RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROMăsuri fiscal-bugetare și în domeniul investițiilor publice pentru anul 2019Știri 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.jpgReuniunea Comisiei Naţionale de fundamentare a Planului naţional de adoptare a monedei euroȘtiri din 23.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/meeting-of-the-national-commission-for-substantiating-the-national-euro-changeover-planThe new meeting of National Commission for substantiating the National Euro Changeover Plan took place today at Victoria Palace, with the participation of Romanian Academys President Ioan-Aurel Pop and the Governor of the National Bank of Romania, Mugur Isarescu. Professor PhD Aura Socol presented the Substantiation Report, a document structured on two levels and made up of seven chapters. The report analyzes in detail how the Eurozone works, how can Romanias entry into the Eurozone influence it and the state of preparedness of the Romanian economy for the implementation of this objective. Regarding the state of preparedness of the Romanian economy for joining the Eurozone, the results of the research show that Romania has achieved much progress in terms of convergence. Aura Socol presented three scenarios showing the span of time in which Romania could reach a critical mass of real and structural convergence of 70 percent, 75 percent and 80 percent respectively, depending on two annual average growth rates: a 4 percent growth rate, based on the average real GDP growth rates in the 2000-2017 interval, and a more optimistic rate of 5 percent based on the assumption that Romania will improve the contribution of production factors to the potential growth and will implement structural reforms conducive to economic growth. In the case of a target of 70 percent of the Eurozone 19 average, Romania may reach this level in 6 years if it has an average growth rate of 4 percent per year or 4 years with a 5 percent growth rate. In the scenario in which Romania intends to reach 75 percent of the average Eurozone 19 (the most appropriate level for Romanias economy, as shown in the Report), this can be achieved in 9 years (if the average rate of historical increase of 4 percent per year is kept), or in 6 years in the context of an increase with an average rate of 5 percent per year. During the debates, the members of the National Commission highoighted the scientific quality of the Substantiation Report and also the fact that the period before the adoption of the euro will have to be intense in reforms, development and modernization for the real convergence thresholds to be reached. 2018-10-23 20:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-23-08-45-48big_02_resize.jpgSalariul minim, diferențiat în funcție de studii și vechimeȘtiri din 23.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/minimum-wage-differentiated-according-to-the-education-level-and-seniorityPrime Minister Viorica Dancila, Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu, and Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici met today at the Victoria Palace with representatives of the trade unions and the employers associations, who were presented the Government Draft Decision regarding the minimum gross wage increase: 2,080 lei/month, which means a net 100 lei increase. Moreover, the decision was made to reinsert the gross minimum wage guaranteed differentiated according to the education level or the seniority, a concept that has been already applied in Romania before 2011: 2,350 lei gross salary, meaning by 13 pct higher than the wage earned by the persons with no higher education or with a seniority smaller than 15 years. We mention that the Executive showed thus openness to a proposal tabled by the trade unions at the last meeting of the National Tripartide Council, a proposal that is in line with the provisions of the Programme for Government too. Following the discussions with the trade unions and the employers associations, an unanimous conclusion is reached, namely that the increase of the minimum wage is necessary, the only divergence being over the date on which the measure starts being enforced: the trade unions asked for November 1, 2018, the employers associations - as of January 1, 2019. The Government will make a decision in the shortest time possible, which will be communicated publicly, so that the credit release authorities and the companies in Romania prepare the enforcement of the measure. 2018-10-23 19:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-23-07-30-16big_01_resize.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Statul KuweitȘtiri din 20.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-the-state-of-kuwaitPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today, October 21, 2018, with the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, in Kuwait City. The talks focused on aspects pertaining to strengthening and deepening the bilateral cooperation at economic and sectorial level as well as to aspects related to security developments at regional and international levels. On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers appreciated the positive trend in the Romania-Kuwait relations and discussed future projects designed to strengthen the bilateral political and diplomatic dialogue. They analyzed the possibilities to expand cooperation in various fields of mutual interest, according to priority niches identified within governmental dialogue and at the level of the two states's business sectors. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the Government of Romania's commitment to strengthening relations with the overall Arab world, objective highlighted in the Programme for Government 2017 -2020 which provides boosting diplomatic efforts in this respect. Prime Minister highlighted the fact that the State of Kuwait is an important partner of our country in the Gulf region, especially in the context of Romania's holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting January 1, 2019. The two officials also referred to the good bilateral cooperation within international bodies as well as to the possibility of supporting projects of interest for both states within these organizations. They also analyzed ways of developing the Romanian-Kuwaiti bilateral economic and trade relations, by boosting the private sector, in particular by actively encouraging Kuwaiti businessmen to invest in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila conveyed the Romanian side's availability in developing a number of concrete projects in areas such as: agriculture, transport, investment, industry, critical infrastructure, energy, healthcare. On the occasion of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to Kuwait, two cooperation agreements were signed: the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait and the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of tourism between the Romanian Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Information - the tourism Sector of the State of Kuwait. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Marzouq Al Ghanim Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Marzouq Al Ghanim. During the discussions, the status of the bilateral relations was reviewed and the progress in the process of their consolidation was appreciated. Particular emphasis was placed on parliamentary cooperation. In this context, both officials outlined the interest in boosting the dialogue between the two legislative forums, in the context of the parliamentary diplomacy's contribution to the consolidation of bilateral cooperation. From this perspective, the parties agreed to intensify, in a pragmatic manner, parliamentary cooperation in order to identify the best instruments and formulas for rendering this modern bilateral format more dynamic. The two officials also exchanged views on regional and international developments, and the ways to strengthen the Romanian-Kuwaiti cooperation at the multilateral level were also analyzed. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim On her visit to the State of Kuwait, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the Chairman of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr Ali Mohammed Thunayan Al-Ghanim. On this occasion, the senior Romanian official voiced appreciation for the high level of the bilateral and sectoral cooperation between the two countries as well as the convergence of the two countries interests in economic and commercial level. In this context, the Head of the Executive underlined the interest of the Romanian side in deepening the economic cooperation, likely to contribute to a substantial increase of economic exchanges, direct investments by both parties, as well as to the development of the relations between the two countries sectoral contacts, for the benefit of both countries. Prime Minister presented the main investment opportunities in Romania, focusing on the critical infrastructure, transport, energy, IT, research and development, financial-banking and health sectors, considering that the State of Kuwait is one of Romanias major trading partners in the Gulf region. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has appreciated that Romanias relations with the State of Kuwait have a tremendous potential for developing new converging projects, including on third markets, especially in the Arab world, in areas such as: road infrastructure, oil and gas, hydrotechnics, telecommunications and high-voltage lines. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with His Highness, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al - Ahmad Al - Jaber Al- Sabah Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, currently on a visit to Kuwait, had a meeting on Sunday with the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, Minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Stefan-Radu Oprea, and the Minister of Health, Sorina Pintea. Along with the Amir of the State of Kuwait, attending the meeting were the Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Topics of interest on the bilateral agenda were tackled during the meeting. They appreciated the positive trend recorded lately in the Romanian-Kuwait relations, fostered by both states openness and political will to strengthen the bilateral dialogue on all levels of interest. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila highlighted the fact that 2018 marks an important symbolic moment this year, the completion of 55 years of bilateral diplomatic relations, and emphasized the importance of further intensifying the political dialogue and strengthening the bilateral cooperation in the political-diplomatic, economic and sectoral fields. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the Government of Romania's commitment to strengthening relations with the State of Kuwait, an important partner of our country in the Gulf region, both as Romanias foreign policy objective and in the context of its holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. The high dignitaries agreed to organize in 2019 the first session of the Joint Romanian-Kuwaiti Cooperation Committee, coordinated by the Foreign Ministers. At the same time, the Kuwaiti side voiced their interest in collaborating with the Ana Aslan Institute, the Romanian Center of Excellence in Gerontology and Geriatrics. The talks between Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also occasioned an exchange of views on topics of interest on the international and regional agenda, focusing on recent developments in the Middle East. In this context, Prime Minister Dancila outlined that Romania would continue to attach special importance to the Southern Neighborhood of the European Union, while at the same time promoting the political settlement of the Middle East and North Africa disputes. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited the Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait In the context of the official visit to Kuwait, on October 19 -21, 2018, the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited the Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center, one of the largest cultural complexes in the world, which hosts 22 galleries with over 1,100 exhibits. The museum district consists of six main buildings: Space Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Arabic Islamic Science Museum,Fine Arts Centre,Theatre. During the visit, the Romanian Prime Minister underlined the need to promote history, culture and science, voicing in this respect appreciation for the Kuwaiti efforts to boost the cultural and scientific activities for a consistent and efficient development of society. The Head of the Romanian Executive greeted the way in which the Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre through its activity, presents the Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arabic culture, as well as the cultural richness and diversity of the State of Kuwait, Gulf region and Arab world. Romania's delegation present in Kuwait City visited the Science Centre in Kuwait, a renowned educational complex for the promotion of science and technology and raising awareness of the importance of the environment, especially amid young generation. The centre is hosted by a vast architectural space reflecting the Islamic art and culture. In the dialogue with the Kuwaiti interlocutors, the Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the special efforts of the local authorities to open the educational space beyond the established educational institutions and to stimulate curiosity and scientific interest among pupils, students and the general public. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă recalled the possibility of developing bilateral relations in the field of research and innovation, mentioning in particular the internationally acknowledged expertise of Romanian specialists in fields such as: engineering, communications and information technology. Prime Minister also visited the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City, the largest Kuwait worship site. In the talks with Kuwaiti officials, the Romanian Prime Minister praised the Kuwait City authorities's openness to religious minorities as well as the efforts made to integrate them. At the same time, she outlined that, along time, the entire Muslim community in Romania has lived in peace alongside the majority of Christians and other minorities. 2018-10-20 13:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-20-01-57-21big_07_resize.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Emiratele Arabe UniteȘtiri din 18.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-united-arab-emirates1539789656 Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with members of the leadership of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with members of the leadership of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Discussions focused on developments in the field of economic and sectorial bilateral economic cooperation, in the context of the first session of the Joint Cooperation Committee between the Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates held on April 16-17, 2018. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the importance she attaches to bilateral cooperation development, taking into account that UAE is a particularly important commercial partner of Romania in the Gulf area. The Head of the Executive also underlined the need for continuing demarches with a view to identifying new development opportunities of the economic and sectorial relations in areas of shared interest. A particular emphasis was put on the special potential of attracting new Emirati investment in Romania, considering the geo-strategic position of our country, and the fact that Romanian economy currently records a solid growth at EU level. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the Government's support for strengthening the relations between the two states' business sector, specifying that Romania is interested in an active presence of foreign businesspeople, including Emirati ones, in our country. In this respect, an attractive legislative framework was adopted, while consultancy is concomitantly offered to foreign companies interested in Romanian market. Talks between the two parties also occasioned an exchange of opinions on topics of interest of the international and regional agenda, with emphasis on recent developments in the Gulf area. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State for Economic and Commercial Affairs Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today a meeting with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State for Economic and Commercial Affairs, and Director-General and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC Group). Discussions aimed at identifying the most appropriate ways of strengthening the bilateral cooperation relationship, with emphasis on the economic and investment sector. Both Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and UAE Minister of State Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber voiced appreciation for the positive development over the last years, in the relations between the two states, which resulted in boosting the Romanian - Emirati contacts. Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the importance that the Bucharest authorities attach to the development of cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, underlining that UAE represent a particularly important commercial partner of Romania in the Gulf area. In this context, the Head of the Executive mentioned our country's attractive business environment, which was upgraded through legislative amendments, as those which were made to the public - private partnership law. The senior Romanian official conveyed the Romanian side's willingness to intensify the presence of Emirati companies in productive sectors in our country and encouraged the UAE businesspeople to invest in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Director General of the UAE General Womens Union Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi During the visit paid to the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director General of the UAE General Womens Union, state organization which was established in 1975, under the chairmanship of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak. During the talks, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila hailed the activity performed by the General Womens Union to improve the status of women nationwide, and in various regional and international organizations, as well as the family support and child protection policies. Moreover, she presented the actions undertaken by Government, within the Romania of Equal opportunities Programme, to increase women's role and contribution to economic and social life, as well as the measures adopted at the level of the Social Democratic Party to introduce the equal opportunities principle in its management structures. The Head of the Executive presented Romania's priorities of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan — Emirs Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had yesterday a meeting with Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan — Emirs Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea, and Health Minister Sorina Pintea. The prospects of the Romanian - Emirati bilateral relations were reviewed during the meeting, on which occasion, the objectives of the common agenda both at political - diplomatic level and in termd of economic and sectorial cooperation were analyzed. During the dialogue, the two officials commended the positive dynamics of the Romanian - Emirati contracts, boosting trade exchanges and investment represents a priority in Romania - UAE relationship. The Romanian Prime Minister recalled the visit of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Bucharest, on September 17, 2018. In this respect, Prime Minister Dancila pointed out the particularly important role of a sustained dialogue to foster cooperation between the two states' business sectors. The Head of Romanian Executive underlined Romania's interest in attracting Emirati investment in areas of interest, such as: energy, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, healthcare, education. Also, Prime Minister mentioned the Government's demarches regarding the legislative amendments in the field of public - private partnership, designed to stimulate private investments and to develop major projects of national importance. The meeting occasioned at the same time an exchange of opinions on regional and international topics of shared interest. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated Romania's support for identifying a political solution to the Middle East and Africa disputes, including in the context of Romanias takeover of the presidency of the Council of the EU for six months, starting January 1, 2019. *** A strategic economic partnership established between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates During the working visit the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila paid to UAE, the two sides, Romanian and Emirati have agreed on the establishment of a stronger and more active framework for governmental co-operation and coordination and therefore, they agreed on promoting the bilateral relations to strategic economic partnership. In this respect, on October 17, 2018, the Romanian and Emirati Heads of Government adopted a - Joint Statement on Establishing a Strategic Economic Partnership between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates. The document underlines the important regional role of the United Arab Emirates, next to Romanias membership of the European Union, which offers important opportunities for co-operation through the development of joint initiatives for both countries. It also mentions the objectives of bilateral cooperation in priority sectors to Romania, namely: trade, investment, industry, agriculture, banking, energy, transport and transport infrastructure, IT and blockchain technology, as well as education, culture, research innovation, tourism, youth and sports. The statement also highlights the important role of the Romanian and Emirati communities in the UAE and Romania respectively, in the economic, social and cultural development of the two countries. The document emphasizes the need to adopt an action plan in the near future establishing the concrete steps the two Governments will undertake to implement the strategic economic partnership. Boosting the economic and trade dimensions of the bilateral relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries is an important specific objective of the Romanian Government, included in its 2017-2020 programme. In this context, relations with the United Arab Emirates represent a priority, both from the point of view of human relations and in terms of economic and commercial potential. Romania enjoys a long tradition of cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, a country that is Romanias main trading partner in the Gulf area. There is a real potential for co-operation between the two countries in various niche areas such as: information technology and communications, renewable energy, environmental protection and conservation, real estate and tourism. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates On October 17, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă paid a working visit to the United Arab Emirates, on which occasion, she met Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates, wife of the founder of the UAE. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was accompanied by Health Minister Mrs. Sorina Pintea and Advisors of the Prime Minister's Advisory Unit. On this occasion, the state of the Romanian - Emirati bilateral relationship was discussed, the Romanian Prime Minister reconfirming the Government's commitment to strengthening our country's relations with the Arab world, objective set out in the Programme for government 2017 -2020. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced her appreciation for the hospitality and support granted by Emirati authorities to Romanian citizens who chose to work or settle down in UAE, reminding that they make an important contribution to the development of the United Arab Emirates, as well as to strengthening the friendship relations between the two states. In this context, she expressed her firm belief that the Emirati authorities will continue to grant support to the Romanian community. During the meeting, the Romanian official also voiced appreciation for the activity of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak in the fields of education and women's rights, stating that Romania attaches a great importance to the observance of the universal human rights, as well as to the preservation of their universal, impartial, non-selective and indivisible character. The meeting occasioned at the same time an exchange of opinions on elements pertaining to security developments at regional and international levels, with emphasis on the EU- Gulf Cooperation Council relations, the disagreements existing between the Gulf States and Yemen. In this respect, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă conveyed that Romania encourages and supports all forms of political dialogue as main instrument for managing the Arab world's problems and for identifying the best solutions to remove tension between the states in the region. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned that our country will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, and will continue to attach a special importance to the Southern Neighborhood of the European Union. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's visit to Wahat Al Karama and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi In the context of the working visit paid to the United Arab Emirates, on October 16 -19, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă laid a wreath at the Wahat Al Karama Memorial, war memorial to honor UAE's soldiers and other Emiratis who sacrificed their lives for the service of the nation. The Romanian Prime Minister also visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, the biggest worship site in the UAE, that can shelter more than 41,000 believers. On this occasion, in the dialogue with the Emirati interlocutors, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned the ethnic and religious diversity in the United Arab Emirates and appreciated the efforts carried out by the UAE authorities to integrate the religious minorities of this country. In the context of a discussion about the exhibit regarding the 99 names of Allah, written calligraphically in kufic by the known Emirati calligrapher Emirati Mohammad Mandi Al Tamimi, the Romanian Prime Minister stated that in Romania, predominantly in the Dobrogea area, yet not only there, the religious communities have been living in peace and understanding for hundreds of years. As regards the Muslim community in Romania, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă specified that in Romania, the Muslim community dates back to the 13th century and has always benefited from religious freedom, being fully dedicated to living peacefully together with the Christian majority and the other religious minorities in Romania, based on joint understanding and mutual respect. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation On the working visit to the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. The Romanian Prime Minister highlighted that there is a great growth potential of bilateral trade exchanges and the fact that Romania gives priority to long term economic cooperation with the United Arab Emirates within some projects of interest, such as: industrial and civil engineering, technological transfer, agriculture and food security, use of nuclear energy and green non-conventional energy, defence and IT. The Head of the Romanian Executive stated at the same time that Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. The Romanian side will sustain an ambitious economic policy agenda, which will have as priorities, speeding up demarches with a view to concluding free trade agreements with important regions like the Gulf area. Both Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem expressed their willigness to strengthen relations between business sectors of the two states, emphasis being put on sectorial cooperation in fields such as: energy, agriculture, investment, critical infrastructure security, tourim and emergencies. In this respect, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă underlined that an array of legislative initiatives were adopted internally, such as: the new law of public - private partnership designed to foster the development of large - scale strategic projects, in the near future. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem also discussed about establishing a comprehensive economic partnership between the Romanian Government and the UAE Government, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, cooperation between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council and about the situation in the Gulf area. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum During the working visit to UAE, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Romanian Government delegation attending the talks included the Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea. Minister of Interior H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for International Co-operation, Managing Director for the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Committee Reem Al Hashemi and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dubai Ports World Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem were presented at the meeting. During the meeting, the state of bilateral relations was assessed as well as the progress in strengthening the economic and sectorial cooperation between Romania and the United Arab Emirates, following the first session of the Joint Cooperation Committee between the Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates held in Bucharest, on April 16-17, 2018. Emphasis was placed on the joint interest in developing the overall bilateral relationship, through identifying new business opportunities and joint cooperation projects. The Head of the Romanian Executive stated that the United Arab Emirates holds an important absorption potential of certain Romanian products and can become important suppliers of investments in areas of interest for the Romanian economy. The Romanian official also mentioned Romania's main investment advantages and encouraged the UAE companies to participate in auctions organized by Romanian authorities for projects financed through ongoing operational programmes, and also to participate in investment projects carried out in public - private partnership. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced her satisfaction for the positive development in the Romania - UAE relations. In this context, Prime Minister expressed her firm belief that the two states will sign in the near future the Joint Declaration on establishing a comprehensive economic partnership between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, which will contribute to ensuring a harmonious development, on pragmatic bases, of the Romania - UAE relations. Talks also occasioned an exchange of opinions on topics of interest of the international and regional agenda, with emphasis on recent developments in the Middle East. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă underscored that Romania as a state that will take over the presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019, will continue to attach special importance to the Southern Neighborhood of the European Union, while at the same time promoting the political settlement of the Middle East and North Africa disputes. The Head of the Romanian Executive reiterated Romanias support for the reconciliation of the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a very important organization for the regional security architecture. 2018-10-18 13:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-10-17_at_13.19.42.jpegVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la AnkaraȘtiri din 15.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-ankaraPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioğlu On the official visit paid today to Ankara, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioğlu. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed the dynamic economic cooperation between Romania and Turkey, which is the priority axis of the Strategic Partnership. The Head of the Executive remarked the bilateral exchanges data, which place Turkey as the main trade partner of Romania outside the EU, the 5th partner at global level, and the 3rd investor in terms of the number of companies operating in Romania. Bilateral exchanges have known an upward trend in the past years, with their annual level exceeding the 5-billion-euro threshold at the end of 2017, with the prospect of even exceeding this threshold, based on the indicators for 2018. Moreover, at the same meeting, the possibilities of capitalizing on the bilateral exchanges potential, in fields of common interest were also analyzed. The two parties also hailed the dynamic of the sectoral dialogue, which takes place at different levels, between the representatives of the business sector in Romania and Turkey. The organisation, by the end of 2018, of the 27th meeting of the joint inter-governmental committee for economic cooperation and of the Businessmen Forum will give a new dynamics to the economic relations. It was also underlined the positive experience of cooperation between Romania and Turkey, in implementing common projects at the Black Sea, under the joint operational programme Black Sea Basin. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the incumbent Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Levent Gok On the occasion of the official visit to Ankara, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Levent Gok. The Romanian Prime Minister also voiced appreciation for the excellent cooperation existing at parliamentary level, both at bilateral level and under the trilateral strategic dialogue with Poland, and she emphasized the importance of the constant and consistent dialogue at this level on strategic issues. The development of cooperation on topics of common interest on the bilateral agenda was analyzed as well as the prospects for strengthening the Strategic Partnership, with an emphasis on the economic relations and cooperation in the security field, which are the main pillars of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Turkey. The two interlocutors analyzed the recent developments of the security challenges in the Black Sea region and the common actions taken to ensure security and stability in the area, as well as the prospects for future action. Prime Minister of Romania voiced appreciation for Turkey's contribution in managing the migration issue, in line with EU - Turkey Agreement, and reiterated Romania constant support for Turkeys European track. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan [Check against delivery] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: Distinguished Prime Minister, Ministers, representatives of the media, I wholeheartedly welcome you! I am very pleased to host Prime Minister of Romania, Mrs. Viorica Dancila, Prime Minister of a friend and ally country Romania. This year, 2018, Turkey and Romania are celebrating 140 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. Starting 2011, our relations are at the level of strategic partnership. The friendship between our countries is the result of cultural exchanges and relations between our nations. I had the opportunity of a very fruitful discussion with the distinguished Prime Minister, Mrs. Dancila about economy, security, combating terrorism and not only. We have started with a bilateral meeting where we discussed our next steps to further develop our cooperation in the immediate future. The most important aspect of our close relations with Romania is cooperation in the field of security. We want the cooperation we had until today with the Romanian authorities against terrorist organisations carrying out activities against our country, to continue. We shall never forget the support granted to us by Romania during the attempt of coup detat of July 15 and we will maintain a close connection with all the Romanian authorities, to support each other and to take all the necessary steps against the persons and institutions in Romania having connections with the FETO organisation. The economic and commercial relations obviously represent the most important level of our relations. In 2017, we had a trade figure of approximately 6 billion US dollars and we want very much to increase this figure even more this year. Our target is to reach 10 billion US dollars in trade exchanges. Of course that, due to the steps that we are taking in common, we can reach this target. The commercial figures in the first eight months of 2018 increased by 23 per cent, compared with the same interval last year, which is why we will continue to work very hard to reach the 10 billion US dollars target. Together with the other third countries involved, we have investments in Romania worth 7 billion US dollars, which were made by Turkish companies. In Romania, there are more than 15,000 Turkish companies that carry out activities in a wide range of domains, from the banking sector to mass media, from constructions to the production of various products. Of course that we will continue to support in the future too the investors who are making investments in Romania and the other way around. At the same time, we invite our Romanian friends to come and make investments in Turkey. At the same time, due to the alliance we have with Romania within NATO, we are grateful for the support that Romania granted to us. On the occasion of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union that Romania will hold in the near future, this will also be an opportunity for us. Dear Madam Prime Minister, I am very happy to see that before taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, you preferred to visit our country and I am very pleased with this fact. Either at the bilateral meeting, or at the talks between the two delegations, we managed to closely discuss all subjects which are of interest for both parties. I can say that more than 15,000 of our citizens and more than 70,000 citizens from the community created by our relatives are living in peace and welfare in Romania, for which we are grateful. We wish from the bottom of our heart that Romania will become a good example for other countries too. And I want to underline on this occasion that the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre in Romania and the Dimitrie Cantemir Romanian Cultural Centre in Istanbul are both helping with developing even more our cultural relations. At the same time, the TIKA Agency, which carries out its activity in Bucharest together with the Romanian authorities, carries out activities in the education, culture, healthcare and sports fields, where it signs very important projects. God willing, in the near future, we hope to continue even more to develop our relations over the next period. Distinguished Prime Minister, thank you for this visit. I am sure that our relations will continue to develop even more in the future. Thank you once again. I give the floor to Madam Prime Minister. Thank you! Viorica Dancila: Thank you, dear Prime Minister Erdoğan for the warm welcome I was given in Ankara. It is a pleasure to be in Turkey to mark the anniversary of our long lasting friendship between our countries. This year marks 140 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Turkey and 80 years since upgrading the relations at the embassy level. The year 2018 is, at the same time, an important year for Romania, in which we celebrate the Greater Union Centennial and I would like to thank the Turkish side, because this important event for Romanians was symbolically marked on Turkish soil by planting 100 olive trees in the Turkey-Romania Peace and Friendship Park, near Izmir. Our dialogue today was fruitful. We reviewed the coordinates of the strategic partnership between our countries, which dates back from 2011. The cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Turkey is at a very high level, being characterised by trust, mutual support and being based on common values and interests. There is a permanent dialogue between the Romanian and Turkish authorities, both in a bilateral format and in regional framework, but also on the multilateral dimension. We cooperate on security and defence areas, as well as at the level of business environment, the academia, university and cultural level. We also reviewed the level of commercial exchanges between our countries, which has known an upward trend. In 2017, the value of Turkish-Romanian commercial exchanges stood at 5.1 billion euro and a significant increase compared to the same period of last year was recorded in the first two months of this year. There is still a huge potential that must be capitalized on. The cooperation between Romania and Turkey as NATO member states, takes place at very good parameters. Our countries share security preoccupations and interests and actively cooperate at bilateral and allied level with a view to promoting the shared objectives and identifying the appropriate responses to the current challenges. Our dialogue is honest and open, which fosters a better mutual understanding and identification of the common points. We are committed to further deepening the dialogue and cooperation in this area. I have conveyed to President Erdogan that Romania will continue to support the European track of the Republic of Turkey. We commend Turkeys undeniable contribution to the European security and I take this opportunity to convey words of appreciation for Turkeys efforts in managing migration, by hosting a large number of refugees on its territory. Romania and Turkey proved their capacity to successfully carry out common projects within the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme. We want for this cooperation to further expand, to the benefit of our citizens. I have conveyed to Mr. President our wish to take advantage of all the opportunities existing at the Black Sea regional level, in order to ensure economic growth, stability and security in this region. I am glad to notice that the strategic partnership between our countries is solid, has a great development potential further on, especially as both sides have the willigness to consolidate it. The signing on this visit of cooperation document is a clear proof in this respect. I would like to thank once again President Erdogan for his welcome today and for our discussions. 2018-10-15 17:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-10-15_at_20.02.46.jpegParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Comitetul Naţional pentru Situaţii Speciale de Urgenţă, întrunit astăzi, la Ciolpani, în cadrul simulării naționale „Seism 2018”Știri din 13.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-13 15:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_5415.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea programelor guvernamentale „Investește în tine” și ”Sprijin pentru industria cinematografică”Știri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participated-in-the-launch-of-the-governmental-programmes-quot-invest-in-yourself-and-quot-support-for-the-cinema-industryThe governmental programmes: : - Invest in yourself and - Support for the cinema industry reached the implementation stage Victoria Palace hosted today the launch ceremony of the governmental programmes: - Invest in yourself and - Support for the cinema industry, event attended by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. On this occasion, guarantee and payment documents for unfolding the programme: - Invest in yourself were signed and the session of applications for obtaining the funding for cinema productions was opened. - Implementing these programmes will have both economic and social benefits: creation of better paid jobs and attraction of investment projects with big added value stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, underlining the potential of these two governmental programmes to strengthen Romania as an attractive destination for the business environment. The launch of the programme - Invest in yourself and the signing of the documents necessary for its unfolding represent a perspective open to young people and active persons to ensure funding to improve their professional training or for access to different healthcare services and sports activities. Starting October 15, all interested will be able to take loans with interest covered by the state budget, and for the loans contracted, the study years will represent the grace period for this type of financing. Starting October 15, young people aged between 16 and 26 may contract to this end loans up to 40,000 lei, and people aged between 26 and 55 can take loans up to 35,000 lei. If the one who applies for a loan is an employee, he can benefit from an extra 20,000 lei. Through the second governmental programme that reaches today the implementation stage, Support for the cinema industry, film producers can apply for state-guaranteed funding for Romanian and foreign films produced in Romania. Applications can be submitted as of October 12. With an earmarked budget of 50 million euros per year, this governmental programme, thought after a model that proved successful for the American film industry, is announced to be Europes most attractive state aid scheme for cinema. By encouraging the private initiative in the field of cinema and film production made in Romania, the programme will also contribute to the promotion of our country as a tourist destination and the promotion of Romanian values, history and traditions internationally, including in the context of the Centennial Year. As of tomorrow, film makers may apply for state-guaranteed funding for Romanian and foreign productions made in our country. The projects will be selected by a commission of Romanian and foreign professionals comprising: Dan Piţa, director and screenwriter, Adrian Titieni, actor, PhD professor, honorary president of UNATC, Kevin Dillon, actor, Sterian Alexandru, doctor of cinematography, and Stan McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Cinema productions to be selected in the programme will receive state aid worth between EUR 100,000 and EUR 10 million, money from which it will be possible to cover up to 45% of the eligible costs for the production of films made in Romania and that promote our country, respectively up to 35% of the total eligible costs for the development of film projects and film production in Romania. The two government programmes are implemented and monitored by the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis. 2018-10-11 19:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_5043.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu ambasadorul Sultanatului Oman în România, domnul Ahmed bin Salim bin Mohamed BaomarȘtiri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomes-the-ambassador-of-the-sultanate-of-oman-to-romania-mr-ahmed-bin-salim-bin-mohamed-baomarPrime Minister Viorica Dancilă welcomed today, October 11, 2018, the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Romania, H.E. Mr. Ahmed bin Salim bin Mohamed Baomar, on a presentation visit. The Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the high level of the bilateral political relations and underlined the both sides' political willigness to boost economic, sectoral and investment cooperation. The two officials referred to the usefulness of creating new cooperation platforms at governmental level and of the two business communities conducive to the development of joint cooperation projects in various areas of interest, with emphasis on agriculture and energy. At the close of the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Romania also had an exchange of views on regional affairs of common interest. 2018-10-11 18:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-11-06-49-46big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Adunării Parlamentare a Republicii Coreea, domnul Moon Hee-sangȘtiri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-the-speaker-of-the-general-assembly-of-the-republic-of-korea-mr-moon-hee-sangToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the Speaker of the General Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Moon Hee-sang. The talks took place in a cordial atmosphere, touched upon a large array of topics on the agenda of bilateral relations. Prime Minister hailed the visit of the senior Korean official, which confirms the positive dynamics of the bilateral political dialogue, both at governmental and parliamentary level. The Head of the Executive highlighted the special attention that the Romanian Government attaches to the implementation of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea, concluded in the year 2008, in all the priority fields, with emphasis on the promotion of economic cooperation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also voiced interest in the materialization of investment projects of South Korean companies in Romania. In this context, she showed that, on the one hand, the high growth pace of the Romanian economy, the attractiveness of the investment environment and, on the other hand, the expanding economy of the Republic of Korea, as well as the favourable framework offered by the Free Trade Agreement between the UE and the Republic of Korea creates opportunities for an enhanced cooperation at commercial and investment level. The Head of the Executive also highlighted the good cooperation existing between the two states in the multilateral forums, voicing appreciation for the support that the Republic of Korea grants to the Romanian candidacy for OECD membership. Moreover, in the context of the future presidency of the Council of the EU to be held by Romania next year, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed Romanias commitment to strengthening cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Korea. The Speaker of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Republic of Korea is currently paying a visit to Romania over October 10-13, at the invitation of the Romanian Senate President, in the context of the 10th anniversary since the conclusion of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea. Romania was the first country in the EU that established relations at this level with the Republic of Korea on September 8, 2008. The Republic of Korea was the first state in Asia with which our country established partnership relations and remains, until today, the only strategic partner of Romania in Asia. 2018-10-11 18:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4815.jpgPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă: Suntem angajați să asigurăm o Președinție eficientă și pragmatică a Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 11.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-are-committed-to-ensuring-an-efficient-and-pragmatic-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionPrime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Victoria Palace, the Secretary - General of the European Commission Martin Selmayr and Clara Martinez Alberola, Head of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. The senior European officials are in Bucharest, on a visit which is traditionally paid to the Member State that is preparing to take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The visit is part of the Romanian Government's dense calendar of dialogue with its European partners, Member States or European institutions, in the second semester of this year. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reviewed the advanced state of the internal preparedness process of the future Presidency of the Council of the European Union which Romania will exercise in the first six months of next year, and voiced appreciation for the support granted by the European Commission. On this occasion, the Head of the Executive reaffirmed Romania's commitment to ensure an efficient and pragmatic Presidency of the Council of the European Union, capable of responding to the challenges the Union is facing in this period. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reminded the objective undertaken by Romania, to put the European citizen at the forefront of its activity, during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, in a coherent effort to meet, through the results we will obtain, the expectations of over 500 million EU inhabitants. Prime Minister also underlined the need of maintaining the unity of member states, idea which can also be found in the motto of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU: Cohesion, a common European value. During the talks, the particular context in which Romania will exercise its mandate, was evoked, the dynamic of which will be marked by the debate on the future of Europe, the organization of elections for the European Parliament in May 2019, Great Britain's exit from the European Union, and the negotiations on the new multiannual financial framework. During the meeting, the Secretary - General of the European Commission Martin Selmayr and Clara Martinez Alberola, Head of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker voiced appreciation for the preparations made at Government level to takeover and exercise the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister's meeting with the senior European officials was followed by a meeting of the Cabinet members, on the preparation of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to which the European officials were invited to participate. During this meeting and throughout the talks which followed as part of the series of separate meetings of the European Commission's representatives with some of the Romanian Cabinet members, the main European dossiers were addressed, which will be found on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 2018-10-11 17:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4669.jpgGuvernul României omagiază memoria victimelor HolocaustuluiȘtiri din 09.