RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROVicepremierul Ion Marcel Ciolacu: România îndeplinește toate condițiile asumate față de Uniunea Europeană în materie de securizare a frontierelorȘtiri din 18.09.2017 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 18:22:00Întrevedere_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 18.09.2017 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 15:03:00”Sistem Alert”, aplicație pentru avertizarea populației înaintea situaţiilor de risc major Știri din 18.09.2017 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 12:52:00 Tudose se deplasează în zonele afectate de fenomenele meteo extremeȘtiri din 18.09.2017 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 11:01:00 Mihai Tudose: Felicit stagiarii Internship pentru proiectele realizate și îi invit să participe la implementarea lorȘtiri din 15.09.2017 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 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 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 10:48:00ță pe tema pregătirii mandatului României la președinția Consiliului UE, organizată la Palatul Victoria de participanți la programul de internship al GuvernuluiȘtiri din 13.09.2017 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 09:23:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții General Dynamics European Land SystemsȘtiri din 11.09.2017 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 12:29:00 Mihai Tudose: Obiectivele politicii de coeziune se suprapun perfect cu interesele de dezvoltare ale RomânieiȘtiri din 08.09.2017 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 18:13:00 Programului de Internship al Guvernului organizează evenimentul caritabil „O Carte – Un pas spre alfabetizare”Știri din 08.09.2017 14:02:00 Mihai Tudose la întâlnirea cu Ford: România este un mediu favorabil extinderii investițiilorȘtiri din 08.09.2017 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 12:54:00 Mihai Tudose a discutat cu comisarul european pentru politică regională, Corina Crețu, despre accelerarea absorbției fondurilor europene în perioada următoareȘtiri din 07.09.2017 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 18:06:00 Mihai Tudose: Am votat pentru interzicerea cianurilor în proiectul Roșia MontanăȘtiri din 07.09.2017 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 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 16:57:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Mihai Tudose și comisarul european pentru politică regională, Corina CreţuȘtiri din 07.09.2017 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 16:23:00 de Stat László Borbély, alături de speakeri internaționali, la cea de-a 10-a ediție a Școlii Române de DezvoltareȘtiri din 07.09.2017 10:01:00 proiectelor derulate împreună cu Banca Mondială în domeniul sănătății, analizate în întâlnirea cu premierul TudoseȘtiri din 05.09.2017 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 15:42:00 Mihai Tudose a participat la „Ora premierului”, în ParlamentȘtiri din 05.09.2017 10:08:00ânia și Bulgaria vor coopera în pregătirea mandatelor lor la președinția Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 31.08.2017 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 18:01:00 cooperării economice, pe agenda întrevederii vicepremierului Ion Marcel Ciolacu cu ministrul ungar al Afacerilor Externe și Comerțului Exterior, Péter SzijjártóȘtiri din 30.08.2017 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 14:11:00ățile de colaborare în domeniul apărării între România și Lockheed Martin, discutate de premierul Mihai Tudose și reprezentanți ai companiei americaneȘtiri din 30.08.2017 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 12:16:00 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 29.08.2017 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 17:02:00 și UNICEF vor colabora pentru extinderea parteneriatului în beneficiul copiilor vulnerabili Știri din 29.08.2017 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 16:21:00 Ion Marcel Ciolacu va participa la ceremoniile dedicate Insurecției Naționale SlovaceȘtiri din 28.08.2017 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 17:35:00 Mihai Tudose: Îi încurajez pe investitori să se implice activ în pregătirea practică a tinerilorȘtiri din 25.08.2017 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 14:13:00 Mihai Tudose: Vizita președintelui Franței în România este extrem de importantă pentru dezvoltarea relațiilor bilateraleȘtiri din 24.08.2017 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 12:26:00 Ion-Marcel Ciolacu: România este pregătită să gestioneze împreună cu partenerii europeni orice situație în contextul BrexitȘtiri din 24.08.2017 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 12:24:00Întrevedere a prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose cu membrii Coaliției Naționale pentru Modernizarea RomânieiȘtiri din 22.08.2017 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 16:34:00 Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, întrevedere cu personalul diplomatic al Reprezentanței Permanente a României pe lângă Uniunea EuropeanăȘtiri din 22.08.2017 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 15:07:00 Mihai Tudose a semnat în cartea de condoleanţe deschisă la Ambasada Regatului Spaniei în România, după atentatele teroriste de la BarcelonaȘtiri din 21.08.2017 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 11:16:00ăsuri pentru desfășurarea în condiții optime a mini-vacanței din perioada 12-15 augustȘtiri din 11.08.2017 17:40:00 Mihai Tudose a discutat problemele din sistemul penitenciarelor cu reprezentanții sindicatelorȘtiri din 10.08.2017 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 12:43:00 Mihai Tudose: Este nevoie de modificarea cadrului legislativ pentru eficientizarea activității institutelor de cercetareȘtiri din 08.08.2017 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 15:44:00Întâlnire_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 03.08.2017 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 19:27:00 Mihai Tudose s-a întâlnit astăzi cu reprezentanți ai companiei Bell HelicopterȘtiri din 03.08.2017 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 16:57:00Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanți_ai_companiei_bell_helicopter02.jpgParticipanții la Programul de Internship al Guvernului organizează Cupa Tinerilor Interni ediția a III-aȘtiri din 03.08.2017 16:05:00 României a depus dosarul de candidatură pentru relocarea Agenției Europene pentru MedicamenteȘtiri din 31.07.2017, 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 17:25:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Republicii Populare Chineze în România, Xu FeihongȘtiri din 31.07.2017 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 16:24:00Întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanți ai Ambasadei Regatului Spaniei în RomâniaȘtiri din 31.07.2017 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 14:51:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la reuniunea Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 27.07.2017 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 10:33:00țional_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 26.07.2017 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 14:20:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la reuniunea Consiliului Interministerial pentru pregătirea şi exercitarea Preşedinţiei României la Consiliul UEȘtiri din 26.07.2017 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 10:36:00ătirea_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 25.07.2017 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 13:12:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Spaniei la București, Ramiro Fernández BachillerȘtiri din 24.07.2017 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 17:51:00 Tudose a discutat cu sindicatul polițiștilor despre un nou Statut al polițistului, necesarul de personal, dotare, asigurări medicaleȘtiri din 24.07.2017 12:40:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la ChișinăuȘtiri din 21.07.2017 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 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 10:06:00Întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții Dacia RenaultȘtiri din 20.07.2017 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 17:31:00Întâlnire_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 19.07.2017 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 17:36:00 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 19.07.2017 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 16:58:00Întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții patronatului din turism și participarea la inaugurarea unei noi investițiiȘtiri din 18.07.2017 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 21:34:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții Asociației Naționale a Veteranilor de RăzboiȘtiri din 18.07.2017 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 12:29:00Întrevedere_cu_reprezentanții_asociației_naționale_a_veteranilor_de_razboi03.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Marii Britanii, Paul BrummellȘtiri din 18.07.2017 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 10:20:00 Mihai Tudose i-a propus omologului bulgar, Boiko Borisov, dezvoltarea unor proiecte comuneȘtiri din 17.07.2017 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 19:51:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Comitetul interministerial de analiză și eficientizare a cheltuielilor publice la nivelul GuvernuluiȘtiri din 17.07.2017 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 16:46:00ţiunea premierului Mihai Tudose la Ceremonia de deschidere a Programului Oficial de Internship al Guvernului - ediţia 2017Știri din 17.07.2017 10:35:00țiunea prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose, cu ocazia Zilei Naționale a Republicii FrancezeȘtiri din 14.07.2017 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 17:28:00 Tudose a discutat cu o delegație oficială din Republica Populară Chineză despre oportunitățile de investiții în RomâniaȘtiri din 13.07.2017 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 17:45:00 oportunităţi de internship în administraţia publică româneascăȘtiri din 13.07.2017 17:07:00 Tudose a cerut simplificarea procedurilor pentru absorbția fondurilor europeneȘtiri din 12.07.2017 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 19:11:00ții la Guvern despre înzestrarea Armatei RomâneȘtiri din 12.07.2017 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 15:11:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la BruxellesȘtiri din 11.07.2017 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 00:00:00Întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanți ai Organizației Mondiale a ComerțuluiȘtiri din 05.07.2017 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 16:31:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Comitetul de Coordonare a Sistemului Național de Gestionare a Afacerilor EuropeneȘtiri din 05.07.2017 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 15:42:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Primăria Generală a CapitaleiȘtiri din 05.07.2017 15:12:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Ministerul TransporturilorȘtiri din 05.07.2017 12:24:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Germaniei la București, E.S. Cord Meier-KlodtȘtiri din 05.07.2017 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 11:02:00 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 04.07.2017 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 19:46:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la recepția organizată cu prilejul Zilei Independenței Statelor Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 04.07.2017 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 15:04:00 al premierului Mihai Tudose cu ocazia Zilei Crucii Roșii din RomâniaȘtiri din 04.07.2017 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 14:51:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul SUA, Hans KlemmȘtiri din 03.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose at the meeting with Ambassador Klemm: We will continue to be a reliable partner for the United States, in this part of Europe, we have the ability to create an attractive environment for investors Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today, at Victoria Palace, a working meeting, mutually agreed, with the US Ambassador Hans Klemm. Prime Minister Tudose gave assurances that the Romanian Government would continue the Strategic Partnership with the US and outlined that he wanted his first meeting with a foreign diplomat, in his new capacity, to be with the US. Ambassador exactly in order to convey a strong message. - The two decades of Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States represent a guarantee of the strong relationship existing between our countries, which must be continued and strengthened. I am sure that we have potential to develop our bilateral relationship. At the same time, I assure you that we will continue to be a reliable partner for the U.S. in this part of Europe and that we have the ability to create an attractive environment for investors stated Prime Minister Tudose. An important item on the discussion agenda was the way in which the budget of 2 percent of GDP allocated to Defence would revitalize the economic cooperation between Romania and United States on new bases. Discussions also aimed at the need for strengthening bilateral economic relations, the Head of the Executive and the US Ambassador agreeing that the level of the economic relations did not reflect yet the exceptional stage of political and military relations. Ambassador Hans Klemm outlined that Romania's credibility to White House increased following the recent Romanian - US meeting, a fact which would also be reflected in the US investors' confidence in the Romanian economy. In this context, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will have in October a meeting with potential US investors in Romania, meeting prepared by the Romanian Government with the US Embassy. - Romania offers a friendly business environment. I would like to present to US investors the business opportunities existing in our country, and to assure them that as Prime Minister, I understand that businesses are developing on stability and predictibility outlined the Head of the Executive. 