RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROPremierul Mihai Tudose: Interesul Guvernului este să încurajăm tânăra generație să citească, iar pe cei din generația noastră și a părinților noștri, să se întoarcă la lecturăȘtiri din 20.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-11-20 17:42:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-20-06-53-03big_1.jpgPremierul Tudose: Guvernul are deschidere pentru reducerea birocrației activității medicilor de familie și pentru majorarea fondurilor cabinetelor medicaleȘtiri din 20.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-11-20 17:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-20-05-42-00big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la Congresul Național CNSRL FrățiaȘtiri din 15.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-national-congress-of-cnsrl-fratiaStatements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose following his participation in the National Congress of CNSRL- Fratia I came today, along with Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu to the largest trade union confederation CNSRL- Fratia for two reasons: one - to thank them for the help they granted us in solving as many specific situations as possible within the trade unions they represent; and second, to assure them of our further full openness in everything that means Romania's development and better living standards for people for people. I think the conclusions, from trade unions' point of view, will be detailed by their leaders. Furthermore, if they accept, I proposed them an agreement between Government and CNSRL Fratia under which to institutionalize this permanent exchange of information and work for people. Reporter: Will the protests stop/.../? Mihai Tudose: Do not ask me if protests stop/.../. Reporter: /.../? Mihai Tudose: As you could notice, last week, a lot of multinationals, very big companies, already publicly announced they would not lower net salaries. 2017-11-15 15:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-15-04-11-22big_sigla_guvern.pngConferinţa de lansare a revizuirii Strategiei Naţionale pentru Dezvoltarea DurabilăȘtiri din 14.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/conference-to-launch-the-revision-of-the-national-sustainable-development-strategy,,For a sustainable future- Conference to launch the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy The Romanian Government hosted today the event: ,,For a sustainable future- Conference to launch the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy, chaired by the State Advisor Laszlo Borbely, coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development, within the Secretariat - General of the Government. This debate was attended by the President of the Senate Calin Popescu - Tariceanu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Paul Stanescu, several members of the Government and Parliament, representatives of academic milieu, business environment, civil society, central and local public institutions. In the opening remarks, State Advisor Laszlo Borbely stated that 2017 is emblematic for Romania's future, as there starts the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy, in fact setting up the institutional framework for the 2030 Agenda objectives implementation aimed at adopting a document to adjust the paradigm shift at global level in the field of sustainable development. An editorial group has been set up which, along with the Department for Sustainable Development, will finalize the strategy revision by the end of March 2018. We are also going to enter into a partnership with the National Institute of Statistics in order to obtain the data necessary to establish an institutional framework enabling us to implement the Agenda 2030. Communication is very important and therefore, by the end of March 2018, we will have meetings in all the 8 Development Regions, but also other events alomg with the business community, civil society and other important institutions in Romania. stated Laszlo Borbely. State Advisor Laszlo Borbely also presented the measures to be taken for the preparation and implementation of the revised Strategy, a document that to be finalized by April 2018. I hope that Romania will have sustainable development among the priorities of its mandate, during the exercise of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019 the State Advisor further stated. The Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu mentioned in his speech that the current Strategy, adopted in 2008, was the result of a joint effort of several Governments, and underlined that such a document should be pursued beyond political cycles. My first exhortation to governmental, central and local institutions and the NGOs, the academic milieu, the business environment is for them to resume real openness for dialogue without which the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy would have no future added the President of the Senate. Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu stated that Romania committed itself to implementing the Sustainable Development Objectives at national level by revising the National Sustainable Development Strategy- Horizons 2013-2020-2030 (NDSD). Romanias Territorial Development Strategy (SDTR) has been developed by the Ministry of Development, and is designed to promote territorial cohesion and competitiveness, sustainable development and the communities access to development opportunities, in line with fundamental human rights values ​​and EU policies. This document sets out Romania' strategic development framework for the 2035 time horizon, necessary to support and direct the territorial development process at national level and at the same time, it makes a significant contribution to meeting the objectives of the Programme for Government stated Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu. Chairperson of the SRI Control Committee Georgian Pop outlined that for the global dimension of the field to be understood and reflected in the revised Strategy, it is necessary to adjust the national document to international trends in this field. It is also necessary to set up a Consultative Council to contribute to the Strategy revision. - Setting up, under the aegis of Parliament, of a Consultative Council, comprised of members of Parliament, civil society, academic milieu- with the role of identifying the best sustainable development options for Romania, stated Georgian Pop. The event took place in the presence of 170 guests, representatives of the academic milieu, NGOs, central public authorities. About Agenda 2030: Agenda 2030 was adopted at the 2015 UN summit in New York. Through this document, the UN has provided a universal agenda with clear and quantifiable objectives. Agenda 2030 includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Objectives (SDPs) and an action plan for the next 15 years to eradicate extreme poverty, combat inequality, injustice and protect the planet by 2030. The scope of Agenda 2030 and the nature of the aspects concerned implies a high degree of coherence and coordination of sectoral policies. Thus, the Government of Romania assumed its implementation at the highest political level, establishing by Government Decision no. 313/2017, the Department for Sustainable Development, within the Governments working apparatus. 2017-11-14 17:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dezvoltaredurabila-10.jpgÎntrevederea vicepremierului Ciolacu cu președintele Parlamentului GeorgieiȘtiri din 14.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ciolacu-met-with-the-chairperson-of-the-parliament-of-georgia Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a delegation led by the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia, Irakli Kobakhidze. On this occasion, the two parties discussed about the possibility of identifying the economic development opportunities existing between Romania and Georgia, while emphasizing the importance of developing the energy and transport routes along the Black Sea- Caspian Sea corridor. Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu also reaffirmed Romania' support for Georgia's European and Euro-atlantic aspirations. Romania was the first EU member state to ratify the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia. In 2017, Romania and Georgia mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 2017-11-14 14:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_23599988_572186526445960_1500619043_o.jpgRomânia și Bulgaria continuă colaborarea pe proiectele comuneȘtiri din 13.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-and-bulgaria-will-continue-cooperation-on-joint-projectsVice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu met today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, led by its chairperson, Dimitar Borisov Glavchev. The agenda of the talks included topics of interest such as: intensification of the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, support for joint projects in infrastructure, energy security (BRUA project), tourism, communications, programs related to the Western Balkans or the Danube Strategy, migration, as well as strengthening cooperation relations at the Parliament level. We need to establish joint projects and to join forces. We need to have a common voice, because that is how we will stand to gain, stated Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. The officials of the two states outlined the need to develop the infrastructure between Romania and Bulgaria and to extend the projects to ensure the link with Greece. The Romanian Vice Prime Minister mentioned the good relations existing between Romania and Bulgaria, voicing his belief that the two states would continue the joint projects on the Danube Strategy. During the meeting, it was highlighted the good collaboration between the Romanian and Bulgarian Prime Ministers as well as between the Ministers in charge of preparing the takeover of the rotating presidency of the EU Council. Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, present at the meeting, emphasized that Romania and Bulgaria have many converging points on European issues, and holding the EU Council presidency can enhance cooperation and friendship between the two neighboring countries. Regarding the Western Balkans, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria expressed his country's readiness to share with the states in the region the common experience gained on the road to EU accession. We have to show the European perspective to the countries that want to join the EU, said Dimitar Borisov Glavchev, Chairperson of the National Assembly of Bulgaria. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu and State Advisor Florin Vodita attended alongside Vice Prime Minister Ion - Marcel Ciolacu, the meeting at Victoria Palace, the Bulgarian delegation included, alongside chairperson Dimitar Borisov Glavchev, representatives of all political groups in the Bulgarian Parliament. 2017-11-13 20:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_23585363_571753613155918_14094356_o.jpgDezbatere pe tema Strategiei Naţionale pentru Dezvoltare Durabilă a RomânieiȘtiri din 09.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/debate-on-the-national-sustainable-development-strategy-of-romaniaThe department for Sustainable Development within the Secretariat General of the Government announces the start of the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy. In this respect, the event - For a sustainable future will take place on Tuesday, November 14, beginning at 10:00 am, at Victoria Palace, in the presence of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, event chaired by the State Advisor Laszlo Borbely, coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development. President of the Senate Calin Popescu - Tariceanu, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea and the two Vice Prime Ministers Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu and Paul Stanescu will give addresses during this event which will also be attended by, representatives of Parliament, Government, academia, business sector, civil society, central and local public institutions. Romania took the responsibility of establishing the national necessary framework to attain the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (ODD). In this context, the Draft Revision of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development is a concrete step towards the adoption of a programmatic document to adjust the paradigm shift at global level in the field of sustainable development, to the national priorities and context over the 2030 time horizon. The 17 Objectives of Sustainable Development are global objectives, applicable to all states that are tasked with making every effort to eradicate all forms of poverty, to counter inequality and combat climate change. More information on the concept of sustainable development can be found at: dezvoltaredurabila.gov.ro. Therefore, we invite you to attend an event where we will advocate a sustainable future for us and the generations to follow. The press has access throughout the event. Contact person: Didona Goanta - Advisor, Department for Sustainable Development - tel. 0765.939.095, email: didona.goanta@gov.ro Please find below the agenda of this event. 9.00 am-10.00 am Participants registration 10.00 am -11.10 am Opening remarks by Mr. Laszlo Borbely, State Advisor , Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development Addresses by : Mr. Mihai Tudose, Prime Minister Mr. Călin-Constantin Anton Popescu-Tariceanu, President of the Senate Mr. Nicolae-Liviu Dragnea, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ms. Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of the Environment Mr. Paul Stănescu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds 11.10 am-11.40am Group photo with participants, at the main entrance of Victoria Palace 11.40 am-1.00 pm Presentations: Academician Prof. Angheluţă Vădineanu, President of the National Center for Sustainable Development Prof. Univ. Dr. Gheorghe Zaman, Representative of the Romanian Academy Ms. Gabriela Dragan, General Manager European Institute of Romania Mr. Dragoş Tuţă, General Director of UN Global Compact Romania Ms. Lavinia Andrei, President Terra Mileniul III Foundation Ms. Ioana Gabriela Covei, Romania's UN Youth Delegate Mr. Eduard Dumitrascu, President of the Romanian Association for Smart City and Mobility Debates 2017-11-09 17:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-09-05-17-31big_sigla_guvern.pngCeremonia de semnare a primelor contracte de achiziție de echipamente de radioterapie pentru cinci centre din țarăȘtiri din 09.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-signing-ceremony-of-the-first-procurement-contracts-of-radiotherapy-equipment-for-five-centers-across-the-countryThe first five oncology centers, equipped with complete radiotherapy systems purchased with support from the World Bank The Centers for treatment of patients with oncology diseases within Constanta County Hospital, Galati County Hospital, Baia-Mare County Hospital, Bucharest Oncological Institute Prof. Dr. Alexandru Trestioreanu and the Elias Emergency University Hospital will be equipped with complete radiotherapy systems totaling 11 million lei. Contracts for the endowment of the five radiotherapy centers were signed today at Victoria Palace by Health Minister Florian Bodog and the representative of the supplier company Elekta Limited UK,Jaroslaw Lange. The ceremony took place in the presence of Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, the Minister of Public Finance, Ionut Mişa, the President of the Constanţa County Council, Horia Ţuţuianu, the President of the Galati County Council, Costel Fotea, the President of the Maramureş County Council, Gabriel Zetea, and the managers of the beneficiary centers. The equipment will be purchased under the World Bank Loan Agreement, which provides EUR 38 million for the purchase of radiotherapy equipment. In the next phase of this project, three more centers will be equipped with radiotherapy equipment for patients with oncology diseases currently at the end of the evaluation phase. These are the radiotherapy centers within the Oradea Municipal Hospital, the Craiova County Hospital and the Oncological Institute prof.dr. I. Chiricuţă Cluj Napoca, for which tendering procedures have already been launched. It is the first time Romania invests in radiotherapy. We have a healthy economy, we have the biggest economic growth in Europe, we must also have investments in healthcare, in order that the beneficiaries, the citizens of Romania, benefit from the highest applicability standards, Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu stated. Minister of Public Finance Ionuţ Mişa and Minister of Health Florian Bodog emphasized that all these procurements represent a first step in Romanias hospitals retechnologization project, part of the Government Program. After the endowment of the above mentioned centers with complete radiotherapy systems, the revamping program of the hospitals in Romania will continue with the endowment of each county hospital with CT and MRI equipment, also based on the agreement with the World Bank. 2017-11-09 16:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_0156.jpgIon Marcel Ciolacu: Se analizează posibilitatea de a modifica legislația, astfel încât reprezentanții instituțiilor finanțatoare internaționale să poată participa la licitațiile pentru atribuirea de contracte în domeniul infrastructuriiȘtiri din 09.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-11-09 14:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-09-02-38-34big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Guvernul are în vedere o strategie de dezvoltare echilibrată pentru toate comunitățile localeȘtiri din 07.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-the-government-is-considering-a-balanced-development-strategy-for-all-local-communitiesThe representatives of the Government and the Association of Municipalities in Romania agreed on measures to maintain local budgets in 2018 at least at the level of this years revenues so that the amendments to Fiscal Code do not affect the municipalities operation and development funds. During consultations held today at Victoria Palace, the Government suggested to mayors the increase in the quota deducted from income tax that municipalities benefit of, from 41.75%, as it is now, to 43%, in the context in which the Government considers reducing the income tax from 16 to 10 percent. At the same time, compensations will be granted from the state budget, in the situations in which, even after this increase of the quota, budgets of local authorities for the next year will be affected. The Governments objective is to maintain the local budgets of municipalities for the next year, at least at the level of 2017. The Government is considering a balanced development strategy for all local communities. As Prime Minister, I am equally concerned that local budgets, of both municipalities, small towns and communes, have the resources needed for functioning and development. I have come before you with well-grounded figures to discuss as concretely as possible the current state of affairs, and our vision for the future, said Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive established a permanent consultation mechanism with the representatives of the Association of Municipalities in Romania, both regarding aspects related to financing and balancing local budgets, as well as the other issues brought into discussion by mayors: amendment of the legislation in the field of public procurement, and regarding public-private partnership. Thus, Prime Minister stated that in the immediate aftermath, the Government would discuss a legislative act on public-private partnership that would provide financing solutions to local authorities. Prime minister also mentioned that the Executive is working on a draft amendment to the public procurement legislation, which envisages shortening the approval deadlines. Vice Prime Ministers Paul Stănescu and Marcel Ciolacu also attended the meeting at the Victoria Palace, on the part of the Government, and the Association of Municipalities in Romania was represented by the General Mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, mayor district 3 of Bucharest and President of AMR, Robert Negoiţă, mayor of Arad , Gheorghe Falcă, mayor of Oradea, Ilie Bolojan, the mayor of Sfantu Gheorghe, Antal Arpad, and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea. 2017-11-07 18:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-07-06-42-09big_sigla_guvern.pngConsultări la Guvern pe tema eficientizării sistemului de management al deșeurilor reciclabileȘtiri din 03.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/consultations-held-at-government-headquarters-on-the-optimization-of-the-recyclable-waste-management-systemVice Prime Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu, Minister of the Environment, and Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu held today consultations at Victoria Palace with representatives of several manufacturers and importers of packaging and packaged products on the topic of solutions for implementing a functional and efficient system of recyclable waste management. Sirma Caraman, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, also attended the meeting. Following the meeting, it was agreed that the representatives of the manufacture and packaging recycling operators should submit to the relevant ministries their proposals on the improvement of the legislative framework related to their fields of activity, which will be analyzed and incorporated into the proposals for legislative initiatives under preparation at the level of ministries. Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu spoke about the importance of Romania's moving from a linear to a circular economy, with a well-established system that encourages selective collection directly at source and increased waste collection and recycling. A first step in this respect is the National Waste Management Plan, which we are going to approve in the next period. We want this national plan to be realistic, to take into account all the problems and eventual bottlenecks signaled at local level. As a Member State of the European Union, it is important to target zero waste to the landfill, stated Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu. Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu also gave assurances of the entire openness of the Government for consultations with the operators and the authorities with responsibilities throughout the entire waste cycle, so that everyone knows exactly what to do and eventual bottlenecks are removed. During the meeting at Victoria Palace, representatives of the Government and of manufacturers and importers of packaging and packaged products discussed about the setting up of a waste radar, improving the regulatory framework in the field, with focus on the system of authorization and verification of collection and recycle activities. It has also been discussed the need to inform waste generators, including citizens, in order to encourage selective collection directly from source, along with the development of specific infrastructure and the correlation between the costs of sanitation services and the willingness or not to sort out the waste at source. 2017-11-03 16:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-03-04-05-58big_sigla_guvern.pngBanca Mondială asigură asistență Guvernului României pentru construcția autostrăzii Ploieşti-BraşovȘtiri din 31.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/world-bank-to-provide-assistance-to-the-romanian-government-for-the-ploiesti-brasov-motorway-constructionPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had a meeting at Victoria Palace today with a World Bank delegation led by Tatiana Proskuryakova, country manager, on the topic of road infrastructure projects. The international financial institution representatives conveyed the World Banks decision to support the implementation of the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose appreciated the World Bank's decision to join in Romanian Government's efforts in the field of motorway construction, announced by Tatiana Proskuryakova, Head of the World Bank delegation. We hail the World Banks decision to support the modernization and development of transport infrastructure in Romania, a priority area for the Government. We want this project of strategic importance, financed by the World Bank, to represent the start of a paradigm shift in the area of ​​investments in road infrastructure , stated Prime Minister Tudose. The necessary measures for the start of the Ploieşti-Braşov highway project with assistance from the World Bank were also established during the meeting. To this end, a coordination committee will be set up within Secretariat- General of the Government, led by Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu, and a project implementation unit will be set up with the Ministry of Transport, in charge of the technical component. Transport Minister Felix Stroe, who will coordinate the technical implementation of the project, said the institution he is leading will be fully involved in achieving this objective. Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu, Minister of Transport, Felix Stroe, Minister of Public Finance, Ionut Mişa, Secretary General of the Government, Roxana Bănică, State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Maria Magdalena Grigore, and State Advisors, Daniela Mocanu and Felix Rache also attended the meeting on behalf of the Government. 2017-10-31 19:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_intalnire_cu_banca_mondiala.jpegPremierul Mihai Tudose a participat la reuniunea de astăzi a Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 31.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-today-s-meeting-of-the-national-tripartite-council-for-social-dialoguePrime Minister Mihai Tudose and some of the members of the Executive met today at Victoria Palace with the representatives of large trade union and employers confederations in Romania, in the format of the meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue. The central topics on the discussion agenda were the draft Emergency Ordinance to amend the Fiscal Code, focusing on the transfer of contributions from the employer to the employee, and the increase in the gross minimum wage in the economy. As regards the transfer of part of the contributions from the employer to the employee in 2018, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Finance Minister Ionut Mişa reiterated the idea that this measure will not have a negative impact on wages either in the public sector or in the private sector. We discussed with the business sector, wages will rise. The business sector told me it is an opportunity to pay people better , outlined the Head of the Executive referring to the effects of this legislative change. Employers considered it a very good measure, the trade unions were in favor of preserving the current legislation regarding the payment of salary contributions. The increase in the minimum salary to 1,900 lei as of next year, according to the Government programme's objectives, was agreed by the trade union representatives and did not come up against employers opposition. It is worth mentioning the necessity to develop infrastructure, especially in the transport and agriculture, for the optimal exploitation of Romanias potential in terms of business development. In this context, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced that the current Government is considering a paradigm shift in transport infrastructure and referred to the meeting on this topic, with the World Bank representatives, scheduled for today. 2017-10-31 19:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_23192270_566037273727552_1167534474_o.jpgIon Marcel Ciolacu: "România poate oferi expertiză în materie de securitate cibernetică la nivel european"Știri din 30.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/ion-marcel-ciolacu-quot-romania-can-provide-expertise-in-the-field-of-cybersecurity-at-european-levelVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu discussed on Monday, October 30, at Victoria Palace, with the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, about Romania's readiness to actively contribute to the steps designed to consolidate the single digital market, including from the angle of its role as future holder of the EU Council Presidency in the first semester of 2019. Minister of Communications and Information Society, Lucian Şova, and Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu also attended the meeting. The cybersecurity is the most sensitive area for the future and competitiveness of the European digital economy and society and for the functioning of the Digital Single Market. We support the process of regulating the online environment from the perspective of cybersecurity, with the ultimate goal of raising the level of cybersecurity of European systems and computer networks. Romania has achieved remarkable progress in the field of IT security and can provide expertise in the field, the level of performance of our experts being recognized abroad, stated Ion Marcel Ciolacu. Vice Prime Minister also outlined that it is necessary to strengthen the role of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security. In order to crystallize a common approach to this issue, meetings of the Cybersecurity Operational Council, which is in charge of establishing the cyber security guidelines in Romania, are scheduled for the next period, stated Ciolacu. 2017-10-30 19:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_mariya_gabriel,_comisarul_european_responsabil_pentru_economia_şi_societatea_digitale_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu Günther Oettinger, comisarul european pentru buget și resurse umaneȘtiri din 26.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-budget-amp-human-resources-gunther-oettinger2017-10-26 15:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_vilalac-1.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose de Ziua ArmateiȘtiri din 25.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-message-on-the-army-day - No passing through here and Together we are stronger are the Romanian Armys mottos earned through sacrifice, courage and devotion. This year we celebrated 100 years since the Marasti, Marasesti and Oituz spectacular victories that changed Romanias fate in World War I. One year later, in 1918, we were celebrating the Great Union of the Romanian nation. Today, 100 years on, Romania represents a pole of stability in the region, which can also be seen in the trust and respect the Army enjoys among the Romanian citizens, as well as among our allies. Romanian military are highly appreciated during NATO missions, which contributes to increasing their prestige. This is clear evidence, if any more was needed, that the Romanian Army has important resources to ensure national security. At the same time, Romania has proven that it is an important NATO member, an ally appreciated for its professionalism, that honors its commitments. The allocation of 2 percent of GDP for defence is a reality that has opened new opportunities for our country. First of all, we have gone through important stages for the revival of the defence industry. We already signed cooperation protocols between the government and large arms manufacturers that come to invest in Romania, complete with technology transfer. Secondly, we come to the support of the army by ensuring top-notch military equipment. The Government of Romania has been, is and will further be an unconditional partner to the Romanian Army. Today, October 25, as we celebrate Army Day, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the Romanian military who ensure through their sacrifice, courage and devotion, the citizens security and the countrys territorial integrity. 2017-10-25 10:31:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-10-25_at_14.39.35.jpegParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la ceremonia de semnare a contractului de finanțare pentru modernizarea și reabilitarea Spitalului Clinic de Urgență pentru Copii Sf. Maria Iași, investiție de aprox. 121 milioane lei, din care 88 milioane lei fonduri nerambursabileȘtiri din 24.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-signing-ceremony-of-the-funding-contract-for-the-modernization-and-refurbishment-of-sf-maria-clinical-emergency-hospital-for-children-iasi-investment-of-about-121-million-lei-88-million-of-which-are-non-reimbursable-funds Address by PM Mihai Tudose at the signing ceremony of the funding contract for modernizing and refurbishing Clinical Emergency Hospital for Children - Sf Maria Iasi, investment of about 121 million lei, 88 million of which are non-reimbursable funds Dear colleagues, Ministers, President, I think this will remain a landmark moment for what means the start of PSD government mandate, a landmark moment for the medical life of Iasi and Moldova. It is an investment worth more than 121 million lei only in hospital refurbishment, to bring it at modern standards, to which we will add in a second stage- medical facilities.It is a 600-bed hospital now and it will serve more than 600 children - it has been therefore, an investment in a children's hospital. We thus remain consistent with what we promised in early mandate, thus, with our priorities: health, education and infrastructure. Regarding infrastructure, we invite you to other equally important event for a certain area of the country, I do not spoil your surprise, it is a major investment, on European funds, in road infrastructure. Good luck, Mr. president, congratulations, Mr. Minister, it is a good start. Regional hospitals are next, one, again in Iasi. Congratulations to the Health Minister! I wish you every success further on! 2017-10-24 11:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-24-11-32-41big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Tudose a discutat cu reprezentanții BEI despre posibilitățile de asistență tehnică pentru stimularea investițiilorȘtiri din 19.