RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-RO Participarea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la festivitatea de premiere a cercetătorilor care au obținut performanțe la Salonul Internațional de Invenții de la GenevaȘtiri din 18.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-awards-ceremony-for-researchers-who-achieved-performance-at-the-international-exhibition-of-inventions-of-genevaAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the awards ceremony for researchers who won medals at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva Minister, Dear researchers, engineers, and specialists, Dear guests, Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be your host at Victoria Palace. You honored Romania with your success at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. The community you represent is playing a decisive role in the modernization, development and progress of the society. You are trail blazers and your work contributes to economic growth and changes people's life for the better. The fact that at this edition of the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, you, the Romanian researchers, managed to present to the world inventions in various fields, shows a thorough and solid training of the Romanian research school. You enjoy our full appreciation for your performances and large - scale success in important fields for the entire society: healthcare, ecological farming, processing industry, eco-friendly transportation or the aeronautics area. The Government and the Ministry of Research and Innovation fully understand the contribution of your activity to Romania's development. This is why, we provided in the programme for government measures designed to show appreciation for the work of researchers and to stimulate investment in this field. Either we speak about eliminating the payroll tax for the research activity or about increasing the researchers's incomes or granting scholarships to young people engaged in research activity, we are preoccupied with fostering Romania's development projects. I want to assure you that you will always have a support in the Government I am leading, I appreciate your work and tireless involvement in projects which bring benefits to all citizens. I wish you greater success and as many valuable achievements in your activity! As Prime Minister, I want to thank you for your activity, and the fact that you raised Romania's flag to heights. Thank you and I wish you further succes! 2019-04-18 14:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_41_resize.jpgConferință de presă susținută de ministrul Sănătății, Sorina PinteaȘtiri din 18.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-18 14:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-18-02-45-00big_02_resize.jpgPremierul a transmis Președintelui României propunerile de numire a noilor membri ai Guvernului Știri din 17.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-submitted-the-new-government-s-nominees-for-ministers-to-president-of-romaniaThis evening, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă submitted to the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, the new Government's nominees for Justice, European Funds, and the Romanians abroad portfolios. At the same time, Prime Minister sent to Presidential Administration the revocation proposal of Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and also the resignations of the European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb, and of the Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero. Eugen Nicolicea, Member of the Chamber of Deputies is the nominee for Justice Minister, Oana Florea, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, the nominee for Minister of European Funds, and Tit-Liviu Brăiloiu, Member of the Senate, the nominee for Minister for Romanians Abroad. 2019-04-17 20:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-17-08-01-43big_sigla_guvern.png Prezentarea bilanțului rezultatelor obținute de Președinția României la Consiliul Uniunii Europene în primele 100 de zile de mandat, de către prim-ministrul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 17.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-presentation-of-the-100-day-stocktaking-report-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-eu-council Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's presentation of the 100-day stocktaking report of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: Good evening! I will make the 100- day stocktaking report of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. In each of the 100 days of mandate, the Government of Romania proved efficiency, determination and the capacity to find good solutions for the European citizens. The PSD - ALDE (Social Democratic Party- Alliance of Liberals and Democrats)ministers have coordinated difficult dossiers, some postponed from the previous presidencies terms, have negotiated and brought them to completion. We have proved that we have the strength and the skills to unlock talks regarding important issues for the European future and approach them in a practical manner. We have proved alongside the Permanent Representation and the Ministries experts that we have a strong, responsible team. I am sure that after this 6-month term Romania will be talked about as a country with a strong and respected voice in Europe. This is confirmed to me at all of the meetings with the European officials who congratulate us for the successes of our rotating presidencys term. In the first 100-day of this term, the Romanian Presidency has dealt with over 1,100 events and meetings, which means an average 11 meetings daily, organized in the country and in Brussels. This shows our capacity to bring to the dialogue table all the actors with a word in designing the European future. As Prime Minister, I took part in all debates on the most complex topics under discussion, and I actively participated in several events with political visibility. I will point out some of them: The European Summit of Cities and Regions - an event devoted to increasing economic, social and territorial convergence; The Tripartite Social Summit on A stronger, united and future-oriented Europe. In those summits, I highlighted the importance of the cohesion principle for shaping a united, cohesive and efficient Europe so that no one is left behind; The European Womens Council - We advocated better involvement and representation of women in politics, promotion of women in leadership positions, promotion of the principle of gender equality and the increased women's participation in the labor market. In line with our objective of promoting European values, we have continued the steps taken in February in Brussels at the conference - The Fight against antisemitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action- . Thus, we held in Bucharest, in March, other important event devoted to this topic, which represented a good opportunity to outline once again our commitment towards promoting common values and combating any type of discrimination. It was a very intense period in terms of legislative activity at the EU level, considering that the start of the campaign for European elections prompted the need to keep to a tight timetable for negotiations with the European Parliament. Our efforts materialized in substantial results in the negotiations on active legislative dossiers - we managed to finalize as many as 90 legislative dossiers, as they are all confirmed in the Council and in a great part in the European Parliament. Also, during these 100 days, the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council chaired negotiations materialized in the adoption of 24 Council Conclusions on different topics of interest at European level. I also assured the EU Council representation at six plenary sessions of the European Parliament, participating in 33 debates on various European topics. Moreover, the Romanian representatives co-signed as EU Council Presidency, 22 legislative documents together with the European Parliament. I salute the formal adoption in the Council earlier this week, as final step of the legislative procedure, of the common rules for the gas market, those for copyright, of the rules governing contracts for the sale of goods, and contracts for the supply of digital content as well as the specific functioning framework of the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon Europe. These are dossiers with major impact in EU, very complex and difficult to negotiate, which were finalized in Romania's term, through the consistent efforts of the Government, the teams of experts coordinated by Ministers and of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union. We succeeded in closing the review of the Natural Gas Directive, an extremely difficult and complex dossier for the Member States and for the European energy security equation. The Romanian Presidency played an essential role in these negotiations which guarantee that the rules of the Energy Union will also apply to gas pipelines to and from third countries. By reviewing the Natural Gas Directive, we sought to establish a stable, transparent, non-discriminatory regulatory framework and we brought more coherence in the relation with third countries. Directive on copyright in the digital single market The new regulations will help create a functioning copyright market with economic and social benefits for both creators and consumers. As regards the Horizon Europe Framework Programme, we obtained the increase of the financial resources to extend participation in this programme and to reduce the pay gap for researchers at EU level. Also, the common understanding reached by the Presidency and the European Parliament will contribute to reducing disparities and promoting excellence in research and innovation. An important milestone for the next period is represented by elections for the European Parliament that will take place on May 23-26, 2019. As Presidency of the EU Council, we have worked to create an enabling fair environment for elections. We established clearer rules for the protection of personal data and for sanctioning their use in order to manipulate the conduct and results of elections. At the same time, we pursued at Council level the coordination of Member States efforts to implement two key mechanisms: the European Cooperation Network on Elections and the Rapid Alert System allowing Member States to exchange information and send real time alerts in the event of incidents of disinformation. The Romanian Government has been actively involved in the Brexit negotiations. In our mandate, 15 legislative proposals were finalized and formally adopted at the Council level to limit the effects of a no-deal withdrawal of the UK. Our goal is to protect citizens and the business environment. That is why we made efforts and obtained decisions in key areas such as road and air transport, coordination of social security systems, Erasmus +, visas, and the functioning of the European budget for 2019. In 100 days of mandate, we have succeeded in reaching common understandings with the European Parliament on a number of priority sectoral proposals for the forthcoming Financial Framework, such as the European Defence Fund, the Digital Europe Programme 2021-2027, the Connecting Europe Facility, the Horizon Europe Programme, Space Programme, Justice Programme, Rights and Values Programme, InvestEU Programme or LIFE Programme. At the same time, the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council continued negotiations on the overall architecture of the future European budget which is to be agreed at the level of the European Council this autumn. We are currently focusing on drawing up a simplified and balanced negotiating document to facilitate European leaders debates at the June European Council and the decisions in the second half of the year. The Romanian Presidency has also made considerable efforts to advance negotiations on the post-2020 cohesion policy legislative package. In the field of migration, the Romanian Presidency contributed to the advancement of the discussions on all the components aimed at a comprehensive approach to this phenomenon, in line with the objectives formulated at the level of the European Council. We succeeded in reviewing the legal framework for the functioning of the European Migration Liaison Officers Network. We completed the negotiations on the extension of the mandate of the European Border Guard and Coast Guard Agency, one of the major security priorities of the EU lately. As far as the Union of Capital Markets is concerned, the rotating presidency held by Romania succeeded in closing some fundamental dossiers aimed at contributing to the more efficient financing of investment projects, with effects on economic growth and development. As I have said before, the citizens and the observance of their rights are at the core of all the actions of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. I mention here the conclusion of the negotiations and the adoption of several European regulations aiming at better working conditions for citizens, such as: the Regulation on the establishment of a European Labor Authority or the Directive on the transparency and predictibility of working conditions. I would like to offer you some other relevant examples of the benefits that the Romanian worker will enjoy: limitation to six months of trial periods; the possibility to request, after at least six months of seniority with the same employer, a job with more predictable and safer working conditions; the right to receive free training on the basis of Union or national legislation. But the directive also addresses the employers supporting their work. For them, certain administrative tasks are removed, allowing them to electronically transmit the necessary information to the public administration. This will help improve fair competition between companies on the Internal Market. Romania strongly supports the Internal Market and we want Romanian citizens, as consumers, to benefit from products of the same quality level with similarly presented products marketed in other EU Member States. I have extended due attention to strengthening consumers' rights in the European Union. In this regard, I mention the proposal for the Omnibus Directive, which introduces regulations on online transparency, customized price, and will help Member States to manage issues related to the elimination of the double standard. Romania has completed its work on this dossier and awaits the final vote of the European Parliament in its plenary session today. In May, the Council will formally adopt this directive. Support for farmers and better food security Maintaining the Common Agricultural Policy and supporting an adequate level of funding for direct payments and rural development represent a major priority of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. In this respect, Romania made its point in the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament on the occasion of the vote on the future Common Agricultural Policy. Thus, we obtained the elimination of the mandatory capping of agricultural subsidies, which ensures a balanced development for all European farmers without discrimination. At the same time, we came to an agreement with the European Parliament on the General Food Law, which will allow citizens to have easier access to full information on food safety and human health. The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council has also made considerable progress in the field of environment and climate change by finalizing negotiations on the decarbonisation and modernization of transport in the EU and by fulfilling the objectives of the Paris Agreement by cutting CO2 emissions by 30% for new trucks and buses by 2030. Also, for a cleaner environment, we finalized the dossier on the stricter rules on products and packaging that are among the top ten polluting items as frequency of occurrence on European beaches. Another area in which we have made important progress is transport, where we finalized negotiations on 12 dossiers concerning both road, rail, naval and air transport. I mention here the measures taken to limit the effects of Brexit in the field, as well as those related to the improvement of the safety of the participants in traffic or those related to the increase of transport competitiveness. In all the meetings we have had in the first 3 months of our mandate, we have achieved progress in relevant areas, such as the Western Balkans region, the EU-Turkey relationship, EU-NATO cooperation. A high-level conference devoted to this topic took place today in Bucharest. We also extended attention, of course, to the transatlantic relationship. We also consider capitalizing on the efforts already made to mark the anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, involve the EU in Black Sea regional cooperation, and foster cooperation with Central Asia, especially in the connectivity key. The debate on the future of the EU will continue over the next months. Romania is naturally among the Member States that promote the consolidation of the Union and the continuation of the process of European integration, in a united and cohesive manner. We believe in the European project and its future. We want a more deeply integrated, inclusive, more cohesive Union, a Union which, although marked by the Brexit process, has the ability to emerge strong and confident following this challenge. Romania has consistently promoted the importance of maintaining unity within the EU, without geographic, economic or social divisions, old Member States versus new Member States, or different speeds of European integration. We also need a secure Union capable of providing answers and solutions to current threats to citizens security, internal or external ones. Last but not least, we support a more active Union at global level, with appropriate instruments and resources to support this goal. The Government of Romania has focused its efforts in this respect and I hold the firm belief that the results of our work contribute to increasing the citizens confidence in the future of the European project. We will continue this approach for the coming period, including through the actions and steps that I will promote as Prime Minister, for an effective rotating Presidency that delivers the expected, desired and useful results to the Member States, European citizens and the business environment. Thank you! 2019-04-17 18:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-17-07-11-43big_03_resize.jpgConferință de presă susținută de ministrul Tineretului și Sportului, Constantin-Bogdan MateiȘtiri din 16.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-16 19:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-16-07-32-43big_sigla_guvern.pngAlocuţiunea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de premiere a sportivilor și antrenorilor români care au obținut medalii la recentele Campionate Europene de haltere și lupte, pentru senioriȘtiri din 16.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-16 18:53:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180215-dscf1387.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la evenimentul de prezentare a Raportului de fundamentare a Planului Național de adoptare a monedei euroȘtiri din 16.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-presentation-of-the-substantiation-report-of-the-national-plan-for-the-adoption-of-the-euroSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the presentation of the Substantiation Report of the National Plan for the Adoption of the Euro [Check against delivery] Mr. President of the Romanian Academy, Mr. Governor of the National Bank of Romania, Dear representatives of the academic milieu, Honored audience, Ladies and gentlemen, Romania's switchover to euro is a real country project which for its success requires the support of the entire society: academic milieu, trade unions, employers' unions, representatives of civil society, political parties and fundamental institutions of the Romanian society. I would compare Romanias adopting the European single currency with other projects that have decisively changed the Romanian society for the better - joining the North-Atlantic Alliance and the integration with the European Union. This is why we considered this process must be thoroughly prepared with the involvement of the entire society. As Prime Minister, I coordinated the session of the National Committee set up in this respect, alongside the president of the Romanian Academy, Mr. Aurel Pop, and the Governor of the National Bank of Romania, Mr. Mugur Isarescu, with the involvement of all institutions and bodies that contribute to the development of the Romanian society. The Committee's intense activity had the awaited results: a Substantiation Plan of a high scientific quality, a National Plan for the Adoption of the Euro anchored in reality, so that, through its implementation, Romania meets the undertaken target of adopting euro in 2024. The Government assumed politically the two documents important for Romania's switchover to euro, on the January 30, 2019 meeting, shortly after these documents were agreed in December by the National Committee. Thus, we can consider the date of January 30, 2019 as the starting point of the process of preparing the switchover to euro. The public presentation of the Substantiation Report of the National Plan for the Adoption of the Euro is welcome and follows a natural succession of the last year's activity, and works. I appreciate the initiative of the Romanian Academy as it is in line with the Government's preoccupation and desire for the ample process of switchover to euro to be undertaken by the entire society. As aforementioned, in order for the adoption of the euro to bring benefits to Romanians, it is essential to prepare the pre-entry phase, the European exchange - rate mechanism respectively, and to take the necessary measures to increase competitiveness and ensure sustainable economic growth. All ministries are involved in the transposition of the Action Plan, and the strategic documents are available to the entire society. The report analyzes the way in which the euro area is functioning, reveals how this can influence Romania's accession to eurozone, as well as the state of preparedness of the Romanian economy to attain this important objective. Three scenarios are being considered that show the timeframe in which Romania could reach a critical mass of real convergence (GDP per capita / versus the standard purchasing power) of 70%, 75% and 80%, respectively, compared to the Eurozone average, according to two annual average growth rates: A growth rate of 4%, based on the average gross domestic product growth rates for the period 2000-2017, and a more optimistic rate of 5%, starting from the assumption that Romania will improve the contribution of production factors to potential growth and will continue to implement structural reforms conducive to economic growth. The Government is aware of its responsibility to prepare Romania for the switchover to euro by boosting competitiveness and strengthening the good advance of the economy. We generated economic growth through stimulation measures, we keep this pace and we continue to act for reducing Romania's development gaps to other EU states. Under the programme for government, we proposed that by 2021, we exceed the 70% threshold of the EU average per capita GDP in the standard purchasing power. It is significant the fact that an important share of almost 54 percent of the last year's economic growth is represented by industry, agriculture communications and IT services. Also, the structure of exports is dominated to approximately 50% by the group of transport machinery and equipment, high added -value products, which totaled 32.1 billion euros in 2018, by 10.4% more than in the year before. These data are proof that Romania is on the right track and that the economic advance is sustainable. I am holding the firm belief that through economic stimulation measures and those aimed at backing competitive fields, through open and constant dialogue with social partners, there are premises that, at the horizon of 2024, Romania can meet the fundamental requirements of the switchover to euro. I congratulate the Romanian Academy for this initiative to publicly present the Substantiation Report of the National Plan for the Adoption of the Euro. Moreover, I appreciate the involvement of the academic milieu in the team effort represented by drawing up these documents, alongside the National Bank of Romania, state institutions, political parties, trade unions, employers' unions, NGOs. I would like to thank the three scientific coordinators: PhD Professor Aura Socol, academician Daniel Daianu, PhD Professor Ion Ghizdeanu, for the involvement in the intense activity of coordination and correlation of experts' contributions and of the members of the National Commitee's opinions. I conclude by underlining the Government's determination to implementing the measures of upgrading economy and significantly improving convergence with the EU's developed economies so that entry in the eurozone brings benefits for all Romanians. I congratulate you once again for the work done, the results achieved to date, and it has been an honor for me to take part in this committee alongside Mr. Aurel Pop, Mr. Mugur Isarescu, Mr. Daniel Daianu and all the other members of the committee. I hope your work materializes in results, so that this horizon I evoked before, can be attained as a crowning success of your work in this committee. Thank you! 2019-04-16 16:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180215-dscf1245.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu Secretarul Executiv al UNECE (Comisia Economică ONU pentru Europa), Olga AlgayerovaȘtiri din 16.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-executive-secretary-of-the-unece-olga-algayerovaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, April 16, 2019, a bilateral meeting with Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the UNECE (UN Economic Commission for Europe), in the context of the visit the UN official is paying to Bucharest to attend the International Conference The 2030 Agenda: Partnerships for Sustainable Development, event organized within the PRES RO programme. The meeting occasioned an exchange of views on the intensification of Romanias cooperation with UNECE and the development of interconnectivity projects in the field of transport between Western and Eastern Europe, the development and promotion of smart cities, of gender equality, being one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. The Romanian Prime Minister conveyed that sustainable development is one of Romanias commitments, including in the campaign for the candidacy to the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 term, our countrys motto is: the UN Security Council, a long-term commitment to peace, justice and sustainable development. At the same time, topics of interest for the regional dimension of Romanias co-operation with the UNECE were addressed. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă outlined that Romania, during the rotating presidency of the EU Council, attaches great importance to the development of regional cooperation in promoting sustainable development. The Executive Secretary of the UNECE has congratulated Romania for its commitment to promoting the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the appreciation for the successful organization of the international conference The 2030 Agenda: Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the context of its holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council. Moreover, the UNECE Executive Secretary invited the Romanian side to participate in the activities and initiatives of the Global Road Safety Forum. Additional information: The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was set up in 1947 by ECOSOC. It is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. The others are the: Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC),Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Member states: United States of America, Canada, EU member states, countries of the European Economic Area (EEA)(Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland), Western Balkans(Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Albania), Turkey, Eastern Partnership (Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan), Israel, Russia and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan). Romania is member of UNECE since December 14, 1955. 2019-04-16 13:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180215-dscf1118.jpgConvorbire telefonică a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu prim-ministrul Statului Israel, Benjamin NetanyahuȘtiri din 16.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-phone-call-with-the-prime-minister-of-the-state-of-israel-benjamin-netanyahuPrime Minister Viorica Dancila held a telephone conversation today, April 16, 2019, with Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, during which she congratulated her counterpart for the results obtained in the elections of April 9, 2019. The two senior officials also discussed about the good relations between the two countries, with an emphasis on the organisation, this year, of the next joint Government meeting (G2G), which will reconfirm the political commitment of the two Executives to develop and diversify cooperation actions, as well as the special nature of the bilateral relationship. The inter-governmental consultations will also represent a good opportunity to discuss joint projects in areas related to regional cooperation. Furthermore, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the results obtained so far by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, but also topical subjects of the international agenda. 2019-04-16 12:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-16-12-40-12big_sigla_guvern.pngConferința internațională Agenda 2030: Parteneriate pentru Dezvoltare DurabilăȘtiri din 16.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-16 12:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180214-dscf0823.jpgPrimirea oficială, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, a prim-ministrului Georgiei, Mamuka BakhtadzeȘtiri din 15.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-officially-receives-the-georgian-prime-minister-mamuka-bakhtadzeJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze Viorica Dancila: I will start by giving a warm welcome to Romania, to Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and the members of the Georgian Cabinet. We held constructive talks today and we reviewed the current state and the development prospects of the Romanian - Georgian relations in important fields of activity, such as: transports, energy and trade exchanges. I reiterated Romania's firm support for the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia, and I encouraged the continuation of the ambitious reform agenda promoted by the Georgian Government. The development of EU's relations with Eastern partners is a priority of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, context in which we actively engage in promoting the objectives undertaken within the Eastern Partnership. Other aspect which we addressed during today's discussion pertained to Black Sea security, which is a matter of utmost concern to both states. From Romania's perspective, Georgia's prosperity, security and stability are essential to the security and stability of the entire Black Sea region. This is why in addition to supporting an increasingly closer cooperation of Georgia with NATO, we are exploring the bilateral cooperation potential. I took this opportunity to reiterate Romania's firm support for Georgia's soveregnty and territorial integrity, in its internationally recognized borders. At bilateral level, I noticed that the results of our efforts to streamline the economic and trade dialogue have already started taking shape as there is an increase in the volume of Romanian - Georgian trade exchanges as well as of Romania's exports in Georgia. We both saluted these achievements and we agreed on regularly holding the sessions of the Joint Committee, for a full capitalization on the current potential. Overall connectivity refering either to relations among business, tourism milieus, or to interpersonal contacts in general is an important element and we will further support it. In this context, I want to encourage the Romanian companies to explore the business opportunities offered by Georgia. I thanked Mr. Prime Minister for the support and active involvement of the Georgian side in the Black-Caspian Seas freight corridor project which was jointly initiated by Romania and Turkmenistan. We also decided to speed up the efforts aimed at developing tourism between our countries, a sector with huge potential. We discussed today about further developing bilateral relations in the education and culture sectors as they are already based on solid cultural ties. In this respect, I am particularly pleased to recall the personality of Antim Ivireanul (Anthimus of Iberia) who was born on Georgian soil and who, alongside Diaconul Coresi, is the greatest editor and author of Romanian medieval culture. Finally, let me thank Prime Minister Bakhtadze for his presence in Bucharest and I assure him that Georgia will continue to be a friendly country and a partner for Romania. I am convinced that the partnership between our countries will intensify and generate beneficial results for the Romanian and Georgian citizens. Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, you have the floor. Mamuka Bakhtadze: Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister, for these warm welcoming words. I am glad to be in Romania, on my first official visit here, as Prime Minister. Romania is a very important country for us, we have a special relationship with the Romanian people. Friendship between Georgian and Romanian nations has developed along centuries and today's visit carries a symbolic importance to me as we are celebrating this year 300 years of friendship between our countries. Naturally, when speaking about friendship between our peoples, we have to mention Antim Ivireanul, Vahtang IV, and Constantin Brancoveanu. They have an inestimable contribution to the development of Georgia - Romania relations. I am delighted that we continue what our forefathers began. Today, we share many interests with Romania, we are a country with a very old culture, we are geographically connected countries too, we have access to the Black Sea, which generates unique opportunities for us to play an important role in developing our bilateral relations and also in our regional relations. Today, it is more important than ever to ensure security at the Black Sea and this is the message we have tried to convey to our Western partners for many years, as we believe that without security in the Black Sea region, it is impossible to talk about the security of Europe or the Euro-Atlantic area. We salute the decision adopted by NATO at the meeting of Ministers, aiming at a more active involvement of NATO in the Black Sea region security. On this occasion, I would like to thank our Romanian friends for the support granted very clearly all time. I would like to say that our relationship has a high level today. It is important for us to intensify economic relations even more in the future. We are prepared to have an ambitious agenda for the development of bilateral economic relations with a view to boosting the potential yet unexplored in the Black Sea region. The meeting which took place at Bucharest, on March 4, 2019 is extremely important in this context, and the Foreign Ministers of Georgia, Romania, Azerbaidjan, and Turkmenistan issued a joint political statement on developing a joint transport corridor. It is even more important for me, especially that I was among the authors of the new corridor in my previous capacity of director executive of the Georgian Railway Company S.A., and we are pleased to know that this truly wonderful idea is taking shape. We attach special importance to the interaction of Constanta port with Georgia's maritime ports especially that we are building a deep sea port in the country that will create new opportunities for economic cooperation. At the same time, we have innovative projects in the energy sector which will lead to a much better energy security of the EU and the European family, thus strengthening the role of Georgia in this respect. Considering all that I have said before, we naturally want our bilateral relations to become strategic, and this is our stance which we are openly declaring today. We appreciate Romanias active efforts during its EU Council presidency, because the idea and concept of Eastern Partnership (EP) must be maintained at a high level. On the tenth anniversary of the EP, we all agree that really significant progress has been achieved in many directions, nevertheless, we have noted a new trend in our joint efforts and we must have a new dynamic leading to a greater rapprochement and integration of Georgia in the EU. Georgia continues to successfully implement the Association Agreement with the EU, and this is the idea behind a roadmap recently presented by us in Brussels aimed at ensuring Georgias greater rapprochement with the EU and I am sure that Romanian friends will actively back us in this respect. Allow me to take this opportunity and thank our Romanian colleagues for their constant support for the sovereignty and territorial integration of Georgia. During this meeting, we also discussed current and very painful challenges that Georgia is facing. The Russian Federation continues to occupy 20 percent of our territory. The human rights situation is disastrous in the occupied territories of Georgia. It can be said that we are facing a humanitarian catastrophe in both occupied regions. Together with our partners, we created a peace initiative aimed primarily at halting the humanitarian disaster in these territories. Russia does not honor the commitments it undertook in 2008, and refuses to withdraw troops from Georgian soil. We are closely watching the policy of peaceful settlement of conflicts and we are grateful to the international community for its support. I would like to especially thank our Romanian friends from the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia for their contribution. Prime Minister, I would like to thank you once again for your warm welcome. I am convinced that our meeting and this visit will give us the opportunity to intensify and extend our collaboration to other sectors as well. Thank you very much! 2019-04-15 13:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190415-dscf0936.jpgPrimirea oficială, de către premierul Viorica Dăncilă, a prim-ministrului R. S. Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan PhucȘtiri din 15.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-officially-receives-the-prime-minister-of-the-socialist-republic-of-vietnam-nguy-n-xuan-phuc1555318406Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyễn Xuan Phúc [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: I am honored to receive today the visit of the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyễn Xuan Phúc. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucs visit represents an historic moment for the bilateral relations, being the first visit of a Vietnamese Prime Minister to our country after 1989. Our countries are connected through strong cultural affinities, also supported by the traditional collaboration in the education area, which over 4,000 Vietnamese citizens graduating university studies in Romania benefited from. In this respect, I appreciate the constant preoccupation of the Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association Association based in Hanoi, to mark every year the main benchmarks of the Romanian culture and to permanently promote the friendship ties between the two nations. I am pleased to point out that our countries assume with legitimacy and credibility the responsibility positions in the geographical areas of membership. As the Presidency at the Council of the European Union, Romania endorses the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement and the Agreement on the protection of the EU-Vietnam investments as soon as possible. In its turn, Vietnam as member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, backs the comprehensive development of the ASEAN - EU relations, including through the perspective of a Strategic Partnership between the two organizations. Over the past years, Romania and Vietnam registered a solid economic growth which shows a very broad bilateral economic cooperation potential. Acknowledging this reality provides a legal basis for our desire that Vietnam become an important partner of Romania in South-East Asia. The trade exchanges between our countries knew an upward trend over the past years. There are multiple economic cooperation opportunities in areas such as energy, oil and gas, automotive industry, information technology and agriculture. The business sector representatives of the two countries will have the opportunity to assess the investment potential in the above mentioned areas within the Bilateral Economic Forum organised today with the support of the National Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Vietnam. We agreed to speed up the national procedures establishing the necessary conditions to carry out exports of Romanian products of animal origin, honey and beekeeping products on the Vietnamese market. Moreover, today a Memorandum of Understanding in the agriculture area was signed between the relevant Ministries of the two countries. I underlined Romanias interest in developing concrete cooperation projects in the energy area. Morever, I evoked the excellent cooperation at the level of local administrations and the relevance of twinning agreements to promote trade, cultural, educational and tourism ties for the benefit of both parties. Our talks were extremely substantial and were part of a significant bilateral and international agenda, beneficial for both parties. I want to thank Mr. Prime Minister for the constructive dialogue and the openness shown regarding the cooperation between the two countries. 2019-04-15 11:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180213-dscf0198.jpgConferință de presă susținută de Daniel Suciu, viceprim-ministru, ministrul dezvoltării regionale şi administraţiei publiceȘtiri din 15.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-15 11:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180214-dscf0685.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de semnare a unor contracte pentru realizarea de proiecte de investiții în infrastructură, împreună cu ministrul Transporturilor, Răzvan CucȘtiri din 14.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-14 18:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180213-dscf0065.jpgMesaj adresat de prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă militarilor români răniți în AfganistanȘtiri din 13.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-13 18:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-13-06-36-05big_stema.pngParticiparea premierului României, Viorica Dăncilă, la Summit-ul șefilor de guvern ai formatului cooperării 16+1 / Europa Centrală și de Est – R. P. ChinezăȘtiri din 12.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-participation-in-the-summit-of-heads-of-government-of-the-central-and-eastern-european-countries-china-cooperation-format-16-11555077809 Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China Li Keqiang Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a bilateral meeting today, April 12, 2019, with the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China Li Keqiang. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format ('16+1′), which was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. On this occasion, topics of interest of the bilateral agenda were tackled, in the context of celebrating, in 2019, 70 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Romania and the People's Republic of China and 15 years since the establishment of the Ample Friendship and Cooperation Partnership. The Heads of the two Governments voiced their commitment to continue in a pragmatic, open and efficient manner the cooperation projects and the inter-human contacts in the established area. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila provided information on the recent amendments brought to the public-private partnership legislation and voiced the interest in involving Chinese companies in PPP projects. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced interest in opening a center of traditional Chinese medicine in Romania. Recent developments in the EU-China relations were also discussed. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized that Romania will continue to actively contribute to the consolidation of the EU-China Strategic Partnership and the implementation of EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy, adopted in October 2018. The Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China Li Keqiang voiced appreciation for the way in which Romania exercises its first mandate at the Rotating Presidency of the EU Council, passing on congratulations for the results achieved so far. Moreover, the talks between the two officials addressed the export of Romanian agricultural products to the People's Republic of China, cooperation in the energy field, the Belt and Road Initiative. The meeting occasioned an exchange of views on the 16+1 cooperation format prospects, the Romanian Prime Minister proposing that the Republic of Moldova becomes member of this initiative. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă invited her Chinese counterpart to pay an oficial visit to Romania. Moreover, the Romanian senior official got the invitation to pay a visit to the People's Republic of China. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format (16+1) Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended today, April 12, 2019, the Summit of Heads of Government of the CEEC - China cooperation format (16+1) held in Dubrovnik. On the occasion of her address in the plenary session, the Head of the Romanian Government saluted the launch of the 16+1 Coordination Mechanism for SMEs, hosted by the Republic of Croatia, as well as the Cooperation Initiative in support of SMEs development under a China-CEEC Interbank Association Agreement. Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă showed that among the Romanian presidency of the EU Council's priorities, there are topics of common interest for the 16+1 cooperation format participating countries, such as the Western Balkans region or promotion of interconnectivity and inclusion. Prime Minister highlighted Romania's interest in the increase of the European investment presence in the 16+1 cooperation projects, including with the support of the European financial institutions, taking into account the opportunities created by Euro - Asia Connectivity Strategy, EU - China Connectivity Platform, and the TEN-T Programme(TransEuropean Transport Network). In this context, the Head of the Romanian Executive underlined the importance of rail and maritime transport in the economic development of the central and East-European area by balancing trade exchanges with the People's Republic of China, and increasing inter-human flows, especially in tourism and business. During her address, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă announced the organization by Romania of the 7th ministerial meeting of the Dialogue on educational topics, in 16+1 format(May 17, 2019, Timisoara) and the 6th meeting of the Higher Education Consortium in 16+1 format(May 17-18, 2019, Timisoara). Last but not least, the Head of the Executive welcomed the inclusion of the Hellenic Republic as member of the China - CEEC cooperation format noting that our country supported Greece's inclusion in this format. Additional information: The European countries participating in the 16 + 1 format are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Hungary. 11 of the participating countries are also EU members. Romania hosted the second 16 + 1 Summit on November 26, 2013. In preparation of this event, in October 2013, a regular meeting mechanism for national coordinators and the practice of the final document - Guidelines - agreed by consensus, was inaugurated in Bucharest. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the opening of the Business and Trade Forum, held on the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format (16+1) Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended today, April 12, 2019, the opening of the Business and Trade Forum to be held in Dubrovnik, on the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central and Eastern European Countries- China cooperation format (16+1). Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan, coordinator of the Inter-ministerial Committee for economic cooperation projects with the People's Republic of China and the Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea attended the Forum alongside Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. This year's Business and Trade Forum brought together more than 900 representatives of the 16+1 participating states. Economic operators from areas such as: energy, IT and C, oil, tourism, education, as well as representatives of local public authorities and non-governmental organizations with economic profile attended the forum on the part of Romania. Their presence in this Forum is part of a wider effort to stimulate the involvement of Romanian companies in 16+1 cooperation format, given the opportunities offered by this mechanism aimed at developing connectivity between Asia and Europe. Participants in this Forum had the opportunity to present their offer of products and services and to discuss with current and potential partners. Both manufacturers and suppliers, purchasers and product developers and investitors attended this forum. Among the Business Forum's objectives, there were: promoting direct interaction, as well as strengthening relations between partners, suppliers, consumers and investors, identifying new business opportunities with products and services, exchange of information on recent economic and trade developments. Moreover, the website of the SMEs Coordination Mechanism in the 16+1 cooperation format, administered by Croatia was inaugurated within the Forum. The Heads of the delegation visited the the Expo on Cooperation in Education between Central and Eastern European Countries and the Peoples Republic of China and attended the Unveiling of the commemoration plate on - Global Partnership Centre. They met with the businesspeople who attended the B2B meetings within the Forum. The Cooperation Initiative to support the SMEs development under a China-CEEC Interbank Association Agreement was adopted on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit. Thus, Romania supports the economic, social and territorial cooperation among participating countries, promoting projects in which to participate in the 16+1 cooperation format, designed to strengthen regional cooperation with the People's Republic of China. 2019-04-12 13:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-12-02-16-28big_02_resize.jpgÎntrevederea viceprim-ministrului Viorel Ştefan cu reprezentanții Bank of China LimitedȘtiri din 12.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-12 13:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-12-04-52-48big_01_resize.jpgConferință de presă susținută de ministrul Culturii și Identității Naționale, Valer-Daniel BreazȘtiri din 12.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-12 12:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180211-dscf9714.jpgVizită în Croația - Participarea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, la Summit-ul șefilor de guvern ai formatului cooperării 16+1 / Europa Centrală și de Est – R. P. ChinezăȘtiri din 11.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-participation-in-the-summit-of-heads-of-government-of-the-central-and-eastern-european-countries-china-cooperation-format-16-1Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, April 11, 2019, in Dubrovnik, a meeting with Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia, on the occasion of her participation in the CEEC- China Cooperation Summit 16+1. On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers exchanged views on the status of bilateral cooperation. Both states' willigness to strengthen and diversify cooperation was highlighted, as well as the importance of continuing the political and sectoral dialogue, and holding a joint government meeting. The two senior officials put emphasis on the importance of economic cooperation, the objective being to identify new opportunities from the perspective of boosting the two states' volume of trade and mutual investment. The Romanian Prime Minister and her Croatian counterpart outlined the need to continue holding business forums and for closer cooperation between the Trade and Industry Chambers of the two countries. The two dignitaries saluted the role of connecting bridge played by the Croatian minority of Romania on the one hand, and the Romanian community in Croatia on the other hand, in strengthening the bilateral relationship. In addition to the bilateral relationship aspects, the status of the main dossiers on the European agenda was also approached, respectively the Brexit issues management, consolidation of the European instruments to combat migration, completion of negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework. In this context, both dignitaries discussed strengthening instruments on consolidating cohesion at European level, as well as the state of preparedness of the May 9 Summit. The Croatian Prime Minister congratulated the Romanian Presidency for the outstanding results obtained in the four months of the mandate. In the context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced appreciation for the good cooperation within the EU Presidency trio Romania - Croatia - Finland. The status of the Western Balkans countries' accession process to EU was on the discussion agenda. In this respect, the Romanian - Croatian support for advancing the Western Balkan countries' accession process to EU was reiterated. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the Romanian Government's support for the candidacy of the Croatian Foreign Minister for the position of Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with her Slovenian counterpart Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, April 11, 2019, in Duvrovnik, a meeting with Marjan Šarec, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, on the sidelines of her participation in the CEEC- China cooperation summit (16+1). During the meeting, the talks of the two Prime Ministers focused on deepening the bilateral relationship and cooperation at European level. The Romanian dignitary emphasized the importance of intensifying the political dialogue in order to re-launch bilateral relations and underlined the need to develop economic cooperation by boosting contacts between the economic actors of the two countries. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă invited her Slovenian counterpart to pay an official visit to Romania. As regards the European agenda, the two officials exchanged views on topical dossiers, such as Great Britain's exit from the European Union, migration, Europe's future, and preparation of the Sibiu Summit due in May. Last but not least, aspects pertaining to the cohesion policy have been discussed. *** Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă will attend the Summit of Heads of Government of the CEEC- China cooperation format(16+1), to be held in Dubrovnik, on April 11-12, 2019, in the Republic of Croatia. The Romanian Prime Minister will be accompanied by an official delegation including Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ştefan-Radu Oprea, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu and Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Costin Mihalache. The main events of the 16 + 1 Summit are: the plenary session of the Heads of Government of the 16 + 1 cooperation format countries, the 16 + 1 Economic and Trade Forum and the B2B meetings, the launch of the website of the 16+1 Coordination Mechanism for SMEs, hosted by Croatia, the Expo on Cooperation in Education between Central and Eastern European Countries and the Peoples Republic of China, the Unveiling of the commemoration plate on - Global Partnership Centre, established at the Sofia 16 + 1 Summit of July 7, 2018, by Prime Ministers of Croatia, People's Republic of China and Bulgaria. Moreover, the Head of the Romanian Government will participate in the signing ceremony of bilateral agreements and bilateral cooperation documents between Romania and the People's Republic of China: 1. Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing a Joint Working Group on Promoting Unimpeded Trade between the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania; 2. The Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Protocol concluded between the General Administration of Customs of the Peoples Republic of China and the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority of Romania, regarding the export of honey from Romania to the People's Republic of China. 3. Cooperation agreement between China Development Bank and Eximbank Romania on guaranteeing loans. The Dubrovnik Guidelines will be adopted on the occasion of the 16+1 Summit. Furthermore, on the sidelines of the 16 + 1 Summit, the Head of the Romanian Government will have bilateral meetings with her counterparts of the cooperation format countries. More information: The European countries participating in the 16 + 1 format are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary. 11 of the participating countries are also EU members. Austria, Belarus, Greece, Switzerland, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European External Action Service participate in the 16 + 1 cooperation format as observers. Romania hosted the second 16 + 1 Summit on November 26, 2013. In preparation of this event, in October 2013, a regular meeting mechanism for national coordinators and the practice of the final document - Guidelines - agreed by consensus, was inaugurated in Bucharest. 2019-04-11 08:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-11-08-49-29big_03_resize.jpgLansarea Programului Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României, ediția 2019Știri din 10.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-10 14:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-10-02-19-43big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclarații de presă ale ministrului Muncii și Justiției Sociale, Marius Budăi, după întâlnirea, de la Palatul Victoria, cu reprezentanții Alianţei Federaţiilor din IndustrieȘtiri din 09.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-09 14:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180208-dscf2433.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la evenimentul dedicat lansării celei de-a treia ediții a Campaniei „INFORMARE acasă! SIGURANȚĂ în lume!”Știri din 09.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-event-dedicated-to-the-launch-of-the-third-edition-of-the-campaign-informare-acasa-siguranta-in-lume-stay-informed-home-stay-safe-abroadAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the event dedicated to the launch of the third edition of the Campaign - INFORMARE acasă! SIGURANȚĂ in lume! (Stay informed home! Stay safe abroad!) [Check against delivery] Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, Dear guests, Today, we are launching the third edition of the campaign Informare acasă! Siguranță in lume!(Stay informed home! Stay safe abroad!) devoted to informing Romanians who are studying, working and living outside national borders. People who are correctly informed, are taking sound decisions, knowingly. As we assumed through the Programme for Government, the PSD - ALDE government stands with Romanians abroad to help them know and understand their rights and obligations, and the eventual risks they may fall prey to. This information campaign takes into account the realities faced unfortunately, by many Romanians who are leaving abroad, either to study , work or settle there. The lack of information put them in difficult situations in the host countries. Situations of workplace abuse, or cases of failure to observe their social rights, such as access to medical services or fair remuneration are still being signalled. Through this programme unfolding across the country, Romanians will know the most important elements of the legislation of these countries, pertaining to work conditions, consular assistance services. At the same time, this information campaign also includes data about the programmes that the Romanian Government is unfolding for their return and reinsertion such as: Diaspora Start - up, Start - up Nation, the first aimed at their return. Launched in 2017, as a pilot project in three counties, and extended last year nationwide, this campaign proves its efficiency. Official data shows a decrease in the number of victims of trafficking in human beings, development correlated with the effort to inform Romanian citizens about the risks of seasonal work abroad or the risks associated with illegal work. For the Romanian Government and for me, as Prime Minister, Romanian citizens are important irrespective of where they choose to study, work and settle. I promoted the diaspora related issues at European level too. Romania is the first state to hold a ministerial meeting devoted to European Diaspora in the mandate of the rotating Presidency of the EU Council. We further want this to be a priority topic on the European agenda as the success of the European project depends to a large extent on the integration of members of the communities belonging to the Diaspora. I congratulate Minister Natalia Intotero, for this initiative involving central, local authorities, civil society, aimed at supporting Romanians everywhere! Thank you all for having proven once again that together, through solidarity and dedication, we can achieve the results that citizens expect from us! Thank you! 2019-04-09 11:47:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-09-02-40-22big_1.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lucrările obiectivului de investiţii Pod suspendat peste Dunăre în zona JijilaȘtiri din 08.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-08 22:49:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_ac0q4729.jpgGuvernul României condamnă vandalizarea cimitirului evreiesc din HușiȘtiri din 08.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-romanian-government-condemns-the-vandalising-of-the-husi-jewish-cemeteryThe Romanian Government condemns the recent vandalism against the Husi Jewish cemetery, where dozens of funerary monuments were destroyed. In this regard, administrative measures required to identify and sanction those responsible for the attack, were taken. The Romanian Government reiterates its commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and to combating the incitement to anti-Semitism, encouraging solidarity as the foundation for a democratic and modern society. The Romanian Government maintains a constant dialogue with the President of Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania (FCER) Aurel Vainer, and also enjoys the Federations support for actions designed to promote the fight against anti-Semitic manifestations. Moreover, in the context of Romania holding the rotating presidency of the EU Council, promoting the effective fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism and deterring the hate speech represent one of the central themes of Romanias agenda in strengthening cohesion at European level. 2019-04-08 17:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-08-05-09-07big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la inaugurarea noului sediu al Sectorului Poliției de Frontieră (SPF) Isaccea al Gărzii de CoastăȘtiri din 08.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-08 16:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ac0q3909.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la inaugurarea oficială a Bursei de Peşte din Tulcea, obiectiv de investiţii finanțat din Fondul European pentru PescuitȘtiri din 08.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-official-opening-of-the-tulcea-fish-trading-exchange-investment-objective-financed-by-the-european-maritime-and-fisheries-fundSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the official opening of the Tulcea Fish Exchange [Check against delivery] Dear Ministers, MPs, and representatives of local authorities, Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to attend today the official opening of Tulcea Fish Exchange, project that the Delta fishers have awaited for more than ten years. One year ago, when we took office, alongside the team of Ministers I am leading, the Tulcea project was blocked, and few thought it would become operational in the near future. I would like to thank Minister Daea, the president of the county council, and you, all who got involved, for the perseverance and professionalism you have proven and look that this project has been finalized! Through the programme for government, the PSD - ALDE Alliance committed to capitalizing on natural, tourist and economic potential of Danube Delta. The rich fishery resource of the Delta deserves a truly functional competitive market, as agriculture and fisheries contribute significantly to the economy of Tulcea County and provide jobs for nearly 30% of the population. These figures furthermore justify the economic and social importance of the new Tulcea Fish Exchange, a project worth almost 6 million euros, funded by national and European funds. We have visited today the important technological points for the exchange market activity and the trading hall. I noticed the emphasis on adapting to the performance requirements of a modern fish exchange, in full agreement with the requirements of a competitive economy. The functioning of the fish exchange implies trading fish and fish products at a fair price, confirmed quality of the merchandise and eliminating black market speculation. We are helping fishermen and fish farms to develop their businesses, and the boarding houses will be able to provide tourists with truly traditional fishery products prepared from local fish. I appreciate the efforts coordinated by the team of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development that made possible to render the Tulcea Fish Exchange operational, within the deadline agreed with Brussels. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development opted for the functioning of the Tulcea Fish Exchange as a place of business of the Romanian Agri-Food Trade Office - Unirea - the newly set up structure within the Minstry, with full state capital, oriented towards attracting manufacturers in the regulated and taxed economic circuit. PSD - ALDE government's success in operationalizing this important objective for the Danube Delta confirms the attention we are granting to this unique area in Europe, in order to capitalize on its full potential. The Danube Delta is an important topic in the programme of our EU Council Presidency. The overlap of Romania's mandate as EU Council Presidency, in the first semester 2019, with Romania's mandate at the rotating presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), offers the opportunity of promoting on the European agenda the value added of regional cooperation and of developing cohesion through macro-regional strategies, respectively of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Ladies and gentlemen, We have an integrated vision on the development of this area. I am pleased to announce today, in Tulcea, a new government programme to revitalize the fisheries sector, aimed at supporting fisher families and encourage product processing. The governmental programme will include state aid schemes for aquaculture and for supporting the relevant food industry. We want better healthcare services, modern roads and safe transport for Danube inhabitants, as for all Romanians. In this regard, we introduce new mechanisms, simple and effective to fund local communities investment, the investment of rural inhabitants, and of the businesspeople who want to invest in rural areas. A program of this type is the Development and Investment Fund which ensures the funding of the territorial - administrative units for medical centers in rural areas, permanent medical centers, schools, kindergartens, nurseries, water supply and sewerage projects, modernization and rehabilitation of communal roads. Priority will be given to rural localities in need, as this is a priority for us. Other category of governmental programs for which we already provided commitment appropriations in the budget and which will kick off in the next months are those intended especially for local communities. The first programme refers to small businesses development and will consist in granting a de minimis aid of maximum 200,000 euros and guaranteed loan for building and equipment purchase for farms, medical centers and tourist boarding houses. Other programme will be devoted to - Rural multifunctional centers so that each commune inhabitants enjoy all necessary services - post office, banks, agricultural directorates, APIA or ANAF offices, have these services where they are living and they do not need to make trips to nearby towns. These programmes will be included in a complex scheme for regional development, which is designed to improve people's living standards. Dear guests, The Government will continue to back local projects designed to capitalize on the area potential and to contribute to the region's development. Nevertheless, I count on the support of local authorities because only together, through cooperation and sustained work, can we offer people a better life. I listened carefully to both the good things that you signalled and the problems you raised. I noted the existing problems, because I think it is our role to intervene and solve as many of these problems as possible. I lived in the Delta and I love the Delta. I know the problems faced by the Delta people. And your problems, believe me, are the problems of the mayors, the problems of the chairman of the county council, the problems of the Ministry of Agriculture and, equally, the problems of the Prime Minister. That is why, upon my return to Bucharest, alongside Mr. Minister, with a team, we will analyze each problem you raised, and as the analysis is not enough, we will try to come up with solutions. We consider it is important not only to be proud of this wonderful area in Romania, unique in Europe, but also to contribute to its development, to get involved in solving the problems both as regards the fishery and also the development of the localities of this area. To me, it is a priority. I hope that on the next visit I will make here, in Tulcea county, at the invitation of the chairman of the county council, alongside the Minister of Agriculture, the other Ministers, I will come up with solutions to the problems you have raised. At the same time, I request Mr. Minister to urgently form a working group that would involve people living in the area, those who know best these problems, as the solutions should fold on the existing reality in order to have the desired impact. I congratulate you again, Mr. chairman of the county council, Mr. Mayor, I congratulate all involved, I congratulate the Agriculture Minister for a first step - Tulcea Fish Exchange Market, and I hope this is followed by other steps equally important both for your activity and the local communities. Thank you! 2019-04-08 12:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_test.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a RomilorȘtiri din 08.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-08 07:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-07-05-39-29big_stema.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia militară dedicată aniversării împlinirii a 15 ani de la aderarea României la NATO și a 70 de ani de la înființarea Alianței Nord-AtlanticeȘtiri din 07.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-military-ceremony-devoted-to-the-15th-anniversary-of-romania-s-nato-accession-and-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-establishment-of-the-north-atlantic-allianceSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the military ceremony devoted to the 15th anniversary of Romania's NATO accession and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the North Atlantic Alliance [Check against delivery] Dear military of the Romanian Army, I am honoured to be here with you at the 15th anniversary of Romania's largest scale act in the history of its defence actions, but also in terms of contribution in maintaining peace and security in the world: accession to the North - Atlantic Alliance, in April 2004, alongside neighboring and friendly states: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. As Prime Minister of Romania, I salute on behalf of Romania, the decisive role played in the post - 1989 history, by Presidents, Prime Ministers, Defence Ministers, military of our country in fulfilling this desideratum of accession to the most powerful multinational defensive alliance in the world. I also welcome the extraordinary national consensus, at all levels, for taking this path, and I am glad that Romania's NATO accession materialized due to the patriotism, intelligence and efforts of a PSD government: the government led by Mr. Adrian Nastase. In this context, I particularly underline the sacrifices of our Army representatives for rapidly meeting the compatibility conditions with NATO standards, among which turning to a professional Army, and I salute the reserve or retired Romanian military who contributed to this major national success. Later on, in those 15 years since NATO accession, the Army contributed in an essential way, to establishing and defining a strategic profile of our country, within the North Atlantic Alliance, characterized by elements such as: significant participation in the Aliance's operations and missions, role in promoting the continuation of NATO enlargement process and the development of the Organisation's partnership relations, especially with neighboring countries, and also with those sharing the same values and principles. Romania understood long time before the NATO accession the fact that a responsible ally cannot but enjoy the status of security beneficiary, but it should also contribute to the Allies' efforts to ensure peace and stability in the world. We have determinedly assumed the responsibilities of a security provider in our region and in NATO operations. We have stood out as a predictable and trustworthy ally, as all the stances of our allies have showed, we have a respected and appreciated voice in the consultation formats within the Alliance. The Romanian Army has participated in peace-keeping and stability-keeping missions in regions such as the Western Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. This year we continue to be among the top five troop-contributing states to the Afghanistan mission. The decisions taken at NATO summits over the last five years have taken into account the voice of Romania, leading to the establishment of an advanced presence in the Black Sea area on land, air and sea, which has increased the security of the entire Alliance. Romania is the direct beneficiary of strengthening the NATO posture of defence and deterrence on the Eastern flank, by supporting the partners of our country in the Eastern neighborhood, namely the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine. We are hosting elements of the anti-missile defense system at Deveselu. We are prepared to cope with the new security challenges and we will continue to be an active contributor to ensuring the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area, and to projecting the Alliance's values in its neighborhood. NATO generated peace in the entire Euro-Atlantic community, it engaged in crises management, prompted stabilization and political dialogue in the conflict areas. It is Romania's duty of honor to remain an active and cohesive factor in strengthening collective defence and perpetuating the values that underpinned the creation of the Alliance 70 years ago. The Government that I am leading has responsibly undertaken its obligations within NATO. It is already the third year in which Romania allocates 2 percent of GDP for defence. We continue the military programs to endow the Army with modern equipment to protect our troops, to meet NATO standards, but also the current security challenges in our area or in the territories where we are participating in joint missions. We continue to remain an important participant in NATO operations to keep peace and stability in various conflict areas. On this occasion, I praise the professionalism and human quality of Romanian troops in operation theatres who have fully involved in defending and improving the lives of local populations, gaining their respect and friendship. You are extraordinary ambassadors of the Romanian spirit. We respect and thank you for this, dear military of Romania! At the same time, I pay special tribute to the heroism of the servicemen who have sacrificed themselves in the allied operation theatres in the spirit of military honor, reinforcing the prestige of our country as a loyal and trustworthy ally in NATO! We thank you and we shall not forget you! I hope that through the Alliance's efforts, consistency and values, we can also offer others the chance of choosing a new path, and surely, for a better future for the entire world! I thank all active military personnel of today, worthy successors of the countrys defenders to whom we owe today's Romania. I congratulate you on your performance and wish you success! We have absolute trust in you, which you honor every day, and I am proud to be able to greet you cordially on the occasion of the special event we celebrate today! Thank you! 2019-04-07 12:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-07-12-23-42big_01_resize.jpgVizită oficială a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Republica Slovacă, 5 aprilie 2019Știri din 05.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-the-slovak-republic1554474731 Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's official visit to the Slovak Republic. The Wreath -laying Ceremony On the sidelines of the official visit to the Slovak Republic, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă laid a wreath in the Slovak National Uprising Square of Banska Bystrica - a site evoking an armed insurrection launched by the Slovak resistance movement on August 29, 1944 in order to oppose the German troops occupying the Slovak territory and to overthrow the collaborationist government of Josef Tiso. The high Romanian official also laid a wreath at the Central Cemetery in Zvolen, dedicated to the Romanian heroes who sacrificed themselves while fighting between December 18, 1944, and May 12, 1945, for the liberation of Czechoslovakia. Built in 1958, it is the largest Romanian war cemetery abroad. Declared cultural monument in 1963, it is the final resting place to 10,384 Romanian military, alongside the military belonging to other participating states in the Second World War. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă and Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini Viorica Dăncilă: I would like to thank Prime Minister Pellegrini for inviting me to pay an official visit to the Slovak Republic. The Romanian-Slovak interaction is built on a sustainable foundation represented by historical and cultural affinities and converging interests, particularly at political, economic and military level, etc. The relations between our countries have known a positive dynamics, being characterized by consistency and continuity, both at high level and working level. I voice my hope that the new round of consultations held today with my Slovak counterpart will contribute to deepening political and sectorial cooperation between Romania and Slovakia. I uphold the continuation and intensification of Romanian - Slovak dialogue, coordination and cooperation on topics of interest on the bilateral, regional and European agenda, especially in the context of the exercise by Romania of the EU Council Presidency, and at the same time, in the context of Slovakia holding the presidency of the Visegrad Group, and of the Chairmanship - in - office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the presidency of the OSCE Ministerial Council. I expressed again Romania's gratitude for the exemplary way in which the Slovak authorities honor the memory of the Romanian military who fought for the liberation of the Slovak territory in the Second World War. I pointed out the role of the Romanian community in Slovakia and of the Slovak minority in Romania as real bridges between our nations. I highlighted the existence of some real prospects for enlargement and deepening the bilateral economic cooperation - - which as Mr. Prime Minister has mentioned - has already attained a significant level. In this context, I saluted the fact that the 3 billion euros threshold in the Romanian-Slovak trade was exceeded for the first time in late 2018. I insisted on boosting sectoral cooperation. I expressed the willingness of the Romanian side to extend cooperation or, as the case may be, to cooperate with the Slovak side in many areas, many of which have already been signaled by Mr. Prime Minister, namely: education, energy, culture, labor and social justice, internal affairs, regional development and public administration, tourism, environmental protection, healthcare and agriculture. I presented to Mr. Prime Minister the progress made so far by Romania in the context of holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. We also focused on topical European issues such as Brexit, the post - Brexit future of the European Union, the elections for the European Parliament, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Western Balkans and the enlargement of the European Union. Last but not least, we approached the complex issue of regional cooperation - including in terms of security. The discussions - consistent and focusing on concrete aspects - allowed a better understanding of the views and positions of both sides, outlining their convergence in many areas. I pointed out our determination to further maintain an active dialogue with Slovakia, focused on promoting the consolidation of the European project, to the common benefit of all member states and European citizens. I want to once again convey thanks for the Slovak Republic's constant support for Romania's accession to Schengen area. I invited Prime Minister Pellegrini to continue dialogue in Bucharest, dialogue which I believe will bring our states closer and will contribute to shaping better relations between our countries but also to shaping the EU's future. I want to thank once again Mr. Prime Minister for his warm welcome and for our constructive dialogue. 2019-04-05 13:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190405-dscf7997.jpgConferință de presă susținută de ministrul Muncii și Justiției Sociale, Marius BudăiȘtiri din 05.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-05 12:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-05-02-12-40big_01_resize.jpgVizită oficială a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Republica SlovacăȘtiri din 04.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-the-slovak-republicPRESS RELEASE On April 5, 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will pay an official visit to the Slovak Republic, at the invitation of her counterpart Peter Pellegrini. The visit is intended to contribute to deepening cooperation between the two states from a bilateral, European and regional perspective. Complex and substantive, the Romanian-Slovak interaction is built on a sustainable foundation represented by historical and cultural affinities and converging interests, particularly at political, economic and military level. The schedule of the Romanian Prime Ministers visit to Slovakia includes a trip to the city of Banska Bystrica where she will have talks with the Head of the Slovak Government, and wreath laying in the Slovak National Uprising Square, and at the military cemetery in the locality of Zvolen, where over 10,000 Romanian military killed in the battles for the liberation of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation are buried. 2019-04-04 17:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-04-05-24-23big_sigla_guvern.png Participarea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de semnare a contractului de finanțare pentru proiectul ”Sistem electronic integrat al ONRC consolidat și interoperabil destinat serviciilor de e-guvernare centrate pe evenimente de viață” Știri din 04.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-funding-contract-signing-ceremony-for-the-project-quot-enhanced-and-interoperable-ntro-integrated-electronic-system-for-e-government-services-focused-on-life-events-quotStatements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the signing ceremony of the funding contract for the project Enhanced and Interoperable NTRO Integrated Electronic System for e-Government Services Focused on Life Events [Check against delivery] Dear colleagues and guests, Honoured audience, Victoria Palace hosts today the signing of a new funding contract from European funds, project with important benefits for Romanians and the business environment. Achieving the Electronic Integrated System of the National Trade Register Office(NTRO) will draw a nonrefundable funding of 34 million euros from the Operational Competitiveness Programme and will play a vital role in improving the relation of public institutions with citizens and companies. We all want to reduce the time spent at the counter to handle requests, with as smaller costs as possible, as little paper as possible, secure online access to necessary information - in other words, efficiency and quality services offered to taxpayers, both individuals and businesses. Romania is in the top 5 world countries with the fastest internet services. The gap between urban and rural areas regarding fixed internet access continues to decline, and 60% of households nationwide are connected to the Internet. Digital technology has become a familiar element in the everyday life of Romanians. It may be instrumental for us in the citizen's relation with state institutions. Due to the contract signed today, setting up and unfolding businesses, access to information in the sphere of activity of the Trade Register will become simpler, just a click away. The National Trade Register Office will extend its online services to citizens and the business sector and will favor the access to the most recent public information on regulations, procedures, decisions and tariffs and will allow the electronic delivery of all documents. We all know that each step taken to cut through red tape and boost transparency encourages private initiative and implicitly contributes to economic growth. And the digital technology offers the best solution. The contract signed today at Victoria Palace between the Ministry of European Funds, the Ministry of Communications and the National Trade Register Office represents a step forward towards achieving these targets that we assumed under the Programme for Government too. Equally important is that the implementation of this contract means European money drawn by Romania and going through a new phase of The National Strategy for a Digital Agenda for Romania - 2020 . I congratulate all those who have worked to implement this project and I assure you of all necessary support from the Government, so that by the end of the implementation period, we can consider this project an example of good practice. I wish you success and do not forget that I am here whenever you need my support! 2019-04-04 14:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-04-02-56-04big_06_resize.jpgPrimirea oficială, de către premierul Viorica Dăncilă, a prim-ministrului Muntenegrului, Duško MarkovićȘtiri din 03.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-the-prime-minister-of-montenegro-dusko-markovicJoint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania and Prime Minister of Montenegro [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: I welcome the presence in Bucharest of my Montenegrin counterpart, Mr. Dusko Marković. We had consistent talks while noting that Montenegro is a friendly state, a close partner, and an Ally in our region. I invited Mr. Marković to Romania, in a very important period for our country, in which we are holding the EU Council Presidency. The visit subscribes to the undertaken objective of supporting Western Balkans states in their pro-European path. Our meeting represented a good opportunity to discuss in detail the stage of bilateral cooperation, the prospects for Montenegro's accession to EU and our very good cooperation within NATO. As regards the European path of our Montenegrin partners, I reaffirmed our determination to further support the enlargement process, based on the principle of individual merits. We salute the progress achieved by Montenegro in the negotiation process with the European Union and I found out that Montenegro opened 32 of the 33 negotiation chapters. I conveyed my counterpart our encouragements and support for opening the last negotiation chapter - chapter 8 - Competition Policy. Montenegro can offer the entire region the successful story of a state capable to transform its society in a rapid and efficient manner, implementing the entire set of reforms necessary for EU accession. Thus, we can contribute together to the stability and prosperity of Western Balkans and the entire European Union. With a view to successfully finalizing this complex process, I reiterated to my counterpart the fact that we remain committed to providing our friends in Montenegro any kind of necessary technical assistance. For the two Allied states, defence cooperation represents an important topic of discussion. I noted the progress achieved by Montenegro from the historical moment of accession to the North Atlantic Alliance - June 2017. We analyzed together the results of the first round of Romanian - Montenegrin consultations on defence topics, of February 2019. We agreed on the visit of the Romanian Defence Minister to Montenegro in the next period. I conveyed the availability of the Romanian side to receive cadets from Montenegro for training at the Naval Academy - Mircea cel Batran. On a bilateral basis, we agreed on the need for better promoting the opportunities offered by our economies to both countries' business sector, and we agreed to organize a Romanian-Montenegrin Business Forum later this year. We also discussed the energy security of our region, which is of paramount importance for the stability and prosperity of Southeast Europe. I reminded my Montenegrin counterpart of Romanias goal of diversifying the gas and electricity supply routes and sources of the Union and the Western Balkans region, including by developing the BRUA project. We agreed to continue the consultations between Transelectrica S.A. and the Montenegrin Electricity Transport Company to identify a form of co-operation. Agriculture is also a key area of our bilateral relationship. I proposed to my counterpart cooperation in the field of food processing and production as well as the exchange of expertise between scientific research institutes of the two countries. Morever, I expressed our openness for cooperation and granting expertise by the Payment Agencies and Management Authorities in drawing up plans and procedures necessary to implement the EU - funded programmes. As part of the demarches agreed on our previous meeting, I conveyed to my counterpart that the Romanian side completed the internal procedures necessary for the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement in the field of social security. I voiced my belief that the signing of these documents by the two field Ministers will contribute to upgrading the legal framework of coordinating social security between Romania and Montenegro. The geographical position of our countries and our joint interests including at regional level represent a very good reason for developing a good cooperation, especially regarding combating cross-border crime and management of emergency situations. I conveyed the interest of the Romanian side in a quicker completion of negotiations on the Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation in the field of prevention, limitation and removal of the effects of disasters. As regards tourism cooperation, we agreed to initiate some exchanges of experts, good practices and statistical data, professional training courses in the field of tourism. I want to congratulate again our friends in Montenegro for their firm commitment to the Euro-Atlantic values and the spirit of solidarity they proved consistently in recent years. In conclusion, I want to thank Mr. Prime Minister for the open and constructive discussions we have had. Dusko Marković: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank Prime Minister Dancila for the invitation to visit Bucharest. After Prime Minister's visit to Montenegro last year, I am glad that I can pay this visit now here and that we can continue our productive dialogue. We discussed the bilateral relations, NATO collaboration, as well as about the potential of future collaboration. Montenegro is a NATO member state and EU acceding state, it wants to develop in this capacity its collaboration relations which Madam Prime Minister mentioned. Obviously, we put emphasis on talks, negotiations with the European Union. We congratulate Romania for its efforts during its Presidency of the EU Council , in a very difficult context, and we hold the firm belief that it will be a successful presidency. We are open to inaugurating the last negotiation chapter, chapter 8, and we want to complete these negotiations. We are encouraged by Romania and the discussions we have had. We are focused on what is happening in the region, and we very clearly bring to our friends' knowledge: Romania is not just our friend, but also a partner that can help Montenegro through its experience as EU member state. Our European perspective is very important. We also discussed about the future of the region, about the EU situation as conditions for a good future. I thank Prime Minister Viorica Dancila for the support granted to Montenegro so far. Thank you. 2019-04-03 12:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180202-dscf1206.jpgGuvernul se îmbracă în albastru în semn de solidaritate față de persoanele cu tulburări de autismȘtiri din 02.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/government-building-lights-up-in-blue-as-a-sign-of-solidarity-with-people-with-autism-spectrum-disordersVictoria Palace lights up in blue this evening, starting at 8:00 p.m, to mark the World Autism Awareness Day, designated by an United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2007. The Government of Romania joins public institutions, non-governmental organizations and all those promoting actions designed to raise awareness about this disorder and to support people with autism spectrum disorders. A Cooperation Protocol was signed today, in the presence of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Public Finance and the National Health Insurance House. It aims at developing and implementing programs designed to improve the access of persons with autistic spectrum disorders to integrated health, social and education services. The protocol signed today creates the premises for earmarking the necessary funds to ensure every person diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, weekly access to 5 hours of complementary therapy, provided by specialists in psychotherapy and special psychopedagogy. It lays the bases for organizing and unfolding a training program for teachers, school counselors, social workers in the educational system to provide the required conditions for a better integration of children into society. Another program to be developed in the coming period is intended for carers of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders in order to offer real chances of social skills development to persons suffering from this disorder. The Government of Romania and the civil society have taken important steps in recent years to protect the rights of people with disabilities, including the rights of children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders. However, it is necessary that our actions continue, focusing on supporting people with these diseases and their families, as well as on education, deep understanding and increasing the autonomy of people with disabilities, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. Under the coordination of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, the Government representatives and the help autism associations made important progress over the past year to support children and adults with disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorders. These measures focused on improving NGOs funding and increasing allowances, facilitating access to disability centers, supporting labor market integration, and facilitating access to transport facilities. Another important change, completed by consultation with civil society, was to adjust the examination procedure in the National Evaluation and Baccalaureate Exams in case of candidates with visual impairments, hearing deficiencies, autistic spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities. Thus, the examination modalities were adjusted according to the individual and specific characteristics of the deficiency. 2019-04-02 20:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-04-02-09-08-45big_1.jpgConferință de presă susținută de ministrul Finanțelor Publice, Eugen Teodorovici, ministrul Sănătății, Sorina Pintea, și ministrul Fondurilor Europene, Rovana PlumbȘtiri din 02.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-02 19:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180201-dscf1166.jpgDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă în cadrul sesiunii solemne a Parlamentului cu ocazia aniversării a 15 ani de la aderarea României la NATOȘtiri din 02.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-solemn-session-of-parliament-on-the-occasion-of-the-15th-anniversary-since-romania-joined-nato[Check against delivery] Mr. President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, Mr. President of the Senate Calin Popescu - Tariceanu, Mr. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea, Mr. President Emil Constantinescu, Mr. President Traian Basescu, Dear representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Dear guests, Dear MPs, First of all, I would like to salute, as Head of the Romanian Government, the organization of this event dedicated to the 15th anniversary of our countrys integration into the North Atlantic Alliance since our return to the Euro-Atlantic family of values we had been separated from, for almost 50 years. It is a moment with a strong symbolic weight and historical value in our democratic post- December 1989 pathway. I also extend my appreciation and full gratitude to all those who took part in the fulfillment of this major project, the first of such a scale that Romania generated in the early 1990s, with a strong unifying role for our society. In this context, I would also like to thank President Ion Iliescu, President Emil Constantinescu, Prime Ministers Petre Roman, Theodor Stolojan, Nicolae Văcăroiu, Victor Ciorbea, Radu Vasile, Mugur Isărescu, Adrian Năstase and all Defence Ministers from that time. I am glad that the government that carried through the NATO accession was the PSD government led by Adrian Nastase. The national consensus that underpinned this project, at the level of both the political class and the Romanian public opinion made possible the fulfillment of this desideratum and demonstrated that the unity of will and action is crucial in achieving great national projects. Looking back, it is more than obvious that by joining NATO, our country obtained the highest degree of security since its formation as a national state. By Romania's development in line with the Euro-Atlantic system of values, we acquired the capacity to contribute to NATO policies' drawing up and implementation. Let us not forget that along the integration process, Romania successfully undertaken an ample process of state modernization and democratization, institutional building in key sectors, necessary for its alignment to Allied standards. I can proudly notice that 30 years after the fall of Communism in Romania, half of our country's journey is alongside the strongest political and military Alliance in the world. Throughout this period, Romania passed from the security beneficiary to security provider status. We assumed not only the rights associated with NATO membership but also the responsibilities related to this status, shaping for ourselves a profile of credible and predictable Allied state. I am addressing you as Prime Minister of a state with a respected and appreciated voice in the Allied formats of consultation. This is why, the decisions adopted at the Wales Summit (2014), Warsaw Summit (2016), and later at Brussels Summit (2018), led to increased security in our country and in the Black Sea area. An advanced, adapted presence at the Black Sea established on land, air and sea, has increased the security of the entire Alliance. As we have benefited from the historical measures taken to strengthen the deterrent and defensive posture on the Eastern flank of NATO, we will continue to be an active and responsible contributor to ensuring the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area, but also to projecting these values in the neighborhood of the Alliance. The Government that I represent remains firmly committed to securing this active role of Romania. Ladies and gentlemen, The end of the Cold War offered Europeans, to all of us, hope for peace and stability, but also led to the emergence of new types of threats. The crises in the regions bordering the Euro-Atlantic area prompted the Alliance to adapt to the new challenges of the security environment. In fact, we notice that NATO has permanently adapted itself in order to be able to best respond to the risks and threats it has been confronted with. Along time, NATO has generated peace in the entire Euro-Atlantic community, guaranteeing both the collective defence of its members and an efficient cooperation and partnership system. It has engaged in crisis management, stabilization and political dialogue efforts, its legitimacy being given by the values around which the Alliance was built and on its ability to project these values in the neighborhood. The recent international developments, even in the immediate vicinity of Romania, have brought up again the issue of the security of the Euro-Atlantic area and, in this context, the revitalization of the main mission at the basis of NATOs foundation, namely the collective defence. In the current security context, complex and unpredictable, the ability of the North Atlantic Alliance to deliver a balanced and effective response remains essential. It is our duty, Romania's duty, to actively and cohesively contribute alongside all the other Allies to strengthening collective defence, recalling the values underpinning the creation of NATO 70 years ago. We will make every effort for NATO to continue to reflect the firm commitment to all Allies defence. In this regard, Romania takes part in strengthening NATO deterrent and defensive posture on the Eastern flank, on national soil, at the Black Sea, and in Poland, we provide support to our partners in Eastern Neighborhood, respectively the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, we are hosting elements of the anti-missile defence system at Deveselu. We want a strong, robust and relevant Alliance, to guarantee the Allies' and our security interests. The Government I am leading is aware that this cannot be achieved without a consolidated Transatlantic partnership, a key element of European security. Europe and North America must act together, in a manner that ensures a balanced distribution of responsibilities on both sides of the Atlantic, as we committed at the 2014 Summit. The Government that I represent, undertook with full responsibility, the obligations incumbent upon it, within NATO. We are part of this comprehensive effort, assuming all our obligations towards observing the three requirements linked to the defence expenditure commitment: expenditure, capabilities and contributions. As regards expenditure - this is the third consecutive year when Romania meets this commitment, undertaken under the PSD-ALDE government programme, allocating 2% of GDP for defence. The same applies to the allocations of financial resources for major acquisitions of equipment which, according to NATO requirements, must represent 20 percent of the defence budget. As regards capabilities, Romania continues to invest in modern military equipment as part of various military endowment programmes, in order to effectively respond to both NATO requirements and the regional security challenges. Last but not least, Romania was and is one of the important contributors to NATO missions and operations. In 2019, we will continue to be among the top five troop- contributing states to the Afghanistan mission. The ultimate expression of Romanias commitment is the sacrifice of Romanian servicemen who have lost their lives in the allied operation theatres. Their gesture must remind us of the lessons learned at every stage of our Euro-Atlantic pathway. Only this way will we be able to give others the option of choosing a new way, and of course, with the knowledge that the everyones security depends on the individual commitment of each of us. Ladies and gentlemen, In conclusion, at the anniversary of the amplest round of NATO enlargement which included, alongside Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, I would like to voice my belief that the North Atlantic Alliance will continue to represent the main guarantor of Romanias security by acting anticipatively and pro-actively on the global security architecture, which is currently facing many challenges. By implementing the governing program, we will strengthen our countrys strategic profile within NATO. Romania will continue to act with dignity within the Alliance to actively and significantly contribute to the decision-making process and to missions and operations alongside our allies. Today, I have come to a solemn sitting devoted to our country's NATO accession. I regret that the President of Romania turned this important event into an electoral campaign event. I apologize in my capacity as Prime Minister of Romania to all who today expected a solemn sitting devoted to this major event. 2019-04-02 15:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180201-dscf0793.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de semnare a Protocolului de colaborare între MS,CNAS,MEN și MFP privind implementarea măsurilor necesare creșterii accesului persoanelor diagnosticate cu tulburare de spectru autist la servicii integrateȘtiri din 02.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-02 12:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180201-dscf0398.jpgAlocuțiunea susținută de prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul lansării celei de-a 11-a ediții a Programului de tabere ARC – 2019Știri din 02.04.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-04-02 10:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190402-dscf7688.jpgGuvernul României marchează Ora PământuluiȘtiri din 30.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-03-30 12:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dscf7196-5.jpgReuniunea în format cvadrilateral România-Bulgaria-Republica Elenă-Serbia, la Palatul SnagovȘtiri din 29.