RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROPremierul Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu o delegație a consorțiului format din ExxonMobil şi OMV PetromȘtiri din 27.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace with a delegation of a consortium comprised of ExxonMobil and OMVPetrom, led by the ExxonMobil Development Company Vice-President, David Cochrane, and the CEO of the OMV Petrom, Mariana Gheorghe. During the meeting, the representatives of the two companies have presented the project of drilling natural gas resources to great depth, in the prospect of the final investment decision. The Head of the Executive has showed the Government's openness and support for capitalizing on energy resources in sustainable and competitive conditions, taking also into account the Government's commitments to guaranteeing energy security. - Investors have in the governmental team a serious partner that understands its responsabilities: ensuring stability and legislative predictibility and fair taxation for both the economic environment and the state budget, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. In this context, Prime Minister has proposed the setting up of an interministerial team to secure the necessary technical support for the new energy projects with development potential on the Romanian side of the Black Sea. The Economy Minister, Mihai Tudose has showed that projects of the scope of the one presented by ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom can contribute to turning Romania into a regional industrial hub for offshore projects. Also, the Government and the two companies representatives have further discussed about energy opportunities in the short, medium and long run, in the context of global challenges. Secretary - General of the Government, Mihai Busuioc, Secretary of State in the Public Finance Ministry, Ionut Mișa, State Advisor Marius Nica and the Chairperson of Transgaz Board, Ion Sterian have also attended the meeting. 2017-02-27 14:52:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la preluarea mandatului de către noul ministru al Economiei, Mihai Tudose Știri din 23.02.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Ministers of Economy and SMEs, Mihai Tudose and Alexandru Petrescu Sorin Grindeanu: I congratulate Minister Tudose and also Minister Petrescu. There are two extremely important fields for Romania, both the Economy and the Ministry for SMEs. There are things that are already laid down in the programme for govenment both at the Economy Ministry and at the SMEs Ministry. There are many other things to accomplish too. I trust these two colleagues. I am sure that the priorities of the two Ministries will be put in practice in an alert pace. There are Ministries with close profile, if you want. I want for the Economy Ministry that you start, Mr. Minister, with revitalisation of the Defence Ministry. The budget which has already been approved, as you know, 2 percent from GDP earmarked for Defence. I want the largest part of this amount be spent in Romania, so that we can help the national defence industry. I would remind that one of the fields you coordinate, and you, Minister Petrescu, you have done this to date, but on short term, in addition to start - up measure and all the measures you have already adopted, I am interested in you achieving fast the draft prevention law. You coordinate this interministerial group. It is necessary, I want you to work with priority on the Prevention Bill and surely, on all measures we have in the programme for government, yes? Alexandru Petrescu: Yes, this is true. Sorin Grindeanu: Minister. Mihai Tudose: Mr. Prime Minister, to answer to what you said, next week, we have already established a meeting with the Minister of Defence to agree on the Romanian Army's needs, and the production capacity of the Romanian defence industry. Also, in the shortest time possible, we will present an analysis of the situation and a plan of measures so that based on two giants of the Romanian economy, Transgaz and Transelectrica, we try to turn Romania into an energy hub in Balkans, it is a pity that we do not use our resources. We will act according to the programme for government in everything what means the non-energy mining ore for the superior capitalization of ore in Romania, so that we do not export anymore copper ore, but we try to produce copper plates, a finished product. It is valid for other fields, other fields of ore, up to the natural resource - the water, which is very important. We have the richest resource of mineral water in Europe, and we do not know to properly use it. As aforementioned, alongside the SMEs, we will act in the competitiveness field, because we have a problem here indeed, if we want to conquer the external markets. And among priorities, although we cannot make a hierachy among them, they will be pursued simulatenously, there are the problems we have with mines closure, hard days are ahead of us even at European level, facing a lot of pressure to close them. Let us not forget Oltchim, and other similar situations where things should be successfully completed, from both the economic and the social standpoint, as there are thousands of people with jobs there. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. Alexandru Petrescu: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. As you may know, I come from the business sector, where the SMEs represent up to 99 percent, there are stringent problems and I would outline only the difficult access to funding, an insufficient development of the export culture by Romanian companies, placing them in a position to hardly enter the external markets. Obviously, we have the - start up nation programme, 10,000 companies, 20,000 jobs per year. It is particularly important also from the perspective of the negative trend: setting up versus deregistration. It is a programme central to the chapter on SMEs of the programme for government, and alike in the past portfolio, I will particularly focus my attention on materializing this programme. Strenghtening the economic diplomacy is also very important. I will seek to streamline and improve the activity of the entire network of commercial attaches and our representatives in Romanian Embassies abroad and surely, as you have mentioned, the fast adoption in as transparent and objective way possible of the prevention law and creation alongside with the business environment, of a fiscal legislative framework which should not be adverse to business environment, but on the contrary, be predictable and flexible. Thank you very much. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. I wish you good luck. Reporter: You had some face to face moments with President Klaus Iohannis at Cotroceni. Did you have a special topic of discussion? Sorin Grindeanu: No, he only wished success to the team in its new format. Thank you. 2017-02-23 18:22:00 de presăȘtiri din 23.02.2017 Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has sent to the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis, proposals for nomination to fill four porfolios in the Government: Tudorel Toader - Minister of Justice Rovana Plumb - Minister -delegate for European Funds, Mihai Tudose - Minister of Economy Alexandru Petrescu - Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Proposals have been made in compliance with provisions of article 85, paragraph 2 and article 106 of the Constitution of Romania, republished as well as with those of article 7 and article 10 of Law 90/2001 on the organization and functioning of the Romanian Government and Ministries, with further amendments and additions. 2017-02-23 08:44:00 Personalul nedidactic din învățământ va beneficia de majorări salariale Știri din 22.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Minister of National Education, Pavel Nastase and representatives of education trade unions have discussed today about the Government's proposal to increase the salaries of the non-teaching personnel in education. - I respect the work and contribution of every member of the educational staff. I have full openness towards finding fast solutions to the problems related to wages of the non-teaching personnel in education and to redress this injustice done to nearly 53,000 people in education the Head of the Executive has stated. The Government will promote an Emergency Ordinance on tomorrow's meeting, with a view to solving the problems emerged in the pay of the non-teaching staff from pre-university and university education. The envisaged solution aims at position in the grid, according to seniority, of this personnel category's wages, and the measure will be enforced as of February 2017. Thus, according to the new salary grid, the rights of the non-teaching staff in education will range between the minimum wage per economy, respectively 1.450 lei and 1947 lei. Other topic of today's discussion aims at the situation of salary increases for the educational personnel. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Minister of National Education Pavel Nastase have underlined that the Executive considers this situation that has been dragging on for longer time, and they have all openness and strive to resolve it. Also, the Cabinet members and the educational trade unions representatives have discussed about promoting a new National Education draft law by the end of the year. In this context, Prime Minister Grindeanu has showed that the new draft law will result following an extensive consultation with the academic environment, civil society, trade unions, employers, political parties and all interested parties. . 2017-02-22 12:22:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Regatului Țărilor de JosȘtiri din 21.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received H.E. Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on a courtesy visit at Victoria Palace. During the meeting, the state of bilateral cooperation at all levels between Romania and Netherlands has been assessed, and EU and NATO partnership has been reaffirmed. H.E. Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has appreciated the excellent economic relations between the two countries, showing that they will continue to develop. In this context, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has affirmed his support for facilitating sectoral dialogue as an important component of the economic cooperation development. 2017-02-21 18:48:00ții susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după vizita de lucru de la Ministerul Educației NaționaleȘtiri din 21.02.2017 Grindeanu: I had a first discussion with Minister on applied topics. First of all, I will hold discussions tomorrow with trade unions, on the non-teaching personnel pay. You very well know that those increases that the Parliament passed, of 15 percent for the didactic personnel, have not been applied to the non-didactic personnel and tomorrow, I will have a discussion, together with Minister, with trade unions, especially on this topic. We have talked for a long time about what Minister wants, and also to come up with a new draft law of education in the near future. We talked about infrastructure, because as you well know, there are 2,000 schools at present, without functioning permit. The money for the rehabilitation of these schools has been allocated to the Development Ministry, it will be achieved this year, it is a first priority. In case of 2.500 kindergartens and nurseries, we are speaking about multiannual programmes until 2020. These were the discussions. Reporter: A political question. Sorin Grindeanu: Political? Reporter: Former Prime Minister Victor Ponta was critical of the current Cabinet. He said that the ordinance to amend the Criminal Code was not entirely assumed by the Executive, the blame was put on Mr. Iordache, the urgency was not justified because the very ordinance text stipulated a ten -day deadline for its coming into force. Sorin Grindeanu: Politically, Mr. Ponta had or has today the right to vote or not the two ordinances which to my knowledge are at the Chamber of Deputies. He is a member of the Chamber of Deputies, therefore, he will express... Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you made a tour of Ministries. Sorin Grindeanu: No, of only three Ministries. Reporter: Three Ministries, yes. Did it happen something at these Ministries? Why did you feel the need to leave the Government to make these visits? Sorin Grindeanu: No, I will go everywhere. I visited other Ministries as well, as you recall, I will visit almost all of them, because I want to know exactly the situation of all Ministries. Reporter: Did you request this on the Government meeting? Sorin Grindeanu: We have been speaking already for one and a half month, everyone got accustomed to the post of Minister, they know what they want to do in the short term and how to implement it. The deadline for the first trimester will be the end of March, and we need to know if all things have been implemented as far as the Programme for Government is concerned. Thank you. 2017-02-21 15:58:00ții susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după vizita de lucru efectuată la Ministerul TransporturilorȘtiri din 21.02.2017 15:49:00ții susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după vizita de lucru efectuată la Ministerul SănătățiiȘtiri din 21.02.2017 Grindeanu: I discussed about Health Ministry's future priorities, about what we need to further do, according to the programme for government, the situation the Minister found here, the solutions on various components, about investments, about what means agreements with the World Bank and the European Bank for Investment, so that these amounts - investments, the budget which is bigger than last year's in healthcare, be spent according to priorities laid down in the programme for government. Reporter: What are the priorities? Which are the most important three points which should be currently pursued on healthcare? Sorin Grindeanu: Investments - as I told you - we speak about that agreement with the World Bank of 250 million, which is extremely important for us, regional hospitals, stipulated in the programme for government, and first of all, we are speaking about the three of the agreement with the World Bank and of course, everything what means the other problem, the problem of medicines. It was presented to a large extent. Surely, Minister will give details, and what he wants to do, as strategy, in the immediately following period, and which are the long term solutions, the current state of affairs found at the Ministry - because things are not very simple at the Ministry of Health and certain problems which urgently need to be resolved, have been dragging on for one year. Reporter: What are the problems? A negative thing that Minister has presented to you? Sorin Grindeanu: I have just told you that there are many which ... Reporter: The most important! Sorin Grindeanu: I give you one example: the lack of certain medicines. The Health Ministry has been notified, if I am not wrong, as of last January.. Florian Bodog, Health Minister: In January, the ANM(National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices) notified the Ministry. Sorin Grindeanu: ..on the lack of some medicines. No measure has been taken. All procedures have been initiated, so that what all you signaled, on certain components, be redressed. To me, it seems the most serious situation. Reporter: Including for rare diseases? Florian Bodog: Yes, including for rare diseases. There are medicines which have not been introduced to market, and for which, we have currently initiated the procedure. You very well know that the state budget earmarks money for rare diseases. Reporter: Especially to children who do not currently benefit from powdered milk which should be on the market... Florian Bodog: These are programs of the Health Ministry and...But speaking about rare diseases, to date, there have not been budgeted all cases of rare diseases. Currently, we have tried to cover all rare diseases.. Reporter: Parents are paying out of their pockets, they do not benefit from legal provisions, of this subsidy. Florian Bodog: I do not have such information Reporter: Given that Romania buys medicines at the smallest price in Europe, and we all know that there is shortage of medicines from pharmacies and hospitals, is indeed a solution the decrease in price by 35 percent all at once? Sorin Grindeanu: I know the problem, I have pursued it. It was a public debate at the Ministry of Health, as you know, one week or ten days ago. All these - the price will be decided and in accordance to what we proposed, the programme for government but also with producers and associations of patients. I know that including the associations of patients attended that public debate. In the immediately following period, Minister - the Ministry, will finally come up with a solution so as not to face the situation you mentioned. Reporter: Why don't you give up the intention to cut the price at medicines by 35 percent once? Therefore, wouldn't be a better solution to cut gradually the price? Sorin Grindeanu: I understand what you are saying. I underline what I said earlier: that everything that the Health Ministry will decide, will be in agreement with the associations of patients and the producers. We do not want to reach the situation in which, on certain components, we have market distortions, but that will enter .. Reporter: Medicines have already started disappearing. Sorin Grindeanu: I know. That will be an issue on which, on short term, we will come up with solutions - I repeat: through dialogue with both producers and the associations of patients. Reporter: The site - has become operational, anyone can signal there the lack of a medicine. People can get an answer in seven days. After January 10, nobody answered anybody on that site. Sorin Grindeanu: I will answer with a question, regarding what I said earlier, some 2-3 minutes ago: perhaps, relations were very good, but solutions, with respect to the notifications of the Health Ministry for one year on lack of medicines, solutions to resolve these shortages lacked. Minister will give you details on all these things: when notifications appeared, when they were made, why the Health Ministry has not taken any measure for one year, what he has done since he became Minister, what he should do next, to avoid situations of this type. Reporter: In connection with the vaccines, what are we doing? When is the problem to be resolved? Sorin Grindeanu: There were initiated.. Florian Bodog: In connection with vaccines, it is under signature's procedure - as I told you, for the quadrivalent vaccine. For hexavalent vaccine, we did not receive the notice CFP - Preventive Financial Control - because the procedure was improperly conducted, which is why we started today, we could not start off without budget, a new short procedure, to acquire the hexavalent vaccine, and we are still looking for solutions for hepatitis B vaccine. Novelty: our government and the Ministry of Health will introduce a new vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine for children. Reporter: What does it take until hexavalent reaches the general practitioners' cabinets? It misses more than four months, and parents are desperate, they started to buy the vaccine from abroad. Florian Bodog: I had meetings both with specialists from the Ministry of Health and with the manufacturing company, and in March, the vaccine will be on the market, distributed through public health departments. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you! Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, will be the increases be cut, doctors are disatisfied. What can you tell us? Sorin Grindeanu: The pay level...we discussed about the pay level with Mr. Minister. He presented me the situation. We said this on last week's Executive meeting: all these distortions are not only in healthcare, we are confronted with such situations in education too, and in other state sectors. The unitary pay law will resolve such distortions, they should be regulated. We had a special discussion. The Health Ministry is part of the interministerial committee that is working on the unitary pay law. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, a reshuffle is reportedly being prepared? What do you say about this information circulating in the public space? Sorin Grindeanu: There are two vacant posts, or they are occupied by interim persons. We have talked about this lately. Reporter: When do you announce the Justice Minister? Sorin Grindeanu: Tomorrow. 2017-02-21 13:07:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Sinteza zilei”, realizată de Mihai Gâdea, la postul de televiziune Antena 3Știri din 20.02.2017 22:00:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Yun Byung-se, ministrul afacerilor externe al Republicii CoreeaȘtiri din 20.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today, at Victoria Palace, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Yun Byung - se, currently on a official visit in Romania. The two officials have appreciated the Strategic Partnership linking Romania and Republic of Korea, whilst expressing their willingness to further develop bilateral relations, especially in the economic and commercial fields. Also, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined that intensification of political dialogue is an important way of boosting bilateral cooperation. During the discussions, Romanian Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea have remarked on the areas with significant potential in cooperation development, Among them, there are the following: transports(transport infrastructure), energy (energy storage systems and smart grids), healthcare(medical infrastructure) and IT and C. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea has outlined the late ascendant trend of cooperation in tourism, showing there is further development potential in this field. 2017-02-20 21:19:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la cea de a XX-a sesiune ordinară, cu caracter jubiliar, a Adunării generale a Asociației Comunelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 20.02.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the General Assembly of the Association of Romania's Communes Sorin Grindeanu: Mayors, distinguished guests, I am particularly glad and honored to attend the General Assembly of the Association of Communes in Romania. I know that this year, you celebrate 20 years, as President Draghici said, since establishment. I wish you happy anniversary! Lots of work power as to date! I would like to add something: 20 years passed, 20 years in which many things happened, but 47 percent of Romania's population are still living in rural areas. Almost 80 percent of the territory and more than 80 percent of Romania's territory is administered by you, by communes. Very many things have changed, but as president Dragnea furtehr said many times, it is as if there are two Romania: an urban Romania and a rural Romania. The differences between rural and urban are increasingly bigger. There are Romanians living after Western standards, but also Romanians who do not have water facilities, roads with asphalt, andbut we continue to have Romanians who have no water and sewerage, no asphalt, the education system falls short. We need to be realistic and sincere in everything we are saying, and we need to offer young people this chance in life, irrespective of their place of birth. I am very much aware of all these things, as I worked in the local public administration. I was deputy mayor for four years, six months - county council president. Very many times these weeks, I wished to still have been among you, but at the same time, I tell you that we need to make these changes. Earlier, it was said what PNDL(National Programme for Local Development) 2 stands for, I am sure that madam Sevil Shhaideh will explain it to you, will further tell you in a detailed manner what we have in the programme for government and all we want for the years to come. Everything which has been said about the Administrative Code, the Tax Code, are essential things that we need to do over the next period. The advisors prepared a draft speech for me, therefore, I need to follow it, yet, I was thinking of the time when I held the office of deputy mayor and if I were to meet the Prime Minister, what I would tell him? What would be my reasons of discontent, and which I would have conveyed, and trying to transpose in this period. I would have thought to tell him and I am sure that situation did not change, that one needs to make too many visits to Bucharest. Further on, everything which means projects for local communities, means too much bureacraucy, many hours and days you waste to go through these stages, not speaking about what follows after you submit these projects. Then, one has to wait after legal opinions very much. Each of us want for the communities we are leading, to do what we promised people through projects. But these things hould happen in a much alert pace. We do not do them for the mayor, we do them for communities, people who want, especially in rural areas, to reach the standards mentioned at the beginning of our discussion or my speech. Back then, I would have told the Prime Minister as I think you also tell him that we need funds, we need money to finance everything we aim at. I want to tell you that all these are laid down in the budget which was finally promulgated, later, I know that now, it will follow the approval of budgets at county councils, and then, they come to you. We are late enough, and you know things better than me, we have this budget finally promulgated, this budget attaches special attention to local communities, a budget funding, in addition to PNDL, everything we told in the electoral campaign. There are items caught in the budget we proposed to Parliament, and which was approved. This is why, in the years to come, everything we proposed, the five thousands new projects on PNDL are important, just to give one example. I am telling you something. When going in the countryside, in the electoral campaign, irrespective of the political color of the mayor, the best functioning programme was PNDL, which should work further on, and second phase PNDL 2 will work too, we will launch it this spring. You would have told Prime Minister to talk and call on all Ministers and Secretaries of State to receive the mayors and talk to them, as the mayors know best the realitieson the ground, they are directly in touch with the citizens. It is good to talk to people and take the pulse. Some of my Cabinet members are here. I said it in a form I would have said it if I were deputy mayor or Prime Minister. I am sure that each of them will do this. Please draw my attention if I do not do it. Moreover, I will have a State Advisor who will deal solely with local communities and their problems, so that the connection between Government and you be a close one. I am waiting for you at the Government headquarters. Things other than protests are happening at Victoria Palace. Please, come at Vctoria Palace. We further work, we want to enforce the programme for government, but we can achieve these only through a dialogue with you, with the locally elected, with everything that means openness towards Local Public Administration. Yes, we will have the unitary pay law. We have achieved certain things, not few, in these six months since taking office. Most of them impact everyday life of Romanians. In addition to what has been said there, rise in wages in the Local Public Administration, rise in pensions, in the minimum salary, etc. Very importantly what was recalled a bit earlier, namely through the unitary pay law, the level of mayors' pay be exactly the one deserved. Let me give you one example. You should know that in the Timis County Council, I did not have the biggest salary as president of the Council, it was the fifteenth or twentieh salary in the salary ranking. These are not normal things. The same in Ministries. The salary should be in accordance with the responsibility of each of us. I want to tell you that other decision is important too, namely the fact that the state budget took over the payments for caregivers for persons with disabilities, which means as you know that the 10 percent you are paying, are takenover by us. We should also recall that. Also the possibility to enlarge the organizational chart does exist, and it is approved to enlarge charts where the population grew, and to maintain the current number of posts where population decreased, or it is like in 2014. It is an extremely important thing. President Draghici mentioned an initiative of Alin Nica. Emil Draghici: It is at the Commission he is a member of, and it is the initiative of the regions to come up, although it was accepted, to organize this activity in Romania. This is why I know you were contacted in your capacity as president of the County Council. Sorin Grindeanu: Former President, and former member in the Committee of regions. We will support as Government, this initiative, it is extremely important for us. I believe and I conclude by telling that Romania needs decentralisation. We as country cannot go on in two parties: urban and rural Romania. By what we intend to achieve through our programme for Government, in the years to come, we aim at reducing this gap betweeb rural and urban areas. I conclude by telling you that we wait for your projects, projects coming from local communities. We have the funding sources. I wish you good luck. 2017-02-20 14:47:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Realitatea românească”, cu Octavian Hoandră, la postul de televiziune Realitatea TVȘtiri din 19.02.2017 12:26:00ția comună a premierului Sorin Grindeanu și a președintelui Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 17.02.2017 21:55:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la finalul vizitei efectuate la BruxellesȘtiri din 17.02.2017 Grindeanu: As you know already, I met with the European Commission First Vice-President, Mr. Timmermans, with President Tusk, President Juncker, and with Vice - President Katainen. I had specific political discussions with Mr. Juncker and Mr. Timmermans. As I told you last evening, justice issues were addressed during my meetings with Mr. Timmermans and respectively with the Vice-President Katainen, and today, I had an extremely important discussion with Vice - President Katainen, an extremely applied discussion on economic issues, on the issue of attracting European funds, on all necessary improvements to be made so that we can achieve our target - attracting EUR 5.2 billion this year. These should be achieved in the economic area. As aforementioned, as we have lagged behind, we need to improve, and if our target is so ambitious, all issues related to European funds, be it agriculture, Juncker Plan and everything related to investment in infrastructure, all these issues should be fast achieved in order to attract European funds. For the rest, I am waiting your questions. I will make few more observations. You should know that discussions have been as much open as possible, I presented the country' current situation. Also the fact that the budget has been finally promulgated, which means by what we set as target- a 5.2 percent economic growth, is a positive thing. Although late, it is almost late February, it is a good thing that we have finally entered normality. I have told you about the open discussions - I explained what we want to achieve on each field and also on aforementioned areas - justice, economy. I also wanted to reaffirm Romania and Romanian Government's commitment to the joint European project, project built around European values. I conveyed these things in the most direct and sincere way possible, and I am telling you that the reverse has been the same. So, let's return to Bucharest, to start working. Please, questions. Reporter: In your last evening' statement, you said you would send in the following period, a list whereby you ask some clarifications on the CVM Report. Can you tell us what is unclear in that report for you and the Government? Sorin Grindeanu: I will not go into details. I had a discussion yesterday evening with the Commission First Vice-President, Timmermans. These matters are for specialists and I do not want to go into what means specialists in this field, but I reinforce what I told you yesterday's evening: we want certain terms to be clarified so that we can fulfill our European Commission's recommendations and the speed to be the right one - as the First Vice-President Timmermans stated, so as to eliminate the CVM. For this, in the immediately following period, the experts' teams, we agreed upon this during yesterday evening, they will send these things to the European Commission to clarify as much as possible our roadmap. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, perhaps you talked about this in Romania, I do not know, or anyhow, you talked about this, here, now. The European Commission's economic forecasts showed a structural deficit, we are not talking about public deficit, but about problems of Romania' structural economy, of nearly 4 percent, for 2017-2018, might that be a problem? Especially as it is due to 2015 fiscal relaxation. I would like to hear your opinion about this. What did Katainen or even Juncker tell you about this? Secondly, does Juncker count anymore on Romania, regarding migration? I know he is very upset on the October 22, 2015 vote, he did not forget it, he told me: - you no longer exist for me. Thirdly, it is ten years since CVM was introduced for Romania. How /...;/ didn't anybody realize that there were some unclarities which should be discussed by specialists? Tell us at least a term that the Romanian Government does not understand today, after ten years. Sorin Grindeanu: Let's discuss them one by one. First of all, the issues related to the economy. We, through the draft budget, in fact the budget just promulgated yesterday by Mr. President, we proposed a deficit below 3 percent. I know what you refer to. It is an ambitious budget and I have said this before. If we look just from a certain angle or from a certain aspect, ambition, if you look at last year, is given by European funds too. It is ambitious to attract more than zero funds, as it was attracted last year. It is what we want to do in the immediately following period. I told you that we want to attract 5.2 billion this year on European funds. In connection with the second aspect, we had an applied discussion with President Juncker. We presented the current situation, Madam Ambassador stated this. You may find this topic in our joint communique on the migration issue, and I believe that certain measures will be adopted soon to convey these issues in as fair and transparent manner as possible. From other point of view, the third question or the third point in your question, if we look at things of ten years ago, the recommendations 10 years ago and the last report's recommendations are not the same, these recommendations have evolved over time. Romania has evolved too, and it has taken extremely important steps from this point of view. I tell you as directly and transparently as possible- I keep my commitment, I stated these issues in Parliament too, on the censure motion vote, that: everything that means CVM regulations, laws drafted by judiciary in Romania, amendment of the Criminal Code or the Criminal Procedure Code entailed by Constitutional Court's rulings, all these will happen in Parliament. The Government I am leading, wants to clarify these aspects, we will send them to you, from our experts, by the time we send them to the European Commission. We want all these things in order to remove those obstacles left in front of CVM elimination. I may add something else: President Juncker expressed directly his wish, if I may say so, that by the end of his mandate, Romania has the CVM eliminated. He communicated it directly today. Reporter: Did the Presidents you meet, asked you any guarantee regarding the judiciary, the amendments about to be made? Sorin Grindeanu: You mean, if I have any - to do list. No. Thank you. Reporter: /...;/ 20 people protested in front of the Commission. Is it true that the protests in Romania decreased as intensity, but they have not stopped. In the weeks further to the approval and subsequent repeal of Ordinance 13, have you discussed with any of the Cabinet Ministers or any of protesters? Which is your message you are sending now, following the visit to the European Commission and the European Council, to the people who are still in the street and ask you to resign ? Sorin Grindeanu: I have watched the protests all this time and I tell you frankly: both when there were tens of thousands of people in front of the Government headquarters and right now, when the level of protests is fairly reduced, I respect the protesters' opinions and I appreciate their orderly manner of protesting, and I even appreciate the creativity of many of our fellow citizens displayed all this time. I've got the messages they sent. This is why I want to tell you something: the fact that I and the Government I am leading, decided to abrogate that ordinance just after some days, was prompted by the following: even if at some point, you make a decision that may seem controversial, when protests appear, opposition, whatever we faced home, it means your decision was not the right one, and you need to withdraw it, and it is exactly what we did. All further debates in this field will be held in Parliament, as I have recalled and have mentioned you earlier, involving other political stakeholders as well. This is what I want. Reporter: You knew the decision is not the right one. People started telling you that by mid-January. Why did you meet during the night? Why at midnight? Sorin Grindeanu: This is the last question. I will answer it to clarify...; Reporter: /.../ Sorin Grindeanu: I want to make things clear. The Government meeting started at 8:30 pm. Do not forget that two Ministers made statements that evening - this is to remove other allegation of those days, by 9:30 pm, if I 'm not mistaken, the press conference started, therefore, the Government meeting was over. The CSAT opinion on budget came at 8:00 pm. It is a matter worth mentioning, as we discussed about the draft budget law that evening. I think I have detailed aspects related to certain political decisions we took, either upon approval, or upon abrogation, and I will further detail them. What I wanted to communicate you today is what I did in Brussels these two days, what I conveyed as Prime Minister of Romania, and what I want and we commit as Government to do over the next period. Thank you. 2017-02-17 18:33:00 Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu președintele Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude JunckerȘtiri din 17.02.2017 16:15:00 Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu Jyrki Katainen, vicepreședinte al Comisiei Europene, responsabil cu ocuparea forței de muncă, creșterea economică, investiții și competitivitateȘtiri din 17.02.2017 16:00:00 Sorin Grindeanu a prezentat președintelui Consiliului European, Donald Tusk, prioritățile Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 17.02.2017 Minister of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu has had today, in Brussels, a meeting with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. The main topical issues on the European agenda alongside the new Bucharest Cabinet's priorities have been addressed during the meeting. The Romanian Prime Minister has presented the Government's priorities, with focus on economic measures to stimulate economic growth and employment, which are extremely important in the current European context and are of direct interest for citizens. Also, the Head of the Executive has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to continuing the fight against corruption, expressing his readiness to work with European institutions in this respect. With regard to European topics, engagement and strengthening Romania's role in the EU represent priorities for the Romania Government. The EU unity and support for deepening European integration are essential, if we look at current internal and external challenges that EU is facing. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined that any initiatives conducive to division must be firmly fought. 2017-02-17 15:29:00ții comune susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu și de prim-vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Frans TimmermansȘtiri din 16.02.2017 Timmermans: (...)frank exchange right now, very constructive. We are very happy that the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister are here tonight so that we can look into our plans for the future. As far as the Commission is concerned, I think we have drawn some very constructive and positive conclusions. Firstly, we will jointly continue the fight against corruption, with all force, in Romania. This is why we will continue to implement the recommendations and the benchmarks in the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Report, we are both very much committed to do, and we work closely to do that. Secondly, I am very much aware of that the Romanian Government needs to change legislation to make sure it is in accordance with European regulations and in that area, we have offered - if needed - our expertise to make sure it happens as intended by the Romanian Government and in line with EU legislation. The same applies to the area where the legislation has to be put into accordance with the rulings of the Constitutional Court ,and we have also looked into the issue, the very serious issue of the overcrowding and the bad situation in the Romanian prisons. We have offered the Romanian Government a possibility to work closely with urgency on projects to improve living conditions in prisons, to make sure that buildings are renovated, and are brought to the levels that we expect of everyone in the EU. We certainly want to support the Romanian Government with that, and we also have the possibility to use funds from the European Funds for Structural Investment to do that as well. Most importantly, I want to welcome Prime Minister Grindeanu to Brussels, to the European Commission, we look forward to very successful mutual cooperation. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you, Mr. Timmermans. I will speak in Romanian. I would like to thank the Vice - President for today's meeting, an extremely constructive and applied meeting on what means the state of CVM measures implementation, our today's requirements pertaining to the need for some CVM specifics to be more clear, and we received, we will convey what we want to be clarified so that we can meet all the CVM requirements. We also want to thank for the support and openness proven. I have understood they were expressed in the past years too, as far as the fund for the prisons renovation is concerned, but past governments did not manage to do this. We are determined to resort to it, and we thank you once again for your help. We have also reiterated our firm position regarding the continuation of the fight against corruption. We have expressed what we want in the future, if we refer to what has been so much discussed in Romania, namely the regulations in the justice area, we want these things to take place in Parliament, through an ampler debate involving institutions from Romania, NGOs, MPs of course, so that the Constitutional Court's rulings referring to articles of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, be passed by Parliament. Thank you once again for your support and for what we discussed and decided today, Mr. Vice - President. Moderator: We have time to answer some questions. Reporter: For Mr. Timmermans. Mr. Timmermans, do you consider that the recent abrogation by the Romanian Government of the controversial emergency ordinance amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code is a guarantee for the European Commission so that the European Executive keeps its commitment taken before other Romanian Prime Minister, Dacian Ciolos and the CVM is eliminated by the end of this year? Frans Timmermans:I really welcome the fact that Emergency Ordinance no. 13 has been repealed. That's a very good step. Now, the advice we have given to the Romanian Government in bringing that legal situation in line with rulings of the Constitutional Court and in transposing EU legislation, international legislation, that this be done in maximum openness so that everybody who has an interest in this, can be directly involved, can see what happens, can see exactly what is being done so that we avoid any misunderstanding, any ideas that this would be done to weaken the fight against corruption, etc, etc. So, if this process is done in complete transparency, with full involvement of the NGO community and other stakeholders, then, I believe that European Commission can be fairly confident that the steps taken will produce the results we are looking for and that the fight against corruption will be maintained at the same intensity as before. On your concrete question pertaining to the CVM, if you look at our latest reports, if you look at what has been achieved, in the last ten years, we are now in the final stretch of a marathon: when we will be reaching the finishing line depends on the speed with which the runner is running. That speed is the consequence of the determination of the Romanian Government and Parliament, the Commission can assist, can help but the Commission cannot dictate that speed.That is up to the Romanian authorities and the speed will determine when the finishing line will be reached. But very importantly to us that we have now seen the commitment of the Government, that they will continue towards the finishing line, and we will do whatever we can do to assist and to encourage the Government to reach the finishing line as soon as possible. Reporter: My question for you, Vice - President, would be: what are going to do about Poland. Time is almost up, and I think there are some similarities here and it could be a lesson for the Romanians. Prime Minister: 2019 - Romanian Presidency of the European Union - with or without CVM? Frans Timmermans: Today, we' ll be talking about Romania, another time, we'll be talking about Poland, but let's not mix up the issues, these are completely different issues, and as far as Poland is concerned, we are still waiting for replies to our reccomendations, by the Polish Government, and we will take it from there. Sorin Grindeanu: I will answer your previous question. Mr. Vice - President mentioned the speed both Government and Parliament should have, not only the Government. I can assure you of what I have said earlier, namely our desire to have the right speed for the next report to be very good, and to give you a precise answer: of course, I want 2019 without CVM. Reporter: A question for both speakers. First of all, for Mr. Timmermans. Five years ago, the European Commission sent Romania 11 points to solve in the fight againt corruption. Does it have new recommendations for Romania, on this topic, in addition to the appreciation for the repeal of Ordinance 13? Can the future Justice Minister be a guarantee - what has been discussed on this issue, for the transparency, for the amendment of the criminal legislation? Frans Timmermans: First of all, as far as the Commission is concerned, what we would expect in the fight against corruption and the functioning of the judiciary is spelled out quite explicitly in the CVM Report, and also all needs to be done is also spelled out quite explicitly. I fully accepted the point of the Prime Minister, where he says: not everything is clear to us, and please help us clarify what you would see as concrete measures you want us to take. And I have personally taken an engagement to make sure that we will clarify this, that the Government knows exactly what we would advice and expect. I strongly believe that if you stick to that roadmap, you would get where you need to be. We want to be in a situation where the fight is so sucessful, that the situation is irreversible. This has nothing to do with party politics, it has nothing to do with other political discussions, it is the clear manifestation of the willigness of the Romanian people, Romanian Government and Romanian Parliament to create the situation where we passed the point of no return, and the Romanian citiezns are reassured that their country is no longer in the grips of systemic corruption. That's exactly what the CVM process is all about. Sorin Grindeanu: We will send in the ensuing period, the clarifications that we want to have on CVM recommendations, so that we know exactly what we need to do next and to take, as aforementioned, the necessary steps so that we achieve as transparently as possible, at the proper speed, what we need to do. We will send to the European Commission in the near future, these clarifications that we want. Moderator: There is time for one more question. Ladies, first. Reporter: Who will be the new Justice Minister, and what guarantees will the respective Minister offer to partners that no more slippages like Ordinance 13 occur anymore? Thank you! Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. These days, I have discussed with several persons. I shall make a decision in the next period, in this respect. I want to specify that I am thinking seriously of nominating somebody who is not politically affiliated. I held discussions with persons whose current professional background is beyond any question, who achieved a lot in this field, and proved their abilities. These meetings with persons I consider eligible, will continue in the following days and weekends. To conclude, probably at the beginning of next week, no later than mid-next week, I will make a nomination, and it can be somebody who is not member of the government coalition, therefore, an apolitical person. 2017-02-16 21:40:00 Sorin Grindeanu, întrevederi cu înalți oficiali la Bruxelles Știri din 16.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying a visit to Brussels from February 16 to 17. The Head of the Romanian Executive will have meetings with Jean - Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Frans Timmermans, First Vice - President of the European Commission, and with Jyrki Katainen, Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. - I want to assure all our partners in European institutions that the fight against corruption, our engagement and strengthening our role in the EU are priority objectives of the Government I am leading, and the current demarche is part of the active dialogue we have promoted with all our European counterparts, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The delegation led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu also includes the Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor - Viorel Melescanu, and the State Advisor in the Prime Minister's Advisory Body, Marius Nica. 2017-02-16 11:25:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Republicii TurciaȘtiri din 15.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received the the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency, Mr. Osman Koray Ertas, on a courtesy visit at Victoria Palace. The meeting has occasioned a review of bilateral relations. On this occasion, both Prime Minister and the Ambassador of Turkey have expressed their willingness to consolidate the Strategic Partnership which brings together the two states. Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has showed that Turkey is a key partner for Romania, expressing his openness for developing cooperation, especially in the economic field. 2017-02-15 16:28:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Republicii LibanezeȘtiri din 15.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received the Ambassador of the Libanese Republic, Her Excellency, Mrs. Rana Mokaddem, on a courtesy visit, at Victoria Palace. During the meeting, the officials have reviewed the developments of the bilateral relations between Romania and the Libanese Republic. In this context, the Head of the Executive has expressed interest in the diversification of the cooperation fields as well as in more intense contacts at the level of the business environment from the two countries. Lebanon counts among Romania's main trade partners in the Middle East. 2017-02-15 16:23:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul Confederației ElvețieneȘtiri din 14.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today the Swiss Confederation Ambassador to Romania, His Excellency, Mr. Urs Herren, on a courtesy visit at Victoria Palace. The meeting has occasioned an assessment of the state of bilateral relations, both sides agreeing that the two countries currently enjoy very good bilateral relations. Prime Minister has particularly appreciated the support granted by the Swiss Confederation through the - Swiss Financial Contribution, an instrument whereby projects are funded in various fields, such as: infrastructure, environment, security and the social and human development. The meeting has also occasioned an exchange of views on current issues on the European and international agenda. 2017-02-14 17:52:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul GermanieiȘtiri din 14.02.2017 RELEASE Today, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Romania, His Excellency, Mr. Meier - Klodt, on a courtesy visit to Victoria Palace. The central topic of discussions between the two officials has been the bilateral relations between Romania and the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of the 50th anniversary of Romanian- German diplomatic relations, based on trust and good cooperation partnership. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has expressed his strong belief that Romania and Germany will continue their good cooperation in the political, economic areas and will deepen their cultural and educational exchanges. Cord Meier - Klodt has been the Head of the Federal Republic of Germany's mission in Romania as of January 9, 2017. 2017-02-14 15:10:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ambasadorul ItalieiȘtiri din 13.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received at Victoria Palace, the Ambassador of Italy in Romania, His Excellence, Mr. Diego Brasioli. During the meeting, they have reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries, the Head of the Executive highlighting in this context the good cooperation in the economic field. At the same time, the two parties have deemed necessary strengthening the sectoral cooperation in areas such as: transports, infrastructure, energy and IT and C. 2017-02-13 17:24:00 va sprijini UNICEF în proiectele dedicate creșterii calității în educațieȘtiri din 13.02.2017 Government will support the UNICEF projects in Romania , dedicated to increasing quality of education, reducing inequality and easing access of children from vulnerable families to quality social services, Prime Minister Social Grindeanu has stated on today's meeting with UNICEF representatives in Romania. - I appreciate your involvement and the fact that you devote your time and energy to the initiatives designed to contribute to quality education for children in Romania. The Government and I, in my capacity as Prime Minister, we support you, as partners, the Head of the Executive has stated. Today's discussion has focused on ways of collaboration to implement the initiatives laid down in the Programme for government related to improving the situation of children, in particular the most vulnerable of them, in fields such as: education, healthcare and social inclusion. An example of good practice is the project unfolded by UNICEF in 38 localities in Bacau county, in collaboration with central and local authorities, under the form of two packages: Minimum Package of Services, and the Package of Inclusive Quality Education. These two packages are designed to show that, through minimum investments in basic services at the level of community, we can prevent and reduce social exclusion of children and their families, improve their state of health, their access and results in the educational process. Given the results obtained further to this project, the possibility to extend it at national level is currently considered. The Government and UNICEF representatives have also discussed about cooperation for the implementation of the Action Plan for school desegregation and increase in education quality in pre-university educational units, given that an action plan is about to be finalized, and they have also discussed about other fields of intervention of the UNICEF to support the implementation of the Education Ministry's policies. Another topic of today's discussion has been the launch in Romania this March of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has confirmed his support for this programme, and for the Campaign to rise awareness on violence against children. The representatives of Government and UNICEF will continue to cooperate on projects in support of children. Gabriela Coman, Chairperson of the National Authority for Child Rights Protection and Adoption, and Gabriel Ispas, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education have also attended the meeting. 2017-02-13 15:44:00 Sorin Grindeanu încurajează dialogul între Guvern și Coaliția Națională pentru Modernizarea României condusă de Alexandru CumpănașuȘtiri din 13.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had today a first meeting with representatives of the National Coalition for Romania's Modernization, part of the steps for dialogue between the two institutions. The Head of the Executive has encouraged continued cooperation through periodical meetings of Coalition members with Ministers and teams of Ministry's specialists in order to identify together the best solutions for each priority field. Today's discussions have focused on European funds absorption and ways to improve this process, in this context, Minister Delegate Mihaela Toader has presented the work calendar for the next period. Also, the National Education Minister Pavel Nastase has presented the Government's vision on the development of education and research, priority fields for this Executive. During this meeting, discussions have aimed at legal aspects related to public administration's transparency and efficiency, energy and natural resources exploitation, the draft unitary salary law, the IT and C field. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has outlined that all these priority fields for Government should be approached from the perspective of national interest and public welfare. 2017-02-13 15:40:00 de dezbateri „ROMÂNIA CENTENARĂ”, Alba-Iulia, 16 februarie 2017Știri din 13.02.2017 15:30:00 Ana Birchall: “Înțeleg responsabilitatea imensă pe care o presupune portofoliul Justiției”Știri din 09.02.2017 nomination as Interim Justice Minister, Ana Birchall has emphasized the importance of responsibility in fulfilling this office: - I would like to thank Prime Minister, presidents of the government coalition, as well as my colleagues from PSD and ALDE for the trust placed in me, understanding at the same time the huge responsibility implied by the Justice portfolio. I will do my best to fulfill this mandate with professionalism, seriousness and balance. Along with institutions with powers and responsibilities in this field, the civil society and mass media representatives, as well as through transparent dialogue with our external partners, I want to ensure the proper functioning of judiciary, as a fundamental premise for a consolidated democracy. Ana Birchall was sworn in as Minister Delegate for European Affairs on January 4, 2017. In December 2016, Ana Birchall won a second parliamentarian seat(Chamber of Deputies) from Vaslui constituency, thus continuing the parliamentary activity begun in 2012. From February 2015 to December 2016, she held the office of Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. In April 2014, she was appointed High Representative of the Prime Minister for European Affairs and partnership with the United States (non-remunerated office held until October 2015), after holding the office of Advisor to the Prime Minister in 2012. A graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest and the Faculty of Law and International Relations (valedictorian) Nicolae Titulescu University in 1996, Ana Birchall continued her studies at Yale Law School, Yale University, USA, being the first Romanian to be admitted simultaneously for the Master of Studies in Law at several universities such as Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and New York University. She graduated from the Master of Studies in Law in 2000, and in 2002, she got her PhD in Law (J.S.D, Student Marshal - as representative of the Ph.D. students of 2002) under the guidance of Professor Anthony T. Kronman, Dean of Yale Law School. The theme of her thesis was Bankruptcy law applied to banking systems in Central and Eastern European countries - a comparative analysis of bankruptcy law applicable to the banking system in USA, UK, France, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Throughout her Ph.D. studies, she was a Goldman Fellow scholar, scholarship granted by Yale Law School. Ana Birchall is a member of Bucharest Bar; the Executive Committee of Yale Law School Association, Yale Law School; Ambassador of the acclaimed NGO, Vital Voices, and of Policy Network in Great Britain and Terra Nova in France. 2017-02-09 19:23:00 Ana Birchall, interimar la Ministerul JustițieiȘtiri din 09.02.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has sent to President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis, the proposal for nomination of Minister-Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall as Interim Minister of Justice. The nomination has been made according to the provisions of the article 106 and the article 107, the paragraphs (3) and (4) of the Constitution of Romania, republished, as well as in accordance with the article 9 of the Law No.90/2001 regarding the organization and functioning of the Government and Ministries, with subsequent amendments and additions. Prime Minister has made this nomination in the context in which Florin Iordache tendered his resignation as Justice Minister today. 2017-02-09 17:34:00 de presăȘtiri din 09.02.2017 11:01:00 susținut de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la dezbaterea în Parlament a moțiunii de cenzură Știri din 08.02.2017 Grindeanu: President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Senators, Ministers, Distinguished guests, Yesterday, we approved the budget for 2017 in Parliament. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts these days. I know it was not easy and I appreciate your endeavors in committees and plenum on this topic. We have a budget that brings Romanians prosperity and development. We have all the necessary levers in place to implement the programme for government that the Romanians voted for in December in an overwhelming majority. Today, we meet again, one month since the investiture of the current government. The Opposition filed a censure motion. It is our colleagues' constitutional right to do so, but I cannot help remarking that this move has no longer an object. First of all, I expected a professional approach of PNL when it comes about serious matters, but they sent Catalin Predoiu to support the motion, a former Justice Minister, who coordinated the drafting of the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code, two fundamental laws for the well - running of judiciary, which CCR amended through numerous decisions and which effects, we can feel today too. I think that other PNL lawmaker with much credibility and competence could support this motion, but each is accountant to people once in four years for their parliamentarian activity and the Liberal colleagues did pay a full price on the December 11 elections. I also look at the USR lawmakers who supported this demarche. Maybe their lack of experience prompted them to associate with a party they had previously vehemently criticized. I had greater expectations from this new generation of politicians that were elected to Parliament, but I think they aimed to save Romania by sleeping, otherwise I cannot understand how can you sleep in the Parliament when we debate Romania's budget. I hope Mr. Nicusor Dan has done his homework better today, and he knows what to say. Ladies and gentlemen, You could hear the President's speech yesterday. Beyond slogans and the attempt to cling to the Romanians' protests to restore his credibility, I think one thing has been pretty clearly revealed - President Iohannis's yearning for restoring - My Government as quickly as possible. We already have the experience of such an Executive that will be remembered as the zero Government. I believe we have a duty towards people's trust we earned at polls, and we must continue to assume the government of this country. Please do not accept this game and do not fall again into this trap. Dear colleagues, I hope today we will be able to clarify things and to go back to work. Mayors and presidents of county councils want to achieve something for their communities, this is why they want to come to Bucharest with projects to get funding. They want to honor their pledges to Romanians. Alike you, lawmakers elected in December, these people have projects for roads, infrastructure, schools, kindergartens- briefly, for a better life for Romanians. But they need money to implement them. We have already wasted too much time and energy for other things. It is high time we return to what we really need to do for people. Ladies and gentlemen, We are here today, in front of Parliament to state again that we fully assume what is laid down in the Programme for Government and for what we were elected. I repeat it is entirely our responsibility, the entire Cabinet's responsibility to permanently have the doors open to all mayors, presidents of county councils, lawmakers, regardless of their political affiliation. Our programme for government was voted by the majority of Romanians, of those present at polls, we have the biggest popular support after the Revolution, but we are dutybound to implement what is laid down in the Programme for Government. I repeat: what is laid down there. To date, although time was short, I have already taken some measures extremely well for Romanians. We increased the minimum salary, the salaries of the local public administration, we increased the pension point and the minimum pension, we eliminated the CASS for retirees and the tax for pensions smaller than 2.000 lei. We doubled the scholarships and we granted free transport on CFR for all students and I am glad that we have seen this measure functioning. There are many other things which we have already managed to implement, the same as there are many others to continue over the next period. Among these, I would remind only: medicines by 35 percent cheaper, a new law of public wages, construction of eight regional hospitals and of course, that Republican hospital. All these will become reality, step by step and in close cooperation and dialogue with Parliament. Ladies and gentlemen, In addition to the Programme for Government which represents a priority, we cannot overlook the events which have taken place in Romania lately. A couple of evenings in row, I could watch the protests from the Government headquarters. I believe that Romanians who have taken to the streets are perfectly entitled to shout their discontent if they feel so. I publicly express my appreciation for the impeccable way the Romanian gendarmes have done their duty these days. We have all seen that most of the time the people felt protected and safe. I thank once again the Romanian Gendarmerie! These days we also witnessed a lot of creativity on the signs in the people's hands, in the slogans they chanted, as well as on Facebook. I had the opportunity to read very many comments and messages, some of support, others obviously negative. I shall always appreciate any criticism provided that it is backed by arguments, but I shall never accept an outpouring of hate against families and children. Politicians are dutybound to harmonize views coming from the society and and bring them to a common denominator. Yesterday, I expected President Iohannis' speech to tap in this direction, because things have indeed gone too far. We all have spouses, parents or children who came to hurl harsh words at each other these days. I heard someone say that the parents were protesting in front of the Cotroceni Palace, while their children rallied against the government in Victoriei Square. I cannot accept there are two Romania. This must stop. This is not normal. As a sign reads: - The demonstrators in the Victoriei Square reunite with their parents around the Christmas dinner table alike their parents rejoice in visiting their grandchildren. This is normal Romania and I think this is the message that any responsible politician must convey. Not hatred, but reason and dialogue must prevail. I would like to especially thank all media institutions and opinion leaders who have made a call to balance, tolerance and dialogue these days. I can understand the anger of some, but now, it is high time to search things that unite us as nation, not those dividing us. I further notice that there are politicians who are still prisoners to the divisive way of thinking. As Prime Minister, I want to participate in the so needed reconciliation among Romanians. Ladies and gentlemen, I fully understand all emotion and anger generated by Ordinance 13. A significant part of this country conveyed us democratically that it does not identify the general good in that ordinance. This is why I decided to convene urgently the Government I am leading and to abrogate it. I will not accept anylonger an initiative of this kind in the Government. I considered as Prime Minister that I should do that. Much debate, dialogue are needed, and many experts' opinions on such topics conducive to strong emotions in society. And the best place for this to happen is here, in Parliament. I want that MPs, jurists, magistrates, law experts stay around the same table in order to find a solution to bring consensus in society regarding this topic of criminal legislation amendment. The Government will further support the fight against corruption and the consolidation of the rule of law. I promise you that from now on, this Government will be exclusively one of dialogue and public consultation on large topics concerning the entire society. It is the only way to advance together as nation. Ladies and gentlemen, We have a programme for Government good enough in order not to ever put us in the situation of choosing between judiciary and wages, between justice and pensions. These are directions which do not exclude each other, but they depend on each other. Strenghtening the rule of law is not a purpose in itself, but to the extent it is used to create strong institutions to function correctly and in public interest, and welll-being in the houses of all Romanians, be they employees of administration, or of private companies, they all deserve a better life. Law observance is one of the prerequisites for welfare in a country. For this, we need fundamental laws adjusted to European norms in the field, but also institutions to enforce them in good faith. Ladies and gentlemen, Romanians need roads, schools, hopsitals, jobs, bigger salaries and pensions, smaller taxes. Companies need predictibility and tax coherence, but above all, they need: dialogue, consultation and transparency. I commit before you that the Government I am leading, carries as of today, a permanent dialogue with Romanians, listen to Romanians and is transparent in its relations with Romanians. Dear colleagues, One month ago, I was in the same place in front of you to ask your vote of confidence. Now, you see me again, I think I have more experience and I learnt a new lesson. I ask you now to have as back then, full confidence in the Government I am leading, in our colleagues Ministers, and to reject this censure motion. Thank you. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu after the vote on the censure motion Reporter: The censure motion has been rejected, how do you see this result? Sorin Grindeanu: It is a second confirmation, if you want. To me, what happened yesterday, the vote on the budget meant a lot too. Today, the Opposition exersed one of its Constitutional rights. It is the second time in 40 days when the Government was reconfirmed. In my speech, I made a call to dialogue, transparency, to everything that means normal state of affairs in Romania. Some understood my appeal, either from Opposition or those in power, I hope it will happen so in the future too. What I can assure you is that, from the Government's point of view, things will run in such a manner: a transparent manner that will bring dialogue in the Government's decision - making. That is extremely important in my view. Something important happened today. It was a common denominator related to debates on the laws on justice, criminal codes amendment. Those in favor and those against, agreed that this should happen in Parliament. I consider this a start full of hope; such things should happen in Parliament, I perfectly agree, in a very large debate, on decisions, if we speak of criminal code and criminal procedure code, decisions or laws as I told yesterday, that pertain to CCR decisions. Reporter: Speaking about justice, what is the situation of the Justice Minister, as the censure motion was rejected, the budget was passed. Sorin Grindeanu: As I told you, I was present in Parliament these days, I will have a discussion with him this evening or tomorrow morning, and tomorow afternoon, following the Cabinet meeting, I will let you know what decision I made. Reporter: Is the CCR decision likely to change your decision on the Justice Minister? Sorin Grindeanu: This is why I told you that I want a discussion with him. My decision is made... Reporter: which is that? Sorin Grindeanu: You will see tomorrow.. Reporter: Mr. Dragnea spoke already about how new Minister will be... Sorin Grindeanu: I told you my opinion yesterday, you gave me an idea yesterday by one question that you asked, I consider it a very good idea, but let us do things - step by step. I told you yesterday that I want to have a discussion either this afternoon, or tomorrow morning, my decision remains the same, but I want to have a discussion about what CCR ruled today. Reporter: What are the premises for this discussion? Sorin Grindeanu: Here, it is not about Mr. Iordache. I am interested in what happened today, namely CCR decision. Speaking about the person, I told you yesterday and the day before yesterday, what was happening. With respect to CCR decision, I want to understand very well what is happening today, tomorrow, it is a term at CCR. I think it is extremely important beyond the person of Minister, as I think things have been as clear as possible to date. Reporter: Do you take into account what the PSD president and the leaders in territory tell you as we know they do not want Mr. Iordache to leave the government? Will you discuss with leaders in the coalition, with those in ALDE including? Sorin Grindeanu: As I told you in the investiture speech, this is a political government, but there are moments when each of us should make decisions. I had discussions with political leaders, also, political leaders expressed their opinions. What I told you yesterday, namely that this first discussion I expect from Mr. Iordache, this time, more on what happened through the decision of the Constitutional Court and on what is to happen tomorrow too, which does not change at all the decision. Reporter(...) other compromises to defuse the situation .. Sorin Grindeanu: But I have not made any... Reporter: The compromise - you abrogate the ordinance to defuse the situation and to ensure those who are in the street and who are disatisfied, that such situation shall never repeat again. You said in your speech that such ordinances will not be adopted anymore by Government. What assurances will you give to those who still doubt the good faith of this government? Sorin Grindeanu: More than reaffirming once again, as I did it from the Parliament's rostrum, that on all senzitive issues, like justice, things will not take place as such. I cannot do more than reaffirm the willingness to approach things through dialogue, with everybody on all senzitive issues.The time will prove if things happened that way. Reporter: (...) transparency in general. Sorin Grindeanu: I reaffirm my determination for these things to happen this way, under this form. Reporter: What is your opinion - I apologize - with respect to the fact that the PSD lawmakers did not vote? Is it all right or not? Sorin Grindeanu: I have seen... Reporter: (...) Sorin Grindeanu: I am not member of Parliament, I do not want to speak on their behalf. I asked my colleagues why they adopted this tactics, they told me they voted for this Government 40 days ago, the censure motion is useless in substance and then... Reporter: They could vote against the censure motion. Sorin Grindeanu: You should ask somebody else. It is not my decision. Reporter: In 2010, when other censure motion was filed against Boc Government, PSD representatives criticized this practice back then. Why they embrace it now? Sorin Grindeanu: I offered an explanation for your questions above. The group leaders in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate may tell you more, why they chose this option. I admit that if they voted and adopted other tactics, things were perhaps unequivocal, I understand nevertheless their reserves and their arguments, therefore, we move on. Reporter: (...) treason in the party? Reporter: (...) does it not mean lack of transparency? Sorin Grindeanu: Not in the Government Reporter: The Government will stop issuing emergency ordinances only in the field of justice? Sorin Grindeanu: No. I said not only in the field... Reporter: But in which? Sorin Grindeanu: I did not say there will not be any emergency ordinances. Emergency ordinance is needed many times. I referred to senzitive fields, such as: justice. I do not know, we will see, perhaps in the fiscal field, which I deem a senzitive field too. We will see and we will make these things in a normal way. Thank you. Reporter: Do you feel sorry that you adopted this emergency ordinance two weeks ago? Sorin Grindeanu: I said in my speech that I closely watch these debates.. Reporter: Do you personally feel sorry? Sorin Grindeanu: I said and I recognized that as long as you make a decision leading to such issues - issues conducive to street protests, even if the substance of this issue or its contents is correct, it is clear your decision was not the appropriate one - and this is why I abrogated it - when such decisions generate street protests, you cannot do anything but withdraw that action which I did. Thank you. 2017-02-08 14:09:00 de buget pentru 2017 a fost adoptat de ParlamentȘtiri din 06.02.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the voting of the draft budget for 2017 Sorin Grindeanu: I wanted to be present today at the final vote, for two reasons, first of all, to thank the Parliament for having adopted in emergency procedure the budget for 2017. We all need this budget, maybe it should have been voted earlier, if things followed a normal timetable, and that would have been good for Romania. At the same time, I would like to convey a message of stability to investors and to reconfirm the Government's determination to support the business environment. We further aim at simplifying the de-bureaucratisation, reducing taxes and facilitating access to funding. We need to further maintain the trust of Romanians and investors in our economy, as much as we need to achieve all investments intended for 2017, in infrastructure and to fulfill in turn all measures stipulated by the programme for government. It is a balanced budget, focused on supporting both social policies and development policies. As stated yesterday, the deficit falls within the below 3 percent target, we managed for the first time to allocate - just to give one example - 2 percent of GDP directly allocated for the army, 2 percent from budgetary appropriations and this happened for the first time in the budget for 2017. Also, the last thing, regarding investment, and what was discussed, and what I would like to mention here, before thanking you once again for your vote, and the way you debated and the rapidity whereby you debated the draft state budget, is to mention that for 2017, for investments, there are ten billion lei in addition compared to 2016. Thank you. Press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu after the vote on the draft budget for 2017 Reporter: You have not been present when the President delivered his message, although you initially stated that you would be present here. Sorin Grindeanu: As I announced you ten days ago, I do things in an institutional manner. It was normal to be an invitation. I understood the reason behind the way things unfolded as they did, and I have not been present as I did not have invitation, neither me, nor the others. The President wanted to address the Parliament and this happened. If I was member of Parliament, which I am not, perhaps I was in the room. Reporter: what is the custom in such case? Sorin Grindeanu: You should not ask me. With regard to custom, I do not know how it happened in the past and I do not think it is important. I understood that the request... Reporter:(...) through Dragnea' statements, that it was a discussion in three, Mr. Tariceanu, Mr. Dragnea and you, when such a conclusion was drawn. It was a conclusion that they only conveyed to you or... Sorin Grindeanu: I think this is of little importance. As far as I understood, the request was sent to Parliament, I respected this, not only the Government was invited on such occasions, but other institutions too. In exchange, I wanted to tell you that I'm extremely happy that the state budget was adopted today and this is a positive thing. I think it is a bit late and I hope we will recover this, we are in early February. The elections were scheduled late enough, in December, timetable could have been quicker, so that we could have a budget earlier. I would like to thank those who worked on drawing up the draft budget, the Finance Ministry and not only, it was not a simple work - during this period, and within a fairly tight timetable - a budget that takes into account the programme for government. And this is an important thing, to change the philosophy on which this budget was built, a philosophy that is not just about bookkeeping as seen until now - the bookkeeping-type state budget. And I will explain it: each time there was economic growth or economic slump, each institution's budget was generally hiked or lowered by that percentage. We, for the first time, financed through this draft budget the projects we brought before the citizens as part of the programme for government and this was an extremely important thing for us. And, of course, there are still measures, which were approved and there are measures from last year and which continue to be financed by this year's budget too. It is extremely important today as message the fact that an important step has been taken for stability, an important step through the adoption of the state budget. Reporter: Mr. Grindeanu, how did you see the message President Klaus Iohannis sent to Parliament? Sorin Grindeanu: I have read a transcript of it and to be frank, I would tell what I would have done in his place, I would have urged - and I am doing this now, I cannot make observations on what the President or somebody else states. I would tell what I would have done: I would have made a call on calm, stability, return to normalcy. Furthermore, I dont have any comments on the Presidents speech. I think this is the fair approach and I would have acted so. Reporter: He said he observes nevertheless people's vote. Does the war betweeen PSD and ...continue.. Sorin Grindeanu: I think I have answered your question earlier. Reporter: He proposed consultations at Cotroceni. Sorin Grindeanu: Let us see, tomorrow is another day, there is the censure motion... Reporter: When did you speak to the Justice Minister.. Sorin Grindeanu: As I announced yesterday. Immediately after .. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you consider apologizing those protesting in the Victoria Square? Sorin Grindeanu: You will see tomorrow, in my speech at the censure motion. It is an important moment, the ordinance was abrogated, and tomorrow, I will express my point of view on my speech on this topic, and on the censure motion. Today, I wanted to address the budget issue. Reporter: As you approached the censure motion, that ordinance that was abrogated, what are you doing with the amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code? Do you renounce them? It was draft law, and the Minister announced that he does not send it to .. Sorin Grindeanu: I have announced and (...) I personnally requested the Justice Ministry to stop any draft laws that do not have a long process until adoption. That these things are happening in Parliament, the initiator is the Justice Minister or anybody else, I want and I reaffirm it, I want all decisions of the Constitutional Court - I refer strictly to the Constitutional Court's decisions - to be transposed as quick as possible into our country's legislation. I think this is the legal framework - 45 days, when you can do it. That these debates will be initiated by the Justice Ministry, Parliament, anybody else.. Reporter: This is the solution you are considering now, that the majority lawmakers initiate that draft law and submit it to debate? Sorin Grindeanu: I am not the most authorized to tell you that. At this moment, I repeat what I told you yesterday, that any initiative to send quickly, without respecting the dialogue with the opposition parties, with institutions with powers in this field, the civil society, any initiative of this type of the Justice Ministry is non-compliant with what I asked in the Government meeting. This is why all these things were halted. Let us pass to the censure motion and following these consultations held in Parliament and as it happened in the past, when the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code were amended whereby strcitly the Constitutional Court's decisions are put in agreement with the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. These are the only things I want to convey, in connection with.. Reporter: Are you willing to renounce those controversial provisions, that threshold of 200,000 lei? Sorin Grindeanu: I think I was clear both yesterday and today... Reporter: Is it real the message atttributed to your wife? Did your wife write that indeed? Did you know about it? Sorin Grindeanu: No. I called immediately after I saw it. I sincerely admit that I have not seen that message before. I could speak with her only after one and a half hour, as she was flying with the children to Bucharest, and she confirmed that she indeed wrote it. Reporter: Florin Iordache- does he further represent a solution for the leadership of the Justice Ministry or did you lose your trust in him? Sorin Grindeanu: As I said yesterday. We have... Reporter: You had a meeting today.. Reporter: You will have a discussion with him today or... Sorin Grindeanu: I will discuss with him tomorrow, after the censure motion.. Reporter: Do you trust him? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not think it is about that. I have an opinion and I know what I should do. Reporter: Is it better for the Justice Ministry to be run by a politician now or by an independent, a technocrat from the system? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not know. It may be one of the approaches. We will see. Reporter: Parliament gave its opinion through the Legal Committee, for the referendum requested by President Klaus Iohannis. Finally, the Government organizes it. How do you see this anticorruption referendum? Sorin Grindeanu: Parliament was the one that should give its opinion, we only need to organize it. I have said it for two weeks, it is a topic that you simply cannot disagree with. Reporter: /.../ the US Embassy representatives. What representatives.. Sorin Grindeanu: I will convey you more. Reporter: The referendum costs - are estimated at EUR 50 million. Where from to take this money? Sorin Grindeanu: If Parliament decided so and this is what we should do next, we will find it. It is not simple to find EUR 50 million. We will make efforts because given the legal framework in Romania, this is what we need to put into practice. Reporter: What did you feel when you saw that crowd of few hundred thousands people in the streets together/.../ the lights? Sorin Grindeanu: I will let you know when I am not longer Prime Minister. I do not think it is normal ... Reporter: Do you consider leaving your position sooner or..? Sorin Grindeanu: No, I have not announced that. Tomorrow, there will be a censure motion, we will substantiate the decisions took, both when the ordinance was issued and when it was abrogated. These issues unfold(...). Reporter: If you allow, it further seems...(...) people continue to protest in the street. There are other solutions too that you can bring forward. Sorin Grindeanu. Let us see, to say so, step by step - I quote - what is happening in /.../. Reporter: Did you speak with the President? Sorin Grindeanu: Not lately. Reporter: If I may, one can see lately a rift between PSD and Klaus Iohannis - there is no dialogue, there are always differences of opinion. Can you bridge the gap between the Presidential Administration and the parliamentary majority? Sorin Grindeanu: Let us understand: the government I am leading is a PSD -ALDE coalition government. We have the majority in Parliament, based on Romanians' vote and then I do not think we should do anything else but simply to implement the programme for government. With respect to PSD, I think that PSD president Liviu Dragnea is authorized to answer your question, and not me. Surely, I am an old member of this party, and I will continue to be. Reporter: Do you expect tomorrow, at the censure motion, that some of your colleagues will vote for the censure motion as a result of the dissatisfaction with the current poorly managed situation? Sorin Grindeanu: No. Thank you very much. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the debate of the draft budget for 2017 in the plenum of Parliament Sorin Grindeanu: Dear Members of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, I will make a brief presentation of the budget and along with the Minister of Public Finance or any of the Cabinet members,I will answer the questions and inquiries of the members of Parliament. The annual budget is definitely an important moment for Romania, for the Government and for Parliament, because all short and medium-term public projects and programs are now being prioritized. It is perhaps the only time when the significance of political rhetoric is replaced by the cold realism of the figures in the draft state budget and draft social security budget law. We can thus contribute to improving the living standards of Romanians in 2017, without claiming however that we can satisfy everybody. The 2017 draft budget is designed on a macroeconomic framework with a GDP of 815.195 billion lei and an economic growth of 5.2 percent. The cash budget deficit is estimated at 2.96 percent of GDP, while ESA deficit is 2.98 pct of GDP, keeping within the budget deficit target of below 3 percent of GDP, as required by the Maastricht Treaty. The international institutions' recent estimates converge towards an evolution of economy in 2017 similar to that envisaged when the budget was built. The estimated gross government debt level for 2017 is 37.7 pct of GDP and in the 2017 - 2020 medium-term, it will be below 40 percent of GDP. For the draft budget for 2017, the following macroeconomic indicators were considered: an average annual inflation of 1.4 pct, an average wage of 2,274 lei and an average leu to euro exchange rate of 4.46. The number of employees is expected to rise by 4. 3 percent, while the unemployment rate is expected to drop to 4.3 percent at the end of year 2017. Budget revenues projected for 2017 are estimated at 254,717 billion lei, respectively 31.3 percent of the GDP. Revenues of the domestic economy represent 232.5 billion lei, namely 28.5 pct of the GDP, and funds from the EU and other grantors are estimated at 22.3 billion lei, 12.4 billion lei out of which on agricultural policy, and 9.9 billion lei on cohesion policy and other programs. Budgetary spendings are estimated at 278,817 billion lei, that represents 34.2pct of the GDP. The staff costs of the consolidated general budget represent 63.9 billion lei, respectively 7.8pct of the GDP, and spending on goods and services is estimated at 40.6 billion lei, declining by 0.4 pct of the GDP compared to 2016. The monetary policy rates remain at the same level as in 2016, about 10 billion lei. Subsidies represent 7.2 billion lei being maintained at the same level as in the previous years, 0.9pct of the GDP. The social assistance in the general consolidated budget represents 88.5 billion lei or 10.9pct of the GDP. The social assistance in the general consolidated budget represents 88, 5 billions lei, respectively 10, 9 percent of GDP. The investment expenses are estimated at 4.8 of the GDP, increasing by 0.9 percent compared to 2016, and namely 4.8 percent compared to 3.9 in 2016. Budgetary allocations rose for some Ministries, among which: 2 percent allocation from GDP for the Ministry of National Defence, representing the amount of 16. 3 billion lei from budgetary allocations and own revenues, which represents an increase by 52 percent compared to previous year. The National Education Ministry, increase by 26.2 percent. Ministry of Health, increase by 18 percent. The National House of Health Insurance, increase by 10.3 percent. Ministry of Agriculture - 83, 2 percent rise. Ministry of Transports, increase by 60.5 percent. Upon drawing up the budget, we took into account the increase of population's incomes, increased investments in infrastructure, and reducing taxes, such as: increase in the population incomes is materialized in the increase in the minimum wage, as of February 1, to 1450 lei, salary increase in education, healthcare and for other categories of public sector employees. For instance, personnel paid from public funds, from public administrations to local public administrations benefit as of February 1, 2017, from a 20 percent rise. Also, the gross salary of personnel from public musical and cultural institutions increases by 50 percent. The minimum pension rises from 400 lei to 520 lei as of March 1. As of July 1, 2017, the pension point will rise by 9 percent, reaching to 1.000 lei. Students enrolled in full-time education, in accredited higher education institutions, benefit from free transport on internal routes. The amount earmarked for establishing the Fund for scholarships and social protection of students is established at 201 lei per month. Pensions less than or equal to 2,000 lei will not be taxed, and pensioners obligation to pay social contributions for health insurance will be removed. Secondly, the budgetary construction is based on a new vision, new priorities and action guidelines in the field of public investments. We have in view the budget, what we told you earlier, the budget reflecting this new vision for the following points: first priority for Government is drawing European funds, in amount, as I mentioned, of 22, 1 billion lei. Public investments in infrastructure and priority areas through modern funding mechanisms designed to attract private sources too. The Sovereign Fund of Development and Investment will be set up very soon, it will develop and will built from the ground, investment in priority areas. Also, we will develop investment in public - private partnership, the public procurement legislation will be amended and simplified. Fiscal support through state aid and governmental guarantees to develop businesses. As of January 1, 2017, there were promoted measures to back investments through the unlimited application in time of the fiscal incentive to exempt the reinvested profit. As of February 1, 2017, to support the business environment, by encouraging the setting up and development of microenterprises, it was increased the limit of revenues achieved on December 31, of the previous fiscal year from EUR 100,000 to EUR 500,000. It was established a 1 percent tax rate for the microenterprises that have one or more employees and the tax rate of 2 percent was removed for microenterprises with one employee. The state aid schemes on ensuring the consistent economic development, supporting investments that promote regional development through jobs creation. As regards investments, the budgetary allocation provides investment of 39, 4 billion lei, by 10 billion lei more than last year, in infrastructure, healthcare, defence, increase in the absorption of European funds by financing priority projects conducive to concrete results. As of January 1, 2017, measures to support investments will be promoted, by unlimited in time application of tax exemption for reinvested profit. We established a 1 percent tax rate for microenterprises with one or more employees. Cutting taxes was materialized also by what you did, namely elimination of 102 taxes. The process of simplification of taxation and de-bureaucratisation started in the last years, will continue. I would like to briefly present you the summary of allocations from state budget for Ministries, including their own revenues as well as the main funded objectives. Healthcare: 33. 8 billion lei - 4. 15 percent of GDP, with 3.5 billion lei more than in 2016. Main funded objectives are: 700 million lei additionally allocated for compensated and free medicines, construction of regional hospitals and equipping each county hospital with a tomography computer, purchase of mandatory vaccines for children (774 million lei),equipping seven hospitals with linear accelerators for cancer treatment, funding the 15 percent increase of the healthcare system salaries. Education: 25. 02 billion lei - 3. 1 percent of GDP, with 3. 3 billion lei more than in 2016. Transport Ministry: 13. 76 billion lei -1. 69 percent of GDP, with 5.18 billion(60 percent) more than in 2016. Regional Development and European Funds Ministry: 6.9 billion lei - 0.85% of GDP.Commitment appropriations total 30 billion so that the total earmarked amount is 36.85 billion lei - 4.5% of GDP. The main funded objectives: contracting the construction of 2,500 kindergartens and nurseries and 2,000 schools, providing running water, sanitation, roads, healthcare and education services in rural areas, through the National Programme for Local Development, construction of 30 student hostels, starting the construction of 2,769 apartments. Ministry of Agriculture: 17.4 billion lei - 2.1% of GDP, with 8 billion more than in 2016. Commitment appropriations total 10.1 billion. The main funded objectives: payment of all due subsidies in 2017, National Irrigation Programme. Ministry of Energy: 467 million lei - 0.057% of GDP. The Ministry of Economy: 302 million lei - 0.037% of GDP, with 119 million more than in 2016. Ministry of National Defence: 16.3 billion lei - 2% of GDP, with 5.71 billion lei (52%) more than in 2016. Ministry of Internal Affairs: 11.29 billion lei - 1.38% of GDP; Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 779 million lei. Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship: 765 million lei - 0.093% of GDP, with 593 million more than in 2016. Ministry of Waters and Forests: 347 million lei - 0.042% of GDP. Youth and Sports Ministry: 432 million lei, Tourism Ministry- 80 million lei, Ministry of Culture and National Identity- 766 million lei, - 0.094 percent of GDP, with 259 million lei more than in 2016. Ministry of Research and Innovation: 1.76 billion lei - 0.22 percent of GDP. Ministry of Communications: 510 million lei - 0.06% of GDP, with 483 million more than in 2016. Ministry of Romanians Abroad: 19.2 million lei. Ministry for Social Dialogue: 11.7 million lei. Ministry for Relation with Parliament: 7.32 million lei. Ministry of Finance: 3.26 billion lei - 0.39 percent of GDP. I would like to thank everybody who contributed to drawing up this draft budget. I thank both the Members of the Parliament who supported and support this draft law, but also those who submitted amendments. The political reasons of those who will vote from a political ground against the draft budget are also important, but even more important is to publicly send correctly the economic and social measures provided in the draft budget for 2017 to those who designated us to represent them. We should maintain the trust of Romanians in the Romanian economy and we must maintain the increasing number of investors and investments in the Romanian economy as much as we should achieve all investments in infrastructure and all the measures from the programme for government, as we want to remain a united and solidary nation. Thank you. 2017-02-06 15:43:00Știri din 05.02.2017 to some media requests for information on the existence of a draft law to amend the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, the Government Press Office is authorized to mention the following: The draft law referred to is not assumed by the Government. A draft law to put in agreement the domestic and international legal realities - the Constitutional Court's decisions, national legislation and European directives - will be the result of an ample public consultation that the Justice Ministry will organize with civil society, institutions, interested organizations and political parties. By the time such a draft law agreed with all participants in debate will result, no other legislative proposal that pertain to the amendment of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code will be subject to any Government Decision. 2017-02-05 18:52:00 ședințelor de guvern din 18.05.2016 (extras) și 31.01.2017 (integral)Știri din 05.02.2017 16:56:00ţa de Urgenţă a Guvernului nr.13/2017 a fost abrogatăȘtiri din 05.02.2017 RELEASE- GOVERNMENT MEETING On its meeting today, the Government has approved the Draft Emergency Ordinance for the abrogation of the Government Emergency Ordinance no.13 / 2017 for the amendment and addition of Law no. 286/ 2009 on the Criminal Code, and the Law no.135 / 2010 on the Criminal Procedure Code, as well as for the amendment of Law no.135 / 2010 on the Criminal Procedure Code. Also, during the same meeting, the Government has approved the Memorandum on the Approval of the declassification of the minutes comprising the debates of the Government meetings of May 18, 2016 (excerpt) and January 31, 2017 (in full). The information will be made public on the Government website today. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has asked that in the ensuing period the Justice Ministry initiates public debates as soon as possible with all political parties and the civil society on the topics in the ordinance that has been abrogated today. At the same time, Prime Minister has requested the relevant Ministry to cover all stages in order to have a draft law to put in agreement the Constitutional Court's decisions, the European directives, the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, with a view to sending it to Parliament for debate. 2017-02-05 15:54:00ţii susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 04.02.2017 evening. These days, I have listened to very many opinions, many of them coming from the party colleagues, the party I have been a member of, for 20 years, from government coalition colleagues, also from the opposition parties. I have heard very many opinions from ordinary people too, I have heard the voice of the street. I am here today, after all these opinions expressed by many people these days, to communicate you my decision as Prime Minister, in what means public debate these days. I dont want us to divide Romania. Romania cannot be broken in two. Considering everything that is happening, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the arguments of those who supported and voted for us, I am of the opinion that at this moment, Romania seems broken in two, if not in even more pieces. Reaching such a situation is the last thing I want. At the same time, I want to say that it is normal and legal to transpose as soon as possible in the legal framework the decisions which the Constitutional Court made over time, and which have not been put into practice to date. Any decision of the Constitutional Court is mandatory for everybody, irrespective of their workplace, occupation, all these decisions are mandatory for all the citizens of Romania. On the other hand, beyond these protests, and I have closely watched everything that has happened these days all over the country, and I have heard people' stands, very many based on arguments, others, however, didn't reflect reality. The idea is that a cleavage has been created in society. On the other hand, our members and supporters urge us to continue our demarche. As Prime Minister, I announce you that we have made a few decisions after these days. Tomorrow, we'll have a government meeting in emergency regime for the abrogation of this ordinance. I am using the term 'abrogation'. I have seen debates including from this point of view. It is the term used by the Presidential Administration, when we were asked to abrogate this ordinance. We'll find the legal way, abrogation, prorogation, for this ordinance not to come into force. Also, I want to tell you that we nevertheless need to put in agreement the Constitutional Court's decisions and the legal framework. I will rapidly initiate a consultation with all the other parties, starting from the Constitutional Court's decisions and the form we have, excluding perhaps that very much discussed RON 200,000 ceiling, so that after a dialogue I will hopefully have, and I would like to take this opportunity to launch this invitation to dialogue in the shortest time possible, we can send the draft law to Parliament as soon as possible in order to put in agreement the Constitutional Court decisions with the legal framework. I think it is important to mention one more thing, namely all the arguments we had in supporting this ordinance were not very well communicated. For this reason, a lot of confusion was created, very many distortions that are not related to what was adopted in the end. For this reason, the Justice Ministry and the Justice Minister will assume and currently assume all consequences. I conclude by telling you that I further want us to put the programme for government into practice, since we were voted for it. We still have 12 points on the first semester that we need to adopt in the future government meetings and through the measures we will take so that what Romanians voted, that programme for government, be found in their day to day life. Thank you. 2017-02-04 20:58:00 Petrescu, Ministrul Economiei, propus interimar la Ministerul pentru Mediul de Afaceri, Comerț și AntreprenoriatȘtiri din 03.02.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has sent President Klaus Iohannis the proposal on the interim leadership of the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship being taken over by Economy Minister Alexandru Petrescu. The nomination has been made in accordance with provisions of article 106 and article 107 paragraphs (3) and (4) of Romanias Constitution, as well as with those of article 9 of Law No 90/2001 on the organization and functioning of Romanias Government and Ministries, with the subsequent amendments. Prime Minister has made this nomination given that yesterday, Florin Nicolae Jianu filed his resignation as Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship. 2017-02-03 10:51:00 de presăȘtiri din 01.02.2017 the public stands generated by the promotion by the Government of the legislative texts amending the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and the draft law regarding the pardon of certain offences, Prime Minister of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu sent today a letter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and to the First Vice President, Frans Timmermans, explaining the context and the reasons behind the adoption of these legislative amendments. You may find attached the letter sent to the European officials. 2017-02-01 21:54:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Punctul de întâlnire”, cu Radu Tudor, la postul de televiziune Antena 3Știri din 30.01.2017 13:59:00 cu ocazia împlinirii a 158 de ani de la Unirea Principatelor Moldovei și ValahieiȘtiri din 24.01.2017 24 is one of the most important days in the calendar of the Romanian people. Today, we celebrate 158 years since one of the most vivid moments in the history of the Romanian nation: the Union of the two Principalities, Moldova and Wallachia, following the election of the same ruler, in both Iasi and Bucharest, in the person of Alexandru Ioan Cuza. January 24, 1859 officially marks the dawn of the Romanian modern state, the first and foremost step towards creating a Romania of all Romanians, but it marks to an equal extent, a moment of concord. Without this first step which provided to Romanians a home where to come together, a state to represent and defend them, nothing of what was to happen latter, would have been possible. We are only one year away from the Centenary of the 1918 Great Union. In these times, when the whole world is marked by major changes, we further need solidarity. The way we needed it in 1859, 1916, 1918, or in 1989. A solidarity built not only around some persons or institutions, but especially around certain values or national objectives. This is why I think that new bridges should be reinforced or even rebuilt between Romania's citizens. Ties should be reinforced and multiplied so that Romania undergoes a unique pace of development. Let us believe in Romanians and Romania! Happy anniversary! Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu 2017-01-24 12:10:00 de presăȘtiri din 22.01.2017 17:51:00 bugetului pentru 2017, analizat de membrii CabinetuluiȘtiri din 20.01.2017 today's technical working meeting, the Cabinet members have analyzed the draft budget law for 2017 and have agreed on the budgetary caps for each Ministry and/or main credit release authority. The draft budget construction considered ensuring the funding for this year, of the measures adopted by Government, in accordance with the programme for government, in the conditions of falling within 3 percent of the GDP budget deficit limit and 2 percent of GDP allocation for the Army, according to the commitments assumed by Romania. The Cabinet will meet on Wednesday, January 25, to debate and adopt the draft state budget law, and the draft state social security law for 2017 2017-01-20 19:09:00 Centenar: Lansarea seriei de dezbateri „România centenară”Știri din 19.01.2017 15:26:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu și ministrul Justiției, Florin Iordache, la finalul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 18.01.2017 Grindeanu: Today, we had an ordinary Executive meeting, as you had been announced. Allow me to present you from the very beginning, some considerations and because of time, you have been announced that I am leaving for the United States before 1 p.m, I will answer three questions. We debated and approved the meeting agenda. At the same time, we had a first. Under Constitutional provisions, Article 87 of the Constitution, the President is authorized to preside over the Cabinet meetings. That happened today. Beyond this, I wanted to tell you that we adopted extremely important legislative documents, for the programme for government that we are going to implement, we have started to adopt those measures stipulated in the programme for government, today, we have continued. I can give you one example. The first item on the meeting agenda was an emergency ordinance regulating something we committed to, namely the first rent. Last week, we had in first lecture, this emergency ordinance, and also extremely important, legislative documents regulating the limits for each Ministry to comply with, in order to keep and adopt as we agreed, the budget law next week. All these days, the Finance Minister along with me and the Vice Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh have held discussions with all Ministries for us to complete the budget law until next week. Thus, on January 25, we can send it to Parliament. Issues have been discussed with every Ministry, the budget limits have been approved for every Ministry, keeping the deficit under 3 percent, and of course, 2 percent allocation for Defence, there are Romania's commitments that we will honor. These are to a large extent the information I wanted to convey to you, outlining once again: today, on the meeting agenda, there have been discussed things we communicted in time and thus, we enter the Executive meeting. Reporter: Good afternoon! You said that the meeting agenda was observed but I want to ask you if you are working on those two draft emergency ordinances: the pardon ordinance and the one amending the Criminal Code. Sorin Grindeanu: There was not and it will not be discussed on the meeting agenda... I want to be very clear in this respect: irrespective of the presence or not of President Klaus Iohannis. Whay you aforementioned or what has generated very many discussions in the last days, was not on the agenda of the meeting. I can add something more, and make myself clear, according to Constitution, we are allowed to grant amnesty and pardon? The Constitution says we are allowed... Reporter: Law obliges you to submit the draft law to public debate Sorin Grindeanu: I will give a full answer to your question. Does the law allow us to do these? Yes. Therefore, they are not against the law. Having in view the fact that yesterday too, I had discussions with the Minister of Justice, he will detail these issues for you, he expressed what he wanted to achieve in his mandate as Minister of Justice and our policy in this area, I believe that it is as constitutional as President Klaus Iohannis came to preside over the Government meeting, it is as constitutional, with the observance of the law, to issue an emergency ordinance in all the areas the law allows us to. It wasnt on the agenda communicated in due time to you, irrespective of the presence (...) Reporter: No, no. While you were speaking and said that it was public, the meeting agenda came by email. Sorin Grindeanu: OK. Reporter: I can prove it. Sorin Grindeanu: I have told you what we had on yesterday's agenda. As it was not on meeting agenda that we had yesterday in the working folder, we could not adopt items on additional points. Irrespective of the president's presence. Reporter: It would not be for the first time, therefore, I return to question: are you working on these two draft laws? Florin Iordache: Allow me to answer this question. Therefore, the Justice Ministry drew up two draft laws, which are in public debate and ...these were finalized yesterday. They were sent to consultation, to CSM, High Court, the General Prosecutor's Office, and the two draft laws pertain to pardon and not amnesty, pardon which does not include corruption offences, serious crime and which pertains to the recovery of damage, and the second draft law pertains to the decisions of the Constitutional Court which establishes it should be better clarified for certain offences. Therefore, the two legislative documents which the Justice Ministry assumed through my presence and signature, were sent to all those concerned. When we have the official sanction of them, in favor or not of them, with amendments or not, we will resume discussion and they will enter the Executive agenda. At this moment, the Justice Ministry assumed the two legislative documents. What they allege publicly that there is a large project to amend the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, are some draft laws that the Justice Ministry assumed, and they were submitted to Parliament, for debate. The only thing that the Justice Ministry assumed is to put in accordance the Constitutional Court's decisions with the legislation in force, and furthermore, that ordinance further pertains to the transposition of a directive pertaining to free access to justice. You can view these two legislative documents today, they were finalized yesterday. Thank you. Reporter: To be very clear, the conflict of interests and the abuse of office will be decriminalized or not? Sorin Grindeanu: I have seen this morning these things, and they did not enter today's agenda. I outline this aspect: they are not decriminalized in the draft laws either - I understood from Minister that this morning, as they were sent to Government, they were also sent to the Higher Council of Magistracy, and the other institutions, and you can see that neither the conflict of interests nor the abuse of office are decriminalized, but these are clarified from the Justice Ministry's viewpoint, in accordance with the Constitutional Court's decisions. I want to add that any decision of the Constitutional Court is mandatory. We cannot pretend we do not have it. This clarification that the Justice Ministry makes now, and sends it to public, to public debate, is the Justice Ministry's vision. We cannot pretend that we do not have it. Things are very clear, but I outline that they are not decriminalized either in this morning's proposals. Other question. Reporter: I have one more question: you stated having sent the draft laws to consultation, but were they drafted through consultation? Did you consult with anybody else except the Ministry to draw them up? Florin Iordache: The Justice Ministry drafted them and sent them to consultation to everybody from professional associations. Reporter: When did you send them to consultation? Florin Iordache: This morning, as they were completed yesterday. Reporter: Did you intend to bring these draft laws to the additional agenda? Florin Iordache: No, madam. Reporter: ...before the news that President Klaus Iohannis comes here? Sorin Grindeanu: I have thought I clarified this. Reporter: No... Sorin Grindeanu: There was no intention to put these draft laws on the meeting agenda irrespective of the president's presence. The President's presence changed absolutely nothing. Is it clear? Reporter: No, because President Iohannis referred intentionally to these draft laws at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting. Sorin Grindeanu: What can I say? You should ask Mr. Klaus Iohannis, not me.. Reporter: Mr. Klaus Iohannis did not come here to preside over an ordinary meeting in which the two draft laws, emergency ordinances had not been taken into account. Sorin Grindeanu: It is not me to answer this question. It is the President's Constitutional right to... Reporter: In what consisted more precisely the discussion between you and President Klaus Iohannis? I guess you did not discuss about ordinary legislative documents, common ones, that were on the meeting agenda which had been sent to the press with great delay, hardly after the Cabinet meeting began. Sorin Grindeanu: I apologize that this happened. We had the meeting agenda before. And all the Cabinet members also had it, you can check this yourself. The discussion did not pertain to what you said, Mr. President asked if these draft laws are on the meeting agenda. I assured him that these draft laws are not on the meeting agenda, and all the issues aforementioned to you, will be studied. What the Justice Minister told you, they were sent this morning to the Superior Council of Magistracy, and to all the other institutions. Reporter: When are they published on the Justice Ministry'site? Florin Iordache: During today, of course. Reporter: I would like to ask you if the President's first question did not pertain to the two ordinances, because I assume this is the reason, and did he announce his presence at today's meeting? Sorin Grindeanu: I learnt about it when he was approaching the Government, in an informal way.. Reporter: By a text message? Sorin Grindeanu: ...from those who guard the premises, but let us be clear: it is the President's constitutional right to come and preside over the Cabinet's meeting. Reporter: This is true, but the institutional cooperation does not imply nevertheless prior announcement, a telephone, press release? Sorin Grindeanu: Do not ask me all these things. If I had arrived unannounced at Cotroceni Palace, perhaps, you should have asked me. I have always announced my visits. Reporter: Mr. Iordache, whether the draft laws you sent to approval this morning includes the change of the abuse of office provision, the definition of the abuse of office in the Criminal Code and if affirmative, I want you to tell us in what this change of definition consists. Florin Iordache: The amendment is done in compliance with the Court's decision, study it and I can give you additional details. Thank you. Sorin Grindeanu: Let us be clear. Seeing this proposal of the Ministry of Justice, I repeat this morning, along with the two colleagues in the Government who are present here, as they give the approvals too, on such a legislative document. There are two proposals of the Justice Ministry. One pertains to pardon, which does not include corruption offences, and violence offences or those related to organized crime. You will see them in detail. Florin Iordache: Money laundering. Sorin Grindeanu: The second, transposition of an European directive in our legislation, directive from February 2016, regarding the citizens' rights to a fair trial. Clarifications related to Constitutional Court's decisions...I share with you the belief that the CCR decisions are mandatory in this country. These clarifications represent the Justice Ministry's view, it sent them to debate to the other institutions. We will see what decision we will make over the next period, I think other aspect should be clarified too and the Justice Minister can detail it. We are in this period, regarding the pardon, excluding all the other things I told you about, or those crimes, we are under the influence of a pilot - decision of the ECHR. Florin Iordache: At this time, the degree of infringement at penitentiaries level in Romania is more than 150 percent. Romania in May is under the influence of an ECHR decision which may bind us, due to the fact that regarding all 40 places in penitentiaries, there are decisions condemning Romania, for ill - treatments and inhuman conditions for inmates, and Romania cannot cover overnight the almost 9000 places we have in this moment, as surplus of inmates in these detention prisons. Under these circumstances, taking into account a coherent criminal policy, we can grant a law of pardon which does not concern: corruption, money laundering, and other serious offences, so that from the estimates of the Justice Ministry, around 2.300, 2.500 persons can benefit from this pardon law. This is in public consultation, but the opinion of the Justice Ministry is that Romania should issue a law of pardon at this moment. Sorin Grindeanu: Last question, please. Reporter: Two clarifications, first - Mr. Prime Minister invited me to participate, to preside - this is Mr. Iohannis' statement. You have just said that it was an unannounced visit. Clarify this aspect once for good. The second question, since you benefit from a comfortable majority in Parliament, why not a draft law on both issues, so that there are not anymore these debates and fears on the part of NGOs and other institutions of the Romanian state, DNA, DIICOT, CSM? Sorin Grindeanu: With respect to your second question, and this is the last I will answer today, we do this over the next period. The Justice Minister came with his vision on these two problems. Reporter: Do you take into account a change of these ordinances in draft laws following consultations with institutions? Sorin Grindeanu: As far as I know, these things can be done in two ways: either by emrgency ordinance or through Parliament. Florin Iordache: Draft law. Sorin Grindeanu: You should know that it is not the Grindeanu Cabinet that invented the emergency ordinances related to the Criminal Code. I think that including the previous Cabinet, the technocrat Cabinet issued emergency ordinances to amend the Criminal Code last year, didn't it? Therefore, let us clarify things. Secondly, there are these two possibilities provided by law. The Justice Minister expressed its vision ever since the beginning, regarding judiciary. It is a first step, a proposal. Currently, we followed what we discussed so far, we consult with the other institutions, and not only, and afterwards, we will see what decision we are going to make. Im running out of time. That does not prompt me to use rotating lights and official columns, I have never done it before, and I will not do it from now on either, and that is why I do not want to miss the plane. I aforementioned an article of the Constitution, article 87 of the Constitution, according to which the President of Romania has the right to preside over Cabinet meetings. Thank you. 2017-01-18 13:48:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea „Ora de vârf”, cu Ionela Năstase, la postul de televiziune România TVȘtiri din 16.01.2017 11:49:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia Zilei Culturii NaționaleȘtiri din 15.01.2017 have joyfully noticed that the first important secular holiday of the year is this very day, the National Culture Day, a day that is happily overlapping with the name of Mihai Eminescu. As the month of January of the religious calendar starts with the Epiphany, the same is today meant to reconnect us, from the very first days of the New Year to our cultural identity roots. This day has also reminded me of the times when grandparents were teaching Eminescu's poems to their grandchildren, since their first years of life. I learnt the same way the first poems by Eminescu. Culture is alive and it is Life. Culture has always stayed at the gates of the Spirit and has brought us Joy and Freedom, even in the hardest times of this people. This is why we shouldn't let today pass without allowing the Beauty to delight us, in all its forms, be it through books, theatre, music, film, painting, sculpture or any other artistic form of expression created in this cultural space! Let's celebrate and love our people of culture, artists, for the way they chose to fulfill their mission on earth! 2017-01-15 11:45:00Întâlnirea premierului și ministrului Finanțelor Publice cu președintele RomânieiȘtiri din 11.01.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan presented President Klaus Iohannis, during the working meeting at the Cotroceni Palace, the data provided by the National Prognosis Commission that the 2017 draft budget is based on. We are approaching with maximum responsibility the 2017 budget construction, with the main objective of implementing the measures undertaken in the programme for government, in the conditions of keeping within the 3 percent of the GDP budget deficit limit. We have also in view measures to support the continuation of the economic growth pace, so that the economy development be concretely felt by people, the Head of the Executive considers. Prime Minister outlined at the same time, that in drawing-up this years budget, a priority of the Government is to ensure 2 percent of the GDP for the Army, according to the commitments Romania assumed in the relations with NATO. 2017-01-11 18:28:00Întâlniri de lucru ale premierului Sorin Mihai Grindeanu cu miniștriȘtiri din 10.01.2017 Minister had today working meetings with the Health Minister, Florian-Dorel Bodog, and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Petre Daea, Minister for the Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Florin Nicolae Jianu, Tourism Minister, Mircea-Titus Dobre, and Minister of Economy, Alexandru Petrescu. These meetings had in view the evaluation of the way each Ministry will implement the measures included in the Programme for Government. 2017-01-10 18:36:00 Sorin Mihai Grindeanu s-a întâlnit astăzi cu ministrul Apărării Naționale, Gabriel LeșȘtiri din 09.01.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu has had a brief meeting with the National Defence Minister, Gabriel Les,at the Ministry of National Defence headquarters, to discuss the most important items on the Ministry's agenda and the Romanian Army's priority programmes. - I have reiterated the Government's priority to secure 2 percent of the GDP, for the Army, in the budget for 2017, according to commitments undertaken by Romania. It has been a constructive discussion, I wished the Minister great success in meeting the undertaken commitments!, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Executive has conveyed once again his thanks to the military for their professionalism and involvement these days during their missions to aid the citizens. 2017-01-09 16:14:00ţii susținute de premierul Sorin Mihai Grindeanu și de ministrul afacerilor interne, Carmen Dan, la sediul Ministerului Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 09.01.2017 13:13:00 premierului Sorin Mihai Grindeanu la videoconferința Comitetului Național pentru Situații Speciale de Urgență cu prefecțiiȘtiri din 07.01.2017 18:12:00ţii susţinute de premierul Sorin Mihai Grindeanu la începutul primei şedinţe de guvern Știri din 04.01.2017 22:52:00 depunerii jurământului de către membrii Cabinetului GrindeanuȘtiri din 04.01.2017 22:46:00 susţinut de prim-ministrul Sorin Mihai Grindeanu la învestirea în ParlamentȘtiri din 04.01.2017 Mihai Grindeanu: President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Your Holiness, distinguished representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Presidents of the Constitutional Court and the Court of Accounts, Deputies and Senators, candidates for the Minister office, first vice-governor, distinguished guests, I thank you for your participation in this Executive meeting for debating the programme for Government and the Cabinet Ministers. I would like in the opening to thank those who nominated me for this office, and who stood by me in the formation of government team and the programme for Government that I bring today to your debate. I want to remind from the very beginning that the first nomination of PSD for Prime Minister, Mrs. Sevil Shhaideh would have been an excellent nomination at the helm of the Executive and it is good that she will join me in the future Cabinet team that you will vote today, in Parliament. I particularly greet the balance of President Liviu Dragnea who in the last weeks, behaved as a genuine statesman, placing national interest above his personal interest or that of the party he is leading. Thus, a very harmful political crisis for our country was avoided, and today, Romania can have a Cabinet to immediately start the implementation of the programme voted by Romanians on the December 11 elections. On this very evening, after we get your vote of confidence, we will convene this first Cabinet meeting so that we become operational in the shortest time possible. As in the other prior Cabinet investiture meetings, the main topic of debates in Parliament is Romania and the way the new team intends to run the country over the next four years. There has been talked a lot in such moments about the way we intend to make Romania look like at the end of the mandate the Government receives from Parliament. There were mentions of strong Romania, prosperous Romania or the fair Romania, about Romania without bureacracy or about the efficient Romania. Today I propose to you another objective that, in my opinion, includes all the aforementioned others— a normal Romania. I propose to you and myself that, at the end of this mandate that you entrust to me, if you vote for this Cabinet, to have another type of country, where people would live better and enjoy the same rights and freedoms like the majority of European citizens. In my opinion, this should be the main objective of the future Cabinet. I wish to have a normal country, where things are as they must be, where abnormality would be an exception, and not a rule, as it seems to be today in many areas of activity. The first sign of normality is for politicians elected in public offices to observe what they promised during the electoral campaign and to put into practice all measures for which they received the vote of citizens. This is the normal relationship between the elected and the voters. Therefore, in the program for Government which is subject to your attention and the Parliaments vote, you will find all the measures presented in the electoral campaign by the PSD President Liviu Dragnea. These measures were voted by Romanians and it is normal for them to be found in the program for the Government of the parties which obtained the majority in the Parliament. It is normal for the winning parties in the elections to have political responsibility, and it is alike normal for this responsibility to be reflected in the programme for Government supported by these parties. I want a normal Romania in which economic growth can be found in the welfare of its citizens. The purpose of all our actions is the prosperity of those who voted for us and are paying taxes and fees. In a normal country, the welfare of the citizen should underpin any decision or ruling act. We do not come to government to have nice statistics on paper, the economic growth does not have any value if it is not noticed in a way or another in Romanians pockets. In a normal country, the Government should pursue higher wages for its citizens, not small wages, hoping for the arrival of more foreign investors. In a normal country, the purpose of governing is first of all prosperity for its own citizens, and second, the success of foreign investors.. We want foreign investments in Romania, but investments that would bring well paid jobs for Romanians. Foreign investments are not a goal by themselves, but a way to secure better living standards for Romanians. For this reason, our program for government includes our proposal for a radical change of the economic vision regarding the foreign investors. We want the foreign investors to find in Romania a very skilfull labor force, not a badly paid one. We want foreign investors to find in Romania a predictable fiscal framework and a low taxation on labor, and not very high taxes on very small salaries. Our program for government includes good measures for businesspeople and we propose a friendly fiscal and predictable framework for any investor. Our target is for Romania to rank 6th in early next year from the 21th place at present, with respect to taxes on labor in Europe. We can do this, and I am sure that this measure will bring many benefits for employers and employees alike. We envisage an increase in the minimum wage per economy to 1.450 lei this year, and to 1.750 lei up to 2020. At the same time, we have a serious package of measures which includes cut in labor taxes at the same time with stimulating businesses, so that we have an increase in the average salary per economy from 2.815 lei to 3.950 lei in 2020. In a normal country, those who worked their whole life, and contributed to economic development, have a decent pension when they retire. Therefore, if we want a normal Romania, we should necessarily increase the pension point, so that this reaches 45 percent in 2021, from the value of the average salary per economy, namely 1.775 lei, with a first increase to 1.000 lei in 2017. We can also increase the revenues of population by decreasing taxes related to these revenues. Smaller tax on the salary gain means much money in the citizen's pockets. In this respect, we aim that one of the first important measures of the new Cabinet be exemption of tax for all revenues smaller than 2000 lei per month, whether pensions, wages, or revenues from independent activities. As of January 1st, 2018, we aim that the tax on revenues bigger than 2.000 lei decrease from 16 to 10 percent from the difference over this sum. I also want a normal Romania in which the young people are not compelled to go abroad for earning a decent income for their family. I want the young graduates to stay and work here, in Romania, earn a decent salary, pay contribution for our retirees, not for the foreign ones, support through their labor, our healthcare system and our education system, not those from other states. I am from a border county and I had colleagues who either left the country or are still thinking to do it. It is a very serious phenomenon, impacting our economy and tearing apart families. Stopping this phenomenon should be a national priority. I want that young people stay in Romania, be alongside and take care of their parents and grandparents. Romania will be a normal country when young people graduating aschool, will find enough reasons to remain here, when they find a well-paid job in the country and the state help them form their family here, in Romania. This is the reason why our program for government encompasses many measures aiming at stopping the exodus of young people from Romania. We have an ambitious programme for backing the setting up of ten thousands companies per year, so that young people can start a business in Romania and offer jobs to other young people graduating school. Our vision on government encompasses training stages allowing young people learn better a job that can later provide them a stable and well paid job in Romania, and if we succeed in developing a well-qualified labor force, I am sure that foreign investors like the Romanian ones will be interested in developing businesses in our country. We have programs to ensure young people a better transition from school to labor market, with incentives to be granted to companies employing young apprentices or that turns the internship into a labor contract on indefinite period. To stop the young people from leaving the country, we envisaged the programme - The first salary to secure a minimum salary of 2.500 lei to the young university graduates and a first salary starting from 1.200 euro and zero income tax for the young medicine residents. Distinguished colleagues, I am sure that you understand very well what a noral Romania means, that you agree with me that in a normal country, citizens do not queue interminably to pay countless taxes to state. This does not happen in a normal country. I greet the Parliament's decision to adopt the law to remove the 102 taxes, which in my opinion, represents the amplest way of cutting back bureaucracy in Romania and if we want Romania to become a normal country when we have to advance, and put the administrative system into the citizen' service, compel the state authorities to implement the online payment of taxes, so that, by January 1st, 2018, all taxes that cannot be paid online, are automatically cancelled. In my vision, a normal Romania means that citizens have access to normal and civilized healthcare services in normal and clean hospitals. The programme for government brought to your attention included numerous measures to attain this objective. I mention here building the Republican Hospital - Carol Davila where Romanians can have access to high-quality medical services. We also stipulated the construction of eight regional hospitals with a high capacity of diagnosis and treatment, so that in all the regions of the country, Romanians have access to high - quality hospital services. We also intend to equip hospitals with high - performance equipment. In a normal country, citizens should have access to medicines, irrespective of the illness and costs. We cannot limit the right to life. National programs should be budgeted in order to ensure adequate treatment for all patients, according to their needs. Our programme for government provides for every illness a 100 percent compensated medicine besides the other medicines of the compensated list, so that every Romanian, irrespective of the income level, have access to necessary treatment. In a normal country, every citizen has access to an ambulance that can intervene in due time when an emergency intervention is needed, and the government programme brought to your attention includes the measure of equipping each commune in our country with an ambulance. I want and suggest you to build together a normal Romania in which every child has access to an education that observes the basic hygiene and equipment norms. For this reason, I introduced in the programme for government, the modernisation of 2.000 schools, starting with those that do not currently meet the minimum authorisation conditions. In a normal country, parents should be given the possibility to enroll their children in kindergarten or nursery, where to be safe and to benefit from education provided by qualified personnel. This is why, I included in our programme for government, the construction of 2500 nurseries and kindergartens to cover all requests from Romania. In a normal country, teachers are well-paid and respected, as they prepare new generations of whom the future of a nation depends, and I think that if we want that Romania be a normal country, we should offer better salaries to those working in the educational system, and I welcome Parliament's decision to pass the la whereby wages of this sector are increased by 15 percent, as we pledged during the campaign, we envisage an increase in the wages of all state personnel by 20 percent, therefore, for teachers, too, as of July 1. Distinguished colleagues, in my opinion, a normal country means you can drive on normal roads, and any normal state develops its transport infrastructure, as this is the basis for economic development, and the safest way to bridge development gaps among regions. The truth is very simple - economic prosperity comes always on the railway or roads connecting a country or a region to other countries and regions. In a general overall of the development poles position, one can easily notice that the most developped areas are those with most connections to road, railay, naval or air infrastructure. Romania itself should have as many connections to European or international transport connections as possible for a normal and sustained development over the next decades. Therefore, it is normal to aim at building a highway to cross Romania from West to East. It is absolutely normal to aim at having one motorway to connect all historical regions and I appreciate the fact that other parties too aimed at this objective in their programmes. Therefore, we have a common basis to start a constructive dialogue. Romania will be a normal country when large infrastructure projects will not be blocked anymore by interminable appeals to public auctions and I think it is absolutely necessary to have a new legislation regarding works assignment for projects of strategic interest. In a normal Romania, Romanian farmers should enjoy equal opportunities in competition with the European ones. Distinguished colleagues, I want a normal Romania in which Romanian farmers enjoy equal opportunities with the European ones, and this means due payment of subsidies so that the Romanian farmers do not cover additional costs for interests to contracting loans. In a normal country, there are investments in the irrigation system for farmers and the agricultural output not to depend anymore on weather. Agriculture is further on a very important component in the GDP and Romania's economic growth. Therefore, provided we want a healthy economy, we should have a healthy economy, with an irrigation system to secure a consistent output, irrespective of rain amount. I want a normal country in which Romanians' food to come especially from internal production, as we have a rich land which can provide healthy food for our entire population. I think it is profoundly abnormal that a country like Romania imports 50.000 tonnes of tomatoes and exports only three. It is abnormal that in Romania, pork imports are 100 bigger than the exports, we import 230.000 tonnes and we export only 20.000. It is not normal to be in such situation, and we intend whereby our programme or government to provide support to Romanian farmers for these two products - tomatoes and pork, so that we cover the largest part of domestic consumption with healthy products achieved here, in Romania. Normal Romania means investment, investment in the defence industry. Any normal state invests in its own security, it takes the required measures to ensure national security, and we, as NATO members, should observe our commitments and make investment in the defence industry. We earmarked in our programme, a minimum 2 percent allocation of GDP, but alike any normal country, we should orient the largest share of these financial resources to the domestic defence industry. Normal Romania means a fair and independent judiciary. Last but not least, a normal Romania means a balanced and functional rule of law. In a normal country, law rules, and the justice is really independent. If we want a normal Romania, we should secure full independency of judges who enforce justice in the letter and spirit of law, and in accordance with their own conscience, in the absence of any pressure. In a normal country, the guilty are punished, and the honest ones are defended. Fight against corruption and against those who steal, should be very firm, but we should also be firm in protecting the fundamental human rights so that any fair citizen feels protected by law in front of any possible abuse. Distinguished colleagues, I have mentioned just some of the most important measures from our programme for government. All the other details, you could analyze in the document that we put at your disposal. Whereby this brief presentation, I wanted to persuade you that this programme for government does not aim at something which cannot be attained and does not promise anything which cannot be achieved. It is nothing great and much less, it is nothing spectacular. It is not an exaggeration. What I propose to you whereby this program is to make Romania a normal country in which to enjoy decent and civilized living standards. Normality is the essence of our programme for government, and it is our duty, of the politicians, those elected by citizens, to set order in the country, in all fields of activity, and the first sign of normality should start from here, from Parliament, between us- the elected - in a normal country, politicians work for those who elected them, and do not fight each other. In a normal country, there is a civilized dialogue between politicians, even if from different angles. Therefore, my message to you, to the entire political class is one of openness and dialogue to the benefit of citizens and the national interest of Romania. For a decade, politics in Romania has been dominated by hatred, bitterness and countless conflicts between different political camps. Political fights over this period seriously impacted the functioning of some fundamental institutions, and in the end, those who suffered the most, were the citizens. I therefore propose you that as of the very today, at the beginning of the year and term of office, we get out of this logic of conflict, cultivate dialogue between institutions and parties, between power and opposition, right and left, and among all the other camps that divided Romania in the last years. We can represent different parties, with different political orientations, and it is normal to have various views. It is a sign of health for our democracy. But, meanwhile, I consider this difference of thinking should be expressed in a civilized way, through mutual respect. I want that the political debate be carried with rational arguments, and not in the name of personal discontent but when Romanians' welfare and national interest are at stake, we need to be able to overlook these differences and find a way to cooperate and be united as Romanians, as people, as nation. I want us to have a normal and civilized relationship with the President of Romania, all state institutions, and the opposition parties. Therefore, distinguished colleagues from PNL, PMP, or USR, I am a person who values dialogue, and those who know me, know very well that these are not empty words. I have good friends in other political parties, alongside whom, I could always find a constructive way for the well-being of those who voted for us. The mayor of Timisoara, Nicolae Robu is just one of those with whom I could carry a dialogue, and we cooperated very closely for the well-being of Timisoara community, even if we represented different or even opponent political parties in elections. Therefore, distinguished colleagues from the Opposition, I want to begin my mandate as Prime Minister with an invitation to dialogue and cooperation. I have always respected those elected to public offices as each of you represent the citizens who voted for you. Without any hint of irony, I want to tell you that this government will not be my government, or the PSD, ALDE or anybody else's government, it will be the Romanian Government, and you, those in the Opposition, as representatives of those who elected you, you will always have a reserved place at the table of discussions and cooperation with this Government, surely to the extent you want it too, to cultivate a sincere and constructive dialogue to the benefit of those you represent. The first project to which I invite you to cooperate is - Normal Romania. I have talked about it in my first address from this rostrum, in front of the new Parliament following the December 11 elections. Thank you. Sorin Mihai Grindeanu: Presidents, Members of the Senate and the Chamber of the Deputy, distinguished guests, I would like to thank you for your vote today. For us, for the Romanian Government, it means a great responsibility, one given not only by your vote today, but the responsibility is given by the Romanians' December 11 vote. This is why, the act of government that we will exercise, will be driven by responsibility, modesty and respect towards Romanians. Thank you once again for your confidence in me. Thank you. 2017-01-04 22:32:00 Cioloș - Bilanț la final de mandatȘtiri din 04.01.2017 14:02:00 guvern va stabili nivelul salariului minim pe economie pentru anul 2017Știri din 29.12.2016 14:58:00 Dacian Cioloș a transmis o scrisoare de condoleanțe cancelarului federal Angela MerkelȘtiri din 20.12.2016 morning, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has sent a letter to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, to express solidarity with the German people and sincere condolences to the families of victims of the tragic attack that occurred on the night of December 19, 2016, at the Berlin Christmas Fair. - On behalf of the Romanian Government, I have expressed my full compassion towards the families of victims of this terrible attack, hope for the quick recovery of the wounded and solidarity with the German people in these difficult times, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. The Romanian Government condemns such acts of unspeakable violence against innocent people. Romania reiterates its strong condemnation of any acts of terrorism and pleads for the need of coordinated, determined efforts at international level, to combat them. 2016-12-20 16:05:00 României condamnă atacul armat de la AnkaraȘtiri din 20.12.2016 Romanian Government condemns in the strongest terms the armed attack of December 19, 2016, in Ankara, that resulted in the death of the Ambassador of Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey, Andrey Karlov. - Such barbaric acts targeting diplomatic representatives have no exculpation whatsoever and they must be fought at any price, and the culprits must be punished, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. Romania outlines the importance of intensifying efforts to combat international terrorism and reasserts its commitment in this respect. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos is sending sincere condolences to the victim's family and expresses solidarity with the Russian authorities at this moment. 2016-12-20 15:55:00 României la evenimentul OCDE de lansare a noului ciclu de evaluare „Small Business Act” pentru Balcanii de Vest și Turcia (2016-2019)Știri din 16.12.2016 December 16, Mrs. Sorana Baciu, Secretary of State in the PMs Chancellery, in charge of the coordination of the relations with the OECD and development policies for the domestic capital, participated in Paris, in the launch of the new Small Business Act (SBA) assessment cycle of SMEs development policies in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The event organized by OECD aimed at presenting the main stages of the SBA assessment for the period 2016 — 2019 and facilitating a functional and productive dialogue among various entities engaged in drawing up and implementing the SME sector's development policies in the Western Balkan states and Turkey. The second part of the event, devoted to the SMEs access to funding, was chaired by Sorana Baciu, who also reviewed the main opportunities and challenges faced by SMEs in Romania in funding their current activity and the development projects. The debate focused on the need to enlarge the access of SMEs to financial instruments alternative to bank loans, such as: factoring, leasing, or venture capital. Secretary of State Sorana Baciu outlined the importance of the experience exchange among all involved factors in developing the SME sector, public or private, and the need to transfer the good practices from the states with already notable results in this respect to states with emerging economies. Mrs. Baciu deemed necessary a re-thinking of public policies in the sense of aligning them to a series of realities of the current business environment: The main obstacles to the SMEs access to financing are the lack of managerial skills, the lack of basic financial knowledge and the poor awareness on corporate governance importance. At the same time, it is necessary to improve the regulatory framework in order to develop the non-banking financial instruments; Creation of a stable and predictable business environment should always be a priority of the Government. The mentoring, consultancy and advising programmes can make a significant contribution to boosting the SMEs capacity to draw up and implement realist business plans and fundable projects. Specialists with experience in funding instruments for the private sector (the Financial Supervisory Authority of Croatia, the Innovation Authority of Israel), SBA coordinators of the Western Balkan states and Turkey, representatives of the OECD, the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, analysts and independent experts attended the event. Romanias participation in this event represents a step forward in the accession process to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. On December 15, Mrs. Sorana Baciu had meetings with ambassadors of some OECD member states, with a view to promoting Romania as potential candidate state to the status of OECD member state. The continuation of the efforts for Romanias accession to the OECD, initiated in the early 2000s, represented a priority of the current Cabinet ever since the beginning. Romanias intention to join this organisation was reiterated by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos in June 2016, when he gave an address in the OECD Council meeting in Paris and had a meeting with the Organisation Secretary General Angel Gurria. 2016-12-16 20:59:00ări referitoare la declarațiile domnului Liviu Dragnea, președintele PSD, în urma discuției telefonice de azi cu prim-ministrul Dacian CioloșȘtiri din 13.12.2016 the telephone discussion with Mr. Liviu Dragnea, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos did not confirm having accepted the proposals to postpone for one year some Tax Code provisions deadlines. Prime Minister has stated that he took notice and analyzed this proposal, but several legal and opportunity aspects of the decision should also be taken into account. On the other hand, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos expects PSD to fulfill its promises and its programme for government presented to citizens before December 11 parliamentary elections, while assuming the tax policy responsability and the legislation adopted already in Parliament. 2016-12-13 18:47:00 Dacian Cioloș: Într-un alt context decât cel al alegerilor, Guvernul ar fi stabilit nivelul salariului minim pe economie garantat în plată pentru anul 2017 la un nivel apropiat de cel propus de confederațiile sindicaleȘtiri din 12.12.2016 - The future Cabinet will have the required legitimacy to establish the level of the guaranteed minimum wage per economy, for 2017, in the context in which the party that won the December 11, 2016 parliamentary elections assumed the level of the minimum wage in the programme for government, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated in the National Tripartite Council. - The party that won the elections established a clear figure in the programme for government, which they politically assumed. If this Cabinet made a decision based on the negotiations with the trade unions and employers, one or two weeks before the new Cabinet investiture, it could be accused of abusing its responsibility. On the other hand, in case the current Cabinet promoted a decision with that figure, it would mean we assumed it without a prior assessment Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. Prime Minister has further conveyed to the social partners that, in other context than that of elections, the current Cabinet would have established the level of the minimum guaranteed wage per economy, for 2017, at a level close to the one proposed by trade union confederations. The Head of the Executive has further stated that he will discuss with the leadership of the political party who won the elections on several topics of governance, among which the minimum wage, outlining that he considers two scenarios. If the new Cabinet is invested by the end of the year, then it will have the possibility to formally assume the level promised in the programme for government, and if the Cabinet takes over only at the beginning of next year, the current Cabinet will approve in the last meeting of 2016, a decision designed to keep the current level of the minimum wage in January 2017 too; another level will be established later, for the rest of the year. According to the law provisions, the Government has the obligation to establish by the end of the current year the level of the minimum wage per economy for the coming year. The Social Dialogue Commissions meeting that is scheduled for Thursday at the Labour Ministry will also address the transparent mechanism of establishing the minimum wage, which is currently being drawn up by a high-level expert team, under a contract funded by the European Union. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and Labour Minister Dragos Pislaru have thanked the social partners for their collaboration and have invited them to continue informal consultations on the draft law on the uniform pay. The Cabinet along with the trade unions and employers agreed to publish the draft law on the uniform pay, according to the principles of transparency promoted by the current Cabinet, in order to be consulted, as a conplementary step to the public debate process. 2016-12-12 16:32:00țiune de control la Agenția Națională a Funcționarilor Publici (A.N.F.P.) și centrele regionale de formare continuă pentru administrația publică locală, realizată de Corpul de Control al Primului-ministruȘtiri din 11.12.2016 13:46:00țiile susținute de premierul Dacian Cioloș după exprimarea dreptului de vot, la ZalăuȘtiri din 11.12.2016 morning! I have a first important message that I would like to repeat so that it is well-understood and assimilated. I think that what is paramount today is that an increasing number of people go to vote, and this irrespective of their political options. This is paramount for this evening's result to be a representative one. Today is the day when voters can convey those who will run Romania, the most important messages for the next four years. Surely, in a participative democracy, consultations during the term of office is paramount. But I think the most entitled to contest, to make observations to what is going to happen over the next four years, are those who go to vote today, who give a mandate to those who will rule Romania over the next four years, and then, surely, they will have all legitimacy to supervise the way the mandate assigned will be enforced. In my point of view, this freedom to be able to vote, to elect our representatives is the most important. It is a hard won one, in Romania's history and I think it is important not to disconsider it. I am thinking also especially about young people and those that one can often hear saying that if things do not work well in the country, they prefer to leave abroad. I think we are all dutybound to try to do things run properly in this country before thinking of anything else, if indeed we love the places where we were born and we want things to run better. They should run better for those who are now abroad, and want to return, to be able to do it. This is my hope and for this, I voted today. Thank you. 2016-12-11 10:40:00, aplicația mobilă a votantului din străinătateȘtiri din 10.12.2016 18:23:00 alegeri, urmărește LIVE pe internet prezența la vot din România și diaspora Știri din 10.12.2016 18:14:00 guvernamental GovITHub lansează 2 noi proiecte cu impact național: Registrul Serviciilor Sociale din România și un Program de Evidență a Stocurilor de Vaccinuri din RomâniaȘtiri din 09.12.2016 15:02:00 Centenar: "Iaşi, Capitala Renaşterii Naţionale"Știri din 08.12.2016 11:05:00ări referitoare la sinteza privind verificarea respectării, de către reprezentanții Ministerului Sănătății, a prevederilor legale în legătură cu atribuirea și derularea unor contracte de achiziție publică a sistemelor informatice, în perioada 01.01.2007 – 31.12.2010Știri din 07.12.2016 18:56:00 Sănătății a lansat Programul Național de Screening Auditiv pentru Nou-Născuți și un sistem informatic național de evidență a rezultatelor testelor auditive, dezvoltat cu ajutorul GovITHubȘtiri din 07.12.2016 11:55:00 prezintă Profilul Petiționarului și tematica problemelor ridicate de cetățeni în petițiile din 2016 adresate Prim-Ministrului și Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 07.12.2016 10:04:00 "Mobilitate, educație, angajare – premise pentru integrarea persoanelor cu dizabilități în societate", organizată la GuvernȘtiri din 05.12.2016 PM Chancellery and the National Authority for Disabled Persons have organized today, at Victoria Palace, the round table with the theme - Mobility, education, employment - premises for integration of persons with disabilities in society, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The event aimed at facilitating the dialogue between public institutions, persons with disabilities, private and nongovernmental sector, regarding challenges in the field of disabilities and identification of opportunities and solutions to resolve them. The debate has been attended by Vasile Dincu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration, Dragos Nicolae Pislaru, Minister of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly, Mircea Dumitru, Minister of National Education and Scientific Research and Mihai Tomescu, President of the National Authority for Persons with Disabilities. Vice Prime Minister Vasile Dincu has outlined the fact that - although Romania has taken important steps this year in the field of approaching disability whereby approval of the National Strategy - A society without barriers for persons with disabilities 2016-2020, and of the Operational Plan on the implementation of the national strategy, monitoring the Strategy implementation is extremely important. Vice Prime Minister Dincu has proposed the signing of a cross-sectoral protocol by means of which, representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly, the National Authority for Persons with Disabilities, the National Council for Disability, State Inspectorate in Constructions and other institutions with powers in the field can monitor the observance of provisions of article 63 of the Law 448/2006 on protection and promotion of the rights of the persons with disabilities. - Whereby the determined involvement of state institutions, over the next four months, we will have an evaluation instrument that we can enforce at national level, and which offers a real image to public institutions in terms of accessibility for persons with disabilities. Labor Minister Dragos Pislaru has reaffirmed the fact that the integration of persons with disabilities in the society is a priority for the Labor Ministry and employment is one of the essential elements to prevent isolation and social segregation. - For too long, the emphasis has been put on the allowances granted to persons with disabilities and we all have to understand that we cannot be satisfied by the level of these allowances as they do not allow decent living. Employment offers persons with disabilities not only an honorable income, well beyond these allowances, but the fact that they have the chance to serve society is beneficial at psychological level. Otherwise, we find among them persons suffering from depression, perceiving themselves as burden for the rest of the society. We make them feel a burden through our smallest gestures. Today, we have launched the package of active employment measures benefitting the persons with disabilities. Nationwide, there are 775.000 persons with disabilities, and nearly 35.000 of them are hired, which stands for 17, 56 percent of the potential active group. In this context, the Labor Minister Dragos Paslaru has outlined on the one hand, the importance of county employment agencies dealing mainly with hiring persons from vulnerable groups and on the other hand, the need for public administration to become an important employer of persons with disabilities. Mircea Dumitru, Minister of Education has outlined the importance of amending the legislative framework in order to remove barriers regarding integration of children with disabilities in mass education and/or special educational requirements. Also, the Education Minister has stated that it is vital to include in the professional training curriculum of teaching staff, new module on disability. The participants in the meeting, more than 70 persons from the public sector, nongovernmental one, but also persons with disabilities welcomed the integrate perspective of analyzing and presenting the three topics subject to discussion: employment, education, accessibility and mobility. Two partnerships between the National Authority for persons with disability and the private sector have been announced on this meeting. The first was concluded with eJobs Group and will address the development of services instrumental for employers and private employers to increase the employment rate of persons with disabilities. The second was concluded with Code for Romania and aimed at drawing a map of all institutions, spaces and services of public interest and their degree of accessibility for persons with physical, hearing or vision impairment. This mobile application is designed to help all persons with disabilities, checking if access to their destination is eased and signaling whether an institution or a space destined to public use does not meet the necessary requirements. 2016-12-05 16:01:00țiune de documentare privind achizițiile de produse software la nivelul ministerelor și instituțiilor aferente, realizată de Corpul de Control al Primului-ministruȘtiri din 05.12.2016's Control Body has conducted a documentation action regarding the software products procurements performed by ministries and by the units under their subordination/coordination/authority, from January 1, 2011 to July 31, 2016. The documentation action consisted in clarifying the following aspects: the daily situation of software procurement contracts concluded by these public entities under the control competence of the PM Control Body, the state of contracts enforcement as well as the identification of the eventual situations of malfunction/nonuse/ expiration of products/ software licenses purchased by the aforementioned public entities. To conduct this analysis, the PM Control Body asked information regarding software products procurements from the following Ministries: Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests, Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly, Ministry of Communications and for the Information Society, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Transports, Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue, and the Department for the Relation with Parliament and of units under their subordination/ coordination/ authority. The analysis of this information has revealed that 19 public entities purchased software products and licenses and concluded over 10,000 contracts/orders totaling RON 3,733,043,559.97, VAT included, for which the total amount of RON 3,131,204,615.99, VAT included, was paid. Also, related to the stage of the enforcement of the contracts related to the software products procurement, it has been found that they were almost entirely finalized, the purchased software products being installed/used inside the premises of the entities, but certain situations of non-functioning/non-use by the public entities have also been identified. Thus, a number of 9 public entities, together with the units under their subordination/coordination/authority, paid the amount of RON 110,290,733.41 for software products/licenses that have been installed, but unused, unimplemented or identified as having difficulties in operation or malfunctions, for various reasons. Considering the aspects found , the Control Body has proposed a more comprehensive documentation action, over the next 12 months, through punctual checking actions conducted by the competent structures within the relevant ministries (Minister's Control Body, control directorates, etc.) at the level of all the entities that were subject to the documentation action, informing the PM's Control Body. At the same time, Prime-Minister's Control Body has recommended the establishment of a specialized control and management structure at the central level, as well as at the level of each ministry, with responsibilities for monitoring the procurements, respectively for implementing and using software products by all public administration structures. **** Synthesis of the Information Note on software products procurements performed by ministries and by the units under their subordination/coordination/authority, from January 1, 2011 to July 31, 2016 is entirely available on the Romanian Government' site at: 2016-12-05 12:37:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș cu ocazia Zilei Naționale a României Știri din 01.12.2016 09:28:00 anul acesta, rezidenții în medicină, medicină dentară și farmacie din România își pot alege repartizarea în orice spital din România în care sunt locuri sau posturi libereȘtiri din 30.11.2016 10:45:00ția contractelor de deszăpezire la nivel naționalȘtiri din 29.11.2016 14:37:00ă.jpgSalariul minim pentru 2017 și proiectul legii salarizării unitare, teme discutate în Consiliul Național TripartitȘtiri din 28.11.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos has attended the meeting of the National Tripartite Council On todays National Tripartite Council (CNT) meeting, the Government representatives have discussed with the social partners about the level of the minimum wage in 2017 and they have presented several amendments provided by the draft law on the unitary pay. The Government has requested the social partners, trade unions and employers to put forward over the next two weeks their proposals on the gross minimum wage guaranteed in payment for 2017, and by the end of the tenure, the Executive will establish the new minimum wage, according to legal provisions. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has conveyed to the social partners that for year 2017, the level of the minimum wage per economy will be established following negotiation between trade unions and employers, the same as during the previous years. As of next year, the level of the minimum wage is to be set whereby a mechanism of calculation on which a group of independent experts has been working. - I came up at this meeting without preconceived ideas. We are open to the social partners' proposals and we are today here to listen to your opinions, but also to continue to work together on a transparent mechanism meant to ensure predictibility in the evolution of the minimum wage, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. The Labor Minister Dragos Pislaru has stated that to establish the minimum wage, several steps are needed, the first being the centralisation of the proposals made by the trade union and employers confederations, and a new National Tripartite Council is to be later convened to reach a consensus. The Labor Minister has added that to secure the predictibility of the minimum wage per economy, Minister has conveyed to social partners a study on the evolution of the minimum gross wage, guaranteed in payment, in Romania, and an assessement of the economic and social impact of its enforcement. The study conducted by the National Institute of Scientific Research in the field of Labor and Social Protection includes analyzes and evaluation studies on the potential economic and social effects of the increase in the minimum gross salary guaranteed in payment. The study has a documentation character, having no impact on establishing the minimum wage in 2017. The results of the study are to be used in the second research phase to establish a transparent mechanism to set the minimum gross wage, guaranteed in payment, under the specific Country Regulations of the European Council of July 8, 2014 on Romania's National Reform Programme. The mechanism to establish the minimum guaranteed wage is established by a group of independent experts proposed by social partners, and it will be ready by the end of the year. This study offers a picture of the remunerated persons in Romania who receive the minimum wage and it outlines their degree of exposure to poverty risk. Also, the study proposes five scenarios on the increase of the minimum wage and the impact of the enforcement of each scenario on the economic environment. At present, the amount of the minimum gross wage per country guaranteed in payment is established based on the following elements: Article 3 of the International Labor Organisation no.131/ 1970 on establishing minimum wages, ratified by Romania, in 1975; Reducing the number of employees at poverty and social exclusion risk; The European Commission's recommendation on improving the share of the minimum wage in the average wage, so that the ratio between these two wages gets closer to 50 percent, as it is in the EU developped countries. The economic factors, including the economic development requirements, productivity and the interest in maintaing a high level of use of labor force. Thus, the minimum gross wage per country guaranteed in payment rose from 500 lei in 2008, to 1.250 as of May 1st, 2016, and its share in the gross average salary gain in Romania rose from 29, 8 percent as in 2008 to 46, 62 percent in 2016. A synthesis comprising the main conclusions of the study: The integral study can be consulted at : With respect to the draft law on the unitary pay, the Labor Minister Dragos Pislaru has stated that it is necessary to earmark 19, 5 billions lei until 2022 in order to resolve all wage inequities in the public system. The average increase of salaries paid from public funds will amount to 37, 3 percent correlated to the forecast economic growth, and the ratio between minimum and maximum wage will be reduced to 1/13. Also, the Minister has announced that the draft law further provides that the biggest wage will be that of President, but that the Prime Minister's wage will be reduced by 300 lei compared to the current level. The draft law provides for increments for hard to occupy vacancies (30 percent), such as those of doctor and IT specialist, to offset the situations in which personnel recruitment is difficult. Also, the document provides for granting performance increments in the limit of 5 percent of the budget. - With respect to the unitary pay law, I ask you a realist approach, so that we resolve the system inequities issue, and not affect wages in payment, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. The draft law is to be sent to social partners given the consultations to take place within the Labor Ministrys social dialogue committee. 2016-11-28 16:38:00 seriei de dezbateri „România Centenară – Reflecții despre trecut și viitor”Știri din 28.11.2016 16:00:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la Forumul Societății Civile din Europa Centrală și de EstȘtiri din 26.11.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the Central and Eastern European Civil Society Forum Dacian Ciolos: Thank you very much! First of all, I would like to thank the FDSC for organizing this event and its active involvement not only at national level but at European level too in promoting the civil society's involvement in supporting democracy. I am very happy to be here, alongside Karen Fogg who spent many years in Romania, in her capacity as representative of EU delegation and who supported our country in the EU accession process. At the same time, I rejoice to see an EU official so involved in civil society. I consider it a real asset for the civil society to know the opinions of a personality. If you allow me, I will continue my address in Romanian. First, I would start recalling the importance of the civil society's involvement, as we have spoken about the preparation of the accession process of some countries from Central and Eastern Europe, and I think it was a very good opportunity not only to involve society - in my opinion, not enough involved, by that time, in this process of preparing the accession of Central and Eastern Europe countries to EU, but it was also a very good moment to build the civil society in these countries, after the fall of communism, and a process which conferred sense to building democracy, beyond the institutional democracy. It gradually built the participatory democracy, which in my opinion, should be further built. As aforementioned, we undergo a peculiar period for the European Union, because, after a period of prosperity, growth, which allowed the EU enlargement, a massive one, from 15 to 28 member states currently, we have been faced with a phenomenon of populism which has increasingly gained ground. I think we should look in a very pragmatic and realist way at this phenomenon and not fall into this trap of negativism, and antagonizing society, because or due to this phenomenon. This populism trend which is popular not just in the European Union, but elsewhere too, in those parts of the world with a very consistent democratic history and which based their statal construction on the principles of democracy, nevertheless, this populist trendis growing there too. For this very reason, I think we should ask ourselves in a very pragmatic and realist way: where the roots of these populist trend are, and how we can address them, not to weaken democracy, but to strengthen the democratic process following this phenomenon. I would first note this gap between society and leadership, especially between society and political leadership which has deepened in recent years, this division which is exploited by some, building these populist trends. I could tell that we have not seen populist parties able to go beyond claiming negatively certain events. I have not seen such political constructions able to propose solutions to the problems they raise. The populism focuses a great deal of energy on explaining in a very simplistic way, what does not work, without proposing alternative solutions too. I think we should start from here when we tackle these populism related issues. Romania is not spared of this approach, although I would mention the fact that Romania is further one of the rarest countries of this region which has not populist or extremist parties in Parliament and I hope it will not be the case after these elections too. This does not mean that certain political parties do not use populist approaches especially in electoral campaigns. I can feel that at least, in Romania, they speculate on the differences of expectations between various social categories, on the part of state institutions, decision - makers. On the other hand, certain shortcomings in the reform of some institutions or state policies are being offset, the incapacity to carry through these reforms is offset in the populist speech with provoking fear, hatred, leading to manipulation afterwards. I would note that many times, this fear and hatred are being used against foreigners, making this parallel between us, home and there, overlooking the fact that some million Romanians are working abroad, have contact with people there, and integrate in their life what some politicians unfortunately speculate in a simplist way. Therefore, we have channels, instruments whereby we think we are able to combat such discourses and approaches, if we manage to overcome the simplist approach of things. In Europe, in the European Union, alike, we felt in recent years these populist trends growing and I understand many of you could feel it too, this is one of the reasons why you decided to tackle this topic today, I think in the European Union too, this populist trend grows on the gap created in recent years between the decisional leadership and society, from the incapacity to communicate certain decisions and to connect these decisions to realities, to society expectations, and even to some solutions which may emerge from society. On the other hand, the EU knew these years from 2004 onwards, a courageous enlargement process in which it extended from 15 to 28 member states, focusing especially on formal institutional accession process to the European Union, without enough attention to the integration process of the new enlarged EU. Surely, a EU with 28 member states, compared to a EU with 15 member states, should approach much more complex issues, not just in terms of their contents, but also in terms of decision - making, as EU addresses more people, of a much diversity, and this represents the EU wealth, this unity in diversity, only that this unity should address diversity in a very pragmatic and consistent way and we did not allot enough time and consistency to this integration process after the enlargement process, probably for objective reasons, as financial crisis appeared immediately after the completion of the enlargement process of 2008 -2009, which was followed by the economic crisis, with impact in some parts of the European Union. And we needed to focus on finding immediate solutions to such problems, followed by the problems related to terrorism, migration, to which we were not able to give enough consistent answers, owing to the fact that this post-accession consolidation was not enough consumed. When we were confronted with this nationalist and populist approach of problems which in my view should be resolved at European level, as I strongly believe that this is the solution and that the European Union is able to overcome these difficult moments too, and get more consolidated from this process, finding new solutions and new forms of participatory democracy, which are not enough consolidated in the institutional structuring that the EU currently experiences, and on the other hand, much honesty is needed from the member states regarding this construction - the European Union, which belongs to us, every member state, and this involves more honest assumption from the governmental leaders in the member states in this reconstruction process or process to upgrade the European construction in the period to come. I think not only due to Brexit, but also to this phenomenon that we know, the manner in which to be winner in this process consists in the capacity to innovate new forms of participatory democracy in the EU, which to bridge this gap between us, here and there. What can we do together, and saying so I am thinking about nongovernmental governments and organisations? I think that first of all, we need to develop even more the cooperation mechanisms between civil society and governmental institutions, to develop a dialogue based on common interest, and to better identify common interest in terms of governmental institutions in charge of implementing this programme for government further to elections, and on the other hand, the civil society that wants to make sure that the implementation of these programmes for government is not achieved in favor of some social categories and to the detriment of other social categories. Our dialogue needs to be based first on honesty and transparency and I think the way we can bridge this gap between society and leadership, the asumed leadership of this society resulted from the democratic process. I think the further credibility of the democratic process, of the election process consists in this capacity to tackle the relationship between governmental and nongovernmental structures, between government and society on honesty and transparency criteria. Open government is a much discussed topic at present, to me, it means transparency and honesty in the Government's relationship with various segments of society, therefore, a state more open for citizen in its decisions and actions, in the way it enforces public policies. I say this from this one - year in office experience, we need more partnerships on topics of general interestI think we must admit that in certain stages, structures of the civil society progressed more than certain state institutions in terms of performance, even the performance of implementing public policies, then, I think we should not avoid building these partnerships not only to consolidate transparency and dialogue between governmental and nongovernmental structures but also to have an infusion of experience which can be punctual on the part of civil society in governmental structures, which can be later extended by these government structures. I think we need such kind of partnership not just in policies related to social field or the environment protection and natural resources management, where civil society is very active at least in Romania in recent years, but also in the field of economy, social economy, education, healthcare and justice, and I would also remind local development because I think that in addition to the relationship between government and civil society organisations, we need a lot of more consistent participatory democracy at local level too, in the urban and rural environment. Surely, speaking here first of Romania, I would not confine myself only to Romania, as I lived the experience of this need in other parts of the EU. Therefore, I think that closer the EU civil society to local, more efficient it will be in the way of positively impacting public policies at government, national and European level. With this Cabinet, despite our brief tenure, we have tried to open certain gates towards this way of approaching issues, and I would first remind here as I could see it was mentioned here, the creation of this Ministry for public consultation and civic dialogue. It was very clear for me ever since outset, when the Cabinet was set up, that it is not enough to sign partnership agreements between Government and civil society, but we need to have a very clear governmental instrument whose main activities during the tenure was to ensure the connection with civil society, and to make sure that the government institutions, state institutions understand and integrate this need of cooperation with civil society. This was the role of Violeta Alexandru this year. It was a first experience for us all, a Ministry created from scratch, and which did not need a very thick structure to be efficient and I think we let a platform for the future Cabinet, which is beneficial for it, to the extent in which that future Cabinet would want to overcome the simplist and populist approach and use this instrument for complicate things - the bureaucracy cannot be but complicate, to be explained in a simple way. Simplifying bureaucracy, this is other role of this Ministry for civic dialogue, and other governmental institutions, including at the PM Chancellery's level. We invested time, energy and resources to simplify as much as possible things, to reduce bureaucracy and here, I am aware that it is but a beginning and we have a great deal of work to do for that. And to be successful in this process, as I know that other EU member states have a good experience, we need more digitization, computerisation in public administration and we began that process. Romania spent a lot of money in these recent years for various IT platforms, but unfortunately, recklessly many times, and now, we make efforts to use these various IT platforms, to interconnect them to attain results too, and simplify and streamline the relationship between state and citizen. We realized in this respect that it was not enough to rely only on government structures in this process, we need every now and then an infusion of new ideas, imagination and innovation, to come up from experienced people, and starting from this need, we set up the GovITHub platform, inviting the IT employees from start - ups or IT companies, software development field, to a fellowship at the Government, for six months, in which to help us develop certain applications, whereby to better connect public administration to the citizen's needs on very precise topics, some of them resulting from needs defined by the public administration, others from needs defined by citizens. 