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-discussed-with-eib-representatives-about-the-technical-assistance-possibilities-to-boost-investmentDuring today's meeting at Victoria Palace with EIB representatives, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose reviewed the priority areas in terms of expertise and financing that the EIB can still grant to Romania. The Romanian delegation attending the talks also included Paul Stanescu, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development, Ionut Misa, Minister of Finance, Felix Stroe, Minister of Transports, Marius Nica, Minister delegate for European Funds, Secretary of state in the Health Ministry Cristian Grasu, Secretary General of the Government Roxana Banica and State Advisors Gabriel Andronache and Felix Rache. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the attending ministers mentioned the main projects at various stages of preparedness at governmental level that could qualify for EIB technical expertise: amendment of public procurement and public-private partnership legislation; preparing the necessary technical documentation for the construction of regional hospitals, the Ploiesti-Brasov highway and other infrastructure projects, as well as agriculture, energy efficiency and institutional reform. - Our interest is to boost investment. We want to have a simpler and more flexible legislation in the field of public procurement in Romania, and we have all the readiness to highlight the expertise that the European Investment Bank can provide, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The highlight of the meeting was on the development of major infrastructure projects, encouraging investment in both the public and private sectors, as well as on optimising financial resources, capitalising on the potential of attracting European funds, securing a transparent and consistent legislative framework in related areas and multiplying examples of good practice. The two delegations appreciated the good cooperation for over 25 years between Romania and the European Investment Bank, and this year is the 10th year since the European financial institution opened office in Bucharest. 2017-10-19 19:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-19-07-28-12big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la deschiderea Business Development Conference, eveniment din cadrul misiunii comerciale Trade Winds 2017Știri din 19.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-opening-of-the-business-development-conference-an-event-organised-as-part-of-the-us-trade-winds-2017Address by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at Trade Winds Excellencies, Distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, Ladies and gentlemen, I wish you and I spoke from my heart, warm welcome to Romania! I hope you are coming to stay, your business or a big part of it to stay in Romania. Romania is one of the proudest nations in the EU, today, when we pride ourselves on the highest economic growth rate. We are proud of our European belonging, our partnership with the European Union and our partnership with NATO and of the 20th anniversary of Strategic Partnership with the United States of America. We have a great deal in Romania to offer from potential in the agricultural area to the extraordinary potential in the high-tech industry and IT, moving on to industrial production, where again we pride ourselves on an increase of 8 percent compared to the last year. I am convinced that the presence in Romania of some American companies, of some world-renowned US companies- and I would mention just what has happened in recent months, along with His Excellency, Ambassador Klemm, I met with representatives of Ford, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Bell Helicopters, without intending to omit others, I have just mentioned some of those that have come at the Government over the last two months, or both at Government and Embassy. I am sure that the presence in Romania of these large American companies that have come, invested and transferred know-how is a good example and a statement of the US business environment to Romania. I think your efforts, the efforts of the Department of Commerce, and the efforts of my colleagues in the Romanian Government will produce results, I take this opportunity to thank the US Embassy to Romania, and Mr. Hans Klemm particularly, for their efforts, and perhaps in ten more years, we may gather to take stock, to gladly remember this major event in Romanias economic life, and its relations with the US, a stock-taking moment when we should be proud of what we have started doing today. I would like to thank you for being here and to wish you good luck! *** PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Tudose: Romania has very much to offer in the economic field Prime Minister Mihai Tudose attended today the opening of the Business Development Conference, part of Trade Winds 2017, the largest governmental trade mission in the history of the South-East European region. - Romania is one of the proudest nations in the EU. We pride ourselves on the highest economic growth rate. We are proud of our partnership with the European Union and our partnership with NATO and of the 20th anniversary of Strategic Partnership with the United States of America. We have a great deal in Romania to offer from potential in the agricultural area to the extraordinary potential in the high-tech industry and IT, moving on to industrial production, where again we pride ourselves on an increase of 8 percent compared to last year, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated. The Head of the Executive welcomed the presence in Romania of some of the world-renowned American companies such as Ford, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Bell Helicopters that invested, and transferred know-how, and he deemed it a good example and a - statement of the US business environment for Romania. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose voiced conviction that this major event in Romanias economic life - the Trade Winds 2017 held in Bucharest - will yield long-term concrete results. The Government of Romania, in partnership with the United States Department of Commerce, organized the Business Development Conference, part of Trade Winds 2017, in Bucharest from 18 to 20 October. Trade Winds is an American trade mission whose purpose is to connect US and foreign companies to create business partnerships. About 100 American companies have come to Bucharest and have had contacts with over 215 Romanian companies, an opportunity for these companies to develop joint projects. The US Department of Commerces initiative to hold the 10th edition of Trade Winds in Romania and in four other Southeast European countries - Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Serbia - proves the importance the US Administration attaches to this region and, especially, to our country. The Government of Romania approached this economic forum with due importance and offered support to the US Embassy and the Commerce Department. 2017-10-19 12:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_112122.jpgA fost semnat Memorandumul de înțelegere care va permite lansarea programului de înzestrare a armatei cu sisteme PatriotȘtiri din 18.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/mou-allowing-the-launch-of-the-army-endowment-program-with-patriot-missile-defense-systems-has-been-signedPrime Minister Mihai Tudose attended today at the Victoria Palace the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economy, through S.C. Aerostar S.A., and US company Raytheon International Defense System on cooperation in the line of equipment and components of the multi-level air defense integrated system. Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Economy Gheorghe Simon, State Advisors Lucian Foca, Florin Vodita, Felix Rache and Ramona Lohan, as well as US Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm were also present at the document-signing ceremony. The document provides for the transfer of technology and of the necessary technical assistance to upgrade and reengineer the existing equipment, as well as for ensuring the specific technical support for Patriot missile systems. The signing of the Memorandum thus allows the effective launch this year of procedures for the purchase of the first Patriot system for the Romanian Forces, in line with the Endowment Plan 2017-2026, in the context of Romanias commitments as a partner on NATOs eastern flank and as a strategic partner in the relationship with the US. Representatives of the two signatory companies, Grigore Filip — President, and Director General of S.C. Aerostar S.A., and William Schmieder, President of Raytheon International Defense System, emphasized that this is just the first step of a long-lasting cooperation that will see Romania included in major defence procurement programs. Opportunities will be thus created for the implementation of the new cutting-edge technologies in the field, and the development of the most advanced anti-missile system is not only a guarantee of security for Romania, but also the fulfillment of some commitments undertaken by Romania as a NATO partner country. 2017-10-18 14:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_9615.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose s-a întâlnit cu reprezentanții Uniunii Naționale a Patronatului RomânȘtiri din 16.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-representatives-of-the-national-union-of-romanian-employersThe amendment of the VAT split payment mechanism, shift of social contributions payment from employers to employees, and improvement of the states relationship with the business environment were the main topics discussed today at the meeting of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose with the representatives of the National Union of Romanian Employers (UNPR). Prime Minister Mihai Tudose specified that the VAT split measure will be modified and made more flexible in the debates in Parliament, in line with the proposals resulting from the discussions with business representatives. More specifically, the VAT split collection will no longer apply to all companies as of 2018, but only to those in insolvency, bankruptcy, those with debts in VAT payment, and state-owned companies. We will soon come up with a new form of VAT split collection, which will respond to requests made during this period by the representatives of the business environment, underlined the Head of the Executive. UNPR representatives welcomed the Governments decision to amend the differentiated VAT collection mechanism. At the same time, they stated that the shift of social contributions from employer to employee represents, in their view, an opportunity that will not affect the net income of employees. Prime Minister and the representatives of UNPR agreed on a periodic collaboration mechanism in which to propose and analyze measures to improve the states relationship with the business environment, stimulate employment and competitiveness, cut through red tape, including increasing the absorption rate of European funds by the private sector, promotion of Romanian companies on foreign markets. Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, State Secretary in the Ministry of Public Finance Daniela Pescaru, State Advisors to Prime Minister Ramona Lohan, Gabriel Andronache and Felix Rache, as well as tax specialists also attended the meeting today. 2017-10-16 15:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4598.jpgBucurești va fi gazda Trade WindsȘtiri din 16.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-16 10:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-16-10-11-12big_sigla_guvern.pngMinisterul Economiei și General Dynamics au semnat un Memorandum de înțelegere pentru producerea și livrarea de vehicule blindateȘtiri din 10.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-10 14:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_semnare_memorandum_of_understanding_cu_general_dynamics09.jpgDeclaraţii de presă comune susținute de premierul Mihai Tudose și de secretarul general al NATO, Jens StoltenbergȘtiri din 09.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/joint-press-conference-by-prime-minister-of-romania-mihai-tudose-together-with-the-nato-secretary-general-jens-stoltenberg [Check against delivery] Mihai Tudose: Good afternoon. Before I give the floor to the Secretary General, I would like to thank him for his visit to Romania, for having elected Bucharest the venue for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. We consider it as a statement by the Alliance about what Romania means to NATO and what NATO means to us. We have had a very good discussion regarding the presence of Romania in the NATO structures, regarding the presence of Romania in the theaters of operations, the development of Romanian capabilities in the defence industry, cooperation between Romania and NATO on multiple levels, including Romanias role in ensuring the European unity and security with support from and under the umbrella of NATO. Mr. Secretary General, you have the floor! Jens Stoltenberg: Thank you so much Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and it's really a great pleasure to meet you for the first time. And since this is our first meeting let me also congratulate you on your appointment as Prime Minister this summer. I'm looking forward to working with you and to cooperate with you in the NATO Alliance. And I would also very much like to express my gratitude to Romania for its steadfast contributions to NATO in so many ways over so many years. You contribute to our collective security here in Europe and you also help NATO projecting stability through our neighbourhood both in the East and the South, helping Ukraine, helping Georgia, but also fighting terrorism to the South of the Alliance with your presence in Afghanistan, in Iraq, but also helping to make sure that the Western Balkans remain stable with your contribution to the NATO force in Kosovo. Then Romania is important for NATO because you are a host nation for our multinational brigade here in Romania. We are stepping up the NATO presence in Romania with both the multinational brigade but also with more air policing. Italian and Canadian pilots are flying together with pilots from Romania and Bulgaria in the Black Sea region. And we have increased maritime presence in the Black Sea with more port calls and more naval exercises. So this is an example of how NATO is adapting to a more challenging security environment. Romania is also important because you are hosting our missile defence site in Deveselu which is important for NATO defence and we are now implementing and following up on the plans for strengthening the NATO Defence Capabilities by building a similar site in Poland so the missile defence system is a high priority for NATO. We are also grateful for what Romania does when it comes to cyber defence, your experts, your knowledge are important for the whole Alliance. But also because Romania is leading our Cyber Defence Trust Fund for Ukraine helping them to strengthen their cyber defences. And then last but not least, Romania is key when it comes to defence spending. Your announcement to spend 2% of GDP on defence in 2017 this year is something we really welcome because it will strengthen the defences of Romania but it will also of course strengthen NATO and Romania is leading by example because I can now refer to Romania being a new country in the Alliance which is meeting the target of spending 2% of GDP on defence. So you're leading by example and we thank you so much for that. So Mr Prime Minister, once again thank you for receiving me and thank you for Romania's strong contributions to the Alliance. Mihai Tudose: Secretary General, I would take the opportunity of this security-related discussion, announcing for the first time that we will sign an important contract tomorrow with an American company that will manufacture arms in Romania in collaboration with a Romanian company. Also as a long-term commitment of Romanias presence in NATO and for what our country means, and we hope it will further mean in this area of Europe, on the eastern flank and in the Western Balkans: a pillar of stability and an acknowledged strategic partner - and we thank you for that - of the North Atlantic Alliance. Once again, I thank you for all you said earlier and for your support, including the presence of more and more Romanians in the Alliances command structures. 2017-10-09 17:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1.jpegGuvernul sprijină reîntoarcerea românilor din diaspora în țarăȘtiri din 09.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/government-supports-romanians-working-abroad-to-come-back-homePrime Minister Mihai Tudose met on Monday, at Victoria Palace, the representatives of the RePatriot project, a project aimed at bringing back to the country Romanians working abroad, through entrepreneurship. During the meeting, the representatives of RePatriot asked for public policies and a legislative framework favourable for Romanian entrepreneurs from abroad, showing that 57 percent of the Romanians of the diaspora want to return home, as an opinion poll conducted in diaspora shows. Prime Minister Tudose showed that the Executive will endorse the efforts made to attract Romanians of the diaspora to return to Romania, while specifying that their return would be a real progress and that the governmental support required for this desideratum to become reality, should not depend on the political colors. - Our mission is to make sure that irrespective of the political color of those at the table of discussions, things are moving stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Romanian Government wants to ensure all the conditions to support the return home of the Romanians now working abroad and for them to reintegrate in Romania, especially in the Romanian entrepreneurial environment, and it voiced its interest in creating a legislative framework adapted to their current needs. In this respect, it has been agreed to continue the dialogue between Diaspora representatives and the Prime Minister's Working Unit on initiatives in work, and other ideas and sustainable projects to create bridges between Romanians in Diaspora and Romanians in the country. At legislative level, in Parliament, there are three draft laws aimed at improving the conditions for Romanians in Diaspora: draft law on amending Law 299/2007, on the support granted to Romanians abroad, draft law on amending Law 321/2006 on the regime of granting nonrefundable financing for the programmes, projects or actions on backing the activity of Romanians abroad and their representative organizations and a draft law on amending Law 86/ 2016 regarding setting up Romanian community centres abroad. Participating in the discussions were Secretary General of the Government Mihai Busuioc and State Advisors Florin Vodita, Felix Rache and Ramona Lohan. The delegation of the representatives of the RePatriot project included Felix Patrascanu, project leader, managing partner Fan Courier; Alexandra Badicioiu, project manager RePatriot; Simina Cristea Bossennec - Head of Financial Crime Compliance Operations at HSBC Private Bank Monaco; Cristian Anastasiu, managing director Chapman Mergers and Acquisitions; Mircea Divricean, Romanias Honorary Consul to the USA, Utah and also president, and executive director of Kostopulos Dream Foundation and Michael Divricean, chief operation officer Kostopulos Dream Foundation, Head of the Association of Romanians from Utah. 2017-10-09 13:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-10-09_at_13.27.59.jpegPrim-ministrul Mihai Tudose, la întâlnirea cu membri ai Congresului SUA: ”România va rămâne un partener de încredere al SUA și în cadrul NATO”Știri din 07.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-07 15:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_congresmani-8.jpgSplit TVA și trecerea contribuţiilor de la angajator la angajat, subiecte abordate la întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanţii Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 06.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-06 19:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_cdr-1.jpgReuniunea cvadrilaterală la nivel înalt dintre România, Bulgaria, Serbia și GreciaȘtiri din 03.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/high-level-quadrilateral-meeting-of-romania-bulgaria-serbia-and-greeceStatement by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at the high-level quadrilateral meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece Mihai Tudose: I will resume something of what I discussed and established with you too, after the luncheon meeting, with Prime Minister Borisov. We have done nothing but extend the collaboration between Bulgaria and Romania, with Serbia and Greece. As it has been mentioned earlier, we, Romania, arent a neighbour country of Greece, but we are Greeces partners, and we consider Greece as a neighbour country. We are four countries making up the Western Balkans, Balkans that can equally be an entrance gate to the European Union, an exit gate from the European Union, or a wall protecting the European Union. We have the same interest, both strategic and economic, as well as good neighbours one, wanting Serbia to become a EU member country. The gas interconnection of Serbia with Bulgaria is important, the interconnection of Serbia with Romania on electricity grids which we are working on is important. It is important that all four countries act like a single partner as regards energy relations with the rest of the European Union and avoid dependency on a single supplier. Coordination is needed between infrastructure projects, because we are talking about common infrastructure projects, but we also have national projects, and coordination between the national projects is also very important to develop a network under the international ones, the great European corridors, allowing smaller economic exchanges, which, in fact, make up the day to day basis of the communities living at the border. I am convinced that we are in a pragmatic partnership, we have no more time to lose, history doesnt wait for us, we have a huge opportunity, which I am positive we are materialising, and due to the fact that up to the first meeting, we already have some deadlines, some targets, we have some projects that we are pursuing. I am very confident that as Prime Minister Borisov said, that everybody understands that this team wasnt created against anything or anyone, but only for our countries to capitalise on the big chances we have as best as possible. Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your hospitality and the opportunity this meeting represented! 2017-10-03 18:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-04-12-43-00big_banner2.jpgReuniunea Consiliului de Cooperare la Nivel Înalt România-Bulgaria (ședința comună a celor două Guverne)Știri din 03.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romanian-bulgarian-intergovernmental-meeting-in-varnaPress release The interconnection projects and coordination of European objectives - priorities of the Romanian and Bulgarian Governments The Romanian and Bulgarian Governments will coordinate their priorities in anticipation of their mandates at the helm of the Council of the European Union and will enhance cooperation in the common areas of interest, especially economic, energy, transport, as agreed at the Fourth Meeting of the Romania -Bulgaria High- Level Cooperation Council (Joint Meeting of the two Governments). It is very important that Romania and Bulgaria advocate together at the level of the European Union, preserving the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy(...). The Common European Security Policy is essential too as our two countries are on the eastern border of both EU and NATO, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at the end of the joint meeting of the two governments. The Romanian Prime Minister outlined that talks focused on the interconnection projects in the economic, energy and transport fields: The purpose of the two countries is not to build a bridge, but the bridge, the railroad or the highway be the means whereby our economies to become competitive in the European Union . Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov highlighted the opportunity of strengthening the connectivity between the two countries for the benefit of citizens and economic operators. The Romanian and Bulgarian Governments established a permanent working mechanism that includes regular meetings between prime ministers, ministers and ministries' experts. Also, in the context of the joint meeting, a series of bilateral documents concerning sectoral cooperation were signed. Thus, the Romanian and Bulgarian Ministers of Home Affairs, Carmen Daniela Dan and Valentin Radev respectively, signed a Protocol between the two institutions for the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on readmission of their own citizens and foreigners. The document establishes border crossing points for the readmission and transit of persons subject to the agreement. Thus, for the Romanian side, the border crossing points established according to the Protocol are those from Calafat, Bechet, Turnu Magurele, Zimnicea, Giurgiu, Oltenita, Calarasi, Ostrov, Negru Voda, Vama Veche and Henri Coanda International Airport. For the Bulgarian side, the border points for readmission are those from Vidin, Oryahovo, Nikopol, Svishtov, Ruse, Tutrakan, Silistra, Kardam, Durankulak and Sofia Airport. The document stipulates that any eventual change made to the list of border crossing points will be notified through diplomatic channels. The authorities in charge of implementing the agreement will be the Ministries of Internal Affairs of the two countries, the central and local powers being established. The protocol also details the readmission procedure, the necessary supporting documents, presumptions on entry into the territory and deadlines for processing formal requests and notifications. The document sets out other details referring to the escort procedure, costs, working language in conducting readmission procedures, and settling eventual disputes. Another document agreed in Varna was the joint statement of the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice in Romania and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies in Bulgaria, signed by Ministers Lia Olguta Vasilescu and Biser Petrov. The two Ministries agreed to enhance cooperation through exchange of information and expertise on policies and practices in the field, and to enhance transnational cooperation through the European Investment and Structural Funds (ESF) in the following areas: Youth Employment and Labor Mobility Package; Gender Equality and Combating Domestic Violence; Child protection; Safety and health at Work; Social inclusion of the Roma minority; Social security models; Measures and good practices in the field of social inclusion; Combating undeclared work (by conducting joint inspections of competent labor inspection bodies); Policies and programmes in the field of employment and exchange of best practices between competent bodies in the field of employment. Also, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania Ilan Laufer, and Bulgarian Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Invest Bulgaria Agency and the Ministry of Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship. The document will be the basis for developing close trade relations and increasing the volume of bilateral investment. The Protocol will allow the exchange of information - on methods of attracting investments, public statistical data, analysis reports - mutual information support in the implementation of different types of activities in Bulgaria and Romania that promote the attraction of mutual investments, collaboration for the development of a sustainable economy and cooperation in the case of projects and programmes connected to the public-private partnership. An Agreement on the granting of a place of refuge to accommodate ships requiring assistance was concluded between the Romanian Naval Authority and the Bulgarian Maritime Administration. According to this document, the two institutions will cooperate when providing a place of refuge to ships requiring assistance to avoid unnecessary risks to the ship and the environment after the national choices have been taken into account and concluded that this is the solution better for ship safety. The agreement was signed by Alexandru Mezei, director general of the Romanian Naval Authority, and Zhivko Petrov, executive director of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration. Another document, initialed today, is the Contract on the Mutual Emergency Supply of Non-Country Energy for Securing the System Services between the Romanian and Bulgarian Energy Systems between Transelectrica S.A. and Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator (ESO EAS). Thus, the two parties agreed on the conditions in which they will grant assistance in real time, in case of power emergency, using the available reserves, without jeopardizing their national power grid. The document was signed by Corina Popescu, general director of Transelectrica, on behalf of the Romanian side, and Ivan Yotov, executive director of ESO EAS, on behalf of the Bulgarian side. *** Prime Minister Mihai Tudose: Romania and Bulgaria are stability and security oases of the citizen Mihai Tudose: Thank you, Prime Minister. What Prime Minister Borisov stated, confirms that we are in an important stage. There are things that we have agreed upon today. The position of Bulgaria and Romania in the European Union is very important, taking into account the fact that the two countries hold, at a six- month interval, the presidency of the Council, and we will have to fight together to preserve the cohesion policy and the agrarian policy, not minimizing the common European security policies, given the fact that we are at the Eastern border of both the EU and the Washington Treaty, NATO member countries. This aspect is very important too. We have talked a lot about interconnections, infrastructure, but not as an end in itself- the purpose of the two countries is not to build a bridge, but for the bridge, the railroad or the highway to be the means whereby our economies become competitive in the European Union, in order to provide both investment and business opportunities for those who already invested in Bulgaria and Romania and, obviously, better living standards for the citizens of our countries. We want and we agreed that such kind of meeting arousing much interest should take place like a normal not a special event, we as Prime Ministers should meet monthly - we are nevertheless at less than one - hour flight distance ones from the others. The interministerial comittees that we set up today and the Ministers should be closely connected, we should work pragmatically, based on measures implementation schedule, and not to waste other 20 years in which we only looked at other area of Europe, and we unfortunately overlooked or omitted to look at ourselves too, at our neighbors and to make plans together for the two countries. Thank you very much for your hospitality and I may announce already that we set the next meeting between Prime Ministers to be held next month, in Romania. Thank you! (...) Reporter: Good afternoon. I would have a question for both Prime Ministers. Considering the European context and the European Commission's stand on Romania's accession and Romania and Bulgaria's entry into the Schengen area, but at the same time, the problems here, in the Black Sea, with the increasing number of migrants, I would like to ask you if you addressed this aspect, and if you are going to force in any way the vote in the European Council, so that our countries to be in Schengen area in the next period, and if you have a common approach in this respect. Thank you. Mihai Tudose: Regarding entry into the Schengen area, Bulgaria and Romania are somehow linked together, and its not a bad thing, but Im going to joke somehow: hundreds, thousands at maximum, entered the EU through Bulgaria and Romania but now, there are one and a half million immigrants in the European Union who did not transit our country. I do not know whether Romania or Bulgaria have a border security issue. I would say, on the contrary. Romania and Bulgaria offer the European Union one of the most secure border police forces, human trafficking police. Based on figures, I repeat up to thousands of people, through Bulgaria and Romania, and figures went beyond a million people that penetrated the EU borders. A common policy treaty was signed today and cooperation in terms of law enforcement units is exemplary. And, yes, I am convinced that in one year's time at the latest, Romania and Bulgaria will be in Schengen. /.../ Mihai Tudose: Prioritization is very important, especially when we consider that all are in the area of ​​strategic importance for the two countries. You mentioned workforce, you mentioned energy. Regarding the common policy on migration and the common policy on the status of our citizens in the European Union, especially post-Brexit, we have a common position, and the two ministers set themselves up and will work together with the Foreign Ministries of the two countries. The act signed today by Energy Ministers, through which each of the two countries can be a safety net for the other, if necessary, in case of an energy collapse in one of the countries, is a very important act, and says very much about how we see collaboration in this area. Bulgaria, Romania, along with Greece, with Serbia, can become a center of stability, energy security for all of this area of ​​Europe. It is only up to us to prove that we are smart enough to take this opportunity, I repeat, not only for the two countries, but an opportunity that makes us very important and players for the rest of Europe as well. /.../ Mihai Tudose: Something very important - we have not discussed it at all, at the bilateral meeting - but, it is obvious that both Bulgaria and Romania are two stability and security oases of the ordinary citizen, very tolerant from the religious point of view too, and from the point of view of other possible and imaginable minorities, which is a new element of attractiveness to do business in these areas, to come here with your family, in spaces implementing these businesses. I repeat, they are two stability and security oases of the citizen, which became a very rare thing to find across the globe, not only in Western countries. And it is a shame that neither Bulgaria nor Romania has yet capitalized on this opportunity that the two countries can offer. I thank you very much for hosting us and we hope that at the next meeting, in one year-time, we will have a review, Mr. Minister and not a program. /.../ *** Press release The fourth meeting of the Romania-Bulgaria High-Level Cooperation Council (joint meeting of the two Governments) takes place today, in Varna, and will highlight the continuation of the multi-level, consolidated co-operation between the two neighboring countries, EU partners and NATO allies. The meeting agenda will include topics from areas of mutual interest such as: economic cooperation, transport and energy infrastructure, labor, domestic affairs, regional development and cross-border cooperation. The talks will also address the European issues and the coordination prospects in the preparedness of Romania and Bulgaria's first mandates at the helm of the Council of the EU, especially since the two countries share a number of joint objectives and positions on the future of the European Union. The two Executives will adopt a Joint Statement on the main areas of bilateral, regional and European, Euro-Atlantic and international cooperation. A series of bilateral sectoral documents will also be signed at this meeting. In the context of this event, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will have a tete-a-tete with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the Romanian officials will have a series of bilateral meetings with Bulgarian counterparts. Also Tuesday, at 10:00 am, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Interior Minister Carmen Dan, along with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Bulgarian Interior Minister Valentin Radev will attend the opening ceremony of a new border crossing point at Lipnita-Kainargea. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will also attend in Varna the high-level quadrilateral meeting between Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. The Romanian delegation will also include Sevil Shhaideh, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, Vice Prime Minister, Carmen Dan, Minister of Internal Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, Foreign Affairs Minister, Victor Negrescu, Minister for European Affairs, Toma Petcu, Minister of Energy, George Şimon, Minister of Economy, Ilan Laufer, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Alexandru Cuc, Transport Minister, Lucian Şova, Minister of Communications and Information Society, Lia Olguţa Vasilescu, Labor and Social Justice Minister, and Mihai Busuioc, Secretary - General of the Government. More information: The Romanian Government and the Bulgarian Government had bilateral meetings in 2011, 2014 and 2015 too, in Bucharest, Ruse and Craiova. From an economic angle , geographical proximity and EU membership are just two of the many elements that stimulate economic cooperation between the two states. Romania is Bulgaria's third largest trading partner in the EU(after Germany and Italy). In 2016, Romanias total trade volume with Bulgaria reached 3.9 billion euros, with 7.26 percent more compared to 2015. In the first 6 months of 2017, the volume of bilateral trade amounted to EUR 2073, 01 million (up 10.51% compared to the same period last year). According to data provided by the Romanian Trade Register, on August 31, 2017, there were 2327 commercial companies with full or partial Bulgarian capital and a subscribed social capital of EUR 154.39 million. 2017-10-03 13:37:37http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_banner.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose și omologul său bulgar, Boiko Borisov, au inaugurat Punctul Comun de Trecere a Frontierei Lipnița-KainargeaȘtiri din 03.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-and-his-bulgarian-counterpart-boiko-borisov-inaugurated-the-lipnita-kainargea-border-crossing-pointStatements by Prime Minister Tudose and his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borisov at the opening ceremony of Lipnita-Kainargea border crossing point Mihai Tudose: Good morning. It is an honour for us to be here, today, in a symbolic moment. It's a moment that opens a day which will stand under the sign of inter-connectivity and joint efforts of the two Governments, efforts in order to make operational everything that means local, regional, energy, shared safety inter-connection of the two countries. I am honored that, along with Bulgaria's Prime Minister we start a day which, I believe, will give meaning to the common future of the two countries. Boiko Borisov: Thank you and your colleagues for being here, irrespective of difficulties and after so long time, given the common policy of the two countries regarding movement of persons and bilateral affairs. We hope that this is not the only point we are inaugurating together, we hope to inaugurate a bridge soon. Of course, we will have various issues to discuss and hopefully, we will open many other border crossing points which will stimulate transport, tourism, economic cooperation. Thank you once again for your efforts! As of now, the border point is operational between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm for vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes. 2017-10-03 11:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-03-11-35-16big_3.jpgDosarele de actualitate la nivelul UE în materie de energie, pe agenda întrevederii premierului Mihai Tudose cu vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Maroš Šefčovič, responsabil pentru Uniunea EnergieiȘtiri din 28.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/topical-eu-dossiers-on-energy-on-the-agenda-of-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-meeting-with-the-european-commission-vice-president-for-energy-union-maros-sefcovicPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met with the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Šefčovič, yesterday, at Victoria Palace. They exchanged their views on topical EU dossiers on energy which were also analyzed from the perspective of Romanias first mandate to the presidency of the EU Council. The meeting was also attended by Energy Minister Toma Petcu, Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, and State Councilors Florin Vodita and Marius Nica. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose underlined Romanias interest in actively contributing to the implementation of the EU Energy Strategy objectives, expressing at the same time the openness of the Romanian side to consolidate the dialogue with European Commission's experts, in the field of energy, in order to optimize the identification of regional infrastructure priorities and the cross-border investment coordination in this sector. Romania remains fully committed to attaining the objectives of the Energy Union, and the completion of this ambitious project will be a central theme of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, stated the Head of the Executive. In addition to a series of issues related to Romanias specific energy situation, the members of the Romanian delegation highlighted the importance they attach to regional cooperation in the field, which is an important chapter in the new National Energy Strategy under preparation at the moment. Other topics addressed pertained to fostering technical solutions designed to ensure medium and long-term energy security at affordable prices for consumers, while observing the principles of sustainable development. In this context, the prospects of attracting funding to build new capacities and energy infrastructure, including by attracting European funds, were also discussed. 2017-09-28 10:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-28-10-28-54big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Maroš Šefčovič, responsabil pentru Uniunea energieiȘtiri din 27.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-european-commission-vice-president-for-energy-union-maros-sefcovic2017-09-27 17:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-27-05-40-11big_1.jpgÎntrevedere a vicepremierului Ion-Marcel Ciolacu cu o delegație AmCham, în perspectiva Conferinței ”Trade Winds” din 18-20 octombrie, de la BucureștiȘtiri din 25.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-had-a-meeting-with-an-amcham-delegation-in-anticipation-of-the-trade-winds-conference-to-be-held-in-bucharest-on-october-18-20Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu discussed today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania(AmCham), about the economic and fiscal policies promoted by the Government to attract investors. The meeting took place in anticipation of this years edition of the Romanian-American Trade Winds Conference, to be held in Bucharest, on October 18-20. Representatives of about 100 American companies and approximately 50 Romanian companies are due to participate in this conference. Emphasis was placed on the best possible preparation of this event, on the cooperation solutions for boosting the competitiveness of the Romanian economy and its long-term sustainability, as well as on the permanent dialogue of the decision-makers with the private sector representatives. To this end, the Government has been already preparing a platform for dialogue with representatives of the private sector, after the current institutional model with the social dialogue partners. Also, a working group consisting of representatives of the Romanian Government, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and of AmCham, with diplomatic support, will also ensure institutional contact with the business sector representatives, interested in attending the October Trade Winds Conference. We want the business partnerships to be discussed at the Bucharest conference to materialize and to attract as many investors as possible to the Bucharest event, stated Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, emphasizing the Government's full openness to support investments, as well as the importance of the Strategic Partnership with the US. In this context, the members of the Romanian delegation presented the most important measures adopted by the Government or envisaged for the next period with a view to improving the budget collection. The Government's objective is to identify and adopt those tax solutions whereby we will improve the collection without affecting the business environment, while taking public opinions into account , assured Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. In the next period, there will be meetings on topical themes , between the Romanian Government's representatives and AmCham representatives, the first meeting focusing on the 2018 draft budget, for the priority governmental objectives to be known to potential investors in due time. In turn, AmCham representatives expressed their readiness for constructive dialogue and technical assistance in the relation with the Romanian side, in the joint interest of increasing the competitiveness of the Romanian economy and attracting foreign investments, including increasing the absorption of European funds. On this occasion, President of AmCham Romania Jaak Mikkel welcomed the measures taken by the Government to stimulate investments with a major impact on the economy and the IT sector, as well as the accreditation of all managing and control authorities in the field of EU funds absorption. On the other hand, the AmCham representative also mentioned the perspective offered by the Trade Winds conference to Romanian companies interested in entering the American market. The meeting was attended by Minister of Public Finance Ionuţ Mişa, Transport Minister Răzvan Cuc, Energy Minister Toma Petcu, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy Petre Niculescu and State Advisors Ramona Lohan and Florin Vodita. The AmCham delegation was led by the president of the organization, Jaak Mikkel. Trade Winds is the largest trade promotion event organized annually by the US Department of Commerce, and it is at its tenth edition this year. 2017-09-25 15:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_21985929_1900741613587538_988089079_o.jpgVicepremierul Ion Marcel Ciolacu: România îndeplinește toate condițiile asumate față de Uniunea Europeană în materie de securizare a frontierelorȘtiri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-romania-has-met-all-the-border-security-related-commitments-undertaken-towards-euVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu has discussed today with European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King, about Romanias availability to contribute to the efficient functioning of the European integrated security system, given that it has technically met all the commitments undertaken regarding border security, and which pertain to the preparedness for accession to the Schengen Area. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu also attended the meeting. Romania has a responsible approach to current challenges posed by the migration phenomenon and the threat of terrorism, because it was also indirectly affected. Romanian citizens too were among the victims of terrorist attacks in other European countries. We currently have a safe country and we will make sure we keep it that way stated Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu. Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu has stated that furthermore, Romania can provide expertise in the field of cyber security, recalling the Romanian specialists' performance level in this field, also recognized abroad. In turn, European Commissioner Julian King has reaffirmed his conviction that the Schengen Area would be stronger and that all member states would benefit if Romania were also part of Schengen. Romania is an active participant in the EU security policy, and I assure you of full support in presenting our partners the important steps taken by Romania and which we have noticed, stated the European official. 2017-09-18 18:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întrevedere_cu_domnul_julian_king,_comisar_european_pentru_uniunea_de_securitate.03.jpgDiscuții cu reprezentanţii companiei germane Rheinmetall despre dezvoltarea colaborării în producția de tehnologie militarăȘtiri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/discussions-with-the-representatives-of-the-german-company-rheinmetall-about-developing-collaboration-in-the-military-technology-productionPrime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed today, at the Victoria Palace, with representatives of the German military technology company Rheinmetall on the possibilities of technology and know-how transfer to Romania, considering the equipping needs of the Romanian Army, as well as the common interest in the security policy, as partners within NATO and the EU. In the ensuing period, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of National Defence will assess in detail the prospects of economic cooperation with the German company, with the possibility to retool the military production capacities already existing in Romania. Economy Minister Gheorghe Simon and State Advisers Florin Vodita and Gabriel Andronache also attended the meeting with the representatives of Rheinmetall. The German delegation also included German Ambassador to Bucharest, Cord Meier-Klodt. 2017-09-18 15:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-09-18_at_15.16.42.jpeg”Sistem Alert”, aplicație pentru avertizarea populației înaintea situaţiilor de risc major Știri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/quot-alert-system-quot-an-application-to-alert-the-population-in-the-event-of-high-risk-situationsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has today called for a fast implementation of an integrated system to alert population in high -risk situations by sending a mobile text alert. The Alert System will be developed and implemented by ANCOM((National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications), IGSU(General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations), STS(Special Telecommunications Service) in collaboration with mobile operators. Technical solutions will be established within a working group comprising representatives and experts of the aforementioned entities, which will hold its first meeting today, September 18, at 3 p.m.. The Alert system will work by sending specific mobile text alerts to subscribers, not just a simple text message, based on the existing and functional models in other European states. Alerts will be issued according to emergency situations occuring at regional level - extreme weather events , major fires, risk of explosions, other calamities and risk situations. A public information and preparedness campaign on the alert system will be launched in parallel with its implementation. 2017-09-18 12:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-18-12-53-15big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Tudose se deplasează în zonele afectate de fenomenele meteo extremeȘtiri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-travels-to-the-areas-hit-by-extreme-weather-eventsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose will travel today to the country's western areas hit by extreme weather events where he will hold discussions with representatives of local authorities and the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations with a view to assessing the situation on the ground, and identifying the fastest intervention and support measures for the affected communities and individuals. Around 3 p.m., Prime Minister will coordinate the Emergency Command. Prime Minister will also meet representatives of mobile operators and ANCOM(National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications) to identify the most effective solutions for warning people in the case of extreme weather events. 2017-09-18 11:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-18-11-02-26big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Felicit stagiarii Internship pentru proiectele realizate și îi invit să participe la implementarea lorȘtiri din 15.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-i-congratulate-the-interns-for-the-projects-they-have-achieved-and-i-invite-them-to-take-part-in-their-implementationPrime Minister Mihai Tudose attended today the closing ceremony of the InternshipGovRo Programme, the 2017 edition, along with 100 students and graduates who participated in the Government Internship Programme for two months. - I would like to thank you once again for your involvement, and the projects you have achieved. We approved the Internship Draft Law on Wednesday's Government meeting. I hope to see as many of you as possible among the next year's interns stated Prime Minister. Prime Minister congratulated the interns for the projects achieved, and proposed them to remain in the Government to take part in the projects' implementation. Ministers Liviu Pop, Lucian Georgescu, Gabriel Petrea attended the event. Among the achieved projects, there are the following: Informative Guide The Government of Romania The Government of Romania informative guide was drafted by five of the young participants in the 5th edition of the Official Internship programme of the Romanian Government, interns of the Governments communication and media relations, IT and administrative directorates. The brochure is designed to present in a language accessible to everybody, the role and the way the institutions are functioning within the central public administration. In support of the guide, the info.gov.ro online platform will be launched in the coming days and a social media promotion campaign will be initiated, a step aimed at making more accessible for citizens the functioning mechanisms of the Government structures. The Government of Romania guide includes a historical perspective on democracy in Romania, then it moves from the fundamentals of the political theory of democracy to describing the procedure of initiating and drafting legislative acts. It also synthesises the role and function of all Ministries within the Romanian Government, using a language accessible to all citizens. Real-time opinion signaling system aviz.gov.ro is an internal web application that signals in real time the opinions on draft legislative acts developed by the ministries and which are to be introduced for adoption on the Government meeting's agenda. Central government institutions can connect to this internal platform, and may have available both the draft legislative acts subject to opinion, and their initially proposed versions. In order to efficiently manage the data flow, the application uses only the title of the draft legislative act. The interface is simple and easy to use because it does not require electronic signatures or document uploads. This system is a real-time record of draft legislative acts, a virtual map of the legislation pending approval. Public administration webpages catalogue It is a platform designed to centralize webpages in the public administration. By only three stages, this application collects information and provides statistics on the SEO performance of these webpages. Any public institution of the central or local government may register, and this account will be validated by an administrator. After the institution has been validated, the institutions webpage will be added and categorized in this index. As a secondary step in this phase, the webpage will enter a daily check program for search engine optimization (SEO). As a result of these automated actions, first page data of each institutional webpage will be added to the search module database. The project is designed to provide citizens with an overview of the information presented by the public administration in the web space, and for non-governmental organizations to receive open data on the registered institutions. Institutions will also receive feedback on the SEO performance of these pages. The youngsters, alongside the programme coordinators, achieved other projects as well, including: simulation of a Government meeting broadcast live on the facebook page of the programme, organizing a book donation campaign for the library of Săbăreni School (Giurgiu), organizing debates on Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. About Internship Program, InternshipGovRo: The Romanian Governments Official Internship Programme, the fifth edition, took place between July 17 and September 18, 2017 and offered to 100 young people the opportunity to get acquainted with the working methods of the central public administration. In addition to the central administration's daily activity, trainees have the opportunity to participate in discussions and round tables, in the presence of high officials of the Romanian state, as well as in thematic trainings and workshops. 2017-09-15 10:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-15-11-29-54big_01.jpgConferință pe tema pregătirii mandatului României la președinția Consiliului UE, organizată la Palatul Victoria de participanți la programul de internship al GuvernuluiȘtiri din 13.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/conference-on-the-preparation-of-romania-s-mandate-as-president-of-the-council-of-the-european-union-organized-at-victoria-palace-by-participants-in-the-government-s-internship-programmeVictoria Palace hosted on Tuesday, September 12, the final conference: Taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Romania in January-June 2019, organized at the initiative of a group of seven participants in the 5th edition of the Romanian Governments Official Internship Programme. Invitation to this event was extended to the Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Cristian Bădescu, Director of the European Institute of Romania, Gabriela Dragan, representatives of the civil society, academic environment as well as young people who expressed their interest in participating in this debate in the previous briefing sessions organized within this project, promoted through social networks. In his message, the Minister - delegate emphasized the Government's constant preoccupation with creating opportunities for young people and invited the participants in the event to get involved in the projects that will be initiated in the context of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of 2019. We want the project Romania's Presidency of the EU Council to bring together the society as a whole under the aegis of common interest. In order to ensure a successful Presidency to improve the image of our country, we need to involve as many relevant actors as possible during the prepredness process and during the exercise of the mandate. In this respect, we will launch in the period ahead a platform for public consultation, communication and debates. We will also create the legal framework whereby volunteers and interns can help organize events throughout the Presidency. Young people can play an important role by active involvement in the debates on this topic. We want to offer them the opportunity to become a voice in setting the priorities of this mandate, stated Victor Negrescu. Minister - delegate underlined the importance of a political and institutional consensus on Presidency, as well as the need of an accelerated pace of preparedness. Romania is on schedule with regard to the Presidency preparation calendar, provided by the Council of the European Union. The entire Government is working intensely to organize this important moment for our countrys future EU course, pointed out Victor Negrescu. More information Romania will assume, for six months, as of January 1, 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union - one of the seven institutions of the Union. Our country is part of the trio presidency alongside Finland and Croatia. The rotating presidency presides in Brussels the meetings of the Council of the European Union (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council), the COREPER meetings (meetings of the permanent representatives of the member countries in Brussels) and about 200 working groups. Also, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union conducts negotiations of hundreds of legislative files, organizes meetings with the European Parliament, other formal meetings at all levels. According to practices in the field, during its term of office, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organize events, possible summits, informal meetings of the Council of the European Union, meetings of senior officials and experts from EU Member States, conferences and seminars. About the Government's Official Internship Programme The 5th edition of the Romanian Governments Official Internship Programme runs from July 17 to September 18, 2017 and offers 100 young people the opportunity to get acquainted with the work methods of the central public administration. In addition to the central administration's daily activity, interns have the opportunity to participate in roundtables and discussions in the presence of senior Romanian officials as well as in thematic trainings and workshops. 2017-09-13 09:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-13-09-25-39big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții General Dynamics European Land SystemsȘtiri din 11.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-representatives-of-the-general-dynamics-european-land-systemsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose welcomed today at Victoria Palace a delegation of the General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), led by GDELS Vice President Thomas Kauffmann. The theme of discussions pertained to the prospect of GDELS investment in Romania. The Vice Prime Minister and Interim Minister of National Defence Marcel Ciolacu and the Economy Minister Mihai Fifor also attended the meeting. 2017-09-11 12:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-11-12-32-19big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Obiectivele politicii de coeziune se suprapun perfect cu interesele de dezvoltare ale RomânieiȘtiri din 08.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-the-objectives-of-the-cohesion-policy-perfectly-overlap-with-romania-s-development-interestsPrime Minister Tudose welcomed a delegation led by the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Karl-Heinz Lambertz, at Victoria Palace, today. Minister -delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu and State Advisers Felix Rache and Florin Vodita also attended the meeting. The message sent to the CoR officials focused on the importance of the European Cohesion Policy for Romania, and meeting the Government's objectives to attract funds through the funding programmes for regional development and cohesion. Romania is the first country that Karl-Heinz Lambertz is visiting as president of the European Committee of the Regions, and this was deemed as an important signal for our country by Prime Minister Tudose. - The objectives of the European Committee of the Regions perfectly overlap with Romania's development interests through the Cohesion Policy of the European Union. I assure you that Romania will continue to be a stable and serious partner, and our efforts will continue towards the efficient use of the funds allocated from the budget of the European Union, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Prime Minister Tudose and Minister -delegate for European Affairs Negrescu pointed out the steps taken by Romania in attracting European funds, expressing their support for the idea of an aliance for cohesion, with the EU member states, initiated by the Committee of the Regions. Moreover, given Romania's first mandate at the presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2019, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu emphasized that our country already addressed with responsibility the forthcoming task incumbent upon it as President of the Council of the EU, when an important responsibility is the cohesion policy management including. They also discussed about the importance of the cohesion policy even in the context of major challenges Europe is facing at present, such as: the migration phenomenon and the security issues, and they also discussed about the need for correlating the provisions of the Stability Pact with the major development and investment needs of the regions. Other topic addressed was the need for a greater involvement of local administrations in the economic development of Europe's regions. 2017-09-08 18:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-08-06-24-31big_foto.jpgInternii Programului de Internship al Guvernului organizează evenimentul caritabil „O Carte – Un pas spre alfabetizare”Știri din 08.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-09-08 14:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-08-02-06-00big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose la întâlnirea cu Ford: România este un mediu favorabil extinderii investițiilorȘtiri din 08.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-at-the-meeting-with-ford-delegation-romania-conducive-environment-for-investment-expansionPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met today, at Victoria Palace, with a Ford delegation led by Vice President Andrew McCall, meeting which was part of the constant dialogue between Government and the business sector representatives. The Vice President of Ford discussed the implementation stage of Ford investment in Craiova, including the creation of nearly 1700 new jobs, already announced by the company. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose outlined the importance of the automotive industry for the Romanian economy both in terms of its share in GDP and the social development, by creating new jobs both directly and through the economic engagement effect. - Romania has a conducive environment for investment growth, and the development of Craiova-based Ford plant confirms this. More investments mean more and better paid jobs stated the Head of the Executive. Other topic of discussion referred to infrastructure. In this context, Prime Minister Tudose mentioned that Pitesti - Sibiu Highway, and the connection between Pitesti and Craiova are Government's priorities and will be finalized by the end of his term of office. State Advisors Marius Nica, Gabriel Andronache and Felix Rache also attended this meeting. 