RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROPremierul interimar Mihai-Viorel Fifor: Mesaj de angajament ferm al Guvernului în pregătirea mandatului României la Președinția Consiliului UE și colaborarea în cadrul Trio-ului de PreședințiiȘtiri din 22.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/interim-prime-minister-mihai-viorel-fifor-the-government-s-message-of-firm-commitment-regarding-the-preparation-of-romania-s-mandate-as-president-of-the-council-of-the-european-union-and-the-collaboration-within-the-presidencies-trioInterim Prime Minister Mihai - Viorel Fifor participated this morning, at Victoria Palace, in the opening of the Bucharest meeting of the EU Council Presidencies Trio that Romania will be part of, during its first mandate, as of January 1, 2019, and which also includes Finland and Croatia. The Interim Prime Minister conveyed in the presence of Gabor Ivan, director of the General Policy Directorate within the General Secretariat of the Council, the Romanian Government's full commitment regarding the preparation for the exercise of the mandate from the first semester of 2019, and cooperation within the Presidencies' Trio with Finland and Croatia, to the three delegations led by Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Kare Halonen, State Secretary for EU Affairs, Finnish Prime Minister's Office, and Andreja Metelko-Zgombic, State Secretary for EU Affairs within the Foreign Ministry of Croatia. - I assure you that Romania is seriously preparing to take over its first mandate as President of the Council of the EU and we will involve all the resources necessary to observe the calendar we assumed for this objective and for an effective collaboration within the Presidencies' Trio, stated Interim Prime Minister Mihai-Viorel Fifor. At the close of the meeting on which the calendar of the Romania-Finland-Croatia Trio, as well as on the working methodology were agreed upon, Minister - delegate Victor Negrescu referred to the steps taken by Romania so far to prepare the joint program within the Trio with Finland and Croatia and the national document with the priorities and agenda of Romania's mandate at the helm of the Council of the EU. Regarding the agenda of the Romania-Finland-Croatia Trio, the three officials stated that the dialogue launched in September last year will contribute over the next months, to the crystallization of common priorities, considering the outcome of the forthcoming public consultations and the fact that in EU, there are common expectations on the part of the citizens in almost all Member States. Minister-delegate Victor Negrescu also stated that there are topics of European interest that will influence the priorities agenda of Romanias mandate, such as Brexit, the future elections for the European Parliament, the formation of the next European Commission or the preparation of the next multiannual financial framework of the European Union - which are present including on the agenda of Romania's dialogue with the current Trio. Last but not least, Romanias EU Council Presidency agenda will overlap with our countrys mandate as President of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, so that that topics of interest for the Danube region are likely to become topics of European interest. Todays meeting proves that there is continuity in the preparedness of the Presidency of the Council of the EU and we want to make sure that Romania is ready to manage this mandate, and the importance of this moment has been understood by all institutional and political actors. Romanias priority is to show professionalism in exercising the presidency of the Council of the European Union, but also to capitalize on this moment in order to improve its image and strengthen its position at the European level, stated Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu. Kare Halonen, State Secretary for EU Affairs, Finnish Prime Minister's Office, and Andreja Metelko-Zgombic, State Secretary for EU Affairs within the Foreign Ministry of Croatia considered as very good the current state of Romanias preparedness for President of the Council of the EU. It was also outlined the firm commitment of the three countries to work together within the Trio to attain common objectives, for the benefit of the European Union, the Member States and the European citizens, and to reaffirm their commitment to the European project and its improvement with the country - specific contributions. 2018-01-22 16:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-01-22_at_10.38.52_(1).jpegÎntâlnirea premierului interimar Mihai-Viorel Fifor cu reprezentanții American Jewish Committee (AJC)Știri din 19.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/interim-prime-minister-mihai-fifor-met-with-a-delegation-of-the-american-jewish-committee-ajcInterim Prime Minister Mihai - Viorel Fifor discussed today at the Victoria Palace with a delegation of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), led by Chief Executive Officer David Harris, about Romania's relationship with the US, including the cooperation inside NATO, the relation with the State of Israel and the AJC's role in backing Romania's dialogue with the two countries at the political level. The Interim PM highlighted Romania's strategic role in the Black Sea region, our country's firm commitment towards the transatlantic relationship as members of the North-Atlantic Alliance too, reminding also the very good relation between Romania and the State of Israel. - Romania has been and will remain a trustworthy strategic partner of the US and a solid ally inside NATO, and we want to strengthen relations with Israel, stated Interim Prime Minister Mihai-Viorel Fifor. The Interim Head of the Executive reviewed the concrete elements of Romania's participation to NATO actions, and our country's economic potential, taking into account that Romania achieved over the past two years, the biggest economic growth of the EU states. The Romanian delegation members talked with AJC representatives about Romania's candidacy for OECD membership, the major interest of US investors in Romania, showed in the context of the Trade Winds Forum which was held in October 2017, in Bucharest, was also brought into discussion. Other topics evoked during the meeting were the project of opening a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Bucharest, as well as reference to Romania's exercising the presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. The Romanian Governmental delegation attending the talks included Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, Government Secretary -General Andreea Lambru, Secretary of State Ramona Lohan and President of the National Authority for Property Restitution George Baesu. President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania Aurel Vainer also attended the meeting. 2018-01-19 19:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_8cb00e5e-fa07-4de3-8795-3d7922a8a717.jpgParticiparea premierului interimar Mihai-Viorel Fifor la ședința Centrului Național de Conducere Integrată din MAIȘtiri din 19.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-01-19 11:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_8078d7ba-b4f1-489a-b284-be7627860986.jpgPremierul interimar Mihai-Viorel Fifor a participat la videoconferința cu prefecții din județele afectate de fenomenele meteorologice extremeȘtiri din 18.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/interim-prime-minister-mihai-viorel-fifor-participated-in-the-videoconference-with-prefects-from-the-counties-affected-by-severe-weather-phenomena Interim Prime Minister Mihai - Viorel Fifor participated in the videoconference with prefects from the counties affected by severe weather phenomena, which was held at the Internal Affairs Ministry. Interim Prime Minister requested the Ministers with responsibilities in managing the situations generated by severe weather phenomena, to be prepared to intervene and ensure all necessary resources, and the local authorities to cooperate in taking measures and to permanently inform the population to avoid risk situations. 2018-01-18 13:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_24244636-8c53-44f2-aafa-f703cc154736.jpgDecizii ale premierului interimar Mihai-Viorel FiforȘtiri din 17.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-01-17 14:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-01-17-03-04-39big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului interimar Mihai-Viorel Fifor la ședința Centrului Național de Conducere Integrată din MAIȘtiri din 16.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/interim-prime-minister-mihai-viorel-fifor-attended-the-meeting-of-the-national-integrated-leadership-center-within-the-internal-affairs-ministry-maiInterim Prime Minister Mihai - Viorel Fifor attended this afternoon the meeting of the National Integrated Leadership Center which is operating within the Internal Affairs Ministry, to check the measures taken with a view to managing the weather phenomena effects on the 23 counties under yellow code alert. We have requested this evening, in all the counties targeted by severe weather phenomena, availability for intervention at all times at the level of the County Centers for coordination and management of the intervention. We have outlined that it is essential for the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the structures under its authority to permanently inform citizens on weather developments, to prevent potential hazards stated the Interim Prime Minister Mihai - Viorel Fifor. Today, the Ministry of Internal Affairs sent at around noon a radiogram to the Prefect Institutions in the counties under alert to ensure that local authorities are prepared to manage this situation. All the structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are ready to intervene in support of the population. Thus, over 5,000 firefighters, 9,500 policemen, 400 mountain gendarmes are mobilized at national level. On-site activities are monitored through the National Integrated Leadership Center, which operates at the MIA level and where, depending on the situation, representatives of other institutions with tasks in the field of emergencies management are also called: the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Waters and Forests, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health, etc. 2018-01-16 19:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_mai_(2_of_10).jpgVicepremierul Paul Stănescu s-a întâlnit cu o delegație oficială și economică din Japonia, condusă de Kotaro Nogami, director adjunct al cabinetului prim-ministrului Japoniei, șeful misiunii economiceȘtiri din 16.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-paul-stanescu-met-with-the-visiting-japanese-official-and-economic-delegation-led-by-kotaro-nogami-deputy-chief-cabinet-secretaryPRESS RELEASE Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu held talks with the Japanese official and economic delegation on the development of bilateral cooperation Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds discussed today at Victoria Palace with the official and economic delegation from Japan led by Kotaro Nogami, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Head of the Economic Mission. The agenda of the meeting focused on the development of Romanian-Japanese relations and sectoral bilateral cooperation, mainly the economic one, including in the context of the finalization of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Japan and the European Union. The Economy Minister Gheorghe Simon, Energy Minister Toma-Florin Petcu, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu and Secretaries of State Ramona Lohan, Florin Vodita and Gabriel Andronache attended the meeting on the part of the Romanian Government. - Taking relations with Japan to a deeper level is a priority of the Programme for Government's foreign policy component, that we want to promote efficiently and will stay a constant objective of Romania regardless of the political formula of the Bucharest Government stated Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu reminding the fact that Japan is one of Romania's main economic partners in Asia. More than 70 Japanese companies are already present in Romania, providing nearly 40,000 jobs in important economic areas such as: infrastructure, energy, car components and agriculture. All Japanese investments already present in Romania are real success stories which we hope to attract other potential investors on the Romanian market added Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu. The concrete projects which were discussed during the meeting held at Victoria Palace, included: the suspension bridge across the Danube in the Braila area, to be built by an association of Italian and Japanese companies, and the contract of which was signed yesterday at the headquarters of the Transport Ministry, as well as the project aiming at the start this year of the construction works to M6 metro line that will link the center of Bucharest to the Henri Coanda Airport and which will also be built with the participation of some Japanese companies. Other examples of Romanian-Japanese cooperation that were mentioned during the meeting were the rehabilitation and modernization of Turceni, Paroseni and Işalnita power plants and the memorandum signed by the end of last year for conducting an energy study aimed at improving the heating system in Bucharest. The Ministers attending the meeting of Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu with the Japanese delegation presented, for each of the economic areas of interest to Japanese investors, the cooperation opportunities offered by Romania. The members of the Japanese delegation, including 17 Japanese businesspeople who invested in Romania, also highlighted that the Japanese business environment takes a major interest in our country, given that our country is a very important economy at the regional level. Romania records for the second consecutive year the highest economic growth in the European Union. *** Statements by Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu and the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami Paul Stanescu: Good afternoon, Excellency Kotaro Nogami. Welcome to Romania, welcome at the headquarters of the Romanian Government. We appreciate your presence in Romania. It is the first Japanese delegation headed by a Prime Minister that is visiting Romania, this gesture confirming the mutual desire to strengthen the traditional friendship relations existing between our countries. This visit is of even greater significance as it takes place in the year when Romania marks the 100th anniversary of the unification of all the territories inhabited by Romanians in a single national unitary state. The celebrations that will take place throughout the year are titled We celebrate together and we are happy to start this anniversary year alongside our Japanese friends. We are convinced that the discussions that we will have today will lead to the intensification and widening of bilateral cooperation in many areas of common interest. I am here today with my colleagues: Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Economy Minister Gheorghe Simon, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer, and Georgian Pop - head of the Romania - Japan friendship group. Of course, there are here the Secretaries of State in charge of fields that are very important and which we will bring into discussion today. Taking relations with Japan to a deeper level is a priority of the Programme for Government's foreign policy component, that we want to promote it efficiently and that will stay a constant objective of Romania regardless of the political formula of the Bucharest Government. Last year, it was 100 years since Romania's first envoy to Japan arrived in Tokyo, Nicolae Xenopol who submitted his accreditation letters but, as he passed away and the diplomatic office did not open. The most important bilateral cooperation project is currently the construction of the M6 metro mainline that will link the center of Bucharest to the Henri Coanda Airport. I would like to thank the Japanese Government for granting the loans that will allow the accomplishment of this vital project for the Capital. We give priority to the implementation of this project and we are encouraged by the important progress achieved in 2017: adoption of regulations on expropriations on M6 route, issuance of environment agreement, drafting the tender documentation, approval of the project co-fundings by the European Union. We hope to advance as much as possible throughout 2018. We are looking forward with great interest to receiving the opinion of Japan International Cooperation Agency on the tender documentation so that we be able to effectively start the bidding procedure in February and sign the execution contracts in October. We are determined to ensure an implementation without interruptions and we want the completion of this major project to pave the way for a more and more significant Japanese economic presence in Romania. We hope that the objective of consolidating the Japanese economic presence in Romania will be stimulated by the fact that another relevant infrastructure project, the bridge suspended over the Danube, in the Braila area, the most complex infrastructure work in the last 27 years, will be carried through with Japanese participation, the association Astaldi Italia, being nominated in October 2017 as the winner of the bid for the project, estimated at 430 million euros; yesterday, January 15, it was signed by the Roads Company that signed with the Italian - Japanese consortium the contract for the bridge design and construction. We appreciate the fact that more than 70 Japanese companies are already present in Romania, creating nearly 40,000 jobs and more than 50 production facilities throughout the country. To us, it is important that these companies have a good cooperation relationship with local and central authorities and teh success stories of investors in Romania be known in Japan and thus attract other interested companies too. We also greet the presence in delegation of a consistent number of businesspeople, proof of their interest in the economic opportunities offered by Romania. I will ask my participating colleagues from Ministries with economic profile to present the main current landmarks of the Romanian economy as well as our priorities in various economic areas which can become opportunities for Romania - Japan cooperation. We are particularly interested in discussing in an as applied manner as possible the concrete cooperation prospects, the projects that meet both parties' objectives and which can be implemented as efficient as possible. I assure you that the Government representatives as well as those of the Romanian companies are fully open and prepared to answer your questions, in order to present our priorities and the current opportunities. We consider that your visit has given a real impetus to our bilateral relations and we want it to be followed by consistent sectoral contracts for the materialization of new bilateral projects, a major objective for the Romanian side. Kotaro Nogami: Thank you very much, Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu, for offering this opportunity to me and my economic relationship, given that I am interested in Romania. In the context of increased expectations regarding the Japan-EU economic partnership agreement, Japanese companies have a high interest in Romania, because it has a strong automotive industry and has achieved the most remarkable growth amid European countries in recent years. I am accompanied by representatives of 17 leading Japanese companies in various fields, such as: infrastructure development, which has created several jobs in your country. Please check the list in front of you. Those who will take the floor are interested in Romania and have the desire and enthusiasm to do business in Romania, and today, I would like to introduce the six leaders who will take the floor. 2018-01-16 15:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_26941823_1959615724366793_1672363638_o.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose şi-a înaintat demisia din funcţieȘtiri din 15.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-submitted-his-resignationPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has submitted his resignation this evening, and according to the law on the organization and functioning of the Government, a formal letter will be sent to the Presidential Administration tomorrow. Under the procedures, the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis will take note of the resignation of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, and will issue the vacancy Decree as well as the Decree appointing another member of the Cabinet as interim Prime Minister to fulfill the duties of the Prime Minister until the formation of the new Cabinet. Both Presidential Decrees will enter into force once they are published in the Official Gazette. 2018-01-15 22:56:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-01-15-10-58-15big_stema.pngNOTĂ-RAPORT privind rezultatul verificărilor efectuate cu privire la "cazul polițistului Stan Eugen" și măsurile adoptate la nivelul Poliției RomâneȘtiri din 12.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-01-12 19:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-01-12-07-11-40big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la semnarea contractului dintre Ministerul Apărării Naționale și General DynamicsȘtiri din 12.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-contract-signing-between-the-ministry-of-national-defence-and-general-dynamicsStatements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Defence Minister Mihai Fifor on the occasion of the contract signing between the Ministry of National Defence and General Dynamics Mihai Fifor: Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Vice Prime Minister, honored audience, it is a very important day for the National Defence Ministry, for the Government of Romania. Today, we are able to sign a contract of major importance not only for the Army's endowment, but especially for the Romanian defense industry. As the Government has committed, here it is an extremely important contract that leads to the endowment of the Army, returns to the Romanian defense industry a consistent amount that will lead to the re-launch of a defense company of tradition - and I refer to the Bucharest Mechanical Plant. I would like to salute the fact that this project is one starting under the signature of the current Prime Minister and Mr. Prime Minister, we thank you for that. This idea emerged when Mr. Mihai Tudose held the office of Minister of Economy. I had the honor to continue this portfolio and we worked together to bring this armored carrier in the country, to Bucharest Mechanical Plant, and today, as Defence Minister, I cannot but hail the fact that this very important project has materialized. We all know the technical details, we have announced them before. This year, the first 36 armored personnel carriers out of the 227 will reach Romania, the last six of which to be produced in Romania at the Bucharest Mechanical Plant. I think it is a big step forward, I congratulate all those who have worked on this project and I assure our partners at Mowag, General Dynamics that, as far as we are concerned, we will fully respect the terms of the contract signed today. I would like to thank you for your full cooperation, as it was not easy, and we are all aware of it, to also thank the Defence Ministry's team, for the exemplary way in which, as of the date when the Government Decision was published, November 29, they worked from early morning to late evening, for this negotiation to finalize and the contract to be signed today. Thank you all, good luck and may the Romanian Army be able to say at any moment that it is much better prepared and equipped through this major endowment program too. Thank you. Mihai Tudose: Thank you. Distinguished representatives of the Romanian Army, distinguished guests, distinguished new Romanians, as I like to call you now, because, for nine months, or nine months ago, we started - as Minister Fifor has said, a discussion on this theme, in my office, at the Economy Ministry. Nine months have passed, and something was delivered on time, for Romania, something that meets both Romania's security and defence needs, its commitments as strategic partner with NATO, and also with the European countries, and also a commitment we took then, to do something for the Romanian economy. The fact that as Minister Fifor has mentioned, the last six of this year, not the last six of the 227, will be manufactured in Romania and Romania again becoming a manufacturer through a state entity in association with General Dynamics European Land Systems, a leading military hardware manufacturer, I think it is a good start for the Romanian industry, for the Romanian defence industry. Therefore, I would like to thank all employees of the Economy Ministry, Justice Ministry, Finance Ministry, and especially the National Defence Ministry who contributed to the successful accomplishment of a project which began nine months ago with a sketch on a wall, and one day, we called it Picasso project, as it was something which could hardly be called art, and it was only us who knew what was all about. I would like to thank you very much for your confidence in Romania, and also to express my thanks for the dedication of the people who contributed to this accomplishment, and to those in the defence industry, who had patience and did not destroy that plant, endured and preserved it so that we can be proud today that we have what to put on the table, at such a level of collaboration. Thank you. Congratulations! Good luck! 2018-01-12 15:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1515762487big_6da40c13-8b71-4f8d-a26b-a60fabcc48ba.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții companiei FordȘtiri din 12.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-ford-representativesPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met today, at Victoria Palace, with Ford delegation led by Vice President Andrew McCall, meeting which is part of the Government's constant dialogue with the business sector representatives. - Romania is an environment with opportunities in terms of new investment and ongoing projects development. The Government wants a better collaboration, continuous one with the business environment with a view to developing a sustainable economy stated the Head of the Executive. Prime Minister mentioned that infrastructure is one of the three priorities and the Government focuses on accelerating the road infrastructure projects. - We are aware of the fact that the infrastructure development is beneficial not just for a certain investment but also for Romania's development added Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. During the meeting, Vice President Andrew McCall presented the development stage of Ford investment, as well as the company' s perspective projects for Craiova plant. Ford keeps its commitment to search opportunities to build other products too at Craiova and to better use our plant's productive capacity. It is very important to work together with the Romanian Government to make sure that the Craiova-based plant remains competitive at global level as we are advancing our plans in Romania stated Ford of Europe's Vice President Andrew McCall. The meeting was attended on the part of the Government, by Secretary of State Florin Vodita, and State Advisor Gabriel Andronache. 2018-01-12 13:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_26853299_1753772311314016_940140647_o.jpgContracte în valoare de 19,8 milioane euro pentru dotarea spitalelor cu echipamente de imagisticăȘtiri din 09.01.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/contracts-worth-19-8-million-euros-to-equip-hospitals-with-medical-imaging-technology34 hospitals across the country and in Bucharest will be equipped with 14 Computed Tomography scanners (CT), 24 Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) equipment and 21 PASC information systems (medical imaging technology) used to store, retrieve, present and share images produced through radiography, CT scan, MRI). The three contracts worth 19.8 million euros for the purchase of medical equipment were signed today at Victoria Palace by Health Minister Florian Bodog and the equipment suppliers, in the presence of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, presidents of County Councils and mayors, as well as managers of hospitals beneficiaries of the purchased equipment, also attended the signing ceremony. Health is a Government's priority, alongside education and infrastructure. Providing advanced medical equipment is an important step in ensuring quality medical services. On the other hand, it is normal for every Romanian to receive support when facing a health issue, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive assured the local authorities representatives and hospital managers attending the ceremony that they have a partner in the Government in their responsibility to bring improvements to the medical system. Today, we are fulfilling a promise from the Programme for Government, which provides for a CT and a MRI for each hospital that does not have such equipment. We did not just limit ourselves to ticking a measure, but we also replaced old equipment from hospitals that could no longer be used. It is for the first time in the history of the public health system that we acquire medical imaging equipment to create, at national level, a sustainable and interconnected medical imaging network, stated Minister of Health Florian Bodog. Minister added that local authorities and hospital managers are responsible for providing the appropriate space for the installation of the imaging equipment that they are going to receive. The three procurement contracts are funded under the Loan Agreement with the World Bank, in total amount of EUR 250 million, accessed in 2014 and unblocked in 2017. In addition to imaging equipment procurement, the World Bank Agreement also provides for the construction of new intensive care units(ATI) and emergency care units(UPU), large burn centers, operating rooms, and rehabilitation of existing centers for various specialties, as well as the purchase of necessary equipment for intensive care units(ATI) and emergency care units(UPU), operating rooms, palliative, imaging, radiotherapy and oncology departments . Statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Health Minister Florian Bodog on the signing of the medical equipment procurement contracts Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Health, presidents of the county councils and mayors, dear guests, We are attending the signing ceremony of the contracts for the purchase of 14 Computed Tomography scanners (CT), 24 Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) equipment and 21 PASC information systems. 33 hospitals across the country and in the capital will benefit of this equipment, as these medical units have no had such equipment so far. The signing ceremony takes place in the presence of the Romanian Prime Minister. Minister Florian Bodog signs from the Health Ministry, Mr. Ion Roman, administrator, from Dyomedica CND SRL, and Ms. Alexandra Munteanu, administrator from General Electric Medical System Romania SRL, and Mr. Nicolae Draghiceanu Bulescu, administrator, from Infomed SRL. Mr. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose is invited to deliver a short speech. Mihai Tudose: If it was established so, then, my address will be short. I do not know if somebody takes the floor from the beneficiaries, the first beneficiaries being local authorities as the real beneficiaries are the Romanians. It is a new step, a very small one, and I take this opportunity to ask Minister Bodog to come again in front of you to say what he has accomplished so far, since taking office, because figures are impressive and painful, as we are in the situation in which we need tens of CTs, tens, hundreds of NMR, hundreds, thousands perhaps ambulances, operating rooms, and Madam said at the start, and I will kindly ask you to better explain, Minister, those PACS. It is an abbreviation from an electronic archiving system of the imaging, important point in telemedicine in order that if you have an x-ray in Braila for instance, and this can be read by a specialist in Bucharest, or elsewhere, there where it is the best specialist in that field. It is a step towards normality, it is not an extraordinary event. I would like these things not to be extraordinary events anymore. And that any Romanian who goes to the nearest hospital, will benefit from all that he is entitled to benefit, this is not charity. The state is dutybound, we all are, both the Government, and you, representatives of local public authorities, presidents of county councils or mayors, to make available to people that we represent, the state's protection and help in the healthcare field too or starting with healthcare field too. Congratulations, Minister! There are tens of millions euros, it is a good start, congratulations to you and the participants, for the fact that you applied. This morning I received a phone call from a county council chairman who was discontent over not being among beneficiaries. The answer was very simple: you have not applied. You did not request, you did not apply. So once again, congratulations to those in this room. Congratulations that you care about the people you represent. You will always have a partner in Government especially in this field. And I request and advise all who are not present in this room, from among the county councils presidents, to write, ask or apply and they will find help. I congratulate and thank you for what you are doing. (...) 2018-01-09 13:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-01-09_at_15.26.34.jpegPremierul Mihai Tudose a avut o întrevedere cu reprezentanții companiei BSH Home Appliance Group, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 19.