2017-07-03 13:38:00 Mihai Tudose a cerut instituţiilor sa acţioneze de urgenţă pentru salvarea vieţii militarilor răniţi în accidentul din ArgeşȘtiri din 29.06.2017 23:00:00 depunerii jurământului de către membrii Cabinetului TudoseȘtiri din 29.06.2017 21:34:00Învestirea în Parlament a Guvernului TudoseȘtiri din 29.06.2017 by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose upon Cabinet investiture in Parliament Mihai Tudose: Your Beatitude, Your All Holiness, presidents, distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, president of the Senate, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, MPs, Ministers, dear colleagues, I have been entrusted today with a difficult task: to run a new PSD - ALDE Coalition Cabinet. It is a political moment which the future may explain better than us, so I will further refer to the aspects related to the economic component. I am a tehnical person, a man who lays great emphasis upon figures and precise deadlines and I can tell you that Romania is currently in a good economic moment. We have economic growth, a growth of industry, increase in revenues and consumption. We lack a vigorous growth in investments and budget revenues. For this, I'd like to believe that it's for this reason that I was brought to the helm of this Government, to refresh the Government's attitude towards investments, revenues and investors. I assure you that there are no other objectives as far as I am concerned, than the implementation of the programme for government, and recovery of delays that appeared along the way. Grindeanu's Cabinet , many of us here were part of, has led things in a good direction, but for what the PSD-ALDE government proposed, it is not enough. I do not want to criticize what happened, but I understand that there was a brake, and I was told to turn this brake into an accelerator, and that's what I'm going to do. At the time of the former Cabinet's investiture in January, Prime Minister Grindeanu spoke of a normal government. It was a normal, beautiful speech and we all applauded it back then. Today, I understand that the main problem of former Cabinet was precisely that normality, that relaxed normality. I believe Romania needs today, quite the opposite, a government that is not relaxed, a government in a state of alertness, concentration, concern, permanent effort, a government preoccupied with deadlines and achievements, constructions, data, inaugurations. A government preoccupied with responsibility and performance. If we want all these promises made in campaign to become reality, we must forget the state of normality. Whoever wants normality, should take a job with fixed schedule. In this Government, dear fellow ministers, we will work non-stop, we will work to recover what has been lost and what has been delayed. There will not be just efforts, but we shall appreciate the outcomes. This is the reason for which I hope you understand - we are all today in front of the Romanian Parliament - it is our only chance and the only way to attain our economic objectives. I assure everybody that we will engage with all our energy in attaining the objective of the programme for government. There will be additions to the programme owing to delays and shortcomings in the first six months. The finality will be the same, the big purposes remain intact. What we promised in the campaign, shall be achieved. The new Cabinet has enhanced, as you could see, its strengths, offices of Minister are now held by people at the forefront of the party, people with influence and experience. This shows that PSD clearly and definitely assumes, to the highest degree, its political responsibility for the economic programme. The Government will find it easier to manage central government, to obtain legislative support, to communicate with the party, to be better politically represented. The Government will be more effective. I was proposed for this office by PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea and accepted by President Klaus Iohannis in order to give a boost particularly to investment and budget revenues growth, and I don't want to fall short of the confidence shown to me. The Sovereign Investment and Development Fund, one of the most powerful investment instruments of this programme, has been ready for some time now. In my former capacity as Minister of Economy, I dealt with establishing it. The fund will now become operational within shortest time and this will send a very strong signal from Romania to the domestic and international business environment. Other more important objective of the Government, after the first six months in office, is increase in budgetary receipts in the context of a sustained economic growth and increased investments. Measures will be taken very rapidly to increase the ANAF efficiency. Romania had in the first quarter of 2017, an economic growth well above the European average. To continue this trend, investments are needed in infrastructure, but also foreign investors. I assure you that we will make the investments and we will have investors too. Other chapter on which we must continue to work intensely is European funds. This chapter is an essential source of development funding, in addition to FSDI(The Sovereign Investment and Development Fund) and budgetary receipts. The Government shall pursue the consolidation of the Strategic Partnership with the US, development of relations with strategic partners from the European Union, with Germany and France, as well as with the others EU states. Civil servants from Ministries will be involved in a sustained work to analyze and draw up the draft laws. We need these draft laws to be drawn up with celerity, without this to affect their quality. Government shall observe all Romania's external commitments pertaining to macroeconomic indicators, including and in the first place that which limits the budget deficit to 3 percent. Judiciary is an important field of the PSD government. I firmly believe that everything should be based on observing the fundamental law, the Constitution of Romania, and implicitly the Constitutional Court's decisions. We cannot ask the citizens to obey judicial decisions if the decisions of the most important court, the Constitutional Court, are not enforced, are challenged and sometimes ridiculed. Laws must be clear, in accordance with the Constitution and the European regulations, and those who deliver justice, must be independent, in the spirit and the letter of the law, without any intrusion from anybody or any pressure from anybody. This Cabinet will need - and it shall do it - to enforce the unitary pay law, an extremely important law which will have a multiannual impact at the budgetary level and also a very important social impact. There is a multitude of urgent matters for this Cabinet: from industry to agriculture, from infrastructure to taxes, from healthcare to education. Most of them are to be found in the programme for government. We just need to turn a few pages ahead and we catch up on delays. We shall do it and we will recover these delays. Distinguished colleagues, I am a former MP, I know very well your expectations in relation with the Prime Minister and also with Ministers. I will attach to the relationship with you, with Parliament, the importance due to the representative institution of the Romanian state. I will be present in Parliament anytime it will be necessary, or anytime I will be called or anytime an important law will require support at the highest government level. I will also ask all Ministers to do the same thing, to participate in the debate process, both in the plenum and the committees. I equally believe that the party that assumed goverment and the programme for government, the PSD, along with its coalition partner, ALDE, has the right to the legitimacy of controlling weekly, monthly or anytime they deem it necessary the implementation pace of the programme for government. Let us not forget that this purpose of government is not the power itself, but its use for the benefit of people, a stable, durable welfare, on the long term, but as of tomorrow. This is why the Cabinet I present you today is obliged to exist only for that. There is not, I say it once again, other reason for which this Cabinet is here today, and if it were other, I would not be here today. Taking the aforementioned into account, dear colleagues, dear members of Romanian Parliament, I request your vote of confidence. Thank you! The list of nominations for members of the Cabinet is as follows: Mihai Tudose — Prime Minister; Sevil Shhaideh —Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds; Rovana Plumb — Minister - delegate for European Funds; Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu —Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Environment; Marcel Ciolacu —Vice Prime Minister; Mihai Fifor — Minister of Economy; Teodor Viorel Melescanu — Minister of Foreign Affairs; Victor Negrescu — Minister-delegate for European Affairs, Carmen Daniela Dan — Minister of Internal Affairs, Petre Daea — Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Adrian Tutuianu — Minister of National Defence; Lucian Romascanu — Minister of Culture and National Identity, Liviu-Marian Pop — Minister of National Education; Lucian Puiu Georgescu — Minister of Research and Innovation; Toma-Florin Petcu — Minister of Energy; Tudorel Toader — Minister of Justice; Doina Pana — Minister of Waters and Forests; Lia-Olguta Vasilescu — Minister of Labor and Social Justice; Lucian Sova — Minister of Communications and Information Society; Florian-Dorel Bodog — Minister of Health; Marius-Alexandru Dunca — Minister of Youth and Sports; Alexandru-Razvan Cuc — Minister of Transport; Gabriel Petrea — Minister of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue; Viorel Ilie — Minister for Liaison with Parliament; Ilan Laufer — Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship; Mircea-Titus Dobre — Minister of Tourism; Andreea Pastirnac — Minister for Romanians Abroad; 2017-06-29 19:56:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 28.06.2017 18:15:00ții de presă susținute de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Alina Petrescu, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 22.06.2017 Alina Petrescu: Good afternoon! Welcome! Currently, 20 requests for the withdrawal of office resignations have been lodged with the PM Office by Ministers, members of the Grindeanu Cabinet. All in all, there are 20 requests for the withdrawal of the resignation, as you well know, there are 27 Cabinet members, including the Secretary - General of the Government. These 20 requests for the resignation withdrawal have no legal object. Anyone who reads Law 90 on the organization and operation of the Romanian Government and Ministries and reaches article 6, understands this, but I will read it now to be clear for everybody. It stipulates the following: - The resignation from the position of member of the Cabinet shall be announced publicly, shall be submitted in writing to the Prime Minister and shall become irrevocable once its lodging has been noted , but no later than 15 days from its lodging . I have here copies of the 20 requests for the withdrawal of office resignations. In all these 20 documents which are standard, the text is identical, all these 20 documents have registration number of the resignation, from Prime Minister's Office. Therefore, the registration number on the resignation request was received on June 15, when each request was lodged with the the PM Office. When the PM Office and the Secretariat-General gave a registration number to these documents, I ask rethorically: have these resignations been noted? These resignations were noted. They are irrevocable. These requests for the withdrawal of office resignations have no object. If you have questions on this topic, please! Reporter: Can you mention who are the 20 Ministers who lodged their requests? Alina Petrescu: Do you want to list them all, now? Reporter: Yes, please! Alina Petrescu: Surely. I have nothing against. Marius Alexandru Dunca, Teodor Viorel Meleșcanu, Alexandru Petrescu, Mircea Titus Dobre, Sevil Shhaideh, Ana Birchall, Petre Daea, Rovana Plumb, Florian Dorel Bodog, Toma Florin Petcu, Andreea Păstarnac, Mihai Tudose, Adriana Petcu, Pavel Năstase, Alexandru Răzvan Cuc, Gabriel Beniamin Leş, Tudorel Toader, Viorel Ilie, Grațiela Leocadia Gavrilescu and Viorel Ștefan.They have lodged 20 requests for the withdrawal of office resignations until I have started this briefing. Reporter: If they were noted, why were not they been sent at the same time with the other two resignations by the end of last week, of Mrs. Sevil Shhaideh and Mrs. Carmen Dan respectively? Alina Petrescu: Prime Minister decides how, when and how many resignations he sends to Cotroceni Palace. Reporter: Given that the aforementioned Ministers lodged their resignations, are they interim further on, alike Prime Minister, can they return to ofice? To be clear for everybody: to go to office, they are not obliged to withdraw resignations. Alina Petrescu: Not that they can return to work. These Ministers - and Prime Minister repeatedly said it and even thanked them for the fact that in all these days, the resigned Ministers following their own act of will or yesterday's vote in Parliament, they came to work. Some of them chose to delegate their right of signature to state secretaries or general secretaries of ministries, but in their overwhelming majority, the ministers went to work and that is what they must do. This is written in the law, especially after the censure motion passed yesterday. Until the new Cabinet is invested, Ministers go to work. Reporter: Can you confirm if June 30 is the deadline for these ministers to leave office? Alina Petrescu: Until the new Cabinet is invested. If the current ruling coalition and if those consultations starting next Monday, are to end and will have positive results and the new Cabinet is invested in Parliament by 30 June, then that is the deadline. But... Reporter: You said that all requests have identical text. Alina Petrescu: Yes, they have identical text. Reporter: Can you read us one of them? Do they have reasons to withdraw their resignations? Alina Petrescu: The reasons are the following, are mentioned in this standard text, I repeat that the fonts or the names of signatories are eventually changed: - Taking into account the withdrawal of confidence granted to a Cabinet through the passing of the motion of censure, until the members of the new Cabinet take the oath of office, in order not to block the general management activity of the public administration, taking into account that the President of Romania did not take note of the undersigned's resignation, and did not declare vacant the office of Cabinet member, I am withdrawing the resignation lodged with SGG on..., recorded with number ..., on...., with a view to ensuring the Government's stability and the management of the documents required for public affairs administration. All these things are happening now. Therefore, currently, all required documents for public affairs administration can be managed and enforced in the given situation. There is a concluding paragraph, identical in all these withdrawal requests, as aforementioned: the resignation of the undersigned was a deliberate resignation, being a form of protest, I consider that the vacancy of the position of member of the Cabinet should have written - it only intervenes from this moment through the publication of the censure motion in the Official Gazette Reporter: If possible, I would like a clarification. What can the Ministers do now and what they can't do? Whether or not they can make decisions, and whether they can decide to earmark funds for certain