2017-09-08 12:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-08-01-00-02big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose a discutat cu comisarul european pentru politică regională, Corina Crețu, despre accelerarea absorbției fondurilor europene în perioada următoareȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-discussed-with-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policy-corina-cretu-about-accelerating-the-european-funds-absorption-over-the-next-periodPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. The meeting was also attended by Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Sevil Shhaideh, Minister - delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, and State Advisors Marius Nica and Felix Rache. Discussion have focused on the important steps taken by Romania with respect to accessing European funds, and also the measures the Government initiated for attaining the EUR 1.2 billion absorption target by the end of the year through the funding programmes for regional development and cohesion. The European Commissioner Corina Cretu has outlined the fact that we are not talking anymore about zero absorption at present given that only in the past two weeks, payments worth EUR 95 million were made especially for SMEs and for technical assistance. - It is good that we are heading in the right direction. It rests to accelerate and recover delays over the next period. The Government's efforts will continue in this direction, including through a more important presence in Brussels stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive has also announced that the Ministers whose responsibilities also include managing European funds will continue the series of technical consultations with Brussels experts in the ensuing period. In her turn, the European Commissioner Corina Cretu has congratulated Romania for the progress achieved in this respect, mentioning inter alia, the accreditation of all management and control authorities, the financial exercise 2007 - 2013 concluded with a 90 percent absorption, and nearly 51,000 newly created jobs in Romania, over the past years, through the SMEs funding programmes. - We hope that your target becomes a reality. The Commission estimates a EUR 1 billion absorption but if it is EUR 1.2 billion as intended by the Government, so much the better argued the European official. At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has also announced the support extended by the European Commission in the field of the judiciary reform, on the prisons matter, and for the Cantacuzino Institute. The members of the Romanian delegation and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu have also discussed about Romania's development opportunities and prospects of attracting funds including by mechanisms made available by the Danube Strategy. 2017-09-07 18:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_corina_cretu_01_resize.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose: Am votat pentru interzicerea cianurilor în proiectul Roșia MontanăȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-i-voted-for-a-cyanide-ban-in-the-rosia-montana-projectAs a result of emerging public interpretations, the Government Press Office is authorized to specify the following: Prime Minister Mihai Tudose' statement of the September 4 interview to a television channel, that he voted in Parliament for a ban on cyanide mining, is consistent with his 2014 vote in Parliament. Prime Minister specifies that he voted for the repeal of the bill on measures related to gold-silver ore exploitation at Rosia Montana and to stimulate and facilitate the development of mining activities in Romania. The Head of the Executive is appealing to responsibility adding that his statements were taken out of context. I voted for the repeal of the bill on gold-silver ore exploitation in the Roşia Montană area, given that this type of exploitation can only be conducted technically by using cyanide. In conclusion, I voted against cyanide-based exploitation, emphasizes Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Besides, Bill no. 520/2013 appears as repealed on the Chamber of Deputies' site, and at the final voting, one can notice that Prime Minister Mihai Tudose voted for the repeal of the bill. The bill http://www.cdep.ro/pls/proiecte/upl_pck2015.proiect?cam=2 and idp=13777 Final vote in the Chamber of Deputies (no. 746 in the vote history) At the same time, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose outlines that he voted for the repeal of the amendment tabled by Remus Cernea in 2013, which provided that the use of cyanide-based mining technologies would be prohibited at any stage of the gold and silver exploitation, as he considered the amendment groundless. 2017-09-07 16:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-07-04-58-28big_sigla_guvern.pngConferință de presă susținută de premierul Mihai Tudose și comisarul european pentru politică regională, Corina CreţuȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/joint-press-conference-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-and-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policy-corina-cretuMihai Tudose: Good afternoon! Welcome! I would like to thank Madam Commissioner Corina Cretu for her presence in Bucharest, to thank her not only for the support extended to us when she is in Bucharest but also for her extraordinary willingness, let us not say daily, but every other day, when we talk, and she offers us the technical support needed. Thank you, once again, Madam Commissioner. Corina Cretu: Thank you too. It is a pleasure for me to make this first official visit since you were nominated and invested as Prime Minister. In fact, we already met in Brussels, but I would like to wish you success once again! I have had a very good meeting with Mr. Prime Minister and with all Ministers in charge of European funds. Obviously, we have discussed about the progress achieved so far, about the aspects requiring a speed - up, an increased attention in the following period, and obviously, we have discussed about the steps which need to be taken to advance as fast as possible the process of EU funds implementation in Romania. I have always come to Romania for constructive discussions. I would like to thank you for your open attitude. This time, I am even more optimistic than in spring. I have good news which should, I think, be marked. As you know, in August, all Management and Control Authorities for the budget worth EUR 23 billion which was allocated to Romania for the 2014 -2020 programming period, were accredited. The European money began to flow to Romania. We are not talking anymore about zero absorption rate. Over the summer, the Commission already reimbursed the 95 million for the SME initiative, and for the technical assistance. We are still analyzing bills, i.e. payment requests of EUR 350 million which will be paid as soon as possible. Despite the good news, I told the Prime Minister that the pace needs to be sped up and there are still many things to solve which depend solely on national authorities. I refer to the projects preparedness and implementation pace, an accelerated pace has to be kept in these fields, exactly because the financial exercise 2014 -2020 started so slowly. We are concerned about some areas of these ex-ante conditionalities which still exist with respect to waste management, public procurement, research infrastructure, and last but not least, the transport field. We all want a more careful preparation of infrastructure projects. Therefore, I am in Romania to discuss with you about what you need and what we can do. As you know, the European Commission, I personally, the DG Regio services, we do our best to help all member states and Romania implicitly, so as to talk about preparing the projects and their implementation on the ground, but here, as aforementioned, the national authorities play the major role at both national and regional levels, and I am glad to see all the progress achieved so far. Thank you very much! Mihai Tudose: Thank you! What Madam Commissioner has not told you is that in addition to the institutional support and the support on the area she is coordinating - we have also received support and I want to thank her once more for this. With proper guidance - and we hope to capitalize on it - both in the judiciary reform, in prisons matter, where Romania has a problem, but also in a discussion - hardly a week has passed since, we received unexpected aid from the Commission for Cantacuzino Institute. It rests to assign the institute to the military sector, but with the EU funding too. The second piece of news, I do not know whether or not a good one, holidays passed, and everybody returned to office both in Romania and in Brussels, and as of next week, Ministers' visits to Brussels will start over, punctually, on transport, health areas, not to mention the Ministry of European Funds. Thank you for your appreciations, Madam Commissioner. I understand that it is good that we have kicked off, it is good that we are heading in the right direction, but we are both dissatisfied with the speed we are moving with, it rests to accelerate and recover the late delays. I would like to thank you once again, on my behalf and on behalf of the Romanian Government. Corina Cretu: Thank you very much. Reporter:Madam, may I ask you a question? Corina Cretu: Please. Reporter: In your opinion, the EUR 5.2 billion target - does it stand until late this year, do we still have time to attract all these funds? Corina Creţu: As far as I understood from the Romanian authorities, when talking about 5.2 billion euros, we are talking about all the funds. I am in charge of the Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund. In this respect, the Romanian Government's target is 1.2 billion euros and, of course, we hope that this target will become a reality. The 5.2 billion include also the agriculture, the social fund, the maritime and fisheries fund, which are not among my responsibilities. Therefore, what I can tell you is that we hope that by the end of the year, EUR 1 billion from the Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund and if it is to be 1.2 billion, as the Government estimates, even more so we hope it becomes a reality. Because, I repeat, we are almost in late 2017 and, indeed, the pace of contracting has to be accelerated. Therefore, surely, if the Prime Minister emboldens the line Ministers in this respect - and he certainly has the authority to do so - I am sure that real progress shall be achieved on the ground. Thank you! 2017-09-07 16:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-07-04-24-16big_sigla_guvern.pngConsilierul de Stat László Borbély, alături de speakeri internaționali, la cea de-a 10-a ediție a Școlii Române de DezvoltareȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-09-07 10:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dsc_0335.jpgStadiul proiectelor derulate împreună cu Banca Mondială în domeniul sănătății, analizate în întâlnirea cu premierul TudoseȘtiri din 05.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-stage-of-the-projects-unfolded-with-the-world-bank-in-the-healthcare-field-under-scrutiny-during-prime-minister-tudose-s-meeting-with-the-wb-delegationThe Government and the World Bank will accelerate the implementation pace of the projects started in the health sector and they intend to expand collaboration through new funding projects in this sector as well as in infrastructure. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, Health Minister Florian Bodog and Public Finance Minister Ionut Misa had a working meeting today, at the Victoria Palace, with a delegation of the World Bank mission to Romania headed by country manager Tatiana Proskuryakova. During the meeting, it was analyzed the stage of the projects carried out by the Government with the support of the World Bank, with focus on healthcare projects developed under the project for improving the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system, approved for financing in 2014, and implemented by the Ministry of Health. We appreciate the World Bank's openness to supporting Romania's priority areas - healthcare and infrastructure.The fact that we have attracted in recent months funds under the World Bank project more than in its entire unfolding period shows our determination to improve conditions in hospitals and peoples access to better quality medical services, emphasized Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive stated that he wanted to strengthen cooperation with the World Bank by jointly developing an infrastructure country project. The Minister of Health Florian Bodog mentioned that 12 equipment supply and service procurement contracts worth approximately 12 million euros were signed over the past six months (the acquisition of 277 anaesthetic machines for 50 medical facilities as well as of medical equipment for emergency units and anaesthesia and intensive care units for 79 hospitals being relevant in this respect). At present, there are in various stages of the bidding procedure 10 procurement contracts for the purchase of medical services and equipment worth more than 70 million euros (acquisition of CT scanners, nuclear magnetic resonance equipment, PAXs) , equipment for ATI, laboratory equipment for NAMMD(The National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices), equipment for UPU, radiotherapy for 5 new locations - Oncology Institute Cluj Napoca, Municipal Emergency Clinical Hospital Timisoara, County Clinical Emergency Hospital Craiova, Municipal Clinical Hospital Dr. Gavril Curteanu Oradea, County Clinical Hospital Targu Mures). Also, the evaluation procedure was finalized for the first 5 radiotherapy locations - Bucharest Oncology Institute, Emergency County Hospital of Baia Mare, Elias Emergency University Hospital Bucharest, Sf Apostol Andrei Emergency County Clinical Hospital of Constanta, Sf. Apostol Andrei Emergency County Clinical Hospital of Galati. - I have personally sought that we accelerate this project with the World Bank as my preoccupation is with us finding fast solutions to remedy as many shortages as possible in the healthcare system stated Minister Florian Bodog. Cooperation between the Government and the World Bank will continue with periodic discussions at the level of Ministries. 2017-09-05 15:42:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_7982.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose a participat la „Ora premierului”, în ParlamentȘtiri din 05.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-09-05 10:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-05-10-11-59big_sigla_guvern.pngRomânia și Bulgaria vor coopera în pregătirea mandatelor lor la președinția Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 31.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-and-bulgaria-to-cooperate-in-preparing-their-mandates-at-the-helm-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionVice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu discussed today at the Victoria Palace with the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Lilyana Pavlova, about the cooperation opportunities between Romania and Bulgaria. The topic was approached included from the angle of Bulgaria taking over of the presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2018 and Romania in the first semester of 2019. Moreover, there were mentioned projects which the two countries could develop together at economic level and in the energy field, and which could be included on the agenda of the next Romania-Bulgaria inter-governmental meeting that is scheduled to be held this autumn in Varna. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu also attended this meeting. The cooperation between Romania and Bulgaria, and the good preparation for taking over our first mandates at the helm of the Council of the EU represent important opportunities for both countries, and it only depends on us to be able to capitalize on these chances, stated Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu. In his turn, Lilyana Pavlova appreciated the fact that Romania is very active in preparing its mandate as president of the Council of the EU. Considering that Bulgaria will take over this responsibility one year before Romania, the Bulgarian official expressed her country's readiness to share the expertise acquired so far. Bulgaria is prepared, at this hour, to exercise this mandate and I assure you of our entire support for the preparation of your own mandate, stated the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Lilyana Pavlova, showing that some of her countrys priorities will remain of current interest during Romanias presidency too, like the Danube Strategy, the European perspective on Western Balkans, the next EU multiannual financial framework, with an emphasis on the cohesion policy, and the EU policy regarding the migration phenomenon. 2017-08-31 18:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4497.jpgDezvoltarea cooperării economice, pe agenda întrevederii vicepremierului Ion Marcel Ciolacu cu ministrul ungar al Afacerilor Externe și Comerțului Exterior, Péter SzijjártóȘtiri din 30.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/development-of-economic-cooperation-on-the-agenda-of-vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-s-meeting-with-hungarian-foreign-trade-and-foreign-affairs-minister-peter-szijjartoVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu welcomed at Victoria Palace an official delegation led by Hungarys Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjarto with whom he discussed about the prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on the economic, energy and agriculture sectors. The Romanian official highlighted on this occasion the favorable context created in this respect by Romanias late positive economic development and the opportunities offered by the major regional projects of common interest such as the Bulgaria — Romania — Hungary — Austria (BRUA) gas pipeline project. There are important prospects for cooperation between Romania and Hungary as neighbouring countries and members of the European Union and NATO. It is an opportunity that we can capitalise on to the benefit of both countries, stated Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu. Other topics discussed pertained to strengthening diplomatic ties and cultural cooperation. 2017-08-30 14:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ministrul_de_externe_ungar_peter_szijjarto01.jpgOportunitățile de colaborare în domeniul apărării între România și Lockheed Martin, discutate de premierul Mihai Tudose și reprezentanți ai companiei americaneȘtiri din 30.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/cooperation-opportunities-in-the-field-of-defence-between-romania-and-lockheed-martin-discussed-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-with-representatives-of-the-american-companyPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of Lockheed Martin, American aerospace security company, specialized in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and support of advanced technology systems at global level. Discussions between the two parties focused on cooperation opportunities in the field of the defence industry, considering the Lockheed Martin's experience in developing top notch tehnologies and Romania's interest in revolutionizing the sector of the national production of military equipment and tehnology, in partnership with strategic market actors. The representatives of the American company underlined Lockheed Martin's objective to position itself as Romanias strategic partner in the field of defence, discussions with the Romanian side being about to continue at the level of relevant Ministries. Todays meeting was preceded by a meeting held yesterday at the Ministry of National Defence between Minister Adrian Ţuţuianu and representatives of Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed Martin delegation present today at the Victoria Palace was composed of Jonathan Hoyle, Vice-President for Europe, and Adrian Iacob, Executive Director. 2017-08-30 12:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-30-12-20-26big_sigla_guvern.pngViceprim-ministrul Ion Marcel Ciolacu: ”Datorăm victimelor războiului nu doar respect și cinstirea memoriei, ci și însușirea lecției suferințelor lor. Ne revine responsabilitatea de a păstra încrederea și credința lor într-o lume liberă și democratică”Știri din 29.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ciolacu-quot-we-owe-the-victims-of-war-not-only-the-respect-and-honour-of-their-memory-but-also-learning-the-lesson-of-their-suffering-it-is-incumbent-on-us-to-keep-up-their-trust-and-faith-in-a-free-and-democratic-world Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu laid wreaths at the Military Cemetery of the Romanian Army in Zvolen and the War Heroes Monument in Banska Bystrica that has an inscription in Romanian reading Thanks to the Romanian Army, the Liberator of the city, as part of ceremonies commemorating the Romanian military killed in their line of duty in WWII on the battlefields on todays soil of the Slovak Republic. The ceremonies were organised to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising that started on August 29, 1944, the national holiday of the Slovak people. The Romanian military contributed, together with their allies, to the liberation of more than 1,700 localities, including 31 cities in the former Czechoslovakia. Their memory is honoured today in more than 50 localities in Slovakia through monuments, commemorative plaques and at military cemeteries. The ceremony organized on this occasion at Museum of the Slovak National Uprising at Banska Bystrica, was attended by President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko and Defence Minister Peter Gajdos. In the speech at this ceremony, Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu thanked the Slovak people and central and local officials for the exemplary way they are praising and commemorating the memory of the Romanian military and sent a congratulatory message to Slovak people on the National Day of Slovakia. We owe the victims of war not only the respect and honour of their memory, but also learning the lesson of their suffering. It is incumbent on us to keep up their trust and faith in a free and democratic world and to make our own contribution to the promotion of the values of freedom and peace, and our shared history and experiences have created the premises for the present good bilateral relations. We are partners within the European Union and NATO, where we share the same democratic values and principles, and promote shared objectives in the areas of security and defense, stated Vice Prime Ciolacu, expressing his conviction that the good Romanian-Slovak relations will continue to develop and consolidate. Attending the ceremonies in Slovakia, as a special guest was war veteran, retired General Neculai Pruteanu, one of the Romanian military who fought in Banska Bystrica, Zvolen, Kremnika, Murani and Breznova, and one of the last survivors who fought both on the Eastern Front and the Western Front. In addition to participating in these ceremonies, Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu attended a working lunch offered by Slovak Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and the Information Society Peter Pellegrini, and also paid a visit to the Romanian Honorary Consulate in Banska Bystrica. The Romanian delegation accompanying Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu in Slovakia was composed of Secretary of State with the Ministry of National Defence Mircea Dusa; Romanias ambassador to Slovakia Steluta Arhire; Brigadier General Teodor Incicas of the General Army Staff; Major General Petrica Lucian Foca, Commander of the Joint Forces Command, and State Advisor Florin Vodita. The members of the delegation awarded on this occasion, decorations to war veterans and handed over the Romanian Armed Forces Emblem of Honor to the mayor of Zvolen, Lenka Balkovicova and to the director of the Banska Bystrica-based Slovak National Uprising Museum, Stanislav Micev. Please find below the full text of the Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu' speech at the ceremony held at the Slovak National Uprising Museum, in Banska Bystrica (check against delivery): Speech at the ceremonies dedicated to the marking of the Slovak National Uprising of August 29, 1944 President, Prime Minister, Honorable war veterans, Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to attend today with you the ceremony commemorating the beginning of the Slovak National Insurrection of August 29, 1944, a national celebration of the Slovak people. It is a special moment as it is part of our common history and it reminds us of the profound friendship between our nations. It is profound because it is a blood link, forged 73 years ago by the military of our countries, but also by the Slovak partisans and people who fought together for freedom. This is probably the strongest bond that can exist between two nations, as nothing is above the sacrifice of those who gave their lives, to make our freedom even more precious. That is why we have the duty to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and to bow to those who endured terrible sufferings during the Second World War, firmly convinced that our dialogue and our peace efforts will prevent the repetition of the unmeasured sacrifices that marked the destiny of mankind in the twentieth century. We are now here to honor their sacrifice and reflect on the importance of their actions. The Romanian military contributed, along with their allies, within the 2nd Ukrainian Front, to the liberation of over 1700 localities, including 31 towns throughout Czechoslovakia. It was an extraordinary moment, and the enthusiasm of the locals who received the Romanians with open arms will remain forever engraved in our memory. Those days could not have been better described than their protagonists. Here is what a Romanian military commander wrote in his Operations Diary: Here, in the middle of the city, we are received by the authorities and the civilian population who, with tears in the eyes, are manifesting their friendship for the Liberating Romanian Army. We are privileged to have with us today Retired Major General Neculai Pruteanu, a war veteran and one of the last survivors who fought on the front. He is one of the local sons, as the locals called the Romanian military who fought in Banska Bystrica, Zvolen, Kremnika, Murani or Breznova. Thank you, General, for the heroism you showed in fight despite the fact that you were wounded, for the way you guided your fighters of the 27th Infantry Regiment and all your activity following your return from war, when you became a mentor for the younger generations of the Romanian Army. You have all our respect and appreciation. More than 500,000 Romanian soldiers and officers fought alongside the general, and more than 66,000 of them were injured or never returned home to their families. More than ten thousand of the Romanian heroes who sacrified their lives for the freedom of the Slovak territory, found eternal rest in the Cemetery of the Romanian Army in Zvolen, which was arranged by the Czechoslovak authorities in the late 1950s and cared for by the local authorities in Zvolen . In over 50 other localities in Slovakia, there are still plaques, monuments, obelisks or military cemeteries honoring the Romanian military fallen here at the end of the Second World War. That is why I want to especially thank the Slovak people and the Slovak central and local authorities for the exemplary way in which they praise and commemorate the memory of the Romanian military. We owe to the victims of the war not only the respect and honor of their memory but also the learning of their suffering. Moments like these remind us that we must always be prepared to strengthen the role of diplomacy, dialogue and international cooperation among states at international level. Today, we assume with full responsibility the duty to honor the sacrifice of these heroes. It is incumbent on us to keep up their trust and faith in a free and democratic world and to make our own contribution to promoting the values of freedom and peace. The remembrance of these tragic events in the history of humanity is part of a European culture of memory and reconciliation with the past, as well as of the belief that lessons of recent history must always be taken into account. The fact that Europe has been the scene of two global conflicts in just four decades, two humanitarian disasters and unprecedented destruction prompts us to firmly act for a responsible foreign policy at European and global level. Honourable Audience, Ladies and gentlemen, Our common history and experiences have created the premises for the current good bilateral relations. We are partners in the European Union and NATO, where we share the same democratic values ​​and principles and promote shared objectives in the field of security and defence. Romania, as EU member state, wants more solidarity and unity, because we are never stronger than when we are united. That is why I want to assure you of Romanias determination to work, together with Slovakia and the other partners in the Union, to relaunch the European project built on solidarity and unity and respect for the fundamental European fundamental principles and freedoms, a project to meet as best as possible the day-to-day expectations of European citizens. There are multiple challenges and risks to European stability and security. The continuation of violent conflicts near Europes borders and the spread of their consequences in the EU, through illegal immigration, the risk of terrorist attacks, cyber attacks, distortions of the internal market, accentuates the fragmentation tendencies within the EU. I think, however, that addressing these security risks and challenges must be done wisely, but also in the letter and spirit of European and international norms and principles that states have endorsed. With the strong belief that the good relations between Romania and Slovakia will continue to develop and consolidate in many areas, please allow me, on behalf of the Government and the people of Romania, to once again extend my most sincere wishes for health, peace and happiness. 2017-08-29 17:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-29-05-11-44big_1.jpgGuvernul și UNICEF vor colabora pentru extinderea parteneriatului în beneficiul copiilor vulnerabili Știri din 29.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romanian-government-and-unicef-will-cooperate-for-extending-partnership-to-the-benefit-of-vulnerable-childrenPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had a meeting at the Victoria Palace with the new UNICEF representative to Romania, Pieter Bult, on which occasion the latter presented his mandates objectives and priorities, given the ongoing projects included in the UNICEF-Romania country programme for 2018-2022. The Head of the Executive underlined the importance of the partnership between the Romanian Government and UNICEF. Im glad to have you as a partner. It is very important for us to count on your cooperation, to work together to find new solutions for the vulnerable children, to improve these childrens access to quality services in education, healthcare, social assistance, and also to prevent and combat all forms of violence, said Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive and the UNICEF representative also established to cooperate in the measles pandemic matter, Pieter Bult specifying that the organisation supports the effort made by the Romanian authorities through running campaigns for raising awareness on measles and educational programmes in the public healthcare area. The UNICEF representative also underlined the support granted by the organisation in solving specific problems in the child protection area, according to the national priorities, as well as UNICEFs intention to capitalize on the experience of the Romanian institutions in managing the childrens rights issue, by facilitating the transfer of expertise to other countries. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the UNICEF representative to Romania Pieter Bult agreed to hold monthly meetings to identify solutions to problems regarding vulnerable children and childrens rights protection. Despina Andrei, communication and fundraising manager at UNICEF Romania and State Advisor Felix Rache also attended today's meeting. 2017-08-29 16:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-29-04-22-41big_sigla_guvern.pngViceprim-ministrul Ion Marcel Ciolacu va participa la ceremoniile dedicate Insurecției Naționale SlovaceȘtiri din 28.