RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în Statul IsraelȘtiri din 25.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-state-of-israelPrime 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. 2018-04-25 14:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_5e1422dd-1f42-4315-9ca0-f0e734ffba63.jpgReuniune cvadrilaterală la nivel înalt între România, Bulgaria, Grecia și SerbiaȘtiri din 24.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-24 19:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-24-08-14-55big_01_resize.jpgMesaj de condoleanțe al premierului Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 24.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-24 19:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-24-09-35-41big_stema.pngVizita oficială în Statul Israel a prim-ministrului României, Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 24.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-pay-official-visit-to-the-state-of-israel 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 19:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-24-07-17-31big_sigla_guvern.pngO nouă reuniune a Comitetului interministerial pentru Centenar, desfășurată la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 23.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-23 18:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_comitetul_interministerial_dedicat_pregătirii_centenarului_05.jpgA doua reuniune a Comisiei Naționale pentru pregătirea aderării României la Zona EuroȘtiri din 23.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/second-meeting-of-the-national-committee-for-preparing-romania-s-euro-area-accessionThe 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 18:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_reuniunea_conducerii_comisiei_naționale_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 23.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-will-answer-with-correct-solutions-to-the-problems-you-are-facing-as-regards-the-salaries-of-the-medical-personnelPrime 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 17:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_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 23.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-new-quadrilateral-high-level-meeting-of-romania-bulgaria-greece-and-serbia-to-be-held-in-bucharestPrime 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 12:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-23-12-13-37big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la evenimentul “Wine & Street Food Forum” în cadrul “Wine & Street Food Festival”, moderat de Alessandra StoicescuȘtiri din 20.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-event-quot-wine-amp-street-food-forum-quot-within-the-quot-wine-amp-street-food-festival-quot-moderated-by-alessandra-stoicescuAddress 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 19:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_02.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă şi membrii Guvernului României s-au întâlnit cu secretarul general al Consiliului Uniunii Europene, Jeppe Tranholm-MikkelsenȘtiri din 19.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-and-members-of-the-romanian-cabinet-met-with-the-secretary-general-of-the-council-of-the-european-union-jeppe-tranholm-mikkelsenPrime 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 17:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întrevedere_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 19.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-19 15:55:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-19-03-58-31big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Consiliului de Miniștri al Republicii Italiene, Paolo GentiloniȘtiri din 19.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomes-the-prime-minister-of-italy-paolo-gentiloni-at-victoria-palaceJoint 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 13:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-19-04-36-09big_06.jpgVicepremierul Ana Birchall: Dezvoltarea, aprofundarea și extinderea Parteneriatului Strategic cu SUA, între prioritățile Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 18.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-the-development-consolidation-and-expansion-of-the-romania-u-s-strategic-partnership-among-the-romanian-government-s-prioritiesThe 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 18:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gen_(r)_james_jones,_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 18.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/working-dinner-hosted-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-for-ladies-ambassadors-accredited-to-bucharest-with-the-participation-of-ladies-members-of-the-romanian-cabinetPrime 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 11:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_foto_de_grup_1.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul de stat pentru afaceri externe al Emiratelor Arabe Unite, dr. Sultan Ahmed Al JaberȘtiri din 17.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-uae-minister-of-state-for-foreign-affairsPrime 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 16:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-17-04-24-10big_sigla_guvern.pngPrima reuniune a Comisiei Naționale pentru pregătirea aderării României la Zona EuroȘtiri din 12.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/first-meeting-of-the-national-committee-for-preparing-romania-s-euro-area-accessionPRESS 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 20:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_reuniunea_conducerii_comisiei_naționale_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 12.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-of-romania-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-for-europe-and-foreign-affairs-of-the-french-republic-jean-yves-le-drianPrime 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 12:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ministrului_francez_pentru_europa_şi_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 11.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-deputy-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-state-of-israel-h-e-ms-tzipi-hotovely-at-victoria-palacePrime 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 12:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întrevedere_cu_ministrul_adjunct_al_afacerilor_externe_din_statul_israel,_tzipi_hotovely.03_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Sarbatorilor PascaleȘtiri din 08.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-08 09:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_shutterstock_4608493.jpgMesajul consilierului de stat Dana Varga din cadrul Guvernului României, cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale a RomilorȘtiri din 08.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-08 09:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-08-09-22-12big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Am găsit rezolvare pentru o parte din dificultățile semnalate, căutăm noi soluții pentru problemele cu care vă confruntațiȘtiri din 04.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-found-solutions-for-a-part-of-the-reported-difficulties-we-are-searching-new-solutions-for-the-problems-you-are-facingPrime 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 20:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-04-08-20-22big_2.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a participat la reuniunea conducerii Comisiei Naționale pentru trecerea la moneda euroȘtiri din 04.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-meeting-of-the-national-euro-changeover-committeeThe 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 18:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-04-06-51-20big_foto_3.jpgRomânia, pentru al doilea mandat în cadrul Comitetului Director al Parteneriatului pentru Guvernare DeschisăȘtiri din 04.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-to-serve-second-successive-term-on-open-government-partnership-steering-committeeOn 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 17:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-04-05-42-53big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclaraţiile susținute de premierul Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul participării la ”Ora Prim-ministrului” în plenul Camerei DeputațilorȘtiri din 03.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/statements-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-the-occasion-of-her-participation-in-the-ora-prim-ministrului-prime-minister-s-hour-in-the-plenum-of-the-chamber-of-deputiesViorica 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 17:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_5219.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la manifestările organizate cu prilejul Zilei Jandarmeriei RomâneȘtiri din 03.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-the-romanian-gendarmerie-dayViorica 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 10:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-03-11-09-33big_5.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Statelor Unite Mexicane, José Guillermo Ordorica Robles, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 02.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-h-e-mr-jose-guillermo-ordorica-robles-ambassador-of-united-mexican-states-at-victoria-palacePrime 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 16:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_5174.jpgGuvernul României, iluminat în albastru de Ziua Internaţională a Conştientizării AutismuluiȘtiri din 02.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-02 15:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_!!.jpgMesaj al premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia marcării Zilei NATO în RomâniaȘtiri din 01.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-the-occasion-of-marking-the-nato-day-in-romaniaToday, 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 10:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-01-10-16-11big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Sărbătorilor Pascale şi a FloriilorȘtiri din 01.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-01 09:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-01-09-26-59big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea Șefilor de Misiuni diplomatice din statele membre ale Uniunii Europene (HOMS) acreditați la BucureștiȘtiri din 30.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-a-meeting-of-the-heads-of-diplomatic-missions-of-eu-member-states-homs-accredited-to-bucharestToday, 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 14:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-30-03-50-31big_1.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea Programului de tabere „ARC”, ediția 2018Știri din 28.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-launch-of-the-quot-arc-quot-camp-programme-2018-editionAddress 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 15:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-28-03-11-09big_1.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a președintelui Parlamentului Republicii Moldova, Andrian CanduȘtiri din 28.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-the-president-of-the-parliament-of-the-republic-of-moldova-mr-andrian-canduOn 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 08:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primire_presedintele_parlamentului_republicii_moldova,_adrian_candu01.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ședința solemnă a Parlamentului dedicată împlinirii a 100 de ani de la Unirea Basarabiei cu RomâniaȘtiri din 27.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-solemn-session-of-parliament-dedicated-to-the-100th-anniversary-of-bessarabia-s-union-with-romaniaSpeech 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 15:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_ședința_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 26.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-a-meeting-at-the-victoria-palace-with-mr-linas-linkevicius-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-republic-of-lithuaniaPrime 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 18:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întrevedere_cu_ministrul_de_externe_al_lituaniei,_linas_lincevičius05.jpgGuvernul României marchează Ziua Internaţională a Luptei împotriva EpilepsieiȘtiri din 26.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-03-26 15:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-26-09-20-10big_05_resize.jpgGuvernul României marchează astăzi Ora PământuluiȘtiri din 24.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-03-24 09:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_poza2.jpgViorica Dăncilă: ”Stăm foarte bine cu pregătirea preluării de către România a Președinției Consiliului Uniunii Europene”Știri din 23.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-romania-fares-well-regarding-the-preparations-to-take-over-the-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-euPrime 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 14:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-23-02-49-20big_1.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Austria în România, Isabel Rauscher, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 23.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-at-victoria-palace-h-e-ms-isabel-rauscher-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-austria-to-romaniaToday, 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 13:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-23-01-48-04big_1.jpgMesaj de condoleanțe al premierului Viorica Dăncilă Știri din 23.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-03-23 07:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-23-07-50-06big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în județul DâmbovițaȘtiri din 22.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-03-22 16:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-03-22_at_16.29.10.jpegGuvernul Dăncilă susține eforturile de formare a tinerei generații de lideri și diplomațiȘtiri din 22.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/dancila-cabinet-is-backing-the-efforts-to-form-the-young-generation-of-leaders-and-diplomatsVice 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 12:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_photo_(7).jpgScrisoarea adresată de premierul Viorica Dăncilă președintelui Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 21.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/letter-from-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-european-commission-president-jean-claude-junckerLetter from Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker 2018-03-21 17:42:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-21-05-46-22big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ambasadorului Statului Qatar, Abdullah Nasser Abdullah Alhumaidi, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 21.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-extraordinary-and-plenipotentiary-of-the-state-of-qatar-h-e-mr-abdullah-nasser-abdullah-alhumaidi-at-victoria-palacePrime 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 12:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_0956.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la dineul oferit de Michele Ramis, ambasadorul Franței în România, cu prilejul zilei Internaționale a FemeiiȘtiri din 21.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-dinner-hosted-by-h-e-ms-michele-ramis-ambassador-of-france-to-romania-on-the-occasion-of-the-international-women-s-dayPrime 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 12:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-21-12-11-30big_1.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Finlanda la București, Päivi Pohjanheimo, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 20.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-finland-h-e-ms-paivi-pohjanheimoPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland, H.E. Ms. Päivi Pohjanheimo, on a courtesy call. The central topic of talks was the bilateral relationship existing between Romania and the Republic of Finland, including in the context of cooperation within the trio of presidencies of the EU Council Romania - Finland - Croatia (2019-2020). The Prime Minister appreciated the useful and fruitful talks with respect to cooperation within the trio and the preparation of the common working programme. Challenges currently facing the European Union require a very good coordination at the presidencies level and to advance the preparedness, bilateral dialogue is intensifying. Talks reconfirmed both parties' commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, with emphasis on deepening economic cooperation and capitalizing on the opportunities offered by sectorial cooperation, in fields of interest for both states, such as: education, healthcare, tourism. Special emphasis was put on cooperation in education, on direct cooperation between the higher education units and academic mobility between the two states, including in the context of European initiatives such as: Erasmus+ programme and good practices exchanges. The prospects of continuing cooperation between the Romanian authorities and the Finnish ones in the child protection field were also discussed, as well as continuing the training programmes within the Authority for Child Protection and Children's Ombudsman institution. The Romanian official emphasized that the relations between Romania and Finland have an important growing potential, especially in the light of the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2020, which represents an opportunity for the two states to promote joint projects. Prime Minister of Romania showed openness towards diversification and capitalization of new collaboration fields between Romania and Finland. 2018-03-20 18:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_republicii_finlanda_în_românia,_päivi_pohjaneheimo_02.jpgGuvernul României salută celebrarea Zilei Internaționale a Francofoniei și aniversarea a 25 de ani de la aderarea României la mișcarea francofonă Știri din 20.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-romanian-government-hails-celebration-of-the-international-francophonie-day-and-the-25th-anniversary-of-romania-s-accession-to-the-francophone-movementToday, The Romanian Government hails celebration of the International Francophonie Day and the 25th anniversary of Romanias accession to the Francophone movement. Romania acquired in 1991 the status of observer and became a full member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie - OIF in 1993. Membership of OIF along with its long-lasting francophone tradition, allowed Romania to strengthen the global dimension of international cooperation. The celebration of Francophonie Day in 2018 in all the French-speaking regions under the motto 'French language: what unites us in action' evokes the solidarity of the francophone states and their joint action along several dimensions, including politics, economy and culture, reflecting at the same time the new dynamism of the International Organization of La Francophonie. The Francophonie Day is the celebration of every citizen who appreciates French language, the cultural diversity of the Francophone space and the values promoted by Francophony. It is the celebration of those who support the importance of multilingualism in the era of globalization. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that - to our country, this is a celebration with a historic character. Ever since the Great Union and even before that Romania has belonged to the family of French-speaking nations, Francophony was one of the first international structures that Romania joined after 1989, and today our country is acknowledged as a beacon of Francophony in the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe. 2018-03-20 12:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-20-12-28-09big_sigla_guvern.pngScrisoarea adresată de premierul Viorica Dăncilă ministrului Justiției, Tudorel ToaderȘtiri din 19.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/letter-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-justice-minister-tudorel-toaderDear Minister, Information has emerged in the media regarding the official document sent by the European Commission to the Justice Ministry in 2012, asking information about the legal situation and the next procedural steps to be established in cases of alleged high - level corruption, cases pending litigation, that concerned the following: Gheorghe Copos, Adrian Nastase, Serban Bradisteanu, Ion Dumitru, Decebal Train Remes, Dan Voiculescu, George Becali, Catalin Voicu, Tudor Chiuariu. Folowing mass media debates, and considering the public interest regarding the clarification of some extremely important aspects in this respect, as well as the need for Romania to function as a democratic, sovereign, and independent state, in which the separation of state powers functions, I request Mr. Minister to communicate me expeditiously if during 2012 -2018, other such requests were also sent to the Justice Ministry, directly or in other context. Kind regards, Viorica Dancila Prime Minister 2018-03-19 19:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-19-07-28-29big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Polone la București, Marcin Wilczek, de către prim-ministrul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 19.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-poland-to-romania-h-e-mr-marcin-wilczekPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today, March 19, 2018, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Romania, H.E. Mr. Marcin Wilczek. During the meeting, Prime Minister highlighted the dynamic character of the strategic relations existing between Romania and Poland, to unfold this year in the context of the national centenaries of both states. The Romanian official expressed her firm belief that the events that would occasion these jubilees, would outline the natural historical rapprochment between the two countries, given the numerous interests and shared experiences. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underscored the importance of further development of bilateral cooperation, especially on the economic dimension, but also in the perspective of Romania's exercising the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019. Appreciating the quality and frequency of the political - diplomatic contacts, the high official highlighted the positive role that the two countries is playing at regional and European levels. 