RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-RODeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul Muncii și Justiției Sociale, Lia Olguța VasilescuȘtiri din 19.06.2018 19:13:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu preşedintele Adunării Generale a ONU, Miroslav LajčákȘtiri din 19.06.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Miroslav Lajčak who is paying an official visit to Romania. The two high officials exchanged views on some topical issues included on the agenda of the UN General Assembly, the most important and representative multilateral forum. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila referred to Romania's institutional and operational framework for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - a global development action programme that promotes the balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The Head of the Executive stated that the success of the 2030 Agenda implementation will contribute to building a balanced society, based on inclusive principles, having the main goal of ensuring sustainable development and the significant improvement of living standards for all citizens. They also addressed the impact of climate changes, an immediate global challenge with long-term implications for the development and security of all the regions around the world, that requires a responsible approach and concrete actions at the UN level. The President of the United Nations General Assembly congratulated Romania for the presentation, scheduled for July 2018, of the Voluntary National Review on the stage of implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Furthermore, he evoked the reform measures which he endorses at the UN level, in order to streamline its role in identifying some collective solutions with development impact, but also to respond to common security challenges. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romania's firm commitment for multilateralism, a dimension in which the UN hold the central role, and guaranteed that this approach will be endorsed too when our country holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. 2018-06-19 16:19:00 Victoria a găzduit cea de a șasea Reuniune Plenară a Dialogului Strategic România – Statele Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 19.06.2018 sixth plenary meeting of the US-Romania Strategic Partnership Dialogue took place on June 19, 2018, being co-chaired by Vice Prime Minister for Romania's Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall and the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. The talks agenda included topics such as: regional security and economic cooperation, the meeting being attended by representatives of the following Ministries with competences and responsibilities on the topics addressed: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Communications and IT Society, Ministry of Public Finance, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Transports. In the opening speech of the Strategic Dialogue meeting, Vice Prime Minister outlined the special importance that the Romanian Government and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attach to the Strategic Dialogue with the US, fundamental component of Romania - US Strategic Partnership. - Deepening Romania - US Strategic Partnership is a commitment undertaken in our programme for government. We want to strengthen the relationship with the US, including on its economic dimension, and the Strategic Dialogue taking place in Bucharest represents an important argument in this respect, reads the message conveyed by Ana Birchall on behalf of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall saluted the fact that the meeting was co-chaired by the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, marking a first time in this respect. At the same time, in her speech, the Romanian official highlighted that - the Strategic Partnership with the United States is a fundamental pillar of Romania's foreign and security policy and an essential instrument for strengthening our country's role as capable and active provider of security and stability at regional and global level. The talks during the plenary meeting underlined the importance of EU - US global partnership, the NATO Cohesion, and close bilateral relations between transatlantic partners to guarantee common security and prosperity. The dialogue highlighted the important role Romania is playing in guaranteeing stability and security in Central and Eastern Europe, both parties reiterating the commitment for continuous cooperation with a view to promoting common priorities in the region, with focus on connectivity in the energy, infrastructure and digital fields. At the same time, the Romanian and American sides reviewed the cooperation and coordination priorities in multilateral context, in anticipation of the Brussels NATO Summit and the Bucharest - Three Seas Initiative Summit, scheduled for July, September 2018 respectively. As regards the economic dimension of the Strategic Partnership, the positive dynamics of the bilateral trade exchanges, as well as the need for closer cooperation to boost them and for a maximum capitalization of investment potential were emphasized. The fundamental objectives and topics for the implementation of the Romania - US Strategic Partnership were recorded in a joint statement adopted on the occasion of the plenary meeting. Additional information: The Romania - US relations were raised to the level of Strategic Partnership in 1997 on the occasion of the US Presidents visit to Bucharest. The Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States of America was adopted on September 13, 2011, in Washington. The Declaration confirms the excellent, long-term and ever developing Partnership between the two states, and also establishes the pillars of the Romania -US relationship: political dialogue, security, economy, inter-human contacts, science and technology, research, education and culture. The provisions of the Joint Declaration are in an advanced process of operationalization, the joint efforts in this respect being coordinated at the level of the bilateral Strategic Dialogue established for this purpose, which takes place yearly at the political level. The format of this years Strategic Dialogue meeting was established during Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall's meeting with Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell in Washington DC, in April 2018. Ana Birchall: Deepening our bilateral cooperation is key to ensuring security and stability in the region of Central and Eastern Europe The Vice Prime Minister for Romanias Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall met with the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell in the context of the sixth plenary meeting of the Romania - U.S. Strategic Partnership Dialogue held in Bucharest. On this occasion, Ana Birchall saluted the joint efforts of Romania and the U.S. that allowed the organization of the 6th annual Romania - U.S. Strategic Partnership Dialogue meeting. Deepening our bilateral cooperation is key to ensuring security and stability in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in the energy, transport and digital infrastructure sectors. The annual Romania -U.S.Strategic Partnership Dialogue meeting is an excellent opportunity to coordinate on the major topics of common interest of the Strategic Partnership, stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. The Vice Prime Minister also highlighted the Romanian side's interest in identifying and unfolding new joint projects designed to contribute to the development and deepening of the Strategic Partnership with the US, highlighting in this respect the high potential of the energy, digital and filmmaking sectors. Vice Prime Minister also mentioned the special attention Romania extends to cooperation and coordination with the American side on topics of common interest. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall requested the support of the US side for Romania's inclusion in the Visa Waiver program and thanked the US for backing Romania's candidacy for OECD membership. 2018-06-19 10:15:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ConstanțaȘtiri din 16.06.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila following the launch of Tallinn - Constanta flight Viorica Dancila: Good evening! I attended today a particularly important event, the launch of the first direct seasonal flight between Estonia and Romania. I had the honor to fly alongside the Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas. The flight lasted only two hours and a half, the on-board services were very good, and the crew - very kind. I hope that this direct flight will boost trade, economic, educational and cultural exchanges. This direct link between Romania and Estonia will hopefully encourage the Romanian citizens to visit the beautiful city of Tallinn, the very well preserved medieval castles and the picturesque islands of Estonia. At the same time, the Estonian citizens will hopefully relax on the beautiful Black Sea coast and will visit the beautiful Danube Delta. This event takes place in the context in which Estonia marks the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and, at the same time, Romania celebrates 100 years since the Greater Union. Also today, I signed a Memorandum in Tallinn between the Romanian Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship and the Estonian Investment Agency. Improvement of Estonia -Romania bilateral and economic relations and consensus on European agenda have been on our work agenda, and today, we have made the first steps in this respect. I would like to thank the Nordica Company for this initiative and hopefully, this flight will extend to Tallinn - Bucharest route. Thank you! 2018-06-16 23:23:00 oficială a premierului Viorica Dăncilă în EstoniaȘtiri din 15.06.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the event organized by Estonian company Nordica to mark the inaugural flight on the Tallin-Constanta route Viorica Dancila: We witness today a special moment for both Estonia and Romania: the first seasonal flight between two friendly states. It is a special moment, especially that this year, both states celebrate their Centennial anniversary. This direct flight will help us to know each other better, and to enjoy the beauties of the two countries. That is why I invite the Estonian citizens to come to Constanta to see the sunny beaches of the Black Sea and the Danube Delta, as I advise the Romanian citizens to visit Tallinn, to see the beautiful medieval castles and picturesque islands. I hope this flight will always be full of passengers on both sides, and I am very glad that on this inaugural flight, I am with Prime Minister of Estonia Juri Ratas. And at the same time, I want to thank the Nordica Company for its openness, and I wish that similar flight extends to Tallinn-Bucharest route too. Thank you very much! Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to e-Estonia Showroom Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's schedule also included a visit to e-Estonia Showroom which is the most important executive information center that presents the way the Estonian digital society works. Romanian Prime Minister witnessed a detailed presentation, focused on introducing the mechanisms involved in the digitalisation of the Estonian society, a system that allowed the review of the main e-solutions and e-services, namely the ways to render the state more efficient and provide quality services to the citizens. With respect to the digitalisation area, the Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the flexibility and the ability of the Estonian system to integrate its various parts, which allowed both the improvement of electronic services and the governmental services to provide quality services to the citizens. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila hailed the digitalisation level that the Estonian state achieved and appreciated that it could represent a true benchmark for any state of the world. On the sidelines of the e-Estonia Showroom, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship and the Estonian Investment Agency was signed, which will allow the development of an important mechanism to boost the businesses between Romania and Estonia and will form the basis for developing some close trade relations and increasing the level of bilateral investments. Minister Radu Oprea signed the Memorandum on behalf of the Romanian Government. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, during her official visit to Tallinn. The two high officials discussed the stage of bilateral relations, topical issues of EU and security agendas, as well as the regional cooperation formats. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that there is potential to strengthen bilateral trade and presented the conclusions reached on this topic, following talks with the Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas. The Head of the Romanian Executive highlighted in this context, the importance of increasing the connectivity of the two economies through better mutual knowledge, development of infrastructure and transport links. The Romanian Prime Minister added that inauguration of the direct flight between Tallinn and Constanta operating as of June this year by the Nordica Estonian company, is an opportunity in this regard. Romanian Prime Minister also carried out an assessment of the sectorial cooperation opportunities between the two states. Defence can be a field of privileged cooperation as the two high oficials' talks revealed. The two high officials highlighed that Romania and Estonia have similar stands in many important topics of the European agenda, this being a solid ground for intensifying coordination and working closer at EU level. President of Estonia hailed the fact that Romania will become a sponsor nation of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) whose activity will be attended by two experts. During the meeting, there was also an exchange of views on security developments in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea area, as well as on the two states' expectations from this year's NATO Summit. Talks revealed the importance that both Romania and the Republic of Estonia attach to regional and international security. In this context, both dignitaries underlined the importance of constant dialogue on security issues, both between the two states and with other states on the Eastern Flank. Statement by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila after meeting her Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas Viorica Dancila: I would like to thank Prime Minister for his warm welcome, and also for the constructive approach during talks. We addressed together topics of common interest, related to current bilateral and economic relations between Romania and Estonia, and also common points on the European agenda. We agreed to enhance trade between Romania and Estonia, to intensify economic relations and last but not least, I expressed Romania's interest and willigness to benefit from Estonia's experience and expertise in the field of digitisation. At the same time, tomorrow, we will sign a memorandum between the Romanian Ministry of Business Environment, Trade, Entrepreneurship and the Estonian Agency of Investments. I consider that we are making an important step in the cooperation between Romania and Estonia and I hope this memorandum is followed by an agreement regarding the aforementioned topic , namely digitization. As Prime Minister stated, tomorrow, we will inaugurate the first flight between Tallinn and Constanta, we will fly together, in order to strengthen the importance of this event, and we hope we will give the start of both trade exchanges and that we will intensify the tourism between the two countries. On Sunday, we will inaugurate a Honorary Consulate in Constanta, therefore, on our first meeting as Prime Ministers, after the diplomatic relations were re-established in 1991, we have already laid the first basis of cooperation between Estonia and Romania. We also discussed about Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1, 2019, and I voiced all openness and interest regarding the experience and expertise that Estonia had during its presidency. We discussed our challenges at European level, the new challenges related to foreign policy, defence policy, youth, innovation, research and digitization, and we also discussed traditional policies, the Cohesion Policy, and the Common Agricultural Policy. I found out we have convergent views and cooperation is necessary to also place on the European agenda issues that are in line with the existing reality in the two countries. On this occasion, I invited the Prime Minister to make a visit to Romania, along with his Cabinet, to lay the basis of cooperation not only at the level of Prime Ministers, to extend this cooperation to Ministerial, and local government level. We are aware of the good cooperation existing between the Parliaments of the two countries and I consider that it is necessary to strengthen cooperation between the Government of Estonia and the Government of Romania. I thank the Prime Minister once again for his approach and openness for closer cooperation between Estonia and Romania. Thank you! Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn On the sidelines of the official visit to Tallinn, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO-CCDCOE), where Romania will soon become a sponsoring nation and will participate in with two experts. The Romanian delegation took part in a detailed presentation of the Centre's activities. During the talks on this occasion, Prime Minister Dancila saluted the very good cooperation between the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and the Romanian state institutions, adding that this positive experience contributed to Romania's decision of becoming a sponsoring nation. The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence offers both member states, as well as NATO, the cyber defence expertise, in the fields of technology, strategy, operations and law. CCDCOE published the - Tallinn Manual (at its second edition now), the most comprehensive analysis of the way the existing international law is enforced in the virtual space. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met her Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is paying an official visit to Estonia, the first visit at this level after 1991, when Romania re-established diplomatic relations with the Estonian state. The Head of the Romanian Executive had today a meeting with her Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas. The meeting was an occasion to reconfirm the fact that Romania - Estonia relations are close, based on a similar track and on shared interests related to European issues and ensuring the security of the Eastern flank. The two officials also exchanged views on ways to back the growth of trade, which despite a positive development, is below the potential of the two economies. The prospects for the development of sectorial cooperation on defense, tourism, culture, education, energy, environmental protection and agriculture were also assessed during the talks. In this context, the officials discussed about Romania's becoming a sponsoring nation and its participation with two experts in the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The two Prime Ministers reviewed the cooperation initiatives of the local public administrations that can create connection bridges between Romanian and Estonian cities. The two Prime Ministers agreed on an exchange of experience in the field of digitization, showing interest in cooperation on preparing and managing Romania's presidency to the Council of the EU, and its OECD accession process. The two Prime Ministers presented actions to mark each of the Centennial anniversaries, and discussed joint proposals to celebrate these defining events for the history of the two states. As part of the exchange of views on the EU agenda, the two states' joint commitment to strengthening the European project emerged. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated Romania's firm pro-European approach aimed at a deeper integration within the Union. The talks also revealed the importance both countries attach to supporting the European aspirations of the Eastern Partnership' states and the European Union's enlargement process. The Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU was also addressed during the meeting. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented the state of preparedness as well as details about the priorities taken into account by our country during its European mandate. In this context, the Romanian side voiced its interest in the Estonian experience with preparing and managing the Presidency of the EU Council. Following the official meeting, the two officials went to Tallinn's Tabasalu Park for an oak-planting symbolic ceremony to mark the centennial anniversary- the year 2018 marks the two states' Centennial anniversary, with Romania celebrating the Greater Union Centennial, and Estonia celebrating this year the 100th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. 2018-06-15 16:59:00 de lucru a premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Lituania Știri din 14.06.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited today the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, in Vilnius. The Head of the Executive attended the presentation of the Centre's activities. On this occasion, the director handed the Prime Minister the invitation for Romania to take part in the Centre's activities. The Romanian official inquired about the projects developed by the Centre and the way they are implemented, expressing our country's priority interest in the energy security. Prime Minister also congratulated the Centre's leadership for its role in backing the development processes of the NATO capabilities, considering the ever-growing contribution of the North-Atlantic Alliance in the field of energy security. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis During her working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis. The two officials evoked the historical importance of 1918 for both Romania and the Republic of Lithuania, given that in 2018, both countries celebrate their Centenary. The agenda of talks included topics concerning the bilateral relationship as well as aspects of the European and security agenda. The Head of the Romanian Executive and the Speaker of the Seimas expressed their satisfaction over the consistency of the bilateral dialogue, at government and parliamentary level, and highlighted the development potential of the economic cooperation. As for the European affairs, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented the state of preparedness of the takeover by Romania of the presidency of the Council of the European Union and exchanged views with Speaker Pranckietis regarding the future of the European project. The Head of Romanian Executive also reiterated that Romania is backing the EU enlargement and that it wishes to keep this topic on the EU agenda during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As regards the security agenda, talks focused on the risks and threats the NATO is confronted with, as well as on the Black Sea region's security situation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met her Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skevernelis On 14 June 2018, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, on a working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, had a meeting with her Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis. The visit to the Republic of Lithuania took place in the year when both countries celebrate their centenary: Romania celebrates the centenary of the Greater Union, and Lithuania celebrates the centenary of the restoration of the Lithuanian statehood through the Lithuanian Council's Act of Independence of 16 February 1918. The talks focused, at the bilateral level, on discussing the prospects of boosting trade and identifying new levels of sectoral cooperation. The talks revealed that there are prospects for deepening bilateral sectoral cooperation in fields such as IT, energy, chemical industry, food industry, agriculture, infrastructure, energy security etc. Ways of strengthening coordination on European dossiers of joint interest, such as supporting the Eastern Partnership and the future of Europe, were also discussed. Special attention was extended to security issues, considering the interest that both Romania and Lithuania share regarding the security of NATO's Eastern Flank and energy security. The talks in the field of European affairs occasioned the Romanian side's presentation of the state of preparedness for the Presidency of the Council of the EU, a presidency that our country will exercise in the first semester of 2019, as well as an exchange of views on the future multi-annual financial framework. The two Prime Ministers also reaffirmed the importance of coordination as regards the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. The talks outlined that the consolidation of stability and security in the Eastern Neighborhood is a joint objective for both states. The Romanian Head of Executive also tackled the topic of the risks and threats that the North Atlantic Alliance is facing, the talks exploring ways of strengthening cooperation between the allied states, especially between those on NATO's Eastern Flank. 2018-06-14 15:58:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Lituania și EstoniaȘtiri din 13.06.2018 Minister Viorica Dăncilă will pay visits to the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Estonia during June 14-16, 2018 The political dialogue with the officials of the two EU member states will focus on reconfirming the close bilateral relations, based on a similar path and on shared interests related to European topics and on ensuring the Eastern flank' security. A major objective will be represented by the European agenda and Romania's preparation for the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as the harmonization of positions on dossiers currently being negotiated at European level. In Vilnius, the Romanian Prime Minister will have meetings with the Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis and the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis. The schedule also include a visit to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius, and participation in a solemn moment organized at the monument - The Hill of Crosses given that Lithuania is commemorating on June 14, the massive 1941 deportations. The visit to Tallinn takes place from 15 to 16 June, it is the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister to the Republic of Estonia after the diplomatic relations between Romania and Estonia were re-established in 1991. The Head of the Romanian Executive will also have a series of high - level consultations with the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, the Prime Minister Juri Ratas, and the Vice-President of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will also visit the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) and the e-Estonia Showroom, an executive briefing center that presents how the Estonian digital society is functioning. Another moment of the visit will be the homage the Romanian Prime Minister will pay to the Estonian servicemen fallen in the Independence War, by laying a wreath at the Estonian Memorial Monument. On June 16, the Romanian and Estonian Prime Ministers will fly on an inaugural flight of the Estonian company Nordica on the Tallin-Constanta route. Subsequently, the two senior officials will also participate in the inauguration of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Estonia in Constanta. 2018-06-13 16:10:00 Viorica Dăncilă, întâlnire cu artiștii fotbaliști români, campioni mondiali în anul CentenaruluiȘtiri din 12.06.2018 19:28:00 Viorica Dăncilă, discuții cu primarii municipiilor reședință de județ pe tema absorbției fondurilor europeneȘtiri din 12.06.2018 17:10:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la oficierea slujbei de resfințire a Bisericii Mănăstirii DealuȘtiri din 10.06.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the service for the reconsecration of the Church of the Monastery Dealu Your Beatitude, Father Patriarch Daniel, Your Eminence Father Archbishop and Metropolitan Nifon, Your Eminence, The Right Reverend Mother Superior Emanuela, Reverend Fathers, Reverend Mothers, Honorable Assembly, For more than half a millennium, Dealu Monastery has been one of the richest historical places in our country, a witness to the formation and development of the Romanian nation, and a proof over time of the Romanian faith -strengthened power. The beauty, tranquility and durability inspired by this place are emblematic of our people. Looking at the wonderful architecture of the church, I cannot help thinking that at the moment of its construction, the founders had in mind the defining features of the Romanians. The beauty of places and things is always conferred by people who built and cared for them and who passed them on to future generations with love, understanding and faith in good, just as the great voivodes who rest in the Great Church of the Dealu Monastery, did. Here lies the head of Mihai Viteazu (Michael the Brave), the ruler who opened a new era in the history of the Romanian people, a model that inspired the Romanians to unite in one nation, three centuries later. The unity of the Romanian people is closely linked to both faith and the Church. Monasteries and their caretakers played an important role in the formation of the Romanian people. They are defining for our culture and traditions that make us unique in the world. Anywhere in the world where there is a place of worship, the Romanians gather around it, both for good and for worse, but each time with pure soul and good thoughts. As this year, we celebrate the Centenary of the Greater Union, I think it is mandatory for all of us to take the example of our forefathers, to inspire more in our actions from Christian teachings, to put aside all kinds of annoyances, to treat one another with more gentleness, more understanding and, to stay united in protecting the values and beliefs that represent us. May God help us! Thank you. 2018-06-10 14:45:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în Republica PortughezăȘtiri din 05.06.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa On June 7, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The two dignitaries voiced satisfaction over the current level of bilateral relations both at political and sectorial levels, while highlighting especially the very good level of cooperation in the defence area. The Head of the Executive expressed the wish to intensify collaboration in areas deemed priorities by both sides. In this respect, Prime Minister communicated to the Portuguese President the proposal to draw up a roadmap as work instrument and vehicle for boosting the cooperation projects between the two countries. At the same time, the two officials made an analysis of current developments and political prospects in Europe, expressing similar positions regarding the need to deepen European integration in an inclusive manner. Among the European agenda topics addressed during the meeting, there were the negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework, the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, including in the perspective of the architecture of the European relations following the 2019 elections for the European Parliament. The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the European construction, in order to rebuild the citizens' trust, principle underpinning the priorities of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU, alongside the need to respond to the major EU priorities, such as: security and migration. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila thanked President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for the constructive attitude of Portuguese authorities towards the Romanian community's integration. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated in the inauguration of a square dedicated to Romania (Largo da Romenia) in Estoril On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the inauguration ceremony of a square dedicated to Romania, in the town of Estoril, located in Cascais, the suburb of Lisbon. The event was an opportunity to highlight the privileged relationship between the two countries that have 100 years of diplomatic relations, cultural and historical ties, and that are working together to relaunch their future relations. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced hope that the relations between Romania and the Portuguese Republic will continue to develop as close partners and active members of the European Union, sharing aspirations, interests and visions on many of the important dossiers. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked the Portuguese authorities and personally Mayor Carlos Carreiras for his openness to Romania and the friendship shown to the Romanian community in Portugal. There is a school of the Romanian community in Cascais, town that celebrates its 650 years of existence. Cascais started negotiations for its twinning with the town of Sinaia. Additional information: Cascais and Estoril are of particular interest to Romania, especially in the year of the Centenary of the Great Union, due to the numerous Romanian personalitieswho lived there: Lucian Blaga, Mircea Eliade, Elena Văcărescu or King Carol II, etc. Rotonda is located in downtown Estoril, next to Hotel Palacio (1930), one of the most prestigious locations in Europe, which hosted heads of state and diplomats who made their contributions in shaping post-war Europe. Estoril, along with Cascais and Sintra, forms the renowned Golden Triangle of the Atlantic Ocean ever since the interwar period. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to Champalimaud Foundation Prime Minister Viorica Dancila who is on an official visit to the Portuguese Republic, visited on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the premises of the Champalimaud Foundation, one of the most prestigious research centers in Europe. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit takes place in the context of signing the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of scientific research between the - Horia Hulubei National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering of Romania and Champalimaud Foundation. On this occasion, the Head of the Romanian Executive stated that the signing of the cooperation document between the two renowned institutions contributes to the expansion of the Romanian - Portuguese partnership in terms of research and innovation activities, partnership which enjoys the Romanian Government's full support. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa Antonio Costa: I would like to start by thanking my Romanian counterpart and wishing her welcome. This visit occurs in a very important moment for the relations between our countries that have a long history. Last year, we celebrated 100 years of diplomatic relations between Portugal and Romania, and currently, within NATO and EU, we are increasingly closer as cohesive partners, which allowed the development of bilateral relations from economic and cultural standpoint. The signing today of these agreements between Portuguese and Romanian scientific institutions, represents a symbolic gesture of our willigness to continue the development of these relations which consolidate daily through the contribution that many Romanians who are living, working and studying here, have made to our country. I would like to praise the Romanian community that is now the fourth foreign community, the most important in Portugal. Therefore, I would like to thank this community for the contribution it makes to the Portuguese economy. This meeting is taking place at a moment in which Romania is preparing to take over in a few months, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We wish it success! Europe needs this, a successful exercise of the Presidency, as it occurs in a very important moment, in which we should all agree on building the next multiannual financial framework, strengthening the euro area reform, and developing the new partnerships we are unfolding, in order to be able to coordinate in a cohesive way the issues relative to migration and also to assert our ability to strengthen the domestic safety against terrorist threat, as well as our defence policy, in order to ensure a greater stability within EU which is undergoing moments of instability. Therefore, it is very important that this Romanian presidency is very successful. The Portuguese Presidency will follow the Romanian presidency in 2021, in which we will have to present the tripartide programme Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, to pass the torch to the next trio of presidencies. It is an excellent moment to consolidate the relations between our countries, both at bilateral level and within EU, where we share the vision of an Europe which ensures peace, fosters prosperity and consolidates the cohesion among various EU states. Therefore, Madam Prime Minister, it is a great pleasure for me to receive you here, in Lisbon, and I thank you again for your visit to our country. Thank you. Viorica Dancila: I want to thank Mr. Prime Minister for his warm welcome and our very substantial discussions. We discussed about the bilateral relations between Romania and Portugal, about boosting economic relations. We discussed about improved cooperation and setting up a roadmap for an intergovernmental cooperation between Romania and Portugal, and boosting parliamentary relations. We had a sectorial approach from the economic standpoint, we discussed common issues, issues for which we want to intensify cooperation, and as you could see, today, we took a first step through the signing of some cooperation agreements in the field of research, innovation and healthcare. Last but not least, I thanked Prime Minister for the way the communities of Romanians living in Portugal are being treated, an approach which represents an example at European level. We expressed our admiration for the way Portugal managed the absorption of European funds and we even proposed setting up a working group for the exchange of good practices, so that Romania too reaches a level of absorption similar to the one in Portugal. The presidency of the Council of the EU was on the discussion agenda, Romania will take over the semester presidency starting January 1, 2019. We also addressed the challenges that need an adequate answer, challenges related to Brexit, post - Brexit EU, new emerging challenges, and here, I refer to borders protection, migration, youth, defence and also to traditional policies such as: the common agricultural policy or the cohesion policy. I was very glad that we had common views on very important European dossiers and we came to the conclusion that we need very good cooperation, so that the European Union consolidates itself following Brexit. We discussed the multi-annual financial framework, the challenges related to this, and we noticed that we had common views regarding allocation on certain policies so important both for Romania and Portugal. Once again, Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to thank you for our constructive talks and your willigness of cooperation both with Romania and the cooperation at European level. Thank you. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic Antonio Costa Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic Antonio Costa during her official visit to the Portuguese Republic. Talks confirmed both states' interest in further developing their privileged relationship. In this respect, the two officials agreed to draw up a road map for an efficient implementation of some joint projects of bilateral cooperation. In the context of the official visit, a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed, which will help to develop joint projects in fields such as: research, innovation and healthcare. 1.Memorandum of Scientific Collaboration on the implementation of the Project Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) between the - Horia Hulubei National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering of Romania and the Higher Technical Institute of Portugal; 2. Cooperation agreement between the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mureş and the University of Lisbon; 3. Memorandum of Understanding on Health Policies between the Ministry of Health of Romania and the Ministry of Health of the Portuguese Republic; Aspects of cooperation in the military, strategic and cyber security fields were also addressed. The two officials hailed the excellent bilateral cooperation in the security and defence areas, voicing their intention to deepen it, with a view to capitalizing on the potential especially created for the successful unfolding of the F-16 programme in areas such as: research on military equipment and technologies and cyber security. There were also discussed the prospects of relaunching cooperation in the area of road, rail and airport infrastructure, taking into account the successful projects achieved in the past with partners from Portugal. Both sides' interest in maintaining a constant bilateral dialogue in the run-up to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019 was highlighted in the context of shared views on a series of European dossiers, such as: Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the future of Europe, the social and economic cohesion, the Global Strategy Implementation Plan on security and defence. It was discussed the importance of finding a balanced solution on the future European budget while maintaining an important place for traditional policies such as: the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. The importance of completing negotiations on issues such as the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Cohesion Policy during the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU was highlighted in order not to transfer these issues to the electoral debate given next years elections for the European Parliament. Prime Minister of Romania also voiced interest in creating a joint working group in the field of European funds absorption in order to benefit from Portugals experience in this respect. Prime Minister reiterated that joining the Schengen area represents a major political priority for Romania, and she thanked for the constant support that Portugal extends to Romania in this dossier. During the talks, the two officials referred to the good cooperation within the current multilateral formats, including regarding mutual support of candidacies. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked for the constructive attitude of the Portuguese authorities and society towards the Romanian community living in the Portuguese Republic. The two dignitaries also evoked the historical, cultural and linguistic ties existing between the two countries. *** PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pays an official visit to the Portuguese Republic on June 6 to 7, 2018, where she will have meetings with her Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The visit aims at strengthening bilateral cooperation between Romania and the Portuguese Republic, with focus on economic relations with a view to capitalizing on the trade and investment potential as well as on defence and security policies. New cooperation frameworks in fields such as: fundamental research and innovation, public health and medicine and academic cooperation will be inaugurated on this occasion. A significant component of the discussion agenda will aim at the European cooperation, including in the run - up to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019. 2018-06-05 17:58:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei ÎnvățătoruluiȘtiri din 05.06.2018 12:27:00 ministrului de externe al Muntenegru, Srdjan Darmanović, de către Viorica Dăncilă, prim-ministrul RomânieiȘtiri din 05.06.2018, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srdjan Darmanović, who is paying an official visit to Bucharest. The visit occurs exactly one year after Montenegro's accession to NATO, an objective that Romania backed actively during negotiations. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the major importance of this clear strategic option of Montenegro which reconfirms the validity of the Open Door policy in the run-up to this years NATO Summit. The meeting highlighted the very good level of the bilateral relationship and the potential for its sustained development. Both sides underlined the importance of encouraging and capitalizing on the opportunities identified in order to diversify and deepen the areas of cooperation, especially in the field of economic cooperation. As regards Montenegro's European path, the Romanian Prime Minister reconfirmed the firm support for Montenegros EU accession on its own merits, with the firm fulfillment of all the accession criteria. The Head of Bucharest Executive underlined that the enlargement policy will be on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and pointed out that Romania will be an active and constructive partner for the Western Balkan states during its tenure. 2018-06-05 12:12:00Întrevederea vicepremierului Viorel Ștefan cu reprezentanții Organizației Mondiale a SănătățiiȘtiri din 31.05.2018 Prime Minister Viorel Stefan and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea met with Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe this morning. During the talks, the WHO official stated that Romania achieved constant progress in the healthcare area. Zsuzsanna Jakab stated that the WHO last evaluation report on Romania indicated an increase in life expectancy in Romania, improvement of the population health state, as well as the progress in reducing tobacco consumption following the measures taken by the Government. The WHO representative congratulated the Romanian authorities for this progress. At the same time, the Regional Director for Europe stated that WHO has a very close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, especially in the field of vaccination, and voiced hope that the vaccination law initiated by the Ministry of Health will be passed by the Parliament as soon as possible. The WHO Regional Director also reiterated the Organizations support for the Romanian Government's efforts to ensure universal access to healthcare services, especially in rural and underprivileged areas, as well as regarding the control and surveillance of communicable diseases. Moreover, WHO expressed full openness to collaborate with the Romanian authorities to develop primary healthcare. The Romanian officials outlined that a multi-sectoral approach is needed in the health sector, and Romanias progress in this area is due to the financial effort over recent years, but also to the fact that the whole society is preoccupied with meeting these objectives and makes its contribution to it. 2018-05-31 14:24:00ții de presă susținute de ministrul finanțelor publice, Eugen Teodorovici, pe tema normelor de aplicare a Legii achizițiilor publiceȘtiri din 30.05.2018 Teodorovici: Good evening! Considering the fact that public procurement issue is an important one and there have been very many questions since our last presentation on how the Government intends to amend the legislative framework on public procurement, I deemed it necessary to have one more presentation on what is to be approved on tomorrow and next week's Cabinet meeting, for all who are following us and are interested in having an overview of everything that means amendments to public procurement. The Government's decision stemmed from the situation we all know for years, that almost full deadlock over public procurement, deadlocks which surely cost us a great deal of money from state budget and not only, loans and even European money or especially European money. We intend to make these amendments that would bring a necessary simplification in public money spending, start of large investment projects. It has been talked a lot unfortunately, and in an unjustified way, about the alleged lack of public consultation or public debate process, which is not fair. I can tell you that there have been talks with all associative structures- the Association of Romanian Towns, the Association of Municipalities, the National Union of County Councils in Romania, the Association of Experts in Public Procurement, employers in fields such as: construction, services, IT and C, Coalition for Romania's development. Therefore, there has been a broad consultation process for months and what the Government is adopting is the result of this public debate. There is also the agreement of the European Commission on everything the Government is amending - it amended last week on the Cabinet meeting, it amends on tomorrow's Cabinet meeting and, of course, on the next Cabinet meeting, an emergency ordinance and a Government decision, therefore, norms for the implementation of these primary documents. A very important element consists in the fact that the direct procurement that we legislated in Romania, in a very restrictive way, used to lead to a resource expense of about 30% for procurement of 8% from the budget of some contracting authorities. Therefore, we spent a lot of resources for rather insignificant procurement. And this is one of the reasons why the legislative framework is changing these days. We also talked about a centralized structure within the Ministry of Finance, in fact, a structure that would make public procurement in a centralized way, a concept that was further used over the past years and produced the expected effects. Here are many arguments conducive to such a decision, but we will talk during our presentation and I will start very briefly, so as not to take too much of your time. First of all, I mentioned a large number of complaints. And I can give you a figure to see exactly what that - national sport of lodging complaints means in Romania. We had approximately 3,800 complaints annually at CNSC; this means somewhere, on average, a complaint per day. So far, there were and are, in Romania, companies that had this practice as a priority to challenge anything for the sake of challenging, which, of course, led to delays and non-spending of public money and especially the non-production of those expected effects in the economy. It was a strange situation: there were decisions of the National Council for Contestations, decisions that varied, for the same case, we had different decisions; or within a public procurement procedure on multiple lots, the same company could expect a decision of being removed on a lot and on another lot, within the same auction, the same highway, for example, not to be removed , for the same reasons, which, of course, created an unpleasant situation. There are very many structures with control responsibilities, and this must stop in Romania, to have a great deal of earmarked resources and responsibilities on control area, and less on the area which should produce these effects in economy, starting from public procurements up to expenditure and not only. Therefore, this will radically change. We have, as I said, overregulation, an excess of regulation on everything that meant the national procedure below the thresholds that the directive mentioned. Nobody has asked them to do so, but as I said, this custom, to say so, at the level of the public structures, led to an excessive number of procedures, tasks that were only hindrances, with negative effects in the economy. This - youll see in the presentation - has been removed. But, of course, a change is being made in correlation with other legislative provisions from normative acts. I give you an example: Executive Decision 907/ 2016, on development stages and the framework contents of feasibility studies. There were many normative acts with various provisions that eventually led to a halt, to even unpleasant conclusions from audit structures, national or European ones. There were very many delays in the tender evaluation and winners' designation. The insufficient staff within the public procurement central structure, who could not be present as law provides, to all public procurement procedures, and therefore, led to unjustified slowdown in these evaluation stages. This thing too changed, the role of National Agency was simplified and there is not anymore that obligation to be present as representative of the National Public Procurement Agency to each stage, presence which was compulsory until yesterday. Direct procurement were blocked as it was compulsory to go in the electronic system for any small procurement, immediately necessary. Alike, for a long and unjustified time, of course, delays in effective payments. Laws amended through the ordinance that the Government adopted last week, and which will be published in the Official Gazette tomorrow, amended the four basic normative acts: Laws 98, 99, 100 and 101, all refer to areas related to public procurement, classical, concessions, sectorial procurements and, of course, those related to remedies, that is, those complaints. And there were a few European provisions that we had to take into account in these amendments. The Court of Accounts will be the structure that will perform that control, including of the way public procurement was unfolded. Thus, a double control so far mandatory, ie of the National Public Procurement Agency, as well as of the Court of Accounts of Romania, is eliminated. Therefore, through the amendments to the normative acts that I mentioned a little earlier, it is the Court of Accounts that will carry out this ex-post control after the public procurement contract was awarded. The lowest price criterion is a subject that has been discussed very much and we introduced in the normative act adopted by the Romanian Government last week that the best value for money, the best price-quality ratio criteria will be used for products and services over 648,288 lei and for works over 24,977 million lei. Below these ceilings, you can use the lowest price criterion. The conditions in which public procurement contracts can be modified without the need to resume the award process, have been clarified. There were situations where, for objective reasons, expansion of a certain infrastructure work, sewerage system, water supply system was needed, and we were obliged to resume a public procurement procedure which, you realized, took a long time, it could be blocked , the current builder of the initial work had to wait and so, there were miscorrelations and including waste of time and especially money, and not only, in fact, in the case of drinking water, assuring European standards for the Romanian citizens, in line with European requirements, and as it is normal in Romania too, a level of drinking water quality at European level. And this has practically changed, a normal, logical procedure is allowed, that is, an extension of the initial contract, is still allowed today, without being forced to resume the entire process from zero. There are also situations which unfortunately, in Romania too, require a quick approach, urgent one, to solve, remedy certain situations caused by natural disasters. There are certain infrastructure projects which need to be urgently remedied to ensure people's access to a certain area, and in order to avoid the isolation of certain local communities. Not only, there are very many examples, there were very many situations over the past years, floods, snows, and very many possible situations and this can change, in fact it changed through the new normative act, the respective work is being carried out, while in parallel, the contract award procedure is unfolded. It is a practice that for many years, the administrative - territorial units requires, as they are facing most often such situations. Also, unfortunately, the result was communicated at each procedural stage of the public procurement process, which led to complaints. Therefore, the result was communicated once a stage was completed, and all of the aforementioned companies, those accustomed to lodging complaints, actually appealed. And then we made it clear that we will communicate the result of the award at the end of the process, so that there is only one moment when, if one wants to uphold his right, can lodge a complaint to the structures that we, as state, established as legal remedies, namely the National Council for Solving Complaints and the court. An important amendment, even if the threshold difference is not perhaps an important one. There were situations when companies, and especially Romanian ones, because of arrears or unpaid tax liabilities, could not participate in the auctions and then we raised this threshold, precisely to allow those companies, as I said , especially the Romanian ones, because here was the big problem and the big hindrance in the access to auctions. We raised this ceiling so that those companies with such unrelieved tax liabilities under 10,000 lei could participate in public procurement. I was talking about discouraging this unjustified practice of lodging complaints, and here we have the bail and the fee for lodging the complaint. The bail pertains to the moment when the complaint is being lodged with the National Council for Solving Complaints and here, we have a value threshold of 2 percent of the estimated value of the contract, but no more than 880,000 lei. Whoever wants to lodge complaints, should lodge a bail. Such a situation pertains to the introduction of the fee for lodging a complaint with the Court of Appeals, and here, the value amount is 2 percent of the estimated value of the contract for amounts up to 100 million lei and of 2 million lei plus 1 percent of what exceeds 100 million lei. It is a European practice, other countries deter even more such practices, but in order not to take the step towards such an approach, I chose this path, a middle way. Simplification of procedures. Here, these amendments will be made on the occasion of the approval by the Romanian Government next week, of the implementation norms to the ordinance to which I have just presented the related amendments. Namely, we have the good execution guarantees topic. Here, it was an intense discussion regarding the elimination of insurances from the current practice, we had very many situations in which the contracting authorities for those contractors who have not observed the contract obligations, could not execute those insurance policies and basically, with money taken and the work not performed, you could not execute that insurance policy, this situation must stop. Where does last week's amendment lead to? We accept the insurance policy for the participation guarantee, but for the execution part, the guarantee will still be required to redress things. And when practice may change, there may be a discussion that the insurance policy too should represent an instrument that can be accepted in this public procurement process, including as regards works performance. The number of evaluation stages was reduced. We had somewhere perhaps 15 such stages on average, perhaps more in some situations, and I stated that only four of them will remain: the single public procurement document, the technical, financial appraisal, and the procedure report. There are only four steps that will remain, which again leads to simplification. We eliminated the annual procurement strategy for authorities with investment budgets below 125 million lei, we have simplified, as I said, the direct procurement, following the European model, so we have only taken over a European practice and, of course, avoided by modifying the norms, the overlap of information between the data sheet and the participation notice. Unfortunately, the busy but still unclear legislation led to a practice that was very often criticized by national auditors but especially by those at the European Commissions level regarding the situations in which the contracts were effectively split up in an artificial manner. There were situations when it was intentional, but also situations that were caused by legislation that was not clear enough. This has been done in the new provisions so that situations of this kind are avoided. Also, clarifications regarding the use of the technical - economic criteria and equally important, the number of clarification requests was limited, in the sense of consolidating everything coming from possible bidders. There will be two moments when contracting authority will answer to the market: in the sense of clarifying those questions raised by potential bidders and not each time, because otherwise, the current practice showed that one can lose track of what they were looking for, where they start from and where they wanted to get, and basically, the offer could not be made, could not be achieved clearly. And after that, some companies were eliminated from procurements, and this of course generated grievances. Therefore, it was decided to have two moments in which, we effectively answer the market for eventual clarifications, in a consolidated way. We have the obligation as country to make an ex-ante verification of nearly 15 percent of the overall procedures nationwide. The European funds issue will remain only in the responsibility of those structures in charge of managing the European funds, and the National Public Procurement Agency will strictly deal with everything that means procedures related to public funds, at national or local levels. Of course, there are different rules in terms of loans too, according to the rules imposed by each financier, but our obligation is to have 15% ex-ante checks, a percentage that will decrease year by year by 5% hopefully, according to the result that will show a definite improvement in the public procurement process. So, in about two years and something, three years at the most, this ex-ante control will virtually disappear. A new change, I spoke a little earlier that a new structure will be established at the level of the Ministry of Finance, by merging with another structure, currently in the structure of the Ministry of Health. This new structure will deal in a centralized manner with public procurement. In other words, at central level, offers or the need of certain goods, works when required by a central public structure, will be met by this newly established entity which will be operational from July 1st. Therefore, on july 2018, it needs to be operational, for such centralized procurements to already start operating. In other words, we centralize demand and there will be a simple procedure of public procurement to optimize spending, eliminate unjustified price differences - we have very many examples when the same product has different prices at the level of central public structures, cost optimization for medicines. You have as examples some of the products that we will start with, at central level, these public procurements, namely: medicines, fuel, computer equipment, cars, bulbs, cleaning products, office equipment and more. These are the main products that our support from the European Investment Bank has shown very clearly to be the pilot projects or assets that we have to start with in order to make a substantial reduction in public spending. As I said, July 1 is a very tight term, but it is mandatory for this structure to become operational, because by the end of the year we already have the first examples of spending cuts in the public area. As I said, it is a merger, actually bringing to the Ministry of Finance that centralized structure from the Ministry of Health, and it will be a different approach, these things will be accomplished at the central level, at the Ministry of Finance, in a centralized manner. The change in this approach is very important, this approach changes through the ordinance approved by Government last week which will be published tomorrow in the Official Gazette, the implementation norms of this ordinance will be next week on the Government's agenda, and a tomorrow's emergency ordinance on the Cabinet meeting's agenda referred to centralized procurement. An important aspect is that the contracting authority will be obliged to sign the public procurement contract once the National Council for Solving Complaints decides one way or other, the way the contracting authority completed the award report, of course. The current practice showed that this structured centered on complaints has 95 percent chances to win or eventually, of keeping what it said, as decision at the level of the High Court. A very important aspect is that we do not have to wait until the last stage in the solving of a case, whoever wants to lodge a complaint, goes to CNSC, the works contract is decided and signed, work starts and if that company wants to further lodge complaint with the High Court, it does so, and if it wins, that profit margin, in a percentage about to be established by the Finance Ministry, will be covered from the budget of the contracting authority. This reinforces responsibility. When you assumed to be contracting authority, you are obliged to know the law, and especially given the new legal ground, you have no reason why not to sign the works contract when the first structure, the complaint solving one confirmed that the way you carry out the procurement, is a fair one. Therefore, we state that these are very useful amendments which will lead to starting those investment projects, because as I said many times at the Government level, the number one priority for this government now is to kick off public investments and surely, create an environment for the private sector to come with their investment share where they want so. Thank you and there will other talks of this kind at the level of the Ministry of Finance, there will be many other questions and technical discussions that we will hold as aforementioned, at the level of Finance Ministry. Thank you. 2018-05-30 20:01:00Întrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu Alteța Sa Regală Prinţul CharlesȘtiri din 30.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with HRH Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne who is paying a private visit to Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced gratitude for the contribution of HRH Prince of Wales to the promotion of the cultural heritage, the image and the natural beauty of our country, the traditions, authenticity and bio-diversity of Romania's rural areas. The interlocutors discussed in a cordial atmosphere about the integrated rural development, the importance of maintaing balance between tradition and modernity, as well as about teh activity in Romania of His Royal Higness Prince Charles who has been involved in promoting Romanian traditions for 20 years. Other topics addressed aimed at the economic situation in Romania, the regional agenda but also topics of shared interest for the current period, such as the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the European Union and the general European architecture post -Brexit. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila outlined that protecting the rights and the interests of the Romanian citizens living in UK represents a priority for the Government. In response to the interest shown by HRH The Prince of Wales in this respect, the Romanian Prime Minister presented the Government's objectives as well as the new legislation in such fields as: public - private partnership, public procurement, and the governmental programmes in agriculture. 2018-05-30 18:41:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la punerea în funcțiune a Stației de Pompare și Repompare 5 Haret (SRP5) din Amenajarea complexă Ruginești-Pufești-PanciuȘtiri din 30.05.2018 15:56:00, de către vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan, a Programului „Investește în tine” - împrumuturi fără dobândă garantate de statȘtiri din 29.05.2018 19:52:00 nouă reuniune a Comisiei Naţionale de fundamentare a Planului naţional de adoptare a monedei euroȘtiri din 29.05.2018 new meeting of the National Committee for substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan took place today, at Victoria Palace. It was coordinated by Mr. Ioan Aurel Pop, President of the Romanian Academy. The meeting was devoted to presenting the political viewpoints regarding the preparation of Romania's euro area accession process, in the perspective of establishing via consensus the National Euro Changeover Plan. Marius - Constantin Budai, chairman of the Chamber of Deputies' Committee on budget, finance and banking, outlined that PSD will get involved with all determination in preparing the second largest post-accession country project - accession to Euro area. - The Euro area has an accentuated political dimension, being thought as the core of the European integration process. We will act to maximize the advantages to be felt by citizens. Specialized studies - both domestic and international - show that the euro area integration will bring about net advantages only if three minimum conditions are met: a sustainable, lasting nominal convergence process, of a permanent and not temporary nature; a real ex-ante critical onvergence mass, and an economy as compatible as possible with that of the euro area, stated the PSD member of the Chamber of Deputies. The chairman of the Chamber of Deputies' Committee on budget, finance and banking stated that the PSD government will promote public policies designed to boost the real convergence speed with EU, as well as backing a healthy economic growth by stimulating investment in capital and technology, research - development and innovation, healthcare and education. Consultations within the National Committee for preparing Romania's euro area accession will continue with presentation of the points of view of the Romanian Academy and the parliamentary political parties. Attending today's meeting were: representatives of the National Bank of Romania, of Romanian Academy, Presidential Administration, parliamentary parties, trade unions, employers, associative structures, civil society and academic milieu. 2018-05-29 19:50:00 ambasadorului Republicii India, Thanglura Darlong, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 29.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received H.E. Mr. Thanglura Darlong, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to Romania. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the opportunities to boost the political dialogue, at high level included, between Romania and India. Considering that in 2018, the two states celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations and 5 years since the Enlarged Partnership was established, ways to mark the two anniversary events in both states were also discussed. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also highlighted the priority granted by the Romanian Government to expanding the Romanian-Indian bilateral economic collaboration at investment and trade level. The Head of the Executive stated that India is one of the important Asian investors in Romania, yet the bilateral economic potential could be better capitalised on in the future. In this respect, the special importance of the Romanian-Indian governmental Joint Committee of economic, technical and scientific cooperation was highlighted, as well as the need to intensify the direct contacts among the business environments of the two countries, including with the support of the commerce and industry chambers, and by holding economic missions and participation in international thematic fairs and exhibitions, in both countries. The two high officials also referred to concrete ways aimed at promoting cooperation in education and culture, tourism, including by strengthening the legal framework in the field. Aspects of the cooperation within the international bodies were tackled, as well as of the EU-India relationship, from the perspective of Romania taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. 2018-05-29 17:47:00Întrevederea viceprim-ministrului Ana Birchall cu delegația grupului parlamentar de prietenie cu România din parlamentul britanicȘtiri din 29.05.2018 Prime Minister Ana Birchall had on Tuesday, May 29, a meeting with the delegation of UK Parliaments friendship group with Romania, made up of Bob Blackman, John Grogan, Drew Hendry and Carol Monaghan. The visit was a good opportunity for continuing and deepening Romania-UK dialogue, including at parliamentary level. During the talks, the importance of the Strategic Partnership with the UK was underlined, a partnership which has a solid foundation in the field of security, in the economic area, as well as multiple development opportunities. As regards the Brexit -related issues, the Romanian official reiterated the importance of defending the rights of the Romanian citizens and their families who live, work or study in the United Kingdom, emphasizing that Romania will further support the UK in remaining as close as close as possible to the European Union even after Brexit comes into force. The Romanian side appreciated the support that the UK extends to the Black Sea region, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall also conveyed to the British partners that Romania attaches a special importance to the relations with the UK, including from the angle of strengthening parliamentary diplomacy. 