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-will-attend-the-ceremonies-dedicated-to-the-slovak-national-uprisingVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu will lead a governmental delegation that will attend tomorrow the ceremonies dedicated to marking the Slovak National Uprising, to be held in Zvolen and Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. The Romanian delegation is composed of Secretary of State with the Ministry of National Defense Mircea Dusa, Ambassador of Romania to Slovakia Steluta Arhire, Brigadier General Teodor Incicas of Romanias General Army Staff, Major General Petrica Lucian Foca, Commander of the Joint Forces Command, and State Adviser Florin Vodita. The special guest in the Romanian delegation is retired General Neculai Pruteanu, a war veteran and one of the last survivors who fought on both the Eastern and the Western fronts. The Romanian military helped along their allies free over 1,700 localities, 31 towns of which across Czechoslovakia. The Romanian delegation will attend the ceremonies dedicated to the National Day of the Slovak Republic and the commemoration of the Romanian heroes killed in the line of duty in WWII on the soil of current Slovakia. On this occasion, Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu will deliver a speech alongside Slovak President Andrej Kiska and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. The Romanian officials will also lay wreaths at the Military Cemetery of the Romanian Army in Zvolen and at the Heroes Monument in downtown Banska Bystrica, where there is a plaque in Romanian reading Thanks to the Romanian Army, the Liberator of the city, and will attend the award of decorations to war veterans. Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu and the members of the Romanian delegation will also attend a working lunch to be offered by Slovak Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and the Information Society Peter Pellegrini. 2017-08-28 17:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-28-05-37-32big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Îi încurajez pe investitori să se implice activ în pregătirea practică a tinerilorȘtiri din 25.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-i-encourage-investors-to-get-actively-involved-in-the-practical-training-of-young-peopleYoung people up to 23 years old, who have completed at least gymnasium education and are seeking a vocational qualification, can enroll from 29 to 31 August- the autumn session- in the dual vocational education system, organized in partnership with economic operators. Schooling lasts for three years and includes internships in partner companies. Students receive a monthly scholarship of 200 lei, as well as additional scholarship, free transportation, accommodation and meals provided by economic operators. There are 3509 seats in 127 school classes for the school year 2017-2018 nationwide. 1774 students were admitted in the summer session, and 1735 seats are available for the autumn session. Supporting and developing dual vocational education is the Governments response to the many requests from companies that need well-trained personnel. This concept, the School with no unemployed graduates, has proved to be a success in Brasov and other localities. Training the labor force is one of the levers to sustain the growth pace. Therefore, it is time to assume together, both Government and business sector, the development of dual vocational education and to encourage investors to get involved in the practical training of young people, their future employees, considers Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The most in - demand qualifications in the educational offer for the 2017-2018 school year are those of auto mechanic, textile worker, numerically controlled machine operator, lathe worker, welder, baker-confectioner, merchant-seller. More information on the educational offer for dual vocational education can be found on the websites of the county school inspectorates, of the Bucharest Municipality respectively or at their headquarters. 2017-08-25 14:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-25-02-15-01big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Vizita președintelui Franței în România este extrem de importantă pentru dezvoltarea relațiilor bilateraleȘtiri din 24.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-french-president-s-visit-to-romania-is-of-paramount-importance-for-the-development-of-bilateral-relationsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose will offer today a working luncheon in honor of the French Republic President Emmanuel Macron who is paying visit to Romania, as part of his regional tour. - French President's visit to Romania is of paramount importance for the development of bilateral relations, especially for the economic field, as well as for strengthening cooperation at European level, in dossiers of major interest for both parties considers Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will present our country's economic progress, the economic measures taken by the Government, and the investment opportunities in the context of the 5, 9 percent economic growth, the largest in EU, achieved by Romania in the second quarter of this year. Romania's accession to Schengen area is other topic of interest, considering that our country meets the technical conditions, the decision being currently at the political level, and our country relies on the constant support of its traditional partner, the French Republic. The Head of the Executive will express the Romanian Government's interest in continuing the sustained dialogue in preparing the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting from France's expertise in the European Affairs. The preparation of the Romania - France Cultural Season to take place between December 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, which will mark the Centenary of the creation of modern Romania and will provide the opportunity of a better knowledge of our country abroad, will be among the working luncheon topics. The Romanian delegation led by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose is composed of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Economy Minister Mihai Fifor, Ambassador of Romania to France Luca Niculescu, rector of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest Sorin Cimpeanu, member of the Chamber of Deputies, State Advisors Florin Vodiță, Gabriel Andronache, Felix Rache. The French delegation led by President Emmanuel Macron is composed of European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau, French Ambassador to Romania, H.E. Michele Ramis, Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic Amiral Bernard Rogel, Advisors Philippe Etienne, Clement Beaune, Barbara Frugier, Nicolas Jegou. 2017-08-24 12:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_c-2827.jpgVicepremierul Ion-Marcel Ciolacu: România este pregătită să gestioneze împreună cu partenerii europeni orice situație în contextul BrexitȘtiri din 24.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-romania-is-prepared-to-manage-along-with-its-european-partners-any-situation-in-the-context-of-brexitThe Romanian Government's strategic axes for action, in the context of the Brexit process, were approved at a new meeting of the Inter-ministerial Council on Brexit, held yesterday at Victoria Palace, and chaired by Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. Ion-Marcel Ciolacu highlighted Romanias interest for this process to be managed in a fair and transparent manner, in line with the provisions of the EU Treaties, and to ensure the protection of the rights and interests of the European and Romanian citizens living and working in the UK. Romania will pursue the European objectives, in a pragmatic and principled way, in the negotiation process. The document presents a number of ways in which our country and the European Union can turn this challenge into an opportunity. We want to generate and maintain an open and sustained process of information and dialogue with the Romanian community in the UK. We need to show the Romanian citizens that they have our full support, that the Romanian state is acting to ensure the protection and guarantee of their rights, emphasized the Vice Prime Minister. The meeting was also attended by Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Health Minister Florian-Dorel Bodog, Transport Minister Alexandru-Răzvan Cuc, Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Păstirnac, Minister of Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer, Minister of National Education Liviu-Marian Pop, Minister of Youth and Sports Marius-Alexandru Dunca, Minister of Communications and Information Society Lucian Şova, Minister of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue Gabriel Petrea, as well as representatives( Secretaries of state) - of the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, Ministry of Public Finance and the Ministry of Economy. Background information UK held a nationwide referendum in June 2016, when it voted to leave the EU. Following this referendum results, on March 29, 2017, the British Government triggered the withdrawal procedures, according to Art. 50 of the EU Treaty. Negotiations to set out the UKs withdrawal terms may take up to two years, and on March 30, 2019, during Romania's presideny of the Council of the European Union, Great Britain is about to lose its status as EU member state. In practice, a transitory interval may ensue this period, allowing the clarification of some aspects that remained pending in the negotiations. In the first place, the objective of the negotiators is to agree on an orderly withdrawal. This first phase of negotiations takes place in four rounds, followed by a political decision at the October 2017 Council. Subsequently, a second phase of the negotiations aims at defining the future EU - UK relationship. The Inter-ministerial Council on Brexit is a governmental body that adopts the political guidelines aimed at defining Romanias positions within the negotiations between the EU27 and the United Kingdom. The Council is led by the Prime Minister of Romania and coordinated by the Minister - delegate for European Affairs. 2017-08-24 12:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-24-12-32-40big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevedere a prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose cu membrii Coaliției Naționale pentru Modernizarea RomânieiȘtiri din 22.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-members-of-the-national-coalition-for-romania-s-modernizationPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the members of the National Coalition for Romania's modernization. On this occasion, it was established that such meetings would be held periodically on major topics of public interest, or whenever necessary, on punctual aspects, in working group format. - I support the continuation of this dialogue, in order to find together the best solutions to the problems you signal to us, but also means to implement them stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The main topics discussed on today's meeting at Victoria Palace pertained to the implementation of the new provisions of the salary law in the state sector, with focus on its implementation in the pre-university and university fields, as well as to the issue of the special military pensions and the impact of the measures announced by the Government in this respect. Other topics discussed at length focused on the transport and road and rail infrastructure, the main aspect under scrutiny related to the amendments which can be made to public procurement legislation and which could unblock major infrastructure projects affected by tender challenging actions. Vice Prime Minister Ion - Marcel Ciolacu, Minister of Labor and Social Justice Lia - Olguta Vasilescu, Minister of National Education Liviu Pop, Minister of Transport Razvan Cuc, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer, Minister of Culture and National Identity Lucian Romascanu and the Minister - delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb also attended this meeting. 2017-08-22 16:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ue-1975.jpgVicepremierul Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, întrevedere cu personalul diplomatic al Reprezentanței Permanente a României pe lângă Uniunea EuropeanăȘtiri din 22.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-had-a-meeting-with-the-diplomatic-personnel-of-the-permanent-representation-of-romania-to-the-european-europeanVice Prime Minister Ion - Marcel Ciolacu chaired today, at Victoria Palace a meeting with the diplomatic personnel of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European European, organized at the initiative of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, in the context of preparedness for Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of 2019. We have got closer to assuming a major responsibility with a decisive impact on the role that we want for Romania in the European Union. As you probably know, we have started a broad evaluation process of your activity. The Government wants to have the certainty at the end of the exercise, that Romania has the best specialists at its Brussels Representation, who will live up to the mandate entrusted to them , emphasized Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. Vice Prime Minister also highlighted the idea of continuity of big projects on the European agenda, in the margin of Romania's first tenure at the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the challenges in this respect being: Great Britain's exit from the European Union, the migration management, the functioning of the Schengen Area or the design of the future Multiannual financial framework. - European affairs have become a pillar of support of our country's foreign policy. The stakes are major and stem from Romania's national long -term development project. We are therefore promoting a European profile, of solid, serious and trustworthy partner that honors its commitments. We are determined to ensure predictability and coherence for us to attain the objective of finalizing the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification and to create the conditions conducive to lifting this mechanism prior to Romania's takeover of the Presidency stated Ion - Marcel Ciolacu. Graţiela Leocadia Gavrilescu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment, Teodor-Viorel Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Victor Negrescu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Tudorel Toader, Minister of Justice, Liviu-Marian Pop, Minister of National Education, Alexandru-Răzvan Cuc, Minister of Transport, Marius Dunca, Minister of Youth and Sports, Ilan Laufer, Minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Florian-Dorel Bodog, Minister of Health and Adriana Doina Pană, Minister of Water and Forests also participated in the Victoria Palace meeting. Background information Romania will assume, for six months, from 1 January 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union - one of the seven institutions of the Union. Our country is part of the presidency trio, including Finland and Croatia. The rotating presidency presides over Brussels meetings of the EU Council (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council), the COREPER meetings (meetings of the Permanent Representatives of the member countries in Brussels) and about 200 working groups. Also, the EU Council Presidency conducts negotiations of hundreds of legislative files, organizes meetings with the European Parliament, other formal meetings at all levels. According to the custom, during its term of office, the Presidency of the EU Council will organize in Romania, events, possible Summits, informal meetings of the EU Council, meetings of senior officials and experts from EU member states, conferences and seminars. In Romania, the National Council for Preparedness and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU is the inter-ministerial body which, under the leadership of the Prime Minister of Romania, will ensure the strategic orientation of the training program and will play the role of coordinating these complex efforts. 2017-08-22 15:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ue-1722.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose a semnat în cartea de condoleanţe deschisă la Ambasada Regatului Spaniei în România, după atentatele teroriste de la BarcelonaȘtiri din 21.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-signed-the-book-of-condolence-opened-at-the-spanish-embassy-in-bucharest-after-barcelona-terror-attacksMihai Tudose: I have sent a message of sympathy and solidarity. Reporter: Have you managed to get in touch with the injured? Mihai Tudose: As far as I have been informed, there is only one 33-year-old Romanian with a diagnosis of head trauma, five broken ribs, a punctured lung, in a stable condition; a prognosis, as you may know, will be issued by doctors. Reporter: Given the Colectiv experience, do you stand by that statement that the wounded could be better cared for, here, in Romania? Mihai Tudose: I am not a doctor to say or establish where he can be better treated. We can and we have offered, we have also spoken with the staff at the Spanish Embassy and with the Minister of Health and the Chairman of the National Healthcare House to see if he can be cared for in Romania and if the family wants it, it is all right. There is also the issue whether or not the patient is physically able to take a flight, given his punctured lung. We are willing and ready to offer help. 2017-08-21 11:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_barcelona-1538-2.jpgMăsuri pentru desfășurarea în condiții optime a mini-vacanței din perioada 12-15 augustȘtiri din 11.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-08-11 17:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-11-05-43-47big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose a discutat problemele din sistemul penitenciarelor cu reprezentanții sindicatelorȘtiri din 10.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-discussed-the-problems-of-the-prison-system-with-trade-unions-representativesThe salary rights of the prisons personnel, the posts needed in the prison system, and the special status of civil servants in this system were among the topics addressed by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose during his meeting today with the representatives of prison workers unions. Representatives of the trade unions highlighted the need of rising salaries and supplementing the personnel, Prime Minister asserting that the Government was considering increasing the salaries of the personnel working for the National Administration of Penitentiaries, as well as drawing up a plan regarding the need of technical and surveillance personnel in the field, in line with the current system standards. Also during this meeting, Prime Minister Tudose expressed the Governments support for a series of measures which should be taken for the proper functioning of the units that are part of the National Administration of Penitentiaries. Also, discussions focused on the investment needs in the penitentiaries infrastructure as well as the possibilities for financing them. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and State Adviser Felix Rache also attended the Victoria Palace meeting. 2017-08-10 12:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-10-12-45-10big_2.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose: Este nevoie de modificarea cadrului legislativ pentru eficientizarea activității institutelor de cercetareȘtiri din 08.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-there-is-a-need-for-the-amendment-of-the-legislative-framework-for-streamlining-the-activity-of-research-institutesPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today a meeting at Victoria Palace with representatives of the Unions Federation of Research and Development Employees of Romania (FSLCPR) and with those of the National Institute for Laser Physics, Plasma and Radiation Physics. During the meeting, Prime Minister expressed the Governments support for the research activity and also its openness regarding the continuation of the dialogue with trade unions in the field and the facilitation of their partnership with the state institutions. He mentioned that he wanted the research field to be more applied to the economic environment so as to bring added value. Representatives of trade unions pointed out the necessity of passing several research institutes under the coordination of the Ministry of Research and Innovation. They also requested the Prime Minister to amend the law in such a way as to allow easier access for foreign evaluators to contracts with research institutes. In this context, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose urged the field Minister, , to draw up as soon as possible a plan of measures and to come up with proposals regarding the amendment of the legislative framework for correcting the malfunctions and rendering efficient the research institutes, eliminating bureaucratic barriers and facilitating the institutes's access to contracts with both foreign and Romanian partners. Prime Minister outlined that he would send the Control Corps to the National Institute for Laser Physics, Plasma and Radiation Physics, after the trade unionists told the Prime Minister that there was no dialogue with the leadership of the institution. The Victoria Palace meeting was attended by the Minister of Research, Lucian Georgescu and Honorary Advisor to the Prime Minister Şerban Valeca. 2017-08-08 15:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanţi_ai_sindicatelor_din_domeniul_cercetării-dezvoltării01.jpgGuvernul și Coaliția pentru Dezvoltarea României vor analiza pe grupuri de lucru sectoriale temele de interes publicȘtiri din 03.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-government-and-the-coalition-for-romania-s-development-will-analyze-the-public-interest-topics-in-sectoral-working-groupsPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the Cabinet members reviewed with the representatives of the Coalition for Romania's Development the main topics of public interest that would be subject to future dialogue. At the meeting held on Thursday, August 3, at Victoria Palace, it was agreed that the talks would continue in the sectoral working groups format, in order to increase the efficiency of the working method and to better coordinate the decisions pertaining to several Ministries. I assure you that I will participate in all these working groups to the extent that the agenda allows me, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive expressed his full openness to this dialogue and to finding the best solutions and highlighted, along with the Ministers present at the meeting, the measures already implemented by the Government or envisaged in connection with the specific topics discussed. The representatives of the Coalition for Romania's Development mentioned as priorities: the workforce issues, infrastructure development and taxation. They discussed the measures to stimulate employment, streamlining vocational education in accordance with market needs, the Social Dialogue Law, implementing the smart traffic tracking and routing system, prioritizing infrastructure works in the triangle Craiova - Piteşti - Ramnicu - Valcea, the VAT charging system and work taxation. Other topics addressed were the absorption of European funds, the project of the Sovereign Investment Fund, agriculture, in connection to which, they discussed about the agricultural risk management, the cadastre law and the land merger law. In terms of healthcare, the taxation and the funding solutions to improve the access of Romanian patients to treatments were addressed, the CDR representatives expressing their willingness to work with the Government in carrying out educational and information campaigns, including on vaccination. Other areas of interest in the discussions held at Victoria Palace pertained to energy, tourism, environment, entrepreneurship, communications and IT sectors. 2017-08-03 19:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-04-09-16-08big_foto3.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose s-a întâlnit astăzi cu reprezentanți ai companiei Bell HelicopterȘtiri din 03.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-representatives-of-bell-helicopterPrime Minister Mihai Tudose along with National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, Minister of Economy Mihai Fifor, Chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca, and Chief of Air Force Staff, Lieutenant-General Laurian Anastasof held discussions with representatives of Bell Helicopter at Government headquarters, on Wednesday, August 3. After the talks, the Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, signed a letter of intent asking for prices and availability for the acquisition of attack helicopters that will be addressed to the US Government, The meeting at the Government House was preceded by a technical discussion at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defence. In the period ahead, thorough discussions will be held between representatives of the Ministry of Economy and those of Bell Helicopter regarding the setting up of a joint venture, as well as technological and know-how transfer allowing the production of helicopters on Romania's soil. This decision will have a considerable direct impact on the economic development of our country, while being at the same time a security generator in the area. We mention that the decision on the purchase of attack helicopters is based on the procurement plan recently approved by the Supreme Council for National Defence. 2017-08-03 16:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanți_ai_companiei_bell_helicopter02.jpgParticipanții la Programul de Internship al Guvernului organizează Cupa Tinerilor Interni ediția a III-aȘtiri din 03.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-08-03 16:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-03-05-42-07big_sigla_guvern.pngGuvernul României a depus dosarul de candidatură pentru relocarea Agenției Europene pentru MedicamenteȘtiri din 31.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-romanian-government-has-filed-a-bid-for-the-relocation-of-the-european-medicines-agency-to-bucharestToday, Romanian Government has filed a bid for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Bucharest in the context of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the Union European. The bid was prepared by an interinstitutional working group, comprising the General Secretariat of the Government, the Ministry of Health, the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, the Minister-Delegate for European Affairs, the Ministry of Public Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. - The filing of the bid represents an objective met at the current stage of the procedures for the relocation of the European Medicines Agencys headquarters. I believe in Romanias chance to qualify for this selection because we have substantial expertise in the medical sector. Information in our bid supports with concrete elements our arguments that Romania is ready to take on such a responsibility stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The location proposed by Romania is on the northern side of Bucharest, right behind the Pipera metro station. The European Medicines Agency would be housed in a new building, of an approximate area of 27,000 square metres with a conference centre that can accommodate 720 participants and an excellent IT and C infrastructure. Additional information The European Medicines Agency, one of the largest and most important European agencies, is currently based in London. It is a decentralised body of the European Union with the primary responsibility to protect and promote public health through its assessment and supervision of medicinal products for human use. The European Commission will examine the bids and submit its own assessment to the General Secretariat of the Council by September 1, 2017, and the final decision is expected on the sidelines of the General Affairs Council meeting of November 2017. The decision would be made on the basis of successive rounds of secret ballot, with each member state having an equal number of votes. The member state to be selected for hosting the European Medicines Agency will no longer be able to apply for the relocation of the European Banking Authority. Romania has a consistent medical expertise, being in the top percentile of medical school graduates, and since 2007 14,000 Romanian medicine and pharmacy specialists have been working in other member states of the European Union. There are also numerous institutions in Bucharest, including laboratories and pharmaceutical companies (the Cantacuzino National Research Institute, the Ana Aslan National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the Victor Babes National Institute, the Prof Dr. N. Paulescu National Institute of Diabetes Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases) with the aim of managing the major effects of emergencies that may affect the national healthcare system. 2017-07-31 17:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-31-05-26-26big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Republicii Populare Chineze în România, Xu FeihongȘtiri din 31.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-met-with-the-ambassador-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-to-romania-xu-feihongPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has analyzed with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Romania Xu Feihong, the prospects for developing the economic bilateral cooperation Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has welcomed at Victoria Palace the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Romania Xu Feihong. The meeting has focused on economic projects of common interest and the prospects for materialising cooperation on these projects. - We have in mind important projects in the field of rail and road infrastructure, in which large Chinese companies have voiced an interest, but we are also awaiting small companies to invest and produce in Romania for the European market, stated the Head of the Executive. A first project discussed in the meeting is the construction of a suspended bridge over the Danube in Braila, included in Romania's Transport General Master Plan, for which notices of invitation to tender have already been issued. Prime Minister Tudose has also mentioned infrastructure projects of regional interest such as: construction of a Bucharest-Sofia motorway and the construction of a high-speed magnetic levitation rail transport network jointly developed by Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and possibly Greece, patterned on of those already operating in China. There are projects which can benefit from European funding and which can be developed in public - private partnership for which Romania can benefit from the expertise of large Chinese construction companies. Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Romania Xu Feihong has conveyed to Prime Minister Mihai Tudose the interest of Chinese investors in Romania and the openness of Chinese authorities for economic cooperation development. The two delegations have decided to jointly analyze as of this week, the projects offering bilateral cooperation prospects. Other opportunities of bilateral and regional economic cooperation can be identified on the occasion of the meeting of the Heads of Governments from China and Central and Eastern Europe to be held this autumn, in Budapest. 2017-07-31 16:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_china-6635.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanți ai Ambasadei Regatului Spaniei în RomâniaȘtiri din 31.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-met-with-the-representatives-of-the-embassy-of-the-kingdom-of-spain-to-romaniaA Task Force and a National Plan to Fight against Modern Slavery, among the measures established during the meeting with the representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has established with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Bucharest several measures to intensify bilateral cooperation with a view to preventing and combating the cases of labour exploitation of Romanians working in Spain. Decision has been taken during today's meeting at Victoria Palace attended by Romanian Ambassador in Spain, Gabriela Dancau, Minister for Romanians Abroad, Andreea Pastirnac, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Victor Negrescu and representatives of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Labor and Social Justice Ministries. A Task Force on the issue of abuses to which Romanian workers are exposed, and on modern slavery, will be set up at the level of the aforementioned Ministries, under the direct coordination of the Prime Minister, with the Ministry for Romanians Abroad playing the part of an integrator. The Spanish delegation was headed by Ms. Tada Bastida Eizaguirre, First Secretary and Charge d'Affairs, Head of the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Bucharest. We want to expand and improve cooperation with the Spanish authorities, given the large number of Romanians living in Spain and the concrete cases signalled lately. The measures we envisage, aim at combating and preventing such cases, informing the persone most exposed to such risks, as well as granting assistance to victims of labour exploitation or human trafficking, said Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Romanian community in Spain now numbers over one million people, who took up residency, in addition to 400, 000 seasonal workers, with the latter being the most exposed to labor exploitation and human trafficking. Other measures established during this meeting are drawing up a National Plan to Fight against Modern Slavery, designed to integrate existing strategies as well as the National Strategy against Human Trafficking, stipulated in the Programme for Government, to be approved in the fourth quarter this year. Also, the Government considers creating a Fund for Financing, initially through distinct budget lines in the budget of each of the aforementioned ministries, and specifically allocated human resources. The Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac outlined the need for a pro-active approach of these issues and the co-optation of the Associations of Romanians in Spain in the joint efforts of the Romanian and Spanish authorities. At the level of the Ministry of Romanians Abroad, a specialized directorate will operate designed to secure the information-prevention component of the associations active in the Diaspora, as well as in the relation with the governmental and non-governmental institutions operating in the field, from the countries where there are large Romanian communities and where cases of modern slavery may appear. Last but not least, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will launch a pilot project of communication and information in Botoşani, Suceava and Neamţ, three of the counties of origin of most of the Romanians who left for work in Spain. Representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania voiced their regret over the case of labor exploitation of some Romanians in Spain, adding that it was a particular case and that it must not be overlooked how well the other Romanians living in Spain have integrated themselves. 