2018-03-19 19:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_republicii_polone_în_românia_marcin_wilczek_05.jpgVicepremierul Viorel Ștefan: Relația de parteneriat între Guvernul României și Banca Mondială poate fi consolidată în următorii ani prin derularea unor proiecte comune de dezvoltare a infrastructuriiȘtiri din 19.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-partnership-relation-between-the-romanian-government-and-the-world-bank-can-be-consolidated-in-the-coming-years-by-unfolding-joint-projects-for-developing-the-infrastructureToday, Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan had a meeting with the World Bank delegation, led by Ms. Tatiana Proskuryakova, country manager for Romania and Hungary, in the context of consultations for the completion of the future Partnership Framework for 2018-2023. The partnership relation between the Romanian Government and the World Bank can be consolidated in the coming years by unfolding joint projects for developing the transport infrastructure, as well as the healthcare infrastructure or the one in the defence against flooding. The World Bank's expertise is extremely valuable for Romania in attaining its objective of developing a sustainable, inclusive economy, focused on Romanians welfare, Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan outlined. The Vice Prime Minister added that an ample analysis was being conducted at the Government level, regarding the identification of new common collaboration projects with the World Bank, based on the good cooperation practices thus far. The Romanian official specified that this collaboration has new development opportunities given that in 2017, Romania achieved an economic growth of 7 percent of the GDP, the highest advance from 2008 until now, to which all branches of the economy contributed. The economic growth pace will be maintained given that the Executive will extend due attention to backing investments, especially those financed from European funds, to improving the budget revenues collection, through better voluntary conformation, stated Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan during the meeting. The representative of the World Bank Tatiana Proskuryakova presented the proposals regarding the Country Partnership Framework for 2018-2023, a document upon which several consultations with the Romanian authorities have been conducted in order to reflect the expectations and the vision of the Romanian partner in the measures that can be taken during the course of the partnership. The Partnership Framework for 2018-2023 between Romania and the World Bank will be submitted for approval to the Banks Executive Directors Committee on June14, 2018. 2018-03-19 18:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-19-06-25-55big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ambasadorului Statului Kuweit, Talal Mansour Alhajeri, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 19.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-the-state-of-kuweit-h-e-mr-talal-mansour-alhajeriPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Kuweit, H.E. Mr. Talal Mansour Alhajeri. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed her contentment with the level of the bilateral political dialogue, the State of Kuweit being an important traditional partner of Romania in the Gulf region. The Head of the Romanian Executive conveyed Romania's interest in boosting the bilateral political dialogue, through bilateral contacts at governmental level, and reiterated her support for a better inter-connection of the two states' business sectors designed to foster joint projects of cooperation and increasing interest for investment. The two officials appreciated the current important potential for bilateral economic cooperation and increased trade. In this respect, the two officials referred to the possibility to implement some new platforms of cooperation and dialogue at the political - economic and sectorial levels(agriculture, energy, transport, tourism, internal affairs, education and culture). 2018-03-19 16:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_statului_kuwait_în_românia,_talal_mansour_alhajeri04.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă solicită desecretizarea protocoalelor încheiate între SRI și alte instituții ale statuluiȘtiri din 16.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-requests-the-declassification-of-protocols-concluded-between-sri-and-other-state-institutionsGiven the public interest in the clarification of some extremely important matters for Romania as a democratic state in which the separation of state powers functions, as well as the official position expressed today by the Presidential Administration, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă requests the declassification of the protocols concluded between the SRI and other institutions of the state. The Prime Ministers request is based on the legal provisions according to which classification as state secrets of information, data or documents for the purpose of concealing violations of the law, administrative errors, limiting access to information of public interest, unlawful restriction of the exercise of certain rights of any person or damaging other legitimate interests is barred. According to law, declassification or the shift to another level of classification of state secrets is conducted by proxies and senior officials authorized by law to assign secrecy levels, with the prior approval of the institutions that coordinate also the supervision of the measures regarding the protection of classified information. In the case of cooperation protocols between SRI and other state institutions, the persons authorized to declassify the respective information are the Heads of the signatory institutions, who, in the present case also have the designated security authority quality. According to art. 14 of the Law 182/2002 on the protection of classified information, CSAT ensures the nationwide coordination of all programs for the protection of classified information. 2018-03-16 21:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-16-09-29-56big_stema.pngPrimirea ambasadorului Emiratelor Arabe Unite, Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Bin Saeed Al Matrooshi, de către prim-ministrul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 16.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-the-united-arab-emirates-uae-to-romania-h-e-dr-ahmed-abdullah-bin-saeed-al-matrooshiPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today, March 16, 2018, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Romania H.E. Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Bin Saeed Al Matrooshi. During the dialogue, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed the Government's interest in strengthening and developing Romania - Emirates cooperation by re-launching political dialogue, and boosting political, economic and sectorial contacts. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister underlined the fact that the United Arab Emirates represents one of the most important partners of Romania in the region and the first economic partner of the Gulf area. The Head of the Executive conveyed at the same time the interest in strengthening and diversifying the bilateral cooperation in the sectors of interest (energy, agriculture, industry, food safety, transport and infrastructure etc) - but also in identifying new areas and joint collaboration projects. The two officials mentioned the organization, in the first part of this year, of the first session of the Joint Committee of Romania-Emirates Cooperation, as well as an Economic Forum, for a more active bilateral coordination at governmental and business environment levels, to the benefit of the two states. 2018-03-16 16:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_emiratelor_arabe_unite,_ahmed_abdulla_saeed_bin_saeed_almatrooshi_04.jpgPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă: Toleranța, respectul pentru diversitate și armonia, piloni ai consolidării societăților incluziveȘtiri din 16.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-tolerance-respect-for-diversity-and-harmony-pillars-of-inclusive-societies-consolidationThe Romanian Government was represented by Vice Prime Minister for the Implementation of Romania's Strategic Partnerships, Ana Birchall at the 6th edition of the Global Forum held in Baku on March 13-18, 2018. The theme of this years edition is Bridging Gaps to Create an Inclusive Society. In the opening of the Forums works, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall delivered Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's message. This year, both Romania and Azerbaijan celebrate the centennial anniversary of important historical events. After 1918, Romania strove to build and develop a society centered on the values ​​of pluralism and tolerance, at the highest standards of the times. A century ago, Azerbaijan also set new benchmarks in the region in terms of parliamentary democracy and the right of women to vote. Today, more than ever, it is essential for us to continue our joint efforts to strengthen our inclusive societies. It is an effort that we are duty bound to support day by day, because values such as tolerance, respect for diversity and harmony can only be cultivated through constant commitment and perseverance, reads Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's message delivered in the opening of the Global Baku Forum by the Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. Ana Birchall delivered a speech at the session of debates entitled Emerging powers - How rising powers are influencing global affairs stating that The global aspirations of the European Union are directly proportional to the increased level of complexity of the challenges of the international scene, whether we are talking about the threat of terrorism, climate change, the migration crisis or the economic and financial challenges argued Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall was received by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. The Romanian official conveyed on behalf of the Romanian Prime Minister the desire to deepen the strategic partnership between Romania and Azerbaijan, especially on the economic dimension, with the development of projects of common interest in the field of energy and transport. At the same time, the discussion agenda included the cooperation between the two states within UN, including from the perspective of the candidature of Romania to a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 term. Also, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall had bilateral meetings with Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramin Namig Guluzade, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technologies, Minister of Economy Shahin Abdulla Mustafayev, and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze. During the visit, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall met with members of the Romanian community in Baku, as well as with the delegation of the Romanian Parliament paying a working visit to Baku. 2018-03-16 10:55:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-16-11-07-15big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu delegația FMIȘtiri din 15.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-imf-delegationToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had at Victoria Palace, a meeting with an IMF delegation in the context of the annual assessment of economic developments. Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan and Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici also attended the meeting. The discussions focused on the Romanian economy's developments over the last year and the prospects for development and consolidation of the economic sustainability. Prime Minister highlighted that Romania achieved a 7 percent economic growth rate in 2017, mainly due to the share of industry and to the substantial contribution of agriculture and the development of IT and research and innovation sectors. Net investments in the economy last year were by 6.4 percent higher than in 2016, with 33.4 percent of the funds being invested in industry and 25 percent in constructions. Unemployment is at the lowest level in the last 25 years, about 270,000 new jobs were created last year. By transferring the tax burden from the employer to the employee, the number of taxes and labor costs was reduced, and the measures regarding the salaries of the budgetary personnel, with an emphasis on the increase of salaries in health and education, as well as the increase of the gross minimum wage in the economy contribute to highly skilled staff staying on the labor market. The tax reform, the unitary pay law of public sector personnel, the initiation and promotion of a new pension law will provide sustainability for the pension system over a long period of time, stated the Head of the Executive. Prime Minister Dăncilă also stated that an economic growth of 6.1 percent is estimated for 2018, with emphasis on supporting investments, especially those financed by European funds. Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ștefan and the Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici pointed out the Government's intention to improve fiscal predictability, and that the latest modifications were likely to bring about a series of clarifications necessary for tax legislation simplification. The Minister of Finance also pointed out that one of the Governments objectives is to increase budget revenues by improving tax collection and the relationship between tax authority and taxpayers. The IMF representatives appreciated the economic growth recorded in 2017 and pointed out that the pace of growth can be sustained in the coming period through a balanced mix of monetary and fiscal policies, support to investment, public spending sustainability and improved collection. 2018-03-15 19:53:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_cu_o_delegație_a_fondului_monetar_internațional_06.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Maghiarilor de Pretutindeni – 15 martie Știri din 15.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-03-15 09:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-15-09-20-35big_sigla_guvern.png Întrevederea doamnei Prim-ministru Viorica Dăncilă cu Ambasadorul Marii Britanii, Paul BrummellȘtiri din 14.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-meets-with-ambassador-of-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland-to-romania-h-e-mr-paul-brummellPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today, March 14, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania, H.E. Mr. Paul Brummell. Talks occasioned an ample exchange of views on the state and prospects of bilateral political and diplomatic cooperation, strengthening Strategic Partnership and with respect to the Romanian community in Great Britain. The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to deepening the privileged bilateral relationship, the Strategic Partnership, by identifying new opportunities of sectoral action. Prime Minister hailed the important presence of British investments on the Romanian market, and expressed readiness for developing cooperation in areas with high added value. An important topic on the agenda was the Romanian - British relations in the field of security and defence, as well as the importance of bilateral cooperation to combat terrorism. Romanian Prime Minister hailed the bilateral military cooperation dynamics and the importance of the cooperation between Romania and Great Britain within NATO. During the meeting, the Head of the Executive underlined the importance of the Romanian community in Great Britain, and the Romanian Government's interest in the protection of the Romanian citizens' rights. The Romanian Prime Minister mentioned the high level of integration of Romanian community in the British society, as well as the added value it brings to the British economy. The two interlocutors discussed in a cordial manner other topical subjects of interest, such as the Greater Union Centennial. In this context, Prime Minister Dancila particularly appreciated the UK Ambassador's good knowledge of the Romanian history, language and traditions, which illustrates a genuine interest in the Romanian space. 2018-03-14 18:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_9733.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Turcia la București, Osman Koray Ertaș, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 14.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-h-e-mr-osman-koray-ertas-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-turkey-to-romaniaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today, March 14, at Victoria Palace, H.E. Mr. Osman Koray Ertas, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Romania, in a courtesy call. The central theme of the talks between the two officials was the bilateral relationship between Romania and Turkey, given the 140th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2018. During the meeting, the both sides reconfirmed their commitment for the consolidation of the bilateral relationship, based on the strategic partnership, with emphasis on deepening economic and sectoral cooperation. Prime Minister Dancila expressed satisfaction over the fact that Turkey is Romania's first trade partner outside the EU and the trade volume exceeded for the first time the threshold of EUR 5 billion in 2017. Romanian Prime Minister appreciated that resuming the works of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee for economic cooperation in early May, in Ankara will generate added value to the strategic partnership between Romania and Turkey. In this context, the two officials referred to sectoral bilateral cooperation in fields such as: energy, information technology and communications, innovation and research. The very good level of military cooperation within NATO was hailed as well as the police cooperation, including in terms of combating illegal migration, according to the EU- Turkey Agreement of March 18, 2016. 2018-03-14 14:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_brf_9691.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a ambasadorului Japoniei, Kisaburo IshiiȘtiri din 13.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-japan-h-e-mr-kisaburo-ishiiPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received in audience the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Kisaburo Ishii. The meeting occasioned a review of the current state of bilateral relations and the cooperation at international level between Romania and Japan, given the perspective of boosting bilateral relations to the level of strategic partnership. Taking into account the circumstances and also the historical importance of the visit the Japanese Prime Minister Shinze Abe paid to Romania, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated her clear willigness to intensify political dialogue and to materialize the governmental and economic projects which are on the bilateral agenda. There were presented the latest developments in projects such as: M6 metro line Gara de Nord - Henri Coanda Airport, and the construction of the bridge over the Danube in Braila, as well as collaborations in the fields of energy, infrastructure, IT, agriculture, defence and security. At the same time, Prime Minister Dancila outlined that Japan is the largest Asian investor in Romania and the Bucharest Cabinet backs all initiatives designed to intensify the Romanian - Japanese economic collaboration. The Romanian Prime Minister also mentioned that she was looking forward to Japanese economic missions in our country, and that she wanted to promote the Romanian presence in Japan. During the meeting, the Romanian side expressed its appreciation for Japans decision to make permanent the visa-free travel visa regime for Romanians who intend to travel to Japan for up to 90 days from the beginning of next year. 2018-03-13 17:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_9679.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Regatului Spaniei în România, Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 13.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-the-kingdom-of-spain-to-romania-h-e-mr-ramiro-fernandez-bachillerPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today, March 13, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania, H.E. Mr. Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller. The two officials expressed satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relationship confirmed by the Strategic Partnership. Talks focused on concrete ways to relaunch the bilateral political dialogue, to streamline sectoral cooperation, in view of holding the next joint Cabinet meeting. A special attention was extended to the economic relations diversification, Romanian - Spanish trade exchanges amounting to a record level of nearly EUR 4 billion in 2017. The Romanian Prime Minister reaffirmed her interest in drawing Spanish investments in Romania, in the fields such as: road and energy infrastructure, car industry, tourism, hospitality and agri-food, in the banking sector, IT and C. It was also mentioned the Romanian - Spanish cooperation in the fields of administrative reform, internal affairs, labour and social protection, promoting gender equality as well as in the child and family protection. Ms. Viorica Dancila expressed her appreciation for the special support granted by Spain in the field of education, in the ten years since Romanian was taught in Spanish schools. In this context, it was outlined the excellent level of high schools with Spanish teaching in Romania, being mentioned the opening in the near future of new such high schools in Constanta and Vaslui. Referring to the Romanian community in Spain, the second largest Romanian community abroad, Prime Minister Dancila thanked for the support granted by the Spanish authorities in the integration procress and analyzed together with the Spanish diplomat projects designed to contribute to extending bilateral cooperation in the fields of labor and internal affairs. It was also evoked the cooperation at European level, Romania and Spain sharing close views in several important files, as well as the openness to strengthen collaboration in this field, in view of Romania's presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019. By the end of the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister appreciated the Spanish Ambassador's good knowledge of Romanian language, illustration of the two countries' common cultural heritage. 2018-03-13 14:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_9626.jpgPrin decizia prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă, a fost înființat Comitetul interministerial pentru implementarea obiectivelor rezultate din Parteneriatul Strategic cu SUA și a altor proiecte bilaterale România-SUA, sub coordonarea viceprim-ministrului Ana BirchallȘtiri din 13.