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-at-victoria-palace-the-representatives-of-bsh-home-appliance-groupPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met today, at Victoria Palace, the representatives of the German company BSH Home Appliance Group, home appliance manufacturer. The topic of the discussions focused on the investment projects of the company which is part of the Bosch German group, in Romania, with the prospect of local development at economic and educational levels, by building a factory in Simeria, Hunedoara, and by collaborating with the local town hall for the workforce training. Romania has good economic prospects, and we consider investments an important vector in order to consolidate the recent months' good economic development, stated the Head of the Executive. The delegation led by Prime Minister Tudose included Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, Secretaries of State Florin Vodita and Ramona Lohan and State Advisor Gabriel Andronache. Attending the meeting was also the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bucharest, H.E. Cord Meier-Klodt. 2017-12-19 15:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-12-19-03-54-21big_sigla_guvern.pngDezvoltarea cooperării economice bilaterale, tema întrevederii premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Regatului Țărilor de Jos, Stella Ronner-GrubačićȘtiri din 19.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/development-of-bilateral-economic-cooperation-the-theme-of-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-meeting-with-ambassador-of-the-kingdom-of-the-netherlands-h-e-stella-ronner-grubacicPrime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed today, at the Victoria Palace, with Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Stella Ronner-Grubacic about the prospects of developing the bilateral economic cooperation. The Head of the Executive highlighted in this context that Romania achieved the highest economic growth of the European Union, which opens new investment opportunities for the forthcoming period. - Romania is doing very well from an economic point of view, and we have full openness to support the business environment and investment, Prime Minister Tudose stated, reminding that investments are among the priorities of the 2018 budget draft. Prime Minister also highlighted that Romania further wants to be a reliable partner within the EU, especially in the context of its first mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019. - This responsibility represents an important challenge for Romania, added the Head of the Executive. In her turn, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Stella Ronner-Grubacic stated that the Dutch investors already present in Romania are interested in new business opportunities on the Romanian market. In addition, numerous other Dutch businessmen expressed their interest in launching investments in Romania, encouraged by the good economic development of our country. The Dutch diplomat expressed her country's availability to share with Romania the experience gathered in the mandates concluded so far to the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Romanian delegation included Secretary of State Florin Vodita and State Advisor Gabriel Andronache. 2017-12-19 15:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_25552919_1944763745851991_483687603_o.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la ceremonia de semnare a contractelor de finanțare depuse pe 2 Axe prioritare, în cadrul programelor POR și POIMȘtiri din 18.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-signing-ceremony-of-the-financing-contracts-submitted-under-two-priority-axes-within-rop-and-poim-programmesFinancing contracts over 1.3 billion lei have been signed today at the Government HQ 18 financing contracts worth 1.323 billion lei were signed today by the Minister - delegate for European funds Marius Nica, with public and private beneficiaries, in the presence of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. These are funding contracts submitted under the 2014-2020 Regional Operational Programme and the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme. We have been consistent and we have fulfilled this commitment this year. We submited documents for payments worth 5.2 billion, an amount to be reimbursed after the Commission processes the documents. Our next year's target is 6. 3 billion at least. We remain consistent with our priorities in terms of the destination of these European funds: education, healthcare and infrastructure, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The European Commissioner Corina Cretu congratulated the Romanian authorities for having accelerated the absorption process, showing that from August to present, European funds worth EUR 4.3 billion have entered the economy. I congratulate you for having priorities such as: healthcare, education, objectives related to competitiveness and reducing development gaps stated the Commissioner. The financing contracts we are signing today are part of the objective undertaken by the Government to sign until the end of the year all financing contracts aimed at rehabilitation/modernization of the county roads, underlined the Minister - delegate for European funds Marius Nica. The signing ceremony of the contracts has also been attended by the Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu, Transport Minister Felix Stroe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, representatives of local authorities and private sector. Additional information 17 financing contracts have been signed today at Government HQ for eligible projects under the 2014-2020 Regional Operational Programme (ROP) amounting to 623 million lei. Seven projects of these, whose total eligible value exceeds 524 million lei, have been submitted by public beneficiaries and are aimed at the rehabilitation, modernization and / or improvement of the road infrastructure in the counties of Bistrita Nasaud and Bihor (one project), Sălaj (2 projects) and Cluj (3 projects). Also, ten private applicants will sign financing contracts with a total eligible value of over 8.76 million lei for investments in equipment acquisition, development, innovation and increased competitiveness on the local market. The financing contract relative to the regional project for the development of the water and wastewater infrastructure in the Turda - Campia Turzii region has been also signed today at Victoria Palace. The investment, requested by SC Water Company Arieş S.A. and proposed for financing under the Operational Programme for Large Infrastructure (POIM), has an eligible value of over 700 million lei (of which almost 600 million lei European funds) and involves works for expansion and improvement of the water and wastewater infrastructure for the benefit of environment and people in the region. *** Mihai Tudose: Good afternoon! Welcome, European Commissioner! Distinguished representatives of local authorities, presidents and vice-presidents, ministers, distinguished representatives of the private sector, dear media colleagues. I did not want today to be a festive day because I said it was an act of normality that is happening today, and we would like these things to be an act of normality as often as possible. We have been consistent and we have fulfilled this commitment this year, Madam Commissioner. We submited documents to Brussels for payments worth 5.2 billion. It rests that, with your help, the Commission processes the documents we submitted, and reimburse the entire amount. Our next year's target is 6. 3 billion at least. We are convinced and optimistic that with your help and with the Commission's help, we will exceed this amount. We remain consistent with our priorities in terms of the destination of these European funds: education, healthcare and infrastructure. And with a special note, as we are used to , the funds for agriculture, where we want to be as successful as we have been this year. I thank the Governments colleagues - Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu, Minister Marius Nica, Transport Minister Felix Stroe, and of course Minister Daea for their efforts and also thank those who have applied today, and the administration also, because they are indispensable for this. In this period, I have noticed two things - we coped with the efforts we have made to unblock what was blocked at the Managing Authorities and also with the lack of projects with a level of maturity to implement. Instead, the opposite principle to attracting European funds - which is one of the main engines of economic growth and of Romanias growth - is, nonetheless, the activity in Romania at all levels. We are sometimes our own enemies, worse than, perhaps, any enemy abroad that could hurt us. Once again, thank you very much, Commissioner! 2017-12-18 13:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-12-18-01-06-36big_0[1].jpgPrezentarea de condoleanţe şi depunerea unei coroane de flori la catafalcul Majestăţii Sale Regele Mihai I al RomânieiȘtiri din 13.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/offering-condolences-and-laying-a-wreath-at-the-catafalque-of-hm-king-mihai-i-of-romania2017-12-13 17:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-12-13-05-11-45big_0[1].jpgProiectele comune de infrastructură, pe agenda discuțiilor dintre reprezentanții Guvernului României și cei ai Băncii MondialeȘtiri din 12.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/joint-infrastructure-projects-on-the-agenda-of-talks-between-representatives-of-the-romanian-government-and-the-world-bankRoad infrastructure as well as legal and healthcare infrastructures were the main topics addressed during the meeting that Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu had with a World Bank delegation. Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu emphasized the Romanian Government's interest and openness to work with the World Bank, as well as the good collaboration between the two institutions. Marcel Ciolacu showed that investment is Government's priority, context in which he reminded that the Executive's aim for 2018 is their increase by 20 percent, compared to 2017. The Romanian official also stated that from the point of view of public interest, investments in road infrastructure are of paramount importance. - We intend to make amendments to public procurement legislation in order that road infrastructure projects could be implemented faster, easier and that Romania could develop in this field, in the same pace as the countries in the region, stated Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu. Transport Minister Felix Stroe, present at the meeting, stated that within the Ministry, the Project Management Unit for construction of Ploiesti - Brasov motorway, is in the process of being achieved, a model which, if it meets the expected results, will be expanded. Another topic discussed was the collaboration of the World Bank with the Ministry of Justice, on projects focusing on facilitating access to justice, the construction of the Justice District being extremely generous in this respect, both in its financial dimension and in its aim to bring together all the judicial institutions in Bucharest in one area. In his turn, World Bank Vice President Cyril Muller highlighted the very good collaboration in the fields of health and justice. Other topics discussed included education, pertaining to the implementation of dual education and the coordination between education and the labor market, as well as the promotion of the draft law on public-private partnership. Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader, Minister of Public Finance Ionuţ Mişa, Minister-delegate for European Funds Marius Nica, Secretary of State Florin Vodita and State Advisor Dana Mocanu also attended the meeting. 2017-12-12 13:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-12-12-01-31-15big_sigla_guvern.pngAlocuțiunea prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose susţinută în cadrul Şedinței solemne comune a Parlamentului, dedicată omagierii Majestății Sale Regele Mihai IȘtiri din 11.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-on-the-joint-solemn-meeting-of-parliament-dedicated-to-paying-homage-to-king-mihaiPresident of Romania, President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Former Presidents, Your Beatitude, Your Holiness, Distinguished members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished guests, honorary colleagues, It is an honor for me to be with you today, to evoke the personality of His Majesty King Mihai and his essential contribution to Romania's development. A leader with the sense of duty toward the country, His Majesty remains in our memory as a depository of national values and a defender of Romania's authentic interests. In their name, and out of love for Romanian people, he was always ready to sacrifice his personal comfort, proving that a King can always rise above the times. Therefore, he was able to nobly forgive all the injustices done to him, knowing that, after all, they are but the projection of the fear and weakness of those who did them. After 1989, King Mihai understood that Romania's place is alongside the free and democratic states, that Romania cannot develop outside the European Union, that Romanian society must be based on fundamental values such as democracy and freedom. And with his ideas, with perseverance, wisdom, and patience, he worked so that Romania would find again its European and Euro-Atlantic destiny, and Romanian society would evolve alongside the great family of the states of the civilized world. Ladies and gentlemen, Six years ago, His Majesty King Mihai delivered a speech with the value of will before Parliament, a historic speech to which we discover new meanings today. As a politician, I understood that responsibility and public interest must stand at the basis of our decisions, policies and measures, I understand you cannot rule without openness towards dialogue, without understanding and accepting arguments, without tolerance. As a Romanian, I understand that moderation is needed both for the politician but also for those in office. Dear Romanians, King Mihai remains in history and we owe him. It is the honorary duty of every good Romanian to know the truth about the statesman that King Mihai was and remains, about his courage and dignity in crucial moments in Romania's recent history, or about his power to understand to give up personal well-being in favour of the public good. I'm sure that His Majesty's vibrant personality will continue to inspire entire generations of Romanians who will love him sincerely, just like King Michael always loved his people in that unique way in which only a sovereign can. May he rest in peace! 2017-12-11 17:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-12-11-05-32-17big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la reuniunea cvadrilaterală Serbia – Bulgaria – Grecia – RomâniaȘtiri din 09.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-participated-in-the-romania-bulgaria-serbia-greece-quadrilateral-meetingPRESS RELEASE Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece are continuing their high-level regional cooperation, and the next meeting is due to be held in Bucharest Prime Minister Mihai Tudose participated from December 8 to 9, in the second quadrilateral meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov attended the meeting in Belgrade. The topics addressed by officials from the four countries focused primarily on regional cooperation from the angle of common interests of ensuring prosperity and security. In this respect, discussions focused on cooperation on transport and energy infrastructure projects, as well as projects to capitalize on the current economic development potential. The regional policy issues were high on the talks agenda, the support and common interest in Serbia's advance on the European path being also highlighted. Serbia's borders with the EU are represented by us: Greece, Bulgaria, Romania. Serbias integration is carried out through shared infrastructure, through cultural exchanges, Serbian students studying in Timisoara, through construction of roads, highways, energy infrastructure, IT infrastructure, after all, effective accession will be just a formality for which all three EU countries here committed to grant support as much as possible. And support may be not necessarily the word, but rather facilitating both during Bulgarias and then Romanias [EU Council] Presidency in 2019 everything in terms of assistance and guidance for this formalisation of Serbias status in the European Union, stated Prime Minister Tudose in a joint press conference held at the end of the Quadrilateral Meeting. The Head of the Romanian Executive has shown that such meetings can lead to finding common solutions to any kind of problem encountered by the four states. In this respect, they decided that from now on, the four countries relevant ministers should also attend these meetings, depending on the issue being debated. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced at the same time that the next four format meeting will take place in March, in Bucharest. The Romania - Bulgaria - Serbia - Greece quadrilateral meeting is the second in this format after the one in the Bulgarian city of Varna in early October. Press statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose following the Serbia - Bulgaria - Greece - Romania quadrilateral meeting Mr. President, Distinguished colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, I begin by extending our heartfelt thanks to our hosts: the president and his people. Mr. President asked how we felt here. My answer: we felt at home. So did feel my colleagues who visited Serbia and got in contact with the Serbian people and not only now, but also years or decades ago, they felt at home when they were welcomed here. I will not repeat the projects that my colleagues have already presented, I will only highlight several aspects. We are talking about Serbias EU integration? This is where we take hands-on action. Serbia's borders with the EU are represented by us: Greece, Bulgaria, Romania. Serbias integration is carried out through shared infrastructure, through cultural exchanges, Serbian students studying in Timisoara, through construction of roads, highways, energy infrastructure, IT infrastructure, after all, effective accession will be just a formality for which all three EU countries here committed to grant support as much as possible. And support may be not necessarily the word, but rather facilitating both during Bulgarias and then Romanias [EU Council] Presidency in 2019 everything in terms of assistance and guidance for this formalisation of Serbias status in the European Union. I would like to thank once again the initiator of this approach, as all four states have issues. There is no issue that cannot be overcome and there are even several solutions to each one. What this kind of meeting does is harmonize solutions, for all four countries to have the same solution. Moreover, last evening we decided that from now on the four countries relevant ministers should also attend, be they Transport, Infrastructure, Energy, Foreign Affairs or Interior Ministers, because another common issue is represented by the phenomenon of migration. In this respect, I am honored to announce that the other three of my colleagues and friends accepted the invitation that the next four format meeting is held in early March in Bucharest, followed by one in May, in Greece, and these meetings will no longer be an extraordinary event by their mere existence, but rather by their extraordinary outcomes. I would like to thank you once again Mr. President Vučić, to thank the Serbian people, the two friends for the opportunity to be here today and make decisions which I hope, would impact in a decisive and positive way our citizens and nations. Thank you, once again! *** Reporter: Good afternoon. One question for you too, Mr. President. Since you mentioned peace and stability, there were more heated discussions internationally, following President Trump's announcement on Jerusalem's recognition as capital of Israel, and also heated reactions from Hamas which demanded the third Intifada, while Al Qaeda called to war. What war, armed conflict potential can there be, based on this situation, especially in the light of latest events in Lebanon, and how can this affect our countries here, in Western Balkans, and why not, in EU? Thank you. Mihai Tudose: We talked about globalization, interconnection, there are no longer conflicts that are near or far. From this point of view, any zone or conflict jeopardizing the stability and safety of our citizens, is of concern. We express as Government of Romania, the same position, of involvement alongside EU partners, in solidarity, with NATO partners too, for any effort leading to stability and security in the area. 2017-12-09 13:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-12-09_at_17.07.57.jpegMesajul premierului Mihai Tudose cu ocazia Zilei Naționale a României - 1 Decembrie 2017Știri din 01.12.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-on-the-national-day-of-romaniaToday, we are celebrating the National Day, the Great Union Day of 1918, with confidence and the hope of confirming a new history page for Romania, for Romanians. The 1st of December 1918 rendered Romania united and respected, and history has shown that that moment opened the way for a period of modernization of the country. Our mission is to contribute concretely to the development of Romania, and to provide better public services - quality medical assistance, an efficient education system, infrastructure adjusted to the current needs - and also to bring prosperity for every Romanian. The 1st of December 1918 brought to Romanians dignity and the fulfillment of the national ideal. The Centenary of the Great Union is our commitment to redefining national values. The Centenary of the Great Union will be not only a moment of marking history but, especially, a milestone for bringing national identity back to its due place. Happy Birthday, Romania! Happy National Day , Romanians home and abroad! Happy National Day to all who are living in Romania! Mihai Tudose, Prime Minister of Romania 2017-12-01 09:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-12-01_at_17.38.44.jpegPremierul Mihai Tudose: Guvernul susţine dezvoltarea Văii Jiului și revitalizarea zonei prin turismȘtiri din 29.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-the-government-backs-the-development-of-the-jiu-valley-and-the-revitalization-of-the-area-through-tourismPrime Minister Mihai Tudose and Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu received a delegation of mayors from the Jiu Valley, Hunedoara County, today, at Victoria Palace. The discussions focused on the problems faced by the former mining areas: the situation of the Hunedoara Energy Complex (CEH), the employment, the centralized heating and road infrastructure, respectively the situation of national roads crossing municipalities, and especially the completion of the National Road (DN) 66 A, on the Uricani - Herculane section, which could revitalize local tourism. The situation of the Brad-based Gold Museum and the solutions for the refurbishment of this institutions premises were discussed too. The Government backs the projects that can contribute to the development of the Jiu Valley and the revitalization of this area through tourism, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. State Advisors Gabriel Andronache and Felix Rache also attended the meeting, on behalf of the Government. 2017-11-29 16:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-29-04-14-52big_sigla_guvern.pngVicepremierul Marcel Ciolacu: Proiectul BRUA reprezintă pentru guvern o prioritate; este extrem de important pentru securitatea şi independența energetică a RomânieiȘtiri din 28.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-marcel-ciolacu-the-brua-project-is-a-priority-for-the-government-it-is-of-particular-importance-to-romania-s-energy-security-and-independenceStatements by Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu at the contract signing ceremony for the natural gas pipeline execution works - phase 1, of the BRUA Project Ion -Marcel Ciolacu: Your Excellencies, members of the Cabinet, Ladies and Gentlemen! The BRUA project has been a priority for Mihai Tudose Cabinet ever since its investiture: it is of particular importance to Romania's energy security and independence. As regards the stage of the project, the Energy Ministry issued on February 27, 2017, the construction permit, and procedures to award the works were subsequently unfolded, for the design and for the stations equipment. We participate today in the signing of contracts for the execution works, for the first phase of the natural gas pipeline of 478 -km, between Podisor and Recas localities and three compressor stations located in Podişor, Bibeşti and Jupa, Romania. The total investment is estimated at 480 million euros, of which, approximately 180 million are non-repayable funds. Minister Marius Nica is here, he will, of course, detail for you. We succeded to unblock thus a particularly important project for Romania's energy security and as BRUA project stipulates, it is a project between Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. The main priority remains to increase Romania's energy security. In addition to this, nearly 4,000 new jobs are estimated to be created under this project, while demand for consumer goods will increase following new jobs creation, additional revenues-attracted to state budget, gas resources - diversified and Romania's energy security will be improved, other investments and related businesses will be boosted, the local economy is stimulated to develop by increasing the value of the land near the new pipeline, and increasing the number of households, economic agents that will connect to the natural gas network. In addition to security of energy independence, the Government has several other energy priorities as set out in the programme for government, and the new energy strategy 2016-2030, and among them are a few which I would like to mention: protecting vulnerable household consumers, namely those who for various reasons, have no access to natural gas, reducing energy poverty, and fully regulating gas purchase prices. Thank you once again. Congratulations! 2017-11-28 14:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_ceremonia_de_semnare_a_contractelor_pentru_lucrări_de_execuție_a_conductei_de_transport_gaze_naturale_-_faza_1,_în_cadrul_proiectului_brua01.jpgLansarea Programului național ”Campionii României în școală, liceu și universitate”Știri din 24.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/launch-of-the-national-program-quot-romania-s-champions-in-school-high-school-and-university-quotRomania needs a redefinition of values, and the models for tomorrows champions are athletes who have achieved performance, said Minister of Youth and Sport, Marius Dunca, at the launch of the National Programme Romanias champions in School, High School and University. We conceived this project, which is part of the programme for government, because we all have the responsibility and duty to place trust in younger generation, the champions of tomorrow. I thank the Olympic, world and European champions, performance athletes for their involvement, stated the Minister of Youth and Sports. Minister Marius Dunca added that the national program would be developed in over 2500 schools, high schools and universities to promote sport as the expression of the highest human quality. The event at Victoria Palace was attended by about 40 performance athletes involved in this project. I am honored to be part of this project, which I thought by way of example. We have the moral obligation to stand by the Ministry of Youth and Sport and to support this project, said Elisabeta Lipa, multiple Olympic champion at canoeing. Ivan Patzaichin, quadruple gold laureate at the Summer Olympics, outlined the importance of this program to encourage young people to practice sports, especially those in rural areas: I congratulate you for this project. I had models too, a 16-year-old kid, there were three world champions in my village and I said if they became champions, why should I not be too, I left determined to become a champion and it was not that simple. I am happy to be part of this project, I accepted it from the first moment, I have experience in this field as well. People interested in this program can access www.campioniiromaniei.com, a platform that presents for the first time in Romania a source of information and promotion of Romanian athletes, Olympic, world and European champions. The 513 athletes who receive life rent from the Romanian state will reach about 2,500 school units from 41 counties and Bucharest. To promote this program, two advertising spots (radio and TV) were created, with the support of the National Audiovisual Council. The program aims at increasing the active and systematic participation of children and young people in sports activities, promotion of sport values ​​as means of improving health, physical and mental condition, developing social behaviors and co-opting great athletes to promote the benefits of sport. 2017-11-24 15:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1511527805original_programul_”campionii_româniei_în_școală,_liceu_și_universitate17.jpgProgramul ”Campionii României în școală, liceu și universitate” va fi lansat mâine la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 23.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-11-23 18:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-23-06-46-27big_sigla_guvern.pngDiscursul premierului Mihai Tudose la dezbaterea în Parlament a moțiunii de cenzură Știri din 23.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-during-the-censure-motion-debate-in-parliamentAddress by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose during the censure motion debate Mihai Tudose: Distinguished colleagues, first, I appreciate the gesture of the Liberal Party's colleagues to let a newer colleague to read the motion text, not assuming basically the contents. Ladies and gentlemen, a censure motion is a constitutional right and mostly, a democratic exercise. Unfortunately, you have turned this legitimate right into an opportunity to be populist, demagogue, to make a show based on a totally broken reality scenario. But I take this opportunity that you have given me to tell Romanians and you what has happened and what has been achieved this year in office and what is actually the reality. : (...) Mihai Tudose: Let them, Mr. President, that there is a way of manifestation! Thats what they can! I say this because obviously we have different landmarks in terms of reality. Right from the beginning of the censure motion, you said that we have managed to cause generalized chaos in vital areas such as healthcare, education or infrastructure. What chaos are you talking about, dear colleagues? Lets take them one at a time! Healthcare. This year, we have had record investments in the health infrastructure, which resulted in the modernization and expansion of 17 public hospitals, capital repairs to other 8 public hospitals, the completion of the Brasov Maternity Hospital and the Emergency Hospital for Children in Iasi, the largest in the North- East region. The land for the future regional hospitals in Cluj, Iasi and Craiova were identified, and taken over by the Government to start the construction, also for the Republican Hospital of the Capital. 100 million lei were allocated for medical equipment for 22 hospitals, other EUR 66 million for emergency care units( UPU), EUR 230 million for outpatient facility equipment, EUR 18 million for integrated community centers and I would also like to give you just a few examples. 