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-romanian-government-pays-tribute-to-the-memory-of-the-holocaust-victimsAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the events dedicated to the National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust Viorica Dancila: Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests, We are commemorating today one of the tragic moments in our country's history. October 9 marks starting 2004, the National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust in Romania. On this occasion, I want to pay homage to the memory of the Holocaust victims, this tragic episode is part of the Romanian collective memory that we are all dutybound to remember. It is a sad day in which we recall the image of the families and generations who perished, the destinies that were destroyed, the entire missing communities. At the same time, we remember the importance and symbolism of those who were righteous among the nations, and who, in the darkest moments of history, forgot about themselves, in order to lend a helping hand to their neighbor, friend, colleague, and the man beside them. Over seven decades since this tragic moment of our mutual history, there are few survivors among us who can bear witness to the past. Unfortunately, at the beginning of this year, one of the voices of memory passed away: writer Aharon Appelfeld, a Bukovina and Transnistria Holocaust survivor. The testimonies of the Holocaust survivors have an extremely important role in the fight against intolerance, discrimination and exclusion of any kind. The legacy left to us by the Holocaust survivors needs to be passed on to each generation. It is our duty to never forget what happened. My participation, alongside distinguished guests, in a solemn event like the one today, confirms the dimension of the moral obligation which lies with all of us to make all efforts in order to counter any sort of anti-Semitic, xenophobic manifestation and to prevent such tragedies from ever taking place. The significant efforts that Romania has made lately in assuming the past, condemning the Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism have resulted in an approach at the forefront of social and political life, in the spirit of respect for historical truth. In recent years, Romania has taken a number of important steps to support the Holocaust study so that younger generations discover the truth about this dramatic page of history. I would like to emphasize that the Romanian legislation has very clear provisions, condemning the denial of the Holocaust and incitement to anti-Semitism. In June 2018, the Romanian Parliament passed a special law on combating anti-Semitism. Thus, anti-Semitism was defined in terms used by the International Holocaust Memory Alliance. The adoption of this law is Romanias commitment to the fight against antisemitism and any manifestations of racism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and intolerance. In the same line, the Romanian Government supports the strengthening of the efforts to include in curricula the issues related to the genocide of the Roma during the Second World War and to ensure decent social conditions to the last Roma survivors of deportations in Transnistria. I would also like to recall the full involvement of the Romanian Government in the project of a Holocaust museum in Bucharest. As Prime Minister of Romania, I will continue to support any activity or initiative designed to promote coexistence in a climate of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as Romanias participation as a democratic state in the joint action of combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Moreover, during this period of intense consultation to establish the programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we are preoccupied that when we are talking about Europe of shared values, these fundamental rights and freedoms, as well as combating discrimination, are among the objectives of our mandate. Thank you! *** A commemorative event, paying homage to the memory of the Holocaust victims in Romania and worldwide was organized on Tuesday in Krakow, Poland, by the RomanianGovernment , through State Advisor Dana Varga and the Civic Union of Young Roma from Romania. On the occasion of the national commemorative day of October 9, the Government expresses its solidarity with the victims of the tragic events during World War II in the concentration camps. The event in Poland aims to bring to the attention of society the consequences of the genocide committed by the Nazi regime, including on Roma citizens, and was organized with the participation of forty students belonging to this ethnic group, as well as sociologists, historians, university professors and Roma representatives from state institutions. The events commemorating the Holocaust victims remind us of the suffering endured by our fellow beings, mostly Jews, but also Roma and other minorities, the devastating consequences of racial hatred and the danger of extremist ideologies. It is our moral duty to make sure that such atrocities shall never occur again, to understand that the rights, the fundamental freedoms of the citizens and the respect for the fellow people are the basis of the evolution of a democratic society, emphasized State Advisor Dana Varga. 2018-10-09 13:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_3652.jpgDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Bucharest Forum 2018, organizat de Fundația Aspen RomâniaȘtiri din 09.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-bucharest-forum-2018-organized-by-aspen-institute-romaniaViorica Dăncilă: Thank you for the invitation to this prestigious event, already known in the international forums. We are currently in an international and European context marked by accelerated transformations. We are a state that attained its national objectives, of returning to Europe, to whose tradition we also belong. We are an ally of which strategic security and safety are guaranteed within NATO. We must nevertheless focus on our external objectives for the next historical stage. I will try to refer to some future elements which we could see established around the idea of enhanced cohesion: first of all, an enhanced cohesion nationwide, regarding the general interest and the functioning of state institutions, in terms of prosperity and access to opportunities for every citizen and in the interest of a balanced economic development among regions and a more diversified one at national level. I am also considering social cohesion in the European sense. Naturally, beyond these, we should be preoccupied over the next period, with European convergence. We are in full debate on the future of the EU project. In particular, we are a Member State that will takeover soon a mandate of unprecedented importance and responsibility as President of the Council of the European Union. Romania can fulfill an European role, in accordance with its real share and potential in the Union. It is about the participation in an advanced European process based on the fundamental idea of European cohesion and unity. Romania is a pro-European state and society. The EU future is a topic of national interest for us, and this is why we are fully committed, with all energy, to it. Romania's takeover of the presidency of the Council of the EU is favorably part of a maturity period of our European dimension. We will invest our experience in consistent priorities, for the citizen's benefit, as primary beneficiary of the European project. There was adopted a first version of the topics of interest of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, which was developed based on a process of institutional consultation and with social actors. These are correlated with the legislative agenda of the Council of the European Union. The four pillars of action aim at ensuring a sustainable and fair growth for all Member States through increased convergence, cohesion, innovation, digitization and connectivity. Maintaining a secure Europe, strengthening the EUs global role and promoting common values. Reharding the reflection process on the future of the European Union, the main event of our agenda will be the Summit in Sibiu. The upcoming spring will be dynamic amid future European elections and Brexit. We must have the capacity to observe our commitments. Romania will focus on developments that foster the further motivation of the Western Balkan States to engage irreversibly on the path of European integration. Particular attention will be extended to the Eastern neighborhood, especially in the context of the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Eastern Partnership. For us, equally important is the consecration of the Black Sea region on the European Unions agenda, but also of the Danube Strategy. Emphasis will be put on concrete projects and initiatives to bring added value, clear to communities and citizens in these areas. Not only will Romania have an increased responsibility in the first semester of 2019. In the context of complex global developments, the European Union itself has an increased international responsibility. We want through the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to contribute to assuming it as a priority. I am convinced that the key of our future further remains in unity and cohesion. Moreover, the motto of the Romanian Presidency is Cohesion, a shared European value. Thank you very much, and good luck to this forum! 2018-10-09 12:47:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_3283.jpgPrimirea domnului Dominique de Villepin, prim-ministru al Republicii Franceze în perioada 2005-2007, de către prim-ministrul României, doamna Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 08.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-at-victoria-palace-the-former-french-prime-minister-dominique-de-villepinToday, October 8, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed at Victoria Palace the former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who is currently carrying out activities in international consultancy. Dominique de Villepin is attending the seventh edition of the Bucharest Forum, organized by the Aspen Romania Institute from 8 to 10 October 2018. During the talks, topical issues were addressed such as: organizing Romania-France Season, bilateral project of major importance for both countries, comprising actions in both the cultural and economic field.The Romanian-French economic and commercial ties were also on the talks agenda. Topics of interest on the European agenda and in particular the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union were also discussed. 2018-10-08 12:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_2738.jpgAna Birchall: Republica Moldova poate conta pe sprijinul României pentru integrarea europeană și euro-atlanticăȘtiri din 08.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/ana-birchall-the-republic-of-moldova-can-count-on-romania-s-support-for-the-european-and-the-euro-atlantic-integrationVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall had Monday, in Bucharest, a meeting with the Vice Prime Minister for Reintegration of the Republic of Moldova Cristina Lesnic. In this context, the Romanian official reiterated Romania's firm commitment to the advancement of the European journey of the Republic of Moldova, in line with the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the Republic of Moldova for the European integration of the Republic of Moldova. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall outlined the importance of continuing the democratic and profound economic reform process and mobilising the efforts in the direction of implementing the provisions of Moldova - European Union Association Agreement. - Romania proved consistency in its commitment to supporting the European integration of the Republic of Moldova. I voice my hope that the ideal of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Moldova will be achieved as soon as possible, as an extra proof of the irreversibility of the path towards a consolidated democracy and Republic of Moldova's membership of the great European family, stated Ana Birchall. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall voiced interest for implementing the ongoing bilateral cooperation projects regarding the relation with the Republic of Moldova, with a view to generating direct benefits for improving the Moldovan citizens lives. Furthermore, the two dignitaries exchanged views on the developments related to the conflict settlement process in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall highlighted Romanias support for the comprehensive, peaceful and sustainable settlement of the conflict in the Transnistrian region, with the observance of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, within its internationally recognized borders. 2018-10-08 12:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_2905.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Festivalul Internațional al Viei și Vinului ”Bachus”Știri din 06.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-06 15:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-06-04-01-17big_1.jpegParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la votul pentru referendumȘtiri din 06.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-casts-her-ballot-in-the-referendumStatements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila following her vote in the referendum Viorica Dancila: Consulting citizens is the essence of democracy. It is the civic duty of each of us to express our opinion in relation to important topics for society. The family topic is an important one for us all. I have voted for the values in which I believe. Thank you. Reporter: Why did you come to vote so early? Viorica Dancila: I have come early because I am leaving for Focsani. It is an event there and I want to attend it. Yes, I talked to Mr. President Liviu Dragnea and he will also come to vote, perhaps, a bit later. Reporter: Do you have (...)? Viorica Dancila: I think it is our civic duty to express our point of view. This consultation is as aforementioned, the expression of democracy, and I think that each of us is dutybound to express ourselves one way or other. Thank you very much. Reporter: What has changed from 2015 onwards, as in 2015, you did agree with the Panzeri Report.... Viorica Dancila: Thank you. Reporter: ...for the legalization of marriages? Viorica Dancila: Thank you. 2018-10-06 11:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-10-06_at_09.41.02.jpegPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Vreau să ne asigurăm că până la sfârșitul anului vor fi terminate lucrările de refacere a obiectivelor de apărare împotriva inundațiilorȘtiri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-05 15:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1538738993original_02_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, la Bacău: Monitorizăm cu atenție execuția lucrărilor de refacere a obiectivelor afectate de inundațiiȘtiri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-are-carefully-monitoring-the-execution-of-the-restoration-works-to-flood-hit-landmarksPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has inspected the stage of the works to the investment landmarkRegularization of Slănic riverbed - in the area of ​​Targu Ocna and Slănic Moldova localities, Bacau county. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Waters and Forests, Ioan Deneş, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Transport Minister Lucian Şova, and the Deputy Director General of the Romanian Waters Dorel Dume, presented on the ground the state of execution, the technical characteristics, the purpose and other details related to this objective. We carefully monitor the execution phase for restoring the landmarks destroyed or hit by floods during the summer. The Government has earmarked the necessary funds for their urgent restoration, so that peoples lives and assets and the social landmarks in the area no longer be endangered by floods during the rainy season of the year, stated the Head of the Executive. The investment is worth 3.9 million lei, it was approved by the Government, with urgent funding, by Government Decision 582/2018. The deadline for works completion is December 2018. The main credit release authority is the Ministry of Waters and Forests, and the contracting authority is the Romanian Water Administration through the Siret Water Basin Administration. Through this investment, the Slănic River bed will be arranged on a length of 1,135 linear meters (supporting wall, support beam, bottom sills). The investment is necessary because of the abundant rainfall in June-July 2018 in Bacău County, as well as because of the abundant leakage on the slopes, there have been increases in flows, which have involved large amounts of alluvial material, blocking the course of the Slănic River . Thus, the transport of alluvial material led to the destruction of the defense work on the Slănic Moldova - Targu Ocna sector, namely the destruction of the walls of the reinforced brick pear, the support beam and the bottom sills. This investment is needed because in the event of a new heavy rainfall, the work can be affected on a larger area compared to the current situation, involving substantially higher restoration costs and major collateral effects. The investment landmark Regularization of Slănic river bed - in the area of ​​Targu Ocna and Slănic Moldova localities, Bacau county, is opportune because the damage caused by the Slănic river, in the case of deterioration of bank defenses, can seriously affect the major access road to the tourist resort Slănic Moldova, the households in the adjacent area to the river banks, as well as the local and national tourist landmarks developed in the area. 2018-10-05 11:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-05-11-54-00big_06_resize.jpgPRECIZARE DE PRESĂ Știri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/point-of-information1538756503Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan firmly refutes the accusations that one of his cabinet employees would have been subject of a probe of the investigative bodies on grounds of having received undue benefits. None of my collaborators has received undue benefits or has been involved in any proceedings of the investigative bodies Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan emphasized. 2018-10-05 10:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-05-11-01-37big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Mondiale a ProfesoruluiȘtiri din 05.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-05 09:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-05-09-08-54big_sigla_guvern.pngIntervenția premierului Viorica Dăncilă în plenul Parlamentului EuropeanȘtiri din 03.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-intervention-in-the-plenary-of-the-european-parliamentDear members of the European Parliament, On behalf of Romania, I thank you for the invitation. I start by clarifying that I didn't come to account anyone. I came here because I appreciate and respect you and I demand the same valuing and respect for the Romanian people I represent. I start with an essential question: Who do we want to build a viable justice system in Romania for? For MCV? For the institutions? For magistrates? For politicians? Obviously NOT! We need to have a fair justice for the citizens! They are the first to benefit of the measures in the European Parliament or in the national parliaments! Citizens must be the start to any discussion! Justice must be a guarantee that laws and citizenship rights are respected, and whoever breaks them will be sanctioned! It is legitimate to ask ourselves: in what way did MCV defend Romanian citizens for the serious violation of their rights? MCV reports have been a lot about institutions, magistrate appointments, anti-corruption struggle. It is very good! But I have not seen anything about human rights violations, classified protocols between intelligence services and justice institutions. Based on these protocols, millions of Romanians were under the surveillance of intelligence services in the name of the anti-corruption fight. There are court rulings showing how evidence has been falsified, how the transcripts of interceptions have been modified to create guilt, or how witnesses have been blackmailed to file a lying testimony. Nothing about these things in the MCV reports. This means that this mechanism missed its initial purpose. And I officially demand to be told who wrote the MCV reports, who provided the data and, unintentionally or in bad faith, omitted, these inconceivable realities in the European Union! If we are honest, these serious abuses must be the base to our discussion because they take place in the European Union. The Venice Commission said that - in the Soviet system, the prosecutors office was a powerful means of controlling the judiciary. Over the last 4 years, over 3,000 magistrates have been investigated by NAD. In fact, half of the magistrates in Romania have had files for years, through which they have probably been influenced to provide solutions established outside the courtroom. Im not just saying this myself, it's what the magistrates' associations in Romania say with great concern too. Through these counterfeit cases, the office of judge of the Constitutional Court, a vice-president of the Superior Council of Magistracy, four judges of the High Court, several judges of higher courts, a general prosecutor, a chief of the higher prosecutors office were canceled. Finally, they were all acquitted or the files were sorted out. But they were all removed! The new laws of justice give judges independence. No political decision-maker intervenes in appointing and revoking judges. Independence is total, but not limited. And you make sure we have good faith and we will take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission. There is still a good part of this meeting. Today we all informed you officially about the abuses in Romania. From now on, we can't ignore these things anymore. There will be no talk of justice in Romania without talking about these abuses unless there is a political game with no connection to justice. Ask yourselves why were these things hidden from you! Why didn't they tell you anything if everything was legitimate and legal? Ask yourselves these questions before picking up the stone against Romania. About the 10th of August rally I will only say a few words. I see the Romanian Gendarmerie being accused of having intervened in an unauthorized rally against violent demonstrators who have tried to occupy the Government building. I did not see the same position towards the last week's event in Brussels or other rallies in France, Spain, Germany, Britain, when the law enforcement agencies intervened with exactly the same means and the same procedures as those used in Romania. I can't accept in any way that the Romanian Gendarmerie is accused of actions and procedures practiced all over Europe! Finally, I ask you the following: Do not forbid Romania what is allowed in other states of the Union and do not allow to happen in Romania unacceptable things in other member states! We want to be your partner, but to be equal partners. No one will ever be able to turn Romania out of its European path. Thank you! 2018-10-03 11:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_09_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Parlamentului European, Antonio TajaniȘtiri din 03.