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-bulgaria-greece-serbia-quadrilateral-meeting-at-snagov-palaceThe Bucharest Declaration Bucharest, March 29, 2019 The Prime Ministers of Romania, H.E. Ms. Viorica Dăncilă, the Republic of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr. Boyko Borisov, the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Mr. Alexis Tsipras, together with the President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, Expressing satisfaction for the high-level political dialogue and overall cooperation between the four states, Recognizing the importance of continuing a regular dialogue between our states, representing a functional framework for regional cooperation that contributes to safeguarding a climate of trust and partnership in our region, Sharing the view that the friendly and good-neighbourly relations among the four states, based on common European values and principles, are in the interest of our peoples and the security and stability of the entire region of South East Europe, Acknowledging the importance of regional cooperation, reconciliation and good-neighborly relations and welcoming the remarkable progress achieved by the Republic of Bulgaria and by the Hellenic Republic in further strengthening their bilateral ties through a determined and forward-looking perspective for their relations with the Republic of North Macedonia, Willing to jointly develop and strengthen our cooperation in order to promote the sustainable development, the economic prosperity and social progress of our countries, Recalling EU's historic commitment through the Thessaloniki Declaration stressing that - the future of the Balkans is within the European Union, as well as the Sofia Declaration, stating that - the EU is determined to strengthen and intensify its engagement at all levels to support the regions political, economic and social transformation, Reaffirming that Romania, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Hellenic Republic strongly and actively support Serbias EU path and its efforts to fulfil the accession criteria, Declare on this important occasion that: We agree that the enlargement policy, a prominent priority of the current Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as the former Bulgarian and Greek Presidencies remains an opportunity to demonstrate, once again, the transformative power of the EU, at a time when the Union is confronted with major challenges. We share the view that as far as the the EU Enlargement process is concerned progress along the European path is an objective and merit-based process which depends on the concrete results achieved by each individual country, with the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities and property rights, being an utmost priority. We decide that, one year after the publication of the 2018 EU Enlargement Package that reiterated the EU's commitment for a credible enlargement perspective and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans, our joint efforts will aim at turning 2019 into a year of feasible results, in line with the commitments assumed and in accordance with the own merits principle. We agree that a strong, united and cohesive Europe is in the interest of both current and future Member States. In the ongoing debate on the future of the Union, we support a constructive, forward-looking perspective and a continued commitment to the enlargement process. We consider that the future of Europe and the objective of strengthening EU's role as a global actor are closely linked to EUs ability to project stability and prosperity in its immediate neighborhood. We welcome the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighbourliness, and Cooperation between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia, which provides a good basis for strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. We congratulate the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of North Macedonia for the historic resolution of the name dispute through the adoption of the Prespa Agreement, an example of reconciliation for the region and of solving the problems in a European spirit. Romania, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Hellenic Republic welcome the efforts and progress of the Serbian government in the EU accession process and encourage Serbia to continue the pace of reforms and to ensure their sustainability and irreversibility. The three EU Member States will continue to share with Serbia their own experience with regard to the accession process, and transfer know-how for a successful negotiation process. We attach great importance to continuing the development of cross-border and wider regional cooperation between our four states, with the objective of strengthening the territorial cohesion of cross-border regions, their competitiveness and their sustainability through projects of mutual benefit. We reaffirm our support for regional projects of common interest, especially in the fields of transport, energy, IT and C, as well as sports and youth, in order to promote the development and the overall connectivity of the region. We will further advance our work toward the development of transport links between our states and the extension of the TEN-T network in South East Europe, and with a particular focus on the West - East and North - South transport corridors. We emphasize the importance of a macro-regional approach to stimulate economic growth, and job creation including in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the Three Seas Initiative and of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. In this respect, the current Romanian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and of the Council of the EU, as well as the Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office of BSEC together with Greece and Serbia as members of the EUSAIR, can create opportunities for connecting the respective regions, by exploring synergies between relevant priority areas and advancing with projects inspired by the blue-economy, also by benefiting from the experience gained in the EUSAIR and its four pillars, and by commonly supporting the inclusion of macro-regional priorities in the relevant Regulations of the next Multiannual Financial Framework. We strongly believe that energy security should be further strengthened, at both European and regional level, as a major priority for our states and for the EU. We attach great importance to making gas interconnectors between our states, including the Vertical Corridor, Greece-Bulgaria Gas Interconnector, Bulgaria-Romania Gas Interconnector, Bulgaria-Serbia Gas Interconnector and Romania-Serbia Gas Interconnector fully operational, in order for them to become key parts of the overall European energy security infrastructure and contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union. We will continue our joint efforts for the diversification of energy sources, routes and suppliers towards the timely development of commonly agreed priority gas and electricity infrastructure projects within the Central and South-Eastern Europe Connectivity (CESEC) and Energy Community framework. We have agreed to analyze the modalities for establishing a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) with a view to promoting a cooperation in Southeast Europe. We agree to continue the work to elaborate our joint bid for future sport events, by establishing Organizing Committees and advancing technical cooperation in this format. We entrust the relevant institutions of our respective states to prepare proposals aimed at expanding the dialogue at the sectorial level in all fields of common interest, as the case may be. In this respect, Working Groups will be established and tasked to further advance our practical cooperation. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the Vice President of Turkey Fuat Oktay [Check against delivery] Victoria Dancila: I welcome the presence of the Vice President of Turkey Mr. Oktay in Romania. I am glad that we can continue and broaden the dialogue started with President Erdogan on my visit to Turkey, a couple of months ago. At bilateral level, Romania and Turkey have a solid and multidimensional relationship, with an important economic component. The strategic partnership, signed in 2011, based on mutual interests and advantages further remains the foundation of our relations. The bilateral economic and trade relation continues on an ascendant path. The recent discussions with the Turkish side both on my visit to Ankara and later on, at Ministerial level, started materializing in joint projects for the benefit of both states. I want to particularly express my satisfaction over the decision to hold in April 19, in Istanbul, the first meeting of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee, when a business and investment forum will be organized too, attended by private sector representatives. Other field of interest for both sides is the one of bilateral cooperation in the health and medical science area, which was streamlined by the intergovernmental cooperation agreement signed in Ankara, on October 15. I reviewed alongside Vice President Oktay the projects of shared interest in this field and the talks held so far, at Ministerial level. This is also a field with growth potential for the benefit of both countries. There is potential in the bilateral trade relationship, and both Romania and Turkey intend to materialize it. We want an increasingly larger presence of Romanian companies on the Turkish market, as well as of Turkish companies on the Romanian market. Early this year, Romanian manufacturers and exporters in the furniture sector participated within a national pavilion, at IMOB, one of the largest international fairs in Istanbul. I also had an in depth dialogue with Vice President Oktay on the EU-Turkey relationship, particularly in light of the organization of the EU-Turkey Association Council meeting in Brussels on March 15, after a four-year interruption. The resumption of this EU- Turkey dialogue framework corresponds to the objectives set by Romania for its presidency of the EU Council. Turkey is a key partner of the EU, with which it co-operates in tackling common challenges. Turkeys contribution to migration management, as well as its outstanding efforts to host more than three and a half million refugees, are recognized and appreciated. The implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement has led to the reduction of illegal migration. I would like once again to thank Vice-President Oktay for his presence in Romania, for the open, substantive dialogue and for his personal effort to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Romania and Turkey. Fuat Oktay: I would like to thank you! Dear Prime Minister Dăncilă, dear members of the press, I want to tell you that today I participate in this meeting to represent the President of our country, a neighbouring and strategically associated country. I would like to point out that Turkey and Romania have a great cooperation potential that can ensure stability in the area, either in bilateral or multilateral relations. At the same time, on the basis of our bilateral relations, we are very happy that we are today here/.../. I want to thank you, on this occasion, and I want to convey to you the compliments, at the same time to the Romanian people. I want to tell you, dear members of the press, that I had a very fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister. I want to emphasize that the bilateral meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. I had the opportunity to discuss with Mrs. Dăncilă, other topics too, in a very detailed manner, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council. We also discussed our bilateral relations, how we can further develop them, what are the approaches between the European Union and Turkey, and we are very happy to note that they are very much alike. At our meeting - I want to tell you that the Prime Minister honored our country last year in October - we had the opportunity to discuss much more in detail these issues. This understanding we have with Romania is very important for our countries as well as for ...;and for all international relations. Turkey knows that Romania, its strategic partner, due to its geographical position, connects Eastern Europe and Balkans and the Black Sea and the Caucasus areas. I know that Romanias foreign policy aims to promote development through collective cooperation between countries. At this meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss that our bilateral relations will bring /.../stability to the area. Dear members of the press, I want to highlight that the relations, our contribution to the area, including showing our common historical past, is very important. Our economic cooperation is very important. On our meeting, we had the occasion to discuss also about investment and trade areas, how we can further develop them. We discussed in detail how we can develop our relations even more, and I want to tell you that by the end of 2018, our trade exchanges amounted to approximately 6.4 billion dollars. We very much want for a long time that this figure reaches 10 billion dollars. I underlined it on the occasion of the meeting that I had with our president. We discussed it once again this evening. We very much want first to attain and afterwards, to exceed the figure of 10 billion dollars. On this occasion, I want to tell you that the Turkey -Romania committee for economic and commercial cooperation will meet in Istanbul in April. At the bilateral meeting we had a bit earlier, we had the opportunity to discuss also about the municipal hospital that will be inaugurated in Constanta. The close cooperation between our Health Ministers, who attended the meetings this evening, emphasizes once again the importance we attach to health cooperation between our countries. We want very much to achieve and finalize this project, which will further develop relations between the two countries. We have agreed on these areas. We also discussed very much about co-operation in the national defence sector. We had the opportunity to make important decisions with Prime Minister Dăncilă in order to obtain concrete steps in developing this cooperation. We want very much that the relations we will have in the national defence industry will develop even more, they will deepen our strategic partnership. I have once again outlined that all Turkish companies are ready to share their experience in the field of national defence. Our competent authorities do their utmost to complete the legal framework in order to boost our relations and we are considering how to make the growth impetus between our countries become a continuous one. Besides all this, I had the opportunity to also talk with Prime Minister Dăncilă about the terrorist organization FETU, which is a danger to security and public order. We attach great importance to cooperation with Romania in this area. Dear members of the press, I want to emphasize once again that we look with satisfaction at how Romania approaches the relations between the European Union and Turkey. We are very pleased with the help and support that Romania offers to our country. We are confident that this behaviour of Romania will be a good example for the other member states of the Union, Romania being a neighbouring country and a strategic partner. At the same time, I emphasize again, on this occasion, that we want very much to develop even more our relations in the near future. I thank Prime Minister Dăncilă for her hospitality and you, dear members of the press, thank you again! *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: I welcome the presence in Bucharest of the Serbian President and this new oppotunity to continue our consultations on some topics of bilateral and regional interest. Our dialogue is taking place in a important moment for the Romanian - Serbian cooperation, respectively 140 years since the establishment of bilateral relations. I had a constructive dialogue with the President of Serbia, we discussed about connecting our countries, about the energy projects between Romania and Serbia. Romania and Serbia take special interest in the Pancevo - Timisoara highway, this would improve the good relations between Romania and Serbia. At the same time, we talked about energy cooperation, an important step being the start of exploitation on Neptun platform. I assured the President of Serbia of our support at European level, during the rotating presidency of the EU Council held by Romania. I reiterated the fact that we want to be Serbia's advocate in highlighting the progress Serbia has made in the pro-European direction. I am sure that following today's discussions, after establishing a roadmap within our set objectives, our next meeting in Greece will provide us the opportunity to assess the progress we have achieved both with respect to infrastructure and the energy area and in terms of supporting Serbia at European level. I would like to thank once again President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić for the constructive dialogue, the availability and last but not least, for the friendship shown to Romania. Aleksandar Vučić: I will be very brief and I always try to be so, as I am coming from the smallest country as size at this meeting. I thank Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă for the exceptional reception and the help granted to Serbian people. We have discussed about projects that will improve the cooperation between our countries and I have always considered that Romania does not look at things as two different territories - one, Serbia, and one, Black Sea countries. We share common objectives and I consider we can do many wonderful things together. We discussed about Pancevo - Timisoara Motorway, useful to both countries, very important also for the Romanians living in the south of Banat, east from Voivodina, who represent the bridge connecting our two countries. It is also very important for the Serbians from the Romanian side of Banat in terms of economic connectivity, as well as for the businesspeople and people /.../. There were five thousands Romanian tourists in Serbia this year, which means a 24 percent increase in the number of tourists who stayed overnight here. The number of Romanian tourists is growing every year, and in this respect, our joint efforts will bear results and we will present the special tourism offers, which will offer tourists coming from Serbia, and Romania special things. Allow me to tell Romanians and those from Banat that this bridge will make a trip between Romania and Serbia by 300 -350 kilometers shorter, and will also increase the economic connectivity between our countries, the trade between our countries amounts at present at approximately 1, 6 billion euros and it can rise to 2 billion. We discussed about building a power plant in Pancevo of 400 KV, and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila told us about the Black Sea projects, as regards the gas pipeline, and the desire to extract as much gas as possible. We discussed about border crossing points and several other issues, but it will be more than enough if we build this motorway which will unite our countries. I would like to thank once again Prime Minister Dancila for having invited us of the four countries. Thank you, Viorica, thank you for your friendship, you and the Romanians will always have true friends in our institutions and organizations. Romania fought for Serbia and the Serbians must respect this. I want to thank Romania. We will be loyal and fair with you! *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania, President of Serbia, Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Prime Minister of Greece [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: We are today in Bucharest, to attend the seventh quadrilateral meeting with Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia, which reflects our common and constant interest in the welfare and stability of our region. I have the pleasure to invite now Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia to share his views on today's meeting. Aleksander Vucic: Good afternoon! I want to thank our host, Viorica Dancila for welcoming us. I want to thank Romania and the Romanian people on my behalf and behald of my friends (...). Considering that these meetings have become a routine for us and that we meet enough often, this speaks for the fact that these meetings are acquiring increasingly importance and are testament of the serious manner in which we discussed in previous meetings. We agreed on infrastructure works and /.../ our dear host, Viorica Dancila, there were talks on highways construction to connect Romania with Serbia, a transformer of 400 KV in a power plant, Resita. Moreover, I want to inform the Bulgarian people about the finalization of Corridor 10, some 11 months ago, which was very important for our connectivity, and on this occasion, we will discuss about energy , the energy sources and what we can do for bilateral connectivity, in order to use as much as possible our energy sources. It is very important to continue our cooperation in culture and sports, and to inform our friends on the situation in the Balkans and to get support for Serbia that will become increasingly stronger in the future, on its path to the European Union. As President of Serbia, I thank you once again for this /..../ hospitality and for this meeting. Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Mr. President for your appreciations, your views, as well as for the openness you showed in the strengthening and continuation of cooperation in this format. I give the floor to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic who will be the host of our next meeting. Alexis Tsipras: /.../ to establish /.../ about the northern part of Greece, that will become the southern connection point /.../ and Romania , that are the eastern part of this connectivity, and the northern part - between Bulgaria and Romania and the Western part - between Serbia and Greece, through north of Macedonia. We talked about important infrastructure which will speed up the trade between our countries, we talked about international trade, about tourism in these countries, about telecommunications which will ensure a huge development of tourism and we talked at the same time about roads and energy. We have already taken important decisions. Our four countries cooperate and each country in its turn does its best. We created a joint venture between Romania and Greece, and we will continue to administrate the interconnection between Black Sea and Mediterrana. We have such a project in mind. Now we talk about energy. We have a pipeline, a vertical route that will connect the gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to northern Greece, and we have new opportunities, provided by the platform in /.../, which will provide gas in liquid state. We will also develop the infrastructure we have /.../. Speaking about energy, I had the opportunity to inform my friends that our decisions and cooperation are of historic importance to the east-west pipeline, which changes the energy map in the south and east of Europe and opens up countless possibilities to differentiate sources of energy. This gas pipeline will take over the natural gas from Israel and Cyprus, transport it through Greece, with the possibility of reaching Italy, but we can supply gas to the Balkans. So, we will have the opportunity with this eastern pipeline and with other gas transport projects from Greece to Bulgaria, for example, with the gas pipeline /.../ as an energy transport network, which is very important for all Balkan countries, turning the Balkans into an energy node for the whole area. We have the opportunity to talk about the development of our region and we could discuss the European future of Serbia. It is certain that, from the first day when we created this quadrilateral meeting, we wanted to help this country and support it in order to join the EU. Serbias entry into the EU is a priority for our countries, and we must encourage Serbias desire to make a steady progress in the 16 negotiation chapters. We support this initiative and the efforts, the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which are of major importance in our area but have not been supported to the same extent by Pristina. We also discussed about a new dynamic of the area. We talked about / infringement of / agreements and the need for / North Macedonia / to become an EU country as well. I am sure and I believe that these steps we have taken before, and the great step of this agreement, and all the steps that the North Macedonian Government will take, will make North Macedonia be successful in these negotiations. I would like to say the same about Albania, on our last meeting, things did not work very well. We have discovered today that the evolution has not been too good in terms of the Greek minority in Albania and, unfortunately, at this moment, it does not allow us to be optimistic about the European prospects of this country. The conditions to go through this full process and move forward in this direction are almost zero. I hope Im not right, because no matter what happens, we want everything that the entire Balkan area wants. I would like us to be able to make all the necessary reforms so that the European perspective becomes a reality. We are not dogmatic, we look at each country, we see what each country has done in this regard, and we want to help these countries, but we need to behave differently with those who have not taken the correct measures. Our cooperation has already an institutional dimension and perhaps it would be too much to say that we are the - busy bee of Balkans, but because I know we are a force in this approach, we have a strong desire to advance on this path of development and cooperation for our nations. Currently, I want to mention that the European presidency is taking place at a time when Europe is facing many difficulties. I wish greater succes to Romania, I have but thanks for Romania that gathered us all here, I would like to say that Greece waits you on 8 / .../ at the eighth meeting. Thank you once again! Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Alexis for the beautiful words, your address, for underlining the topics on the agenda of today's discussions. I will invite Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, to take the floor. Boyko Borissov: Dear hosts, dear Madam Prime Minister, dear Vucic and Alexis, I am very glad to be here again, with you, at the time of so many challenges, difficult moments, as the European Commission, the Parliament are considering the elections due on May 26. But, once again, congratulations for what you have achieved to date! It is no use repeating what others have already mentioned, but one of the topics is important: connectivity between Sofia, Istanbul, Burgas. This will be a motorway without stops, without trafic jams; the same, between Sofia and Thessaloniki. On today's bilateral meetings with Romania, I talked about a third bridge across Danube, for which we need to cooperate in terms of infrastructure. Along with my colleague Tsipras, I decided that in July, we will finalize the agreement for a joint venture that would ensure the transport of materials so that Parliaments can ratify this understanding. In the opening ceremony, I had, alongside Greece, with the three representatives, talks on the transport of five billion cubic meters of gas, through this pipeline. The Balkans will become a distribution center, I do not want us to make differences between countries that will have this gas or liquefied gas pipeline, I do not want us to make any difference between Israel and Cyprus. We have extraordinary opportunities to organize this cooperation, and to build the infrastructure for this gas pipeline. Romania has the possibility to replace all the installations that have worked on gas compression. I discussed with my colleague Vučić, and we discussed about the following months: if there is already a gas pipeline network, it is the same as with motorways: they are not used initially, but later, traffic can be noticed on them. Briefly, we will not invest only in railway infrastructure, we will work on digital economy, connectivity, optic fiber cables and all the necessary equipment. You can see how quickly this will become a real necessity. I do not want us to talk more about support, support for Serbia, at the rotating presidency of the Council - Bulgaria follows. The four countries representatives, including my colleague Vučić, said that we appreciate Serbia very much. They have done so, they have made sustained efforts in those 16 negotiation chapters, and I am very content to declare that we are backing Serbia. It is very important that we have all our neighbors in the EU. Unfortunately - although, I was very happy when I invited Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of Turkey to Varna - today, the Vice President of Turkey made a statement, but I am not delighted by what their Foreign Minister could say about the Balkans. Interfering in the internal affairs of other country is not the best thing and we expect them to apologize for what they said. Once again, I want to thank Romania for its special hospitality, the very good organization of this meeting. On just one visit, we could discuss with all colleagues, we could organize several bilateral meetings and visits. Thank you very much! Viorica Dancila: Dear Alexander, dear Boyko, dear Alexis, it is a great pleasure for me to host today a new meeting of the quadrilateral cooperation format with Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia. As I mentioned in the beginning, this is the seventh meeting since establishing this format, aspect which reflects the steady joint interest for the stability and welfare of our region. Our cooperation enters today a new stage, the results of debates and our outlook on future cooperation are to be found in the joint declaration of the four dignitaries, the first document of this type adopted in this format. The Bucharest Declaration is the expression of the firm commitment of our countries to closely collaborate to build a stable and prosperous region, in line with European values and standards. It is at the same time the expression of our joint interest to promote the interconnection projects of regional cooperation which foster European integration and Western Balkans' connection to European values and standards. Today's meeting has a special significance for Romania from the angle of the current exercise of the presidency of the EU Council. In this context, I reiterated the objectives and the stage results of Romania's mandate, as well as the support of our country for streamlining the European path of Western Balkans. I highlighted my preoccupation with strengthening European cohesion and solidarity, step designed to ensure the sustainability of the European project and to strengthen the EU relevance for its citizens and its being a point of attraction outside its borders. I underlined Romania's ambitious and realist approach in managing a difficult mandate at EU level, marked by the Brexit, the approaching elections for the European Parliament, the debates on the future of Europe, but also the negotiations on the future multiannual financial framework. The Bulgarian and Greek guests assured me of their unequivocal support for priorities and actions that we organize during Romanian presidency of the EU Council. Moreover, I noticed with satisfaction the convergent positions on some important dossiers, such as the future budgetary projection of the European Union, strengthening the policies with direct impact on the cohesion of the EU and supporting the enlargement process. Romania further pleads for maintaining the EU commitment to the enlargement process, catalyst of democratization, reconciliation and regional welfare. In this regard, I reaffirmed the support of our country for the advancement of the European perspective of Serbia and of the other states firmly committed on the European accession path. We will continue to work in partnership with a view to maintaining the positive dynamics of enlargement, respectively in order to fulfill the EU commitments in this process and to encourage and support reforms in the targeted countries. I saluted Serbia's commitment to assuming the role of responsible partner in ensuring regional security and advancing its European route, whose success will surely lead to democratization, reconciliation, and also getting closer to the EU in the entire region. Serbia can count on Romania's political and technical support for EU's accession. At the same time, I encouraged Serbia to continue its efforts in an accelerated and substantial reform process, on the basis of the clear assumption of EU accession strategic objective. This approach will surely lead to the expected result at the level of economic development and social peace in Serbia, but also in its relations with the European Union. I assured once again Serbia that it can rely on Romania's support. The interconnection projects had a privileged place on the agenda of the quadrilateral meeting. We discussed about developing the transport and energy infrastructures, step with long - term benefits regarding competitiveness and attractiveness for foreign investment, a key factor for the welfare of our citizens, for the security and prosperity of the region. My colleagues, my counterparts highlighted the main points which were discussed regarding interconnectivity, and also energy. I reiterated the importance that the Romanian authorities attach to ensuring energy security, especially from the perspective of implementing projects which can contribute to diversification of energy sources and supply routes. Moreover, we also approached the topic of cooperation for ensuring regional stability, starting from common interests in the field of migration management and border security. We assessed the state of preparedness with a view to launching common candidacy to host international sports competitions, topic brought to our attention by my Greek counterpart. In conclusion, I want to thank my distinguished guests, and friends for their constructive approach in the talks occasioned by this meeting. I voice hope in the quick achievement of several joint projects. Thank you once again for participation and I am sure that what represents today only projects, will materialize tomorrow, in the near future or on medium and long term in important objectives for our countries. Thank you once again for your presence in Romania! 2019-03-29 18:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-29-07-11-54big_02_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Bulgaria, Boyko BorissovȘtiri din 29.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-prime-minister-of-bulgaria-boyko-borissov1553881715Signing ceremony of official bilateral documents followed by joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov [Check against delivery] Viorica Dăncilă: I welcome the presence of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Bucharest. Prime Minister is accompanied by an important Ministerial delegation on the occasion of the fifth meeting of Romania - Bulgaria High - Level Council. The bilateral meeting which I had with my counterpart and the intergovernmental consultations which followed, alongside numerous contacts at political and sectoral levels over the last period reflect the close and substantial relations between our countries and the common will to further develop them. The 5th meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council between Romania and Bulgaria takes place at an anniversary moment, when we mark 140 years since the establishment of the bilateral relations between the two countries. Bulgaria is a key-partner for Romania in the region, the bilateral commercial exchanges exceeded 4 billion euro in the previous year, confirming the upward trend of the last seven years. At the same time, there are numerous ongoing bilateral projects in areas such as transport, energy, local public administration, cross border cooperation. On todays meeting I confirmed, together with Prime Minister Borissov, our decision to provide the necessary political impetus to a cooperation that will continue the positive trend so far and unfold at a more sustained pace, capitalising as much as possible on the existing potential. Our firm commitment in this regard is reflected in the joint statement we have adopted. The political statement details the cooperation sectors and establishes the framework for action to strengthen bilateral, regional, European and international cooperation between the two countries. On today's meeting, a set of agreements at economic and sectorial levels were signed, in priority areas for the cooperation between the two countries. They refer to police forces cooperation for emergency situations, stimulating SMEs, improving the navigation conditions on the common Romanian-Bulgarian sector of the Danube and transport connectivity. We agreed to provide additional dynamism to joint projects and actions in priority areas of cooperation such as connectivity. We will continue to work together to ensure the the navigability on the Danube River through concrete maintenance and naval infrastructure projects, identifying the optimal location for building a new bridge over the Danube, the development of railway infrastructure linking the two states. In the energy sector, we remind the fact that Giurgiu - Ruse gas pipeline was inaugurated in November 2016. I voice my belief that it will become operational at maximum capacity by completing the works at the natural gas compressor in Podisor in the assumed deadline - 2019. At the same time, we strongly support the BRUA projects [the the National Gas Transmission System on the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria corridor] and the Greece-Bulgaria-Romania vertical corridor, able to ensure access to a wide range of resources to our states and Central European partners. On this anniversary of the bilateral relations, it is important that we capitalize more on the contribution of the Romanian ethnics from Bulgaria and Bulgarian ethnics from Romania to the development of bilateral relations. We discussed a series of concrete measures, related to protecting and stating the ethnic and linguistic identity of Romanians in Bulgaria and of Bulgarians in Romania. As regards the cooperation between the two countries at EU-level, I voice satisfaction with the exemplary way in which the authorities of the two countries worked jointly in the framework of the coordination and good practice mechanism regarding Romania and Bulgaria exercising for the first time the EU Council Presidency. At the same time, the two countries cooperate at EU level to promote common objectives, including Schengen accession, for which the technical criteria have been met ever since 2011. It is an important moment for the European Union too, as ample debates are taking place on the future of Europe. Today's meeting is an additional opportunity for Romania and Bulgaria to convey a joint message regarding their support for an united Europe, stronger and closer to citizens, characterized by increased cohesion and convergence. A priority of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council where we have the support of the Bulgarian partners, is the reflection of the cohesion principle in the EU policies, including in the negotiations on the future EU budget. One of the major priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is boosting regional cooperation at the Black Sea with EU support. I voiced hope that we can count on Bulgaria's support for the promotion of regional cooperation at the Black Sea on the EU's agenda. Other areas in which Romania and Bulgaria share joint objectives and in which we can bring added value to debates at European level are: strengthening the EU and Schengen area's internal security, mobility, social Europe, promoting regional and cross-border cooperation, EU strategy on the Danube region, promoting the enlargement policy of Western Balkans, EU Eastern neighborhood partners' getting closer to the European Union. In conclusion, allow me to thank you on my behalf and on behalf of my colleagues, for the constructive and pragmatic talks which took place on this new round of Romanian - Bulgarian intergovernmental consultations. Boyko Borrisov: Dear colleague, dear Vice Prime Minister, Ministers, first of all, allow me to congratulate Viorica Dancila for taking over the EU Council Presidency and the efforts that Romania has made in this regard. In order to avoid repeating what my colleagues has said, I will give you more details to make even clearer the fields in which we are going to cooperate regarding firefighting, in order that the Interior Ministries of the two countries start working together. Fostering SMEs is also very important for the development of the business sector on both sides of the Danube and beyond. As regards the transport corridors, we already have, several concrete things, regarding the setting up of joint ventures on European projects: Romania can dredge the Danube river, to make it deeper, so that large ships be able to cross it, in view of having more tourists. In the area Ruse-Giurgiu we can use [a bridge], if we start building a bridge with European money, because it is a European corridor, and in Svistov-Nicopolis on the Bulgarian side through a public-private partnership. It is also very important for the energy system, a power-plant can also be made at Nicopole-Turnu Magurele. Within a few days, the Transport Ministers will work on this topic, to do this thing through a public-private partnership. Svistov is very important, as it can be built very rapidly. The Ruse bridge can be repaired, capital repairs should be made, and for this, both states will put in efforts in respect to the energy projects. I will detail this later alongside my Romanian and Greek counterparts. I hope we'll make the first dig for the Romania-Bulgaria gas interconnector in June. We are working intensely to the Balkans gas hub. We have a certain interconnection with Romania, we must have reversible compression stations. Bulgaria, Romania, Greece have to prepare with their highways to transport gas in different directions and here we agreed with Ms. Dancila. As regards education, social services, religion, etc, the respective committees have been working and today I am more than satisfied that in the transport schemes and in relation to interconnections, we have concrete progress, and we are talking of one or two month deadlines so that things happen. I fully agree with what Viorica Dancila has said regarding the Western Balkans and it is not by chance that later, it will be a Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia Greece quadrilateral meeting and I think this is a very good signal for Balkans, in general. I hope that in the future, North Macedonia and Montenegro will also be included in our project, because these projects are not just between us, they are connecting projects and are linked to the European transport corridors. I believe that, from the two statements, we can have a joint statement. Once again, thank you for your efforts, for the opportunity to continue working together. Thank you! *** Information on the Joint Statement adopted at the Fifth Meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council of the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria Bucharest, March 29, 2019 The Declaration reflects the satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, based on mutual trust and respect, 140 years after the establishment of bilateral relations, and reiterates the existing partnership based on the sharing of Euro-Atlantic values and common interests. The document marks the decision of the two Governments to strengthen comprehensive partnership by developing cooperation and promoting joint initiatives at bilateral, regional, European, Euro-Atlantic and international level, including within international fora. Thus, the document highlights at bilateral level the strengthening of sectoral cooperation in areas of shared interest, with emphasis on transport and energy, and reiterates the importance of other areas such as regional development, tourism, culture, education, health, agriculture. The document reaffirms the importance of diversifying North-South energy resources through BRUA, an integral part of the vertical Corridor, and confirms the commitment to finalizing actions for their operation. At regional level, the Statement reaffirms the joint commitment to creating synergies between the different forms of cooperation existing in Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea area. The Statement reiterates the efforts designed to continue the promotion of the Enlargement Policy and the European Perspective of the Western Balkans as a priority of the current Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and the previous Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council. The two Governments share the importance of a modern infrastructure connecting the Western Balkan countries, highlighting the importance of developing trans-European transport networks, especially Orient - East Med and Rhine-Danube corridors. The document also reiterates the importance of interconnecting gas and electricity networks in the region, continuing cooperation with Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC), it highlights the importance of the southern gas corridor and finalization of the missing associated infrastructure. The Statement salutes the establishment of regional gas distribution centers in the context of the European objectives of creating an European interconnected and integrated gas market, designed to improve security and diversify natural gas sources. The Joint Statement highlights the importance of cooperation within the Third Seas Initiative and reaffirms the commitment of the two Governments to backing pragmatic cooperation in the Black Sea region with a view to adopting a common regional maritime agenda. The document reaffirms the intention to continue cooperation with the Eastern partners in the context of the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Summit. At European level, it reiterates the importance of efforts for a cohesive Europe that is capable to respond to current challenges, and meet the citizens' expectations, highlighting the role of the Sibiu Summit in this regard. The statement highlights the importance of debates on the future of Europe, the need for promoting cohesion in all its dimensions as a common EU value. It also reconfirms support for EU unity and solidarity, highlighting the importance of coordinating national positions. The document reaffirms the determination to ensure the EUs internal security, including through the strengthening of the Unions external borders, and underlines that the quick accession of the two countries to the Schengen area will significantly contribute to the fulfillment of these responsibilities. It also reiterates its commitment to guaranteeing the free movement of goods, services and citizens, according to the EUs single market. Through this statement, the two Governments express their determination to continue their excellent cooperation in the field of European affairs. At the Euro-Atlantic level, the Statement reconfirms the firm support for the integration of the Western Balkans states in EU and NATO, based on their own merits and following the fulfillment of the accession criteria to the two fora. It salutes the ratification by the two countries' Parliaments of the Republic of North Macedonias NATO accession protocol. The Statement agrees to step up cooperation and coordination in these fora, including in the field of defence, as well as the efforts to efficiently combat the new security risks, as well as violent extremism and radicalisation, terrorism, hybrid threats, illicit trafficking, and cyber threats. The document commits to ensuring the implementation of Allied decisions on strengthening deterrence and defence posture, especially regarding NATO presence at Black Sea. Through this statement, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov salute the signing of the following documents, within this session of the high - level Cooperation Council: Agreement between the two Governments on co-operation in the field of emergency situations; Memorandum of Understanding on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises; Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of joint initiatives to improve navigation conditions on the joint Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube and transport connectivity between the two states. 2019-03-29 14:18:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_foto_familie.jpegÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Elene, Alexis TsiprasȘtiri din 29.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-prime-minister-of-the-hellenic-republic-alexis-tsiprasJoint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Viorica Dăncilă: Good afternoon! First, I would like to warmly welcome Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Bucharest. I had today a consistent and very useful meeting with my Greek counterpart, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, followed by a first Romanian - Greek intergovernmental meeting, exercise which we hope to become a constant one, to provide the necessary guidelines to define pragmatic, coherent and specific coordinates of bilateral dialogue. We agreed to confer a new dynamics to our bilateral relations and we decided to draw up together a plan of action to refect the priorities of the Romanian - Greek bilateral agenda and to establish a clear long - term strategy of cooperation between our countries in all areas of activity. The development and diversification of our bilateral relations are fostered by positive premises, such as the traditional relations between our countries, spiritual ties, common history, as well as similar approaches on numerous regional and European topics. Furthermore, we are bound by the two communities, the community of Romanians living, working and studying in Greece and the community of Greeks living in Romania. We have the opportunity to streamline the bilateral dialogue, starting from the interhuman, traditional and historical relations binding us. I want to congratulate you and your Government on Greece's exit from financial assistance programmes, with a more strengthened economy, through the implementation of fiscal and structural reforms. I mention that Romania stood in solidarity with Greece throughout the economic crisis and the migration crisis, as our countries supported each other in key moments of their history, overcoming together difficulties and obstacles. We met today with the Greek partners to analyze the developments in strategic areas, such as: transport or energy security and to identify new opportunities in fields with direct impact on economic development, such as: trade, agriculture, tourism, culture or education, we also hailed the fact that the fifth session of bilateral consultations on economic topics took place in Athens, in February this year, after a six-year break. As regards the transport area, we discussed our cooperation in major projects of road and railway infrastructure, and we outlined the importance of these projects for the integrated economic development of our countries. We welcomed the fact that Romania and Greece share a common objective regarding energy, respectively the attention extended to those initiatives and projects designed to lead to increased energy security in our region, by diversification of gas supply sources and routes. The topic of energy security occupies a priority role on the Romanian Government's foreign policy agenda. Backing the demarches of strengthening the regional security agenda, as well as the cooperation agenda with other neighborhood states represents a constant issue of our activity. We continue to advance in terms of the BRUA corridor, the first diversification project in the south of Europe, that has the potential to provide a new gas route and supply sources to a series of European states that are in a situation of major dependence on a single external supplier. We decided to cooperate more closely to promote the Start - up companies in the field of information technology and creative industries on the markets in the region, as well as the setting up and participation of innovative Romanian companies in regional clusters to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experience and to increase their competitiveness. We are glad that more than a million Romanian tourists are visiting Greece every year, Greece is the favourite holiday destination of Romanians. We are also glad that the interest of Greek tourists for Romania is growing. I discussed with my friend Alexis about a very important project in the cultural field, and we decided to develop collaboration projects between the cities of Timisoara and Elefsina, that will be European Capitals of Culture in 2021. At the same time, I would like to underline that the dialogue in the fields of culture and education is excellent and we want to additionally capitalize on the important potential existing in the field of cultural exchanges and cooperation between universities. We are in mid - term of our rotating presidency of the EU Council and I would like to add that in its exercise, we managed to impose an alert pace of activities, while being aware of the fact that we need to manage an important number of dossiers in a short period of time, compared to other presidencies. I presented the Greek Prime Minister an overall picture of the results achieved so far, showing that in the first three months of our term at the Romanian Presidency of EU Council, we managed about 900 events and meetings. Our efforts materialized in substantial results in the negotiations on active legislative dossiers. Thus, since the start of the Presidency, we managed to finalize negotiations on a number of 86 legislative dossiers, many of these being already confirmed by the Council. I also had a very useful exchange of ideas with Prime Minister Tsipras on the future of Europe. I want to thank Prime Minister Tsipras for this constructive dialogue and for Greece's support for Romania's accession to OECD and allow me to express on my behalf and on behalf of my colleagues our thanks for the very substantial talks which took place on the occasion of the first round of Romanian - Greek intergovernmental consultations /.../. 2019-03-29 14:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dscf5719-1.jpgVizita prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Statele Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 26.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-united-states-of-america1553679659Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, as part of her visit to the United States. It was the first time in more than ten years when a Romanian dignitary met the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced satisfaction over the excellent level of bilateral political dialogue and expressed the desire to broaden it, including on the parliamentary component. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă conveyed to the U.S. official the invitation of Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea, to pay an official visit to Romania. Both senior officials expressed their interest to intensify contacts at the level of the Romanian Parliament and the U.S. Congress. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated the support for a robust transatlantic relationship as essential premise to ensure common security and prosperity. Prime Minister also thanked for the attention extended by the U.S. Legislative to further strengthening solidarity at NATO level and to ensuring the security of Eastern allies. The senior Romanian dignitary highlighted the ascendant trend of bilateral cooperation at the level of security, including through the implementation of an ambitious plan for the Romanian armed forces' endowment and the significant increase in the trade exchanges last year. The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi thanked for the support provided by Romania to strengthening the relationship with the United States, and gave assurances that there is a strong cross-party support for NATO in the U.S. Congress. Nancy Pelosi stated that the consolidation of relations at the level of Romania and U.S. Legislatives will have an important contribution to strengthening the transatlantic alliance based on common values and interests. Within the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă congratulated Mrs. Pelosi on her birthday. 2019-03-26 22:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ac0q8767.jpgZiua Internaţională a Luptei împotriva Epilepsiei, marcată la Guvernul RomânieiȘtiri din 26.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-03-26 19:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dscf5609-7.jpgVizita prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Statele Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 25.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-united-states-of-america1553586790Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross as part of her visit to the United States. The Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance of strengthening the economic cooperation between Romania and the United States, as part of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. The Head of the Romanian Executive presented the measures taken by the Romanian Government to ensure an attractive business environment by increasing the budget intended for investment in priority areas, as well as by simplifying legislation on public - private partnership and the one pertaining to tax incentives granted to companies developing investment with major impact in the economy. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross hailed the meeting that Prime Minister had, on the sidelines of her visit to Washington, with the representatives of the American - Romanian Business Council - AMRO, Washington - based nonprofit organization, while underlining the importance of intensifying bilateral cooperation on the economic dimension, especially from the perspective of increasing the volume of American investment in our country. The successes recorded by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, in several important dossiers for the development of the business sector, pertaining to energy, digitalization, and finance sectors were mentioned during the meeting. The two officials considered that the new regulations will contribute to boosting economic ties between the United States and the European Union. It was underlined the fact that Romania is fully prepared for accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) considering the good economic results it has achieved lately. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for the support that the United States granted to our country for OECD accession. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu On her visit to Washington, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, March 25, 2019, a meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, on the sidelines of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference. The two senior officials commended the excellent relations existing between the two countries, which is also reflected in the frequency of high - level bilateral contacts. In this respect, they discussed about organizing this year the joint sitting of the two countries' Governments preceded by an economic forum with a panel devoted to business to business contacts. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă for the speech delivered in the opening of AIPAC Conference. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reconfirmed Romania's interest in strengthening and deepening relations with the State of Israel in the field of strategic cooperation, cyber and energy security, medicine, research and innovation. The two Prime Ministers voiced their satisfaction with the advancement of negotiations with a view to concluding Romania - Israel Partnership in the field of the new technologies, of a manner likely to foster the mutual interest of business communities of the two countries, in order to capitalize on the bilateral economic potential of the two countries. They also underlined the importance of strengthening relations in such fields as: healthcare, tourism and education. They also discussed the possible modalities of cooperation between Romania and Israel, including from the perspective of the current presidency of the Council of the European Union being held by Romania. Moreover, the Romanian and the Israeli Prime Ministers had an exchange of views on aspects regarding the current international situation. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence As part of the visit to the United States, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, on the sidelines of the AIPAC meeting taking place in Washington. The talks took place in an open atmosphere of mutual trust, broadening the topics addressed during the telephone conversation of March 11, 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă assured the U.S. Vice President of Romania's commitment to strengthen and develop the Bilateral Strategic Partnership, with special focus on intensifying economic exchanges and enhancing the U.S. investment presence in Romania. The two senior officials acknowledged the important role that the cooperation between Romanian and U.S. military, in Europe or in the theaters of operations worldwide, has in strengthening peace and security and defending the values uniting our two countries. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reconfirmed the Romanian Government's firm commitment to continue and develop the endowment program for the Romanian Army and voiced satisfaction over the cooperation with the United States in this regard. In turn, the U.S. Vice President thanked Prime Minister Viorica Dancila for the position expressed in relation to the intention of relocating Romania's Embassy to Jerusalem and for the support and commitment to the transatlantic relationship as well as for the operational and conceptual contributions both in the Black Sea region and broadely, at international level. Furthermore, the U.S. Vice President announced that he will make a tour of Eastern Europe, on which occasion he will visit Romania too. In this context, it was mentioned an official visit of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă to Washington, scheduled for the next period. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Executive Vice President of B ̔ nai B ̔rith International Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a bilateral meeting with Daniel S. Mariaschin, CEO and Executive Vice President of B ̔ nai B ̔rith International, as part of her visit to Washington to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference. The two officials had a first meeting last month in Brussels, on the sidelines of the Conference - The Fight against antisemitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action- , a high - level event of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Aspects on the active role undertaken by Romania in combating anti-Semitism internationally through the development of effective instruments to deter discrimination, hate speech, anti-Semitic acts of aggresion, were broadened during the meeting. The two officials also highlighted the importance of education and awareness-raising measures for the young generation. The Romanian-American relations and the importance of deepening the Romania - U.S. Strategic Partnership were discussed during the meeting. Daniel S. Mariaschin also brought into discussion the contribution of the Romanian Jews to the consolidation of the relations between our country and the State of Israel, and also between Romania and the United States of America. The CEO and Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith International hailed the presence of the Prime Minister of Romania at the AIPAC Conference and praised the Bucharest Governments intention to open the National Museum of Jewish History and Holocaust in Romania with the support of Israel and of the Yad Vashem Institute, while voicing his support for this project. Moreover, he also praised the setting up of the Elie Wiesel International Commission for the Study of Holocaust and its outcomes. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with Benjamin Gantz, Chairman of the Kahol Lavan Party Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with Benjamin Gantz, Chairman of the Kahol Lavan Party, today, March 25, on the sidelines of the AIPAC Conference. Talks aimed at the Romanian - Israeli bilateral dialogue, with focus on intensifying cooperation between the two states. The Chairman of the Kahol Lavan Party has strong ties with Romania, his father came from Romania. Given his knowledge of Romanian, Benjamin Gantz addressed Prime Minister Dancila in Romanian at the beginning of the meeting. 2019-03-25 16:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_01cc7e06-c5bc-4bc7-a0c7-e9fbacdcf6fb.jpgVizita în Statele Unite ale Americii - participarea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la sesiunea inaugurală a conferinței AIPACȘtiri din 24.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-united-states-of-america-participation-in-the-inaugural-session-of-the-aipac-conferencePrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the President and the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations On a working visit to Washington to attend the AIPAC Conference, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with Arthur Stark, the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and with Malcom Hoenlein, Executive Vice President and CEO. During the meeting, the importance of the transatlantic relationship for Romania and the personal contribution of the foreign dialogue partner to the strengthening of the bilateral relationship was highlighted. The Romanian official emphasized the importance of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the USA, recalling the advanced stage of the bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defence. Moreover, Prime Minister Dăncilă presented Romania's ongoing projects in the field of promoting the Holocaust education and combating anti- Semitism and thanked for the constant involvement of the American Jewish Committee in supporting these projects, the organization being one of the oldest transatlantic partners of Romania. Prime Minister of Romania spoke about the attractiveness of the Romanian business environment and presented the legislation in force, including the one regarding the public-private partnership. The officials voiced their appreciation for Romanias commitment to combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia. They evoked the very good cooperation, for over three decades, between Romania and the organization they are leading, and they have announced their readiness to visit our country in June, accompanied by a delegation of business people interested in investing in Romania. The president and vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations also highlighted the close cooperation between Romania and the United States, as well as the intense cooperation between Romania and the State of Israel. In order to strengthen the relationship with the State of Israel, the representatives of the Organization expressed the need to appoint an ambassador of Romania, expressing the perplexity that, although there is a proposal, this is delayed. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is an American non-profit organization headquartered in New York, that addresses issues of critical concern to the Jewish community. It comprises 51 national Jewish organizations, and it was found in 1956 with a view to conveying an unilateral message to the U.S. Administration. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the official luncheon held in honor of women leaders Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă who is paying a visit to the United States to attend an AIPAC Political Conference, was invited to an official luncheon held in honor of women leaders. Attending the luncheon were Mrs. Cathy Mc Morris Rodgers, Republican, member of the Washington House of Representatives, Mrs. Stav Shaffir, member of the Knesset from the Labor Party, Mrs. Neera Tanden, member of the Democratic Party, President and CEO of Center for American Progress, members of the AIPAC Board, including the designated president Betsy Berns - Korn. Several personalities attending the event evoked the fact that they have strong roots in Romania, their great - grandfathers were born in Moinesti, or in other areas of the country (for instance Stav Shaffir, Betsy Berns - Korn, Rodica Burg - AIPAC volunteer and many others). Participation in this event offered the opportunity of an exchange of ideas on gender equality, role of woman in modern societies, promoting women in leadership positions, both in public offices and in private sector, and last but not least, exchange of ideas on ways to combat domestic violence. The participants in the event hailed the announcement of the Romanian Prime Minister regarding the granting of Romanian citizenship to all Jews of Romanian descent who were obliged to renounce Romanian citizenship when they left their country during the Communist regime. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the AIPAC leadership representatives In the context of participation in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the AIPAC President Morton Fridman, AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr, and AIPAC Director for International Relations Stephen Schneider. During the talks, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted the importance of Strategic Partnership with the United States for Romania, as well as our country's attachment to the partnership with the State of Israel. At the same time, Prime Minister highlighted the firm support by Romania of a robust transatlantic relationship as essential premise for ensuring common security and prosperity. In this context, Prime Minister outlined the opportune moment represented by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council for the promotion of a positive agenda in the transatlantic relationship, based on dialogue and promotion of joint interests. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reaffirmed Romania's commitment to combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and any other forms of intolerance, this being part of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council. The Head of the Executive further evoked the events devoted to this topic, organized under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, in Brussels and in Bucharest. Prime Minister presented the actions of the Romanian Government aimed at preserving the Holocaust memory and combating denial, mentioning among these, opening of a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Bucharest, and the development of education programs on the Holocaust. AIPAC leaders voiced their appreciation for the fact that the first event organized by PRES RO in Brussels was devoted to combating anti-Semitism and commended the Bucharest Cabinet's measures regarding the opening of a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust and the importance our country attaches to promoting education on Holocaust at the level of the entire Romanian society. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the inaugural session of the AIPAC conference Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended on Sunday, March 24, the inaugural session of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), at the invitation of organizers, as part of her working visit to Washington. It is the first time that a Romanian Prime Minister delivers an inaugural speech within this important international political forum. Prime Minister highlighted Romania's status as U.S. Strategic Partner and close friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that Romania is one of the U.S. staunchest and steadfastest allies and outlined that the sharing of democratic values and principles remains the foundation of the Romania - U.S. bilateral relationship. The Romania - U.S. bilateral relationship is on an ascendant path within the Strategic Partnership, on all its dimensions - political, economic and strategic. The Head of the Executive mentioned that Romania continues the special, strategic and economic relationship with Israel, which will be strengthened through a joint sitting of the two Cabinets to be organized as soon as possible. Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that she is very determined to contribute to an increasingly closer relationship of Israel with the European Union. Last year, we celebrated 70 years of uninterrupted relations with the State of Israel, Romania being the only state in its region that, in 1967, made the historic decision to continue relations with the Jewish state. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that for our country, the links with Israel are, above all, organic, through the community of Israelis of Romanian descent, significant in number, and also through its contribution to the establishment and development of the State of Israel. In this context, the first event organized by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was devoted to the fight against anti-Semitism, an event held under the aegis of the European Parliament. Furthermore, by the end of the mandate of the rotating presidency, a similar event will be organized in Bucharest to mark the fact that we are united by common values and we want to ensure a better protection of the Jewish communities at European and global level. Prime Minister also reiterated Romanias commitment to supporting the peace process and the identification of a peaceful solution. AIPAC is one of the most powerful organizations in the U.S. whose declared role is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in a way that strengthens the security of the United States and Israel. The U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu also attended the conferences in previous years. This year's meeting was attended by the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. *** Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great honour for me, as Prime Minister of Romania, to address the honoured AIPAC Assembly. Israel and the United States are special strategic partners of Romania and great friends of the Romanian people. Last year, Romania celebrated 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations with Israel. This is a diplomatic and historic undeniable fact. In the '60s and '70s when other countries interrupted the relation with Israel, we strengthened it. We did a correct thing, we did what was needed to be done because friendship has value when it's needed. We have remained an important voice during the peace process, especially the Camp David one, which led to the peace between Israel and Egypt. Romania shows its openness for the continuation of peace dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Currently, Romania continues its close, strategic and economic relationship with Israel. The friendship and the excellent relations binding our nations will be strengthened, during a joint meeting of the Romanian Government and Israeli Government, which we want to organize as soon as possible. I am also determined to contribute to an increasingly closer relationship of Israel with the entire European Union, especially now, when Romania is holding the presidency of the EU Council. As we know, U.S. President Donald Trump opened the Embassy of the U.S. to Jerusalem. This admirable and courageous step impressed me, the Cabinet I am leading, and the Romanian people. The relocation of the U.S. Embassy is emblematic and proves the strong link of values between the American people and the Israeli people. Moreover, this gesture launched a refection process at international level. The Romanian Government initiated an assessment process regarding the opportuneness of moving Romania's Embassy to Jerusalem. This is why, I am delighted to announce today, before the AIPAC audience, that after the completion of the analysis by all the constitutional actors involved in the decision-making process in my country and in full consensus, I, as Prime Minister of Romania, and the Government that I am leading, we'll move Romania's Embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Supporting Israel and the Jewish community is our constant preoccupation and I have to convey you the following important information: The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament Liviu Dragnea requested me to communicate you that he will promote in Parliament, in the next period, three particularly important laws for the Jewish community in my country and the world. The first refers to lawful granting of Romanian citizenship to all Jews of Romanian origins who were obliged to renounce their Romanian citizenship when they left Romania during the Communist regime. Secondly, we are talking about granting compensations and special pensions to the Holocaust survivors in Romania, as a sign of respect and recognition of the sufferings of these heroes. Thirdly, we have the law guaranteeing the access to state archives, for the specialists of the Jewish communities federation in Romania in order to find out the truth on their past from the inter-war period. Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to be today here to speak with the AIPAC leadership, a model of democracy and civic power. The Romanian presidency of the EU Council strongly upheld the transatlantic relationship, the United States being the strategic partner that ensures Romania's security. We fought and we are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the American troops, anywhere we have been called, being instrumental in bringing freedom and democracy to those who need them. We are one of the few NATO allies that observed the United States' desire regarding the allocation of 2 percent of GDP to Defence. We support the Jewish community and the fight against any form of anti-Semitism, and against any form of hate speech. The first event organized by the Romanian presidency of the EU Council was devoted to the fight against anti-Semitism, and we will be honoured to organize a similar event at the end of our mandate. We are united by common values and we want to ensure a better protection of Jewish communities at European level. Romania will always stand with Israel, and you, of AIPAC, to make sure that our countries and organizations remain the same close partners in front of both challenges and opportunities to come. I can promise you one thing: Romania shall remain the same loyal friend, and the strongest European voice in support of Jewish people and the State of Isarel. As a conclusion, I would like to say the traditional greeting for all our friends: SHALOM HAVERIM! See you soon in Jerusalem! 2019-03-24 16:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-24-05-27-42big_04_resize.jpgVizita prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, în Statele Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 24.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-united-states-of-americaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the U.S. business sector representatives Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended on Saturday, March 23, a working luncheon with the representatives of U.S. companies that have investment in Romania, as part of her visit to Washington DC. Members of the management of Amgen, Motorola Solutions, ExxonMobil, Oshkosh Defense, Parsons, Merck (MSD Pharma), UiPath, Textron/Bell and AMRO were among the attendees. During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the transatlantic partnership for the prosperity and economic security of Europe and the United States, highlighting the fact that strengthening this tie is one of the Romanian Presidency of EU Council's objectives. Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reaffirmed Romania's desire to strengthen and deepen the economic dimension of the Strategic Partnership with the United States. In this respect, Prime Minister presented the measures adopted by the Romanian Government with a view to boosting the competitiveness of the Romanian business environment and extended them the invitation to invest in Romania. The representatives of U.S. companies expressed their interest to pay a visit to Romania in June 2019, following the presentation by the Romanian Prime Minister of the opportunities that our country offers in a number of areas such as: healthcare, energy, research and innovation, information technology and communications. Furthermore, the U.S. investors commended the measures taken by the Romanian Government regarding the increase of the state budget designed to healthcare and infrastructure investments as well as the opportunities to increase the strategic defence industry. The constant dialogue between the Government of Romania and the investors was also mentioned within the meeting, and the representatives of the participating companies voiced appreciation for Ministers' participation in investment forums organized by U.S. companies. The talks also addressed the latest amendments to the legislation regarding the Public Private Partnership, with highlights on the fact that it includes extended contractual terms and allows a more flexible funding, as well as the sharing of benefits and risks between the public and private partner. Another widely debated topic during the meeting aimed at the successes registered by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council on a set of important dossiers for the development of the business environment. Last but not least, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked the United States for the support granted for Romania's accession to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) while highlighting the benefits which this demarche could bring to the U.S. companies developing business in Romania. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will pay a visit to the United States on March 23-26, 2019, to attend the Conference of the American - Israelian Committee for Public Policies (AIPAC). The visit takes place following an invitation extended to Prime Minister of Romania by AIPAC President Morton Fridman and AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr. This visit reflects the intensification of the bilateral dialogue and is in line with the Romanian Government's consistent efforts to strengthen and develop Romania's partnerships with the United States and Israel. 2019-03-24 00:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-24-08-55-44big_03_resize.jpgConsultări între reprezentanții Guvernului și cei ai transportatorilorȘtiri din 21.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/consultations-between-the-government-and-the-transporters-representativesThe Secretary -General of the Government Toni Greblă and the Head of the Prime Ministers Chancellery Costin Mihalache alongside the representatives of the Transport Ministry and the Regional Development Ministry, met today at the seat of the Government with the representatives of the Confederation of Licensed Romanian Operators and Transporters(COTAR). The talks focused on measures needed to combat piracy in the road passenger transport sector and to regulate some road passenger transport activities. During the consultations, it was agreed to include several proposals made by road transport employers in the draft emergency ordinance on introducing certain measures in the field of road transport and amending Law no.38/2003 on taxi transport and rental, drawn up by the Regional Development and the Transport Ministry. One of these proposals seeks to eliminate the term repeatedly which appears in the taxi transport law, an amendment designed to help eliminate piracy from the road passenger transport. Likewise, it was agreed to transfer the rent-a-car activity to the Romanian Road Authority, and to extend the inter-county road passenger schedule. The talks followed yesterday's meeting with the representatives of the Federation of Romanian Transport Operators (FORT), in which Transport Minister Razvan Cuc also participated, the Romanian Government thus reaffirming its openness to constructive dialogue with all the stakeholders, so that the legislation would offer all the levers required to fight piracy in the field of road passenger transport, as well as safe transport services of quality. The draft emergency ordinance on establishing certain measures in the field of road transport was published for public consultation on March 1, on the websites of the two Ministries, and is currently in the inter-ministerial approval circuit, set to be approved during the next Cabinet meeting. 2019-03-21 11:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-21-11-28-09big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita de lucru a prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la BruxellesȘtiri din 21.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-brussels1553187854Opening remarks by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the E!SHARP LIVE 2019 - What does Europe mean to Europe? Dear Mr. Paul Adamson, Dear representatives of European institutions, Mr. Commissioner Julian King, Dear audience, Today's event is taking place in a decisive moment from the perspective of at least three major political processes currently unfolding at European level: elections for the European Parliament, and later, transition to a new legislative and institutional cycle; Brexit and the developments generated by this process, yet marked by many uncertainties, as well as the reflection process on the future of the European project. There are ongoing talks on essential aspects for the Union - such as the post -2019 strategic Agenda, strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union, and the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework. Thus, the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council has the chance to mark the reflection process on EU's future, through the Summit to be hosted in Sibiu, considering that the only credible response to current questions on the future European architecture consists in strengthening the European project. I think that we should advocate a stronger, more effective Union, that although marked by Brexit, has the capacity to stand up and be confident following this challenge. Let us advocate for a Union of reaffirmed common trust, for restoring the the European citizens's trust in the transforming force of the European project, for trust in the EU's capacity to provide citizens with a secure environment, a dignified one for living, a prosperous and ambitious future, for trust in EU's capacity to regain control on its own destiny, and to promote an effective and genuine leadership whose legitimacy derives from the aspirations and backing of European citizens, based on the real agenda of the citizens. We see in the European Union a guarantor of democracy, security, peace, well-being and progress. This is the raison detre of the European project, which has not lost its relevance for the Member States and European citizens over time, and which we have to keep in mind in order to restore our confidence in todays Union. The European Union is the guardian of the European model of life, which, by its force of attraction, continues to represent, globally, our most valuable asset, and which, through its transforming force, has initiated major structural changes in the Member States, in the aspiring states, in the neighborhood, but also in remote parts of the world. On the other hand, the European Union has faced in recent years a series of imbalances that have led to weakening peoples trust in the European project and in its ability and in our ability to find the best solutions for prosperity, security and social justice. Among these imbalances, the migration crisis played a major role, generating tensions at European level, which in turn led to the development of xenophobic trends, euroscepticism, populism, and radical political trends. I would like to also mention the issue of the deficit of trust, considered against the background of the external interference phenomenon in our electoral processes unfolding, both European and at the level of the Member States, as well as in the context of increased propagation of fake news and disinformation. Romania, as Presidency-in-Office of the Council of the European Union, has made efforts since the first days of mandate to combat this challenge, which has been intensively debated in all European institutions. As a result of these efforts, the General Affairs Council succeeded in adopting important conclusions on ensuring free and fair elections, with a focus on combating disinformation. In order to build citizens trust in the European Union, we need to create an European area of genuine communication, free of any interference. At present, we are all convinced that the European project needs a new impetus, vision of the future, based on this common vision of long-term solutions. Romania, as the Presidency-in-Office of the Council of the European Union, has the responsibility but also the chance to actively participate in formulating this vision of EU future. The debate on EU's future is an opportunity to enhance European inclusion and cohesion, in order that all member states may find themselves in this construction. A solid construction for a future Europe should besides the principle of cohesion, offer the possibility of expressing individual diversity and specificity, which, brought together, should create a harmonious, homogenous and coherent project. The accepted meaning of the cohesion concept was transposed in a transversal manner within our thematic priorities. It also reflects in our perception on the global role of the European Union. The continuation of the enlargement policy, observance of EU commitments in its southern and eastern neighborhoods, promotion of the multilateral system based on rules, maintaining a solid transatlantic partnership are in Romania's view, central elements for designing a better future for Europe. Ladies and gentlemen, As we are at the end of the legislative cycle, we plan in the first part of the mandate of our presidency, to focus on advancing the current European agenda, especially on legislative drafts that are almost completed or in an advanced negotiation stage at the level of the Council or the European Parliament. Since the start of the presidency, we have managed alongside the other member states and in cooperation with the other European institutions, to conclude the negotiations on 81 legislative dossiers, many of them with major impact at European level, with impact on the life of the citizens. I would only mention some of them, respectively in the energy field: Natural Gas Directive, in the field of the single market: The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, in the labor field- Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority. Significant results have also been achieved in the banking area: respectively the Banking Package, the Legislative Package on the Capital Markets Union, in the IT area: the regulation package on the interoperability of the EU's information systems, in the political area: amendments to the legislation on the status and funding of political parties and foundations; Council's conclusions on ensuring free and fair elections with a focus on combating disinformation, and also in the field of research and innovation, - the Council's conclusions on artificial intelligence. Through the efforts made and the results achieved so far, we can demonstrate that our presidency is a presidency of efficiency and quality which, in close collaboration with the other member states and with all European institutions, delivers in a consensual manner, the awaited results, desired and useful results for the member states, the citizens and the business environment. The confidence in such concrete results, achieved in a manner designed to unite us at European level, represents a solid ground on which to build the path to Sibiu (Summit)agenda which would lead us to a better Europe in the future, closer to its citizens. I hope that today's debate, your opinions, recommendations are found in the project of the European future. I would like to thank you and wish you greater success on today's discussions! 2019-03-21 11:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-21-12-11-08big_p3210164-2.jpgVizita de lucru a prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la BruxellesȘtiri din 20.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-brussels1553108696 Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the Tripartite Social Summit *** Speech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the Tripartite Social Summit [Check against delivery] Dear President of the European Council, Dear President of the European Commission, Dear representatives of European social partners, I am honored to attend this Tripartite Social Summit. It is an even more special occasion as today's meeting is taking place when Romania is holding the presidency of the EU Council for the first time. In this capacity and not only, we attach great importance to the cooperation with both EU institutions and its consultative bodies, such as the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). I would like to point out that I am the first Prime Minister of an EU Member State holding the rotating Presidency, who presented the priorities of the Presidency within the European Economic and Social Committee. The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union started at a fast and sustained pace, as we were aware of the fact that we have a large number of dossiers to handle in shorter time than other Presidencies given the proximity of the European elections. We, therefore, focused our efforts in the first part of our mandate, on the interinstitutional dialogue with the European Parliament in order to complete negotiations on as many dossiers as possible. We have closed negotiations on 75 EU dossiers with major impact at EU level. As you know, the motto of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is Cohesion, a common European value. This reflects the need to focus our efforts on reducing development gaps among Member States and on ensuring real economic convergence that would in turn generate social cohesion in all Member States. We have succeeded, through the substantial efforts of the Presidency, supported by those of the Member States, the Commission and the European Parliament, to finalize negotiations on a number of relevant legislative proposals for attaining this objective, which will help protect and simplify the lives of European citizens, support companies and the business environment, as well as foster the social partners' involvement in the development of social and economic policies at national and European level. I would like to recall in this regard the political agreement with the European Parliament on the work-life balance directive, which represents a consistent progress in the Unions efforts to ensure and promote equal opportunities and gender equality in the labor market , by providing conditions to facilitate the work - life balance for all European citizens, especially women. Greater predictibility and clarity will be ensured as regards working conditions for European workers by reaching an inter-institutional agreement regarding the Directive on transparency and predictibility of working conditions. An important breakthrough in the safety of our citizens and the Union as a whole is the finalization of negotiations on the Directive regarding the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work which will help protect the health of millions of workers in the European area. At the same time, an important step at European level in the social field was a political agreement on the Regulation establishing a European Labor Authority. Once implemented, the proposed Regulation will help facilitate free movement within the Single Market by facilitating access to relevant information on the rights and obligations of workers, employers and national administrations in cases of cross-border mobility. The setting up of the European Labor Authority acquires at the same time a particular significance in the context of the 50th anniversary of free movement within the Union, that is also one of the points on the agenda of today's Tripartite Social Summit. Devoting a substantial part of todays debates to aspects of the freedom of movement is a recognition, if necessary, of the essential role that this represents for the European Union - institutions and social partners alike. The labour mobility, as a fundamental EU principle, must be backed by well-articulated mechanisms that support the European social model. At the same time, maintaining the Diaspora's links with the country of origin and its active engagement in the developments in the country of origin represent an important milestone in our actions, as decision- makers, from both an economic, social and also cultural perspective. I mention in this respect the fact that the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council held on March 17-18, in Bucharest, the first Ministerial meeting on Diaspora policies which facilitated the exchange of good practices among European leaders from countries with large Diaspora and experts in the field. We are confident that these measures taken at European level will have a positive impact on all our citizens. At the same time, concerted efforts at national level are needed alongside measures taken at European level in order to ensure delivery of tangible results in reducing development gaps, especially in the context in which the social domain falls predominantly within the competence of the Member States. Romania has consistently backed the need and importance of ensuring high standards of living for citizens. In this respect, in addition to the steps taken at European level, which Romania has actively and steadily supported, specific measures designed to contribute to meeting the convergence objective have been taken internally. From this perspective, a priority of the Romanian Government was the reflection of the positive evolution of the economy - as you know, Romania is among the Member States with the highest economic growth rates - in the living standards of the citizens. One of the measures already implemented has been to ensure adequate pay levels in key areas such as healthcare or education. The Romanian National Statistics Institute's data indicate that these sectors recorded the highest growth rate of net income between January 2018 and January 2019, the salary rose by 36% in education and by 30% in healthcare. The measures implemented at national level have led to substantial adjustments in the living standards of the citizens. The purchasing power has risen due to salary and pension increases over the inflation rate. Ladies and gentlemen, In todays European context, todays theme - A stronger, united and future-oriented Europe - is all the more relevant and up-to-date as our action in this period will make a decisive contribution to shaping the future of the European Union. A future that must be dedicated to the well-being of all our citizens, without any discrimination, restrictions or barriers. The value of our action and the need to continue to act together to defend the common interests and fundamental values of the Union are milestones in our efforts to shape a more united, cohesive, efficient and closer to citizens Europe. We are all aware of the current challenges that have an impact not only on our economies but also on our citizens. In order to ensure an adequate and sustainable response to these challenges, we must admit that the social welfare of all our citizens is based above all on economic convergence and social cohesion. At the same time, social cohesion can be built only within a fully functional internal market, in which rules are observed and are not dilluted through unjustified protectionist measures. We have taken important steps so far in this regard. One of the most relevant recent breakthrough is the endorsement of the European Pillar of Social Rights, a benchmark of our common action to ensure high living standards for European citizens. However, developments in Europe reveal the existence of further challenges to which we must find a response together. The European Union and we, the political stakeholders, need to identify solutions to labor market challenges in the current socio-economic complex context to ensure a high level of competitiveness and productivity at global level. The nature of challenges is similar for all, whether we are talking about labor shortages, the aging of the population or the persistence of youth unemployment. We need coherent policy decisions, an application of EU regulations adjusted to national situations and a better knowledge of citizens expectations. Furthermore, strengthening social dialogue and the engagement of social partners in the reforms aimed at labor markets and social protection systems are essential given the implications that the new labor forms are generating in economy and society. I am sure that talks within today's summit will contribute to advancing dialogue and the exchange of constructive ideas in the process of shaping Europe's future. Thank you. 2019-03-20 17:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_img_9865-12.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de semnare a protocolului de colaborare în vederea implementării eficiente a proiectului „TEAM-UP:Progres în calitatea îngrijirii alternative a copiilor”Știri din 19.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-signing-ceremony-of-the-protocol-of-collaboration-for-an-effective-implementation-of-the-project-quot-team-up-progress-in-the-quality-of-alternative-child-care-quotSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the signing ceremony of the protocol of collaboration for an effective implementation of the project TEAM - UP: Progress in the quality of alternative child care I am glad that we are together today at the signing of this document so necessary to protecting children in difficulty. The Government is taking another important step in ensuring a familiar environment for institutionalized children, in the transition process towards their care in the community. As a mother, I am very glad that we have the opportunity of implementing such programs so that as many children as possible have the chance to be protected and properly guided in life. A care institution cannot replace the family environment, parental affection and protection. The document signed today contributes to a better implementation of the second phase of the largest European funds investment in the maternity care system in Romania. It is a project worth 568 million euros, implemented across the country. The care assistants will receive the necessary training courses in child-rearing, child healthcare protection, resolution of child abuse and neglect cases. We have the moral duty to take these measures in order to give institutionalized children the chance to decent living, for them to benefit from family affection and protection so that they become emotionally healthy adults and have, when reaching adulthood, the full capacity to integrate into society. We have taken the steps towards improving legislation on the child rights protection and promotion, project which is currently in inter-ministerial approval procedure. At the same time, the amendment to the adoption procedure Law is in parliamentary debate. The regulations introduced envisage limiting the childs length-of-stay in the institutionalized system, speeding up the procedure of acquiring and maintaining the status of adoptable child, and rendering the adopters assessment and post-adoption monitoring more flexible. In the context of the exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, the issue of child rights naturally occupies an important place on our agenda. Strengthening the children's participation in the decision-making process targeting them is a first step in children's involvement in building the future architecture of the European Union, as they represent approximately 21 percent of EU's population. Thus, the Bucharest Declaration will be drawn up during the Romanian Presidency, it is an appeal to European Union to establish a formal mechanism for consulting children in decision-making processes. I would like to congratulate Minister Rovana Plumb, Mrs. Gabriela Coman, for this important step, for the signing of these documents. Congratulations once again! 2019-03-19 12:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-19-02-19-14big_06_resize.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Fabrica Ford din CraiovaȘtiri din 18.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-03-18 12:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2019-03-18_at_14.38.23.jpegDeclarațiile premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Forumul Industriei Auto Europene 2019Știri din 18.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-statements-at-the-2019-european-automotive-industry-forum-in-craiova[Check against delivery] Madam Commissioner, Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to see such a numerous presence to this event devoted to one of the strongest industrial activities in the European Union: the automotive industry. Europe is undergoing major changes that are launching new challenges for the entire European community: economic, social, political ones. We are all duty bound to act rapidly and with determination, to be proactive and engaged, to work together in order to keep the resilience of the European economy, and implicitly, of the automotive industry. We are in one of the most important economic centers of the country, in whose development the car sector played a decisive role. Today's event takes place in Craiova, under the rotating Presidency of the EU Council exactly in order to underline the importance of this industry for Romania. As you could see, a large number of Ministers accompanied me on this visit as I wanted to convey a strong message on the part of the Government. I am now among you in order that we find together mutually advantageous solutions and programmes. The Government supports you to develop, create new jobs and generate economic growth and implicitly a better life for Romanians. The automotive sector means not only in Romania but in the entire Europe, great added value products in exports, essential factor for the competitiveness of the economy. But it equally means more than this: stable jobs, a model of adaptability to change, a lever of inclusion and improvement, a better life for citizens. Romania, state holding the rotating presidency of the EU Council managed to advance works on a series of important dossiers for the increase of competitiveness, the development of industry and implicitly for the automotive industry. I want to thank you for the involvement of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the team that successfully managed, and continues to work with determination on important topics for our future. If we refer to digitalization, the conclusions on artificial intelligence, promoting clean vehicles and encouraging the purchase by public authorities of non polluting cars, norms to support investment adjusted to business sector requirements, we are working at both European and national levels to foster the automotive sector development. Ladies and gentlemen, Romania has one of the highest economic growth rates in the EU for some years, which shows that it is not a conjunctural situation. It is a lasting process, a sustainable one, the result of activity and private sector competitiveness. In 2017, the economic growth was 7 percent, and in 2018, 4.1 percent, which means an annual average of 5. 5 percent, what we seek to attain this year too. The automotive industry is one of the pillars underpinning the development of the Romanian economy, both through its own performances and especially through the effect of engagement and economic multiplication, as well as through the large number of employees. The car sector was the engine of Romania's exit from recession following the economic crisis and is today the propeller of growth and national economic development. In recent three years, the annual average growth pace of this sector was over 13 percent, a lot over that of industry, of 4. 3 percent. It also had an important role as regards the trade. In the first 11 months of last year, the share of road transport vehicles in the total of exports was 17. 4 percent whereas the imports represented only 10 percent. After the constant growth of recent years, 2018 was an extraordinary year for the automotive industry. Romania achieved a record vehicle production last year, a 30 percent increase compared to previous year. It is a strong signal of confidence for the Romanian economy, and the business environment. The Romanian Government is firmly committed to continuing and developing policies and projects to back industry and car components, receptive of international trends, and preoccupied with meeting expectations in this field. We are pursuing several action directions: stimulation of research - development - innovation, essential to boost competitiveness, investment in continual training of labor force, aid granting through state aid schemes and encouraging the purchase of new cars, non polluting vehicles. Backing financing instruments and granting facilities designed to foster research - development - innovation and the technological transfer represent one of the conditions for the development of a modern and long - lasting automotive industry. Through the National Research - Development Plan 2015 -2020, we finance projects designed to contribute to boosting the competitiveness of the Romanian economy, through increase in enterprises' productivity and the progress in value chains. They target to an overwhelming extent the automotive industry, both car and the car components manufacturers. I mention the tax incentives for the economic operators performing research activities. I refer to 50 percent additional deduction of eligible spending for these activities and but also to the income tax exemption for research - development - innovation employees, as well as the 10-year income tax exemption for research firms since 2017. And last but not least, we are concerned with the most burning issue for the automotive industry: transport infrastructure. We have amended the legislation to increase the possibility of developing the infrastructure including through the Private Public Partnership. We will take other measures to ease and speed up this process. The Transport Minister is here today with me, and he knows the burden on his shoulders. After so many years of slow-moving things, the Government I am leading has taken up this challenge. And we will prove it is achievable. People are right, they are right to be upset about the pace in which works have been performed in this area. But the truth must be fully said. In the PSD governments, over 500 km of the existing highways were built. In other governments, there were zero km built! And let us not forget that the Romanian Minister of Transport of 1999, who became later the President of Romania, explained that: Romania does not need highways, national roads are enough. We have been fighting for years with this profoundly wrong mentality, also with a series of intentional hindrances. I made this paranthesis to call things by their name. Yes, it is an essential issue for Romanias future development, but we can only resolve it by action, not by political circus and political statements. Specifically, last week, works began on the first kilometers of highway in Moldova. And because we are in Craiova, Craiova - Piteşti express road is already in advanced construction stage. It will have a length of more than 121 km, and a total estimated value of almost 5 billion lei, including VAT, and for a more efficient achievement, the objective was divided into 4 sections. Contracts for the design and execution of the four sections were auctioned in 2017, and the contracts for sections 1 and 2 were already signed in December 2018. Basically, this year, road sections 1 and 2, 57.55 km long and with a combined value of more than 2 billion lei with VAT, entered the design phase. I have to say that auctions for sections 3 and 4 have been cancelled in court. At this point, the documentation required for these road sections is in the update procedure in order to be able to be re-launched again this year. The programme of upgrading the railway line on the section Arad - Caransebes - Craiova - Calafat and Craiova - Bucharest - Constanta Port which will help to increase the transport capacity, reduce travel times and eliminate speed restrictions is ongoing. Last but not least, the Government recently approved the Bucharest-Craiova-Drobeta-Lugoj project with bifurcation, and the one from Craiova towards Calafat is to be implemented in the Public Private Partnership. In April, the substantiation study will be ready to be auctioned. The Pitesti-Sibiu project, equally awaited, is well advanced. Design and execution of Section 1 Sibiu - Boita - the tender evaluation process has been completed. The winner was announced. Today the challenge period expires and if everything is fine, by the end of the week we can sign the contract. The tender evaluation process was also finalized for the design and execution of Section 5 Curtea de Argeş - Piteşti. Design and execution of Section 4: Tigveni - Curtea de Argeş - the tender documentation for the launch of the public procurement procedure was finalized and submitted for publication to ANAP in January 2019. It is visible in the SICAP (Collaborative Information System for Public Procurement). As regards Sections 2 and 3 of the Sibiu - Pitesti highway, there is a deadlock because of the challenge of the Environment Agreement obtained in December 2018. We hope we can escape this permanent blockage of challenges that we are facing for years. Dear guests, The Romanian Government is a partner of the business environment and as I underlined, it supports the development of projects with effect of economic engagement. In this respect, we assured the funding necessary for the state aid scheme with major impact in the economy, we simplified it and rendered it flexible, so that as many companies as possible benefit from this aid. Five of the 14 financing agreements signed at the end of last year on the basis of this policy, are for projects of some companies in the automotive industry, including of car components. The development of these projects in total amount of 1 billion lei will have important economic and also social effects, through the creation of nearly 1,300 new jobs. In this year's state budget, the policy of boosting investment through granting state aid will continue to occupy an important place. We provided appropriation commitments of 1.6 billion lei, which implies funding investment projects of at least 4 billion lei. Therefore, the objectives of the Cabinet I am leading are equally focused on supporting the private sector, which substantially contributes to GDP growth and better living standards for all citizens. At the same time, in the automotive industry, as in all economic competitive branches, continual professional training and permanent adjustment to new are vital. It is obvious the fact that the digitalization and the computerization are the future in the car industry. As Prime Minister, I am concerned for this natural and beneficial trend for the economy not to turn into social vulnerability. In this context, it is necessary more than ever to invest in people, in boosting their competitiveness, and in securing better work conditions, in line with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Romanian Government developed levers whereby to stimulate both employers to invest in training the workers and the employees to be preoccupied with an increasingly better professional qualification. I refer here to the Programme - Invest in yourself and also to other policies financed through national and European policies whereby we encourage employment and the increase of workers' competitiveness. Ladies and gentlemen, Clean technology is the future. In line with the European objectives of environmental protection, through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but also with the European and world trends in the automotive industry, the Romanian Government encouraged the purchase of new cars, less polluting, through the programes devoted to car park renewal which have been carried out by the Environment Ministry. In recent years, we promoted a program whereby we support citizens to buy new cars, with state guarantees. We have already prepared a draft normative act whereby we can render flexible and adapt this program to the European and world trend of shifting emphasis on hybrid and electrical vehicle manufacturing. In addition to the good effects for the car industry and that of car components, with a significant share in the national economy, we envisage the benefits for environment too. A common effort and new solutions are required for non polluting, hybrid and electrical vehicles to be more accessible to citizens. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, you have in the Romanian Government a trustworthy partner that is open to doing much more through open and fair dialogue with the business environment, at both national and European levels. I have confidence that through talks like those held today between representatives of the European Commission, national and European Parliament, representatives of Government and citizens, car industry and car components industry, we can achieve the results expected. Thank you. 2019-03-18 09:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2019-03-18_at_10.20.57.jpegPremierul Dăncilă: Semnarea memorandumului de înțelegere cu compania DP World din EAU deschide calea pentru o prezență substanțială a companiilor emirateze în țara noastră Știri din 17.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-dancila-the-signing-of-the-memorandum-of-understanding-with-the-uae-based-dp-world-paves-the-way-for-a-substantial-presence-of-emirati-companies-in-our-countrySpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the government - owned DP World and the Transport Ministry of Romania [Check against delivery] Dear guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to Romania! Your presence here, for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the government - owned DP World and the Transport Ministry of Romania is a clear proof of the friendship binding us and also an extremely important moment for both states. Today, we are paving the way for a more extensive collaboration in the field of transport and transport infrastructure, in the context of signing in early February 2019 of the long - term concession agreement for the operation of Constanta Container Terminal. Your expertise in this field will surely be an essential factor from now on. The Constanta Port has a major importance for us. It has a strategic position and a huge potential which unfortunately has not been capitalized so far at the level it should have been. We sought through our programme for government that Constanta Port becomes a regional port. This is why any investment is much than welcome. It is essential for this area to become dynamic and acquire the place it deserves at international level. We are interested in a substantial presence of Emirati companies in this sector, and we encourage UAE businesspeople to invest in Romania. Romania enjoys a long cooperation tradition with the United Arab Emirates that is our country's main trade partner in the Gulf area. I deem we are in an important stage of strengthening bilateral cooperation, reflected in both states' openness and firm political will to foster dialogue on all levels of interest. During my working visit to the United Arab Emirates in October 2018, the Romanian and the Emirati authorities jointly agreed to establish a tighter and more active framework for cooperation and coordination at the government level, and they thus agreed to elevate the bilateral relationship to strategic economic partnership. To this end, - A Joint Statement on Establishing a Strategic Economic Partnership between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates was adopted. We thus paved the way for important cooperation opportunities in the economic field. The signing of this Statement represented an essential moment in Romanian - Emirati relations, creating the basis for future consolidation of cooperation in all identified areas of common interest. In this context, I reconfirm the Bucharest Government's support for strengthening the relations between the two states' business sectors, and point out that Romania has an attractive business environment that has been improved through legislative changes, such as those made to the public-private partnership law. I voice hope that an increasing number of UAE companies will be encouraged by the example of DP World and they will invest in Romania, in various sectors of interest. Thank you! *** PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended today, March 17, at the Victoria Palace, the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UAE-based DP WORLD and the Ministry of Transport of Romania, in the context of the visit to Bucharest of H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. The Memorandum was signed by the Transport Minister Răzvan Cuc, on behalf of Romania, and by H. E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. - The UAE delegations visit to Romania and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE-based DP World are paving the way for a substantial presence of Emirati companies in our country and for extensive investments in various economic sectors. We want to further consolidate and develop our strategic partnership in all areas of cooperation, and we encourage the UAE businesspeople to invest in Romania, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The Head of the Executive reconfirmed the Bucharest Governments support for strengthening the relations between the two states' business sectors, and pointed out that Romania has an attractive business environment that has been improved through legislative changes, such as those made to the public-private partnership law. Prime Minister underlined that the Government is a fair partner of the business environment that supports sustainable investment projects. During the Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's working visit to the United Arab Emirates in October 2018, the Romanian and the Emirati authorities jointly agreed to establish a tighter and more active framework for cooperation and coordination at the government level, and they thus agreed to elevate the bilateral relationship to strategic economic partnership. To this end, - A Joint Statement on Establishing a Strategic Economic Partnership between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates was adopted. Additional information: The 30-year extension of the long-term concession agreement for the operation of the Constanta Container Terminal by DP World was signed in early February 2019. As a result of the investment made so far by DP World, approximately USD 200 million have entered the Romanian economy. The extension of the long-term agreement will lead to the development of new investments of about USD 100 million, and over USD 230 million will enter the Romanian economy. 2019-03-17 19:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_p3170105-7.jpgVizită oficială a prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, la PragaȘtiri din 15.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-pay-official-visit-to-praguePrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Kubera Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today in Prague with the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Kubera, during the official visit paid to the Czech Republic. In the context of tackling the bilateral agenda, Prime Minister mentioned the efficiency and robustness of the Romanian-Czech partnership. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila endorsed the opportunity to increase the frequency of the high-level contacts, but also of the parliamentary committees between the legislative bodies of Romania and the Czech Republic. Moreover, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned Bucharests expectations regarding the participation of the Czech Republic Senates representatives in the events at parliamentary level within the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council. The Romanian official mentioned the concrete progress in strengthening the Romanian-Czech economic relations, referring especially to the volume of bilateral trade in 2018, which represents a record in relation to the previous years. Prime Minister Dancila also highlighted the importance of sustained efforts to strengthen the relations between the business circles of Romania and the Czech Republic. Moreover, she stated that a significant expansion and deepening of the sectorial bilateral cooperation would follow the natural developments related to the general interaction between the two countries. The dialogue devoted to European issues mainly aimed at the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, the future of Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework. Prime Minister Dancila highlighted that the Romanian presidency of the EU Council focused on the first part of the tenure on advancing the current European agenda - referring mainly to the legislative projects that are close to completion or at an advanced negotiation stage at the level of the Council or of the European Parliament. Prime Minister Dancila underlined the necessity of a strong and unitary Europe in all its dimensions - political, economic, social - without discriminations among its members on regional, economic-financial and social policy criteria. At the same time, Prime Minister defined the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework as one of the key dossiers of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă is welcomed by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic Radek Vondraček Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today a meeting with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic Radek Vondraček during the Prime Minister's official visit to this country. Prime Minister voiced satisfaction over the present meeting with the Czech official, after the one in September 2018, in Bucharest, on the sidelines of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. Prime Minister mentioned the good relations between Romania and the Czech Republic - based on common historical landmarks and numerous similar and currently convergent approaches at the external level. Prime Minister argued the need for boosting the parliamentary bilateral dialogue, both at high level and at the level of working committees. Prime Minister invited the senior representatives of the Chamber of Deputies from the Czech Republic to participate in parliamentary actions organized during Romania's tenure at the EU presidency. The Head of the Bucharest Executive hailed the accentuated positive trend in the bilateral trade as well as the significant increase of Czech investment in Romania. In this context, Prime Minister emphasized the need to inform the Romanian business communities about the opportunities offered by the Czech market. Prime Minister voiced support for the development of the sectorial cooperation between Romania and the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă outlined the rapid pace at which the Romanian presidency of the EU Council started and is being unfolded as well as the substantial beneficial impact of the presidency's efforts on negotiations regarding the active legislative dossiers. As regards the issue of the future of Europe, Prime Minister stated that the Romanian presidency of the EU Council upholds the idea of inclusive development of the Union that entails overcoming the East - West and North - South, old / new member states divisions, designed to create a unitary space, one of competitiveness and cohesion across the Union. Prime Minister called the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 as one of the key dossiers of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The Czech high official reaffirmed the Czech Republics support for Romanias accession to the Schengen Area. Last but not least, the two officials expressed their interest in cooperation in various regional formats, with the Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies mentioning in the context, the Visegrad format, and the Prime Minister of Romania mentioning the quadrilateral format Romania - Bulgaria - Greece - Republic of Serbia. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and her Czech counterpart Andrej Babis [Check against delivery] Andrej Babis: I am very glad that Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă paid a visit to our country. I appreciate the fact that she came here when Romania is holding the presidency of the EU Council and has a very important role especially in this period when we discuss about Brexit, the budget, and the issue of the tariffs with the United States. Romania is a traditional partner to us. Last year, we celebrated 100 years since the establishment of our countries: Czechoslovakia and Greater Romania. We are glad that even today, Romania is our close partner within the EU. We also discussed our vision on Europe, and we support Romania's accession to Schengen area as soon as possible. I said many times that Europe should have a clear territorial vision. We discussed about Schengen's accession. I think Romania's entry into Schengen area is lasting for much too long, and I am of the opinion that we must solve this issue as soon as possible within Europe. We have very good relations and our meeting was very pleasant, at least on my side. I am sorry that you do not come at the Council's meeting but your President will come. Given that our views are very close in terms of the EU issues, it is a pity that you do not attend the meeting of the Council. We discussed about the relations between our countries. The Czech Republic will be president of the V4(Visegrad Group) as of July. I will propose my partners in V4, next Thursday when I am meeting them, to organize a meeting with your group, a quadrilateral meeting, in order to discuss about energy, infrastructure, as you said you discussed during the meeting with Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia. Hopefully, we can meet and exchange views. I would like to thank you for inviting me to Romania. I will surely come with our entrepreneurs to see how you proceeded for the doctors to remain here. You said you did not have problems with nurses leaving abroad. We have, we have too few nurses. There have been very concrete talks and I am very glad that we have the same views on the cohesion policy, the same views on Europe. We found together that it is a pity that Great Britain withdraws from EU. I think, I further hope that a second referendum will take place and that Great Britain will remain in EU, as we have very close relations with Great Britain. I told you about my visit to the United States, and the talks I had with President Trump. Next week, I will have meetings with the V4 partners and with Madam Commissioner in charge of the negotiation with the United States, as to us, it is important that no car taxes are introduced. It is very important that we know what kind of mandate is being negotiated there, and we want to talk about negotiation in that framework. Time has passed quickly and I will surely be glad to meet in the future. We talked today about a very concrete collaboration. Thank you. Viorica Dăncilă: I would like to thank Prime Minister Andrej Babis for the excellent dialogue we have had today, during my official visit to Prague. The last visit of a Romanian Prime Minister to Prague took place in 2008. A decade on, we had the opportunity to identify new instruments to re-launch the governmental dialogue, especially in the context of celebrating this year 25 years since the signing of the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty between Romania and the Czech Republic. We had the opportunity of a comprehensive exchange of views on bilateral, European, regional and international issues of actuality. I pleaded for a substantial boost of the dialogue between Romania and the Czech Republic at all levels. I want to underline the very good stage of the bilateral economic and commercial relations. At the end of 2018, the total volume of these relations reached 4.67 billion euro, which represents a record in relation to the previous years. There are over 1,000 Czech companies in Romania. Thus, the Czech Republic ranks 10th in the ranking of foreign investors in Romania. Romania ranks 15th in the ranking of Czech Republic's trade partners. In this context, I want to especially encourage Romania's companies to be more confident in the access opportunities of the Romanian products on the Czech market. I emphasized the necessity to expand the sectorial cooperation. In this context, I mentioned the Romanian side's availability to extend cooperation or, as the case may be, to work with the Czech side in numerous areas, such as: digitisation, cyber security, energy security, encouraging the business sector, as well as healthcare and agriculture. As Romania is holding the presidency of the EU Council, I reviewed with Mr. Prime Minister the priorities and specific efforts of our countries and at the same time, I approached the main topics on the European agenda. Romania and the Czech Republic pay a special attention to some important dossiers, such as the future of Europe, Brexit, migration, the multiannual financial framework, the EU enlargement, the Neighborhood Policy. We share the interest in a much closer coordination within the European Union, in order to strengthen the Europea project, but especially to successfully cope with the challenges we are facing at global level, and especially to respond to the concrete expectations of the European citizens. I would like to express my gratitude for the constant support of the Czech Republic regarding Romania's accession to the Schengen Area. I made known that Romania will participate, as partner state with a special status, in the 2019 edition of the - NATO Days in Ostrava event, which will take place between September 21 -22. I discussed aspects regarding the contribution of the Czech minority of Romania, a very-well integrated minority in the Romanian society, as well as the contribution of the Romanian community living in the Czech Republic to the progress of the bilateral relations. They contribute to the strengthening of the confidence and respect climate between the two countries, facilitating the process of tightening business connections and supporting efforts to promote cultural exchanges. I have agreed with Mr Prime Minister to draw up an action plan to highlight the areas of future development of the bilateral relationship and we have established a working group coordinated at the government level. We tackled regional cooperation issues. A special place, I think, should be granted to the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region. In this context, I wished my counterpart success in the exercise of the presidency of theVisegrad Cooperation Group as of July 1, 2019 I deem this visit a major landmark in the political dialogue and I have invited the Czech Prime Minister to come to Bucharest to continue the dialogue we started today. I would like to thank Mr. Prime Minister once again for hospitality, for the warm welcome and the constructive dialogue we have had. Reporter (Reuters): Good afternoon. A question for the both Prime Ministers: yesterday, the British Parliament said that Brexit should be postponed. We do not know if this is possible. There should be an approval in this respect. Should there be a trade agreement established between the Union and the Great Britain if extra time is given to Great Britain? What is your view? Viorica Dăncilă: As you know, next week/.../. From the point of view of the EU, from the point of view of the rotating presidency, we are ready for any scenario. As you can see, the situation in the UK has to be clarified. An extension is being considered until before the election for the European Parliament, because if election time is exceeded(...), there must also be a competition in the UK for the MEP seats in the European Parliament again. I have seen that there is the scenario of a new referendum in the UK; it is important what they will decide at the European Council's meeting next week in Brussels; once again, we are ready for any scenario. As far as we are concerned, we would like an orderly exit of the UK from the European Union, if that is decided. Andrej Babis: Surely, on my behalf and on behalf of the Czech Republic, we will have a fair position, even if the situation does not look like this, even if the majority excludes this. We do not want it and we hope that a second referendum may take place and Great Britain will remain in the EU. This alternative serves best the Czech interests and the second alternative is that the Great Britain will accept the agreement that has been negotiated for two years and a half. It seems however that this agreement is not desired by the British side. It is a real chaos and it seems the Parliament has not reached consensus yet. We will see what happens next, and what will be discussed next Thursday at the Council's meeting. Thank you. *** PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay an official visit to Prague, on March 15, at the invitation of her Czech counterpart. The visit responds to the need to re-launch the Romanian-Czech political dialogue, especially at a high level, to intensify the efforts of the parties to coordinate their own positions on relevant topics and to expand and deepen co-operation between Romania and the Czech Republic with a view to generating added value in the bilateral relations and a more effective promotion of common interests, mainly within the EU. The Czech Republic is a traditional partner of Romania in Central and Eastern Europe. The special nature of the Romanian-Czech relations is built on historical landmarks, and it is currently strengthened by both states NATO and EU membership. The schedule of the visit includes meetings with high-ranking Czech officials - Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Chamber of Deputies Speaker Radek Vondraček and Senate Chairman Jaroslav Kubera. Talks will focus on intensifying political interaction, further strengthening economic links and stimulating a new dynamic to the Romanian-Czech sectoral projects. They will also focus on ways the two countries react to the main dossiers under negotiation at the European Union, as well as on ways in which the Czech Republic supports the key objectives, priorities and approaches of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council. 2019-03-15 13:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_ac0q2059.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu negociatorul-șef al Uniunii Europene pentru Brexit, Michel BarnierȘtiri din 14.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-eu-s-chief-negotiator-for-brexit-michel-barnierThe two officials analyzed the latest developments in the Brexit process, marked by the negative outcome of the British Parliaments vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. In this difficult context, talks focused on defining the European Unions strategy in the coming period, the possibility of prolonging negotiations to avoid a no-deal UK withdrawal being also highlighted on this occasion. Prime Minister of Romania expressed appreciation for the chief negotiators activity and voiced hope that his efforts will materialize in a positive outcome of the Brexit process. The Romanian senior dignitary highlighted Romanias support for the Withdrawal Agreement, which is the best instrument to limit the impact of the Brexit process and guarantee legal certainty for European citizens and the business sector. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the EU27 unity at this decisive stage in the process of UKs withdrawal from EU. The Head of the Executive emphasized the need to continue preparations at the EU level for any possible scenario that might materialize in the coming period. In this respect, Prime Minister highlighted the efforts of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council to advance the accelerated adoption of all contingency measures in order to ensure the adequate preparation of the European Union at the time of withdrawal. In this context, Prime Minister stated that the Unions objective remains to avoid a disorderly withdrawal of Great Britain and to establish a future partnership between the two sides on common values and interests. 2019-03-14 22:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dscf3903-8.jpgDiscursul Prim-ministrului României la sesiunea de deschidere a celui de-al VIII-lea Summit al regiunilor și orașelorȘtiri din 14.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-opening-session-of-the-8th-european-summit-of-regions-and-cities[Check against delivery] Dear President of the European Committee of the Regions, Dear participants, Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to attend today the opening event of the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities that Romania has the privilege to host this year. It is not by chance that this event is taking place in Bucharest, in the thick of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council! We took up the motto - Cohesion, a common European value as we wanted to convey a message on the importance of this principle in building a Union for citizens. The European citizens need hospitals to provide quality medical services, well-equipped schools to ensure quality education, better roads, security, prosperity, equity and stability. In brief, a better life. 2009 is the year of many changes, but it should equally be a year of continuity. The European agenda and developments are marked by multiple challenges we need to respond through cohesion, unity and solidarity. People's trust is gained over time but it can be lost in a moment. We have the necessary resources, capacity and strength not only to preserve but to boost confidence in the European project, by continuing investment which have brought prosperity to thousands of regions, cities and local communities. From this premise, Romania started its tenure as the holder of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, under the sign of the open and constructive dialogue with you, the ones who promote and represent the interests of the citizens. We have a common goal and I am convinced that together we are able to strengthen our confidence in the fundamental values that unite us. Ladies and gentlemen, Today's debate is a very useful platform for shaping the European future. We want a European Union that is strong, united, a cohesive one that works so that no one, no city, no region is left behind. Millions of people feel the concrete benefits of European development policies in their everyday life. The prosperity offered by the European project is the result of development policies, among which cohesion has a fundamental role. Romanias term at the Presidency of the Council of the EU overlaps this stage of redefinition of the European project for the next decade. Therefore, we have the opportunity to be more actively involved in this process, even more than just in the 12 years that have passed since joining the European Union. Now, we are part of this important demarche and it is not only an honor, but also a duty to actively participate, in an articulate and consistent way in the decision on the EU's future. By the motto we chose for the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, we sought to connect with the current debates at European level, we wanted to highlight the fact that the European citizens have to feel the benefits that the EU brings to everyday life. The cohesion policy needs be continued and strengthened in the future financial programming given its essential role in reducing gaps among regions as well as in establishing solid bonds between our communities. However, we must prove more power of action But we need to demonstrate more power when taking action and anticipating the challenges, so that we are prepared to deliver the solutions expected by European citizens. In Romania we have an expression that very strongly defines the power of unity: Unde-s doi, puterea creste. For with great numbers must come great strength to face any challenge. Distinguished participants, Our motto reflects the importance of recognizing and returning to the foundations of community building by using cohesion in all its dimensions: political, economic, social and territorial cohesion. We do not have time to waste! Europe is undergoing fundamental change, and it is our duty to provide as quickly as possible the security to a strong community that advances united and capable of protecting its interests and citizens. We need a more integrate, cohesive Europe, built on consensual objectives and directions, observing the fundamental European values and principles and avoiding fragmentation. We need a Europe with strong regions and cities. This first implies a closer connection between authorities and citizens and that the projects should be defined starting from the citizens' expectations. Ladies and gentlemen, The agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is ample, and we intend to follow it to contribute to defining the European project for the next decade. Our actions have at center the concern with strengthening the economic growth, stimulating investments and protecting citizens in front of social and economic challenges. Funds earmarking after 2020 reflects the way in which the European Union will look in the future and the emphasis we will put on consistent and fair development for all member states. The Financial Framework 2021-2027 should achieve balance between growth and convergence policies and provide the response to the more recent challenges we are facing at European level. At the end of the negotiations on the future multiannual budget, the cohesion policy must remain the main investment strategy. We need to further invest in our communities to provide them all the necessary levers to develop in a balanced way. Investing in our cities means more jobs and higher incomes for citizens. The value of cohesion is emphasized by its dual quality - a common European value and the expression of unity and solidarity among the EU Member States, its regions, its cities and its citizens. The cohesion policy managed to provide integrate development strategies bringing together projects from a wide range of areas- infrastructure, youth, human resources, and business sector, urban development, environment protection, research, innovation, climate change and energy efficiency. There are several examples in Romania outlining the benefits of the cohesion policy and Romanians know that the development over the last 12 years is largely due to European funds, fact reflected by the high level of confidence in the European project. Furthermore, the cohesion policy created partnerships and bridges between European institutions, and Europe's cities and towns, and the projects which have been carried out, have brought the European Union closer to citizens, led to improved living standards and all these achievements really represent the European added value. The European cities and regions still have many differences, have different potential and problems, have different traditions and development conditions. However, in recent years, informal cooperation in the field of territorial cohesion and urban development has been strengthened, coordinated action has been taken and the same principles leading to overcoming challenges, have been addressed. I would once again like to thank the President of the Committee of the Regions for the strong signal that has been given since the start of debates on the next financial framework, regarding the need to pursue this policy as a policy addressing all regions and cities if we really want a more integrated, inclusive, more ecological and prosperous future for the European Union. Distinguished participants, Demographic change, migration, labor market developments, and technological progress call for greater flexibility and agility in the cohesion policy. There is a need for a Europe fully connected to the principles of the European Social Rights Pillar in order to provide equal opportunities and access to the labor market, better working conditions, stronger inclusion and social protection, and uniform access to quality services. Economic progress is closely linked to social progress. More than ever, we need to invest in people, to help them become more competitive, acquire new knowledge, have access to the same facilities wherever they are. We need to ensure people's access to high quality health services, quality education, wherever they live, in a big city or a small town. Ladies and gentlemen, Dear participants, We are part of a large family, and there may be differences of opinion in any family. Let us turn the diversity of opinions into a factor of progress for a stable, better future for future generations. We are all around the same table. Let us be open to dialogue and have a constructive approach, let us put all the good things into practice for the benefit of our citizens. I am convinced that the Bucharest Declaration will definitely contribute to the preparation of the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, and together we will convey a firm signal of confidence in the future of the European Union. Lets give the citizens what they expect from us: a stronger Union, a more prosperous one, closer to citizens! Thank you! 2019-03-14 15:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_9592-14.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia prilejuită de introducerea în Serviciul de Luptă Permanent Poliție Aeriană, sub comandă națională, a aeronavelor F-16 Fighting FalconȘtiri din 14.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-ceremony-introducing-the-f-16-fighting-falcon-aircraft-in-the-national-air-police-service-under-national-commandSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the ceremony introducing the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in the National Air Police Service under national command, at the 86th Air Base Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociornita in southeastern Borcea, Calarasi County Dear Minister, Honourable Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Dear members of the military staff, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an important day for the Romanian Air Force, which can operate as of today the best performing aircraft in defense of the national airspace, but also for Romania, that has managed to significantly strengthen its defence capabilities. The modernisation of the Air Force has seen important results in recent years. The endowment with technologically advanced aircraft that have demonstrated their effectiveness in NATO and have allowed for a wide range of missions, contributes to the deterrence of any hostile intentions that may come from this geographical area. The Government will provide all the necessary support for the continuation of this modernization process essential in order to strengthen our countrys posture and to increase Romanias security profile. Ladies and gentlemen, We celebrate 15 years since joining the North Atlantic Alliance, and Romania proves once again that it responsibly assumes the position of a serious and reliable partner, a true pillar of stability in the Black Sea region. As you know, I had a meeting with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, in January. Our country's contribution to strengthening common security, to strengthening NATO as strong and secure alliance, is recognized and very much appreciated. The professionalism and dedication of our military honor Romania and the flag under which they are fulfilling their missions. As state holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council, and as active member of European community and the North Atlantic Alliance, Romania extends special attention to the NATO - EU partnership. As regards the security dimension, the actions of the European community should be complementary to those of the Alliance, especially in the context of joint challenges. I would like to underline both in Brussels and here, in front of you that Romania will continue to remain a trustworthy partner, firmly committed to strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance. We fulfilled and we will continue to fulfill all responsibilities falling to us as NATO partner. We are actively participating in joint missions in the theaters of operations. We are already in the third year that we allocate 2 percent of GDP for defence, a level we are going to maintain. We will increase every year the allocations for national defence, and the strategic endowment programmes are at the core of this commitment, as we specified in the programme for government. The Romanian Government's vision in this field is that a large share of the investment in defence technology should return to national economy. Romania has a major opportunity to ensure for itself through these high - tech investments, a role of regional hub in the European defence industry. The Government is backing through all legal levers these investments which, in addition to economic and security benefits, will capitalize on the expertise of our country in this field. Dear members of the military staff, The professionalism you have proven in fulfilling your missions substantially contributes to Romania's credibility in front of strategic partners, and at the same time, it is why the Army remains one of the institutions that Romanians trust the most. I congratulate you for your dedication and courage, I wish you and all who are working in the Military Aviation of Romania - clear sky and successful missions! 2019-03-14 10:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_9172.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Adunării Republicii Macedonia de Nord, Thalat XhaferiȘtiri din 13.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-speaker-of-the-assembly-of-the-republic-of-north-macedonia-talat-xhaferiPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, March 13, 2019, a meeting with the Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia Thalat Xhaferi who is paying a visit to Romania at the invitation of the President of the Senate. The meeting is part of the growing trend of bilateral political consultations and provided the opportunity of reviewing the state of cooperation between the two countries in the continuation of the talks that Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had with the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, who was on an official visit to Bucharest on February 28, 2019. The two officials also saluted the steady increase in bilateral trade. The Romanian Prime Minister thanked for the recent ratification in the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia of the bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of education, science, culture, mass media, youth and sport, a document that will help bring the two states closer, including by developing inter-human contacts and facilitating an enhanced cooperation in relevant areas. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă saluted the result of todays vote in the Romanian Senate for the ratification of North Macedonias NATO Accession Protocol, a vote that completed the process of approving the ratification law of the Protocol in the Romanian Parliament after the unanimous vote in the Chamber of Deputies on February 27, 2019. In this context, the Prime Minister of Romania passed congratulations to the Head of the Skopje legislature on the work and efforts of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, which, by its votes of January 11, 2019 and October 19, 2018, approved the amendment of the country's Constitution with a view to implementing the Prespa Agreement, thus leading to the signing of North Macedonias NATO Accession Protocol. Prime Minister Dăncilă reconfirmed Romanias support as Presidency of the EU Council towards advancing the country's process of European integration and encouraged the continuation of reform efforts for concrete results to be achieved during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The Romanian Prime Minister also reiterated Romanias willingness to support North Macedonia in the future negotiation process with the EU, through transfer of expertise and sharing its own experience in the field of the accession negotiation. 2019-03-13 15:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_8867-1.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu Radu Ioanid, director pentru programe arhivistice internaționale în cadrul Muzeului Memorial al Holocaustului din Statele UniteȘtiri din 13.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-radu-ioanid-the-director-of-international-archival-programs-at-u-s-holocaust-memorial-museumPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today a meeting with Radu Ioanid, the Director of International Archival Programs at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Participating in the meeting there were also U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm and the Director of the Elie Wiesel Institute in Bucharest, Alexandru Florian. The meeting took place in the context of todays conference in Bucharest entitled The Future of Memory: the National Museum of Jewish History and Holocaust in Romania, an event of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, organized under the auspices of the Romanian Prime Minister. The main topic for discussion was the opening of the National Museum of Jewish History and Holocaust in Romania. The Head of the Executive reiterated the Romanian Government's full support for this project designed to contribute to the promotion of education on Holocaust at the level of the entire Romanian society. 2019-03-13 15:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_8811-1.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la conferința cu tema ”Viitorul memoriei: Muzeul Național de Istorie a Evreilor și al Holocaustului în România”Știri din 13.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participated-in-the-conference-quot-future-of-memory-the-national-museum-of-jewish-history-and-the-holocaust-in-romania-quot[Check against delivery] Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Honorary audience, The International Conference - Future of Memory: the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania is the second event of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, addressing the topic of combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and all forms of intolerance, thus marking the special importance Romania attaches to this issue which represents one of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council's priorities. Today's event adds to the one I opened nearly one month ago, in Brussels, it focuses on promoting one of the most important projects currently at national level, the opening of the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania. As you undoubtedly know, Romania exercised the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This experience has shown that additional measures are needed at national level both to promote Holocaust education and to establish in the public awareness of the Romanian society some elements related to Romanias responsibility in the Holocaust events and the memory of the Holocaust victims in Romania. The project I mentioned, the opening of the National Museum of the Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania, aims at the ambitious objective of contributing to the promotion of Holocaust education at the level of the entire Romanian society. All relevant decisional actors from government sector to local authorities, Jewish community, and international partners are involved in accomplishing this project which had and will further have the full support of the Romanian Government. I take this opportunity to greet the presence at today's event of the representatives of some of the most important memorial museums whom I thank for being here today and for their participation in this event, especially for their constant support and involvement in the project of opening the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania. This museum will be devoted to the history, culture and traditions of the Jewish communities and we want it to become a landmark for the understanding and awareness of the contribution of Jewish communities from Romania to the progress of the Romanian society along history. We know that your schedule today includes a visit to the exhibition devoted to a Romanian honoring us, Viorica Agarici, a hero in two countries, bridging two religions, who proved the highest degree of humanity and great courage, helping the Jewish survivors of the Death Train after the Iasi Pogrom. Viorica Agarici was declared by the State of Israel as a righteous among the nations, and a tree in her memory was planted on the Alley of the Righteous at the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem. At the same time, we intend to present the Viorica Agarici project at a permanent museum exhibition at the Roman Railway Station, where on July 3, 1941, despite the military orders, she requested the wagon doors to be opened, to help the dying or wounded Jews, the survivors of the Iasi pogrom, deported with the death train to the Calarasi camp, thus saving the lives of many people who would have died of asphyxiation and dehydration. Ladies and gentlemen, As I have previously mentioned, the fourth pillar of priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, Europe of Common Values, covers issues related to the effective fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism and the deterrance of hate speech. In the current European context, marked by the worrying rise of intolerance phenomena, this event of the Romanian Presidency seeks to explore the ways in which such phenomena can be combated. Memorial museums play a particularly important role in this respect, as they mix in an optimal way educational, memorial, academic and commemorative valences in the fight against denial and minimization of the Holocaust and thus they contributes to building the collective memory of the members of a society . Dear audience, The recent results of the European polls show us that the anti-Semitism is a growing problem in the European societies. The members of the Jewish community in several European states are facing discrimination in school, at job, in online space, in media and in politics, they fear for their safety and their family's safety, and avoid publicly displaying symbols which could identify them as Jews. The Jewish synagogues and cemeteries often fell victim to acts of vandalism and destruction. Combating such developments requires unequivocal and determined measures at national level. Opening some memorial Holocaust musems is part of these measures, being able to influence public perception building about the Holocaust! Ladies and gentlemen, History must be known and assumed. Our duty of honour is to fight on the common front against any forms of intolerance on ethnic or religious grounds. In this respect, I deem that the involvement of Jewish communities in the measures envisaged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial / minimization are absolutely necessary for the development of effective solutions to combat this phenomenon. In this respect, I welcome the substantial involvement of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania in the project of opening the future National Museum of History of the Jews and the Holocaust in Romania. I welcome the presence of the President of the Federation, Mr. Aurel Vainer, at todays event. I especially appreciate the constant support that the Federation has granted to all those governmental projects that are directed towards combating the Holocaust minimization and are devoted to the commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in Romania. Honorary audience, We are backing the sharing of the more than ten - year experience accumulated by Romania in the process of assimilation and cultivation of the values represented by the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance - creation of institutions at national level, scientific study of the Holocaust phenomenon in Romania, commemoration of the victims. We want Romanias efforts in the field of Holocaust education, research and memory to be a point of reference for the states in the region andat international level. We also want Romanias ambitious projects in this field to be materialized. Events such as the one held today, contribute both to assuming the historical past and to avoiding future tragedies by promoting tolerance and counteracting the extremist discourse. I would like to thank you for attending this event today and to wish every success to the conference panels! 2019-03-13 10:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_8384-4.jpgLaserul de la Măgurele a atins cea mai mare putere din lume, 10 PetaWattsȘtiri din 12.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/magurele-institute-laser-reaches-world-record-power-of-10-petawattsWorld premiere in the High Power Laser (HPLS) project at the Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics Center, on March 7, the laser reached the power of 10 PetaWatts. The Romanian Government supported the implementation of this complex project, the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), one of the most important European research facilities, not only because it represents a significant scientific development in the field of high power laser buit it is being built with financial resources allocated through the Regional Development Operational Programme, plus national funds. We have every reason to take pride in the fact that Romanian scientists, alongside international specialists, succeeded in building the worlds most powerful laser. The benefits of implementing the Extreme Light Infrastructure project are multiple. Specialists have taken a huge step in seeking practical answers in important areas such as replacing costly energy technologies or research of revolutionary methods in the medical field. I congratulate the ELI-NP team of researchers and I assure them of the Government's full support, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The Romanian component of the ELI Project focuses on the field of nuclear physics (ELI-NP) and is being built at Magurele, at Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH). The system, installed at the ELI-NP Center in September 2016, completed the final testing procedure, currently reaching the projected power of 10 PW, the worlds record power. The recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Gerard Mourou, publicly highlighted the major role that the construction of this system in Romania played in the granting of this award. The Government of Romania, through the Ministry of Research and Innovation, closely followed the implementation of the ELI-NP project, providing all the necessary support for the optimal completion of the project, so that all the undertaken objectives are met. This special success - building the worlds most powerful laser - will be marked on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, through an event organized at ELI-NP Magurele. 2019-03-12 20:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-12-08-08-23big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntâlnire între primul-ministru Viorica Dăncilă și prim-vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene Frans TimmermansȘtiri din 11.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-first-vice-president-of-the-european-commission-frans-timmermans1552378169Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the First Vice - President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, had a meeting today at the Victoria Palace, the two high officials addressing the collaboration between Romanian Government and the European Commission. Talks were constructive and carried on what had already been established during last weeks meeting in Brussels. Both sides considered a practical dialogue is needed and agreed upon the steps to be followed in the next period. The two officials pointed out the need for a good cooperation between the Romanian Government and the European Commission. The two senior officials agreed upon the working plan of the Romanian and European experts who will have a first meeting this week in order to find the best solutions. In this context, they agreed that a new meeting will be held next week, on the occasion of Prime Minister's visit to Brussels. 2019-03-11 21:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-11-09-27-08big_01_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu ambasadorul SUA, Hans KlemmȘtiri din 11.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-u-s-ambassador-hans-klemmPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met today, March 11, 2019, the Ambassador of the United States of America to Romania Hans Klemm. On the occasion of the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the U.S. Ambassador noted that the positive dynamics of the bilateral Strategic Partnership was maintained and deepened. At the same time, they emphasized the importance of the bilateral dialogue especially in the context of the recent telephone conversation between the Romanian Prime Minister and the Vice - President of the United States. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă expressed the firm commitment of the entire Executive and her own to further expand and deepen Romania-US cooperation. The high Romanian dignitary reiterated the firm support by our country for a robust transatlantic relationship as an essential prerequisite for ensuring security and prosperity. In this context, Prime Minister outlined the opportunity represented by Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union to promote a positive agenda in the transatlantic relationship, based on dialogue and consensus. The two sides emphasized the importance of Romania-US cooperation in the security area, with a regional dimension. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted Romania's contribution to the allied effort of balanced defense spending by maintaining a high level of budget allocations to this end for 2019 and the continuation of the program of endowment of the Romanian Armed Forces. Ambassador Hans Klemm appreciated the actions carried out under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union aimed at combating anti-Semitism and preserving Holocaust memory, thanking Prime Minister Viorica Dancila for the event held in Brussels (February 7, 2019) and for the preparation of the conference in Bucharest, this week. 2019-03-11 19:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-11-07-42-32big_03_resize.jpgConvorbirea Prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu Steven Mnuchin, secretarul Trezoreriei în cadrul Administrației SUAȘtiri din 11.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-a-telephone-conversation-with-the-u-s-secretary-of-the-treasury-steve-mnuchinToday, March 11, 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. During the discussion, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reaffirmed the special attention the Romanian Government extends to the Strategic Partnership with the United States, as the main pillar of the foreign and security policy. At the same time, Prime Minister highlighted the intention to intensify bilateral cooperation on all dimensions of the Partnership, especially on the economic one. At the same time, the Head of the Executive highlighted Romania's particular profile, as a state dedicated to the partnership relation with the United States, as well as to the European project. In this context, Prime Minister stated that Romania will continue to promote a positive transatlantic agenda during its Presidency of the EU Council, in order to contribute to strengthening this relationship which it deems vital for both Europe and the United States. 2019-03-11 17:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-11-05-32-33big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea de către premierul Viorica Dăncilă a ambasadorului Republicii Turcia, doamna Füsun AramazȘtiri din 11.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-turkey-to-romania-mrs-fusun-aramazPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received today, March 11, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey Mrs. Fusun Aramaz, on a courtesy call. Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the bilateral relationship between Romania and Turkey which takes place on the basis of the Strategic Partnership. The Romanian Prime Minister stated that Turkey is Romania's most important trading partner outside the EU, and the development of trade exchanges has known an ascendant path. Prime Minister saluted the recent visit in Romania of the Turkish Trade Minister and the willingness of both parties to resume in the shortest time possible the meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on economic and technical cooperation. At the same time, Prime Minister underlined the current consistent sectorial cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Turkey, on numerous fields, with impact at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. The Romanian dignitary also pointed out the fact that Turkey is an EU key partner, alongside which it manages challenges and pursues joint interests. From this perspective, Prime Minister confirmed that Romania will continue to back Turkey's European aspirations and will seek to foster a pragmatic and constructive dynamic of EU- Turkey relations during the exercise of the mandate at the EU Council Presidency, in cooperation with European institutions and the Member States. The Romanian dignitary saluted the consistent political dialogue between the two countries, characterized by transparency and openness and wished success to the Turkish Ambassador in exercising her term of office in Romania. 2019-03-11 17:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-11-05-16-22big_03_resize.jpgExpoziția muzeală ”Viorica Agarici – Erou în două țări, punte între două religii”, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 11.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-03-11 17:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img-0460.jpgPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, întrevedere cu președintele Curții Europene a Drepturilor Omului, Guido RaimondiȘtiri din 08.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-echr-president-guido-raimondiToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the President of the European Court of Human Rights Guido Raimondi. The topics discussed by the two officials included the Courts dialogue with the judges for the implementation of the conventional provisions, the ECHR reform in order to render it more effective, as well as the situation of the various cases concerning Romania, cases falling within the ECHR jurisdiction. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated the importance that Romania attaches to the individual right of appeal before ECHR as a fundamental instrument of the conventional mechanism of human rights protection. Prime Minister also reaffirmed Romanias commitment to the reform process aimed at the future of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights. With regard to cases concerning Romania, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted the Romanian authorities commitment to handling them and finding the most appropriate solutions in this respect. Last but not least, the topic of the right to a fair trial was also addressed. 2019-03-08 19:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_cv1-6928.jpgPrezentarea bilanțului rezultatelor obținute de Președinția României la Consiliul Uniunii Europene, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 08.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-presented-a-review-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-eu-council [Check against delivery] I will present today a review of the first two months of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The European community means a better life for hundreds of millions of citizens, social security and cohesion, guaranteed rights and freedoms. They are the principles guiding our actions and which further inspire us in exercising this mandate. The Romanian Government, the Ministers and the Permanent Representation have acted with professionalism and responsibility and, in just two months, we obtained results that other presidencies did not get throughout their entire mandate. This demonstrates how unsubstantiated the attacks and gloomy forecasts launched before the takeover of this tenure, were, and those who did it acted for purely electoral reasons, without worrying that they put Romania in an unfavorable light externally. Despite these attacks, we have proved an efficient tenure and of quality, highly praised by all European partners. The Romanians can be proud of all the high-level meetings that we have had during this period; Romania has been congratulated on its exceptional way to handle the difficult dossiers on the table. The Ministers chaired numerous meetings in which they proved that the Romanian Government has the necessary capacity and experience to contribute to the identification of the best solutions for the major topics on the European agenda: definition of the post -2020 EU budget, functioning of the Single European Market, and the competitiveness of the industry, boosting digitalization, protection of social rights, internal security, combating terrorism, managing challenges determined by migration, post-Brexit future of the European Union. Through close cooperation and open and constructive dialogue with the representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament and the Secretariat General of the Council as well as with all member states, we reached consensus including on dossiers which stalled for a very long time. Since taking over the mandate, we managed more than 650 events and meetings both home and in Brussels, attended by more than 2,600 delegates. The interinstitutional collaboration is very important for the exercise of the rotating presidency. This is why we had consultations linked to our tenure's priorities, with all European partners: College of Commissioners, European Parliament, European Social and Economic Committee(EESC), Committee of the Regions(CoR), and with all European leaders. We are acting together to best meet the legitimate expectations of citizens, through engagement of all institutions, civil society, and local and regional authorities in drawing up the EU's policies. To an equal extent, we dedicated ourselves to promoting European values by combating intolerance, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism. One of the first events that we organized as country holding the rotating presidency was the Conference on the fight against anti-Semitism, exactly in order to convey a firm message regarding the fight against discrimination of any kind. I imposed from the very first days of my tenure an alert pace of work, being aware of the fact that we have to manage an important number of dossiers in a shorter period of time, compared to other presidencies. Considering that elections for the European Parliament are to take place in our mandate, we intensified talks with the European Parliament to close as many dossiers as possible. Negotiations on 67 dossiers with major impact at EU level were completed, which means that the Romanian Government reached in just two months, consensus on a higher number of European topics than other Governments holding the rotating presidency, reached in six months. We have achievements on all four pillars of the mandate priorities: Europe of convergence, safer Europe, Europe as global actor, and Europe of common values. Therefore, we have a presidency which achieved results for citizens in all fields. Within the Europe of Convergence pillar, we obtained results in fields linked to economic growth and jobs. As regards the promotion of digitalization, innovation and connectivity, we reached provisional agreements with the European Parliament on dossiers such as: copyright, relation between online platforms and traders, Digital Europe Programme or re-use on a larger scale of data financed from public funds. Upgrading the legal framework on copyright represented a major success of our presidency, considering that talks on this topic stalled for more than three years. The digital world opportunities will be unlocked through the new regulations, both for creators whose rights should be fully observed, and for the European citizens, beneficiaries of the advantages posed by the digital single market. With respect to the Digital Europe Programme, we obtained through a single trilogue, a partially provisional political agreement with the European Parliament. We hold the belief that this programme will bring substantial benefits to all of our citizens and companies, by stimulating investment in vital areas for competitiveness and innovation, such as: artificial intelligence, high - performance computers and IT security. For a less polluting environment, we advanced on European agenda the dossier on the promotion of clean vehicles. We obtained with the European Parliament the market stimulation and encouraged public authorities to use vehicles with low Co2 emissions. Furthermore, the Romanian Presidency and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on quicker introduction of the aerodynamic cabins on transportation market. These cabins will save fuel, improve visibility, safety and the comfort of drivers and will increase safety for the other traffic participants. We took concrete steps socially regarding the protection of the workers' rights. We completed key dossiers in the social field and I would like to mention some of them: The Directive which will ensure greater predictibility and clarity in terms of work conditions. There are norms that millions of European workers will benefit from. The Directive on the work - life balance for parents and carers with a major contribution in gender equality promotion, or the norms on reducing carcinogen exposure at the workplace. These are regulations that respond to current EU challenges. The Romanian presidency has also taken an important step towards a better functioning of labor market at European level. We reached consensus with the European Parliament on regulations to institute the European Labor Authority (ELA). This will support the implementation of the Union's legislation and will provide information to employees and employers on labor mobility. An exceptional result in the field of energy is the political agreement with the European Parliament on the proposal for the revision of the Natural Gas Directive. It is an even more important result of the Romanian Government as it has benefited from wide support from the Member States after a long period of intense and extremely difficult negotiations, given the complexity and impact of this proposal from a geo-strategic perspective , as well as for strengthening the EUs energy security. This step will contribute to ensuring a uniform and transparent regulatory framework at European level for gas interconnections with third countries in the context of the European Unions strategic objective of enhancing energy security. Moreover, the Romanian Presidency has completed the dossier on new rules to make sure that products introduced into the single market are safe and in compliance with the legislation on health, consumer protection, environmental protection and public safety. The health of European finances is essential for economic growth. Ministers are working intensively alongside the Permanent Representation to define the future multiannual budget of the Union - one of the most important dossiers we handle as a Presidency-in-Office. The finalization of the Multiannual Financial Framework is more than an agreement on the amounts that each Member State receives from the European budget. The European Council mandated the Council of the European Union to continue negotiations. The Romanian Presidency has the role to develop guidelines for their next phase, with a view to obtaining a political agreement this autumn. Based on this mandate, we are pursuing a simplified and balanced negotiation paper to facilitate decisions at European leaders level. At the same time, we have achieved progress on the sectoral proposals related to the Multiannual Financial Framework. Specifically, we have been able to reach agreements with the European Parliament on priority sectoral proposals such as: the European Defence Fund, the Fiscalis Programme, the InvestEU Programme, the Digital Europe Programme 2021-2027. At the same time, new rules aimed at reducing risks in the EU banking sector have been established. These measures will ensure that the banking sector has sufficient capital to safely provide loans to individuals and legal entities, while taxpayers are protected against any difficulties that banks might face. Safer Europe Pillar. Citizens safety is also at the heart of the actions that we have undertaken and which we will continue to carry out in the rotating presidency's mandate. From this point of view, strengthening the protection of the external borders of the Union is a priority objective. In the course of the discussions we have had over these two months, we have succeeded in advancing the negotiations on extending the mandate of the European Border and Coastguard Agency and we obtained agreement at EU Council level on the full text of the regulation aimed at strengthening the mandate of this agency. In the area of migration, the Romanian Presidency contributed to the advancement of talks on all the components aiming at a complex approach of this phenomenon. An important breakthrough is the political agreement with the European Parliament on the revision of the legal framework for the functioning of the European Migration Liaison Officers Network. We seek to increase the role of these officers in combating smuggling of migrants and to increase the coordination of Member States with third countries. The benefit of the new regulations is that they will allow for more effective control of the Unions external borders. In the area of internal security, we completed negotiations on the interoperability of IT systems at EU level. By facilitating the exchange of information, we will improve the security and quality of external border controls in order to prevent and combat illegal migration. We also completed negotiations on dossiers concerning free movement within the EU, reducing the risk of terrorism and cross-border crime, and review of the legal framework in terms of visa issuance to facilitate business travels and tourism. Another impact dossier on citizens safety managed and successfully completed by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is the Regulation on explosives precursors. There are stricter rules for the use of explosives, an important preventive measure in the context of efforts to combat terrorist threats. With respect to strengthening the role of Europe as global actor, the meetings of the Foreign and Defence Ministers hosted in Bucharest ocassioned constructive debates regarding a series of topics of strategic interest of the common agenda. I will point out the advancement of the European path of Western Balkans, the prospects of Eastern partnership, namely the consolidation and coherence of the new initiatives in the field of European defence. The core objective around which the Romanian Government defined its priorities is boosting the citizens' confidence in the European project, by maintaining the unity, cohesion, and solidarity as fundamental elements. In this context, holding the elections for the European Parliament during our tenure is the focal point of attention. We are firmly committed to contributing to ensuring a safe environment for unfolding elections freely and fairly. A progress of the Romanian Presidency of the Council is the political agreement to amend the legislation on the functioning and financing of European political parties and foundations in order to prevent and sanction the violation of personal data protection provisions in electoral context. Also, General Affairs Council's conclusions on a number of non-legislative measures were adopted to ensure the integrity and resilience of the European electoral process. We seek to ensure a coordinated response to the threats to this crucial electoral process for the future of the Union, which can take on various forms, including hybrid threats, cyber threats and disinformation. We want to make sure that the Europe of values is promoted for the direct benefit of the European citizen. I have emphasized both in Brussels and in Bucharest that the European Union can progress in the spirit of the founding ideas of the European project, only by maintaining cohesion and bridging gaps between Member States in all their forms of expression. It is however, the key to our presidency motto: Cohesion, a common European value. From this perspective, Ministers continue to be engaged in backing traditional European policies: Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy, both of which have a major impact on reducing development gaps and ensuring economic and social convergence. We have already succeeded, together with the European Parliament and the European Commission, to finalize negotiations on the proposal for a regulation on direct payments and support for rural development for the years 2019-2020. I have been pursuing a legislative framework in support of Member States in order to prepare the timely implementation of the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and to ensure a smooth transition over the next programming period. Moreover, the agreement on the set of rules on unfair commercial practices will ensure the protection of all EU farmers and agri-food businesses. We have also paid attention to the external dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy, continuing the steps towards finalizing the multi-annual management plans and obtaining political agreement on several dossiers, alongside the co-decision-makers. We have also achieved concrete results in the area of food safety within the Internal Market. From this perspective, the political agreement with the European Parliament on the proposal for a regulation on the General Food Law will increase citizens confidence in the Unions food safety regulatory framework. Practically, citizens will have easier access to information on food safety and human health. What we have succeeded to achieve in the first two - month of tenure through active involvement, open dialogue with all European partners proves the Romanian Government's strong attachment to the European project. Through the results obtained so far and the determination to continuing in the same pace, we proved that Romania firmly believes in a strong and unitary Europe in all its dimensions: political, economic and social. The Ministers alongside the teams of experts that they are coordinating, and alongside the Permanent Representation of Romania confirmed that the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council also has the ability and expertise to produce the results awaited by citizens, and this was noticed by all our European partners. This is a stage evaluation and I am fully confident that we will continue in the same consistent pace and by the end of the six-month mandate, we will come up before all with a presidency marked by efficiency and quality, which met the awaited results for a better life for all European citizens. We are ready to negotiate the next dossiers and to chair events whose conclusions will contribute to improving European policies. The Romanian Government is on schedule with the preparation and organization of the Sibiu Summit of May 9, 2019, devoted to the future of the European Union and the future strategic agenda of leaders for 2019 - 2024. At the same time, we will continue the debates on some important topics for the future of Europe, such as: combating discrimination, intolerance, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism; migration policy and asylum reducing gaps between development regions strengthening the single market Sustainable Development social security and borders security I am confident that the Government of Romania will continue to achieve the expected results given also that we are now in full team after the appointment of the new Regional Development and Transport Ministers. In conclusion, as today is the International Women's Day, I wish all women a happy anniversary and may they achieve all their goals! Ladies across Europe, I want you to know that you have in the Prime Minister of Romania a firm supporter of gender equality promotion, in all areas of society: economic, political and social ones. On Wednesday, I attended the Women's European Council in Brussels, and yesterday, I delivered opening remarks at a debate devoted to gender equality promotion held by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. I conveyed a message in which I fully believe: new measures are needed at national and European level to reduce pay gaps between women and men, to promote women in business and leadership positions. As first female Prime Minister of Romania, I fully trust that women have the necessary strength and qualities to further change society for the better by finding the best solutions for the future of Europe. Thank you! 2019-03-08 11:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_cv1-7139.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei internaționale a femeii, 8 martie 2019Știri din 08.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-message-on-the-international-women-s-day-march-8-2019We are celebrating today woman as mother, wife, daughter, sister, colleague, friend, as symbol of tenacity proven along time, in her endeavors to win social, political, economic and cultural rights. Womens activism and power to turn tomorrow into a better day inspired generations and led to major progress in the society. Many of the actions in which I engaged and that I will closely pursue are devoted to ensuring equal opportunities for all citizens and and combating discrimination of any kind. Gender equality is one of the pillars of the democratic society, integral part of social cohesion and a fundamental principle underpinning the EU and the European culture. As the first female Prime Minister of Romania, I understand the huge responsibility I have towards citizens, especially regarding the promotion of women's rights in all areas of social life, whether we refer to education, entrepreneurship or labour market. We focused on increasing women's economic independence, a major objective of our Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on promoting women in all areas of social life, including to political positions at the highest level. We are the first governmental team in the last 30 years to promote a distinct chapter in the government programme, with clear, specific, quantifiable measures designed to generate a change in thinking and acting on the condition of all women in Romania. We also assumed a national programme to combat violence against women and the domestic violence. One of the main priorities of our government is the harmonisation of national legislation with the provisions of the Istanbul Convention. At the same time, we and Parliament have promoted important regulations to prevent and combat abuses and ill-treatment, and a series of projects at government level, designed to protect victims of domestic violence, . There are projects and measures that we will develop but to an equal extent, we will put emphasis on education, information and counselling, promotion of examples of appropriate behavior for the gender equality to be a reality of our life. I wish all women to be healthy, and to further have the strength to change the world and enjoy their accomplishments! Happy International Women's Day! 2019-03-08 09:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-08-09-59-35big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita de lucru a prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la Bruxelles Știri din 07.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-brussels1551960096Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's speech in the opening of the event - Born to be leaders, debate devoted to gender equality promotion [Check against delivery] Vice - President of the S and D group, dear Maria João, Director, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear guests, Allow me to wish you welcome to this event organized by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, devoted to a topic of particular interest for both the European Union and Romania, namely promotion of gender equality and the role of women in building a sustainable society. This event does not take place by chance around the International Women's Day. Since establishing the International Women's Day on March 8, in 1914, and until present, many developments have occurred as regards the role and status of women in society and the rights they enjoy in society. There has been a consistent fight for rights related to labor, the voting rights, education and the right to run and hold public offices. Irrespective of these absolutely remarkable developments, the inequality of chances between women and men persists, this is one of the most serious violations of human rights. Inequalities and discriminations between women and men continue to manifest themselves in the most diverse ways throughout the world. Globally, 4 out of 5 victims of human trafficking are girls; in equal work conditions, women are paid only 77 percent of the salary of their male colleagues; girls are still denied access to education in some parts of the world, and globally, only a third of the members of national Parliaments are women. It is true, at the same time, that times have changed and, with them, there has also been a visible change in mentalities. More and more women manage to build a career and hold leadership positions. As women, we now have more opportunities than our mothers or grandmothers have ever dreamed of. But to be as successful as men, women have to work harder. Negative stereotypes have also emerged targeting women in leadership positions either in political, economic or entrepreneurial fields. Womens ability to make decisions or to be appointed in key positions in companies or institutions has been questioned. I think this approach is not constructive. The idea is not to identify who - between a woman and a man - is more able to make decisions or achieve performance. The main objective of a healthy society is to be able to identify the adequate person for a role (office), without the gender to be a criterion in this process. From this point of view, I consider that women are neither less justified nor less competent than men. I firmly believe that they can be as capable to perform as their colleagues. Should there be more women in leadership and decision making positions? I unequivocally answer affirmatively to this question, as there is a need for greater representation of womens interests and their points of view in a continuous evolution and in a constantly changing society. After all, women are half the citizens of this world. The economic challenges in recent years have highlighted the current role of women in economy and their determination to play an increasingly important role in the labor market. Women are an increasingly significant part of the workforce, both in Romania and in the world, and to a greater extent, breadwinners in their families. The new researches confirm the economic importance for the society as a whole of equal participation of women in the labor market: gender equality can significantly intensify the potential for economic growth. I therefore hold the deep conviction that equality between women and men is a pillar of fair, cohesive and forward-looking societies in the context in which the promotion of the concepts of diversity and equal opportunities are key levers for a developed society and a benchmark for higher consciousness and social equity, in essence. Equality between women and men is also a fundamental principle of European law and the foundation on which the European construction is being built. From both national and European perspective, womens economic autonomy as a pillar of gender equality requires the adoption of measures to reduce pay gaps between women and men, fostering entrepreneurship among women, and promotion of actions designed to contribute to better representation of women in decision-making positions in both public and private institutions. It is necessary for us to reduce the gap between EU Member States regarding the roles and positions of women in society by finding a balance between womens and mens earnings in order to strengthen their economic autonomy. Promoting gender equality is in this respect an essential factor in combating poverty. Ensuring equal pay for women and men is an essential economic resource for promoting balanced and inclusive growth, and reducing occupational inequality can positively impact the efficiency of the labor market. I am proud to be able to state that Romania is one of the main supporters, at European level, of initiatives aimed at ensuring equal opportunities throughout the entire Europe. One of the major objectives of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is equal opportunities for women and men on the labor market. An important instrument to ensure this is reducing the pay gap between women and men, implementation of some measures to ensure work-life balance and fostering entrepreneurship among women. Developing an entrepreneurial culture among women depends on the diversification of woman's social roles, and on building women's self - confidence. This change can take place both through young people' s access to education, especially in the educational sectors devoted to the development of entrepreneurial competences, and through overcoming some unjustified fears linked to gender stereotypes promoted in family and society. Encouraging and developing entrepreneurship among women represent a strategic objective at European level undertaken by Romania too, as EU Member State. Thus, the objectives of the European Strategy 2020 such as reducing poverty, attaining a 75 percent employment rate among active population and reducing school dropout, can be attained by increasing the number of women holding their own businesses. Rethinking the current gender relations, women's autonomy and fighting traditional negative stereotypes are indispensable conditions for attaining equality between women and men, a situation that the entire society will take into account, and especially future generations. Equal opportunities for women and men is not only a problem of women, it is a problem of human rights observance which affects us all. The benefits of equal opportunities for women and men will really be felt in all dimensions of daily life - social, political or economic ones. Translating this objective into reality will lead to release from pre-established social roles and stereotypes still existing in society. As Prime Minister of Romania, as woman, I firmly believe that women should have equal rights with men, that they have the power and determination to bring about welfare and the development of the society and they can be especially wise and charismatic leaders who can create a better version of the current world. I trust that today's event will provide the opportunity of a constructive debate regarding the future of gender equality at European level and the concrete ways whereby we can turn the desideratum of a more fair society into concrete reality. As Prime Minister, as the first female Prime Minister of Romania, I want to give you a piece of advice: each of us, each of you, each woman should have self - confidence. If we do not have self - confidence, we cannot ask others to trust us. I am sure that by self - confidence , solidarity, women across Europe, and from the entire world, will take important steps together for gender equality. As tomorrow is March 8, the International Women's Day, I want to wish you a beautiful spring, and may all your goals become reality! Thank you! 2019-03-07 10:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-07-01-09-44big_09_resize.jpgVizita de lucru a prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la Bruxelles Știri din 06.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-first-vice-president-of-the-european-commission-frans-timmermans1551884319Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's speech at the Women's European Council, in Brussels Dear President of the European Parliament, Ladies Vice - Presidents of the European Parliament, Ladies Presidents of the European Parliament's Committees, Dear European Commissioners, Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished audience, I am very pleased to participate today, around the International Women's Day, in this event which I deem special first because it proposes an agenda with ambitious goals as regards gender equality and women's empowerment. At the same time, I am particularly honored to address you as woman, politician and especially as the first female Prime Minister of Romania, state holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is very important for me to attend this meeting, given that I was member of the European Parliament and of the Committee on Womens Rights and Gender Equality. I would like to thank you for this opportunity and to congratulate the organizers of the Women's European Council for the initiative to extend an increased attention, within this edition, to the topic of women's participation in the political life, in a year that the European citizens will decide through vote on the future of the European Parliament and the future European legislature. This vote can be, and we wish it to be, a vote for a strong and united European project, and also a vote for more ambitious European policies than the past ones, including from the perspective of the gender criterion. Today's debate is taking place in a very opportune moment, when the demarche of promoting gender equality and combating discrimination in all its forms is likely to be more visible, more insistently pursued and more effectively reflected in the European action, in our public agenda. I want to emphasize, from the beginning, my full support for gender equality, a fundamental principle underpinning the Union and the European culture, a topic with transversal applicability which I want to be extended as much as possible to the Union's policies and to which our presidency extends a particular interest. Ensuring equal opportunities for women and men is a desideratum for Romania, and we started transposing it into practice through an urgent prioritization in all areas of public policies. Through our actions, we seek to constantly maintain gender equality as priority and we want it to be considered as significant benchmark for our action in implementing the future Strategic Agenda of the Union. The motto of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council - - Cohesion - a common European value is relevant including from the gender equality perspective. We cannot talk about cohesion in general and especially social cohesion, without fighting together against gender discrimination in the labor market, and at the level of leadership positions. We cannot consider that the European values and principles are observed if it is not given the necessary attention to equal opportunities for women and men. We cannot speak of social welfare for all EU citizens without promoting women in all areas of social life, whether we are talking about education, the labor market, entrepreneurship or political positions at the highest level. We cannot speak of rights and freedoms if we do not refer to victims of domestic violence, victims which we must defend through regulations, mechanisms and legal instruments promoted at European level. In fact, we have taken an important step this week in Romania, in providing aid and protection to persons abused within their own families, by financing from European funds, a programme aimed at these persons. We will create through this programme, a social housing network where victims of domestic violence will receive protection, legal and psychological assistance, and will be supported through professional training programs. Equal participation of women to political life, gender equality are vital to the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the functioning of democracy and the rule of law and, last but not least, to economic growth and competitiveness. The objectives of equality and consistent development cannot be attained without the active participation of women and the inclusion of gender perspective in European policies, at all levels of decision-making. Romania has promoted measures whereby women are more actively involved in the political life. Nearly a third of Ministerial offices in the Cabinet I am leading, are held by women. I will work to increase women presence in the Romanian Government. Our preoccupation with the observance of this principle at European level can also be seen in the appointment of a European female commissioner in the current College and in the substantial female representation at the level of the Romanian delegation of MEPs. At the level of the Social Democratic Party of Romania, we also took an important step and introduced the principle of parity in the governing structures of the party. We want to promote this principle at the helm of public institutions too, because extending the capitalization of womens leadership and professional abilities will bring higher quality in the work of public institutions. We assumed a set of major objectives in this area, at European level, in the exercise of our presidency of the EU Council: increased womens economic independence, for which we are considering measures to combat gender pay gaps , with particular emphasis on the Commissions initiative on the Action Plan 2017-2019 on combating the gender pay gap. The Romanian Presidency will prepare the draft Council conclusions on gender pay gaps, particularly with regard to appropriate policies and measures that Member States can apply to reduce gaps. At national level, due to policies backed and implemented by the Government, the average hourly wage for women is only by 5.2 percent lower than for men. Given this percentage, Romania ranks first among EU Member States in this respect. However, we are still considering new government policies to improve Romanias gender equality index calculated by the European Institute for Gender Equality. Other dimension of the Romanian Presidency's action seeks to stimulate measures designed to support female labor force participation and especially women in leadership positions. In this respect, our objective was, and I am glad to state that we attained this objective of completing negotiations on the work-life balance for parents and carers dossier. We also seek to continue talks on the Proposal for a Directive on improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges. Another major objective is to prevent and combat domestic violence and to provide emergency protection measures to protect and support victims. In support of these objectives, we will hold a High Level Conference on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men on May 29 -30, 2019. Ladies and gentlemen, I conclude by stating that my participation in the works of the Women's European Council represents an opportunity to reaffirm the Romanian Government's commitment to continue the policies and measures required to promote the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of women and men. I would like to thank you once again for this opportunity and to wish you a beautiful spring! Thank you. 2019-03-06 16:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-06-08-34-08big_02_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu directorul general al Organizației Internaționale pentru Proprietate Intelectuală (OMPI), Francis GurryȘtiri din 05.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-world-intellectual-property-organization-wipo-director-general-francis-gurryPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, March 5, 2019, a meeting with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) director general Francis Gurry, on the occasion of the working visit the latter is paying to Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister gave assurances that Romania is backing the activity of the organization and the development of the global system of intellectual property, given the alert development pace of human tehnologies and creativity in general. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă referred to Government's activity in this field, mentioning the incentives granted in relevant sectors for the development of intellectual property assets as as well as the aid granted to the SMEs sector, and to the research sector for access to the public bases of inventions. In this context, Prime Minister outlined Romania's interest to host an WIPO external office in Bucharest, project with double significances, political and economic ones. Moreover, Prime Minister highlighted that Romania, alongside other EU Member States is an active participant in the talks on completing the Treaty on the protection of audiovisual organizations. In this respect, the Romanian Government backs the idea of organizing in Bucharest the future Diplomatic Conference on concluding a Treaty on the Audiovisual Organizations Protection. During the talks, director general Francis Gurry congratulated the Government for the way the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is unfolding and the progress achieved in the first months of this tenure. Moreover, Francis Gurry particularly commended the notable progress achieved by the Romanian Presidency in attaining a political agreement with the European Parliament on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market whose positive result will contribute to ensuring a regulatory framework at European level adjusted to digital technologies development. At the same time, WIPO representative put emphasis on the role of the organization in promoting intellectual property as factor of economic, social and cultural development of each country and showed the very good cooperation the organization has with Romania. Background information: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the 15 specialized agencies of the United Nations Organization (UN) and has among its main powers: development at international level of a system of intellectual property capable to reward creativity, foster innovation and to contribute to economic development. WIPO was established by Stockholm Convention of June 14, 1967, being mandated by the 184 Member States to promote intellectual property at global level through cooperation among states and collaboration with other international organizations. Francis Gurry was re-elected as WIPO director general in 2014, for a second mandate (2014 -2020). Romania is member of the General Assembly, the Conference, the Coordination Committee, and the Program and Budget Committee, and participates through representatives of the Romanian Copyright Office (ORDA) in all meetings of the Standing Committees, and the Consultative ones with responsibilities in the field of copyright. 2019-03-05 13:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_drepturiautor-6300.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu ambasadorul Emiratelor Arabe Unite, dr. Ahmed Abdullah Bin Saeed Al MatrooshiȘtiri din 04.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-ambassador-of-the-united-arab-emirates-dr-ahmed-abdullah-bin-saeed-al-matrooshiPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, March 4, 2019 a meeting with the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Bin Saeed Al Matrooshi. On this occasion, Romanian Prime Minister hailed the recent developments of bilateral relations based on friendship, openness and good cooperation. At the same time, during the meeting, aspects on intensifying concrete ways to strengthen Romanian - Emirati trade relations, develop and strengthen bilateral political dialogue were discussed. In this respect, both Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and the Emirati Ambassador commended the document adopted in October 2018, namely the Joint Declaration regarding the establishment of an extended economic partnership between Romanian Government and the Government of the UAE, as the foundation for future consolidation of cooperation in all areas of shared interest. The Head of the Executive highlighted that Romania gives priority to long-term cooperation with the United Arab Emirates within some projects of interest in priority cooperation areas, namely industry, agriculture, energy, finance, transport, infrastructure, IT, as well as innovation, research and tourism. The interlocutors had an useful exchange of views on ways for a more active involvement of the two states' business sector in mutually advantageous partnerships. 2019-03-04 17:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-03-04-05-48-34big_sigla_guvern.pngDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Ora prim-ministrului, în plenul Camerei DeputațilorȘtiri din 04.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-ora-prim-ministrului-prime-minister-s-hour-in-the-plenary-of-the-chamber-of-deputies[Check against delivery] Dear Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear Members of the Chamber of Deputies, From the first day of my mandate, I said that I would come before you whenever it is necessary to present the activity of the Government, as Parliament represents the essence of democracy. The reason why I am here before you today is Ordinance 114. Although the Oppositions request in relation to this normative act takes into account only the unsubstantiated opinions publicly expressed regarding certain provisions of this ordinance and not the text as a whole, I deem that the presentation of the measures taken through this normative act is welcome, because many manipulations have appeared, and the Romanians have the right to know the truth. It is important to underline that the normative act contains a set of measures aimed at stimulating the development of the economy, by increasing the level of investments and by backing the projects with direct benefits for the citizens. Romania did not invent these taxes, they were levied in several EU countries. Dear MPs, For two months, Romania has been holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union and it is successfully fulfilling this mission. Since taking over, we closed more dossiers than the Austrian presidency in 6 months. We closed difficult and important dossiers for the European Union. Romanians can be proud of it. Under these circumstances, do you find it normal for Romanians to pay double interest rates as compared to the rest of the EU citizens? Why should not they (the Romanians) enjoy similar conditions that the same banks offer in their countries of origin? In the case of energy bills, don't you want the prices paid by household consumers to be fair? Is anyone bothered that we think of Romanians? Through Ordinance 114, we have sought that these billions of euro should reach the state budget for the construction of schools, hospitals and highways. We have taken these measures following a rigorous analysis and comparing the situation in Romania with that in the other European states and with the European average. We have this political and governmental responsibility to make sure that the citizens are the main beneficiaries of economic growth. Therefore, allow me to present you some positive arguments and effects awaited for each field. Although the alleged - specialists are talking about the negative impact of the measures established by the Government, they almost all overlooked that the most important chapter of the emergency ordinance refers to the establishment of measures in the field of public investment. Moreover, nobody tells that by this act, the Government, for the first time in 30 years, establishes the construction sector as a strategic domain, and provides it with a set of incentives designed to foster the investment programme that would entail economic growth. Through Government Emergency Ordinance 114, the Development and Investment Fund was established, the first such mechanism created after the Revolution to finance the investments of local authorities and universities only on the basis of construction permit. The Development and Investment Fund is aimed at funding investment projects in priority areas such as: healthcare, education, water , sewerage, electricity and gas network, transport, roads, sanitation, culture, cults, sports and housing, and also at funding investment projects of the Universities. This fund is aimed at financing the uniform development of local communities to provide all the Romanians with better living standards. In the coming days, detailed provisions for the implementation will be issued, they will include the establishment of the necessary documentation for the granting of financing from the Fund so that the territorial administrative units and the universities can submit projects as soon as possible. The second programme set up for the first time in Romania is the Programme to finance investments for the upgrading and development of spa towns, programme whereby funds are allocated and transferred to finance investment in this sector with high potential. The third programme set up through the Government Emergency Ordinance 114/ 2018 is the Programme - gROwth - investing in children, we are investing in future. Other priority field that we support is that of contructions by reducing to half the taxes on the labor force. We established through this Ordinance tax incentives granted for a 10- year period to employees in the constructions sector with a view to fostering investment and reducing the phenomenon of illegal employment. Dear MPs The second component of the Government Emergency Ordinance 114/2018 refers to the measures aimed at improving the activity in several strategic areas, namely communications and energy, as well as ensuring the functioning of the market in terms of efficiency and discipline. With respect to the energy sector, electricity household consumers will be protected by setting up a new mechanism, namely the universal service for household consumers, based on the model of the minimum consumption basket that has been previously applied. This mechanism is in operation in Italy and France, and it is talk about introducing it in the Great Britain too. In what concerns natural gas, the price will be capped at the level established as average price for the domestic production gas - at 68 lei per MW/hour - import and storage price. As for the communications sector, there are examples in other EU states. France will present this week its tax on big tech companies. The French Minister of Economy said today that - 3 percent taxation of online big companies is a matter of - fiscal justice. Analysing the results registered in the last two years by the companies managing pension funds, the yields are below inflation rate. This prompted us to amend the legislation so as to reward performance and, at the same time, also to get the funds' capital involved in the Romanian economy, not only their expertise As aforementioned, the Government is open to dialogue, and over the next days, there will be talks with energy and communications representatives to identify the best solutions. The Government backs building a balanced legal framework with advantages for all parties involved. I assure you that we carefully analyze the effects of the tax on financial assets, stipulated in OUG 114/ 2018 on public finance and real economy sustainability. By instituting tax on financial assets, we considered correcting unfair practices towards population encountered in the banking sector. The Public Finance Ministry had talks with both the National Bank of Romania and with the representatives of the Romanian Association of Banks and possible solutions to adjust Ordinance 114/ 2018 were identified, with these being about to be included in a draft law that will be based on agreed principles, beneficial for all parties involved. Last but not least, Ordinance 114/ 2018 regulated our commitments from the Programme for Government, those to increase pensions and wages. The Government increased pensions in advance to legal provisions and will continue to do it. Through this ordinance, the Government therefore met the legal requirement to set the level of the pension point to 1.100 lei, valid since January 1, 2019 and to 1.265 lei, as of September 1, 2019. The increase provided by the law was again advanced, this time with 3 months. Also, since January 2019, the level of social allowance for pensioners is maintained at 640 lei, and from September 1, 2019 it will be increased by 10%, amounting to 704 lei. Given that education is a priority area as it has been previously mentioned, the application of the pay increase in this sector was pushed forward, and that the salaries of the teaching staff will reach the value originally set for 2022 as of 1 September 2020. This has already been agreed with the representative trade union federations in the education. Considering the positive impact of holidays vouchers, they will be further granted, in amount of 1,450 lei. Therefore, after mentioning those measures in the Ordinance 114, as well as others, a question is pending: those who call for the abrogation of this ordinance, whose interests do they represent? Surely not the interests of Romanians, because abrogation would lead to the cancellation of all these increases of revenues, investments and incentives. Dear MPs, As I stated upon the budget presentation, everything can be improved! I proved each time that I am open to dialogue and finding the best solutions. Nevertheless, I would like you to be frank with citizens when you demand the abrogation of this Ordinance! In conclusion, I would like to assure you that the PSD +ALDE Government will continue to observe its commitments to citizens. Thank you. 2019-03-04 16:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190304-img_5852.