20 IT professionals are working for the Government. Meanwhile, some politicians dubbed them: social media workers for the Prime Minister. I would say they post for the audience at large, for citiezns certain information of public interest, and they create information channels for communication with the rest of the society. Around this 20 IT professionals, there are more than one hundred IT volunteers who work for free some hours per week, making their contribution to the development of these communication and connection instruments, between citizens and the state. I cannot conclude this brief summary of what we did this year, without reminding some elements related to transparency. I thank Minister Violeta for what she has achieved this year in terms of transparency. In addition to transparency of public spending, I think we have the most complete, and complex platform at European level, platform reflecting the way public money is being spent by all institutions using money from state budget. This platform should be further developped and used, but our intent was to fully render transparent the way the Government earmarks and spends public money whereby various institutions. We rendered transparent as much as the law allowed, the decision - making process at Government level. The Government's agenda is public. We are trying to publish documents which are to be adopted by Government there where they are prepared in terms of contents, even before the final decision is made in the Government. I would remind a fresh decision which needs to be consolidated, to be efficient, but it has the merit of existing already. It is about the Single Register for the transparency of interests, register which should be open at the level of each Minister, and which is about to register the various groups of interests or companies that are about to consult with the dignitaries. I would conclude with some ideas related to the development of civil society from my perspective, based on my various experiences these years, following work with civil society, which surely, by definition, was a voluntary action, more professional is that voluntary action, more trustworthy at the level of society, in relation to state institutions. I think that the civil society should not hesitate covering a larger array of actions, from sectoral expertise in public policies to actions in contact with various social needs, various needs of the various social categories. Speaking about local development, which seems essential to me. Involvement of civil society in local development cannot be but praiseworthy, and I have this experience in rural areas. The Local Action Groups which comprises in Romania too, increasingly civil society organisations, confer consistency to rural development policy. A better connection of civil society to business environment is beneficial for society, because I think that balancing the society's expectations can produce beyond the Government's intervention, and further to a better civic involvement of business environemnt, business environment organisations, and I think here, cooperation between the civil society and business environment can be very mutually beneficial, for both categories. I would conclude adding that my dream would be to se that whereby this more dynamic involvement of civil society in the society's expectations, we can build in Romania too a civic conscience of individual action performed in the community's interest. I think that for the Romanian society to grow mature and get consolidated, we need the assumption of this individual conscience, individual civic conscience, personal assumption of changes that we expect in society and the capacity to convey this individual assumption to collective projects. I want to thank you and wish you good luck in this process. 2016-11-26 13:37:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la Ședința festivă a Curții Constituționale prilejuită de împlinirea a150 de ani de la adoptarea Constituției din 1866 și a 25 de ani de la adoptarea Constituției din 1991Știri din 25.11.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the Festive Sitting of the Constitutional Court occasioned by the 150th anniversary of the 1866 Constitution and the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Constitution Dacian Ciolos: Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Your Beatitude, President of the Constitutional Court, Vice President of the Senate, ladies and gentlemen, The fundamental law, the Constitution is Romania's unwavering benchmark for 150 years, for the functioning of the rule of law, for the legal and political system. 150 years ago, Romania established by passing the fundamental law, the framework necessary for the functioning of state institutions, defining society's values, the rights, freedoms, and the fundamental obligations of the citizens. The independence of justice, as public service, and also of the judges as essential guarantees of a rule of law count among the most important principles deriving from Constitution. It is what we need to protect and secure through all our institutional or political actions. The Constitution defines and protects the rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens, which should underpin any public policy decision that the Government is considering. Let us not forget that we had one of the most democratic Constitutions in Europe, in 1866. Moreover, it was a first for the southern and eastern Europe, Romania being the first country in the region that adopted a Constitution. Therefore, the rule of law principles and the democratic benchmarks underpinned our emergence as state, they are imprinted on our national roots. Today's anniversary of the fundamental law has a double dimension, one related to the creation and consolidation of state, the other related to Romania's recreation in the post-Communist period, with an important common element: Romania's democratic path. The path was not a linear one - we lived both turbulent and construction times. We are dutybound to maintain this constant democratic track. The fundamental law gives us both the direction and balance. Romania is today a regional pillar of stability, democratic values and economic growth. We are living at a time when membership of EU, and NATO gives us the most ample security and prosperity guarantees we have ever had in our history. In turn, we are dutybound to continue in this respect, to turn these guarantees in concrete added value for the Romanian state and its citizens. We are on the threshold of a maturity test as state, we are preparing the centennial anniversary of Romania and soon after, the exercise for the first time, of the EU Council Presidency. For us to be able to confer a constructive dynamics to the European Union that we are member of, and to give up our passive role, Romania should prepare, have the capacity to coagulate the values in which it believes, to turn its vision into action. Preparation implies a general mobilization of the society, political environment in its entirety. We need vision, a country's project and the Constitutional levers necessary to its enforcement. We are preoccupied many times with overly criticizing each other, trapped in a non -constructive negativity, therefore, the good news consist of the fact that we have a very solid base. The post - December Romania's democratic system is settled, in its main lines. Our debates, different approches in society and political life are a normal expression of pluralism, they found a balanced response in the Constitutional Court's voice, institution that made a huge contribution in its capacity as guarantor of Constitutional order in these recent years. Therefore, we are in the fortunate situation as state, to be able to adjust a solid construction already, to make a fine adjustment so that under current circumstances, balance, mutual control and loyal collaboration among powers be efficient, and the fundamental rights and freedoms be effective. The current context is not an easy one. It is enough to look around, at the developments experienced by EU states and the Union as such. To do such an adjustment, to ensure the Constitutional levers required by the country's project implementation, we need a change of method, a change of the way we debate public topics. The fact that we have different views, stands, is an absolutely normal element of the democratic pluralism, but the democratic debate is not the one in which the majority view prevails over the minority one, in an exclusive way, the democratic debate is the one in which we listen to each other, not just hear each other, thus generating a common point of view, one enriched with the other's perspective. In 2018, Romania will celebrate the Great Union Centenary. 100 years brought about dramatic cycles, from totalitarism to democracy, from wars and profound crises to NATO and EU integration. For Romania to grow and develop, we need a thorough state reform. We need a thorough renewal of the political class, the principles that we assume, as society. This is the message whereby I would like to conclude. We need thorough debates, substantial ones, to generate an adjusted fundamental law, one to reflect institutionally our democratic lessons and experiences as state, and which as substance, to reflect the real consensus of the society on rights and freedoms that we all enjoy and deserve as citizens. Thank you ! 2016-11-25 13:00:00 la CNAS privind funcționarea sistemului informatic al cardului național de sănătateȘtiri din 24.11.2016 14:30:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la lansarea cărții "Mentalitatea Deschisă"Știri din 24.11.2016 12:27:00[7].jpgÎntrevedere a ministrului Muncii cu reprezentanții Sindicatului Pro LexȘtiri din 22.11.2016, Minister of Labor Dragoș Pislaru has met with a delegation of the - Pro Lex Trade Union to which local policemen are affiliated. The Ministry of Labor will conduct a comparative analysis on the terms and conditions of employment of local policemen from National Police too, to see the extent to which part of the Local Police personnel could be assimilated to National Police. Minister Dragos Pislaru has requested the - Pro Lex representatives to contribute to this analysis in order to substantiate in perspective, a draft legislative act which may regulate the issue signalled by the local policemen. The trade union representatives have agreed to the Labor Minister's proposal to continue discussions on this topic. 2016-11-22 15:13:00 digitale cu impact național, dezvoltate de GovITHubȘtiri din 22.11.2016 less than two months since the start of the programme GovITHub, the 20 selected scholarship beneficiaries, with the support of other volunteer specialists, have started off and developed projects with important impact in fields such as: healthcare, social economy, European funds, online payments, auto field. Currently, 10 projects are being intensively developed, the scholarship beneficiaries and the volunteers working along representatives of public institutions where the IT solutions will be implemented. Other 20 projects in addition to the aforementioned ones, are about to be developed. Each GovITHub scholarship beneficiary has more than 10-year experience in the field, in world class companies, in start - ups, social affairs incubators and accelerators which they founded and developed into successful organisations.They have expertise in consulting and software development for companies in the telecommunications, oil, banking, retail sector, advertising agencies, they also gained work experience in USA, France, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Romania. Their knowledge combines project management with technical skills in the areas of system architecture and software development, information security, artificial intelligence and machine learning, UX / UI (user experience and user interface), data visualization and data mining and they co- founded social affairs incubators and accelerators. All GovITHub projects are developed in Open Source regime, which means that anybody can see and upgrade them. Thus, we ensure full transparency to the GovITHub activity and we allow any subsequent public improvements or changes to these solutions, in open regime - system which eliminates the non-transparent public procurement practice and at the same time, the risk for the state to be captive of certain technologies. You may find below some examples of projects with national impact about to be implemented through GovITHub:, main source of data for anyone interested in finding out comprehensive and reliable information about essential vaccinations; The Social Enterprise Register, an information system of the single electronic register type which allows recording, integration and analysis of all social enterprises related data; The Digital Platform for Petitions, a ticketing system that can track the status of a petition filed by a Romanian citizen to state institutions; Developing new modules for MySMIS, national platform for managing EU funds, with a view to notifying fraud before it happens; Improving the services provided by via re-design in terms of interface, usability and accessibility to increase the effectiveness of the platform; Auto record, a mobile application whereby citizens can check the service and accident history of a vehicle before buying it; R.A.D.A.R (Representation and Analysis of Agreggate Data from Romania) platform that allows citizens to visualize data owned by state at the level of Administrative Units and to correlate or analyze them; Mobile Virtual Private Space, mobile application that will give citizens the opportunity to trade directly on phone in relation to ANAF, simplifying the process and increasing the number of electronic transactions;, platform for aggregating all legislative documents in public consultation which will enable the electronic submission of proposals. Only the aforementioned projects required over 1200 hours of work from 11 scholarship beneficiaries and over 30 volunteers. GovITHub community comprises 20 scholarship beneficiaries, over 300 volunteers and over 1,000 supporters. The GovITHub activity as well as the projects under implementation can be transparently tracked on Slack:, GitHub:, Facebook:, Linkedin: and Twitter: Additional information: Other projects under implementation through GovITHub: and Profile of GovITHub Council and GovITHub scholarship beneficiaries: Press releases and media appearances: Blogs and news about GovITHub: 2016-11-22 10:56:00 peste 30 de dezbateri publice în pregătirea Președinției române a Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 21.11.2016 more than 30 public debates in preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union The Prime Minister's Chancellery is launching a series of public debates on Romania's priority themes and policies in preparation for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in 2019. The debates' conclusions will substantially contribute to defining the priorities that Romania will propose for its term of President of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. The proposals will be subsequently discussed with Finland and Croatia, with a view to defining the priorities of this trio's joint programme. The first event will take place on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and is dedicated to the digital sector. The series of debates will end on July 2017. In addition to thematic debates, there are also a series of specific briefing events dedicated to explaining opportunities and challenges posed by the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to various target groups: pre-university and university education, business environment, employers, trade unions, civil society. The governmental institutions and the civil society organisations, the academic environment, the business environment, as well as any of the interested entities are invited to organize additional public debates in their areas of activity, in order to contribute to discussing and identifying national priorities that Romania can promote at European level. The series of debates is a follow - up to the event which took place on October 24, this year, dedicated to the process of preparation of Romania's future presidency of the EU Council, and which was attended by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and other Romanian officials with relevant activity at European level. Prime Minister's speech at October 24 event can be viewed here: and page=5. List of events proposed to be organized within the public debate campaign on the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council - Semester I, 2019 DATE EVENT ORGANIZER November 2016 Bridging the Digital Divide, a prerequisite for attaining the Digital Single Market's objectives European Institute of Romania November 2016 EUs Eastern neighborhood / Eastern Partnership - perspectives and interests Romanian Diplomatic Institute December 2016 - The Children's Europe-Romania holding the EU Council Presidency Infoeuropa Center December 2016 Debate on the economy: The competitiveness of the European economy and the role of SMEs in boosting economic growth and employment in the EU European Institute of Romania January 2017 The EU Strategy for the Danube Region: Challenges and ways to foster cooperation in the region European Institute of Romania January 2017 EU enlargement and the Western Balkans - stakes and opportunities Romanian Diplomatic Institute January 2017 The anniversary Conference -10 years since Romania's joining the EU (RO # 10 @ EU) - The perspective of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council European Institute of Romania February 2017 - The Children's Europe. Romania holding the Presidency of the EU Council Infoeuropa Center February 2017 EU Council Presidency - opportunities and challenges. Dialogue with trade unions Infoeuropa Center February 2017 The EU's energy security. The role of regional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Black Sea area European Institute of Romania February 2017 Culture and sports - vectors of integration European Institute of Romania February 2017 The EU Council Presidency - opportunities and challenges. Dialogue with the business sector and the employers Infoeuropa Center February 2017 The Paris Agreement: landmark in the fight against climate change in Europe and globally European Institute of Romania February 2017 Central Asia - developments on EU Strategy implementation Romanian Diplomatic Institute March 2017 - The Children's Europe. Romania holding the EU Council Presidency Infoeuropa Center March 2017 Economic and social convergence objective for the future European project European Institute of Romania March 2017 The EU Council Presidency- opportunities and challenges. Dialogue with the university milieu Infoeuropa Center March 2017 The post -2020 multiannual financial framework - a response for the EU future European Institute of Romania March 2017 The Black Sea Region - perspectives and priorities in the Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy Romanian Diplomatic Institute April 2017 Innovative transport networks to increase mobility in the internal market European Institute of Romania April 2017 Challenges to free movement on the labor market in the EU European Institute of Romania April 2017 Strengthening transatlantic relationship - expectations and perspectives Romanian Diplomatic Institute May 2017 The Children's Europe. Romania holding the EU Council Presidency Infoeuropa Center May 2017 Public diplomacy and strategic communication priorities Romanian Diplomatic Institute May 2017 The EU Council Presidency - opportunities and challenges. Dialogue with civil society Infoeuropa Center May 2017 Unlocking the potential of research and innovation at European level European Institute of Romania May 2017 The EU- Republic of Moldova relations; developments and p Romanian Diplomatic Institute May 2017 Consumer protection - an essential element in achieving an in more depth and fair internal market European Institute of Romania June 2017 - The Children's Europe. Romania holding the EU Council Presidency Infoeuropa Center June 2017 The international cooperation policy for development and humanitarian assistance - priorities and developments European Institute of Romania June 2017 Reducing health inequalities in the EU European Institute of Romania June 2017 Migration - major challenge for EU European Institute of Romania July 2017 Sustainable development and CAP reform European Institute of Romania July 2017 The EU trade policy: challenges and priorities European Institute of Romania 2016-11-21 14:21:00ții privind amendamentele transmise de Guvern Parlamentului la proiectul de Lege pentru aprobarea OUG privind achiziționarea Cumințeniei PământuluiȘtiri din 18.11.2016 17:45:00 Dacian Cioloș a efectuat o vizită de lucru în județul Iași Știri din 18.11.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos has presented today at Iasi, to local authorities of Iasi and Vaslui counties, the mechanism of technical assistance dedicated to less developed areas of Romania. The main topics addressed on this occasion aimed at the Integrate Economic Development and the National Anti-Poverty Package. - The Government Technical Assistance Unit for marginalized communities from Moldova (Vaslui - Iasi), Valea Jiului and Rosia Montana - Apuseni will help local communities to prepare projects on European funds or on national programs, which will be tackled preferentially when funding is decided. Support will be provided to prepare projects and get the approvals. The respective projects will be preferentially tackled, upon the selection of projects from European funds or of the programmes financed from national budget funds. At the same time, regarding the state aid programme for small, medium investment, that state aid scheme that we prepare for the 2017-2020, for investments of minimum EUR 1 million and up to EUR 5 million, therefore, intended for medium sized investments, for that state aid scheme, we will have dedicated allocations, specific for the three regions, nearly EUR 5 million per year for Vaslui - Iasi region to be earmarked from the total amount. Therefore, a state aid to be granted to companies that decided to make private investments here. This does not mean that other money cannot be invested too, but these amounts are dedicated to stimulate private companies to come and invest here in this region, in addition to European funds and funds from programmes financed from the state budget, such as the National Programme of Local Development, where projects coming from here and to be prepared here, and on whose preparation we will contribute too, through technical assistance, will be preferrably financed Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos wants the promotion of UGAT, organized structure at the PM Chancellery level, that will support the three pilot areas of intervention, less developed from the economic-social standpoint, in accessing and implementing some integrate programmes from European funds and national budget. During the meeting with local and county authorities of Iasi and Vaslui counties, the Head of the Executive presented the Government Technical Assistance Unit for marginalized communities from Moldova (Vaslui-Iasi), Valea Jiului and Rosia Montana - Muntii Apuseni. The objective of this unit are the projects of integrate development in the those areas. With respect to Moldova, the Government's action focuses on reducing poverty by supporting some strategic projects of infrastructure and social services. These measures aim at improving access to education and healthcare for the inhabitants of the area, starting off procedures to build the Regional Hospital of Iasi, speeding up the contraction of services for water infrastructure in Vaslui county, and technical preparation of works to Targu Mures - Targu Neamt - Iasi - Ungheni highway. The Head of the Executive was accompanied to Iasi by Vice Prime Minister Vasile Dincu, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration, Dragos Pislaru, Minister of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly, Dragos Dinu, Minister of European Funds, and the State Adviser Ionel Danca, coordinator of the Technical Assistance Governmental Unit (UGAT), and Maria Gheorghiu, State Adviser on social inclusion issues. 2016-11-18 15:57:00 Guvernului Cioloș la un an de guvernareȘtiri din 17.11.2016 Ciolos Cabinet presents a report today after one year in office, outlining the most important measures adopted since taking office. - The main objective of this Cabinet was to secure the country's political and economic stability. Ever since this Cabinet took this exceptional office, it became obvious that society had increasingly greater expectations from this politically independent Cabinet. Legitimate expectations, normal in a modern, European society: a government that does not lie, it is not corrupt, a government that does not adopt public policies for populist reasons, a government that serves solely the public interest. From the very outset, it became obvious that whereby all our actions, we need to make our contribution to regaining people's trust in state institutions, by rendering transparent the state institutions, reopening the government towards society, dialogue. This is why we put integrity, transparency and honesty at the core of our tenure. Surely, we made mistakes too - I assumed and corrected them. There were some projects which were not succesful, or less successful than we expected, projects for which we would have needed more political support or simply, much time. I invite you to skim through this one - year activity report. An extraordinary year, a year in which we started showing that Romania can administrate the public interest in a different way, in an honest and responsible manner, with care for people and the country's resources, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. The report is structured around the following priority themes: A responsible government Active measures for employment and job creation A prosperous society is educated and healthy Concrete measures following the Colectiv tragedy Economic development and increase in investors' confidence in Romania More funds and easier access for farmers European support for national economy Protecting forests, environment and encouraging green economy Romania - pro-active partner in EU and NATO The report can be viewed at: : 2016-11-17 17:45:00 Dacian Cioloș a susținut o conferință de presă comună cu reprezentanți ai Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 17.11.2016 Ciolos: Good afternoon! I am glad to have this opportunity after one year -collaboration with the Coalition for Romania's Development, to draw some conclusions. It was a constant dialogue which helped us a lot, at least on our part, the Government, to be able to acknowledge certain expectations, ideas, proposals from the business sector, in connection with the Government's policies. We could amend certain legislative proposals following this dialogue, it helped a lot to Government decisions' predictibility because, on the one hand, the Government could get direct feedback from the business sector, and the business sector had the possibility to know in time what the Government prepares in terms of ideas and contents. Therefore, it was a constant and useful dialogue, I realized during these months of cooperation that too many topics related to economic, tax policies of the Government, the business sector objectives were in accordance with those of the government and even if we did not agree on all the topics, we managed to harmonize our positions and at least to better understand our views and I think that this is the essential element in a partnership, even if you do not agree on all topics, but at least, you may listen to the other's arguments. I would like to give you some examples and some topics that turned into Government's decisions, and resulted in this dialogue we had with the Coalition for Romania's Development. First of all, we upgraded the legislation for corporate governance, in other words, for state companies' management. Why is it important the quality of state companies' management for private business sector? These state companies are acting in the same economic environment as private companies, then, the predictibility and the quality of the state companies' actions have a positive impact on the business sector, including on the private business sector. On the other hand, a large share of these state companies even if they are with state majority capital, some of them are listed on the Stock Exchange and they have private capital too, then the quality of these companies' management can impact positively or negatively according to the quality of this management, on the economic performance of these companies. Therefore, we had the opportunity to change ideas, views on the legislation we put forward, and which we started implementing as there are now several dozens companies with state capital, important companies whose management is recruited based on this legislation and this recruitment process is underway. Furthermore, this year, we have worked a lot on other expectation of the business environment, related to vocational training and qualification. One of the big problems of the private business environment in Roamnia, beyond the infrastructure related issues, is access to qualified labor force. I had signals ever since the beginning that the private sector is ready to get involved including financially, whereby financial support, to boost the quality of vocational training, but laws were required in order to allow this partnership between the business environment, and the state vocational educational system. After months of joint work, we managed in this very week, to pass this legislation which is a first step in creating the legislative and institutional framework for this dual vocational educational system, which implies a direct involvement of private companies - the beneficiaries of this educational system- in vocational training, in training the future specialists. In fact, we reintroduced the vocational education on other bases, for Romania had a vocational education, which only aimed at pupils from the ninth grade upward, and a quality vocational training implies involvement in such dual training programmes since the ninth grade, and the legislation we have recently adopted allows this. Other legislative adjustments would allow us to cover all the array of vocational training, from the qualified workers up to highly qualified technicians. We already took the first step, not just in terms of legislation, to create the functioning framework for this type of education, but we came up with tax incentives in the decision which was taken, to amend the Tax Code, whereby we introduce the possibility to deduct investments that the private companies make in vocational education and dual vocational education. Therefore, we have now the legislative framework and the financial incentive, for the private sector and companies to get involved directly in supporting this educational system. Other objective of this cooperation with the Coalition for Romania's Development and the business sector in general, was to come up with simplification measures, measures to reduce the red tape, both through simplification measures introduced in the Tax Code, and other related laws. We came up here with incentives which I would like to remind. First of all, the possibility of eliminating the income tax for those working in research, development and innovation. Other important element for companies wanting to upgrade their performance, appealing to this kind of specialists. Then, we extended for indefinite period, the tax exemption for reinvested profit in the IT sector, a sector which benefited of this measure a lot, it was taken temporarily in the past. We extended it indefinitely. We reduced bureaucracy for companies, by simplification of some registration forms, especially those for VAT. I know that from this point of view, the business sector has still simplification expectations and we continue these discussions, and try to find a balance between the need of information of tax authorities on the one hand, and the possibility for private companies to collect this information, in a less bureaucratic possible way. I would remind tax benefits in the relationship between legal entities and the state, by shifting this relationship from the counter to online environment, whereby the possibility to submit as many direct reporting forms as possible in online. For the agriculture sector, I would remind only two measures with major impact over the next period, as in agriculture, beyond the subsidies to be granted in agriculture, this bureaucratic side impacts a lot the introduction on the market of the agricultural products, and coming to surface of the agricultural output. I would remind here first of all, decrease in VAT for agricultural works, for agricultural services and for agricultural inputs, from 20 percent to 9 percent VAT, and secondly, a measure we took this very week, with amendment of the Tax Code, a simplified VAT mechanism for farmers, natural persons, self-employed persons, or family farms. In other words, these categories of farmers can opt for the payment of normal VAT, therefore, for enrolling in a normal VAT regime, or they can opt for this simplified mechanism implying a zero VAT. In other words, they will not deduct the VAT. Therefore, they will be exempted from all this bureaucracy and this VAT registration. Given the fact that these farmers buy nevertheless with a VAT included in the price, certain inputs, even if that VAT is smaller than 9 percent, the Finance Ministry is preparing now a mechanism whereby these farmers can recover this sum or this additional expenditure, whereby the fact that they purchase certain inputs with a price including also the VAT. In other words, these farmers not only will not invoice the VAT, they will not deduct or invoice the VAT but upon selling their products, at normal price, they can add a certain percent, which will allow them to recover the additional spending. The client, the one buying the respective products from the farmer are economic agents paying the VAT, they will recover that difference from the state in the VAT reimbursement mechanisms. Therefore, it is a mechanism that I know all farmers were waiting for, lately, we sought solutions compliant with European legislation to make things simpler for the farmer, and I identified in the end this mechanism which will take effect over the next period. As conclusion, this mechanism of cooperation with the Coalition for Romania's Development was very useful for the Government and hopefully, for the business sector, and I think it is a good example of continuity too, because these consultations started ever since the previous government, and we continued them, and I dare to say that we improved it by the working manner and hopefully, this consultation becomes a habit for all Governments over the next period. I want to thank our collaborators from the business sector for our cooperation(...) 