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-parliament-antonio-tajani1538569125Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani in Strasbourg. The talks focused on aspects pertaining to the preparation and exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019. Prime Minister reaffirmed her commitment and that of the Romanian Government for ensuring a good preparation of the Romanian Presidency as well as for consolidating the European project. Prime Minister also highlighted the fact that the European Parliament is an essential partner for Romania, in the preparedness of its tenure, and plays an important role in deepening the European construction and in bringing the citizens closer to the Union's institutions. At the same time, the two officials had a constructive discussion about the justice reforms achieved in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed that the amendments to the justice laws pursue the alignment to European legislation and were made in full transparency and dialogue with European partners, including the Venice Commission. In this context, the Prime Minister reconfirmed her openness for continuing the dialogue with this institution. Moreover, the Head of the Executive also brought up the topic of the secret protocols concluded between the intelligence services and various judicial institutions of Romania, pointing out that, for Romanian Government, the observance of the citizens rights is a constant preoccupation. 2018-10-03 09:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_9f121b95-311b-42af-91a7-ebd967e7e2dd.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu prim-vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Frans TimmermansȘtiri din 02.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-first-vice-president-of-the-european-commission-frans-timmermans1538553165Press release On the occasion of the visit to Strasbourg, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. Also attending the meeting were Ministers Rovana Plumb and Tudorel Toader, as well as MEP Dan Nica. During the discussions held in a constructive atmosphere, topics of the European agenda as well as those that are currently debated in the European Parliament were addressed. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romanias intention to act in order to promote the European interest and to ensure a successful tenure that highlights the importance of unity and the avoidance of divisions at European level. Prime Minister voiced a wish for the European Parliaments tomorrows debate to be both reasoning-based and constructive. The Romanian official reiterated support for the legislative priorities that the European Commission recently presented. Prime Minister welcomed the dialogue with the European Commission and emphasised the need for close coordination between Romania and the European Commission during Romanias presidency of the Council of the European Union to the interest of all, for strengthening the European project. During the meeting , aspects regarding the amendments to the justice laws in Romania, the secret protocols between the intelligence services and the various judicial bodies in Romania were also approached. As regards the developments in the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism, aspects related to the assessments included in the reports were discussed, with the Prime Minister highlighting that they do not fully reflect the reality on the ground. Prime Minister reiterated openness to continuing the consultations with the Venice Commission. 2018-10-02 21:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-02-09-29-36big_01_resize.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a negociatorului-șef al Uniunii Europene privind Brexit, Michel BarnierȘtiri din 02.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-today-a-meeting-with-the-eu-s-chief-brexit-negotiator-michel-barnierThe dialogue between the two oficials has focused on the state of negotiations between the European Union and UK, and has highlighted the very good level of cooperation between the Romanian authorities and the taskforce led by Michel Barnier, especially in view of Romania's takeover of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has given assurances regarding Romanias support to the Chief Negotiator for the fulfillment of his mandate . She has reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the unity of the 27 Member States around the fundamental principles governing the negotiation process and the guidelines adopted by the European Council. The Romanian senior official has emphasized that Romania treats the Brexit dossier with particular attention in view of the significant Romanian community in the UK. She has indicated that Romania has started its preparations internally since the start of the negotiation process, in March 2017, an inter-ministerial mechanism on the Brexit issue has been set up in this respect. Prime Minister has shown that Romania is ready to manage any possible scenario of the negotiations. The Head of the Executive has also expressed her appreciation for the progress made so far in the negotiations, especially as regards the chapter on citizens' rights. The Romanian senior official has underlined the need to guarantee these rights, showing that Romania will continue to carefully follow the way in which the provisions of the Agreement are implemented so that all Romanian citizens residing in the UK can continue to live, work and study in the same conditions as before. With respect to future relations between the European Union and the UK, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has reiterated the importance of maintaining a close relationship between the two sides, indicating that any agreement should be based on a balance between rights and obligations and should observe the EU's decision-making autonomy. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has stated that the subject of mobility represents a priority for the Romanian side and that the principles of reciprocity and non-discrimination must be fundamental pillars of the post-Brexit relationship with the UK. 2018-10-02 10:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-02-10-09-29big_1.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la CraiovaȘtiri din 01.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-craiovaAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the opening of the academic year, at the Faculty of Medicine, within the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova Viorica Dancila: Dear professors, ladies and gentlemen, dear students, I decided to be today alongside the students and professors of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy from Craiova, to convey a clear message of endorsement for the Romanian medical school, and appreciation for the work and commitment of doctors. The Romanian medical school is an elite one, and this faculty is one of the most appreciated institutions of this kind in Romania. This year, you celebrate your 20th anniversary and I wish you: Happy anniversary! It is the merit of the generations of students and professors who were here and who honored this institution through their work. It was a natural choice for me to be among you, those who come with the desire to do good to people, both through the knowledge that you will accumulate and the moral values ​​that you will share. You will work in a field of vital importance, essential for the country and for each of us. And the profession you have chosen is noble, as you have the mission to protect the life and health of people. Honorary audience, Our development as society should be thought around two pillars: healthcare and education. As Prime Minister, I approached healthcare and education as government priorities, both through the funds earmarked to the two fields, and through the promoted projects and policies.The medical field is facing problems accumulated for many years, either related to the hospitals infrastructure, insufficient funds, human resources or mentalities. This is why the current coalition and the Cabinet I am leading, are investing in healthcare. We appreciate the skill and dedication of doctors and their work should be fairly rewarded. As Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu mentioned, as of March 1, the incomes of doctors and nurses, EMTs, and drivers of ambulances grew consistently, with between 70 and 170 percent, compared to last year. On the unitary pay law, these categories benefit from wages at the level of 2022, and these categories of personnel in the medical system will benefit from gradual increases until 2022. Enforcing this measure means an important financial effort but which the Government deemed necessary for the professional motivation of doctors and to keep elites in the country. Other measure I have taken recently, on last week Cabinet meeting, was to increase the schooling figure for residency from 4,000 as it was in the previous academic year to 5,415 for the 2018 -2019 university year. We want to facilitate the access of young doctors on the labor market and to improve the access of patients to medical services, especially in the social areas and in the economic unprivileged areas. As I said, the doctor provides to the community but also the community has the responsibility to provide adequate conditions to safeguard lives. We have an important beginning. We are talking about the construction of new hospitals, upgrading hospital infrastructure, starting from the real needs of the population. We undertook through the programme for government, the construction of eight regional hospitals - Craiova, Timisoara, Targu - Mures, Constanta, Braila - Galati, Brasov, Cluj and Iasi. The projects of the regional hospitals in Craiova, Cluj and Iasi, are in an advanced preparation stage. I can give you assurances that Craiova Regional Hospital will have 800 beds and a modern concept which will provide patients a better mobility from a medical specialization to other, according to needs. I would like to thank local authorities in Dolj and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea for involvement and the fact that today, we have a project which will be surely achieved. Dear students, You are living one of the most beautiful and intense life periods when you establish your professional path and you accomplish your personality. You are tomorrow's professionals, those who will take care of the future generations' health, and who will preserve the values and identity of this people. We all know that switching to the responsibility of mature life is not easy. Probably some of you are already experiencing difficulties taking from the time you should give to study, but the more you will be determined to follow the path you have chosen, the greater your satisfaction. Your success is the success of the whole society. Romania needs you, needs to keep its healthcare professionals home. I am convinced that you have the strength and perseverance to build the careers you want and that you will acquire the skills to do the best. Much success in the new academic year! 2018-10-01 12:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big__axm7302-01.jpegMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale a Persoanelor VârstniceȘtiri din 01.10.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-10-01 08:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-10-01-08-59-55big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a cerut ministrului Eugen Teodorovici mecanisme corective pentru asigurarea unui tratament echitabil al contribuabililorȘtiri din 29.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-requested-minister-eugen-teodorovici-corrective-mechanisms-to-ensure-a-fair-treatment-of-taxpayers Prime Minister Viorica Dancila requested Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici the drawing up of a draft law to adjust some legal provisions in relation to the current situation and to introduce corrective measures to ensure a fair treatment of taxpayers, conducive to the increase in the attractiveness of the business environment in Romania. The main provisions of the draft law that will be brought to public debate by the Public Finance Ministry are: Until the end of the year, the administrative-territorial units can apply for loans, up to 450,000 thousand lei, to finance the supply of thermal energy in the cold season. The administrative-territorial units may contract the loans only with the approval of the Local Loan Authorization Committee(CAIL), and only if at the time of submitting the documentation they do not present arrears to the previously contracted loans from the privatization proceeds. The documents for the loan contract will be submitted by November 29, 2018 to the regional directorates general of public finances / county authorities of public finances. ➢ Applying a unitary tax treatment for amounts accounted for in accordance with accounting regulations that comply with International Financial Reporting Standards as the basis for accounting, except for amounts arising from the inflation rate update. Inclusion of taxpayers who earn income on the basis of annual income or annual net earnings in the category of those who benefit from rebate at the payment of income tax and social contributions. Extending the application of the 5% reduced VAT rate to: - hotel accommodation, including camping; - restaurant and catering services, excluding alcoholic beverages other than beer; - use of sports facilities; - access to amusement parks and recreational parks. It sets March 15, 2019 as payment deadline for income tax, social security contribution and social health insurance contribution, for the tax differences and / or remaining contributions to be settled by annual tax decisions for 2014-2017. For the anticipated payment of the amounts established by the annual tax decisions, which aim at completing the annual tax on the incomes achieved by the individuals in 2017 and completing the social insurance contribution due by the individuals, for the period 2016-2017, a rebate is granted of 10% of these amounts if paid in full until December 15, 2018 including. It also sets June 30, 2019 as a payment deadline for the social health insurance contribution established by annual tax decisions for the completion of the social health insurance contribution due by individuals for the period 2014-2017. For the anticipated payment of the amounts established by tax decision for the completion of the social health insurance contribution due by individuals for the period 2014-2017, a 10% rebate of these amounts is granted if they are paid in full until March 31, 2019 including. Some provisions are introduced whereby the Ministry of Public Finance, as a state aid provider, at the issuance of legal commitments, can use the available budget credits for the entire validity period of the state aid schemes and not only for the period covered by the annual budget laws , respectively, the current year and three years later. Annually, by August 15, administrative / territorial units / subdivisions have to notify the Local Loan Authorization Authority within MFP(Public Finance Ministry) regarding the amounts authorized for the current year, the authorized amounts to be drawn by the end of the year, the amounts authorized as withdrawals for the current year that are being made available and reprogramming the draws for the coming years. In the event of non-compliance with this obligation, Local Loan Authorization Committee(CAIL)cancels the authorized amounts as withdrawals for the current year and not withdrawn until August 31. In 2018, the aforementioned deadlines are October 15 and 31, 2018. 2018-09-29 18:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-29-06-42-14big_stema.pngVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la BruxellesȘtiri din 25.