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-03-13 14:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-13-02-16-59big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu miniștrii afacerilor externe din Bulgaria și Grecia, în prezența șefului diplomației româneȘtiri din 12.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-ministers-of-foreign-affairs-of-bulgaria-and-greece-in-the-presence-of-the-head-of-the-romanian-diplomacy Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with Bulgarias Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva and Greeces Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, in the presence of the Head of the Romanian diplomacy Teodor Melescanu. The meeting was held on the occasion of the tenth Romania-Bulgaria-Greece trilateral that was held on the same day in Bucharest. The second trilateral meeting in this format was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, on May 7, 2014. The meeting of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Bulgaria is in line with the recent foreign policy actions, focusing on the regional dimension - a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and a telephone conversation with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov - and it occurs as at the EU level, priorities regarding the Western Balkans are being discussed. In the same regional logic, a meeting of Foreign Ministers in a Bucharest 9 (B9) format will take place in Romania these days. Enhancing regional cooperation from both a European and a strategic perspective is thus pursued. Romanian Prime Minister welcomed the presence of the two Ministers in Bucharest and expressed her satisfaction with the continuation of the aforementioned trilateral format for more than two decades that proves useful and adds value especially in the context of regional cooperation and interconnection projects. The officials emphasized the privileged nature of the relations among the three states, as reflected on bilateral cooperation, as well as shared interests that bring their positions closer on a regional level - with emphasis on the European integration of the states in the area - and in Europe, where they share the objective of a united and cohesive Europe that shows solidarity. In this respect, all three countries voiced their full readiness o to continue to develop bilateral and regional cooperation and to jointly promote projects of shared interest for the benefit of their citizens. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila congratulated Bulgaria on the successful start of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council, assuring the Bulgarian party of full support in fulfilling the set objectives. There was highlighted the wide range of opportunities that Romania and Bulgaria benefit from, as neighbouring states, EU and NATO members, which the two countries want to capitalise on. The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the role that Romanian ethnics in Bulgaria and Bulgarian ethnics in Romania play in the development of bilateral relations, as bridges between the two countries. At economic level, the need to encourage contacts between businesspeople and to give a more pronounced dynamics to bilateral trade and mutual investment to create new jobs was revealed. The officials agreed on the importance of effective implementation of regional development programmes and cross-border cooperation between Romania and Bulgaria, in order to unfold concrete projects on European funds to secure economic and social convergence in the two states. The Romanian Executive also mentioned a lasting friendship between Romania and Greece and their people, based on links with deep historical roots and numerous similitudes and approach convergences on current themes of interest at regional and European level, which confers the bilateral relationship an important potential of development and diversification. The Romanian dignitary voiced desire to boost bilateral political dialogue and to resume high - level contacts. The contribution of the Romanian community in Greece and the Greek community in Romania to the consolidation of the relations between the two nations and the development of cultural links was underlined. At the economic level, an increase in Romanian-Greek commercial exchanges in 2017 was hailed. At the same time, the importance of maintaining and consolidating this trend was emphasised, alongside the promotion of bilateral investment, given the existence of a great potential to explore and capitalize. 2018-03-12 17:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_brf_9578.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Regatului Țărilor de Jos în România, Stella Ronner-Grubačić, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 12.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-h-e-ms-stella-ronner-grubacic-ambassador-of-the-kingdom-of-the-netherlands-to-romania Today, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila received at Victoria Palace, H.E., Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Romania, on a courtesy visit. The bilateral relationship between Romania and Netherlands was the central theme of talks between the two officials. On this occasion, both parties' commitment to strengthening bilateral relationship was reconfirmed, with emphasis on re-launching political dialogue, developing economic and sectoral cooperation. Aspects pertaining to CVM lifting were also discussed. Prime Minister Dancila expressed satisfaction with Netherlands ranking first in terms of investments in Romania, with an invested capital in excess of EUR 9 billions. In this context, Prime Minister mentioned the importance of stimulating economic exchanges, with a view to overcoming Romania's economic deficit. The meeting occasioned an exchange of views on topical issues on the European agenda, the shared will to deepen cooperation being reconfirmed, including in view of Romanias Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. The Romanian dignitary gave assurances that our country would act as an active and constructive partner, based on the premise of a unitary, pro-European approach, which is supported both by the overall Romanian officials and by the Romanian citizens. Regarding the issue of the enlargement of the Schengen area, the Romanian senior official reiterated Romania's arguments in support of a favourable decision regarding Romanias accession to the Schengen Area. 2018-03-12 15:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_9325.jpgGuvernul României a transmis un mesaj privind combaterea antisemitismului și a discriminării, cu prilejul marcării a 75 de ani de la deportarea evreilor din MacedoniaȘtiri din 12.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-romanian-government-delivered-a-message-on-combating-anti-semitism-and-discrimination-on-the-occasion-of-the-commemorative-events-marking-the-75th-anniversary-of-the-deportation-of-macedonia-s-jewsVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall attended in Skopje, the commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Macedonias Jews. Attending the commemorative events over March 11-13 are senior officials of the Republic of Macedonia, delegates of European states and representatives of Jewish communities. In this context, today, the Macedonian Parliament convened for a special session dedicated to this event, where Vice Prime Minister Birchall delivered the message from Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The ceremonies organized in Skopje to remember the Holocaust have a special significance. Only by keeping alive, in the collective memory, the tragedy of the victims can we take measures to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. Remembrance of the Holocaust as well as the education of future generations in the spirit of truth about the Holocaust tragedy are part of a higher objective - the protection of democratic values, combating anti-Semitism and discrimination. We must aim for tomorrows world to be not just different, but even better, a world in which tolerance and respect for the dignity of all people are not just ideals but realities of everyday life reads the message delivered by Ms. Ana Birchall from Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, in the context of the commemorative ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Macedonias Jews . The special commemorative events included laying wreathes at the Holocaust Victims Monument on the premises of the former Skopje tobacco factory (formerly a WWII transit camp) by senior Macedonian officials, as well as by the delegations of the other attending countries. The atending officials also participated in a march in memory of the Jewish people deported from Macedonia, victims of the Holocaust. 2018-03-12 14:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-12-02-31-59big_sigla_guvern.pngMesaj al premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei de 8 martieȘtiri din 08.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-03-08 15:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-08-03-52-16big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Serbiei, Aleksandar VucicȘtiri din 08.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-republic-of-serbia-aleksandar-vucicPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, March 8, a meeting with the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić who is paying an official visit to Romania. During the talks, the two officials addressed topics of common interest, such as: the stage of bilateral cooperation, including at sectoral level, the Republic of Serbia's EU accession negotiations process, as well as recent developments at regional level. On this occasion, the President of the Republic of Serbia extended invitation to the Romanian Prime Minister to pay an official visit to his country. During the meeting, the two officials appreciated the level of the political dialogue between Romania and Serbia and the upward trend in the bilateral economic relation and trade exchanges. Measures to support businesspeople from the two countries were also discussed in this context. Elements pertaining to governmental policies and political promotion at bilateral level as well as gender equality promotion in central and local administration were also discussed. The two senior officials discussed at length the subject of interconnections in the field of transports and in the energy sector, essential in drawing the two economies and the two countries' citizens closer, in ensuring energy security. In this context, the possibility to resume railway traffic on Timisoara - Varset route was mentioned too. There were at the same time addressed subjects on urban infrastructure cooperation, supporting the growth and regional development poles, and the capitalization on the bilateral agricultural cooperation potential - topics that can be found on the regional cooperation agenda and the Danube Strategy related Agenda. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed Romania's firm political support for Serbia's European path and its readiness to share its expertise in the EU negotiation process. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila hailed the appointment by the two countries of the chairpersons of the Joint Commitee for minorities. The Head of the Romanian Executive also expressed the need to continue the dialogue regarding the Romanian minority in Serbia, using the existing bilateral mechanisms. Ensuring and observing the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, especially those concerning access to mass media, education and religious service in the mother tongue, are essential for preserving the specific identity of Romanian ethnics. 2018-03-08 15:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_9137.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Regatului Arabiei Saudite, Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Aifan, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 08.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-at-victoria-palace-the-ambassador-of-the-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia-to-romania-h-e-mr-abdulaziz-mohammed-al-aifanPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received today, at Victoria Palace, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Romania H.E. Mr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Aifan. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, based on traditional partnership and good cooperation in various areas of common interest. The Head of the Executive conveyed at the same time the interest for the intensification of the Romanian - Saudi dialogue at governmental level, through increase in the number of bilateral contacts, and underlined the importance of close coordination between the business environments of the two countries, designed to facilitate the identification of concrete cooperation projects. The economic area is a priority for the Romanian Government, in the overall relationship with Saudi Arabia, given the importance of the Saudi Kingdom in the Gulf region, underlined Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The two officials also highlighted the significant potential for amplifying and diversifying sectoral cooperation in areas such as: agriculture, energy, transport, tourism, health, education, culture, home affairs, etc. 2018-03-08 11:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_abdulaziz_m._al_aifan01.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Consultările cu dumneavoastră ne ajută să înțelegem cu ce dificultăți vă confruntați și să venim în sprijinul dumneavoastrăȘtiri din 07.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-the-consultations-we-have-had-with-you-help-us-understand-the-difficulties-you-are-facing-and-come-to-your-aidPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the representatives of the M.A.M.E. Association, which provides support to children with oncological diseases and other severe health problems, and with the representatives of the Mastocytosis Support Association Romania, with a view to identifying concrete measures to support people with such diseases. Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici and the representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice attended the meeting at Victoria Palace. The consultations we have had lately help us understand the complexity of the difficulties faced by children and adults with health problems, by all our fellow citizens who need more care and attention. I want us to come up with a package of solutions that is best targeted and tailored to your expectations, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. Discussions focused on the CNAS defraying the cost of treatment, therapies, investigations and medical services for patients with oncological diseases and for patients with mastocytosis. Also, M.A.M.E. Association representatives requested support for a space allocation where psychological counseling, dental care, therapies and support for missed classes recovery can be provided, given the extended hospitalization periods of children with oncological diseases and other serious health problems. Representatives of the two associations were open to collaborating with government institutions in order to identify solutions to the issues raised. Next week, the representatives of all associations who had working meetings with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will be consulted on the package of measures designed to respond in short term to the reported difficulties, and afterwards, a joint working team will be set up to identify measures to be implemented in the medium and long term. 2018-03-07 18:19:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanții_asociației_suport_mastocitoză_românia_02.jpgConvorbirea telefonică a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu premierul bulgar Boiko BorisovȘtiri din 06.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-a-telephone-conversation-with-bulgarian-prime-minister-boiko-borisovPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had a telephone conversation today with her Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov at the latter's initiative. Prime Minister Borisov highlighted Romania's role in the struggle to set up the modern Bulgarian state and thanked Prime Minister Dancila for the contribution of the Romanian people. Prime Minister Borisov also congratulated her on taking over office as Prime Minister. The Romanian senior dignitary offered congratulations on the National Day of Bulgaria(March 3, 1878- the signing of the Treaty of San Stefano that marked the end of the 1877 - 1878 war and set the foundations of the modern Bulgarian state) and mentioned the Romania - Bulgaria relations and the common aspirations of the two nations. Romanian Prime Minister also spoke about the excellent bilateral relationship between Romania and Bulgaria, which can be characterized as a 'deep partnership' and the importance of further developing it. The two dignitaries discussed about holding a new quadrilateral meeting of the Prime Ministers of Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and the President of Serbia, a bilateral meeting, and the joint Romania - Bulgaria government meeting. Increasing road interconnectivity between the two states and exchanging best practices were among the subjects addressed during the telephone conversation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also offered congratulations for the way Bulgaria exercised so far the Presidency of the EU Council, stating that Romania supports the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency and appreciates Bulgaria's emphasis on the importance of the European perspective of the Western Balkans. 2018-03-06 15:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-03-06-03-25-08big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Avem datoria să omagiem Centenarul Marii Uniri și responsabilitatea să fim uniți pentru viitorul european și euroatlantic al RomânieiȘtiri din 06.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-have-the-duty-to-pay-tribute-to-the-greater-union-centennial-and-the-responsibility-to-be-united-for-romania-s-european-and-euro-atlantic-futurePrime Minister Viorica Dancila convened today at Victoria Palace the first Inter-ministerial Committee dedicated to the preparation of the Centennial. - Unity must be the key word in the Centennial Year. Everyone who wants to get involved and bring added value to the projects dedicated to the celebration of the Greater Union Centennial are welcome. Together - the civil society, Parliament, Presidency, the Royal House, the Government have the responsibility and duty to pay tribute to the historical moment of modern Romania's formation, a valuable source of inspiration for our country's European and Euro-Atlantic future, the Head of the Executive highlighted. Today's meeting at Victoria Palace was attended by Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration Paul Stanescu, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu, Defence Minister Mihai Fifor, Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, presidential advisor Sergiu Nistor, Ecaterina Andronescu, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for the Centennial, Radu Preda, Chairman of the Senate's Culture Committee and Liliana Turoiu, President of the Romanian Cultural Institute. Since taking over the mandate, in order to highlight the importance of the Centennial's preparation, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila raised the representation level in this inter-ministerial committee from the secretary of state level to that of minister. Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu presented today, on the Prime Minister's request, an analysis of the stage of the projects included in the Centennial Programme and a programmatic document regarding the Strategy for the Greater Union Centennial anniversary, to be completed until the next meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee, based on proposals from all parties involved. Prime Minister stated that this programme is an opportunity to promote Romania worldwide, both from a historical perspective, and from that of the human values, by designating some ambassadors of the Centennial, personalities who have distinguished themselves in various fields. The list with the Centennial's ambassadors will be completed based on the proposals of all those involved in preparing the Greater Union anniversary. A new meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee will be held in the next two weeks. 2018-03-06 15:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_8643.jpgÎntrevederea Prim-ministrului României, doamna Viorica Dăncilă, cu ambasadorul Republicii Franceze în România, doamna Michèle RamisȘtiri din 06.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-of-romania-viorica-dancila-met-with-h-e-ms-michele-ramis-ambassador-of-the-french-republic-to-romaniaPrime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila met today, March 6, with H.E. Ms. Michele Ramis, Ambassador of the French Republic to Romania, at Victoria Palace. The meeting provided the opportunity of an exchange of views regarding the current state of bilateral cooperation as well as the prospects for its development, 10 years after the signing of the Strategic Partnership Declaration between the two states. The intention to update this year the Roadmap of the Strategic Partnership Declaration was highlighted during the meeting which also revealed the prospects for signing this significant document for the bilateral relationship, on the occasion of Romanian Prime Minister's visit to Paris, in the context of opening the Cross Season by the end of this year. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed the special dynamics of the political - diplomatic agenda, marked by the organisation in France and Romania of the Cross Season (November 2018 - July 2019) -a major bilateral public diplomacy event designed to contribute to presenting the current and future dynamics of the relationship between the two countries as well as the celebration of the Greater Union Centennial. The two officials also emphasized the very good dynamics of the bilateral economic relations and the determination to diversify areas of cooperation. Prime Minister of Romania welcomed the important presence of French investments in Romania and expressed the Governments willingness to develop sectoral cooperation with France in areas such as: research, energy, sustainable development, agriculture, tourism and the IT sector. Regarding cooperation at European level and in view of holding the presidency of the Council of the EU by Romania in the first semester of 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed that Romania is determined to take on the role of pro-European anchor in the region. Prime Minister also reiterated Romanias intention to get involved in the debates on the future of Europe, sustaining a message of unity and cohesion. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pointed out the importance of Romanias accession to the Schengen area in the next period. 2018-03-06 12:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_8590.jpgPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă: Vreau să ne consultăm asupra soluțiilor pentru a răspunde cât mai bine problemelor cu care vă confruntațiȘtiri din 05.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-i-want-to-consult-among-ourselves-on-the-solutions-to-best-respond-to-the-problems-you-are-facingPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had a working meeting with the representatives of the support associations for children with Down's syndrome and the patients with rare diseases, as a first step towards identifying solutions to the problems they are facing. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace were: Health Minister Sorina Pintea, Minister of Labor and Social Justice Lia Olguta Vasilescu, Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici, representatives of public institutions with responsibilities in the field. - I initiated these consultations because I want us to have in depth knowledge of the real problems you encounter from diagnosis to ensuring the necessary treatment, integration into school and society. I also want to consult among ourselves on the solutions we will propose in order that they best respond to everyday realities emphasized the Head of the Executive . During the discussion, several issues were highlighted, including: the need to defray the costs of medical services for genetic testing and diagnosis of children with Downs syndrome and rare diseases, all medicines, therapies and medical devices needed in the treatment of these diseases, as well as a methodology to defray the costs of the treatment for very rare cases; creating a joint working group for the diagnosis protocol and the possibility for doctors to work in multidisciplinary teams, even if they have contracts with different hospitals, creating a center of expertise for patients with these diseases; support for these patients from case managers, people ready to provide assistance and counseling. The associations representatives also requested support for the unitary enforcement of the legislation on disability certificates in the sense of eliminating periodic re-evaluation for patients whose medical condition can improve but it is not curable. Another reported issue pertained to facilitating the integration of children with Downs syndrome or rare diseases into the educational system, both through curriculum plan tailored to specific needs and through targeted measures such as provision of school transport and access ramps in educational institutions. At the same time, it was addressed the issue of supporting parents who are caring for children affected by these diseases, through tax incentives, extended periods of sick leave and raising the level of related allowances. Cutting through red tape and simplifying procedures for access to medicines, therapies, equipment, and other rights have also been discussed today. All the issues raised by the representatives of the associations and the solutions identified will be analyzed within the next technical meetings so that the package of measures that the Government will propose, best responds to the problems encountered by children and adults with diseases of this spectrum. 2018-03-05 13:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_8430.jpgPremierul Viorica Dancilă: Guvern și autorități locale, împreună, ne vom pune de acord asupra soluțiilor concrete pentru atragerea finanțărilor europeneȘtiri din 02.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-the-government-along-with-local-authorities-will-agree-on-concrete-solutions-to-attract-european-financingPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today at Victoria Palace, a working meeting with the mayors of county capitals, representatives of the Managing Authority of the Regional Operational Programme (POR), and directors of the Regional Development Agencies on which solutions to problems encountered in attracting European funding were analyzed. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration Paul Stanescu and Rovana Plumb, Minister of European Funds attended the meeting alongside Prime Minister. I want to firmly support you, irrespective of the political option, to find solutions together, in order to recover delays in attracting EU funds from ROP and to avoid the risk of decommitment of some funds. Financing these projects should be to the benefit of the citizens of Romania emphasized Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. During the working meeting, the mayors of the county capitals presented the main difficulties in connection with obtaining financing for ROP projects and proposed a series of solutions. Most of these aimed at procedures simplification, blockages caused by public procurement legislation, applicant's guide, public property and partnership regime, as well as optimization of My SMIS electronic application. Prime Minister encouraged the mayors to participate in the working group that analyzes the proposals on amending public procurement legislation, and to come up with solutions to cope with the specific problems they encounter. Also, the Head of the Executive outlined that the mayors' proposals on procedures simplification and cutting through red tape will be considered by the team set up for this purpose, at the level of the Government. Other concrete solution requested by Prime Minister was that the POR Managing Authority designates a person for every local public authority, to pursue the stage of the project proposed by townhalls, from submission up to signing the funding contract, and to offer support and counseling wherever necessary. To coordinate the measures taken into account by Romanian authorities on funds absorption through ROP, whereby European procedures, a new meeting will be organized this month with the Eropean Commission's representatives who are responsible for regional policy. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila specified that she requested support from the European Commission in connection with designating experts to offer support and counseling for boosting the absorption of European structural and investment funds. Problems signalled by mayors and the solutions proposed will be analyzed by relevant ministries, as well as within the working groups and they will receive concrete answers in short time. - We want to lift the barriers in obtaining the financing from European funds. Together, Government and local authorities, we will agree on concrete solutions to be more effective in attracting financing and implementing projects to the benefit of the Romanian citizens, concluded the Head of the Executive. 2018-03-02 14:31:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_2115.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prim-vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Frans TimmermansȘtiri din 01.03.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-first-vice-president-of-the-european-commission-frans-timmermans2018-03-01 15:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_7732.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Protecției Civile Știri din 28.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-02-28 13:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-28-01-05-44big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita de lucru a premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Republica MoldovaȘtiri din 27.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-the-republic-of-moldovaJoint press conference by Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila and Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip Pavel Filip: Distinguished Prime Minister, distinguished media representatives, ladies and gentlemen, allow me to wish a warm welcome to the Romanian Cabinet delegation in this extended format, and to thank Madam Prime Minister for having accepted the invitation to pay this visit despite the very busy agenda and only short time after taking over. It is a very important visit because Romania was and stays the most consistent supporter of the Republic of Moldova, be the support of the reform agenda implementation domestically or the implementation of our European agenda, the association agenda. The exchange of opinions was constructive and sincere and the proposals made within them confirm the wish to strengthen the strategic partnership between our countries. I can state that we found understanding and full support on all topics addressed. I briefed Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on our progress with domestic reform and foreign actions in the context of the promotion of our European agenda. In this respect, we expressed gratitude for the balanced messages promoted by Romania both within bilateral formats and within Brussels institutions about the internal situation in the Republic of Moldova and progress with the implementation of reforms. I especially thanked Romania for its efforts in organizing the meetings of Moldova's Friends Group, including yesterday, February 26, in Brussels. Along with Prime Minister, I reviewed the bilateral relations and we noticed that their level is solid, the relations between the Republic of Moldova and Romania are excellent: we outlined the multiple instruments which can render this dialogue more effective, I refer, first of all to the joint sittings of our Cabinets which were very efficient in the past, and we agreed that soon, we will have a joint meeting of Cabinets, and this time, I proposed this meeting to be held in Chisinau. The commercial economic cooperation was also punctually assessed. You all know that the Republic of Moldova has increased its exports to the European Union market, these reached more than 65 per cent, but at the same time, we must say the most significant exchanges were with Romania. Last year, we reached 1.303 billion dollars in trade exchanges with Romania, which is our top investor, and not just in terms of trade exchanges, but also of investments. Companies with Romanian capital are the most numerous when we talk of foreign capital in Moldova.Under the aspect of further capitalization of investment, we greeted the entry of the Banca Transilvania on the Republic of Moldova's market and the opening at Chisinau of the Transgaz (Romanian natural gas carrier) subsidiary and its decision to participate in the privatization contest of state enterprise Verstmoldtransgaz. On this occasion, I would like to announce that yesterday, February 26, the Committee for the privatization contests announced the result of contests, where SRL Eurotransgaz, in which unique shareholder is Transgaz SA Romania, became the winner of this contest. Whereby this exercise, we must admit that Transgaz Romania and ultimately, the Romanian state, confirmed the good and serious intentions to contribute to boosting our state's energy security. I think it is no doubt how important for the Republic of Moldova is energy security. And to date, we were talking about the possibility to import natural gas from just one source, this investment will ensure us to diversify the import sources of natural gas, which in fact underpins the energy security of a state. I am sure that not only the investor, the Romanian state or the Republic of Moldova but, finally, the natural gas consumers, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova will be beneficiaries. We also discussed the projects on bridges construction, vital projects for the country's economy, and especially for our citizens. We expressed once again our gratitude for its inclusion in the national project for the construction of the highway in Romania, Targu-Neamt - Iasi - Ungheni, including the construction of Ungheni bridge. As you could notice, the support and cooperation with Romania is multidimensional, the assistance provided by Romania's support is not confined to our political - diplomatic demarches or our bilateral diplomatic relations, but itis also a material direct support; and here I cannot but thank for the non-reimbursable aid from Romania. We are talking about hundreds of minibuses offered to pupils so that they can get to school as a result of the school optimization project. We are also talking about the renovation and repair of hundreds of kindergartens in the Republic of Moldova, where children can already enjoy quality repaired buildings, as well as investment projects in cultural objectives. I am also talking about Sala cu Orga (the Organ Hall) a beautiful edifice, located in the center of Chisinau, about the construction of the Cahul Theater, the repairs to the National Art Museum and, last but not least, offering scholarships for the children of the Republic Moldova, who have the opportunity to study in Romania and obtain a European diploma. And last but not least, it is not for the first time, but it is an important issue for me, which marked me: in 2016, when the Republic of Moldova faced a crisis and it was very difficult for us , Romania was the country that offered us a 150 million euros loan when foreign funding was blocked, and of course, I will never forget this. When it was harder for us, Romania helped us. I want to close with this optimistic and gratitude note. I am sure that the future of our relationship will be better and at the same time, Prime Minister, I want to thank you once again for all the support and achievement of the major goals that we have proposed in our relationship. Viorica Dancila: Prime Minister, distinguished media representatives, I am glad to be in Chisinau for the first time in my capacity as Prime Minister of Romania, in the year of the Great Union centennial celebration. It is not just by chance that my first visit is to Chisinau, in my capacity as Prime Minister and this shows my attachment to the Republic of Moldova. The relationship between Romania and the Republic of Moldova has been and stays a special one, a theme both societies have expectations and interest in. Developing our relations is a top priority of the Government of Romania and the strategic objective is the European integration of the Republic of Moldova. Today's visit and the substantial talks with Prime Minister Filip offered the occasion of reviewing both the ongoing projects and identifying new initiatives aimed at advancing bilateral cooperation, as well as the European agenda. We have a substantial portfolio of ongoing projects, which have a common point, the irreversible connection of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union, including to Romania, in terms of energy, infrastructure, institutions and values as well. We mainly discussed the interconnection projects, and the operation of the interconnector Ungheni-Chisinau is a priority not only for Bucharest and Chisinau, as it is a major project with regional relevance on the agenda of the European Union, within the framework of the Eastern dimension policy. The Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau project, mentioned by Prime Minister Filip too, reconfirms the role of Romania as the main partner of the Republic of Moldova, consistent with the latter's European integration effort, including under the aspect of the effective connection to European space. I told Prime Minister Filip that Romania wants to increase its investment in the Republic of Moldova. We welcome the progress achieved in connection with the energy interconnection in the natural gas area that the Prime Minister talked about, and we are interested in finalizing, as soon as possible, the negotiations between Transgaz and the partner from the Republic of Moldova, while complying with all the conditions. Today, I am scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Association of Romanian Investors of the Republic of Moldova. This will undoubtedly create new opportunities to diversify the presence of Romanian investment and thus contribute to consolidating Romania's position as the first trade partner of the Republic of Moldova. We also discussed the continuation of the reform process assumed by the Government of the Republic of Moldova, in the parameters agreed with the European Union, under the Association Agreement, as well as with the IMF. I gave assurances that Romania will continue as to date, to support the Republic of Moldova in this respect, including through intense exchanges of expertise in the field. I do not conceal the fact that last week, on my visit to Brussels, where I discussed with the leaders of the European institutions, I reiterated Romania's willigness to support the Republic of Moldova on its European path. At the same time, Romania will continue to invest in the modernizaton of the Republic of Moldova, in citizens' welfare and country's European path. We remain consistent to our principle, Romania's investments, be it education, healthcare, culture, energy, agriculture, or banks, they are destined to all citizens of the Republic of Moldova, as the citizen must be at the core of all policies, as I talked with the Prime Minister too. I also discussed with Prime Minister about deepening the contacts agenda in this respect, about planning the next joint Government meeting which we will achieve in the first half of this year, where we will punctually and sectorially talk about joint projects and points between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. So far, our colleagues of the two Executives will closely cooperate in order that we can advance our cooperation and announce new projects. Therefore, as you could notice, we have a rich and active bilateral agenda and I would like to thank you for that. Distinguished journalists, you can ask two questions, a question from each party. Reporter: My question refers to that grant offered by Romania, worth 100 million euros, 40 millions of which have been invested so far. /.../ other 60 millions. If you managed to discuss, what are the projects in which you could invest this money? Viorica Dancila: I discussed with Mr. Prime Minister. We want to make punctual investment, this is why up to the first Cabinet meeting, the priorities will be established by the Government of the Republic of Moldova so that on the Cabinet meeting, according to the priorities and items established by the Government of the Republic of Moldova, we can come up with the amount we pledged to give to the Republic of Moldova. We will have a punctual discussion, on each element implying the use of these funds. Reporter: Good afternoon. Prime Minister, can you please tell us the importance for Romania and the Republic of Moldova of the future purchase by Transgaz of the similar company in the Republic of Moldova? Pavel Filip: I talked at the meeting I had with Madam Prime Minister, but also within the delegations format, how important are these investment projects in the Republic of Moldova. If we were to talk about the gas transport system interconnection, I said in my address too, is much more important for the Republic of Moldova, and this project should be regarded not only as a simple investment but through the angle of ensuring the Republic of Moldova's energy security. It is undoubtedly that when you supply from one source, you are vulnerable. Sources diversification always provides you the possibility to feel safe. Furthermore that we should talk not only about natural gas connection between the Republic of Moldova and Romania, but because Romania is EU Member State, we are talking about an interconnection to the European energy system. This is why this should be regarded much than a simple investment from Transgaz in the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, I want to outline other important investment: Transylvania Bank's entry in the Republic of Moldova and entry in the shareholder of an important bank. If you remember, the 2015 crisis in the Republic of Moldova was generated by a banking crisis and all efforts we have made even during our negotiations with IMF for a programme, but also when we had talks with those from the World Bank, but also when we spoke with our partners in the EU for resuming financing, the number one topic was represented by re-establishing banking balance, strengthening the National Bank and stability of the banking system. The entry of the Transylvania Bank in the Republic of Moldova should not be regarded only as a simple investment or a simple purchase of a package of shares but also given the fact that the Republic of Moldova has become a stable partner and this is a signal for other investors too. Viorica Dancila: Furthermore, I think that Prime Minister has given very many details, but it is important to recall yet another item: I think this means strengthening cooperation from the energy standpoint between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. We talked about education, culture, healthcare, I think our cooperation must be diversified, and the issue related to Transgaz shows a closer cooperation in the energy field between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. Reporter: I want to ask you in the context of the situation related to DNA, for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, we know that this activity is appreciated as exemplary. What is your message for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, in the context of DNA future, taking into account Justice Minister's proposal regarding the revocation of Madam Kovesi? Thank you very much. Viorica Dancila: I want to mention the fact that as you know, Minister Tudorel Toader is Minister in my Cabinet, he is a very good Minister, member of the Venice Commission that I very much trust. In connection to what you said, I stated several times that nobody should interfere with the judiciary, neither the politicians, nor anybody else. Judiciary must be independent and do its duty. Minister came up with his assessment report, a very well documented report, this must follow its course, and those who will decide, will have to be from the judiciary. Of course, the final answer will come from President Iohannis. Reporter: Thank you. If we are speaking about Romania's investments, today, you were to visit a kindergarden from Bardar which in fact was renovated from money offered by the Romanian Government. I want to ask you why you cancelled this visit, and if you know that this kindergarten risks closure as employees there receive wages worth nearly 50 euros, one thousand and something Moldovan lei, and they announced in recent days a general strike? What do you believe about this and why you cancelled this visit? Thank you. Pavel Filip: If you allow me, I do not think Madam Prime Minister knows the situation from Bardar - based kindergarten. The schedule was drawn up by us alongside the Embassy of Romania here, in Chisinau, and then, it was coordinated with the Romanian side. This is why it is fair to ask me, and not Prime Minister Dancila about this. I want to tell you that, if you want us to speak about the wage level, it is an issue related not only to Bardar kindergarten but one we are facing in the Republic of Moldova, and many populist statements can be made, and I can tell you about the low salary level within Ministries, wages of employees there, of those working in the fields of culture, education, and local public administration. This is why we can make tough and populist statements, but it is better to start working and implement the agenda of reforms, which is a very ambitious one for the Republic of Moldova and to attract investments, and through these investments, taxes are collected to the state budget, and therefore, we can afford paying higher wages for all categories of civil servants and not only for them. Thank you very much, Madam Prime Minister. PRESS RELEASE Strengthening bilateral cooperation including in the field of investments, and Romania's firm support for the pro-European path of the Republic of Moldova - themes of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's meeting with the president of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova Andrian Candu. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila conveyed on this meeting too, in Chisinau, with Andrian Candu, president of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Romania's firm endorsement of the pro-European path of the neighboring country, both through supporting the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova at the level of the EU states, and strengthening bilateral cooperation on the investment dimension. The Head of the Executive highlighted at the same time Romania's readiness for a closer coordination this year of the Great Union Centennial, including by accomplishment of some joint strategic projects with direct benefits for citizens and multiplication of Romanian investment in the Republic of Moldova. - We have many bilateral cooperation projects which we hope to launch, strengthen and complete with the Republic of Moldova, and which represent extremely important action directions, especially that in short time, on March 27, we will mark the 100th anniversary of Bessarabia's union with Romania, the Head of the Executive stated. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila added that the Romanian party counts on the presence of the president of the Republic of Moldova, Andrian Candu and of as many lawmakers from Chisinau at the joint solemn sitting of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament, to be dedicated to the centennial of Bessarabia's union with Romania. Investment of Transgaz National Gas Carrier that has Romanian state as major shareholder and of Transilvania Bank over the Prut, represent only the beginning of a deep cooperation relation and a clear signal sent to other Romanian and foreign investors regarding the attractiveness of the business environment in the Republic Moldova. Energy interconnection, both in terms of natural gas and electricity, as well as the interconnection of transport infrastructures, are strategic priorities for both states. Bilateral projects in the fields of health and education, but also in communications and information technology also have a significant potential for deepening bilateral cooperation. We are interested in multiplying Romanian investments in the Republic of Moldova, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, recalling the role of a legislative framework to encourage Romanian investors or other EU countries investors to develop business in the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, the fact that the Romanian investors present in the Republic of Moldova decided to form an Association will be an additional opportunity to strengthen the bilateral investment cooperation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila appreciated the Chisinau Parliament's increased involvement in pursuing the reform efforts and the fulfillment of European commitments and deemed very useful that the positive developments achieved so far in the Republic of Moldova's European dossier, be capitalized in the perspective of Romania's holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. Another topic addressed during Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilăs meeting with the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova Andrian Candu, focused on the importance of the legislative election to be held by the end of this year in the Republic of Moldova, for the pro-European path of this country. 2018-02-27 11:55:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-27-12-53-03big_poza1.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: România va continua să susțină ferm eforturile Republicii Moldova în parcursul său europeanȘtiri din 26.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-romania-will-continue-to-firmly-support-the-republic-of-moldova-s-efforts-along-its-european-pathPrime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay on February 27, a working visit to Chisinau, accompanied by a Cabinet delegation. Reconfirming Romania' support for the Republic of Moldova's European path, continuation of joint projects and strengthening bilateral economic ties are the main components of this working visit. - I want to assure the Chisinau authorities and the citizens across Prut River that Romania will continue to firmly support the Republic of Moldova's efforts along its European path. The Romanian Government will offer support for the acceleration of the reform process, including from the perspective of priorities undertaken by Chisinau through the Association Agreement with the European Union. Our joint projects are designed to contribute to a closer connection of the Republic of Moldova to the European space and to improving the citizens' life, stated the Head of the Romanian Executive. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will have a meeting with Prime Minister Pavel Filip at the closure of which the two officials will hold joint press statements, as well as an official meeting with the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Andrian Candu. During the visit, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her counterpart Pavel Filip will attend a meeting with representatives of the Siret - Prut - Nistru Euroregion and will inaugurate the Association of the Romanian Investors from the Republic of Moldova. The official governmental delegation will include Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration Paul Stanescu, Minister of Economy Danut Andrusca, Minister of Health Sorina Pintea. 2018-02-26 19:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-26-07-08-50big_sigla_guvern.pngPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă: Vreau să venim cu soluții practice și să corectăm cât mai multe din nedreptățile pe care le întâmpinațiȘtiri din 26.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-02-26 17:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-26-05-11-45big_sigla_guvern.pngVicepremierul Viorel Ștefan: Acordul de finanțare între Transgaz și BERD este o garanție suplimentară că faza I a BRUA pe teritoriul României va fi încheiată la termenȘtiri din 24.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-viorel-stefan-the-financing-agreement-between-ebrd-and-transgaz-is-an-additional-guarantee-that-the-first-phase-of-the-romanian-section-of-brua-will-be-completed-on-timeThe Government hails the partnership relation between EBRD and Transgaz, valuable company in the gas industry in Romania. The signing of the loan agreement of BRUA pipeline is a confidence signal sent to investors with respect to business opportunities that Romania is offering, Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan stated on Friday, in London, on the signing ceremony of the loan agreement between Transgaz and EBRD, worth 278 million lei (EUR 60 million dedicated to building the Romanian section of the BRUA natural gas pipeline). Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan emphasized that a new funding source of BRUA gas pipeline on Romanian territory is thus secured, alongside Transgaz investment of EUR 149 million, EU grant of EUR 179 million, EIB loan of EUR 50 million, as well other financiers. The total cost of the project amounts to EUR 479 million. The Romanian segment of BRUA is significant as length and functionality. The EBRD support in funding the execution stages of the first phase will bring additional guarantee that the standards will be observed and that the first phase of the project will be completed on time, therefore, by December 31, 2019 at the latest, the Vice Prime Minister stated. With a total length of 1318 km, the natural gas pipeline between Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria is a project that will ensure an extended integration of European gas markets and a diversification of routes and sources of supply. By promoting diversification of routes and supply sources, the BRUA pipeline will also support the development of local economies and competition on regional energy markets for the benefit of consumers. The first phase of the project includes the construction of a pipeline of 478- km between the Podişor technological hub near Bucharest and that of Recaş, about 30 km away from Timişoara, in the west of the country, as well as the installation of hardware and software surveillance systems, communication technologies, and three gas compressor stations that will be placed along the route. 2018-02-24 12:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-24-12-40-23big_stema.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu Familia Regală a RomânieiȘtiri din 23.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-02-23 16:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_7464.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Voi continua consultările cu asociațiile pacienților cu boli rare, iar la final voi veni cu un pachet de măsuri care să răspundă problemelor semnalateȘtiri din 23.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-02-23 14:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-23-02-25-32big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Federale Germania în România, Cord Meier-Klodt, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 22.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-the-federal-republic-of-germany-to-romania-h-e-cord-meier-klodt PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed today, February 22, at the Victoria Place, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Romania H.E. Cord Meier-Klodt, on a courtesy visit. The central theme of the discussions was the bilateral relationship between Romania and the Federal Republic of Germany. Talks focused on the joint interest to strengthen and further develop political dialogue and economic cooperation between the two countries. Prime Minister Dancila emphasized that the excellent relations between Romania and Germany are also based on close inter-personal ties considered also from the perspective of the ethnic Germans living in Romania, as well as of the contribution of Romania-born German citizens. They represent important bridges between the two countries. The Romanian senior official mentioned that Germany is Romanias top trading partner and the second largest investor in Romania's economy, and expressed openness to initiating a dialogue with representatives of German companies. Prime Minister Dancila also stated that intense cooperation is envisaged mainly in the research and production for promoting electromobility and energy storage, but also in the field of digitization. At the same time, the Head of the Executive outlined the willingness to continue and intensify cooperation for preparing the workforce in dual education system in all Romanian regions. Referring to Romanias taking over of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union as of January 1, 2019, Prime Minister gave assurances that our country will be an active and constructive partner, given its unitary, pro-European approach that is endorsed both by the Romanian authorities as a whole, and the citizens. Sectoral cooperation between the two states and the importance of a Romanian-German in-depth cooperation at European level were on the talks agenda. 2018-02-22 17:47:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_7072.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Adunarea Generală a Uniunii Naționale a Consiliilor Județene din RomâniaȘtiri din 22.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participated-in-the-session-of-the-general-assembly-of-the-national-union-of-romania-s-county-councilsAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the General Assembly of the National Union of Romanias County Councils Viorica Dancila: Chairman Marian Oprisan, Chairmen, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the session of the General Assembly of the National Union of Romanias County Councils. The National Union of Romanias County Councils always represented an important landmark in the dialogue local administration - central administration and the proposals and solutions you promoted and supported, could be found in several draft laws. I hope that in my tenure, collaboration with you focuses on public administration reform projects, mainly relying on local authorities' experience in relation to citizen, but also in public services management for this purpose. I know from president Liviu Dragnea who initiated the entire demarche, that the National Union of Romanias County Councils set up a representation office in Brussels, in 2005. This was an inspired move, because the County Councils' links with EU are increasingly closer ever since. This is why, Mr. Chairman, I fully agree on the exchange of good practices which we should have with EU member countries. Managing major areas of interest - county hospitals, road infrastructure, county roads, water-sewerage regional systems - shape the county councils as major engine of reducing gaps between urban and rural areas by at least 15 percent by 2020. My mission as I stated in the plenum of Parliament, when the Government I am leading, obtained the vote of investiture, is that in 2020, Romania climbs to the first half of the strongest EU economies ranking so that young people do not leave the country anymore, and those who already left it, want to return. To attain this objective, we are considering three main directions: increase in investments for infrastructure modernization, continued increase in the population's incomes, administrative reform, and cutting through red tape. Today, I will briefly refer to some aspects shaping the measures of the programme for government and in which your role is a very important one. On infrastructure: infrastructure, namely the correlation of the funding sources for carrying out public investments of the local authorities both from the National Programme of Rural Development(PNDL) and from EU funds or programme of the National Investment Company and the National Housing Agency will further represent a priority for the Government, so that at the end of our mandate, in 2020, an assessment can be done to see whether the targets planned in the governance programme were met.I will outline just two main funding sources: PNDL and the EU funds. PNDL: from the total of more than 6,800 objectives funded in PNDL II, in amount of nearly 30 billions lei, more than 340 belong to the county councils, in amount of more than 5 billions lei, 16 percent funding for mainly county roads. European funds: as you well know, - in 2017 we managed to accredit all management authorities and, even more, we introduced in the pay law a 25 percent granted to mayors, county council presidents, where we have projects carried out from European funds. However, the absorption rate isn't satisfying, and there is even a risk of decommitment on a 800 million euro amount on the Regional Operational Programme. I don't believe it is the case to remind you how vital these funds are for the development of our counties, be them water-sewage or waste projects funded from the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme, or roads, hospitals, schools, funded under the ROP. The capacity and experience you have at your disposal, as well as the capacity as presidents of the regional development agencies, members of the ROP monitoring committee, enable you to support the increase in absorption, and the problems you encounter in accessing funds you can communicate to me so we can urgently solve them. The regional hospitals represent a special issue. As you know, I returned from Brussels, and what I discussed with the Commissioner for regional policy worried me a lot. This is why I request all three chairmen of county councils: Iasi, Cluj and Dolj, to get involved in unblocking the land issue - I refer here to Cluj and Craiova, but also in the public utility projects development, site access, PUZs and other objectives. We have found major delays in the implementation of these projects and, for this reason, only with your involvement, they can be sent to the European Commission for funding. But I do not want to underline that chairmen of the county councils are guilty for this situation, I know that there have been many difficulties, but I think it is our duty to solve these problems. In connection with the legislation, the Administrative Code: it was submitted to Parliament as parliamentary initiative, it is under parliamentary debate at Senate, after the Senate passes it, it will enter parliamentary debate in the Chamber of Deputies, we hope it will be adopted by the end of the parliamentary session. The local public finance code: it is completed based on the previous theses adopted in 2017 and it is to be adopted by the end of the year. The core element of the Code will be the local budget balancing formula. As we tried in the past, in 2018 too, under the programme for government, we have proposed that 100 percent of the income tax be the local budgets source and balancing will lead to minimal operating budgets. As you know, in the year 2018, it was established the amount of 750 lei per inhabitant. I believe that only together, in the spirit of the practice of the previous years of the working groups, we can identify the best option for this formula. For example, the amount of 750 lei may be only for a minimum and it can be increased depending on the existing public services at the level of each locality. We look forward to a substantiated proposal from you, one agreed with all associative structures in the local government so that this important bill can be promoted as soon as possible. As regards the balancing amounts and the manner to earmark them adopted in line with Law 2/ 2018 of the state budget, alongside Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu and Minister Eugen Teodorovici, I will watch the implementation of the measures under the 2018 budget law, namely the regularisation of the balancing amounts for each territorial administrative unit, in accordance to the budget execution on December 31, 2017, to make sure the revenues in 2018 don't decline under the 2017 level. Furthermore, over the next period, we will introduce the possibility to use the budget surplus to finance the staff costs, to pay arrears, financial corrections or final court rulings but also to contract loans from Treasury to make public investments. But, as the Government is trying to identify solutions to all these problems you are facing at local level, I have a similar request to you. As you well know, the Unitary Pay Law, 153/2017, allowed local authorities to set wages on the basis of a regulation adopted by the local council, the only limit imposed being that no salary of a civil servant exceeds the salary of the vice mayor or of the Vice-President in your case. At the same time, we all know that the Tax Accountability Law imposes compliance with the budgetary limits. I therefore believe that everyone has to act with responsibility, and in this respect, staff costs must be within the overall limits, adjusted to each community's possibilities to finance them. Mr. Chairman, I listened to your opinion on decentralization, as you well know this was a draft law agreed by Liviu Dragnea, discussed with the academic milieu, with you, discussed with everyone involved, and I think that this project needs to continue, of course we should inspire from the good practices of other EU member states. Distinguished colleagues, my message today, 100 years after the Great Union, is to continue the dialogue as only united, can we succeed to be a strong voice both in Europe, and the world. Finally, I wish you great success as your success is the success of the community you represent. Thank you. 2018-02-22 13:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_vd_23_02_cj-6382.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 21.