reshuffle discussed? Is it a topic of discussion? Sorin Grindeanu: To date, things have taken place as you said. The coalition is conducting a continuous evaluation, I have it too. There are things I consider normal and not necessarily replacements of Ministers..are important, these changes where things can be better done so that we can improve the activity. Reporter: How do you think that this evaluation will end? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not make speculations. Reporter: What were the grievances and what Ministers were targeted? You mentioned certain grievances at a certain point. Sorin Grindeanu: I do not do this on TV. Reporter: Will you oppose if the coalition parties ask that a certain Minister leave the office, or will request it although you feel that he does his job? Will you oppose it one way or other? Sorin Grindeanu: There are no tensions, no things of this type, all time, there should be arguments over why you can do a thing, why the activity in a certain area was at a lower level. We are discussing based on arguments, not anything else. Reporter: I would ask you about this activity: there are repproaches that the Government did not assume important projects of the government programme, and I would refer here to the sovereign fund, salary law, all reached under the form of legislative initiatives in Parliament, assumed by MPs, not the Government. Sorin Grindeanu: These decisions were taken together in coalition, therefore, it was not the Government's decision. On the contrary, the Government gave its assent on the salary law. I am glad and I congratulate the MPs for having suceeded in a relatively short time to pass this very important law for our country and which reset all this budgetary system on fair bases. It is a very good thing and I congratulate them once again. This is what we wanted, a dialogue to exist between Government and Parliament, and as the discussion was around which way to promote these laws and it was considered necessary or useful to promote the aforementioned laws at a more alert pace, directly through Parliamentary initiative. That was the only...(...) 2017-06-08 10:08:00 Grindeanu: Statutul României de membru al Agenției pentru Energie Nucleară este un succes pentru pregătirea aderării la OCDEȘtiri din 07.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu attended today, in Paris, the ceremony for the accession of Romania and Argentina to the Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD (NEA), that took place in the presence of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria and NEA Director-General William D. Magwood. Becoming a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency is a step forward for Romanias nuclear sector, as this will secure access to the best practices, statistics and research and will provide a consistent input for the Governments nuclear power decisions. It will also make us more resilient to asymmetrical challenges we are currently facing in the energy and climate domains, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized that this is also a success for the preparedness of Romania's accession to OECD. - The Government strongly believes that Romania is fully prepared to start accession talks with the OECD, based on its merits and economic results. We are looking forward and we are optimistic that a decision in this regard will be adopted soon, added the Head of the Executive. On this occasion, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria stated: Romania will contribute to NEA works, with its excellent technological and research capabilities. We are marking today a new beginning for the Agency, all members will benefit of the expertise Romania and Argentina can provide in the field of nuclear safety. Romanias delegation attending the ceremony also included Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan, Rodin Traicu, chairman of the National Commission on Nuclear Activity Control(CNCAN), Horia Grama, President of the Nuclear and Radioactive Waste Agency(ANDR), Radu Puchiu, National coordinator for the relation with the OECD, as well as Luca Niculescu, Romanias Ambassador to France. Romania thus joins the 31 NEA member states, countries with the most advanced nuclear programmes in the world. Through this accession, it is acknowledged that Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry, and it uses a safe nuclear technology, being fully committed to adopting the best practices in the field. In the context of his visit to Paris, Prime Minister Grindeanu had a meeting with OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria this evening. Additional information: Romanias accession to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of OECD is the outcome of several years of cooperation, involving the participation of Romanian specialists in the exchange of expertise and good practices within the NEA committees regarding the sustainable and responsible use of nuclear energy. Romania officially submitted its candidacy to become a NEA member in October 2016. Romanias nuclear programme went afterwards through an evaluation process by the NEA Secretariat, a joint effort involving the Romanian relevant ministries, representatives of the nuclear industry and research institutes in the field, as well as the Inter-ministerial Committee for Romanias relationship with the OECD. This dialogue revealed that Romania is meeting the standards of NEA member states with advanced nuclear programmes. It also revealed a joint interest in strengthening cooperation between Romania and NEA in the areas of nuclear technology, nuclear research, radioactive waste management and nuclear security. OECDs decision reconfirms Romanias long-term commitment to nuclear energy development and international cooperation. Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry and it uses safe CANDU-6 nuclear technology. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the ceremony for the accession of Romania and Argentina to the Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD Dear Secretary General Gurria, Dear Director General Magwood, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, I am very pleased to be here today to accept on behalf of Romania the invitation to become the 33rd member of the Nuclear Energy Agency. This is an important moment for the Government of Romania, and I would like to thank Secretary General Gurria, the Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency, and the member states for the excellent cooperation. At the same time, let me thank the Romanian team that had worked very hard. I also want to congratulate Argentina for their success. Our accession demonstrates the relevance of the Romanian nuclear program, its technological and industrial added value, and above all, its safety standards. Becoming a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency is a relevant step forward for the nuclear sector in Romania because it will grant access to best practices, statistics and research, and will ensure a consistent input for the Government's decisions on nuclear energy. It will also make us more resilient to the asymmetric challenges we face today in the areas of energy and climate. At the same time, our accession is an opportunity for the Romanian experts to join the elite network of international experts from countries that share the highest nuclear standards. Finally, this is also a success for Romania in advancing the cooperation with the OECD. We know that the future enlargement process of this organization is being discussed and will be a part of the debates to take place tomorrow. My Government strongly believes that Romania is fully prepared to start accession talks with the OECD, based on its merits and economic results. We are looking forward and we are optimistic that a decision in this regard will be adopted soon. Thank you! 2017-06-07 21:16:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Ekaterina Spasova Gheceva Zaharieva, viceprim-ministru pentru reforma justiției, ministrul afacerilor externe din BulgariaȘtiri din 07.06.2017 RELEASE Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu discussed with Bulgarias Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva about Romanian - Bulgarian friendly relations and future cooperation modalities Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Bulgarias Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva discussed today, at Victoria Palace about the bilateral relations of good neighbourhood between the two states as well as about ways in which they can be developed as regards both the European agenda and specific joint projects. Romanian-Bulgarian cooperation is a priority, you are neighbours and European partners, stated Grindeanu, emphasizing the positive trend in economic cooperation and prospects for developing ties between the two states in the areas of energy, industry, transport and the environment. The Head of the Romanian Executive also highlighted the joint priority objectives related to the European agenda, with emphasis on keeping in place the EUs cohesion policy and common agricultural policy. In her turn, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform, Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva hailed the close links between Romania and Bulgaria, outlining the need to maintain and strengthen them including by coordinating positions on all aspects of common interest. Mention was made of Bulgaria taking over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2018, maintaining EUs cohesion policy and common agricultural policy being one of the priorities. Justice reform, the fight against corruption, bilateral cooperation for the end of the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) as soon as possible, and for an end to airport control of internal Schengen flights were some of the topics discussed during the meeting. The officials also underlined shared positions on topics including Brexit, accession to Schengen Area and the Syrian file. In connection with short and medium term specific projects, the officials addressed the need for finding solutions to streamline traffic at the common border between Romania and Bulgaria in order to eliminate long waiting lines at customs, as well as the issue of prioritising the construction of a new bridge over the Danube River to capitalise on European funds. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu mentioned the meetings of the Romania-Bulgaria-Serbia trilateral cooperation format, announcing that he is scheduled to meet his Bulgarian counterpart soon. 2017-06-07 13:54:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la deschiderea Forumului Capitalului Românesc – ediția a doua, organizată de Intact Media GroupȘtiri din 07.06.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Romanian Capital Forum Sorin Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the organizers for the invitation. I think that such events are important and welcome, as we have the occasion to sit at the same table - Government and business sector - and to discuss in an applied way about the measures we should take to strengthen domestic capital. In April, as Mrs. Stoicescu said, I met some of you at the Government headquarters, it was a very good working meeting and I want this to become a routine in the relationship between the state and the Romanian investors. I said back then and I would like to repeat it now too, that we will not hesitate to take appropriate measures to protect and support the interests of the Romanian private sector. Romania is heading to a good direction, and the prospects are encouraging. Therefore, we have to make sure that we will keep the same pace and that the economy is functioning on solid, competitive and sustainable bases. This is why the Government'strategy is that whereby its measures, to move the drivers from consumption towards those areas which boost productivity and foster new job creation; currently, the first priority of the Romanian Government is to promote investments, especially regarding infrastructure development. It is an area on which our country's development and prosperity depend, and it is no use adding more, each of us is aware of this. You may have noticed that things have sped up in this field, I often pay visits to the Transports Ministry and I want to visit in the shortest time possible working sites, as on the spot, things may not look as good as on paper. To give you one example, this month, auctions for lots 1 and 5 of Pitesti-Sibiu motorway and lots of Pitesti-Craiova, the entire road section, will be launched through the electronic system of public procurement. At the same time, I know very well that road infrastructure, as I said, is important, but not enough. A simple radiography of Romanian entrepreneurship shows very clearly: the challenges if I can call them so, that you are facing: excessive red tape, suffocating controls, lack of skilled labor force, competition on the part of the eurozone and lack of fiscal stability. I have mentioned some of the challenges that you faced. I would like to address each of them today and to find together the best solutions because we have a common interest, namely the development of the Romanian capital. It is very true that your businesses depend on what decisions the Government makes, but at the same time, we too depend on the good course of your businesses because you are the ones who create jobs and bring money to the state budget. First of all, I want to tell you some things about cutting through red tape. A first step was taken whereby the law which eliminated 102 taxes and which had a positive impact . Nearly 8% more limited liability companies were set up in February and March this year as compared to last year. As you know, we are preoccupied with and we are analyzing the possibility to eliminate other taxes as of next year. We also want to simplify the formalities that need to be fulfilled in the process of obtaining the European funds. I kept on giving an example from the time I was president of Timis county council: in December, Minister Teodorovici was in office, and on POR, on the 6.1 measure, I signed documents for three days, because the requirement is to sign on each page of the project you are going to submit. It took me three days because I had to sign on each page. I gave this example, I will further give it, I also gave it on the meetings with European officials. It is not a requirement coming from the European Commission. These are things invented by us, and they represent one more barrier which some gentlemen and ladies invented to make this process even more lengthy. Clearly said - we no longer want hundreds of thousands of papers to be signed and stamped. European money is very thoroughly checked, and we should only see that this money will reach you. Any useful idea to simplify this process will be very appreciated and taken into account by us. As regards controls, I tell you one thing, namely, the prevention law appeared to be a big problem as I figured out that people misunderstood the term of prevention, and then, we had to change the name, to mean that we want a normalization of the relations between business environment and control authorities. Our interest is for us to be partners, to support you, and not to suffocate you with controls and fines. The project will enter emergency parliamentary procedure, and we hope it to reach as quick as possible the Presidential Administration for promulgation. Whereby this law, we are taking a first necessary step regarding upgrading the relationship between the business environment and us. The lack of skilled labor force is a problem that we need to assume. The solution from our point of view is to reform the educational system so that we can bring skilled personnel to the market. The Education Ministry has resumed the task of reforming this system. We need to be aware that it is a difficult process and a lengthy one, the deadline to come up with the education law is the end of this year. This law of education should be very well drawn up, and be submitted to an extensive public debate. There were meetings between that committee that is operating within the Presidential Administration, and the Education Ministry, steps have been taken in this respect. I told you that debate should be as extensive as possible, and the final product shoul be one to provide what I have said earlier. You should know that in all these years following the Revolution, the education law has been changed more than 100 times, even 150 times, articles amended, etc. This led to today's situation, unfortunately. Then, it is extremely important to come up with this law discussed with everybody, with you, with all partners which to provide this framework for the future. Other challenge that I recalled for Romanian capital is the competition which came from the eurozone. I know it is a tough one, but we need to cope with it through much innovation and increase of the support coming from us, from authorities. In this respect, Minister Petrescu will develop, we adopted some measures, such as; exemption from the payment of the corporation tax in the first ten years of activity for companies that are carrying out exclusively innovation - research - development activities, establishing a 1 percent tax rate for micro-enterprises with one or more employees, and eliminating the 2% tax rate for micro-enterprises with an employee. I have said earlier that Mr. Petrescu will definitely develop this subject. I would remind you of a measure, namely the guarantee by the state of 50% of the investment loans - up to 10 million lei - and / or of the credit lines for the establishment of the work capital of 5 million lei through the SMEs Invest Romania programme. I know there are many things to do in this respect, and better is possible, this is why dialogue with you is essential. I want to emphasize this, that we are always open to dialogue and consultation, and I want that each time when we have important public discussions, we consult each other, so that we make the best decisions. This principle should govern tax policies too, as both you and us want a stable and predictable fiscal framework. There are things that each of us want. I firmly believe that trust is the most important pillar for the development of a climate conducive to business, and hopefully, we made the first steps towards gaining this confidence. I think it is essential to have this dialogue now, as I told at the beginning of my speech, Romania has underwent a good period economically. We have an increasing economy, the biggest growth rate in the EU, 5.7 percent, exports are at a record level, in this respect, the month of March set a record: 5. 7 billion, the industrial output grew by 7 percent, being the highest growth over the last three years, and to give you one example, more than 100 thousand new jobs have been created from the beginning of this year until now. We have further potential to develop and I think that only together, through dialogue and cooperation, we can achieve this. I conclude by saying that: the door of Government and of each Ministry is always open for you, and you are welcome anytime to give us good ideas to put into practice. Thank you. 2017-06-07 13:30:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Ministerul Finanțelor PubliceȘtiri din 06.06.2017 16:11:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Carmen Dan, Ministrul Afacerilor Interne, Florian Bodog, Ministrul Sănătății, și Raed Arafat, Secretar de stat în cadrul MAIȘtiri din 06.06.2017 14:20:00 Sorin Grindeanu va efectua o vizită de lucru la Paris, în perioada 7-8 iunieȘtiri din 05.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay a working visit to Paris from June 7 to 8, 2017. On Thursday, June 8, Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with his French counterpart, Édouard Philippe . On Wednesday, June 7, Prime Minister Grindeanu will attend Romania's accession ceremony to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), in the presence of OECD Secretary - General Angel Gurria and of NEA General Director William Magwood. Prime Minister will also have a separate meeting with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria. At the ceremony of Romania's accession to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, the Head of the Executive will be accompanied by Finance Minister Viorel Ştefan. 2017-06-05 12:42:00 1 Iunie, Guvernul lansează Concursul ”Desenează România”Știri din 01.06.2017 11:48:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a Copilului 1 iunie 2017Știri din 01.06.2017 Today, on the International Childrens Day, I think it is a good moment to reflect on the future of our children in the light of our present actions. Children need emotional warmth to grow up nicely, but also responsibility on our part, in order to provide them with the comforts that are normal for a European country and equal opportunities as regards access to education and healthcare. I want a quality education system for Romanias children, a system to foster value, I want measures in place to prevent school dropout, conditions for them to grow up healthy and proud of the country where they were born. Lets cherish our children today and try each day to make their childhood as beautiful as possible, thinking of whats best for them and for their future! Many happy returns to all the children in Romania and the diaspora! Many happy returns to the children all over the world! 2017-06-01 10:12:00 elevi – miniștri pentru o ziȘtiri din 31.05.2017 11:19:00 Sorin Grindeanu a efectuat o vizită de lucru la Ministerul Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 30.05.2017 19:32:00ă_de_lucru_la_ministerul_afacerilor_interne02.jpgPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a discutat despre proiectul unui campus medical universitar la București cu o delegație a Academiei Germane și a Federației Academiilor de Științe EuropeneȘtiri din 30.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today at Victoria Palace a delegation chaired by Dr. Gunter Stock, president of the German Academy and president of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences(ALLEA). The main topic addressed was the project of building a university medical campus for - Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in which medical research to blend with clinical practice, to the benefit of patients, but also for training young doctors and for encouraging them to remain to practice medicine in Romania. - We are backing this project and our programme for government stipulates the construction of a Republican hospital in Bucharest, organized as emergency, excellence and research centre, on all specializations. Being a project of such a scope - university, university campus and hospital - besides the money we will allocate, as Government, in parallel we are trying to find solutions to draw European funds, the Head of the Executive has stated. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has reminded that among the Executive's priorities, it is also building other eight regional hospitals organized as emergency-excellence centres, and rehabilitation of the current sanitary infrastructure. In his turn, Dr. Gunter Stock has hailed the initiative of developing a university medical campus in Bucharest, offering his support regarding the technologization solutions of such a project, after the model of those already existing in other countries. Other topic addressed during discussions pertained to Romania's intent to apply for the relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Victoria Palace meeting has also been attended by Ioanel Sinescu, rector of - Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, and Mircea Beuran, president of the - Carol Davila University Senate. 2017-05-30 12:19:00Întâlnire_cu_dr._günter_stock,_președintele_academiei_germane_și_președintele_federației_academiilor_de_Științe_europene_02.jpgPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a prezidat prima reuniune a Consiliului Național pentru pregătirea președinției Consiliului UE Știri din 29.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has chaired today the first meeting of the National Council for Preparedness of the EU Presidency, in which it has been discussed the regulations on the functioning and organization of institutional structures which are about to be set up for the period in which Romania will exercise this mandate, in the first semester of 2019. - The Presidency of the European Union Council is an opportunity that I do not want and we, as a country, do not want to miss. This is why I set up this National Council to prepare Romania's mandate. I would like to swiftly move beyond the current first assessment stage and see as soon as possible a first draft of the multiannual budget, without neglecting the logistical issues too so that we can initiate as soon as possible the political discussions regarding the mandate of Romanias future presidency at the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. For Romania, it will be a very big responsibility, but also an opportunity to prove its technical ability to manage the activities related to the chairmanship - in - office of the EU Council, and to contribute in a consistent manner to strengthening the European project. In its six month- mandate, Romania will have to manage around 350 dossiers which will be in negotiation at European level, at least two of each being very important, namely: Brexit and the elections for the European Parliament, the Head of the Executive has mentioned. The meeting has also been attended by the Vice Prime Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration, and European Funds, Sevil Shhaideh, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Public Finance Viorel Stefan, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of National Defence Gabriel Les, Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader, Secretary General of the Government Mihai Busuioc, and Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union, Luminita Odobescu. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the National Council for Preparedness of the EU Presidency [Check against delivery] Sorin Grindeanu: I am attending for the first time the National Council for Preparedness of the EU Presidency. I will tell you few things at the start and afterwards, we will go into technical issues. In 2019, we will mark 12 years since our accession to the European Union, and Romania will take over the presidency of the European Union Council. We all have the chance to show Romanias ability to lead for 6 months this forums works. Each Cabinet Minister will chair meetings in their areas of activity, will represent the European Union Council in its relations with other European institutions, and will speak with the international press on behalf of the EU Council. It is a great responsibility that some may not realize at this moment. This is why I have requested the Vice Prime Minister, the other Ministers present today to give this signal, and the technical things and everything related to organization are about to continue at this technical level. But we should not neglect as aforementioned, this signal that we want to give in terms of involvement and desire to start solving things from this perspective. At the same time, the Presidency of the European Union Council will also offer opportunities for us, first and foremost a political opportunity, to contribute in a consistent manner to strengthening the European project. During that semester, extremely important things will turn up on the agenda. I will give you two examples — the one related to Brexit, exactly in that period, plus the European elections, in that semester of 2019, when we hold the presidency, will surely be on the EU's agenda. Another opportunity — that is if we do our homework well enough — is to prove that we have the technical ability to manage, from what we know so far, about 350 dossiers that will be negotiated at European level by that time. This is an opportunity I do not want and we, as a country, do not want to miss. I set up this council to adopt strategic decisions in this project, programme, preliminary preparation process. This council will adopt the political decisions regarding Romanias mandate during the presidency. I would like us to swiftly move beyond the current assessment stage and see as soon as possible a first draft of the multiannual budget since we are talking here about this multiannual buget. I also insist that all the logistical processes, this must not be neglected, but, on the very contrary, everything pertaining to logistics is extremely important - be triggered and that we initiate as soon as possible the discussions on the political mandate of Romanias future presidency at the Council of the European Union. It is extremely important to set things in this form from the start. I would like to thank the press representatives. 2017-05-29 17:40:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Susținem planificarea multianuală pentru asigurarea fără sincope a vaccinurilor Știri din 29.05.2017 Government representatives and those of pharmaceutical companies have agreed that the conclusion of the framework agreements for the procurement of vaccines be done for periods between two and four years. This procedure will ensure predictibility and will allow prevention of crises in the supply of necessary doses. Signing these framework - agreements will provide continuous supply and in time of vaccine doses, ensuring some reserve stocks for authorities to which they can appeal in case of emergency as well as the manufacturers' predictibility. - We have taken some important steps over the last weeks in solving the problems related to vaccines but we have yet many things to do. Priority is the implementation of multiannual planning in vaccine procurement, Prime Minister has stated. The Health Minister has stated that he will initiate over the next period the auction procedure for the measles vaccine (ROR), for the period 2018 -2019, and the amount required for current year is to be purchased by mid July, through emergency procedure. Regarding the preparation of the anti-flu vaccination campaign 2017 -2018, it has been established at the level of the inter-ministerial committee that the Public Health Institute will urgently inform the Health Ministry regarding the required amount of vaccines, after consulting the family medicine doctors. Based on the required amount sent by family doctors, the Ministry will initiate the procurement of the antiflu vaccine for the next season. Other item on the agenda of the meeting held by Prime Minister and the Health Minister with the pharmaceutical companies representatives aimed at consultations on the draft Vaccination Law, in the context in which companies put forward a series of amendments regarding the length of the auction procedure, establishment of the assignment criteria and the delivery deadline. The Health Ministry has stated that he will analyze with all openness all these proposals, will takeover the beneficial ones, after which, the draft vaccination law will enter the intergovernmental approval procedure, on Government's meeting and it will be further sent for debate and adoption to Parliament. - It is necessary an as ample and transparent debate on this draft law of overwhelming importance for society, Minister Bodog has emphasized. The pharmaceutical companies' representatives have hailed the Government's openness and at Prime Minister's request, they have offered their support to participate in a public awareness and education campaign regarding the importance of prevention through vaccination. Today's meeting is part of periodical consultations initiated by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu with representatives of companies, associations and professional organizations with a view to solving the vaccines crisis, as well as for the implementation of a mechanism to supply the necessary doses continously and on time. 2017-05-29 17:24:00[1].jpgDiscuții ale premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu reprezentanții CEZ despre investițiile în domeniul energeticȘtiri din 29.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met with representatives of CEZ Group who wanted to present their investment priorities for the ensuing period. - We appreciate what CEZ Group has achieved in Romania, and we will continue to be a serious partner in order to maintain and boost the level of investments on the energy market, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated early in the meeting. The domestic energy market provides numerous opportunities, and the Head of the Executive has showed that Romania is awaiting new investments to be opened in the Black Sea area. - Diversification of energy sources, through sustainable projects, and in accordance with environmental protection policies, converges with our objective of energy safety and independence, Prime Minister has stated. Martin Zmelik, country manager of CEZ Romania has reminded that CEZ Group has been active here for more than 10 years and has appreciated that the economic environment in this period has become more stable and predictable, very important aspects for the company he is running. 2017-05-29 13:32:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul de semnare a contractelor de finanțare din sectorul TIC, în cadrul Programului Operațional Competitivitate 2014-2020Știri din 25.05.2017 Petrescu: Good afternoon. Welcome to the signing of the first 11 funding contracts in the IT and C sector for private environment, under operational programme competitiveness 2014-2020. We are now alongside the 11 beneficiaries but also representatives of the Intermediate Body for the Promotion of the Information Society. I give the floor to Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu who held the office of Minister of Communications in 2015 by the time the call for projects was launched. Sorin Grindeanu: What times! Thank you! Even if today, we say the total amount for these projects would be of value, we do not speak about impressive amounts. Today's event was held precisely to convey the message of the Government, the relevant ministries, and to show our determination to speed up things related to the absorption of European funds. There are 10-11 projects under this programme, its second axis IT and C, that are now up for contract signing. Mrs Deputy Prime Minister, and Mrs Minister and Mr Jianu wanted today to convey a message for support to unblock the things which were blocked far too long and which are gradually reentering normalcy following the work of many of those who are here today, in this room. I am glad to see again my colleagues from the Communications Ministry! I congratulate you once again, but it is an important step taken today, towards what we all want, namely speeding up this process of absorption of European funds. I thank you, I wish you great success, both the Vice Prime Minister and Minister Plumb will meet as we have done to date, to monitor the progress regarding European funds absorption. Currently, all the documents for the accreditation of management authorities are now submitted to the audit authority. Once again, congratulations to those who made it possible. More was done in two months' time than others did in one year plus. (...;) We are talking about steps, as the target is far away, but little by little, we will get where we all want to be, namely at absorbing as much European funds as possible. Thank you and good luck! Alina Petrescu: Thank you. Vice Prime Minister Shhaideh, please. Sevil Shhaideh: Distinguished Prime Minister, dear colleagues, distinguished beneficiaries, it is an important day for the Operational Programme Competitiveness. After one year and three months, if not even more from the closing (...) for the axis in the IT and C field for SMEs. We have managed to sign the first funding contracts, a very important axis where beneficiaries have demonstrated real interest. The axis with initial allocation of 54 million EUR received an extra during this period, exactly to support as many beneficiaries as possible with very good projects. We managed to select 145 of the 212 project intents. Indeed, as Prime Minister has stated, it may not represent an important amount at the level of the entire Operational Programme Competitiveness but for you, for beneficiaries, I am sure that it represents an important amount for your business, and for you to attain your objectives with these projects. We must not forget that the ICT industry is for us one of the most performing and important industries, and the European funds alongside other instruments which the Romanian Government promotes, come to support this industry. I congratulate both the managing authority, the intermediate body, beneficiaries of this first progress! I hope that my colleagues too, Minister Plumb, Minister Jianu continue in this pace, so that in two weeks at the most, we sign all contracts on this axis and if we achieve savings or overcontractings at the Operational Programme Competitiveness - why not? Maybe by the end of the year or next year, we will launch again a new call for these important projects. Once again best of luck with implementation and I hope we have an absorption of EU funds as intended, EUR 5.2 billion on December 31, 2017. Thank you! Alina Petrescu: Thank you! Minister Jianu, please. Augustin Jianu: Good afternoon. Prime Minister, distinguished colleagues, I would like only to add the fact that we are speaking about a total number of 140 projects, the total amount being EUR 116 million, total amount for these investments, EUR 67 million of which represent nonrefundable European funds, which are earmarked for these investments in innovation, in ITC, in economy, to boost the competitiveness of digital economy, because, as Vice Prime Minister has mentioned, and as you know, the ITC sector has a larger contribution to GDP than agriculture, larger than civil engineering, and we want to speed up this increase of ITC sector in Romania, which is currently of nearly 9 percent per year, and not solely that, but to integrate all the value chain in Romania. To have innovation, research, development, achievement of products and their launch on the market in Romania, as currently, this contribution to GDP although is significant, relies very much on outsourcing, and through such projects, we try vertical integration and also to diversify the products and services which are supplied by companies in Romania. Thank you! Alina Petrescu: Thank you, Minister! Minister Delegate Plumb, please. Rovana Plumb: Thank you! I want to thank all who made it possible for us to sign today for the private sector these very important contracts. Practically, for us, the human resource, for Romania, human resource in the IT sector is a treasure, and we should act in such manner so that all funding sources available to us in the current programming period, when I refer to European funds, to continue, to fully contribute to the development of this sector. Surely, for the next period, as Vice Prime - Minister said earlier, (...), the signing of yet another 127 contracts amounting to EUR 70 million, and this is a first step so that we can contribute to the development of such an important sector. This is one of the fundamental objectives of the programme for government, as basically everthing related to development and recognition of Romania's value in the world is based on this builder(...) which fully contributes to competitiveness. Thank you very much. I wish you good luck and I wish we succeed in properly implementing all the contracts that we are signing. Alina Petrescu: Thank you very much. I invite now Vice Prime Minister Shhaideh, Minister Jianu to the signing ceremony of the first contract. Also, Mr. Cezar Dumitru Rusu is the representative of the company that got the highest score to this project. 