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-brusselsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Guy Verhofstadt, the Chairman of the ALDE Group (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) in the European Parliament The schedule of the visit to Brussels of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila included a meeting with Mr. Guy Verhofstadt, the Chairman of the ALDE Group (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) in the European Parliament. Attending the talks were also the Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb and the MEPs Norica Nicolai and Dan Nica. During the talks, there were tackled the same topics that had been discussed with the leaders of the main groups in the European Parliament: Romanias political situation and the European agenda. As regards Romanias internal situation, the message sent was in line with the statements made during the previous meetings. Prime Minister reiterated the Governments commitment to observing European values and democratic principles. At the same time, she highlighted that the reforms introduced by the Romanian Government are exclusively in the interest of the citizens and were implemented in compliance with the current regulations and following an ample inter-institutional consultation, and with the European partners too. The talks ended with a presentation of the state of preparedness for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated in the meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament In continuation of the meetings held in Brussels with the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila participated today in the meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The Head of the Executive presented the Government's position regarding the political situation in Romania, showing that the main objective of the visit to Brussels is to discuss, understand and cooperate with European partners. Further on, the Prime Minister presented the measures adopted by Government to promote economic and social reforms. Viorica Dancila underlined that all these measures are especially aimed at the economic re-launch of Romania, achieving social justice, defence of the citizens rights and freedoms, and balance of powers in the state. At the same time, Prime Minister underlined the importance of the pro-European position of Romania and reaffirmed the Government's commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Treaties of the European Union, such as: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Regarding the reforms in the field of justice, Prime Minister pointed out that they aimed at a better calibration of the Romanian judicial system to the European practices and the recommendations of the Venice Commission. In addition, she highlighted that the procedure for reviewing the legislation on the organization of judiciary in Romania was transparent and subject to examination by the Constitutional Court, pointing out that the official evaluation of the Venice Commission is expected at this time. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă called for unity and solidarity between the EU Member States in the context of the debate on the future of Europe, the central theme of the Summit that Romania will host in Sibiu in 2019. If we start breaking Europe between left and right, we will immediately reach the differences between the North and the South, member states of the Eurozone or not, member states of the Schengen area or not, said the Head of the Executive. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also presented aspects pertaining to the August 10 protest demonstrations, adding that these are object to pending investigation. In this context, she mentioned that all persons are equal before the law. Prime Minister's remarks were followed by a session of debates. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Co-Chairs of the European Parliaments Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) Franziska Maria Keller and Philippe Lamberts Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with the Co-Chairs of the European Parliaments Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) Franziska Maria Keller and Philippe Lamberts. The talks were also attended by the European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb. The talks focused on the two coordinates already highlighted during the meetings yesterday with the political group leaders in the European Parliament, namely Romanias internal situation and the European agenda. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila briefly presented the political situation of Romania, in view of the debate which will be held in the European Parliament in early October. Prime Minister also presented the reform programme initiated by Romanian Government, showing that this is the result of an extensive process of transparent consultation and interinstitutional cooperation, at an internal level, as well as of a collaboration with the European partners. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed her entire availability for continuing the open dialogue with the European institutions. The discussions continued with a presentation of the state of preparations in view of Romania taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in January 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the European Peoples Party Group Manfred Weber Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the leader of the European Peoples Party Group, Manfred Weber. Attending the meeting were also the European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb and Romanian MEP Dan Nica. During the talks, the topical dossiers on the European agenda were approached, in view of taking over by Romania of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting next year. Prime Minister presented the state of the preparations carried out by the Bucharest authorities, giving assurances on the close cooperation with the European Parliament with a view to finalizing the legislative dossiers and ensuring a successful mandate. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has had an open exchange of opinions with her interlocutor regarding the situation in Romania, in the perspective of the debate due in the European Parliament in early October, emphasizing the availability of the Romanian Government and her own for an open dialogue with the representatives of the European institutions on all topics of interest. Prime Minister stated on this occasion the dedication of the Romanian Government to the democratic values and principles. At the same time, Prime Minister stated that the answer to the challenges the European project is currently facing can be found by showing solidarity among the Member States and not by creating new cleavages inside the Union. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Udo Bullmann Today, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Udo Bullmann.The meeting is part of the series of meetings that the Head of the Romanian Executive has these days in Brussels with leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament. The talks held in a cordial ambiance, reached a wide range of topics on Romanias domestic agenda, as well as on the European agenda. Thus, topics of interest were addressed in view of the debate regarding Romania, which will take place in the European Parliament, in early October. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the real situation of Romania, reconfirming the Governments commitment to European principles and values. Prime Minister also presented the reforms initiated by Romanian Government in priority areas for our country, showing that these were the results of a transparent interinstitutional cooperation and the European partners had also been consulted in drawing them up. With respect to the European agenda, the talks focused on the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed Romanias interest in ensuring a mandate that contributes to the cohesion of the European project, and to bringing the Union closer to the citizens. Attending the meeting, alongside Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was also MEP Dan Nica. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă is paying a working visit to Brussels on September 25-26, 2018, during which she will have a series of meetings with representatives of the political groups in the European Parliament, such as: the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, The Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) and The European Peoples Party group (EPP Group). During the talks that the Prime Minister will have in Brussels, the priority aspects of the European agenda will be discussed in view of Romania's Presidency of the Council of the EU and reaffirmation of Romania's willingness to contribute actively to the process of reflection on the future of Europe. 2018-09-25 12:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-25-06-56-56big_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu vicepreședintele Republicii India, Venkaiah Naidu, urmată de semnarea Memorandumului de Înțelegere între Guvernul României și Guvernul Republicii India de cooperare în domeniul turismuluiȘtiri din 19.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-meeting-with-the-vice-president-of-india-venkaiah-naidu-followed-by-the-signing-of-the-memorandum-of-understanding-between-the-government-of-romania-and-the-government-of-the-republic-of-india-on-cooperation-in-the-field-of-tourismPress statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu [Check against delivery] Nelu Barbu: Good afternoon! The Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of Romania and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of India, on cooperation in the field of tourism, is being signed in the presence of the Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă, and Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu. For Romania, signs Mr. Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister of Tourism, and for the Republic of India, signs H.E. Mr. Thanglura Darlong, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Romania. Viorica Dăncilă: Mr. Vice President, I am particularly honored by your presence today at Victoria Palace. The visit to Romania reflects the importance the Republic of India attaches to developing political and economic relations with Romania, a fact which was confirmed by the parliamentary, governmental and business component of the official delegation. The year 2018 has a special significance to the bilateral relation. 70 years ago, Romania was one of the first states that established diplomatic relations with your country. We are also celebrating 5 years since establishing the extended partnership between Romania and the Republic of India. Our countries relations have a solid foundation, on which we can develop our mutually agreed priorities within this partnership. During todays talks, I have reiterated the Romanian Governments firm interest in consolidating Romanian-Indian bilateral relations in all fields of shared interest. In this respect, I have discussed about the more efficient use of our current dialogue mechanisms and about the opportunity of identifying new ones. I would like to underline with satisfaction that there are numerous cooperation sectors between Romania and India with a real development potential, such as: energy, including renewable energy, transport, agriculture, the food industry, health, IT and C, but also the promising prospects in other areas such as: digitalization, smart cities, cyber security. I have discussed with Mr. Vice President about the specific ways of boosting the Romanian-Indian commercial exchanges, so that their level reaches the two economies real potential. Furthermore, I have expressed interest in attracting more Indian investments in Romania, including through public-private partnerships. I consider important the organisation of the Romania-India Economic Forum on the sidelines of the visit. We have agreed on extending priority attention to the development of collaboration in culture, education and tourism, fields that have established our countries friendship. In this respect, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism of Romania and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of India that was signed today at Victoria Palace, will represent a first step in boosting tourism and people - to- people contacts in general. Moreover, I have conveyed to Mr. Vice President the support that Romania will continue to grant to the consolidation of the relations between the European Union and the Republic of India, this topic being addressed during our talks from the perspective of Romanias taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Thank you once again, Mr. Vice President for the consistent dialogue we have had, for the cooperation prospects that have been shaped as well as for the warm atmosphere of our talks! Venkaiah Naidu: Prime Minister of Romania, Your Excellency Viorica Dancila, Members of the Indian and Romanian delegations, Dear brothers and sisters from the media, I am glad to visit this beautiful country. I have just told the honourable Prime Minister that it is not only beautiful but also dutiful. If beauty and duty are combined, you can make it a mighty. My visit comes at a very opportune time, coinciding with the completion of 70-year journey of our diplomatic relations. It does also with the celebration of the centenary of Romania. Our friends from the media, I must be frank: we had a very, very purposeful meeting, meaningful, constructive discussion with the Prime Minister, with the President, with the President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, all these discussions were also very, very purposeful, useful and constructive. I am particularly impressed with the cordial, frank discussions we had with the Prime Minister. Today, it was the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two countries, with the scope of increasing tourism between our two countries. In my talks with the Prime Minister, we focused on strengthening our trade and investment relations governing sectors: ICT, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, infrastructure, logistics, agri-food, tourism and culture. Our economies are complementary, both countries, our cooperation can lead to faster growth of our economies further. We intend to deepen and diversify economic and technological cooperation between our countries. Indian - Romanian annual bilateral trade has risen to 810 million dollars in 2017-2018, and 40 percent increase over the last year. This is a very positive sign pending our bilateral economic relations, there is still further scope, and we both have agreed to really tap the further potential. Acknowledging and admiring the strong acceptance of ayurveda, an Indian traditional system of medicine among Romanians, the Government of India had decided to open an ayush information cell in Romania to disseminate more information about ayurveda, and create ayurveda practice, conduct workshops with experts to offer ayurveda treatment, preventive, curative, palleative. Later in the day today, we are going to open the information cell in Romania. We also welcome the entering into force of the amendment to the air service agreement between both countries signed in 1993. Easier facilitation of visas promotes people to people contact and business and our Governments should work towards facilitating easy mobility of citizens on both sides. I am glad and in fact very happy that just now the Prime Minister informed us that Romania has decided to open a consulate in Chennai, the deep south of India. Terrorism is one of the foremost threats to international peace and security, and a scourge that needs to be removed. We resolved to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Prime Minister told us that terrorism has no bounderies, it should be eliminated and we will be working together. It is a global challenges, and it requests a global response. I will also meet with the business representatives of the two countries at the business event today. I hope that we will resolve in collaboration today ...fair trade basket and deepen the economic links between our two countries. I am also happy to note the enthousiasm of both sides because Indian traders have just come and they will be meeting their counterparts in the evening. I extend warm greetings for the progress and prosperity to the people of Romania. India looks forward to cooperation with Romania, to further strengthen the traditional bonds of friendship with Romania and its people. During my discussion, I have just told that we must have strategy of cooperation between both countries. They are willing for the same. Her Excellency has invited the Prime Minister of India to visit Romania probably in the first weeks of January 2019. We are thankful for the same. I shall convey your Excellency's invitation to the Indian Prime Minister to visit Romania. I am also sure that we shall also be happy to welcome you in our country. We are happy that Romania is taking over the presidency of the EU. We hope that during its forthcoming presidency, Romania will take lead for negotiations to restart, under... of India-EU free trade agreement with balanced outcome. Once again, my best wishes to the people of Romania, my thanks to the Government, and particularly to the Prime Minister, the first woman Prime Minister of Romania.Thank you. 2018-09-19 20:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_08_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: ”Pentru dezvoltarea cooperării în cadrul Parteneriatului Strategic România – SUA este nevoie de cât mai multe investiții”Știri din 19.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-as-many-investments-as-possible-are-needed-for-the-cooperation-development-within-the-romania-united-states-strategic-partnershipPrime Minister Viorica Dancila and several members of the Cabinet discussed today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of the Romanian-American Business Council (AMRO) led by Executive President Eric Stewart about the opportunities to develop investment in Romania, as strengthening leverage of the cooperation between Romania and the United States in all the domains within the Strategic Partnership. Romania is a firm and responsible ally of the United States, and for cooperation development within the Strategic Partnership, as many investments as possible are needed, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated. The Head of the Executive underlined the Government's openness for dialogue, with a view to identifying the proper solutions for eliminating bureaucratic and legislative barriers in order that Romania offers an as friendly as possible framework for the business sector. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the investment boosting measures already adopted by the Government among which the amendment of the public procurement Law, the state aid scheme for investments with a major economic impact, as well as the 21 projects to be achieved in private-public partnership. The representatives of the US companies present at the meeting thanked the Government for its openness and showed interest in extending investments to Romanias defence industry, the medical, IT, energy and infrastructure areas. The AMRO Executive President Eric Stewart gave assurances that the representatives of the US investors will further support Romania's OECD membership. The Head of the Executive thanked for support and underlined that cutting through the red tape, increase in transparency and legislative predictibility are part of the Government's constant preoccupations, as partner of the business environment. Another important aspect of today's discussions at Victoria Palace was the development of cooperation in the defence industry. The National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor mentioned Romanias privileged relation with the United States and the share held by defence in the cooperation within the Strategic Partnership. As regards the interest showed by the US investors in the defence industry in Romania, the Governments interest in boosting investments was underlined. We wish the largest possible share of the 2 percent of the GDP allocated to defence be found in the national defence industry, by drawing offset contracts - technological transfer and industrial cooperation, stated Minister Mihai Fifor. Romania's delegation present at the meeting at the Victoria Palace included also the Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of Economy Danut Andrusca, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea. 2018-09-19 15:55:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-19-04-11-21big_02_resize.