programmes? What is in fact happening? Alina Petrescu: Currently, the Cabinet was ousted following a motion of censure, passed yesterday, in Parliament. The Constitution of Romania and the Government and Ministries' regulations stipulate very clearly the degree to which they will operate under the present circumstances. It is stipulated that the Government, until the investment of the new Cabinet ensures the administrative affairs and the well-running of things. Ministers have signature right until the new investiture, as aforementioned. Reporter: Therefore, funds can be allocated, everything is functioning as until ...? Alina Petrescu: There is signature right, and the Government is acting to ensure the well-functioning of the administration of this country. Reporter: What I understand from what you have said so far, is the fact that that peril of deadlock in Ministries, which everybody is talking about in the respective requests, does not exist under any form? Alina Petrescu: I see that activity goes on at Ministries. You have all received the press releases, I think. Almost all ministers - and as I have mentioned a bit earlier, Prime Minister did thank them, called on all Ministers to go to office and thanked them for having answered this appeal. I think you yourself saw the Ministers going to office, statements have also been made. Reporter: If you mentioned the workplace, maybe they should be present at an eventual Cabinet meeting too. Is the Prime Minister going to convene a meeting over this period? Alina Petrescu: A Cabinet meeting has not been reconvened for the time being. If it is the case, if urgent matters appear, which should be approved during a Cabinet meeting, then, obviously, the meeting is to be convened. No Cabinet meeting has been convened for the time being. Reporter: The legislative document that you read us from, said that resignation becomes irrevocable once its lodging has been noted, not latter than 15 days since its lodging, the 15 days stipulated in the legislative document expire on June 30, what is happening with the management of Ministries if until June 30, we do not have a new Cabinet invested? Alina Petrescu: Currently, Ministers have been ousted, most of them following their own vote and following the motion of censure. Reporter: Therefore, the 15 - day term is not applied anymore. Alina Petrescu: Jurists should express their point of view here too, but when a censure of motion is involved, we return to what I have said a bit earlier, but I already believe that, if you want us to go into deeper details, I think it is high time to ask some jurists. Please! Reporter: Can you tell us if the Prime Minister was called up by any of these Ministers who came back on decisions? Alina Petrescu: I cannot answer this question. I know that these requests arrived by mail. Therefore, they were not submitted personally by Ministers. Thank you! Reporter: We thank you too! 2017-06-22 15:15:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 21.06.2017 Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to start by thanking those who have been by my side, these days, and by the side of my collaborators. There are very many Romanians who have voiced their support, and their energy has given me the strength to weather these complicated days to Romania. I am telling Romanians that I shall do my duty, until the country gets a functional Cabinet. I am waiting until Parliament passes a new Cabinet, observing all Constitutional and legal procedures in our country. As I have said so far, I hope that today's vote in Parliament will not be a big mistake, and that PSD nominates the future Prime Minister. It is important for us to overcome this blockage, and to convey investors and Chancellaries around the world the fact that Romania remains a stable and predictable environment. What matters is for Romanians to feel as little as possible the effects of this political crisis. PSD does not mean Liviu Dragnea, PSD does not mean Sorin Grindeanu either. This party must remain united. I will remain in PSD, which should not have been subjected to such a trial, to oust its own Cabinet because a person wants so. I heartedly hope that in six months, we do not reach a similar situation: Romania would deserve better than this . I thank all Ministers and tell them, as I have told them so far, that they should come to office and do their duty. Until a new Cabinet is appointed, we must do our job. Likewise, I thank Victor Ponta, I very much appreciate he has been by my side in these days. I have done what I thought and what I still think is the best to do. I have chosen the hardest path: refusing to accept offices, compromises, and also to strike more or less occult deals, not begging of anyone, not haggling with anyone, but opting instead to be fair and transparent and do my duty, which is what I will still be doing in an honest way. I had and I have this duty towards our country. Thank you. Reporter: PSD and ALDE got votes for the motion to pass(...). Minus those votes of minorities, we realize that PSD and ALDE have unstable majority or below what they would need this moment. Do you believe there will be problems at the appointment of a new Prime Minister from PSD and ALDE? Sorin Grindeanu: It is what I repeat, I repeated today too, I told my colleagues in the past days too, the fact that all this - political madness if I can say so, might lead to losing governance by PSD and the coalition. Those who did these things, took this risk and will have to answer for it if such a future scenario unfolds. Reporter: Politically, what will you do from now on? Sorin Grindeanu: I said it in the past days too, I said it today, from the Parliament's rostrum, I tell you too: I have been for 21 years in PSD and surely, with ups and downs, with everything, good, bad, disappointments, joys, I do not change overnight. I do not change my party as some did. I think this is the duty of each of us, first of all towards us and afterwards towards others. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you had a discussion today, before the vote on motion, with PSD President. Can you tell us what were you asked or what did you discuss before the motion? Sorin Grindeanu: We kept our views, surely, I was expected to give in, I told him that I would not do this but in the conditions I had made public. Otherwise, I told you that all the things done over these days have been done in a transparent manner, without offering anything, without doing favors, making deals, etc. Reporter: Some days ago, you stated that this scandal started out of the wish of a man to accumulate all power and Mr. Victor Ponta said that your only flaw in the party's eyes is that you are not Liviu Dragnea. I would like you to characterize or how do you think the profile of the future Prime Minister would look like, as current speculation imply a much more obedient person to the head of the party is being sought? Sorin Grindeanu: I would not go into speculation. The speech delivered by PSD president Liviu Dragnea in Parliament today reinforced my opinion, the fact that he said having won the elections, that he did various things, he should reach... he could reach or should have reached, which is right, it was not possible, can be a speculation, we will see. Reporter: Did you discuss with President Iohannis after the motion of censure? Sorin Grindeanu: Yes. Reporter: ...and can you tell us... Sorin Grindeanu: No. Reporter: ok. With respect to Victor Ponta, do you keep him in office until the end of his interim tenure, or will he withdraw on this occasion? Sorin Grindeanu: He will stay until his tenure finishes ,when Parliament passes the new Cabinet. This, if that number of days is kept , not to bring him in a state of incompatibility. Please. Reporter: If you allow me, one more question. I understand that in weekend, there will be CEx of PSD (National Executive Council of PSD). If you expect those who voted in support of your Cabinet to be excluded from the party, and if you see the formation of a group of independents from ex-PSD members, following this vote? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to speculate. It is very good to organize this CEx this weekend, fast. Maybe so, many of them, in fact, I said this in the hall too, many of those who were promised certain positions of ministers, prime ministers, there were at least five potential prime ministers in Parliament today and about 50 ministers, will see the truth on this occasion, if the decision is transparent, which I would be very glad to be, so that they cast open ballot, not just for the prime minister, but for absolutely all nominations of ministers, and for the final composition of the whole Cabinet. I would marvel! (...) 2017-06-21 17:00:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 18.06.2017 Spokesperson Alina Petrescu: Good afternoon, welcome. Prime Minister of Romania Sorin Grindeanu is going to make a brief press statement. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. The National Programme for Local Development(PNDL), second phase, is one of my objectives as Prime Minister, and one of our main objectives. Over the recent months, I have had many meetings with mayors of communes, towns, municipalities, with presidents of county councils, to listen to them and to find together solutions for the PNDL 2 to be a success and to generate development in Romania. Unfortunately, Minister Sevil Shhaideh, in charge of coordinating this extremely important project, had five months ahead to do something and did nothing. One and a half months ago, I warned her that there were delays and mayors started losing patience. She did not listen to me! Two days ago, I warned her publicly in this very room, that there were unacceptable delays. Next day after my public warning, she suddenly remembered PNDL and issued the press release stating that she would start it. We are living a time in which I do not want a programme of such importance to be used for political purposes. To remove any shadow of doubt, I decided the following: before this, I want to tell you that I do not accept this programme be used for political purposes, and I am not going to tolerate this. And exactly to remove any doubt, as aforementioned, I signed today the order to sack all secretaries of state in the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, the secretary general and the deputy general secretaries. As of today, Mrs. Sevil Shaiddeh cannot sign personally, or through intermediaries, any document that has any connection with PNDL. I took this step to block the eventual abuses and not to block the programme which must continue, and I assure you that this shall happen as soon as possible, but only obeying law. I invite madam Shaiddeh for a discussion on Monday, to communicate me the state of all programmes which are ongoing at present. I know that she is a person who shall finally obey law! Thank you! 2017-06-18 16:00:00ţii de presă susţinute de Victor Ponta, secretarul general al Guvernului, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 17.06.2017 00:00:00ţii de presă susţinute de Victor Ponta, secretarul general al Guvernului, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 16.06.2017 Petrescu: Good evening and welcome! First of all, I would like to announce you some important decisions taken today by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. On the one hand, the decision to dismiss Mr. Mihai Busuioc from the position of Government Secretary - General and appoint Mr. Victor Ponta in this position. The decisions were countersigned for five days, I underline it - by Secretary of State Alexandru Mihai Ghigiu following the repeated and unmotivated refusal of Mr. Mihai Busuioc and Mrs. Andreea Lambru to countersign the decisions of Romanian Prime Minister. Today, the proposals to vacate the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds have been sent to the Presidential Administration, along with the nominations for ad interim appointment of Mr. Augustin Jianu as Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, and of Mr. Sorin Grindeanu as Minister of Internal Affairs, and according to the Presidential Administration's decisions, Mr. Mihai Grindeanu will delegate perhaps his powers to a Secretary of State in the Interior Ministry. Other four decisions signed today by Mr. Prime Minister: decision to sack Secretary of State Adrian Mladinoiu and decision to sack Secretary of State Tudor Vesa, both from the Secretariat - General of the Government(SGG), decision to dismiss Adrian Marius Dobre from the position of Secretary of State in the Labor Ministry, and decision to dismiss Adrian Ionut Gadea from the position of Secretary of State in the Ministry of Regional Development. I am now giving the floor to the Secretary- General of the Government, Mr. Victor Ponta. Victor Ponta: Thank you. Good evening! I did not expect and neither did you, and to be frank, I did not want to see each each other so soon, in this place but life puts us in unexpected situations - and now, we are in an unexpected situation and in an abnormal one. I want to announce you that Prime Minister Grindeanu proposed me yesterday to join his team in this altogether abnormal period for the functioning of a Government, the Romanian Government or any other Government, in a civilized country. I said: - yes immediately, although I was not in the country yesterday, I said I would come to his help, because I think that Sorin Grindeanu deserves support for the right things he wants to do. You can easily fancy that the office of Secretary- General was not exactly in my career plan or on the wish list of public offices, but I do not think it is not the case here for vanities. I think we should ensure the functioning of government for the good of all citizens. Government has never belonged and will never belong to a party(...) but it is the Government of Romania. It cannot be closed in such a manner, as a supermarket, during a political crisis, it is well known, it should work even in abnormal situations. And Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will do this, and I will support him in this capacity which for sure, I will occupy temporarily. To be very clear: the person who proposed me this post, counted very much. I have known Mr. Grindeanu for many years, he is an honest man, as all from Banat are, a serious man. He was requested to accept the office as Prime Minister. He did not request it, in December, and even if the start was very hard, and with many problems - it was normal to be so, over the last days, I have seen a strong, determined Prime Minister, self - confident, with a vision of the future, of Romania's future, and frankly, of PSD future, if PSD wants to have a future anymore. This is why I am willing to help him with all the experience, knowledge I accumulated in previous positions. I have been many times here, holding various positions, and I can do this, accepting Prime Minister's proposal and his request for support, with all political risks and responsibilities I am trying to assume. I want our future steps in the next days to be very clear. First of all, it is about