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ceremonia de semnare a contractului de finanțare a Proiectului ”VENUS – împreună pentru o viață în siguranță”, alături de mai mulți membri ai CabinetuluiȘtiri din 04.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-signing-ceremony-of-the-funding-contract-of-quot-venus-together-for-a-safe-life-quot-project-alongside-several-members-of-the-cabinetStatements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the signing ceremony of the funding contract of VENUS- together for a safe life Project Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, The signing of the funding contract of VENUS- together for a safe life Project is a solid premise that thousands of people - women, men, and children - will be protected from domestic violence, and will regain confidence and dignity. It is at the same time a strong signal that domestic violence is not tolerated, and then, when it unfortunately occurs, it is important that victims know they are not alone and can be supported to return to a normal life. The data show that, unfortunately, the domestic violence cases register a worrying rise. An indicator which reflects the gravity of this phenomenon is the large number of deaths caused by domestic violence. 1,374 people lost their lives between 2009 and 2016 following the aggressions suffered. The entire society was impressed with the cases of the young women killed by their partners. The forms of aggression are of many types, not just physical and the victims of domestic violence are increasing from year to year. Countering domestic violence and supporting victims are imperative. We took action in this respect both during my activity as MEP and during my tenure as Prime Minister. One of the first measures approved as Head of the Executive was designed to regulate the provisional protection order, which would allow the policemen to rapidly intervene in situations of imminent danger. Then, we came up with clearer regulations for the promotion of gender equality and fighting domestic violence and for coherent intervention procedures for specialists, for a real protection of victims. We are taking today yet a very important step: we ensure funding for a programme whereby we offer protection, safety and support to victims of domestic violence. The VENUS- together for a safe life Project is estimated at 11 million euros and will be financed from European funds, through the Human Capital Operational Programme. These funds will help at the construction of social housing, organized in an integrated network nationwide, where the victims of domestic violence can be protected, can receive psychological, legal assistance and can live a period of time until they can lead a normal and independent life. These persons can be supported through professional training programs to integrate professionally and socially. This aid is essential because in very many cases, victims are afraid to leave the residence as they do not have a job and they are financially dependent on the aggressor. This programme will be developed nationally, through collaboration with local authorities. I want its implementation to start in the shortest time possible, considering that the project is well prepared and cooperation protocols have already been signed between the National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men and the local authorities. The violence victims must have courage to ask for help! They should know that they have the right to a normal life. It is our responsibility to support them! I want them to know that they have the Government by their side and that we are together. I would like to thank Minister Rovana Plumb, Secretary of State Gratiela Draghici for having been the soul of this project, for their involvement, and I want to assure them that they have my full support and the support of the Government to develop social projects for the benefit of people. I want to congratulate all strong women who dedicate their energy, and invest love and solidarity in the projects designed to support those in need of support to overcome difficult moments. I want to thank all who are dedicated to protecting their fellow citizens! 2019-03-04 11:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190304-img_5434.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu grupul doamnelor ambasador acreditate la BucureștiȘtiri din 01.03.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-group-of-ladies-ambassadors-accredited-to-bucharestPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, March 1, 2019, a meeting with the group of Ladies Ambassadors accredited to Bucharest, with whom she exchanged views on strengthening government measures and actions focused on the role of women and their promotion in society. This meeting took place in the context of Tunisia's mandate as the 2018-2019 Capital of Arab Women, organized in partnership with the Embassy of Tunisia in Bucharest. At the same time, Prime Minister highlighted that two important documents were adopted in 2018, namely the National Strategy on Promoting Gender Equality and Preventing and Combating Domestic Violence for 2018-2021, and the Operational Plan for the period 2018 - 2021 for the implementation of the Strategy. The Prime Minister has assured that the Government will continue to promote policies aimed at combating domestic violence and encouraging women entrepreneurship and women's participation in the decision-making process, including from the position of rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. Therefore, one of the priorities of Romania's mandate is to promote and back the initiatives aimed at combating gender discrimination. In this respect, the Romanian Prime Minister announced the organization in Bucharest, at the end of May 2019, in the calendar of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, of a high-level international conference on promoting the role of women in the decision-making process. 2019-03-01 20:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_senat_pintea_1martie-2091.jpgConvorbirea telefonică a Prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu vicepreședintele Statelor Unite ale Americii, Mike PenceȘtiri din 28.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-had-a-telephone-conversation-with-the-u-s-vice-president-mike-pencePrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, February 28, 2019, a telephone conversation with the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. On this occasion, the two officials expressed satisfaction at the excellent bilateral relationship and the positive developments of the Strategic Partnership between the two states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila thanked the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for the support granted by the U.S. to the consolidation of the bilateral cooperation on the security dimension, as well as within NATO, especially in the context of the current developments in the security environment. At the same time, Prime Minister emphasized the importance of further development of all areas covered by the Strategic Partnership, especially the economic one. Prime Minister reconfirmed the importance that the Romanian Government attaches to strengthening the transatlantic relationship, objective constantly pursued by Romania. Topical issues on the international agenda were also addressed during the discussion. With a view to deepening the bilateral relationship and the political dialogue, the Romanian Prime Minister invited the U.S. Vice President to pay a visit to our country. In turn, the US Vice President expressed appreciation for Romanias commitment to developing the relationship with the United States, noting the significant contributions of our country at bilateral and multilateral levels. The senior U.S. official highlighted the importance that the U.S. Administration attaches to the objectives of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence appreciated the way the Government of Romania manages the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. 2019-02-28 21:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-28-09-03-34big_stema.pngPrimirea oficială, de către premierul Viorica Dăncilă, a prim-ministrului Republicii Macedonia de Nord, Zoran ZaevȘtiri din 28.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-welcomed-the-prime-minister-of-the-republic-of-north-macedonia-zoran-zaevJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: I am particularly honored to welcome today in Bucharest, the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, only a couple of months after we met in Skopje, in July 2018. This visit gives me the occasion to reconfirm our commitment to the continuation of the EU enlargement process. Western Balkans represent a priority area for Romania's foreign policy action in this period too when we are holding the presidency of the EU Council. We want the entire region to achieve progress, based on its own merits and the fulfillment of the accession criteria. Our approach aims at meeting the objectives established through the June 2018 Council's conclusions, occasion with which the EU commitment regarding the enlargement policy was reaffirmed. Significant changes took place within seven months since my visit to Skopje: the Prespa Agreement was ratified in both Skopje and Athens, the Republic of North Macedonia signed the NATO Accession Protocol on February 6, 2019, and the new name of the country took effect on February 12. I congratulated Prime Minister Zaev for all this spectacular progress, for his decisive contribution, his courage and energy. I also congratulated the European model used in solving this dispute, and I consider that this success may constitute a real inspiration for the region and the entire Europe. The beneficial effects of the Prespa Agreement have already materialized by bringing the country closer to NATO and hopefully, they will entail results in terms of the country's European path too. I assured my counterpart of Romania's full support for the North Macedonia to become the 30th NATO allied state as soon as possible and I informed him that the legislative process whereby Romania ratifies the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO, will be inked in the upcoming period. In this respect, the draft law on the ratification was approved by the Romanian Government and unanimously passed yesterday by the Chamber of Deputies. I reconfirmed to my colleague from North Macedonia, Romania's strong support for his country's European path, and I encouraged him to continue the reform process in order to have the necessary arguments for the adoption of a decision on the opening of the EU accession negotiations. During talks, I presented the support offer of Romanian institutions for the accession negotiations, given Romania's relatively recent experience in this process. I addressed alongside my Macedonian counterpart Mr. Zoran Zaev the stage of our bilateral cooperation and I noticed progress has been made since our last meeting. We discussed at the same time about the bilateral economic relations, which I consider should be improved, to allow us to fully capitalize on the current cooperation potential existing between our countries. It is obvious that the trade exchanges have known an upward trend, and we agreed on measures that would streamline our relations in the future too. In this respect, we agreed to organize a Bilateral Business Forum by the end of this year that would allow the intensification of cooperation between companies in the two countries. We also submitted the proposal to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of investment. We agreed to organize new meetings of the Joint Committees already existing on the basis of bilateral agreements, such as the Road Joint Committee, Joint Committee of economic, technical and scientific cooperation. We want to intensify cooperation between the two countries in the cultural and educational areas and I was glad to learn that the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia has on its current agenda the ratification of the Agreement with Romania in this field. In our dialogue, I voiced my belief that the coming into force of this bilateral agreement will create new opportunities and a more consistent and more diversified support to programmes intended for persons belonging to our kindred minorities. I exchanged views alongside Prime Minister Zaev, on recent regional developments and their impact on the security and interests of Romania and the Republic of North Macedonia. We agreed to closely cooperate at regional and international levels. We also discussed about Romania's priorities as President of the Council of the European Union, and about current EU challenges. As a conclusion, I want to thank Prime Minister Zaev for the open and constructive talks we have had. I assure you that Romania will remain a friendly state and a firm and active supporter of the Republic of North Macedonia's European objective. Zoran Zaev: Dear Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, dear citizens, dear mass media representatives, sincere greetings from the citizens of my country, from the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. I brought with me a bit of our Macedonian sun, from the south of Balkans, from North Macedonia, here, in Romania. First of all, allow me to thank you on behalf of our citizens for the ratification yesterday of the Republic of North Macedonia's NATO Accession Protocol in the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament and for all the support you granted to our country so far, for its NATO accession. I am particularly pleased to be in this official visit to Bucharest, visit which coincides with an important stage, that of ratification of the Republic of North Macedonia's accession to NATO. Eleven years ago, here, in Bucharest, an historic opportunity for our country to join the North Atlantic Alliance was blown. Today, based on the past, we are building the future. North Macedonia is on the Atlantic path. Friends, thank you very much. We thank you also for the fact that Romania during its EU Council presidency, maintains the focus on EU enlargement. Romania backs the Republic of North Macedonia in its European aspirations. Without any reserve, I will convey the expectations of Government and our countries regarding NATO perspectives in June, to confirm the decision to start negotiations with the European Union. NATO and the EU are necessary for the Republic of North Macedonia and the entire region, [they] mean stability, safety, development and progress. These are necessary and useful for the countries of the Western Balkans and the European countries for development. The Republic of North Macedonia is going through a process of essential reforms, we know that the implementation of laws is paramount, we know that we have to bring results in key-areas of reform, this is why, every day, with dedication, we are working in all these areas for European principles and values. We changed the political climate in the country, we placed the Republic of North Macedonia on a clear path of democracy, we made courageous steps in order to reach an agreement with the neighboring country Bulgaria and the neighboring country Greece. The Prespa Agreement is an example that a decision to solve the most complicated bilateral political issues is possible. It was a great pleasure to discuss with Prime Minister Dancila about economic cooperation and organizing a business forum, about the investors' interest to develop the relations between our countries. There are unsolved issues between the two countries. We will do this through an agreement between the two countries in the field of education, science, culture, mass-media, youth and sports, which is in its final stage and we are waiting today its ratification by the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia. This will take place today, after 12.00 (noon). In conclusion, I would like to thank you, Prime Minister Dancila, to thank the Romanian Government, the leadership, for your warm welcome, and to convey that you will always have a friend in the Republic of North Macedonia and I invite you to maintain your support which is so necessary to us. We will know this and we will reciprocate it in the same way. Thank you very much! 2019-02-28 11:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_macedonia-1516.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu secretarul general al Consiliului de Cooperare al Golfului, dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al ZayaniȘtiri din 24.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-secretary-general-of-the-gulf-cooperation-council-gcc-dr-abdullatif-bin-rashid-al-zayaniPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting on Sunday, February 24, 2019, with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, on the occasion of the senior Arab dignitary's official visit to Bucharest. During the talks, the Head of the Romanian Executive conveyed the special interest of the Romanian Government to promote cooperation with the Arab states, highlighted in the Programme for Government 2017 -2020. Referring to the special friendship relations between Romania and the Gulf Cooperation Council member states, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the full availability of Romanian Government to boost their level to a new degree of development. Moreover, Prime Minister evoked the visits paid to the United Arab Emirates, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman and the State of Qatar, which took place between October and November 2018, context in which she voiced appreciation for the openness and interest showed in strengthening and diversifying cooperation with Romania. The two officials broadly exchanged views on collaboration prospects in areas of shared interest and tackled the possibility of creating some mutually beneficial partnerships. Moreover, they voiced support for a better connection of the business sectors of Romania and Gulf countries, as well as for capitalising on the business opportunities offered to the respective states. At the end of the meeting, Romanian Prime Minister voiced appreciation for the Gulf Cooperation Council's activity, as a highly important organisation for the regional security architecture, stating that Romania enjoys traditional collaboration relations with all the member states of the Council. In this context, the Head of the Romanian Executive pointed out that Romania, the holder of the rotating Presidency of the EU Council will further endorse the EU efforts to promote peace and stability in the Middle East region. 2019-02-24 16:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_0d75da35-333b-452e-860c-f5af4095976d.jpegPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă invită reprezentanții CSM și ai asociațiilor de magistrați la discuțiiȘtiri din 24.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-invites-the-representatives-of-the-superior-council-of-the-magistracy-csm-and-of-the-associations-of-magistrates-to-talks-on-judicial-legislation1551082420Considering the opinions publicly expressed by various professional associations from the judicial system, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă hereby invites one representative of each association of magistrates, as well as representatives of the CSM, at the Victoria Palace, on Monday, 25 February 2019, 3.30 p.m., to talks on the judicial legislation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila assures the associations of magistrates that the Government is fully open to supporting all judicial system institutions in carrying out a fair act of justice, with the observance of the fundamental rights of citizens. 2019-02-24 14:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-24-02-14-55big_sigla_guvern.pngPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a avut o întrevedere cu premierul Spaniei, Pedro SanchezȘtiri din 23.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-spanish-prime-minister-pedro-sanchez Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting on February 23, 2019, with the Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez in Madrid, on the sidelines of the Congress of the Party of European Socialists (PES). The two officials expressed their satisfaction with the excellent bilateral relationship, confirmed by the Strategic Partnership, as well as with the strong dynamics of the bilateral sectoral dialogue, with a view to boosting political dialogue at the government level. Special attention was extended to the diversification of economic relationships, as trade between Romania and Spain reached a record high value in 2018. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed Romanias interest in attracting Spanish investments to participate in the countrys infrastructure modernization plan, and also to get involved in the automotive, food, pharmaceuticals industry, agricultural and IT and C sectors. Both dignitaries welcomed the materialisation of some of the most important bilateral co-operation projects agreed upon during Romanian Prime Minister s official visit to Madrid, September 5-6, 2018, namely organising a Romania-Spain Business and Investment Forum, as well as a Romanian trade mission to Madrid. Both events are scheduled to take place in Madrid on March 13, 2019 and will give ample opportunities for direct meetings between Romanian and Spanish companies. Referring to Romanian community of Spain, the largest foreign community in the Iberian Peninsula, and the largest Romanian community overseas, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila thanked for the exemplary support Spanish authorities extend to the local Romanian community of Spain in the integration process and welcomed the close bilateral co-operation in the field of internal affairs and employment, both essential to the functioning of labour mobility. European co-operation was highlighted, as Romania and Spain share close views on important issues such as the future of the European Union, the Multi-annual Financial Framework post-2020, the cohesion policy, the internal market, industrial policy, justice and home affairs co-operation, the European neighbourhood policy, EU enlargement, and permanent structured co-operation (PESCO). The activity of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first months of the mandate was also among the topics addressed during the meeting. 2019-02-23 13:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img-20190223-wa0002.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Portugheze, Antonio CostaȘtiri din 22.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-prime-minister-of-portugal-antonio-costaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, February 22, 2019, a meeting with the Pourtuguese counterpart Antonio Costa, on the sidelines of the PES Congress in Madrid (February 22-23). The two officials voiced satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relationship, based on historical, cultural and linguistic ties, consolidated through the presence of an important Romanian community in Portugal. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked her counterpart for the constructive attitude of Portuguese authorities and society towards the Romanian community and underlined the attachment of Romania and Romanian people to Portuguese language and culture. Both sides' interest in intensifying bilateral dialogue during Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019 was highlighted, in the context of the convergent views on a series of European dossiers, such as the Multiannual Financial Framework, the future of Europe or the economic and social cohesion. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted that our country intends in an inclusive and constructive approach, based on the cohesion principle, to ensure the continuity of European agenda and to solve as many of the dossiers on the agenda as possible. 2019-02-22 22:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ac0q5381.jpg Prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a avut o întrevedere cu premierul Republicii Malta, dr. Joseph MuscatȘtiri din 22.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-prime-minister-of-malta-dr-joseph-muscatPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met this evening with Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, on the sidelines of the PES Congress which took place on February 22-23, 2019, in Madrid. Topics pertaining to the bilateral political agenda were tackled during the discussions. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced satisfaction over the development of relations between Romania and the Republic of Malta as well as over the intensification of the bilateral political dialogue. The issue of economic cooperation especially from the perspective of the growth of Maltese companies' investment in sectorial fields such as: IT sector and tourism, occupied an important place in the discussion. The Maltese Prime Minister voiced interest in developing Maltese investment in Romania, in public - private partnership in the fields of healthcare and energy. A special topic pertained to the Romanian community in the Maltese state, with reference to the very good relations with Maltese authorities and the successful integration of Romanian citizens in the Maltese society, as well as its acting as a bridge between the nations of the two states. The Maltese Prime Minister highlighted the soul relationship between Malta and Romania, underlining the fact that a family of two in his country has at least one member of Romanian origin. Current aspects of the European agenda, especially the work programme of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council were tackled, with focus on the priorities undertaken by our country with respect to the cohesion policy and the multiannual financial framework as well as the events that marked the first months of Romania's mandate. Romanian Prime Minister expressed solidarity with the Maltese authorities' efforts in front of the challenges of the migration phenomenon in the southern Mediterranean Sea area, and reiterated the importance of joint action at European level, based on the principles of solidarity and responsibility, by ensuring a fair balance between them. 2019-02-22 21:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ac0q5296.jpgPrim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, întrevedere cu ministrul economiei şi energiei al Republicii Federale Germania, Peter AltmaierȘtiri din 22.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-germany-s-federal-minister-for-economic-affairs-and-energy-peter-altmaierPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had on February 21, 2019, a meeting with Germanys Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier. The discussion highlighted the excellent stage of the economic cooperation between the two states, with an emphasis on the upward and balanced trend of trade exchanges, as well as Germanys position among the top investors on the Romanian market. Romanian official evoked Romanias economic situation, a country with a competitive economy, with constant investment opportunities and and stable growth prospects, which can be capitalised on by the German investors. The two officials agreed that the economic relations represent a catalyst for the partnership linking the two countries, and they pointed out that the potential of this relationship is important and it should be fully used by attracting new investments, especially in the sectors of the future (innovation, new technologies), but also through the participation of German companies in the public-private partnership projects. Furthermore, the significant role of human capital was emphasized , the dynamic and potential of bilateral economic relations being based on it. Moreover, the importance of the Joint Committee for German Ethnics of Romania and the Joint Economic Committees of Romania with Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg lands, and, more recently, with Hessen, was underlined in the development of the Romanian-German economic and social partnership. The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views on European topics, with the Prime Minister pointing out Romanias role as rotating Presidency at the EU Council. The senior Romanian dignitary showed openness for a fruitful collaboration with the central and land authorities of Germany during this European exercise, reminding Germany's constant support for the Euro-Atlantic journey of Romania. Romanian Prime Minister showed that the main objective of Romanian Presidency of the EU Council is to contribute to the advancement of the European agenda, in this respect, sustainable progress being already achieved on a considerable number of dossiers with direct impact on the citizens. Romanian Prime Minister also underlined that one of the major objectives of Romanias Presidency of the EU Council is to promote a Europe of Convergence, by promoting actions designed to contribute to ensuring convergence and economic, social and territorial cohesion for a sustainable and equitable development for all citizens and member states. From this angle, strengthening the European Single Market and ensuring its optimal functioning should further be one of the main levels of action at European level. 2019-02-22 07:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dscf0416.jpgPremierul a transmis propunerile de numire a miniștrilor pentru portofoliile Dezvoltării Regionale și TransporturilorȘtiri din 20.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-sent-the-nominations-for-the-regional-development-and-transport-portfoliosToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă sent to the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, the nominations for the Regional Development and Transport portfolios. Daniel Suciu was nominated for Minister of Regional Development and Razvan Cuc for Transport Minister. - I made these nominations to put an end to the deadlock of the Government's activity, especially that the period of ad-interim leadership of the two ministries expires these days . Regional development and transports are two key areas, for which we provided in the state budget law the sums necessary for making the investments that Romania needs. Coordination by full Ministers is required for the good implementation of the investment projects. I voice my hope that Romania's interests will prevail and in short time, the Government will be able to perform its activity in full team, highlighted Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The Romanian Executive will continue to honour its commitments and will act for the implementation of the Programme for Government, for the benefit of citizens and with emphasis on developing investment and rising the population's incomes. The Government of Romania will further exercise with responsibility the mandate at the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. 2019-02-20 11:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-20-11-23-09big_sigla_guvern.pngCeremonia “Ziua Dezrobirii Romilor - Trecut, prezent și viitor” organizată de Secretariatul General al Guvernului şi consilierul de stat al prim-ministrului, Dana VargaȘtiri din 19.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-02-19 19:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_18_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu ministrul israelian al Egalității Sociale, Gila Gamliel, și secretarul general al Organizației Mondiale pentru Restituirea Proprietăților Evreiești, Colette AvitalȘtiri din 19.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-israeli-minister-for-social-equality-gila-gamliel-and-secretary-general-of-the-world-jewish-restitution-organisation-colette-avitalPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Israeli Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel and Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital. Minister of Labor and Social Justice Marius - Constantin Budăi attended the meeting alongside Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The meeting took place shortly after the conference on the fight against anti-Semitism, organised in Brussels under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and in the context in which fighting anti-Semitism is part of the priorities of Romania's mandate at the rotating Presidency of the Council. The talks focused on the actions that Romania will promote in the ensuing period for this purpose, including the organization in Bucharest of a conference on combating the denial of Holocaust and the role of the educational and memorial museums. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voiced satisfaction over the development of the relations between Romania and Israel, as well as for the intensification of the bilateral political dialogue. Both sides commended the role of the Romanian community of Israel and the Jewish community of Romania, that have an important role in strengthening the bilateral relations, including by boosting the development of the economic relations. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked the Israeli side for the support granted with a view to preserving the Romanian linguistic and cultural identity. Minister of Labor and Social Justice Marius - Constantin Budăi addressed the topic of bilateral agreement regarding the seniors and the concrete ways to implement it as well as aspects regarding labour and equal opportunities. The appointment of an attache for labour issues management at the Romanian Embassy in the State of Israel was also discussed. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă extended an invitation to the Israeli Minister for Social Equality to attend a the high-level International Conference on the condition of modern woman, organized under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in Bucharest, at the end of May. 2019-02-19 12:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-19-12-30-12big_01_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia “Zilei Naționale Constantin Brâncuși”Știri din 19.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-message-on-the-quot-constantin-brancu-i-national-dayFebruary 19 is a tribute of the Romanian people to Constantin Brancuși, the great artist who carried with him all over the world our national identity. Brancusi's work exudes the simplicity of the life closely linked to Christian beliefs, blended with special refinement and finery. His creation is an important legacy left to the Romanian people: The Sculptural Ensemble in Targu Jiu was built in memory of the soldiers who died during the WWI. The monumental ensemble consists of Masa Tacerii (The Table of Silence), Poarta Sarutului (The Gate of the Kiss) and Coloana Infinitului (Endless Column). Romania, currently holding the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, supports the promotion of the Romanian cultural values harmoniously integrated in the European culture. I reaffirm the Romanian Government's intention to back unity in diversity through the actions and activities undertaken at European level, especially in the cultural field. On the occasion of Constantin Brancuși National Day, we honour the sculptor, the visionary, the genius, the maker of tradition- inspired shapes that became reference works of the modern sculpture worldwide. 2019-02-19 11:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-19-11-05-39big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la cea de-a XXII-a sesiune ordinară a Adunării Generale a Asociației Comunelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 18.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-22nd-session-of-the-general-assembly-of-the-association-of-romanian-communes-acorSpeech by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the Association of Romanian Communes(ACOR) Dear President Emil Draghici, Dear Madam Mayor, Dear Mayors Dear guests, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank you for inviting me to participate alongside you today in the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the Association of Romanian Communes. It is a great pleasure to see you again, to identify together the problems you are facing, to openly discuss about the present and the future of the Romanian rural space as European rural space, all the more so, as during this period, Romania is holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. As Prime Minister, I attach particular importance to relations with the local authorities and I have been open to all the initiatives coming from this area. That is why today, a large number of Ministers are attending alongside me this event because we want things to work even better. As the motto for our mandate says, Cohesion, a common European value, we need unitary, coherent policies adjusted to the European common area, and for this, we need to find together the necessary solutions for the development of the communities which you represent with honor! Last year, I attended for the first time an event like this, and I presented the main objectives that both I and the Government I am leading, want to attain in terms of supporting local authorities, especially those in the rural areas, and thus, allow me to make you a short presentation of our achievements in 2018. The success of the PNDL 1(National Local Development Programme), introduced by the then Minister of Development, Mr. president Liviu Dragnea, gave us the certainty that it should be continued. Today, we have PNDL 2, the programme that the development chances of many communities depend on. With the help of these programmes, we pulled the country out of difficulties. As you know, more than 70 percent of funding from both PNDL 1 and PNDL 2 was directed to communes, thus demonstrating that the modernization of the Romanian villages is no longer just at statement level, but we have concrete projects which have been put into practice. Thus, out of 12,681 investment objectives, 10,387 amounting to 34.25 billion lei are financed in the rural areas. These rural investments include: 2,689 water supply and sewerage systems, 1776 educational units of which 880 nurseries and kindergartens and 3,948 roads, bridges and foot bridges. Starting January 2018, calls for pre-school and school infrastructure (kindergartens, schools) funded through the 2014-2020 ROP(Regional Operational Programme), were opened. Thus, for an allocation of 330 million euros, a total of 778 applications for funding worth over 780 million euros, submitted by the administrative-territorial units entered competition, being currently in various assessement stages. 357 of these applications were submitted by communes, being worth about 395 million euros. Because of the very high number of requests, we have asked those responsible to identify solutions to contract as many of the projects submitted. Also, in addition to the investments financed either by PNDL or the ROP 2014-2020, another important source is the 2014-2020 PNDR(National Rural Development Programme). Thus, at the level of 2018, 1,893 proposed objectives for the development of the public infrastructure at the level of the communes in Romania, amounting to 1.6 billion euros were contracted, of which an important share for the water and sewerage infrastructure (439 million euro , 315 contracts), road infrastructure (528 million euros, 506 contracts), school and pre-school infrastructure (nurseries, kindergartens, schools - 118 million euros, 320 contracts), cultural and cultural heritage infrastructure (212 million euros, 667 contracts). Last year, we succeeded to support the balancing and funding of local authorities, adopting a series of governmental acts. Thus, through Emergency Ordinance 11/2018 the administrative-territorial units could request in 2018 the contracting of loans from privatization proceeds, registered in the general account of the State Treasury, within the limit of 500 million lei for the period 2018-2019, for financing projects on the provision of the minimum package of public services in each locality. By rectifying the state budget for 2018, we ensured for all administrative-territorial units all amounts from the income tax at the level of 2017, 424.4 million lei being allocated to the communes. Last but not least, 216 million lei were allocated from the Government Reserve Fund to 1248 communes and 221.5 million from the Intervention Fund to 494 communes. The Government I am leading has made and is making important efforts to support the development of agriculture and the Romanian village. Through PNDR(National Rural Development Programme) 2014 -2020, we supported the development of farmers, by concluding 3,186 financing contracts, in 1,987 communes, in amount of 1.3 billion euros in the field of agricultural holdings, fruit growing, processing / marketing of products, also with a view to supporting the modernization of non-agricultural activities in rural areas. Dear mayors, This review demonstrates our determination to carry through what we set as objectives in our programme for government, namely reducing gaps between urban and rural areas by at least 15 percent until 2020. For this reason, in 2019, we will continue the same measures of support and I will mention some of the projects we undertook for the ensuing months. We go on with financing and we provided enough budgetary resources in 2019 too to fund the NATIONAL LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME. Nevertheless, I would like to remind you one of the objectives of the government programme, namely that all schools have functioning authorization until 2020. Although we have very many ongoing investment projects in school infrastructure, we are still facing the issue of inadequate restrooms. That is why I have asked the Minister of Finance, to urgently identify alongside you, measures designed to ensure that the school year 2019-2020 starts with all school units having all school facilities, full functioning authorizations, including as regards the restrooms. I would like us to assume together this project and to include this in the works of the general assembly not because the Prime Minister is asking you this but because we have a duty towards our children, namely that they learn in the best possible conditions. As regards the system of balancing local budgets, through the 2019 state budget law, the income tax is earmarked 100 percent to local budgets. Of the 17.5% quota of the income tax , respectively 18.5% quota of the income tax collected prior to the coming into force of the state budget law, the local budgets of communes will receive amounts so as to ensure them, besides their own revenues, amounts coming directly from the 60% quota of the income tax, minimum 1000 lei/ inhabitant/ year, but no less than 2,000,000 lei / year/ commune, compared to 750 lei / inhabitant but no less than 1,000,000 lei/ year as it was in 2018. In addition, amounts will be allocated from the sums deducted from VAT to communes that have in 2019 smaller allocations than in 2018 for child protection system, public centers for persons with disabilities, for the payment of rights of carers of people with severe disabilities or the monthly allocations. Dear representatives of local administration, As I mentioned in our meeting last year, it is essential for us to ensure the complementarity of funding sources. This is why, as we committed through the government programme, we will introduce new programmes and mechanisms, simple and effective ones, to finance the UAT(territorial administrative units) investments, rural areas inhabitants and businesspeople who want to make investments in rural localities. Two large investment programmes were regulated and funded, managed through the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis so that first projects kick off in March 2019, namely: We have the Development and Investment Fund which ensures grants to territorial administrative units for rural medical centers, permanence centers, schools, kindergartens, nurseries, water and sanitation, modernization and rehabilitation of communal roads, obviously with priority for rural localities because they mostly need them. The second programme is the Government Programme gRowth - investing in children, we invest in future. We will make sure that this programme will fund with priority the projects of local private investors so that children from rural areas enjoy modern kindergartens, with sports programs in school curricula too. We have provided in the budget commitment appropriations of 2.4 billion lei for 2019-2021. Another category of government programmes for which we have already provided commitment appropriations in the budget and which we will start in the coming months are those specifically aimed at rural communities: The first programme concerns the development of small businesses and will consist of de minimis aid of up to EUR 200,000 and guaranteed loan for constructions and acquisition of equipment (up to 80% of the loan value) for farms, medical offices and tourist boarding houses. Another programme will be dedicated to Rural Multifunctional Centers, which will provide de minimis aid of up to 200,000 euros and guaranteed credit for constructions and equipping of these multifunctional centers (up to 80% of the loan value). Thus, the inhabitants of a commune will enjoy all the necessary public services - post office, banks, agricultural directorates, APIA or ANAF representatives, and they do not need to go to the nearby town for any of these services. The third programme targets the increase in employment in areas with high unemployment rate, focusing mainly on rural localities. An aid will be granted in this respect, consisting in the payment of work for the investments to be achieved by companies in the respective localities. Last but not least, we have the government programme Ana Aslan - gROwth, residences for the elderly with the aim of financially supporting private investments in the construction / rehabilitation and / or establishment, refurbishment and endowment of 5 star residences for aged people. I also want to highlight a project that is initially intended for the region with the biggest development gaps but which will be afterwards extended to other regions as well. This is the North East Region Development Programme for improving living conditions in rural areas and equipping households with agricultural machinery. We have already budgeted commitment appropriations of 2 billion lei for 2019. It is intended to provide 5,000 euros for each household and up to 10,000 euros loan guarantees if a household needs more money for a city type dwelling or for agricultural machinery. And because we talked about agricultural machinery, we will continue in 2019 too, to support programmes managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, more than 20 programmes worth more than 3 billion lei, of which I mention the national transitional aid in the vegetal and livestock sectors, in amount of 1.2 billion lei and the subsidy for the excise duty on diesel in amount of 0.5 billion lei. In the 9 years in which I served in the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament, I fought for the rights of the Romanian farmers and promoted Romanian products. Now, we are facing an important challenge: the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy. In this respect, Romania supports the steps to simplify the CAP, with an emphasis on the implementation and control framework of the measures related to this policy. We support a simplified policy, with a view to reducing bureaucracy and avoiding overlaping between rural development and other measures under the CAP. We are also backing the setting of the necessary framework for introducing research and innovation results into agriculture, and a more flexible approach to funding opportunities through the transfer between the types of interventions ,both from EAFRD and EAGF. For the post-2020 period, Romania advocates an annual ceiling of EAGF-funded expenditure, at least at the level of 2019. The capping of direct payments cannot be accepted. Larger farms are those that provide food security, apply high standards, and make a major contribution to the countrys economy. Also, rethinking the redistributive payment to support rural households as aid for the development of small businesses and maintaining them in the short chain and the continuation of the single payment scheme without national co-financing, possibly limited and proportionate co-financing for all Member States are two other priorities of Romania in the field of Common Agricultural Policy. I repeated on several occasions that we do not want double standard for Romania and other member states, we do not want North/South and the East/West divides. I believe we need to have the same approach as regards the Common Agricultural Policy. Rural Development Policy must respond to the needs of development and modernization of the agricultural, agri-food sectors and of the rural areas through the creation of jobs and the necessary infrastructure. Romania will advocate the continuation of grant-based funding especially in the states where the financial markets and financial education do not have a high level of development, and will endorse the proposal that the mandatory minimum requirements be set by member states taking into account the country's national characteristics and existing conditions. Ladies and gentlemen, In line with your chosen theme for this meeting, I would also like to mention that a very interesting and useful platform for dialogue and exchange of good practice will be the organization in Bucharest of the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, where important European leaders, representatives of the European Committee of the Regions, as well as you, representatives of the associative structures in the Romanian public administration will be present at the same table. Several weeks before the European elections and important decisions to be made on the leadership of the European Union institutions for the coming years, a declaration will be adopted at this summit, one designed to present the vision of a renewed European Union: a European Union working for its citizens , a European Union based on democracy, solidarity and proximity, which takes into account local needs and offers guarantees that no person or locality is left behind! Finally, I would like to congratulate you for your entire activity within the Association, to increase the efficiency of public services! Through the projects that you implement, the funds you access, you represent a genuine support for the communities you are part of! We have joint projects that are unfolding successfully, and I consider the approach of the Association of Romanian Communes, a constructive one, with proposals and solutions as only together can be achieve our objectives. I wish you greater success in your work further on, and I assure you once again of our full support! Thank you. 2019-02-18 11:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_26.jpgDiscursul premierului Viorica Dăncilă la votul final asupra proiectelor de lege privind bugetul de stat şi bugetul asigurărilor sociale de stat pe anul 2019, în ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și SenatuluiȘtiri din 15.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-final-vote-on-the-drafts-of-the-2019-state-budget-law-and-the-2019-state-social-security-budget-in-the-joint-session-of-the-chamber-of-deputies-and-the-senate[Check against delivery] Dear President of the Romanian Senate, Dear Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear MPs, Dear colleagues, First, I want to thank you for your activity throughout the week, and the efforts you have made until late at night to debate the budget for this year. Passing the budget is for both the Government and the Parliament the moment in which the main lines of action, priorities are established and it is to an equal extent the moment in which we convey this time to citizens, under the form of figures, not of political discourse what is happening in 2019. It is a moment of truth for the Government I am leading and especially for me, the moment in which we can let the political statements totally outside this hall, and relying on figures and projects included in the draft budget, we can tell what 2019 will bring in the life of every citizen. The budget reflects the current economic and social realities in Romania and also the political conception and the political programme of the Coalition that very clearly won the parliamentary elections in 2016. The construction of the budget for 2019 is based on the fact that, following these years of uninterrupted economic growth, we have a bigger GDP, a bigger budget, and a decreasing public debt. At the same time, like any budget here or elsewhere, in the world, it cannot meet everybody's expectations, it is a realist budget, and with development prospects for Romania. First of all, as I have said it before, 2019 will be an year of investment. After two years of consistent increases of pensions and salaries, the most important preoccupation of the citizens is naturally with investment in transport infrastructure, in healthcare, kindergartens, schools, in agriculture and of course, in local development projects. Therefore, we took into account the voice of the citizens and we drew up a budget to meet these expectations. We supplemented the investment budget by 15.7 billion lei compared to last year, 6 billion of which directly add to transport infrastructure budget. This year, we want to accelerate the works for express roads and motorways. We will continue to complete the link segments on the Transylvania highways, but this year, we will kick off express road and motorway projects in both Moldova and the southern area of the country, in order to reduce development gaps. It is absolutely necessary to connect the western border with the Black Sea to put Romania on the map of the major trade routes to central and western Europe. But at the same time, it is necessary to bridge the development gaps in Moldova and the southern area of the country, because all Romanian citizens deserve a decent living. Other good news is that this year, the European programmes will advance at full speed. We recovered the 2016 delays, we reached the European average as regards the rate of absoption and in 2019, many projects have already reached maturity, bringing more money for investment, in our country. All this European money is directed towards Romania's development, the development of local communities and will contribute to the increase in the living standards of the Romanian citizens. We will fight for this European money because, as I said at the meetings with the EU representatives, Romania wants to be a state fully integrated in Europe, but at the same time, we want equal treatment for Romania. Equal treatment means including our country's access to the EU's development funds. We already have a good expertise in this financial exercise gained in previous years, everybody got familiar with these mechanisms, therefore, we have all we need to go beyond EU average as regards the absorption rate. This is one of the major objectives that I set as Prime Minister for this year. Dear colleagues, For this year, we prepared several governmental programmes to support the business sector, with special emphasis on Romanian companies and products. We want the development of the Romanian capital as this suffered in previous years, and we are going to strongly support it. We will equally continue to support and encourage new foreign investment, the Public Private Partnership law, creating huge opportunities in this respect. In this field, we will have several governmental programmes: the Programme - State aid to finance the investment projects, Programme to support the SMEs - IMM Invest Romania, Setting up the Programme to finance investment for upgrading and developing spa towns, State aid scheme on backing film industry and other such measures to develop the Romanian capital. Other important direction of investment is the national defence industry, where Romania has a huge potential. We are suppliers of components for many of the NATO partners, and I think that Romania has the opportunity to regain its position in this field by reinvigorating the profile industry. We are already in the third year in which Romania observes its commitment to NATO partners and allocates 2 percent from GDP for Defence, money to be found of course in the investment for the defence industry development. All in all, if we take into account also the increase in the EU funds aborption rate, Romania will benefit this year of overall investment of 50 billion lei - over 13 billion euros - which will give a strong impetus to the economic growth too. The other two priority areas of the proposed budget are Healthcare and Education, as they have been all time during the Social - Democratic governments. This year, we have the biggest increase of education budget in all times, by nearly 47.8 percent more than last year, therefore, an addition of over 10 billion compared to 2018. As Prime Minister, I set a goal I am very fond of: until the end of my term of office, I want all schools in Romania to meet all of the conditions of the functioning authorization. As Prime Minister, but also as mother, I have this duty, and obligation so that our children can learn in the best conditions. We will also have a substantial rise in the healthcare budget, with nearly 15. 