277 anesthesia machines were delivered to the operating blocks - these are allocated to 50 healthcare units. The acquisition of 12 CT scanners has begun, so today, when you lodge your motion and invoke health chaos, all county hospitals in Romania have this type of equipment. Steps have been taken, 21 nuclear magnetic resonators are being purchased also, for all county hospitals to have this type of equipment. In addition, five radiotherapy equipment was commissioned for five oncology centers in the country: Baia Mare, Constanta, Galati, Fundeni Institute and Elias Emergency Hospital. If you dub this situation chaos, we assume this kind of chaos. Probably it was quiet when you closed the hospitals. Then it was quiet, indeed. Furthermore, you mentioned the chaos in education. I remind you that this was the first of many years when school textbooks were delivered in time, at the start of school year. They have not learnt from notes, like in your time. Secondly, we finalized the construction of 46 kindergartens, 24 schools. Significant progress has been achieved in the dual education, where we managed to achieve more than 100 classes. With respect to the measures taken in support of students, I can tell you that we granted free rail transport for all students. The student scholarship has been increased by 2.5 times, from 83 lei / month as I found when taking office, to over 200 lei / month per student. We launched the Romania employs programme, ie the largest package of measures for the unemployed and the improvement of the situation on the Romanian labor market. Through this programme worth EUR 550 million, we support both employers and those who want to find a job by offering incentives to promote these young people. We launched the most important project in recent years to train 55,000 primary and secondary school teachers, for them to teach under the new framework plans and curricula corresponding to the two education cycles. The funding programme was signed in Parliament, you could have got acquainted with it. Speaking about infrastructure, at the time of taking over the office, all infrastructure projects, but all, were either blocked or did not exist. Throughout the year, we have managed to redress this situation, to achieve significant progress. As regards motorways, the procedure for conveying to the European Commission the financing application for the Sebeş - Turda motorway project has been finalized. Also, for Ploieşti - Braşov, the Government started the agreement procedures with the World Bank, and the first lot was already contracted. Regarding the Sibiu - Pitesti highway, the bids for lots 1 and 5 were opened and for the express road in the Pitesti - Craiova highway, the bids for all lots were opened. Altogether, this year, we sent to ANAP design and implementation works worth 14.8 billion lei. Auctions amounting to more than 2.8 billion lei from European funds were launched for the railway, in the field. The construction of the Lacul Străuleşti - Progresul metro line, within the 4 Metro line also started this year. In air transport, it is the first year of many years when two new aircraft were purchased for TAROM. Also, Henri Coanda Airport underwent modernization, 67,000 square meters of runaway were paved, and terminals were modernized, and the processing capacity of the passengers on both streams was doubled. In short, we have achieved in one year, what you did not, along with the technocrats, all the while you were in power. Also as regards the investment chapter, I would like to mention, and you said that you collected impressions from the people you met - ask them about the PNDL too! PNDL 2, PNDL(National Programme for Local Development) enters the second phase in 2018, and the level of public investment will increase. Unfortunately, neither PNDL1, worked in your time. This year was not a year conducive to investment, here you are right, because we had nothing to continue, we had to seed, build, make projects, and submit them. With regard to large infrastructure, auctions exceed on SEAP, over 4 billion euros. Ladies and gentlemen, this was a brief answer, only to the first phrase of your motion. Punctually, if we were to answer your questions or the issues raised, things would stand this way. You said that: - Dare to believe, - our programme for government, voted by millions of Romanians was an illusion. If it seems an illusion to you that after 9 months, we have a 7 percent economic growth, the largest in EU and the second in the world, after China, and in the last quarter, we reached a 8. 8 percent economic growth, then, you are living in an illusory world. Another illusion may seem to you the fact that the state revenues grew in the first ten months by 20 billion lei, from 187 billion lei, in 2016, to 207.5 billion lei in 2017, or it seems other illusion to you the fact that we managed to have more than a quarter of a million new employment contracts. You said that we took over a stable economy, alleging that all premises were good. Perhaps you also referred to the letter from the European Commission that you exceeded the deficit in January. The - brave technocrat Cabinet spectacularly missed the agreed deficit target of less than 3%. Romania achieved the counterperformance of having the biggest increase in the EU budget deficit from 0.8% in 2015 to 3% in 2016. Practically, last years government transgressed all the limits set within the famous MTO. Where was your alleged stable economy? The one in which we found all programs and all managing authorities blocked? The one in which farmers complained that they received no subsidies in time? Or we did not manage to have an excessive deficit without taking any economic measures in favor of citizens or investors? If you make comparisons with last year' situation, , lets say the European funds absorption rate was 0.24 last year. Very good for what happened then, wonderful. It is really a lot for what the former government represented. At the same time, this stable economy that you are talking about, that the Ciolos Cabinet let behind, had just finished a financial exercise with lower revenues than the previous year, by about 9.8 billion lei. There are figures from statistics and that decrease back then was for the first time in many years. What you claim to be the purchasing power last year accounted for only 50% of this years purchasing power, if we refer to retirees, and by 10% less than this year, if we refer to employees . In addition, it is good not to forget that in 2016, only 6 state aids were granted, whether coincidentally or not, all of which are foreign-owned companies, compared to 8,900 companies this year, maybe not a coincidence, all with domestic capital. Therefore, please stop giving us as example a government that brought the country to a deadlock. We made big efforts to set things back on track and we have succeded it to a large extent. It is nevertheless a lasting effort to redress all we found broken. You said in the motion: you told nothing to public sector employees about the fictitious salary increases. It is a bit odd to tell this, exactly you who, when in office, cut wages by 25 percent, and while we continue to let you down, we assure you that we are a responsible Government, bring about welfare and not austerity. Let us present you some figures: last year, we had 58.7 billion lei spent on payroll, this year - 68.9 billion, next year- 81.9 billion on the public sector payroll. Obviously, for you, this seems a decrease. This year, public sector wages increased on average by 21.2 percent, and private sector wages by 12. 4 percent. The most important growth as I announced in the programme for government, was the healthcare sector salary growth, which accounted for 35. 9 percent. Yes? I understand that you have no contact with reality but with the one who provides you the quotes. Also, in 2017, we increased the minimum wage by 16 percent, from 1250 to 1450 lei, and in 2018, to 1900 lei. You accused us that the shift of contributions from employer to employee will be a failure. Dear (opposition)colleagues, you have been striving hard to induce the population the fear that as of January 1, wages will drop. Meanwhile all people of good faith realized that you and your associates launched fake news. Wages will obviously grow. Now, you have slightly changed your message: well, they are increasing, but not very much. Next year, you will probably lodge other censure motion for not having increased too much, and it is not sustainable. Truth is simple, there are real benefits which this measure will bring to all employees in Romania, both on short term, by revenues increase and on long term, by ensuring bigger pensions for retirees. You said that the Romanians' purchasing power is plummeting in full economic growth. Completely false! The employees' purchasing power rose by 12.6% in the first eight months of this year and that of pensioners by 14.6%. Lets not forget that this increase in purchasing power also takes into account the inflation, I have heard comments: yes, but inflation has increased! Purchasing power is judged by taking into account inflation, which in the first 10 months was 0.95%, ie below 1%, according to government programme data. You all claim that only by September 1, we exceeded Romanias debt level by 0.8% of GDP. I remind you that under the programme for government, we committed not to exceed 39% of GDP in 2017, Romania being one of the countries with the lowest indebtedness level in the European Union. On September 1, this indebtedness level was 37.4% of GDP, so by 1.6% of GDP less and not as you falsely claim, in your motion. Further on. You say that we have the smallest investments, since Romanias accession to the European Union to date. Finally, something real! But only if we talk about 2016, then yes, this is true. Back then, investment reached a historical minimum. In 2017, investments only suffered in the first part of the year because, as we have said, there were no mature projects that could be implemented. Moreover, the managing authorities responsible for attracting European funds were not accredited. Only in October this year, the sums attracted from European funds amounted to 4.8 billion lei, more than 20% of the sums attracted in October, November and December, altogether last year. You mentioned the poor VAT collection. In connection with hasty measures, one day you changed the Fiscal Code regarding three important measures in January, but you do not consider your actions. We reduced VAT by one percent, compared to last year, VAT receipts are by 238.5 million higher this year, after the first 10 months, although VAT was lower. So, the hole youre talking about, in VAT collection is in your imagination, as long as revenues did not plummet, but rose. It was a 7.9 percent growth third quarter this year, compared to third quarter previous year. I repeat, although VAT was lower. You stated that private investment declined by 20 percent over the first nine months of the year, compared to last year. Direct foreign investment, distinguished colleagues, private ones - as you call them, are of two types: foreign direct ones in economy, in companies capitalization, and these grew by 13. 3 percent over the first eight months of the previous year, from EUR 2.47 billion to EUR 2.8 billion. Yes, you are right - the inter-group or interbank credits were reduced as a result of the April reduction in the minimum reserve ratio by the National Bank, which resulting in 285 million euros being sent abroad by banks, to their parent companies. If this is a problem for you, enquire at the National Bank; as soon as you get an answer, make it public. You say that I promised mayors that 100 percent of the income tax will return to local authorities. Yes it is true. And well keep our word. We will do this through the State Budget Law. Moreover, also through the State Budget Law, each town hall, each county council will also have a minimum operating budget ensured, at the level of 750 lei per inhabitant, for each town hall, and 250 lei per inhabitant, for each county council. At the same time, we will make sure that no locality will have a smaller budget than last year's. You actually take a risk, claiming that we lost money from car tax collection. Two brief statements: besides the fact that this tax was declared illegal by the Court of Justice of the European Union, should we understand that you want us to introduce a new tax for Romanians? Fortunately, the good news for the Romanians is that you are not in office and you will not introduce it. Also in your motion, I could read something very serious, namely that education would be in decline and that students would not have textbooks. Ive already answered this. There were no textbooks in your world. This years difference compared to last year: last year, 700 million lei were spent on textbooks and supplements. This year, they were provided with 40 million lei. You may ask some questions about who spent the money and how. You are talking with a lot of cynicism about vaccines. When taking over from the wonderful government, only 12% of Romania's children were vaccinated. 12%. Today, it is 77%. Dear opposition colleagues, we all understand that you must justify your presence in Parliament and your activity in front of the electorate, or in front of the 2,000 people brought from all the counties of the country, but do no longer spread false news and try to come up with solutions for the citizens or for your citizen, the one who gives you advice for the censure motion. Romania has a stable, sustainable economic situation, recognized by all European and international bodies. Now, when the European media has began to call us the European tiger, coming up with false news about how tea sugar disappears during our government, about how the bee does not fly anymore, and the disaster begins in Romania if something does not happen, you, through this approach, you do harm to the country. Thank you, dear colleagues! 2017-11-23 14:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-23-02-46-28big_0[1].jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose: Interesul Guvernului este să încurajăm tânăra generație să citească, iar pe cei din generația noastră și a părinților noștri, să se întoarcă la lecturăȘtiri din 20.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-our-interest-the-interest-of-the-government-is-to-encourage-the-younger-generation-to-read-and-those-of-our-generation-and-our-parents-generations-to-return-to-reading The Centennial Programme will include a national project whereby Romanians will be encouraged to read. That was the conclusion of today's working meeting of Prime Minister Tudose with representatives of the Association of Romanias Book Publishers and Distributors. Our interest, the interest of the Government, is to encourage the younger generation to read, and those of our generation and our parents generations to return to reading. We invite you to think together about a national project in this respect. We are completely ready to provide public money to finance this project, which we will include in the Centennial Programme, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The project whereby Romanians will be encouraged to read, will have several components, including a national campaign to add value to reading and Romanian writers, where renowned personalities and the media will be invited to join state institutions. Other means, financial ones included, are also considered to support book publishing and attract the younger generation to reading. Representatives of the Government and of the Association of Romanias Book Publishers and Distributors will continue consultations to agree on joint actions to be included in this project. Today's meeting at Victoria Palace was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, Culture and National Identity Minister Lucian Romascanu and State Adviser Felix Rache. 2017-11-20 17:42:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-20-06-53-03big_1.jpgPremierul Tudose: Guvernul are deschidere pentru reducerea birocrației activității medicilor de familie și pentru majorarea fondurilor cabinetelor medicaleȘtiri din 20.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-the-government-is-open-to-cutting-through-the-red-tape-in-the-activity-of-family-doctors-and-to-increasing-funds-for-doctor-s-officesPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had a new round of talks with representatives of family doctors, at the Victoria Palace, in continuation of consultations started last week. The Head of the Executive expressed openness to adopting measures to solve the problems raised by the family doctors representatives, including cutting through the red tape in the activity of medical staff and increasing funds for the operation of doctor's offices. Prime Minister Tudose also mentioned that he wanted to solve the long-term shortage of family doctors in disadvantaged areas. He emphasized that at the level of the Government, amid the drafting the 2018 national budget, solutions were being sought for an increase in the financial envelope for both the healthcare services and expenses related to the operation of doctor's offices. On this occasion, the interim chairperson of the National Health Insurance House (CNAS), Razvan Teohari Vulcanescu presented a proposal for a gradual increase in the doctor's office revenues, enforceable through the implementation of the new framework - Contract, completed later by additional funds granted through budget rectifications. Prime Minister and CNAS Chairperson put forward proposals in response to the requests of family doctors who reiterated the difficulties they had been facing, especially those relative to medical offices funding, and cutting through the red tape in the activity of family doctors. On this occasion, the doctors submitted to Prime Minister a draft framework contract for next year, which is to be discussed with the Health Ministry and CNAS representatives. Physicians also called for the uniformity of the salary scale of family doctors, to the same level as that of physicians working in clinics. Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health, Corina Silvia Pop mentioned that family doctors could also benefit from European non-reimbursable funds by participating in national screening programs for the population, run by the Ministry of Health. Discussions will continue with representatives of the Ministry of Health and CNAS on the framework contract and clinical protocols with a view to finding a solution in favor of both parties. Also attending the meeting were Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu, Minister of Public Finance Ionut Mişa, Minister of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue Gabriel Petrea, Interim chairperson of the National Health Insurance House (CNAS), Răzvan Teohari Vulcănescu, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health, Corina Silvia Pop, and Advisor to the Prime Minister on healthcare, Professor Florian Popa. 2017-11-20 17:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-20-05-42-00big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la Congresul Național CNSRL FrățiaȘtiri din 15.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-national-congress-of-cnsrl-fratiaStatements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose following his participation in the National Congress of CNSRL- Fratia I came today, along with Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu to the largest trade union confederation CNSRL- Fratia for two reasons: one - to thank them for the help they granted us in solving as many specific situations as possible within the trade unions they represent; and second, to assure them of our further full openness in everything that means Romania's development and better living standards for people for people. I think the conclusions, from trade unions' point of view, will be detailed by their leaders. Furthermore, if they accept, I proposed them an agreement between Government and CNSRL Fratia under which to institutionalize this permanent exchange of information and work for people. Reporter: Will the protests stop/.../? Mihai Tudose: Do not ask me if protests stop/.../. Reporter: /.../? Mihai Tudose: As you could notice, last week, a lot of multinationals, very big companies, already publicly announced they would not lower net salaries. 2017-11-15 15:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-15-04-11-22big_sigla_guvern.pngConferinţa de lansare a revizuirii Strategiei Naţionale pentru Dezvoltarea DurabilăȘtiri din 14.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/conference-to-launch-the-revision-of-the-national-sustainable-development-strategy,,For a sustainable future- Conference to launch the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy The Romanian Government hosted today the event: ,,For a sustainable future- Conference to launch the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy, chaired by the State Advisor Laszlo Borbely, coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development, within the Secretariat - General of the Government. This debate was attended by the President of the Senate Calin Popescu - Tariceanu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Paul Stanescu, several members of the Government and Parliament, representatives of academic milieu, business environment, civil society, central and local public institutions. In the opening remarks, State Advisor Laszlo Borbely stated that 2017 is emblematic for Romania's future, as there starts the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy, in fact setting up the institutional framework for the 2030 Agenda objectives implementation aimed at adopting a document to adjust the paradigm shift at global level in the field of sustainable development. An editorial group has been set up which, along with the Department for Sustainable Development, will finalize the strategy revision by the end of March 2018. We are also going to enter into a partnership with the National Institute of Statistics in order to obtain the data necessary to establish an institutional framework enabling us to implement the Agenda 2030. Communication is very important and therefore, by the end of March 2018, we will have meetings in all the 8 Development Regions, but also other events alomg with the business community, civil society and other important institutions in Romania. stated Laszlo Borbely. State Advisor Laszlo Borbely also presented the measures to be taken for the preparation and implementation of the revised Strategy, a document that to be finalized by April 2018. I hope that Romania will have sustainable development among the priorities of its mandate, during the exercise of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019 the State Advisor further stated. The Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu mentioned in his speech that the current Strategy, adopted in 2008, was the result of a joint effort of several Governments, and underlined that such a document should be pursued beyond political cycles. My first exhortation to governmental, central and local institutions and the NGOs, the academic milieu, the business environment is for them to resume real openness for dialogue without which the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy would have no future added the President of the Senate. Vice Prime Minister Paul Stănescu stated that Romania committed itself to implementing the Sustainable Development Objectives at national level by revising the National Sustainable Development Strategy- Horizons 2013-2020-2030 (NDSD). Romanias Territorial Development Strategy (SDTR) has been developed by the Ministry of Development, and is designed to promote territorial cohesion and competitiveness, sustainable development and the communities access to development opportunities, in line with fundamental human rights values ​​and EU policies. This document sets out Romania' strategic development framework for the 2035 time horizon, necessary to support and direct the territorial development process at national level and at the same time, it makes a significant contribution to meeting the objectives of the Programme for Government stated Vice Prime Minister Paul Stanescu. Chairperson of the SRI Control Committee Georgian Pop outlined that for the global dimension of the field to be understood and reflected in the revised Strategy, it is necessary to adjust the national document to international trends in this field. It is also necessary to set up a Consultative Council to contribute to the Strategy revision. - Setting up, under the aegis of Parliament, of a Consultative Council, comprised of members of Parliament, civil society, academic milieu- with the role of identifying the best sustainable development options for Romania, stated Georgian Pop. The event took place in the presence of 170 guests, representatives of the academic milieu, NGOs, central public authorities. About Agenda 2030: Agenda 2030 was adopted at the 2015 UN summit in New York. Through this document, the UN has provided a universal agenda with clear and quantifiable objectives. Agenda 2030 includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Objectives (SDPs) and an action plan for the next 15 years to eradicate extreme poverty, combat inequality, injustice and protect the planet by 2030. The scope of Agenda 2030 and the nature of the aspects concerned implies a high degree of coherence and coordination of sectoral policies. Thus, the Government of Romania assumed its implementation at the highest political level, establishing by Government Decision no. 313/2017, the Department for Sustainable Development, within the Governments working apparatus. 2017-11-14 17:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dezvoltaredurabila-10.jpgÎntrevederea vicepremierului Ciolacu cu președintele Parlamentului GeorgieiȘtiri din 14.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ciolacu-met-with-the-chairperson-of-the-parliament-of-georgia Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a delegation led by the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia, Irakli Kobakhidze. On this occasion, the two parties discussed about the possibility of identifying the economic development opportunities existing between Romania and Georgia, while emphasizing the importance of developing the energy and transport routes along the Black Sea- Caspian Sea corridor. Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu also reaffirmed Romania' support for Georgia's European and Euro-atlantic aspirations. Romania was the first EU member state to ratify the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia. In 2017, Romania and Georgia mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 2017-11-14 14:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_23599988_572186526445960_1500619043_o.jpgRomânia și Bulgaria continuă colaborarea pe proiectele comuneȘtiri din 13.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-and-bulgaria-will-continue-cooperation-on-joint-projectsVice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu met today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, led by its chairperson, Dimitar Borisov Glavchev. The agenda of the talks included topics of interest such as: intensification of the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, support for joint projects in infrastructure, energy security (BRUA project), tourism, communications, programs related to the Western Balkans or the Danube Strategy, migration, as well as strengthening cooperation relations at the Parliament level. We need to establish joint projects and to join forces. We need to have a common voice, because that is how we will stand to gain, stated Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. The officials of the two states outlined the need to develop the infrastructure between Romania and Bulgaria and to extend the projects to ensure the link with Greece. The Romanian Vice Prime Minister mentioned the good relations existing between Romania and Bulgaria, voicing his belief that the two states would continue the joint projects on the Danube Strategy. During the meeting, it was highlighted the good collaboration between the Romanian and Bulgarian Prime Ministers as well as between the Ministers in charge of preparing the takeover of the rotating presidency of the EU Council. Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, present at the meeting, emphasized that Romania and Bulgaria have many converging points on European issues, and holding the EU Council presidency can enhance cooperation and friendship between the two neighboring countries. Regarding the Western Balkans, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria expressed his country's readiness to share with the states in the region the common experience gained on the road to EU accession. We have to show the European perspective to the countries that want to join the EU, said Dimitar Borisov Glavchev, Chairperson of the National Assembly of Bulgaria. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu and State Advisor Florin Vodita attended alongside Vice Prime Minister Ion - Marcel Ciolacu, the meeting at Victoria Palace, the Bulgarian delegation included, alongside chairperson Dimitar Borisov Glavchev, representatives of all political groups in the Bulgarian Parliament. 2017-11-13 20:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_23585363_571753613155918_14094356_o.jpgDezbatere pe tema Strategiei Naţionale pentru Dezvoltare Durabilă a RomânieiȘtiri din 09.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/debate-on-the-national-sustainable-development-strategy-of-romaniaThe department for Sustainable Development within the Secretariat General of the Government announces the start of the revision of the National Sustainable Development Strategy. In this respect, the event - For a sustainable future will take place on Tuesday, November 14, beginning at 10:00 am, at Victoria Palace, in the presence of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, event chaired by the State Advisor Laszlo Borbely, coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development. President of the Senate Calin Popescu - Tariceanu, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea and the two Vice Prime Ministers Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu and Paul Stanescu will give addresses during this event which will also be attended by, representatives of Parliament, Government, academia, business sector, civil society, central and local public institutions. Romania took the responsibility of establishing the national necessary framework to attain the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (ODD). In this context, the Draft Revision of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development is a concrete step towards the adoption of a programmatic document to adjust the paradigm shift at global level in the field of sustainable development, to the national priorities and context over the 2030 time horizon. The 17 Objectives of Sustainable Development are global objectives, applicable to all states that are tasked with making every effort to eradicate all forms of poverty, to counter inequality and combat climate change. More information on the concept of sustainable development can be found at: dezvoltaredurabila.gov.ro. Therefore, we invite you to attend an event where we will advocate a sustainable future for us and the generations to follow. The press has access throughout the event. Contact person: Didona Goanta - Advisor, Department for Sustainable Development - tel. 0765.939.095, email: didona.goanta@gov.ro Please find below the agenda of this event. 9.00 am-10.00 am Participants registration 10.00 am -11.10 am Opening remarks by Mr. Laszlo Borbely, State Advisor , Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development Addresses by : Mr. Mihai Tudose, Prime Minister Mr. Călin-Constantin Anton Popescu-Tariceanu, President of the Senate Mr. Nicolae-Liviu Dragnea, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ms. Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of the Environment Mr. Paul Stănescu, Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds 11.10 am-11.40am Group photo with participants, at the main entrance of Victoria Palace 11.40 am-1.00 pm Presentations: Academician Prof. Angheluţă Vădineanu, President of the National Center for Sustainable Development Prof. Univ. Dr. Gheorghe Zaman, Representative of the Romanian Academy Ms. Gabriela Dragan, General Manager European Institute of Romania Mr. Dragoş Tuţă, General Director of UN Global Compact Romania Ms. Lavinia Andrei, President Terra Mileniul III Foundation Ms. Ioana Gabriela Covei, Romania's UN Youth Delegate Mr. Eduard Dumitrascu, President of the Romanian Association for Smart City and Mobility Debates 2017-11-09 17:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-09-05-17-31big_sigla_guvern.pngCeremonia de semnare a primelor contracte de achiziție de echipamente de radioterapie pentru cinci centre din țarăȘtiri din 09.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-signing-ceremony-of-the-first-procurement-contracts-of-radiotherapy-equipment-for-five-centers-across-the-countryThe first five oncology centers, equipped with complete radiotherapy systems purchased with support from the World Bank The Centers for treatment of patients with oncology diseases within Constanta County Hospital, Galati County Hospital, Baia-Mare County Hospital, Bucharest Oncological Institute Prof. Dr. Alexandru Trestioreanu and the Elias Emergency University Hospital will be equipped with complete radiotherapy systems totaling 11 million lei. Contracts for the endowment of the five radiotherapy centers were signed today at Victoria Palace by Health Minister Florian Bodog and the representative of the supplier company Elekta Limited UK,Jaroslaw Lange. The ceremony took place in the presence of Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, the Minister of Public Finance, Ionut Mişa, the President of the Constanţa County Council, Horia Ţuţuianu, the President of the Galati County Council, Costel Fotea, the President of the Maramureş County Council, Gabriel Zetea, and the managers of the beneficiary centers. The equipment will be purchased under the World Bank Loan Agreement, which provides EUR 38 million for the purchase of radiotherapy equipment. In the next phase of this project, three more centers will be equipped with radiotherapy equipment for patients with oncology diseases currently at the end of the evaluation phase. These are the radiotherapy centers within the Oradea Municipal Hospital, the Craiova County Hospital and the Oncological Institute prof.dr. I. Chiricuţă Cluj Napoca, for which tendering procedures have already been launched. It is the first time Romania invests in radiotherapy. We have a healthy economy, we have the biggest economic growth in Europe, we must also have investments in healthcare, in order that the beneficiaries, the citizens of Romania, benefit from the highest applicability standards, Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu stated. Minister of Public Finance Ionuţ Mişa and Minister of Health Florian Bodog emphasized that all these procurements represent a first step in Romanias hospitals retechnologization project, part of the Government Program. After the endowment of the above mentioned centers with complete radiotherapy systems, the revamping program of the hospitals in Romania will continue with the endowment of each county hospital with CT and MRI equipment, also based on the agreement with the World Bank. 2017-11-09 16:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_0156.jpgIon Marcel Ciolacu: Se analizează posibilitatea de a modifica legislația, astfel încât reprezentanții instituțiilor finanțatoare internaționale să poată participa la licitațiile pentru atribuirea de contracte în domeniul infrastructuriiȘtiri din 09.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-11-09 14:37:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-09-02-38-34big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Guvernul are în vedere o strategie de dezvoltare echilibrată pentru toate comunitățile localeȘtiri din 07.