RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a transmis o scrisoare de condoleanțe omologului său britanic, Theresa MayȘtiri din 23.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu sent a letter to United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Prime Minister Theresa May, expressing his solidarity with the British people and sending condolences to the families of the victims of the London terror attack. The Romanian Government firmly condemns any such act and joins the international counterterrorism efforts. This act of cowardice shows us, once more, that we must be united in defending our values and principles. Romania expresses its solidarity with the United Kingdom in the fight against any terrorism forms, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu states. 2017-03-23 21:29:00 bilaterală a guvernelor României și Republicii MoldovaȘtiri din 23.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu: Only the European option may bring responses of prosperity and safety to the Republic of Moldova's citizens The Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova held today, in Piatra Neamt, the third joint meeting in small format. During the meeting, projects under implementation have been assessed and discussions have been held about new joint initiatives in the fields of energy, infrastructure, culture, regional development, education, internal affairs . - Romanias action will continue to have a double role: to stabilize and strengthen the democratic frameworks of the Republic of Moldova and to strategically anchor the Republic of Moldova in the European space, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. Romania is considering moving into a new stage of bilateral relations, namely, reinforcing Romanian investment presence in the Republic of Moldova by participating in the privatization process while observing all the transparent procedures, the Head of the Romanian Executive has outlined. Also, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated that the Republic of Moldova needs to speed up the processes of reform and consolidation of democratic progress. - Romania expects consistency and seriousness. Only the European option may bring responses of prosperity and safety to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, and Romania is ready to support Chisinau authorities along this way. Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip has stated that bilateral relations are marked by an excellent, dynamic and diverse cooperation and has thanked the Romanian Government for its constant support. Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova has mentioned assistance in the field of education and has underlined that the 96 microbuses donated by Romania represents a necessary investment in the context of the education reform and school optimization. Prime Minister Filip has stated that granting the EUR 150 million loan, with two tranches already released to date has represented an important support granted by Romania to the Republic of Moldova. Prime Minister Pavel Filip has given assurances that the Republic of Moldova stays committed to the strategic track of reforms laid down in the European Union Association Agreement. - Moldova further looks towards the West, as country project. Irrespective of Chisinau's presidential stands, nothing will change in our relationship with Romania, the way nothing will change in our European option, Prime Minister Pavel Filip has underlined. The Head of the Republic of Moldova's Executive has stated that the bilateral discussions have also aimed at enhancing cooperation in the energy, cultural, customs fields and has added that the implementation of the energy projects established for the Republic of Moldova will be sped up. In this respect, Pavel Filip has reiterated the fact that energy security is very important and has expessed his confidence that this will be ensured with the support of Romania through interconnection to both European natural gas and electricity systems. With respect to the Republic of Moldova's privatization programme, Prime Minister Pavel Filip has stated that new projects and investments from Romania are welcome. Also, Prime Minister Pavel Filip has added that he agreed with Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on the continuation of joint Government meetings and has expressed readiness for the next meeting to be hosted by Chisinau. Following the bilateral meeting, the two Prime Ministers and the official delegations visited together Agapia Monastery. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Prime Minister Pavel Filip following the bilateral governmental meeting Romania - Republic of Moldova Sorin Grindeanu: Mr. Prime Minister, we convey you once again: welcome, together with your team! Today, we had an extremely pragmatic meeting and the approach was also pragmatic, we had a constructive dialogue, as every time, which forms the basis of the cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. We have managed today to review very many projects underway at this moment. We discussed about future projects, about projects in the field of energy, infrastructure, culture, environment, regional development. There are topical things as I told you, which develops the relationship between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. Romania's action will continue to play a double role: to stabilize the Republic of Moldova and to strengthen the Republic of Moldova's institutional and democratic framewoks and secondly, to act as strategical and physical anchor of the Republic of Moldova in the European space. Our topical discussions today followed those lines, but they were guided by these two important principles. Over the next period, we intend to increase our presence in the Republic of Moldova or to move into a new stage. We wish to reinforce Romanian investment presence in the Republic of Moldova, to be part of possible privatization processes taking place in the next period in Moldova, while observing all the transparent procedures you might have. We believe it's time for concrete actions. The processes of reform must be accelerated and the Republic of Moldova's European path must be further consolidated. Romania expects consistency and seriousness on the part of the Republic of Moldova. I reiterate in the end that only the European option can give durable answers to the Republic of Moldova's citizens' expectations of prosperity, safety, and stability. We are ready to continue supporting the Republic of Moldova on this track. Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister! Pavel Filip: Distinguished Prime Minister, Chairperson of the County Council, Ministers, journalists, media institutions representatives, I want to thank first of all Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu for the invitation to pay visit to Piatra Neamt, a special occasion in my view, to discuss once more the bilateral agenda of Romania and the Republic of Moldova. We managed to review all ongoing projects and we also spoke about future projects. I also want to sincerely thank the Neamt County Council for the hospitality showed to our delegation. Our discussions revealed that the relations between our countries are marked by excellent cooperation in all fields, the bilateral political dialogue is dynamic and diverse, in the spirit of the strategic partnership for the European integration of the Republic of Moldova. In this respect, I assured Prime Minister that Moldova remains firmly committed to achieving our strategic project: consistent implementation of reforms stipulated by the Association Agreement with the European Union. Moldova looks to the West as country project further on. The truth is that, irrespective of Chisinau presidential stands, Constitution gives more decision - power to Parliament and Government and from this point of view, nothing will change in our relation with Romania, and nothing will change in our European option which is in fact our country project. We exchanged opinions on the developments in the security field at regional level, as well as the implications regarding Moldova's stability. At the same time, I expressed sincere thanks for the constant support granted in our European track, Romanian valuable experience provided has essentially contributed in moments of maximum importance for the Republic of Moldova. Very important for us, and I appreciated and we brings thanks once more regarding the 150 million euro loan, the first two tranches that the Republic of Moldova received, I cannot say that this loan has come in the most difficult moments for Republic of Moldova. We appreciate it. I want to give thanks especially for the most recent decision of the Romanian Government: 96 school buses that will arrive soon in the Republic of Moldova. We spoke about the technical details too, today. It is a necessary investment for us, in the context of the educational reform and school optimization in the Republic of Moldova. Our relation gets best strengthened through topical projects and today, we spoke about increasing this cooperation in the energy field, the cultural field, as well as in other key areas, either the customs or the infrastructure one. It was not necessary to innovate on this meeting. We have projects started and not yet completed. It is important now to focus on good governance in the interest of both countries' citizens. We will speed up the implementation of the energy projects already established, which are very important for the Republic of Moldova, Republic of Moldova being an energy importer. This is why, energy security is a very important objective for the Government I have the honor to represent, and I am sure that we shall suceed this through the interconnection to European system of natural gas and electricity. At the same time, we want to launch new projects, as Prime Minister Grindeanu has already spoken with respect to investments from Romania in the Republic of Moldova. It is true, we will be glad to present the entire privatisation program from the Republic of Moldova and these investments are surely welcome. I agreed with Prime Minister Grindeanu that in the coming months, we continue this already established tradition, these joint Executive meetings already in the full format of Governments, and we expressed our availability to host the next joint meeting of the Governments of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, in Chisinau. I want to tell you that this is not just the beginning of a beautiful friendship, it is more than this: it is the consolidation of a great European brotherhood, and I take this opportunity to thank you for that. 2017-03-23 13:12:00ţii de presă ale premierului Sorin Grindeanu referitoare la situația victimelor atentatului de la LondraȘtiri din 23.03.2017 Sorin Grindeanu: I will make a brief statement about the situation of two Romanians injured in London terror attack. First of all, allow me to convey my compassion, and the Government's compassion for the victims' families, for all who suffered following the London terror attack. Secondly, I want to tell you that including some minutes ago, I had a discussion with Romania's Ambassador to London. I have been permanently in contact with both the Foreign Ministry and Mr. Ambassador. I want to congratulate them for the way they have managed the situation. That crisis cell was set up. I am permanently in contact with the two Romanians injured and their families. I discussed some minutes ago with Mr. Ambassador. We hope for a happy development of one of the injured's health condition, the other, as you know, is out of danger. Reporter: Which is the health condition of the injured who is currently ..the second person who is in hospital? What do you know? Sorin Grindeanu: The Ambassador told me, I repeat, some 10-20 minutes ago, that what seemed difficult last evening, following the surgery, passed, but the patient is under strict observation further on. The danger did not pass. It is equally important to be alongside their family too, to help them with what we can, and I would like to say that I am pleased once again with the way the Embassy of Romania to the United Kingdom has managed the situation. Hopefully, they will do it alike up to the end. Reporter: Have you discussed with your British counterpart? Sorin Grindeanu: No. I have already mentioned that I have discussed with our representatives, with the Romanian Ambassador to UK, many times. Thank you! 2017-03-23 11:37:00 acordat de premierul Sorin Grindeanu jurnalistului Bogdan Chirieac, la DCNewsȘtiri din 22.03.2017 19:10:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu susţinut la dineul oficial organizat cu ocazia împlinirii a 20 de ani de la prima vizită externă a Familiei Regale reprezentând interesele RomânieiȘtiri din 21.03.2017 Royal Highnesses, President Emil Constantinescu, Ministers, Senator, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, Ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honored to be here today with you, on the 20th anniversary of royal diplomacy. It's an altogether special moment in recognition of the essential contribution that the Royal House made to Romania's integration in the most important European and Euro-Atlantic structures. This contribution will remain one of the most beautiful examples of love, devotion and loyalty for the country. Today, we can say, with all the conviction, that Romania has evolved tremendously. A sign of this evolution, this spiritual, economic and social growth of our country is also the relation between the state's authorities and the Royal House, a relation which represents a natural extension of the respect and appreciation that Romanians always had for the Crown. 20 years ago, Romania started to truly matter again in Europe and in the world thanks to the Royal Family's efforts. We all recall the impressive tour that King Mihai I and Queen Anne carried out in the most important chancelleries and Royal Houses in order to promote our country's cause. Your Royal Highnesses were alongside them in many of these visits and you are nobly continuing their effort. Today, two decades away, we face a new challenge, a crucial debate regarding the future of the European Union. This is why, please allow me to convey Your Royal Highnesses the request to be further alongside Romanians and Romania in order to support the cause of an as powerful and united Europe. Any country project we might have, it cannot be accomplished unless we relate to the values that our ancestors conveyed. In this respect, I recall with emotion what His Majesty King Mihai said on the occasion of his historic speech delivered in the Romanian Parliament on his 90th anniversary, I quote: - We cannot have a future, without respecting our past. Tomorrow's world cannot exist without morality, faith and memory. We need to withstand the present and prepare our future. United between us and with our neighbors and our brothers, let us continue the effort to be again dignified and respected. In my opinion, this message is more topical than ever. If we want to prepare the future the way we want it, then we must learn the necessary lessons and do everything so that Romania be a worthy and respected nation in Europe and around the world. I conclude by assuring you once again of my full consideration and love. I confess to you that when matters of the country are more overwhelming and harder I will always think about the love for the country that the Royal House put so many times above any other challenges that it had to face. And then nothing would seem hard. I am positive. Thank you. 2017-03-21 20:53:00 treia ședință comună a guvernelor României – Republica MoldovaȘtiri din 21.03.2017 new joint meeting of the Government of Romania and Government of the Republic of Moldova, led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, and his counterpart Pavel Filip will be held in Piatra Neamt, on March 23, 2017. The main goals of the intergovernmental meeting address the continuation and development of bilateral cooperation, assessment of the progress of joint projects and identification of new cooperation initiatives. - The relationship between Romania and the Republic of Moldova is a special one. There are expectations and a permanent interest on the part of the two states' citizens. We will further support the development and modernization of the Republic of Moldova, as well as its European path, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The meeting agenda will comprise legislative documents on the progress of joint projects under way, such as the technical and financial assistance project granted by the Romanian side to the Republic of Moldova Government but also joint sectoral projects in the energy, educational and cultural fields. Romanian investment opportunities in the Republic of Moldova as well as the prospects for continuing cooperation in the IT, finance, justice and home affairs fields will also be addressed. The Romanian Government will also be represented by: Sevil Shhaideh, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, Carmen Dan, Minister of Internal Affairs, Gabriel Leş, Minister of National Defence, Viorel Ştefan, Minister of Public Finance, Tudorel Toader, Minister of Justice, Mihai Tudose, Minister of Economy, Toma Petcu, Minister of Energy, Alexandru-Răzvan Cuc, Minister of Transports, Alexandru Petrescu, Minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Andreea Păstirnac, Minister for Romanians Abroad, Ana Birchall, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Mihai Busuioc, Secretary -General of the Government, Dan Neculăescu, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Daniel Ioniţă, Ambassador of Romania in the Republic of Moldova. The Government of the Republic of Moldova will also be represented by :Octavian Calmac, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Vasile Bitca, Minister of Regional Development and Constructions, Valeriu Munteanu, Minister of Environment, Alexandru Jizdan, Minister of Internal Affairs, Octavian Armașu, Minister of Finance, Vladimir Cebotari, Minister of Justice, Monica Babuc, Minister of Culture, Lilian Darii, Vice -Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Gheorghe Galbura, Vice - Minister of Defence, Mihai Gribincea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova in Romania. In the context of the joint meeting, there will be bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his counterpart Pavel Filip as well as between the Romanian Ministers and their counterparts in the Republic of Moldova. 2017-03-21 17:42:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Japoniei în România, Kisaburo IshiiȘtiri din 21.03.2017 14:24:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la Emisiunea „Sinteza zilei”, transmisă de Antena 3Știri din 21.03.2017 12:15:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul „Program de tabere ARC 2017 pentru românii de pretutindeni”, organizat de către Ministerul Tineretului și Sportului împreună cu Ministerul pentru Românii de PretutindeniȘtiri din 20.03.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on the occasion of his participation in the event: ARC 2017 camp programme for Romanians abroad Sorin Grindeanu: Distinguished Madam ambassador and distinguished ambassadors of the Romanian sports, dear Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, dear children! I am touched by the fact that I am in the presence of so many champions which brought us many times, a huge joy and who made us proud that we are Romanians. Laura Badea-Carleşcu, Mihai Covaliu, Anișoara Cuşmir, Constantina Diță, Paula Ivan, Eduard Novak, Florin Popescu, Valeria Răcilă Groningen, Monica Roșu, Gabriela Szabo are with us today. I told them before coming here that I had an experience of this kind, with more than 15 years ago, when I was director at the Youth and Sports Directorate and I met for the first time former world and European olympic gymnastics medalists like: Andreea Raducan, Maria Olaru and Simona Amanar. The emotions were the same and we conveyed them that due to them, we could listen to the national anthem and see Romanian flag waving all over the world. I thank the two Ministers Andreea Pastirmac and Marius Dunca for this excellent initiative. More than 2000 Romanians, children, youngsters, students or teachers will participate in the ARC programme as of this year and will have the occasion to see Romania through the eyes and soul of some great athletes. This year, all these Romanian ethnics will see for the first time Romania, will have a straight contact with our country's tradition, culture and civilization and will have the opportunity to interact with Romanians. I want to convey a special thought to Romanians from Voivodina and those from Timocului Valley, those from Cernauti and Odesa or from Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Croatia or Hungary: they are living far from the country, but the distance should not divide us. We are dutybound to get involved even more in the life of these communities of Romanians as there is a strong bond between us, and this is given by the feeling of belonging to the same nation. As Romanian, I am dutybound to do what it requires for this feeling not to get lost and I assure you that this represents a priority for the Government that I am leading. Ladies and gentlemen, beyond all governmental programmes, it is important what each of us is doing for unity and solidarity. I have heard many times co-nationals saying that when they are overseas, and hear Romanian around, they prefer to keep silent or speak in hushed tones in order not to be recognized as Romanians. I assure you that this is a wrong attitude and we have no reason to bend our head or to be ashamed of speaking Romanian. There are millions of Romanians who are working hard on Italian, Spanish, English or French soil, there are honest Romanians who are paying their taxes in the host countries where they are working and are helping the economies of these states and meanwhile, through the billions of euros they remit their families in the country, they are making an important contribution to Romania's development. Therefore, there is no reason to bend our head. On the contrary, we should take a firm stand when our co-nationals are humiliated or abused. It is true that many of the Romanians abroad felt many times that the Romanian state either listens to them very little or it does not help them at all. I want these things to change and to demonstrate that the current Cabinet is preoccupied with the situation of Romanians abroad not only in electoral campaigns, but on a daily basis. Repealing new consular and citizenship fees under the law eliminating 102 taxes was a first step. Setting up new consulates there where there are important communities of Romanians is other solution that we have in view to facilitate the access of Romanian citizens to various services. Mostly I want us to be successful, and to manage to implement measures conducive to economic growth, as then, many of the Romanians living today abroad will want to return home, as they will have all conditions for decent living standards there, alongside friends and family. Ladies and gentlemen, the Government will encourage any initiative on either the continuation or initiation of some new programmes to affirm and develop the ethnic, cultural and language identity of Romanians abroad. We need such programmes such as the ARC programme to bring people of Romanian origin closer to Romanian values, traditions and culture. I would like to convey Minister Dunca to carefully look at these Ambassadors of the Romanian sports, they proudly represent our country. We need to reward them for their many years of work. I also conveyed to Minister Dunca that I want in the shortest time possible to come up with a new legal framework on sports, namely a law of sports, and implementation norms for this law. I want Mr. Covaliu that we reach the same performances like in L.A Olympic Games at the next Olympic games, I know the conditions back then, and there are people in the room who honored us by that time. Romania ranked second. Afterwards, we were for a good number of editions in the first ten ranking countries in the sports. Unfortunately, at the last olympic games, we did not achieve achieved performance, not because of athletes, but because of sports facilities were reduced from my point of view, very much and these things should change. Alongside the Sport Ministry, you have my entire openness, of the Government too to resume these things on healthy bases. I also welcome Andreea Raducan. Finally, I wish success to organizers and I thank the athletes for the support provided to us. Thank you. 2017-03-20 13:05:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Ambasadorul Austriei, E.S. Dl. Gerhard ReiwegerȘtiri din 20.03.2017 10:00:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în județul TimișȘtiri din 18.03.2017 11:42:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în județul Caraș-SeverinȘtiri din 17.03.2017 13:04:00Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanții_autorităților_locale_din_județul_caraș-_severin_(2).jpgVizita delegației conduse de ministrul pentru românii de pretutindeni, Andreea Pastîrnac, în ItaliaȘtiri din 17.03.2017 for Romanians abroad, Andreea Pastirnac alongside the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives was from March 15 to 17, 2017, on a mission to Ragusa (Italy) to assess the situation of Romanians who are working there, following Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's request. The delegation met with Ragusa Prefect, Mrs. Maria Cornela Librizzi, and with representatives of the local authorities of Ragusa, of the Ministry of Interior, the Financial Guard, the Carabinieri, public health authorities, union leaders and heads of the Romanian and Italian associative milieu that takes action in support of the Romanians at difficulty. They also met Ragusa city mayor, Mr. Federico Piccitto, and members of the local council. The government delegation also went to the farms and greenhouses in the area for on-site talks with Romanian workers. The local authorities in Ragusa raised a flag about the high number of Romanian workers who are there without legal papers, many in dire working and living conditions, isolated, without possibilities of communication, exposed to various forms of exploitation and abuse. According to the Region of Sicily administration, although the Romanians represent one third of the total number of foreign workers, they are in a significantly vulnerable situation. In order to assist Romanian citizens, both the Italian and the Romanian side agreed on a concrete plan of measures comprising the setting up as soon as possible of a support and assistance center for the victims of trafficking, and for the people susceptible to being trafficked. Several mobile units capable of providing on-site assistance, counseling, case-tailored information and medical assistance will be rendered operational. The Italian side has reiterated that a joint regional committee has been established as of 2013 under a pilot project, is intended specifically for foreign workers. One of the proposals for optimal resolution of at - risk cases regarding persons' exploitation, was to double the project's capacity by creating a joint bilateral committee which would also comprise Romanian experts from the relevant Ministries. 2017-03-17 12:00:00Întâlnirea Viceprim-ministrului Daniel Constantin cu ministrul afacerilor externe al Turkmenistanului, Rașid MeredovȘtiri din 17.03.2017 Prime Minister Daniel Constantin has met today, at the Government HQ with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rasid Meredov. The two officials have addressed the deadlines of common interest with a view to developing activities in the field of transports and energy. Priorities aim at strengthening the energy bilateral partnership as well as the cooperation in the field of merchandise transportation on the Caspic Sea - Black Sea route. Vice Prime Minister Daniel Constantin has underlined that: - Romania has a major interest in strengthening relations with Turkmenistan and in capitalizing on the economic cooperation potential, especially in the transports and energy fields. At the same time, Vice Prime Minister Daniel Constantin has assured his counterpart of the support of Romanian specialists in the fields of oil and natural gas. The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan has mentioned that the port to Caspic Sea will be commissioned next year, being a connection point between Europe and Asia for merchandise transportation. During the meeting, the two officials have mutually agreed to relaunch the activity of working groups on energy and transport sectors, on the occasion of organizing the Joint Economic Commission in Ashgabat, in 2017. 2017-03-17 11:00:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu reprezentanții Fondului Monetar InternaționalȘtiri din 16.03.2017 15:25:00 Grindeanu a solicitat Ministerului Transporturilor și CNAIR monitorizarea proiectelor de infrastructură asumate prioritarȘtiri din 16.03.2017 15:19:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Corina Crețu, comisar european pentru Politică RegionalăȘtiri din 16.03.2017 press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the European Commissioner Corina Cretu Alina Petrescu: Good afternoon! Welcome to this special ceremony. 2017, as you know, is for us all, a special year, the year in which Romania celebrates the tenth anniversary of its EU membership. On this occasion, Romfilatelia launches a special issue of postal stamps dedicated to this event. - Ten years of Romania's EU entry- it is how this special stamps issue was called. I invite the director general of Romfilatelia, Cristina Popescu to present us this issue. Cristina Popescu: Good afternoon! Thank you. Distinguished Prime Minister, dear Commissioner, distinguished members of the Romanian Government, distinguished audience, dear press colleagues, it is an honor for our company to be present here, at an important event, on the occasion of the visit of Commissioner Corina Cretu. It is normal as the Romanian postal stamp is a real Ambassador. What we attempt today is to reveal before the guests is that panel which, in addition to the issue which already proves ten years of Romania's EU integration, we can admire too the post marks as of 2000. All stages of our country's historical development are represented through postmarks. We also open this exhibition under the title: - Discover Romania!. There are our country's regions, it is a call not only for those travelling to Romania, but also a call for investment, for Romania's wish to be the same country that wants a lot from social, economic, and political standpoint at the same time. Thank you very much! Allow me on this occasion to invite distinguished guests to reaveal the stamp panel and of course to stamp this issue. Corina Cretu: Thank you very much. To me, this is a touching moment, because, as far as I know, this is the first event that celebrates the 10th anniversary of EU membership. It is an important year, in which you know very well that at the EU too, we evaluate our EU membership, 60 years after the signature of the Rome Treaty. Therefore, Prime Minister, thank you for having organized this ceremony, which is very important. President Juncker intends to answer the invitation of the Romanian President, and together with you, I think it is important that we think of what we won in these ten years of EU membership, as we are more inclined to look only at drawbacks. I said yesterday too, Romania has an extraordinary chance as EU member state to express now, for the first time, its position in connection with the revival of the new European Union with 27 member states. You know very well that the Great Britain has unfortunately opted to leave the European Union, it is a decision that we regret, but we respect it, and this will not hinder us from further advancing in this unique project of the continent, which ensured 70 years of peace, prosperity, economic growth and which is criticized but needs to be improved. I am very glad to have the Foreign Minister here and those responsible for European funds and I am sure that we can go further on. Perhaps, Prime Minister will tell you few words about our meeting, more in detail, and I will return afterwards. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you, Madam Commissioner. First of all, I am glad that we could launch today together this stamp issue. As the Foreign Minister told me, it is the first festive moment which marks the ten years of accession. Beyond this moment, I want to tell you and mark the fact that when we had country projects such as the project of our country's EU accession, we were successful. Secondly, I had a working meeting with the Commissioner and the otehr colleagues from teh European Commission and very many technical aspects have been discussed because we, the Romanian Government, believe the European funds to be an engine for economic growth and we place emphasis on drawing European funds, while trying to unblock things that were previously blocked. There are actual things in each separate field that we have to do in the period ahead and where we can count on Mrs Commissioner' support and more. There are deadlines we have to meet, deadlines that we set ourselves, so that we may follow the schedule we want to keep in place. I can tell you that in these two months, there have been taken measures so that over the next period, all management authorities be accredited by the end of the year. Also, over the next period, funding agreements will be signed for the IT axis in operational programme competitiveness. It is an important thing regarding human capital too. And a very large number of funding guides will be released in April. A good thing that used to be unexpected some time ago is that we will close the month from the 2007-2103 financial framework on an unexpectedly high absorption rate when we think about 2010 and 2011, as that will be somewhere around 90 percent. It is an extremely good thing but it is perhaps an example too for what we have to do in the future. There are things to implement, technical things, which, in agreement with the European Commission, to simplify all this process so that, in the end, financing and drawing European funds as I told, being a priority of the Government I am leading, is put in practice. In connection to this subject, I annpunced some two weeks ago that we will meet every ten days to assess the progress in all fields related to European funds. The first meetings took place.There is March 20 deadline for the first things which need to be impemented. Things will continue in the same pace, under my coordination, so that the progress we want to achieve be very well monitored. As a conclusion, I would like to thank Commissioner Corina Cretu for her help in these months, for what I am sure we will do in the period ahead, so that our objectives along with those of the European Commission become reality. Thank you. Corina Cretu: I would add some words. I would like to thank the Prime Minister, it is the third meeting, but the first official in Romania, because we met twice in Brussels, and we discussed about these technical aspects, which very much worried me from the beginning of the year. Today, I had a very good discussion with the team of the Prime Minister and I welcome the Government's openness to have this very good collaboration with the European Commission, to accelerate the delays. We want a collaboration relation, because in this way, Romania wins, In connection with the absorbtion rate for 2007 -2013, I would like to thank all Ministers with whom I collaborated ever since I am a European Commissioner. I am glad that neither in 2015, nor in 2016, Romania lost any euro of the allocations available to it: basically, these delays and losses are from the 2007 -2011 period, the early programming, and when, perhaps, Romania had this weakness of not being enough prepared for its EU entry, as it could not submit projects from the very first day of accession unlike other member states. In any case, I would like to thank all working in this field, also the management authorities, and last but not least, to thank my colleagues from DG REGIO who made this huge effort to work to work closely to attain this absorbtion rate, which Prime Minister deemed as unconceivable including for us, but we set up this group for a better implementation, comprising eight member states with delays. I want to say that in the last two years, there have been more than 200 technical meetings between Ministers, Secretaries of State and our experts from the European Commission, so that we managed to attain this level of 90, 6 - it is our estimate, we still receive invoices until late March, afterwards, we have five more months to evaluate these invoices, but our estimate is that unfortunately, 2 billion EUR out of 19 will be lost, absorbtion will stand somewhat at 90.6. The good news is that 17 billion were invested in Romanian economy, more than ten thousands jobs were created. Surely, the transport field was a bit delayed, only 124 kilometers of highway but nevertheless, 900 kilometers of national roads. Schools, hospitals, mainly renovations were achieved through European funds. Therefore, value added can be noticed in every county, and perhaps, in every locality. This is why I would like to thank especially the Ministers and those who worked on site and the unit from Romania, director Vittoria Alliata and Mr. Crasten Rasmussen and other members of the unit in Romania who contributed to this succes. Today, we had that technical meeting as Prime Minister mentioned, I will meet the others as well. First of all, I would like to welcome the fact that Romania has a Vice Prime Minister in charge of European funds, which shows the ambition to absorb European funds and to use the 23 billions available to Romania in this financial exercise. I will meet today with Ms. Rovana Plumb, with the Health Minister, we are waiting for the Transport Minister to arrive in Brussels. You know well that the Government has in me and the services under my authority a steady ally and support. I said it and I will repeat it, this year is decisive for Romania, we discussed this with Prime Minister, it is essential that the EU funds be spent strategically, in line with Romania's investment priorities, as they were set in the partnership agreement. Indeed, I would like to congratulate the Government for making progress in such a short time. We are looking forward to the nomination of management and control authorities and acceleration of implementation on the site. We spoke about bureaucracy, as we are very often criticized by Brussels bureaucracy, and we spoke about many projects of 6,000 pages. Prime Minister told us about his experience as president of County Council, for three days, he signed thousands of papers and projects which had to be signed and initialed. This is not a EU requirement, hopefully, a possibility to simplify this process is to be found at national level. Other aspect addressed is the need for structural and investment funds to go hand in hand with funding the National Programme of Local Development. I agreed with madam Vice Prime Minister that those two funds support each other, to improve the people's quality of life. I am waiting for your questions. I am glad to be in Romania in such an important moment. You know well that yesterday, I was in the national Parliament, I had a meeting with students, because in addition to technical problems, we are at the crossroads of the European Union, and it depends on Romania too, this time, for the first in our history, to make our voice heard, how we want Europe to look like in 60 years. I was asked yesterday at SNSPA, where I was very impressed by the level of EU knowledge of students - what would Pinelli say, or those who drew up the European project. I think they would have been proud, seeing this enlargement. I do not think they dreamt this EU project would extend so much. I think we should realize that we are accountable to future generations of the way EU looks in 60 years from now. From this point of view, I would like to call on Government, national Parliament, all authorities, all NGOs, to launch this debate, in order to get closer, and have in the end, as I am sure that the five scenarios, it will not be one in particular, there will be a mix of the five, and it is important for the final project that will be discussed in December European Council in Brussels to meet as much as possible the citizens' expectations. In the end, this is why this European Union was created, to improve people's lives, to have peace, prosperity and progress in all countries. You know very well that unfortunately, there is no more the same climate of solidarity and understanding. National egoism is bigger. Therefore, it is important to make our voice and interests heard. Thank you very much. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. 2017-03-16 14:38:00 Discuții despre înființarea Muzeului Istoriei Evreilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 16.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received at Victoria Palace, a delegation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, accompanied by US Ambassador in Romania, Hans Klemm. The main topic of discussion has been the creation of a Museum of the Romanian Jews history, a demarche to consolidate the Holocaust history education. The discussion followed a first international meeting of the consultative board for the setting up of the museum held at Victoria Palace, on March 17. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has expressed his appreciation for the excellent cooperation between institutions in Romania, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, particularly for the conduct of educational programmes as well as the international promotion of the project for the museum of Romanian Jews. This project is backed by the Romanian Government as well as other institutions of the Romanian State. We want this project to become reality as soon as possible, and to this end, we will closely cooperate with the Federation of Romanias Jewish Communities, Prime Minister has stated. The Head of the Executive has also thanked the visiting delegation for their proposal for him to become an honorary member of the board of the future Museum of Romanian Jews History. During the meeting, the American officials have reaffirmed their appreciation for the activity of the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Holocaust Studies in Romania and for the outcomes of the Romanian chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The meeting has been attended by Radu Ioanid, director of the International Archival Programs Division at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Paul A. Shapiro, director of international affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mihnea Constantinescu, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Alexandru Florian, director general of the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Holocaust Studies in Romania. 2017-03-16 13:16:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la Emisiunea “România 9”, cu Ionuț Cristache, transmisă de TVR 1Știri din 15.03.2017 21:00:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la acțiunea de plantare - „Creștem împreună” – deschiderea oficială a lunii plantării arborilor 2017Știri din 15.03.2017 19:30:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evaluarea activităților desfășurate de Ministerul Afacerilor Interne în anul 2016Știri din 15.03.2017 by PM Sorin Grindeanu at the Internal Affairs Ministry's activity report for 2016 President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Minister, Ministers Director, Prosecutor General, Mayor General, Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests, I am glad to attend here today, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an important moment in which you establish what was good, what was not good, what steps you need to take in the future. My first working visit to MAI, as Prime Minister, took place in a difficult moment, when snow and frost hit almost the entire country. Your actions back then saved hundreds of lives and were a proof of force and devotion. The heroes of those days were policemen, firemen, gendarmes, border policemen who faced an awful frost for days in a row in order to help their fellow citizens. The results presented by Madam Minister shows that the Ministry of Internal Affairs like every time met the main objectives it undertook: the level of citizen'safety increased, crime is on downward trend, emergencies have been managed in an integrate and efficient way, local and parliamentary elections were organized in a fair, transparent way, with support from STS too. While Madam Minister made her presentation, I thought how much unseen effort, it takes to secure normality, to ensure our daily safety. I am aware that you strive each day to attain the results you presented today. That takes very many efforts, involves resources, human resource being the most important. The programme for government sets very clearly the priorities incumbent to the Internal Affairs Ministry for the years to come, all these focused on the citizen'safety. From the policeman who is continuously fighting the crime phenomenon, fireman risking his life for the well-being of the community, the gendarme who protects the lives of participants in public events, border policeman who defends the borders to personnel working in structures providing public services, especially release of documents, all employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are an essential component of the state in its relationship with the citizens. Boost in citizens'safety and combating crime, especially the economico-financial crime and corruption should remain major objectives of the Internal Affairs Ministry. I assure you of my support and the support of the government team in all your steps in this respect. You acted very responsibly and you coped efficiently with the challenges generated by illegal migration, through better cooperation with border police authorities from neighboring states, EU and third states, by implementing the European policies on migration and asylum. You have my support to continue your efforts. Meanwhile, as Head of the Executive, I am dutybound to make sure that the employees of state structures enjoy all salary rights they deserve following their activity and they have the necessary logistic support. I know that at MAI level, equipment is not at the level required, but efforts are being made to improve the situation, including by drawing European funds. As you know, these days, we have sought solutions for salary rights of the MAI staff. I am sure that the salary level of this Ministry's personnel should mirror their activity and the incumbent risks. We need to eliminate gaps between professional catgeories and find fair solutions, in line with available funds. I expect you to remain fair, unbiased and especially politically uninvolved. You have my full support and the Romanian Government' support as long as you remain honest in action. Whatever you do, do it in full awareness of the role and responsibilities you have! I know its not too much to ask you to be an example for the community! Involvement and loyalty of each MAI employee are vital to the safety of citizens and the health of the economy. I thank Madam Minister for her involvement and determination and diplomacy showed in all situations. I want to thank everyone in this great family of M.A.I., because every day you turn your professionalism, courage and responsibility in safety and confidence for the citizen. I congratulate you on the results achieved last year and I wish you success further on! I wish you all every success and I assure you of my support and the Government'support! Thank you. 2017-03-15 17:20:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la Conferința rectorilor și președinților Senatelor din universitățile acreditate, organizată la Academia de Studii EconomiceȘtiri din 15.03.2017 Sorin Grindeanu: We want the new education law to lay the foundations of an educational system of quality, best-performing and efficient - A new vision is needed in the educational field, adjusted to current realities and requirements, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated today at the working meeting of rectors and Senate presidents of accredited universities, event held at the Academy of Economic Studies. - It is imperative to really build - Competent Romania, and this desideratum cannot be attained but through education. I think it is high time to sit together at the same table and find tose solutions to allow us have a functional, transparent and predictable legislation in this field', Prime Minister has stated. The Head of the Executive has requested the Ministry of National Education to continue collaboration with the Presidential Administration regarding the project - Educated Romania which will ground the future public policies and strategic orientations. In the field of education - we need a new law, adaptable, concise, and comprehensive for the educational field reform to be a continual process, adequate for a society based on knowledge, market economy, competition of values or rule of law, Prime Minister has stated. At the same time, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined the need of stability in the field of education, recalling that in the last 27 years, the law of education was punctually amended 100 times, which did not provide a framework conducive to performance. - We want that whereby the new law, we consolidate an educational system of quality, best - performing and efficient, stemming from national values and taking into account the current European context, Prime Minister has stated. Measures adopted since taking office to date confirm the importance the Executive attaches to education, strategic field and a priority. In this respect, Prime Minister has showed that the education budget grew this year by 15 percent compared to 2016, wages for teaching and ancillary staff from preuniversity and university education were increased as of January 1, by 15 percent, on average, the students benefiting from free rail transport and scholarships rising from 83 to 201 lei per month. The Government intends to implement other measures as well in the educational field, laid down in the Programme for Government such as: setting up the Student Entrepreneurship Society, or a national collaboration programme between students and economic agents to resolve some practical problems. In connection with the unitary pay law, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated that the draft law pending completion will set the pay on fair bases, putting the competences in agreement with the income level. - The unitary pay law will set education and people dedicated to it on the place they really deserve Prime Minister has stated. The working meeting of rectors and Senate Presidents of accredited universities, event organized at the Academy of Economic Studies, has also been attended by the Minister of National Education, Pavel Nastase. 2017-03-15 11:57:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Davor Ivo Stier, viceprim-ministru și ministru al Afacerilor Externe și Europene din Republica CroațiaȘtiri din 14.03.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met with Davor Ivo Stier, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. The meeting took place in the context of Croatia's marking 25 years of international recognition, implicit from the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the two countries. During the meeting, Romanian and Croatian officials have showed their interest for intensifying bilateral relations, especially in the context of debates about the EU future. - Romania considers that reinvigoration of the European project can be done based on the idea of unity around EU fundamental values and principles. I hold the firm belief that our states can make joint efforts in this respect, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The two officials have reaffirmed their support for an united Europe, not a divided one, and for cooperation between the two states for their accession to Schengen space. The Head of the Executive has also underlined the importance of developing the economic relations between the two countries. In his turn, the Croatian Prime Minister has underlined the importance of tourist collaboration given that as of May, there will be a direct Bucharest - Zagreb flight operating several times per week. During discussions, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu has pointed out that trade relations development might rely on the complementary character of the two states' economies, more precisely, Croatian economy, based on services and the Romanian one, based on industry. Other aspect addressed during this meeting aimed at measures taken by both states with a view to observing the rights of the Croatian minority from Romania and of the Romanian speaking community in Croatia, especially regarding mother tongue-based education. Marius Nica, State Advisor in the Romanian Government and Constantin - Mihail Grigorie, Ambassador of Romania in the Republic of Croatia have also attended this meeting. The Croatian side has been represented by the Ambassador of Croatia in Romania, Davor Vidis, alongside the Croatian Deputy Prime Minister. 2017-03-14 12:47:00ă de lucru a reprezentanţilor Guvernului României în Republica Italiană, pe fondul unor informații privind exploatarea forţei de muncăȘtiri din 14.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has requested a joint working visit to Italy of representatives of the Ministry for Romanians Abroad and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, considering the information about cases of Romanian citizens exploitation while working in Sicily and Calabria. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu follows with concern the situation of Romanians in Italy and is waiting with interest the report of the Government's representatives sent on site. The aforementioned visit will take place from March 15 to 17. The Minister for Romanians Abroad, Andreea Pastarnac and a representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will participate in the working visit. The members of the delegation will have meetings with local officials, as well as with representatives of Romanians organizations in Italy, and also with those in the associative environment involved in defending the rights of foreign workers and combating abuses against them. The Minister for Romanians Abroad launched a consultation on actual topics regarding Romanian - Italian cooperation and bilateral dialogue, in a meeting with the Head of the Italian diplomatic mission in Bucharest. 2017-03-14 09:00:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la ”Ora Prim-Ministrului”, în plenul Camerei DeputațilorȘtiri din 13.03.2017 17:55:00 Grindeanu: Energia și apărarea sunt două domenii cu potențial de dezvoltare în relațiile bilaterale dintre România și TurciaȘtiri din 13.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has welcomed the development of economic relations between Romania and Turkey and has underlined their development potential and the Government's determination to back investments in order to increase the trade exchange volume between the two countries. - This meeting will give a new impetus to economic relations between our countries. Looking back, we realize that the trade exchanges between Romania and Turkey rose in only 7 years from EUR 2.9 billion in 2009 to 4.3 billion in 2016. We want an intensification of these exchanges and we intend that over the next years, their value further increases. It is a daring desideratum but we believe that there are all conditions for it to become reality, the Head of the Executive has stated, during the meeting with the Ambassador of Turkey to Romania, His Excellency, Osman Koray Ertas, and the representatives of the Association of Turkish Businesspeople. Energy and defence are two fields with development potential in the bilateral relations, Prime Minister has stated, outlining the Government's openness towards initiating some projects in other sectors too. The representatives of the Association of Turkish Businesspeople have expressed their willingness to expand their businesses in Romania, announcing a series of concrete investments for the ensuing period, which will lead to creation of several hundred jobs. Turkish investors have also expressed their contentement with the open attitude of the Romanian Government towards the business sector, but also their confidence that the measures taken by the Executive will have a positive impact on economy and society in general. - I am a Turkish citizen but also a Romanian citizen like almost 90 percent of the members of our Association. I love this country and this is why we want to develop our investments here, for the common benefit of the Romanian state and our companies, Murat Demiray, chairperson of the Association has stated. Prime Minister Grindeanu has also added: - The Government I am leading has understood its role of business sector partner, based on openness, dialogue and flexibility. We count on the support of the Association of Turkish Businesspeople to facilitate the relationship between Romanian investors and Turkish authorities the way we count on the fact that the Association will signal any problem that the Turkish businesspeople will encounter here in opening and unfolding investments. We find the most appropriate solutions through constant dialogue. The Minister for Business Environment and Entrepreneurship, Alexandru Petrescu has mentioned that he has already had contacts with the representatives of the Turkish business community and discussions took place so as the Ministry represents an integrating point of contact designed to facilitate foreign investments in Romania. 2017-03-13 15:17:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la reuniunea Adunării Generale a Asociației Municipiilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 13.03.2017 Sorin Grindeanu: We will initiate regional debates on the issue of development projects The Government will initiate a series of regional meetings with the mayors of municipalities , in which solutions for local and national development projects will be debated, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has announced at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Romanian Municipalities Association. - The large development projects need to be discussed at regional level. You, the mayors are very important for the communities you represent as you are the people who are in contact each day with the citizens and you solve hundreds of problems. (...) The big challenge is to channel the energies around the large common projects, irrespective of the political affiliation, Prime Minister has stated. A project of this type considers Romania's position and its role in connection with the European Union's future, our country arguing the need to relaunch the European project on the basis of the idea of unity around the EU fundamental principles and values. In this respect, Prime Minister Grindeanu has argued that Romania further needs European cohesion funds to reduce the development gaps with other member states. Regarding the unitary pay law, Prime Minister has outlined that it will be built on a fair approach basis, and further to consultations with local administration, adequate solutions can be found so that wages in the public administration sector be in accordance with job responsibilities. - I trust that along with you, we will succeed in putting in practice all these large projects: either substantial changes of legislation, or large regional projects that we should implement. I call on you to directly contact me or the Cabinet colleagues. I worked for the public administration, I know the problems you are facing, and my door is always open for you, the Head of the Executive has concluded. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Association of Municipalities from Romania Sorin Grindeanu: President of the Senate, Calin Popescu - Tariceanu, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea, mayors, Ministers, Distinguished guests, I prepared some ideas about what I wanted to say today, many of them have been said by previous speakers. I will say certain things from my position as former representative of the local public administration - some months ago and I said it two weeks ago, at the Communes Association, I am thinking what I would have said, in my capacity as chairperson of the County Council or deputy mayor of Timisoara, if I had had a meeting of such type with the leadership of Parliament or with the Prime Minister or with several Ministers. I know that each time, on meetings of this type, you could hear how important you are for the parties you represent in elections, how much you represent for each of the respective parties and how much you are needed especially in those moments. Nobody can deny this. There is talk every time that you need to receive more funds. Again, this is undeniable. I know that you are important for the communities that you represent, as you are facing on a daily basis the citizens' problems and you solve hundreds of problems per day, which are not simple, but which involve a high amount of energy. It may be high time to stop from this daily race and think all of what was said earlier, namely to think about what stands for a real challenge for the years to come, namely large projects, large projects that we all want, either the towns, municipalities that you are running or regional projects. This is the challenge ahead of all of us in the years to come, irrespective of the political affiliation of each of us. Politics is one thing, administration is a different thing. In connection with challenges, I was some days ago, in Brussels. There is much talk about multi-speed Europe. We have a joint stand Parliament - Government - Presidency and a joint project and namely, to keep the European path of Romania in this form. We further need cohesion funds as they help us reduce the gaps between less developed countries of the EU and the developed countries, but all together, all the 27, not on different speeds, this is what we will sustain in the next months, and a good example, a common project to which we should rally. There have been such projects. If you remember, at the beginning of 2000, when , beyond what we said earlier, politics, we had a joint project: accession to NATO, and it was achieved. Also, during Tariceanu's tenure - accession to European Union, a joint project in which all energies have been channeled towards achieving this objective. This is why I propose you - and along with Government representatives, we will achieve it, I will ask President Negoita in the months ahead to organize regional meetings to discuss about regional projects together with Government's representatives. Vice Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh was already in more than half the counties of our country but large development projects should be discussed at regional level and with the help of the Association, and Mr. President, I think we should take this step. Regarding the salary law, as President Liviu Dragnea said earlier, challenge is of the following type, we have had some discussions before with the mayors and your colleagues. We can build on that fair basis, a basis in accordance with each one's responsibility, with your help, through public debate, of the associations of those four, through public debate, we build fairly and to a large extent, to adjust the salary to responsibility. There is still a problem, it may seem little, but I know that almost each of you is facing it, to give one example, the one related to financing sports. It is an issue which should be treated differently from one administrative unit to other and there is no unitary practice. This is why in the recent Cabinet meeting, I asked the Minister of Youth and Sports that along with the Development Minister clarify this law as soon as possible, because many times, there were practices varying from one town to another or from one County Council to another. I am sure that Vice Prime Minister Daniel Constantin will tell you few things related to waste, as it is also an important problem and which may create certain problems in the period ahead. In connection with funding - along with the Finance Minister, on what has been said in the programme for government, we will change a lot the way taxes remain to local authorities. I fully trust that together with you, we will manage to put in practice these large projects, substantial changes of legislation, or what we said earlier, those large regional projects to put in practice. I remind you something what I said as conclusion at the meeting of the Communes Association: I ask you to directly contact the Government's representatives and myself too. The door of my Cabinet is open. Coming from local administration, I know your problems. We are trying to resolve them. I wish you succes! Thank you. 2017-03-13 11:50:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la BruxellesȘtiri din 09.03.2017 Minister Grindeanu: It is necessary to relaunch the European project around the idea of unity Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had today, in Brussels, a series of talks with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, with Serghei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists, with Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, with Gianni Pittella, President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S and D) in the European Parliament, as well as with other European leaders,among whom Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, and Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal. During discussions, the Head of the Executive has argued the need to relaunch the European project based on the idea of unity around fundamental EU values and principles. An inclusive approach, in the format of dialogue open to participation of all states, the Romanian Prime Minister has stated. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined the importance for Romania of the cohesion funds policies and the common agricultural policies. Prime Minister Grindeanu had these talks in the context of his participation to PES meeting, in Brussels. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met with the Chancellor of Austria, Christian Kern Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had today, in Brussels, a bilateral meeting with Mr. Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria, in the context of the meeting of the European Socialists Party. Ms. Ana Birchall, Minister delegate for European Affairs has also attended the meeting. The Romanian Prime Minister and the Chancellor of Austria have exchanged opinions on the European agenda priorities, focusing on the topics discussed at the March 9-10 European Council. In this context, the Head of the Bucharest Executive has reconfirmed Romania's pro-European attachment and its firm commitment to actively contributing to strengthening the European project, including from the Brexit perspective and of the debates linked to the EU future. - Romania clearly maintains its stand on deepening the Union, with all its successful policies and projects, especially the Internal Market, Schengen Area and the Eurozone. I reconfirm Romania' support for a consolidated, unitary and inclusive Europe, Prime Minister Grindeanu has underlined. During the meeting, the two officials have agreed on Romanian Prime Minister's paying an official visit to Vienna, in the context of debates on the EU future, details are about to be established through diplomatic channels. Other point of discussion aimed at the economic relations between the two countries, with emphasis on investments with Austrian capital in our country, taking into account the fact that Austria is one of Romania's main trade partners. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has briefly presented the Government's priorities for the next period, mentioning his preoccupation with continuing the measures to support the business environment. The Chancellor of Austria, Christian Kern has congratulated the Prime Minister for the result of elections, and has assured him of his support for Romania's efforts to draw European funds to finance projects designed to contribute to improving prison conditions. Other aspect discussed referred to preparations for taking over the EU Council Presidency, considering the fact that Romania will take over the Presidency in the first semester of 2019. Minister delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall has outlined that the EU Council Presidency represents a challenge for Romania and has showed that the Bucharest authorities will closely cooperate with the Austrian authorities given that Romania will take over the EU Council Presidency from Austria. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying visit to Brussels, from March 8 to 9, where he attends the PES meeting and has a series of meetings with senior European officials in the margins of the European Council. 2017-03-09 13:49:00ţii de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la BruxellesȘtiri din 09.03.2017 Grindeanu: Good afternoon. As you know, I participated for the first time as Prime Minister in the meeting of the Heads of state and government, members of the European Socialists Party. I took this opportunity to have direct meetings with them. We discussed about both bilateral agenda and the common European agenda. I reaffirmed during these meetings what President said in the morning, I said this in the past days too, namely our country's willingness to strengthen the common European project, with all the 27 member states, in the same direction, as history shows us that together,we are stronger. The debates which you know and which are hardly at the outset, will continue over the next period. Each of us expressed his views, I told you our view, we share it: Presidential Administration, Government, or Parliament. It is Romania's joint stand. Reporter: How do the European Socialists view this late discussion on multi-speed Europe, with two or several -speed Europe? What has been discussed on this topic? Sorin Grindeanu: As I told you, debates have just started, they will continue. I cannot say there is a common view of European Socialists. What matters is that this debate will take place, that each country has arguments, on each of the scenarios but there is not a common point of view at this moment, as aforementioned, debates are at the start and they will continue. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, we, the Romanians are against the idea of a multi-speed Europe, but do we also have a concrete plan to submit to the attention of the European partners, as alternative to this multi-speed Europe? Sorin Grindeanu: It is not only us who are against this idea - I do not think the issue should be discussed or debated in such terms, that we, the Romanians are against something. We support strengthening the European project in this form. We are interested and not only we, that the cohesion funds remain an important part of the European policy, alike the common agricultural policy - there are extremely important things and I repeat it is not only about Romania. This is the direction we must continue, develop and strengthen. As I told you, history showed that every time we were together, we were stronger. That is the direction that we not only propose but I undeline the debates are at the start and each of us will have arguments. Reporter: What to do for those small clubs, as they are at present: Schengen Club, Euro Club to remain open for countries such as: Romania that will want to join these clubs in the future? Sorin Grindeanu: I think that things do not change very much, if I understand well what you ask me, but I do not think that we can speak about future saying that things will run at different speed in the future. What we all want and what everybody said is that all the 27 states go in the same direction and with the same speed - to quote. We all want to develop, to get strengthened as much as possible, to be part of what means common European policies. Reporter: The European Commission Vice - President, Timmermans stated some minutes ago that it is normal that European funds be halted in states with rule of law related problems. Have you discussed this topic with him? Sorin Grindeanu: It was not a discussion. I had a discussion with the First Vice - President Timmermans, an extremely constructive one, like the one two weeks ago, what we committed two weeks ago to sending to the European Commission, our request for European funds to renovate prisons too - we did it, discussions have also started on that working group regarding clarifications on CVM recommendations. Discussion with First Vice - President Timmermans was in fair parameters and two weeks ago, we both appreciated the way we cooperated, the Romanian Government with him and the European Commission in general. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you had several bilateral meetings now, at PES. About which of it can you detail...? Let us say Moscovici ..economy. Sorin Grindeanu: No, there were talks, and it is normal to be so, with the President Hollande, with Prime Minister of Italy, with the Czech Prime Minister, and with the Foreign Minister of Luxembourg and the Swedish Prime Minister. As aforementioned, there were talks on the bilateral agenda of our countries, with the Austrian Chancellor, and our views linked to European Commission's common policy. Over the next period, we will have bilateral meetings with each of these countries, with Italy, with Sweden, with all the others. Reporter: Can you tell us what did you discuss with the President of France, Francois Hollande, on that brief meeting? Sorin Grindeanu: There are issues related to discussions which perhaps are more informal many times but I can tell you that it was a discussion linked to the current state of affairs in Romania. I presented as I did each time, our situation. I appreciated the support given by France all these years and we want of course to strengthen our partnership with France. Reporter: One more question. You met today with the Austrian Chancellor. Can you tell us whether, during this meeting, the Austrian Chancellor asked about the activity of the Holzindustrie Schweighofer from Romania, considering that the Ministry of Waters and Forests announced it will very carefully supervise the activity of this group? As you know, it has problems internationally and if this was one of the meeting points? Sorin Grindeanu: No, we discussed in general. Austria is an important economic partner of our country and as you know, Austrian investment have an important share in the Romanian economy. Other thing matters: I have established together with the Austrian Chancellor that over the next period, we meet either in Vienna or Bucharest, and our diplomacies are about to established the agenda, and surely, then, we will approach the concrete points linked to the eventual situations that you mentioned. Reporter: You were talking about a common stand, Government, Presidency and Parliament. When did you consult, Prime Minister, the Parliament, regarding this stand? Sorin Grindeanu: I have seen statements in this respect. I apologize! Perhaps, I have said too much, but I have seen statements from the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies in the same line with the President's, mine or of the Government. Reporter: Will you intitiate as Government, alongside Presidency, a national consultation on a position to be adopted? You may therefore find the view of all parliamentary parties in this respect. Sorin Grindeanu: We can be part of it. I do not think this is the Government's role but we can be part of it. We had a meeting with Mr. President yesterday for a common position, and this dialogue is welcome, we have a common stand. Surely, if this debate is more clear, it is better. Government can be part of this debate. Reporter: Following these bilateral contacts, will you telephone Mr. President given that on the margins of the Council, it is important to know what you discussed. Sorin Grindeanu: I am sure we will have discussions in the following days too as conclusions we can draw following these meetings and especially as strategy we will need to pursue as country, in the line of what I have told you earlier. Thank you. 2017-03-09 00:00:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la emisiunea ”Probleme la zi”, moderată de Alexandra Andon, la Radio România ActualitățiȘtiri din 07.03.2017 16:48:00 Sorin Grindeanu, întrevederi cu înalți oficiali la Bruxelles Știri din 07.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay a visit to Brussels, from March 8 to 9. He will have a series of meetings with senior European oficials, in the margin of the European Council summit . - During the meetings with European officials, I will reconfirm Romanian authorities' commitment for consolidation and reinvigoration of the European construction, especially in the perspective of the Rome Summit from March 25 this year. Romania is interested to actively take part in supporting a consolidated Union, based on cohesion, solidarity and in line with fundamental values, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Romanian Executive will have several meetings with European officials, among whom: Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria, Stefan Lofven, Prime Minister of Sweden, Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Grindeanu will also participate in the meeting of the Party of European Socialists, organized for the preparation of the European Council. 2017-03-07 13:08:00ăsuri pentru creșterea gradului de colectare a taxelor și impozitelorȘtiri din 07.03.2017 the working meeting with the representatives of the Ministry of Public Finance and ANAF, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has analyzed their proposals to increase the tax collection level and to improve the relationship between tax administration and the individual taxpayers and legal entities. An array of urgent measures with implementation deadline April 15, 2017 are considered, among which: Advising taxpayers to pay taxes on time and correctly fill in tax statements; Guiding taxpayers for accessing the phased payment of tax obligations, if they cannot pay on time their taxes. This solution allows some facilities such as: cancelling delay penalties in case of completing the payment phase-out; Extending - Private Virtual Space Service to legal entities and other entities without legal personality; More flexible account garnishing modality in case of taxpayers undergoing foreclosure, so that the amount blocked does not exceed the debt to ANAF; Initiation of control action in e-commerce; Intensified control with a view to identifying taxpayers with false invoices in the accounting records. It is also envisaged to improve the relationship between the Tax Administration and taxpayers by enforcing the regulations to be included in the new law on prevention, project now in an advanced stage of development within an interministerial working group. The purpose of the prevention law will be to prevent automatic enforcement of sanctions for contraventions, by drafting a compliance plan in order to provide a deadline for taxpayer to be able to correct the irregularities noticed and to comply with legal requirements. Another topic discussed at the working meeting today aimed at the situation of granting the bonus for risk and neuro-psychic overloading to antifraud personnel from the ANAF. ANAF President, Bogdan Nicolae Stan told the Prime Minister that the measure to reduce this bonus is strictly temporary. The Head of the Executive has expressed his support for the work of ANAF personnel and upon budget revision, the necessary funds will be allocated to resume payment of that bonus at the level of 25% of the basic salary. Ionut Misa, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, and Bogdan Nicolae Stan, ANAF President have also attended the meeting at Victoria Palace. 2017-03-07 13:04:00 Petrescu, purtător de cuvânt al GuvernuluiȘtiri din 06.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has appointed today Ms. Alina Petrescu as State Advisor, Government Spokesperson. - I very much want transparency and real time communication to be two main attributes of the Cabinet I am leading. It is our responsibility to correctly inform the people about the measures which most of the time have a direct impact upon their lives. I trust Alina will know how to explain the Government's decisions and make the Government team's activity understood, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. Alina Petrescu has an almost 15-year experience in journalism, she made her debut at TVR International channel, continuing for almost two-year at Euronews, and working for more than 10 years with the Antena 3 private broadcaster, where she had several TV shows. 2017-03-06 17:26:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Forumul ”Piața imobiliară în 2017”Știri din 03.03.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the debate: - Real estate market in 2017 Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. I will try to briefly present the measures we have taken to date, but I will focus on this area in the decisions we will make over the ensuing period, either in the Government or regarding certain draft laws which are currently in Parliament, and which target in my opinion, your field of activity. First of all, as general idea, I want this sector return where it was ten years ago. I may be wrong as exactitude, but the position that the real estate sector and the contructions sector had in what means the Romanian economy, was an important one. Through the measures we have taken, some are about to be adopted, we want to give impetus to this sector, and I will be as clear as possible in saying that the zero VAT draft law currently in Parliament, for the sale of dwellings for individuals is backed by the Government. If we talk with a financier, the way we all know these people who just sit and count pluses and minuses without seeing the side-effects, his first impression will be that we are going to register a significant minus in the state budget. If, on the contrary, we talk about the effects in a whole domain, which means an impetus on this market, specifically that we move to slash that deficit of around 1,000,000 new homes which we all need - it is one of the few things we can do right now in this field, which in my opinion, gives an impetus to the real estate market. The effects are to be seen from our point of view, surely in the second phase, including through bigger receipts. You have also talked about what - First home means. I have all data here. We speak about a guarantee ceiling of 2.67 billion lei -2.5 this year, the rest, the not spent ceiling of last year. I would remind you one thing, if Alex did not have time to tell it, namely, elimination of the transfer tax on property with value smaller than 450,000 lei. This is a measure already adopted and which I think it gives an impetus to this sector. Returning to what will perhaps be a debate, I have seen this debate has started, and I could hear the financiers' opinions, first of all in backing or not the zero VAT draft law, I tell you in the most frank way possible that we will follow the legal steps. When Parliament asks the Government's opinion, we will issue a positive opinion to this draft law which we back. We will notify the European Commission as you know there are regulations with different VAT, and there are certain rules which we need to observe. It is not a new thing. There are countries with a different VAT on various areas, therefore, we will observe these rules because we back this draft law exactly for what we said at the start of our discussion, namely boosting this extremely important sector for our economy, which we want it to return to that dynamics prior to 2009, 2008, perhaps even before that. This is a true engine for our economy. New jobs mean very many things which are pluses, even if on a first phase, as I told you, a financier sees only the minuses. I have a lot of data if needed, we will make it available to you. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following his participation in the debate: - Real estate market in 2017 Reporter: There are rumors about losses of 900 million lei compared to last years' receipts? Sorin Grindeanu: No, I have asked them, and those from ANAF will send you, I wsa first interested in the measures that the Finance Ministry and the ANAF take for structural reform that I desire within ANAF so that the collection degree be that we proposed for 2017. Neither me nor my colleagues have any reason to be pessimistic. There are certain things that have come following the last year's measures and that have been reflected to a certain extent in January. In February, things have started to come back to normal, which means higher receipts than last year, but the underlaying problem is related to ANAF reform, ANAF priorities in the coming period. I discussed with Minister and the ANAF President under this form. During next week, until Tuesday, he will convey me the way he sees priorities in the short term- I will give you one example regarding what means taxation in two areas, last year and which impacted the start of this year. Things have declined considerably as receipts, taxes payment, in two senzitive areas. By the end of the year, they declined and impacted as aforementioned, in early 2017, namely on tobacco, and wood processing sectors. Some will be detailed - I do not want and it is not my role to enter into details on what has happened, what has to be done next. I am interested in everything ANAF means as a whole, I expect this project of action prioritization. We have discussed a lot about the ANAF human resource, the way people are coordinated in their tasks, priorities, what both I and the Finance Minister and the ANAF President expect to happen as priorities over the next period. The deadline for submiting this draft law is Tuesday. Futhermore, there are things we have discussed in connection with the legislative framework, certain of its improvements, and in the period ahead, the deadline is early April - I want all these items to be subject to public debates - but I repeat you, I have asked those from ANAF and those from the Finance Ministry to work on details. Reporter: After this draft law is presented, do you need to notify somehow the European Commission? Sorin Grindeanu: The draft law relative to...? Reporter: what you have discussed today. Sorin Grindeanu: Parliament should notify us, and surely, it will do so, asking our opinion. The procedure consists in notifying the European Commission and justifying why we back this slash. And then... Reporter: Would it be necessary to streamline...? Sorin Grindeanu: Alongside the European Commission, we will enter into certain procedures for us to be able to enforce this. Reporter: Prime Minister, do you have information about a possible Mitsubishi investment in Romania, in Timisoara? There was certain news in media about it. Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to go into details. I do not know what information appeared in press, I want it to invest anywhere, not only in Timisoara. Reporter: Do you have information it might come? Sorin Grindeanu: I want anywhere a large investor, a multinational compamy finds favorable ground anywhere, be it in Timisoara or Vaslui, Iasi, Zimnicea, what matters is to invest in Romania, and our role of central and local authorities is to create the conducive framework for these large investors to come to invest in Romania. That is our role, in my opinion. In connection with punctual issues relative to certain investments, allow me not to answer, as I do not consider normal to do that until everything which means that investment becomes practically a reality - be it what you said, or other investment. Reporter: Are you affected in any way by these forecast incomes from first month and perhaps the second, the programme for government? Do you deem necessary to take compensatory measures somehow? Sorin Grindeanu: We will not divert from what we planned under any circumstance nor does it affect us. There are still sectors that can be better accessed and will be accessed. The measures we took will have secondary effects, and this is valid for what has been discussed a lot in the hall, namely zero VAT for dwellings construction for individuals. Even if it seems a minus in the VAT receipts in the first phase, if you calculate the secondary effects and the way the profile industry brings a plus, the effects are pluses even from this point of view. Reporter: Do you have a budgetary impact for VAT reduction at dwellings sale? Sorin Grindeanu: Those from Parliament should first clarify this and come up with a clear draft law. Not that it would not be at present, but being subject to public debates, we are waiting a form that is approaching what may be the final one, so that the plus or minus effects ....there will be pluses, the effects of the second round need to be considered too, the secondary effects of this measure. Reporter: The Finance Ministry and ANAF have presented new figures today regarding these losses? Sorin Grindeanu: In connection to losses from where? Reporter: From receipts. Sorin Grindeanu: I asked them to do that. It is not about figures. It is exactly what I have told you now, even if in February there was a surplus from 2016, we are interested in the structure matter and namely the ANAF reform, the priorities that the ANAF has and the legal framework the Public Finance Ministry will promote in this area, so that everything we promised, which measures have been adopted, can also have support and they currently have financial support. Thank you 2017-03-03 14:39:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul de lansare în România a “Parteneriatului Global Opriți Violența Împotriva Copiilor” și a campaniei „Nu e normal să fie normal, violența împotriva copiilor este inacceptabilă”,derulate în parteneriat cu UNICEF în RomâniaȘtiri din 02.03.2017 Excellencies, Ambassadors, Ministers, Distinguished guests, The Government alongside UNICEF and other civil society organisations has launched today the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. This partnership's goal is to end the abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children. Romania commits to making a priority out of the reinforcement of the legislation and public policies in the fight against the violence that children are subjected to. Silence around violence against children is not the path to follow. Perhaps some of us do not want to talk about such topics. But you cannot run away from a reality which deeply impacts the society. Perhaps we cannot accept the fact that there are children, in Europe, in Romania, who are subjected to physical, verbal, emotional violence, abuses, trafficking and exploitation. There is a lot of suffering behind these words. Behind any word, there is a sad story of a suffering child whose future development will be affected. It depends on each of us whether we want to witness passively this tough reality or we are willing to make an effort and fight against the violence that children are subjected to. I want to say as clear as possible that violence against children must end. As Prime Minister, I call on state institutions, Ministries as well as authorities to participate in this effort, along with civil society organizations. More solidarity and cooperation are needed. I want us to upgrade the current legislation, to be more careful to the way in which we enforce law. I am sure that both the Government and the majority supporting this Cabinet in Parliament can make significant progress in this respect. Ladies and gentlemen, Violence against children is not only of physical nature, although this is one of the most visible and condemnable forms. A child is victim of violence even if subjected to emotional or psychological abuse, just not to mention about cases when children are victims of sexual abuse. Violence against a child is a combination of factors. It may also mean that children are neglected by their parents, exploited by family or those around them. An injury to a child is very difficult to repair. It may negatively impact the child's life. It is therefore very important to focus on prevention. It is not enough to identify cases of violence or abuse of any kind and apply penalties. I think it is equally important to deter violence and abuse. As father of two children, I confess I am worried that we are living in a society marked by violence, be it on the street, at home or on television. Like any parent, I want to protect my children, give them proper education and pursue their development. Ladies and gentlemen, There are worrying statistics: in 2016, there were more children - victims of violence than in 2015, when there had been more children victims of violence than in 2014. Specifically, every year, thousands children in Romania fall victims of one or more forms of violence. But official statistics conceal a more dramatic reality, because we must be aware that behind every reported case, there are many others that we do not know. As aforementioned, behind any figure, there is an awful story, the suffering of a child. The Romanian Government expresses today its commitment that, along with civil society organizations, it can end violence against children. As we need to recall the good things achieved in this respect, the National Child Protection and Adoption Authority (ANPDCA)may already share examples of good practice. For instance, the fact that Romania is one of the first countries in the region that banned institutionalization of children under three. At the same time, Romania is already committed to the fight against violence. The most recent proof is ratification of the European Council Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which is effective from September 1, 2016. Transposition of this Convention into Romanian legislation and its implementation should concern us in the future. A good example is the Government's collaboration with UNICEF and local authorities in providing integrated community services for children and families in Bacau County. This project aims to prevent situations of social exclusion, school dropout, abuse and neglect of children. Communities become stronger through integration, involvement and collaboration. Ladies and gentlemen, The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children which has been launched today by the Romanian Government along with UNICEF and civil society organizations, aims to fight against abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture to which children were subjected. Allow me to thank UNICEF and Ambassador Sandie Blanchet for involvement in the success of this project. I thank all civil society organizations working in this field. I call on Ministries and state institutions to get involved in such projects. Without a real collaboration between us, we cannot achieve progress. I wish that when it comes to our children, to speak of innocence, love and hope. Thank you! 2017-03-02 14:38:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Trebuie să ne creștem copiii într-un mediu sigur și lipsit de violențăȘtiri din 01.03.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu reaffirms Romania's commitment to fighting against violence on children by undertaking the role of champion within the - Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. At the same time, Prime Minister has expressed his support for the information and awareness raising campaign against violence, exploitation and abuse of children in society, unfolded in partnership with UNICEF in Romania. - It is our responsibility to take a stand against violence, exploitation and abuse, irrespective of the form they are taking. We need to raise our children in a safe environment, free of violence, securing their transition to normal adulthood, without the burden of any childhood traumas. The event of launching in Romania the - Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and the campaign Its not normal to be normal, violence against children is unacceptable will take place tomorrow at Victoria Palace, Transilvania Hall, from 9.30 am. 2017-03-01 12:48:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu premierul Republicii Malta, Joseph MuscatȘtiri din 01.03.2017 Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has had a meeting today, at Victoria Palace, with the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat. The Maltese official's visit to Romania is part of a tour in EU Member States, given that Malta is holding the Presidency of the EU Council in this semester. The Romanian side is represented by Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor Melescanu and Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall, Cristian Badescu, Secretary of State in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and Marius Nica, State Advisor in the Romanian Government. Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs, and George Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds, and Marlene Bonnici, Permanent Representative of Malta to the EU have participated in the meeting, on the part of Malta. The main topic adressed during discussions aimed at the agenda of priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council, with emphasis on debates on the future of Europe, migration management, importance of strengthening the Single Market, neighborhood policy, enlargement process, as well as preparation of negotiations on Brexit. Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has reiterated Romania'support for the Maltese Presidency's priorities and has reconfirmed Romanian authorities' commitment to consolidation and reinvigoration of European construction, especially in the perspective of the Rome Summit of March 25 this year. With respect to Brexit, the Romanian officials have reaffirmed Romania's firm commitment to promoting a constructive approach in negotiations and have underlined the need for a unitary position at EU level based on principles agreed regarding preservation of the internal market integrity and the rights of the European citizens in the Great Britain. In this context, the two officials have appreciated that the negotiations on UK's exit from EU, must not affect the process of reflection on the future of the European project, and not to divert the EU from meeting its objectives and political priorities. With regard to the debate on the EU future, it was underlined the common interest in an active involvement to support a consolidated Union, based on cohesion, solidarity, and in line with fundamental values. The Romanian side has mentioned the need for an inclusive approach, in the format of a dialogue open to all the Member States' participation. Regarding migration, the Romanian Prime Minister has reiterated the support for a common EU response, underlining the solidarity proven by Romania and its substantial contribution to EU efforts to manage migration. As regards the neighborhood policy, Romanian Prime Minister has showed the importance of extending a particular attention to eastern neighborhood and the efforts to consolidate the Eastern partners' resilience in parallel with demarches on the EU southern neighborhood. Both sides have underlined the state and the very good development of bilateral relations and they have showed a special interest in continuing to deepen the political dialogue, both at bilateral and European levels. During the meeting, the two countries' representatives have discussed also about the process to prepare the takeover of the EU Council Presidency, taking into account the fact that Romania will take over the Presidency in the first semester of 2019. The Romanian side has underlined that the EU Council Presidency represents a challenge for Romania that intends to have the best possible collaboration with the Member States to illustrate the European project in the most appropriate way possible. The Romanian Government is determined to supporting the European Union in its demarches to increase security and prosperity in the European regions. Also, other topic discussed concerns improving the European funds absorption by Romania. - Increasing the EU funds absorption is a priority of our programme for government, as essential instrument to support economic growth, the Romanian Prime Minister has stated. 