RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-RODiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la votul final asupra proiectelor de lege privind bugetul de stat şi bugetul asigurărilor sociale de stat pe anul 2019, în ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și SenatuluiȘtiri din 15.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-final-vote-on-the-drafts-of-the-2019-state-budget-law-and-the-2019-state-social-security-budget-in-the-joint-session-of-the-chamber-of-deputies-and-the-senate[Check against delivery] Dear President of the Romanian Senate, Dear Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear MPs, Dear colleagues, First, I want to thank you for your activity throughout the week, and the efforts you have made until late at night to debate the budget for this year. Passing the budget is for both the Government and the Parliament the moment in which the main lines of action, priorities are established and it is to an equal extent the moment in which we convey this time to citizens, under the form of figures, not of political discourse what is happening in 2019. It is a moment of truth for the Government I am leading and especially for me, the moment in which we can let the political statements totally outside this hall, and relying on figures and projects included in the draft budget, we can tell what 2019 will bring in the life of every citizen. The budget reflects the current economic and social realities in Romania and also the political conception and the political programme of the Coalition that very clearly won the parliamentary elections in 2016. The construction of the budget for 2019 is based on the fact that, following these years of uninterrupted economic growth, we have a bigger GDP, a bigger budget, and a decreasing public debt. At the same time, like any budget here or elsewhere, in the world, it cannot meet everybody's expectations, it is a realist budget, and with development prospects for Romania. First of all, as I have said it before, 2019 will be an year of investment. After two years of consistent increases of pensions and salaries, the most important preoccupation of the citizens is naturally with investment in transport infrastructure, in healthcare, kindergartens, schools, in agriculture and of course, in local development projects. Therefore, we took into account the voice of the citizens and we drew up a budget to meet these expectations. We supplemented the investment budget by 15.7 billion lei compared to last year, 6 billion of which directly add to transport infrastructure budget. This year, we want to accelerate the works for express roads and motorways. We will continue to complete the link segments on the Transylvania highways, but this year, we will kick off express road and motorway projects in both Moldova and the southern area of the country, in order to reduce development gaps. It is absolutely necessary to connect the western border with the Black Sea to put Romania on the map of the major trade routes to central and western Europe. But at the same time, it is necessary to bridge the development gaps in Moldova and the southern area of the country, because all Romanian citizens deserve a decent living. Other good news is that this year, the European programmes will advance at full speed. We recovered the 2016 delays, we reached the European average as regards the rate of absoption and in 2019, many projects have already reached maturity, bringing more money for investment, in our country. All this European money is directed towards Romania's development, the development of local communities and will contribute to the increase in the living standards of the Romanian citizens. We will fight for this European money because, as I said at the meetings with the EU representatives, Romania wants to be a state fully integrated in Europe, but at the same time, we want equal treatment for Romania. Equal treatment means including our country's access to the EU's development funds. We already have a good expertise in this financial exercise gained in previous years, everybody got familiar with these mechanisms, therefore, we have all we need to go beyond EU average as regards the absorption rate. This is one of the major objectives that I set as Prime Minister for this year. Dear colleagues, For this year, we prepared several governmental programmes to support the business sector, with special emphasis on Romanian companies and products. We want the development of the Romanian capital as this suffered in previous years, and we are going to strongly support it. We will equally continue to support and encourage new foreign investment, the Public Private Partnership law, creating huge opportunities in this respect. In this field, we will have several governmental programmes: the Programme - State aid to finance the investment projects, Programme to support the SMEs - IMM Invest Romania, Setting up the Programme to finance investment for upgrading and developing spa towns, State aid scheme on backing film industry and other such measures to develop the Romanian capital. Other important direction of investment is the national defence industry, where Romania has a huge potential. We are suppliers of components for many of the NATO partners, and I think that Romania has the opportunity to regain its position in this field by reinvigorating the profile industry. We are already in the third year in which Romania observes its commitment to NATO partners and allocates 2 percent from GDP for Defence, money to be found of course in the investment for the defence industry development. All in all, if we take into account also the increase in the EU funds aborption rate, Romania will benefit this year of overall investment of 50 billion lei - over 13 billion euros - which will give a strong impetus to the economic growth too. The other two priority areas of the proposed budget are Healthcare and Education, as they have been all time during the Social - Democratic governments. This year, we have the biggest increase of education budget in all times, by nearly 47.8 percent more than last year, therefore, an addition of over 10 billion compared to 2018. As Prime Minister, I set a goal I am very fond of: until the end of my term of office, I want all schools in Romania to meet all of the conditions of the functioning authorization. As Prime Minister, but also as mother, I have this duty, and obligation so that our children can learn in the best conditions. We will also have a substantial rise in the healthcare budget, with nearly 15. 3 percent more, respectively by 6. 5 billion lei more. Thus, the budget allocated to healthcare reaches 4. 8 percent of the GDP, which reconfirms the preoccupation of this Cabinet with increasing the quality of the medical act in Romania. Following the increase in doctors and nurses' pay, it is high time that this year be the year of investment in medical infrastructure. Dear MPs, dear colleagues, I spoke about all these increases, and I am convinced that you alongside the citizens watching us, you are rightly asking yourself where the surplus will come from. The response is given by the good economic development of the country. In the two years of the PSD-ALDE [Social Democratic Party - Alliance of Liberal and Democrats] government, Romania has witnessed spectacular economic growth, which has been reflected in substantial increases in the income of the population. This year, we allocate 50 billion for investment, which will boost sound economic growth and that explains quite well, among other factors, why we are counting on a 5.5 percent increase in 2019. Romanias GDP will exceed the 1,000 billion lei for the first time, a third more than when we took over government in December 2016. Last year, we had an economic growth three times higher than the European average, and public sector wages and pensions increased as we promised! This year, net average earning will be 50 percent higher than in December 2016. The revenues to state budget have reached an all-time high, even as the share of revenue collection in relation to gross domestic product is lower, which is normal when rates and taxes are cut and tax incentives are provided for the economy. And in this respect, I would like to point out that this year will be the first time with a surplus in the pension budget; it will be for the first time when more money comes to budget than the sum of the pensions in payment. I am telling all Romanians today: Have confidence in our national economy! Dare believe in Romania which tops the rankings of the fastest growing member states in the European Union! Dear colleagues, We talked about investments, about increases in healthcare and education; I would not want people to believe that we will deviate from the planned increases in the income of the population this year, on the contrary. We have provided the budget with the necessary amounts to cover increases in public pensions and wages, as we pledged in the programme for government and the unitary pay law. The minimum wage increases by 10pct, and pay of public sector employees increases on average by a quarter of the remaining difference for the 2018-2022. We continue to offer holiday vouchers this year of 1,450 lei per employee, as well as a food allowance equivalent to two minimum wages. As regards the pensioners, the pension point will increase by 15pct, to 1,265 lei, starting September 1, and the minimum pension will increase by 10pct, to 704 lei. The increase for the beginning of this year was paid in advance on July 1 last year, and was higher than the indexation provided by law, and on September 1, we will rise in advance by higher amounts than what was initially envisaged. Dear MPs, I would like to put aside all the fake news about the local communities budgets. Reality is one and cannot be contradicted: local administration budgets will receive more money than in previous years, and many of these additional sums are intended for local investment. The elected local representatives will have an increase in revenues of 7 billion lei, which will come from income tax revenues, which will remain entirely with the local administrations. Ladies and gentlemen, Finally, I would like to state that the draft budget for 2019 re-establihes the truth as regards our situation as country, as economy growing every year! And we want that through the measures we have presented, economic growth continues, as well as the increase in salaries, pensions, allocations to healthcare and education in the next years too. I would like you to admit that this is possible only through collaboration between Government, Parliament, President, civil society, all who have a word to say and a contribution to make to Romania's development. What matters beyond insults, are the projects and everything we are doing for Romanians. I want to thank everyone once again and especially the MPs who endorsed in the specialized committees this draft budget and also to thank all who filed amendments. Surely any draft budget can be improved. I respect the political decision of all who voted against this draft budget , only for political reasons. Nevertheless, I call on all members of the Parliament, that these essential, real data linked to economic, social and development measures included in the budget for 2019, is accurately communicated to those who sent us here, in Parliament, because, only this way, will we be a more cohesive society. Thank you! 2019-02-15 13:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1550230429original_13_resize.jpgPreședinția României la Consiliul Uniunii Europene a obținut mandat pentru inițierea negocierilor pe revizuirea Directivei privind Gazele NaturaleȘtiri din 08.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-s-presidency-of-eu-council-gets-mandate-to-kick-off-negotiations-on-the-revision-of-the-natural-gas-directiveRomania's presidency of the EU Council has recorded today a remarkable breakthrough by getting mandate to initiate negotiations with the European Parliament in relation to one of the most sensitive and important legislative dossiers of the EU agenda - the revision of the natural gas Directive. The demarche initiated by Romania's presidency of the EU Council enjoyed broad support from the member states. The dossier was managed in the direct coordination of the Prime Minister, given its complexity and impact for the functioning of the internal market and for the consolidation of the EU energy security, a dossier of geostrategic significance. The Directive proposal aims to ensure a uniform, transparent regulation framework at the EU level, by extending the application of the European common norms to the interconnection projects in the field of natural gas with third countries. Today's success, recorded after extremely difficult negotiations at the EU Council's level for more than a year, alongside the significant support of the member states given to the Romanian presidency of the EU Council, once again highlights our joint commitment - member states and European institutions - to act for the benefit of the entire European Union. On grounds of the mandate granted by the member states, Romania's presidency of the EU Council intends to initiate as soon as possible the negotiations with the European Parliament to complete the dossier faster, within the current European legislative cycle. 2019-02-08 17:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-08-05-12-39big_sigla_romania2019eu.jpgPrezentarea proiectului de buget pentru 2019Știri din 08.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-02-08 14:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big__rom0708.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul comerțului din Republica Turcia, Ruhsar Pekcan Știri din 08.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-trade-minister-of-the-republic-of-turkey-ruhsar-pekcanPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had on February 8, 2019, a meeting with the Trade Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ruhsar Pekcan, in the context of the working visit the latter is paying to Romania. The importance of capitalizing on the growth potential of bilateral exchanges was highlighted during the discussion. The Romanian Prime Minister saluted the development of the bilateral economic relations and the joint interest in streamlining bilateral exchanges which are on an ascendant path. Prime Minister voiced satisfaction over the joint decision to organize in the next period the meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee of economic cooperation, as well as the signing together with the Romanian Minister of the business sector, trade and entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea of the organization regulations for a mechanism of bilateral dialogue with the participation of the business sector. Prime Minister also underlined the importance of the dialogue at technical level in streamlining trade activity between economic agents and attracting investment. In the context of a Romania - Turkey Business Forum held on the occasion of the Turkish Minister's visit, the Romanian Prime Minister saluted the initiative of organizing this forum and voiced her belief that this will contribute to strengthening ties at the level of the business sector. 2019-02-08 13:18:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_190208_1_ruhsar_pekcan.jpgGuvernul salută aprobarea deciziei finale de investiţie pentru Proiectul de Dezvoltare Gaze Naturale MidiaȘtiri din 07.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-government-salutes-the-approval-of-the-final-investment-decision-for-the-midia-gas-development-projectThe Government of Romania salutes the approval of the final investment decision for the Midia gas development (MDG) project located in the Black Sea offshore Romania. The launch of this comprehensive investment project in the natural gas sector will contribute to both the economic development of the area as well as to the increased gas supply security and the reduction of energy dependence, through supply sources and rates diversification, an objective assumed by the Executive. The Government of Romania emphasizes once again that it is a fair partner of the business sector and it supports sustainable investment projects with economic and social benefits for Romania. 2019-02-07 20:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-07-08-14-34big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita de lucru a premierului Viorica Dăncilă la BruxellesȘtiri din 07.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-brusselsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the World Jewish Congress Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, in the context of her working visit to Brussels(February 6-7, 2019) The meeting occasioned a substantial exchange of views on Romanias cooperation with the Jewish organisations, as well as on education of the society at European and international level in the spirit of tolerance, non-discrimination, combating anti-Semitism and cultivation of the memory of the Holocaust. Both parties voiced concern over the appearance of some populist-extremist and anti-Semitic trends in Europe, which are also reflected at political level, while appreciating at the same time the need for strengthening joint efforts to combat them, including by educating the younger generation. Thus, the Romanian dignitary reaffirmed Romania's constant commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and thanked for the involvement of the Laude-Reut Educational Complex in Bucharest in developing educational projects for the younger generation. At the same time, both parties highlighted their wish to boost this cooperation and strengthen the relation of confidence and the honest and open dialogue. Moreover, the Romanian official informed about the Romanian Governments intention to invite all the special representatives for fighting Anti-Semitism to Romania for a meeting. The President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, thanked Romania for its constant and dedicated efforts made in acknowledging its historic past, as well as in honouring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. In this context, Ronald Lauder also invited the Prime Minister of Romania to pay a visit to New York, in this years autumn. Background information: Ronald Lauder became the President of the World Jewish Congress, in June 2007. Along time, he got involved in numerous international philantropic activities that the organization carried out internationally. In 1986, Ronald Lauder was designated Ambassador to Austria by President Reagan. Later, his activity focused on revitalizing the Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe, affected by what happened during the Holocaust and also during the communist regime. In 1987, he laid the foundation of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which now has 37 branches in different states such as: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine. The World Jewish Congress is an international organisation which represents the Jewish communities and organizations in over 100 states of the world. The Congress negotiates on behalf of communities with the Governments, Parliaments as well as with other international organizations. The Organization was founded in Geneva, in 1936. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă participated in the opening of the Conference Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has opened today, in Brussels, the works of the Conference: Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action. The event is organized by Romania under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and aims at promoting debates between members of the Jewish communities in Europe and the representatives of European institutions, on combating anti-Semitism. The conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă alongside Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice - President of the European Commission, and Mr. Heinz Becker, Chair of the European Parliaments working group on anti-Semitism. Opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, Mrs. Raya Kalenova, Executive Vice President and CEO of the European Jewish Congress, Mr. David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Congress and Mr. Daniel Mariaschin, CEO and Executive Vice President of the B'nai B'rith Organisation. At the same time, Mr. Isaac Herzog delivered live remarks, via satellite. In her speech, the Romanian Prime Minister reminded that Romania's priorities at the EU Council Presidency include in the fourth pillar, Europe of common values, topics linked to combating racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism, and deterrence of hate speech. Thus, in the current European context, marked by the worrying rise in anti- Semitism, promotion of the exchange of views, ongoing consultation with Jewish communities as well as their involvement in the measures taken are vital for drawing up efficient solutions to combat the phenomenon. - Despite all current instruments and initiatives, anti-Semitism represents a rising problem in European societies. Such worrying developments require an unequivocal response, determined one from European forums and EU Member States, reminded Prime Minister in his speech. The event enjoyed the presence of senior representatives of the European Parliament, Romanian MEPs, and from the other EU member states, members of the European Commission and Jewish communities in Romania (members of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania) and also from other states such as: USA, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Western Balkan states. Members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of student associations also attended the conference. Contextual information: The International Conference: - Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action reflects the Romanian Presidency's preoccupation with giving an adequate response to the rise of intolerance phenomena and anti-Semitism manifestations, at European level, which could be noticed in the survey on perceptions of anti-Semitism, conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights(december 2018)and by the special Eurobarometer of the European Commission on anti-Semitism, published on January 21, 2019. The event held in Brussels also illustrates the priorities of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council, set out in the pillar - Europe of common values. They pursue among others: effectively combating racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism, and deterrence of hate speech. The main objective of the Conference is promotion of a substantial debate between members of Jewish communities and representatives of European institutions and organizations, as well as national representatives with a view to identifying concrete actions, better oriented to combat anti-Semitism. *** Speech by Romanian Prime Minister at the Conference Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Honorary audience, Allow me to recall the words of a great man who was born on Romanian soil, Elie Wiesel who stated, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, that : - when human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders become irrelevant. I would want the words of this - messenger for humanity to guide us in our today's approach. The international conference I had the pleasure to open today represents a very special event of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, as a direct illustration of our priorities. One of these - Europe of common values - pursues efficiently fighting racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, Anti-Semitism and deterring hate speech. In the current European context, marked by an worrying rise of intolerance phenomena, this event is aimed at promoting a substantial debate among the members of the Jewish communities in Europe and in the United States, representatives of the European organisations and institutions, as well as national representatives. Dear audience, Ladies and gentlemen, Between March 2016 - March 2017, Romania exercised the presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The decision to take over the presidency of this organisation reflected Romanias strong commitment in acknowledging its own past, honoring the victims of the Holocaust and getting involved in the international actions against Anti-Semitic, extremist and xenophobic manifestations. Also, by implementing the recommendations of the Wiesel Commission, Romania wants to contribute to the consolidation of Holocaust education, preserving public memory of the Jews suffering, as well as the Roma genocide, so that the lessons of the past become our foundation for peace and stability. One of the important achievements of the Romanian presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is the adoption of the working definition of the anti-Semitism. The Romanian diplomacy had a major contribution to this, through the involvement of the late Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, former President of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, in the memory of whom we organised this very event. I seized this opportunity to announce you that steps are being made for the Romanian Diplomatic Institute to be named after Mihnea Constantinescu. The echoes at international level of the adoption of this definition were significant: the European Parliament in June 2017 passed a resolution regarding the fight against anti-Semitism, which I also signed in my capacity as MEP on behalf of the Social Democratic group, whereby the EU member states were invited to adopt the definition at national level. Therefore, Romania marked an important step in combating anti-Semitism at European and world level. Our countrys approaches are in line with the drawing up by the European Commission of a Code of Conduct for combating online hate speech and for the adoption of the Declaration of the Council regarding the fight against Anti-Semitism and the setting up of a common security approach to protect the Jewish communities and organisation as best as possible. Despite all these current instruments and initiatives, however, as the recent survey conducted by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights also found, anti-Semitism represents a rising problem in the European societies. I believe that the promotion of an exchange of opinions, the ongoing consultation with the Jewish communities, as well as their involvement in the measures considered for combating anti-Semitism are absolutely necessary. Events like the one today are important for fulfilling the objective of combating discrimination and extremist discourses and to make sure that tragedies such as the Holocaust shall never happen again. Dear friends, Currently, Romania has become a regional model in combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia and, also, a model in what concerns education and measures taken to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Many of you here in the room are friends of Romania, who have been close to us during this extraordinary journey of recovering our memory and understanding our peers. I thank everyone again and I hope that we will have them close in the future too. Therefore, I invite you to see each other again in early March at an event held this time in Bucharest, where we will have the occasion to discuss, especially, about the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust. I would like to thank you for attending this event today and I wish you greater success in the conference sessions! *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee David Harris Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a bilateral meeting in Brussels with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris. The discussions took place in the context of Prime Ministers participation in the conference Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, with emphasis on intensifying European joint efforts to fight anti-Semitism and denial of the Holocaust. At the same time, Prime Minister thanked the interlocutor for the substantial participation in the conference organized by the Romanian Presidency. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned Romanias recent ongoing projects on promoting Holocaust education and combating anti-Semitism and conveyed thanks for the continued involvement of the American Jewish Committee in supporting these projects. The Romanian official expressed satisfaction with the longstanding partnership with the representatives of the American Jewish Committee and with the constant support of the organization for the development and deepening of the Romanian-American dialogue. At the same time, both parties outlined their wish to boost this cooperation and to intensify dialogue. In this respect, the Head of the Romanian Executive reaffirmed Romanias commitment to participating in international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and any form of extremism, racism and highlighted the recent achievements in this respect. Background information: David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, is particularly active in lobbying activities for Israel, fighting anti-Semitism, monitoring the situation of Jewish communities, and promoting inter-confessional tolerance. He distinguished himself by supporting the emigration of about 1 million Jews from the Soviet Union and fully supported the Jewish movement in the USSR. He was the first leader of an American Jewish NGO who addressed the Davos World Economic Forum at a session chaired by Tony Blair. He has more than 10 decorations offered by the governments of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Spain and Ukraine for outstanding activities in support of human rights, Transatlantic partnership and Jewish community. The Jewish American Committee is one of the most powerful Jewish organizations in the US. Since its inception in 1906, the organization has been campaigning for the unitary promotion of the interests of the Jewish community, building bridges between communities, fighting anti-Semitism, and promoting Israels aspirations for peace and security. The organization has subsidiaries in 26 U.S. cities, seven liaison offices outside the US, and 31 partnerships with Jewish organizations around the world. It acts primarily to promote and defend the interests of its members by actively and consistently engaging in US domestic policy, in order to affirm and respect principles such as equality of rights and protection of human dignity. The Jewish American Committee has developed a strong component of global diplomacy and public communication. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today in the context of her visit to Brussels, with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The discussion agenda included topical issues on the European agenda. Prime Minister Dancila voiced appreciation for the active engagement of the President of the European Council in the debates on the future of Europe and for his commitment to the consolidation of the European project and the shaping of the future strategic agenda of the Union. The Romanian Prime Minister reiterated Romanias support for a strong, division-free Europe that stays united in all its political, economic and social dimensions. It was pointed out that the motto of the Presidency of the Council of the EU - Cohesion - a European common value - fully reflects this priority, which must guide the action of both member states and European institutions. In this respect, the European Council President emphasized the importance of conveying a strong message of unity at European level in the next period, including in the perspective of the Sibiu Informal Summit to be held on May 9, 2019. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the support of the Romanian Government for holding the Sibiu Summit in the best possible conditions, emphasizing that the necessary budget for this purpose was also allocated. As regards the Brexit process, Romanian Prime Minister stated that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will particularly pursue the further observance of the citizens rights after UKs exit from the European Union. In the context of talks on EU action in the Eastern neighborhood, the Romanian Prime Minister reaffirmed support for maintaining a substantive engagement of the Union towards its partners that voiced their option to further develop relations with the EU. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk commended Romanias efforts to advancing the European agenda and assured Romania and the EU Council of the European Councils support for the objectives of the Romanian Presidency aimed at strengthening the European Union in an inclusive manner conducive to concrete results for citizens. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, on the occasion of the Romanian dignitary's visit to Brussels. The two officials addressed important dossiers on the European agenda. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed the good cooperation and the constructive and constant dialogue existing between the Romanian Government and the European Commission and mentioned in this respect, the substantial discussions carried out in the context of the visit of the College of Commissioners to Bucharest, on January 10-11, 2019. The Head of the Executive also mentioned the fact that first month of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council occasioned intense discussions on the advancement of the European agenda. The Romanian official reiterated at the same time the objective of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council of acting as impartial mediator in order to identify the best compromise formulas, that would facilitate the most rapid advancement of ongoing negotiations on the European dossiers under debate. Moreover, the Romanian official reiterated Romania's intention to act alongside the European Commission, to strengthen unity and cohesion. Other topic addressed pertained to the rule of law and the judicial independence in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă gave assurances that the Romanian Government will act for the observance of the values and principles underpinning the European construction: observance of citizens rights and freedoms, observance of the rule of law, and the judicial independence, and it will equally act to make sure that the Romanian citizens enjoy the same rights and freedoms like any European citizen, in accordance with the general guiding principles, respect for common values, fundamental rights and freedoms, respect for the rule of law. 2019-02-07 10:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_011_resize.jpgVizita de lucru a premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Bruxelles Știri din 06.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-pay-working-visit-to-brussels-on-february-6-7-2019Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) As part of her visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă participated today, February 6, 2019, in the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), to present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted the important role of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) as liaison between the local and regional authorities and the European institutions, and pointed out that CoR will be an important partner during Romania's tenure. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă further presented the four priority action directions of the Romanian presidency, having at core the concept of cohesion as common European value: Europe of convergence, safer Europe, Europe - global actor and Europe of common values. In her address, the Head of the Romanian Executive made reference to the complex dossiers Romania has to manage in the exercise of its mandate: negotiation of the future Multiannual Financial Framework, UK's withdrawal from the European Union, as well as migration, security and the reflection on the EU's future. Last but not least, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă pointed out that another important objective for Romania is promoting a consolidated framework of macro-regional cooperation, including through EU Strategy for the Danube Region, and thanked the Committee's members for their openness regarding this topic. Address by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions - presentation of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council [Check against delivery] Dear President of the European Committee of Regions, Dear Members of the European Committee of Regions, Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you, president Lambertz as well as the members of the European Committee of Regions for the invitation to present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions, an EU body that represents a real bridge connecting local, regional authorities to European institutions. The European agenda and developments are marked by multiple challenges that we need to respond to, through cohesion, unity and solidarity. That is why the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council takes place under the motto - Cohesion, a common European value reflecting the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the community building, by pursuing cohesion in all its dimensions: political cohesion, economic and territorial cohesion, social cohesion. The concept of cohesion is transposed into our priorities grouped around four pillars of action: Europe of Convergence, safer Europe, Europe - global actor, Europe of common values. Ladies and gentlemen, We are all going through a period when we must work together to bring again to the European citizens attention the benefits of the European project for their everyday lives. We are facing a European context marked by the UK's withdrawal process from the European Union, negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework or other major issues such as: migration and security, reflection on the future of the Union. We must demonstrate together now that the Union has further on the ability to advance in strengthening European policies, to achieve tangible results for citizens. In this respect, the first pillar of the Romanian Presidency's programme is devoted to Europe of Convergence. From this perspective, we look closely at the negotiations on the future Financial Framework. The future multiannual budget will have to provide the resources needed to attain the objectives through balance between growth and convergence policies, such as the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, and the policies designed to respond to new challenges such as migration, security or defence. The future of cohesion policy is also a priority on our agenda. Without this policy, regional and local disparities would have been much greater. The cohesion policy generated partnerships and bridges between Europe's institutions and regions and its cities. The European Union further needs a solid cohesion policy as main investment strategy. The cohesion policy has evolved managing to cope with the new challenges. At the same time, this policy needs real measures for its simplification and increased efficiency. We will continue negotiations on the cohesion policy at a dynamic pace for the timely adoption of the relevant legislative package. The launch of future operational programs will enable the benefits of this policy to be reflected into the day-to-day lives of Europes citizens, cities and regions. Allow me to thank the president of the European Committee of Regions for having conveyed a strong signal ever since the start of talks on the future Financial Framework, as regards maintaining the level of the cohesion funds and the need to continue this policy as one aimed at all regions and cities. Promoting a consolidated framework of macroregional cooperation - including through EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)- represents another important objective for us. We particularly appreciate your openness to drawing up an opinion on the role of the macroregional strategies. Romania is also involved in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. We have a new National Strategy for Sustainable Development. We will work to prepare the guidelines for a new EU strategy for sustainable development. Strengthening social cohesion implies ensuring economic convergence at European level. We therefore need a fully functioning single market, free competition and transparent and fair rules of active mobility in all its dimensions. One of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency is also linked to strengthening workers mobility. In this context, we intend to continue negotiations on dossiers such as the revision of the regulations on social security coordination and the establishment of the European Labor Authority. Ensuring equal opportunities and gender equality is an objective that Romania wishes to promote at European level. An objective has already been attained by reaching a provisional political agreement with the European Parliament regarding the proposal for a Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers. We are preoccupied with strengthening economic growth, European economic resilience, as well as fostering investments at both micro and macro-economic levels. In this respect, the Romanian Presidency will seek to advance talks on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union in a constructive manner, designed to support the increase in cohesion, convergence and its resilience to financial and economic challenges. Ladies and gentlemen, Romanian Presidency defined the second pillar of its action: - A safer Europe. The issue of migration is a topic which concerns us all. We intend to continue efforts on all dimensions of its management. In a world of digitalization, protecting citizens' safety in the virtual space has become an important objective. Public policies and any project regarding the digital environment must take into account the cyber security. Our vision also refers to - Europe as a global actor with an emphasis on the common commitments assumed through the Global Strategy for the. European Unions Foreign And Security Policy. We will promote the consolidation of European defence and security capabilities, in close complementarity with similar processes within NATO. Ensuring enhanced consistency of European action in the Eastern neighborhood will represent a priority given that this year marks the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. At the same time, we support the advancement of enlargement policy and, in this respect, particular attention will be extended to the Western Balkans. Last but not least, I want to make a few references to the fourth pillar of our priorities - Europe of common values. In view of European elections, we must provide a response to the temptation of the Eurosceptic and populist discourse, promoting a more democratic Union, closer to its citizens. We also believe that education and culture represent the key to the future of Europe, both from the individual perspective of the European citizen and from the angle of the consolidation of the European project. Local and regional authorities and communities can play an important role in this area. Ladies and gentlemen, I think that all European actors can contribute to our common success in promoting a more cohesive, united and secure Europe. The European Committee of the Regions, you all, have an important role as liaison between European policies and local and regional communities, between Union and citizens I am convinced that the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, to be held in Bucharest in March, will make an important contribution to conveying a signal of confidence in the future of the Union, of European unity and commitment to a stronger Union over the next decade. Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, we are waiting for you in Bucharest in March! Thank you! Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital As part of her working visit to Brussels to participate in the Conference The fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action, to be held on February 7, the Romanian Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital. The bilateral relations Romania - Israel were approached in this occasion, with the Prime Minister of Romania emphasizing that the State of Israel is our country's closest ally and strategic partner in the Middle East. Romania's recent efforts towards accelerating the process of restitution of Jewish properties were mentioned as well as the legislative developments regarding the payment of allowances for Holocaust survivors. It was agreed on the continuation of cooperation between the Government of Romania and the World Jewish Restitution Organisation on these topics. Moreover, the two interlocutors discussed about the importance of Israel as EU's strategic partner in a wide range of topics from regional stability and counter-terrorism, to economic development and energy security, education and promotion of common values. During the meeting, the Head of the Bucharest Executive presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, with emphasis on the topic of combating anti-Semitism and the Holocaust denial. Background information Colette Avital, ambassador and Israeli politician of Romanian origin, currently serves as Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation. Colette Avital was born in 1940 in Bucharest, and emigrated to Israel in 1950, becoming a distinguished personality of the community of Israelis born in Romania. Colette Avital has a long and distinguished career in politics and diplomacy. She was elected as a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party in 1999, being reelected in 2003 and 2006. She served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and Member of the Committees for Foreign policy and Defence, Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. Prior to entering politics, Colette Avital was a career diplomat, her positions at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem included: Director of Training Division, Deputy Director General for Information, Media Communication and Culture Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry in charge of European Affairs. She served as Press and Cultural Attache in Brussels; Minister-Counselor in Paris(1982-1985); Consul in Boston; Ambassador in Lisbon(1988-1992) and Consul General in New York(1992-1996). The WJRO is a non-profit organization based in Jerusalem, founded in 1993. WJROs activity consists of negotiating with national and local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe on the return of Jewish property abusively seized during the communist regime. WJRO supports the process of restitution of Jewish property as well as the granting of compensations for Holocaust survivors and it closely co-operates with national and local Jewish communities organizations. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein Today, February 6, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, who is in Brussels, to open the Conference The fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action, event organized by Romania in the context of holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council, had a bilateral meeting with the European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein. The Romanian official highlighted that the topics of combating anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial as well as the topic of preserving the memory of the Holocaust are a priority for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, stating that they were included in the fourth pillar of priorities: Europe of common values. The Romanian Prime Minister thanked for the active involvement of the European coordinator in organizing the Conference on combating anti-Semitism, assuring the foreign official of Romania's support for the European Commissions projects devoted to the implementation of the Council Declaration of December 6, 2018 on combating anti-Semitism and developing a common approach for a better protection of Jewish communities and institutions across Europe. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also provided information on Romanias project to hold a conference on combating Holocaust denial through educational policies and archives material, in Bucharest on March 11, 2019. The event is designed to promote one of the most important projects of Romania on this issue at present - the opening of the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania. Background Information: Katharina von Schnurbein, a German national, took over as coordinator of the European Commission on combating anti-Semitism in December 2015. She was one of the main advocates of adopting the working definition of antisemitism within the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and after its adoption within the Organization, she has been the main promoter of its adoption at national level as well, by as many member states as possible. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a bilateral meeting with the Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith International Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a bilateral meeting in Brussels with Daniel S. Mariaschin, CEO and Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith International, in the context of participating in the conference Fight against Anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action, a high level event of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the priorities of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU on combating Anti-Semitism and the denial of Holocaust. The Romanian official voiced her satisfaction with the activity of the American Jewish organisations in supporting the democratic values and hailed their relation with Romania. In this context, Prime Minister reiterated Romanias commitment and active role in combating the Anti-Semitism phenomenon at international level, through the development of efficient instruments for combating and preventing discrimination, hate speech and hate crime. The Romanian Prime Minister and her interlocutor also voiced concern with respect to the public trends re-capitalizing on xenophobic and Anti-Semitic actions, which could be seen lately in some European states and they voiced their condemnation of such trends. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the current projects carried out in Romania in this area, with an emphasis on the opening of a museum of Jewish History and Holocaust in Romania. Background information Daniel S. Mariaschin is CEO and Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith International. In this capacity, he coordinates all the programmes and activities carried out by the organisation at world level. He dedicated his entire professional activity to the Jewish organisations and to the promotion of the protection of the rights of the members of the Jewish communities around the world, while also cultivating good relations with the State of Israel. Bnai Brith International is an organisation whose mission is to promote human rights, promote Israel, foster the unity and continuity of the Jews, and also to ensure safe and affordable housing to low-income seniors and diversified education. Ever since 1843, Bnai Brith International played a vital role in supporting the Jewish community in the entire world, and helping other communities in crisis. With offices in the entire world, Bnai Brith is the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Bnai Brith International was founded in 1843, in New York, by 12 Jewish immigrants from Europe. Meanwhile, Bnai Brith has become one of the strongest Jewish organization in the world, with representative offices in more than 58 states and it is present in several international organisations, among which the UN, UNESCO and the European Council. 2019-02-06 14:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-06-07-32-37big_05_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă va avea o vizită de lucru la Bruxelles în perioada 6-7 februarie 2019Știri din 05.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-pay-working-visit-to-brussels-on-february-6-7-20191549476689PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will pay a working visit to Brussels on February 6-7, 2019 with a view to presenting the priorities of Romanias Presidency of the EU Council within the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. In this context, Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with the President of CoR Karl-Heinz Lambertz. Prime Minister Dăncilă will participate in the conference called The fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach for a better protection of the Jewish communities in Europe - from practice to action, organized by Romania in the context of holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council. The visit agenda will include a series of bilateral meetings of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă with representatives of the European and international Jewish organisations: President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder; Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) David Harris; CEO and Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith Daniel S. Mariaschin; Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital; European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein. Other important elements of the visit will be the bilateral meetings with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. The government delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila includes, among others, Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba and European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb, as well as members of the Prime Minister's Office. PRIME MINISTER'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Working visit to Brussels 2:00 pm Meeting with the Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith Daniel S. Mariaschin 3:00 pm Meeting with the European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein 4:00 pm Meeting with the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital 4:55 pm Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă is welcomed by the President of CoR Karl-Heinz Lambertz Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă signs Book of Condolences, in memory of Pawel Adamovicz, member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) (headquarters of the European Parliament) 5:00 pm Participation in the Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) (headquarters of the European Parliament) (Press accredited to the European Parliament has access throughout the event) 6:00 pm Meeting with the President of CoR Karl-Heinz Lambertz (headquarters of the European Parliament) Note: The event time is local time. 2019-02-05 19:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-06-07-35-46big_sigla_romania2019eu.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu secretarul de stat pentru afaceri externe și Commonwealth al Regatului Unit al Marii Britanii și Irlandei de NordȘtiri din 01.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-jeremy-hunt-the-secretary-of-state-for-foreign-and-commonwealth-affairs-of-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-irelandPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today, February 1, 2019, with the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt. The discussion highlighted the very good bilateral relations between Romania and the UK, based on the Strategic Partnership and the shared interest underpinning the cooperation between the two states. The development of economic exchanges, marked by the positive trend of the trade exchanges was highlighted as well as the special contribution of the Romanian community within the British society. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the interest for expanding the bilateral cooperation, including in the sense of capitalising on the remarkable human potential which shapes the Romanian-British relationship. Moreover, Prime Minister voiced satisfaction over the opening of the Bucharest office of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). The officials commended the excellent collaboration in terms of security and defence, considered to be the fundamental pillar in promoting regional peace and prosperity, and in supporting transatlantic objectives. The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views with respect to Brexit. Prime Minister highlighted the importance of this European dossier, including in view of its completion during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the joint responsibility of the European Union and the UK to protect the rights of the European and British citizens, in the spirit of reciprocity, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit process. In this respect, Prime Minister welcomed the assurances provided by the British Prime Minister on this topic, and reiterated the Romanian Governments commitment to adopting all the necessary measures to protect the rights of the British citizens living in Romania. At the same time, the necessity of reconfiguring the Romanian-British Strategic Partnership was agreed in light of the new realities generated by the redefinition of the relations between the UK and the EU, as well as by the developments which took place at bilateral level since the last revision of the Strategic Partnership in 2011. The two officials voiced interest in continuing the dialogue on strengthening and expanding the Romanian-British bilateral cooperation within a new comprehensive and ambitious Strategic Partnership. 2019-02-01 16:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-01-04-28-35big_01_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu ambasadorul Regatului Unit al Marii Britanii și Irlandei de Nord în România, Andrew NobleȘtiri din 29.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-h-e-mr-andrew-noble-the-ambassador-of-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland-to-romaniaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with H.E. Mr. Andrew Noble, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania. The discussion highlighted the very good level of the strategic relationship between Romania and Great Britain. The common role in Europe's security and defence, both inside NATO and within the political dialogue between the two countries, as well as the increasingly more tight economic and social ties were reviewed on this occasion. The issue of UK's withdrawal from the European Union was mainly addressed, especially from the angle of the Presidency of the EU Council, currently exercised by Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the importance our country attaches to the necessity to protect the rights of the Romanian citizens living in UK, and provided the guarantee that Romania will take all internal steps so that the rights of the British citizens in Romania be observed, regardless of the scenario that will materialise in the upcoming period. At the same time, it was underlined that the UK's withdrawal from the European Union will necessarily require the recalibration of the Strategic Partnership, last time revised in 2011. It was voiced the confidence that the revised Strategic Partnership will become the expression of a new phase of in-depth and comprehensive cooperation. 2019-01-29 15:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-29-03-58-58big_01_resize.jpgAcțiune de control la Compania Națională de Transporturi Aeriene – TAROM S.A.Știri din 28.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/verification-action-to-be-carried-out-at-tarom-s-a-romania-s-national-air-transportation-companyToday, at Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's request, the Prime Minister's Control Body started a verification action at TAROM S.A.( Romania`s National Air Transportation Company). The objectives of the control action consist of checking the observance of the legal provisions on the organization and functioning of TAROM S.A., of the rules governing the management and control system, as well as of the circumstances under which two Airbus A310 aircrafts were alienated in 2018. At the end of the verification action, the conclusions will be presented to the Prime Minister of Romania and, as the case may be, they will be communicated to the institutions authorized to order the required legal measures. 2019-01-28 15:53:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-28-03-53-58big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu vicepremierul macedonean, Bujar OsmaniȘtiri din 28.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-macedonian-deputy-prime-minister-for-european-affairs-bujar-osmaniPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today January 28, 2019, a meeting with the Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani. The official visit to Romania of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani is the first visit after the ratification by the Macedonian Parliament of the Constitution revision law, and takes place in the context in which Romania is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting of the two officials represented a good opportunity for reaffirming Romania's openness to deepening the overall bilateral relations, in continuation of the talks Prime Minister Dancila had during her official visit to Skopje, on July 27, 2018. The level of bilateral dialogue and the constant growth of bilateral trade have been hailed on this occasion. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila gave congratulations for the passing by the Macedonian Parliament of the Constitution Revision Law, on January 11, 2019, fulfilling thus the obligations undertaken by the Skopje Government in the historic Prespa Agreement. The senior Romanian official also voiced satisfaction over the positive vote given by Athens Parliament for the ratification of the Prespa Agreement of January 25, 2019. During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the constant support Romania grants to the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia, expressing confidence that the Republic of North Macedonia, the new Constitutional name of the country, will become the 30th member of the Alliance. In this context, the Romanian dignitary assured the senior Macedonian official of Romania's support for his country's accession to the EU, and encouraged the Macedonian authorities to continue the process of reforms in order to deliver concrete results during Romania's tenure at the helm of the EU Council. In turn, the Macedonian Vice Prime Minister expressed the need for further development of bilateral relations, especially in the economic field, and stated that holding an economic forum with the participation of the business sector representatives of the two countries would be an useful instrument in this respect. 2019-01-28 15:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-28-03-18-57big_01_resize.jpgMesajul Guvernului României cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale de Comemorare a Victimelor HolocaustuluiȘtiri din 27.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romanian-government-s-message-on-the-occasion-of-the-international-holocaust-remembrance-dayOn the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), the Romanian Government pays homage to the memory of Holocaust victims. Romanian Government reiterates the commitment for the fight against anti-Semitism and for criminalizing the Holocaust denial and the incitement to anti-Semitism, encouraging solidarity and the civic spirit as foundation for a democratic and modern society. At the same time, in the context of holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council, Romania's objective is cohesion of common values. Promoting the efficient fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism and deterring the hate speech are among the main topics for fostering EU's solidarity and cohesion. Thus, Romania has recently taken important steps in the direction of commemorating the Holocaust victims and promoting education on Holocaust, on an internal level. Furthermore, during March 2016 - March 2017, Romania exercised the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and endorsed the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism. In June 2018, two years after the adoption of the definition, Romanian Parliament passed a special law on combating anti-Semitism, which defines anti-Semitism and criminalizes the distribution and promotion of materials with anti-Semitic content, as well as the promotion of anti-Semitic ideas, concepts or doctrines. We reiterate that promoting diversity, respect for the other, equality of opportunity represent essential principles for the development of a democratic society. 2019-01-27 10:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-27-11-06-26big_sigla_guvern.pngVizită de lucru la Bruxelles, 24 ianuarieȘtiri din 24.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/working-visit-to-brussels-january-24Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă participated in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held in Brussels Prime Minister presented on Thursday, January 24, 2019, the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The Romanian dignitary reiterated during both the bilateral meeting with Mr. Luca Jahier, the EESC President and the plenary session talks, Romania's openness, as President of the EU Council, to continue dialogue and the good cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)- as liaison between EU decision - makers and citizens. Moreover, the Romanian Prime Minister conveyed to EESC President Luca Jahier, Romania's desideratum to make a significant contribution to the identification of real solutions meant to facilitate the advancement of the European project in an unitary and cohesive manner, as Presidency of the EU Council. Within the EESC plenary session, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pointed out the need for strengthening the EU capacity to ensure an adequate level of convergence among member states and to strengthen cohesion across EU, outlining at the same time the importance that the Romanian Presidency attaches to the dialogue with EESC, and to the contribution of this consultative body in multiple areas, respectively the future of the cohesion policy, consolidation of the single market, and promotion of the social field, the citizens' safety and identification of an adequate and sustainable response to the migration issue. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also highlighted in the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee that our country is involved in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, Romania having a new National Strategy in this respect. The Head of the Bucharest Executive stated that during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, Romania will be active in preparing the guidelines for a new EU strategy for sustainable development. Prime Ministers address was followed by debates with the members of the European Economic and Social Committee, who requested the Romanian Prime Minister's support, in order to respond to major European civil society concerns, during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. In their speeches, they particularly appreciated the presence of the Prime Minister of the country holding the Presidency of the EU Council at an EESC plenary session, a first in the history of this organization. The economic, social and territorial convergence of the European Union, the policies aimed at backing small enterprises and entrepreneurship, or the digital single market were among the debate topics. Prime Minister highlighted the Romanian Government's major preoccupation to contribute to solving the issues raised, in close cooperation with the representatives of the civil society, according to the European Code of Conduct. Answering some questions, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă pointed out that the rule of law is observed in Romania, and human rights must also be observed. Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee [Check against delivery] President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Distinguished members of the European Economic and Social Committee, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure and honour for me to stand here today, as Prime Minister of Romania, at a time when our country has assumed a particularly important responsibility at European level. I would like to thank the president and the members of the European Economic and Social Committee for having invited me to participate in this session, to present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to have an exchange of views on our work agenda. I would like to highlight the importance that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU as well as the Cabinet I am leading, attach to the dialogue with the European Economic and Social Committee, as institutional partner that voices the citizens' opinions and expectations. I know how important it is for each of you to reflect on the concerns of the various groups of citizens - employers, workers, civil society - that you represent at European level. I very much appreciate the role of the European Economic and Social Committee in acting as an intermediary between the decision makers and the citizens. This is why I want us to develop a close cooperation in order to make sure that the solutions and decisions to be made during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council are as close as possible to citizens and the realities of our societies. I have said it before and I want to reiterate it: this is a priority of our Presidency of the EU Council. Ladies and gentlemen, We have embarked on this road of the Presidency of the EU Council, led by a firm pro-European conviction that guides us in advancing the European agenda. Moreover, Romanian citizens are among the citizens with the highest level of confidence in the European institutions, and even today, their aspirations and support for the European Union remain solid and positive, a fact confirmed by opinion polls. Romania has been assigned the role of President of the EU Council at a decisive period for us all, when we have to demonstrate together that we really have the ability to deliver results that can bring real benefits for European citizens. That is why we need to listen to the voice of the citizens about the direction the Union should follow. The process of Citizens' Consultations taking place at the level of EU Member States, in which Romania has actively participated, and also the recent EESC initiatives of citizens' consultation are only a few examples whereby we showed our openness to citizens involvement and which helped us better understand their expectations. I believe that only by such approach and involvement, can we manage to keep citizens close to the European decision and the process of defining priorities for the future EU strategic agenda, a topic to be addressed at the Summit on the future of Europe that Romania will host in Sibiu, on a symbolic day - May 9. A strong and cohesive European Union is the response with which the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council comes in front of the European citizens, by promoting the motto: Cohesion, a common European value, in all its dimensions: - political cohesion, illustrated by the need for unity among Member States, European institutions and citizens; - economic and territorial cohesion, with a view to reducing development gaps among Member States and among regions; - Social cohesion, important in terms of preserving the four freedoms of the Internal Market of the European Union; This meaning of the concept of cohesion is transposed in a transversal manner within our thematic priorities, grouped on four main pillars of action: Europe of convergence, a safer Europe, Europe - global actor, Europe of common values. Backing a Europe of convergence is the first pillar of action of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. This objective can be attained by economic growth and social development, cohesion, competitiveness, connectivity and sustainability. The success of the European Union will primarily depend on the way in which we will manage to achieve a better prioritization of the policies designed to accelerate the economic, social and territorial convergence. Convergence is the essential premise for ensuring sustainable developnent and equal opportunities for EU citizens. The Cohesion policy and the Common Agricultural Policy should remain the main EU investment policies, aspect that should be reflected in an adequate level of allocations for these policies. We appreciate the EESC involvement in the talks on the future of the cohesion policy, especially through the exploratory opinion on this topic that you will give in the next period, at the Romanian Presidency's request. We are also prepared to continue the efforts aimed at strengthening the EU Internal Market and its four fundamental freedoms. We will pursue the promotion of measures designed to contribute to boosting competitiveness, promoting connectivity and digitalization, fostering entrepreneurship, and strengthening industrial policy. Romania is also involved in the implementation of 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Moreover, we have a new National Strategy for Sustainable Development. During the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, we will be active in preparing the guidelines for a new EU strategy for sustainable development and we would appreciate the European Economic and Social Committee's contribution in this respect. The social area is one of the priority areas of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, deriving from the desire to bring the European project closer to citizens. We will act to strengthen workers mobility as reflection of the fundamental freedom of free movement and as a support of the Single Market. We know that this Committee is a solid partner in promoting these principles and lines of action. In this context, we aim to achieve a substantial advance in dossiers such as the revision of the regulations on social security coordination and the establishment of the European Labor Authority. Moreover, the Romanian Presidency of the Council will seek to advance the discussions on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union. We salute the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on this topic and we fully agree with it. For the European citizens to further feel the certainty of peace and security in our states, we have chosen to focus our attention on the second pillar, a safer Europe. The objective is to strengthen cohesion and cooperation among member states in front of new security challenges jeopardizing the safety of citizens and to back cooperation initiatives in the field. This is an objectives that the European Economic and Social Committee has constantly promoted. We seek to achieve progress in terms of promoting cyber security too. We pursue a coherent and uniform management of migratory flows, strengthening the Unions external borders, emergency interventions, the fight against terrorism, and protecting the safety of citizens in the virtual space. We are considering the operationalization and even extension of the mandate of the European Prosecutors Office. Effective migration management will further remain one of the main concerns of European citizens. It is therefore necessary for us to contribute to the formulation of solutions based on a comprehensive approach both in the Unions internal action and in promoting cooperation with States of origin and transit. Fighting causes at source must remain a major preoccupation of the Union, alongside countering trafficking in human beings. We have chosen to focus our actions within the third pillar on strengthening the EUs global role by ensuring greater cohesion around the common commitments assumed through the EUs Global Foreign and Security Policy. In the field of the security policy, we will promote the consolidation of the EU defence and security capabilities, in close complementarity with similar processes within NATO. We believe that EU's external focus should be oriented primarily towards its neighborhood. This is why the advancement of the EU enlargement policy and ensuring the consistency of its policies in the neighborhood area are major priorities of our Presidency of the EU Council. The 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership this year will represent an important landmark in this respect. We will also support the implementation of EU commitments at international level. Promotion of trade interests by upgrading the multilateral trading system and broadening free trade and economic partnership agreements will be key milestones during our tenure. We also know that you agree with these lines of action on the European Unions foreign policy. That is why, by defining the fourth pillar of the priorities - Europe of common values - we have sought to reflect our commitment to fostering European political cohesion by promoting the principles and values that unite us. Thus, we can effectively combat many of the problems facing our societies today, such as: racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism, or hate speech. Especially in view of European elections, we must respond with concrete results to the populist or eurosceptic temptation that undermines the fundamental fabric of our European society. We aim at supporting the objective of a more democratic Union. This is why we will back the initiatives aimed at progress and reducing social inequalities, ensuring equal opportunities and treatment for women and men, as well as access to education, and training for disadvantaged categories. In this context, we commend the efforts of the European Economic and Social Committee to draw up, at the request of our Presidency, an exploratory opinion on the future of the EU, focusing on the benefits the Union brings to citizens through cohesion and European values including human dignity and equality of citizens. We are interested in the conclusions and proposals that you will put forward in this study, being convinced that they will make a valuable contribution to the current discussions on the future of Europe. We also believe that education and culture are the key to a better European future. We are glad that this Committee, at the request of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, has also undertaken the effort to prepare an exploratory opinion on a very important topic to citizens and their getting closer to the European Union, such as education on the European project. There is a clear need for new efforts to ensure adequate communication, that would attract greater involvement of young people in shaping a strong Europe based on common European values. Ladies and gentlemen, In the context of a very full agenda, the Romanian Presidency will pay close attention to the dossiers with significant impact on the functioning and future of the Union. I would further refer especially to some of these which are of particular interest for the European Economic and Social Committee too. Great Britains withdrawal from the EU is an unprecedented process that will leave its mark on our future. The latest developments have worried us and we are aware that this dossier will remain at the core of the European agenda during our mandate. Another key dossier of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is certainly the Multiannual Financial Framework. It means more than just an agreement on figures, it is, in fact, a quantification of how the European Union will look like in the next decade. The future multiannual budget will have to provide the Union with the resources needed to attain the objectives of the next seven years, in a balance between growth and convergence policies such as the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy and the response to the new challenges we are facing at European level, such as: migration, security or defence. We are aware that negotiations on the multiannual budget of the Union have never been easy. We are nevertheless ready to achieve significant progress during the Romanian Presidency of the Council, in order to facilitate the conclusion of an agreement in autumn 2019, in line with those agreed at the European Council in December 2018. Another objective of Romanias mandate, in close connection with the cohesion policy objective, is to promote an important macro-regional cooperation framework - the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. We know it is an initiative of particular interest to the European Economic and Social Committee. We appreciate the steps taken in this forum to ensure synergy between EU funded programs and the implementation of macro-regional strategies. We also appreciate the ongoing efforts for the EESC to develop, at the request of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, an opinion on promoting economic convergence and competitiveness through transnational clusters within macro-regional strategies. In this context, we support the promotion of EESC recommendations on the occasion of the forthcoming meeting of the Ministers of Economy of the participating states in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region of 27 June 2019. We also want the European Economic and Social Committee to be represented at the Annual Forum of the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) to be held in Bucharest on 27-28 June 2019. Ladies and gentlemen, The success of a Presidency equally depends on the level of commitment of all the European actors. The European Economic and Social Committee plays, as I have mentioned, an important liaison role between the European decision-making process and civil society. Through this direct link with citizens, you can make an important contribution to the preparation and formulation of policies within the Union. We want to work closely with you and we are convinced that, through joint effort, we will be able to move forward in the right direction, that of unity, cohesion, solidarity and equity. Thank you! 2019-01-24 11:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-24-11-27-14big_01_resize.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-from-viorica-dancila-on-the-occasion-of-the-romanian-principalities-union-day-january-24We celebrate today 160 years since the first major historical act in the becoming of the current unitary and sovereign state - the Romanian Principalities Union on January 24, 1859, through the election of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the ruler of Moldavia and of Wallachia. Our aristocracy of that time, through its intellectual and political peaks, as well as the majority of the population, succeeded in turning into reality, on a sustainable basis, the ideal of the Romanian national unity, foreseen by the genius of ruler Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave) in 1600 and perfected with the Greater Union of 1918. We had a favorable external context on our side, European-friendly states, but we especially had remarkable Romanian elites who believed in the Romanian destiny and an extraordinary popular will to - dry the Milcov [the Milcov River] to remove the barriers between Romanian and Romanian. Let us celebrate this moment of our history with confidence in Romania and in the inexhaustible resources of the Romanian being. We have the experience of internal cohesion for a cause, of the fight for our place in history and in the world, of the victory that has never been achieved by conquest, but by defending what belonged to us. This page of history and the ideal of unity of our ancestors who made possible the becoming of the current Romania are of paramount importance to the future of the Romanian nation, to our evolution as a modern society, attached to the European values in which the rights and liberties are observed and defended, as a sovereign state, valued by the European and international partners. The fact that today, we mark the Romanian Principalities Union Day both in Romania and in Brussels, where, as the state holding the Presidency of EU Council ,we assume responsibilities with honor, is a reason for pride for our country and for Romanians. It is equally a confirmation of the fact that the Romanian people always had the strength and wisdom to choose the right path. I have absolute confidence in our national and European destiny. I have confidence in the Romanians and in Romania! Happy Anniversary, Romania! Viorica Dăncilă Prime Minister of Romania 2019-01-24 09:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-24-09-33-53big_sigla_guvern.pngVizită de lucru la Bruxelles, 23 ianuarieȘtiri din 23.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/working-visit-to-brussels-january-23Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the opening of the photography exhibition dedicated to the start of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union [Check against delivery] I am very pleased and honoured to meet you again in this artistic framework, for the launch of the Romanian Presidency at the Brussels headquarters of the European Parliament. I would like to thank photographer Sorin Onisor for his exhibition - Peisaje din Romania and to express my appreciation for his works which take us back in time to a Romania where the Romanian village is preserved in a pure, unaltered form. I am honored to open together this impressive photography exhibition, which will be followed by the concert of the Violoncellissimo ensemble under the direction of Mr. Marian Cazacu. This event gives us the possibility of convincing ourselves that the Presidency of the Council of the European Union mirrors the European aspirations of unity in diversity, is an exercise with and about people and cultures interacting and enriching each other in Europe. The deep attachment to the European cause of our citizens has inspired the lines of action of the Programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and is first reflected by a key idea - Cohesion, a common European value. In this spirit of unity, solidarity and cohesion, we aim to act as President of the EU Council in an effective manner in order to deliver the results that our citizens expect. As I pointed out in my last week's address in the plenum of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, taking over the responsibility of Presidency of the EU Council is a mission which particularly honors our country, nevertheless it is one we know we can fulfill with the support and involvement of the members of the European Parliament. I invite you to enjoy these two cultural moments together. They mark very expressively today the launch of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, at the Brussels headquarters of the European Parliament. These touching moments, alongside young and very young artists, fully reflect the contribution Romania makes to the European identity and construction both culturally and through its mandate as President of the Council of the European Union. I am convinced that we have the ability to successfully carry out this mandate. I further count on your support in this joint effort, which is not only the Government's effort, it is the effort of our entire society, of the ordinary people, cultural personalities, of everyone who believes in Europe! Thank you! *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attends the launch event of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, held at the headquarters of the European Parliament As part of the visit to Brussels for the presentation of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended on January 23, alongside the members of the governmental delegation, the launch event of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event was attended by both senior European officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Brussels. A central moment of this event was the opening of the photo exhibition Peisaje din Romania(Romanian landscapes) of photographer Sorin Onişor, whereas the musical program was provided by the Violoncelissimo ensemble. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă delivered a speech in which she hailed the participation of Romanian artists in the event, highlighting Romanias contribution to the European identity and construction, both from a cultural point of view and as President of the Council of the European Union. The Romanian dignitary also highlighted that a key idea: - Cohesion, a common European value mirrors the lines of action of the Programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In this spirit of unity, solidarity and cohesion, Romania aims to act in an efficient manner conducive to the results awaited by the European citizens. Thus, the Romanian Prime Minister considered that the success of the objective assumed by our country at the EU Council Presidency depends on the unity and cooperation of all EU members, policy makers and last but not least, of all European citizens. *** Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the official ceremony dedicated to the International Holocaust Commemoration Day, held at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels [Check against delivery] President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I am particularly honored to accept the invitation of the World Jewish Congress to attend today this commemorative event! I thank President Moshe Kantor for the invitation, I hail the high attendance of the event, and I am glad to see many friends here! Today, we mark the International Holocaust Commemoration Day in which we honor the memory of the victims who died in the tragic years of the last century, a black page in the history of Europe and the world. It is at the same time a date full of symbolism from the angle of the international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and any forms of discrimination, racism and xenophobia. Preventing the repetition of such a tragedy must remain a major concern of the entire international community and I say this not only from the national perspective of the Government I am leading, but also from the perspective of holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. We have set ourselves as goal the cohesion of common values, of the values that unite us, and promoting the efficient fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism and deterring the hate speech represents one of the central topics we will pursue in fostering the European Unions solidarity and cohesion. I would like to mention that Romania has lately made important steps in commemorating the victims of the Holocaust and in promoting education on the Holocaust. Thus, between March 2016 and March 2017, Romania exercised the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and supported the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism. In June 2018, two years after the adoption of the definition, the Romanian Parliament passed a special law on combating anti-Semitism, defining anti-Semitism, and criminalizing the distribution and promotion of anti-Semitic content, as well as the promotion of anti-Semitic ideas, concepts or doctrines. The Romanian Government has backed and is backing the efforts to include in the educational programmes the issue of the genocide of the Roma during the Second World War and to ensure decent social conditions for the last Roma survivors of the deportation in Transnistria. We can say that Romania, through an extensive process of history recovery, which was finalized with the implementation of the Wiesel Commissions recommendations, has become a regional model in terms of assuming the past, condemning the denial of the Holocaust and of anti-Semitism, so that younger generations can discover the truth about this dramatic page of history Ladies and gentlemen, We are unfortunately witnessing an worrying increase in Antisemitism worldwide and at European level, and the recent attacks on places of worship and the members of this community is a phenomenon which we must combat through immediate and effective measures. The responsibility in this respect falls to both the senior officials, politicians, opinion leaders from the democratic states, and the respective societies as a whole! We hail the recent steps taken at European level too by the unanimous adoption on 6 December 2018 by the EU Member States of a Declaration of the Council of the European Union on combating anti-Semitism and protecting the Jewish Communities in Europe. We are backing its implementation as well as the adoption, at national level, by as many states as possible, of the working definition of anti-Semitism. As aforementioned, the topic of combating antisemitism is among the priorities on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In this respect, on February 7, 2019, I will have the honor to open, yet again in Brussels, an event of the Romanian Presidency, devoted to policies and actions aimed at ensuring better protection for the Jewish communities at European level. In March 2019, we will hold an event to help fight the denial of the Holocaust by bringing together in Bucharest representatives of the most relevant governmental museums in Europe and others as well in the field of Holocaust history. Only through remembrance, can we learn about the importance of our duties to defend the fundamental values specific to any European democratic society. Only by education and commemoration can we fight against any attempt to deny the Holocaust, and against any attempt to incite anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance. Only together, in a Europe of common values, can we write a future for new generations, a future in which we will not repeat the mistakes of the past. We all believe that we should follow the example of a The righteous amongst nations, Viorica Agarici, who by showing the highest degree of humanism and courage to the extreme, helped the Jewish survivors of the Death Train after the Iasi Pogrom. A distinguished representative of the Jewish community said about Viorica Agarici she rehabilitated the human species. Thank you. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the official ceremony dedicated to the International Holocaust Commemoration Day, held at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels As part of the visit to Brussels on January 23-24, 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the ceremony of commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust, organized by the European Jewish Congress, under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani. The event was attended by both European senior officials, and outstanding members of the European and international Jewish community. The Romanian Prime Minister delivered a speech in the opening of the event, in which she evoked the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, emphasizing at the same time the need for strengthening the joint European and international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and proliferation of any forms of discrimination. The Romanian dignitary also presented the importance the Romanian Government attaches to the measures to fight rasism, intolerance, xenophobia, and the hate speech, as an integral part of the programme assumed by Romania for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă outlined the actions undertaken to combat anti-Semitism, actions which place Romania in the position of regional leader in this process. Last but not least, Prime Minister underlined the importance of education in cultivating tolerance among future generations, by promoting models of humanity and courage, and the common European values. 2019-01-23 14:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-23-07-38-01big_04_resize.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, la sesiunea plenară a Comitetului Economic și Social European de la BruxellesȘtiri din 22.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participates-in-the-plenary-session-of-the-european-economic-and-social-committee-eesc-in-brusselsPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă is paying a working visit to Brussels, during January 23-24, 2019, with a view to presenting the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the European Union within the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee(EESC) to be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Another important element of the visit will be the bilateral meeting which the Romanian dignitary will have with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at thee NATO headquarters in Brussels, aimed at reviewing the main topics on the NATO's agenda, with a focus on topics of interest for Romania and on our country's contributions to implementing the Allied policies and decisions. At the same time, the agenda of the visit includes Prime Minister Dancilas participation in the official ceremony devoted to the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, organized by the European Jewish Congress, under the patronage of European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, as well as Prime Minister's meeting with the Chairman of the EESC Luca Jahier, and the participation in the European Socialists meeting. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will also participate alongside European senior officials and members of the Bucharest Cabinet in the opening of the photo exhibition and the concert devoted to the start of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The governmental delegation headed by Viorica Dăncilă will include Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, National Defence Minister Beniamin-Gabriel Les, Economy Minister Niculae Badalau, Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba, interim Transport Minister Rovana Plumb, Culture and National Identity Minister Valer-Daniel Breaz. 2019-01-22 19:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-22-07-10-48big_sigla_romania2019eu.jpgComunicat de presăȘtiri din 21.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-01-21 11:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-21-11-54-19big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu prim-ministrul Statului Israel, Benjamin NetanyahuȘtiri din 18.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-prime-minister-of-the-state-of-israel-benjamin-netanyahuDuring her working visit to Israel, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, January 18, 2019, a meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. The senior officials hailed the excellent relations existing between the two countries, a fact also reflected in the frequency of high - level bilateral contacts. In this respect, they also discussed about holding the joint meeting of the two Governments in the first half of this year. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reconfirmed Romania's interest in strengthening and deepening relations with the State of Israel in the fields of strategic cooperation, cyber and energy security, medicine, research and innovation. The two Prime Ministers also voiced satisfaction over the advancement of negotiations for the conclusion of Romania - Israel Partnership in the field of new technologies, likely to stimulate the mutual interest of the two countries' business communities, so that the bilateral economic potential be turned to good account. The importance of strengthening relations in fields such as: healthcare, tourism and education was also highlighted on this occasion . Moreover, possible ways of cooperation between Romania and Israel, including from the perspective of our country's holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union were also discussed. At the same time, the two Prime Ministers exchanged views on aspects pertaining to the current international situation. 2019-01-18 13:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_poza.jpegControalele desfășurate de Corpul de control al prim-ministrului la Complexul Energetic Oltenia S.A.Știri din 17.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-01-17 12:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-17-12-16-39big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul afacerilor externe și expatriaților al Regatului Hașemit al Iordaniei, Ayman SafadiȘtiri din 16.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-and-expatriates-of-the-hashemite-kingdom-of-jordan-ayman-safadiPrime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed today, January 16, 2019 at the Victoria Palace, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ayman Safadi who is paying a visit to Romania. During the meeting, the two high officials voiced their satisfaction for the very good level of the political-diplomatic relations and agreed on the need to identify the best instruments and means to bring economic and sectorial cooperation at the their level. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed the importance that the Romanian Government attaches to the development of the collaboration relations with the Arab states, and in this respect, she pointed out the interest for a constant high level political-diplomatic dialogue. With respect to strengthening the economic and sectorial cooperation, the Romanian dignitary outlined the interest to further develop the relations in areas such as: agriculture, tourism, healthcare, education and energy, but also to identify new areas of shared interest. The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views on the regional and international agenda. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, underlining that our countrys exercise of the first rotating presidency of the EU Council represents a moment of special importance and an opportunity for Romania to reconfirm its commitment in favour of strengthening the European project. The Romanian official stated that, during this tenure, Romania will act with a view to coagulating consensus at the EU level on important topics of foreign affairs policy, including in terms of the Southern Neighborhood of the Union, context in which she hailed the very good level of the cooperation relations existing between the EU and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan The two officials also addressed the latest developments in the Middle East region, with emphasis on the conflict in Syria and the Middle East Peace Process. 2019-01-16 17:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2019-01-16_at_16.49.09_(1).jpegPrezentarea priorităților Președinției României la Consiliul Uniunii Europene în cadrul reuniunii Grupului Alianței Progresiste a Socialiștilor și Democraților din Parlamentul EuropeanȘtiri din 15.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/presentation-of-the-priorities-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-union-at-the-meeting-of-the-group-of-the-progressive-alliance-of-socialists-amp-democrats-in-the-european-parliamentDuring her visit to Strasbourg, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented today, January 15, 2019, the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, at the meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. In her speech, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pointed out that the core objective of the Romanian Presidency is to contribute to the creation of a more united, more cohesive Europe, closer to citizens. Moreover, Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that the motto of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is - Cohesion, a common European value, reflects the close attention that Romania pays to cohesion in all its dimensions: political, economic and social. The Head of the Executive has further presented the priorities within the four main pillars of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council: Europe of convergence: ensuring convergence and cohesion - for a consistent and fair development for all citizens and Member States, is essential to ensure a united Europe and to boost EU competitiveness at global level; Safer Europe - strengthening cohesion and cooperation among Member States in front of new security challenges that jeopardize the safety of citizens and backing cooperation initiatives in the field; Europe, a global actor- strengthening the global role of the European Union, by ensuring an enhanced cohesion around joint commitments undertaken through the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy, promoting the EU enlargement policy and ensuring the consistency of EU policies in neighborhood, as well as by implementing the EU commitments at international level; Europe of common values - fostering the European political cohesion by permanent reporting to the common values on which the Union is based and involving young people in community life. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila called on the members of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats to support finding the most appropriate responses to the real needs of the European citizens and advancing the complex dossiers that are on the current European agenda. Soraya Post, S and D coordinator on Roma issues, warmly welcomed the Romanian friends, stating that It is a pride to see a female prime minister. In his speech, Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists in the European Parliament, Udo Bullmann, wished success to the Prime Minister and the Romanian Government in the exercise of the first Presidency of the EU Council, expressing confidence that the set objectives will be met. Udo Bullman expressed his firm belief in the pro-European commitment of the Romanian Government and emphasized that the general objective of ensuring economic and social cohesion can be found in all the priorities promoted at European level. Also, MEP Jose Blanco Lopez showed that the Romanian Presidency comes at a defining moment for the European project. Meanwhile, MEP Constanze Krehl, S and D coordinator in the Regional Development Committee, highlighted the openness and determination already showed by the Romanian Presidency with respect to the start of legislative negotiations on the future cohesion policy, a very positive element, welcomed by the entire S and D group in the European Parliament. 2019-01-15 22:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_ac0q2707.jpgVizita de lucru a Președinției României la Consiliul UE în Parlamentul European, StrasbourgȘtiri din 15.