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-the-government-is-considering-a-balanced-development-strategy-for-all-local-communitiesThe representatives of the Government and the Association of Municipalities in Romania agreed on measures to maintain local budgets in 2018 at least at the level of this years revenues so that the amendments to Fiscal Code do not affect the municipalities operation and development funds. During consultations held today at Victoria Palace, the Government suggested to mayors the increase in the quota deducted from income tax that municipalities benefit of, from 41.75%, as it is now, to 43%, in the context in which the Government considers reducing the income tax from 16 to 10 percent. At the same time, compensations will be granted from the state budget, in the situations in which, even after this increase of the quota, budgets of local authorities for the next year will be affected. The Governments objective is to maintain the local budgets of municipalities for the next year, at least at the level of 2017. The Government is considering a balanced development strategy for all local communities. As Prime Minister, I am equally concerned that local budgets, of both municipalities, small towns and communes, have the resources needed for functioning and development. I have come before you with well-grounded figures to discuss as concretely as possible the current state of affairs, and our vision for the future, said Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive established a permanent consultation mechanism with the representatives of the Association of Municipalities in Romania, both regarding aspects related to financing and balancing local budgets, as well as the other issues brought into discussion by mayors: amendment of the legislation in the field of public procurement, and regarding public-private partnership. Thus, Prime Minister stated that in the immediate aftermath, the Government would discuss a legislative act on public-private partnership that would provide financing solutions to local authorities. Prime minister also mentioned that the Executive is working on a draft amendment to the public procurement legislation, which envisages shortening the approval deadlines. Vice Prime Ministers Paul Stănescu and Marcel Ciolacu also attended the meeting at the Victoria Palace, on the part of the Government, and the Association of Municipalities in Romania was represented by the General Mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, mayor district 3 of Bucharest and President of AMR, Robert Negoiţă, mayor of Arad , Gheorghe Falcă, mayor of Oradea, Ilie Bolojan, the mayor of Sfantu Gheorghe, Antal Arpad, and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea. 2017-11-07 18:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-07-06-42-09big_sigla_guvern.pngConsultări la Guvern pe tema eficientizării sistemului de management al deșeurilor reciclabileȘtiri din 03.11.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/consultations-held-at-government-headquarters-on-the-optimization-of-the-recyclable-waste-management-systemVice Prime Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu, Minister of the Environment, and Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu held today consultations at Victoria Palace with representatives of several manufacturers and importers of packaging and packaged products on the topic of solutions for implementing a functional and efficient system of recyclable waste management. Sirma Caraman, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, also attended the meeting. Following the meeting, it was agreed that the representatives of the manufacture and packaging recycling operators should submit to the relevant ministries their proposals on the improvement of the legislative framework related to their fields of activity, which will be analyzed and incorporated into the proposals for legislative initiatives under preparation at the level of ministries. Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu spoke about the importance of Romania's moving from a linear to a circular economy, with a well-established system that encourages selective collection directly at source and increased waste collection and recycling. A first step in this respect is the National Waste Management Plan, which we are going to approve in the next period. We want this national plan to be realistic, to take into account all the problems and eventual bottlenecks signaled at local level. As a Member State of the European Union, it is important to target zero waste to the landfill, stated Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu. Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu also gave assurances of the entire openness of the Government for consultations with the operators and the authorities with responsibilities throughout the entire waste cycle, so that everyone knows exactly what to do and eventual bottlenecks are removed. During the meeting at Victoria Palace, representatives of the Government and of manufacturers and importers of packaging and packaged products discussed about the setting up of a waste radar, improving the regulatory framework in the field, with focus on the system of authorization and verification of collection and recycle activities. It has also been discussed the need to inform waste generators, including citizens, in order to encourage selective collection directly from source, along with the development of specific infrastructure and the correlation between the costs of sanitation services and the willingness or not to sort out the waste at source. 2017-11-03 16:04:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-11-03-04-05-58big_sigla_guvern.pngBanca Mondială asigură asistență Guvernului României pentru construcția autostrăzii Ploieşti-BraşovȘtiri din 31.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/world-bank-to-provide-assistance-to-the-romanian-government-for-the-ploiesti-brasov-motorway-constructionPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had a meeting at Victoria Palace today with a World Bank delegation led by Tatiana Proskuryakova, country manager, on the topic of road infrastructure projects. The international financial institution representatives conveyed the World Banks decision to support the implementation of the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose appreciated the World Bank's decision to join in Romanian Government's efforts in the field of motorway construction, announced by Tatiana Proskuryakova, Head of the World Bank delegation. We hail the World Banks decision to support the modernization and development of transport infrastructure in Romania, a priority area for the Government. We want this project of strategic importance, financed by the World Bank, to represent the start of a paradigm shift in the area of ​​investments in road infrastructure , stated Prime Minister Tudose. The necessary measures for the start of the Ploieşti-Braşov highway project with assistance from the World Bank were also established during the meeting. To this end, a coordination committee will be set up within Secretariat- General of the Government, led by Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu, and a project implementation unit will be set up with the Ministry of Transport, in charge of the technical component. Transport Minister Felix Stroe, who will coordinate the technical implementation of the project, said the institution he is leading will be fully involved in achieving this objective. Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu, Minister of Transport, Felix Stroe, Minister of Public Finance, Ionut Mişa, Secretary General of the Government, Roxana Bănică, State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Maria Magdalena Grigore, and State Advisors, Daniela Mocanu and Felix Rache also attended the meeting on behalf of the Government. 2017-10-31 19:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_intalnire_cu_banca_mondiala.jpegPremierul Mihai Tudose a participat la reuniunea de astăzi a Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 31.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-today-s-meeting-of-the-national-tripartite-council-for-social-dialoguePrime Minister Mihai Tudose and some of the members of the Executive met today at Victoria Palace with the representatives of large trade union and employers confederations in Romania, in the format of the meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue. The central topics on the discussion agenda were the draft Emergency Ordinance to amend the Fiscal Code, focusing on the transfer of contributions from the employer to the employee, and the increase in the gross minimum wage in the economy. As regards the transfer of part of the contributions from the employer to the employee in 2018, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Finance Minister Ionut Mişa reiterated the idea that this measure will not have a negative impact on wages either in the public sector or in the private sector. We discussed with the business sector, wages will rise. The business sector told me it is an opportunity to pay people better , outlined the Head of the Executive referring to the effects of this legislative change. Employers considered it a very good measure, the trade unions were in favor of preserving the current legislation regarding the payment of salary contributions. The increase in the minimum salary to 1,900 lei as of next year, according to the Government programme's objectives, was agreed by the trade union representatives and did not come up against employers opposition. It is worth mentioning the necessity to develop infrastructure, especially in the transport and agriculture, for the optimal exploitation of Romanias potential in terms of business development. In this context, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced that the current Government is considering a paradigm shift in transport infrastructure and referred to the meeting on this topic, with the World Bank representatives, scheduled for today. 2017-10-31 19:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_23192270_566037273727552_1167534474_o.jpgIon Marcel Ciolacu: "România poate oferi expertiză în materie de securitate cibernetică la nivel european"Știri din 30.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/ion-marcel-ciolacu-quot-romania-can-provide-expertise-in-the-field-of-cybersecurity-at-european-levelVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu discussed on Monday, October 30, at Victoria Palace, with the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, about Romania's readiness to actively contribute to the steps designed to consolidate the single digital market, including from the angle of its role as future holder of the EU Council Presidency in the first semester of 2019. Minister of Communications and Information Society, Lucian Şova, and Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu also attended the meeting. The cybersecurity is the most sensitive area for the future and competitiveness of the European digital economy and society and for the functioning of the Digital Single Market. We support the process of regulating the online environment from the perspective of cybersecurity, with the ultimate goal of raising the level of cybersecurity of European systems and computer networks. Romania has achieved remarkable progress in the field of IT security and can provide expertise in the field, the level of performance of our experts being recognized abroad, stated Ion Marcel Ciolacu. Vice Prime Minister also outlined that it is necessary to strengthen the role of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security. In order to crystallize a common approach to this issue, meetings of the Cybersecurity Operational Council, which is in charge of establishing the cyber security guidelines in Romania, are scheduled for the next period, stated Ciolacu. 2017-10-30 19:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_mariya_gabriel,_comisarul_european_responsabil_pentru_economia_şi_societatea_digitale_03_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu Günther Oettinger, comisarul european pentru buget și resurse umaneȘtiri din 26.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-budget-amp-human-resources-gunther-oettinger2017-10-26 15:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_vilalac-1.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose de Ziua ArmateiȘtiri din 25.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-message-on-the-army-day - No passing through here and Together we are stronger are the Romanian Armys mottos earned through sacrifice, courage and devotion. This year we celebrated 100 years since the Marasti, Marasesti and Oituz spectacular victories that changed Romanias fate in World War I. One year later, in 1918, we were celebrating the Great Union of the Romanian nation. Today, 100 years on, Romania represents a pole of stability in the region, which can also be seen in the trust and respect the Army enjoys among the Romanian citizens, as well as among our allies. Romanian military are highly appreciated during NATO missions, which contributes to increasing their prestige. This is clear evidence, if any more was needed, that the Romanian Army has important resources to ensure national security. At the same time, Romania has proven that it is an important NATO member, an ally appreciated for its professionalism, that honors its commitments. The allocation of 2 percent of GDP for defence is a reality that has opened new opportunities for our country. First of all, we have gone through important stages for the revival of the defence industry. We already signed cooperation protocols between the government and large arms manufacturers that come to invest in Romania, complete with technology transfer. Secondly, we come to the support of the army by ensuring top-notch military equipment. The Government of Romania has been, is and will further be an unconditional partner to the Romanian Army. Today, October 25, as we celebrate Army Day, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the Romanian military who ensure through their sacrifice, courage and devotion, the citizens security and the countrys territorial integrity. 2017-10-25 10:31:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-10-25_at_14.39.35.jpegParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la ceremonia de semnare a contractului de finanțare pentru modernizarea și reabilitarea Spitalului Clinic de Urgență pentru Copii Sf. Maria Iași, investiție de aprox. 121 milioane lei, din care 88 milioane lei fonduri nerambursabileȘtiri din 24.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-signing-ceremony-of-the-funding-contract-for-the-modernization-and-refurbishment-of-sf-maria-clinical-emergency-hospital-for-children-iasi-investment-of-about-121-million-lei-88-million-of-which-are-non-reimbursable-funds Address by PM Mihai Tudose at the signing ceremony of the funding contract for modernizing and refurbishing Clinical Emergency Hospital for Children - Sf Maria Iasi, investment of about 121 million lei, 88 million of which are non-reimbursable funds Dear colleagues, Ministers, President, I think this will remain a landmark moment for what means the start of PSD government mandate, a landmark moment for the medical life of Iasi and Moldova. It is an investment worth more than 121 million lei only in hospital refurbishment, to bring it at modern standards, to which we will add in a second stage- medical facilities.It is a 600-bed hospital now and it will serve more than 600 children - it has been therefore, an investment in a children's hospital. We thus remain consistent with what we promised in early mandate, thus, with our priorities: health, education and infrastructure. Regarding infrastructure, we invite you to other equally important event for a certain area of the country, I do not spoil your surprise, it is a major investment, on European funds, in road infrastructure. Good luck, Mr. president, congratulations, Mr. Minister, it is a good start. Regional hospitals are next, one, again in Iasi. Congratulations to the Health Minister! I wish you every success further on! 2017-10-24 11:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-24-11-32-41big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Tudose a discutat cu reprezentanții BEI despre posibilitățile de asistență tehnică pentru stimularea investițiilorȘtiri din 19.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-discussed-with-eib-representatives-about-the-technical-assistance-possibilities-to-boost-investmentDuring today's meeting at Victoria Palace with EIB representatives, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose reviewed the priority areas in terms of expertise and financing that the EIB can still grant to Romania. The Romanian delegation attending the talks also included Paul Stanescu, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development, Ionut Misa, Minister of Finance, Felix Stroe, Minister of Transports, Marius Nica, Minister delegate for European Funds, Secretary of state in the Health Ministry Cristian Grasu, Secretary General of the Government Roxana Banica and State Advisors Gabriel Andronache and Felix Rache. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the attending ministers mentioned the main projects at various stages of preparedness at governmental level that could qualify for EIB technical expertise: amendment of public procurement and public-private partnership legislation; preparing the necessary technical documentation for the construction of regional hospitals, the Ploiesti-Brasov highway and other infrastructure projects, as well as agriculture, energy efficiency and institutional reform. - Our interest is to boost investment. We want to have a simpler and more flexible legislation in the field of public procurement in Romania, and we have all the readiness to highlight the expertise that the European Investment Bank can provide, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The highlight of the meeting was on the development of major infrastructure projects, encouraging investment in both the public and private sectors, as well as on optimising financial resources, capitalising on the potential of attracting European funds, securing a transparent and consistent legislative framework in related areas and multiplying examples of good practice. The two delegations appreciated the good cooperation for over 25 years between Romania and the European Investment Bank, and this year is the 10th year since the European financial institution opened office in Bucharest. 2017-10-19 19:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-19-07-28-12big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la deschiderea Business Development Conference, eveniment din cadrul misiunii comerciale Trade Winds 2017Știri din 19.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-opening-of-the-business-development-conference-an-event-organised-as-part-of-the-us-trade-winds-2017Address by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at Trade Winds Excellencies, Distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, Ladies and gentlemen, I wish you and I spoke from my heart, warm welcome to Romania! I hope you are coming to stay, your business or a big part of it to stay in Romania. Romania is one of the proudest nations in the EU, today, when we pride ourselves on the highest economic growth rate. We are proud of our European belonging, our partnership with the European Union and our partnership with NATO and of the 20th anniversary of Strategic Partnership with the United States of America. We have a great deal in Romania to offer from potential in the agricultural area to the extraordinary potential in the high-tech industry and IT, moving on to industrial production, where again we pride ourselves on an increase of 8 percent compared to the last year. I am convinced that the presence in Romania of some American companies, of some world-renowned US companies- and I would mention just what has happened in recent months, along with His Excellency, Ambassador Klemm, I met with representatives of Ford, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Bell Helicopters, without intending to omit others, I have just mentioned some of those that have come at the Government over the last two months, or both at Government and Embassy. I am sure that the presence in Romania of these large American companies that have come, invested and transferred know-how is a good example and a statement of the US business environment to Romania. I think your efforts, the efforts of the Department of Commerce, and the efforts of my colleagues in the Romanian Government will produce results, I take this opportunity to thank the US Embassy to Romania, and Mr. Hans Klemm particularly, for their efforts, and perhaps in ten more years, we may gather to take stock, to gladly remember this major event in Romanias economic life, and its relations with the US, a stock-taking moment when we should be proud of what we have started doing today. I would like to thank you for being here and to wish you good luck! *** PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Tudose: Romania has very much to offer in the economic field Prime Minister Mihai Tudose attended today the opening of the Business Development Conference, part of Trade Winds 2017, the largest governmental trade mission in the history of the South-East European region. - Romania is one of the proudest nations in the EU. We pride ourselves on the highest economic growth rate. We are proud of our partnership with the European Union and our partnership with NATO and of the 20th anniversary of Strategic Partnership with the United States of America. We have a great deal in Romania to offer from potential in the agricultural area to the extraordinary potential in the high-tech industry and IT, moving on to industrial production, where again we pride ourselves on an increase of 8 percent compared to last year, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated. The Head of the Executive welcomed the presence in Romania of some of the world-renowned American companies such as Ford, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Bell Helicopters that invested, and transferred know-how, and he deemed it a good example and a - statement of the US business environment for Romania. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose voiced conviction that this major event in Romanias economic life - the Trade Winds 2017 held in Bucharest - will yield long-term concrete results. The Government of Romania, in partnership with the United States Department of Commerce, organized the Business Development Conference, part of Trade Winds 2017, in Bucharest from 18 to 20 October. Trade Winds is an American trade mission whose purpose is to connect US and foreign companies to create business partnerships. About 100 American companies have come to Bucharest and have had contacts with over 215 Romanian companies, an opportunity for these companies to develop joint projects. The US Department of Commerces initiative to hold the 10th edition of Trade Winds in Romania and in four other Southeast European countries - Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Serbia - proves the importance the US Administration attaches to this region and, especially, to our country. The Government of Romania approached this economic forum with due importance and offered support to the US Embassy and the Commerce Department. 2017-10-19 12:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_112122.jpgA fost semnat Memorandumul de înțelegere care va permite lansarea programului de înzestrare a armatei cu sisteme PatriotȘtiri din 18.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/mou-allowing-the-launch-of-the-army-endowment-program-with-patriot-missile-defense-systems-has-been-signedPrime Minister Mihai Tudose attended today at the Victoria Palace the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economy, through S.C. Aerostar S.A., and US company Raytheon International Defense System on cooperation in the line of equipment and components of the multi-level air defense integrated system. Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Economy Gheorghe Simon, State Advisors Lucian Foca, Florin Vodita, Felix Rache and Ramona Lohan, as well as US Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm were also present at the document-signing ceremony. The document provides for the transfer of technology and of the necessary technical assistance to upgrade and reengineer the existing equipment, as well as for ensuring the specific technical support for Patriot missile systems. The signing of the Memorandum thus allows the effective launch this year of procedures for the purchase of the first Patriot system for the Romanian Forces, in line with the Endowment Plan 2017-2026, in the context of Romanias commitments as a partner on NATOs eastern flank and as a strategic partner in the relationship with the US. Representatives of the two signatory companies, Grigore Filip — President, and Director General of S.C. Aerostar S.A., and William Schmieder, President of Raytheon International Defense System, emphasized that this is just the first step of a long-lasting cooperation that will see Romania included in major defence procurement programs. Opportunities will be thus created for the implementation of the new cutting-edge technologies in the field, and the development of the most advanced anti-missile system is not only a guarantee of security for Romania, but also the fulfillment of some commitments undertaken by Romania as a NATO partner country. 2017-10-18 14:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_9615.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose s-a întâlnit cu reprezentanții Uniunii Naționale a Patronatului RomânȘtiri din 16.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-representatives-of-the-national-union-of-romanian-employersThe amendment of the VAT split payment mechanism, shift of social contributions payment from employers to employees, and improvement of the states relationship with the business environment were the main topics discussed today at the meeting of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose with the representatives of the National Union of Romanian Employers (UNPR). Prime Minister Mihai Tudose specified that the VAT split measure will be modified and made more flexible in the debates in Parliament, in line with the proposals resulting from the discussions with business representatives. More specifically, the VAT split collection will no longer apply to all companies as of 2018, but only to those in insolvency, bankruptcy, those with debts in VAT payment, and state-owned companies. We will soon come up with a new form of VAT split collection, which will respond to requests made during this period by the representatives of the business environment, underlined the Head of the Executive. UNPR representatives welcomed the Governments decision to amend the differentiated VAT collection mechanism. At the same time, they stated that the shift of social contributions from employer to employee represents, in their view, an opportunity that will not affect the net income of employees. Prime Minister and the representatives of UNPR agreed on a periodic collaboration mechanism in which to propose and analyze measures to improve the states relationship with the business environment, stimulate employment and competitiveness, cut through red tape, including increasing the absorption rate of European funds by the private sector, promotion of Romanian companies on foreign markets. Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, State Secretary in the Ministry of Public Finance Daniela Pescaru, State Advisors to Prime Minister Ramona Lohan, Gabriel Andronache and Felix Rache, as well as tax specialists also attended the meeting today. 2017-10-16 15:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4598.jpgBucurești va fi gazda Trade WindsȘtiri din 16.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-16 10:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-16-10-11-12big_sigla_guvern.pngMinisterul Economiei și General Dynamics au semnat un Memorandum de înțelegere pentru producerea și livrarea de vehicule blindateȘtiri din 10.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-10 14:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_semnare_memorandum_of_understanding_cu_general_dynamics09.jpgDeclaraţii de presă comune susținute de premierul Mihai Tudose și de secretarul general al NATO, Jens StoltenbergȘtiri din 09.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/joint-press-conference-by-prime-minister-of-romania-mihai-tudose-together-with-the-nato-secretary-general-jens-stoltenberg [Check against delivery] Mihai Tudose: Good afternoon. Before I give the floor to the Secretary General, I would like to thank him for his visit to Romania, for having elected Bucharest the venue for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. We consider it as a statement by the Alliance about what Romania means to NATO and what NATO means to us. We have had a very good discussion regarding the presence of Romania in the NATO structures, regarding the presence of Romania in the theaters of operations, the development of Romanian capabilities in the defence industry, cooperation between Romania and NATO on multiple levels, including Romanias role in ensuring the European unity and security with support from and under the umbrella of NATO. Mr. Secretary General, you have the floor! Jens Stoltenberg: Thank you so much Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and it's really a great pleasure to meet you for the first time. And since this is our first meeting let me also congratulate you on your appointment as Prime Minister this summer. I'm looking forward to working with you and to cooperate with you in the NATO Alliance. And I would also very much like to express my gratitude to Romania for its steadfast contributions to NATO in so many ways over so many years. You contribute to our collective security here in Europe and you also help NATO projecting stability through our neighbourhood both in the East and the South, helping Ukraine, helping Georgia, but also fighting terrorism to the South of the Alliance with your presence in Afghanistan, in Iraq, but also helping to make sure that the Western Balkans remain stable with your contribution to the NATO force in Kosovo. Then Romania is important for NATO because you are a host nation for our multinational brigade here in Romania. We are stepping up the NATO presence in Romania with both the multinational brigade but also with more air policing. Italian and Canadian pilots are flying together with pilots from Romania and Bulgaria in the Black Sea region. And we have increased maritime presence in the Black Sea with more port calls and more naval exercises. So this is an example of how NATO is adapting to a more challenging security environment. Romania is also important because you are hosting our missile defence site in Deveselu which is important for NATO defence and we are now implementing and following up on the plans for strengthening the NATO Defence Capabilities by building a similar site in Poland so the missile defence system is a high priority for NATO. We are also grateful for what Romania does when it comes to cyber defence, your experts, your knowledge are important for the whole Alliance. But also because Romania is leading our Cyber Defence Trust Fund for Ukraine helping them to strengthen their cyber defences. And then last but not least, Romania is key when it comes to defence spending. Your announcement to spend 2% of GDP on defence in 2017 this year is something we really welcome because it will strengthen the defences of Romania but it will also of course strengthen NATO and Romania is leading by example because I can now refer to Romania being a new country in the Alliance which is meeting the target of spending 2% of GDP on defence. So you're leading by example and we thank you so much for that. So Mr Prime Minister, once again thank you for receiving me and thank you for Romania's strong contributions to the Alliance. Mihai Tudose: Secretary General, I would take the opportunity of this security-related discussion, announcing for the first time that we will sign an important contract tomorrow with an American company that will manufacture arms in Romania in collaboration with a Romanian company. Also as a long-term commitment of Romanias presence in NATO and for what our country means, and we hope it will further mean in this area of Europe, on the eastern flank and in the Western Balkans: a pillar of stability and an acknowledged strategic partner - and we thank you for that - of the North Atlantic Alliance. Once again, I thank you for all you said earlier and for your support, including the presence of more and more Romanians in the Alliances command structures. 2017-10-09 17:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1.jpegGuvernul sprijină reîntoarcerea românilor din diaspora în țarăȘtiri din 09.