2017-07-31 14:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_spania-6628.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la reuniunea Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 27.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-meeting-of-the-national-tripartite-council-for-social-dialoguePM Mihai Tudose: Government is open to a constant and substantive consultation on all topics of interest for the social dialogue partners Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today a first discussion with the representatives of trade unions and employers on topics of major interest for the social dialogue partners, in the format of the meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue held at Victoria Palace. The main topics of the debate held at the proposal of the Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue, aimed at the enforceability of the Law on the pay of the personnel paid from public funds and the administrative reform, Pensions Law, tax legislation, judiciary laws, improvement in the absorption of European funds and improvement in the consultation mechanism with all the parties involved. - The Government is open to a constant and substantive consultation on all these topics, so that we eventually reach the best solutions, stated the Head of the Executive. The formula agreed on today's discusions at Victoria Palace was that debates on large topics of interest take place twice a month, within some working groups managed by Minister Gabriel Petrea, Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue, and involve Ministries with specific attributions and the relevant social partners. The National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue will meet every two months. Also, in connection with the enforcement of the new regulations in the field of public sector wages, a working group is already functioning within the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, offering on a daily basis the information requested by interested partners, for a fair and coherent enforcement of the legislation. As regards tax legislation, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose gave again assurances that the Government will not introduce either the turnover tax or the solidarity tax and the contributions to pensions(CAS) and to healthcare(CASS) will further be paid by the employer. - None of the fiscal amendments we envisage aims to put pressure on the business sector. The changes made last week regarding the payment of social contributions for part-time contracts aim to protect these categories of employees, providing them the right to pension and medical services in the public system emphasized Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. 2017-07-27 10:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_reuniunea_consiliului_național_tripartit_pentru_dialog_social10.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la conferința Proiectului “Multi risc – modul I”, eveniment organizat de Inspectoratul General pentru Situații de UrgențăȘtiri din 26.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-attended-the-conference-on-the-multi-risk-module-i-project-event-organized-by-the-general-emergency-inspectorateStatements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at the conference on the - Multi-risk - Module I Project, event organized by the General Emergency Inspectorate Mihai Tudose: Thank you! Madam Minister, Mr. Minister, dear colleagues, I am honored by the invitation to be here today. What these wonderful people are doing, I refer to people whom we have seen due to you- media colleagues, or sometimes we see even in everydaylife, people risking their life every minute, with each intervention to save lives. I said this in my first day of tenure, in an unhappy moment, unfortunately, or one which occured in an unhappy moment, that it is our duty, of the Government, of the state to supply these people with all the equipment they need. In this respect, together with Madam Minister, with the Secretary of State Mr. Raed Arafat, we drew up a plan to ensure the necessary equipment, starting from the need to ensure everything that is necessary to a modern state, capable to save the lives of its citizens. We started from a premise of EUR 15 million in the first step, and afterwards following a discussion together with the two colleagues, we decided not to piece together, but to carry through this project, to go all the way with ensuring the supply and together with my Government colleagues, I found a solution which I believe, in two weeks, Mr. Minister, Madam Minister, we will materialize in a project, perhaps the largest project after the Revolution, on a segment from this country. I consider this is our duty, of governmental structures, to respond to the special efforts you have made here. European money is very good, what you are doing is very all right. This equipment is modern, I think the most modern in this respect, but we need to provide support. I repeat, the amounts are huge, but any life is priceless. Any life saved via this equipment justifies all the money invested in this project. I heartedly thank you for what you are doing, both at the leadership level, coordination and especially, and last but not least, I thank the special people who are daily saving lives. I heartedly thank you. I am honored to be here today. 2017-07-26 14:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_14.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la reuniunea Consiliului Interministerial pentru pregătirea şi exercitarea Preşedinţiei României la Consiliul UEȘtiri din 26.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-attended-the-meeting-of-the-inter-ministerial-council-for-preparation-and-exercise-of-the-romanian-presidency-at-the-council-of-the-euPM Mihai Tudose: This first mandate of Romania to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity we cannot allow ourselves to miss Prime Minister Mihai Tudose requested the Ministers to present, on tomorow's Executive meeting, the full lists with nominees to be part of the Ministerial working groups for preparing Romania's mandate to the Presidency of the Council of EU. Decision was made during the third meeting of the National Council for the preparation of the EU Council Presidency. - This first mandate of Romania to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity we cannot allow ourselves to miss, not from the political or administrative point of view or from the country's image viewpoint. 2019 seems far, but it is not, so that we should mobilize as fast as possible and to establish in time all details regarding the organization, the functioning, the logistics, the human resources and the necessary financial allocations for a successful mandate stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive requested at the same that each Minister makes an objective evaluation, strictly on technical and professional criteria, of the persons whom we will nominate in these working groups, but also of the persons sent to their job within the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, so that they who will represent Romania to Brussels, and will have decisional powers regarding the mandate of the EU Council Presidency to successfully fulfill their mission. - It is necessary for the composition of these woking groups to be assumed by Ministers Order and to make sure that we will have coherence and stability in this respect, from the preparation stage until the end of Romania's mandate stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Other decision made today on the third meeting of the National Council for Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the EU refers to the locations in which the events of the Romanian Presidency will be held. Palace of Parliament was established as location for the informal meetings at the level of Ministers. Other topics addressed during today's discussions at Victoria Palace referred to the organization chart and the exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, the mechanism for cooperation between Parliament and Government in the field of European affairs, the mechanism for cooperation with the European Parliament and the first version of the calendar of informal meetings to be held in Romania during the six-month mandate. 2017-07-26 10:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_reuniunea_consiliului_interministerial_pentru_pregătirea_şi_exercitarea_preşedinţiei_româniei_la_consiliul_ue02.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la evenimentul de anunț al investiției Philip Morris International în România, “Together for Romania”Știri din 25.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-attended-the-event-announcing-the-philip-morris-international-s-quot-together-for-romania-quot-projectPM Mihai Tudose: Ladies and gentlemen, we are here, together with the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ionut Misa, exactly for the very notion used by Mr. Christos at the beginning of his speech, statement - it sounds better in English. What Philip Morris has done in Romania reinforces something which has begun to be recognized: Romania is an attractive country to investment and large investment. It is a statement for the investors who are already in Romania, about Romania'stability, attractiveness to investment, but also for potential investors as large companies are watching each other. And what this company did in Romania maybe and will be, I am sure, an example for other investors. In fact, 300 new employees, EUR 500 million worth investment, exports from Romania, a renowned company, I think it is enough for me to thank you for having chosen Romania to develop this project, and to wish you success further on and for you to be further on an example worthy to follow by other investors. Thank you. Press statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose following participation in the inauguration of the Philip Morris Internationals Together for Romania project [Check against delivery] Reporter: What do you want to do for policemen in Romania? Mihai Tudose: Following discussions with trade unions representatives, we have some things to do - work conditions improvement, moral repair if you want, although it comes late, in my opinion and which will materialize in resuming discussions on the status of policeman and to also try to redress certain things on the financial side. Reporter: (...) Mr. Bodog, Health Minister. Mihai Tudose: Mr. Bodog, I do not know if he returned, but yesterday, he was surely in London to continue demarches on the European Medicine Agency relocation, I am waiting him today to speak on this topic. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, Minister Carmen Dan spoke yesterday that she does not have financial support, as otherwise there would not be that shortage of 20 thousands personnel, with the risk of increasing. Doesn't she have financial support? How are the things running? Mihai Tudose: You cannot hire tens of thousands people all of a sudden. We are finding solutions, we told you yesterday too, some of your colleagues yesterday. We are trying to find a solution to hire the 2018 promotion, as of this year, and to see upon rectification, to what extent.Therefore, we cannot hire 20 thousands people once but we can have a plan in this respect. Reporter: But this statute of policeman could be implemented in October at the earliest. What are the policemen doing until October? Mihai Tudose: The statute of policeman means also firearm rights, some punishments for assault! This can be introduced as of tomorow. Reporter: Mrs. Carmen Dan said... Mihai Tudose: I understand. Then ask Madam Carmen Dan! I can tell you that it will put into practice immediately after we finish talks with trade unions and in connection with justice, as certain things need to be correlated with the Criminal Code. Reporter: (...) for rectification at the Finance Ministry. You have ... Mihai Tudose: The Finance Minister is here. There is work on balancing. Reporter: (...) rectification, as there are problems. There will be one negative. Is there likely to be a negative rectification? Mihai Tudose: Where did you get it negative? Reporter: I ask if it is possible. Mihai Tudose: Anything is possible. I tell you it will be a positive rectification. Reporter: Have you had any further talks on the solidarity tax and what would be the conclusion so far? Mihai Tudose: The conclusion today is that we can place it under discussed and forgotten. Reporter Former Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said he had been suggested when he was prime minister to adopt the sovereign development and investment fund by emergency ordinance. How do you see this project? Will it be adopted by emergency ordinance? Mihai Tudose: No, it will be adopted through Parliament. Reporter: Have you had any talks with the former Prime Minister on this issue? Mihai Tudose: No, but even then, ever since I knew the subject, it was about only to be adopted in Parliament. Its far too important. Reporter Why would you also give up this solidarity tax and if you are considering other measures to increase the budget revenues? Mihai Tudose: We will not take any measure that would weigh heavily on peoples pockets. Reporter: Should we understand from that simulations on the solidarity tax ...? Mihai Tudose: It was too little to mean anything. The trouble would have been too high, if you wish. Reporter: Are you considering other measures to increase ... Mihai Tudose: I have just told you that for the time being, we do not have any other measures regarding taxes for the population. Reporter But transferring social contributions from the employer to the employee? Mihai Tudose: I do not know where you get this! Tell me who told you that the two ... Reporter: Some of them are in the government program. Mihai Tudose: No, they will stay on the current model. All taxes like this, CAS, CASS, will be paid by the employer, because otherwise we risk ... Reporter: And next year? Mihai Tudose: Next year too. Reporter: How does the budget implementation at six months look like? Mihai Tudose: Not very good. Not very good. It was a huge deadlock. I told you, the champion is ... Reporter: /.../ Do you know the deficit or...? Mihai Tudose: Don't you want us to speak a bit later. I will publish today..Let the Finance Minister tell it. Reporter: (...) Mihai Tudose: I started but you ask ten questions at once, and I do not want to disadvantage you. Reporter: You removed him from ANAF leadership and you appointed him as ANAF Vice President. Why did you make this change? Mihai Tudose: As president of ANAF, he had to coordinate both Antifraud and the Customs where I was not satisfied. She had to take some measures on behalf of ANAF. Where it is, on the segment it is now, I hope he fulfills his duties, if not, we will make an assessment in one month, for all five. Reporter: On what segment, as it is specified that he will be Vice - President... Mihai Tudose: On tax collection. Reporter: Therefore, you said that you would make an evaluation after two months... Mihai Tudose: No, after one month. Reporter: In case in which .. Mihai Tudose: It is valid from the level of ANAF President up to Vice Presidents. We do not have... Reporter: Are you considering concrete measures? Mihai Tudose: Yes, we consider concrete measures. Pardon me if I do not tell you now what the Customs will do today or tomorrow, I do not think this is the case. Thank you! 2017-07-25 13:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-25-01-47-59big_6.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Spaniei la București, Ramiro Fernández BachillerȘtiri din 24.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-met-with-the-ambassador-of-spain-to-romania-ramiro-fernandez-bachillerBoosting economic cooperation and organising a Romania - Spain intergovernmental meeting - on the agenda of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose's meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to Romania, Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller Today, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has discussed at Victoria Palace with the Ambassador of Spain to Romania, Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller about the prospects of intensifying bilateral relations, particularly at economic level, as well as organising as soon as possible a first intergovernmental meeting between Romania and Spain. The very close friendship relation between Romania and Spain and the positive evolution of bilateral trade exchanges in recent years represent a very solid basis for further developing economic cooperation between our countries in the interest of both parties, given the large Romanian community in Spain, stated the Head of the Executive. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Ambassador Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller have recalled the possibility of organising an intergovernmental meeting no later than next year. The meeting agenda would include more areas of interest such as: economic cooperation, cooperation in the field of transport infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, social issues and major topics on the international and European agenda. As regards development of the bilateral economic cooperation, the Spanish Ambassador has stated that Romania represents an important market for Spanish investors, bigger than that of Argentina, South Korea, Russia or Canada, comparable to the Japanese or Brazilian market. Currently, more than 6,000 companies with Spanish capital are active in the banking, tourism and infrastructure sectors in Romania, the level of Spanish investments in Romania being higher than that of the UK and U.S. investments. A part of the discussion held today at Victoria Palace aimed at aspects related to sectoral cooperation too, in the field of internal affairs. In connection with topics of common interest on the international and European agenda, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the Spanish Ambassador have discussed about the possibility to coordinate agendas in major dossiers of European interest, in the perspective of Romania's first tenure as president of the EU Council, in the first semester of 2019. The Spanish diplomat has expressed his countrys support for Romanias accession to the Schengen Area and the candidacy to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Spanish Ambassador has also had words of appreciation for the Romanian community in his country, the largest community of foreigners in Spain (over one million people). The diplomat has stated that they have integrated very well and have a very important contribution to the Spanish economy, and this has been particularly felt during the crisis period of the past years. 2017-07-24 17:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1500890524original_foto5.jpgPremierul Tudose a discutat cu sindicatul polițiștilor despre un nou Statut al polițistului, necesarul de personal, dotare, asigurări medicaleȘtiri din 24.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-07-24 12:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_foto_2.jpgVizita premierului Mihai Tudose la ChișinăuȘtiri din 21.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-visit-to-chisinauJoint press conference by Prime Minister of Romania Mihai Tudose and Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip Pavel Filip: Media representatives, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure for me to greet you here today, in Chisinau, and to thank you for the fact that you decided to pay this working visit to Chisinau, in less than one month since you took over Bucharest Cabinet, little after your visit to Brussels. This, dear friends speaks about Romania's attitude towards the Republic of Moldova, as it is not a simple bilateral relationship between two states, it is not a simple relationship between two neighboring states, but it is a much deeper relation, a soul bond, as we are speaking the same language, we share the same culture and history. Although it is our first meeting as Prime Ministers, we do not see each other for the first time, we have managed to go beyond the protocol and have a very open, frank and friendly dialogue. I hope that this relation will become closer following this visit. I mention in this respect that we have several joint projects that we want to continue together. In this context, I would like to thank Prime Minister Mihai Tudose for the support Romania grants to Republic of Moldova on a permanent basis, on various dimensions. This support is extremely important to us. Despite some tough statements that are still made by some Chisinau officials sometimes, the Republic of Moldova knows its real friends and its real path. This path is towards Europe and the values defining the EU space. I spoke with Mr. Prime Minister that irrespective of the political color of Bucharest Governments, the attitude towards the Republic of Moldova has never changed. This is why this cross - party attitude should in my opinion be followed by other political parties and political leaders from here, from Chisinau. I am glad that the subjects such as: continuation of projects but also our European track which we tackled together with Mr. Prime Minister and with Romanian Government delegation, and they found the necessary understanding. Thus, I confirmed our joint interest to extend and deepen bilateral cooperation in the commercial field, and I want to say once again that Romania is the main commercial partner for the Republic of Moldova. We are glad that increasingly more Moldovan products are to be found on Romania's market and we are glad that increasingly more Romanian investments are to be found here in the Republic of Moldova. I reiterated here our interest to continue Romanian investments in Moldova, we spoke about the privatization programme we have here in Chisinau and I invited once again Romanian companies to make investments in the Republic of Moldova. We spoke about a strategic project for us, such as the construction of Iasi - Ungheni - Chisinau gas pipeline, it is about independence and security, the energy security of the Republic of Moldova and from this point of view, we agreed that we will move very fast with this project. The technical project will be ready in few weeks, and we hope as quick as possible, surely, we propose the end of 2018 as deadline, but taking into account that things go sometimes faster, sometimes they are lagging behind, we hope nevertheless that by the end of 2018, we already have this gas pipeline operational. Also, on energy chapter, we spoke about the interconnections of electric power. We agreed that we would have a connection anyhow, at least for the beginning, with Romania, it is about the connection on Isaccea- Vulcanesti - Chisinau segment, so that the colleagues will discuss also the other technical notions for us to advance on this project too. I wanted to thank very much our colleagues from Romania for all the projects unfolded to date and which are ongoing. I am talking about the non-refundable loan worth 100 million. You know the projects based on this loan suh as: reconstruction and repair of kindergartens, donation of minibuses, school buses which are very important to us, in the context of the educational reform and optimization of schools and today, we will attend a very beautiful event occasioned by 96 school buses, which were donated by the city of Bucharest. We underlined also and I expressed our full gratitude for the implementation of the SMURD emergency medical service, for the refurbishment of the Institute of Mother and Child, the Art Museum based in Chisinau, and for yearly granting scholarships for 5,000 - 5, 500 youngsters from the Republic of Moldova, and it is very important and I thanked also for transport infrastructure development. I am talking here about the construction of Ungheni Bridge. In conclusion, we had a very good meeting as usually, and the most important aspect of this meeting is that the continuity of our countries' political commitments was reconfirmed, as well as the determination to move forward and implement our joint projects. Thank you. Mihai Tudose: Thank you, Prime Minister! Dear media colleagues, I stated at the start of the tenure that my first visit as Prime Minister to other country, my visit to Brussels was to an institution, will be to Moldova, as a public statement about the Government's attachment to Moldova, to the Cabinet headed by Mr. Filip, to the extraordinary efforts made by Moldova and Moldova's citizens. Over the last years, figures are far better than two years ago. Reforms were difficult as any reforms, but they have started bearing results regarding living standards, stability and the operation of some institutions. Romania understands to be closer and to further support the Government as Prime Minister has mentioned earlier about kindergartens, hospitals, cultural objectives, objectives pertaining to the citizen's safety, SMURD 1 and SMURD 2 project, about minibuses. What the Moldova's Government does and what the Bucharest Government does is to try to come to the support of Moldova, in order to boost the living standards of its citizens. Romania shares this desideratum with Moldova. As regards the other topics, my colleague and friend mentioned them all. Minibuses are a nice gesture and a helping hand for the access to education of children who we hope that after making use of these minibuses, will enrol by thousands to study in Bucharest. I established with Mr. Prime Minister a joint Government meeting, to be held in autumn, in Chisinau, and by then, there will be monthly meetings at Ministers level to boost the joint projects. We further remain an advocate of Moldova at the international level. There are four high European officials in Chisinau who are Romanians, some of them - former Ministers, who are good advocates of Moldova's interests and I would like to thank them, I look at one of them, I see Mr. Funeriu in the backwards. It is a joint effort but there is a need of continuation and stability, otherwise, all efforts made by Moldova's Government and Bucharest Government to support Moldova to cross as soon as possible the path towards EU on which it enrolled, would have been useless. As Prime Minister said, we are totally committed in the joint effort with Moldova. Reporter: Good afternoon, I will have a question for both Prime Ministers. For the Romanian Prime Minister - Mr. Mihai Tudose, how do you think your visit now to Chisinau will contribute to maintaining the Republic of Moldova's European path, amid tensions, at least in the last 48 hours, in Chisinau, and the very serious warnings of the European Commission? And for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova - what do you expect from Romania, in this context, as you are practically facing a warning on the halt of the financial assistance from Brussels, and to what extent do you think your Government is facing obstacles in opening a NATO Office in Chisinau? Thank you. Mihai Tudose: First of all, the change of this system is a right of the Parliament, is the change of a democratic system with other democratic system - there are many countries in the world with this electoral system, therefore, it is nothing out of the ordinary. What is unusual, and I tell you frankly: Romania went through this too, distortions of reality by those who are not your friends who conveyed a completely distorted message to Brussels. I have confidence that the democratic institutions of Moldova are functional and as regards your question on what we are doing to help Moldova, we tell the same thing: Romania itself modified its electoral system a couple of times, you know it very well, with that uninominal vote ...We went through the same experiences. Then, things calmed down when they ascertained that our actions did not come out of the democratic area. We will tell and we have started telling already about what is happening. As you know, everybody learns from their mistakes instead of learning from others' mistakes. The Chisinau Cabinet will need to be more careful from now on to explain why and how these things are happening. Pavel Filip: I would start with NATO Office. I want to tell you that we encounter no difficulty here, in Chisinau, with respect to opening NATO Liaison office. I said this on a number of times, even when I was at the at the Headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance, that the neutrality of the Republic of Moldova does not mean the isolation of this country. We want and I assure you that we will continue to have a good cooperation with the North Atlantic Alliance. What is strictly technically related to the opening of this office, the Republic of Moldova has fulfilled all its obligations, we provided this office. Now there remained only technical issues, in connection with completing the repair of this office, and NATO officials also made a statement in this respect that there is in fact no impediment and no barrier to opening this office except for just some technical issues. And we hope that by August, we would have fixed these issues and we will have a NATO liaison office here in Chisinau. Regarding what happened in the last 48 hours, the approval or modification of the electoral system here in Chisinau, and certain statements in Brussels: first of all, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that these statements were made by a political family, not by Brussels officials. Unfortunately, this political polemic between the political parties in Chisinau was exported on the European Unions platform. From my point of view - and I subscribe to what Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated: it does not matter what electoral system is, but it is very important for this electoral system not to infringe democratic norms and not to allow abuses when elections or election campaign are held. These things, I assure you with certainty that they will be observed here in the Republic of Moldova. Reporter: I have a question for both Prime Ministers: whether you discussed and eventually found a solution for Moldovan citizens with Romanian citizenship, and who acquired this citizenship when they were minors, and now they cannot renew the Romanian passports, do you have a solution to this problem? And a question from our colleagues for Prime Minister Tudose: if you don't believe that you infringed the recently passed Conduct Code of the Executive, when you attended the opening of Mamaia Hotel, given the fact that this document bars you from using your name and image to promote a commercial activity. Thank you! Mihai Tudose: (...) Next week, or in two weeks at the latest, the Interior Ministers from Romania and Moldova will have a working meeting on several topics , starting with the border crossing points(...). And the topic you mentioned is very important, we have it on the agenda too. We need to find a solution to solve the problem. As regards the second topic, I will try to be diplomatic in my answer. The event you refer to and which I do not know why it is addressed in Chisinau, was a meeting with tour operators which took place at a hotel, taking into account they are tour operators. For the rest, you can speculate as you wish! Pavel Filip: Mr. Prime Minister Tudose answered your question in my place. Mihai Tudose: Together, we established (...). Reporter: A first question for Prime Minister Filip. We want to have an explicit answer whether the relation between our states will be maintained at the same collaboration parameters, once with the appointment of the new Executive in Bucharest. And the question for Mr. Tudose: how do you view the reform of Chisinau Cabinet and as the electoral system was mentioned, in your opinion, does the Republic of Moldova need the electoral system reform? Pavel Filip: I said it in the initial statements too that irrespective of the political color of Bucharest Cabinets, I have noticed lately ...in my tenure as Prime Minister, I have met now the third Prime Minister of Romania, and as you can see, our relations have not changed, but, each time, they have become better and better. I told you that this attitude of Romania towards the Republic of Moldova - and attitude has not changed according to the political color of Governments, should be taken over by many political parties and politicians from Chisinau, as unfortunately, some of our politicians make contradictory statements. I have the certitude that our relations shall remain good further on, as it is very important the basis on which these relations have been built to date. Or, the basis of these relations: let us not forget that we share the same language, culture, history, therefore, these relations can never be bad. Mihai Tudose: The people of the Republic of Moldova decides by its representatives in Parliament, what voting and elective system is more appropriate or necessary, at a certain moment. I cannot express opinions about the policy in this area of an independent state. Seconly: irrespective how representatives are elected, what type of government they back, what matters in my opinion - and I agree here with Mr. Prime Minister - is the continuity of the project. As long as it is a democratic process which generates a functional Parliament, and is ready to install a stable government, and we can see it is stable (...), Moldova is further oriented towards EU, has a European track and a stable economic and social situation - things are all right. Pavel Filip: Thank you, have a nice day! Prime Minister Mihai Tudose attended the donation ceremony of 96 school minibuses granted by the Romanian Government Pavel Filip: Distinguished Prime Minister, honourable representatives of local public authorities, representatives of media institutions, dear friends, before all, allow me on behalf of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, to warmly greet the presence in our country of the Romanian Prime Minister, Mr. Mihai Tudose. Mr. Prime Minister, welcome to Chisinau! You should know that here, in Chisinau, we will always give you a warm welcome, and when saying warm, I refer not to weather outside, but to soul bond. Romania has always known how to be together with the Republic of Moldova and directly contribute to its development and especially during its hardest times. I have said it repeatedly that, when the Republic of Moldova would have a hard time, the first to lend a helping hand would be our brothers from Bucharest. It happened so last year, when we went through a time of crisis, when financings for our country were blocked. Those who gave us a helping hand and granted us financial support was Romania. For this, I would like to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, and I want you to know that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova treasure very much this attitude, and the gestures that Romania makes in support of the Republic of Moldova. It is very important and I want today once again to say that we permanently feel this special support on the EU dimension too. On your first visit to EU institutions, a special topic were the discussions about the Republic of Moldova and we are grateful to you for this. Dear friends, the Romanian Prime Minister's visit abroad was the visit to Chisinau, and I think this speaks about attitude, about the importance of the Republic of Moldova for Romania and we thank for this too. Beyond this, we attend today a very beautiful event. 