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a Președintelui Camerei Deputaților a Parlamentului R. Cehe, Radek VondráčekȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-speaker-of-the-chamber-of-deputies-of-the-parliament-of-the-czech-republic-radek-vondracekPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament Radek Vondraček, at Victoria Palace, on the sidelines of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The dialogue with the Czech official outlined the very good bilateral cooperation, based on the traditional relations between the two states and the close objectives within EU and NATO. The senior Romanian official pointed out the importance of boosting political dialogue and strengthening bilateral cooperation both in the economic field and regarding strategic affairs and regional cooperation, approach shared by the Czech dignitary. The upward trend in economic relations was noted, with focus on increasing trade and bilateral investment, as well as the positive trend in the two states' economies. In the context of the anniversary, in 2018, of Romanias Greater Union Centennial and the 100th anniversary since the Czechoslovak state declared its independence, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring, the Romanian senior official emphasized the historical and cultural references affinities underpinning the Romanian-Czech relations. On this occasion, the Czech official reiterated the invitation addressed by Prime Minister Andrej Babis to the Romanian Prime Minister, to participate on 27 October, in Prague, in the ceremonies dedicated to the major events in the countrys history. Referring to the European agenda, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that, throughout Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU during the first semester of 2019, Romanias objective will be to underline the importance of unity, solidarity and to increase the convergence level within the EU, with a view to overcoming current and future challenges. 2018-09-18 17:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-18-05-55-35big_02_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu premierul Republicii Polone, Mateusz MorawieckiȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-prime-minister-of-the-polish-republic-mateusz-morawieckiPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today in Bucharest a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Polish Republic Mateusz Morawiecki, on the sidelines of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. During the meeting, the very good stage of the bilateral strategic relation was outlined, the two Prime Ministers especially acknowledged the significance of the first inter-governmental consultations in the history of the Romanian-Polish relations that took place on May 25, in Warsaw, this year. Furthermore, the importance of annually holding meetings in this comprehensive format in boosting political, economic and social contacts was underlined. The mutual interest for further developing relations between the two countries on all sectoral pillars was reiterated, the very good cooperation between Romania and Poland at a regional level being especially hailed, through the organisation in Bucharest of the current edition of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. Another topic on the agenda of the meeting was the cooperation between the two countries at European level. The Romanian-Polish interest for consolidating European unity thus ensued, as a common goal in the debate on the future of Europe, but also the desire to collaborate throughout Romanias Presidency of the Council of the European Union, mainly in key files such as the Multiannual Financial Framework and Brexit. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced her appreciation for the consolidated cooperation between the two states in the fields of security and defence. 2018-09-18 16:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-18-04-47-50big_02_resize.jpgPRECIZAREȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-18 14:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-18-03-03-42big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Comisiei Europene, domnul Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-has-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-commission-mr-jean-claude-junckerToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has had a meeting with the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean - Claude Juncker, who is on a visit to Romania to attend the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The two officials have had a cordial discussion, the central topic of which was the preparation of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Head of the Executive has reaffirmed her commitment to ensuring a successful mandate, oriented towards bringing the Union closer to its citizens, and ensuring unity and cohesion among the Member States. 2018-09-18 13:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-09-18_at_13.22.54.jpegPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României Viorica Dăncilă a ministrului afacerilor externe al Republicii Letonia, Edgars RinkēvičsȘtiri din 18.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-republic-of-latvia-edgars-rink-vicsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia who paid a visit to Romania to attend the Three Seas Initiative Summit. The Head of the Romanian Executive hailed the very good bilateral relationship between the two countries and took stock of this year's high - level contacts. The two officials also discussed about preparing the takeover of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019, they discussed about Brexit, as well as about regional cooperation. During the talks with the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Prime Minister put forward a series of concrete proposals for deepening economic cooperation which despite its constant positive development, did not reach its optimal potential. In this respect, Prime Minister Dancila proposed, among others, the increase in the two economies'connectivity, including on the basis of infrastructure and transport links development. Prime Minister of Romania and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia took stock of other sectoral cooperation opportunities, mentioning areas such as: defence, information technologies, energy, agriculture, research and innovation and they put forward the initiative of establishing contacts for exchanges of good practices on topics of interest for our country, among which: switchover to euro, EU funds absorption, or OECD membership, in which the Republic of Latvia's experience can be useful. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs reiterated Latvia's support for Romania's OECD membership, noting Romania's regional role and underlining the importance of a high level of connectivity and a boost in the trade between the two states. 2018-09-18 11:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_2_resize.jpgPRECIZAREȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/point-of-information1537259362Following some public information pertaining to Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's alleged late arrival at the meeting with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the Press Office of the Romanian Government makes the following clarification: The European Commission delegation in Romania informed the Protocol Directorate of the Romanian Government that the aircraft carrying the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker to Romania, lands at Baneasa Airport at 6.30 pm, information confirmed by the official documents received from Brussels. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă left Victoria Palace to Baneasa Airport at 5.30 pm. At 5.40 pm, the director of Băneasa Airport informed the Government Protocol Directorate that the President of the European Commission could land earlier than the originally announced time. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă entered Baneasa Airport at 6 pm. However, the delegation of the President of the European Commission was taken over by the SPP(Protection and Guard Service) at the ladder of plane and was taken to the hotel where it was to be accommodated. 2018-09-17 19:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-07-33-19big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea șeicului Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, conducătorul regiunii Al Dhafrah, de către prim-ministrul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-sheikh-hamdan-bin-zayed-al-nahyan-ruler-s-representative-of-the-al-dhafra-region-in-the-united-arab-emiratesToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Rulers representative in Al Dhafra Region in the United Arab Emirates. Talks focused on the stage of the bilateral relations and the development prospects for economic cooperation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced Romanias special interest in promoting cooperation with the Arab states, an objective emphasized in the Programme for government. In context, she expressed appreciation for last years boost in the political-diplomatic dialogue which has yielded positive results both in the economic area as well as from the perspective of the sectoral cooperation. Special attention was also extended to the analysis of the stage of the collaboration initiatives launched on the occasion of the first session of the Joint Cooperation Committee between Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, an event held in Bucharest, on April 16-17, 2018. The two interlocutors outlined the usefulness of this platform of cooperation for bilateral coordination at the level of the Government and business sector, for the benefit of both states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romanian Government's willigness to further consolidate the bilateral relations with the Government in Abu Dhabi, both regarding the traditional cooperation segments (economy, trade, investments, energy, industry, transport and agriculture), and the development of the joint, large-scale projects, with partners from the United Arab Emirates. 2018-09-17 16:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-04-24-14big_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu doamna Shen Yueyue, vicepreședinte al Adunării Naționale Populare a Republicii Populare Chineze și Președintele Federației Femeilor din Întreaga ChinăȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-mrs-shen-yueyue-vice-chairperson-of-the-national-people-s-congress-standing-committee-and-vice-chairperson-of-the-all-china-women-s-federationPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Mrs. Shen Yueyue, Vice-Chairperson of the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee and President of the All -China Womens Federation. Mrs. Shen is paying a working visit to Romania, an opportunity to strengthen the bilateral agenda, and to make exchanges of experience at governmental and parliamentary level, as proof of the mutual desire of Romania and Peoples Republic of China to maintain a dynamic relationship. The Romanian Prime Minister affirmed our countrys desire to intensify economic and trade relations with the aim of balancing trade by increasing Romanian exports to China. The Head of the Executive expressed Romanias interest in attracting investments from China and presented the legislative amendments in the field of public-private partnership, aimed at creating a more attractive investment environment. At the same time, Prime Minister outlined the interest to develop the Romanian-Chinese cooperation in the field of energy and transport infrastructure. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced support for the development of inter-human relations within the bilateral framework, as well as continued substantive involvement in the China-Central and Eastern European countries cooperation format. During the talks, the opportunities for promoting gender equality, a social aspect of special relevance for Romania and for the Peoples Republic of China were addressed - and which represents at the same time a defining theme of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. The Romanian Prime Minister recalled Romanias support for the implementation of a platform for cooperation and fostering women's entrepreneurship, that would bring together experts and relevant institutions from all the states of the China-CEEC cooperation format. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also highlighted the efforts made by Romania to support scientific, cultural, tourist contacts and the business relations between the two states, including through provision of facilities for travel visa issuance. The Chinese official emphasized the importance attached by the authorities of the Peoples Republic of China to the traditional friendship relations with Romania and expressed appreciation for the support shown by the Romanian Government for the realization of large-scale projects for the benefit of both countries and peoples. 2018-09-17 12:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-12-44-18big_02_resize.jpgCooperarea viitoare cu BERD în dezvoltarea și modernizarea spitalelor din România și proiecte de infrastructură, pe agenda întrevederii premierului Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele BERD, Suma ChakrabartiȘtiri din 17.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-17 12:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-17-05-24-49big_01_resize.jpgProgramul Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României, ediția a VI-a, a ajuns la finalȘtiri din 14.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-09-14 15:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_1037.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu comisarul european pentru Agricultură şi Dezvoltare Rurală, Phil HoganȘtiri din 13.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-agriculture-and-rural-development-phil-hoganJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan Viorica Dăncilă: Good morning! It was my pleasure and honor to welcome the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan today, at Victoria Palace. Previously, I worked together with Mr. Commissioner at the European Parliament, and we had multiple constructive discussions when I was Vice - Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, in the European Parliament. I am certain that now, when I hold the position of Prime Minister, we will continue to have the same open dialogue on topics like the Romanian agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy. First of all, I presented Mr. Commissioner a series of actions taken at government level with a view to developing a competitive agriculture. I outlined that this is the first time that farm subsidies have been duly allocated. We talked about the program for the rehabilitation of the main irrigation infrastructure According to the programme for government, we planned to have 2 million hectares of irrigated farmland in two years. I also presented the measures to develop the national anti-hail system. I presented to Mr. Commissioner the situation created by the explosive development of African swine fever, which has economic and financial, but also social effects. In this context, I requested Mr. Commissioner to make sure that the European Commission offers full technical and financial support to reduce the devastating impact the African swine fever has had on Romanian agriculture. European assistance is very important for Romania, given the high share of agriculture in the Romanian economy. It is enough to mention that statistical data shows that agriculture has made a substantial contribution to Romanias economic growth. Secondly, we also discussed Romanias major objectives for its Presidency of the Council of the European Union and reaffirmed the importance our country attaches to the cohesion of the European project. In this respect, the common agricultural policy along the cohesion policy plays an important role in generating economic growth and economic and social convergence. In this context, I reiterated Romanias position on the main topics covered by the Common Agricultural Policy. We are in favor of continuing the convergence of direct payments, which will help reduce differences between the direct subsidies in Eastern member states and Western European countries. At the same time, we consider that a more recent eligible surface from 2018, not 2016 should be used in calculating the subsidy. We support maintaining an adequate level of the Common Agricultural Policy budget, reducing it risks deepening the development gaps among the regions, as well as among member states. We want an increase in the funds earmarked for rural development. We consider that the 16 percent cut and the intention to increase the national co-financing rate will seriously affect the development of mountain areas, disadvantaged areas, ecological agriculture, climate and environmental measures, investment in innovation and knowledge development. Romania opposes the plans for the compulsory capping of agricultural subsidies. Such a measure would seriously impact large, competitive farms, but medium-sized ones too, without really contributing to the restructuring of uncompetitive farms. Our proposal is to leave it to member states to decide on the capping or the redistributive payments, with a 25-30 percent increase for large farms. We further back the continuation of the application of payment schemes for young farmers and small farms with coupled support, as well as a simplified policy designed to cut through the red-tape. I am positive that together, we will succeed in continuing at national level the good cooperation we had at European level, and I am confident that Mr. Commissioner will have an objective approach regarding Romania. Phil Hogan: Thank you very much Prime Minister Dancila. I am very happy to be able to accept your invitation to visit Romania. I am spending 2 days here. I will visit many areas, meeting all of your stakeholders and