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/government-supports-romanians-working-abroad-to-come-back-homePrime Minister Mihai Tudose met on Monday, at Victoria Palace, the representatives of the RePatriot project, a project aimed at bringing back to the country Romanians working abroad, through entrepreneurship. During the meeting, the representatives of RePatriot asked for public policies and a legislative framework favourable for Romanian entrepreneurs from abroad, showing that 57 percent of the Romanians of the diaspora want to return home, as an opinion poll conducted in diaspora shows. Prime Minister Tudose showed that the Executive will endorse the efforts made to attract Romanians of the diaspora to return to Romania, while specifying that their return would be a real progress and that the governmental support required for this desideratum to become reality, should not depend on the political colors. - Our mission is to make sure that irrespective of the political color of those at the table of discussions, things are moving stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Romanian Government wants to ensure all the conditions to support the return home of the Romanians now working abroad and for them to reintegrate in Romania, especially in the Romanian entrepreneurial environment, and it voiced its interest in creating a legislative framework adapted to their current needs. In this respect, it has been agreed to continue the dialogue between Diaspora representatives and the Prime Minister's Working Unit on initiatives in work, and other ideas and sustainable projects to create bridges between Romanians in Diaspora and Romanians in the country. At legislative level, in Parliament, there are three draft laws aimed at improving the conditions for Romanians in Diaspora: draft law on amending Law 299/2007, on the support granted to Romanians abroad, draft law on amending Law 321/2006 on the regime of granting nonrefundable financing for the programmes, projects or actions on backing the activity of Romanians abroad and their representative organizations and a draft law on amending Law 86/ 2016 regarding setting up Romanian community centres abroad. Participating in the discussions were Secretary General of the Government Mihai Busuioc and State Advisors Florin Vodita, Felix Rache and Ramona Lohan. The delegation of the representatives of the RePatriot project included Felix Patrascanu, project leader, managing partner Fan Courier; Alexandra Badicioiu, project manager RePatriot; Simina Cristea Bossennec - Head of Financial Crime Compliance Operations at HSBC Private Bank Monaco; Cristian Anastasiu, managing director Chapman Mergers and Acquisitions; Mircea Divricean, Romanias Honorary Consul to the USA, Utah and also president, and executive director of Kostopulos Dream Foundation and Michael Divricean, chief operation officer Kostopulos Dream Foundation, Head of the Association of Romanians from Utah. 2017-10-09 13:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-10-09_at_13.27.59.jpegPrim-ministrul Mihai Tudose, la întâlnirea cu membri ai Congresului SUA: ”România va rămâne un partener de încredere al SUA și în cadrul NATO”Știri din 07.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-07 15:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_congresmani-8.jpgSplit TVA și trecerea contribuţiilor de la angajator la angajat, subiecte abordate la întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanţii Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 06.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-10-06 19:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_cdr-1.jpgReuniunea cvadrilaterală la nivel înalt dintre România, Bulgaria, Serbia și GreciaȘtiri din 03.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/high-level-quadrilateral-meeting-of-romania-bulgaria-serbia-and-greeceStatement by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at the high-level quadrilateral meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece Mihai Tudose: I will resume something of what I discussed and established with you too, after the luncheon meeting, with Prime Minister Borisov. We have done nothing but extend the collaboration between Bulgaria and Romania, with Serbia and Greece. As it has been mentioned earlier, we, Romania, arent a neighbour country of Greece, but we are Greeces partners, and we consider Greece as a neighbour country. We are four countries making up the Western Balkans, Balkans that can equally be an entrance gate to the European Union, an exit gate from the European Union, or a wall protecting the European Union. We have the same interest, both strategic and economic, as well as good neighbours one, wanting Serbia to become a EU member country. The gas interconnection of Serbia with Bulgaria is important, the interconnection of Serbia with Romania on electricity grids which we are working on is important. It is important that all four countries act like a single partner as regards energy relations with the rest of the European Union and avoid dependency on a single supplier. Coordination is needed between infrastructure projects, because we are talking about common infrastructure projects, but we also have national projects, and coordination between the national projects is also very important to develop a network under the international ones, the great European corridors, allowing smaller economic exchanges, which, in fact, make up the day to day basis of the communities living at the border. I am convinced that we are in a pragmatic partnership, we have no more time to lose, history doesnt wait for us, we have a huge opportunity, which I am positive we are materialising, and due to the fact that up to the first meeting, we already have some deadlines, some targets, we have some projects that we are pursuing. I am very confident that as Prime Minister Borisov said, that everybody understands that this team wasnt created against anything or anyone, but only for our countries to capitalise on the big chances we have as best as possible. Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your hospitality and the opportunity this meeting represented! 2017-10-03 18:17:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-04-12-43-00big_banner2.jpgReuniunea Consiliului de Cooperare la Nivel Înalt România-Bulgaria (ședința comună a celor două Guverne)Știri din 03.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romanian-bulgarian-intergovernmental-meeting-in-varnaPress release The interconnection projects and coordination of European objectives - priorities of the Romanian and Bulgarian Governments The Romanian and Bulgarian Governments will coordinate their priorities in anticipation of their mandates at the helm of the Council of the European Union and will enhance cooperation in the common areas of interest, especially economic, energy, transport, as agreed at the Fourth Meeting of the Romania -Bulgaria High- Level Cooperation Council (Joint Meeting of the two Governments). It is very important that Romania and Bulgaria advocate together at the level of the European Union, preserving the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy(...). The Common European Security Policy is essential too as our two countries are on the eastern border of both EU and NATO, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at the end of the joint meeting of the two governments. The Romanian Prime Minister outlined that talks focused on the interconnection projects in the economic, energy and transport fields: The purpose of the two countries is not to build a bridge, but the bridge, the railroad or the highway be the means whereby our economies to become competitive in the European Union . Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov highlighted the opportunity of strengthening the connectivity between the two countries for the benefit of citizens and economic operators. The Romanian and Bulgarian Governments established a permanent working mechanism that includes regular meetings between prime ministers, ministers and ministries' experts. Also, in the context of the joint meeting, a series of bilateral documents concerning sectoral cooperation were signed. Thus, the Romanian and Bulgarian Ministers of Home Affairs, Carmen Daniela Dan and Valentin Radev respectively, signed a Protocol between the two institutions for the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on readmission of their own citizens and foreigners. The document establishes border crossing points for the readmission and transit of persons subject to the agreement. Thus, for the Romanian side, the border crossing points established according to the Protocol are those from Calafat, Bechet, Turnu Magurele, Zimnicea, Giurgiu, Oltenita, Calarasi, Ostrov, Negru Voda, Vama Veche and Henri Coanda International Airport. For the Bulgarian side, the border points for readmission are those from Vidin, Oryahovo, Nikopol, Svishtov, Ruse, Tutrakan, Silistra, Kardam, Durankulak and Sofia Airport. The document stipulates that any eventual change made to the list of border crossing points will be notified through diplomatic channels. The authorities in charge of implementing the agreement will be the Ministries of Internal Affairs of the two countries, the central and local powers being established. The protocol also details the readmission procedure, the necessary supporting documents, presumptions on entry into the territory and deadlines for processing formal requests and notifications. The document sets out other details referring to the escort procedure, costs, working language in conducting readmission procedures, and settling eventual disputes. Another document agreed in Varna was the joint statement of the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice in Romania and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies in Bulgaria, signed by Ministers Lia Olguta Vasilescu and Biser Petrov. The two Ministries agreed to enhance cooperation through exchange of information and expertise on policies and practices in the field, and to enhance transnational cooperation through the European Investment and Structural Funds (ESF) in the following areas: Youth Employment and Labor Mobility Package; Gender Equality and Combating Domestic Violence; Child protection; Safety and health at Work; Social inclusion of the Roma minority; Social security models; Measures and good practices in the field of social inclusion; Combating undeclared work (by conducting joint inspections of competent labor inspection bodies); Policies and programmes in the field of employment and exchange of best practices between competent bodies in the field of employment. Also, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania Ilan Laufer, and Bulgarian Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Invest Bulgaria Agency and the Ministry of Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship. The document will be the basis for developing close trade relations and increasing the volume of bilateral investment. The Protocol will allow the exchange of information - on methods of attracting investments, public statistical data, analysis reports - mutual information support in the implementation of different types of activities in Bulgaria and Romania that promote the attraction of mutual investments, collaboration for the development of a sustainable economy and cooperation in the case of projects and programmes connected to the public-private partnership. An Agreement on the granting of a place of refuge to accommodate ships requiring assistance was concluded between the Romanian Naval Authority and the Bulgarian Maritime Administration. According to this document, the two institutions will cooperate when providing a place of refuge to ships requiring assistance to avoid unnecessary risks to the ship and the environment after the national choices have been taken into account and concluded that this is the solution better for ship safety. The agreement was signed by Alexandru Mezei, director general of the Romanian Naval Authority, and Zhivko Petrov, executive director of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration. Another document, initialed today, is the Contract on the Mutual Emergency Supply of Non-Country Energy for Securing the System Services between the Romanian and Bulgarian Energy Systems between Transelectrica S.A. and Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator (ESO EAS). Thus, the two parties agreed on the conditions in which they will grant assistance in real time, in case of power emergency, using the available reserves, without jeopardizing their national power grid. The document was signed by Corina Popescu, general director of Transelectrica, on behalf of the Romanian side, and Ivan Yotov, executive director of ESO EAS, on behalf of the Bulgarian side. *** Prime Minister Mihai Tudose: Romania and Bulgaria are stability and security oases of the citizen Mihai Tudose: Thank you, Prime Minister. What Prime Minister Borisov stated, confirms that we are in an important stage. There are things that we have agreed upon today. The position of Bulgaria and Romania in the European Union is very important, taking into account the fact that the two countries hold, at a six- month interval, the presidency of the Council, and we will have to fight together to preserve the cohesion policy and the agrarian policy, not minimizing the common European security policies, given the fact that we are at the Eastern border of both the EU and the Washington Treaty, NATO member countries. This aspect is very important too. We have talked a lot about interconnections, infrastructure, but not as an end in itself- the purpose of the two countries is not to build a bridge, but for the bridge, the railroad or the highway to be the means whereby our economies become competitive in the European Union, in order to provide both investment and business opportunities for those who already invested in Bulgaria and Romania and, obviously, better living standards for the citizens of our countries. We want and we agreed that such kind of meeting arousing much interest should take place like a normal not a special event, we as Prime Ministers should meet monthly - we are nevertheless at less than one - hour flight distance ones from the others. The interministerial comittees that we set up today and the Ministers should be closely connected, we should work pragmatically, based on measures implementation schedule, and not to waste other 20 years in which we only looked at other area of Europe, and we unfortunately overlooked or omitted to look at ourselves too, at our neighbors and to make plans together for the two countries. Thank you very much for your hospitality and I may announce already that we set the next meeting between Prime Ministers to be held next month, in Romania. Thank you! (...) Reporter: Good afternoon. I would have a question for both Prime Ministers. Considering the European context and the European Commission's stand on Romania's accession and Romania and Bulgaria's entry into the Schengen area, but at the same time, the problems here, in the Black Sea, with the increasing number of migrants, I would like to ask you if you addressed this aspect, and if you are going to force in any way the vote in the European Council, so that our countries to be in Schengen area in the next period, and if you have a common approach in this respect. Thank you. Mihai Tudose: Regarding entry into the Schengen area, Bulgaria and Romania are somehow linked together, and its not a bad thing, but Im going to joke somehow: hundreds, thousands at maximum, entered the EU through Bulgaria and Romania but now, there are one and a half million immigrants in the European Union who did not transit our country. I do not know whether Romania or Bulgaria have a border security issue. I would say, on the contrary. Romania and Bulgaria offer the European Union one of the most secure border police forces, human trafficking police. Based on figures, I repeat up to thousands of people, through Bulgaria and Romania, and figures went beyond a million people that penetrated the EU borders. A common policy treaty was signed today and cooperation in terms of law enforcement units is exemplary. And, yes, I am convinced that in one year's time at the latest, Romania and Bulgaria will be in Schengen. /.../ Mihai Tudose: Prioritization is very important, especially when we consider that all are in the area of ​​strategic importance for the two countries. You mentioned workforce, you mentioned energy. Regarding the common policy on migration and the common policy on the status of our citizens in the European Union, especially post-Brexit, we have a common position, and the two ministers set themselves up and will work together with the Foreign Ministries of the two countries. The act signed today by Energy Ministers, through which each of the two countries can be a safety net for the other, if necessary, in case of an energy collapse in one of the countries, is a very important act, and says very much about how we see collaboration in this area. Bulgaria, Romania, along with Greece, with Serbia, can become a center of stability, energy security for all of this area of ​​Europe. It is only up to us to prove that we are smart enough to take this opportunity, I repeat, not only for the two countries, but an opportunity that makes us very important and players for the rest of Europe as well. /.../ Mihai Tudose: Something very important - we have not discussed it at all, at the bilateral meeting - but, it is obvious that both Bulgaria and Romania are two stability and security oases of the ordinary citizen, very tolerant from the religious point of view too, and from the point of view of other possible and imaginable minorities, which is a new element of attractiveness to do business in these areas, to come here with your family, in spaces implementing these businesses. I repeat, they are two stability and security oases of the citizen, which became a very rare thing to find across the globe, not only in Western countries. And it is a shame that neither Bulgaria nor Romania has yet capitalized on this opportunity that the two countries can offer. I thank you very much for hosting us and we hope that at the next meeting, in one year-time, we will have a review, Mr. Minister and not a program. /.../ *** Press release The fourth meeting of the Romania-Bulgaria High-Level Cooperation Council (joint meeting of the two Governments) takes place today, in Varna, and will highlight the continuation of the multi-level, consolidated co-operation between the two neighboring countries, EU partners and NATO allies. The meeting agenda will include topics from areas of mutual interest such as: economic cooperation, transport and energy infrastructure, labor, domestic affairs, regional development and cross-border cooperation. The talks will also address the European issues and the coordination prospects in the preparedness of Romania and Bulgaria's first mandates at the helm of the Council of the EU, especially since the two countries share a number of joint objectives and positions on the future of the European Union. The two Executives will adopt a Joint Statement on the main areas of bilateral, regional and European, Euro-Atlantic and international cooperation. A series of bilateral sectoral documents will also be signed at this meeting. In the context of this event, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will have a tete-a-tete with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the Romanian officials will have a series of bilateral meetings with Bulgarian counterparts. Also Tuesday, at 10:00 am, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Interior Minister Carmen Dan, along with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Bulgarian Interior Minister Valentin Radev will attend the opening ceremony of a new border crossing point at Lipnita-Kainargea. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will also attend in Varna the high-level quadrilateral meeting between Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. The Romanian delegation will also include Sevil Shhaideh, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, Vice Prime Minister, Carmen Dan, Minister of Internal Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, Foreign Affairs Minister, Victor Negrescu, Minister for European Affairs, Toma Petcu, Minister of Energy, George Şimon, Minister of Economy, Ilan Laufer, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Alexandru Cuc, Transport Minister, Lucian Şova, Minister of Communications and Information Society, Lia Olguţa Vasilescu, Labor and Social Justice Minister, and Mihai Busuioc, Secretary - General of the Government. More information: The Romanian Government and the Bulgarian Government had bilateral meetings in 2011, 2014 and 2015 too, in Bucharest, Ruse and Craiova. From an economic angle , geographical proximity and EU membership are just two of the many elements that stimulate economic cooperation between the two states. Romania is Bulgaria's third largest trading partner in the EU(after Germany and Italy). In 2016, Romanias total trade volume with Bulgaria reached 3.9 billion euros, with 7.26 percent more compared to 2015. In the first 6 months of 2017, the volume of bilateral trade amounted to EUR 2073, 01 million (up 10.51% compared to the same period last year). According to data provided by the Romanian Trade Register, on August 31, 2017, there were 2327 commercial companies with full or partial Bulgarian capital and a subscribed social capital of EUR 154.39 million. 2017-10-03 13:37:37http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_banner.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose și omologul său bulgar, Boiko Borisov, au inaugurat Punctul Comun de Trecere a Frontierei Lipnița-KainargeaȘtiri din 03.10.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-and-his-bulgarian-counterpart-boiko-borisov-inaugurated-the-lipnita-kainargea-border-crossing-pointStatements by Prime Minister Tudose and his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borisov at the opening ceremony of Lipnita-Kainargea border crossing point Mihai Tudose: Good morning. It is an honour for us to be here, today, in a symbolic moment. It's a moment that opens a day which will stand under the sign of inter-connectivity and joint efforts of the two Governments, efforts in order to make operational everything that means local, regional, energy, shared safety inter-connection of the two countries. I am honored that, along with Bulgaria's Prime Minister we start a day which, I believe, will give meaning to the common future of the two countries. Boiko Borisov: Thank you and your colleagues for being here, irrespective of difficulties and after so long time, given the common policy of the two countries regarding movement of persons and bilateral affairs. We hope that this is not the only point we are inaugurating together, we hope to inaugurate a bridge soon. Of course, we will have various issues to discuss and hopefully, we will open many other border crossing points which will stimulate transport, tourism, economic cooperation. Thank you once again for your efforts! As of now, the border point is operational between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm for vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes. 2017-10-03 11:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-10-03-11-35-16big_3.jpgDosarele de actualitate la nivelul UE în materie de energie, pe agenda întrevederii premierului Mihai Tudose cu vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Maroš Šefčovič, responsabil pentru Uniunea EnergieiȘtiri din 28.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/topical-eu-dossiers-on-energy-on-the-agenda-of-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-s-meeting-with-the-european-commission-vice-president-for-energy-union-maros-sefcovicPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met with the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Šefčovič, yesterday, at Victoria Palace. They exchanged their views on topical EU dossiers on energy which were also analyzed from the perspective of Romanias first mandate to the presidency of the EU Council. The meeting was also attended by Energy Minister Toma Petcu, Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, and State Councilors Florin Vodita and Marius Nica. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose underlined Romanias interest in actively contributing to the implementation of the EU Energy Strategy objectives, expressing at the same time the openness of the Romanian side to consolidate the dialogue with European Commission's experts, in the field of energy, in order to optimize the identification of regional infrastructure priorities and the cross-border investment coordination in this sector. Romania remains fully committed to attaining the objectives of the Energy Union, and the completion of this ambitious project will be a central theme of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, stated the Head of the Executive. In addition to a series of issues related to Romanias specific energy situation, the members of the Romanian delegation highlighted the importance they attach to regional cooperation in the field, which is an important chapter in the new National Energy Strategy under preparation at the moment. Other topics addressed pertained to fostering technical solutions designed to ensure medium and long-term energy security at affordable prices for consumers, while observing the principles of sustainable development. In this context, the prospects of attracting funding to build new capacities and energy infrastructure, including by attracting European funds, were also discussed. 2017-09-28 10:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-28-10-28-54big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Maroš Šefčovič, responsabil pentru Uniunea energieiȘtiri din 27.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-european-commission-vice-president-for-energy-union-maros-sefcovic2017-09-27 17:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-27-05-40-11big_1.jpgÎntrevedere a vicepremierului Ion-Marcel Ciolacu cu o delegație AmCham, în perspectiva Conferinței ”Trade Winds” din 18-20 octombrie, de la BucureștiȘtiri din 25.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-had-a-meeting-with-an-amcham-delegation-in-anticipation-of-the-trade-winds-conference-to-be-held-in-bucharest-on-october-18-20Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu discussed today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania(AmCham), about the economic and fiscal policies promoted by the Government to attract investors. The meeting took place in anticipation of this years edition of the Romanian-American Trade Winds Conference, to be held in Bucharest, on October 18-20. Representatives of about 100 American companies and approximately 50 Romanian companies are due to participate in this conference. Emphasis was placed on the best possible preparation of this event, on the cooperation solutions for boosting the competitiveness of the Romanian economy and its long-term sustainability, as well as on the permanent dialogue of the decision-makers with the private sector representatives. To this end, the Government has been already preparing a platform for dialogue with representatives of the private sector, after the current institutional model with the social dialogue partners. Also, a working group consisting of representatives of the Romanian Government, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and of AmCham, with diplomatic support, will also ensure institutional contact with the business sector representatives, interested in attending the October Trade Winds Conference. We want the business partnerships to be discussed at the Bucharest conference to materialize and to attract as many investors as possible to the Bucharest event, stated Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, emphasizing the Government's full openness to support investments, as well as the importance of the Strategic Partnership with the US. In this context, the members of the Romanian delegation presented the most important measures adopted by the Government or envisaged for the next period with a view to improving the budget collection. The Government's objective is to identify and adopt those tax solutions whereby we will improve the collection without affecting the business environment, while taking public opinions into account , assured Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. In the next period, there will be meetings on topical themes , between the Romanian Government's representatives and AmCham representatives, the first meeting focusing on the 2018 draft budget, for the priority governmental objectives to be known to potential investors in due time. In turn, AmCham representatives expressed their readiness for constructive dialogue and technical assistance in the relation with the Romanian side, in the joint interest of increasing the competitiveness of the Romanian economy and attracting foreign investments, including increasing the absorption of European funds. On this occasion, President of AmCham Romania Jaak Mikkel welcomed the measures taken by the Government to stimulate investments with a major impact on the economy and the IT sector, as well as the accreditation of all managing and control authorities in the field of EU funds absorption. On the other hand, the AmCham representative also mentioned the perspective offered by the Trade Winds conference to Romanian companies interested in entering the American market. The meeting was attended by Minister of Public Finance Ionuţ Mişa, Transport Minister Răzvan Cuc, Energy Minister Toma Petcu, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy Petre Niculescu and State Advisors Ramona Lohan and Florin Vodita. The AmCham delegation was led by the president of the organization, Jaak Mikkel. Trade Winds is the largest trade promotion event organized annually by the US Department of Commerce, and it is at its tenth edition this year. 2017-09-25 15:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_21985929_1900741613587538_988089079_o.jpgVicepremierul Ion Marcel Ciolacu: România îndeplinește toate condițiile asumate față de Uniunea Europeană în materie de securizare a frontierelorȘtiri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-romania-has-met-all-the-border-security-related-commitments-undertaken-towards-euVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu has discussed today with European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King, about Romanias availability to contribute to the efficient functioning of the European integrated security system, given that it has technically met all the commitments undertaken regarding border security, and which pertain to the preparedness for accession to the Schengen Area. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu also attended the meeting. Romania has a responsible approach to current challenges posed by the migration phenomenon and the threat of terrorism, because it was also indirectly affected. Romanian citizens too were among the victims of terrorist attacks in other European countries. We currently have a safe country and we will make sure we keep it that way stated Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu. Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu has stated that furthermore, Romania can provide expertise in the field of cyber security, recalling the Romanian specialists' performance level in this field, also recognized abroad. In turn, European Commissioner Julian King has reaffirmed his conviction that the Schengen Area would be stronger and that all member states would benefit if Romania were also part of Schengen. Romania is an active participant in the EU security policy, and I assure you of full support in presenting our partners the important steps taken by Romania and which we have noticed, stated the European official. 2017-09-18 18:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întrevedere_cu_domnul_julian_king,_comisar_european_pentru_uniunea_de_securitate.03.jpgDiscuții cu reprezentanţii companiei germane Rheinmetall despre dezvoltarea colaborării în producția de tehnologie militarăȘtiri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/discussions-with-the-representatives-of-the-german-company-rheinmetall-about-developing-collaboration-in-the-military-technology-productionPrime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed today, at the Victoria Palace, with representatives of the German military technology company Rheinmetall on the possibilities of technology and know-how transfer to Romania, considering the equipping needs of the Romanian Army, as well as the common interest in the security policy, as partners within NATO and the EU. In the ensuing period, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of National Defence will assess in detail the prospects of economic cooperation with the German company, with the possibility to retool the military production capacities already existing in Romania. Economy Minister Gheorghe Simon and State Advisers Florin Vodita and Gabriel Andronache also attended the meeting with the representatives of Rheinmetall. The German delegation also included German Ambassador to Bucharest, Cord Meier-Klodt. 2017-09-18 15:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2017-09-18_at_15.16.42.jpeg”Sistem Alert”, aplicație pentru avertizarea populației înaintea situaţiilor de risc major Știri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/quot-alert-system-quot-an-application-to-alert-the-population-in-the-event-of-high-risk-situationsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has today called for a fast implementation of an integrated system to alert population in high -risk situations by sending a mobile text alert. The Alert System will be developed and implemented by ANCOM((National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications), IGSU(General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations), STS(Special Telecommunications Service) in collaboration with mobile operators. Technical solutions will be established within a working group comprising representatives and experts of the aforementioned entities, which will hold its first meeting today, September 18, at 3 p.m.. The Alert system will work by sending specific mobile text alerts to subscribers, not just a simple text message, based on the existing and functional models in other European states. Alerts will be issued according to emergency situations occuring at regional level - extreme weather events , major fires, risk of explosions, other calamities and risk situations. A public information and preparedness campaign on the alert system will be launched in parallel with its implementation. 2017-09-18 12:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-18-12-53-15big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Tudose se deplasează în zonele afectate de fenomenele meteo extremeȘtiri din 18.