RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROProiectul bugetului pentru 2017, analizat de membrii CabinetuluiȘtiri din 20.01.2017 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 Dacian Cioloș s-a întâlnit cu un grup de sportivi, foști campioni olimpiciȘtiri din 03.11.2016 17:52:00 Dacian Cioloş a participat la reuniunea săptămânală a Comitetului de Coordonare a Afacerilor EuropeneȘtiri din 03.11.2016, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has attended the weekly meeting of the Coordination Committee for European Affairs, chaired by Secretary of State Cristian Badescu. The meeting has been attended also by the Minister of European Funds Dragos Dinu and Secretaries of State with responsibilities in the European Affairs area in different Ministries. The main topic addressed in the meeting has been the preparation for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will be held by Romania in the first semester of 2019. Furthermore, they have discussed about the completion of the Action Plan, until the end of the year, the plan will comprise a set of measures and an implementation calendar for the next two years. This document will offer the necessary basis for implementation of the preparatory actions of the future Presidency of Romania from a budgetary, logistic and human resources point of view. In parallel, the Ciolos Cabinet has launched the public consultation process in order to define the future priorities of Romanias Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a process which will be continued and completed by the future Cabinet. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has outlined the fact that: - Romania will have in 2019 an opportunity, which will come again probably only after 15 years, that to stand out among the EUs countries, through a political vision on Europes future, as well as through professionalism in chairing reunited member states negotiations in the EU Council. These negotiations conducted in important mutual areas and policies will offer the possibility to consolidate the European project. Through the rigorous and constant involvement of all the ministries from this point forward, in preparing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019, this chance can be fully capitalized. I encourage the Ministries to get involved in the public debate process, to take place in the following months, by coming up with topic proposals for debate and by participating directly with specialists in these discussions. The state of the Cabinet' efforts to meet the necessary conditions by the end of the year to draw European funds, have also been assessed during the meeting. 2016-11-03 15:01:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la evenimentul Forumul Internaţional "România digitală - Industria 4.0"Știri din 03.11.2016, Commissioner , Ministers, Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad that we have finally managed to organize this event that we envisaged ever since the beginning of this tenure, but we were aware that up to this point, we still had other things to achieve. Early in my tenure, I identified and defined a discrepancy, a huge gap between the public and the private sectors in terms of the use of information technology. On the one hand, I noticed at the private sector, the high performance and huge potential in the IT field, and in the innovation capacity. On the other hand, vital sectors such as education, healthcare, social assistance, agriculture and fiscal policy are developing much too slowly and they hardly keep up with the people's needs and the developments in other countries. Last but not least, we have all noticed that bureaucracy is deep seeded in the administration, overburdening us, and is a waste of energy and money for both sides, for the public sector, the taxpayers and the citizens. On the other hand, Romania has currently as President mentioned, all the advantages to become an important player in the region, in the European and global construction, advantages which unfortunately are not fully capitalized. I would remind here, on the one hand, the well prepared and competitive programmers at international level, with very good outomes home and abroad, but also those who are working abroad, in high performing large band infrastructure, even if, looking at the map, we see white areas too, which are not covered at all by this infrastructure, where it exists, it is of high quality. On the other hand, we have a strong IT industry, with strong growth potential, with a growing research - innovation sector and huge potential. Here, an intelligent fiscal policy, enforced in IT sector, transformed this sector as I said on several occasions. I do not hesitate to say it once more, that five years ago, when I left for the European Commission, the agriculture and the agri-food sector stood at 6-7-8 percent of GDP, and the IT sector was somewhere at 2-3 percent, now the IT sector has exceeded the agriculture and the agri-food sector and this shows on the one hand, the quick development of this sector, after certain measures have been taken, certain tax incentives have been introduced for this sector. On the other hand, I will resume this topic, it shows we still have other things to do, including using the IT technology, for the agriulture, agri-food sector to achieve performance. Starting from these findings, I quickly understood early in this tenure, that we should take certain concrete measures to unleash this potential that we have using technology, and to have a coherent approach of these measures, both to stimulate the use of the information technology in public administration and to boost the innovation capacity of the private sector. On the other hand, early in my tenure, the President urged me to look carefully at these issues in order to find solutions, ideas to turn this potential of Romania to good account, a very clear growth potential in the economic field, comes from this sector. On the President's request, we started working together on a plan, whereby to speed up the digital roadmap of Romania, with concrete measures, both for an efficient administration, digitalisation, greater transparency towards citizens, and for finding measures to stimulate the private sector in this field. Thus, we worked with more Ministries with responsabilities in this field, and after a couple of months, we came up with several measures. First of all, we put forward this - Manifesto for a digital Romania. Here, alike in other fields, we are aware that this year, we could prepare the grounds, the framework and the package of measures and the institutional framework, for this idea to continue in the years to come. We therefore established a strategy around three objectives. On the one hand, a better coordination of investment and public money spending in the IT field, with citizens oriented results, to reflect in the administration performance. Secondly, supporting innovation, research- development and entrepreneurship and thirdly, measures to draw specialized professionals in the public sector and to ensure them a stable employment, to encourage them to come and work in administration in this sector. We reconsidered the way the Government was organized, the IT activity coordination, and thus, for the first time, we established at the Government level, a coordinator for the information technology. We have already appointed a coordinator, who is about to establish his team, and who will coordinate the entire IT activity at the level of the Government, both the maintenance activity, and the activity of design and coordination of the interoperability of various platforms that we have now in public administrations and some of them are not interconnected, or cannot be interconnected because of the way they were designed. Therefore, coherence is sought at the level of Government, central public administration from this point of view. This coordinator for the information technology will need to coordinate public investment too that the Government and the various subordinate institutions will make and to ensure the coordination of the e-government programme implementation. On the other hand, to stimulate innovation and to infuse innovation into the public administration, we launched the programme you heard about, with IT Government scholarships beneficiaries for brief periods, 6-months, but enough for these professionals to leave their mark, by tangible results, on the administration, in terms of its improvement. This GovITHub platform which wants to be an opportunity not only to temporarily employ people in the administration, and thus prompt them to take a break from their main activity field, and give a helpful hand in administration, but this GovITHub wants to be a connecting platform too, designed for exchange of information, opinions, among IT specialists in the Government and IT specialists in private sector, volunteers, people with great ideas, who can put forward proposals to improve the administration's activity from this perspective. Beyond this, there are several fields in which we started working for computerisation, or in other words, to use the information technology to upgrade and improve the public services. Without detailing too much, this will happen in this afternoon, I would remind the healthcare sector, in which we want to have, using IT applications, a better feedback from patients on public healthcare services, a better monitoring of medicines presence on market and their price evolution, or a better coordination of the auctions the Ministry or public institutions organize for services or required instruments procurement, in order to curb public spending. I would also remind the platform for the budgetary enforcement transparency, that the Finance Ministry established as of spring. I think that if it is not unique, it is nevertheless one of the rarest platforms of this kind, even in the European Union, requiring all institutions with allocations from state budget to transparently display on this platform, all their spending from public money. As for the financial - fiscal field, I would remind the ANAF computerisation and of its link with the taxpayer, an underway computerisation which will become effective by the end of this year. Then, in the field of social inclusion and social economy, we use the IT platforms to simplify the social services provided by state to local authorities or to beneficiaries but also social welfare data bases which will allow us in the future to better identify certain frauds which may exist in social services or social benefits requests. To give you only one example, whereby these crossed data bases, we found that there were many people who received social welfare as blind people, but on the other hand, they were on the list of people who have driving licenses. Thus, there is a problem somewhere, in one side or the other. And such platforms allow us to identify such problems too. Then, agriculture is a field in which the information technology can boost the agricultural output performance, in terms of the amount and the quality, and I think that alike, we should innovate and use Romania's potential both in terms of agriculture and the IT field, to do things which are perhaps novelties, even at international level. If we bring together agriculture specialists and IT specialists, we can do wonderful things for agriculture in Romania, and this is why I suggested you to organize a workshop within this seminar, today, in this field, because I know there are such ideas in Romania too, which should be turned to good account. Then, other sector where we have potential, both on technology, and the IT is, as aforementioned by President, industrial development or Romania's reindustrialisation, which can be achieved alike, reuniting Romania's potential in certain branches of Romanian industry, like car manufacturing industry or the IT sector, which may draw investments, and it already does it, not just for car mechanical components, but also for the entire car computerized components, the future cars will have an increasingly important IT component in the future. This was one of the ideas fostering the organization of this event, some weeks ago, when Commissioner Oettinger visited us, and briefed us on the European Commission's intentions to stimulate this 4.0 industry, and I said it is an opportunity to show Romania's potential in this field, the automotive industry, the IT sector, but also in research, innovation and added value that we can create using the IT potential. Other sector in which we want to stimulate innovation, on IT is the cyber security where, alike, Romania has achieved certain performances, and they should be connected in order to be beenficial for the public sector, on cyber security, and the private sector alike. I think that Romania has an extraordinary potential at European level too, where we do not have anymore big market players in this field, and where Romania may have a contribution in the years to come. As a conclusion, we intend to work, this is the objective of this - Manifesto for a Digital Romania too, for a public administration development and reform, using the IT technology in supporting innovation in this IT sector, and we are thinking here about financial instruments to foster innovation in private sector, from startups, SMEs in this field, stimulation of innovation, to help the emergence of important actors, players on the European and international market in this respect, that would contribute to both the development of economy in Romania, of the private sector in this field, but which to be able to support too the state evolution in order to boost its performances. Thank you! I wish you greater success and inspiration in today's seminar. 2016-11-03 14:46:00 Prim-ministrului organizează mâine, la Palatul Victoria, Sala Transilvania, Forumul Internaţional România Digitală – Industria 4.0.Știri din 02.11.2016 18:30:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la aniversarea a 25 de ani de relații România-Banca MondialăȘtiri din 01.11.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the meeting to celebrate 25 years of partnership between Romania and the World Bank Dacian Ciolos: President of Romania, Vice President of the World Bank, Vice Prime Ministers, Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, I must admit that I have never projected myself as far as in Alpha Centauri, because we have a great deal of things to do here. And I equally must admit that 25 years have passed in Romania as quick as such space voyage. This meeting to celebrate 25 years of activity of the World Bank Group is indeed a very good opportunity for us to reflect on the transformation from yesterday's Romania, a totalitarian state to today's Romania, a full-fledged EU and NATO member state, with a functional market economy, a steadily growing economy. On the other hand, those who hoped for prosperity and openness immediately after the fall of communism, may have perceived the pace of these changes as a slow one, especially if we compare ourselves with neighboring countries that underwent a more accelerated reform and restructuring process. In my opinion, the democratic path we have constantly walked on, in these years is important too, the fact that it has become irreversible and on the one hand, this pace probably perceived as slow, entailed a gradual political maturity of Romania, a maturity easy to perceive today, even if we refer to the fact that it is one of the fewer countries in the region with no extremist parties in Parliament, for instance. Therefore, Romania, its people knew to find, irrespective of all difficulties of this transition process, a way to develop, a middle way, without being worn out, by extremes. In connection with Romania's relationship with the World Bank, these aforementioned results indicate a political - economic solidity, undoubtedly. The solidity of changes that Romania underwent, is due to a great extent to this support too the World Bank provided to it, in these 25 years of partnership. Throughout the senzitive period of transition, the World Bank was a reliable partner, one we relied upon in our path towards EU and NATO integration. I would mention the fact that Romania entered a new stage both domestically and in the relationship with external partners, and thus, at least, our desire is to increasingly develop our practice from a passive dimension into an active one. Romania has now the resources and vision to undertake responsibilities, beyond the internal development process, the process of its own development, and to contribute to the transformation of some decision and action processes at international level. We have already done it within NATO, we want to do it in other international fora. It is a visible change of approach especially at regional level, within EU, that we also have at an ampler level, the multilateral one. In the next years, we aimed at becoming a provider of expertise, resources, good practices from a beneficiary state, surely, we can do it with modesty, in fields we gained experience and where we can share this experience, for the implementation of the global objectives of consistent development. A part of the domestic challenges currently facing Romania is primarily related to consolidation and sustainability by in-depth enforcement of good governance both in public administration and the management of public money in state-run companies, secondly, to regional cohesion and social inclusion. We need to reduce the gaps separating various social groups, and those among the regions of Romania, between rural and urban areas, through social inclusion measures, effective anti-poverty measures, and also by encouraging entrepreneurship. We could remark significant progress on each of these levels this year, and this was our objective too, to focus on feasible issues, with immediate impact, but with medium and long term perspective. As far as good governance is concerned, we are strongly engaged in the fight against corruption and the support of judiciary reform, and we completed a new anticorruption strategy in August, a clear strategy that does not leave room for interpretation and that would be easy to apply by the institutions it is intended for, this time with focus on prevention. We still have lot to do in this respect, and surely, prevention is the most adjusted method to the current situation in the judiciary, administration and Romanian society, taking into account the fact that public perception is clearly a positive one in connection with the need to continue the fight against corruption, it needs to change in depth mentalities, and the way this fight against corruption is approached. We sped up programs for the prioritization and rendering efficient of public spending, and the resumption of the implementation of corporate governance in state-owned companies with support from the World Bank, which provided technical assistance in the drafting the regulations for the enforcement of Law No. 111 / 2016. In addition to it, we managed to unfold a transparent process of selecting the management of these state companies, of the administrative boards, and to come up with clearer rules not just in recruiting the management of state companies but also in the mandate assigned to these managers and administrative boards and of some indicators to allow the measurement of these managers' efficiency. As regards poverty reduction and the social inclusion policy, this year too we have been working intensely on an integrated package of over 40 measures to combat poverty. I would like to outline the word - integrated as part of these 40 measures existed already in the public policies area, but because they had been implemented incoherently many times, they did not prove their efficiency despite the fact that public money had been spent on their implementation. Therefore, we wanted to implement these measures together, in a coherent, integrated package, with long term impact, starting from World Bank recommendations, which in recent years, has conducted more studies proposing strategies to successive Cabinets, without a clear link among these strategies- many of them were approved at the level of Government- and the implemented measures and the manner the budget was allocated. This antipoverty package was intended to put together these measures, bring coherence in public funds spending, both from state budget, and European funds, and to establish a connection between the strategic vision and these measures implementation. We focused and achieved concrete results on measures aimed at first reducing school dropout rates. I would remind measures on kindergarten tickets, as a measure to reduce school and pre-school dropout rates, nutrition programs for children in schools, identity papers for all. One of the shortcomings that we had and that prevented children to have access to support and social integration measures was precisely the lack of identity due to specific situations that we have in Romania. We solved this problem. We presented measures for the involvement of motivated teachers in the educational process, especially in vulnerable areas. We addressed youngsters who are no longer in school, but have no job either - one of the most vulnerable categories. We came up with a series of active measures destined to employment, by consistent financial support an especially through a new approach of the social inclusion system, addressing both the unemployed, and the employers, and find a way for a smooth passage from social welfare measures to labor integration measures, in order not to make people choose between remaining socially asisted and entering the labor market. We want to encourage the workers' mobility to cover the labor force deficit in certain regions of Romania as we are confronted with this paradox too. There is still high unemployment in certain areas of the country, and an accute lack of labor force in other areas of the country, where the investment dynamics has been higher in these recent years. Even if we have to take measures in the long run to reduce these development gaps between regions- I will resume this topic later - in the short run, we need measures to increase labor mobility from one region to other. We adopted a package of measures in this respect, this year. Last but not least, we introduced measures to encourage the urban and rural entrepreneurship through numerous funding lines, including for Romanians from abroad, and who want to return in homeland or who want to invest in the country. We are further preoccupied with taking measures to reduce the development gaps between regions. Through the newly created agency, Invest Romania, we intend to urge investors to invest in less attractive regions, less known to date, the overall investments focused on the western half of the country. We direct investments to east and certain vulnerable areas. Along with the Ministry of Regional Development, with the PM Chancellery, we developped an ad-hoc assistance team for local authorities, to prepare visionary approaches, and long term investment approaches in more vulnerable areas. We still have to reduce the differences between rural and urban areas, through an investment policy and combining these antipoverty programmes with new jobs creation - this is the key word, in my opinion. If we do not succeed in transforming growth into jobs, we risk to miss this opportunity provided by a positive development of the economy in recent years. With respect to sustainability in public policies, I presented some examples of substance, but a sustainable development requires a change of method too, in which the partnership with the World Bank plays an essential role. The cooperation memorandum with the World Bank, approved by Government in early 2016 and which is enforced for the next years, until 2022, there are measures too dedicated to public governance reform, which should help us develop a real coordination capacity and strategic planning at the level of public administration. Here, we are talking exactly about that connection between the visionary and strategic approach and the implementation measures to be taken in various public policies. I would like to outline the fact that in this evolution underwent by Romania and the World Bank, I had the opportunity in these years to work closely with the World Bank from various positions, I think that we need to find together a way to increase the domestic capacity of public administration reform and to slowly reduce the dependence on technical; assistance and foreign expertise. Romania will surely need further assistance, foreign expertise but it is important that this accompanies Romania's development process, and not replace expertise, visionary approach capacities which should be internalized in the public administration. We need to walk by own forces, we further need advice, expertise, good practices but it is important that this visionary expertise capacity, connecting the strategic approach and the short term measures approach to be internalized in the administration in Romania. We need here the World Bank' support, expertise and experience to help us so that the technical assistance provided by the World Bank is in complementarity with the development of Romania's internal capacity, from this point of view. I would remind here the fact that given the perspective of turning Romania from a beneficiary of assistance into a provider of assistance, we are now in a transition stage from beneficiary to emerging donor for the developing states.I would like to remind here that in October, Parliament passed a law proposed by Government this yeay, a law that will regulate the international cooperation actions for development and humanitarian assistance. By this law, we aim at developing in Romania an agency of cooperation for development, within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to ensure both the political planning in the field of international cooperation for humanitarian assistance and its implementation. This year, Romania resumed in a proactive way its intention to file its candidacy for OECD membership, in this context in which Romania, even if it is aware it still has yet things to do for reforms, it is ready to share its experience with the other developped states, and we hope we receive full support, including from the World Bank. This new status implies new responsibilities and we are aware the efforts we have made towards improving the domestic administrative capacity should continue, to consolidate our position of active and responsible member of international community, capable to secure its own future. Thank you. 2016-11-01 15:21:00țiile premierului Dacian Cioloș după vizita la ferma Daksa Știri din 31.10.2016 20:15:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la inaugurarea Institutului de Cercetări Horticole Avansate al TransilvanieiȘtiri din 31.