preparing for the presidency by Romania on the 1st of January 2019. Romania is a very strong European country and I remember well participation together in the European Parliament when you were a member, especially as Vice-President of the Committee of Agriculture. So, we had a very good exchange on a number of very important issues of political interest for the people of Romania on the meeting this morning. I want to thank you Prime Minister for your strong support for the common agricultural policy, in particular for a well-funded policy. You and your government have been very strong supporters of the European traditional policies of agriculture and cohesion. This support is appreciated and we count on your support in the coming months when we will have intensive discussions about the budget for 2020 - 2027. We are noting as well that the present policy you have on rural development is very successful. You have one of the highest absorption level of funding in any rural development program in the EU, at 40 percent. Of course, we are in the European Union now, in a much more budgetary difficult situation because of the decision of the UK to leave the EU. This means that the 12 billion euros less is available from the UK to the European Union budget and therefore, there is always a temptation on behalf of some member states to target the larger funds of agriculture and cohesion for reduction. But notwithstanding the pressures on the budget, we have succeeded in the proposal in actually maintaining reasonably well a strong financial support for our traditional policies for Romania. We have through our external convergence improvements, an increase of direct payments, in pillar one for Romania. You are quite right pointing out that there are some reductions in rural development which of course can be negotiated in the coming months with the other Prime Ministers. But of course, you have also got an 8 percent increase in the funding for cohesion, in the initial proposal. And I say Commissioner Cretu has done a good job for Romania, in this respect. Turning to the topical issue of African swine fever, we have both expressed our concerns about the development with respect to this disease. The fact that 800 cases have been detected in the last few months, is a clear indication that the controls that are in place in Romania, are working, to detect this disease but we have discussed in more detail about what we have to do together in veterinary services, in surveillance, in the necessary human resources, and financial support in order to contain this disease and hopefully eradicate it over time. And it is not easy to do so quickly in Romania because 75 percent of all EU pig farmers in backyards are located in Romania. So, we have agreed that we will intensify our efforts in relation to controlling the disease, improving detection even more and surveillance and looking at our instruments to help our farmers to comply with these biosecurity measures and to see what financial support we can mobilize further. The Government has notified the European Commission recently and it intends to seek support for all farmers to deal with these biosecurity measures that are necessary to be implemented to eliminate the disease and when we receive more details in the coming days, we will be able to evaluate this application by Romania and hopefully, be in the position to help. We have already allocated about 2 million euros for the help with the vet services, now we are looking at the rural development program to see how we can help our farmers. We have the benefit of the Head of rural development in Romania Mihail Dumitru who will assist the Government in relation to how we can assist our farmers. In relation to other financial measures, we do note the concerns of the Prime Minister in relation to the common agriculture policy proposals on capping and helping through redistribution payments our small and medium sized farms and we will look forward to discussing any ideas that any Member State has, including Romania, of course, to know how we can help in particular to focus our support as much as possible on our SMEs farmers, in order to keep them on business. We have so more information later on, and financial instruments, a new package of support through loans, with the help of the European Investment Bank, and the European funds generally and later on with the Ministry of Agriculture, we will give you more details later on this. Finally, we discussed the legislation that is going through the Parliament and the Council at the moment in relation to banning unfair trade practices, and helping the position of the farmers in the food chain. The Prime Minister is very anxious that this will be enacted as soon as possible because of the situation that brought many unfair practices, and the negative impact it has on agri-business, and on our consumers, and farmers in general, in Romania. So, we have to bring more fairness into the food chain, and particularly in so far how it can help our farmers to be able to eliminate many of the unfair trade practices that are happening at the moment in the food chain, and in the market. So, in conclusion, I welcome the commitment of the Romanian Prime Minister and Romanian Presidency to work closely with us, in relation to many files, early 2019 is part of the presidency, including CAP on farms, the budget post -2020, and including many of the issues that we have discussed early today that will help to overcome some of the difficult situations in the African swine fever in Romania. 2018-09-13 10:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-13-11-06-07big_03_resize.jpgViorica Dăncilă: Dezvoltarea, aprofundarea și extinderea Parteneriatului Strategic cu SUA reprezintă un obiectiv prioritar al RomânieiȘtiri din 13.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-developing-deepening-and-expanding-the-strategic-partnership-with-the-united-states-represents-a-priority-objective-for-romaniaIn the context of marking 7 years since the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century Between the United States of America and Romania, which took place in Washington DC., on September 13, 2011, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed the excellent level of relations between the two countries The Strategic Partnership with the USA represents a guarantee for Romanias security and a determining factor in the economic and social progress. It represents the main pillar of Romanias foreign and security policy, as well as a fundamental element in shaping the strategic profile of our country. At the same time, the strategic cooperation between Romania and the United States brings an essential contribution to the consolidation of our countrys role as a security and stability provider, at a regional and global level. Government of Romania is highly committed to developing and deepening all dimensions of this partnership, especially in the fields of defence, security, trade and investments, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. - Today, at an anniversary moment, I express my full trust in the further development and thorough deepening of the privileged friendship and collaboration relation that exists between Romania and the United States of America, as well as the special relationship between Romanian and American citizens, based on common values and shared democratic principles, both at the bilateral level and within the North-Atlantic Alliance, further states the message of the Romanian Prime Minister. Additional Information: The Strategic Partnership between Romania and the USA was launched in 1997, on the occasion of the visit the then President of The United States Bill Clinton paid to Bucharest. The Joint Declaration of September 13, 2011 represents the bilateral political document that currently defines the strategic partnership relationship between Romania and the United States. In the context of the adoption of the Joint Statement of 2011, a Task Force was decided to be set up for the implementation of the principles agreed within this document. The most recent meeting at political level of the Romania - USA Strategic Dialogue was hosted by the Romanian Government in Bucharest (June 19, 2018) and it was co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister for the implementation of Romania's Strategic Partnerships Ana Birchall and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. A joint declaration was adopted on this occasion. 2018-09-13 10:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-13-10-11-54big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prim-ministrul Regatului Țărilor de Jos, Mark RutteȘtiri din 12.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-her-dutch-counterpart-mark-rutteJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte Viorica Dăncilă: I am very glad for the presence in Bucharest of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. It is the first visit of a Dutch Prime Minister to Romania in the last 15 years, and today's dialogue aims at expanding bilateral relations in such domains such as: investments, research and development or defence cooperation. The Netherlands is among the first foreign investors in Romania and the presence of the Dutch companies in our country is on the rise. I have discussed ways of strengthening this cooperation and boosting trade, agreeing to organize a Business Forum. I have presented the Dutch Prime Minister the new investment framework in Romania, the adoption of the public procurement law and the public private partnership law. We talked about new domains of bilateral sectoral cooperation, such as research and innovation, agriculture, defence and security. At the same time, cooperation in the naval industry is a reference point for our bilateral cooperation. We discussed of course about the European agenda, in the context of Romania having reached the homestretch for the taking over and exercising of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of the next year. On this day, when the President of the European Commission delivered his speech on the state of the Union, it is very appropriate to talk about Europes future. The speech of the President of the European Commission puts emphasis on the concrete EU outcomes for citizens, but also on our next steps, including in the perspective of the Sibiu Summit, in order to respond to current challenges. The proposals presented today are designed to strengthen, complete and adjust some domains in which progress has been achieved, such as: the Security Union, the policy on asylum and migration. We support the priority objectives of the Commission, for the next period, designed to consolidate the European Union. Given that Romanias Presidency is the one to conclude the 2014-2019 Strategic Agenda, we deem necessary all member states support of the consolidated European design. Romania will get involved on this path in the future as well, having constantly shown a pro-European stance. Netherlands, founding member of the European Union, held 12 times the presidency of the Council of the European Union, its expertise is welcome. One of the files that we have talked about refers to negotiations on the European Unions future budget, for 2021-2027. In this context, I have underlined the importance of defining a balanced budget, that would uphold the Unions objectives and provide adequate financing to domains that lead to growth and convergence, by answering at the same time the new challenges the European Union is facing. Moreover, I have reiterated Romanias interest in actively supporting the advance of the European dossiers aiming at the EUs internal security, Taking into account the fact that Romania is meeting the technical criteria on accession to the Schengen Area, a fact confirmed by the European Commission, I addressed the Dutch Prime Minister the request to back Romania in meeting this objective. I strongly believe Romania deserves to be in the Schengen Area and the issue of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism must not be related to the Schengen criteria. In conclusion, in the discussion with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, I have underlined the considerable potential for further development of a dynamic bilateral relationship in the interest of our citizens. I do not want to talk about internal political disputes, I consider these can exist in all EU Member States. To me, it is important that you trust the capacity of the Bucharest Executive to correctly fulfill its mandate, that we have the best possible bilateral relations at European level. I thank Prime Minister for the constructive talks and the openness shown and I am looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in the future too. Mark Rutte: First, I would like to thank my colleague, Prime Minister Dăncilă. We do not agree on everything like Schengen, that is true, but we do agree on a lot of issues. First of all, the European Union, we both believe that the European Union is a project, based on a strong market and strong values, and by the fact that we are working together also providing collective security to all its citizens. And during the Romanian Presidency, the discussions will focus on Brexit, on migration, and I believe the Romanian Presidency will be remembered for many reasons, but particularly for the fact that we will discuss the next five years, so, Romania will put its stamp, its mark on the agenda of Europe, for the five years after the European elections. I have every confidence in the Romanian Presidency and Netherlands will work constructively with Romania wherever we can be of help. We also discussed the excellent bilateral economic ties. Of course, I am a bit jealous of the growth figures in Romania, that are more at the Chinese level than at the European Union level. But at the same time, the trade between Romania and Netherlands grew not by 7 percent, which is Romanian growth figures, they grew almost by 15 percent, reaching more than 5 billion euros. We did agree and I look forward to that, that Romania and Netherlands will organize a joint business forum in the spring of 2019. The bilateral ties are not only focused on economic relations, but also on defence cooperation. For example, we work together within NATO on many issues, and I am very pleased with Romania's support for the Netherland's initiative to improve military mobility in Europe. So, strong bilateral ties, strong cooperation within the EU, and excellent cooperation within NATO. I look forward to the future together! 2018-09-12 21:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-09-12-09-39-53big_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul Afacerilor Externe și Cooperării Internaționale al Regatului Maroc, Nasser BouritaȘtiri din 12.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-and-international-cooperation-of-the-kingdom-of-morocco-nasser-bouritaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, Nasser Bourita, who is paying a visit to Romania. During the talks, the good relations between Romania and the Kingdom of Morocco were outlined, at both the bilateral level and the level of international organizations. From the perspective of the positive dynamics recorded in the bilateral economic relations lately, both sides put emphasis on using their yet untapped potential designed to stimulate trade exchanges. In this respect, they discussed about holding the 11th meeting of the Romanian-Moroccan Joint Economic and Technical Co-operation Commission. The two dignitaries voiced their interest in continuing the traditional cooperation in the field of agriculture and also in developing cooperation in fields that can create added value, such as: renewable energies and digitalization. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister voiced her belief that bilateral relations could be better enhanced through high - level contacts, doubled by periodical consultations at the level of experts. On this occasion, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed the Kingdom of Morocco's support for Romanias candidacy for a non-permanent seat on UN Security Council, for the 2020- 2021 term. At the same time, he extended the invitation to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila to make a visit to the Kingdom of Morocco. 2018-09-12 14:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_01_1_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu miniștrii afacerilor externe din Republica Polonă, Jacek Czaputowicz, Republica Turcia, Mevlüt Çavușoğlu și România, Teodor MeleșcanuȘtiri din 11.09.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-today-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-polish-republic-jacek-czaputowicz-and-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-turkish-republic-mevlut-cavusogluPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Polish Republic Jacek Czaputowicz and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic Mevlut Cavuşoğlu, on the occasion of the two Ministers participation in the trilateral consultations Romania- Poland- Turkey, to be held on the same day in Bucharest. The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu will also participate in the talks. Talks focused on the three states' contribution to ensuring the regional and Euro-Atlantic security, with focus on NATO priorities in the current international context. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă mentioned the activities carried out at the level of Government and relevant Ministries, to ensure Romanias substantial and permanent participation to carrying out the Alliance's objectives and missions. Given the diversity of the new risks and challenges to security, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the firm commitment of Romanian authorities to fulfilling the obligations undertaken with respect to strengthening the NATO deterrence and defence capacity, support for the assistance programmes for partner states and participation in the international efforts to combat terrorism. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister referred to the importance of stability and security in Western Balkans and the Black Sea area. The Romanian Prime Minister also underlined the importance of the NATO members' solidarity and unity as well as their shared responsibility in ensuring the necessary resources for the Alliance to continue to efficiently respond to current security threats and challenges. Prime Minister mentioned the significant efforts and the substantial progress achieved by Romania in the increase of the defence budget and the armed forces modernization, as well as in the consolidation of national resilience, in line with the Allies commitments in 2014. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced Romania's willingness to continue the close cooperation with Poland and Turkey, with a view to promoting the common security objectives at regional and allied level. 2018-09-11 16:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_006_resize.jpg