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-tudose-travels-to-the-areas-hit-by-extreme-weather-eventsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose will travel today to the country's western areas hit by extreme weather events where he will hold discussions with representatives of local authorities and the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations with a view to assessing the situation on the ground, and identifying the fastest intervention and support measures for the affected communities and individuals. Around 3 p.m., Prime Minister will coordinate the Emergency Command. Prime Minister will also meet representatives of mobile operators and ANCOM(National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications) to identify the most effective solutions for warning people in the case of extreme weather events. 2017-09-18 11:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-18-11-02-26big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Felicit stagiarii Internship pentru proiectele realizate și îi invit să participe la implementarea lorȘtiri din 15.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-i-congratulate-the-interns-for-the-projects-they-have-achieved-and-i-invite-them-to-take-part-in-their-implementationPrime Minister Mihai Tudose attended today the closing ceremony of the InternshipGovRo Programme, the 2017 edition, along with 100 students and graduates who participated in the Government Internship Programme for two months. - I would like to thank you once again for your involvement, and the projects you have achieved. We approved the Internship Draft Law on Wednesday's Government meeting. I hope to see as many of you as possible among the next year's interns stated Prime Minister. Prime Minister congratulated the interns for the projects achieved, and proposed them to remain in the Government to take part in the projects' implementation. Ministers Liviu Pop, Lucian Georgescu, Gabriel Petrea attended the event. Among the achieved projects, there are the following: Informative Guide The Government of Romania The Government of Romania informative guide was drafted by five of the young participants in the 5th edition of the Official Internship programme of the Romanian Government, interns of the Governments communication and media relations, IT and administrative directorates. The brochure is designed to present in a language accessible to everybody, the role and the way the institutions are functioning within the central public administration. In support of the guide, the info.gov.ro online platform will be launched in the coming days and a social media promotion campaign will be initiated, a step aimed at making more accessible for citizens the functioning mechanisms of the Government structures. The Government of Romania guide includes a historical perspective on democracy in Romania, then it moves from the fundamentals of the political theory of democracy to describing the procedure of initiating and drafting legislative acts. It also synthesises the role and function of all Ministries within the Romanian Government, using a language accessible to all citizens. Real-time opinion signaling system aviz.gov.ro is an internal web application that signals in real time the opinions on draft legislative acts developed by the ministries and which are to be introduced for adoption on the Government meeting's agenda. Central government institutions can connect to this internal platform, and may have available both the draft legislative acts subject to opinion, and their initially proposed versions. In order to efficiently manage the data flow, the application uses only the title of the draft legislative act. The interface is simple and easy to use because it does not require electronic signatures or document uploads. This system is a real-time record of draft legislative acts, a virtual map of the legislation pending approval. Public administration webpages catalogue It is a platform designed to centralize webpages in the public administration. By only three stages, this application collects information and provides statistics on the SEO performance of these webpages. Any public institution of the central or local government may register, and this account will be validated by an administrator. After the institution has been validated, the institutions webpage will be added and categorized in this index. As a secondary step in this phase, the webpage will enter a daily check program for search engine optimization (SEO). As a result of these automated actions, first page data of each institutional webpage will be added to the search module database. The project is designed to provide citizens with an overview of the information presented by the public administration in the web space, and for non-governmental organizations to receive open data on the registered institutions. Institutions will also receive feedback on the SEO performance of these pages. The youngsters, alongside the programme coordinators, achieved other projects as well, including: simulation of a Government meeting broadcast live on the facebook page of the programme, organizing a book donation campaign for the library of Săbăreni School (Giurgiu), organizing debates on Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. About Internship Program, InternshipGovRo: The Romanian Governments Official Internship Programme, the fifth edition, took place between July 17 and September 18, 2017 and offered to 100 young people the opportunity to get acquainted with the working methods of the central public administration. In addition to the central administration's daily activity, trainees have the opportunity to participate in discussions and round tables, in the presence of high officials of the Romanian state, as well as in thematic trainings and workshops. 2017-09-15 10:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-15-11-29-54big_01.jpgConferință pe tema pregătirii mandatului României la președinția Consiliului UE, organizată la Palatul Victoria de participanți la programul de internship al GuvernuluiȘtiri din 13.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/conference-on-the-preparation-of-romania-s-mandate-as-president-of-the-council-of-the-european-union-organized-at-victoria-palace-by-participants-in-the-government-s-internship-programmeVictoria Palace hosted on Tuesday, September 12, the final conference: Taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Romania in January-June 2019, organized at the initiative of a group of seven participants in the 5th edition of the Romanian Governments Official Internship Programme. Invitation to this event was extended to the Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for the preparation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Cristian Bădescu, Director of the European Institute of Romania, Gabriela Dragan, representatives of the civil society, academic environment as well as young people who expressed their interest in participating in this debate in the previous briefing sessions organized within this project, promoted through social networks. In his message, the Minister - delegate emphasized the Government's constant preoccupation with creating opportunities for young people and invited the participants in the event to get involved in the projects that will be initiated in the context of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of 2019. We want the project Romania's Presidency of the EU Council to bring together the society as a whole under the aegis of common interest. In order to ensure a successful Presidency to improve the image of our country, we need to involve as many relevant actors as possible during the prepredness process and during the exercise of the mandate. In this respect, we will launch in the period ahead a platform for public consultation, communication and debates. We will also create the legal framework whereby volunteers and interns can help organize events throughout the Presidency. Young people can play an important role by active involvement in the debates on this topic. We want to offer them the opportunity to become a voice in setting the priorities of this mandate, stated Victor Negrescu. Minister - delegate underlined the importance of a political and institutional consensus on Presidency, as well as the need of an accelerated pace of preparedness. Romania is on schedule with regard to the Presidency preparation calendar, provided by the Council of the European Union. The entire Government is working intensely to organize this important moment for our countrys future EU course, pointed out Victor Negrescu. More information Romania will assume, for six months, as of January 1, 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union - one of the seven institutions of the Union. Our country is part of the trio presidency alongside Finland and Croatia. The rotating presidency presides in Brussels the meetings of the Council of the European Union (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council), the COREPER meetings (meetings of the permanent representatives of the member countries in Brussels) and about 200 working groups. Also, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union conducts negotiations of hundreds of legislative files, organizes meetings with the European Parliament, other formal meetings at all levels. According to practices in the field, during its term of office, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organize events, possible summits, informal meetings of the Council of the European Union, meetings of senior officials and experts from EU Member States, conferences and seminars. About the Government's Official Internship Programme The 5th edition of the Romanian Governments Official Internship Programme runs from July 17 to September 18, 2017 and offers 100 young people the opportunity to get acquainted with the work methods of the central public administration. In addition to the central administration's daily activity, interns have the opportunity to participate in roundtables and discussions in the presence of senior Romanian officials as well as in thematic trainings and workshops. 2017-09-13 09:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-13-09-25-39big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții General Dynamics European Land SystemsȘtiri din 11.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-representatives-of-the-general-dynamics-european-land-systemsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose welcomed today at Victoria Palace a delegation of the General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), led by GDELS Vice President Thomas Kauffmann. The theme of discussions pertained to the prospect of GDELS investment in Romania. The Vice Prime Minister and Interim Minister of National Defence Marcel Ciolacu and the Economy Minister Mihai Fifor also attended the meeting. 2017-09-11 12:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-11-12-32-19big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Obiectivele politicii de coeziune se suprapun perfect cu interesele de dezvoltare ale RomânieiȘtiri din 08.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-the-objectives-of-the-cohesion-policy-perfectly-overlap-with-romania-s-development-interestsPrime Minister Tudose welcomed a delegation led by the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Karl-Heinz Lambertz, at Victoria Palace, today. Minister -delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu and State Advisers Felix Rache and Florin Vodita also attended the meeting. The message sent to the CoR officials focused on the importance of the European Cohesion Policy for Romania, and meeting the Government's objectives to attract funds through the funding programmes for regional development and cohesion. Romania is the first country that Karl-Heinz Lambertz is visiting as president of the European Committee of the Regions, and this was deemed as an important signal for our country by Prime Minister Tudose. - The objectives of the European Committee of the Regions perfectly overlap with Romania's development interests through the Cohesion Policy of the European Union. I assure you that Romania will continue to be a stable and serious partner, and our efforts will continue towards the efficient use of the funds allocated from the budget of the European Union, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Prime Minister Tudose and Minister -delegate for European Affairs Negrescu pointed out the steps taken by Romania in attracting European funds, expressing their support for the idea of an aliance for cohesion, with the EU member states, initiated by the Committee of the Regions. Moreover, given Romania's first mandate at the presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2019, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu emphasized that our country already addressed with responsibility the forthcoming task incumbent upon it as President of the Council of the EU, when an important responsibility is the cohesion policy management including. They also discussed about the importance of the cohesion policy even in the context of major challenges Europe is facing at present, such as: the migration phenomenon and the security issues, and they also discussed about the need for correlating the provisions of the Stability Pact with the major development and investment needs of the regions. Other topic addressed was the need for a greater involvement of local administrations in the economic development of Europe's regions. 2017-09-08 18:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-08-06-24-31big_foto.jpgInternii Programului de Internship al Guvernului organizează evenimentul caritabil „O Carte – Un pas spre alfabetizare”Știri din 08.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-09-08 14:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-08-02-06-00big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose la întâlnirea cu Ford: România este un mediu favorabil extinderii investițiilorȘtiri din 08.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-at-the-meeting-with-ford-delegation-romania-conducive-environment-for-investment-expansionPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met today, at Victoria Palace, with a Ford delegation led by Vice President Andrew McCall, meeting which was part of the constant dialogue between Government and the business sector representatives. The Vice President of Ford discussed the implementation stage of Ford investment in Craiova, including the creation of nearly 1700 new jobs, already announced by the company. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose outlined the importance of the automotive industry for the Romanian economy both in terms of its share in GDP and the social development, by creating new jobs both directly and through the economic engagement effect. - Romania has a conducive environment for investment growth, and the development of Craiova-based Ford plant confirms this. More investments mean more and better paid jobs stated the Head of the Executive. Other topic of discussion referred to infrastructure. In this context, Prime Minister Tudose mentioned that Pitesti - Sibiu Highway, and the connection between Pitesti and Craiova are Government's priorities and will be finalized by the end of his term of office. State Advisors Marius Nica, Gabriel Andronache and Felix Rache also attended this meeting. 2017-09-08 12:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-08-01-00-02big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose a discutat cu comisarul european pentru politică regională, Corina Crețu, despre accelerarea absorbției fondurilor europene în perioada următoareȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-discussed-with-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policy-corina-cretu-about-accelerating-the-european-funds-absorption-over-the-next-periodPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. The meeting was also attended by Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Sevil Shhaideh, Minister - delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, and State Advisors Marius Nica and Felix Rache. Discussion have focused on the important steps taken by Romania with respect to accessing European funds, and also the measures the Government initiated for attaining the EUR 1.2 billion absorption target by the end of the year through the funding programmes for regional development and cohesion. The European Commissioner Corina Cretu has outlined the fact that we are not talking anymore about zero absorption at present given that only in the past two weeks, payments worth EUR 95 million were made especially for SMEs and for technical assistance. - It is good that we are heading in the right direction. It rests to accelerate and recover delays over the next period. The Government's efforts will continue in this direction, including through a more important presence in Brussels stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive has also announced that the Ministers whose responsibilities also include managing European funds will continue the series of technical consultations with Brussels experts in the ensuing period. In her turn, the European Commissioner Corina Cretu has congratulated Romania for the progress achieved in this respect, mentioning inter alia, the accreditation of all management and control authorities, the financial exercise 2007 - 2013 concluded with a 90 percent absorption, and nearly 51,000 newly created jobs in Romania, over the past years, through the SMEs funding programmes. - We hope that your target becomes a reality. The Commission estimates a EUR 1 billion absorption but if it is EUR 1.2 billion as intended by the Government, so much the better argued the European official. At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has also announced the support extended by the European Commission in the field of the judiciary reform, on the prisons matter, and for the Cantacuzino Institute. The members of the Romanian delegation and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu have also discussed about Romania's development opportunities and prospects of attracting funds including by mechanisms made available by the Danube Strategy. 2017-09-07 18:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_corina_cretu_01_resize.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose: Am votat pentru interzicerea cianurilor în proiectul Roșia MontanăȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-i-voted-for-a-cyanide-ban-in-the-rosia-montana-projectAs a result of emerging public interpretations, the Government Press Office is authorized to specify the following: Prime Minister Mihai Tudose' statement of the September 4 interview to a television channel, that he voted in Parliament for a ban on cyanide mining, is consistent with his 2014 vote in Parliament. Prime Minister specifies that he voted for the repeal of the bill on measures related to gold-silver ore exploitation at Rosia Montana and to stimulate and facilitate the development of mining activities in Romania. The Head of the Executive is appealing to responsibility adding that his statements were taken out of context. I voted for the repeal of the bill on gold-silver ore exploitation in the Roşia Montană area, given that this type of exploitation can only be conducted technically by using cyanide. In conclusion, I voted against cyanide-based exploitation, emphasizes Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Besides, Bill no. 520/2013 appears as repealed on the Chamber of Deputies' site, and at the final voting, one can notice that Prime Minister Mihai Tudose voted for the repeal of the bill. The bill http://www.cdep.ro/pls/proiecte/upl_pck2015.proiect?cam=2 and idp=13777 Final vote in the Chamber of Deputies (no. 746 in the vote history) At the same time, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose outlines that he voted for the repeal of the amendment tabled by Remus Cernea in 2013, which provided that the use of cyanide-based mining technologies would be prohibited at any stage of the gold and silver exploitation, as he considered the amendment groundless. 2017-09-07 16:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-07-04-58-28big_sigla_guvern.pngConferință de presă susținută de premierul Mihai Tudose și comisarul european pentru politică regională, Corina CreţuȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/joint-press-conference-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-and-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policy-corina-cretuMihai Tudose: Good afternoon! Welcome! I would like to thank Madam Commissioner Corina Cretu for her presence in Bucharest, to thank her not only for the support extended to us when she is in Bucharest but also for her extraordinary willingness, let us not say daily, but every other day, when we talk, and she offers us the technical support needed. Thank you, once again, Madam Commissioner. Corina Cretu: Thank you too. It is a pleasure for me to make this first official visit since you were nominated and invested as Prime Minister. In fact, we already met in Brussels, but I would like to wish you success once again! I have had a very good meeting with Mr. Prime Minister and with all Ministers in charge of European funds. Obviously, we have discussed about the progress achieved so far, about the aspects requiring a speed - up, an increased attention in the following period, and obviously, we have discussed about the steps which need to be taken to advance as fast as possible the process of EU funds implementation in Romania. I have always come to Romania for constructive discussions. I would like to thank you for your open attitude. This time, I am even more optimistic than in spring. I have good news which should, I think, be marked. As you know, in August, all Management and Control Authorities for the budget worth EUR 23 billion which was allocated to Romania for the 2014 -2020 programming period, were accredited. The European money began to flow to Romania. We are not talking anymore about zero absorption rate. Over the summer, the Commission already reimbursed the 95 million for the SME initiative, and for the technical assistance. We are still analyzing bills, i.e. payment requests of EUR 350 million which will be paid as soon as possible. Despite the good news, I told the Prime Minister that the pace needs to be sped up and there are still many things to solve which depend solely on national authorities. I refer to the projects preparedness and implementation pace, an accelerated pace has to be kept in these fields, exactly because the financial exercise 2014 -2020 started so slowly. We are concerned about some areas of these ex-ante conditionalities which still exist with respect to waste management, public procurement, research infrastructure, and last but not least, the transport field. We all want a more careful preparation of infrastructure projects. Therefore, I am in Romania to discuss with you about what you need and what we can do. As you know, the European Commission, I personally, the DG Regio services, we do our best to help all member states and Romania implicitly, so as to talk about preparing the projects and their implementation on the ground, but here, as aforementioned, the national authorities play the major role at both national and regional levels, and I am glad to see all the progress achieved so far. Thank you very much! Mihai Tudose: Thank you! What Madam Commissioner has not told you is that in addition to the institutional support and the support on the area she is coordinating - we have also received support and I want to thank her once more for this. With proper guidance - and we hope to capitalize on it - both in the judiciary reform, in prisons matter, where Romania has a problem, but also in a discussion - hardly a week has passed since, we received unexpected aid from the Commission for Cantacuzino Institute. It rests to assign the institute to the military sector, but with the EU funding too. The second piece of news, I do not know whether or not a good one, holidays passed, and everybody returned to office both in Romania and in Brussels, and as of next week, Ministers' visits to Brussels will start over, punctually, on transport, health areas, not to mention the Ministry of European Funds. Thank you for your appreciations, Madam Commissioner. I understand that it is good that we have kicked off, it is good that we are heading in the right direction, but we are both dissatisfied with the speed we are moving with, it rests to accelerate and recover the late delays. I would like to thank you once again, on my behalf and on behalf of the Romanian Government. Corina Cretu: Thank you very much. Reporter:Madam, may I ask you a question? Corina Cretu: Please. Reporter: In your opinion, the EUR 5.2 billion target - does it stand until late this year, do we still have time to attract all these funds? Corina Creţu: As far as I understood from the Romanian authorities, when talking about 5.2 billion euros, we are talking about all the funds. I am in charge of the Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund. In this respect, the Romanian Government's target is 1.2 billion euros and, of course, we hope that this target will become a reality. The 5.2 billion include also the agriculture, the social fund, the maritime and fisheries fund, which are not among my responsibilities. Therefore, what I can tell you is that we hope that by the end of the year, EUR 1 billion from the Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund and if it is to be 1.2 billion, as the Government estimates, even more so we hope it becomes a reality. Because, I repeat, we are almost in late 2017 and, indeed, the pace of contracting has to be accelerated. Therefore, surely, if the Prime Minister emboldens the line Ministers in this respect - and he certainly has the authority to do so - I am sure that real progress shall be achieved on the ground. Thank you! 2017-09-07 16:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-07-04-24-16big_sigla_guvern.pngConsilierul de Stat László Borbély, alături de speakeri internaționali, la cea de-a 10-a ediție a Școlii Române de DezvoltareȘtiri din 07.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-09-07 10:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_dsc_0335.jpgStadiul proiectelor derulate împreună cu Banca Mondială în domeniul sănătății, analizate în întâlnirea cu premierul TudoseȘtiri din 05.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-stage-of-the-projects-unfolded-with-the-world-bank-in-the-healthcare-field-under-scrutiny-during-prime-minister-tudose-s-meeting-with-the-wb-delegationThe Government and the World Bank will accelerate the implementation pace of the projects started in the health sector and they intend to expand collaboration through new funding projects in this sector as well as in infrastructure. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, Health Minister Florian Bodog and Public Finance Minister Ionut Misa had a working meeting today, at the Victoria Palace, with a delegation of the World Bank mission to Romania headed by country manager Tatiana Proskuryakova. During the meeting, it was analyzed the stage of the projects carried out by the Government with the support of the World Bank, with focus on healthcare projects developed under the project for improving the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system, approved for financing in 2014, and implemented by the Ministry of Health. We appreciate the World Bank's openness to supporting Romania's priority areas - healthcare and infrastructure.The fact that we have attracted in recent months funds under the World Bank project more than in its entire unfolding period shows our determination to improve conditions in hospitals and peoples access to better quality medical services, emphasized Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive stated that he wanted to strengthen cooperation with the World Bank by jointly developing an infrastructure country project. The Minister of Health Florian Bodog mentioned that 12 equipment supply and service procurement contracts worth approximately 12 million euros were signed over the past six months (the acquisition of 277 anaesthetic machines for 50 medical facilities as well as of medical equipment for emergency units and anaesthesia and intensive care units for 79 hospitals being relevant in this respect). At present, there are in various stages of the bidding procedure 10 procurement contracts for the purchase of medical services and equipment worth more than 70 million euros (acquisition of CT scanners, nuclear magnetic resonance equipment, PAXs) , equipment for ATI, laboratory equipment for NAMMD(The National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices), equipment for UPU, radiotherapy for 5 new locations - Oncology Institute Cluj Napoca, Municipal Emergency Clinical Hospital Timisoara, County Clinical Emergency Hospital Craiova, Municipal Clinical Hospital Dr. Gavril Curteanu Oradea, County Clinical Hospital Targu Mures). Also, the evaluation procedure was finalized for the first 5 radiotherapy locations - Bucharest Oncology Institute, Emergency County Hospital of Baia Mare, Elias Emergency University Hospital Bucharest, Sf Apostol Andrei Emergency County Clinical Hospital of Constanta, Sf. Apostol Andrei Emergency County Clinical Hospital of Galati. - I have personally sought that we accelerate this project with the World Bank as my preoccupation is with us finding fast solutions to remedy as many shortages as possible in the healthcare system stated Minister Florian Bodog. Cooperation between the Government and the World Bank will continue with periodic discussions at the level of Ministries. 2017-09-05 15:42:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_7982.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose a participat la „Ora premierului”, în ParlamentȘtiri din 05.09.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-09-05 10:08:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-09-05-10-11-59big_sigla_guvern.pngRomânia și Bulgaria vor coopera în pregătirea mandatelor lor la președinția Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 31.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romania-and-bulgaria-to-cooperate-in-preparing-their-mandates-at-the-helm-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionVice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu discussed today at the Victoria Palace with the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Lilyana Pavlova, about the cooperation opportunities between Romania and Bulgaria. The topic was approached included from the angle of Bulgaria taking over of the presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2018 and Romania in the first semester of 2019. Moreover, there were mentioned projects which the two countries could develop together at economic level and in the energy field, and which could be included on the agenda of the next Romania-Bulgaria inter-governmental meeting that is scheduled to be held this autumn in Varna. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu also attended this meeting. The cooperation between Romania and Bulgaria, and the good preparation for taking over our first mandates at the helm of the Council of the EU represent important opportunities for both countries, and it only depends on us to be able to capitalize on these chances, stated Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu. In his turn, Lilyana Pavlova appreciated the fact that Romania is very active in preparing its mandate as president of the Council of the EU. Considering that Bulgaria will take over this responsibility one year before Romania, the Bulgarian official expressed her country's readiness to share the expertise acquired so far. Bulgaria is prepared, at this hour, to exercise this mandate and I assure you of our entire support for the preparation of your own mandate, stated the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Lilyana Pavlova, showing that some of her countrys priorities will remain of current interest during Romanias presidency too, like the Danube Strategy, the European perspective on Western Balkans, the next EU multiannual financial framework, with an emphasis on the cohesion policy, and the EU policy regarding the migration phenomenon. 2017-08-31 18:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img_4497.jpgDezvoltarea cooperării economice, pe agenda întrevederii vicepremierului Ion Marcel Ciolacu cu ministrul ungar al Afacerilor Externe și Comerțului Exterior, Péter SzijjártóȘtiri din 30.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/development-of-economic-cooperation-on-the-agenda-of-vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-s-meeting-with-hungarian-foreign-trade-and-foreign-affairs-minister-peter-szijjartoVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu welcomed at Victoria Palace an official delegation led by Hungarys Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjarto with whom he discussed about the prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on the economic, energy and agriculture sectors. The Romanian official highlighted on this occasion the favorable context created in this respect by Romanias late positive economic development and the opportunities offered by the major regional projects of common interest such as the Bulgaria — Romania — Hungary — Austria (BRUA) gas pipeline project. There are important prospects for cooperation between Romania and Hungary as neighbouring countries and members of the European Union and NATO. It is an opportunity that we can capitalise on to the benefit of both countries, stated Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu. Other topics discussed pertained to strengthening diplomatic ties and cultural cooperation. 2017-08-30 14:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ministrul_de_externe_ungar_peter_szijjarto01.jpgOportunitățile de colaborare în domeniul apărării între România și Lockheed Martin, discutate de premierul Mihai Tudose și reprezentanți ai companiei americaneȘtiri din 30.