2016-11-17 16:35:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la evenimentul de lansare a analizei OECD cu privire la 5 domenii cheie ale guvernanței publice și reformei administrative în RomâniaȘtiri din 17.11.2016 find attached the OECD report on the five key areas of public governance and administrative reform in Romania. Address by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the launch of the OECD analysis regarding five key areas of public governance and administrative reform in Romania Dacian Ciolos: Good afternoon! I will start reminding you the fact that, perhaps, coincidence makes that today's meeting takes place on the same day when we mark one year since the investiture of this Cabinet and I think the opportunity to discuss about the way things have evolved this year or the way we have managed to turn to good account the activity performed to reform the administration and boost the late performance of public administration, is a fortunate coincidence, and this is why I would refer in my introductory remarks first to this year's Cabinet activity, surely, alluding to today's agenda topics. I remind you the main objective of this Cabinet, announced from the very beginning, to secure first the political stability, economic and social stability of the country, given the fact that it is the last year of the current Parliament's tenure, and therefore, the main objective we undertook was to make sure that in this electoral year, traditionally turbulent, we manage to turn to good account the growth potential Romania has economically, and socially. At the same time, we should remind the fact that, upon the investiture of this Cabinet, the society's expectations were very big, and we were aware of the fact that these expectations went beyond what could be done in one- year time, and what a Cabinet can do in such a brief mandate, and I realized that beyond our social and economic objectives, the investments ones, the Romanian society greatly needed along with the state structures, to restore confidence, the confidence in an honest government, transparent, professional and efficient one. This is why, I laid at the foundation of this tenure, beyond any social and economic objectives, values such as: integrity, transparency, honesty in the way of approaching things. Surely, we focused our attention on some topics which demanded quick decisions beyond the fact that this Cabinet had a brief tenure, it was an independent Cabinet, with political approaches in Parliament, adjusted to this pre-electoral period. We placed education and healthcare among this Cabinet's priorities and concerns, trying to treat first symptoms which were clearly obvious in society, and which relied on all these elements related to lack of confidence in education and healthcare. This is why we approached here, in education, especially, the issue of confidence in the scientific value of research and the way education is being done, but, at the same time, I also approched the issue related to school dropout, reducing the dropout and creating the opportunities, conditions for a larger share of young people to have access to school. Alike, in the healthcare sector, we focused on the quality of the medical act, having at the core both the people, first of all, the professionals, doctors and on the other hand, the patients, starting a process of strategic thinking of investments required by the healthcare system. In addition to education and healthcare, we managed to unblock the infarstructure related projects, we focused on social policies trying to change the way of approaching them, from passive measures of social welfare to labor market active integration measures, and measures designed to stimulate job creation and the access of persons from disadvantaged areas to these jobs. Surely, not all things went well over this period, we also made mistakes, shortcomings that I tried to correct them as soon as we could notice them, because I think that only this way, can we progress, acknowledging the fact that we cannot have perfect approaches, but that on the other hand, at any level, when a mistake is noticed, it can be acknowledged and corrected and I think that we can regain in this way the people's confidence in state institutions. Then, when progress means knowledge accumulation, and acknowledgement of mistakes, and correction of these errors without persisting in them, this correction of state performance starts first of all by the manner we can boost the public administration performance. This topic in addition to others to be debated today is at the core of our attention, because beyond a transparent approach of the use of resources, the people you are working with, and you need to enforce public policies with, are very important. This is why, this year, first of all, regarding the state and public administration workings, transparency was at the core of our attention. I wanted first of all to know where we start off from, and for the society to know where we start off, when speaking about the increase of state performance, increase in the performance of the use of resources and we focused lots of energy on this transparency process, both on the decision - making process and the use of resources. I would remind here the fact that we launched this year the biggest budgetary transparency platform in the EU currently, so that we turned this budgetary transparency platform both in an instrument to inform the taxpayer regarding the way public money is being spent, as all institutions with access to state budget are part of this platform, and are obliged to publish information related to the way this money is allocated and spent, but this platform is also an instrument which can become in time a very important one in the decision making process on resource allocation, and especially in terms of evaluating the efficiency of the use of resources. We achieved transparency, publishing all information available related to the way European funds were published during 2007 - 2013. We rendered this process transparent given that it has its importance in regaing the citizens' confidence in public money spending, but alike, here, it can be a way to draw lessons related to the efficiency of these funds spending. We enforced the principle of transparency in the Government's decision - making process. I think it is for the first time when we made a rule, transparency in the measures taken by the Government in preparing the legislative documents and the Government's agenda, as we tried to act so we can launch in public debate even the emergency ordinances which, by definition, as it is about legislative acts which should be quickly decided, people found out of them after they were made in the Government, I tried even if it was about some days, a week of public transparency, that people know what we prepare, before making those decisions in the Government. I have to acknolwedge the fact that this helped us because many times, the reactions we got from professional environments helped us to improve certain components of these legislative documents. I would remind here, about a premise at least in this part of Europe, we rendered operational the Single Register of the Interest Transparency. It is a register that encompasses all contacts, meetings between dignitaries and groups of interest as it is normal to have consultations with professional environments, various groups of interest in society, interests which should be transparent, and clear and objectively defined, and these relations between decision - makers at the Government level, and these professional environments are ought to exist, but they also ought to be transparent, because each should assume this consultation relationship. It is an instrument that we drafted, we started to enforce and which, to prove its efficiency, surely needs to be upgraded, but to me, it seems an essential element in regaining the trust in the relationship between citizen and public institutions, especially between citizen and government. Beyond transparency, an essential element in streamlining the administration is cutting red tape - both in the relationship between state, public institutions and citizen and in the relationship between the state and the business sector because cutting red tape entails in my view, a positive impact both on the efficiency of the decision - making process when things are clearer and simpler and a reduction of the costs of administration and thus, by cutting on the red tape, we can also turn the state into an agent of development too, including in the relation with the economic factor. Meeting with business sector in Romania revealed the fact that simplification of the administrative process and predictibility of the decision - making process are the main elements of confidence and the main elements which can increase the confidence of the business environment in state and in investing in Romania, surely, beyond other aspects related to tax policies, professional training. We initiated an ample process of cutting red tape at legislative and administrative level. I need to say it openly that it is just a beginning, it cannot be done in one year time, it cannot be simplified, we cannot eliminate complexities accumulated in more than 20 years of lack of coherence in this type of approaching issues. In my view, an essential element in the reform of administration is this process of simpification and de-bureaucratisation which should be done smartly, for it not to generate more damage than positive effects. I insist on this aspect of smart de-bureacratisation and simplification, as one may eliminate several administrative procedures starting from the premise that they must be eliminated, unless one analyzes the time or manner of enforcing it, one may risk doing it on the good working of an institution, on short term, generating more negative effects than positive ones. When I am thinking of positive effects, I am not thinking of votes or public perception arising from such decision - making process, but first of the good working of the administration and state which ultimately impact the citizen, as final recipient of such decisions. Beyond these aspects related to cutting red tape, I think that irrespective of the next Cabinet and majority, if it wants to enforce an efficient programme for government, it necessarily needs in my view to start a process of reforming public administration, clear measures to boost the efficiency of public administration. Increased transparency, cutting red tape, simplification are solely premises of this process required by public administration. The public administration requires not just the political class coming up with a programme for government, as public administration requires regaining public trust. The long - term citizen interest means the same as in the economic environment, predictibility first of all. Public administration requires predictibility. Public administration's employees and high - ranking employees, in order to work efficiently, in addition to their professionalism, requires predictibility related to career in administration, recruitment process, measuring their performance, clear indicators, objectives to evaluate their performance. I think that more than anything, public administration needs predictibility and lack of arbitrariness in the decision - making and in the way certain decisions are being judged. Therefore, resetting the administrative body on professionalism and competence criteria is required, we noticed that in the first months in office, and this is why, we set as objective the start of this process. In the first months, we worked on such a reform package, starting from the identification of elements which need reform and we even prepared a public debate with proposals of some reform ideas. Unfortunately, we noticed that, in the absence of the political desire to approach this issue directly, probably in a pre-electoral year, in a context of a relationship between Parliament and an independent Parliament, without a clearly defined majority and clearly undertaken objectives from this point of view. Unfortunately, we noticed following this public debate that we wanted to launch, the lack of will to approach directly these issues. Then, without proving solely courage in this reform process, without the deep belief, certitude that we can root this reform process, we addressed issues strategically, we reactivated certain analyses which, with financial aid from some international institutions, both the World Bank and the OECD, there has been worked on strategies strating from the analysis of the administration workings, stratefies to underline this reform process, and we carried through these strategies. I mention here the strategy on public office, the strategy on professional training in administration - I am sure that the Vice Prime Minister Dancu will deepen more such issues - based on analyses conducted in recent years on the administration workings, and which can lay at the foundation of the administration reform process, legislative amendment which can take place over the next period. Here, the administration reform requires a coherent and unitary system based on performance, competence and transperncy, to offer career predictibility to civil servants, more clarity in the decision - making process, a clarification of the relationship between public administration and the political sector is needed, therefore, the political and the administrative levels, as we need predictibility in this decision - making process, clarity, removal of arbitrariness and ad-hoc decisions which are taken and affect the efficiency of administration. To this end, we need a system of recruitment and promotion based on professionalism and performance, irrespective of the level up to which the political factor gets involved in this recruitment process. I think these elements should lay at the basis of an administrative reform. Once again, I think that irrespective of who will be in office, this process should start with the clarification of this process in order to rely on a public performing and predictible administration. In addition to the administration workings, we came up with several measures in the budgetary process predictibility, in a coherent approach of budgetary allocations, correlated with priorities to be established in public policies. We need here the elimination of arbitrariness and the ad-hoc decisions to get the efficiency of public money investment in public policies. We started here to build a process of tracking the implementation of these priorities, once decisions taken regarding the budgetary allocation process, correlated as I said, with budgetary spending transparency. We worked at the same time on orienting the digital agenda towards the good working of public administration and especially streamlining the decision - making process, and the simplification and de-bureaucratisation process. Here, the great challenge which further remains is securing the interoperability of various IT platforms, which are available to public administration. There has been invested a lot in the computerisation of the administrative process, but, unfortunately, with not enough coherence and strategic thinking. The challenge now is to bring coherence and strategic approach both in using the current platforms, and the investments to be made in the next period, in implementing the digital agenda. I would remind here some steps that we tool. First of all, ensuing a coordination at Government level of this IT approach by creating a post of coordinator for the information technology, but also procedural calrifications regarding the use of these platforms. We mobilized resources from outside the Government on short term to finds ways and applications to better capitalize on these current IT platforms. I remind you our decision to create this platform GOV IT HUB which mobilizes external resources and competences, from private sector, which, on short term, average term, are put at the Government's disposal, so that whereby various applications, we can streamline and increase the performance of these investments which were made in the IT platforms. As a conclusion, I would say few words regarding open governance that we wanted to tackle, because, beyond the need of the administration and the decision - making factor to have contact with the citizen, the beneficiary of this decision - making process, this way of openly approach the government, surely boosts the citizen's trust in the way the decisions are being made. I think that whereby these measures we took, we laid the bases that in the future, beyond the efficiency of governance, we can measure the degree of confidence of the citizen in the government. Thank you. I am sure that today's discussions will contribute to boosting the efficiency of the decisios and future actions. I would like to thank our OECD partners for the support they granted tyese years for Romania to be able to turn to good account the lessons learnt from this process of transition it underwent in these recent years. I am sure that once an OECD member, which I want my country to become over the next period, Romania can make its contribution to sharing this experience with the other OECD member states. Thank you. 2016-11-17 09:30:00 de presă referitor la cel de-al doilea tur al alegerilor prezidențiale din Republica MoldovaȘtiri din 14.11.2016 significant turnout of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova in the second round of the presidential election first reflects their will to contribute to the democratic consolidation of their country and, at the same time, it strengthens the responsibility of the political decision-makers in meeting in a balanced manner the legitimate expectations of all citizens of the Republic of Moldova. Further to the preliminary results and the conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR observers, the European Parliament, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Council of Europe, who participated in monitoring the elections, Romanian Government voices hopes that the Republic of Moldova's fundamental institutions will collaborate to secure the political stability of the country, for the continuation of the reform agenda and the modernisation process, designed to support the European course of the Republic of Moldova and have a positive impact on peoples lives. The Government of Romania remains committed to continuing the special relations that Romania has with the Republic of Moldova, based on historic affinities and common roots and on the grounds of sharing the values of democracy and rule of law. 2016-11-14 17:56:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la evenimentul "Topul Național al Firmelor"Știri din 11.11.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the Companies' National Ranking Gala 2016 Dacian Ciolos: Good evening, President of Romania, Ministers, Cabinet Members, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Romanias economy has been evolving well over the past few years if we look at the figures. I am thinking first here about economic growth, and not so much about this year's figures, but about the good trend of economic growth, of GDP growth in recent years. In these corcumstances, the questions a responsible Government must ask and find an answer to would be in the first place how to ensure the necessary predictability for the private sector to continue investments in development and for this trend to continue. I dont believe it is the case to brag about figures from one year to another if we dont see these figures in a positive evolution, and secondly, how we turn this economic growth in welfare and in the increase in the living standards in Romania. I dont believe that the fact that we have this good economic growth figure on paper entitles us to increase spending the next day, especially to increase expenses that dont necessarily lead to a consolidation of this economic growth. Therefore, I think the Government's role, inter alia, and of the stakeholders should be that of finding the best intruments for this growth to be consolidated first and foremost, for it to be turned into welfare, by a series of mechanisms. (...) A priority that we have set since the beginning of our term of office, and following consultations with you, with business environment representatives, was securing predictibility. Predictibility has been much tackled this evening and I think this is natural. I think this predictibility is even more important than the invested capital. We made amendments to the Tax Code only to simplify or clarify certain issues, following the dialogue with the business sector or to correct some badly formulated provisions. We are making efforts to maintain the predictibility including now, in this period prior to the electoral campaign, when legislative documents without an impact study are very fast adopted, they do not go through a natural process of public consultation, and which cannot support the economic development on medium and long term, exactly because of the unexpected way these decisions are made. Other issue requested by the business sector and even by Romanian citizens, is reducing bureaucracy so that enforcing legislative documents and tax policies with respect to business environment does not entail useless administrative tasks. We have taken some few important steps in this respect too, not many, just few, as I assure you we still have a lot to do in this respect. The administration in Romania was very productive in this period, in these recent years, in producing bureaucracy. This process should continue in a structured way, in order not to do more evil than good cutting down fees with an ax or scythe. You know how it is, when you scythe, you cut hay and weeds, but you can also cut useful things as well. Therefore, even debureaucratisation should be done in a structured and well-thought way, planned on an average term . With respect to decision-making transparency, we have already launched a package of simplification and de-bureaucratisation but also some punctual facilities aiming at mainly business environment. It is a package that has been elaborated following discussions with representatives of companies in the economic environment. I will give you just two examples and I will let you discover the other measures we put forward. First of all, we propose to extend indefinitely the period to enforce the tax - exemption for reinvested profit irrespective of its impact on the budget, we consider it is good for businesspeople themselves to decide in what field they invest this proit and therefore, to extend this incentive exatcly to pursue this idea of predictibility. We propose to grant incentives to companies interested in professional training programs. Alongside infrastructure, one of the problems systematically encountered in these recent years is the lack of skillful labor force in Romania, and we consider that beyond what the state can do, surely we need the direct involvement of the business sector in bosoting the quality of professional training. This is why we decided to deduct the companies' spending with theoretical and practical training of pupils and students and other categories of persons who are pursuing any form of training in an institutionalized framework. Beyond this, this year, we extended the tax incentives for individuals and corporates who perform research - development, and technological development activities. We need to develop a competitive economic sector to generate added value, capitalizing on the knowledge and the new technologies. I think in this way, we can speak about an industrialisation or re-industrialisation of Romania, starting at the same time from capitalizing on this competence we have in Romania and which unfortunately, we export it too cheap in these recent years. We therefore wanted that whereby these tax incentives, we encourage researchers remain in Romania and work with the business sector to generate added value here, in Romania. The economic growth should translate into jobs in order to be sustainable at social level, this is why, on December 1, a package of measures will become effective, they are designed to encourage social mobility, and the geographical one: to encourage therefore people from vulnerable groups to get employed, not to remain captive in a system of benefits, that keeps them in a certain degree of poverty. I think it is a measure that may contribute to bridging the gap between the two Romanians, the one based first on social welfare which unfortunately encourages a passive lifestyle, from this point of view of professional activity. Therefore, we reach out to unemployed and employers by a system of financial incentives. To give you just an example, we have more than 400.000 young people between 16 and 24 years who do not pursue any form of education or professional training and who have no jobs currently. I want to remind you the fact that unemployment among young people exceeds 20 percent. Measures are thought on two levels, to connect the social area and the employment one. First, there are measures to encourage employment. Measures address all persons in search of a jobbut especially the long term unemployed, jobless young persons or those not pursuing a form of education, and even Romanians outside the borders who want to return to Romania and are in search of a job. Secondly, measures envisage stimulating the employers to employ persons in search of a job, among the measures included in this new package, there are active measures designed for employment, encouraging the workers's mobility by granting some employment allowances in other region than the one of origin, residence, there where they find a job. For instance, the unemployed who decide to change their domicile, taking a job at more than 50 km from home, will benefit from bonus to settle there. We stimulate the employers too that whereby active measures, include in their employment plans, long term unemployed, jobless young people or those not included in an educational structure. The employers who employ on indefinite period fresh graduates of some educational units, or unemployed persons, receive monthly for 12 months, for each graduate or unemployed hired. There are only few examples about what we decided to do in this direction. These decisions are already taken and are to take effect as of next month. We do this using both national funds, and European funds, in a sole mechanism oriented coherently to fund this package of active and mobility measures to support employment here in the country. I considered that once for good it is important not to have anymore a separate approach of European funds whereby to finance very expensively an array of training courses whose impact we do not see yet, and on the other hand, from state budget funds, social measures that alike, have no necessarily impact in employment or reducing unemployment. We decided to put together these financial resources and to come up with measures to stimulate employment. I would remind at the same time as measure taken lately and following the business sector's requests, a new scheme of state aid to boost investments. It is about a state aid scheme intended for average investments between 1 and 5 millions, starting from the observation that beyond that scheme for large investments made, in general by lareg companies, in Romania, we have more than 95 percent small and medium sized enterprises which should be stimulated to develop and be able to invest. Thus, this scheme is intended for investments between EUR 1 and 5 millions that will be backed by a special state aid scheme, planned, designed for four years, as of next year. Over the next period, we will make the necessary administrative decisions so that this scheme takes effect as of next year. Last but not least, beyond these measures taken this year, we are thinking of a perspective, the way the Romanian economy can evolve in the years to come, and the way whwreby the Government, whereby the measures it can take, can stimulate this evolution. I did this whereby the - Competitive Romania program that we worked together with you, within which 16 priority fields were identified, with a contribution in economic growth, many of them having a special relevance for the business sector, and intended for sectors with development potential in Romania. I do not enter in details. This programme was discussed many times, it is public it is public, and we intend to propose it as a base for discussion for the economic component of the country's project, which is coordinated and whose elaboration is coordinated by Mr. President. A long - term economic vision cannot be put aside either by the evolution of education, healthacre, infrastructure, social policies and from this premise, we departed when drafting this program - Competitive Romania, aimed at economic development, and alos from the one that the economic development cannot occur without investing in parallel in education, healthcare, infrastructure, as these important sectors for Romania's social development cannot have a future in the absence of economic prosperity. This means that in my view, at least the business sector should be more involved than in the past, including at civic level. The period to come is a very good opportunity for the business environment to be active part of the ensuing debates which will draw Romania's future. I think that more than ever, the Romanian society needs this pillar of development, which is the business sector, to go beyond the business, investment related dicussions, competition, and get involved in a civic manner in the evolution of Romania's mentality, because I think we have a very good creative potential in Romania, but it is important to capitalize on it. I think that to this end, we need that the producers, the added value producers, those connected to the ground realities be present in public debates and in preparing the political decisions to be taken. I have confidence that you understand this message although I know you will make this effort for Romania's prosperity. Thank you. 2016-11-11 12:19:00 Dacian Cioloș s-a întâlnit cu omologul său sârb, Aleksandar Vučić, la TimișoaraȘtiri din 10.11.2016 RELEASE Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has met today, in Timisoara, with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, who is paying a visit in Romania, at his invitation. We have met in Timisoara and not in Bucharest because here we are closer to each other. We wanted to give a signal that this relationship between Serbia and Romania is a consistent, long-lasting one, beyond the duration of the Cabinets' terms of office, beyond political hues. Serbia and Romania have potential and should be economic partners in the future too, Prime Minister Ciolos has stated. During this meeting, the Head of the Bucharest Cabinet has reconfirmed Romania's support for Serbia's accession to the European Union, as full fledged member state, but also with respect to the refugees' crisis management, common border protection and combating terrorist threats at regional level. - I want to assure Aleksandar Vučić of Romania's full support in the EU accession. Serbia has made visible and significant efforts lately, in the EU accession preparation and I know this not only from EU reports but also from discussions with those in Brussels. We are ready to share our experience with Serbia on this topic, and on others as well, Romanian Prime Minister has outlined. Also, the two officials have discussed about strengthening the economic relationship and the Romanian - Serbian people - to - people contacts, outlining the importance of the implementation of the cross-border cooperation projects within the Pre-Accession Instrument (IPA) II, as a successful component of the cooperation between Romania and Serbia. The possibility to build a motorway linking Romania to Serbia has been underlined in this context. - We will clearly have to think in a structured manner about the interconnection between Romania and Serbia in the future in terms of infrastructure. We have discussed about what we can do in the future. We have a transportation master plan already approved, but, which unfortunately, does not currently provide for a linking motorway to Belgrade, but it provides for a national road, whereas the one of the Serbian side provides for a motorway. We will look into the possibility of adjusting things, the Romanian Prime Minister has stated. The situation of the Romanian community in Serbia has been adressed too, the two officials agreeing to intensify dialogue on this issue. In parallel with the dialogue at the Prime Minister level, there have been sectoral bilateral talks between the two countries' Ministers of Economy, Interior, Labor, Foreign Affairs/ European Integration and on issues related to the minorities' situation. On this occasion, three bilateral documents have been signed, namely: the Protocol between Romanias Interior Ministry and Serbias Interior Ministry, on the setting up of joint patrolling teams along the common state border, the Joint Declaration on Romanias support for Serbias European integration, and the Joint Declaration on labour cooperation and social policies. During the visit to Timisoara, Head of the Bucharest Executive was accompanied by Ministers Ioan Dragos Tudorache, Lazar Comanescu, Dragos Pislaru, Costin Borc and Maria Ligor. Statements by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos following the meeting with businesspeople Dacian Ciolos: I had a meeting with the business sector representatives. I tried to capitalize on these recent visits, so that in addition to the meetings with officials, I also met with the business sector representatives. The meeting was very useful, as we had general talks related to the evolution of the economy, the way the state can improve the conditions in which the business sector operates, but I have answered few precise questions but the main question or most of questions focused on the skillful labor force's availability. We are in an area of very intense economic activity, with shortage of skillful labor force and I talked to them first about the two categories of measures that we took: one - related to the labor force mobility with a financial aid intended for commute or for available labor force delocalisation, and secondly, we told them about the legislative project which is under public debate, related to dual vocational training whereby we want to recreate, rethink, and cosnolidate professional training but also dual training, therefore, in partnership with the private sector. Reporter: The agreement you signed today, with Serbia includes the possibility to import labor force in Romania, for instance? Dacian Ciolos: Under certain conditions, there is such possibility too. We are first thinking of the Romanian communities on the other side of the border, who are trying to have access to jobs here. There are sought by some companies as they are