a limited period of time, but we do not know how limited it is, to keep the government activity going, which was hit by a wrong political decision taken by Mr. Dragnea, our colleague. And although I realize the current position is not easy, I have a very good knowledge of the central government to be able to back the Prime Minister in fulfilling his tasks in the period ahead. Obviously, the next period depends on political developments. If the censure motion lodged by the very PSD against the PSD Cabinet will not gather the required number of votes, then, you imagine it is already about a long term activity, in which Prime Minister will try to have a functional Cabinet and majority, and I would like to remind you that Mr. Tariceanu had a minority government during 2007 -2008, but that Government worked. If the censure motion - that I am sure that very many PSD lawmakers will not vote as it is against PSD Cabinet, if motion passes, nevertheless, then, until a new Prime Minister voted by Parliament is appointed, Mr. Grindeanu should ensure the functioning of the Government. I want to remind you that there were ad-interim periods in this country, of up to three months, and you cannot close the Government at Mr. Dragnea's wish. There are governmental measures which cannot wait, in this period, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Ministers should come to office, as it is about public interest and they still hold the office, they should take care. I refer first to the fact that until July 1, accreditation is needed on management agencies, and intermediate bodies for European funds, that the semester must be closed, this with respect to budgetary situation - collection, spending and the rectification to be prepared, that there are international meetings. Romania, as you know, I congratulated Prime Minister Grindeanu for this initiative - filed an official request to host in Bucharest - the European Medicine Agency. I can give you the example of very many things which cannot wait for the resolution of the political crisis and which will further be dealt with by Prime Minister Grindeanu with my support and the support of Ministers. I am absolutely convinced that at least Prime Minister Grindeanu has desire for dialogue, even now, at the eleventh hour, for the Government to return to a normal functioning, have a normal majority, I refer certainly to PSD - ALDE, and for him to exercise in the best way possible the office he held- not on his request, but on the request of those who consider him now very bad, all at once. I want to tell once again that I accepted the office and I consider myself honored to work with Mr. Grindeanu as he also worked with me, as long as we work for public welfare. I am much content with the fact that I am working with him, as over the past three days, he passed a test which I have not seen so far, although I am in politics for enough time, it is almost a mafia test, namely: personal threats, so-called disclosures, or bribery attempts with highest-paying offices where frankly, Mr. Grindeanu had no reason to go, because he does not have the required training. The fact that he passed this test is for me as a Romanian citizen the decisive reason why I accepted this position, and I want you to be convinced that as of this evening- as my colleague has already presented - we have started working and the light will not turn off at the Romanian Government. If you have questions that you want me to answer, I will answer them as soon as possible, and afterwards, I return with the Prime Minister to take the required measures.(...) 2017-06-16 22:32:00 ale premierului Sorin GrindeanuȘtiri din 16.06.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has decided to dismiss Mr. Mihai Busuioc from the position of Secretary -General of Government and appoint Mr. Victor Ponta in this office. The decisions have been published in the Official Gazette, after being countersigned by the Secretary of State Alexandru Mihai Ghigiu, following the repeated and unmotivated refusal of Mr. Mihai Busuioc and Mrs. Andreea Lambru to sign the decisions of the Prime Minister of Romania. Also, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has sent to the Presidential Administration the proposals to vacate the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds. The nominations for ad interim appointment of Mr. Augustin Jianu as Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, and of Mr. Sorin Grindeanu as Minister of Internal Affairs have also been sent. 2017-06-16 20:43:00 Sorin Grindeanu l-a primit, la Palatul Victoria, pe omologul său luxemburghez, Xavier BettelȘtiri din 16.06.2017 release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel discussed developing and diversifying bilateral economic cooperation Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel. They discussed about Romania-Luxembourg cooperation, developing economic relation according to its potential, identifying new opportunities and diversifying cooperation in areas such as: IT, communications, tourism and the banking sector. In this context, the Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned the fact that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg ranks ninth amid foreign investors in Romania, with investments of nearly EUR 1.6 billion in the last year, and underlined the importance of Luxembourg economic mission in Romania led by the Hereditary Grand Duke, scheduled for 2018. - We want to give more substance to our economic relations, based on the potential of the two economies, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel conveyed in his turn, the interest of Luxembourg's investors in Romania, emphasing at the same time the importance of Romania's image as a stable country. The two Prime Ministers discussed also about topical files of European interest such as: Brexit, EU future or the digital single market, the opinions expressed in this respect being similar or convergent. - We back the strengthening of European project, advancement of integration, despite the multiple challenges we are facing. We also underlined the importance of maintaining the functionality of the Schengen area, and we reiterated Romania's objective to join the Schengen area, pointing out the fact that Romania ensures the de facto security of an important part of EU external border stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, these topics being approached also from the perspective of Romania's first mandate at the EU Council Presidency, in the first semester of 2019. Other topic approached during the meeting was the opportunity that Timisoara's holding the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021 represents for Romania, taking into account including the successful experience from 2007 of the partnership between Sibiu and the capital city of Luxembourg. 2017-06-16 13:41:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 15.06.2017 20:00:00 Sorin Grindeanu: „Germania este principalul partener comercial al României”; Wolfgang Büchele: ”Stabilitatea este cheia dezvoltării afacerilor”Știri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a delegation of German businesspeople headed by Wolfgang Buchele, Chairman of the Board, German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. Germany continues to be Romania's main trade partner, with an amount of trade exchanges exceeding EUR 26 billion in 2016, and an important portfolio of companies with German capital investing in our country - 26, 100 companies, and a volume of investments of nearly EUR 5 billion - underlined the Head of the Executive. Romania is an attractive business environment for investors, through tax incentives it grants and through public policies to support the entrepreneurs. There are also special investment opportunities in areas such as: transports, infrastructure, agriculture, regional development, environment and research, underlined Prime Minister Grindeanu. Prime Minister reminded that in the first quarter of this year, Romania had a 5.7 percent economic growth compared to the same period last year, which is the highest in the EU. Mr. Wolfgang Buchele underlined the interest in the continuation of this success story between Romania and Germany, showing that the German businesspeople are interested in investing or extending their businesses in our country. Stability is the key to business development, pointed out Wolfgang Buchele, adding that well-qualified labor force and adjusting the educational curriculum to the market's needs are essential too. The representatives of the German businesspeople mentioned at the same time the importance of legislation predictibility and simplification of bureaucratic procedures. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the delegation of German businesspeople appreciated the bilateral relations between the two states, especially the economic ones and also the development opportunities. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace were also: State Advisor Dan Neculaescu and Germany's Ambassador to Bucharest, Cord Meier - Klodt. 2017-06-15 14:13:00Întrevedere_cu_președintele_comitetului_economiei_germane_wolfgang_büchele03.jpgColaborarea bilaterală în domeniul apărării și în cadrul NATO, pe agenda întrevederii premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ministrul britanic al Apărării, Michael FallonȘtiri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu received today, at Victoria Palace, the British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon who is paying a visit to Romania. Also attending the meeting were: National Defence Minister Gabriel Les and Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania, Paul Brummell. The two delegations discussed about developing cooperation in the defence area, both at bilateral level and within NATO and about developing the European security and defence policy, especially in the context of the latest terrorist threats of the sort of those that affected Great Britain too. - We want to develop our cooperation and we will continue to promote the relationship with NATO as vehicle for strengthening the continent's security stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. The Head of the Executive also reminded the fact that Romania allocated 2 percent of GDP for defence and intends to maintain the same level of funding in this field. In his turn, British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon expressed Great Britain's interest in cooperation with the EU states in the field of security and defence, even after Brexit. The British official also appreciated the Romanian military's contribution within NATO missions. 2017-06-15 14:02:00Întâlnire_cu_ministrul_britanic_al_apărării,_michael_fallon03.jpgPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a discutat despre dezvoltarea relațiilor economice cu o delegație condusă de prim-ministrul Landului Saxonia, Stanislaw TillichȘtiri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich who is paying a visit to Romania, accompanied by an economic delegation interested in establishing relations with economic partners in Romania. The Head of the Romanian Executive outlined on this occasion, Romania's good economic position at present, achieving a 5. 7 percent economic growth in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, the highest growth in the EU. - We want to maintain this pace and to maintain Romania stable and in the right direction stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. In his opinion, this requires that Romania fully speed up the absorption of European funds and investments over the next period. As regards EU funds absorption, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu mentioned that all required documentation to accredit the Management Authorities was sent for auditing, Romania thus managing in just few months, to recover the delays from the last two years. In his turn, Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich underlined the delegation investors' interest in finding business partners in Romania. In addition to large companies, renowned ones, carrying out their activity in Saxony, a small and medium sized industry developed independently too, one willing to compete with these companies including on the Romanian market. - We want to invest where the labor force is available and there are opportunities for economic development stated Stanislaw Tillich, underlining that Romania has a well-trained human resource. Our conclusion is that Romania has real chances to materialize these projects and this requires stability. We will back you in this respect, was the message of Saxony's delegation. On the other hand, the Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich added that Romania was extremely important as regards the joint future of the EU member states, being very appreciated by Germany including at high level when it is about supporting the European project. As regards relationship with Germany, which is a strategic one, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outlined that dialogue with German states is particularly important for Romania that wants to further develop it. The Head of the Executive referred to the Romanian - German collaboration in the field of education, and to the tradition of the good relations with the Saxon community, but also to the community of Saxony-based Romanians who integrated well and made an important contribution to overall German economy and the economy of Saxony. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu also reminded that Romania would be honorary guest of the Leipzig Book Fair in 2018. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace were also: State Advisor Dan Neculaescu and Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, Cord Meier - Klodt. 2017-06-15 12:17:00Întrevedere_cu_prim-ministrul_landului_saxonia,_stanislaw_tillich02.