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/cooperation-opportunities-in-the-field-of-defence-between-romania-and-lockheed-martin-discussed-by-prime-minister-mihai-tudose-with-representatives-of-the-american-companyPrime Minister Mihai Tudose met today at Victoria Palace with a delegation of Lockheed Martin, American aerospace security company, specialized in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and support of advanced technology systems at global level. Discussions between the two parties focused on cooperation opportunities in the field of the defence industry, considering the Lockheed Martin's experience in developing top notch tehnologies and Romania's interest in revolutionizing the sector of the national production of military equipment and tehnology, in partnership with strategic market actors. The representatives of the American company underlined Lockheed Martin's objective to position itself as Romanias strategic partner in the field of defence, discussions with the Romanian side being about to continue at the level of relevant Ministries. Todays meeting was preceded by a meeting held yesterday at the Ministry of National Defence between Minister Adrian Ţuţuianu and representatives of Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed Martin delegation present today at the Victoria Palace was composed of Jonathan Hoyle, Vice-President for Europe, and Adrian Iacob, Executive Director. 2017-08-30 12:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-30-12-20-26big_sigla_guvern.pngViceprim-ministrul Ion Marcel Ciolacu: ”Datorăm victimelor războiului nu doar respect și cinstirea memoriei, ci și însușirea lecției suferințelor lor. Ne revine responsabilitatea de a păstra încrederea și credința lor într-o lume liberă și democratică”Știri din 29.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ciolacu-quot-we-owe-the-victims-of-war-not-only-the-respect-and-honour-of-their-memory-but-also-learning-the-lesson-of-their-suffering-it-is-incumbent-on-us-to-keep-up-their-trust-and-faith-in-a-free-and-democratic-world Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu laid wreaths at the Military Cemetery of the Romanian Army in Zvolen and the War Heroes Monument in Banska Bystrica that has an inscription in Romanian reading Thanks to the Romanian Army, the Liberator of the city, as part of ceremonies commemorating the Romanian military killed in their line of duty in WWII on the battlefields on todays soil of the Slovak Republic. The ceremonies were organised to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising that started on August 29, 1944, the national holiday of the Slovak people. The Romanian military contributed, together with their allies, to the liberation of more than 1,700 localities, including 31 cities in the former Czechoslovakia. Their memory is honoured today in more than 50 localities in Slovakia through monuments, commemorative plaques and at military cemeteries. The ceremony organized on this occasion at Museum of the Slovak National Uprising at Banska Bystrica, was attended by President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko and Defence Minister Peter Gajdos. In the speech at this ceremony, Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu thanked the Slovak people and central and local officials for the exemplary way they are praising and commemorating the memory of the Romanian military and sent a congratulatory message to Slovak people on the National Day of Slovakia. We owe the victims of war not only the respect and honour of their memory, but also learning the lesson of their suffering. It is incumbent on us to keep up their trust and faith in a free and democratic world and to make our own contribution to the promotion of the values of freedom and peace, and our shared history and experiences have created the premises for the present good bilateral relations. We are partners within the European Union and NATO, where we share the same democratic values and principles, and promote shared objectives in the areas of security and defense, stated Vice Prime Ciolacu, expressing his conviction that the good Romanian-Slovak relations will continue to develop and consolidate. Attending the ceremonies in Slovakia, as a special guest was war veteran, retired General Neculai Pruteanu, one of the Romanian military who fought in Banska Bystrica, Zvolen, Kremnika, Murani and Breznova, and one of the last survivors who fought both on the Eastern Front and the Western Front. In addition to participating in these ceremonies, Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu attended a working lunch offered by Slovak Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and the Information Society Peter Pellegrini, and also paid a visit to the Romanian Honorary Consulate in Banska Bystrica. The Romanian delegation accompanying Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu in Slovakia was composed of Secretary of State with the Ministry of National Defence Mircea Dusa; Romanias ambassador to Slovakia Steluta Arhire; Brigadier General Teodor Incicas of the General Army Staff; Major General Petrica Lucian Foca, Commander of the Joint Forces Command, and State Advisor Florin Vodita. The members of the delegation awarded on this occasion, decorations to war veterans and handed over the Romanian Armed Forces Emblem of Honor to the mayor of Zvolen, Lenka Balkovicova and to the director of the Banska Bystrica-based Slovak National Uprising Museum, Stanislav Micev. Please find below the full text of the Vice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu' speech at the ceremony held at the Slovak National Uprising Museum, in Banska Bystrica (check against delivery): Speech at the ceremonies dedicated to the marking of the Slovak National Uprising of August 29, 1944 President, Prime Minister, Honorable war veterans, Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to attend today with you the ceremony commemorating the beginning of the Slovak National Insurrection of August 29, 1944, a national celebration of the Slovak people. It is a special moment as it is part of our common history and it reminds us of the profound friendship between our nations. It is profound because it is a blood link, forged 73 years ago by the military of our countries, but also by the Slovak partisans and people who fought together for freedom. This is probably the strongest bond that can exist between two nations, as nothing is above the sacrifice of those who gave their lives, to make our freedom even more precious. That is why we have the duty to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and to bow to those who endured terrible sufferings during the Second World War, firmly convinced that our dialogue and our peace efforts will prevent the repetition of the unmeasured sacrifices that marked the destiny of mankind in the twentieth century. We are now here to honor their sacrifice and reflect on the importance of their actions. The Romanian military contributed, along with their allies, within the 2nd Ukrainian Front, to the liberation of over 1700 localities, including 31 towns throughout Czechoslovakia. It was an extraordinary moment, and the enthusiasm of the locals who received the Romanians with open arms will remain forever engraved in our memory. Those days could not have been better described than their protagonists. Here is what a Romanian military commander wrote in his Operations Diary: Here, in the middle of the city, we are received by the authorities and the civilian population who, with tears in the eyes, are manifesting their friendship for the Liberating Romanian Army. We are privileged to have with us today Retired Major General Neculai Pruteanu, a war veteran and one of the last survivors who fought on the front. He is one of the local sons, as the locals called the Romanian military who fought in Banska Bystrica, Zvolen, Kremnika, Murani or Breznova. Thank you, General, for the heroism you showed in fight despite the fact that you were wounded, for the way you guided your fighters of the 27th Infantry Regiment and all your activity following your return from war, when you became a mentor for the younger generations of the Romanian Army. You have all our respect and appreciation. More than 500,000 Romanian soldiers and officers fought alongside the general, and more than 66,000 of them were injured or never returned home to their families. More than ten thousand of the Romanian heroes who sacrified their lives for the freedom of the Slovak territory, found eternal rest in the Cemetery of the Romanian Army in Zvolen, which was arranged by the Czechoslovak authorities in the late 1950s and cared for by the local authorities in Zvolen . In over 50 other localities in Slovakia, there are still plaques, monuments, obelisks or military cemeteries honoring the Romanian military fallen here at the end of the Second World War. That is why I want to especially thank the Slovak people and the Slovak central and local authorities for the exemplary way in which they praise and commemorate the memory of the Romanian military. We owe to the victims of the war not only the respect and honor of their memory but also the learning of their suffering. Moments like these remind us that we must always be prepared to strengthen the role of diplomacy, dialogue and international cooperation among states at international level. Today, we assume with full responsibility the duty to honor the sacrifice of these heroes. It is incumbent on us to keep up their trust and faith in a free and democratic world and to make our own contribution to promoting the values of freedom and peace. The remembrance of these tragic events in the history of humanity is part of a European culture of memory and reconciliation with the past, as well as of the belief that lessons of recent history must always be taken into account. The fact that Europe has been the scene of two global conflicts in just four decades, two humanitarian disasters and unprecedented destruction prompts us to firmly act for a responsible foreign policy at European and global level. Honourable Audience, Ladies and gentlemen, Our common history and experiences have created the premises for the current good bilateral relations. We are partners in the European Union and NATO, where we share the same democratic values ​​and principles and promote shared objectives in the field of security and defence. Romania, as EU member state, wants more solidarity and unity, because we are never stronger than when we are united. That is why I want to assure you of Romanias determination to work, together with Slovakia and the other partners in the Union, to relaunch the European project built on solidarity and unity and respect for the fundamental European fundamental principles and freedoms, a project to meet as best as possible the day-to-day expectations of European citizens. There are multiple challenges and risks to European stability and security. The continuation of violent conflicts near Europes borders and the spread of their consequences in the EU, through illegal immigration, the risk of terrorist attacks, cyber attacks, distortions of the internal market, accentuates the fragmentation tendencies within the EU. I think, however, that addressing these security risks and challenges must be done wisely, but also in the letter and spirit of European and international norms and principles that states have endorsed. With the strong belief that the good relations between Romania and Slovakia will continue to develop and consolidate in many areas, please allow me, on behalf of the Government and the people of Romania, to once again extend my most sincere wishes for health, peace and happiness. 2017-08-29 17:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-29-05-11-44big_1.jpgGuvernul și UNICEF vor colabora pentru extinderea parteneriatului în beneficiul copiilor vulnerabili Știri din 29.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romanian-government-and-unicef-will-cooperate-for-extending-partnership-to-the-benefit-of-vulnerable-childrenPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had a meeting at the Victoria Palace with the new UNICEF representative to Romania, Pieter Bult, on which occasion the latter presented his mandates objectives and priorities, given the ongoing projects included in the UNICEF-Romania country programme for 2018-2022. The Head of the Executive underlined the importance of the partnership between the Romanian Government and UNICEF. Im glad to have you as a partner. It is very important for us to count on your cooperation, to work together to find new solutions for the vulnerable children, to improve these childrens access to quality services in education, healthcare, social assistance, and also to prevent and combat all forms of violence, said Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive and the UNICEF representative also established to cooperate in the measles pandemic matter, Pieter Bult specifying that the organisation supports the effort made by the Romanian authorities through running campaigns for raising awareness on measles and educational programmes in the public healthcare area. The UNICEF representative also underlined the support granted by the organisation in solving specific problems in the child protection area, according to the national priorities, as well as UNICEFs intention to capitalize on the experience of the Romanian institutions in managing the childrens rights issue, by facilitating the transfer of expertise to other countries. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the UNICEF representative to Romania Pieter Bult agreed to hold monthly meetings to identify solutions to problems regarding vulnerable children and childrens rights protection. Despina Andrei, communication and fundraising manager at UNICEF Romania and State Advisor Felix Rache also attended today's meeting. 2017-08-29 16:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-29-04-22-41big_sigla_guvern.pngViceprim-ministrul Ion Marcel Ciolacu va participa la ceremoniile dedicate Insurecției Naționale SlovaceȘtiri din 28.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-will-attend-the-ceremonies-dedicated-to-the-slovak-national-uprisingVice Prime Minister Ion Marcel Ciolacu will lead a governmental delegation that will attend tomorrow the ceremonies dedicated to marking the Slovak National Uprising, to be held in Zvolen and Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. The Romanian delegation is composed of Secretary of State with the Ministry of National Defense Mircea Dusa, Ambassador of Romania to Slovakia Steluta Arhire, Brigadier General Teodor Incicas of Romanias General Army Staff, Major General Petrica Lucian Foca, Commander of the Joint Forces Command, and State Adviser Florin Vodita. The special guest in the Romanian delegation is retired General Neculai Pruteanu, a war veteran and one of the last survivors who fought on both the Eastern and the Western fronts. The Romanian military helped along their allies free over 1,700 localities, 31 towns of which across Czechoslovakia. The Romanian delegation will attend the ceremonies dedicated to the National Day of the Slovak Republic and the commemoration of the Romanian heroes killed in the line of duty in WWII on the soil of current Slovakia. On this occasion, Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu will deliver a speech alongside Slovak President Andrej Kiska and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. The Romanian officials will also lay wreaths at the Military Cemetery of the Romanian Army in Zvolen and at the Heroes Monument in downtown Banska Bystrica, where there is a plaque in Romanian reading Thanks to the Romanian Army, the Liberator of the city, and will attend the award of decorations to war veterans. Vice Prime Minister Ciolacu and the members of the Romanian delegation will also attend a working lunch to be offered by Slovak Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and the Information Society Peter Pellegrini. 2017-08-28 17:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-28-05-37-32big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Îi încurajez pe investitori să se implice activ în pregătirea practică a tinerilorȘtiri din 25.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-i-encourage-investors-to-get-actively-involved-in-the-practical-training-of-young-peopleYoung people up to 23 years old, who have completed at least gymnasium education and are seeking a vocational qualification, can enroll from 29 to 31 August- the autumn session- in the dual vocational education system, organized in partnership with economic operators. Schooling lasts for three years and includes internships in partner companies. Students receive a monthly scholarship of 200 lei, as well as additional scholarship, free transportation, accommodation and meals provided by economic operators. There are 3509 seats in 127 school classes for the school year 2017-2018 nationwide. 1774 students were admitted in the summer session, and 1735 seats are available for the autumn session. Supporting and developing dual vocational education is the Governments response to the many requests from companies that need well-trained personnel. This concept, the School with no unemployed graduates, has proved to be a success in Brasov and other localities. Training the labor force is one of the levers to sustain the growth pace. Therefore, it is time to assume together, both Government and business sector, the development of dual vocational education and to encourage investors to get involved in the practical training of young people, their future employees, considers Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The most in - demand qualifications in the educational offer for the 2017-2018 school year are those of auto mechanic, textile worker, numerically controlled machine operator, lathe worker, welder, baker-confectioner, merchant-seller. More information on the educational offer for dual vocational education can be found on the websites of the county school inspectorates, of the Bucharest Municipality respectively or at their headquarters. 2017-08-25 14:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-25-02-15-01big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose: Vizita președintelui Franței în România este extrem de importantă pentru dezvoltarea relațiilor bilateraleȘtiri din 24.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-french-president-s-visit-to-romania-is-of-paramount-importance-for-the-development-of-bilateral-relationsPrime Minister Mihai Tudose will offer today a working luncheon in honor of the French Republic President Emmanuel Macron who is paying visit to Romania, as part of his regional tour. - French President's visit to Romania is of paramount importance for the development of bilateral relations, especially for the economic field, as well as for strengthening cooperation at European level, in dossiers of major interest for both parties considers Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will present our country's economic progress, the economic measures taken by the Government, and the investment opportunities in the context of the 5, 9 percent economic growth, the largest in EU, achieved by Romania in the second quarter of this year. Romania's accession to Schengen area is other topic of interest, considering that our country meets the technical conditions, the decision being currently at the political level, and our country relies on the constant support of its traditional partner, the French Republic. The Head of the Executive will express the Romanian Government's interest in continuing the sustained dialogue in preparing the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting from France's expertise in the European Affairs. The preparation of the Romania - France Cultural Season to take place between December 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, which will mark the Centenary of the creation of modern Romania and will provide the opportunity of a better knowledge of our country abroad, will be among the working luncheon topics. The Romanian delegation led by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose is composed of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, Minister - delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Economy Minister Mihai Fifor, Ambassador of Romania to France Luca Niculescu, rector of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest Sorin Cimpeanu, member of the Chamber of Deputies, State Advisors Florin Vodiță, Gabriel Andronache, Felix Rache. The French delegation led by President Emmanuel Macron is composed of European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau, French Ambassador to Romania, H.E. Michele Ramis, Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic Amiral Bernard Rogel, Advisors Philippe Etienne, Clement Beaune, Barbara Frugier, Nicolas Jegou. 2017-08-24 12:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_c-2827.jpgVicepremierul Ion-Marcel Ciolacu: România este pregătită să gestioneze împreună cu partenerii europeni orice situație în contextul BrexitȘtiri din 24.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-romania-is-prepared-to-manage-along-with-its-european-partners-any-situation-in-the-context-of-brexitThe Romanian Government's strategic axes for action, in the context of the Brexit process, were approved at a new meeting of the Inter-ministerial Council on Brexit, held yesterday at Victoria Palace, and chaired by Vice Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. Ion-Marcel Ciolacu highlighted Romanias interest for this process to be managed in a fair and transparent manner, in line with the provisions of the EU Treaties, and to ensure the protection of the rights and interests of the European and Romanian citizens living and working in the UK. Romania will pursue the European objectives, in a pragmatic and principled way, in the negotiation process. The document presents a number of ways in which our country and the European Union can turn this challenge into an opportunity. We want to generate and maintain an open and sustained process of information and dialogue with the Romanian community in the UK. We need to show the Romanian citizens that they have our full support, that the Romanian state is acting to ensure the protection and guarantee of their rights, emphasized the Vice Prime Minister. The meeting was also attended by Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, Health Minister Florian-Dorel Bodog, Transport Minister Alexandru-Răzvan Cuc, Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Păstirnac, Minister of Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer, Minister of National Education Liviu-Marian Pop, Minister of Youth and Sports Marius-Alexandru Dunca, Minister of Communications and Information Society Lucian Şova, Minister of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue Gabriel Petrea, as well as representatives( Secretaries of state) - of the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, Ministry of Public Finance and the Ministry of Economy. Background information UK held a nationwide referendum in June 2016, when it voted to leave the EU. Following this referendum results, on March 29, 2017, the British Government triggered the withdrawal procedures, according to Art. 50 of the EU Treaty. Negotiations to set out the UKs withdrawal terms may take up to two years, and on March 30, 2019, during Romania's presideny of the Council of the European Union, Great Britain is about to lose its status as EU member state. In practice, a transitory interval may ensue this period, allowing the clarification of some aspects that remained pending in the negotiations. In the first place, the objective of the negotiators is to agree on an orderly withdrawal. This first phase of negotiations takes place in four rounds, followed by a political decision at the October 2017 Council. Subsequently, a second phase of the negotiations aims at defining the future EU - UK relationship. The Inter-ministerial Council on Brexit is a governmental body that adopts the political guidelines aimed at defining Romanias positions within the negotiations between the EU27 and the United Kingdom. The Council is led by the Prime Minister of Romania and coordinated by the Minister - delegate for European Affairs. 2017-08-24 12:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-24-12-32-40big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevedere a prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose cu membrii Coaliției Naționale pentru Modernizarea RomânieiȘtiri din 22.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-the-members-of-the-national-coalition-for-romania-s-modernizationPrime Minister Mihai Tudose had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the members of the National Coalition for Romania's modernization. On this occasion, it was established that such meetings would be held periodically on major topics of public interest, or whenever necessary, on punctual aspects, in working group format. - I support the continuation of this dialogue, in order to find together the best solutions to the problems you signal to us, but also means to implement them stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The main topics discussed on today's meeting at Victoria Palace pertained to the implementation of the new provisions of the salary law in the state sector, with focus on its implementation in the pre-university and university fields, as well as to the issue of the special military pensions and the impact of the measures announced by the Government in this respect. Other topics discussed at length focused on the transport and road and rail infrastructure, the main aspect under scrutiny related to the amendments which can be made to public procurement legislation and which could unblock major infrastructure projects affected by tender challenging actions. Vice Prime Minister Ion - Marcel Ciolacu, Minister of Labor and Social Justice Lia - Olguta Vasilescu, Minister of National Education Liviu Pop, Minister of Transport Razvan Cuc, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer, Minister of Culture and National Identity Lucian Romascanu and the Minister - delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb also attended this meeting. 2017-08-22 16:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ue-1975.jpgVicepremierul Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, întrevedere cu personalul diplomatic al Reprezentanței Permanente a României pe lângă Uniunea EuropeanăȘtiri din 22.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ion-marcel-ciolacu-had-a-meeting-with-the-diplomatic-personnel-of-the-permanent-representation-of-romania-to-the-european-europeanVice Prime Minister Ion - Marcel Ciolacu chaired today, at Victoria Palace a meeting with the diplomatic personnel of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European European, organized at the initiative of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, in the context of preparedness for Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of 2019. We have got closer to assuming a major responsibility with a decisive impact on the role that we want for Romania in the European Union. As you probably know, we have started a broad evaluation process of your activity. The Government wants to have the certainty at the end of the exercise, that Romania has the best specialists at its Brussels Representation, who will live up to the mandate entrusted to them , emphasized Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. Vice Prime Minister also highlighted the idea of continuity of big projects on the European agenda, in the margin of Romania's first tenure at the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the challenges in this respect being: Great Britain's exit from the European Union, the migration management, the functioning of the Schengen Area or the design of the future Multiannual financial framework. - European affairs have become a pillar of support of our country's foreign policy. The stakes are major and stem from Romania's national long -term development project. We are therefore promoting a European profile, of solid, serious and trustworthy partner that honors its commitments. We are determined to ensure predictability and coherence for us to attain the objective of finalizing the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification and to create the conditions conducive to lifting this mechanism prior to Romania's takeover of the Presidency stated Ion - Marcel Ciolacu. Graţiela Leocadia Gavrilescu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment, Teodor-Viorel Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Victor Negrescu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Tudorel Toader, Minister of Justice, Liviu-Marian Pop, Minister of National Education, Alexandru-Răzvan Cuc, Minister of Transport, Marius Dunca, Minister of Youth and Sports, Ilan Laufer, Minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Florian-Dorel Bodog, Minister of Health and Adriana Doina Pană, Minister of Water and Forests also participated in the Victoria Palace meeting. Background information Romania will assume, for six months, from 1 January 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union - one of the seven institutions of the Union. Our country is part of the presidency trio, including Finland and Croatia. The rotating presidency presides over Brussels meetings of the EU Council (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council), the COREPER meetings (meetings of the Permanent Representatives of the member countries in Brussels) and about 200 working groups. Also, the EU Council Presidency conducts negotiations of hundreds of legislative files, organizes meetings with the European Parliament, other formal meetings at all levels. According to the custom, during its term of office, the Presidency of the EU Council will organize in Romania, events, possible Summits, informal meetings of the EU Council, meetings of senior officials and experts from EU member states, conferences and seminars. In Romania, the National Council for Preparedness and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU is the inter-ministerial body which, under the leadership of the Prime Minister of Romania, will ensure the strategic orientation of the training program and will play the role of coordinating these complex efforts. 2017-08-22 15:07:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ue-1722.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose a semnat în cartea de condoleanţe deschisă la Ambasada Regatului Spaniei în România, după atentatele teroriste de la BarcelonaȘtiri din 21.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-signed-the-book-of-condolence-opened-at-the-spanish-embassy-in-bucharest-after-barcelona-terror-attacksMihai Tudose: I have sent a message of sympathy and solidarity. Reporter: Have you managed to get in touch with the injured? Mihai Tudose: As far as I have been informed, there is only one 33-year-old Romanian with a diagnosis of head trauma, five broken ribs, a punctured lung, in a stable condition; a prognosis, as you may know, will be issued by doctors. Reporter: Given the Colectiv experience, do you stand by that statement that the wounded could be better cared for, here, in Romania? Mihai Tudose: I am not a doctor to say or establish where he can be better treated. We can and we have offered, we have also spoken with the staff at the Spanish Embassy and with the Minister of Health and the Chairman of the National Healthcare House to see if he can be cared for in Romania and if the family wants it, it is all right. There is also the issue whether or not the patient is physically able to take a flight, given his punctured lung. We are willing and ready to offer help. 2017-08-21 11:16:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_barcelona-1538-2.jpgMăsuri pentru desfășurarea în condiții optime a mini-vacanței din perioada 12-15 augustȘtiri din 11.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-08-11 17:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-11-05-43-47big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Mihai Tudose a discutat problemele din sistemul penitenciarelor cu reprezentanții sindicatelorȘtiri din 10.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-discussed-the-problems-of-the-prison-system-with-trade-unions-representativesThe salary rights of the prisons personnel, the posts needed in the prison system, and the special status of civil servants in this system were among the topics addressed by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose during his meeting today with the representatives of prison workers unions. Representatives of the trade unions highlighted the need of rising salaries and supplementing the personnel, Prime Minister asserting that the Government was considering increasing the salaries of the personnel working for the National Administration of Penitentiaries, as well as drawing up a plan regarding the need of technical and surveillance personnel in the field, in line with the current system standards. Also during this meeting, Prime Minister Tudose expressed the Governments support for a series of measures which should be taken for the proper functioning of the units that are part of the National Administration of Penitentiaries. Also, discussions focused on the investment needs in the penitentiaries infrastructure as well as the possibilities for financing them. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and State Adviser Felix Rache also attended the Victoria Palace meeting. 2017-08-10 12:43:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-10-12-45-10big_2.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose: Este nevoie de modificarea cadrului legislativ pentru eficientizarea activității institutelor de cercetareȘtiri din 08.