2018-05-29 11:22:00 rundă de consultări interguvernamentale româno-poloneȘtiri din 25.05.2018 Signing ceremony of the Bilateral Agreement and Joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania and Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki: Distinguished Madam Prime Minister, dear Ministers, distinguished Ministers from Romania, disntinguished guests. I have to tell you from the beginning that I am very glad that we have this intergovernmental meeting here, at Warsaw, with the extended Romanian delegation. We are at a turning point. We agreed on common stances in many issues and topics. I will speak about this in a while. I have to underline that the Polish - Romanian cooperation has taken place in extremely good conditions for several years. We established today, we resorted to certain historical memories, when cooperation in the economic, cultural and military fields took place very well in the interwar period too. Romania alike Poland in the interwar period distinguished itself through great cultural personalities, patriots, intellectuals, artiests. Our common history from 1939, a tragic moment for Poland, also united us in those tragic moments. I would like to say that we have a great deal of elements in common today too. After many years, in Lower Silesia, not far from Wrocław, there are folk ensembles, dancing ensembles that come from Romania, from the Bucovina area. It is the tradition of Bucovina meetings, it is a common tradition, cultivated up to present, in a very beautiful way, on several directions. I talked about this with Madam Prime Minister. I would also like to emphasize the importance of the Carpathians. The Carpathians, the high mountains in this part of Europe, must not separate us, on the contrary, they should become a bridge. That is why links in the field of infrastructure are very important, where the Law and Justice Government confirms the achievement of the Via Carpatia project in the coming years, because whereby this central European dimension, we want to build a strong European Union. This Central European dimension - the Three Seas project, about which I discussed with Madam Prime Minister and the other Ministers - is not against anyone but it is a project to strengthen the EU in this part of Europe, strengthen the transatlantic cooperation dimension, a component that was mentioned many times on todays talks. Romania is one of Poland's key partners, both in terms of economic, commercial cooperation, but also in terms of defense policy, cultural policy, and European policy in the broad sense of the word. Poland supports Romania's accession to Schengen area, but what I need to firmly underline today is the fact that we organize the cooperation of the whole of Central Europe in a close cooperation with Romania on European matters. We need to first underline the dimension of this budgetary policy. The multiannual budgetary framework is a budgetary perspective that we are very interested in, and our experience over the last years, following several debates and talks, shows us that we coordinate and organize this dimension, we are listening to different voices coming from other states of Europe, trying to organize and represent our stance in different forums, along with Romania and other countries. We are talking about the cohesion policy, the common agricultural policy, funds related to these policies and this is why our position is extremely important in the process which has recently started. We will strive to cultivate this tradition and collaboration. Poland and Romania are increasingly important partners in commercial, economic areas, private investment from Poland is rising, state capital participation too, but, first of all, it is about here private entrepreneurs from Romania. We advised and encouraged Madam Prime Minister that Romanian entrepreneurs too invest in Poland. I discussed with Madam Prime Minister during bilateral discussions, intergovernmental consultation forums on key areas, among which, the energy policy. We discussed the Nord Stream 2 project, where both countries highlighted the importance of diversifying energy sources. It is about the North-South gas pipeline, which should be built through joint efforts to diversify the gas supply area. We discussed interconnectivity, having in mind also Slovakia and Poland, as we would like in the future to capitalize on the gas reserves in Romania, in the Black Sea. We also highlight our demarches, which are very good in the context of diversifying gas supply, the Baltic gas pipeline or the LNG terminal, whose efficiency we want to expand by five billion cubic meters. We talked a lot about the security policy. Not long ago I was with Mr Błaszczak, the Minister of Defence, in the locality where the NATO Joint Brigade is stationed, and there are also Romanian military. I had the pleasure of talking to them, seeing their uniforms; we discussed a lot, we admired their equipment, and I am glad that this military cooperation is developing under the umbrella of NATO, under the aegis of transatlantic cooperation, because we believe very much in this collaboration and I stressed this with Madam Prime minister. We discussed not only the European dimension, but we also discussed a lot the issues of transatlantic cooperation. I can assure you that both Poland and Romania are partners that are actually speaking the same language. As regards the transatlantic collaboration, to us, collaboration with the US and the collaboration with the EU are the basic pillars of security in general, of energy security, but also the pillars of economic development, investment growth and this economic growth both in Romania and Poland, giving data about the first quarter, Poland ranks first among European states in terms of economic growth. In fact, Romania also occupies an important place in terms of the economic growth and we congratulated each other on these achievements. We are very glad that the economic potential among our countries is increasing. Countries in our region have a great deal of things in common, even more these interests, if achieved efficiently, the more we will be together. Along with Madam Minister, this cohesion of our opinions, we confirmed it in several fields. We reminded the cohesion policy, where we organize in the negotiation area, some voices that can be heard from Brussels...In this context, we will try to cope with them, to speak on a unitary, common voice, from Central Europe. Poland and Romania must be at the forefront. We also consider interests in Central and Southeastern Europe, let us defend these interests firmly, because we believe that partnership must be based on an one -speed Europe rather than a multi-speed Europe. It is a promise of common development and on these principles, we have agreed on development throughout the European Union. I have emphasized, along with the Prime Minister, a clear thing for us here in Europe in this part of Europe, but not so obvious in the context with partners in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, etc., namely that we have a common experience. Sometimes, our friends in the European Union, in the West, do not fully understand what communism meant, what post-communism meant, what are the different challenges that we are facing. Along with Madam Prime Minister, we are calling on our friends in Western Europe to take into account the fact that we have our problems, our challenges. After the Second World War, we were left on the bad side of the so-called Iron Curtain, and currently, we need to reform our countries in other way. We have to combat phenomena that you, dear friends from the West, do not understand or you do not fully understand them, but we believe that through such a dialogue of common understanding, we can consolidate our position, and present our reasons and this is why, together with Madam Prime Minister, we discussed this aspect in many parts of the meeting. Attending these consultations were: Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Ministers of Interior and Administration, Ministers of Tourism, Agriculture, Economy and Investments, Culture and National Heritage Minister. I think I did not omit any Minister. There were consultations on many topics that prefigured the continuation of these debates and discussions. I thank Madam Prime Minister for the invitation she extended to me to pay visit to Bucharest. I still do not know this wonderful city, my children were in Romania, they admired the Romanian landscapes, they are enthusiastic about the tourist potential. In fact, we discussed a lot about this potential. Tourism ministers emphasized that tourism is building bridges. Through tourism, people better understand each other. We want to build such bridges of friendship in many areas, primarily taking into account our interests within the European Union and in the field of NATO security. Madam Prime Minister, distinguished colleagues, members of the Romanian Government, I would like to thank you a lot for the visit that you made in Poland, for your friendship, whereby you confirmed how homogeneous is our approach to European issues and global issues . Thank you again, distinguished Madam Prime Minister! Viorica Dancila: Mr. President of the Council of Ministers, thank you for the invitation to todays comprehensive dialogue on the strategic partnership between our countries and I also thank you for the beautiful words you used when referring to Romania. We had today the first intergovernmental consultations in the history of the countries bilateral relationship. It is a highly symbolic moment for both states, as they celebrate this year their national centennial anniversaries - the Greater Union for Romania and Polands regaining Independence. The fact that we held today the first intergovenmental consultations is, on the one hand, a reflection of our shared course, shared history, but also of the very good, increasingly better state of our current cooperation. We had in-depth discussions in areas such as defence and security, European integration and foreign affairs, economy, domestic affairs, culture, agriculture, tourism. We signed today the bilateral agreement on war graves, thus honoring the memory of our heroes. Today, we had a series of very good talks about the current level of Romanian - Polish cooperation. First of all, we noted with satisfaction the special involvement of Romania and Poland on the security and defence levels. Both Governments allocate 2% of GDP for defence, in line with commitment assumed within NATO. At the same time, we also have a mutual military presence on our territories. As it is known, Romania already participated with 120 soldiers in Poland last year as part of NATOs enhanced forward presence, and Poland participates with a mechanized company and senior staff officers in Romania as part of tailored forward presence. At the same time, we discussed extending this very good cooperation that exists in the field of defence to other areas of sectorial cooperation, and here I refer first to economic area and investment. Our economic and trade relations have seen an upward trend, with trade exchanges growing. We have to encourage this positive trend and that is why we intend to organize a business forum in Bucharest that would expresses our willingness to do more for the entrepreneurial component of the bilateral relationship. In the perspective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, I conveyed to the President of the Council of Ministers, Romania's interest to count on Polands support. I thanked the members of the Polish Executive for Polands continued support for Romanias accession to the Schengen area. Eastern neighborhood is again a topic of shared interest, like the Western Balkans area. We remain firmly committed to promoting a European perspective for the countries in our neighborhood. There are a lot of things that bring us closer, in connection with our European agenda but also with other international topics. We agreed to hold intergovernmental consultations on a regular basis, and I already invited Mr. Prime Minister to visit Romania and we also look forward to organizing in Bucharest the next session of intergovernmental consultations. Next year, we will celebrate together three fundamental things for the bilateral relations: a century of diplomatic relations, 30 years since the fall of communism and 10 years since the signing of the strategic partnership. I think today's discussions have been very good, adjusted to reality and I would like to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister! Romanian - Polish intergovernmental meeting The first Romanian - Polish intergovernmental meeting took place in Warsaw on May 25, 2018. The Romanian delegation, present in Warsaw, was led by Prime Minister and comprised the following Ministers: Vice Prime Minister for Romanias Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu, Minister of Tourism Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero, and the Secretary - General of the Romanian Government Ioana - Andreea Lambru. The schedule of consultations included a meeting in narrow format with participation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. In parallel, the relevant Ministers had bilateral talks followed by a working luncheon attended by the entire delegation. Consultations concluded with a meeting of Minister for Romanians abroad with Romanian military in Poland and with representatives of the Romanian community. The participants in consultations agreed on some measures in fields such as: security and defence, European integration, foreign affairs, internal affairs, entrepreneurship and economy, innovation, agriculture and tourism. They agreed on: concluding a bilateral cooperation agreement in the defence industry in the near future, intensifying political dialogue at all levels ahead of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, promoting the European perspective of the neighboring states, holding a Romanian - Polish business forum. The intention to include in the future consultations the areas of energy, transports, infrastructure, education and technological development was also affirmed. Prime Minister of Romania launched the invitation of holding a second round of intergovernmental consultations in Romania, next year, in the context of celebrating a decade of Strategic Partnership, three decades of democratic regime and a century of diplomatic relations. Romania -Poland intergovernmental consultations Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participates tomorrow, May 25, in the first Romania - Poland intergovernmental consultations in the history of the countries bilateral relationship. The Romanian delegation led by Prime Minister comprises: Vice Prime Minister for Romanias Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu, Minister of Tourism Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero, and the Secretary - General of the Romanian Government Ioana - Andreea Lambru. Consultations are being held as the two states celebrate this year their national centennial anniversaries - the Greater Union for Romania and Polands regaining Independence. At the same time, holding consultations for the first time in this extended Ministerial format, reflects the very good level of Romanian - Polish cooperation, over the last years, based on the Strategic Partnership signed in 2009. Discussions will also address the state and prospects of bilateral relationship, including its sectorial components as well as cooperation at European and international levels. 2018-05-25 00:00:00ții de presă susținute de ministrul finanţelor publice, Eugen TeodoroviciȘtiri din 23.05.2018 20:00:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Conferința Națională a Agricultorilor, cu tema „Agricultura - Prioritate Națională”Știri din 23.05.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the National Conference of Farmers on Agriculture- National Priority Viorica Dancila: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Baciu, you have raised a lot of issues, I think we will find an adequate answer in the programme for government whose objectives I want to implement entirely. Agriculture and the development of the Romanian village represent absolute priorities in the programme for government. We aim that through the new agricultural policies, the agricultural sector becomes an engine of economic growth and a source of jobs for the rural population, once with guaranteeing the farmers' revenues, in order to avoid the population's migration from rural areas. Speeding up the modernization of agriculture, to ensure healthy food, necessary to the entire population, regaining the internal market, decent living standards for farmers, reducing imports and increasing exports of agri-food are desiderata that we are pursuing to meet. Starting 2017, 35 Government Decisions were issued by the PSD government, you all referred to them - 12 of which, starting January 2018. This outlines the interest that our Cabinet extends to this extremely important sector. Other strategic directions with high impact are those leading to merger of lands and completion of land reform as well as identification of measures designed to lead to the development, safeguard of the mountain area. The agricultural potential cannot be boosted without developing the land improvement system. The important measures that the Government I am leading, is pursuing, in order to meet the assumed objectives, are those laying stress on food safety and security. The programme for government is fully observed, thus: granting in time of subsidies for agriculture is today a reality. Romania is the first European state that concludes the process of submitting applications on May 15, 2018. The Ministry of Agriculture with the Government's support, through the policies and legislative documents adopted, manages to introduce in the Romanian economy, only in 2018, nearly 2.67 billion euros until present, an unique performance. Recovery and expansion of the irrigation system. Free water up to the pressure station, rehabilitation of main infrastructure from the water inlet to the pressure stations for about two million hectares. The increase in irrigated areas which this year will exceed 1 million hectares, we will achieve this by measures to stimulate investment, efficient water use, and by facilitating farmers access to a low water cost. The development of the national anti-hail and rainfall stimulating system is an important objective aimed at expanding the national system, once with the avoidance of production losses, precipitation stimulation in arid areas, and in critical times as regards water use for plants, by putting three command centers into operation - Muntenia, Moldova and Transylvania - and putting into operation of seven countering units. We have over 26 new launch points in operation, in Oltenia, Muntenia and Banat. In 2018, therefore, this year, there will be an overall 60 operational launch points. The programme to stimulate the vegetal, zootechnical and aquaculture production. As we assumed, we have created the normative framework for agricultural producers to benefit from loans with up to 80 percent state guarantee to make investments to ensure the production cycle or to co-finance projects from non-reimbursable funds. Guarantees for loans amounting to 1.69 billion lei were provided by the Rural Credit Guarantee Fund. Support programme for trade balance deficient products. Granting fixed amounts over eight years for trade balance deficient products. The program started in 2017, by selecting tomato products on the basis of statistical data, increase of the pig population, in the case of the Romanian Bazna and Mangaliţa breeds, the upper capitalization of the wool. Increasing the absorption of European funds with direct effects on maintaining activity in rural areas, stimulating investment, sustainable rural development, with an impact of about 9.7 billion euros, which is carried out on two fronts: funds absorption and contracting. Thus, EUR 1.2 billion non-reimbursable funds were attracted in 2017, and in 2018, more than EUR 1.4 billion will be paid for NRDP investments during 2014-2020. Support for youth employment in agriculture, aquaculture and food industry. The program whereby the employer is exempted from paying all the obligations to the state resulting from the granting of salary rights under conditions of employment of at least two young people under the age of 40 for a period of at least one year, is in Parliament. Short-term training program for agricultural workers in a public-private partnership. Achieving a public private partnership between high schools and agricultural farmers, by agreeing on a short-term training program for agricultural workers in order to acquire knowledge specific to their work. The objective is to prepare a number of additional 24,000 specialists in the agricultural sector starting this year. Programme to set up collection and processing centers for fruits and vegetables and for some products of animal origin. Establishment of Centers for the collection and processing of fruits and vegetables in order to fully capitalize on production, to avoid losses and to increase the incomes of the agricultural producers, a good supply of the consumers. Establishment of collection centers and processing units for sheeps and goats' wool and skin in order to reduce the losses of livestock farmers, reduce environmental pollution - mostly, they are currently thrown or burnt. Program to encourage activities in the mountain area. We approved the allocation of one billion euros over a ten-year period for protecting natural resources, balanced population density in the mountain area, creating and preserving jobs, creating and protecting access infrastructure, drawing up policies and regulations to encourage area-specific mountainous activities, with impact on the 28 counties in this area, aimed at meeting the above objectives. National Research and Development program. Funding the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences with 100 million euros in order to develop research clusters in which Romania has a competitive advantage. We are working on a national post-2020 agricultural research development program to achieve an integrated strategy to adapt the new technology to the production conditions in Romania, aiming in particular at measures on applied research, innovation and reducing production costs, against the background of increasing production and products quality. Programme to encourage organic farming and traditional products, setting up the National Laboratory for Certifying Organic and Traditional Products, encuraging agricultural and non-agricultural activities with a view to guaranteeing incomes, maintaining traditions, avoiding migration and ensuring some quality products mainly for the national market. Currently, there are four Protected Geographical Indication (PGI): the Topoloveni plum jam, the Sibiu salami, the smoked bighead carp fillet from Barsa province and the Ibanesti white cheese. We hope to have as many products with protected status as possible. Program of legislative measures for the agricultural sector, land cadastre by the state, revision of agricultural legislation on land acquisition, achieving the legislative guide, as I pledged, improvement of legislation on the traceability of agri-food products, quick revision of legislation on packaging management. Last but not least, I would like to let you know that we intend to set up Romania's Chamber of Commerce that will mediate the marketing of agri-food products and animals, will rent or build processing collection centers and will negotiate export contracts and domestic ones, on behalf of the agricultural producers. All these measures will lead to the opening of new markets for the Romanian products, with a capacity for sale and production and contracts will be signed with farmers for a period of 3 years. Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, Romania will hold, starting January 1, 2019, the six -month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The guiding motto is cohesion - a shared European value and by choosing this concept, we aimed at conveying a message convergent with current debates at European level. At the same time, we would like to outline the fact that the European citizens should feel in their daily lives the benefits of EU membership. In this context, it is important for the new EU budget to further sustain the investment objectives for stimulating convergence across the EU. I appreciated the fact that the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy remain main investment priorities in the next budget, but we cannot say that we feel comfortable with the reduction of the allocations for the two policies especially, in real terms, these seem to be larger than the announced percentage. We believe that these reductions could strengthen the process of consolidating convergence and reducing the development gaps. As you know, many years in row, as MEP, Vice - chair of the agriculture and development committee in the European Parliament, I backed the Romanian agriculture and farmers. As Prime Minister, I will uphold the Common Agricultural Policy to be a strong policy further on, based on two pillars, with a budgetary allocation as consistent as at present, capable to answer economic, environmental and social challenges. Romania cannot accept a Common Agricultural Policy without Pillar 2 - Rural Development or with diminished objectives and area of applicability of national programs of rural development. Other important thing is the convergence of direct payments at EU level, reducing gaps between the level of direct payments per hectare. I assure you that Romania does not back the capping of direct payments for large farms and we even intend to increase the redistributive payment rate by several percent to encourage small and marginalized farms. The current architecture of the Common Agricultural Policy, which takes into account ecological aspects - and I refer to cross-compliance, direct payments for greening and the agri-environment ones- must be addressed in a more flexible and coherent way to allow Member States to define targets to ensure meeting objectives defined at EU level. Last but not least, the Rural Development Policy will have to meet the development and modernization needs of agricultural, agri-food sector, of rural areas, through the creation of necessary jobs and infrastructure. Ladies and gentlemen, in conclusion, I want to assure you that my presence today here is not a coincidence. It is a commitment that I take before you - that I will back the Romanian agriculture in my capacity as Prime Minister, as I have done it along years as MEP. I wish you greater success in your activity. Thank you. 2018-05-23 14:33:00ța_națională_a_agricultorilor,_cu_tema_„agricultura-_prioritate_națională”_06.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea Șefilor de Misiuni diplomatice din statele membre ale Uniunii Europene (HOMS) acreditați la BucureștiȘtiri din 22.05.2018 May 22, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended a working luncheon with the Heads of diplomatic missions of EU Member States (HoMs) accredited to Bucharest. Attending the meeting alongside the Romanian Prime Minister, were: Mr. Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tudorel Toader, Minister of Justice and Mr. Victor Negrescu, Minister -delegate for European Affairs. During the working luncheon, talks focused on internal measures taken at governmental level, as well as on the foreign policy actions achieved since the last meeting in this format, with focus on the topics of interest on the European agenda. The Head of the Executive presented the measures considered by Government with a view to stimulating and attracting foreign investors, as well as the setting up of a Special Fund for financing public- private partnership contracts entering the category of strategic projects. Prime Minister announced the preparation of a package of state aid schemes, well-structured on priority areas. Last but not least, Prime Minister reaffirmed the Government's interest in stimulating research and innovation as defining elements to maximize the development potential and ensure an efficient, sustainable and lasting economic growth. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the Heads of diplomatic missions of EU Member States the current state of preparedness of Romania's Presidency to the Council of the EU. In this context, Prime Minister indicated that a first version of the topics of interest underpinning the work schedule of Romania's Presidency to the Council of the EU, was adopted. Other topics on the European agenda tackled during the working luncheon were the multiannual financial framework 2021- 2027, the Schengen dossier and the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. Other topics on the European agenda tackled by participants to luncheon referred to the main amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code. The Justice Minister answered the questions on GRECO Report and the amendments under debate at the Parliament's Special Committtee for changing the justice laws. The Justice Minister presented at the same time the aspects related to the Constitutional Court's decisions. There was also an exchange of opinions on moving Romania's Embassy in the State of Israel to Jerusalem, the Foreign Affairs Minister presenting the stage of the internal assessement process. 2018-05-22 21:33:00 de condoleanțe al premierului Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 22.05.2018 19:30:00, de către vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan, a proiectelor de investiții strategice realizate în parteneriat public-privatȘtiri din 22.05.2018 statements by Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan Viorel Stefan: I am glad to see you again! I hope the feeling is mutual. Despite political scandals that we can see everyday on tv, this evening, I want to tell you that the Government continues its usual activity and it continues to work towards implementing the commitments contained in the programme for government. As I announced in January 2018, investment will be the major focus of government this year. We come up with a new model of economic development adapted to the economic context. We intend to support investments by engaging resources and stimulating the business environment without putting pressure on the state budget. That is why we have recently adopted the Government Emergency Ordinance amending the Public Private Partnership Law, and today, we are able to announce the first list of strategic projects that will be soon kicked off under the new public-private partnership legislation. The Government has this ambition to recover decades of infrastructure investment delays and prepared an operational plan to compress all implementation deadlines. We are fighting not only bureaucracy and stuffy legislation but we are also facing tight deadlines. It is essential for the whole economy and society that the works begin as soon as possible, and by this, we understand a deadline ten times shorter if possible than so far. We are talking about achieving some infrastructure works at European standards and providing some public services at modern standards, achieved with private investment, private investors. These projects will have an extremely important social impact, but especially an economic one, both through atracting new investments and developing the existing ones, and through the effect of engaging and multiplying economic activities horizontally. Id like to look together at a map. The motorways you see on the map are all new segments that add to the existing network and also add to other projects that are about to be implemented.Therefore, what we see on the map only refers to the motorways that the Government wants to build in a public-private partnership system. If you notice, we have focused especially on areas suffering from lack of motorways, and for this reason, attracting investment and economic development are much, much more difficult, especially in the south of the country, where the lack of motorways hinders the automotive industry to invest more. One of the projects is represented by the 100 - km Targu Neamţ - Iaşi - Ungheni motorway that will include a bridge across Prut river, so that the motorway connects to the Republic of Moldova's road network. As regards Moldova, with such poor road infrastructure over the past decades, we reached the conclusion that it should be put back in the investment circuit. In fact, this project will connect Moldova to Europe's transport network, and this will represent a very important argument for attracting private investments in this area of the country. Implicitly, this motorway will contribute to reducing development gaps existing especially between the northern part of Moldova and the rest of the country. Other segment is Ploiesti - Brasov Motorway. You see Rasnov on slide because a short segment Brasov - Rasnov is in the process of implementation, and what we design here comes to complete and ensure the connection between Bucuresti - Ploiesti and Brasov. This motorway will probably be the most coveted project to be launched in public - private partnership. We have no doubt that potential private partners will be keen on investing alongside the state in this motorway that will probably be among Romania's busiest, given the tourist potential of the area that it crosses and the close proximity to Bucharest. It will also connect three large economic centers, namely Bucharest, Ploiesti and Brasov, which will also be of special interest for freight transport. It is certainly a safe investment with a very reasonable length of time to recover its cost, and for these reasons, we are convinced that this project will be of high interest for potential private partners. The third motorway segment, called the 550 - km Southern Motorway also has a huge economic potential. It is an important project for many investors who already have big investments in the area - and I refer to Craiova in the first place, and to other neighboring areas as well. Let us not forget that this motorway will contribute to the increase of tourism potential in the Danube Gorges, on the one hand; on the other hand, it will ensure easy access to the spa resorts in the southwest of the country. In addition, it will ensure the link with Serbia, Bulgaria and with Pan-European Corridor IV, in Lugoj. It is, therefore, again a major project that will be of great interest to potential private investors. In addition to these road infrastructure projects, I will present you other two projects which have other specificity. You can see on slide the project entitled Operation of the CFR(Railway Company) Hospital Network under Public-Private Partnership. Therefore, there are 15 hospitals in the network managed by the Ministry of Transport, hospitals which are not currently in the best condition and whose potential can be harnessed by this method. The novelty here consists in the approach of public - private partnership under the new legislation, which was just adopted, i.e. law provides that public - private partnership does not apply only in the field of construction and infrastructure investment, and also in the field of public services operation. It is something like entrusting the management of some state units, but it is more than that, because the private partner, apart from ensuring the management, and the operation of the public service, will participate with funding of its own in the development, upgrading or rendering efficient of the units under its management. The first such project is the operation of this network of Romanian Railways Company's hospitals, which you see represented on this map. Therefore, I repeat: 15 hospitals, they are not in the very good conditions, although there is a very important resource there, we have doctors and nurses with very good qualifications. An important advantage of the public - private partnership in this very case is that we will render efficient the management of these medical units. We will not speak of 15 managers with different approaches, 15 accountants with various bookkeeping or 15 management models. There will be only one decision center, at the investor. This will be conditional through the public - private partnership contract, on raising the level of endowment and modernizing the 15 hospitals according to certain parameters which will be established during negotiations. Nevertheless, they will not be privately-owned hospitals! The money will come as it does now, mainly from the National Health Insurance House, and the private partner will collect the amounts over a given time in exchange for the medical services provided. Last but not the least project, refers to the construction of - Carol Davila Medical Center. It consists mainly of the Republican Hospital, which was presented and assumed in the electoral campaign, but it is much more than that! The compound will cover a 300-hectare area, and will mainly include a 3,000 - bed hospital building with 37 operating rooms, a faculty of medicine and student dormitories, residential and commercial premises for medical staff, parking lots, a hotel for patient companions and many other adjoining buildings for the proper functioning of such a university-medical campus. It is a very ambitious work, an investment that will raise the medical standards at European level and which will integrate the medical activity with the university and social activities. All these five projects will require an estimated EUR 15- 20 billion, but in addition to the important amounts that we can attract under the form of investment in the economy, other major advantage, perhaps equally important as the billion euros, will be a significant shortening of the project implementation deadlines. There will be a single substantiation report drawn up by the Economic Programming Council, the bidding for the partnership will be the next, after which the project will unfold at a much faster pace compared to the projects run on the usual standard and so cumbersome procedures. According to our estimates, all aforementioned projects can effectively start next year, with completion deadlines of five years at the most for motorways, about three years for the Republican Hospital and seven years at the most until the full completion of the Medical Complex with all the facilities that I have mentioned. Thank you. I wish you a nice evening! 