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the opening of the Advanced Horticultural Research Institute of Transylvania Dacian Ciolos: Minister, Mayor, Your Beatitude, Rector, Rectors, ladies and gentlemen, professors, dear colleagues, or former colleagues, fancy that I cannot help referring to my past, a bit, in my brief remark, not so much from nostalgic reasons, even if there are there too, but I would like to evoke here - I was thinking about it this morning, preparing to come here, I remember that when I was in my first university year, at the faculty of horticulture, the now director of this institution strove hard to finalize this work, by then, he had just returned from abroad, and strove to create the laboratory with a significant contribution to the micropropagation laboratory at Fruit Growing Research Station. It was then a new technology, a new way to grow plants without viruses or a new multiplication method, in flowers and vines growing and fruit growing, free of viruses, and 20 years after, we are in an institute of advanced horticulture researches, which includes this component too, and which creates the framework, the infrastructure for the University of Agricultural Sciences based in Cluj, and I dare to believe that not only for Cluj inhabitants, I am glad to see this consortium of life science universities working and there is much friendly cooperation between these universities - a very good thing for Romania, and Romanian agriculture. I dare to believe that this investment will be one to exceed as benefits, Cluj's limits. With this past image, I came here, admiring recent years' evolution in educational infrastructure too, in research infrastructure too. Of course, now, I can tell that the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj is not at all what it was in 1994, when I graduated here. I had the opportunity to see the evolution of this institution and I want to congratulate all of you who made your contribution to it, one way or other. I want to welcome the fact that we have today here yet other project which shows the collaboration capacity or the capacity to show continuity from one government to other, one Minister to other, one rector to other, and this shows that we are slowing entering a state of normality, that beyond anything else, what matters is continuity to carry through such projects. I understood from Mr. Pamfil's presentation the fact that the activity of this institute will not be confined to what the Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine University can offer, surely, you will cooperate with the Babes - Bolyai University, with faculties there, that have professional proximity with what is being done here. In exchange, I encourage you to go even further. I have not seen here on presentation but you surely think about this too. I think that future generations of economic development in all areas cannot ignore the IT sector contribution, In this respect, you have an extraordinary potential in Cluj. We already talk about industries built on high-tech, digital technology. I am convinced that in agriculture, in the agri-food sector, life sciences in general, it is a sector that can revolutionise this field. I say this because this potential does exist in Cluj, and it is by hasard that it can be turned to good account. What you are doing here, as it happens in other life science universities across the country, should contribute to the recovery of Romanias agronomic research, of life sciences research. Fundamental research is surely essential, new science productuon is essential and here, Romania has a lot to catch up, we need to to move on to the next level of agricultural, and especially horticultural, development, if we are to capitalise on our agricultural and agri-food potentials. Look at countries around us which are more advanced in the horticulture area, and I think we should not ask ourselves how to bridge the gap, but how to move on to the next level. I do not think we should keep fighting with the same instruments to bridge the gap, but we have to innovate, to find new ways to produce using the entire available technology and even dare do new things that others have not done. I believe this way we can progress and create added value, while at the same time we can contribute toward the developments in this area. I would urge you not to think about how to bridge the gaps in horticulture, vegetable growing and fruit growing — for instance the gaps separating you from Poland or neighbouring countries, but about how we can do something different from what they have done and that is why I suggested you to cooperate with the IT field, but certainly there are other sectors as well. It is important for such an investment, beyond its didactic and educational contribution, to be reflected on the ground as soon as possible, in production in horticulture, in vine and flower growing, landscape development, forestry, etc. And I am sure that unleashing the innovation, who know that there is here, you will find the way for the agronomic and life sciences school from Cluj to mark new achievements and for this generation to make its contribution to the growth and capitalization of Romanian economy, and the Romanian rural areas. Therefore, congratulations once again, for what you have achieved! I wish you much inspiration, success and, as it turned out so far, I am sure that as of now, the Government will be there for those who can innovate and can go on with determination and consistency . Good luck! 2016-10-31 15:48:00 României salută decizia Guvernului Canadei de a elimina complet vizele pentru cetățenii români începând cu 1 decembrie 2017Știri din 30.10.2016 Romanian Government is hailing the decision of the Canadian Government to fully lift visa requirements for Romanian citizens as of December 1, 2017. This decision can be found in the EU-Canada summit statement, and it confirms the efforts made by the Romanian Government to achieve this result. After recent months' intense negotiations between Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Government has confirmed its commitment to fully lifting the visa requirements for all Romanian citizens as of December 1, 2017, after a first partial liberalisation stage as of May 1, 2017. - This is an important moment to Romania, and not only because access opens for Romanian nationals to the benefits of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada(CETA), but also because this way the last discrimination against Romanian nationals in relation with the other EU citizens is repealed when it comes to border-free travel to Canada. I also believe that the visa liberalisation will generate significant opportunities for Romanian businesspeople seeking to develop projects with Canadian counterparts. I want to thank Mr Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his personal involvement in negotiating this objective of Romania and for his openness showed in our discussions this year on lifting the visa requirements, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated. Until the complete visa liberalisation, Canada will introduce a partial lifting of visas for eligible Romanian citizens who are travelling to this country. Thus, on May 1, 2017, Romanian citizens who held Canadian temporary resident visa in the last ten years, or who currently hold a valid US non-imigrant visa, can visit or transit through Canada based on an electronic travel authorisation(eTA), instead of visa. Over the recent months, Romanian officials will work with their Canadian counterparts to prepare a successful transition to the visa-free travelling regime and to develop arrangements for the two countries to better collaborate to manage any negative migration trends, should such trends appear. Securing a long term sustainability for a full vias liberalisation is an objective in both countries' interest. The objective of visa liberalisation for Romanian citizens travelling to Canada has been attained after an intense diplomatic exercise on the part of the Romanian Government, with support from MEP Sorin Moisa and in coordination with the European Commission. At the same time, an important role in attaining the visa liberalisation objective is ascribed to the involvement with consistent technical resources of Romanian Interior Minister Dragos Tudorache and Canadian Immigration Minister John McCallum. For images of the Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos's visit to Canada, you may access the following link: 2016-10-30 16:05:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș în județul SălajȘtiri din 28.10.2016 18:59:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la ceremonia de comemorare a luptelor din Defileul JiuluiȘtiri din 28.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the commemoration ceremony of the World War I Jiu Valley fights Dacian Ciolos: Distinguished and honored war veterans, President, Ministers, Your Excellency Mr. Ambassador, Mayor, President of the County Council, ladies and gentlemen, We mark today the beginning of the heroic fighting of the Jiu River Valley, withdrawal confrontations aimed at halting the advancement of the enemy troops from Transylvania into Moldova. This episode represents one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the First World War. Although the enemy superiority seemed overwhelming, the army backed by the civil population resisted heroically. This battle is said to have delayed by three months the advancement of the Austrian - Hungarian and German troops in the Romanian Old kingdom, enabling the authorities and population to withdraw into Moldova. The heroes of Jiu Valley fights, military and civilians had all to lose and nothing personally to gain and their sacrifice is the best example of patriotism. It is by that time that Ecaterina Teodoroiu who was to become later the heroine of Jiu that distinguished herself. By personal example, she proved that nothing can prevent a person to fulfill their destiny, even in averse times. We are paying homage to Ecaterina Teodoroiu and all the women who took part in the war, in battles, relieving suffering or sending their husbands and sons in the line of duty. The monumental assembly, the Heroes Path of Targu - Jiu, hommage by Constantin Brancusi to the war heroes, urges us to remind our duty to participate by our deeds and thoughts in the preservation of the heritage of the great sculptor. Brancusi bequeathed you this path of Heroes to preserve it, and we, the Government including, are dutybound to support you to do this. I told the mayor that you have all the Government's availability to carry through this project aimed at restoring the Heroes Path and to place this site, beyond its location, where Brancusi deserves to be not just in our hearts and history, but in the universal collective memory. I invite all my fellow citizens to reflect on the fact that not very many years ago, during the Communist regime, Romania refused Brancusi's artistic and cultural heritage. There can be no counterbalance political or money related arguments against many Brancusi artworks remaining in Romania and it is important for these artworks to remain home, but it is important for them not to remain closed in a trunk, but to be exhibited, admired and their wisdom to be passed on to all who want to inspire from this infinite source of wisdom represented by Brancusi. Brancusi's artwork is Romanian and a cultural universal value to an equal extent that Romania could not claim without doing anything significantly to deserve it. I call on you to think of Brancusi not as of an objective to estrange us from our legitimate desiderata but of a great step forward drawing us closer to meeting them. I want at the same time to mention that France made a huge contribution not only to the knowledge and promotion of Brancusi's genial artwork. The French military mission headed by General Berthelot is a moment of providential intervention in the war waged by Romanians. Through the talent and full dedication of general Berthelot and of those who accompanied him, France contributed decisively to Romania's military and political revival. Generals Constantin Prezan, Constantin Cristescu, Alexandru Averescu, alongside General Berthelot, succeeded in record time to upgrade the Romanian army, to re-equip it and restore its desire to fight. As Constantin Chiriţescu wrote in his valuable work dedicated to the war, the homesickness, and the confidence in success turned the resigned and humiliated soldier of withdrawal into a strong, determined and valiant warrior whose burning desire was to resume the life- and-death fighting against the enemy. Solidarity around a national vision, support for the valuable and the honest, especially courage and responsibility, no matter their price on personal level, are not only ideas, but a way of life too that each of us must cultivate. Romanians are a strong and modern nation only if they perceive themselves and act accordingly. The assistance of our friends and allies was and is important today too, but crucial for the Romanian project success are Romanians' qualities and their confidence in ultimate success. Thank you! 2016-10-28 17:21:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la emisiunea “Jocuri de putere”, la Realitatea TVȘtiri din 27.10.2016 17:11:00ș Dinu, propunerea premierului pentru ministrul Fondurilor EuropeneȘtiri din 27.10.2016 11:17:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la dezbaterea "România: oportunități de investiții într-o economie globală plină de provocări"Știri din 26.10.2016 you! I am very happy to see you here, in Romania, after our meeting some years ago, when we prepared the current multi-annual framework and when we discussed the main European policies. I know that you are a very convinced pro-European, but a very pragmatic and realist one, and this is why I think your presence, here, in Romania, today is very useful in order to have a debate about the economic evolution in Romania, but also about your vision regarding Europe's future, in this context of post-crisis economic situation, taking into account the opportunities but also the challenges in several fields. Our intention in Romania is to use this opportunity in order to be more pro-active at European level, to remain pro-Europeans, but also to contribute to the evolution of the European Union, and that a real integration period follows the EU accession one. I think it is a very good opportunity to discuss among us too, and especially, in the presence of Minister Schauble, with a vast European consistent experience and vision, to discuss about Romania as a country of challenges, in the current European Union which is in my view, in full process of evolution. Romania has a good economic evolution after the financial crisis, the economic crisis from 2008-2009, and next year, we will mark the tenth anniversary of EU accession - but we remember very well the enthusiasm after accession, which was moderated by the economic crisis with impact on Romanian economy, Romania was compelled to take some reform measures, very costly socially, and politically. As of 2011 onwards, we have witnessed economic growth, at least, if we look at figures, but we see it in new jobs creation and investment opportunities development. Therefore, a good economic growth, but we further cope with certain regional gaps among regions in Romania, development economic gaps among various categories of population, and in this respect, we came up this year with that anti-poverty programme, exacty for taking integrate measures in the long run, to bridge those gaps. We still have to bridge the gaps between the rural and urban areas, gaps which have been emphasized by the labor force migration from Romania, especially to Western Europe, South-West Europe. Therefore, we are in paradox in Romania, in which, on the one hand, we have achieved economic growth for a couple of years, and now, the challenge is how to turn this economic growth in real development that would be felt in bridging the gaps among regions and different social categories or between rural and urban areas. The way we approached issues this year, this Government being aware of the fact that we are in a year of transition, an electoral year, on the other hand, a year in which we pass from a type of governance - hopefully to one pragmatic, predictible, more efficient - our main objective or the objective around which we built the programme for government and the way in which we approached economic policies this year was the one to secure the predictibility of economic policies, tax policies, and at the same time, to initiate certain reforms which not only had any negative impact on economic growth , but also stimulated it, in order to allow this economic growth be channeled towards development. Here, I started certain things which surely will need to be continued in the years to come, namely an increase in the efficiency of state action in relation with business sector and the distributive policy, in the social policies. Further fight against corruption with a focus in the years to come, more on prevention and education, as I think the fact that the judiciary fights against corruption is not enough, but all of us, provided we understand that corruption leads to chronic poverty, we need to change lots of things in our conduct and surely, these measures to fight corruption would lead to an efficiency of state action in economy and in the relations with citizens and from this perspective, we initiated more insignifiant actions, namely: measures to curb bureacracy, measures to simplify legislation, clarify legislation, but these measures in the years to come, should be doubled by political support, a reform of public administration for increased efficiency in administration and its focus on results and citizens. Surely, this reform of public administration cannot be done without de-politicisation which to me, does not mean elimination of the political factor from the relationship with administration, but a clarification and a clear separation of the relationship between the political factor, governmental political factor and public administration. We started some things which we have not carried further, exactly because we acknowledged the fact that we need this commitment and this political assumption of the administration reform. On the other hand, we need for this reform, a rethinking of the way the administration works, but also we started a simplification, de-bureacratisation and a clarification of the administrative action in relationship with business sector and citizens. Therefore, there are things that we started and I think they should continue. Speaking about the efficiency of state intervention in the relationship with business sector, we continued, implementing more than in the past, corporate governance measures to lead to an increased efficiency of state action, the state as majority stakeholder, in companies with majority state capital, but acting on the market and which have an impact on the way market economy is functioning in Romania. I think that if we understand that these companies with state majority capital, which are mainly in the energy field, infrastructure and in general, infrastructure of more categories, basic infrastructure, important for business environment development, therefore, the state action in the functioning of these companies means not only a capitalisation of state assets in these companies, but also creating opportunities for business sector development in Romania and increased attractiveness of the business sector. Therefore, it is not by hasard that private companies are very interested, not just in the Government's budgetary policy, but also in the corporate governance policy, as these state companies can be an asset, an advantage in economic development, but but they can also hinder economic development if they do not function in accordance with transparency and efficiency principles. We took several measures to review legislation, for more clarity in legislation from this standpoint and for implementing this legislation in recruting managers, administrative boards and in the way we are about to define their priorities and powers. We have a potential we can further turn to good account in certain areas of the economy. Certain fiscal measures have been taken which clearly produced results in the IT area, for instance, and we introduced some fiscal incentives in fields such as: research, development and innovation because from our point of view, future economic development and mainly industrial development are strongly connected with the research and innovation results. We need not only to develop industry as such, but to develop a competitive industry, one with added value, to generate added value. We took some fiscal measures to stimulate research, development and innovation especially in the industrial field, but, in parallel with these measures, to increase the value added in the economy, we need an increase in the quality of the labor force. Romania started facing the problem of the lack of skilled labor force. There are already companies that invested in Romania, in the central, western part of Romania, and that have already started searching labor force in the neighboring countries. The unemployment rate in Romania, although smaller than the average European one, exceeds 6 percent, this means we have a labor force potential which although skilled, can be oriented towards those jobs created through investments, through economic development. Therefore, vocational training, dual training, the link between business sector and the Romanian educational system is very important over the next period, and at least, we will leave an improved legislation in this respect, but there are still things to be done in this respect. Romania has still - figures vary here, some million nationals working abroad, most of them in EU member states. Some of them decided to settle there, but I think we have an important potential that we can capitalize on, to reconnect these Romanians working abroad to those in Romania. I discussed with Mr. Schauble before, about Romania's advantage in the relationship with Germany, the presence of Saxons and Swabians, who left in Germany some years ago, who are very well inserted in the German society currently, who did not forget their roots and these connections regarded in a very pragmatic way, can already be beneficial for the Romanian and German economies. I think that based on this experience, when we build support instruments for Romanians abroad, the Romanian enterprises should not be given the impression that we favor the Romanian Diaspora over them. I think that connecting the domestic capital of Romanian companies from Romania with other companies in the EU Member States by means of the Diaspora, can be beneficial for an increase in the Romanian capital potential, the domestic capital that needs a larger market than the Romanian one, in order to evolve, but it may help to a social reintegration or a social reconnection of Diaspora to realities in Romania. I at least can see the future evolution. I think we surely need measures to create opportunities for the domestic capital to develop and progress. As domestic capital means SMEs to a great extent, more than 