speaking the language, for culture related issues and which did not have a very precise framework. Whereby this protocol, we created a framework or a certain incentive, whereby the two Ministries in Serbia and Romania can surely work, under law conditions here, and starting from our objective to first protect labor force availability from Romania, but also to create certain incentives guided from the other side of the border. Dragos Anastasiu, chairman of the Romanian - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry: On the part of the business environment, I can tell you very briefly certain issues: the first is that I was impressed how 250 people gathered together, the interest they showed, and the fact that the business environment starts getting involved and we are glad that thsis happens in Timisoara as I could see it elsewhere too. Secondly, this business sector sent the current and future government a very clear message: you cannot do anything without us, it is not possible not to take into account and the state ought to be the friend of the business sector and citizen, and not show the hostily we somehow encountered in the past 20 years. These were in my view, clear messages, and the last issue is that the business sector is worried, we see that Romania is in a good positon, but is worried for what might happen from now on: the labor force here, in Timisoara, and also in Ardeal, and in Bucharest, etc, therefore, labor force is a problem, the second is lack of discernment of some people, who are playing on others's money, as when we speak about salary increase that we all want, we will not do that in our companies without an impact study, without people to be asked before, without making sure that we have how to increase these salaries in the average and long term, and not necessarily in the very short term. These are our concerns with respect to what is currently happening and we voice hopes that these do not affect us. Thank you very much. (...) Joint press statements Dacian Ciolos: Good afternoon! I want to first thank Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksander Vucic for his presence today, in Timisoara, along, as you could see, with a consistent delegation of Ministers. I preferred to invite him here, in Timisoara, and not in Bucharest, as I think that here, we are closer to each other, and I wanted to give a signal that this relationship between Serbia and Romania is a long lasting one, a consistent one, beyond the duration of the Government's terms of office, the political hues. Serbia is not only an old friend of Romania, but as we both reached the conclusion, today, Serbia and Romania have potential, and should become economic partners with consistency in the future too. I adressed more topics, I had the opportunity in these past months to meet a couple of times with Mr. Vucic but today, we could discuss first about the economic cooperation prospects in the future, given both Romania and Serbia's economic development. Here, clearly, we can have a potential which is not enough capitalized. We will clearly have to think in a structured manner about the interconnection between Romania and Serbia in the future in terms of infrastructure. We have discussed about what we can do in the future. We have a transportation master plan already approved, but, which unfortunately, does not currently provide for a linking motorway to Belgrade, but it provides for a national road, whereas the one of the Serbian side provides for a motorway. We will look into the possibility of adjusting things to the extent in which following the feasibility study that we want to launch, and over the next period, we reach the conclusion that on our side too, we need a highway. We discussed about cooperation to support the Republic of Serbia to join the EU. It is in our interest to have an European Serbia from all points of view in the Western Balkans. A protocol has also been signed today, and I have assured the Prime Minister of our full support for the reforms that Serbia envisages to make, with a view to preparing for EU accession. We have discussed about the relationships between our citizens, also about Romanian community in Serbia, the possibility to cooperate for Romanians there to be able to study in Romanian and at the same time about the posibility to develop more the exchanges between our citizens. Prime Minister told me that there is an increasing number of Romanian tourists and the trend has been a positive one in recent years. Such working meetings on very concrete topics with our Serbian neighbors should become a natural thing, and I agreed that at Governments level, , such kind of contacts to continue among Ministers in the period to come in order to implement more things that we discussed here today. I would like to thank once again Mr. Prime Minister for his presence here, in Timisoara, and to assure him of Romania's full support for EU accession. Serbia has made visible and significant efforts lately with a view to preparing the accession - I know this not only from what I read - the European Commission's reports, but also my discussions with Brussels officials - I told the Prime Minister that we are ready to share from our experience to Serbia on this issue and on others as well. Thank you. (...) Liviu Iolu: Do you have questions? Reporter: Good afternoon. When will these common patrols become effective? Have you discussed about the measures to be taken if the migration flow increases towards Serbia, Romania, towards Western Europe? Thank you. Dacian Ciolos: Yes. These patrols will become operational over the next period. Contacts, discussions between our Interior Ministers have been throughout this year. This time, we managed to formalize the framework , the context in which these patrols will be organized, therefore, over the next period, they will start their activity. There are already very frequent contacts between border policemen on one side and the other of the border, but following this protocol, we will have even a common patrol, then, it will be more easier. Surely, with respect to migration flows, as these patrols will start activity, the migration flows will be easier to control. As far as we are concerned, we have taken measures to strengthen the presence in this area, but this cooperation with the Serbian friends and neighbors is an essential one, and important for both sides, and I want to thank the Prime Minister for this agreement, because we know that it is not easy for Serbia to manage these issues, but I want to thank him for the way he has cooperated so far, on border issues, with Romania. (...) Liviu Iolu: Last question. Reporter: I would like to ask you if you discussed about the fact that, in 2021, both Timisoara and Novi Sad - will be cultural capitals? Dacian Ciolos: Yes, indeed, it is a very good opportunity to materialize not only cooperation between our countries, but also between Novi Sad and Timisoara, and also to intensify the cultural exchanges between us, and surely, we will have common projects from this point of view, and we will prepare things in common. It is a very good opportunity not only to promote Novi Sad and Timisoara, but also to show that there are trade exchanges and cultural consistency between our countries and nations for years. It is indeed a field where we could work together in the period to come. Liviu Iolu: Thank you. 2016-11-10 12:03:00!2!.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Dacian Cioloș a ministrului afacerilor externe al Republicii Islamice Iran, Mohammad Javad ZarifȘtiri din 09.11.2016, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has welcomed the Islamic Republic of Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on an official visit to Romania, at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart Lazar Comanescu. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have hailed the intensification over the past year of the high level bilateral contacts, both in Teheran and in Bucharest, following the signing of the Common and Comprehensive Action Plan between Iran and the international community, represented by the E3+3 Group and IAEA. The talks have aimed at new ways to relaunch the sectoral cooperation, with a focus on investments, transport, energy, agriculture, scientific research and education. The Romanian Prime Minister has expressed Romanias interest in the Iranian agricultural market, its wish to strengthen the cooperation in the rail, sea and port transport area, as well as the availability of supporting Irans connection to the Central and Eastern European energy market. The Iranian Foreign Minister has thanked for the contacts established on the occasion of the visit in Bucharest, both at political level and by the members of the delegation that accompanied him, comprised of representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines, and businesspeople of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two officials have also discussed about the security developments in the Middle East, with a focus on the situation in Syria, and the common effort of combating terrorism. 2016-11-09 19:20:00 României adresează felicitări Președintelui ales al Statelor Unite ale Americii, domnul Donald TrumpȘtiri din 09.11.2016 Romanian Government has extended congratulations to the President - elect of the United States, Donald Trump. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has sent a congratulatory letter to Michael Richard Pence, Vice President-elect of the United States. On this occasion, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has underlined the importance of the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States, based on shared values and responsibilities, a solid one which creates the conditions for its future development at all levels. Romania is and will remain a strong ally and partner of the United States. Cooperation between Romania and the United States contributes to strengthening common security and of the entire transatlantic community. In addition, the Romanian Government will further extend increased attention to the development and deepening of the bilateral relations with the United States, on the economic dimension, based on current opportunities for advancing common prosperity. 2016-11-09 14:24:00 Dacian Cioloș s-a întâlnit cu reprezentanți ai Inițiativei "2035-Prima Generație fără Tutun”Știri din 08.11.2016 RELEASE Prime Minister Ciolos: We are duty-bound to help young people understand the risks of smoking Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and the Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu have met today with representatives of the Initiative 2035- Romanias First Tobacco-Free Generation, which consists of representatives of civil, medical and academic society.The emphasis has been placed on the issues of prevention and youth protection against passive smoking, discouraging smoking and encouraging abandonment of this practice. Prime Minister Ciolos has appreciated the approach of the 2035- Romanias First Tobacco-Free Generation Initiative and the role it can play in prevention and health education as part of healthcare policies. - We are duty-bound to help young people be aware of the risks posed by smoking, as, indeed, any other unhealthy habit in order to choose knowingly their lifestyle. It is necessary that the new generation be educated in the knowledge and awareness of the effects entailed by an option or another, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. The Initiative 2035- First Tobacco-Free Generation was launched in September 2016 and mainly aims at reducing tobacco consumption to 5% of the adult population. The strategy of this Initiative is based on Romanias international commitments to reducing tobacco consumption, its clear guidelines at legislative level. 2016-11-08 14:06:00ții de presă susținute de premierul României, Dacian CioloșȘtiri din 08.11.2016 Iolu: Good afternoon. Mr. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will make a statement on the amendments submitted by Parliament to the ordinance whereby the Executive increased salaries from healthcare and education. Dacian Ciolos: Yes, it is about the Ordinance 20/ 2016. Analyzing the situation, following yesterday's vote, I wonder if PSD and those who voted for this law, really desire the salary increase they voted and I will tell you why: as we notice there are more infringements of the legislation and Constitution which it is impossible for them not to realize it. First of all, it was not a real, transparent debate of the amendments that were put forward. The Government requested details many times. As you could follow the dialogue between the Secretary of State at the Labor Ministry and some members of the parliamentary commitee that discussed these amendments, amendments were voted and discussed and they were not even clearly formulated, while the procedure and legislation very clearly provides for a Government opinion. Surely, Parliament could vote anything they wanted, but the Government at least would have the possibility to make some clear calculations related to impact, and as you know, on the Secretary of State's question whether an impact analysis was conducted, the chairman of the parliamentary committee answered positively adding that the impact was devastating- I quote. Secondly, it is not possible that the lawmakers knew of the Fiscal - budgetary accountability law, which says that 6 months before parliamentary elections, no legislative documents on pay increases are adopted anymore. It is a law voted by Parliament, anyhow, there are some Constitutional provisions in this respect. This law provides very clearly that public institutions do not adopt such legislative documents and as the definition of public institutions says, the Parliament, not only the Government, is public institution. Thirdly, if they indeed wanted that this law that was adopted, be Constitutional and enforceable, the bi-chamber principle would have been observed, this says that a law which is amended fundamentally compared to the form voted by the other Chamber, returns to the initial Chamber for the amendments to be discussed and voted. Ordinance 20 was passed by Senate, without amendments. It was substantially amended by the Chamber of Deputies, without for the Senate to be again consulted and the vote to be demanded on these amendments. Therefore, if we take a look at these aspects, I do not mention those related to quorum that the lawmaker decides, based on internal procedures, whether or not it was quorum, but if they wanted indeed to amend this emergency ordinance, and to make it enforceable, these provisions would have been taken into account as they were clear from the very beginning. Furthermore, the Emergency Ordinance 20 is in Parliament already for a couple of months, therefore, if these amendments were desired, in the sense of grounded salary increases, bigger than those put forward by the Government, it would have been time for a real debate and to come up with consistent arguments that could not been attacked. Beyond these issues related to Constitution and legislation, this law to amend Ordinance 20 as it was voted, considers some principles that the Government based its decisions on too, regarding salary increases. I want to be very clear here: the Government did not challenge the need to adjust, increase wages in the state sectors. I am aware that a reform cannot be achieved in administration, education and healthcare without considering salaries. This is why we came up with Ordinance 20. I said this when adopting Ordinance 20: beyond salary increases as such, it is essential for us to correct some inequities persisting in the system for years, and which deepened owing to this way of hastily approaching the salary policy before elections, when the public sector is blindsided with pay increases by a few percentage points. Some of them have not been enforced yet, education salary increase by 50 percent, and there, everybody bid for more, and it has not been enforced as it was not based on a responsible analysis. Therefore, to me, to govern responsibly and with common sense means to take all these into account, and ask these questions before making decisions, to prove people that indeed, you are thinking of them and not only to the votes they can give you in a certain context. The way this emergency ordinance was amended, it recreates or in some cases, deepens the salary inequalities that we tried to correct. Therefore, I have tried to repair one thing and to start it again. Over the next years, these discussions about how to redress inequities in healthcare, education and in other fields will need to resume. Secondly, this ordinance, the budgetary impact of this ordinance, which standS at 4 billions, nearly 4, 8 billions, surely, I have seen Mr. Dragnea's stand: - They have this money, because they did not spend the money allocated for investment. We do not know yet what will remain from the money allocated for investment, because now, by the end of the year, bills need to be paid. Beyond this, these decisions have a recurrent impact, each year from now on. It is not about one year's economies, it is about the fact that you need to ensure in every year's budgetary planning this increase of payroll decided now, without proper knowledge of the evolution in the years to come, this jeopardizes the opportunity for other policies alike important in education, and healthcare - as doctors complain of healthcare infrastructure, and teachers and parents of conditions in education. Therefore, all these should be considered over the next period. Amending this ordinance with this budgetary impact jeopardizes very much the possibility to adopt and enforce a unitary pay law, as clearly, this budgetary impact aiming at healthcare and education, will have a negative effect on the budgetary availability that we may have to enforce a law of unitary pay for the entire budgetary sector, designed to correct in some years, all system inequities. Therefore, an electoral populist approach of the salary policy, without a sound analysis and a public debate on this issue, risks again as it happened to jeopardize the possibility for the next Government and Parliament to adopt and enforce a unitary pay law to create healthy bases for the entire pay system. Dacian Ciolos: Therefore, for these reasons, we are compelled to ask a control of Constitutionality, in case of this law that was passed. I want to be very clear: request of control of Constitutionality aims only at the law amending the emergency ordinance and not the emergency ordinance as such. Therefore, what has been decided through emergency ordinance, irrespective of what the Constitutional Court rules, is further in force. These amendments which were made hastily, in the absence of a consistent analysis - should be checked by the Constitutional Court to make sure they are Constitutional, departing from those procedural flaws we noticed, observing certain procedures and even some laws that were passed by Parliament. But for an honest dialogue between Government and parliamentary committees, a part of these procedural flaws might have been corrected in time and surely, Parliament could have assumed this decision which, as I said, has budgetary impact, anyhow, this budgetary impact risk to jeopardize the enforcement of the unitary pay law in the next years, and these amendments recreate or deepen salary inequities that we want to be redressed. I am sure that the state sector employees want not only for their pay to rise but for such increase to be sustainable, to make sure it is not amended after one or two years, according to budgetary availabilities and that especially there are not only salary increases but also corrections of these inequities creating so many problems. Therefore, we will request this control of constitutionality, adding that the provisions of Ordinance 20, as adopted by Government, remain in force. Liviu Iolu: Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, I understand the Government has money for the Wisdom of the Earth, but does it have money for salaries too? Other question stemming from it: therefore if the Constitutional Court does not intervene in any way, and if President promulgates this law, the Government will need to find sources to finance it. Finding those sources, will there not be a law of unitary pay? This stems indirectly from what you said earlier. Dacian Ciolos: No, no. You interpreted what I said. First of all, where does the Government take money from? The payroll is included in the budget approved by the Government. Within these margins and due to these adjustments that were possible, we adopted Ordinance 20. What I say refers to the impact in the next years. It is about the economies we can do this year, and what will happen in the years to come, as the payroll is increasing very much as a result of this ordinance. I have mentioned that the use of this budget margin to increase salaries in education and healthcare jeopardizes the possibility of enforcing a unitary pay law, if this ordinance is enforced too alike, as balances are broken. Therefore, if we think of a unitary pay law starting from current salaries, trying to correct inequities in the system, and achieve a certain pay balance for various categories, if salary increases by a lot for certain categories, this means that the budgetary allocation for an eventual law of unitary pay goes by a lot beyond what the budget could afford. Therefore, the issue of this ordinance amendment is lack of coherence, lack of the integration of these decisions, for a coherent approach of salary policy in the long term. It is not about the salary of December or next year, it is about the salary in general from now on. Reporter: You already had a unitary pay law prepared by former Executive that you could enforce, obviously, after a thorough analysis, therefore avoiding problems. Dacian Ciolos: No, I have noticed that that law was drafted without prior knowledge of the ground situation of the pay level. We have been working for a couple of months to set up that data base which I wonder why it has not been set up these years. Without that data base, to show accurately the salary level, the increases are blind, some salaries rise, others fall, in the absence of a pay scale to relate to. The Labor Ministry employees are working now on it - and this data base with all state sector pay is in a very advanced phase. Thus, given this data base, we can check any pay scale that will be proposed, which was not possible in the past. This law is in an advanced stage, the Ministry had talks with the trade unions, and we will come up with this proposal, but we will see how it can be funded, if this amendment of the ordinance is enforced. Liviu Iolu: Thank you. Last question. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, on yesterday's debates in Parliament, Liviu Dragnea warned the Government and mainly the Labor Minister, pointing at the Criminal Code. The PSD leader stated that spreading false information may be punished with 1 to 5 years. He referred to the data put forward by Mr. Pislaru on the budget impact. How do you see this? Dacian Ciolos: I know that Minister informed the Parliament in accordance with his office responsibility, on the budgetary impact of these decisions and the budget's situation. You may interpret it as you like, but as I told you: even if we are approaching the electoral campaign, I want the Government's decisions and position to remain responsible. I believe that whether or not, we are in electoral campaign, the Government and the politicians should make responsible and common sense decisions. To me, common sense means responsibility too. Reporter: Today, President Klaus Johannis had a slightly less categorical position regarding these increases. Have you discussed with him? Dacian Ciolos: I talked to him, and I informed him about what we have identified and what we intend to do. Liviu Iolu: Thank you very much. 2016-11-08 13:22:00 a sesizat CCR referitor la Legea privind unele măsuri de efectuare a reținerilor din veniturile obținute de persoanele fizice din contracte privind raporturi de muncă în baza unor titluri executoriiȘtiri din 07.11.2016 16:49:00 la replicăȘtiri din 07.11.2016 article titled Alongside many inaccuracies, Dacian Ciolos did not declare upon investiture, the incomes earned from the World Bank in 2015 either, of the online edition of the newspaper - Cotidianul, contains erroneous information regarding the wealth statements filed by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos. For an accurate information of the public opinion, we publish the following right of reply. RIGHT OF REPLY The article titled Alongside many inaccuracies, Dacian Ciolos did not declare upon investiture the 2015 World Bank incomes either contains false information based on incorrectly documented and baseless correlations. Under the current legislation * (see below), the wealth statement is completed with the annual income earned during the previous fiscal year and which was subject to reporting. Observing the legal provisions, the wealth statement filed by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos in December 2015 upon taking office, contains information on income earned in 2014, considering that 2015 was not yet over and therefore, a full reporting could not be made. The wealth statement filed and submitted upon taking office, mentions the incomes earned from the European Commission in 2014, namely the ten-month salary as European Commissioner and the transitional allowance for two months, for the mandate as European Commissioner concluded in late October 2014. The wealth statement filed in 2016 contains income earned during 2015, namely the transitional allowance granted by the European Commission and the income earned following some punctual consulting services from the World Bank, for the preparation and participation in three events: two dedicated to agriculture and rural development, in Kazakhstan and in Bulgaria, as well as in the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. (Details here: For correct information of public opinion prior to the publication of articles, you may ask information and viewpoints from the Government Press Office, on the Prime Minister and Government's activity. * According to Law no.176 of 1 September 2010 on the integrity in the performance of public dignities and offices, for amending and supplementing Law no. 144/2007 on the establishment, organization and functioning of the National Integrity Agency and amending and supplementing other legislative acts, the wealth statement form contains, in section VII. Income of the declarant and his family members earned in previous fiscal year (according to Art. 41 of Law no. 571/2003 on the Fiscal Code, as amended and supplemented). 2016-11-07 16:26:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la cea de-a 5-a reuniune a șefilor de guverne din statele Europei Centrale și de Est și ChinaȘtiri din 05.11.2016 statements by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at Riga Reporter: Can you tell us few words about the bilateral meetings and what have you discussed at this summit? Dacian Ciolos: I will have bilateral meetings with the Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, with the Latvian Prime Minister, and surely, I had talks with several other Prime Ministers who attended the summit, with the Polish Prime Minister, with the Slovak Prime Minister, I had several exchanges of opinions with the Serbian Prime Minister, whom I will meet in Timisoara, next week. First of all, I have outlined on today's meetings, three aspects of interest for Romania. I reminded the fact that, in accordance with the agreements from previous summits, Romania had committed some time ago to open in Bucharest, a center of cooperation and dialogue in the energy field. I have just announced that this is operational, this center is open already. The first consistent action to take place next year, in spring, is a fair of energy, in the 16 +1 format. It will be an opportunity for an exchange of information between relevant public authorities, business environment, on regulatory elements of the European energy market, on specific Chinese legislation, and investment oportunities on both sides. This is the sense of this cooperation and dialogue center in the field of energy. The second point I outlined within this concept - One Belt, One Road,or the new silk roads, I outlined the role that Constanta Port may play regarding the Danube Startegy and the connection that can be achieved whereby Black Sea , between Central and the Western Europe , by means of Danube, and Central Asia up to China. In this respect, during the meeting with the Chinese Prime Minister, I will outline the importance we attach to the opportunity to develop a ferry-boat line between Batumi and Constanta which may connect the Central Asia and China side of this silkroad to Europe. Thirdly, I outlined the fact that we are interested in further developing the trade exchanges, for this, we await concrete signals from Chinese authorities for the access of Romanian agri-food products to the Chinese market. I am first thinking of meat and meat products. There is already access for pork meat business operator, but we await other business operators as well, in other areas of meat production, as well as tourism development that we see both ways, Chinese tourists to come to Romania and Romanian tourists to travel to China. In this respect, steps have been taken to facilitate visas regime for Chinese tourists who are visiting Romania and hopefully, we see in the next period the opportunity of some direct charter flights China -Bucharest. Reporter: With respect to the nuclear energy part, Mr. Prime Minister, has there been a discussion or are you going to have a discussion with the Chinese Prime Minister, taking into account that we have been working on this issue? Dacian Ciolos: I will outline the fact that progress has been achieved a lot this year on Rovinari project, Rovinari thermal power plant, and regarding Cernavoda plant, Reactors 3 and 4. We are in advanced stages, but some points need to be clarified and we need a clear position on the Chinese part too. We need to take into account European regulations too, European market regulations which should be introduced in the contract elements that are to be decided. Reporter:A contract, an agreement with Huawei was signed today. What is all about? Dacian Ciolos: Yes, it was signed with Huawei. It is about cooperation to organize some internships for Romanian students in this company, therefore, cooperation between this company and universities in Romania, with the support of the Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Education. So, there will be an opportunity for Romanian students to do internships in this company, and we hope to urge the company to invest more in this part of R and D, innovation and IT in Romania, where there is a significant potential. Reporter: And in terms of Romanian agro-livestock products access to the Chinese market, what steps are expected from the Chinese side to facilitate the entry of these products on Chinese market? Dacian Ciolos: These export certificates are awaited to allow access of these Romanian products on the Chinese market. It is about accrediting Romanian companies that are meat processors and that want to export. This accreditation is done with each case in particular, starting from the sanitary veterinary situation of these Romanian enterprises - here, the Sanitary Veterinary Authority is in contact with the similar authority from China. A high - level impetus is required for this. I know this subject very well, since I was European Commissioner, and I know that, beyond the technical issue, an impetus is required at governmental level too. Reporter: I would like to ask you, Mr. Prime Minister, if you discussed with the authorities home about the collision that occurred on the Sun Highway today. We know that three people lost their lives so far. I understand that the Ministry of Transport had no reaction. CNADNR made contradictory statements. Have you talked to anyone? Dacian Ciolos: I first discussed with the Minister of Interior, because, it is the Interior Ministry that intervenes in such accidents, and I wanted to make sure they took all the required measures to relieve the highway first of all in order to be able to transport the injured and see what really happened there. And I was glad to find out that the exercise that they conducted few days ago, in a simulation of such a red code context, was very helpful. Remarks by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the plenary meeting of the 16+1 Cooperation Summit Riga, Latvia, November 5, 2016 Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends, With great pleasure I join previous speakers in extending our gratitude to our hosts for the outstanding conditions that we enjoy at this meeting. Excellencies, Last year, at the Suzhou Summit, we agreed on the Medium-Term Agenda of Cooperation. We also agreed the Suzhou Guidelines. Our assessment of what has been accomplished so far in implementing these outcomes is encouraging. Along the same line, I am happy to make my first point today by formally announcing the setting up of the Center for Dialogue and Cooperation on Energy Projects in Bucharest. This is another token of our consistent support and commitment to the 16+1 cooperation. One of the main aims of the Center is to reinforce our cooperation format. It will do so by extending the acquis achieved in energy-related commercial and technological fields to areas like renewable energy, smart grids, energy efficiency, clean coal and nuclear energy. Moreover, the Center will play an important role in sharing knowledge. It will provide a platform to share knowledge about relevant regulations enforced in the European market. At the same time, the Center will promote a clearer picture of the opportunities for European companies on the dynamic Chinese market. Representatives of governments and business communities in our countries will meet in a couple of weeks in Bucharest. They will work out the future agenda of activities for the Center. In addition, a 16+1 Bucharest Energy Fair and Exhibition is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. The second point I would like to make is about the Joint Declaration that will be adopted at the end of our debates today. It envisages further cooperation among the ports located on the shores of the Baltic, the Adriatic and the Black Seas. This is another step on the road of expanding our cooperation in the field of connectivity. It is also an outstanding component of the EU-China Strategic Partnership. Romania actively supports the activity of the related Working Group on Connectivity, in its quest towards progress on concrete, sustainable action. I am pleased with the presence today and commitment showed by the European Commission and EEAS. I would insist on the arguments about the vast potential that the - blue waterway of the Danube River has. The Danube River is instrumental in providing better development opportunities to all countries in the region: with its tributaries in Central and Eastern Europe, with its ports and connection with the Black Sea coast and with its inclusion in the EU Trans-European Transport Network. Likewise, it is a significant segment of the One Belt, One Road initiative that we are willing, and able, to support. The Danube River provides the platform for developing environmental-friendly and cost-efficient inter-modal transportation. This, in turn, may generate a multiplying effect for sub-regional, regional and even cross-continental cooperation. Based on what Prime Minister Li has stated earlier, I will conclude outlining the fact that Danube provides a development platform on at least three of the points he mentioned: infrastructure, green economy, and people-to-people contacts. My last point is about trade flows and people-to-people contacts. These are two vibrant enablers of connectivity and development. Our increased trade provides an important engine to our economies. We count on the continued support of Chinese authorities in accelerating approval procedures for market access. For instance, our agri-food exports to China provide an important potential to balance our trade deficits. Our people-to-people contacts is an essential resource for expanding connectivity and innovation. This year we introduced in our curricula the Chinese language. But I would also like to flag the need to increase our cooperation and exchanges in the tourism sector. All this would not only substantially contribute to socio-economic growth, but would also develop a greater understanding between our cultures. Ladies and gentlemen, Our cooperation format celebrates its 5th anniversary. Changes, which happened since the first summit, call for consistency in our work. I would also see a need for more focused approach on deliverables, making a beneficial difference in the lives of our people and representatives of the businesses in our countries. Thank you. 2016-11-05 10:24:00 premierului Cioloș pentru promovarea mecanismului de sprijin în zonele Valea Jiului și Roșia Montană – Munții ApuseniȘtiri din 04.11.2016 00:00:00