2018-05-22 19:26:00Întrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Comisiei pentru afaceri europene din Bundestag, Gunther KrichbaumȘtiri din 22.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received the Chairman of the Bundestags European Affairs Committee Gunther Krichbaum. The meeting highlighted the very good level of the bilateral relation and the fruitful and promising collaboration between Romania and Germany. Both sides underlined the importance of encouraging and capitalizing on this potential with a view to diversifying and deepening the areas of cooperation. Topics of interest on the European agenda were addressed, especially in the context of taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU by Romania, as well as Europe's future, Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework post -2020, the migration policy, but also Romania's accession to Schengen area and the enlargement process/ Western Balkans. The Romanian dignitary underlined that Romania's presidency of the Council of the EU will be an active and constructive partner, with an unitary, pro-European approach as premise, approachwhich enjoys the support of both Romanian authorities and citizens. The meeting revealed both sides' willigness to intensify parliamentary cooperation. 2018-05-22 18:22:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă și a comisarului european pentru Politică Regională, Corina Crețu, la obiective de investiţii din Județul BacăuȘtiri din 21.05.2018 press conference by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu Viorica Dancila: I greet the presence of Commissioner Corina Cretu in Romania, in Bacau this time. Today's event gave us the opportunity to hold debates on such a topical issue, linked to the Cohesion Policy, namely urban investments in Europe. Debates such as today's are welcome in public space, representing an opportunity to bring closer Romanian citizens from various towns in Romania, discussions at EU level, especially those on our common future, inside the EU, and the concrete ways in which the EU decisions reflect their expectations. As you know, we are rapidly advancing towards the moment in which Romania assumes the semester presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting January 1, 2019, and I want to mention the fact that, as of July 1 this year, Romania will ensure the shadow presidency, during the Austrian presidency. In line with the responsibility that we will exercise at European level, I want us to prove during our tenure our ability to focus on the European citizens and on aspects impacting the quality of their everyday life, as well as to reach a common approach in which the consensual aspects defining the essence of the European project will prevail. Our rotating presidency takes place under the motto - Cohesion, a shared European value. We think that the exchange of opinions on the instruments stimulating the development of member states, regions and towns, contributes to increase awareness of benefits which the cohesion as main EU investment instrument, generates for citizens, thus confirming the need to continue this policy. As I stated in my address, three quarters of the global population are living in cities and in adjacent functional urban areas. These are the engines of economic growth and innovation, and at the same time, towns are facing serious social and environmental challenges. This is why we should focus our attention both on measures conducive to overcoming these challenges, as well as on other measures aimed at economic development promotion and also the adaptation to new technologies. The European budget offers numerous opportunities to back the answer to these new realities. I encourage the Romanian authorities to pay due attention to all instruments and funds made available by the European Commission in order to turn urban areas into a competitive, attractive environment for investors, and which can at the same time, offer a quality life to inhabitants. I had today, in addition to the public debate, a more applied discussion with Commissioner Corina Cretu, on a set of topics of high interest for Romania, such as EU funds absorption, the future multiannual financial framework, which, as you know, will represent one of the priority dossiers for Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union. The Cabinet that I am leading, makes special efforts to stimulate a better absorption of European funds as a basis for generating Romanias growth and development. We have a permanent dialogue with the European Commission and especially with Commissioner Corina Cretu, in order to identify the best ways to increase the pace of implementation and to ensure quality projects that would benefit from European funding. We also discussed the perspective of EU negotiations on the future multiannual budget of the post 2020 Union. In this context, I reiterated the importance for Romania of an European budgetary framework centered on the EU citizens' interests and which would reflect at the same time a balanced approach, by offering an adequate answer to the new EU priorities - and I refer here to youth, research, digitalization, foreign policy, defence policy, while maintaining at the same time the adequate financings for traditional policies, such as the Cohesion Policy or the Common Agricultural Policy that demonstrated their capacity to bring benefits to all member states. We hope that the solutions that will ultimately be agreed on the future European budget will allow further support for the EU- investment and convergence-stimulating objectives, aspects which are of particular interest to Romania. We agreed to further continue the dialogue on this issue and other aspects of the European agenda, including in preparation of Romanias Presidency to the Council of the EU, a special responsibility that we want to carry out successfully. Reporter: Have there been identified those transport infrastructure projects to be achieved with European funds and if the highways to link Moldova with the centre of the country are among them? Viorica Dancila: Yes, we identified motorways built with European funds. We are in different stages in this respect, but in addition to this aspect that we are treating with much seriousness, and on which, we had a discussion with the Transports Ministry, to hand me and the European Comission new projects. We have other aspect as well, namely, as regards the public - private partnership, an ordinance will be on the agenda of Thursday's Cabinet meeting, whereby we will start substantiation studies for three motorways in Romania, one of them is Targu Neamt - Iasi - Ungheni, the South Motorway, and Ploiesti - Comarnic - Brasov Motorway, so expected motorway in Romania. Also, based on public - private partnership, we will initiate substantiation studies for CFR hospitals, which we know, they are not in a good state, but also for the Republican Hospital. Reporter: Can you tell us how an error on Pension Pillar II appeared in an official document of the Government, because this topic is of interest for everybody, whether we are in Bacau or in Bucharest. Viorica Dancila: The National Prognosis Commission put forward a proposal that we do not agree and we did not agree with and this is also illustrated by the fact that no Government Decision was issued on this aspect. Surely, the Romanian Government will not agree with that decision. Reporter: Therefore, do you rule out any changes to Pension Pillar II this year and in 2019? Viorica Dancila: I do not rule them out, I rule out the fact that we might dismantle the Pension Pillar II, we will conduct analyses to see whether or not it is good to have an option for Pillar I or Pillar II from the citizens, we will present this to population but we shall not dismantle Pension Pillar II. Reporter: /.../ Viorica Dancila: An analysis will be carried out at the Labour Ministry. So far, I do not have additional data to provide you in this respect. What I can tell you is that we shall not dismantle Pension Pillar II. Reporter: /.../ Viorica Dancila: I told you that I have no data, an analysis will be conducted at the Labour Ministry on the Pension Pillar II, bit once again, I repeat the Pension Pillar II will not be dismantled. Reporter: You initially told that the analysis would be conducted at the Ministry of Finance. Why did you change that? Viorica Dancila: We have not discussed this aspect in the Government, therefore, I cannot give you additional clarifications. Reporter: An important topic on today's agenda was that criminal complaint. I would like to ask you if (...) a suspension, if you are afraid of the announced motion of censure, if it raises the issue of resignation or do you think it is a stupid thing. Viorica Dancila: I think it is an inappropriate act to file a criminal complaint for high treason against the Prime Minister of Romania. I am convinced that justice will find this complaint ridiculous as it is completely divorced from reality. I am, however, concerned that a Romanian politician, the leader of the largest opposition party in Romania, found it fit to link the high treason to a friendly diplomatic act with the State of Israel. This worries me. Resignation is out of the question. The majority coalition is backing me up. No way am I going to resign. On the contrary, you know how they say in Romania, what doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger. I believe that I can stay at the helm of the government until 2020. As regards these criminal complaints, I have seen that even today other criminal complaints have appeared in the press. I see that the institution of denouncers has been established, and it is fierce competition to join it. I think at some point this does not honor us, does not honor those who have such behavior. I am not interested in this issue, I am interested in implementing the program for government, I pledged it and I will carry it through. Thats what the Romanians expect from us, not quarrels, scandal, denigration, or bad words. Reporter: There are rumors that you asked Mr. Dragnea to allow you to resign but he put pressure on you to stay in office. Is it true or not? Viorica Dancila: Definitely not. I see that rumors fly well. No. If I wanted this, I would have said so, but I reiterated that I am a strong person and I shall stay in office until the end of my term, in 2020. Reporter: One more brief question: if you are strong person, how do you stand to be the target of all criticism, etc? Viorica Dancila: How do I bear it? It is not easy, it is not easy. Do an exercise of imagination and put yourself in my place, to hear so many insults, hatred and so many ugly things told about you. What to do? Take a step back? I have a duty towards Romania and Romanians. Reporter: /.../ obviously a war between government and presidency. Viorica Dancila: There are many things going in the same direction here. President Iohannis asked me four times to resign, immediately, a complaint for high treason was filed. These are connected, but I do not want to make accusations and I do not want to talk about it except about what is obvious. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended the Conference: Europes Urban Investments: a challenge for change Viorica Dancila: Madam European Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, Romania will hold starting January 1, 2019, the rotating 6-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. The guiding motto will be cohesion, a joint European value, and by choosing this concept, we intended to convey a message convergent with the current debates at European level. At the same time, we wanted to highlight the fact that European citizens should feel the benefits of EU membership in their daily lives. With this in mind, Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union will watch that the EU policies permanently relate to the principle of cohesion, as shared value of the European Union, emphasizing the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the European construction in order to rebuild the citizens' confidence. Our presidency occurs at a time when the EU Member States focus on identifying some viable solutions to the major challenges facing the European project and which aim at defining its development over the next decade. The European Union hopes to be able to further provide the public assets it provided in the post-war period: peace, freedom, stability, prosperity and social solidarity. Within this collective effort, Romania will be able to show firmness in backing the European project, based on the full observance of the commitment to continuing the provision of these public assets underpinning the European Union. This principle will in fact represent the anchor of all of Romania's actions during the six month tenure. The exercise by Romania of the future presidency of the Council of the European Union will represent at the same time an opportunity to prove our political will and ability to contribute to strengthening the unity and cohesion of the Member States, to a stronger European Union, capable of efficient actions, inside and outside, in favor and to the benefit of the European citizens. Our work agenda will focus on four main pillars: ensuring a consistent and fair development for all Member States, maintaing a safe Europe, consolidating the EU's global role and the Europe of shared values. We are living at a time when three quarters of the global population are living in cities and in adjacent functional urban areas. These are the engines of economic growth and innovation and, for this reason, they represent a pole of attractiveness. However, cities are facing serious social and environmental challenges, this is why competent authorities must prioritize measures of reducing pollution and social inclusion, in addition to economic development measures. We intend that our activity during the EU presidency answers the challenges it is facing, without neglecting the urban - rural relation. Thus, we will consider a series of actions: promotion of urban - rural partnerships, by means of funds intended for the Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Policy as well as ensuring complementarity with other Commission programs in the areas of research, development or innovation. Strengthening the funding of integrated territorial instruments and local development actions, placed in the responsibility of the authorities, based on the experience gained in the 2014-2020 period. Contribution to the implementation of the European Urban Agenda confirms the timetable set within the Amsterdam Pact. At the same time, by organizing numerous ministerial and senior officials meetings in Romania, especially in the second part of the mandate, we will have the opportunity to catalyze debates and exchanges of ideas on the political, economic and social themes that will provide the foundation necessary to entering a new stage of the European project. Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union will also contribute to defining the benchmarks for the next multiannual financial framework, including with respect to the post-2020 Cohesion Policy. We expect the European Commission's proposals, presented in May 2018 to enter a crucial phase of political negotiation, perhaps the final one, between January and June 2019. In other words, we want a political agreement on the multiannual financial framework. For Romania, it will be important for the new European budgetary framework to be centered on the interests of EU citizens, and to reflect a balanced approach by responding to the new challenges of the Union, and I refer to youth, research, digitalization, foreign policy, defense policy, while maintaining adequate funding for traditional policies such as cohesion policy or the common agricultural policy, which have demonstrated their capacity to bring benefits to all Member States. The Cohesion policy must remain the main investment strategy at European level. We need to further stimulate growth and convergence across the Union, to invest in cities, Europes growth engines. Energy transaction and digitalization are to an equal extent priorities for the urban areas. European experience is replicated globally. Europe has a competitive advantage which should be sustained through the future Cohesion Policy post 2020. The European Urban Agenda is an extremely useful instrument for public authorities at all decision levels as it promotes greater integration of the urban dimension into the national and European policies. Romania needs to be more ambitious in using all the instruments made available by the European Commission and the funds allocated through operational programs to turn urban areas into a competitive, attractive environment for investors, while providing healthy living conditions for inhabitants. Ladies and gentlemen, in a year of changes for the European Parliament and the European Commission, Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union will be one of the points of stability and continuity at EU level. In this context, Romania will pursue through its activity at the helm of the EU Council, to achieve concrete results for citizens and to capitalize on the benefits that a solid, strong and cohesive Union can bring to each citizen. Thank you. 2018-05-21 16:00:00 Discuţii între vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan şi comisarul european pentru Concurenţă, Margrethe Vestager, despre situaţia Combinatului Sidex GalaţiȘtiri din 18.05.2018 Prime Minister Viorel Stefan met in Brussels with the European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager. Attending talks was the Chairman of the Competition Council Bogdan Chiritoiu. Aspects related to strengthening dialogue with the European Commision in the field of competition were approached during the meeting. Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan referred to the implications of the European Commission's decision of May 7, 2018, on conditional approval of the acquisition of Ilva by ArcelorMittal. In this context, Deputy Prime Minister reiterated the special attention that the Romanian Government extends to the situation of the Sidex Galati steel plant. On this occasion, Romanian official emphasized the importance of a constant dialogue between the Commission and the Executive in Bucharest on the developments in all the procedural steps of the selection and approval process of the future buyer. At the same time, the Vice Prime Minister outlined the need to protect the competitive capacity of the ArcelorMittal plant in Galati, its strategic importance from a social and economic point of view, the imperative of securing jobs, namely the need for the purchaser to be viable, to have proven relevant competence and the financial resources necessary to maintain and develop Sidex activities. Additional information: On May 7, 2018, the European Commission has announced the approval of the purchase of Ilva company by ArcelorMittal (( The approval by the Commission of this transaction is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package to guarantee competition rules on European steel market to the benefit of consumers and businesses, in accordance with article 2 of the EU Merger Regulation. As the European Commission's press release pointed out, Arcelor Mittal committed to organizing an open, non-discriminatory and transparent sale process of the divestiture package to companies from Belgium, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, France, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Italy and Romania(Sidex plant in Galati), process open to potential buyers interested. The sale of these factories to a buyer who does not prove the ability to continue to operate and develop these businesses or who would intend to subsequently close them is not an acceptable solution. Competition procedures imply consultation of all stakeholders, including relevant national authorities and national competition authorities. The Sidex plant in Galati is a company of strategic importance for Romania and the European Union, and maintaining its functional capabilities and jobs is a priority. 2018-05-18 18:44:00 Viorica Dăncilă l-a primit, la Palatul Victoria, pe omologul său din Republica Croația, Andrej PlenkovicȘtiri din 18.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at Victoria Palace today. The Croatian official is paying an official visit to our country. The interlocutors reviewed the bilateral agenda, the desire of strengthening political, economic relations and cooperation at sectorial level being outlined on this occasion. They underlined the existing potential in this respect in areas such as: education, internal affairs, defence, agriculture, minorities' protection. The two sides voiced their interest in holding a joint government meeting. The two officials also highlighted the importance for the bilateral relation of Croatian minority in Romania and the Romanian community in Croatia. During the consultations, both dignitaries expressed their satisfaction over the increase in bilateral trade by 25 percent in 2017, compared to previous year and they voiced hope that this trend will continue. The two Prime Ministers tackled cooperation between the two states in European context, including from the perspective of the two countries' membership of the trio of EU Council presidencies, a mandate they will hold for the first time since accession to the EU. In this context, they noticed the convergent positions regarding EU future, which will create the possibility of promoting an European programme to support the unity and cohesion of the European project over the ensuing period. At the same time, they expressed their intention to play a constructive role in the negotiations and decisions which will shape the future of the European Union. As regards Brexit, the Romanian official underlined the special importance attached to the implementation of the aspects agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement as regards guaranteeing the rights of the European citizens from Great Britain. With respect to the future post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that Romania regards with utmost interest the proposals launched by the European Commission on May 2, both from the point of view of the need to support investment objectives at EU level, to stimulate the Union-wide convergence as well as from the angle of role of the future Presidency of the EU Council, which will have to manage this negotiation dossier. The two dignitaries emphasized the importance of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, as well as of the joint projects development. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated the importance that Romania attaches to the Republic of Moldova and the development of the European path of the neighboring state. The two senior officials expressed both sides' interest regarding the stability and security of the Western Balkans region and reiterated their firm support for the continuation of EUs enlargement process, underlining the importance of maintaining the credibility of the enlargement policy in relation to the candidate and aspiring states. On the occasion of this visit, the two Defence Ministers signed, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Romania and Prime Minister of Croatia, the Declaration of Intent between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Croatia on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the area of defence and security. 2018-05-18 10:48:00 oferit de premierul Viorica Dăncilă în onoarea prim-ministrului Republicii Croaţia, Andrej PlenkovićȘtiri din 17.05.2018 Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic started his official visit to Romania this evening. All the members of Romanian Cabinet were also invited to the dinner hosted by the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in honor of the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. The Croatian officials visit takes place in the context of the intensification of the bilateral relations over the past years, as well as the membership of both states to the same Trio of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The primary goal of the meeting is strengthening political and economic cooperation, as well as identifying new areas of cooperation at sectorial level. The Croatian Prime Minister's visit shows the desire to strengthen and diversify cooperation as partner states in the EU and as allies within NATO on the main topics of shared interest of the regional and European agenda. 2018-05-17 20:46:00 ministrului israelian al turismului, Yariv Levin, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 17.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received the Israeli Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin who is paying a working visit to Romania. During the meeting, there was mentioned the special dynamics of relations between Romania and the State of Israel both at political level and at the level of sectorial cooperation. Tourism is the most dynamic sector of bilateral cooperation, recording an exponential growth over the last years, Israel ranking second (after Germany) amid countries with the largest number of tourists visiting Romania. Opportunities to attract Israeli capital in the Romanian tourism sector were also addressed, the health spa and the wellness sectors having a special potential in this respect. Moreover, a joint tourism programme can be developed to capitalize on the Jewish cultural heritage in our country. The shared desire to further strengthen bilateral relations was highlighted in this context. 2018-05-17 16:26:00,_yariv_levin.06.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu comisarul european pentru Piață Internă, Industrie, Antreprenoriat și IMM-uri, Elżbieta BieńkowskaȘtiri din 17.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska who is paying a visit to Romania. The two dignitaries approached the main European issues included in the European Commissioner's portfolio: Internal Market of the European Union, including aspects regarding the Digital Single Market, industrial policy and the defence policy, European Semester and Romania's taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in January 2019. Prime Minister voiced Romania'support for the measures designed to deepen the Internal Market, and to contribute to economic convergence and social cohesion at EU level, and expressed the commitment to keeping high on the agenda these topics during our country's tenure at the Council of the EU. The Head of the Executive highlighted the potential of the digitalization to generate increased competitiveness and growth for Europe, and in this respect, reiterated our countrys support for the development of digital competences and for a specific approach, according to the needs of each sector and field. European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska appreciated Romania's positive economic development, considering that this is a positive premise for the implementation of the structural reforms envisaged by Bucharest authorities. The European Commissioner appreciated the Romanian officials' positive consultations with the European Commission's representatives in the preparation of the legislative reform on public procurement, expressing her agreement for the new legislation. Discussions aimed at industry too, a context in which Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed that a new European strategy in this field would contribute to increased European competitiveness through this sector's capacity to generate economic growth and jobs. As regards the defence industry, Prime Minister voiced appreciation for the important progress achieved lately and underlined Romania's interest to take an active part in all cooperation projects to be developed at EU level, including from the perspective of the next stages of this process, respectively, the presentation by the European Commission of the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) addressing the Member States. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: Good afternoon. We appreciate the Commissioner's visit only two weeks after the publication by the Commission of the draft budget for 2021- 2027 and the opportunity to discuss topics of common interest on Romania and the European Commission's agenda. As regards the negotiation of the next financial multiannual framework, I stated that we want a budget to continue to strengthen the real convergence efforts between the Member States and the European citizens. In this respect, I reaffirmed Romania's full availability of constructive reporting to the future negotiations at European level, as well as channeling efforts towards a substantial advancing of negotiations during our tenure as President of the Council of the EU in the first semester 2019, which would allow a political agreement in due time in this dossier. I discussed with Madam Bienkowska about the importance of the European and national industry and I outlined the attention that Romania attaches to digital modernization and transformation of the industrial basis. We tackled also the importance of the European Single Market that Romania is part of, the single market development in its 25 years of existence and I agreed that it is necessary to continue the measures for the implementation in due time and completely of the existing legislative framework. I communicated to Madam Commissioner that the Government's priorities for the second trimester of this year also include Public Procurement Law, Public - Private Partnership Law, setting up Romania's Trade House, institution of the state aid scheme on granting loans worth 40,000 lei without interest to young people, as well as instituting the programme for persons with disabilities, these being measures that can contribute including to entrepreneurship development in Romania. An important topic for Romania that I discussed with Madam Commissioner is speeding up public investment which is likely to support real convergence. In this respect, I requested and I got the support of Madam Commissioner for upgrading and simplifying the legislative framework of public procurement in full compliance with EU directives in the field. Over the last years, Romania has had an intense and fruitful dialogue with the European Commission on public procurement. In 2017, one of the country- specific reccomendations put forward by the European Commission referred to ensuring the implementation of the national strategy in the field of public procurement. In the Country report Romania 2018, published in March this year, part of the European semester, the Commission appreciated that some progress was achieved, but there are some challenges further on. I assure Madam Commisisoner of the fact that demarches to reform the public procurement system will continue, namely ensuring the full and sustainable implementation of measures included in this strategic document, under my direct supervision, so that investment so necessary and awaited by the Romanian citizens be achieved as soon as possible. In the talks with Madam Commissioner, I approached elements regarding the preparation of the exercise by Romania of the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, and I agreed on the close dialogue that we will further have in this important step for our country. We are sure of the fact that during the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester 2019, we will have to answer some important challenges related to Brexit, post - Brexit Romania - European Union, a political agreement on the multiannual financial framework, migration, terrorism, and other challenges, but with the support of the European institutions, of the European Commission, we can properly answer these challenges. I thank Madam Commissioner for our substantial talks, for the support she extends to our country in meeting our European and national objectives, I wish her lot of energy in her activity. Elżbieta Bieńkowska: Thank you very much, Madam Prime Minister. First, I want to say how happy I am to be here in Romania, although the programme was very intense today, I may be should not say it: but Romania is one of my favorite European countries. We had a very good discussion with the Prime Minister, but also I have met and I will meet few Ministers from the Government. We are discussing most current and most important issues both from the European Commission's perspective, but also from Romania's perspective. First, we discussed as Madam Prime Minister mentioned, we discussed economic issues as the European semester, so this paper, this document that assesses economic performance of different Member States, and I stressed, Romania has a very good and for years, quite a good economic development, this is a time, good time to make reforms. From my perspective as a Commissioner responsible for companies, entrepreneurship, industry, of course, different administrative barriers for the companies are important, public administration but also Madam Prime Minister mentioned, the public procurement. I only want to mention before I move to public procurement, in a little more detailed way, I want to mention industrial policy Again, it was mentioned before, it is an important part of my activities. I participated in conference on tourism sector, one of the most important European industrial sectors, although it is not all the time seen that this is a very important economic sector. So, I think the very things we generally expected. We had a very good cooperation. Now, moving to public procurement because I think it is in my portfolio, in my competence, so I wanted again to put again some flash lights into it. We have been cooperating very well for several weeks with the Romanian authorities, mainly the Romanian Ministry of Public Finances, on this. Of course, we appreciated the implementation of the public procurement strategy, the ex- ante conditionalities on public procurement were lifted few months ago, but of course, it is important especially when you want to use public money, both European or national in a fair, proper, transparent way, you need to have a good public procurement system and legislation, because this system is really a key to ensure the citizens that they are getting the best for their taxes, that public money is being spent in the proper, fair way. During our discussions, because I know, there is ongoing process of approving the new legislation on public procurement in Romania, we discussed it before, we had a proposal, some plans, some projects of this legislation, so I handled to the Ministry of Public Finance, our assessments, of course, I have to tell that we don't know the final results of this legislation, but as for now, we have some minor concerns about legislation, and we hope that our cooperation in advance, not after the legal act is adopted, will be very beneficial for the Romanian economy, because Romania needs new infrastructure, needs to spend European money and for this, transparent Romanian and European public procurement system is very much needed. We also discussed the issue of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, this is at the very top of the agenda. Still the European Commission proposed two weeks ago how the money will be divided between the subjects, but for now, we are working on regulations, this is even more important because the details are in the regulations, what will be done by mid-June, and again cooperation with Romania, with other Member States is extremely important. We know what is important for some Member States, of the Cohesion Policy, of the Agricultural Policy, but also of the policies that are focused on research, on innovation, on space for example, and defence. We shortly touched upon this, but it is extremely important, we will have much more money in the next European MFF, for the cooperation between defence industries. This is also a place, a point where Romanian companies can benefit from the European budget, of course, besides the Cohesion, Agricultural Policies, and the main policies. I would really like to encourage Romania to engage with other Member States, with industry, to ensure that Romanian industry takes part in the projects, in defence. I am looking forward to continuing this good cooperation on different issues, on the Single Market, of course, Madam Prime Minister has again mentioned this, we have touched upon so many points. Single Market is extremely important. We must not have economic borders in the EU, between Member States for long time and those not for long time, like Romania, and the other Member States. We need open market in the EU, I count on Romania, and I ask for Romania's support. 