90 percent SMEs, unless, for political, populist reasons, the domestic capital will be put in opposition to the foreign capital, everyone has to lose from such a stand, the Romanian citizen and the economic development of Romania in the end or in the first place. Therefore, I think we need to act in a smart and wise way so that domestic capital potential develops at the same time with a capitalisation on the foreign investments that we need now in Romania in more sectors of the economy, but also in infrastructure. We will have to focus in the future not only on figures on economic development, but especially on increasing the quality of economic development. A consistent economic development in my view means an increase of added value which is produced in the economy, increase in quality, and at the same time, short term measures and a medium term vision. Starting from this objective, we proposed the objective - Competitive Romania, that comes up with few measures to secure a perspective for Romania's economic development in the next years, until 2020, and which implies not only measures impacting directly the economic area, but also measures aiming at the education, healthcare, infrastructure that we need or where we need reform for future economic development. Surely, alongside measures to stimulate the capital market development, we need labor force adjustment to the requests of current Romanian economy, an evolving economy. As a conclusion, I will say few words about the evolution of the economy in Romania and the EU evolution. Not only because of Brexit, the economic crisis we experienced, for various reasons, because of the fact that EU underwent a broad enlargement process which in my view was not enough followed by a real integration process among new member states, or those of the Eastern Europe and Western Europe, I think over the next year, we can turn this context in opportunity to redefine the EU for it to be closer to citizens, focused on much pragmatism, and more efficiency and here, surely, Romania - I told Mr. Schauble too, Romania wants to be a much more pro-active partner, a more pro-active member state, to come up with ideas so that the instruments we have at European level, produce indeed much safety for citizens and more prosperity and development. I inevitably think we should think concomitently of a way to attract young people. As a young man, I was one of the beneficiaries of this openness of Romania towards EU, this free movement in Europe, and I think this new generation experiencing a current difficult period, because unemployment to a large extent is high amid young people, therefore, provided Europe produces prosperity, Europe should produce prosperity first for young people, not only as there are the biggest risks in connection with them, but because, if these young people do not believe in Europe's capacity to generate prosperity, then, we see Europe's future in jeopardy. I think for this reason we should connect the vision on EU to the vision we have for our young people and the new generations. And a period of (...) awaits us ahead, regarding EU too, not only because of Brexit, given the preparation for a new EU budget for the after 2020 period, rethinking of some instruments of European policies for more efficiency, and their orientation towards results in European economic and social development. I will conclude by saying that Romania is furthermore interested to be active part in this process of reflection over the next years, as Romania will hold the Presidency of the EU Council in 2019, in the first semester, and I would like that Romania proves consistency in its visionary capacity and novelty it can bring to EU, on this occasion. This implies we all get involved in this process as of now. I will conclude here, thanking once again Mr. Schauble for this visit, besides the current position held in Germany, I know him personally and also his career, he has deep European convictions, he is critical when it is required, also a staunch supporter of European policies when they are unfairly attacked. I have strong confidence in Mr. Schauble's analysis and point of view. Thank you. 2016-10-26 19:34:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la Centrul Tehnic Titu al Grupului RenaultȘtiri din 26.10.2016 conference by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the Titu-based Technical Centre of the Renault Group Dacian Ciolos: Ladies and gentlemen, some weeks ago, I paid a visit to Dacia plant, Mioveni and I promised back then that I would come and visit the Titu-based Technical Centre of the Renault Group , not only I was personally interested in seeing this center, visiting it after I heard many times of the performance here, but also to give a signal that we passed to a new stage in the Romanian industry, and in the Romanian car industry, when we want not just to make cars, but as the state invests, we want the private sector to increasingly invest too in the research - development, not just because this is the future of the industrial sector development, but also because Romania has a potential to capitalize on in this field, of engineering, research, applied development and innovation and I think it is high time to create better conditions for these Romanian specialists who are currently compelled to go other part to earn better and to turn competences to good account, to be able to remain in the country and to contribute to the performance development, and the competitiveness of industrial sector and here, I particularly refer to the car making sector, where Romania has history, where Romanians knew to capitalize on this experience after the Revolution. Hopefully, we see over the ensuing years, more and more car makers investing not only in manufacturing, but in research - development - innovation too. As today's discussions revealed, 20 percent, a fifth of the research - development - innovation activity of the Renault Group is carried out in Romania. This model, the Dacia model offers a good development model for the next years, in this way, we managed to capitalize not only on the past experience in the car making industry, but improve our future by encouraging the Romanian researchers, those working in applied research to remain in Romania. This is one of the reasons for which in these tenures, Iinsisted to take this measure to eliminate the wage tax for researchers who are working in the research - development - innovation sector. We approached these aspects too. After we drafted the legislative documents in this respect, they are about to be implemented, we received certain suggestions about how they can be improved to fit better some bigger research - development - innovation centers for this regime to be enforced easier. On the other hand, I wanted to see how Dacia models evolve. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised after last year, I had the opportunity to drive a Duster. It is something else to drive now a Duster with automatic gearbox, I do not want to do publicity for this, but to me, it is an important sign of evolution when you can see that with such a model, with an accessible price, you can have both a comfortable car, not only a car at a reasonable price. What I saw here, while discussing with some engineers, the researchers who are working here, made me confident in the future of the car making industry in Romania. We had also the opportunity to review several measures we had taken and which hopefully will further in the years to come, in order to stimulate the purchase of new cars, less polluting cars and regarding topical issues, everyone should understand that it is easy to cut taxes, it may be even impressive from an electoral perspective, but one has to think what he puts in place, not necessarily what taxes, but let us consider environmental duty stamp for instance, which was removed today. We, the Government, supported the elimination of this tax and its replacement with other system of taxation, not because we want Romanians to pay more taxes, but because this environmental tax should be more adjusted to reality, we need such funds collecting system, to further supply the Environmental Fund, in order to finance the Car scrappage programme, to be able to finance the Green House programme. Currently, with the elimination of this tax, we eliminate the funding source for the Environment Fund next year, therefore it implies we won't have Car scrappage programme or we would be compelled to supply it with budget funds. Therefore, I do hope we find together the wisdom to reduce as much as possible taxes and bureaucracy for Romanians, on the other hand, taxes elimination does not necessarily mean elimination of bureaucracy, on the very contrary, it can be amplified. Surely, there are many taxes Romanians are paying now and which are not necessary, bringing more bureaucracy. But we need to think on the other hand what we put in place, in order to be able to finance other programmes that are in Romanians' interest, in the interest of their future and concerns some sectors development prospects in Romania. Thank you. 2016-10-26 08:58:00ția “Personalităţi ale Marelui Război”, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 25.10.2016 18:20:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș cu ocazia aniversării Majestății Sale Regele MihaiȘtiri din 25.10.2016 14:23:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la evenimentul "Topul Național al Firmelor Private din România"Știri din 25.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the event entitled: - National Top of the Private Companies from Romania Dacian Ciolos: Good afternoon! I would like to thank first of all for this invitation! I gladly honored it as I know that you represent the SMEs, to a large extent, most Romanian enterprises, the dynamic part of the Romanian economy, that with a very good adaptation capacity. Surely, Mr. Rudnitchi proposed you to mention to what extent the good figures related to economic growth can be found in your activity, in a positive way. I would want to find out knowing that figures on paper are one thing, and ground reality, other. In other words, it is not enough to have economic growth on paper unless we find the way for this dynamics of economy reflected in figures impact the development of the entrepreneurial sector as well, as I repeat anytime it is necessary, the entrepreneurial environment means jobs, jobs mean money to budget, the possibility to pay pensions, to fund administration and to help the state and streamline social development in the end. This is why, upon this Cabinet investiture, out of the discussions with the business environment, I made first the decision to ensure predictibility in a time in which prior to electoral campaign, there are very many trends of changing laws, of coming up with new laws, which are not always instrumental for the coherence of the legislative framework. Having in mind this idea of predictibility, we decided to enforce the decisions taken by the previous Government in the economic field, but as Mr. Jianu stated, our discussions with you revealed that it is not enough not to adopt useless laws or those creating unpredictibility, but it is important to curb bureaucracy as much as possible, to act in that manner so that our current laws, enforcement of these laws have a much reduced bureaucratic impact on you. This is why I tackled this field with measures to curb bureaucracy, a topic we are still working on. We are working on a package aimed at simplification and debureaucratisation at the Finance Ministry, that together with ANAF, especially, but not only, they submitted to public debate already an array, a list of measures, a large share of them stemming from your suggestions. With respect to what Mr. Jianu stated, the first point he raised, curbing bureaucracy, we need here a legislative simplification as much as it is possible, and one done in a smart way. Surely, it is easy to repeal certain laws, cut taxes, but you may solve one problem in one side, and create other in other part, which is more difficult and complicate to redress. I am of the opinion that this de-bureaucratisation that this idea of debureacratisation should go ahead irrespective of what is happening after elections, and it should continue in the relationship with you, as we do not need anymore only a legislative simplification, we need a change of institutional culture. Mr. Jianu said also about the fact that the preventive measures should prevail, or clearly preceed the punitive measures, in this respect, I asked the ANAF leadership yo approah things in procedures, working manner, but I can tell you that even there, alike in other state institutions, we need in parallel with the change of legislation or its simplification, to train the companies employees in other mentality and we need your support and cooperation in this respect. You mentioned the access to financing. This year, regarding European funds, in addition to having focused our attention on three important fields: first of all, work on IT and procedures to prepare the accreditation. There are some delays, a part of them in my view are owing to the way the system was conceived before, a complex IT system which if completed, might mean a performance, as we could computerize the entire process, but the fact that we started with this very high ambition, can lead us to some delays that we are trying to recover. In prallel with this, we released projects, calls for projects, and there are already calls for projects for the operational programmes, for measures worth some billions euro, there come now the contract signing stage and project unfolding stage. The third essential element without which we cannot make payments or receive reimbursements from the Commission, a third topic concerns the resolution of ex-ante conditionalities that were negotiated by the former government with the European Commission and which we have now to carry out before starting the funding application. In addition to it, regarding European funds, we thought of funding the SMEs. I would remind here only the Operational Programme Initiative for the SMEs, a programme with an allocation of about 100 million euros, and which might draw loans of 400 million EUR for nearly 2.500 SMEs, which might benefit from this program. To these, we add the de minimis programmes, administered by the Agency for the implementation of projects and programmes for the SMEs. I would remind at the same time the programmes: - Romania Start - up Plus, - Diaspora Start - up Programme. Surely, I had a discussion with the Senator before: wondering why a separate programme for Diaspora, why this differentiation is being made, and there are allocations for Diaspora and not the people in Romania, this is why I mentioned the two programmes, as they address the enterprises in Romania too, but in my view, it is beneficial for Romania's economy too to provide incentives to those who are willing to return to homeland or those who want to invest. In my opinion, on average, this return of Romanian nationals to homeland, for investments can be useful taking into acount their investment expertise gained in some EU states, home, they can along with some of you, who have products to market on the respective EU states markets, thus joint ventures can be set up to enter the European market. As some analyses conducted early this year showed, and probably Minister Pislaru will tell you more about it, as before taking over as Labor Minister, we worked a lot on this issue of SMEs within Chancellery, and we realized that the SMEs performance tend to stagnate after reaching a certain development level. To develop the Romanian capital, to increase its performance, and its investment capacity, we need to see how to do and go beyond that threshold and in my view, one of the possibilities - anyhow, when you want to develop yourself as company, many times, local market is not enough, one has to enter other markets as well. In this respect, we also need measures to foster export, but the durable one, there where there is a sustainable request for products with Romanian competitive performance. But we need to think to expand the production area and the market of Romanian companies, Romanian SMEs which can become medium sized enterprises with other marketing and production markets than the Romanian ones as well. Therefore, we need this knowledge of other markets than the Romanian one, and we have to use all our financial and human resources instruments, and in this respect, a closer relationship between Romanian companies in homeland and the companies abroad can be very useful. With respect to the labor force, I will not enter into details, Minister will let you know more. As you could notice, we considered some measures whereby to foster access to labor market, even if we lacked labor force concentrated in some areas of the country, generally, the western area, and we have available laborforce in the eastern part of the country, where there are fewer investments. We need on short and medium term some measures to re-balance things but on short and medium term, we came up with some measures. Minister will surely present them in detail to foster the movement of labor force where there is a job offer. We have mentioned first short term measures, immediate ones taken this year. We thought of seizing this opportunity, this electoral year to plan on medium term. Mr Jianu talked about that programme for government put forward by Romanian enterprises to political parties. We proposed, in cooperation with some of you, through the debates we organized, but including in the drafting phase, that programme entitled - Competitive Romania whereby we advanced some measures which would be useful to implement by 2020, to address both the business environment directly, and other areas with impact on the business sector evolution: infrastructure, education, healthcare, fostering fields such as: creative industries, research-development, some topics that may generate the added value of the invested capital, it is not enough to take a look at the volume of invested capital, we should increasingly see how we can grow the added value of invested capital and the competitiveness of the Romanian economy, because competitiveness only through the production cost and the price, is not enough anymore. We are increasingly speaking in the industrial field about the 4.0 industry, the one based on IT, research - development and we have an important potential here in Romania too. I think we need to be able to make connections among various sectors of the economy, so that everybody can benefit, Romanian economy first. Thus, we may speak in the next years, of an economic growth with a positive impact on social development and the living standards in Romania, and this depends on you to a great extent, the extent you manage to ensure the continuity of performance, but I am aware that it depends to a great extent on the state's capacity to figure out the most effective way in which it can back the economic and the productive sector first of all. Good luck! Congratulations to those who have been awarded today and hopefully, we can do together so as the economic growth is not just a beautiful figure to report a couple of times per year, but a reality in the Romanian economy and society. Thank you. Press statements by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister (...) 101 non-fiscal taxes, of Dragnea's bill yesterday, in Parliament. Dacian Ciolos: We expressed our view on this, there are some taxes which we consider they can be eliminated without generating further problems. There are other taxes which, if eliminated, and unless the budgetary situation for certain institutions is clarified, risk to pose problems. We will see how Parliament votes. I want to make some further clarifications related to that request we filed to CCR(Constitutional Court of Romania) to clarify the law on Swiss francs loans conversion. I want to state from the very beginning that the Cabinet endorsed this law, we gave a positive opinion on certain amendments. We put forward those amendments because in our view, it is important for this law to address those whose monthly income is jeopardised by bank loan installments, following the way these loans evolved. We sent this law to the CCR not because we are against it, but because we consider that there are some elements there, in the form it was voted by Parliament, because unfortunately, Parliament did not take into account the amendments we proposed, which, in our view, would have made it enforceable. Unless we clarify its constitutionality now, before it becomes effective, there is the risk it would generate effects and a few months later someone else would challenge it, a bank or anyone else may challenge it, and then it would create additional problems to those who are waiting for their problems to be solved. Therefore, we want to see whether there are elements of unconstitutionality, to clarify them now, and I promise you that to the extent the CCR rules rapidly on it, the Government will take all measures to correct what is necessary in the law so that it would address people who really have problems, not speculators. Speaking about potential speculators, out of the tens of thousands of people who contracted CHF loans, there are 200 who contracted loans in excess of CHF 250,000 and their loans total over 1 billion lei out of 5 billion lei and something that were borrowed. Therefore, we don't want people who really have problems to pay now for some speculators who speculated the CHF exchange rate. This was the reason why we sent the law to the CCR and to the extent that the CCR rules rapidly, we will come up with the measures needed to redress these things, for this law to be enforceable, eliminating the risk of its being challenged at the CCR after it generates effects. Thank you. 2016-10-25 10:39:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș cu prilejul Zilei Armatei RomâneȘtiri din 25.10.2016 10:26:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la dezbaterea ”Start pentru 2019: România la președinția Consiliului UE”Știri din 24.