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/visit-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-eu-councilJoint press conference by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani [Check against delivery] Antonio Tajani: Good evening everybody. First of all, I want to underline the support of the European Parliament for the Romanian Presidency. As I said during my meeting with Prime Minister, for the European Parliament, we need to work hard for achieving good solution on the package on immigration. For us, Dublin reform is a priority. The European Parliament want to achieve an agreement with the member states, we need to do more, the problem is in the hand of the Council, for this, I think, we are pushing a lot with the Romanian presidency, for us, it is very, very important. The other point is Brexit, the European elections, for us, it is crucial to achieve good results on the legislative level, on the other most important issues, for sending a message to the European citizens, I refer to European elections. Also, on the budget, we want to have a vote on the financial framework, it is not easy, I know, but for us, it is important to underline the importance of the MFF for explaining to the citizens, our engagement for good solutions on the most important points, not only immigration, but unemployment, youth's unemployment, terrorism, defence of our border. These are the key points for us. We will support the Romanian presidency, we will count on your support for this very important point. Thank you very much. Viorica Dancila: I want to thank the President Antonio Tajani and the entire European Parliament for the hospitality you showed me on the occasion of my participation in the plenary session today, in Strasbourg, during which, I presented our European vision as reflected in the programme of priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During today's discussions, I showed that the core objective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is to contribute to the creation of a more united and more cohesive Europe. This is also the reason for which we chose as motto of our presidency cohesion as a common European value. I have appreciated the support expressed by President Tajani in the discussions that we have had about this core objective of our presidency of the Council of the European Union. We agreed during our dialogue that, without a united, cohesive Europe, we cannot hope to give the necessary responses to the current challenges facing the Union and to obtain concrete results that our citizens expect. As it was said during the meeting of the European Parliament, we have 242 dossiers pending completion. They are difficult dossiers requiring consensus and we hope that together with the European Parliament, the European Commission, we will be able to finalize as many dossiers as possible that are on the European agenda. At the same time, as the President of the European Parliament stated, we need to give a response to some challenges that EU has not faced so far - I refer to Brexit - but, at the same time, to post - Brexit future of the European Union. An important event in this respect will be the Sibiu Summit, where we will shape the EU's future together with the member states. The multiannual financial framework is yet another challenge, an important dossier for which we need to take important steps, and at the same time, we also have to pay a close attention to traditional policies such as the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy, but also to the dossiers on migration, asylum policy, defence policy, foreign policy, which need consensus which we hope to obtain within the EU Council. Romania will fulfill its duty as an impartial mediator and facilitator of consensus and we hope that our responses to be as close as possible to the European citizens. All these challenges, awaiting responses from us, closing as many dossiers as possible that will need to take place in the first part of this year, because, as you know, elections for the EP will be held in May, and we need to focus our activity in the first part of the year. We hope that through the responses given, the decisions we will take together, the European Union will become stronger also in respect of the concrete results for citizens. It is important for citizens to be able to better perceive the tangible results and the added value of the European project as this is necessary in the context of the future European elections. As holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, we are determined to have a constructive role in identifying, together with the European Parliament, the best ways to advance the process of European integration, while pursuing a positive, consensual agenda and, as we have previously emphasized, a citizen-oriented one. Reporter: A question for both senior officials. President Tajani, both you and other officials from the EU institutions, mentioned that you have expectations from Romania to advance as much as possible the negotiations for the multiannual financial framework. This new multiannual financial framework also includes a program called Values and democracy in the European Union. Will you have a vote on Thursday on this program and on some rules to freeze payments to countries that do not observe the rule of law? What concrete expectations do you have from the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU to advance the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework, specifically on this issue, taking into account the possible opposition in the Council? Hungary and Poland would be just two of the states, for instance, that can block this. And for the Prime Minister: advancing negotiations on the multiannual financial framework is a priority for Romania. Within this framework, let us say, of the Presidency, what will be Romania's position as President of the Council of the European Union on this issue of freezing payments to EU states that do not observe the rule of law or jeopardize it? Thank you very much! Antonio Tajani: As regards the multiannual financial framework, we insist that it be adopted as soon as possible, the general framework and as regards various programmes, we hope we can approve them before the Europeanelections. We really insist on this, and and we tried to make it clear to the Council of the Member States that we cannot afford not to give answers to the citizens. We made proposals with figures. We have called for the Community budget to grow from 1 percent to 1.3 percent and we have bet on own resources. We do not want to discuss for each program in part with the Council what interests us. It is the adoption of the general framework, the multiannual general framework, because how can you talk about the fund, for instance, for the Common Agricultural Policy, while it is uncertain what will happen to the UK, we cannot discuss individual programs, I cannot tell you now what will be the position of Poland, Hungary or Romania. We do not debate only individual programs. Viorica Dancila: Currently, these issues are being negotiated within the Council. We must continue negotiations with the Member States and we must take into account the proposals made by the Member States. Otherwise, it is very important that any criteria related to the use of European funds be clear, transparent and are in the direct interest of the beneficiaries of European funds. I believe that these issues need to be taken into consideration and, as I mentioned earlier, the rotating Presidency should be an impartial mediator and bring consensus among the Member States. Reporter: A question for both Mr. President Tajani and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. Mr. Tajani, last week when you were in Romania you said you would call on the other Member States on the Schengen issue. We know very well that this is a double standard, but applies at European level in this issue to both Bulgaria and Romania, but the same double standard is found in other situations. What can you do as President of the European Parliament so that there is no difference between the citizens at EU level given that they are going to have such important parliamentary elections, as you pointed out a few minutes ago? Ms. Premier Viorica Dăncilă, how will the Romanian EU Council Presidency fight for the elimination of this double standard? Thank you. Antonio Tajani: I reaffirm my position in favor of the entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the Schengen Area. It is an appeal that I launched in my official speech which I delivered last week in Bucharest. I did the same during the press conference. I have not changed my mind. For me, Bulgaria and Romania can enter without any problems in the Schengen Area. Viorica Dăncilă: As you well know, Romania fulfills all the technical criteria for joining the Schengen Area. As early as 2011, the Commission has highlighted this aspect, and I think that all countries should take this political decision, to give confidence in the EU, to trust that there is no difference in approaching different countries. I believe in the support of President Antonio Tajani, I believe in the support of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and I believe that this political decision that Romania joins the Schengen area is a decision that should be taken by the end of the Romanian EU Presidency, it should be taken even before the European Parliament elections, because this would give more confidence in the EU, it would show that there are no first hand and second-hand countries or first-hand and second-hand citizens. It is an act of justice that is done for the two countries and I think this should be done by resuming talks with the countries that oppose Romanias accession to the Schengen area. I will personally do this, this demarche must also be done by the President of Romania, and I think this discussion should also take place in the Justice and Home Affairs Council. Andreea Ofiţeru, Hotnews: Prime Minister, I want to ask you about the safety of the European citizens and, implicitly, of the Romanians. You spoke in the plenum of Parliament about the safety of the EU citizens. What will you do about this in Romania with regard to the Compensatory Appeal Law, as the opposition has today called for you to withdraw this law, and I ask you considering that recently there have been more crimes committed by those who just came out of jail. Thank you. Viorica Dăncilă: As you know, this law of compensatory appeal was initiated by the technocrat government led by Dacian Cioloş, and I think it was not an inspired decision at that time. I cannot give you a reply now on what I will do. I have to go back to Romania this evening. Tomorrow I will see, I will meet the Minister of Justice to make a decision and see what the effects of this law were, the implications that it had so that our decision reflects the reality existing in Romania and things like those that happened do not happen anymore. I am not a lawyer, I cannot come up with a decision at this moment until I speak to those in the field, until I speak to the Minister of Justice. Reporter: Mrs. Dăncilă, I have a question regarding the freedom of the press in Romania. We are seeing more and more difficulties in practicing this job on the field, and I would like to know (...;) about a bill last year to sanction those who would create a bad image for Romania, although the term 'bad image' has not been clearly defined and I would like to know what happened to this bill, we are all curious to hear about this. Viorica Dăncilă: You talked about the freedom of the press in Romania. In Romania, freedom of the press exists and is well founded. That law you saw was not put into practice, so I cannot speak about something that has not been put into practice. There is no such law on the table of the Romanian Government, but what I can assure you is that restriction of press freedom in Romania will not exist. Reporter: Good afternoon. I come from Croatia, which is part of the Presidency trio, as you know, after Finland. My question is whether you cooperate with the Croatian Government, because in the Croatian press there are doubts that this state would not prepare for the Presidency. And another question on activation of Article 7. What allies within the Council can you count on, because Poland will probably support Hungary, and Hungary will support Poland and both have right-wing governments and you are the only socialist Government, facing allegations of corruption, jeopardizing the judiciary and media freedom? Therefore, in connection with activating Article 7, which are your allies in the Council? Viorica Dăncilă: Your first question pertained to the Romania - Finland - Croatia Trio. We have a very good cooperation with Croatia. We have a joint, balanced programme together for the next 18 months. Regarding activation of Article 7 and allies... I believe that Romania should not think of allies, because activation of Article 7 for Romania cannot become a reality, because in Romania there is no violation of the rule of law. Therefore, we cannot speak of activating Article 7 in this situation. I would not want to place Romania near Poland and Hungary, and I would not even want to talk about it, because I repeat, in Romania, the rule of law is observed and I do not think a discussion on this issue is useful. Speech of the Prime Minister of Romania at the plenary session of the European Parliament Dear President of the European Parliament, Dear President of the European Commission, Dear Members of the European Parliament, Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here today, before you, as Prime Minister of Romania. We took over the European mandate from Austria and I would like to reiterate on this occasion my sincere thanks and congratulations to the Austrian Presidency. At the same time, I would also like to thank our partners in Trio, Finland and Croatia, with whom we have had a very good coordination in the preparation of a common, balanced work program for the next 18 months. In the following, I will present today the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and our vision on the future of the Union. Ladies and gentlemen, Europe has always known to overcome obstacles, to revive after the less auspicious episodes of history. The European project itself, in its present form, has been modeled by the many crises it has gone through. Today, finds us in a complex moment of the European construction process. But as you well know, any situation of this kind can be transformed into an opportunity, a new beginning. This is why I'm telling you that from my point of view, the rotating presidency held by Romania for the next 6 months is not just a formal duty. There are over 500 million European citizens waiting for an answer about the future of their home, which is called Europe. I therefore believe that it is important to show the citizens of the Union that the European institutions work for them and mostly, they have results that improve their lives and future prospects. I am aware that the first phase of the rotating presidency will be intensive and shorter in time as regards the decision-making process. That's why I count a lot on your support to complete as many as possible legislative files on the agenda and to meet challenges at European level. The vision of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council on the European project is structured around the idea of - cohesion as a common European value, declined in all its dimensions: - political cohesion illustrated by the need for unity between Member States; - economic and territorial cohesion, in order to reduce development gaps between Member States and between regions; - social cohesion, important in terms of preserving the four freedoms of the Internal Market of the European Union; This concept of cohesion is transposed in a transversal manner within our thematic priorities, which are divided on four main pillars of action: Europe of convergence, Europe of security, Europe as a global actor, Europe of common values. Convergence Europe is the first pillar of action of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council and aims at ensuring economic growth, social development, reducing gaps, competitiveness, connectivity and sustainability. The Single Market is, of course, the Union's greatest achievement, the core of European construction. As a result, one of the objectives of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council is an active legislative agenda in the Internal Market field in order to complete the necessary framework for its proper functioning. We must strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry, which can stimulate our international competitiveness and, at the same time, we can generate economic growth and jobs. We will continue to promote digitization, including in the field of European industry. The digital offensive has already been promoted by the previous Estonian and Austrian EU Council Presidencies and we will continue to work in the same sustained rhythm. We will focus on the development of functional links between East and West, North and South, to facilitate connections of all kinds, operationalizing the four freedoms of movement and increasing competitiveness of the European economy and living standards in less developed regions. I was telling you about the need for a long-term policy in the industrial field, and equally important is the regulation of the Energy Union. These two themes will occupy an important place on the agenda of our presidency. The second pillar of Romania's presidency will be Europe of security. We are facing security challenges that threaten citizens' safety. The European Union is confronting a wide range of risks and threats that can undermine the values ​​and prosperity of our open societies. In a world of accelerated digitization, we must advance in terms of protecting citizens in the virtual space. We need to strengthen the Union's resilience to cyber-attacks. So, cyber ​​security will be a prerequisite for any project on the information society. Regarding the security of the Union, we will also treat with all seriousness the negotiation and finalization of initiatives on the coherent management of migration flows, the strengthening of the Union's external borders, emergency interventions, the fight against terrorism, the citizens' safeguarding in the virtual space, the operationalization and even extending the mandate of the European Prosecutor's Office to terrorist offenses, such as strengthening of judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters. We want to contribute in finding viable solutions in these areas of migration and to promote cooperation between countries of origin and transit, including in combating trafficking in human beings. The third pillar we have proposed for Romania's presidency is Europe as a global actor. In our view, the main direction of action in this area must start from the common agreements assumed by the Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy. In the field of security policy, we will promote strengthening the defense and security capabilities of the European Union, in close complementarity with similar processes within NATO. At the same time, we must focus on our proximity on what the advancement of the Union's enlargement policy means. This year's 10th years anniversary of the launch of the Eastern Partnership will be an important moment in this respect. Particular attention should be paid to the Western Balkans. We will also support the implementation of EU commitments at international level. Key areas are the promotion of trade interests, the modernization of the multilateral trading system and the extension of the economic partnership and free trade agreements. The fourth pillar on which the presidency of Romania will unfold will be the Europe of common values. In other words, in order to stimulate European political cohesion, we aim to promote the principles and values ​​that unite us. At the same time, we must firmly fight a series of issues that some societies within the Union are still facing, such as racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, antisemitism or hate speech. We want a more democratic Union, so we will promote equal treatment aspired by all Member States and all European citizens. This is essential for the citizens' trust in the European project. I tell you this from the perspective of the Romanian citizens I represent as Prime Minister and who, despite their very strong attachment to the Union, feel unequal treatment of Romania, especially when our country is being criticized for issues that are natural in other Member States, or when Romania is facing certain conditionalities that does not exist in other countries of the Union. Romanians feel inequitable when they see their country being held outside the Schengen area and I would like to thank President Jean Claude Juncker and President Antonio Tajani on this occasion for their total support for joining the Schengen Area. I have given you these examples from my country to understand that some decisions taken at European level regarding some Member States, ultimately affect the citizens of those countries and, one way or another, they determine the confidence they have to the Union. So, all the time when making decisions we have to think about the citizens of the Member States that are affected by our decisions and we must eliminate any form of differentiated treatment so as to strengthen the common values ​​of the Union. Education and culture are the key to Europe's future, both from the individual perspective of the European citizen, as from the point of view of strengthening the European project. It also requires solutions that will involve young people in shaping a strong Europe based on common European values. Ladies and gentlemen, We are all following the decisions in the British Parliament and it is obvious that Brexit will be the focus of attention during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. We will turn this history tab of the Union, but we also need to learn from this situation. In May, our democracy - the largest transnational democracy - will choose a new European Parliament. I propose to capitalize the future electoral context, as it is an opportunity for us, those who believe in Europe, to promote a stronger Union geared towards its founding principles, in resonance with our European spirit. I believe in a strong Europe - through unity, in a better Europe - by fulfilling its commitments to its citizens and globally and, why not, I believe in a more European Europe - by promoting genuine European values ​​and stimulating its citizens to feel that they belong to the European space. A strong and unitary Europe in all its dimensions - political, economic, social - is the best solution for the future of the European project. Thank you! 2019-01-15 16:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ac0q2161.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei Culturii NaționaleȘtiri din 15.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-message-on-the-national-culture-dayWe are celebrating today the National Culture Day and we mark 169 years since the birth of the - complete man of the Romanian culture as Constantin Noica wrote about Mihai Eminescu, in the works of whom the Romanians identify one of their most valuable legacies, shared by all generations. The National Culture Day calls for reflection on Romania and Romanianism, on our traditions and beliefs we are proud of, we have the duty to respect, defend and make known worldwide. It is also an opportunity for us to meditate on the fundamental role of culture in the Romanian nation's unity, in the development of the society and of each of us. The Romanian cultural identity has got new valencies once with the country's integration in the great European family. The national cultural values with their imprint assert our individuality, but also our affinities, complete and consolidate the European cultural heritage. Through all the cultural actions that Romania will promote at the helm of the Council of the European Union, we will contribute to ensuring harmony and unity in diversity at European level and to strengthening the sense of belonging to the great European family, while maintaining at the same time the cultural identity of nations. We shall promote the cultural and intellectual wealth of Romania, of the Romanians, a true national treasure and never-ending source of inspiration for the next generations. On behalf of the Romanian Government, I address thanks to the Romanians everywhere for their daily contribution to the preservation and affirmation of the Romanian cultural heritage, values and traditions. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila 2019-01-15 12:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-15-12-09-15big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la cina oficială oferită de președintele Parlamentului European, Antonio TajaniȘtiri din 15.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-official-dinner-hosted-by-the-president-of-the-european-parliament-antonio-tajaniDuring the visit to Strasbourg for the presentation of the priorities of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended on Monday, January 14, an official dinner hosted by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani. Attending the event were also EP Vice-President Ioan Mircea Pascu, EP Secretary General Klaus Welle, S and D Group Chairman Udo Bullman, EPP Group Vice-President Marian Jean Marinescu, ECR Group Vice-President Olaf Henckel, ALDE Group Vice-President Norica Nicolai, co-chairpersons of the Romanian delegation in EPP - Adina Valean and Teodor Stolojan, the Romanian delegation leader in S and D - Dan Nica, EP Presidents Chief of Staff - Diego Vanga Fano and representatives of SGCONS. The Romanian delegation included Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici, Minister of Labor Marius Constantin Budai and Minister-delegate for European Affairs.George Ciamba. Prime minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romanias commitment to being a reliable partner in the EU decision-making process during our countrys presidency of the EU Council. In this context, the Prime Minister expressed the desire to advance as many of the legislative dossiers in the first part of the term of the Romanian presidency. Prime Minister assured her interlocutors of the Romanian Government's full openness to a sustained institutional cooperation, with a view to strengthening the European Union and bringing it closer to the citizens. In his address, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani wished good luck to Romanias presidency of the EU Council, the first presidency since accession, and expressed his openness and that of the European Parliament to closely work and cooperate with a view to closing the legislative dossiers. 2019-01-15 08:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-15-08-49-48big_sigla_romania2019eu.jpgVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la StrasbourgȘtiri din 13.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-strasbourg PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, at the plenary session of the European Parliament due to be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Strasbourg. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will lead a delegation of the Romanian Government that will pay a working visit to Strasbourg from January 14 to January 15, 2019, to present the work programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The agenda will include meetings of the Romanian governmental delegation with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, the leader of Progressive Alliance of Socialists' Group in the European Parliament, Udo Bullmann, as well as representatives of the S and D Group and other European Parliament leaders. Prime Minister of Romania will also participate, alongside senior European officials and members of the Romanian Cabinet, in the opening of the photo exhibition - Traditions and landscapes in Romania, organized on the occasion of the start of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The governmental delegation led by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will include Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba, Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici, Minister of Labor and Social Justice Marius Constantin Budai. SCHEDULE OF THE WORKING VISIT OF THE ROMANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE EU COUNCIL TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Strasbourg, January 14-15, 2019 Monday, January 14, 2019 6:00pm Minister - delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba meets with the Vice-President of the European Parliament Sylvie Guillaume 7.00 pm Minister - delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba meets with the Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs Cecilia Wikstrom 8:30 pm The government delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attends the official dinner hosted by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:30 am Minister - delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba meets with the Chair of European Parliaments Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) Danuta Hubner 9:30 am Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici meets with Pervenche Beres and Othmar Karas, co-rapporteurs of the European Parliament 10:30 am Minister of Labor and Social Justice Marius Constantin Budăi meets with Vice-President of the Group of the Socialists and Democrats (S and D) Maria João Rodrigues 10:30 am Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb meets with the REGI S and D Coordinator, Constanze Krehl 10:30 am Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan meets with the Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament Claude Moraes 11:00 am Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb meets with the Chair of the Regional Development Committee of the European Parliament Iskra Mihaylova 11:00 am Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan meets with the Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs Cecilia Wikstrom 11: 00 am Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici meets with Pervenche Beres, co-rapporteur of the European Supervisory Authorities 11:30 am Minister of Labor and Social Justice Marius Budăi meets with European Parliament's rapporteur on coordination of social security systems Guillaume Balas 2:20 pm Arrival of the government delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the European Parliament headquarters; President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani welcomes the delegation - Family photo of the government delegation with the EP delegation (European Parliament headquarters, official entry Mariana de Pineda, near the flags) 2:30 pm Bilateral meeting of the government delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă with the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani 3:00 pm Address by Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the plenary session of the European Parliament 5:00 pm Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (Headquarters of the European Parliament) 5:00 pm Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu meets with the Chair of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister 5:45 pm Minister - delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba meets with the first Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness 6:00 pm Presentation of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the S and D Group meeting 7:00 pm Participation of the government delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, alongside senior European officials, at the opening of the photo exhibition Traditions and landscapes in Romania, organized on the occasion of the start of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Note: The event time is local time. 2019-01-13 19:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-13-07-44-49big_logo_presedintie.jpgVizita Colegiului Comisarilor Europeni la București, Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 11.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/visit-of-the-college-of-commissioners-to-bucharest-victoria-palaceJoint press conference by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the President of the European Commission Jean -Claude Juncker [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: Good afternoon! I welcome the presence in Bucharest of Mr. Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, the presence of the College of Commissioners in a particularly important moment for our country, awaited by us, the opening of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Romanian Government's visit to Brussels, last december, represented a good opportunity for strengthening our cooperation. It is their turn, of the College of Commissioners to visit us in Bucharest and to deepen the discussions on the concrete priorities and objectives that we have set for this semester of the Presidency. At the same time, todays visit is also a symbolic moment for Romania, it paves the way for our cooperation in a new perspective, that of presidency of the Council of the European Union. In this capacity, we will continue to work together to attain the common objective of strengthening the European project. On todays meeting with President Juncker, I reiterated my confidence in close co-operation and a constructive dialogue in continuing our good cooperation with the European Commission in recent months. I also voiced hope that our joint efforts and mutual support will make it easier for us to attain the desired results by the end of our presidency of the Council of the European Union and, of course, by the end of the mandate of the current European Commission. The European Commission's constant approach and initiatives for achieving a stronger and more effective union in order to deliver concrete results for the benefit of all the European citizens fully fits the vision and objectives we want to promote during our presidency of the Council of the European Union. I assured President Juncker that we will maintain this approach. We are fully aware of the stakes, especially in this changing European landscape, and we are firmly committed to contributing, as a facilitator of consensus, through concrete actions, to the promotion of a more united and cohesive Europe. An approach of this kind is needed, all the more so as we manage a European agenda with actual topics with a very high level of complexity. Debates on the Future of Europe, future elections for the European Parliament, negotiation of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and the Brexit are just a few elements and major events that define the framework for action of our Presidency of the EU Council. I assure President Juncker that we are determined to contribute to positive results delivery, to strengthening EU unity in order to meet the current challenges facing the European Union. We are both realistic and pragmatic. We are holding the Presidency of the EU Council before the end of term of the European legislature - it will be the last presidency before the European Parliament elections in May, the last presidency before the end of the current Commission's term of office- and we will focus on ensuring the continuity of the European agenda and providing the bases for moving to the future European Parliament and the future European Commission. Today's discussions between the members of the Romanian Government and the members of the College of Commissioners were structured on three thematic clusters, which took place in parallel and provided the opportunity to deepen the priority dossiers on the European agenda. During the first thematic cluster on the Internal Market - Growth, Competitiveness, Innovation and Digital cluster, a number of dossiers and policies were addressed under the objective of strengthening the Internal Market of the European Union. This objective is one of the most important milestones of our joint action. We addressed issues related to the long-term vision of the Single Market and the industrial policy, the advancement of Erasmus programme negotiations or the mobility package, as well as legislative initiatives aimed at completing the Digital Single Market . Talks within the second thematic cluster covered aspects related to economic and social Convergence, cohesion and inclusion, with emphasis on sectorial dossiers aimed at strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union, implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and promotion of mobility and free movement inside the EU Internal Market. A special attention was extended to talks on the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021- 2027, one of the priority dossiers of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, taking into account its importance for the future of the Union and European policies, such as the common agricultural policy or the cohesion policy. The third thematic cluster focused on Europe - global actor, defence, EU security, migration and justice. On this occasion, it was underlined the fact that the advancement of the enlargement policy, the active involvement of the Union in the Western Balkans region and maintaining the attention extended to Eastern Partnership will represent priorities of the Romanian Presidency, during its mandate. It has also been reiterated the need to continue efforts to identify consensual solutions to the challenges of the migration phenomenon, including by shaping an upgraded asylum policy at EU level. As regards security within the EU, we will continue to consistently work on strengthening external borders and implementing the EUs internal security instruments. We will also have a plenary luncheon between the members of the Romanian Government and the members of the College of Commissioners in the continuation of the thematic discussions, which will provide the opportunity to review the main conclusions and ideas emerging from today's dialogue. We will also seek to identify the best ways for advancement and result delivery on all these levels of action. I underlined the fact that Romania meets all the technical criteria for accession to the Schengen area and that we want a political agreement to be obtained in this respect during the six-month rotating presidency. On my behalf and on behalf of the entire Romanian Government, I want to thank once again Mr. President Juncker and the entire College of Commissioners for your openness, for the constructive dialogue and cooperation, a very good cooperation to date and which I hope we will have the opportunity to further develop over the next six - months. Jean - Claude Juncker: Mrs. Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen! I am running from one press conference to another and all morning I asked myself the following question: what am I going to say at the next press conference, because at the first, I already said all that was to be said. Well, first of all, I will say that we, the commissioners, have been treated like princes here in Bucharest. Everything is perfectly organized, which is auspicious for the continuation of events. I have had a bilateral discussion with the Prime Minister. It is the fourth bilateral meeting that I have had with the Prime Minister in recent months, which shows that I am very interested in what is happening in Romania and, of course, in what is happening at European level. When the Prime Minister presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency, you could see that it was about a work programme that perfectly matches the intentions of the Commission. Therefore, from this point of view, technically, there is absolutely no difficulty in the relationship between Romania and the Commission. I would like to insist on several points. First of all, if I could express a wish, it would be that Romania joins the Schengen area during the mandate of this Commission. I see no reason why some Governments obstinately refused this. We keep in touch with the most recalcitrant and we try to persuade them to say yes to Romanias accession to the Schengen area. In 2014, I pledged before the European Parliament to end the cooperation and verification mechanism and I remain faithful to this promise, provided all efforts are made at national level, and at European level, for things to run in good conditions. I would like to conclude my term of office making Romania a member of the Schengen area and putting an end to the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification. It is a busy work programme related to the proposals made in recent years, the co-legislators still have 248 legislative proposals which are not yet finalized and, under the Romanian Presidency, together with the European Parliament, I would like to try before the European Parliament goes into recess, before the elections, and before April 18, I would like most of these ... or an essential part of these legislative proposals to be adopted in co-decision by Parliament and the Council. Prime Minister told me many times that she intends to speed up the work at legislative level. There is very little time left, because the European Parliament will finish its works on April18, and little can be done on a legislative level between April 18, and the end of the presidency. Therefore, we will have to make the most of the few remaining weeks up to European elections for the advancement of the legislative programme. Likewise, with respect to the Multiannual Financial Framework, after an Austrian presidency that did a remarkable job at the technical level, the Romanian Government should lead the works so that progress is achieved as quickly as possible in this dossier. I know from experience that this is one of the most difficult dossiers a presidency can handle. Because I went through this process, I know how tough this task is. I would also like that during the Romanian Presidency too, we adopt at Council and Parliament level, some directives on migration and asylum. We proposed seven directives; five are pending completion, and I hope we adopt at least these fives, putting aside the two more difficult ones. But if we want to combat secondary movements, we need the Parliament and the Council to adopt the respective directives. This applies to the external borders defence too. The Commission made a proposal saying that the number of police officers and coast guards should reach 10,000. We are told now that it is not possible, but at the beginning, we were told that the Commission was too modest in its proposal, too shy. I hope the Romanian presidency speeds up works, and we should not let ourselves be diverted from our path by those who have a multitude of good ideas but when it comes to implementing them, they withdraw from the necessary debates. This is my third visit to Romania since the start of my term of office, and I would like the domestic issues and disputes from Romania to stop. When you preside over the European Union, you have to forget, and to put aside the internal policy issues. And the Prime Minister has confirmed us that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will not be shadowed by other issues. I have full confidence in Mrs. Prime Ministers ability to lead the works of the Council. I know she is fond of European ideas, ideals. Therefore, Viorica, I trust you shall do whatever it takes for Europe to achieve progress. Thank you! Reporter: Good afternoon! One question for Mr. Juncker: how worrisome are in your view the anti-European messages which appeared lately in the Romanian space, and what can do the European Commission on the one hand and the other European institutions to combat them and what should the Romanian authorities do to prevent these messages from generating a wave of euroscepticism? The same question for the Prime Minister: what should be done in order not to have anymore anti-European messages and to avoid the consequences of these messages? Thank you! Jean - Claude Juncker: The Romania Government knows it and the Romanian people will find it out soon that we need to work together with the Romanian Presidency like in an ideal couple and I am sure that the Prime Minister will contribute to this to a great extent. I am never surprised when the Commission is under attack, that is the rule. The Commission should somehow deal with all the emerging issues and I would like to see in Romania that people do not think anymore we have two Europe, ie the so-called Western Europe and the Eastern Europe, ie the Member States that joined since 2004. I would like the Romanian Presidency to be the one in which, definitively, we can prove that the European Union must not have anymore a differentiated treatment for the Member States. The Commission, the European Parliament, their members speak with nuances about what is being done in the Member States and it may sometimes be considered a sign of division, but the Commission, in fact, without exception, regards all the Member States as equal. Viorica Dăncilă: Yes, I believe that the anti-European messages do not find response among population if the European institutions, Brussels give adequate responses to the challenges we are facing. That is why we want, alongside the Commission, and the Council, to give answers as close as possible to the citizens so that we can show that the only path is the pro-European path. An anti-European message remains only a message, if citizens find themselves in the policies coming from Europe. I believe that it is very important how we respond to the existing challenges, how, through the policies that we are going to adopt, European citizens will find themselves, and then I think any anti-European message will remain unanswered. This is what we aim at, therefore, in the program of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we chose cohesion as a European common value, in order to have the same response, the same treatment for all EU Member States and all European citizens. And I think that in order to avoid the increase of extremism, and to avoid new anti-European reactions, we must mobilize ourselves and provide adequate answers, answers awaited by the Romanian and European citizens. I think this is the path we have to take. Reporter: Mr. President Juncker, you stated in late December to a German newspaper : - I think the Bucharest Executive has not fully understood what means to preside over the EU countries. Do you consider your statement then as a rushed one, given your talks in Bucharest last evening and this morning, with Romanian partners? Do you still maintain this statement and perhaps, you are willing to clarify it on this occasion. And if it comes to clarifications, you stated earlier that at present, your wish is that Romania is accepted in the Schengen Area in the term of the current Commission, and also that you are in contact with the Prime Ministers and the states that at present are a bit more obstinate in this matter. How would you persuade Netherlands and the Dutch Prime Minister to accept Romania in the Schengen area? Jean - Claude Juncker: I usually do not comment the statements I made on other occasion. I talked frankly with the German publication, you answered yourself in fact your question by laying stress on the efforts needed to reach national consensus in your country, on the eve of taking over the presidency, which happened on January 1, and following my talks with Mrs. Prime Minister, I am reassured, otherwise, following my discussion with the President too. I trust that domestic issues will not be reflected at European level, because that would be harmful. But following my talks including with the President of the Senate and the Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, I have confidence that this message was well- understood. The second question pertaining to Schengen, I would ask you to follow what I said during my press conference with the President. I repeated what I kept on saying from 2014 on, that Romania must be in the Schengen area and I will do my best for this to happen during the term of the current Commission. In connection with Netherlands, I have an ongoing dialogue with Netherlands and with the other countries as well, telling that Romania met all technical criteria for Schengen accession. The Dutch Prime Minister is aware of this and he knows I expect him to make progress in Netherlands and elsewhere too, on this topic. Reporter: Good afternoon! I have a question in connection with migration.Lately, some member states received 49 migrants, after the member states faced the issue of who would take care of them. What should be done to avoid such situations through the reform of course, of the Dublin Regulation. And in connection with this issue, given the elections for the European Parliament, yesterday, the Hungarian Prime Minister, Mr. Orban said he would want most of the parties entering the European Parliament to be parties that oppose migration. Do you think such a majority will be formed? Jean Claude Juncker: As regards the first question, if the member states had adopted in due time all the Commission's proposals regarding migration, we would not have faced the current situation. I am dealing with this issue every week, on a daily basis, and I hail the efforts of the Romanian Government, of the Romanian Prime Minister who accepted few migrants and refugees to come to Romania. It is a decision that honors Romania. In connection with the alleged statement of Mr. Orban, I would first check it before any comment on it. Reporter: A question for Prime Minister from the The Times. The legislative window for the Multiannual Financial Framework is quite narrow given the context of these negotiations because a major net contributor is lost. How will this issue also be addressed? And cohesion is a central area, a central issue, of your presidency, how do you promote cohesion in the MFF context? In the context in which net contributors such as the Netherlands simply refuse to contribute more to cover the hole left behind by Brexit? Viorica Dancila: I know there are divergent views on the Multiannual Financial Framework and in my speech, I pointed out the fact that according to the way we address the Multiannual Financial Framework, this will be reflected in the cohesion policy, the common agricultural policy, traditional policies at the EU level. As we know, at the last European Council it was decided that in October we would have a political agreement on the MFF. We do not have to wait for October.We need to consider small steps that we have to take, but thorough steps in order to obtain this political agreement. And to us, as rotating presidency, it is important not only the time frame in which we will have this political agreement but also what the MFF contains, as we may get a political agreement in shorter time , but it may not refect what we all want: a strong cohesion policy, a strong agricultural policy in which we can find the other policies as well, I am talking about the defence policy, the migration policy you have just mentioned, the single market, also the counter-terrorism policy, and other policies of interest at European level. Therefore, it is important more for us what MFF will include than the time frame when we can get a political agreement. But, of course, during the six-month period, we will have talks with all member states, we will be impartial mediators and we will try to reach consensus on the Multiannual Financial Framework. 2019-01-11 13:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2019-01-11_at_14.13.35.jpegÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României cu ministrul delegat pentru afaceri europene al Republicii FrancezeȘtiri din 11.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-delegate-for-european-affairs-of-the-french-republicPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had on Thursday, January 10, 2019, a meeting with the Minister - delegate for European Affairs of the French Republic, Mrs Nathalie Loiseau. Topics of interest on the agenda of the bilateral relations were addressed during the talks, as well as topical issues on the European agenda, in the context of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union. The close cooperation relations between the two countries in various fields, reflecting the Strategic Partnership between Romania and France were highlighted. The Romanian dignitary mentioned ways of further developing and diversifying the bilateral cooperation, while underlining the demarches aimed at updating the Roadmap to the Strategic Partnership Declaration. In this context, the Romanian official appreciated that the France - Romania Season, recently successfully inaugurated, provides an excellent opportunity to present in both countries, a multitude of contemporary images of Romania and France respectively, from various fields of activity and to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, science and economy. Prime Minister also recalled the important Romanian community in France and its rich contribution to deepening bilateral economic relations and to both states' development. Reminding that Romania holds for the first time the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, the Romanian Prime Minister higlighted that this presidency is exercised in a particular European context, marked by a series of complex processes, such as: the negotiation of the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021- 2027, the Brexit process, and clarification of the future relations with Great Britain, elections for the European Parliament in May 2019, followed by a new EU institutional cycle, the Sibiu informal Summit, and the reflection process on the future of Europe. The Romanian dignitary briefly pointed out the priorities of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, built around four pillars/ large action directions, respectively: Europe of convergence, Europe of safety, Europe - global actor and Europe of common values. Prime Minister underlined that all projects considered in this context have at their core the principle of cohesion, which prompted the motto: - Cohesion, a common European value. During the meeting, the dignitaries exchanged views on the main topics on the European agenda. Prime Minister of Romania also reiterated our country's objective to join the Schengen area, underlining the fact that all the technical conditions necessary to accession were long met. The French Minister - delegate for European Affairs reviewed France's interest in the completion of auctions in the naval defence field, as well as in the projects that France promotes in the field of anti-aircraft system, helicopter manufacture and in the civil nuclear field. The discussions also addressed the topic of amending the justice laws, as well as the topic pertaining to the infringement of human rights. There was also an exchange of views on the topic of fake news, the need to promote the fight against online disinformation being highlighted in this context. 2019-01-11 08:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-11-08-18-01big_04_resize.jpgCeremonia oficială de lansare a Președinției României la Consiliul Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 10.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-official-opening-ceremony-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionSpeech of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the official opening ceremony of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union [Check against delivery] Mr. President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr. President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, Mr. President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, Mr. President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, Mr. President of the Senate, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, Mr. Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Florin Iordache, Dear guests, Ladies and gentlemen, I have the great honor and joy of welcoming our guests today to Bucharest! Thank you for your presence at this event where we are marking an important moment for Romania: the launch of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For me, it is a moment of great emotion, because today, in this very special situation for my country, I have the honor of speaking on behalf of my fellow citizens. I have the honor of speaking on behalf of Romania, which for 6 months, starting today, will stand dignified at the table where important decisions of the European Union are taken. Today, Romanians enjoy the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, occupy the deserved place in Europe, the place where they receive the same respect, the same rights and the same benefits that all other European citizens enjoy. With this thought I will represent my country and my fellow citizens for the next 6 months. Romania will worthy lead the Council of the European Union. I see here today some of the architects of our European integration, a part of those who contributed for Romania to join the values and the acquis communautaire. I sincerely and respectfully thank them for their contribution. Looking back, I think the most important step of our integration was achieved when the Romanian people adopted, by referendum, the current Constitution of Romania. That is the starting line where our integration really began. It was the moment when the Romanian people wanted to align and to assimilate the values and principles of the European Union. The constitution adopted at that time and governing today the rule of law in Romania is the strongest guarantee that our country has embarked on the irreversible path of European integration. The Constitution is our most important European benchmark because it has been drawn up in agreement with our European partners and has been the starting point for our Euro-Atlantic integration process. Today we can state that what is European is also constitutional, and equally what is constitutional is in full agreement with the European values and principles. This Constitution tells us today, when taking over the rotating presidency, that the Romanian Government has the duty to manage European files alongside the Council of the European Union. As Prime Minister of Romania, I assume with great honor and dignity this high responsibility towards Europe and over 500 million European citizens. We will demonstrate that Romania has fully won the role and position of a full right Member State of the European Union. We will demonstrate that Romania deserves the respect of the European community and the status of an equal partner in the great European construction. We will prove that Romania is fully prepared to stand up, among all the other Member States. And we will show that Romania is well prepared to manage the important files on the European agenda and to be an impartial mediator who can generate consensus at European level. So I send to all Romanians and our European partners the same message: - Dare to believe in Romania! Dare to believe in Romania's ability to honorably lead the Council of the European Union. Today, more than ever, we can prove that the Romanian people is a truly European one, attached to the values and aspirations of the community space. And I want to tell our European partners that the Romanians have been, are and will remain pro-European. We have not changed our pro-European option and I see no reason to change it in the future. On the contrary, we want to actively participate in the major decisions of the Union, and here we are doing it today! We want to be equal and respected partners in the European Union, and today Romania is sitting at the table where the future of the Union is being discussed and decided! We want Romania, alongside all other European countries, to enjoy the same benefits that this great project of a strong and united Europe offers, and today, Romanias presidency of the Council of the Union begins by strengthening cohesion between Member States! Cohesion and unity represent our vision of the Unions leadership! I guarantee you that the ministers of the Government I lead will seriously manage the vital files for the present and the future of the Union. We are also aware of the challenges ahead. We do not minimize them, nor we exaggerate them. We will treat them with the same seriousness and respond with realism and determination. Ladies and gentlemen, I am addressing you today as the Prime Minister of a state for which joining the European Union was the fulfillment of a national aspiration. The democratic system, the economic development and the security Romania enjoys today are the tangible results of this road. The European path has been and remains our choice, and at the same time we are fully aware of the irreversible nature of the road we took. Our future is always ahead, not behind! So, we go forward on the European path we started! At the same time, however, we must never forget where we started. It is a valid imperative for all Member States of the Union. Let us all remember the ideals, principles and values on which the European project was built. We started from the belief that together we will be truly stronger in the world and that national interests will be better achieved inside the Union than outside it. If we want the Union to go forward, then we must all go ahead! Nobody can be left behind! If we want the Union to be stronger, then all Member States must be strong and the weaker must be helped to become stronger. And if we want the Union to be respected internationally, then we must first and foremost respect each other and realize that each Member State has a definite contribution to the value of the whole Union. And we are not few those wanting a more united Europe. Mr. Jean Claude Junker, the President of the European Commission, said in the White Paper on the future of the Union that - as we decide which way to go, we should remember that Europe has always been at its best when we are united, bold and confident that we can shape our future together. This is also our reason for proposing that in the mandate of our Presidency the Union should go in the same rhythm and with the same cadence! And we will primarily support those decisions that will lie above political differences, above the national variety, above the differences in development and which can thus contribute to strengthening cohesion between Member States. We will promote what unites us and will restrain what divides us. I sincerely wish a stronger and more united European Union at the end of our Presidency of the Council. This is the spirit of the European Union! This is the vision that Romania will follow during the 6 months while holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union! Finally, I once again thank the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the other rotating presidencies for the fruitful collaboration that has allowed us to properly prepare for this moment. I am convinced that the union generates power and I invite you to continue working together for a successful Presidency of Romania at the EU Council! Thank you. 2019-01-10 21:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_30.jpgRăspunsul oficial al premierului Viorica Dăncilă la motivările privind respingerea nominalizărilor miniștrilor Transporturilor și DezvoltăriiȘtiri din 10.