2017-03-01 12:35:00 Grindeanu: Ne preocupă îmbunătățirea managementului companiilor cu capital de statȘtiri din 28.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace, with a delegation of the Proprietatea Fund, led by Grzegorz Konieczny, CEO of FTIML Bucharest (Franklin Templeton Investment Management Limited United Kingdom) and portfolio manager of Proprietatea Fund. During the meeting, the Proprietatea Fund representatives have reviewed the progress achieved in implementing the corporate governance standards to companies listed on the stock exchange, and they have welcomed the Romanian authorities' efforts to improve the corporate management of companies with state capital. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined his preoccupation with improving the management of companies with state capital both in terms of a more efficient capitalization of public resources, and the contribution that streamlining corporate governance will have on Romania's economy: - The investors' confidence is a good indicator of the health of the economy, and implementing some clear principles of corporate governance in state companies will be an essential element for boosting the confidence of the business sector's representatives, the Head of the Executive has stated. State Advisor Marius Nica has also attended the meeting. 2017-02-28 13:41:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la prezentarea Raportului privind activitatea desfășurată de Ministerul Apărării Naționale în anul 2016Știri din 28.02.2017 Grindeanu: President of Romania, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Senators and Deputies, Ministers, Generals and Admirals, Officers, NCOs, civilian personnel, distinguished guests, I am very honored to attend the presentation of your institution's activity report, an institution which validates a standard of excellence in our society and which fulfills in an exemplary way, with dedication and professionalism, its misions, in a complex security environment. The strategic situation of our region is today even more important in the context of developments in the extended Black Sea region. The current geopolitical context is by far the most complicated in recent years. On the one hand, the annexation of Crimea was three years ago a serious infringement of international law and a major challenge to Euro-Atlantic security. On the other hand, the Middle East and North Africa region is characterized by an intensification of instability and terrorism. The Islamic State has become a threat for the whole region and has showed, unfortunately, its potential to affect including the European countries. In this tense security environment in which we encounter a worrying combination of increasingly complex risks and threats, defence matters and has become increasingly important in the national security equation. An important pillar of defence priorities construction is found in the Government Programme 2017-2020, which identifies as basic defence directions: participation in the collective allied defense within NATO and EU, participation in missions and operations under the aegis of international organizations, national defence capacity building or strengthening strategic partnerships, especially with the United States. I would like to reaffirm the Government's firm commitment to attaining the defence policy objectives and for a successful modernization and consolidation of Romanian Armed Forces. We firmly support the objectives aimed at strenghtening the national defence capacity, transformation, modernization and appropriate equipping of the Romanian Armed Forces, development of capacities for efficient countering of asymmetric and hybrid threats, intensification of the security dimension of strategic partnerships, respectively of the strategic partnership with the United States, through consolidation of cooperation in the military field, including on national soil and in the Black Sea area, increased interoperability with the allied and partner forces within NATO and intensification of participation in missions and operations in the areas of strategic interest for Romania. We understood from the outset that our seriousness and credibility must be based on adequate resources. The current Government turned defence into a priority area of the state budget for 2017, in accordance with the provisions of Law no. 6 from 2017, the state budget law for this year. The defence budget provides, according to the undertaken commitment, the allocation of 2 percent of GDP, and according to the Programme for Government, maintaining this level of allocation is envisaged for 2018 -2020. Therefore, I hold the belief that this budget ensures a solid ground for speeding up the Romanian Army's modernization. The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has recently congratulated Romania for this major achievement. I would like to underline here that the equipping programmes you envisage, require the identification and implementation of some legislative mechanisms to ensure the intensification of cooperation and involvement of the defence industry's economic operators in achieving the military products. Distinguished audience, Coherence and credibility are two key words, with a special significance that the Romanian Army has constantly proven. It is very important for your efforts to be oriented towards promoting the national strategic interests at NATO and EU level, as well as towards ensuring regional stability in the Eastern neighborhood, and implementing EU global strategy in the field of security and defence. NATO is undergoing a process of strategic adaptation in which collective defence becomes again pre-eminent, as fundamental task of the Alliance. After the Wales and Warsaw Summits, we have witnessed the most important consolidation of collective defence since the fall of the Iron Curtain. It was therefore necessary to re-evaluate the priorities on the Eastern flank of the Alliance, reconfiguring our own forces, expanding military training and planning better and in a more adapted way procurement and endowment. Therefore, we are a serious ally in NATO. You should further pursue the efficient implementation of decisions adopted at Warsaw Summit, in the perspective of the meeting of the Heads of Allied state and Government to be held in late May, by advancing decisions pertaining to adapted advanced allied presence in our area. The new security and defence challenges to EU- the Ukrainian crisis, migration crisis, amplification of the terrorist phenomenon, Brexit -triggered accentuated debates on the common security and defence policy development. In this context, each Member State's contribution to the development of the EU security and defence mission is essential. Distinguished audience, Today, I would like us to honor our military who serve the country with unwavering dedication and patriotism. We are grateful for their proven professionalism and the exemplary way they do their duty home or abroad, in theaters of operations, in Afghanistan, the Balkans and Africa. You are a pillar of stability through the high public confidence enjoyed by army in our society. Our armed forces, by successful fulfillment of commitments in the organizations Romania is a member of, by undertaking responsibilities for the protection and defence of national territory and by participation in regional initiatives to ensure a climate of stability in the Black Sea area, by all these, I am sure that they contribute to reassuring our citizens that they can have full confidence in the army. These achievements are due, primarily, to the extraordinary human resource of the military institution. Therefore, I firmly believe that better quality of life and improved remuneration of the staff in professional equity conditions should be among this year's priorities. Finally, allow me to thank the entire personnel of the Ministry of National Defence, military and civil one, for their abnegation, efforts and sacrifices! We have a difficult year ahead also from the perspective of sometimes unpredictable developments but also of the already undertaken commitments which we need to honor. As uncertainties of the international environment are growing, the Romanian Army must be more adaptable. Therefore, the development of your institution should continue. I wish you success and I assure you of the Governments unconditional support! Thank you! 2017-02-28 13:11:00 Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu o delegație a consorțiului format din ExxonMobil şi OMV PetromȘtiri din 27.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace with a delegation of a consortium comprised of ExxonMobil and OMVPetrom, led by the ExxonMobil Development Company Vice-President, David Cochrane, and the CEO of the OMV Petrom, Mariana Gheorghe. During the meeting, the representatives of the two companies have presented the project of drilling natural gas resources to great depth, in the prospect of the final investment decision. The Head of the Executive has showed the Government's openness and support for capitalizing on energy resources in sustainable and competitive conditions, taking also into account the Government's commitments to guaranteeing energy security. - Investors have in the governmental team a serious partner that understands its responsabilities: ensuring stability and legislative predictibility and fair taxation for both the economic environment and the state budget, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. In this context, Prime Minister has proposed the setting up of an interministerial team to secure the necessary technical support for the new energy projects with development potential on the Romanian side of the Black Sea. The Economy Minister, Mihai Tudose has showed that projects of the scope of the one presented by ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom can contribute to turning Romania into a regional industrial hub for offshore projects. Also, the Government and the two companies representatives have further discussed about energy opportunities in the short, medium and long run, in the context of global challenges. Secretary - General of the Government, Mihai Busuioc, Secretary of State in the Public Finance Ministry, Ionut Mișa, State Advisor Marius Nica and the Chairperson of Transgaz Board, Ion Sterian have also attended the meeting. 2017-02-27 14:52:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la preluarea mandatului de către noul ministru al Economiei, Mihai Tudose Știri din 23.02.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Ministers of Economy and SMEs, Mihai Tudose and Alexandru Petrescu Sorin Grindeanu: I congratulate Minister Tudose and also Minister Petrescu. There are two extremely important fields for Romania, both the Economy and the Ministry for SMEs. There are things that are already laid down in the programme for govenment both at the Economy Ministry and at the SMEs Ministry. There are many other things to accomplish too. I trust these two colleagues. I am sure that the priorities of the two Ministries will be put in practice in an alert pace. There are Ministries with close profile, if you want. I want for the Economy Ministry that you start, Mr. Minister, with revitalisation of the Defence Ministry. The budget which has already been approved, as you know, 2 percent from GDP earmarked for Defence. I want the largest part of this amount be spent in Romania, so that we can help the national defence industry. I would remind that one of the fields you coordinate, and you, Minister Petrescu, you have done this to date, but on short term, in addition to start - up measure and all the measures you have already adopted, I am interested in you achieving fast the draft prevention law. You coordinate this interministerial group. It is necessary, I want you to work with priority on the Prevention Bill and surely, on all measures we have in the programme for government, yes? Alexandru Petrescu: Yes, this is true. Sorin Grindeanu: Minister. Mihai Tudose: Mr. Prime Minister, to answer to what you said, next week, we have already established a meeting with the Minister of Defence to agree on the Romanian Army's needs, and the production capacity of the Romanian defence industry. Also, in the shortest time possible, we will present an analysis of the situation and a plan of measures so that based on two giants of the Romanian economy, Transgaz and Transelectrica, we try to turn Romania into an energy hub in Balkans, it is a pity that we do not use our resources. We will act according to the programme for government in everything what means the non-energy mining ore for the superior capitalization of ore in Romania, so that we do not export anymore copper ore, but we try to produce copper plates, a finished product. It is valid for other fields, other fields of ore, up to the natural resource - the water, which is very important. We have the richest resource of mineral water in Europe, and we do not know to properly use it. As aforementioned, alongside the SMEs, we will act in the competitiveness field, because we have a problem here indeed, if we want to conquer the external markets. And among priorities, although we cannot make a hierachy among them, they will be pursued simulatenously, there are the problems we have with mines closure, hard days are ahead of us even at European level, facing a lot of pressure to close them. Let us not forget Oltchim, and other similar situations where things should be successfully completed, from both the economic and the social standpoint, as there are thousands of people with jobs there. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. Alexandru Petrescu: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. As you may know, I come from the business sector, where the SMEs represent up to 99 percent, there are stringent problems and I would outline only the difficult access to funding, an insufficient development of the export culture by Romanian companies, placing them in a position to hardly enter the external markets. Obviously, we have the - start up nation programme, 10,000 companies, 20,000 jobs per year. It is particularly important also from the perspective of the negative trend: setting up versus deregistration. It is a programme central to the chapter on SMEs of the programme for government, and alike in the past portfolio, I will particularly focus my attention on materializing this programme. Strenghtening the economic diplomacy is also very important. I will seek to streamline and improve the activity of the entire network of commercial attaches and our representatives in Romanian Embassies abroad and surely, as you have mentioned, the fast adoption in as transparent and objective way possible of the prevention law and creation alongside with the business environment, of a fiscal legislative framework which should not be adverse to business environment, but on the contrary, be predictable and flexible. Thank you very much. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. I wish you good luck. Reporter: You had some face to face moments with President Klaus Iohannis at Cotroceni. Did you have a special topic of discussion? Sorin Grindeanu: No, he only wished success to the team in its new format. Thank you. 2017-02-23 18:22:00 de presăȘtiri din 23.02.2017 Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has sent to the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis, proposals for nomination to fill four porfolios in the Government: Tudorel Toader - Minister of Justice Rovana Plumb - Minister -delegate for European Funds, Mihai Tudose - Minister of Economy Alexandru Petrescu - Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Proposals have been made in compliance with provisions of article 85, paragraph 2 and article 106 of the Constitution of Romania, republished as well as with those of article 7 and article 10 of Law 90/2001 on the organization and functioning of the Romanian Government and Ministries, with further amendments and additions. 2017-02-23 08:44:00 Personalul nedidactic din învățământ va beneficia de majorări salariale Știri din 22.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Minister of National Education, Pavel Nastase and representatives of education trade unions have discussed today about the Government's proposal to increase the salaries of the non-teaching personnel in education. - I respect the work and contribution of every member of the educational staff. I have full openness towards finding fast solutions to the problems related to wages of the non-teaching personnel in education and to redress this injustice done to nearly 53,000 people in education the Head of the Executive has stated. The Government will promote an Emergency Ordinance on tomorrow's meeting, with a view to solving the problems emerged in the pay of the non-teaching staff from pre-university and university education. The envisaged solution aims at position in the grid, according to seniority, of this personnel category's wages, and the measure will be enforced as of February 2017. Thus, according to the new salary grid, the rights of the non-teaching staff in education will range between the minimum wage per economy, respectively 1.450 lei and 1947 lei. Other topic of today's discussion aims at the situation of salary increases for the educational personnel. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Minister of National Education Pavel Nastase have underlined that the Executive considers this situation that has been dragging on for longer time, and they have all openness and strive to resolve it. Also, the Cabinet members and the educational trade unions representatives have discussed about promoting a new National Education draft law by the end of the year. In this context, Prime Minister Grindeanu has showed that the new draft law will result following an extensive consultation with the academic environment, civil society, trade unions, employers, political parties and all interested parties. . 2017-02-22 12:22:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Regatului Țărilor de JosȘtiri din 21.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received H.E. Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on a courtesy visit at Victoria Palace. During the meeting, the state of bilateral cooperation at all levels between Romania and Netherlands has been assessed, and EU and NATO partnership has been reaffirmed. H.E. Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has appreciated the excellent economic relations between the two countries, showing that they will continue to develop. In this context, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has affirmed his support for facilitating sectoral dialogue as an important component of the economic cooperation development. 2017-02-21 18:48:00ții susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după vizita de lucru de la Ministerul Educației NaționaleȘtiri din 21.02.2017 Grindeanu: I had a first discussion with Minister on applied topics. First of all, I will hold discussions tomorrow with trade unions, on the non-teaching personnel pay. You very well know that those increases that the Parliament passed, of 15 percent for the didactic personnel, have not been applied to the non-didactic personnel and tomorrow, I will have a discussion, together with Minister, with trade unions, especially on this topic. We have talked for a long time about what Minister wants, and also to come up with a new draft law of education in the near future. We talked about infrastructure, because as you well know, there are 2,000 schools at present, without functioning permit. The money for the rehabilitation of these schools has been allocated to the Development Ministry, it will be achieved this year, it is a first priority. In case of 2.500 kindergartens and nurseries, we are speaking about multiannual programmes until 2020. These were the discussions. Reporter: A political question. Sorin Grindeanu: Political? Reporter: Former Prime Minister Victor Ponta was critical of the current Cabinet. He said that the ordinance to amend the Criminal Code was not entirely assumed by the Executive, the blame was put on Mr. Iordache, the urgency was not justified because the very ordinance text stipulated a ten -day deadline for its coming into force. Sorin Grindeanu: Politically, Mr. Ponta had or has today the right to vote or not the two ordinances which to my knowledge are at the Chamber of Deputies. He is a member of the Chamber of Deputies, therefore, he will express... Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you made a tour of Ministries. Sorin Grindeanu: No, of only three Ministries. Reporter: Three Ministries, yes. Did it happen something at these Ministries? Why did you feel the need to leave the Government to make these visits? Sorin Grindeanu: No, I will go everywhere. I visited other Ministries as well, as you recall, I will visit almost all of them, because I want to know exactly the situation of all Ministries. Reporter: Did you request this on the Government meeting? Sorin Grindeanu: We have been speaking already for one and a half month, everyone got accustomed to the post of Minister, they know what they want to do in the short term and how to implement it. The deadline for the first trimester will be the end of March, and we need to know if all things have been implemented as far as the Programme for Government is concerned. Thank you. 2017-02-21 15:58:00ții susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după vizita de lucru efectuată la Ministerul TransporturilorȘtiri din 21.02.2017 15:49:00ții susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după vizita de lucru efectuată la Ministerul SănătățiiȘtiri din 21.02.2017 Grindeanu: I discussed about Health Ministry's future priorities, about what we need to further do, according to the programme for government, the situation the Minister found here, the solutions on various components, about investments, about what means agreements with the World Bank and the European Bank for Investment, so that these amounts - investments, the budget which is bigger than last year's in healthcare, be spent according to priorities laid down in the programme for government. Reporter: What are the priorities? Which are the most important three points which should be currently pursued on healthcare? Sorin Grindeanu: Investments - as I told you - we speak about that agreement with the World Bank of 250 million, which is extremely important for us, regional hospitals, stipulated in the programme for government, and first of all, we are speaking about the three of the agreement with the World Bank and of course, everything what means the other problem, the problem of medicines. It was presented to a large extent. Surely, Minister will give details, and what he wants to do, as strategy, in the immediately following period, and which are the long term solutions, the current state of affairs found at the Ministry - because things are not very simple at the Ministry of Health and certain problems which urgently need to be resolved, have been dragging on for one year. Reporter: What are the problems? A negative thing that Minister has presented to you? Sorin Grindeanu: I have just told you that there are many which ... Reporter: The most important! Sorin Grindeanu: I give you one example: the lack of certain medicines. The Health Ministry has been notified, if I am not wrong, as of last January.. Florian Bodog, Health Minister: In January, the ANM(National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices) notified the Ministry. Sorin Grindeanu: ..on the lack of some medicines. No measure has been taken. All procedures have been initiated, so that what all you signaled, on certain components, be redressed. To me, it seems the most serious situation. Reporter: Including for rare diseases? Florian Bodog: Yes, including for rare diseases. There are medicines which have not been introduced to market, and for which, we have currently initiated the procedure. You very well know that the state budget earmarks money for rare diseases. Reporter: Especially to children who do not currently benefit from powdered milk which should be on the market... Florian Bodog: These are programs of the Health Ministry and...But speaking about rare diseases, to date, there have not been budgeted all cases of rare diseases. Currently, we have tried to cover all rare diseases.. Reporter: Parents are paying out of their pockets, they do not benefit from legal provisions, of this subsidy. Florian Bodog: I do not have such information Reporter: Given that Romania buys medicines at the smallest price in Europe, and we all know that there is shortage of medicines from pharmacies and hospitals, is indeed a solution the decrease in price by 35 percent all at once? Sorin Grindeanu: I know the problem, I have pursued it. It was a public debate at the Ministry of Health, as you know, one week or ten days ago. All these - the price will be decided and in accordance to what we proposed, the programme for government but also with producers and associations of patients. I know that including the associations of patients attended that public debate. In the immediately following period, Minister - the Ministry, will finally come up with a solution so as not to face the situation you mentioned. Reporter: Why don't you give up the intention to cut the price at medicines by 35 percent once? Therefore, wouldn't be a better solution to cut gradually the price? Sorin Grindeanu: I understand what you are saying. I underline what I said earlier: that everything that the Health Ministry will decide, will be in agreement with the associations of patients and the producers. We do not want to reach the situation in which, on certain components, we have market distortions, but that will enter .. Reporter: Medicines have already started disappearing. Sorin Grindeanu: I know. That will be an issue on which, on short term, we will come up with solutions - I repeat: through dialogue with both producers and the associations of patients. Reporter: The site - has become operational, anyone can signal there the lack of a medicine. People can get an answer in seven days. After January 10, nobody answered anybody on that site. Sorin Grindeanu: I will answer with a question, regarding what I said earlier, some 2-3 minutes ago: perhaps, relations were very good, but solutions, with respect to the notifications of the Health Ministry for one year on lack of medicines, solutions to resolve these shortages lacked. Minister will give you details on all these things: when notifications appeared, when they were made, why the Health Ministry has not taken any measure for one year, what he has done since he became Minister, what he should do next, to avoid situations of this type. Reporter: In connection with the vaccines, what are we doing? When is the problem to be resolved? Sorin Grindeanu: There were initiated.. Florian Bodog: In connection with vaccines, it is under signature's procedure - as I told you, for the quadrivalent vaccine. For hexavalent vaccine, we did not receive the notice CFP - Preventive Financial Control - because the procedure was improperly conducted, which is why we started today, we could not start off without budget, a new short procedure, to acquire the hexavalent vaccine, and we are still looking for solutions for hepatitis B vaccine. Novelty: our government and the Ministry of Health will introduce a new vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine for children. Reporter: What does it take until hexavalent reaches the general practitioners' cabinets? It misses more than four months, and parents are desperate, they started to buy the vaccine from abroad. Florian Bodog: I had meetings both with specialists from the Ministry of Health and with the manufacturing company, and in March, the vaccine will be on the market, distributed through public health departments. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you! Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, will be the increases be cut, doctors are disatisfied. What can you tell us? Sorin Grindeanu: The pay level...we discussed about the pay level with Mr. Minister. He presented me the situation. We said this on last week's Executive meeting: all these distortions are not only in healthcare, we are confronted with such situations in education too, and in other state sectors. The unitary pay law will resolve such distortions, they should be regulated. We had a special discussion. The Health Ministry is part of the interministerial committee that is working on the unitary pay law. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, a reshuffle is reportedly being prepared? What do you say about this information circulating in the public space? Sorin Grindeanu: There are two vacant posts, or they are occupied by interim persons. We have talked about this lately. Reporter: When do you announce the Justice Minister? Sorin Grindeanu: Tomorrow. 2017-02-21 13:07:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Sinteza zilei”, realizată de Mihai Gâdea, la postul de televiziune Antena 3Știri din 20.02.2017 22:00:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Yun Byung-se, ministrul afacerilor externe al Republicii CoreeaȘtiri din 20.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today, at Victoria Palace, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Yun Byung - se, currently on a official visit in Romania. The two officials have appreciated the Strategic Partnership linking Romania and Republic of Korea, whilst expressing their willingness to further develop bilateral relations, especially in the economic and commercial fields. Also, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined that intensification of political dialogue is an important way of boosting bilateral cooperation. During the discussions, Romanian Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea have remarked on the areas with significant potential in cooperation development, Among them, there are the following: transports(transport infrastructure), energy (energy storage systems and smart grids), healthcare(medical infrastructure) and IT and C. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea has outlined the late ascendant trend of cooperation in tourism, showing there is further development potential in this field. 2017-02-20 21:19:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la cea de a XX-a sesiune ordinară, cu caracter jubiliar, a Adunării generale a Asociației Comunelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 20.02.