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș at the debate: - Start for 2019: Romania holding the presidency of the EU Council Dacian Ciolos: Thank you for this introduction. As you said, today we have begun some debates which I hope they continue during next year too, because Romania's preparation to assume the Presidency of the EU Council does not imply only administrative, political preparations, but I think it is important that Romanian citizens know what this presidency stands for. More and better we assume together, better Romania will be perceived as EU Member State. As I said many times it is not enough to join this structure to feel that you are part of it. A step is important too, Romania's involvement as member state. To this end, there cannot be better opportunity in my view than preparations to hold the presidency of the EU Council. As I said, Romania will not run the European Union, it will chair it, which means more to moderate the debates. Surely, it is much more than moderating debates, because it moderates them and orient them in a certain way, based on the presidency'schedule. More precisely, it will be about holding the EU Council presidency in the first semester of 2019. Initially, Romania was scheduled to hold the presidency in the second semester of 2019. Following the fact that the United Kingdom of Great Britain withdrew and will not assume presidency anymore, given the negotiations for UK exit from EU, it was decided in the end to advance by six months the presidency holding. Therefore, Romania will hold the presidency in the first semester of 2019, in trio - presidencies are organized in trio for one year and a half, with the coordination of agendas between three successive presidencies for one year and a half. Romania will open such a Presidency trio, which will be taken over together with Finland and Croatia and will ensure the first part of this trio. It is a maturity test for Romania - at 12 years - by that time, after the EU accession, a maturity test in terms of the administrative and technical capacity to undertake an event of such a scope, which extends over six months, but which implies intense preliminary preparations, and in terms of the ability to define contents for decisions at European level or debates on essential European topics. Where to start from? Next year, it is ten years since Romania joined the European Union. Romanians' confidence in the European Union is at relatively high levels, even if things have varied in recent years. Following Brexit, the signal given by Romanians, not just by political leaders from Romania, as polls showed, a clear signal given by Romanian citizens, is that they do not consider exiting the EU, they want to remain in the EU , but they want the EU to evolve in certain directions. To me, this is a sign of maturity, the fact that we can look critically at the European Union, with a critical, constructive, evolving spirit. It is from my point of view a sign that we assume this time, maturely the European Union, with its good and bad parts, and we are ready to contribute for things to evolve for better, according to our expectations shared with others as well. I think that preparation for taking over the presidency will be a very good opportunity to organize debates not just on the technical aspects or on those related strictly to assuming the presidency, but also on aspects related to the EU future, as we see it, as we want it, and debates that can be instrumental for us to understand the others' points of view. Furthremore, as undertaking the presidency means first as they say in Brussels , an - honest broker, a balanced mediator to take into account the others' views, in order to find positive, constructive compromises to foster decision - making with 28 states - as by the end of our presidency or up to then, decisions will be made very likely by 28 member states. I will resume this topic later. Therefore, in my view, this preparation period will be a good opportunity also to better assimilate the European issues and create platforms to express views on topical issues which are being debated at European level and which we will have to moderate as president of the European Union, in order to make certain decisions. What is the context of Romania's EU Presidency? I remind you the fact that in 2019, by the end of our presidency, there will be the elections for the European Parliament. Therefore, we will assume presidency during electoral campaign at European level - in my opinion, an even more important electoral campaign as there are more events to impact it: a new financial cycle, UK exit from the European Union, this new manner of running electoral campaigns. Hopefully, true consistent debates on EU future will take place. And, at the same time if Great Britain files for EU exit in spring next year, as Prime Minister May announced, it means that during Romania's presidency, the two -year negotiations on the terms of UK exit from EU would be completed, even if not all elements related to the agreement to be signed - of cooperation between Great Britain and the European Union. Beyond these aspects with important politial connotations, but also tehnical ones, intense discussions on the EU financial prospects for the period after 2020 will very likely take place. There will be the end of the European Commission's tenure, and about the last presidency with intense discussions with a view to adopting some legislative proposals filed by the European Commission beforehand, which will be negotiated with the Council and the Parliament. Therefore, the schedule will be full, and we should expect a full schedule, in terms of the legislative consistency, on important topics - perhaps not only financial prospects but some legislative proposals on other sectoral community policies - but, as aforementioned, with respect to completion of negotiations for Brexit and preparation of elections for European Parliament. It is a time of opportunities that Romania will have to seize one way or other. It is the opportunity to show and assume an European leadership, to demonstrate that even as a member state assuming this presidency for the first time, 12 years after EU accession, can prove its European vision, a political vision on the EU future which it can translate into proposals, priorities and in the way it will lead and orient debates - of course, Romania will not make the final decision, but can orient discussions in several EU Council structures, and here, you need not only technical knowledge, but also vision, including political vision on what EU stands for. It will be a period of very good visibility for Romania, if we know to organize well ourselves, visibility should allow a cultural, artistic, economic and tourist promotion and it may draw investments, because Romania will be in the sight of the EU Member States. More it will assume this role, more visible it will be. There will also be a time of challenges. As aforementioned, this presidency means first of all, assuming the role of coordinating negotiations with diplomatic character. We will need to play this role of - honest broker. Promoting one's agenda does not mean coming forward with strictly selfish issues to impose them on other Member States but identifying, choosing from Romania's priorities, these priorities of interest for Romania too, and which can attract a general interest of EU, and placing them on the discussion agenda. This will imply negotiations requiring diplomatic skills, proven capacity to assume and uphold the general European interest, and capacity to reach, as I told, compromises, to lead to the finalisation of some debates through decisions. This is the most complicate and complex matter for a presidency: not so much to get some topics into debate but to find the ability to build in the Councils of Ministers, majorities around some ideas, around some compromises to reflect the expectations of an increasing number of member states, anyhow, in a clear way, of a majority, an increasing number, if possible, from all member states, and this since the Lisbon Treaty is being enforced, and the capacity to negotiate and back these common points of view of the Council member states in the negotiations with the European Parliament. As the final decisional process does not mean only the decision of 28, 27 Ministers, but the EU Council presidency negotiates with the European Parliament rapporteurs to find compromises and with Parliament, to complete the decision - making process. This is why I told that it is necessary a very good knowledge of EU policies, history of EU policies, history of some topics which will be on the agenda at the respective moment, to find arguments around which to build these compromises with the political groups in the European Parliament, and with the Member States. Here, you may have success, or you may have failure. The perception on Romania will depend on this capacity to cope with difficult moments. This is why, for major files - as aforementioned - there will be financial prospects, the post - Brexit period, Romania will have to find people with leadership qualities, technical knowledge on European files, both at political level, through Ministers, who will be Cabinet members by that time and who, in addition to the national agenda, I remind you that there will be elections for President in the second semester of 2019, therefore, it will be an internal political agenda, and there will be people in the European spotlight on important topics at European level. I am ready to answer your questions, eventually on these topics. As a conclusion, I can only say some things about what we have achieved to date. We are aware of the fact that a Cabinet with a tenure of a couple of months cannot impose the country's preparation agenda for presidency, especially the priorities and the political agenda. It is the role of the Cabinet nominated after these elections, with a clear vote legitimacy, conferred by Parliament, with a majority in Parliament, therefore, the future Cabinet will have legitimacy to establish the political priorities that Romania will negotiate, will discuss with Finland, and Croatia, then, it will harmonize with the Secretariat General of the Council and afterwards with the European Commission, because I did not insist too much, but the success of a presidency depends on the way it coordinates itself with the European Commission that makes the legislative proposals. And, I can tell you from experience, it is the principle of communicating vessels, here, in the relationship between the Council and the European Commission, less active the Presidency, more space the European Commission occupies, and more the presidency of the EU Council assumes politically the responsibility of the presidency, more the partnership is consistent with the European Commission. Beyond this, the future Cabinet will have to set those priorities , but we wanted to already launch these debates. In turn, we started the administrative preparations, because some thousands working groups meetings and various technical specialty committees will need to be managed within the EU Council in that six - month period, some hundreds Ministerial Councils and informal councils. For this, a very performing administrative team is needed, with workers who must know very well the European institutions in the first place and then they must know well the community policies, and here we have already established a unit with the Chancellery around which we will build the team who will manage from an administrative point of view the presidency held by Romania. A priority action masterplan is almost ready including everything that needs to be done at the technical — administrative level in the next period, and the time frame is quite tight. Two years and a few months is not very much time for these preparations. We have started to assess the human resources from the public administration in order to identify those well-prepared people who will certainly need more preparations to build that elite group of the Romanian administration on European matters to be able to coordinate the presidency. We also have a debate calendar which we propose to organise in the coming period. The members of the Cabinet, my collaborators will brief you and will submit these topics to your discussions and reactions during this event. Thank you! Interlocutor: (...) I wanted to ask you if that aforementioned unit has somebody in charge of the youth issues and when do you believe we could start the dialogue for preparing this step in which we will be both involved? Dacian Ciolos: Yes, it is worth mentioning it. We talked here about the administrative political side that will be involved in preparing the formal decision - making at European level during this presidency, but beyond this, the presidency has a very consistent nongovernmental component. This is why I wanted us to organize and launch now these debates as I think it is important for Romania to assume this part of presidency. There is not and I cannot tell you right now that there is a person dealing solely with the youth component, but it exists in this unit, and it should exist as this unit is developing, a component which will therefore prepare the presidency, an important one that will work with nongovernmental structures concerned and involved in the European debate, young people included. I think here that Romania can make an important contribution. I told you that, at least from my perspective, if in the years to come, at the level of European political leadership, we will not be able to carry the debate, the decision-making preparation including, below the level of European institutional formal structures, we miss this EU upgrading and evolution process. Therefore, in my view, beyond these meetings between heads of state, government, Ministers, institutional parliamentary meetings, all presidencies from now on, will have, to organize meetings, such meetings at nongovernmental level exist, on issues connected to youth, rural, environmental issues, on other types of issues where this nongovernmental component is important. I want this unit, we started thinking it this way, this unit which we suggested to operate within the Prime Minister's Chancellery as the Foreign Ministry will also have an important institutional role, but this coordination needs to exist, all Ministries should understand this is a very serious job, related not to foreign relations, but to sectoral policies. Beyond this, I want this administrative structure which will deal with preparing the presidency, be permanently in contact as of now, with nongovernmental organisations, interested in European issues. We intend to launch some programs to support some think-tanks with European consistency that would coordinate such kind of debates, and discussions that would be not only the preserve of governmental structures as these debates should be nationally prepared for the presidency to submit to debates topics of European interest. My answer is therefore: yes. There will be a component that will deal with the nongovernmental issues, including on youth. Interlocutor: (...) I want to tell you that it would be very important to have a financial programming, one of the topics discussed then, as habitually, we do things in the last minute and we remain very exposed from this point of view. You know better than all that this presidency has a financial impact too, and this should be tackled this year if possible or at least as of 2017, as the implementation of the financial exercise 2014-2020 to date in Romania is a bit disappointing, we have to admit it, there are many reasons for it. But I think this conference should be a starting point to involve the civil society organisations, national local govermmental organisations, for other actors from Romania to benefit from accessing some projects with a view to meeting these objectives that we discussed today. Thank you. Dacian Ciolos: From our calculations, the cost of preparing and holding the Council of the European Union presidency will amount to a few tens of millions euro. This money will contribute including to promoting Romania's image, but it should equally allow us prepare the administrative, logistic side, too. I do not enter into details, but it will be an important logistic component. I prefer to let the future Cabinet make the decision in this respect, we will prepare opportunity analyses with various scenarios in this plan of actions. The future Cabinet will need to decide whether it will organize all informal councils because for every Council of Ministers, there will be informal meetings in the member state holding the Presidency. The future Cabinet will therefore have to establish whether the future informal council meetings will be organised in Bucharest or elsewhere, in Romania. This implies, if we do it in other locations in the country, additional costs because the logistic part must be ensured to receive a few hundreds of people, the delegations comprising hundreds of participants, but it also means an opportunity to promote other areas of the country besides Bucharest. I remind you the fact that in 2019, we will be one year after the Great Union Centenary celebrated in 2018, and before Timisoara becoming European capital of culture. There will be therefore some opportunities to promote Romania's image too. This implies a budgetary allocation from the state budget and starting with next year, we will earmark resources to that unit and the structures involved. There will be resources to be used, including from European funds. Interlocutor: When do you envisage that we will solve the problem of traffic in Bucharest considering the hundreds or the thousands of tourists who will come here, in the first half of 2019? (...)The second question refers to financial projection. I ask when the political partners present here can offer us a financial projection to tell us the spending for every year of the 2017-2018 interval, the peak of expenditure 2019 and in 2020 too until the end of the troika. (...) What incentives do you have in mind and when do you envisage you can present them for the bilateral cooperation between organisations in Romania and those in Finland, Croatia respectively, for the troika we are part of, but also with Austria, Bulgaria and Estonia as if we do not coordinate the two troikas one after the other, we might not have the opportunity to promote our own agenda. Dacian Ciolos: In connection to the Bucharest traffic, surely, we will need to coordinate ourselves with the Bucharest City Hall on its logistic and administrative organization at the level of infrastructure. There are some initiatives, some of them will be completed, up to then, others will be in final working stage, the Transport Ministry is working too on it. Bucharest hosted summits in the past too that supposed intense traffic for a certain time. Based on this experience, we should work indeed along with the Bucharest City Hall when we know for sure whether meetings are held in Bucharest or outside Bucharest, and also their number. Anyhow, this element of logistic and transport, access to airports including is essential for this. Regarding coordination with the other presidencies, we have not started that yet, because it implies discussing the priorities of the Presidency, the trio and the Romanian Presidency. We had technical contacts with these member states to learn from the others' experience too and to establish our agenda, our calendar, but formally, I as Prime Minister along the Ministers, we did not want to start these discussions, as this is a Cabinet with few months ahead until the our term of office finishes. I think this pertains to the Cabinet to come to office immediately after elections, and that will have its perspective on preparing these issues, in order to discuss coordination with the other trio components, including on these elements related to structures, cooperation facilities on the nongovernmental area. As I told you, we are thinking that by the end of this Cabinet's tenure, we can establish a clear framework including with financial support for this preparedness on the nongovernmental side to take place under the form of some think tank components. Interlocutor: (...) I heard that environment is very important for Romania. I hope that now, Romania can progress regarding ratification at the Parliament level too, and if possible, before the Marrakech conference. Dacian Ciolos: I stated that the we are open to debate on the priority topics. Some ideas were expressed during this meeting, they will be addressed in the follow-up to this meeting, but will be settled by the future Cabinet, and I think it is natural to be so. Surely, I think that Romania shows interest in the future of the Neighborhood Policy, this with respect to EU, as global actor and specifically, the future of the Neighborhood Policy. The Presidential Adviser said that the digital agenda and the single digital market are an essential element on which we must achieve progress. We will see the discussions to be held at European level, in the period to come, on strengthening a European industrial policy, in which Romania may be interested. We also addressed the financial prospects, even if there is to be no decision during the Romanian presidency in this respect, but invariably, one way or other, there will be consistent talks on the budgetary prospects too, but also on the future of the two important European policies: the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. We cannot avoid such discussions by the end of the current budgetary term, irrespective whether or not the current European Parliament and Commission assume certain formal decisions too but, surely, discussions and the future decisions preparation will occur over the period to come. Therefore, it will be a full agenda, we need to see what objectives we will be able to attain over that period. Statements by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos prior to the debate - Start for 2019: Romania holding the presidency of the EU Council Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, what happened in the recent two days in Bucharest, with respect to unionists? I waited for a reaction from the Executive on this topic. They requested a meeting with you too. Why did you not meet with them? Dacian Ciolos: They were enough clear in their statements, in my opinion, that they want discussions with politicians who are preparing their programmes for Government. We have only two months more in office, I do not see what we could have discussed about what ensues afterwards. Reporter: They asked nevertheless an opinion from you too, a meeting with you. Why have you not given any sign? Reporter: (...) Dacian Ciolos: I told you why: I do not want to enter any electoral debates. I remind you the fact that there are electoral elections in Chisinau, this weekend, and we are about to enter electoral campaign too in Romania, soon. I think that such discussions should take place with leaders of political parties, exactly as it happened, and it is very good so. 2016-10-24 14:31:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la militarii români din KFOR și EUFOR ALTHEAȘtiri din 21.10.2016, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc are paying a visit to Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They will have official talks with commanders of NATO missions (KFOR and NATO Sarajevo) and of the European Union (EUFOR) and will meet with the Romanian military participating in missions in the Western Balkans. As part of the schedule, the two officials will visit the premises of the military and will lay a wreath at the monument built in honor of Lieutenant (post mortem) Remus Branzan who fell on duty during a mission of widening the Gorazde corridor, while he was driving the excavator on a steep slope in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Press statements by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and the Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc at Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Dacian Ciolos: I decided to come along with Defence Minister in these two theaters of operations this morning, here, in Sarajevo, and in the afternoon, in Pristina, to meet with our military who conduct missions in these two theaters of operations from Western Balkans, first to celebrate in our own way the forthcoming Day of the Army and secondly, to mark the importance of these two missions. Even if there are areas quieter than others, the Western Balkans have a strategic importance for Romania. Romania's presence is important from both the military and political point of view. It is in our interest that these countries are getting closer to the European Union, so that we can keep or contribute consistently to peacekeeping and the economic construction of these countries. We had very good discussions with the Commanders of EUFOR and the NATO Mission here who both, spontaneously expressed their appreciation for the quality of Romanian military's missions, which confirms me once again that we participate in such theaters of operations with very well-trained military. I want to seize this opportunity to convey to all military who are conducting missions in theaters of operations my congratulations for what they are doing. I had the opportunity along with the EUFOR leadership to attend here a ceremony too, at the heroes monument built for a Romanian who lost his life here, post-mortem lieutenant Branzan. It is a way of acknowledging the supreme sacrifice in such peacekeeping missions. Reporter: Minister, your message for the Romanian military in line of duty here, in the Western Balkans and given that the Day of Army is approaching, on October 25, what is your main message for the Romanian military in the line of duty? Mihnea Motoc: Mr. Prime Minister strong expressed the message sent on the eve of the Armed Forces Day - a message of appreciation for the fact that our military, not only that there are present here, are doing their duty, at an extreme level of professionalism, fact signaled by their colleagues too, with whom we had the opportunity to discuss, as well as with all commanders who interact with them. A message of appreciation because as Prime Minister stated, the areas where we are present in the Western Balkans, are considered of medium or low risk. This does not mean that there are no more risks. We have been briefed on the difficult conditions here, and the lurking dangers, therefore, we again express our appreciation for what our military are doing here, and we wish them to successfully conclude their missions the way they have conducted them to date, to return safe and sound to their families, within our army. Our colleagues will go in the theater of operations, in Afganistan, we will be in Carei on the Armed Forces Day, and next week, we will continue the festivities to mark 100 years since Romania entered the First World War. I would like to thank first especially Prime Minister because as we got accustomed, as genuine supporter of our Army, we see him today too, not just in this institutional position, but also like a Prime Minister closer to military. Reporter: About Canada? Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, I return with a question about Canada. Dacian Ciolos: You know I intensified the dialogue with the Canadian party, I resumed it in a much intense way, this summer, when I made that visit to Ottawa, and when, after consistent talks, I persuaded the Canadian side that for Romania to be able to ratify the free trade agreement, the trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, it is important to resolve this issue of lifting visa requirements for Romanian citizens. I got then the Prime Minister's pledge that a solution would be sought. As you saw, that solution was found, even in recent days, we had intense contacts with the Canadian party. These solutions were found: we will see more details along with the Canadian party, when the Canadian Cabinet formally anounces it. It was important for us to have the confirmation that visas would be lifted in 2017, and not in 2018, as it had been initially proposed, because the trade agreement too will take effect during 2017, even if there is a few months gap between the moment of its effectiveness and the moment of visas lift. I understood that there are certain technical aspects about to be solved by the Canadian party, and I am glad that this solution was finally found and thus, the Romanian citizens can benefit from this agreement too, alike any other European citizen. We will give you more details along with the Canadian side, when this announcement is made. I would like to thank the MEPs Sorin Moisa who worked intensely with us. He was a shadow rapporteur on this agreement, from the Socialist Group in the European Parliament and by concentrating our efforts, we achieved this result. Thank you. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos' visit to Pristina, Kosovo Dacian Ciolos: I am glad to be here. First of all, the objective was to celebrate together, even if with a bit of anticipation, October 25, and to do here, in the theater of operations in which you intervene and do honor to Romania, and I can say this following the meeting with KFOR Commandor who made it very clear that he is very satisfied with the way Romania's representatives are acting and their experience with the theaters of operations is very well felt. Therefore, I would like to thank you for that, to tell you without big words and the fear of using big words, that we have home all reasons to be proud of yourself. Romania has already an experience of the presence here, in Kosovo, which is recognized, and I would like to thank you for that. To us, beyond the fact that we want to demonstrate that Romania can be security provider too, not only beneficiary, we are doing this increasingly more and more consistently in recent years, beyodn this, we are very interested in peace, stability, good economic and social evolution, positive one in this part of Europe, furtheremore as it is in our neighborhood. Therefore, your presence is important from this perspective too, in addition to your military mission, and I am sure that as I could notice at your colleagues from Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Sarajevo, that I have just visited, beyond your expertise and professionalism, your cultural and regional background brings added value that you can capitalize on fulfilling the mission you are conducting. Therefore, once again, many thanks for your actions and I can reassure you that the Executive is fully aware of your efforts to represent with honor Romania. -: Allow me to make some introductory remarks. Unfortunately, I will not speak as freely as you, I do not have this expertise, but I may try(...). Dacian Ciolos: But you have the same freedom. -:Mr. Prime Minister, Minister, General, thank you very much for this visit that rejoices us and honors us. I tell you frankly that it is a great pleasure to have you among us, now when October 25 is approaching, a day with special significance for the Romanian Army. Last but not least, I am very glad to meet the EULEX colleagues whom I very much thank for presence and I want to especially convey that anytime they need, they can find a group of Romanians they can trust. From 1999 to date, the presence of Romanian military in Kosovo, the Romanian personnel in Kosovo and employment of Romanian military in KFOR command. It is a bit colorful synthesis of Kosovo modern history, the resolution that will underpin the creation of Kosovo Force. 2016-10-21 08:59:00 Cioloș: Susținem dezvoltarea industriilor culturale și creative atât pentru potențialul de dezvoltare în economie, cât și pentru beneficiile socialeȘtiri din 20.10.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos has had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the - International Advertising Association (IAA) Board of Directors, global association comprising specialists in communication and marketing from more than 40 countries, one of the most dynamic creative industry. - This Cabinet has substantially changed the way cultural and creative industries are approched in public policies, starting from their significant contribution in the Gross Domestic Product, namely 6, 5 percent, compared to that from traditional sectors such as: agriculture and constructions, and taking into account the development potential for both the economy and the social benefits stemming from it the Head of the Executive has stated. Prime Minister has outlined some of the measures taken with a view to developing cultural and creative industries: setting up an operational group devoted to this sector, opening of the - Creative Romania Programme devoted to supporting the entrepreneurship in creative and cultural industries and financed from European funds, adoption of a strategy for the education in this sector, aimed at academic specialty courses. The Cultural and Creative Sectors White Paper will be launched over the next period, and it will represent a coherent framework of development of this sector. Also, Prime Minister Ciolos has appreciated IAA Romania's role and contribution in the task force - Creativity in administration, set up at the level of the Government, as well as the initiative of organizing in Bucharest, next year, a global event devoted to cultural and creative industries. - I am confident that any Cabinet will takeover after December elections, will support such event to be organized in Romania, given that Romania appears increasingly as a possible hub for developing start-ups in fields such as: IT, creative industries and research - development, Prime Minister has stated. 2016-10-20 17:53:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la cea de-a 6-a conferință la nivel înalt a Oficiilor Naționale de Recuperare a Creanțelor provenite din infracțiuniȘtiri din 20.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the the 6th Pan - European High Level Conference on Asset Recovery Offices Dacian Ciolos: I want to thank you for attendance first of all and to thank the European Commission, the other European institutions that chose to organize this conference, this event, in Romania, in Bucharest. I want to say from the outset that the idea that prompted us to further the streamlining of this agency of ill-gotten assets recovery this year, and the point of departure was that the act of justice is incomplete as long as we have not recovered the ill-gotten assets. For the act of justice to be credible and complete, its not just the handed down punishment that is important, but also the recovery of ill-gotten assets, because otherwise we risk to weaken the act of justice and the force of the judiciarys decision. We relied on this principle when, in addition to Romania's progress in strengthening the judiciary and the act of justice, we decided to streamline this national agency for ill-gotten assets recovery. This agency or the idea of setting up this agency had been on paper for a long time, but it did not become operational. The Justice Minister Mrs. Pruna pledged from the beginning of this Cabinet s term in office to take action and find all the means for the agency to be operational by the end of this tenure. I am glad to notice that we have reached this stage. We cannot tolerate dishonesty in pursuit of profit as a way of work and lifestyle in Romania. The decisions aimed only at punishing the respective offender without proving that the judiciary, the state in general, is capable to carry the act of justice through are not enough. To date, this was all about, the enforcement of the act of justice was not complete as long as the assets were not recovered. We have a lot to do in this field. The Public Ministry's reports indicate important sums and assets blocked, in Romania, it is about more than half a billion EUR, money or assets of this value, which should be brought back to state budget. We decided at the same time to give a clear target to this assets recovery action not only from the perspective of the act of justice, but also to give these resources back to the citizens who were affected by these ill-gotten actions. We decided that the funds, resources we recover through this agency, ANABI, would be earmarked towards education, healthcare, social projects. This year, we focused our action on the institutional construction of this agency, in terms of infrastructure, human resources, with a view to rendering this agency operational by late this year, so that as of next year, it can work at its full capacity. This is from our point of view, not only a way to reply and enforce the EU Directive that will be at the core of today's discussion too, but equally an essential decision for Romania. Romania has achieved important progress in these years in securing the independence of judiciary, and the conditions for the judiciary to perform its activity properly , the Cabinet I am leading, remained committed to these principles and in our view, the best way to prove this was to carry this project through. As a conclusion, I take this opportunity to welcome the work of professionals of this field who made possible the completion of this project and I express at the same time my confidence in a partnership of confidence between Romania and the other EU Member States or even the neighboring countries. As we learnt from others in implementing some mechanisms for the good functioning of the judiciary, alike, in this field, to the extent it is necessary, we are ready to share from our experience as in this field, more than in any other, I think it is important to do these things, because they are necessary, and not because they are required by somebody else, but as aforementioned, on the other hand, the exchange of experience and cooperation with other EU partners is essential for such instruments to become as effective and efficient as possible. I would like to thank you once again for attendance and the support you have extended to Romania to date, and I assure you of our full openness towards partnership and cooperation in the future. Thank you. 2016-10-20 11:44:00 de condoleanțe al premierului Dacian Cioloș la încetarea din viață a seniorului liberal Radu CâmpeanuȘtiri din 20.10.2016 - Strong public personality, Radu Campeanu remains one of the visionary political leaders who tirelessly militated for freedom and democracy. He remained consistent with his political and democratic beliefs that he promoted and defended with dignity and courage, irrespective of the years spent in the communist prisons and exile. Radu Campeanu was one of the political personalities who made a defining contribution to the evolution of the Romanian society after 1990, by both re-establishing the National Liberal Party and supporting the democratic values and freedoms as foundation of the path that Romania had started rebuilding. He was among the first political leaders of the 90s Romania who saw our country walking alongside the European nations, which only visionary leaders, devoted to democratic values and principles, had the capacity and force to foresee. The venerable Liberal leader distinguished himself through nobility, elegance, and force of speech whereby he gained the respect of partners and political opponents altogether. I convey my thoughts of compassion and my condolences to family, friends and all who were close to him! May God rest him in peace! 2016-10-20 10:52:00 Dacian Cioloș, întâlnire de lucru cu magistrațiiȘtiri din 18.10.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos along with Minister of Justice, Minister of Labor and the Finance Minister had today, from 3.00 pm, at the Government headquarters, a working meeting with representatives of magistrates and officials in the judiciary, on the issue of judiciary salaries. The discussions with senior representatives of CSM, ICCJ, PICCJ management and with representatives of magistrates' associations, focused on the divergent opinions on funding judiciary salaries and investments and the recent weeks' divergent views were harmonized. Following discussions, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos argued that the participants had the openness required for the clarification of the current inequities in the salaries of the magistrates and judiciary personnel, by finding a joint unitary and coherent framework for the judiciary salaries. The working meeting concluded with an invitation sent by Labor Minister Dragos Pislaru to magistrates to attend a meeting over the period to come, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection to discuss about the values and principles of a coherent and unitary approach of the salaries in this sector. 2016-10-18 19:13:00 Dacian Cioloş a participat la conferința Incluziune socială și Pachetul Anti-sărăcieȘtiri din 18.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the Conference on Social Inclusion and the Anti-poverty Package Dacian Ciolos: I would like to thank you once again for having answered our invitation. You recall that some months ago when we launched the anti-poverty package, I told you that we set some objectives, and it is important to start working, even if we may not be able to attain all objectives, it is however important to start in a coordinated way. Surely, we did not claim any moment that this issue had not been tackled prior to this Cabinet, it is a chronic issue in the post-December 1989 Romania but we wanted to do it in an integrate and coordinated manner. In my view, it is important to acknowledge the problems before really solving them, and I told that we wanted to eradicate poverty, we should first think of our conduct too, the fact that as long as we will not be able to change a conduct conducive to corruption, we cannot eradicate poverty in a structured way. As long as we do not think, when speaking about economic development, not only about GDP growth, but about job creation too, consistent, lasting jobs, the same, we will not be able to eradicate corruption. As long as we are thinking only about social policies to allow those in extreme poverty to make their living from one day to other, with social benefits granted almost as at auction during electoral campaigns, who bids more, as long as we have the impression that social welfare policies can resolve the problem, as long as we have this outlook, we cannot speak about viable solutions. In my view, poverty is not just a problem of marginalized categories in society, it is a problem of the society and it should be tacked as a whole. Surely, poverty can also be the result of a personal attitude, we are speaking about education here, I will resume this, but I believe we should first tackle the issue of poverty at the level of society and we should first solve our part of problem, in connection to our indifference to community, overal indifference to these problems, dysfunctions of some public policies and eficiency of the way we enforce these public policies. When speaking about public policies, I do not think only of the Government, because I do not think it is just a problem of the Government, it is a problem of local authorities too, and a problem of the non-governmental environment, that gets involved and which, at least from my point of view, so far, if we relate to the action of the Cabinet, local authorities and non-governmental sector, I think that the non-governmental sector was among the most effective in the measures it enforced, not to dissimulate the problem, but to find indeed solutions to lead to problem resolution. With respect to poverty and corruption, in my view, endemic poverty is first of all the result of corruption, the way we use public or private resources, when they are oriented by public authorities to create development, and when speaking about consistent development, I do not necessarily think of environment, but of the consistency of the measures we take. In this context or starting from these premises, we proposed this antipoverty programme which did not intend to come up with new measures, but to make the already existing measures coherent, which were effective or enforced without coordination. The objectives, the basic idea then consisted in overcoming institutional barriers, certain budgetary, legislative, administrative barriers and to think first about integrated mechanisms of action to use these budgetary, legislative, administrative resources in processes that have as objective certain final results or processes to be judged from the perspective of final results and not of the budget spent or the number of social aid beneficiaries. I told back then that the programme will start with your help too, to a large extent, those who are in this room, surely we will not be able to carry it out until late this year, but it was important to launch these measures, to have your support as you are those who can ensure the continuity of this programme, irrespective of what is happening after elections. We organized this evaluation meeting to see the extent we have been efficient together, what we could achieve together and what we can improve until the end of the year. To launch this evaluation, to be studied thoroughly by my colleagues, Ministers, each on the field of activity, first, in order to release certain measures which existed but which, for various reasons, were not enforced, we took some simplification measures, we connected institutions and people with responsibilities in these areas, but who worked separately and disconnected, we used financing sources from the state budget, European funds, other financing sources which normally had the same object, but which used separately, did not show their efficiency. We started from the premise that once these beneficial actions released, they can extend irreversibly if applied with rigor and in a conscientious way, then, alongside state action, it is important for us to find the most effective ways to work together with the civil society, both to implement measures, especially for tracking results and that on the one hand, beyond the measures aiming strictly at social insertion, we need to break a vicious circle generating poverty, therefore we need to tackle the very root of the problem, recalling that very many children are still living in poverty, in Romania, or are at the risk of poverty, almost half of Romania's children are at risk of poverty, one in three children is in persistent poverty, and therefore, when speaking about poverty eradication, we should focus first on this level, and this is why we came up with certain programmes and measures intended for children ever since birth, ever since birth registration. Fancy that we still have children with no identity, who cannot therefore benefit of certain aid and find their place in society for various reasons: bureaucratic, administrative, the complexity of the administrative registration procedure. We came up with measures to allow granting the identity of a child, irrespective of the birth conditions, type of family, then measures to prevent school dropout, and we realized that in order to prevent school dropout, we need to tackle the issue of child integration in kindergartens and here, we turned to good account a programme which has already operated very well in the non-governmental environment and which we managed to generalize. Then, I noticed that many children failed to attend school because they have no proper clothing or food, and I extended programmes already existed that offered fruits and a hot meal to children in schools, we prepared them for generalisation and to be able to coordinate them with other measures to prevent school dropout. We sought financial resources from state budget and European funds, resources which existed but were used in a isolated manner, money was spent, but we did not see necessarily the effect on the ground. Money was spent but we did not see the effect on the ground. Therefore, we coordinated these measures of offering fruits in schools, which we extended to pre-school pupils. I started this pilot-programme with hot meals, or anyhow, with a meal in school, to be able to build the afterschool pilot programme. Therefore, we focused a lot the measures in these few months on programmes for children. Then, programmes for young people who are neither in universities, nor at jobs, we created legislative, financial and administrative conditions for them to be reintegrated to continue their education, then, to find a job. Minister Pislaru will surely tell you that it is about changes not only in legislation and in the manner of spending the budget, but also in the conduct of employees, of those who need to support this approach, and to pass from the counter approach to one adjusted to people's needs, to a true form of assistance and support for employment. An emergency order or a law are not enough to change mentalities, our attitude is important, of those involved in changing the attitude of the entire society in this respect. We then put forward an array of measures aimed at employment, starting from the problems we could identify in connection with the difficulty of finding a job. Even if we still have unemployment, on the other hand, Romania has vacant jobs, and many companies that invested in Romania are looking for employees abroad. There are areas in Romania with available jobs and other areas in Romania with chronic poverty, where unemployment is high. We introduced measures to facilitate the temporary mobility of workforce. We consider measures to help people settle in areas with vacant jobs. On average term, we will need to think of invested capital reorientation not just in advantaged areas which attract more, but in areas where we need to focus on more infrastructure, on certain services to encourage the capital to invest in those areas where there is available labor force. We also presented measures to encourage professional training, in addition to basic educational reintegration, to help vocational education as it is not enough anymore in the 21st century economy, simple vocational education, you need a more complex training even to be a skillful worker, and for this, we create a legislation to allow us to collaborate: the state, the state educational institutions, with the private sector, with enterprises to adjust to this training, but also with measures designed to encourage entrepreneurship, both in urban and rural areas. These are measures tackling poverty at its very roots, the social and educational problems as well as economic problems related to access to a job. This is our vision regarding combating poverty, not just increase in the efficiency of social welfare policies, but creating opportunities not to remain in an area of public and social welfare. I think that only by tackling all the chain of problems, one can find lasting solutions. For these measures to continue, your involvement is clearly needed, and after this experience of a couple of months in government, there is the need also for the Government to work in partnership with civil society, both to increase the efficiency of administrative, budgetary, social insertion measures but also to change mentality. You, who are part of the non-governmental sector, you get involved in volunteer actions, as you hold the strong belief that things can be better done, and I think, on the administrative, governmental side, we need to gain this confidence and this personal and emotional involvement, beyond budgetary, legislative measures we will take, because if we do not have this confidence that we can do things better, we will do it only on paper and we will continue to report each year the problems we encounter on the ground. I would like to encourage you to stay involved and maybe together, we will succeed in developing a new concept of social policies, one to be built on this public - private partnership, and we should speak of public - private partnership not only in the investment policy, there where we need the financial capital of private sector, but also in social policy, where we need the human capital of private or non-governmental sector. Thank you. 2016-10-18 12:46:00 a lansat, de Ziua internațională pentru eradicarea sărăciei, Pachetul de servicii comunitare integrateȘtiri din 17.10.2016 Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Government has launched the integrated community services based on the case management method, whereby the social worker is working together with the school counsellor/ school mediator, community medical assistant / healthcare mediator as well as with public or private providers of social, occupational, educational, and medical services, in order to identify the needs of vulnerable persons and to establish the intervention plans. These services are part of the Integrated Package to fight Poverty and of the National Startegy for Social Inclusion and Curtailing Poverty and aim at the integrated approach of all problems faced by a vulnerable person/ family. Social workers, school counsellors and community medical assistants across the country attended the working meeting on which this package of services was launched. The