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-01-10 16:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-10-04-05-30big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul de externe al Poloniei, Jacek CzaputowiczȘtiri din 09.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-polish-foreign-minister-jacek-czaputowiczPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz today, January 9, 2019. The Romanian Prime Minister and the Polish Foreign Minister pointed out that the relations between the two states have seen an intense and dynamic development in recent years and emphasized the importance of continuing the Romania - Poland dialogue on the basis of the two states Strategic Partnership concluded ten years ago. During the meeting, the two officials also addressed topics related to the European agenda. Prime Minister presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, underlining that Romanias first-time tenure at the helm of the EU Council in the first half of the year 2019 is a moment of great importance and an opportunity for Romania to reaffirm its commitment to strengthening the European project. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă expressed Romanias expectations of getting Polands support and cooperation in this line - with reference to relevant dossiers such as: the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, the Eastern Partnership, or the Western Balkans, etc. In the perspective of the second round of intergovernmental consultations between Romania and Poland - scheduled to take place in Romania this year - Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the full implementation of the measures in areas such as security and defense, European integration, foreign affairs, internal affairs, entrepreneurship and economy, innovation, agriculture and tourism, as agreed upon during the first round of consultations held in Warsaw last year. She revealed the added value of Romanian - Polish sectorial cooperation. 2019-01-09 17:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-09-05-17-21big_02_resize.jpgConferință de presă susținută de ministrul Fondurilor Europene, Rovana PlumbȘtiri din 08.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-01-08 15:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-08-03-06-31big_12_resize.jpgDoris Mircea și Nelu Barbu, purtători de cuvânt pe perioada exercitării de către România a Președinției Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 07.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/doris-mircea-and-nelu-barbu-designated-spokespersons-during-romania-s-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionDirector General with the Foreign Affairs Ministry Doris Mircea and Government Spokesman Nelu Barbu have been designated spokespersons during Romanias presidency of the Council of the European Union. Doris Mircea is a career diplomat with the rank of plenipotentiary minister, coordinator of the Communication, Promotion and Organisation Directorate within the Unit for Preparing the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE). Since 2002, she has worked within Romanias Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, as a spokesperson, in charge of cultural affairs, education, research, public diplomacy and communication strategy. In 2008, she came back to Romania, at the helm of the Communication Directorate, and she was appointed MAE spokesperson in 2010. She holds a PhD in Sociology (on communication in diplomacy) and is a graduate of a Master of Arts in International Politics at the ULB in Brussels. Nelu Barbu has been state advisor to Prime Minister and Government Spokesman since February 2018. Nelu Barbu has 15 years of experience in mass-media and public communication. The media requests regarding topics pertaining to Romanias presidency of the Council of the European Union may be sent to scp@mae.ro. 2019-01-07 21:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_logo_presedintie.jpgConferință de presă susținută de ministrul delegat pentru Afaceri Europene, George CiambaȘtiri din 07.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-01-07 14:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-07-02-31-44big_01_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia sărbătoririi zilei Sfântului Ioan BotezătorulȘtiri din 07.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-01-07 12:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-07-12-54-12big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul a transmis propunerile de desemnare a miniștrilor interimari pentru portofoliile Transporturilor și Dezvoltării RegionaleȘtiri din 07.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-has-sent-the-proposals-for-the-designation-of-the-interim-ministers-for-the-transport-and-regional-development-portfoliosPrime Minister Viorica Dancila has sent today to President Klaus Iohannis the proposals for the designation of the interim ministers for the Transport and Regional Development portfolios, Rovana Plumb and Eugen Teodorovici, to ensure the continuity of activity in the two fields. - I proposed the designation of interim ministers in order to ensure the continuity of the government activity in all fields, including in the Transport and Regional Development fields, which are key portfolios in unfolding important investment projects. It is essential, nevertheless, considering the current context, to find definitive solutions for appointing current ministers for the two offices Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined. The Government fully understands its own responsibilities and the ones related to the taking over of the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The implementation of the Programme for Government requires the active involvement of all the members of the Cabinet, both during the Cabinet meetings, and in the activity of each Minister, in his/her specific field of activity, with concrete effects for the Romanians, such as payment of their salaries and ensuring continuity of the activity. Moreover, it is essential that all the current ministers, who are in full exercise of their office, participate in the first meeting of the Romanian Government with the European Commissioners' College, which will take place this week in Bucharest. The Romanian Government further awaits the Romanian President's reasoning behind his refusal of the previous proposals that were submitted to him, to appoint the Transport and Regional Development ministers, in line with the Romanian Constitution's provisions and the Constitutional Court's decisions. 2019-01-07 12:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-07-12-16-51big_sigla_guvern.pngMihaela Triculescu, noul președinte al ANAFȘtiri din 03.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/mihaela-triculescu-the-new-head-of-anafPrime Minister Viorica Dancila signed today the decision on the appointment of Mihaela Triculescu, an economist with more than 19 years of experience in the private sector as Head of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), with rank of Secretary of State. The appointment of Mrs Mihaela Triculescu at the helm of ANAF was decided after assessing several proposals made by the Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici. Mihaela Triculescu is an economist with vast experience. In the past three years, she worked in insolvency, ensuring the management of the insolvency procedure for several companies. The new Head of ANAF has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and is a graduate of masters studies in the Analysis of diagnosis and business assessment at the University of Craiova, Faculty of Economic Sciences. The appointment decision will come into force after its publication in the Official Journal. 2019-01-03 15:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_mihaela_triculescu_-_presedintele_anaf.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul preluării de către România a Președinției Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 01.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-01-01 10:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-01-10-08-04big_stema.pngSteagurile României și Uniunii Europene, precum și logo-ul oficial al președinției rotative, proiectate pe clădirea Palatului VictoriaȘtiri din 31.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-european-union-and-romanian-flags-as-well-as-the-official-logo-of-the-rotating-presidency-projected-on-the-victoria-palaceStarting tomorrow, Romania will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for a six-month period. The European Union and Romanian flags as well as the official logo of the rotating presidency will be projected on the Victoria Palace in order to mark this event. The visual elements will be projected on the Government's building this night, between 7 pm and 3 am. - In this mandate, I have confidence that Romania has the necessary strength and preparedness to faciltate dialogue on some very important dossiers for the daily life of the Romanian and European citizens: definition of the post-2020 EU budget, functioning of the European Single Market, and competitiveness of the European industry, the future of post-Brexit European Union, social rights and internal security related aspects, fight against terrorism, management of the migration related challenges. The motto of the presidency - Cohesion, a common European value, proves our determination to contribute to maintaining unity, cohesion and solidarity, fundamental elements at European level, highlighted Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. 2018-12-31 11:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_f67b7e13-baa2-4e4f-8087-1eca4f763458.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă pentru Anul NouȘtiri din 31.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-12-31 10:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-31-10-10-15big_stema.pngMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia sărbătoririi CrăciunuluiȘtiri din 24.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-12-24 14:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-24-02-08-26big_stema.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea la nivel înalt în format cvadrilateral România-Serbia-Bulgaria-GreciaȘtiri din 22.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-high-level-quadrilateral-meeting-of-romania-serbia-bulgaria-and-greeceJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras [Check against delivery] /...;/ Viorica Dăncilă: Good afternoon. I want to start by thanking president Vučić for his warm welcome, for the hospitality specific to the Serbian people. I am particularly glad to be today here, to attend our sixth quadrilateral meeting, an important one to us. During our talks, we approached two aspects. The first referred to cooperation between our countries both regarding bilateral trade and economic cooperation and cooperation in this quadrilateral format. We tackled topics related to the energy, infrastructure, tourism, sports areas as President Vučić has mentioned. We want a better connection between our countries, a very good cooperation in the region, a much improved cooperation between our countries. I discussed with Mr. President Vučić about cooperation between Romania and Serbia, about the infrastructure to link the two countries, about an economic forum to effectively help businesspeople in Romania to invest in Serbia and viceversa, and about cooperation in the tourism area. I discussed with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov about a meeting of the two Governments, a kind of G2G between Romania and Bulgaria, precisely to implement many of the projects that we have discussed today. We have referred to bridges across the Danube, we have referred to the Danube as a navigable river, take all steps in this respect, because, as you know, at present, Romania holds the EUSDR Presidency, but also has the Danube strategy on the European agenda as an important topic of our presidency. I discussed with Prime Minister Tsipras about the cooperation between Romania and Greece, about a visit of Prime Minister accompanied by Ministers in Romania, exactly to develop cooperation on those areas in which we do not have a very good cooperation or in which we cooperate, but there is room for improvement and this cooperation can be improved. A second aspect that we have addressed on todays talks referred to Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting January 1, 2019. There is a special interest in cooperation on this issue, which is why we reviewed the joint topics we have on the European agenda and which both Romania and Bulgaria will support as Member States, but also how we can boost the enlargement process, how can we support it, how we can support the Western Balkans, given that Romania will continue to have as priority, the Western Balkans as Bulgaria and Austria had. In this respect, I put a special emphasis on the cohesion policy, a very important policy to Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, and also on the migration policy, the asylum policy, the defence policy and not least on the multiannual financial framework which is a priority to us, a priority to all of the member states. According to the approach we will display related to this, we could be able to talk about the other important policies at EU level, the traditional ones - the cohesion policy, the common agricultural policy, and the new policies - on migration, terrorism, the defence policy. Last but not least, the topics we have tackled pertain to the enlargement and I have told Mr. President Vucic that Romania backs Serbias European path. I have invited Mr. President to Bucharest during Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, exactly to make known the important steps Serbia is taking as regards its European path, to make known Serbias willigness to close the opened negotiations chapters, and I want to congratulate Mr. President for opening chapters 17 and 18. But at the same time, we believe that we all need to get involved in supporting Serbia /.../ with all technical support in opening new negotiation chapters or closing the opened ones. We have all the openness to support Serbia and we want to make these important steps taken by Serbia, be known in both Brussels and Bucharest so that all Member States know this and we want to continue to support the Western Balkans, to back the enlargement policy which is a priority for us and which is very important. During the Presidency that Romania will hold starting January 1, 2019, we must respond to many challenges, perhaps unique challenges the EU has faced so far, I refer to Brexit, the future of the post-Brexit EU and the Summit to be held in Sibiu on May 9, 2019 will be important in this respect. And I am fully convinced that together we will be able to shape a future close to citizens, a future folded on the reality existing in the EU Member States and at the same time during the rotating presidency held by Romania, the states that want to join the EU, the Western Balkan states that are taking important steps in this direction, be assessed on the basis of their own merits and to achieve progress. Once again, I want to thank President Vučić for his approach, for the warm welcome. I want to thank my colleagues, Boyko and Alexis, for the constructive dialogue, which will surely be reflected in very important projects for the region and our countries. Thank you. / ... / 2018-12-22 11:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-22-12-02-30big_04_resize.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Victoriei Revoluției Române și a Libertății - 22 decembrie 2018Știri din 22.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-12-22 09:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-22-09-15-57big_stema.pngÎntâlnirea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu Sebastian Kurz, cancelarul federal al AustrieiȘtiri din 21.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-federal-chancellor-of-austria-sebastian-kurz Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Sebastian Kurz [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: Good afternoon. We are enjoying the presence of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz today in Bucharest. This is all the more important as it marks the handover of the Presidency of the Council of the EU from the Austrian Government to the Government of Romania, a symbolic handover, because, as you know, the Austrian Presidency ends on December 31, 2018. This is all the more important as the Estonia-Bulgaria-Austria trio will end, Austria being the last state of this trio, and starting January 1, the Romania-Finland-Croatia trio begins, and Romania is the first state of this trio. We discussed about the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, about the important dossiers on the European agenda, about the smooth transition from the Austrian Presidency to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. I want to mention the fact that during the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Romania held the shadow presidency and the Ministers participated in the trio's meetings on the important dossiers which are on the EU table. Of course, we addressed the main challenges existing at European level, we discussed about Brexit, a very important challenge which marked the Austrian Presidency and which will surely mark the rotating presidency that Romania will hold. We also discussed about the Multiannual Financial Framework, and despite divergent opinions on certain policies, certain aspects and I refer here to the common agricultural policy or the cohesion policy, a close cooperation between Romania and Austria is necessary. We also addressed topics related to migration, terrorism, topics which we know they await a response not only from Romania, not only from Austria, but a response folded on reality is expected from all EU Member States. I know that the opinions are divergent, I know we are very divided at European level. It is very difficult to find a solution for different situations in the Member States, but it is our duty to find this solution and to find the solution awaited by the European citizens. Each Minister of the Cabinet will take from his/her counterpart the dossiers that will remain during our presidency. I am glad that I talked with my counterpart about this today, and I am convinced that this cooperation will continue, and I told Mr. Chancellor that we want this cooperation also during the rotating presidency to be held by Romania. It is very important that we move from a protected Europe - the motto of the Austrian presidency- to a Europe in which cohesion is seen as a common value. We also need protection, protecting European citizens, but we also need a higher level of cohesion, a rapprochement in the development of regions, or between the eastern and western, southern and northern countries, between old and new EU Member States. We also approached the cooperation between Romania and Austria. We want cooperation, a bilateral relationship, a better economic and trade relationship, we have proposed a sectoral cooperation between our Ministries. We have ministries cooperating very well. The Ministry of Public Finance has a very good cooperation with its counterpart in Austria. We also have other Ministers who have a very good cooperation, but there are also areas like IT or research where we need to make further efforts to improve cooperation between the two countries. Today, the presence of the Austrian Chancellor in Bucharest is an important moment, it is a moment that I can say marks the start of a very important period for Romania, the first time when Romania holds the rotating presidency of the EU. I want to congratulate the Chancellor for the Presidency, for the results they achieved, for the approach manner, for the manner of addressing the main challenges at European level, and I am convinced, as I have mentioned, in fact, that, given the level of training that the Romanian Government has, the way in which we treated the takeover of the Presidency will make Romania a successful Presidency. Once again, thank you Mr. Chancellor for the constructive dialogue, for the openness and the approach manner of the future cooperation, the development of the bilateral economic and trade relations between Romania and Austria. Sebastian Kurz: Thank you, Prime Minister. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be your guest today here, on the occasion of the handover of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. This will happen on December 31, January 1 respectively, and we can formally do it now. During our Presidency, we have made special efforts. We have managed to organize a lot of trilogues, several topics have been addressed. We have managed to obtain compromises. It has been an intense cooperation and we had a successful Presidency. We wish the best to the Romanian Presidency, and we wish your presidency continues our work - I refer here to Brexit, UK's exit from the European Union, the negotiations regarding the Multiannual Financial Framework, and we hope that the important topics too, the priorities initiated by Bulgaria and us, for instance, the emphasis put on Western Balkans, will be continued. During our talks, we also have the possibility to discuss about our concerns regarding the rule of law and the approach of international investors. There are close partnerships at several levels between Austria and Romania. Thank you for today's exchange of opinions and I would be glad that this bilateral cooperation continue, especially if we can work for our common interest, the interest of the European Union. I wish you great success in your presidency of the Council of the European Union. 2018-12-21 15:19:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_f4.jpgDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la dezbaterea în ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului asupra moțiunii de cenzurăȘtiri din 20.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-debate-of-the-censure-motion-in-the-joint-plenary-session-of-the-chamber-of-deputies-and-the-senate [Check against delivery] Mr. President, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, I have carefully read the text of your motion. From the very start, I would have liked to believe that you could be frank. You ask for frankness on the part of the Government, but you yourself have introduced in the motion text issues that it did not contain. I confess that it was very difficult for me to understand the logic of the accusations and contradictory arguments. I fully understand that the censure motion is a democratic exercise that the Opposition has at hand. It is good that it exists and it is good that you use it. But I expected you to seriously treat this instrument that you have. With all due respect, dear MPs of the Opposition, it is a text completely void of seriousness. I expected you to first and foremost respect yourself! You should show a minimum consideration for the logic and the role you have in the Opposition! You should honor the duty you have towards those who voted for you. I will give you one example. You criticize me for the changes of Ministers made by previous Cabinets. What to answer to this? Why did Mr. Grindeanu or Mr Tudose carry out reshuffle of their Cabinets? I think you have to ask them! I am accountable for my term, the Ministers I have replaced. I have given these explanations. Do you want me to repeat them? I will repeat once again. As each Minister I appointed had a clear obligation, a strict track record that they had to follow. I reshuffled the Ministers who were lagging behind! What did you expect me to do? Keep them in their posts? Are you really criticizing us for not complying with the programme for Government? Make up your mind! What do you want from this Cabinet? To keep or not to keep in post a Minister who does not deliver the expected results? You tell me that a Minister is not good, and then you reproach me for dismissing him! I do not understand anymore! But its less important what I think, what I understand! The problem is that citizens no longer understand you! You kept on criticizing all time the Minister of Transports Mr. Lucian Sova. When I proposed him for reshuffle, you became his advocates! The purpose of a Cabinet is not to keep the seats warm for Ministers, but to achieve what it pledged during the electoral campaign. I say in all responsibility, I will reshuffle as many Ministers as it is required for us to carry out what is laid down in the programme for government. You have criticized me for trusting Mrs. Carmen Dan. What should I do? Dismiss her too? Or would it not be good to exceed the quota of dismissals you have established yourselves? I am telling you I am not going to dismiss her, and certainly not for the reasons you have put forward. When I read your criticism of Mrs. Carmen Dan, I felt that I was reading a motion against the Macron Cabinet, not the Dăncilă Cabinet... Thats what I saw recently in Paris: water cannons, truncheons, tear gas ... But you do not see this. You are speaking of Europe, but you want a two-speed Europe, which is allowed in another Member State, should not to be allowed in Romania. And then, how do you support your country, dear MPs of the Opposition? You ask me to remove Minister Daea from his post...are you sure? I can let you consult yourself longer. Maybe you will consult with Romanian farmers too. Before asking Mr. Daea's resignation, you perhaps discuss with those who received for the first time the subsidies on time and even in advance, in the mandate of the Minister that you want now removed from office. You may also speak to Romanians who cultivated tomatoes and benefited from the support of this Cabinet and Minister Daea. You can talk to the thousands of farmers who benefited from free water, the extension of the irrigation system, the anti-hail program. You may talk even with pig breeders who have been affected by swine fever and who have been compensated for the misfortune that has hit them. As far as your criticism of agriculture is concerned, I am sorry to note that you contredict yourself in the same paragraph. On the one hand, you argue that Europe's number one place in sunflower and maize production is not the result of Government's policies, but only of the frequent rains sent by God. But even in the next sentence you say the pedological drought prevented farmers from ploughing. What should Romanians understand from your motion, dear colleagues in the Opposition? Was it frequent rains or drought? Make up your mind! Because no matter how you put it, you fail to reach what you expected! If it was a drought then it means that good agricultural output is also the result of the expansion of the irrigation network and free water provided to farmers. Therefore, think again as far as Mr. Daea is concerned! You still have time to express your opinions in the future motions you will file. You publicly criticize Minister Tudorel Toader for the justice reform he managed and the way in which he is acting to stop abuses in the justice system. Dear colleagues from the Opposition, let us be frank! I believe that had the vote on keeping versus removing Mr. Tudorel Toader from office as Minister of Justice been secret, the number of votes in his favour would exceed by far the majority we now hold in Parliament. You are aware that many of you are very pleased with what Minister Tudorel Toader has achieved. Let us be frank. There are also among yourselves persons who had been investigated abusively, even if their number is smaller than in the case of PSD, for you were not the main target of these abuses. This attitude just for show doesn't suit you! And I refer first of all to the PNL (National Liberal Party), which should be defending the individual against the abuses of the state, like were those in the justice field, for this is the essence of Liberalism. You better concern yourselves with the serious violations of the human rights. Regarding the preparation of Minister Eugen Teodorovici, it would be enough to remind you when he was in the Budget Commitee of the Senate, when he was still supporting some of the views of his colleagues in the Opposition, you had a very good opinion of him. Dear Colleagues, You have touched on a subject that I would not have thought you would have the courage to bring to public opinion. The situation that you created in the European Parliament, through your emissaries who demanded that Romania be sanctioned for things that happen all over Europe. You reproach me that in Strasbourg I told European officials that, as Prime Minister of a sovereign state with equal rights, I did not come there to give an account to them. I do not think that Romania has to account for, to other states. On the contrary, I believe that Romania must be treated with respect in the European Union. But since you mentioned this, I am asking you: who you account to, in Brussels? How was it possible for nine of your MPS, nine Romanians you sent to the European Parliament to vote against Romania!? It is the most shameful vote that has ever been cast. The more so as it was just a few days before Romania celebrated 100 years since Great Union! I give account to the Romanian Parliament and Romanians. For this reason, I am here today. I will never give account for issues strictly related to Romania's sovereignty! Dear colleagues, I have noticed you are further preoccupied with Romania's indebtedness. Nevertheless, I have not seen this concern when you were in office, and you took the biggest loan Romania had after 1989: 20 billion euros. How was it then? Was it stability? Seriously, now, why are you opening this topic of Romanias indebtedness? It does not really benefit you! When you were in office, you tripled Romanias level of indebtedness, from 12.4% of GDP to 36.9% of GDP. Instead, during our term, it fell from 37.3% as it was during technocrat Cabinet to 35% in September 2018. Do not forget about the value of the loans. Take a look at GDP growth, as much as 20 billion euros in each year of our government. I recommend you not to tackle topics that are not in your favor. If you are using this democratic instrument of the censure motion, treat it seriously. Do better your homework! Look at the Eurostat data! Romania has the fourth smallest debt in the EU states. Other criticism that I do not understand and which again put you in a delicate position is the one relative to increases in pensions and wages. In the previous motion, you accused us that we increase Romanians' revenues in an irresponsible manner, now you are saying these increases are just on paper. What to understand? Is it too much or too little? I do not know what data you have looked at when saying that increases were cancelled by inflation rate. Don't you look at the INS periodical reports? I can send them to you in case you do not have them. According to the data with the National Institute of Statistics (INS), in the ten months of her mandate the purchasing power increased almost 8 percent and in this context the pension and salary increases were eight points over the inflation rate. That really means that Romanians have more money left in pockets and therefore, can buy more things than last year. I have noticed you further claim in your motion that there is no money anymore for pensions and wages. You are saying that for this reason, we would not have delayed the payment of contributions for the education sector employees. I will not repeat the explanation about the deferment of the salary date because of the fact that the payment was made through the inspectorates, as teachers wanted, and not through the local councils. But it surprises me that you are obsessively insisting on the notion that there is no money to pay pensions and salaries. You resume the idea that we want to increase too much the pensions from 6% of GDP in 2018 to 11% of GDP in 2022. You again tell us that we are rising salaries without any economic logic. I really do not understand you! Have you already proposed to lose future elections? You are sending two negative messages to Romanians about you. I really think this represents you. One message is that, in your opinion, wages and pensions have increased too much, so if you were to come to office, you would stop the increase in revenues that we have envisaged for the years to come, according to the Unitary Pay Law and the Pension Law . Second negative maessage is that when claiming there is no money left for pensions and wages, you are actually telling Romanians that if you came to power, you would again cut pensions and wages to fit in the revenues you claim are insufficient. Therefore, you put yourself in a disadvantageous posture. You are actually telling Romanians that your ruling alternative is to stop increases in incomes that we have scheduled for the years to come and even to cut pensions and wages to fit in the budget. Taking all these into account, I am sure that most Romanians who are watching us now do not want this censure motion to pass, as the perspective you propose them in the event of your coming to power scares them, especially as they experienced in the past your cuts in incomes. The censure motion also contains a sort of evaluation of pensions increases. Your calculations indicate an alleged decrease in pensions. I do not figure out how you calculate, but I notice that when you make such calculations, you always reach results in minus. You calculated in the same way when you were in office, and got the same results in minus. Only that back then, it was in minus for Romanians' pockets. Today, fortunately, in our government, the plus is in Romanians' pockets, and the minus is only in your censure motion. As regards our government, I assure you that when retirees take a look at their payslip, they see a plus. And irrespective of how much you are trying to say that black is white, or that plus is minus, there is but one truth: the average pension was in October 2018 by 9.6 percent bigger than one year ago, therefore, much over the inflation rate. You are making a serious confusion when you say we froze pensions starting 1 January 2019. May I remind you, in 2017 pensions increased two folds - once in January when they were indexed according to the legal provisions, the second time on 1 July, when the increase scheduled for the beginning of this year actually came earlier. The same in 2018 - we put in place earlier the increase that should have taken place in January 2019, and on 1 September we'll perform the increases scheduled for January 2020 three months earlier. Therefore, the pension payment wasn't postponed, but done earlier. And they haven't been frozen either, nor have they dropped, as you claim, but they increased more than provided by law, according to our programme for government. Each time increases were a lot higher over the inflation rate and by 50 percent of the increase in the gross average salary, Also, with respect to pensions, you tell Romanians that the new Law we just passed and which brings about consistent increases in pensions over the years to come, cannot be implemented. Well, it cannot be implemented by you. Therefore, this is your alternative. If you came to office, you would stop increases in pensions! I tell you in all friendship, retirees who are looking now at us, wholeheartedly want this censure motion to be rejected! Dear colleagues, I will not comment your statements about the judiciary reform, for the simple reason that the laws you referred to, were passed by Parliament, not by emergency ordinance as it happened during Ciolos government or by Government's responsibility assumption as it happened during PNL government, with Mrs. Macovei as Minister. As the Cabinet is not involved, there is no reason for me to respond to all the theory you developed in this respect, in your censure motion. The Government got involved only after these laws passed, in order to introduce some recommendations of the Venice Commission into legislation! Therefore, you contredict yourself again. On the one hand, you criticized us alleging we did not take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission, and when we amended the legislation to introduce these recommendations, you are still upset that we did this through emergency ordinance. Dear MPs of the Opposition, Frankly, I do not think it is of any use to further analyze the text of your motion. I would have liked to see more seriousness, coherence and logic sense in your approach. Any page you open, you find a contradiction, inadvertence. I will also approach your objections to the investments made by the Cabinet I am leading - I cannot let unamended the untruths you told in connection with this topic. I present you two figures which I think they sum up very well the reality: in the first 10 months of my mandate, public investments from the budget are over 40 percent higher than last year. Therefore, public investments didn't decrease, but they increased. Similarly, foreign direct investments reached the highest value after the crisis: 4.6 billion euro, by almost 10 percent over the value recorded in the same period of 2017. And in order that you do not accuse me of hiding behind figures, I can present you with concrete things: PNDL I and PNDL II have been completed in 2018 - 54 water supply targets in 25 counties, - 37 sewerage networks in 27 counties. - County roads were rehabilitated in the following counties: Bacău, Damboviţa, Dolj, Harghita, Hunedoara, Giurgiu, Ilfov, Olt, Satu-Mare and Teleorman counties as well as - 185 communal roads and streets in 14 counties. Also through this Programme, there were upgraded and built: - 48 nurseries and kindergartens, far from just two, as you claim. - 117 schools, - 6 healthcare units. - Investments in public lighting have been completed in 40 localities of 18 counties. Briefly, in 2018, 365 investment objectives of the PNDL I and 157 investment objectives of the PNDL II have been completed. Also, as regards local development, in 2018, the modernization of 341 housing estates in terms of energy efficiency was completed and 132 social housing units were built. Im telling you with friendship. These investments cannot be seen from your office. I invite you to go across the country to see the reality. This year, 560 million lei were invested in the development, consolidation and construction of dykes along a length of 253.4 km of riverbeds. 96 investment objectives in all river basins in Romania, from the Somes, Crişuri, Mureş, Olt, Jiu, Siret rivers were completed. I invite you to read on the Ministry of Waters and Forests' website the full list of river settlements and embankments. I would also mention that 22,000 hectares were afforested this year, but this is probably not an investment in your view. Transport infrastructure With respect to railways, you say that works in this area will only start in 2021. I inform you, MPs, that the works have already begun. 144 km of railway were modernized in 2018. If you are interested in details, I can send you the complete list. In the road sector, you said nothing has been done in relation to motorways. Reality again contradicts you. Let me give you some examples 1. Sebeş - Turda Motorway- Lot 3 (12.5 km), 2. Sebeş - Turda Motorway- Lot 4 (16.3 km) 3. Gilau - Nădăşelu Motorway- (9.7 km) 4. Bucharest - Ploiesti - Bucharest beltway node, Moara Vlăsiei node and entrance to Bucharest (7 km) 5. Campia Turzii - Ogra - Tg. Mureş Motorway- lot 2 (10.1 km) 6. Campia Turzii - Ogra - Tg. Mureş - Lot 1 (3.6 km) 7. Lot 2: Iernut - Chetani (1.2 km) Also in 2018, contracts have been signed for 331 km of motorways and express roads, to which construction works will start in the second part of next year. A few days ago, the first stage of the public-private partnership contract award procedure for Ploiesti-Comarnic-Brasov Motorway was completed. 5 consortia of large international companies registered, that want to build and operate this motorway. I know we need more, thats why we have this goal in 2019. And because youve criticized the public-private partnership, heres the reality that you have contredicted this time. Underground Investments in the Bucharest Metro. In 2018, Metro Line 4, Section Parc Bazilescu - Străuleşti was completed. Agriculture I would not want to finish the investment chapter without referring to investment in agriculture, because you said that because of the lack of irrigation network and the drought, people could not plough the land. I hope you find out in the end if it was drought or frequent rains. But until then, I will present you what the Cabinet I am leading, has achieved in this respect: Within the National Irrigation Program, 47 objectives were rehabilitated and the irrigated area exceeded 1 million hectares. The investments have materialized in: - 3,487 prepared pumping stations, 336 of which - in operation - 470 drainage stations In 2017-2018, 10 irrigation facilities have resumed operation, they have not been functional for over 20-25 years; Farmers have available free water in over 1,000 kilometers of canal. Through the program - Development of the national anti-hail system and for precipitation growth , 60 launching points covering more than 870 thousand hectares have become operational, of which 26 are new launching points in the south, southwest and west counties. Through the National Rural Development Program, rural investments have been made and here are some of the components: - 12,783 young financially supported farmers, 2,649 young farmers of which in the mountain area - that in relation to your accusation that we are doing nothing to persuade young people not to leave the country. Here we are. - 705 young entrepreneurs financially supported through the NRDP(National Rural Development Programme) - 304,069 hectares of agricultural land where the irrigation systems of the Irrigation Organizations have been rehabilitated; - 3,359 km of modernized communal roads, - 2,759 new SMEs developed in rural areas; - 718 km of upgraded forest roads - 1689 km of water supply networks in rural areas; - 2, 909 km of sewerage network in rural areas; 189 new processing units; - 6,158 new jobs; - 745 km of established and modernized agricultural roads; - 319 investment projects in rural education units; - 614 investment projects in centres for cultural events in rural areas; There are figures that show the reality, but the fact that you do not talk to people, you do not go on site and you act in bad faith, prevent you from seeing them. I could go on, but I think its enough to give you a general impression and to realize that, despite what was said in the censure motion text, investments are being made in Romania, and in the coming year, you will see an even greater acceleration in this field. I have just presented a summary report here. The next one will be better and I will present it at the future censure motion. Thank you. Remarks by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the debate of the censure motion in the joint plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: I have carefully listened to speeches. I expected a constructive criticism. Yes! I did not find anything positive, I did not understand anything of your attitude and of your performance in front of Romanians and I think that many home who watched these debates, expected more on your part. You are members of the Romanian Parliament, you occupy a public office, your way of addressing, your offences, your way of behaving, does do you no honor. You can yell as much as you can, offend further on, if this represents you, it is sad for you, not for me! It is sad for those who trusted you, and whom you disappoint by your conduct. Mrs. Turcan, you insulted me a lot. In my view, offences are the attribute of weak people, of those lacking arguments, and all who insulted me today are weak people who did not come up with arguments, with projects, people who do not have a programme for government, but who tried to apply as many labels as possible, who threw insults, who behaved in a way that does not do them honor. It does not do you honor the way you understand to report to the Prime Minister of Romania, irrespective of who holds this office. I know that beyond insults, you have one more weapon, the denunciation you already used. These are the only issues you understood you had to use? You spoke on behalf of Romanians. I think that you do not have this right. When your representatives in the European Parliament took the stand against Romania, how can you tell you are speaking on behalf of Romanians? I am convinced that no Romanian of any region of the country was proud when you had this attitude. Moreover, your allegation that Romanians will not elect us...;I did not know that you have these qualities in which you see in the future, to see what Romanians will do in few months, or next autumn. We will see this at elections, and we will see if Romanians appreciate what we do or what you do, the decent way we behave, or the way you understand to behave. I want to tell you that your offences do not affect me because you proved and you further prove that you cannot respect anybody, that only hatred guide your actions and remarks, and you demonstrated this also in the way you reported to certain actions which have been done in Romania. I want to tell you that I am strong enough to go further, and I hold the firm believe that this motion far from reality will be rejected and for this, I assure you that I will not need not even encouragements. Mr. Citu, I have seen that you wanted to tell us how the Government should look like, how many Ministers should be in the Cabinet, who should be Minister and who should not...;Gain first Romanians 'confidence, win elections and then you can form the Cabinet! Come up with a programme for government to fold on reality in Romania and then, you could have these claims. At the same time, it is ridiculous for you to talk about division, since you permanently call for hatred and division. I think you are the least authorized - but I see that you nevertheless do it - to talk about this. You made a statement about the Romanian Presidency. This does not honor you. If I ask you at present what does taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU imply, I am sure that you will not know to answer, but at the same time, you continue to harm Romania. What do you want? To exist another country that is willing to take over the presidency? Is that what you want? other country to be willing to take over the presidency- is that what you want? As you certainly do not want the good of Romanians and Romania through such statements! At the same time, I accept criticism, but criticism should be constructive. If you want to get something indeed, if you want to change something, you must come up with arguments, do not spit venom publicly each time, and then, hope you will get something constructive, you will get something positive. Mr. Roman, I thought a lot whether or not to answer you. You spoke about patriotism, and I fully agree that we should honor the memory of our forefathers, but at the same time, we should live up to them. Hopefully when speaking about patriotism, you should have come up with the reason why your MPs voted against Romania. It is at least shameful the way you are taking and I would not want to descend to your level and answer all your statements. Otherwise, its not hard, but believe me that any Romanian ... would be ashamed to answer you. Even less the Prime Minister of Romania. I believe in God and I strongly believe, and faith in God requires you to be better and to respect your fellows, but you have no faith, you do not respect anyone, nor do you prove goodness. Mr. Barna, I sit and I wonder, I had a discussion with you, a constructive discussion, I must admit this. But I wonder: if you insult the Prime Minister of Romania, how will you report to a simple man who does not agree with your opinion? Would you beat him? You will probably have a much tougher attitude because that man may not be able to defend himself. I think this is not constructive and I hope that the talks we have had and which I want to continue, be based on arguments rather than insults. You have accused me many times that I have used consensus, unity, even some have laughed at this. They said: Ah! That's cute! But you better ask the Romanians what they want. It does not matter what you want, what Romanians want and what they want for Romania, matters. I think the Romanians are fed up with this show, they have been tired of insults, of these - 'actors'', because we cannot call them MPs. Romanians want concrete things and understand one thing, that concrete things and good measures can only be done for them by the PSD-ALDE Alliance and the current Cabinet. You have said many times: resignation! resignation! I think you fantasize, I see that some people do not sleep at night, they ask me if I sleep. Yeah, Im sleeping at night because I am working during the day. You who are just staying ... do not even sleep at night, don't you? But, people, resignation does not help Romania. It shows your irresponsibility: to ask Prime Ministers resignation a few days before taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU! This shows that you do not understand the role of Romania, you do not understand that we are facing the biggest challenge for Romania, that you think only through the personal interest and the electoral campaign that is approaching. This does not bring plus value, this does not do you honor. Yell - resignation as many times that you want. It is your opinion. I am telling you only one time: I shall not resign! I shall not resign, and this not because it is a declaration that I want to come up and say: I do not want what you demand. I shall not resign because I have the firm belief that Romania is on the good track, I am certain that Romanians appreciate the measures we have taken, and that they can, unlike you, to represent Romania with dignity in the European Parliament, in the European institutions. I have the certitude that without your help, it is clear I shall not get it, we shall have a successful presidency of the Council of the European Union. I thought we could be better on the eve of holidays, I thought we could have a positive attitude in this period, I thought at least women do not show so much anger, and that we could have more wisdom, but I was wrong for that I think I need to have other approach and I promise you that next year my approach will change, it will be a more pragmatic approach, an approach in which I understand that in fact I cannot have expectations regarding projects or programmes, and the only hope remains the PSD-ALDE coalition, the Romanians and Romania. Happy Holidays! 2018-12-20 13:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-20-01-46-13big_12_resize.jpgMăsuri fiscal-bugetare și în domeniul investițiilor publice pentru anul 2019- Declaraţii de presă susţinute de ministrul Finanţelor Publice, Eugen TeodoroviciȘtiri din 18.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-12-18 17:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-18-07-48-18big_01_resize.jpgScrisoarea adresată de premierul Viorica Dăncilă președintelui României, Klaus IohannisȘtiri din 18.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-letter-to-the-president-of-romania-klaus-iohannisToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă sent to the President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis, the following letter: To Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania I have taken note with satisfaction of your recent statements whereby you finally admit that we need to cooperate for the benefit of Romania. I also welcome the fact that you responded to my call for political cooperation to ensure that Romania has a good presidency of the Council of the European Union. As regards your request, invoking the prerogatives conferred by article 87 of the Romanian Constitution, to receive the working agenda of each Cabinet meeting, I inform you that the Government of Romania publishes every time, on its website, the working agenda of the Cabinet meetings, alongside draft public policy documents, draft normative acts or other documents, as well as the respective accompanying documents, documents that can be consulted by everyone. If the Cabinet meeting's agenda contains draft normative acts pertaining to - matters of national interest on foreign policy, national defence, ensuring public order, we will inform you about this, according to the Constitutional text invoked, and I assure you of all openness in the event you decide to attend the Cabinet meeting. Also, in the cases subsumed by the constitutional text under the phrase other situations, case in which it is up to the Prime Minister to invite the President of Romania (The President of Romania may take part in the Cabinet meetings (...) at the request of the Prime Minister, in other situations), I will extend to you with celerity the invitation to attend the Cabinet meeting provided I consider your participation necessary. Finally, I assure you, Mr. President that the Romanian Government is aware of the obligation of constitutional loyalty that requires both the Government and the President of Romania, as well as any public authority, to observe their constitutional powers, without assuming prerogatives that go beyond the constitutional and legal framework . Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă 2018-12-18 13:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-18-01-05-42big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei minorităţilor naţionale din România 18 decembrie 2018Știri din 18.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-12-18 11:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-18-11-47-30big_sigla_guvern.pngCinci investitori interesați de realizarea Autostrăzii Ploieşti-Braşov în parteneriat public-privatȘtiri din 17.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/five-investors-interested-in-building-the-ploiesti-brasov-motorway-in-public-private-partnershipFive investors submitted tenders for entering the public-private partnership(PPP) contract for building the Ploiesti-Brasov Motorway, until today, December 17, 2018, the last day of submission of the participation request. The tenders for the first strategic public-private partnership contract submitted to the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis are analyzed by an Evaluation Commission which includes co-opted experts, representatives of the public partner. Tenders were opened in the presence of private investors who submitted the request for participation in this project. At this point, the legal procedure provides for the following actions: 1. Announcement, in about five days, of the selected candidates with a view to submiting the technical and financial tender; 2. Submission of detailed tenders within 60 days from the communication of acceptance; 3. Competitive negotiation of the clauses of the public-private partnership contract; 4. The designation of the winning private partner and of the variant of public-private partnership contract that will be submitted to the Governments approval; 5. Signing of the public-private partnership contract approved by the Government; 6. Establishment of the project company by CNAIR(National Company for Road Infrastructure Administration) and the private partner. The number of submitted tenders shows both the special interest of the investors in the strategic projects to be carried out in public-private partnership, as well as the confidence of the business sector in the Romanian economy. Also, the registration for this first project shows that investors appreciate the Governments demarche to improve the legal framework and to approve the achievement of 21 strategic investment projects in public-private partnership . In line with the provisions of the Emergency Ordinance no. 39/2018 on the public-private partnership and the Government Decision no.667 / 2018 approving the substantiation Study for this strategic investment objective, the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway will be designed and built through institutional public-private partnership, respectively by a project company that will have as a shareholder the public partner, CNAIR, and a private partner, to be appointed following the public procurement procedure, through competitive negotiation, the procedure which basically starts today. The Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project stretches over a 24-year period including the design, execution and the operation period. The project also includes the operation of the Bucharest - Ploiesti motorway section ever since the signing of the award contract. The cost of the motorway is estimated at EUR 1.36 billion. The contract also provides for annual payments from public funds to ensure that the private partner recovers the investment. 2018-12-17 17:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-17-05-40-33big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu reprezentanții USRȘtiri din 14.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-usr-representativesPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a delegation of USR(The Save Romania Union) headed by the Chairman of this political party, Dan Barna. Some topical issues were discussed on this occasion. The meeting took place following the Prime Ministers calls for political peace, dialogue and consensus throughout Romania's tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union. I appreciate your openness to dialogue and the fact that we have had a constructive discussion in the context in which Romania will take over and exercise the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union as of January 1, 2019. I am open to dialogue, and I hold the belief that only together, through cooperation and unity, through dialogue with the representatives of the Opposition and the entire society, we can have a successful presidency, Prime Minister emphasized. The Head of the Executive also mentioned that each member of the Cabinet thoroughly prepared for the management of the European topics, the Government team is aware of its responsibilities, in order that during Romania's six-month mandate at the helm of the Council of the European Union, as many of the 257 dossiers as possible are closed, and progress is achieved in important dossiers such as: Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework, migration, the future of Europe. Another topic addressed, at the request of the USR, referred to the amendment of criminal and criminal procedure legislation. In this context, Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader emphasized that a draft legislative act is underway at the Ministry of Justice, which aims at putting the legislation in accord with the Constitutional Court's decisions and transposing European directives for which Romania risks the infringement procedure. Prime Minister added that she would take into account the constructive proposals so that the national legislation is in accord with European regulations and with the Constitution of Romania. Attending the Victoria Palace meeting were Victor Barna, Vlad Gheorghe, Stelian Ion, Cristian Ghinea. 2018-12-14 14:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-14-02-22-04big_01_resize.jpgDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ședința comună solemnă a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului - Prezentarea Programului de Lucru al Președinției României la Consiliul Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 12.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-plenary-session-of-the-parliamentSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the plenary session of the Parliament Presentation of the Work Programme of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the Romanian Parliament [Check against delivery] President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear Members of Parliament, Distinguished Members of the Romanian Government, Starting January 1, 2019, Romania will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time since its EU accession. The EU accession represented the fulfillment of a national aspiration and this new challenge stands for a historic moment for our country which we need to honor properly. Our country's European course, an irreversible choice which we all assumed, brought Romania where it stands at present: a country with a healthy economic growth, a stable democracy and last but not least, a safe country. Taking on this very important role is an event for Romania which we should not politicize in any way. Over the next six months, Europe will look carefully toward Romania as the most important news about EU's future will come from here, from Bucharest. There will be multiple challenges however we must be aware that Europe's future also means the future of our children. Strongly attached to the European idea, we will strive for a strong and unitary Europe in all its dimensions - political, economic and social - as this is the best solution for the future of the European project. It is therefore important to show the entire Europe that Romania is a country worthy of leading the Union, a country worthy of contributing decisively to the future of the European space whose members we too are. As I stated before, I believe in consensus, balance and cooperation. In relation to this important stake for our country, there is no longer room for hubris or political resentments, for personal interests or sterile confrontations. I resume my call for political peace and consensus that I made at the solemn sitting of Parliament on the occasion of the Centennial Year. We have a national project that requires this. Irrespective of your political opinions, please consider first our common interest as an EU Member State. I'm only asking you to show decency in political discourse and to abstain during this period from launching actions or political messages that could affect Romania's image. We have this obligation to our country. Only united will we be able to campaign for Romania to be treated with respect. Only united will we be stronger in our efforts so that Romanians enjoy the same rights and freedoms like all the other European citizens. Dear MPs, I will kindly request you to be first Romanian citizens over the next six months, to present your country with pride and in a positive manner before Europe so that we win the respect of the entire European community. Taking over the presidency will allow Romania to play a role of facilitator of balance and consensus and to continue promoting a consensual approach based on unity, cohesion and solidarity. As regards the Government, I assure you that we have very seriously looked at this historic moment for our country. We have thoroughly prepared ourselves, each Minister has a detailed agenda regarding the duties and objectives related to the presidency and I assure you that Romania is not and will be no less than the other member states. Two weeks ago, I called from this rostrum for a united, better and European Romania. Today, I have come before you with the same vision for Europe too: a united Europe, better one and why not, more European. That is why the motto of the Presidency to be exercised by Romania will be Cohesion, a common European value. All the actions we will carry out over the next 6 months will be to support and consolidate this concept of cohesion, which underpins the entire European architecture. We will act to reduce development gaps, to ensure equal access to benefits, to remove the factors generating separations or hierarchies between the Member States. We must be able to overcome the approaches of the type: old Member States versus new Member States or West versus East, the demarcation lines, the development gaps, in favor of a Europe that advances, in unison with its internal voices, with its objectives. There are several dimensions of this essential concept of cohesion. First of all, we are talking about the economic cohesion between the Member States, which must aim at diminishing the development gaps and strengthening the single market. We realize, of course, that there is a natural economic competition between the European Union states or even between the development regions of the European space. We must be equally aware that an accelerated growth in the less developed regions will imply a much stronger Europe, a natural decline in labor migration from these regions to more developed ones. Reducing development gaps entails including the increase in the purchasing power in these areas of Europe and implicitly more attractive markets for the sale of products made within the Union. Secondly, we are talking about social cohesion, which should ensure benefits, guarantees and equal opportunities for all European citizens. There must no more first - class and second-class citizens in the European Union. There must be equal access for all European citizens to the social resources and benefits promoted within the Union so as to strengthen their confidence in the European institutions and especially in the future of the European Union. All European citizens must feel in a concrete way that they are better- off, that they are living and will live better and that they will have access to more benefits inside the EU than outside this space. Last but not least, we are talking about political cohesion, whereby I understand equal treatment and single and fair standards for all those belonging to this European family. Like any other Member State, Romania wants to be treated with respect and to enjoy equal rights within this Union. Respect means fair treatment, real participation in major decisions, and taking into account the positions expressed by each Member State. Mutual respect between the EU member states should not only be found in the European Treaty and European directives, but also in the attitude and dialogue of the European institutions and the Member States. Dear Members of Parliament, Starting from this concept of cohesion, with all the meanings I have mentioned here, I designed the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. These priorities are organized on four pillars, which will underpin our actions: 1. Europe of convergence 2. Europe of safety 3. Europe, global actor, and 4. Europe of shared values Let me briefly present you each of these four pillars of our programme: First Pillar: Europe of convergence: growth, cohesion, competitiveness, connectivity. The convergence and cohesion designed to ensure a sustainable and fair development to all European citizens are essential for the promotion of an united Europe and for boosting EU competitiveness at the global level. These must be milestones for action at European level, reflecting at the same time Romanias interests as a member state of the European Union. The decisions on the future of European policies must be reflected in the Unions financing priorities. Therefore, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will contribute to the design of the next Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020 in order to attain the objectives in the next seven years, so as to ensure a balance between growth and convergence policies in the EU. Europe is currently in a period of economic recovery, a situation which is due both to the efforts of the Member States and the measures taken at European level to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union. The Union's economic and monetary architecture is currently stronger, this is an incontestable proof of the cohesion in action at European level. However, further steps are needed to strengthen cohesion from this point of view. In this context, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union intends to advance economic, fiscal and fiscal works in order to stimulate growth and investment and support structural reforms. Moreover, as you know, in Romania, we completed the substantiation report of the National Euro Changeover Plan. Our goal is for Romania to adopt the euro by 2024. We are directly interested in helping strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union during our tenure. From the same perspective of convergence, we are interested in the social dimension by implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. We will promote inclusive and high performing education. We are interested in ensuring equal opportunities and increasing labor mobility on the Internal Market. Another direction of action is the promotion of research and innovation, and in this respect, we are primarily concerned with digitization and connectivity as the main factors to boost the competitiveness of European industry. The digitization of European industry will be a first national priority topic to be promoted at EU level. We will stimulate the diversification of the current industrial base in the EU by promoting digitization and the implementation of artificial intelligence in the industrial processes. Another priority objective is connectivity. Ensuring the real convergence we have talked about so far depends directly on making connections of all kinds, especially in less developed areas. Linking these regions to the rest of Europe in all possible ways through transport, energy and digital networks is the safest and most effective way of development. Connectivity secures the functional circulation flows of commodities, natural resources, energy or human resources essential to economic development. The second pillar of Romanias programme: Europe of safety I am referring here to the EUs internal security, the management of external borders, cyber security. Starting from the core concept of Cohesion, we will promote cooperation between Member States to prepare the European Union to cope with the new security challenges that jeopardize the safety of the citizens and the European space. There is currently a wide range of risks and threats that can undermine the values and prosperity of our open societies. As regards internal security, we will focus on increasing cooperation and interoperability at European level between specific national systems and structures. We are mainly interested in protecting citizens, companies and public institutions in the virtual space and increasing the resilience of the Union to cyber attacks. Cyber security can no longer be considered as an option, therefore, any project regarding the information society must take into account the cyber security component. As President of the Council of the European Union, we intend to make a decisive contribution in this field. Other priority related to the EU space security is the fight against terrorism. In this respect, we intend to streamline and even expand the mandate of the European Prosecutors Office to prosecute terrorism offenses. Migration is another important issue on the European long-term agenda. It is an extremely difficult dossier, which has failed to coagulate a unitary position of the Member States. That is why we are planning to formulate new solutions that guarantee efficient and sustainable management. We are particularly interested in strengthening the EUs external borders, including by strengthening the operational capability of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. In our view, it is also important to promote cooperation with origin and transit states. I hold the firm belief that the most effective way of addressing the migration issue is by combating its deep causes, the source of this phenomenon. The third pillar of the programme we propose under our presidency is: Europe as global actor. And in this matter too, we are referring to the same concept of cohesion that defines our vision. The European Unions actions on a global scale should start from the joint commitments assumed through the EUs Global Strategy for the European Unions Foreign and Security Policy. In this respect, we will promote the consolidation of the European Unions defense and security capabilities in close connection with similar NATO processes. Romania will support the actions in the field of Common Security and Defense Policy, with a strong emphasis on the instruments provided in the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence, the European Defence Fund and Permanent Structured Cooperation. We are also interested in strengthening the EU - NATO Strategic Partnership. A special chapter in the Union's foreign policy during the Romanian presidency will be devoted to the Black Sea which should occupy a central place on the EU's agenda, including from the perspective of Black Sea Synergy reinvigoration. Another external priority will be the enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans in order to provide more external and internal security. We will focus on developing dialogue and involving the young people in managing issues in the region, and on the EUs strategic communication on Southeast Europe. We equally want coordinated and coherent actions in the neighborhood of the Union, and the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Eastern Partnership will be an important moment in this respect. Last but not least, promoting trade interests, both by strengthening multilateralism and upgrading the multilateral trading system, and by expanding free trade and economic partnership agreements, will be key milestones during our presidency. The fourth, but not the last, pillar of our programme is Europe of common values And here I refer to stimulating European cohesion by continually reporting to the common values on which the Union is based. Only in this way can we effectively combat racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism and deter hate speech, which we are encountering more and more frequently lately. Only in this way can we help ensure the equal treatment that all Member States and all European citizens aspire to. I am also of the opinion that it is necessary to encourage the young people's involvement in shaping a strong Europe, based on shared European values. Concomitantly, during our tenure, we will back the legislative initiatives relative to European citizens' participation in the European legislative process, those relative to social progress and reducing social inequalities, relative to gender equality which will be promoted at EU level especially on the labor market and business, such as combating differences in actual pay between women and men. Last but not least, we will take action to combat rasism, intolerance, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech. I emphasized twice this aspect which I consider as very important. There is a general concern at European level to combat online misinformation and false news, including by improving media literacy and developing European mechanisms that promote good practices in combating disinformation. All these initiatives will contribute to securing greater cohesion at the EU level. Distinguished Presidents of the two Chambers of the Romanian Parliament, Dear Members of Parliament, The rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union is a responsibility incumbent upon us, as part of the commitment undertaken by our accession 11 years ago. At the same time, it is a great opportunity to project our vision with a view to strengthening the European project. The dynamic European context in which we will evolve will confer particular specificity to our mandate, the more so as it occurs at a time of rethinking of the European project. In less than six months, a new European Parliament will be elected. Given this electoral context, we have the opportunity of promoting a Union more strongly oriented towards its citizens and its founding principles. I want us to have a realistic and ambitious approach to this mission. I wish that by the end of the six-month mandate, Romania will have a much stronger profile within the European Union. I firmly believe that 2019 can be the year of relaunching the European idea and the extraordinary Summit in Sibiu can be an important moment in this respect. That is why we are working together so that the new Strategic Agenda of the Union is defined at this event to be held during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It is a document that will guide the Unions actions in the medium term. More than ever, there is a need for Member States to send a clear signal regarding the ability to continue together, in the same direction, within a strong and unified project. In view of the effective start of our mandate, I deemed it necessary to return to you to present you at this moment the assessment of the role we are going to play over the next six months. As you know, the context in which a Member State assumes such a duty has a significant contribution to defining its action and outcome parameters. This underpinned the thinking of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and the manner this presidency will act for the benefit of advancing the European project. By the scope of its exercise and implicitly by the visibility our country will get at European and international level, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU is surely the most important country project after our accession to the European Union. That is why I hold the firm belief that this project should bring together all the political support needed to fulfil this major responsibility that Romania will have in the next six months. Romania has experienced difficult times in the last hundred years, but this moment of utmost responsibility is perhaps the best confirmation of the identity evolution, the trajectory of our society in the modern age. This is because now, a hundred years after the First World War and the Great Union, we can speak of the presidency exercised by a European Romania in the name of common values and interests. Finally, I would like to reiterate, in this context, that the Government has made and continues to make every effort to carry out this mandate in the best possible conditions. We are aware of the responsibility which is incumbent upon us in exercising this mandate as well as of the challenges that the European Union has to respond to, in this important moment of its development, in the context of Brexit and before elections for the European Parliament. That is why, as I assured all the European interlocutors during talks over the last few months and weeks, I also affirm before you today that we are prepared and deeply committed to assuming and exercising this major responsibility. At the same time, we must all be aware that the success of a Presidency equally depends on the level of commitment of all the European actors we will work with, either partner countries or European institutions. The way we will go through this semester will be illustrative not only of Romanias performance but also of the entire European Union at an essential moment of its existence. Thank you! 2018-12-12 15:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-12-03-29-24big_44.jpgProiectele documentelor care vor sta la baza pregătirii adoptării monedei euro au fost finalizateȘtiri din 11.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-draft-documents-underpinning-the-preparation-of-the-changeover-to-the-euro-have-been-completedThe final draft documents underpinning the preparation of the changeover to the euro, were discussed during the meeting of the National Committee for substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan which took place at Victoria Palace. The substantiation report of National Euro Changeover Plan and the National Euro Changeover Plan are the result of consultations with representatives of the parliamentary political parties, Governor of the National Bank of Romania Mugur Isarescu, the Romanian Academy leadership, advisors of the Presidential Administration, as well as representatives of trade unions, employers associations and associative structures. The Head of the Executive appreciated the activity of the Committee and thanked its members for their seriousness and commitment. Your work and the thorough substantiation you have made, prove once again how important it is for Romania to be well prepared for the changeover to the euro. I also hope we can rely on your expertise in other important projects for Romania, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. In the context of the talks on the substantiation report, the overwhelming majority of Committee members approved the time horizon 2024-2026 as a realistic objective for Romania's changeover to the euro. This document analyzes in detail how the euro area works, how this can impact Romanias entry into the eurozone and the Romanian economy's state of preparedness to attain this goal. The study presents three scenarios showing the timeframe in which Romania could reach a critical mass of real and structural convergence of 70%, 75% and 80% respectively, depending on two annual average growth rates: A growth rate of 4%, based on the average real GDP growth rates for the period 2000-2017 and A more optimistic rate of 5%, starting from the assumption that Romania will improve the contribution of production factors to potential growth and that it will implement structural reforms conducive to economic growth. In the case of a set target of 70% of the ZE19 average, Romania may reach this level in 6 years if it has a 4 percent average growth rate per year or in 4 years with a 5 percent growth rate. In the scenario in which Romania aims to reach 75% of the average ZE19 (the most appropriate level for Romanias economy, as shown in the Report), this can be achieved within a period of 9 years (if the average rate of historical growth of 4% per year is maintained) or in 6 years in the context of an average growth rate of 5% per year. The members of the Preparatory Commission for Romanias euro-area accession also emphasized that in addition to reaching these indicators, two aspects are very important for thorough preparation and achievement of real convergence, so that the changeover to the euro generates benefits for the society. First of all, it is vital to boost competitiveness and ensure sustainable economic growth, based on high technology products with high added value and innovation. It is equally important to prepare Romanias entry into the European Exchange Rate Mechanism - ERM II, a precursor to joining the euro area. Additional information: The National Committee had the mandate to draw up: Report on the current situation in terms of the convergence and substantiation criteria of the National Euro Changeover Plan; Draft National Euro Changeover Plan; As a result of the permanent consultations in this format and of the completed documents, a political declaration for assuming the National Euro Changeover Plan will be proposed to the parliamentary parties. 2018-12-11 20:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_44.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Parlamentului din Muntenegru, Ivan BrajovićȘtiri din 11.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-speaker-of-the-parliament-of-montenegro-ivan-brajovicOn December 11, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro Ivan Brajović who is paying an official visit to Bucharest. During the meeting, the two officials remarked that the visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro to Bucharest is a good opportunity for the development of the dialogue carried on the occasion of the Romanian Prime Minister's visit to Podgorica (July 25-26, 2018) and voiced satisfaction over the very good level of the bilateral relation. Talks allowed the analysis of opportunities for the development of bilateral cooperation, especially at economic level and the important role of parliamentary diplomacy in the development of bilateral cooperation was underlined. The instruments for the development of sectoral cooperation in areas such as: energy, tourism, culture and education was reviewed. As regards the European course of Montenegro, the Romanian Prime Minister reconfirmed that during Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, starting January 1, 2019, Romania will act for the advancement of Montenegros EU accession negotiations, on the basis of its own merits and the fulfillment of the accession criteria. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized again the major importance of Montenegros clear strategic option, reconfirmed by its NATO accession in June 2017, and remarked that the membership of the Alliance paved the way for a consistent reform process, beneficial including for the success of the EU accession negotiations already in an advanced stage. The beneficial influence of NATOs open door policy on Western Balkan states' reform processes and on regional cooperation was reconfirmed. 2018-12-11 12:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-11-12-17-40big_01_resize.jpg„2030 începe acum”. Strategia națională pentru dezvoltarea durabilă a României 2030, lansată oficialȘtiri din 10.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-national-strategy-for-romania-s-sustainable-development-2030-has-been-formally-launchedThe event of launching the National Strategy for Romanias Sustainable Development 2030, organized by the Department for Sustainable Development, took place today. The strategy includes a series of recommendations which will ensure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Romania. - We tried through this Strategy, to shape the framework to ensure a sustainable future to Romania. For one year, we have worked in team and we organized a broad public consultation to draw up a document as close as possible to the Romanian society's needs stated the Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development Laszlo Borbely. The National Strategy for Romanias Sustainable Development 2030 is divided in three chapters. The first chapter includes an introduction to sustainable development and its role in European and international context. The second chapter includes 17 sustainable development goals, adjusted to national characteristics, with clear targets for 2030. The institutional framework to facilitate the Strategy's implementation is presented in the last chapter. - Sustainable development can be ensured only through the involvement of all citizens. Besides determination, we also need a solid institutional framework. This is why, through the Strategy, we aim at setting up: the Interdepartmental Sustainable Development Committee, led by the Prime Minister, core for sustainable development, in each relevant institution; the Consultative Council for Sustainable Development, made up of specialists; the Coalition for Sustainable Development, made up of civil society representatives, added Laszlo Borbely. The strategy was also praised by the former Minister of Development of Slovenia Alenka Smerkolj who delivered a speech within the launch event: - I congratulate Romania for being among the first countries in the world that has a Strategy for the implementation of the Agenda 2030. The event was attended by the Vice Prime Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu, MPs, Ministers, ambassadors, and distinguished representatives from the academic, private sectors, and civil society. At the same time, support for the Strategy was voiced by Professor dr. Econ. Constantin Boştină and Professor Corneliu Iatsu, Vice-Rector at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi. The civil society, youth and the business sector's perspective on the importance of promoting sustainable development in Romania was presented by: Francois Coste, President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania, Anca Ciucă, Vice-President of the Federation of Romanian NGOs for Development , and Valentin Florea, the Secretary General at UN Youth Association of Romania. 2018-12-10 15:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-10-03-35-04big_05_resize.jpgCeremonia de înmânare a unor acorduri de finanțare atribuite în baza schemei de ajutor de stat 807/2014 pentru stimularea investițiilor cu impact major în economieȘtiri din 10.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/handover-ceremony-of-some-financing-agreements-granted-under-the-state-aid-scheme-807-2014-to-stimulate-investments-with-major-impact-on-the-economyStatements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the handover ceremony of some financing agreements granted under the state aid scheme 807/2014 to stimulate investments with major impact on the economy [Check against delivery] Dear business sector representatives, Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to host today, at Victoria Palace, in less than a month, the second handover session of financing agreements for another five major investment projects with major impact on the economy. It is an indicator of the fact that Romanias economy is dynamic and enjoys the confidence of the business sector. In early November, 9 investment projects amounting to 1.3 billion lei received the Government's support, today, we committed to supporting another 5 projects worth 1 billion lei. The state funding for the 14 investments is almost 860 million lei. There are investments that add value to the Romanian economy, but also important social benefits: approximately 3,300 new jobs will be created in the 14 projects. I would also like to note the effect of economic engagement and the contribution to the horizontal development of the automotive industry. 4 of the 5 investments, are in the automotive industry, a sector with a strong impact on the development of the Gross Domestic Product and with an important contribution to the state budget. Ladies and gentlemen, This Government is a fair partner for the business sector. We encourage investment, foster the sustainable development of the economy. The data on economic development gives us confidence that we are on the right track. According to figures made public at the end of last week by Eurostat, in the third quarter Romania recorded an advance of 4.1%, the seventh economic growth in the European Union. There is data that validates the measures taken by the Government, but also empowers us to find new solutions to stimulate sustainable growth. For these reasons, we have decided to support more consistently the development of businesses with a major impact on the economy. We noticed the increased interest of investors in this state aid scheme, manifested by the large number of applications filed in a relatively short time. We have decided to meet the expectations of businesspeople by supplementing the budget of this state aid scheme with over 1 billion lei, funds allocated through the budget revision adopted in late November. The policy of stimulating investments by granting state aid will continue to occupy an important place in the next year's state budget. We earmarked commitment appropriations of 1.6 billion lei, which implies financing some investment projects worth at least 4 billion lei. Finally, I would like to congratulate you once again, to wish you a great success in your projects and to assure you, both those present here and all Romanian and foreign investors, that you have the right partner at Victoria Palace. Thank you! 2018-12-10 13:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-10-01-32-44big_01_resize.jpgPrim-ministrul României a avut o convorbire telefonică cu omologul său din Republica PolonăȘtiri din 06.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-a-telephone-conversation-with-her-polish-counterpart-mateusz-morawiecki Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had this morning a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. The discussion highlighted the very good bilateral relations between Romania and Poland, which are constantly developing and producing positive effects for the two countries, as well as for the Central and Eastern European region. As regards the upcoming Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined that the Bucharest Executive is ready to take over this mandate and reaffirmed the strong commitment to ensuring a successful Presidency. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned that the current challenges the Union is facing, reflect an increased need for unity and cohesion, stating that the working agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council will focus primarily on promoting cohesion as shared European policy and value. The two senior officials also discussed the recent Summit of the Three Seas Initiative in Bucharest (September 17 - 18, 2018) which provides substantial potential for cooperation and supports projects aimed at developing the region and ensuring convergence through connectivity in transportation, energy and digital communications. The two Prime Ministers also voiced their support for the continuation of cooperation in the field of security, built on the bilateral strategic partnership, as well as in the field of energy, including at European level. 2018-12-06 13:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-06-01-21-19big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia zilei de Sfântul NicolaeȘtiri din 06.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-12-06 09:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-06-09-37-53big_sigla_guvern.pngVizită oficială la BruxellesȘtiri din 05.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/official-visit-to-brussels-alongside-the-cabinet-membersPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, December 5, 2018, in Brussels, a meeting with the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union Jeppe Tranholm - Mikkelsen. The meeting, attended by the Cabinet members, is part of the usual dialogue that the representatives of the member state holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union have with officials of European institutions. The Head of the Executive reconfirmed Romania's commitment to having an efficient Presidency, with the aim of maintaining the unity and cohesion at EU level, in an European context marked by numerous challenges. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister succintly presented the advanced state of preparedness, outlining the fact that Romania is fully prepared for taking over the mandate of President of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced appreciation for the good collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Council throughout the preparations for taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, both in terms of the aspects of substance, with emphasis on collaboration in drawing up the joint work programme for 18 months of the Council of the EU/ Trio Romania - Finland - Croatia, and in terms of the support granted by the General Secretariat of the Council for the professional training of Romanian experts with responsibilities in the process of negotiation of active dossiers at EU level. The Romanian Prime Minister also gave assurances that she will assume the role of facilitator of consensus, with a view to ensuring the necessary balance for the optimal unfolding of the Romanian Presidency of the Council. In his turn, the Secretary-General of the Council presented the role the Romanian Presidency will have in the relation with European institutions - Council, Commission and European Parliament. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila highlighted that given that the Romanian Presidency takes place at the end of a legislative cycle, the dialogue with the European Parliament will have a greater consistency in the first part of the mandate, until mid February. A set of technical and organizational details were discussed and the role of working groups in ensuring a successful mandate was highlighted. A series of topical issues on the European agenda were addressed: negotiation of the Multiannual Financial Framework, enlargement of the European Union and Brexit. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced confidence in the continuation of an efficient cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Council during Romania's first mandate at the helm of the Council of the European Union too, collaboration designed to contribute to the European agenda management, active dossiers negociation, and ensuring the continuity of the European legislative process. The joint meeting of the Romanian Government and the College of Commissioners The joint meeting of the Romanian Government and the College of Commissioners, which is traditionally organized by the member states before assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union took place in Brussels, today. The main objective of the meeting was to present the major lines of the Programme of priorities in view of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU. At the same time, the meeting occasioned an exchange of opinions with the members of the College on the main European topics. The Romanian Prime Minister assured the European Commissioners that Romania is fully prepared to take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2019, and reiterated our commitment and will for an efficient and pragmatic presidency. Prime Minister also voiced Romania's willingness to contribute in a constructive manner to defining and promoting the common European interest, to ensure unity and cohesion among the member states, and to bring citizens closer to the European Union. Recalling the motto of the Romanian Presidency of the Council, Cohesion - a shared European value, Prime Minister Dăncilă pointed out once again that, during its tenure, Romania will promote a cohesion policy that responds to the increased need for economic, social and territorial convergence. The Head of the Romanian Executive also highlighted the main challenges that the Romanian Presidency will have to manage, such as the UK exiting the EU, negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, and migration. In this context, Prime Minister emphasized the importance of close cooperation with the European institutions, especially with the European Commission, in order to obtain results and secure a successful tenure. Last but not least, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced hope that the EU Summit to be held in Sibiu in May will confirm the general attachment to the idea of a united, consolidated and efficient Europe and will provide the main strategic guidelines for the future of the European Union. The Romanian Prime Minister also reconfirmed Romania's interest in supporting the objectives of the EU external agenda, with an emphasis on advancing the European enlargement policy and securing greater consistency of the European Union action in its eastern neighborhood. Discussions continued within two thematic panels: the first addressing economic, financial and social aspects, including the Multiannual Financial Framework, and the second, the topics of migration, security and foreign relations. In the first panel, Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici and Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba addressed remarks on the multilateral financial framework negotiations, while Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb spoke on the topic of economic and social convergence, and cohesion policy. The Romanian side emphasized the importance of the Multiannual Financial Framework, priority dossier for our country and expressed its full availability to work for the advancement of this dossier. On the part of the European Commission, presentations were delivered by the Vice - President of the Commission Vladis Dombrovskis and the European Commissioners Guenther Oettinger, Marianne Thyssen, Pierre Moscovici and Corina Creţu. In the second panel, the Romanian side's presentations were delivered by Interior Minister Carmen Daniela Dan on security and migration, and by Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu as regards Eastern Partnership, the Black Sea and the Western Balkans. As regards the management of migration, the Romanian Minister of Internal Affairs reaffirmed Romania's interest in continuing to work on shaping policies that respond to the existing challenges at European level. At the external level, the Romanian side emphasised an interest in supporting the objectives of the EU's external agenda, with emphasis on the advancement of the European Enlargement Policy and ensuring greater consistency of the Union's action in its eastern neighbourhood. In the same context, Romania's interest in marking the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Eastern Partnership was also expressed First Vice - President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, High Representative / Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini and European Commissioners Johannes Hahn, Dimitris Avramopoulos and Julian King addressed remarks on the part of the European Commission. The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appreciated the Romanian ministers' speeches as very consistent and concluded that Romania is fully prepared to hold the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the President of the European Commission Jean - Claude Juncker [Check against delivery] Jean - Claude Juncker: Madam Prime Minister, dear Viorica, I am particularly glad to welcome the Romanian Prime Minister and the Romanian Cabinet at the Commission's headquarters to prepare the first Romanian presidency of the Council. It is a special event, because on the one hand, Romania just celebrated the Centennial, and secondly, it is Romania's first presidency of the Council of the EU. We had a working meeting with all the Commissioners, that was translated into the Commission's recognition of the fact that the Romanian Government is well prepared for the Presidency of the EU Council. It is equally a special moment as on January 1, 2019, it is 12 years since Romania became a member of the European Union. I remember the emotion felt on the day when, as the President of the EU Council at that time, in 2005, during Luxembourg Presidency, I signed on behalf of the European Union, the accession agreement of Romania to the EU. I had the feeling that finally, the two parts of Europe, which had been divided after the Second World War, and remained so for some time, reached reconciliation, history reconciled with European geography. Without Romania, the European Union wouldn't be complete, it is complete today,as, after decades of artificial separation, we need to say it, it is part of the European family and it is forever anchored here. The Romanian Presidency comes in a crucial moment for the future of the EU. During Romanian Presidency, the UK will leave the EU on March 29, next year, it's a sad date, but Romania will know how to manage the post-Brexit period in the best way possible. Extraordinarily difficult prerogatives lie ahead for Romania, on the road to the Sibiu Summit we must agree on the basic lines of the future financial agreement, of the multiannual financial framework. There are 257 legislative proposals still on the table of co-legislators. The Austrian presidency will finalize several dossiers, but a lot of work will be left for the Romanian presidency in a very brief period, because the European Parliament will conclude its activities in April, therefore, about four months of activity remain for the Romanian presidency. We have seen today how well-prepared the Ministers are in their fields of activity and I'm convinced that Romania will manage to finalize many projects that are on the table of the Parliament and of the Council. I believe the EC's programmes and the Romanian Government's programmes meet in very many points. There are also certain divergences in what concerns the development of the rule of law, we discussed this issue, but this issue does not concern the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, it has to do with the bilateral relationship between Romania and the European Commission or the EU. I'm convinced that we will welcome Romania in the Schengen Area before this Commission's term in office finishes. But there are still efforts to be done, and we will achieve this result, and now, I will give the floor to Mrs. Prime Minister and to Mrs. Corina Cretu who has an excellent activity within the Commission. I had the pleasure to welcome Madam Prime Minister and now, you have the floor. Viorica Dancila: Thank you, dear Jean - Claude! Today, we had a meeting with the College of Commissioners, one that is part of the meetings prior to Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1, 2019. We discussed cooperation between the Romanian Government, the future presidency and the European Commission and I also presented the priorities of the rotating presidency of Romania starting January 1 next year. We had constructive talks, we addressed topics which will be on the European agenda over the next period, topics, I might say even challenges, to which the European institutions have to respond together. I listened carefully to the opinions of the European Commissioners, the Cabinet members also expressed theirs, and I noticed that many of the topics addressed, many of these challenges have elements in common and there is especially the will to find solutions during Romania's presidency. I reiterated the fact that Romania wants an ambitious but also realistic presidency. Ambitious in the sense of carrying through as many dossiers currently on the working table as possible, of having at least a political accord on the multiannual financial framework, of being able to solve as many dossiers as possible from among the 257 dossiers mentioned by the President Juncker, and I believe this is important, because during Romania's rotating presidency, the strategic agenda 2014 -2019 is completed, and the results obtained will be the results of all the European institutions, and especially, of all the EU member states; realistic because we know that Romania will have the role of impartial mediator, enabler of balance and consensus, and I believe we must achieve consensus among member states on important dossiers. Europe is divided from this standpoint and it won't be easy to achieve this. We are looking forward to the College of Commissioners's presence in Bucharest, on January 10-11, next year, to discuss in a much more applied way each dossier. I want to further mention the fact that during these days in which we were here, in Brussels, there were talks between Romanian Ministers and European Commissioners, between Ministers and chairs of committees in the European Parliament so that we can have a smooth transition regarding the important dossiers we have to solve on the European agenda. I would like to thank once again Mr. President, the European Commissioners for their approach, for the constructive dialogue, the support and we are very glad for the fact that the European Commission is convinced that we are well-prepared, that we can takeover and successfully exercise the rotating Presidency of the European Union as of January 1, 2019. Corina Cretu: Madam Prime Minister, dear Viorica, as Commissioner for regional policy, I have the pleasure to welcome you, alongside Mr. Juncker, only few weeks prior to Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union We already spoke about the challenges we have ahead. As a Commissioner for regional policy, I am very pleased to see that the cohesion policy is at the core of the interests and priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. I would like just to wish you good luck and to reassure you that the Commission, of course Mr President and all of us, we are all mobilised at all levels to support the Romanian authorities in achieving a successful Presidency. Thank you very much, Mr. President for your appreciation! Reporter: Mr. President, I would like to ask you, in our country, we are discussing a possible challenge to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, most likely at the European Court of Justice. I would like to ask you if you have had any discussion on this subject and, in this context, considering that the last report has some extra points, do you still see any deadline to lift this Mechanism during this Commission's term of office? Thank you! Jean - Claude Juncker: My intention still is to make Romania a member of Schengen. As you already know, in the last report [regarding the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification] I drew attention of the Romanian authorities on some weaknesses and together [the Romanian authorities and the EU ones] we have worked to improve Romania's preparedness for the accession to the Schengen Area. I wish to end my mandate after Romania becomes member of the Schengen Area, but some efforts need to be done in this respect. Reporter: Mr. President, you underlined the fact that Romania, following what you discussed today too, is prepared to takeover the presidency of the Council of the European Union. We know very well that there are important dossiers on Romania's table - the Brexit, the budget. In your view, how can Romania contribute to the successful resolution of these dossiers? Jean - Claude Juncker: I would like Romania to bring the Romanian common sense in the Romanian process. As regards Brexit, we do not know what the British Parliament's decision will be. The vote will take place on December 11. Today, the Commission sent its agreement to the Council, because it has to be signed by the Council too, myself and Mr Tusk, I do not know what the protocol order is in this case, it is very complicated, but after the vote in Parliament, and after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it will be our job, of the Commission and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU to decide on the next steps. But everything depends on the vote of the Parliament. Reporter: There were a series of question marks about the rule of law and the judiciary in Romania. You said it is a bilateral issue. You will take over the Presidency when Hungary and Poland are already faced with problems regarding the rule of law. Do you think the Parliament will have confidence or will it express some doubts over Romania's being the most appropriate to chair the EU Council in this context? How can you calm these concerns? And, Commissioner, you are responsible for the structural funds. What we have seen especially in Hungary is that it is a link between problems with the rule of law and the corruption. How can this link be ... during the Romanian Presidency? Viorica Dancila: In Romania. the rule of law is observed, and all efforts are made for the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law observance. Poland, Hungary and Romania should not be placed on the same level. It's a special situation and I would like us to take into account this aspect. Otherwise, considering the fact that we are saying and we are convinced that the rule of law is observed in Romania, I see no connection between Romania exercising the rotating presidency and this issue. I consider that Romania has taken important steps, Romania is taking important steps, the rule of law is observed in Romania and, at the same time, I must say that Romania wants a successful presidency of the Council of the EU. Corina Cretu: As regards your question, I would like to say that last week, we were in the ACOM Commission in which we presented the cohesion policy. We have succeeded in having a 3 percent error rate from 5.5 when I became the Commissioner for Regional Policy. From this, only 0.4 percent is fraud. You know very well that the European Commission has zero tolerance to fraud, and you know that we suspend immediately all the funds when OLAF finds a fraud, and we apply financial corrections in order to recover funds in the EU budget. Then, it's up to the respective states to recover from the companies the money, but, as I said, now the current level of fraud is 0.4, is in fact less than 0.5 percent from the total of billions of euros invested in the new member states . Reporter: Mr. President, Madam Prime Minister, is it surreal for us to discuss here and at the same time, in Bucharest, the governmental majority lost power in fact, next week, a censure motion is likely to be voted. My question is very simple: is there any risk for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and does the Commission call for political stability or does it abstain from sending a message? Jean Claude Juncker: Well, we discussed here but you are mixing up the situation, it does not seem to fit reality. In fact, I believe there is a majority in both Chambers of Parliament, in fact, that being said, the more Romania makes progress in observing the rule of law and fighting corruption, the more successful its Presidency of the Council of the EU will be, and we will remain in touch anyway. Viorica Dancila: We did not lose the parliamentary majority. Don't confuse the two seats in the Chamber of Deputies with the majority. The majority means the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. We have support for the Government in the Parliament of Romania and I'm not nervous at all in what concerns the censure motion. Reporter: Last month, the Data Protection Authority imposed a very large fine on journalists working on corruption investigations. Would you like to explain us, in your opinion, if this does not somehow strengthen Romanias negative image and actually complicate your efforts to defend its reputation? Viorica Dăncilă: Definitely not. The Constitution of Romania stipulates the right to freedom of opinion and expression. This is guaranteed and every journalist enjoys it too. But at the same time, we have an European data protection regulation. If these rights are violated, if privacy is violated, if personal data are used, everyone, regardless of where they come from, regardless of who they are, should be sanctioned in accordance with European rules. As long as we have a European regulation, it is not optional, it is mandatory and in Romania, this regulation has been applied. 