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-there-is-a-need-for-the-amendment-of-the-legislative-framework-for-streamlining-the-activity-of-research-institutesPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today a meeting at Victoria Palace with representatives of the Unions Federation of Research and Development Employees of Romania (FSLCPR) and with those of the National Institute for Laser Physics, Plasma and Radiation Physics. During the meeting, Prime Minister expressed the Governments support for the research activity and also its openness regarding the continuation of the dialogue with trade unions in the field and the facilitation of their partnership with the state institutions. He mentioned that he wanted the research field to be more applied to the economic environment so as to bring added value. Representatives of trade unions pointed out the necessity of passing several research institutes under the coordination of the Ministry of Research and Innovation. They also requested the Prime Minister to amend the law in such a way as to allow easier access for foreign evaluators to contracts with research institutes. In this context, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose urged the field Minister, , to draw up as soon as possible a plan of measures and to come up with proposals regarding the amendment of the legislative framework for correcting the malfunctions and rendering efficient the research institutes, eliminating bureaucratic barriers and facilitating the institutes's access to contracts with both foreign and Romanian partners. Prime Minister outlined that he would send the Control Corps to the National Institute for Laser Physics, Plasma and Radiation Physics, after the trade unionists told the Prime Minister that there was no dialogue with the leadership of the institution. The Victoria Palace meeting was attended by the Minister of Research, Lucian Georgescu and Honorary Advisor to the Prime Minister Şerban Valeca. 2017-08-08 15:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanţi_ai_sindicatelor_din_domeniul_cercetării-dezvoltării01.jpgGuvernul și Coaliția pentru Dezvoltarea României vor analiza pe grupuri de lucru sectoriale temele de interes publicȘtiri din 03.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-government-and-the-coalition-for-romania-s-development-will-analyze-the-public-interest-topics-in-sectoral-working-groupsPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the Cabinet members reviewed with the representatives of the Coalition for Romania's Development the main topics of public interest that would be subject to future dialogue. At the meeting held on Thursday, August 3, at Victoria Palace, it was agreed that the talks would continue in the sectoral working groups format, in order to increase the efficiency of the working method and to better coordinate the decisions pertaining to several Ministries. I assure you that I will participate in all these working groups to the extent that the agenda allows me, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive expressed his full openness to this dialogue and to finding the best solutions and highlighted, along with the Ministers present at the meeting, the measures already implemented by the Government or envisaged in connection with the specific topics discussed. The representatives of the Coalition for Romania's Development mentioned as priorities: the workforce issues, infrastructure development and taxation. They discussed the measures to stimulate employment, streamlining vocational education in accordance with market needs, the Social Dialogue Law, implementing the smart traffic tracking and routing system, prioritizing infrastructure works in the triangle Craiova - Piteşti - Ramnicu - Valcea, the VAT charging system and work taxation. Other topics addressed were the absorption of European funds, the project of the Sovereign Investment Fund, agriculture, in connection to which, they discussed about the agricultural risk management, the cadastre law and the land merger law. In terms of healthcare, the taxation and the funding solutions to improve the access of Romanian patients to treatments were addressed, the CDR representatives expressing their willingness to work with the Government in carrying out educational and information campaigns, including on vaccination. Other areas of interest in the discussions held at Victoria Palace pertained to energy, tourism, environment, entrepreneurship, communications and IT sectors. 2017-08-03 19:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-04-09-16-08big_foto3.jpgPremierul Mihai Tudose s-a întâlnit astăzi cu reprezentanți ai companiei Bell HelicopterȘtiri din 03.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-met-with-representatives-of-bell-helicopterPrime Minister Mihai Tudose along with National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, Minister of Economy Mihai Fifor, Chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca, and Chief of Air Force Staff, Lieutenant-General Laurian Anastasof held discussions with representatives of Bell Helicopter at Government headquarters, on Wednesday, August 3. After the talks, the Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, signed a letter of intent asking for prices and availability for the acquisition of attack helicopters that will be addressed to the US Government, The meeting at the Government House was preceded by a technical discussion at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defence. In the period ahead, thorough discussions will be held between representatives of the Ministry of Economy and those of Bell Helicopter regarding the setting up of a joint venture, as well as technological and know-how transfer allowing the production of helicopters on Romania's soil. This decision will have a considerable direct impact on the economic development of our country, while being at the same time a security generator in the area. We mention that the decision on the purchase of attack helicopters is based on the procurement plan recently approved by the Supreme Council for National Defence. 2017-08-03 16:57:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanți_ai_companiei_bell_helicopter02.jpgParticipanții la Programul de Internship al Guvernului organizează Cupa Tinerilor Interni ediția a III-aȘtiri din 03.08.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2017-08-03 16:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-08-03-05-42-07big_sigla_guvern.pngGuvernul României a depus dosarul de candidatură pentru relocarea Agenției Europene pentru MedicamenteȘtiri din 31.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-romanian-government-has-filed-a-bid-for-the-relocation-of-the-european-medicines-agency-to-bucharestToday, Romanian Government has filed a bid for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Bucharest in the context of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the Union European. The bid was prepared by an interinstitutional working group, comprising the General Secretariat of the Government, the Ministry of Health, the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, the Minister-Delegate for European Affairs, the Ministry of Public Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. - The filing of the bid represents an objective met at the current stage of the procedures for the relocation of the European Medicines Agencys headquarters. I believe in Romanias chance to qualify for this selection because we have substantial expertise in the medical sector. Information in our bid supports with concrete elements our arguments that Romania is ready to take on such a responsibility stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The location proposed by Romania is on the northern side of Bucharest, right behind the Pipera metro station. The European Medicines Agency would be housed in a new building, of an approximate area of 27,000 square metres with a conference centre that can accommodate 720 participants and an excellent IT and C infrastructure. Additional information The European Medicines Agency, one of the largest and most important European agencies, is currently based in London. It is a decentralised body of the European Union with the primary responsibility to protect and promote public health through its assessment and supervision of medicinal products for human use. The European Commission will examine the bids and submit its own assessment to the General Secretariat of the Council by September 1, 2017, and the final decision is expected on the sidelines of the General Affairs Council meeting of November 2017. The decision would be made on the basis of successive rounds of secret ballot, with each member state having an equal number of votes. The member state to be selected for hosting the European Medicines Agency will no longer be able to apply for the relocation of the European Banking Authority. Romania has a consistent medical expertise, being in the top percentile of medical school graduates, and since 2007 14,000 Romanian medicine and pharmacy specialists have been working in other member states of the European Union. There are also numerous institutions in Bucharest, including laboratories and pharmaceutical companies (the Cantacuzino National Research Institute, the Ana Aslan National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the Victor Babes National Institute, the Prof Dr. N. Paulescu National Institute of Diabetes Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases) with the aim of managing the major effects of emergencies that may affect the national healthcare system. 2017-07-31 17:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-31-05-26-26big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Republicii Populare Chineze în România, Xu FeihongȘtiri din 31.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-met-with-the-ambassador-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-to-romania-xu-feihongPrime Minister Mihai Tudose has analyzed with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Romania Xu Feihong, the prospects for developing the economic bilateral cooperation Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has welcomed at Victoria Palace the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Romania Xu Feihong. The meeting has focused on economic projects of common interest and the prospects for materialising cooperation on these projects. - We have in mind important projects in the field of rail and road infrastructure, in which large Chinese companies have voiced an interest, but we are also awaiting small companies to invest and produce in Romania for the European market, stated the Head of the Executive. A first project discussed in the meeting is the construction of a suspended bridge over the Danube in Braila, included in Romania's Transport General Master Plan, for which notices of invitation to tender have already been issued. Prime Minister Tudose has also mentioned infrastructure projects of regional interest such as: construction of a Bucharest-Sofia motorway and the construction of a high-speed magnetic levitation rail transport network jointly developed by Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and possibly Greece, patterned on of those already operating in China. There are projects which can benefit from European funding and which can be developed in public - private partnership for which Romania can benefit from the expertise of large Chinese construction companies. Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Romania Xu Feihong has conveyed to Prime Minister Mihai Tudose the interest of Chinese investors in Romania and the openness of Chinese authorities for economic cooperation development. The two delegations have decided to jointly analyze as of this week, the projects offering bilateral cooperation prospects. Other opportunities of bilateral and regional economic cooperation can be identified on the occasion of the meeting of the Heads of Governments from China and Central and Eastern Europe to be held this autumn, in Budapest. 2017-07-31 16:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_china-6635.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanți ai Ambasadei Regatului Spaniei în RomâniaȘtiri din 31.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-met-with-the-representatives-of-the-embassy-of-the-kingdom-of-spain-to-romaniaA Task Force and a National Plan to Fight against Modern Slavery, among the measures established during the meeting with the representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has established with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Bucharest several measures to intensify bilateral cooperation with a view to preventing and combating the cases of labour exploitation of Romanians working in Spain. Decision has been taken during today's meeting at Victoria Palace attended by Romanian Ambassador in Spain, Gabriela Dancau, Minister for Romanians Abroad, Andreea Pastirnac, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Victor Negrescu and representatives of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Labor and Social Justice Ministries. A Task Force on the issue of abuses to which Romanian workers are exposed, and on modern slavery, will be set up at the level of the aforementioned Ministries, under the direct coordination of the Prime Minister, with the Ministry for Romanians Abroad playing the part of an integrator. The Spanish delegation was headed by Ms. Tada Bastida Eizaguirre, First Secretary and Charge d'Affairs, Head of the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Bucharest. We want to expand and improve cooperation with the Spanish authorities, given the large number of Romanians living in Spain and the concrete cases signalled lately. The measures we envisage, aim at combating and preventing such cases, informing the persone most exposed to such risks, as well as granting assistance to victims of labour exploitation or human trafficking, said Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Romanian community in Spain now numbers over one million people, who took up residency, in addition to 400, 000 seasonal workers, with the latter being the most exposed to labor exploitation and human trafficking. Other measures established during this meeting are drawing up a National Plan to Fight against Modern Slavery, designed to integrate existing strategies as well as the National Strategy against Human Trafficking, stipulated in the Programme for Government, to be approved in the fourth quarter this year. Also, the Government considers creating a Fund for Financing, initially through distinct budget lines in the budget of each of the aforementioned ministries, and specifically allocated human resources. The Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac outlined the need for a pro-active approach of these issues and the co-optation of the Associations of Romanians in Spain in the joint efforts of the Romanian and Spanish authorities. At the level of the Ministry of Romanians Abroad, a specialized directorate will operate designed to secure the information-prevention component of the associations active in the Diaspora, as well as in the relation with the governmental and non-governmental institutions operating in the field, from the countries where there are large Romanian communities and where cases of modern slavery may appear. Last but not least, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will launch a pilot project of communication and information in Botoşani, Suceava and Neamţ, three of the counties of origin of most of the Romanians who left for work in Spain. Representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to Romania voiced their regret over the case of labor exploitation of some Romanians in Spain, adding that it was a particular case and that it must not be overlooked how well the other Romanians living in Spain have integrated themselves. 2017-07-31 14:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_big_spania-6628.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la reuniunea Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 27.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-attended-the-meeting-of-the-national-tripartite-council-for-social-dialoguePM Mihai Tudose: Government is open to a constant and substantive consultation on all topics of interest for the social dialogue partners Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today a first discussion with the representatives of trade unions and employers on topics of major interest for the social dialogue partners, in the format of the meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue held at Victoria Palace. The main topics of the debate held at the proposal of the Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue, aimed at the enforceability of the Law on the pay of the personnel paid from public funds and the administrative reform, Pensions Law, tax legislation, judiciary laws, improvement in the absorption of European funds and improvement in the consultation mechanism with all the parties involved. - The Government is open to a constant and substantive consultation on all these topics, so that we eventually reach the best solutions, stated the Head of the Executive. The formula agreed on today's discusions at Victoria Palace was that debates on large topics of interest take place twice a month, within some working groups managed by Minister Gabriel Petrea, Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue, and involve Ministries with specific attributions and the relevant social partners. The National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue will meet every two months. Also, in connection with the enforcement of the new regulations in the field of public sector wages, a working group is already functioning within the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, offering on a daily basis the information requested by interested partners, for a fair and coherent enforcement of the legislation. As regards tax legislation, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose gave again assurances that the Government will not introduce either the turnover tax or the solidarity tax and the contributions to pensions(CAS) and to healthcare(CASS) will further be paid by the employer. - None of the fiscal amendments we envisage aims to put pressure on the business sector. The changes made last week regarding the payment of social contributions for part-time contracts aim to protect these categories of employees, providing them the right to pension and medical services in the public system emphasized Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. 2017-07-27 10:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_reuniunea_consiliului_național_tripartit_pentru_dialog_social10.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la conferința Proiectului “Multi risc – modul I”, eveniment organizat de Inspectoratul General pentru Situații de UrgențăȘtiri din 26.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-attended-the-conference-on-the-multi-risk-module-i-project-event-organized-by-the-general-emergency-inspectorateStatements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at the conference on the - Multi-risk - Module I Project, event organized by the General Emergency Inspectorate Mihai Tudose: Thank you! Madam Minister, Mr. Minister, dear colleagues, I am honored by the invitation to be here today. What these wonderful people are doing, I refer to people whom we have seen due to you- media colleagues, or sometimes we see even in everydaylife, people risking their life every minute, with each intervention to save lives. I said this in my first day of tenure, in an unhappy moment, unfortunately, or one which occured in an unhappy moment, that it is our duty, of the Government, of the state to supply these people with all the equipment they need. In this respect, together with Madam Minister, with the Secretary of State Mr. Raed Arafat, we drew up a plan to ensure the necessary equipment, starting from the need to ensure everything that is necessary to a modern state, capable to save the lives of its citizens. We started from a premise of EUR 15 million in the first step, and afterwards following a discussion together with the two colleagues, we decided not to piece together, but to carry through this project, to go all the way with ensuring the supply and together with my Government colleagues, I found a solution which I believe, in two weeks, Mr. Minister, Madam Minister, we will materialize in a project, perhaps the largest project after the Revolution, on a segment from this country. I consider this is our duty, of governmental structures, to respond to the special efforts you have made here. European money is very good, what you are doing is very all right. This equipment is modern, I think the most modern in this respect, but we need to provide support. I repeat, the amounts are huge, but any life is priceless. Any life saved via this equipment justifies all the money invested in this project. I heartedly thank you for what you are doing, both at the leadership level, coordination and especially, and last but not least, I thank the special people who are daily saving lives. I heartedly thank you. I am honored to be here today. 2017-07-26 14:20:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_14.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la reuniunea Consiliului Interministerial pentru pregătirea şi exercitarea Preşedinţiei României la Consiliul UEȘtiri din 26.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-attended-the-meeting-of-the-inter-ministerial-council-for-preparation-and-exercise-of-the-romanian-presidency-at-the-council-of-the-euPM Mihai Tudose: This first mandate of Romania to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity we cannot allow ourselves to miss Prime Minister Mihai Tudose requested the Ministers to present, on tomorow's Executive meeting, the full lists with nominees to be part of the Ministerial working groups for preparing Romania's mandate to the Presidency of the Council of EU. Decision was made during the third meeting of the National Council for the preparation of the EU Council Presidency. - This first mandate of Romania to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity we cannot allow ourselves to miss, not from the political or administrative point of view or from the country's image viewpoint. 2019 seems far, but it is not, so that we should mobilize as fast as possible and to establish in time all details regarding the organization, the functioning, the logistics, the human resources and the necessary financial allocations for a successful mandate stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive requested at the same that each Minister makes an objective evaluation, strictly on technical and professional criteria, of the persons whom we will nominate in these working groups, but also of the persons sent to their job within the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, so that they who will represent Romania to Brussels, and will have decisional powers regarding the mandate of the EU Council Presidency to successfully fulfill their mission. - It is necessary for the composition of these woking groups to be assumed by Ministers Order and to make sure that we will have coherence and stability in this respect, from the preparation stage until the end of Romania's mandate stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Other decision made today on the third meeting of the National Council for Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the EU refers to the locations in which the events of the Romanian Presidency will be held. Palace of Parliament was established as location for the informal meetings at the level of Ministers. Other topics addressed during today's discussions at Victoria Palace referred to the organization chart and the exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, the mechanism for cooperation between Parliament and Government in the field of European affairs, the mechanism for cooperation with the European Parliament and the first version of the calendar of informal meetings to be held in Romania during the six-month mandate. 2017-07-26 10:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_reuniunea_consiliului_interministerial_pentru_pregătirea_şi_exercitarea_preşedinţiei_româniei_la_consiliul_ue02.jpgParticiparea premierului Mihai Tudose la evenimentul de anunț al investiției Philip Morris International în România, “Together for Romania”Știri din 25.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-attended-the-event-announcing-the-philip-morris-international-s-quot-together-for-romania-quot-projectPM Mihai Tudose: Ladies and gentlemen, we are here, together with the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ionut Misa, exactly for the very notion used by Mr. Christos at the beginning of his speech, statement - it sounds better in English. What Philip Morris has done in Romania reinforces something which has begun to be recognized: Romania is an attractive country to investment and large investment. It is a statement for the investors who are already in Romania, about Romania'stability, attractiveness to investment, but also for potential investors as large companies are watching each other. And what this company did in Romania maybe and will be, I am sure, an example for other investors. In fact, 300 new employees, EUR 500 million worth investment, exports from Romania, a renowned company, I think it is enough for me to thank you for having chosen Romania to develop this project, and to wish you success further on and for you to be further on an example worthy to follow by other investors. Thank you. Press statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose following participation in the inauguration of the Philip Morris Internationals Together for Romania project [Check against delivery] Reporter: What do you want to do for policemen in Romania? Mihai Tudose: Following discussions with trade unions representatives, we have some things to do - work conditions improvement, moral repair if you want, although it comes late, in my opinion and which will materialize in resuming discussions on the status of policeman and to also try to redress certain things on the financial side. Reporter: (...) Mr. Bodog, Health Minister. Mihai Tudose: Mr. Bodog, I do not know if he returned, but yesterday, he was surely in London to continue demarches on the European Medicine Agency relocation, I am waiting him today to speak on this topic. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, Minister Carmen Dan spoke yesterday that she does not have financial support, as otherwise there would not be that shortage of 20 thousands personnel, with the risk of increasing. Doesn't she have financial support? How are the things running? Mihai Tudose: You cannot hire tens of thousands people all of a sudden. We are finding solutions, we told you yesterday too, some of your colleagues yesterday. We are trying to find a solution to hire the 2018 promotion, as of this year, and to see upon rectification, to what extent.Therefore, we cannot hire 20 thousands people once but we can have a plan in this respect. Reporter: But this statute of policeman could be implemented in October at the earliest. What are the policemen doing until October? Mihai Tudose: The statute of policeman means also firearm rights, some punishments for assault! This can be introduced as of tomorow. Reporter: Mrs. Carmen Dan said... Mihai Tudose: I understand. Then ask Madam Carmen Dan! I can tell you that it will put into practice immediately after we finish talks with trade unions and in connection with justice, as certain things need to be correlated with the Criminal Code. Reporter: (...) for rectification at the Finance Ministry. You have ... Mihai Tudose: The Finance Minister is here. There is work on balancing. Reporter: (...) rectification, as there are problems. There will be one negative. Is there likely to be a negative rectification? Mihai Tudose: Where did you get it negative? Reporter: I ask if it is possible. Mihai Tudose: Anything is possible. I tell you it will be a positive rectification. Reporter: Have you had any further talks on the solidarity tax and what would be the conclusion so far? Mihai Tudose: The conclusion today is that we can place it under discussed and forgotten. Reporter Former Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said he had been suggested when he was prime minister to adopt the sovereign development and investment fund by emergency ordinance. How do you see this project? Will it be adopted by emergency ordinance? Mihai Tudose: No, it will be adopted through Parliament. Reporter: Have you had any talks with the former Prime Minister on this issue? Mihai Tudose: No, but even then, ever since I knew the subject, it was about only to be adopted in Parliament. Its far too important. Reporter Why would you also give up this solidarity tax and if you are considering other measures to increase the budget revenues? Mihai Tudose: We will not take any measure that would weigh heavily on peoples pockets. Reporter: Should we understand from that simulations on the solidarity tax ...? Mihai Tudose: It was too little to mean anything. The trouble would have been too high, if you wish. Reporter: Are you considering other measures to increase ... Mihai Tudose: I have just told you that for the time being, we do not have any other measures regarding taxes for the population. Reporter But transferring social contributions from the employer to the employee? Mihai Tudose: I do not know where you get this! Tell me who told you that the two ... Reporter: Some of them are in the government program. Mihai Tudose: No, they will stay on the current model. All taxes like this, CAS, CASS, will be paid by the employer, because otherwise we risk ... Reporter: And next year? Mihai Tudose: Next year too. Reporter: How does the budget implementation at six months look like? Mihai Tudose: Not very good. Not very good. It was a huge deadlock. I told you, the champion is ... Reporter: /.../ Do you know the deficit or...? Mihai Tudose: Don't you want us to speak a bit later. I will publish today..Let the Finance Minister tell it. Reporter: (...) Mihai Tudose: I started but you ask ten questions at once, and I do not want to disadvantage you. Reporter: You removed him from ANAF leadership and you appointed him as ANAF Vice President. Why did you make this change? Mihai Tudose: As president of ANAF, he had to coordinate both Antifraud and the Customs where I was not satisfied. She had to take some measures on behalf of ANAF. Where it is, on the segment it is now, I hope he fulfills his duties, if not, we will make an assessment in one month, for all five. Reporter: On what segment, as it is specified that he will be Vice - President... Mihai Tudose: On tax collection. Reporter: Therefore, you said that you would make an evaluation after two months... Mihai Tudose: No, after one month. Reporter: In case in which .. Mihai Tudose: It is valid from the level of ANAF President up to Vice Presidents. We do not have... Reporter: Are you considering concrete measures? Mihai Tudose: Yes, we consider concrete measures. Pardon me if I do not tell you now what the Customs will do today or tomorrow, I do not think this is the case. Thank you! 2017-07-25 13:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/17-07-25-01-47-59big_6.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Spaniei la București, Ramiro Fernández BachillerȘtiri din 24.07.2017http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-mihai-tudose-has-met-with-the-ambassador-of-spain-to-romania-ramiro-fernandez-bachillerBoosting economic cooperation and organising a Romania - Spain intergovernmental meeting - on the agenda of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose's meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to Romania, Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller Today, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has discussed at Victoria Palace with the Ambassador of Spain to Romania, Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller about the prospects of intensifying bilateral relations, particularly at economic level, as well as organising as soon as possible a first intergovernmental meeting between Romania and Spain. The very close friendship relation between Romania and Spain and the positive evolution of bilateral trade exchanges in recent years represent a very solid basis for further developing economic cooperation between our countries in the interest of both parties, given the large Romanian community in Spain, stated the Head of the Executive. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Ambassador Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller have recalled the possibility of organising an intergovernmental meeting no later than next year. The meeting agenda would include more areas of interest such as: economic cooperation, cooperation in the field of transport infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, social issues and major topics on the international and European agenda. As regards development of the bilateral economic cooperation, the Spanish Ambassador has stated that Romania represents an important market for Spanish investors, bigger than that of Argentina, South Korea, Russia or Canada, comparable to the Japanese or Brazilian market. Currently, more than 6,000 companies with Spanish capital are active in the banking, tourism and infrastructure sectors in Romania, the level of Spanish investments in Romania being higher than that of the UK and U.S. investments. A part of the discussion held today at Victoria Palace aimed at aspects related to sectoral cooperation too, in the field of internal affairs. In connection with topics of common interest on the international and European agenda, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the Spanish Ambassador have discussed about the possibility to coordinate agendas in major dossiers of European interest, in the perspective of Romania's first tenure as president of the EU Council, in the first semester of 2019. The Spanish diplomat has expressed his countrys support for Romanias accession to the Schengen Area and the candidacy to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Spanish Ambassador has also had words of appreciation for the Romanian community in his country, the largest community of foreigners in Spain (over one million people). The diplomat has stated that they have integrated very well and have a very important contribution to the Spanish economy, and this has been particularly felt during the crisis period of the past years. 2017-07-24 17:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1500890524original_foto5.jpg