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the General Assembly of the Association of Romania's Communes Sorin Grindeanu: Mayors, distinguished guests, I am particularly glad and honored to attend the General Assembly of the Association of Communes in Romania. I know that this year, you celebrate 20 years, as President Draghici said, since establishment. I wish you happy anniversary! Lots of work power as to date! I would like to add something: 20 years passed, 20 years in which many things happened, but 47 percent of Romania's population are still living in rural areas. Almost 80 percent of the territory and more than 80 percent of Romania's territory is administered by you, by communes. Very many things have changed, but as president Dragnea furtehr said many times, it is as if there are two Romania: an urban Romania and a rural Romania. The differences between rural and urban are increasingly bigger. There are Romanians living after Western standards, but also Romanians who do not have water facilities, roads with asphalt, andbut we continue to have Romanians who have no water and sewerage, no asphalt, the education system falls short. We need to be realistic and sincere in everything we are saying, and we need to offer young people this chance in life, irrespective of their place of birth. I am very much aware of all these things, as I worked in the local public administration. I was deputy mayor for four years, six months - county council president. Very many times these weeks, I wished to still have been among you, but at the same time, I tell you that we need to make these changes. Earlier, it was said what PNDL(National Programme for Local Development) 2 stands for, I am sure that madam Sevil Shhaideh will explain it to you, will further tell you in a detailed manner what we have in the programme for government and all we want for the years to come. Everything which has been said about the Administrative Code, the Tax Code, are essential things that we need to do over the next period. The advisors prepared a draft speech for me, therefore, I need to follow it, yet, I was thinking of the time when I held the office of deputy mayor and if I were to meet the Prime Minister, what I would tell him? What would be my reasons of discontent, and which I would have conveyed, and trying to transpose in this period. I would have thought to tell him and I am sure that situation did not change, that one needs to make too many visits to Bucharest. Further on, everything which means projects for local communities, means too much bureacraucy, many hours and days you waste to go through these stages, not speaking about what follows after you submit these projects. Then, one has to wait after legal opinions very much. Each of us want for the communities we are leading, to do what we promised people through projects. But these things hould happen in a much alert pace. We do not do them for the mayor, we do them for communities, people who want, especially in rural areas, to reach the standards mentioned at the beginning of our discussion or my speech. Back then, I would have told the Prime Minister as I think you also tell him that we need funds, we need money to finance everything we aim at. I want to tell you that all these are laid down in the budget which was finally promulgated, later, I know that now, it will follow the approval of budgets at county councils, and then, they come to you. We are late enough, and you know things better than me, we have this budget finally promulgated, this budget attaches special attention to local communities, a budget funding, in addition to PNDL, everything we told in the electoral campaign. There are items caught in the budget we proposed to Parliament, and which was approved. This is why, in the years to come, everything we proposed, the five thousands new projects on PNDL are important, just to give one example. I am telling you something. When going in the countryside, in the electoral campaign, irrespective of the political color of the mayor, the best functioning programme was PNDL, which should work further on, and second phase PNDL 2 will work too, we will launch it this spring. You would have told Prime Minister to talk and call on all Ministers and Secretaries of State to receive the mayors and talk to them, as the mayors know best the realitieson the ground, they are directly in touch with the citizens. It is good to talk to people and take the pulse. Some of my Cabinet members are here. I said it in a form I would have said it if I were deputy mayor or Prime Minister. I am sure that each of them will do this. Please draw my attention if I do not do it. Moreover, I will have a State Advisor who will deal solely with local communities and their problems, so that the connection between Government and you be a close one. I am waiting for you at the Government headquarters. Things other than protests are happening at Victoria Palace. Please, come at Vctoria Palace. We further work, we want to enforce the programme for government, but we can achieve these only through a dialogue with you, with the locally elected, with everything that means openness towards Local Public Administration. Yes, we will have the unitary pay law. We have achieved certain things, not few, in these six months since taking office. Most of them impact everyday life of Romanians. In addition to what has been said there, rise in wages in the Local Public Administration, rise in pensions, in the minimum salary, etc. Very importantly what was recalled a bit earlier, namely through the unitary pay law, the level of mayors' pay be exactly the one deserved. Let me give you one example. You should know that in the Timis County Council, I did not have the biggest salary as president of the Council, it was the fifteenth or twentieh salary in the salary ranking. These are not normal things. The same in Ministries. The salary should be in accordance with the responsibility of each of us. I want to tell you that other decision is important too, namely the fact that the state budget took over the payments for caregivers for persons with disabilities, which means as you know that the 10 percent you are paying, are takenover by us. We should also recall that. Also the possibility to enlarge the organizational chart does exist, and it is approved to enlarge charts where the population grew, and to maintain the current number of posts where population decreased, or it is like in 2014. It is an extremely important thing. President Draghici mentioned an initiative of Alin Nica. Emil Draghici: It is at the Commission he is a member of, and it is the initiative of the regions to come up, although it was accepted, to organize this activity in Romania. This is why I know you were contacted in your capacity as president of the County Council. Sorin Grindeanu: Former President, and former member in the Committee of regions. We will support as Government, this initiative, it is extremely important for us. I believe and I conclude by telling that Romania needs decentralisation. We as country cannot go on in two parties: urban and rural Romania. By what we intend to achieve through our programme for Government, in the years to come, we aim at reducing this gap betweeb rural and urban areas. I conclude by telling you that we wait for your projects, projects coming from local communities. We have the funding sources. I wish you good luck. 2017-02-20 14:47:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Realitatea românească”, cu Octavian Hoandră, la postul de televiziune Realitatea TVȘtiri din 19.02.2017 12:26:00ția comună a premierului Sorin Grindeanu și a președintelui Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 17.02.2017 21:55:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la finalul vizitei efectuate la BruxellesȘtiri din 17.02.2017 Grindeanu: As you know already, I met with the European Commission First Vice-President, Mr. Timmermans, with President Tusk, President Juncker, and with Vice - President Katainen. I had specific political discussions with Mr. Juncker and Mr. Timmermans. As I told you last evening, justice issues were addressed during my meetings with Mr. Timmermans and respectively with the Vice-President Katainen, and today, I had an extremely important discussion with Vice - President Katainen, an extremely applied discussion on economic issues, on the issue of attracting European funds, on all necessary improvements to be made so that we can achieve our target - attracting EUR 5.2 billion this year. These should be achieved in the economic area. As aforementioned, as we have lagged behind, we need to improve, and if our target is so ambitious, all issues related to European funds, be it agriculture, Juncker Plan and everything related to investment in infrastructure, all these issues should be fast achieved in order to attract European funds. For the rest, I am waiting your questions. I will make few more observations. You should know that discussions have been as much open as possible, I presented the country' current situation. Also the fact that the budget has been finally promulgated, which means by what we set as target- a 5.2 percent economic growth, is a positive thing. Although late, it is almost late February, it is a good thing that we have finally entered normality. I have told you about the open discussions - I explained what we want to achieve on each field and also on aforementioned areas - justice, economy. I also wanted to reaffirm Romania and Romanian Government's commitment to the joint European project, project built around European values. I conveyed these things in the most direct and sincere way possible, and I am telling you that the reverse has been the same. So, let's return to Bucharest, to start working. Please, questions. Reporter: In your last evening' statement, you said you would send in the following period, a list whereby you ask some clarifications on the CVM Report. Can you tell us what is unclear in that report for you and the Government? Sorin Grindeanu: I will not go into details. I had a discussion yesterday evening with the Commission First Vice-President, Timmermans. These matters are for specialists and I do not want to go into what means specialists in this field, but I reinforce what I told you yesterday's evening: we want certain terms to be clarified so that we can fulfill our European Commission's recommendations and the speed to be the right one - as the First Vice-President Timmermans stated, so as to eliminate the CVM. For this, in the immediately following period, the experts' teams, we agreed upon this during yesterday evening, they will send these things to the European Commission to clarify as much as possible our roadmap. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, perhaps you talked about this in Romania, I do not know, or anyhow, you talked about this, here, now. The European Commission's economic forecasts showed a structural deficit, we are not talking about public deficit, but about problems of Romania' structural economy, of nearly 4 percent, for 2017-2018, might that be a problem? Especially as it is due to 2015 fiscal relaxation. I would like to hear your opinion about this. What did Katainen or even Juncker tell you about this? Secondly, does Juncker count anymore on Romania, regarding migration? I know he is very upset on the October 22, 2015 vote, he did not forget it, he told me: - you no longer exist for me. Thirdly, it is ten years since CVM was introduced for Romania. How /...;/ didn't anybody realize that there were some unclarities which should be discussed by specialists? Tell us at least a term that the Romanian Government does not understand today, after ten years. Sorin Grindeanu: Let's discuss them one by one. First of all, the issues related to the economy. We, through the draft budget, in fact the budget just promulgated yesterday by Mr. President, we proposed a deficit below 3 percent. I know what you refer to. It is an ambitious budget and I have said this before. If we look just from a certain angle or from a certain aspect, ambition, if you look at last year, is given by European funds too. It is ambitious to attract more than zero funds, as it was attracted last year. It is what we want to do in the immediately following period. I told you that we want to attract 5.2 billion this year on European funds. In connection with the second aspect, we had an applied discussion with President Juncker. We presented the current situation, Madam Ambassador stated this. You may find this topic in our joint communique on the migration issue, and I believe that certain measures will be adopted soon to convey these issues in as fair and transparent manner as possible. From other point of view, the third question or the third point in your question, if we look at things of ten years ago, the recommendations 10 years ago and the last report's recommendations are not the same, these recommendations have evolved over time. Romania has evolved too, and it has taken extremely important steps from this point of view. I tell you as directly and transparently as possible- I keep my commitment, I stated these issues in Parliament too, on the censure motion vote, that: everything that means CVM regulations, laws drafted by judiciary in Romania, amendment of the Criminal Code or the Criminal Procedure Code entailed by Constitutional Court's rulings, all these will happen in Parliament. The Government I am leading, wants to clarify these aspects, we will send them to you, from our experts, by the time we send them to the European Commission. We want all these things in order to remove those obstacles left in front of CVM elimination. I may add something else: President Juncker expressed directly his wish, if I may say so, that by the end of his mandate, Romania has the CVM eliminated. He communicated it directly today. Reporter: Did the Presidents you meet, asked you any guarantee regarding the judiciary, the amendments about to be made? Sorin Grindeanu: You mean, if I have any - to do list. No. Thank you. Reporter: /...;/ 20 people protested in front of the Commission. Is it true that the protests in Romania decreased as intensity, but they have not stopped. In the weeks further to the approval and subsequent repeal of Ordinance 13, have you discussed with any of the Cabinet Ministers or any of protesters? Which is your message you are sending now, following the visit to the European Commission and the European Council, to the people who are still in the street and ask you to resign ? Sorin Grindeanu: I have watched the protests all this time and I tell you frankly: both when there were tens of thousands of people in front of the Government headquarters and right now, when the level of protests is fairly reduced, I respect the protesters' opinions and I appreciate their orderly manner of protesting, and I even appreciate the creativity of many of our fellow citizens displayed all this time. I've got the messages they sent. This is why I want to tell you something: the fact that I and the Government I am leading, decided to abrogate that ordinance just after some days, was prompted by the following: even if at some point, you make a decision that may seem controversial, when protests appear, opposition, whatever we faced home, it means your decision was not the right one, and you need to withdraw it, and it is exactly what we did. All further debates in this field will be held in Parliament, as I have recalled and have mentioned you earlier, involving other political stakeholders as well. This is what I want. Reporter: You knew the decision is not the right one. People started telling you that by mid-January. Why did you meet during the night? Why at midnight? Sorin Grindeanu: This is the last question. I will answer it to clarify...; Reporter: /.../ Sorin Grindeanu: I want to make things clear. The Government meeting started at 8:30 pm. Do not forget that two Ministers made statements that evening - this is to remove other allegation of those days, by 9:30 pm, if I 'm not mistaken, the press conference started, therefore, the Government meeting was over. The CSAT opinion on budget came at 8:00 pm. It is a matter worth mentioning, as we discussed about the draft budget law that evening. I think I have detailed aspects related to certain political decisions we took, either upon approval, or upon abrogation, and I will further detail them. What I wanted to communicate you today is what I did in Brussels these two days, what I conveyed as Prime Minister of Romania, and what I want and we commit as Government to do over the next period. Thank you. 2017-02-17 18:33:00 Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu președintele Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 17.02.2017 16:15:00 Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu Jyrki Katainen, vicepreședinte al Comisiei Europene, responsabil cu ocuparea forței de muncă, creșterea economică, investiții și competitivitateȘtiri din 17.02.2017 16:00:00 Sorin Grindeanu a prezentat președintelui Consiliului European, Donald Tusk, prioritățile Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 17.02.2017 Minister of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu has had today, in Brussels, a meeting with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. The main topical issues on the European agenda alongside the new Bucharest Cabinet's priorities have been addressed during the meeting. The Romanian Prime Minister has presented the Government's priorities, with focus on economic measures to stimulate economic growth and employment, which are extremely important in the current European context and are of direct interest for citizens. Also, the Head of the Executive has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to continuing the fight against corruption, expressing his readiness to work with European institutions in this respect. With regard to European topics, engagement and strengthening Romania's role in the EU represent priorities for the Romania Government. The EU unity and support for deepening European integration are essential, if we look at current internal and external challenges that EU is facing. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined that any initiatives conducive to division must be firmly fought. 2017-02-17 15:29:00ții comune susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu și de prim-vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Frans TimmermansȘtiri din 16.02.2017 Timmermans: (...)frank exchange right now, very constructive. We are very happy that the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister are here tonight so that we can look into our plans for the future. As far as the Commission is concerned, I think we have drawn some very constructive and positive conclusions. Firstly, we will jointly continue the fight against corruption, with all force, in Romania. This is why we will continue to implement the recommendations and the benchmarks in the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Report, we are both very much committed to do, and we work closely to do that. Secondly, I am very much aware of that the Romanian Government needs to change legislation to make sure it is in accordance with European regulations and in that area, we have offered - if needed - our expertise to make sure it happens as intended by the Romanian Government and in line with EU legislation. The same applies to the area where the legislation has to be put into accordance with the rulings of the Constitutional Court ,and we have also looked into the issue, the very serious issue of the overcrowding and the bad situation in the Romanian prisons. We have offered the Romanian Government a possibility to work closely with urgency on projects to improve living conditions in prisons, to make sure that buildings are renovated, and are brought to the levels that we expect of everyone in the EU. We certainly want to support the Romanian Government with that, and we also have the possibility to use funds from the European Funds for Structural Investment to do that as well. Most importantly, I want to welcome Prime Minister Grindeanu to Brussels, to the European Commission, we look forward to very successful mutual cooperation. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you, Mr. Timmermans. I will speak in Romanian. I would like to thank the Vice - President for today's meeting, an extremely constructive and applied meeting on what means the state of CVM measures implementation, our today's requirements pertaining to the need for some CVM specifics to be more clear, and we received, we will convey what we want to be clarified so that we can meet all the CVM requirements. We also want to thank for the support and openness proven. I have understood they were expressed in the past years too, as far as the fund for the prisons renovation is concerned, but past governments did not manage to do this. We are determined to resort to it, and we thank you once again for your help. We have also reiterated our firm position regarding the continuation of the fight against corruption. We have expressed what we want in the future, if we refer to what has been so much discussed in Romania, namely the regulations in the justice area, we want these things to take place in Parliament, through an ampler debate involving institutions from Romania, NGOs, MPs of course, so that the Constitutional Court's rulings referring to articles of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, be passed by Parliament. Thank you once again for your support and for what we discussed and decided today, Mr. Vice - President. Moderator: We have time to answer some questions. Reporter: For Mr. Timmermans. Mr. Timmermans, do you consider that the recent abrogation by the Romanian Government of the controversial emergency ordinance amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code is a guarantee for the European Commission so that the European Executive keeps its commitment taken before other Romanian Prime Minister, Dacian Ciolos and the CVM is eliminated by the end of this year? Frans Timmermans:I really welcome the fact that Emergency Ordinance no. 13 has been repealed. That's a very good step. Now, the advice we have given to the Romanian Government in bringing that legal situation in line with rulings of the Constitutional Court and in transposing EU legislation, international legislation, that this be done in maximum openness so that everybody who has an interest in this, can be directly involved, can see what happens, can see exactly what is being done so that we avoid any misunderstanding, any ideas that this would be done to weaken the fight against corruption, etc, etc. So, if this process is done in complete transparency, with full involvement of the NGO community and other stakeholders, then, I believe that European Commission can be fairly confident that the steps taken will produce the results we are looking for and that the fight against corruption will be maintained at the same intensity as before. On your concrete question pertaining to the CVM, if you look at our latest reports, if you look at what has been achieved, in the last ten years, we are now in the final stretch of a marathon: when we will be reaching the finishing line depends on the speed with which the runner is running. That speed is the consequence of the determination of the Romanian Government and Parliament, the Commission can assist, can help but the Commission cannot dictate that speed.That is up to the Romanian authorities and the speed will determine when the finishing line will be reached. But very importantly to us that we have now seen the commitment of the Government, that they will continue towards the finishing line, and we will do whatever we can do to assist and to encourage the Government to reach the finishing line as soon as possible. Reporter: My question for you, Vice - President, would be: what are going to do about Poland. Time is almost up, and I think there are some similarities here and it could be a lesson for the Romanians. Prime Minister: 2019 - Romanian Presidency of the European Union - with or without CVM? Frans Timmermans: Today, we' ll be talking about Romania, another time, we'll be talking about Poland, but let's not mix up the issues, these are completely different issues, and as far as Poland is concerned, we are still waiting for replies to our reccomendations, by the Polish Government, and we will take it from there. Sorin Grindeanu: I will answer your previous question. Mr. Vice - President mentioned the speed both Government and Parliament should have, not only the Government. I can assure you of what I have said earlier, namely our desire to have the right speed for the next report to be very good, and to give you a precise answer: of course, I want 2019 without CVM. Reporter: A question for both speakers. First of all, for Mr. Timmermans. Five years ago, the European Commission sent Romania 11 points to solve in the fight againt corruption. Does it have new recommendations for Romania, on this topic, in addition to the appreciation for the repeal of Ordinance 13? Can the future Justice Minister be a guarantee - what has been discussed on this issue, for the transparency, for the amendment of the criminal legislation? Frans Timmermans: First of all, as far as the Commission is concerned, what we would expect in the fight against corruption and the functioning of the judiciary is spelled out quite explicitly in the CVM Report, and also all needs to be done is also spelled out quite explicitly. I fully accepted the point of the Prime Minister, where he says: not everything is clear to us, and please help us clarify what you would see as concrete measures you want us to take. And I have personally taken an engagement to make sure that we will clarify this, that the Government knows exactly what we would advice and expect. I strongly believe that if you stick to that roadmap, you would get where you need to be. We want to be in a situation where the fight is so sucessful, that the situation is irreversible. This has nothing to do with party politics, it has nothing to do with other political discussions, it is the clear manifestation of the willigness of the Romanian people, Romanian Government and Romanian Parliament to create the situation where we passed the point of no return, and the Romanian citiezns are reassured that their country is no longer in the grips of systemic corruption. That's exactly what the CVM process is all about. Sorin Grindeanu: We will send in the ensuing period, the clarifications that we want to have on CVM recommendations, so that we know exactly what we need to do next and to take, as aforementioned, the necessary steps so that we achieve as transparently as possible, at the proper speed, what we need to do. We will send to the European Commission in the near future, these clarifications that we want. Moderator: There is time for one more question. Ladies, first. Reporter: Who will be the new Justice Minister, and what guarantees will the respective Minister offer to partners that no more slippages like Ordinance 13 occur anymore? Thank you! Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. These days, I have discussed with several persons. I shall make a decision in the next period, in this respect. I want to specify that I am thinking seriously of nominating somebody who is not politically affiliated. I held discussions with persons whose current professional background is beyond any question, who achieved a lot in this field, and proved their abilities. These meetings with persons I consider eligible, will continue in the following days and weekends. To conclude, probably at the beginning of next week, no later than mid-next week, I will make a nomination, and it can be somebody who is not member of the government coalition, therefore, an apolitical person. 2017-02-16 21:40:00 Sorin Grindeanu, întrevederi cu înalți oficiali la Bruxelles Știri din 16.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying a visit to Brussels from February 16 to 17. The Head of the Romanian Executive will have meetings with Jean - Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Frans Timmermans, First Vice - President of the European Commission, and with Jyrki Katainen, Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. - I want to assure all our partners in European institutions that the fight against corruption, our engagement and strengthening our role in the EU are priority objectives of the Government I am leading, and the current demarche is part of the active dialogue we have promoted with all our European counterparts, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The delegation led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu also includes the Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor - Viorel Melescanu, and the State Advisor in the Prime Minister's Advisory Body, Marius Nica. 2017-02-16 11:25:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Republicii TurciaȘtiri din 15.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received the the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency, Mr. Osman Koray Ertas, on a courtesy visit at Victoria Palace. The meeting has occasioned a review of bilateral relations. On this occasion, both Prime Minister and the Ambassador of Turkey have expressed their willingness to consolidate the Strategic Partnership which brings together the two states. Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has showed that Turkey is a key partner for Romania, expressing his openness for developing cooperation, especially in the economic field. 2017-02-15 16:28:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Republicii LibanezeȘtiri din 15.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received the Ambassador of the Libanese Republic, Her Excellency, Mrs. Rana Mokaddem, on a courtesy visit, at Victoria Palace. During the meeting, the officials have reviewed the developments of the bilateral relations between Romania and the Libanese Republic. In this context, the Head of the Executive has expressed interest in the diversification of the cooperation fields as well as in more intense contacts at the level of the business environment from the two countries. Lebanon counts among Romania's main trade partners in the Middle East. 2017-02-15 16:23:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Confederației ElvețieneȘtiri din 14.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today the Swiss Confederation Ambassador to Romania, His Excellency, Mr. Urs Herren, on a courtesy visit at Victoria Palace. The meeting has occasioned an assessment of the state of bilateral relations, both sides agreeing that the two countries currently enjoy very good bilateral relations. Prime Minister has particularly appreciated the support granted by the Swiss Confederation through the - Swiss Financial Contribution, an instrument whereby projects are funded in various fields, such as: infrastructure, environment, security and the social and human development. The meeting has also occasioned an exchange of views on current issues on the European and international agenda. 2017-02-14 17:52:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul GermanieiȘtiri din 14.02.2017 RELEASE Today, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Romania, His Excellency, Mr. Meier - Klodt, on a courtesy visit to Victoria Palace. The central topic of discussions between the two officials has been the bilateral relations between Romania and the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of the 50th anniversary of Romanian- German diplomatic relations, based on trust and good cooperation partnership. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has expressed his strong belief that Romania and Germany will continue their good cooperation in the political, economic areas and will deepen their cultural and educational exchanges. Cord Meier - Klodt has been the Head of the Federal Republic of Germany's mission in Romania as of January 9, 2017. 2017-02-14 15:10:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul ItalieiȘtiri din 13.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received at Victoria Palace, the Ambassador of Italy in Romania, His Excellence, Mr. Diego Brasioli. During the meeting, they have reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries, the Head of the Executive highlighting in this context the good cooperation in the economic field. At the same time, the two parties have deemed necessary strengthening the sectoral cooperation in areas such as: transports, infrastructure, energy and IT and C. 2017-02-13 17:24:00 va sprijini UNICEF în proiectele dedicate creșterii calității în educațieȘtiri din 13.02.2017 Government will support the UNICEF projects in Romania , dedicated to increasing quality of education, reducing inequality and easing access of children from vulnerable families to quality social services, Prime Minister Social Grindeanu has stated on today's meeting with UNICEF representatives in Romania. - I appreciate your involvement and the fact that you devote your time and energy to the initiatives designed to contribute to quality education for children in Romania. The Government and I, in my capacity as Prime Minister, we support you, as partners, the Head of the Executive has stated. Today's discussion has focused on ways of collaboration to implement the initiatives laid down in the Programme for government related to improving the situation of children, in particular the most vulnerable of them, in fields such as: education, healthcare and social inclusion. An example of good practice is the project unfolded by UNICEF in 38 localities in Bacau county, in collaboration with central and local authorities, under the form of two packages: Minimum Package of Services, and the Package of Inclusive Quality Education. These two packages are designed to show that, through minimum investments in basic services at the level of community, we can prevent and reduce social exclusion of children and their families, improve their state of health, their access and results in the educational process. Given the results obtained further to this project, the possibility to extend it at national level is currently considered. The Government and UNICEF representatives have also discussed about cooperation for the implementation of the Action Plan for school desegregation and increase in education quality in pre-university educational units, given that an action plan is about to be finalized, and they have also discussed about other fields of intervention of the UNICEF to support the implementation of the Education Ministry's policies. Another topic of today's discussion has been the launch in Romania this March of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has confirmed his support for this programme, and for the Campaign to rise awareness on violence against children. The representatives of Government and UNICEF will continue to cooperate on projects in support of children. Gabriela Coman, Chairperson of the National Authority for Child Rights Protection and Adoption, and Gabriel Ispas, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education have also attended the meeting. 2017-02-13 15:44:00 Sorin Grindeanu încurajează dialogul între Guvern și Coaliția Națională pentru Modernizarea României condusă de Alexandru CumpănașuȘtiri din 13.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had today a first meeting with representatives of the National Coalition for Romania's Modernization, part of the steps for dialogue between the two institutions. The Head of the Executive has encouraged continued cooperation through periodical meetings of Coalition members with Ministers and teams of Ministry's specialists in order to identify together the best solutions for each priority field. Today's discussions have focused on European funds absorption and ways to improve this process, in this context, Minister Delegate Mihaela Toader has presented the work calendar for the next period. Also, the National Education Minister Pavel Nastase has presented the Government's vision on the development of education and research, priority fields for this Executive. During this meeting, discussions have aimed at legal aspects related to public administration's transparency and efficiency, energy and natural resources exploitation, the draft unitary salary law, the IT and C field. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has outlined that all these priority fields for Government should be approached from the perspective of national interest and public welfare. 