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 14.06.2017[Check against delivery] Allow me to tell you few things. First of all, I want to thank all Romanians for support. Frankly, I am impressed by all the messages I have received over the last days. First of all, I thank the PSD mayors and members who telephoned me and sent me messages and I equally thank those Romanians who are not involved at all in politics but who sent me those messages on facebook. You should know that they meant a lot for me and this is why I start this press conference by thanking you all. I want to add something at the beginning, namely the fact that I have been member of this party for 21 years and my colleagues who know me very well from Timis, know that many times, I told them the following thing: PSD is not somebody's PCF, PSD is not the PCF of either Sorin Grindeanu, Liviu Dragnea, Nicolae Badalau, Stanescu or others. The strength of this party consists - the December 11 election is testament to this - in the hundreds of thousands members who worked and and led us to victory in elections. That was the strength , as I said, of this party in all these years, and I want to thank them first of all for all their support along years for the party whose members they are. I want to clarify certain things about the CEx(National Executive Committee of PSD), because I have seen some overtones that werent quite like that and I think it is good to tell them appropriately, frankly, transparently, without any kind of interpretation. First of all, I want to convey to many of the CEx colleagues that I am sorry that they went through this unpleasant experience, an experience which is not the first. If we look back in time, there have been experiences of this type, at least in the last year, an year and a half, in the party. I am aware of all things, and of everything that happened even before the CEx, and this is why I am keen on apologizing for the fact that owing to this situation too, they got to live such an experience. I heard earlier Mr. Liviu Dragnea stating that he wasnt sure that this CEx would end with the withdrawal of the political support and the attempt to dismiss me. I dont want to tell you that things werent like that, but I tell you how they are now. Namely: why all this time — and I will not name names — including several instances tonight, was I offered the chair of several public institutions so I will resign or be a part of the future govt, as minister or deputy prime-minister, etc? Moreover, I heard Mr Chairman Liviu Dragnea saying that he wouldnt have wanted for me to leave, but, at the same time, he tried, as I was saying, to persuade me to accept other offices. This is to clarify this situation, which I think needs to be clarified. Further on: I will not resign! And I am telling you why! I have the obligation to act responsibly towards Romania and towards the party I am part of. You should know this Government is Romanias Government, it is not the CExs Goverment and I believe we should all feel responsible for this and I feel responsible. I will resign and I repeat what I said in the CEx: when President Iohannis, after consultations with the parties, will nominate a Prime Minister for the PSD. I believe that it is normal towards those hundreds of thousand of people, towards the score that PSD got in the elections, for this to happen and I do not want, as much as possible, other scenarios to enter the discussion, it is exactly for this that I am doing this. My resignation, I repeat, is the moment when President Klaus Iohannis after consultations with parliamentary parties, will say: - Yes, I appoint Prime Minister Mr. X or Y from PSD. I announced this in CEx and I reaffirm it today before you, in front of all Romanian citizens. I also understood that I am considered guilty that we do not have various things enunciated for one hour and something by Mr. Darius Valcov on the Executive committee meeting. I want to further clarify the fact that I am not clinging to this office and I do not want my action to be seen as clinging to this office. No. I said I would resign in those conditions. I said it in the National Executive Committee of PSD too. I hope this crisis ends as soon as possible. Returning to the famous measures: I saw that about 390 to 400 measures had to be done in the first semester of 2017. I would ask you to have a look, I understood that I was considered guilty for not carrying out measures from the government programme with 2018 as deadline. I would kindly ask you to take a look at these things, to study them. I quote a measure, which as Mr. Valcov's analysis puts it: has not been achieved in these six - month term of office: development of economic relations with the Russian Federation. I know that we are still a EU member state and we must observe the EU sanctions. Maybe Mr. Valcov and the rest know something else. And this is why I must leave, perhaps. Although the economy is running very well - it is not me to say this but European bodies - and some Ministers worked, large share of them, after all these things in CEx, I proposed to Mr. Liviu Dragnea to assume together this supposed failure: namely, to resign both. I did not see that happening or perhaps, I missed it in the later statements. One month ago, on May 19, President Dragnea said: I am pleased with all Ministries, both as citizen, chairperson of the Chamber of Deputies and as president of party. I repeat, one month ago, on May 19, What changed in the meantime, what happened, I did not manage to find out in the CEx meeting either. You should know that I did not want us at all to reach this very difficult moment for PSD and for Romania. Before this meeting, I tried to understand why this fury to change its own Government, after only six months in office, a Government that has achieved performance and has delivered results. I wanted to find out why for more than one month. Mr. Liviu Dragnea and others you have watched on TV speaking about reshuffle, analyses, resignations, etc. It has been very difficult for me and it is still very difficult to understand where from these things are. Why do you have to put pressure on your own Ministers, whom you nominate? I have not found any answer, but one, perhaps, namely the desire of one man to have all the power. I do not see another answer. The only. Allow me and I think it is normal to do so, to tell some of the achievements that this Government has managed to have in five months and something. Romania has been crossing an extremely good economic period and we have the big opportunity that year 2018, the year of the centenary and yera 2019, when our country holds the EU Council Presidency, to find us very stable economically and for us to successfully meet our objectives. Let us see where we start from in these five months and a half: the highest economic growth in the European Union, 5.7 percent, Romanians' purchasing power grew by 15.4 compared to last year, similar period, the smallest inflation in the EU, 0.4, more than 110, 000 new jobs created in this period, we are the country with almost the smallest unemployment percent in the EU: 5.3, among the smallest. Direct investments in Romania have amounted to EUR 1.3 billion, a record level of exports of 11.5 percent in the first quarter, the highest after 2012. I would like to tell you a new piece of information, over the latest hours, the representative of the European Commission's Mission on EU funds, on the new exercise, stated that everything is all right to a great extent, but we need stability for the measures' approval. We were asked who was to sign the documents next week. As regards foreign relations, if you looked there, you could see a problem. I and my Governemnt colleagues tried over this period to build, to strengthen the relations of our country. I would mention as you know, the visits to Israel, Austria and recently to Croatia, and especially last week's visit to France, where I agreed together with my counterpart, Prime Minister Philippe to work together at the important European files, advancing at the same time Romania's strategic and economic interests. We are also in an extremely good position to become OECD members. It is a target we want to attain this autumn. Over this period, I heard on sources about an evaluation of the Government, of Ministers, of myself as Prime Minister. I attended throughout this period all kind of meetings, with the party president and party colleagues, and I can tell you the following: I, as Prime Minister of Romania, I have seen this evaluation for the first time, this evening. To me, this is not a fair method and modality. I think that this evaluation - I told this my colleagues too - should be done, first of all, through dialogue with me, as Prime Minister, and secondly, with each Minister for it to be as real as possible. Great majority of Ministers did not attend meetings of this kind and alike, for them, it was a first time, they saw for the first time like me this evaluation conducted by Darius Valcov who as far as I know, is not a PSD member any longer. I expected, I did believe in what was announced, namely that famous commission within the party in charge of analyzing the activity of Government, Ministers, etc. I have not found out to date, and I do not know anybody else apart from Darius Valcov to be part of that commission. Nobody knows who is part of it. I along my party colleagues were entitled to know who is part of it. This is why I believe that what has happened today, through this evaluation, was a justification for telling me: - You must leave, you must resign. I have a table with the measures of the government programme and I will also request you to consult the archive and see that in March or April, at other National Executive Committee of PSD, held in Sinaia, an evaluation was conducted after the first quarter. In the first quarter, the Government had to implement 43 measures, and 54 in the second quarter. Of all these together, at this moment, 54 were fulfilled 100 percent, 34 are in progress and those unfulfilled, are 9 not hundreds. Nine! Among the adopted measures, I would enumerate the following: increase by 20 percent of the minimum wage for those in the public sector, increase by 15 percent of wages in education and healthcare, two key - areas for the Government I am leading, increase to 1450 lei of the income of assistants for persons with disabilities, and takingover these payments in full by state budget, the prevention law, covering 75 percent of the expenses with accomodation and rent for those who get hired at more than 50 km from domicile, and of course, increase in the minimum wage per economy to 1,450 lei. Returning to that thick presentation of Mr. Darius Valcov, I state that I could rarely see something alike and I will give you the following examples. Among non-achievements, he included the two measures that the PSD president himself Liviu Dragnea publicly stated he would give up: zero VAT on housing - is point 38 - and point 39, zero VAT on advertising. I really did not answer and I do not know what to say. As regards taxation - budget, 18 of the 40 unfulfilled measures have deadline in 2018, 4 in the quarters 2 and 3, and 5 have no deadline, are to be fulfilled during the tenure. But they were all considered as non-achievements of Grindeanu and Viorel Stefan. In connection with education: both I and the Minister are reproached that we did not develop programs for the development and training of all children from birth to majority. On foreign policy, what I have mentioned earlier; non-achievement: development of economic relations with the Russian Federation is deemed as non-achievement. The PSD Government did not develop and recognize these relations in these six months. I assume it. At chapter 18, point 4, promotion of the enlargement process and supporting in this respect the Western Balkan countries is also a non-achievement. And, this despite the fact that a few days ago, I returned from Croatia, where I talked about how we can promote the Balkan countries, given that Romania will take over the EU presidency. As conclusion, to better understand the role of this evaluation conducted by Mr. Valcov, some figures needed to be achieved, some things so that to give a reason to show that this Government did not do its duty and must leave the office. Frankly, it is a pity for the members of the party I am a member of and it is a pity for Romanians. I think we deserve more, more respect. I also believe that today, PNL, USR, President Klaus Iohannis are very envious on the service that PSD did to them, namely through the manner in which PSD or CEx - I apologize I do not want for PSD with its hundreds of thousands members to be confused with the CEx, therefore, CEx made a present to PNL and USR and to President Klaus Iohannis through the manner in which they presented this evaluation report, and an opposition to Government was invented inside the PSD. I want to further tell you two - three things: I will remain in PSD, I have been a member of this party for 21 years and I repeat what I have said at the beginning: PSD and the strength of this party is not given by CEx and the 60 people that I respect. Do not believe I do not do this. The strength of this party is given by the hundreds of thousands members. I had a strong belief when joining PSD in 1996, and I still hold this belief. I conclude by telling you that it was outlined - in order not to be misunderstood - that I will remain Prime Minister until President Klaus Iohannis will nominate other candidate from the party who won the elections, and that is PSD! I do not want us to risk, even if it seems so at present, this moment opens all options. I want the party I am a member of to remain in office and this is why I have said what I have said earlier! Thank you. Questions. (...) 2017-06-14 23:00:00ászló Borbély: Strategia de Dezvoltare Durabilă trebuie actualizată și corelată cu ”Agenda 2030 a Organizației Națiunilor Unite”Știri din 14.06.2017 11:46:00 Legea internshipului în online și offline. Vă așteptăm la prima dezbatere publică, pe 17 iunie, la ONGFest Știri din 13.06.2017 first public debate on the Internship Draft Law, drawn up by SGG, the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at ONGFest. The civil society representatives and all those interested in contributing to the completion of this law are expected on June17, between 1.00 pm and 2 pm, in Herăstrău Park, Charles de Gaulle entrance. ( The debate will be attended in addition to representatives of public institutions, by civil society partners who were part of the working groups designed to identify the regulatory need (Students Union of Romania, the Romanian Youth Forum and the VOLUM Federation). Discussions will focus on integrating people into the labor market by creating internship opportunities, on internship contract and allowance, Employment Allowance Fund for employers who convert internship contracts into work contracts and on other topics related to organizing and conducting internships in Romania. Also, in the online environment, the initiators are awaiting proposals, suggestions and opinions on this draft law, at the email address: within 10 calendar days from the date of its publication on the site (June 9 - 18, 2017). The Draft Internship Law has entered into the public consultation process, in accordance with the procedures provided by Law no. 52/2003 on decisional transparency in public administration. The draft internship law can be found here: The Romanian Government is holding a debate as much applied as possible with public and private institutions, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, for the regulation of internship programs and the relationship between interns and the host organization. We look forward to seeing you there! 2017-06-13 15:37:00 Sorin Grindeanu a discutat cu o delegație a Băncii Mondiale despre perspectivele parteneriatului cu RomâniaȘtiri din 13.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a World Bank delegation that consisted of Arup Banerji, the Regional Director for the EU countries, Tatiana Proskuryakova, the new Country Manager for Romania and Hungary, and Elisabetta Capannelli, the former Country Manager for Romania and Hungary, at the end of her mandate. Discussions aimed at the prospects of the partnership between Romania and the World Bank. - We desire the continuation and development of this very important partnership whereby the World Bank has given Romania added value, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. The World Bank representatives also expressed their willingness to continue the partnership with Romania and to provide it support for the development of new projects, wishing to know, for this purpose, the directions in which the Government deems the World Bank's assistance necessary. 