2017-05-25 17:05:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Conferința Internațională cu tema „Un sfert de secol de constituționalism”, organizată cu ocazia împlinirii a 25 de ani de la înființarea Curții ConstituționaleȘtiri din 25.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the International Conference A quarter of a century of constitutionalism, organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court Sorin Grindeanu: It is an honor for me to address you as Prime Minister at the closing of the works of an event related to the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court. It is a moment when we celebrate in fact almost the same number of years of democracy in our country. I will emphasize some of the ideas which, one way or the other, have been considered by the previous speakers, in order to mark their special importance. The Constitution of Romania adopted in 1991 and revised in 2003 was undoubtedly the cornerstone for building a constitutional framework based on liberty, political pluralism, democracy, respect for human rights and respect for the rule of law. In fact, without a Constitution to consecrate these principles, and obviously without a strong Constitutional Court to sanction any slippage from these principles, we cannot talk of a socially and economically based society, we cannot talk about a modern Romania that we would like to leave to our children. I reiterate here the importance of the work of the Constitutional Court for the proper functioning of justice and implicitly for the evolution of our society I reiterate the importance of the Constitutional Court for the proper functioning of the judiciary and, implicitly, for the evolution of our society. Too often in the past few years have we been in the situation to turn to the Constitutional Court for the settlement of political conflicts or issues which are normally resolved by political negotiation, not by constitutional mediation. I hope we, politicians, and all of us as a society have matured in these years, and I hope this will also reflect in the causes you judge. Ladies and gentlemen, without a fair justice, done according to legislative framework in full compliance with the European and Constitutional norms, with the general principles consecrated by the European Convention of Human Rights, there will never be a fair evolution of our society. Furthermore, as EU members, the manner in which the judiciary is functioning in Romania is important not solely for the Romanian citizens, but for all the other European citizens who want to live or invest in our country. I conclude with a call for relevant authorities in legislative activity. Both the Government and the Parliament should show more prudence in their legislating activity, in observing the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and the fundamental values of modern society. I thank you and wish you greater success in your activity, in the future. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following participation in the International Conference : A quarter of a century of constitutionalism, organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court Sorin Grindeanu: I had a brief discussion with Minister Toader before coming here. I understood that today, a first step, an important step has been taken, in this process of declassification of the SIPA archive. This first step was necessary. Other steps will follow, as Prime Minister has informed me, so that, observing laws in force, some of the files, as Minister has informed me, it is confidential information, other than state secrets, and therefore, there are different procedures of de-classification. He will give you the necessary details, I am sure, I requested him to do it as soon as possible, after this symposium is concluded. It is very well that today, the first step has been taken, the rest of them are about to be taken in the days to come. Reporter: A 2008 report has been disclosed, which should have been treated as confidential information. How is this possible and whether you intend to take measures to see how it reached the media? Sorin Grindeanu: Has it been disclosed by the Justice Ministry? Reporter: Well, someone needs to find out how ... Sorin Grindeanu: Law must be observed by everybody, regardless if it is those who disclosed reports which must not have been disclosed, there are others who want them to be disclosed, I do not want to enter into details, as I do not know what you refer to. What I saw in the morning, I consider to be a first step, as aforementioned, the remaining steps are to be taken over the next days, while observing the legal framework in force, I emphasize this. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, regarding Criminal Codes, have you talked to the Justice Minister? Will they be on today's Cabinet meeting agenda, at draft laws? Sorin Grindeanu: Do you refer to the one in public debate? If it has all necessary approvals. I will see, as far as I know, some were missing, this morning, this means it will enter debate over the next period. Reporter: Again, it is about a report drafted in 2008 by a SIPA inventory committee. It is information there that should have been declassified by Minister's Order prior to appearing in the press. Is there no need of not an investigation to see how those details came out of the ministry? Sorin Grindeanu: I am sure that all issues relative to law and law observance will be explained to you by Minister Toader. I do not know details and I do not know what you refer to, but I emphasize once again everybody must obey law. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, can you tell us if from now on... Sorin Grindeanu: If law was infringed, those who infringed it, must bear the consequences. Reporter: From now on, the Justice Minister is free to take all steps ensuing this declassification? Investigations, eventually? Sorin Grindeanu: I have said and few days ago, Minister said the same thing, and not solely him, that this process of declassification is necessary, observing, I outline this everytime, the legal framework in force. Minister Toader has taken today a first step, others will ensue so that we reach where I mentioned. Reporter: Is the only one in charge of this declassification process? Sorin Grindeanu: It depends ..., it is the main responsible, for there, it is the SIPA Archive, and it first refers to judiciary related activities. According to the degree of declassification of certain files, I told you earlier, some of them, according to law, can be declassified by order of Minister, others by Executive Decisions, these are the laws in force that everyone must obey. Reporter: Did you have a consultation? Is there an established timetable? Do you know how it would last? Sorin Grindeanu: Mr. Toader will give you the details. Certainly is that I want these to happen, and he wants it too, and I think these things can be achieved quickly. If a Ministerial order is required, as I said or Executive Decisions, he must come up fast in front of Government, with these legislative acts, if an Executive Decision is required, for us to reach where I mentioned. Reporter: Is there mentioned today, in the respective list, besides the name, an aspect whereby a report found irregularities at the level of SIPA records, that they would have been photocopied, destroyed. Did you talk to Mr. Toader, did they take measures, after the report was drawn up? Sorin Grindeanu: I did not enter into details, if things are as you presented them, those who made these photocopies, destruction, etc. Must answer before law. Things are clear, I do not think there are hues of approach here, things are clear for me, too, for everyone, and for Minister Toader and for all people of good faith who want things to be clarified in the end, and to be found what can be found from this famous SIPA archive. Thank you. Reporter: Is there an understanding between Government and CSM(Upper Council of the Magistrates) at this moment? Sorin Grindeanu: Between...? Reporter: Government and CSM. Reporter: On secondment of magistrates within the Ministry of Justice, there are certain dissatisfactions that you requested for instance, that Mr. Constantin Udrea be seconded to Justice Ministry, and CSM rejected the respective request, and there are tension between Government and CSM on the issue of magistrates secondment to the Justice Ministry, Ministry? Sorin Grindeanu: Of course, we want to find cooperation from other institutions when we put forward certain proposals. I do not know exactly, I have not seen the CSM decision yet on what this refusal is based on. We should see this substantiation. I know its not a first time. There are enough magistrates who, through the decision of the CSM, are seconded in various other institutions. Therefore, were not talking about new things. There cannot be any tension, there must be collaboration, but there must be a transparent and motivated collaboration, some decisions being motivated. Things are as clear as possible. Thank you. 2017-05-25 16:30:00ă de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Ministerul TransporturilorȘtiri din 25.05.2017 16:09:00 al premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia Zilei Eroilor Știri din 25.05.2017 13:16:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Mioveni, județul ArgeșȘtiri din 24.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at Pitesti-based Nuclear Research Institute Sorin Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen First, it is a great pleasure for me to attend today this very important event which gathers together the most important specialists in the nuclear field. The Nuclear Research Institute based in Mioveni is a centre of excellence, internationally renowned, which distinguished itself through numerous contributions in the nuclear research field. It is remarkable the involvement of the institute in two international projects for the burning and storage of radioactive waste, where it performed at the highest standards along with the United States of America, Italy, Belgium, France and Canada. I cannot overlook the fact that more than 80 percent of the students and master's students who did their research papers in your institute found very quickly a job. It is an exceptional thing which confirms the professional quality of specialists who are working here. As you know, Romania has taken an important step forward towards joining OECD after being invited to join OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The invitation confirms - as aforementioned, the fact that Romania meets the standards of the states with advanced nuclear programmes (NEA members), on this occasion, I would like to appreciate the role of Mioveni - based Nuclear Research Institute. Strengthening Romania's relationship with OECD is a priority for my Cabinet and I can say without hesitation, without any reticence that Romania is ready to start accession talks. In fact, I am coming from a meeting with European Union ambassadors, whom I also asked for support for Romania's accession to OECD. At the same time, I would like to reiterate the Romanian Government's firm commitment to support Romanian research in the field of civil nuclear technologies development, given its application in strategic areas such as energy, medicine and agriculture. It is an element of Romanian excellence which we need to better promote and which is recognized worldwide. This is why director Paunoiu said earlier recalling that this March, I approved rounding up the national research and development strategy with several projects including one for technologies for the 4th generation nuclear reactors, better known by specialists as ALFRED, for which development, two agreements will be signed today to supplement an international agreement already in force with the FALCON European Consortium. That will be yet another prestigious project adding to two others- the Magurele laser and the Danubius Centre of Tulcea. Energy independence is Romania's goal, and the Government I am leading, will grant support to all technologies producers of sustainable electric power. This is why I wish we'll start - and I had several talks with Minister Valeca from this viewpoint - in the shortest time possible, the investments at Units 3 and 4 of Cernavoda Nuclear Plant, where the institute could deliver equipment, services, technical assistance, as it did in the case of Units 1 and 2. Last but not least, I would like to notice with great joy that the TRIGA experimental reactor is perfectly functional and generating, apart from nuclear security and scientific benefits, 14 MWh electric power. I do not want to conclude my address before answering Mr. Director's challenge in connection with budgetary revision. In addition to the fact that you have a very good partner in the Romanian Government, namely Minister Valeca, today, anticipating what you wanted to say, I am accompanied by Secretary of State with the Finance Ministry Mr Misa. Mr State Secretary, it will be you to blame if you fail to make the revision properly in this area . I would like to thank you and assure you of the Romanian Government's full support. Thank you. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit to Mioveni -based Dacia Renault plant Sorin Grindeanu: I will be very, very brief. I was interested to come today, at Renault to monitor compared to last visit, the one at Titu center, the progress we have achieved in the relationship between us and one of biggest contributors to state budget, a strategic company for the Romanian state, and I can tell that progress has been achieved in some of these fields as compared to one month ago. Also, the most interesting matter from the viewpoint not only of Dacia Renault Group but also of those who have told for a long time that infrastructure is needed in this area. The auctions for 1 and 5 lots of the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway, but also for the Pitesti-Craiova section will be launched this June on Electronic System of Public Procurement (SEAP). Also, in connection with Arges county infrastructure and not solely, I can tell you that by the end of July, according to our estimates, we will manage to launch the auction procedure, for the third lot, which is very important. The first two lots encompass nearly 45 kilometers. I am tired of the fact and I think that people from Renault and you, especially local media, are too, that Prime Ministers and Ministers kept coming and telling you things related to infrastructure, I want us to fulfill them, and the deadlines are as announced, in June, an important step will be taken, namely the one related to auction procedures. We have agreed to cooperate for a memorandum, this autumn, by this highlighting the interest that the Romanian state and the Government have in supporting Dacia Renault group. As I have mentioned before, it is an extremely important company for us and we wish standards stay up there . I cannot but remark that this month, there were meetings between Renault representatives, and to give some examples, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Research, on various levels, in various applied talks, so that we gradually solve all the points we discussed in the past. The Rabla and Rabla Plus programmes (car-scrappage programme) have also been launched in the meantime, also important for the Dacia Renault group, but not solely. I have heard that this plant has a very good work protection, and I am sure that accidents cannot occur here, andas conclusion, I want to say that whereby Government's contribution, irrespective of the Ministries in its composition, I will not enter into details here, I would like us, as a Government, to be able to stimulate, to help develop this plant, to develop this company in Romania, an extremely important company, a strategic company for the Romanian state. Thank you. 2017-05-24 18:05:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu premierul Estoniei, Jüri RatasȘtiri din 24.05.2017 release Prime Minister Grindeanu: Romania and Estonia have similar visions regarding EUs future Today, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace with his Estonian counterpart, at the invitation of the Romanian Government. Prime Minister Ratas' visit to Bucharest is part of a tour in several states(Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary), ahead of Estonia's holding the rotating Chairmanship of the EU Council in the second semester of 2017. Discussions have mainly focused on the EU's future, in the context of Brexit. The two officials have also discussed about deepening bilateral relations, especially in the economic field, but also in other sectors, such as: defence, cyber, education, energy, culture and tourism. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has voiced Romania's support for the objectives of the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council. - We support the Estonian priorities aiming at a united, strong, cohesive European Union in which we intend to search together pro-European solutions, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. Also, the Head of Bucharest Executive has presented to his Estonian guest our country's preparations for taking over the EU presidency in the first semester of 2019, and has outlined that the two countries share similar views regarding the EU's future. - We want to maintain and enhance coordination among our countries ahead of Romanian presidency in the first semester of 2019. (...) I am delighted to find that Romania and Estonia share similar views, fellowship in the reflection process of EU's future is of major importance for us. The outcome of European debates must be to the benefit of all member states, without any fragmentation, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. At the same time, Romanian Prime Minister has voiced support for EU policies with value- added, namely the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy which contribute to building a dynamic Europe. Prime Minister Juri Ratas has showed that the Estonia's Presidency of the EU will have as objectives: an open and innovative European economy, safe and secure Europe, a digital Europe and free movement of data, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe. During discussions, the Estonian Prime Minister has assured the Romanian Government of his total support in attaining the objectives related to Romania's accession to Schengen. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has outlined our country's interest in Estonian experience in e-government and has emphasized the Romanian administration's openness to cooperation for public services digitalization. - Romanian Government is also interested in ensuring the public service digitalization and Estonia has consistent experience in this respect. I have expressed our openness in significantly developing cooperation in e-government policy, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The two officials have also outlined the importance of cooperation within NATO and have approached in the context, the perspectives of the future Summit of Eastern Partnership in Brussels, of November 24, 2017. In this respect, Prime Minister Grindeanu has outlined that Romania remains an active partner of Eastern European states, especially of the Republic of Moldova. The meeting has also been attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, and Romania's Ambassador to Estonia, Daniela - Mihaela Camarasan. Additional information On July 1, 2017, Estonia will take over for the first time the presidency of the EU Council (PRES EE), under the slogan - Unity through Balance. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning. Allow me to express my appreciation for Prime Minister Juri Ratas' prompt answer to my invitation to visit Romania before Estonia takes the EU presidency in the second semester of this year. We have had today an efficient exchange of ideas and evaluations on European topics and not only. First, I have expressed Romania's support for the ambitious agenda of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union and I have wished every success to my colleague, to whom I have also presented our preparations for the 2019 presidency. In this context, I would like to outline, to reiterate the Romanian Government's determination to have a successful presidency, an efficient one, that would allow the advancement of important European files. I have discussed with Prime Minister Ratas about the EU's future and I can tell you that I am delighted to notice that Romania and Estonia share similar visions. Solidarity and inclusiveness in the reflection process of the EU's future are of major importance for us. The outcome of European debates must benefit all member states, without any fragmentation. I have also voiced support for EU's policies with value -added, namely the cohesion policy and the agricultural policy - they are two fundamental policies that contribute to a more dynamic Europe. I have also emphasized during our discussions that the social Europe should rely on a common and unitary vision, a vision in which the social process is a priority for us all, not just for some. Other topic addressed today pertained to Brexit. Romania supports EU unity in the future negotiations, based on what the member states have already agreed. The rights of Romanians who are living, working and studying in Great Britain are an aspect of major interest for us. One of our important objectives in the context of Brexit is to protect Romanians'rights and to make sure they will not be discriminated against. I have conveyed to Prime Minister Ratas our special interest regarding the Eastern Partnership which the Estonian Presidency will organize in November. Romania remains an active supporter of our partners in the East, especially of the Republic of Moldova. Secondly, we have also discussed about the bilateral component of our relations which I consider today to be very good. We have agreed to work together to strengthen the economic dimension but also to develop cooperation in other sectors such as: security, defence, culture, tourism, education, cyber security. The Romanian Government is also interested in ensuring the digitization of public services, and Estonia has a consistent experience in this respect. I have expressed our openness to significantly develop the cooperation with our Estonian friends regarding the E-government policy. Considering our countries' experience in the cyber field, but also the threats we have directly faced in this sector, we have had a very useful exchange with the Estonian Prime Minister about future cooperation arrangements, given that Estonia hosts the NATO Centre of Excellence in this field. Thirdly, we have also discussed aspects pertaining to security or the Eastern flank security. Last but not least, I want to say that I asked Prime Minister Ratas, former mayor of Tallinn and with experience in managing in 2011, Tallinn - European Cultural Capital, to share this experience. As you know, in 2021, Timisoara will be European Cultural Capital and the experiences and exchanges of opinions in this respect are welcome and very useful. Juri Ratas: Thank you. Honourable Prime Minister, Dear journalists, Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I would like to say that Estonia and Romania, we have quite similar interests, quite similar values, in both organizations: in European Union and in NATO, and I think it is very important for both countries. It is a pleasure to be here today, in Bucharest, and especially on this occasion, preparing for Estonia's upcoming presidency and introducing these priorities of our presidency to your Prime Minister and also later to your President. At our meeting, we talked about our priorities during the second half of 2017 as well as questions concerning the future of the EU and the implementation of the joint position concerning the future of the EU and its unity. The bilateral relations between Estonia and Romania are in good shape, we both have a rapidly developing IT sector which is good grounds for more cooperation in that field. We appreciate Romania's contribution to the Baltic - air policing mission, as well as to the development of NATO missile defence system. Also, Romania has Estonia's full support in joining Schengen. In July, Estonia starts its first ever presidency of the Council of the European Union, on the eve of our country' s100 birthday like your country, next year. This is the role we take with a sense of responsibility but also, with hope. This is because a whole generation of Estonians have grown up in a free Estonia, and for them, the EU is a natural part of their world. I believe it is fundamental to show that EU 27 is united and it works, that is willing to make difficult decisions but even more importantly, to deliver results. And more importantly, we need to show again and again, and again that EU is a valuable part of our citizens everyday life, and an answer to the challenges that we are faced today, the role of the presidency is to search for a common denominator and balance, to find a fair balance between risky and safe economy, social and environment, big and small, north and south, west and east. Europe stands on its four fundamental freedoms and a shared region of peace and prosperity. Actually, we push for the free flow of data to become the fifth freedom. With this in mind, in Estonian presideny, we'll focus on the following priorities: first, an open and innovative European economy, second, safe and secure Europe, third - a digital Europe and free movement of data, and fourth, an inclusive and sustainable Europe. This said, I would like to stress again that our primary goal is to keep the unity of the European Union and to advance our common cause. There are many challenges on our way: be it the refugee crisis or recovering from economic instability, but also terrorism, war in Syria, and the fact that large part of Ukrainian and Georgian territory is still occupied by Russia. Estonia cannot make it alone, it is our collective effort, therefore, I look forward to working very closely with you, Prime Minister and all my European colleagues, in making sure that after the Estonian Presidency, our common Europe is a better, more secure and more prosperous place. 2017-05-24 12:53:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la emisiunea „Ediție specială”, B1 TV, moderată de Silviu MănăstireȘtiri din 23.05.2017 22:12:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Adunarea Generală a Uniunii Naționale a Consiliilor Județene din RomâniaȘtiri din 23.05.2017 16:42:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după atentatul din Manchester, Marea BritanieȘtiri din 23.05.2017 Grindeanu: All our thoughts go out to the families of those who lost their lives and to those injured, as well as to the entire British people. Several dozen minutes ago, I spoke with the Ambassador of Romania to Great Britain, we have had no information to date that there are Romanians too among the Manchester victims, we will keep in touch with our embassy. Nevertheless, allow me to express my consternation and at the same time, my revolt against such an act targeting innocent young people who attended as we all know, a concert. We will find out over the next hours if there are Romanians among the victims. 2017-05-23 16:30:00 Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu reprezentanții companiei KazMunayGas InternationalȘtiri din 22.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has discussed with representatives of KazMunayGaz, CEFC and KazMunayGas International about the cooperation perspectives in the energy field. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has reaffirmed the Romanian Government's openness to foreign investments, on the occasion on today's meeting at Victoria Palace, with officials of Kazakhstans state-run oil and gas corporation KazMunayGas and its subsidiary - KazMunayGas International and of China Energy Company Ltd(CEFC), future main shareholder in KazMunayGaz International. - We are very open to all that means investments in Romania, we have already proved it by the measures we have taken and I can assure you of the same openness in the future too, the Head of the Executive has stated. In turn, the representatives of investors from Kazahstan and China have commended the Romanian Government's positive approach and have expressed their interest in developing cooperation in several fields, including the energy, infrastructure but also finance and banking. The KazMunayGaz International representatives have presented also the company's development plans in our country and the region. Fully-owned by KazMunayGas, KazMunayGas International operates in 11 countries, controlling Romanias oil refineries Petromidia Navodari (Romanias largest such refinery) and Vega Ploiesti (Romanias oldest operating refinery), as well as fuel distribution chains (Rompetrol) in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Georgia, France and Spain. 2017-05-22 13:10:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Forumul Pieței Financiare, organizat de Asociația Română a BăncilorȘtiri din 22.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Financial Market Forum Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Romanian Banking Association (ARB), Governor of the National Bank of Romania, distinguished representatives of the banking and financial sector, dear guests, First, I would like to thank you for the invitation to attend this important event for the entire financial industry in Romania. In its 26 years of activity, the Romanian Asociation of Banks has known to become indeed the voice of the financial - banking industry in Romania and one of the most important Romanian professional associations. You chose for today an ambitious topic, a vision for 2020 in the current international context. It is ambitious as we are working with many unknown issues, maybe today more than ever, but I know for sure that we all want the same thing: a dynamic and prosperous Romania, connected physically and virtually to the European infrastructure and not only, a Romania in which our children want to live and the businesspeople want to invest. What to do to arrive there? I remember that on our meeting one month ago at Victoria Palace, we discussed about the population's financial - banking education too. This is a field in which we should do more to capitalize on the advantages but also to be ready for the challenges posed by technology and innovation. School must indeed increase the level of financial literacy of Romanians, but here you also have the role to better explain the instruments and advantages, especially in areas with low banking coverage. Rural Romania is still too little attractive financially for you and I can understand this, but perhaps it is high time that apart from the church, the mayoralty, the school and the socialising place, so to say, there is at least an ATM in each village or commune. I am not asking you for pioneering or volunteering, Im asking you to think to the huge potential of the rural area that currently comprises half of Romanias population and, in my opinion, unlimited opportunities. The payments and financial transactions through the digital technology are more and more frequent, and if we look at the evolution of the most developed countries, where such payments are almost exclusively online, we realise that our country too, in rapid steps, is heading to this direction. The advantages of these technologies do not surprise anybody, anymore — way less bureaucracy, shorter time allocated for transactions, cheaper financial-banking products and services for the people, curb on the grey economy and boost in our economys attractiveness for the foreign investors. At the same time, I told that we need to meet the challenges posed by these technologies. Only this month were two large-scale cyber attacks, that sent shockwaves across the world and showed that we need to better prepare and to be more efficient. I know well the interest of the banking community in making better use of the potential of new technologies at all levels, and I can tell you that we have the same goals.We need to identify and use the best solutions for the benefit of citizens and the Romanian economy. I know you are in a permanent communication with state institutions and I want to assure you of our full openness. In this respect, I consider opportune the ARB proposal to set up an inter-ministerial working group, that would comprise including representatives of the banking community, and that would prepare this process thoroughly. Its not an easy process, but we have to do it and I enjoy the interest of ARB. It would be a pity to miss this opportunity, especially since Romania is going through quite good economic times. We have a growing economy, the highest growth in the European Union, exports are at a record level, foreign direct investment grew by 22.9 pct, industrial production by 7.3 pct and more than 100.000 new, stable, full-time jobs were created in the first four months of 2017. All these things can be seen in the peoples increased living standards. I look forward to the conclusions of the event, and I want to reassure you again of the entire support of the Romanian Government. Thank you. 2017-05-22 13:04:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Spitalul Clinic de Urgență pentru Copii „Louis Țurcanu” din TimișoaraȘtiri din 21.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following visit to Louis Turcanu Emergency Clinical Hospital for Children, Timisoara Sorin Grindeanu: A meeting today first of all at the new building, with those responsible for construction. I asked them not to continue in this pace. Nevertheless, as of 2013, only the Government allocated 23 millions and below 10 were spent in these years, for various reasons. Now, those 7 millions were allocated for construction. I hope and I have confidence, I understand that this is the proper work pace, but I hope this money is being spent, for other funds to be given by the Government, because it is an important project not only for Timisoara, but one for the region too. Louis Turcanu Children Hospital is a regional hospital, one that needs this building, that serves the entire region, as I have said, and has extraordinary doctors who need to work in appropriate conditions. I will monitor how they advance in their works, to keep up with the pace. I had a meeting with the representatives of family doctors, those from DSV, from the County House of Health Insurance, with all those who have responsibility in the health policy in Timis county. Eight children died in Timis County last year, from various initial causes, but the final one is the fact that they had not been immunized. Let us tell it frankly. Timis county ranks first in terms of measles - and in fact, the three counties as well: Caras, Arad and Timis. This cannot be tolerated. Therefore, the causes leading here are diverse, and I do not want to necessarily speak about them, but we have reached this situation. I do not think we can ignore it any longer. You know that, two weeks ago, I had a meeting at the Government, (...) important enough at national level, also in the healthcare, the names of 26 children who died, were read. I hope there will be cohesion for the problem to be solved. I understand that currently, the vaccine is not missing, and I will ask the mass media representatives, you have an extremely important role to back the public demarches towards informing the citizens as this vaccination campaign is connected to the healthcare of each of us. It was a very good discussion, some conclusions were drawn, hopefully, we will achieve results too. It is obvious that from this point of view, we will make some changes related to legislative framework, some we made during the Thursday Executive meeting, others will be made over the ensuing period. We will see when the vaccination law leaves public debate. There are important things which need to settle this system on some coordinates to make it predictible. We need to know on time and to order the necessary amount of vaccines on various categories. This has not been done over the recent years, and it led to crisis situations, as those you already know. Reporter: (...) the Health Minister or is there a Minister whose activity you are discontented with? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not think this would have any importance. But I thought it is the local media, there are answers that I gave in Bucharest. I monitor the activity of each of my Government colleagues. When I felt the need to give an impetus to their activity, I did it. When this is not enough - as I have done so far, I held discussions with those who back this Cabinet politically, the governmental coalition - things will be discussed as transparently and as openly as I told you. Reporter: next week, with President Dragnea? Sorin Grindeanu: I meet very often with President Dragnea, I speak often with him, there is no problem to discuss any kind of topic. Reporter: (...) Sorin Grindeanu: I have said this. Before compelling someone to do an action of this type in our case, the state should do other thing, to make sure it has the necessary amount of vaccines. Before compelling parents or fining them for instance, if vaccination is complusory, they can be fined for failing to vaccinate their children, you need to make sure that you ensure the stocks of vaccines. We need to establish the franework, to make it predictable, to know in due time the actions one need to take, and afterwards to discuss. I want to detail an extremely important issue (...), each of us cherishes freedom, the freedom of choice, this is why, we are living in a democratic country. Reporter: Did you vaccinate your children? Sorin Grindeanu: I did. Nobody compelled me to do it but I consider that I did the right thing vaccinating them. I enjoy complete freedom as long as it does not affect your freedom. If we transpose this in what we have discussed to date, your freedom to not vaccinate your child may affect my freedom, if it produces an outbreak in the classroom. There are things we need to take into account. Reporter: When will the two bodies set up yesterday become operational? Sorin Grindeanu: One I think, has already started operating, the other - in short time. Those from DSP here announced me that on Monday, that they will receive all vaccines thay did not have until then, and then, this emergency situation was solved. The problem is that an alert action takes place everytime, an outbreak appears, you go and try to quench it. This is why this framework is needed to make the system predictable. Reporter: Yesterday, President Liviu Dragnea changed his speech and said that he would agree now with mandatory vaccination, if this is required. Which is your stand? Sorin Grindeanu: I said it before. We should first do this: ensure the necessary stock of vaccines. Secondly, after doing these things, we need to consider the other aspects, those related to freedoms, to what we explained you earlier. But unless we solve this framework (...) of compulsoriness, and currently, this is not solved. Reporter: If (...)? Sorin Grindeanu: We are waiting. Accreditations were sent, in three months, all documentation for all managing authorities was sent to the audit authority so that they are accredited now; I repeat, for all bodies. It has been worked a lot, I thank them for that. In three months, there have been achieved things which others had to achieve for some years. I had discussions with those from the audit authority, we are waiting for their approval, so that it can start. To stop this outbreak at this moment, we may need a form whereby to make immunization compulsory, things will extend otherwise. Statistically, in the rural areas, the situation with vaccination is much better than in urban areas, As EU member state, we should be at somewhat 95 percent. We are somewhere at 60 percent. The cause - in rural areas, people take their children to vaccination, here, in urban areas, perhaps there is too much information about alternative medicine, this is why we reached this situation. Reporter: Is there not a problem related to family doctors from urban areas? Sorin Grindeanu: They are at the end of this chain. Everywhere - both urban and rural ares. Family doctors are those who are at the end, as I said, and those who should administrate the final, namely the vaccine. There are currently proposals and concrete measures have been taken and it has been discussed here about giving an impetus to the activity of family doctors including through refunds at the County House or the National Health Insurance House. They are very important in this chain. In the next days, I will receive from them, including from those here whom I greatly trust, proposals so that we make amendments to this legislative framework. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you receive an explanation why there are so many cases in the western region, including deaths, because of measles, compared to the other areas of the country? Is the vaccination percent lower in the west than in other areas of the country? Sorin Grindeanu: I can tell you that if summed up, measles cases from Timis, Caras, Arad are as number, almost half the number at national level, therefore, half the national cases are in Banat. Causes are diverse, and in two hours here, I found out some of them. Currently, I am interested in us trying to quench this outbreak, which will not happen overnight. It is an outbreak of disease. 2017-05-21 13:28:00ânia va adera la Agenția pentru energie nucleară a OCDE (NEA)Știri din 19.05.2017 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has officially invited Romania to become a full member of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and its Data Bank. Romanias accession to NEA will be formalised with official exchange of letters in the presence of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria in June 2017. Romanias accession to this OECD agency is the outcome of many years of cooperation involving the participation of Romanian experts in the exchange of expertise and best practices within the NEA committees, regarding the sustainable and responsible use of nuclear energy. I am hailing the OECD decision to invite Romania to become a full member of the Nuclear Energy Agency, which will benefit both parties. This is a confirmation of the constant progress made by our country towards assimilating the OECD instruments. We will do our best for Romania to start as soon as possible the negotiations to join the world club of the best economic development practices, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. Romania officially submitted its NEA membership application in October 2016. Romanias nuclear programme later underwent evaluation by the NEA Secretariat, a joint effort that involved all the relevant ministries of Romania, nuclear industry officials and officials of nuclear research institutes and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Romanias Relation with OECD. This dialogue revealed that Romania meets the standards of NEA member states with advanced nuclear programmes. It also revealed a joint interest in strengthening cooperation between Romania and the NEA in the field of nuclear technology, nuclear research, radioactive waste management and nuclear security. Once with the completion of the accession process, Romania and Argentina will join 31 states already NEA members that are working together for the best practices and policies development in the nuclear field. We are very glad to have Argentina and Romania join the NEA, a step that signals the growing co‑operation between the OECD and both countries, and an evidence of their commitment to best practices in the field of nuclear energy, said OECD Secretary‑General Angel Gurria. The OECDs decision reconfirms Romanias long-term commitment to nuclear energy development and international cooperation. Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry and it uses safe nuclear technology (CANDU-6). 2017-05-19 10:26:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu comisarul european pentru concurență, Margrethe VestagerȘtiri din 18.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has outlined the Romanian Governments full availability to strengthen dialogue with the European Commission, including on topics concerning the competition environment, on the occasion of today's meeting at Victoria Palace, with the European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager. - Even recently, we had the opportunity to strengthen this dialogue during the meetings held in Bucharest with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans. We believe this dialogue to be important, particularly in the perspective of Romania taking over in 2019 the Presidency of the EU Council, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Executive has hailed the European Commissions initiative to modernise the manner of granting the state aid, as well as the draft directive referring to strengthening the role, independence and ability of national competition authorities to act and implement the European norms in terms of competition. In her turn, the European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has appreciated the efforts of the Romanian authorities towards improving the competition environment in Romania and has expressed the ECs openness to collaborate with the Government in this direction. Also, today, at Victoria Palace, the European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has had a separate meeting with Economy Minister Mihai Tudose, Energy Minister Toma Petcu and officials of the Communications and Information Society and Transports Ministries. The Competition Council Chairperson Bodgan Chiritoiu was also present at the meetings. 2017-05-18 18:08:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Ministerul SănătățiiȘtiri din 18.05.2017 15:45:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul “România și OCDE – Perspective actuale și viitoare”Știri din 18.05.2017 by PM Sorin Grindeanu at the event: Romania and OECD - current and future perspectives [Check against delivery] Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests, Good morning. It is a pleasure for me to attend today this conference dedicated to the relationship existing between Romania and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. I would like to first congratulate the organizers. It is important for such an event to take place at the initiative of some partners from the private and academic environments. Allow me to thank the National Bank of Romania and Governor Isarescu for hosting this event and the support extended to us. I would like to also greet the OECD experts whom I thank for having answered our invitation, as they have expressed full readiness to broadly present the OECD role and instruments in the field of economic, financial policies, corporate governance, fight against corruption and public policies.For Romania, it is an important moment in the long history of our relationship with OECD, a moment of maturity and visibility, especially of mutual interest, as I am sure this will emerge during today's conference too. Strenghtening Romania's relationship with OECD, the world club of best practices of economic development, is a priority for the Government I am leading. Romania is a recognized and relevant OECD partner, active contributor to specialized and regional dialogue within the organization. I discussed about all these things with the OECD Secretary - General Angel Gurria during our telephone conversation last week. Romania has known a steady progress, much accelerated over the recent years, to assimilate the OECD instruments and to participate extensively in the organizations work structures.We are actively consulting each other and we are interested in working more closely with the OECD in many key areas such as: macroeconomic policies, corporate governance, liberalization of capital flows, migration and many others. We are today in a particularly favorable economic moment, marked by economic growth, according to Eurostat, a seasonally adjusted 5.6 pct, in the first quarter of 2017. We have the highest economic growth in the EU. Moreover, exports are at a record level, which shows the high competitiveness of Romanian products. As of March, goods worth EUR 5.6 billion have been exported, this being the largest monthly export in history. Also, in the first quarter of 2017, foreign direct investment total EUR 1.075 billion, increasing by almost 23 pct compared to the same period last year. That does not mean that we can relax our efforts, on the contrary, we are aware that we need to maintain this pace, and we also know that this growth must be achieved in a solid, sustainable and responsible manner. This is why I believe it is vital to make the required reforms through assimilation of best practices and existing standards, and in this respect, OECD is acknowledged leader in global economic governance matters, with which we want to cooperate. As aforementioned, we have taken important steps in this respect, we want this dynamics to continue and amplify. Romania is ready to start as soon as possible the OECD membership negotiations. Membership of the organization will be a reconfirmation of the economic progress of our country,of its genuine level of development. It will mean a more efficient public administration, more adapted to the global world requirements. We firmly believe that this may happen as soon as possible, we are aware of the difficulty of the process and we are willing to do our best, everything that depends on us in this respect too. This requires not only the will of our country, but also the support of our external partners, the OECD member states that we want to count on in order to attain this objective. I think you can fully notice today the broad support of the business environment, Parliament, NBR, opinion makers of Romania, academic environment. I wish you an as interesting as possible debate, I am awaiting its conclusions, I want to assure you again of the Romanian Government's full support for a closer and mutually beneficial relationship between Romania and the OECD , beneficial for all the actors, not only for Romania and OECD, but for all actors who can and want to participate in our goal of joining this organization. Thank you. 2017-05-18 11:21:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Creșterea economică de 5,7%, o confirmare a faptului că măsurile luate de Guvern sunt cele corecteȘtiri din 16.05.2017 5.7 pct economic growth registered in the first quarter of 2017, as compared to the first quarter of 2016, an evolution which exceeds the expectations of analysts and international bodies — International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (BM), the European Commission (CE), is a confirmation of the economic measures taken by the Government. Romania has thus recorded the highest growth in the European Union in the first quarter of this year, according to data published by Eurostat today. The Government will continue to support the economic growth trend by stimulating public investment, accelerating the European funds drawing, improving the tax collection and curbing tax evasion. The economic growth is also the result of business environment's confidence in the economic measures announced by the Government for the next period — including the Prevention Law, the establishment of the Sovereign Investment Fund — also proven by the confidence indicators calculated by the European Commission. For 2017, we intend to draw substantial European funds to the Romanian economy, namely EUR 5.2 billion. At the same time, I personally monitor through weekly working meetings, the improvement of tax collection and the fight against tax evasion. These are levers whereby we support the pace of the economic growth so that the evolution of the economy can be felt in Romanians everyday life, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu considers. The economic growth rate of 5.7 pct, higher than the estimated figure for the entire 2017, respectively 5.2% was anticipated by other positive developments in the economy: The exports peaked to a record high in March 2017, namely EUR 5.7 billion. More than 100,000 stable new jobs were created in the first four months of the year. The industrial output has high growth rates — a positive development in the manufacturing / medium and high-tech industries. The unemployment rate is at an historic low after 1989. 2017-05-16 14:51:00 Sorin Grindeanu a evidențiat evoluția pozitivă a economiei românești în cursul întrevederii cu Anthony De Lannoy, membru al board-ului FMIȘtiri din 16.05.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had a meeting at Victoria Palace, with Anthony De Lannoy, a member of the IMF Board. On this occasion, the Head of the Executive has emphasized the positive evolution of Romania's economy, which is confirmed by the data of the National Institute of Statistics, according to which the gross domestic product in the first quarter of 2017 was, in real terms, by 5.7 pct higher as compared to the same period last year, above the analysts' forecasts. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has also referred to the budget surplus of over 1.64 billion lei, respectively 0.2 pct of the GDP, registered in the first three months of this year. Anthony De Lannoy has hailed the economic developments mentioned by Sorin Grindeanu and has assured him of the International Monetary Fund' s full support in order to strengthen this trend and maintain the established goals.- These figures really place Romania in a good position. They will be taken into account for the next IMF report of the financial system stability assessment , the IMF's official has stated. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has given assurances that the measures envisaged by the Government for the ensuing period will not change this evolution, and that he analyses weekly, with the representatives of the Ministry of Public Finance and the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF) Romania's maintenance within the 3 pct budget deficit target. In this context, the Head of the Executive has also referred to the unitary pay draft law, now in Parliament, which intends to place the salaries in the public sector at a level as accurate and realistic as possible, taking into account both the level of professional training as well as the experience and the results. - We want to thoroughly analyze each measure before its implementation, and so far, we have maintained ourselves within the pledged parameters, Prime Minister has stated. Marius Nica, State Advisor to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, has also attended the meeting. 2017-05-16 14:44:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Descoperirea zăcământului de la Caragele este încă un pas pe drumul României spre asigurarea independenței energeticeȘtiri din 12.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Energy Minister Toma Petcu and the Economy Minister Mihai Tudose have participated today in the presentation of the biggest natural gas onshore deposit discovered by the Romania in the past 30 years, in Caragele, Buzau County. During this visit, Prime Minister Grindeanu has had a technical working meeting with the management of the Energy Ministry and the company Romgaz Medias, on the development prospects of the gas deposit discovered in Caragele area. Also, the governmental delegation led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has visited Group 4 Caragele of Romgaz Medias, comprised of the gas collection group produced by the wells 4, 5, 6 Caragele, gas drying station and gas metering station. Discussions have focused on the particular importance of this discovery that contributes to Romanias energy independence and with potential for the existence of new deposits of the same type. In 2017, Romgaz plans to drill six wells in this deposit, three of which are already operational, with investments amounting to EUR 40 million. Putting this deposit into production will entail investments of nearly EUR 140 million, intended, inter alia , for well drilling to confirm the potential increase in the amounts available in this perimeter. The deposit is to be put into production by Romgaz in 2019. In the same year, BRUA would become operational. - Romania is one of the least dependent countries in the region on the external gas sources. The discovery of Caragele gas deposit is one more step on Romanias road towards ensuring energy independence and consolidating its status as factor of stability in EU. At the same time, it is an important moment which contributes to attaining our objective of diversifying the energy supply sources Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. Additional information: As a result of the exploration projects and production tests carried out from 2011 to 2016, Romgaz discovered in June 2016, on the 35 km- long Caragele platform(between Buzau and Braila), an important natural gas accumulation at a depth of about 1,500 -4,000 meters. Gas accumulations have about 25-27 billion cubic meters, with growth potential following the exploration development, which can ensure the entire country's consumption for a period of 2-3 years. Press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following his visit to Group 4 Caragele Sorin Grindeanu: I wanted to visit today, along with other Cabinet colleagues, this new exploitation in Caragele. It is a very important exploitation which will develop over the years to come, producing between 25 and 27 billion cubic meters of gas, it is the most important discovery in the years after the Revolution. If we were to discuss only from this point of view, this deposit alone would ensure the energy independence of our country for two - three years. Surely, I want to encourage Romgaz, a 100 percent Romanian company, not that this aspect would necessarily matter, but we encourage such actions from two perspectives: first of all, to ensure an extremely important thing and secondly, we want Romania to become a regional energy hub through the development of other energy projects too. These are two extremely important issues and I would conclude by telling you that we need to get out of this vicious circle generated by our inability to explore natural resources over these years. We only talked many times about this, we did not know to capitalize on. We have a rich country and when it comes to exploiting natural resources, the richness of our country, we did not know how to exploit them for the benefit of our citizens. I hope that this signal which the Government as well as the Parliament conveys, is an important one for this industry. Reporter: We have been talking about the royalties law, when should it be completed, as we are in the second trimester, acccording to the programme for Government, you should finalize it in this trimester? Sorin Grindeanu: We have been working on it, it is a working group in several Ministries: the Energy Ministry, Economy Ministry, Ministry of Public Finance, that has been working on it. What has been crystallized to date, I do not want to say more than this, because it is normal, it is a sort of split, division of these royalties: on the one hand, those onshore, and the offshore ones, other type of royalty, as the exploitation out, at sea, is different from that onshore. Reporter: Will you maintain this idea with 20 percent tax on resources exploited abroad? Sorin Grindeanu: There are different variants that we have been working on. As it has not been cristallized by Ministry and agencies which are part of this interministerial group, when we reach a conclusion, we will let you know. Reporter: When do you hope to reach a conclusion on this? The royalties are the last on a list of things to be achieved.. Sorin Grindeanu: We will observe the programme for government, we will come up with this law in this trimester. Reporter: Will the current surcharge on the domestic gas production remain in place? Sorin Grindeanu: There are things which are being discussed and will be discussed in Parliament too, and you know that there have been talks in the specialized committees in this respect. I do not want to go over Parliaments right to legislate. What I told you is that this interministerial group, in addition to this division of onshore-offshore royalties, is taking into account all the possible taxes that can calibrate the revenues the state can earn from the exploitation of these natural resources, but equally important is for us to reach a competitive price, once our current deposits are being exploited, either in the Black Sea, the future deposits or those which for instance are here. We need to have a competitive price, because we are talking about a free market, and we will talk even more about a free market in the ensuing years. Reporter: What can you tell us about reshuffle, today, there has been talk about the reshuffle of some ministers? Sorin Grindeanu: The same thing, this will not be done on television. Thank you. 2017-05-12 18:02:00 Operativ la nivelul Guvernului pentru soluții la criza vaccinurilorȘtiri din 12.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has asked the urgent setting up of an operational group comprised of representatives of the government, professional associations and civil society, to come up with immediate solutions to the immunisation crisis as well as to prevent similar situations from happening in the future. - It is our responsibility, of the Government and the Health Ministry, to find solutions to secure the necessary vaccine stock. We cannot make vaccination compulsory under law as long as the necessary vaccine doses are not secured, Prime Minister has stated. This operational group would be entrusted with a clear mandate that would include coming up with proposals to amend the legal framework so that in the short run the necessary vaccine doses may be procured while in the medium term, the vaccine stock may be predictably and continually secured. Prime Minister Grindeanu has expressed his full openness to the urgent amendment of the relevant legislation , and has called on the Health Ministry, and the representatives of professional associations and civil society to put forward, as soon as possible, proposals for amending the legislative framework. Also, the Health Minister Florian Bodog has showed that he will propose the setting up of the Management Unit of the Immunization Programme within the Health Ministry, structure that will be entrusted with the mandate of securing continual and on time procurement of vaccines, to avoid gaps in supply. - It is high time for urgent, targeted action. It is inadmissible that children die from preventable diseases. I believe we need to talk about prevention and health education, and in this respect, family physicians have an important word to say, Prime Minister Grindeanu has underlined. Today's working meeting at the Victoria Palace, has been attended by: prof. PhD Alexandru Rafila, president, Romanian Society of Microbiology, Dr. Sandra Alexiu, Vice - President of the National Society of Family Medicine, Dr. Gindrovel Dumitra, Head of the Vaccinology Group within the National Society of Family Doctors (SNMF), Prof. Dr. Adrian Streinu - Cercel, manager of the institution, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, - Matei Bals, Dr. Valeria Herdea, President, Romanian Association for Pediatric Education in Family Medicine (AREMPF), Dr. Oana Falup - Pecurariu, ESPID Board Member, Clinical Hospital of Children Brasov, Dr. Miljana Grbic, Head of Local Bureau, World Health Organization(OMS), Dr. Anca Draganescu, President, Pro Immunization Association, Ana Maita, Mothers for Mothers Association, dr. Adriana Pistol, Vice President of the Romanian Society of Epidemiology, and Director of the National Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases Center within the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Borboro Koo, UNICEF specialist on healthcare issues. 2017-05-12 14:22:00 Sorin Grindeanu salută sprijinul exprimat de președintele Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude Juncker, pentru ridicarea MCV înainte de 2019 Știri din 11.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met today at Victoria Palace with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The meeting has also been attended by the Public Finance Minister Viorel Ștefan, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Meleșcanu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu. Preparations started by Romania in anticipation of its first mandate at the helm of the EU Council in 2019, and the CVM lifting in this time horizon, accession to Schengen and the switchover to euro have been the main topics addressed during the meeting. In connection with the CVM lifting perspective, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has expressed his strong belief that the dialogue carried on this topic with the European Commission experts brought the necessary clarifications for Romania to fulfill its undertaken commitments. - In these ten years since its EU accession, Romania has had a predictible, constructive and pro-European approach, and we are determined to fulfill all our commitments the Head of the Executive has stated, adding that EU accession brought very many benefits to Romania. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has at the same time mentioned the fact that Romania has already been prepared for some years, from the technical point of view, for Schengen accession, he has presented the progress made over the past two months regarding subsidies for farmers and has pleaded for the relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Romania's intent to file its candidacy in this respect being already formally announced by a memorandum approved by Government. In his turn, the Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan has given assurances with respect to Government's determination to maintain the deficit target of 3 percent of GDP. The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has hailed the progress made by Romania, expressing once again the hope that Romania will be welcomed in Schengen and the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification (MCV) will be lifted before the country takes over the presidency of the EU Council. 2017-05-11 17:54:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea "Sinteza zilei" la postul Antena 3Știri din 10.05.2017 00:00:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în AustriaȘtiri din 09.05.2017 release Prime Minister Grindeanu: The development of Austrian companies in Romania is also due to the friendly conditions for business environment here Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has participated today in Vienna in a round - table meeting organized by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, to which representatives of the largest Austrian investors in Romania have also been invited. The Head of the Executive has outlined that Austria is important to Romania, being the second largest foreign investor in our country: - We are one of the most profitable markets for Austria in this region of Europe. The fact that several of the Austrian companies have developped so well in Romania, is a success story due to your management but also to the friendly conditions existing in our country for the business environment. Prime Minister Grindeanu has presented the measures taken by the Government designed to encourage the business environment and the economic development, outlining the VAT decrease from 20 percent to 19 percent, cutting through red tape and reducing by 102 the number of taxes and tariffs. The Chairperson of the Economic Chamber of Austria, Christoph Leitl has congratulated the Bucharest Government for the record economic growth achieved by Romania, which - gives confidence and welfare to citizens. In the first trimester of 2017, compared to the same period last year, the industrial production rose by more than 5 percent, retail sales increased by nearly 7 percent, services to population by 5. 6 percent and services to enterprises by 9 percent. Also, Christoph Leitl has outlined that Austria ranks first regarding professional training of youth and has expressed its availability to provide expertise to Romania in this field. The event organized by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber has also been attended by Minister of Economy, Mihai Tudose, Minister for the Business Environemnt, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Alexandru Petrescu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying a visit to Vienna where he met with Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria and attended a round-table meeting organized by the Austrian Economic Chamber. Prime Minister will also have meetings with representatives of Austrian companies and the Governor of Lower - Austria, Johanna Mikl- Leitner. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern Christian Kern: Dear ladies and gentlemen, I give you a warm welcome. Today, I had the great joy to welcome the Romanian Prime Minister. Romania is an important partner to Austria culturally and politically, but also economically. We exchanged views on the bilateral economic situation. Austria ranks second in terms of investment in Romania, 10 billion EUR have been invested. Last year, more than 2 billion euros were invested, and I have noticed that it has been an obvious growth in Romania, which will be even better next year. The Austrian companies knew a very good development, thousands of jobs depend on them. Also, developments in Europe show us that we face important confrontations, we want Europe to be in a stable situation, evolve in terms of prosperity, and Romania to evolve in terms of prosperity in Central Europe. We discussed about the EU Presidency because Austria will takeover the Presidency in the second half of 2018, and Romania, immediately after, in 2019, will continue this presidency. We had an exchange of views on want we want to jointly develop here. The Danube and the cohesion funds subjects represent a priority for us, and we believe it is possible to give new growth impetus. This presidency will evolve into a special EU situation, it will be Brexit, we do not know which are the concrete consequences yet, but we have a common project that both states will continue and develop, and once it reaches the advanced phase, then, we will see together. I give the floor to Prime Minister. Sorin Grindeanu: I am glad to be in Vienna today, and I would like to thank the Chancellor for inviting me here. The fact that it's May 9th today, the Day of Europe, and that we are in Vienna, I believe we can say it's symbolic for us, for Romania and Austria, and it shows the determination we have, Romania and Austria to work together for the consolidation of the European integration project, in the interest and benefit of European citizens. Romania is important for Austria, but Austria is also important for Romania. As the Chancellor stated, Austria is the second-largest investor in Romania, which is extremely important in our view. At the same time, for Austria, Romania is one of the most important markets from the standpoint of businesses and things that can be developed in our country. Surely, I invited him and hopefully, this autumn, Chancellor Kern will pay visit to Romania. There are two main directions on which we held discussions today. The first refers to the economic component - Austria is the second largest investor in Romania in strategic fields such as: energy, constructions, banking sector, insurances and not only. I would outline the fact that our country is incontestably one of the most profitable markets for Austria in the Central and Eastern Europe. In order to strengthen the very good economic relations, today, I am accompanied by the Minister of Economy and the Minister for Trade, SMEs and Entrepreneurship. Alongside the two Ministers present here, we will have an extremely important discussion we very much wanted to attend, held at the Austrian Economic Chamber where we will have discussions with the investors already present in Romania or with those who will want to invest in the future, in our country. I want to tell them that currently, our country is one of the friendliest countries in the EU economically, the taxes are extremely low. The growth rate of the Romanian economy last year was the highest rate in Europe, we hope it will remain so this year too. We will try to improve the economic framework so that investments in our economy grow and be more solid. The second main topic as the Chancellor Kern said, is the one related to the field of European Affairs. We are preparing for the succesive takeover of the Presidency of the European Union Council, Austria in the second semester of 2018, Romania in the first semester of 2019. There are many difficult topics to approach, we tackled part of them today, Brexit, EU future orientations, future policies, which in our point of view should confirm the cohesion policy - and - as central pillar - and instrument to increase the convergence between Eastern and Western Europe. The financial framework post -2020 is very important and it will be on the agenda of our presidencies. Last but not least, it has been discussed and I want to thank Austria for the support granted to Romania regarding the Schengen accession, and which it will grant in the future too. As a conclusion, I would like to tell you that I was glad to notice that we have the same preoccupation that the European Union remains a successful project for Europe, an efficient and cohesive institution, based on the principles of democracy and freedom, an institution closer to citizen. Thank you. Reporter: If you allow me, I will ask the questions in Romanian. As it is Europe Day, I would like to ask both officials about late discussions from Austria, regarding a possible prioritization to employment of Austrian citizens to the detriment of immigrants, among whom, the Romanians? And about reducing the social benefits for the immigrants children if they do not live in Austria. I would like to know whether these two topics have been discussed and which the current stand of the Austrian Cabinet is in connection with these two topics. Thank you. Christian Kern: You should know the following about this: if you speak about immigrants, I think you are speaking about the last wave of refugees. Austria is as size, the country that received most of the refugees, given the number of population, more than Greece or Italy did. In 2017, we need to spend 2 billion euros on assistance provided to refugees, not only on food, but also to secure basic living conditions, also for schools, social assistance, we also engage very much in the integration of these refugees. If the Austrian population did not offer their support, then, it would be impossible for us to intervene this way. I do not see your concern, but, on the contrary, I want to say that we are one of the countries that does much more than others. The discussion within EU referred to the measure the assistance granted to refugees is compensated. Austria is an exporter and a country that is paying to the EU. This is why, we consider that every country needs to fulfill its obligations and to participate in connection with this issue of refugees,and their treatment, to social assistance which is granted to them, which is bigger than in other countries. Sorin Grindeanu: I will answer too, much briefly. On the tete-a-tete discussion with Chancellor Kern, I approached this point on benefits. We understand the problems of each country. Our view - it is normal to be so - is that any sort of legislative change at national level should be - and I think here everyone agrees with that - in line with European legislation. Afterwards, each, once it is in line with European legislation, may develop its policies in the respective country, but in line with European legislation. I forgot to mention something in the presentation and I apologize for this. With a view to improving even more our very good relations, over the next period, we will try to pass to an informal level, the one related to NGOs and the dialogue between Romania and Austria to be carried at this level too. For this reason, I put forward the proposal that Chancellor Kern accepted, i.e. to launch under Aspen Institute Romania, a Romania - Austria dialogue, to include businesspeople, professors, personalities and which to help from the point of view of NGOs, to improving relations of all types between Romania and Austria. Reporter: I have a question for the Romanian Prime Minister. Do you plan to set up a Sovereign Investment Fund this year? Can you offer us details on its size and the projects you would be interested in? A Sovereign Investment Fund. If I have time, I would like to ask you another question on incomes taxation, promotion of some tax reforms. Can you provide us more information in connection with the moment when you intend to have the draft law ready and which is its budgetary impact? Thank you. Sorin Grindeanu: Surely, the creation of a Sovereign Investment Fund is one of the measures we committeed to come up with, in the next period, we drew up the law and the addenda. Over the next period, it will be brought into public debate, once this public debate regulating the establishment of this Sovereign Investment Fund finishes, we will send this draft law to Parliament. I hope the pace of dicussions in Parliament is an alert one, so that approvals and everything related to setting up this Sovereign Investment Fund is put into practice this year. There are very many steps to take, but we are just before submiting this law, extremely important for us, to public debate. From the other point of view, there are currently very many discussions related to the taxation system, all things designed to make Romania a friendlier economic environment. I told you at the start of the conference, that we are one of the countries with the most friendly economic environments in Europe. We have all time discussions of this type to improve these issues. We envisage an economic growth of 5.2 percent this year, all these things happening in the context of a fiscal relaxation which took place early this year. VAT decreased, the special construction tax was removed, etc. There are things we have done and we envisage in the next period as measures so that we maintain the economic growth of more than 5 percent for 2017, and to further remain one of the most friendly economic environments in Europe. Reporter: Good afternoon! I have a question for Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Chancellor Kern. I would like to know whether the current level of investments of the Austrian companies in Romania is satisfactory and whether you discussed today about a prioritization of cooperation in certain fields. Christian Kern: Cooperation functions very well. We have some very large projects in Romania. There are large companies that invested very much, EUR 10 million and I think that Mr. Prime Minister has already stated that the framework - conditions shall be improved, and then, I believe that investments will grow, but eventually, the decision belongs to companies, not to the Chancellor. We can support them, encourage them, but we think it will continue. Sorin Grindeanu: As aforementioned, Austria is the second largest investor in Romania in the fields I have mentioned before. There is always room for improvement. This is why we consider this afternoon meeting at the Austrian Economic Chamber as extremely important. We will have a meeting with current investors and with those who want to come in Romania. Our duty is to present our advantages, what we want to do in the future, the policies and the measures we want to take from this point of view, so that Austrian investments in Romania continue to be at the highest level. I repeat: Austria is extremely important to us from this point of view, and vice -versa is also valid, Romania being an extremely profitable market for Austria in this region of Europe. Christian Kern: Unless there are other questions, I would like to thank you. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Lower Austria Governor, Johanna Mikl-Leitner Sorin Grindeanu: I am glad that during my visit to Vienna, I had the opportunity to have a meeting with the Lower Austria Governor, Johanna Mikl-Leitner. One of the strongest Austrian states, with a remarkable economic growth at the level of the Federal Republic, Lower Austria ranks at European level too, among the most successful and performant regions, last but not least, due to the openness of your state to Central and East European space and the investments too, in fields of the future such as: research and innovation or the new technologies. For the regions in Romania, Lower Austria can be considered a model region, regarding both economic strategies and policies, for this reason, it was designated the most appreciated region in Europe, from the innovation standpoint, and due to the important role in the field of digitalization. Today, we had discussions, as Madam Governor mentioned, about certain concrete projects implementation and we have also discussed a lot about Danube Strategy for the Danube region, extremely important issues for Romania and for you too. It is extremely important due to successive presidencies of the EU Council that Austria and Romania will have, to establish common points on the agenda as common priorities, in the second semester of 2018 when Austria will hold the presidency, and in the first semester of 2019, when Romania will hold the presidency. I discussed with the Governor about some challenges too, which we are facing at the level of the European agenda, knowing very well the fact that Lower Austria is extremely active at European level, and pleads for a strong cohesive policy, which represents a major priority of Romania on the European agenda. In our opinion, the cohesion policy should remain the central pillar of regional development policies. I appreciate the European and international openness of this state and I would like to express my satisfaction for the fact that Lower Austria Representation Office in Timisoara marks its tenth anniversary, which coincides with the tenth anniversary of Romania's EU membership. I am certain that our relations will boost in the future and will make beneficial contributions both to the diversification of cooperation between our states and to the European project development. As a conclusion, I voice hope that the Governor will visit Romania soon and I thank her once again for our today's meeting. End -of -visit statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Reporter: (...) Mr. Prime Minister, did you discuss here, in Vienna about Romanians living here, who have business, and if you think, we know that at some point, it was a talk about helping them to return in the country, to invest in the country. Did you have any discussion on how to assist them, did the Economy Minister attend it? In your case... Sorin Grindeanu: We had talks, today, regarding the situation of Romanians, from more perspectives, both with Chancellor Kern and with Governor Leitner. We also had a meeting with those who already invested in Romania or who are willing to invest, at the Austrian Economic Chamber. More topics have been attained, including those related to social aspects. As you know, in Austria, at this moment, it is a debate in connection with benefits for the immigrants' children. I said on today's press conference, I have raised this problem, when I was with Mr. Cahncellor, they are in a process in which they sent a clarification request to the European Commission. We consider, as country, that the European principles must be observed, those underlying the European project foundation, those related to the free movement of labor force, capital. There are things underlying the European common project, and there cannot be European citizens of different categories or ranks. Reporter: Did he tell you if the intent to prioritize the Austrian citizens, upon employment, has become one way or other, reality? Because, again, it is a debate in Austria too, on this topic. Sorin Grindeanu: More then 100.000 Romanians, around 105.000, are living in Austria. We are among the first countries as presence, from this standpoint. Romanians contribute through daily work, to Austria's economic growth. Most Romanians living here are honestly working and they obey the laws in Austria, and this is a very good thing. I found extraordinary openness at Chancellor Kern, dialogue, he appreciates the work and what Romanians are doing here, in Austria. Surely, I do not want to enter Austria's internal debates and I do not think it is my role to do this. As I said, the common European principles do unite us. Both Romania and Austria plead for strengthening the common European project, as history has showed us that together, the 27 states are stronger than separately. Romania is important to Austria, important from an economic standpoint too. It is the country in which Austrian companies invested more or around EUR 10 billion. Austria is important to Romania from this perspective too. We share things that we need to strengthen. We are among the most important partners of Austria in the Central and Eastern Europe, which is important. Reporter: Since you mentioned EU principles and values which we should promote, I would ask your opinion about the draft law passed by the Chamber of Deputies regarding the Coalition for families and the definition of marriage in Constitution. Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, it is about an initiative, eventually, the Romanian people will decide through vote the path we are taking. My personal opinion that you know: three million Romanians voted in favor of this, but I want to tell you that it is eventually a first stage, it is a proposal to amend Constitution but Romanians will decide through vote, in favor or against it. I think this is the correct approach. Reporter: But do you think that this would lead to a new division or maybe, the emergence of a ...? Sorin Grindeanu: I think that the decision must be made by Romanians in the end, and the decision can be reached by what I told you earlier, that consultation. What happened today is a first step before this consultation. It is hard for me to assess today the Romanians' options. Reporter: Home, (...) we are talking about EU, a construction which pleads for freedom, solidarity, non-discrimination? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to enter necessarily in a debate of this type, I can bring arguments and counterarguments, and we can discuss for a long time from this perspective and these arguments and counteraguments can be heard. What matters is for there to be debates, it is very important, and I outline this, debates from this point of view. What matters is that when Romanians express their option, to do it in full knowledge of all debates, therefore, I encourage on the one hand what you said, the freedoms and all things which are essential in EU, on the other hand, what they say - those who promoted all things related to tradition, of a certain observance of this tradition and of the traditional family. This is why I tell you it is very important for these debates to exist in the period to come, so that, when people opt, they do it wittingly. Reporter: Reporter: /.../ Did you also address the issue of illegal deforestation in Romania? Sorin Grindeanu: I was at the Economic Chamber of Austria, where there were a few dozen companies present, some that are already present in Romania, others that want to come, invest in Romania. Alongside part of my government team, I consider this aspect extremely important in presenting Romania from an economic perspective, emphasizing the advantages and the friendly environment that we have, testament to this are the important investments made by Austrian companies in Romania. There were also representatives from that industry who asked me and my colleagues questions. Reporter: What did those from Schweighofer ask you? Sorin Grindeanu: It is more important what I answered them. Reporter: What did they ask and what did you answer them? Sorin Grindeanu: I told them that for them and for everybody, it is valid from that perspective of that industry and from my point of view, three things: one, observance of the Forest Code, adopted by the Romanian Parliament last year, and which is extremely important. There are stipulated those quotas of 30 percent and those things need to be observed as law provides. Secondly, the timber origin, must be legal and proven, the raw material must not have an illegal origin. Thirdly, I urged those from this industry to be in touch and have a very good dialogue with the NGOs in this field, to take into account some cases raised by NGOs, to try in the immediately following period, to explain certain actions which have not been explained very well, to be extremely transparent in all their actions, observing and I underline it, both the Forest Code and all the things I reminded earlier. From my point of view, these are the three things which must be observed by all who deal with these industries. Reporter: Have those from Schweighofer assured you of their transparency? Sorin Grindeanu: I told them what I believe. Reporter: What did they tell you? Sorin Grindeanu: I made them a recommendation in this respect. I cannot but make recommendations. We are talking about private companies, and that recommendation was for them to be transparent. One of the recommendations.The other two pertain to law observance. We do not discuss or negotiate here. Broadcaster: Returning to the family topic, there is a real discussion in the country about the possibility to cap the child rearing allowance. Labor Minister, Lia Olguta Vasilescu stated that this would be considered and it would be a good idea for the maternity allowance to be capped at something between 5.000 and 10.000 lei, saying that there are few cases when these are above that amount and that it was about a cap on that tax. Sorin Grindeanu: Let us put this topic on the normal track. We are talking about that plan of convergence, which was approved, on the last Cabinet meeting. Such decision has not been made, there will be a consultation and following this, it is this possibility. I want to further tell you something: 97 percent of these allowances are below 5,000 lei at this moment, in Romania. This is the reality, under 5,000 lei, not under 10,000 lei. We are speaking about these things. I underline once again, we are speaking about a consultation on this topic, no decision has been made yet, this is why I want us to reduce a bit the tension in this respect, to speak on real issues. The decision as aforementioned, has not been taken. Reporter: Is there currently a project in this respect? Sorin Grindeanu: No. I am trying to tell you that there are no such projects. It is about that plan of convergence where, through the measures we could take in the ensuing period, not recent future, in one week, month but farther. It is important not to overlook it, but to say things frankly. I repeat: no decision has been made in this respect, we are as clear as possible, there is not a project of this kind at this time, it is just that plan of convergence which mentions the possibility of a cap on it. This possibility is to be analyzed under the aspect of its being opportune or not. The allowances under 5,000 lei are 97 percent. Only 3 percent of them are below or above 10,000. Certainly, those who will receive allowance above 10,000 lei are below 1 percent. Reporter: Why is this taken into account if there is such a small percentage? Why this discussion after all? Sorin Grindeanu: When we make a decision, we will let you know. Reporter: If you allow me, last year, Mr. Liviu Dragnea criticized Ciolos Cabinet on this issue, and said that PSD will reduce allowances at their correct value and talked about a thoughtless government because that allowance of 35.000 lei was in discussion by that time, if I am not wrong. Sorin Grindeanu: I will never comment or discuss what somebody else has said. I think I have been as clear as possible and I have communicated you that no decision has been taken, but we are conducting an analysis, when, further to this analysis, we see what path we are taking, we will communicate you and we will make that decision. Reporter: I would ask you, if you reminded that convergence programme, it is laid down there that special pensions will remain at their current value. Are they possible to change, if you talked about measures which can be taken in the future, for a debate to take place and something to be changed here too? Sorin Grindeanu: All these issues related to the convergence programme and the later decisions, either on what you mentioned or the allowances, are decisions we will make following analyses. That convergence programme was adopted some days ago, and shows certain possibilities that we can have over the next period, so that we keep within the parameters agreed. It is what we are talking about. Reporter: (...) you took a decision at the level of the Government, will you issue a Government resolution(...)? Sorin Grindeanu: Alongside my Cabinet colleagues, the Finance Minister, the Transports Minister and others, I had a discussion with MPs, with the Committees of budget - finance and from Chamber or Senate, we had several rounds of discussions with hauliers, to consult them on this issue. Also, with ASF. We will wait for Parliament to debate the draft law in the following period, and for it to make a decision in this respect. Reporter: If until May 18, we do not have a law issued by Parliament, what will happen, will the prices surge? Because the hauliers ar telling this. Sorin Grindeanu: I do not believe they are saying this. I told you that several discussions took place with hauliers, through our commitments to the European Commission, we need to take certain measures. In the shortest time possible, this law which is being discussed in Parliament, will be passed following discussions I had with leaders of parliamentary groups in Parliament, so that we make things clear. I want us to honor our commitments to the European Commission and to be as clear as possible from this point of view. I do not see such possibility of a surge in prices in the period following the civil liability insurance for car owners. Reporter: But the cap is not extended for other three months.. Sorin Grindeanu: No, because we will have the decision fast enough in Parliament and then.. Reporter: I would ask you, Mr. Prime Minister if you discussed with the PSD President, Liviu Dragnea, about the pardon law, because it was discussed in the plenum, then returned to the committee. (...) Did you have other discussion with the Justice Minister, with Mr. Tudorel Toader? Sorin Grindeanu: We submitted it to Parliament under a form, we clarified what the Government endorses, an applied discussion on this full topic relative to pardon law. I did not have a discussion with President Dragnea, but I talk very often with Mr. President. Reporter: Did you discuss with Mr. Minister about what has happened in Parliament? Reporter: The latest amendments to the law in Parliament, the reduction in punishment in accordance with imprisonment conditions, the air conditioning... Sorin Grindeanu:No, we have not had discussions of the kind. Thank you. 2017-05-09 14:22:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia zilei de 9 mai - Ziua Europei, Ziua Independenței de Stat a României și Ziua Victoriei Coaliției Națiunilor Unite în cel de-Al Doilea Război MondialȘtiri din 09.05.2017, we mark three fundamental historical moments: 140 years since Romania proclaimed its independence, Europe Day and the United Nations Coalitions Victory Day in the Second World War. The 9th of May 1877 represented the fundamental step in consolidating Romania as an independent and unitary state. We pay homage to our forefathers for their courage and determination. Thinking of future generations, they have contributed to the creation of the modern Romanian state. We also honor the sacrifice of the heroes, ordinary citizens or statesmen, who hoped in a new world, cured of the conflict passion, and who contributed by their sacrifice to the end of the most bloody chapter in the past century's history, the World War II. And last but not least, today, we celebrate Europe Day, with confidence in the future of the European project and assuming a constructive role of Romania in this project. Today's Europe is much different than 67 years ago when the Schuman Declaration was signed. Today, we are going through a wide-ranging debate on the future of the Union, a process that is not always simple or convenient. But I think that this dialogue must start from what the founders of the Union wanted and what the current generations eventually want: democracy, security and prosperity for the whole continent. Romania is preparing to take over the presidency of the European Union Council in early 2019. I am certain that we have the capacity that through this first mandate, our country to make a decisive contribution to the consolidation and continuity of the European project. In these ten years since Romania became a member of the Union, after decades of totalitarianism that isolated us from European democracies, Romanians have taken important steps towards transforming the society for the benefit of its citizens. I believe in the idea of an Europe for all, of European Romania. I believe in a common future, built on behalf of the ideals we share. I believe in unity and solidarity. And I also believe that national values are protected, and even strengthened by the idea of diversity proposed by the European Union. Happy Anniversary , great European family! Happy Anniversary, dear European citizens, from Romania and from all Member States! 2017-05-09 09:36:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu dl. Saalem Abdullah Al-Jubouri, președintele Consiliului Reprezentanților din Republica IrakȘtiri din 08.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today, at Victoria Palace, a delegation led by Mr. Saalem Abdullah Al- Jubouri, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of the Republic of Iraq, who is paying a visit to Romania. The agenda of discussions has focused on the possibilities to diversify the Romania - Iraq cooperation and in perspective, Romania's participation in the economic reconstruction of Iraq. - Romania is interested in the bilateral cooperation development, including at economic level, taking into account that the bilateral economic relations and the trade exchanges have not attained their full potential yet. The 14th meeting of the Bilateral Economic Committee will significantly contribute to the boost and recalibration of the relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Executive has outlined at the same time Romania's readiness to back Iraq' s efforts aimed at reconstruction and continuation of reforms, and to provide expertise in this respect. The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq, Saalem Abdullah Al- Jubouri and the other officials of the Iraqi parliamentary delegation have expressed in turn the reciprocal interest in the development of the bilateral economic cooperation. The Iraqi officials have mentioned that there are safe areas in Iraq at present, where the Romanian companies can find business opportunities, the cooperation opportunities existing in the field of transport, education, healthcare and oil industry being outlined in this context. The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of the Republic of Iraq, Saalem Abdullah Al- Jubouri has also thanked Romania for its contribution to combating terrorism in Iraq, as member of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS/ Daesh. 2017-05-08 17:15:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în IsraelȘtiri din 04.05.2017 statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Reporter: Prime Minister, can you tell us how this visit has been and what will follow in the next period? Sorin Grindeanu: This visit included very many meetings, with Prime Minister Netanyahu, with the President of Israel, Mr. Rivlin, the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Defence, and surely it is very important what you asked - the follow-up to this visit. Today, we signed two memorandums: one in the economic field, the other regulating the framework for reducing the roaming costs between Romania and Israel, so that, in the next period, we can enact these cuts. The most important thing is what ensues: traditionally, we have very good relations with Israel,we have had uninterrupted diplomatic relations for 69 years which led to very good political and military contacts. It is very important from our point of view and from Israel's point of view too that the economic relations live up to the level of political and military ties. For us, Israel has represented the most important ally in this region for many years, it will further remain our most important ally in the region. Reporter: The Constitutional Court rejected today the petition filed by the Ombudsman. How do you see it? There are four delays, CCR kept on meeting for this problem... Sorin Grindeanu: I have read it too, I do not know much details, nor do I know if the motivation is public; what I have not done in other cases, I will not do it now either. I do not comment on the decisions of the Constitutional Court that are mandatory. Reporter: Politically speaking, cannot we say that it comes as a blow to Mr. Dragnea? He is your party colleague, who supports you with the parliamentary majority. Sorin Grindeanu: He is the president of the party that I have been a member of, for 21 years. He is the man who led the PSD in 2016 to victory in both local and general elections. We have talked about politics many times in this period. You asked about a decision of the Constitutional Court that, as aforementioned, alike all the other decisions of the Constitutional Court which refer to certain articles of the Criminal Code or the Criminal Procedure Code, are mandatory, and they cannot be discussed. Reporter: There were protests across the country after the adoption in the Legal Committee of some amendments to the pardon law, punishments including for abuse of office, corruption deeds with less than three year imprinsonment. Sorin Grindeanu: I have said it many times, yesterday too when I found out about it, before leaving for Israel, I took a stance from this point of view. The Government's stance was that we do not endorse this amendment, we endorse the form which was adopted in the draft law in the Government, and in connection with all issues related to pardon of corruption deeds, I think I have made myself very clear during this entire period, and if necessary, I will convey once more these issues: I do not endorse these amendments, nor the Government does. With respect to the form we sent to Parliament and the form under work, surely, we are open to certain good ideas, but which do not refer to such amendments, they are what we endorse, not something else. Reporter: There were amendments, including from PSD, but also from former President Traian Băsescu. Have you talked to PSD members about adopting those amendments in the Legal Committee or with the party leader? Or, with the Minister of Justice, after the adoption of this decision? Sorin Grindeanu: I talked with the Minister of Justice to ask if he attended yesterday the meeting of the Legal Committee. A state secretary attended it, he presented the Governments point of view but he did not endorse the amendment filed yesterday by a Senator. Things are clear from my point of view. The form that we submitted and which has an opinion from the Government is the one we endorse. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, is there a need for a more serious discussion in the ruling coalition, considering that it somehow affects your image? Or, if you think that, in your opinion, it affects your image, given that people protested in the street and may, of course, do it again in large number; although it is a legislative project? Is there a need for a more important discussion in the party, in the coalition, so that such divergence of opinion is avoided? Sorin Grindeanu: First, I would like to clarify certain things. Every MP is entitled to initiative, amendments or draft laws. Currently, what matters is that the Justice Ministry is in an ample process of consultation or promotion of some draft laws or packages of laws, in this field, extremely important, such as the judiciary laws about which Minister Tudorel Toader has talked a lot, or the draft law which is in public debate, the draft law on aligning the Constitutional Court's decisions with the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code or the extensive consultation as Minister Toader mentioned, on updating the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. It seems there have been too many decisions of the Constitutional Court saying that certain articles of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code are not Constitutional. All these things have been explained by Minister Tudorel Toader. It is a process which must necessarily be transparent, which must be subject to public debate, so that draft laws of such impact be passed by Parliament, because that is where they must be adopted after this extensive consultation. This is the path the Government will take in this area. Thank you. Reporter: Such a Parliamentary initiative undermines the Government's intent and objective to lift the mechanism of cooperation and verification before Romania takes the Presidency? Sorin Grindeanu: I think that things as I could see them today, have been clarified, i.e. these amendments were rejected on the final report, which is a very positive thing and I am sure that such slippages will be clarified, either in the plenum - like this aspect, through the final report , through the vote in the plenum or the vote in the other Chamber so that we avoid accidents of this type. Thank you! Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the meeting with representatives of the community of Romanian-born Israelis Sorin Grindeanu: Good evening. Ladies and gentlemen, I am for the first time in Israel in my capacity as Prime Minister, but not only. It is my first visit ever to Israel and this represents for me both an opportunity and a privilege, given the valuable contribution that the Romanian - born Jews made to the creation of this state. Otherwise, there is a traditional cooperation between the two states, the diplomatic relations being established ever since 1948, and this year, in addition to the 69 anniversary of Independence some days ago, we mark 69 years of diplomatic uninterrupted relations between Romania and Israel. It was not a simple period, especially for Romania, the Communist period, and back then, it remained the only state in the Eastern block that continued to have diplomatic relations with Israel. I would like to mention the excellent metings I had today with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin. The series of meetings will continue after our meeting now, with a dialogue with the Minister of Defence, taking into account the extremely good cooperation Romania has with Israel in this field. I want to tell you that beyond the excellent cooperation we had in areas such as: defence, intelligence, political relations , both states want that the economic relations between Romania and Israel live up at least at the level of the other areas. That was also the purpose of a good part of the meetings we had today. We are accompanied among others, by the Economy Minister who had several meetings. This is why, I told you it is our duty, of Romania and Israel that the economic side live up at least at the level of the other components related to politics and defence. The Romanian community in Israel is an extraordinary case, as it managed to convey from generation to generation the Romanian identity values, the interest for Romanian language, and I want to narrate what we experienced today : in one of the breaks between meetings, I stopped along with my colleagues in an extremely visited place, there was a group of children aged 6 - 7. They heard the delegation speaking in Romanian, and a boy aged 6-7 came to greet us in Romanian, which was a moment of joy for us and this reinforced what I said earlier, the fact that traditions were conveyed from one generation to other in these places, unlike elsewhere. As the centenary of the Great Union is approaching, we want to recall the Jewish martyrs who sacrificed themselves in the First World War alongside Romanian soldiers. Following the course of history, other common chapter to the two nations is the Holocaust. The most important element achieved by Romania during its chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, IHRA, refers to the adoption of the working definition of Antisemitism, based on the principle of consensus, IHRA adopted this definition as a token of the political commitment to combating Antisemitism. Whereby this working definition, the organization aims to set an example of responsible conduct for other international forums as well. The Jewish Community in Romania played a further important role in the Romanian society, achieving a very good cooperation both in the economic, educational and cultural fields. In the spirit of this very good dialogue that Romania has with the State of Israel, the Romanian Parliament - as I think the majority of you passed last year a legislative document regarding the restitution of the Jewish properties, the Holocaust survivors having priority in their claims resolution. At the same time, I remind the fact that the Jewish State Theatre was refurbished with governmental funds, in the context of its 140th anniversary. As I am sure that you know, recently the Bucharest City Hall together with the Government allocated a building in the Old Town (Bucharest), that will host a museum of Holocaust and of the Jewish community in Bucharest. It is a project that I especially follow, I am a member of the leading board, it is extremely important for us, for the Romanian state to have such a place, to remind us of events taking place in the history of the Romanian people. Taking into account the hundreds of years of history, starting from the first Jewish communities established during Vasile Lupu's reign, on Romanian soil, or the first Romanian - Jewish settlements in 1884, in the north of today's Israel and given the good cooperation that has been preserved to date, I have no doubt that there are identity elements that the two nations share, which will make us stronger in front of ever increasing challenges that we are currently facing in a global world. I am sure that together we will cope with them. Thank you! Joint press statements with Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu: Welcome Prime Minister Grindeanu, welcome to Jerusalem with your delegation! I want to say that this is the continuation of a great friendship that Israel has with Romania. There are four hundred thousands Israelis of Romanian origin, they are very good friends, my doctor, and so many others. We feel a special and intimate kinship with Romania, we have been there many times. I welcome you on this visit. I look forward to meetings which enhance these relations. Prime Minister, you have taken a very strong stance against antisemitism, against the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, and I want to thank you for that and to express our appreciation. We are going to sign a joint declaration today on roaming rates, we want to bring down cellular costs, and help business people from our two nations. I think we have great opportunities. We are small countries but we want to see our future. I think the future in many ways is dependant on the development and use of technology. Israel is eager to discuss it with you in many, many fields. We began that discussion, we are keeping you waiting, because we have so much to talk about, and we will continue to do so. Our Ministers of Economy are going to sign an agreement on joint cooperation, and we are going to discuss other areas as well in addition to technology, health, security, I believe it is a limitless opportunity. In the spirit of great friendship, I want to welcome you to Jerusalem and tell you that we shall meet next year, in Bucharest or next year, in Jerusalem, either one is good and you are most welcome. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. I would like to start by conveying to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to the people of Israel my warm congratulations for the sixty ninth anniversary of the Independence Day, along with my best wishes for peace and prosperity. I would like to use this opportunity to underline that in 2017, Romania and Israel also celebrate 69 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relationship. This continuity speaks about the strength of our friendship. Israel is our closest ally and partner in the region, and I came here today with the determination to enhance our partnership, to build more on our economic side, as you say, to diversify the Romania - Israel relationship. Romania has a fast growing economy which offers in return..potential for Israeli businesses. We can use the intergovernmental platform to launch the preparation for our third joint government session which will reconfirm both our governmentsreadiness and commitment to expand our bilateral relationship. I avail myself of this opportunity to strongly encourage the Romanian and Israeli businesses to expand their activities together. Romania could be seen as one of the most attractive country destinations for European and Israeli companies. I would like also to mention that Romania is interested in enhancing cooperation with Israel in the energy sector. Moreover, we are interested in the cooperation in the field of cyber and digital industries, in learning more about eco-systems, and start-ups activities and strengthen our cooperation in the agriculture and in tourism. It is important to mention today that we are going to sign a joint declaration which aims to facilitate the reduction of roaming costs, enabling Romanians and Israelis to be closer. I reiterate Romanians' solid commitment on combating antisemitism. The Romanian chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance which ended this March, has succeeded in the adoption of a working definition of Antisemitism, an expression of clear political commitment at international stage. My Government is determined to consolidate the education on Holocaust and in this regard, I would like to mention my strong support for the Museum dedicated to the History of Jews and Holocaust in Romania to which we have already allocated an important building in the old center of Bucharest. Together, with Prime Minister Netanyahu, we talked about the fight against terrorism. The terrorist attacks witnessed in Europe lately are alarming, and unfortunately, Romanians also lost their lives in these outrageous acts. Romania remains strong in supporting the fight against terrorism. We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stress that there cannot be any justifications for such acts. Today, we have also discussed about relations between EU and Israel. Romania favors a united and relevant European Union, closer to its citizens and remain an advocate of strengthening the EU- Israel relations. In a nutshell, our agenda reflects the strategic relevance for our relations. I am looking forward to continuing this dialogue and I am very, very pleased that I am in Israel. Thank you. Benjamin Netanyahu: Thank you. I would say that we are partners in the effort to defeat terrorism and also in our efforts to achieve peace. I look forward to discussing with President Trump the best ways to advance peace, this is something that we fervently share with the President. I heard President Abbas yesterday say that: - our citizens teach their children peace, that unfortunately is not true, they name their schools after mass-murderes of Israelis, and they pay terrorists but I hope that it is possible to achieve a change and to pursue a genuine peace, this is something that Israel is always ready for, I am always ready for a genuine peace. Thank you. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends, I am deeply impressed by what I have just seen. The Yad Vashem is a testimonial to collective memory that gathers within its walls so much pain and despair. It is a difficult but necessary experience because commemoration itself is a challenge to the spirit, it helps us to understand the past in order to educate future generations so that such horrors may never happen again. The city I have lived most of my life, Timisoara, a symbol of Romania is a city where I first learned about tolerance, solidarity and dialogue between cultures. In Timisoara, we are lucky enough to have a solid Jewish community, with many remarkable personalities that have left their mark on European culture. Ladies and gentlemen, In communist Romania, it was impossible to speak of the Holocaust. But my generation had the chance to contribute to the political decision of bringing those pages of history back into the public by recognizing past mistakes and tragedies, and by improving education. It is my pledge that Romania will always be in the frontline of combating antisemitism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination. I will switch now to my native language for my Romanian friends. We are here to pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust, to survivors and those who played an important role in saving lives. Our concern for the memory of the Holocaust must also be reflected in the way we respect those who suffered and are still with us today, in the country or abroad. As you know, the Romanian Parliament passed last year several amendments to the Law on the restitution of property abusively confiscated by totalitarian regimes, establishing that Holocaust survivors' claims will be solved first. The Romanian Government and the General Bucharest City Council are in favour of a museum of Jewish history and Holocaust remembrance in Romania opening in the country, and a building in downtown Bucharest has already been awarded to this end. I am honoured to be a member on the projects consultative board. The establishment of the museum will be coordinated by the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Holocaust Studies in Romania - Elie Wiesel. Moreover, in March, Romania concluded the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Chairmanship; Romania directly and significantly contributed toward the adoption of a working definition of anti-Semitism inside the alliance as a token of its big political commitment to combating Antisemitism. I would also like to recall an element that seems to me very important to evoke at this remembrance center: last year, the world lost the great writer born in Sighetu Marmatiei, Elie Wiesel. This Holocaust survivor continues to represent, for all of us, an example of humanity and a model of consistent human rights defender. And as we remember the past, nowadays, we are perfectly aware of the troubled times we live in, where antisemitism, intolerance and hate speech persist. It is essential to tell the youth of the 21st century the truth about that dark age in the history of mankind, about the roots of hatred, discrimination and intolerance that led to the Holocaust tragedy so that young people do not lose the courage to prevent and combat such acts in the future. The acts of courage and responsibility can make the difference between life and death. Our commitment, of the worlds nations must be to remember the victims who perished, to respect the survivors and to educate the new generations in the spirit of respect for human values, diversity and inclusion. Thank you! *** Press release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying official visit to Jerusalem, where he will have a tete-a-tete with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting will be followed by an official luncheon offered by Prime Minister of the State of Israel to all Romania's delegation members: Economy Minister Mihai Tudose, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les, Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac, Secretary -General of the Government Mihai Busuioc and Chairperson of the Romania — Israel parliamentary friendship group Gabriel Vlase. The Head of the Romanian Executive and the Israeli Prime Minister will hold joint press statements and will attend the signing of two bilateral documents: a Declaration of Intent on the reduction of the international roaming charges, between Romanias Ministry of Communications and Information Society and Israels Ministry of Communications, and a Cooperation Declaration between Romanias Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel. The second joint declaration aims at cooperation in certain fields, such as: electricity and natural gas transport, research, development and innovation, high technologies and investments. Prime Minister Grindeanu will be received by the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin and will have a meeting with Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Minister of Defence. This visit will be a good opportunity to assess the bilateral relations, considering that we aim to boost the political dialogue between Romania and Israel and to go through a new stage, towards a strategic dimension of the Romanian-Israeli relationship, capitalizing on the economic field Romanian Prime Minister has stated. The agenda of the Romanian Prime Minister in Israel also includes a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Memorial Museum, a meeting with the representatives of the Romanian-born Israelis, and talks with Theophilos III, the Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, and with Archimandrite Teofil Anastasoaie, representative of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the Holy Places. Prime Minister will also meet with Colette Avital, the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organization. 2017-05-04 00:00:00Întâlnirea de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu marii investitori româniȘtiri din 27.04.2017 Grindeanu: I would like to thank you for having answered my invitation to attend this meeting. I assure you I did not invite you to listen to me delivering speeches, I am sure you had enough of it. Today, we should discuss and I want us to openly discuss about economy, taxation, public policies. I have had several meetings with representatives of some companies with foreign capital. I would like to listen to you too and reach together some conclusions so that we strengthen the domestic business environment and ensure the premises for its further healthy development. It is very important if we manage to do this, because the Romanian capital stands for 47 percent of business in Romania. You are the biggest employers and you pay the highest corporation tax in our country. We need, as I mentioned before, public policies to stimulate the Romanian capital and to ensure a transparent and stable framework and I want it to be as predictable as possible in which your companies develop and bring added value for state and of course for your Romanian employees, and not only, and in my view, the first priority at present is to start investments and here I would like to put special emphasis on infrastructure development. I think it is high time to do concrete things - I have said it a couple of times that too many times it has been drawn on paper motorways and afterwards, erased, and then drawn up again, all these have been done in these years. Unfortunately, we can all see the effect. I would like to outline the fact that our priority is related to infrastructure, is essential for the Executive I am leading and is essential for you too as companies, for your further development. Secondly, I am aware, I would like to say that no businessman can draw up a coherent plan in the absence of a stable and predictable fiscal framework. We kept on cutting taxes, but many of you are still bewildered by all sorts of projects emerging in the public space. I want ti directly and frankly tell that the entire discussion about the initiative on changing the way of taxation, this discussion has not done us well. We have already taken measures that such initiatives be better discussed and assessed internally, before presenting them into the public space. Also, I want to lay on new bases the relationship between state institutions or to be more precisely, control institutions and the business environment. This is why I very much wanted to have this...adopted, for the time being, it is under debate, it was sent for public consultation - it is about this prevention law which we consider extremely important, and I said this and I underline it today. We are interested not in closing companies but in these companies to run well so that they can contribute to Romania's GDP. Before inviting the media to leave the room, I would like to assure you that you shall find both in me and my team, partners and I want these meetings to take place periodically, so that we can analyze the progress achieved,and everything we discuss and establish as roadmap. Thank you. 2017-04-27 14:20:00Întâlnire_de_lucru_cu_marii_investitori_români_05.jpgParticiparea premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul „Săptămâna Europeană a Imunizării – Vaccinarea: o problemă de sănătate publică. Copii, dincolo de numere.”Știri din 27.04.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the event: - European Immunization Week Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning! Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, today, I wanted to come in front of you and discuss about solutions to combat those pseudo-trends that invaded the public space and the on-line space for a good period of time, and which tend to challenge the performances of medicine. The attempt to shake Romanians' confidence in the effectiveness of vaccines is a topic on which we must reflect, especially that we are in the European immunization week. In exchange, we decided that is more important to address you today on responsibility, on state responsibility for the healthcare of its citizens. The truth is that, before drawing up information campaigns or compulsoriness of vaccination, we must make sure that vaccines are also available on the market. Otherwise, we risk reaching a ridiculous situation in which we impose sanctions, but we do not have stocks of vaccines. I said it a couple of days ago and I repeat it now. Both I and my team are determined to solve this problem. It is a situation which cannot be tolerated or accepted. It is inadmissible that, in Romania, there is every year multiple crises because of the repeated vaccine shortage. This situation caused suffering to those families whose children died of measles. There is no excuse for such tragedies or for the fact that we came to report situations in which on certain types of vaccines, only one of two children is vaccinated. Life of a person should not depend on fate or a freezer in which the vaccine is being brought from abroad. We must find solutions and along with my Cabinet colleagues, I decided to make this a priority. Ladies and gentlemen, I announce you and probably, you know that we started taking concrete steps in this direction. I met these days with the representatives of large manufacturers of vaccines present today here. Yesterday, I had a meeting with several colleagues from the Health Ministry. I will have meetings with representatives of doctors, hospital managers, patient associations and other NGOs involved in this field. I asked all whom I have met so far to find solutions to implement the following five measures: 1. Introduction of an effective vaccine management system. 2. Amending legislation regarding vaccine procurement for a transparent and predictible process. 3. Drawing up a multiannual plan of the amount of vaccines necessary in Romania; 4. Simplification of price calculation procedures. 5. Achieving a national stock of vaccines for special situations. The decisions we will make together should observe at least one electoral cycle, so that manufacturers can make multiannual forecasts regarding the amount of vaccines for our country. In addition, I want all these demarches to be done in close cooperation with the World Health Organization and this is why I am glad that Mrs. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe is with us today. I greet her presence at this conference. In the end, allow me to confess that I vaccinated my two children, aged six, three respectively. Each time, I had problems in finding the vaccine required. I saw that the Timis county is among the negative examples. Perhaps, I had bad luck, but children vaccination should never be a matter of chance. Solving the vaccine shortage is essential, but at the same time, we should take measures to solve this lack of information too. It is true and I uphold the idea that parents are entitled to make the choice for their child- yet, I believe individual options should be questioned when they harm those around, as a child not vaccinated put at risk not only his health, but also the health of the children around him. I can assure you that I am determined along with Minister and the team I am leading, to take the required measures following a constant dialogue with doctors and institutions with responsibilities in the field, for us to solve not just temporarily the problem of the vaccines but at the same time, to inform properly the Romanians on the importance of immunization as this is the right path. Thank you. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following his participation in the event: European Immunization Week- Vaccination: a public health issue. Children beyond numbers Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, allow me to tell that I wanted to come here today, to reinforce and show our decision, of the Government, of our team to continue and to take action in this respect. Both I and Minister Bodog had very many meetings these days as I have said. There is an extremely important thing - a draft law is in public debate at this moment, there are still days in which amendments can be submitted. I asked also in my meetings as I said during last days, all institutions and not only, to come up with amendments so that during this period, we can create that absolutely necessary framework for our country, which to provide what, from my point of view, lacks at this moment, namely stability in this field, and predictibility. The fact that many times, in recent years, actions have been taken in a hasty manner - each time, it was an outbreak somewhere, we solved it, and then it appeared elsewhere, it is not a normal way of tackling issues. Those who manufacture the vaccine, said this on our Monday meeting with them. They need this clear framework, transparent and predictible to provide that stability we all need. Surely, those special procurements which perhaps have become rule in recent years, when they should be exception, and all this framework - under work now, hopefully will diminish this too. Surely, there will appear exceptional situations in the next period. It is normal to be exceptional situations as well, but these should not become a guiding rule for us. I want to greet the presence of madam Zsuzsanna Jakab here. To us, and for the Health Ministry, her presence here represents very much. The support the World Health Organisation provides us, is extremely important and allow me to thank her on behalf of the Government for the fact that she wanted to be with us today, and she is not present only today, the World Health Organization is a reliable partner for us. Thank you (...). Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, as you said, before speaking about this compulsoriness, you need to solve the problem of vaccine. Sorin Grindeanu: I wanted to outline this. Before we start to apply fines, first of all we should have supplies of these vaccines. I think that the creation of that fair, predictible and transparent framework, that multiannual plan I recalled, so that predictibility be known by all parties, if we assure this framework, we are talking about a law that is in public debate during this period, the best place for debate is in Parliament, I think we are dutybound first of all as Government, to secure what I said earlier, namely the framework and the stock of vaccines, before we discuss about sanctions, etc. Reporter: It is talk about sanctions as well. Currently, they talk about sanctions. Sorin Grindeanu: I would not like us to go from one side to another. I want us to be as clear and transparent as possible. I told that we are open - and Minister.. Reporter: Was it a misinterpretation the fact that parents...? Sorin Grindeanu: We are open to any amendments. The correct steps are those we announced. The Ministry will have meetings in the next period with all institutions and with those who can come up with positive proposals in this respect. I do not think we can be accused that we put forward to Parliament a law to regulate this field, on the very contrary. The best place for making such decisions, especially that I do not give verdicts, but I call on a debate and we do this transparently, is Parliament. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you also discuss about cancer patients with the medicines manufacturers ? There are 11 manufacturers who already refuse to produce certain medicines for cancer patients, as the price is low. It decreased by 35 percent whereby the programme for government, if I remember well, but they do not want to manufacture medicines as there is no profit, and the patients have no other alternatives. What could you do? Sorin Grindeanu: I had a meeting on Monday, along with Mr. Minister, with manufacturers, focused on this problem, the vaccines. I am sure that everything related to price, the shortage or not of medicines, clear details can be provided by Mr. Minister. Please, Mr. Minister! Florian Bodog: Therefore, there is a series of medicines on which there have been notifications on the ANM site, they are public, but at the same time, you should know that there is a therapy alternative for most of them - we are speaking here about generic medicines, therefore, there is alternative to each medicine. There is a single medicine which has been signalled as being without replacement, but anyhow, they are compelled to bring this medicine for one more year, therefore, we shall find solutions over this period of time. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, on an important Government project, we are talking about zero VAT for real estate transactions. There is some not confirmed information that you give up this project. Do you give it up or are you still working on it? Nearly two months passed since discussions were held, and they are discussed in Parliament too, but they have been abandoned. Sorin Grindeanu: I know that it is draft law that came from Parliament. The measure is included in the programme for government but the legislative proposal came from Parliament, it was not a draft law of Government, but it is a measure laid down in the Government programe. With respect to zero taxation for real estate, meetings took place throughout this period with all actors involved, on both sides. I think those entitled to convey you the decision to withdraw or not this draft law, is the one or those who initiated it. Reporter: Mr. Dragnea assumed it, the Government considers you should issue a point of view on it.. Sorin Grindeanu: We are talking about different VAT quotas, there are certain European regulations and rules. We committed to inquiring the European Commission on the issue of different VAT quotas as we already have on certain areas. What matters - the impact - as, government, I can speak about budgetary impact, we assumed zero taxation on the two areas: advertising and real estate. Industry in exchange and the actors, we speak about one field or the other, are not very determined that this measure is one to lead to an increase in the industry turnover from this point of view. Therefore, the decision wether to withdraw or not, is not the Government's decision, it belongs to those who initiated this draft law. Reporter: Hasn't Mr. Dragnea informed you about withdrawal? You said you had permanent discussions with Mr. President Dragnea. Has he informed you about an eventual withdrawal of this draft law, has he informed the Government? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not know it was withdrawn. Normally, I have often discussions. We will clarify this subject too. Please. Reporter: I have one single question. Yesterday, you met the Georgian Prime Minister. He came to Romania. Where was the welcome ceremony held? Sorin Grindeanu: Normally, anyhow, I see that you are informed, the welcome ceremony should have taken place in front of the Government building. Although I respect everyone's right to protest, and yesterday, as you know, it was a protest of the taxi drivers on various claims, some which were not connected with the Government, but taking into account that we talked about an official welcome, protocol issues between the two countries, I deem it necessary to move this ceremony to airport, the Bucharest City Hall issuing authorization for this protest to take place in front of Government, I want to thank those who get involved in this move, it was not simple to move this ceremony and in the end, I thank them for having suceeded in an sbolutely short and record time, to make this move. Reporter: Therefore, were you surprised by the taxi drivers' protest? Sorin Grindeanu: Yes. Reporter: Will you solve their claims? It was an announcement that you discussed with them... Sorin Grindeanu: Yesterday, the Minister for Social Dialogue met with representatives of trade unions or the respective associations. I want to outline it is not the Government that resolves the issues related to authorisations, this does not depend on the Government. I understand grievances relative to certain legal regulations. I would like to tell you that I think that public debate is the best, it started from a proposal from the Transport Ministry to other Ministries for approval. I asked for a debate after I saw the minutes- framework signed by Minister Petrea with those I have spoken about. We do not issue ordinances. We are drawing up a draft law, I am absolutely open to all proposals coming every year, from each side. Certain issues must be regulated, but without infringing others' rights, therefore, debate is the best way, not the emergency ordinance! Reporter: In the current form subject to debate, there is talk about the eventuality of a criminal case to be opened for ill - treatment of minor if parents do not vaccinate their children? Parents did not understand: will this file be opened and when? Counseling is before or after? Perhaps, it should not have been in this form. I wanted to know your opinion. Sorin Grindeanu: My view on the final form will be by the time we assume it and I assume it as draft law in the Government, after this public debate passes. Even before this provision on fine and punishment to exist, our role is to secure the necessary amount of vaccines. It would be absurd to apply fines for something you are not able to ensure. First, we need to resolve this issue and the form, following public debate, when all these meetings of the Ministry come to conclusion, and not just with all institutions, I will assume that form following a transparent process. Thank you. 2017-04-27 14:15:00ăptămâna_europeană_a_imunizării-_002.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ministrul Sănătății, Florin Bodog, pe tema situației vaccinurilorȘtiri din 26.04.2017 17:49:00 oficială a premierului georgian, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, în RomâniaȘtiri din 26.04.2017 the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Romania, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia and Mr. Sorin Grindeanu, the Prime Minister of Romania, issue the following Joint Declaration: - This year Georgia and Romania celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Over these years, we have witnessed a constant development of our relations. Close friendship and substantial political dialogue have led to a fruitful bilateral and multilateral collaboration of our two countries, including an active cooperation between the legislative bodies and other institutions. Since 1992, the bilateral relations have steadily increased, including through high-level visits and contacts, working level consultations and development of joint projects, as well as through economic, social and cultural exchanges. Bearing in mind the existing close ties, we highlight our determination to further expand our relations to a qualitatively new level, aimed at increasing the people-to-people contacts and consolidating our joint efforts dedicated to the promotion of peace, security and stability in the region, for the benefit of our countries and our peoples. Our intention is cemented by mutual respect towards fundamental principles of international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, as well as for democracy, shared values and common vision for a Europe free, whole and at peace. The genuine partnership that we share encourages us to further upgrade our relations to a strategic level. Our two countries are close partners historically and politically. Also, geographically, Georgia and Romania represent a natural bridge between Europe and Asia, as both are linked by the Black Sea. We are therefore committed and obliged to explore the whole potential of cooperation that lies in the fields of transport, energy and security related issues, as well as cultural exchanges. Considering the relevance of the Black Sea for advancing interconnection links, we will, as a matter of priority, boost our efforts for developing and multiplying the transportation and energy routes along the Black Sea - Caspian Sea corridor and in relation with the larger neighborhood. Romania acknowledges the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia and that the Association Agreement does not constitute the ultimate goal for its cooperation with the EU. To this end, Romania will continue to provide political and practical assistance to Georgia. Romania also commends Georgia's significant contribution to the Euro-Atlantic security and its participation in the NATO missions and operations, particularly in Afghanistan. At the same time, Romania is committed to consolidate the role of the Eastern Partnership and to make best use of the policies, programs and projects developed with the EU support for the benefit of its Eastern partners, including Georgia. Georgia praises Romania's firm and constant support for its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. In this respect Romania's significant contributions, including the support granted for the recent entry into force of the amended regulation 539/2001 on March 28, 2017, enabling Georgian citizens to travel free of visa requirements to the EU, are of high importance. As a reliable partner of European and Euro-Atlantic institutions, Georgia is keen to further deepen its active cooperation, aimed at full-fledged membership. Together with our partners, Georgia and Romania are also committed to increase the cooperation for strengthening the Euro-Atlantic security and stability, especially in the Black Sea region. The 25 years of successful cooperation between Georgia and Romania inspired us to reinforce our efforts and jointly contribute to the process of ensuring peace and security for a better future of our next generations. Issued in Bucharest, on 26th of April, 2017. Giorgi Kvirikashvili Sorin Grindeanu Prime Minister of Georgia Prime Minister of Romania 2017-04-26 14:11:00 a cerut task force la ANAP pentru analizarea cu prioritate a proiectelor de infrastructurăȘtiri din 26.04.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has asked the Chairman of the National Agency for Public Procurements(ANAP), Bogdan Puscas to set up a task force dedicated to infrastructure projects included in the Transport Master Plan so that in cooperation with the Transport Ministry, the deadlines for completion of tender documents be as short as possible. - It is very clear that we do not have time to waste. We need to speed up the documents completion, the tender process and the infrastructure projects implementation. I care very much about observing the criteria of transparency, efficiency and fairness in public spending and shortening deadlines does not mean to compromise on these principles, the Head of the Executive has stated. The working meeting with the Transport Minister, Alexandru - Razvan Cuc and the ANAP Chairman, Bogdan Puscas took place as the awarding documents to launch the following public procurement procedures is under preparation: Bridge suspended over the Danube in the Brăila area, including connecting roads (25 km). The awarding documentation was sent for verification to ANAP, with the announcement to be published in the next period in SEAP(Society for Excellence in Public Administration). The estimated value of the project is about 500 million euros, the highest in the last 27 years, the execution of the works is to be financed by nonrefundable funds, the project being included in the POIM portfolio 2014-2020. Craiova Piteşti express road (121 km) - the launch of the public procurement procedure is due in June 2017. The South Beltway of Bucharest - Ring 0 (50 km) - The launch of the public procurement procedure is due in July - August 2017. Sibiu - Piteşti Highway - Section 1 - Sibiu - Boiţa (14.1 km) - The launch of the public procurement procedure is due in June-July 2017. Sibiu - Piteşti Highway - Section 5 - Curtea de Argeş - Piteşti (30.3 km) - The launch of the public procurement procedure is due in June-July 2017. Braşov - Tg. Mures - Cluj - Oradea Highway, Section 3C: Suplacu de Barcau - Borş (km 4 + 200 - km 64 + 450) 60.2 km - the launch of the public procurement procedure is due in July - August 2017. Also, on April 22, 2017, the contract for the design and execution of the Timişoara Sud Bypass Project was published in SEAP. It stipulates the execution of 25,690 km of national road at European standards. The bid evaluation deadline is July 2017. In addition to local benefits, the Timisoara Sud bypass mainly aims to streamline internal and international traffic in the Stamora Moraviţa border line. At the same time, Prime Minister has analyzed along with the Minister of Public Finance Viorel Stefan and the ANAF President Bogdan Stan, the increase in the degree of revenue collection to state budget through measures to combat tax evasion and improve payment compliance of taxpayers. Prime Minister has asked ANAF to continue to implement the 14 measures aimed at improving the revenue collection degree to state budget and has underlined he will personally follow the ANAF activity. 