2018-12-05 11:56:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_06.12.218.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, la conferința ”Cores and Peripheries in Europe? A Europe NEXT Project”, organizată de Institutul ASPENȘtiri din 04.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-conference-cores-and-peripheries-in-europe-a-europe-next-project-organized-by-aspen-instituteRomanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă participated today, December 4th, 2018, in Brussels, at the official opening of the - Cores and Peripheries in Europe? A Europe NEXT Project, organized by the ASPEN Institute, giving a speech on the future of Europe. The Romanian Prime Minister stressed that the current process of reflection on the future of Europe has many challenges and the efforts made by the European institutions and the Member States to identify joint solutions are the best guarantee for the solidity of the European project, a powerful and united project, dedicated to peace, democracy, freedom, respect for values, human rights and ensuring economic and social well-being. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated that the agenda of the Romanian Presidency will focus on promoting cohesion as a common European policy and value. The motto of the Romanian Presidency: - Cohesion - a common European value reflects the urgent need for unity and cooperation among EU Member States, as well as the need for more economic, social and territorial convergence, as required by the EU treaties. At the same time, the head of the Executive reiterated that Romania is fully prepared for assuming the rotating presidency of the EU Council and that the summit of May 2019 is a major event during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU which will mark the launch of talks to define the Union's new Strategic Agenda, which will provide guidance on EU action in the medium term, especially relevant in the immediate context of Brexit. Speech of the Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the official opening of the - Cores and Peripheries in Europe? A Europe NEXT Project, organized by the ASPEN Institute Viorica Dăncilă: Distinguished audience, Thank you for inviting me to this debate on the future of the European Union. I am addressing you today, as the Prime Minister of a state for whom the European Union has represented the fulfillment of a national aspiration. The democracy, the economic growth and the security that Romania enjoys today are the indisputable result of our European path, a choice we have assumed and will never be subject of reversibility. The process of reflection on the future of Europe has many challenges, both through the search for the common denominator of our visions and the implicit subjectivity that this process implies. We are Europe. The future of Europe means our future and our contribution to a better and safer world. It will never be easy to translate our aspirations, but the efforts that the European Institutions and the Member States have submitted and submit to identifying the best common solutions are the best guarantee for the solidity of our project. The consensual and pragmatic approach to any EU reform project is essential for the viability of the whole process. This is a solid premise for the EU to move towards a more integrated and stronger construction capable to capitalize its successful projects and policies in favor of its citizens, in order to meet the challenges within and outside the EU. From this perspective, we are working together for the informal summit in Sibiu, a major event during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, to mark the launch of talks on defining the new EU Strategic Agenda, a document that will provide guidance on EU action in the medium term, especially relevant in the immediate context of Brexit. It is important for the European Union and the Member States to be able to send a clear, positive signal on the capacity to continue working together in the same direction for strengthening a powerful and united project devoted to peace, democracy, freedom, respect for values, human rights and ensuring economic and social well-being. As a member state whose citizens are strongly attached to the European idea and as the future presidency of the EU Council, Romania will continue to support the objective of strengthening the Union, based on its fundamental values ​​and principles - unity, cohesion, equal treatment and convergence. We still need a union that leaves no Member States behind in the process of deepening European integration. We believe that a strong and unitary Europe in all its dimensions - political, economic, social - is the best solution for the future of the European project. In a wider context, I believe that Romania has always promoted a consensual approach based on unity, cohesion and solidarity and taking over the presidency of the EU Council will allow us to continue this role of facilitator of the European decision based on balance and consensus. We will have the opportunity to reconfirm the maturity of our European statute and to influence the future of the European construction, seeking to advance files of strategic interest such as the multiannual financial framework, migration, Eurozone reform, innovation, strengthening the role of the Union in its neighborhood. At the same time, we will have the responsibility to shape our behavior at European level, acting for the benefit of all EU Member States and their citizens. As this profile we want during our presidency reflects not only the ambitions linked to a mandate but our deep vision regarding the future of the European Union internally and globally, I would like to make a brief reference to our aspirations regarding Europe of the next decade. Last week, on the occasion of the 100th years celebration of the Great Union in 1918, I addressed the Romanian Parliament, advocating for uniting around a new ideal for Romania, a united, better and more European Romania. My vision for Europe is the same: a stronger Europe through better unity by fulfilling its commitments to its citizens and, why not, more European, by promoting genuine European values and stimulating the feeling of belonging to the European space to its citizens. Distinguished audience, President Juncker pleaded for European sovereignty in his speech on the state of the Union, stressing that unity gives us strength, being the quintessence of participation in the European Union. Europe must be the triumph of this unity on the opposing north-south, east-west, old Member States, new Member States, peripheral nucleus, because these fragmentations hinder the process of European integration and undermine the efforts to strengthen our Union. We must be able to overcome this approach of demarcation lines, of developmental imbalances, in favor of a Europe that advances, through the consonance of its internal voices, of its objectives. Cleavages do not make Europe stronger, more present in the world, nor reconnect it with its citizens, but reduce its ability to produce results for the citizens. Unity is so often evoked that it can slip into the shadow of an element of rhetoric unless it is adequately reflected in practice. Firstly, I think we need to invest in the culture of an open, constructive dialogue, less focused on contrasting visions and more focused on common points and actions. We are united by a common agenda with multiple generating projects of added value in different areas, whether we talk about the energetic, digital, economic or academic field, but also by the common challenges that Europe and the world face today. From this perspective of Europe of convergence, the social dimension should be a key component of the efforts to increase competitiveness. Romania advocates for cohesion and the protection of citizens exercising their right of free movement in the European area, considering that workers' mobility contributes to balance economic growth measures. The prosperity of the Union and its economic security are generated by a smart, adaptable and powerful economic and monetary union. Romania has committed itself to joining the euro area once fulfilling the conditions, and recently we have set a clear, time-bound horizon for this goal: 2024. On my turn, I pledge myself to take the necessary measures to lead my country in this direction. What I would like to emphasize in this context is that Romania has never hesitated to openly look to any initiative aimed at deepening European cooperation. At the same time, we expect every initiative to openly look to Romania. We have the moral authority to address this issue all the more since our efforts to join the Schengen area have not yet been answered for almost 10 years. However, we successfully secure an extended part of the European Union's external border by actively contributing to the process of strengthening security instruments at European level. Distinguished audience, in less than 6 months, our democracy, the largest transnational democracy, will elect a new European Parliament. I propose to capitalize the future electoral context because it is an opportunity for us, who believe in Europe, to promote a stronger Europe, oriented towards its founding principles, in resonance with our European spirit. I am confident that 2019 can be a year of relaunching the European idea, just as 1989 has given people of Central and Eastern Europe inspiration and energy to conclude a tragic chapter in their history and to look together towards the future. I hope that the extraordinary summit in Sibiu will be a moment to offer this perspective. Thank you. 2018-12-04 16:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-12-04_at_15.30.09.jpegParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la Reuniunea Guvernului României cu membrii Colegiului Comisarilor Uniunii Europene. Bruxelles, 4-5 decembrie 2018Știri din 04.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attends-the-meeting-of-the-romanian-government-with-members-of-the-college-of-commissioners-brussels-december-4-5-2018Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, accompanied by the entire Cabinet, is paying a working visit to Brussels from December 4 to 5, 2018, to attend a joint meeting of the Romanian Government with the European Commission. The meeting of the College of EU Commissioners with the Government of the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is traditionally organized prior to the start of the mandate as President of the Council of the EU. The objective of the meeting is to prepare the next Presidency and discuss its priorities. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will have meetings with the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and members of the College of Commissioners and with Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union Jeppe Tranhlom-Mikkelsen. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilăs agenda will include debates on the priorities and programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the future of the Union and exchanges of views between the members of the Government and those of the College of Commissioners on issues related to the Multilateral Financial Framework, Migration, Brexit, Single Market and External Relations . 2018-12-04 09:31:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-04-09-37-37big_sigla_guvern.pngVizită oficială în Republica Croația - Participare la deschiderea Summit-ului șefilor de guverne din statele membre ale Inițiativei Central-Europene (ICE) de la ZagrebȘtiri din 03.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/official-visit-to-the-republic-of-croatia-participation-in-the-opening-of-the-central-european-initiative-summit-cei-in-zagreb Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended the opening of the Central European Initiative Summit On Monday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated in Zagreb in the opening of the Summit of the Heads of Government of the Central European Initiative(CEI) Member States. The core theme of the CEI Summit was strengthening regional security and the economic development promotion, in support of the regions connection to the European values and practices. More specifically, the participants approached the topic of interconnecting the CEI member states in order to achieve sustainable regional development and support the European path of the aspiring or candidate countries in the region, as well as the impact of the provocative actions of some third parties on the security of the area. The Romanian Prime Minister congratulated her Croatian counterpart for the latters success in exercising the CEI presidency this year and hailed the importance attached to essential topics, such as: energy efficiency, European integration and competitiveness. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced that Romania is forthright with its preparations for the takeover of the first rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, context in which the continuation of enlargement with the Western Balkans states is a priority. The Romanian Prime Minister added that Romania stays committed with its political support and technical assistance offer for the advancement of the reforms in the regions states, in the process of getting closer to the Euroatlantic structures. In this context, Prime Minister outlined the interest for the optimum use of the collaboration formats and the capitalisation on their unique contribution to the areas stability, the promotion of the good neighbourly relations, interconnectivity and economic cooperation. The Romanian dignitary also emphasised the relevance of the CEI for the accomplishment of these objectives, through the transfer of expertise in key-fields, such as the anti-corruption fight, the good governance, reducing development gaps, competitiveness and innovation. Rime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed her support for the development of the regional cooperation in this format and concomitantly for the steps of strengthening the CEI efficiency, by focusing on projects with economic and social impact in the region. The Romanian Prime Minister wished good luck to Italy, that took over the CEI Chairmanship -in -office from Croatia and assured it of Romania' support and availability for cooperation. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković During the official visit to the Republic of Croatia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting on Monday, December 3, 2018, in Zagreb with Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister commended the positive dynamics of the bilateral political dialogue, both at Government and Parliament level. The Romanian senior official stated that the relations between the two states are very good and based on similar stances on some aspects of the array of regional, European and international issues. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that, taking into account the extended cooperation framework between Romania and the Republic of Croatia, parliamentary diplomacy plays an important role in identifying new cooperation opportunities needed to further strengthen economic and sectoral relations. Moreover, the Head of the Executive stated that Romania, as a consistent supporter of the enlargement policy and an EU member state, in the direct vicinity of the region with specific stability and security interests for the region, backs the EUs objectives regarding the Western Balkans, a region that has an important place among the objectives of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Romanian Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament also discussed about the similar stances that the two states have in a series of European dossiers: the future of Europe, the cohesion policy, the relations between the states of the Euro area and non-Euro, the Schengen Area and management of external borders of the EU, the Eastern Neighborhood. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar - Kitarović On Monday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar - Kitarović. The meeting took place in the form of a working lunch. The two dignitaries expressed their satisfaction over the particularly dynamic development of bilateral relations based on similar stances on some aspects of the array of regional, European and international issues. The European agenda was an important topic on the talks agenda. The Romanian Prime Minister and the Croatian President discussed the coordination within the trio of the rotating presidencies of the EU Council, which the two countries are part of, alongside Finland. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed the excellent cooperation in this field, announcing that the joint programme of the trio is already completed through the shared effort of coordination among the three states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that Romania, as the future holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU counts on all member states, such as Croatia, for support so that Romanias tenure will bring concrete results in the advancement of the European agenda. In this context, Prime Minister Dancila reiterated that the enlargement of the EU to include the Western Balkan states is a priority of Romanias Presidency of the EU Council. The Head of the Executive added that Romania remains committed to political support and technical assistance in advancing reforms in the states of the region in the process of getting closer to Euro-Atlantic structures. Romanian Prime Minister also congratulated Croatia on its successful chairmanship-in-office of the Central European Initiative(CEI) this year and welcomed the emphasis on key themes such as: energy efficiency, European integration and competitiveness. *** Press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in the Republic of Croatia [Check against delivery] I am glad to be here, in Zagreb, today, on an official visit, and to see again ,on this occasion, my Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković,with whom I have a good collaboration relation since we both served in the European Parliament. We had a constructive discussion in which we addressed four aspects of cooperation between Romania and Croatia. A first aspect referred to bilateral relations, economic and commercial ones between the two states. We noticed together that following the Croatian Prime Minister's visit to Romania, the bilateral relations between the two states have known an ascendant trend. We have had a good sectorial cooperation. Several Romanians Ministers have come here, in Zagreb, several Ministers from Zagreb visited Romania, so that we find common points of cooperation between the two states. Other aspect considered during our talks referred to the Trio Romania - Finland - Croatia, which implies a common programme, talks, consensus on the programme of the three presidencies in the course of the next 18 months. We discussed about Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019, about EU level - challenges to which we need to respond together. I refer here to challenges related to Brexit, EU's future after Brexit, and in this respect, the May 9 2019 Summit in Sibiu will play an important role. We talked about common issues, the common approach we need to have on traditional policies at European level - and here, I refer to the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy but also to challenges related to migration, terrorism, the defence policy, and of course one issue of interest for both countries: the Schengen topic. The Three Seas Initiative was also on the agenda of our talks, and I assured Mr. Prime Minister that during last week, we adopted in the Government a normative act which provides for setting up a working group regarding the Three Seas Initiative projects. Other point we covered, pertained to the Danube Strategy. Romania currently holds the EUSDR Presidency, and the Danube Strategy will also be in the presidency's programme, and this implies coordination between Romania and Croatia. On the occasion of my visit to Zagreb, I will also attend the CEI Summit works which concludes the Croatian presidency of this regional cooperation forum. I want to thank once again Mr. Prime Minister for the warm welcome, but also for the constructive discussions we have had. 2018-12-03 15:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-05-02-19-45big_img_1710.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei internaționale a persoanelor cu dizabilitățiȘtiri din 03.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-12-03 10:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-03-10-20-50big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremoniile organizate cu ocazia Zilei Naţionale a RomânieiȘtiri din 01.12.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attends-the-national-day-celebrationsPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's message on the National Day of Romania in Centennial Year We celebrate today the National Day, in the Centennial Year, thinking of the unity of those who one hundred years ago believed in Romanias future and in the sacred duty that we have to be inspired from this accomplished ideal of our forefathers. On this occasion, I convey to all Romanians a message of peace and unity. I trust that the Romanian society has further resources aplenty for consensus, balance and political wisdom so as to promote our joint interest as European nation. We should enter the second century of modern Romania following the example of the Greater Union forefathers, in order to carry out the strategic projects we envisaged for Romania. Let us not interrupt these projects on grounds of having been started by the others! There is no place for political hubris and personal interests on this road. The fact that we all want to live in a prosperous Romania, attached to European values and which maintains its national identity represents the best argument to unite our efforts in the interest of citizens and ours as a nation. The famous motto by ourselves that the Brătianu family put on the frontispiece of the Great Union must find a correspondent in our present too, and this does not make us less pro- Europeans. I believe in consensus, balance and cooperation. Differences of opinion must not place us in adverse positions. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. We can debate, negotiate, there are legislative and institutional levers that work and must be observed. It is time when political peace is needed and in this respect, I am calling on the political class. As Romanians, when speaking about Romania, regardless of our official capacity, we need to be well-balanced in statements, and put aside electoral or political stakes. Let us be united in view of the forthcoming mandate of Romania to the presidency of the Council of the European Union in which we play the role of impartial mediator. Let us show that our country is ready to carry out this high responsibility in a dignified manner! Let us unite our efforts so that the economic development of Romania allow the adoption of the euro in 2024. Let us be united so that the admission of Romania to the Schengen area be decided only on the mandatory technical criteria. These are the main reasons which should bring us together. 100 years after the Great Union, I am convinced that we have at least 100 reasons to act as a dignified and powerful nation: natural beauty of Romania, history, natural resources, traditions, cultural personalities, men of science, great political and sporting personalities, who made Romania's name known in the entire world. Above all, we have the responsibility of our future and that of future generations. Through dialogue and openness, we can build a strong Romania for hundreds of years to come. Happy Birthday, Romania! Happy Anniversary to all Romanians! Viorica Dăncilă Prime Minister of Romania 2018-12-01 09:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-12-01-12-53-24big_11_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia sărbătoririi zilei Sfântului Apostol AndreiȘtiri din 30.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-11-30 11:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-30-11-05-41big_stema.pngDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Gala 100 pentru România, de la Ateneul RomânȘtiri din 29.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-11-29 18:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-29-10-01-47big_0[1].jpgȘedința solemnă de Guvern de la Alba IuliaȘtiri din 29.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/solemn-government-sitting-in-alba-iuliaStatement by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the beginning of the solemn Government sitting in Alba Iulia Dear Romanians, It is an honour to be today at a solemn meeting organised to celebrate the National Day of Romania and the Great Union Centennial. The Union Hall where we are - a symbol and temple of Greater Romania, where the Great Union Act was decided and signed - is the place where people really feel the pride of being Romanians. The Act of Union achieved a hundred years ago was possible due to the historical circumstances that the country leaders at that time knew to make the best use for the good of Romania. Those leaders did not only have political wisdom and diplomatic talent, they also came with a vision for Greater Romania. We have the historical privilege of being Ministers of the Romanian Government at the anniversary of the Greater Union Centennial, proclaimed here in Alba Iulia. At a symbolic level, it is probably the most emotional moment of our term of office. We will continue to implement public policies in the service of the country and to the benefit of its citizens. Let us show our children and our descendants that we have the capacity to leave them a legacy, a dignified, prosperous, more united and stronger Romania! The symbolic meeting of the Government is a moment of great importance that we are all living out here in Alba Iulia, not just to celebrate, but also to think about the future. The efforts we have made , all the initiatives and measures that we have taken, are designed to build and consecrate at European and international levels a modern, active, dynamic Romania with a solid economy and a united society, a country that adapts to domestic and international economic and social developments and takes care of its citizens. On todays meeting, we will adopt measures whereby we honor heroes, war veterans, and contribute to the well-being of citizens and the younger generation. On today's agenda, we have a normative act with reparative value for a category of people to whom society owes gratitude, and the state has an obligation to provide decent living standards. We approve a significant increase in allowances for persons with disabilities, war veterans and widows. This is an average increase of almost five times of these allowances: from 259 to 1,500 lei per month for those with the first degree of disability, from 231 to 1,000 lei per month for war invalids with the second degree of disability, and from 196 lei to 900 lei per month for those with the third degree of disability; All these increases will take effect from January 1 next year. We are setting up today a savings mechanism for children - the Junior Centenary Savings Account - to facilitate access to education and to cover the lack of income. All children in Romania will be included, up to the age of 18, in an active savings mechanism. Specifically, the state will open at the Treasury a special savings account for every child under the age of 18. In this account, parents or legal representatives of the child can deposit money and the state contributes with an annual premium. Thus, as of 2019, for a minimum amount of 1,200 lei deposited annually by the parent or, the state, in the case of children in the state social protection system, the state contributes with a premium of 600 lei annually to the special savings account. The money saved through this instrument can be withdrawn after reaching the age of 18 to fund university studies or to cover the lack of income at that time. The money thus saved is not taxed and receives from the budget an annual interest rate of 3%, a stimulating and constant interest rate. We continue to adopt measures aimed at stimulating the domestic economic sector and developing market instruments to integrate business offers into agriculture. We are considering increasing the added value and capitalization of this important economic sector, while promoting and capitalizing on domestic products on major foreign markets. The agricultural and rural development policies implemented by the Romanian Government have provided incentives for the agricultural sector to continue to be an engine of economic growth. We also want to create a source of employment for rural population, while guaranteeing farmers incomes to avoid migration to urban areas. Through the programme for Government, we have assumed the objective of setting up UNIREA Agro-Food Trade House, a name that marks 100 years of high quality agriculture and Romanian products. Today, we are adopting a normative act establishing this functional trading mechanism, conducive to superior capitalization of national agricultural resources and production and to support Romanian farmers and farms on the domestic and foreign markets. On todays meeting, we will also approve, through memorandums, two agreements in priority areas for Romania: constructions and education, which we will sign with trade unions and employers immediately after this solemn meeting. Agreement in the field of construction: We will declare this sector a priority one, of national importance for Romanian economy for the next 10 years. We will establish a minimum gross monthly wage of 3000 lei for the construction sector, we will eliminate the labor taxes for the employer, and for the employee, we will establish them so that the minimum monthly wage exceeds the equivalent in lei of 500 euros. We will introduce further measures to combat undeclared work in this sector. Other measure would be to introduce the obligation to pay 30% advance for work contracts, irrespective of the source of funding, and its refund by means of percentage discounts on each invoice until the project is completed. In order to support the financing of the construction sector, a Construction Guarantee Fund will be set up, with a state participation of 80% and of the construction companies by 20%. Through the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Representative Trade Union Federations of Education, we commit ourselves to taking measures to support education, in line with the priority role of this field in the Programme for government. We have in mind: Increasing the amounts to fund the education by at least 15 percent annually compared to the previous year's budget so as to reach at least 6 percent of GDP. The wage increase envisaged for 2022 to take place until September 1, 2020; Granting two gross wages per year for personal development and purchase of teaching materials; Granting an amount of up to 5000 euros to the teaching staff living in rural areas for home buying or upgrading as well as for buying land necessary for construction, Granting a state guarantee of 80% for loans taken for the purchase of a dwelling Granting a setting up -premium in the amount of three gross average wages per economy for the teaching staff who got tenure in rural areas. Teachers with an effective seniority in education of at least 30 years receive six gross average wages upon retirement. Creating a unique development account whereby all universities can start or complete investment projects. Construction of at least 1000 kindergartens with physical education curriculum The Executive I am leading has assumed as main mission reducing gaps in society and the results can already be seen. 100 years on since the Great Union, we must carry forward a more united Romania, in which all citizens feel safe and have equal rights in order to build a better future. 2018-11-29 10:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-29-05-03-52big_1543497125original_20_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la şedinţa comună solemnă a Camerei Deputaţilor și Senatului consacrată celebrării Centenarului Marii UniriȘtiri din 28.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-solemn-plenary-session-of-the-parliament-dedicated-to-the-great-union-centennialSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the solemn plenary session of the Parliament dedicated to the Great Union Centennial [Check against delivery] Mr. President of Romania, Mr. President of the Senate, Mr. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. President Emil Constantinescu, Mr. President Traian Basescu, Your Beatitude, Your Holiness, Dear representatives of the religious cults, Distinguished members of the Royal Family, President of the Constitutional Court, President of the Court of Accounts, President of the Legislative Council, President of the Romanian Academy, Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Honorable Guests, I have come today in Parliament to the solemn session honoring the Great Union Centennial, in my capacity as Prime Minister, with a message of peace and unity to all Romanians. The Centennial is about celebrating the national ideal, recalling the deeds of our forefathers who succeeded in channeling the force and energies of this people, about the values, principles and faith that united Romanians and about paying tribute to the heroic deeds of those who sacrificed their lives for Romanians and Greater Romania. As Prime Minister, I trust the ability of the entire Romanian society to follow the example of those who believed in the future of Romania, and I am convinced that the Centennial Anniversary must unite us, because we have a sacred duty: to pass on to our children this notable legacy we received from our forefathers 100 years ago. And the Romanian society has resources aplenty to attain this important objective. I believe in consensus, balance and co-operation. We all see that, unfortunately, there are situations when consensus is very difficult to reach, but I am confident that these obstacles can be overcome. There is no place for political hubris and personal interests on this road. I greet the opposition parties. I greet the Liberals for the essential contribution of the Bratianu family to the achievement of Greater Romania and the Union in 1918. It is a precious political legacy left to you by the founders of the PNL(National Liberal Party). But it is also a high pitch left to those who are leading this party today. However fierce the political struggle here in Parliament would be, there is no reason in this world to justify a vote against your own country. Differences of opinion must not place us in adverse positions. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. We can debate, negotiate, there are legislative and institutional levers that work and must be observed. I would recommend those who represent Romania at one level or another, that, regardless of their political or personal views, they should first think of our common interest as an European nation, not just of their personal grievances. The famous motto by ourselves that the Brătianu family put on the frontispiece of the Great Union must find a correspondent in our present too. By ourselves and not by others we should solve our problems in Romania. By ourselves, not by others we should defend our national interests in Europe and the world in general, and this does not make us less pro-European. By ourselves, not by others must still be the motto of Romania, after the 100 years that have passed since the Great Union. One can criticize, express opinions or dissatisfactions, but as a Romanian, when talking about Romania, you have to be well-balanced in your statements. As a politician, regardless of doctrinal beliefs, you are dutybound to defend and promote the rights of Romanian citizens, to fight for your country to be treated with respect, to do your best, through the legal levers and the scope of the office, for Romanians to enjoy the same rights and same freedoms like all the other European citizens. Dear Romanians, On this Centennial anniversary, I would like to convey a message to the representatives of national minorities in Romania. I am also addressing the UDMR parliamentarians and of the 18 other minorities represented in the Romanian Parliament. I would like to remind you all that the fundamental rights of the minorities in Romania were guaranteed even by the Act of the Great Union we celebrate today. The Resolution of the Alba-Iulia National Assembly of December 1, 1918, enshrines the following principle that is valid at present too: Full national freedom for all the co-inhabiting peoples. Each people will study, manage and judge in its own language by individuals of its own stock and each people will get the right to be represented in the law bodies and in the government of the country in accordance with the number of its individuals. In this so simple form, we find the rights of minorities to use their mother tongue in education, administration and justice. We find that the right of representation in the Romanian Parliament is observed today by your presence in this Chamber. On behalf of the Government I am leading, I guarantee to all Romanian citizens of another ethnicity that they will continue to enjoy all rights and all our respect, regardless of the provocative statements that some foreign officials are launching from time to time against Romania. Regardless of their ethnicity or the language they are speaking, Romanian citizens belong to Romania! They must not be stigmatized because of irresponsible statements coming from outside the country! Dear compatriots, In this solemn session of the Great Union Centennial, I am sending a message of political peace to the President of Romania too, Mr. Klaus Iohannis. As I stated throughout my mandate, I hold the firm belief that irrespective of the political and electoral stakes ahead of us, in our official capacity - as Prime Minister or as President - we are dutybound to cooperate, to collaborate. It is a duty beyond any personal stake. It is a duty towards Romanians and Romania! This would be the time to enjoy consensus, tranquility, 100 years on since the Great Union. I want us to celebrate the National Day in a climate of tranquility and peace, without division. The national interest should prevail over the political one. In this solemn moment of the Centennial, I seek inspiration from the wisdom of the Great Union achievers and put aside division. I put aside attacks, unjust criticism or even the insults targeting me previously. I am calling on you all for unity! The takeover of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union has now entered a straight line, and from January 1st, we will responsibly exercise our mandate for which we have been preparing throughout the year! Let us, Romanians, stand united in the next six months when Romania will play an extremely important role! Let us show that our country fulfills this high responsibility in a dignified manner. Let us, Romanians, stand united, so that we adopt the euro by 2024! Let us stand united in order to carry out the projects of strategic importance to Romania. Let us no longer interrupt them just because they were started by others, let us carry them out for the Romanians and for Romania. Let us, Romanians, stand united in the European Parliament and before the European Commission for Romania to be admitted to the Schengen Area and be no longer criticized for things that are well allowed in other EU member states. Let us, Romanians, stand united for strengthening Romania's position in Europe and in the North Atlantic Alliance I trust that together we will successfully manage the important dossiers we will have on the table, ensuring balance and best representation for all European citizens. 100 years after the Great Union I am convinced that we have at least 100 reasons to unite us! We have at least 100 reasons to act as a dignified and powerful nation! When Great Romania celebrates its 100th birthday, we have at least 100 reasons to be proud of being Romanian. we have a beautiful and rich country; a history full of heroes who made possible the existence of our nation; we have inventions and inventors who have impressed the whole world; remarkable geniuses who have woven gold with our cultural dowry; famous athletes who have won worldwide awards and established new world records. Above all, we have a common future, ours and that of future generations. It depends only on us how we will fulfill it. Dear Romanians, We must continue to love our country, to remain unshaken in our faith, to be united in defending and preserving in our heart the traditions, values ​​and symbols of this people. Let us have confidence that through consensus, dialogue and openness, we can build a strong Romania for hundreds of years to come. Happy Birthday, Romania! Happy Anniversary to all Romanians! 2018-11-28 15:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-28-05-17-00big_dsc_2113-01.jpegPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a delegaţiei oamenilor de afaceri JETRO, din JaponiaȘtiri din 27.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-a-jetro-business-delegation-from-japanPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met today November 27, 2018, a delegation of Japanese businesspeople that is visiting Romania within a regional tour organized by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). The delegation includes representatives of 25 prestigious Japanese companies, specialized in various fields of activity, such as: finance, foreign trade, infrastructure, IT and communications, food industry, tourism. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă exposed the advantages provided by the Romanian investment environment, and invited the companies participating in the delegation to join the important Japanese business community already present in Romania. It was outlined the fact that Japan is the main Asian investor in Romania and that the Japanese companies operating in our country account for nearly 10 percent of Romania's exports to the European Union. 2018-11-27 19:19:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-27-07-30-12big_02_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de donare a operei "Avram Iancu - Darul moților pentru România", Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 26.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-donation-ceremony-of-the-work-quot-avram-iancu-the-gift-of-the-moti-for-romania-quotAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the donation ceremony of the work Avram Iancu - The Gift of the Moti for Romania Ladies and gentlemen, Dear guests, I am glad to be your host today at Victoria Palace and to pay tribute together to Avram Iancu, a tireless defender of the rights of Transylvanian Romanians. I am grateful to the Brad Mileniul 3 Association, the Hunedoara County Council, the City Hall and the Local Council of the Brad and the Mayor Florin Cazacu, to all the good Romanians who contributed to the donation made to the Government of Romania: the work Avram Iancu - The Gift of the Moti for Romania (Moti - inhabitants of Tara Motilor, a region of Romania in the Apuseni Mountains), created by the sculptor Ioan Vasile Grama. It is a gift with a strong message about the struggle of the Romanian people to assert its identity, but also a gift of soul, which we have received with great emotion and pride. On behalf of the Romanian Government, I thank you and assure you that we value your generous gesture to its true value! The bust of Avram Iancu receives a place of honor at Victoria Palace, in the Transylvania Hall, to symbolically mark the influence that the Crăișorul Munților (The Little Prince of the Mountains) had on the destiny of this Romanian historical region. His arduous involvement in the Transylvanian Revolution of 1848, his lifetime militancy in renewing society and obtaining rights for the Romanian people generated hope, horizons for the Romanians in Transylvania, made possible in the consciences what would become the historical act of the Great Union of 1918. As Romania celebrates very soon the Centennial of the Greater Union, I congratulate you on the inspired moment that you have chosen to offer us this gift, and we should properly capitalize on it , renewing our tribute to one of the great Romanian patriots. It is a good opportunity to recall that the Romanian people's national ideal, its desire for unity and prosperity, its care for the future generations that guided the spiritual artisans of the Greater Union, are living landmarks for each of us, always of interest, that will last as long as history itself. Avram Iancus dream to see his nation happy inspires us also today. I believe that, in resonance with the vision of the emblematic figures of our past, today, the Romanian society needs to bring together the creative energies, the return to the spirit of unity and deep respect for the national values and symbols. We received an important legacy from our forerunners, we have the duty to honor it today and to pass it on to our children. Thank you once again to all who were involved in this event! Happy Anniversary, Romania! Happy Anniversary, Romanians! 2018-11-26 20:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_19_resize.jpgȘedința comună a Guvernelor României și Republicii Moldova (București, 22 noiembrie 2018)Știri din 22.