96 minibuses donated by the Romanian Government to carry pupils to school are in front of us. It is a very important helping hand, it is the second donation of minibuses for the Republic of Moldova, first time, 100 were granted and I say it is important because in the context of the reform in education and school optimization, so that we can provide quality education to our children, these minibuses are very important. I thank you personally and to the entire Romanian people for this gesture. At the same time, I want to highlight many other beautiful projects that have a special impact on the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. I am speaking here about the repair of hundreds of kindergartens attended by kids who will afterwards use the minibuses to go to school and afterwards, they may use those 5,500 scholarships awarded by the Romanian Government so that students continue their studies at universities, in Romania. I thank you for the financial support and the refurbishment of the Mother and Child Institute. Thank you for the refurbishment at the Art Museum. I would like to thank you for the other projects as well which I consider above all, that they are a matter of heart for the Romanian Government. We thank you very much and know that we know to be grateful, both the Government and all the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. Mihai Tudose: Thank you, Prime Minister. Dear friends...I have friends here... as Prime Minister said, my visit to Chisinau along with Cabinet members, is a public statement. We are further offering and we publicly declare the support for Moldova both politically, in relation with Western partners and strategically, regarding energy supply of the Republic of Moldova, the energy safety being one of the staple in any country, but our joint efforts, of the two Governments are directed towards improving the living standards, starting from kindergartens, reaching up to schools, transport and access to education, which is very important, and culminating with scholarships granted by Romania's Government to the students of the Republic of Moldova, which strengthen the ties between the two countries, but at human level. The educational reform is very important and it was very well received and I see it is very appreciated the rendering compatible of the two systems, from Romania and Moldova, and practically, compatibility with the European system. It is one more chance for the citizens and the children of the Republic of Moldova, a foundation stone at Moldova's EU integration. I thank you very much for the opportunity provided, Mr. Prime Minister to work together for the common good of the brother nations. Thank you very much. 2017-07-21 10:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_121212121212.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții Dacia RenaultȘtiri din 20.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-met-with-dacia-renault-representativesPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has discussed with Dacia Renault representatives about developing investment in the automotive industry Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has analyzed today, at Victoria Palace, with Dacia Renault representatives (Groupe Renault Romania). The Head of the Executive has underlined Romanias potential to draw foreign investments and has presented some of the measures that the Government has taken or plans to take regarding the road infrastructure, which are first of all necessary to Romania, not just to investors. An example mentioned in this respect by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has been the completion of the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway. We have all the interest that this motorway materializes as soon as possible and I have already unblocked some things, PM Mihai Tudose has stated, reminding that the documentation for the two sections of the motorway was registered in the electronic public procurement system (SEAP). Other addressed topics pertained to stimulating the renewal of the vehicle fleet that are still in circulation and the excellence, research and innovation activities in the automotive industry, taking into account that Renault Romania has all the business divisions specific to the automotive industry. CEO of the Group Renault Romania Yves Caracatzanis has stated that Romania is a very important country to Renault, and Dacia is a very important brand for the Group Renault Romania, and we want this successful story and our collaboration to continue. Since 1999 until now, Renault has invested in Romania EUR 2.5 billion and has created almost 16,700 jobs. 2017-07-20 17:31:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanții_dacia_renault_(groupe_renault_românia)01.jpgSezonul România-Franța, pe agenda discuțiilor dintre premierul Mihai Tudose și ambasadorul Republicii Franceze în RomâniaȘtiri din 19.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-france-season-on-the-agenda-of-the-discussions-between-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-and-the-ambassador-of-the-french-republic-to-romaniaPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with the French Ambassador to Romania, Her Excellency, Madam Michele Ramis. Discussions aimed at the main topics of common interest on the bilateral agenda, respectively the high - level political dialogue, economic and sectoral cooperation, Romania - France Season. Other topic addressed during the meeting pertained to cooperation between Romania and France at European level. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose underlined the level of the Romanian - French relations and proposed that in order to capitalize on the entire current potential, the sectoral dialogue be intensified at Ministers level in the areas identified as priorities. French Ambassador reminded that Romania and France are linked through the strategic Partnership, as of 2008, and showed that the French authorities wanted to transpose into practice this partnership in all its aspects. Further on, Michele Ramis hailed the dynamism and the solidity of the bilateral economic relation, underlining the French party's wilingness to strengthen cooperation in the aeronautics and civil aviation, defense industry and civilian nuclear energy. The two officials appreciated that the Romania-France Season, which will coincide with the Centenary of the creation of modern Romania, will streamline the bilateral partnership in the cultural field through events focusing on contemporary creation, research and innovation, youth. At the same time, the Head of the Romanian Executive and the Ambassador of the French Republic to Romania expressed their satisfaction with the existence of a common vision on this project and the overlapping of objectives: presentation of a modern, contemporary image of our countries and societies. As regards European cooperation, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose thanked France for the constant support granted to Romania and, in particular, for the support for preparing the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU (2019), through the Partnership with the École Nationale dAdministration (ENA). 2017-07-19 17:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-19-05-44-52big_04_resize.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose a discutat cu ministrul de stat pentru afaceri externe în cadrul ministerului Afacerilor Externe din Japonia, Nobuo Kishi, despre atuurile României pentru atragerea de investiții străineȘtiri din 19.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-discussed-with-a-japanese-delegation-about-romania-s-incentives-to-draw-foreign-investmentPrime Minister Mihai Tudose presented Romania' incentives to draw Japanese investment, at a meeting today at Victoria Palace with a delegation headed by visiting State Minister with Japan's Foreign Ministry Nobuo Kishi. - Romania is a safe and very stable country from a political and fiscal point of view, and it has a high potential to draw foreign investment. Developing relations with Japan is a special priority to Romania, also included in the programme for government, and we have an interest in elevating the Romanian-Japanese relations to a strategic partnership level, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive mentioned among these incentives, solid economic growth achieved by Romania, with encouraging forecast for the next years, workforce qualification, a strong IT sector, as well as a geographic position benefiting the market entry of Japanese products in Europe. Other potential areas of interest for the Japanese investors in Romania, mentioned at the meeting at Victoria Palace, including in the context of Brexit and eventual relocations of Japanese companies from the UK, are the banking sector, transport and infrastructure, the automotive industry, agriculture and tourism. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose also discussed with the Japanese delegation about the progress in achieving the project: the M6 Gara de Nord - Otopeni Airport metro line, for which the Government adopted recently a decision regarding the expropriations required for building the new metro line. In his turn, the Japanese official underlined that Romania represents to Japan a strategic partner in terms of economic and commercial cooperation, considering the economic growth mentioned by the Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. - I hope Romania will be viewed by the business environment of Japan as a very attractive market for investment. Chances for economic and trade cooperation between our countries will be even higher after the coming into force of the strategic partnership and free trade Agreement between Japan and the European Union, stated Nobuo Kishi Japan is currently the largest Asian investor in Romania. About 150 Japanese companies operating in Romania have created more than 38,000 jobs. 2017-07-19 16:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_01_resize.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții patronatului din turism și participarea la inaugurarea unei noi investițiiȘtiri din 18.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-tourism-employers-representatives-and-attended-the-opening-of-a-new-investmentPress statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at Mamaia Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, it is a bit unsual for a Prime Minister to come to the opening of a hotel. Mihai Tudose: There were two events: a meeting with tourism operators and the mayors managing some of the most important tourist resorts in the country, resorts of national interest; on this occasion, a hotel was opened. I understand that it is the largest new investment on the seaside of a group that has invested more than 100 million so far. It is an extraordinary example that the Government and the Government representatives should honor, it is a very good example. Reporter; Following talks with tourism employers, what decisions do you intend to make? Which are the main problems they signalled to you? Mihai Tudose: The main problem is from their point of view, and I agree with what I have heard and with the problems raised regarding the staff stability. We need to find a way to maintain the seasonal staff, we are therefore confronted with the problem of hiring somebody for three months, then, they are leaving, there is nobody here for the next eight - nine months, there starts the season of hunting staff for services - support: maids, chefs, waiters, mechanics and so on. In 2015, when I held the office of Minister of Tourism, I finally identified a solution; it rests now that I talk with the Finance Ministry to find a way to share a type of tax burden with tourism operators, especially when it comes to seasonal tourism such as the seaside one, where the employee is hired 12 months, so that the employers tax burden be somehow shared with the state. Reporter: Several seaside hotels were closed in the summer season. Why you did not conduct a prevention campaign before? Mihai Tudose: I understand that the prevention campaign has been conducted before, but given the characteristics of the seaside, you cannot conduct a prevention campaign before opening it, because some shortcomings occur when it opens. Reporter: Why did you decide today to sack the president of the Tax Administration? Mihai Tudose: I had a very serious discussion with the president of the Tax Administration, two weeks ago. I asked him and his colleagues to speed things up a bit, to present me a coherent plan of measures for a real tax financial discipline, both in terms of collection and in terms of customs sector and combating the smuggling of goods that we all know about. I was not pleased with the results, their activity was not weak, the collection was around 98 percent, but I admit I was not satisfied with results. It can be better. Reporter: Have you discussed with Mr. Dragnea? Mihai Tudose: I discussed with the coalition yesterday, I repeat we are trying to act together in a cohesive manner. With respect to the issue of beaches, yes, it is a problem that will need to be solved too; It does not seem natural for the hotel to have a status, and then, when you leave the hotel for beach, there are other owners, other so-called tour operators. The one with a sun lounger on the beach is not a tour operator. Reporter: How did you decide the replacement of Mr. Bogdan Stan? Mihai Tudose: Following consultations with the Minister of Finance. The Minister of Finance came up with some proposals. I had a dialogue with everyone - not just me, but with each of the candidates, and a lady won. Reporter: Will you pay the solidarity tax? Mihai Tudose: It depends on what threshold it will be established if it is established. Reporter: The Minister of Finance said it would be worth 10 minimum wages per economy. Mihai Tudose: For the time being, let us see the simulations. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, there are teams of control inspectors on the seaside at all catering and accommodation units. The prevention law, do you think will it alleviate this phenomenon? Mihai Tudose: As long as teams of people in charge of verifications will act in good faith and for the benefit of citizen and tourism, I fully agree with it. I do not like those overnight heroes who suddenly find themselves to be the saviors of the nation and cut to the quick, even where it is not the case, not enforcing, as you say, even the legislation in force on the Prevention Law. Of course, where there are blatant cases, with spoilt food, inappropriate accomodation for tourist, obviously drastic measures are required and can be given as an example. Reporter: Returning to the solidarity tax which would be the destination of the money? As regards road tax and the fuel over-excise, I heard that it was the construction of motorways and roads. As regards the solidarity tax, what will be the destination? Mihai Tudose: In connection with the solidarity tax, thank God, we have not arrived yet there, but when we arrive, will we find the destination for the money, it is obvious for the most underprivileged, yes? That money will be directed towards the most underpriviledged categories, children, or persons underpriviledged because of age, therefore, the elderly, from veterans to persons with various degrees of disability. I repeat that we do not speak about it for the time being. It is in simulation. Reporter: Are you dissatisfied with Mr. Dobre's activity? Mihai Tudose: No! Who said I am dissatisfied? It is possible for things to be done faster too. It is possible. But, Mr. Dobre is not a lone player , as tourism activity does not depend only on the Tourism Ministry, it is an activity whose results are seen when there is a team efort, because we are looking out of the window: opposite, there is the public administration. This hotel has the Waters Administration, townhall in the nearby, there are the related services provided by the state, a national road is a bit further away. It is perfect, tourism also means the area around the hotel, with green spaces, a safe place for tourists, with lights, transport infrastructure, lifeguard, obviously. Thank you. 2017-07-18 21:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-18-09-38-16big_1.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții Asociației Naționale a Veteranilor de RăzboiȘtiri din 18.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-representatives-of-the-national-war-veterans-associationPrime Minister Mihai Tudose decided to set up a working group between the Government and the National War Veterans Association to solve the problems of war veterans Prime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed today at Victoria Palace with the representatives of the National War Veterans Association, led by retired general Marin Dragnea. Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu and State Advisers Florin Vodita and Aurelian-Felix Rache also attended the meeting. In view of the issues addressed in the meeting which pertained to the rights to treatment, defraying the cost of prosthetic medical devices and other facilities, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose decided to set up a working group between the Government and the representatives of the Association. 2017-07-18 12:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întrevedere_cu_reprezentanții_asociației_naționale_a_veteranilor_de_razboi03.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Marii Britanii, Paul BrummellȘtiri din 18.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-british-ambassador-to-romania-paul-brummellThe Brexit negotiations and the development of the bilateral economic relations- on the agenda of the meeting Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with the British Ambassador to Bucharest Paul Brummell, during which several topics of interest for both parties were emphasized and a direct and practical working mechanism was established. In the context of Brexit, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose underlined that the Executive wants to closely work with Great Britain, so that the rights of Romanians studying, working and living in the UK be respected and protected, and the bilateral economic relations rise up to the level of the excellent political collaboration between the two states. - Great Britain is and will remain Romania's partner and friend. I am confident that we will work in a very applied manner for the Romanians in the UK not to be affected by Brexit. At the same time, Romania provides a stable, friendly, business environment, tax incentives for investors, therefore, we have all premises for developing the economic relations stated the Head of the Executive. British Ambassador to Romania Paul Brummell handed to Prime Minister Tudose a congratulation letter from his British counterpart Theresa May. The British diplomat underlined that it is important that Brexit negotiations have positive results both for UK and for the European Union, and appreciated the contribution of the Romanian community to the British society. - Romanians working, studying and living in Great Britain are welcome. The best Romanian students come to UK, very good doctors and engineers are working there, making an important contribution to our economy stated British Ambassador Paul Brummell. The British diplomat emphasized the interest in encouraging investments and bilateral trade exchanges, noting the fact that British investments have been concentrated more in Bucharest, although there is a development potential in the rest of the country as well. In this context, British official reminded that branches of the Romanian - British Chamber of Commerce were set up in Cluj and Timisoara, which would provide a new dynamics to the economic relations. Another topic of the discussion pertained to Romanias candidacy for membership of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In this respect, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose asked for Britains support to endorse Romanias candidacy, given its important role in this international organization. 2017-07-18 10:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gb-3516.jpgPrim-ministrul Mihai Tudose i-a propus omologului bulgar, Boiko Borisov, dezvoltarea unor proiecte comuneȘtiri din 17.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-proposed-his-bulgarian-counterpart-boiko-borisov-the-development-of-some-joint-projectsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had today a telephone conversation with his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borisov about the cooperation possibilities between the two countries regarding infrastructure, tourism but also regarding other fields in which EU funds will be used. The two Prime Ministers agreed on a new joint meeting of the Romanian and Bulgarian Governments to be held in September, in Varna, when there would be established the details of the Romania- Bulgaria - Greece trilateral, the agenda of which will also include boosting tourism in the region. Also in the context of Bulgaria's holding the EU Council Presidency, in the first half of 2018, they discused about the prospects of cooperation on joint projects between the two states within the EU Strategy for the Danube -Black Sea Region. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose also proposed the connection of capital cities Bucharest - Sofia - Athens through a high-speed rail, aspect that the Transport Ministers of the three countries would work on. In connection with infrastructure, they agreed on accelerating the projects of the two bridges over the Danube, between Turnu Magurele - Nicopole and Calarasi - Silistra. 2017-07-17 19:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-17-07-52-52big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la Comitetul interministerial de analiză și eficientizare a cheltuielilor publice la nivelul GuvernuluiȘtiri din 17.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-participated-in-the-inter-ministerial-committee-for-analysis-and-streamlining-the-government-s-public-expenditurePrime Minister Mihai Tudose coordinated the first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for analysis and streamlining the Government's public expenditure, which was held today at Victoria Palace. - We are all aware of our responsibility regarding public money spending. This is why, it is imperative to take into account three key words: effectiveness, rationalization, economy underlined the Head of the Executive. Public Finance Minister Ionut Misa stated that the Committee would be instrumental in achieving better inter-ministerial communication and more detailed knowledge of projects so that the funds earmarked for their funding be more efficiently spent and within the established deadlines. The Committee decided on the start of a pilot project for centralized procurement of medicines and sanitary materials, following late consultations between the Health Ministry and the Finance Ministry. The implementation of this pilot project aims at curtailing public spending and is to be extended to other Ministries as well. The Inter-Ministerial Committee for analysis and streamlining the Government's public expenditure will continue to have periodic meetings. Today's meeting was attended by the Vice Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh, Ministers Liviu Pop, Doina Pana, Florian Bodog, Secretary -General of the Government Mihai Busuioc and representatives of the Ministries that are part of this Committee. Additional information: The Inter-Ministerial Committee for analysis and streamlining the Government's public expenditure was established by Prime Minister's Decision no. 397/2017, in force as of May 10. The committee is chaired by Prime Minister as President, and the Public Finance Minister is Vice President. The committee has the aim of politically backing the activity characteristic to the analyses for streamlining public expenditure, designed to ensure the public money earmarking for policy priorities, its efficient and responsible spending, and to achieve he expected results following this expenditure, while keeping the overall fiscal - budgetary sustainability. This structures comprises representatives of the following Ministries: Public Finance Ministry Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds; Ministry of Environment; Ministry of Economy; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Transports Ministry of Waters and Forests Ministry of Labor and Social Justice Ministry of National Education Secretariat - General of the Government 2017-07-17 16:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_sala_muntenia-3479.jpgAlocuţiunea premierului Mihai Tudose la Ceremonia de deschidere a Programului Oficial de Internship al Guvernului - ediţia 2017Știri din 17.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-07-17 10:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_intership-6060.jpgAlocuțiunea prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose, cu ocazia Zilei Naționale a Republicii FrancezeȘtiri din 14.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-on-the-national-day-of-the-french-republicDear Madam Ambassador, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends, It is a great honor and pleasure to celebrate with you the National Day of France. Madam Ambassador, please convey to French people, on my behalf and on behalf of the Romanian Government, the warmest congratulations and wishes for success. July 14 has a special historical significance as a crucial landmark for democracy and human rights. Romania and France have been together for almost two centuries on a road with many obstacles we have succeeded in overcoming thanks to the common values that have guided us over time, the guarantee of our long-lasting, solid friendship. Today, we are looking together towards future and we want that France enhances the important role it plays in training and reforming the Romanian society at all levels, but also regarding our joint future in Europe. In this context, we want to welcome Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in a visit to Romania over the next period. This visit is necessary for strengthening and relaunching bilateral economic relations, thus marking a deeper involvement of France, as an experienced partner and mentor, with Romanias European track. According to Antoine de Saint - Exupery, a real friend is not the one who judges you, but the one who doesnt let you be wrong. In the last decade, the bilateral relationship has seen large-scale development in which the Strategic Partnership and the Roadmap are the main landmarks of French - Romanian cooperation. The economic cooperation is a faithful barometer of the bilateral relationship. France is Romania's fourth trade partner. Ladies and gentlemen, The relationship between our peoples bears the mark of an exceptional cultural and linguistic compatibility. I invite you to enjoy with us a series of unprecented cultural events to take place between December 1, 2018 and July 14, 2019, under the name Romania - France Season, which will coincide with the anniversary of 100 years since the Great Union. In 2019, our country will hold for the first time the Presidency of the EU Council. It will be a challenge, but also an opportunity, with Romania eager to show that it can meet the challenges, that it is strongly committed, together with France, to strengthening the European project for a more united and competitive Europe. We are determined to defend the fundamental rights of the European citizens in the spirit of solidarity and cohesion the European Union is built upon. I wish you, Madam Ambassador, much success in the tenure you have just started. I am sure that we will find in you and your team reliable partners for achieving the projects on the bilateral agenda. Happy birthday, France! Bonne fete nationale! 2017-07-14 17:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-14-06-58-38big_04_resize.jpgPremierul Tudose a discutat cu o delegație oficială din Republica Populară Chineză despre oportunitățile de investiții în RomâniaȘtiri din 13.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-discussed-with-an-official-delegation-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-about-investment-opportunities-in-romaniaPrime Minister Mihai Tudose welcomed today at Victoria Palace, an important official delegation of the Peoples Republic of China, headed by Liu Yunshan, high Chinese dignitary. Also participating in the meeting were Vice Prime Minister Ion Ciolacu and Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European funds Sevil Shhaideh, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Interior Minister Carmen Dan, Economy Minister Mihai Fifor, Energy Minister Toma Petcu and Minister of Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer. Both delegations underlined the good relations existing between Romania and China, voicing hope that this cooperation would be capitalized in economic terms too. - We have in Romania investment opportunities and a friendly and predictable business environment. We have all necessary elements for a more active exchange between our countries, in the commercial, energy, infrastructure and production areas. Chinas investment potential is impressive. We are delighted to benefit from Chinas experience in the transport area and draw investments that will produce in Romania for the Chinese market, but also for that of the European Union, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned that there are concrete collaboration prospects with the Chinese partners for the construction of reactors 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant. The possibility of setting up a direct flight Bucharest — Beijing was addressed, as well as the potential of the port of Constanta of functioning as an important commercial hub between Asia an Europe. In his turn, the Chinese senior official underlined that Romania is a very important economic partner for China, in terms of geographic position, as a commercial gateway to Europe. In China there are numerous competitive enterprises, and the Chinese Government encourages these companies to invest in Romania, also taking into account that Romania is the second commercial partner of China after the European Union, as well as the Chinese states investment and financial capacity, stated Liu Yunshan. He mentioned that for the next five years, China envisages importing products worth 8,000 billion dollars and plans to invest 750 billion dollars abroad. 