2017-04-26 12:36:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Comitetul interministerial pentru BrexitȘtiri din 25.04.2017 Prime Minister Grindeanu: Our priority in the Brexit negotiations is to protect the rights of the Romanians living in the UK Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has chaired today the first meeting of the Brexit Inter-ministerial Commitee held at Victoria Palace and during which, it has been analyzed the way the Government is preparing Romania's mandate for the UE 27 -UK negotiations. - Our priority is for the process to have the least possible impact on Romanians living, working or studying in the UK, to make sure their rights will be protected , the Head of the Executive has stated. At the same time, Prime Minister has underlined that Romania's objective in the Brexit negotiations is preserving the budget allocations for the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy in the financial framework 2014 - 2020, and, of course, consolidating post-Brexit UK - EU cooperation in defence and foreign affairs. Romania and Great Britain remain friends and allies within the Strategic Partnership. Irrespective of the UK's future place, whether inside or outside the EU, we want to consolidate and deepen the bilateral relations Prime Minister has mentioned. The first meeting of the Brexit Inter-ministerial Committee has taken place in the context of the extraordinary European Council meeting of April 29, convened to adopt the guidelines for the negotiations with the UK. Prime Minister Grindeanu has asked to be monthly briefed during the Cabinet meeting on the developments in the EU 27- UK negotiations. Also, Prime Minister has requested Ministries represented in the Inter-ministerial Committee to send to the Minister delegate for European Affairs data on Brexit impact on each sector of activiy, and the analysis process is about to be continued at the level of working teams. The first meeting of the Brexit Interministerial Council has been attended by: Vice- Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh; Interior Minister Carmen Dan; Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall; Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, Finance Minister Viorel Stefan, Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les, Agriculture Minister Petre Daea, Secretaries of State and Ministries representatives. Additional information: In the context of Brexit, the Government adopted a Memorandum on its March 22 meeting, whereby it set up an inter-ministerial mechanism with a view to substantiating Romania's general and sectoral mandates and to following the negotiation process of UK's exit from the European Union. This mechanism is thus organized: The Brexit Inter-ministerial Council provides the political guidelines for defining Romania's positions, the general and the sectoral mandates being about to be approved by the Government. This Council is chaired by Prime Minister and coordinated by the Minister delegate for European Affairs, and it comprises several Ministries. The Steering Committee follows the EU-UK process. The Committee for the coordination of European Affairs provides a constant briefing of all Ministries and the necessary framework for occasional debates; Inter-ministerial working groups, organized at technical level. The first three working groups aim at substantiating Romania's position in three areas of negotiation: free movement of persons, implications at the level of EU budget, external and security relations. Sorin Grindeanu: Good afternoon! I have decided to convene the first meeting of the Brexit Inter-ministerial Committee today because, as you know, at the end of this week, on April 29, the European Council will adopt guidelines for the European Commission's mandate in the negotiations with the UK. I believe the first thing we need to underline is that we remain UK's friends and allies, irrespective of the UK's future place, whether inside or outside the EU. This is an important message I wanted to convey at the start of this meeting. At the same time, our number one priority is for the process to have the least possible impact on Romanians living, working or studying in the UK, because their rights have to be protected. In this respect, negotiations will have to be conducted teamed up with the European Commission. In addition to this, I kept on saying these things, there are two other directions that I believe Romania should follow as part of the negotiations. I kept on saying these things but I would like to remind and underline them now: preserving the budget allocations related to the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy in the financial framework 2014 - 2020, and, of course, consolidating post-Brexit UK - EU cooperation in defence and foreign affairs. There are some guidelines I wanted to remind at the start of our today's meeting and afterwards, these issues will surely be detailed - I will kindly request Minister Birchall and the other Foreign Ministry representatives to go into details for this meeting to turn from a start one into an effective working one. I want to thank the media representatives for their presence here. 2017-04-25 17:21:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la conferința International Health Forum (IHF), organizată de Asociaţia Producătorilor de Medicamente Generice din România (APMGR)Știri din 25.04.2017 13:53:00ţia premierului Sorin Grindeanu pe tema deciziei CEDO privind situaţia penitenciarelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 25.04.2017 Grindeanu: Allow me to welcome this decision which is not conducive at this moment, and I underline - at this moment to us paying large amounts of money but it obliges us to come up in the next period, in the six-month deadline, with a plan of concrete measures, agreed also by the Council of Ministers and the Government of Romania, so that the problem - I do not want to take this lightly- the problem signalled by ECHR to start being solved; this decision comes up as a result of our problems, the problems existing in Romanian prisons. Therefore, as a result of those problems, we have this decision giving us a six-month deadline to come up with measures. A few dozen of minutes ago, I had a discussion with Minister Tudorel Toader, I am sure he will come up at an appropriate pace, with this plan of measures, so that within six-month deadline, we manage to approve this plan, take concrete steps and finally, I would not like to exaggerate - but do things in six months which perhaps should have been done in the last 26 years. Reporter: In your opinion, this six-month deadline is one favourable to us, we have time to do what ECHR asks us? Sorin Grindeanu: We have time in this six-month interval, to do this plan thoroughly. The respective measures should be part of this plan, following the implementation period. But I want them to be very well settled and that was the point of my discussion with Minister Toader. It is time enough to draw up this plan of measures, take concrete action, not just to draw up the plan, so as to show that we are determined to observe - and I underline this, the ECHR decision and to improve the detention conditions, which are not inventions, allegations uttered by some and others, today it has been proved that there are extremely serious things that triggered such decisions. 2017-04-25 13:00:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea “Punctul de întâlnire” - Antena 3, moderată de Radu TudorȘtiri din 25.04.2017 12:54:00Încep înscrierile la Programul Oficial de Internship al Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 24.04.2017 17:13:00 Sorin Grindeanu a discutat cu producătorii de vaccinuri o serie de soluții pentru preîntâmpinarea crizelor de vaccinuriȘtiri din 24.04.2017 16:57:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în județul BrăilaȘtiri din 21.04.2017 14:17:00ția premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu privire la atentatul de la ParisȘtiri din 21.04.2017 Mr. Prime Minister, how do view what happened last evening in France, given that there are elections by the end of the week? Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, allow me to convey our condolences and solidarity to the family of the French police officer killed in the attack. Our best thoughts are with the injured, hoping their health condition shall improve. At the same time, we condamn such attacks, not only condemnation is needed, but also a better prevetion. In this respect, I think that the authorities in each country know best how to respond to these issues. I extend once again our solidarity and condolences to the family of the French police officer killed in the Paris attack, as well as our support to the French authorities in combating what is happening unfortunately too often in Europe. Thank you. 2017-04-21 11:01:00 Grindeanu: Obiectivul Guvernului este îndeplinirea angajamentelor asumate, astfel încât MCV să poată fi ridicat înainte ca România să preia preşedinţia Consiliului UEȘtiri din 20.04.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace, with the First Vice- President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu have also attended the meeting. Discussions have focused on the CVM issues, the absorption of European funds and other topical files on the European agenda. Given that the last four reports of the European Commission on Romanian judiciary, were positive, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined the Government's determination to continue on the same path. - My goal and the goal of my Cabinet is to finalize the CVM before Romania takes over the EU Council Presidency. It is a matter of prestige and pride that I care very much about, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Executive has underlined the Government's determination not to take any step backwards following the major progress achieved to date, in connection with guaranteeing a fair and independent justice. All the Executive's demarches will be based on dialogue, transparency, and consultation, for them to be endorsed by both Romanian justice system and the entire society. Priorities mentioned in this respect by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, during the meeting with the first Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, are: putting the legislation in accordance with the Constitutional Court's decisions, ensuring full respect for fundamental rights, guaranteeing the efficiency, predictability, and quality of the justice act, as well as bringing justice closer to citizen. The situation of penitentiaries has been detailed, as well as the measures the Government envisages for the next period in order to find solutions to improve the detention conditions. The EC First Vice - President Frans Timmermans has appreciated the proposals put forward by the Government to fulfill the latest recommendations on justice and has given assurances that Romania is on the right track regarding the perspective of CVM lifting. - I strongly hope that the Government will get strong backing from Romanian Parliament and from the Romanian society, to achieve this goal, Frans Timmemans has stated. Other topic addressed during the meeting aimed at maintaining the budget deficit within the limits of 3 percent of GDP, and the continuation of the Government' social policies. In connection with the absorption of EU funds, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has also mentioned his weekly meetings with the authorities in charge of managing European funds, in order to recover the delays recorded so far. The officials have referred at the same time to the current debate on the EU future, in the context of the UK exit from EU being triggered. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, EC First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and the Justice Minister Tudorel Toader Sorin Grindeanu: Good afternoon. Welcome. I had a meeting today with Mr. First Vice - President Frans Timmermans. The Justice Minister Tudorel Toader is also here. We approached the CVM issues but also other important topical files, now on the EU agenda. My goal and the goal of the Government I am leading, is to finalize the CVM before Romania takes over the EU Council Presidency. It is a matter of prestige and not only that I care very much about. We already have four consecutive positive reports. I want to have a final report that is positive, at the end of 2017, which can represent the basis to close this mechanism. We shall continue - and I emphasize this, the major progress we have achieved to date in the field of justice and we will not make any step backwards in what means to guarantee a correct and independent act of justice. We will fully use the instruments of dialogue, transparency, and consultation for our demarches to be endorsed by the justice system in Romania and the entire society. We should do this for two major reasons: Romania's economy cannot grow without the confidence of investors that their money is protected by a predictible and effective justice system and secondly, the society cannot advance without the protection of interests and fundamental rights of citizens. The priorities that I have communicated to Mr. Vice - President too, and the Minister Tudorel Toader has detailed are, as you know: putting the legislation in line with the Constitutional Court's decisions, ensuring full respect for fundamental rights, guaranteeing the efficiency, predictability, and quality of the justice act, as well as bringing justice closer to citizen. I believe it is in both citizens and private sector's interest to have a reliable, effective and accessible system of justice. I conclude by personally thanking Mr. Timmermans for his constant, principled approaches regarding the importance of avoiding any connections between the CVM file and other files, as well as structural funds or accession to Schengen. I would like to also outline the fact that following our first meeting early this year, in Brussels, several steps were taken. Currently, all the unclear issues for us, are being discussed at technical level and the European Commission sent them to the Justice Ministry, regarding the CVM. Also, on our today's discussion, Minister Tudorel Toader has detailed the situation approached on Brussels discussion,early this year, regarding the penitentiaries, and the measures we envisaged for the next period. I underline once again my appreciation as Prime Minister for the openness, and the constructive dialogue, the Romanian Government had with the European Commission these months and esecially with Mr. First Vice - President Timmermans. Thank you. Frans Timmermans: Thank you very much, Prime Minister. I am sorry I do not speak Romanian, so, it will be in English, from my side. Our fight for the rule of law and human rights is not a fight because we want this fight or because we do it for us. We think that every European citizen, regardless of where he or she lives, deserves the rule of law and the full respect for human rights. In the last ten years, with the CVM, we have achieved so much in Romania. If I look back over that period of time, some of these achievements would not have seemed possible ten years ago, but we did achieve so much, and now, we are in the final meters of this long marathon. And we had a bit of a scare a couple of months ago, when we had the impression that this process would be stopped or would change direction. But I have had some very constructive meetings with Prime Minister Grindeanu, and I have full confidence in his Government's plans, and Minister Toader has come up with projects that put Romania on the right track, to be able to conclude the CVM process in the foreseeble future. All depends on the fulfillment of the recommendations we have put in our report, these are final recommendations, we will not change them, we will not add to them. This is it. And if the Government is in a position as is the wish of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice, to fulfill the recommendations, we can come to conclusion on the CVM, and I certainly hope that this Government will get strong backing from the Romanian Parliament to achieve this goal, strong backing from the Romanian society to achieve this goal, because once we have achieved that goal, we have reached the point of no return, and then, the full enjoyment of the human rights and the application of the rule of law in Romania, in Romanian society will be irreversible. And indeed this will create legal certainty for businesses and legal certainty for every single citizen and this is what all European citizens deserve. I really want to thank Prime Minister Grindeanu for his cooperation in this. I think the plans he and the Minister of Justice have elaborated, put us on the right track, and I hope we will come to the conclusion soon that the recommendations we have written down, are fulfilled, and I am looking forward to a continued cooperation with the Romanian Government. Thank you very much. Tudorel Toader: Thank you. I would like to express my thanks to Mr. Vice - President Timmermans. It is our second meeting, and I enjoyed his full support and encouragement. As Minister of Justice, surely, I must be further preoccupied with the good functioning of justice in Romania, which means inter alia alignment with the modern European standards of protection of fundamental rights and freedoms. It has been already talked about the 12 recommendations from the CVM. We rejoice that the recommendations are not changing, the Commission has provided us with a set of explanations complementary to those initially written down, so that, we, as decision - maker, on the one hand, factor of implementation, on the other, to exactly figure out the message, the contents and to fulfill them. Finally, I would remind one thing which seems essential to me: fulfilling those recommendations does not represent anything else but aligning national legislation, aligning the functioning of the judiciary, of the practice which should become unitary, with modern standards of protection of rights and freedoms. There are recommendations fully compatible with the Constitution requirements, with European norms, which we can fulfill. In this respect, I referred as you very well know, to the assessment process of the entire legislation. The first step was to align the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code with the Constitution requirements, resulting from the Constitutional Court's rulings. We are preoccupied with bringing legislation into alignment with European standards, transposition of European directives into national legislation. You are aware of this reality, we need to change it, there are many directives not transposed yet, with missed deadline, and we are duty bound to transpose them as soon as possible into national legislation. One may see on the Ministry of Justice's webpage the draft laws on the transposition of the directive regarding extended confiscation, transposition of the directive regarding protection of the victims of crime. We are preparing the package of laws for justice, laws dating back to 2004. It is 13 years since then. Practice has showed the omissions , the inconsistencies, as well as the improvement needs. We will tackle them observing decisional transparency, they will pass through Government, the draft law will later be submitted to Parliament that should decide in this respect. We will also make an assessment of the entire legislation - the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code, Civil Code, Civil Procedure Code, the other fundamental laws. Each law is paricularly important. We will put them in accordance with the Constitutional requirements, with modern standards. Some are adopted before the 2003 Constitution revision, and should be brought into alignment from this point of view. We have the problem of prisons, we have complementary solutions, at legislation level, at law enforcement level, at the level of upgrading and enlarging existing prisons, building and finalizing the two new penitentiaries. We have a set of internal requirements relative to Constitution. We have a set of external requirements relative to standards, treaties, conventions that Romania is part of, and all these measures are binding, for that process of raising the standards of protection of fundamental rights and freedoms to become irreversible. Reporter: It has been talked a lot about this irreversibility, and it has also been emphasized in all CVM reports, therefore, I wanted to ask you from what you have noticed from January to date, in Romania, are there premises for Romania to meet these irreversibility conditions and for this fight against corruption to continue after CVM is lifted? This is a first question. Frans Timmermans: We have given these twelve recommendations, they are I think very clear. If the Government sticks to its programme, which I think the commitment is very strong, these twelve recommendations can be met. I hope Parliament will support the Government in doing that, but your question is much more profound than that. You know I have become increasingly convinced that the best guarantor for a continued fight against corruption and for the rule of law are the Romanians themselves. There is such a strong feeling in the Romanian society that this is the right fight, and they want this, and they want this to continue, and they want this to be maintained. I am sure that once the recommendations are met, and we can stop the CVM process, the process of fighting corruption will be driven by the will of Romanian people. I know this country pretty well, I have been coming here for more than twenty years, I remember the times the Romanian population when you talked about this issue, was rather cynical in the sense: - yeah, ok. But this is never going to happen. Now, the Romanian population is in a different place: - we want this to happen, - we will fight for this to happen, - we deserve this because we are Europeans. This, to me, is one of the most inspiring things that the population says: not because Brussels says something, not because the Commission has come here to say something, but the people themselves say : - we want this for ourselves, for our children, for our country. This is the best guarantee I have that this process will continue, also after we have concluded the CVM process. Reporter: The second question: under these circumstances, is 2018 a realist date for CVM lifting? Frans Timmermans: I never talk about dates, I never do that. The only thing I will say about this: the programme of the Government to fulfill the recommendations is clear and all depends on the public consultations the Minister was referring to, depends on the inclusion on all stakeholders in this process, of course it depends on votes in Parliament, whether the project of the Government can be fulfilled. Once it is fulfilled, we, the Commission, we certainly will not hesitate to say that the commitments in the CVM are met but I can't put a date on that, it depends on how these decisions are taken. Reporter: Referring to my colleagues' earlier questions: there is an initiative put forward by leading members of the leading Alliance that the president of Romania should be removed from naming prosecutors, would you salute this as something that is conducive in the Romanian fight against corruption, or do you think it is a step backwards? Thank you. Frans Timmermans: As I said in general terms and I repeat that, the line taken by the Government is conducive to be able to fulfill the recommendations we have set out. Although Parliament is of course sovereign, Parliament makes its own decisions, as it was also pointed out by the Minister of Justice. I would kindly ask Parliament to support Government in this, and not go in other directions than what the Government is proposing because I believe that is the best way to fulfill the recommendations but I shall not go into individual issues, and individual potential initiatives of the Parliament, I want to be able to look at the whole picture and we will see where we will be, at the end of this year when we have to make another report on the CVM. Reporter: A question for the first Vice-President of the European Commission: today, during the discussion with Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, I quote: I told Mr. Timmermans that Ordinance 13 contained nothing illegal and unfortunately DNA started an investigation against the Cabinet members. The investigation of the Cabinet members, prompted the CCR to intervene and the Court ruled that the DNA action is illegal and does not comply with the Constitution . Currently, the DNA has declined its responsibility for this investigation which nevertheless continues at the General Prosecutors Office and is still directed against members of Grindeanu Cabinet, even though the Constitutional Court stated that the right of the Prosecutors Office or the DNA to conduct such an investigation is out of question. What is the view of the European Commission given the conflict that still exists between the two powers, the legal and the executive one? Frans Timmermans: The Government has engaged to bring the legislation in line with the jurisprudence of the Highest Court in Romania. This is the normal process and it happens in every member state, that if the jurisprudemce goes into a direction where you get different interpretations of the law, you need to bring the law in line with jurisprudence, this is the normal process and the Minister of Justice has engaged in that process. It happens in all member states, all the time. I have no issue with that, but I have also indicated that if in this process, we can be of use, we support the Romanian Government, we are at Government's disposal, and as the Minister has indicated very clearly, this is just responsibility any Government and as legislator I would say, has, if the Highest Court of the land rules in a certain direction. I do not really see any big conflict, perhaps I have not understood your question well enough, this is something that happens all the time in all member states: we respect the separation of powers, and if the highest Court in the land gives a certain direction, you follow that direction - that is how you respect the independence of the judiciary. Reporter: Mr. Timmermans, you know that an evaluation of the heads of the Prosecutor's Office and the DNA took place in Romania, and several politicians raised the issue of their replacement, asking for such measure to be taken. In your opinion, if you followed what has happened in our country, such replacement would it be necessary or would it affect the judiciary? Frans Timmermans: Again, I can only refer to the plans of the Government and the plans of the Government are completely in line with what we see as the requirements to stay on track to be able to complete the CVM process. If the Parliament decides other way, we will have to draw other conclusions, it is up to Parliament, Parliament is sovereign in these things. The only thing we can do is to make a dispassionate, neutral, professional assessment of the situation. And again, if Grindeanu Cabinet gets the support of the Parliament to do what they want to do, which includes very clearly respecting the responsibilities of different agencies, including the DNA, then, I am sure we will have a fulfillment of the recommendations. Any divergence from that, we will judge if it happens; yes or not, but this is up to Parliament to decide. All these initiatives are the sovereign right of the Parliament. I was a parliamentarian long enough not to have the arrogance to tell Parliament what it should do. But of course, actions have consequences. My only advice to Parliament is: stick to the plan that has been put on the table by the Government, and it will get you in the best possible situation you can be. Reporter: Do you think it is necessary to change the criminal legislation and, for example, to decriminalize the abuse of office , given that this offence also involves fraud with European funds? And a complementary question: would it be necessary, a minimum threshold to be imposed in case of irregularities with European funds? Frans Timmermans: I am sorry, I am not going to go into these detailed questions. I think, once again let me reiterate, I think it is the tenth time I am saying this, what I have seen coming out of the Grindeanu Government is clearly in line with what we would like to see in terms of fulfilling the recommendations. I think Romania has been extremely successful over the last ten years in putting the fight against corruption on a high level, something that was seen as eternal endemic in this country, no longer is. Do you have any idea how big cultural and political that change is? That is a huge achievement and I think that we have to make sure that we finalize that achievement. We are in the last stretch of a long marathon, and let's not be distracted by other issues, let's complete this, and then the process will be self sustained, as I said because I believe that the scrutiny by the Romanian people of that process will be very thorough, because the Romanians want this to happen and any Government will be well-advised to listen carefully to its people on that. Reporter: I have one last question, if you allow me, because Mr. Frans Timmermans said that it depends on you, Mr. Prime Minister what will happen from now on. When do you think the CVM report will end, and how do you see the relationship with Parliament, as Mr. First Vice - President said that only the Parliament's alignment to what you do, will lead to CVM lifting? Thank you. Sorin Grindeanu: It does not depend solely on me and the Cabinet I am heading but on the other institutions too, as Mr. First Vice - President said. Today, we have detailed what we intend to do, the Justice Minister has detailed, to attain all these objectives, objectives which are not a purpose in itself, to conclude the CVM, they are beneficial for the entire society so that we enter the normal track, and that irreversible process. All things linked to us, to attaining these objectives, we assumed them, we detailed them, we had discussions which will continue, at technical level, between the European Commission and the representatives of the Justice Ministry. It was about those clarifications we announced you. I have no doubts about the support of the Parliament for what we committed to do, in order to attain these objectives. And these things will be viewed in the next period, on the measures, some of them will be announced by the Justice Minister and I repeat there are no clues currently that things would be different. Reporter: A question for Mr. Prime Minister as well as for the Justice Minister. There have been statements today in Parliament from some PSD lawmakers and PSD President, Liviu Dragnea, regarding delays in connection with the draft laws on amending the Criminal Code. The Minister is requested a meeting with PSD President Liviu Dragnea and is summoned at the Senate Legal Committee. I would like to know your position, Mr. Prime Minister, in connection with that package on amending the Criminal Code and the delays signaled by PSD. And for the Justice Minister, when is that package ready, when do you send it to Parliament as the PSD members said that the pardon law at least would be passed tacitly, meanwhile. Sorin Grindeanu: We committed to making a transparent process, whereby to consult all institutions and not only, NGOs, etc. We announced all these early this year. Currently, there is on the Justice Ministry'site that aforementioned draft law, to align the Constitutional Court's decisions with the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. This draft law is in public debate process. We will send to Parliament, irrespective of who asks this, this draft law as soon as the public debate is concluded. This is my point of view and we follow this line. As soon as this public debate is concluded, according to law, with eventual additions, discussions on various articles, following public debates, improvements of this first draft, we assume it in Government as draft law, and we will send it in Parliament after the public debate process finishes. Tudorel Toader: I will not talk about the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code as Prime Minister did it. What I can tell you in connection with the package of laws: there are three basic laws on the organization and functioning of justice: 303, 304, 317, all from 2004. If we want to do a job in stages, if we want to do a job that adds here and there, we can send them tomorrow too. If we want to do a thorough, rigorous job, both in substance and in form, we should make a full assessment of the three laws that have been enforced for 13 years in Romania, which, I say, for 13 years show their good or bad parts, then we have to make an assessment from the first to the last article, we will consult the CSM, all the institutions involved in the act of justice, we use transparent decision-making, the Government appropriates it and passes it on to the Parliament as draft law. Therefore, only that time, we can have a reconciled heart and mind, that we made a demarche that is functional, viable, necessary to the justice system. Only then can we hope that the changes to the package of justice laws will really improve the work of justice. Beyond this question, I will answer something else. So beyond the package of laws of justice, we will make an assessment of the four codes, in a first stage: the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Civil Code, Civil Procedure Code. Four codes that were adopted by government responsibility, which were not debated by the legislator, four codes which in the years of application showed their inconsistency with the fundamental law, inconsistencies between provisions, regulatory omissions, inconsistencies with European norms . Therefore, we must and are compelled to make a rigorous assessment, complying with the Constitutional and the European requirements, we consult with all authorities, with decisional transparency, in the hope of a legislative act capable of improving the work of the judiciary. 2017-04-20 14:11:00ări privind nivelul împrumuturilor contractate de GuvernȘtiri din 19.04.2017 21:20:00ări privind modificarea sistemului de impozitare a veniturilorȘtiri din 19.04.2017 21:13:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu reprezentanții companiei The Carlyle GroupȘtiri din 19.04.2017 14:33:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu reprezentanții ANAF, MFP și ai Comisiei Naționale de PrognozăȘtiri din 13.04.2017 16:12:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Petre Daea, ministrul Agriculturii și Dezvoltării Rurale și cu reprezentanții Agenției Domeniilor StatuluiȘtiri din 13.04.2017 15:30:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Statului Kuweit în România, Talal Mansour AlhajeriȘtiri din 13.04.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today, at the Victoria Palace, H.E. Talal Mansour Alhajeri, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Romania. The two officials have appreciated the quality of the political dialogue and the development of bilateral relations. The Kuwaiti official has appreciated the close relations between Romania and Kuweit and has expressed his country's interest in strengthening the current partnership, especially in the economic and trade fields, taking into account the development potential of bilateral cooperation. The Head of the Executive has expressed his interest to establish a flexible cooperation mechanism between the Kuwaiti and Romanian business sectors, which would include cooperation between the Chambers of trade and industry in the two countries. A series of fields providing opportunities for intensifying bilateral cooperation, among which: defence industry, IT and C, tourism and agriculture, have been identified during discussions. Kuwait is a key partner of Romania, in the Persian Gulf area. The bilateral trade exchanges have reached a maximum level in 2015 (USD 79 million). There is a net surplus in trade balance, the Romanian exports accounting for 90 percent of the total volume of trade. 2017-04-13 14:27:00 și Coaliția pentru Dezvoltarea României vor avea un dialog permanent pe teme de interes publicȘtiri din 12.04.2017 Cabinet members have had today at Victoria Palace, a first meeting with the representatives of the Coalition for Romania's Development(CDR). The issues were diverse, including aspects linked to draft laws on public procurement, prevention, Economic Code, unitary pay, social dialogue, as well as topics on the European funds absorption, cutting through the red tape, taxation, environment, education. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has hailed the usefulness of consultations with the business environment representatives and has called on a periodic dialogue on topics of interest conducive to upgrading certain projects on the public agenda. The Head of the Executive has underlined that the next three months are a period of intense work, in which the draft laws on unitary pay, prevention, setting up the Sovereign Development and Investment Fund, as well as the law of strategic projects in the fields of infrastructure, energy and defence will be promoted in Parliament. - Over the last years, it has been talked a lot and done less. I would like to underline our determination to move faster the things in this essential field. Over the next two months, very many auctions on projects will be launched - in the project and execution formula. We also want to simplify the absorption of European funds and to cut through the red tape, while of course, observing all the rules of transparency, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The representatives of the Coalition have appreciated the Government's openness and the way they have worked so far, along with Ministers, on sectors, expressing their readiness to remain a partner of dialogue, to provide expertise on specific projects of the public agenda. In connection with the prevention bill, Minister Alexandru Petrescu stated that it will focus on guiding taxpayers, and an information portal will be set up for both entrepreneurs and control bodies, which will include a best practice guide. The demarche seeks to facilitate increased voluntary compliance of the business environment. The Coalition representatives have appreciated the centrality of prevention, which represents a change of paradigm, urderlining the importance of training the staff in charge of implementing it, so that there is a uniform application. Regarding the absorption of European funds, the idea of achieving a single register of irregularities has been put forward, in order to increase predictability and lead to avoidance of financial corrections, given that the Government aims to draw this year, 5.2 billion euros refundable from European funds. By the end of the meeting, the Government representatives have agreed on further cooperation with the CDR representatives both in the same format and in sectoral working groups too, the next meeting is about to take place in mid-May. The meeting has been attended on the part of the Government by: Vice Prime Ministers Sevil Shhaideh and Graţiela Gavrilescu and the Ministers Mihai Tudose, Viorel Stefan, Alexandru Petrescu, Gabriel Petrea, Pavel Nastase, Mihai Busuioc. 2017-04-12 15:29:00Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanții_coaliției_pentru_dezvoltarea_româniei_06.jpgVizita premierului Sorin Grindeanu în județul Bistrița-NăsăudȘtiri din 11.04.2017 to the building site on DJ 172D, lot 1, road section 1 Sorin Grindeanu: Mr. President, Mayor, I have noticed that you started works in mid-March.I tell from my experience as former chairman of County Council: I will pay you a visit in the summer to see of you honored your commitment. Mayor, I hope you submitted on PNDL 2, there are more than 12,000 projects submitted all over the country. Beyond what you see on TV, please believe - and each mayor knows this - that this PNDL is a successful national program, exactly because the first phase was successful, the mayors want to submit for PNDL2. Why? This program has helped to bridge by a lot the gap between village and town, it has been invested in road, water and sewerage systems, in schools as well. We will continue, we are in the project evaluation phase, and I want we can finance as many of these as possible. Although 18 months are stipulated there, I do not want to put pressure, but as President said, you can achieve them faster, I want to see things finalized. 2017-04-11 14:20:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Spaniei la București, Ramiro Fernández BachillerȘtiri din 10.04.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has welcomed at the Victoria Palace, H.E. Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania. During the meeting, the two officials have hailed the cordial traditional relations between Romania and Spain, a state with one of the most important communities of Romanians. They have reviewed the successful elements in the bilateral cooperation, with an emphasis on the recent achievements in curbing the trans-national crime phenomenon. The support that Spain grants to Romanias accession to the Schengen area has also been reiterated on this occasion. The two officials have agreed on the mutual support of the two states positions within the EU, in the Brexit context, including under the aspect of continuing some policies at the base of the European project. From this point of view, Prime Minister has highlighted the importance of the cohesion funds and the Common Agricultural Policy, as essential mechanisms for Romania in order to reduce the economic gaps from other EU member states. This year, we envisage a 5.2 percent economic growth, and in order to facilitate the investors' access on the market, well promote a law whereby well shorten the implementing of the strategic projects in infrastructure, energy and defence. It is a test which we intend not to lose, the Head of the Executive has stated, adding that the Government encourages Spanish investments in our country. Ambassador Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller has referred to areas where the collaboration between the two states could be developed, such as:economy, infrastructure, defence, education, environment and tourism. Prime Minister Grindeanu has promoted the idea of a dialogue focused on concrete partnership solutions in the aforementioned areas, aimed at reaching a new level in the bilateral relations. The Spanish official has underlined, among others, the contribution of Romanians — honest and well-integrated people, representing the largest foreign community of Spain — to this countrys exit from recession. More information: 135 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Romania and Spain were celebrated on 23 June 2016. The relations date from June 23, 1881, when the Legation of the Kingdom of Spain was set up in Bucharest. After concluding the first trade convention between the two countries in 1908, Romania initiated in 1911 the demarches for establishing Romania's Legation in Spain, which took place on June 15, 1913. At present, the Spanish companies occupy the 8th place in the ranking of direct investments in Romania. 2017-04-10 17:59:00 și ANIF caută soluții pentru finanțarea din bani europeni a unor lucrări de îmbunătățiri funciareȘtiri din 10.04.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met today, at Victoria Palace, with representatives of the leadership of ANAR(Romanian Waters National Administration) and ANIF(National Agency for Land Improvement). Discussion has focused on solutions to curb the effects of the climate changes, namely to alleviate the damages caused by extreme phenomena, such as: floods, flash floods, landslides, drought, etc. - Unfortunately, recent years have showed us that insuficient investment in infrastructure against floods such as the irrigation network, make us vulnerable in front of extreme natural phenomena. There are European funds available that we can use to this end, the Head of the Executive has stated. During the meeting, it has been discussed about the possibility to finance land improvement works from European funds - drainage works - about to be conducted at national level, in order to reduce the effects of climate changes. In this respect, it is necessary to include the National Agency for Land Improvement among the elegible beneficiaries of Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (POIM) 2014-2020, Priority Axis 5. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has requested ANIF and ANAR to present the legal solution within one month deadline, one designed to allow accessing these financings for investments in land improvement infrastructure. Nicolae Barbieru, on the part of ANAR and Florin Ionut Barbu, on the part of ANIF have attended the meeting. 2017-04-10 17:36:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu reprezentanți ai companiei Philip Morris Trading SRLȘtiri din 10.04.2017 Sorin Grindeanu: We welcome the investments that ensure new jobs, paid on a level as close as possible to the European one. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received, at the Victoria Palace, the representatives of the Philip Morris International (PMI) company: Christos Harpantidis - Managing Director for Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, and Branislav Bibic - Managing Director Romania. The representatives of the tobacco company have presented the draft of a significant investment for the local market, designed to contribute to the development of the investment environment in Romania. Romania is the third market chosen by the Philip Morris International to start this pilot project, the company's representatives appreciating the domestic friendly investment climate, especially in research and innovation. Prime Minister has welcomed the decision of the US company and has stated that Romania will continue its efforts to ensure an as attractive as possible investment climate by maintaining a predictable legal framework. - We welcome the investments that ensure new jobs, paid on a level as close as possible to the European one. The competitive workforce in Romania should be appreciated and paid accordingly, the Head of the Executive has stated. The president and vice president of the National Fiscal Administration (ANAF), Bogdan Stan, Marius Florea respectively, and the State Advisor Marius Nica, have attended the meeting. More information: In 1993, the Philip Morris company entered the Romanian market, and in 2001, it started manufacturing cigarettes at Otopeni-based cigarettes factory. PMI is present in Romania with: Philip Morris Trading (distribution platform) and Philip Morris Romania(the cigarettes factory). 2017-04-10 14:55:00ânia continuă demersurile pentru trecerea la moneda euroȘtiri din 10.04.2017 first meeting of the Interministerial Committee on the switchover to the euro has been held today, at Victoria Palace. The meeting has been chaired by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, and the BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu and the Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan have attended it as Vice Presidents of the Committee. Romania maintains its commitment to switchover to the euro and makes efforts to rigourously prepare this process for it to take place at the right moment. - Our task is double: the see what we can do to make this switchover to the euro smoother for citizens. On the other hand, let us make sure that this monetary convergence is done in parallel with a balanced development of the country's regions and a convergence of Romanians' incomes so that they get close to incomes in other EU member states PM Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The BNR Governor has underlined that the approach of the switchover to the euro should be characterized by - prudence, responsibility and in-depth. We should focus on bridging the development gaps between Romania's regions, referring here to infrastructure, incomes, GDP per capita. Only this way will the switchover to euro be sustainable . The Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan has stated that Romania meets all nominal convergence criteria, under the Maastricht Treaty, less the participation in the European Exchange Rate Mechanism( ERM II). - The most important is nevertheless the real convergence expressed through purchase power and reducing regional gaps, Finance Minister has stated. Following the meeting, it has been decided to continue the analysis on the measures required for switchover to euro, taking into account the economic, financial preparation and the impact and socio-cultural acceptance at the level of the population. The Government and the BNR will cooperate to continue this analysis which will form the basis for a calendar to implement the measures required for the preparation of the adoption of the single currency. The members of the Committee have also discussed about the way in which the current European context - debates on the EU future and the start of the Great Britain's exit procedures from EU, impacts the process of joining the euro. Other important element considered within the preparation of the switchover to euro is the take over by Romania of the EU Council Presidency, in the first semester of 2019. - Romania is determined to further support the EU cohesion policies . We all share the same goal - a stronger Union in which the member states have the same target. The adoption of the euro currency is the right direction we are heading to and we want to be truly prepared for this crucial step for Romania, Head of the Executive has underlined. The Interministerial Committee on the switchover to the euro comprises representatives of the main institutions who will get involved in this process: the National Bank of Romania, Secretariat General of the Government, Ministry of Public Finance, Ministry of Economy, and that of SMEs, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, Ministry of National Education, National Institute of Statistics, National Commission of Prognosis, Competition Council. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the start of the meeting of the Interministerial Committee on the switchover to the euro Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning. Welcome to the first meeting of the Interministerial Committee on the switchover to the euro. We are meeting in a period when we all know that the European Union is currently witnessing many debates on the future of the European construction, but these debates should be seen as an opportunity and not an obstacle. Following the meeting in Rome, the debate on a multi-speed Europe led to a multi- rhythm Europe. But these rhythms should not differentiate us, but should rather show that we are all headed in the same direction. And I think that todays meeting has this purpose too. We must prove that Romania is determined to further support the EU cohesion policies and show that we all share the same goal - a stronger Union where member states have the same target. We believe our task is double: the see what we can do to make this switchover to the euro smoother for citizens. We must learn from the practice of countries that have already switched to the euro from a position similar to that of Romania. Surely, we are talking about a major change which naturally encounters resistance, reluctance, but this is exactly why we are here today and will be here for in the future, to prepare this process as rigorously as possible. The other dimension of our task is to make sure that this monetary convergence is done in parallel with the convergence of incomes. We believe that the switchover to the euro can be done only after the Romanians incomes get close to incomes in other EU member states. I greet the presence of Governor Mugur Isarescu and the other guests, of the Minister of Finance here, and I would like to thank the media representatives. 2017-04-10 10:51:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la fabrica Ford din CraiovaȘtiri din 07.04.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at Ford plant in Craiova Steven Armstrong, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Ford of Europe: I would start by thanking Prime Minister for this visit and his presence at Ford plant in Craiova. We are proud of our team here and the progress achieved by our plant lately. We are very glad to receive in our plant 976 new employees with a view to preparing the manufacture of the EcoSport model to be launched this autumn. I had the opportunity to have a discussion with the Prime Minister, before the visit, which was very productive and we are very satisfied with the support we received from the Romanian Government and local authorities. We are looking forward to having a successful launch and to further growing our businesses and our presence here. Once again, thank you. Sorin Grindeanu: I wanted to come today in Craiova to welcome what in fact will happen over the next period, namely the company extension through hiring nearly one thousand persons more, which means a lot, exactly to give a signal of encouragement. It is very important for us that big world companies find in our country an attractive environment, so that the businesses they have started, such as Ford in Craiova, develop in an environment conducive to developmment, and this is happening. One thousand people more, right here at the company and of course many, many others for the suppliers providing subassemblies for Craiova. So far as I understand, the production line of the new motor vehicle will be commissioned this autumn. Thats good. We have discussed now, what we discussed over the past days, about infrastructure and Craiova ,s problems related to infrastructure. I announced Ford representatives too: by the end of May, the documentation for design plus execution - I want to specify this - will be finalized, so that it can be put up for auction. This makes us optimist, thinking about certain deadlines. This autumn, we will have the winner of this auction, and with all the building site related works and what you know, the longest period would be that early next year, the execution of the road between Pitesti and Craiova starts effectively- extremely important not only for Ford which will have around 600 trucks crossing this road which is important for Craiova and the other companies. Therefore, end of May - documentation - finalized and submitted for tender, design plus execution so that we burn certain stages which prolonged this process. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, a topical question: taking into account, the US air strikes on Syria, given that we are NATO partners - can you tell us the Romanian Government' s position considering also that chemical attack on a small town there and what ensued, considering also Russia's calls for a UN Security Council meeting. And that there are some tens of thousands Romanians there. Sorin Grindeanu: And Embassy too. Reporter: Embassy too. If there were further repatriation requests at MAE. Sorin Grindeanu: This morning, I had a discussion on this topic with National Defence Minister Gabriel Les and with Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu. The Foreign Affairs Ministry will issue an official press release on this topic in the shortest time. We, as a state, we condemn the chemical weapons attack that took place some days ago. These deeds must be punished, and we shall observe everything stemming from our commitments as NATO member state. However, the attack of the kind of what happened some days ago, which has nothing to do with any international rule, with absolutely anything, must be punished. Reporter: Do you think this US attack will impact the European Union too? Sorin Grindeanu: Let us observe the official steps. I told you that this morning, I was in contact with the Defence Minister and the Foreign Minister too. The Foreign Affairs Ministry will issue an official press release on this topic, in the shortest time. I have expressed our point of view, related to the condemnation of the chemical attack which took place some days ago, and the fact that these things must be punished. Reporter: In connection with the death of the Romanian lady in London, victim of the terror attack, what can you tell us? Did you have any discussion, were you informed about this, can you confirm it oficially? Sorin Grindeanu: I heard about her death a couple of minutes ago. I am very sorry. I offer my condolences to her family. We can draw similitude between what means an unstable area, such as Syria and where we encourage political dialogue, a dialogue conducive to peace restoration. Zones of this kind lead to actions unfolding in certain areas of Europe, such as the London terror attack which unfortunately had casualties. Allow me to offer my condolences to the family of the Romanian lady and not only. On behalf of the Romanian people, I offered our thoughts of sympathy and support to HRH Prince Charles one week ago, when he paid visit to Romania. Reporter: What can you tell us about Craiova - Pitesti highway, especially that you are at Ford and it was one of the company's requests? Sorin Grindeanu: I have announced this, the auction for design plus execution will be launched by the end of May. I want to further announce you, given that we are in Craiova and here, you are confronted with a situation of this type, I want to announce you that this week, through Executive Decision, we will set the date for local elections, you have here such a situation for June 11, so that the electoral campaign period and all deadlines provided by law be observed. Reporter: One clarification, if possible. Whether the US informed Romania and the NATO partners in any way that they were going to bomb Syria? Sorin Grindeanu: I am sure. I would not enter into details. There are issues related to.. Reporter: It is a very important detail, especially that Russians argued they had not been informed while the Americans argue, through Donald Trump, that they informed both the Euro-atlantic and international partners. Sorin Grindeanu: I am convinced that the NATO partners and not only those of the US... we are talking about military issues — were informed, all procedures were observed. I have no doubts from this point of view. Reporter: Thank you. Reporter: (...) The motorway (...) is the one linking Turnu to Timisoara, Craiova-Calafat. Sorin Grindeanu: Do not tell me... You should know that in Lugoj, there is a road junction on the Motorway, on the way to Calaft (...). Sorin Grindeanu: Although few people know of this part of motorway, it is 10 kilometers, it should exit the country, at Calafat, it is included in the Master Plan. I think our priorities now, namely the corridor IV and everything that means European funds, the things we launch, as I announced here, those linking Craiova to Pitesti are priorities. We are speaking about European money, a Master Plan which is agreed with the European Commission, but we are also speaking about a prioritization of these works. We are interested in executing what was phased out, first of all, from last year's budgetary exercise, but not only. I want to start them, I like th pace of those from Transports to date, I do not want tehm to take it like a praise, which I do not want as we have seen in all these years after 1989 that what hapepned in this sector has not functioned as it should. You will see by the end of May, very many new works in auction will be launched, so that by summer - autumn, these procedures be finalized, and we can start new works at full speed early next year. The future legal framework, the one related to strategic investments, strategic projects I keep reminding you for few weeks, it will help you that these long periods, too long from my point of view, before the pre-execution of a work, to be shortened. In any discussion with large companies who invested and are investing in Romania, such as the Ford, the point related to infrastructure has always been attained. I want us to pass to deeds, I pursue this. They probably discussed with other Prime Ministers before me from whom, they heard all kind of promises. I want to see things done this autumn, not just words. To date, the deadlines assumed by those from Transports, have been observed. In connection with the local infrastructure I have spoken with you about, the end of May, the launch of auction, design and execution. Thank you. Reporter: (...) Sorin Grindeanu: I told Steven that I drove a Ford car when I held the office of Vice Mayor in Timisoara, during 2008 -2012. 2017-04-07 13:06:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Republicii Polonia la București, Marcin Bartlomiej WilczekȘtiri din 05.04.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had at Victoria Palace a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Romania, H.E. Marcin Bartlomiej Wilczek. During the meeting, the two officials have appreciated the very good development of bilateral economic relations, the ongoing political dialogue, and the continuous support of projects conducted within the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. The implications of the UK leaving the EU have also been discussed, having been highlighted the importance of protecting the fundamental freedoms of the internal market (free movement of persons, merchandise, services and capital). Other topic of discussion has aimed at the European funds. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated that one of the Government's priority objectives is increasing the absorption degree of EU funds while the Polish ambassador has expressed his readiness to share his country's experience in this field, EU funds having in Poland a major contribution to the development of the country and the alleviation of the impact of the economic crisis. More information: Poland is one of Romana's most important trading partners in Central and Eastern Europe. Except for the 2009 crisis year, the evolution of Romanian-Polish trade exchanges has known a steady growth, during 2007-2015, their total volume increasing over 3.5 times. In the first eight months of 2006, the total volume of trade exchanges reached 3.23 billion euros, by 11 percent more than in the same period of 2015. According to National Trade Register (ONRC) statistics, in Romania, more than 850 Polish companies are registered, with a directly invested capital of nearly half a billion euro. 2017-04-05 14:03:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Centrul Tehnic RenaultȘtiri din 05.04.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Titu-based Technical Center of the Renault Group Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. Allow me first to thank our host today. The Titu-based Technical Center represents for us, for Romania, an example of how a successful company must develop from our point of view. It has been invested in our country because the labor force is paid as you know, unlike in other countries. At Titu, if we speak about the auxiliary industry as well, which developped by the Technical center here, we speak of nearly 4,000 engineers. This technical center comes second after the one in France, which is a very good thing. Today, I had applied discussions with Renault representatives and although I am not the first, I hope to be the last to discuss about infrastructure. It has been discussed from 2007 onwards. I think it is high time we pass to deeds. I assured the Renault representatives that infrastructure and especially Sibiu-Pitesti road section counts among our priorities. We discussed about education, school adaptation to market requirements, European funds, and let us not forget that we are in a center of research and also about the way European funds and the guides about to be launched over the next period, will come in support of those who are developping, such as Renault, successful businesses in Romania, and of course, about public policies, those related to future legislative projects which we have in mind. The pleasant part today was a test drive which I very much rejoice. It is the first time when I drove a Duster automatic gearbox, I call on you to try too, and an electric car, also. It is very pleasant. Thank you once again. I am sure that you will have questions about this topic and not others. I am sure and I told the Director too that it will take place in this way. Reporter: Many Prime Ministers visited the Technical Center but nobody did anything with respect to DN7 and DN 71. You gave assurances on your visit to Gaesti that you will speed up the procedures. Can you assure the inhabitants here that they will enjoy governmental support for these major infrastructure projects for county administration and that Dambovita will develop as you said, because the adjacent counties have developed more. Sorin Grindeanu: I reinforce what has not been very clear earlier: surely, I discussed including today about the issue of infrastructure, the way it has been discussed since 2007 when this memorandum was signed, all Prime Ministers visited the Renault center. I said I wish I am the last becuase I really wish these investments take place On my visit to Dambovita, I stated that the Transports Minister will offer you details about both roads: 7 and 71. It will be launched in late April, documentation has been prepared, it will be built on SEAP - design plus execution on DN 7, which is an important step. Minister will provide you all technical details. He will be in Dambovita on Friday too. From other point of view, we are talking about what interests Renault very much, and not only, namely the Sibiu - Pitesti motorway, the fourth lane. Lugoj - Deva, and Sibiu - Pitesti remained, works are still performed on Lugoj - Deva, as you know on more portions, almost on all, only one is the exception. Things were unleashed for the Lot 1 and Lot 5, which is important. It is important taht we promote over the next period we promote what I said on Friday, in Dambovita and not only this, namely that law for strategic projects to shorten those deadlines I kept on talking about and you know them very well. It is high time we finish with words especially from the standpoint of infrastructure and deeds must be seen in this respect. We have funds, there is European money that so far, Romania has not known to spend. I think it is the fault of all past Governments, I do not want this Government I am leading to join this list. I repeat: funds exist. We share a part of the guilt, if not all, we did not know at least on the Master Plan, and on everything relative to implementation and drawing European funds on infrastructuer and we have no reason why to look for culprits elsewhere. There were built several crossings for bears where there are no bears, allow me not to find explanations for issues of this type. I really want and I repeat this, that the pace in the infrastructure sector is altogether different, and I include here, two roads which are anyway part of the Master Plan, being included in the Master Plan, DN 7 and 71. I repeat: Renault heard many words here, it is high time for deeds. Reporter: My colleague asked you about DN 7(national road 7). What are your plans for DN 7, and I would ask you exactly.. Sorin Grindeanu: Haven't I told you? By the end of this month... Reporter: (...) You have not said anything concretely. Sorin Grindeanu: By the end of this month, documentation is ready, it is auction, design plus execution by the end of April. We started with this. (...) Reporter: Do you have any sign that Donald Trump is going to pay visit to Romania in late May? Sorin Grindeanu: Any sign? Reporter: Yes, via diplomatic channels. Sorin Grindeanu: No. What I can tell you from the point of view of my agenda as Prime Minister, there will be visits in Israel and Austria in early May. This is confirmed. Reporter: Do you know something about such eventual visit of the US President in Romania? You are Prime Minister and I assume that in case of negotiations for the US President's visit, you should know too, at least via diplomatic channels. Sorin Grindeanu: I agree with you. I do not have data of this kind and I do not want to speculate. I have told you things which are official and currently on my agenda. I did not participate in the talks you have mentioned , so I cannot confirm or refute. Reporter: Last evening, the Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated he would conduct an audit at DNA and DIICOT, and I wanted to ask you what is the difference between the report put forward last week by the Justice Minister and the audit conducted now. If he discussed with you, you know about his intention. What is your opinion? Sorin Grindeanu: Director, what did I tell you when I was on the test track? We are trying to discuss about economy and about Tudorel Toader and justice. I had no doubt, but it is normal. There are two different things: Minister Tudorel Toader conducted an evaluation that he presented last week, in a detailed way, 45 minutes, about the way the two institutions, the Prosecutor - General Office and the DNA acted from this point of view..considering the Constitutional Court's decision regarding the Emergency Ordinance 13 and the action. What Minister announced last evening, is something else, namely an evaluation and an audit of the full activity of the Public M inistry - either the Prosecutor's Office by the High Court or DNA or DIICOT. They are totally different things. Yesterday morning, I had a discussion with the Minister and I found that such an assessment has not been conducted for ten years. It is not my business but as Prime Minister, it is normal to know what each Ministry does, this audit alike the evaluation is part of his job. Yesterday morning, we had talks about the Ministry's priorities, the draft law on the Constitutional Court's decisions to be put in agreement with the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, or the package related to the situation of penitentiaries, the alternative measures, the pardon law, etc. There are priorities of the Justice Ministry over the next period. Reporter: How can this package be completed? Sorin Grindeanu: Let us see the conclusions of the audit first, to see what happened over the past ten years. I repeat what I stated few days ago: for me, as Prime Minister, and for you too, as for any citizen of this country, for the rule of law to function, it is important for institutions to be strong and the interinstitutional mechanisms to be very well established and very clearly defined, beyond who runs one or other structure. In my opinion, our target should be very strong institutions in this field, to fight against corruption, organized crime - if we speak about DNA and DIICOT, and all the responsibilities of institutions in the field, to be helped through strong mechanisms, strong institution, without speaking about X, Y, or Z. Reporter: Will Minister participate tomorrow in the CEx of PSD? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not knowledge about his participation. I discussed with him about this aspect. If needed, and if requested, he may come forward to explain. This Government is political, even if Minister has no positions and he is not a party member, of PSD or ALDE. I do not see a problem for him to explain the Ministry's priorities over the next period, it is normal if we want to have parliamentary support. This Cabinet remains as long as it has a parliamentary majority given by this Coalition. Thank you. 2017-04-05 10:08:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu reprezentanții ExxonMobil și OMV PetromȘtiri din 04.04.2017 Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace, with a delegation of the consortium made up by ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom. Prime Minister has underlined the Government's openness and determination to support the investment projects designed to develop new sources of offshore hydrocarbons, in order to ensure Romania's energy security, as well as to harness the energy resources, in conditions of competitiveness and durability. The Head of the Executive has reconfirmed the support for these pioneering projects for the local oil and gas industry. - The Government is firmly committed to ensuring the necessary regulation framework to attract and develop such projects in Romania. These projects ensure the access to top-notch technologies, know-how transfer, contribute to Romania's energy security and meet the needs to promote investments in the oil and gas sector. Economy Minister Mihai Tudose and Government Secretary - General Mihai Busuioc have stated that the technical teams with the inter-ministerial committee will continue to work in order to ensure the necessary technical support, so that these pioneering projects are implemented. On March 2, the Government approved a memorandum on establishing an inter-ministerial committee for technical support to the new energy projects with development potential in the Romania's Black Sea coast, to be achieved by ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom. Secretary of State Alexandru Chirila and State Advisor Marius Nica have attended the meeting on the part of the Government. 2017-04-04 12:58:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul organizat cu ocazia Zilei Jandarmeriei RomâneȘtiri din 03.04.2017 13:20:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la deschiderea oficială a lucrărilor celei de-a 23-a ediții a Adunării Generale a Asociației Orașelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 03.04.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on his arrival at the General Assembly of the Association of Romania's Towns (AOR) Reporter: There have been discussions with this pay Law: alleging that you postpone it for Monday or that you make it public this week. What does it happen eventually? Have you discussed with the Labor Minister? Has she finished working on it? Sorin Grindeanu: I discussed this morning too with Minister Olguta Vasilescu...It is an extremely important law for us, included in our programme for government, as you know it. It is a measure and law awaited by all Romanians in order to have the necessary force including in Parliament. There will be an initiative in Parliament of all members of the Chamber of Deputies and Senators who are members of the ruling coalition. Reporter: When will you send it in Parliament? This week, do you postpone it a bit? The trade unions said that (...) until June, sending it to Parliament nevertheless. Sorin Grindeanu: No, it will be sent in the shortest time possible. Perhaps, this week. Reporter: And having (...) with pensions nationalization... Sorin Grindeanu: Allow me not to answer all rumors spread by the Opposition... Reporter: Therefore, they are only pure speculations. Reporter: Will it be an initiative drawn up by Government and undertarken by all MPs? Sorin Grindeanu: It will be an initiative of the ruling coalition. Statement by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the official opening of the 23rd edition of the General Assembly of the Association of Romania's Towns (AOR) Mayors, guests, I am sure that my Cabinet colleagues prepared some ideas for me today, I will try not to stick to them and I will tell things which, given my background in the local administration, I was both Vice Mayor of Timisoara and chairperson of County Council, I know things from your perspective. First of all, I wish you a happy anniversary, you mark 17 years from the establishment of the association. I wish you many happy returns of the day. I attended the sessions of the Municipalities' Association and the Communes Association. I conveyed a few thoughts. First, in connection with what you said; the unitary pay law. This week, it will enter the Parliament, as parliamentary initiative undertaken by all MPs who are part of the ruling coalition, so that debates there and all procedures are taking place in a more alert pace. Regarding criteria and what you said earlier, it matters to us to build this payscale, and which to place the mayor at the forefront of this payscale, in accordance with his responsibilities. As Deputy Mayor and chairperson of the County Council, and former Minister, for instance, the Communications Ministry is a smaller Ministry compared to the Ministry of Development or the Ministry of Transports, my salary ranked 50 and I was at the helm of the Ministry. These things are abnormal. Each should get paid in accordance with their responsibilities, and the mayor should be at the top of this payscale. It is not possible that a school principal has a bigger salary than the mayor. Or anybody else from that locality. Through this payscale we are building and which, as of this week, will be subject to debate , we will eliminate all these things. We will set it on fair bases and principles. All observations, all you send, will be debated in Parliament, where some will be taken over, others will be discussed, so that these principles be observed. I know that pressure has been put on towns in these years. On the one hand, municipalities that had access, according to operational programs, ROP, programmes on European funds, who had various levers whereby to access these funds. On the other hand, an extremely good programme, contrary to what was said one month ago, PNDL, you had a component in PNDL, but generally, it was oriented towards rural area. You have been somehow caught in the middle. Madam Vice Prime Minister will tell you what we are trying to negotiate, so that we find a special axis for you too and we do not encounter situations as you remind, in which a city offers services according to the town's standards, life in the town to have a poorer quality than in a commune in the nearby and these things are happening. I know that at least two of the localities there, wanted to resume the commune status, so that things related to taxes and certain programmes reduce their spending and they can better manage things. I know that there are communes with many inhabitants that meet the standards required to become towns, and they do not want. We are trying to change these things. Madam Vice Prime Minister will tell you what we intend to achieve and we will improve at least the funding. Now, listening to Ghita Falca, I realize why MCV was not eliminated, you took care that we do not meet the conditions. Surely, there is a special friendship between Timisoara and Arad, as you know. Now, in connection with prevention, and here, the Court of Accounts and all those components have been recalled. We, as of Friday, we posted the draft prevention law on the site of the Ministry for SMEs. We have been two weeks in delay, as we wanted to include the local administration component. I experienced situations in which certain institutions forgot the counseling component, considering only the control one. We have all experienced this. This is why we put forward this law and not only it, others will follow, to set all these on a fair basis. In connection with public procurement, last week, I was in Dambovita and I stopped in Gaesti, where there is an unfolding investment but I met with the mayors of Dambovita county. I know the problems related to public procurements, and at the same time, you need to know that all these things should be discussed and the mechanism agreed with the European Commission should be found. We know the deadlocks, we know them all (...) we are trying to find those mechanisms that do not lead to something else which blocks certain things at the European Commission. We know them all, we are trying to find those mechanisms. Regarding this, it does not necessarily address you, we are working on a framework relative to the strategic projects Law. Very many works in this country, at least if we speak about infrastructure, in the last 27 years, irrespective of the political affiliation of the governments at the helm of this country, on infrastructure, we see the result. Things are going wrong. If you are looking at a Europe's map, we seem to be an island on everything which means European corridors and infrastructures, it seems we are avoided. This happens because for 27 years, we have not found the ways, mechanisms to develop the infrastructure at European standards. One of the causes was related to (...) we did not know to find those mechanisms, to execute those works and the large infrastructure projects because the infrastructure, its development brings about to adjacent localities and not only, investments, which means bigger budget, a better life for the citizens of those localities. This legal framework is designed to reduce the deadlines for the implementation of some strategic projects, either infrastructure, energy, or defence. I can give you examples and I give them each time. In early December, it was a deadline for submission, on 6.1 axis, if I am not wrong. I was Chairperson of County Council, and I signed projects for three days, as I had to sign on each page. There are things which are not requested by the European Commission. These are requested by various institutions in the country. We had discussions with Madam Vice Prime Minister, with the European Comissioner, Corina Cretu two or three weeks ago. Nobody from the European Commision requires this incredible bureaucracy, it is an example, which we need to clarify. Second example which I have given on other occasions too. The mayors from Timis are here too, here, it is the famous mayor of Recas, Recas is famous from many points of view. There are no bears in Timis. And a motorway portion between Lugoj and Deva doubled its costs due to a request to the Romanian Government, formulated somewhere in 2009, 2010, to the European Commission for tunnels to be built for bears which we do not have in that place. Without that tunnel, the respective motorway cost 108 millions, 220 million with that tunnel, is other example whereby we make ourselves a bitter life and the large investment projects in our country do not exist or take place in a slow pace. It is not possible. We need to change these things. First, this legislative framework needs to be changed, and to start these engines which in turn means as I said, investment and a better life for the citizens of our country. Currently, the Administrative Code is under debate, and this debate is drawing to a close soon. It will be sent to Parliament. Madam Vice Prime Minister will give you details and we expect observations on your part. I conclude by telling you that Madam Vice Prime Minister Sevil Shaiddeh stated like me that her doors are always open. I call on you to come to us, we are people from local administration, we are aware of your problems, we are trying to find appropriate solutions in order to unblock very many things. It is our wish, an example going beyond politics, what is being told in Parliament, all kind of things. We, in connection with PNDL, we have been criticized in Parliament, I do not want to enter in political issues, I think that for three years from now on, we must leave politics aside, to deal with administration, we need to deal with the issues for which we got elected, irrespective of our political affiliation, and in 2020, if we achieved things for the communities we are leading, then, we will surely have success in elections, without political issues. We deal with administrative issues. One month ago, this national PNDL programme was criticized, I think those who did this, do not understand very well the realities, but I can tell you that we reached more than 12000 projects from 5000 as we thought, and the amount of 30 billions is more than double what was submitted at the Ministry of Development. This shows that this national programme was a success, the first stage began in 2013 is drawing to a close, and this spring, we start with PNDL II, which starts from what I told you earlier, and the Vice Prime Minister Shaiddeh will brief you more about it. It is an extremely important national programme to us which will try to bridge the gap between countryside and cities, and in some cases, between communes and towns where, the funding sources for towns are not the most appropriate. I wish you greater succes and we call on you to be our partners in making the best decisions for the country management. Thank you. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following the General Assembly of the Association of Romania's Towns Reporter: I have seen there is further dissatisfaction in PSD. Sorin Grindeanu: It is not Mr. Tudorel Toader who is subject to evaluation. Mr. Tudorel Toader conducted the evaluation of the activity or the way the Prosecutor General and the DNA carried out their activity. I had a discussion this morning with him on what means future policies , at least from my point of view, and I have repeated this, namely the agreement of the decisions of the Constitutional Court with the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code and the others I reminded... Reporter: His evaluation will be assessed by Social - Democrats on Wednesday or during the Cabinet meeting? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not think I am authorized to answer this question. I do not have the daily agenda from CEx. Reporter: This will be discussed in the coalition because (...) the situation is practically discussed in the coalition... Sorin Grindeanu: I do not know other coalition... Reporter: Will you support the participation of Tudorel Toader in CEx(Executive Committee)? Sorin Grindeanu: If the coalition or any of the coalition parties deems it necessary, I do not think that Minister will refuse to go and explain the decisions made. Reporter: Does it seem normal for you that an evaluation conducted by a technocrat, a specialist to be a assessed by a political party? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not think it is about this and we do not discuss this. Reporter: Mr. Dragnea said this, Minister! Sorin Grindeanu: We do not discuss about this. I have expressed my point of view, our openness and what I want to happen over the next period in this field and these have been announced from the outset. I understood from Minister that it has been decades since the last assessment of the activity of the Prosecutor - General Office, DIICOT and DNA. Not as way of conduct, as it was the case with the Constitutional Court's decision which we kept on discussing. It is his responsibility to do this, under the law. Reporter: In connection with the unitary law, there will be an amendment, of form, not of substance, because the substance of the law remains the same, therefore, the one drawn up by the Executive, and it will be sent in Parliament to be undertaken by the entire coalition, through signature by all coalition MPs. What is the ultimate purpose? Sorin Grindeanu: It is an extremely important law for Romania which should have the support not only of the Government as the Government works based on Parliament's vote of confidence, I think this is the fair procedure, i.e. for this law to come forward as MPs legislative initiative in order to give force to this law. Thank you. 2017-04-03 13:06:00 României va marca și în acest an Ziua Internaţională de Conştientizare a AutismuluiȘtiri din 02.04.2017 Government will join in 2017 too the Romanian institutions and international community marking the World Autism Awareness Day, as part of the - Light It Up Blue campaign. On the evening of April 2, starting at 8:00 pm, the Victoria Palace will be light up in blue, in solidarity with the persons affected by this disorder and at the same time in support of the steps taken for the understanding, knowledge and treatment of autism. - For ten years, the international community has marked the World Autism Awareness Day, and the Romanian Government has naturally joined this normal gesture of solidarity. Children and adults suffering from this disorder need attention and understanding. They are valuable people but different, who need our support, the support of us all, to integrate into school, society, and in order to have an independent life, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. 2017-04-02 09:32:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în județul DâmbovițaȘtiri din 31.03.2017 09:48:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la emisiunea “Ediție specială” – România TV, moderată de Victor CiutacuȘtiri din 30.03.2017 20:27:00,_romania_tv,_moderata_de_victor_ciutacu._07_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Grindeanu cu Alteța Sa Regală Charles, Prinț de WalesȘtiri din 30.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met with HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales who is paying official visit to Romania. Prime Minister has reiterated the Romanian Governments message of condolence and full solidarity with the British people and authorities in the aftermath of the March 22 London terror attack. His Royal Highness shared his best wishes, voicing hope that the Romanian woman injured in the attack will recover as soon as possible. They have discussed about the excellent bilateral relations between Romania and the Great Britain, particularly at political and military levels, as well as about the need for harmonised stances and interests of the two countries in the area of foreign policy. Prime Minister has thanked His Royal Highness for his contribution to the promotion of the cultural heritage and natural riches of Romania. 'The activity of the foundation under your very generous aegis, in the areas of protecting genuine values and restoring genuine architectural gems is very precious to us. I would like to thank you because through your efforts, foreign tourists and Romanians alike have rediscovered autochthonous places and values that otherwise we might have forgotten. The craft centre at Viscri, which you opened in 2016, is an example of how the traditions of a nation should be preserved and promoted, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. - My annual visits to your country in the last 20 years are now a tradition. I wish to get to know more wonderful areas in Romania, such as: the Danube Delta or Maramures HRH The Prince of Wales has stated. Another important topic of discussion was the state of Romanian community in the UK, the majority of which are excellently integrated into British society. HRH The Prince of Wales has voiced hope that the two countries will find new ways for cooperation in the fight against human trafficking; currently, there are already nine joint investigation teams in this field. HRH The Prince of Wales is on a three-day official visit in Romania, the second official visit here, in the last 20 years. 2017-03-30 12:47:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la prima întâlnire de lucru a comunității “Team Romania” organizată de Institutul Aspen și biroul din București al German Marshall FundȘtiri din 30.03.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following the working meeting of the - Team Romania community, organized by Aspen Institute and the Bucharest office of German Marshall Fund Reporter: What do you think about yesterday's decision of Minister Tudorel Toader? Some of your colleagues expected a revocation. Sorin Grindeanu: I attended today this event to discuss about public policies, healthcare, education, infrastructure; these are extremely important for Government, and all these public policies represent priorities for us. In connection to what you tell me, I repeat what I said in the past weeks too, and namely the fact that I gave and still give full credit to the Justice Minister; the fact that yesterday, he presented an evaluation that he and the Justice Ministry had conducted, counts among the prerogatives of Justice Minister in this respect. Reporter: Did you expect a revocation? Sorin Grindeanu: I discussed with the Minister before the public presentation, I very well understood his arguments, I agree with them. In conclusion, I would briefly say that for the anticorruption fight to be really strong in Romania, all mechanisms should work very well. But the mechanisms are not related to individuals. DNA (National Anticorruption Directorate) is not represented by Mr. Negulescu or Ms. Kovesi but it is an institution which must work beyond certain names. Reporter: Can you tell us what did you discuss with Calin Popescu - Tariceanu? Sorin Grindeanu: Yesterday, he told me some issues relative to the Republic of Moldova and how he sees strengthening relations with the Republic of Moldova, issues relative to coalition, draft laws, normal issues. Reporter: Have you received a signal from President Klaus Iohannis, taking into account that you put forward the nomination of Ms. Gavrilescu and (...)? Sorin Grindeanu: So far, no. 2017-03-30 11:46:00ția premierului Grindeanu privind rezultatele evaluării realizate de către ministrul JustițieiȘtiri din 29.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has taken note of the Justice Minister's decision following the evaluation of the activity of Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar and DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, in the context of the Constitutional Court's decision of February 27, 2017. The Justice Minister has the legal authority, professional experience and is morally entitled to conduct this evaluation, and to recommend the appropriate measures. Prime Minister has requested to be constantly informed of the conclusions of the continuous monitoring of the Prosecutors' activity, which the Minister of Justice decided to establish. Also, Prime Minister deems it necessary for the state authorities to observe their Constitutional powers, for such conflicts to be avoided in the future. We must take into account that the Constitutional Court's judges showed in their decision that a state institution had assumed prerogatives it did not have. In conclusion, Prime Minister Grindeanu has reiterated the Romanian Government's firm commitment to anticorruption fight. Prime Minister has underlined , however, that in order for this anticorruption fight to be truly effective, it must not be placed under the sign of a name. The mechanisms to combat corruption must reach maturity, which means they have to work, regardless of leadership. An institution cannot be confused with a person, whoever this person is. 2017-03-29 20:27:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Este importantă contribuția partenerilor sociali în definitivarea legilor salarizării unitare, dialogului social, prevenției, educației și sănătății publiceȘtiri din 29.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has participated in the first meeting of this tenure of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue, the debate focusing on the draft laws of unitary pay, social dialogue, prevention, education and public health. Prime Minister has announced the Government's openness to consultations with employers and trade unions, and the fact that it appreciates their contribution to finalizing the draft laws under discussion. - My strong belief is that these draft laws must be carefully analyzed, discussed, and agreed with all parties involved. It is important that social partners contribute to the completion of these draft laws for them to be enforced on long term, and for there to be predictibility, the Head of the Executive has underlined. The draft law on prevention will be published in the shortest time possible on the site of the Ministry for the Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, for public consultation, and for drawing up the draft education law, the Government cooperates with the Presidential Commission in order to submit a law adjusted to the society's needs. The trade unions and employers representatives have welcomed the Government's openness to dialogue and have presented concrete proposals for the completion of draft laws under analysis. The trade unions representatives have proposed that they resort to amending the Social Dialogue Law with a view to solving some topical situations regarding the collective bargaining agreement and in the long run, to draw up a new law of social dialogue. With respect to the draft unitary pay in the public sector, trade union representatives have showed their readiness to contribute alongside the Government representatives to the comprehensive analysis of aspects related to eliminating pay gaps and defining the law principles in a much accurate way, in order to ensure the long - term implementation. Employers representatives have underlined the need for wage increases included in this project to be consistent with the performance of the economy, showing at the same time, they want to be partners in completing this draft law Another point of interest has been the draft law on prevention. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated that the taxpayers guidance needs to be strengthened to improve compliance, given that now, the focus is on control. Both representatives of employers and trade unions have put forward observations and concrete proposals which aimed at clarifying some aspects on carrying out checks for the purpose of establishing clear control topics, with clear deadlines, before the start of the control actions. Also they appreciated the need for clear definition of the activities covered by the law of prevention, showing at the same time that aspects related to the employees protection and combating moonlighting, food safety, must not come within their scope. As regards the draft education law, the trade unions representatives have stated that it is necessary a re-thinking of the entire educational process in order to generate a long - term vision and to provide solutions to combat school dropout, for a fair financing open to each pupil, and shifting the focus on the child's interest when drawing up social measures to support vulnerable families. The employers' representatives have underlined the need to adapt the curricula to labor market, showing that specialists from various fields have expressed their readiness to contribute to training students by holding courses, seminars, programs. The Government's consultations with trade unions and employers representatives on these areas of interest will continue with sectoral meetings. 2017-03-29 16:15:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Pentru România, Regatul Unit este un partener esențial și aşa va rămâne. Guvernul se va implica activ în protejarea drepturilor și intereselor cetățenilor români în UKȘtiri din 29.03.2017 Romanian Government has taken note of the British Government's decision to officially trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty launching the EU exit process. - I regret the fact that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will no longer be our partner within the EU structures and institutions. We hope that negotiations will be conducted in a constructive spirit, favoring the long - term interests of both sides, since the need of closer ties between the European Union and the United Kingdom cannot be doubted. Our priority is now, to protect the interests of Romanian nationals living in Great Britain, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The Government will get actively involved in protecting the rights and interests of the Romanian citizens from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) in promoting the mechanisms to consolidate the EU cooperation with post-Brexit UK and in maintaining the European budget provisions regarding the EU Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy 2014 -2020. Also, the Romanian Government will act with determination so that within the negotiation process about to be initiated, to be found ways of cooperation with the United Kingdom in the European economic area, to be maintained the long term British commitment to the continent's security, and the rights of European citizens in Great Britain and of British citizens in the EU to be observed. - For Romania, the United Kingdom is an essential partner, and it will remain so. Our countries are engaged in a strategic partnership, regarded as a recognition of the special ties and common vision we have internationally on very many topics. We want to deepen this partnership both on security and defence component, and on the component regarding the economic cooperation development and intensification of the British cultural presence in Romania' Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. A priority for the Romanian Executive is the representation and protection of the interests of Romanian nationals living in UK. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has requested the Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac to pay a visit to UK in early April in order to discuss with the members of the Romanian community and the British authorities. During the forthcoming official visit, the Minister for Romanians Abroad will reiterate the readiness of the Romanian party to cooperate with the British authorities and the European institutions in order to solve the problems faced by Romanians in Great Britain. - We are preoccupied with the protection of the rights and interests of Romanian citizens living, working and studying in UK. I will underline that it is necessary to ensure a fair treatment for Romanian citizens in relation with the citizens of the other member states, Minister for Romanians abroad, Andreea Pastirnac has stated. In context of Brexit, it was set up at the level of Government, an inter-ministerial mechanism with a view to substantiate the general mandate and the sectoral mandates of Romania and to follow the negotiation process of Great Britain's EU exit. This mechanism is organized in this way: The inter-ministerial Council for Brexit will provide policy guidelines to define Romania' stands, the general and sectoral mandates are to be approved by the Government. This Council will be chaired by Prime Minister and coordinated by the Minister delegate for European affairs, and it will comprise several Ministries. The Steering Committee will follow the EU- UK negotiation process The Coordination Committee of European Affairs will ensure a constant briefing of all Ministries and will provide the necessary framework for occasional debates. The inter-ministerial working groups, organized at technical level. The first three groups will track the substantiation of Romanias position on the following three areas of negotiation: free movement of persons, the implications for the EU budget, foreign and security relations. This inter-ministerial mechanism was approved through a Memorandum adopted by the Government on its 22 March meeting, given that Romania's dialogue to date with the European Commission and the example of other states have shown the importance of organizing nationally a coordination structure on the Brexit file. This decision was taken taking into account the fact that according to negotiation schedule, the finalization of Brexit process will overlap with the period Romania holds the EU Council Presidency(first semester of 2019), a fact that increases our country's role within the negotiation process of the UK Withdrawal Agreement. - The European Union needs a new breath, a reform in order to cope with the current challenges, one to secure economic development, more cohesion and to bridge the gaps between the member states, which therefore would bring it more legitimacy in front of its own citizens. EU cannot continue without the support of its own citizens. Domestically, we need ourselves the support of all citizens to efficiently promote Romania's interests in the European project. I think there is no alternative to this road, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has concluded, in the context in which the UK exit process from EU was triggered. 2017-03-29 15:09:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Guvernul este interesat de dezvoltarea componentei economice a Parteneriatului strategic dintre România și SUAȘtiri din 29.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Cabinet members have had today at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the members of the fifth annual economic mission in Romania of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO). The meeting has been attended by 12 of the strongest US companies with investment in Romania or that are interested to invest in our country: Amgen, Archer Daniels Midland, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, ExxonMobil, General Dynamics, Medtronic, Mega Company, MetLife, Oshkosh Defense, Pfizer, Smithfield, Timken. Discussions have focused on strengthening the Strategic Partnership with the US and the excellent cooperation between the two countries in the field of security. Both parties have expressed their willingness to reinvigorate the economic relations. The Head of the Executive Sorin Grindeanu has assured the American businesspeople that Romania is a factor of political and economic stability in the region. - We are very interested in developing the economic component of the Strategic Partnership between our countries, and we appreciate the role of your organization in promoting Romania as solid environment for the development of new investment of American companies, Prime Minister has stated. - My role is to create conditions for Romania to be attractive for investors and to support job creation. This is why I encourage the Ministers to discuss topical and beneficial projects for the Romanian economy, during their bilateral meetings with American investors, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. Prime Minister has also conveyed the members of the AMRO mission that the Romanian authorities will continue to take tangible steps towards simplifying the legal framework on strategic projects in key areas, such as: energy, defence and transports. In turn, AMRO Chairperson Eric Stewart has appreciated the Romanian authorities' openness towards deepening their cooperation with the United States, including in the economic field. - Romania has very many strategic advantages, such as: quality and training of people, but what I particularly remark is the warm welcome that the American investors in your country has always enjoyed. Romania is one of our great friends on which we may always count. During the meeting, the companies representatives have presented the Government with a document entitled - Roadmap to Prosperity which contains five recommendations for strengthening the economic relations between Romania and the United States: further improvement of the business environment in Romania, high level dialogue between the two Governments on economic issues, deepening cooperation to develop the strategic security capacity, including in the energy field, supporting the educational and health system to consolidate economic competitiveness as well as support for Romanian companies wanting to invest in the United States. The document has been sent to the US President Donald Trump and to the US Administration. At the same time, the American investors have expressed their intention to develop their businesses in Romania and to launch new investments in fields such as: healthcare, research and development, insurance, civil engineering, defence, energy and finance. Topical discussions on areas of interest will continue these days during the meetings between Ministers and representatives of the American companies. Press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the President of AMRO Eric Stewart Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning! Today, as you know, I had a meeting with the American - Romanian Business Council. It was a meeting of the 12 strongest American companies. Mr. Stewart told me and the Ambassador, H.E. Klemm as well that it is the strongest economic delegation which has been present in Romania to date, it is the fifth edition, which makes us optimist about the future. I want to tell you that it has not been a courtesy visit and this has not been the purpose of this discussion. Topical things and projects have been discussed, which we can develop and we will develop them over the next years, and today and tomorrow, Ministers in charge of various fields will have meetings with the representatives of companies that have been present here, at the meeting, we speak either of health, defence, transports, energy, finance and so on. These meetings are envisaged to take place these days, which leads in fact to what we want: concrete steps to strengthen Romania' strategic partnership with the United States. This strategic partnership can be strengthened through the consolidation of economic ties too. That was the purpose of our meeting today and the desire of both American companies and us - the Government, that this consolidation of economic ties is not achieved verbally, but through concrete things. I am optimist, especially noticing the force of the companies' delegation, of the companies present today, that these concrete steps will be taken in the months and years to come. I regard today's meeting as a beginning, I told the American delegation too that great talkers are little doers and neither of the parties wants that. This is why and due to the fact that I am not accustomed and my professional training is not in the humanist field, I have a bent for figures, numbers and we want the concrete issues we established on the meetings today or tomorrow, to become reality. That is what we want both us and our American partners. I presented economic data, as well as our priorities, including on budget, things we want on short term, from legislative standpoint, especially that law for strategic projects, especially for three fields that you know: energy, defence, transports. In conclusion, I am sure and confident that the US-Romania Strategic Partnership will know a significant economic development over the next period too. Eric Stewart: Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much for your time this morning with our companies. There are few friends that we have anywhere in the world greater than our friendship with Romania. Strategically, politically, militarily, we have always been best friends. Our hope is to grow the economic relationship to be as strong as the political relationship. Romania has many competitive advantages, most notably: the education and the people. One of my competitive advantages that Romania has, Mr. Prime Minister is the positive feeling, approach and welcome towards the United States. It is no secret that we do not always receive warm welcome when we arrive, in Governments, but we received very warm welcome from your Government and the Romanian people. Our delegation of companies is filled with current investors, companies that are reinvesting, and future investors. We, as the Romanian - American Business Council have prepared a roadmap that we will like your Government to consider. This roadmap was prepared by many experts in Washington, who are familiar with business and with Romania. And Monday, before I got on my plane to Bucharest, I presented a copy of this roadmap to Trump Administration, for their consideration, and this morning, I would like to oficially hand this roadmap to you, for your consideration. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. If you have questions. Reporter: You were speaking about concrete projects. Which are these concrete projects? What should we expect from both sides over the next period? Sorin Grindeanu: I will tell you the fields, as I believe it is normal so. As aforementioned, we will bring changes in legislation - and you know this - regarding strategic projects in three large fields: energy, defence and transports. These changes - and I underline this, to be very clear- will be made in accordance with the legislation established together with the European Commission in this field- I do not want to be misunderstood- and on a plan already agreed with the European Commission. I want to be very clear. The delegation has also comprised companies of these three fields, perhaps, the economic partnership development on this area will be accelerated compared to what is happening now. I do not want to enter into concrete things, as I do not think it is normal, secondly, all legal procedures we need to go through, will be followed, transparent procedures related to auction and everything what means legislation in Romania. Reporter: What legislative changes do you take into account? Sorin Grindeanu: I have just mentioned them. Reporter: Unless you give us a concrete example, we do not understand what you want to do. What do you refer to? What should be changed or what did they ask you to change in legislation? Sorin Grindeanu: Nobody asked me anything. Perhaps, you are accustomed to be asked certain things, we make certain changes in legislation, and these are stipulated in the programme for government, they are assumed, they are things which help the economic environment, simplify the legislation in this field: that of strategic investment and strategic projects. There are three large fields: defence, energy and transport. As an example, as it happens in these years, too many times, for instance, on transports, the given deadlines for the pre-execution of certain projects happen to be longer than the execution deadline, which is not normal. I give you a concrete example: Bacau beltway. Five years were wasted with the preexecution phase until works to Bacau beltway effectively started, and were finished sooner. This is what we want to do and we will do it over the next period. Reporter: Effective collaborations between the two parties, Romania and the United States? Sorin Grindeanu: We are talking here about companies that want to invest in Romania and the Romanian Government. Do not expect the Romanian Government to come and give you concrete issues beyond the legal framework, it is neither normal nor legal, and we do not do this. Reporter: A question for both participants. First question for Mr. Stewart: I know that the Romanian state predictibility, the rule of law including are important for the Amerian companies and Trump Administration. Have you discussed with the Prime Minister and the rest of Ministers about this predictibility and have you raised the problem of disturbances which were in Romania, early this year? Do the American companies trust to further invest in Romania? I take this opportunity, Mr. Stewart to ask the Romanian Prime Minister, given that we are talking about the rule of law today, in Romania, a very important evaluation of the Prosecutor General and the Head of DNA is to take place. Mr. Prime Minister, I take this opportunity and I am going to ask you when are you going to meet the Justice Minister in order to discuss about this evaluation? Eric Stewart: Thank you very much for your question! The issue of rule of law, stability, transparency, efficiency, these were included in the roadmap that was presented to both Governments. They are a very normal part of doing business, they are a very normal part of priorities for the Government to focus on, and I can tell you that in the past, the US Government has been working very close with the Romanian Government on all of these issues. I have seen a tremendous amount of progress and our companies feel very comfortable that when they do business in Romania, they just want it to be legal, transparent and fair. And an example of that confidence is this business mission that we have brought today, the largest business mission that we have ever brought to Romania. The companies are in their words - not mine, very excited . Sorin Grindeanu: In connection to your question. I will meet today with the Justice Minister but I do not think this is the purpose of our joint press conference today, before the press conference and the evaluation I think the Minister will present publicly. Thank you. 2017-03-29 12:46:00,_președinte_amro_03_resize.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu directorul Enel RomâniaȘtiri din 28.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met with the Country Manager Enel Romania Georgios Stassis, at the Victoria Palace. The main topics of discussion have been Romania's energy security and the investment opportunities in this field. The Head of the Executive has underlined the Government's preoccupation with security of energy supply of consumers, at competitive prices, efficientization of the energy system and supporting energy production from renewable sources. In turn, Georgios Stassis has reaffirmed on this occasion, the strategic interest of the Italian group in Romania, Enel being present as producer of electricity from renewable sources, electricity distribuitor and supplier. Enel plans in Romania include growth of investments, they are about to total nearly EUR million 330 in the next two years. Also, Enel has invested so far nearly EUR 3 billion in the development of its local operations. Georgios Stassis has showed that Enel will pay until the end of this year the amount of more than EUR 400 million, due to the Romanian state, following the decision of the Paris International Court of International Arbitration. 2017-03-28 17:35:00