2017-02-13 15:40:00 de dezbateri „ROMÂNIA CENTENARĂ”, Alba-Iulia, 16 februarie 2017Știri din 13.02.2017 15:30:00 Ana Birchall: “Înțeleg responsabilitatea imensă pe care o presupune portofoliul Justiției”Știri din 09.02.2017 nomination as Interim Justice Minister, Ana Birchall has emphasized the importance of responsibility in fulfilling this office: - I would like to thank Prime Minister, presidents of the government coalition, as well as my colleagues from PSD and ALDE for the trust placed in me, understanding at the same time the huge responsibility implied by the Justice portfolio. I will do my best to fulfill this mandate with professionalism, seriousness and balance. Along with institutions with powers and responsibilities in this field, the civil society and mass media representatives, as well as through transparent dialogue with our external partners, I want to ensure the proper functioning of judiciary, as a fundamental premise for a consolidated democracy. Ana Birchall was sworn in as Minister Delegate for European Affairs on January 4, 2017. In December 2016, Ana Birchall won a second parliamentarian seat(Chamber of Deputies) from Vaslui constituency, thus continuing the parliamentary activity begun in 2012. From February 2015 to December 2016, she held the office of Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. In April 2014, she was appointed High Representative of the Prime Minister for European Affairs and partnership with the United States (non-remunerated office held until October 2015), after holding the office of Advisor to the Prime Minister in 2012. A graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest and the Faculty of Law and International Relations (valedictorian) Nicolae Titulescu University in 1996, Ana Birchall continued her studies at Yale Law School, Yale University, USA, being the first Romanian to be admitted simultaneously for the Master of Studies in Law at several universities such as Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and New York University. She graduated from the Master of Studies in Law in 2000, and in 2002, she got her PhD in Law (J.S.D, Student Marshal - as representative of the Ph.D. students of 2002) under the guidance of Professor Anthony T. Kronman, Dean of Yale Law School. The theme of her thesis was Bankruptcy law applied to banking systems in Central and Eastern European countries - a comparative analysis of bankruptcy law applicable to the banking system in USA, UK, France, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Throughout her Ph.D. studies, she was a Goldman Fellow scholar, scholarship granted by Yale Law School. Ana Birchall is a member of Bucharest Bar; the Executive Committee of Yale Law School Association, Yale Law School; Ambassador of the acclaimed NGO, Vital Voices, and of Policy Network in Great Britain and Terra Nova in France. 2017-02-09 19:23:00 Ana Birchall, interimar la Ministerul JustițieiȘtiri din 09.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has sent to President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis, the proposal for nomination of Minister-Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall as Interim Minister of Justice. The nomination has been made according to the provisions of the article 106 and the article 107, the paragraphs (3) and (4) of the Constitution of Romania, republished, as well as in accordance with the article 9 of the Law No.90/2001 regarding the organization and functioning of the Government and Ministries, with subsequent amendments and additions. Prime Minister has made this nomination in the context in which Florin Iordache tendered his resignation as Justice Minister today. 2017-02-09 17:34:00 de presăȘtiri din 09.02.2017 11:01:00 susținut de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la dezbaterea în Parlament a moțiunii de cenzură Știri din 08.02.2017 Grindeanu: President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Senators, Ministers, Distinguished guests, Yesterday, we approved the budget for 2017 in Parliament. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts these days. I know it was not easy and I appreciate your endeavors in committees and plenum on this topic. We have a budget that brings Romanians prosperity and development. We have all the necessary levers in place to implement the programme for government that the Romanians voted for in December in an overwhelming majority. Today, we meet again, one month since the investiture of the current government. The Opposition filed a censure motion. It is our colleagues' constitutional right to do so, but I cannot help remarking that this move has no longer an object. First of all, I expected a professional approach of PNL when it comes about serious matters, but they sent Catalin Predoiu to support the motion, a former Justice Minister, who coordinated the drafting of the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code, two fundamental laws for the well - running of judiciary, which CCR amended through numerous decisions and which effects, we can feel today too. I think that other PNL lawmaker with much credibility and competence could support this motion, but each is accountant to people once in four years for their parliamentarian activity and the Liberal colleagues did pay a full price on the December 11 elections. I also look at the USR lawmakers who supported this demarche. Maybe their lack of experience prompted them to associate with a party they had previously vehemently criticized. I had greater expectations from this new generation of politicians that were elected to Parliament, but I think they aimed to save Romania by sleeping, otherwise I cannot understand how can you sleep in the Parliament when we debate Romania's budget. I hope Mr. Nicusor Dan has done his homework better today, and he knows what to say. Ladies and gentlemen, You could hear the President's speech yesterday. Beyond slogans and the attempt to cling to the Romanians' protests to restore his credibility, I think one thing has been pretty clearly revealed - President Iohannis's yearning for restoring - My Government as quickly as possible. We already have the experience of such an Executive that will be remembered as the zero Government. I believe we have a duty towards people's trust we earned at polls, and we must continue to assume the government of this country. Please do not accept this game and do not fall again into this trap. Dear colleagues, I hope today we will be able to clarify things and to go back to work. Mayors and presidents of county councils want to achieve something for their communities, this is why they want to come to Bucharest with projects to get funding. They want to honor their pledges to Romanians. Alike you, lawmakers elected in December, these people have projects for roads, infrastructure, schools, kindergartens- briefly, for a better life for Romanians. But they need money to implement them. We have already wasted too much time and energy for other things. It is high time we return to what we really need to do for people. Ladies and gentlemen, We are here today, in front of Parliament to state again that we fully assume what is laid down in the Programme for Government and for what we were elected. I repeat it is entirely our responsibility, the entire Cabinet's responsibility to permanently have the doors open to all mayors, presidents of county councils, lawmakers, regardless of their political affiliation. Our programme for government was voted by the majority of Romanians, of those present at polls, we have the biggest popular support after the Revolution, but we are dutybound to implement what is laid down in the Programme for Government. I repeat: what is laid down there. To date, although time was short, I have already taken some measures extremely well for Romanians. We increased the minimum salary, the salaries of the local public administration, we increased the pension point and the minimum pension, we eliminated the CASS for retirees and the tax for pensions smaller than 2.000 lei. We doubled the scholarships and we granted free transport on CFR for all students and I am glad that we have seen this measure functioning. There are many other things which we have already managed to implement, the same as there are many others to continue over the next period. Among these, I would remind only: medicines by 35 percent cheaper, a new law of public wages, construction of eight regional hospitals and of course, that Republican hospital. All these will become reality, step by step and in close cooperation and dialogue with Parliament. Ladies and gentlemen, In addition to the Programme for Government which represents a priority, we cannot overlook the events which have taken place in Romania lately. A couple of evenings in row, I could watch the protests from the Government headquarters. I believe that Romanians who have taken to the streets are perfectly entitled to shout their discontent if they feel so. I publicly express my appreciation for the impeccable way the Romanian gendarmes have done their duty these days. We have all seen that most of the time the people felt protected and safe. I thank once again the Romanian Gendarmerie! These days we also witnessed a lot of creativity on the signs in the people's hands, in the slogans they chanted, as well as on Facebook. I had the opportunity to read very many comments and messages, some of support, others obviously negative. I shall always appreciate any criticism provided that it is backed by arguments, but I shall never accept an outpouring of hate against families and children. Politicians are dutybound to harmonize views coming from the society and and bring them to a common denominator. Yesterday, I expected President Iohannis' speech to tap in this direction, because things have indeed gone too far. We all have spouses, parents or children who came to hurl harsh words at each other these days. I heard someone say that the parents were protesting in front of the Cotroceni Palace, while their children rallied against the government in Victoriei Square. I cannot accept there are two Romania. This must stop. This is not normal. As a sign reads: - The demonstrators in the Victoriei Square reunite with their parents around the Christmas dinner table alike their parents rejoice in visiting their grandchildren. This is normal Romania and I think this is the message that any responsible politician must convey. Not hatred, but reason and dialogue must prevail. I would like to especially thank all media institutions and opinion leaders who have made a call to balance, tolerance and dialogue these days. I can understand the anger of some, but now, it is high time to search things that unite us as nation, not those dividing us. I further notice that there are politicians who are still prisoners to the divisive way of thinking. As Prime Minister, I want to participate in the so needed reconciliation among Romanians. Ladies and gentlemen, I fully understand all emotion and anger generated by Ordinance 13. A significant part of this country conveyed us democratically that it does not identify the general good in that ordinance. This is why I decided to convene urgently the Government I am leading and to abrogate it. I will not accept anylonger an initiative of this kind in the Government. I considered as Prime Minister that I should do that. Much debate, dialogue are needed, and many experts' opinions on such topics conducive to strong emotions in society. And the best place for this to happen is here, in Parliament. I want that MPs, jurists, magistrates, law experts stay around the same table in order to find a solution to bring consensus in society regarding this topic of criminal legislation amendment. The Government will further support the fight against corruption and the consolidation of the rule of law. I promise you that from now on, this Government will be exclusively one of dialogue and public consultation on large topics concerning the entire society. It is the only way to advance together as nation. Ladies and gentlemen, We have a programme for Government good enough in order not to ever put us in the situation of choosing between judiciary and wages, between justice and pensions. These are directions which do not exclude each other, but they depend on each other. Strenghtening the rule of law is not a purpose in itself, but to the extent it is used to create strong institutions to function correctly and in public interest, and welll-being in the houses of all Romanians, be they employees of administration, or of private companies, they all deserve a better life. Law observance is one of the prerequisites for welfare in a country. For this, we need fundamental laws adjusted to European norms in the field, but also institutions to enforce them in good faith. Ladies and gentlemen, Romanians need roads, schools, hopsitals, jobs, bigger salaries and pensions, smaller taxes. Companies need predictibility and tax coherence, but above all, they need: dialogue, consultation and transparency. I commit before you that the Government I am leading, carries as of today, a permanent dialogue with Romanians, listen to Romanians and is transparent in its relations with Romanians. Dear colleagues, One month ago, I was in the same place in front of you to ask your vote of confidence. Now, you see me again, I think I have more experience and I learnt a new lesson. I ask you now to have as back then, full confidence in the Government I am leading, in our colleagues Ministers, and to reject this censure motion. Thank you. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu after the vote on the censure motion Reporter: The censure motion has been rejected, how do you see this result? Sorin Grindeanu: It is a second confirmation, if you want. To me, what happened yesterday, the vote on the budget meant a lot too. Today, the Opposition exersed one of its Constitutional rights. It is the second time in 40 days when the Government was reconfirmed. In my speech, I made a call to dialogue, transparency, to everything that means normal state of affairs in Romania. Some understood my appeal, either from Opposition or those in power, I hope it will happen so in the future too. What I can assure you is that, from the Government's point of view, things will run in such a manner: a transparent manner that will bring dialogue in the Government's decision - making. That is extremely important in my view. Something important happened today. It was a common denominator related to debates on the laws on justice, criminal codes amendment. Those in favor and those against, agreed that this should happen in Parliament. I consider this a start full of hope; such things should happen in Parliament, I perfectly agree, in a very large debate, on decisions, if we speak of criminal code and criminal procedure code, decisions or laws as I told yesterday, that pertain to CCR decisions. Reporter: Speaking about justice, what is the situation of the Justice Minister, as the censure motion was rejected, the budget was passed. Sorin Grindeanu: As I told you, I was present in Parliament these days, I will have a discussion with him this evening or tomorrow morning, and tomorow afternoon, following the Cabinet meeting, I will let you know what decision I made. Reporter: Is the CCR decision likely to change your decision on the Justice Minister? Sorin Grindeanu: This is why I told you that I want a discussion with him. My decision is made... Reporter: which is that? Sorin Grindeanu: You will see tomorrow.. Reporter: Mr. Dragnea spoke already about how new Minister will be... Sorin Grindeanu: I told you my opinion yesterday, you gave me an idea yesterday by one question that you asked, I consider it a very good idea, but let us do things - step by step. I told you yesterday that I want to have a discussion either this afternoon, or tomorrow morning, my decision remains the same, but I want to have a discussion about what CCR ruled today. Reporter: What are the premises for this discussion? Sorin Grindeanu: Here, it is not about Mr. Iordache. I am interested in what happened today, namely CCR decision. Speaking about the person, I told you yesterday and the day before yesterday, what was happening. With respect to CCR decision, I want to understand very well what is happening today, tomorrow, it is a term at CCR. I think it is extremely important beyond the person of Minister, as I think things have been as clear as possible to date. Reporter: Do you take into account what the PSD president and the leaders in territory tell you as we know they do not want Mr. Iordache to leave the government? Will you discuss with leaders in the coalition, with those in ALDE including? Sorin Grindeanu: As I told you in the investiture speech, this is a political government, but there are moments when each of us should make decisions. I had discussions with political leaders, also, political leaders expressed their opinions. What I told you yesterday, namely that this first discussion I expect from Mr. Iordache, this time, more on what happened through the decision of the Constitutional Court and on what is to happen tomorrow too, which does not change at all the decision. Reporter(...) other compromises to defuse the situation .. Sorin Grindeanu: But I have not made any... Reporter: The compromise - you abrogate the ordinance to defuse the situation and to ensure those who are in the street and who are disatisfied, that such situation shall never repeat again. You said in your speech that such ordinances will not be adopted anymore by Government. What assurances will you give to those who still doubt the good faith of this government? Sorin Grindeanu: More than reaffirming once again, as I did it from the Parliament's rostrum, that on all senzitive issues, like justice, things will not take place as such. I cannot do more than reaffirm the willingness to approach things through dialogue, with everybody on all senzitive issues.The time will prove if things happened that way. Reporter: (...) transparency in general. Sorin Grindeanu: I reaffirm my determination for these things to happen this way, under this form. Reporter: What is your opinion - I apologize - with respect to the fact that the PSD lawmakers did not vote? Is it all right or not? Sorin Grindeanu: I have seen... Reporter: (...) Sorin Grindeanu: I am not member of Parliament, I do not want to speak on their behalf. I asked my colleagues why they adopted this tactics, they told me they voted for this Government 40 days ago, the censure motion is useless in substance and then... Reporter: They could vote against the censure motion. Sorin Grindeanu: You should ask somebody else. It is not my decision. Reporter: In 2010, when other censure motion was filed against Boc Government, PSD representatives criticized this practice back then. Why they embrace it now? Sorin Grindeanu: I offered an explanation for your questions above. The group leaders in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate may tell you more, why they chose this option. I admit that if they voted and adopted other tactics, things were perhaps unequivocal, I understand nevertheless their reserves and their arguments, therefore, we move on. Reporter: (...) treason in the party? Reporter: (...) does it not mean lack of transparency? Sorin Grindeanu: Not in the Government Reporter: The Government will stop issuing emergency ordinances only in the field of justice? Sorin Grindeanu: No. I said not only in the field... Reporter: But in which? Sorin Grindeanu: I did not say there will not be any emergency ordinances. Emergency ordinance is needed many times. I referred to senzitive fields, such as: justice. I do not know, we will see, perhaps in the fiscal field, which I deem a senzitive field too. We will see and we will make these things in a normal way. Thank you. Reporter: Do you feel sorry that you adopted this emergency ordinance two weeks ago? Sorin Grindeanu: I said in my speech that I closely watch these debates.. Reporter: Do you personally feel sorry? Sorin Grindeanu: I said and I recognized that as long as you make a decision leading to such issues - issues conducive to street protests, even if the substance of this issue or its contents is correct, it is clear your decision was not the appropriate one - and this is why I abrogated it - when such decisions generate street protests, you cannot do anything but withdraw that action which I did. Thank you. 2017-02-08 14:09:00 de buget pentru 2017 a fost adoptat de ParlamentȘtiri din 06.02.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the voting of the draft budget for 2017 Sorin Grindeanu: I wanted to be present today at the final vote, for two reasons, first of all, to thank the Parliament for having adopted in emergency procedure the budget for 2017. We all need this budget, maybe it should have been voted earlier, if things followed a normal timetable, and that would have been good for Romania. At the same time, I would like to convey a message of stability to investors and to reconfirm the Government's determination to support the business environment. We further aim at simplifying the de-bureaucratisation, reducing taxes and facilitating access to funding. We need to further maintain the trust of Romanians and investors in our economy, as much as we need to achieve all investments intended for 2017, in infrastructure and to fulfill in turn all measures stipulated by the programme for government. It is a balanced budget, focused on supporting both social policies and development policies. As stated yesterday, the deficit falls within the below 3 percent target, we managed for the first time to allocate - just to give one example - 2 percent of GDP directly allocated for the army, 2 percent from budgetary appropriations and this happened for the first time in the budget for 2017. Also, the last thing, regarding investment, and what was discussed, and what I would like to mention here, before thanking you once again for your vote, and the way you debated and the rapidity whereby you debated the draft state budget, is to mention that for 2017, for investments, there are ten billion lei in addition compared to 2016. Thank you. Press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu after the vote on the draft budget for 2017 Reporter: You have not been present when the President delivered his message, although you initially stated that you would be present here. Sorin Grindeanu: As I announced you ten days ago, I do things in an institutional manner. It was normal to be an invitation. I understood the reason behind the way things unfolded as they did, and I have not been present as I did not have invitation, neither me, nor the others. The President wanted to address the Parliament and this happened. If I was member of Parliament, which I am not, perhaps I was in the room. Reporter: what is the custom in such case? Sorin Grindeanu: You should not ask me. With regard to custom, I do not know how it happened in the past and I do not think it is important. I understood that the request... Reporter:(...) through Dragnea' statements, that it was a discussion in three, Mr. Tariceanu, Mr. Dragnea and you, when such a conclusion was drawn. It was a conclusion that they only conveyed to you or... Sorin Grindeanu: I think this is of little importance. As far as I understood, the request was sent to Parliament, I respected this, not only the Government was invited on such occasions, but other institutions too. In exchange, I wanted to tell you that I'm extremely happy that the state budget was adopted today and this is a positive thing. I think it is a bit late and I hope we will recover this, we are in early February. The elections were scheduled late enough, in December, timetable could have been quicker, so that we could have a budget earlier. I would like to thank those who worked on drawing up the draft budget, the Finance Ministry and not only, it was not a simple work - during this period, and within a fairly tight timetable - a budget that takes into account the programme for government. And this is an important thing, to change the philosophy on which this budget was built, a philosophy that is not just about bookkeeping as seen until now - the bookkeeping-type state budget. And I will explain it: each time there was economic growth or economic slump, each institution's budget was generally hiked or lowered by that percentage. We, for the first time, financed through this draft budget the projects we brought before the citizens as part of the programme for government and this was an extremely important thing for us. And, of course, there are still measures, which were approved and there are measures from last year and which continue to be financed by this year's budget too. It is extremely important today as message the fact that an important step has been taken for stability, an important step through the adoption of the state budget. Reporter: Mr. Grindeanu, how did you see the message President Klaus Iohannis sent to Parliament? Sorin Grindeanu: I have read a transcript of it and to be frank, I would tell what I would have done in his place, I would have urged - and I am doing this now, I cannot make observations on what the President or somebody else states. I would tell what I would have done: I would have made a call on calm, stability, return to normalcy. Furthermore, I dont have any comments on the Presidents speech. I think this is the fair approach and I would have acted so. Reporter: He said he observes nevertheless people's vote. Does the war betweeen PSD and ...continue.. Sorin Grindeanu: I think I have answered your question earlier. Reporter: He proposed consultations at Cotroceni. Sorin Grindeanu: Let us see, tomorrow is another day, there is the censure motion... Reporter: When did you speak to the Justice Minister.. Sorin Grindeanu: As I announced yesterday. Immediately after .. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you consider apologizing those protesting in the Victoria Square? Sorin Grindeanu: You will see tomorrow, in my speech at the censure motion. It is an important moment, the ordinance was abrogated, and tomorrow, I will express my point of view on my speech on this topic, and on the censure motion. Today, I wanted to address the budget issue. Reporter: As you approached the censure motion, that ordinance that was abrogated, what are you doing with the amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code? Do you renounce them? It was draft law, and the Minister announced that he does not send it to .. Sorin Grindeanu: I have announced and (...) I personnally requested the Justice Ministry to stop any draft laws that do not have a long process until adoption. That these things are happening in Parliament, the initiator is the Justice Minister or anybody else, I want and I reaffirm it, I want all decisions of the Constitutional Court - I refer strictly to the Constitutional Court's decisions - to be transposed as quick as possible into our country's legislation. I think this is the legal framework - 45 days, when you can do it. That these debates will be initiated by the Justice Ministry, Parliament, anybody else.. Reporter: This is the solution you are considering now, that the majority lawmakers initiate that draft law and submit it to debate? Sorin Grindeanu: I am not the most authorized to tell you that. At this moment, I repeat what I told you yesterday, that any initiative to send quickly, without respecting the dialogue with the opposition parties, with institutions with powers in this field, the civil society, any initiative of this type of the Justice Ministry is non-compliant with what I asked in the Government meeting. This is why all these things were halted. Let us pass to the censure motion and following these consultations held in Parliament and as it happened in the past, when the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code were amended whereby strcitly the Constitutional Court's decisions are put in agreement with the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. These are the only things I want to convey, in connection with.. Reporter: Are you willing to renounce those controversial provisions, that threshold of 200,000 lei? Sorin Grindeanu: I think I was clear both yesterday and today... Reporter: Is it real the message atttributed to your wife? Did your wife write that indeed? Did you know about it? Sorin Grindeanu: No. I called immediately after I saw it. I sincerely admit that I have not seen that message before. I could speak with her only after one and a half hour, as she was flying with the children to Bucharest, and she confirmed that she indeed wrote it. Reporter: Florin Iordache- does he further represent a solution for the leadership of the Justice Ministry or did you lose your trust in him? Sorin Grindeanu: As I said yesterday. We have... Reporter: You had a meeting today.. Reporter: You will have a discussion with him today or... Sorin Grindeanu: I will discuss with him tomorrow, after the censure motion.. Reporter: Do you trust him? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not think it is about that. I have an opinion and I know what I should do. Reporter: Is it better for the Justice Ministry to be run by a politician now or by an independent, a technocrat from the system? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not know. It may be one of the approaches. We will see. Reporter: Parliament gave its opinion through the Legal Committee, for the referendum requested by President Klaus Iohannis. Finally, the Government organizes it. How do you see this anticorruption referendum? Sorin Grindeanu: Parliament was the one that should give its opinion, we only need to organize it. I have said it for two weeks, it is a topic that you simply cannot disagree with. Reporter: /.../ the US Embassy representatives. What representatives.. Sorin Grindeanu: I will convey you more. Reporter: The referendum costs - are estimated at EUR 50 million. Where from to take this money? Sorin Grindeanu: If Parliament decided so and this is what we should do next, we will find it. It is not simple to find EUR 50 million. We will make efforts because given the legal framework in Romania, this is what we need to put into practice. Reporter: What did you feel when you saw that crowd of few hundred thousands people in the streets together/.../ the lights? Sorin Grindeanu: I will let you know when I am not longer Prime Minister. I do not think it is normal ... Reporter: Do you consider leaving your position sooner or..? Sorin Grindeanu: No, I have not announced that. Tomorrow, there will be a censure motion, we will substantiate the decisions took, both when the ordinance was issued and when it was abrogated. These issues unfold(...). Reporter: If you allow, it further seems...(...) people continue to protest in the street. There are other solutions too that you can bring forward. Sorin Grindeanu. Let us see, to say so, step by step - I quote - what is happening in /.../. Reporter: Did you speak with the President? Sorin Grindeanu: Not lately. Reporter: If I may, one can see lately a rift between PSD and Klaus Iohannis - there is no dialogue, there are always differences of opinion. Can you bridge the gap between the Presidential Administration and the parliamentary majority? Sorin Grindeanu: Let us understand: the government I am leading is a PSD -ALDE coalition government. We have the majority in Parliament, based on Romanians' vote and then I do not think we should do anything else but simply to implement the programme for government. With respect to PSD, I think that PSD president Liviu Dragnea is authorized to answer your question, and not me. Surely, I am an old member of this party, and I will continue to be. Reporter: Do you expect tomorrow, at the censure motion, that some of your colleagues will vote for the censure motion as a result of the dissatisfaction with the current poorly managed situation? Sorin Grindeanu: No. Thank you very much. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the debate of the draft budget for 2017 in the plenum of Parliament Sorin Grindeanu: Dear Members of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, I will make a brief presentation of the budget and along with the Minister of Public Finance or any of the Cabinet members,I will answer the questions and inquiries of the members of Parliament. The annual budget is definitely an important moment for Romania, for the Government and for Parliament, because all short and medium-term public projects and programs are now being prioritized. It is perhaps the only time when the significance of political rhetoric is replaced by the cold realism of the figures in the draft state budget and draft social security budget law. We can thus contribute to improving the living standards of Romanians in 2017, without claiming however that we can satisfy everybody. The 2017 draft budget is designed on a macroeconomic framework with a GDP of 815.195 billion lei and an economic growth of 5.2 percent. The cash budget deficit is estimated at 2.96 percent of GDP, while ESA deficit is 2.98 pct of GDP, keeping within the budget deficit target of below 3 percent of GDP, as required by the Maastricht Treaty. The international institutions' recent estimates converge towards an evolution of economy in 2017 similar to that envisaged when the budget was built. The estimated gross government debt level for 2017 is 37.7 pct of GDP and in the 2017 - 2020 medium-term, it will be below 40 percent of GDP. For the draft budget for 2017, the following macroeconomic indicators were considered: an average annual inflation of 1.4 pct, an average wage of 2,274 lei and an average leu to euro exchange rate of 4.46. The number of employees is expected to rise by 4. 