2017-06-13 14:58:00Întrevedere_cu_reprezentanții_băncii_mondiale_arup_banerji01.jpgVizita oficială a premierului Sorin Grindeanu în CroațiaȘtiri din 09.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has discussed with Croatian officials about the prospects for boosting the economic and cooperation relations within the EU Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, on official visit to Zagreb today, had meetings with the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic. The discussions aimed at the current state of Romanian - Croatian relations and prospects in the context of the 25 anniversary of bilateral relations, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit being at the same time the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister in Croatia after ten years. - We highlighted the desire of both states to consolidate, intensify and deepen cooperation, both at bilateral level, and as partners within the European Union, and NATO allies, stated the Head of the Romanian Executive. In terms of economic relations, there is an important growth potential which should be fully capitalized, taking into account that the bilateral economic exchanges stood around EUR 270 million. During discussions, both parties expressed their willingness to identify new opportunities to render the economic relations more dynamic. A first step in this respect is the Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy, signed today in Zagreb, a Romanian - Croatian economic forum being due to be held this autumn, in Bucharest. Romania and Croatia intend to intensify cooperation in other areas as well, pertaining to projects of bilateral interest, and joint European policies - the cohesion policy, common agricultural policy with a view to harmonizing stands within the European Union. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu emphasized that Romania's foreign policy has two important components, namely strengthening the European project and the strategic partnership with the United States. - The European project is facing challenges that we need to address united, because we are stronger that way, and this can be done by strengthening the European project, security being part of it, stated the Romanian Head of Executive. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu reminded at the same time that it was for the first time when the Romanian Government allocated 2 percent of GDP for defence. During the Romanian Prime Minister's meetings in Zagreb, the senior Croatian officials appreciated Romania's economic progress, they congratulated our country on its 10th anniversary of EU accession, and thanked for the political and tehnical support that Romania granted to Croatia during its Euro-Atlantic integration. Other topics addressed in Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's discussions aimed at cooperation within Danube Startegy, both as regards navigation projects, and environmental protection, preparation for Schengen accession, stability in the region, as well as strengthening the European project with a view to improving the functioning of institutions and their getting closer to citizens. Both parties endorsed at the same time the promotion of all bridges between the two countries in the areas of culture, tourism and energy. The agreement regarding mutual protection of classified information was also signed in Zagreb today. The Romanian delegation also comprised Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, George Ciamba, Secretary of State - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mihai Daraban, President of Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković Andrej Plenković:I am glad that today, I have met with Prime Minister of Romania, the friend Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu who is visiting Croatia on the 25 th anniversary of collaboration. I am glad that we have discussed various topics. It is about our economic collboration, bilateral collaboration, I am glad to emphasize the fact that in 2016, Croatia was visited by approximately 100,000 Romanian tourists who visited both the seaside, as well as the rest of the country. Also, one of the topics addressed pertained to our minority. I am extremely glad to mention the fact that the Romanian Prime Minister was born in Caras-Severin, where there is a numerous community, the Croat minority in Romania, a minority that was visited by various Ministers, Secretaries of State along the year. I recall here the Secretary of State at the Office for Croats Abroad , Zvonko Milas, who visited the Croat minority. I hope that this minority further benefits of the Romanian Government' support with a view to preserving identity and why not, to acceding to higher education space, in universities and so forth. Thank you. We have also discussed about the Danube Strategy, the EU region. Therefore, this cooperation within EU is particularly important for both states, as there are riparian states of Danube. It is about relations, the Danube navigation strategy, economic trade along Danube, but at the same time, about environmental protection. I want to outline here the fact that Mr. Gordon Radman became President of this riparian committee, one of a very important significance. Therefore, the two regions Osijek - Baranja, (...) and the other county, together with Vukovar are very important in the context of Danube cooperation. I am glad that a collaboration contract was signed between Vukovar and Constanta. We have discussed about the economic component. We have also discussed a lot especially in connection with people interested in export and import, I am very glad of the fact that agreements were signed today between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. This is an activity prior to the economic forum to be held in autumn. We have discussed about European topics too, especially about two countries endorsing the cohesion policy. In this respect, I want to outline and to hail the fact that Madam Corina Cretu, European Commissioner, I understood that she visited Croatia or at least backed the project of building the Peljesac Bridge so that an amount of EUR 375 million from the Regional Policy Fund was granted to Croatia. We have discussed various topics, we will also address them during the luncheon. Certainly, we intend to advance the harmonization of issues related to Schengen area. Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you, Prime Minister. First of all, I want to emphasize my satisfaction of paying a visit to Croatia, and I am glad that I am the Romanian Prime Minister to visit your country after ten years. My presence in Zagreb has another important significance, as it takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and Croatia. I want to underline from the beginning the substantial and consistent dialogue that I had today with Prime Minister Plenkovic. We will meet again today. We have discussed the state and the prospects of the bilateral relations, and as Mr. Prime Minister said, we have both agreed that there is a very good cooperation relationship between Romania and Croatia. We have highlighted the desire of both states to consolidate, intensify and deepen cooperation, both at bilateral level, and as partners within the European Union and NATO allies. Today, as you know, two documents were signed — the Agreement regarding the reciprocal protection of classified information and the Memorandum of understanding regarding the collaboration between the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Economic Chamber of Croatia. The signing of both documents shows the intention of both states to intensify bilateral relations. We agreed that, from the perspective of economic relations, there is an important growth potential which should be fully capitalized. I have expressed the desire to have new opportunities identified in order to render economic relations between Romania and Croatia more dynamic. Last year, commercial exchanges between Romania and Croatia stood around EUR 270 million. The potential for growth is huge and we wish, regarding the economic component, to fully capitalize on this growth potential. I hope the Economic Forum in autumn organized on the occasion of the visit of the Croatian President to Romania to be the perfect occasion to further embolden these economic relations. At the same time, as Prime Minister Plenkovic mentioned, we discussed about the importance that the Romanian community in Croatia and the Croatian minority in Romania play in the bilateral relationship, representing genuine connection bridges between our countries. Surely that we will deepen in further discussions the issues that pertain, as Prime Minister Plenkovic mentioned, to European common projects, common policies that both Romania and Croatia support, namely cohesion policies, the European common agricultural policy. It is important that we will be able to harmonize through our positions the points of view within the European Union. Thank you! Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr. Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, taking into account the latest problems that the European Union is facing, and I may mention here the nationalist movements, also Brexit, and the somehow uncertain situation between Europe and the United States, which might be the medium and short term solutions to revitalize the European project and if you could exemplify some directions in this respect. Thank you. Andrej Plenković: Thank you very much. Indeed, you very well remarked on the populism existing within various EU member states, even at the latest elections for European Parliament. These expressions are often against the system, and they have very, very many negative connotations. This conclusion- we established together at the level of the European Council too. The best example is the negative referendum inside the Great Kingdom of Great Britain. Within these UK election, Nigel Farage, UKIP, in a peculiar electoral system, was designated as member, he made use of the policies and milieus of the institution in which he does not believe. Therefore, making use of a flagrant mistake, he managed to manipulate a consistent and considerable number of voters at the referendum and get the: - NO. The same UKIP at the election taking place not long time ago, took no seat. Of course, because of other electoral model and because of mistake, I outline it once again. Therefore, our colleagues' responsibility is to refresh the joint project powers in compliance with the Rome Agreement, and especially on the occasion of the 60th anniversary since its signing this year, which of course puts emphasis on the political element, the economic element, the sectoral element, therefore, on funds within these...Therefore, to refresh this global power, at global level, of the European Union and in this respect, we are very glad that France elected its leader as well as the members of its Parliament, therefore pro-European, so that both France and Germany will continue to be the leaders of this process of strengthening the EU project and we, as member states, we can contribute significantly to the creation of this European identity. Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr. Prime Minister Grindeanu, what is your opinion about the security situation in Europe, in the context of this anti-missile shield being stationed in Romania and if this anti-missile shield being stationed in Romania means in fact the militarization of Europe. Sorin Grindeanu: Romania's foreign policy has two important components: on the one hand, strengthening the European project, on the other hand, the Strategic Partnership with the United States. On the one hand, Europe, the European project, the European Union are facing challenges that we need to address united, because history shows us that we are stronger together than separated. This can be done by strengthening the European project, security being part of it. Romania is part of NATO, and it is for the first time since our NATO membership, when the Romanian Government allocates 2 percent for Defence. We are making all these investments in defence as part of NATO's endowment strategy. Therefore, security is extremely important for us- and not only for us. Thank you. *** Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay an official visit to Croatia, on Monday, June 12, in which he will have meetings with President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall will also be part of the Romanian delegation The items of bilateral and European interest on the meeting's agenda in Zagreb will be addressed including from the perspective of debates on the future of the European Union, with both Romania and Croatia, endorsing the need for cohesion and solidarity inside the EU.The topic is of interest for both countries, given that Romania has already started to prepare for its first tenure as president of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019, and Croatia will hold this presidency a year after Romania, in the first semester of 2020. The two countries also intend to cooperate for their accession to the Schengen Area, which was highlighted including in talks that Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had with Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Davor Ivo Stier, in March at Victoria Palace. During the visit that the Romanian delegation headed by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay to Croatia, the Agreement regarding mutual protection of classified information will be signed, as well as the Memorandum of understanding regarding cooperation between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. 2017-06-09 16:57:00 de stat Borbély László: ”O economie verde funcțională ar trebui să constituie o prioritate a omenirii”Știri din 08.06.2017 19:02:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la ParisȘtiri din 08.06.2017 release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu: Romania and France will work together to strengthen the European project Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today, in Paris, a bilateral meeting with his French counterpart Édouard Philippe. The Romanian Prime Minister congratulated the French Prime Minister on taking office and stated that President Emmanuel Macron's victory in the elections and the formation of the new Cabinet represent a chance to re-launch the European project. The two officials discussed about the excellent relations between the two countries, and also about the prospects to intensify cooperation, especially the economic one. In this respect, the two Prime Ministers agreed to set up some intergovernmental mechanisms to deepen cooperation in areas such as: energy, infrastructure, agriculture, or digital economy. - The Romanian Government thanks France for the constant support granted to our country in major projects. I would like to reaffirm Romania's commitment to strengthening the privileged relations between our countries, and I am sure that together we will work very efficiently to strengthen the European project, in accordance with our joint interests, stated the Romanian Prime Minister. - Romania is an important partner for France, in addition to our cultural and historic links, there are very many French investors on the Romanian market and I have noticed a growing interest on the part of other companies too, that want to invest here, highlighted the French Prime Minister. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe thanked and accepted Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's invitation to visit Romania. The two Prime Ministers also discussed about Romania's preparedness to take over the EU Council Presidency as well as about Romania - France Cultural Season 2018-2019. - An important project, Romania - France Cultural Season 2018-2019, is approaching, which will be a huge opportunity to speak about our joint cultural heritage, stated the French Prime Minister. Other discussion topic pertained to the security and defence within EU. - We are in favor of advancing a more consistent EU profile in terms of security and defence. This construction must be complementary to NATO, stated the Head of Romanian Executive. During discussions, the French Prime Minister showed that France supports Romania's efforts for the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification to be lifted, but also its accession to Schengen area. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit to France aims at contributing to the consolidation of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries and of the economic relations given that the trade exchanges are on an ascendant trend. In 2016, the bilateral trade amounted to nearly 8 billion, by 10 percent more than in 2015. End of visit statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, I would say a few things about what happened yesterday, an important step, namely: Romania's accession to the Nuclear Energy Agency. It is an important step to attain the objective of becoming OECD members. I had a discussion with the OECD Secretary General, Mr. Gurria. We are on the right path, we can attain this very important objective for our country. We gave this example last evening too, and I will make a comparison: if NATO accession brought us, to Romania, security, EU accession brought us prosperity and economic growth, OECD accession which represents a target we can attain, will bring us respectability. We are determined, it is one of our foreign policy's priorities. As regards the file and everything we have to do, we are very close to the finish line, which represents a victory and will represent a victory for our country. Extremely important. This was the role of my last evening's visit. Today, we had a meeting as you know, with the French Prime Minister. He is at the beginning of his term of office, our today's visit is the first visit of a counterpart here, during his tenure. The aim of this visit pertains to strengthening our strategic partnership with France. All items and all important dossiers from the point of view of both countries were discussed. I will mention some of them, namely how we can contribute together to strengthening the joint European project - and this is one of our targets - especially from the perspective of the fact that I asked and received assistance and we will receive assistance regarding the organization of Romania's future presidency of the 2019 European Council. There are things we want to discuss beforehand, in order to see the priorities on the European agenda in early 2019. I told you about this item, extremely important, consolidation of the European project. We also discussed about the bilateral relations between Romania and France and very many issues related to strengthening economic relations were addressed. As you know, trade exchanges between Romania and France amounted to nearly EUR 8 billion at present or at the level of 2016, by 10 percent more than in 2015. Therefore, the trend is ascendant. It is room for better, to improve and rise the level of these economic exchanges, and I mention some areas, such as: infrastructure, energy, agriculture, digital economy. There are things we discussed, and I thanked France for its support along history. They were with us all the time, when we became NATO members, and EU members, France supports Romania's accession to OECD. In connection with Schengen, CVM, European common defence policy, these are dossiers in work that you all know and we harmonized our points of view. I would conclude mentioning our excellent cultural exchanges and the Romanian - French season which appears to be the most important cultural event in the last ten years, from this perspective. I invited the French Prime Minister to come to Romania. We share political experiences, he too worked in the local administration. He is about to pay visit to Romania in the near future, exactlly to strengthen the Romanian - French relations. Reporter: Prime Minister, if you allow me! Sorin Grindeanu: Please! Reporter: Prime Minister is in France, President is in the United States at a time when the geopolitical alliances seem to be reset. Can Romania for instance link US and NATO global policy and the EU's global policy, which somehow seems to deteriorate? Sorin Grindeanu: There are two strategic directions for Romanias foreign policy: on the one hand, strengthening the European project, as Romania is a EU member, and on the other hand — strengthening the strategic partnership with the United States of America. These are the two foreign policy pillars our country needs to strengthen, and this is the right direction. All contacts, all visits are more than welcome exactly to consolidate these two extremely important directions that are complementary, they do not exclude each other. Reporter: If we return to the situation in Romania, we know that there is an ongoing evaluation of Ministers. Mr. Dragnea stated that although he did not want any Minister to leave the office, everything depends on the party's evaluation. Are there some first conclusions regarding this evaluation? Sorin Grindeanu: I kept on answering this question.These evaluations are a normal thing, some are to be conducted by the coalition leaders. It is a political government, one based on parliamentary majority, evaluations are to be conducted both at the level of Government and Prime Minister. Is it a perfect Cabinet? No, there is always room for better and for improving the activity. I want all these things to lead to an improvement of the Romanian Government's activity, so that from this perspective, things are as clear as possible, as told by me and by President Dragnea two days ago. Reporter: Nicolae Badalau is considered close to Liviu Dragnea. Do you think he spoke on his name or is it a shared opinion at the level of the party, at the level of leadership? Sorin Grindeanu: I will not answer anything else more than I said, I do not give replies, and I do not want to make speculations. Reporter: In case of mounting pressures, do you exclude a resignation? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to make speculations as I told you. I want the Government's activity to be upgraded. A lot of good things have been done, we should continue them, and this is my role, that of the team, and not only of those who back us in the coalition and in Parliament. I see things from this perspective. Reporter: Are you affected in any way that the ruling coalition does not fully support you like it did at the beginning? Sorin Grindeanu: No. How did you reach that conclusion? Reporter: Are you affected in a any way by this pressure, perhaps even in the relationship you have with your Cabinet colleagues? The Prime Minister's authority... Sorin Grindeanu: Prime Minister's authority isn't affected in any way. I see things as I told you earlier, and my role is to try, together with the team I am leading, and not just the governmental one, the extended team, to do what we pledged to people and this is our role. Replies or issues which are not related to my agenda and the agenda of the Cabinet I am leading, I did not give and I will not give. Reporter: Was the Cabinet reshuffle discussed? Is it a topic of discussion? Sorin Grindeanu: To date, things have taken place as you said. The coalition is conducting a continuous evaluation, I have it too. There are things I consider normal and not necessarily replacements of Ministers..are important, these changes where things can be better done so that we can improve the activity. Reporter: How do you think that this evaluation will end? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not make speculations. Reporter: What were the grievances and what Ministers were targeted? You mentioned certain grievances at a certain point. Sorin Grindeanu: I do not do this on TV. Reporter: Will you oppose if the coalition parties ask that a certain Minister leave the office, or will request it although you feel that he does his job? Will you oppose it one way or other? Sorin Grindeanu: There are no tensions, no things of this type, all time, there should be arguments over why you can do a thing, why the activity in a certain area was at a lower level. We are discussing based on arguments, not anything else. Reporter: I would ask you about this activity: there are repproaches that the Government did not assume important projects of the government programme, and I would refer here to the sovereign fund, salary law, all reached under the form of legislative initiatives in Parliament, assumed by MPs, not the Government. Sorin Grindeanu: These decisions were taken together in coalition, therefore, it was not the Government's decision. On the contrary, the Government gave its assent on the salary law. I am glad and I congratulate the MPs for having suceeded in a relatively short time to pass this very important law for our country and which reset all this budgetary system on fair bases. It is a very good thing and I congratulate them once again. This is what we wanted, a dialogue to exist between Government and Parliament, and as the discussion was around which way to promote these laws and it was considered necessary or useful to promote the aforementioned laws at a more alert pace, directly through Parliamentary initiative. That was the only...(...) 2017-06-08 10:08:00 Grindeanu: Statutul României de membru al Agenției pentru Energie Nucleară este un succes pentru pregătirea aderării la OCDEȘtiri din 07.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu attended today, in Paris, the ceremony for the accession of Romania and Argentina to the Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD (NEA), that took place in the presence of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria and NEA Director-General William D. Magwood. Becoming a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency is a step forward for Romanias nuclear sector, as this will secure access to the best practices, statistics and research and will provide a consistent input for the Governments nuclear power decisions. It will also make us more resilient to asymmetrical challenges we are currently facing in the energy and climate domains, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized that this is also a success for the preparedness of Romania's accession to OECD. - The Government strongly believes that Romania is fully prepared to start accession talks with the OECD, based on its merits and economic results. We are looking forward and we are optimistic that a decision in this regard will be adopted soon, added the Head of the Executive. On this occasion, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria stated: Romania will contribute to NEA works, with its excellent technological and research capabilities. We are marking today a new beginning for the Agency, all members will benefit of the expertise Romania and Argentina can provide in the field of nuclear safety. Romanias delegation attending the ceremony also included Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan, Rodin Traicu, chairman of the National Commission on Nuclear Activity Control(CNCAN), Horia Grama, President of the Nuclear and Radioactive Waste Agency(ANDR), Radu Puchiu, National coordinator for the relation with the OECD, as well as Luca Niculescu, Romanias Ambassador to France. Romania thus joins the 31 NEA member states, countries with the most advanced nuclear programmes in the world. Through this accession, it is acknowledged that Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry, and it uses a safe nuclear technology, being fully committed to adopting the best practices in the field. In the context of his visit to Paris, Prime Minister Grindeanu had a meeting with OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria this evening. Additional information: Romanias accession to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of OECD is the outcome of several years of cooperation, involving the participation of Romanian specialists in the exchange of expertise and good practices within the NEA committees regarding the sustainable and responsible use of nuclear energy. Romania officially submitted its candidacy to become a NEA member in October 2016. Romanias nuclear programme went afterwards through an evaluation process by the NEA Secretariat, a joint effort involving the Romanian relevant ministries, representatives of the nuclear industry and research institutes in the field, as well as the Inter-ministerial Committee for Romanias relationship with the OECD. This dialogue revealed that Romania is meeting the standards of NEA member states with advanced nuclear programmes. It also revealed a joint interest in strengthening cooperation between Romania and NEA in the areas of nuclear technology, nuclear research, radioactive waste management and nuclear security. OECDs decision reconfirms Romanias long-term commitment to nuclear energy development and international cooperation. Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry and it uses safe CANDU-6 nuclear technology. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the ceremony for the accession of Romania and Argentina to the Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD Dear Secretary General Gurria, Dear Director General Magwood, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, I am very pleased to be here today to accept on behalf of Romania the invitation to become the 33rd member of the Nuclear Energy Agency. This is an important moment for the Government of Romania, and I would like to thank Secretary General Gurria, the Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency, and the member states for the excellent cooperation. At the same time, let me thank the Romanian team that had worked very hard. I also want to congratulate Argentina for their success. Our accession demonstrates the relevance of the Romanian nuclear program, its technological and industrial added value, and above all, its safety standards. Becoming a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency is a relevant step forward for the nuclear sector in Romania because it will grant access to best practices, statistics and research, and will ensure a consistent input for the Government's decisions on nuclear energy. It will also make us more resilient to the asymmetric challenges we face today in the areas of energy and climate. At the same time, our accession is an opportunity for the Romanian experts to join the elite network of international experts from countries that share the highest nuclear standards. Finally, this is also a success for Romania in advancing the cooperation with the OECD. We know that the future enlargement process of this organization is being discussed and will be a part of the debates to take place tomorrow. My Government strongly believes that Romania is fully prepared to start accession talks with the OECD, based on its merits and economic results. We are looking forward and we are optimistic that a decision in this regard will be adopted soon. Thank you! 2017-06-07 21:16:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Ekaterina Spasova Gheceva Zaharieva, viceprim-ministru pentru reforma justiției, ministrul afacerilor externe din BulgariaȘtiri din 07.06.2017 RELEASE Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu discussed with Bulgarias Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva about Romanian - Bulgarian friendly relations and future cooperation modalities Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Bulgarias Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva discussed today, at Victoria Palace about the bilateral relations of good neighbourhood between the two states as well as about ways in which they can be developed as regards both the European agenda and specific joint projects. Romanian-Bulgarian cooperation is a priority, you are neighbours and European partners, stated Grindeanu, emphasizing the positive trend in economic cooperation and prospects for developing ties between the two states in the areas of energy, industry, transport and the environment. The Head of the Romanian Executive also highlighted the joint priority objectives related to the European agenda, with emphasis on keeping in place the EUs cohesion policy and common agricultural policy. In her turn, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform, Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva hailed the close links between Romania and Bulgaria, outlining the need to maintain and strengthen them including by coordinating positions on all aspects of common interest. Mention was made of Bulgaria taking over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2018, maintaining EUs cohesion policy and common agricultural policy being one of the priorities. Justice reform, the fight against corruption, bilateral cooperation for the end of the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) as soon as possible, and for an end to airport control of internal Schengen flights were some of the topics discussed during the meeting. The officials also underlined shared positions on topics including Brexit, accession to Schengen Area and the Syrian file. In connection with short and medium term specific projects, the officials addressed the need for finding solutions to streamline traffic at the common border between Romania and Bulgaria in order to eliminate long waiting lines at customs, as well as the issue of prioritising the construction of a new bridge over the Danube River to capitalise on European funds. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu mentioned the meetings of the Romania-Bulgaria-Serbia trilateral cooperation format, announcing that he is scheduled to meet his Bulgarian counterpart soon. 2017-06-07 13:54:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la deschiderea Forumului Capitalului Românesc – ediția a doua, organizată de Intact Media GroupȘtiri din 07.06.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Romanian Capital Forum Sorin Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the organizers for the invitation. I think that such events are important and welcome, as we have the occasion to sit at the same table - Government and business sector - and to discuss in an applied way about the measures we should take to strengthen domestic capital. In April, as Mrs. Stoicescu said, I met some of you at the Government headquarters, it was a very good working meeting and I want this to become a routine in the relationship between the state and the Romanian investors. I said back then and I would like to repeat it now too, that we will not hesitate to take appropriate measures to protect and support the interests of the Romanian private sector. Romania is heading to a good direction, and the prospects are encouraging. Therefore, we have to make sure that we will keep the same pace and that the economy is functioning on solid, competitive and sustainable bases. This is why the Government'strategy is that whereby its measures, to move the drivers from consumption towards those areas which boost productivity and foster new job creation; currently, the first priority of the Romanian Government is to promote investments, especially regarding infrastructure development. It is an area on which our country's development and prosperity depend, and it is no use adding more, each of us is aware of this. You may have noticed that things have sped up in this field, I often pay visits to the Transports Ministry and I want to visit in the shortest time possible working sites, as on the spot, things may not look as good as on paper. To give you one example, this month, auctions for lots 1 and 5 of Pitesti-Sibiu motorway and lots of Pitesti-Craiova, the entire road section, will be launched through the electronic system of public procurement. At the same time, I know very well that road infrastructure, as I said, is important, but not enough. A simple radiography of Romanian entrepreneurship shows very clearly: the challenges if I can call them so, that you are facing: excessive red tape, suffocating controls, lack of skilled labor force, competition on the part of the eurozone and lack of fiscal stability. I have mentioned some of the challenges that you faced. I would like to address each of them today and to find together the best solutions because we have a common interest, namely the development of the Romanian capital. It is very true that your businesses depend on what decisions the Government makes, but at the same time, we too depend on the good course of your businesses because you are the ones who create jobs and bring money to the state budget. First of all, I want to tell you some things about cutting through red tape. A first step was taken whereby the law which eliminated 102 taxes and which had a positive impact . Nearly 8% more limited liability companies were set up in February and March this year as compared to last year. As you know, we are preoccupied with and we are analyzing the possibility to eliminate other taxes as of next year. We also want to simplify the formalities that need to be fulfilled in the process of obtaining the European funds. I kept on giving an example from the time I was president of Timis county council: in December, Minister Teodorovici was in office, and on POR, on the 6.1 measure, I signed documents for three days, because the requirement is to sign on each page of the project you are going to submit. It took me three days because I had to sign on each page. I gave this example, I will further give it, I also gave it on the meetings with European officials. It is not a requirement coming from the European Commission. These are things invented by us, and they represent one more barrier which some gentlemen and ladies invented to make this process even more lengthy. Clearly said - we no longer want hundreds of thousands of papers to be signed and stamped. European money is very thoroughly checked, and we should only see that this money will reach you. Any useful idea to simplify this process will be very appreciated and taken into account by us. As regards controls, I tell you one thing, namely, the prevention law appeared to be a big problem as I figured out that people misunderstood the term of prevention, and then, we had to change the name, to mean that we want a normalization of the relations between business environment and control authorities. Our interest is for us to be partners, to support you, and not to suffocate you with controls and fines. The project will enter emergency parliamentary procedure, and we hope it to reach as quick as possible the Presidential Administration for promulgation. Whereby this law, we are taking a first necessary step regarding upgrading the relationship between the business environment and us. The lack of skilled labor force is a problem that we need to assume. The solution from our point of view is to reform the educational system so that we can bring skilled personnel to the market. The Education Ministry has resumed the task of reforming this system. We need to be aware that it is a difficult process and a lengthy one, the deadline to come up with the education law is the end of this year. This law of education should be very well drawn up, and be submitted to an extensive public debate. There were meetings between that committee that is operating within the Presidential Administration, and the Education Ministry, steps have been taken in this respect. I told you that debate should be as extensive as possible, and the final product shoul be one to provide what I have said earlier. You should know that in all these years following the Revolution, the education law has been changed more than 100 times, even 150 times, articles amended, etc. This led to today's situation, unfortunately. Then, it is extremely important to come up with this law discussed with everybody, with you, with all partners which to provide this framework for the future. Other challenge that I recalled for Romanian capital is the competition which came from the eurozone. I know it is a tough one, but we need to cope with it through much innovation and increase of the support coming from us, from authorities. In this respect, Minister Petrescu will develop, we adopted some measures, such as; exemption from the payment of the corporation tax in the first ten years of activity for companies that are carrying out exclusively innovation - research - development activities, establishing a 1 percent tax rate for micro-enterprises with one or more employees, and eliminating the 2% tax rate for micro-enterprises with an employee. I have said earlier that Mr. Petrescu will definitely develop this subject. I would remind you of a measure, namely the guarantee by the state of 50% of the investment loans - up to 10 million lei - and / or of the credit lines for the establishment of the work capital of 5 million lei through the SMEs Invest Romania programme. I know there are many things to do in this respect, and better is possible, this is why dialogue with you is essential. I want to emphasize this, that we are always open to dialogue and consultation, and I want that each time when we have important public discussions, we consult each other, so that we make the best decisions. This principle should govern tax policies too, as both you and us want a stable and predictable fiscal framework. There are things that each of us want. I firmly believe that trust is the most important pillar for the development of a climate conducive to business, and hopefully, we made the first steps towards gaining this confidence. I think it is essential to have this dialogue now, as I told at the beginning of my speech, Romania has underwent a good period economically. We have an increasing economy, the biggest growth rate in the EU, 5.7 percent, exports are at a record level, in this respect, the month of March set a record: 5. 7 billion, the industrial output grew by 7 percent, being the highest growth over the last three years, and to give you one example, more than 100 thousand new jobs have been created from the beginning of this year until now. We have further potential to develop and I think that only together, through dialogue and cooperation, we can achieve this. I conclude by saying that: the door of Government and of each Ministry is always open for you, and you are welcome anytime to give us good ideas to put into practice. Thank you. 2017-06-07 13:30:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Ministerul Finanțelor PubliceȘtiri din 06.06.2017 16:11:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Carmen Dan, Ministrul Afacerilor Interne, Florian Bodog, Ministrul Sănătății, și Raed Arafat, Secretar de stat în cadrul MAIȘtiri din 06.06.2017 14:20:00 Sorin Grindeanu va efectua o vizită de lucru la Paris, în perioada 7-8 iunieȘtiri din 05.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay a working visit to Paris from June 7 to 8, 2017. On Thursday, June 8, Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with his French counterpart, Édouard Philippe . On Wednesday, June 7, Prime Minister Grindeanu will attend Romania's accession ceremony to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), in the presence of OECD Secretary - General Angel Gurria and of NEA General Director William Magwood. Prime Minister will also have a separate meeting with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria. At the ceremony of Romania's accession to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, the Head of the Executive will be accompanied by Finance Minister Viorel Ştefan. 2017-06-05 12:42:00 1 Iunie, Guvernul lansează Concursul ”Desenează România”Știri din 01.06.2017 11:48:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a Copilului 1 iunie 2017Știri din 01.06.2017 Today, on the International Childrens Day, I think it is a good moment to reflect on the future of our children in the light of our present actions. Children need emotional warmth to grow up nicely, but also responsibility on our part, in order to provide them with the comforts that are normal for a European country and equal opportunities as regards access to education and healthcare. I want a quality education system for Romanias children, a system to foster value, I want measures in place to prevent school dropout, conditions for them to grow up healthy and proud of the country where they were born. Lets cherish our children today and try each day to make their childhood as beautiful as possible, thinking of whats best for them and for their future! Many happy returns to all the children in Romania and the diaspora! Many happy returns to the children all over the world! 2017-06-01 10:12:00 elevi – miniștri pentru o ziȘtiri din 31.05.2017 11:19:00 Sorin Grindeanu a efectuat o vizită de lucru la Ministerul Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 30.05.2017 19:32:00ă_de_lucru_la_ministerul_afacerilor_interne02.jpg