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-commission-jean-claude-junckerJoint press briefing by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner Corina Crețu [Check against delivery] Jean - Claude Juncker: Ladies and gentlemen, Madam Prime Minister, I was very pleased and glad that the new Prime Minister of Romania came to my office, as I know her very well, Madam Prime Minister was a member of the European Parliament for nine years, together with Corina Cretu. Therefore, Europe holds no kind of secret for the Romanian Prime Minister. She is the fifth Prime Minister I welcome here during my tenure, and let's hope this cycle stops and she'll stay longer in office, because I have started to lose track of all those Ive seen. Mr. Iohannis was here, 15 days ago, he is a pro-European President, so is the Prime Minister, so is Corina Cretu. I evoked the outlook of the Romanian Presidency in the first half of 2019, when everything is to culminate with the Summit in Sibiu, as I suggested my colleagues in the European Council to hold this summit in Sibiu. Let us hope that on this occasion, we will be able to finalize or almost finalize the debates on the financial perspectives, a very important dossier for our friends in Romania. Therefore, we should be able to determine the most important lines of the financial perspectives, the MFF, before June 2019, as the programs implemented following the adoption of financial perspectives should be ready on January 1, 2020. At least as regards the cohesion policy, we have 100,000 projects which should be backed - from the political and administrative as well as financial points of view. Therefore, the future Romanian presidency has a very big responsibility ahead in this respect. I once again told the Prime Minister that I'm convinced the MCV on Romania and Bulgaria should be lifted, terminated before the end of this Commission's mandate, and as I told my friend here, Romania's place is clearly within the Schengen Area. There is no reason to exclude Romania out of these citizens' ambitions that have to do with the Schengen Area. I briefly evoked the Juncker Plan implementation in Romania, which gives me reasons of joy because Romania managed to make investments worth 1, 9 billions through the use of the Juncker Plan FC, the Cohesion policy funds. Therefore, things are running well. Nevertheless, sometimes we may have the impression that certain political means in Romania want to take some liberties in terms of strict enforcement and observance of the rule of law regulations. I talked this with Madam Prime Minister too, and I hold the firm belief that all efforts shall be made for the judicial system to function. We hope it will not be subject to tests. Corina, you have the floor. Corina Cretu: Prime Minister, I am glad to be with you today, alongside Mr. President, and I would like to congratulate you once again for the fact that you assumed this responsibility of leading the Romanian Cabinet and for the fact that you are the first woman invested as Prime Minister after the December 1989 Revolution. As regards the regional policy portfolio, we had a very applied discussion yesterday. I informed Mr. President today about the performance in the previous financial exercise and the fact that we are working together to unblock the projects for the current financial exercise. I also spoke about the post 2020 future financial framework, about the way Romania will relate to all these, even before assuming the presidency of the Council of the EU next year, and I express my full confidence that the new Cabinet will do whatever is necessary to achieve performance in the EU funds absorption and as regards the manner Romania will hold the next year's presidency of the Council of the EU. From our point of view, as President Juncker said from the European Commission's point of view, we will have a good relation and cooperation. Thank you very much! Viorica Dancila: Thank you! I would like to thank President Juncker, to thank Corina Cretu for the openness and friendship shown, for their encouragement and for the fact that they declared and constantly supported the European path that Romania must have. As I pledged, the European dimension will be important for Romania, for the Romanian Government, and we will make every effort to have a fair, transparent cooperation with the European institutions, with the President of the European Commission respectively. As the President highlighted, we discussed about Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1, 2019, about the challenges Romania must address, and especially, about what we intend to achieve during this presidency. We talked about the Multiannual Financial Framework, about the fact that we want to conclude a political agreement during Romania's presidency of the Council of the EU, we talked about supporting the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, very important for Romania, we talked about the President's participation in the Sibiu Summit, which should give a signal regarding the European construction, and at the same time, I mentioned the fact that Romania's European path is linked to President Juncker. He was President of the European Council when Romania expressed its wish to join the European Union, was Prime Minister of Luxembourg when, in 2005, Romania signed the Accession Treaty, and now, Mr. Juncker is the EC President when Romania holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. We hope that during Mr Juncker's Presidency we would be able to talk about Romania's Schengen accession. Romania meets all conditions from the Commission's standpoint. And, likewise, we hope the MCV would be lifted, because it's not normal for Romania to take over the presidency with a sanction. These were the topics discussed. From the Romanian Government' standpoint, we will have a fair and transparent cooperation and of course, the EC President's endorsement is very important for the Romanian Government, for Romania and the Romanians. Reporter: Mr. President, I would like to ask you what were the precise talks on justice and the rule of law in Romania during the meeting that you had with Prime Minister Dăncilă and what assurances did you receive that there will be no slip-ups in order that the MCV can be lifted until the end of your tenure? And, with your permission, I would also like to ask the Prime Minister to answer this question. Jean - Claude Juncker: We discussed the problems you referred to, in a very cordial manner. I told Prime Minister that they should, in certain Romanian milieus, avoid giving the impression abroad that the rule of law, on some of its components, is in jeopardy. I also told the Prime Minister, as I told the Romanian President that I fully trust the judiciary in Romania. Issues exist in several countries of the EU regarding the strict enforcement of the rule of laws regulations, obviously I evoked this issue. Im not necessarily very worried about the situation in Romania. I know that the Romanian President is dealing with this, too, keeps watch on it, I know that the judiciary is working and the Prime Minister is very keen on the rule of law regulations, on the rule of law, and so I have noticed everything that could be noticed. Viorica Dancila: Yes, we discussed about it, and indeed I do believe in the freedom of the judiciary, I believe in the rule of law, and also in the fact that one must fight against corruption, and I told Mr. President Juncker, that when there is any doubt, we must talk punctually, not generally, to clarify or set things right what is unsatisfactory at European level. And I believe that this - a punctual good cooperation regarding the issues that are not satisfactory, and not generally, can only be beneficial both for Romania and for the briefing of the European institutions. Reporter: I have a more precise question in that case addressed to the Prime Minister and the President. Laura Kovesi of the Anticorruption Directorate said that there is an assault and a slander to undermine her Agency, led by prominent politicians and businessmen in Romania. I would like to get your comment on that, and also on the fears that the long - awaited Minister of Justice's report on the Anticorruption Directorate due tomorrow could be the start of the process to topple Mr. Kovesi. Viorica Dăncilă: This is a question I cannot answer. I think the judiciary must be independent. Let's wait for the Justice Minister's report. We have had no talks in connection with this aspect because I think nobody must intervene in the judiciary. I don't know what will happen. We will see tomorrow, I understood that the Justice Minister will come up publicly with this report, and I think this is important. We must let the judiciary do its duty, and there must no interference, either political or from other points of view in the judicial process. I think this is the right way, and I equally think that what is happening now in Romania, the fact that nobody intervenes in the judiciary, this is a good thing. I would like for all citizens of Romania, regardless of office, to observe the European directive that says that the presumption of innocence exists until final sentence. Justice is served by judges and I, as MEP for nine years, I voted this directive , and I want the European directives to be taken into account and enforced not only in Romania, but across the EU. Jean-Claude Juncker: I have just said minutes ago, that we are watching very closely all the things which have to be looked at. Reporter: Other question for both: the President and the Prime Minister. It's about Marius Valcov, one of your close advisors. He has been convicted to 8 years in jail for allegations on corruption and money laundering, but he's still an advisor, so, I would like to hear your explanation since you have said that you believe in justice and the justice system and also I would like to have an assessment from President Juncker since he said that he thinks the justice system is strong in Romania, so the Government should follow the justice system's decisions. Thank you. Viorica Dăncilă: You used the term - close, he is advisor to the Prime Minister, it is true. As far as I know, Mr Valcov's sentence was not a final one, and I said that the presumption of innocence should exist until there is a final court ruling. There is a European Directive in this respect, and I only comply with a European directive which I, as a MEP, voted in the European Parliament. If there is a final decision in this case, I assure you that my attitude shall totally change. Jean - Claude Juncker: The gentleman you are referring to, is not my Advisor. 2018-02-21 18:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big__.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu comisarul european pentru politica regională, Corina CrețuȘtiri din 20.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-of-romania-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policy-corina-cretuPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă met with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting today with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu during her visit to Brussels. The meeting took place in continuation of the January 30, 2018 talks in Bucharest, between Prime Minister and the European Commissioner in the context of the Romanian Government's most active dialogue with the European Commission regarding the EU funds management. Prime Minister presented the measures which the Romanian Government intends to take to facilitate a better absorption of EU funds and to make the most of the financing opportunities they offer. At the same time, Prime Minister presented the stage of the designation process, the fulfillment of conditionalities, start of the programmes implementation, and avoidance of the decommitment risks which are still high for certain programmes. Special attention was extended to regional hospitals related projects. During the meeting, the officials agreed to establish a working group for simplification with a view to increasing the absorption rate of European funds in Romania. An important topic on the discussion agenda was also the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework post -2020, in the context of the recent European Commission's communication on this topic. The major importance of this dossier for Romania was highlighted, including from the perspective of the goals of the EU Council presidency in the first half of 2019. The two officials voiced hope that EU-level negotiations will lead to solutions that accommodate in a balanced manner both the new and the old priorities of the Union, emphasizing the importance of retaining a role and important allocations for the cohesion policy in the future budget, the Unions main investment policy, which made and continues to make a major contribution to reducing development gaps within the European Union. 2018-02-20 19:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_foto_3.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu Antonio Tajani, președintele Parlamentului EuropeanȘtiri din 20.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-european-parliament-antonio-tajaniJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, in Brussels Antonio Tajani: Good afternoon, everyone. I had a long meeting with Prime Minister Dancila, our former colleague, here, in Parliament, she returned home for a couple of moments to discuss about our relations. I underlined the importance of Romania's first mandate at the helm of the Council of the EU, first for the adoption of the multiannual financial framework. The Parliament insists on the final approval of the MFF before the European elections, in this mandate, and we count on the collaboration with the Romanian presidency. We also discussed about the need for the EU budget to increase, but not out of the citizens' pockets, but as the Parliament will propose in the coming days, by taxing the digital economy. Another important thing we discussed was Brexit. The EP vote will mean the end of this process and the collaboration with the Romanian presidency will be extremely important here as well.The Romanian preidency will also have an important role in Balkans integration process, will continue what the Bulgarian and the Austrian presidencies will do, considering also the fact that Romania has an in-depth knowledge of Balkan realities. I have asked the Romanian Government to continue to strengthen the rule of law, continue its fight against corruption and the pursuit of transparency and competitiveness. Madam Prime Minister gave me assurances of her availability to cooperate with the European Parliament and to come in the plenum of the Parliament, to speak about Romania's projects and for a debate on Europe's future. Therefore, thank you once again for this visit! Thank you for returning home! Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Mr. President Antonio Tajani, for your warm welcome and openness shown. It was touching for me to come here today. I came as Prime Minister today and I believe that together with you, with the European leaders, we need to find solutions to the ensuing challenges. We discussed, as Mr. President has mentioned, about the Romanian Presidency starting January 1, 2019, about the challenges that Romania needs to address, the Brexit, the multiannual financial framework. I totally agree with Mr. Tajani regarding the growth of the EU budget or maintaining a budget of the same level while at the same time supporting the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. I think a good cooperation is beneficial for Europe, for Romania, and the fact that my first visit as Prime Minister was here, to Brussels, shows the European dimension I want for the Government I am leading. I am sure that it will be a very good cooperation, I am sure that the President of the European Parliament will be involved in helping us in connection with the presidency of the Council of the EU, and I will come to speak before the European Parliament about the future of Europe of which Romania must be an active part, get involved in it, considering, as I said before, the presidency and the challenges. I am sure that a good cooperation as regards the presidency, a fair, transparent cooperation between the Bucharest Government, the European Parliament and the President of the European Parliament will bring added value when Romania holds the presidency of the EU Council. At the same time, I am sure that together we will make every effort to conclude a political agreement on the multiannual financial framework during the Romanian presidency. Thank you, once again, I thank the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Tajani, for his openness and for the very first points in fact in terms of good cooperation between the President of the Parliament and the Romanian Government. Antonio Tajani: Thank you! 2018-02-20 18:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_tajani.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu președintele Consiliului European, Donald TuskȘtiri din 20.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-will-meet-senior-european-officials-in-brussels-on-february-20-21On February 19 -21, Prime Minister of Romania will pay an official visit to Brussels where she will have meetings, with the European Council President Donald Tusk, with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani and with the European Commission President Jean - Claude Juncker. Prime Minister will also hold talks with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. The visit's main objective is to intensify Prime Minister's and the Romanian Government's dialogue with European institutions, at the highest level, in the perspective of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU, on January 1, 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will present Romania's priorities for the next period, with emphasis on the main European dossiers. Thus, there will be approached subjects such as: the post 2020 multiannual financial framework of the Union, including regarding Romania's role in the future negotiations. Prime Minister will emphasize the importance that Romania attaches to maintaining important allocations for the cohesion policy and the agricultural one. Aspects pertaining to strengthening the European project, internal security, EU Neighborhood, and deepening the Economic and Monetary Union will be also discussed as well as elements of interest in view of 2019 European elections. Romania's commitment to contributing in a constructive manner to coping with current challenges and the consolidation of the EU's unity and cohesion, including through ensuring an efficient mandate that would allow the delivery of positive results during our tenure at the helm of the presidency of the EU Council. 2018-02-20 16:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ep1c9830.jpgDana Varga, consilier de stat: Romii sunt o parte a acestei națiuni, iar cetățenii de etnie romă trebuie să beneficieze de aceleași drepturi ca toți ceilalți locuitori ai țăriiȘtiri din 20.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-02-20 09:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-20-10-34-05big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Italia la București, Marco Giungi, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 19.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-ambassador-of-italy-to-romania-h-e-marco-giungiPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today, February 19, H.E. Marco Giungi, Ambassador of Italy to Romania. The two officials saluted the excellent bilateral relationship based on two decades of Strategic Partnership, a decade of Consolidated Strategic Partnership respectively. The Romanian Prime Minister appreciated the special dynamics of the sectoral bilateral dialogue, in the perspective of resuming the political dialogue at governmental level. During the talks, satisfaction for the very good level of economic ties was also expressed, the value of Romanian - Italian trade attaining a record level of nearly EUR 14 billion, the highest over the past ten years. The Romanian Prime Minister reaffirmed the interest in attracting Italian investment in Romania in order to participate in the infrastructure modernization plan in our country, but also to get involved in the energy, high tech or IT and C industry. Referring to the Romanian community from Italy, the largest community of foreigners there, Prime Minister Dancila saluted the close cooperation between the two countries' authorities in the fields of internal affairs and labor, with a view to ensuring optimal living standards for Romanians living in Italy. The officials evoked the cooperation at European level, Romania and Italy having close close views on key dossiers such as: the future of the Union, the post 2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, the cohesion policy, the internal market, industrial policy, cooperation in the field of justice and home affairs, the European Neighborhood Policy, EU enlargement, PESCO. The objectives of Romania's EU Council presidency were also among the issues addressed during the meeting. The discussion agenda also included the strategic and security cooperation between Romania and Italy. 2018-02-19 15:42:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_italiei_la_bucurești,__marco_giungi_01.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a participat la lucrările Adunării generale a Asociaţiei Comunelor din România – ACoRȘtiri din 19.