2018-05-17 13:29:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei EroilorȘtiri din 17.05.2018 08:53:00țiunea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea ediției din 2018 a Schemei de Ajutor de Stat instituită prin HG 807Știri din 16.05.2018 Dancila: /.../ we want a real strategic partnership with the large companies wanting to invest in Romania, and for this reason, I am here today, alongside the Minister for the Business Environment, for the launch of the new - State Aid Scheme. I want to give a signal that we want to stimulate new major investments in Romania, which is why we will adopt new measures to support this. This week, there were published the latest data on the amount of the direct foreign investment for the first three months of 2018. They rose by 21.2 percent compared to the same period of 2017, proof of confidence in the Romanian economy's potential and in the government, but I reckon this is not enough. We want much more than this. We want to ensure a positive dynamics of the economy and today we are announcing that in a short while we will launch the state aid scheme for private investments larger than 10 million euros, investment for opening or expanding production capacities. I wont conceal the fact that our final target is to attract investments worth more than one billion euros. These investments will create thousands jobs and will contribute to the increase in the budgetary revenues. The state aid scheme launched today is just a part of the package designed to stimulate investment in Romania. In addition to a stable and predictable macroeconomic environment, a stimulating fiscal environment and a well-prepared workforce, we are also proposing a new approach in terms of our relation with the strategic investors in the economy. We will set up in the ensuing months the Romanian Agency for Foreign Investments and Exports, a one stop shop type of centre, a high flexibility agency, with dedicated project managers. It will be a body of managers specialized in the economically strategic sectors for Romania, so as to attract investments. We are aware that encouraging large investment projects will lead to increase in added value exports, increased local integration of production processes, more contracts and jobs for SMEs and of course, reducing imports. Investments with a major impact on the economy also mean a high degree of technologization, therefore, well-qualified and better paid jobs. This aspect leads me to a topic that I know the business environment is very much fond of, namely dual education. I know and we understand the needs of the business environment generated by the crisis on the labour market and I consider that the dual education is a sustainable solution. In the 2017-2018 school year, 106 dual education classes were established through contracts concluded with the employers, with the involvement of 227 companies and 68 school units. I assure you that we are available to permanent dialogue with the business environment, for the best possible solutions in this sector where the changes have a dizzying speed. I hope the new program launched today to be a success, as have been the previous projects launched by the Ministry for the Business Environment. I wish you success and as many investments as possible and I am looking forward to seeing your success stories because I consider that good practices are very important. 2018-05-16 14:44:00ții susținute de vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan privind starea economiei românești pe trimestrul I 2018Știri din 15.05.2018 19:53:00 treia reuniune a Comisiei Naționale pentru pregătirea aderării României la Zona EuroȘtiri din 15.05.2018 National Committee for the substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan, chaired by the President of the Romanian Academy, was convened at Victoria Palace, today. Attending the meeting were representatives of the National Bank of Romania, of the Romanian Academy, Presidential Administration, parliamentary parties, trade unions, employers, associative structures, civil society and academic milieu. Early in the meeting, it was underlined the fact that as of today, the National Committee will pass to a new stage, namely the design and drawing up of the assumed documents. After the analysis of the Diagnosis of the Convergence Criteria and the Road to the Euro, concrete steps will be taken today towards the working procedure of the National Plan and the Substantiation Report on Euro Changeover. The President of the Romanian Academy submitted the daily agenda for approval, and university professor PhD Aura Socol presented the issues and the structure of the National Euro Changeover Plan and the Substantiation Report on the Euro Changeover. Both strategic documents are proposed based on the experience of Member States that have already joined the Eurozone (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus) or are preparing to join it(Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary), but also based on the guides proposed by the European institutions, examples of good practices, etc. Given that all Member States or future members of the Eurozone have a National Changeover Plan, many of them even from the moment they joined the EU, it is time for Romania too, 11 years after its EU accession, to finally take the political steps to reach national consensus on such a project, particularly important for the country. The documents put forward were analyzed by the members of the National Committee in order to obtain the agreement in principle on the draft content for the National Plan and the Substantiation Report of the changeover process. Also discussed were the institutional and nominal composition of the working groups, their tasks and activities, as well as the timetable of the meetings to be held between 17-22 May this year. 2018-05-15 18:03:00ționale_pentru_aderarea_româniei_la_moneda_euro07.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Regatului Belgiei, Thomas Baekelandt, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 15.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dăncilă received today, at Victoria Palace, H.E. Thomas Baekelandt, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Romania, on a courtesy visit. The central theme of the talks between the two officials was the bilateral relationship between Romania and Belgium. On this occasion, both sides reconfirmed their commitment to strengthening cooperation, with emphasis on deepening the political dialogue and developing the economic and sectoral component of the bilateral relation. Another topic on the agenda was Romanias participation as an honorary guest in the Europalia 2019 International Art Festival. Prime Minister gave assurances that Romania is engaged in a sustained process of preparing its participation in this project. Prime Minister also voiced satisfaction over the dynamic economic exchanges, which amounted to more than EUR 3 billion in 2017. The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views on topical issues on the European agenda and reconfirmed the common will to deepen cooperation, including in the perspective of Romanias holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. 2018-05-15 17:00:00,_thomas_baekelandt,_de_către_prim-ministrul_viorica_dăncilă,_la_palatul_victoria01.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a ambasadorului Republicii Armenia la București, Sergey MinasyanȘtiri din 15.05.2018 16:46:00,_sergey_minasiyan,_de_către_prim-ministrul_viorica_dăncilă,_la_palatul_victoria01.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Algeriene Democratice și Populare, Taous Djellouli, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 15.05.2018 15:21:00 României, Viorica Dăncilă, a avut astăzi consultări cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, pe teme de politică externăȘtiri din 15.05.2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended consultations with President Klaus Iohannis on foreign policy matters, developments in Middle East, including the issue of the relocation to Jerusalem of Romania's Embassy in the State of Israel. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister stated that as Head of the Executive, with the main responsibility in the implementation of the Programme for Government, including the foreign policy chapter, has as main objective to back Romania's interests, and identify the best ways to consolidate Romania's role and profile on the international stage. Prime Minister outlined that launching an analysis and evaluation process on the possibility of relocating Romania's Embassy in the State of Israel is designed to support the above - mentioned objectives, in a moment when the United States, Romania's main ally and strategic partner took this decision, and several states are analyzing this proposal. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also highlighted that the main element underpinning this analysis is the principled position, which Romania constantly supported, regarding the two-state solution: Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition. Moreover, Prime Minister reminded that Romania's recent demarche at the EU, aimed at the reconfirmation of the common commitment to a peace solution to consecrate the existence of two states: Israel and Palestine, and to avoid any unilateral measures that would have the potential to compromise the peace process. The elements proposed by Romania were thus in line with the terminology and the conclusions adopted by the European Council on December 14, 2017 and in full agreement with the official position endorsed at national level, including by the President of Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister recalled Romanias commitment to backing the international community's efforts towards addressing the challenges facing the particularly complicated regional context. To manage all these challenges as efficiently as possible, a moderate and balanced position needs to be adopted by all the actors involved, and at national level, my presence today at the Cotroceni Palace, is proof of the real support this commitment enjoys, and of the desire of continuity in the field of foreign policy, Prime Minister stated at the end of the meeting with President Klaus Iohannis. 2018-05-15 14:26:00 Viorica Dăncilă va participa la consultările de mâine, la Palatul CotroceniȘtiri din 14.05.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila has sent the following answer to todays invitation from the Presidential Administration: Mr. President, I received your invitation within the framework of the inter-institutional dialogue, to participate in consultations on topical foreign policy matters, namely the recent developments in the Middle East and Romanias bilateral relations with the State of Israel. I hereby confirm my participation. 2018-05-14 19:38:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Spitalul Clinic de Copii “Dr. Victor Gomoiu”Știri din 14.05.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila following the visit to Dr. Victor Gomoiu Childrens Clinical Hospital Viorica Dancila: Thank you, madam mayor. I would start by congratulating you for this investment. It is an important investment for all who need state - of - the- art treatment and adequate care. I visited the hospital and I was impressed by endowments and medical staff, by everybody who has been working here and and who put so much soul into treating children using state-of-the-art equipment. I hope we inaugurate together as many hospitals as possible, attain as many objectives as possible. I am sure that you will carry through the works at the Metropolitan Hospital, and at national level, we will carry through the works at the three regional hospitals by means of European funds, and also the five regional hospitals we are sure to build through public - private partnership and last but not least, the Republican Hospital. Once more, congratulations, madam mayor. I know you have put a lot of soul into building this hospital and Im convinced that your work and endeavor are rewarded now. Good luck! 2018-05-14 19:30:00ă la Sfântul Scaun - Premierul Viorica Dăncilă, primită în audienţă de către Sanctitatea Sa Papa FranciscȘtiri din 11.05.2018 RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was received in private audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, on May 11, 2018. The Head of the Executive thanked His Holiness for the generous attention he always extended to the relations with Romania and voiced hope that the Holy Father pays an apostolic visit to Romania. During the audience, the desire to increase Romanian presence at Vatican through a series of high cultural, academic and religious events was also discussed, given that this year is a special one, dedicated to the celebration of modern Romanian state's Centenary. The Romanian senior official thanked for Pope's making available the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo for mounting the exhibition 'Treasures of Romania at the Vatican. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the importance of Romania and Vatican deepening their relations, including in the special context of Romania's mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will offer the possibility of conveying a message to the whole of Europe, considering our country's ecumenical vocation. The talks highlighted the similarity of Romania and the Vatican's positions on strengthening the European project and the centrality of reporting to its Christian roots. The audience also revealed the congruent views of Romania and the Holy See on a series of topical issues of the international agenda, especially in the field of human rights protection and freedom of religion. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis During her visit to Vatican and the Holy See, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their satisfaction over the excellent level of the bilateral relations between Romania and the Holy See, highlighted both at political and cultural, educational level. There was also reiterated the recognition that the Catholic Church enjoys in Romania, as a partner for the common welfare of the entire society and a contributor to the Romanian spiritual, historic and cultural legacy. In this respect, a series of concrete aspects of interest for the activity of the Catholic and Greek Catholic Churches in Romania were also discussed. Prime Minister voiced appreciation for the Catholic Church's support of the Romanian communities in the Diaspora, including by hosting many Romanian religious communities, Orthodox or Catholic, of the Western Europe. Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their intention to continue the negotiations on signing an Agreement regarding the collaboration and mutual recognition of university diplomas. The international agenda had an important place within the talks, the similarities in terms of approaching topical dossiers being highlighted. There were mainly tackled the topics regarding the future of Europe (including in the context of Romanian taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019), the migrants and refugees issue, as well as the situation of the Peace Process in the Middle East. PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to Vatican Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay a visit to Vatican from May 10 to May 13, 2018. On May 11, 2018, Prime Minister will be received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, and then will have a meeting with His Holinesss Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The Head of the Executive will also have a meeting with the Grand Master of the Malta Sovereign Order, Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, and with the President of the Sant'Egidio Community, Marco Impagliazzo. Romanian Prime Minister's visit to Vatican takes place amid very good bilateral relations, and the celebration this year of the Greater Union Centennial, which will be marked by the Holy See through a series of prestigious cultural and academic events The visit's agenda also includes a meeting with Romanian students enrolled in Pontifical Universities. The meeting will take place at the headquarters of the - Pio Romeno Pontifical College. 2018-05-11 13:48:00 de înscriere la Programul Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României - ediţia 2018, prelungită până pe 21 maiȘtiri din 11.05.2018 13:30:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă de Ziua Europei, 9 mai 2018Știri din 09.05.2018, we are celebrating Europe Day, a day dedicated to the history of a project, model of collaboration, example of solidarity and continuous common commitment. It is an opportunity to celebrate the progress achieved to date, but also to to recall the long path of the European construction, from the vision of a cooperation project between a few European states, presented in Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Schumans statement, to a reality uniting over 500 million European citizens. We all enjoy the benefits of the European Union, the European projects capacity to change for the better the daily lives of the citizens. Undoubtedly, the European Union played since its establishment, an essential role in promoting and maintaining peace, stability and prosperity across the continent. Even if currently facing certain challenges, these generate an opportunity to undertake a set of measures to improve the lives of all European citizens. Romania has constantly identified itself with a clear pro-European path, has consolidated its democratic foundations, has modernised its society and economy and the Romanians fully share the fundamental European values. Romanias actions at European level have always been and will always remain directed towards supporting a consolidated European Union. This approach is all the more important as we are preparing for exercising the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, on which occasion we intend to act as an active, constructive partner, promoting consensus among member states. We will be watching that the EU policies relate at all times to the principle of cohesion, as common value of the EU, underlining the importance to return to the fundamentals of the European project, in order to rebuild the citizens confidence. I am sure that this is in fact the stake of the Union'success and sustainability. We need to be aware of the importance that we all get involved in identifying efficient and viable solutions for the Union's future. We are all dutybound to continue this mission, to stay united and forge our future together in a strong and cohesive Union which would bring benefits to every citizen. On Europe Day, Romania reaffirms its trust in the European project and acts for its support and development, meeting the European citizens expectations, including of the Romanian citizens. Happy birthday Europe! Viorica Dancila Prime Minister of Romania 2018-05-09 10:02:00 încheiat între Guvernul României și organizațiile sindicale „Sanitas” și „Solidaritatea Sanitară”Știri din 08.05.2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met at the Government headquarters with Minister of Health, Sorina Pintea, Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Olguţa Vasilescu, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Public Finance, Daniela Pescaru, and the representatives of the Sanitas and Solidaritatea Sanitara trade unions organizations. Following discussions, they agreed to conclude the Agreement providing the following: 1) A compensatory amount will be granted to all employees in the healthcare system who recorded decreases in the net income compared to February 2018 level. The compensatory amount will fully cover the difference. 2) The current limits provided for in the Regulation of bonuses in force will be kept, and the minimum threshold will be guaranteed. 3) Exceeding the 30 percent laid down in Article 25, paragraph 1 and 2 of Law 153/2017 will be rendered possible for mono-speciality hospitals, for the county ambulance services and the Ambulance Service of Bucharest-Ilfov Municipality, with a view to ensuring the minimum level of bonuses provided for in the current Bonuses Regulation and the necessary supplementary amounts will be established, through Government Ordinance, but only in well grounded cases. 4) The overtime bonus is ruled out when calculating the 30% ceiling, laid down in Art. 25, paragraph 1 and 2 of Law 153/2017. 5) The negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be resumed. 6) The employment classification of director of nursing is reformulated, there is a return to the original form of Law 153/2017. 7)The midwife post is equated with that of nurse. All the above-mentioned provisions will apply on the salary rights that will be granted as of May 2018. Following the conclusion of this Agreement, the representatives of the trade unions organizations have agreed to backtrack on the general strike scheduled for May 11, 2018. Prime Minister Viorica DĂNCILĂ Health Minister Sorina PINTEA Minister of Labour and Social Justice Olguţa VASILESCU Chairman of Sanitas Leonard BARASCU Chairman of Solidaritatea Sanitara Viorel ROTILĂ 2018-05-08 20:50:00ţii susţinute de vicepremierul Viorel Ştefan cu privire la execuţia bugetară Știri din 08.05.2018 20:09:00 9-a reuniune a Consiliului Interministerial pentru Pregătirea și Exercitarea Președinției României la Consiliul Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 08.05.2018 Interministerial Committee for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was convened on May 8, 2018 at Victoria Palace, the working meeting being chaired by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. During this meeting, the progress achieved over the past months in the preparation of this important moment for our country was presented and the first version of the topics of interest of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, about to be debated in Parliament, was approved. The first version of the topics of interest of Romania's mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU resulted from several public consultation processes nationwide. All Ministries, the Romanian Parliament, the Presidential Administration and the political parties as well as Romania's representatives to Brussels contributed to drawing up this document. There were also talks with the social partners within the series of public debates organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Institute of Romania. The document was the object of talks including in the Interministerial Committee for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and reflects the high level of ambition of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with a view to managing the main files to be found on the European agenda. Currently, the integrated version is to be subject to debates within the Special Joint Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate for the coordination of the parliamentary activities necessary to prepare the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and within the European Business Committees of the Romanian Parliament, and it will be later discussed in the plenum of Parliament. After consulting the legislative, the Romanian Government will adopt the first version of the document and will enter into dialogue with the Secretariat General of the EU Council so that, in November, according to calendar, the Executive adopts the final form of the work schedule. The topics of interest reflect the big challenges and changes emerging from the multiplification of talks at European level regarding the EU's future. By choosing these topics, a large consensus is expected regarding the process of preparing and exercising the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Thus, in formulating the topics of interest of the Presidency of the EU Council, Romania considers the citizen both as a source and goal. For this reason, the process of drawing up the topics of interest was conceived as a democratic, deliberative, bottom-up process. Romanias efforts will therefore focus mainly on legislative and non-legislative files with a direct and immediate impact on the citizens daily lives. Through its activity under the EU Council Presidency, Romania will aim at achieving tangible results for its citizens and at highlighting the benefits that a strong and cohesive Union can bring to each citizen. In this respect, the Interministerial Council outlined the need for sending a clear message of support for the European family cohesion, but also for the policies stimulating economic, social and territorial convergence, taking Cohesion, a common European value as slogan of the presidency. Moreover, the cohesion of the EU bloc is often mentioned in the speeches of European leaders. For instance, in the preface of the White Paper on the Future of Europe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recalls the principle of unity of EU Member States, noting that As we decide which way to go, we should remember that Europe has always been at its best when we are united, bold and confident that we can shape our future together. This version is the result of institutional consultations on the proposals put forward by 21 prestigious representatives of the academic, scientific and publishing environment. The objective was to find a message convergent with the current debates at the European level, and also correlated with the necessity to highlight the need for European citizens to feel the benefits of belonging to the European Union in their everyday life. In fact, cohesion has deep roots in the European construction. Emerging as a mechanism since 1957, as part of regional policies, cohesion got its own dimension in 1988, when it defined its objective as an essential instrument for achieving economic, social and territorial convergence at European Union level. In 1993, under the Maastricht Treaty, the same policy is endowed with a specific fund and knew a significant increase in the allocated budget, making this mechanism the main support tool for development at European level. Over time, the cohesion policy has adapted to new challenges in order to stimulate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the European Union. Given that Romania holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, at a time of reflection on the future Multiannual Financial Framework, but also of analysis of the results of the Europe 2020 Strategy, underlining cohesion in the slogan becomes essential in order to remind Member States the importance of this policy for the objectives set by the European construction. The indirect message that the draft motto conveys, outlines the importance of cohesion policy and its key role in attaining the objective of reducing economic, social and territorial disparities among the Member States, regions and citizens of the European Union. *** Additional information: The Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is the working format comprising representatives of the Romanian Government, the Parliament and the Presidential Administration, set up to ensure technical and political coordination for the moment when our country holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union . Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months - one of the seven institutions of the Union - starting with January 1, 2019. Our country is part of the presidency trio which also includes Finland and Croatia. The rotating Presidency chairs in Brussels meetings of the Council of the European Union (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council), the COREPER meetings (meetings of the permanent representatives of the member countries in Brussels) and the meetings of some 200 working groups. Romania will hold the Presidency of the EU Council in a complex European and international context and its mandate will take into account the wide-ranging processes that will shape the European Union, such as the reflection on the future of the European Union, the Brexit process, the transition to a new legislative cycle following the European elections and, implicitly, the outgoing mandate of the European Commission and the European Parliament, namely negotiations on the EU strategic reference documents such as the new post-2019 strategic framework for action and the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (CFM). 2018-05-08 19:11:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea Campaniei Naționale „Informare acasă! Siguranță în lume!”, ediţia 2018Știri din 08.05.2018 Dancila: Ministers, distinguished mass - media representatives, distinguished guests, I am glad you are here, and from the outset, I would like to congratulate you on this initiative. I would like to congratulate the Ministry for Romanians Abroad, the local authorities, other Ministries involved as I reckon this initiative bends to reality, and adds to several European initiatives, and in order to combat organized crime phenomena, modern slavery, we need initiatives both at European and national levels. We know that many Romanians left to study, work abroad lately, and I think that we must prevent these two aforementioned phenomena - modern slavery and organized crime. As MEP, I was with a delegation in Ragusa, Italy, and I could see what modern slavery looked like. I could see that lack of information, of an awareness campaign can lead us to unwanted situations, in which many people may suffer. This is why I think that this initiative, applied in 41 counties across the country, can bring added value and can prevent several persons from falling prey to some unwanted treatments. I think it is important for us to prevent such situations, hopefully, this initiative shall be a first step in this respect. Once again, congratulations, and greater success in your campaign! 2018-05-08 15:22:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu secretarul general al Organizației Aviației Civile Internaționale (OACI), Fang LiuȘtiri din 07.05.2018 Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting at Victoria Palace with the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Fang Liu. The Head of the Executive reiterated our country's interest in boosting resilience, and implicitly, in ensuring cyber security, in an environment with more and more challenges. Prime Minister also assured the Secretary General of ICAO of Romania's support for the organization's objectives, in general, and for those aimed at ensuring the civil aviation's security and safety in particular. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila argued the need for an adequate representation of Romanian specialists within ICAO, taking into account the tradition of our country in the field of civil aviation, and especially the high qualification of Romanian experts. The meeting of the ICAO on cyber security in civil aviation is held in Bucharest from May 7 to 9, 2018, an event aimed at the promotion and harmonization of the steps in cyber security at regional and global levels. 2018-05-07 16:32:00âștigătorii concursului de limba română „Carte frumoasă, cinste cui te-a scris!”, felicitați de premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 04.05.2018 14:23:00 Programului de Internship al Guvernului, de vorbă cu studenții din marile centre universitareȘtiri din 03.05.2018 17:09:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă referitor la atentatele din AfganistanȘtiri din 30.04.2018 was deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, which killed civilians, including children, and in which, eight Romanian military were wounded. My thoughts go out to all who were affected by these tragic events. The Defence Minister told me he was in constant contact with the command team, and the doctors provided specialized care to the wounded. I wish a quick recovery to our military and a lot of strength to their families to get through these difficult moments. Viorica Dancila Prime Minister of Romania 2018-04-30 14:09:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Veteranilor de RăzboiȘtiri din 29.04.2018 15:05:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în Statul IsraelȘtiri din 25.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila met with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, on her official visit to the State of Israel. The two officials mentioned the traditional friendship relations between the two countries and highlighted the excellent level of bilateral relations between Romania and the State of Israel, based on a 70-year tradition. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced satisfaction over the interest showed by Israel in the Romanian proposal regarding the conclusion of a Romania -Israel partnership in the field of new technologies, which will allow the drawing up of joint projects in its main areas, namely: research, healthcare, telemedicine, high-tech entrepreneurial innovation, all of which will stimulate the mutual interest of the two countries' business communities. Aspects regarding co-operation in the military, strategic areas and in cyber security were also discussed in this context. The interest of both countries in holding the third joint high-level government meeting (G2G) in 2018 was highlighted, while underlining the necessity to organize some business contacts. During the talks, the two officials referred to the existing good co-operation in the multilateral collaboration format, including as regards the mutual support for candidacies The Israeli Prime Minister hailed the adoption by Romanian Government of a framework launching the debate on relocating Romania's Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited Yad Vashem Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited today the Yad Vashem Memorial, where she attended the Eternal Flame Lighting Ceremony, laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance and signed the guestbook. The visit represented an opportunity to reiterate Romanias commitment to penalise all forms of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned that Romania plans to open a National Jewish History and Holocaust Museum, with support from Israel and the Yad Vashem Institute. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Ambassador Colette Avital, Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organization and chairwoman of the head Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. On this occasion, the issue of the restitution of Jewish properties which were abusively confiscated by the Communist regime, was approached, and co-operation within the Working Group set up with the Romanian Government on the restitution of Jewish properties related issues, and the pensions for the Holocaust survivors was also mentioned. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Isaac Herzog, Knesset Opposition leader Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Isaac Herzog, Knesset Opposition leader. The two officials mentioned the traditional friendship relations between the two countries, and outlined the excellent level of relations between Romania and the State of Israel, both at political level and at the level of sectorial cooperation. In this context, the two officials reviewed the current developments and the political prospects home, in Romania, and Israel, respectively. The exchange of views with Isaac Herzog occasioned the review of the stage of Romanian - Israeli parliamentary cooperation and proposals to boost relations between the legislative forums of the two countries were examined. The very good level of bilateral dialogue was mentioned, with emphasis on cooperation projects envisaged for the ensuing period. A special theme on the meeting agenda was highlighting the role of Romanian-born Israeli community to building the modern State of Israel, as well as to strengthening the relations between the two states. 