3 percent more, respectively by 6. 5 billion lei more. Thus, the budget allocated to healthcare reaches 4. 8 percent of the GDP, which reconfirms the preoccupation of this Cabinet with increasing the quality of the medical act in Romania. Following the increase in doctors and nurses' pay, it is high time that this year be the year of investment in medical infrastructure. Dear MPs, dear colleagues, I spoke about all these increases, and I am convinced that you alongside the citizens watching us, you are rightly asking yourself where the surplus will come from. The response is given by the good economic development of the country. In the two years of the PSD-ALDE [Social Democratic Party - Alliance of Liberal and Democrats] government, Romania has witnessed spectacular economic growth, which has been reflected in substantial increases in the income of the population. This year, we allocate 50 billion for investment, which will boost sound economic growth and that explains quite well, among other factors, why we are counting on a 5.5 percent increase in 2019. Romanias GDP will exceed the 1,000 billion lei for the first time, a third more than when we took over government in December 2016. Last year, we had an economic growth three times higher than the European average, and public sector wages and pensions increased as we promised! This year, net average earning will be 50 percent higher than in December 2016. The revenues to state budget have reached an all-time high, even as the share of revenue collection in relation to gross domestic product is lower, which is normal when rates and taxes are cut and tax incentives are provided for the economy. And in this respect, I would like to point out that this year will be the first time with a surplus in the pension budget; it will be for the first time when more money comes to budget than the sum of the pensions in payment. I am telling all Romanians today: Have confidence in our national economy! Dare believe in Romania which tops the rankings of the fastest growing member states in the European Union! Dear colleagues, We talked about investments, about increases in healthcare and education; I would not want people to believe that we will deviate from the planned increases in the income of the population this year, on the contrary. We have provided the budget with the necessary amounts to cover increases in public pensions and wages, as we pledged in the programme for government and the unitary pay law. The minimum wage increases by 10pct, and pay of public sector employees increases on average by a quarter of the remaining difference for the 2018-2022. We continue to offer holiday vouchers this year of 1,450 lei per employee, as well as a food allowance equivalent to two minimum wages. As regards the pensioners, the pension point will increase by 15pct, to 1,265 lei, starting September 1, and the minimum pension will increase by 10pct, to 704 lei. The increase for the beginning of this year was paid in advance on July 1 last year, and was higher than the indexation provided by law, and on September 1, we will rise in advance by higher amounts than what was initially envisaged. Dear MPs, I would like to put aside all the fake news about the local communities budgets. Reality is one and cannot be contradicted: local administration budgets will receive more money than in previous years, and many of these additional sums are intended for local investment. The elected local representatives will have an increase in revenues of 7 billion lei, which will come from income tax revenues, which will remain entirely with the local administrations. Ladies and gentlemen, Finally, I would like to state that the draft budget for 2019 re-establihes the truth as regards our situation as country, as economy growing every year! And we want that through the measures we have presented, economic growth continues, as well as the increase in salaries, pensions, allocations to healthcare and education in the next years too. I would like you to admit that this is possible only through collaboration between Government, Parliament, President, civil society, all who have a word to say and a contribution to make to Romania's development. What matters beyond insults, are the projects and everything we are doing for Romanians. I want to thank everyone once again and especially the MPs who endorsed in the specialized committees this draft budget and also to thank all who filed amendments. Surely any draft budget can be improved. I respect the political decision of all who voted against this draft budget , only for political reasons. Nevertheless, I call on all members of the Parliament, that these essential, real data linked to economic, social and development measures included in the budget for 2019, is accurately communicated to those who sent us here, in Parliament, because, only this way, will we be a more cohesive society. Thank you! 2019-02-15 13:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1550230429original_13_resize.jpgPreședinția României la Consiliul Uniunii Europene a obținut mandat pentru inițierea negocierilor pe revizuirea Directivei privind Gazele NaturaleȘtiri din 08.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-s-presidency-of-eu-council-gets-mandate-to-kick-off-negotiations-on-the-revision-of-the-natural-gas-directiveRomania's presidency of the EU Council has recorded today a remarkable breakthrough by getting mandate to initiate negotiations with the European Parliament in relation to one of the most sensitive and important legislative dossiers of the EU agenda - the revision of the natural gas Directive. The demarche initiated by Romania's presidency of the EU Council enjoyed broad support from the member states. The dossier was managed in the direct coordination of the Prime Minister, given its complexity and impact for the functioning of the internal market and for the consolidation of the EU energy security, a dossier of geostrategic significance. The Directive proposal aims to ensure a uniform, transparent regulation framework at the EU level, by extending the application of the European common norms to the interconnection projects in the field of natural gas with third countries. Today's success, recorded after extremely difficult negotiations at the EU Council's level for more than a year, alongside the significant support of the member states given to the Romanian presidency of the EU Council, once again highlights our joint commitment - member states and European institutions - to act for the benefit of the entire European Union. On grounds of the mandate granted by the member states, Romania's presidency of the EU Council intends to initiate as soon as possible the negotiations with the European Parliament to complete the dossier faster, within the current European legislative cycle. 2019-02-08 17:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-08-05-12-39big_sigla_romania2019eu.jpgPrezentarea proiectului de buget pentru 2019Știri din 08.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-02-08 14:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big__rom0708.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul comerțului din Republica Turcia, Ruhsar Pekcan Știri din 08.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-trade-minister-of-the-republic-of-turkey-ruhsar-pekcanPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had on February 8, 2019, a meeting with the Trade Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ruhsar Pekcan, in the context of the working visit the latter is paying to Romania. The importance of capitalizing on the growth potential of bilateral exchanges was highlighted during the discussion. The Romanian Prime Minister saluted the development of the bilateral economic relations and the joint interest in streamlining bilateral exchanges which are on an ascendant path. Prime Minister voiced satisfaction over the joint decision to organize in the next period the meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee of economic cooperation, as well as the signing together with the Romanian Minister of the business sector, trade and entrepreneurship Stefan - Radu Oprea of the organization regulations for a mechanism of bilateral dialogue with the participation of the business sector. Prime Minister also underlined the importance of the dialogue at technical level in streamlining trade activity between economic agents and attracting investment. In the context of a Romania - Turkey Business Forum held on the occasion of the Turkish Minister's visit, the Romanian Prime Minister saluted the initiative of organizing this forum and voiced her belief that this will contribute to strengthening ties at the level of the business sector. 2019-02-08 13:18:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_190208_1_ruhsar_pekcan.jpgGuvernul salută aprobarea deciziei finale de investiţie pentru Proiectul de Dezvoltare Gaze Naturale MidiaȘtiri din 07.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-government-salutes-the-approval-of-the-final-investment-decision-for-the-midia-gas-development-projectThe Government of Romania salutes the approval of the final investment decision for the Midia gas development (MDG) project located in the Black Sea offshore Romania. The launch of this comprehensive investment project in the natural gas sector will contribute to both the economic development of the area as well as to the increased gas supply security and the reduction of energy dependence, through supply sources and rates diversification, an objective assumed by the Executive. The Government of Romania emphasizes once again that it is a fair partner of the business sector and it supports sustainable investment projects with economic and social benefits for Romania. 2019-02-07 20:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-07-08-14-34big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita de lucru a premierului Viorica Dăncilă la BruxellesȘtiri din 07.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-brusselsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the World Jewish Congress Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, in the context of her working visit to Brussels(February 6-7, 2019) The meeting occasioned a substantial exchange of views on Romanias cooperation with the Jewish organisations, as well as on education of the society at European and international level in the spirit of tolerance, non-discrimination, combating anti-Semitism and cultivation of the memory of the Holocaust. Both parties voiced concern over the appearance of some populist-extremist and anti-Semitic trends in Europe, which are also reflected at political level, while appreciating at the same time the need for strengthening joint efforts to combat them, including by educating the younger generation. Thus, the Romanian dignitary reaffirmed Romania's constant commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and thanked for the involvement of the Laude-Reut Educational Complex in Bucharest in developing educational projects for the younger generation. At the same time, both parties highlighted their wish to boost this cooperation and strengthen the relation of confidence and the honest and open dialogue. Moreover, the Romanian official informed about the Romanian Governments intention to invite all the special representatives for fighting Anti-Semitism to Romania for a meeting. The President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, thanked Romania for its constant and dedicated efforts made in acknowledging its historic past, as well as in honouring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. In this context, Ronald Lauder also invited the Prime Minister of Romania to pay a visit to New York, in this years autumn. Background information: Ronald Lauder became the President of the World Jewish Congress, in June 2007. Along time, he got involved in numerous international philantropic activities that the organization carried out internationally. In 1986, Ronald Lauder was designated Ambassador to Austria by President Reagan. Later, his activity focused on revitalizing the Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe, affected by what happened during the Holocaust and also during the communist regime. In 1987, he laid the foundation of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which now has 37 branches in different states such as: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine. The World Jewish Congress is an international organisation which represents the Jewish communities and organizations in over 100 states of the world. The Congress negotiates on behalf of communities with the Governments, Parliaments as well as with other international organizations. The Organization was founded in Geneva, in 1936. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă participated in the opening of the Conference Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has opened today, in Brussels, the works of the Conference: Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action. The event is organized by Romania under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and aims at promoting debates between members of the Jewish communities in Europe and the representatives of European institutions, on combating anti-Semitism. The conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă alongside Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice - President of the European Commission, and Mr. Heinz Becker, Chair of the European Parliaments working group on anti-Semitism. Opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, Mrs. Raya Kalenova, Executive Vice President and CEO of the European Jewish Congress, Mr. David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Congress and Mr. Daniel Mariaschin, CEO and Executive Vice President of the B'nai B'rith Organisation. At the same time, Mr. Isaac Herzog delivered live remarks, via satellite. In her speech, the Romanian Prime Minister reminded that Romania's priorities at the EU Council Presidency include in the fourth pillar, Europe of common values, topics linked to combating racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism, and deterrence of hate speech. Thus, in the current European context, marked by the worrying rise in anti- Semitism, promotion of the exchange of views, ongoing consultation with Jewish communities as well as their involvement in the measures taken are vital for drawing up efficient solutions to combat the phenomenon. - Despite all current instruments and initiatives, anti-Semitism represents a rising problem in European societies. Such worrying developments require an unequivocal response, determined one from European forums and EU Member States, reminded Prime Minister in his speech. The event enjoyed the presence of senior representatives of the European Parliament, Romanian MEPs, and from the other EU member states, members of the European Commission and Jewish communities in Romania (members of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania) and also from other states such as: USA, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Western Balkan states. Members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of student associations also attended the conference. Contextual information: The International Conference: - Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action reflects the Romanian Presidency's preoccupation with giving an adequate response to the rise of intolerance phenomena and anti-Semitism manifestations, at European level, which could be noticed in the survey on perceptions of anti-Semitism, conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights(december 2018)and by the special Eurobarometer of the European Commission on anti-Semitism, published on January 21, 2019. The event held in Brussels also illustrates the priorities of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council, set out in the pillar - Europe of common values. They pursue among others: effectively combating racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism, and deterrence of hate speech. The main objective of the Conference is promotion of a substantial debate between members of Jewish communities and representatives of European institutions and organizations, as well as national representatives with a view to identifying concrete actions, better oriented to combat anti-Semitism. *** Speech by Romanian Prime Minister at the Conference Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Honorary audience, Allow me to recall the words of a great man who was born on Romanian soil, Elie Wiesel who stated, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, that : - when human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders become irrelevant. I would want the words of this - messenger for humanity to guide us in our today's approach. The international conference I had the pleasure to open today represents a very special event of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, as a direct illustration of our priorities. One of these - Europe of common values - pursues efficiently fighting racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, Anti-Semitism and deterring hate speech. In the current European context, marked by an worrying rise of intolerance phenomena, this event is aimed at promoting a substantial debate among the members of the Jewish communities in Europe and in the United States, representatives of the European organisations and institutions, as well as national representatives. Dear audience, Ladies and gentlemen, Between March 2016 - March 2017, Romania exercised the presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The decision to take over the presidency of this organisation reflected Romanias strong commitment in acknowledging its own past, honoring the victims of the Holocaust and getting involved in the international actions against Anti-Semitic, extremist and xenophobic manifestations. Also, by implementing the recommendations of the Wiesel Commission, Romania wants to contribute to the consolidation of Holocaust education, preserving public memory of the Jews suffering, as well as the Roma genocide, so that the lessons of the past become our foundation for peace and stability. One of the important achievements of the Romanian presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is the adoption of the working definition of the anti-Semitism. The Romanian diplomacy had a major contribution to this, through the involvement of the late Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, former President of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, in the memory of whom we organised this very event. I seized this opportunity to announce you that steps are being made for the Romanian Diplomatic Institute to be named after Mihnea Constantinescu. The echoes at international level of the adoption of this definition were significant: the European Parliament in June 2017 passed a resolution regarding the fight against anti-Semitism, which I also signed in my capacity as MEP on behalf of the Social Democratic group, whereby the EU member states were invited to adopt the definition at national level. Therefore, Romania marked an important step in combating anti-Semitism at European and world level. Our countrys approaches are in line with the drawing up by the European Commission of a Code of Conduct for combating online hate speech and for the adoption of the Declaration of the Council regarding the fight against Anti-Semitism and the setting up of a common security approach to protect the Jewish communities and organisation as best as possible. Despite all these current instruments and initiatives, however, as the recent survey conducted by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights also found, anti-Semitism represents a rising problem in the European societies. I believe that the promotion of an exchange of opinions, the ongoing consultation with the Jewish communities, as well as their involvement in the measures considered for combating anti-Semitism are absolutely necessary. Events like the one today are important for fulfilling the objective of combating discrimination and extremist discourses and to make sure that tragedies such as the Holocaust shall never happen again. Dear friends, Currently, Romania has become a regional model in combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia and, also, a model in what concerns education and measures taken to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Many of you here in the room are friends of Romania, who have been close to us during this extraordinary journey of recovering our memory and understanding our peers. I thank everyone again and I hope that we will have them close in the future too. Therefore, I invite you to see each other again in early March at an event held this time in Bucharest, where we will have the occasion to discuss, especially, about the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust. I would like to thank you for attending this event today and I wish you greater success in the conference sessions! *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee David Harris Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a bilateral meeting in Brussels with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris. The discussions took place in the context of Prime Ministers participation in the conference Fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action. On this occasion, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, with emphasis on intensifying European joint efforts to fight anti-Semitism and denial of the Holocaust. At the same time, Prime Minister thanked the interlocutor for the substantial participation in the conference organized by the Romanian Presidency. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned Romanias recent ongoing projects on promoting Holocaust education and combating anti-Semitism and conveyed thanks for the continued involvement of the American Jewish Committee in supporting these projects. The Romanian official expressed satisfaction with the longstanding partnership with the representatives of the American Jewish Committee and with the constant support of the organization for the development and deepening of the Romanian-American dialogue. At the same time, both parties outlined their wish to boost this cooperation and to intensify dialogue. In this respect, the Head of the Romanian Executive reaffirmed Romanias commitment to participating in international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and any form of extremism, racism and highlighted the recent achievements in this respect. Background information: David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, is particularly active in lobbying activities for Israel, fighting anti-Semitism, monitoring the situation of Jewish communities, and promoting inter-confessional tolerance. He distinguished himself by supporting the emigration of about 1 million Jews from the Soviet Union and fully supported the Jewish movement in the USSR. He was the first leader of an American Jewish NGO who addressed the Davos World Economic Forum at a session chaired by Tony Blair. He has more than 10 decorations offered by the governments of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Spain and Ukraine for outstanding activities in support of human rights, Transatlantic partnership and Jewish community. The Jewish American Committee is one of the most powerful Jewish organizations in the US. Since its inception in 1906, the organization has been campaigning for the unitary promotion of the interests of the Jewish community, building bridges between communities, fighting anti-Semitism, and promoting Israels aspirations for peace and security. The organization has subsidiaries in 26 U.S. cities, seven liaison offices outside the US, and 31 partnerships with Jewish organizations around the world. It acts primarily to promote and defend the interests of its members by actively and consistently engaging in US domestic policy, in order to affirm and respect principles such as equality of rights and protection of human dignity. The Jewish American Committee has developed a strong component of global diplomacy and public communication. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today in the context of her visit to Brussels, with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The discussion agenda included topical issues on the European agenda. Prime Minister Dancila voiced appreciation for the active engagement of the President of the European Council in the debates on the future of Europe and for his commitment to the consolidation of the European project and the shaping of the future strategic agenda of the Union. The Romanian Prime Minister reiterated Romanias support for a strong, division-free Europe that stays united in all its political, economic and social dimensions. It was pointed out that the motto of the Presidency of the Council of the EU - Cohesion - a European common value - fully reflects this priority, which must guide the action of both member states and European institutions. In this respect, the European Council President emphasized the importance of conveying a strong message of unity at European level in the next period, including in the perspective of the Sibiu Informal Summit to be held on May 9, 2019. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the support of the Romanian Government for holding the Sibiu Summit in the best possible conditions, emphasizing that the necessary budget for this purpose was also allocated. As regards the Brexit process, Romanian Prime Minister stated that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will particularly pursue the further observance of the citizens rights after UKs exit from the European Union. In the context of talks on EU action in the Eastern neighborhood, the Romanian Prime Minister reaffirmed support for maintaining a substantive engagement of the Union towards its partners that voiced their option to further develop relations with the EU. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk commended Romanias efforts to advancing the European agenda and assured Romania and the EU Council of the European Councils support for the objectives of the Romanian Presidency aimed at strengthening the European Union in an inclusive manner conducive to concrete results for citizens. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, on the occasion of the Romanian dignitary's visit to Brussels. The two officials addressed important dossiers on the European agenda. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed the good cooperation and the constructive and constant dialogue existing between the Romanian Government and the European Commission and mentioned in this respect, the substantial discussions carried out in the context of the visit of the College of Commissioners to Bucharest, on January 10-11, 2019. The Head of the Executive also mentioned the fact that first month of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council occasioned intense discussions on the advancement of the European agenda. The Romanian official reiterated at the same time the objective of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council of acting as impartial mediator in order to identify the best compromise formulas, that would facilitate the most rapid advancement of ongoing negotiations on the European dossiers under debate. Moreover, the Romanian official reiterated Romania's intention to act alongside the European Commission, to strengthen unity and cohesion. Other topic addressed pertained to the rule of law and the judicial independence in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă gave assurances that the Romanian Government will act for the observance of the values and principles underpinning the European construction: observance of citizens rights and freedoms, observance of the rule of law, and the judicial independence, and it will equally act to make sure that the Romanian citizens enjoy the same rights and freedoms like any European citizen, in accordance with the general guiding principles, respect for common values, fundamental rights and freedoms, respect for the rule of law. 2019-02-07 10:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_011_resize.jpgVizita de lucru a premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Bruxelles Știri din 06.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-pay-working-visit-to-brussels-on-february-6-7-2019Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) As part of her visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă participated today, February 6, 2019, in the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), to present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă highlighted the important role of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) as liaison between the local and regional authorities and the European institutions, and pointed out that CoR will be an important partner during Romania's tenure. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă further presented the four priority action directions of the Romanian presidency, having at core the concept of cohesion as common European value: Europe of convergence, safer Europe, Europe - global actor and Europe of common values. In her address, the Head of the Romanian Executive made reference to the complex dossiers Romania has to manage in the exercise of its mandate: negotiation of the future Multiannual Financial Framework, UK's withdrawal from the European Union, as well as migration, security and the reflection on the EU's future. Last but not least, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă pointed out that another important objective for Romania is promoting a consolidated framework of macro-regional cooperation, including through EU Strategy for the Danube Region, and thanked the Committee's members for their openness regarding this topic. Address by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions - presentation of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council [Check against delivery] Dear President of the European Committee of Regions, Dear Members of the European Committee of Regions, Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you, president Lambertz as well as the members of the European Committee of Regions for the invitation to present the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council at the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions, an EU body that represents a real bridge connecting local, regional authorities to European institutions. The European agenda and developments are marked by multiple challenges that we need to respond to, through cohesion, unity and solidarity. That is why the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council takes place under the motto - Cohesion, a common European value reflecting the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the community building, by pursuing cohesion in all its dimensions: political cohesion, economic and territorial cohesion, social cohesion. The concept of cohesion is transposed into our priorities grouped around four pillars of action: Europe of Convergence, safer Europe, Europe - global actor, Europe of common values. Ladies and gentlemen, We are all going through a period when we must work together to bring again to the European citizens attention the benefits of the European project for their everyday lives. We are facing a European context marked by the UK's withdrawal process from the European Union, negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework or other major issues such as: migration and security, reflection on the future of the Union. We must demonstrate together now that the Union has further on the ability to advance in strengthening European policies, to achieve tangible results for citizens. In this respect, the first pillar of the Romanian Presidency's programme is devoted to Europe of Convergence. From this perspective, we look closely at the negotiations on the future Financial Framework. The future multiannual budget will have to provide the resources needed to attain the objectives through balance between growth and convergence policies, such as the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, and the policies designed to respond to new challenges such as migration, security or defence. The future of cohesion policy is also a priority on our agenda. Without this policy, regional and local disparities would have been much greater. The cohesion policy generated partnerships and bridges between Europe's institutions and regions and its cities. The European Union further needs a solid cohesion policy as main investment strategy. The cohesion policy has evolved managing to cope with the new challenges. At the same time, this policy needs real measures for its simplification and increased efficiency. We will continue negotiations on the cohesion policy at a dynamic pace for the timely adoption of the relevant legislative package. The launch of future operational programs will enable the benefits of this policy to be reflected into the day-to-day lives of Europes citizens, cities and regions. Allow me to thank the president of the European Committee of Regions for having conveyed a strong signal ever since the start of talks on the future Financial Framework, as regards maintaining the level of the cohesion funds and the need to continue this policy as one aimed at all regions and cities. Promoting a consolidated framework of macroregional cooperation - including through EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)- represents another important objective for us. We particularly appreciate your openness to drawing up an opinion on the role of the macroregional strategies. Romania is also involved in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. We have a new National Strategy for Sustainable Development. We will work to prepare the guidelines for a new EU strategy for sustainable development. Strengthening social cohesion implies ensuring economic convergence at European level. We therefore need a fully functioning single market, free competition and transparent and fair rules of active mobility in all its dimensions. One of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency is also linked to strengthening workers mobility. In this context, we intend to continue negotiations on dossiers such as the revision of the regulations on social security coordination and the establishment of the European Labor Authority. Ensuring equal opportunities and gender equality is an objective that Romania wishes to promote at European level. An objective has already been attained by reaching a provisional political agreement with the European Parliament regarding the proposal for a Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers. We are preoccupied with strengthening economic growth, European economic resilience, as well as fostering investments at both micro and macro-economic levels. In this respect, the Romanian Presidency will seek to advance talks on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union in a constructive manner, designed to support the increase in cohesion, convergence and its resilience to financial and economic challenges. Ladies and gentlemen, Romanian Presidency defined the second pillar of its action: - A safer Europe. The issue of migration is a topic which concerns us all. We intend to continue efforts on all dimensions of its management. In a world of digitalization, protecting citizens' safety in the virtual space has become an important objective. Public policies and any project regarding the digital environment must take into account the cyber security. Our vision also refers to - Europe as a global actor with an emphasis on the common commitments assumed through the Global Strategy for the. European Unions Foreign And Security Policy. We will promote the consolidation of European defence and security capabilities, in close complementarity with similar processes within NATO. Ensuring enhanced consistency of European action in the Eastern neighborhood will represent a priority given that this year marks the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. At the same time, we support the advancement of enlargement policy and, in this respect, particular attention will be extended to the Western Balkans. Last but not least, I want to make a few references to the fourth pillar of our priorities - Europe of common values. In view of European elections, we must provide a response to the temptation of the Eurosceptic and populist discourse, promoting a more democratic Union, closer to its citizens. We also believe that education and culture represent the key to the future of Europe, both from the individual perspective of the European citizen and from the angle of the consolidation of the European project. Local and regional authorities and communities can play an important role in this area. Ladies and gentlemen, I think that all European actors can contribute to our common success in promoting a more cohesive, united and secure Europe. The European Committee of the Regions, you all, have an important role as liaison between European policies and local and regional communities, between Union and citizens I am convinced that the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, to be held in Bucharest in March, will make an important contribution to conveying a signal of confidence in the future of the Union, of European unity and commitment to a stronger Union over the next decade. Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, we are waiting for you in Bucharest in March! Thank you! Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital As part of her working visit to Brussels to participate in the Conference The fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action, to be held on February 7, the Romanian Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital. The bilateral relations Romania - Israel were approached in this occasion, with the Prime Minister of Romania emphasizing that the State of Israel is our country's closest ally and strategic partner in the Middle East. Romania's recent efforts towards accelerating the process of restitution of Jewish properties were mentioned as well as the legislative developments regarding the payment of allowances for Holocaust survivors. It was agreed on the continuation of cooperation between the Government of Romania and the World Jewish Restitution Organisation on these topics. Moreover, the two interlocutors discussed about the importance of Israel as EU's strategic partner in a wide range of topics from regional stability and counter-terrorism, to economic development and energy security, education and promotion of common values. During the meeting, the Head of the Bucharest Executive presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, with emphasis on the topic of combating anti-Semitism and the Holocaust denial. Background information Colette Avital, ambassador and Israeli politician of Romanian origin, currently serves as Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation. Colette Avital was born in 1940 in Bucharest, and emigrated to Israel in 1950, becoming a distinguished personality of the community of Israelis born in Romania. Colette Avital has a long and distinguished career in politics and diplomacy. She was elected as a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party in 1999, being reelected in 2003 and 2006. She served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and Member of the Committees for Foreign policy and Defence, Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. Prior to entering politics, Colette Avital was a career diplomat, her positions at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem included: Director of Training Division, Deputy Director General for Information, Media Communication and Culture Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry in charge of European Affairs. She served as Press and Cultural Attache in Brussels; Minister-Counselor in Paris(1982-1985); Consul in Boston; Ambassador in Lisbon(1988-1992) and Consul General in New York(1992-1996). The WJRO is a non-profit organization based in Jerusalem, founded in 1993. WJROs activity consists of negotiating with national and local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe on the return of Jewish property abusively seized during the communist regime. WJRO supports the process of restitution of Jewish property as well as the granting of compensations for Holocaust survivors and it closely co-operates with national and local Jewish communities organizations. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein Today, February 6, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, who is in Brussels, to open the Conference The fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action, event organized by Romania in the context of holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council, had a bilateral meeting with the European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein. The Romanian official highlighted that the topics of combating anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial as well as the topic of preserving the memory of the Holocaust are a priority for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, stating that they were included in the fourth pillar of priorities: Europe of common values. The Romanian Prime Minister thanked for the active involvement of the European coordinator in organizing the Conference on combating anti-Semitism, assuring the foreign official of Romania's support for the European Commissions projects devoted to the implementation of the Council Declaration of December 6, 2018 on combating anti-Semitism and developing a common approach for a better protection of Jewish communities and institutions across Europe. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also provided information on Romanias project to hold a conference on combating Holocaust denial through educational policies and archives material, in Bucharest on March 11, 2019. The event is designed to promote one of the most important projects of Romania on this issue at present - the opening of the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania. Background Information: Katharina von Schnurbein, a German national, took over as coordinator of the European Commission on combating anti-Semitism in December 2015. She was one of the main advocates of adopting the working definition of antisemitism within the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and after its adoption within the Organization, she has been the main promoter of its adoption at national level as well, by as many member states as possible. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a bilateral meeting with the Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith International Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a bilateral meeting in Brussels with Daniel S. Mariaschin, CEO and Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith International, in the context of participating in the conference Fight against Anti-Semitism: a common approach to better protect Jewish communities in Europe - from policy to action, a high level event of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the priorities of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU on combating Anti-Semitism and the denial of Holocaust. The Romanian official voiced her satisfaction with the activity of the American Jewish organisations in supporting the democratic values and hailed their relation with Romania. In this context, Prime Minister reiterated Romanias commitment and active role in combating the Anti-Semitism phenomenon at international level, through the development of efficient instruments for combating and preventing discrimination, hate speech and hate crime. The Romanian Prime Minister and her interlocutor also voiced concern with respect to the public trends re-capitalizing on xenophobic and Anti-Semitic actions, which could be seen lately in some European states and they voiced their condemnation of such trends. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the current projects carried out in Romania in this area, with an emphasis on the opening of a museum of Jewish History and Holocaust in Romania. Background information Daniel S. Mariaschin is CEO and Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith International. In this capacity, he coordinates all the programmes and activities carried out by the organisation at world level. He dedicated his entire professional activity to the Jewish organisations and to the promotion of the protection of the rights of the members of the Jewish communities around the world, while also cultivating good relations with the State of Israel. Bnai Brith International is an organisation whose mission is to promote human rights, promote Israel, foster the unity and continuity of the Jews, and also to ensure safe and affordable housing to low-income seniors and diversified education. Ever since 1843, Bnai Brith International played a vital role in supporting the Jewish community in the entire world, and helping other communities in crisis. With offices in the entire world, Bnai Brith is the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Bnai Brith International was founded in 1843, in New York, by 12 Jewish immigrants from Europe. Meanwhile, Bnai Brith has become one of the strongest Jewish organization in the world, with representative offices in more than 58 states and it is present in several international organisations, among which the UN, UNESCO and the European Council. 2019-02-06 14:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-06-07-32-37big_05_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă va avea o vizită de lucru la Bruxelles în perioada 6-7 februarie 2019Știri din 05.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-pay-working-visit-to-brussels-on-february-6-7-20191549476689PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will pay a working visit to Brussels on February 6-7, 2019 with a view to presenting the priorities of Romanias Presidency of the EU Council within the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. In this context, Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with the President of CoR Karl-Heinz Lambertz. Prime Minister Dăncilă will participate in the conference called The fight against anti-Semitism: a common approach for a better protection of the Jewish communities in Europe - from practice to action, organized by Romania in the context of holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Council. The visit agenda will include a series of bilateral meetings of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă with representatives of the European and international Jewish organisations: President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder; Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) David Harris; CEO and Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith Daniel S. Mariaschin; Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital; European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein. Other important elements of the visit will be the bilateral meetings with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. The government delegation headed by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila includes, among others, Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba and European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb, as well as members of the Prime Minister's Office. PRIME MINISTER'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Working visit to Brussels 2:00 pm Meeting with the Executive Vice President of Bnai Brith Daniel S. Mariaschin 3:00 pm Meeting with the European Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein 4:00 pm Meeting with the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Colette Avital 4:55 pm Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă is welcomed by the President of CoR Karl-Heinz Lambertz Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă signs Book of Condolences, in memory of Pawel Adamovicz, member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) (headquarters of the European Parliament) 5:00 pm Participation in the Plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) (headquarters of the European Parliament) (Press accredited to the European Parliament has access throughout the event) 6:00 pm Meeting with the President of CoR Karl-Heinz Lambertz (headquarters of the European Parliament) Note: The event time is local time. 2019-02-05 19:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-06-07-35-46big_sigla_romania2019eu.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu secretarul de stat pentru afaceri externe și Commonwealth al Regatului Unit al Marii Britanii și Irlandei de NordȘtiri din 01.02.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-jeremy-hunt-the-secretary-of-state-for-foreign-and-commonwealth-affairs-of-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-irelandPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today, February 1, 2019, with the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt. The discussion highlighted the very good bilateral relations between Romania and the UK, based on the Strategic Partnership and the shared interest underpinning the cooperation between the two states. The development of economic exchanges, marked by the positive trend of the trade exchanges was highlighted as well as the special contribution of the Romanian community within the British society. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the interest for expanding the bilateral cooperation, including in the sense of capitalising on the remarkable human potential which shapes the Romanian-British relationship. Moreover, Prime Minister voiced satisfaction over the opening of the Bucharest office of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). The officials commended the excellent collaboration in terms of security and defence, considered to be the fundamental pillar in promoting regional peace and prosperity, and in supporting transatlantic objectives. The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views with respect to Brexit. Prime Minister highlighted the importance of this European dossier, including in view of its completion during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the joint responsibility of the European Union and the UK to protect the rights of the European and British citizens, in the spirit of reciprocity, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit process. In this respect, Prime Minister welcomed the assurances provided by the British Prime Minister on this topic, and reiterated the Romanian Governments commitment to adopting all the necessary measures to protect the rights of the British citizens living in Romania. At the same time, the necessity of reconfiguring the Romanian-British Strategic Partnership was agreed in light of the new realities generated by the redefinition of the relations between the UK and the EU, as well as by the developments which took place at bilateral level since the last revision of the Strategic Partnership in 2011. The two officials voiced interest in continuing the dialogue on strengthening and expanding the Romanian-British bilateral cooperation within a new comprehensive and ambitious Strategic Partnership. 2019-02-01 16:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-02-01-04-28-35big_01_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu ambasadorul Regatului Unit al Marii Britanii și Irlandei de Nord în România, Andrew NobleȘtiri din 29.01.2019http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-h-e-mr-andrew-noble-the-ambassador-of-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland-to-romaniaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with H.E. Mr. Andrew Noble, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania. The discussion highlighted the very good level of the strategic relationship between Romania and Great Britain. The common role in Europe's security and defence, both inside NATO and within the political dialogue between the two countries, as well as the increasingly more tight economic and social ties were reviewed on this occasion. The issue of UK's withdrawal from the European Union was mainly addressed, especially from the angle of the Presidency of the EU Council, currently exercised by Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the importance our country attaches to the necessity to protect the rights of the Romanian citizens living in UK, and provided the guarantee that Romania will take all internal steps so that the rights of the British citizens in Romania be observed, regardless of the scenario that will materialise in the upcoming period. At the same time, it was underlined that the UK's withdrawal from the European Union will necessarily require the recalibration of the Strategic Partnership, last time revised in 2011. It was voiced the confidence that the revised Strategic Partnership will become the expression of a new phase of in-depth and comprehensive cooperation. 2019-01-29 15:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-01-29-03-58-58big_01_resize.jpg