social worker, the community medical assistant and school counsellor will intervene together, at the level of community, to reduce the risks of poverty and social exclusion of vulnerable categories. These teams will intervene to find solutions for problems related to: Social assistance: access to basic resources, capacity to resolve the problems and resources adjustment to specific needs, transfer from a support based on benefits to a support offered through services, increase in social competences, securing the balance between professional and personal life. Employment: evaluation of professional development potential and support for professional career, increase in the employment chances for vulnerable persons, and overcoming obstacles related to entering and maintaining on the labor market. Education: accessing resources necessary for school activities attendance, parental engagement, and school activities attendance, overcoming remaining obstacles to school attendance. Health: access to healthcare services for vulnerable persons, identifying health risks, creating a positive attitude towards healthy lifestyle and reproductive health. - Statistics show that paid social benefits cut by 23 percent extreme poverty whereby these payments. Therefore, nobody has nothing to reproach, on the very contrary, a safety net is required for the benefits area. On the other hand, the social benefits which is a new generation policy in almost all states with standards in this field, is far below optimal. (...) The field of social protection, social benefits, integrated community services is far less known in communities in general. It is an ignored agenda. As a rule, the concept of socially assisted is pejorative.Whoever is socially assisted, is considered lazy, and allegedly reluctant to work (...). This mentality should be changed and we need to find ways to bring these fellow citizens back in society, and this is much more than an investment, the ability to restore the decency, self - confidence and status in society which these people lost, Minister of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly, Dragos Pislaru has stated. The integrated community services will be implemented initially in the communities of six counties and will later be extended nationwide, the project aimed at more than 180 marginalized communities assessed with above average or severe poverty. To support communities in above average poverty and severe poverty, the Government, through line Ministries has begun preparing a project to finance from European and the World Bank funds, the personnel of public social assistance services in these communities. Much of the disadvantaged are there independent of their will and are in a vicious circle of poverty and marginalization. (...) I think the focus should be shifted from combating poverty to providing opportunities as without these real opportunities, whether they are called health, education, employment, housing or integrated services, and without an analysis of the impact of various interventions, I do not think we can change this situation , Maria Gheorghiu, State advisor to the Prime Minister has stated. The Government marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty through debates with specialists across the country and from Government, focusing on: launch of some measures on integrated services, and also of the report on the state of implementation of the measures of the anti-poverty Package. Debates on the measures for vulnerable persons will continue tomorrow, October 18, with presentation of the measures provided by the anti-poverty Package and implemented to date. The event to be held at Victoria Palace, starting with 9.30 am will be attended by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Labor Minister Dragos Pislaru, Education Minister, Mircea Dumitru, Health Minister, Vlad Voiculescu, Minister of European Funds, Cristian Ghinea, Minister of Public Finance, Anca Dragu and representatives of the European Commission and the World Bank. On February 2016, the Government launched the Integrated Package for combating poverty, which comprised 47 measures for all age categories, many of them being aimed at youth and children. The package addresses in an integrate way the poverty phenomenon, so that the intervention simultaneously operates on several levels in fields such as: social, education, healthcare, employment, and child rights protection - not just on one level, because reality on the ground demonstrates that only an integrate approach can produce positive effects in society. 2016-10-17 15:41:00 Dacian Cioloş a participat la întâlnirea strategică ELI - NP pentru dezvoltarea conceptului "Laser Valley - Land of Lights - dezvoltare teritorială inteligentă"Știri din 14.10.2016 Ciolos: Good morning. I would like to thank Mr. Iuga and Mr. Curaj for having invited me here. It is a project which, when I understood its scope and importance, I can say I grew attached to it ever since I worked for European Commission, because I understood it is a very strong advantage for Romania the fact that it got the funding for this project, that it got the agreement for the implementation of a part of this large European project, which has three locations, but one of these three important locations is in Romania, and surely, on its first phase, I understood the importance of the scientific dimension of research and of the contribution to fundamental research this project may have, and the fact that this project strengthens Romania's position in international research, in the nuclear physics branch. I gradually understood that this project can have other development dimension, which I do not know if it was guessed initially when the project had been envisaged by researchers and they insisted and they got involved in the project implementation, what I understood after I saw other such examples in the European Union. I would say that it is in a certain way a first time for Romania the fact that it has a research project of such scope, around which a region can develop, as well as new sectors of high - tech where Romania has potential and first of all, we can prove that we can integrate the research part, the researchers who are habitually working in laboratories, isolated from the rest of the world and so far, such platforms around poles of competitiveness have been promoted in large cities in Romania, in regional development centres with investment capacity, and able to carry this project out, due to the financial power and opportunities provided by a large city, other than Bucharest, such as: Cluj, Timisoara, Iasi, Brasov, etc. If such a project is initiated in a large city, the local community can carry it out, can develop and promote it politically including, because you know, many times, financial allocation decisions are made following political pressure and due to the political ability of local authorities to intervene and uphold their views in favor of such project. This is a project based in Magurele, a small locality, in the nearby of Bucharest, representatives of Bucharest City Hall are here, I think that the potential, even indirect, including for Bucharest is bigger than we can imagine now and frankly, I would expect Bucharest City Hall to very dinamically get involved in this project, besides the County Council, the Magurele Town Hall, and I think this is important, like a greater impetus than usually, on the part of the Government too, for such a project, for it not to reach deadlock, after we get funding, and we are in advanced phase, that of completion of project on research, the core element of this development project. We have to think of the steps ahead so that when this research center and the laser become operational, we have the concept developed, the necessary infrastructure, all the platform ready, we know who we will work with, and the sources of finance for certain projects. This pole of competitiveness, beyond this core represented by the research center and the laser has also an applied research dimension, development of some top technologies, applications in the field of medicine, materials science, nuclear material management. It has a training, formation, cooperation dimension, with faculties, universities, professional training centers in high-tech involved, but it also have a territorial development dimension because in that area, if things are running well, very many start-ups, SMEs, branches of interested companies should be bolstered to set up here. We can have university camps, districts for researchers, for those who are going to work in this center, and as it is about a development and high -tech center, surely, it will inevitably need a very strong connection and one in terms of infrastructure, not only with Bucharest, as capital, and as very important economic development center, but with other communication channels, as well, such as: Danube, also with other big cities around. Therefore, I think these things should be thought as of now, and I am willing to analyze them. I discussed with Mr. Curaj these days, because I intuited the importance of this project, I must acknowledge with his contribution, when he was Minister, I suggested him to ensure the coordination as high representative of Prime Minister for this project and therefore, I had a discussion these days with him about the study conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. I want to thank them once again for their contribution, it maybe part of a very good business logic. Beyond this, the Romanian Government has conducted several projects, in which their contribution was welcome, and I want to thank them this time too. Therefore, seeing this title, I intuited the need of Government's involvement to bolster this project exactly for the reasons I have presented. The project scope versus the possibility for local community in Magurele to implement it, I think it is high time for us to give this signal that we have here a gold mine, in addition to the fact that there are no risks related to its exploitation, I would outline that if we exploit this gold mine, we can contribute to environmental protection. I am thinking very seriously of a way the Government may contribute to an integrate territorial intervention in the development of this region. We intend to do this in disadvantaged areas. We have already announced that with respect to Jiu Valley, Rosia Montana - Apuseni area, Moldova area, the poorest area of Moldova, we adopted a memorandum in the Government whereby we are about to create not only a concept of integrating the funding sources from national budget, European funds, in order to intervene in a coordinated way regarding the development projects in these areas, and also to come up with technical assistance, to help local communities from these three areas to build and implement these projects. We are doing this in the three areas, we support the disadvantaged areas, we give them an impetus for development. Here, it is a very big development potential, a potential which would be hard to capitalize by local authorities alone, then, I think we need a coordinated involvement of more actors. In conclusion, the message I want to convey you is that the Government shall get involved, or anyhow, together with my collaborators, members of the Executive, we shall do our best to facilitate the coordination of development resources in this region. There is also the Danube Delta area, where we have a territorial integrate development instrument on European funds, in all these areas, I first requested an involvement of local actors interested in this project and as far as I understand, most of them are around this table. To the extent you find your way to coordinate yourselves, and structure your intervention, requests for the coming period, you have the Government' support. I would like to thank you once again as well as the international institutions that got involved through expertise too, and which can further get involved through expertise, technical assistance, support in identifying financial solutions for investments necessary in this area, as beyond the resources available with public resources, we can mobilize private financial resources for investments and then, we need the support of all partners which can help us in this direction. I want to thank and congratulate Mr. Curaj not only for his involvement in this project, but also for his birthday today, celebrated through work. Statements by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos following his participation in the strategic meeting ELI- NP for development of the concept - Laser Valley - Land of Lights - smart territorial development Dacian Ciolos: I attended a meeting, a discussion around the Magurele laser project, which beyond its scientific component, research one, which has been mentioned, has a territorial development component. This research project can generate technological development, development of the university education system, a university camp, creation of start-ups, SMEs, from various sectors that will use the technology and facilities of this laser. With Government's support, Mr. Adrian Curaj, who is high representative of the Prime Minister for this project, gathered together more actors from private environment, local public authorities, Ministries, so that we think together for the period to come, a development concept on the infrastructure and urban planning - there is already an architectural urban planning study for developing the respective area. We have now a study of the economic and social development potential in the respective region, the aim is that in few months, until mid December, we can have a concept of governance of this territorial development project. Reporter: Will the infrastructure issue there be resolved? It is only a road that was asphalted once with Hollande's arrival there and we do not know what will happen next, if there is a chance for us to reach Magurele in other conditions... Dacian Ciolos: Yes, of course. Particularly for that reason the Transport Ministry is also involved together with the Ilfov County Council and the City Hall of the Bucharest Municipality as Magurele lies to the south of Bucharest and there is also need for a connection to the Airport and the city centre. Even the works on Bucharest's ringroad will ensure the connection between the southern and the northern part of Bucharest This study also includes this part of necessary infrastructure to connect Magurele to Bucharest, and to other areas. Reporter: You could see there is a technical issue there, now, this issue with researchers, they cannot be hired so easily, it is complicated with studies recognition. There are celebrities coming from outside to make research here and... Dacian Ciolos: We are working on this too. A governance concept is needed which should include several institutions, because to date, people have focused more on the scientific part, on the construction of this facility that will host the laser, the gamma component. Since spring, we realized that we shall see the laser ready and not be able to capitalise on its true potential. That is why we began developing this concept, which is making progress. The idea of the meeting today is that, beyond the governmental or research institutions there, we should motivate, encourage and involve the local public authorities, but also the business environment. Investments there that can generate, as far as I understood from the study, a turnover exceeding 600 million euro annually, could generate up to 6-7,000 jobs, with a high added value, as researchers, engineers, experts will be working in these fields. Thereforem it is important to be ready until 2018, to have these facilities or at least, a clear idea about what is to be done. Reporter: The decision to sack the prefect of Galati was taken on the Wednesday's meeting of the Cabinet or is because of the way he managed the flooding situation? Dacian Ciolos: No, it is not for this reason, there are others which the Interior Minister has presented to me. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, have you discussed with Ministers of your Cabinet on an eventual candidacy on a party's lists? Has anybody announced you about such intention to run in the election? Dacian Ciolos: Yes, I discussed with some of them, and perhaps, they will announce soon their decision. Reporter: Will they resign? Dacian Ciolos: Obviously. 2016-10-14 12:33:00Întâlnirea dintre prim-ministrul Dacian Cioloș și comisarul european pentru cercetare și inovare, Carlos MoedasȘtiri din 11.10.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos has met today with the European Commisioner for research and innovation, Carlos Moedas, who is paying an official visit in our country. The Commissioner's visit has as general objective strengthening and streamlining bilateral dialogue on the issue of consolidating Romania's participation in the European Space Research as well as discussing the progress of some large pan -European infrastructure projects to which Romania takes part, such as ELI(Extreme Light Infrastructure) and Danubius - RI. The meeting has started with the launch of the postage stamp issue - Beyond the frontiers of knowledge, Laser Valley - Land of lights, which symbolically promotes the integral development programme of Magurele area. The programme, initiated by the Romanian Government, for capitalisation on the potential benefits of ELI-NP project (Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics), is the Romanian pillar of the pan-European ELI project, the first major investment in world research infrastructure and the first international infrastructure in the laser field. It is a pioneer European investment which uses structural funds for regional development. - This project is a great success of the top Romanian research, our country being one of the three partners about to develop with European funds, a European project for the use of laser in research. We want to go beyond research, in Romania. We intend to use the research and development of this project as source of local development too, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has stated on the occasion of the postage stamp issue. During the ensuing discussions, Prime Minister has outlined Romania's commitment to continuing the implementation of European programmes in the fields of research, development and innovation. The developments of the Romanian research - innovation sector have been approached, the main measures implemented by the Executive to support activity in this field being outlined in this regard. There has been expressed Romania's interest in a better access to European programmes for Romanian researchers, such as Horizon 2020, and in the increase in the Union'support with a view to developing certain initiatives in the field of research in the Black Sea region. *** Dacian Ciolos: I would like to congratulate and thank Romfilateria for this initiative, along the team that deals with - the Laser's Valley, we have our valley, others have Silicon Valley, we have a - valley of laser, land of light. I am personally very fond of this project. It is in my view a great success of Romania, of former Cabinets, of top Romanian research, to bring this project in Romania. I remind you the fact that Romania is one of the three partners about to develop, with European funds, a European project in which laser can be used in research. We want to go beyond research, in Romania, and even beyond the applied research using laser. We intend to use research and development as project, as a local development source. It is a modality to bring top researchers from Europe, and the world, at Magurele, to use this facility but also to develop around this research center and the laser a series of other applied projects to lead to economic development by means of top research. I want to thank all who got involved in promoting this project. You will surely heard talking about this project in the ensuing weeks, months. Due to the importance of this project, I suggested Mr. Curaj, former Minister of Education and Research to deal with the unfolding of this project. I think that over next days, we will have the opportunity to speak about ways to involve local authorities in Magurele, in Bucharest, the respective areas, alongside various Ministries, in order to make this local development project include a component of infrastructure, education and the one pertaining to bringing some SMEs in this area so that we can speak about a genuine development pole of this region in Romania by means of research, development and top development. I would like to thank the European Commission too for the support provided to the unfolding of this project. 2016-10-11 13:05:00 de către Prim-ministrul Dacian Cioloș a Președintelui Republicii Slovace, domnul Andrej KiskaȘtiri din 10.10.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos has met today with the President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, on the occasion of the state visit he is paying to our country, at the invitation of the Romanian President. The two officials have welcomed the excellent state of bilateral relations. They have discussed about solutions and good practices identified to back professional mobility and promote dual vocational education, for economic development and increasing the number of jobs. Discussions have also pertained to aspects related to rural areas development, by capitalization on the agricultural potential. The national policies of social inclusion have also been addressed. The Slovak party has appreciated Romania's achievements in combating corruption, which may constitute a model. The Slovak President has reviewed the Slovak priorities for the incumbent Presidency of the European Union Council and inquired about the Romanian Prime Minister's view on concrete ways to relaunch the European project. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has reconfirmed Romania's full support for the positive agenda for the European Union proposed by Slovakia. He has outlined that - the common major objective is a Europe of 27 member states, stronger, more united and competitive, closer to its citizens and their aims. 2016-10-10 18:53:00Întâlnirea premierului Dacian Cioloș cu bursierii GovITHubȘtiri din 10.10.2016 Ciolos: First of all, congratulations for having been selected, even if you have already started working. I followed yesterday the forces unleashed from the opposite room, and I congratulate you for your progress. It was for the first time, for me, when I saw a hackathon of this scope , and I am glad that the Government is the happy beneficiary of your knowledge and creativity. I wanted to see each other now, a couple of days after you had time to accomodate yourself, to see how things are working here, and to have an open discussion on the projects you will engage in over the next months, the six months when you are performing your activity here, with us, as beneficiaries of these scholarships, and to see the most effective modality for you connect with partners in the administration, for whom you will work. Therefore, we will find a modality whereby you keep your freedom of imagination, creation, opinion, views on certain issues, but at the same time, be enough connected to the administration reality to see in due time and in pragmatic way what can be done and what cannot be done from what you believed is achievable, or where we should make decisions for our goals to become possible, to know if some of our decisions may change the framework, and to be able to do it, I need to know it to prepare decisions on time. Therefore, this is the objective of today's discussions. Surely, you have already chosen, some of you, the projects you want to work on, of the 12 you presented yesterday, largest share of them are based on your will, your view on the usefulness of certain things which should be achieved. You still have proposals put forward by Ministries and agencies that we kindly ask you to reflect on. Over the ensuing period, alongside the 12 projects on which you have already launched your activity, let us see what the following projects are, in which you can engage over the next six months, in each of them or eventually in groups of projects, so that we can establish the working method and organization manner, to see which your contact will be and in what type of administration, so that you can carry out your activity in the most efficient manner possible. I knew the experience of one of your predecessors, there was such an IT expert at the Environment Ministry, who worked on the Forests radar, for upgrading the Forests Radar, and who adjusted some of his initial ideas after getting to know more the administration and saw what he could achieve and where to he could channel his energy in the most effective way. You may also undergo this but I wish you a shorter adjustment and accomodation period in the administrative structures in which you will work in partnership, and to be able to spend your time with creating what is useful. For this reason, I invited some Ministers with whose activity you interfere more or less, who will be beneficiaries of some of your projects to have this open discussion. If you have any questions, please, go ahead. We will deepen this topic afterwards. I am available to any issue you would like to raise. 