3 percent, while the unemployment rate is expected to drop to 4.3 percent at the end of year 2017. Budget revenues projected for 2017 are estimated at 254,717 billion lei, respectively 31.3 percent of the GDP. Revenues of the domestic economy represent 232.5 billion lei, namely 28.5 pct of the GDP, and funds from the EU and other grantors are estimated at 22.3 billion lei, 12.4 billion lei out of which on agricultural policy, and 9.9 billion lei on cohesion policy and other programs. Budgetary spendings are estimated at 278,817 billion lei, that represents 34.2pct of the GDP. The staff costs of the consolidated general budget represent 63.9 billion lei, respectively 7.8pct of the GDP, and spending on goods and services is estimated at 40.6 billion lei, declining by 0.4 pct of the GDP compared to 2016. The monetary policy rates remain at the same level as in 2016, about 10 billion lei. Subsidies represent 7.2 billion lei being maintained at the same level as in the previous years, 0.9pct of the GDP. The social assistance in the general consolidated budget represents 88.5 billion lei or 10.9pct of the GDP. The social assistance in the general consolidated budget represents 88, 5 billions lei, respectively 10, 9 percent of GDP. The investment expenses are estimated at 4.8 of the GDP, increasing by 0.9 percent compared to 2016, and namely 4.8 percent compared to 3.9 in 2016. Budgetary allocations rose for some Ministries, among which: 2 percent allocation from GDP for the Ministry of National Defence, representing the amount of 16. 3 billion lei from budgetary allocations and own revenues, which represents an increase by 52 percent compared to previous year. The National Education Ministry, increase by 26.2 percent. Ministry of Health, increase by 18 percent. The National House of Health Insurance, increase by 10.3 percent. Ministry of Agriculture - 83, 2 percent rise. Ministry of Transports, increase by 60.5 percent. Upon drawing up the budget, we took into account the increase of population's incomes, increased investments in infrastructure, and reducing taxes, such as: increase in the population incomes is materialized in the increase in the minimum wage, as of February 1, to 1450 lei, salary increase in education, healthcare and for other categories of public sector employees. For instance, personnel paid from public funds, from public administrations to local public administrations benefit as of February 1, 2017, from a 20 percent rise. Also, the gross salary of personnel from public musical and cultural institutions increases by 50 percent. The minimum pension rises from 400 lei to 520 lei as of March 1. As of July 1, 2017, the pension point will rise by 9 percent, reaching to 1.000 lei. Students enrolled in full-time education, in accredited higher education institutions, benefit from free transport on internal routes. The amount earmarked for establishing the Fund for scholarships and social protection of students is established at 201 lei per month. Pensions less than or equal to 2,000 lei will not be taxed, and pensioners obligation to pay social contributions for health insurance will be removed. Secondly, the budgetary construction is based on a new vision, new priorities and action guidelines in the field of public investments. We have in view the budget, what we told you earlier, the budget reflecting this new vision for the following points: first priority for Government is drawing European funds, in amount, as I mentioned, of 22, 1 billion lei. Public investments in infrastructure and priority areas through modern funding mechanisms designed to attract private sources too. The Sovereign Fund of Development and Investment will be set up very soon, it will develop and will built from the ground, investment in priority areas. Also, we will develop investment in public - private partnership, the public procurement legislation will be amended and simplified. Fiscal support through state aid and governmental guarantees to develop businesses. As of January 1, 2017, there were promoted measures to back investments through the unlimited application in time of the fiscal incentive to exempt the reinvested profit. As of February 1, 2017, to support the business environment, by encouraging the setting up and development of microenterprises, it was increased the limit of revenues achieved on December 31, of the previous fiscal year from EUR 100,000 to EUR 500,000. It was established a 1 percent tax rate for the microenterprises that have one or more employees and the tax rate of 2 percent was removed for microenterprises with one employee. The state aid schemes on ensuring the consistent economic development, supporting investments that promote regional development through jobs creation. As regards investments, the budgetary allocation provides investment of 39, 4 billion lei, by 10 billion lei more than last year, in infrastructure, healthcare, defence, increase in the absorption of European funds by financing priority projects conducive to concrete results. As of January 1, 2017, measures to support investments will be promoted, by unlimited in time application of tax exemption for reinvested profit. We established a 1 percent tax rate for microenterprises with one or more employees. Cutting taxes was materialized also by what you did, namely elimination of 102 taxes. The process of simplification of taxation and de-bureaucratisation started in the last years, will continue. I would like to briefly present you the summary of allocations from state budget for Ministries, including their own revenues as well as the main funded objectives. Healthcare: 33. 8 billion lei - 4. 15 percent of GDP, with 3.5 billion lei more than in 2016. Main funded objectives are: 700 million lei additionally allocated for compensated and free medicines, construction of regional hospitals and equipping each county hospital with a tomography computer, purchase of mandatory vaccines for children (774 million lei),equipping seven hospitals with linear accelerators for cancer treatment, funding the 15 percent increase of the healthcare system salaries. Education: 25. 02 billion lei - 3. 1 percent of GDP, with 3. 3 billion lei more than in 2016. Transport Ministry: 13. 76 billion lei -1. 69 percent of GDP, with 5.18 billion(60 percent) more than in 2016. Regional Development and European Funds Ministry: 6.9 billion lei - 0.85% of GDP.Commitment appropriations total 30 billion so that the total earmarked amount is 36.85 billion lei - 4.5% of GDP. The main funded objectives: contracting the construction of 2,500 kindergartens and nurseries and 2,000 schools, providing running water, sanitation, roads, healthcare and education services in rural areas, through the National Programme for Local Development, construction of 30 student hostels, starting the construction of 2,769 apartments. Ministry of Agriculture: 17.4 billion lei - 2.1% of GDP, with 8 billion more than in 2016. Commitment appropriations total 10.1 billion. The main funded objectives: payment of all due subsidies in 2017, National Irrigation Programme. Ministry of Energy: 467 million lei - 0.057% of GDP. The Ministry of Economy: 302 million lei - 0.037% of GDP, with 119 million more than in 2016. Ministry of National Defence: 16.3 billion lei - 2% of GDP, with 5.71 billion lei (52%) more than in 2016. Ministry of Internal Affairs: 11.29 billion lei - 1.38% of GDP; Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 779 million lei. Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship: 765 million lei - 0.093% of GDP, with 593 million more than in 2016. Ministry of Waters and Forests: 347 million lei - 0.042% of GDP. Youth and Sports Ministry: 432 million lei, Tourism Ministry- 80 million lei, Ministry of Culture and National Identity- 766 million lei, - 0.094 percent of GDP, with 259 million lei more than in 2016. Ministry of Research and Innovation: 1.76 billion lei - 0.22 percent of GDP. Ministry of Communications: 510 million lei - 0.06% of GDP, with 483 million more than in 2016. Ministry of Romanians Abroad: 19.2 million lei. Ministry for Social Dialogue: 11.7 million lei. Ministry for Relation with Parliament: 7.32 million lei. Ministry of Finance: 3.26 billion lei - 0.39 percent of GDP. I would like to thank everybody who contributed to drawing up this draft budget. I thank both the Members of the Parliament who supported and support this draft law, but also those who submitted amendments. The political reasons of those who will vote from a political ground against the draft budget are also important, but even more important is to publicly send correctly the economic and social measures provided in the draft budget for 2017 to those who designated us to represent them. We should maintain the trust of Romanians in the Romanian economy and we must maintain the increasing number of investors and investments in the Romanian economy as much as we should achieve all investments in infrastructure and all the measures from the programme for government, as we want to remain a united and solidary nation. Thank you. 2017-02-06 15:43:00Știri din 05.02.2017 to some media requests for information on the existence of a draft law to amend the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, the Government Press Office is authorized to mention the following: The draft law referred to is not assumed by the Government. A draft law to put in agreement the domestic and international legal realities - the Constitutional Court's decisions, national legislation and European directives - will be the result of an ample public consultation that the Justice Ministry will organize with civil society, institutions, interested organizations and political parties. By the time such a draft law agreed with all participants in debate will result, no other legislative proposal that pertain to the amendment of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code will be subject to any Government Decision. 2017-02-05 18:52:00 ședințelor de guvern din 18.05.2016 (extras) și 31.01.2017 (integral)Știri din 05.02.2017 16:56:00ţa de Urgenţă a Guvernului nr.13/2017 a fost abrogatăȘtiri din 05.02.2017 RELEASE- GOVERNMENT MEETING On its meeting today, the Government has approved the Draft Emergency Ordinance for the abrogation of the Government Emergency Ordinance no.13 / 2017 for the amendment and addition of Law no. 286/ 2009 on the Criminal Code, and the Law no.135 / 2010 on the Criminal Procedure Code, as well as for the amendment of Law no.135 / 2010 on the Criminal Procedure Code. Also, during the same meeting, the Government has approved the Memorandum on the Approval of the declassification of the minutes comprising the debates of the Government meetings of May 18, 2016 (excerpt) and January 31, 2017 (in full). The information will be made public on the Government website today. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has asked that in the ensuing period the Justice Ministry initiates public debates as soon as possible with all political parties and the civil society on the topics in the ordinance that has been abrogated today. At the same time, Prime Minister has requested the relevant Ministry to cover all stages in order to have a draft law to put in agreement the Constitutional Court's decisions, the European directives, the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, with a view to sending it to Parliament for debate. 2017-02-05 15:54:00ţii susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 04.02.2017 evening. These days, I have listened to very many opinions, many of them coming from the party colleagues, the party I have been a member of, for 20 years, from government coalition colleagues, also from the opposition parties. I have heard very many opinions from ordinary people too, I have heard the voice of the street. I am here today, after all these opinions expressed by many people these days, to communicate you my decision as Prime Minister, in what means public debate these days. I dont want us to divide Romania. Romania cannot be broken in two. Considering everything that is happening, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the arguments of those who supported and voted for us, I am of the opinion that at this moment, Romania seems broken in two, if not in even more pieces. Reaching such a situation is the last thing I want. At the same time, I want to say that it is normal and legal to transpose as soon as possible in the legal framework the decisions which the Constitutional Court made over time, and which have not been put into practice to date. Any decision of the Constitutional Court is mandatory for everybody, irrespective of their workplace, occupation, all these decisions are mandatory for all the citizens of Romania. On the other hand, beyond these protests, and I have closely watched everything that has happened these days all over the country, and I have heard people' stands, very many based on arguments, others, however, didn't reflect reality. The idea is that a cleavage has been created in society. On the other hand, our members and supporters urge us to continue our demarche. As Prime Minister, I announce you that we have made a few decisions after these days. Tomorrow, we'll have a government meeting in emergency regime for the abrogation of this ordinance. I am using the term 'abrogation'. I have seen debates including from this point of view. It is the term used by the Presidential Administration, when we were asked to abrogate this ordinance. We'll find the legal way, abrogation, prorogation, for this ordinance not to come into force. Also, I want to tell you that we nevertheless need to put in agreement the Constitutional Court's decisions and the legal framework. I will rapidly initiate a consultation with all the other parties, starting from the Constitutional Court's decisions and the form we have, excluding perhaps that very much discussed RON 200,000 ceiling, so that after a dialogue I will hopefully have, and I would like to take this opportunity to launch this invitation to dialogue in the shortest time possible, we can send the draft law to Parliament as soon as possible in order to put in agreement the Constitutional Court decisions with the legal framework. I think it is important to mention one more thing, namely all the arguments we had in supporting this ordinance were not very well communicated. For this reason, a lot of confusion was created, very many distortions that are not related to what was adopted in the end. For this reason, the Justice Ministry and the Justice Minister will assume and currently assume all consequences. I conclude by telling you that I further want us to put the programme for government into practice, since we were voted for it. We still have 12 points on the first semester that we need to adopt in the future government meetings and through the measures we will take so that what Romanians voted, that programme for government, be found in their day to day life. Thank you. 2017-02-04 20:58:00 Petrescu, Ministrul Economiei, propus interimar la Ministerul pentru Mediul de Afaceri, Comerț și AntreprenoriatȘtiri din 03.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has sent President Klaus Iohannis the proposal on the interim leadership of the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship being taken over by Economy Minister Alexandru Petrescu. The nomination has been made in accordance with provisions of article 106 and article 107 paragraphs (3) and (4) of Romanias Constitution, as well as with those of article 9 of Law No 90/2001 on the organization and functioning of Romanias Government and Ministries, with the subsequent amendments. Prime Minister has made this nomination given that yesterday, Florin Nicolae Jianu filed his resignation as Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship. 2017-02-03 10:51:00 de presăȘtiri din 01.02.2017 the public stands generated by the promotion by the Government of the legislative texts amending the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and the draft law regarding the pardon of certain offences, Prime Minister of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu sent today a letter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and to the First Vice President, Frans Timmermans, explaining the context and the reasons behind the adoption of these legislative amendments. You may find attached the letter sent to the European officials. 2017-02-01 21:54:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Punctul de întâlnire”, cu Radu Tudor, la postul de televiziune Antena 3Știri din 30.01.2017 13:59:00 cu ocazia împlinirii a 158 de ani de la Unirea Principatelor Moldovei și ValahieiȘtiri din 24.01.2017 24 is one of the most important days in the calendar of the Romanian people. Today, we celebrate 158 years since one of the most vivid moments in the history of the Romanian nation: the Union of the two Principalities, Moldova and Wallachia, following the election of the same ruler, in both Iasi and Bucharest, in the person of Alexandru Ioan Cuza. January 24, 1859 officially marks the dawn of the Romanian modern state, the first and foremost step towards creating a Romania of all Romanians, but it marks to an equal extent, a moment of concord. Without this first step which provided to Romanians a home where to come together, a state to represent and defend them, nothing of what was to happen latter, would have been possible. We are only one year away from the Centenary of the 1918 Great Union. In these times, when the whole world is marked by major changes, we further need solidarity. The way we needed it in 1859, 1916, 1918, or in 1989. A solidarity built not only around some persons or institutions, but especially around certain values or national objectives. This is why I think that new bridges should be reinforced or even rebuilt between Romania's citizens. Ties should be reinforced and multiplied so that Romania undergoes a unique pace of development. Let us believe in Romanians and Romania! Happy anniversary! Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu 2017-01-24 12:10:00 de presăȘtiri din 22.01.2017 17:51:00 bugetului pentru 2017, analizat de membrii CabinetuluiȘtiri din 20.01.2017 today's technical working meeting, the Cabinet members have analyzed the draft budget law for 2017 and have agreed on the budgetary caps for each Ministry and/or main credit release authority. The draft budget construction considered ensuring the funding for this year, of the measures adopted by Government, in accordance with the programme for government, in the conditions of falling within 3 percent of the GDP budget deficit limit and 2 percent of GDP allocation for the Army, according to the commitments assumed by Romania. The Cabinet will meet on Wednesday, January 25, to debate and adopt the draft state budget law, and the draft state social security law for 2017 2017-01-20 19:09:00 Centenar: Lansarea seriei de dezbateri „România centenară”Știri din 19.01.2017 15:26:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu și ministrul Justiției, Florin Iordache, la finalul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 18.01.2017 Grindeanu: Today, we had an ordinary Executive meeting, as you had been announced. Allow me to present you from the very beginning, some considerations and because of time, you have been announced that I am leaving for the United States before 1 p.m, I will answer three questions. We debated and approved the meeting agenda. At the same time, we had a first. Under Constitutional provisions, Article 87 of the Constitution, the President is authorized to preside over the Cabinet meetings. That happened today. Beyond this, I wanted to tell you that we adopted extremely important legislative documents, for the programme for government that we are going to implement, we have started to adopt those measures stipulated in the programme for government, today, we have continued. I can give you one example. The first item on the meeting agenda was an emergency ordinance regulating something we committed to, namely the first rent. Last week, we had in first lecture, this emergency ordinance, and also extremely important, legislative documents regulating the limits for each Ministry to comply with, in order to keep and adopt as we agreed, the budget law next week. All these days, the Finance Minister along with me and the Vice Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh have held discussions with all Ministries for us to complete the budget law until next week. Thus, on January 25, we can send it to Parliament. Issues have been discussed with every Ministry, the budget limits have been approved for every Ministry, keeping the deficit under 3 percent, and of course, 2 percent allocation for Defence, there are Romania's commitments that we will honor. These are to a large extent the information I wanted to convey to you, outlining once again: today, on the meeting agenda, there have been discussed things we communicted in time and thus, we enter the Executive meeting. Reporter: Good afternoon! You said that the meeting agenda was observed but I want to ask you if you are working on those two draft emergency ordinances: the pardon ordinance and the one amending the Criminal Code. Sorin Grindeanu: There was not and it will not be discussed on the meeting agenda... I want to be very clear in this respect: irrespective of the presence or not of President Klaus Iohannis. Whay you aforementioned or what has generated very many discussions in the last days, was not on the agenda of the meeting. I can add something more, and make myself clear, according to Constitution, we are allowed to grant amnesty and pardon? The Constitution says we are allowed... Reporter: Law obliges you to submit the draft law to public debate Sorin Grindeanu: I will give a full answer to your question. Does the law allow us to do these? Yes. Therefore, they are not against the law. Having in view the fact that yesterday too, I had discussions with the Minister of Justice, he will detail these issues for you, he expressed what he wanted to achieve in his mandate as Minister of Justice and our policy in this area, I believe that it is as constitutional as President Klaus Iohannis came to preside over the Government meeting, it is as constitutional, with the observance of the law, to issue an emergency ordinance in all the areas the law allows us to. It wasnt on the agenda communicated in due time to you, irrespective of the presence (...) Reporter: No, no. While you were speaking and said that it was public, the meeting agenda came by email. Sorin Grindeanu: OK. Reporter: I can prove it. Sorin Grindeanu: I have told you what we had on yesterday's agenda. As it was not on meeting agenda that we had yesterday in the working folder, we could not adopt items on additional points. Irrespective of the president's presence. Reporter: It would not be for the first time, therefore, I return to question: are you working on these two draft laws? Florin Iordache: Allow me to answer this question. Therefore, the Justice Ministry drew up two draft laws, which are in public debate and ...these were finalized yesterday. They were sent to consultation, to CSM, High Court, the General Prosecutor's Office, and the two draft laws pertain to pardon and not amnesty, pardon which does not include corruption offences, serious crime and which pertains to the recovery of damage, and the second draft law pertains to the decisions of the Constitutional Court which establishes it should be better clarified for certain offences. Therefore, the two legislative documents which the Justice Ministry assumed through my presence and signature, were sent to all those concerned. When we have the official sanction of them, in favor or not of them, with amendments or not, we will resume discussion and they will enter the Executive agenda. At this moment, the Justice Ministry assumed the two legislative documents. What they allege publicly that there is a large project to amend the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, are some draft laws that the Justice Ministry assumed, and they were submitted to Parliament, for debate. The only thing that the Justice Ministry assumed is to put in accordance the Constitutional Court's decisions with the legislation in force, and furthermore, that ordinance further pertains to the transposition of a directive pertaining to free access to justice. You can view these two legislative documents today, they were finalized yesterday. Thank you. Reporter: To be very clear, the conflict of interests and the abuse of office will be decriminalized or not? Sorin Grindeanu: I have seen this morning these things, and they did not enter today's agenda. I outline this aspect: they are not decriminalized in the draft laws either - I understood from Minister that this morning, as they were sent to Government, they were also sent to the Higher Council of Magistracy, and the other institutions, and you can see that neither the conflict of interests nor the abuse of office are decriminalized, but these are clarified from the Justice Ministry's viewpoint, in accordance with the Constitutional Court's decisions. I want to add that any decision of the Constitutional Court is mandatory. We cannot pretend we do not have it. This clarification that the Justice Ministry makes now, and sends it to public, to public debate, is the Justice Ministry's vision. We cannot pretend that we do not have it. Things are very clear, but I outline that they are not decriminalized either in this morning's proposals. Other question. Reporter: I have one more question: you stated having sent the draft laws to consultation, but were they drafted through consultation? Did you consult with anybody else except the Ministry to draw them up? Florin Iordache: The Justice Ministry drafted them and sent them to consultation to everybody from professional associations. Reporter: When did you send them to consultation? Florin Iordache: This morning, as they were completed yesterday. Reporter: Did you intend to bring these draft laws to the additional agenda? Florin Iordache: No, madam. Reporter: ...before the news that President Klaus Iohannis comes here? Sorin Grindeanu: I have thought I clarified this. Reporter: No... Sorin Grindeanu: There was no intention to put these draft laws on the meeting agenda irrespective of the president's presence. The President's presence changed absolutely nothing. Is it clear? Reporter: No, because President Iohannis referred intentionally to these draft laws at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting. Sorin Grindeanu: What can I say? You should ask Mr. Klaus Iohannis, not me.. Reporter: Mr. Klaus Iohannis did not come here to preside over an ordinary meeting in which the two draft laws, emergency ordinances had not been taken into account. Sorin Grindeanu: It is not me to answer this question. It is the President's Constitutional right to... Reporter: In what consisted more precisely the discussion between you and President Klaus Iohannis? I guess you did not discuss about ordinary legislative documents, common ones, that were on the meeting agenda which had been sent to the press with great delay, hardly after the Cabinet meeting began. Sorin Grindeanu: I apologize that this happened. We had the meeting agenda before. And all the Cabinet members also had it, you can check this yourself. The discussion did not pertain to what you said, Mr. President asked if these draft laws are on the meeting agenda. I assured him that these draft laws are not on the meeting agenda, and all the issues aforementioned to you, will be studied. What the Justice Minister told you, they were sent this morning to the Superior Council of Magistracy, and to all the other institutions. Reporter: When are they published on the Justice Ministry'site? Florin Iordache: During today, of course. Reporter: I would like to ask you if the President's first question did not pertain to the two ordinances, because I assume this is the reason, and did he announce his presence at today's meeting? Sorin Grindeanu: I learnt about it when he was approaching the Government, in an informal way.. Reporter: By a text message? Sorin Grindeanu: ...from those who guard the premises, but let us be clear: it is the President's constitutional right to come and preside over the Cabinet's meeting. Reporter: This is true, but the institutional cooperation does not imply nevertheless prior announcement, a telephone, press release? Sorin Grindeanu: Do not ask me all these things. If I had arrived unannounced at Cotroceni Palace, perhaps, you should have asked me. I have always announced my visits. Reporter: Mr. Iordache, whether the draft laws you sent to approval this morning includes the change of the abuse of office provision, the definition of the abuse of office in the Criminal Code and if affirmative, I want you to tell us in what this change of definition consists. Florin Iordache: The amendment is done in compliance with the Court's decision, study it and I can give you additional details. Thank you. Sorin Grindeanu: Let us be clear. Seeing this proposal of the Ministry of Justice, I repeat this morning, along with the two colleagues in the Government who are present here, as they give the approvals too, on such a legislative document. There are two proposals of the Justice Ministry. One pertains to pardon, which does not include corruption offences, and violence offences or those related to organized crime. You will see them in detail. Florin Iordache: Money laundering. Sorin Grindeanu: The second, transposition of an European directive in our legislation, directive from February 2016, regarding the citizens' rights to a fair trial. Clarifications related to Constitutional Court's decisions...I share with you the belief that the CCR decisions are mandatory in this country. These clarifications represent the Justice Ministry's view, it sent them to debate to the other institutions. We will see what decision we will make over the next period, I think other aspect should be clarified too and the Justice Minister can detail it. We are in this period, regarding the pardon, excluding all the other things I told you about, or those crimes, we are under the influence of a pilot - decision of the ECHR. Florin Iordache: At this time, the degree of infringement at penitentiaries level in Romania is more than 150 percent. Romania in May is under the influence of an ECHR decision which may bind us, due to the fact that regarding all 40 places in penitentiaries, there are decisions condemning Romania, for ill - treatments and inhuman conditions for inmates, and Romania cannot cover overnight the almost 9000 places we have in this moment, as surplus of inmates in these detention prisons. Under these circumstances, taking into account a coherent criminal policy, we can grant a law of pardon which does not concern: corruption, money laundering, and other serious offences, so that from the estimates of the Justice Ministry, around 2.300, 2.500 persons can benefit from this pardon law. This is in public consultation, but the opinion of the Justice Ministry is that Romania should issue a law of pardon at this moment. Sorin Grindeanu: Last question, please. Reporter: Two clarifications, first - Mr. Prime Minister invited me to participate, to preside - this is Mr. Iohannis' statement. You have just said that it was an unannounced visit. Clarify this aspect once for good. The second question, since you benefit from a comfortable majority in Parliament, why not a draft law on both issues, so that there are not anymore these debates and fears on the part of NGOs and other institutions of the Romanian state, DNA, DIICOT, CSM? Sorin Grindeanu: With respect to your second question, and this is the last I will answer today, we do this over the next period. The Justice Minister came with his vision on these two problems. Reporter: Do you take into account a change of these ordinances in draft laws following consultations with institutions? Sorin Grindeanu: As far as I know, these things can be done in two ways: either by emrgency ordinance or through Parliament. Florin Iordache: Draft law. Sorin Grindeanu: You should know that it is not the Grindeanu Cabinet that invented the emergency ordinances related to the Criminal Code. I think that including the previous Cabinet, the technocrat Cabinet issued emergency ordinances to amend the Criminal Code last year, didn't it? Therefore, let us clarify things. Secondly, there are these two possibilities provided by law. The Justice Minister expressed its vision ever since the beginning, regarding judiciary. It is a first step, a proposal. Currently, we followed what we discussed so far, we consult with the other institutions, and not only, and afterwards, we will see what decision we are going to make. Im running out of time. That does not prompt me to use rotating lights and official columns, I have never done it before, and I will not do it from now on either, and that is why I do not want to miss the plane. I aforementioned an article of the Constitution, article 87 of the Constitution, according to which the President of Romania has the right to preside over Cabinet meetings. Thank you. 2017-01-18 13:48:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Ora de vârf”, cu Ionela Năstase, la postul de televiziune România TVȘtiri din 16.01.2017 11:49:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia Zilei Culturii NaționaleȘtiri din 15.01.2017 have joyfully noticed that the first important secular holiday of the year is this very day, the National Culture Day, a day that is happily overlapping with the name of Mihai Eminescu. As the month of January of the religious calendar starts with the Epiphany, the same is today meant to reconnect us, from the very first days of the New Year to our cultural identity roots. This day has also reminded me of the times when grandparents were teaching Eminescu's poems to their grandchildren, since their first years of life. I learnt the same way the first poems by Eminescu. Culture is alive and it is Life. Culture has always stayed at the gates of the Spirit and has brought us Joy and Freedom, even in the hardest times of this people. This is why we shouldn't let today pass without allowing the Beauty to delight us, in all its forms, be it through books, theatre, music, film, painting, sculpture or any other artistic form of expression created in this cultural space! Let's celebrate and love our people of culture, artists, for the way they chose to fulfill their mission on earth! 