2018-04-25 14:34:00 cvadrilaterală la nivel înalt între România, Bulgaria, Grecia și SerbiaȘtiri din 24.04.2018 press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boiko Borisov, and Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras, following the quadrilateral high-level meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia Viorica Dancila: I welcome the presence of President Vučić here shortly after the meeting we had in Bucharest, on the occasion of his visit. I hail Serbia's role as factor of stability in the Western Balkans and its positive contribution in the cooperation and reconciliation process and I assure President Vučić of all our support in the negotiation process for EU accession. I hail at the same time the presence of Prime Minister Borisov at this meeting and I reassure him of our support for the objectives of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council, in which Western Balkans have an essential role. It is a special pleasure for me to have today as guest for the first time in Bucharest, Prime Minister Tsipras. Greece is a key partner for Romania in the region and we want to boost bilateral relations, our collaboration at bilateral, regional and European levels. This format of consultations provides a good opportunity for strengthening dialogue and identifying ways of cooperation in the south - east-European region, especially from the economic development standpoint. We discussed today about economic cooperation, concrete projects that the four states can develop, about the 16+1 format, about a meeting in which we materialize projects we are only discussing today. Aleksandar Vučić: Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, first, I would like to thank our host, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, for the extraordinary hospitality shown, I would like to thank colleagues Borisov and Tsipras and the friends of Serbia for the support they offered us along with the Romanian Government and state, for the fact that they offered Serbia an European path. Today, we had very concrete talks, the conclusion we reached is that we will set up a joint working group, to which the Ministers of Communications and Transports of our countries will be represented, and we will discuss more precisely the joint projects and we will work closely to prepare ourselves with a view to organizing the meeting in 16+1 format, to be held in June, this year. We also discussed aspects related to funding and a set of joint activities, the trade exchange between Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece grew over the last years. The flow of tourists to Serbia grew, and also from Serbia to these three countries. We consider that these meetings are very relevant for our countries, Serbia being the only one of them that is not yet an EU Member State. It is very important to benefit from the support of Romania, Bulgaria and Greece on Serbia's European path, so that Serbia, in its turn will do its best to help these friendly countries and we will do it in a direct manner. We will accept an even greater support from Bucharest, Athens and Sofia on our European path. We want you to help us, because if we were in your place, we would have helped you too. We want to become EU Member State but without your solid support, we could not achieve this. I am delighted with the concrete results we delivered today. For the Serbian citizens, we discussed opportunities such as the Moravita-Timisoara highway, also the construction of a highway to link us to Bulgaria, completion of our part of the highway leading to Skopje. We discussed possibilities to modernize railways towards the Bulgarian border. We also discussed ways to improve digital infrastructure and ways to improve cooperation with these EU states. We discussed the possibility to solve joint problems and the implementation of some joint working groups may help. Once again, I want to thank you, Prime Minister Dancila. I would like to thank my friends, Mr. Tsipras and Mr. Borisov and I want to reaffirm that we will further promote cooperation in this format. Thank you, once again. Viorica Dancila: We thank you too, President Vučić. Prime Minister Borisov, you have the floor. Boiko Borisov: I would like to congratulate the Romanian Prime Minister for the new position held and also for the fact that we have a female Prime Minister with us . In the morning, I was in Ljubljana, where we started in an active manner the cooperation on the Balkan issues theme, starting with preparatory discussions for the 16 + 1 meeting to be held in Sofia, and we also had the opportunity to acknowledge all the positive developments in the Western Balkans. I remember a meeting held in 2003, 15 years ago in Thessaloniki, which placed the Western Balkans issue on the agenda and supported the integration process of the Western Balkans. One year ago, Bulgaria once again stressed the need to bring the issue of the Western Balkans to the European agenda and, together with my colleagues in Romania and Greece, we must do our utmost to bring the states from this area back to the European family to which they belong, and I must mention that I am very pleased with the activity of Mr Jean-Claude Juncker. And Ms. Mogherini had the opportunity to pay a visit to the Central Balkans. I also have to mention Mr Tusks visit to the Western Balkans. Years ago, in Trieste, I had the opportunity to talk to Ms. Angela Merkel. We discussed the Balkans issues. I returned from there with an optimistic attitude, knowing that many good things could be done in this direction. Emmanuel Macron mentioned these positive trends in the European Union, and I think Chancellor Merkel is certainly on the right track supporting the development and progress of this area of the Western Balkans. As you can see, it is very easy for a conflict to return or the tensions to be revived in this geographical area, and I said each time: when something appears somewhere in Balkans, this immediately reverberates in other part of our continent. History showed us that this entailed huge destructions. I would say that the simple fact that this cooperation format continues to exist is a clear sign of the fact that it was a constructive format, productive one, and we want to mention the fact that we want to continue to achieve things to bring us closer, not to separate us, we want to have an infrastructure to connect us to Europe and the rest of the world; we want to boost the degree of economic development, to improve tourism, and to achieve progress in all the other economic sectors. The Romanian Prime Minister put forward a set of very important projects, one of which consists of a new bridge over the Danube, in Ruse, we will give you details in this regard. We also mentioned the possibility of building a motorway linking capitals. Also, connecting the Port of Thessaloniki with the ports in Bulgaria and Romania, improving the connectivity with Belgrade, with Bratislava, and Skopje. Greece and Serbia were also involved in this initiative to improve regional connectivity with Pristina, Pristina related decisions, the decisions my colleague Vučić has to take are not easy, but otherwise the Western Balkans issue cannot advance, so I have to say that I am very proud of the current Balkan political elites, because I do not remember ever having in history such responsible elites in the Balkan states, and I think we all realize that we are now part of the European family and there is no alternative to the European perspective for Western Balkans. We will continue in this quadrilateral format at the end of June, we will perhaps meet again, afterwards, the format 16+1 meeting will ensue in June. Unlike other times, this meeting will not take place in autumn, but in June, and this has also a constructive purpose. On the part of our country, we must have a more active attitude in order to get ready for specific projects that we can present in this format, 16+1, this means concluding some protocols designed to prepare a productive meeting in the format 16+1. I want to thank once again, our colleagues, for hospitality today. Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Prime Minister Borisov. Prime Minister Tsipras, you have the floor. Alexis Tsipras: I am very delighted that I am today, in Bucharest. We can see that all these talks and relations were initiated less than one year ago, this initiative of meeting in this format, of those Balkan states, three of them EU member states, and the fourth -Serbia that wants to join EU, we notice that it is a very solid initiative, its purpose being to cooperate in order to be able to secure peace, stability and security in our region. We are all very aware of the fact that Balkans are an area which always faced serious challenges. A region which generated a whole array of problems at national level, wars but on the other hand, it is a region offering very promising possibilities and we are here to cope with these challenges and I think it is very important for us to have this institution of cooperation at quadrilateral level between the four countries. We, the Balkan states, are called to establish the region's development manner, based on our countries' wishes, on the wishes of our citizens and not based on an agenda set somewhere else, by a third party. Our aim is to develop the region and to turn this cooperation into a permanent initiative , in a difficult period, in a period of globalization. That means that we should cooperate closely and to fully benefit of all the possibilities provided. It is not a new vision, it is older, it was offered to us many times along history, but I think that today, it became more stringent than ever. We have modern conditions and we do not want any participant to be left out, and this development in Balkans will prove this. I have to declare myself totally in agreement with what Boiko Borisov mentioned, in connection with the development possibility of Western Balkans, which represents in fact an European development chance. I think that our initiative is very solid, and I think we should focus on the European future of our countries. Today, we should build an European vision on the future of this region, meeting at the same time the criteria put forward by the European Union, and ensuring the good neighborhood principles. I would like to remind the fact that Greece is the country that always backed this initiative. This discussion started and the the cycle closed in fact on the moment when on the agenda of the Thessaloniki meeting, on Western Balkans and the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union, along with other countries, that was the starting point, and it is very important to resume this topic on the agenda, which was mentioned for the first time in Thessaloniki, some 15 years ago. Now, in Sofia, we will resume the same discussions, we will continue these debates on the Western Balkans. I want to remind the fact that this meeting in Sofia resulted following our meetings, and was anounced for the first time, in Varna, during the first meeting in 3+1 format. My colleague Boiko Borisov described the Bulgarian Presidency as a Balkan presidency, and I think it is very important for us to be able to cooperate, to make sure that this presidency is successful. Surely, the presidency that Romania will undertake in six months from now on, in early 2019, is very important. This will also be a particularly relevant presidency for the Balkan area and we will strongly support it. It is very important that we have today the opportunity to be here alongside the President of the Republic of Serbia, and we want to come up to the support of Serbia's accession to the European Union. Serbia has always worked its European perspective, it is a very important country for our region, a country that during the last years, had to face the results of some wrong options and fortunately, it managed to take the measures necessary to heal the wounds suffered. In the end, I would like to add few words on today's discussions and namely, specific talks related to projects, the way of capitalizing on our current opportunities. We had a series of constructive talks on all these joint projects. I would like to remind the importance we attach to the interconnection of the countries in the Balkan area and attracting investors - here, we refer to both the rail, sea and road transport sectors. We have a series of projects of great importance. I would like to remind the link between the ports in northern Greece with the Black Sea ports and with Danube ports. Other very important project is the one of the road connection between Thessaloniki, Sofia and Bucharest. This is the project designed to increase the number of tourists crossing Bulgaria from Romania towards Greece and the viceversa. We also discussed about the rail line between Thessaloniki and Belgrade and I would like not to forget other important project, in the energy area, based in Alexandroupolis, Bulgaria, and the vertical branch stemming from this pipeline towards Romania. These are projects that can improve the economic cooperation dimension between these countries and for these projects, we will request funds from EU, and also, from other investors or initiatives such as the 16+1 format initiative, in which, so far, Greece had only the status of observer but intends to become full fledged member. I would like once again to thank Madam Prime Minister of Romania, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and the President of the Republic of Serbia for this particularly important meeting. Today, we had the opportunity to deepen our relations and I would like to announce you that I will be glad to host the next meeting by the end of June, in Greece, and thus, we will assign a more concrete character to all these initiatives, and at that time, there will be present all Transport Ministers from all these participating countries, this is because we want to attach greater importance to transportation projects. Currently, we are looking forward to materializing all these initiatives. Thank you. Viorica Dancila: I would like to thank our distinguished guests for their constructive approach, and we want us to be able to implement as many projects as possible. Thank you. 2018-04-24 19:36:00 de condoleanțe al premierului Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 24.04.2018 19:35:00 oficială în Statul Israel a prim-ministrului României, Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 24.04.2018 Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay during April 25-26, an official visit to the State of Israel, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit agenda includes meetings with the Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, with the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin and with the Knesset Opposition leader Isaac Herzog. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will also have a meeting with Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. Romanian Prime Minister's visit to the State of Israel is part of the series of political and diplomatic contacts to mark the anniversaries which make 2018 a landmark year for the bilateral relationship, namely 70 years since the creation of the State of Israel, 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations and 100 years since the creation of the Romanian modern state. Talks will focus on the assessment of the state of Romanian - Israeli bilateral relations, with emphasis on identifying opportunities for additional capitalization on cooperation in fields of common interest. Talks will also occasion an exchange of opinions on political and security developments at regional and global levels. On this occasion , Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will visit - Yad Vashem the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Memorial. 2018-04-24 19:12:00 nouă reuniune a Comitetului interministerial pentru Centenar, desfășurată la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 23.04.2018 18:10:00ătirii_centenarului_05.jpgA doua reuniune a Comisiei Naționale pentru pregătirea aderării României la Zona EuroȘtiri din 23.04.2018 National Committee for substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan, chaired by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, was convened today, at Victoria Palace. Attending the meeting were: President of the Romanian Academy, Prof. Univ.dr. Ioan Aurel Pop, BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu, representatives of the Romanian Academy, Presidential Administration, parliamentary parties, trade unions, employers, associative structures, civil society, and the academic milieu. At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister emphasized that as of today, the meetings of the National Committee will be just working meetings and debates based on presentations drawn up by specialists, outlining at the same time the need of some pros and cons opinions conducive to the adoption of some viable solutions to attain the National Committee's objectives. All these papers will be posted on the website of the National Commission of Strategy and Prognosis in the section dedicated to the National Committee. The President of the Romanian Academy stressed that the difficulty and the constraints entail the laborious work of the National Committee: I personally along with the Romanian Academy will make every effort to succeed together. The constraints we are facing when it comes to adopting the euro are twofold: first, they indicate that we need, through legislation and public economic and social policies, to align to the strategy ensuring the sustainability of the changeover criteria. The second obliges us to set the national demarche in accordance with UE reforms, in general, and those of the Economic and Monetary Union, in particular. We must strive for it as a full Member State, without exception. During the meeting, two communications were subjected to debate: one on internal accession issues and the other on the experiences of other countries in preparation for the euro changeover. The Road to the Eurozone paper, presented by academician Daniel Daianu, reveals the following aspects: The eurozone eliminates the currency risk, is shelter from the instability of financial markets; imports credibility and may discipline policies; political and geopolitical significance; But the eurozone does not eliminate the possible liquidity and solvency crisis (operations of ECB, ESM / EFSF, prove this); does not automatically ensure real and structural convergence; Economies that have performed well in the euro area are those that have achieved systematic productivity gains; It is vital for the Romanian economy to be as robust as possible at the time of accession, not finally because the eurozone still does not have instruments to dampen asymmetric shocks, of stabilization; How would we define the robustness of the Romanian ecomony and therefore a draft program? - a critical mass of real and structural convergence, which maintains a small inflation differential compared to the average of the eurozone(especially compared to Germany); - solid budget consolidation: structural budget deficit of under 1 percent of GDP, tax revenues of at least 30% of GDP (compared to about 26% now), designed to ensure fiscal space; public debt no more than 45% of GDP; - reforms that boost the efficiency of the public sector; - infrastructure development, basic public goods (education funding by 5% of GDP); - the ability to have systematic productivity gains designed to support significant pay increments (to stop labor force exodus); industrial policies are needed in this respect; - Nota Bene: the level of productivity depends on placement in production chains - dynamic competitive advantages; Romanias interest is for the euro area to be as robust as possible; it is therefore necessary that: - the banking union has a Collective Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) and a solid joint resolution fund (SRF); - the euro area should have intervention instruments to mitigate liquidity and solvency crises; the restructuring of public debts should not be done automatically in order not to trigger panic; - to have a stabilization fund to combat asymmetric shocks; - to stimulate economic convergence in the euro area (the Juncker plan is not enough); There are stages for accession: the critical mass of real and structural convergence; entry into ERM2; entry into UB (in case of entry before accession); euro - area accession; An EC assistance program can help accession; Comparison with the Baltic countries is of limited relevance as they have a currency board arrangement, they are very small economies. Following the debates, the Committee decided that starting the next meeting, it would examine on chapters the structure and contents of National Euro Changeover Plan. 2018-04-23 18:09:00ționale_pentru_aderarea_româniei_la_moneda_euro_09.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Vom răspunde cu soluții corecte problemelor pe care le întâmpinați în salarizarea personalului medicalȘtiri din 23.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila, Health Minister Sorina Pintea, Labour Minister and Social Justice Lia Olguta Vasilescu, and Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici discussed today with hospital managers about the issue of healthcare sector salaries and the ways to implement the bonuses. - We wanted to have this discussion because the healthcare area is a priority for me, as Prime Minister, for the Cabinet I am leading. For this reason, healthcare, alongside education, has benefitted from yet another salary hike. I'm listening to you with all openness because I want to directly see what problems you are facing. We will analyse everything that you signal, so that we will come up with concrete and correct solutions that would answer the situations you are encountering, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The hospital managers who intervened during the meeting deemed that the new legislation concerning healthcare sector salaries has resulted in consistent salary increases, especially for doctors. However, they signalled that there are specific cases in which the March 2018 incomes of some sector employees dropped as compared to the February 2018 incomes. Some discrepancies in connection with the incomes of doctors were also signalled, as a result of the enforcement of the bonus regulations, depending on the main credit release authority to which the hospitals in which they are working, are assigned, namely the Health Ministry, county council or local council. Following consultations with approximately 350 hospital managers, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila decided to set up a working group that would include Government representatives, the managers of hospitals subordinated to the Health Ministry, local and county councils, and the managers of hospitals with a single specialization. This working group will analyze the problems signalled by managers and will put forward solutions. 2018-04-23 17:48:00Întâlnire_cu_manageri_ai_spitalelor_pe_tema_salariilor_din_sistemul_de_sănătate_06.jpgO nouă reuniune la nivel înalt între România, Bulgaria, Grecia și Serbia va avea loc la BucureștiȘtiri din 23.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila will host on April 24, at Victoria Palace, a new new quadrilateral high-level meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia. The high-level meeting debates will focus on regional interconnection projects, the stage of Serbias accession to the EU and the European perspective of the entire region. In this context, there will be high-level consultations between the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, and Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boiko Borisov. The four officials will hold joint press statements at the end of the event. The quadrilateral high-level meeting with participation of Greek and Bulgarian Prime Ministers and the Serbian President is the third edition in this format, after those organized in October 2017, in Varna and in December 2017, in Belgrade. 2018-04-23 12:10:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la evenimentul “Wine & Street Food Forum” în cadrul “Wine & Street Food Festival”, moderat de Alessandra StoicescuȘtiri din 20.04.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the event Wine and Street Food Forum within the Wine and Street Food Festival moderated by Alessandra Stoicescu Viorica Dăncilă: I want to thank you for your invitation. I would like to congratulate you for the initiative of organizing this important event and I wish that such meetings have the greatest impact on business environment, because we need a close partnership, a solid partnership between entrepreneurs and institutional representatives. I assure you that you have a supporter in me and that I am by your side, at the identification and implementation of the right solutions that will contribute to a good development and promotion of the field that you represent, both at national and international level. I know since I was MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliaments Committee on Agriculture, about this area, about your problems, and opportunities in this area. I have always considered that good promotion of products is needed both internally and externally. I promoted the Romanian products, Romanian wines, Romanian traditional products, and I did it every time in the European Parliament, with the certainty and pride that they represent us and they need the best promotion. I admit that after each event in the European Parliament, my colleagues told me: You have great products, a great wine, but unfortunately I think not very many efforts are being made to promote them, to highlight them . I hope this event, I hope the solutions that we will find, both at national level and at European level, can be a lever for promotion and I think one of the important steps we can take is even this one of today, when you can talk with the national authorities, and you can communicate us how you see things, and we are duty bound to find solutions to lift all the barriers that are in your way. I congratulate you for everything you are doing, and I assure you that you will find your partners in the Romanian Government to have the best possible activity, and to promote the Romanian products as much as possible. Thank you very much! /.../ Viorica Dancila: Wine exports rose by 5.6 percent compared to 2016, but to me, it seems that a much better effort can be made. This is why, I requested Minister Radu Oprea an assessment of the activity of all commercial attaches as I reckon that commercial attaches should play a much more important role, to work in a much more applied way to promote the Romanian products, to promote wines. This is why, I urge you to participate in as intense as possible way in this promotion, and if I am asked a personal opinion, I think we can conduct this year, Minister, a centennial promotion, a much more active promotion, following our talks with wine producers. Thank you! /.../ Viorica Dancila: I fully agree that agriculture, not only the Romanian one, agriculture in general should meet some challenges related to safety, food safety, climate changes, and this was outlined by previous speaker. What I wanted to add is related to the fact that in the second trimester this year, we will set up Romania's Trade House, that will address exactly the agri-food products and which will help the Romanian farmers and at the same time, will boost Romania's economy, both regarding gathering agricultural products in one place, but also ensuring their storage and processing, and I think this can be a very important factor for the Romanian agriculture. Statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Wine and Street Food Forum event within the Wine and Street Food Festival moderated by Alessandra Stoicescu Reporter: Madam Prime Minister, please tell us if you discussed with President Klaus Iohannis about the relocation of the Romanian Embassy and when did you discuss? Viorica Dancila: Yes, I discussed with Mr. President Iohannis. I cannot disclose what we discussed together, it was a private discussion, I will not talk about a private conversation with Mr. President. If Mr. President wants to tell you about this, it is totally different, but I can confirm that I had a discussion with Mr. President. Reporter: Is it true that you did not initially answer the president's phone call? Viorica Dăncilă: Yes, I did not answer at first. I was at the - Simfonia lalelor ( - Tulips Symphony). I did not have the mobile with me, I did not see the call, I did not know about this conversation, and afterwards, I called and talked to him, which seemed to me a normal attitude. Reporter: /.../ was adopted on todays Cabinet meeting? Viorica Dăncilă: Yes, it was adopted, as you learnt, a memorandum was adopted on the government meeting. I will discuss with Mr. President after the adoption of this memorandum. I assure you, however, that we will act with responsibility, discernment, and that we will have discussions with all the institutions. Reporter: Therefore, was it necessary to consult the President before issuing this memorandum? It was a press release this morning from the Presidential Administration in this respect. Viorica Dăncilă: I believe that the Foreign Ministry assumed this and we are going to talk about it later. Reporter: The Foreign Minister signed this memorandum and what exactly does it contain? Viorica Dăncilă: I cannot tell you yet what the memorandum contains, but I confirmed that this memorandum exists and that we will hold discussions with all the institutions, including the president. Reporter: Why is it classified? Viorica Dăncilă: It is the issuer who determines whether or not a document is classified. Therefore, the Foreign Ministry considered that this document should be part of classified ones, and so it was. Reporter: Government says in the press release that the document remains classified until its final adoption. You say it was adopted. Why is it now still classified? Viorica Dăncilă: We will have discussions with all the institutions, when we reach a common denominator, then we will make public ... Reporter: If it is a classified document, why did the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Liviu Dragnea, know about this document, or where did he know it from? Viorica Dăncilă: Well, they knew about this document. I saw it appeared before being voted yet on the Cabinet meeting, therefore, this document was already known. Otherwise, I cannot tell you whats in the document. 2018-04-20 19:30:00 Viorica Dăncilă şi membrii Guvernului României s-au întâlnit cu secretarul general al Consiliului Uniunii Europene, Jeppe Tranholm-MikkelsenȘtiri din 19.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the Secretary - General of the Council of the European Union, Jeppe Tranholm Mikkelsen, with participation of the Members of the Romanian Cabinet. During the meeting, the Head of the Executive reviewed the developments at all levels of the preparation process for Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, voicing at the same time the wish to deepen dialogue with the Secretariat - General of the Council of the European Union, which is essential for pursuing the progress of negotiations in the files on the European agenda and for an efficienct exercise of the mandate over the first semester next year. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also outlined Romania's objective of playing a constructive role and of backing, through actions undertaken during its mandate, the efforts towards strengthening consensus at European level. - The Romanian Government is committed to advancing the preparation process of Romania's presidency of the Council of the European Union, and ensuring the conditions necessary for our country's mandate to be exercised with professionalism is a priority objective of the Government I am leading. Even on yesterday's Cabinet meeting, I presented Romania's first contribution to the common work schedule of the trio made up of Romania, Finland and Croatia, with the view of defining together what we can do in the 18 months when our states hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Furthermore, I involved since taking over office all Cabinet colleagues in the laborious preparation process, inviting along the Romanian Parliament and the Presidential Administration to participate in this effort of the utmost importance for our country. Thus, I finalized the nominations of the teams for the working groups activities, intensifying, with the support of the Secretariat - General of the Council, the formation activity, to make sure that our representatives will cope with the role assigned to them as of January 1, 2019. In this respect, we can say that Romania is ready to undertake the shadow presidency of the Council during the Austrian presidency, and we regard today's discussion as an extremely important stage in connection with the future actions of the Romanian Government in this preparation process, the Head of the Executive stated. Continuing the series of high-level visits started in January, when the meeting of the trio presidencies of the Council of the European Union, Romania-Finland-Croatia, took place at Victoria Palace, the presence of Secretary - General of the EU Council Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen in Bucharest will be followed in the second half of 2018 and early 2019 by visits of representatives of the European institutions (Secretary-General of the European Commission, the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the College of Commissioners), of some Member States and the European Free Trade Association, as well as the visit of the Romanian Government representatives to Brussels. Statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the Secretary - General of the Council of the European Union Jeppe Tranholm - Mikkelsen [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: Good afternoon, Mr. Secretary - General. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you today in Bucharest, as preparations for Romanias upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union are underway, at full speed. I want to assure you that to us, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a priority and we are aware that we should have a presidency to give answers to some important challenges at European level. This is why, we extend great attention to both the organization and preparation of this presidency. We know that we need to answer to the challenges related to the Brexit, the post-Brexit EU, the multi-annual financial framework, and at the same time move forward the files we will take over from the Austrian Presidency. I want to assure you that starting with the second half of the year, from July 1st this year, we will ensure the shadow presidency of the Austrian presidency, and this will help us to take over more easily the files in work and which will not be finalized by the Austrian presidency. I want to assure you that your help, involvement and cooperation with us represent for us a priority, and a factor which will be instrumental in meeting our objectives. We set up an Interministerial Committee comprising representatives of the Government, Romanian Presidency, Romanian Parliament, so that we can reach consensus on this national project and and that we achieve an as good as possible presidency. Thank you for your availability, for today's participation in the meeting with the Ministers of the Romanian Government. Jeppe Tranholm - Mikkelsen: Thank you very much, Madam Prime Minister, Ministers, thank you very much for receiving me here today. It is a great pleasure and privilege to be among you here today. I already had a number of meetings this morning, and they reinforced me in the clear conviction that Romania is well on track in terms of preparations for successful presidency next year. Now, we will be soon entering the final stretch of those preparations, and there, your personal engagement will be even more important. So, in light of that, I'm extremely happy to have this opportunity to meet with all of you here today. 