2016-10-10 14:28:00 Prim-ministrului, Dacian Cioloș, cu ocazia Zilei naționale de comemorare a victimelor Holocaustului din RomâniaȘtiri din 10.10.2016 October 9, we pay homage to the memory of the Holocaust victims of Romania. The year 2016 is a year full of significations for our recent history, as we commemorate 75 years since the legionnaire pogrom in Bucharest of January 1941, 75 years since the pogrom in Iasi of June 1941 and since the deportations to Transnistria of October 1941. The moment of commemorating the Holocaust victims of Romania is a moment of reflection on the dark episodes of the national history, a moment of learning from the lessons of the past, so that these tragedies never repeat under any form. No film seen or book read can capture the pain of those deported. One can learn best from this tragedy' survivors why the extremist, racist, anti-Semite, discriminatory attitudes must be completely eliminated from our society. We can also learn about the courage of facing history and combating the negative phenomena which lead to historic tragedies. I reckon that the vital answer for the democratic cohesion and health of our society is education, a profound, comprehensive and responsible one. Education is the most efficient instrument to spare the nations from the disease of ignorance, intolerance and indifference. Let us not postpone using education in school, at home or through media for each citizen to become more responsible and aware of the dangers which these challenges pose to the society. It is our duty, the duty of all of us, not to cease telling the youth the truth about history so that the young people never lose their courage in front of history. From this perspective, the chapter on the Holocaust in Romania must be a part of learning Romanias history. I congratulate the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania and the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania for their contributions to bringing to the attention of the youth the memory of these history lessons. One of the recent actions devoted to the memory of the victims of Transnistrian deportations took place last week, when, on the two organisations 'initiative, the places from where thousands of Romanian Jews were deported from the stations in Bucovina region, were marked . As we know, the recommendations of the final report of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania headed by Elie Weisel, were presented in 2004. Romania made efforts, acknowledged nationally and internationally, to meet these recommendations. Moreover, our country took over the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2016. Whereby the activities carried out this year in the education, remembrance and research areas, as well as those in the field of combating anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination, Romania consecrated its profile of consistent promoter of the values of tolerance, multiculturalism and democracy. Our chairmanship of IHRA proposes the member states to actively and carefully confront the lessons of the past with the realities and challenges of the present so that such tragical moments in our history never happen again. Our duty, 75 years after the tragedies that marked Romanias history, is to make sure that the memory of the Holocaust victims of Romania remains dignified and untainted by attempts to re-write or deny history. May the memory of the Holocaust victims of Romania remain alive forever in the conscience of all Romanians! 2016-10-10 10:53:00 României găzduiește primul maraton digital GovITHubȘtiri din 07.10.2016 18:29:00Întâlnirea premierului Dacian Cioloș cu Federica Mogherini, Înaltul Reprezentant al Uniunii Europene pentru Afaceri Externe și Politică de Securitate și vicepreședinte al Comisiei Europene Știri din 07.10.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos has met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini who is on her first visit to Romania as a High Representative. The two officials have discussed about the implementation of the European Unions Global Strategy and the concrete modalities whereby Romania could make its contribution in this respect. - We intend to contribute to the regional and thematic strategies. If we talk, for instance, about the Black Sea region, the events and trends around this region clearly speak about the need to extend a special attention to the area, in the sense of creating a regional context less vulnerable to the security challenges and more open to economic opportunities and development of local communities, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has outlined. The discussion agenda has also comprised topics of common interest for Romania and the European Union, such as: the current reflection on EUs future and the manner in which the concrete elements and tangible results based on the Global Strategy can contribute to creating a positive approach, for instance through an equitable orientation of instruments and geographic distribution in implementing the current reflection on strengthening the cooperation at EU level in the defence and security areas. The officials have discussed about the European Neighbourhood Policy, with a focus on the situation in the Republic of Moldova. Other topics adressed included the EU — NATO complementarity, considering the importance of NATOs involvement in our region, as well as the Strategic Partnership with the US. 2016-10-07 16:46:00 20 de bursieri ai programului GovITHub intră în acțiuneȘtiri din 07.10.2016 15:14:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la activitățile prilejuite de introducerea în serviciu a aeronavei F-16, Fighting FalconȘtiri din 07.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on the occasion of the reception ceremony of the first F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Dacian Ciolos: Vice Prime Minister, distinguished Ministers, generals, dear pilots and technicians, distinguished audience, I am not just honored to be today here, in Fetesti but also proud to assist to the reception ceremony of six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, purchased by Romania in 2013, and I seize this opportunity to welcome this strategic decision taken by the Romanian stakeholders in 2013. It is indeed a historic day for Romania, and the Romanian Air Forces. I think it is a deserved day for the Romanian Air Forces that did well their duty to date, and who have through this platform, a new instrument to demonstrate their performance. Our evolution, in step with the Alliance, required incorporation of NATO changes within our own defence system adjustment process, in an efficient manner, by avoiding dissipation of effort and resources. Thus, Romania has set a clearly outlined ambition level, within which, the purcahse by Portugal of a first set of hi-tech multi-role aircrafts represents a major investment in boosting our defence capability. We have adopted a new way of thinking and approach of planning and capabilities development, starting from a pragmatism stemming from budget possibilities that we have and which we can undertake, in connection with the priorities we established in the Army equipment program. We have an important national politial agreement and I want to outline it here, which provides attaining a level of 2 percent budgetary allocation for defence from GDP, as of 2017, and maintaining this level for the next decade. However, we have taken into account this political agreement and its enforcement in 2017, by progressive adaptation of the Defence Ministry's budget, including this year. We thus observe the commitment Romania undertook within NATO, alongside other allies, in response to NATO recommendation to earmark 2 percent of GDP for defence. Ladies and gentlemen, the Romanian - Portuguese agreement, started in 2013, and supported by the United Stated Government that allowed the transfer of these aircrafts to Romania, represents a model of effective, professional cooperation, part of allied solidarity concept. I want to convey the Portuguese Government, Prime Minister Costa and the US Government authorities, sincere appreciations for the support provided. I especially remark the professionalism showed by the specialists of the Defence Ministry of Portugal in relationship with Romanian counterparts, in all stages of the programmes, which was outlined too by General Atanasof. I reckon that this cooperation is an example of excellence, which will continue after the delivery of all 12 aircraft, until the initial operational capability is reached. It is a cooperation which shows the Latin spirit too when we focus and we put together our energies. We are aware that development depends on technological changes, adaptation of systems and capabilities upgrading, in an interconnected world, in which we need to anticipate. We cannot afford overlooking the technology superiority. This is why we are determined to continue the process, by the acquisition and streamlining of the second multi-role aircraft batch in what we want to achieve, namely a consistent air defence for Romania. I am sure that this cooperation with Portugal will extend to other fields as well, strating from our status as state securing the first line of the Alliance's flanks, in a context of security marked by major challenges, both in south and in east, as the Portuguese Defence Minister aforementioned. I express my hope that the equipment programme of the Romanian Air Forces with F 16 aircraft will represent an excellent departure point for more ample projects in the economic field, where there is a certain development potential. It is very likely that the excellent cooperation in the defence field between Romania and Portugal is followed by an industrial one, regarding the development of the domestic logistic capacity of F-16 aircraft. I want to wish the Romanian pilots who piloted the aircraft home, a warm welcome and easy missions! I want to congratulate them for their swiftness and the professionalism whereby they adapted to this new mission and technology! 2016-10-07 13:29:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la Summitul RepatriotȘtiri din 06.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the RePatriot Summit Dacian Ciolos: Welcome! The organizers kept asking me these weeks whether or not I had time to attend this summit, and I confess I have been waiting for a long time this moment. It seems an extraordinary idea to me, I have had previously meetings with Romanians in Diaspora everytime I paid a visit abroad, and it seems extraordinary to me because it is obviously different when you go and discuss with Diaspora there where they are residing. I myself have lived - I do not know if I can say I belong to Diaspora, but half of the recent 15 years have been spent abroad, with the professional activity, the studies, and I know what means to be abroad and be one way or other connected with the heart and the soul to the family home, and there are things which one cannot replace. Today's meeting seems to me extraordinary because it is very pragmatic, very practical and we outline the emotional side as I have seen in a couple of minutes I stayed here, and listened that the emotional side always emerge in the speech, but we mix this emotional side with few practical issues, and I think that Romania reached after revolution a state of collective maturity so that it can build together with the Romanians who emigrated. There were discussions after the Revolution that some lived abroad, did not endure the hardships there, they went abroad and got rich, we had a hard life here, but for some years, the younger generation, but not only, travels much easier abroad, not only in Europe, elsewhere too, became more familiar to what means abroad and how those who chose for one or other reason to live their life, career at least temporarily abroad. On the other hand, I think we increasingly understand that even if it wants, Romania cannot deconnect to what is happening around nearer or further, even if we did not realize many times to date, we are influenced by what is happening in our vicinity, and as we are aware of it, we capitalize better on the potential, the resources, we understand better the limits, and we can go beyond them. On the other hand, I know from my own experience that living abroad even for a brief period, for some years, is an accelerated life lesson, as home, you have a certain pace, when abroad, you are deconnected from your environment, you are compelled to evolve fast one way or other, learn fast certain things and assimilate them. On the other hand, those home who better understand the need to connect with abroad, to push things forward faster, can currently understand the usefulness, even the need in certain areas, to exchange experience with our nationals living abroad and to find together solutions for things to run better home. Not only those who left after 90s, or some even after Romania's EU accession, or after it was easier to leave, those who work in the EU and not only, those residing for many decades abroad, stay nevertheless connected to realities home, and care to the largest share, of what is happening here, and many are intensely living the more or less slow changes home, the hurdles, they are intensely living them. I am sure that all of you who came from abroad, you did it not just from a personal interest, for a personal business, because you see opportunities in Romania, but you came here because you hold the belief that personal success can be capitalized for the country to advance, to progress in certain fields, much more turned to good account that the gain for a business here, home. On the other hand, this is interesting to me, because meetings with Diaspora, we have already had, in which we made public the steps that we - the Government and the administration want to take, and you told us what is working and what is not, but this time, you have the Romanian businesspeople in front of you, who, if they are interested in what is happening in Diaspora, means they have this vision including of their business, with you who have a vision formed abroad, but remained connected to home realities and interested in the course of events here. I think what is happening in this room is a kind of example that the Romanian people is beyond the current frontiers and that we can reconstitute these bonds to allow us to gather together without inferiority or superiority complexes, which are both very bad, in my view, therefore, without complexes, we should see how we really are and assume together certain changes, because even us who are returning home, can undertake certain changes which some years ago, we thought possible only due to foreign investments. Currently, perhaps also due to the fact that the electoral campaign is under preparation, some are trying to exacerbate this issue the other way round, and I do not want to make this ridiculous. I think we need to strengthen the Romanian capital, we have to do it in an intelligent way and not against somebody, or replacing something but making space, as we can be good and demonstrate this and develop the Romanian capital, without business just with the state and on political friendships, only based on contracts with the state. It does not mean that contracts with the state are not good, we need competent persons from the business environmet, by the way, 20 beneficiaries of scholarships are employed now at the Government, you may have heard of that govITHub platform, some came from abroad, I invited IT experts from the country and abroad, to help us progress more and fast on some IT platforms in governmental institutions, we initially thought about ten scholarships, but we doubled them afterwards, as there were 2000 applications, Romanians from the country and abroad. It is good therefore to work with the state, but one need to do it in a transpareny way, objective one, but beyond this, we need to develop the Romanian capital in a sustainable, consistent one, this development should be a solid one, based on the potential it can turned to good account. I think that this cooperation between Romanian capital based abroad and the capital home can achieve more. Much more can be done, on the one hand, it is more effective to make investments in Romania than coming with investments from abroad, once you are aware of the Romanian culture, and the requirements, and the potential contacts there, requirements there, investing home, knowing the limits, the strong points home, the areas in which the potential can be best turned to good account. On the other hand, for Romanians who want to export or to invest abroad, it is beneficial to enter a business partnership with a co-national who reside and work abroad maybe for decades, who has a potential that Romania can turn to good account there. Jobs can be therefore created not only in Romania but also abroad, for Romanians who decided to live there, smart participation in the economic development of the area we are living in. I think all these forms of cooperation which can be imagined, can be but beneficial for the Romanian economy and the growth of the Romanian society. In addition to it, I think we must admit your presence there. We may see it but we do not acknowledge it. I think we should acknowledge your existence as we need an external eye sometimes, to assess us better, in a more objective way, to see the direction to head to, and where we should change certain things. Your eyes can be more objective than of many other people, coming from abroad, without knowledge of our culture and who understand us less. I am saying this as we need yet many changes and development in Romania, over the next period. This was my personal feeling and I assume my statement that we have reached a certain maturity in the Romanian society and I think we have started reaching a degree of maturity in the Romanian society which understands that fear of unknown and of change is not as good as the risk one has to take, to see how it can be different, perhaps it can be better We may not always succeed, but one needs to try, stagnation does not mean keeping the same level, because some are progressing near you. I think that we need too to progress, we have no other option, but the more we withstand, the greater the pain. We need change in Romania over the next years, a change in mentalities, opinions, beliefs, we need the courage to assume individually these changes in order to make them collectively. For a long time, even if many of us agreed with the changes, we expected others to make them for us, and afterwards, we got upset on them that they dealt with other things and not what we believed they would do if we send them there. I think that currently, we need this individual assumption and the examples offered by your life experience can be very useful to us, and can contaminate us in a positive way, if we create as many and as diverse communication platforms. Hopefully, what is happening here today, these days, be just a beginning, let us assume the emotional side of the event, and go beyond it, and see pragmatically what we can do and how we can do things better, undertaking ecah of us who we are, and what we can do. I put down some ideas in connection to what we have achieved in these months, many Ministers were here before I took the floor. I saw Mr. Doros who told you what burdesome is taxation and how much he simplified it. I know Minister Ghinea told you what we plan to do, including by means of European funds, to help at this connection. I understand that the Labor Minister Dragos Pislaru told you what we want to do to encourage the return home of those who want that - to settle in Romania. Therefore, I will not outline this. I just want to say that this year, we asumed a kind of transition year up to elections, a much balanced transition and honest one, we were forced by circumstances many times to launch certain reforms in certain fields, where problems were concealed over the past years, and as you know, they surfaced, and we tried to launch other way of governing, even if this is not yet always seen from outside, other way of approaching the relationship with the citizen, otehr way of demonstrating that we can respect each other. We could achieve certain issues and we could not achieve others, and we acted in a wrong way in some areas, but we preferred to take action and be wrong sometimes and learn from mistakes than do nothing out of fear, but there are reforms which should continue in the years to come, and I think we do not lack ideas of reform, but especially the honesty in addressing the respective reforms, what you are saying should be what you believe, and fit what you are doing. This is important not just to progress in certain areas in Romania but also to regain our trust in ourselves. I tell you that after four and half years in Brussels, even if I was not disconnected from what is happening in the country, back home, and assuming this responsibility, what it hurt me most and I felt it most was lack of trust. Nobody trusts anybody, as many times they have been told certain things, and those who told them those things changed their mind, and they did not have the intention to achieve those things and then, everybody starts from the presumption of lie. Whoever tells me something, is lying, so I must assume what he tells me should be interpreted differently.There are so many cases, I can tell it for months, where I am systematically asked the same thing, as nobody believes what I am saying is true. In this respect I think we should find that confidence in each otehr as we waste energy, which can be channeled otherwise, we waste time with useless disputes between us, doubts of ourselves and the rest, and this makes us going in circles many times, on many areas where we could achieve progress. Hopefully, together we can find each other and use our vision because I am sure that there is willingness to go further and irrespective of where each of us decides to live their life, make their future, let us remain connected to what gives us the spirit of a nation and the community spirit which differentiate us from others without necessarily making us worse or better but just preserve ourselves. I would like to thank you for your presence here, and thank the organizers and also wish you success in your activity! 2016-10-06 19:02:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la deschiderea Bucharest ForumȘtiri din 06.