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participated-in-the-session-of-the-general-assembly-of-the-association-of-romania-s-communes-acorAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the session of the General Assembly of the Association of Romanias Communes - AcoR Chairperson Emil Draghici, Mayor, Mayors, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank you for the invitation to participate in the works of the 21 st session of the General Assembly of Communes in Romania and I congratulate you that for 20 years, you have managed to mobilize at this unique event all local public administration authorities so that together, we can identify the solutions to the problems of the citizens that you represent with honor. Although it is the first time when I attend such an event, I have noticed with great joy that there are among you many of my colleagues that I particularly appreciate. I would like to thank you for your work in supporting the communities you represent, and to remind you that one of my main objectives, under the programme for government is to reduce the gaps between the urban and the rural areas by at least 15 percent by 2020. I know it is not time for congratulations and for this reason, today, I am accompanied by a team of Ministers in order to find out from the dialogue with you, the problems you have encountered. My mission, as I stated in the plenum of the Parliament, when the Cabinet I am leading, got the investiture vote, is that in 2020, Romania will climb in the first half of the ranking of the most powerful economies in the European Union, so that young people will not leave Romania anymore, and those who have already left to want to return home. In order to attain this goal, we are considering three main directions: increasing investment to modernize infrastructure, continuing to increase population's incomes, reforming the administration and cutting through red tape. The PSD - ALDE Government managed in 2017 to initiate and finalize the second stage of the most important programme for public infrastructure at the level of the local authorities, PNDL 2, with the amount of 30 billion lei. The viability of the PNDL 1 program, introduced by the Ministry of Development at that time, by Mr. Liviu Dragnea, gave us the certainty that it must continue and that is why we are talking about PNDL 2 as a program that the development chances of many communities depend on. More than 80% of the funding from both PNDL 1 and PNDL 2 is directed to the communes, because we wanted to prove that the modernization of the Romanian village is no longer a phrase, but a concrete and achievable measure. Thus, in 2017, for the PDNL 2, the orders for the financing of more than 6,800 objectives worth 30 billion lei were issued, of which, at the level of the communes, there are 5,431 objectives, worth nearly 20.6 billion lei. Also, in parallel, more than 3,900 objectives were further funded for communes, under the PNDL 1, amounting to 12.1 billion lei. The correlation of funding amounts for achieving the minimum package of public services, generically named 10S, both from the PNDL and European funds or through programs of the National Investment Company and the National Housing Agency, will continue to be a priority for the Government, so that by the end of our mandate in 2020, we will jointly evaluate whether the targets we proposed, have been met, and here we are talking about: increasing the percentage of connection to water services from 65.2% - in 2016 to 87% - in 2020; increasing the connection rate to sewerage services from 49.1% - in 2016 to 60% - in 2020; increasing the percentage of upgraded roads from 39.4% - in 2016 to 61% in 2020; increasing the percentage of surveyed and registered properties: from 40% in 2016 to 80% of dwellings and 100% agricultural land in 2020; 100% schools with authorization to operate by 2020, this is because, although we are in the 21st century, when we should be concerned with digitization and the application of performing teaching methods in education, today, we are still confronted with the problem of schools with outdoor sanitation. There are 4,238 of these schools, 2,356 of which have outdoor sanitation, no running water and no sewerage system. Another priority will be to support the continued allocation of European funds for rural development but also for agriculture, and I refer to direct payments under the future Common Agricultural Policy. The nine years when I have worked in the European Parliaments Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development gave me the opportunity to know the levers whereby we can act, so that the future financial exercise is a better one, by means of European funds and for us to be able to better support the development of the Romanian village and the agriculture. I would not want to go over the chapter dedicated to European funds for rural development without telling you that, in the current financial exercise, the NRDP(PNDR) allocated 8.1 billion euros, from which we have so far attracted up to 2.7 billion euros, representing 32 % of the total amount. Correlation of funding sources with measures to increase the financial autonomy of local authorities is and will remain a priority of my mandate. As you well know, we undertook the adoption of the Local Public Finance Code by the end of 2018 so that we can improve the local budget balancing system by increasing the quotas deducted from the income tax from 73% to 100%. Providing a minimum operating and development budget each year for each administrative-territorial unit; for 2018, the minimum level was set at 750 lei for each inhabitant, but not less than one million lei per commune. Since I took over as Prime Minister, I very well documented myself on the local authorities funding and I learnt more about the mechanism to balance local budgets as the current local public finance law provides, I refer to Law 273/ 2006 and the Law 2/2018 of state budget for this year. Given my experience as local councillor and county councillor, I am acquainted with local administration activity and this is why I understood the UATs(teritorial administrative units) discontent with the rules imposed in 2018, especially those relating to taking into account ,upon establishing the deducted sums, of the budget surplus registered on December 31, 2016. Alongside Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu and Minister Eugen Teodorovici, I will pursue the implementation of the measures included in the Budget Law for 2018, respectively, adjusting the balancing amounts for each ATU, in line with the budget execution of December 31, 2017. In other words, we will make sure that the revenues of 2018 will not be below those of 2017. Moreover, we will introduce over the next period the possibility of using the budget surplus to finance staff costs too - the payment of arrears, financial corrections or final court rulings. But as the Cabinet has been trying to find solutions to all the problems you are facing, I have the same kind of request to you too. As you well know, the unitary pay law, Law 153/2017 allowed local authorities to set their wages based on a regulation adopted by the Local Council, the only limit imposed being that no salary of a civil servant exceeds the salary level of the vice mayor. At the same time, we all know that the fiscal responsibility law imposes compliance with the budget limits. I therefore consider that everyone has to act with responsibility and that, in this respect, the staff costs must be within the limits of the self-financing capacity of each community. Last but not least, I want to hail all your efforts to draw up the Administrative Code which are currently under debate in the parliamentary committees. By passing this code, we will bring a better and clearer regulation at the public administration level, at the same time with clarification of competences and of the responsibility of locally elected and civil servants under their authority. Dear mayors, I have made a very brief overview of two major areas of interest, infrastructure and funding sources, but I would like to bring to your attention a very important objective of 2018, namely, the celebration of the Centenary of the Great Union. Along with the Ministry of Culture, we made an X-ray of all the actions and projects proposed to be included in the Centenary Program and I was very pleased to notice that many of you, either with your resources or with resources from various programs , you proposed actions in honor of this event. My message, today, 100 years after the Great Union, is to continue the dialogue, because only united,we will be able to be a strong voice both in Europe and in the world. I am deeply touched by the beautiful words said by Mr. Academician, I listened very carefully to the statement and the requests that Mr. Drăghici made and I want to tell you that my heart and I am convinced that the heart of all Romanians vibrates when we hear about the Republic of Moldova. In the European Parliament, I strongly supported the strengthening of our relations, but at the same time I supported and I further support the European path of the Republic of Moldova. I am sure that we all think so, and that important steps are required to put this wish into practice. I want to assure you, Mr. President, that at hardly a month since my investiture, my first visit will be, after going to the European institutions, to the Republic of Moldova. Thus, on February 27, I will go to Chisinau and have a first discussion with Prime Minister Filip, and we will see how we can strengthen the cooperation between the Romanian Government and the Government of the Republic of Moldova and I am convinced that this will be an important step in strengthening the relations between the two countries. Once again, I thank you and in conclusion, I wish you greater success in unfolding this action, activity and this dialogue and I thank you once again for your invitation. 2018-02-19 13:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_lucrările_adunării_generale_a_asociaţiei_comunelor_08.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Statului Israel, Tamar Samash, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 16.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-the-ambassador-of-the-state-of-israel-h-e-tamar-samashPrime Minister Viorica Dancila welcomed today at Victoria Palace the Ambassador of the State of Israel, H.E. Tamar Samash. During talks, the symbolic importance of 2018 for the dynamics of the bilateral relations was outlined: this year, the State of Israel celebrates 70 years since its establishment, it also marks 70 years of uninterrupted Romanian-Israeli diplomatic relations, while Romania celebrates the Greater Union Centennial. The two officials evoked the traditional friendship relations between the two countries and highlighted the excellent level of cooperation between Romania and the State of Israel. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister appreciated that deepening of the relationship with Israel represents a priority for Romania. During the talks, emphasis was put on diversifying the economic and sectorial cooperation, in the perspective of resuming the political dialogue at the governmental level. The officials also approached the possibility of concluding a Romanian-Israeli partnership in the area of new technologies, with emphasis on sectors such as: energy, sustainable agriculture, cyber-security and entrepreneurial innovations for high-tech areas. As regards the economy, it was analyzed the current state and development opportunities of trade exchanges and economic cooperation and it was emphasized the need to identify some concrete projects to stimulate the mutual interest of the two countries' business communities in order to capitalize on the economic potential of both Romania and Israel. Both parties expressed an increased interest in investments in the medical area, extending cooperation in the pharmaceutical area and in creating regional centers of radiotherapy. The tourism area, especially the spa area, were also considered offering for the Israeli investors. Cooperation in the defence area was deemed very solid, with prospective development potential. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila already remarked the fulfillment of a decade of Romanias constant commitment with respect to condemning anti-Semitism, assuming the past and condemning the denial of Holocaust. On this occasion, Romanias interest to continue the cooperation in the Holocaust education area was reiterated, as well as to complete the project for the opening of Romanias National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust. 2018-02-16 12:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_statului_israel_la_bucurești,_tamar_samash05.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la bilanțul Inspectoratului General al Poliției Române (IGPR)Știri din 16.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-02-16 12:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_5975.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Îmi declar sprijinul ferm pentru persoanele cu dizabilități, indiferent de natura acestoraȘtiri din 16.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-02-16 10:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-16-10-18-19big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea Excelenței Sale XU Feihong, ambasadorul Republicii Populare Chineze în România, de către doamna prim-ministru Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 14.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-h-e-xu-feihong-ambassador-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-to-romaniaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today at Victoria Palace with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Romania, H.E. Xu Feihong. The two officials had a constructive and cordial dialogue, both hailing the bilateral relations dynamics within Romania - China Ample Partnership of Friendship and Cooperation and emphasizing their wish to intensify political dialogue and strengthen economic cooperation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila thanked the Ambassador of China for the congratulatory message from the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on the occasion of her investiture. Referring to economic cooperation, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă mentioned Romania's main objective to gradually balance the bilateral trade, by boosting Romanian exports to China. Increase in the Romanian agri-food products exports but also in the value added exports can contribute to attaining this balance in the future, argued Romanian Prime Minister. Cooperation in the fields of transport and energy occupied an important place on the two officials' talks agenda. In the transport field, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced Romania's interest for cooperation with China in road infrastructure projects, in maritime transport, as well as in air transport. Prime Minister also thanked the Chinese side for its interest regarding railway infrastructure development in Romania, from a national perspective, but also in the context of regional connectivity. In the energy field, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted Romanias strengths both in terms of geographic position and energy resources, these are likely to be an incentive for Chinese investors. Cooperation between the two states in the field of nuclear energy was also addressed. Both Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Chinas Ambassador Xu Feihong mentioned the need to facilitate people-to-people contacts and support bilateral tourism. Last but not least, both parties expressed their readiness for active and constructive cooperation within the 16 + 1 cooperation format in order to capitalize on its full existing potential. 2018-02-14 13:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_5153.jpgRidicarea vizelor, candidatura României la OCDE, Parteneriatul Strategic România-SUA, pe agenda discuțiilor dintre prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, și ambasadorul SUA, Hans KlemmȘtiri din 12.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/lifting-visa-requirements-romania-s-candicacy-for-oecd-membership-romania-us-strategic-partnership-on-the-agenda-of-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-talks-with-the-u-s-ambassador-hans-klemmPrime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila welcomed the U.S. Ambassador H.E. Hans Klemm on a presentation visit. On the occasion of the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the U.S. Ambassador briefy reviewed the Romania-U.S. Strategic Partnership, noting its very positive dynamics in 2017 and its further development prospects. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced her firm commitment and that of the entire Cabinet to further expand and deepen the Strategic Partnership on all its dimensions, highlighting the special role Romania attaches to its relationship with the United States in its overall foreign and security policy. Upon reviewing the decisive aspects of the Romanian-American bilateral cooperation, the Romanian Prime Minister approached the discussion regarding the prospects for lifting this year the short-stay visa requirements for Romanian citizens travelling to the United States by including Romania in the Visa Waiver Program. Further, the Romanian official emphasized the significant increase in the resources allocated by Romania to the armed forces' endowment and the increase of their capabilities, voicing her belief that the procurement programmes will play an important role in the overall Strategic Partnership, being about to produce effects beyond the collaboration in security issues, including boosting Romania - U.S. economic cooperation. Both officials expressed their determination to work together to strengthen the economic component of the Strategic Partnership, starting from the very good results of the bilateral cooperation in 2017. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the Romanian economy's openness to U.S. investors, encouraging the U.S. diplomatic mission to Romania to submit as soon as possible a list of the American companies that are interested in investing in Romania. Prime Minister underlined the importance of American investors to the Romanian market, highlighting the importance attached by the Executive to this major investment project. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă added that at the same time, the accomplishment and success of this project are essential for enhancing bilateral economic cooperation. The Head of the Executive also outlined the consistency of Romanias candidacy for OECD membership, asking the US for support to advance it. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă expressed concern over the drop last week of the Dow Jones index (of the stock exchange implicitly) and voiced hopes that this situation will not continue anymore as it would generate potentially global effects. At the same time, on todays meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister extended the American side an invitation to participate, at the highest level ,in the Three Seas Initiative summit meeting to be held in September, in Bucharest. Ambassador Hans Klemm voiced his conviction regarding the continuation of positive dynamics in the bilateral relationship and the interest of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Bucharest in continuing dialogue with the Romanian institutions in order to implement the joint projects and capitalize on the opportunities offered by the Strategic Partnership for promoting the two partners' values ​​and interests. The U.S. Ambassador conveyed the US appreciation for the fact that Romania is promoting a gender equality model by appointing a woman at the helm of the Executive, and expressed readiness to support efforts designed to consolidate Romania and the Romania- United States relations. 2018-02-12 14:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_5003.jpgRomânia a demonstrat consecvență în angajamentul de a sprijini integrarea europeană a Republicii MoldovaȘtiri din 06.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-has-proved-consistency-regarding-the-commitment-to-endorse-the-european-integration-of-the-republic-of-moldovaVice Prime Minister for strategic partnerships' implementation Ana Birchall had a meeting on Tuesday, February 6, with the Republic of Moldova Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Tudor Ulianovschi. On this occasion, the Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall reiterated the importance which Romania attaches to the Strategic Partnership with the Republic of Moldova, and emphasized that the development of the bilateral cooperation at all levels represents a priority assumed in the programme for government. Romania has proved consistency regarding the commitment to endorse the European integration of the Republic of Moldova and it will further support the steps taken by Chisinau authorities in this direction, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall stated. The representative of the Government of Romania stated in this context, that one of the essential components of the strategic partnership between the two countries pertains to the cooperation and inter-connection between the two states in the energy area. 2018-02-06 15:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-06-03-55-28big_1.jpgTransparența și implicarea activă a cetățenilor în actul de guvernare, priorități ale Guvernului DăncilăȘtiri din 05.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/transparency-and-active-citizen-participation-in-the-government-act-priorities-of-dancila-cabinetVice Prime Minister for Romania's Strategic Partnerships' Implementation Ana Birchall participated on February 5, in the European Open Government Leaders' Forum. The main aim of the Forum's debates attended by European political leaders and representatives of the civil society throughout Europe, was to identify solutions to improve civic participation in public policies. Also, in the margins of the event, the representative of the Government of Romania had bilateral meetings with Helen Turek, OGP Programme Coordinator for Romania, Thea Tsulukiani, Justice Minister of Georgia, and with Marianna Madia, Minister of Public Administration and Simplification of Italy. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall outlined that Romania's readiness to undertake a better citizen connection to the government act, in line with the OGP principles. - I am honored to represent the Government of Romania at the European Open Government Leaders' Forum. First of all, I would like to convey Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's greeting and appreciation for the importance that you attach to the theme of open government, and to assure you of the determination of the Prime Minister and the Government of Romania to act in accordance with the OGP principles in a more active manner for a better citizen participation in the actual act of government, stated Ana Birchall in her speech on this occasion. In the message delivered at the European Open Government Leaders' Forum, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall emphasized that - shaping public policy processes and public administration services in line with the citizens' direct interests, represents a foremost preoccupation of the Romanian Government. We are determined to act transparently and stimulate a broad public participation in the Government's works, for the voice of citizens to be best heard. At the same time, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall pointed out that for the open government principles to be successfully implemented, the involvement of all walks of life is required. - We need national and local institutions, civil society, academia and business community to show real interest, to actively participate in the development and implementation of National Action Plans. Concepts such as: e-government, citizens budget, open contracting data standards, open education, open data, open Parliament, cities and sustainable communities, should not remain at the stage of ideas. On the contrary, these concepts have become part of everyday life and we need to use them more for the benefit of our citizens, argued Ana Birchall. In view of the debates on this topic, Vice Prime Minister for Strategic Partnerships' Implementation has stated that the openness of the administration and the civic participation are essential conditions for building a more inclusive society, a more efficient and fairer economy, and a more transparent democracy, and the exchange of good practices in the field of open government can be an important support for our country in continuing to fulfill commitments such as those related to transparent public procurement, open data or access to information of public interest. 2018-02-05 16:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_sesiunea_1.jpegViceprim-ministrul pentru implementarea parteneriatelor strategice Ana Birchall va reprezenta Guvernul României la Forumul european al liderilor pentru guvernare deschisăȘtiri din 04.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-for-the-strategic-partnerships-implementation-ana-birchall-will-represent-the-government-of-romania-at-the-european-open-government-leaders-forumVice Prime Minister for Romania's Strategic Partnerships' Implementation Ana Birchall will participate on February 5, in the European Open Government Leaders' Forum, an event organised on the first day of the Open Government Week in Italy. The Forum will gather policy makers, senior representatives, experts and representatives of the civil society throughout Europe in order to discuss the role of the civic participation for a better development of public policies, the improvement of the government systems in public administration and the use of new technologies in order to strengthen the government act and the dialogue with citizens, mainly through drawing up and implementing policies in the open public data domain. The debate will also focus on reaffirming political support for open government and the intensification of efforts worldwide in order to enhance political commitment in public policies specific to open government. Additional Information The Open Government Partnership is an international agreement which aims at the governments' involvement in promoting transparency and using new technologies to strengthen the government act and the dialogue with citizens. The Government of Romania joined this initiative in 2011 and in April 2012, it approved, through a Memorandum, Romania's participation in the Open Government Partnership. As of August 2015, Romania became member of the OGP Steering Committee for a three-year period. 