2018-04-19 17:32:00Întrevedere_bilaterală_cu_secretarul_general_al_consiliului_uniunii_europene,_jeppe_tranholm_01.jpg200 de posturi disponibile în Programul Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României - ediţia 2018Știri din 19.04.2018 15:55:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Consiliului de Miniștri al Republicii Italiene, Paolo GentiloniȘtiri din 19.04.2018 press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni Viorica Dancila: Good afternoon. I greet the presence in Bucharest of Prime Minister of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni, and I want to thank him for the substantial talks we had in a cordial and constructive atmosphere. Mr. Gentiloni's visit to Romania takes place in a symbolic moment, when we are celebrating two decades of strategic partnership and a decade of consolidated strategic partnership. Our wish that we discussed before, is to strengthen even more our bilateral relations, which are currently already excellent. Romania and Italy are privileged partners, strongly connected from a historic perspective, culturally and linguistically as well, that share the same vision on a united, cohesive and strong Europe. We agreed with the Italian Prime Minister, as soon as the Italian Government is formed, to have a joint meeting, which could contribute to the diversification and also strengthening of the already very good sectoral cooperation existing between our countries, in such fields as: security and defence, economy, energy, environment, agriculture, justice and internal affairs, healthcare, culture and education. We noticed together with satisfaction the positive economic trends in both countries, in which context we believe that it would be high time now to boost our economic relations. Italy represents a strategic partner for our country, with a trade exchange volume that reached almost EUR 14 billion in 2017, a record level for the last decade. Moreover, we see in Romania an extremely diversified presence of Italian investments, with more than 21,000 companies with Italian capital representing the most numerous foreign presence on the Romania market, and to an eqaul extent, the most diverse. Today, we discussed about the importance of the Romanian community in Italy, but also about the Italian community in Romania, both of them representing a connection bridge between the two states. I expressed the wish to actively contribute to the discussions on the future of the EU, including in the light of Romania taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2019. I believe that together we can respond to some challenges such as Brexit, the multi-annual financial framework, but also the future of the European Union post-Brexit. Our discussions focused on a unitary approach and we talked about solidarity in coping with other challenges that can emerge at European level. I congratulated Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni for Italy taking over, this year, the presidency of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and I assured him of Romania's firm support in the efforts to manage Europe's complex security challenges. I would like to thank once again Mr. Gentiloni for his openness regarding aspects on the talks agenda and to assure him of my full availability in deepening bilateral cooperation between Romania and Italy. Finally, Mr. Gentiloni, I would like to thank you for the support you granted to Romania during your tenure, and to wish you success in your future activity. Paolo Gentiloni: Thank you! Thanks to Prime Minister Dancila! Our meeting is an occasion to strengthen relations which are already excellent. We must rightly mention that the basis of this relationship is, indeed, grounded on cultural and linguistic relations, and basically, we should reaffirm these international positions. Our countries are involved at the level of the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance and are supported by excellent economic relations. As Prime Minister recalled, in 2017, we reached the record figure of EUR 14 billion trade exchanges and Italy is Romania's second commercial partner. There are 25,000 Italian societies present and active in Romania. These are partly SMEs, and others are banks or enterprises or Italian societies. We are interested in investments in the agricultural sector, technological innovation, energy, credits, defence sector and in numerous other sectors. Our relations are strengthened by the very relevant presence of a Romanian community in Italy, 1,300,000 persons. It is perhaps the most consistent Romanian community abroad. I assure you that it is the most consistent foreign community in Italy. I agreed together with Prime Minister Dancila that the integration levels along the years were increasingly better and are currently satisfactorily. Where problems arise, our Governments commit to intervening to solve them. Finally, I agreed with Ms. Prime Minister on the fact that consultations between our countries should continue, within some bilateral meetings at the level of the two Governments. We are very interested by this, exactly because we consider the presence very important and Italian interest in Romania not as a temporary one, but a strategic one. I therefore thank Madam Minister and we will continue our observations and talks within a working luncheon. Thank you! 2018-04-19 13:22:00 Ana Birchall: Dezvoltarea, aprofundarea și extinderea Parteneriatului Strategic cu SUA, între prioritățile Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 18.04.2018 development, consolidation and expansion of the Romania-U.S. Strategic Partnership, are among the Romanian Government's priorities, undertaken through the Programme for Government. This is the message delivered by the Vice Prime Minister for the implementation of Romania's strategic partnerships, Ms. Ana Birchall, on the occasion of meetings with senior officials of the State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, and the White House National Security Council during her working visit to U.S.on April 8-17. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall conveyed to the American partners the support for the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US at all levels of political, governmental and parliamentary decision-making in Romania. The developments in the main areas of the Partnership were reviewed and benchmarks for bilateral contacts and related activities in the ensuing period were established, with the prospect of intensifying bilateral trade, increasing US investment in Romania, and deepening cooperation in the economic, educational, research and development areas. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall requested and received assurances from US officials with respect to the Washington Administration's support for Romanias candidacy at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). There was also discussed the state of preparations for holding in September, in Bucharest, the - Three Seas Initiative Summit (I3M) and the Business Forum. As regards the bilateral economic cooperation, in addition to meetings with representatives of the U.S. Administration, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall had meetings with members of the Romanian-American Business Council (AMRO) and representatives of American companies who attended the Trade Winds Forum held last autumn in Bucharest, to which the Vice Prime Minister presented updated information on the evolution of Romanias economy, the potential for economic development, the strengths and the interest in attracting foreign investments, including American ones, given that in 2017, our country achieved the highest economic growth in the EU. Also, American businesspeople, including representatives of the film industry, appreciated the initiative supported by the Romanian Executive and the parliamentary majority to stimulate cinema co-productions in Romania so that our country becomes a regional hub in cinematography. On this occasion, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall invited the representatives of the American cinematographic company Universal Pictures to make cinematic productions in Romania. Romanian Vice Prime Minister also discussed with members of the American Congress, Republicans and Democrats, of the leadership of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Budget Committee, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, as well as of the Friendship Group with Romania in the House of Representatives, about Romanias access to the Visa Waiver program. US officials also highlighted the recognition that Romania enjoys within NATO, our countrys contribution to Euro-Atlantic security, the strategic relevance of the Black Sea in the context of a complex region with multiple challenges, Romanias role in the transatlantic relationship and at EU level. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall highlighted in this context Romanias contribution by allocating 2% of GDP to defense, unfolding investment in the modernization of the armed forces, as well as the consistent participation of our country in theaters of operations. Also, the Romanian official exchanged views on the situation in the Black Sea region, the Western Balkans and the Eastern neighborhood, with an emphasis on the situation in the Republic of Moldova, the future NATO summit of July 2018, the regional cooperation formats in which Romania participates, in Bucharest 9 and I3M format especially, energy security, cyber defense, hybrid actions, etc. The agenda of the working visit also included meetings with UN high officials and officials of international organizations, metings with Romanian communities representatives, and representatives of the Academic milieu in New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. In the talks with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in charge of economic and social affairs, and with Miroslav Lajčak, the president of the 72nd UN General Assembly session, issues related to Romanias candidacy for a non-permanent seat, on the UN Security Council, cooperation within the organization, Romanias support for the negotiation of the Global Compact for Safe Migration and our countrys contribution to the UN peace and security pillar were approached. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall also highlighted Romanias commitment to implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, all the more so in the context of our country holding the presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2019, in the EU preparation phase for the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The Romanian delegation's visit to the US also included a meeting with Shanelle Hall, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, and the UNICEF team in New York, which highlighted Romanias excellent collaboration with UNICEF representatives. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall conveyed to the representatives of the Romanian community the special attention that the Executive extends to Romanians abroad and the interest in strengthening their cultural and economic ties with Romania, their involvement in events occasioned by the Centennial Year, the Romanian Diaspora being Romania's best ambassadors. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall attended the Annual Gathering of Remembrance Yom ha-Shoah, held at Samuel Synagogue in New York, and had meetings with the representatives of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and with the Consul General of Israel in New York, Dani Dayan. The Romanian Government's steps and projects to commemorate the Holocaust victims, study Holocaust in Romania, to pay tribute to Holocaust survivors were praised in this context as a positive example regarding Holocaust commemoration and combating anti-Semitism. 2018-04-18 18:13:00,_presedinte_interimar_atlantic_council_si_damon_wilson,_vicepres._executiv_ac.jpegDineu de lucru oferit de doamna prim-ministru Viorica Dăncilă doamnelor ambasador acreditate la București, cu participarea doamnelor ministru din Guvernul RomânieiȘtiri din 18.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila hosted yesterday, April 17, a working dinner for Ladies Ambassadors accredited to Bucharest, Ladies Members of the Romanian Cabinet, and the General Mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea. The event was attended by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Liviu Nicolae Dragnea as special guest. Prime Minister spoke about the review of the first 100 days of government, and also about the Government's main priorities for the second quarter of this year. In this context, the Head of the Romanian Executive underlined that certain legislative steps, aimed at boosting public investments, are in the completion phase. Prime Minister recalled the Law on Public-Private Partnership and the legislation on public procurement, mentioning that they will be drawn up in compliance with the European directives. With respect to the public investment policy, the senior Romanian official mentioned that the Government wants to make 2018 a year of investment so that the public spending on investments will be significantly higher. Accessing European, Norwegian funds, and development of bilateral projects in the field of education were also approached during the meeting. We note that this event is a continuation of the dialogue initiated on March 20, 2018, with ladies Ambassadors accredited to Bucharest, where emphasis was put on governmental measures to promote equal opportunities for women and men, the legislation in the field, in connection with the chapter - Respect and dignity for women within the Programme for Government 2018 -2020, as well as in connection with the National Convention for gender equality: Romania of equal opportunities. 2018-04-18 11:48:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul de stat pentru afaceri externe al Emiratelor Arabe Unite, dr. Sultan Ahmed Al JaberȘtiri din 17.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs who is paying an official visit to Romania, on the occasion of the first session of the Joint Cooperation Committee between the Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (April 16-17, 2018). Prime Minister Viorica Dancila highlighted that through the current foreign policy programme, the Romanian Government is recalibrating its orientation towards its traditional Gulf partners, the relations with the United Arab Emirates being a priority, both from the interpersonal relations perspective and from that of the economic and commercial potential. In this context, Prime Minister highlighted the special dynamic of the relations between the two countries and conveyed the common wish for further strengthening of bilateral relations. The dialogue emphasized the special symbolism of 2018, given the fact that Romania celebrates 100 years of existence of the modern Romanian state, and the United Arab Emirates -100 years since the birth of the UAE's founding father - - Year of Zayed. The talks welcomed the results of the joint committee's session, the two sides expressing their interest in deepening cooperation in fields such as: agriculture, transports, infrastructure, energy, IT and cyber security, as well as education and culture. It was outlined the fact that the bilateral juridical documents signed on the occasion of the joint comittee will facilitate and foster the development of cooperation in areas of common interest for the two sides. At the same time, the two dignitaries agreed that the Governments of the two countries, based on the results of the first session of the joint committee, shall identify new sectors of cooperation, including new concrete projects. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also expressed the Romanian side's interest in intensifying the direct contacts between the two countries' business sectors, a context in which Prime Minister deemed that the Romanian - UAE economic forum, held in the margins of the joint committee session, will allow the presentation of opportunities offered by the two economies and will contribute to stremlining the dialogue between Romanian - Emirati businesspeople. 2018-04-17 16:20:00 reuniune a Comisiei Naționale pentru pregătirea aderării României la Zona EuroȘtiri din 12.04.2018 RELEASE The National Committee for substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan, chaired by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, was convened today, at Victoria Palace. Attending the meeting were: BNR Governor, Mugur Isarescu, representatives of the Romanian Academy, Presidential Administration, trade unions, employers, associative structures, civil society, and the academic milieu. Prime Minister underlined the importance of the National Committee's activity, given that joining the euro area represents a fundamental objective in terms of Romania's sustainable development. The Head of the Executive presented the reasons why it is decisive to achieve this year the National Euro Changeover Plan, respectively: the historical nature - great national objectives could be accomplished only by a cohesive nation; the opportunity, taking into account the European Commission's willigness to back the member states for convergence, and to prepare the euro- area accession. The third argument is that Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU early next year, a context in which it is desirable to have a National Euro Changeover Plan by the end of this year. Another reason, but not the last as importance, regards the complexity of the Eurozone accession process. In the message conveyed on this occasion, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis welcomed the establishment of the Committee in this wider institutional framework designed to foster national consensus for preparing Romanias accession to the euro area. President deemed such a consensual approach on deepening European integration as beneficial to Romania, stating that he will consistently support it. The participants outlined that the objective of accession to the euro area exceeds the electoral cycle, and joining the euro area should be a priority country project of Romania, requiring large consensus and the cohesion and support of the entire society. In this context, the BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu, representatives of the Romanian Academy and political parties highlighted their support for the steps designed to prepare Romania's accession to the euro area. During the meeting, the progress in setting up working groups was analyzed, the participants considering that they should become functional as soon as possible, in order to provide documents to be debated in the Committee's meetings. More information: The National Committee will carry out its work until the end of 2018 and will meet twice a month or as often as necessary. By November 15, 2018, the committee is to draw up: A Report presenting the current situation in terms of convergence criteria and substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan ; Draft National Euro Changeover Plan. As a result of permanent consultations in this format and the completed documents, a political statement for assuming the National Euro Changeover Plan will be proposed. 2018-04-12 20:59:00ționale_pentru_trecerea_la_moneda_euro_09.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu ministrul pentru Europa și afaceri externe al Republicii Franceze, Jean-Yves Le DrianȘtiri din 12.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received today the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Jean - Yves Le Drian who is paying a visit to Bucharest. The French official's visit takes place 11 years on from the last visit of the French Foreign Minister to Romania and in a year with multiple significances for the bilateral relationship: 10- year anniversary of the signing of the Strategic Partnership Declaration, preparation of Romania - France Season, a large-scale cultural and diplomacy public project that will run between December 1, 2018 and July 14, 2019, overlapping Romania's first term at the helm of the Council of the EU, as well as the celebration of the Centenary of the Greater Union, to which France made a significant contribution. During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister hailed the privileged bilateral relationship between Romania and France in the context of the special dynamics this year of the political dialogue at all levels, and expressed the wish to deepen the Romanian-French cooperation, including by updating the Strategic Partnership Roadmap, with a view to signing it on the occasion of the Romanian Prime Minister's visit to Paris at the end of this year. The very good development of bilateral economic exchanges, which exceeded EUR 8 billion in 2017, was also hailed. The Head of the Executive noted the important size of French investments in Romania and voiced Romania's interest and openness to attract new French capital investment and to diversify economic cooperation. As regards the European agenda, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated Romanias interest in cooperating closely with France and other European partners to strengthen the unity and cohesion of the European Union, as well as in the light of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2019. Prime Minister also reiterated the special importance that the Romanian Government attaches to the objective of Romania's accession to Schengen, outlining the substantial contribution that our country can make to EU internal security. During the talks, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila highlighted Romania's objective to join the OECD , outlining that all the evaluation criteria are met, and voicing hope for a political decision being made in the shortest time possible. Other topic on the discussion agenda was the francophony, the Romanian Prime Minister outlining Romania's role as beacon state of the Francophony in the region and the interest to promote French as an investment in the professional future of the young generation. 2018-04-12 12:04:00şi_afaceri_externe,_jean-yves_le_drian_02.jpgPrimirea ministrului adjunct al afacerilor externe al Statului Israel, Tzipi Hotovely, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 11.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received H.E. Ms. Tzipi Hotovely, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel who is paying an official visit to Romania. During the meeting, the special dynamic of the relationship between Romania and the State of Israel was evoked, both at political level, and at the level of sectorial cooperation. The common wish to further strengthen bilateral relations was outlined in this context. The two officials highlighted the symbolic importance of 2018, given that this year, the State of Israel celebrates 70 years since its establishment and 70 years of uninterrupted Romanian-Israeli diplomatic relations, while Romania celebrates the Greater Union Centennial. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized that deepening the relationship with Israel represents a priority for the Romanian Government. The talks revealed the two sides's interest in further capitalization of economic cooperation, in which context being underlined the need to increase the number of concrete projects and stimulate mutual interest of business communities of the two countries for the economic potential of both Romania and Israel to be capitalized. A special attention was extended to collaboration opportunities at sectorial level, in fields such as: defence, healthcare, tourism and education. In this context, the two officials explored the possibility of concluding a partnership Romania - Israel, in the field of new technologies, with emphasis on energy, sustainable agriculture, cyber security and entrepreneurial innovations, for high - tech areas. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila outlined Romanias constant commitment with respect to condemning anti-Semitism, assuming the past and condemning the denial of Holocaust, in this context, Romanias interest for continuing the cooperation in the Holocaust education area was reiterated, as well as for completing the project for the opening of Romanias National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust. 2018-04-11 12:24:00Întrevedere_cu_ministrul_adjunct_al_afacerilor_externe_din_statul_israel,_tzipi_hotovely.03_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Sarbatorilor PascaleȘtiri din 08.04.2018 09:06:00 consilierului de stat Dana Varga din cadrul Guvernului României, cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale a RomilorȘtiri din 08.04.2018 09:00:00 Viorica Dăncilă: Am găsit rezolvare pentru o parte din dificultățile semnalate, căutăm noi soluții pentru problemele cu care vă confruntațiȘtiri din 04.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila and several members of the Cabinet discussed today with representatives of the support associations for persons with disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and patients with rare diseases about the measures taken by the Government as a response to their requests as well as the solutions envisaged for the coming period. These measures aim at ensuring the necessary treatment and therapies, integration into the educational public system, on the labor market and in the community. The consultations with you have given us an impetus to answer your requests and also to come up with new solutions that will improve the daily life of children and adults with disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and rare diseases. The answer you are waiting for, unfortunately for so long, relates to normalcy. We found solutions to some of the points we have put up for discussion. Over the next period, I propose you to work closely together to identify the best possible measures for the problems you are facing, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The Head of the Executive pointed out the decisions made by the Government as regards: providing the necessary funding for the operation of non-governmental organizations, by encouraging micro-enterprises and individuals to make donations (Emergency Ordinance adopted on March 29); providing social services of residential type for adults with disabilities and respiro services nationwide(decisions adopted today by the Government); updating and expanding criteria to establish the disability degree for persons with disabilities affected by rare diseases (Joint Order of Ministers of Health and Labor published in the Official Journal of Romania on 2 April); eliminating the limitation existing so far for students with disabilities or diseases to choose between medical and merit scholarship. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă announced that further measures are to be taken in the next period. In this context, the Minister of Labor and Social Justice Lia Olguţa Vasilescu, stated that measures are envisaged for the regulation of the single transport ticket as an alternative to travel cards granted for free to persons with severe and accentuated handicap and the manner of certificating the persons with disability (disability card), introduction of a new voucher scheme for the purchase of assistive technologies and equipment, to facilitate the access of people with disabilities to computer and communication technology. Minister of Labor also pointed out that another concern targets the continuous training of staff working in institutions, so as to provide the necessary assistance for people with disabilities. With regard to increasing access to the labor market for people with disabilities, both the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice and the Ministry of European Funds are working on projects funded from national and European funds. Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb outlined that EUR 155 million could be accessed by amending the Operational Programme Human Capital. The funds will be dedicated to projects to encourage the employment of persons with disabilities and will include measures to support employers by providing subsidies and rendering the the working environment accessible as well as to support people with disabilities. These projects will also include measures for community integration and deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities. The meeting at Victoria Palace was attended by the Health Minister Sorina Pintea, Minister of National Education Valentin Popa, Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici, representatives of the institutions with responsibilities in managing the problems of persons with disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and rare diseases. The consultations between these associations and the Government representatives will continue. 2018-04-04 20:17:00 Viorica Dăncilă a participat la reuniunea conducerii Comisiei Naționale pentru trecerea la moneda euroȘtiri din 04.04.2018 National Euro Changeover Committee had a meeting today, April 4, 2018, which was attended by its co-presidents and vice - presidents. On March 28, 2018, the Emergency Ordinance no.24 / 2018 on the establishment, organization and functioning of the National Committee for the substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan was published in the Official Gazette. Given the importance of this national objective, the committee leadership urgently convened to approve the Organization and Operation Rules and Regulations as well as the meeting agenda and issues to be discussed at the first meeting of the National Commitee. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă appreciated the agreement and involvement of the Romanian Academy and the National Bank of Romania in the difficult task that along with the Government to ensure the leadership of the National Committee and the implementation of the National Euro Changeover Plan. Prime Minister also outlined that by the Emergency Ordinance no.24 2018, a bimonthly periodicity was established for the National Committees works and in this regard, it is necessary a concerted effort of the Government, the Romanian Academy, the National Bank of Romania and the National Commission for Prognosis, which ensures the Secretariat of the National Committee, to have substantive debates and maximum efficiency. The first meeting will be held on April 12, 2018. The daily agenda of the first meeting of the National Committee approved by the leadership will have as central topic the debate on the convergence criteria for the adoption of the euro. The Organization and Operation Rules and Regulations were also approved during the National Committee leadership meeting, which set the duties of the thematic working groups and the documents that have to be finalized by the National Committee: a) Political declaration for assuming Romania's Calendar for joining the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the eurozone, and the National Euro Changeover Plan b) Draft National Changeover Plan; c) Report on the current situation in terms of the criteria for convergence and substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan. 2018-04-04 18:35:00ânia, pentru al doilea mandat în cadrul Comitetului Director al Parteneriatului pentru Guvernare DeschisăȘtiri din 04.04.2018 April 3, 2018, Romania was reelected for its second successive term on the Open Governance Partnership Steering Committee (OGP). This confirms the interest of the Romanian Government in continuing the implementation of the already undertaken commitments in cooperation with the civil society and in achieving a new plan of action capable of giving fresh impetus to the activities related to priority topics such as transparency and public consultation in the decision-making process. At national level, with a view to attaining the strategic goals regarding the OGP commitments, the meeting of the OGP Committee was organized this March with the participation of the civil society and government representatives, during which the need to develop the 2018 - 2020 Open Government National Action Plan was underlined, as well as to initiate steps to prepare Romania for the participation in the OGP Global Summit in Georgia to be held July 17 - 19. 2018-04-04 17:40:00ţiile susținute de premierul Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul participării la ”Ora Prim-ministrului” în plenul Camerei DeputațilorȘtiri din 03.04.2018 Dancila: President, dear MPs, thank you for your invitation to offer details about the record economic growth in 2017, and to show you the way it was publicly used by means of the budget, to the benefit of the citizens and private sector. Allow me, before passing to concrete explanations, based on official figures, to underline the importance that I personally, and my Cabinet colleagues attach to Parliament. As I stated upon the investiture, we are present in Parliament everytime we are requested this, and we answer the MPs' questions and interpellations with accountability and openness. Your invitation is particularly important and useful. I requested therefore detailed economic analyses to answer in a substantiated way your question. I was asked to explain to Romanians how money from economic growth was being spent. I am sure that as representatives of Romanians, you will use these explanations in public debates so that the Executive's activity is best understood. I would like to outline at the same time that to me, as Prime Minister, the criticisms of Government by parliamentary opposition and especially by the National Liberal Party, represent a very important element in evaluating the Government's activity. We do not consider ourselves infallible. These criticisms are absolutely necessary for us, I want to add that the political life, a healthy public life are based on the government - opposition relation. On this basis, we should build the Romanian democracy and not on interinstitutional conflicts affecting the democratic activity of public institutions. Dear MPs, In 2017, Romania achieved a 7 percent record economic growth, representing a Gross Domestic Product of 856.4 billion lei. In 2017, the added value in the economy was 94 billion lei, almost double from the 49.7 billion lei in 2016. Added to this is 11.8 billion lei from import. The most are intermediate goods for industrial production and capital goods. As such, according to the National Statistics Institute, for the year 2017, in the national economy as a whole, the money from the economic growth used for consumption and investments amounted to 105.8 billion lei. This money has two clear ways of spending: through the national budget, according to governmental policies and activity, and directly by the private sector. Irrespective of the way of using the GDP in the economy, by means of the national budget or private sector, two are the main destinations which prompt economic growth, population's consumption and investment. In the overall economy, the macroeconomic data show that 57.5 of the 105.8 billion lei represented consumption expenditure of the population, which were by 20 billion lei over those in 2016, 19. 5 billion lei were used for investment, the biggest additional amount after the crisis, allocated for investments, amount of 10. 6 billion lei was spent in public administration, respectively for general public services, public administration functioning, national defence, and public order maintainance. Let us not forget that in 2017, 2 percent of GDP was allocated for defence, Romania being one of the few EU member states which could pride itself with meeting this commitment. 6.9 billion lei was spent on the healthcare and education of citizens. 11.3 billion lei represented the capital accumulation of the private sector, under the form of stocks of raw material and investment equipment, which practically means the entrepreneurs' confidence that in 2018, they will develop their businesses and that the Romanian economy provides them new investment opportunities. Of the 94 billion lei, additionally created GDP, 27.9 billion lei nearly 30 percent, were collected as extra budgetary revenues compared to 2016, i.e. budgetary revenues originating in economic growth. We state that in 2015, budgetary revenues were in amount of 233.8 billion lei. In 2016, they amounted to 223.9 billion lei and in 2017, they amounted to 251. 