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the opening of the Bucharest Forum Dacian Ciolos: I would like to thank the Aspen Institute for what it has achieved in recent years, as Mr. Geoana stated, placing through this kind of debates too, Romania on the map of regional and international forums and creating a thorough debate environment, and through contents, organisation, the debate we increasingly need, in my opinion. Beyond what is happening in mass media, in the civil society, the more or less thorough discussions, I think we increasingly need such moments when we can sit and discuss, exchange views, to better understand the challenges we are facing. I sugggest to structure my brief address on the framework proposed by Aspen Institute for this debate, which as far as I understood it intends to develop debate around ideas of stability, resilience and opportunities - three items which in my view are successive, but interlinked. I surely mentioned, resistence - resilience, but in Romanian terms, it is better to use the term resilience, and I will return to this. Speaking first about stability, I would make the difference in my view, between stability and stagnation. Stability does not mean stagnation. To have a stable framework means to have roots well planted in order to grow, to develop and then structure. Around this idea and objective, we structured our Government Programme ever since the beginning because I said that in this rather volatile environment politically and economically, in this regional environment we are part of, we need in Romania more than ever signs of stability excatly to give perspective and development, and furthermore, signs of stability in an electoral year, stability, balance and objectivity as much as it is possible when you are pushed to make decisions, to cut in some moments, in order to go further. Also, from this perspective, I repeat, as I said many times during the recent months, I feel the need to repeat it, from this perspective too, I said at the beginning that I undertake this position as Prime Minister of Romania this year, and for this tenure and exactly to strengthen this objective we set, namely stability, balance, objectivity, I said I would not run for this year's parliamentary elections, and I will not join a political party, or I will not create a political party exactly to focus my credibility, my energy towards a project, even if brief, to give the sense of this stability, but also able to push things forward, using all positive, constructive forces, proactive ones, that want to back and get involved in this project. Surely, that does not mean that there is no life after parliamentary elections. I hope there is an active life. Of course, there are projects already started which we will not be able to carry out, until the end of this tenure, but it seems important and significant to me to be able to give this signal. Therefore, stability was an undertaken priority by this Cabinet too, and from our point of view, this stability which should not mean stagnation, we wanted to accompany it with signs of predictability in economic policies, in tax policies, predictibility in the decisions that we are structuring. The prospects, development potential is not capitalized by economic or social agents which can capitalize on these resources, if there is no predictibility too. I think that stability together with predictibility create a minimum necessary framework to encourage those who can capitalize on these resoueces, to do it, to invest in such projects. This is why we undertook the continuity of these reforms there where we felt that they headed towards the good direction, and where we saw signs that they are heading towards the right directions. This is why, we enforced measures which were decided by Parliament, over the past years, and started to be implemented by the previous Governments, in the areas of economic, tax, social policies. But, at the same time, we launched new reforms that we deemed necessary and we considered them necessary and indispensable in order to turn to good account the potential of economic development and social reform. I am thinking here first of the public administration field, the state in general, where we could attain our goals we had at the very beginning due also to the political framework specific to this year, but we wanted to show other type of administration, at least we desired it, an administration more open to citizen, more transparent, objective and oriented towards effectiveness. But it is just a beginning and we need a more thorough approach, which clearly needs political support not only at the level of statements but undertaken too for the changes we can declare our support for, in this electoral year but which it is more difficult to support when it is about their implementation. In my view, it is inevitable in Romania on short term, over the immediately period, a reform of administration in which to clearly decide how to combine the political objectives of some parties and Cabinets, which reflect the vision of parties and the role of public administration to implement these policies. And not just to implement these policies during the tenure of a Cabinet, but also to ensure a minimum continuity, without this, there is no stability, predictibility, and we cannot make politics and long term development, but just a party politics on short term, with electoral goal once in four years, or once in two years, we also had presidential elections. There is almost no second year without an electoral approach unless we find other mechanism too to combine political objectives with implementation structures. Beyond this, for the same predictibility, stability, we need the citizens' confidence, and from my point of view, public administration should not be just an instrument of the Government to implement the policies of the respective Cabinet, but also a clear instrument to bridge, connect in due time, and on due time problems between society, citizens and those in power, or the public institutions. Because, otherwise, without this link, confidence decreases slowly, and, at some point, we continually look each other with suspicion. Public institutions are suspicious of citizens, taxpayers. And, in turn, citizens are suspicious of the ability of the state, public institutions to work in their interest. We had to launch reforms or continue certain reforms in some areas where crises emerged. Crises emerged, from my point of view, exactly because a critical mass of reform needs accumulated, which were concelead long time exactly because there is this electoral succession which surfaced at some point in time. It is in this way that we had to approach issues in the healthcare, where there had been great expectations for things to take place in short time, and where we assumed certain things. First, people from the system - this was the field in which we wanted to approach the salary policy in a coherent and clear way, we are speaking not only about percentage salary increments but about a rebalancing of the salary system in healthcare, a process which we started and which needs to continue, also with respect to healthcare infrastructure where it is clear at present that we cannot speak about a healthcare system of performance, but a functional one, without a long term approach and coherent one of healthcare investments, healthcare infrastructure investments, and I am thinking here about hospitals first. It will be for the first time when we approach investments from a strategic perspective. In general, investments in healthcare were decided from one year to other, each Minister decided early that year where to earmark money to, what hospital or county. We want to have a coherent, multiannual approach, to combine the state's possibilities to invest on average term in heakthacre infrastructure with partnerships with the private sector. I want to outline here once again, it is not about the privatisation of the healthcare system, but about a partnership in building the basic healthcare infrastructure, buildings, hospitals, where, alike such systems are functioning in other countries, you may have a partnership in which an individual invests in that respective building. After he made that investment, he signs a contract with the state. He, as investor, will administrate the respective infrastructure, making available to the state, public health system that will come up with the instruments, with the staff, and will enforce the health policy, health programmes in some buildings which will be privately administered, and for which the state will pay a rent, leasing for some dozen years. It is a way to better use the resources and to ensure a better performance in administering these buildings, these infrastructures. Also with an integrated approach to this idea of ​​stability and continuity, predictability, but more effectively, I approached the building of this antipoverty program or a coherent program of social policies to lead these social policies towards some objectives for better integration, social and economic one of those in need, or those with problems. And here I started from the instruments already existing in public policies, some financed from the national budget, others from European funds, which we have put together in a coherent vision, much clearer, more comprehensible to beneficiaries or to those who need to apply them locally or regionally. Also pursuing this idea of ​​continuity, we approached the investment policy, both public investment and stimulating private investment in the sense that we wanted to ensure continuity in the projects which were started. I am referring here primarily to transport infrastructure, road transport more specifically, where I did not have the ambition to launch at any price new projects only for reasons of visibility or public relations, but I wanted to ensure continuity on projects that had been started and that many of them were blocked for various administrative reasons, when we took over the government. And now, I can say that works are being achieved on virtually all sites of the road transport infrastructure, but also on the railway, where we have ongoing projects. We continued the very clear approach also not just out of our domestic need but also to give a clear signal abroad that Romania remains committed in the fight against corruption and in supporting the reform in judiciary, where we had a strategic approach too, on the one hand, we completed the anticorruption strategy and we wanted to have a very applied and clear strategy for the institutions about to enforce it, but we also took the decision of streamlining that agency for managing seized assets which was not operational by that time, and because of this, neither the judiciary decisions were very efficient many times. In the same line, of stability and predictibility, we started working on an economic development vision that we called - Competitive Romania which we submitted to public debate, and I would like to thank Mr. Vasile Iuga for his support in objectively moderating the debate that we wanted to launch around these ideas - pojects that we proposed. The objective now, after I finalized this debate and we have a document, is to transfer the result of this action to the presidential committee that will work on the country's project to propose this strategy, this vision as starting point of the economic and development component of this country's project. Speaking now about resilience, rezistence, I make the difference between resistance and resilience, as resistance to me means braking, or may mean this, to resist to change, resist to evolution out of fear, incertainty, insecurity and I differentiate it from resilience, capacity to withstand change while coping with its effect, face adversity without hindering the development process, avoid hindering a certain coherence in the development process. Given the geostrategic context, geopolitical one, the volatile evolution of the economy at regional and international level, I think we further need to focus on what the society expressed as expectation by the end of last year too, namely the way we make politics, in which parties approach politics and the relationship with society in order to secure development. I further believe we have the unexpected opportunity of not having yet extremist parties (...), to attract the voters during the elections, but also of substance, in the way of addressing, as I have told, state functioning, relationship with citizens, economic development policy. I think not only do we need new faces, we need other way of approaching politically the relationship with citizens. I at least feel personally that people need a lot of honesty and frankness, and when you want to say directly certain things, the problem is not if you tell them directly, but the honesty with which you tell them and the way you reflect your words in your deeds and in what you are. I do not think this is so difficult, despite the specific way parties are functioning and their need to be funded in a certain way, to sneure a continuity of their territorial structures, I think we currently need a positive, constructive imagination to find solutions to bring these parties closer to citizens. It is not just a Romanian problem, not just Romania's problem, but a feeling I have had during the four years and a half in which I visited basically all member states. In Romania, more than elsewhere in Europe, due to the fact that we do not have in politics parties with a profoundly populist and extremist approach, even if there are signals that certain parties want to attract a potential electorate or stimulate it in this direction, I think it is not too late to make this reform. Surely, we mentioned here the regional prospects. As Mr. Geoana said, Romania is in a region in which it has no options left, cannot stay aside, it must play a role, it is pushed to play a role, as in terms of economic relevance, size, as people, as state, we are expected to get involved in the stability and regional balance, and here, we have the chance of this transatlantic partnership, a very good cooperation within NATO, and I think - I will return to this topic - the opportunity to become a more relevant actor at the European level, in the EU, but here, I think to the extent in which we in Romania, have a clear idea and picture of the situation in the region, as we have this clarity, we will be able to capitalize on our relevance in this area, and this is how I approached the preparation for the NATO Summit in Warsaw this year and the proposals we have made and that we must now materialize. This is the way we approached the strategic partnership with the US too, both in terms of security, where we talk now of tangible results, and perhaps due to the fact that they are tangible, we also got certain reactions in some parts of the region but I had occasion to discuss with our partners in Washington, the US Embassy here, just to increase the relevance of this partnership we need to strengthen now besides this security component, we also need to strengthen the economic component of the strategic partnership with the United States. And here we need to look at or to approach things from this perspective and how we play our cards, so to speak, in the Black Sea area, both in terms of security and from an economic perspective, and I hope this topic be discussed and deepened because I think this is one of the most relevant places where such discussions can take place. Speaking about security, I am also thinking about energy, our capacity to secure energy security, and to become a player in securing energy security at regional level. This year, we insisted on the one hand, on the implementation of the BRUA project, that runs from Bulgaria and connects the Black Sea and this area with its resources and potential with Central Europe, and from there to the rest of Europe, it is an ongoing project, to which, work has started, already the connection component with Bulgaria under the Danube is nearly completed / ... /. 2016-10-06 14:03:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului Dacian Cioloș cu negociatorul șef al Comisiei Europene pentru Brexit, Michel BarnierȘtiri din 05.10.2016 Minister Dacian Ciolos has met today with Michel Barnier, European Commissions chief negotiator for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations with the UK in relation with the provisions of Article 50 of the EU Treaty. Michel Barnier is conducting a tour that will include the 27 EU Member States, to present the working methodology and to evaluate their positions for the preparation of the negotiation process with the Great Britain. Romania is the fourth country Barnier has paid a visit to, after France, Germany and the Netherlands. The talks have focused on the institutional steps which both Romania and the EU must take to prepare and conduct the negotiations. In this context, it has been outlined the important role of Romania, that will take over the EU Council presidency in the first half of 2019, a period in which the negotiations for the UKs exit from the European Union will also be completed. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has outlined that: - It is important that the negotiations which will take place between the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain be organised in an inclusive format ensuring a common vision of the member states in a EU27 format and of the European institutions concerning the negotiated elements. Romanias option with respect to the discussions on the future of the European Union is clear: our country wants to be part of the European integration core, as it has the necessary means and the political will to bring added value to this debate. 2016-10-05 14:12:00 Start pentru punctul de contact unic electronicȘtiri din 04.10.2016 information and form and application models related to all public services will be published ex-officio, in electronic format, on - the point of single contact (PSCs) as of Tuesday, October 4. The Ministries and the subordinate agencies have late 2016 as deadline for the publication of all information on the portal. The representatives of the Cabinet, Ministries and the Agency for Romanias Digital Agenda (that manages the (PSCs) met at Victoria Palace to discuss about a series of practical aspects related to the publication of documents, management and administration of the portal information, modalities of communication and interaction with citizens. The meeting marked the official launch of the new portal and completion of protocols that establish with each institution, the methods whereby information will be published on the platform, and the administrators who will be accountable for information publication. At the point of single contact (PSCs), available at, relaunched in an upgraded and efficient version, one can view and download information on procedures to obtain a certain public service, as well as the required documents, the solving time, forms and legislative documents regulating the procedure. The platform enables search of services after fields of activity, regulated professions in a specific geographical area or public services, respectively for individuals or corporates. Moreover, some ministries have already started the process of sending documents/requests to the user via the platform, so that the user does not have to go to the counter to submit them personally. PSCs will contain the updated forms, procedures and legislation so that there is no more the risk of going to the counter and discovering that you should bring an additional document that was not mentioned on the institution's webpage. Over the next period, information will be uploaded, and the users may express their views regarding the working of the platform, so that it meets the citizens' interaction needs with public administration. As of 2010, the point of single contact was conceived as a catalogue of all public services provided by the administration so that the citizens can view but also access online public services via a single portal. After 6 years, this platform modified its interface, to be more accessible and friendly to users, and all Ministries benefited from training and are in an advanced stage regarding designation of administrators and operators, finalization of accounts and information publication. Furthermore, the interaction of citizens with the representatives of institutions will be done in due time, by confirmation via the platform of all steps taken by both the citizen, by creating a personal account, but also by the institutions by confirmation of emails, documents reception, and observing the legal deadline for filing an answer. 2016-10-04 19:34:00 premierului Dacian Cioloș la recepția organizată cu ocazia zilei naționale a Republicii Federale GermaneȘtiri din 03.10.2016 by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos at the reception organized on the occasion of the National Day of the Federal Republic of Germany Dacian Ciolos: Your Excellency, Ambassador Lauk, Ambassadors, Ministers, dear friends, I would like first to convey the Romanian Government's congratulations to the entire German people for the Unity Day celebration. Germany's reunification meant not just a reparation, highlight of the German people's reality, going beyond the hurdles and tribulations of history, testament to the regeneration capacity of the German people, but it first meant new opportunities for European construction. Beyond the importance of this event for Germans, we must acknowledge the Germans' courage and wisdom in achieving it, peacefully, this process also opened the path of Europe's reunification, the reunification between East and West, which later formalized, through the EU enlargement towards the East, paving the way to a European reconstruction which today, together, we are dutybound to carry forward, and to find the same wisdom for the new stages lying ahead to lead to a more prosperous Europe, a Europe able not just to keep and consolidate peace, but also to give new prospects both to this region and the entire world. Therefore, on this occasion, I would thank the Germans for what they achieved for themselves, but at the same time, for what they achieved for the entire Europe, indirectly and even directly, what they did for us, the Romanians. I would like to assure the German friends that Romania is a member state that very well understands the incumbent responsibilities as EU member state, and which will play its role in a proactive, constructive and honest way, for progress and development in the European Union. I am encouraged that this can happen due to the fact that, following discussions in these recent months with Germany, France, Poland, and other European partners, I think we found the way whereby Romania, alongside Germany and France, can share its views related to the way it sees the EU evolution, and in that way, partnership in the bilateral relationship, which, as Ambassador Lauk said, is a very strong one, to which we can add a partnership in European spirit too, and to the benefit of the future European construction. With respect to the bilateral relationship between Germany and Romania, I do not know if at other point in history, we could speak about a better and more intense level of relationship than the one we are living now. Germany is the main trade partner of Romania. In other words, Germany helps Romania's economy to become a European one, and through the opportunities provided, to have access to German market. Germany is one of the most dynamic investors in the Romanian economy, and I would dare saying that if the car industry is revamped in Romania, in addition to the importance of Renault investment, the fact that very many German companies that are working in the top car industry in Germany and in Europe settled in Romania, and they developped their businesses here, led to current situation in which I believe I would not exaggerate too much saying that almost any car manufactured in Germany has one way or other a component manufactured in Romania. That entailed a development of high tech industry in Romania. Beyond this, the bilateral relationship is much consolidated, by what we call - dear Swabes and Saxons, some of them chose to live in Germany, what Germans call: - German citizens of Romanian ethnicity. But, beyond the way we call them, this community comprising some hundreds thousand people, as I said in Germany too, represent as many Ambassadors of Romania in Germany and as many Ambassadors of Germany in Romania, they know very well our culture, traditions, and they know to represent them and support them where they chose their second home , in Germany, but alike, there are people who, knowing very well Germany and the German culture, they know to adjust it very well to conditions, in Romania. This community, Romanian citizens of German ethnicity who are living and working besides us, those who chose to do this in Germany, represents an advantage that I think no other country in the EU has, in relation with Germany. This can be felt, as aforementioned, beyond political relationships, which are currently developped at the highest level, in our economic relations, and I think it impacted positively the way we cooperated, and we will further cooperate in the European reconstruction process. Following Brexit, Great Britain's decision to leave the European Union, we see clearly that Germany assumes again, along with all other European member states wanting an integrated European future, this leadership, including political one, and Romania will stand alongside Germany in this process, it may build, as I said, this bilateral relationship, which is very strong. I wish on this occasion to thank Ambassador Lauk for the way he knew to use all diplomatic experience gained in his career, for Romania, and the relationship between Romania and Germany and I think that nothing else but results may speak better about the eficient way Mr. Ambassador carried his mission out, at least from our perspective and our point of view. He said that in a couple of months, he would retire. With such a young retiree in full force, like him, I am sure that we still have in Germany a Honorary Ambassador, a man who has a thorough knowledge of Romania and will further support this bilateral relationship, by his experience. I would like to thank you, Mr. Ambassador, on behalf of the Romanian Cabinet, for the very pragmatic, practical and efficient way we could work together and push some projects forward. You also reminded one project so dear to you, and in which we invested so much, and hopefully, by the end of this tenure, we will be able to lay a few bricks to it. It is the dual vocational training, which is not beneficial just for German companies that invested in Romania, and that wants to train competent and quality people, but it will mean a lot for the future of the dual vocational education in Romania, for the re-professionalisation of this education oriented towards practice, productive side, and I am sure it will mean an additional impetus to economic development and especially to the industrial development of Romania. Thank you once again! Happy Anniversary to all our German friends and the German people, and if Im not wrong, I would say: Einen schonen Feiertag! 2016-10-03 22:00:00 Dacian Cioloș a participat la deschiderea anului universitar la Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie „Iuliu Hațieganu”Știri din 03.10.2016 12:52:00