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-joint-meeting-of-romania-and-republic-of-moldova-governments-bucharest-november-22-2018Joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă and Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: We are hosting today the fourth meeting of Romania and the Republic of Moldova Governments. We are glad that this meeting takes place in Centennial Year, in close proximity to the National Day of Romania. I discussed with Mr. Prime Minister, with the members of the Government of the Republic of Moldova the latest developments in the bilateral, economic and trade relations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. That provided us the opportunity to see how to boost relations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova, have a sectoral approach to co-operation between the two countries, talk about concrete projects that we are implementing and a roadmap with responsible people, and at the same time to see how to stimulate our projects already in progress. As you could notice, several bilateral agreements and documents in various areas of activity have been signed, which shows that we have taken important steps as of today, and what we have begun today, we must continue at a future stage. I discussed with Mr. Prime Minister about boosting investments too, and the fact that we have an example, and I mean the Vest Mold Transgaz, makes us believe that we can have other objectives, that we can have other investment that will tighten the relationships between the two countries. Last but not least, our talks focused on taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU by Romania starting January 1, 2019. We talked about the reforms that the Republic of Moldova should make, about the Republic of Moldovas European Union membership, and Romania is willing to provide expertise and to provide experts for these reforms and to support the Republic of Moldova on a pro-European road. We believe the pro-European road is the only solution for the Republic of Moldova and the prosperity of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. Another discussion refers to co-operation among relevant Ministers. We believe that a much closer cooperation through the participation of Romanian Ministers at events or discussions in Chisinau would very much boost and bring even closer our countries. I would like to thank once again Mr. Prime Minister for his presence today, in Bucharest, for the talks, the constructive dialogue I have had and I wish him greater success both in fulfilling reforms for the benefit of the Republic of Moldova and of the reforms for the European path of the Republic of Moldova. Mr. Prime Minister, you have the floor. Pavel Filip: Distinguished Prime Minister, dear journalists, it is an honour for me and my colleagues- the entire governmental team, to greet you today here, in Bucharest, on the joint meeting of the two Governments: Romania and the Republic of Moldova Governments. We had as before friendly talks with colleagues, but at the same time, we also had punctual talks, pragmatic ones, on projects binding us, on projects which have been carried out, and at the same time, we made a plan for the future. We managed to review the beautiful results we achieved. It would be little to say that our countries enjoy good or excellent relations from the diplomatic standpoint, because our relations are much more deeper than friendly ones, we share the same language, culture, a common space of values. Therefore, I reiterated once again that the accession to the European Union remains our only plan and our efforts will intensify including in the context of Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU. Romania is the main commercial partner of the Republic of Moldova, the foreign trade volume grew by 30 percent only this year, compared to last year, and it already exceeded the figure of 1 billion USD dollars. Therefore, as you could see, not only history, culture, language, the values and our people but also these pragmatic relations as also the economic relations are binding us. I know that here, in Bucharest, you share our views in Chisinau. I felt this many times, I will repeat with each occasion that I will never forget the helping hand that Romania gave us, three years ago, when I came at the helm of Chisinau Cabinet and the Republic of Moldova went through an economic, political and also financial crisis. Romania was the country that first helped us - and I am talking here about the 150 million loan offered at that time, but also about the humanitarian aid that was granted then by Romania, whether we are talking about food or fuel for low-income families. I often use the proverb a friend in need is a friend indeed to illustrate this situation, if you want, between us and Romania and I appreciate that regardless of the domestic situation here or the internal situation in Chisinau, politicians from Bucharest , as well as from Chisinau, have always managed to find a common denominator in terms of our bilateral relationship. In Chisinau, on the other hand, it has become really trendy to shout out and to declare yourself for unification. Already many parties have taken up this desideratum. We believe that the approaches must be pragmatic as then they will bring more. Strong statements are not the ones to secure this closeness, but also the very concrete projects, whether they are social projects or even more I want to outline the infrastructure interconnection projects. Today, I had the opportunity to come up with this approach, as we want an integrate infrastructure, a common one, we want this rapprochement, this union to be made by interconnecting infrastructure in different areas, to integrate our transport systems, electronic communications systems, environmental systems, integrate our security , educational, cultural systems. You will see that we have progress on each of the aforementioned, and I am glad that we agreed to continue this path. We want to have a common communication space, we want our citizens to no longer feel like they are crossing from one country to another and to be able to talk over the phone without paying for roaming tariffs. I am glad that I agreed as a first symbolic step that our citizens wont pay roaming on December 1, which is the Greater Union Day. The Republic of Moldova is ready with all the necessary procedures and we will go ahead with signing this agreement to eliminate the roaming tariffs and I want to thank once again Mrs Prime Minister for her openness and for having this initiative, it was her idea. We have a beautiful project symbolically called - The Union Highway, I am talking about the Targu Mures - Iasi - Ungheni highway, we are also moving faster with the Ungheni road bridge, and we discussed about other bridges such as the Grozesti Bridge and beyond the practical effects, there are also symbolic effects or emotional ones, as Ungheni and Grozesti were split as we have localities with the same name on the left and the right side of the Prut. We discussed today in view of Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union how to promote a project that will bring railways in Moldova in line with the European gauge standards. Why not have this direct connection between Chisinau and Bucharest and maybe, in the future, we even manage to launch a high-speed train? Madam Prime Minister mentioned already the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline, a project we are both proud of, it is one of the most important projects that have brought Romanian investment in the Republic of Moldova. These investments will also ensure energy security; Republic of Moldova will no longer depend on a single supplier or it will not depend on Russian gas. We want to proceed the same way with the interconnection of electricity and in this respect,we have already identified financing for this interconnection, and why not, we may follow this path, as we did it with natural gas interconnection. We are speaking sometimes about the fact that we do not want borders between our countries and today, I think we discussed this, we will intervene to streamline the border traffic and at the same time, the colleagues will examine the possibility of a joint control at border checkpoints. We have large cross-border projects and here, I want to outline the SMURD project which will soon enter the second phase. Such projects that fall precisely into the category of cross-border projects include the modernisation of customs offices, the development of border communication infrastructure, co-operation on in the cross-border fight against crime. At the same time, we greatly appreciate the assistance provided in the field of military training, and also donations of equipment and investment in the modernisation of defence capabilities. Other investment that we are proud of as we can also talk about the development of financial and banking infrastructure is that in 2018, Transylvania Bank entered the banking market of the Republic of Moldova. This offered us the possibility that that the Moldovan currency crosses the Prut. Today, in the exchange offices here in Bucharest you can change Moldovan lei too. I cannot but mention the education and culture infrastructure. School minibuses, which are a donation from the Romanian Government, carry more than 13,000 pupils to school in the Republic of Moldova at present. I also thanked for the Bessarabian students scholarships, as well as for the renovation of the cultural edifices, such as the Chişinău Organ Hall, the Haşdeu Theater in Cahul or the Art Museum, which is a pearl in the center of Chisinau today. Another project we are fond of is the renovation of kindergartens, a project that we want to expand, and we have agreed this today in this joint sitting. More than 900 kindergartens in the Republic of Moldova have been renovated with investments of over 26 million euros from the Romanian Government. These are beautiful projects, are projects that have a great impact on our citizens. Prime Minister, distinguished colleagues, this is how we see the union, with concrete projects of interconnection of infrastructure between our countries. Its simple. We have the same blood, now we have the opportunity to rebuild or build networks, according to the pattern of a blood system, if you want, to have an interconnected system, so that the hearts in the two capitals beat at the same pace. And I thank you, Madam Prime Minister, for openness. I have all the certainty that together we will be able to offer our citizens a common space of communication, a common transport space, a common security space, as we have a common space of history, culture, values, as it was and is also from historical view. Thank you very much! Viorica Dăncilă: I thank you too! Thank you! *** Plenary session of the two delegations [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: Good afternoon! It is with great pleasure that we host today, in Bucharest, a new joint meeting of the Romania and the Republic of Moldova Governments. I would like to wish a warm welcome to Mr. Prime Minister Pavel Filip, Mr. Vice Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, to all members of the Republic of Moldova Cabinet. I consider this meeting to be a highly important one, especially that it takes place in the Centennial Year, a year in which Romania celebrates 100 years since the Greater Union. To us, it is a highly important year, we need to consider boosting bilateral, economic and commercial relations between the two countries. During the talks, we will address concrete points for boosting cooperation between the two countries and hopefully, by the end of this meeting, we will discuss about what we have achieved, what we have decided and we act in order to accelerate and put into practice as soon as possible our projects. Mr. Prime Minister, you have the floor. Pavel Filip: Good afternoon, Mrs. Prime Minister, Ministers! I am glad to see each other again in Bucharest, on a new joint meeting of the Romania and Republic of Moldova Governments. On this occasion, I want to congratulate the new colleagues who were appointed in the Romanian Cabinet, and wish them success in this important mandate. In front of you is the Chisinau Cabinet after going through the reform of the central public administration. We are fewer in number but the Government is in my point of view equally or even much more efficient than before. It is true that our countries enjoy historical ties. I think it would be little to say that we have good or excellent relations, because the relationship between the Republic of Moldova and Romania goes beyond this axis. We share a linguistic,cultural space, a space of values, which is why the relationship I think is a special one. Thank you! *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will preside in Bucharest, on November 22, 2018, a joint meeting of the Governments of Romania and the Republic of Moldova. Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip, and relevant Ministers from areas of shared interest will also attend the meeting. The talks will address the current stage and prospects of the bilateral relationship, including its sectoral components, and they will assess the current stage of implementation of the bilateral cooperation projects carried out by Romania in the Republic of Moldova, and explore options for new cooperation projects. The joint meeting of the two Governments represents an opportunity to boost the bilateral agenda, in view of the European future of the Republic of Moldova and the advancement of the bilateral cooperation projects of strategic relevance. Moreover, the meeting takes place in the context of the preparations for Romania to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019, being an occasion to encourage the efforts of the Republic of Moldova towards advancing its European path, and implementing the reforms agreed under the Association Agreement with the EU. 2018-11-22 11:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_37_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu comisarul european pentru Migrație, Afaceri Interne Și Cetățenie, Dimitris AvramopoulosȘtiri din 22.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-migration-home-affairs-and-citizenship-dimitris-avramopoulos Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has had today a meeting with the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, in the context of the visit the European official paid to Bucharest. The meeting occasioned an useful exchange of opinions regarding the dialogue between the Romanian Government and the European Commission, prior to Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, on the topics that will be on the European agenda during Romanias mandate. In this context, the main European dossiers in the European Commissioners portfolio were reviewed, with a focus on the issues related to managing migration at EU level and strengthening the Unions internal security. As regards the migration management, the Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the progress made in implementing the measures proposed at the June 2018 European Council, underlining the importance of continuing efforts to cooperate with third countries as a basis for a bottom-up management of the challenges posed by illegal migration. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reaffirmed Romanias intention to continue, as the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the efforts for an efficient and long-term successful management of illegal migration, building on the results achieved by previous presidencies, towards EU-level approval of effective and consensual solutions, in response to this challenge. Prime Minister pointed out that, in order to attain this objective, Romania counts on the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the other EU partners in promoting common solutions for the benefit of all European citizens. At the same time, the issues related to strengthening the EU internal security and its external borders were also addressed, referring to Romanias active involvement in the talks on this topic at the EU level. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă referred to Romanias commitment to make consistent efforts for legislative proposals in the field to be adopted and put into practice, in order to ensure enhanced security for European citizens. Prime Minister recalled in this context that one of the pillars around which the priorities of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU are structured, refers to a safer Europe. 2018-11-22 05:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-22-02-36-40big_02_resize.jpgReuniunea Conferinței Președinților Parlamentului European și a Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 21.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/meeting-of-the-ep-conference-of-presidents-with-the-romanian-governmentAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the meeting of the EP Conference of Presidents with the Romanian Government [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, presidents of the political groups, distinguished European officials, welcome to Romania, welcome to the Romanian Government. We appreciate your presence here today, in the Centennial Year, a year in which Romania celebrates one hundred years since the Greater Union. We enjoy your presence here, on the first visit prior to Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2019. The talks we will have today, will focus on important topics for the European Union, and on other topics linked mainly to Romanias preparedness for taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU, I think that they will bring added value, and at the same time, they will help us to see common points regarding both the future presidency of the Council of the European Union and from the European Parliament's point of view. I want to assure you from the very beginning that Romania is ready to take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. We are prepared both from an organizational and logistic point of view, but also from the point of view of the program that we have for taking over the presidency. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: Good afternoon. It is our great pleasure to welcome today, in Bucharest, the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, to host the conference of presidents that includes all leaders of political groups in the European Parliament as well as senior European officials. This meeting is part of the series of meetings prior to Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, on January 1, 2019. I assured our guests, I assured President Antonio Tajani that we are ready to take over the presidency, that we are on schedule both regarding the organizational and logistic preparation and regarding the programme of the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The programme we will adopt, the final form will be voted in short time, in the Romanian Parliament. I assured him that Romania intends to have an ambitious, but also realistic presidency. I say ambitious because we want to offer a positive response to the current challenges at European level, that we aim to solve as many dossiers as we can, that are on the Presidencys table, but, at the same time, a realistic one as well, because this, as well as many of the challenges are not just up to Romania, they depend on a political agreement, a co-decision between the European institutions, and I refer to the European Parliament, the European Commission, and, of course, the European Council. We discussed the main challenges existing at European level. I refer to Brexit, the future of the European Union after Brexit, and in this respect, I highlighted the Sibiu Summit of May 9, 2019, challenges related to Multiannual Financial Framework, and in this regard, special importance is attached to the next European Council talks in December. We discussed issues related to traditional policies, cohesion policy and common agricultural policy, and we also brought to the forefront aspects pertaining to defence policy, security policy, migration, terrorism, youth related issues. I highlighted the fact that Romania will be an impartial mediator, facilitating consensus, Romania will have great openness to dialogue, cooperation with European institutions, constructive cooperation with all political groups. We need to give a response awaited by European citizens, a response folded on European reality, responses designed to unite, not divide Europe and we can achieve this only together. Taking into account the fact that during the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union held by Romania, the Strategic Agenda 2014 - 2019 is closing, expectations are very high, and the responses we will give, are those awaited by all European institutions, all Member States, and European citizens. As regards the programme of the presidency, we outlined the fact that we focus on four main pillars: a cohesive Europe, Europe' s security , the boost of the European Unions global role and, at the same time, the promotion of the European values. At the same time, we will extend special attention to Western Balkans, and also to Eastern Partnership. In our programme, we extend special attention to the Danube Strategy, especially that on November 1 this year, Romania took over the EUSDR presidency. There are many problems, we are aware that we have more than 200 legislative and nonlegislative dossiers on the presidency's table, waiting for a positive response. In connection to these dossiers, I outlined the fact that each Ministry knows what it has to do, as well as the dossiers it has in progress, it knows it has to have a trilogue with the Commission and the Parliament, and that there is a prioritization of these dossiers. To us, it is an exam. Romania holds for the first time the presidency of the Council of the European Union. We hope that we will successfully pass this exam, and our success will be not only Romania's success, but the success of the entire European construction, of all European institutions, and for this, I want to thank in advance the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, for his openness, openness to dialogue, to support. I want to thank the European Commission for its confidence in Romania regarding the takeover and exercise of the presidency. I would like to thank once again our guests and we hope that this first meeting, in which we have managed to bring to the forefront many of the European topics, is the first of a series of meetings to be held in Bucharest, in Brussels, Strasbourg or Luxembourg. Thank you. Mr. President, you have the floor. Antonio Tajani: First of all, I thank the Romanian Government, the Romanian Prime Minister for the warm welcome you gave us here, in Bucharest. It is our first meeting to prepare the Romanian presidency. As Prime Minister has said, we want this presidency to be a success not only for Romania but for the entire European Union. There are a lot of dossiers that we need to try to solve as the Romanian Prime Minister reminded on today's meeting. We had first a bilateral meeting followed by this meeting with the members of the Romanian Cabinet and with the conference of the parliamentary groups in the European Parliament. We discussed Brexit, we discussed the priorities of the European Parliament which need to be considered and mentioned in this agreement. Its about the rights of the European citizens of the UK, 3.6 million European citizens live in the UK. Also, the rights of British citizens across the EU are important. The commitments made by the UK for the 2014 - 2020 Financial Framework must be maintained and, as a third point - regarding the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Peace must be guaranteed, observance of the well-known Good Friday Agreement must be guaranteed, but this border must be flexible, and the entry on EU territory of food or other goods that may be harmful to our citizens, must be prevented. The entry of products that make unfair competition to our agriculture and agri-food industry must be avoided. We will cooperate to attain this objective. We all trust chief negotiator Barnier and we hope a positive agreement is reached. The European Parliament will have the final say, but we will work closely with the Romanian Presidency and the European Commission to be able to protect the interests of the European citizens, Other very important topic to us - and in this respect, we requested the cooperation of the Romanian Government in order to reach a positive solution - it is about migration and especially about the set of seven proposals, which also refer to the reform of the Dublin regulation. As you know, the Parliament adopted a legislative text. Now we want the Council, in its turn, to accept our proposals, even if there is about a possible compromise, but in order to obtain this, we need determined and resolute action on the part of the Romanian Government. On today's meeting, we received assurances of the hardworking involvement of the Government in Bucharest in settling this issue, and I hereby thank Mrs. Prime Minister, Other important issue, the migration. The European Parliament wants to make investments in Africa by means of a strategy that we called the Marshall Plan for Africa. It is however clear that not only migration is a source of concern - as the security of the EU external borders and combating terrorism must also be considered, therefore it is important for Africa to become a stable continent. Other topic we have addressed: the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021- 2027. We received assurances from the Romanian Government regarding efforts to reach at least an agreement regarding the General Financial Framework. We insist that member states do not postpone this dossier until after the European elections because it is fair for the citizens to know what the EUs intentions for the future are, therefore we want to bring the citizens increasingly closer to the European institutions. You know there is this issue, many citizens feel they are driven away by the European institutions, and this is why concrete solutions are necessary in this respect. I agree with what Prime Minister has recently stated in connection with the agricultural policy and the cohesion funds. There is a great deal of resistance in the European Parliament against the European Commissions proposals on the Common Agricultural Policy, and these proposals may end up being rejected by the European Parliament. We will see what happens, but we have large reservations as regards the content. The Parliament does not want Common Agricultural Policy funds to be cut and we also defend the EUs cohesion policy. Of course we will have to work closely with the Romanian Presidency to obtain positive results. We want own resources for the European budget, we want the budget to grow from 1.1 to 1.3 of the Communitys GDP and we want to do this without asking for extra money from the member states. For instance, we are in favor of a tax on Internet giants' activity. These aspects have been tackled. Talks have also referred to the EUs external security and regarding the observance of rule of law, and defending the fundamental values of the EU and human rights, these must be respected in all European countries, and we also said that action must be taken to defend them elsewhere too. I am thinking of Venezuela, Nicaragua, of other regions where, unfortunately, the freedom of the press, for instance, is limited. Over the next few months, the European Union will make its voice heard in this respect. Therefore, I consider this first meeting in Bucharest to be a positive one, the more so as the Romanian Government committed to supporting certain initiatives of the European Parliament. I am thinking of the Dublin Agreement, the reform of Dublin system, and of reaching a political agreement on the budget. This is a signal of high availability that the Romanian Government conveys to us. We are prepared to work together with the next Presidency. On May 9, we will attend the Sibiu Summit, when we will have the occasion to convey a strong message to the voters, because we want turnout in the next European elections to be as high as possible. Last but not least, I think it is high time to accelerate Romania's accession to Schegen area, because in order to better secure our borders and enhance our security, certain countries that are still waiting must enter the Schengen area as soon as possible. 2018-11-21 08:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-21-12-32-26big_02_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu Klaus-Heiner Lehne, președintele Curții de Conturi EuropeneȘtiri din 19.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-the-president-of-the-european-court-of-auditors-klaus-heiner-lehnePrime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed the President of the European Court of Auditors Klaus-Heiner Lehne, on Monday, November 19, 2018, at Victoria Palace. Talks focused on strengthening the EU mechanisms for efficiently and economically managing and using the European funds for the benefit of citizens. Prime Minister reiterated the availability of cooperation with the auditing European forum, at this level, with a view to maximising the absorption rate and ensuring an efficient management of the European funds, especially in domains of interest for Romania, such as infrastructure. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila deemed the visit as proof of strengthening the dialogue and collaboration between the institutions in Romania and those in the EU, highlighting that the Romanian Government has been and is an institution open to dialogue on any topic that tackles the future of the European Union in its entirety and of Romania in particular. In the context of Romanias taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila conveyed that at present, Romania is fully prepared to carry out such a mission, being a country profoundly anchored in the European values, capable to assume a more active role in the decision-making process with an impact on all European citizens. 2018-11-19 20:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-19-08-54-03big_08_resize.jpgPrimirea ministrului de stat pentru siguranță alimentară din Emiratele Arabe Unite, doamna Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi, de către prim-ministrul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 15.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-uae-minister-of-state-for-food-security-mariam-bint-mohammed-saeed-hareb-al-mehairiPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received today, November 15, 2018, UAE Minister of State for Food Security Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi, at Victoria Palace. During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister hailed the positive trend recorded lately at the level of high-level bilateral political and diplomatic dialogue, as well as between the two states' business sectors. In this context, Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the framework provided by the Strategic Economic Partnership recently adopted by the Heads of Bucharest and Abu Dhabi Executives. Prime Minister conveyed at the same time the interest regarding Romanian operators' participation in the unrestricted trade in the Gulf region, based on the principle of free movement of goods. The two interlocutors underlined the importance of dynamic coordination between the sanitary veterinary authorities of the two states, that would lead to meeting the common goal of expanding food exports from Romania to the United Arab Emirates. They also referred to the need to use the most appropriate ways to further promote cooperation at governmental level and between the two business sectors. 2018-11-15 10:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_6d3f7450-30fd-4ac9-ae60-601195a1eba4.jpegÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu Dunja Mijatović, Comisarul pentru Drepturile Omului al Consiliului EuropeiȘtiri din 14.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-commissioner-for-human-rights-of-the-council-of-europe-coe-dunja-mijatovicPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă welcomed on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Victoria Palace Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (CoE) Dunja Mijatović. Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic is paying her first visit to Romania since taking over her mandate on April1, 2018. Expressing her satisfaction with the fact that the current Human Rights Commissioner is a woman, for the first time since the office was created and, in addition, she represents a state from Romanias southern vicinity, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked for the visit, the first one that the high official paid to our country, after the election in the Human Rights Commissioner office. The discussions also aimed at aspects regarding the cooperation between Romania and the Council of Europe, with an emphasis on strengthening protection and promoting human rights. The two officials exchanged views regarding the topic of persons with disabilities, including education for children with disabilities, fighting domestic violence included, combating domestic violence respectively. Romanian Prime Minister highlighted that Romanias accession to the Council of Europe in 1993, which also preceded and prepared the accession to NATO and the European Union, was in the first place a pillar for the democratic transition and building the rule of law in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reviewed along with the Council of Europe's official the main topics that are subject to the Governments increased attention, including from an institutional point of view, namely the protection of persons belonging to vulnerable categories, children and women, the rights of persons belonging to minorities, persons with disabilities, as well as the freedom of the media. Prime Minister stated that the womans rights will represent a priority of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in 2019 by the promotion of gender equality, but also combating domestic violence. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed the efforts of the Human Rights Commissioner to fight the phenomena that are developing in Europe regarding the speech inciting to hatred and intolerance. More information Dunja Mijatovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) was elected as the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Organisation's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on January 25, 2018. Dunja Mijatović took office on April 1, 2018. She is the fourth Commissioner for Human Rights, after Alvaro Gil-Robles (Spain, 1999-2006), Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, 2006-2012), and Nils Muiznieks(Latvia, 2012-2016). 2018-11-14 20:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-14-08-09-41big_01_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Comitetului Economic și Social European, Luca JahierȘtiri din 13.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-economic-and-social-committee-luca-jahierPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Victoria Palace, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)Luca Jahier. The meeting is part of the Romanian Government's consistent dialogue calendar with the European partners, member states or European institutions in the second semester of this year. Discussions mainly aimed at aspects of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, mandate that Romania will exercise for the first time during January 1- June 30, 2019, emphasis being put on cooperation prospects in the first semester of next year. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reviewed the main dimensions of the working agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as the evolution of the internal preparedness process, voicing in this respect appreciation for the involvement of the Romanian members of the European Economic and Social Committee in the broad consultation process with a view to developing the priority topics underpinning the Work Programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister mentioned Romanias objective of putting the European citizen at the forefront of its activity during the presidency of the Council of the European Union, and stressed the need to maintain the unity of the Member States, an idea that can be found in the motto to be used during the mandate: Cohesion, a common European value. Prime Minister also welcomed the European Economic and Social Committees efforts to act as a bridge between the EU institutions and the European society as a whole, as well as the EESCs role in promoting a more participatory European Union, closer to European citizens. The EESC president sent the invitation to the Romanian side to present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU at the EESC plenary meeting, in January 2019. They discussed about inviting the EESC President to the Summit to be held in Sibiu, in May 2019. More information The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is an EU advisory body comprising representatives of workers and employers organisations and other interest groups. It issues opinions on EU issues to the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, thus acting as a bridge between the EUs decision-making institutions and EU citizens. 2018-11-13 14:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-13-03-01-49big_01_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de semnare a unor acorduri de finanțare acordate în baza schemei de ajutor de stat 807/2014 pentru stimularea investițiilor cu impact major in economieȘtiri din 12.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-signing-ceremony-of-some-financing-agreements-granted-under-the-state-aid-scheme-807-2014-to-stimulate-investments-with-major-impact-on-the-economyAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the signing ceremony of some financing agreements granted under the state aid scheme 807/2014 to stimulate investments with major impact on the economy [Check against delivery] Ladies and gentlemen, Dear investors, I admit that I have been looking forward with great interest to the signing of the first financing agreements granted this year under the state aid scheme to stimulate investments with a major impact on the economy. I state this for several reasons. Firstly, because these investment projects, which will be developed with government support, will bring added value to the Romanian economy through the multiplying effect. These are investments in areas with major impact on the economy, with an economic and social impact, and I refer to the automotive industry, the construction materials industry, the aerospace industry, healthcare and social assistance. The projects for which the financing agreements are signed in this first stage, amount to a total value of 1.3 billion lei. Government aid is consistent - almost 500 million lei. I would also like to emphasize the social benefits. The development of these investments will help create nearly 2,000 jobs in fields in which Romania has highly skilled labor force. I equally state that I am glad that I have succeeded, in the present tenure, to open this government programme to companies with Romanian capital too. Let us make it possible for domestic firms to access this state aid scheme to a greater extent. As you know, this year, we changed the eligibility conditions, reducing the threshold for eligible investments to receive funding through this program, initially from 10 million to 3 million euros, and following the Government meeting on Friday from 3 million to 1 million euros. The fact that seven of the nine companies that will receive funding, have Romanian capital confirms that we have made the right decision. These are measures that, along with other governmental decisions and policies, are designed to stimulate investment and contribute to Romanias development. As a conclusion, I want to congratulate the investors who will benefit from the funding of the nine projects. In conclusion, I would like to congratulate the investors who will benefit from the financing of the nine projects. I would like to assure both those present here as well as all the Romanian and foreign businesspeople that they have a partner at Victoria Palace. Thank you. 2018-11-12 16:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-12-04-57-06big_01_resize.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Veteranilor - 11 Noiembrie Știri din 11.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-message-on-the-veterans-day-november-11On this day with a symbolic charge, we honour our heroes, who re-wrote Romanias history and put their personal sacrifice to the service of the nations welfare. One hundred years ago, on November 11, 1918, at 11:00, the Armistice was signed between the powers of the Entente and Germany, an act that ended World War I. The sacrifice of the Romanian soldiers made the Greater Union of 1 December 1918 possible, a national goal that changed the history of our country. Soon, we will be celebrating the Greater Union Centennial. Our entire gratitude to the heroes who contributed to building Great Romania! Our thoughts of gratitude are going out to the veterans of WWII, who defended with patriotism, strength and a lot of courage the national values and interests. Today, we also honour the Romanian military present over the past years in the theatres of operations, under NATO, UN, OSCE or EU mandate. It is the new generation of winners. They also had an important role in keeping peace and security in conflict areas, acknowledged by the foreign partners, supported the local populations to take their fate into their own hands and have a better life, consolidated the allies confidence in Romania and brought a huge prestige to our country - also, with sacrifice from them and their families. Our thoughts go out today with compassion to the families who lost in missions sons, husbands, fathers or dear ones. Our homage to the 29 heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. To those injured in missions we wish good health and strength, and to those in the theatres of operations, to come back home safely! On my behalf and on behalf of Romanian Government, I express gratitude to the Romanian veterans! I am proud of being part of the people who has such heroes! Many happy returns of the day, Romania! Viorica Dăncilă Prime Minister of Romania 2018-11-11 11:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-11-11-24-33big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul Apărării din Canada, Harjit Singh SajjanȘtiri din 09.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-canada-s-defence-minister-harjit-singh-sajjanPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, November 9, a meeting with Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, in the margins of his official visit in Romania. Attending was also Romania's National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced appreciation for the way in which Romanians who are studying and working in Canda, - honest, engaged people, who are coming there with the best thoughts managed to integrate in this country. The Head of the Executive also highlighted that a closer bilateral cooperation is needed and the cooperation in the field of defence represents a model in this respect. In this context, Prime Minister, the Romanian Defence Minister and Canada's Defence Minister discussed about the stage of bilateral cooperation in the field and also about topical issues on the agenda of the North Atlantic Alliance, with emphasis on the security situation in the Black Sea area, and the implementation of the allied measures to ensure the adapted advanced presence. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila thanked the Canadian side for the support granted to Romania, through consistent contributions to the implementation of the allied measures to ensure the adapted advanced presence on the Eastern flank too, which convey a strong message of allied solidarity. The presence of the Canadian detachment deployed in Romania for the conduct of Enhanced Air Policing missions as well as with the personnel of the Romanian Air Force operating in the Air Base 57 shows the excellent cooperation on the military dimension in a regional context. The issue of equitable division of tasks within the Alliance was also addressed during the meeting, the Romanian official reiterating that Romania is in the second year of allocating 2% of GDP for defence, and in terms of budgetary planning for 2019 and estimates for the following years, the Government of Romania maintains the objective of reaching the 2% of GDP target for defense allocations. In turn, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan thanked Romania for the professionalism of the Romanian military and for the solid partnership built in the military field, commending the fact that our country proved seriousness and unity within the Alliance. Also, the Canadian official appreciated the excellent relations existing between the Canadian Air Force and the Romanian Army, consolidated in the three air policing missions that the Canadian military conducted in our country, and also in various other joint missions and exercises. We are glad that we have a well-represented Romanian community in Canada. We have very good premises for the best possible collaboration between Romania and Canada, pointed out the Canadian Defence Minister. 2018-11-09 19:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-09-07-14-37big_03_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, întrevedere cu o delegație a Grupului Liberty HouseȘtiri din 09.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-a-delegation-of-the-liberty-house-group Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with a delegation of the Liberty House Group led by the Executive Chairman of the Group Sanjeev Gupta, as well as with Arcelor Mittal Galati representatives. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă welcomed the Liberty Houses takeover of the Steel Plant in Galaţi and expressed the Government's openness and support for the expansion of the groups investments in Romania. At the same time, Prime Minister pointed out the investment opportunities, especially regarding the public-private partnership, as well as the measures taken by the Government to ensure a conducive environment to the business sector. Your investment is very important to us, because its success is also a success for our country. I hope that in the coming period you will strengthen your investment in our country and focus on research and innovation. Romania is a country with a 7% economic growth and this year we have adopted several normative acts that are friendly to the business sector, the Head of the Executive stated. In his turn, Executive Chairman of Liberty House Group Sanjeev Gupta presented the Groups investment projects at the Galaţi plant, both in terms of increasing steel production, but also from a human resource perspective, taking into account the specificity of the city. The plant has a large infrastructure and with a good investment strategy, it can be positioned as a successful business in the region. We want to increase steel production from two million tons to three million tons per year and we plan to invest EUR 300 million to re-start another furnace. At the same time, we will invest in education, sports and arts, said Sanjeev Gupta. The companys representative highlighted the need to improve transport infrastructure, especially in the area of ​​the Danube ports as well as in terms of the railway system. The two sides agreed to work together on attracting European funds, particularly in innovative segments or in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More information: Liberty House Group is an industrial and metals company founded in the UK in 1992. Headquartered in London, it has global hubs in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. The group has around 19,000 employees worldwide and trade relations with 35 countries. 2018-11-09 14:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-09-02-33-50big_06_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de semnare a proiectului „Reducerea eroziunii costiere Faza a II – a (2014-2020)”, finanțat prin POIMȘtiri din 09.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-signing-ceremony-of-the-project-quot-reducing-coastal-erosion-phase-ii-2014-2020-quot-funded-under-the-large-infrastructure-operational-program-poimAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on the occasion of her participation in the signing ceremony of the project Reducing coastal erosion Phase II (2014 - 2020), funded under the Large Infrastructure Operational Program (POIM) Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, I am pleased that we participate today in a new signing meeting for EU-funded projects, for at least two reasons. Firstly, it is a confirmation that we have well-prepared and substantiated projects and the work and efforts made so far have started to show concrete results. At the same time, the signing of the financing contracts clearly shows that the Government attaches due importance to attracting European funds as a key resource for Romanias development. We take concern that the European money is spent to the benefit of the Romanians, by financing the projects Romania needs and which generate a multiplication effect in the economy. This development strategy also includes the project for which a nearly 710 million euro contract (VAT not included) has been signed, supported through the Large Infrastructure Operational Program. We are aware of the effects the erosion process of the Black Sea coast, accentuated over the past years, has had in recent years on this area and on Romanias tourism. Under these circumstances, finding the solution to stop erosion on the Romanian seashore is even more important. The works imply investments in 10 localities in Constanta County and beach rehabilitation on a length of over 30 km. I congratulate my colleagues - Minister Rovana Plumb and Minister Ioan Denes that through their efforts, we are today one step closer to meeting this objective. The projects beneficiary, the Romanian Waters National Administration, will have the Romanian Governments constant support for the works to be completed within the estimated five-year term. I would like to thank all who have contributed to preparing this project and I hope to see each other at the signing of as many EU-funded projects as possible! 2018-11-09 11:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-09-01-21-26big_01_resize.jpgVizita oficială a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Statul QatarȘtiri din 07.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-the-state-of-qatarPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the representatives of the leadership of Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar Foundation and of the Qatari Businessmen Association During her official visit to Doha, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today, November 7, 2018, with the chairman of the Qatar Investment Authority(QIA) Mr. Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud. The Head of the Bucharest Executive presented to the President of QIA, the sovereign fund of Qatar, established in 2005, playing an important part in the shaping of The National Vision 2030 of this state, the main projects the Romanian state wants to develop under a public-private partnership, which she mentioned that are guaranteed by the Romanian state. Later on, the Romanian Prime Minister had a meeting with the leadership of the Qatar Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that supports the development of the next generations of leaders of the State of Qatar, by focusing on the fields of education, research and community development. The meeting occasioned an exchange of opinions on the current status of the bilateral relation between Romania and Qatar, with emphasis on such sectoral elements represented by health, education and culture. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced her appreciation for the activity of the Qatar Foundation in the education and womens rights fields, by evoking the special efforts of the organisation to establish schools and universities especially dedicated to women in the State of Qatar. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced Romanias interest in creating a regional research-development center in biology and biomedicine, considering the vast experience of Qatar in this field. The Qatari side voiced interest in cooperation in the research and innovation field and invited Romanian students to participate in the programmes organised by the foundation. In the context of her desire to strengthen economic relations between the two states, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, the President of the Qatari Businessmen Association, who offered a dinner in honour of the Romanian Prime Minister. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended a business forum held in Doha, State of Qatar Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă chaired today, November 7, 2018, an economic forum organized in Doha, on the occasion of her official visit to the State of Qatar. The event gathered together numerous Qatari businesspeople whose delegation was led by the first Vice Chairman of Qatars Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed Bin Towar Alkuwari. The economic forum pursued the promotion of projects in public - private partnership approved by the Romanian Government, as well as the analysis of prospects for Romanian - Qatari bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on economic and investment collaboration. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out the interest to deepen and diversify the economic relations, including by strengthening relations between the two states' business sectors. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă underlined the recent regulation and implementation of the public - private partnership law which opens us new economic cooperation opportunities between Romania and its partners. The Head of the Romanian Executive outlined the fact that the State of Qatar is an important commercial partner of Romania in the Gulf region, and she presented the main investment opportunities in Romania. At the same time, Prime Minister actively encouraged the Qatari businesspeople to invest in sectors of interest for our country, such as: infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and healthcare, presenting a series of priority projects. In this respect, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned the geostrategic position of our country and the upward trend of the Romanian economy over the last years, as arguments to support the attractiveness of the Romanian investment market. The first Vice Chairman of the Qatari Chamber of Commerce and Industry highlighted the very good bilateral relation between the two states, since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1990. He mentioned the Qatari side's openness to stimulating the investment relations and the desire to boost trade excahnges between the two states. Mohammed bin Ahmed Bin Towar Alkuwari presented at the same time the way the Doha authorities managed to turn the economic blockade imposed on Qatar in 2017 in a way to boost the economic growth. Thus, by expanding the maritime routes, interconnecting ports and boosting businesspeople to achieve investments in the industrial sector, the State of Qatar managed to create new production units and boost the investment opportunities for foreign partners. Both the Romanian Prime Minister and the first Vice Chairman of the Qatar's Chamber of Commerce and Industry extended invitations to businesspeople to visit Romania, Qatar respectively, to take stock of the current cooperation potential between the two states, voicing at the same time the strong belief that the economic forum will contribute to boosting trade relations and mutual investments between the two states. Note: The brochure and the presentation video of the projects prepared by Romania to be developed in public - private partnership. The materials were presented by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă during the discussions with the Qatari businesspeople. The presentation brochure can be accessed at the following link: http://goo.gl/fxX3wf. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, November 6, 2018, a meeting with H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar. The two senior officials voiced appreciation for the level of bilateral cooperation and agreed on the importance of continuing demarches to strengthen economic cooperation, and on the need to expand cooperation in key sectors of national economies, such as: transports, healthcare, agriculture and tourism. Reflecting the Romanian Government's commitment to strengthening Romania's relations with the Arab world, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă commended the Doha authorities' openness towards the states that are beyond the traditional cooperation realm, including Romania. Prime Minister outlined that our country has an attractive business environment, improved through the recent legislative changes, such as those brought to the law on public - private partnership and encouraged the more robust presence of Qatari companies in the Romanian economy. The Romanian Prime Minister stated that the national authorities' demarches to ensure a climate of peace and security for the citizens of the two states should be doubled by sustainable national plans of economic development, with clearly shaped objectives. At the same time, the Romanian dignitary mentioned the symbolism of year 2018, namely the anniversary on December 18, 2018, of 140 years since the establishment of the State of Qatar, and the centennial anniversary of the Romanian modern state. The Qatari Prime Minister welcomed the convergence in approaching the topics of interest of the bilateral relationship, and also the perspective of Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. The Qatari Prime Minister thanked for the constant balanced position which Romania's representatives in the European Parliament expressed regarding the dossiers of interest for the Qatari side. Prime Minister showed interest for a more robust presence of Qatari companies in Romania and for investments in key sectors of the Romanian economy, underlining the importance of agreeing an articulate mechanism of business meetings, including by organizing economic forums, conducive to strengthening the bilateral relationship on this dimension. The meeting occasioned an exchange of opinions on topics of common interest on international and regional agenda. Thus, the Romanian Prime Minister showed that Romania will back and further promote the political settlement of regional disputes, based on dialogue and negotiation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that in the context of Romania's assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, our country will plead for intensifying efforts to promote peace and security in this region, as well as for maintaining a constant dialogue between EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council. In this context, Prime Minister stated that establishing a solid commercial bridge between the Gulf arab states and the European Union will contribute to the identification of new concrete cooperation projects with benefits for both sides. The two Prime Ministers attended the signing of three documents of bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, and cooperation between the Diplomatic Institutes of the two states. The meeting was followed by a working luncheon hosted by Qatari Prime Minister, in honour of of the Romanian dignitary, at the Amir's palace. During the afternoon, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay a visit to Baladna, the largest farm in the State of Qatar, at 60 kilometers from Doha. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with His Excellency Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, November 6, 2018 , a meeting with His Excellency Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, in the opening of the official visit to Doha. During the meeting, the senior officials sought to identify the best ways to deepen bilateral economic and sectoral co-operation, and to exchange views on security developments at regional and international level. His Higness Emir Al Thani highlighted the openness displayed by the State of Qatar towards the intensification of bilateral co-operation with Romania, including by increasing the level of economic and commercial exchanges, and invited the Romanian side to propose concrete areas for interaction to be discussed at the Doha meetings both within a governmental framework and the business-to-business dialogue. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed her and the Romanian Governments commitment to strengthening Romanias relations with the Arab world as a whole, an objective highlighted in the Programme for Government 2017-2020, which provides for intensifying political and diplomatic efforts in this direction. Prime Minister deemed that the bilateral relationship with the State of Qatar is at an important stage of its evolution, which the Romanian Government intends to make the best of, for mutual benefit. The senior dignitary showed that Romania has a stable and predictable economic situation, voicing interest in co-operating with the Qatari side in priority areas such as: infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture and tourism. The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views on topics of common interest in international and regional affairs. In this context, Prime Minister Dancila reiterated Romanias support for the resumption of dialogue between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a very important organisation for the regional security architecture. Romanian Prime Minister also pointed out that Romania, that will take over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2019, will continue to attach special importance to the development of relations with this region, while promoting the political settlement of the disputes in the Middle East and North Africa. 2018-11-07 13:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-06-01-31-28big_07_resize.jpgDeclaraţii de presă susţinute de ministrul Fondurilor Europene, Rovana Plumb, privind clarificări tehnice în domeniul fondurilor europeneȘtiri din 06.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-11-06 19:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-06-08-02-45big_1.jpgVizita oficială a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Sultanatul OmanȘtiri din 05.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-the-sultanate-of-oman Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended a Business Forum held in the context of the official visit to the Sultanate of Oman On the occasion of the official visit to Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended on November 5, 2018, a business forum held in the Capital City of Oman. The event brought together members of the Muscat Cabinet, chairs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm, the Public Investment Promotion and Export Development Authority, as well as 20 prestigious Omani companies interested in developing economic cooperation with partners in Romania. At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pointed out that, as a member state of the EU, Romania is interested in establishing strong commercial bridges between the European Union and the Arab Gulf states that will enjoy a robust foundation to expand bilateral relations. The Head of the Executive presented the important investment opportunities offered by Romania, know-how in areas such as agriculture, tourism, transport, education, health, research and innovation and showed that Romania has an attractive business environment, improved by recent legislative changes, such as those in the law on public-private partnerships. Prime Minister also voiced satisfaction with the latest positive developments in the relations between Romania and Oman, and the firm desire to foster dialogue on all levels of interest. In this context, Prime Minister referred to the need to develop economic relations between the two countries that will lead to visible results and increased trade volum. Prime Minister underlined the need to promote an active and transparent dialogue between the business communities in the two countries, benefitting from the important support of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and in this respect, she thanked for the large presence of Omans business community at this Forum. *** Opening of the Embassy of Romania in the Sultanate of Oman on the occasion of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to Muscat In the context of the official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended on Monday, November 5, 2018, the opening ceremony of the Embassy of Romania in Muscat. The opening of the diplomatic mission in the Sultanate of Oman represents a pragmatic materialisation of the actions carried out by the Romanian Government, based on the Programme for Government 2017 -2020, of strengthening the bilateral relations with the Gulf countries. Thus, the official visit of the Head of the Executive represented a twofold first in the Romania - Omar bilateral relations, opening of the first diplomatic mission of Romania in Oman occurs in the context of the first contact between Romania and the Sultanate of Oman, at the level of the two Governments' leaderships, since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two states on May 1, 1974. The opening ceremony was attended by the Ministers of Oman Cabinet, representatives of the local diplomatic corps, as well as members of the Romanian community in the Sultanate of Oman. The attending dignitaries underlined the importance of the moment for the bilateral relationship and its value as symbol of the Romanian side's determination to have a permanent presence on the territory of Omar, expressing their firm belief that the dialogue between Romania and the Sultanate of Oman will get strengthened in the ensuing period, from both political, economic and sectorial viewpoint. In this respect, the meetings occasioned by the Romanian delegation's visit were mentioned, they outlined the interest of both sides in the materialization of some sectorial cooperation projects. At the same time, opening the diplomatic mission in Muscat around the 45th anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations, in 2019, represents a concrete modality whereby the Romanian Government supports the Romanian community in the Sultanate of Oman, that is made up of about 300 persons. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman. The two dignitaries assessed the stage of the bilateral relations and voiced their appreciation for the positive trend recorded in the last years, materialised including by the expansion of the legal framework between the two states. The Head of the Romanian Executive conveyed the commitment of the Government in Bucharest to strengthening and expanding cooperation in the fields of common interest for both parties. In context, she referred to concrete opportunities for sectoral collaboration, in such domains such as: agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, education, culture, health, research and innovation and showed that Romania has an attractive business environment, improved through recent legislative changes, such as the ones brought to the law on public-private partnership. The Romanian Prime Minister expressed her firm belief that the opening of the Romanian Embassy in Muscat and the signing of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman on the visa waiving for holders of diplomatic, special and service passports, on the occasion of her visit to Muscat, represent significant steps in deepening the bilateral political dialogue, which could lead to the expansion of the Romanian-Omani relations, in their entirety. The Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman mentioned the openness of the Omani authorities to work with Romanian counterparts in all areas of common interest. At the same time, the high-ranking Omani dignitary highlighted the existence of numerous opportunities for investment, which can be achieved in both directions of the bilateral relationship. His Highness emphasized the importance of cooperation at the level of the two Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as the exchange of experience between the Omani and Romanian companies. At the same time, His Highness suggested deepening exchanges of good practice in the field of public-private partnership. His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said also showed interest in cooperation in education, given the acknowledged expertise of the Romanian side. The two dignitaries also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East, the Romanian Prime Minister appreciating the balanced position of the Sultanate of Oman in the regional dossiers. The Romanian official also stressed the importance of deepening the dialogue within the Gulf Cooperation Council, as an optimal way of identifying the solutions to the security challenges in the region. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also mentioned that Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, a position from which our country will take action to deepen regional and bilateral cooperation. The Romanian Prime Minister thanked His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said for the welcome and conveyed to the high-ranking Omani dignitary the invitation to pay a visit in Bucharest. The meeting was followed by a working lunch hosted by His Highness, in honour of the Romanian dignitary, at Al Bustan Palace, in the presence of the Ministers of the Cabinet of Oman and 130 guests of the diplomatic corps accredited in Muscat. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera of Muscat In the context of the official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, during November 3-5, 2018, the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, visited and signed the Books of Honour of the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera of Muscat, emblematic monuments from the capital of the Oman state. Established through a Royal Decree in 2013 and inaugurated on July 30, 2016, the National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman presents the history and tradition of the country, through the 7,000 exhibits, reunited in the 12 thematic galleries. Taking note of the historical track of the exhibits, which presents the evolution from the oldest human settlement in the Oman Peninsula, approximately 2 million years ago, until now, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed her deep respect for the history of the State of Oman and saluted the interactive way of presenting it. In context, the Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned the historical importance of 2018 for Romania that is to celebrate, on the1 st of December, 100 years since the Greater Union. In the context of the visit to the Grand Mosque of Muscat, the Romanian Prime Minister appreciated the greatness of the edifice and stated that in Romania there is an important historical Muslim community, that enjoys full rights of freedom of worship and lives in harmony with the representatives of other religious denominations. On the occasion of the visit to the Royal Opera of Muscat, the first opera from the Arabian Peninsula, the construction of which began in 2007, by order of His Majesty, the Sultan of Qaboos, the Romanian Prime Minister voiced her appreciation for the special architecture of the building, emblematic for the modern Oman style, reminding, in context, that Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu held a show in Muscat, on the stage of the same place of culture. Prime Minister voiced the interest of the Romanian state in being present in the Omani cultural life, within the military and traditional music festivals, organized and hosted annually by the Royal Opera. At the end of the visit, Her Highness Sayyida Dr. Mona bint Fahad Al Said, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, offered a dinner in honour of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. 2018-11-05 00:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-04-02-57-45big_1.jpgVizita oficială a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Sultanatul Oman și Statul Qatar, în perioada 3-8 noiembrie 2018Știri din 03.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-the-sultanate-of-oman-and-the-state-of-qatar-on-november-3-8-2018During November 3-8, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay an official visit to the Gulf area, to Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman, and to Doha, the State of Qatar. Prime Minister's tour in the two states aims at strengthening at the highest governmental level, the political bilateral dialogue and the economic and sectorial cooperation, the pragmatic interaction with the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council represents a distinct objective of foreign policy undertaken through the Programme for Government 2017 -2020. The agenda of the visit to Oman includes meetings with His Higness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Vice Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman, Cabinet ministers, as well as participation in a Business Forum that will gather together members of the Cabinet, chairs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm, the Public Investment Promotion and Export Development Authority, as well as 20 prestigious Omani companies interested in business opportunities in Romania. The official visit to Muscat represents a twofold first in the bilateral relations. It is the first contact between Romania and the Sultanate of Oman, at the level of the two Governments' leadership, since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two states, on May 1st, 1974. The schedule of the visit includes the official opening of the Romanian Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman, around the 45th anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between the two countries, in 2019. The agenda of the visit to Qatar includes meetings with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, Her Royal Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar, H. E. Mansour bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, president of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the Sovereign Wealth Fund of the State of Qatar and with H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim bin Faisal Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatari Businessmen Association. 2018-11-03 12:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-03-01-02-09big_sigla_guvern.pngVarna - Participarea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea la nivel înaltȘtiri din 02.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-quadrilateral-summit-in-varnaStatements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the Quadrilateral Summit of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: I am glad to be today in Varna for a new meeting in this format, which proves our determination to act together to promote interconnection and the European evolution of the region. Allow me to thank first of all the host of this meeting, my friend Boyko for the excellent organization of this meeting and the hospitality shown. Today's meeting was a good opportunity to continue our dialogue on regional cooperation starting from the shared interests of ensuring stability, prosperity and security, objectives even more important in the current geopolitical context. I reaffirmed Romania's commitment to build a cohesive and better integrated region, which would include the Balkan states as premise for the sustainable development in the region. From this perspective, I presented my interlocutors Romania's position, expressed within the high - level conference held in Bucharest, on the EU Cohesion Policy. I outlined that for Romania, the Cohesion Policy is and should remain the main investment policy at the EU level, this contributing significantly to promoting the balanced development of Member States and regions. During talks, we approached aspects related to collaboration, boosting cooperation within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. I reminded that next week, we will organize in Bucharest the National Forum SUERD, in the context of Romania's taking over the SUERD presidency from Bulgaria. During our mandate, we intend to promote the added value of this European startegy to ensure the economic development of the social cohesion and to diminish gaps in the regional and territorial development at the EU level. We want Danube to become an important transport corridor between Western and Eastern Europe. This is why it is very important for us to create the framework conducive to ensuring the navigability on Danube, throughout the year, creating the necessary conditions to this end on the sectors we jointly manage with the Bulgarian side. We had the opportunity to reevaluate the stage of common projects in the field of transport infrastructure and energy infrastructure as previous speakers specified. I underlined the need to do more for Europe's energy security, especially by diversifying the supply sources and accelerating the interconnections. During the talks, I remarked on the convergence of Romania and Bulgaria's stands on topics of European interest, as well as the will to cooperate at bilateral level. I underline on this occasion too the very good level of relations between Romania and the Republic of Bulgaria, characterized by consistency and dynamism. In the field of transport, I reaffirmed Romania's interest in creating a working group, highlighted by Alexis Tsipras too, which will analyze the feasibility studies regarding both highways and the construction of new bridges across Danube, such as the case of Romania and Bulgaria. President Vučić told us the challenges he is facing in the European path of Serbia, which we all want to be successful as soon as possible. We are confident that negotiations can advance at a faster pace, on the basis of merits, of meeting all the commitments and criteria set out in the Treaty of the European Union. Moreover, we are conveying our congratulations for the opening of two new accesion chapters at the end of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. I refer to chapter 13, fisheries, and chapter 33, financial and budgetary provisions. The excellent bilateral relations that we have with Serbia - we are soon to celebrate the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2019 - is best reflected in the trade exchanges level, which have constantly increased over the past years. We are confident that the upward trend will maintain, considering the potential offered by both our economies. The project regarding the Timisoara - Pancevo speedway enjoys the political backing of both countries involved and we are confident that will materialize it in the near future. In technical terms, we have already established the calendar for the re-approval of the feasibility study. We are looking with optimism towards the year 2021, when Timisoara and Novi Sad will be European Capitals of Culture, which will offer us the occasion to promote some joint projects, to strengthen contacts between people, boost cultural cooperation and the number of tourists. Greece is a key partner for Romania in the region. We want to further foster our dialogue and cooperation at a bilateral, regional and European level. Thus, todays talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras highlighted once again that we have convergent views on major topics of the European agenda, as well as in terms of regional challenges. From the perspective of bilateral economic relations, we voiced our interest in strengthening the upward trend in trade, and we emphasized that the amplification and diversification of sectoral cooperation remain key issues of the bilateral agenda, having as catalysts the economic cooperation actions and the investment projects. We conveyed our Greek counterpart our appreciation for the constant support granted by the Greek authorities to the Romanian community in Greece, that counts over 55,000 members, the Romanian associative environment in Greece being extremely dynamic. I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Borissov on the idea of ​​inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the talks occasioned by the quadrilateral meeting. This gave me the opportunity to have a second meeting this year, a meeting based on constructive discussions that would bring the two countries closer together. There are important themes that we can discuss with the Israeli Prime Minister, such as energy cooperation, the fight against terrorism, cybercrime, and Israels support for regional connectivity projects. As regards Romanias cooperation with Israel, we are keen to make the most of the existing economic potential and we want to attract as many Israeli investors as possible to Romania in the future. A good example of cooperation with the State of Israel, which will help capitalize on this potential, is the advanced negotiations on a new technology partnership designed to stimulate the mutual interest of the business community in the two countries. One of the subjects discussed was also the current debate on the future of the European Union, a process that will be a central theme during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Thus, todays meeting has provided a good opportunity to reconfirm our shared support for strengthening the Union, the relations and the strategic partnership between Romania and Israel, in a way that strengthens unity, solidarity and cohesion at European level. Finally, I would like to thank once again the Bulgarian Prime Minister, the Greek Prime Minister and the Serbian President for a new successful meeting in this format of cooperation. Last but not least, all my thanks go to the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, for the constructive discussions we have had and for the path that I hope we opened with this new meeting here in Varna. Thank you! 2018-11-02 11:18:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-02-04-51-52big_08_resize.jpgVarna - Întrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu omologul său israelian, Benjamin NetanyahuȘtiri din 02.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-prime-minister-of-the-state-of-israel-benjamin-netanyahu-in-varnaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's meeting with her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at the Quadrilateral Summit of Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Serbia and Israel Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, November 2, 2018, a meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, special guest at the quadrilateral Summit of Bulgaria, Romania Greece, Serbia which is held in Varna, Bulgaria. The two high officials mentioned the traditional friendship relations between the two states, as well as the excellent level of bilateral Romanian - Israeli relations based on a natural partnership and a 70 -year tradition. The Israeli Prime Minister voiced support for the Romanian Government and reiterated his interest in paying a visit to Romania, talking about rescheduling the joint sitting of the two governments. The two officials agreed on holding an economic forum with a panel devoted to business to business contacts before the joint sitting of the governments. The Head of the Romanian Executive presented to the Israeli counterpart the legislative amendments in the field of public private partnership, amendments which boosted the attractiveness of the Romanian investment environment. The Romanian Prime Minister reconfirmed Romania's interest in strengthening and deepening relations with the State of Israel in the field of strategic cooperation, cyber and energy security, medicine, research and innovation. The two Prime Ministers also voiced satisfaction for the advancement of negotiations for the conclusion of Romania - Israel Partnership in the field of new technologies, designed to stimulate the mutual interest of the two countries' business communities, in order to capitalize on the bilateral economic potentials. It was also underlined the importance of strengthening relations in fields such as: health, tourism and education. Possible ways of cooperation between Romania and Israel were discussed including from the perspective of our country's holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting January 2019. At the same time, the two Prime Ministers exchanged views regarding aspects related to current international situation. The role of Israelis originating from Romania to building the modern State of Israel was evoked during the meeting, as well as their contribution to strengthening relations between the two states. 2018-11-02 10:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-11-02-11-02-59big_04_resize.jpgPrezentarea susținută de Ministrul Turismului, Bogdan Trif, privind măsurile în domeniul turismuluiȘtiri din 01.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-11-01 19:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_1853.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României cu președintele Confederației ElvețieneȘtiri din 01.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-11-01 15:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_1143.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Reușita Președinției române a Consiliului Uniunii Europene va fi reușita celor 27 de state membreȘtiri din 01.11.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-the-success-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-union-will-be-the-success-of-the-27-member-statesPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a delegation of German MPs and MEPs. Talks focused on the bilateral cooperation and its strengthening, in the context of Romania's taking over the presidency of the EU Council starting January 1, 2019. Prime Minister highlighted that Romania is ready to take over and exercise the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, a mandate wherein challenges such as the Brexit, the future of Europe, the finalisation of a consensus on the future multiannual framework, will be addressed and traditional European policies related dossiers such as: the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, alongside those regarding the migration, the defence and terrorism policy, will be taken care of. - The success of Romania's presidency of the Council of the European Union will be the success of the 27 Member States, that has to give a good sign for the EU's future. In our mandate, we will act as an impartial mediator, because it is essential to enhance consensus at European level, the Head of the Executive mentioned. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that the strengthening bilateral cooperation between Romania and Germany is important, at the political and governmental level, by establishing faster dialogue mechanisms and jointly backing certain initiatives. The German delegation's officials appreciated Romania's state of preparedness for taking over and exercising the rotating presidency, emphasizing that they have all openness to granting support to our country. The Romanian delegation included Minister Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, the MEPs Dan Nica and Victor Bostinaru and MP Florin Manole. The German delegation was made up of Axel Schäfer, Jens Geier, Matthias Keil and Stephan Meuser. 2018-11-01 15:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_1111.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul apărării din Republica Albania, doamna Olta XhaçkaȘtiri din 31.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-of-defence-of-albania-olta-xhackaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă welcomed Minister of Defence of Albania Olta Xhacka, who is on an official visit to Romania, on October 30 - 31, at the Victoria Palace. The meeting represented a good opportunity to reaffirm Romanias openness to deepening overall bilateral relations, as a continuation of the talks Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Albanian counterpart Edi Rama had in Sofia on July 6, 2018. The Head of the Romanian Executive has also expressed her satisfaction at the increase in the pace of bilateral sectoral meetings, as well as at the organization in Tirana, November 8 - 9, of the next meeting of the Romanian-Albanian joint intergovernmental committee on economic, scientific and technical cooperation. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced her appreciation for the good cooperation as part of the NATO and EU missions. The meeting occasioned a review of defence cooperation, based on the legal framework developed so far, which allows the deepening and strengthening of the cooperation in the field. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed Romanias support for the European track of the Republic of Albania and encouraged Albanian authorities to continue the reform process in order to achieve concrete results during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 2018-10-31 17:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-31-05-33-38big_1.jpegÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu comisarul european pentru buget și resurse umane, Günther OettingerȘtiri din 30.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-budget-amp-human-resources-gunther-oettingerPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger, in the context of attending the high - level conference An Inclusive Cohesion Policy for a Union Closer to Its Citizens. Discussions mainly aimed at aspects pertaining to the main dossier in the European Commissioner's portfolio, namely the Multiannual Financial Framework. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated Romania's commitment to make every effort in its presidency of the Council of the European Union, to facilitate consensus among member states and to achieve substantial progress in this dossier, with special impact on the Union's overall action. The Romanian official emphasized the importance of the adoption on time of the EU budget as a basis for achieving the EU goals, but also for ensuring continuity in the implementation of the programs that benefit from European funding. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance of agreeing on some balanced solutions on the future Financial Framework, to reflect both the need for continuing the process of economic, social and territorial convergence across the entire EU, as well as the need for ensuring an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the Union and the member states have to cope with. As regards the post -2020 cohesion policy, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă deemed it necessary the maintenance of the consistent financial aid in the future Multiannual Financial Framework, with a view to meeting the convergence and growth objective across the EU. 2018-10-30 18:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-30-06-37-02big_1.jpgPrimirea, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, a echipei care a reprezentat România la Jocurile Invictus desfășurate la Sidney, AustraliaȘtiri din 30.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-30 17:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_23.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă Știri din 30.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-30 14:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-30-02-33-50big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la conferința la nivel înalt "O politică de coeziune incluzivă pentru o Uniune mai aproape de cetățenii săi"Știri din 30.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-high-level-conference-quot-an-inclusive-cohesion-policy-for-a-union-closer-to-its-citizens-quotAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the high - level conference: An Inclusive Cohesion Policy for a Union Closer to Its Citizens Viorica Dancila: Representatives of the European Commission, Commissioner, President of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of the Deputies, distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen, Allow me to start by thanking you for your broad participation in this event. Your presence today confirms the attachment to the European project and the main investment policy which contributes to its consolidation, the cohesion policy. We are all aware of the fact that we are living a period marked by important and multiple challenges to which we need to find a common response designed to ensure a sustainable future for all Europeans. EU should offer to its citizens prosperity, stability, social solidarity, peace, freedom and security. We need a better integrated, stronger and more cohesive Europe, build on objectives and directions of consensual action. In May, the European Commission made public the legislative package on the cohesion policy 2021- 2027, document comprising the regulations on common provisions, which stipulates a single set of norms for seven EU funds: European regional development fund, Cohesion fund, European Social Fund, European maritime and fisheries fund, Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, The Internal Security Fund for external borders and visas. At the core of the Commission's preoccupations, there is the promotion of the economic transformation by stimulating investment across the EU, encouraging innovation, digitalization, and also by backing the SMEs. Securing the energy transition, use of energy from renewable sources and combating climate changes as well as strengthening the strategic transport and digital networks are also targeted. Not last, the emphasis on the social character of Europe and getting the citizens closer to the European institutions is also sought. Where does Romania stand in relation to these ambitious objectives? In just two months, starting on January 1, 2018, Romania will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union . The motto that will lead us during the six months is cohesion - a common European value. In this spirit, Romania will aim for the European policies to permanently refer to the principle of cohesion, as a defining element of the European Union, in order to rebuild the citizens trust. From this perspective, we hail the Commission's initiative centered on simplification, flexibility, and efficiency and which aims at the same time at meeting the objectives of the EU Treaty to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion at the level of regions and Member States. At the same time, we emphasize that, considering the current challenges, the cohesion policy is and should remain the main investment policy at the EU level, this significantly contributing to the functioning of the single European market. We welcome the strategic approach of the cohesion policy which takes into account the social and demographic developments in the EU. The objectives proposed by the Commission and the maintenance of the architecture create the general strategic framework for the promotion of the balanced development of the member states and regions, thus contributing to reducing the gaps in EU. Romania carefully analyzes the specific draft objectives, and it will support the eligibility of some actions meant to meet the development needs in line with the new European policies, especially the infrastructure. As regards the pre-conditions for eligibility, we deem it necessary a more concrete definition of related criteria, in order to create the premises for an objective evaluation of the Commission, and to guarantee equal treatment for all member states. We consider that Romania should be treated equally with all the EU Member States. With regard to financial aid from funds, we support the Commissions proposal that grants remain the main form of funding the cohesion policy. The use of financial instruments should not become an end in itself or substitute for grants, especially in less developed regions. VAT eligibility should remain at the discretion of the Member States, taking into account the applicable national legislation, in order to avoid pressure on national budgets, local budgets and possible financial bottlenecks that may arise. Romania appreciates the simplification proposed by the Commission with regard to the management and control rules and considers that this supports the significant streamlining of all processes for the effective implementation of cohesion policy. As far as the audit is concerned, Romania supports the Commissions proposals and believes that the audit should rely more on trust, be preventive, predictable and without contradictory opinions, and control actions should focus on compliance and not on financial details. We support maintaining the current automatic decommitment regulation, the N + 3 rule, correlated with the general timetable for preparing and starting a programming period at least in the first years of budget implementation. At the same time, we believe that optimization of the annual budgetary programming of the funds is necessary and that the annual financial plans should be rendered stable by the Member States, according to national specificity. Romania advocates the idea of maintaining the level of initial and annual pre-funding from the current period of financial programming, to avoid the eventual liquidity problems, especially in the context of a 90 percent reimbursement of the declared expenditure and restricting the transmission of only four payment applications per year to the Commission. At the same time, Romania supports maintaining the current level of co-financing, given the budgetary difficulty, to ensure a higher level of national public co-financing. We believe that the proposed level of co-financing will lead to failure in the realization of the objective of reducing development gaps among the border regions, pursued through the territorial cooperation programs. At the same time, Romania advocates greater flexibility at the level of Member States or regions in establishing co-financing for operational programs and types of investment and not at priority axis level. Romania does not support the proposal to transfer 10 billion from the Cohesion Fund to the - Connecting Europe Facility. We believe that maintaining in absolute figures the transfer rate to the - Connecting Europe Facility under the drastic reduction in the Cohesion Fund allocation coupled with the proposal of only 70% to be maintained within the national envelope significantly reduces the possibilities for Member States to promote investment in the transport sector, as laid down by European transport legislation. Romania welcomes the steps taken by the European Commission so that cohesion policy further remains the main investment policy, an engine for EU development. Romanias agreement on national allocations for cohesion policy will however, depend on the final decision on the share of the increase in the national contribution to the financing of the European budget and on the national allocation for other policies, as well as on the total budget allocated by the Commission for cohesion. Starting January 1, 2019, Romania will takeover the presidency of the Council of the EU. We will need to respond together to many challenges, new challenges and challenges related to the traditional EU policies, and I refer to the common agricultural policy and the cohesion policy. I hope that together, I hope that the 27 Member States will give a response folded on reality, a response that European citizens expect from us all. I believe that cohesion policy is a policy to which we have to look very carefully and consider it, as it is normal, the main EU policy. Thank you. Statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila before the high-level conference: An Inclusive Cohesion Policy for a Union Closer to Its Citizens [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: The National Executive Committee was postponed. As I pledged, yesterday, we completed the Ministers' evaluation. We are waiting for the Executive Committee to convene because as you know, we are a political government, we were all invested through the vote of the National Executive Committee. After I present the overall activity - we are interested to know to what extent the programme for government has been fulfilled - I will discuss about every Ministry. We will make decisions following the vote of the National Executive Committee. Reporter: If you finished your evaluation, why was this Executive Committee postponed, as everybody knows it will convene this week? Viorica Dancila: You will realize that this Executive Committee will not discuss only about evaluation, there will have to be talks with those who will come too, if we make changes, and we will surely make these changes. Then, everything should be considered very carefully. Let us not forget that January 1, 2019, Romania will takeover the presidency of the Council of the EU, and we need expertise and training in this respect. Reporter: What did you answer to Mr. Frans Timmermans? Viorica Dancila: I responded to all the 18 points that Mr. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans raised. Tomorrow, I will go to Brussels and we will discuss with him after seeing the detailed response on each point. Reporter:What is your answer in principle? Viorica Dancila: I cannot afford to get involved in this field, the justice. I gave all the answers depending on the claims of the Minister of Justice and the Legal Committee of the Romanian Parliament, I did not say the opinion of one or the other, I gave applied answers, folded on the existing reality. Reporter: Mrs. Dancila, although this evaluation is ready and PSD representatives have requested this government reshuffle for a long time, why is it postponed further on? Do you have an explanation for it? Viorica Dancila: I have said this. I have mentioned that I finished the evaluation, but we did it taking into account the fulfillment of the measures from the programme for government, and also the 115 measures we talked about at the PSD Congress. I am to present this evaluation within the National Executive Committee. We will decide together with the party management when this National Executive Committee takes place. Reporter: There are many names of Ministers who could leave. Can you even confirm if it is, indeed so? If the situation looks this way? Viorica Dăncilă: I cannot give names. I repeat, the evaluation was made according to the measures laid down in the programme for government. I will present the evaluation, but we also need to have a political vote. I will see what is the opinion and support that everyone will enjoy from the National Executive Committee. Therefore, I cannot say now: these Ministers will go, these will remain. It will be a decision that will be combined: evaluation based on programme and political support. Reporter: Will there be a vote for each Minister on behalf of the CEx(Executive Comittee)? Viorica Dăncilă: We will have a discussion on each ministry. Reporter: When is this meeting scheduled to take place? Viorica Dăncilă: We have not set the date yet. After I talk to the party leadership, I will communicate the date. At the same time, I think it is necessary to have this discussion within a week. Reporter: Are you of the same opinion as ALDE President, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu? He said you understood his message about a political agreement, a political peace, he did not mean that the Government would not be ready to take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. How do you see that agreement, especially since you also mentioned, when you visited the President of the European Commission, that a truce is needed now, before taking over the presidency? Viorica Dăncilă: This truce has been demanded by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker himself. I believe we have to follow the example of the other member states who have shown that when you hold the presidency of the Council of the EU, you need to have consensus, to have peace and to relegate disputes to a second plane because the national interest has to prevail, this very important objective to us has to prevail; it is an exam that Romania has to take and when I say Romania I do not necessarily mean the PSD and the ALDE [the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats], as we have to refer to the entire political class and we have to prove more wisdom and more interest in Romanias goals, instead of vested interests. Reporter: Does Mr. Dragnea agree with this truce that you mentioned? Did you agree on what points to do it, on the justice laws as Mr. Tariceanu wants? Viorica Dăncilă:I have not talked with Mr Dragnea, but I am convinced that chairman Liviu Dragnea wants consensus during the presidency, because he is a politician with a lot of political experience and knows how important consensus is when holding the presidency of the Council of the EU. 2018-10-30 14:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-30-02-30-47big_5.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Comitetului European al Regiunilor, Karl-Heinz LambertzȘtiri din 30.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-committee-of-the-regions-cor-karl-heinz-lambertzPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, October 30, 2018, a meeting with the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Karl-Heinz Lambertz, in the context of the participation in the high - level conference An Inclusive Cohesion Policy for a Union Closer to Its Citizens. The meeting of the two officials occasioned a very useful exchange of views regarding the dialogue between Romania and the European Committee of the Regions, the emphasis being placed on the cooperation prospects during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, when Romania intends to contribute to identifying real solutions, designed to foster the advancement of the European project in a unitary and cohesive manner. At the same time, during the meeting, aspects pertaining to Europe's future and the priorities of Romania's mandate to the Presidency of the EU Council were addressed, mainly regarding the 2021- 2027 Multiannual Financial Framework/ post -2020 cohesion policy. The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the important role of the European Committee of the Regions in the Union's getting closer to citizens, municipalities, and regions, in a framework allowing them to be more actively involved in the decision - making process at EU level, as well as in the reflection on Europe's future. Prime Minister emphasized at the same time the importance of coordinating actions at European regional and local level, with a view to boosting social, economic, territorial convergence across the EU. Prime Minister hailed the Committee of the Regions' commitment to ensuring the continuity of the consultation process of citizens about Europe's future as well as the decision to hold the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities that will take place in Bucharest, on March 14-15, 2019, an important opportunity for local and regional leaders to express their points of view on building a stronger European future. 2018-10-30 13:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-30-02-14-52big_2.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu comisarul european pentru politici regionale, Corina CrețuȘtiri din 29.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policy-corina-cretuPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting today with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu in the context of the European officials participation in the Conference An Inclusive Cohesion Policy for a Union Closer to Its Citizens. Vice Prime Ministers Viorel Stefan and Paul Stanescu, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb and Health Minister Sorina Pintea attended the meeting too. The meeting also provided an opportunity to review the actions for preparing the takeover and exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the same time, there was an exchange of views on the ongoing discussions at EU level on the future of post-2020 cohesion policy and on the need to maintain its priority role in stimulating investment and economic growth, highlighting, in the context, the importance of adequate reflection of this policy in the architecture of the future Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027. Aspects related to defining the post -2020 cohesion policy were approached, the Romanian Prime Minister highlighting that the citizen and the cohesion, as shared values will represent landmarks underpinning Romania's demarches in exercising its mandate at the Presidency of the Council of the EU. As regards the negotiations on the future European budget, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that Romania is proposing a constructive approach leading to reaching a compromise to reflect both the needs to meet the new challenges and the needs related to the further promotion of a real convergence at the EU level, by providing adequate funding for the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. The topic of the construction of three regional hospitals was also addressed, a priority project for the Romanian Government. The two officials discussed the current funding possibilities, and identified solutions for the construction of these hospitals. Another important project on the discussion agenda was that of the very high-intensity laser at Magurele (ELI-NP). The issue of the absorption of European funds in the field of transport infrastructure was also addressed. 2018-10-29 17:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-29-05-18-34big_11.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia sărbătoririi zilelor Sfântului Mare Mucenic Dimitrie și Sfântului Dimitrie cel NouȘtiri din 26.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-26 15:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-26-03-27-31big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a participat la ceremonia militară dedicată Zilei Armatei RomâneȘtiri din 25.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-military-ceremony-dedicated-to-the-day-of-the-romanian-armed-forcesAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the military ceremony dedicated to the Day of the Romanian Armed Forces President, Ladies and gentlemen, We are celebrating today in the Centennial Year, the Day of the Romanian Army, a landmark institution in our national history. We honor together the values which define the essence of the Romanian people - patriotism, courage and dedication for the country. We honor the soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers of our Army, the heroes who sacrificed themselves defending the independence, sovereignty and unity of the Romanian state, The army is a fundamental institution of the state, which contributes decisively to Romanias credibility in the world and enjoys a great deal of trust and respect from Romanians. The participation of the Romanian military in missions and operations abroad also contributes to the increase of our countrys international reputation, and proves fact that the Romanian Army is a reliable partner for its allies within the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union. Romania is an important pillar of stability in the area, in the context in which we are confronted globally with unprecedented challenges in the field of security. We have a sustainable economic growth and a predictible and reliable defence system which strengthens our role as regional actor and security provider for Eastern Europe. We are in a second year of 2 percent of GDP allocation for defence, and we maintain this objective for the next decade. The Romanian Government thus observes the commitment undertaken through the Programme for Government and attaches great importance to strengthening the country's defence capacity, acting for meeting the major objectives of our country, both in the field of endowment and training of the troops. We are determined to creating and developing a regional center for the defence industry in Romania which would implicitly contribute to the economic development of our country. Year 2018 has a special significance, Romania marks its 100th anniversary, the national unitary state emerged following the Great Union of December 1, 1918, due also to the essential contribution of the Romanian Army. The Great Union was and remains the most beautiful page of Romania's history. I deem us to be dutybound to keep alive the memory of those who made their contribution to the consolidation of the Romanian nation, and to honor those who took care that the Romanian people be a united and strong one. Having in mind the present and future missions, the Romanian military serving under the flag, home or in remote places, are taking the opportunity of these festive days to evoke, with emotion, the feats of our forerunners. Some of them are now with us. Dear war veterans, for the courage and the spirit of sacrifice that you showed during the war, in the years of transformations that ensued, and given that you faced well, with your heads held high, the hardships of life, we assure you of our whole gratitude and appreciation. Dear veterans who have been in missions in the theaters of operations, you represent, for the rest of the military and the entire Romanian society, a true school of patriotism, dignity and honor. We are grateful for all that you have done in the service of Romania and the Romanian people. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families of of the 29 heroes from the theaters of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the over 190 wounded military. The important place that our country now occupies in NATO and the European Union is also due to them, exceptional military of the Romanian Armed Forces. I would like to extend a good thought to your families too, the members of the Romanian Army, to wholeheartedly thank them for their effort and understanding. The military career is challenging, it implies full involvement from both you and the family. I thank you all and I congratulate you for what you are doing and I extend you my sincere wishes for health, long life and personal fulfillments!Happy Anniversary, the Romanian Army! 2018-10-25 18:19:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-25-06-37-32big_01_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu secretarul general adjunct al Organizației pentru Cooperare și Dezvoltare Economică (OCDE), Ludger Schuknecht, și cu directorul general al Agenției pentru Energie Nucleară, William MagwoodȘtiri din 25.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-oecd-deputy-secretary-general-ludger-schuknecht-and-the-director-general-at-oecd-nuclear-energy-agency-william-magwoodPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, October 25, 2018, a meeting with the OECD Deputy Secretary-General Ludger Schuknecht and the Director-General at OECD Nuclear Energy Agency William Magwood. This visit took place in the context of the Regional Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Energy, Technology and Radioactive Waste Management which is held in Bucharest, organized by the Romanian Government through the Nuclear Agency and for Radioactive Waste, in cooperation with the Agency for Nuclear Energy, during October 25-26, 2018. During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister presented the advanced dialogue and cooperation position of Romania with OECD, its active participation to the working formats of the organization and the substantial contribution, underlining that joining the OECD currently represents a strategic objective of Romania. The two OECD officials emphasized the importance of having Romania as partner, among the members of the Agency for Nuclear Energy, adding that the concrete plan for cooperation with Romania in the field of energy policy is to be achieved, in the context of regional collaboration in the field. Romania joined the Agency for Nuclear Energy on June 8, 2017. 2018-10-25 12:31:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-25-12-38-08big_03_resize.jpg