2017-07-13 17:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-13-07-35-41big_0.jpgNoi oportunităţi de internship în administraţia publică româneascăȘtiri din 13.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-07-13 17:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-13-05-08-39big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Tudose a cerut simplificarea procedurilor pentru absorbția fondurilor europeneȘtiri din 12.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-requested-the-simplification-of-procedures-for-the-eu-funds-absorptionPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had a working meeting with Vice Prime Minister, and Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Minister Sevil Shhaideh, and with Minister-delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb, after the meetings he had in Brussels with several European officials. The Head of the Executive requested the two Ministers to prepare, on a priority basis, until September 20, the simplification of all necessary procedures for the absorption of European funds. - I will personally monitor all this effort of improving the European funds absorption. We need this money to support economic growth. Ministers have my entire support to unblock or speed things up, so that we recoup the delays, underlined Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Prime Minister requested Ministers Shhaideh and Plumb to make sure that the necessary procedures for beginning the construction of the three regional hospitals can be completed until the end of this year, so that works start as of next year, according to what was also discussed in Brussels yesterday. 2017-07-12 19:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-12-07-12-37big_sigla_guvern.pngDiscuții la Guvern despre înzestrarea Armatei RomâneȘtiri din 12.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/discussions-at-the-government-headquarters-about-equipping-the-romanian-armyPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had today a working meeting with the National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, Economy Minister Mihai Fifor and General Nicolae - Ionel Ciuca, the Chief of the General Staff. Discussions focused on aspects related to equipping the Romanian Army. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the Defence and Economy Ministers analyzed the Army's equipping requirements, in relation to the Romanian defence industry's current and future capacity. The Chief of the General Staff also took part in the meeting, for better coordination of the equipping requirements and priorities. - We have in the 2017 budget the 2 percent of GDP for Defence, which we committed to spending in order to equip the Romanian Army. We observe this commitment, both in relation to our NATO partners and to the expectations and needs of our military, underlined Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. 2017-07-12 15:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-12-03-13-37big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita premierului Mihai Tudose la BruxellesȘtiri din 11.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-romania-is-a-serious-partner-in-the-european-union-which-will-observe-all-its-undertaken-commitmentsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose: We will communicate in real time, to promote Romanias image as reliable and predictible partner in the EU Prime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed Tuesday at Brussels with senior EU officials about Romania's priorities, establishing for the next period, the framework for a very close cooperation between the Government and the European Commission, in order to promote Romanias image as a country with financial, fiscal and legislative stability and a reliable partner in the European Union. The Head of the Executive announced a series of concrete results following his talks with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. At least once a month, all Ministers involved in European projects will come to Brussels, there will be periodic contacts at the level of the European Commission and the European Council, so that we benefit from real time communication, and the measures implemented by the Government to be perceived in Brussels in accordance with reality in Romania. - I assured the interlocutors of the monetary - financial stability - first of all, compliance with the assumed deficit target of 3 percent. Also, we enter the legislative credibility and stability area, stemming from a long and deep consultation with all factors involved stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. A concrete result of the talks that the Romanian delegation had in Brussels is unblocking EUR 600 million, European money, following the recovery of last year's delays which blocked the validation of managing authorities. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed with European officials about unblocking European funds, based on project, for three regional hospitals. - In this respect, we are awaiting EIB projects until September, our commitment is that as of September until the close of the year, we finish the public procurement procedures, so that works start effectively as of next year stated Prime Minister. In connection with the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, the European leaders are pleased with the progress achieved to date. - We are on the right track. The essential condition is that we maintain the direction and pace we have added the Head of the Executive. As regards preparedness for accession to Schengen, senior European officials agreed that from the technical viewpoint, things are almost completed, what remains to be done relates more to economic area. - We hope that in maximum two years, until we are taking over the EU Council presidency, things are solved also from this point of view stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Regarding the EU neighborhood policy, the parties agreed on the need to jointly support the Republic of Moldova to maintain its pro-European path. Other topic tackled during the meetings aimed at preparing the first mandate of Romania as President of the European Union Council, being evoked the idea of continuity of the large projects on the European agenda. Press statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at Brussels Mihai Tudose: We have had a very full day, but very important one. We established some very clear things with the European Commission, with the European Council, especially with President Juncker, about what means today's Romania and what Romania wants to be as of tomorrow: Romania, as member state, a strong state, a strong partner for everything that means EU challenges. Also, a very good collaboration between the Romanian Government and the European Commissioners. Thus, at least once a month, all Ministers involved in European projects will come to Brussels, will speak with the Commissioners, we will have regular contacts at the level of Council and Commission so that what we are doing in Romania, does not arrive distorted in Brussels, and there are no major differences between reality and perception. Also, on this occasion too, let us try to benefit from the experience accumulated at the EU level, as there are states with a more extensive experience in what we are trying to do now. On the other hand, the good news is that through the efforts of the entire delegation - it is not only me in Brussels, there are Ministers as well, Minister Rovana Plumb, Finance Minister Ionut Misa, who is at ECOFIN, Minister Victor Negrescu, this week, EUR 600 million were released through those famous managing authorities that start to be validated. It is a first good sign. This delay is not due to what happened this year, but simply, from January 1st, we are trying to disentangle and implement these things after the 2016 government that had zero funds absorption, as you all know, and we did not find any managing authority functional. I assured my interlocutors of monetary - financial stability, first of all, the assumed deficit target of 3 percent, MTO also, we are entering on the credibility, stability and predictability on everything meaning laws, from the ones that are very important and stir a lot of interest, that are on the CVM agenda — where we have promises that until taking over the presidency [of the Council of the EU] in 2019 things will end, obviously, if we continue to follow the course, which is appreciated. In this respect, I established with both Mr. Juncker and with the first vice-president Timmermans a working modality to comunicate in real time, about the progress achieved to date. Our Minister of Justice will come to Brussels to explain what is happening now. What its basically wanted from Romania is this type of public communication, a communication in real time with the Commission and everything that we do, be based on a long and profound consultation with all the actors involved, from the civil society to the justices internal control bodies. Under no circumstances, there will be sideslips, such as surprises within the Government. We will pursue a predictable track involving the Parliament and the general consultation. These were to a great extent. Obviously, we talked about the cohesion plicy, funds for agriculture. I talked with Commissioner Corina Cretu whom I thank on this occasion, she has been a great support for Romania. I talked about other requests that Romania may have and funds which can be earmarked, only based on projects, not on wishes, words, illusions and we have all his support, going up to the identification of a solution for us to get out of infringement territory for detention conditions, for us to find a solution to build a penitentiary on European funds, and then, having this buffer, to be able to move the inmates from other penitentiaries, to refurbish the others too, also on European funds. We also discussed about unblocking funds, but based on project, for the three regional hospitals. In this respect, we are awaiting EIB projects until September, our commitment is that as of September until the end of the year, we finish the public procurement procedures, so that works start effectively as of next year. The neighborhood policy - support for Molova, both from Commission and the Council, is very important. We do not have to forget that we are an important country of the EU, but we are at the EU border, and we have a huge task both from the point of view of ensuring the pro-European path of Moldova, but also from the point of view of everything that means Schengen, other objective attained, we hope that together with Bulgaria, in maximum two years, until we take over the presidency, things will be solved. In connection with Schengen, the interlocutors agreed that technically, things are almost ready, if not completely ready, being more a political and competition issue that things headed more towards the economic area. But we trust that we can overcome this moment too. Reporter; Mr. Prime Minister, regarding the MCV, did you receive any assurance from the European leaders that we will get rid of this mechanism? Mihai Tudose: Yes. The European leaders are pleased with what has happened so far. We are on the right track. The essential condition is that we maintain the direction and pace we have. I told you and I repeat it, Mr Minister of Justice will come to Brussels to explain exactly, both to President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans, what he is currently doing. Reporter: Have you received explanations about an agenda or assessement conducted at DNA? Has the DNA topic been addressed during these meetings? Mihai Tudose: No, no. Reporter: ..and the scandals. Mihai Tudose:There was nothing of the kind. We have discussed about the CVM, about the predictability of the act of justice and the citizens access to justice, and, obviously, about the freedom of justice. Reporter: Including about amending the Criminal Codes, to introduce a threshold for the abuse of office? Mihai Tudose: We have talked about everything that means the inclusion in the Criminal Code and all that means setting the legislation in accordance with the Constitutional Court's decisions. But, I repeat we make all the amendments that Minister Toader will introduce or propose, they will be those which, on the one hand, are imposed by the Constitutional Court and, on the other hand, are very, very well discussed and negotiated with the civil society and with all the actors of the justice system. Reporter: /.../ Reporter: And European Commission has expressed its concern that the 3 percent threshold may be exceeded, and is further concerned by one of the changes that were announced when you took over your tenure? Have you discussed this with the European Commission? Mihai Tudose: I have very firmly reiterated again that we will not introduce the additional tax on business turnovers; that we are predictable as far as our financial and tax system is concerned, and that all our simulations so far and our expectations point to us keeping within a 3-percent deficit target. Mihai Tudose: After yesterday's conversation, I had a meeting with the Finance Minister Ionut Misa. It has become clearer that the tax as its stands cannot be introduced. I addressed with President Juncker a 2016 European direction stipulating inter alia, a joint effort of European states towards transparency and interconnectivity in relation to financial information about multinationals or companies that externalise their profits, thus leading to an artificial shrinkage of the tax base. It is a very important directive, and we have to somehow implement it. The principle here is that every business operator should pay taxes where they derive profits. What we have talked a bit earlier is a bit off -topic because they no longer externalise profit, as they are simply hiding it outside the European Union. He agreed with us that we need to find mechanisms here, but we will not implement anything of the kind that would solve one case and perhaps spoil the good operation of honest companies. Reporter: What is happening with the solidarity tax? Mihai Tudose: There, simulations have not been completed. Reporter: On European funds, Minister Rovana Plumb made some statements, the target for this year amounted to EUR 5, 2 billion, if I remember it well... Mihai Tudose: Yes. Reporter: On the programme for Government, the new programme for Government assumed by Tudose Cabinet, there is an amendment to this target, as we are in mid-year, some of the managing authorities started to be accredited, therefore, not all? Mihai Tudose: (...) we are starting with some of them... Reporter: Which of them? Mihai Tudose: We hope that they will be, and this is the target assumed by us and Madam Minister that by August 1st, all of them are authorized and we start drawing all the available funds. There is no danger to lose amounts which were relocated, as we have more projects than the amounts that were in danger to be lost. Therefore, we will draw everything from those accounts. If in the meantime, following the discussion with Commissioner Cretu, we will find other projects too to comply with other chapters, other opportunities, perhaps we will go beyond our target. Reporter; Have you also discussed about Romania's Presidency of the EU? Mihai Tudose: It was a common topic for all meetings. It is very important because the Romanian Presidency should not take the EU on other path than the present one. Minister Victor Negrescu is very involved, has the expertise of the European Parliament and he will cooperate very well, as far as I understood, with President Tusk and First Vice President Timmermans, to ensure continuity with respect to large European projects, starting with social cohesion and... Yes. Reporter: Will there be a report on CVM in November? Mihai Tudose: It will be a verbal report this very month, and in November, the written report. Reporter: Do we have a to do list? Mihai Tudose: No. Reporter: What do you mean by a verbal one? Mihai Tudose: A first statement on the progress in fulfilling the CVM obligations. Reporter; Now, in July? Mihai Tudose: Now, in July. Reporter: From the Commission to whom? Mihai Tudose: To the public. Reporter: From the Commission to the Member States? Mihai Tudose: To member states. Reporter: Which is your stand on Romania's accession to the Eurozone? Miahi Tudose: It is a commitment Romania undertook once with EU accession. The monetary union is part of integration. We are on track, but we still have work to do on convergence, a lot of work to do on convergence. Reporter: Is there an estimated deadline or one you will set out as target? Mihai Tudose: We have not set out a deadline. As soon as possible, but we do not want to burn certain stages, because afterwards, this does much harm than good. Reporter: In connection with Pension Pillar II, that analysis that both you and Labour Minister spoke about. What concerns you with respect to that pillar that made you ask this analysis of the calculation formula? Mihai Tudose: I have not asked any analysis on any calculation form. Reporter: Minister Vasilescu asked it. Mihai Tudose: Minister Vasilescu asked it. When we return to Bucharest, we will ask her. She explained us that she wanted to see how the money in Pillar II is spent and is maintained or what costs involved. Only to be informed. Under no circumstance, Pension Pillar II is to be nationalized. It isn't possible. Reporter: In connection with the aggregate income tax, do you consider scrapping the Statement of Assets? Mihai Tudose: These are in one package. You cannot have a tax on household, on everything you own, without declaring first your assets. You simply cannot. Therefore, they are interrelated. Reporter: Will the Government meet the 2 percent target for defence, Prime Minister? Mihai Tudose: It would be hilarious to include 2 percent in the budget and not spend it. It's not possible. It is as if you invited me at the press conference and I would come and say nothing. 2 percent was not a commitment just to simply earmark, 2 percent is a commitment with the strategic partners to spend 2 percent. This is why we have to include it, in order to spend it. Obviously, we will have to spend it. It's not that we must, but we need this . Reporter: Therefore, there are resources to reach 2 percent. Mihai Tudose: It is not a question of resources. Thank God, there is money to spend and opportunities ! I expect from the National Defence Ministry, the General Staff to find an integrated solution about military solutions. Reporter: As my colleague asked about the Declaration of Assets, do you intend to scrap the income tax too, not the turnover tax? Mihai Tudose: As far as the aggregate personal income tax declaration is concerned, which includes the asset declaration as well, it will be the end destination. When and how we can apply it, is complicated. It has to be well prepared in technical terms and in terms of acceptance, so that people understand what we are doing and why. I doubt such declaration will be in use in 2018. This is no scare, but a good thing for the citizens, with predictibility, with everything in terms of stability and tax coherence, I repeat, it is a good thing. It is difficult to implement it now because we do not have the required infrastructure and people have not figured out yet what this is all about. We need to work to prepare it both technically and in terms of acceptance among population, with your support too. Thank you. *** Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will have tomorrow, in Brussels, meetings with senior European officials, during his first visit abroad as Head of the Executive. The priorities of the current Government will be presented, with a focus on the economic topics, as well as Romanias stand on EUs future, the preparedness for taking over the Council of the EU presidency and improvement of the EU funds absorption. The Romanian Prime Minister will have meetings with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. - It is my first visit to Brussels as Prime Minister, a thoroughly prepared visit from a technical viewpoint. I want to convey the message that Romania is a serious partner in the European Union, which will observe all its assumed commitments. We want a very good collaboration in relation with the European Union, as we committed through the Programme for Government too. We are prepared to enhance the quality of Romania's presence at the level of European institutions and to contribute to strengthening the European project, including in terms of the responsibility we will assume in the first semester of 2019, in the first Romanian mandate as President of the EU Council stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The delegation headed by the Prime Minister also includes Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu. *** Schedule of PM Mihai Tudose's visit to Brussels, July 11, 2017 1:30 pm Meeting with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk (Photo/ video opportunities -officials) 3:00 pm Meeting with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans 4:00 pm Meeting with Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for regional policy (Photo/ video opportunities - officials) 4:45 pm Press statements (Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union) 6:00 pm. Meeting with the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (Photo/ video opportunities for the accredited press) Note: The hour of events is the local hour. 2017-07-11 00:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_00800.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanți ai Organizației Mondiale a ComerțuluiȘtiri din 05.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-representatives-of-the-world-trade-organizationPrime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed today, at Victoria Palace, with the Director -General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, about the policies to stimulate the investments undertaken by the Government, in the light of their promotion on the occasion of the WTOs 11th Ministerial Conference to be held in December, in Buenos Aires. - Romania goes in the right direction, even if the pace is not always the one expected. We want to share our examples of success and in our turn, we are open to learn from the experience of our partners, underlined the Head of Executive, as regards the positive developments of the main economic indicators. Director -General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo appreciated the Romanian Government's vision of backing small investors and stimulating private initiative, through the programmes launched by the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship. Romania has taken important steps and I praise the Government's vision in this respect, stated the Director -General of the World Trade Organization, inviting the Romanian side to share the good practices within the organization. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace, Minister for Business Environment Ilan Laufer mentioned Romania's desire to become more visible at global level, through initiatives designed to support the internationalization of the Romanian companies. 2017-07-05 16:31:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-05-05-35-05big_5.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la Comitetul de Coordonare a Sistemului Național de Gestionare a Afacerilor EuropeneȘtiri din 05.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-meeting-of-the-coordination-committee-of-the-national-system-for-the-management-of-european-affairsPM Mihai Tudose: Relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency remains a priority objective for the Government Prime Minister Mihai Tudose requested the Health Ministry and National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, as institutions in charge of preparing Romanias candidacy file for relocating the EMA to Bucharest, to continue the sustained work to complete this file with a view to submitting it until the deadline agreed at European level, July 31, 2017. The Head of the Executive made this request within the meeting of the Coordination Committee of the National System for the Management of European Affairs held today, at Victoria Palace. - Appropriate preparedness of the candidacy file for Romania to host the headquarters of the EMA has been and is further a priority objective undertaken by the Government, and the calendar for candidacy submission requires an accelerated pace of preparedness. I want us to present a consistent candidacy file, to outline that Romania is ready and deserves to host a European agency stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive called on all institutions involved in preparing the candidacy file to provide the necessary support with a view to outlining the competitive advantage of Romania's offer on all areas of interest, taking into account the growing interest among member states to host this European agency. Last but not least, an important task will be the active promotion of Romania's candidacy by assuming the objective at the level of each institution. Preparedness of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the European Union Council was also analyzed during the meeting. The Minister - Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu underlined the importance for each institution to observe the undertaken actions calendar in order to ensure a successful mandate for Romania. 2017-07-05 15:42:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-05-03-44-23big_3.jpgVizita premierului Mihai Tudose la Primăria Generală a CapitaleiȘtiri din 05.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-07-05 15:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-05-03-13-11big_4.jpgVizita premierului Mihai Tudose la Ministerul TransporturilorȘtiri din 05.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-07-05 12:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-05-12-33-58big_3.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Germaniei la București, E.S. Cord Meier-KlodtȘtiri din 05.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-ambassador-of-germany-to-bucharest-h-e-cord-meier-klodtPM Mihai Tudose's meeting with the Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt - a sign of the importance of the bilateral relation Prime Minister had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt, designed to emphasize the importance of Germany in Romania's bilateral economic and political relations. The two interlocutors agreed that the bilateral agenda included substantial and stronger enough elements for Romania and Germany to continue to implement the joint political projects and especially the economic ones. Germany is the second largest investor in Romania and a German company is the biggest employer in Romania. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose outlined that the two countries would further develop the projects within the already existing economic partnership and would make sustained efforts to remove the eventual obstacles in this respect. The Head of the Romanian Executive and the Ambassador of Germany defined as strategic project, the first wide - ranging economic and military cooperation between Romania and the German company Rheinmetall, a complex project, with prospects for both countries. Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt expressed Germany's full support for strengthening Romanias economic growth trajectory, and increasing its role in Europe, especially in the context of Romania's preparedness for taking over its first presidency of the EU Council in 2019. At the same time, Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt underlined the importance of maintaining predictability and transparency, a favorable investment climate and the countrys reform direction towards a Europe of shared values. Another project deemed as important within the cooperation between Romania and Germany, was the re-launch of dual education as a concrete solution to the lack of qualified labor force, which had been already felt by German employers, but also by other employers in general. As a conclusion of the meeting with the Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose emphasized the relevance of some periodic consultations with the ambassadors of Romania's main economic partners. Germany is Romania's main trade partner, the volume of Romanian - German economic exchanges amounted to EUR 26.16 billion in 2016, representing 21 percent of Romania's foreign trade volume. 2017-07-05 11:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_123123.jpgNoul Program de compensare cu 90% a medicamentelor pentru pensionari, operațional de astăzi; 2,8 milioane de pensionari ar putea beneficia de medicamente compensate cu 90%Știri din 04.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-new-programme-to-subsidize-by-90-percent-the-medicines-for-pensioners-has-become-operational-as-of-today-2-8-million-pensioners-might-benefit-from-90-percent-subsidized-medicinesNearly 2. 8 million pensioners benefit as of today, July 4, 2017, from the social programme of subsidizing medicines by 90 percent. According to amendments approved by Decision on Friday, June 30, 2017, on the first meeting of the current Cabinet, the pension threshold up to which they can benefit from this programme, rose from 700 to 900 lei/ month. At the same time, beneficiaries of this programme will also be pensioners with incomes from other sources, in addition to pension and social allowance for pensioners. Furthermore, the programme beneficiaries will not submit anymore to the family doctor the declaration on own responsibility regarding the incomes achieved, but will solely present the pension slip and the ID card. 2017-07-04 19:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-04-07-55-37big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la recepția organizată cu prilejul Zilei Independenței Statelor Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 04.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-message-on-the-u-s-independence-dayPrime Minister Mihai Tudose's message on the U.S. Independence Day Today, we are celebrating the U.S. Independence Day, which is a good occasion to reaffirm the strong and durable links between Romania and the United States. The relationship between our countries is more solid today than ever, based on more than 135 years of diplomatic relations, 20 of which included the Strategic Partnership which we will celebrate on July 11, 2017. Based on the respect for shared transatlantic values - democracy, individual freedoms, rule of law - all vital to the democratic consolidation of Romania, the Strategic Partnership must maintain its essential role of deepening our political, military and economic relations. At the same time, the military and security dimensions remain a priority in the bilateral relationship and are enhanced by Romania as a member of NATO. The Romanian state's devotion to regional stability is proved and reinforced by the investments undertaken in the defence field, with the allocation of 2% of GDP. Moreover, the multitude of operations in which Romania is taking part, shows our commitment to our strategic partner in ensuring regional and global security. Furthermore, the relationship between Romania and the United States has an economic dimension, which the two states will deepen concretely. Romania should be a destination for the US business community, intensely promoted by wide-ranging meetings, such as: the Romanian-American Business Council and the Economic Forum - Trade Winds which is due to be held in October, being organized by the United States Department of Commerce, with an expected participation by more than 100 American companies. Romania will remain the US friend and ally. The Romanian Government will act to intensify bilateral cooperation with the US as regards all dimensions of the Strategic Partnership. I am sure that the commitment to extending partnership in the areas of economics, trade and investment, communications and information technology, energy, innovation, culture and education will get actual substance as soon as possible. Happy birthday, America! Happy birthday, American citizens all over the world, and the Romanian community of America! 2017-07-04 15:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_02_resize.jpgMesaj al premierului Mihai Tudose cu ocazia Zilei Crucii Roșii din RomâniaȘtiri din 04.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-message-on-the-romanian-red-cross-day- Today, we are celebrating 141 years since the establishment of the Romanian Red Cross Society, an organisation with a beautiful tradition and a history marked by numerous lessons in solidarity. The Red Cross has won the respect and esteem of Romanians thanks to its unconditional assistance to the suffering fellows as well as the joy and hope for the hopeless. It was and continues to be in the vanguard of humanitarian spirit, a tireless advocate of the good and assistance to the needy, having consoled the injured and the sick in wars, having treated children, young people and the elderly during epidemics, having contributed to humanitarian aid campaigns for people affected by floods, drought and other natural catastrophes. Because of all these efforts, we are grateful today to the generations of volunteers and all those who shared their time, knowledge and humanity, involving in the Red Cross' missions. Respect and admiration for the work and devotion of the Romanian Red Cross and much success with its noble and difficult mission! 2017-07-04 14:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-04-02-53-16big_sigla_guvern.png