2017-01-15 11:45:00Întâlnirea premierului și ministrului Finanțelor Publice cu președintele RomânieiȘtiri din 11.01.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan presented President Klaus Iohannis, during the working meeting at the Cotroceni Palace, the data provided by the National Prognosis Commission that the 2017 draft budget is based on. We are approaching with maximum responsibility the 2017 budget construction, with the main objective of implementing the measures undertaken in the programme for government, in the conditions of keeping within the 3 percent of the GDP budget deficit limit. We have also in view measures to support the continuation of the economic growth pace, so that the economy development be concretely felt by people, the Head of the Executive considers. Prime Minister outlined at the same time, that in drawing-up this years budget, a priority of the Government is to ensure 2 percent of the GDP for the Army, according to the commitments Romania assumed in the relations with NATO. 2017-01-11 18:28:00Întâlniri de lucru ale premierului Sorin Mihai Grindeanu cu miniștriȘtiri din 10.01.2017 Minister had today working meetings with the Health Minister, Florian-Dorel Bodog, and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Petre Daea, Minister for the Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Florin Nicolae Jianu, Tourism Minister, Mircea-Titus Dobre, and Minister of Economy, Alexandru Petrescu. These meetings had in view the evaluation of the way each Ministry will implement the measures included in the Programme for Government. 2017-01-10 18:36:00 Sorin Mihai Grindeanu s-a întâlnit astăzi cu ministrul Apărării Naționale, Gabriel LeșȘtiri din 09.01.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has had a brief meeting with the National Defence Minister, Gabriel Les,at the Ministry of National Defence headquarters, to discuss the most important items on the Ministry's agenda and the Romanian Army's priority programmes. - I have reiterated the Government's priority to secure 2 percent of the GDP, for the Army, in the budget for 2017, according to commitments undertaken by Romania. It has been a constructive discussion, I wished the Minister great success in meeting the undertaken commitments!, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Executive has conveyed once again his thanks to the military for their professionalism and involvement these days during their missions to aid the citizens. 2017-01-09 16:14:00ţii susținute de premierul Sorin Mihai Grindeanu și de ministrul afacerilor interne, Carmen Dan, la sediul Ministerului Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 09.01.2017 13:13:00 premierului Sorin Mihai Grindeanu la videoconferința Comitetului Național pentru Situații Speciale de Urgență cu prefecțiiȘtiri din 07.01.2017 18:12:00ţii susţinute de premierul Sorin Mihai Grindeanu la începutul primei şedinţe de guvern Știri din 04.01.2017 22:52:00 depunerii jurământului de către membrii Cabinetului GrindeanuȘtiri din 04.01.2017 22:46:00 susţinut de prim-ministrul Sorin Mihai Grindeanu la învestirea în ParlamentȘtiri din 04.01.2017 Mihai Grindeanu: President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Your Holiness, distinguished representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Presidents of the Constitutional Court and the Court of Accounts, Deputies and Senators, candidates for the Minister office, first vice-governor, distinguished guests, I thank you for your participation in this Executive meeting for debating the programme for Government and the Cabinet Ministers. I would like in the opening to thank those who nominated me for this office, and who stood by me in the formation of government team and the programme for Government that I bring today to your debate. I want to remind from the very beginning that the first nomination of PSD for Prime Minister, Mrs. Sevil Shhaideh would have been an excellent nomination at the helm of the Executive and it is good that she will join me in the future Cabinet team that you will vote today, in Parliament. I particularly greet the balance of President Liviu Dragnea who in the last weeks, behaved as a genuine statesman, placing national interest above his personal interest or that of the party he is leading. Thus, a very harmful political crisis for our country was avoided, and today, Romania can have a Cabinet to immediately start the implementation of the programme voted by Romanians on the December 11 elections. On this very evening, after we get your vote of confidence, we will convene this first Cabinet meeting so that we become operational in the shortest time possible. As in the other prior Cabinet investiture meetings, the main topic of debates in Parliament is Romania and the way the new team intends to run the country over the next four years. There has been talked a lot in such moments about the way we intend to make Romania look like at the end of the mandate the Government receives from Parliament. There were mentions of strong Romania, prosperous Romania or the fair Romania, about Romania without bureacracy or about the efficient Romania. Today I propose to you another objective that, in my opinion, includes all the aforementioned others— a normal Romania. I propose to you and myself that, at the end of this mandate that you entrust to me, if you vote for this Cabinet, to have another type of country, where people would live better and enjoy the same rights and freedoms like the majority of European citizens. In my opinion, this should be the main objective of the future Cabinet. I wish to have a normal country, where things are as they must be, where abnormality would be an exception, and not a rule, as it seems to be today in many areas of activity. The first sign of normality is for politicians elected in public offices to observe what they promised during the electoral campaign and to put into practice all measures for which they received the vote of citizens. This is the normal relationship between the elected and the voters. Therefore, in the program for Government which is subject to your attention and the Parliaments vote, you will find all the measures presented in the electoral campaign by the PSD President Liviu Dragnea. These measures were voted by Romanians and it is normal for them to be found in the program for the Government of the parties which obtained the majority in the Parliament. It is normal for the winning parties in the elections to have political responsibility, and it is alike normal for this responsibility to be reflected in the programme for Government supported by these parties. I want a normal Romania in which economic growth can be found in the welfare of its citizens. The purpose of all our actions is the prosperity of those who voted for us and are paying taxes and fees. In a normal country, the welfare of the citizen should underpin any decision or ruling act. We do not come to government to have nice statistics on paper, the economic growth does not have any value if it is not noticed in a way or another in Romanians pockets. In a normal country, the Government should pursue higher wages for its citizens, not small wages, hoping for the arrival of more foreign investors. In a normal country, the purpose of governing is first of all prosperity for its own citizens, and second, the success of foreign investors.. We want foreign investments in Romania, but investments that would bring well paid jobs for Romanians. Foreign investments are not a goal by themselves, but a way to secure better living standards for Romanians. For this reason, our program for government includes our proposal for a radical change of the economic vision regarding the foreign investors. We want the foreign investors to find in Romania a very skilfull labor force, not a badly paid one. We want foreign investors to find in Romania a predictable fiscal framework and a low taxation on labor, and not very high taxes on very small salaries. Our program for government includes good measures for businesspeople and we propose a friendly fiscal and predictable framework for any investor. Our target is for Romania to rank 6th in early next year from the 21th place at present, with respect to taxes on labor in Europe. We can do this, and I am sure that this measure will bring many benefits for employers and employees alike. We envisage an increase in the minimum wage per economy to 1.450 lei this year, and to 1.750 lei up to 2020. At the same time, we have a serious package of measures which includes cut in labor taxes at the same time with stimulating businesses, so that we have an increase in the average salary per economy from 2.815 lei to 3.950 lei in 2020. In a normal country, those who worked their whole life, and contributed to economic development, have a decent pension when they retire. Therefore, if we want a normal Romania, we should necessarily increase the pension point, so that this reaches 45 percent in 2021, from the value of the average salary per economy, namely 1.775 lei, with a first increase to 1.000 lei in 2017. We can also increase the revenues of population by decreasing taxes related to these revenues. Smaller tax on the salary gain means much money in the citizen's pockets. In this respect, we aim that one of the first important measures of the new Cabinet be exemption of tax for all revenues smaller than 2000 lei per month, whether pensions, wages, or revenues from independent activities. As of January 1st, 2018, we aim that the tax on revenues bigger than 2.000 lei decrease from 16 to 10 percent from the difference over this sum. I also want a normal Romania in which the young people are not compelled to go abroad for earning a decent income for their family. I want the young graduates to stay and work here, in Romania, earn a decent salary, pay contribution for our retirees, not for the foreign ones, support through their labor, our healthcare system and our education system, not those from other states. I am from a border county and I had colleagues who either left the country or are still thinking to do it. It is a very serious phenomenon, impacting our economy and tearing apart families. Stopping this phenomenon should be a national priority. I want that young people stay in Romania, be alongside and take care of their parents and grandparents. Romania will be a normal country when young people graduating aschool, will find enough reasons to remain here, when they find a well-paid job in the country and the state help them form their family here, in Romania. This is the reason why our program for government encompasses many measures aiming at stopping the exodus of young people from Romania. We have an ambitious programme for backing the setting up of ten thousands companies per year, so that young people can start a business in Romania and offer jobs to other young people graduating school. Our vision on government encompasses training stages allowing young people learn better a job that can later provide them a stable and well paid job in Romania, and if we succeed in developing a well-qualified labor force, I am sure that foreign investors like the Romanian ones will be interested in developing businesses in our country. We have programs to ensure young people a better transition from school to labor market, with incentives to be granted to companies employing young apprentices or that turns the internship into a labor contract on indefinite period. To stop the young people from leaving the country, we envisaged the programme - The first salary to secure a minimum salary of 2.500 lei to the young university graduates and a first salary starting from 1.200 euro and zero income tax for the young medicine residents. Distinguished colleagues, I am sure that you understand very well what a noral Romania means, that you agree with me that in a normal country, citizens do not queue interminably to pay countless taxes to state. This does not happen in a normal country. I greet the Parliament's decision to adopt the law to remove the 102 taxes, which in my opinion, represents the amplest way of cutting back bureaucracy in Romania and if we want Romania to become a normal country when we have to advance, and put the administrative system into the citizen' service, compel the state authorities to implement the online payment of taxes, so that, by January 1st, 2018, all taxes that cannot be paid online, are automatically cancelled. In my vision, a normal Romania means that citizens have access to normal and civilized healthcare services in normal and clean hospitals. The programme for government brought to your attention included numerous measures to attain this objective. I mention here building the Republican Hospital - Carol Davila where Romanians can have access to high-quality medical services. We also stipulated the construction of eight regional hospitals with a high capacity of diagnosis and treatment, so that in all the regions of the country, Romanians have access to high - quality hospital services. We also intend to equip hospitals with high - performance equipment. In a normal country, citizens should have access to medicines, irrespective of the illness and costs. We cannot limit the right to life. National programs should be budgeted in order to ensure adequate treatment for all patients, according to their needs. Our programme for government provides for every illness a 100 percent compensated medicine besides the other medicines of the compensated list, so that every Romanian, irrespective of the income level, have access to necessary treatment. In a normal country, every citizen has access to an ambulance that can intervene in due time when an emergency intervention is needed, and the government programme brought to your attention includes the measure of equipping each commune in our country with an ambulance. I want and suggest you to build together a normal Romania in which every child has access to an education that observes the basic hygiene and equipment norms. For this reason, I introduced in the programme for government, the modernisation of 2.000 schools, starting with those that do not currently meet the minimum authorisation conditions. In a normal country, parents should be given the possibility to enroll their children in kindergarten or nursery, where to be safe and to benefit from education provided by qualified personnel. This is why, I included in our programme for government, the construction of 2500 nurseries and kindergartens to cover all requests from Romania. In a normal country, teachers are well-paid and respected, as they prepare new generations of whom the future of a nation depends, and I think that if we want that Romania be a normal country, we should offer better salaries to those working in the educational system, and I welcome Parliament's decision to pass the la whereby wages of this sector are increased by 15 percent, as we pledged during the campaign, we envisage an increase in the wages of all state personnel by 20 percent, therefore, for teachers, too, as of July 1. Distinguished colleagues, in my opinion, a normal country means you can drive on normal roads, and any normal state develops its transport infrastructure, as this is the basis for economic development, and the safest way to bridge development gaps among regions. The truth is very simple - economic prosperity comes always on the railway or roads connecting a country or a region to other countries and regions. In a general overall of the development poles position, one can easily notice that the most developped areas are those with most connections to road, railay, naval or air infrastructure. Romania itself should have as many connections to European or international transport connections as possible for a normal and sustained development over the next decades. Therefore, it is normal to aim at building a highway to cross Romania from West to East. It is absolutely normal to aim at having one motorway to connect all historical regions and I appreciate the fact that other parties too aimed at this objective in their programmes. Therefore, we have a common basis to start a constructive dialogue. Romania will be a normal country when large infrastructure projects will not be blocked anymore by interminable appeals to public auctions and I think it is absolutely necessary to have a new legislation regarding works assignment for projects of strategic interest. In a normal Romania, Romanian farmers should enjoy equal opportunities in competition with the European ones. Distinguished colleagues, I want a normal Romania in which Romanian farmers enjoy equal opportunities with the European ones, and this means due payment of subsidies so that the Romanian farmers do not cover additional costs for interests to contracting loans. In a normal country, there are investments in the irrigation system for farmers and the agricultural output not to depend anymore on weather. Agriculture is further on a very important component in the GDP and Romania's economic growth. Therefore, provided we want a healthy economy, we should have a healthy economy, with an irrigation system to secure a consistent output, irrespective of rain amount. I want a normal country in which Romanians' food to come especially from internal production, as we have a rich land which can provide healthy food for our entire population. I think it is profoundly abnormal that a country like Romania imports 50.000 tonnes of tomatoes and exports only three. It is abnormal that in Romania, pork imports are 100 bigger than the exports, we import 230.000 tonnes and we export only 20.000. It is not normal to be in such situation, and we intend whereby our programme or government to provide support to Romanian farmers for these two products - tomatoes and pork, so that we cover the largest part of domestic consumption with healthy products achieved here, in Romania. Normal Romania means investment, investment in the defence industry. Any normal state invests in its own security, it takes the required measures to ensure national security, and we, as NATO members, should observe our commitments and make investment in the defence industry. We earmarked in our programme, a minimum 2 percent allocation of GDP, but alike any normal country, we should orient the largest share of these financial resources to the domestic defence industry. Normal Romania means a fair and independent judiciary. Last but not least, a normal Romania means a balanced and functional rule of law. In a normal country, law rules, and the justice is really independent. If we want a normal Romania, we should secure full independency of judges who enforce justice in the letter and spirit of law, and in accordance with their own conscience, in the absence of any pressure. In a normal country, the guilty are punished, and the honest ones are defended. Fight against corruption and against those who steal, should be very firm, but we should also be firm in protecting the fundamental human rights so that any fair citizen feels protected by law in front of any possible abuse. Distinguished colleagues, I have mentioned just some of the most important measures from our programme for government. All the other details, you could analyze in the document that we put at your disposal. Whereby this brief presentation, I wanted to persuade you that this programme for government does not aim at something which cannot be attained and does not promise anything which cannot be achieved. It is nothing great and much less, it is nothing spectacular. It is not an exaggeration. What I propose to you whereby this program is to make Romania a normal country in which to enjoy decent and civilized living standards. Normality is the essence of our programme for government, and it is our duty, of the politicians, those elected by citizens, to set order in the country, in all fields of activity, and the first sign of normality should start from here, from Parliament, between us- the elected - in a normal country, politicians work for those who elected them, and do not fight each other. In a normal country, there is a civilized dialogue between politicians, even if from different angles. Therefore, my message to you, to the entire political class is one of openness and dialogue to the benefit of citizens and the national interest of Romania. For a decade, politics in Romania has been dominated by hatred, bitterness and countless conflicts between different political camps. Political fights over this period seriously impacted the functioning of some fundamental institutions, and in the end, those who suffered the most, were the citizens. I therefore propose you that as of the very today, at the beginning of the year and term of office, we get out of this logic of conflict, cultivate dialogue between institutions and parties, between power and opposition, right and left, and among all the other camps that divided Romania in the last years. We can represent different parties, with different political orientations, and it is normal to have various views. It is a sign of health for our democracy. But, meanwhile, I consider this difference of thinking should be expressed in a civilized way, through mutual respect. I want that the political debate be carried with rational arguments, and not in the name of personal discontent but when Romanians' welfare and national interest are at stake, we need to be able to overlook these differences and find a way to cooperate and be united as Romanians, as people, as nation. I want us to have a normal and civilized relationship with the President of Romania, all state institutions, and the opposition parties. Therefore, distinguished colleagues from PNL, PMP, or USR, I am a person who values dialogue, and those who know me, know very well that these are not empty words. I have good friends in other political parties, alongside whom, I could always find a constructive way for the well-being of those who voted for us. The mayor of Timisoara, Nicolae Robu is just one of those with whom I could carry a dialogue, and we cooperated very closely for the well-being of Timisoara community, even if we represented different or even opponent political parties in elections. Therefore, distinguished colleagues from the Opposition, I want to begin my mandate as Prime Minister with an invitation to dialogue and cooperation. I have always respected those elected to public offices as each of you represent the citizens who voted for you. Without any hint of irony, I want to tell you that this government will not be my government, or the PSD, ALDE or anybody else's government, it will be the Romanian Government, and you, those in the Opposition, as representatives of those who elected you, you will always have a reserved place at the table of discussions and cooperation with this Government, surely to the extent you want it too, to cultivate a sincere and constructive dialogue to the benefit of those you represent. The first project to which I invite you to cooperate is - Normal Romania. I have talked about it in my first address from this rostrum, in front of the new Parliament following the December 11 elections. Thank you. Sorin Mihai Grindeanu: Presidents, Members of the Senate and the Chamber of the Deputy, distinguished guests, I would like to thank you for your vote today. For us, for the Romanian Government, it means a great responsibility, one given not only by your vote today, but the responsibility is given by the Romanians' December 11 vote. This is why, the act of government that we will exercise, will be driven by responsibility, modesty and respect towards Romanians. Thank you once again for your confidence in me. Thank you. 2017-01-04 22:32:00 Cioloș - Bilanț la final de mandatȘtiri din 04.01.2017 14:02:00 guvern va stabili nivelul salariului minim pe economie pentru anul 2017Știri din 29.12.2016 14:58:00 Dacian Cioloș a transmis o scrisoare de condoleanțe cancelarului federal Angela MerkelȘtiri din 20.12.2016 morning, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has sent a letter to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, to express solidarity with the German people and sincere condolences to the families of victims of the tragic attack that occurred on the night of December 19, 2016, at the Berlin Christmas Fair. - On behalf of the Romanian Government, I have expressed my full compassion towards the families of victims of this terrible attack, hope for the quick recovery of the wounded and solidarity with the German people in these difficult times, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. The Romanian Government condemns such acts of unspeakable violence against innocent people. Romania reiterates its strong condemnation of any acts of terrorism and pleads for the need of coordinated, determined efforts at international level, to combat them. 2016-12-20 16:05:00 României condamnă atacul armat de la AnkaraȘtiri din 20.12.2016 Romanian Government condemns in the strongest terms the armed attack of December 19, 2016, in Ankara, that resulted in the death of the Ambassador of Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey, Andrey Karlov. - Such barbaric acts targeting diplomatic representatives have no exculpation whatsoever and they must be fought at any price, and the culprits must be punished, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. Romania outlines the importance of intensifying efforts to combat international terrorism and reasserts its commitment in this respect. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos is sending sincere condolences to the victim's family and expresses solidarity with the Russian authorities at this moment. 2016-12-20 15:55:00 României la evenimentul OCDE de lansare a noului ciclu de evaluare „Small Business Act” pentru Balcanii de Vest și Turcia (2016-2019)Știri din 16.12.2016 December 16, Mrs. Sorana Baciu, Secretary of State in the PMs Chancellery, in charge of the coordination of the relations with the OECD and development policies for the domestic capital, participated in Paris, in the launch of the new Small Business Act (SBA) assessment cycle of SMEs development policies in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The event organized by OECD aimed at presenting the main stages of the SBA assessment for the period 2016 — 2019 and facilitating a functional and productive dialogue among various entities engaged in drawing up and implementing the SME sector's development policies in the Western Balkan states and Turkey. The second part of the event, devoted to the SMEs access to funding, was chaired by Sorana Baciu, who also reviewed the main opportunities and challenges faced by SMEs in Romania in funding their current activity and the development projects. The debate focused on the need to enlarge the access of SMEs to financial instruments alternative to bank loans, such as: factoring, leasing, or venture capital. Secretary of State Sorana Baciu outlined the importance of the experience exchange among all involved factors in developing the SME sector, public or private, and the need to transfer the good practices from the states with already notable results in this respect to states with emerging economies. Mrs. Baciu deemed necessary a re-thinking of public policies in the sense of aligning them to a series of realities of the current business environment: The main obstacles to the SMEs access to financing are the lack of managerial skills, the lack of basic financial knowledge and the poor awareness on corporate governance importance. At the same time, it is necessary to improve the regulatory framework in order to develop the non-banking financial instruments; Creation of a stable and predictable business environment should always be a priority of the Government. The mentoring, consultancy and advising programmes can make a significant contribution to boosting the SMEs capacity to draw up and implement realist business plans and fundable projects. Specialists with experience in funding instruments for the private sector (the Financial Supervisory Authority of Croatia, the Innovation Authority of Israel), SBA coordinators of the Western Balkan states and Turkey, representatives of the OECD, the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, analysts and independent experts attended the event. Romanias participation in this event represents a step forward in the accession process to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. On December 15, Mrs. Sorana Baciu had meetings with ambassadors of some OECD member states, with a view to promoting Romania as potential candidate state to the status of OECD member state. The continuation of the efforts for Romanias accession to the OECD, initiated in the early 2000s, represented a priority of the current Cabinet ever since the beginning. Romanias intention to join this organisation was reiterated by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos in June 2016, when he gave an address in the OECD Council meeting in Paris and had a meeting with the Organisation Secretary General Angel Gurria. 2016-12-16 20:59:00ări referitoare la declarațiile domnului Liviu Dragnea, președintele PSD, în urma discuției telefonice de azi cu prim-ministrul Dacian CioloșȘtiri din 13.12.2016 the telephone discussion with Mr. Liviu Dragnea, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos did not confirm having accepted the proposals to postpone for one year some Tax Code provisions deadlines. Prime Minister has stated that he took notice and analyzed this proposal, but several legal and opportunity aspects of the decision should also be taken into account. On the other hand, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos expects PSD to fulfill its promises and its programme for government presented to citizens before December 11 parliamentary elections, while assuming the tax policy responsability and the legislation adopted already in Parliament. 2016-12-13 18:47:00 Dacian Cioloș: Într-un alt context decât cel al alegerilor, Guvernul ar fi stabilit nivelul salariului minim pe economie garantat în plată pentru anul 2017 la un nivel apropiat de cel propus de confederațiile sindicaleȘtiri din 12.12.2016 - The future Cabinet will have the required legitimacy to establish the level of the guaranteed minimum wage per economy, for 2017, in the context in which the party that won the December 11, 2016 parliamentary elections assumed the level of the minimum wage in the programme for government, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated in the National Tripartite Council. - The party that won the elections established a clear figure in the programme for government, which they politically assumed. If this Cabinet made a decision based on the negotiations with the trade unions and employers, one or two weeks before the new Cabinet investiture, it could be accused of abusing its responsibility. On the other hand, in case the current Cabinet promoted a decision with that figure, it would mean we assumed it without a prior assessment Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. Prime Minister has further conveyed to the social partners that, in other context than that of elections, the current Cabinet would have established the level of the minimum guaranteed wage per economy, for 2017, at a level close to the one proposed by trade union confederations. The Head of the Executive has further stated that he will discuss with the leadership of the political party who won the elections on several topics of governance, among which the minimum wage, outlining that he considers two scenarios. If the new Cabinet is invested by the end of the year, then it will have the possibility to formally assume the level promised in the programme for government, and if the Cabinet takes over only at the beginning of next year, the current Cabinet will approve in the last meeting of 2016, a decision designed to keep the current level of the minimum wage in January 2017 too; another level will be established later, for the rest of the year. According to the law provisions, the Government has the obligation to establish by the end of the current year the level of the minimum wage per economy for the coming year. The Social Dialogue Commissions meeting that is scheduled for Thursday at the Labour Ministry will also address the transparent mechanism of establishing the minimum wage, which is currently being drawn up by a high-level expert team, under a contract funded by the European Union. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and Labour Minister Dragos Pislaru have thanked the social partners for their collaboration and have invited them to continue informal consultations on the draft law on the uniform pay. The Cabinet along with the trade unions and employers agreed to publish the draft law on the uniform pay, according to the principles of transparency promoted by the current Cabinet, in order to be consulted, as a conplementary step to the public debate process. 2016-12-12 16:32:00