2018-02-04 12:18:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-04-12-27-18big_sigla_guvern.pngRomânia a câștigat procesul cu Chevron; Compania va plăti despăgubiri RomânieiȘtiri din 03.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-won-lawsuit-against-chevron-the-company-is-to-pay-damages-to-romaniaChevrom Petroleum Company is to pay damages of USD 73, 450,000 to the National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM) following the annulment of three oil concession agreements without complying with the financial obligations under the Petroleum Law. The decision belonged to the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, the leading international commercial arbitration institution which was requested to rule in the Chevron vs. ANRM case. According to the ruling, Chevron has pay to ANRM the amount of USD 73,450,000, plus the legal interest rate according to the BNR reference rate +8%, calculated from October 23, 2014 until the date of full payment, as well as the arbitration expenses paid by ANRM. ANRM was represented by the Law Office Zamfirescu Racoţi and Partners, specialized in consultation services in the field of business and reoresentation in litigation solving. Additional information ANRM and Chevron Romania Holdings concluded, on March 3, 2011, three concession agreements for the exploitation-development-exploration in the EX-17 Costineşti, EX-18 Vama Veche and EX-19 Adamclisi perimeters approved by Government Decisions, which stipulated minimum exploration obligations assumed by Chevron. In November 2014, Chevron informed ANRM that it was giving up the aforementioned concession agreements. ANRM refused however to issue the decision to terminate the concession, given the petroleum company's failure to observe Article 40 of the Petroleum Law. More precisely, Chevron did not make available to the competent authority - the amount representing the value of works provided by the minimum exploration programme set under the oil agreement and those of development and exploration, due on the date of notification of the renouncement and not performed for reasons attributable to the holder of the oil agreement. The US company appealed to the Court of Arbitration in June 2015, asking to ascertain that it had fulfilled its obligations under the oil agreements with ANRM to terminate the contracts. By the end of 2015, ANRM represented by the Law Office Zamfirescu Racoţi and Partners, submitted to the Court of Arbitration in Paris both the the Answer to the Request for Arbitration, and a reconventional demand by which it formulated financial claims resulting from the concession contracts. During June 19-23, 2017, the final hearings were held in Paris in the Chevron vs. ANRM (21138 / MHM) arbitral case and the decision of the Arbitration Court was ruled in favour of ANRM. 2018-02-03 10:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-03-05-10-25big_stema.pngGuvernul Dăncilă, angajament pentru combaterea traficului de persoaneȘtiri din 01.02.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/dancila-cabinet-committed-to-combating-human-traffickingOn Thursday, February 1, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall represented the Government of Romania at the debate on preventing and combating human trafficking, entitled Executive Leadership in the Response to Trafficking in Persons, which was organised by the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. On this occasion, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall presented Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's message and also delivered the message conveyed by the Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's message outlined the idea that one of the Governments priorities is the development and enlargement of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the U.S. in more areas, including in terms of protecting and promoting human rights and combating human trafficking. I want to congratulate the U.S. Embassy for organising this event, and I want to assure you will have a reliable partner in the Government of Romania, in terms of preventing and combating human trafficking. It is a fight we are duty bound to assume, in order to help vulnerable people and the victims of this scourge. Trafficking in persons is a widespread phenomenon and only through a concerted joint effort can we win the battle against traffickers networks reads Prime Minister Dăncilăs message in its opening. - Our commitment, of the Government of Romania, is unequivocal. We want to get involved and contribute to combating human trafficking and our country is and will be at the forefront of this fight, with all its available means. In order to be efficient, a strategy combating this phenomenon should adopt a multi-disciplinary approach that will include prevention, protection of human rights, of victims and the criminal prosecution of traffickers, while pursuing concomitantly the harmonisation of the relevant national legislations and making sure that these laws are enforced uniformly and efficiently. The international cooperation and solidarity are decisive in order to make this world a better place, safer and more equitable Prime Minister's message further conveys. At the same time, the Internal Affairs Minister's message outlined the idea that Romania is participating in the efforts undertaken by organisations such as EUROPOL, INTERPOL, EUROJUST, FRONTEX or SELEC to counter transborder crime and limit the negative effects of human or children trafficking, the fight against human trafficking representing one of the Internal Affairs Ministry's priorities. Romania has a legislative and institutional framework which ensures the drawing up and implementation of measures in all fields of intervention which are specific to human trafficking: prevention, combat, protection and assistance, partnerships. In Romania, the victims of human trafficking benefit, by law, from protection and physical, judicial and special assistance, appropriate to their age, thus, protecting their private lives and identity and are entitled to physical, psychological and social recovery, the Internal Affairs Minister's message further reads. - Human trafficking represents an increased threat of transborder crime which undermines the guarantee of fundamental human freedoms. Human trafficking is the third form of organised crime in terms of the profits it generates and, unfortunately, the awareness efforts and the efforts of combating human trafficking are many times insufficient in relation to the magnitude of the situation stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall also added that - human trafficking can be stopped if we further pay due attention to this scourge, if we are united and we join our efforts to make sure that trafficking is eradicated from our societies and economies. The event gathered senior officials from among magistrates and authorities specialized in combating human trafficking from the United States, Romania and the Republic of Moldova. 2018-02-01 11:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-02-01-11-35-48big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu comisarul european pentru politici regionale, Corina CrețuȘtiri din 30.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policies-corina-cretuPM Viorica Dăncilă: A good liaison between Government and the European Commission will mean steps forward in the absorption of European funds Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă discussed today, at Victoria Palace, with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, the Government's objectives for the next period, with a view to increasing the absorption of European funds. Also attending the meeting were: Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration Paul Stanescu, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, State Advisor Sevil Shhaideh, and Deputy Secretary General within the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration Camelia Coporan. - I asked Ministries' involved to present solutions within two weeks in order that on December 31, 2018, Romania doesn't lose a single euro from the European funds allocated to it, stated the Head of the Executive. Also, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă outlined her intention to boost the European dimension of the government. In this respect, the Head of the Executive stated that she had asked the members of the Cabinet to personally attend the ministerial meetings of the Council of the European Union, and she also requested the Minister of European Affairs to present the state of implementation of the EU directives. As regards the absorption of European funds, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă deems very important for Romania a good liaison between Romania's Government and Brussels. If we do this and we will take it seriously, I think we can talk about steps forward in EU funds absorption, added the Head of the Executive. The members of the two delegations reviewed the important steps taken by Romania to absorb European money after the accreditation of all the managing authorities. European Commissioner Corina Cretu confirmed Romania's progress in increasing the EU funds absorption, expressing at the same time her confidence that the Romanian Executive would take care of all the outstanding issues and would provide quickly the best solutions to accelerate the absorption of European funds. We agreed to find together an action plan and to receive proposals to accelerate European funds by February 23. I have once again assured the Prime Minister of my full support and the support of the Commission, like in recent years, when I helped Romania to make the best use of EU money, stated the European official. Referring to the stage of priority investment projects under the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme(POIM), Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that within one month, she would analyze with the relevant Ministers the extent of the current delays, in order to identify viable solutions. It is the case of projects such as: the Campia Turzii - Ogra - Targu Mureş highway, construction of the M6 ​​Metro Line Gara de Nord- Otopeni and the construction of the three regional hospitals in Cluj, Iaşi and Craiova. Under the same operational programme, the projects of the Sebeş-Turda highway and the rehabilitation of the Radna-Gurasada-Simeria railway are on schedule. The Government will also support the inclusion of the Jiu Valley in the pilot project launched by the European Commission to finance mining areas development projects, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and European Commissioner Corina Creţu agreeing on Romania sending a request in this respect to the European Commission in the next period. In 2017, Romania had 34 conditionalities to fulfill and finalized the accreditation of the managing authorities. Currently, the total budget for calls launched is 21.7 billion euros, which stands for 79% of the allocated amount. In 2017, Romania requested the amount of EUR 1.24 billion from the European Commission; as comparison, no reimbursement amount was requested in 2016 for the 2014-2020 financial framework. Reimbursements made by the European Commission in 2017 totaled EUR 1.09 billion and for 2018, the total amount that the Romanian authorities should claim for reimbursement in order to avoid the risk of decommitment to the EC is EUR 1.73 billion. * Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu Corina Cretu: Good afternoon! I am glad to be here again, at the headquarters of the Romanian Government. I had an open and constructive discussion with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila who I want to congratulate once again, in front of you, for the responsibility she undertook, and for the fact that she is the first lady invested as Head of the Executive after the Revolution. From our point of view, of the European Commission, we have a good relationship and a permanent dialogue. I conveyed to Prime Minister all the European Commission's openness regarding the field I am coordinating. As to date, the Commission, me, personally, our services will help with whatever we will be asked. We discussed about projects in progress, and obviously, about the problems and risks that Romania is confronted with. As I have mentioned before, Romania has achieved progress, especially in recent months, after the accreditation of the authorities for the management and control of European funds. Since August, the absorption rate has reached one billion euro, having started, as you know, from zero. The previously lost steps have been recovered, but even so, one should not slow down the pace, but quite the contrary. You very well know that Romania was earmarked EUR 20 billion from the funds I am coordinating. One billion has been paid from August to date, and 2.8 billion are committed on retrospective projects, road projects, which should have been completed in the previous financial period. Unfortunately, it was not possible, and then we made this decision, in order not to lose the money, to phase the projects over two periods of time. Therefore, the good news is that all these roads will be finalized, the bad news is that they unfortunately consume from the budget for 2014-2020. From our point of view, I told the Prime Minister that this year, unless major efforts are made, Romania risks losing important funds, unused in recent years, despite the progress achieved last year. There are still areas with delays which hopefully would not cost Romania. As regards regional development, first of all, problems exist, and we mention here the risk of decommitment in 2018, of million euros, and there are also delays regarding transports and regional hospitals. Of course, I have all confidence that the new Cabinet will take care of these outstanding issues, and will act fast, coming up with the best solutions to accelerate implementation. Practically, we agreed to find an action plan and receive proposals of EU funds acceleration by February 23. I have assured the Prime Minister of my full support and the support of the Commission, like in recent years, when I helped Romania to make the best use of European money. You know very well that throughout 2007 -2014, the absorption rate reached nearly 90 percent of the previous budget, which means more than 51,000 jobs created, more than 3,000 small and medium sized enterprises, etc. Decisive actions must come from here, from Bucharest, from the country's authorities, and the work pace must be accelerated day after day, month after month, because, as it was told yesterday too, some of you attended the conference organized by the National Bank, if there are less intense periods, if breaks occur, this can be seen in the everyday life of the people as well as in the financial market. I also informed the Prime Minister of other initiatives of the Commission, and for example, we tackled the importance of projects such as the Bucharest Ring Road, Metro line 6, Bucharest - Otopeni . I also informed the Prime Minister about an action related to the regions that lost or risk losing their coal production and at this stage, we have invited Romania to apply, in order to act with our funds for the recovery of one of the the poorest areas in Romania that is the Jiu Valley. I think it is an important initiative to enter this pilot project and Romania should play an important role, given its experience in the field. I also agreed with Mrs. Dăncilă to send us a request in this respect, to me and to Vice-President Šefčovič. I can say therefore that there is openness on the part of the Commission, to do our best to help Romania. Also, we discussed about major decisions to be taken within the European Commission this year, about the future financial framework and about the way Romania will deal with all these, even before assuming next year's presidency. As you know, President of Romania will be present tomorrow, at the College of Commissioners, where they will also discuss about Romania's Presidency and the future financial framework. Before concluding, I would like us not to overlook the overall picture: Romania has hugely benefitted from European funds, it is a net beneficiary. More than 60 percent of public investments made in Romania over the last ten years, were achieved with European funds. The European programmes represented and further represent the main source of investments, job creation and supporting the small and medium sized enterprises, and recovery of development gaps. This is why I am sure that Romania is entitled to have a budget at least equal to the one it has had so far, and surely, it is important that until May, when the Commission presents the draft budget for 2020- 2027 to the European Parliament, we show that Romania can use this European money because it is no secret that this cohesion policy like the agriculture is under heavy pressure, especially after Great Britain leaves the EU. As far as I am concerned, I will strive for the cohesion policy budget not to be very much affected, but what matters first is the states' performance to attract the funds allocated in the current financial framework. You know very well that alongside the Commissioner for budget, Mr. Gunther Oettinger, we are committed to discussing with all members the extent to which some states are willing to contribute more to the EU budget. Therefore, I wish you good luck, Mr. Prime Minister! I am sure that you will accelerate the absorption and implementation of the projects which are necessary to Romanians. You know well that we are talking the way we talked these years, when we were colleagues in the European Parliament, about Romanians' needs, the healthcare needs, needs pertaining to modernization of schools, for an accelerated development of road infrastructure, in order that the income and development gaps with the West to be reduced as much as possible. This is why I am sure that as I know you, you will do your best to achieve these things. I wish you great success, Madam Prime Minister and also to your team, and of course, we are waiting for good news and results! Thank you very much! Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Madam Commissioner! It was not by accident that my first meeting as Prime Minister is with Commissioner Corina Cretu. Romania has a huge chance with Corina Creţu, she has a portfolio that is so important for the entire European Union and especially for Romania - the regional policy, it is known how important the cohesion policy is for Romania. I believe that together we will be able to re-launch this European component and, as I have said since my appointment, I very much want to see a boost in the European dimension of government. In 2017, we had 34 conditionalities fulfilled, and we were able to complete the accreditation of managing authorities in August. Currently, the total budget for calls launched is 21.7 billion euros, which represents 79% of the allocated amount. In 2017, EUR 1.24 billion was requested from the European Commission compared to 2016, when no reimbursement was requested for the 2014-2020 financial framework. The reimbursements made by the European Commission in 2017 amounted to 1.09 billion euros, and for 2018, the total amount that the Romanian authorities have to claim for reimbursement, in order not to risk decommitment to the European Commission, is 1. 73 billion euros. I tried to make a review, I specified these figures in order to get a clear picture of the starting point, and especially of what we have to do in the future. I requested the involved ministries to come up with the identified solutions in two weeks, so that on December 31, 2018, Romania will not lose any euro. As regards the POIM situation, because you reminded this situation, Commissioner, Corina Cretu: Infrastructure. Viorica Dăncilă: ... yes, the Operational Program for Large Infrastructure, the construction of the three regional hospitals through ROP, the Regional Operational Programme, we found that works are on schedule as regards the Sebeş-Turda motorway projects and the rehabilitation of Radna-Gurasada-Simeria railway, and I want to thank you for your agreement, Commissioner, unfortunately, there are delays regarding the Campia Turzii - Ogra - Targu Mureş Highway, and the construction of the M6 ​​Metro line, Gara de Nord- Otopeni, as well as the construction of the three regional hospitals in Cluj, Iaşi, Craiova that I have mentioned earlier. Within one month at maximum, I will analyze alongside the relevant Ministers the extent of these delays, and we will identify solutions, so that over the next period of time, we will discuss with you those solutions. As you saw from the first meeting with Ministers, last evening, I requested the Minister for European Affairs, to draw up a review of the situation with all the European directives that have not been implemented and the stage of their implementation. I requested that each Ministry brief me on the inflow of European funds, and to attend the EU Council meetings, because I deem as very important for Romania, for the absorption of European funds, a good liaison between Romania's Government and the European Commission. If we take this step and we will look at it with seriousness, I think we can talk of steps forward regarding the European funds absorption. I would like to thank you Commissioner for your briefing, your commitment and support in relation to the mining regions' platform and it is true that, for us, including Valea Jiului in this pilot programme is a priority. We will continue to cooperate on this topic, in the future, and I am sure that as I know you and how time has demonstrated in these nine years since we worked together in the European Union, the European Parliament, Commission respectively, we can take important steps for Romania, both on the part of the Romanian Government, European Parliament, and especially the European Commission in which we put great hopes. Thank you once again! Corina Cretu: Thank you and I wish you once again great success! Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Madam Commissioner! 2018-01-30 12:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_27604790_1621829607901311_1006253976_o.jpg