8 billion lei. Due to better results in terms of revenues collection, in 2017, the budgetary revenues were by 34 billion lei bigger than in 2016. The economic growth provided additional space so that in the context of a share of the deficit in GDP, of 2.88 percent, 6 billion lei more than in 2016 was spent, beyond the collected revenues. My answer refers to how 34 billion lei were used. This amount, as well as the entire budget, was used with the utmost responsibility and in line with the provisions of the coalitions government programme. Utmost responsibility is also shown by the fact that in 2017, for the first time after many years, the cost of spending with goods and services was reduced. Even if the value of the reduction, i.e. 300 million lei seems small, lets not forget that in Romania it was never possible to put into practice such a rationalization of the running costs. A second proof of responsibility is that we have reoriented economic growth to improve living standards without affecting the budgetary balance. By means of the social measures implemented in 2017, the undertaken budget deficit target was not overrun , but we have really succeeded in demonstrating that our new development model, based on well-being and investment, is viable and fully realistic. The official data, already known, show that economic growth can be found in the pockets of Romanians, without affecting the investments. In 2017, gross average earnings per total economy increased by 14.8% compared to 2016. This evolution was due to the increase of the average gross salary in the budgetary sector by 24.6% and to the salary gain in the competitive sector, by 12.2%. In the budgetary sector, actual increases are close to the legal provisions, 30.2% in education and health and social assistance - 17.5% in education, 25.6 in public administration. If we refer to what employees have received, the net average earnings in the economy increased by 14.2%, 23.5% in the budgetary sector and 11.8% in the private sector. Due to the measures for raising the minimum pension and the pension point, the minimum social security pension increased in 2017 by 12.6%, ammounting to 1069 lei per month. In December 2017, the social security pension reached 1132 lei, respectively, 18% above the level at the end of 2016, when it was 959 lei. Average inflation in 2017 was only 1.34%, making wage increases and pensions to almost entirely reflect in the increase in purchasing power. In real terms, in overall economy, the increase in earnings was 12.7%. Actual earnings in the budgetary sector grew by 21.9% and in the competitive sector by 10.3%. In the case of pensioners, the purchasing power of the average pension was 11% in 2017. I remind you - because I have seen that they were forgotten - the measures that we took in 2017. I remind you that some - specialists said that these measures would cause the budget deficit to hike. Increase in the minimum salary to 1450 lei, 20% increase of wages in the local public administration, 50% increase in the wages of actors and artists, elimination of the CAS and CASS payment ceiling, increase of the pension point to 1000 lei, elimination of CASS payments for retirees, elimination of the income tax between 1050 and 2000 lei, travel by train free of charge for students, increase in student allocation from 83 lei per month to 201 lei per month, deduction from income tax of medical subscriptions, reduction of VAT rate from 20 % to 19%, raising wages in education and health, increasing minimum monthly incomes to insure carers of people with disabilities to 1450 lei, raising the minimum monthly allowance for parental leave from 1032 lei to 1232 lei, increasing the incentive insertion from 531 lei to 616 lei, raising the minimum pension to 520 lei. There are many things to say. I know time is short, and I think I could talk for an hour or two. It is essential to understand what has been done for people, to waive the political speech and see if this brings a better image or is a good thing for Romania or for Romanians. Dear MPs, the government programme of the Social Democratic Party was rejected from the very outset by the opponents of the party I represent. This is the truth. During 2017, the PSD opponents have launched an alarmist speech to challenge this program, which I tell it very frankly, was not good for Romania. We need more responsibility. When these messages are exported outside the country, is this useful to Romanians, to Romania? Absolutely not. Therefore, although along time, there have been major divergences between the PSD and PNL economic policies, such a radicalization of political speech has never been reached until now. The economic growth of 2017 and the responsible way in which PSD Cabinet capitalized on it, demonstrated the viability of the PSD programme for Government, and the ability of PSD - ALDE to have a good governance The alarming scenarios have not come true. On the contrary, Romania achieved one of the biggest economic growths in Europe and even in the world, and this growth is now reflected into the Romanians' pockets. Since I took over as Prime Minister, I have showed my openness to dialogue. This is the only way in which Romania can go ahead. Hatred, disagreement, the export of these political speeches outside the country will not lead to anything good. I tell you this in the belief that the opposition is an extremely important element in adjusting the act of government. I tell you this in the hope that in the centennial year, we will succeed in what we did not succeed in 2017, namely, to rebuild the political dialogue and each of us according to their role, but yet together, to build a good governing for Romania and for Romanians all over the world. Thank you! 2018-04-03 17:09:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la manifestările organizate cu prilejul Zilei Jandarmeriei RomâneȘtiri din 03.04.2018 Dancila: Minister, inspector general, ladies and gentlemen, I wanted to attend this event marking the 168th anniversary of institutional existence of the Romanian Gendarmerie, as sign of appreciation for this branch, and especially for the people that serve it. The Police and Gendarmerie are two important pillars of the national system of public order and security. I attended the activity report meeting of the Romanian Police in 2017 and I believed it is normal for me to come to you, all the more so since it is a festive moment of institutional achievement, and also a human one. I say human because I have seen the pride of gendarmes when talking about the institution they are part of and, implicitly, their branch day and it is their day too. You have repeatedly demonstrated that you are capable of coping with difficult and diverse challenges. I mean here both the domestic, national and external level. Romanian gendarmes are commended by international forums for acting and fulfilling their mandate in missions in theatres of operations. As MEP, I had the opportunity to hear such appreciations about the Romanian gendarmes, and I frankly tell you that I was proud each time. I understand the sacrifice you make daily to make people feel safe. You assumed this when choosing your career. I do not want to limit the area of your activities to certain types of missions, because they are all important. As long as the community is safe and the people in need are rescued in time, you, the representatives of the state authority, have achieved your priority objective. I want you to remain the same defenders of the law, democracy and the values of the rule of law. Romania needs a strong institution, such as the Gendarmerie. Before concluding, I want to make sure that along with Interior Minister Carmen Dan, I identified solutions to solve urgent problems facing the structure you are part of. The beneficial effects of these demarches will be felt in the upcoming period and I am sure that they will substantially contribute to the improvement of the work conditions and, implicitly, to the efficiency of the actions you are carrying out. Ladies and gentlemen, let me congratulate you on the occasion of the Romanian Gendarmerie Day! Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Interior Minister Carmen Dan Reporter: You talked about solutions you found to solve the problems. What solutions is there about? Carmen Dan: I had an official message for gendarmes. I assure you that I have a heart message for gendarmes too and I convey it everytime I meet them. They know that, and they also know that, both at the level of the Ministry and at the level of the Romanian Government, there is understanding and preoccupation, especially preoccupation, to cover as quickly as possible, the needs of the Gendarmerie. It is a particularly important branch of the Internal Affairs Ministry, and we take into account its importance when we are thinking about the citizen'safety, public safety in general, they are the main actors in this respect. We have strategies, ongoing acquisitions, and I am sure that over the next period too, we will find solutions to cover these needs, because we want the Romanian Gendarmerie to be a respected and endowed branch, alike the others of this kind in the European states. Thank you. Reporter: ...;I know that you are going today to Cotroceni Palace. What topics will you discuss with President Klaus Iohannis? Viorica Dancila: Today, I am going to Cotroceni. To me, it is normal to be so. As I said on investiture, I want us to have a very good cooperation among institutions. This visit to Cotroceni fits what I have said here. Discussions will focus on salaries, budget, therefore, these are the general topics. I will give you more details following our talks. Reporter: /...;/? Viorica Dancila: I discussed this when we convened the CSAT(National Council for Country Defence), therefore, two weeks ago. We mentioned back then a meeting to discuss these topics. It is not an invitation that we did not know about, or which is a surprise. We discussed then, we only had to arrange the date of our meeting. Reporter: /...;/? Viorica Dancila: As you know, the contributions for the second pension pillar, from 5.1 to 3.75, were reduced once with shifting contributions from employer to employee. It seems that salaries did not increase everywhere and it resulted in this. Today, along with the Minister of Labour, we will analyze the situation and we will give you a concrete answer. Reporter:/...;/? Viorica Dancila: We are looking for solutions. The meeting aims at us searching solutions, it is not only to find an issue, but the causes and of course, to find solutions for every cause. Reporter: /...;/? Viorica Dancila: I think we should reach the zero moment and I think that for the society's health, for boosting confidence in state institutions, we must observe everything that is happening in order to form an opinion about many things which were made public. I consider that it is necessary to do this and as you know, I even requested publicly the declassification. Thank you. 2018-04-03 10:33:00 ambasadorului Statelor Unite Mexicane, José Guillermo Ordorica Robles, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 02.04.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received today the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of United Mexican States, H.E. Mr. Jose Guillermo Ordorica Robles. The Romanian Prime Minister congratulated the Mexican Ambassador and wished him success in fulfilling his mandate, while voicing her firm belief that the Romanian - Mexican bilateral relations will develop in an accelerated pace. During the talks, the interlocutors referred to the bilateral political dialogue, and expressed their common willigness to boost economic and sectorial cooperation. The Head of the Executive highlighted the need to identify new areas of cooperation, in fields of common interest such as: energy, agriculture, home affairs and education. 2018-04-02 16:41:00 României, iluminat în albastru de Ziua Internaţională a Conştientizării AutismuluiȘtiri din 02.04.2018 15:14:00!!.jpgMesaj al premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia marcării Zilei NATO în RomâniaȘtiri din 01.04.2018, we mark the NATO Day in Romania for the 14th time, with the same confidence in the security guarantee that the North -Atlantic Alliance membership grants us. All these years meant a deep transformation of the Romanian Army into a truly professional army, but also Romanias substantial contributions to NATO operations and missions. Its a path that we assumed with full responsibility, we enjoy the confidence and respect of our North Atlantic partners and we want to further prove that we are a credible and stable ally in the Black Sea region. I express my respect for all those who made their contribution in this matter, sometimes, unfortunately, even with the price of the supreme sacrifice. Defence represents a priority sector, given the complicated geopolitical context, and the security challenges which we have been lately confronted with. Romania observes its commitment towards NATO regarding the allocation of 2 percent of the GDP for the army endowment and the investments that we have envisaged for the next period will aim at the necessary military equipment acquisitions and the revamp of the Romanian defence industry. They are defensive measures, not against someone, whereby Romania understands to contribute to the promotion of the North Atlantic Alliance's role in maintaining international peace and security. Viorica Dancila, Prime Minister of Romania 2018-04-01 10:13:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Sărbătorilor Pascale şi a FloriilorȘtiri din 01.04.2018 09:17:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea Șefilor de Misiuni diplomatice din statele membre ale Uniunii Europene (HOMS) acreditați la BucureștiȘtiri din 30.03.2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended a meeting of the Heads of diplomatic missions of EU Member States (HoMs) accredited to Bucharest, organized by the Bulgarian Embassy in Romania, in the context of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council. The meeting provided the Prime Minister with the opportunity of an exchange of views on the internal situation of Romania, as well as to discuss the Romanian Government's priorities in connection with the European agenda. The Head of the Executive showed that in 2017 Romania reported the highest economic growth among the EU member states, in which industry, agriculture and modern services, such as IT and research and innovation, played an important role. In this context, Prime Minister voiced confidence that the results of 2018 will be similar to those of 2017 as a result of government action to effectively manage and modernise the economy. With respect to Romanian Government's priorities for 2018, Prime Minister mentioned the fulfillment of our responsibilities as an EU member state (preparing the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, setting a precise timetable and the necessary measures for joining the euro zone); modernisation of the Romanian economy; prioritisation of major projects in the field of culture and protection of national heritage. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also presented to the ambassadors of the EU member states accredited to Bucharest, the investment coordinates of the state budget for 2018, emphasizing an increase in public spending on investment, supplementing funds for the state aid schemes and the provision of funds for projects from European funds. The legislative and institutional actions that the Government intends to initiate formed another topic addressed during the talks. The new law on public procurement, the law on investment in public-private partnership and the re-design of public procurement monitoring and management mechanisms and procedures were the initiatives presented for which Prime Minister requested the collaboration of the ambassadors of the EU member states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also reaffirmed the Romanian Governments support for a series of measures aimed at boosting the role and contribution of women in economic and social life. Aspects on the future of Europe, EU internal security / Schengen Area and the Multi-annual Financial Framework were discussed among the topics on the European agenda. 2018-03-30 14:39:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea Programului de tabere „ARC”, ediția 2018Știri din 28.03.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the launch of the ARC Camp Programme, 2018 edition [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: Thank you very much. Dear guests, my dear colleagues, I am glad to attend the official launch of this years ARC Camp Programme dedicated to children, youth from the historical communities and the diaspora. This years edition of the ARC camps is dedicated to the Centenary of the Greater Union, which gives it a remarkable historical significance. This is one more reason to continue with the 10th edition in an extended form so that as many children and young people in the historical and diaspora communities come closer to Romanians home. I consider this programme very important, and I would like to congratulate the Ministry for Romanians Abroad and the Ministry of Youth and Sports for this programme, for having thought to supplement the number of places and for the fact that their thoughts and programmes are always directed towards not only children and young people home, but also towards those living abroad. It is important that home, here in Romania, we have as many young people, as many children as possible, who know their country, its history, its traditions and culture and when they are leaving to the new communities, they do it taking a piece of Romania in their heart. I want to take this opportunity to thank the journalists, the 30 journalists who are present here today, journalists from historical communities, and I would like to thank them for their work and the way they struggle for Romanians from Serbia, Hungary, the Republic Moldova, Ukraine, to read in their mother tongue news about Romania, and for the way they are promoting Romania. Once again, congratulations and dear young people, dear children, we are waiting for you home! Good luck! 2018-03-28 15:03:00 de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a președintelui Parlamentului Republicii Moldova, Andrian CanduȘtiri din 28.03.2018 Tuesday, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila welcomed Mr. Andrian Candu, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, who is paying a visit to Bucharest, with a view to attending the solemn session of Romanias Parliament dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Bessarabia's Union with Romania. During the meeting, Ms. Viorica Dancila evoked the importance of the historical act that happened 100 years ago, appreciating that the moment marked an exceptional milestone in attaining the national ideal, being the clear - cut expression of the peoples freely and democratically expressed sovereign will. Arguing that marking the Centenary is not just an occasion to pay tribute to the past, but a moment of reflection on the future, Prime Minister of Romania appreciated that the Republic of Moldova and Romania have a common future in the European Union. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romania's firm support and her personal support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova, based on the Strategic Partnership for the European integration of the Republic of Moldova and in consensus with the aspirations of the Republic of Moldova's citizens. In this context, the senior Romanian official encouraged the Chisinau authorities to continue the process of democratic and economic reforms, in conformity with the action priorities undertaken through Moldova - European Union Association Agreement. At the same time, Romanian Prime Minister expressed her interest in further developing the concrete collaboration programs unfolded at the sectorial level and in strengthening Romania's investment presence in the Republic of Moldova, in conformity with the outcome of her recent visit in the Republic of Moldova, on February 27, 2018. In his turn, the President of the Republic of Moldova's Parliament Andrian Candu outlined the Republic of Moldova's commitment towards continuing the necessary reforms with a view to achieving the European objectives and in compliance with the citizens 'aspirations. In this context, the president of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova especially appreciated Romania's support regarding the Republic of Moldova's European path, voicing interest in deepening the bilateral relationship, including through promotion of the cooperation projects likely to generate results to the benefit of citizens. 2018-03-28 08:24:00,_adrian_candu01.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ședința solemnă a Parlamentului dedicată împlinirii a 100 de ani de la Unirea Basarabiei cu RomâniaȘtiri din 27.03.2018 by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the solemn session of Parliament dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Bessarabia's Union with Romania Mr. Andrian Candu, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Liviu Dragnea, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, President of the Senate, Your Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, Your Beatitude Father Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Your Holiness Ioan Robu, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest, Dear former presidents of Romania, President of the Constitutional Court, Ombudsman, General mayor, Distinguished representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Fellow MPs, Fellow Ministers, Dear guests, I am honored to attend this solemn session, a salutary initiative of the Parliament to celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the most important moments of the national history. On March 27, 1918, the representatives of the people of Bessarabia, assembled in Sfatul Țării, ( National Council of Bessarabia), adopted the Act of the Union of Bessarabia with Romania. The symbolic importance of Bessarabia and Romania's union act, alongside the union with Bucovina and Transylvania, consists in the fact that the population of these Romanian territories, through their elected representatives, democratically decided the union with the Mother Land. Our forefathers knew to wisely use the historical opportunity presented to them, and lay the foundation for a better future for their children, and history proved they were right. Today, 100 years on, we have every reason to be as confident as they were back then, that our future will be brilliant as long as it is based on the democratic values that foster the development of a healthy society. I strongly believe that our future will again be a shared one, that we shall soon reunite in the bosom of our European family, paying thus tribute to our forefathers' struggle, men but also women, we should not forget. As Romanias first female Prime Minister, I want to evoke and thus pay tribute to the memory of the only female attending Sfatul Tarii(National Council of Bessarabia), Elena Alistar Romanescu, chair of the Moldovan Womens league of Bessarabia who fervently and with devotion contributed to the attainment of the ideals of Romanians on the two banks of the Prut River. 'Ingrained in my memory will this holy day remain', says Elena Alistar Romanescu about the first day the Council of the Country assembled. Enduring in our memory should remain the glorious deeds of our forefathers. Ladies and gentlemen, The centennial anniversary is both an opportunity to honor the past, and a moment of reflection on Romania's future, state deeply tied to European and Euroatlantic values. The common roots, cultural and spiritual values uniting us, underlie the privileged relationship between Bucharest and Chisinau. We learnt from the Great Union generation the lesson of the deeds and the founding gestures. Words unite us, deeds make the union more durable. I assure you that Romania was and will always be with Moldova. As Prime Minister, I extend special attention to the relation with the Republic of Moldova, among my first visits abroad in this capacity was also the one to Chisinau, one month ago. I conveyed then, I emphasize it now also, my firm and consistent backing of the Republic of Moldova's European path, based on my strong belief that its place is in the family of the European states. Our relationship is solid. We want to accomplish as many joint projects as possible, designed to bring benefits and better life to the Republic of Moldova's citizens. I am considering here the support in the field of education, information technology and communications. We endorse the Republic of Moldova's connection to Europe, we refer to both the strategic connection, and the infrastructure interconnection. We support at the same time the institutional reforms which were initiated by the Chisinau authorities, and which are essential in view of the Republic of Moldova's European path. The future joint Cabinet meeting, due to take place this year at Chisinau, will strengthen our collaboration. Distinguished audience, dear Romanians, the Cabinet I am leading is fully open to offering support to colleagues in Chisinau. We hope that Romania's 11 - year EU experience as well as the preparations for accession contribute to facilitating and shortening the Republic of Moldova's path towards membership of the European construction. We support the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement and we believe that the signing of this agreement sanctioned the Republic of Moldova's entry on a clear, irreversible route to the European Union. It is our joint answer to the expectations of the Republic of Moldova's citizens relative to safety, prosperity and the consolidation of democracy. The Cabinet I am leading is firmly committed to bringing closer the moment in which Romania and the Republic of Moldova shall have a common future in the European Union. The Republic of Moldova is and will remain a priority for Romania's Government. Thank you. 2018-03-27 15:21:00ședința_solemnă_a_parlamentului_dedicată_împlinirii_a_100_de_ani_de_la_unirea_basarabiei_cu_românia14.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul afacerilor externe al Republicii Lituania, Linas LinkevičiusȘtiri din 26.03.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting at Victoria Palace with Mr. Linas Linkevičius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. The visit of the Lithuanian official took place in the context in which Romania and the Republic of Lithuania celebrate this year their Centenary. The importance of the 1918 moments for Romania and the Republic of Lithuania was also evoked during the talks. Both dignitaries hailed the very good level of bilateral relations, based on similar historical developments, which were strengthened through constant dialogue. The exchange of opinions also highlighted the importance of boosting trade, the officials also discussed ways to support businesspeople of the two countries. The Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned a series of areas in which sectorial cooperation could be strengthened, among which: IT, energy, chemical industry, food industry, agriculture and infrastructure. At the same time, the exchange of views on the EU agenda showed the common interest of the two states in strengthening the European project, as well as the importance that both countries attach to supporting European aspirations of the Eastern Partnership states. Romania's Presidency of the Council of the EU to be ensured by our country, for the first time, in the first semester next year, was also addressed. 2018-03-26 18:15:00Întrevedere_cu_ministrul_de_externe_al_lituaniei,_linas_lincevičius05.jpgGuvernul României marchează Ziua Internaţională a Luptei împotriva EpilepsieiȘtiri din 26.03.2018 15:20:00 României marchează astăzi Ora PământuluiȘtiri din 24.03.2018 09:50:00 Dăncilă: ”Stăm foarte bine cu pregătirea preluării de către România a Președinției Consiliului Uniunii Europene”Știri din 23.03.2018 Minister Viorica Dăncilă chaired today a new meeting of the Interministerial Council for the Preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The calendar of informal meetings to be held in Romania during our country's tenure, in the first semester of 2019 was adopted at this meeting, as well as the calendar of actions preceding the exercise of the mandate. The Head of the Executive also acknowledged the state and outcomes thus far of the interinstitutional collaboration regarding organizational elements and setting the agenda of these meetings, including of the informal summit in Sibiu scheduled to take place on May 9, 2019. According to the calendars adopted, the informal meetings to be held in Romania will have a balanced distribution at the level of counties and Ministries. Analyzing the other topics discussed at the meeting of the Interministerial Committee today, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă deemed that Romania fares very well in preparation to take over its first mandate at the helm of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister called on the ministries to handle all aspects contributing to a successful mandate of Romania as a matter of priority, with seriousness and responsible involvement, taking into account the complexity of the context in which Romania exercises the rotating presidency of the EU Council - the Brexit, the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the elections for the European Parliament. This is a country project that we need to handle with utmost seriousness. It is very important that we meet expectations and are prepared in order to attain our goals, taking into account that we seek a successful tenure, and the evaluation of Romania as President of the EU Council also depends on our ability to manage and complete as many dossiers as possible, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. During the meeting, Minister -delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu briefed on these topics and also offered details on the Visual Identity Guide of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with its own resources, the nomination of the chairs and vice-chairs of the ministries' working groups, drawing up the national fact sheets on legislative and non-legislative dossiers of interest during this presidency and the outcomes of debates at the EU-RO 2019 Forum on the topics of interest of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the European Union. 2018-03-23 14:35:00 ambasadorului Republicii Austria în România, Isabel Rauscher, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 23.03.2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila received at Victoria Palace, H.E. Ms. Isabel Rauscher, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Romania. The two officials reviewed the stage and prospects for bilateral cooperation, underlining both sides' willingness to streamline political dialogue during 2018. The very good level of economic bilateral relations was mentioned, and also the yet unexploited potential likely to boost trade and investment. Projects of common interest in the field of energy, including completion of the construction of BRUA corridor were also on the agenda of the meeting. The meeting occasioned at the same time the reconfirmation of the common willingness for cooperation in the field of European affairs, in the context of the successive takeover of the Presidency of the Council of the EU by Austria, in the second semester of 2018, and by Romania, in the first semester of 2019. The two officials outlined the common objective of the two future Presidencies: to contribute to the promotion of an European agenda based on the unity and cohesion of the European project. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Ambassador Isabel Rauscher hailed the 10th anniversary of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Romanian - Austrian initiative which became an EU successful project. The Romanian senior official mentioned the good cooperation between the two states in the field of vocational education, specifying that this is instrumental for meeting the labor market requirements. Referring to accession to the Schengen area, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila outlined that Romania meets all necessary criteria and substantially contributes to the UE internal security, a reason why the Bucharest Executive counts on Austria's support with a view to obtaining a positive decision for our country's Schengen accession. 2018-03-23 13:39:00 de condoleanțe al premierului Viorica Dăncilă Știri din 23.03.2018 07:44:00 premierului Viorica Dăncilă în județul DâmbovițaȘtiri din 22.03.2018 16:28:00 Dăncilă susține eforturile de formare a tinerei generații de lideri și diplomațiȘtiri din 22.03.2018 Prime Minister Ana Birchall attended today, March 22 the seven edition of the Lauder Conference on diplomacy and international business for high school students - 2Day Ambassador, held at the Palace of Parliament. The event organized by the Lauder Romania Foundation and the Lauder - Reut Educational Complex, with the support of the Ministry of Education in Israel, brought together many personalities of public life, career diplomats and dignitaries. In the opening of the conference, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall presented the message of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, in which the importance of forming a generation of leaders in the context of the current global challenges was underlined. I would like to congratulate the organizers for their involvement in this project of excellence and their dedicated work for the formation of the young generation. I have the firm belief that the diplomats of tomorrow are among the students and young people attending this event. Romania needs diplomats and tenacious leaders, good professionals, and events like the one today are instrumental for cultivating indispensable values for tomorrows leaders that Romania needs. I wish you much success and I am positive that your efforts will be rewarded, reads Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilăs message. At the same time, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall congratulated the organizers of the conference and stated that the event became a landmark for those wanting to pursue a career in diplomacy. - As I stated each time, Romania needs young, well-trained and courageous young people in politics, diplomacy, and the institutional environment. That is why I congratulate the management of the Lauder-Reut Educational Complex and the young people who are studying here for the mission they have undertaken by promoting true values such as: meritocracy, professionalism, seriousness and respect. It is a proof of the capacity of this elite school of Romania to innovate and adapt to the dynamism of todays life so that the young graduates are as prepared as possible for life, stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. I am sure that the young people educated within the Lauder-Reut Educational Complex will become distinguished diplomats and the true leaders of tomorrow and Romania should capitalize on their full potential. Always trust your qualities and never forget that what you have in your heart and mind are your most valuable assets. I look forward to the day when you are the leaders of tomorrow not only in Romania, but at the international level too, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall outlined in her closing remarks. Additional information: Nearly 270 students from 20 high schools in Bucharest and representatives of the Bucharest Students Council took part, together with guests from Israel, Bulgaria and Hungary in the seventh edition of the Lauder Conference on Diplomacy and International Affairs for Secondary Education - 2Day Ambassador, approximately. The Lauder-Reut Educational Complex was established in 1997 through the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, renamed the Magna cum Laude Reut Foundation, and which currently hosts more than 400 students participating in the programs offered in our country at the level of kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school and high school, with English teaching, accredited by the Ministry of National Education. The Ronald S. Lauder International Foundation, headquartered in New York and Budapest, with subsidiaries throughout Central and Eastern Europe, is patronizing the work of over 50 private education and education centers that it set up in 16 countries across the region. 2018-03-22 12:22:00 adresată de premierul Viorica Dăncilă președintelui Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 21.03.2018 from Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker 2018-03-21 17:42:00 ambasadorului Statului Qatar, Abdullah Nasser Abdullah Alhumaidi, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 21.03.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila received today the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar, H.E. Mr. Abdullah Nasser Abdullah Alhumaidi. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister voiced her satisfaction over the late positive trend in the political, diplomatic, economic, and sectorial relations. In this context, Prime Minister pointed out that Romania and the State of Qatar are currently at an important stage of their bilateral cooperation consolidation, at all levels of interest. The Head of the Executive reiterated her interest in extending bilateral cooperation at the real potential of the two economies, emphasizing the joint interest in boosting trade. In this respect, Prime Minister outlined the importance of strengthening dialogue at the governmental level and at the level of the business sectors, conducive to the implementation of joint cooperation projects. Other discussion topic referred to the Romanian community in Qatar, a bridge between the two states, represented by qualified personnel, active on the labor market in fields such as: aviation( within Qatar Airways) civil engineering, naval constructions, healthcare, hospitality sector. The two officials further referred to the possibility of achieving Qatari investment projects in Romania, as well as to building new partnerships and cooperation platforms in the fields of bilateral interest(energy, agriculture, transport, infrastructure, tourism, etc.). 2018-03-21 12:54:00 prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la dineul oferit de Michele Ramis, ambasadorul Franței în România, cu prilejul zilei Internaționale a FemeiiȘtiri din 21.03.2018 Minister Viorica Dancila attended yesterday the dinner hosted by H.E. Ms. Michele Ramis, Ambassador of France to Romania, on the International Womens Day. Prime Minister spoke about the governmental measures to promote equal opportunities for women and men, the legislation in the field, the chapter - Respect and dignity for women, in the Programme for Government 2018 -2020, as well as National Convention for gender equality. March must be a month of reflection for the entire Romanian and international community over the economic, social and cultural condition of women, and a month in which the message about the principle of equal opportunities for women and men becomes the central pillar of any debate, stated the Prime Minister of Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also pointed out that women in Romania represent an extraordinary human potential, but too little used. Women represent half of the population and the majority in many areas: 64 percent of the administration employees, 62 percent of employees in the services sector, and nearly 60 percent specialists in various fields. But when it comes to the legislature, executive or leading positions, the proportion is reduced to less than 30 percent. Referring to the chapter Respect and dignity for women of the Programme for Government 2018-2020, Prime Minister specified that the Bucharest Executive intends, on the basis of international conventions and EU directives, to align Romania with states with tradition of democracy, which demonstrated that womens social, economic and political empowerment can generate added value and social well-being. During the meeting, Prime minister also underlined that on March 20, Romania celebrated the International Francophonie Day, as well as the 25th anniversary of Romanias accession to the Francophone movement (Romania acquired the observer status in 1991; it is a full member of the Institutional Francophony as of 1993). 2018-03-21 12:07:00